NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Locking horns with a reinforced Australia will be a “different ball game” if India get a chance to contest the series Down Under later this year, opener Rohit Sharma said on Wednesday.Exactly when the tour will go ahead is still up in the air as the coronavirus pandemic has brought professional cricket to a halt globally, but that uncertainty has not stopped Rohit from looking forward to what he expects to be a close contest.“It will be a great series,” Rohit told India Today news channel.India won a Test series in Australia for the first time on the 2018-19 tour, prevailing over the depleted hosts who missed Steve Smith and David Warner through ball-tampering bans.With the batting mainstays back in the side, revenge will be on Australia’s mind when India return this summer.“Australia, in their own backyard and with those two guys, it will be a different ball game, I know that,” said Rohit.“As a team, we are also playing our best cricket right now… If it happens, it’ll be a great series to be part of.”Cricket Australia is yet to announce dates and venues of the Tests which will take place after the Twenty20 World Cup.However, the pandemic has also raised doubts about whether the Twenty20 World Cup can be contested as scheduled from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15 in Australia.Whenever the Australia v India series does go ahead, it will be particularly important to Rohit as he has revived his long-format career by reinventing himself as a Test opener.Rohit missed the Test series in New Zealand after suffering a calf injury in February and knows he must perform in the next away series to prove his credentials.“I was quite looking forward to playing in the challenging conditions in New Zealand but unfortunately the injury happened at the wrong time,” said the limited-overs stalwart.“I can’t wait to go in Australia and test myself.”Rohit hoped his fellow players, currently in lockdown in their homes, would get adequate time to shake off the rust.“Especially for me, because I was injured before all this happened. I have a lot of work to do before I start playing.“My fitness test was just around the corner when lockdown happened. So the first thing for me would be to pass the fitness test and then obviously, hit some balls because it’s been a while.
Related Stories ‘It was a defining moment’: Former players reflect on 2010 Pinstripe Bowl victoryFamiliarity between Syracuse, West Virginia adds rivalry vibes to Pinstripe Bowl Published on December 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @SamBlum3 For the team nicknamed “New York’s College Team,” it was only fitting that Syracuse would play its last game of the season in New York City.“The Pinstripe Bowl is a great way to display (Syracuse’s) talents in front of an audience that we know is going to be present,” said Ben Glidden, president of Otto’s Army. “I think having it in New York City, with us being ‘New York’s College Team’ is just a great way to reinforce that for recruiting, for the fan base, for things like that.”SU will take on former Big East rival and current Big 12 team West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium this Saturday. This marks SU’s second appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl in the bowl’s short three-year history, having defeated Kansas State 36-34 in 2010. Most college football bowl games are played out West or in the South because of the cold weather in late December and early January. Out of the 35 total bowl games, the Pinstripe Bowl is one of just two bowl games played in the Northeast and the only one in New York state.“It’s a great way for the alumni to come out and see the Orange one last time this season.” Glidden said. “It’s a great option for this team. And I definitely see why (it) went back there this season.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse resident and SU sophomore Meaghan Lane went to the game in 2010. She said it makes sense for Syracuse to be playing in its own backyard.“I was kind of torn between the Belk Bowl and the Pinstripe Bowl because Syracuse is joining the (Atlantic Coast Conference) it would have been almost like an initiation for Syracuse to be down South,” Lane said. “But I think since we are New York’s top team, we kind of have the New York City market.”Zack Molle, a member of the sports talk staff at WAER-FM 88.3, said in an email that although he agrees the Pinstripe Bowl is a good experience for SU fans and that it does help with recruiting from in-state, the Pinstripe Bowl was clearly not the best option for this team.“It’s not ideal, in my opinion, because this team was so close to the (Bowl Championship Series),” Molle said. “Convenient? Yes. But ideal? Not even close.”SU has the opportunity to play in the game because of the Big East conference’s affiliation with it. The Pinstripe Bowl is a contest that generally features the fourth-place Big East team against the seventh-place finisher in the Big 12. With Syracuse’s inevitable move to the ACC in 2013, it’s unlikely Syracuse will get another Pinstripe Bowl invite.