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  • New Zealand sit comfortably against England in Hamilton Test

    first_imgHamilton: A century by Tom Latham followed by a decent spell of fast bowling by Tim Sou thee and Matt Henry have put New Zealand in a strong position in the ongoing second and final Test against England being played at the Sedden ParkAfter scoring 375 in their first innings, New Zealand had England at 39/2 at Stumps on Day 2, with Rory Burns and skipper Joe Root batting on 24 and 6 respectively.Earlier, starting the day at 173/3, the Black Caps lost Latham early as he could add just four runs to his overnight score before being clean bowled by Stuart Broad. Henry Nicholls also couldn’t stay long as he was dismissed on his individual score of 16.However, BJ Watling, who became New Zealand’s first wicket-keeper to score a Test double hundred in Mount Maunganui, continued from where he left and scored a patient half-century to put the hosts in the driver’s seat.Along with Daryl Mitchell, Watling shared a 124-run partnership before he lost his wicket at 55. Mitchell however continued and played a handful knock of 73 runs.First Test centurion Mitchell Santner and Tim Sou thee made useful contributions of 23 and 18 down the order and helped New Zealand go past the 350-run mark.Eventually, the hosts were bundled out for 375 in the 130th overs of their innings. Broad was the pick of the England bowlers as he returned with figures of 4/736 in his 28 overs. Chris Woakes picked three wickets while Sam Curran scalped two. Trailing by 375, the visitors didn’t have a great start as they lost opener Dominic Sibley with just 11 runs on the scoreboard. Joe Denly who came in next couldn’t stay long at the crease either and went back to the pavilion after scoring just 4 runs.Root and Burns then played cautiously and made sure England didn’t lose any more wickets till the end of the day’s play. The hosts, who already have a lead of 336 runs, could have been in a better position had Burns — who was dropped twice — been caught.Brief scores: New Zealand 1st innings 375 all out (Tom Latham 105, Daryl Mitchell 73; Stuart Broad 4/73), England 39/2 at Stumps on Day 2 (Rory Burns 24*, Joe Root 6*; Matt Henry 1/10) trail by 336 runs. IANSAlso Read: Ramkumar, Sumit Nagal thrash Pakistan as India lead 2-0 in Davis CupAlso Watch: DGP Kuladhar Saikia officially handed over charge to Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta in Guwahatilast_img read more

  • Football News FIFA World Cup 2018: ISIS threatens to behead Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: ISIS has threatened to behead Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the FIFA World Cup in a spine chilling series of photographs.The terror group has been repeating calls for ‘lone attackers’ to strike ahead of the mega event in Russia which will commence from June.The group have already released a series of photographs, threatening the authorities and players as they lose ground in Syria and Iraq.The photographs show Messi and Ronaldo pinned to the ground by jihadis in a jam-packed football stadium. The picture was captioned ‘Your blood will fill the ground’ displays the extremists hacking at the footballers’ heads.The latest threat was revealed by the cyber intelligence firm Sixgill, which monitors ISIS, as per reports.The photograph was released by a pro-ISIS group on Telegram.Earlier, ISIS warned Vladimir Putin by saying ‘he will pay the price for killing Muslims’ in a poster showing a jihadist with an AK-47.The FSB security service has hinted that terrorism is the main threat to the FIFA World Cup. last_img read more

  • Fifa World Cup Macron congratulates Putin for hosting ‘perfect’ World Cup

    first_imgMoscow: French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for his “perfect” organisation of the World Cup as the two leaders prepared to watch the final on Sunday.Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin on Sunday afternoon before the match between France and Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Macron told Putin he wanted “to congratulate you as the organising country for how well this event has passed off. It has not only been watched around the world, but the whole world has come here” to watch it.“To do it in safe conditions and with everything going perfectly was a challenge, so well done for that.” Putin congratulated France for having reached the final.“I am sure we will see an interesting, intense, close match which millions of spectators across the world will enjoy,” he said.Putin met earlier with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.She congratulated him on his hosting of the competition, saying it was an “example of how such an event should be organised”.She presented Putin with a Croatia number-9 football shirt inscribed with his name.Several other world leaders and sporting and show business stars were due to attend the final. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

