Aussies not having Smith, Warner like India missing Kohli, Rohit: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgKolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the possible absence of Steve Smith and David Warner in the Australia team for the series against India would be a “huge factor” as it’s like India not having Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in their ranks.The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) had made a submission to Cricket Australia at the start of the month to lift the ban on Australian captain Smith and vice-captain Warner.But indications are that they are not ready to bring the trio (Cameron Bancroft included) back to international cricket early.Therefore, there seems little hope they will play Test cricket before March 29 when the ban on them ends.“It’s a huge factor. This is like the Indian team not having Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of health drink Complan’s programme of which he is the brand ambassador.Complan had launched ‘Aro Sapno-Aro Bere Otho (Dream More, Grow More) contest last month, of which the winners were announced here at a plush hotel to celebrate the aspirations of children on Children’s Day.The contest was held across 100 schools in the city and children were asked to bring their dreams to life through creative expression. Students from classes 2-6 participated in the challenge.Ganguly went through the created artworks and selected ten winners of the contest. The winners took home Rs 1 lakh prize money each.Ganguly further said that this is India’s best chance to win a test series in Australia, keeping in mind their bowling attack.“It’s a great moment for Indian cricket. This is their best opportunity to beat Australia. India are a good side and have good bowling attack. I have seen in England that they (bowlers) have taken 20 wickets in every test,” Ganguly said.“But you also have to keep in mind that Australia in Australia are a different kettle of fish. Many feel that they are a weak outfit but I don’t think so,” the 46-year old added.India play four Tests starting December 6 at Adelaide Oval. India’s best result Down Under was 1-1 in 2003-04 series under Ganguly. Asked about Kohli’s ‘leave India’ comment to a fan, Ganguly said, “I would not like to comment on that. It’s not necessary to react to each and every comment.”Meanwhile, Ganguly also hinted that India pacer Mohammed Shami has expressed his desire to play for Bengal in the next Ranji Trophy game against Kerala.“Shami has wanted to play. If he plays it’s good for the Bengal side. We had written a letter before the first match as well to play him but he had few fitness issues for which he had to go to rehabilitation. If he plays, it’s great.” (IANS) Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Super Falcons’ Home Jersey Voted Best at Women’s World Cup in…

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Super Falcons home jersey has been voted the best women’s national team jersey at the last FIFA Women’s World Cup held last year in France.The nine times African champions featured at their eighth tournament in France in that breezy green and white outfit designed by NIKE shortly before the country’s senior male team featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The jersey sold out in just few hours after it was launched in London two years ago. It was also one of the most sought-after jersey in Russia despite the fact that the Super Eagles failed to progress beyond the group stage.This perhaps explains why when the Super Falcons filed out for the Mundial in France, it became an instant hit with the fans and got nominated on Sunday amongst the four jerseys shortlisted for votings. It was the only African team jersey that made the list.The other countries jerseys listed for the poll include England, Germany and Australia.In the voting which ended yesterday, it was little surprise that the Super Falcons jersey polled over 50 per cent of the entire 2,348 votes cast.Australia’s Women’s team jersey finished a distant second behind Falcons, polling 21 per cent while England (15) and Germany (15) placed third and fourth respectively.Those who believe the hood does not make the monk were however right at the tournament in France as the Super Falcons with their beautiful jersey did not record more than just one victory- the 2-0 defeat of South Korea in the group game. They however lost out of the tournament in the Round of 16 to Germany just like they did at the 1999 edition hosted by USA.Interestingly, the men’s version of the jersey was voted amongst 20 iconic World Cup jerseys of all time last April.In the final poll conducted in 24-hours by BBC Sports, the Super Eagles’ 2018 kit was voted fifth among the iconic football shirts worldwide across all generations.The shirt was beaten by those of Brazil (1970); Netherlands (1988); West Germany (1990) and England (1966) in the top four places.The Nigerian shirt had nine per cent of total votes cast whereas the winning shirt, that of Brazil, had 14%. England in the fourth place had 10%, just one to pip Nigeria to the fourth place.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MBB : Man-to-man, zone defenses stifle Jaspers

