Misbah-ul-Haq set to miss second Test due to family illness

first_imgCaptain Misbah-ul-Haq is highly unlikely to be available for his country’s second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton on Friday after having to return to Pakistan due to a family illness. (New Zealand thrash Pakistan in 1st Test)Misbah’s father-in-law was critically ill and had been admitted to hospital and placed in intensive care, a Pakistan team spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Sunday.The 42-year-old was due to leave New Zealand on Sunday evening and the spokesman said it would be “difficult” for him to return in time for the match at Seddon Park.Misbah was missing from the post-match formalities after his side lost the first Test by eight wickets to New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday.Vice-captain Azhar Ali, instead addressed the media and said their inspirational captain was heading home to deal with the issue.”Unfortunately his father-in-law is very serious and he has to go back,” Azhar said. “Hopefully things turn out well.”Azhar added Misbah would be a big loss for his side, if he did not make it back in time for the match. Travel time between the two countries is a minimum of 18 hours each way.”We’ll miss him definitely,” Azhar said.”We have to cope with that now and whoever comes into the side will take that opportunity and give us runs, as well as the stability he gives us in the middle.”New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said while Misbah’s ability to galvanise his team and composed middle-order batting would be missed, he doubted the visitors would be under-strength for the Seddon Park game.advertisement”Misbah is a fantastic leader, certainly a great middle order batter and a world class player,” Williamson said.”When you’re without someone like that it is a loss. But (one of the) reasons why they’re number two (in the world) is because they have depth and experience.”I’m sure they’ll find a suitable option for that middle order.”last_img read more

Manchester City, Chelsea charged with failing to control players

first_imgManchester City and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players during Saturday’s Premier League match, the FA said on Monday.City striker Sergio Aguero’s reckless tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz in stoppage time sparked a melee at the Etihad Stadium, with players and coaching staff from both teams involved in ugly scenes.City’s Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off and will serve four and three-game bans respectively.”Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour,” the FA said in a statement.Leaders Chelsea won the match 3-1 to move four points clear of fourth-placed City.Later on Monday, West Bromwich Albion and Watford were also charged for failing to control their players in Saturday’s league game at the Hawthorns, which the hosts won 3-1.In the 84th minute, Watford’s Roberto Pereyra was sent off after reacting angrily to James McClean’s challenge, resulting in a touchline clash involving both sets of players.All the clubs charged by the FA have until 1800 GMT on Dec. 8 to respond.last_img read more

Mourinho is ‘laughable’ for crying over critics – Rio

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is “laughable” for complaining about criticism of Manchester United’s performances, according to former player Rio Ferdinand.The Red Devils fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Newcastle United 3-2 on Saturday, delighting a buoyant Old Trafford home crowd that had booed their team off at half-time.Mourinho claimed afterwards that his players were “panicking” early in the game due to a “manhunt” he perceives has been launched against United in recent weeks. 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 Premier League side had not won the last four games heading into the clash with Newcastle and Mourinho said “a lot of wickedness” had been said in criticism.But Ferdinand, who played for United from 2002 to 2014, lambasted the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager for bemoaning criticism that he believes is perfectly valid.“I don’t know where ‘wickedness’ and ‘manhunt’ come from,” he told BT Sport, sat alongside fellow United legend Paul Scholes. “I don’t know what he’s talking about.“Because if you see something on the football pitch, you talk about it. He’s the Manchester United manager. Man Utd’s manager doesn’t go unnoticed – win, lose or draw. There’s going to be scrutiny.Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2017-18“When you sign up to become Man Utd manager, you do not sign up to have it all your own way. Especially if things are going wrong.“If things are going wrong, you’re going to be under intense scrutiny, that comes with this job. That’s in the small print somewhere.“We’re not sitting here wanting Man Utd to do bad, we want Man Utd to perform like they did in the second half.“And if Mourinho can come out and say I’ve seen that type of performance – that hunger, that desire, that commitment that he’s talking about – many other times this season, then he’d be wrong. He’d be lying to say that. It hasn’t been there at all.“What are we meant to say? Something else? Are we meant to say, ‘oh it’s been good, it’s been OK, he’s all right, he’s going to get through it’?“You say what you see, you can’t expect anything different. And to sit and moan and [say] ‘oh they’re hunting me’ and ‘it’s wickedness’ … I find it laughable, I was sitting here half laughing at that.”Manchester United will be placed eighth in the Premier League table heading into the two-week international break, with title contenders Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of them with a game in hand heading into Sunday.last_img read more

