Altered doping data could restart Russian scandal

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country’s national flag over the Olympic rings before the men’s 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that Russia’s anti-doping agency could face suspension again based on information indicating data from the Moscow drug-testing lab had been manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)The Russian anti-doping agency could face suspension again based on information indicating data from the Moscow drug-testing lab had been manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.WADA reinstated Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) after gaining access to long-sought-after data that was to be used to confirm doping positives stemming from the country’s plans to cheat so athletes could win medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and other events.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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LATEST STORIEScenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Handing over the data was among the critical requirements for the reinstatement, and WADA extended a Dec. 31, 2018, deadline by more than two weeks, then deemed its negotiations a success when it received the data.But eight months later, and with the Tokyo Olympics less than a year away, there is a report indicating the data might have been manipulated before it was handed over, according the person familiar with the report, who spoke to AP but requested anonymity because the report had not been made public.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40WADA’s compliance review committee is expected to present the information to the agency’s executive committee, which meets Monday in Tokyo. Track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, and the organization that handles its doping cases, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), are also expected to review the information while in Doha, Qatar, next week for track world championships.The IAAF will receive a report — one that could include this information — from a task force that has upheld the Russian track team’s suspension from international competition 11 times since its federation was first banned in June 2016. Worlds start next Friday, and at least 29 Russians are slated to compete as neutral athletes. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics A RUSADA on solid footing was thought to be a cornerstone requirement for Russia’s return to the international sports world after a scandal that sullied two Olympics, along with the reputations of both WADA and the International Olympic Committee, which critics — especially in the West — deemed as going too soft on the Russians.This latest news could lead to RUSADA again being deemed noncompliant, though the long-term repercussions of such a move are hard to gauge, especially with the IOC having placed Russia’s Olympic committee back in good standing after the Pyeongchang Olympics last year.One theory is that because the revamped and reinstated RUSADA has been meeting testing benchmarks set for it by WADA, and because it didn’t have anything to do with the manipulation of the data, it could have a good chance of winning a case in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If manipulation is proven, WADA would also have to decide whether it could win cases against Russians with data that is now unreliable.The samples the doping Russian athletes provided to testers aren’t enough to convict in most cases because their drug-tainted urine was replaced by clean samples. That’s why the Moscow lab data was considered critical to prosecuting the cases.WADA has been handing over most of the evidence to international sports federations. WADA president Craig Reedie recently said he expected around 100 new Russian cases to be brought.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

