New Delhi: The BCCI on Tuesday announced cash awards of Rs 20 lakh each for the senior selection committee members following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia. Virat Kohli led India to a historic 2-1 win in the four-Test series before capping the Australian tour with a maiden 2-1 triumph in the ODI series. “It has been decided that the selection committee comprising five members will get a bonus of Rs 20 lakhs each,” BCCI said in a release.The selection committee comprises chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe, Gagan Khoda and Sandeep Singh. Committee Of Administrator (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai lauded the selectors for picking a balanced Indian squad during the Test and ODI series in Australia.“We are extremely proud of the way Team India have performed in Australia. We had announced cash rewards for cricketers and support staff earlier and are now rewarding selectors,” he said.Also Read | Krunal Pandya hands blank cheque to Jacob Martin’s family for his treatment“The five men have played a crucial role in picking a balanced Indian squad and offering the team management enough options to work around different combinations. The boys chosen to represent the Indian team went about their task in a fearless manner and stood up in challenging situations.”Member of CoA, Diana Edulji also acknowledged the role of the selectors in India’s performance Down Under.“Each member who has played a role in India’s recent triumphs in Australia needs to be appreciated. With the ICC Cricket World Cup just about four months away, the three-match ODI series in Australia provided excellent preparation for the Indian team,” he said.“The selectors have been focusing on a core group of cricketers that will make the cut at the showpiece event. I congratulate them for picking some fine young talents, who performed brilliantly on their maiden tour of Australia.”Earlier, BCCI had announced cash awards of Rs 15 lakhs per match for each of the playing eleven that featured in India’s maiden Test series win on Australian soil.Also Read | Argentina striker Emiliano Sala’s plane goes missing over English ChannelThe Indian board also announced cash awards for all the reserve players, as well as the members of the support staff.India will take on New Zealand in a five-ODI series starting with the first match at Napier Wednesday, besides playing a three-game T20I series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
A woman sued a USC fraternity chapter and an event-planning company Tuesday, claiming she suffered severe head injuries when a drone that was being used to photograph attendees at the fraternity party fell last fall.The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit lists Pi Kappa Phi and Perfect Event Inc. as the defendants, according to the City News Service. Alina Pituch, the woman suing both parties for negligence and premises liability, is seeking unspecified damages. USC is not a defendant in the lawsuit.Pi Kappa Phi President Kyle Wiest said in an email to the Daily Trojan that the fraternity does not comment on pending litigation.The lawsuit alleges that Pituch arrived at Pi Kappa Phi’s “Glow Party” at around 11 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2015. The event was held in the backyard of Pi Kappa Phi’s house. According to the suit, the fraternity hired Perfect Event Inc. to organize the party and employ the operator of the drone that took pictures of those at the event.Pituch alleges that about 15 to 20 minutes after her arrival, a “heavy object fell on [her] head, causing her to stumble forward into a friend, who caught [her] before she fell down.” After the object struck her, Putich’s head began to bleed “vigorously” and she was taken by ambulance to a hospital, according to her court papers.In her complaint, Pituch alleges that the object was later identified as a drone and caused her to suffer injuries to the back of her head, forehead and left eye. Pituch also claims she felt dizzy and became disoriented due to the force of the blow.The lawsuit claims Pituch suffers from permanent scarring on her head and forehead and that her ability to focus on school work has been “compromised” due to the headaches she has been experiencing after the injury.