Wrecking ball Kagiso Rabada wants to stay the course

first_imgKagiso Rabada’s shoulders are big enough to carry the burden of being a pace spearhead but he is also looking to strike a balance between bowling flat out and staying the course, the South African speedster told Reuters.Fast bowlers are cricket’s most vulnerable players and South Africans are already fretting over the workload of a 21-year-old who is tipped to lead the Proteas attack for years to come, at least once Dale Steyn heads off into the sunset.While his pace-bowling Delhi teammate Pat Cummins has spent much of the five years since his sensational Test debut wrapped up in cotton wool by a fearful Cricket Australia, Rabada has been playing pretty consistently since his international bow.Still, Rabada, who first represented his country in 2014 and turns 22 later this month, reckons his young body has coped reasonably well with the considerable rigours of playing cricket in all three formats.”I think the older I get, the hard it will get, definitely,” he said in an interview.”But I’m not there yet. So right now it feels nice, I feel like I can do that.”With the ball in his hand, Rabada is always looking for wickets but a parallel search is also on to find ways to ensure he does not burn out.”Have I found the balance?” he shrugs. “I don’t know. That’s an ongoing process. There are also some precautions you take to avoid certain mishaps.”I think I’ve been training nicely, doing what I need to do. I’m continuously finding that balance – how much to bowl, how much to rest and how much to train.”advertisementRabada announced his arrival as an emerging talent on the world stage in 2015 by claiming a record six for 16, including a hat-trick, in his one-day debut against Bangladesh.His 71 wickets from 17 Tests further attest to his potential as a future leader of the Proteas attack but at the moment the strapping right-armer has a more rudimentary approach to his role in the national team.”My role in the South Africa team is to try and get wickets, to field well and to try and score some runs down the order,” he added.”I don’t see myself as a leader, no one’s told me that.”‘NETWORK OF IDEAS’Rabada played six matches for Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing 2017 Indian Premier League before returning home and he said the Twenty20 tournament was “a huge network of ideas.”He cited interactions with Cummins and team “chief mentor” Rahul Dravid, the India Test batting great, to illustrate his point.”Myself and Pat, we are basically the same age and bowl the same thing with very similar actions. We talk about different things about bowling, networking once again,” he said.”Speaking to someone like Rahul Dravid, his batting experience and what he found hard..what he finds hard, a lot of batsmen would find hard too,” Rabada added.”So you get insight, as a bowler, from a bowler and a batter.”Rabada feels the IPL has had a profound impact on Indian cricket, bringing financial stability to the game and broadening the local talent pool.Twenty20 cricket’s constant innovations have caught the fancy of the young fans in South Africa and the country has launched the T20 Global Destination League scheduled for later this year.Rabada, one of its marquee players, hopes it will have an impact in South Africa comparable to that the IPL has had in India.”Whole lot of people are in IPL because of the money. Not only the money though but money is a massive thing. Hopefully it will be a similar thing in South Africa,” he said.”Young players would have ambitions of playing in the league. Hopefully it kicks off and becomes a good one.”last_img read more

