Rain washes out final ODI between West Indies and Afghanistan, series tied 1-1

first_imgThe third one-day international between West Indies and Afghanistan was washed out by persistent rain in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, denying the tourists a potential series victory and the hosts key rankings points.Afghanistan won the opening the match of the series by 63 runs on the back of a stunning haul of seven for 18 from 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan, the fourth best bowling figures of all time in the 50-over format.West Indies, desperate for wins to move up from ninth to eighth spot in the world rankings to avoid having to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, hit back to take a four-wicket victory in the second match.After a two-hour delay on Wednesday, Afghanistan won the toss for the decisive third match and elected to bat but the rain returned before a single delivery could be bowled. The series was drawn 1-1.last_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: Mickey Arthur hopeful of World XI visit to Pakistan after triumph

first_imgPakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has expressed hope that the proposed World XI tour to the country will go ahead after his side crushed their arch-rivals India to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy.The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated India by huge 180 runs at The Oval to emerge victorious.And Arthur believes the triumph would serve as a catalyst in reviving international cricket in Pakistan.”We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games. So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours. We can only hope,” the Dawn quoted Arthur as saying.In March, Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and head of the ICC’s Pakistan task force had said that they want to give Pakistan fans the chance to see the world’s best players in live action.”The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan,” Clarke had said.Except Zimbabwe’s tour two years ago, Pakistan had played all of their ‘home’ matches outside of the country since the 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.The International Cricket Council ( ICC) are slated to send a World XI to Pakistan in September.last_img read more

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ITW Consulting wins title and in-stadia ad rights of Ind vs SL

first_imgMumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) Sports management company ITW Consulting today said it has bagged the title and in-stadia advertising rights of India tour of Sri Lanka from broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India.”Viewers are looking forward to the series as this is the Indian cricket teams first full tour (Tests,ODIs anda T20) of Sri Lanka in three years. In addition to this, advertisers are also aware of the visibility that is ensured through the duration of the tournament, giving brands a wider reach,” Rajesh Kaul, President, Distribution and Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India said in a statement.The Virat Kohli-led team will play three Test matches, five One-day internationals and a T20 match in Sri Lanka, starting from July 26 till September 6.”We will shortly be making the title sponsor announcement for the India series along with the central on-ground partners of the series,” ITW Consulting co-founder Bhairav Shanth said. PTI DS NRB RDSlast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Marin Cilic into final with hard-fought win over Sam Querrey

first_imgCroatian Marin Cilic reached his first Wimbledon final with a hard-earned 6-7(6) 6-4 7-6(3) 7-5 win over resilient American Sam Querrey on Friday.Fans who may have been disappointed that neither Rafa Nadal or Andy Murray featured in the last four were given plenty of compensation by a high-quality match lasting just under three hours.Cilic will face seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer  on Sunday.Querrey, looking to be the first American to reach the final at the All England Club since Andy Roddick in 2009, had played three five-set games to reach the semi-final stage, including his quarter-final win over Murray, and he could well have taken the Croat into a decisive set.But serving to save the match, he double-faulted and made two unforced errors before Cilic sealed victory with a forehand winner on match point.The 28-year-old raised his arms to the sky in triumph as he celebrated becoming the first Croatian to reach the men’s singles final at Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.The 2014 U.S. Open winner has been beaten in the quarter-final stage in his last three Wimbledon appearances but few would question the seventh seed’s right to challenge for the title on Sunday after this display.It was clear from the start that it was going to be a tight contest with neither player able to get even a sniff of a break in the first set.Cilic, though, took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but lost five straight points as he allowed the American back into the battle.advertisementAt 6-6 there was a delay of over three minutes when a spectator fell in the stands and had to receive attention from stewards before being led out.When play resumed Cilic produced two dreadful unforced errors with his backhand to hand the American the set and give himself plenty of work to do.At 3-3 in the second Cilic struck, a superb backhand winner down the line on break-point giving him the advantage in the set that he never looked like losing.When the Croat broke to go 2-1 up in the third set, the momentum seemed to have shifted decisively to Cilic with Querrey looking weary.But the American dug deep and came out fighting – immediately breaking back and holding firm to force another tiebreak.The contest was on-serve at 4-3 until Querrey’s errors caused him to suffer two mini-breaks and the Croat took his chance.Cilic sensed his moment but it was not until late in the fourth, with Querrey serving to stay in the match, that he grabbed it to book his place in the final.last_img read more

