Category: tqzsziop

  • Indian women keep tricolour flying in world chess

    first_imgChennai: Indian female chess players are keeping the nation’s flag flying high by figuring in the top ten in the world in two categories while the men are sliding down. As per the latest global rating list by FIDE-the global chess body, World Rapid Champion Koneru Humphy and Harika Dronavalli are ranked as world number three and nine respectively in the women’s section. In the girls section R. Vaishali is world number 10. Incidentally, no Indian male figures in the top ten in the world’s open section. Former World Champion V. Anand is ranked at 15 in the world, followed by Vidit Santosh Gujarati at 26th rank. Gujarati is now the second top most ranked player in India overtaking P. Harikrishna who had occupied that slot for a long time. IANSAlso Read: One body, two voter lists: The curious case of Indian chessAlso Watch: Body of unidentified person found hanging from tree in Lahorighat under Morigaon Districtlast_img read more

  • Cricket News He Just Told Me I Am An Idiot: Mitchell Marsh After Suffering Fracture Due To Dressing Room Punch

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mitchell Marsh, who injured his bowling arm in bizarre circumstances during the Sheffield Shield encounter between Western Australia and Tasmania at the WACA ground in Perth on Monday, has been diagnosed with a fracture on his middle finger bone and has ruled him out of competitive action for six weeks. This essentially means Marsh could be out of the first Test against Pakistan which begins on November 21. Speaking to reporters, Marsh disclosed the details of his injury and also revealed he had gotten a lot of heat from Australia cricket coach Justin Langer. “It’s my middle finger, just below the wrist — a fracture straight through the bone. He (Langer) just told me I’m an idiot basically. It’s a good lesson for me. Hopefully it’s a good lesson for other people as well. At the end of the day, it’s a game of cricket. Sometimes you get beaten, sometimes you get out, and you can’t be punching walls,” Marsh said. The injury to Marsh opens the door for Marcus Stoinis to feature in the first Test against Pakistan which will begin in Brisbane. Pakistan will start their tour of Australia with three Twenty20 Internationals followed by two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide which will be part of the ICC World Test Championships.Marsh was batting well on 53 but he was caught and bowled by Jackson Bird. As he entered the dressing room, he punched the wall in anger and injured his bowling arm. A statement from Western Australia had said they were yet to determine the full extent of the injury. “Western Australian captain Mitch Marsh injured his hand during (Sunday’s) Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the WACA ground. Marsh sustained the injury when he struck the wall in the changerooms following his dismissal earlier in the day. The extent of the injury and a time frame on his return will be determined later this week after further investigation,” the statement read. Also Read | Mitchell Marsh Does A Ben Stokes – Gets Injured By Smashing His Bowling Hand On A WallMarsh had come back into contention in the Australian cricket team after he picked up a five-wicket haul in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series against England at The Oval. His solid performances could have potentially kept him in the reckoning for the team ahead of the Test series against Pakistan. His recall came after a long period out of favour and there are no guarantees he will win a spot back.last_img read more

