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New Delhi: July 17, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALJammu: Amarnath Yatra(B)Patna: Nitish Kumar with Sushil Kumar Modi during aLok Samvad programme/PC(A)Ranchi: Jharkhand Assembly’s monsoon session(B)Chandigarh: ITBP DG meets Haryana CM(B)New Delhi: Assumption Ceremony of the Office of ViceChair of World Customs Organisation (WCO) (B)Patna: Ramdev in Patna (B)Mumbai: Shahid Kapoor with his wife Mira Rajput cuts a cake(B+A)New Delhi: President at plantation programme(A+B)New Delhi: Nigerian Navy chief in Delhi(B+A)Surat/Patiala/Amritsar: Monsoon rains/flood(B+A)New Delhi: 90th Foundation Day of ICAR and AwardCeremony(B)Karad: Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana protest(B)Midnapire: Tent collapsed during PM’s rally(B+A)Moradabad: 22nd Pradeshik Armed Constabulary(UP-PAC) shooting and alarm efficiency race (B)INTERNATIONALLOndon: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shows theofficial photograph (B)Mar Sai: cleansing ceremony and memorial service forSamarn Kunan(B)Beijing: Signing ceremony between Chinese andEuropean official(B)Helsinki: Donald Trump’s meeting with RussianPresident in the Finnish capital. (B)Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamadtakes the oath during swearing-in ceremony(A)Matiarai : Vehicular accident in Matiarai, Pakistan(B)Kabul: Suicide attack in Kabul(A)SPORTSMoscow: 2018 soccer World Cup Final(B+A)London: Wimbledon Tennis Championships(B)Paris: France won the soccer World Cup final match(B)Highland Park: Constellation Senior PlayersadvertisementChampionship golf tournament(B)King City: Global T20 Canada cricket tournament(B)Turin: Portuguese ace Ronaldo salutes his fans(B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOS
August 9 is going to be a big day for Samsung. The South Korean smartphone maker is all set to launch the most awaited Galaxy Note 9 at its Unpacked event on the stated date. Alongside the Note 9, Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a tablet — Galaxy Tab S4 — and also a Galaxy Watch. A new report now reveals that apart from Tab S4 Samsung is working on another tablet called the Galaxy Tab A2 XL to launch on the same date. The Galaxy Tab A2 XL will apparently come with a massive 10.5-inch display. Some key specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 XL have now surfaced online.To recollect, a couple of weeks ago, few images of the Galaxy Tab A2 XL were leaked by Sammobile. The same source has now revealed some of the key specs of the tablet. Before the specs, it is important to note that this Samsung tablet is going to be a mid-range device, could be cheaper than the Tab S4.Let’s talk about the specs now. The new report suggests that the mid-range Samsung tablet — Galaxy Tab A2 XL — will come with a massive 10.5-inch display with 1920x1200p resolution. Not only a big display, the Samsung tablet will also come with a huge battery as well. The Galaxy Tab A2 XL is said to be backed by a 7,300 mAh battery.On the hardware front, the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, suggests report. The report also reveals that the storage memory of the Galaxy Tab A2 XL can be expanded via a microSD card.advertisementThe Galaxy Tab A2 XL will come with a single camera setup on both rear and front panel. On the back side, the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will sport an 8-megapixel sensor, while on the front the device is said to sport a 5MP sensor. Other features that the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will include are 5GHz Wi-Fi ac and LTE support, Bluetooth 4.2, on-screen navigation keys, face unlock, and iris scanner. On the software front, the Galaxy Tab A2 XL will run Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box.ALSO READ: Flipkart teaser hints Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to launch in India on August 9, sale around August 15As far as the launch of the Galaxy Tab A2 XL is concerned, Samsung is expected to launch the device alongside Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4 at the company’s Unpacked event on August 9 in New York City.