‘It was breathtaking’: Man City crushes Watford 8-0 in EPL

first_imgNorwich conceded two goals in the first half to striker Chris Wood and lost 2-0 at Burnley“We always knew this would be tougher than Manchester City,” Norwich defender Ben Godfrey said. “Burnley are tough to play against.”BLADES CUT DOWN EVERTONOne shot on target. Two goals. Three points for Sheffield United.They were the galling statistics Everton was staring at following a 2-0 loss at Goodison Park to a promoted club which hasn’t lost away since mid-January.“It was just a ridiculous game,” Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said. “That’s possibly the worst we’ve played all season.”Everton had a supposedly benign run of fixtures to start the season but has only come away with seven points from six games, with City visiting next week. Sheffield United has one point more.CARROLL RETURNSAndy Carroll came on for his first appearance for Newcastle in nearly nine years but couldn’t inspire the team to victory in a 0-0 home draw against Brighton.The 30-year-old striker, who rejoined Newcastle in August after spells with Liverpool and West Ham, entered to a huge ovation in the 82nd minute and made his presence felt in a bustling cameo performance at St. James’ Park. He had not played since February because of an ankle injury that required an operation. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Stopping power “If you let five in in 20 minutes, you fear the worst. You think cricket scores,” Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster said after the club’s heaviest league loss in its 138-year history. “They are without doubt the best team I have ever played against. We were poor, didn’t lay a glove on them but at times it was breathtaking watching them.”Bernardo Silva scored his first professional hat trick and there were also goals for David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne at Etihad Stadium. Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)With his team leading 5-0 after 18 minutes and threatening Premier League scoring records, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sat with his arms folded in his dugout and might even have looked a little guilty.Whether it’s in the FA Cup final or just a run-of-the mill league game, Watford just does not know how to handle the most free-scoring team in England.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Disappointingly for City’s fans or those hoping to see records tumble, City only scored once in the final half-hour of an embarrassingly one-sided match. It was the best goal of the match, though — a powerful drive from De Bruyne into the roof of the net.In the final minutes, City’s fans urged their team forward, even roaring “Shoot!” when goalkeeper Ederson had the ball.“What I like the most is normally when it’s 5-0 at halftime, the second half is not serious, it’s boring,” Guardiola said. “But we did the opposite and we were more aggressive and made a very good second half.”It was the perfect reaction from the champions to last weekend’s surprising 3-2 loss at Norwich, the first defeat of their title defense which had left them five points behind Liverpool.Consider this a warning to Liverpool, which visits Chelsea on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MARGINAL CALLSTottenham was on the good side of a tight VAR call in a 2-2 draw at Man City this season.Mauricio Pochettino’s team was on the receiving end of one in a 2-1 loss against Leicester on Saturday.Tottenham was ahead courtesy of a first-half strike by Harry Kane when Serge Aurier drove a deflected shot into the bottom corner, seemingly giving the visitors a 2-0 lead at King Power stadium.However, after a lengthy stoppage as the video assistant referee took a forensic look at whether Son Heung-min was offside by millimeters in the buildup, the goal was ruled out.In Leicester’s next attack, Ricardo Pereira scored with a deflected finish to make it 1-1 in the 69th minute and James Maddison completed Leicester’s comeback by scoring from outside the area in the 85th.“It’s what happens with VAR — you have to get your head round it,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said.Leicester moved up to third place, two points behind Man City.NORWICH SLUMPSWhile Man City was bouncing back from a shock loss, the team that inflicted it slumped to a miserable defeat of its own a week on. Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player01:52Vico Sotto to go after erring CENRO officials in Pasig City02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ City ended up romping to an 8-0 win on Saturday, falling just short of the heaviest margin of victory in the Premier League era (since 1992) — Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995.It came four months after City beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium to complete an unprecedented domestic treble last season. The previous season, Guardiola’s team won 6-0 at Watford’s Vicarage Road.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Still hanging

first_imgP1.5-billion velodrome for Filipino cyclists in the works Time and again this season, UP has shown it is more than capable of handling pressure-packed scenarios.Dragged into another tight contest, the Maroons needed cushion free throws from Jun Manzo to complete a thrilling 80-77 win over the National U Bulldogs on Wednesday and close in on a Final Four spot at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“What’s important is how we win in the end,” Perasol said. “That mind-set, despite what happened in the first, second, third, fourth quarter, we win in the last 20 seconds, 10 seconds, that matters. That’s what matters the most and for me, we just have to align ourselves.”Perasol understands how his team has struggled to deal with the expectations thisseason. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img MOST READ The Tamaraws eliminated the Adamson Falcons with a 63-60 victory earlier, while rising to a 7-6 for fourth spot.Providing La Salle a lift when it needed it the most, Jamie Malonzo, Aljun Melecio and Brandon Bates all came through with big games as the Archers climbed to 6-6, while denying the Growling Tigers—and the Maroons—an outright Final Four spot.Justine Baltazar also dished out a solid output of 14 points and 11 rebounds.“As you know, the standings are really tight, and we’re happy that we kind of responded well, the players responded with urgency today,” coach Gian Nazario said.Playing in his one and only year of eligibility for La Salle, Malonzo finished with a game-high 23 points, including an electrifying reverse dunk in the final period, while Melecio poured 11 of his 18 points in the last two periods for the Archers, who are still in fifth spot, just half a game behind Far Eastern U.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBy now, University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol is used to watching his Fighting Maroons walk the tightrope before pulling out a victory in UAAP Season 82.But a part of the UP mentor is also waiting for the day when everything falls into place for his star-studded team—when even the toughest of situations will hardly trouble the Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES “I was telling them that even though we are on the brink of getting into the Final Four, they’re not [supposed to be] that excited because the expectations are a little bit higher than that,” said Perasol, whose team faces La Salle on Sunday.The Maroons looked on course to break away late after Kobe Paras nailed a triple for a 77-70 lead with 3:02 remaining. But just like its past outings, UP suddenly went cold at a crucial stretch in the game, allowing the Bulldogs to stay in the thick of the fight.Paras had another stellar game with 19 points, four rebounds and six assists while Bright Akhuetie chipped in 16 points and 12 boards for UP, which has now won two straight.Manzo finished with 14 points while Juan Gomez de Liaño added 11 points and 11 boards.Manzo made three of his four foul shots inside the final 13 seconds to seal another tight win, but the Maroons were once again made to wait to clinch a spot in the next phase after De La Salle overcame University of Santo Tomas, 80-79, in the third game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Messi, Aguero back in Argentina squad for friendlies

