101-yr old Man Kaur seeks votes for prestigious Laureus Award

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 6 (PTI) Centenarian sprinter Man Kaur, who has featured among the nominees for the prestigious Laureus World Best Sporting Moment of the Year 2017 Award, has sought the support of countrymen and sports enthusiasts around the world to vote for here in a global online poll. The 101-year-old Chandigarh-based Man Kaur is among the six contenders. She had won the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland earlier this year. Kaur, who had earlier said that age was no bar to realise ones dreams, said today she was feeling happy to be featured in the category for the award. “I feel thrilled. I am feeling the same way as any youngster would. Now, I need support of my countrymen and sports enthusiasts around the world. Vote for me,” Kaur told PTI today. Kaurs 79-year-old son Gurdev Singh said he had received a communication from the Laureus recently informing him that his mother was going to be featured in the new category –Best Sporting Moment which will highlight the power of sport in changing the world. “My mother has been featured in a new category by the Laureus World Sports awards called Best Sporting Moment. She is one of the six contenders,” Gurdev said. “We appeal to people to vote for her by clicking on mylaureus.com and follow necessary instructions for voting. We need full support of our countrymen as their votes are crucial,” he said, adding people can cast votes over the next couple of weeks. Kaur, who won her first medal in 2007 at the Chandigarh Masters Athletics meet, is now eying to compete in Asia Masters Athletics Championship at Rugao in China later this month. Kaur took up athletics at the ripe age of 93 years “just for the heck of it” after seeing Gurdev run a race at Patiala. By winning the medal in Auckland, New Zealand, in April, Kaur added the 17th gold medal in her kitty. She had clocked one minute and 14 seconds as a small crowd cheered her on. In the run-up to the competition, Kaur left no stone unturned in her preparation doing five sprints of 50m each, one of 100m and one of 200m every alternate day. “I will continue to run and take part in competitions as long as I can. It gives me a lot of happiness when I run. I believe that age is no bar to chase and realise your dreams,” said Kaur, who is also called as Miracle Mom from Chandigarh. Besides Gurdev, Kaur has a 60-year-old daughter Amrit Kaur and a son named Manjit Singh, who is 72 year old. “I feel great that I am getting to travel places at this age,” she said with a smile. Gurdev said his mother also ran a non-stop 3km long race along with centenarian marathon runner Fauja Singh at Mohali a few years back. Kaur and Gurdev have taken part in dozens of Masters Athletics meets around the globe. She said that during her childhood she used to accompany the royal family of erstwhile Patiala state in summers to Chail in Himachal Pradesh and tend to their kids and the sick. Talking about her daily diet, she said, “I take boiled vegetables, wheat bread. I take healthy food, if you take junk food, then how can you run. I avoid fried food.” PTI SUN PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo returns as Real Madrid aim to put pressure on leaders FC Barcelona

first_imgReal Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will return to action against Real Betis on Wednesday after serving a five-match suspension, as the champions look to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo was sent off during the Spanish Super Cup win over Barcelona on August 13 and banned for five matches after pushing the referee, meaning he is yet to feature in the league this season.The Portuguese hitman struck twice in his only appearance since the incident, a comfortable 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League last Wednesday.Youngster Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale struck for a weakened Madrid on Sunday as they beat Real Sociedad 3-1, but as well as Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos are expected to return after suspension and injury respectively.Despite the impressive display against a previously unbeaten Real Sociedad, Ronaldo’s return will be vital for Madrid as they look to take advantage of a soft fixture schedule over the next two months to push rivals Barcelona.The Catalans, who face Eibar on Tuesday, sit top of the table and are four points ahead of Madrid who are in fourth place.Barcelona were rocked by Ousmane Dembele’s injury during their 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday, with the French winger set to miss around four months with a ruptured hamstring.Madrid’s home clash with Betis marks the start of a run of league fixtures which, on paper, they should win, including home games against Espanyol, Eibar and Las Palmas.”If we carry on like this we can do a lot of damage,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after his side’s win in the Basque Country.advertisement”We’re back on track but we’ve got to keep going because there’s another game on Wednesday.”Mid-table Betis have not beaten Madrid in the league at the Bernabeu in 19 years and only five times in 51 attempts.If they are to defeat them on Wednesday, they will need experienced winger Joaquin, 36, and summer signing Andres Guardado, 30, to continue their excellent form.”They are like kids in a school yard, they give it back to the guy that gives it back to them,” Betis coach Quique Setien said of the midfielders.”(Guardado) is a footballer I can’t describe, extraordinary. He has enormous quality and an enormous work rate. Just like Joaquin, they are reference points for the team.”last_img read more

Ian Botham bats for transfer reform as Paul Coughlin leaves Durham

first_imgThe England and Wales Cricket Board should introduce a transfer system that will reward counties for producing promising cricketers, former national team captain Ian Botham has said.Durham chairman Botham expressed his frustration after 24-year-old all-rounder Paul Coughlin signed a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire after rejecting a new deal with his side.Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell is also an England selector and Botham feels that could have played a part in Coughlin’s decision to swap sides.”They need to introduce a transfer or similar system of compensation, (and) to remove the potential for conflict of interest by preventing serving directors of cricket acting as selectors,” Botham said in a statement on Durham’s website (www.durhamccc.co.uk).”The ECB is currently reviewing its partnership agreement with the counties and Durham will be making strong representations to properly reward those that invest in the development of local talent.”English soccer uses transfer tribunals to decide the values of players under the age of 24 who switch clubs after running down their contracts.The fee decided by tribunal in these cases is non-negotiable, with the intention of protecting clubs that invest in talent development.”It concerns me that the current arrangements within cricket do not reward counties that invest in academies and produce exciting young English players,” Botham added.last_img read more

