NZ vs SL: Kane Williamson’s finger adds to New Zealand’s concerns

first_imgAs if a pitch that can barely be distinguished from the outfield was not enough for New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum to worry about ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka, it turns out his top batsman may have a broken finger.Kane Williamson, who fronted the media on Thursday instead of his captain on the eve of the match at a lush-looking Seddon Park in Hamilton, played down the injury but admitted the digit could be fractured.”You get a few knocks on fingers and when it doesn’t get hit, it settles a little bit, gets less sensitive, but it’s just something I need to manage,” said Williamson, who scored 88 and 71 in the 122-run victory over the tourists in the first Test in Dunedin.The 25-year-old right-hander, who passed 1,000 Test runs for 2015 at University Oval and is averaging 88.58 this year, said he had not yet had the injury checked by the team’s medical staff.”It’s just quite sore,” he said. “I don’t think many people play at 100 percent every day and it’s just the nature of professional sport.”Broken finger or not, McCullum will be hoping Williamson is able to battle through the five days at Seddon Park and help his side seal a 2-0 series victory.McCullum is keen that the momentum built across the Tasman Sea, despite an unlucky 2-0 loss to Steve Smith’s team, is maintained as he looks ahead to the return series against Australia in February.New Zealand will be unchanged for the match, opting to retain a four-pronged pace attack with rookie all-rounder Mitchell Santner providing the spin option in his first test on his home ground.advertisementThe wicket block looked a green swathe two days before the test and the side that wins the toss is likely to bowl first, though Williamson felt swing would probably be more important a factor than seam.”Every surface that we play on here starts out green,” said Williamson. “I think that it will be a good cricket surface but if it swings, that’s when I think it offers more to the bowlers.”We played a first class game here a wee while back before Australia and it was very green, but it was more the swing that did a lot, so if it’s hard underneath it might just add a bit of pace to the surface.”I’m sure it’ll be pretty tough early on.”last_img read more


England opts to bat against India in final Test

first_imgHanuma Vihari became the 292nd Test player to represent India. File Photo   –  PTI England SHARE September 07, 2018 England’s Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL Hanuma Vihari became the 292nd Test player to represent India. File Photo   –  PTI Kohli to India’s rescue again after Woakes treble RELATED COMMENTcenter_img cricket × England 139-6 at tea on day one of fourth Test India beat England by 203 runs in third Test COMMENTS Hanuma Vihari was handed his maiden cap England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat against India in the fifth and final Test at the Oval on Friday.Hanuma Vihari became the 292nd Test player to represent India after he was handed his maiden cap. He will replace Hardik Pandya, while Ravindra Jadeja comes in place of R Ashwin in the playing XI. England have already won the Test series, taking a 3-1 lead after winning the fourth Test at Southampton.Teams:India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson. Published on India struggle after good start from openers last_img read more


Sri Lanka sensation Kusal Perera hailed for Test-winning heroics

first_img× SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sri Lanka February 17, 2019 Perera scored 67 in an unbroken last-wicket stand with Vishwa Fernando which gave his underdog team a sensational victory. SHARE sport Kusal Perera became a national hero in Sri Lanka on Sunday after scoring an unbeaten 153 to guide his country to a sensational first Test victory in South Africa.The country’s cricket legends and politicians lauded Perera, who has become a linchpin for the ailing national side since fighting off doping charges in 2016.Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who had staunchly defended Perera when he was suspended in December 2015, called the performance at Kingsmead in Durban on Saturday “unreal“.“What an amazing win,” Sangakkara said on Twitter. “One of the best if not THE best overseas win by (Sri Lanka). Kusal Janith Perera was unreal.” Sangakkara stood by Perera when he was wrongfully accused of doping in 2015. The International Cricket Council lifted the suspension in 2016 and apologised for the botched testing.Another former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardena said on Twitter: “What a beauty! One of the best innings under pressure.” Jayawardena said Perera, who put on a last wicket partnership of 78 had shown “intelligence and mental strength“.Perera scored 67 in an unbroken last-wicket stand with Vishwa Fernando which gave his underdog team a sensational victory.Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also took to Twitter to hail the win.“Congratulations to our cricket team on snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat,” Sirisena said. “Kusal Janith Perera makes mother Sri Lanka very proud today! Keep fighting! “Great spirit by @kusaljperera and all the youngsters #SAvSL,” added Wickremesinghe while thanking the national side which has been the butt of jokes due to poor recent results.“U beauty”, said Sports minister Harin Fernando on Twitter.Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 and since has been plagued by management scandals, allegations of corruption and player squabbling.They were swept 3-0 in a home Test series against England last year and were then beaten in Australia and New Zealand. center_img COMMENT Kusal Perera.   –  Twitter via Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) Kusal Perera.   –  Twitter via Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) Published on cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more


