Petra Kvitova out for six months after hand surgery

first_imgTwo-time Wimbledon tennis champion Petra Kvitova, whose hand was wounded in a knife attack, will not play again for at least six months and it is too early to say when she can return to competition, her publicist said on Wednesday. (Kvitova is feeling good after hand surgery: Spokesman)Kvitova was injured on Tuesday when she fought off an intruder in her home in the Czech Republic, damaging all the fingers on her playing hand. (Petra Kvitova undergoes hand surgery following knife attack, full recovery expected)Following a successful operation, the world number 11 will begin her rehabilitation in about six to eight weeks and hopes to be able to grip a racket again after three months, publicist Katie Spellman said.”The best-case scenario is that Petra will be able to return to the tennis court after six months,” Spellman said in an email. (Knife-wielding intruder injures tennis champion Petra Kvitova)It was unclear when she might play in earnest again, “but Petra is ready to do everything she can to get back competing at the highest level.”The surgeon who operated on her, Radek Kebrle, said earlier on Wednesday that Kvitova would be unable to subject the hand to the pressures of competition until mid-2017.”She is a young athlete, healthy… but it still is a relatively massive injury,” he told a televised news conference.The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the organising body for the women’s professional game, said it regretted Kvitova’s absence from the circuit and suggested her future in the sport was uncertain.advertisement”It’s unclear if or when Kvitova will be back on the court, and the start of 2017 won’t be the same without her unique power and competitive spirit,” the WTA said on its website.Aged 26, the hard-hitting left-hander rose to world number two in 2011 when she won the first of her two Wimbledon singles titles, and has been a mainstay of the top 10 virtually ever since.She slipped in the rankings this year but showed improved form in recent months, winning the Wuhan Open title in October and the season-ending WTA Elite trophy in November.Czech police were still searching for her attacker, public television reported.last_img read more

PBLs 11-point system will bring more spectators: Padukone

first_imgBengaluru, Dec 25 (PTI) Prakash Padukone, the first Indian to win the All England Championship title, today said the new scoring system for the Premier Badminton League will be an exciting experiment as it will add uncertainty to the matches and draw in more spectators. “It will be an exciting experiment. In the 11-point scoring system, anybody can win the match. There will be a lot of uncertainty, that will bring more spectators to the stadium and more viewership,” Padukone told PTI here in an interview. The statement comes in the wake of some top international shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu welcoming the shorter version of the scoring system. Saina recently had said it would be interesting to see how it pans out, but the games will get over quickly as points are less. Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver-medallist, had said the system will force players to be on alert and focus from the first point itself. Padukone, who also won the Danish and Swedish Open, said some amount of tinkering with scoring is always required for popularising the sport. “I think some kind of innovation and change is required for television viewers to make the sport interesting. So, I think in some ways it is good,” he said. Striking a cautious note, Padukone said as long as the 11-point scoring system does not affect or becomes a norm for super series and other tournaments, it is definitely worth experimenting. “As long as it doesnt affect or become a norm for super series and all that, but I dont think they (Badminton World Federation) are planning to do that at this stage, but at this moment, it is definitely worth experimenting,” he said. PTI BDN PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh asks MS Dhoni: Now that you’re not captain, will you hit more sixes?

first_imgContrary to popular perception, Team India stalwarts Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh do share a very good rapport on and off the cricket field. Their friendship was very much evident on Tuesday as India A played against England in the first warm-up match at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai. (Good to see huge turnout for warm-up game, it shows their love for me: Dhoni)Even though Dhoni’s final match as captain ended in disappointment as England won by 3 wickets, the mood in the Indian camp is still upbeat. Yuvraj posted a video on social media after the match got over in which he asked a couple of very interesting questions to Dhoni, who answered each question in his typical manner. (Watch: Fan rushes out to touch MS Dhoni’s feet at Brabourne Stadium)Yuvraj asked Dhoni about his journey as India captain to which he said,” the journey has been good, fantastic. It’s good to have players like you (Yuvraj) the job becomes much more easier. Enjoyed my 10 years and hopefully I’ll enjoy more whatever I have.” (Vintage Dhoni, Yuvraj shine for India A) Yuvraj paid tribute to Dhoni by saying that he’s been one of the best captains ever and that he had an amazing time playing under him. Dhoni interrupted Yuvraj in between and thanked him for the six sixes that he hit in the 2007 World T20 where Dhoni was at the other end and had the best seat in the house. (Dhoni deserves every bit of respect he’s getting: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)advertisementWell done @msdhoni on your career as captain ! 3 major wins 2 w cups ????????????? time to unleash the old dhoni????? yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 10, 2017Yuvraj had said a few days ago that he is looking forward to partnering with Dhoni once again in the middle-order and play fearless cricket like the way they used to before. Now that the burden of captaincy is no longer on Dhoni’s shoulders and with an in-form Virat Kohli leading the side, it is expected that Dhoni will bat up the order and play an attacking brand of cricket.Dhoni smashed 68 off 40 balls yesterday while Yuvraj scored 56 off 45 balls to power India A to 304/4 in 50 overs. Unfortunately it was the bowling attack which let them down as England reached the target with 3 wickets and an over to spare.But it was Dhoni and Yuvraj’s batting which was the highlight of the match. Both looked calm and composed at the crease and played freely. Even though they couldn’t bat together for long, they made sure to entertain the crowd by hitting sixes and fours at will. Shikhar Dhawan also got some much needed runs under his belt and scored 63 runs off 84 balls.Dhoni, Yuvraj and Dhawan’s form will be crucial for India when they take on England in the upcoming three-match ODI series and in the following three T20Is from January 15.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 may come on Jan 19, exclusively on Flipkart

first_imgXiaomi may launch its Redmi Note 4 on January 19 and now a latest teaser released by the company suggests that the phone will be sold exclusively on Flipkart. The e-commerce site  has released a video on Twitter confirming that it will be the exclusive seller of the upcoming Xiaomi device.Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a successor to Redmi Note 3 smartphone and was first launched in China in August last year. While the smartphone is powered by a 10-core MediaTek Helip X20 processor in China, it is expected to come with Snapdragon 625 processor as the company is not permitted to sell MediaTek-based phones in India.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 may launch on January 19 in IndiaThe Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch FullHD display with 1080p resolution and 2.5D curved glass.  The smartphone will come in three size variants which are 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, and the 4GB  with 64GB storage inside. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.Redmi Note 4 may come with a 13-megapixel rear camera with pdaf and dual-LED flash. A  5-megapixel camera on front is expected on the front.  The smartphone also has a fingerprint sensor on the back. Redmi Note 4 is backed by 4,100mAh battery and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 8.Nothing has been revealed about the price yet. However, in  China, the 16GB variant costs CNY 899 (approx Rs 9,000) and the 64GB variant is priced CNY 1,199 (approx Rs 12,000). We expect the smartphone to be priced around this range for its India-based buyers. Xiaomi already has Redmi 3S Prime and Redmi Note 3 as the two top selling budget smartphones in India. The Redmi 3S Prime starts from Rs 8,999  while the Redmi Note 3 is selling at Rs 9,999.advertisementAlso Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X: Full specifications, expected India price and everything we know so farlast_img read more

