BCCI mulls issuing cash cards to players post demonetisation

first_imgGoing with the times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling over the introduction of cash cards to all the national players instead of restricting it to only a few officials as is the case at present.”Basically we are planning it for our team. We want cards to be given to the players and officials. Already we give it to certain type of officials and want to expand it,” BCCI sources told PTI on Friday.Cash cards are prepaid instruments provided by banks which can be used by persons who don’t have accounts with them.The BCCI is also holding a two-day treasurers’ seminar to explain to people the tricky issues they needed to be aware of about the Goods and Services Tax which is set to be introduced by the central government, besides tax principles and accounting matters at the macro level.”It’s about normal bread and butter work,” the sources said about the interactive session between the board and its affiliated units in terms of treasury.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Pep Guardiola apologises for brawl, Brazil mourns Chapecoense crash victims and more

first_imgPep Guardiola apologises for Manchester City’s part in brawlWhile Pep Guardiola talked of his regret about the melee that saw Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho sent off in stoppage time, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised his team’s character.Brazil mourns Chapecoense crash victims at packed stadium wakeAn arena filled with banners and team faithful donning its green and white colours served as an open-air wake for locals.CONMEBOL to award Copa title to Chapecoense: ReportEarlier in the week, Atletico Medellin led calls for the Copa to be awarded to their opponents. Chapecoense have never won the trophy before.Nothing ‘special’ about current Pakistan pace attack, says Mohammad Asif Mohammad Asif also expressed disappointment at the slow pitches being prepared in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Pakistan Tests, saying they have “deteriorated the standard” of their cricket.Half F1 grid is after Nico Rosberg’s seat, says Niki LaudaNiki Lauda said he had been shocked when Nico Rosberg told him his decision a few hours before the announcement.last_img read more

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SPORT-HOCK-COMMENTS 2 LAST

first_imgIndian mens senior team chief coach Roelant Oltmans was Indian mens senior team chief coach Roelant Oltmans was full of praise for Harjeet, who according to him was the player of the match instead of Mandeep Singh. “Harjeet was outstanding. He was the leader and he showed that on the pitch. He was setting up counter attacks. For me he was the man of the match,” said Oltmans, who is the manager of the junior side for the ongoing World Cup. Oltmans too was mighty pleased with the performance of the India colts, barring the last 10 minutes of the game where they committed to many fouls. “We always try to play the style which suits these guys. We were 0-1 down which people didnt like but I liked it because all of a sudden it becomes a demanding job and what they did in the last 10 minutes was outstanding,” the legendary Dutchman said. “We put so much pressure on them which created so many opportunities and they way they continued in the same vein in the second half, at least in the first 20 minutes, is heartening to see. “But we gave away a few unnecessary cards and gave away 2 goals in the last 10 minutes but if we take first 20 minutes of the second half and last 10 minutes of the first half we were brilliant. That is the hockey I enjoy. “The cards were completely unnecessary. The tackles were half down on the pitch and it occurred because of over excitement. But this is part of the learning process. These are lessons from this game which we take along in the next game,” Oltmans added. PTI SSC ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Garber inadvertently confirms Mexico’s hiring of Martino

first_imgMajor League Soccer commissioner Don Garber may have accidentally revealed one of international soccer’s worst-kept secrets by discussing rumors linking Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino to the Mexican national team.Martino is currently manager of Atlanta United and has helped build the club into one of the strongest in MLS.Atlanta is preparing to face the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals as Martino prepares to leave the club after announcing that he would depart at the conclusion of the season before the playoffs kicked off. 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! The former Barcelona and Argentina manager has been widely linked with the Mexico job, and Garber discussed that potential move while also speaking on the U.S. national team’s ongoing coaching search.”Good for the FMF. I’m very close friends with Enrique (Bonilla) and Yon de Luisa, and they were bold and they made a very aggressive move to get Tata who, by the way, before he came to MLS might not have been on the radar screen for the Mexican national team,” Garber said after serving on a panel alongside FMF leadership at SoccerEx in Miami.”So what does that say about success in Major League Soccer, something that we’ve been working hard to try and raise the profile of our league and what it can do to develop players and technical staff? “U.S. Soccer is in the midst of finalizing their decision on a U.S. national team coach. I’m sure he’ll be great. It’s possible he could be coming from Major League Soccer. So I think both federations end up with two great coaches, and that’s what it’s all about.”MLS commissioner Don Garber discusses (and inadvertently confirms) Tata Martino’s move to the Mexican national team. Also note the smile on his face when he says the next #USMNT “could” also be from #MLS . #ElTriEng #SoccerexUSA pic.twitter.com/SP0ELglmgm— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) November 15, 2018Mexico has been without a manger since Juan Carlos Osorio’s departure in the wake of this summer’s round of 16 run at the World Cup.Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti has taken charge on an interim basis while a number of coaches have been linked with the permanent gig.Martino appears the favorite, and Garber is disappointed to see the Argentine leave the league although he insisted the Atlanta United’s boss’ departure isn’t a step back for MLS.”I feel about coaches the way I feel about players. I want the best players and coaches in our league,” he said.”Tata has been a gift. He has brought a level of respect and credibility to our league through what he has done with Atlanta United that shows that we can be a league of choice.”But coaches come and go like players come and go.”I love Tata, I wish him well.  I was disappointed, in many ways heartbroken when they weren’t able to re-sign him. It wasn’t about anything other than he is ready for a new challenge.”last_img read more