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Lionel Messi is back in the Argentina team for friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay in November, after serving a three-month ban.Messi and Sergio Aguero were both included in the squad announced by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Thursday for matches against Brazil on Nov. 15 in Saudi Arabia and three days later against Uruguay in Israel.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Rice industry paralysis Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Messi is available after a three-month ban imposed by South American soccer body CONMEBOL after he made accusations of corruption following the Copa America tournament in Brazil in July.Agüero had not been called up by Scaloni since the continental tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice MOST READ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers beat Spurs as Leonard scored 38 against former team View commentslast_img read more


first_img“The judgment was unexpected. If only they had given this “The judgment was unexpected. If only they had given this verdict earlier, we could have sent Praveen Rana,” he said. Prasood defended WFI by saying Narsingh had been cleared to take part by the Indian Olympic Association, International Olympic Committee and world wrestling body, United World Wrestling before he was sent on the flight to Rio. “There is no fault on part of the federation. NADA is the final authority on doping in India, they gave Narsingh clearance. WADA didnt directly do anything against our wrestler, they appealed to CAS. “UWW gave its nod for Narsinghs participation, IOC gave its approval. After getting these two approvals, how could we have stopped Narsingh from going to Rio? “We didnt send Narsingh with our other wrestlers as we were waiting for WADA to make a move. But they didnt do anything. If WADA wanted to appeal, why didnt they appeal before 10th? “How many days does WADA have to appeal? On August 2 we had a result from NADA, inside 24 hours WADA received the result. Narsingh left the country for Rio on 10th. WADA didnt do a thing against Narsingh until the 13th. They filed an appeal on 13th, federation didnt get any information till the 16th,” he elaborated. “We even named Praveen Rana as a replacement just in case Narsingh would have some issues going,” he said, adding “Someone from India informed WADA that NADA only cleared Narsingh due to political pressure. Thats why WADA appealed. “If we had sent Praveen Rana instead, and he had lost earlier, the media only would have questioned me that why Narsingh wasnt sent despite getting clearance,” he said. Giving another twist to the episode, Prasood said the banned drug found in Narsinghs system was generally taken by people in their fifties to gain weight. “This is not a drug to be used by an athlete. Its a drug taken by people who are over 55 years of age to gain body weight. Narsingh is already 76 kgs and he participates in the 74kg category. Why will he use it,” the WFI secretary wondered, adding it indicated that he was “intentionally given the drug by someone.” “NADA told us they got information on July 4 that Narsingh was using a banned substance. But they still havent sent the federation a copy of the letter,” Prasood said. PTI SSR NP ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

No issue with censor board: Baar Baar Dekho director

first_imgKolkata, Aug 31 (PTI) Debutant director Nitya Mehra today said they had no issues with the censor board on a scene involving Katrina Kaif in the romantic drama film Baar Baar Dekho.”There is no scene in the film with Katrina wearing a bra so it cant be cut. It is a clean film. It has got a UA certificate,” Mehra told reporters when asked about reports that the board had asked them to cut certain scenes.She said its a certificate board and not a censor board and there is no controversy as of now.Actor Sidharth Malhotra said no scenes have been cut and there is no change in the story of the film which will release as scheduled on September 9.Katrina said she is happy the film is releasing on time.When asked about her much talked about her superfit look in the film, she said its a result of training, gym workouts, discipline and control over food.The film, which spans a period of thirty years, has the actors sporting different looks.”To look different, we have used prosthetics in phases, changed weight, beard and hairstyles. We did it to make it believable,” the actress said.Malhotra said he had a childhood crush on Katrina and therefore had very awkward moments while shooting romantic scenes.”I kept staring at her for no reason,” he said, adding that he had a tough time matching her in the film.Katrina said she has high hopes from the film because “women directors write the best characters for women”. PTI NIK SUS BKadvertisementlast_img read more