Maurizio Sarri raises doubt over players’ attitude after Wolves defeat

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementChelsea are going through a sort of a rough patch as of late, conceding 2 defeats in the last three games, the latest being a shock 2-1 defeat away to Wolverhampton. Manager Maurizio Sarri cast doubts over the attitude of his players after the match, saying that Chelsea were “another team” after conceding the first goal at the Molineux Stadium.Chelsea started the game well, scoring through Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 18th minute and the Blues led till the 59th minute when Raul Jimenez equalised for Wolverhampton. The home team bagged the winner four minutes later through Jota to earn a famous victory over the London heavyweights.Maurizio Sarri however said that it was not the result that bothered him, but the fact that his team failed to conjure up a response after conceding the first goal. “After the first [Wolves] goal – that was an accident because we were in full control of the match – we were suddenly another team, without the right distances, without our football. I don’t know why. I am really worried not for the result but for the fact that we didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent.”, Sarri said at the post match interview. Chelsea face a daunting task this weekend at Stamford Bridge when they host leaders Manchester City, who are ten points ahead from the Blues at the top of the table. Sarri, who has reportedly given up title hopes for this season after the Wolves defeat, admitted to being intimidated by the prospect, claiming that City was the best team in Europe this season.“For me, City is the best team in Europe and maybe in the world. So the match is difficult for this reason. Of course, after this match, we lost confidence, but maybe it’s better because sometimes my players show me that they have too much confidence.”Read full article here : also :Real Madrid reportedly ‘agree deal’ with Chelsea over potential Hazard saleTroubled Chelsea register 2nd PL defeat in 3 games against clinical Wolveslast_img read more


Indian Football: I-League clubs unite to demand answers regarding the future of the league,…