first_imgSyracuse opened its game against Manhattan in man-to-man defense and stayed in it for nearly the first seven minutes of action. After Jaspers guard George Beamon scored on the team’s first possession, the Orange’s man defense contained the Manhattan attack.Manhattan repeatedly tried to drive to the basket, but Syracuse’s help defense combined with the team’s athleticism stifled the Jaspers.Orange center Fab Melo recorded two emphatic blocks helping off of his man underneath, and Brandon Triche got another when Kidani Brutus tried to send a soft floater over the SU guard in the first half.‘If their guys pass by my guards, I just go and help,’ Melo said. ‘We have a good rotation because if a guy passes by me, you have the other post guy on help, too. We all trust in each other, so that’s a good thing for the team.’No. 5 Syracuse used a combination of that man-to-man defense and its vaunted 2-3 zone in its 92-56 win over Manhattan on Monday in the Carrier Dome. After playing only zone in its first game of the year Saturday, the Orange (2-0) played man off and on against the Jaspers (1-1) for about half of the first 20 minutes. Though SU head coach Jim Boeheim and his players felt the zone was a little more effective, they liked having the ability to switch seamlessly in and out of man-to-man.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We’re known for our zone, and we love playing zone defense here at Syracuse,’ fifth-year senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘That’s our main thing. But it doesn’t hurt to have good man-to-man, too.’After the first seven minutes, Syracuse played the 2-3 zone for about eight minutes. The Orange went back to the man defense again with about five minutes left in the first half. And the Jaspers once again struggled to score against the Orange, managing just six more points before halftime.That success changing defenses gives SU’s opponents something very new to game plan for when they battle the Orange this season. For years, teams have come to the Carrier Dome with the intention of breaking down Boeheim’s 2-3 zone.But this year might be a little different.‘I feel like it’s a good way to switch it up because the offense won’t get too comfortable with us being in the zone all the time,’ junior James Southerland said. ‘I noticed that when we’re in the zone all the time, teams start to relax. When we switch it up to man-to-man, we’re going to force more turnovers.’And Syracuse forced plenty of turnovers with both its defenses against Manhattan. The Jaspers coughed the ball up 28 times in the game and shot just 31.6 percent from the field.Against mostly the man defense in the first half, they only registered four assists on nine made baskets as they tried to drive to the rim to no avail.‘I think all of us are capable of playing man just because we’re athletically gifted,’ senior Kris Joseph said. ‘We have length and we have size to play man-to-man. Our big men are going to change shots down low. Our guards are going to pressure the ball as they should. The wings are going to do what they can to help us play great man defense.’The Orange played more zone in the second half with the game well in hand, occasionally switching to man for a couple of possessions.Boeheim said he hasn’t decided just how much Syracuse will go away from the 2-3 zone moving forward. He also added that he thought the zone was much better than the man defense Monday, but he wanted to look at the film to make sure that was accurate.And as for the players, they feel the zone will once again be SU’s strength on the defensive end.But it won’t hurt to have a little man-to-man sprinkled in here and there.‘Our zone is great,’ Jardine said. ‘Our zone is really good. We force a lot of turnovers out of it. Our man is getting better. That’s what we want.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