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Manchester United F.C.’s Eric Bailly to miss Super Cup due to three-game ban

first_imgManchester United defender Eric Bailly has been banned for three European matches for violent conduct and will miss next month’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Real Madrid, European soccer’s governing body said on Monday.Bailly was shown a straight red card during United’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on May 11.The dismissal cost the Ivory Coast defender a chance to play in the Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam, which counted as the first match of his suspension.United’s next European match is the Super Cup showpiece against Champions League winners Real Madrid on August 8 in Skopje, Macedonia.Bailly will also be suspended for United’s first Champions League group game, with Jose Mourinho’s team having qualified by winning the Europa League.UEFA said in a statement on its website (www.uefa.com) that United had also been given a warning because the match against Celta kicked off late.last_img read more

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Sadio Mane strikes as Liverpool F.C. scrape 1-0 win over Crystal Palace

first_imgLiverpool ground out their first Premier League victory of the season after winger Sadio Mane scored an opportunistic goal to give them a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.The pacy Mane took advantage of a double mistake by Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic and steered the ball past Wayne Hennessey in the 73rd minute, after the Wales goalkeeper had made a string of good saves.Liverpool enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession but the visitors missed the best chance of the match shortly after the break as the home side’s former striker Christian Benteke blazed his shot over the bar from six yards.The opening period was a scrappy affair with passes going astray at either end. The best action came inside a minute as Hennessey denied Roberto Firmino before opposite goalkeeper Simon Mignolet kept out a fiercely struck Jason Puncheon effort.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli salutes MS Dhoni ahead of landmark 300th ODI

first_imgDhoni has become the sixth Indian and 20th overall to feature in 300 one-day internationals. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain after nearly 10 years at the helm. (4th ODI UPDATES)Many of today’s superstars in the Indian team made their debuts under Dhoni and owe their careers to his leadership and guidance. Current skipper Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and a host of others were drafted into the side and persisted with by Dhoni, who is the most successful Indian captain ever.Reuters Photo”MS has been a legend of the game. We know the importance of him in our cricketing careers. 90 per cent of us started our careers under him,” Kohli said at the toss which he won and then opted to bat.India lead the five-match series 3-0 and Dhoni has played a crucial role with knocks of 45 not out and 65 not out in Kandy. He is now India’s fourth highest run-scorer in ODIs behind Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.Later on, Dhoni walked in to bat at No.7 and added 101 for the sixth wicket with Manish Pandey, who scored an unbeaten 50. Dhoni remained not on 49. During Sri Lanka’s chase, the former India captain showed his genius again, when he prompted Virat Kohli to use the DRS which resulted in a Shardul Thakur’s maiden international wicket on debut.Dhoni also set a record for remaining not out most times in international cricket. He has remained unbeaten on 73 occasions now. The record was held earlier by Shaun Pollock and Chaminda Vaas, who both had 72 not outs.advertisement’You will always remain our Captain,’ says @imVkohli on @msdhoni’s 300th ODI celebration #Dhoni300 https://t.co/Le0bd1S92R pic.twitter.com/EXia5QwhX3- BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2017Congratulations @msdhoni on a great milestone ! One of the best finishers of the modern game. Go well today- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 31, 2017Congratulations @msdhoni on your 300th ODI! ??? #Dhoni300 #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/GBYHzgpEoF- ICC (@ICC) August 31, 2017Today @msdhoni will become the 6th Indian player to play 300 ODIs! #SLvIND #Dhoni300 pic.twitter.com/24NDF2Gh4T- ICC (@ICC) August 31, 2017Wearing the ODI cap for the 300th time is definitely a special achievement! Hope you have a great game today, @msdhoni! #Dhoni300 pic.twitter.com/y6DrhdJ4Rx- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 31, 2017The iconic wicketkeeper-batsman @msdhoni gets ready for his 300th ODI match! My wishes to the man who always inspires me!#INDvsSL #Dhoni300 pic.twitter.com/m7mVc7IbMd- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 31, 2017Most not outs in ODIs73 MS Dhoni72 Shaun Pollock/Chaminda Vaas#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 31, 2017last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy: Ravindra Jadeja scores unbeaten 150 vs Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgRavindra Jadeja, who was ignored for the series against New Zealand, made a statement with an unbeaten 150 for Saurashtra on the first day of their Group B match against Jammu and Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy here.Jadeja, who has not played for India since the Test series in Sri Lanka two months ago, struck his eighth first-class hundred to take Saurashtra to 428 for four at stumps.Jadeja shared a mammoth 281-run stand for the fourth wicket with Sheldon Jackson, who smashed 181 off 156 balls.His blazing innings comprised 22 fours and seven sixes.Jadeja, on the other hand, hit 18 boundaries and two sixes during his unbeaten effort.The southpaw did not play in Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy opener against Haryana at Rohtak.Jadeja did not play the ODI series in Sri Lanka before being ignored for 50-over and T20 series against Australia.Test specialist and Saurashtra captain Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 13 today while new recruit Robin Uthappa was dismissed for 37 in only his second innings for the team.Saurashtra was in a spot of bother at 59 for three before Jackson and Jadeja put their team in a commanding position.Brief scores: Saurashtra 1st innings: 428/4 in 90 overs (Jackson 181, Jadeja 150 batting).At Jaipur: Rajasthan 1st innings: 250/4 in 90 overs (Amitkumar Gautam 103 batting) against Jharkhand.At Nadia: Kerala 1st innings: 208 all out in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 51; Piyush Chawla 5/69).Gujarat 1st innings: 60/2.last_img read more

