Neville urges Man Utd to copy Liverpool & back Mou

first_imgManchester United have been urged to follow Liverpool’s lead, with Gary Neville calling for Jose Mourinho to be offered the same level of support as Jurgen Klopp.The man in charge at Old Trafford has seen his position called into question on a regular basis over recent weeks, with an inconsistent start to the season and talk of rifts in the camp doing his cause few favours.A 3-2 victory over Newcastle has eased some of the pressure for now, but that result came amid reports suggesting that the United board were ready to wield the axe regardless of how the Red Devils fared in a must-win game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Neville was among those to speak out against those suggestions, with the United legend clearly annoyed by them, and he feels inspiration can be taken from an arch-rival when it comes to backing a manager.He told Sky Sports on the approach Ed Woodward and the Red Devils board need to take: “The contract extension given to him in the summer was a sign that they were going to hit choppy waters, and they would have to go through it.”Jurgen Klopp is yet to win anything, but there’s a buy-in to what he’s doing at Liverpool. Manchester United have to buy in to Jose Mourinho as manager, give him the confidence and not undermine him and just go with it. Because if Jose was to be changed in the next couple of weeks, the new manager will see a few players he doesn’t like and then you’re in that cycle of continually changing.”I’m not sure this is a case where a new manager can come in and hit the ground running, pick a team up and be champions in 12 months. Jose is a serial win, and I don’t buy into this theory that he’s finished, that he’s a manager of yesterday.”I heard that from 2003 to 2006 about Sir Alex Ferguson when Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho first came to England. There were suggestions that it was the end of Sir Alex, but he needed to build a new team, and Jose needs time to work it out.”I hope the club can back Jose with the players he wants in January, and the players he doesn’t want. That’s the key thing. I’ve got the feeling in the last few months that the club have retreated a little bit on him in the transfer market, but maybe even retreated on him in terms of the players he doesn’t want.”I feel there’s maybe a tug-of-war [between Mourinho and the board] and that needs to stop.”Jose Mourinho Manchester United Valencia Champions League 2018-19While questions are still being asked of Mourinho and his relationship with the power brokers at Old Trafford, a loyal fan base made it clear during a dramatic clash with Newcastle that they remain fully behind him.Neville hopes others now buy into that way of thinking, with the promise of more challenges to come before United can claim to be clear of a testing period – with games against Chelsea and Juventus next on the agenda after the international break.”In some ways, it was better for Jose Mourinho to win like that [against Newcastle on Saturday] than it was to win 3-0. If you beat Newcastle 3-0, everyone would say well Manchester United should beat Newcastle comfortably, the money they’ve spent, where Newcastle are in the league,” added Neville.”But the way United were playing for 60, 70 minutes, and the way Newcastle were playing, you think that if they really aren’t with the manager, if they really don’t want to wear the shirt, if they really don’t have that spirit, we’re really now going to find out.”But the players in the last 25 minutes responded, and they were fighting for everything, they were pushing until the end. It was a little bit messy, it wasn’t the perfect performance in football terms.”The international break is probably a welcome break for Jose Mourinho, the board and for the players, but it all happens (when they return) in about a month and that’s when we’ll find out where they’re at this season.”In terms of those earlier reports emanating that Jose wouldn’t be at the club, I’d be stunned if he wasn’t at Stamford Bridge in a couple of weeks’ time because ultimately the game was won [against Newcastle] and you could see the spirit at the club.”last_img read more

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Report: Manchester City 9 Burton 0

first_imgGabriel Jesus grabbed four goals as Manchester City all but secured their place in the EFL Cup final with a crushing 9-0 first-leg victory over Burton Albion on Wednesday.The Premier League champions have now put 16 goals past lower-league opposition in the past four days, Pep Guardiola’s men having thrashed Rotherham United 7-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday.Kevin De Bruyne’s first headed goal in English football set the hosts on their way, with Jesus adding a quickfire double before Oleksandr Zinchenko fortuitously opened his City account. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jesus took his tally to four either side of Phil Foden’s tap-in, before Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez completed a miserable night for Burton’s cup heroes.7 – Manchester City are the first English league side to score at least seven goals in consecutive games in all competitions since Don Revie’s Leeds United back in October 1967. Heaven. #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/vniTiD8jQm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019It took City five minutes to unlock the Burton defence, David Silva’s pinpoint pass picking out De Bruyne’s run and the Belgium international made no mistake with his header.Despite falling behind Burton rallied and Marcus Harness should have equalised in the 12th minute, but Saturday’s hat-trick hero blazed Lucas Akins’ cross over the bar.City’s control of proceedings was never under threat, though, and in the space of seven minutes the hosts were four goals ahead as Jesus and Zinchenko struck.Having pounced on a loose ball after Leroy Sane’s shot was saved by Bradley Collins, Jesus doubled his tally from Silva’s pass – the striker taking his time before slotting it in off the post.GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL @gabrieljesus33! 3-0  #cityvbafc #mancity pic.twitter.com/Fok9JEtXOd— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2019City’s fourth was harsh on the visitors as Zinchenko’s attempted cross looped over Collins, but there was no doubting the quality of Jesus’ hat-trick goal as he converted Mahrez’s cross to the back post.Four minutes after replacing the impressive De Bruyne, Foden had his second Etihad goal in as many games, the youngster profiting after Jesus had been held up by Burton’s defenders.Jesus would not be denied a fourth moments later, though, as Sane beautifully controlled Mahrez’s pass on his chest before finding the striker, who applied the finishing touch.After setting up Walker for City’s eighth, Mahrez completed Burton’s misery with a goal of his own, the Algeria international poking the ball past Collins to round out a one-sided semi-final encounter. What does it mean? Seventh final awaits CityCity’s 11th EFL Cup semi-final could not have started any better with Guardiola’s side already planning for next month’s showpiece, which would be their seventh appearance in the showpiece. For Burton boss Nigel Clough – who won the competition twice as a player – he will just hope the aggregate score does not bring further embarrassment in the second leg.Joy for JesusAfter struggling in front of goal at times this season, Jesus was in fine form as Burton were easily brushed aside. His second treble at the Etihad Stadium means he has now scored 11 goals in his last seven starts for City in all competitions.Harness rues missed opportunityWhile it may not have stopped the City juggernaut, Harness’ miss at 1-0 could have at least slowed the hosts down and brought a moment of celebration for the travelling Burton fans. As it was he cleared the crossbar and City ran riot afterwards.Key Opta Facts1986 – Burton Albion’s 9-0 defeat is the heaviest League Cup defeat by any side since Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 back in September 1986, and is the largest ever margin of defeat in the semi-final of the competition. Gap. #CarabaoCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019- City have won 13 of their last 15 EFL Cup matches against sides from a lower division (D2), scoring 50 goals.- City are the first side in the top four tiers of English football to score at least seven goals in back-to-back matches in all competitions since Leeds United did so in October 1967 (9-0 versus Spora Luxembourg in the Fairs Cup and 7-0 against Chelsea in the top flight).- The 9-0 victory is Guardiola’s joint-largest margin of victory as a manager, alongside Barcelona’s thrashing of L’Hospitalet by the same scoreline during a Copa del Rey match in December 2011.- Jesus has now scored two hat-tricks at the Etihad Stadium, only Carlos Tevez (four) and Sergio Aguero (10) have netted more home trebles for City since their move away from Maine Road.What’s next?City’s attention turns back to the Premier League title when they face Wolves on Monday, while two days earlier Burton will hope for more joy against Gillingham. read morelast_img read more