David Moyes’ West Ham reign starts with defeat at Watford

first_imgWest Ham United went down 2-0 at Watford as David Moyes’ tenure as manager got off to a losing start after a goal in each half at Vicarage Road on Sunday.Will Hughes turned home Andre Gray’s scuffed shot in the 11th minute to put Marco Silva’s men in front and Richarlison netted the second in the 64th minute to wrap up the points.The visitors, who had struggled to get striker Andy Carroll involved, rallied after going behind and would have been level before halftime but for some fine saves by Heurelho Gomes.After West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate missed another glorious chance, Watford upped their game and the pressure told as they scored their second.Watford climbed to eighth on 18 points, with West Ham stuck in the relegation zone in 18th on nine.Moyes, taking charge of his first match since taking over from the dismissed Slaven Bilic, made three changes to the side soundly beaten by Liverpool, with Carroll returning.The burly striker was immediately in the thick of the action, leaving Watford’s debutant Marvin Zeegelaar in a heap in just the second minute after catching him with his elbow.The Dutch defender was patched up and then played a pivotal role in Hughes’ first goal in Watford colours.His hoisted cross landed at the feet of Gray, who did not connect properly with his strike, but the ball kindly for Hughes, who turned to sweep it into the net.The Hammers pressed only to find Gomes in remarkable form. He dived bravely at Kouyate’s feet to smother his goal-bound effort before producing a sensational double save to twice deny Marko Arnautovic.advertisementThe visitors’ profligacy continued after the break, Kouyate ballooning a strike from close range.”We missed some big chances,” Moyes said. “The better team won the game, but there was a chance to change the outcome.”In contrast to the heroics of Gomes, Hammers’ England goalkeeper could perhaps have done better for Watford’s second goal as Richarlison’s shot squirmed past him.Manuel Lanzini’s shot was blocked on the line by Adrian Mariappa but Watford held out for only their second home win of the season to improve Silva’s stock yet further.The Watford manager is not publicly committing his future to the club with Everton still reported to be favourites to sign him for the vacancy at Goodison Park.”My players know how committed I am,” Silva said. “Some things in football you cannot control. Anything can happen.”last_img read more

Vivo X20 Plus UD with in-display fingerprint sensor to launch on January 25

first_imgChinese smartphone brand Vivo made headlines at CES 2018 earlier this month when it unveiled the first ready-to-produce smartphone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor developed by Synaptics. During the unveiling, Vivo did not provide a name for the smartphone or a launch date. A few days ago, the phone arrived on TENAA with the name X20 Plus UD and we now understand that the smartphone could be launched on January 25 at a price of CNY 3,998 (approx Rs. 39,800).The launch date and pricing of the Vivo X20 Plus UD were provided by Zyad Atef on Twitter. As nothing is confirmed as of now, it is best to take this with a grain of salt. As the name suggests, the X20 Plus UD will be pretty much similar to the X20 Plus that was launched back in September. The biggest difference, of course, will be the fingerprint sensor. While it was previously seen on the back of the X20 Plus, the sensor will now be hiding under the display on the front with the X20 Plus UD. This keeps the rear panel clean with just the logo and a dual rear camera setup.While Vivo did showcase a smartphone with an under display fingerprint sensor provided by Qualcomm at MWC last year, the company found that it wasn’t as responsive as it would have liked it to be. Thanks to Synaptics’ optical in-display fingerprint sensors, called Clear ID, Vivo is now the first brand to ship the much-expected technology. Under display fingerprint sensor is expected to go mainstream this year as manufacturers launch more and more bezel-less smartphones.advertisementALSO READ: Vivo unveils world’s first commercial smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor at CES 2018Apart from the under display fingerprint sensor, the X20 Plus UD is expected to be pretty much similar to the X20 Plus. It will likely sport a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It may be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor along with 4GB of RAM. As the X20 Plus was never brought to the Indian market, it is still uncertain whether the X20 Plus UD will make it to the country.<br />last_img read more

India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Virat Kohli & Co. eye second series triumph in SA