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Shaun Tait’s spell at the WACA reminded me of the joy of wicketkeeping: Adam Gilchrist

first_imgFormer Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, who is most commonly considered as the best wicket-keeper in cricket history, has singled out an exhilarating spell from Shaun Tait as the fastest he has ever witnessed from behind the stumps.Despite having the pleasure of facing and keeping to some of the fastest bowlers in his illustrious career, the 45-year-old believes Tait’s spell in a one-off T20I match against New Zealand at the WACA in 2007 was the sharpest he has ever kept to.It should be noted that only months prior, Tait had undergone surgery on his troublesome right elbow, which had ruled him out of the inaugural World T20 earlier that year.”Tait bowling at the WACA down-breeze. Evening T20. Knowing he’s only got four overs max to bowl. That was probably the fastest spell of bowling that I’ve kept to,” cricket.com.au quoted Gilchrist, as saying.”Keeping to Tait that day reminded me of the joy of keeping. Standing so far back and just the fun. Wondering what’s coming, where it’s going. Diving around and having a laugh while you’re doing it,” Gilchrist added.However, Tait’s efforts in his T20I debut match against the Black Caps were overshadowed by a suggestion from the then New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori that “questions are always asked” about the legality of bowling actions that generate extreme pace.Tait, who was outraged by the suggestion, described the talk over his bowling action “a disgrace” and decided to undergo International Cricket Council (ICC) test.advertisementWhile he returned to Australia’s Test team in January that summer, he sidelined himself for rest of the season shortly after, citing emotional and physical exhaustion.last_img read more

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Ashish Nehra, the last of India’s 1990s cricket generation, prepares for swansong

first_imgAshish Nehra had first played for India in a Test against Sri Lanka back in 1999. A little over 18 years later, the left-arm pacer is set to call time on his career and will bow out.Ironically, Nehra will make his final appearance in a T20 International. The format had not even taken shape at the competitive level when he started playing for India. The first ever T20 International match was played in February 2005, a full six years after his Test debut.It was not before 2009 that Nehra was actually introduced to the shortest format for India. But he delivered like always and he now happens to be India’s third highest wicket-taker in T20Is behind R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah with 34 wickets from 26 matches. (ALSO READ: No.1 T20I batsman and bowler up against No. 1 T20I team)VIDEO: #ThankYouAshishNehra.Teammates pay their tribute to the fast bowler and relive their fond memories of him.. https://t.co/HWxJJipJRd pic.twitter.com/y7ykeA3pf3- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017He was successful in one-day cricket too with a tally of 157 wickets in 120 matches. Nehra’s most iconic moment on the field for India came during the 2003 World Cup against England when his 6/23 helped India to a comprehensive win.Nehra played a stellar role for India eight years later in the 2011 World Cup semi-final, picking up 2/33 against Pakistan. Incidentally, that happens to be his final one-day international.He was brought back into the team during India’s T20 leg on their tour of Australia and the Delhi pace ace made an immediate impact. However, after years of toil, Nehraji, as his teammates fondly call him, will hang up his boots.advertisementNehra will make his final appearance as a professional cricketer in front of his home crowd at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the first of three T20 matches against top-ranked team New Zealand.India have never won against New Zealand in the shortest format and Nehra would be keen to change that before he bows out.Ashish Nehra will bid farewell to international cricket today – before the 1st #INDvNZ T20I, relive his famous 6/23 v England in 2003! pic.twitter.com/0MSFJfcj8R- ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017last_img read more