Tata Trusts U Dream Football ties up with Borussia Dortmund

first_imgMumbai, May 11 (PTI) Tata Trusts U Dream Football today announced a technical tie-up with top German club Borussia Dortmund by which 48 talented Indian children, mostly from the north east, are already getting football training under the clubs youth coaches in Bitburg, Germany.Beginning January this year the first batch of trainees, 35 of them from the north eastern states of Mizoram (17), Manipur (15), Meghalaya (2) and Assam (1) and the rest from other parts of the country, are to spend ten months a year over six years in schooling and football training in Germany, it was announced at a media conference today.”The depth of training in Germany is second to none. The biggest challenge for us was to convince parents that their children can have an alternative career in sports. We are aiming to increase the number to 200 with the help of the German Consulate,” said founder Ronnie Screwvala of U Dream which got into a partnership with the 125-year-old Tata Trusts last year.Asked what was the pathway laid out for the young football talent after the end of six years, Screwvala said “Its a 16-year relationship, six now and ten later.”The boys are in the age group of 12-14 years and the aim of the programme is is to ensure that all enrolled players play professional football by placing them in clubs across Europe, the Americas and Asia, including India.Former India captain Bhainchung Bhutia said India needed to do a lot more grassroots programme in football while adding “definitely there has been improvement over the last three years” in this respect.advertisement”The FIFA Under 17 World Cup (to be hosted by India this October), is a start, but we need to make more kids play football for more talent to come up,” he said at a panel discussion.As per the programme currently charted, each week the trainees play games against top-ranked youth sides in the region as well as those in Belgium and Luxembourg and so far the team has won 15 out of 20 games and lost three.”We have been approached by the All India Football Federation to allow them to include 6-7 players as probables in the Indian World Cup Under 17 squad, but we have asked for a trial game between them (the current India probables) and us,” said one of the persons connected with the programme. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

Akmal brothers, Babar Azam to feature in Afghanistan’s T20 league

first_imgPakistan’s Babar Azam, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal are among the big international players who will feature in Afghanistan’s domestic T20 league, Shpageeza Cricket League.Players from Pakistan, the West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were among those who went under the hammer in the high-profile auction held in Kabul on Thursday.Apart from these Pakistan players, Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza will turn out for six franchises in the fifth edition of the tournament in July.According to ESPNcricinfo, Afghanistan all-rounder Gulbadin Naib was the most-expensive buy. He was bought by Boost Defenders for USD 108,000.The other five teams include Band-e-Amir Dragons, Mis Ainak Knights, Kabul Eagles, Speenghar Tigers and Amo Sharks.Pakistan pacers Sohail Tanvir and Rumman Raees were bought by Band-e-Amir Dragons and Boost Defenders respectively for USD 105,000 approx.Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes, Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams were the other notable buys.”All matches will be held in Kabul, between July 18 and July 28,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Shafiq Stanikzai said.”The ICC has sanctioned this event, and is sending its own match referee to oversee the tournament. In addition, we will have one on-field umpire from the ICC panel,” he added.The league will be broadcast on television in Afghanistan, and Stanikzai said the board is in talks to have it reach a wider audience.last_img read more

Verizon takes over Yahoo to complete $4.5 billion deal, Marissa Mayer steps down

first_imgVerizon has taken over Yahoo, completing a $4.5 billion deal that will usher in a new management team to attempt to wring more advertising revenue from one of the internet’s best-known brands.Tuesday’s closure of the sale ends Yahoo’s 21-year history as a publicly traded company. It also ends the nearly five-year reign of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who isn’t joining Verizon. She will walk away from Yahoo with a compensation package currently worth about $125 million, including her severance pay and stock awards that will be fully vested with the deal’s completion.Yahoo’s email and other digital services such as sports, finance and news will be run by Tim Armstrong, who has been running AOL since Verizon bought that company for $4.4 billion two years ago. Armstrong will now be CEO of a new Verizon subsidiary called Oath, which will consist of Yahoo and various AOL services.About 2,000 Yahoo and AOL workers are expected to lose their jobs as Verizon trims expenses and eliminates overlapping positions.”Now that the deal is closed, we are excited to set our focus on being the best company for consumer media, and the best partner to our advertising, content and publisher partners,” Armstrong said.Verizon won’t be getting Yahoo’s prized stakes in two Asian internet companies, Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan. Those will belong to a newly formed company called Altaba, which also will inherit Yahoo’s $8 billion in cash and any money that might have to be paid in various shareholder lawsuits filed against Yahoo leading up to the sale.advertisementThe suits include complaints tied to computer hacking attacks that stole personal information from more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts in 2013 and 2014 but weren’t disclosed until last year. The fallout from the digital intrusions forced Yahoo to give Verizon a $350 million discount on the initial sale terms reached last July, causing the deal to be delayed by several months.Also Read: Yahoo to be named Altaba, Marissa Mayer to resignAltaba’s stock will begin trading next week under the ticker symbol “AABA.” Yahoo’s stock will trade through Friday.Verizon is counting on the combination of Yahoo and AOL to build a strong third alternative in a rapidly growing digital advertising market that is currently dominated by Google and Facebook.But Yahoo’s ad revenue has been falling for most of the last decade. The company lured Mayer away from Google in 2012 in hopes of reversing the decline, but she couldn’t pull it off despite investing billions in acquisitions aimed at making Yahoo a bigger player in the mobile advertising market.By the end of last year, Yahoo’s annual revenue after subtracting ad commissions had shrunk to $3.5 billion, a 35 per cent drop from its 2008 peak. By comparison, Google’s revenue last year totalled $73 billion, after subtracting ad commissions.Despite the company’s struggles, Yahoo’s stock more than tripled while Mayer was CEO, creating more than $30 billion in shareholder wealth.But most of those gains stemmed from Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company whose fortunes have soared while Yahoo faded. The Alibaba investment was engineered 12 years ago by Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang in what is now widely regarded as one of the savviest deals in internet history.Yahoo’s stock performance is the main reason most shareholders haven’t complained too loudly about Mayer’s lavish compensation package.last_img read more