  • Bowling coach says big effort still needed from West Indies

    first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – Bowling coach Roddy Estwick warned Sunday the turning Queens Sports Club pitch remained a tricky one, and said West Indies’ batsmen needed to apply themselves on today’s third day in order to put the Caribbean side in a strong position to win the opening Test.The Windies ended the day on 88 for one in their second innings, 148 runs ahead after dismissing Zimbabwe for a paltry 159 in their first innings.“The game has still got a long way to go. It’s only day two. We only lead now by 148 so there’s still a long way to go,” Estwick told reporters here after the visitors dominated the second day.“Zimbabwe at lunch were 101 for three and they lost their last seven for [58 runs] so the game can change very, very quickly on a pitch like this. What we’ve got to do is keep [Zimbabwe] out the game as long as possible, try and bat until lunch time [tomorrow] and then assess from there.“You can’t get ahead of yourself on this pitch or in a cricket game – there’s still three days left so there is a lot of cricket left to be played. We’ve got to be patient, we’ve got to absorb the pressure.“I’m sure Zimbabwe will rest up tonight and come hard tomorrow so we’ve got to be prepared for that challenge and then go from there.”Dismissed for a disappointed 219 in their first innings on Saturday’s opening day, West Indies hit back strongly to bundle out Zimbabwe cheaply for grab a valuable first innings lead of 60 runs.They were spearheaded by frontline leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who picked up five for 79 – his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests.Estwick praised the 31-year-old for the outstanding effort especially after his struggles on the recent tour of England where he managed just three wickets in two Tests at an average of 43.“He didn’t have the best tour of England. It is a very dificult place to bowl in but when you look at [last] September to this September, if you have a check you would see that Bishoo would’ve got 30 wickets in that period,” Estwick pointed out.“So he’s been quite successful. He got eight wickets in Dubai on a flat track as well so he does his job. The bowling unit has been outstanding. You can’t fault the bowling unit and Bishoo is very much a part of that bowling unit.”Despite the spin-friendly nature of the track, pacers Kemar Roach and Jason Holder cashed in with two wickets apiece, to provide support for Bishoo.The combined effort saw Zimbabwe, who resumed the day on 19 without loss, lose three wickets in the first session before suffering a terminal collpase after lunch.Estwick said the bowling display had just been an extension of the form of the Windies attack on recent tours.“Over the last year we’ve been bowling quite well. The bowling department has been functioning so I’m not surprised that we were able to bowl them out under the score,” he said.“What we wanted to do was make sure it became a second innings game. Once you make a score as low as 219, you know it’s going to be an uphill task but we felt that once Bishoo could come to the party – and our seamers have been outstanding for a whole year – that we could restrict them to this score.”last_img read more

  • Wisconsin drops ball again in Pennsylvania

    first_imgSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Following last Saturday’s hard-fought loss to Illinois, Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said the better team had won the game. This past Saturday, there was no need to ask; anyone in Beaver Stadium could see the Penn State was clearly the better team, as they trounced Wisconsin 38-7.The game started ominously for Wisconsin. On the opening play of the game, UW running back P.J. Hill was stripped of the football and PSU’s Sean Lee recovered at the Wisconsin 12-yard line. “They really were attacking the football, and give credit to them for doing that,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “But the ball, it’s got to be secured and we have to think like that all the time offensively.”Three plays and a little over a minute later, fullback Matt Hahn dove over the top of the pile at the goal line and the Nittany Lions had a quick 7-0 lead. “That’s never a good sign to start out a game,” linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “But, you know, we gotta do our job and respond. It’s tough … but it goes both ways, offense, defense, it’s tough to start out a game that way. After the next UW possession stalled after six plays, PSU got the ball back. Keeping the momentum from the first drive, the Nittany Lions drove the ball down to the Badgers’ 13-yard line before settling for a field goal to push the lead to 10-0.”They came out hitting and we were unable to respond,” Levy said. “The crowd got behind them, they were up, had their confidence, the defense was playing great, their offense was rolling a little bit. It was hard for us to recover.”Wisconsin scratched back to pull within three points thanks to a 77-yard drive which was capped by a one-yard Hill touchdown plunge, but the defense couldn’t stop Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli and the Nittany Lion offense, which ran off 28 consecutive points to finish the game.”Morelli isn’t necessarily a running threat, but they used him today effectively in the bootleg game,” Bielema said. With the Badgers still trailing by three, Morelli used a pump fake to draw the UW secondary to the left side of the field and hit wide receiver Deon Butler, who had beaten cornerback Allen Langford badly, for an easy 29-yard touchdown.”We had a few mental busts early on with our man coverage, where our guys got their eyes off their man and allowed those guys to run free,” Bielema said.”That long pass with the slant-and-go on Allen Langford in the back corner was a big play for them.”Leading 17-7, the Nittany Lions faced a fourth-and-one on the Badgers’ 19-yard line. After calling a timeout to decide whether to attempt a field goal or go for it, Penn State came out to run a play. Morelli gave the ball to running back Evan Royster who sliced virtually untouched through the left side of the Wisconsin line and went the distance for the back-breaking touchdown.”I was going to kick,” Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said. “First I said let’s go for it and then I said, ‘no, we’re going to kick.’ There was a timeout and I said, ‘ah, the heck with it, go for it.'”Very decisive.” For the Badgers, it was just another instance of not getting a big stop when they needed one.”Every time we get hurt it’s something else,” Levy said. All told, Penn State scored four of the first five times it had the ball — including three touchdowns — and never relinquished control of the game.”I mean, I don’t know what’s going on,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “You just have to wait to watch the film on Sunday, can’t really tell you what the problem is now, but there’s a problem and it’s got to be fixed quickly.” Trailing 24-7 midway through the second quarter, quarterback Tyler Donovan hit Kyle Jefferson for a 33-yard completion into Penn State territory. The Badgers were unable to build any momentum off that play, as the next pass went through wide receiver David Gilreath’s hands and was intercepted by Anthony Scirrotto at the Penn State 27.”Just a lack of concentration, a lack of concentration,” Gilreath said of the missed catch. “I’ve got to catch the ball there. “I was wide open over the middle, and I realize I’ve got to catch those.”By the time the end of the third quarter rolled around, Penn State had the game well in hand, leading to many of the 109,754 in attendance — the sixth largest crowd ever at Beaver Stadium — to start filing toward the gates.For the Badgers, the owners of the longest winning streak in the nation just two weeks ago, it was the second consecutive in a season that is quickly unraveling.”You go from on your way to a really good season and you got dreams, you got hopes, you got goals, and two weeks go by and they don’t seem attainable any more,” Ikegwuonu said. “That’s the reality of college football, anything can happen and you have to come ready to play every week, and the last two weeks we weren’t ready to play.”last_img read more