Real Madrid were on the losing side of a final in their first competitive match since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid beat Real 4-2 to lift the UEFA Super Cup but Los Blancos midfielder Casemiro feels that cannot be an excuse.Casemiro, who was substituted in the 76th minute with his side leading 2-1, saw the game slip out of their hands from the bench but has gone on to say that this is just the start and they have faith in new coach Julen Lopetegui.Lopetegui who was sacked as the coach of the Spain national team just one day before the start of the World Cup endured a difficult start to the beginning of his managerial career at Real.Lopetegui predecessor Zinedine Zidane won all the eight finals he took Real Madrid and that’s a difficult statistic to top but Casemiro was confident of eventual development under their new manager.”Of course we miss Cristiano, but that’s in the past now,” Casemiro told reporters after his side were overpowered by their city rivals in extra time in Tallinn.”We cannot talk about Cristiano to cover things up, because any team would miss Cristiano. We are upset about losing a trophy but this is just the start. We have total confidence in our coach and giving excuses is not what Real Madrid do.”Real have not yet signed a replacement for the man who scored 451 goals and led them to four Champions League titles in the last five seasons.advertisementThe club received 105 million euros ($119.4 million) from Juve for Ronaldo in July, but the only new recruit at the Bernabeu has been goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.Casemiro, however, said the loss to Atletico did not mean his side had to go out and make urgent signings.”One result doesn’t mean we have a better or worse squad, those in charge of the club will decide whether or not we need more signings,” added the Brazilian.(With Reuters inputs)
The 18th edition of the Asian Games is underway in Indonesia. India have sent a 572-athlete strong contingent, who will be participating in 18 different events. Indian athletes have already clinched six gold medals at the event and would be looking to better their tally from the 2014 Incheon Games, where India won 11 gold medals.Here are the gold medal medal winners for India at Asian Games 2018 so far:Bajrang Punia, wrestlingWrestler Bajrang won India’s its first gold medal at the games in the 65kg freestyle category.An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.Vinesh Phogat, wrestlingVinesh created hsitory after she won the 50kg category final. Vinesh is the first Indian female wrestler to win gold at the Games.Vinesh defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki 6-2 in the final to bag the top prize.Saurabh Chaudhary, shootingSaurabh, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer, became the youngest Indian shooter to strike gold at the games.Rahi Sarnobat, shootingRahi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.advertisementIndian rowing teamThe Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, tennisBopanna and Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang by winning the gold medal match against Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.
Buenos Aires, Sep 28 (AFP) Manchester City center-back Nicolas Otamendi was recalled to the Argentina squad on Friday but as expected, Lionel Messi was left out of the group due to play arch-rivals Brazil in Saudi Arabia.After Argentina’s disappointing last-16 elimination by eventual winners France from the World Cup in Russia, Messi was granted time off from national team duties for the rest of the year.He missed friendlies in the United States against Guatemala (3-0) and Colombia (0-0) earlier this month and will watch from afar as interim-coach Lionel Scaloni’s team tackle Iraq on October 11, also in Saudi Arabia, and Brazil five days later in another pair of friendlies.”I’ve spoken with Messi and we agree that it’s not the right time for his return,” said Scaloni.Alongside Messi, three other attacking stalwarts have been left out: Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain, and AC Milan’s Gonzalo Higuain.Inter Milan duo Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez are in, alongside Giovani Lo Celso of PSG and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.SquadGoalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad/ESP), Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG) Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Renzo Saravia (Racing), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Fabricio Bustos (Independiente), German Pezzella (Fiorentina/ITA), Alan Franco (Independiente), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal/ESP), Walter Kannemann (Gremio/BRA), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax/NED) Midfielders: Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese/ITA), Roberto Pereyra (Watford/ENG), Santiago Ascacibar (Stuttgart/GER), Leandro Paredes (Zenit/RUS), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Franco Cervi (Benfica/POR), Franco Vazquez (Sevilla/ESP), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate) Forwards: Gonzalo Martinez (River Plate), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan/ITA), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan/ITA), Giovanni Simeone (Fiorentina/ITA), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid/ESP). AFP BSBSadvertisement