first_imgISL: FC Goa seal their semi-final spot with a win over Kerala BlastersFC Goa became the second team to qualify for the ISL semi-finals after humbling Kerala Blasters 3-0 at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa. Moreover, they even climbed to the top of the table as they have a better goal difference than Bengaluru FC, both of whom have 31 points from 16 matches.Kerala Blasters were actually the first one to get the ball cross the goal-line after a neat one-two between Slavisa Stojanovic and Matej Poplatnik resulted in the former finding the back of the net. However, the assistant referee deemed his run offside although the replays confirmed otherwise.Three minutes later, FC Goa took advantage of a disheartened Kerala Blasters side and Ferran Corominas scored in the 22nd minute. Brandon Fernandes to break on the counter in the wrong offside call and crossed the ball towards the Spaniard from the left wing. And, Coro glided his header past the hapless goalkeeper.Two minutes later, a horrendous pass by Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem resulted in the Gaurs doubling their lead. Coro kindly collected the pass and put it on a platter for Edu Bedia, who slotted the ball home in an empty net.Substitute Hugo Boumous made it 3-0 in the 78th minute after shimmying his way through Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika to take a shot from just inside the box. The final scoreline remained the same as Kerala Blasters suffered their seventh loss in the season.I-League: Chennai City FC consolidate their position in the top with a victory over Shillong LajongChennai City FC consolidated their position in the top of the I-League with a victory over Shillong Lajong at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong. The league leaders now have 37 points from 17 matches, five points more than East Bengal and Real Kashmir who have 32 points from 16 matches each.The away side took the lead as early as the seventh minute after Sandro Rodriguez’ corner-kick beat the rival goalkeeper in the near post. Shillong Lajong equalized in the 23rd minute through Kitboklang Pale but Chennai City FC regained their lead in the 78th minute through Pedro Manzi, who headed in Sandro Rodriguez’ curling free-kick.In the last ten minutes of the game, three goals were scored, two by the away side Nestor Gordillo and Pedro Manzi and one by Shillong Lajong through Samuel Kynshi. The full-time scoreline read 4-2. Advertisement AdvertisementWelcome to another edition of the Indian football news roundup. Today, we will talk about 8 I-League clubs uniting to demand answers from the AIFF President regarding the future of the league, FC Goa sealing their semi-final spot with a win over Kerala Blasters, and Chennai City FC consolidating their position in the top of the I-League with a victory over Shillong Lajong.In case you missed out yesterday’s edition of the Indian football news roundup, you can check it out here.I-League: Clubs unite to demand answers regarding the future of the leagueArch-rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, along with six other I-League clubs, have reunited to demand answers from AIFF!8 I-League clubs- Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Gokulam FC, Aizawl FC, NEROCA, Churchill Brothers, and Chennai City FC- have penned a letter to AIFF demanding answers regarding the future of the top division of the country.At a press conference in New Delhi a few days earlier, Sunando Dhar, CEO of I-League, said this could be the last edition of I-League unless extreme measures are taken. The clubs requested a meeting with the AIFF President Praful Patel to intervene in the matter so that the league doesn’t get relegated to a second division as per current inside reports.The letter further wanted clarification on sensitive matters like granting eight high-profile positions to AIFF’s marketing partner FSDL on committees like the selection of national team coaches.Here is the full letter courtesy of the official Facebook page of Mohun Bagan.last_img read more


Jordan Pickford at the heart of alleged street fight incident

first_imgAdvertisementEngland national team and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford finds himself in an extremely difficult situation, as police investigate an alleged incident involving the England international after a video published on social media explicitly revealed him causing an uproar in the streets in Sunderland. As per a report received by the Northumbria police, a large group of individuals were seen engaging in fracas on Tunstall Road, Sunderland late on Sunday, and the situation was duly escalated to the police as early as 12:19 am the following Monday.A video published on social media revealed that Pickford was part of the group causing an uproar, the same aforementioned incident which was reported to the police. The latter are investigating the incident which is said to be a quarrel between a group of pubgoers and the Everton goalkeeper.A spokesperson said:“Inquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and locate those involved.“Nobody is believed to have been seriously injured and no arrests have been made.”Everton, who signed Pickford for £25 million in June 2017, later acknowledged the situation and confirmed that investigations from their side have commenced, while the FA were also made aware of the incident.A club statement from the Toffees said:“The club has been made aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players and we are looking into the matter.”Advertisementlast_img read more


NBA Recap, 25/4/19 – Clippers win Game 5 against the Warriors

first_imgApr 24, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) gestures to officials during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsAdvertisementThe Los Angeles Clippers are not backing down. If you thought that their Game 2 win was a fluke, think again. They beat the Warriors yet again, claiming a 129-121 win in Game 5 in Oakland. That result made the series 3-2, and the Warriors will head back to Los Angeles as they attempt to clinch the series.Lou Williams was once again the catalyst for the Clippers, and he had 33 points and 10 assists off the bench. The likes Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari chipped in, as the Clippers claimed an impressive win. Kevin Durant had 45 points for the Warriors, but a poor defensive performance saw them lost the game.The winner of this series will face the Houston Rockets, who won their series 4-1 with the Jazz. Houston won 100-93 in Game 5 after the Jazz won the last game in Utah. James Harden had 26 points, and the Rockets got the job done to progress to the conference semi-finals.The Jazz were poor, and could not generate enough offence to trouble the Rockets. The game was a low-scoring one, and it got a bit scrappy at times. That’s all the action from today, visit this space tomorrow for more of the same!Advertisementlast_img read more