  • Vavic’s late goal pushes Trojans past Cal

    first_imgThe USC men’s water polo team’s matchup against No. 4 California was one that could have easily knocked it off its championship stride.Clutch plays · Junior driver Nikola Vavic scored the game-winning goal in Sunday afternoon’s home contest against No. 4 California. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojan Instead, the Trojans gutted out a back-and-forth game Sunday and came out with a 7-6 victory at McDonald’s Swim Stadium.“We needed to outwork them,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said, who earned his 400th win Sunday. “Against Cal, you cannot let them beat you up and down the pool. I thought we did a very good job of that today.”In a rare nationally televised contest on ESPNU, junior driver Nikola Vavic struggled throughout the game against Cal’s defense, but came through in the most crucial moment to score the winning goal with 1:38 left in the game.“I played an all-around bad game,” the younger Vavic said. “I’m just glad that I had an opportunity like that, and that it all worked out.”In the first half, each team was able to take advantage of 6-on-5 opportunities. The two sides alternated goals in the first quarter, until Cal scored at the buzzer to take the early 3-2 lead.No. 1 USC struggled through most of the second quarter to contain the Golden Bears’ attack. Goals by junior Hunter Gettelfinger and freshman Colin Mulcahy pushed Cal out to a 5-3 lead before junior two-meter Jeremy Davie scored just before halftime.“We were giving up easy shots in the first half,” Vavic said. “Their goalie got hot, and it’s tough to score on a hot goalie. But we played 13 players [in the first half], so our key guys were well-rested for the second half.”That extra rest paid dividends, as USC would hold Cal scoreless in the third quarter. The Trojans were able to draw level after sophomore driver Kostas Genidounias fought hard against two Cal defenders to score his second goal of the game.“In the beginning, our defense was not focused enough, but we got better in the second half,” Genidounias said. “We were trying to drop the ball into the 1- and 2-meters to get some ejections, and we did that and scored a couple goals. That’s what won us this game.”In the fourth quarter, a defensive lapse led to a Cal goal that gave them the lead with just more than seven minutes remaining. With 5:25 left, USC answered with a goal by junior utility Mace Rapsey that was set up after a key block by junior goalie James Clark.“James played extremely well today,” Vavic said. “He made some really key blocks, but also just his presence in the goal was very effective.”After a USC foul gave Cal a power play with just more than two minutes remaining, USC’s defense tightened up to force a turnover. In the ensuing possession, a foul on Cal gave the Trojans a power play of their own, and unlike the Bears, they were able to take advantage with Vavic’s only goal of the game.After the go-ahead score, Cal had two opportunities to tie the game but was turned away by Clark and the USC defense.In addition to giving the Trojans the lead, Vavic’s goal moved him up to No. 20 on the all-time USC scoring list, an achievement that Vavic placed little to no importance on after the game.“It means nothing,” Vavic said. “As long as we win, I’m happy.”last_img read more