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Panathinaikos Coach Fired After Loss

first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos basketball coach Argyris Pedoulakis was sacked on March 8, the day after the Greens lost to lowly Laboral Kutxa in an important Eurloeague match.Club President Dimitris Giannakopoulos was reportedly upset that Pedoulakis was relying on a defense-oriented style and that the 68-61 home loss meant the team’s chance of finishing in the top two of its grouping and making the Euroleague quarter-finals was now very slim.Pedoulakis had led Panathinaikos to a big win over its arch-rival Olympiakos and in the last 18 months won two Greek Cups and one Greek league title and is leading the league again this year.Team manager Frangiskos Alvertis is taking over at the club. It was reported that the favorite for the post is Fotis Katsikaris.The Greens were undone by a disastrous third period when the Spanish team outscored the Greek team 27-17 as Panathinaikos showed the effects of playing without injured American star Ramel Curry and hitting only 20 percent of its three-point shots.Laboral led 28-27 at half-time and ran away in the third period and built a 15-point lead, 61-46, early in the last quarter, staving off the home team the rest of the way.It was only when Laboral forward Tibor Pleiss fouled out five minutes from the end that Panathinaikos got close, playing tough under the basket to close within 65-61.Dimitris Diamantidis led the scoring for the Greens with 15 points, while Zach Wright got 12. This was the fifth defeat in nine matches for Panathinaikos in the group, leaving it little chance of finishing in the top two.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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MLB All-Stars Finally Beat Japan

first_imgTOKYO — Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer and Chris Capuano pitched five strong innings Nov. 16 as the MLB All-Stars beat Japan 6-1 for the first win of their five-game postseason tour.Morneau, the National League batting champion, drove a pitch from Japan starter Shintaro Fujinami over the wall in right to give his team a 4-1 lead in the third. It was the second homer of the series for Morneau, who also connected for a two-run homer in Game 2.The win provided welcome relief for an MLB team that was no-hit by four Japanese pitchers in a 4-0 loss on Nov. 15.“After getting no-hit yesterday, wanted to come out swinging the bats and we did,” Morneau said. “We wanted to come here and represent MLB well. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that in the first three games but I think we’ve gotten better.”Evan Longoria added to the lead with a solo homer off Japan reliever Minoru Iwata in the sixth.After losing the first three games of the series and scoring only four runs, the MLB bats came to life in the first inning. Yasiel Puig doubled on a line drive to left and scored on Morneau’s double to right.The MLB All-Stars added a run in the eighth when Chris Carter scored from third on Eduardo Nunez’s groundout to second.Jose Altuve singled to right off Fujinami and Puig doubled to left in the second to set the stage for Morneau’s blast that gave the MLB team all the momentum they needed.“The top third of our lineup did an outstanding job,” MLB manager John Farrell said. “I think eight out of our 10 hits came from Jose, Yasiel and Justin so that was a big part of our win.”Capuano picked up the win after holding Japan to one run on four hits while striking out four. Fujinami gave up four runs on five hits over four innings to take the loss.“We dropped the first three games but we have a lot of pride and wanted to bounce back tonight,” Capuano said. “The Japan hitters are very good so I was doing my best to keep them off balance and pitch smart.”Japan’s only run came in the second inning when Nobuhiro Matsuda doubled off Capuano and scored on Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s double to center.Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Otani will take the mound in Game 5 before his home fans at Sapporo Dome. Matt Shoemaker will start for the MLB team.(JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Wolves Eat The Nets, 100-85

first_imgNEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns loved performing in front of his home fans, especially in the building where his NBA dream was realized.Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the arena where he was taken with the No. 1 pick in the June draft, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-85.The New Jersey product, who had dinner with his parents Dec. 19 and thought his grandmother was in the crowd, said he was ecstatic even early in the game, before his shots started falling.“It felt like I was at the park out here tonight,” he said, “just having a blast, having fun and no matter what happened.”He learned later his grandmother was not there. Towns said he purchased League Pass for so she could watch all his games on TV.He added that she wanted him to play baseball for the New York Yankees, but nobody can question his choice now, nor the one the Timberwolves made when they selected the 7-footer.“I was just in the hallway warming up before the game and I remember walking through that hallway right when I just got drafted to the Minnesota Timberwolves and just (being) so happy. Brings back so many memories, Barclays does,” Towns said. “Madison Square Garden may have my heart since I was a child but Barclays is where my life really started.”Gorgui Dieng added 20 points and 10 boards to lead a strong bench unit that blew the game open in the fourth quarter. Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points and Ricky Rubio had 15 assists.Brook Lopez had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Nets, who dropped their fifth straight.“It’s nothing Xs or Os or anything like that,” Lopez said. “It was just energy and effort.”Kevin Garnett was scoreless but grabbed seven rebounds in his first visit to Brooklyn since the Nets dealt him after 1 ½ seasons to Minnesota for Thaddeus Young at the trade deadline.The Wolves led nearly the whole way in their second straight victory. They were up 10 after one quarter and that was still the lead heading to the fourth, before a 12-3 spurt featuring two 3-pointers from Kevin Martin turned it into a 91-72 rout.Rubio traced the Wolves’ strong play to the second half of their loss Dec. 16 to the Knicks, when they nearly erased a huge deficit.“I would say the last six quarters before this game were where this team wants to be and today was more of the same,” he said. “We controlled the game from the beginning until the end.”Martin had 16 points and fellow reserve Zach LaVine scored 10.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pineda Ends Slump; Yanks Top Oakland 5-4, Win 5th Straight

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — One month after a sluggish start dropped them into the cellar of the AL East, the New York Yankees are the hottest team in the majors.A rejuvenated offense led by red-hot slugger Carlos Beltran has paired with four consecutive strong outings from the starting rotation on the road, and that’s all it took to get manager Joe Girardi’s club going.Even Michael Pineda is feeling good these days after ending one of longest droughts of his career.Pineda won for the first time since his opening start this season, Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking, two-out single in the sixth inning and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 to extend a winning streak to five for the first time in nearly a year.“This was a big four-game sweep for us,” Girardi said. “There was a lot of frustration in our clubhouse, whether it was from pitchers or whether it was from position players who were struggling with the bat. Everyone seems to be doing their part now. The vibe is a lot better.”Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury homered for the Yankees, who swept the four-game series.New York (21-22) completed a 5-2 trip that began in Arizona and is on its longest winning streak since winning seven in a row from June 1-9 last season.Pineda (2-5) had been 0-4 with a 5.61 ERA in six starts since defeating Houston on April 6. He allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one.“I threw the ball better today,” Pineda said. “All my pitches were down. The last couple of starts, I was looking to make adjustments to be better in the game. That’s what I’m looking for, to be better all the time.”Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman pitched an inning each to complete a six-hitter.Oakland scored an unearned run off Miller in the eighth after errors by Didi Gregorius at shortstop and Castro at second before pinch-hitter Khris Davis grounded out with the potential tying run at second. Chapman got three straight outs for his sixth save.All nine of New York’s position players reached base. Chase Headley, who was hit by a pitch in the sixth, was the only one without a hit.New York swept a four-game series for the first time in three years and for the first time at Oakland since 1979.“We just needed to play better baseball,” McCann said. “We needed better situational hitting, better defense, better pitching and we’re getting that. We’re happy where we’re at.”Stephen Vogt drove in three Oakland runs with an RBI single in the first and a double in the fifth that gave the A’s a 3-2 lead.Brett Gardner scored the tying run from second on Mark Teixeira’s infield single in the sixth when second baseman Chris Coghlan fielded the ball in the outfield grass, and his off-balance throw to first was not in time.Gardner rounded third and slid headfirst into home to beat the relay throw from Yonder Alonso.Castro followed with his RBI single to put the Yankees ahead. Beltran doubled in Aaron Hicks in the seventh to make it 5-3.Beltran, subbing at DH for injured Alex Rodriguez, is hitting .353 with 15 RBIs over his last 14 games.The A’s dropped to a season-high seven games under .500.“It doesn’t feel good,” Manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t know that we could have fought much harder at the end of this game. And that shows that we’re not just saying, ‘Hey look, we’re injured.’”Oakland starter Jesse Hahn (1-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. McCann homered leading off the second, and Ellsbury hit a two-out solo shot in the third.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ovechkin Scores 45th Goal as Capitals Top Islanders 3-1 (Pics, Vid)