Spain beat Albania 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

first_imgSpain blanked Albania 2-0 in a Group G qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.For the Spaniards during the match on Sunday at Shkoder city in Albania, it was Costa and Nolito tallying after a scoreless first half for the win, but Sergio Ramos will be out for a month with an injury he suffered during play, Efe news reported.The Real Madrid and national team captain sprained a ligament in his left knee when he took a bad fall in the 79th minute at Loro Borici Stadium.Spain is atop Group G with 7 points and a 10-point goal differential, followed by Italy, also with 7 points but with a 3-point goal differential.Also in Group G, Israel defeated Liechtenstein 2-1 in Jerusalem, with Hemed scoring both Israeli tallies in the 4th and 16th minutes, while Goppel scored for the tiny principality just before the break.Italy bested Macedonia 3-2 in an away match in Skopje, with Belotti getting the visitors on the board first, then the hosts scoring twice, but finally Immobile evening things up in the 75th minute and then scoring the game-winner in injury time.Croatia garnered three points in the rankings on Sunday by defeating Finland 1-0, moving into the leadership slot in Europe’s Group I.In Group B play, Algeria and Cameroon battled to a 1-1 draw, with Soudani and Moukandjo trading early goals, and in Group E, it was Egypt besting Congo 2-1 on the road, with Dore scoring before the break for the home squad, but M. Salah and Said scoring in the second period for the visitors.advertisementlast_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 40) (REOPENS DEL 40) “It is a tough question for me now (where does India stand right now). Simply because I am not involved in sport anymore on a daily basis. When I was an active athlete, I would see it from a different eye. I was more into it. Since Rio, I am not an athlete anymore so I dont know what exactly is happening on the ground,” Bindra said. “It will be unfair of me to comment on it and I can only hope that there is a lot of action happening. That we are progressing towards athlete development, towards not just Tokyo 2020 but we must already look at 2024 and beyond, set structures and processes in place which would create a feeder line of athletes,” he said. He was very clear that Indian sport wont improve unless a legislation is passed in the parliament. “I have said this before. In India for things to change, the change will have to be mandated. Unfortunately nobody likes change, there is a lot of resistance to change. But change is necessary. I think in the structure of sport in India, if it is mandated, that is the only way forward. For that to happen, a legislation in sport is important,” he said referring to the proposed Sports Bill. Asked whether the Sports Bill will be a reality anytime soon? “I am not in charge of that so I cant say (when it will happen). I can only take a guess and it would be no,” Bindra said on a lighter note. Drawing a parallel from the current happenings in Indian cricket, which could change forever if the Lodha panels recommendations on the governance of the game are implemented, Bindra was asked if Supreme Court intervention would also help streamline other sports bodies. “At the end of the day, you have got to have the right person for the right job. If a politician can bring an X amount to the table and do well for the sport, he is more than welcome in my view. Running sport is a full time job, it requires a lot of effort, it requires an efficient set up. If a politician can deliver (on all fronts), more power to him. It all boils down to efficiency, performance and accountability,” he concluded. PTI BS PM BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Guj minister urges Centre to launch Mission Olympic programme

