Kazak weightlifter Ilya Ilyin has been stripped of the gold medals he won at the Beijing and London Olympic Games after failing doping tests in re-analysis of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.Ilyin, who won the 94kg category at both Games and is one of the sport’s most celebrated figures, tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol in 2008 and turinabol and stanozolol in 2012, the IOC said as it confirmed its decision to strip him of the medals, which he was ordered to hand back.The decision was a formality after the International Weightlifting Federation announced in June that Ilyin, a hero in his home country, had failed a re-test. (Also read: Russia stripped of women’s relay Gold of 2008 Olympics)The 28-year-old, who has also won four world titles and is a multiple world record holder, was suspended and missed the Rio de Janeiro Games in August where he had been expected to win gold in the 105kg category. Ilyin has denied wrongdoing.Aksana Miankova of Belarus was stripped of the gold medal she won in the women’s hammer throw in Beijing after testing positive for turinabol and oxandrolone in re-tests.Miankova was also disqualified from the same event at the London Games where she finished seventh. Her compatriot Natallia Mikhnevich was stripped of the silver medal from the women’s shot put in Beijing after testing positive for methandienone and stanozolol.Four other athletes were disqualified after also failing re-tests carried out by the IOC. (Also read: Russia stripped of two Beijing Olympic medals for doping)advertisementThey were Pavel Lyzhyn of Belarus, who competed in the men’s shot put in Beijing, Sviatlana Vusovich from the women’s 800 metres in Beijing, Boyanka Kostova of Azerbaijan from the women’s weightlifting in London and Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova of Belarus from the women’s long jump in London.The IOC, which stores samples for a decade to test with newer methods or to analyse performance-enhancing substances that have yet to be identified, says a total of 98 samples have come back as positive in re-testing from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.It has been naming the guilty athletics, and stripping them of their medals where appropriate, in batches.
Pune, Dec 13 (PTI) Indias chief pistol coach Syed Wajid Ali passed away at a hospital here after he suffered a severe heart attack in Punes Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex during a national shooting championship.Ali, 59, who hailed from Delhi and was currently the chief coach of the Indian team (pistol category), had come to the 60th National Shooting Championship Competition (NSCC), underway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Pune, as a chief range officer and jury.”At around 8 PM yesterday he suffered a severe heart attack in the shooting range and was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital, where he was declared dead at around 9 PM,” said Pavan Singh, the convener of the competition and former coach of Indian team (rifle category).Ali had come as a chief range officer and was here to conduct the championship, Singh said.The deceaseds family has been informed and they have reached Pune, he added. PTI SPK GK GK
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that he was wrong to call Mesut Ozil “sh*t”, saying he should have instead labelled the playmaker “crap”.Speaking in August, Hoeness had said that Ozil was using accusations of racism as a distraction from his poor form with Germany, having previously gone on a spectacular rant about the player.Indeed, the Arsenal playmaker was the subject to widespread criticism as Joachim Low’s side crashed out of World Cup 2018 at the group stage, having lost matches against Mexico and South Korea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Hoeness was one of many to take aim at the 29-year-old, though he regrets his decision now.”I should not have said sh*t, but crap,” he admitted. “My opinion of Mesut is clear: I wanted to make a point of diverting the conversation back towards sport. I wanted to divert it away from racism and integration.”Ozil has since quit the international game amid accusations of institutional racism, though Germany’s fortunes have not picked up any. Indeed, Low’s side face the prospect of being relegated from the top tier of Nations League sides after suffering successive defeats against Netherlands and France over the course of the previous week.At the time, this was welcomed by the Bayern boss, who told Sport Bild: “He had been playing sh*t for years.“He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his sh*tty performance hide behind this picture.“Whenever [Bayern] played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point.“His 35 million followers – that don’t exist in the real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a pass.“The development in our country is a catastrophe. You have to go back to what it is: sport. And from a sporting point of view, Ozil has no place in the national team for years.”Prior to the competition, he had been photographed with controversial Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan along with Ilkay Gundogan, sparking a backlash in his homeland. DFB president Reinhard Grindel urged him to explain the incident, but Ozil replied to the repeated attacks by claiming he had been made a scapegoat for the country’s failure and been the target of racial abuse.Hoeness also admitted that he had gone too far with his criticism of Karim Bellarabi last month when he called on the Bayer Leverkusen player to be given a lengthy ban for kicking Rafinha.The Germany international received a four-game suspension, but it was not enough for what Hoeness saw as an “insane violation” and an example of “stupidity”.After reflecting on it, though, he conceded he let his emotions get the better of him.”Sometimes you are emotionally upset after the game,” he said. “I should not have said he was insane.”
Barcelona can still win a “beautiful” Clasico even without Lionel Messi, according to Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.Messi will be reduced to the role of spectator as Barca take on arch-rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday after suffering a fractured arm in last weekend’s 4-2 win over Sevilla, an injury that will sideline him for up to three weeks.Madrid are a disappointing seventh in La Liga, four points behind leaders Barca and Espanyol, and there is speculation coach Julen Lopetegui will be dismissed regardless of the result in Catalonia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Their underwhelming start to the season follows a transfer window in which Madrid allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to depart for Juventus and did not make a move to replace him.Yet even without the winners of the last 10 Ballons d’Or on the field, Griezmann, who confirmed his decision to stay at Atletico amid interest from Barca in a documentary released on the eve of France’s successful World Cup campaign, expects an enticing contest.”It’s going to be a beautiful game like all the Clasicos,” he told ESPN .”It’s a shame that Messi isn’t there for Barcelona, but they have the players to win. Madrid are in need of a win to move forwards.”It will be beautiful to watch.”
Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tie at a jam packed Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.Asked to bat first by the visitors, Mumbai posted 142/8 in their allotted 20 overs and then produced a superb bowling performance to restrict Delhi to 128/7 despite a tough challenge from the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris.Coming together when Delhi was reeling at 24/6, the two added 91 runs between them.Rabada scored 44 runs off 39 balls before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. The South African hit four boundaries and a six.Morris was the highest scorer among the Delhi batsmen, remaining unbeaten on 52 off 41 balls, hitting five boundaries and a six along the way.Pacer Mitchell McClenaghan was the most successful among the Mumbai bowlers with figures of 3/24. Young pacer Bumrah returned 2/21 while Hardik Pandya notched up figures of 1/23.The Delhi batsmen had only themselves to blame for the defeat as most of them fell to poor shot selection which put the visitors under pressure early in their innings.They had a disastrous start to their run chase and suffered a blow in the very first over when Aditya Tare was run out while attempting a quick single thanks to an excellent piece of fielding by Pandya.McClenaghan sent back Sanju Samson in the next over when Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma pulled off an easy catch at mid-off.He struck twice in his next over, getting rid of Shreyas Iyer and Corey Anderson.Iyer gloved a short-pitched delivery which was going down leg to hand an easy catch to Mumbai wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, while Anderson was trapped leg before when he missed the line.advertisementAfter Mitchell Johnson had delivered a maiden over to put more pressure on the visitors, Bumrah dismissed Rishabh Pant when the left-hander edged one to Harbhajan Singh at first slip.There was more disappointment in store for Delhi in the next over when Karun Nair produced another poor shot, chopping at a Pandya delivery only to see the ball take the bottom edge and crash into the stumps.Rabada and Morris then got together to give Delhi a glimmer of hope. But when Bumrah bowled Rabada to leave Delhi struggling at 115/7 in the 19th over, the match was as good as over.Earlier, Delhi rode on an excellent bowling effort to restrict Mumbai to 142/8.Electing to bowl, they banked on their strong pace battery of Rabada, Morris, Pat Cummins, leg spinner Amit Mishra and an electric fielding effort from Samson to remove the top four — Patel (8), Jos Buttler (28), Nitish Rana (8) and skipper Sharma (5) cheaply.Patel and Buttler started well by raising a 37-run partnership before South African pace sensation Rabada broke through the defence of the Gujarat southpaw, crashing his leg stump with a yorker at 145 kms per hour.Buttler, who dispatched Morris for a consecutive six and four, was dropped on 11 the next ball by wicketkeeper Pant.The Englishman, however, failed to seize the advantage, getting out after facing 18 balls and hitting three boundaries and two sixes, when he was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Samson.Coming in to bowl only in the eighth over, Cummins dealt another blow to Mumbai by getting the key wicket of Rana with his very first ball as his attempt to pull a short delivery from the Australian only ended at the hands of Corey Anderson at deep midwicket.Before Mumbai could do much to recover from the early jolts, leg-spinner Mishra struck with the wicket of Rohit, whose poor run with the willow continued to haunt the Mumbai Indians.Tottering at 60/4, Keiron Pollard (26) and Krunal Pandya could add only 24 runs in the next three overs before Mishra’s googly ended the latter’s 16-ball stay as his attempt to tickle the ball fine towards third man only resulted in a thin edge for stumper Pant to latch on to comfortably.With half the side back in the dugout by the 13th over, Mumbai’s hopes of posting a decent total rested on Pollard and Pandya (23).The West Indian clearly looked out of touch but managed to get two boundaries in Zaheer’s final over before Cummins got the better of him with a slower one off the first ball of the 18th over.Pollard, who added 36 for the sixth wicket with Pandya, faced 29 balls and helped the ball to the ropes on four occasions.Pandya did well to smash the ball out of the park twice but had little answer to some excellent death bowling by Delhi.advertisementRabada, bowling the penultimate over of the innings, displayed his football skills well to run Harbhajan (2) out while attempting a quick single before Nair effected Pandya’s run out in the final over.For Delhi, Mishra and Cummins were the pick of the bowlers picking two wickets each while Rabada chipped in with one.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to come back even stronger after suffering a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in Europa League last week.Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo are likely to miss the rest of the season after scans revealed they both have suffered cruciate knee ligament injuries.”First of all, thank you for all the support and love,” Ibrahimovic, United’s top scorer this season with 28 goals, wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.”It’s no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem.”The 35-year-old Swede, whose contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, said injuries will not decide his future in the game.”One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option,” he added.United, who are fifth in the Premier League standings, face a challenging schedule including visits to Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.They also face Spanish side Celta Vigo in a two-legged Europa League semi-final next month.
Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad made telling contributions with bat and ball to leave England in charge of the first Test against South Africa after Day 2 on Friday.Ali scored 87 and Broad smashed an unbeaten 57 off 47 balls as England added 101 runs to its overnight score before being dismissed for 458. Joe Root, in his first Test as captain, was out for 190.The Proteas’ reply began badly and they were stuttering at 104-4 just after tea on a decent-looking pitch thanks to two wickets apiece from Broad’s pace bowling and Ali’s offspin.Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn put on a 99-run stand for the fifth wicket to lead South Africa’s recovery, looking compact defensively and hitting the bad balls, but De Bruyn nicked James Anderson behind in the fifth-to-last over of the day to set back the tourists once again.Bavuma was unbeaten on 48 and South Africa trailed by 244 runs on 214-5, facing an important morning’s play on Saturday against the new ball.Ali became the seventh – and second-quickest – English player to pass 2,000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets, passing both milestones on Friday.”It’s a great feeling to do it on the same day at Lord’s,” Ali said.”We’re in a good position. The wicket of Jimmy’s at the end was a massive one.”Resuming alongside Ali with England on 357-5, Root added only six runs to his overnight score of 184 – already a record by an England player in his first Test as captain – before edging behind a delivery from Morne Morkel on the first ball of the day’s third over.advertisementRoot looked thoroughly miserable as he walked off to a standing ovation, having missed the chance to register a second double century at Lord’s after one against Sri Lanka in 2014.Morkel trapped the recalled Liam Dawson lbw for a duck two balls later before England counter-attacked through Ali and Broad, who added 46 runs for the eighth wicket – mostly through swipes to the boundary from Broad.South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada bowled Ali and trapped Mark Wood lbw (0) in the space of three balls but Broad continued his assault, smashing Morkel for successive sixes to bring up his first Test half-century in four years.Anderson was the last man out for 12, edging Morkel behind after sharing a 45-run last-wicket partnership. Broad struck eight fours as well as his two sixes.South Africa lost Heino Kuhn (1) and Hashim Amla (29) before tea then captain Dean Elgar (54) prodded forward to Ali and clipped the ball straight into Gary Ballance’s chest and then hands at short leg.When Broad got a ball to jag back off the seam and trap JP Duminy leg before for 15, the South Africans were really up against it, only for Bavuma and De Bruyn to briefly steady the innings.Broad had 2-27 and Ali 2-35.
Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly said there would be no immediate announcement of the next India coach and the CAC was in fact waiting to speak with skipper Virat Kohli.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin on Monday interviewed five candidates for the India coach – Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody and Ravi Shastri. Phil Simmons was not interviewed because he was not available, Ganguly said.However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources confirm to India Today that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is keen on an Indian coach.Therefore, it is now a race between Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag.They feel the presentations were at par and that is the case there is no reason to look beyond an Indian. More importantly and interestingly, the argument being made is Ravi Shastri, who has played and won so many matches for India was removed after two years and Anil Kumble — India’s biggest match winner had to go after a year and this is sending a very poor signal to the world that Indians can’t run their own team and we need a foreigner to do so.CAC members feel that to assume Shastri or Sehwag, legends of Indian cricket can’t run a team while a player like Tom Moody can is unfortunate.They say that how come Duncan Fletcher was given a long rope while Shastri or Kumble had to give way after short bursts?Based on all of these assumptions it is now a two horse race between Shastri and Sehwag while Moody has only a very small outside chance.advertisement
Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Stanford Classic ahead of her second round match on Wednesday due to soreness in her left arm, the former world number one said.Sharapova, who was competing as a wildcard in her fourth tournament back after a 15-month doping ban, said she started to feel pain in her forearm late during her first-round win over American Jennifer Brady on Monday.”After yesterday’s scan, the doctor has recommended I don’t risk further injury,” Sharapova, who was awarded a wildcard to compete this week in California, said in a statement on the tournament’s website.”Monday night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing but I have to make a preventative decision.”Sharapova, playing her first match in the United States since 2015, was made to work against world number 80 Brady, needing two hours to secure the 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 win.Her early exit means Ukrainian seventh seed Lesia Tsurenko advances to the third round by walkover.It marks the second time in three months that the five-times grand slam champion’s comeback has been interrupted by injury as she also retired from her second round match at the Italian Open in mid-May after injuring her left thigh.Sharapova, banned after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since re-joining the WTA Tour.The 30-year-old Russian reached the semi-finals as a wildcard in Stuttgart but fell in the second round at Madrid to Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard who days earlier had labelled the Russian a “cheater.”advertisement
Borussia Dortmund have extended the suspension of talented forward Ousmane Dembele indefinitely after the 20-year-old France international skipped training last week amid speculation of a possible move to Barcelona.The Bundesliga club said on Sunday it would keep Dembele’s ban for missing training in place after the player was told he was initially suspended until after Saturday’s first round German Cup tie against amateurs Rielasingen-Arlen.”Our focus now is to have a concentrated preparation for the start of the Bundesliga (next week),” Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc said in a statement.”Obviously Ousmane Dembele has the opportunity to do individual training separate from the team.”Dembele is seen as a potential successor to Neymar at Barcelona, after the Brazilian’s record 222 million euro ($262.32 million) move to Paris St Germain earlier this month.An initial Barca offer was rejected by Dortmund with club bosses saying it was too low.German media have estimated the price of a move at more than 100 million euros.Dembele joined Dortmund, who will compete in the Champions League group stage, from French side Rennes on a five-year deal in 2016.($1 = 0.8463 euros)
New Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) The following are PTI topNew Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) The following are PTI top stories at 1730 hours:DEL11 UP-LD ADITYANATH-TARGETS RAHULGorakhpur (UP): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath targets Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his visit here, saying the yuvraj (prince) sitting in Delhi cannot make Gorakhpur a picnic spot.MDS1 TN-AIADMK-LEADERSChennai: Talks on the merger of the two AIADMK factions are going on smoothly and a positive result is expected in a day or two, former chief minister O Panneerselvam says.DEL5 SPO-AWARDS-MINISTRY (RPT)New Delhi: The Sports Ministry drops para-sports coach Satyanarayana from the list of this years Dronacharya awardees due to a criminal case pending against him, but makes no changes to the names recommended for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards.DEL7 BIZ-INFOSYS-LD BUYBACKNew Delhi: The Infosys board approves the share buyback plan of up to Rs 13,000 crore to reward shareholders, a move that comes a day after CEO Vishal Sikka resigned citing slander by company founders.DEL1 RUSSIA-INDIA-ENVOYNew Delhi: Career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev appointed as Russias new ambassador to India, the countrys embassy here say.BOM1 MP-SHAHBhopal: BJP president Amit Shah says his party has not come to power for mere 5 or 10 years, but at least 50 years and calls upon workers to strengthen the party and take it to every part of the country.DEL10 BIZ-INFOSYS-US LAWFIRMSNew Delhi: Four US law firms say they are investigating potential claims on behalf of Infosys investors on whether the Indian company and some of its officials and directors have violated federal securities laws.advertisementCAL6 BH-POL JD(U)Patna: The JD(U) headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar passes a resolution at its national executive meeting to become part of the NDA.CAL3 WB-GJM-BLASTDarjeeling (WB): A high intensity blast shakes Darjeeling in the early hours, the first such incident since the indefinite shutdown to press for separate Gorkhaland state began over two months ago.BOM5 BIZ-LD PATELMumbai: The Reserve Bank and the government will come up with a recapitalisation package for state-run banks, which have been hit by higher provisioning for mounting bad loans, RBI Governor Urjit Patel says.FGN7 US-CHINA-LD TRADEWashington: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally initiates an investigation of Chinas intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which will seek to determine if Americas largest trading partner has been engaging in unfair practices. By Lalit K JhaFGN18 PAK-NUN-FUNERALKarachi: Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, a German physician and nun known as “Pakistans Mother Teresa”, accorded a full state funeral, a first for a Christian woman in the Muslim-majority country. PTI ARK
For all the talk of crisis at Stamford Bridge following last week’s meltdown against Burnley, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left saluting his side on Sunday after they edged Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a match they could just as easily have lost.”I think I must be pleased,” said Conte, whose nine-man side were beaten 3-2 by Burnley in their opening match of the new Premier League season.”I want to thank my players because they showed me great desire and heart and I saw today the fighters.”The Italian was particularly pleased because the champions were without the suspended Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill, giving Tiemoue Bakayoko his debut and trusting Andreas Christensen at the heart of their defence.But it was a couple of old hands in David Luiz and Marcos Alonso who stood out. (Also Read: Premier League: Wembley not to blame for defeat, says Tottenham Hotspur manager)The Brazilian was pushed forward into midfield and had a hand in both goals. Chelsea made the breakthrough against the run of play on 23 minutes when Alonso thumped home a superb free kick from 20 metres after Dele Alli had fouled Luiz.But Luiz also stood strong when Spurs threatened to overrun Chelsea with the quickfire passing that served them so well last season.”David played very well, it was an amazing performance from him,” said Conte.”He played with great experience and personality, a point of reference for other players. But it is easy to forget we had four new players from last season and we played like we wanted to show we were champions.”advertisementConte again said the club were working towards strengthening the squad in the transfer window, with at least three arrivals expected.”For us it is very important to be focused on ourselves. We know a lot of teams have improved since last season,” he said.”The club is trying to do its best in the transfer market but today I must be satisfied with my players because they gave me everything.”
