Social activist Pushpa Bhave selected for Rajarshi Shahu awardKolhapur, Jun 18 (PTI) Eminent scholar and socialactivist Pushpa Bhave has been selected for the ‘RajarshiShahu Puraskar’.She will be conferred the award at a function to beorganised here on June 26 on the occasion of the birthanniversary of Rajarshi Shahu, a former ruler of the erstwhileprincely state of Kolhapur, said Avinash Subhedar, districtcollector and president of the Chhatrapati Rajarshi ShahuMemorial Trust, at a press conference today.The prestigious award, presented in the memory ofRajarshi Shahu, a well-known social reformer, carries a cashprize of Rs 1 lakh.The award recognises outstanding contribution of anindividual in the fields of social work, science, fine arts,education and sports.Bhave, a resident of Mumbai, has been active invarious fields. Besides being an eminent scholar and socialactivist, the 79-year-old is also a thinker and an author.Bhave has been selected for the award for heroutstanding contribution in a range of fields, Subhedar said.She has been part of a series of struggles for morethan fifty years. Bhave fought for the empowerment of Dalits,women head loaders, sweepers and women beedi workers amongother sections of the society.She had been at the forefront of several politicalstruggles. The veteran activist participated in the SamyuktMaharashtra Movement which was launched in 1956 to demand aseparate state for Marathi-speaking people.She rendered her support to the Narmada Bachao Andolanfor rehabilitation of dam-affected people. PTI CORRSY RSY RSYadvertisement
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The Supreme Court has delivered its judgement and upheld the new BCCI constitution submitted by the Committee of Administrators (COA) following some revisions. This now paves the way for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to return to democracy after the revised constitution is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act in thirty days.It also marks the beginning of the end of the COA’s nineteen month stint so far during which they made some significant decisions like giving cricketers, selectors, umpires, scorers pay hikes as well as upgrading the players’ contract system. However failing to enforce the Supreme Court order on Lodha reforms, they were constantly accused of exceeding their brief and meddling in BCCI’s day to day affairs.COA member Diana Edulji takes some of these questions from India Today…Q. Diana Edulji, your initial thoughts on the order which has come a year and a half after your committee was appointed?A. It’s been some time now since we got into this. We wanted to implement it quickly but there were lot of appeals and we got stuck. I am happy the final order is out now. We are still reading through it and seeking legal opinion. But there is a clear road map now to get these things implemented as soon as possible so that we can have a new BCCI functioning as soon as possible.Q. The court doing away with ‘one state one vote’ was not unexpected after requests from all quarters. But how do you read the decision to relax ‘cooling off clause’ which now allows an office bearer to stay in office for two consecutive terms?advertisementA. There were suggestions for cooling off period to be wiped out completely also. In all fairness, two terms is good enough. One term would have been a little short that’s my personal opinion. You need a bit of continuity. But I think two terms is fair enough and a right step taken by the Supreme Court.Q. So you don’t agree it’s dilution of the original order?A. I don’t think two terms is a dilution of the first order. It’s just to broad-base the situation and take the consideration to have a good functional BCCI and state associations. In that respect it’s a fair judgement.BCCI COA member and former India captain Diana Edulji welcomed all the modifications made by the SC in its revised order on BCCI reforms. Speaking about the COA role, she said, ‘We are in the slog overs now.’#ReporterDiary by @rkmraseshMore videos: https://t.co/FAHzdjSiWA pic.twitter.com/l1IxevjcE7India Today (@IndiaToday) August 9, 2018Q. You have been a player yourself. So you would not be surprised with the number of selectors being revised to five with the work load before them?A. Yes. It was becoming difficult with the number of matches increasing, the no of tournaments increasing, both men and women with three selectors. It was getting a bit impractical and now with five it will be eased a bit. There will be less pressure on selectors.Q. What are the immediate implications though? Can the current three member selection Committee continue to pick teams?A. We donn’t have to rush into things. The legal will be looking into the order. And we have to get the new constitution under Tamil Nadu Societies Act. It will take some time. As and when we get legal advice, we will decide. If we have to take urgent steps, we will do so.Q. You have scheduled interviews for women’s head coach on Friday. The order says head coach of any Indian team will be picked by the Cricket Advisory committee.A. I will have to send this point across to legal as well as Mr. Vinod Rai, if we can go ahead with the women’s head coach interviews. But we need to get the coach in place too. One option is to continue to have the interim arrangement, we currently have.Q. You are right that the new coach needs to be in place soon. This is a World T20 year for the women’s team.A. And before the World T20 we go to Sri Lanka as well. So the new coach has to be in place with the team and strategise with the team. One has to get to know the team. So it’s important. Also the selection committee has to be in place to pick the men’s and women’s team. It has to be something we have to look into quickly. If possible we have to take decisions because until new constitution is framed, these things will have to be looked into properly. We can’t rush things either which leads to problems later.advertisementQ. I know you still have a job to do to oversee implementation of new BCCI constitution. But how do you look back at the stint so far? One could see from the outside there was a lot of acrimony between the COA and office bearers.A. It’s part of life. You have acrimony on the cricket field too. It’s a game. As a player I never bothered about all this, I was going to do my job. Now most importantly, the slog overs are on and we have to finish the job.