India go second on ICC ODI ranking, Virat Kohli retains top spot among batsmen

first_imgIndia gained a spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings, climbing up to second with 118 points while Virat Kohli retained the top spot in ODI Player rankings for batsmen.Team India are now just a point behind South Africa who still sit atop the table with 119 pointsAustralia are third on the table with 117 points while England are fourth with 113.Despite playing a long home season of Test cricket, India’s rise in ODI rankings can be attributed to their series victories over New Zealand and England as well as their performance in the ICC Champions Trophy.Defending champions India have put up a strong show in the Champions Trophy and have made it to the final on Sunday where they will be facing their arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval.Barring a seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka, India have won all their games and that too in a comprehensive manner.In their tournament opener, India trounced Pakistan by 124 runs at Edgbaston which was followed by a seven-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka. However, they bounced back strongly and defeated the No.1 ranked ODI team South Africa by eight wickets to reach the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.In the semi-final against Bangladesh, India hardly broke a sweat and thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets.Earlier in the year, India had won the five-match ODI series against New Zealand 3-2 and defeated England 2-1 in the three-match series.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli consistent display in the ongoing Champions Trophy helped him stay on top of the rankings for bastmen.advertisementAfter scoring an 81 not out against Pakistan in the tournament opener, Kohli got out on a rare duck in the match against Sri Lanka.The Indian captain came back with renewed vigour against South Africa hitting 76 not out at a strike rate of 75.25. Kohli was at his fluent best against Bangladesh on Thursday where he scored 96 not out and hit the winning four.last_img read more

After 21 years, Chennai Open ready for exit from city

first_imgUnable to meet the “commercial demands” of the main organisers, IMG, Chennai Open is set to move out of the city after 21 years and Pune is likely to host India’s only ATP World Tour event from next year.Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) Secretary General CBN Reddy said they will make an official announcement on the development tomorrow but another official, who did not wish to be named, confirmed that the event is moving out of city.”We can’t meet the commercial demands of the IMG,” said the official on the condition of anonymity adding without elaborating.The reason is surprising since the Tamil Nadu government has been supporting the event for long and IMG had even extended the contract with TNTA for three more years recently.”But it’s not a setback. We are premier state association and will remain,” the TNTA official asserted.It has been learnt that IMG, the owners of the tournament, were considering to take the event out of the country but is likely to settle for Pune as the next hosts.IMG officials could not contacted for comment.The state associations of Karnataka and Gujarat were also in the race but Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) has emerged favourites to win the bid as the state government has passed a resolution to support the event.Chennai has been hosting the event since 1996 and legends such as Rafael Nadal have been part of the tournament, which is organised in the lead up to the Australian Open.advertisementMSLTA officials did not deny or confirm the development but sources in the association claim that Pune is going to be the next host of the tournament.”IMG were considering Singapore as one of the possible venues but we wanted to keep it in India, keeping the interest of the Indian players in mind. It is India’s event and it should remain in the country,” the source said.MSLTA has been successfully hosting a USD 50,000 Challenger event since 2014 and the tennis facility at the Balewadi Sports Complex is well-equipped to host an ATP 250 event.AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said, “The tournament is IMG’s property and they have every right to host it where they find it more lucrative.”India have been struggling badly to host even ATP Challenger tournaments. This year Delhi Open has not been held so far despite AITA promising to host the event.The Sports Ministry recently snubbed AITA but refusing to sponsor ITF and ATP tournaments, saying it was Federation’s responsibility to raise funds and organise tournaments.last_img read more

