India vs England, 4th Test: As it happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our live coverage of the fourth Test between India and England in Mumbai. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)16.40 IST: Keaton Jennings: Couldn’t be happier, couldn’t be prouder. A life early on, got the beans going. Just chatting to my uncle, trying to approach like I would any other game. Woke up at 5 am this morning, thinking I missed the bus. No video, try to chat with other batters to see what it’s like. After lunch, it started to turn. Virat’s captaincy was superb.16.33 IST: That’s it! England reach 288/5 at the close of play on the first day. So after conceding the first two sessions of the day comfortably, the hosts came back strongly and won the third session handsomely. The session started with England being 196 for 2 and ended on 288 for 5. Debutant Jennings and the all-rounder, Moeen Ali continued to play well with the latter completing his 9th Test fifty. They went on to stitch up a 94-run partnership for the 3rd wicket.They were cruising through just when the man of the hour for India, Ravichandran Ashwin landed a double blow to England in the 71st over by sending both these set batsmen packing. He continued his heroics by taking the wicket of Bairstow and giving Stokes a nightmare of a time. However, Stokes survived and along with Buttler saw off the rest of the day.16.22 IST: NOT OUT! Another close review. Landed around off, comes in again, Stokes looks to clip it through but is beaten and rapped on the pads. The bowler goes up for an appeal but the umpire stays put. Jadeja is confident and wants Kohli to take the review. Parthiv Patel is not sure about it. The Ball Tracker though once again shows the impact to be umpire’s call but hitting the stumps and hence the on-field call stays. That was close.advertisement16.16 IST! India have bowled their quota of 90 overs.16.07 IST: UPDATE! On field umpire Paul Reiffel got a CT scan done and is doing fine now. He has been advised rest for today and is at the stadium only.15.43 IST: WICKET! Ashwin gets his fourth as he scalps in-form Jonny Bairstow. Ashwin bowls it outside leg, Bairstow goes for his favorite sweep. He does not keep it down and hits it in the air towards backward square leg. Umesh Yadav gets under it and takes the catch. Ashwin takes off, he has four to his name and England are again playing with fire. Yes it is important to play positively and keep the scoreboard ticking but you do not need to hit the ball in the air to put pressure on the opposition. India won’t mind this one bit, they will want to keep striking. England 249/5 (80.1 overs) vs India15.05 IST: OUT! Two in a row! Ashwin takes his third as Jennings departs for 112. Tossed up beautifully outside off, drawing Jennings on the front foot. Jennings obliges and looks to defend it off the front foot but the turn takes the ball away from the batsman, catches the outside edge of his bat and goes towards deep gully. Pujara takes an excellent low catch, diving forward. The debutant has to walk back but what an innings it has been from him. Take a bow, Jennings! ENG 230/4 in 70.4. Ben Stokes is the new man in.Reuters Photo15.01 IST: OUT! Ashwin strikes as Moeen Ali departs for 50. One shot too many for Moeen Ali! Tossed up on middle and leg, Ali onceagain goes for the sweep but ends up top edging the ball high into theair. Karun Nair places himself under the ball and completes the catch onthe practice pitches in the square leg region. Ashwin with thebreakthrough straightaway with his first over of the session. ENG 230/3 in 70.2 overs. Jonny Bairstow comes out next.14.59 IST: Moeen Ali slams his 9th Test fifty as England 230/2 in 70 overs14.51 IST: FOUR! That made a sweet sound! This time Jayant tossed up on leg, Ali once again gets down on one knee and sweeps it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary. ENG 225/2 in 68 overs14.49 IST: FOUR! In the gap for a boundary! Jayant flights it on middle and off, Moeen Ali times his sweep perfectly and finds the gap in the mid-wicket region for aboundary.14.44 IST: FOUR! Another one from Jennings off Jayant. Tossed up on middle and leg, Jennings kneels down and sweeps through backward square leg for a boundary. He has swept, reverse swept the whole day against all Indian spinners! ENG 214/2 in 66 overs advertisement14.41 IST: SIX! Moeen Ali making his intent clear! Pitched up delivery around leg from Jadeja,spinning in, Ali gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it into thestands over mid-wicket. ENG 210/2 in 65 overs14.37 IST: Just short! Served on middle and off by Jayant, Moeen Ali looks to defend it with softhands but a sharp turn catches the outside edge of the bat and fallsjust short of Kohli at first slip. The ball then runs away to third man, fetching Ali a single.14.32 IST: FOUR! What a way to start the proceedings of the third session! Shortish delivery, spinning into the pads, pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary. ENG 201/2 in 63 overs 14.30 IST: The players are out in the middle. Jennings and Moeen areback out in the middle to continue batting. India begin with RavindraJadeja. Here we go…At Tea on Day 1 of the 4th Test, England are 196/2 (Jennings 103*, M Ali 25*). Follow the game here – https://t.co/ZlqFjQOpaD #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/pIKtvP7Rb3 BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 201614.12 IST: TEA! Another session that goes in favour of the visitors. They have lost just the one wicket and have scored at a decent clip. The Indians would have hoped for more wickets when they dismissed Root early but both Ali and Jennings have then played England through to tea with the odd nervy moment. They will know the importance to putting up a big first innings total, which they didn’t in the last Test.India will be happy with the way they have bowled but they have not been that threatening. England bat deep and also score at a good rate so if India do not strike early, they will know that they could end up chasing the game, staring at a huge first innings total. A vital last session awaits us. England 191/2 in 62 oversThat moment when you bag a ton on your #England Test debut. In India. With a reverse sweep #class #nobiggy #INDvENG ??? ?? pic.twitter.com/juEqTIhkwc England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 8, 2016Keaton Jennings 19th England bat to make a Test 100 on debut. The list for England also includes KS Ranjitsinhji & IAK Pataudi sr.#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 8, 201613.58 IST: CENTURY! Keaton Jennings slams hundred on debut. He becomes the 19th England player to score a century on debut. England 191/2 in 58.4 overs13.39 IST: DROPPED! The plan of coming from around the wicket almost works instantly. Umesh bowls a length delivery outside off, Moeen Ali pushes at it looking to play away from his body and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies in the slip cordon where Kohli, at the second slip, dives to his full stretch towards his left, gets a hand to it but fails to grab it. England 182/2 in 56 overs13.12 IST:  Paul Reiffelwalks off the field with England team physio. Marais Erasmus replaces him as the on-field umpire. Umpire Shamsuddin is now the third umpire.BCCI Photo13.07 IST: Umpire Paul Reiffel is hit on the back of his head by Bhuvneshwar’s throw. He is being attended by the England team’s physio and in the meantime the players will take drinks break. England 166/2 in 48.2 overs advertisementMost economical Test bowler in 2016 so far – @imjadeja #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/SgHqQyz0vz BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 201612.35 IST: WICKET! R Ashwin strikes soon after lunch. Floated outside off, lures Root into the drive. The ball gets the outside edge and flies to Virat Kohli who was going to his right but adjusts well to take it to his left. Sharp reflex catch and Ashwin is relieved. Patel would be the most relieved man. A vital wicket for India and just at the right time