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They could have killed me! – Boca captain Perez

first_imgBoca Juniors captain Pablo Perez says he would have been fearing for his life if the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final had been allowed to go ahead.The match – originally scheduled for Saturday – was pushed back to Sunday after the Boca bus was pelted with missiles as it arrived at the ground, with Perez among the players to sustain injuries in the attack.A further postponement means the destiny of the fixture is uncertain and officials from CONMEBOL, Boca and River are all due to meet in Asuncion, Paraguay on Tuesday to discuss a new date – and potentially location. 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! The governing body’s medical officials had deemed Saturday’s injuries to be “superficial” and approved the match to proceed before it was ultimately suspended.Carlos Tevez insisted at the time that Boca, who drew the first leg 2-2, were in no fit state to play and Perez says the fear, as much as the injuries, was a factor in the team’s reluctance to play.”I cannot play on a pitch where I know I could die,” he said. “How can you play on a pitch where there is no security?”What if we played and won? Who gets us out of there?”The people were crazy before going in, imagine if we won on their pitch, turned them over at their home ground, what would have happened? They could have killed me.”And I have three daughters, my lady… my eldest daughter hugged me when I got home and she was crying.”Perez was taken to hospital for assessment along with Gonzalo Lamardo and returned to the ground sporting an eye patch.”When I left the stadium in the ambulance, they were still throwing stones at the ambulance. It’s not a minor thing that happened,” he added.”I’m really sad about everything, and also for the people of River. There is sadness for the people of Boca, for River and for the whole spectacle.”My eye is irritated because glass flew from all directions.”The episode was shameful.”last_img read more

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Sam Allardyce factor the difference for Crsytal Palace, says Andros Townsend

first_imgThe ‘Sam Allardyce factor’ has been driving Crystal Palace’s resurgence, midfielder Andros Townsend said after a 3-0 win over Arsenal boosted their improving Premier League survival bid.Allardyce, who has developed a reputation over the years as a survival specialist and last season led Sunderland to an unlikely escape from the drop, has been the driving force behind the stunning upturn in fortunes experienced by Palace. (Also Read: Arsenal’s top-four hopes suffer major blow with 3-0 loss against Crystal Palace)He initially struggled to turn things around after joining the south-London side in December, but since late February Palace have collected 15 points from a possible 18, to climb three places to 16th.”Sam Allardyce has been incredible,” Townsend, who scored Palace’s first goal on Monday, told Sky Sports.”I was on the wrong end of the (then Sunderland manager) Sam Allardyce factor when I was at Newcastle last season but he looks to have worked his magic again and hopefully we can keep these performances up and get enough points to survive.”Allardyce’s tactics have not always been the most subtle but under his stewardship Palace have become formidable opponents – particular at their raucous Selhurst Park ground.Their form is built on a strong, well-organised defence, a physical target man in Christian Benteke and the skill and counter-attacking ability of French playmaker Yohan Cabaye – scorer of their second goal – Wilfried Zaha and Townsend.Combative Serbia international Luka Milivojevic, who added the third, has looked like an astute acquisition since he arrived from Olympiakos Piraeous in January.advertisement”Tactically the players were aware of how to beat Arsenal,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.”The first thing was to defend and frustrate them, keep them playing sideways, then use the space behind the full-backs.”Arsenal have been weak defensively, they leave the centre-backs exposed. We won a lot of possession off them and created lots of chances.”Cabaye’s goal, what a finish – and that was down to us pressing them. It wasn’t a shock for me because we played Chelsea and won that game (2-1 away on April 1).”The result might be a shock, but we did that again and did it better. We all know Arsenal are going through their worst spell for years, but the only way to take advantage is by playing well. Everything worked perfectly for us today.”Palace have moved six points above the drop zone and have a game in hand on most of the teams around them in the relegation battle but they still have to face Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and United in their final seven fixtures.last_img read more