Rocky Marciano got the most ink he’d received in decades last year, as Floyd Mayweather Jr rode a laughable match-up against a novice boxer to a 50-0 record, ending the Italian legend’s long reign at the top of the table.In boxing, everything was better in the past, of course, so,Rocky Marciano got the most ink he’d received in decades last year, as Floyd Mayweather Jr rode a laughable match-up against a novice boxer to a 50-0 record, ending the Italian legend’s long reign at the top of the table.In boxing, everything was better in the past, of course, so there were plenty of naysayers ready to point out that “Money” Mayweather had feathered his sheet with soft touches and ducked Manny Pacquiao until his buzzsaw style had been tempered with age. In Rocky’s day, championship fights went 15 rounds. Fighters fought every month, not once a year.There’s an element of truth in that myth of boxing’s glorious past, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mike Stanton shows in his nuanced new biography of the Italian-American champion. But Marciano, too, had a share of footnotes on his stretch of victories. Though he wasn’t able to pick his opponents like Mayweather, he received protection from his mob-backed manager, who was also the head of the dominant sanctioning body of the time, the International Boxing Club.Still, boxing was far more brutal in those days, when it was the most popular sport in America (or a close second to baseball). The year that Rocky emerged as a contender, 18 fighters were killed as a result of blows they suffered in the ring. Marciano was lucky not to be involved in one of those ring deaths.In the book’s most moving chapter, Stanton recounts the story of Carmine “Bingo” Vingo, another Italian-American contender Marciano faced on his way to the top. An epic slugfest, the fight ended with Vingo in a coma. He didn’t awaken until several days later, and he was permanently disabled. Avoiding hagiography, Stanton recounts that Marciano and Vingo remained friends, with Vingo and his wife attending Rocky’s wedding a few weeks later, but also that the champ never delivered on his promise to set his disabled foe up with a lucrative job.advertisement
Former champion Kidambi Srikanth’s hope of snapping a long title drought came crashing down after he went down in straight games to former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open here Sunday.A former world no. 1 Srikanth blew two game points in the second game to lose 7-21 20-22 to Axelsen in the men’s singles summit clash.It was the Indian’s first final in a BWF world tour event in 17 months. He had last won a title at the 2017 French Open.The final started as a close affair with Srikanth and Axelsen splitting the initial 10 points but a series of unforced errors from the Indian allowed the Danish player to move ahead as he unleashed a smash to seal an 11-7 advantage at the break.Srikanth failed to engage his rival in rallies with Axelsen punishing any weak return. The Indian’s backhand was particularly weak and he lost a lot of points there. Axelsen eventually took the opening game when Srikanth went long.After the change of sides, Srikanth conceded a 1-5 lead to his opponent early on. The Indian took the next three points but Axelsen was always a step ahead.Srikanth’s lifts went long and he also made wrong line calls, enabling Axelsen to grab a 11-9 lead at the break.A fighting Srikanth, however, clawed back at 12-12 and went to the lead at 14-13 after Axelsen smashed wide.Another smash helped Srikanth grab two game points. He lost both with a wide return and after failing to connect a shot. A net dribble gave Axelsen one match point and he sealed it with a precise return.advertisementAlso Read | India Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap enter quarter-finalsAlso Read | India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap seal semi-final spotsAlso Read | India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap crash out after semi-final defeatsAlso Watch | Know Kidambi Srikanth’s one stop guide to his ever growing fitness
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is no less than a festival for the fans in the country. It is the perfect mix of cricket and entertainment. Not only does it entertain them with boundaries and sixes, but it also gets them to witness their favourite stars playing for their favourite teams.Looking back at the cash-rich league since its inception in 2008, it is clear that the IPL is more than just the fours and sixes or the wickets. Right from the start, every season has seen it’s share of controversies.Be it the “Slap Gate” in the opening season or “Spot-fixing fiasco” in 2013, there has not been one season when the tournament has not been marred by controversies.IANS takes a look at the major episodes that rocked the league in the first four years from its inception:1. 2008: Slap Gate S Sreesanth after being slapped by Harbhajan Singh (Source: Photobucket)April 18, 2008 was the day when the carnival began and as everyone expected, IPL quickly captured the imagination of fans as Kolkata Knight Riders posted a massive 222/3 against Royal Challengers Bangalore and went on to register a massive 140-run win, thanks to Brendon McCullum.The former Kiwi skipper hit a spectacular 73-ball 158 to set the ball rolling in what has gone on to become the most successful domestic T20 league.Everything seemed to have been going perfect for the BCCI and the fans until things turned ugly after just 12 days.On April 25, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was then leading the Mumbai Indians, was trapped in a major controversy after he was pictured slapping then Kings XI Punjab pacer S Sreesanth in Mohali.advertisementSreesanth was later seen crying bitterly on the ground while Harbhajan was banned from taking further part in the season, beside being banned from five ODIs as well by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee.According to reports, after Mumbai’s 66-run loss to his team, Sreesanth had told Harbhajan Singh ‘hard luck’ which provoked the spinner to take the action and stirred a major controversy in the inaugural IPL, a start which no one had wanted.2. 