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke said Jasprit Bumrah has the potential to become the best bowler in the world. On Friday, Bumrah rocked Australia with a six-wicket haul which bundled the hosts out for 151 on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test.Bumrah’s pace was too hot to handle for Australia who crumbled on a deteriorating pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to hand India a massive advantage. India had declared their first innings after scoring 443 for 7.Despite taking a 292-run first innings lead, India chose not to enforce the follow-on. Batting again, India were reduced to 54 for 5 with a lead of 346.Like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, and Rohit Sharma, India owe their strong position to Jasrpit Bumrah, who has taken 45 wickets in his first year in Test cricket.He is ranked No.1 in ODIs but is 28th in the ICC’s rankings for Test bowlers. But Clarke felt certain that would change soon.”He must be a great guy to play with and to captain. He doesn’t mind the pressure or the expectations. He wants to learn and is a workhorse – not too long before he will become the best bowler in the world,” Clarke said.Former India pacer Javagal Srinath also had rich praise for Bumrah and said his spell on Friday was one of the best ever bowled in Australia. “This would definitely be one of the best spells bowled in Australia. That is what my opinion is. He was unplayable all the way through,” he told MyNation.advertisementSpeaking to the media after the end of day’s play, Bumrah said the wicket was “really slow” in the first session before Rohit Sharma suggested he bowled a full”When I was bowling there [first session], the wicket had become really slow, the ball had become soft, nothing was happening. The last ball before lunch, Rohit [Sharma] was at mid-off. He told me ‘you can try a slower ball like you do in ODI cricket’,” Bumrah told the media in Melbourne on Friday.”I thought, ‘yeah I can give it a go’ as nothing was happening. We thought some of their guys play with hard hands and we wanted to try that and the execution was good on the day.”I was trying to bowl a full, slower ball. I thought maybe it will dip or go to short cover. That was the plan and it worked.”Also Read | Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarksAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso See:
Mohammad Azharuddin said Virat Kohli is the Boy Wonder of modern cricket and lauded the India captain for his stunning form. Kohli finished 2018 as the highest scorer in Tests and ODIs and many experts believe he will go on to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records.Last year, Kohli amassed 1322 runs in Tests and 1202 runs in ODIs. Overall, he hit 11 international hundreds in 2018. In South Africa, Virat Kohli smashed a record-breaking 871 runs across formats before scoring nearly 600 runs in five Tests in tough conditions in England.Kohli is ranked No.1 in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Tests as well as ODIs.”You can see Virat’s performances and statistics are all in front of you. His numbers, his consistency is second only to Don Bradman I feel,” Azharuddin said at India Today Mind Rocks 2019.Asked if Kohli is the Boy Wonder of world cricket, Azhar said without any hesitation, he indeed was.”Yes definitely. He will improve further in the future and play even better. He will go on to break more records because age is also on his side,” Azhar said.Azharuddin said India will soon be able to finalise their World Cup squad but said they would need four good pacers to exploit the conditions in England.”India can finalise its team for the World Cup only at the end of February-March. The team is almost set for the tournament”I feel India need 3-4 fast bowlers for the World Cup in England. We need a few pacers for the conditions in England. If you look at India’s pace battery, we lost the series in South Africa and England but our bowling has been top class so far. This I feel is the best fast bowling attack in Indian cricket history.advertisement”We can keep dreaming of the World Cup from now but those dreams can only be turned into reality when the Indian team goes to England and performs well. It is good to dream about such things but it will be even better when the team turns them into reality. I hope the team wins the World Cup because we are No. 1 in Tests, and excellent in ODIs and T20Is, I don’t think we can send a better side to England,” he said.Azharuddin, one of India’s most successful captains, said his biggest regret was not lifting the World Cup despite leading India in three editions.”A lot of my dreams I haven’t been able to realise. I captained the team in three World Cups but couldn’t win one so that is one dream I regret not fulfilling,” he said.