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Europa League: Ajax win, Manchester United FC held, trouble delays match at Lyon

first_imgEuropean football was given good and bad reminders of its past on Thursday with an impressive 2-0 win for once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam over Schalke 04 in one Europa League game but ugly scenes in the crowd at Lyon delaying another.Anderlecht, like Ajax once a major force in continental competitions, snatched a late 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United in another of the quarter-final first-leg ties while Celta Vigo beat visitors Genk 3-2 in a goalfest.There was an untimely reminder that the hooliganism which once plagued European football has still not been completely eradicated when crowd trouble delayed the start of Olympique Lyonnais’ match at home to Turkish side Besiktas by 45 minutes.Dozens of fans spilled onto the pitch, with the French club saying the supporters were seeking refuge after being pelted with objects and fireworks thrown from high up in the stands.Four-times European champions Ajax, now effectively reduced to the role of a springboard for young players hoping to move to the bigger leagues, enjoyed a reminder of what continental success was like as they outclassed Bundesliga side Schalke.Ajax played plenty of the flowing football for which their predecessors were renowned and went ahead when Davy Klaassen converted a penalty after Amin Younes went down under a tackle from Alessandro Schoepf.Klaassen struck again early in the second half, firing home from 12 metres after he was picked out by Justin Kluivert, the son of former Dutch international Patrick.Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave Manchester United a 37th minute lead in Belgium after snapping up a rebound, and the visitors seemed on the way to a comfortable win as they dominated the game.advertisementALSO WATCH:Leander Dendoncker had other ideas as he outjumped Matteo Darmian to head in Ivan Obradovic’s cross with four minutes left.Jean-Paul Boetius headed Genk into a 10th minute lead in Spain but Celta hit back quickly as Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and John Guidetti made it 3-1 before halftime.Thomas Buffel pulled a goal back midway through the second period to revive Genk’s hopes and leave the tie on a knife-edge.last_img read more

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Federation Cup: Bengaluru FC beat Aizawl FC to enter final

first_imgBengaluru FC (BFC) here on Sunday defeated Aizawl FC 1-0 in a hard-fought encounter to enter the final of the 2017 Federation Cup football tournament.Cameron Watson converted a penalty to score the only goal of the semi-final in the eighth minute.BFC held on to the slender lead despite numerous chances at either end.Aizawl were awarded a penalty in the final seconds but BFC goalkeeper Amrinder Singh parried away a poor effort from Lalram Chullova to knockout the recently crowned I-League champions out of the tournament.This is the second time that BFC have entered the final of the Federation Cup.They had last qualified for the summit clash during the 2014-15 season when they defeated Goan outfit Dempo SC 2-1 to clinch the title.BFC took the upper hand early on when Alwyn George was brought down inside the Aizawl FC penalty box by a clumsy challenge and the referee pointed straight to the spot.Watson stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to hand BFC the lead.At the back, BFC’s defensive pair of John Johnson and Sandesh Jhingan gave the Aizawl forwards a torrid time.In the 12th minute, Aizawl striker Kamo Bayi found himself in possession inside the BFC box, but a sweetly timed tackle by John Johnson robbed him of the ball before he could take a shot.Four minutes later, Lalram Chullova cut into the BFC box from the left flank before unleashing a shot, which was intercepted by the tall figure of Sandesh Jhingan and went out for a throw-in.advertisementPlaying on the counter, BFC came close to doubling their lead in the 21st minute after Eugeneson Lyngdoh released C.K. Vineeth onto goal with a well-weighted through ball.Vineeth’s shot, however, was met with Aizawl defender Kingsley Eze’s hurling body. Vineeth passed the rebound for an onrushing Alwyn George to capitalise. But George shot the ball over the bar.At the other end, Aizawl FC were handed a golden opportunity to score the equaliser after Kamo was found on the far post by a delicious Lalram Chullova cross.The Ivorian, however, could not make clean contact with the ball and headed it wide of the goal.Watson hit the post in the 39th minute when the BFC midfielder curled in a shot from outside the Aizawl penalty box.The rebound fell for Lyndoh who was unmarked just outside the six-yard box but his close range attempt was saved by Aizawl goalkeeper Albino Gomes.Aizawl coach Khalid Jamil revamped his side’s tactics in the second half and Syrian import Mahmoud Al-Amna who was sitting deep in the first half was given more freedom around the BFC box.The Syrian, however, was booked for simulation after he beat two defenders to get into the BFC box but fell, in hopes of a penalty, with minimal contact.Aizawl played with a high line and an offside trap that outfoxed the BFC forwards more than twice. Every time Al-Amna got the ball, the Syrian ran into the BFC box in hope of fostering a goal scoring chance.That chance remained elusive for Aizawl FC as BFC’s compact defence kept them at bay.Lalram Chullova missed from the penalty spot right in the final seconds as a diving Amrinder blocked the ball. The rebound fell to an onrushing Lalram Chullova but Amrinder cleared the danger as the referee blew the final whistle.last_img read more