2009: End of road for Pakistani players Shah Rukh Khan with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (source: Youtube)The second season of the IPL saw the Pakistan Cricket Board first refusing to grant permission to its players to come and play in India after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.Simultaneously the Indian board also decided to keep the Pakistani cricketers away from the league.While there have been talks and requests quite a few times over the years, but the IPL has not opened its doors to cricketers from the neighbouring country.3. 2010: IPL Chairman Lalit Modi sacked IPL Chairman Lalit Modi was sacked after being charged on five counts in 2010. (Source: PTI)Lalit Modi, the man who started the league was ousted minutes after the final of the third edition for financial irregularities.It was a huge blow and the biggest controversy till then as Lalit Modi was charged on five counts — shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab; a suspect broadcast deal with Sony; bid rigging of two new franchises this year and his behavioural pattern.Chirayu Amin was appointed as the new chairman.4. 2011: Cheerleader diary causes stir South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto was thrown out by Mumbai Indians in 2011. (Photo: thealternativecricketalmanac)South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto was thrown out by Mumbai Indians for blogging on how cheerleaders were treated poorly and cricketers misbehaved with the girls.”I was sent home as if I was a criminal. I was treated as if I had taken drugs or done something awful, and I was never offered an opportunity to give my side of the story. It’s a joke. There were cameras everywhere at these after-parties, watching what they got up to. The guys treated us like piece of meat. We couldn’t go anywhere without the crowds mobbing us,” she had told reporters after returning home.Also Read | Mankading controversy erupts in IPL: Is it fair to call R Ashwin a cheat?Also Read | IPL no-ball controversy: Cricketing fraternity slams umpiring blooperAlso Read | IPL 2019: England cricket stars slam R Ashwin after he Mankads Jos ButtlerAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstances
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) said on Saturday that the Junior Hockey World Cup will be held every two years.It also said that the five-a-side format and a new simple FIH ranking system will be introduced in 2019.FIH CEO Thierry Weil said the junior players should get better international exposure to prove their mettle.The FIH CEO, however, was clueless on the exact timing of the next Junior World Cup and the host nation.As per the earlier practice, the FIH used to hold the Junior World Cup every four years since the inception of the tournament in 1979.The last Junior World Cup was held in 2016 at Lucknow. Indian team was the champion in the tournament.Weil also said that FIH has decided to introduce the five-a-side format to attract more youth from different countries to hockey.The FIH CEO informed that it is not a new format and the traditional 11-a-side format will continue to enjoy its usual importance.Several FIH affiliated countries are already playing the five-a-side format. In this context, FIH will floor the new format in February next year.A simplified ranking system will also be introduced soon, Weil said.He also informed that the federation will try to reduce the Hockey World Cup schedule from three weeks to two weeks.With the Indian team coach Harendra Singh alleging that umpire’s decision led to their defeat in the quarterfinal match against the Netherlands on Thursday, the FIH CEO Thierry Weil strongly refuted the allegations.He also asserted that the questions raised on some of the decisions by umpires during the ongoing World Cup here are unacceptable.”I think the beauty of sports lies in the principle that you have a winner and a loser. The day you win, you are happy. The day you lose, you are sad, which I understand. Respect for fair play is such a nice thing. When you lose, what do you do? You have to look forward to playing better and win next time,” the FIH CEO said.”When you lost the match, we should gracefully accept the fact. The FIH would not accept such allegations in any manner,” he added.FIH president Narinder Batra said: “I reserve my comments in this regard and I will give it on December 17 after the completion of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup.”–IANScd/ajb/sedadvertisement
India suffered a 2-0 defeat in their second Group A match of AFC Asian Cup 2019 against the United Arab Emirates at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.Goals from Ali Mabkhout and Khalfan Mubarak in the 41st and the 88th minute helped the hosts register their first win of the tournament after a 1-1 draw against Bahrain in the tournament opener on Saturday.India were clinical in front of goal during their impressive 4-1 win over Thailand on Sunday but their finishing was far from impressive earlier in the day against higher-ranked UAE, who walked away with three points.India have now slipped to the second spot of the Group A table while the hosts, who were cheered on by more than a 40,000-strong crowd in Abu Dhabi topped the group.As many as three chances went begging in the first half. Ashique Kurniyan’s left-footed effort and Sunil Chhetri’s header from a brilliant cross from Sunil Chettri was kept away by UAE goalkeeper, Khalid Essa who was brilliant throughout the match.UAE put early pressure on India by creating a few chances in the opening minutes of the match but India quickly managed to organise themselves and find their feet.Not our day as the #BlueTigers suffer a 2-0 defeat at the hands of UAE and as a result, we remain with 3 points after our first 2 games.