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin became the first player in NHL history with 10 seasons of 45 goals or more, scoring in Washington’s three-goal third period as the Capitals rallied to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie also had goals, Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots and the Capitals extended their winning streak to three while tying the Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division.Tom Kuhnackl scored for the Islanders and Thomas Greiss made 26 saves, but New York fell for the second time during its current five-game homestand (1-2-0).Washington Capitals’ Lars Eller (20) and New York Islanders’ Casey Cizikas (53) reach for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Ovechkin improved his individual point streak to eight games with his 45th of the season at 4:34 of the third period. Islanders captain Anders Lee was serving a two-minute interference penalty when Ovechkin batted the puck out of midair to help the Capitals take a 2-1 lead. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on the play.Just 1:08 before Ovechkin’s record-setting tally, Vrana evened the score at 1 with his 19th of the season. The Czech forward found a loose puck during a scramble in front of the net. Niklas Backstrom and Michal Kempny assisted on the play.New York Islanders’ Tom Kuhnhackl is congratulated after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The Islanders — coached by Barry Trotz, who led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup title last season — opened the scoring at 2:43 of the first period when Kuhnackl converted a nifty forehand backhand to deke after intercepting a pass from Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov. It was Kuhnackl’s fourth of the season.The play was close to being offside, but it appeared Kuhnackl did not touch the puck while entering the offensive zone until teammate Leo Komarov to cleared the blue line. Capitals coach Todd Reirden elected not to challenge the play.Kuhnackl dressed for the game instead of veteran Andrew Ladd, who returned to the lineup Thursday night from a lower-body injury which sidelined the alternate captain since mid-November.Goal No. 45 for @ovi8.And to think, he was out of his office for this one. pic.twitter.com/Ri1UhpC2t4— NHL (@NHL) March 2, 2019Islanders forward Josh Bailey inadvertently passed the puck into his own net at 18:32 of the third period when New York pulled its goalie in favor of an extra attacker. Oshie got credit for the goal.The Capitals have earned a point in 16 of their last 21 games against the Islanders, and are 22-10-4 against Eastern Conference Opponents this season.NOTES: The Islanders announced before the game that F Matt Martin suffered an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. … New York D Thomas Hickey was scratched for a second straight game after returning from an upper-body injury earlier this week. … Islanders F Ross Johnston was in uniform for the first time since Jan. 12. … This was the Capitals’ first trip to Nassau Coliseum since Game 6 of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. … Capitals scratched D Christian Djoos, F Dmitrij Jaskin and F Chandler Stephenson.UP NEXTIslanders: Host Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.Capitals: Visit New York Rangers on Sunday.By: Scott CharlesTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hamilton on Track for 6th Consecutive Pole at Australian GP

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton got incrementally faster across three practice sessions in a propitious precursor for qualifying Saturday, where he’s aiming to secure pole position for the sixth Australian Grand Prix in succession.The five-time Formula One world champion topped the time sheets in both practice sessions Friday and followed up by recording the quickest lap time of 1 minute, 22.292 seconds in his Mercedes just hours before the qualifying session for the season-opening race.He was followed by two Ferraris in the third practice, with two-time defending Australian GP champion Sebastian Vettel 0.264 behind in second spot and Charles Leclerc 0.457 back in third.Haas Racing drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were fourth and fifth, followed by Pierre Gasly in a Red Bull and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen was 1.189 off the pace in ninth and was one place ahead of his former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who was 1.403 behind in a Renault.Hamilton is aiming for a record-extending eighth pole position at the Albert Park circuit, dating back to 2008 when he won from the front row of the grid. He has dominated qualifying here since 2014, but hasn’t won the Australian GP since 2015.The teams and drivers had a two-hour break between the end of the third practice and the start of qualifying.By: John Pye, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World’s most expensive car Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta sold at a whopping 121 crore