first_imgVadodara, Nov 16 (PTI) Gujarat Sports Minister (Independent) Rajendra Trivedi has suggested to the Centre to launch an initiative, Pradhan Mantri Mission Olympic Programme, to support the prospective Olympians for the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympic games.He made this suggestion at the sports ministers conference in New Delhi yesterday.He also suggested issuance of privilege cards to talented athletes and a holistic support for them, including training facilities, competition exposure, insurance, jobs, relaxation in attendance for those still studying etc.”I advocated promotion of sports with more planning, stating that the culture of sports should be developed from the childhood and it should also be integrated with education so that the best results can be achieved,” Trivedi told PTI today.Sports should be included in the curriculum in a phased manner with the recruitment of physical education or sports teachers in primary and secondary schools, he suggested.Trivedi also proposed a district-level sports school scheme with “part assistance” from the Centre to nurture talent at the grass-root level.He said some of the Navodaya schools and Kendriya Vidyalaya could be converted into sports school. PTI CORR ARS RC PTPlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble yet to be tested: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgVirat Kohli has been on a roll as India’s Test captain after taking over from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2014. The 28-year-old has now overseen seven victories in nine matches at home while two have ended in draws. (Match Highlights)Under Kohli, India have been unbeaten in 15 Tests, with 11 victories and four draws. India have also won their last four series (against Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand).Against England, India are 1-0 up in the five-match series after a drawn match in Rajkot and a 246-run victory in Vizag. Kohli played a crucial role in the victory, scoring 167 and 81, and ended up with the most runs by an Indian captain in a Test against England.However, Ganguly cautioned against getting carried away by Kohli’s superb records and said that these were still early days for the young captain.”Kohli has set a very good record for him but he has played a lot of his Tests at home. It helps when you play at home. But credit to him.” Ganguly told India Today. (Kohli and Joe Root after 50 Tests: Who has the better stats?)”Captaincy is such a thing that gets heavier on you as time goes. The initial days are pretty good. The real test for Virat Kohli as captain will come when India start playing overseas. It has been easy going for him so far.” (India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012)Ganguly was part of the panel that selected Anil Kumble as coach and under his stewardship, India have not lost a Test yet – in nine Tests so far, India have won six and drawn three. But Ganguly, an immensely successful captain himself, said he would not yet make a judgement call on the captain-coach duo.advertisement”Kumble and Kohli haven’t been tested yet. We have got to judge them after a while. It’s still happy days. I will hold my judgement for a while.” (India’s new spin twin Ashwin and Jayant in awe of each other)Ganguly felt England could still bounce back with three Test matches remaining to be played in Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai. The former captain said the toss was crucial in these conditions and reckoned if England called correctly, they could put pressure on India.India need no reminder of England’s abilities to bounce back. Four years ago, the tourists had lost the first Test in Ahmadabad before they won two successive matches in Mumbai and Kolkata and drew in Nagpur to clinch a historic series win. (Don’t want to be complacent, don’t want to be desperate: Kohli)Ganguly said India needed to be wary because there was still plenty of cricket left in the series.”Even in 2012, England lost the first Test and came back to win the series but that was a far better English side than this one. You win the toss and you have a huge advantage. There’s a lot of cricket left in this Test series. The toss will be crucial,” he said.Earlier in the day, India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav claimed three wickets apiece in the second innings to lead the hosts to a comfortable 246-run win in the second Test against England on Monday and a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. (India announce intent with record victory against England)England, chasing an improbable victory target of 405, were all out for 158 shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day in Visakhapatnam.Batting fourth after losing the toss was always set to be a difficult task for England with the wicket offering vicious turn and uneven bounce during the venue’s Test debut.last_img read more

Report: A Madrid 3 A Bilbao 2

first_imgDiego Godin scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Atletico Madrid came from behind to secure a 3-2 LaLiga win over Athletic Bilbao at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.Diego Simeone’s men fell well short of the standards set in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund and were fortunate to escape with three points courtesy of some late heroics against a side who have won just once in the league this season.Inaki Williams was the star of the show for the visitors, putting his side ahead with a simple tap-in after 36 minutes and then slotting home a second just after Thomas Partey had pulled Atleti level in the second half. 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! A surprise victory looked within their grasp, but Rodrigo’s header 10 minutes from time and Godin’s late intervention – awarded after a VAR review for possible offside – moved Simeone’s side up to second, a point behind leaders Barcelona.90′ | 3-2 | The game is over! Atleti wins after an incredible comeback!!! #AúpaAtleti #AtletiAthletic — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 10, 2018 The hosts’ first-half sluggishness was punished before the interval when Williams prodded home on the line after Jan Oblak had superbly tipped Mikel San Jose’s strike onto the underside of the crossbar.Williams should have added a second shortly before the hour mark, but his low effort was thwarted down low to his right by Oblak.The hosts pulled level after 61 minutes when Thomas’ stunning 30-yard strike fizzed past Iago Herrerin, Filipe Luis with the assist.Their joy was short-lived, however, as Williams latched onto Iker Muniain’s pass three minutes later to break clear of the Atleti backline and clip past the onrushing Oblak.Thomas then turned provider for Atleti’s leveller after 80 minutes, his cross turned in by Rodrigo, before Godin unleashed wild celebrations – after a short delay for a VAR review – by nodding in Antoine Griezmann’s flick on from close range one minute into added time.What does it mean? Atleti do just enough The feel-good factor of a stoppage-time winner will no doubt gloss over the fact that Atleti were poor against a side with only one win to their name this season. As it is, they are up to second and will remain there if Sunday’s clash between Sevilla and Espanyol ends in a draw. Athletic, meanwhile, will be crestfallen, having come so close to a precious win and ultimately coming away with nothing. They remain in big trouble, just one point outside the relegation zone.Williams makes his mark The 24-year-old could not miss his first, tapping in from barely a yard, but showed superb pace and composure for his second to double his LaLiga tally for the season to four.Costa’s woes continue The former Chelsea striker looks a shadow of his former self in his second spell at Atletico. He offered little threat to the Athletic backline, which is hardly surprising given that he has now gone a whopping 18 games without a league goal. Costa failed to register a single shot before being replaced at half-time.Key Opta facts:- Atletico Madrid have now gone 11 LaLiga games in a row unbeaten against Athletic (W9 D2), their best run versus the Basque side in the competition.- Athletic are winless in their last 11 league games (D7 L4) equalling their worst winless run in their history (11 between September and November 2005).- Williams has scored all his last 14 league goals away from home. Indeed, 19 out of the 25 goals scored in his LaLiga career have been in away games.- He is also the first player to score a brace at Wanda Metropolitano versus against Atletico in all competitions.What’s next? Simeone’s side have a mouth-watering home clash with Barcelona to look forward to after the international break on November 24. If Barca beat Real Betis on Sunday, the gap will be four points. Athletic host Getafe on November 25 as they look to kickstart their season. read morelast_img read more

