India to be tested when they clash with England

first_imgBrimming with confidence after their emphatic win in the tournament-opener, India’s resilience and ability to handle pressure in crunch situations will be tested when they take on England in a high-voltage World Cup group-B league match here on Sunday.A win on Sunday will more or less guarantee India a place in the last eight stage with two victories from as many outings after having thrashed Bangladesh by a 87 runs in their opening match of the mega-event in Mirpur last week.Even though England too stand in a similar position with a win from their only outing, going by the present form and track record in the World Cup , Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men clearly hold an edge over their English rivals.While it was a superior performance by India against Bangladesh, the same cannot be said about England’s win over the Netherlands.Riding on Virender Sehwag’s explosive 175 and Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 100, India avenged their 2007 shock loss to Bangladesh, by piling up 370 for four on the board and then restricted the hosts to 283 for nine to start their campaign on a rousing note.Skipper Dhoni would be hoping for a repeat performance from Sehwag and Kohli on Sunday, but it won’t be easy for the duo as England possess a potent bowling attack, which would be eager to make up for their shoddy showing against the Dutch.Champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar , who in all probability is playing in his swansong World Cup, and Gautam Gambhir both got starts against Bangladesh but failed to capitalise on them and would be desperate to score big against England.Also, the fact that the famed Indian batting line-up had completely dominated the English attack in the Tests as well as ODIs during the latter’s tour in 2008 will act as a confidence booster for the home team.However, going by head-to-head record in the World Cup, there is little to separate the two sides with both winning three matches each against the other.Overall, India have won 33 of their 59 World Cup matches (25 loss and one no result), while England recorded 37 wins (22 loss) from 60 matches.Against England, India is expected to go with the same batting combination but a few changes are definitely in the offing in the bowling department, which continues to cause a few worries to skipper Dhoni, particularly the pace attack.Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan needs consistent support from the other end if India has to contain the opposition batsmen in the first 10 over and at the death stage, which was absent against Bangladesh.Zaheer’s new ball partner S Sreesanth came in for harsh treatment from the Bangladeshi batsmen as he went for 53 runs off his five overs, even though Munaf Patel gave a good account of himself with 4 for 48 from his 10 overs.In all probability, Sreesanth will make way for Ashish Nehra, who missed the Bangladesh game due to a back spasm.But it would be interesting to see whether India will be tempted to go with an extra spinner in Piyush Chawla, who claimed four wickets in the warm-up game against Australia here, though Dhoni has so far indicated that part-timer Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan would fill the slow bowlers slot.advertisementIndia opener Virender Sehwag chats with coach Gary Kirsten during practice in Bangalore. APBut going into the match India has a few injury concerns. Sehwag hurt his left rib-cage at the nets on Friday while Yuvraj Singh was struck on the wrist on Thursday by a Sreesanth beamer.The India team management, however, said that everything was fine in the team and both Shewag and Yuvraj are fit and expected to play on Sunday.England, on the other hand, had reasons to worry about as they survived a close call against the Netherlands in the opening match.Even though they won the match by six wickets, the Dutch gave England a run for their money. Riding on Ryan ten Doeschate’s brilliant 119, the Netherlands piled up 292 for six and if not for an inexperienced bowling attack, the Oranje side would have created the first upset of the tournament.Nevertheless, the victory, coming after a 1-6 thrashing at the hands of Australia in the ODI series just before the World Cup, should be a pleasing one for England.Inspite of the win, the Netherlands’ game came as a timely warning for the erring English players to pull up their socks and not to repeat the same mistakes against India tomorrow.The memories of the 0-5 thrashing by India during the 2008 tour, which was cut short by Mumbai terror attacks, must also be haunting England ahead of the match.England batsman Ravi Bopara has already admitted that Sunday’s match against India was one of their toughest in the World Cup.”This is one of our toughest challenges in this tournament. We know what the Indian batsman are capable of but we do have our plans to keep them quiet.”Every match is big for us. Even the game the other night was also big for us. But against India in India is going to be huge,” Bopara had said.Star batsman Kevin Pietersen, in his new role as opener, started off well and together with Strauss gave a solid start against the Dutch adding 105 runs for the opening wicket.Against India, Pietersen would be vital to England’s success since he can destroy any bowling attack to shreds on his day.The English middle order would revolve around Ian Bell, Bopara and Paul Collingwood, who made useful unbeaten 30 against the Netherlands the other day.But the one thing which would be matter of concern for Strauss is his pace bowling department which was found lacking the teeth against the Dutch.James Anderson and Stuart Broad conceded 137 runs between them in their quota of 20 overs and such a mediocre bowling will come as a feast to the likes of Sehwag.Graeme Swann, who has recovered from a back problem he suffered during the recent Ashes series, will spearhead England’s spin attack. He seemed to have already started enjoying bowling in the sub-continent conditions as he returned with impressive figures of two for 35 from his 10 overs against the Dutch.The India-England match has already generated a lot of heat after the ICC shifted the tie out of Kolkata’s historic Eden Gardens due to the venue’s lack of preparedness.If that was not enough, the lathi-charge on ticket buyers outside the M Chinaswamy stadium by the Bangalore police has added more spice to the already hot affair.The Chinnaswamy pitch is billed to be a good batting wicket and the team which wins the toss is expected to bat first and set the opposition an imposing target.- With PTI inputs Teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra.England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, James Tredwell, Michael Yardy, Chris Tremlett.advertisementlast_img read more