  • Cheltenham Day One: Finding the ‘edge’ through larger priced contenders

    first_img Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at, has highlighted Lalor – running in the 2:10 on the first day at Cheltenham – as just one of the “terrific betting opportunities” for those seeking value away from horses trained by the biggest names in the sport.Harris is providing a full preview on the eve of each day at the Festival, casting his expert eye over any late developments or market movements for each of the day’s races.“Of course, the price is always everything in betting,” said Harris, “but it is more important than ever at Cheltenham to play when there is an ‘edge’ by betting on horses with a price bigger than their true chance of winning.“That can often be away from the obvious at the front of the market, trained or ridden by the biggest names in the sport like Willie Mullins or Ruby Walsh. There is often some terrific betting opportunities if you play each-way on some of the larger priced contenders from smaller stables.“Lalor is a good example of this, priced generally at over 4/1. Kayley Woollacott’s useful hurdler made a brilliant transition to chasing when winning over this course and distance in November, jumping and travelling strongly before asserting up the hill under a motionless Richard Johnson. “He was not at his best on testing ground at Sandown last time, but should relish a return to this track. A strong run race in this big field should bring his stamina into play when it really counts.”Despite his commitment to delivering users with the best value bets and dark horses, Harris urged those enjoying the action with a bet or two to “maintain betting discipline”.He explained: “It is all too easy to get carried away, betting in every race regardless of price or value, and listening to the massive hype around all the horses rather than using your judgement and discretion. It’s really important not to get carried away, chasing  losses or playing too big in relation to your betting bank.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

  • Didier Drogba back in Ivory Coast squad

    first_imgDidier Drogba is to return to the Ivory Coast national team next week for the first time since the country’s calamitous African Nations Cup finals performance at the start of the year.The veteran striker has been named in a 23-man squad for a friendly against Mexico in New York next Wednesday, for the first time since the tournament in South Africa, where the Ivorians were runaway favourites but were bundled out in the quarter-final by eventual winners Nigeria.Drogba, for so long a talismanic figure for the Elephants, was dropped for the first time during the tournament and coach Sabri Lamouchi then left him out of World Cup qualifiers in March and June, all the while deflecting speculation of a rift with his captain by claiming the 35-year-old needed to work on his fitness and would return.Drogba, still hoping to make a third successive World Cup finals appearance in Brazil next year, looked sharp at the weekend in helping Galatasaray win a pre-season mini-tournament at Arsenal.Lamouchi also handed a first call-up to the Anderlecht striker Zoro Cyriac Gohi Bi and new Malaga midfielder Bobley Anderson, the Ivorian Football Federation announced in a statement.last_img read more

  • VIDEO: Sean Sarfo Antwi wins 60m gold at AIT International Grand Prix

    first_imgIt was all joy for sprinter Sean Sarfo Antwi as he won gold in the Men’s 60m at the 2017 AIT International Grand Prix.The Ghanaian, who competed for Great Britain before switching allegiance to the West African country won with a record time of 6.50 seconds.Barbadian Ramon Gitters and D’Angelo Cherry of the United States of America finished second and third respectively.Antwi qualified to the finals first with a time of 6.60 seconds.   AIT International Grand Prix is an indoor athletics event held annually. It is the fourth year in a row as athletics fans across the Great Britain have been availed of the opportunity to witness some of the world’s best talent on show in the midlands arena.last_img read more