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Haryana working on small hydro power projects: Khattar

first_imgBhiwani, May 19 (PTI) To enhance the availability of water and ensure its equitable distribution in the state, the Haryana government is working on small hydro power projects along with major ones, including Renuka and Lakhwar dams.For this purpose, about nine sites have been earmarked in the Shivalik area for construction of small dams.This was disclosed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today.He said the state government was also providing subsidies and other incentives to encourage farmers to adopt drip and sprinkler irrigation techniques to ensure less usage of water.He told reporters here that a medical college would be established in Bhiwani and construction work would be started only after selection of land by the local residents.Replying to a question regarding FIR registered against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he said that investigation is “not being conducted with a vengeful mindset”.”Hooda has time and again said in the House that he is ready for any investigation. Now that investigation is being carried out in a proper manner, Hooda should stand by his statement and not fear any investigation. He should not be afraid if he has not done anything wrong,” he added.The present state government has so far made about 3,600 announcements since it came into power, of which work on 1,600 has either been completed or is near completion.”I am personally monitoring work being carried out on these announcements,” he added.Later, addressing students at Chaudhary Bansi Lal University, the chief minister said that a target had been fixed to train 1.33 lakh youth of the state under the skill development mission, which would be achieved by next year.advertisementHe also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of various projects related to drinking water supply, power supply, anaj mandi and sports, to the tune of Rs 166 crore. PTI VJ ARKlast_img read more

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Rajinikanths next film is “Kaala”, produced by Dhanush

first_imgChennai, May 25 (PTI) Tamil superstar Rajinikanth is joining hands with Pa Ranjith once again after Kabali for tri-lingual flick Kaala Karikalan (Kala) to be produced by the actors son-in-law Dhanush. The production team unveiled the films title this morning and released its first look later in the day, with Dhanush, himself an actor, describing the moment as “the biggest of them all.” “Here we go !! The biggest of them all .. #superstar Rajinikanths #kaala first look,” he said on his Twitter page, while sharing a couple of photos. In one of the pictures, Rajinikanth is seen casually dressed in a rolled up sleeve and a lungi, sporting sunglasses with his stylish smile and sitting atop a jeep carrying a Maharashtra registration number plate. The background is dotted with images resembling a large slum, indicating Ranjith could serve up a sumptuous feast for the actors die-hard fans. Another one showed an angry Rajinikanth emoting, with blood on his forehead. Though titled Kaala Karikalan the movie will be called Kaala, sources close to the production team said. Dhanush s Wunderbar Films Pvt. LTD. is producing the film, touted to be the sequel of Rajinikanths 2016 gangster show Kabali. Ranjiths favourite musician Santhosh Narayanan is onboard Kaala also and the film which is being made in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. The film had earlier courted controversy with the adopted son of Mumbai don late Haji Mastan alleging the plot was based on his fathers life. The makers had, however, denied it. PTI SA VSlast_img read more