first_imgAfter registering a comprehensive 5-1 victory in the ODI series, Team India will now aim to clinch the T20I series with a win in the second match at Centurion on Wednesday.With a 28-run victory in the first match of the series, India has only complacency to guard against while a deflated South Africa would be fighting another battle of survival when the two sides clash.A prospective 3-0 series win would also help India climb up the ICC T20I Rankings and take up second spot behind Pakistan. However, if Australia beat New Zealand in the T20 tri-series final (on Wednesday as well), India would stay on in their current third position.ALSO WATCHWord from the Indian camp is that Virat Kohli will be fit in time for game. The skipper had hobbled off in latter stages of the previous game on Sunday with a left hip problem. The team management had deemed the issue as “nothing serious”, and as such, he is expected to walk out at toss time on Wednesday.Kohli had suffered a slight knee issue while fielding in the first ODI at Durban as well, but he brushed it off to score a fine hundred thereafter. Even so, another injury scare only underlines his exhaustive workload.Wrapping up the series here might also enable Kohli to take time off and sit out the final T20I in Cape Town, keeping in mind his hectic schedule over the next three months.If at all, India do need to consider his absence from this second match, then KL Rahul would come in as replacement.advertisementHe was left out from the previous game in favour of Manish Pandey, but now comes back into reckoning owing to Kohli’s pending fitness ruling. However, it is not expected to be the only change to the playing eleven.While India have shown a propensity recently to play a left-arm pacer in their T20I eleven, Jaydev Unadkat’s inclusion in the Wanderers game was perhaps down more to the good batting conditions on offer.The pitch at Supersport Park has played slow throughout this tour and the same is to be expected once more. In that light, India could once again opt for two spinners in the eleven, and ‘chinaman’ Kuldeep Yadav comes back into reckoning.Even left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who hasn’t got a game on the tour yet, could be considered given his ability to keep things tight.The one surprising element for India was Suresh Raina’s elevation to number three. If Kohli does play, will he repeat this ploy once again?In Johannesburg, it was obvious that the team management had gauged conditions early and deemed 200 a par-score on that pitch.Thus, their move to send Raina up and attack during the powerplay overs with Kohli held back to anchor the middle-order, allowing the returning left-hander a license to free shot-making.To an extent, it does shore up India’s only frailty lower middle order particularly as the team management continues to back MS Dhoni in the shortest format.The former skipper is also reluctant to bat higher up in keeping with his penchant for finishing off the innings. Kohli’s ‘demotion’ to number four, despite staggering average at his favoured spot, helps stabilise the lower middle order at least in the short term.Meanwhile, only last Tuesday, South Africa had faced a do-or-die moment in Port Elizabeth and now have their backs up against the wall for a second time in eight days.The hosts had put their hopes in a basket full of new eggs. Yet, despite hitting the refresh button, they weren’t able to muster the required challenge for a high-flying Indian team at the moment.AB de Villiers is now ruled out of this T20I series (with a left knee problem) as well but Cricket South Africa has not named a replacement. So, JP Duminy must find solutions from within the available squad.The stand-in skipper was adamant that their plans at Wanderers including the decision to bowl short to India’s top-order in the powerplay overs were sound enough, and just needed proper execution.In that light, it is easy to assume the same playing eleven could take the field yet again.It remains to be seen if the Centurion pitch will provide them enough bounce to try out the short-ball ploy once again, or indeed if the Proteas have thought of a plan B this time around.Teams (from):India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur.advertisementSouth Africa: JP Duminy (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, Reeza Hendricks, Christiaan Jonker, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts.Match starts at: 9.30 pm IST.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Watch: Heroes’ welcome for Nepal team in Kathmandu after gaining ODI status

first_imgNepal cricket team and the support staff got a heroes welcome when they landed in Kathmandu on Monday.Nepal gained ODI status for the first time in history last week when they beat Papua New Guinea by 6 wickets in their Cricket World Cup Qualifier play-off match at the at Old Hararians Sports Club.Thousands of fans, along with the media, gathered at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital city to greet the team with garlands and banners.Hundreds of fans have flocked to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to welcome Nepal’s cricket team home from #CWCQ, where they clinched ODI status.https://t.co/cHNcvEhULB pic.twitter.com/DoUHUvrWbTICC (@ICC) March 19, 2018The fact that the Cricket Association of Nepal (the official governing body of cricket in the country) is currently suspended makes the achievement ever more astounding. Continued government interference prompted ICC to take such a step.Nepal was given Affiliate status by the ICC back in 1988, and then in 1996 were awarded the Associate status. Twelve years on they have now confirmed their place among the big boys and have ODI status for the next four years from 2018 to 2022).Congratulations to Nepal!They will be an ODI team following #CWCQ after it was confirmed they will face Netherlands in the 7th place play-off! pic.twitter.com/t4zidcO4j1ICC (@ICC) March 15, 2018Nepal finished the World Cup Qualifiers in fourth place in Group B with one win and three losses in four games. Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong both lost their ODI status after respective losses and were demoted to the World Cricket League Division 2.advertisementTo the well wishers of Nepal Cricket : Its the Result of Years of Hard Work ! Years of Patience ! Hard work of many Legends and here we are now. A big proud day for all the people of NepalWhat a beautiful journey so far. Together its Possible. Nepal – An ODI Nation ! pic.twitter.com/Vvbp1go5yqSandeep Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) March 15, 2018Hong Kong eventually beat PNG ninth-place play-off on Saturday to securing at least one ODI game in the next four years.last_img read more