  • Cricket News Who will win ICC World Cup 2019? Glenn McGrath picks India, England as favourites

    first_imgChennai: Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath Wednesday picked India and England as the favourites to win the upcoming World Cup and said that the bowling unit will hold key to the fortunes of Virat Kohli’s men in the 50-over showpiece. McGrath also said Australia’s recent limited-overs series win over India here have improved their chances of winning the World Cup which begins on May 30 in the United Kingdom.”The top two teams are going to be England and India. England had a tough time in West Indies and India lost to Australia. So, the competition will be tighter. Australia’s chances have improved after their ODI and T20 win over India,” McGrath, who is director of coaching at the MRF Pace Foundation here, told reporters.”The fact that Australia won the T20 series and the ODIs against India in India will boost their confidence. With those two (Steve Smith and David Warner) coming back, the team will be strengthened and those players were missed during the Australian summer,” he added.McGrath said he was not surprised with the “exceptional” show of Indian pacers during their Australian tour earlier this year.”I was not surprised … they did exceptionally well. They bowled well as a unit and there was no weak link there. I think the pace they bowled at, the consistency and control, they really impressed me,” said the 49-year-old who took 563 Test wickets in 124 matches between 1993 and 2007.”Ishant (Sharma) is very experienced, Bhuvneshwar is your senior bowler and he needs to be bowling well. He is an intelligent cricketer and the (Mohammed) Shami is doing well.”I was particularly impressed with Bumrah, he was exceptional. The way he bowls his yorkers and if there is some reverse swing, he is going to be dangerous. And the pace he bowls the yorkers makes him really unique. So, the bowlers have to perform if India is to win (the World Cup),” McGrath added.The Australian legend said Indian captain Virat Kohli would be remembered just like a Brian Lara or a Sachin Tendulkar after he finishes his career.”Kohli is a class player. He is easily one of the best going around now. By the end of his career he will be held up there alongside the likes of Lara and Tendulkar. As a captain and player he is quite aggressive. He likes getting involved in the game. As long as the emotions do not run too much and if he is playing well, it is fine. He has matured a lot and he knows his game.”He has got the respect of his players. Watching the way he batted in Australia, the only thing I would have said to the home bowlers is I would have preferred them to bowl a little bit short and be more aggressive when he first came out to bat. A lot of times they tried to swing the ball and if it is full, he is in complete control. There is no obvious weakness in his game. To get him out early is a massive bonus,” McGrath said.He also felt that compatriots Steve Smith and David Warner, who were banned for a year in the wake of the ball tampering scandal in South Africa, would do well on their return in the IPL for their respective franchises — Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.”I think Smith and Warner will do well in the IPL after being out of the game for 12 months. They played a few T20 competitions around the world but they are keen and hungry. They are ready to prove they are good enough to continue playing international cricket,” he said.McGrath said the IPL would be a good preparation for the players ahead of the World Cup as it will help players get the mindset on the shorter version of the game.”Indian conditions are very different to the English conditions but it will help in getting some confidence.”On the issue of managing the players’ workload with the World Cup approaching, he said it should not be much of a problem and depends a lot of the players themselves.”I really enjoyed my two years in the IPL. Managing the workload should not be too much of a problem as it is not huge. It is different intensity, obviously there is only four overs and it is up to the individual to recover. If they can recover well, they will be fine,” he said.   For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

  • Other Sports Indian junior women’s hockey team mauls Belarus Development team 6-0