as well. England 136/2 in 38.2 overs12.32 IST: CHANCE MISSED! Fuller on the stumps, Root looks to clip it through but is beaten. The ball flies past the keeper and that is a stumping chance missed.11.35 IST: LUNCH! Brilliant start for England. Everything has gone their way so far, the toss, the chances and the first session despite the wicket of Alastair Cook. The visitors began positively and kept the scoreboard ticking all the time. What should have been countered by some tight bowling by the hosts, was followed by some non-threatening bowling with a spread field.Jennings had a few nervy moments before growing into confidence as the game went on. He registered his maiden Test fifty and is looking set for a big score. England’s intent has been to stay positive, hitting a lot of boundaries — they have already hit 13 and with Kohli predominantly not wanting to give the boundaries, this could set up a fascinating second session. Apart from Jadeja, no one looked in control for India and they will need a much better effort post lunch. Do join us in a while for it.11.13 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja gets Alastair Cook in his first ball of the match. What have you done, Cook? Floated outside off, Cook wants to have a piece of him, he comes down the wicket to heave it over mid-wicket but the ball goes through him and Parthiv Patel has the easiest of the stumpings to complete. What a strike for India, they were right under the pump. England will have mixed feelings, they were hitting the gaps and putting pressure. England 99/1 in 25.1 oversAP PhotoFirst Test for England, first 5??0?? for @JetJennings! What a start for the @DurhamCricket lad ?? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/NvtmsP9WQq England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 8, 201611.07 IST: FIFTY! Keaton Jennings slams half-century on his debut. He has played beautifully so far. England 92/0 in 24 oversLook who is supporting England Team from the stands #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/YHbpp3wAcC BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 201610.33 IST: DRINKS! A brilliant first hour for England. They had their scares but again as has been the case, India have been generous on the field. They will want to break this stand and get back in the game. England 49/0 in 15 overs10.30 IST: FOUR! Superb timing! Fuller outside off, Jennings comes forward and drives it wide of Ashwin at mid off. He gives it a chase but the ball was always winning the race. England 45/0Most Test runs vs India2555 R Ponting2344 C Lloyd2228 J Miandad2171 S Chanderpaul2049 M Clarke2000* Alastair Cook#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 8, 201610.18 IST: STAT! Alastair Cook completes 2000 runs against India in Test cricket. England 36/0 in 10 overs10.00 IST: NOT OUT! A review gone down the drain. Bhuvneshwar bowls it outside off, fuller length, Keaton Jennings looks to defend with his bat and pad together. The players go up in an appeal but the umpire stays put. Ashwin from mid-off comes in and suggests that they should review it. Kohli goes for it but to India’s dismay, the Ball Tracker shows the impact was the umpire’s call and hence the decision stays as it is. England 23/0 in 7 overs9.54 IST: STAT – Debutant Jennings used to play for South Africa U-19s.@JetJennings is about to open the batting for England.Here’s what he had to say about linking up with the squad ???#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/8NbB64V68N England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 8, 20169.47 IST: FOUR! Jennings is off the mark! Shorter length outside off, Jennings goes after the width and cuts it behind point for a boundary. That went off the toe end of the bat. ENG 18/0 in 4 overs9.46 IST: DROPPED! Shorter length on off from Umesh, Jennings looks to punch it on the up. The ball bounces more, gets the edge and lobs towards Karun Nair who goes towards his right, gets a hand to it but could not hold onto the chance. India have put down a chance, a tough one but these need to be taken.9.42 IST: Dropped? Nope! FOUR! Bhuvneshwar bowls it on the stumps, Cook looks to clip it through mid-wicket but gets a leading edge. The ball flies quickly to the right of Karun Nair at gully and races into the third man fence. ENG 10/0 in 3 overs9.40 IST: Maiden over from Umesh Yadav. ENG 2/0 in 2 overs. Alastair Cook has now opened with 11 new partners since Andrew Strauss’ retirement. Cook-Jennings is the sixth pair to open for England this year. They used 5 different pairs last year.09.35 IST: End of the first over and England are 2/0.09.31 IST: England openers Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook are out in the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts proceedings.09.15 IST: PITCH REPORT! Sunil Gavaskar reckons that there are cracks on the pitch, on the dry side, the ball will come onto the bat nicely for the first two days. Mentions that the ball will turn more from one of the ends, the seamers will get help in the first sessions every day. Opines that the ball may start turning as early as the last session today.09.10 IST: TEAMS!England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Jake BallIndia: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav09.05 IST: TOSS! England have won the toss and they will bat first. Debutant Keaton Jennings to open the innings with Alastair Cook. KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar return to the Indian playing XI, injured Ajinkya Rahane and Mohammed Shami out. The hosts have also retained Karun Nair in the squad.Good luck Team India for the 4th test??? Looking forward to India wrapping the series in this test ??? #INDvENG @BCCI VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 8, 2016And we are here. Hello Wankhede! #INDvENG #TeamIndia @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/vrLatkAmfn BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2016PREVIEWEven as India play their first Test at the Wankhede since the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, the Virat Kohli-led side will be keen to complete the series victory with their third win in four matches against England.India were jolted yesterday when Ajinkya Rahane was hit on his right index finger which ruled him out for the final two Tests of the series. However, they were boosted by the news of KL Rahul’s return to the playing XI.Kohli also confirmed that Rahul will open the innings with Murali Vijay and Parthiv Patel will bat down the order.In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar may return to partner Umesh Yadav as strike bowler Mohammed Shami is suffering from a sore knee.Local boy Shardul Thakur was named as a back-up option in case Shami is ruled out of the squad. Meanwhile, Manish Pandey has also been included in place of Rahane.India will also aim to keep their 16-match unbeaten streak and are just one short of equalling their own unbeaten record of 17 games without a loss.On the other hand, despite conceding the series, the visitors are expected to come hard after spending a week away in Dubai.England had also replaced two injured players — teenaged opener Haseeb Hameed and left arm spinner Zafar Ansari — with two uncapped players — Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson.For any chance of reviving their fortune in the ongoing series, the visitors will bank on their batting, which has failed to click as a unit so far.Skipper Alastair Cook will be expecting at least two of his main batsmen — Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and stumper Jonny Bairstow — to spend enough time in the middle while handling the Indian spinners.Promising left-handed opener Jennings will be Cook’s new opening partner.Meanwhile, the return of pacer Stuart Broad, who missed the third game after sustaining a foot injury in the Visakhapatnam Test, will lend enough teeth to their bowling attack.The visitors are likely to go in with four pacers with leg-spinner Adil Rashid and Moeen filling the spinners’ slots.last_img read more

