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Golfer Brooks's girlfriend Jena takes dig at their relationship critics

5 hours ago  
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American actress Jena Sims, girlfriend of US golfer Brooks Koepka took a dig at those who have been questioning the seriousness of her relationship status with the golfer. Their relationship came under scrutiny when Brooks, 29, refused to kiss Jena, 28, during the PGA Championship in May. The couple have been together since 2015 and Jena took to Instagram to dismiss notions of any tension in their relationship. "When the beach is rocky but your relationship ain't," Sims captioned a picture (top) of herself standing on a rocky beach. The four-time majors winner, Brooks become the first golfer to hold back-to-back titles in two majors after defending his PGA Championships crown in May. Brooks Koepka is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. In May 19, 2019 the golfer became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2018 CJ Cup. Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and the PGA Championship in 2018. He successfully defended the PGA Champion..
                 

MSSA football: St Stanislaus skipper Jaffer Mansoori strikes in style

7 hours ago  
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Akshay Jagtap Leading from the front, skipper Jaffer Mansoori dished out an impressive performance to help St Stanislaus enter the semi-finals of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA)-organised boys U-16 Div-I football tournament with a solitary goal win over St Mary's ICSE (Mazagaon) at Cooperage yesterday. After a goalless first half, Jaffer broke the deadlock in style. In the 31st minute, he received a corner kick from teammate Shayne D'Costa and executed a neat half-volley finish into the goal. Jaffer, who showcased some good dribbling skills and beat the opposition defence often, should have scored a couple of goals more, but missed out. St Stanislaus skipper Jaffer Mansoori Stanislaus coach Roy Fernandes heaped praise on his captain but also mentioned that he needed to fine-tune his finishing skills. "He has got good speed. The only problem is his finishing. He has to improve on that. Today, had he finished better, he could have scored four goals. He probably gets a little..
                 

Sports minister assures shooter Rahi Sarnobat help in LWP issue

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Pistol shooter Rahi Sarnobat, who became the first Indian woman shooter to win an individual gold medal (25m pistol) at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, is busy preparing to script history at next year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Deputy Collector of Pune though, is a tad disappointed at having to train for the Games on Leave Without Pay (LWP). She has been doing so for a year and a half now. However, there is some good news for Sarnobat. Maharashtra's new sports minister Ashish Shelar has promised to help the pistol champ tide over her troubles. Former India cricketer and IISM chief Nilesh Kulkarni (left) with State Sports Minister Ashish Shelar at IISM's student induction ceremony "I believe no sportsperson should face such a situation. And more so, a sportsperson of Rahi's calibre. I will look into the details of this issue and speak to our Chief Minister [Devendra Fadnavis] about it," Shelar, Maharashtra's Minister of School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, said on the sid..
                 

How did Jason Roy escape?

7 hours ago  
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Brisbane: The World Cup was largely a festival of cricket, played cheerfully and without the needle and edge that has sullied the sport in recent times. For that, the ICC and the players themselves can take the credit. The events of Cape Town 2018 and the rancorous atmosphere that preceded those dark days have left us with a legacy that may now be worth something. It is no coincidence that this new dawn has been led by an Australian team that simply had no choice but to conduct themselves well. Credit where credit's due — they zipped their lips, smiled when they would normally have snarled and focused on themselves rather than trying to verbally unsettle their opponent. By and large, it worked too. Sixteen months ago, in the wreckage that followed Sandpapergate, a World Cup semi-final would have seemed a pipedream. Just goes to show that when you let your cricket do the talking, cricket can still be a beautiful game. Also Read: World Cup 2019: England's Jason Roy targets Aus..
                 

Nilesh Kulkarni hails decision to pick teenager Rahul Chahar

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Former India left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni gave a thumbs up to the national selection committee's decision to include young leggie Rahul Chahar in T20I squad for the West Indies tour Kulkarni felt it was a fine strategy to pick Chahar, 19, considering the current form of wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep took six wickets in seven World Cup games while Chahal picked up 12 wickets in eight matches. Chahar, who claimed 20 wickets in his last five games for India 'A', was instrumental in Mumbai Indians' IPL triumph with 13 wickets in as many games. Nilesh Kulkarni "It's a good inclusion, purely because Rahul had a good season last year," Kulkarni said on the sidelines of International Institute of Sports Management's student induction ceremony held in Bandra yesterday. Though Kuldeep and Chahal are part of the Indian ODI team for the West Indies tour, Chahar will be the only leggie in the T20I side alongside left-arm spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya a..
                 