Japan’s Kimiko Date called time on her tennis career at the age of 46 on Monday, saying she was no longer able to perform at the best of her abilities due to physical issues and had decided to listen to the “inner voice” telling her it was time to quit.The former world number four has been invited to play in next month’s Japan Women’s Open, barely two weeks before she turns 47, and wrote on her blog that it would be her last appearance.Date made a comeback to the court in May after undergoing multiple surgeries, including a knee cartilage transplant earlier this year.”I was determined to continue my challenge until the day I could no longer ignore my inner voice,” she wrote, saying that while her knee was not giving her pain an old shoulder injury had begun to act up.”I had survived painful knee surgery, overcome harsh rehabilitation and hard training to get in shape to play in a tournament, which I feel is a great accomplishment. However, when I compare my level of play to before my injuries, I realize there’s a gap and it’s not easy to fill,” she added.Date initially retired in 1996 but returned to competition 12 years later in 2008. She spent a further 16 months on the sidelines until her May comeback.She won her first Japan Open title in 1992, the same year defending champion Christina McHale of the United States was born. She said she felt unable to push herself enough to compete with players in their twenties.advertisement”Maybe you don’t need to endure the pain…These thoughts have been circling my mind,” she wrote.Date won eight WTA titles, the last in 2009, and reached the semi-finals of three grand slam tournaments.
Triumph Motorcycles India has launched the Street Triple RS at a price of Rs 10.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The RS is the second variant of the latest generation Street Triple to be launched in India after the Standard Street Triple S was launched earlier this year. The two motorcycles share the same liquid cooled 765cc, 12-valve, in-line 3-cylinder engine and the chassis but the RS version chugs out 121bhp at 11,700rpm and a peak torque of 77Nm at 10,800rpm. The RS also gets dual 310mm Brembo discs at the front and a single 220mm fixed disc at the back. Furthermore, the Street Triple RS gets a 5-inch full colour TFT screen which works as an instrument console and can be programmed in three different styles, and contains two different themes with adjustable contrast. The Street Triple RS also gets switchable traction control and ABS and ride-by-wire tech. Also, the RS gets five riding modes – road, rain, sport, track, and individual. The Street Triple RS will be available in two colour options – matt silver ice, and phantom black. The bike will also get a body coloured cowl for the pillion seat. Triumph will be offering over 60 custom accessories for the RS which includes Arrow exhausts, swingarm protector kit, and so on. The rivals for the RS would be the Ducati Monster 821, and the Kawasaki Z900 in the naked sports middleweight segment in India.
England beat Spain 5-2 to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup the Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata. 21.57 IST: REMEMBER THE FACES! CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD.Congratulations, @England! ???2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup champions ??????#FIFAU17WC?????? pic.twitter.com/G9mE0TI2tc- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201721.55 IST: Heartbreak for Spain but joy for England. What a night it has been for the youngsters.EnglandJune 2017 won FIFAU20WC titleJuly 2017 won UEFA European Under-19 titleOct 2017 won FIFAU17WC titleJuly 2018 FIFAWC in Russia ?- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 28, 201721.54 IST: This is England’s second World Cup this year. They lifted the U-20 World Cup earlier this year. 21.53 IST: What a comeback victory it has been. Foden and Odoi real stars for the Three Lions. FT | #FIFAU17WCFINAL – KOLKATA??Â´Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?England 5-2 Spain????@England come from two goals down to win! ??? pic.twitter.com/Vgbq7z3bh1- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201721.53 IST: It’s over. England win the U-17 World Cup by beating Spain 5-221.46 IST: GOAAAAALLLL! Fifth for England. Foden finishes it off again. What a pass by Odoi and what a goal by Foden. England 5-2 Spain. GOAL! Two for @PhilFoden, five for the #YoungLions! ??- England (@England) October 28, 201721.43 IST: This is Guehi’s first-ever goal for England. In all probability this is a World Cup winning goal.21.42 IST: GOAL! It’s 4-2 now. England steal it away from Spain. Guehi gets the fourth.GOAL! Big Marc Guehi finishes inside the area and it’s 4-2 to the #YoungLions with less than ten minutes of the #FIFAU17WC final to go! ???advertisement- England (@England) October 28, 201721.42 IST: Free-kick. Odoi stands over it.21.41 IST: Yellow for Spain’s Jaunme.21.39 IST: Kirby replaces GIBBS-WHITE for England.21.38 IST: FIFA acknowledges the new record created.#FIFAU17WC Final attendance: 66,684??????? India, thank you for your incredible support! pic.twitter.com/rZNyHMHJ3M- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201721.35 IST: How lucky are they?75′ The official attendance for the final match of #FIFAU17WC is 66,684. Kudos to Kolkata and all venues to set a new record in @FIFAcom- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201721.33 IST: It has been all ENGLAND in the second half and they have killed Spain from the flanks.21.31 IST: ON THE LINE! Sessegnon saves the day for England as of now.21.29 IST: Change for Spain.72′ First change for @SeFutbol as Lara replaces Gelabart #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017 21.28 IST: GOAL! What a comeback it has been. FODEN puts England ahead. Spain 2 – 3 England.69′ What have Hudson-odoi and Foden taken for lunch? The sheer skill, lightning pace and acute precision earns the third goal for @England- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201721.27 IST: And what a fight we are seeing.?????? Here’s what’s at stake tonight…Whoever lifts it, will deserve it! We’ve got a great #FIFAU17WC Final in Kolkata ???? pic.twitter.com/kl2gMBBtqB- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201721.20 IST: How good has Foden been? Just how good?62′ Hudson and Foden are combining well and they’re making @SeFutbol defenders make errors #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201721.19 IST: Mr. Linekar is happy.Brilliant goal from Englands U17s. Now 2-2 from 2 down. What a talent Phil Foden looks to be.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 28, 201721.16 IST: GOAL! England go level. It’s 2-2 now. Gibbs-White finishes it clinically. What a match!GOAL! There’s the equaliser, as @_StevenSess crosses for @Morgangibbs27 to tap in.What a response by the #YoungLions! ???- England (@England) October 28, 201721.11 IST: Phil Foden’s dazzling footwork has been really exciting to watch so far.52′ Foden is toying with the @SeFutbol defence but his grounded shot goes past the goal #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201721:04 IST: We are underway for the second half. Can Spain go on to seal the game?AP Photo20.52 IST: Snap of the half.?? Remember the name: Sergio GomezHe’s got two in the first half for Spain in #FIFAU17WC Final ???? pic.twitter.com/pF1VqRrxaT- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201720.48 IST: HT: Spain 2 – 1 England. Sergio Gomez scored both the goals for Spain while Rhian Brewster got one back for England. An exciting first-half at the SLS.HT | #FIFAU17WCFINAL – KOLKATA??