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Navas hails in-form Benzema

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas heaped praise Karim Benzema after the forward’s goal-scoring form continued on Thursday.Benzema scored a first-half brace in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Girona as they sealed a 7-3 aggregate success in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.The Frenchman has now netted five times in his past three games, moving onto 17 in all competitions this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Navas hailed the 31-year-old and said Benzema had always been a key for Madrid.”He’s hugely important for us, we’ve always defended him because we know what a great player he is,” Navas said.”We know what he brings to the team, he’s a reference and we’re very happy that he’s playing how he is.”@Benzema at the DOUBLE! 27′ 43′ #RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Y38t6ABrkc — Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 31, 2019 Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari was also left impressed by Benzema’s performance and joked he felt sorry for those who had only discovered the striker ‘last week’.Madrid are now into the last four of the Copa del Rey and could face rivals Barcelona in an El Clasico semi-final.But Navas played down the importance of the draw, with Valencia and Real Betis also in the semis.”We’re relaxed, if we want to win the cup, we have to beat whoever we’re drawn against,” he said.”We have to take the draw seriously and be hungry to play.”last_img read more

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Biggest football night in Gods own country

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh Kochi, Dec 18 (PTI) A record crowd thronged the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to watch the Indian Super League final and thousands more enjoyed the game in front of giant screens even as celebrities from the world of sports and cinema graced the occasion here today. More than 60,000 spectators of this football-mad city turned up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, one of the largest and noisiest stadia in the country, and watched Kerala Blasters take on Atletico de Kolkata in the title clash. Organisers said that the spectators began to arrive at the stadium just after noon itself and as soon as the gates were open at 3pm, 60 per cent of the seats were filled up in just 15 minutes. The unlucky fans who could not get a ticket watched the match outside the full-to-the-brim stadium on a screen put up by the organisers. Several other thousands also watched the match live on big TV screens put up at three Fan Parks across the city. Inside the stadium, the sea of yellow-clad spectators came with headbands, flags, posters and team colour painting on their faces. Some of the posters were that of cricket icon and Kerala Blasters co-owner Sachin Tendulkar, who has a massive fan following here with a pavillion of the stadium also being named after him. Tendulkar was present along with his wife Anjali. Tendulkars former national cricket team-mate and Atletico Kolkata co-owner Sourav Ganguly was also present along with ISL chairperson Nita Ambani, Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his son and Chennaiyin FC co-owner, Abhishek Bhachchan. Many former India players from Kerala also watched the match from the stands. The crowd rose to a vociferous cheer when Tendulkar, Nita Ambani, Ganguly and AIFF president Praful Patel came out in the middle to herald the start of the match. The stadium, which has been selected as one of the six host cities for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, has been one of the most attended venues in the ISL, with nearly 50,000 spectators watching each match on an average. The record ISL attendance here though was the 61,323 in the match against Chennaiyin FC in November 2014. Football is hugely popular in Kerala and Kochi is its hotbed and this stadium is said to have filled up with more than one lakh people during Indias match against Iraq in a Nehru Cup international tournament in 1997. In the recent past, this stadium has hosted international football matches involving India but the crowd response was not as good as any ISL matches. India played against Turkmenistan in their World Cup qualifiers match here in March this year which the home side lost 1-2. Before that, India played against Palestine in an international football friendly in February 2013 which the home side lost 2-4. More than 40,000 turned up to watch that match but the crowd was not as big as todays. This stadium also hosts international cricket matches, the last one being the India vs West Indies ODI in October 2014. PTI PDS BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Kapil Dev inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’