Visa issue prevents Harshika Vishvakarma from boarding Cardiff plane

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India's men and women Slum Soccer teams will leave for Cardiff (Wales) today to compete in the 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup (July 27 to August 3). However, Chhindwara-based women's team striker, Harshika Vishvakarma will not be part of the Cardiff-bound team after technical issues with her visa application surfaced. "I had applied for a visa when I came to Mumbai one month ago. Somehow there was no stamp on my visa papers. Our team will leave for Cardiff tomorrow, but I will not be able to go with them as I had to reapply for the visa. I am nervous, but I hope to get it quickly," Vishvakarma, 17, who scored 18 goals during six selection games, told mid-day yesterday. The players of the Indian men and women teams that will be participating in the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, Wales with Amruta Fadnavis, patron of Slum Soccer during an event in the city yesterday. Pics/ Atul Kamble Amruta Fadnavis (wife of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis), who is the patron of..
                 

Chandu Borde in good nick at 85

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Middle-order batsman Chandu Borde's leg-spin was good enough for cricket pundits to rate him as an all-rounder in his 1958-59 to 1969-70 international career (55 Tests, 3061 runs, 5 centuries, 52 wickets)." After his playing days, he continued to be an all-rounder through his roles that entailed heading the selection committee spread across five terms and managing junior and senior teams. Then, out of the blue, he was picked as manager of Rahul Dravid's 2007 team that won the Test series in England, not long after the World Cup debacle in the Caribbean. Take the quiz: #middaycricketquiz - Guess the cricketer in the picture Pune-based Borde turns 85 today and is probably as fit as he has ever been in retired life. "My fitness regime is nothing extraordinary – 10 minutes of free-arm exercises as soon as I freshen up in the morning and a 40-minute walk at Poona Club in the evening. If I don't sweat, I feel lazy," he says. Not many former players are summoned to manage an intern..
                 

Virender Sehwag wants selectors to inform MS Dhoni of their plans

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New Delhi: Former India batsman Virender Sehwag feels MS Dhoni should have the right to decide when to retire, urging the selectors to make it clear to the former skipper whether he is in their plans or not. Since the World Cup got over, talks of Dhoni's retirement has re-surfaced with reports saying that India's 2011 World Cup winning captain might not be an automatic choice in the starting XI. Dhoni had an average World Cup where his slow batting rate came under the scanner. Wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni "It should be left to Dhoni to decide when to hang his boots. The duty of the selectors is to reach out to Dhoni and inform him that he is no more being seen as India's wicketkeeper-batsman going forward," Sehwag was quoted as saying by Times Now. He went on to add that he wished selectors had also asked him about his plans during his time with the Indian team. "I wish the selectors had asked me as well about my plans so I would also have been able to inform them," Sehwag said. Catch..
                 

ISSF Junior World Cup: Vijayveer Sidhu sizzles for third gold

6 days ago  
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New Delhi: Vijayveer Sidhu picked up his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, combining with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men's 25m pistol event yesterday. For Adarsh, it was his second gold of the competition. India maintained its top spot at the medal standings after day three with seven gold in a total of 16 medals won so far. The day's second medal came in the men's 10m air rifle with the trio of Hriday Hazarika, Yash Vardhan and Paarth Makhija winning the team silver with a combined score of 1877.4, which was just 0.4 less than the gold winning Chinese team's score. China also equalled the junior world record in the process. Junior world champion Hriday, however, endured heartbreak in the 10m air rifle individual competition. He was leading till the 18th shot of the 24-shot final, but an effort of 9.6 in his 19th shot saw him slide down to fourth, which is where he eventually finished on a score of 207.3. Vijayveer Sidhu ..
                 

Blind cricketer Amol Karche leaves for Jamaica tour amidst job worry

6 days ago  
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India's blind World Cup-winning pacer, Amol Karche is the lone Maharashtra cricketer in the Jamaica-bound national blind outfit, which will leave for the West Indies tonight from Bangalore. Karche was instrumental in India winning the 2014 ODI World Cup in South Africa where he claimed 12 wickets, including two in the final against Pakistan. Though Karche is confident that his team will put up a good show in the blind cricket team's first-ever Caribbean tour, he has to deal with worries on the home front. "Even though I have represented India in the World Cup and Asia Cup, where we emerged champions, my achievements have not been recognised by the state government. On the contrary, the state government rewarded the national women's cricketers from Maharashtra [Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram and Poonam Raut] with R50 lakh each despite the Indian team failing in the Women's World Cup in England in 2017. A lot of other sportspersons were rewarded for their achievements at international com..
                 