#INDUAE #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream: AFC Media pic.twitter.com/JZFwh2YiIeIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 10, 2019Three huge chances went begging but credit should go to UAE goalkeeper Khalid Essa who dnied Ashique Kuruniyan and Sunil Chhetri in the first half. Chhetri rued the missed chance as he was unmarked at the far post when Anirudh Thapa swung it in nicely only to see his captain head it straight into the body of Essa.advertisementIndia continued to be impressive in the mid-field as well but their finishing boots were missing on the big day. They paid the price for it when Mubarak scored his first international goal to give the hosts the lead just break the half-time break.Entering the game after a 1-1 stalemate with Bahrain, UAE required full points full points, and the relief was palpable in their camp when Mubarak broke the deadlock.The joy would have been short-lived for the home team had the talismanic Chhetri’s attempt not missed the target by a whisker in the 43rd minute, this after the Indian captain had the UAE defenders in splits and managed to cut one through one of the gaps with Eisa noweher in the picture.Down by a goal at the break, India were not to be disheartened and made their intentions clear in the second half.Constantine brought in Jeje Lalpekhlua in place of Halicharan Narzary and the Mizo forward, who scored two minutes after coming off the bench in the 4-1 mauling of Thailand, nearly did an encore in the 53rd minute. Jeje’s volley went inches off the post.Three minutes later, India again experienced the so-near-yet-so-far moment when Udanta Singh’s shot ricochets off the bar. UAE got their act together and troubled the Indians occasionally and they also had one of their attempts blocked by the bar.We are ready to fight against Bahrain: Chhetri”It was a tight game. UAE are a good side, and they converted their chances. When you get your chances, you got to convert them. If we could have taken ours, it could have been different. We are still in the running. As a team, we are united and we are ready to fight, and that’s what we are going to do against Bahrain,” Chhetri said.India knew that they had a tough task in hand against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who were not only the better-ranked team than them but also had the huge home support from the crowd.UAE are ranked 79th in the FIFA rankings while India are positioned at 97th. Even in Asia, India (ranked 15th) are seven places below UAE (ranked 8th). More than the battle of the quality of football and the skills, it was always going to be about the physicality.Against Thailand, India had shown no nerves early on in the match and only because Thailand failed to make the best of their opportunities, India stayed in the fight and eventually toppled their opponents.Also Read | Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid’s long list of injured playersAlso Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationAlso See: India go down 0-2 to UAEadvertisement
The name Markus Zusak may not ring a bell. But The Book Thief almost certainly will. Adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson in 2013, The Book Thief is the story of a young girl who learns to read from a Jewish refugee her family is hiding,The name Markus Zusak may not ring a bell. But The Book Thief almost certainly will. Adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson in 2013, The Book Thief is the story of a young girl who learns to read from a Jewish refugee her family is hiding from the Nazis. It went on to be a best-seller. Now, more than a decade since its publication, Zusak is back with his much-anticipated next novel, Bridge of Clay, a family saga of five brothers who are bringing themselves up without any adults. He spoke with india today about how the book evolved. Bridge of Clay is a family saga of five brothers who are bringing themselves up without any adults.Q: You’ve said you conceived of Bridge of Clay when you were 19. What sparked the idea?I was 19 or 20 years old, and in my mind I saw a boy who was building a bridge. I named him Clayton, which was the one piece of luck I needed. I thought I would call the book ‘Clayton’s Bridge’, and then a few months later, I thought: No, not ‘Clayton’s Bridge’-make it ‘Bridge of Clay’. And that was when a whole new depth of meaning and emotion instantly entered the idea. I thought of a boy who was building a bridge of stone or wood, but it was also made of him-of Clay. I immediately saw the dual meaning of Clay (the name) and clay (the material), which can be moulded into anything, but needs fire to set it. That was when I knew there was a book to write.advertisementQ: How did the book evolve in the decade that it took to write it?When I finished The Book Thief, I knew somehow that I had published four books previously that really meant something to me, and that book meant everything. I never wanted to go back to writing books that meant just something to me ever again.Q: You have said elsewhere that instances from your own life have inspired bits of the book.It’s usually just the very small things, and they never exist in a book exactly as they happened in real life. In my own house, for example, we have two children, two dogs and two cats, and in the Dunbar household in the Bridge of Clay, there are five brothers and five animals. There is plenty of chaos in our household with our foursome of pets, but I elevated it to make it five. The cat in the book named Hector is based on one of our cats, named Brutus, but he grows in the writing of the novel. That’s why I love writing. We see the world in a totally unique way that is also somehow familiar.Q: The Book Thief had death as a narrator. Do you feel that death continues to be a character in this book?I guess death is a kind of friend to all of us in a way, because knowing it hangs over us is what makes everything we do worthwhile. Death is still a major force in Bridge of Clay and there are a few cameos, where Matthew imagines Death hanging from the power lines, or sitting on the curtain rod in the kitchen. This time around, what hasn’t changed is finding great life in the face of death.Q: The premise of The Book Thief-a family shielding a Jew from the Nazis during World War II-was familiar to readers in the subcontinent. Bridge of Clay is more foreign ground.It’s a very Australian book in some ways, and I think our countries do have a bond over a particular sport. All of my books are about family. About trying to live decently, to look for laughter and ambition in our lives and, having been to India once before, I know the people are generous and warm, and talkative and kind. These are all the elements I look to write with, and so I hope Indian readers will connect with the Dunbar family, and with Clay, whose story is about building a bridge, to make one perfect, beautiful thing.