Fantasy: Champions League TotW

first_imgLionel Messi certainly started the 2018-19 Champions League with a bang! He scored the first goal of the competition this season and followed it up with two more for his eighth European hat-trick, taking the lead over one Cristiano Ronaldo. That performance obviously earned the Barcelona man a spot in our Goal Fantasy Team of the Week, where he is joined by the following players.Goal-Fantasy-Football-Play-Now-BannerGK: Wojciech Szczesny – Juventus – 1 Game, 5 Saves (1 Penalty Save), 1 Clean Sheet = 14 Points 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! DEF: Nicolas Tagliaico – Ajax – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Clean Sheet = 21 PointsTagliafico had an incredible day, but it actually could have even better as he had a header denied by a fantastic reflex save from Vasilios Barkas. Add in the clean sheet kept by Ajax, and the defender grabs our first Player of the Week award for this Champions League season.He has never scored more than a single goal in any competition he’s played in so no need to rush out and buy him, but it will be interesting to see how he performs against the big boys in his group.DEF: Luke Shaw – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsLuke Shaw Manchester United 2018-19DEF: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsMID: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 17 PointsIt’s hard to be more efficient than Pogba was on Wednesday as he shot twice and scored twice against Young Boys. He is also now tied for first in assists after round one. Admittedly it’s a 31-way tie, but it’s still nice to see Frenchman flash some creativity.It will be interesting to see if United can put up this kind of performance against a tougher opponent in Valencia but, it’s tremendously unlikely that any Pogba owner will ship him out after this effort.MID: Miralem Pjanic – Juventus – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsMiralem Pjanic Valencia Juventus Champions LeagueMID: Nabil Fekir – Lyon – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsNot many people backed Lyon to get a result today which may explain why none of their players were owned in more than 6% of the Goal game. Those that gambled on Fekir were certainly rewarded with his goal and assist that helped the French side claim all three points.The underlying stats from round one don’t really back Fekir to be able to keep this up, but that may just be a reflection of City’s defence. Next up he’ll face a Shakhtar defence who allowed the fourth most shots this week.MID: Emre Akbaba – Galatasaray – 1 Game, 3 Assists = 11 PointsEmre Akbaba Vedran Corluka Galatasaray Lokomotiv Moscow 9182018 UCLFOR: Lionel Messi – Barcelona – 1 Game, 3 Goals = 17 PointsWe mentioned in the Expert’s XI that Messi was coming into this competition with far more momentum than Ronaldo and, hopefully, you listened.The hat-trick was the Argentinan’s eighth in the Champions League which is the most in European history. Forget stats or matchups, Messi is, in every sense of the phrase, a must-own every match in the Goal game.FOR: Michael Krmencik – Viktoria Plzen – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 PointsFOR: Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 Points goal-fantasy-football-bannerlast_img read more

Boca president: We were in no condition to play

first_imgBoca Juniors president Daniel Angelici backed the decision to postpone the Copa Libertadores final between his club and bitter rivals River Plate until Sunday.Boca and River played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg but ugly scenes marred the preparations for Saturday’s return match at River’s El Monumental stadium .The visitors’ bus was showered with projectiles as it approached the stadium, with some smashing windows of the vehicle. Tear gas being used to disperse the crowd also filtered into the bus, leaving several players feeling the effects.  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! Pablo Perez was among the Boca players injured in the incident, which initially led to a delayed kick-off and later the announcement of a postponement .While CONMEBOL wanted the game to go ahead, describing the injuries as “superficial” in a statement that said “there’s no cause for the suspension of the match”, their  assessment was angrily rejected by Boca star Carlos Tevez.”First I want to say to our families that we are alright, most of us are alright, there are three or four injured,” he said to reporters. “We are being forced to play this game, I have just seen that Pablo [Perez] has a patch over his eye.”The match was pushed back and is now scheduled to go at 1700 local time (2000 GMT) on Sunday, a full 24 hours after the final was initially set to get under way. The first leg was also postponed due to bad weather in Buenos Aires and Boca’s president was in full agreement over the decision to push the second leg back to Sunday.”It was supposed to be a party, a sad day for me,” Angelici told Fox . “Some River outcasts attacked our bus. We were in no condition to play this final.”I want to thank CONMEBOL and River. We said that we did not want to play with injured players. I think the decision is correct. We need to be ashamed of this as a society. The world was waiting for this match.”I think the final has to be played under equal terms. We saw that some players were without air in the bus, had to help them quickly. I need to acknowledge the River authorities for their concern.”CONMEBOL resolved that the match was going to be played, but I saw we had two players in hospital.”Five or six outcasts ruined the party for 60,000 present inside the stadium.”last_img read more