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Harith Noah wins overall title in MRF Rally

first_imgCoimbatore, Jul 9 (PTI) Harith Noah of Team TVS, riding a TVS RTR 450 motorcycle, won the overall title in the MRF Rally of Coimbatore, the fifth round of the MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Rally Championship for two-wheelers, here today.”The route was very challenging and I enjoyed riding the special stages,” said Shoranur-based Noah, who clocked 46 min, 33 seconds to complete the challenging Special Stages set around the wind farms near the Kethanur (Palladam) area, some 40 kms from here.The total distance of the route was approximately 115 kms, with 57 kms of special stages and unlike last year, this time there were two special stages ? the LMW Stage (14.5 km) and the Premier Stage (13.95 km).R Nataraj of Team TVS on a TVS RTR 450 motorcycle, came overall second with a time of 46 minutes and 48 seconds, while N Sanjay Kumar finished in third position overall, clocking 50 minutes and 13 seconds.Forty eight riders took part in the in the rally organised by Coimbatore Auto Sports Club, while local lad S R Karthik won the Star of Tamil Nadu category exclusively for riders from the State.The rally was flagged off from Kethanur and finished at A R Hall, Puliakulam Road here. PTI NVM SSlast_img read more

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HIGHLIGHTSOUTHERNREGION2100

first_imgChennai, Jul 27 (PTI): Top stories from SouthernChennai, Jul 27 (PTI): Top stories from Southern region at 2100 hrs today.MDS11 TN-KALAM-WORK CULTURERameswaram : The work culture in central government offices has now changed from what it was earlier when employees used to have a tea break within an hour or so after reporting to work, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.MDS12 KL-RAPEKochi: A still photographer has been arrested for allegedly raping and cheating an aspiring actress on the pretext of getting her a lead role in a movie, says police. MDS13 POL-LD JDU-KERALANew Delhi: Kerala JD(U) president M P Veerendra Kumar expresses shock over party chief Nitish Kumars decision to align with the BJP and said the state unit would not follow the chief minister into the NDA fold, “no matter the price” it may have to pay.MDS14 TN-KALAM-MODI-FISHINGRameswaram: Acceding to a long-pending demand of the Tamil Nadu government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches a deep-sea fishing scheme for fishermen of this region, saying it would help them overcome problems of fishing in Palk Strait. MDS15 DHARAMSINGH-OBITBengaluru: A seasoned political leader with decades of administrative acumen, N Dharam Singh was known for his gentle demeanour and Urdu shairis and considered an Ajatashatru (with no enemy) in Karnatakas political circles.MES8 KL-AICTEThiruvananthapuram): The recent downward trend in employability of engineering graduates is due to an outdated curriculum, says All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe.BOM17 SPO-MITHALI-PROMOTIONHyderabad: Recognising her performance, the Ministry of Railways has promoted Indian womens cricket team captain Mithali Raj to the post of OSD (Sports) in Hyderabad-headquartered South Central Railway (SCR).advertisementBOM21 TL-DRUGS-LD PROBEHyderabad: Special investigation team of Telanganas excise department conducts fresh raids in parts of the city here in connection with a state-wide online drug racket and also question actress Mumaith Khan for seven hours. PTI BNlast_img read more

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Kidambi Srikanth striving for consistency ahead of Denmark Open Super Series Premier

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has expressed his desire to win every single match he plays as he looks forward to make a winning start in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, which begins on Tuesday.”Nothing much has changed, everything’s still the same and I want to win every match I play,” Srikanth told ANI.Srikanth will start as hot favourite, following three back-to-back final appearances out of which he won two titles at Indonesia and Australia.The 24-year-old, who will head into Denmark Open as eighth-seed, had also made two quarterfinal finishes at Glasgow World Championship and Japan Open.Now, he would be looking to add another title into his account when he opens his campaign in Denmark against a qualifier.Talking about his strategy, Srikanth insisted that he is looking forward to reduce his easy mistakes and make a plan according to his opponent.”I think I learned to play confidently and those wins definitely gave me a lot of confidence. There’s no set strategy and I want to plan according to my opponent. I want to be more consistent and reduce easy mistakes,” Srikanth said.If Srikanth manages to cross the first two rounds, he might face a familiar foe in World Champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen in the quarter-finals of Denmark Open.Besides Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy will also be seen in action in the men’s singles events.Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medalist PV Sindhu will kick start her campaign against world No. 10 China’s Chen Yufei, while Saina Nehwal will be looking for her first Super Series win in 16 months when she faces fifth-seeded Spaniard Carolina Marin in the opening round.advertisementMeanwhile, Indian men’s doubles pairs of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy as well as Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are also in the fray.In women’s doubles event, the Indian duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will also look for a good outing, while Satwiksairaj and Ashwini, who made it to the semi-finals of the Dutch Open last week, will also aim to continue their good run.last_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc and Co. to show no mercy to England tailenders