Arjuna Ranatunga slams Sri Lanka board after whitewash against India

first_imgFollowing Sri Lanka’s Test series whitewash against India, former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has said that the Dinesh Chandimal-led side could not be faulted for the drubbing and blamed the country’s cricket board for the same.Sri Lanka had to face a humiliating 0-3 whitewash against India in the three-Test series and thus have been drawing flak both from former cricketers and fans.”Sri Lanka cricket is going through the worst period,” Sport24 quoted Ranatunga as saying in Colombo.”You can’t blame only the players, they are demoralised. It is the fault of the management,” he added.The former skipper also renewed call for sacking of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief Thilanga Sumathipala and also urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to investigate management at the board.The 53-year-old has earlier said that there was no “proper discipline” in the national side, which had suffered a string of humiliating home defeats in recent months, including series loss against minnows Zimbabwe.”We don’t have selectors with a backbone,” Ranatunga said while referring to the panel headed by Sanath Jayasuriya.Sri Lanka will now face Virat Kohli’s men in the five match ODI series beginning Sunday at Dambulla. The two teams will also lock horns in a lone T20I to be played on September 6.last_img read more

Mankad controversy hits Pakistan cricket, Salman Butt not impressed

first_imgA Mankad storm is brewing up in Pakistan cricket and it has threatened to sour the country’s prestigious domestic tournament, the Quiad-e-Azam Trophy.In a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match between WAPDA and Peshawar, a Peshawar bowler ran-out non-striker Mohammad Irfan — who was casually wandering outside the crease at the time of the delivery. Taj Wali in the process won the match for his team form an almost improbable position as WAPDA needed just four runs to win from 78 overs with one wicket in hand however.Wali was just about to deliver the ball, when he saw Irfan outside the popping crease and following that, he just flicked the bails of and appealed. Following the law, the umpire had to give Irfan out once the bowler appealed and in the process Peshawar won the match.The on-field umpires — Ahmed Shahab and Faisal Afridi asked the fielding side about rethinking the appeal but they didn’t and Peshawar won by three runs.Talking about the incident later, WAPDA captain Salman Butt said that the game didn’t end in a proper way as sportsman spirit should have been the top priority.”What’s the point of this law when the winning team isn’t proud and ashamed instead?” Butt told ESPNcricinfo. “We had a great game, fully competitive throughout four days, which saw both teams’ fortunes fluctuate. And suddenly this Mankading spoiled it. Sportsman spirit should have been the top priority but the game didn’t end in a proper way. What’s the point of this law when the opponent team despite winning apologises to us?”advertisementHowever, according to the ICC playing regulations, also followed in Pakistan domestic cricket, the dismissal was clearly fair.This is what the MCC rule-book says:”The MCC (Law 42.15) states that “The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.”However, there is a slight difference from that in the ICC rule-book, where the rules were changed since 1st of October 2011The ICC rule and the difference:”The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal dead ball as soon possible.”last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: We knew we are capable of coming back, says Phil Foden

first_imgMidfielder Philp Foden, who scored a brace in England’s stunning victory against Spain in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final, said he knew the team was capable of a comeback after trailing 1-2 in the first half.”We knew we are capable of coming back. So we just stayed calm and played our own football. We did not get off to the best of starts but going into the half time, we knew the team’s calibre. We came out all firing,” said Foden, later adjudged the golden ball winner for his spectacular display throughout the tournament.#U20WC #FIFAU17WCTwo world titles ???What a year 2017 has been for @England ?? pic.twitter.com/pyvWYVuHiU- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 2017England coach Steve Cooper said he was proud of the performance put up by his charges as they stuck to the game plan even after falling behind.”I do not know and I am just so proud of the performance…2-0 down…we just played our way and we didn’t stop. We stuck to our game plan and our style.”We are building for future and that is the way to do it,” he said.Congratulations, @England! ???And thank you, India, for a wonderful tournament! ???????#FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/Rv76QOTm2b- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 2017last_img read more