  • Willian hints at reunion with pal Jose at Spurs & has no problem joining rival

    first_imgWILLIAN has hinted at a move to Tottenham as the Chelsea ace says he has “no problem” joining a rival club and is “big friends” with Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian star has revealed he is in regular contact with pal Mourinho, who coached him for two years at Stamford Bridge.2 Willian played under Mourinho at Chelsea from August 2013 to December 2015The 31-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, having failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension.Willian and the Blues were both hoping to come to a deal, but the winger demanded a three-year term while the West Londoners only offered two – sparking interest from Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Inter Milan.In an interview with Bolivia Talk Show, Willian said: “Nothing arrived from Mourinho but we do have a good relationship, he’s a big friend of mine.”We speak to each other sometimes but when it comes to that (speaking about transfers) he respects me a lot.”The Brazilian ace has thrown cold water over speculation of a move away from London.Willian has insisted that he and his family have taken to life in the English capital since his £32million switch from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala seven years ago.When asked about his future, he said: “I like London and my family likes it too but that’s a question I don’t know how to answer.”I don’t know which club I’m going to or if I’m staying here at Chelsea or if I’m leaving to another London club or if I’m leaving England, that’s something I don’t know.”The Blues maestro has said that should the season be extended beyond his contract he will stay and see out the campaign because of his “loyalty” to the Stamford Bridge outfit.2The Blues ace has scored 59 goals in 329 games while winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and last season’s Europa League.Spurs could be plotting revenge on Chelsea by securing Willian on a free – almost seven years after the Blues hijacked their transfer of him.But they still face stiff competition from their North London neighbours, Arsenal, who are eyeing a replacement for wantaway skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Willian is standing firm on landing a three-year deal at his next club which matches his current £120,000-a-week salary.Cash-strapped Arsenal may be reluctant to tie themselves to such a long-term agreement for a player who will be 32 in August.However, the Brazilian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has become an increasingly influential figure at the Emirates over the past year.He also represents the Gunners’ technical director Edu — and pulled the strings in the signings of David Luiz and loanee Cedric Soares.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticPSG have been linked to Willian since the last deadline day but a move failed to materialise.Barcelona had been eyeing a swoop for a while and made a failed £50million bid in 2018, but they have reportedly now turned their attentions elsewhere.Willian has scored seven times and registered six assists in 37 matches for Chelsea this term.Jorginho shows his skills in Chelsea training ground shootoutlast_img read more

  • Jamaican footballers celebrate with Leicester City

    first_imgWes Morgan just made history as the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League football title as captain of winning team Leicester City. However, he isn’t the only person of Jamaican heritage to have played for the new English top-flight champions. A year before Morgan was born in 1984, Robert ‘Bob’ Hazell played for Leicester City while they were still in the English first division. Hazell was born in Kingston in 1959 and later migrated to the United Kingdom. He joined Leicester City in 1983 and played for the team for three years from 1983 to 1986. He helped the East Midlands club to a 15th-place finish in the 1984-85, season before being loaned out to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a short spell. During his period with Leicester, he made 41 appearances and scored two goals. Hazell never played for Jamaica, but he did represent the England Under-21 squad, playing one game in 1978. Frank Sinclair, who helped Jamaica qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, also played for Leicester City. Sinclair played for dethroned English champions Chelsea from 1990-1998, playing for a season with West Bromwich Albion from 1991-1992 on loan and then moved to Leicester City from 1998 until 2004, making 164 appearances for the club and scoring three goals in his time there. Most recently, Jermaine Beckford, who joined the Reggae Boyz set-up in early 2013, played for Leicester between 2011 and 2013. Beckford made 43 appearances for the Foxes, scoring nine goals in total.last_img read more