When Jadon Sancho arrived in India for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the English teenager came with a reputation.A youth product of Manchester City – who departed to Borussia Dortmund to find first-team football – the left winger made his cameo for the England junior team memorable for the Indian fans.The 18-year-old didn’t stay long enough to lift the World Cup alongside his English teammates in Kolkata and expectedly so – Sancho was a star-in-making at the German Bundesliga the next year.At Manchester City, a chance to feature regularly on the first team sheet was unlikely for the South Londoner, certainly nothing like Marcus Rashford has with Manchester United or Kylian Mbappe with Monaco and then PSG.Sancho’s brilliant form was seen right from the start of the season, coming on as a late substitute and making an impact when the game was stretched and legs were tired.His intelligent run-ins behind the defenders and fighting spirit are already creating a towering image for him in the league.Reiss Nelson, another young English prodigy on loan at 1899 Hoffenheim from Arsenal, is also thriving in the league, having scored seven goals in his first six games.Young English footballers are the flavour in the German Bundesliga this season. Pinning on the success of Sancho and Nelson, many British teenagers are shifting their base to a country that offers a chance to play at the top level.Mail Today spoke with Bayern Munich legend Bixente Lizarazu, who spoke in length about the Bundesliga’s love with the Premier League boys and why the league’s top teams are splashing money to acquire their services.advertisement”Germans do smart business,” laughed Lizarazu, the 1998 World Cup winner with France.”In the Premier League, you see, the clubs buy many foreign players. The teams have big money to buy these big names and that restricts playing opportunity for the youngsters. The clubs in Bundesliga, like Dortmund, Schalke and even Bayern, they look at these players with a strategic mind.”They capitalise on the lack of playing time these players get to bring them here and make them first-team mainstays. It’s just a matter of time when these players showcase their talent. Sancho is a good player, he has played well for Dortmund and you can see where they are right now – at the top of the table,” added the 49-year-old. Lizarazu, who was in the Capital to inspire participants of the FC Bayern Youth Cup India at the Adidas Football Base on Saturday.Lizarazu also spoke about French superstar Mbappe, a leading figure in France’s 2018 World Cup glory.Whilst he resisted comparing the 20-year-old to any other big names in world football, the former Bordeaux left-back warned the youngster against being a one-season wonder.”You talk about Ronaldo or Messi, they have proved themselves for more than 15 seasons. I think Mbappe is a great talent but he has to keep performing well. Anyone can have two-three good seasons, it’s about quality but mentality. If he (Mbappe) can go on to play at this level for more seasons, nobody can stop him,” he concluded.
A strong comeback will be expected from India after the hammering from New Zealand in the series-opener when the two teams square-up in the second T20 International at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.After suffering their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday night, India don’t have a lot of time to introspect with just 24 hours separating the two games.It was the kind of day when nothing went right for India who let New Zealand amass 219 before surrendering meekly in the steep chase.Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.What time does the 2nd T20I between India vs New Zealand start?The second T20I between India and New Zealand starts at 12.00 PM IST on February 8, Friday at the Eden Park in Auckland.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand be played?The 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland from 12.00 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.Also Watch:
Chelsea was drawn to face Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League on Friday, and Arsenal will play French club Rennes without the suspended Alexandre Lacazette.Both London clubs are currently outside the top four in the Premier League, so the Champions League place awarded to the Europa League winner could be the best chance for them to return to the elite competition.Chelsea won the Europa League in 2013 but has recently dropped to sixth in the Premier League and was knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday.In another blow, Chelsea was banned by FIFA on Friday from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering youngsters.After Friday’s draw, UEFA announced that Lacazette would serve an additional two-game ban after being sent off for swinging an elbow at an opponent in the last-16 game at BATE Borisov.The striker was already suspended for the second leg on Thursday ahead of the UEFA disciplinary committee ruling that extended the sanction.Also in Friday’s draw, five-time champion Sevilla was drawn to meet Slavia Prague.In other matchups, it’s: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Inter Milan; Dinamo Zagreb vs. Benfica; Napoli vs. Salzburg; Valencia vs. Krasnodar; and Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Villarreal.The first legs will be played on March 7 and the return games on March 14.The final is set for May 29 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Also Watch:
West Indies produced a dramatic comeback to beat England by 26 runs in Barbados on Friday and level their five-match one-day series at 1-1.The hosts, who ended a 10-match losing streak in one-day internationals against England, made 289 for six with left-hander Shimron Hetmyer hitting a magnificent unbeaten 104 from 83 balls, including four sixes.Chris Gayle, who scored a century in the opening match of the series won by England, had laid the foundation with a solid 50 from 63 balls.But it was Hetmyer, the 22-year-old Guyanese, who got the crowd on their feet with his flamboyant innings including some powerful improvised strokes as well as sensible accumulation.The century was Hetmyer’s fourth in the format at international level and suggests he could be a player to watch out for in the World Cup later this year.But having chased down 361 at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday, England would have been confident of extending their lead in the series.The tourists were given a strong platform as captain Eoin Morgan made 70 and they needed 62 to win from 61 balls with six wickets remaining before West Indies skipper Jason Holder removed Ben Stokes (79), Jos Buttler (34) and Tom Curran – the latter with a questionable lbw decision after England had used their reviews.Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell returned to the attack and won the game for the Caribbean side with the wickets of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid – celebrating with his trademark military salute.Cottrell, a Jamaican Defence Force soldier brought into the side as an extra bowler, ended with his career-best ODI figures of 5-46.advertisementCarlos Brathwaite got the final wicket when Liam Plunkett holed out to Holder at long-off and England were dismissed for 263 to the delight of the Kensington Oval crowd.Holder was quick to praise his key men.”I am really pleased, credit to Hetty (Hetmeyr), he set it up on a sticky wicket, and credit for the way we defended it, led by Sheldon Cottrell,” he said.”When I came back I knew we needed a wicket, I got two in the over and had England under pressure. You need options in this day and age, Cottrell added variation, I love his energy, he’s one for the future,” added the West Indies captain.Morgan felt his team should have done better”A game is never won until right at the end. We thought 290 was well without our capabilities. We made mistakes and it hurt us, and West Indies deserved to win,” he said.”Collectively, we need to chase a total like that in partnerships, but we failed to nail it down.”Also Read | West Indies vs England 2nd ODI in Bridgetown: As it happened
The Galaxy A70 was announced alongside the Galaxy A80 at Samsung’s “A Galaxy Event” in Bangkok earlier this week. During the event, Samsung did not mention the pricing or availability details of the Galaxy A70. Considering Samsung’s plan to launch a new Galaxy A phone in India every month, it was expected that the Galaxy A70 would be next in line to arrive in the country. Samsung has now confirmed its launch in India via a microsite of the Galaxy A70 on the Samsung India website.The Galaxy A70 microsite confirms that the device will indeed be launching in India soon, although Samsung is yet to provide an exact date. It is entirely possible that the Galaxy A70 could arrive later this month as the company looks to rapidly expand its portfolio. Samsung has already launched the Galaxy A10, A30 and A50 in India, while the Galaxy A20 was quietly announced last week.Samsung’s newest Galaxy A phone is similar in some ways to the Galaxy A50 (Review) and a step above in other aspects. Both the phones come with 3D glasstic designs and Infinity-U displays, but the Galaxy A70 is a bigger phone. It sports a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a FHD+ (2400×1080) resolution. The waterdrop notch on the display houses a selfie camera while allowing for a large screen-to-body ratio as well. The phone also supports optical in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock like the Galaxy A50. The Galaxy A70 is offered in Black, Blue, Coral and White colours with a gradient, prism effect. It is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core chipset paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. The handset ships with One UI based on Android Pie, which means you can expect a redesigned interface for easier one-handed use and Night Mode, among other things.advertisementThe triple camera setup on the Galaxy A70 includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. Up front, the Galaxy A70 sports a 32MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. Notably, the Galaxy A70 houses a large 4,500mAh battery and the phone supports 25W fast charging over USB Type-C.Samsung hasn’t announced the price of the Galaxy A70, but it is expected to fall under Rs 30,000 given its specs and its closeness to the Galaxy A50. The Galaxy A50 is priced under Rs 20,000 and is currently one of the best value-for-money mid-range phone from Samsung.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in India
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino described Christian Eriksen’s contract talks as a “special situation” on Tuesday after the Dane scored a crucial late goal to give his side a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.The 27-year-old has only one more season left on his contract and is widely-admired by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, prompting talk of a big-money summer move.He was not at his best on Tuesday as Tottenham endured a frustrating night battering away at Brighton’s barricades.But his 88th-minute strike was the moment of quality Tottenham required to put them in a strong position to finish the season inside the top four.Eriksen has made a habit of scoring crucial late goals — also earning his side a 1-0 win over Burnley this season with a 90th minute strike and scoring the 80th-minute goal against Inter Milan that kept Spurs in the Champions League.Pochettino said he hoped Eriksen would still be at the club he joined from Ajax in 2013 next season.”It’s a very special situation. Christian is a special person and we’re all different,” he told reporters.”Timing for him and the club and agreeing something are maybe different to other players. I hope he will be here in the future. Christian and us are so close and it’s not long until the end of the season.”Now it’s about being focused on the end of the season.”After three titanic matches against Manchester City in their last four games, including last week’s extraordinary Champions League clash which sent Spurs into the semi-finals, Pochettino praised his side’s maturity in difficult circumstances.advertisement”The team are not as fresh as we wanted, not just legs, but minds, so we have to congratulate the players. I’m so proud of them,” Pochettino said.”Brighton were a really brave opponent. The