Were good friends with Indian cricketers, says Warner

first_imgKolkata, Apr 14 (PTI) Explosive Australia opener David Warner says he remains good friends with Indian cricketers despite a bitterly fought Test series which India won 2-1 to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. During the recent spiteful Australias tour of India, home team skipper Virat Kohli might have said that he was no more friends with the Australian cricketers after being repeatedly targeted on and off the field, but Warner feels at the end of the day a cricketer always wants to play the game in the right spirit. “We always gel very well. Its a different feeling when you put both the teams on the field. Our ultimate goal is to go out there and win for the country and we will do anything to try and beat each other,” said Warner, who is now rubbing shoulders with Indian cricketers in the ongoing Indian Premier League. “There were antics on and off the field in the Test series but we are also good friends. We enjoy laugh and that brings everyone together in international cricket. “We have to keep the game in a nice fair spirit to make sure that we have grown the game of cricket. Thats the ultimate goal for us as athletes, to make sure cricket is the number one sport in the world,” Warner said while donating his bat and gloves to the Fanattic Sports Museum at Ecospace in New Town here today. The onfield controversies, notwithstanding, Warner said the Test series was a “fantastic” exhibition of five-day game. “It was a fantastic series for cricket and for fans in general with a lot of edge of the seats moment. A lot of stuff happening both on and off the field. We hoped everyone enjoyed the series,” he said. “Its disappointing not to have drawn the series or won it. But for us there was a lot of positives out of the way. We have proven that we can play in these conditions.” Talking about the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, Warner said its crucial for all the teams, especially India to come back fresh a hectic home season. “Each individual has to rest and recover as well. There was so much internatioanl cricket. 13 in a row at home for India. It was extremely difficult for bowlers as they have to come back fresh not just for IPL and Champions Trophy,” he said. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Maruti Suzuki unveils new generation Dzire in India; launch on May 16

first_imgMaruti Suzuki on Monday unveiled the new generation Dzire in India. The company will launch the new Dzire in India on May 16 and will go up against the likes of newly launched Hyundai Xcent facelift, Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze and Volkswagen Ameo in India.Design:The new generation Dzire will come with a completely new and fresh look. Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been redesigned with a hexagonal grille with a chrome strip around it. The front bumper  and the headlamp cluster gets an appealing makeover. At the rear, the new generation Dzire gets minor cosmetic change as the tail lamps has a revised design. The new Dzire will also sport new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and redesigned alloy wheels. 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Engine:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 83 bhp of maximum power and 115 Nm of maximum torque, while the 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine churns out peak power of 74 bhp and peak torque of 190 Nm.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Transmission:Both the engines will come mated to a AGS unit. The petrol engine will also come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.Features:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with an upgraded list of features to compete with its competition in the segment. The list includes touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in among others.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Dimensions:The new generation Dzire will be 3995 mm in length, 1735 mm in width, 1515mm in height and 163 mm of ground clearance.advertisement2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Competition:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will compete against the recently launched Hyundai Xcent facelift, new Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Price:We expect the new generation Dzire to come for a base price of Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the top end variant.ALSO READ:New generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire: Everything you need to knowALSO READ:This is what the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will look like. We think it’s neatALSO READ:New Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire bookings open now, go book yourslast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton takes pole at Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel

first_imgLewis Hamilton took pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix for the second successive year on Saturday with Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel just missing out but joining the Mercedes driver on the front row.The pole was the 64th of the Briton’s career, one short of his late Brazilian boyhood idol Ayrton Senna on the all-time list and with record holder Michael Schumacher’s 68 in his sights.It was also the 250th by a British driver in Formula One.All but three of the last 16 races in Spain have been won from the top slot, leaving Hamilton with every chance of taking his second victory of the season on Sunday to cut Vettel’s 13-point lead.”I’m super proud that we can get back up there. My last lap was so-so but I could see the fans cheering and all the flags,” said the triple champion, interviewed on the finish line in front of the crowd in a new departure for the sport.Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas, a first-time winner in Russia two weeks ago, qualified third, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who became Formula One’s youngest winner in Spain last year after Hamilton and then team mate and 2016 champion Nico Rosberg collided at the start, will line up fifth for Red Bull.Vettel’s car needed an engine change between final practice and qualifying, and he praised his mechanics for their efforts in getting it all done with minutes to spare.”They did an engine change in sub two hours. It’s a miracle they got me out,” he said.advertisementALONSO SEVENTHOn a rollercoaster afternoon, the German missed out on a second successive pole by a mere 0.051 of a second after locking up and running wide at the final chicane. “I had it, I had it,” he said ruefully over the radio.He could at least thank his lucky stars, or years of experience, to get that far after being told to stop the car soon after qualifying had started.The four times world champion hesitated to obey the instruction, however. “Seems better now,” he said and carried on. “OK, box, Sebastian, box,” he was told.”OK, you can push,” came the eventual radio message from the pit wall, with the problem apparently resolved. He then set the fastest lap of the session before Hamilton and Raikkonen went quicker.Double world champion Fernando Alonso, whose McLaren broke down in first practice and was slowest overall on Friday, enjoyed a miraculous transformation — and delighted his home crowd — by qualifying an astonishing seventh.”Maybe it was at the oval (where) I learnt how to go quick on the straights,” said the Spaniard, who will leave Barcelona on Sunday night for Indianapolis to compete in the Indy 500 on May 28. “P7 is a gift and we will see what we can do tomorrow.”Sometimes the weekends start the wrong way but then they fix themselves, and vice versa. The important thing is tomorrow, to try to get a few points,” he added.”It was better than expected but the support from the people gives you a few extra tenths.”Australian Daniel Ricciardo was sixth for Red Bull, with Mexican Sergio Perez eighth in a Force India.Britain’s Jolyon Palmer, yet to score a point this season, had another disappointing Saturday after qualifying 17th in the Renault while team mate Nico Hulkenberg went through to the second phase and will start 13th.”Yesterday felt good, today I’ve just struggled,” said Palmer, whose results have left him feeling the pressure.”It’s tough. I really thought this weekend could be good but today it’s all come crashing down.”Canadian 18-year-old rookie Lance Stroll, also yet to finish in the points after four races, failed to get his Williams through the first phase and will line up 18th. Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa will start ninth.last_img read more

SPORT-RASCE 8

first_img8th Race: Kureole Time Plate 1200M: 8th Race: Kureole Time Plate 1200M: Carducci (R Keshava Moorthy) 56 A R Pradeep first Romantic Haven 52 S A Amit second Goat 50.5 Irvan Singh third Able Master 57 Kuldeep Singh fourth Not Run: All Thats Nice Won By: 4-1/4Ls, 1L and 1L Time: One minute:14.60 seconds Tote: Rs 85 for win. Rs26, Rs26 and Rs22 for places Forecast: Rs 864 Quinella: Rs 396 Shp: Rs 68 Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 3,832 30 pct Rs 2,053 Exacta: Rs 97,171 (c/o). (MORE) PTI CORR AKS RBSlast_img