Karnataka HC Chief Justice to take call on lifting Kambala ban after apex court decides on jallikattu

first_imgNotwithstanding repeated pleas made by counsels for various Kambala organisations, the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court on Monday refused to lift the ban on the buffalo-racing sport. He told them that it would be better to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on Jallikattu that is expected on Tuesday before he takes a call on Kambala.”The court said since the ordinance passed by the Tamil Nadu government has been challenged by filing an application in the Supreme Court and the matter is coming up for hearing on Tuesday, let us wait. We also filed a request in the court that in case the Jallikattu order was pronounced on Tuesday or Wednesday, we be allowed to move the matter before the division bench itself and the Court has agreed to that”, said S Rajashekar, counsel for the Kambala Committee. The court also opined that the order passed by the Supreme Court would have a bearing on this case as well.FATE OF KAMBALA DEPENDS ON JALLIKATTU VERDICTBV Acharya, a senior advocate representing the Kambala Samiti, said that if the Supreme Court upheld the Jallikattu ordinance in spite of the risks involved and the pain caused to animals, the chances of ban on Kambala being lifted would go up. But just in case the apex court said that jallikattu would not be allowed, it could not immediately be said following that ruling that Kambala also would not be allowed. “Whatever happens to the apex court judgment and whatever law the state government passes, we are confident that in the next hearing, we will be able to convince the high court that it is not proper to ban Kambala and that it must be held, he told India Today.advertisementAlso read | Kambala supporters take out procession in Karnataka, demand ordinance to lift banAcharya is confident that even without the legal backing of the state government, they may be able to win. “In the meantime, if the state passes a regular legislation, it will further strengthen our hands to fight the case before the high court”, he continued.ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FILED PLEA AGAINST KAMBALA IN 2016The Karnataka High Court had stayed the conduct of Kambala in November 2016 on a petition filed by animal rights activists. However, the government of Karnataka not wanting a Marina beach-like situation in the state, immediately resolved to move an amendment in the forthcoming assembly session that begins on February 6. “The cabinet has decided to get this done and either on February 7 or 8, we will discuss this in the assembly”, said Moodbidri MLA and former Minister Abhaychandra Jain.There are 14 MLAs from South Canara in the legislative assembly and all support Kambala since it is close to the hearts of the people in those districts and none of these 14 would want to face their wrath. “When Jallikattu is allowed, Kambala should also be allowed. We MLAs are the voice of the people and hence we will fight for this in the assembly, Jain added.Also read | Kambala agitation: 10 things you should know about the buffalo race WATCH VIDEOlast_img read more

PSL spot-fixing row: PCB name tribunal members

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a three-member tribunal headed by a retired judge to investigate the alleged corruption in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).While the tribunal would be chaired by Justice (Retired) Asghar Haider, it would also consist former PCB chairman Lt General (Retired) Tauqir Zia and former team manager Wasim Bari.According to the Express Tribune, the PCB had formed the three-member committee after Islamabad United pair of Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan formally informed the board that they seek to contest charges against them.The duo were suspended by the PCB for their alleged involvement in the infamous spot-fixing scandal during the first week of the PSL.According to the prescribed procedure, the tribunal would now issue notices for a preliminary hearing to both PCB as well as the players.  (PCB to interrogate Nasir Jamshed)Later, three more players namely, Mohammad Irfan, Shahzeb Hasan and Nasir Jamshed were also suspended following further investigation.On Friday, Shahzaib underwent two days of investigation in which he was questioned about his terms with already suspended Sharjeel and Khalid and was asked the reason of delay in reporting the details of corrupt approach. (Punish those who corrupt cricketers, says Salman Butt)Shahzaib last played for Pakistan six years back and the only highlight of his brief international career was featuring in the World T20 squad in 2009.Meanwhile, Irfan, Nasir Sharjeel and Khalid have been summoned by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to record their statements on March 20 and 21.advertisementIrfan and Jamshed will be recording their statements before the FIA’s investigators today while batsmen Sharjeel and Khalid have been asked to appear before FIA on March 21.Irfan, who on March 14 was suspended and charge-sheeted over his alleged connections with bookies, has been given 14 days by the PCB to submit his reply.last_img read more