Rebels win fourth consecutive NTL mixed open title

first_imgBy BEN HARRISMixed open:Sydney Rebels 5 def Brisbane City Cobras 4.Good people and a strong bond between those people were the reasons Sydney Rebels have won the last four mixed open titles at the X-Blades National Touch League.The Rebels defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5-4 in a heart-racing final at Coffs Harbour. It was a replay of last year’s decider in which the Rebels won 9-8.This year’s score wasn’t as big as 2013 but it was as exciting.Rebels’ co-captain Christian Frost said, despite the team’s average age of 32, they were still playing top quality touch football.“Good people, absolutely good people,” Frost said about the key to the Rebels’ success over the last four years.“They have self-respect, they work hard and they have a great attitude. Everybody just wants to be with each other, they love each other.”The Rebels scored first through Daniel Rushworth in the fifth minute and it wasn’t for another eight minutes before the Sydney scored their second thanks to Jeremy Locke.Locke’s touchdown opened up the floodgates as three more touchdowns were scored in the final few minutes of the first half with the Rebels leading 4-1 at the break.Both teams exchanged touchdowns before the Cobras scored twice more to be behind by one.For the last 10 minutes, it was a nail-biting affair as neither team gave an inch.Cobras’ wing Kate Barker had a chance to level the score but couldn’t grasp Ryan Jacks’ pass.The Rebels were able to hold on for the win, which gave them their 38th consecutive NTL win and their sixth mixed open title.“Brisbane lifted the tempo from last year, they are a great opponent,” Frost said.The players of the match were Gareth Young (Rebels) and Candice Ashley (Cobras). Touchdowns: Rebels 5 (Daniel Rushworth, Jeremy Locke, Emma Hamilton, Manu Wakely, Sophie Connelly); Cobras 4 (David Sen 2, Arepa Ohia, Kate Barker).Mixed open final timeline:5th minute Rebels 1-0 Cobras – Daniel Rushworth touchdown.13th minute Rebels 2-0 – Jeremy Locke touchdown.14th minute Rebels 2-1 – David Sen touchdown.15th minute Rebels 3-1 – Emma Hamilton touchdown.20th minute Rebels 4-1 – Manu Wakely touchdown.Half-time – Rebels 4-1.22nd minute Rebels 4-2 – David Sen touchdown. 26th minute Rebels 5-2 – Sophie Connelly touchdown.27th minute Rebels 5-3 – Arepa Ohia touchdown.30th minute Rebels 5-4 – Kate Barker touchdown. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMixed open finallast_img read more