Robin van Persie believes Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are perfect match

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United have tasted mixed success since they sacked their former boss Jose Mourinho. His successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, had a great honeymoon period but after the club management gave the Norwegian a three-year contract, United’s performance dipped again.Robin van Persie is unperturbed on Manchester United’s supposed plan to let Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continue his three-year tenureHowever, former Manchester United player Robin van Persie believes that Manchester United are just having a bad time.“I think it’s the perfect match, it’s just they’re having a bad spell.”Fans making it tough for SolskjaerThe Dutch international who scored 48 goals for the Red Devils from 2012 to 2015 was also apprehensive on the modern fans as they seldom give time to the managers for settling down.“Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you’re out. Is that the solution? Give someone time, especially if it’s a kid from the club.”Robin was also critical of the double-faced nature of their fans. They were gaga over him when Manchester United ousted PSG in extra time of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 but everything was changed once he got the permanent deal.“Everyone was screaming like, ‘Give the guy a permanent deal’. And then since that permanent deal the luck went away a little bit; they’ve been losing more games than they want to.”Also Read: Ander Herrera bids farewell to Manchester United after 5 years Advertisementlast_img read more


Statistics prove Neymar is a better international player than Cristiano Ronaldo!

first_imgIn contrast, Ronaldo has 37 assists meaning his overall goal contribution sits at 0.81 for the current European champions.Currently Ronaldo is second only to Ali Daei of Iran in the list of all time International top scorers. Ali Daei had scored 109.Speaking to IRNA News, via Persia Digest, the record holder said, “Records are for breaking; I did it when it was my turn, and it will be someone else’s turn to beat my record next. It’s not a big issue.”Asked if he would be upset to lose the record Daei added, “No, why should I be upset. Ronaldo is a great player with many honors in the world of football. He is on top form right now.”Advertisement AdvertisementAlthough Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most succesful players domestically and Internationall, Neymar Jr. seems to have better stats than the Portuguese.The Brazilian forward has netted 61 goals in 98 caps while Ronaldo in 160 games has found the net 93 times.Neymar is also leading in the assists department. He has 41 assists for the ‘Canarinho’ meaning he is involved in 1.05 goals per game in a Brazil shirt.last_img read more


Is sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjær the solution to Manchester United’s problems?