IPL 2017: As it happened

first_imgHello an welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. (SCORECARD)MI INNINGS:#IPl Match 7 – @mipaltan 180/6 (19.5 ovs) beat @KKRiders 178/7 by 4 wkts. Relive the game here – #MIvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 2017Phew! What a humdinger of a game we have just witnessed! Well, Wankhede is Mumbai’s fortress and you got to admit it’s really, really difficultl to beat them in their den.Nitish Rana has to be given the credit as well for keeping his calm and dispatching whenever he’s got the opportunity to do so. He scored a blazing 50 from 29 balls and stitched 41 off just 14 balls along with Hardik Pandya to almost seal the deal for his side. Kolkata would be kicking themselves for the crucial chances that they dropped and some sloppiness on the field which unfortunately cost them the game. Rajpoot bowled really well and got three wickets but was taken for runs in his last over. Narine, Woakes and Kuldeep too kept the pressure on the hosts but the home side took it away from them in the end and opened their account in this year’s league in a grand fashion.23.52 IST: FOUR! That’s game, set, match! Full down the leg side, Pandya whips it past the diving fine leg fielder for a boundary. MUMBAI WIN BY 4 WICKETS AND 1 BALL TO SPARE!23.51 IST: DROPPED! Short delivery into the body, Pandya goes for a pull and gets it off the top edge. The ball flies away towards the fine leg region. Rishi Dhawan reaches to it and drops a very important catch. That’s surely the match there as the batsmen run a couple.advertisement23.50 IST: FOUR! What has Suryakumar Yadav done there? He has costed the visitors the match. Fuller delivery into the stumps, Pandya smashes it down the ground. Yadav misfields and the ball rolls away to the fence for a boundary.23.50 IST: Two Leg Byes! Full down the leg side, Hardik Pandya goes to clip it on the leg side. He misses it completely as he gets rapped on the pads. The ball runs down towards fine leg for two leg byes!23.49 IST: Trent Boult will bowl the final over. He has 11 runs to defend. Hardik Pandya is still out there in the middle, he has the strike. Nail-biting stuff, this.23.40 IST: WICKET! Nitish Rana departs for 50. Change of fortunes for Kolkata! Low full toss in the line of the stumps, Rana carves it straight to the fielder at point. Narine makes no mistake and Ankit Rajpoot is excited. Mumbai Indians 160/6 (18.3 overs) vs KKR 178/723.37 IST: FOUR! Fifty! Another full toss outside off, Rana pushes that over covers for a boundary. The fielders could not stop it. He is making a mark there.23.36 IST: SIX! That’s gone the distance! Full toss into the stumps, Rana shuffles across and scoops it over the keeper’s head for a maximum.23.34 IST: SIX! In the arc…out of the park! Back of a length delivery into the body, Hardik Pandya picks the line well and dispatches it into the stands over the mid-wicket region. Mumbai Indians 149/5 (18 overs) vs KKR 178/723.33 IST: SIX! Free gifts! Full toss angling into the pads, Rana just clips it over the square leg region for half a dozen. Can this young lad pull it off?23.32 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Low full toss outside off, gets his yorker wrong. Rana carves it past point for a boundary. Mumbai need many more.Match 7. 16.4: C Woakes to N Rana, 4 runs, 125/5 #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201723.25 IST: WICKET! Kieron Pollard departs for 17. Short and wide outside off, Pollard slashes his blade at it. Gets a thick top edge which flies straight towards the fielder at third man. Rishi Dhawan comes running in towards it and takes a good catch. He is up and celebrating. The visitors have got the big man and Mumbai need something really special to win this now. Mumbai Indians 119/5 (16.1 overs) vs KKR 178/723.22 IST: Mumbai in need of some quick runs here. Kieron Pollard will have to be the man to attack.The Caribbean battle!#Narine has dismissed the big #Pollard 3 times in 13 innings, time for a 4th? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 9 April 2017That travelled faster than a Mumbai local! #Pollard thunders his first SIX! #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 9 April 201723.01 IST: WICKET! Krunal Pandya departs. Rajpoot gets his second! Back of a length delivery down the leg side, Pandya dances down the track and tries to guides it fine down the leg side. Gets a really faint edge as the ball flies away towards the keeper. The players appeal for a caught behind and the umpire is quick to raise his finger. 82 runs needed off 47 balls. Mumbai Indians 97/4 (12.1 overs) vs KKR 178/7advertisement22:56 IST: FOUR! Risky shot! Angling into the pads, Pandya clips it just over the fielder at mid-wicket for a boundary. Luckily it went over Yusuf Pathan who was standing there. MI 83/3 from 11 overs, still need 96 runs to win22:55 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Short delivery into the body, Krunal pulls it powerfully through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.Match 7. 6.4: S Narine to J Buttler, 6 runs, 57/0 #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201744/0, 5 overs!The run rate is quite good! We want to finish the Powerplay well. #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 9 April 201722.22 IST: Chris Lynn suffers injury to his left shoulder. Length delivery around off, Buttler steps out and with an angled bat lofts it down the ground. Chris Lynn runs behind and dives to take it, but misses and then falls on the ball. Seems to have hurt his left arm or shoulder. Painful. He doesn’t even get back up to collect the ball. The ball is still inside the rope as Yusuf Pathan throws it back in. Two runs are taken.Skied up in the air by Buttler, but safe! Lynn tries to catch the ball, but lands on it as he spills it. #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 9 April 201722.20 IST: SIX! Brilliant innovation from Jos Buttler. He premeditates the full ball, walks across and scoops it over the keeper’s head. Sends it over the fine leg fence and will get a biggie to his name.Two Englishmen pitted against each other! Woakes ??? Buttler.This is an interesting battle! #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 9 April 201722:15 IST: 10 runs from the third over. MI 25/0 in three overs, still need 154 runs to win.22:12 IST: Absolute ripper of a delivery from Trent Boult! Has got the line right and cut Jos Buttler in two. Bring it back in on a back of a length, on middle and leg, Buttler looks to work it across but the ball goes right through bat and pad. There’s some noise as the ball goes behind which was probably off the thigh pad. So, the umpire denies the caught behind appeal.22:10 IST: Two overs gone and MI are on 15/0, still needing 164 runs to win the tie. 22:07 IST: Both Boult and Chris Woakes are getting some swing but no wickets to show for it so far.22:03 IST! FOUR! Jos Buttler is now away without wasting a second. Full and swinging back in on middle and leg, Buttler flicks it through mid-wicket and ends the over with a boundary. Good first over for Mumbai. MI 9/0 after one over, need another 170 runs to win.22:00 IST: FOUR! First runs for Mumbai. Short and wide outside off, Parthiv Patel flashes hard and pierces the gap well. Sends it away between point and cover-point all the way to the boundary line.advertisement21:59 IST: Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler to open the innings for MI while Trent Boult has the ball for KKR.21:59 IST: The wicket seems a really good one to bat on and with the firepower Mumbai possess, you surely can still call the game even. Mumbai will have to bat really well to chase it down. While Kolkata will bank on their bowlers to restrict the hosts. The chase surely is going to be entertaining.KKR INNINGS:21.46 IST: Brilliance from Manish Pandey has helped Kolkata post a total of 178. Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir gave them a flying start but Krunal Pandya had different plans when introduced into the attack. He took three vital wickets and changed the tide for a while. Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey stitched in an important partnership of 44 runs to lay a good foundation for a flurry in the end.SIX!Try catching that ???, #Pandey whacks Malinga into the stands with a 86 metre six, that’s his 3rd of this innings. #AmiKKR #MIvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 9 April 2017Match 7. 19.1: M McClenaghan to M Pandey, 6 runs, 161/6 #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201721.32 IST: WICKET! Lasith Malinga strikes again and this time he gets Chris Woakes with a slower. Two wickets in two overs for Slinga Malinga! Lands this on a length and outside off, Woakes looks to go over long on. He gets the connection but fails to get the elevation. Pollard, stationed there, takes a fine catch to end Woakes’ short stay at the crease. Wankhede is buzzing and excited as Mumbai look to restrict the visitors under 160. Kolkata Knight Riders 144/6 (18.1 overs) vs Mumbai Indians21.30 IST: FIFTY! Manish Pandey reaches his eighth fifty in the IPL. He has played brilliantly but needs to stay till the end. Kolkata Knight Riders 141/5 (17.4 overs) vs Mumbai Indians21.22 IST: WICKET! Suryakumar Yadav caught at deep by Kieron Pollard off Lasith Malinga first ball after time out. The bowling change works straightaway! How many times has Malinga given a breakthrough to Mumbai? Malinga bowls this full and slightly slower, Yadav expecting a yorker goes early into his shot. The ball flies high up in the air and lobs towards Pollard at long on. He is as calm as a cucumber and grabs it. Suryakumar Yadav is in shock, he cannot believe what he has done! Kolkata Knight Riders 131/5 (16.1 overs) vs Mumbai Indians21.17 IST: FOUR! One more, the visitors have found much needed momentum. Bumrah bowls this on a length and outside off, Manish Pandey opens the face of the bat and cuts it through point for a boundary. Time out taken. Kolkata Knight Riders 131/4 (16 overs) vs Mumbai Indians21.16 IST: SIX! What a shot! Bumrah misses his yorker by a touch and that is enough for Manish Pandey. Gets under to this fullish delivery and slams it over the bowler’s head for a biggie. He has absolutely timed that to perfection.Match 7. 14.2: H Singh to S Yadav, 4 runs, 111/4 #MIvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201721.09 IST: SIX! In the air… but well over Jasprit Bumrah. Sticks to the back of a length delivery and keeps it outside off, Pandey backs away and upper cuts it. For a while, it seemed like Bumrah would have a chance at third man. But eventually the ball sailed over him and went for a maximum.1?0?0? up for us. It’s time to up the ante in the remaining overs. ?? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 9 April 201721.01 IST: WICKET! Krunal Pandya bags his third as he removes Yusuf Pathan. The Pandya brothers have done it again. The lack of boundaries have led to the wicket. Loops this one around off, Pathan shimmies down the track aiming to go over long off but doesn’t connect well. Hardik gets under the ball there and catches it easily. Kolkata have lost their fourth wicket! Kolkata Knight Riders 87/4 (11.4 overs) vs Mumbai Indians20.59 IST: DROPPED! But a difficult chance. Turning away on a length, around off, Pandey gets a faint edge behind. Parthiv has no time to react as the ball brushes off his gloves.Oooooooohhhhh!!!