    first_imgNew Delhi : Chetna scored a brace as India’s junior women’s hockey team produced an inspired performance to record a 6-0 win over Belarus’ Development team here Saturday. With this victory, the Indian team concluded their tour of Belarus recording two wins, two losses and a draw in the five-game series.While Chetna scored twice, Gagandeep Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Ajmina Kujur and Lalrindiki also sounded the board for India.India were immediately on the front foot, putting the Belarus team under pressure. The team won their first PC midway through the quarter, but the effort went wide.Almost immediately though, India took back possession and after some great play through the middle, Ajmina Kujur finished off the move to score India’s opener. The team did not let up their intensity and won a penalty stroke at the end of the quarter. Gagandeep Kaur made no mistake from the spot to double India’s lead as they went into the break.India’s relentless pressure and high speed game was too much for Belarus to handle as the visitors scored their third goal of the game from a PC with Mariana Kujur converting this time. India went into half time, with a comfortable three goal lead. In the third period, India rarely let the intensity drop as Chetna and Lalrindiki scored the fourth and fifth goals in quick succession halfway through the period. India’s defence faced their first test late in the period when Belarus earned their first PC but they did enough to make sure the attempt went wide. The teams went into the final break with India leading 5-0.In the final quarter, Chetna scored her second goal of the game to extend India’s lead to six. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

  • Sports Minister Backs Dennerby to Continue  as Super Falcons Coach

    first_imgNigerian Sports Minister Sunday Dare has stepped in to try and persuade Swede Thomas Dennerby to continue as coach of the national women’s team.It comes after the 60-year-old threatened to leave due to ongoing problems with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Under Dennerby the Super Falcons reached the last 16 of this year’s World Cup after they won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations last year. The issues, which the NFF are yet to comment on, have led to Dennerby excusing himself from at least the next two Super Falcons games.Nigeria are due to face Ivory Coast next month in a two-legged 2020 Olympic qualifier and Dare wants Dennerby to change his mind.“I have personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the coach of Super Falcons. I received a brief this morning and will proceed to seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to coach Nigeria’s female team,” Dare revealed on his official social media.“An hour ago I had a constructive conversation on the telephone with Super Falcons coach Dennerby in Sweden. I have also spoken with the NFF leadership. We are working to resolve the issues in the interest of football development.”BBC Sport understands that Dennerby is now expected in the capital Abuja this weekend for a face-to-face meeting with the minister and his employers to discuss his future.Appointed in January 2018 as a replacement for Florence Omagbemi, Dennerby led the side to a maiden regional (WAFU) title in May before guiding them at the World Cup.The first foreign coach to both qualify for and lead Nigeria at the World Cup, his team’s run in France was the country’s best performance in two decades – after their quarterfinal finish in 1999.Nine-time African champions Nigeria are aiming to return to the quadrennial event after missing out on the 2012 and 2016 Olympic tournaments.In the absence of Dennerby, the NFF has already drafted in under-20 women’s coach Christopher Danjuma for the third round of the African qualifiers for the Tokyo Games.The caretaker coach has already replaced Dennerby’s choice as captain, Desire Oparanozie, and handed the role to Asisat Oshoala.The team travel to Abidjan on October 2, for the first leg, before hosting their West African rivals in the reverse fixture in Lagos four days later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • USC grinds out ninth straight win over Cal