J-K Indias crown: Nirmal Singh

first_imgJammu, Oct 31 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today termed Jammu and Kashmir as the crown of India and said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had played the biggest role in ensuring the accession of the state to the country.He flagged off the Run for Unity on the 142nd birth anniversary of the first deputy prime minister.”Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India and this is the message we are giving by participating in the Run for Unity in the state,” Singh told reporters here.Flanked by state Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta and the ministers, he said the run was for re-discovering Patels legacy to unite the country.”Sardar Patel has biggest role in ensuring accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India as well as forcing out raiders from territory and ensuring peace here,” Singh said.He said it was a run for the unity of the country.Singh said people were running for this cause across the country which showed that India would become a superpower in the world.He said anyone trying to divide the country would not be spared.He said Patels commitment to unite India should be remembered today as it was a rebuff for people who had earlier tried to diminish and make others forget his contribution.”But the people of India respect his contribution towards building oour nation. We want the youth to carry forward the ideas and commitment of Patel and make it a strong country,” he said.The Jammu and Kashmir Police also organised a separate Run for Unity led by its chief S P Vaid.advertisementVaid said the youth of the country should learn from Sardars Patel contribution and make the country strong and united.The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker said the state was an integral part of India and no one could snatch it.”The day shows our commitment to it,” he said.The 3-km run witnessed the participation of 15,000 to 20,000 people including school children, elders, sports- persons, artists and politicians. PTI AB AARlast_img read more

Security breach during Ranji Trophy game at Airforce ground

first_img(Eds: Adding BCCI, Delhi Police and other inputs)New Delhi, Nov 3 (PTI) A man today drove his car onto the pitch during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Airforce ground in Palam, a major security breach which left both the players and officials dumbfounded.International players like Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Rishabh Pant were present on the ground when the incident took place and it could have snowballed into something even more serious amounting to physical danger.A picture has emerged of the incident where Gambhir, Ishant and Manan Sharma were seen standing with the car parked on the centre of the 22-yard strip.The BCCI will be seeking a report from their affiliated unit Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) about the incident.At around 4:40 pm, 20 minutes from close of play, a silver grey Wagon R suddenly drove onto the field of play with Uttar Pradesh batting in their second innings.The man, who identified himself as Girish Sharma, tried to swerve his car twice on the 22-yard strip before he was stopped.It was learnt that the main gate of the Airforce ground, which only allows entry of cars after proper checking remained open with the security not in his position.This allowed the man free access inside the complex and instead moving towards the designated parking lot, which is behind the main pavilion. He took a detour entering from the Palam B complex into the field of play and took couple of rounds of the pitch before trying to leave the ground.advertisementThe security personnel at the ground swung into action after this and closed the gate in order to stop the man from fleeing. He was stopped at the gate.He was then detained for questioning by the Delhi Police.BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI: “The BCCI will enquire into the incident. The relevant department will get in touch with the Services Sports Control Board as this is a matter of serious concern.”This is a breach of security measure at the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) ground. Imagine if the man had any sinister motive, then lives of international cricketers could have been in danger,” Khanna added.Delhi team manager Shankar Saini, who was present at the ground said: “Thank God, nothing untoward happened. There was a possibility that it could have been more serious.”The allegedly inebriated man was first detained by the Airforce Police before being handed over to the Delhi Police for interrogation.However, as per senior Delhi Police official, none of the involved parties lodged a formal complaint against the intruder.”No formal complaint has been lodged. Preliminary investigations suggest that the Airforce security guard was not present at the gate. We have detained the man identified as Girish for questioning. He is around 30 years old and claimed that he works in a private firm. He seemed mentally disturbed,” a senior Delhi Police official told PTI.A DDCA official present at the ground said: “The man looked a complete mess. He was driving the car wearing a lungi. In fact, when he was being bashed up for his act, he hardly reacted. He did not look in perfect mental health.”Although the match is being held at the Services home ground, the host of this particular match is Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). The Services is only the facilitator as they are providing the ground for the game.The match was supposed to be held at Feroz Shah Kotla but with Indias T20 game against New Zealand being held on November 1, the match was shifted to the Airforce ground. PTI KHS PM CM KHSlast_img read more