#Pandey survives twice in as many balls, off #Bhajji #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 9 April 2017Exciting @im_manishpandey has the destructive @iamyusufpathan with him at the crease. All we need is a good partnership now. #AmiKKR #MIvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 9 April 2017’I bowl, you catch’ – #PandyaPlan #IPL #MIvKKR – @mipaltan IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 9 April 201720.45 IST: WICKET! That’s plumb! Fuller delivery angling into the stumps, Lynn goes for a heave on the leg side. He misses it completely and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire obliges. Bumrah is over the moon and the dangerman Lynn departs. Kolkata Knight Riders 67/3 (7.3 overs) vs Mumbai Indians20:39 IST: Six runs from the seventh over. It’s time for the strategic time-out now. KKR 65/2 from seven overs. 20:37 IST: Krunal Pandya  continues from the other end.20:35 IST: End of PowerPlay. KKR 59/2 after six overs. Lynn 28*, Pandey 1*20:31 IST: FOUR! Brute force! Good length delivery outside off, Lynn smashes it through covers for a boundary.20:30 IST: Double blow for Kolkata. KKR 48/2 from five overs.20:27 IST: OUT! Krunal makes it two in the same over! Fuller delivery in the line of the stumps, Uthappa goes for a biggie on the leg side. Cannot find the distance there as the ball flies off the top edge towards deep mid-wicket. His brother Hardik gets under the ball and takes a simple catch. Mumbai players are excited and so is the crowd. KKR 48/2 from 4.5 overs.20:26 IST: FOUR! Lucky runs! Tossed up outside off, Uthappa lunges forward in defence and gets a thick outside edge which runs fine through the third man region for a boundary.20:24 IST: OUT! Spin does the trick! Fuller delivery into the pads, Gambhir sweeps it straight to the fielder at square leg. McClenaghan the fielder there, jumps a bit and takes a simple catch. Krunal Pandya has made it count and Kolkata finally lose a wicket in this tournament. KKR 44/1 from 4.2 overs.#MIcam – #MI flags are out as Krunal sends back #Gambhir & #Uthappa in his 1st over. #CricketMeriJaan Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201720:23 IST: Gambhir and Lynn going strong. 44/0 from 4 overs. Lynn 21*, Gambhir 19*20:21 IST: SIX! Go fetch it in the crowd! Slower delivery on a good length just outside off, Lynn waits for it and hammers it over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen.A big 6? from the in-form @lynny50 as he whacks the ball into the stands. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 9, 201720:19 IST: Malinga returns.20:18 IST: FOUR! Deft! Good length delivery outside off, Gambhir guides it really fine on the off side for another boundary. 15 off the over. KKR 34/0 after three overs.20:16 IST: FOUR! Free runs! Low full toss outside off, Gambhir guides this one through point. The fielder there gets a hand to it but cannot stop the ball from going to the boundary.20:15 IST: Good ball by Bumrah. Just two runs from it.20:15 IST: No ball and it’s a FREE HIT!20:13 IST: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack.20:12 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Fuller delivery outside off, Gambhir square drives it through cover-point for a boundary. Two overs gone. KKR 19/0.20:12 IST: Can he be this destructive?On an average, @lynny50 hits a six every 9? balls. How many will he hit today? ??? #Lynnsanity #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 9, 201720:10 IST: Did you know?#DidYouKnow#KKR is the only team to win away from home this season. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #MIvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 9, 201720:09 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Sprayed on a length down the leg side, Lynn guides it fine down the leg side for a boundary.20:07 IST: 10 runs from the first over. KKR 10/0 after one over.20:06 IST: FOUR! Hammered! Fuller delivery outside off, Lynn whacks it straight down the ground for a boundary..20:04 IST: Meanwhile, KKR’s Robin Uthappa achieves his own milestone..@robbieuthappa plays his 200th T20 match today. He is the 9th Indian to achieve this feat. Make it a memorable one ??????#AmiKKR #MIvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 9, 201720:03 IST: Another yorker but Lynn defends it to cover to get off the mark. KK3 3/0 from 0.3 overs.20:01 IST: Bang on target. Malinga starts off with a yorker as the crowd shouts MALINGA! MALINGA!19:59 IST: The teams are in and Lasith Malinga will start off for Mumbai while Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir takes the crease for KKR.19:56 IST: Parthiv’s family is here.@parthiv9’s family is here!#MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201719:54 IST: The teams#IPL Match 7 – Here are the Playing XIs for @mipaltan vs. @KKRiders #MIvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201719:51 IST: The teams gets ready for the big clashThe Knight Riders @KKRiders are also ready #MIvKKR. Bring it ON – Match 7 #IPL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 2017The @mipaltan are geared up for their first home game of #IPL season #MIvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201719:48 IST: Meanwhile in HyderabadAll happy in the @SunRisers’ camp. @VVSLaxman281 & @rashidkhan_19 click an #IPLselfie post-match #IPL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201719:44 IST: Bumrah all praise for the fansBumrah is upbeat for our first home game!”It’s always great to play in Wankhede. The crowd is always behind you.”#MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201719:39 IST: Not a good stat this one for KKR.6?7? – #KKR’s lowest total in the IPL!We were the opposition & Wankhede was the venue, that day in 2008. #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201719:35 IST: Team changes: Ankit Rajpoot comes in for Piyush Chawla for KKR while Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh comes in for Mumbai in place of Tim Southee and the injured Ambati Rayudu.19:33 IST: Slinga-Malinga is back!.@ImRo45 announces that Lasith #Malinga is back in the line-up, and the crowd roars! Happy to see Slinga back?#MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201719:30 IST: Mumbai Indians win toss, elect to bowl first19: 29 IST: Wankhede is readyCan you hear that? Of course you can! Deafening levels at the Wankhede!#MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201719:21 IST: Rohit Sharma presents Gautam Gambhir the Play Fair – Spirit of Cricket awardPlay Hard, Play Fair – Spirit of Cricket at #IPL – @ImRo45 and @GautamGambhir IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201719:19 IST: The stage is set and the task for in-form KKR is steep by the looks of it.1?3?-5?Our win-loss record ??? #KKR – the best by a team to have faced an opponent at least 10 times in the #IPL #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2017Beautiful, isn’t it? Where are you watching tonight’s game from? Send us your images and we might RT them.#MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201719:15 IST: Mumbai Indians and Kolkata  Knight Riders renew rivalry Introducing – the two-time #IPL CHAMPIONS @mipaltan #MIvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201719:11 IST:  The first game of the day ends with Sunrisers Hyderabad beating Gujarat Lions by 9 wickets.#IPL Match 6 – @SunRisers 140/1 (15.3 ovs) beat @TheGujaratLions 135/7 by 9 wkts. Relive the game here – #SRHvGL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 201719:05 IST: Focus on Rohit SharmaDouble Dhamaka! ??In 2016, we beat #KKR on both occasions by 6? wickets!#RohitSharma was the MoM in both games. #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201719:00 IST: KKR will look to continue the good run after hammering the Gujarat Lions.After winning our 1st game of the #IPL convincingly, #Knights are ready to leave a mark of Purple & Gold at Wankhede!??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 9, 201718:58 IST: Meanwhile in Hyderabad the Sunrisers are coasting along towards victory versus the Gujarat Lions. SRH need just 14 off 40 balls to win the tie. Warner is not out on 65 off 40 balls.18:55 IST: Great show of sportsmanship among the fans outside the Wankhede as fans gather together for a picture.Surrounded by the Paltan – that is how #KKR fans will feel at the Wankhede Stadium tonight. #MIvKKR #CricketMeriJaan Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 201718:51 IST: Mumbai Indians are excited about their first game at the Wankhede in IPL 201718:43 IST: A team filled with spinners, KKR will bank on them again to continue the good work.Our spinners are the most successful from the last two #IPL seasons. Head over to for such amazing trivias! #AmiKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 9, 201718:41 IST: The Knights from Kolkata have arrived at the WankhedeMumbai Indians would not want to read too much into their good track record against Kolkata Knight Riders after the latter’s dominating display in their opening game when the two sides lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.KKR cantered to a 10-wicket win against Gujarat Lions on Friday night with Gautam Gambhir (76 not out) and Chris Lynn (93 not out) taking Gujarat bowlers to the cleaners.Chasing 184 to win, KKR reached the target with 31 balls to spare, underlining their title credentials from the word go.Mumbai, on the other hand, failed to overcome the challenge from Rising Pune Supergiant in their opening game, losing by seven wickets as Pune skipper Steve Smith stamped his class with a brilliant unbeaten 84 to guide his team to victory.In the head to head count, Mumbai clearly have the upper hand with 13 wins in 18 ties to KKR’s five.At the Wankhede, KKR have won just once, when they prevailed by 32 runs in 2012.MALINGA BOOSTMumbai would be desperate to get back the services of Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga, who took a hat-trick in the second T20 against Bangladesh recently, his first in the shortest format of the game.Malinga is the all time highest wicket taker in the IPL with 143 scalps to his name.KKR meanwhile, according to skipper Gambhir, fared well in their bowling department by restricting a top-heavy batting of Gujarat to 183 on a wicket that offered little assistance.Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets and conceding just 25 runs in his four overs.But it was KKR’s batting that left everyone talking. Not losing a wicket and clobbering the Gujarat bowlers with disdain, Lynn and Gambhir showed imperial form, one that will give them a lot of confidence going into the next game.The pair broke IPL’s record of highest first wicket partnership previously held by Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan (167) for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors.last_img read more