I should probably open this column by stating that I am from Houston, or Clutch City, and have been a Rockets fan my entire life. The team’s recent performance, however, is historic and deserving of praise from more than just Rocket fans.Only eight other teams in the NBA have ever come back from a 3-1 series deficit, as the Rockets did against the Clippers. Furhermore, the Rockets held the home court advantage, but forfeited it in the Game 1 blowout loss to the Clippers. The Rockets won Game 2 at home, but lost Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles. The Rockets won Game 5 in Houston, but the series went back to the Staples Center for a must-win Game 6.The Clippers had a 92-79 lead heading into the fourth quarter. It seemed the Clippers had all but punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals. James Harden, the runner up for the MVP Award, was on the bench and Dwight Howard was in foul trouble. Josh Smith checked into the game, Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza got hot, and the Rockets came back to win, 119-107 and force a Game 7.The Rockets’ momentum from Game 6 carried into Game 7 and Houston led the entire game. According to ESPN, in their biggest deficit in the third quarter of Game 6, there was a .1 percent chance that the Rockets would come back to win the series. Only eight teams before them had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit, making their series win not only improbable but historic.The MVP runner up will now have to face the reigning MVP Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, who rarely drop games at home, will have home court advantage in the Western Semifinals. The Rockets will need all of their momentum to take a game in Oakland and win the series.The Warriors are an explosive offensive team accompanied by a top-ranked defense. James Harden will be without Patrick Beverley, who suffered a broken wrist. Brewer, Smith and Ariza will need to repeat their Game 6 performance if the Rockets have any chance of advancing to the Finals. Even if the Rockets route the Warriors, they’ll likely have to face LeBron James and the Cavaliers out of the East.Whether or not Houston can repeat its historic performance will likely be the deciding factor in the Western semifinal series.Reagan Estes is a sophomore majoring in public relations. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs every other Wednesday.
Jamshedpur FC’s hopes of reaching the Indian Super League play-offs went up in smoke after a goalless draw against bottom-placed Chennaiyin FC in Chennai on Saturday.The visitors looked toothless in attack and could not get a win that would have kept them in the running for a spot in the top four.The closest they came to getting it was late in the game when second-half substitute Michael Soosairaj turned in a cross from an offside position.The result sees NorthEast United FC clinch a spot in the top four for the first time in ISL history while Jamshedpur remain fifth and four points behind them.The Men of Steel looked edgy right from the start as they looked to force the issue against the hosts who surprisingly saw more of the ball in the initial exchanges.Though the visitors slowly grew into the game, there were no clear chances in the initial 20 minutes as the teams looked short of ideas in the final third.It were Chennaiyin who had the first shot on goal when Jeje Lalpekhlua managed to set CK Vineeth free down the right wing. The winger managed to cut back on to his left foot and get a shot away, but it was straight at Jamshedpur goalkeeper Subrata Paul.A stalemate in Chennai marks the end of @JamshedpurFC’s semi-final hopes for #HeroISL 2018-19. #FanBannaPadega #LetsFootball #CHEJAM pic.twitter.com/kvaqVkU5XiIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 23, 2019After a sedate period, the first real chance of the match went to Jamshedpur when Sergio Cidoncha picked out Mario Arques with a brilliant cross into the box. The Spaniard’s glancing header was brilliantly kept out by an alert Karanjit Singh in goal.advertisementThe Chennaiyin custodian was called into action again a few minutes later to stop Cidoncha’s long-range effort. Apart from a header from Christopher Herd towards the end of the half which went well over, there was not many chances of note in the first half.The second half also got off to a slow start before coming into life around the hour mark. Anirudh Thapa did well to send Jeje in space in the penalty box but the striker’s shot was straight at Subrata who punched it away.Jamshedpur did show a bit of urgency as the half wore on and Cidoncha had a header from a corner almost sneak in at the far post.Jamshedpur coach Cesar Ferrando cut a frustrated figure as his team failed to cut open the Chennaiyin defence while the home team did have several threatening breaks.What a moment this could have been for @soosairajmichal and @JamshedpurFC!#HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #CHEJAM #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/GoDMZ5VAkNIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 23, 2019Issac Vanmalsawma picked out Germanpreet Singh around the 79th minute on one such counter but the midfielder sent his header wide despite having time and space to control the pass.Jamshedpur thought they had the winner when Soosairaj turned in a flicked cross from Carlos Calvo but the assistant referee had raised his flag for offside, much to Ferrando’s disbelief.Ultimately, a poor show in the final third and a lack of bite in attack condemned Jamshedpur to a ninth draw of the season while Chennaiyin ended their home season with a draw.Also Read | Premier League: Harry Kane scores on return but Tottenham Hotspur lose to BurnleyAlso Read | I-League: Juan Quero Barraso helps Minerva Punjab FC beat Neroca FC