Spyder: Mahesh Babu recalls his project with Ilayathalapathy Vijay

first_imgAhead of the release of his action thriller Spyder, Mahesh Babu had interesting things to say about Ilayathalapathy Vijay.In an interview to a Tamil magazine Vikatan, superstar Mahesh Babu spoke about his shelved project with Vijay. Mahesh said that he was supposed to team up with Vijay for veteran filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s ambitious project based on the epic novel Ponniyin Selvan. However, the project got shelved before it took off.Mahesh went on to heap praise on Vijay and said that he was a very good friend and always wanted to work with him. Interestingly, Mahesh went on the record saying that AR Murugadoss is the only director who can pull off such a project.Tipped to be a spy thriller, the film will see Mahesh Babu as a suave intelligent officer, while SJ Suryah has been roped in to lock horns with the Nenokkadine star. It must be noted that Tamil actor Bharath is also playing a pivotal role in the film.Reports also suggests that Suryah is likely to sport a macho look for the film and that he is rigorously working out to achieve the desired look.Made on a lavish budget of Rs 115 crore by NV Prasad, the film stars Rakul Preet Singh as the leading lady.Directed by AR Murugadoss, the Tamil-Telugu bilingual, which has music by Harris Jayaraj, is slated to release on June 23.ALSO READ:More confident about Baahubali 2 than Baahubali, says SS RajamouliALSO READ:Rajinikanth’s next with Ranjith will roll from May, confirms DhanushadvertisementALSO READ: Baahubali 2 will not release in Karnataka after Katappa’s controversial speechlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Rohit, Pollard power Mumbai to six-wicket win over Gujarat

first_imgExtending their winning streak to four matches, Mumbai Indians defeated Gujarat Lions by six wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday.Nitish Rana (53), Rohit Sharma (40 not out) and Kieron Pollard (39) were the major contributors to Mumbai’s cause.Chasing a challenging total of 177, Mumbai started off on a bad note as the home side lost opener Parthiv Patel (0) on the second ball of the first over.Parthiv, who got a leading edge, was caught by Jason Roy at backward point off Praveen Kumar while trying to flick the ball on the leg side.Opener Jos Buttler (26) and incoming batsman Nitish Rana (53) then played sensible innings as both batsmen forged an 85-run partnership for the second wicket before the latter was sent packing in the 10th over with he scoreboard reading 85/2.In the 12th over, Buttler was also dismissed by medium pacer Munaf Patel. A 24-ball knock, which comprised one boundary and two sixes, was cut short when the 26-year-old tried to pull a short ball from Patel.Middle-order batsmen Rohit and Pollard then thrashed Gujarat’s bowlers all around the park and added 68 runs to give a crucial advantage to their side.With 17 runs required in the last two overs, Pollard was dismissed by pacer Andrew Tye. The West Indian power-hitter, who hit two boundaries and three sixes, was caught by Ravindra Jadeja between backward point and short third man.New batsman Hardik Pandya (6) and Rohit then completed the proceeding to give the hosts a fourth consecutive victory in the cash-rich league.advertisementFor Gujarat, Andrew Tye took two wickets while Praveen and Munaf chipped in with one wicket each.Earlier, put in to bat, Brendon McCullum and Dinesh Karthik’s crafty knocks helped Gujarat Lions post 176/4.McCullum played 44 balls and slammed six boundaries and three sixes to get his 64 runs while Karthik slammed 48 runs off 26 balls that helped Gujarat post a decent score.It was a poor start by Gujarat as the visitors lost their first wicket on the second ball of the innings.Dwayne Smith (0) was caught by Nitish Rana at backward point off pacer Mitchell McClenaghan with just one run on the board.Incoming batsman Suresh Raina (28) along with McCullum then stabilised the innings as the two batsmen forged an 80-run partnership for the second wicket.Just when things seemed going good for the visitors, skipper Raina, who was playing sensibly at the crease by rotating the strike, was sent packing in the 12th over by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Raina’s 29-ball knock had only two boundaries.After one over, McCullum was also sent back to the pavilion by experienced pacer Lasith Malinga. While trying to flick on the leg side, the ball sneaked between McCullum’s bat and pad and hit the stumps.With the scoreboard reading 99/3, middle order batsmen Ishan Kishan (11) and Karthik then faced up to the challenge and scored 54 runs in four overs to help Gujarat get past the 150-run mark before Ishan was taken by McClenaghan in the 18th over.The fall of the wicket brought in Jason Roy (14), who supported Karthik at the other end with some good strokes and thus Gujarat finished at 176/4 in their allotted 20 overs.For Mumbai, McClenaghan scalped two wickets while Malinga and Harbhajan chipped in with a wicket apiece.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir joins Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina in IPL’s elite 4000-run club