World Cup 2019: England shouldn't have got that extra run, says ex-umpire Simon Taufel

7 days ago  
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London: When the margin of error is slim, every aspect comes under the microscopic. Every run that was scored in Sunday's England v New Zealand final was worth its weight in gold. So, did the umpires err by awarding an extra run to England, something that has become a major talking point after the World Cup final was not decided by the margin of runs or wickets, but by the number of boundaries? Needing 15 off the final over for England to chase New Zealand's 241-8, the equation was brought down to three runs off two balls after a throw from Martin Guptill deflected off Ben Stokes's bat and raced to the boundary when he was trying to steal a second run. England were awarded six runs, but former ICC elite umpire Simon Taufel felt the umpires erred and should have given five runs because when Guptill released his throw, Stokes and his partner Adil Rashid had not crossed each other. As a result, it cannot be counted as run and New Zealand would have managed to win the World Cup by one run...
                 

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic trumps Roger Federer in epic final

8 days ago  
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London: Defending champion Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth Wimbledon title yesterday beating eight-time champion Roger Federer 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3) in the longest-ever final and settled by an historic tie-break. The Serbian saved two match points as he took his Grand Slam tally to 16, four off Federer's overall record. Djokovic's victory extends to 11 successive Grand Slams won by the big three, himself, Federer and Rafael Nadal. At 4 hours and 57 minutes it was the longest final at Wimbledon. Switzerland's Roger Federer is dejected after his defeat. Pic /AFP Stan Wawrinka was the last player outside the trio to win a Grand Slam, the 2016 US Open beating Djokovic. The last player to win a Grand Slam aged under 30 was Andy Murray, who won the 2016 Wimbledon title aged 29. Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were among those in the crowd. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in the royal box to see the tennis stars compete. On Saturday, Serena Williams l..
                 

St Mary's, Apostolic in contrasting moods

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Champions St Mary's (Mazagaon) face quite a challenge in their quest to retain the boys U-16 Division-I title in the MSSA inter-school football tournament, which commences at the St Xavier's ground, Parel today." A total of 16 teams, divided into four groups will be competing for top honours. St Mary's Sports Director Anslem Alphonso and coach Atish Ruke believe they don't have a very strong unit. "The team is good, but not like the one that emerged champions. Most of the boys have passed out and we have retained just three players," coach Ruke told mid-day. "Striker Danil Ansari, midfielder Danil Mala and defender Craig D'Souza are the old faces left and I have included boys from last season's U-14 team. Three boys from the winning team, who are in Class X, have not got permission from their parents to join the school team. That's a big blow for us," Ruke stated. Importance on academics Apostolic Carmel players train as coach Cosmos Vaz (left) looks on at St Stanislaus ground (Bandra)..
                 

Vijender Singh knocks out Mike Snider on US debut

9 days ago  
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India's super star boxer Vijender Singh made a stunning debut in the US last night, knocking out local hero Mike Snider at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey. Vijender, the WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Supermiddleweight Champion, beat Snider via technical knockout in the fourth round to register his 11th win in as many professional fights, taking his knockout tally therein to eight. Building up on his punches after sizing up his opponent in the first three rounds of the eight-rounder, the Beijing Olympics bronze medal-winning Indian unleashed a flurry of combinations in the fourth round to beat Snider all ends up. Vijender said the win is special since it's his USA debut and also because he had entered the ring after a long break.Vijender Singh “It was excellent getting back in the ring after a long time. It’s great to be here in the USA and to get this win. It was really exciting. I am really happy for my victorious debut in USA. It took me about four rounds to g..
                 

World Cup 2019: The man behind the trophy

9 days ago  
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London: Every four years, the cricketing community awaits a world champion. And every four years, Paul Marsden makes it a point to watch who lifts world cricket's most prized trophy. Marsden is the creator of the ICC World Cup trophy which he designed in 1997. The trophy was first presented in the 1999 World Cup held in England. From the 1975 edition to 1983, the Prudential World Cup trophy was constant. However, from the 1987 to 1996 editions, three different World Cup trophies have been presented to the winning teams. A replica of the World Cup trophy, created by Ashford-based Ottewill Silversmiths will be presented to the winning team today and the original will be back with the ICC once the presentation is completed. 'Hopefully, it's England' "I was due to go to the fanzone and take my kids [eight and 13] to see the trophy, but I couldn't make it. I was hoping to be at Lord's but I am doing a cycling event tonight on the coast. So, I won't be there but like always, I will be glued ..
                 