Mohammad Azharuddin said MS Dhoni will emerge as India’s No.1 player in the 2019 World Cup in England. Speaking at India Today Mind Rocks, Azharuddin said Dhoni’s experience will be vital for India in the World Cup which starts in a few months.Dhoni had led India to World Cup glory in 2011 and despite a dip in form over the last two years, remains one of the most loved cricketers in the country. In 2018, Dhoni managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs without scoring a half-century.MS Dhoni is now in Australia and will look to regain his form as India gear up for the first of 13 ODIs they are lined up to play before the World Cup gets underway in a few months.Azhar said he expected Dhoni to play a crucial role in the World Cup with his experience and skills.”like Dhoni a lot. I feel Dhoni will emerge as India’s No. 1 player in the 2019 World Cup because he has so much experience and we have seen how he marshals the troops from behind the stumps,” Azhar said at India Today Mind Rocks.This is the best team and if it plays well, we will certainly win the World Cup: Mohammad Azharuddin#MindRocksBhubaneswarLIVE https://t.co/IoVlQX3D3u pic.twitter.com/L2wgPIsHbaIndia Today (@IndiaToday) January 10, 2019″He even guides the bowlers on where to bowl and helps Kohli with the field placements. That makes a huge difference. He is so experienced and the most successful captain till now,” Azhar said.advertisementEarlier on Thursday, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma also stressed on the importance of MS Dhoni in the side and said he was a guiding light for the Indian team.”Over the years, we have seen what sort of presence MS Dhoni has in the dressing room and on the field. With him around, there’s a sense of calmness in the group which is very important and also a bit of help to the captain because he stands behind the stumps and he has captained India for so many years.. he has been a successful captain for India.”So him being around for India is always helpful. He is a like a guiding light around the group, I would say. Also with the bat.. down the order, getting through that finishing line is very, very important,” Rohit said.Also Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Mohammad Azharuddin on Rishabh Pant: India have a batsman like Adam Gilchrist
India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya wrote out a blank cheque for Jacob Martin, who is battling for life in Vadodara. Martin, a former India cricketer was injured seriously in a road accident on December 27.Several names from the cricket fraternity have come out to help Jacob Martin who played 10 one-day internationals from 1999 to 2001. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was among the first to come to Martin’s aid and transferred funds into his bank account, according to the Telegrapgh.Krunal Pandya, who is a regular in the Mumbai Indians squad and a new member of the Indian T20I side, has played six T20 Internationals for India, wrote out a blank cheque to Martin and according to The Telegraph, said: “Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh.”Sourav Ganguly has been in touch with Jacob Martin’s wife Khyati. BCCI and Baroda Cricket Association have reportedly already offered their support to Martin, who is on ventiliator support and it is understood the next few hours will be critical.Former India cricketer and ex-Baroda coach Jacob Martin met with an accident and is in the hospital.Wish you a speedy recovery Jacob bhai and praying for your wellbeing. #getwellsoon pic.twitter.com/FDUNI74i3CYusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 9, 2019Several big names in the cricket fraternity: Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra have offered their help.Martin, 46, was captain of Baroda’s first Ranji Trophy winning team. The cricket community has come forward to help their collegue at his time of crisis. According to media reports, the hospital bills total up to Rs 70,000 per day. Former BCA secretary Sanjay Patel has been in touch with BCCI and BCA.advertisementBCCI has released Rs 5 lakh from its Benevolent Fund while BCA has given Rs 3 lakh to help the Martin family with the hospital bills.Also Read | Virat Kohli completes historic hat-trick: Full list of ICC award winnersAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Flexible with ideas but focus on winning, says Virat Kohli