“This bowl was designed for Syracuse. You look at it, and you kind of expect SU to finish in the middle of the Big East every year based on most of recent history,” Molle said. “Of course with the move to the ACC, I highly doubt SU ever plays in the Pinstripe Bowl again.”The Pinstripe Bowl might be a welcome sight for many in-state fans, since the Orange played the majority of its games outside of New York state this year. SU hosted just five of its 12 games in the Carrier Dome, leaving seven to be played out of state, although one was at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., just about 30 minutes outside of New York City. It’s understandable that fans like Lane are excited for another chance to cheer on SU football.“It’s almost like a home game for us because of the atmosphere,” Lane said. “I’m thinking we’ll have a great fan base down there. New York is just a great place for a bowl game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
For college athletes, conventional wisdom says when it comes to deciding whether to head to the professional ranks or stay in school, injured players should choose the latter. There’s too much at risk and too much to lose by turning pro. Or so the thinking goes.Perseverance · Pitcher Chad Smith struggled as a sophomore but turned his play around while pitching in the Alaska Summer League and as a reliever for USC last season. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Smith was drafted by the MLB’s Detroit Tigers. – Summer Trojan file photo USC junior closer Chad Smith is facing that dilemma.The 6-foot-3 Los Angeles native, who injured his right elbow during a mid-April home series against Oregon, underwent Tommy John surgery May 20 at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Anaheim, Calif.Because of the serious nature of the procedure, in which a ligament in the elbow is typically replaced with a tendon from the knee, and the lengthy rehab process, Smith would be sidelined for the entire 2011 college season, provided he returns to USC.“It would be a great honor, just to be a captain my senior year and really finish what I started,” Smith said. “But with me being out all of next season, it’s now a different situation.”In a surprising turn of events, the hard-throwing right-hander was recently selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 17th round of this month’s MLB draft — 527th overall.Smith had anticipated his draft stock to plummet in the aftermath of the injury, considering the extent of the rehab process.“I talked to a lot of teams and knew I would get drafted,” Smith said. “But for them to pick me up in the 17th round was really a lot higher than I expected.”If Smith chooses to remain at USC, he will be on track to graduate in spring 2012, fulfilling a promise he made to his parents in high school, but he would be forced to watch every game from the dugout.Signing, as a result, which must be done before the MLB Aug. 15 deadline, remains a particularly intriguing option. Smith could finish summer school before leaving for the Tigers’ spring training facility in Lakewood, Fla., for a rehab session until fall classes begin. This would leave him just a couple courses shy of graduation.After the semester, Smith would be able to continue recuperating in Lakewood before playing Class-A short season in Connecticut, which begins in June.Despite some of the advantages of going pro, Smith remains mum on his future.“I’m really just going to wait and see how it goes and see what they want to offer,” Smith said. “I’ve still got some good options.”Before the injury, Smith’s future looked like it was falling into place.Smith, who throws a fastball and a hard slider as his out pitch, finally found a role he was comfortable in this season, thriving in the closer role after originally coming to USC as a starting pitcher under then-coach Chad Kreuter.In 2009, Smith posted a pedestrian 3.40 ERA in four starts, before regressing as a sophomore in 2010, finishing with a 4.47 ERA through six starts.“I would throw a great four innings, and then I couldn’t get out of the fifth inning,” he said, recalling some of his past struggles. “And that happened to me quite a few times. I couldn’t keep that focus.”Playing for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Summer League in summer 2010, Smith came out of the bullpen for the first time and watched things turn around, finishing with a 0.46 ERA and three saves in 14 appearances.“I really liked coming into a game, throwing strikes and just getting outs,” said Smith, who expects to be a reliever in the Tigers’ system should he sign. “There’s nothing better than closing a game out.”His performance last season indicated as much for the junior, when he held opposing batters to a .216 average while sporting a 2.66 ERA and four saves — until the injury.“From a selfish perspective, we knew it’d be tough to move on considering we were losing one of our better arms,” said senior starter Andrew Triggs. “But also as a friend, it was real tough to see him go down like that.”Smith, who still hopes to play professionally at some point, admits the injury has changed his outlook moving forward.“I had never been hurt before,” Smith said. “I was always thinking baseball would be there, baseball would be there, but once it’s taken away, you have surgery, you undergo rehab, you realize how great you really had it.”