Sanjitas gold, Lathers bronze ensure another weightlifters day in CWG

first_img(Eds: Removing a word from third para) By Poonam Mehra Gold Coast, Apr 6 (PTI) One lamented the records that went unbroken in a gold-winning performance, while the other couldnt believe his luck in managing a podium finish on debut — Indian weightlifting had two contrasting medallists to celebrate on day 2 of the Commonwealth Games here today. Sanjita Chanu claimed the womens 53kg category gold, breaking the snatch record in the process, but was sad about not breaking the clean and jerk mark for the Games. On the other hand, 18-year-old Deepak Lather became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a CWG medal with his bronze in the mens 69kg category. The buoyant teenager from Haryana couldnt help but laugh at how lucky he got when his nearest rival fouled his last two clean and jerk attempts to finish fourth. While Lather had luck on his side, Chanu had her fortitude to thank as she claimed her second successive CWG gold despite nursing a nagging back problem here. The dimunutive Manipuri lifted a total of 192kg (84kg+108kg) to claim the gold ahead of Papua New Guineas Loa Dika Toua, who finished with 182kg (80kg+102kg) for a silver. The bronze medal went to Canadas Rachel-LeBlanc-Bazinet (81kg+100kg). Lather, on the other hand, lifted a total of 295kg (136kg+159kg), three kilograms more than Vaipava Ioane of Samoa, his nearest rival who couldnt pull of his final lift. The contrast couldnt have been more striking between the two Indians. While Chanu broke down in tears when she was presented her medal, Lather was grinning ear to ear and in mild disbelief at what had happened.advertisement “I was just sitting inside and hoping the Samoan would fail his attempt. I know its bad to wish ill for someone but I couldnt help it,” Lather said breaking into a laughter after the medal ceremony. “I was just hoping he would drop the bar, luckily he did,” he added. The youngster, competing in his maiden Commonwealth Games, holds the distinction of being the youngest to hold the national record as well. He held the 62kg category national record at the tender age of 15. Trained at the Army Sports Institute as a diver before being pushed into weightlifting by the coaches there, Lather quipped, “the coaches told me diving is not for rigid bodies of Haryana. We are meant for tough stuff like wrestling, weightlifting.” A complete antithesis to Lathers playfulness was Chanu, who spoke of how important it was to prove her detractors wrong and the fact that she competed here despite not being 100 per cent fit. “A lot of people said that probably I wasnt good enough for a medal. My back injury that I picked up at the World Championships last year is still not fully healed. I am probably at 90 per cent fitness right now,” said the soft-spoken youngster. Sanjita had won a 48kg category gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg) won a gold medal yesterday in the womens competition and P Gururaja claimed a silver in the mens 56kg category. The Indian weightlifters have so far claimed four medals in the event. PTI PM PDS PDS PDSlast_img read more

Bhaker, all of 16, claims gold; silver for Heena

first_img(Eds: Updating with more details) Brisbane, Apr 8 (PTI) Indias teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker grabbed the womens 10m air pistol gold medal by shattering the games record while Heena Sidhu staged a stirring comeback to bag silver at the 21st Commonwealth Games here today. The 16-year-old Bhakers calm demeanour belied her age as she shot a record 240.9 to finish well ahead of her senior teammate Sidhu, who aggregated 234 at the Belmont Shooting Centre. A dominant Bhaker led throughout the two stages in her maiden Commonwealth Games outing, living up to the billing. The bronze medal went to Australias Elena Galiabovitch who ended with 214.9. Bhaker was the overwhelming favourite to win the event, having bagged multiple gold medals at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico and the subsequent Junior World Cup in Sydney. The event in Mexico was also a maiden appearance for the young girl from the Jhajjar district in Haryana. Sidhu too did well to win silver after she was on the verge of elimination at one stage. She had also won a silver at the Delhi Games in 2010. Such was Indias dominance in the air pistol event that Bhaker and Sidhu were the only two shooters left in fray for the top honours. On expected lines, Bhaker produced some excellent shooting and notched up 10 and above scores on 14 occasions in the eight-women finals, ending with a 10.4 to finish way ahead of pack. Entering the Games after being embroiled in a controversy over the Sports Ministrys initial decision to refuse accreditation to her husband-cum-coach Ronak Pandit, Sidhu was off to a poor start and was staring at elimination at one stage, only to pull off a fine fightback and prove her detractors wrong.advertisement After a series of scores of 9s, Sidhu found her bearings and shot 10-plus scores nine times to not just widen the gap but finish well ahead of the eventual bronze medallist. There was no doubt about Bhaker — she was miles ahead and certain to emerge champion when Sidhu and Galiabovitch were tied with 195 points with four more shots left in the finals. Bhaker had tallied 201.7 points by then. After struggling to get going, Sidhu was back in medal contention with 175.3 points, courtesy a few 10-plus scores, even as Bhaker led with 180.2 points with six shots left. Bhaker led with 141.5 points in Stage 2 Elimination, while Sidhu was placed sixth with 134.9 points. Bhaker set the tempo when she recorded 101.5 at the end of first stage, leaving the others to play catch up for the rest of the finals. Her concentration was unwavering and she held her nerve all through to continue her golden run. Shooting happened to her by chance after a brush with contact sports and for someone who took to the sport just a little over two years ago, winning with such consistency would easily qualify as some achievement. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