The babushka, the alarm clock and the art of fundraising

first_imgOnce upon a time, when I was living in Ukraine, I met the staff of a community foundation named Dobrata that was trying to encourage businesspeople to give money to charitable causes. This was not an easy task in a country emerging from decades of Soviet rule and with no history of corporate philanthropy, and Dobrata staff expressed some disappointment over their problems in efforts to motivating motivate entrepreneurs.They showed me their latest advertisement, which they had aired on local television. It was an animated, black-and-white ad with mournful music playing in the background. A stooped babushka enters a pharmacy. She looks up at the shelves and then down at a few stray coins in her pocket. Tears slowly course down her cheeks. She is unable to buy the medicine she needs. A voice-over and accompanying text urge people to help by calling Dobrata. What happened when the ad ran? Dobrata was flooded with calls from babushkas asking for money to buy medicines. Virtually no one called to donate money. The main problems: lack of a clear audience and an appeal to that audience’s values. Businesspeople didn’t see the ad as meant for them. It was depressing—everyone in Ukraine knows the collapse of the Soviet Union hit pensioners hardest—but not personally motivating. No one believed a call to Dobrata could resolve this enormous social problem.After some reflection, Dobrata went back to the drawing board. The next time I saw their staff, they handed me a video of their new ad. It was a colorful, animated spot to be shown in movie theaters. This was a far better venue than television for reaching their audience, because only those who are relatively well-off, people like businesspeople, can afford to go to the movies in Ukraine. In the spot, a businessman is shown slumped over his desk, signing paper after paper handed to him by a secretary. He goes on autopilot, numbly working his way through massive stacks. The picture zooms into his brain, which has the cogs and wheels of a robot. Life has become mechanical and without feeling. Then an alarm clock goes off on his desk and suddenly the scene brightens. The secretary places before him a donation request from Dobrata, and he signs, breaks out of his rut, and regains his human self. A friendly voice-over and call to action (wake up and give to Dobrata) end the spot. The ad was funny, motivating, and memorable. It clearly spoke to businesspeople by whimsically highlighting the drudgery that comes with any job, especially in a country with lots of red tape. It positioned charitable giving as a way to fulfill a desire to break out of the grind and feel good. Dobrata hit its mark.I relate this story because it shows so much: The art of fundraising isn’t to show need — it’s to inspire action. Tears may attract attention but it’s hope that wins hearts. Don’t lose sight of the joy of giving.last_img read more