Bernardo Silva joins Manchester City F.C. as Premier League clubs start to splash the cash

first_imgManchester City have begun what is predicted to be a record summer of spending across the Premier League by paying Monaco a reported 43 million pounds ($55 million) to sign versatile midfielder Bernardo Silva.”Manchester City are delighted to confirm Bernardo Silva will join the club from Monaco on July 1,” the club said in a statement on Friday.The 22-year-old Portuguese has been instrumental in Monaco’s title win this season — their first in 17 years — and was part of the side who beat City in the Champions League round of 16 and scored more goals than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues.Silva made 51 appearances last season, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further 10. He joined the French side in 2015 from Benfica where he came through the academy and was nicknamed “Little Messi”. He has won 12 caps for the national side.City manager Pep Guardiola is a long-term admirer, describing Silva as an “intelligent, physically strong” and a “fantastic player” equally at home anywhere in midfield before their meeting this season.Silva’s signing represents Guardiola’s opening attempt to remodel the squad who disappointed in failing to win a trophy and finishing third in the Premier League this season.They are expected to be one of the Premier League’s top spenders, and have been linked in the British media with moves for Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham Hotspur fullback Kyle Walker.The 22-year-old Silva said: “I’m now at one of the best teams in the world. To be part of this club and to have this opportunity is great.advertisement”Of course when you have the opportunity of being trained by Guardiola, you don’t say no…If not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best.”Analysts expect this will be the Premier League’s heaviest spend in a transfer window, eclipsing the 1.165 billion pounds ($1.49 billion) spent last summer with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool also expected to feature heavily.”Probably the start of biggest ever PL window,” said Nick Harris of the authoritive Sportingintelligence website.last_img read more

I didn’t score many, but some were important, says modest Zinedine Zidane

first_imgFor a man who buried two headers to win a World Cup final and then struck one of the all-time great Champions League final winners Zinedine Zidane was probably doing himself a disservice when he said on Friday: “I didn’t score many goals.”The Real Madrid manager had been asked whether he or Cristiano Ronaldo would be the star if they were playing in the same Madrid side and the Frenchman didn’t hesitate when he replied: “Cristiano…he scores goals.”There is no doubting that, of course, as the Portuguese superstar has developed into one of the deadliest strikers in the game, a fact underlined by the incredible statistic of him scoring 40 or more goals every season for the last seven years.Ronaldo will be Madrid’s most dangerous weapon in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus and Zidane did not try to hide the fact.”Midfielders are important of course, everyone’s important, but I’ve been there in those big games when you are waiting for the strikers to score and of course goals are everything,” the he told a packed news conference at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.”I didn’t score too many — I got some important ones — but not many.”The two he rammed home to help France beat Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final in Paris will of course always be the high point of his illustrious career but for Madrid fans it was his technically superb left-foot volley of a ball dropping from high in the Glasgow sky to beat Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final four years later that shines brightest.advertisementWhile Ronaldo, for years renowned as a tricky winger and provider, has evolved his game to focus much more on a centre-forward role, Zidane remained primarily the midfield fulcrum around which all his teams turned.Considering that, and his relative lack of pace, his scoring record was actually very respectable.In his 155 games for Real he scored 37 goals and got another 24 in 151 games for Juve. Including his earlier years at Cannes and Bordeaux he totalled 95 goals in 506 club appearances and chipped in an impressive 31 in 108 games for France — a record many international strikers would be proud of.Zidane was also confident there would be goals on Saturday and dismissed the widely-touted view of the game as Real’s effervescent attack against Juve’s rugged defence.”They defend very well but nowadays they attack very well too,” he said of the Italian champions who reached Saturday’s final conceding three goals in 12 games.”I’m not sure if I can say they have their best team ever but they do have very good attacking players and I think it will be a very open game from both teams.”last_img read more

Britney Spears boyfriend gives her a surprise visit in Japan

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 12 (PTI) Pop star Britney Spears got a surprise visit from her beau Sam Asghari in Japan.The couple were all smiles as they sported matching pink outfits, while posing on the streets of the island nation.”Look who came to see me in Japan. @samasghari. great matching duo,” Spears wrote alongside a picture of her and Asghari, 23, holding a couple of shopping bags.In 2016, Asghari starred in Spears music video “Slumber Party”, in which he played her love interest. PTI SSN JCHlast_img read more

Which are the most anticipated motorcycles to launch in India this year?

first_imgThe year 2017 started off with a bang as we saw new products coming in from the Yamaha, KTM, Triumph, Honda and Kawasaki stables to name a few. With six months down, we have another 6 months in hand and these coming months are going to be really exciting for motorcycle fans in India as new bike-makers have lined-up some really exciting products.We list a few of these bikes which we think are the most anticipated motorcycles to come to India. 1. Aprilia SR 125Aprilia launched the SR 150 in India last year to take on its sibling Vespa SXL 150 in India. However, they did not stop there. Piaggio went on to launch a Race Edition to the Aprilia SR 150 which packs in extra punch in the scooter. Now, reports suggest that Aprilia is mulling over to add a smaller sibling to the SR range in India. Apart from a smaller 125cc engine, the Aprilia SR 125 will most likely carry forward the cosmetics from its elder sibling.Aprilia SR 150 Race Edition. (Picture for representation)The new Aprilia SR 125 will take on the likes of Honda Activa, Suzuki Access 125, Vespa SXL 125 and Mahindra Gusto 125 in India. We expect the Aprilia SR 125 to launch in India by the end of this year with an expected price tag of Rs 58,000 (ex showroom, New Delhi).2. Benelli Tornado 302RBenelli has been mulling to launch the new Tornado 302R in India for quite some time now, with reports suggesting that the launch is slated for next month. Amid delays, the Tornado 302R is a completely new product for India and will most likely carry a price tag of Rs 3.5 lakh (ex showroom New Delhi). The new Tornado 302R will take on the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC390 and Yamaha R3 in India.advertisementBenelli Tornado 302REngine duties are done by a 300cc, liquid-cooled vertical twin engine that shares its design components with the BN 600. The engine is capable of producing 38hp of peak power and 27 Nm of peak torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox.3. BMW G310RThe new BMW G310R was supposed to be the BMW Motorrad’s entry in to the two-wheeler market in India. However, due to some reasons, BMW choose to delay the launch of the G310R till end of this year. Instead, the company launched the BMW R 1200 R and BMW K 1600 GTL in India.BMW G310RBMW G 310 R comes with a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection producing maximum power output of 34bhp and maximum torque of 28 Nm, mated to a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. Moreover, the India-bound BMW G 310 R will compete against the likes of KTM Duke 390 and Mahindra Mojo in the Indian market while we expect it to be priced at Rs 2.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).4. Ducati Supersport/ Ducati Supersport SDucati had hinted earlier this year, that they will bring in the Supersport and Supersport S variant to India. Showcased at the Intermot 2016, the Supersport and Supersport S will most likely be launched in India by August 2017 with a tentative price of Rs 12 lakh and Rs 13 lakh- Rs 13.5 lakh respectively.Ducati SupersportPowering the SuperSport is a twin-cylinder 937cc Testastretta engine, delivering 113 hp and full yet linear torque curve. Thanks to the three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), the SuperSport’s temperament can be adapted to maximise enjoyment whatever the riding conditions.Ducati Supersport S5. Ducati Scrambler Desert SledReports say that Ducati will also launch the Scrambler Desert Sled in India by August 2017 for a price tag of Rs 9.50 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). While the Scrambler Desert Sled will take on the Honda Africa Twin, the Desert Sled is said to be a true on/off roader suitable for India.Ducati Scrambler Desert SledFirst showcased at the EICMA 2016, the Desert Sled comes powered with a 803cc, 2-valve, air-cooled mill that churns out peak power of 75bhp and peak torque of 67.79Nm. The introduction of the new Scrambler Desert Sled will extend the Scrambler range in India to five, which includes the Icon, Classic, Urban Enduro and Full Throttle.6. Kawasaki Versys X-300First showcased at the EICMA 2016, the 2017 Kawasaki Versys X-300 sports an all-new bodywork and chassis. Dubbed the ‘Baby Versys’. the X-300 is yet another adventure motorcycle to grace the Indian shores this year.Kawasaki Versys X-300With a launch slated for in August, the 2017 Versys X-300 is powered by a 296 cc four-stroke, DOHC, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that churns out 39 PS of peak power and 27 Nm of peak torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox. It also gets ABS function might come as standard.advertisement7. TVS Apache RR 310SNow, the most anticipated bike in the list is the TVS Apache RR 310S, previously called Akula 310. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the Apache RR 310S has been creating quite a stir with its spy shots of test mules across the country. With a tentative launch date of August, the Apache RR 310S is the company’s most ambitious motorcycle yet.TVS Apache RR 310SBased on the BMW G310R, the Apache RR 310S will be company’s top product in the line-up, with the upcoming bike to get a 313cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine producing peak power of 34bhp and peak torque of 28Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. It will rival KTM RC 390 and upcoming Benelli Tornado 302R in India.ALSO READ:DSK Benelli commence pre-bookings for upcoming Tornado 302R in IndiaALSO READ:BMW G310R India launch delayed till end of 2017last_img read more

Team manager had no adverse view on Kohli-Kumble relationship? India Today first to prove otherwise

first_imgIndia Today has become the first to rubbish reports that the India team manager had no adverse views on the relationship between skipper Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, who stepped down as coach shortly after the Champions Trophy.WATCH FULL VIDEO HEREKumble issued a statement to reveal he had quit because Kohli did not approve of his style of coaching. India Today had first revealed strains in the Kohli-Kumble relationship before the Champions Trophy commenced in England last month. However, the captain played it down and said it was mere speculation. But Kumble’s statement and Kohli’s own press conference showed things were not pleasant between the duo.Then sources confirmed to India Today that Kumble had given the players a dressing down moments after the team’s crushing defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.PTI reported that Team India manager Kapill Malhotra’s report did not mention “any controversial incidents.””Kapil Malhotra has submitted his report. At least there is nothing in the report which suggests that skipper Virat Kohli was ever rude to the coach or mention of any incident which could be termed as a breach of discipline,” a BCCI source in the know of things told PTI on condition of anonymity. (Cricket Advisory Committee to interview India coach candidates on July 10)When pointed out that coach and the captain were not interacting with each other during practice sessions, the official replied: “He was specifically asked to mention any incident worth reporting which may have affected the dressing room environment or morale of the team. Nothing of that sort is there in the report.”advertisementBut India Today accessed Malhotra’s detailed report to the BCCI. He said he attended all team meetings before each of India’s matches and added “Initially When I met Mr Anil Kumble I found him to be slightly reserved, but  as the tournament progressed I found him more approachable. “I must add that I did not see much communication between the Coach & the Captain, personally I did not witness any arguments between the two.”It is a clear admission that the captain-coach relationship was strained. When the team manager claimed there was not enough communication between the two most important men in the dressing-room, it is a clear giveaway. You can read the full report from Malhotra here:last_img read more

David Warner hits back at CA for wrongly blaming players in pay dispute

first_imgAustralian opener David Warner, who has always been outspoken to keep a 20-year revenue-sharing arrangement in place, has once again issued a verbal volley against Cricket Australia for wrongly blaming players for not resolving the bitter pay dispute between the country’s cricket board and Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).On Thursday, CA chief executive James Sutherland had called on the ACA to enter into a period of intense negotiations over coming days in order to resolve the ongoing pay dispute.Imposing a deadline on the stalled Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) negotiations, Sutherland said the matter would be referred to independent arbitration if the pay dispute with the players remains unresolved by early next week, with CA also pledging to abide by the umpires’ decision.Sutherland, while expressing his concern about the delay, had said the ongoing pay dispute between CA and ACA had reached the point where next month’s proposed Test tour to Bangladesh, a subsequent ODI series in India and the upcoming Ashes series against England are potentially at risk.Hitting back over the same, the ACA said that it was CA who should be blamed for the crisis before adding that the country’s cricket board had “lost the players” through its hardball tactics.The ACA compared arbitration to an “adversarial process more akin to a courtroom”.”This dispute has arisen from Cricket Australia’s attempts to, without making the case, end a successful 20-year partnership with players. Cricket Australia has lost the players and most of the game’s stakeholders in the process,” Sport24 quoted ACA as saying.advertisementWarner also could not stop himself and fired back at the cricket board.”This Baggy Green (cap) means the world to me. Myself and all the other players, female and male, want to get out there and play. We offered $24 million of our money to grassroots as a peace plan. It was ignored. We asked for mediation twice before and it was rejected. Now CA says there is a crisis,” he wrote on Instagram.”The players are unemployed and some are hurting financially but continue to train. Administrators all still being paid. How is it our fault no deal is done?” he added.Players, having central contracts and state players without multi-year deals, were left unemployed after the deadline for a new MoU was not brokered by June 30.More than 200 leading cricketers are affected by the dispute between CA and the ACA.last_img read more

Roger Federer romps into Shanghai Masters semis

first_imgApproaching a step closer towards his second Shanghai Rolex Masters title, 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer cemented his place in the semi finals of the tournament with a straight sets win over Richard Gasquet of France here on Friday.The Swiss tennis maestro dismantled Gasquet 7-5, 6-4 in a one-sided match that lasted more than an hour.The second-seeded will now play No. 16 seeded Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro, who eliminated the Swiss in the quarter-finals of the US Open.Federer now also stands just one round away from a potential Shanghai final showdown against his long-time rival and world number one Rafael Nadal, who defeated Grigor Dimitrov earlier today.last_img read more

India unlikely to play any ‘four-day’ Tests in near future

first_imgThe ICC has decided to start with four-day Test matches on a trial basis but the Indian cricket team is unlikely to play the curtailed version of the longest format in near future.The decision to introduce four-day Test was taken during recent ICC board meeting in Auckland with South Africa and Zimbabwe set to play the inaugural four day ‘Test’ on the ‘Boxing Day’.However, BCCI wants to stick to traditional format as has been recommended by the Anil Kumble led ICC Cricket Committee, which was against this experimental move.”India will not play any four day Test matches, atleast in the near future. Any Test match involving India will be a five-day affair,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”The BCCI believes that there is a lot of merit in Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee’s recommendations that duration should not be tinkered with. But since four-day Test matches are bi-partite agreements, if two nations are okay, they will go ahead with it,” the official said.The other reason for BCCI not warming up to four day Test is because there are no points awarded for the proposed Test league.”Only five-day Tests will have points that will be counted for the World Test Championship. What’s the point in playing matches that won’t count for anything. In any case, if we play Ireland or Afghanistan also, it will be five-day affairs,” the official said.Asked if near future, the broadcasters start pressurising for curtailed Test matches, the official said: “We will cross that bridge when it comes.”advertisementIt is learnt that ICC’s main aim towards promoting four-day Test is to ensure that Ireland and Afghanistan are eased into the system along with Zimbabwe being able to remain competitive.”Let’s be practical. For Ireland or Afghanistan, it will be very difficult that they can be competitive in a five-day format straightaway. If Test matches against these countries end inside three days or little over it, it is only logical that four-day Tests are tried out,” an official of a member board said.last_img read more

Man arrested for allegedly kicking, racially abusing Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling

first_imgManchester City star Raheem Sterling was attacked and racially abused by a man at the club’s training facility on Saturday and the man has now been arrested by Manchester police.According to reports, Sterling was kicked and racially abused as he arrived at City’s Etihad Campus hours before scoring twice in a 4-1 victory over Tottenham in the Premier League.The police force said no official report has been made but that officers were treating the incident as a hate crime. The club however, has yet to comment on the issue.”Racism will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester and has no place in civilised society,” Detective Chief Inspector Paul Walker said in a statement.”We take every report incredibly seriously.”Sterling scored twice as Manchester City swept to a 4-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday that sent the runaway Premier League leaders 14 points clear and exacerbated the London club’s domestic decline.A 16th successive victory – extending the English top-flight record – was delivered with a typically electrifying display from Pep Guardiola’s team while overcoming rough treatment by the visitors.Kevin De Bruyne was kicked around the pitch but City’s creative spark was not impeded. The Belgian doubled the lead in the 70th minute – building on Ilkay Gundogan’s first-half header – and he started the counterattack that led to the first of Sterling’s two goals.Sterling compounded Tottenham’s misery in the 90th minute when he rounded goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to tap in the fourth.Christian Eriksen scored a stoppage-time consolation but this was humiliating for a Tottenham side which beat European champion Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage.advertisementCity is strolling to its third Premier League title since 2012.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Telangana govt presents Rs one crore to Mithali Raj

first_imgHyderabad, Dec 28 (PTI) The Telangana government today presented Rs one crore and a house site of 600 square-feet to Indian women cricket team skipper Mithali Raj.State Sports Minister T Padmarao felicitated her here and handed over the incentives, according to a state government release.The minister also presented Rs 25 lakh to Mithali Rajs coach RSR Murthy, it said.The incentives have been presented as per Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Raos directives for promoting sports, Padmarao said.Raj had led the Indian team to the Womens World Cup final earlier this year. India lost to England in a nail-biting summit clash by nine runs. PTI SJR NRBlast_img read more