JSW Steel-AION Capital emerges successful bidder for Monnet Ispat

first_img(Eds: Updating with more inputs)New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) JSW Steel-AION Capital has emerged as the successful bidder to acquire bankrupt Monnet Ispat and Energy (MIEL), according to a regulatory filing.The committee of creditors (CoC) of Monnet Ispat and Energy Ltd, which is undergoing insolvency proceedings, had on Tuesday approved the resolution plan submitted by the only bidder Sajjan Jindals JSW Steel along with AION Capital.”The consortium has been declared as the successful resolution applicant by the Committee of Creditors of MIEL on April 10, 2018, and has received a Letter of Intent (LoI) dated April 12, 2018,” JSW Steel said in a statement.JSW Steel Limited and AION Investments Private II Limited (AION) had submitted a bid for Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited (MIEL) under the corporate insolvency resolution process of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016.”The consortium has accepted the terms of the LoI. The closure of the transaction shall be subject to obtaining necessary regulatory approvals, including from the National Company Law Tribunal and the Competition Commission of India,” JSW Steel said.The insolvency resolution process of the company began on July 18, 2017. The resolution plan, submitted jointly by JSW Steel and AION Capital, was the only offer that Monnet Ispat and Energy received on December 23 — the last date for the submission of the bids.Monnet Ispat & Energy was the first stressed company to get resolution plans from prospective bidders. It was among the 12 NPAs referred by the Reserve Bank of India for insolvency proceedings. The company owes more than Rs 10,000 crore to its lenders.advertisementBesides MIEL, JSW Steel along with NuMetal had submitted bids for Essar Steel, another steel firm under insolvency proceedings, on April 2.JSW Steel is a part of the diversified USD 12 billion JSW Group, which has presence in steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, ventures and sports.JSW Steel is the leading integrated steel company in India with an installed steel-making capacity of 18 MTPA. JSW Steels plant at Vijayanagar in Karnataka is the largest single location steel producing facility in the country with a capacity of 12 MTPA. PTI ABI ABI BAL BALlast_img read more

CWG 2018, Day 10: 16 medals up for grab for India on penultimate day

first_imgIndia clinched 11 medals on Day 9 including 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze and are currently in 3rd place with 42 medals in total.Bajrang Punia won Gold in the men’s Freestyle 65kg wrestling event. He beat Kane Charig of Wales 10-0 (Technical Superiority) in the final.(CWG 2018, Day 9 Highlights: India cross 2014 Glasgow Games Gold medal tally)Anish pocketed Gold and created a new Games record in the men’s Rapid Fire Pistol event.Tejaswini Sawant bagged Gold in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions while Anjum Moudgil got Silver. Tejaswini shot a total of 457.9 points to create a new CWG record in the event.(Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 9: Medals Tally)Boxers Amit, Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik have assured India of at least 3 more Silver medals. However, there was heartbreak for Naman Tanwar who had to settle for Bronze after losing in the 91kg semi-finals.(CWG 2018, Day 9: Shooters stand out with 2 Gold on 11-medal day)Pooja Dhanda settled for silver after losing to Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye. On the other hand, Divya Kakran won the bronze medal in the Women’s Freestyle 68 kg after a very easy Victory by Fall against Bangladesh’s Sherin Sultana.India’s Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan have reached the final of Men’s Doubles and will face England’s Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall, who beat Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai. Sanil and Harmeet will play the bronze medal match against Singapore tomorrow.Later in the day, Manika Batra and Mouma Das will play the women’s doubles final against Singapore’s Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu. Also, Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Sutirtha Mukherjee will play for a Bronze against Malaysia’s Ho Ying and Karen Lyne.advertisementAustralia (166 medals) and England (99 medals) top the medals tally ahead of India while Canada are fourth, accumulating 74 medals.Following is India’s schedule on Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast:HOCKEY:Women’s Bronze medal match-India vs England6.00 AMMen’s bronze medal match-India vs England2.30 PMTABLE-TENNIS:Men’s doubles bronze medal match-Harmeet Desai and Shankar Shetty3.35 PMMen’s doubles gold medal match-Sharath Achanta and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran4.15 PMMixed doubles semi-final 1Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das5.00 AMMixed doubles semi-final 2Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra5.35 AMWomen’s singles semifinal 1Manika Batra6.10 AMMen’s singles semifinal 1Sharath AchantaWRESTLING:Women’s freestyle 62kg nordicSakshi Malik6.00 AMWomen’s freestyle 50kg nordicVinesh PhogatMen’s freestyle 125kg nordicSumitMen’s freestyle 86kg 1/8 finalSomveer6.15 AMBADMINTON:Men’s doubles semi-finalSatwik Reddy and Chirag ShettyMen’s singles semi-finalKidambi SrikanthWomen’s singles semi-finalSaina NehwalWomen’s singles semi-finalPV SindhuWomen’s doubles semi-finalSikki Reddy and Ashwini PonappaSQUASH:Women’s doubles semi-finalJoshna Chinappa and Dipika PallikalMixed doubles gold medal match-Dipika Pallikal and Sourav Ghoshal2.30 PMBOXING:Women’s 45-48 kg gold medal bout-MC Mary Kom7.32 AMMen’s 46-49 kg gold medal bout-Amit8.17 AMMen’s 52kg gold medal bout-Gaurav Solanki8.32 AMMen’s 60kg gold medal bout-Mainsh Kaushik8.47 AMMen’s 75kg gold medal bout-Vikas KrishnanMen’s +91 kg gold medal bout-Satish KumarATHLETICS:Men’s javelin throw final-Neeraj Chopra, Vipin Kashna10.05 AMMen’s triple jump final-Arpinder Singh10.45 AMlast_img read more

Still early days but Shaw, Gill look like India stars for the future

first_imgThere was much to look forward to in this year’s Indian Premier League with all eight franchises forming new teams after the auction in January.While most of the teams bid for the proven match-winners from the past, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, took a different path and bought the stars of the future while also maintaining their core squad with experienced hands.KKR bagged the services of India U-19 stars Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkotti and Shivam Mavi while the Daredevils snapped up Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra to bolster their batting lineup.Three of these youngsters have got the opportunity to represent their respective sides so far this season and they have immediately made an impact thanks to their fearless approach to the game.KKR VS CSK HIGHLIGHTS | MATCH PICTURESShaw and Gill in particular have taken the tournament by storm with their batting exploits. Cricket experts and pundits are in awe of the talent that these two posses while Mavi has also impressed the likes of Ian Bishop and Simon Doull with his pace and accuracy.KKR seem to have finally realised the potential that Gill has and have now started to send him up the order to bat at No.4. The 18-year-old batted at No.7 in three innings and at No.6 in two innings.IPL 2018: Teenage sensation Shubman Gill wants to grow a beard like Dinesh KarthikEverybody knew Gill is a special talent and needs to bat up the order where he can play to his potential. On Thursday, Nitish Rana was out injured with a back spasm and that meant it was an opportunity for Gill to go up the order at No.4advertisementThe teenager smashed an unbeaten 57 off 36 balls with six boundaries and two sixes to end up as the top-scorer in KKR’s successful run chase of 177.Gill displayed a wide variety of shots and expressed himself to the fullest as he got the license to thrill at the Eden Gardens.”I am very pleased to have batted at No. 4. I had dropped a catch, so I had to finish the game. Was talking with DK about how to deal with the death overs. Especially with the spinners bowling. Plan was about making sure that runs are flowing, and if the ball is bad, we’ll hit,” Gill said after the match.The right-handed bat said he is relishing the experience of playing in the IPL.”KKR crowd is the best. No matter whether we win or lose. Great IPL experience, Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich are great, so much to learn from them,” he added.India U-19 skipper Shaw, who lifted the World Cup earlier this year, has been in the limelight for a much longer time than any of his teammates.Prithvi Shaw has progressed remarkably, says Sachin TendulkarShaw was touted as a child protégé ever since he burst on to the scene back in 2013, when he scored 546 in a Harris Shield game. He already has five first-class hundreds even before turning an adult, since making his debut on the first day of last year for Mumbai in the semi-finals of the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy.The Mumbai batsman was in tremendous touch in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand where he scored 261 runs from six games and led from the front in India’s fourth U-19 World Cup triumph.Making his debut in the IPL, Shaw immediately grabbed attention with a sublime knock of 62 in his second match against KKR. He also became the joint-youngest player to score a fifty in the IPL thanks to that knock. He then smashed another quickfire 47 off 25 balls against Rajasthan Royals in the last match to script a 4-run win for DD in a rain-curtailed match.Shaw has so far scored 140 runs in 4 matches for DD at an average of 35 with a highest of 62. Gill meanwhile, has made 122 runs in 7 games at 40.66 with one half-century.While Shaw opens the innings for DD, it would be safe to assume that Gill will not be demoted after that spectacular knock against the Super Kings.So much potential and talent naturally leads to comparisons with the greats. While it is still early days for Shaw and Gill’s names to be taken in the same breath as Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli, the future of these two batsmen certainly looks very bright.Both teenagers have had a great start and impressive performances in the IPL bode well for them. Their seniors believe these two can go on to have successful international careers and there is no reason why they should not.advertisementBut the road ahead won’t be easy – in international cricket, it never is. Shaw is an opening batsman and India have the likes of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul in Tests and Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in ODIs. Besides, Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane are never out of reckoning as back-up openers in the shorter formats.Gill is a terrific middle-order batsman. The Indian middle-order is the strongest in world cricket at the moment and the young Punjab batsman will have to bide his time.But there might still be a glimmer of hope for him as India look to shore up the Nos 4 and 5 slots in their ODI line-up. Who knows how the team management might look at Gill after the World Cup next year?For now, though, Shaw and Gill will need to keep going – runs in the IPL, runs in domestic cricket before an India call-up never hurt.last_img read more

Nishu, Semboi to play for BFC till 2020; sign new contracts

first_imgBengaluru, May 29 (PTI) Defender Nishu Kumar and striker Thongkhosiem Haokip will continue to represent BFC till 2020 end. Both the players have signed new two-year contracts here, which was announced by the club on their twitter handle. “They’re Blue for another TWO! @nishukumar22 Semboi Haokip. #WeAreBFC,” BFC tweeted. Though former BFC coach Albert Roca fielded them infrequently in the Indian Super League, they played key roles in helping the team reach the knockout stages of AFC Cup. Nishu has played 26 times and scored three goals, while Haokip, who is popularly called Semboi, played eleven games and scored three goals for BFC this year. Haokip had represented FC Goa and Kerala Blasters in ISL, before joining BFC. He also had played for East Bengal, after having made his professional debut for Pune FC in 2013. In a group league encounter of the AFC, Nishu’s right-footer in the first minute of the stoppage time helped BFC climb on the top of the Group E table. He also scripted a timely brace in an AFC away game against Abahani Dhaka to enable BFC to qualify for the next round of the tournament. Expressing his delight, Nishu said he had to fight for his chances this season which is a good sign as that makes one to work harder to get into the side. “The management, coaching staff, dressing room and the fans have always been so supportive of me and I think this was an easy decision to make.” Haokip, who was picked in the ISL draft back in July 2017, played a key role in a season where Roca rotated his players heavily owing to the fixture.advertisement Playing nine games in Asian campaign of 2018, Haokip struck three goals in the qualifying stages, which included a match-winning brace in the play-off stage game against TC Sports Club from Maldives as Bengaluru booked a berth in the group stages of the competition. PTI BDN ATKATKlast_img read more