10 months agoMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standards

first_imgMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino launched a furious attack on Michy Batshuayi after their Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Marcelino blasted the on-loan Chelsea striker in an amazing personal attack.”I think we have to bring players in for up front. It is clear that patience in some cases has already run out. In the first minute we could have put ourselves ahead. It’s the clearest chance I’ve seen in six months of competition and we did not even shoot at the goal, this is not like a player from the Primera nor Valencia,” the coach fumed in reference to Batshuayi, who was hauled off at halftime.He added that “I do not make the changes to point to anyone. I make the changes depending on the performance I see. Of the effort, of the intention, of what I see. I try to be fair and from there I modify.”Interestingly, on-loan Derby striker Nick Blackman featured for victors Sporting Gijon. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Georgia TE Ben Watson Wore Alabama Gear To Pay Off A Bet With Mark Ingram

first_imgA New Orleans Saints helmet sitting on the field.BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)While we’ve got a new set of college football games coming up this Saturday, we’ve apparently still got some former players paying off bets from last week’s slate. Friday, former Georgia tight end Benjamin Watson, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, was forced to wear Alabama gear to pay off a bet with former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram, now his teammate.Alabama blasted Georgia last Saturday – so the wager is pretty obvious here.No, I’m not confused…but I had to pay my debt to @MarkIngram22. That hoodie didn’t touch my skin tho #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/kr4hpLhmZj— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 9, 2015While it may be painful for Georgia fans to see, at least he’s a man of his word.last_img read more

Mayors dispute commissioners report on former Victoria police chief

first_imgVANCOUVER – Two mayors responsible for Victoria’s police department are disputing a section of a report by British Columbia’s police complaints commissioner that says they mishandled harassment complaints against a former police chief.Barb Desjardins, mayor of Esquimalt, B.C., said that while she doesn’t dispute the findings of commissioner Stan Lowe’s review of two investigations and subsequent discipline proceedings involving former chief Frank Elsner, she does object “to the tone and the commentary and allegations within the report.”“It should be a factual report of what happened, what the results were and what the recommendation is. It should not be commentary and speculation on our actions,” she said.Lowe could not immediately be reached for comment on the position taken by Desjardins and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.In the report released Sept. 26, Lowe said Helps and Desjardins “predetermined the outcome of the internal discipline process from the outset, and set about navigating a course to allow the former chief to remain in his post.”Elsner, who resigned in early 2017, was found to have committed eight counts of misconduct, including lying to investigators, encouraging a witness to make a false statement and having unwanted physical contact with two female officers.Lowe also said Elsner had been “caught in a web of untruths” that began when the former chief sent inappropriate Twitter messages to the wife of an officer in his department.Attempts to reach Elsner for comment since Lowe’s report was released have been unsuccessful.Elsner apologized shortly after the public learned an internal investigation was probing inappropriate messages he allegedly sent to the wife of an officer.In 2016, Elsner petitioned the B.C. Supreme Court to stop investigations against him, saying he was being targeted by a group that wanted him ousted as police chief. The court agreed to limit the scope of the commission’s investigation.The mayors, in their position as co-chairs of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board, hired an internal investigator to look into the complaints about Elsner, Lowe said.The investigator reported to the mayors that numerous witnesses had made allegations of bullying and harassment, including “inappropriate comments and behaviour towards women,” against the former chief, Lowe’s report said.“The mayors chose not to expand the investigator’s mandate to include these allegations,” the report said. “On the contrary, the correspondence indicates that they instructed the investigator not to pursue these allegations or consider them in any respect in drafting the investigation report because they were outside the scope of the investigator’s mandate.”Helps directed a request for comment to a statement posted on her website, in which she said the board followed the advice of its legal counsel in its handling of the Elsner case.“One of the most upsetting elements of this whole situation is the insinuation that I would protect a man (allegedly) engaged in bullying and harassment,” she said. “I have been working on women’s issues and women’s rights since I was 15 years old. To suggest we were planning to ignore the allegations brought forward by female members of VicPD is simply untrue. It makes no sense. And to those who know me, it’s just not plausible.”Lowe’s report includes an email exchange between the two mayors dated Dec. 3, 2015, at 2:32 a.m., which it said “rushed to conclude” the investigation because rumours were swirling about the chief.“I believe for this reason we have to make a decision asap and then call the board to inform them of it,” Desjardins wrote to Helps, according to the report. “Please look at your calendar to see what could be cleared to move things up. This must be top priority in my mind.”Lowe said “the difference is glaring” when the outcome from the mayors in the internal discipline process is compared to the result of a separate process led by two retired judges.The mayors’ investigation led to a reprimand, whereas the judges’ process led to suspension, demotion and dismissal.Desjardins objected to Lowe’s characterization.“It is absolutely false, it is accusatory and I’m not on trial,” she said. “It is suggesting something that is absolutely false, and we had no opportunity to provide feedback.”Helps said the mayors also hired an investigator, who was endorsed by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.Lowe is calling for changes to the Police Act to strip mayors of the power to discipline police chiefs. Desjardins and Helps both said they support the recommendation, but indicated that they’d like a chance to discuss the tone of the report with the solicitor general.Lowe has recommended that when allegations of misconduct are made against a chief or a deputy chief they should be handled by a discipline authority that is led by a retired judge because of the relationship mayors have with those senior officers.last_img read more