first_imgChelsea sacked Di Matteo who won them their 1st ever Champions league in the early stages of the following season.They sacked Jose when form dipped right after he won them the Premier LeagueBut we’re supposed to believe in “Ole’s plan” and “give him time”#GlazersOut #OleOut— Akshat LUHG 🔰 (@therealsexpectr) September 26, 2019 Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisementSince Sir Alex Ferguson ended his 26 year long managerial career, Manchester United have been on a rough patch. With no Premier League or Champions League title since 2013, the club slowly started losing its stature it had built in the past two decades. The ones that arrived later, the likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho, failed to restore the club’s former glory. Even to this day, with former club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær on the helm, things aren’t really looking the way it should have been. With fans already agitated, will sacking another gaffer bring any change?Time over for the former fan favourite Norwegian? (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)Back in the December of 2018 Solskjær arrived at Old Trafford to a club that was 19 points behind the leaders, and 10 losses out of 17 matches already. Since firing José, the hierarchy and fans had high hopes that their ex superstar attacker, who spent 11 years at the club, was finally the right man to lift United up.However, the task proved to be difficult. Even after managing to secure 14 wins out of 19 matches, Ole could only manage a sixth position for United in the league table, missing out on a Champions League entry.Although the club’s star forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanches both departed to Serie A giants Inter Milan, the summer transfer window wasn’t all loss and no gain for the coach and the club, as the Devils managed to land Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Daniel James.With Ole on the helm, everyone expected this season is the one that will put United back on the throne. And it started expectantly, as United started off the season with a 4-0 thrashing of rivals Chelsea.The atmosphere of rejoice after the thrashing of Blues, which didn’t last very long. (Image Courtesy: Reuters)Unfortunately, the excitement was temporary. Only managing one win since the season opener, the Devils managed to draw against Wolves and Southamton, and suffered defeat against Crystal Palace and last Sunday’s West Ham face off, where Manuel Pellegrini’s boys swiftly picked up a 2-0 victory at the London area.Manchester United are now placed 8th on the league table, trailing 10 points behind from Liverpool, who are topping with 18 points.Defeat against West Ham: how worse can it get? (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)There already were #OleOut posts present on Twitter, and it has skyrocketed after today’s Carabao Cup fixture against Rochdale saw United only managing a 1-1 draw in full time, only being able to secure a victory through penalty shootout. The fans are starting to lose faith.I NEVER thought we could get worse than under Jose. But this is something else. I’m actually pissing myself laughing at how bad we are. #OleOUT @manutd— 🔰 #GlazersOUT 🔰 (@Mark_Champ20ns) September 25, 2019 Don’t care whether you agree or disagree, but if you’re still backing Ole, you don’t deserve to support this clubPiss off and take your tinpot mentality with you as well End of story#OleOut— T 🔰 (@ftblTANVEER) September 25, 2019Some fans even started choosing their next manager, and the former Gunners man Arsène Wenger seem to be a favourite. With 22 years of English top flight experience, the supporters believe him to be the right man to restore United.Recently, Ed Woodward, the executive vice chairman of United, came forward in defence of Ole.Although targeted by United supporters through #WoodWardOut petitions back in August, he stated that with the proper amount of time, the 46 year old will be able to turn things around.The #WoodWardOut flyer seen over Turf Moor in August (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)In addition to the monumental annual financial revenue of £627.1 million last year, Woodward showcased optimism about the future. Still, some fans till this date believe Woodward to be the main problem at the club.Simon Jordan, the former owner of Crystal Palace, stated recently that he believes Solskjaer was not the man for the job the United hierarchy expected him to be.“You’re going to need a manager that’s capable of competing with Guardiola, with Pochettino and with Klopp. And if you think that’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then I think you should think again.” Jordan said in an interview.“I can’t help thinking Ole’s in trouble.” talkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil opened up after the shambolic performance against Rochdale.“They should have been able to put a 3rd team out to beat Rochdale. It may not be his fault but I think he’s in big trouble, I’m sorry.”United will be facing Arsenal at home in their next EPL match on Tuesday, the result of which may just be the ultimatum for Solskjær.Advertisementlast_img read more


Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati rages at AITA after being told he ‘didn’t report for…

first_imgAdvertisementTennis ace Mahesh Bhupati raged at All India Tennis Association after being told that he did not report for National duty. Mahesh Bhupati was replaced from the non playing captain position of India in their upcoming Davis Cup Tie against Pakistan.There has been a lot of speculations about the future of the upcoming tie between India and Pakistan in Davis Cup. The former non playing captain of Indian team, Mahesh Bhupati refused to go to Pakistan to play this tie as there was security issues in Pakistan. The officials of both the countries opted to play at a neural venue in Ismalabad.Rohit Rajpal has been chosen as the new non playing captain of Indian Davis Cup team. Mahesh Bhupati was certainly not happy with it and in a recent interview, he expressed his grief against AITA. According to him, there were no communication made between him and AITA before removing him from captaincy. He was told that Rohit Rajpal would be selected only for the tie against Pakistan as Bhupati would be unavailable to go to Pakistan. However, the situation changed drastically and Mahesh Bhupati no longer remained as the captain of Indian team. After giving service to the country for 25 years it seemed to be unacceptable for Bhupati.Mumbai Police use Barcelona’s error for their safety drive campaign Advertisementlast_img read more