Every match at this stage of my return is a bonus: Serena Williams

first_imgWhen Serena Williams rushed towards the net to smash the ball away with all her might, the tremors felt all around Suzanne Lenglen Court on Saturday signalled only one thing – she was back in town to shake things up at the French Open.Williams, playing in her first major since the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia last September, had not been at her intimidating best in her previous two matches at Roland Garros this week.But if her third-round opponent Julia Goerges had hopes of finishing off a job that was ultimately beyond Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty, who folded despite being a set and a break up against Williams in round two, it did not take long for reality to sink in.Williams took only 75 minutes to deliver the knockout punch that flattened the German 11th seed 6-3 6-4 and set up a heavyweight fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.”I feel like every match I play I’m getting better. I’m playing tougher opponents and I’m hanging in there,” said Williams, whose trophy collection includes three Suzanne Lenglen Cups.”There is still a way to go but it’s moving in the right direction. It’s going to hopefully keep going.”After such an impressive performance it is now not inconceivable that come next Saturday she will be celebrating a fourth triumph in Paris and cementing her place alongside Margaret Court as the holder of a record 24 Grand Slam titles.Just seven matches into her comeback following her maternity break, Williams impressed all those watching on the 10,000-seater arena – including former boxing champion Mike Tyson – by pulverising her opponent.advertisementFive games after she broke for a 3-1 lead with a blazing crosscourt winner, Williams belted the furry yellow ball with so much fury into Goerges’s half of the court that it rebounded high into the stands.Williams, though, did not linger about to track the disfigured ball’s final destination as that shot had sealed her the set.Goerges broke the 23-times Grand Slam champion in the fourth game of the second set to get back on level terms at 2-2 but her moment in the spotlight was fleeting as she dropped serve in the very next game.Williams, whom the rankings state is only the 451st best player in the world, showed what she is made of as she roared on to an easy victory and booked her place in the Paris fourth round for the 12th time.After reaching the last 16 of a major for the first time as a mother, Williams was all smiles.”It’s really special to be here again. This time last year I was pregnant and I was having a tough time and then I had a tough birth so every match at this stage of my return is a bonus,” said Williams, who suffered multiple complications following the birth of her daughter.It was clear that finishing a tennis match quickly had another advantage.”I think sometimes the sooner I get off, the sooner I can get to her (Alexis Olympia),” she added when asked if she starts thinking about her daughter mid-match.”No matter what happens, I have an amazing human being that I love so much that I can go home to, and I can just be joyful with.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Argentine pope consoles Brazil after soccer World Cup exit

first_img\R Vatican City, Jul 8 (AP) Pope Francis is trying to cheer up Brazilian soccer fans after the team’s quarterfinal exit from the World Cup.The pope, an Argentine and an avid soccer fan, noted a preponderance of Brazilian flags on display in St. Peter’s Square during his traditional Sunday blessing.He told the crowd: “I see a lot of Brazilian flags: Have courage! There’ll be a next time.” The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russia.Francis often meets with visiting national soccer teams, has a collection of gifted jerseys and frequently promotes the value of sports particularly for young people. Argentina was eliminated from World Cup contention in the first of the knockout rounds. (AP) APA APAAPAlast_img read more