first_imgCricket icon Kapil Dev was on Tuesday inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ in presence of former India captains Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar and Nari Contractor at the Cricket Club of India here. (Latest Cricket stories)Kapil, who led India to the emphatic World Cup victory in 1983, is considered as the country’s greatest all-rounder. He was presented with a citation by former India player and Legends Club president Madhav Apte.Gavaskar, who was the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, was also presented a citation by Wadekar. He was already inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame on July 11, 2013.Accepting the honour, the Haryana Hurricane said, “There is nobody in this country who do not want to be Sunil Gavaskar. For Sunil, was he best in the best in the game, no, he was best for the game.”Lot of people will come in, but this name (Sunil) will remain on the top. We had a passion for the game and were not looking for rewards and awards, anything. At that time we had so much of passion. With our success, if people get happiness, you feel proud about it. Now I feel, cricket has changed (and) it feels so nice,” said Kapil.”I was not technically correct, but we had no one to teach. In Mumbai, there were a lot of teachers. When we played cricket, there were no turf wickets in Chandigarh, what was there is passion,” he remembered.Dev, also recalled that his wife Rommie’s grandfather had asked “ladka kya karta hai (What does the boy do), wo cricket kelta hai, wo theek hai, par wo karta kya hai (he plays cricket, but what does he do)”.advertisementGAVASKAR PAYS TRIBUTE TO KAPIL DEVDescribing Kapil as India’s greatest match winner, Gavaskar said, “For me it was an absolute honour to have played in the same team (as Kapil). With due respect to all those wonderful players who have won matches for India over the last years, there has been nobody who has turned around with bat and ball as Kapil has.”It has been hardwork for him, it has not been easy. His enthusiasm is absolutely incredible. (It was) hard time for me as a captain to stop him,” recalled Gavaskar.Gavaskar remembered that the idea of dropping Kapil from the team did not come from him and referred to an article.While Dev was the first Indian to take 400 Test wickets, Gavaskar was the first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in the five-day game. Gavaskar had led India to win the World Championships in 1985.Cricket writer Devendra Prabhudesai narrated several memorable incidents involving Dev and Gavaskar. Former India captain Nari Contractor was present for the event.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Milos Raonic beats Roberto Bautista Agut to reach quarters

first_imgThird seed Milos Raonic came safely through a potentially tricky match against Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for the third straight year.The Canadian, the highest surviving seed after the early departures of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, stamped his authority on a sometimes tempestuous match by breaking the Spanish world number 13 to win the third set. (Also read: Australian Open: Rafael Nadal survives a thriller against Alexander Zverev to advance into 4th round)Teak tough Bautista Agut is nothing if not a fighter but Raonic, who said he had been suffering from a fever after his third-round match, raced away with the fourth set to seal the victory with a forehand winner down the line.The 26-year-old, who fired down 33 aces and 75 winners in the two hour, 52 minute contest, will next meet 2009 champion Rafael Nadal or Gael Monfils as he continues his quest for a maiden grand slam title.last_img read more

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Centre will soon plan to observe National Marathon Day: Goel

first_imgRaipur, Feb 19 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said the Centre will soon plan to observe National Marathon Day.Addressing a huge gathering of runners who had come to participate in the Raipur Half Marathon held at Naya Raipur, Goel said, “keeping in view the historical success of Raipur Half Marathon, Centre will soon plan to observe National Marathon Day.””We all want, whenever the National Marathon Day will be held, people should run together in their locality, village and city, for Swachhta (cleanliness), health, Digital Bharat and taking country ahead (in the path of development),” said the Minister.Around 15,000 runners participated in the Half Marathon.Goel also called upon parents and teachers to encourage students and children to participate in sports activities.The Centre is seriously considering the proposal to link sports with education.Sports will boost the health of the masses and will reduce the expenditure on health, he said.The Minister further informed that the sports ministry has decided start aTalent Search Portalintended to give a fair opportunity to talented children from every nook and corner of the country to pursue their dreams of achieving excellence in sports.Details of the performance and potential of a child including video and photographs could be uploaded on the portal by children, their parents, relatives, teachers and others on the portal, Goel added.Congratulating Chhattisgarh for organising the Half Marathon, he said Sports Authority of Indias (SAI) regional office will soon be set up here.Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh announced to soon start an Athletics Academy in the state.advertisementThe status of other sports is good and satisfactory in the state but today people have displayed their enthusiasm toward athletics by taking part in a large number in the Half Marathon. Keeping this in view, an athletics academy will be launched in the state soon, Singh said.Next year also the Half-Marathon will be organised and the target will be to involve 40,000 people in the run, he added.Legendary athlete Milkha Singh and wrestler Geeta Phogat were among the other dignitaries present during the event. PTI TKP NRB PTPlast_img read more

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Hungary to withdraw Budapest’s 2024 Olympic bid

first_imgHungary’s government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition.Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest had been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 initiative. (Also read: Olympics 2024: Green Paris bid pledges to slash carbon emissions)Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos had suggested the city might quit the race after local opponents of the bid last week submitted a quarter of a million signatures in a petition demanding a local referendum in Budapest on the issue.”For Budapest and Hungary the Olympics is a national issue,” the government said in a resolution published on national news agency MTI.”In recent months, the earlier unity has broken down and the issue of the Olympics has turned from a national issue into a party issue. Opposition parties are responsible for this, those who backtracked on their earlier decision (to back the bid).” (Also read: Italy withdraws bid to stage 2024 Olympics in Rome)Wednesday’s decision was made at a meeting between Tarlos, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the chairman of the Hungarian Olympic committee.The IOC said it would await official notification from the national Olympic committee of the country, the only authority which can officially withdraw a bid.The Hungarian government’s decision, however, is a further blow to the Olympic bid process with Boston, Hamburg and Rome having pulled out of a race that has now been left with just two cities.advertisementThe IOC voted in a string of reforms, named Agenda 2020, two years ago in the hope of making the Games more affordable and attractive for potential host cities.Earlier on Wednesday, Tarlos, who only began to support the bid after Agenda 2020 promised to make hosting the Olympics more affordable, had urged a fast resolution of the issue.”I never insisted on the Olympics,” he told the city council. “There is no point dragging out this process like strudel dough.”The United States’ Olympic Committee and the Olympic organisers in Los Angeles were not immediately available to comment on the Hungarian decision.SENTIMENT HAS TURNEDAccording to a survey published on Wednesday by pollsterMedian, half of Hungarians wanted Budapest to withdraw its bid, with only a third supporting it nationally. In Budapest, 56 percent of voters were against the bid.Sentiment changed as a group of young professionals and students collected more than a quarter of a million signatures in a month to press for a referendum on the Olympic bid.Their Momentum movement has burst on to Hungary’s political scene to challenge Orban’s government and opposition parties a year before elections in 2018.No opposition group has had such an impact on a major issue since Orban rose to power in 2010. In targeting the Olympics, Momentum has challenged an event seen as being of symbolic importance to the prime minister.Momentum spokesman Gergo Papp told local website Index.hu that the government had backtracked on the bid “in a cowardly manner”, saying they had taken away a chance for the people to vote on the project.last_img read more