UConn Has Been Slightly Less Dominant In The Tournament Than It Was

In case you haven’t been reading this site lately, here’s the latest reminder that the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team, which is seeking its third straight national title Tuesday in Tampa, is really, really good. UConn is way more dominant than Kentucky’s men’s team was even before the Wildcats lost in the national semis. It’s way better than its closest rivals in the women’s game: Notre Dame, its opponent Tuesday. And it’s even way more dominant than its worthiest rivals: other recent UConn teams.Before the tournament began, we tracked how much UConn led by in its games, on average, throughout the 40 minutes of regulation. Not only had UConn crushed its opponents by an average of 42 points per game this year, but it was even more dominant earlier in the game — for instance, it led at halftime by an average of 25 points. And at just about every stage of the average game, the Huskies were ahead by more points than the UConn teams of the previous four years. The big exception was their Elite Eight game against Dayton, in which UConn had a lead of more than 10 points for less than a quarter of the game.What we didn’t know then is whether the comparison would hold up once the NCAA tournament began. UConn would have to face some tough competition — could it continue to dominate?The answer is a qualified yes. UConn’s average halftime margin has been 18.2 points during the tournament, compared to 24.8 points in the regular season and American Athletic Conference tournament — a drop-off of 27 percent. But it has caught up a bit in the second half of games, winning by an average of 37.4 points — just 11 percent lower than its 42.1-point average lead at the end of regulation coming into the tournament. That may mean that UConn peaked at different times in tournament games, or that the 11 percent gap is understating the extent to which UConn has struggled in the tournament, since it spent less time with its foot off the gas pedal in the second half. Of course, struggling is relative for these Huskies: They’ve still won each of their tournament games by at least 21 points.A related question we faced was how much of this team’s apparent edge over its UConn predecessors would drop away once it, like its predecessors, had to play in the tournament. The answer is, not much.This chart isn’t finished yet — Notre Dame will have something to say about it. Our March Madness predictions give the Fighting Irish only a 14 percent chance of winning. They have an even smaller chance of winning by enough to change UConn’s overwhelmingly dominant profile.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to a tournament in which UConn played. It was the American Athletic Conference tournament, not the Big East. read more

Usain Bolt to Skeptics Im Clean

Usain Bolt has one thing to say following the doping violations that have been publicized about his countrymen: “I’m clean.”Bolt, who is undoubtedly the fastest man in the world, is speaking publicly for the first time since Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for banned substances.“If you were following me since 2002, you would know that I have been doing phenomenal things since I was 15,” Bolt told reporters in London. “I was the youngest person to win the world junior title at 15, I ran the world junior record at 18, the world youth record at 17. I have broken every record there is to break, in every event I have ever done. For me, I have proven myself since I was 15. For me, I have shown I was always going to be great.”Bolt went on to say, “I was made to inspire people and to run. I was given a gift and that’s what I do. I’m confident in myself and my team, the people I work with. And I know I am clean.”Powell, Campbell-Brown and Simpson firmly deny knowingly taking banned substances. While those three will not be competing, Bolt is expected to run at weekend’s Diamond League meeting in London.Bolt’s speed is off the charts. See the video above. read more