USC in second after first day of Pac-10s

first_imgThe USC women’s golf team is holding its own at a talent-heavy Pac-10 championships at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.The Women of Troy sit just one stroke back after the first day of play after getting strong performances from their entire roster.USC is matched up against five of the top 20 teams in the nation this week, including No. 1 Arizona State and No. 2 UCLA. Another, Oregon, is playing in its own hometown. But make no mistake: the Women of Troy intend to win.Curtain call · Senior Belen Mozo, playing in her final Pac-10 event, shot a opening-round 72, good enough to tie her for ninth overall. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information “I think we’re ready to bring another championship home,” said two-time All-American junior Lizette Salas.Leading the team into the postseason is sophomore Jennifer Song, the No. 2 golfer in the country.Song, who shot a first round of two-under-par 70, leads the nation in scoring average at 70.63 strokes per round and already has two victories as an individual this year.If she maintains that average, she will break the school season scoring record that she already holds by .92 strokes. Song will leave USC at the end of the season to turn pro and wants to end her final season as an amateur with an NCAA championship, something she has not yet achieved.Salas, a junior, was on the NCAA championship-winning team in 2008. That team won its last four events, including all three postseason tournaments.Salas shot a team-best 3 under par on Monday.“We expect to play better than we did at [the ASU/PING Invitational], because we left a lot of shots out there,” Salas said “I think we took the wrong approach to certain shots, and we need to be more alert to the type of shot we have to make.”Salas finished tied for sixth place at ASU and won an individual title at the Turtle Bay classic in Hawaii in November.Three-time All-American senior Belen Mozo is looking to become the first four-time All-American in USC history. Finally healthy after battling injuries throughout the fall, Mozo shot even par during the first round.Rounding out USC’s first day was senior Caroline Kim (4-over-par 76) and freshman Cyna Rodriguez (1-over-par 73).Kim’s final season with the team has been highlighted by a 30th-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship in September. Rodriguez’s best tournament was the Bruin Wave, where she finished 15th. Both have fought for a roster spot all season with senior Stefanie Endstrasser and sophomore Inah Park and look to make the most of this postseason opportunity.The Women of Troy said they are well aware of the expectations that come with their program. The team has finished in the top-seven at the NCAA championships nine times in the last 12 years, including victories in 2003 and 2008.USC is confident they can continue the tradition of success in Eugene and beyond.“We all know the course really well,” Salas said. “We’re all really excited about this.”last_img read more

52nd Jamaican Open Attracts International Golfers

first_imgFrom left, Julian Marley, representing Alacran Foundation, Ewan Peebles, Golf Director at Tryall, Peter Chin and Carlene Moore from the Jamaica Tourist Board pose with the winning trophy for the championship at the Jamaican Open launch event. KINGSTON, Jamaica – President of the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Peter Chin said there is significant international interest in the 52nd Jamaica Open to be held from December 11 to 14 at the Tryall Course in Montego Bay, adding that they have received entries from all over the world of golf to participate in the event, along with Jamaican golfers. He was speaking at last week’s press launch of the event. “The tournament will be truly an international event,” said Chin.As reported by the Jamaica Observer, Chin said the 54-hole tournament that will be played on the newly renovated par-72 course, and offers a first prize of US$100,000.Chin said to date there were over 55 entries and “considering the field will be no more than 105-110, we are more than halfway to go [and] we are expected to be fully subscribed.”He said it was the first time that the tournament ever had such a high level of interest weeks before the tournament.Entries have been received from Latin America, North America, South America, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. The entries include 10 players from the PGA LatinoAmérica tour and others from the McKenzie Tour in Canada.Chin said the Jamaica Open, which is the “oldest running open in the Caribbean” has always attracted world-class players and also they were experiencing “growth both in terms of sponsorship and the caliber of players that have been attracted to the event.”Ewan Peebles, director of golf at Tryall, said they were happy to be hosting the event and hoped it would not be the last time, adding that the timing was perfect.“We are particularly excited to host the Jamaica Open this year because we have just completed a three-year renovation project of the golf course…over three painstaking years we have completely renovated all our the greens, the greens complexes, our bunkers and we have put in a new irrigation system,” he said.“Tryall Club has a history of championship golf that is unrivaled anywhere in the Caribbean, this will be the first time we will host the Jamaica Open here but we hope it won’t be the last,” he said.last_img read more

Sarwan Dismisses Chris Gayle’s “Scandalous Allegations”

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Ramnaresh Sarwan has slammed as “scandalous allegations” claims by Chris Gayle that he played a key role in the Twenty20 superstar’s abrupt recent departure from Caribbean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs. Gayle is the greatest ever T20 batsman with 13 000 runs and 22 hundreds, and is set to turn out for St Lucia Zouks in the CPL. “Hence, my utter shock by these scandalous allegations. He was welcomed in and is loved by, my immediate family and has hurt them terribly.  CMC “It is my sincere hope that Gayle’s damnation has not caused irreparable damage to the unity and brotherhood which cricket has forged across the West Indies,” Sarwan stressed. “No competent management would remove him from a series, a player of Chris’s caliber on such a trivial allegation,” Sarwan said. “Fans will recall, that when Ian Chappell called for Gayle to be banned from international cricket because of remarks he made to a female journalist, I issued a public call for fans to rally around Gayle. I stood up for him on every such occasion.” Gayle, himself a former West Indies captain, accused Sarwan of vindictiveness. After returning to Tallwahs last year following two seasons with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Gayle said he told then assistant coach Sarwan he was not experienced enough to be head coach. Further labelling Gayle’s accusations as “rantings”, Sarwan contended the incident had “done immeasurable damage to the ‘gentleman’s game’ of cricket, in particular, West Indian cricket, and set a bad example for younger players. The 40-year-old Gayle claimed Sarwan was upset by the assessment, but the Guyanese again denied this was true. “In fact, the management of the franchise itself has issued a public statement that, ‘the truth is that this decision was made collectively by the ownership and management team which did not include Mr. Ramnaresh Sarwan and based purely on business and cricketing reasoning’.” “In my conversation with Gayle about the team, he informed me that Donovan Miller, a Jamaican and a very close friend of Chris, should be appointed head coach as he would better understand the culture of the Jamaican players.  “I categorically deny any involvement in the decision or the decision-making process, which led to Gayle’s non-selection to represent the Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament,” said Sarwan, who served as a member of Tallawahs’ management team last season. “Gayle is fully aware of the background, yet he accuses me of fighting to be head coach.” “My deep concern, is that young and upcoming players who regard Gayle as a role model, may think that this is an acceptable way of addressing problems which may befall them in their careers.” He added: “Let me make it abundantly clear, I have played with Gayle from the inception of my international career and I have always respected him as an extraordinary talent, a colleague and most importantly, a close friend.  In a statement Thursday, the former West Indies captain Sarwan “categorically denied” he was involved in any decision making to end Gayle’s tenure at the Kingston-based Tallawahs in preparation for the upcoming season set to bowl off in August. “I conveyed Gayle’s view to the CEO, informing the CEO that I would be happy to step aside for Miller’s appointment, given that Chris feels strongly about his appointment. My priority was what would be in the best interest of the team.  Further, Sarwan also dismissed as “a total fabrication” the Jamaican’s bizarre charge that 24 years ago he was responsible for him being sent home from a West Indies Under-19s tour in Barbados, because he (Gayle) stayed up late watching television. In an emotionally-charged three-part video late Monday, Gayle launched a scathing attack on Sarwan, labelling him a “snake” and blaming him for his exit from the Tallawahs. “In 2019, I was appointed head coach. I reached out to Chris and discussed with him the selection of a team. I did so out of respect for him,” Sarwan explained.last_img read more

Betfred activates Super League sponsorship with JDG Sport

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 UK independent bookmaker Betfred has hired sports media agency JDG Sport to help optimise its title sponsorship of rugby league’s ‘2017 Super League’ season (start date 9 February).JDG, a content marketing specialist, will promote Betfred as title sponsor and best bookmaker for UK Rugby League. The partnership sees Betfred take up significant coverage on JDG’s portal, the UK’s biggest rugby league news and information website.Betfred marketing detailed that JDG deep knowledge of the sport was needed in order to boost activation of its ‘Betfred’s Super League’ sponsorship, one of the bookmaker’s biggest marketing initiatives.Gemma Strath, Group Head of Marketing at Betfred, commented on the partnership: “Love Rugby League have been engaging with Rugby League fans for many years and as such, it made perfect sense for us to work together in this our inaugural year as Super League sponsors. Doing so allows us to get closer to fans of the sport and build strong relationships moving forward.” JDG Sport MD James Gordon backed Betfred as partner: “From our first meeting, we recognised there were some great opportunities and, with both companies being based in Warrington, it lends itself well to a positive and developing working relationship. We cannot wait for the new rugby league season with such a great partner on board, whose input will allow our great team of journalists led by John Davidson in continuing to deliver exclusive news and feature content.” Submit Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESJOE TALAMO, MUCHO GUSTO, WINNER: “I knew we wouldn’t get an easy lead, so I looked around to see who was going to go with us. I just wanted to get him out of there and get him comfortable. It’s amazing how well this horse relaxes.  He’s drawn the rail a lot and he’s still able to relax after he gets serious pressure. Today, he took two or three breathers around the turn and then he took off. He’s a pleasure to ride. Anybody could ride this horse. He definitely is really good seven-eighths to a mile, he can for sure go two turns. After he broke his maiden (first time out at Los Alamitos on Sept. 20), I started working him a lot in Del Mar. He never acted like a two-year-old, he acted like an older horse.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL OVIEDO, TRAINER OF MANHATTAN UP, SECOND:  “I’m feeling really good. It looked like speed was holding all day, so for him to finish up like he did was pretty impressive. I might run him around two turns before the meet is over.”NOTES: The winning owner is Michael Lund Petersen who resides in Reisterstown, Maryland.Michael L. Petersen’s Mucho Gusto and jockey Joseph Talamo win the Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Guyana to ask World Court to proceed with hearings