first_imgThe founder of Italian sports car company Pagani Automobili, Horacio Pagani, recently debuted the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England.The Goodwood Festival is an annual hill climbing event featuring historic motor racing vehicles which usually happens in late June or early July.”We were really delighted to be involved with the Goodwood Festival of Speed once again in such a high-profile way last weekend, and to be one of the many amazing attractions at this world-leading, must-attend event,” Christine Clarkin, Pagani UK’s Dealer Principal said to the website, Moneycontrol News. The most expensive car of the year sold at Rs 121 crore!”The many excited and positive comments about our Pagani models was very gratifying to hear, and the having Horacio Pagani on hand to sign autographs and meet his many admirers was the icing on the cake of the truly excellent weekend,” she added.Pagani Automobili is an Italian company founded by Horacio Pagani in 1992. The company has manufactured some of the most exotic and sought-after cars in the last 26 years.The boutique Italian hyper-car manufacturer, however, keeps its production numbers relatively low when compared to the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari.In the present case, only three Zonda HP Barchetta models will be manufactured; one to be retained by Horacio himself.Read: Bike lover? This weekend, drool over these 5 most expensive bikes one can buy in IndiaInteresting facts about the car:According to the report by the website of Moneycontrol News,advertisementThe Zonda HP Barchetta is the costliest car of recent times which is of the worth of approximately Rs 122 croreThe hypercar is powered by a 7.3-litre naturally aspirated engine, coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox.It flaunts a wishbone suspension, upper rocker arm with coil springs, adjustable Ohlins shocks, and an anti-roll barIt has beefy 380mm brakes with ventilated discs all around, six-piston callipers up front, and four-piston callipers on the back. It boasts 789bhp of power and weighs in at just 1250 kgCheck the list of the five most expensive cars in the world!Sweptail by Rolls Royce – $13 millionKoenigsegg CCXR Trevita – $4.8 millionLamborghini Veneno Roadster – $4.5 millionMcLaren P1 LM – $3.6 millionLykan Hypersport – $3.4 millionRead: Ranchi’s Rohit Prasad, the father of Amazon AlexaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Gold box office collection Day 6: Akshay Kumar film inches towards Rs 100 cr

first_imgAkshay Kumar has struck gold at the box office with his latest release. After stepping into the shoes of Arunachalam Muruganantham for Pad Man, Khiladi Kumar has brought the inspiring story of India’s first Olympic gold win as an independent nation to the big screen with Gold.The sports drama has not only got a thumbs up from critics but has also been lauded by fans. The film, which released on Independence Day, crossed the Rs 70-crore mark within five days of its release, and is still continuing its winning streak at the box office.According to early estimates, Gold has passed the Monday test by collecting Rs 5.5 crore (approx), thus taking the total to Rs 76.8 crore (approx).Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold revolves around independent India’s first Olympic gold win – a feat achieved by the Indian men’s hockey team in 1948 at the 14th London Olympiad. Akshay plays the role of the manager of the team, Tapan Das.It was a clash of the titans this year, as Gold locked horns with the other Independence Day release, John Abraham-starrer Satyameva Jayate, which also opened to a phenomenal response at the box office. The film is facing stiff competition from John Abraham-starrer at the ticket windows.Gold, which marks the debut of television actress Mouni Roy, also starred Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Nikita Dutta in pivotal roles.MOVIE REVIEW: GOLDALSO READ: Gold true story – How independent India won its first Olympic goldALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywoodadvertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup failure haunts German stars as Bundesliga returns