    first_imgNo. 13 USC got its running game going at last.One week after rushing for just 26 yards in a crushing seven-point loss at Stanford, the Trojans bounced back with 296 yards on the ground Saturday in a 27-9 win over California, their ninth consecutive win over the Golden Bears.In front of an announced crowd of 83,421 on a muggy afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC saw its pair of running backs trudge all over a Cal front seven with 158 yards coming from junior Silas Redd and 115 by way of senior Curtis McNeal, the first time it had two players each rush for more than 100 yards in a single game since a 2008 contest at Washington State.“It’s the offensive line,” McNeal said. “It was all the offensive line. They opened up holes for me and Silas and we just hit them.”USC (3-1, 1-1) would post nearly 500 yards in total offense, but for a change, a majority of them came on the ground as it made a concerted effort to reenergize its running game, which had not only struggled at various points earlier in the season but had been seemingly neglected as well.On just the third play from scrimmage, McNeal took the handoff from senior quarterback Matt Barkley to race down the south sidelines before being knocked out at the 4-yard line. Although it would fail to score on the drive following an interception from Barkley two players later, the tone was set early: USC was going to run. So it finished with 153 rushing yards over the first two quarters to grab a 17-3 halftime lead.“The game was won at the line of scrimmage,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin. “That’s really the story of the day: up front.”To give its offensive line a boost, USC played a bit of musical chairs with its front five. After being sidelined the week prior due to an ankle injury, senior Khaled Holmes returned to the lineup to start at center. Meanwhile, senior Abe Markowitz replaced sophomore Marcus Martin at left guard, while sophomore Aundrey Walker, who started the first three games, rotated with freshman Max Tuerk at left tackle.Kiffin had opened up the competition at left tackle earlier in the week after expressing displeasure with Walker’s effort against in the team’s Pac-12 opener against Stanford.“It got some fire under my butt,” said Walker, who did eventually play most of the snaps during the second half. “I liked it. It got me to work harder, to get better.”As controlling as its offensive line was, perhaps, the Trojans’ defensive line was even more impressive. Led by junior defensive end Morgan Breslin, as well as the return of a fully healthy senior defensive end Wes Horton, they would record seven sacks, pressuring Cal quarterback Zach Maynard who would complete just 18 of his 33 passes, handicapped by two interceptions.“They’re coming around,” USC defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron said, when asked about the young unit’s progress. “They’ve done some good things. They still have some things to get better at. We were more productive than we have been, though. We made some big plays.”Breslin, in particular, had a few big plays. The junior college transfer led the group with three sacks, the most for any USC player since Rey Maualuga had three against Illinois in the 2008 Rose Bowl. Horton would also record his first sack of the season during the second quarter.“He’s a natural pass rusher,” Horton said of his teammate, Breslin. “He has a great mindset of taking it from the film room onto the field. He just keeps getting better and better every week.”USC has held Cal (1-3, 0-1) to nine points or fewer in five of their last seven meetings. Over that span, the Golden Bears, who failed to score a touchdown on Saturday, have averaged a mere 10.1 points per game.“That is an explosive offense, and at the end of the day we won it up front,” Kiffin reiterated. “I’m extremely proud of our players. Throughout the week a lot of people were trying to get in and tear them apart. They did a great job of preparing.”last_img read more

  • 4 undrafted Badgers sign with NFL teams

    first_imgFormer Wisconsin running back John Clay sits on the front porch of his parents house in Racine after agreeing to a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[/media-credit]After months of waiting in NFL lockout limbo, four former members of the Wisconsin football team who went unselected in April’s draft finally got their call up to the big leagues.WKOW-TV reported Tuesday morning that quarterback Scott Tolzien agreed to a deal with the San Diego Chargers, while the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that running back John Clay and cornerback Niles Brinkey agreed to terms with the defending AFC champions.Late Monday night, wide receiver and return-specialist David Gilreath confirmed to the Wisconsin State Journal that he will sign with the Indianapolis Colts.Tolzien won the 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation’s top senior quarterback. In guiding the Badgers to a Rose Bowl appearance last season, Tolzien completed 72.9 percent of his passes and finished with a 165.8 passer rating, both single-season bests in school history.In San Diego, he’ll be expected to compete for a job backing up three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers.Clay, meanwhile, became a Doak Walker Award finalist during his junior year as one of the top running backs in college football. After registering his second consecutive 1,000-yard season last year, Clay moved up to seventh on Wisconsin’s career rushing list with 3,413 yards.Clay’s stature – 6-foot-1, 248 pounds – figures to be an ideal fit in Pittsburgh’s traditional power-running game.Brinkley earned All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches last season, while Gilreath holds Big Ten records for kickoff returns (135) and kickoff yards (3,025).last_img read more

  • Grinding Gears: Like Darnold did at USC, he will save an NFL team

    first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanThe mood was somber on the night of Sept. 23, 2016. USC had fallen to 1-3 for the first time since 2001 after a heartbreaking defeat in Utah. It was pouring rain on a dreary evening at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, and we were crowded in a closet-sized room for the postgame press conference, waiting to hear what Sam Darnold, a redshirt freshman who had just made his first career start at quarterback, had to say.I felt bad for him, as his 6-foot, 4-inch, 220-pound frame squeezed into that tiny room along with head coach Clay Helton and linebacker Cam Smith, in front of all the cameras. This relatively unknown, quiet kid, thrust into the spotlight as the face of what could be the worst USC team in 15 years, could be in for a long season.I don’t remember much from that press conference. Darnold, as we would become familiar with, kept it cool and did not look flustered for a 19-year-old making his first career start. I didn’t even quote him in the recap I went on to write.At the time, it was hard to be positive. Darnold had made some good throws and given his team a chance to win on the road. But the season was destined for a tailspin. This team had lost by 46 to Alabama in the opener and was completely outmatched at Stanford, after which players called each other out for quitting at halftime. Zach Banner, a team captain, declined to speak with the media, and star cornerback Adoree’ Jackson proclaimed that losing was unacceptable, because he didn’t come from a losing program in high school and wasn’t used to this. Helton was very much on the hot seat.His solution — and likely, his job — depended on this redshirt freshman from San Clemente, a last-ditch effort to salvage the season. If it seemed like desperation, it was desperation.But then Darnold won his next start. And the next one. And the next 12 after that, highlighted by a Rose Bowl performance for the ages. He sparked the team, probably saved Helton’s job and set up the program for sustained success even as he leaves for the NFL.Which is where we are at on Thursday: Darnold will be drafted onto an NFL team today, and no matter where that franchise is, he will likely have to repeat what he did at USC. The bad thing about being really good in college is that you will probably get stuck on an awful NFL team (or even worse, in Cleveland). Darnold will have to make do with a bleak situation. He will have to probably save another head coach’s or GM’s job. He will be faced with the pressure of not ending up a bust. All of this — and he doesn’t turn 21 until June.I’ve covered all of Darnold’s games at USC. I’ve seen him grow into a star — and man, were there cool moments. I’ll never forget when he quieted 72,364 screaming fans at Husky Stadium in Washington — the loudest I’ve ever heard a football stadium — and upset the No. 4 Huskies with some elite throws. There was the game-saving jump pass he made last year to Stephen Carr against Texas in the triple-overtime thriller. And, of course, I still have no idea how he fit that ball into Deontay Burnett’s hands to tie the Rose Bowl. Darnold’s career will ultimately be judged by how he fares in the NFL, by whether he turns into a franchise quarterback and lives up to the hype. But I hope we don’t forget his roots and his meteoric rise to the top. I think back to that dreary night in Utah two years ago and I now feel fortunate to have been there. Because that was the start of a legendary collegiate career, and — we’re hoping — so much more to come.Eric He is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” ran Thursdays.last_img read more

  • Luckbox recruits Vadim Soloveychik as first marketing chief

    first_img Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Recapitalised Luckbox calls for a recruitment drive  June 30, 2020 Esports betting start-up Luckbox continues to grow its executive management team, confirming the appointment of Vadim Soloveychik as its first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).Soloveychik joins Luckbox’s leadership team from The Stars Group Inc, where he most recently served as Marketing Director for PokerStars (2014-2017).A seasoned industry marketing executive, Soloveychik has previously advised Luckbox’s enterprise team on the firm’s upcoming 2018 launch and initial marketing strategy.“I’ve been working closely with the team for the past few months and have seen the product taking shape and I’m really excited about the potential of Luckbox” commented Soloveychik on joining Luckbox.“The industry as we know it for years with traditional gambling verticals, go-to-market tactics and view on the ecosystem is coming to an end.”“And I think that, like in many other industries, the change will come from passionate out-of-box thinkers who are not bound to existing industry’s value chain and can cross-breed new customers’ demands with new technologies to come up with a new value proposition”.Preparing to make its debut in 2018, new industry incumbent Luckbox seeks to become the leading mass market bookmaker for esports fans.Lars Lien – LuckboxStrengthening its core management team, this March, Luckbox confirmed the appointment of former PokerStars social gaming director Quentin Martin as Chief Operations Officer, tasked with developing and delivering the firm’s strategic operating framework.Updating the market, Luckbox CEO and Co-Founder Lars Lien welcomed the appointment of Soloveychik stating: “Vadim is a hugely respected figure in the industry and his record speaks for itself.“As well as a wealth of experience and talent, the appointment of someone of Vadim’s calibre lends further credibility to our project.”last_img read more