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Atherton has urged the umpires at the ongoing Ashes series Down Under to protect England’s tailenders from Australia’s relentless “bodyline” bowling.Australia captain Steve Smith, however, has found Atherton’s claims “a bit over the top.”Australia have reclaimed the urn with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, their fiery pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins singeing England’s frontline batsmen in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.The pace trio have not spared the tailenders.England’s number 10 batsman Jake Ball was subjected to a bouncer barrage in the Brisbane opener and number 11 James Anderson suffered a sickening blow to the side of his helmet in the third Test at Perth.Atherton conceded Australia were clearly the better team and that any side with such ammunition would have attacked the tailenders for practical and psychological reasons.”That said, I did wonder aloud at the time why the umpires were so reluctant to act to protect Ball,” Atherton wrote in the Times newspaper.The law states that short pitched bowling is dangerous if the umpire considers it likely to inflict physical injury when measured against a batsman’s skill.”Test cricket or not, the Law and the playing conditions are there to protect batsmen incapable of protecting themselves,” Atherton added.”Cricket is an odd game in that it has three distinct disciplines and, within that, you have the unusual situation where someone who is totally useless in one area can face a world-class performer in another – with potentially harmful consequences.advertisement”Batsmen who cannot bowl are not required to bowl to great players, but the opposite is obviously the case – precisely why the Law is framed as it is, as built-in protection for the incompetent.”No one wants to see the game sanitised, but the Law is there for a reason. The umpires should make use of it,” added Atherton, who played 115 Tests between 1989-2001.Smith has, however, indicated that Australian pacers will continue to test England batsmen with short-pitched deliveries in the remaining two matches.”No doubt, if they had the kind of pace that our bowlers can generate, they’d probably do the same thing,” Smith said at Melbourne Park where he had a hit with tennis’ former world number three Milos Raonic.”We were (always) going to bowl a lot of short stuff to those guys, much like we did back in 2013.”Smith returned a few of Canadian Raonic’s serves but struggled with one aimed at his body.”Now I know how Jimmy Anderson feels,” joked Smith, the leading scorer of the ongoing series which resumes in Melbourne on Tuesday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Jonny Bairstow celebrates maiden hundred with helmet headbutt

first_imgTales of Jonny Bairstow’s headbutting incident left Australia captain Steve Smith giggling like a schoolboy just weeks ago, but the wicket-keeper batsman’s maiden Ashes century in Perth on Friday allowed England skipper Joe Root the last laugh.Bairstow gently tapped his helmet against his head upon reaching the milestone to the delight of Root and his team mates who jubilantly roared their support in the dressing room.The wicketkeeper’s 119 helped push England to 403 on day two of the third Test, their highest first innings total in Australia since January, 2011.Bairstow said his celebration was a bit of “light-hearted, fun” in reference to the October night out where he greeted Australia opener Cameron Bancroft with a headbutt at a bar.It took nearly a month for the incident to be revealed, however, when Australia’s fielders were heard trying to get inside the Yorkshireman’s head when he was batting during the series-opener in Brisbane.Bancroft recalled the incident in a news conference with his captain Smith sat beside him laughing heartily following England’s 10-wicket first Test defeat at the Gabba.Bairstow felt he had been “stitched up” by Australia and that the event had been blown completely out of proportion.So he celebrated emotionally at the WACA after pulling Mitchell Marsh behind square for a single to reach his ton.”The hundred, in many ways, was my favourite one,” the 28-year-old told reporters.”I’ve played in a few Ashes series so far now and to score an Ashes hundred is something you dream about as a kid.advertisement”It was really good fun out there, I absolutely loved every single minute of it.”Bairstow was unable to truly cash in, with his batting partners crumbling around him as England lost their last six wickets for 35 runs.He was bowled by a full inswinger from fast bowler Mitchell Starc which clipped the inside edge and uprooted middle stump.But his first Test hundred in 18 months helped tweak the narrative of England’s Ashes tour, which up to Perth had been blighted by a string of off-field incidents.It was also a part of an England record fifth wicket stand of 237 runs with Dawid Malan, who scored a fine 140.Anchored by 92 not out captain Steve Smith, Australia moved to 203 for three at stumps, having trimmed England’s lead to 200 runs.Bairstow felt England remained well placed in the match, despite the late batting collapse in the morning session.”You can look at it both ways and say, look, it was a fantastic recovery from being 100 for four and we’ve got 400 on the board,” he said.”Or you can look at it and go, ‘yeah, well, we’ve let the position slip.”But at the same time … we’ve got the capabilities of taking five-six wickets in a session, we’ve shown that previously so there’s no reason why we can’t now.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Cowboys Cut Gay Michael Sam