Back to their best

10 days ago  
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England first bowled beautifully and then battered the opposition attack to reach the final and bring to an end Australia's unbeaten run in World Cup semi-finals. This was England the No. 1 ranked ODI side — belligerent but thoughtful — and not the team that spluttered nervously through losses to Sri Lanka and Australia in the preliminary rounds. Jofra Archer was the last piece in the jig-saw puzzle that England cobbled together over four years but he was the first to put the skids under Australia. A perfectly placed opening delivery brought a premature end to Aaron Finch's World Cup and cost Australia its review after just seven balls. The often underestimated Chris Woakes then claimed the crucial wicket of David Warner with a searing lifter. He then proceeded to terrorise the hapless Peter Handscomb before putting him out of his misery. Australia's start was eerily similar to India's but like the losing first semi-finalist they fought back with a gritty partnership from S..
                 

World Cup 2019: Before MS Dhoni run out, Martin Guptill was low on confidence, says Ross Taylor

11 days ago  
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Manchester: A couple of days before the semi-final against India, New Zealand coach Gary Stead was asked whether he would tinker with the opening combination since Martin Guptill had not clicked in eight games. The coach was not interested in the suggestion. Guptill was heading for yet another failure, in his ninth World Cup game, after he was dismissed for one by Jasprit Bumrah in the fourth over. He has a run tally of 167 in the tournament. However, New Zealand persisted with the opening batsman in anticipation of that moment of brilliance from him. And it came, not while batting, but while fielding. A Lockie Ferguson bouncer forced Dhoni to tap the ball away behind square leg. And as the veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman sprinted across for the second run, a razor sharp direct throw from Guptill caught him short of his crease. It was a big moment in the match as Dhoni was looking set to unleash the big shots in a bid to take India across the finish line. Instead, New Zealand progre..
                 

World Cup 2019: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not a liability

11 days ago  
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Manchester: You don't associate milestones with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. And he has not given the impression that he is seduced by figures. That is why his 350th ODI on Wednesday at Old Trafford went unnoticed. Dhoni once again became the punching bag after India lost by 18 runs to New Zealand in the semi-final. Dhoni's 72-ball 50 that included just one four and a six 'enhanced' his newly-acquired reputation of a slow batter during the World Cup. Compared to the hard-hitting Dhoni that the world has seen over the years, the Dhoni on display in this tournament was not the same. But given the role assigned to him by the team management and in the context of the games, Dhoni performed his role to near-perfection. When Virat Kohli was asked why Dhoni was sent at No. 7 in the semi-final, the Indian skipper said: "He's been given that role after the first few games wherein if the situation is bad, he can control one end like he did today or if there is a scenario where there are six or seven ov..
                 

World Cup 2019: 45 minutes of bad cricket put us out, says Virat Kohli

12 days ago  
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Manchester: The disappointment of not making the final was palpable on skipper Virat Kohli's face after the loss to New Zealand. He was not happy with the way things panned out in yesterday's semi-final, but the Indian captain was mighty proud with the way his team played in the tournament. "Look, you obviously feel bad for the result and everyone goes out there to win the game for the team and if it doesn't happen, you feel like you could have done things differently or look at things in hindsight. But yeah, that is why these games are called knockouts because if the opposition plays better, you are out of the tournament. So we have to accept that. Captain Virat Kohli is dejected after India's semi-final loss to New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester yesterday. Pic /AFP "I think we are sad, but we are not devastated because of the kind of cricket that we played in this tournament. You finish No. 1 on the table and then a spell 40 to 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tou..
                 