Boxing great Vasyl Lomachenko eyes a different catch before he is 40

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lomachenko, who enjoyed an outstanding amateur career winning Olympic gold in 2008 (featherweight) and 2012 (lightweight) and is believed to have lost just one of his 396 bouts, told the BBC he will retire before he is 40.Pacquiao became the oldest welterwight world champion in history when aged 40 he won on a split decision over American Keith Thurman in July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelLomachenko is adamant he will not be following suit.“No, I don’t want that, it’s too much,” he said. Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics FILE – APRIL 12: Vasiliy Lomachenko knocks out Anthony Crolla during their WBA/WBO lightweight title bout at Staples Center on April 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images/AFPUkraine’s world lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko says he wants to enjoy hunting and fishing and not box on into his 40s like fellow great Manny Pacquiao.The 31-year-old two-time Olympic champion will hope to add the vacant WBC belt to his WBA and WBO lightweight titles when he fights Britain’s Luke Campbell in London on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC LATEST STORIES UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Lomachenko has been breaking records for the speed with which he has amassed world titles in three weight classes, the others being featherweight and junior lightweight.All this in just 14 professional bouts.His one defeat to Orlando Salido came in only his second fight and his first world title bout (WBO featherweight).“It’s one of my goals and dream to put my name in boxing history,” he said.“That’s why I started a pro career and fought for a world title in my second fight. I’m the fastest three-weight world champion, so I do everything for legacy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfastcenter_img “I have trained since I am four years old. I was born a boxer.“Always, something has to end. I want to hunt, I want to fish every day. Now I can’t do this as I train every day.“My motivation, my goal, is four titles (at lightweight). After, I don’t know what happens. Now it’s two more belts.”Campbell matched Lomachenko at the London Olympics in 2012 with gold in the bantamweight division and he will bid to do better than compatriot Anthony Crolla, who was knocked out in the fourth round by the Ukrainian in April.If Lomachenko is to hold all four world title belts, he will not just need to beat Campbell on Saturday but also target Ghana’s Richard Commey, who possesses the IBF crown.ADVERTISEMENT Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA NBA star Jeremy Lin heads to China to play for Beijing Shougang Ducks What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


Alyssa Valdez, Creamline roll past Choco Mucho for 6-0 mark

first_imgMalasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Creamline Cool Smashers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Alyssa Valdez erupted with 25 points as Creamline turned back Choco Mucho, 25-12, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, Saturday night to remain unbeaten in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.The Cool Smashers let down their guards after taking the first two frames against their sister team.ADVERTISEMENT Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Duterte meets Gilas players in China: ‘We are praying for your victory’ NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX MOST READ Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant The Flying Titans then, took full advantage, securing the third set through the efforts of Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino.But Valdez joined hands with Celine Domingo in the fourth set, taking a huge 16-8 lead all the way to the end. Domingo finished with 10 points.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelCreamline remained at solo top spot with a 6-0 record, while Choco Mucho fell down the standings with 2-3 card. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:56Valdez, PH volleybelles stay positive despite ‘frustrating’ losses02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Luis Figo: Real Madrid will survive without Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgReal Madrid are clutching at straws at the moment having exited the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League and falling 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona — all within a few days. But one of their most famous faces of yesteryear, Luis Figo refuses to accept that the reigning Champions League holders have suddenly become a bunch of losers. ‘Tough week'”Real lost everything in one tough week, but let’s not forget that this season didn’t start well for them because they had to find a coach within a few days after Zinedine Zidane left. So, a change in coach and then it was a World Cup year and after a World Cup, players arrive at different times from their national teams and that’s always tough for any club to deal with,” Figo, 46, an ambassador for the UEFA Champions League, said during the trophy unveiling at the Mahalaxmi racecourse yesterday. Luis Figo Mercurial striker Cristiano Ronaldo moved on from Madrid to Juventus at the start of this season and many are attributing Real’s failures to Ronaldo’s exit, but Figo begs to differ. “I don’t know what happened between Cristiano and Real which led to him moving to Juve, but if the best football player in the world moves away from a club then it’s obviously going to have a big impact on that club. But Ronaldo is a great professional and Real is the biggest club in the world. So I believe Real will survive without Ronaldo and Ronaldo will make history going forward,” added Figo, who spent perhaps his best club football years between 2000-05 at Madrid and was among the first of the Galacticos to be on board in club boss Florentino Perez’s most expensive team. So what was it like being part of the Galacticos that included David Beckham, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Raul and Brazil legend Ronaldo among the world’s biggest football names then? “Look, you can have a lot of money and buy expensive players, but because you can invest and make a good team, it doesn’t win you titles. It’s about managing the team well. With the Galacticos, we respected each other and were clear about each player’s role,” Figo stressed. “It’s difficult to put together a team with so many big names, but we enjoyed the good moments and had some bad ones too when we lost, so it’s a mixture of feelings. Us being together was a huge moment in world football because it’s a very difficult situation with six or seven of the best footballers in the world playing in the same team. It’s not normal but we had great relations between us and we can now remember those years for the rest of our lives,” Figo explained. ‘Madrid will fight’Coming back to the current Madrid, Figo exuded hope that the Los Blancos will turn things around for the better. “Santiago Solari [current Real boss] is a friend of mine and I wish him the best but Real Madrid always fight hard. So I believe that at this moment, Real will fight for the league until they have a chance on points. It’s a big difference on points, but they will fight,” Figo signed off. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more