Â´Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?England 1-2 Spain????Sergio Gomez with first-half brace, Rhian Brewster with goal on 44′ pic.twitter.com/5KuCSRTQPe- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201720.47 IST: Brewster stands over it.20.47 IST: Free-kick right outside the box for England. Can they go level?20.45 IST: 2 minutes of added time.20.44 IST: GOAL! Brewster pulls one back for the Three Lions just before half-time. Spain 2 – 1 England.GOAL! The #YoungLions are back in it as, a minute before the break, @RhianBrewster9 heads home ??? pic.twitter.com/p4X0kppW2Badvertisement- England (@England) October 28, 201720.42 IST: England strike the bar from the left wing.42′ Hudson-odoi you beauty. A terrific piece of attack down the left but he hits the woodwork #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201720.39 IST: Foden misses a sitter to get England one back. 39′ Odoi unleashes a great cross and Foden tries to head it home from a lower height but it goes wide #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201720.37 IST: It has been incredible really. ????????? Packed house in Kolkata for #FIFAU17WC Final! Thank you for creating a wonderful atmosphere, India ???? pic.twitter.com/QBERFyxCGd- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201720.36 IST: Sad for England really. Chants of ‘Spain Spain’ go around the stadium. Past performances of England all forgotten by the Kolkata crowd, says Ritayan.20.31 IST: WHAT A GOAL! Gomez scores his second. Spain 2-0 up at Yuba Bharati. The stadium is shocked.#FIFAU17WC | GOAL!??Â´Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?Ã³?0-2??????Sergio Gomez (31)Follow ?? https://t.co/LXdkQozOFJ pic.twitter.com/OIBYZq4gYU- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201732′ A left-footed volley and BOOM!!! Sergio Gomez doubles the lead for @SeFutbol . @Englandare stunned. #ESP are 2-0 up. #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201720.29 IST: That feeling when you score early.AP Photo20.28 IST: Cooling break now.20.24 IST: They won’t get this if the scoreline remains this way.So, a tricky start for the #YoungLions but we’ve still got the trophy in our sights ??? pic.twitter.com/wdc8GGEllc- England (@England) October 28, 201720.21 IST: A GIFT THROWN AWAY!21′ What a counter-attack!!! Superb pace by Moukhliss but Anderson throws himself to thwart it. Great goalkeeping it’s #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017 20.18 IST: It has been a tremendous game so far.18′ Tremendous game so far. One @SeFutbol attack followed by a pacy counter-attack by @England . Superb game so far #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017 20.17 IST: Whoever wins today will be the ninth country to lift the title.20.16 IST: The pace has died down and it’s more of a controlled play now.20.11 IST: Anti-climax for England really20.10 IST: GOOOAAALLL! Sergio Gomez puts Spain ahead in the 10th minute.10′ What a scintillating build-up by @SeFutbol !!! Terrific game and equally calm finish by Sergio Gomez. #ENG 0-1 #ESP #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201720.09 IST: The mexican wave is doign the rounds at the Salt Lake Stadium, says our reporter Ritayan Basu 20.08 IST: INTERESTING FACT: Spain have been unchanged since the second game of the tournament. 20.06 IST: A cross from Spain but straight to the hands of the English goalkeeper.6′ Torres unleashes a great cross from the right wing but it’s timely caught by Anderson #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201720.04 IST: Wembley feels for England.In front of a 60,000-strong crowd in Kolkata, the #FIFAU17WC final is under way.Come on, #YoungLions! ?? pic.twitter.com/0UQfwGDhaU- England (@England) October 28, 2017The stage is set for the biggest match of the #FIFAU17WC, the final between @England and @SeFutbol #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/leikTpRaOdadvertisement- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201720.03 IST: A fast start to the game. 20.01 IST: Swift start from England but a fantastic save from the goalie keeps them out.20.00 IST: And we are underway.20.00 IST: Look who’s keeping an eye.Good luck team @England ??????? everyone is supporting you at home, give it your all n let’s make history! ??????- Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) October 28, 201719.57 IST: England are ready.Nearly time… ?? pic.twitter.com/HBBTKkcuKb- England (@England) October 28, 201719.55 IST: The teams. The #YoungLions are unchanged for our seventh and final game at the #FIFAU17WC ??? pic.twitter.com/rLmrkEDLTE- England (@England) October 28, 2017OFICIAL | XI de Espaa Sub-17 ????: ?lvaro, Mate, Miranda, Hugo, Chust, Antonio, Ferran, Moha, Abel, Csar y Sergio- Seleccin Espaola (@SeFutbol) October 28, 201719.53 IST: FIFA president Gianni Infantino is in the house. 19.52 IST: Just how beautiful is the venue looking?AP Photo19.46 IST: Rhian Brewster’s Liverpool teammate Georginio Wijnaldum is cheering for him to score three hat-tricks in a row.3??3????Can @RhianBrewster9 score three hat-tricks in a row?@LFC team-mate @GWijnaldum hopes so! #FIFAU17WCpic.twitter.com/yFP5Iil9PF- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 201719.44 IST: Sol Campbell is at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan to witness the final.The @England maestro @SolManOfficial is here at the VYBK Stadium to address the media #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/TLwZ92txVq- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201719.38 IST: India U-17 midfielder Abhijit Sarkar has made it to the stadium to watch the final.Look who’s here. Abhijit Sarkar has dropped in to watch the #FIFAU17WC final. #FootballTakesOver pic.twitter.com/TtQvs2A67h- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201719.31 IST: And from Spain as well. Disfrutad maana la final del Mundial sub 17, es una experiencia increible! Y traeros a Espaa el ttulo que se nos escap en Corea ??? pic.twitter.com/jVCsWgF8eb- David De Gea (@D_DeGea) October 27, 2017Ilusionados y orgullosos con la @SeFutbol sub17 en la gran final del Mundial de hoy. Estamos con vosotros. #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/PC4NHqVJUh- Julen Lopetegui (@julenlopetegui) October 28, 201719.30 IST: Wishes pouring in for the Three Lions.Good luck to @England U17s in the #FIFAU17WC final today. Make history lads ????????- Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) October 28, 2017Good luck to @England Under-17s and our young Blues involved in tomorrow’s #FIFAU17WC final! ??????- Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) October 27, 2017Good luck to @England U17s in today’s #FIFAU17WC final Let’s hope @RhianBrewster9 keeps his amazing goal-scoring run going! ??????- michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 28, 2017’Hopefully he gets another hat-trick in the final!’