most important thing is we believed, we didn’t give up and we tried different ways to score. It is three very important points and to be in a good position in the table.”Tottenham remain in third place with three games left, but now have a three-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea. Arsenal and Manchester United are four and six points behind respectively, having played a game less.Brighton have now failed to score in six matches, with five of them ending in defeat. They looked set to earn a crucial point but are now just three points above 18th-placed Cardiff City with games against Arsenal and Manchester City still to come.”The players will know how hard they’ve worked to get as close as we did,” manager Chris Hughton said.”We’re up against a team in the Champions League semi-finals. We put on a gritty defensive performance and that speaks volumes. We have to take that into Saturday against Newcastle and that becomes our biggest game.”Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk, magnificent at the heart of Brighton’s defence, said Eriksen’s goal was a “shattering” blow.”The positives are we showed again we’re hard to beat, we’ve got to keep going,” he saidAlso Read | Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling wants harsher punishment to tackle racism
India opener Shikhar Dhawan Wednesday said that there was no debate surrounding the number 4 batting slot in the World Cup team and the skipper and the coach will decide on that.There was a lot of debate surrounding the issue but chief selector MSK Prasad, during the press conference while announcing the squad, had said that Vijay Shankar will bat at number 4 slot though the team has other options also.Asked about the debate surrounding the crucial slot, Shikhar said, “There is no debate anymore now. There is Vijay Shankar now. Even KL Rahul is there. They are there to play for that number. Whatever the captain and coach think we will go with them.”The dashing left-handed opener was speaking after being roped in as the brand ambassador of lubricants firm GS Caltex India at a function here.Dhawan is part of the 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup beginning on May 30.Dhawan, who was part of the 2013 and 2017 Champions Trophy squad, said that most of the team members have played in England and that would be an advantage to the team.”In England when we played Test series over there (last year), pitches were totally different, when we go and play the ICC tournaments the pitches are going to be very different,” he said.”Especially in England, as Indian team, we have performed really well in ODI format and T20s. You remember Champions Trophy 2013 and 2017. In 2013 we were champions and in 17 we were the runners-up and mostly all the players are the same so that is again a good sign,” added Dhawan, who has scored 5,355 runs in 128 ODIs.advertisement”We have got a mature and settled side and at the same time we all know the conditions very well. All the players have visited England earlier and they know what sort of wickets we are going to get and what to expect there. So, that gives a huge advantage for us and for sure we are going to explore it,” added Dhawan.India won the 2013 Champions Trophy while the team lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2017 edition of the same tournament.Dhawan also sounded upbeat about the prospect of himself and his opening partner Rohit Sharma scoring in the marquee event, saying the duo have enough experience.”Absolutely, it gives a lot of advantage because the bowlers does not get settled that easily when the opening pair is left handed and right handed,” said Dhawan when asked whether right and left combination at the top helps teams in general.”And at the same time Rohit (Sharma) and myself have been performing very well for the past few years and we both are experienced players and we know how to do our job as openers, so we disturb the bowlers’ line and length.”We both are attacking players and with that experience we can get into bowlers’ mind and disturb (their rhythm), which we want and which we will do,” said the flamboyant opener.Also Read | Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World Cup
Do the Avengers need one more superhero to fight Thanos? Well, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya suggests Rohit Sharma, who is popularly known as the Hitman, can join the franchise after the Mumbai Indians captain led the team from the front in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 win over Chennai Super Kings on Friday.The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk was considered the fortress of Chennai Super Kings as the team hadn’t lost at the iconic venue in IPL 2019 until Friday. However, Mumbai Indians, led by Hitman Rohit, came up with a dominant show to thrash the hosts and the table-toppers by 46 runs. CSK vs MI – ReportNotably, Mumbai Indians are the only side to have beaten Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk since 2015.Responding to Hardik Pandya’s tweet, Mumbai Indians’ social media handle made a reference to Endgame, the final installment of Avengers that has set box offices across the globe on fire.Time for the Hitman to join the Avengers Amazing win in Chennai pic.twitter.com/vxoE1lXdughardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) April 26, 2019#Endgame https://t.co/o4sWtRqpLgMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 26, 2019Rohit Sharma was the star of Mumbai Indians’ batting show on Saturday as the opener made a well-paced 67 from just 48 balls on a slow turner in Chennai. Rohit smashed six boundaries and three sixes on a track where some of the best names struggled to put bat to ball.Mumbai Indians posted 155 for 4 in their 20-over quota and their bowlers did a fine job defending what seemed a par-total.advertisementIn the absence of MS Dhoni who missed Friday’s IPL 2019 encounter with illness, Chennai Super Kings never looked comfortable during their chase and were eventually bundled out for 109.Comeback man Murali Vijay top-scored with 38 but Krunal Pandya (2/7) and Lasith Malinga (4/37) ran through CSK’s batting order. Stand-in captain Suresh Raina (2), opener Shane Watson (8), Ambati Rayudu (0) and Kedar Jadhav (6) failed with the bat as Chennai Super Kings slipped to a defeat at home for the first time in the season.Rohit Sharma was brilliant with his bowling changes and field placements as the Mumbai skipper walked away with the Man of the Match award as well. Thanks to Rohit’s superlative show with the bat, Mumbai climbed to the second spot of IPL 2019 points table and are closer to the playoff spot as well.Also Read | CSK missed MS Dhoni’s presence in run chase: Rohit Sharma after MI winAlso See:
Forecasters say at least five tornadoes touched down as an unexpected swarm of destructive storms hit central Iowa Thursday.The storms injured at least 17 people, flattened buildings and forced the evacuation of a hospital.Jeff Johnson of the National Weather Service says there were reports of more than two dozen tornadoes, but that they all likely stem from the same handful of twisters.Marshalltown Fire Chief David Rierson says the city’s emergency infrastructure took a hit from the storm:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TORNY8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………to be evacuated. :13Justin Foss of Alliant energy says power is gradually being restored to their affected customers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TORNY6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….natural gas. :13Foss says there are a lot of downed power lines creating a safety hazard for residents:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TORNY7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………cleaning these up. :11Survey teams are examining damage in Marshalltown and other locations where the tornadoes hit to determine the various funnel’s strength.Audio courtesy CBS News————————-
Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that allows Iowa farmers to legally grow industrial hemp.The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature with overwhelming support last month.The bill Reynolds signed Monday allows licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres.First, however, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship must develop a plan and submit it for approval of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The USDA must still release its own regulations this fall, with hopes of allowing farmers to grow hemp next year.Since the 2018 Farm Bill eased federal restrictions on hemp production, most states have either legalized production or are growing it under a 2014 law that allows limited commercial production or research plots.Among those that haven’t is South Dakota, where the governor vetoed such a law last month.
Ramon Richards has had a tough go of things this year. (USATSI)It came late in a 48-14 blowout loss to Kansas State, but Ramon Richards picked off a pass from backup KSU quarterback Joe Hubener and took it 40 yards for the touchdown.And if you ignore the fact that it was 45-7 at this point and KSU was playing its second string compromised of former community college all-Americans, it was a good play.What the offense was doingKansas State is attempting to run a swing pass to the inside receiver.KSU is lined up in an offset pistol formation with a halfback to the left of Hubener and a HB directly behind that HB.There is a WR lined up on the line of scrimmage on the weak side of the field, and two WRs lined up on the wide side of the field, with the inside receiver a little off the line of scrimmage.The ball is snapped and the HB to the left of Hubener takes off across the backfield to go block a linebacker. The HB behind Hubener runs up and Hubener fakes the handoff to him.Immediately after he fakes the handoff, Hubener looks up to find the inside receiver, who is now running a swing route.Hubener throws the ball to the receiver but before it reaches his hands, Richards has already stepped in and intercepted the pass.Why this play workedOSU is lined up in its base 4-3 defense, running the familiar Cover 2 zone.We know it’s a Cover 2 zone because the safeties are dropped back covering the deep halves of the field while the corners are sitting in a zone that is within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage.The two outside linebackers play up close to the line of scrimmage, keeping an eye out for the run. MLB Ryan Simmons immediately drops back about 5 yards into zone coverage.When the ball is snapped, the outside receiver comes off the line of scrimmage and just runs a go route.Richards collisions the outside WR to knock him off his route momentarily and then sits in his zone, waiting for a play that may come his way.Sometimes, a CB might go with the outside WR for too long and put himself in a bad position to make a play at or near the line of scrimmage if its run that way.Instead of being within 3-4 yards of the line of scrimmage a CB who follows the outside WR too long before releasing him is now 6-8 yards off the line of scrimmage.However, Richards gives the necessary quick collision to the outside WR, and then releases him so that the WR is now the safety’s concern.Because of his attentiveness from the time the ball is snapped, Richards is able run up when the ball is thrown, cut off the route, and intercept the pass for the easy score.Much like a screen pass, an offense will run a swing pass to expose a defense’s vulnerabilities and get its playmakers out in space.The majority of the time, a swing pass is run to the side with the multiple receivers, as is the case here.The main reason for this is it somewhat keeps the defense guessing – though it’s fairly easy to identify once the ball is snapped – but also it allows for a WR to block either the CB or safety while the WR who catches the pass only has one defender to worry about instead of two.It is important for a defense to have sure tacklers in the secondary to prevent a play like a swing pass from going from a 2-3 yard gain to an 8, 9, or 10 (or more) yard gain.Richards has had a lot of criticism thrown his way this year, and whether you think that criticism is justifiable or not, it’s good to see a true freshman have moments like this after being prematurely thrown into the starting lineup.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!