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No question of dropping Ajinkya Rahane for Bengaluru Test: Anil Kumble

first_imgIndian coach Anil Kumble on Thursday called on Virat Kohli and Co to leave behind the humiliating 333-run loss against Australia in Pune Test and focus on the Bengaluru Test beginning Saturday to get back to winning ways. (Pune Test done and dusted, look forward to Bengaluru: Anil Kumble)CLICK TO WATCH VIDEOAustralia bowled India out for paltry totals of 105 and 107 in the two innings of the first Test, with leg spinner Steve O’Keefe taking a total of 12 wickets as the visitors wrapped up a 333-run win inside three days.O’ Keefe’s match figures of 12 wickets for 70 were in fact the best ever by a visiting spinner in India. (How Virat Kohli’s Team India can bounce back in Bengaluru Test)The loss ended India’s winning streak of 19 matches on the trot and also the 17 match home-winning streak. This was also Kohli’s first defeat as captain in Test cricket at home. (Why Australia’s spinners won’t threaten India again in this series)”I don’t want to look back. We are here to look ahead. And as a coach, it’s more important for me to look ahead,” Kumble said while addressing a press conference here at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. (Sourav Ganguly recalls 2001 miracle vs Australia at Eden Gardens)”It (Pune Test) was just one of those games where things didn’t go our way. What has happened is done and dusted and you can’t really worry too much about that. Australia played well.””We didn’t play really well on that surface, didn’t adapt to the conditions. Every game we need to adapt to what comes our way. And that’s exactly what we are looking forward,” he added. (Pune pitch rated ‘poor’ by International Cricket Council)advertisementThe former leg-spinner also called on his troop not to worry about the Pune loss and look forward to use the second match as an opportunity to get back to winning ways. (Can Virat Kohli’s India repeat 2001 heroics vs Australia? Harbhajan Singh and Nayan Mongia recall Kolkata miracle)”We don’t need to worry about the Pune loss. We are really looking forward to this game to get back to winning ways. It was a team failure and we cannot point fingers at anyone,” he said. (India frugal with praise for Pune tormentor Steve O’Keefe)The 46-year-old also brushed aside talks of dropping middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane and recalling Karun Nair, who came to limelight after scoring a magnificent triple century against England during the five-match Test series.”There’s no question of dropping Ajinkya Rahane. He has scored well and has extremely successful. We still haven’t discussed the team composition. It is unfortunate that Karun Nair has missed out after he scored that triple hundred. That’s how the team composition goes,” Kumble said.”That’s the beauty about this group. Whoever has come in, has done really well. Unfortunate for Karun, he is a class act. And we have seen that in the short international career he had. Our aim is to win every game,” he added.India are now 0-1 down in the four-match series and going into the second Test, they have a lot to think about, especially about their batting.last_img read more

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Happy 4th of July

first_imgThis 4th of July, the country will be full of festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to gatherings of family and friends around barbecues or at the beach. Hopefully, you’ve successfully made your way through the traffic and are enjoying the holiday.In honor of Independence Day, we thought a look back on our country’s origins might make for a good holiday story.It has everything you could want in a story…action, passion, fiery speeches, and heroes (of all genders and races), and a happy ending.The American Revolution had been waging for over a year when, on July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote some of the great wisdom of our country. Judge for yourself…“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”Talk about inspirational.There’s another line at the end of the Declaration that is often overlooked, but just as moving.“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”It is that pledge that we make to one another that keeps this country strong. As you celebrate this holiday with family and friends, take a moment to remember that there’s more that unites us than divides us. After all, we all hate traffic—and we all love being with loved ones.last_img read more

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Robben leaving future options open

first_imgVeteran winger Arjen Robben is keeping his options open following his decision to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season after being linked with a sensational return to the Premier League.The 34-year-old has enjoyed a glittering career, which included spells at Chelsea and Real Madrid, before joining Bayern almost a decade ago. The Dutchman’s contract runs out at the end of this season and he will be able to move to the club of his choice on a free transfer, should he choose not to hang up his boots for good after confirming he will leave the Allianz Arena . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “[My future’s] still open, anything could still happen. Now was the right time to announce my departure,” Robben told Bayern Munich’s official website . “For the fans and the club, everything is clear and everyone knows it’s over at the end of the season.”I have time to think about my future and what the next step will be. It’s possible that I’ll retire. It could also be good to continue if something interesting comes up.”However, the prospect of Robben retiring seems unlikely given his recent form, having scored two wonderful goals in his side’s recent Champions League tie against Benfica.“I’m thankful that at 34 I can still perform at this level as a winger,” he added. “That’s something special and it makes me happy. It would be different if someone said it wasn’t going well any-more and I had to stop. I think it’s better this way. It’s good.“It’s a bit strange. We’re already talking about saying goodbye but the team has plenty of ambition and I do as well. It makes me happy to see that I can still deliver a top performance in a big European game against Benfica – and may that continue.”I hope to play an important role right to the end to help the team. My goal is to leave with at least one trophy in the summer.”Robben was also wanted by Manchester United in 2004 when he joined Chelsea, and his availability on a free transfer is likely to appeal to other Premier League clubs.He has also been linked with a move to Major League Soccer side the Philadelphia Union.last_img read more

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Guardiola says City want 3-4 new players as Mendy concerns grow

first_imgPep Guardiola says Manchester City are looking to strengthen three or four positions in this summer’s transfer window, confirming that a new left-back is a possibility amid concerns over Benjamin Mendy’s fitness.City are also looking for a deep-lying midfielder and Goal understands they are also looking at a new centre-back and striker.Guardiola has previously insisted that City’s transfer business in 2017, when they signed five players, was a one-off given they had to release ageing players at the end of their contracts and bring in younger replacements. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! City only planned to bring in two signings last summer to reinforce the wide positions and the back of midfield, but they are now looking at several areas.Goal understands that Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is an option at left-back, and Goal revealed this week that City are also keeping an eye on Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic. Ajax centre-back Matthijs De Ligt is a long-term target, too, despite plans to offer Vincent Kompany a new contract.City are being investigated by Fifa over the signing of overseas young players, the same potential offence that landed Chelsea with a two-window transfer ban.That may factor in City’s thinking when it comes to multiple signings, although their intention to sign a left-back, centre-back and midfielder is long-standing.Guardiola was asked whether Oleksandr Zinchenko’s improved form of late has changed his mind regarding the left-back position, but he instead revealed that Mendy’s injury history is such that City have to plan in the event he misses much of next season, too.”I don’t know what’s going to happen but we are thinking about the chance to find somebody in that position, but I don’t know,” he said at his pre-match press conference. “There are three or four positions I think we have to try to look for and we have some ideas. I don’t know in the end what is going to happen but it is an option, yeah, to buy a left-back.”Mendy, who missed most of his first season at City, has played less than a half an hour of football since undergoing fresh knee surgery in November. Despite returning to the bench against West Ham on Wednesday night he was not fit enough to play, and is unlikely to feature at Bournemouth on Saturday.Benjamin Mendy Manchester City 2018-19“Today, he’s not fit,” Guardiola said. “It’s not about English football, it’s the fact that he’s not able to play, he injured during two seasons.Asked if he was concerned, the Catalan added: “Yeah, yeah yeah. If it happens in two seasons it can happen three, yeah definitely. Hopefully not, we’ll work with that, he’s working with that, but the truth is we could use him in few games.”That is the reality. At the end the strongest guys, every day are there. That is the truth. That’s why we are looking for, maybe, you know [a left-back] for next season.”Guardiola also said that Kompany’s injury record will not be the overriding factor when it comes to negotiating a new contract.The City captain’s deal expires at the end of the season and while he has missed large swathes of the past four seasons with a number of different muscle injuries, Goal understands he is set to sign a one-year contract extension.“No I don’t think so,” Guardiola said when asked if the Belgian must prove his fitness. “For example the last month he’s fit, but he was six months injured like in the last three or four years, it happened every season the same.”I think that will not be the reason why for Vincent staying one more year or two more years or not. I think that is not the reason why.”last_img read more

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Come work with us!

first_imgWe’re incomplete without you! Join us and it’ll be amazing.**A little about ourselves: **Freelancers Union, a national non-profit organization, represents the needs and concerns of today’s independent workforce through advocacy, information, and service. We offer health, life, disability, and dental insurance, as well as discounts and other resources, to freelancers, consultants, temps, part-timers, and the self-employed. We’re passionate about our mission to improve working life for independent workers – a community representing 30% of the U.S. workforce – and we’re the people behind all those insurance ads with the beehive that you see on the subway.We offer an excellent benefits plan that includes health coverage, dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, and TransitChecks. Our offices are located in DUMBO, one stop in Brooklyn off the A, C, or F subway lines and one block from the East River and Fulton-Ferry State Park.**Our Culture: **Beyond our mission, we’re also passionate about and proud of the culture and work environment we’ve created. We believe everyone has an important contribution to make toward achieving our goals, both through collaborative teamwork and independent initiative. The atmosphere here is loose, fun, and friendly.+Community ManagerWe are seeking a Community Manager to be an integral member of the Community and Social Media team and provide support for online and offline membership outreach across the organization. The Community Manager will provide support for events, online community, and membership engagement strategy. The Community Manager should be a strategic thinker, a positive, dynamic person and a strong writer. Get more details here.+Marketing ManagerAt a time of major growth and change for our organization, including the launch of a national membership and marketing campaign, Freelancers Union is looking for an exceptional Marketing Manager. If you are a transformational leader able to build and strengthen our marketing function and can take new labor concepts and encapsulate them into unforgettable brand presence that comes to life through creative media, then this job is for you. We are seeking a strategic and organized senior leader who understands social venture opportunities and has a proven record of success in an entrepreneurial environment. You will be expected to maintain the highest level of quality as well as the highest level of respect for fellow team members, and is liked and admired by senior-level peers for your professionalism, leadership, and generosity of spirit.This position is ideal if you are passionate about work that is greater than yourself and want to use your skills to advance a new cause. This position reports to the executive director. Get more details here.+QA EngineerWe are seeking a talented QA Engineer to help test various online applications and services. We work with a diverse set of technologies and our projects span multiple domains—from health insurance to political action. You’ll be working on projects like:Automated and manual testing of member and insurance web appsTest infrastructure maintenance and ongoing efforts to increase testing coverageValidation of data transfers, file transfers, and data syncingGet more details here.+Senior Political WriterWe’re looking for a Senior Political Writer who can tell a good story, someone with demonstrated success translating complex ideas into compelling stories. We want someone whose passion about the issues can be heard from his/her words. We’re a mission-driven, social entrepreneurial organization and need a senior writer on our creative team who’s a quick study and can generate ideas and write pieces that advance our cause in the brand voice. Our new senior writer will help distinguish us with essays, op-eds, and other writing that is smart and clear, interesting, memorable, and, when appropriate, witty.Specifically, this senior writer must be able to relate our vision and work to current cultural phenomenon, demonstrating our relevance and providing a visionary voice for where we’re going. We need the senior writer to apply a historical lens, looking to the past for insight and lessons learned, not nostalgia for days gone by. The writing should be as innovative and gripping as the ideas that inform our work and the concrete manifestations of our success thus far. Get more details here.last_img read more

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World XI arrives in Pakistan to play three Twenty20 matches

first_imgA World XI led by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis arrived in Lahore early Monday amid tight security to play a three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan.Players from seven countries – England, Australia, West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and New Zealand – agreed to tour Pakistan, which is organizing the series in a bid to revive international cricket at home.West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree was due to join the squad later on Monday, after playing in the Caribbean Premier League final.Pakistan have only hosted Zimbabwe for a short, limited-overs series in 2015 since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan national cricket team bus in Lahore in 2009, wounding several of the players and killing six policemen and a driver.World XI arrival in Pakistan #CricketKiHalalala #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/AAcqYyTQmm- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017″It’s great to be here,” said Andy Flower, the World XI coach and former Zimbabwe captain. “We are looking forward to seeing a lot of you watching the great cricket that we are going to put on show and we had a warm welcome already.”Top officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board, including its chairman Najam Sethi, welcomed the players at the airport.Both the federal and Punjab provincial governments have deployed thousands of security officials to guard the teams on the routes from their hotel to the Gaddafi Stadium, which will host the matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.World XI arrival in Pakistan #CricketKiHalalala #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/jf74c87JBX- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017World XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir.advertisementCoach of World XI Andy Flower presenting the playing shirt to captain @faf1307 #PAKvWXI #cricketkihalalala pic.twitter.com/WwHYWDNOZ1- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 11, 2017last_img read more

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India to face formidable Iraq in AFC U-16 qualifiers

first_imgHaving recovered from a disappointing draw against Nepal in their last match, India are expected to face an uphill task when they take on defending champions Iraq in a Group D encounter of the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers at the Halchowk Stadium here on Sunday.”Yes, obviously boys were feeling a bit down following the draw against Nepal. We were really disappointed but now we have shifted our focus to tomorrow’s match against Iraq”, India U-16 coach Bibiano Fernandes told the official website of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).”There has been a positive vibe amongst the boys and they’re determined to take the fight to Iraq tomorrow. Although we were left aghast last night, now, we are feeling the fire under our belly to impose a tough challenge to them,” he added.Iraq are in the top position in Group D with six points from two matches. India have four points from two matches.”We know the match is going to be extremely crucial, not only for us but also for them. We have to keep an eye on the other groups as the calculations will prove to be pivotal in our quest to qualify for the AFC U-16 Championship 2018,” Bibiano said.The coach said that there is no injury scare in the Indian camp right now and the team is fully ready for the final encounter of the AFC U-16 Qualifiers.”The boys are in great shape and everyone is ready to give it a shot against the defending champions,” the former India midfielder said.advertisement”We have to be at the top of our game for 90 minutes and it might be the key to get a positive result. We can’t afford to lose our concentration any time, otherwise, we might have to leave Nepal empty handed,” he added.last_img read more

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Women’s cricket breaks new grounds courtesy 2017 ICC World Cup

first_imgInterest in women’s cricket has seen a major surge over the past couple of years and new research unveiled on Monday by the International Cricket Council (ICC) shows the scale of the impact this summer’s Women’s Cricket World Cup has had on fans and new participants.The first study of its kind on women’s cricket among sports fans across Australia, England and Wales, India, New Zealand and South Africa was commissioned to mark the start of the ICC Women’s Championship and shows a huge boost to the women’s game. Conducted by Nielsen Sports, the objective of the research was to investigate awareness of the Women’s World Cup, perceptions towards the women’s game and key motivators to getting involved.The stats from this summer’s event clearly demonstrate improving standards, something that fans agreed strongly with. A total of 93% of the people surveyed felt that it was the best standard of women’s cricket they had ever seen with 91% finding the matches exciting to watch on television. As many as 82% followed the event more than any other women’s cricket event previously and overall 67% of respondents said they would now take a greater interest in the women’s game following the World Cup.As many as 92% of sports fans in India believe they had seen an increase in media coverage of women’s cricket in the last two years while 66% in England and Wales, 66% in Australia, 58% in South Africa and 50% in New Zealand felt the same.Across the five key markets surveyed, 65% of sports fans were aware that the ICC Women’s World Cup took place, which included a whopping 94% from India and 67% from tournament host England and Wales.advertisementSignificantly, interest among respondents’ children was exciting for the future with almost 40% watching coverage of the event and 50% of respondents’ children were inspired to try playing the game or play more cricket based on what they had seen at the ICC Women’s World Cup.ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, said, “The research confirms our belief in the potential for the growth of women’s cricket. It is heartening to see that almost 70% of those questioned have said they’ll now take a greater interest in the women’s game and more so that half of their children felt inspired to try the game or play more cricket.”What is particularly satisfying is the almost unanimous agreement that the standard of cricket this summer was the best people had ever seen. The ICC introduced the Women’s Championship in 2014 to provide more competitive opportunities and increase the strength and depth of the women’s game. With the second edition getting underway later this week I am genuinely excited about the future of women’s cricket and its growth. I wish all the teams the very best as they embark on this tournament and on the road to World Cup 2021.”The ICC Women’s Championship will be played in the same format as the inaugural edition which was held from 2014-16, with all eight sides – Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – taking on each other in series of three ODIs on a home or away basis.World Cup 2021 host New Zealand and the three other top teams from this championship will gain direct qualification for ICC’s pinnacle event while the remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event in which they will be joined by six teams from four regions – Africa, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.Member boards will be encouraged to play T20Is during tours but no other ODIs can be scheduled along with Women’s Championship series. Teams will get two points for each win, one point for a tie or no-result and no points for a loss.The West Indies host Sri Lanka for the first series of the Championship, from 11 to 15 October, while England and Australia play each other from 22 to 29 October. In other first-round series, Pakistan host New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates (31 October to 5 November) and South Africa play at home against India (5 to 10 February 2018).Meanwhile, captains of the finalist teams of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 have welcomed the results of the study while looking forward to the ICC Women’s Championship.India captain Mithali Raj, said, “It’s heartening to see the success of the ICC Women’s World Cup and the popularity of women’s cricket in India. That so many people followed our progress at the World Cup proves that there is an appetite for women’s cricket in India and it will only grow in the coming years.advertisement”The ICC Women’s Championship has contributed immensely in the growth of players and the competition at the top level has increased substantially. I’m sure the coming cycle of the championship will see some fiercely contested matches.”England captain Heather Knight, said, “It’s important for women’s cricket that we keep moving forward and the numbers from this research are encouraging. We want more people to know about our game and to come and watch so we can have more packed houses, like we had at Lord’s in the final of this year’s ICC Women’s World Cup.”The ICC Women’s Championship has been great for raising standards and for getting us playing more cricket. We’re looking forward to the next cycle and another productive period.”last_img read more

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Sreesanth ban: SC gives BCCI 4 weeks to respond to cricketer’s plea

first_imgThe Supreme Court has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to file a reply within four weeks after an appeal filed by cricketer S Sreesanth against a Kerala High Court verdict that restored the life ban imposed on him in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.Sreesanth had been arrested back in 2013 during the IPL along with Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila who all played for Rajasthan Royals, on charges of spot-fixing.Sreesanth’s arrest was the most high-profile as he was part of the 2007 World T20 as well as the 2011 World Cup-winning squads. On July 25, 2015, charges against Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were dropped by a trial court in Delhi. However, that did not have an impact on the life bans the BCCI had imposed on the three cricketers.Issuing the notice, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) four weeks to respond.It also gave Sreesanth another four weeks to file his rejoinder to the response by the BCCI.Senior counsel Parag Tripathi accepted the notice on behalf of the BCCI.Senior counsel Salman Khurshid appearing for Sreesanth said that banning him was bad and banning for life was not justified after he has been discharged by a trial court of criminal charges over lack of evidence.A few days back, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed that the case be listed for hearing before an appropriate bench according to the roster after the matter was mentioned before it.advertisementDivision bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against a single-judge bench’s order, lifting the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer.The bench had said there was no violation of natural justice against the cricketer and quashed the single bench order in Sreesanth’s favour.In its appeal, the BCCI had said the decision to ban the cricketer was taken based on the evidence against him.The single-judge bench had on August 7 last year lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI and also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the board.All the 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were let off by a Patiala House court in July, 2015.The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.last_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh gave me a lot of guidance, says U-19 World Cup hero Shubman Gill

first_imgIndia’s U-19 World Cup hero Shubman Gill said senior pro and veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh guided him and gave him batting tips in the past.”Yuvi paaji (Yuvraj Singh) gave a lot of guidance when he was at the NCA (National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru). He told me things about on and off the field, he gave me tips and batted along with me,” Gill, who slammed an unbeaten 102 in the semifinal against Pakistan in the U-19 World Cup, said.The 18-year-old right handed batsman struck three fifties and a hundred in the U-19 World Cup, which India won for the record fourth time after thrashing Australia by eight wickets in the final on Saturday.Speaking about the knock against Pakistan, Gill said coach Rahul Dravid advised him to play till the end.”There was pressure for the game against Pakistan. Our openers gave a good start and it was going well in the middle. We lost some wickets and Rahul (Dravid) sir advised me to bat till the end and the partnership with Anukul (Roy) was good,” said the Punjab batsman who was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.Seeing his tremendous form, the Kolkata Knight Riders went all-out for him and bought him at the Indian Premier League auction and bought him for a whopping Rs 1.80 crore last month.”We were tired as we had finished the match against Bangladesh a day before (the auction). I woke up and got to know that I was picked by KKR. At that time I did not think about the IPL and the focus was on the World Cup,” said Gill, who plays for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy.advertisementGill said the preparations were such that they were ready to play even on “worst wickets”. “The preparation was good and we were prepared for the worst wickets. After we defeated Australia in the first match, we thought our chances were there (to win the title),” the attacking batsman said.He said that the pressure of playing in Ranji Trophy was different from that in the World Cup.”The pressure in World Cup is different from that in Ranji (Trophy). In Ranji, you have to be patient and in the World Cup, you have to be fast. The pressure level in the World Cup (is more) as the (games) are televised,” Gill signed off.Last month former India captain Sourav Ganguly paid tribute to Gill and called him a better batsman than India U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw.”I actually feel Shubman Gill is a better player than Prithvi Shaw. I feel he is the best player in this team. He is a bit like Brian Lara and Kane Williamson,” Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive chat.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Flipkart Samsung Carnival: Galaxy S7 at Rs 22,990, J7 Nxt at Rs 9,990, Galaxy On Nxt at Rs 11,900 and more

first_imgFlipkart is back with its Samsung Carnival sale. The ongoing sale will last until February 9 on its website. Samsung phone lovers can find some decent deals during this sale. The company is giving huge discounts on Samsung’s two year old flagship phones- Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.There is also a 10 per cent instant discount for HDFC credit and debit card holders. Customers can purchase the phones in EMI transactions and in exchange offers also. There is extra 10 per cent off on fashion purchases for new customers. There are also discounts on Samsung tablets.The Galaxy J Max 8GB Gold variant that originally costs Rs 12,700 is selling at Rs 11,900 during the offer period. There is also a price cut on Tab S3 from Rs 51,500 to Rs 47,990.Coming back to the phones, here are all few of the top deals that Flipkart is offering on select Samsung phones:1. Samsung Galaxy S7: Flipkart is once again giving an price cut on one of Samsung’s old but gorgeous looking phones- the Galaxy S7. The smartphone which originally sells at Rs 46,000 is selling at Rs 22,990 during the sale period.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (and Galaxy S7) review: On the edge of perfection Apart from 10 per cent discount for HDFC card holders, there is up to Rs 18,000 off if you purchase the phone in exchange of your old phone. But there is a catch. You will get full Rs 18,000 off only when you buy S7 in exchange of iPhone 7 Plus. Galaxy S7 is good but certainly not worth giving up your iPhone 7 Plus. Phones from Asus, Coolpad, Motorola and other brands are also available in the exchange list but they won’t get you Rs 18,000 off.advertisement2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: S7 Edge is the bigger variant of Galaxy S7. Flipkart seals the deal on Rs 35,900 for this phone. Its original cost is Rs 41,900.The story again is similar here. You can buy the phone at Rs 18,000 off but only when you shell out your iPhone 7 Plus.The Galaxy S7 Edge sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD Display and is powered by an Exynos 8890 Octa Core 2.3GHz processor. The smartphone come with a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It is backed by a 3600 mAh Li-Ion battery. The S7 on the other hand sports a 5.1-inch Quad HD display.3. Samsung J7 Nxt: The Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt is also on offer. Flipkart is selling the phone at Rs 9,990, 18 per cent off on its original price of Rs 12,300. There is also up to Rs 9000 off on exchange. The J7 Nxt comes with a 5.5 inch HD Display and is powered by an Exynos Octa-Core 1.6GHz processor. The phone packs in 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage that’s expandable. It is juiced up by a 3000 mAh Battery.4. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: The Gold and Black colour variants of On Nxt is available on offer on Flipkart. The smartphone sells at Rs 17,900 on other days but is available at Rs 11,900 during the Flipkart Samsung Carnival. There is again Rs 11,000 off on exchange.5. Samsung Galaxy On Max: Flipkart is giving a 17 per cent off on Galaxy On Max. The smartphone is available at Rs 13,900. It originally costs Rs 16,900. There is Rs 13,000 off on exchange.last_img read more

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India vs South Africa, 1st T20I: Bumrah’s Superman effort in vain but Virat Kohli impressed

first_imgJasprit Bumrah flew high and by what it seemed, saved six important runs for India and left everyone on the field impressed with his effort.But, his wings were chopped off as the umpires ruled it for a six as his feet touched the boundary ropes while he tried to take the leap at the New Wanderers during the first T20I versus South Africa.WATCHIt was the sixth over in the South African innings when Hardik Pandya’s delivery was slogged towards fine leg by David Miller. Bumrah had his eyes on the ball and jumped to keep the ball in play before returning the throw to MS Dhoni after recovering. However, the on-field umpires decided to have another look at it and it was seen that Bumrah took a couple of steps back and first treaded on the ropes before jumping in the air to keep the ball in play. As the last contact was on or beyond the ropes and not in the field of play, it was given as a six — thanks to the new rule change.But, Miller couldn’t capitalise on that and fell on the very next ball while trying to take the aerial route again. It was a fuller ball from Pandya at a slower pace. Miller lofted it over mid-on and Dhawan backtracked from there and held on to it with ease to send the hard-hitting left-hander back for a 5-ball 9.Airborne BOOM! How’s that for an effort at the boundary ropes! #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/dz4ubi4qiVadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) February 18, 2018Miller’s intentions however couldn’t be questioned as the Proteas had to go on with the game in their chase of 204. With the score at 48/2 from 6.1 overs, it was on Miller’s shoulders to up the ante but he perished.Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan once again unleashed mayhem with his 72 powering India to 203 for five wickets from 20 overs.The Delhi left-hander blasted 10 fours and two sixes in his 39-ball innings as others batted around him.After home captain Jean-Paul Duminy put India into bat, India’s innings was lifted by a brisk 21 off nine from Rohit Sharma, who got out in the fifth delivery of the second over after edging to wicket-keeper Heinrich Klassen off debutant Junior Dala.Dhawan’s show began after this as he got useful support from Suresh Raina (15 off 7) and Virat Kohli (26 off 20). Till the dismissal of Kohli, who was ruled LBW against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the third delivery of the 10th over, India had already scored 108.Dhawan made the most of the ill-disciplined bowling from Chris Morris, Dala and Andile Phehlukwayo, who were allowing the 32-year-old to free his arms on the leg side.A failed scoop attempt of a slower delivery from Phehlukwayo ended Dhawan’s innings as Klassen dived front to removed the danger.Later, Manish Pandey (29 not out off 27), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16) and Hardik Panya (13 not out) took India past the 200-run mark.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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