Goals from Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min helped Tottenham Hotspur overcome Leicester City 3-1 in an entertaining Premier League match at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.Tottenham went ahead through Sanchez who scored his first goal for the London club by meeting Eriksen’s whipped cross with a diving header in the 33rd minute, although Leicester’s players complained he was in an offside position.Leicester missed the chance to equalise on the hour mark when substitute Jamie Vardy’s penalty — his first touch after coming on — was pushed away by Hugo Lloris after Jan Vertonghen was adjudged to have fouled James Maddison in the box.”Lloris saved us a few times and we were lucky that he took out the penalty which gave us confidence. You felt that in the whole stadium, and we’re happy to have Hugo,” Eriksen said.Captain. #COYS pic.twitter.com/wFWaJqn57bTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2019Tottenham doubled their lead three minutes later as Eriksen collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a fierce shot past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Vardy made up for his earlier miss by tapping in from close range 14 minutes from the final whistle after a well worked move allowed Ricardo Pereira to drill in a cross from the right.After a sustained period of Leicester pressure, Son settled nerves of the home supporters by slotting in Tottenham’s third with a solo run from the halfway line.v Watfordv Newcastlev LeicesterSonny’s on fire. #COYS pic.twitter.com/9ht2s47ZobadvertisementTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2019Victory took title contenders Tottenham to 60 points from 26 matches, five points behind leaders Liverpool and two adrift of champions Manchester City who play Chelsea later on Sunday.Eriksen said Tottenham had showed plenty of character to see off a determined Leicester, a quality that could help them in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.”We didn’t make life easy for ourselves,” the Dane said.”The last three games we won in the last 10 minutes, which shows the character of the team and we did that again today. It’s going to be the same on Wednesday.”Tottenham had a first-half penalty claim denied after Harry Maguire appeared to bring down Son with the referee booking the South Korean for simulation, a decision manager Mauricio Pochettino described as “unbelievable”.”When you compare the situation with the penalty for Leicester, unbelievable… I’m more relaxed because we won,” Pochettino added.”Do you think that we’re a team trying to cheat a referee? Come on, we’re one of the nicest teams on the pitch.”Leicester boss Claude Puel bemoaned his side’s finishing.”Throughout the game we had a feeling we can score… we had chances and half chances,” the Frenchman said. “It’s difficult to accept with all the good intention to go without the reward.”We need a little more conviction and a clinical edge.”Also Read | Liverpool and Arsenal register routine wins, Cardiff beat Southampton on emotional dayAlso Read | Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial fire Manchester United into top four
Brief scores – Afghanistan 165 for 5 (Gulbadin Naib 46, Mohammed Shahzad 43) beat Ireland 161 (Paul Stirling 89, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3 for 14) by 5 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. ScorecardAfghanistan delivered the first blow on Ireland in the five-match series as they won by 5 wickets in Dehradun to take a 1-0 lead on Thursday.Chasing a modest target of 162, Afghanistan rode on significant knocks from Mohammed Shahzad and Gulbadin Naib to cross the finish line in 41.5 overs.Naib top-scored for Afghanistan with 46 off 61 balls while Shahzad managed 43 off 53 balls. Hazratullah Zazai (25) and Rahmat Shah (22) also contributed with the bat.For the Irish, Boyd Rankin took a couple of wickets while Simi Singh, George Dockrell and Barry McCarthy took a wicket each.Earlier, Afghanistan, who are hosting the Irish in Dehradun, had bowled out the visitors for 161 in 49.2 overs with Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Dawlat Zadran playing the starring role with the ball.Afghanistan beat @Irelandcricket by 5 wickets in the first ODI of the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan ODI Cup to take a lead of 1-0 in the five-match series. @GbNaib top-scored with 46 runs while @MShahzad077 contributed 43 and 25 runs respectively.#AFGvIRE pic.twitter.com/8PaHVMGuMmAfghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) February 28, 2019Mujeeb finished with outstanding figures of 3 for 14 in 10 overs including three maidens, which is one of the most economical spells ever bowled in the 50-over format. The 17-year-old had an economy rate of just 1.40 during his spell.Dawlat also bagged three wickets for 35 runs in 10 overs while Gulbadin Naib chipped in with the ball first with 2 wickets before top-scoring with the bat.advertisementThe 27-year-old was adjudged man-of-the-match for his all-rounder efforts.”It’s not easy to play on this kind of team, and then to perform and get the man of the match award. Wicket is changed, it is low and you cannot take most different deliveries. I planned to bowl slower ones and change the pace, and keep a tight line,” Gulbadin said at the post-match presentation.Ireland captain William Porterfield meanwhile, said that the pitch made it very difficult for the batsmen to score freely.”I think if we had (picked wickets) in the first 5-6 overs, we would have given ourselves a chance. It was a tough wicket, there was no way to hit the ball fluently. 220-230 would have been a good chase.”I don’ t think it (the pitch) played slower than expected. We just left ourselves short with the bat. With such tight schedules, it’s more mental. I don’t think the pitch will be too much different,” Porterfield said.Also Read | Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI in Dehradun: As it happened