@GWijnaldum proud of @RhianBrewster9’s #FIFAU17WC exploits: https://t.co/UfpeuFGaty pic.twitter.com/94vKmztPpo- Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 27, 201719.27 IST: Some respite for the Spanish as well.The @SeFutbol team will have a terrific support tonight from. The stands #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/odJRnkHb1d- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201719.25 IST: One last match. Kolkata is buzzing.?? ?? ? ??!#FIFAU17WC #FootballTakesOver pic.twitter.com/bEXj87YiUB- FIFAHindi ???????? (@FIFAHindi) October 28, 2017A strong message from the football fanatics of Bengal. The eternal rivalry leads to a great brotherhood #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/HgTOvBCpkm- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201719.20 IST: England will be at home by the looks of it.The Eng-Indo bonding is an etetnal bonding #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/RCJ79z9zeQ- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017Fodens and Brewsters are surely going to get a good support at the VYBK Stadium tonight #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/AhKrNsWCd7- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201719.15 IST: Time for the big one. And fans are gathering slowly.The loudest cheerleader. #FIFAU17WC #FootballTakesOver pic.twitter.com/OAhGPg093Y- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017Three generations pose together ahead of the #FIFAU17AWC final in Kolkata. #FootballTakesOver pic.twitter.com/aA7wn8MxAD- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201719.12 IST: Kolkata gives their favourite team perhaps a fantastic send off.A standing ovation for @CBF_Futebol at the VYBK Stadium as they leave the stadium for the last time #BRAvMLI #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/aX1zPovHRl- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 201719.10: Brazil have beaten Mali 2-0 to clinch third place in the U-17 World Cup.FT | #FIFAU17WCPLAY-OFF FOR THIRD PLACE????Brazil 2-0 Mali????Alan & Yuri Alberto on target to clinch third for the South American champions pic.twitter.com/uPbXVVruuL- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 2017PREVIEW:England and Spain will have their eyes firmly trained on the history books waiting to christen them as first-time champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup when the two footballing hotshots renew acquaintances in the hotly-anticipated final on Saturday.ALSO READ: FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata dance to samba tune before all-European final In the first all-European final of this competition, England, who have never gone beyond the quarter-finals and are looking to emulate the U-20 boys, will have revenge on their minds while European champions Spain — runners up thrice — aim to brighten their trophy cabinet with a World Cup crown.??????????????England look to put history behind them when they meet ????Spain in the #FIFAU17WC final??https://t.co/SOEcOw815i pic.twitter.com/Nd3GgsSUol- #FIFAU17WC ???????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 2017It was only in May this year that Spain colts, known as La Rojita, pipped England 4-1 on penalties to bag the UEFA U-17 European Championships in Croatia.That was the third meeting of the two teams in the final of the European Championships with Spain triumphant in 2007, and the Young Lions exacting revenge three years later.The Spaniards once more emerged victorious in May, but only after a nail-biting climax. England went ahead twice and frittered their advantage, with Spain’s second equaliser coming in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Spain went on to win on penalties.”It’s going to be just as close, as the European Championship final”We hear from ????Spain captain @AbelRuizOrtega https://t.co/w1xBCuViI5 pic.twitter.com/zrymlpDezT- #FIFAU17WC ???????? (@FIFAcom) October 27, 2017Cut to India, where England have been perfect leading up to the summit clash, with Spain peaking at the right time, it promises to be a lip-smacking affair at the colossal Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, expected to be packed to the rafters.It has been a landmark year for England so far, who since the Booby Moore led team’s World Cup win in 1966, had failed to achieve any sort of success at the international level.The jinx was broken in June, when the U-20 side lifted the World Cup beating Venezuela in the final.The U-19 team picked up from there, bagging the UEFA European U-19 Championship crown a month later.With Steve Cooper’s side registering a clinical 3-1 victory over three-time champions Brazil in the semi-final here, they became the fourth England youth team to reach a final in the calendar year.Since the 4-0 bossing of Chile in the U-17 tournament opener, England have made it clear who the trailblazers would be.Mexico threatened to rein them in with a quickfire second-half blitz from Diego Lainez while Japan frustrated them even further, dragging the round of 16 game to England’s most dreaded penalties. On both occasions, the boys in white showed composure which Cooper feels belies their age. Iraq were also dealt with 4-0.They were head and shoulders above the US in the quarter-final in Goa — the only game they played out of Kolkata — and dictated a flair-filled Brazil. England are the only team in the tourney to have won all their games leading up to the final.??????Skipper Joel Latibeaudiere taking inspiration from @England’s #U20WC triumph after reaching #FIFAU17WC final ????https://t.co/sTGLjUVrQX pic.twitter.com/vdqOqeSKnF- #FIFAU17WC ???????? (@FIFAcom) October 25, 2017In Spain though, they face their sternest test yet.Santiago Denia’s boys have gone from strength to strength in the tournament and look unrecognisable from the team that lost the first game to Brazil 1-2 in Kochi.After registering two facile wins over Niger and Korea DPR in Group D to qualify for the knockout stages, Spain underlined their title credentials with a strong 2-1 performance against in-form France.TIME TO MAKE HISTORY! ?? World Cup final ? England ?? Spain ?? 28/10/17 ?? 16.30h. ?? @Gol #? #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/3SDYsTBI6A- Seleccin Espaola (@SeFutbol) October 28, 2017They bettered their showing against Iran who had defeated Germany 4-0 in the preliminary round and in the semis, sent Mali packing 3-1.At the heart of their display was skipper Abel Ruiz who led from the front.Scoring six goals in six games, the FC Barcelona youth striker alongwith Valencia’s Ferran Torres, who plays down the right channel, and Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder Cesar Gelabert form a formidable trio up front for Spain.Squads:England: Curtis Anderson, Josef Bursik, William Crelin; Timothy Eyoma, Joel Latibeaudiere, Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, Lewis Gibson, Steven Sessegnon, Morgan Gibbs White, Tashan Oakley Boothe; Conor Gallagher, Angel Gomes, Nya Kirby, George McEachran; Callum Hudson Odoi, Philip Foden, Emile Smith Rowe, Rhian Brewster, Danny LoaderSpain: Alvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss, Abel Ruiz, Sergio Gomez, Nacho Diaz, Pedro Ruiz, Marc Vidal, Alvaro Garcia, Eric Garcia, Diego Pampin, Jose Lara, Cesar Gelabert, Carlos Beitia, Victor Perea, Alfonso Pastor.