Bermuda Gets 2017 America’s Cup

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The tax haven of Bermuda has been picked over San Diego to host the 2017 America’s Cup, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because defending champion Oracle Team USA, based in San Francisco, hasn’t announced the decision.The person said software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. made the decision after consulting with the CEO of his sailing team, Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who also is Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority.Requests for comment from Ellison were not answered. Reached in New Zealand, Coutts declined to confirm the decision, saying he was under a non-disclosure agreement.Members of San Diego’s bid effort, as well as officials with the Port of San Diego, also declined comment, saying they were under a non-disclosure agreement.Mayor Kevin Faulconer wouldn’t comment, his spokesman said, declining to give a reason. The spokesman wouldn’t say if the Mayor’s office was also bound by an NDA. Officials in Bermuda didn’t return an email seeking comment.America’s Cup officials have scheduled a news conference in New York on Dec. 2 to announce the venue selection.The choice of the British territory is intriguing, from its location at the northern tip of the Bermuda Triangle to the financial incentives that include tax-free status for regatta participants.It’s also sure to be unpopular with traditionalists and could mean the end of powerhouse Emirates Team New Zealand and perhaps other challengers.This will be the first time a U.S. defender holds the America’s Cup outside the United States. It also will be the first time in the regatta’s 163-year history that a defender sails the races in foreign waters by choice rather than necessity.In 2007 and 2010, Alinghi of Switzerland held the America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, because it wasn’t practical to race on Lake Geneva.Before he won the America’s Cup in 2010, Ellison, one of the world’s richest men with a fortune estimated at $52 billion, spoke of how he wanted to return the silver trophy to the United States after a 15-year absence. Now he’s taking it offshore after just one cycle in America.San Diego hosted the America’s Cup in 1988, 1992 and 1995. In 1995, Coutts skippered Team New Zealand to a five-race sweep of Dennis Conner for the first of Coutts’ five America’s Cup victories for three different countries.According to the U.S. PIRG and Citizens for Tax Justice, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are the top tax havens for American corporations to legally reduce their federal tax liability.Sailors and other members of America’s Cup syndicates are expected to benefit from tax breaks offered by Bermuda. Some America’s Cup sailors earn six-figure salaries. Others in the sport, such as Coutts, are paid millions of dollars a year. Bonuses are a big part of their pay packages.Three of the six teams currently entered are owned by billionaires. Oracle Team USA is owned by Ellison; Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge is owned by Patrizio Bertelli, husband of Miuccia Prada of the Prada fashion house; and Sweden’s Artemis Racing is owned by Torbjorn Tornquvist.Most sailors wanted the regatta to return to San Francisco Bay, where a steady wind blows in through the Golden Gate Bridge. Oracle Team USA staged one of the greatest comebacks in sports on San Francisco Bay in September 2013, rallying from an 8-1 deficit to win the final eight races and retain the Auld Mug.But Coutts ruled out a return to San Francisco, unhappy that it didn’t offer the same terms as last year, including free rent for piers as well as police, fire and other services.Once San Francisco was eliminated, many challengers expressed support for San Diego over Bermuda, feeling it would be a logistical nightmare to take the competition to the Bermuda. The island is some 640 miles off North Carolina.Team New Zealand officials have said the choice of Bermuda could be a deal-breaker for them. The Kiwis are funded in large part by their government, and some of their biggest commercial sponsors would get no benefit from backing a boat sailing in a regatta in Bermuda. The syndicate declined comment until an official venue announcement.Currently, five syndicates have filed challenges and Coutts has hinted at a sixth, most likely from Asia. Another syndicate that might not make it to the starting line is Team France. It’s not known who Team France’s sponsors are, and France-based Airbus recently signed a technology deal with Oracle Team USA.Picking Bermuda is the culmination of a nearly yearlong process in which Coutts considered venues from coast to coast, including Chicago.(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Islanders Take Off Blue Jackets, 6-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares UNIONDALE, New York — Josh Bailey scored two goals in the first period, John Tavares had two goals and two assists, and the New York Islanders fought off two rallies by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 6-3 victory in the NHL on Feb. 14.Tavares set up Bailey twice early and then gave New York two- and three-goal leads in the third. Ryan Strome and Frans Nielsen also scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves.Brandon Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson, and Nick Foligno had goals for Columbus, with Anton Forsberg stopping 40 shots.Nielsen put the Islanders ahead for good when he converted Thomas Hickey’s slap pass 1:54 into the third for his first goal in 13 games. Tavares made it 5-3 with 12:52 remaining and then gave New York a three-goal lead — off an assist from Bailey — with 8:45 left on his 26th goal.The resilient Blue Jackets got even at 3-3 by scoring in the final minute for the second straight period on Feb. 14..Scott Hartnell carried the puck down the left side and sent a pass out front to the driving Foligno for his 22nd of the season with just 31.2 seconds remaining.The Islanders had gone in front 3-2 at 7:02 when a turnover by Kevin Connauton led to a shot by Lubomir Visnovsky. Strome put in the rebound for his 10th goal.New York came out flying and threatened to run the Blue Jackets out of the arena. The Islanders scored on their first shot and Bailey made it 2-0 at 8:21.Dubinsky cut the deficit in half with 4:15 left in the period with his fifth of the season and second in two nights.The Blue Jackets got even with 31.5 seconds remaining following an Islanders miscue. Defenseman Brian Strait gave up the puck at his blue line, and Atkinson took it in alone and scored his 13th.last_img read more

Phils Rough Up The Yanks, 11-8

first_imgNEW YORK — Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg might have as much confidence in Maikel Franco as the young rookie third baseman has in himself.Sandberg gave Franco the green light on a 3-0 count in the sixth inning June 22, and the 22-year-old slugger didn’t disappoint. He sent the pitch a long way into the bleachers in left field at Yankee Stadium for his second home run of the night.Franco had career highs of four hits and five RBIs and made a fabulous diving play to help Philadelphia snap a 12-game road skid with an 11-8 victory over the New York Yankees.“I think he’s the right guy for the spot there. The way he’s swinging the bat and makes something happen,” Sandberg said. “He’s been our most consistent and productive hitter on a daily basis with driving the ball and stinging it.”Since being recalled from the minors on May 15, Franco leads the Phillies with nine home runs and 24 RBIs. His teammates have taken notice of the talent.“He’s got everything you look for in a young player,” starter Kevin Corriea said. “There’s similarities to (Albert) Pujols.”Franco was not alone in the hit parade for baseball’s lowest scoring team. Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis each had three hits, and Cesar Hernandez and Ryan Howard drove in two runs apiece as the Phillies had a season high for runs and hits (18) in a second straight offensive outburst against a top starter.They chased Michael Pineda (8-4) in the fourth inning in this game and beat Michael Wacha and St. Louis 9-2 on June 21.Winners of 11-of-13 at Yankee Stadium coming in, New York was roughed up for 10 or more runs in consecutive home games for the second time this year. Texas did it May 22-23 against Pineda and CC Sabathia, the June 23 starter.Brett Gardner hit a three-run homer off Corriea and had four hits — two on bunts. He reached base five times for New York, which had 14 hits and was 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position.Jake Diekman (2-1) walked three in two scoreless innings for the win in relief of Corriea. In his third start this year, Corriea allowed five runs in four innings.Franco opened the scoring with a homer in the first. He singled and scored in the third, had two-run single in the fourth and connected for a long two-run drive to left in the sixth off Chris Capuano.He struck out with the bases loaded to end the seventh with a chance to push his first multi-homer game to three longballs.“I just play the game, play baseball,” said Franco, when asked if he was nervous playing at Yankee Stadium. “When I go out there I just try to play the game right.”In the bottom half, Franco dived to snare Chris Young’s sharp grounder leading off and made a strong throw to first for the out.Trailing 2-1 going the third, the team that scored just 22 runs in those 12 straight road losses — their longest road losing streak since 1999 — put their first four batters on with Howard hitting a two-run single to put the Phillies back on top.In 3 1-3 innings, Pineda allowed career highs of eight runs and 11 hits — his second poor start sandwiching an outing in which he took a no-hitter into the seventh.“His slider wasn’t very good. His fastball was spotty,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He struggled tonight.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more