The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on a plea by former cricketer S. Sreesanth challenging the lifetime ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in match fixing during 2013 IPL.The bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K.M. Joseph reserved the order as apex cricketing body said that Sreesanth was found guilty on all the three counts – corruption, betting and bringing disrepute to the game.The court has given both Sreesanth and the BCCI to file their written submissions in two weeks.Appearing for BCCI, senior counsel Parag Tripathi told the court that for corruption and betting, the punishment is lifetime ban from the game.Pointing to zero tolerance towards corruption and betting and also any act bringing disrepute to cricket, Tripathi told the court that at no stage, Sreesanth brought it to the notice of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit about his being approached by bookies.The BCCI also reiterated the charge that Sreesanth never explained to the inquiry committee about where Rs 10 lakh, an amount that finds mention in the recorded telephonic conversation, came from.In his rejoinder arguments, senior counsel, Salman Khurshid appearing for Sreesanth said that the onus of proving the guilt was on the BCCI. He said it was for the BCCI to establish that Rs 10 lakhs had come from questionable sources for match fixing.Referring to the taped conversation, Khurshid said it says that transaction would take place only if former cricketer concedes 14 runs in an over and that it would be off for anything less than that.advertisementIn the alleged over, where Sreesanth was to concede 14 runs, in fact 13 runs could be scored. It has been contended against Sreesanth that there was one no ball, which would have made it to 14 runs, but it escaped the umpire’s sight.Wrapping up his rejoinder arguments, Khurshid urged the court to save the career of the “young cricketer, who is not that young now, but still retains the spirit of cricket.”In the earlier hearing, Sreesanth had told the court that he initially confessed to the Special Cell of Delhi Police about his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal to escape sustained and continuous police torture.Sreesanth moved the top court challenging the Kerala High Court order upholding the lifetime ban on him by the BCCI.The BCCI had on May 15 last year opposed the plea by Sreesanth seeking a relaxation of the ban on him, so that he could play in county cricket in England.BCCI had earlier told the court that it has already appealed against the order discharging Sreesanth in the spot-fixing case during IPL 2013.The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth and his two other Rajasthan Royals’ teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charge of spot-fixing during IPL 2013.Also Read | Supreme Court asks why Sreesanth didn’t inform BCCI about being approached for spot-fixingAlso Read | Slapping Sreesanth was a mistake, should never have done that: Harbhajan Singh
Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has conceded that the three-time champions struggled to compete in the absence of their influential leader MS Dhoni in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Fleming said both the team and the individuals have come up with below-par performances in the two IPL 2019 matches that MS Dhoni has missed so far. While insisting CSK have enough quality to step up and deliver in crunch situations, Fleming maintained that Dhoni’s void is too big to fill.MS Dhoni was unavailable for selection on Friday for Chennai Super Kings’ reverse tie against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium due to fever. CSK also missed left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja due to the illness.In Dhoni and Jadeja’s absence, Chennai Super Kings slumped to a 46-run defeat to Rohit Sharma’s men on a slow turner. Dhoni’s absence was certainly felt as CSK lost the plot after early wickets fell in their chase of 156. The home team was bowled out for 109 in just 17.4 overs.When CSK played without Dhoni for the first time in IPL 2019, they were handed six-wicket thrashing by Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 17. Dhoni had missed the said encounter with a back spasm.”I think you know the answer to that. He is a great leader and a great player. He’s