Exam For Karageorge Brain

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio  — A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a reported history of concussions, a coroner said on Dec. 1.The examination, not normally part of the autopsy process, is being done on Kosta Karageorge because of that history, said Dr. Anahi Ortiz, the Franklin County Coroner.The pathologist “may or may not be able to determine any sort of abnormality or defect from traumatic brain injury,” Ortiz said.Preliminary results from a Dec. 1 autopsy confirmed that Karageorge died of a gunshot wound, Ortiz said, but she hasn’t yet definitively ruled it a suicide.However, Columbus police said that Karageorge died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was found in the trash bin with him, police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said.His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police her son had had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused.Players knew of Karageorge’s history of concussions, teammate Michael Bennett, a defensive tackle, said. “We knew he had a lot of concussions and we were worried about that. But we didn’t see any side effects of it,” Bennett said.Karageorge, 22, was a Buckeyes wrestler for three years, and the senior defensive tackle joined the football team as a walk-on this season. Although earlier reports said Karageorge played in one game, Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig corrected that, saying Karageorge had not played in any games.A woman and her son looking for items in a trash bin Nov. 30 found the body of Karageorge, who disappeared four days earlier after sending his parents a text message. The message said, “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f—– up.”Police reports released indicated a man looking for food in the trash bin earlier in the day may have found Karageorge’s body, but he didn’t report it and instead told other people who called police.After Karageorge went missing, the football team’s physician, Dr. Jim Borchers, said he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes. But, he said, “We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said he’d been instructed not to talk about medical issues surrounding Karageorge. “I can say this: This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around, the way they handle their business and the attention to detail,” Meyer said.Wrestling coach Tom Ryan told The Columbus Dispatch that Karageorge did not have documented concussions as a wrestler.Brain injuries seem to increase people’s risk for depression, though most studies on that have been with people who had severe head injuries, said Dr. Tom McAllister, Chairman of Psychiatry at Indiana University, who has studied concussions in college athletes.If the person had depression or an anxiety disorder in the past, “it often is the case that the concussion seems to exacerbate it,” he said. “These injuries don’t occur in a vacuum. People bring their own past history … into the injury.”Police found Karageorge’s body within a couple hundred yards of his home and about a half-block from High Street, the main artery of the campus. Karageorge had last been seen at his Columbus apartment, when roommates said he left for a walk.Several teammates recalled Karageorge as a hard worker at every practice, often staying for extra work, knowing he had little chance of ever playing.“Every day he came out with the same attitude, no matter what the circumstance was,” said offensive lineman Pat Elfein, adding: “The kid was just a grinder, you know?”___(Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Rusty Miller. AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione reported from MilwaukeeTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bruges Bounces Out Panathinaikos

first_imgOnce again, Greek soccer power Panathinaikos has had a disastrous exit from European Champions League play, losing to Bruges, 3-0.The win for the Belgian team gave them a 4-2 aggregate total over the Greens, who won the first game, 2-1. European soccer groupings play only two games with the total goals and other tie-breakers determining the victor even if both teams each win a game instead of playing a third game.Playing not to lose instead of trying to win was the killer for the Greek team which was too cautious instead of attacking and putting away the Belgian club.Bruges scored in the 53d minute (soccer doesn’t give exact time goals are scored) and then got a second five minutes later from Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez, whose free kick bounced off the head of Panathinaikos defender Jens Wemmer into the goal.Nikos Karelis almost got one back in the 62nd minute but hit the post and that was all she wrote for the Greek side. Eight minutes from the end Bruges’ Obbi Oulare put in the dagger.Panathinaikos will now enter the Aug. 7 draw for the losers Europa League playoffs in the hope it will be able to feature in the group stage of UEFA’s second-tier competition.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Third place in Greece belongs to AEK

first_imgWith the unstoppable duo of Malik Hairston (24 points, 5 assists) and J’ Covan Brown (22 points) pulling the strings, AEK defeated Aris 89 – 81 and won the third-place series of the Greek Basket League 3-1.Being significantly better right from the start, AEK did not have any problem filling the basket of its opponents per its desires. Meanwhile, the 17 turnovers (in contrast with the 10 assists) that the players of Aris made, prohibited them from answering back in a fitting manner.Okaro White with 16 points plus 7 rebounds, along with Dominic Waters who added 17 points, fought hard for the team from Thessaloniki, but what ultimately hurt the guests, was the lack of their usual defensive consistency.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more