first_imgICJ Border controversy case– after Venezuela fails to file counter-memorialThe Guyana Government will be moving to have the International Court of Justice (ICJ) go ahead with the proceedings after Venezuela failed to submit its counter memorial on jurisdiction within the court-imposed deadline.The International Court of JusticeBack in March 2018, Guyana went to The Netherlands-based World Court to confirm the validity of the Arbitral Award of October 3, 1899, which fixed the land boundary between the two neighbouring countries.Last year, the ICJ found that it would be appropriate to determine whether it has jurisdiction over the case before considering its merits.To this end, Guyana submitted its written Memorial on Jurisdiction back in November, demonstrating that the Court has jurisdiction to decide on the validity of the Arbitral Award and the resulting boundary.As a result, the ICJ had fixed April 18, 2019 as the date for Venezuela to submit a Counter-Memorial on Jurisdiction in response to Guyana’s submission. However, the troubled Spanish-speaking state has failed to make a submission on that date, and according to a statement for the Guyana Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday, Venezuela has indicated in a letter from its Foreign Minister that it had chosen not do so.“In consequence, Guyana has decided to ask the Court to proceed directly to the holding of oral hearings, at the earliest possible date, to determine its jurisdiction over the case. Guyana is confident that the Court will agree that it has jurisdiction, and then proceed to decide on the merits of Guyana’s suit,” the missive on Thursday stated.Guyana submitted the case to the Court after the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) determined, pursuant to his authority under the Geneva Agreement of 1966 – to which Guyana, Venezuela and the United Kingdom are parties – that the dispute over the validity of the Arbitral Award, and the resulting boundary, must be decided by the Court. That constitutes a sufficient jurisdictional basis for the Court to proceed.According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry release, Guyana regrets that Venezuela, notwithstanding its obligations under the Geneva Agreement and the Secretary General’s decision to refer the matter to the Court, has chosen not to participate in the case.However, as the Court itself has made clear, the door remains open to Venezuela to join in the proceedings, which will continue to a final and legally-binding judgment, pursuant to the Court’s rules, whether Venezuela participates or not.“Guyana takes note of the Venezuelan Foreign Minister’s recent tweet that, at some point in the future, it will supply the Court with “information” about the case to assist it in the exercise of its judicial functions. If this is a first step toward Venezuela’s full participation in the case, Guyana welcomes it.At the same time, Guyana has reserved its right to object to any submission by Venezuela that violates the Court’s rules or is otherwise prejudicial,” the missive added.The next step going forward now, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, will be for the Court to schedule the dates for the oral hearing on jurisdiction.last_img read more

War, death no longer theme of Miss Mexico’s gown

first_imgOrganizers had pledged to change the dress after it unleashed a storm of criticism when it was first shown in March. Critics said the design opened old wounds and was not appropriate. Designers who helped select the new dress from among 30 entries said they had wanted something that represented the nation’s culture and history, especially since Mexico City is hosting the pageant this year. The pageant culminates May 28. A dress to be worn by Miss Mexico in the Miss Universe pageant has been changed to show landscapes and pre-Hispanic themes, after the original design – adorned with bullets and sketches of hangings – drew accusations of poor taste, a pageant official said. “Esthetically, the dress is beautiful,” Lupita Jones, a former Miss Universe who now runs Miss Mexico operations, said Wednesday. “It is the same model. The only thing we have changed are the decorations, which pained some people.” The original floor-length dress, cut from a traditional cotton called manta, was decorated with scenes from Mexico’s 1926-29 Cristero war. Tens of thousands of people were killed during the uprising by Roman Catholic rebels against anti-clerical laws. The modified dress will depict landscapes of corn and cactus fields and decorative elements from Indian cultures. Also gone, a bandolier of bullets that served as a belt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more