been a constant for us for so many years. You just get into the rhythm while having him there. When you take a leader like that out, there are going to be some holes to fill. It’s not that we’re not trying to fill it. It’s just that the hole is quite big,” Fleming said on Friday.advertisementThe CSK head coach added: “It takes a mammoth effort to lift the team up when you have one of the best player who is unavailable. It’s probably psychological as well. Though we’re good enough to do that… the two games we have played without him, the performances have been well-below par from a team perspective as well as an individual perspective.””I don’t think so (batsmen insecure in Dhoni’s absence). There’s a comfort when he’s there. He was there (batting) in the last game. The players are good enough and have enough experience to do it themselves.””If we do have situations that don’t go our way, we should have the experience of dealing with it; which we haven’t at the moment. I think what concerns me is repetitive mistakes we made many times this season. The fact that we are still at the top of the table is a testament to bowlers and individual performances.”Time to believe in #Yellove and the cause! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvMI pic.twitter.com/cXqm8WTqJUChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 26, 2019Dhoni, Jadeja pretty sick: FlemingShedding light on Dhoni and Jadeja’s illness, Fleming said: “They [Dhoni and Jadeja] both are pretty sick… both unwell, virus and bacteria. A lot of teams are struggling at the moment through that.”With 314 runs at an average of above 100 from just 7 innings, MS Dhoni has been leading the batting charts for CSK in IPL 2019.Chennai, who have all but sealed a place in the playoffs, will next face Delhi Capitals in Chennai on May 1. Head coach Fleming says the entire team is looking forward to the four-day break after having played 6 matches in the last 15 days.”We’re looking forward to the four-day break. It’s probably come one day bit too late. But we’ve got a four-day break now. I think Mumbai benefitted from that (five-day break). We are going to look to do the same now.”Also Read | CSK missed MS Dhoni’s presence in run chase: Rohit Sharma after MI winAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga help MI breach CSK fortress at ChepaukAlso See:
Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, ending the Spanish champions’ four-year winning streak in the competition and denying them a domestic double.Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno struck first-half goals to give Marcelino’s dominant Valencia control of the final in Seville’s sweltering Benito Villamarin stadium.Record 30-times Cup winners Barcelona struggled without injured forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele but Lionel Messi pulled the Catalans back into the game with a close-range finish.Goncalo Guedes missed a gilt-edged chance in stoppage-time for Valencia but they held on to win their first major trophy since last lifting the Cup in 2008.”I’m so happy because for me, my family, it’s incredible,” said Valencia captain Dani Parejo. “A club like Valencia deserves a lot more joy like this. I don’t have the words, it’s incredible.”We’ve made history in a really significant year, our centenary year.”Valencia finished fourth in La Liga after a strong second half of the season, reaching the Europa League semi-finals and ending an impressive campaign with this victory.Valencia worthy champions: Gerard PiqueBy contrast, Barcelona’s campaign collapsed in the last fortnight as they threw away a three-goal Champions League semi-final lead to be eliminated by Liverpool before letting the Cup slip out of their hands.Barcelona were bidding to lift themselves from their humiliation on Merseyside by securing the ninth domestic double in their history, but despite Messi’s efforts they were over-run by a determined and well-drilled Valencia side.Gerard Pique was forced to clear Rodrigo’s effort off the line before Gameiro blasted Marcelino’s side ahead in the 22nd minute after good work from Jose Luis Gaya.advertisementThe Catalans failed to create openings and Rodrigo nodded home the second after Carlos Soler whipped a ball across the face of goal.Messi struck the post with a delightful outside-of-the-boot effort before slotting home the rebound when Jaume Domenech saved Clement Lenglet’s header for his 51st goal of the season, but it was not enough.”Valencia are worthy champions and it’s also been a good year for us,” said Pique.”It’s always a good year when you win La Liga but the expectation was to have an even better year and that’s not been the case. The season ends with a bittersweet feeling, because it could have been better.”We aren’t worrying about the manager’s future, we must analyse ourselves and try to improve. The other decisions aren’t in our hands, but we’ve said more than once that we would like him to stay on.”Also Read | Lionel Messi finishes Europe’s top scorer for 3rd straight yearAlso See:
Alexis Sanchez shrugged off an ankle injury and continued his resurgent form at the Copa America as the Chile striker fired his side to a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Friday which took the holders into the quarter-finals of the competition.Chile took the lead in the eighth minute when Jose Fuenzalida volleyed into the net but Ecuador was awarded a penalty when goalkeeper Gabriel Arias clattered Jhegson Mendez, allowing Enner Valencia to level from the spot in the 26th.Sanchez, who had ended a barren five-month spell by scoring in Monday’s 4-0 win against Japan, put Chile ahead early in the second half, expertly guiding a bouncing cross into the net with one touch.Ecuador, who were hammered 4-0 by Uruguay in their opening game, rarely threatened again and saw defender Gabriel Achilier receive a straight red card in stoppage time for a rash tackle on Arturo Vidal, who had to be taken off.Sanchez later revealed he had been playing with an ankle injury sustained in the first half.”After a cross, I rolled my ankle but I put a bandage on it, I took a pill for the pain and I came out again,” he told reporters.”I think I have a sprain, I was playing with pain but I hope it’s not too serious.”Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda praised Sanchez for playing on, adding that the ankle was not the same one he injured in May.”He was evaluated by the doctors at halftime who said he could continue, although he put lots of ice on it at halftime. He made a huge effort in the second half,” he said.advertisement”We’ll evaluate it again but we hope it isn’t serious.”Chile, Copa champions in 2015 and 2016, lead Group C on six points. Uruguay is second on four with Japan third on one and Ecuador bottom with no points.Ecuador still has an outside chance of sneaking into the quarter-finals as one of the two best-ranked third-place finishers but they must win their game against Japan on Monday and hope other results go their way.Their coach, Hernan Dario Gomez, gave the briefest of post-match news conferences, saying he was not in the mood to take questions and gave a short assessment of the game before leaving.Also Read | Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres retires from footballAlso Read | Manchester United fans find a unique way to show their frustrationAlso See
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Rain has kept Iowa and Nebraska farmers out of corn and soybean fields in the past few weeks significantly delaying the harvest.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 32 percent of the Iowa soybean crop has been harvested, the lowest percentage harvested by this date since 1985 and only 13 percent of the corn crop for grain is finished, the smallest percentage harvested by this date since 2009.In Nebraska corn is 17 percent finished behind 32 percent last year and the 39 percent average.Just a third of the Nebraska soybean crop has been harvested, well behind 59 percent last year at this time and the five-year average of 67 percent.
Ed. note: I asked my uniform Photoshop specialist Chris Knox to see if he could whip up some options for what the throwback uniforms OSU might wear on Thursday might look like.That’s a lot of mights but Knox did a tremendous job re-creating what a nod to yesteryear might look like. Here’s his take on a few different years with my commentary.1980I would weep. My gosh. If this is what OSU rolls out in on Thursday evening as a nod to 1980 I will lose it. The three stripes, the black and white helmet, all of it. Bring it on.1983Pretty similar to 1980 but I like the three stripes of 1980 a little bit better.1988These are good, not great. I would prefer a white-orange-white look if this is what OSU decides to go with.1992Another fantastic look and a nod to the three wins we posted from 1990-1998 (or something like that). I wouldn’t mind seeing these pants full time.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
It’s unfair to Florida, Georgia and USC that I’m taking a convenient eight-year snapshot of their programs, but still … eight years (and ongoing) is a long time. In that span, Oklahoma State has won more games than those three schools as well as Nebraska, Missouri, Penn State, Texas, Auburn, Michigan, Arkansas and Texas A&M.That’s pretty impressive. There’s more. According to OSU, only Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Stanford have more 10-win seasons this decade than Oklahoma State’s four.That’s ludicrous.Here’s a look at the top 20 programs over the last eight years (2008-2015).Can you imagine telling yourself during that Texas-USC title game in January 2006 that OSU would have more wins than Texas from that date forward and be within six of SC. What a world.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!