Premier League transfer fees poised to break record

first_imgWith one month of the transfer window left remaining, Premier League clubs are poised to push escalating fees closer to another new record this week.The projected move of France midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus back to Manchester United for a world record one hundred million pounds ($132.3 million) would take spending by the 20 teams to almost 600m, adding to the 175m recorded by accountancy firm Deloitte in the January window.Last year was the first in which annual fees reached one billion pounds.So far this close-season Arsenal – criticised in the past by many supporters for not spending enough – have recorded the highest individual outlay by paying 35 million pounds for Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.But Pogba’s proposed return to Old Trafford would dwarf that and all other sums in the history of the sport, smashing the world record of 85.3 million pounds that Real Madrid paid for Wales forward Gareth Bale three years ago. (Also read: Paul Pogba will make Manchester United more interesting: Zlatan Ibrahimovic)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is among those who are bemused by how high fees have risen but still believes there is no longer any limit.”Since I’ve been in the sport I always thought it can’t go any higher up and I’ve always been wrong,” he told reporters.”Maybe it will be 200 or 300m, who knows?”Trevor Francis, the first million-pound player in English football back in 1979, said he was surprised the new world record might be set by a midfield player.”I really thought if (100m) was paid, it was going to be for a striker who could be a match-winner and probably provide you with 30 goals a season,” he told BBC Radio.advertisement”Possibly the only two I thought could command that figure were Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi because people realise they are exceptional talents that will go down in the history of the game.”BROADCASTING DEALWith a lucrative new broadcasting deal coming into effect this season and new managers taking over at Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs, it is perhaps not surprising that a spending spree has materialised.Under Antonio Conte, Italy’s head coach at Euro 2016,Chelsea paid more than 30 million pounds for each of Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi and Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante.The fee for Kante, who helped Leicester become surprise Premier League champions, clearly illustrated football’s inflation rate – a year ago the midlands club paid barely one-sixth as much for him.Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was always likely to spend big in attempting to revive Manchester United, with Pogba expected to become his fourth major signing. (Also read: Antonio Conte persuaded me to join Chelsea: N’Golo Kante)Ironically, the most exciting of them could be Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who arrived on a free transfer from Paris St Germain and scored a spectacular goal on Saturday four minutes into his debut.Pep Guardiola, having already spent 35 million pounds at Manchester City, was reported by British media on Sunday to be on the verge of almost doubling that by signing German forward Leroy Sane from Schalke 04.At the other end of the spectrum, Burnley and managerless Hull City, two of the newly promoted clubs, have hardly begun recruiting.Once they do over the next 31 days, the amount of money shelled out will only increase.($1 = 0.7559 pounds)last_img read more