Managing GHG Emissions from Agriculture: A Unique but Solvable Challenge

first_imgThis post also appears on GreenBiz.com.Thousands of companies have developed greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in recent years as a crucial first step towards measuring and ultimately reducing their emissions. Agricultural emissions are a large part of many of those inventories: farming is currently responsible for between 10 and 12 percent of global GHG emissions. Globally, agricultural emissions are expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2030, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).There is much uncertainty about how agricultural emissions should be reported in GHG inventories, a situation that hinders measurement and reduction efforts in the sector. To address this issue, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol is developing industry-wide best practices for reporting agricultural GHG emissions. Why are agricultural GHG emissions so challenging?Agricultural emissions are difficult to consistently measure and report because:The emissions are strongly affected by weather and natural landscapes. As a result, emissions from any one farm can vary widely over time due to droughts, heat waves, and other factors. Companies need to understand and account for these effects if they are going to track the impacts of changes in farming practices.Agricultural emissions are often calculated with a high amount of uncertainty. This is because GHG emissions from many agricultural sources, such as manure management and livestock, are shaped by complex microbial processes that are not fully understood. Such data uncertainty has to be transparently reported to enable effective decision-making.Changes in the amount of carbon stored in soil and biomass do not occur at the same time as shifts in farming practices. For example, a farm may switch from high-intensity tilling (a practice associated with high emissions) to conservation tillage (a practice associated with lower emissions), but the benefit would only accumulate over time as the soil carbon slowly builds up. This issue can make it difficult for companies to know if and when they should report changes in stored carbon.Companies vary widely in the extent to which they control different parts of agricultural supply chains, such as commodity production, processing, and retail. This issue can impact incentives to actually report GHG emissions as well as the comparability of GHG inventories.What is the GHG Protocol doing to improve agricultural emissions management?The GHG Protocol has been working for the past two years to develop a draft Agricultural Guidance, a new supplement to the 10-year-old Corporate Standard, outlining how companies can conduct GHG emissions inventories. The Agricultural Guidance explains how producers and their customers can report agricultural emissions in a consistent way and develop inventories that can be used to:Identify and prioritize reduction opportunities at the farm level,Set and track progress toward reduction targets, andCommunicate progress to customers and civil society.The GHG Protocol recently convened a workshop to review the Agricultural Guidance. More than 30 experts from business, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations were in attendance, and they emphasized the strong need for guidance that harmonizes accounting approaches in agriculture.The workshop confirmed key components of the Agricultural Guidance, such as how to track emissions performance over time. It also highlighted other key issues to explore. For example, one area that needs further study is whether qualitative information on farming practices can ever substitute for GHG emissions data. Another was how inventories can be used to track the climate impact of agriculture-driven deforestation, particularly when deforested land has been sold to new owners. Finally, participants discussed the land lease contracts that producers can enter into with U.S. government land owners (e.g., Bureau of Land Management) and how the Agricultural Guidance should play a pivotal role in defining how GHG emissions from leased land should be reported.The issues raised during the workshop emphasize the importance of consistent GHG measurement and the need to develop industry-accepted best practices that offer a credible approach to reporting emissions.The GHG Protocol team is currently integrating workshop feedback into the Agricultural Guidance and expects to release the final document in late 2012. With the new guidance, the agricultural sector will have a valuable tool to accurately measure and report GHG emissions.“Agricultural outputs are the key inputs for many food, beverage and biofuel products, and it is important for agricultural companies voluntarily reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to do so in a consistent and transparent way,” said Nick Shufro, a workshop participant and PricewaterhouseCoopers representative. “The draft WRI Agricultural Sector supplement provides important guidance for agricultural companies looking to report their greenhouse gas emissions in a credible fashion.”It’s still possible for companies and others to become involved in the development process for the Agricultural Guidance. For further information about the project or participation opportunities, please contact Stacy Kotorac, GHG Protocol Project Coordinator/Research Assistant, at skotorac@wri.org.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka a Barbie girl, in a tennis world

first_imgNaomi Osaka, whose meteoritic rise to the top of the tennis world over the past year has included two Grand Slam titles and the world number one ranking, on Thursday said the newly unveiled Barbie in her likeness was another big honour.The 21-year-old told reporters she played with the famous Mattel dolls as a child and was proud to be part of the company’s 60th anniversary campaign, which includes a more racially diverse set of figurines.”Having that chance to represent people that might not think that they could be represented, that’s a really important goal of mine,” said Osaka, who is the daughter of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother.Osaka said seeing herself in doll form was also a reminder of how much her life has changed since she won the BNP Paribas Open a year ago to kick off her incredible run.”It’s a little bit surreal because last year nothing like that would have come my way but this year I have opportunities like that,” said Osaka, who represents Japan but grew up in the U.S.The top-seeded Osaka, who has posted a picture of the doll on her Twitter feed, will begin her title defense on Saturday when she faces Kristina Mladenovic of France.Honored to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls @Barbie #Barbie60 #YouCanBeAnything #barbie pic.twitter.com/5LBZMsNXqJ NaomiOsaka (@Naomi_Osaka_) March 7, 2019last_img read more

Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk driving

first_imgSri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was arrested on Sunday for drink driving after an accident injured at least one person near the main hospital in capital Colombo, a police spokesman said.”He was arrested early this morning for drinking and driving after the vehicle driven by him hit a three wheeler and injured its driver,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters.”He has been granted bail. He will be produced in the court tomorrow (Monday).”Karunaratne, who has no history of disciplinary problems, or his lawyer was not immediately available for comments.Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the incident and said it will follow due process in determining the future course of action.”Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that a road accident has occurred in the early hours of Sunday between a three-wheeler and a vehicle driven by national player Dimuth Karunaratne,” the board said in a statement.”Dimuth is undergoing due legal procedures with regard to the incident.””In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket will also follow the due process as per his ‘Player Contractual Obligation’ with the organisation and conduct an inquiry in order to take necessary action.”Sri Lanka won a two-Test series against South Africa last month under Karunaratne’s captaincy to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in the African nation.The left-handed opening batsman has played 60 Tests for the island team.Also Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandalAlso Read | Pakistan fined for slow over rate in 4th ODI vs Australiaadvertisementlast_img read more

OKC Dave with a definitive piece on the OSU defense

first_imgI know you guys are sick of hearing me drone on about the OSU defense being better than its perception but hey, it’s not me saying it anymore!In the podcast that’s coming out later today, Amilian and I talked about how OKC Dave is very good at taking large sums of (often complicated) data and packaging it in a very understandable way.This piece showing, not that the OSU defense is necessarily great, but how it might be the most misunderstood is a really great read.So go read it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Glenn Spencer’s Tweet Game is Strong

first_imgSpencer posts to twitter weekly what seems to be a motivating story for the game each weekend. He posted his scouting report titled “UT” yesterday which features an anecdote about Sparta.UT pic.twitter.com/hTeuArSZeX— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) September 24, 2015Sounds like Spencer is ready to go to war on Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img