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders have been the most clinical team in IPL 2017. Their pacers have delivered when the spinners had an off day and the spinners stepped up when the pacers lost momentum on that rare occasion.But the KKR template was set by their skipper Gautam Gambhir, who became the first batsman to breach the 300-run mark this IPL. He was in business again on Friday, when he smashed his 35th fifty as KKR cruised in their chase of 161 against the Delhi Daredevils in the league.Gambhir, in the course of his victory, also crossed the 6000-run mark in T20 cricket. The stylish southpaw turned around KKR’s fortunes after joining the franchise in 2011. They went on to win the IPL twice under his leadership in 2012 and 2014.Gambhir took 141 matches to get to the 4000-run mark. Sidelined from the Indian limited-overs teams for the last four years, he has been in stunning form in the IPL.In 2013, Gambhir scored 406 runs and then followed that up with 335 in 2014 before a modest return of 327 in 2015.Last year, Gambhir smashed 501 but his efforts were damp squib on the back of outstanding performances by Kohli’s 973 and David Warner’s 848.The 35-year-old Gambhir already has the most half-centuries in the IPL and also holds the record for most fifties by an IPL captain.Gambhir is an IPL legend now – a successful captain, a heavy run-scorer and as he recently showed, a Good Samaritan.Recently, following the attack by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in which 25 CRPF jawans lost their lives, Gambhir asked for action and response in retaliation to the loss of lives.advertisementHe even pledged to bear the educational expenses of the children of the paramilitary personnel, who were killed in the attack.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Moto Z2 Play spotted on GFXBench, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 626 processor revealed

first_imgRenders of Motorola’s upcoming Moto Z2, Z2 Play and Z2 Force are constantly popping up almost every now and then. Now, the Moto Z2 Plus has been spotted on GFX Bench, giving us an insight into the upcoming smartphone’s specifications.The GFXBench listing shows that Moto Z2 Play will sport a 5.5-inch display, a 12MP camera on the rear, a 5MP front shooter and a 3,000mAh battery. The listing further notes that Moto Z2 Play will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 processor and will be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage memory.Rumours also suggest that the storage space of the Moto Z2 Play can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The new Moto Z2 Play is said to run on the latest version of Android – 7.1.1 Nougat.Also Read: Moto Z2 Play in Lunar Gray colour with 5.5-inch display, 64GB storage, 4GB RAM spotted on TENNAIf the previously leaked information are to be further trusted upon, the Moto Z2 Play will be announced in two colour variants — Lunar grey and fine gold. The smartphone was earlier spotted on TENNA as well. The TENNA listing reveals a lot about the upcoming Moto Z2 Play. It shows the Motorola phone will come packed with a single rear camera sensor, on top of which will be a dual-LED flash module. However, on the other hand, the going to look-alike Moto Z2 Force is expected to come with dual cameras at the back.Alongside the Moto Z2 Play, the company is also working on Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Force. If the rumours are to be believed, Moto Z2 Play and Z2 Force are expected to be quite similar in terms of both design and specs. However, on that note, Moto Z2 may differ a bit.advertisementlast_img read more