African football legend Samuel Eto’o not eyeing politics for now

first_imgSamuel Eto’o is up there with George Weah as an African great on the football field, but he says he has no plans to follow the Liberian into politics “for the moment”. “Everyone wants me to go into politics, but there won’t be 10 million Weahs,” Eto’o said in an exclusive interview with AFP. Weah, the only African player to win the Ballon d’Or, became president of Liberia in January 2018. “Everyone is born with their own star. Everyone at some point gets involved in politics at their own level, but, for the moment, it doesn’t interest me.” The 38-year-old Cameroon legend recently brought the curtain down on a glittering playing career during which he won the UEFA Champions League twice with Barcelona and once more with Inter Milan. An idol in his homeland, Eto’o gave his backing to Paul Biya — who has ruled the country for 37 years — before his re-election in 2018. Biya is 86 and is dealing with a major crisis in Cameroon as a two-year secession drive by anglophone separatists has claimed thousands of lives. Main opposition leader Maurice Kamto walked free from jail earlier this month after a military court ordered his release at Biya’s behest. Of his supposed political ambitions, Eto’o added: “A lot of people might be saying that it’s an idea I have, but I say to them it doesn’t exist in my mind at the moment. “But every citizen has the right. If you want to stand, nobody is going to stop you. But in our country it is as though it is something reserved for certain people. Personally it is not an objective.” The two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner says he wants to move into coaching, although he has also taken a role with the Confederation of African Football. “My role is to lobby the different federations to convince them to adhere to the work being done by president (Ahmad) Ahmad,” he said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more


Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 225 runs in first Test

first_imgSri Lanka ended Zimbabwe’s day-long resistance seven overs from the end of play to grab victory by 225 runs on the final day of the first test at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.Zimbabwe were bowled for 186 runs in their second innings within sight of what would have been a morale boosting draw. Sri Lanka’s Dilruwan Perera and stand-in skipper Rangana Herath took three wickets each with Perera bowling out tailender Chris Mpofu in the 91st over of Zimbabwe’s second innings to clinch victory despite a gallant knock by captain Graeme Cremer, who followed up a first innings century with a stubborn 43.Sri Lanka declared their second innings as expected at the start of the day on 247 for six, leaving 98 overs to bowl out the hosts, who were set a near-impossible target of 412 to win. (SCORECARD)Zimbabwes openers saw off the first 16 overs before Brian Chari was bowled for 10 and they then lost four wickets in 23 balls before lunch. Sean Williams’ 40 took Zimbabwe to 136-6 at tea but he was dismissed in the first over of the last session.Cremer saw Zimbabwe into the final hour before being stumped for the ninth wicket with 10 overs left.”We are definitely upset that we couldn’t last the (final) couple of overs. But to last that long was good for test cricket and there are a lot of positives to take from it,?? said Cremer.last_img read more


Sony Pictures bags broadcast rights for Bdesh T20 league

first_imgMumbai, Nov 4 (PTI) Broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India today said it has acquired broadcast and digital rights for the Bangladesh Premier League 2016.The fourth edition of tournament, which commences today will be telecast on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and also be streamed live on SonyLIV app and website.The on-air broadcast rights include the telecast of 43 live matches of the tournament in the Indian Sub-continent, Sony Pictures Networks India said in a statement.”Sony Pictures Networks India has been in the forefront of bringing and popularising the T20 league format of cricket,” it added.Following our previous offerings of Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, South African T20 league and Karnataka Premier League, we are pleased to announce the addition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to our T20 cricket portfolio,” Sony Pictures Network President Distribution and Sports Business Rajesh Kaul said. PTI DS ARS BALlast_img read more