Guy Kawasaki webinar: Getting your story published

first_imgGuy Kawasaki, co-founder of, founding partner at Garage Technology, and former chief evangelist of Apple, is one of the most sought after speakers there is. And he’s agreed to present a Network for Good webinar for nonprofits on how to shape and self-publish your organization’s story.Join us for this free webinar Tuesday, January 22 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here. (If you register, a few days later you will receive a recording of the webinar so you can enjoy it even if you’re not available Tuesday. Since I always get a flurry of emails of readers telling me they did not get their recording, please note: it takes a couple of days and it may be in your spam filter. Please check there if you don’t receive it.)last_img

3 Steps to Better Email Campaigns

first_imgLeah Merrill is a Software Analyst for Capterra, where she specializes in helping membership administrators find membership management software. Ready to launch your email fundraising campaign? Before simply asking for money, make sure you’ve clearly established your value to your supporters. Why are they interested in your cause? Is your mission closely aligned with the desires of your members? If you have been working hard to build a membership community that is generous, driven, and inclined to give, they will be more likely to respond well to your email campaigns, and this will show in your fundraising results.Here are three easy ways to give your email campaigns a boost:1. Organize your email list.It’s important that you aren’t sending every person the exact same message or ask. Customize your emails by first segmenting your member list into different categories and then sending the appropriate message to each group. If you send messages that are tailored more toward each donor as an individual, they will be more likely to respond.2. Use video to grab donors’ attention.Video content is becoming more popular, and your donors will be more likely to respond if your email includes video. Get creative with your videos, and add commentary that helps add context and next steps for your supporters. YouTube Annotations is a great way to do this-it lets you embed a link in the video and then add a button that says “donate here” or a similar call to action to further prompt your donors.3. Don’t use emails just to ask for money.If you only email your donors with requests for donations, they will ignore or delete your emails. To avoid this, aim for a 3:1 ratio of informative or engagement emails to fundraising emails. This kind of outreach is more donor-centric and assures your community that they’re valuable to your organization beyond just the dollars that they represent.last_img read more

Adelaide hold WSW after Elsey red

first_imgNikola Mileusnic hit a quickfire brace as 10-man Adelaide United played out an entertaining 2-2 A-League draw against Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium.Nathan Konstandopoulos’ foul on Tarek Elrich gave Oriol Riera the opportunity to score from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time – he only did so after Paul Izzo parried his initial effort.Mileusnic’s sharp shooting put Adelaide in the ascendancy before Riera found himself at the centre of the game’s main talking point, with Jordan Elsey sent off after an hour. 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! Bruce Kamau scored a fine equaliser but the Wanderers could not make their numerical advantage count as both teams pushed for a winner.A Boxing Day thriller at Coopers. #ALeague #ADLvWSW— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) December 26, 2018Western Sydney were the better side early on but almost fell behind when Craig Goodwin’s deflected free-kick looped against the right-hand post.Izzo made brilliant save from Riera at close quarters in the 43rd minute and denied the Spanish striker once again from the penalty spot, only for the Wanderers star to dispatch his fourth of the season from the rebound.Adelaide found a swift response three minutes into the second half when Scott Galloway’s low cross took a nick off Josh Ridson to leave Mileusnic with a simple finish at the back post.Mileusnic made it two goals in seven minutes when he charged onto a slide-rule pass from captain Isaias to nutmeg Nick Suman, the rookie goalkeeper who should have done better.The Wanderers were reeling but the game turned abruptly once more when Elsey caught Riera with an elbow and was given a second yellow card after a lengthy discussion between the officials.A minute after the defender walked, Western Sydney were level as Kamau controlled smoothly and lashed an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net.Izzo stood firm to deny Roly Bonevacia, preserving a point that edges Adelaide up to sixth, still three points better off than Western Sydney in ninth.last_img read more

Spalletti explains improvement

first_imgInter coach Luciano Spalletti has played down the ongoing absence of striker Mauro Icardi from the side as having inspired a recent upturn in fortunes.The Nerazzurri swept aside Rapid Wien 4-0 in Thursday night’s Europa League clash to seal a 5-0 aggregate win that takes them through to the last 16 of the competition.Victory marked their fourth consecutive win on the back of a similar losing streak, and came once again without Icardi, who has missed their last three games amid speculation he is set to exit the club after being stripped of the captaincy. 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! However, Spalletti has reinforced that the improvement offered by his side is less the result of a more harmonious team spirit and down to simple, effective hard work in his post-match comments.”It is correct to say that Inter are improving and making fewer errors than before, but it is not fair to allude to something else that happened during this period,” he told Sky Sport Italia.”Let’s view it from the right angle here, which is that the team is working hard and making fewer mistakes.”Let’s not talk all the time about this [Icardi]. Let’s focus on the players who were out there today, playing, running, getting kicked and not lose sight of the reality of the situation.”We are trying to reach this level as our normality, without the ups and downs. We need to get that sorted as soon as possible, because again last season we did well only for spells.”With Icardi relieved of his duties, goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has taken over the captain’s armband at the San Siro, but he insists any number of senior players could lead the team.“The armband is not a title of nobility or a trophy,” he said.“It is a great responsibility and at Inter an honour. We don’t need just one person wearing the armband, because we need five or six leaders who push the squad forward. It doesn’t matter who wears the armband.”Inter return to action in Serie A on Sunday when they travel to Fiorentina looking to further cement their spot in the top four.last_img read more