French Open: Rafael Nadal brushes aside Benoit Paire in Roland Garros opener

first_imgRafael Nadal smoothly negotiated the potential stumbling block presented by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday, launching his bid for a 10th French Open trophy with a largely routine 6-1 6-4 6-1 win.The heavy favourite for the title looked in imperious form as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour.Paire, described prior to their encounter on Court Suzanne Lenglen as a dangerous opponent by Nadal, played with more freedom in a closer second set as the Spaniard lost his edge. Trading baseline rallies, they exchanged breaks to leave the Frenchman leading 4-3.But Nadal then pulled clear and, with Paire periodically clutching his stomach after a medical time out, the Spaniard took nine of the last 10 games to close out the match in just under two hours.last_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: ‘Control over emotions’ key in Indo-Pak clash, says Kedar Jadhav

first_imgWhile the cricket world has set eyes on a high-voltage India-Pakistan encounter in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on June 4, Kedar Jadhav wants his team to treat the much awaited match just like any other game and keep their emotions aside.”As professional cricketers, we don’t involve our emotions. We need to play every game with the same amount of intensity,” Jadhav told the reporters.”It’s all about the crowd that creates this kind of environment. It’s good to have people coming to see the match when it is an India-Pakistan game.””But for us cricketers, it is always about treating every game with the same kind of intensity and treat every opponent with the same amount of respect,” he said.While Pakistan hold a 2-1 lead over their fierce rivals and neighbours in the Champions Trophy, it is India who have won 10 out of the 11 contests at the World Cup and World T20 tournaments between the two sides.India won the last Champions Trophy in 2013 and head into the marquee event as favourites after a hugely successful home season with 10 Test wins.The Men in Blue are number one in the Test rankings after series victories over New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia, and would hope to carry that form into the Champions Trophy.The 32-year-old, who joined the team late due to visa issue, has played only 15 ODIs so far in his career and thus his excitement to play his first ICC event is all but natural.”It is my first ICC trophy. I am more excited than others. It is a great feeling to playing in a tournament like that,” Jadhav said.advertisementlast_img read more

Joachim Loew relishes Mexico test at Confederations Cup

first_imgGermany coach Joachim Loew is excited about the challenge of facing Mexico in the Confederations Cup semi-finals after topping their group in the Confederations Cup.The Germans beat Cameroon 3-1 in their last game of the group and pipped Chile, who drew against Australia 1-1, to top Group B.They will play Mexico in Sochi for a place in the final in Saint Petersburg while Chile will meet Portugal in the other last-four clash on Wednesday in Kazan.”Mexico is going to be a tough game, they are a very flexible team with very good players,” said Loew, who became the first head coach to achieve 100 international wins.”We don’t often play central American sides, so that will be interesting for us, but we need to be on our guard.”Germany’s Timo Werner, 21, netted twice in Sunday’s win over 10-man Cameroon which saw them finish two points clear of Chile.After Kerem Demirbay opened the scoring, Werner struck either side of Vincent Aboubakar’s consolation effort on 78 minutes.Cameroon had Ernest Mabouka sent off in controversial fashion on 64 minutes for a dangerous tackle on Emre Can.Referee Wilmar Roldan initially dismissed Sebastien Siani before the video assistant referee rectified his error.Loew, in his 150th match in charge of Germany, maintained his impressive record of reaching the semi-finals of every tournament over the last decade.Loew praised his inexperienced side for overcoming Cameroon, but the Africans’ coach Hugo Broos lashed out at tournament organisers in Russia with just a year to go before they stage the World Cup.advertisementThe Belgian praised the “excellent” standard of the stadiums, but said heavy traffic hampered training sessions when they played in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada suspended for second England Test

first_imgSouth Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been suspended from next week’s second Test against England at Trent Bridge for using “inappropriate language” towards batsman Ben Stokes, the International Cricket Council said on Friday.The ICC said Rabada, 22, had four demerit points within 24 months with his latest breach of its Code of Conduct and would also have to pay a fine of 15 percent of his match fee.The offence occurred on the first day of the opening Test at Lord’s on Thursday when Stokes was leaving the field having been caught behind by Quinton de Kock after nicking a bouncer from Rabada.The ICC said in a statement: “Rabada was found guilty of … using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”last_img read more