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Lionel Messi is arguably the best in the world at what he does, and that is putting the ball at the back of the net.He scored one goal in FC Barcelona’s 3-0 demolition of CF Real Madrid in the La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on Saturday but even when he was not scoring, he was everywhere.From tracking back to enable the free flow in midfield to making darting runs forward, Messi showed why he is referred to as a ‘magician’.El Clasico is a huge clash in itself and the last time Messi visited the Bernabeu, it was his iconic celebration that hit the headline.This Clasico was no different. This time around, Messi not just made a merry with that right boot of his but it was his wet sock that took the cake last evening.FC Barcelona were up 2-0 up until the last minute of the game, when he assisted Aleix Vidal, his 200th for Barcelona, to pound home the final nail in CF Real Madrid’s coffin.Messi received the ball on the right flank and beat his marker, Brazilian left-back Marcelo, with a characteristic deft touch and rapid change in pace. Marcelo made a last-minute lunge at the ball, but managed only to stop Messi’s right boot as the man escaped.GOAL! Aleix Vidal 90’+3 (0-3) #ElClasico pic.twitter.com/bp1vNbzgan- Media Cules Goal (@mediaculesgoal) December 23, 2017Messi squared the ball back into the center with only a ‘wet sock’ on, evading none other than Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s feeble attempt to cover for his team-mate. Real Madrid defenders were drawn towards the Argentine magician, leaving a host of Barcelona players unmarked at the edge of the box. One of them was Vidal, whose side-foot trickled across the line.advertisementFC Barcelona will look back at this day when they possibly will lift the La Liga trophy at the end of the season, as the day that they surged ahead in the race.Barcelona’s win increased their lead to nine points over second-place Atletico Madrid and 14 points clear of Real Madrid CF, who remain in fourth place with a game in hand.Barcelona also extended its unbeaten streak to 25 matches across all competitions since losing to Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in August.
No play was possible on the third day as rain played spoilsport at Newlands.Updates:19.05 IST: Strangely, no early start over the remaining two days. Play begins at normal time – 1030 local (14.00 IST) but 98 overs are scheduled on both days.19.01 IST: Play has been ABANDONED for the day. Sensible decision, given that the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening. The good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.Rain or no rain. Never short of the love #TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/YvTlaoRi2o- BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 201816.47 IST: Indian players are finally making their way to the Newlands stadium now. We can expect play very soon now if the rain stays away.Getting slightly better here in Newlands as #TeamIndia make their way to the ground #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/J3XC3NbIep- BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 201816.33 IST: Good news folks, the covers are being removed as the sun breaks through at Newlands for the first time this morning.16.05 IST: Regarding Dale Steyn, an official statement has just been released that he will not bowl in this Test match but can bat if needed. Not sure whether that means any sort of convenience for the Proteas but they will take it for now16.00 IST: Lunch has been taken. Slightly better news. The rain has reduced considerably to a drizzle and the skies are clearing up as well. Hopefully, we should have some resumption news by the next update. Please be tuned… South Africa 286 & 65/2, lead India (209) by 142 runsadvertisementReserve Umpire, Bongani Jele is out on the field as the Newlands weather clears up. Looks like we might have some action after all. #ProteaFire #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/8ObqQmH38c- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201815.00 IST: It is raining, it is raining, it is raining…..in fact it has gotten a bit heavier as well. Some puddles have also started to form on the outfield. You can continue doing whatever you were doing till now. Doesn’t look like we are going to start anytime soon…With the rain still coming down here at Newlands, letï¿½??s take a moment and hear from Proteas batting coach on what is more important to him besides the game of Cricket #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/0XTDNEHrTw- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201814.28 IST: The light drizzle has turned into a heavy downpour now at Newlands. The good thing is that the match has moved at a frenetic pace with two innings done in just 2 days. So hopefully, this time lost should not prove too costly. Stay tuned for updates.13.50 IST: Sunil Gavaskar informs on air that the ‘SITUATION IS REALLY BAD.’ He says that it has been drizzling throughout the morning and the pitch has been covered since last evening. The outfield dries out pretty quickly but looking at the overhead conditions, he reckons that there does not look a sign for the clouds to move away.Under covers at the moment is Newlands. Raining down here heavily! Expected delay in start #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/Q23Pz4h32g- BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2018Firmly states that there will not be any play till Lunch at least and for maybe, even a while after the break. One positive sign is, he says, only the pitch is covered. Even the bowlers’ runups are not covered. So once the rain stops, the play should not take long to resume. But for that, the sun has to come out. On India’s bowling chances, he says that the conditions could help the tourists now but they need to bowl well. There will be moisture underneath the surface as it has been covered for a long time but like yesterday, if they continue to be on the shorter side, then they will struggle. Reckons that something seems to be wrong with Mohammed Shami’s fitness because he looks flat.13.45 IST: Here are some more pictures of the Newlands ground which is completely covered at the moment.PPC Newlands Cricket Ground ahead of Day 3 of the #SunfoilTest between #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/4WeP72NaIZ- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 201813.45 IST: Start of play will be delayed due to rain at NewlandsEarly morning showers here at PPC Newlands Cricket Ground. Start of Day 3 could be delayed #SAvInd #ProteaFire #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/SPvkoHR3sO- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 7, 2018Match summary:Hardik Pandya starred with both bat and ball on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday.advertisementAfter scoring a counter-attacking 93 off 95, Pandya got rid of the South African openers as the hosts reached 65/2 at the close of play to take a substantial lead of 142 runs.Hashim Amla (four not out) and night-watchman Kagiso Rabada (two not out) will seek on day three to extend the home side’s advantage of 142 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining after they bowled India out for 209 on a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance for the bowlers.South Africa, however, were sweating over another potential injury blow for experienced seamer Dale Steyn.Steyn (2-51) left the field during the innings having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on a bruised heel. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match — and the series — is in doubt.Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 14 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury.South Africa’s Aiden Markram (34) was the first wicket to fall in their second innings, having looked fluent at the crease until he top-edged a rising delivery from Hardik Pandya (2-17) to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at a deep point.Dean Elgar (25) was scratchy throughout his stay at the crease and became Pandya’s second victim when he edged to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.Earlier, Pandya defied the odds to smash runs all over the park on a pitch where top Indian batsmen struggled to score runs. Pandya struck a 93 off just 95 balls on the second day an innings studded with 14 fours and a six. His valiant effort helped India score 209 in reply to South Africa’s 286, who took a crucial 77-run first innings lead.Pandya was also involved in a 99-run stand Bhuvneshwar for the eighth wicket to help the visitors cut down the first innings deficit.(With inputs from Reuters)
LOS ANGELES — Coach Doc Rivers has said he’ll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains the owner, the interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a “disaster” for the franchise.“If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach,” Richard Parsons said in court on July 22nd, recounting recent conversations with Rivers.His testimony was a rare foray into the basketball side of the Clippers at a probate-court trial that has focused on the narrow question of whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements.Shelly Sterling is scheduled to return to the stand on July 22nd as the final witness, with the two sides returning for closing arguments next week.Parsons, a former Chief Executive at Time Warner and Citigroup who took over leadership of the Clippers in May during the media blitz surrounding the banishment of Sterling, said under questioning by Ballmer’s lawyer that the departure of Rivers would “accelerate the death spiral” of the Clippers.“If Doc were to leave, that would be a disaster,” Parsons said. “Doc is the father figure, the one who leads.” Team representatives said Rivers had no comment on the testimony.Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union.The judge stopped Parsons from giving an account of his conversations with Paul when an NBA lawyer objected over privacy issues.Parsons said corporate sponsors and season ticket holders would likely be the next to leave. “If your coach leaves, if your players don’t want to play with you, what do you have?” Parsons asked. “If your sponsors leave and the fans leave, it’s going to spiral down and down.”Parsons also said he doesn’t believe that anyone will offer as much money for the team as Ballmer. That opinion was seconded by witness Anwar Zakkour, an investment banker who helped broker the deal for Ballmer’s purchase and said he never expected a bid so big.Explaining why Ballmer would have bid over the value of the team, Zakkour said, “It was a trophy asset.”“This is the highest price ever achieved for a sports team,” he said. “However way you count it, this is an amazing price that anyone should be satisfied with.”Parsons and Zakkour said that if the NBA seized the team and put it up for auction, the price would drop because there would be less certainty about the team’s future.Outside court, Sterling’s lawyer, Bobby Samini, said the billionaire would persist in his opposition to the sale because “he feels he was wronged” by the NBA. “He has no desire to destroy the team,” Samini said. “He is fighting to protect his rights.”Later, Sterling fired off another legal volley, filing a new lawsuit against his wife, the NBA and league commissioner Adam Silver that alleges fraud, breach of contract, unfair business practices and infliction of emotional distress.He claimed, among other things, that he was tricked into being examined by psychiatrists to establish whether he was mentally competent. The NBA declined to comment on the new lawsuit.Shelly Sterling’s attorney called it a “frivolous, last ditch act of desperation” in a statement.“This action shows once more how obsessed he is with ruining a record-setting $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers,” attorney Pierce O’Donnell said, “a sale that would solve the problems his racist rant started three months ago.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Chase Headley remembered watching the New York Yankees as a kid and then as a competitor.“You expected the magic moment, the big hit, the guy to get out of the jam,” he said. “You just kind of learn to expect it.”On Sept. 4, he combined with Mark Teixeira to deliver one of those indelible instants, one that gave the Yankees a little more belief that they can put together a spurt and return to the playoffs after a one-year absence.Teixeira hit a tying home run off Koji Uehara leading off the ninth inning and Headley homered with one out, lifting New York to stunning 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.“Two home runs in the ninth — it used to happen a lot more,” Teixeira said. “It’s a huge win. You feel like you kind of stole one.”David Ortiz homered twice off Chris Capuano as the Red Sox built a 3-0 lead in the first three innings. After Derek Jeter hit a two-run double and scored on Carlos Beltran’s single in the bottom of the third, Brock Holt put Boston ahead 4-3 with a fifth-inning homer.Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Josh Outman, Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren (3-5) combined for 4 2-3 innings of one-hit relief, keeping the Yankees within one run.New York had just one hit since the third before Teixeira fouled off a 2-2 pitch, then drove a hanging splitter into the second deck in right field for his 21st home run this season, his first since Aug. 17.“I’ve been pretty bad the last few weeks,” said Teixeira, who started the game in a 6-for-44 (.136) slide.After Brian McCann flied out, Headley worked the count to 3-2 and sent another splitter from Uehara (6-5) deep into the right-field bleachers.Headley threw his helmet as he approached home plate, where he was met by his leaping teammates and doused with an orange bucket of Gatorade by Brett Gardner as he crossed.It was Headley’s second-game winning hit since the Yankees acquired him from San Diego on July 22. On the night he arrived, his 14th-inning single gave New York a 2-1 victory over Texas. “A little bit different,” Headley said, smiling. “I actually knew everybody’s name this time.”New York, which remained four games out of the second AL wild-card spot with 24 games left, is in danger of missing consecutive postseasons for the first time since 1992 and ’93.“It’s a great win, and we needed it,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “And we’re going to need a lot more.”Capuano, who made 28 relief appearances with Boston this year before he was released, allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings for the Yankees. He gave up three homers to left-handed hitters for the first time in his 239 big league pitching appearances, according to STATS.Another midseason addition, he watched from the dugout as the ninth inning unfolded. “I was standing on the top rail there,” Capuano said, “just hoping for some magic.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares