(REOPENS NRG 13)

first_imgKhattar said Haryana Safai Karamchari Ayog will look after the interests of Safai Karamcharis and work for their betterment.Speaking at the function organised on the eve of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti here, he said efforts would be made to ensure that 50 per cent Safai contracts (for cleanliness) were given to the people belonging to Valmiki Community.He also announced construction of Valmiki Bhawans in Ambala and Karnal and Balmiki Bhawan on behalf of Union Minister for Steel Birender Singh in Narwana.He also announced an award after the name of Dayanad Mayana, a freedom fighter of the Valmiki Community and said the new sports stadium in sector-9 here would be named after Eklavya.Congratulating people on the eve of the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki, the Chief Minister exhorted the people to take inspiration from his life.Khattar said the BJP government in the state, which is completing two years in office on October 26, will during its third year, focus on creating maximum job opportunities for the youth in both government and private sectors and also through skill development make them self-employed.Referring to the demand of Singh, who was also present on the occasion, the Chief Minister assured that the state government would get the proposal examined regarding reducing the age limit of SC beneficiaries of old age allowance from 60 years to 55.He said the government is working to make the Haryana kerosene free state.”It is matter of pride that eight districts would become kerosene free by November 1 and by March 31, 2017 all remaining districts of the state would achieve this feat,” he said.advertisementKhattar said the Haryana Housing Board has constructed and allotted 87,000 houses, including 65,000 for the economically weaker sections.Apart from this, 13,000 houses are under construction of which 5,000 houses would be allotted before December 31, he informed.Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Singh urged the people belonging to Scheduled Castes to “remain united and not to be misguided by those having vested interests”.Without naming any party, he said during the last 60 years, a party made tall claims for their welfare “but did nothing for them”. PTI SUN AQS AQSlast_img read more

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Smog cover continues to ruin Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi

first_imgThe smog cover in Delhi caused cancellation of play for the second consecutive day in two Ranji Trophy matches with players complaining of irritation in eyes and breathing problems.The matches were group A league encounter between Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla and group C match at Karnail Singh Stadium between Tripura and Hyderabad. (Day 1 of Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi called-off due to smog cover)The post-Diwali smog, leading to low visibility and poor air quality, led to multiple inspections but health of the players was paramount for the match officials.At the Karnail Singh Stadium, players were seen wearing anti-pollution masks as they held their morning practice sessions but soon returned to the pavilion.Former India leg-spinner MV Narasimha Rao, who is now director of Hyderabad Cricket Academy, told India Today, “Even yesterday our players did some stretching, catching and knocking exercises and they complained about irritation in their eyes and breathing difficulties. When we saw on TV news in the evening how dangerous the situation is, then we all wore masks. Out of 4 days 2 days have been lost and if it remains like this then it will turn out to be a dead match.”Even the players voiced their concerns at the Karnail Singh stadium. One of them India Today, “The pollution is extreme here in Delhi and it was the same yesterday, we are facing difficulty in breathing so we are wearing masks as we have to play matches in the future and we don’t want to die.”advertisement”We have five more matches and without the mask if we play then we may fall sick and it will not be good for our health,” added another cricketer.Earlier on Saturday, both Manoj Tiwary and Parthiv Patel went out for toss at the Kotla stadium but match referee P Ranganathan along with umpires Virender Sharma and Krishnamachari Bharathan decided against it.While poor light was stated as a reason for play being called off, it’s a rarity that players from both teams complain of burning eyes and breathing problem even when the light had considerably improved for an hour in the afternoon.”The players were complaining that they were having burning sensation in their eyes. It’s bad out there,” Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule was quoted as saying by PTI yesterday.The situation in Delhi is so bad that there is prediction of smog continuing and little cricket being played. Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary yesterday said the players felt that they could not play amid such a dense smog even before the start of the game.”This is the first time something like this happened in my career. You can’t blame anyone. There is so much burning sensation in the eyes. After toss, umpires asked both me and Parthiv and we both decided that we can’t play.””During warm up we felt that it’s not happening. We have to take care of our health also. This is something unheard of. But we are all responsible because when we burst crackers we really think about environmental pollution,” PTI quoted Tiwary as saying.(With inputs from Ankit Yadav)last_img read more

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Sanjay Manjrekar says, ‘I can be critical but never insulting’ on Kieron Pollard

first_imgFormer India cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on Saturday clarified his on-air comments on Kieron Pollard saying he never called the West Indian “brainless”.While it was clear from the footage that Manjrekar never uttered the word “brainless” but Pollard’s twitter dig at the veteran cricketer saw lot of strong reaction on social media.(Kieron Pollard in Twitter outburst against Sanjay Manjrekar)Range?? and not brain?? or brainless?? – Video of @sanjaymanjrekars remarks on-air right here https://t.co/UjWSkFX5xz #IPL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 15, 2017″Said ‘Does he have the range (to bat higher up the order)?’ Using terms like ‘no brains’ or ‘brainless’ not my style. I can be critical but never insulting,” Manjrekar tweeted on Saturday.Said ” Does he have the range? ” Using terms like ‘no brains’ or ‘brainless’ not my style. I can be critical but never insulting.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 15, 2017″I would also encourage all those reacting to the Pollard issue to hear the footage & not just take my word for it,” he added.I would also encourage all those reacting to the Pollard issue to hear the footage & not just take my word for it.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 15, 2017Manjrekar’s comment on Pollard’s batting invited a strong response from the Mumbai Indians allrounder apart from being trolled on social media.Pollard had thought that the Indian called him “brainless” on air. (Muttiah Muralitharan slams Sanjay Manjrekar’s comments on Kieron Pollard)”Do you know how I get big so.. about BRAINLESS.. words are very powerful .. once it leaves u can’t take it back.. sins of parents fall on…advertisement”u feel any positive can come out of your mouth bcuz u get pay to talk u can continue with your verbal diarrhea …” Pollard had posted.The West Indian struck a match-winning 70 to script a sensational turnaround for the Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Marlon Samuels replaces injured Quinton de Kock for Delhi Daredevils

first_imgDelhi Daredevils have signed West Indies all-rounder, Marlon Samuels as a replacement for the injured Quinton de Kock for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.  De Kock, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman, was ruled out of the eight-team IPL after sustaining tendon damage on his right index finger during South Africa’s tour of New Zealand in March.A veteran of 71 Tests, 187 One-Day Internationals and 55 T20Is, Samuels has played for the now defunct Pune Warriors IPL franchise in previous editions.De Kock was ruled out of the eight-team IPL after sustaining tendon damage on his right index finger during South Africa’s tour of New Zealand in March.Samuels, who was not sold in this year’s IPL auction, was part of the West Indies Twenty20 side that won the World Twenty20 last year.The Daredevils, who are struggling at seventh, will travel to the Eden Gardens to face table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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IPL 2017 KKR vs DD Highlights: This is how Gambhir, Uthappa demolished Delhi

first_imgFifties from Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens. (LIVE SCORECARD)Kolkata Innings:19.30 IST: Delhi skipper, Zaheer Khan says that they had the platform but failed to capitalize. Feels that they fell 15 runs short of their target and the dropped catches added to the woes. Informs once again they failed to give the finishing touches to their innings. Jokes about asking the wrong person about the drop catch and says that the timing of those dropped catches were wrong. Opines that they will have to regroup. Adds that the winning momentum is crucial and hopes they have one of those matches where one steps up and takes the game away from the opposition. Informs that he will be able to give the update on his injury tomorrow morning.Not a great game for us.Congratulations @KKRiders on the win.#DDTweets#KKRvDD#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201719.26 IST: Gautam Gambhir made sure he stayed till the end to take his team over the line as he remained unbeaten on a fabulous 71. For Delhi it was another disappointing game. None of the bowlers except for Rabada stepped up to the occasion. Morris, their star performer had an off day with both bat and ball. There fielding was not upto the mark either and that sums up their performance today. A lot to ponder about Zaheer and his men.19.23 IST: Kolkata continue from where they left off in Pune. Gambhir was confident of chasing and he’s done it in style. Chasing a target of 161, Rabada cleaned up the danger-man Sunil Narine early. But much to his dismay, Robin Uthappa came out all guns blazing. He started to attack from the word go and quickly raised to his half century. Gambhir was happy as always to play the second fiddle and together they were accounted for a marvelous 108-run off just 66 balls. It sealed the deal as the equation came down to just 60 from the last 10 overs.advertisementClinical performance at Eden!#Gambhir and #Uthappa played their part perfectly as we continued our prime form in #IPL2017.#AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/E83Bsbnjnt- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.20 IST: Wide! Rabada completes the formality. Bangs it short down the leg side. Gambhir leaves it and a wide is signalled. That will do it for Kolkata. They extend their winning streak as they WIN COMFORTABLY BY 7 WICKETS AND 22 BALLS TO SPARE!Too easy for us in the end!We chase the target of 161 in 16.2 overs. Great job, #Knights! ??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2017 19.19 IST: FOUR! On a length on the pads. It’s too easy for Gambhir as he flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Just 1 run needed now!FOUR! #Gambhir flicks it off his pads and it goes into the gap for a boundary. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/NmCzpSYRFf- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.17 IST: Rabada to continue.19.16 IST: FOUR to end the over. 16 overs gone. KKR 156/3. Just five needed to win now.19.14 IST: FOUR! Fuller length delivery, angling away, driven on the up through wide mid off for a boundary. What a placement this!19.13 IST: FOUR! Beautifully placed! Back of a length outside off, Jackson punches it on the up past a diving Cummins at point for a boundary.19.13 IST: Morris back on for DD.19.10 IST: 15 overs gone and it’s time for the strategic time-out. KKR 140/3 in their chase of 161.TIMEOUT! ??A massive 108-run partnership between #Uthappa and #Gambhir has put us in a driving seat. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/jF8hZnxuuA- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.09 IST: Debutant Sheldon Jackson out in the middle.19.07 IST: OUT! Timber! Fuller length on middle and off. Pandey misses a straighter one as he looks to play it across the line. The ball goes off the pads onto the stumps.  Rabada gets Pandey for 5. KKR 139/3 from 14.5 overs in their chase of 161.WICKET! 139 / 3?Rabada picks up his 2nd wicket of the game, #Pandey misses the full delivery & is bowled. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.05 IST: Rabada back on for DD.19.04 IST: GG now has 6,000 T20 runs and 4,000 of them have come in the IPL. What a player! The captain continues his great form! ???Brings up his 35th @IPL fifty in style. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/tkbw0XPyzc- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.03 IST: FOUR! Friendly half-tracker from Mishra. Pandey says thank you and pulls it hard through the gap between long on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary. 13 off the over. KKR 138/2 from 14 oves in their chase of 161.advertisement19.03 IST: FOUR! Perfectly placed! Served outside off, spinning away, Gambhir waits for it and cuts it through the gap between point and backward point. Bisects Zaheer and Anderson perfectly to get another boundary to his name.Back-to-back boundaries for #Gambhir! He exactly knows where the fielders are! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/07klOXEzd2- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201719.02 IST: FOUR! Delicate! Full on leg, Gambhir kneels down and sweeps it fine down the leg side for a boundary.19.00 IST: Mishra back on.19.00 IST: 13 gone and KKR are 125/2 in their chase of 161.18.59 IST: FOUR! Nicely done! Wide outside off, Gambhir shimmies a touch and slashes it past point for a boundary and fifty for Gambhir.18.57 IST: Manish Pandey out in the middle..@im_manishpandey is next to the crease. This is his 50th game for us in @IPL. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/9AxYSCsY8V- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.56 IST: OUT! Bull’s Eye! Back of a length delivery outside off, Gambhir chops it to point and takes off for a quick single. Nair there, gets to the ball and hurls a direct hit at the striker’s end. Uthappa feels he is well in but still the umpire goes upstairs. And to Uthappa’s surprise, he is well short of his ground. Finally some luck for Delhi. Uthappa out for 59. KKR 117/2 from 12.1 overs in their chase of 161.  18.55 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Back of a length delivery around off. Gambhir stays tall and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Good start to the over.18.55 IST: Anderson back on for DD.18.54 IST: 12 gone. KKR 113/1 in their chase of 161.18.53 IST: Uthappa now has the most number of sixes in this year’s IPl  with 17 sixes.18.52 IST: SIX! Uthappa on fire! Loops it full outside off, Uthappa kneels down and slogs it over long on for a maximum. There’s not stopping him today. Brings up the 100-run partnership. Back to back century stand between the two.18.51 IST: Mishra back on for Delhi.18.50 IST: KKR 104/1 after 11 overs in their chase of 161.18.46 IST: Cummins to continue.18.45 IST: Eight runs off the over. KKR 101/1 after 10 overs in their chase of 161.18.44 IST: FOUR! Pulled away! Short on middle, Gambhir pulls it over mid-wicket from outside off. Another boundary and 100 is up for Kolkata! 18.40 IST: Fifty for Uthappa. Off just 24 balls.#Uthappa is striking at over 200 and leading this run-chase for us!This is his 20th @IPL fifty. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/z4I3xdR9AE- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.40 IST: Anderson back on for Delhi.18.39 IST: Nine overs gone. KKR 93/1 in their chase of 161. 18.38 IST: FOUR! Just over Mishy boy! Cummins after bowling a series of short ball, pitches one up. It’s full in the slot as Uthappa lofts it towards mid off. Mishra leaps high but the ball goes well over the short man to the fence. The runs coming thick and fast for the hosts here.FOUR! #Uthappa lofts the ball over the short mid off fielder & has got us the desired momentum. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/nUpwQRLes1advertisement- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.36 IST: SIX! Robieeeeee, you freaking beaudddyy! He’s making it look so easy! Destructive batting this! Back of a length delivery on middle, sits up at a nice height too. Robin picks up the length early and pulls it with authority to dispatch it over mid-wicket for another maximum.SIX! There’s no stopping #Uthappa out here, another maximum into the crowd with a magnificent pull. ??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/oSxWFkCKwn- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.36 IST: Cummins back on.18.35 IST: What a pair. This is the 15th 50-run partnership in @IPL between these two stylish batsmen. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.34 ist: 19 runs off the over. KKR 80/1 after eight overs in their chase of 161.Deja vu? ??#Uthappa & #Gambhir are putting up a similar show from our previous game against RPS. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.33 IST: SIX! Ahhh… Classical! Good length delivery, angling in on the pads. Robin Uthappa stays put and just wrists it over mid-wicket nonchalantly. Enough meat on that one as the ball sails over the fence for the second maximum off the over.18.32 IST: FOUR! Fuller on the pads, Uthappa flicks it a bit uppishly over mid-wicket. Has not timed it well but had enough legs to cross the fence.18.31 IST: SIX! Flattieeeee! Short and angling in on the body but Uthappa is up for it. He swivels a touch and pulls it handsomely over square leg for a maximum.SIX! #Uthappa made that look too easy, he pulls a short delivery from Morris for a flat six on the leg side. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/FtzExIMG5S- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.30 IST: Morris back on.18.29 IST: FOUR! Not an easy shot to play! Loopy delivery around off, Gambhir makes room and lofts it cleanly over extra cover for a boundary. KKR 61/1 from seven overs in their chase of 161.18.28 IST: FOUR! Deft from Robin! Quicker one and it turns away after landing, Uthappa makes the most of the pace as he runs it down past Morris at first slip for a boundary towards third man.18.26 IST: FOUR! Lovely use of the feet there! Loopy leg break around middle and off, Gautam skips down the track and whips it with the turn over mid-wicket for a boundary. Superb shot!18.26 IST: Amit Mishra into the attack.18.22 IST: End of six overs and it’s time for the strategic time-out. KKR 47/1 in their chase of 161.18.22 IST: FOUR! In the air… safe again! Good length, angling in, Uthappa is early into his clip. The ball just about evades the man at mid on, it was Ankit Bawne. The ball hits the practice pitch and races away to the fence for a boundary. 11 off the over!FOUR! #Uthappa ends the over with a boundary, he chips the ball over the diving mid-on fielder. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/jWmxMcaXWS- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.21 IST: Four Leg Byes! Strays on the pads, Uthappa misses his flick as the ball goes off the pads and runs down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Kolkata won’t mind those.18.20 IST: In the air… safe! Uthappa is having some luck going his way this season. To add to it, whenever he’s gotten one, he’s took full toll of it. Delhi beware! Short of a length delivery on middle, it rises off the deck and Uthappa is hurried into the pull. Gets a top edge and Samson from mid-wicket and Mishra from short fine leg come to take it but none of them say MINE! That ball dies down safely and a single is taken.18.19 IST: Good news for Delhi as their skipper Zaheer is back on the field.18.19 IST: Rabada back on for DD.18.17 IST: End of the fifth over. KKR 36/1 in their chase of 161.18.16 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! On a length and on the pads, Gambhir just helps it on its way past short fine leg for a boundary.18.12 IST: Pat Cummins into the attack.18.11 IST: Good first over from Morris. Four overs gone. KKR 30/1 in their chase of 161.18.09 IST: Chris Morris into the attack.18.07 IST: Three overs gone. KKR 26/1 from three overs in their chase of 161.After 3 overs, we are 26/ 1. #Gambhir & #Uthappa are playing cautiously and will look to get the momentum on our side. #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201718.05 IST: FOUR! Flayed! Anderson hurls it on a length and wide outside off, Gambhir is quick to hit i through point. It blazed away to the fence.18.05 IST: Zaheer Khan is walking off the field as he cramped up after bowling the previous delivery. Corey Anderson to continue the over.18.02 IST: Two overs gone. KK8 18/1, chasing 161. Gambhir 4*, Uthappa 5*18.02 IST: Four Byes! Short of a length delivery, at 146 kph, it rises off the deck as Robin Uthappa ducks under it. It’s so tough to gather has even a leaping Pant couldn’t stop it. Bonus runs for the hosts.18.01 IST: FOUR! Uthappa is away! But can say Shreyas Iyer helped him too. Rabada drifts it on the pads, Uthappa just flicks it sweetly through mid-wicket. Iyer in the deep does well to stop it but at the last moment he fails to gather it as the ball crosses the rope.18.00 IST: Robin Uthappa comes out to bat.17.58 IST: OUT! Castled! Full and straight on the stumps, Sunil Narine is beaten for sheer pace here and Rabada makes him hear the death rattle. Narine, the dangerous Narine is sent back cheaply this time. Delhi get an early breakthrough.17.58 IST: Kagiso Rabada to share the new ball with Zaheer.17.59 IST: FOUR!17.54 IST: Good first over from Zaq. KKR 8/0 after one over. Still need 153 runs to win. Gambhir 3*, Narine 4*17.51 IST: Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine to open for Kolkata while Zaheer Khan has the ball for Delhi. #KKRStatCorner@SunilPNarine74 has scored 125 runs in boundaries (89%) out of 137 runs in #IPL2017. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.48 IST: Gautam Gambhir is just five runs away from regaining the Orange Cap.17.47 IST: The target that is set looks to be an easy one considering the way Kolkata has been chasing so far but mind you, Delhi do have the bowling attack to restrict them. Join us in a bit to see if Kolkata win 2 out of 2 against the men from the capital city this season.Delhi Innings:17.43 IST: However, the 16th over from Nathan Coulter-Nile turned the tides in the hosts’ favour as he picked up two wickets in the same over. Delhi found it difficult to score towards the end as the home side were right on the money. Coulter-Nile was the standout bowler, picking up a 3-fer. Once again their spinners Narine and Kuldeep were magnificent in their respective spells to dry up the runs. The target that is set looks to be an easy one considering the way Kolkata has been chasing so far but mind you, Delhi do have the attack to restrict them. Join us in a bit to see if Kolkata win 2 out of 2 against the men from the capital city this season…17.41 IST: Kolkata will be pretty pleased with their efforts with the ball! They have conceded just 24 runs in the last 4 overs and that should tell you how beautifully they bowled in the death overs. Delhi started off really well with Samson and Nair. Once the latter departed, Shreyas Iyer continued the good work. He along with Samson accounted for a 75-run stand and it seemed like the visitors will make it big.17.38 IST: Coulter-Nile’s 3/34 helps Kolkata restrict Delhi to 160/6 in 20 overs. Samson 60, Iyer 47Kolkata will be pretty pleased with their efforts with the ball! They have conceded just 24 runs in the last 4 overs and that should tell you how beautifully they bowled in the death overs. Delhi started off really well with Samson and Nair. Once the latter departed, Shreyas Iyer continued the good work. He along with Samson accounted for a 75-run stand and it seemed like the visitors will make it big.17.38 IST: Full outside off, driven hard but straight to covers. Just a single to end the innings. DELHI FINISH ON 160/6! 17.36 IST: Coulter-Nile to Morris, WICKET! 3-fer for Coulter-Nile! Full and wide outside off, Morris kneels down and slices it over backward point. Woakes in the deep, runs to the ball and takes a good low catch, diving forward. DD 159/6 in 19.5 ovs WICKET! 159/6Coulter-Nile picks up his 3rd wicket as @chriswoakes takes a brilliant diving catch at third-man. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/fGes4e8rIk- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.32 IST: Coulter-Nile to Bawne, FOUR!17.30 IST: Excellent over from Woakes, just five runs conceded. DD 154/5 in 19 overs17.25 IST: Brilliant stuff from Kolkata pacers this season.#KKRStatCornerOur pacers have picked up 3?7? wickets so far, highest from any team in #IPL2017. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.23 IST: RUN OUT! Anderson makes the full oh his lives! Flatter delivery, spinning away, dabbed in the point region. Morris calls for a single but seeing Gabhir rush to the ball, sends Anderson back. Anderson is halfway down the track and can’t reach back in time as Gambhir makes an underarm throw to his keeper, who knocks off the stumps. The dangerous Anderson departs. DD 146/5 in 17.1 ovsWICKET! 146/5A mix-up in the middle between Morris & Anderson leaves the latter in no man’s land, he’s run-out by a long distance. #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.16 IST: Coulter-Nile to Iyer, OUT! Iyer departs! Another full delivery, angling in at 140 kph. It’s too quick for Iyer as he is late into the shot and gets rapped on the pads. There’s an appeal and umpire Llong obliges immediately. Iyer departs after playing a good handy knock. DD 140/4 in 15.5 ovsWICKET! 1?4?0? / 4?Another one for Coulter-Nile, the reverse swing doing the trick as Iyer misses the flick shot. #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/qyavUcHBxU- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.12 IST: Coulter-Nile to Pant, OUT!! Coulter-Nile strikes! Very full crossed seam delivery, angling into the southpaw, Pant looks to play it across the line but is tad late in bringing his bat down. Gets rapped low on the pads and the players start appealing and is ruled out straightaway. DD 131/3 in 15.1 ovs WICKET! 131/3Coulter-Nile strikes on the first ball after being brought into the attack! Pant misses the ball and is adjudged LBW. #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/wyAlPC0PPm- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.11 IST: Excellent over from Narine, just 8 runs came off it. DD 131/2 in 15 ovs17.06 IST: Umesh to Samson, OUT! Plumb! Fuller length delivery, angling in, Samson gets across to play it across the line but misses it completely. Gets rapped on the pads in front of the wicket and the umpire raises his finger immediately to the appeal. Umesh gets his man. Samson has to depart after playing another fine knock! DD 123/2 in 14 ovsWICKET! 1?2?3? / 2?@y_umesh gets Samson for 60 as he’s trapped LBW right in front of the stumps. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/QsICCRsfcT- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201717.00 IST: de Grondhomme’s first over goes for 15 runs – 4, 1, 1, 6, 2, 1. Delhi 108/1 in 13 overs16.58 IST: de Grondhomme to Iyer, SIX! Stand and deliver! Length delivery, angling in, Iyer goes back and punches it uppishly with the angle. Times it so well that the ball sails over the deep mid-wicket fielder for a maximum.100 comes up for DD with that six from Iyer over deep midwicket. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.55 IST: Kuldeep to Samson, SIX! Tossed up around middle and off, Samson kneels down and slog sweeps it over square leg for a maximum. Gets to his fifty with that. What an innings it has been from him. He is having a great season. DD 93/1 in 12 ovsAnother well played innings and another great 50 for #DilliBoy #SanjuSamson. #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/RveKgKRQFT- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 2017Samson brings up his 50, he’s battled hard out there in the middle. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.52 IST: Robin Uthappa is off the field, Sheldon Jackson is keeping wickets for KKR for now. Excellent over from Umesh, conceded just five runs. DD 83/1 in 11 ovs.16.48 IST: After 10 overs, Delhi are 78/1. Samson 44*, Iyer 13*. Current stand: 30 off 31 balls.16.42 IST: Strategic time-out has been taken. No boundaries scored in the last four overs. DD 71/1 in 9 overs. Samson 42*, Iyer 8*. Last 4 ovs – 23 runs.TIMEOUT! ??DD are 7?1? / 1? after 9 overs.Our bowlers have pulled things back after a strong start from DD. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/fVQr8FJhsf- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2017The spirit of sportsmanship. #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/qzp0KOJijH- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.38 IST: After 8 overs, DD are 6?6? / 1?.6 runs from @imkuldeep18’s over as he keeps the batsmen guessing with variations. #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.34 IST: Umesh returns for his second spell, concedes just 7 runs. DD 60/1 in 7 ovs, run rate – 8.57.@y_umesh keeps it tight and goes for 7 runs. DD are 60/1 after 7 overs. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.29 IST: Delhi have scored 53/1 in the 6 overs of the powerplay. Samson 30*, Iyer 2*50 runs up for DD, @imkuldeep18 is in the attack as #Gambhir opts for spin from both ends. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.24 IST: Narine to Karun, OUT! Gone! Sunil Narine strikes in his very first over! Sunil Narine bowls a flatter delivery around off, Nair gets down to sweep it away but gets beaten and is hit on the pads. They appeal for an LBW and the umpire raises his finger. Replays show the impact was just outside the line and would have gone onto clip the off stump. Kolkata will take that as they have broken the opening stand. DD 48/1 in 5 ovsWICKET! 4?8? / 1?#Narine strikes in his 1st over, Nair is judged LBW as he misses the sweep shot. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/KkomlGTFpk- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.20 IST: Sunil Narine brought into the attack to stem the flow of runs now.4?1? / 0? after 4? overs.This has been an adventurous start from DD. https://t.co/XRBSC4y4Ad #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.16 IST: Woakes to Samson, FOUR! Terrific stuff! Woakes with a cross seam delivery, wide outside off and a tinge of width as well. Samson latches onto it with a cut behind point for another boundary.The Eden Gardens outfield is lightening fast. The ball just races away to the boundary in no time. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201716.16 IST: Woakes to Samson, FOUR! Finds the gap! Good length delivery outside off, Samson lunges a bit and punches it between cover and cover-point. Once it pierced the gap it was always running away for a boundary.16.12 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Deft from Sanju! Short of a length delivery outside off, Samson waits for it till the last moment, opens the bat face and glides it past Yusuf Pathan at first slip for a boundary. Outfield is rollicking quick!A great over for us as we take 14 runs from that one.#DDTweets #KKRvDD Zor se bolo #DilDilliHai!- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.12 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Superbly done! On a good length and moves away a touch, Karun Nair leans into it and unfurls a punchy drive through cover-point for back-to-back boundaries.16.11 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Easily done! Too straight from Coulter-Nile again and Nair just helps it off his pads behind square on the leg side for a boundary.16.10 IST: Umesh to Samson, SIX! Sweet! Back of a length delivery on middle, Samson is quick to pounce on it as he swivels on the back foot and pulls it over deep backward square leg for a biggie. DD 17/0 in 2 ovsHuge one from #SmashingSamson which goes for a six. #DD 17/0 after 2 overs. #DDTweets #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.05 IST: Coulter-Nile to Karun, FOUR! Nathan Coulter-Nile errs in line on the last ball of the over. Strays on the hips, Nair clips it past Sunil Narine at short fine leg. Deep square leg fielder comes to his right but the ball wins the race. Delhi 5/0 in 1 over Last ball of the over and that’s runs away for a four. Good shot #KarunNair, #DD 5/0. #DDTweets #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201716.00 IST: Karun Nair and Sanju Samson walk on to the field. Coulter-Nile will start the attack for the Knight Riders.15.56 IST: Sheldon Jackson will be making his IPL debut in this match.Here are @ShelJackson27’s T20 career stats for you as he makes his @IPL debut. Wish you all the best! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/bslOJnwTMr- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201715.35 IST: For DD – Ankit Bawne comes in place of Aditya TareIt’s game day and here’s a look at our playing XI for the match. #KKRvDD #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/orusT3n0Ag- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 28, 201715.33 IST: For KKR – Coulter-Nile comes back in place of Darren Bravo, debutant Sheldon Jackson replaces Piyush Chawla.Piyush Chawla and Darren Bravo make way for @ShelJackson27 and Nathan Coulter-Nile. All the best, #Knights! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #KKRvDD pic.twitter.com/sE5hFDvmjj- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 201715.31 IST: TOSS! Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl against Delhi Daredevils at Eden GardensGautam Gambhir says that they will bowl first. Feels it’s a good wicket and might get a bit better under the lights. Adds they have played only one afternoon game and it’s better to chase when you play those. Further says they need to be on the top as Delhi are a dangerous side because of some quality bowlers.Zaheer Khan says that we were looking to bat first as Kolkata is a chasing team. Adds that with both teams getting what they wish for sets up to be a good battle. Informs that they need some results in their belt. Hopes to create some winning momentum in the coming matches.Brief Preview: The fortunes of these two teams could not be any more different, Kolkata Knight Riders are sitting on top of the points table with six wins out of eight games. Delhi Daredevils, despite early promise and vigour, are languishing right at the bottom, having scrapped to only two wins in six matches.They will now meet at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata’s fortress. It has rarely been breached and popular consensus would have you believe that Delhi would find it difficult here as well.But there could be some luck for DD, who are stacked with world-class pacers in Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Zaheer Khan. In the last game played at the Eden, KKR’s pacers dismantled RCB for 49, the lowest score in IPL history. There is always a little something here for the faster men and DD would want to exploit the conditions, especially if there is some cloud cover, as is expected.KKR’s batsmen have been in superb form. Skipper Gautam Gambhir has 305 runs including three half-centuries. Robin Uthappa has been among the runs as well with 272 under his belt so far. His 47-ball 87 against Rising Pune Supergiant would have sent shives down every opposition camp – such was the ferocity of that knock.To top it all up, the move to push Sunil Narine up the order to open has worked wonders. The bowling has looked sharp, thanks in no small measure to their pacers up front. The spinners have delivered more often than not and that has resulted in a comfortable position for them, half-way into the tournament.The Daredevils on the other hand, have plenty of flaws to iron out. Sanju Samson’s hundred and Delhi’s subsequent drubbing of RPS in the first week of the IPL seems like in the distant past now. But Delhi have the wherewithals to come back strongly and challenge the mighty Knight Riders in their own backyard.Apart from the famed pace line-up, DD have the services of Sam Billings, Karun Nair and the young and upcoming Rishabh Pant in the batting line-up.This could be an explosive clash – KKR know they would inch ever closer to a last-four spot with another win today while DD have to win to stay in contention for the playoffs.last_img read more

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US Open to try serve, clothing, warmup clocks in qualifying

first_imgNew York, Jul 7 (PTI) The U.S. Open will experiment during its qualifying rounds this year with scoreboard clocks to limit how much time elapses between points and how long pre-match warmups or mid-match clothing changes can last. Also set to be tried out at Flushing Meadows in Augusts qualifying matches: letting coaches communicate with their players from the stands between points. Depending on how the test runs go, those changes could wind up being used during the U.S. Opens main draw in 2018, according to Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Tennis Associations chief executive for professional tennis. “Were all interested in being relevant to … fans,” Allaster said in a telephone interview Thursday. “Sports have to change.” During a meeting at the French Open, she said, the Grand Slam Board “supported trying out these initiatives” during qualifying, junior and college invitational matches in New York this year. The International Tennis Federation rules committee granted a waiver for the trials. “Well gather all of the results and the data and then make a determination with how we go forward for 2018,” Allaster said. “The goal is to deliver our product to the fans when they tune in and to improve the flow of the competition while the fans are watching.” The USTAs plans to try time clocks and in-match coaching were first reported Thursday on the website of the British newspaper The Telegraph. The serve clock — similar to a shot clock in basketball — would allow for 25 seconds between points, Allaster said. Thats how much time players are now given on the ATP Tour, with 20 seconds the limit at Grand Slam tournaments, but those restrictions are based on each chair umpires determination, because there arent actually clocks visible to players or spectators on court. The USTA took a step in this direction last year by using a 20-second serve clock on scoreboards for the U.S. Opens junior and college invitational tournaments. Before the start of play, the clocks in New York in 2017 will dole out an 8-minute limit split up this way: 2 minutes from when players step on court until the coin toss; 5 minutes for the warmup; 1 minute until the opening point. There isnt anything that strict governing that period now, so fans watching on TV or a mobile device can be left wondering when, exactly, a match will begin. “We know when we turn on the television at 4 oclock on a Sunday afternoon that there will be a kickoff for an NFL game,” she said. “ESPN has asked us to have consistency with when first ball is going to be” for tennis. For breaks to return to the locker room for a change of clothing during a match, the present rule simply allows “reasonable time,” so Allaster said the intention is to pick a specific number. For U.S. Open qualifying, she said, “its probably going to be 5 to 7 or 8 minutes,” with some flexibility based on how far a particular court is from a locker room. Coaching has long been barred during matches at Grand Slam tournaments (the WTA does let coaches go to the sideline to speak to players during breaks in the action at tour events), but Allaster noted that its often clear that communication goes on, anyway. The idea is to bring it out into the open. From their seats in the stands, coaches will be allowed to speak or motion to their players when theyre on the same end of the court — so long as they dont “interrupt the pace of play,” she said. “We know it already happens today, through signals and so forth,” she said. “We know its part of the game and we wanted to test it.” AP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2017 Round 2: South Arican Devin Robertson registers maiden win in race 1

first_imgCompetitive racing for Round 2 of the Volkswagen Motorsport India’s one-make series – Ameo Cup 2017 started on Saturday at the Madras Motor Race Track near Chennai. Favourite for the race, guest driver Devin from South Africa, got off to a fabulous start and drove flawlessly to take the win. Having dominated the free practise and the qualifying sessions, Devin Robertson won the race with over 10 seconds lead finishing with a best lap of 1:54.238.Behind Devin is where the action was expected to be for the second position between Karminder and Sandeep. Karminder had a great launch and came side by side to Sandeep going into the first corner. Sandeep made a small mistake during the launch which cost him a fraction of a second – an opportunity that Karminder capitalised on. Diving into the first corner, it was Karminder on the outside and slightly ahead of Sandeep. This helped the former close the door on Sandeep, thus getting ahead of him. From there on, it was no looking back for Karminder and he crossed the finish line in second position.  Behind Devin is where the action was expected to be for the second position between Karminder and Sandeep.While trying to get back into the second position, Sandeep pushed too hard ending up making a couple of mistakes. By then Donavan Vaz, who had gained couple of positions earlier in the race, was right on Sandeep’s tail attempting to get past. From there on Sandeep drove a defensive line maintaining his position till the finish line and not letting Donovan get ahead.advertisementDevin being a guest driver, Karminder bagged maximum points in the race today, thus taking the lead in the Ameo Cup 2017 season. Sandeep stands behind him in the fight for the Ameo Cup title as the season progresses for the fourth race of the season tomorrow. The top eight finishers of today’s race will start in a reverse grid order promising an exciting end to the second round of the 2017 season.Favourite for the race, guest driver Devin from South Africa, got off to a fabulous start and drove flawlessly to take the win.Guest driver Devin Robertson from South Africa talking about his experience said, “The Ameo Cup Car is great to drive. It is very different from the Polo that I drive in South Africa. The Free Practice sessions helped me in getting accustomed to the race track which helped me going in to the race. The track is a bit bumpy and I had to adjust to its characteristics. The motor sporting culture in India is fabulous and there is a sense of camaraderie in the pits despite the competitive attitude on the race track.”Sirish Vissa, Head, Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “Volkswagen Motorsport’s exchange programme gives the racers in India the benchmark against the competition internationally. Our drivers are getting a lot to learn from him.”He further added, “The temperatures are quite high this weekend, despite which we have seen consistent performance from our cars and tyres. I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s race now.”ALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo Cup: Karminder Pal Singh, Sandeep Kumar dominate Round 1ALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo Cup Car: Here’s what you need to knowALSO READ:Twenty aspiring racers finalised for Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2017last_img read more

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Falcons TTC beat Shaze Challengers, win inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis

first_imgFalcons TTC emerged champions of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) after beating Shaze Challengers 14-9 in the final at the NSCI in Mumbai on Sunday.In the first match of the day, world No. 42 Li Ping put Shaze Challengers ahead with a 2-1 victory over Mumbai boy Sanil Shetty in the men’s singles.All the games of the match were very closely fought and though Li Ping edged out Shetty in the first two games, the second one being in the golden point, Shetty scooped one important point for his team winning the third game.Falcons TTC bounced right back in the second match of the tie after in-form Wu Yang brushed aside Mouma Das 3-0 in the women’s singles to put the Falcons ahead 4-2.The match of the tie was mixed doubles and Falcons’ pair of Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching trumped Soumyajit Ghosh and Petrissa Solja 3-0 to extend their team’s lead to a massive 7-2.Highlights: @ShettySanil & Lee Ho Ching were just too strong for @TTChallengers, as they won the Match 3-0! #UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/E85qKwWF91- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017The last time these two teams met in the league stage, Shaze Challengers had beaten Falcons TTC in the mixed doubles but this time around, the tables turned drastically.Shaze Challengers team captain Andrej Gacina then stepped the Challengers up by beating the pumped up Liam Pitchford 2-1 in the men’s singles to reduce Falcons’ lead and put the tie score at 8-4.advertisementNext up was the marquee clash between two top choppers, Wu Yang (Falcons TTC) and Hang Ying (Shaze Challengers). In their previous meet, world No. 9 Han Ying had toppled Wu Yang 3-0 with three golden points.In the final though, Wu yang completely turned the table and beat the undefeated Han Ying 3-0 in the women’s singles to help Falcons race ahead with the tie score being 11-4.?????Highlights: Wu Yang defeated the undefeated, as she beat Han Ying 3-0!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/MlWYYWCWCC- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017Liam Pitchford came back for a match against Soumyajit Ghosh and rallied from a game down to beat the Indian Olympian 2-1 in the men’s singles and Falcons were now one step away from victory at 13-5.Highlights: @liampitchford helped extend @falconsttc’s lead by winning the Match 2-1!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/14z0YpJ7VF- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017However, Han Ying came back to brush aside Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 to make the wait longer for Falcons TTC.It boiled down Falcons’ captain Par Gerell who lost the first game to Li Ping but sneaked the second to seal the title 14-9 for his team. There you have it! The moment we crowned the first CEAT UTT champions!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/lleoeFrU6w- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017AWARDS:MVP Male: Liam PitchfordMVP Female: Wu YangUltimate One: Wu Yang (456 Points)FINAL RESULTS:Shaze Challengers 9-14 Falcons TTC.MS – Li Ping beat Sanil Shetty 2-1 (11-9, 11-10, 7-11)WS – Mouma Das lost to Wu Yang 3-0 (6-11, 2-11, 3-11)MD – Soumyajit Ghosh/Petrissa Solja lost to Sanil Shetty/Lee Ho Ching 0-3 (9-11, 3-11, 8-11)MS – Andrej Gacina beat Liam Pitchford 2-1 (11-3, 10-11, 11-7)WS – Han Ying lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (10-11, 4-11, 8-11)MS – Soumyajit Ghosh lost to Liam Pitchford 1-2 (11-5, 10-11, 7-11)WS – Han Ying beat Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7)MS – Li Ping – Par Gerell 1-1 (11-8, 9-11)last_img read more

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Cong wins Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll

first_imgGurdaspur, Oct 15 (PTI) Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar today won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by defeating his nearest rival, BJP nominee Swaran Salaria with a margin of 1,93,219 votes.Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes while Salaria polled 3,06,533, poll official said.Aam Aadmi Party nominee Major General (Retd) Suresh Khajuria was at the third sport with 23,579 votes.The seat had fallen vacant after the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year.The Congress won this seat after the 2009 Lok Sabha poll when Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa had won this seat by defeating BJP candidate Vinod Khanna.Khanna was four-time MP from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. The actor had won this seat in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2014.An elated Jakhar thanked voters for the resounding victory in the bypoll.”With this victory, people have reaffirmed faith in the leadership of Amarinder Singh,” said Jakhar.”This is a victory for the Congress and Capt Amarinder Singh,” he said.Congratulating Jakhar, the Punjab chief minister said it is a victory for the development agenda.”Congratulations to @sunilkjakhar ji for his impressive win in #Gurdaspur bypoll, its a victory for @INCPunjab policies & development agenda,” Amarinder tweeted.After the trends suggesting massive lead for Congress, party workers assembled at the party office in Chandigarh and started distributing sweets and danced.Talking to reporters, state cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “We have sent a beautiful Diwali gift packed with red ribbon to our would-be President Rahul Gandhi because it sets the tone…It will be a shot in the arm for the Congress.”advertisement”This (victory) is a big slap on the face of jija -saala (SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia). Today BJP will realise that Akali Dal in Punjab has become a burden. Time and again people have reprimanded them. It will be demoralising and send them (SAD-BJP) packing,” said Sidhu.Both the BJP and the AAP accused the Congress of misusing official machinery to win the bypoll.Punjab BJP Secretary Vineet Joshi alleged that the Congress misused the official machinery in the bypollAAP candidate Maj. Gen. (Retd) Suresh Khajuria also accused the Congress of using “undemocratic means” in the bypoll.”Ruling party used undemocratic means in these elections. People were scared and youth was almost absent in the bypoll. If they (Congress) win then that victory will not be a respectable one,” Khajuria alleged.PTI CHS SUN VSD DVlast_img read more

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Spike in cases of respiratory problems in Delhi hospitals

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) As air pollution reached alarming levels in the national capital, major city hospitals witnessed a surge in the number of patients complaining of respiratory problems with doctors saying some may develop life-threatening conditions.While people were seen wearing masks to protect themselves outdoors, there was a spurt in fresh cases in hospitals and conditions of patients with history of asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and cardio- vascular diseases deteriorated.”Patients have started coming to the OPDs with complaints of breathlessness, coughing, sneezing, tightness in chest, allergy and asthma complications. There is about 20 per cent rise in patients seeking treatment due to respiratory and cardiac issues,” said AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, who is a also a renowned pulmonologist.He, however, said that N95 masks and air purifiers, whose sale has increased in the last few days, may not provide full-time protection and stressed on implementation of long- term measures to tackle the crisis.He also compared the situation in the national capital with the Great Smog of 1952 in London–a severe air pollution event which led to death of over 4,000 people–and said pollution is at such a severe level that patients with respiratory and cardiac problems may develop life-threatening conditions.”This is a silent killer,” he said. The centre-run Safdarjung hospital also witnessed an increase in such patients in its OPDs and casualties over the past two days, professor and head of pulmonary medicine at the hospital J C Suri said.He said the immediate effects are cough, throat infections and pneumonia, but in the long term the results could be disastrous as one could also develop lung cancer.advertisement”Elderly and children are more likely to develop infections and allergies due to smog and pollution. So they should avoid going out during the early morning and at dusk hours when the toxic level is at its peak,” Suri said.”Also, when pollution levels rise, the condition of those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthama or heart disease worsens,” he said.According to Vivek Nangia, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, there has been a 25 per cent increase in OPD footfall in the past 24 hours of patients with various kinds of respiratory stress.”These comprise not only first time walk-in patients but also repeat patients. The situation is grim with the disease being more protracted due to the severely poor air quality.”This is leading to longer recovery times, more dependence on steroids, antibiotics and inhalers. The situation will continue till the pollution levels are brought under control,” Nangia said.Rajesh Chawla, Senior Consultant (Critical care, pulmonary and sleep disorders) at Indraprastha Apollo hospitals suggested that people avoid indulging in outdoor physical activity and wear good quality masks and keep their eyes, nose and mouth covered.Delhis air quality was at the seasons worst yesterday as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture which turned the city into a “gas chamber” leaving people gasping and prompting authorities to announce closure of primary schools and a four-fold hike in parking fees among a series of sweeping measures.As a thick blanket of haze hung low over the city, visibility levels plunged, affecting flight and train operations. It permeated living rooms and even the underground metro stations in the city making it difficult to breathe, turning eyes watery and producing burning sensation.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children. PTI PLB AARlast_img read more

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Meghan Markle invited to Christmas with Queen

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Dec 13 (PTI)�In a break from royal tradition, Prince Harrys fiancee Meghan Markle has been invited to spend Christmas with the royal family which will be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at her Sandringham estate, an official said today.Kensington Palace confirmed that the American actress, officially confirmed as a new princess-to-be when Harry announced his engagement to her last month, has been invited for the royal festivities which take place in Norfolk, East Anglia region of England, every year.The 36-year-old Suits star will become the first unmarried partner of a royal to attend the traditional celebrations alongside Harry, the 91-year-old Queens grandson and fifth in line to the British throne.Harry, 32, will accompany his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton alongside Markle to Sandringham.”You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said.Royal partners have until now had to wait until they were officially married before being invited to spend Christmas with the Queen and the rest of the family at Sandringham.Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was not invited to join Prince William in 2010 despite announcing their engagement a month before.England rugby legend Mike Tindall was also not invited during his engagement to Princess Annes daughter and the Queens grand daughter Zara Phillips, in 2010.According to UK media reports, a pre-wedding Christmas invitation signals how fully Markle has been welcomed into the royal family after her 16-month romance with Prince Harry.advertisementThey are expected to join the Queen from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, before holidaying abroad for the New Year.They are also planning to join�Markles mother Doria Ragland in California for part of the time.It is thought the couple may stay with William and Kate and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at their family home of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate.The royal family traditionally gathers on Christmas Eve for tea with the Queen, before the younger members are encouraged to put the finishing touches to the Christmas tree in the white drawing room.Later, the Queens guests exchange gifts before a formal black-tie dinner.On Christmas morning, after a full English breakfast, the royal family attend St Mary Magdalene Church on the estate and greet well-wishers before returning to Sandringham House for Christmas lunch.Guests then gather to watch the Queens Christmas broadcast to the rest of the country at 3 pm (local time), which this year is expected to see her offer congratulations to Harry and his future bride.On Boxing Day, guests traditionally take part in a pheasant shoot on the 20,000-acre estate. Markle, who is thought to be opposed to blood sports, is unlikely to join in.Prince Harry and Markles engagement was announced on November 27, when it was revealed that the royal had proposed to his girlfriend earlier in the month.The couple are due to get married at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle in May next year.Harrys father Prince Charles married his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles at the same chapel. PTI AK MRJ AKJ MRJlast_img read more

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Can Ajay Jayaram overcome constant injuries? ‘It is a mental challenge’

first_imgIt has been a tough year for Ajay Jayaram battling recurring injuries and seeing his compatriots make their name on the world stage from the sidelines.Earlier this year, Jayaram reached his career-high ranking of world No.13 but soon after his rise and growth was hampered by a knee injury.Jayaram played in the World Championships with the injury trouble and ended up aggravating it. It has been a story of a series of injuries ever since.”I think it’s (injury) probably the biggest battle an athlete faces. I have been through a shoulder surgery before and, yes it’s been hard. This year has been exceptionally tough because it hasn’t been a black and white injury where I could decisively tell that I would be back in so much time. It was pretty hard to decide whether to play or not and it kept recurring as well, and that’s a real mental challenge,” Jayaram said in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in.Jayaram will be playing for a new team, North Eastern Warriors, this season in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), which is scheduled to start from December 23.Welcome to #NEWarriors. #PBLAuction @PBLIndiaLive pic.twitter.com/4zbAXYl1UP- NE Warriors (@NEShuttlers) October 9, 2017Jayaram was one of the best performers in the previous edition of the tournament and he is looking forward to putting up good performances once more to get himself back on track.”Somehow I’ve done well in PBL for the past 2-3 years. It’s fun to play with so much of people supporting you and coming to watch and I’ve enjoyed that entire thing. It kind of set me up for a good year (PBL 2) but sadly, I had to step down. I probably reached my career best and then faced the injury, so yeah. PBL is different from the regular circuit to some extent, I would say. I think if I manage to do well this season again, I can take a lot going forward,” Jayaram shared.advertisementWhile badminton is essentially an individual sport, PBL’s format enables these individuals to come together as a team and perform in a unit. In PBL, two teams take on each other in different categories like men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles and the points won in each category translate to a total score.Jayaram feels that though badminton remains an individual sport even in PBL, the team factor adds a zing to the whole competition and with teams cheering and backing you, it brings a different kind of inspiration and motivation.”It’s tricky because I would say that it’s still an individual sport. At the end of the day, you’re on court alone. But yeah, certain elements come with leagues like this where there’s a certain inspiration and motivating factor that really originates from the team bonding. There are elements but yeah it’s not entirely a team sport like football, where you need to gel with your teammates but still, I’d say it has elements of both.”There’s definitely an element of team motivation that factors in and I think, it’s very important even when you’re off-court and cheering for the teammates, you need to feel the vibe and energy. I think it really translates onto the court and to the person playing,” Jayaram told.Jayaram has reached the finals of the PBL consecutively in the past two years with two different teams (Delhi Dashers and Mumbai Rockets) and will look to make it a hat-trick of finals, leading his new team to the last stage of the tournament and make their debut season a memorable one.”I feel I have been lucky to reach the finals twice in a row with two great teams but I don’t take it as an added pressure on my performance. As always, I will try to perform to the best of my abilities and look to get the desired result for the team.”At the age of 30, Jayaram has now accepted the injuries that incessantly trouble him and instead focusses all his energy into the recovery.”I think, at the end of the day it’s about accepting certain things and that your body probably has taken a toll over the years. I have been focussing a lot more on recovering in the last couple of months, with physio treatments and making sure that I am completely prepared before every session and even after the session, recovering in all possible forms.”So, yes, it’s all about doing the best you can with whatever you have. You can’t keep cribbing about how it would’ve been had I not been injured and all, it’s part of an athlete’s journey and it’s all about dealing with it,” Jayaram noted.advertisementHe conceded that his training sessions differed as he was recovering and he attempted to manage his body well. He shared that going for shots was a struggle when he began his recovery due to mental block but it eased off with time.”The intensity and duration of the training sessions have reduced a bit. I normally train for 5-6 hours in 3 sessions and now I have reduced it to two, limiting myself to one on court session and one in the gym and running. I’ve tried to manage the best I can.”Generally, in the initial part of the injury, yes, one kind of faces a certain kind of mental block. But I think it’s all about getting through it, when you practice enough and once you’re confident on court in practice, it kindly wears off. It’s just a matter of time when that thing is overcome,” Jayaram concluded.last_img read more

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Male coach wears hijab to be at kabaddi venue. Because Iran

first_imgThe male coach of the Thailand women’s team wore a hijab to enter the playing arena with his team for the Asian Kabaddi Championship.The Asian Kabaddi Championship held in Gorgan, Iran ended two days ago with India lifting the title beating Pakistan in the final. However, the tournament in Iran did not finish without some drama. The Thai coach wore a hijab to pretend to be a woman so he could be present during his team’s matches. In photographs that made their way to social media, the Thailand coach can be seen wearing a hijab or a handkerchief covering his head.In Iran, men are not allowed to enter sports venues when women athletes are in action.In other news from #Iran: The coach for Thailand Womens Team had to wear (a sorta) Hijab, apparently to pretend he is a woman, in order to be allowed into the the arena & lead his team during the Asian Kabaddi Championship tournament in Gorgan. pic.twitter.com/oZTHqQDJ2y- Hadi Nili (@HadiNili) November 29, 2017This is not the first time the hijab rule in Iran has troubled sports and sportspersons.Last year, top India hooter Heena Sidhu had pulled out of Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran due to their compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.In an interview to India Today, Heena had said she was against “a woman made to do certain things while men are not.””I am against women made to do a certain thing while men are not. It’s more of a man-woman thing. It should be avoided in sport. You are afterall inviting sportspersons to compete in your land,” Heena had said.advertisementHeena felt that world sports bodies may take a stronger stand if more athletes protest.”Maybe something might come up. It could happen if athletes object. But that’s not why I decided. It’s their law and it’s a sovereign nation. If we are not happy we should not go. As a foreigner if you are not comfortable you should not go. It’s about taking a stand on something you don’t belive in,” Heena had shared.One year down the line, much hasn’t changed as is evident by what the Thailand coach had to do just to be with his team.last_img read more

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Blueshirts Blast Panthers, 5-2

first_imgSUNRISE, FL — The New York Rangers finished a strong December in strong fashion.Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist each, and the Rangers got back to their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.Derick Brassard, Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore also scored for New York, and Derek Stepan had three assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves.The Rangers won their first game after having an eight-game winning streak snapped at Dallas on Monday. It was the longest run in 40 years for New York (20-11-4), which went 9-3 in December.“We knew they played (Montreal) last night, and we just wanted to play fast and push the pace. I think that’s what we did,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.Tomas Fleischmann and Jimmy Hayes scored for Florida.New York dominated play from the outset. The Panthers were outshot 24-12 through the first two periods and 34-21 overall.“It took us maybe six or seven minutes to get going in the first period, but I thought once we got going our north-south game was quick and our passing was good and we did what we had to do to win the game,” Vigneault said.The Rangers are 16-0-1 when they allow two goals or fewer.“We didn’t spend a lot of time in our end and, without a doubt, it was a good team effort,” Vigneault said.Florida (16-10-9) tied its franchise record with 17 points in December. The Panthers, who lost to Montreal 2-1 in a shootout on Tuesday, went 2-1-1 on their traditional holiday homestand.Panthers coach Gerard Gallant was impressed by the Rangers in his team’s first game against New York.“They dominated most of the night,” Gallant said. “I thought we had seven or eight good minutes in the third, but most of the night the Rangers were all over us. We were totally dominated.“That’s the best team I’ve seen so far this year. They really took control of the game.”Al Montoya made big stops in the first period on Kreider on a breakaway, J.T. Miller on a rebound and Mats Zuccarello on a slap shot with traffic in front before Kreider scored his sixth goal at 16:42.The Rangers struck quickly in the second when Brassard put in a rebound off a shot by McDonagh from the left circle at 1:29. It was Brassard’s ninth goal and first since he netted a pair against Philadelphia on Nov. 29.“(The Panthers) keep games tight,” Brassard said. “They get those extra points and they stay in a lot of games. We knew going in that it was going to be a game from start to finish.“We were lucky there to get a couple more (goals) and keep the lead.”McDonagh made it 3-0 by keeping in a clearing attempt with his foot. He then zipped a slap shot past Montoya at 14:48 for a power-play tally — his third goal this season.“He was awesome,” defenseman Marc Staal said of McDonagh. “He made some great plays during the rush. He was using his legs. He had a great game.”Fleischmann took a long stretch pass from Jonathan Huberdeau and beat Lundqvist on the stick side with 3:22 left in the second for his fourth goal to make it 3-1.Hayes brought the Panthers within a goal at 7:39, scoring his 11th.“It was a good momentum swing for us to get right back in it,” Hayes said. “You score one, then you’ve got to go right back in and put the press on,“We need to play more of a north-south game and be on top of their defense.”St. Louis’ 12th goal came at 9:51 and increased New York’s lead to 4-2.Moore scored after St. Louis was stopped by Montoya on a breakaway. Moore put back the shot at 15:35 for his second goal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Rising Stars Beat US, 121-112

first_imgNEW YORK — Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the World team beat the U.S. 121-112 on Feb. 13 in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend.Wiggins, the No. 1 pick from Canada who plays for Minnesota, was chosen as the game’s MVP.Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic of Croatia, playing on his home court, and Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic from Montenegro each added 16 points for the World.Orlando’s Victor Oladipo and Zach LaVine of Minnesota each scored 22 points for the U.S. team in the game between rookies and second-year players.It was another new format for the opening game of All-Star weekend, which originated as a contest between teams of rookies, later turned into rookies against second-year players, and this year changed to the world against U.S. players.It looked like all the other versions, with lots of 1-on-1 play and little defense beyond Gobert, the French center who impressively stuffed Nets center Mason Plumlee late in the game with the World protecting a narrow lead.Some of the dunks were impressive — all four contestants in the slam dunk contest were in the game — but the play was spotty. Oladipo shot 8-for-21 and the teams combined for 51 turnovers.Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng of Senegal finished with 14 points and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the World. He’s in the dunk contest along with LaVine, Oladipo and Plumlee.Utah’s Trey Burke scored 17 points for the U.S. and Plumlee had 13 points and nine rebounds.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Panathinaikos Beats Kalloni, 4-0

first_imgATHENS — Panathinaikos easily defeated visiting Kalloni 4-0 in the Greek league for its second straight win to open the season.Nikos Karelis opened the scoring in the eighth minute from a cross by Zeca, and Marcus Berg made it 2-0 in the 31st when he pounced on a back pass to the goalkeeper.Stathis Tavlaridis added the in the 57th when Kalloni’s defense failed to clear a corner and Mladen Petric closed the scoring in the 80th, tapping in a cross from Nikos Kaltsas.Also, Giannena beat PAOK 3-1, Panetolikos won 2-0 at Asteras and Panionios beat host Iraklis 1-0. Platanias hosted Atromitos on Aug. 31.Panathinaikos is tied with defending champion Olympiacos with six points after two rounds. Olympiacos won 2-0 at Levadiakos on Aug. 29.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Bosox Sign Price for $217M

first_imgBOSTON — The Boston Red Sox and AL Cy Young runner-up David Price have agreed to terms on a seven-year free-agent deal worth $217 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal — the largest ever for a pitcher — is pending a physical. It is expected to be announced on Dec. 4, the person told the AP.A left-hander who was the AL’s top pitcher in 2012 and the runner-up twice in seven full major league seasons, Price has a 3.09 ERA with 1,372 strikeouts and 104 wins. He went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA in 2015, striking out 225.Choosing the Red Sox reunites Price with President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, who until this August was the Detroit Tigers’ General Manager. Dombrowski has had a hand in all three of Price’s moves the past two years.After spending his entire career in Tampa Bay, Price was acquired by Detroit at the 2014 trade deadline. A year later, the Tigers traded him to the Blue Jays at the July 31 non-waiver deadline and Price helped Toronto reach the playoffs for the first time since 1993.Now he will try to help turn around a team that has finished last in the AL East in three of the last four seasons. (The Red Sox won the World Series in 2013.) On its way to a 78-84, last-place finish in 2015, Boston brought in Dombrowski and he quickly went to work rebuilding the once-proud ballclub.Dombrowski traded a package of prospects to San Diego for closer Craig Kimbrel last month. And this week he got someone Kimbrel can save games for.Price bolsters a rotation that has lacked an ace since the Red Sox balked at the asking price for Jon Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Twelve different pitchers started at least one game for the Red Sox in 2015.Price joins a rotation that, barring injuries and trades, is expected to include Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz. Joe Kelly, Steven Wright and Henry Owens could bolster the bullpen, fill in as starters or serve as trade bait.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Manning, Broncos to Super Bowl

first_imgDENVER  — No, you’re not seeing things.That really was Peyton Manning lumbering his way down the field for a 12-yard gain and a first down Sunday. And thanks to his defense, that will be Manning — the 39-year-old quarterback who was supposed to be on his way to a retirement party — and not Tom Brady playing in the Super Bowl two weeks from now.Ol’ No. 18 engineered a 20-18 victory over the Patriots — not settled until Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby picked off Brady’s pass on a 2-point attempt that would have tied it with 12 seconds left.The Patriots had to go for 2 after Brady hit Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone because Stephen Gostkowski missed his first extra point in 524 tries in the first quarter.Aqib Talib stepped in front of Brady’s pass and deflected it skyward.Roby, who forced the game-changing fumble in last week’s victory over Pittsburgh, made the pick. The Broncos (14-4) recovered the onside kick and the celebration began. Manning is now 6-11 in his vaunted series against Brady, but 3-1 when it has counted the most — with the AFC title on the line.“Well, it’s been a special rivalry over the course of my career against the Patriots, the entire organization,” Manning said. “To play four times in the AFC championship with so much on the line, those games have been very special.”Manning surpassed his boss, John Elway, as the oldest quarterback to take his team to the Super Bowl. The Broncos will play Arizona or Carolina, who met later in the NFC title game.Whether it’s been Manning lining up under center, or Brock Osweiler, who took snaps while Manning was injured for six weeks toward the end of the season, the Broncos have depended on a defense that gave up the fewest yards this season and came up with game-saving plays time and again.Von Miller finished with 2½ sacks and an interception. The Broncos harassed Brady all day. He finished 27 for 56 for 310 yards. After being shut out twice inside the Denver 20 late in the fourth quarter, Brady lobbed a 40-yard pass to a double-covered Gronkowski to keep a desperation drive going on fourth-and-10.Then, on fourth-and-goal from the 4 with 12 seconds left, Brady found Gronkowski — again double-covered — in the back corner of the end zone. The tight end stepped in front of Chris Harris Jr. for the catch, and the game came down to one play.The Broncos defense made it once again, and the franchise is now headed to its eighth Super Bowl. This marks No. 4 for Manning, who could become the first quarterback to lead two different franchises to titles.“The one thing we’ve done all year long is we just grind as a football team,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “Our fans are great to play for. Defensively, we played our tails off all year long and we found a way to win another tough one.”Was it vintage Manning? Not quite.Vintage Manning has never been known for taking off when the field is clear, the way he did with 9:49 left in the third quarter and nothing but air between him and the first-down marker on the Patriots sideline.The 17-for-32 performance certainly won’t go in his top half, nor will Owen Daniels go down as one of his top 50 all-time favorite receivers. But 17 completions was enough, and it was Daniels, the tight end who has played his whole career somewhere with Kubiak, who caught both of Manning’s touchdown passes.Faced with the new title of “Game Manager,” Manning made the best playoff scramble by a Broncos quarterback since Elway helicoptered his way to a first down in the Super Bowl 18 years back to help the Broncos finally break through.More fresh in the minds of Broncos fans was Manning’s decision to pull up and throw in the playoff game against the Colts last season when he had as much or more open space in front of him as he did Sunday.Some thought his career might be over after that one.Nope. Not after this one, either. There’s at least one more game in his future — Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California.EDDIE PELLS, AP National WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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