Allegri set sights on Madrid after win

first_imgMax Allegri was delighted with Juventus performance after their win over Frisonone and urged the team to score in Madrid.Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target in the 3-0 victory, which saw Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini return from injury lay-offs.“The team is growing in terms of fitness. Aside from the hiccup against Parma, we have done well in Serie A, we’ve shaken off the problems caused by the Winter break and are in good shape for the Champions League,” the Coach told Football Italia.“When there are players returning from injuries, I think it’s good to put them in from the start and let them loose.”Dybala ended his drought in Serie A since November by opening the scoring with a scorcher.“I am happy for Paulo, as strikers live to score goals. Juventus need a player who works between the lines and Dybala is very good at that.“The only issue is that for a few years we had one forward and now we have two. It means the build-up play is a little different, so there aren’t as many spaces to run into, but I watched Dybala make the right moves and passes, he just wasn’t scoring as many goals.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo were both on target as Juventus eased past Frosinone 3-0.#UCL pic.twitter.com/u1X8slB5XC— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 15, 2019Juve featured all their key players as they used the game as a dress rehearsal for Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 trip to Atletico Madrid.“The game against Atletico Madrid will be very different, we must be warier and find the right moment to score. It’s crucial that we get a goal there, otherwise, qualification would be rather difficult to achieve.“A lot depends on who is the right-back and therefore who is the mezz’ala. Douglas Costa will also join the squad next week after his injury. It’s going to be a very physical game against Atletico Madrid.”last_img read more

AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON NATIONAL HERITAGE DAY

first_img National Heritage Month Events featured in all islands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2014 – Culture is the soul of a nation; the finest expression of humanity and a record of a people’s evolution and advancement. From Salt Ponds, to the Conch Farm; from “going-in-the-field” to billion dollars luxury resorts; from the peaceful donkeys in Grand Turk to the Private Jets in Providenciales; from potato bread to Lobster in reduction sauce; Pepper Joy to Bambara Rum, as a people our cultural story demonstrates a culture in evolution and advancement and that my fellow countrymen is our Heritage. This is what has and will distinguish us from every other nation in the world. It is our unique marker, our signature across history and it is what follows us into the world even as it brings the world to us. And so, I call on you, as your Queen, with pride and affection for all that we are throughout our National Heritage Month, on October 13th; National Heritage Day and beyond, to embrace it. Let me tell you why our heritage means so much to me, and why in this wide, vast world, as we let our imaginations soar across our borders; we must keep our minds rooted firmly in our own historical truth:There are many ways to enter what is beautiful about us, what is humane and what gives us grace, but for me it is the music. We seem to breathe and live by a certain rhythm and melody. I feel it when I do not hear it. But as soon as I hear that Rake n’ Scrape, I feel like a bundle of smiles, and I see the humour, the practicality, the simplicity and the sense of dignity that is in our national character. You see, Rake n’ Scrape to me means a people who have little, but are content to make beauty even with the little they possess. There is something magical, warm and honourable about that. That is our heritage.Who can fail to see and feel something special about our people? We are all Sister and Brother. At every turn we are Cousin… “cuz” so and so. Speaking to us about family is like speaking about the elements of chemistry: we say: “She is my grandmother’s aunt’s husband’s second daughter, but she is my third cousin”. We are “Titter” this and “Babba” that. It is charming and funny, but underneath it reflects and confirms a tradition of respect amongst us, amongst generations of brothers and sisters that is dying in other places around the world. And yet, when the world comes to our shores, we welcome then into this culture of family. This too is our heritage.I love the land, our land – Beautiful by Nature, (Bountiful by Skill), as God intended and the angels obliged. And while I love the fresh mornings, or the Sweet Salinas at Salt Cay, the old world charm and gentility of Grand Turk, and as I am seduced by ambition by Provo’s luxurious race into the future, and made tender by North Caicos’ tending of the soil or Middle Caicos’ calm, where time seems still, and of course, the historical “swag’ of the “Big South”, it is the Flamingoes for me: They seem ancient and delicate. I love the fact that their colour comes from the interaction between what they eat and what the sea provides… because the sea is how we survived. This is also our blessed heritage.In some countries they have monuments and we have our little share. But ours is a remembered culture and a heritage to be acknowledged, remembered and celebrated. I am your honoured Queen and unlike other Queens, I am empowered by you only to issue decrees of love. Let us love what we are through what we have been as the path to what we must become. Let us live with the grace of our national story… and let us gain from and give to our heritage all that gives love, and so gives life to life.Shanice WilliamsMiss Universe Turks and Caicos 2014 Recommended for you Related Items:miss tci universe, national heritage month, shanice williams National Heritage Month ends New TCI based magazine debuts: Karibelast_img read more