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FC Željezničar is celebrating its 95th birthday today. On this day in 1921, Željo played its first match in history. It was the match against SAŠK Napredak, which was one of the best clubs at the territory of BiH at the time.A young railway worker Dimitrije Dimitrijević, who was born and raised in the center of the city, presented the idea about the founding of Željezničar to his colleague and fellow carman Ludvig Leple in 1920.Together with Stjepan Katalinić, they formed an initiative board, the forerunner of the first Administration of the Club, headed by the construction engineer Hinko Tezgeš, Austrian by birth and Hungarian by nationality. All workers of the railways gave their contribution to the establishment of their club: they bought a ball, first sport equipment, training sessions were held at the military polygon Egzercir, they designed the club symbols, and girlfriends of the players embroidered a locomotive on the shirts – the first coat of arms of the club.The Blues were welcomed to the Federation on September 19, 1921. The Blues lost the match against SAŠK Napredak with a result of 5:1 and the only goal for the club was scored by Dimitrije Dimitrijević.(Source: faktor.ba)
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who is 95, has been hospitalized after another fall at his home in Plains, Georgia.Carter apparently suffered “a minor pelvic fracture” yesterday, but remains in good spirits and looks forward to recovering at home.Carter recently fell at his home earlier this month, leaving the 95-year-old with 14 stitches and a black eye. Despite that, he still showed up to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity the next day in Nashville, Tennessee. He used a cane when he rallied volunteers that morning.
Fire Rescue officials responded to Palm Beach International Airport on Saturday, after receiving reports that a fuel truck had overturned.Crews offloaded fuel from the tank before a wrecker righted the truck. The driver was not injured, and there was no leak from the main tank.Aircraft activity was temporarily redirected away from the area as a precaution.
A knife-wielding man was arrested outside the White House on Saturday, after he allegedly told a Secret Service officer that he was there to kill President Trump.According to reports, 25-year-old Roger Hedgpeth approached the officer and said he was there “assassinate” Trump, and that “I have a knife to do it with.”Police found a 3.5-inch knife in a sheath on the man’s left hip. He also had an empty pistol holster on his right hip.Officers took Hedgpeth into custody and brought him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.It is unclear whether he has an attorney.
Officials with the Palm Beach County School District Police Department say a teacher is under arrest and accused of asking a teenage student if she wanted to have sex with him.According to the arrest report, 51-year-old Dean James is a vocational and business education teacher.A 16-year-old student told police that James kept her after class on Nov. 21 of last year and asked her, “Do you want to have sex with me?”The student says she replied, “No.” She also claims that James touched her shoulder, which she pushed away before leaving the classroom.In addition, the teen told authorities she was not comfortable talking with James due to comments he had previously made to her.She recorded their phone conversation.A detective listened to the recording and heard the teacher ask the student, “Do you want me to touch you?”James apologized and said, “I shouldn’t have said that, I’m sorry,” the arrest report states.When police interviewed James the day after the classroom incident, he told them the student has a discipline problem and “he has been planning to have her removed from his class because she yells out, dances around, twerks, facetimes her boyfriend, as well as other disruptive behaviors.”His arrest report adds that when police asked James what his intentions were when he asked the girl, “Do you want to have sex?” he replied that “he was trying to warn her [REDACTED] about her behavior. He said he was not trying to be with her, he was asking her why she was behaving the way she was. He said he was trying to understand if she was trying to have sex with him.”James claims that he never touched the student.However, he later admitted to police that he was attracted to the 16-year-old, and she was allegedly attracted to him.“He admitted that he was attracted to her, and asked her if she wanted to have sex. He admitted that he thought about meeting with her outside of school for dinner and that he asked her if she wanted to do that,” the arrest report explains.The arrest report goes on to say that James called the student to his desk a week before and asked her out to dinner, as well as information about where she lives.On Nov. 18, James told the teen, “You’re getting fat, what you been doing? Have you been having sex?” the arrest report continues.School district police determined after a lengthy investigation that “Dean James solicited the victim for sexual conduct, for a relationship of a romantic nature, and for lewd conduct.”James was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday for an offense against a student by an authority figure. He bonded out a few hours later.The School District says he has been employed there since Feb. 14, 2018.A spokesperson adds that James was reassigned to a position that does not have any contact with children during the investigation.
Pini swam a time of 54:21 sec and finished first in his heat.Despite not meeting his personal best of 52.95 sec, Pini told PNG loop that he was happy with his time.”It was a comfortable race and the crowd out supporting is fantastic.”I’m looking forward to this evening’s final and thank everyone for the support,” Pini said.