Here’s what your dog’s breed says about your work personality

first_imgIf you can’t do without Bruno or Rover, you aren’t alone. No wonder plenty of companies and start-ups are allowing employees to bring their pets to work. The list of pet-friendly offices worldwide includes Google, Etsy and Ben and Jerry’s. The trend is catching on in India too, with start-ups such as InMobi, Chumbak and DriveU allowing pets into the office.It’s a fact that four-legged Fido can do a lot of good to the office environment. A study by Virginia Commonwealth University, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, revealed that people who bring their dogs into the workplace are less stressed, and that sense of job satisfaction extends to people who come into contact with the pet. Over time, this can reduce employee absenteeism, low morale and burnout.But what do you do if your workplace hasn’t jumped on to the pet-friendly bandwagon? Wait for June 23, Bring Your dog to Work Day, when you can happily take your furry friend to your cubicle. This day, created by Pet Sitters International, was first celebrated in 1999 and celebrates the companionship dogs provide to promote adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.Most often than not, people often have a favourite breed, which they end up bringing home. Continued research has shown that pet owners often share their dogs’ personalities. A study at Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom has revealed that you can read a person’s personality from their dog and that “certain personality types are subconsciously drawn to certain breeds”.advertisementSo as you prep your pooch for his day at work, do you know what your dog’s breed is saying about you and your style of working?Sporting dogs  Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and SpanielsSporting dogs are the most common types of dogs people choose to bring home. Those who like them tend to be friendly, agreeable, gentle, easy to please and high spirited.At work: You’re intelligent, hard working and serious about work but also enjoy playing the fool. Confrontation is not your thing.Herding dogs  German Shepherds, Collies and SheepdogsPeople who pick herding dogs tend to be extroverted. They’re confident, courageous, balanced, able to work a crowd easily and ready to lend a helping hand.At work: You’re fearless, but not looking for trouble. Eager and alert, you’re extremely outgoing.Hound dogs Beagles, Greyhounds, Bassett Hounds, DachshundsIf you ain’t nothing but a hound dog, that’s good news. Hound dog owners tend to be emotionally more stable. They are calm, committed, consistent, and have a reasonable degree of self-esteem.At work: Deadlines and other stresses fail to ruffle you and you go about things proactively. That’s why people often turn to you during crisis for your take.Toy dogs  Chihuahuas, Poodles and PugsChihuahuas popping out of the purses of starlets have given toy dogs a bad name. Fact is that people who own toy dogs are more likely to be intelligent, creative and conscientious.At work: You’re agreeable, spunky, open to new experiences and more likely to be an out-of-the-box thinker. Your even temper and vivacious personality makes you a crowd pleaser.Utility dogs  Dalmatians and BulldogsPeople with utility dogs tend to be extroverted and extra conscientious – they’ll always be willing to go the extra mile. They have gentle dispositions, and tend to be calm, friendly and dignified.At work: You are equable and resolute, even when facing a mountain of files. Your easy-going nature and deadline-oriented nature makes you a team favourite.Working dogs   Dobermans, Boxers, Great Danes and RottweilersTaking care of huge, strong dogs needs an intelligent and sharp mind. So people living with working dogs tend to be agreeable, composed, energetic, quick and extremely active.At work: You enjoy challenges, physical and mental, and tend to be a speedy worker. You have an even temperament, and are alert and extremely loyal.This article was first published on 8 greatest Indian teachers of all times Read: Why interviewing parents for the admission of kids isn’t bad at alllast_img read more

Gareth Southgate backs Raheem Sterling to improve England form

first_imgWinger Raheem Sterling has the determination to replicate his domestic form for the England national side, manager Gareth Southgate has said ahead of Thursday’s penultimate World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.Sterling has scored six goals in nine appearances for Manchester City this season but his international form has been mediocre in recent years, with the 22-year-old scoring the most recent of his two international goals in September 2015.The former Liverpool player was withdrawn at half time in England’s win over Malta last month and played seven minutes in the subsequent fixture against Slovakia.But Sterling, who has 34 caps for England, has been backed by Southgate to raise his game.”I think Raheem is a tough lad,” Southgate told reporters. “That’s one of the attributes I really like about him. He bounces back from disappointments and he goes again.”He is ready, I can see he is ready for the game and looking forward to it. He is in a good place with his club, he is working with a good coach there and we have huge belief in him as well.”We want the crowd to be excited with what they’re watching, and he’s a player who can do that: he can beat people; his goal scoring record is improving, and he works hard for the team, chasing back and tackling. He’s not just a winger.”Sterling could replace Tottenham Hotspur forward Dele Alli in the England starting side after the 21-year-old received a one-match suspension for a rude gesture during last month’s 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley.advertisementEngland, who lead Group F on 20 points, will seal a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia if they beat third-placed Slovenia at Wembley.Southgate’s side travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier on Sunday.last_img read more

Walkathon to spread cancer awareness

first_imgKolkata, Jan 14 (PTI) To spread awareness about cancer among women and the importance of preventive healthcare, a walkathon was today organised in West Bengals Howrah district.Around 2,000 people participated in the walkathon which started from Tulsi Chakraborty Uddyan, Khurut Sastitola, and culminated at Swamiji Sporting Club Ground Kalabagan lane, in Howrah districtThe walkathon was organised by Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah in association with Ambica Banerjee Cancer Foundation. PTI SCH RGlast_img

Lord’s stadium like you’ve never seen before, courtesy Beast from the East

first_imgMuch of Britain and Ireland was blanketed in snow on Wednesday as freezing Siberian weather dubbed the Beast from the East, covered most of the city including stadiums in London.The iconic Lord’s cricket stadium was also not spared by the storm. The weather has also disrupted the travel plans of thousands.The Lord’s Cricket Ground Twitter handle has been posting some magnificent pictures of the ground fully covered in snow.More #londonsnow this morning but the sun is out at Lords!’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) February 28, 2018Hundreds of schools were closed and there were delays on roads, railways and at airports on one of the coldest days Britain has experienced at this time of the year for almost three decades.But it’s not just transport that’s being affected by the cold weather. The nations sporting calendar has also been hit, especially England’s domestic cricket matches and the football schedule.Chance of a delayed start to play. #beastfromtheast #bbccricket Match Special (@bbctms) February 27, 2018The covers done its job! If everyone brings a shovel for the outfield well start on time at 11am CCC ?? (@DurhamCricket) February 27, 2018You know the #BeastFromTheEast means business when it manages to hit @TheAgeasBowl! Cricket (@hantscricket) February 27, 2018Only 16 days until our first pre-season friendly… Cricket (@kentcricket) February 27, 2018Anyone for some cricket?#BeastWithTheLeast Cricket (@EssexCricket) February 27, 2018Only one match from four was cancelled in the Football League on Tuesday evening Bristol Rovers home game against Wigan. However, two were called off in the National League, three in the National League South, two in the FA Trophy and seven north of the border in Scotland.The League One match between Peterborough and Walshall was the worse hit as Steven Taylor and Junior Morias (both players from Peterborough) helped remove the snow from the turf before resuming play. Peterborough eventually won the match 2-1.Even the Emirates stadium was covered in snow with the weather creating serious doubts over the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City. With the unrelenting weather conditions, the match may well be postponed from Thursday.#LondonSnow FC (@Arsenal) February 28, 2018Temperatures fell to minus 12 Celsius (10 degrees Farenheit) in some rural areas while Britain’s weather service warned of up to 40 cm of snow in higher areas of Scotland. Ireland could see its worst snow since 1982.”It is the coldest air we have seen over the UK at this time of the year since around 1991,” Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist at Britain’s Met Office, said by telephone. It is all tied in with the Beast from the East.The cold spell has been caused by a jump in temperatures high over the Arctic, known by meteorologists as sudden stratospheric warming, which has weakened the jet stream that brings warm air in from the Atlantic to Ireland and Britain.The unusual weather could continue as Storm Emma, packing more snow and ice, approaches western England from Portugal and France.Across London, there were severe delays on public transport. Dozens of flights were canceled at Heathrow airport.Britain’s weather service issued a severe weather warning for snow in parts of Scotland where schools were closed and council offices shut.Ireland’s weather service issued a status red warning – the highest level of alert – for five countries in the east, including the capital Dublin after heavy overnight snowfall led to accumulations of 5 to 10 cm.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Governor, CM congratulate Ker team for winning Santhosh Trophy