first_imgIRVING, Texas — Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL’s first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game.The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Oct. 21, dropping the defensive end as they prepare for several potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line.Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason. He was never placed on the 53-man active roster.The Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round in May. He was pick No. 249 out of 256. Sam had three sacks in the preseason with St. Louis playing mostly against second- and third-stringers.Sam thanked the family of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Twitter, along with “friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support.”“While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday,” Sam wrote.The signing of Sam by the Cowboys brought an overflow crowd to coach Jason Garrett’s daily news conference, and he was surrounded by about two dozen reporters in the only interview he conducted on the same day.But he mostly blended in after that, making occasional appearances in the locker room when it was open to the media and earning praise from Garrett and defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli the few times they were asked about him.“Comes to work every day and practices hard,” Garrett said last week. “One of 10 practice roster guys that we have, so he’s working on his skills, trying to develop, but also doing a lot of other things. Playing offense, defense, playing the kicking game. That’s what a lot of those guys do.”Sam came out to his Missouri teammates before his senior season, when he had 11 1/2 sacks. He told the rest of the world three months before the May draft. After Sunday’s 31-21 win over the New York Giants, Cowboys owner Jones told USA Today that Sam’s sexuality was “a dead issue.”The Cowboys (6-1), off to their best start since they were 12-1 in 2007, are playing their second straight NFC East opponent at home, with Washington (2-5) visiting Oct. 27.The Rams didn’t keep Sam because they had depth on the defensive front. The same situation is developing for the Cowboys, who are among the league’s worst in sacks but have been getting solid production with a rotation in the front four of a defense exceeding expectations.(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Tanaka Gem, Yanks Ace Rays, 9-0

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi knew what he was up against. “It was one of those games where the team that scores first was probably going to have the upper hand, and it turned out that way,” he said.Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits over seven innings, Chris Young hit a grand slam and the New York Yankees routed the Rays 9-0 on April 18.Brian McCann put the Yankees ahead in the sixth with his third hit, a two-run, two-out triple off Odorizzi (2-1) that followed one-out walks to Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez. McCann’s fourth career triple came in his 4,389th at-bat.Odorizzi gave up three runs and five hits in six-plus innings. He was the third AL pitcher in the last 100 years to start the season by winning consecutive starts of six-plus innings, two hits or fewer and one run or less.“He threw a great game,” Odorizzi said of Tanaka. “If I gave up one or I gave up 10, it probably wouldn’t have mattered tonight.”Tanaka (2-1) struck out eight and walked none. He gave up a single to David DeJesus leading off the first, then retired 15 in a row before Brandon Guyer’s double opening the sixth. After failing to reach the sixth inning in his first two starts, Tanaka lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 3.94.“I’m happy with the results,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I’m happy with the way I pitched. I think it’s all about the mechanics. The mechanics was working well.”The Japanese star missed most of the second half of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament and had faced questions this spring about his decreased velocity. He reached 93 mph against the Rays.“I really think it’s important for him to see when I have my stuff, I’m going to pitch extremely well, and that’s what he did,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.This was the first time since joining the Yankees that Tanaka had a start of two hits or fewer while walking nine.David Carpenter and Branden Pinder completed a three-hitter, the first shutout for the Yankees since Sept. 22 against Baltimore.Young homered off Grant Balfour in a seven-run seventh, his third career slam. “A good ballgame that turned somewhat ugly,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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