first_imgBerlin, Aug 23 (AFP) The Bundesliga returns tomorrow with German football shaken by the shambolic early World Cup exit while Bayern Munich hope new coach Niko Kovac can maintain the relentless success the club expect. Germany’s embarrassing failure to defend their title in Russia, crashing out after finishing bottom of their group, leaves several Bundesliga stars with a point to prove in the new season. Bayern kick off the new campaign on Friday at home to Hoffenheim, who will make their debut in the Champions League group stages this season, with midfielder Thomas Mueller admitting the World Cup debacle provides extra motivation. “It’s about how we can do better – after going out like that, you handle failure very badly, because no-one expected it,” Mueller told the Bayern website. After the debacle in Russia, Germany coach Joachim Loew is expected to make sweeping changes when he names his squad on Wednesday for the home game against newly-crowned world champions France on September 6 in the Nations League. The focus against Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena will be on Bayern’s World Cup stars Mueller, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer, who all under-performed on the World Cup stage. The spotlight will also fall on Kovac in his first home league game after joining from Eintracht Frankfurt, who shocked Bayern 3-1 in May’s German Cup final in his final game.- Challenge needed -==================== Kovac has already been handed a reduced squad with Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal sold to Barcelona. The transfer window closes in Germany on August 31 and president Uli Hoeness says there is a “50-50” chance Boateng could still go to Paris Saint-Germain, while Thiago Alcantara has been linked to a return to Barcelona.advertisement Kovac will be expected to ensure Bayern pick up where they left off last season when they secured a sixth straight league title by a 21-point margin. However, the German league desperately needs a challenger to come forward. In a recent survey of 2,500 football fans for internet provider t-online.de, just 17.9 percent believed a club other than Bayern will be German champions in 2018/19. Worryingly for the German Football League (DFL), just 18 percent of those polled believe there will be an exciting fight for the title. Bundesliga fans have grown to accept the title will inevitably head to Munich. Of the sides bidding to wrestle the Bundesliga trophy from Bayern’s iron grip, Borussia Dortmund, under new head coach Lucien Favre, and RB Leipzig lead the charge. Dortmund’s signing of Axel Witsel is the Bundesliga’s biggest name transfer ahead of 2018/19. Having paid Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian 20 million euros ($22.9m) for Witsel, the Belgium midfielder came off the bench to score a late equaliser in their 2-1 comeback German Cup win on Monday at second division Greuther Fuerth. Witsel is expected to forge a solid defensive midfield partnership with Denmark’s Thomas Delaney, signed from Werder Bremen. German fans will be hoping new Dortmund captain Marco Reus forges a goal-scoring partnership with 2014 World Cup winner Mario Goetze and US international Christian Pulisic. Dortmund start their league season on Sunday at home to Leipzig, who have had a brutal start to the season having played six games before the league season starts after two rounds of two-legged Europa League qualifiers. Ralf Rangnick has moved from sporting director to take over as head coach and Leipzig have a potent force up front with Germany striker Timo Werner partnering Yussuf Poulsen and Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg calling the shots. Fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated) Friday Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim (1830) Saturday Hertha Berlin v Nuremberg, Werder Bremen v Hanover 96, Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg v Schalke 04, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Augsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen (1630) SundayMainz v Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig (1600) (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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Confident Indian shooters eye Olympic quotas at ISSF World Championship

first_imgChangwon (South Korea), Sep 1 (PTI) The Indian shooters’ quest for securing Olympics quotas will gather pace as they compete in the ISSF Word Championships, which begins here Sunday with as many as 60 berths on offer for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The Indian shooting contingent will be high on confidence after its fine showing at the Asian Games in Indonesia. India has entered a 91-strong squad for the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) premier global competition. The tournament in the South Korean city will be the beginning of the Olympics qualifying cycle and India will be targeting the maximum possible quotas. A total of 60 berths will be distributed across the 15 Olympic events. The first competition day has two finals scheduled. The pair of Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar and Mehuli Ghosh will vie for honours in the 10m air rifle mixed team event. In the 10m air pistol mixed team event, India’s hopes will rest on Abhishek Verma and Manu Bhakar and the duo of Shahzar Rizvi and Heena Sidhu. Experts involved with the team exuded confidence on the eve of the competition. “We arrived here four days early and the squad has settled down well. There was a training camp in Delhi before the Asian Games and even after the Asian Games began, the camp with the remaining shooters of the squad carried on and went really well,” said former shooter and High Performance coach of the senior pistol team, Samaresh Jung. “You have all seen our performance in the Asian Games. Practice here has also been regular and very good. Given all these aspects, we are confident of a good performance here in Changwon, but of course the competition is of the highest standard possible.”advertisement Between the World Championship and April 30, 2020 — the last day for earning Olympic berths — a total of 360 quotas will be distributed across 15 events. Quotas will be given through the 2019 ISSF World Cup stages, and designated Continental Championship or Games in 2018, 2019 and 2020. At Changwon, the 12 individual events will offer four quotas each while the three mixed team events will give two each. In the mixed team events, each individual of the top two teams earn quotas for their country. A total of 53 medals, including the 15 Olympic events, across individual and mixed team events will be contested for men and women. These would also include 24 junior events at the Changwon International Shooting Range. The championship will see participation from over 1800 athletes representing 90 nations. The Doha edition of the World Championship remains India’s most successful as Abhinav Bindra and Manavjit Singh Sandhu won a gold each and the country came back with a total of six medals. India have so far won 12 individual and two team medals at the showpiece event. PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

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