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Apr 1 (PTI) Kerala Governor Justice (ret) P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who congratulated the state football team for winning the Santhosh Trophy defeating Bengal today. Sathasivam in a message said the victory after a gap of 14 years had re-established Keralas supremacy in Indian football. Vijayan said victory was not only a proud moment but also inspiring. State Sports Minister A C Moideen and Leader of the Opposition in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala also congratulated the Kerala team on the victory. Kerala had edged out Bengal via the tie-breaker in the final held at Kolkata. PTI JRK SSlast_img

CWG 2018: Manu Bhaker in focus as Indian shooters eye glory at Gold Coast

first_imgAll eyes will be on teen sensation Manu Bhaker as the fancied Indian shooting team eyes a head start at the 21st Commonwealth Games and continuation of its recent dominance of the discipline in the quadrennial extravaganza.The 16-year-old Manu will be lining up alongside the experienced Heena Sidhu in the women’s 10m air pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Range.Also in action on the first day of shooting competition will be the impressive Ravi Kumar and Deepak Kumar in men’s 10m air rifle.MEDALS TALLYSaniya Sheikh and Maheshwari Chauhan will represent India, a powerhouse in these Games, in the women’s skeet, finals of which will also be held on Sunday followed by the qualifications.The maximum buzz is certainly around Manu, who has won an unprecedented double gold in her maiden senior ISSF World Cup in Mexico last month. The versatile girl from Jhajjar, Haryana, then grabbed two more gold in the junior World Cup in Sydney.Smit Singh and Sheeraj Sheikh will also compete in men’s skeet qualification day 1.CWG 2018 DAY 3 BLOGWith shooters like Chain Singh, Jitu Rai, Omprakash Mitharwal, Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant, Heena and Shreyasi Singh competing in more than one event, the selectors were able to constructively utilise the quota of 15 men and 12 women to make a strong squad.It may be noted that the organisers of the CWG had cut the quota of participants for all countries recently, and thus Indian shooting got a reduced quota of 27 from an earlier allocation of 30.advertisementA total of nine men’s and eight women’s events will be held in rifle, pistol and shotgun categories.Then there is Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang, a veteran of many a battles and one who has been sharing his knowledge with the young shooters.Having already stamped their class on the big stage, the youngest shooters in the national team will again jostle for space with the big players, vying for top honours.The abundance of talent is complemented by a confident approach which the likes of Manu, Mehuli Ghosh, Anish Bhanwala and Anjum Moudgil are expected to display.The squad has a good mix of experience and youth with the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) picking four junior shooters and a few who are under the age of 25.The likes of Rai, Narang and Apurvi Chandela along with other experienced shooters like Heena, Tejaswini Sawant, Sanjeev Rajput, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and double trap World Cup gold medallist Ankur Mittal can be a handful for the other competing nations, including the shooters from hosts Australia and England.Some of the Indian shooters have the experience of shooting at this range, which also hosted the Commonwealth Shooting Championship last November, and that could be of some help.India has been a dominant force in shooting at the CWG with the shooters winning 17 out of the country’s 64 medals at the Glasgow Games in 2014.As hosts in 2010, Indian shooters claimed a staggering 30-plus podium finishes, and the expectations remain same eight years on.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

IPL 2018: I am a batsman first, captain next, says Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma

first_imgRohit Sharma stands out as the most successful skipper in IPL’s 10 year old history, having led Mumbai Indians to three title wins.However, the Mumbai stylist picked up the tricks of the trade along the way, having played under Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh for MI and under MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli for India.Rohit, however, is an out-and-out team man. He wants to score runs and lead by example. This IPL season, he is back as opener and Rohit is a happy man – he enjoyed batting at the top of the order and loves setting the tone for the innings.The defending champions lost to Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener but they will have the chance to set things right and on course later tonight when they take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad.Excerpts from an exclusive interview with Rohit:It has been a long season for you. The home season followed by the South African tour where you played across formats, the Sri Lanka tri-series and now the IPL. How has the body been coping?Rohit Sharma: We are managing. It has been a long season but a very successful one. So I have no complaints about my body. It’s always good to have success, home and away.But going forward it’s a challenge for any cricketer. We play so much cricket these days. That’s where recovery and things like that come in. One has to manage one’s body really well. So far, Indian cricketers have dealt well. There haven’t been complaints about too much cricket for the body. We have had rest. At some stage, when people do realize that body needs some rest, we have gone to the management and told them that we need rest and we have got it. We also have a great bench strength which helps the team as well.advertisementNow that you are regularly engaging in leadership roles, do you go about compartmentalizing captaincy and batting?RS: As a professional athlete, we have the challenge of managing multiple things when you take the field; whether it’s the burden of captaincy or going out there and performing or managing your players. I have done it in the past. So for me, it’s about doing the same things again and again.Talking about leadership, I am a batsman first who has to go and win games by performing with the bat. Then the leadership comes in. Both have to go hand in hand to give the franchise the success we are looking for.You have played a lot for India under MS Dhoni and now under Virat Kohli. What have you learnt from them about captaincy?RS: I have played under many captains. You are always learning so long as you are playing. Whether it’s captaincy or batting. I am no different. I have been speaking to people on how to take things forward and all those things have been really helping me.You must be happy opening the batting again?RS: Yes, I am happy opening again in IPL. That’s where I have batted for the national team for the last five-six years. That’s where I enjoy playing. I think looking at the composition of our squad we have a great balance now. It allows me to bat up the order and am very happy with the way things are going.Your thoughts and expectations from this year’s IPL..RS: I will be looking forward to the next few weeks because they will be important. We are on the run now, playing home and away. We have some exciting players this year. You had a glimpse of Mayank Markande the other day and we have a few others in store which people will look at. One loss does not define any team. What’s most important is to enjoy yourself, it’s a new squad, new faces and we have to stick together and move forward.last_img read more