Ex-England striker Daniel Sturridge to pay Rs 25 lakh for stolen pet

13 days ago  
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Former England striker Daniel Sturridge made an emotional plea after his dog, Lucky Lucci was kidnapped by burglars from his home in Los Angeles and has offered £30,000 (Rs 25 lakh) to have the pet back. Lucky Lucci The ex-Liverpool forward, who was victim of a robbery on Monday, uploaded videos on Instagram sharing the address of his mansion in a bid to get back his Pomeranian. "£20,000 straight up. Twenty g's, thirty g's, whatever," Sturridge, 29, said in the video. "Bring my dog back to this house, I'm moving out of this b**** anyway, I don't give a s*** about this place. Bring the dog back to this address, I'll be moving out tomorrow or the next day. I want my dog back and I'll pay whatever," he added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

World Cup 2019: Ex-Oz-Skipper Waugh beaten by NZ's 'pace'

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Manchester: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh was in unfamiliar territory yesterday — in the commentary box at Manchester — where India and New Zealand clashed in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2019. Waugh did commentary alongside his former rival, Sourav Ganguly. Kane Williamson walks back after being dismissed for 67 against India yesterday. Pic/Getty Images During a break, when New Zealand were 122-2 in the 33rd over, Waugh expressed his anguish over the pace at which New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and senior pro-Ross Taylor were batting in. "Maybe they are geniuses but I cannot understand why they are not accelerating. It is not a bad wicket and the ball is not moving too much. I can’t understand this delay," said Waugh, Australia’s captain when they won the 1999 World Cup in England. Williamson scored a 95-ball 67 before being dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal, while Taylor is batting on 67 off 85 balls after play was interrupted by rain. Also r..
                 

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena on his 'error': I do not regret the decision I made

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Colombo: The umpire, who awarded England six runs from a freak overthrow in the last over of the World Cup final, has admitted he made an "error" and should have given one run fewer, a report said yesterday. A throw to the stumps deflected off the bat of a diving Ben Stokes as he tried to complete a second run and raced to the boundary, with umpire Kumar Dharmasena awarding six runs.' Three balls later the scores, at 50 overs, were tied as England reached 241 all out replying to NZ's 241-8. It took a Super Over which again was tied but England won by virtue of having scored more boundaries. Critics, including former umpire Simon Taufel, said England should have been awarded five runs, not six, as the batsmen had not crossed for the second run at the moment the ball was thrown. England's Stokes dives to complete a run as the ball hits him and travels to the boundary during the World Cup final at Lord’s recently. Pic/AFP Dharmasena said he did not have the benefit of television rep..
                 

Joint Secretary and VP of disabled cricket body quit

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While the Indian disabled cricket team is preparing for the upcoming T20 Physical Disability Cricket World Series to be held in England from August 3, two prominent officials of the All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged (AICAPC) have resigned. Joint secretary Haroon Rashid and vice president Dr Abdul Siddiqui quit their respective posts alleging bias in team selection and improper functioning of the association. "We [Rashid and Siddiqui] resigned from our posts because we felt that the selection for this Indian team was not fair. Ravinder Pal, who led India earlier and match-winners like Gulam Din, Kailash Nath and a few others are missing from this England-bound team," Rashid, who earlier was secretary of Disabled Sporting Society (DSS) before it merged into the AICAPC, told mid-day from Agra yesterday. Earlier this year, BCCI's General Manager, Cricket Operations Syed Saba Karim brought three separate disabled cricket bodies — DSS, Indian Cricket Federation fo..
                 

NRAI hit bullseye with junior high

4 days ago  
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India's young shooters and their fire-breathing weapons have set the shooting range in Suhl, Germany on fire with their performance at the ISSF Junior World Cup (July 12-20). The Indian boys and girls have bagged an impressive and table-topping 22 medals — nine gold, nine silver and 4 bronze — with a day left in the competition. Such has been Team India's dominance, that China, considered to be a powerhouse in shooting, have been consigned to second spot — 21 medals (seven gold, seven silver, seven bronze)." Huge achievement Jr India rifle Suma Shirur "It is indeed a huge achievement by our boys and girls; full credit to them for their hard work and perseverance," India's High Performance junior rifle coach Suma Shirur told mid-day from Germany yesterday. Shirur, who created history by winning a gold medal in the 10m air rifle pairs (with Anjali Bhagwat) at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, and Jaspal Rana, a gold medallist in the 25m centre fire pistol event at..
                 

Andrew Strauss wants Ben Stokes to stay grounded

6 days ago  
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London: Andrew Strauss has urged Ben Stokes to keep his feet on the ground after the England all-rounder earned hero status with his role in their incredible World Cup final triumph. Stokes scored 84 not out against New Zealand at Lord's on Sunday to force a Super Over in which he and Jos Buttler pushed England towards their first World Cup crown. Former England captain Strauss believes Stokes will be deluged with demands on his time and he warned the star not to be distracted by his sudden spike in popularity. "What will be hard for Ben going forward is the levels of adulation he'll receive," Strauss said on Tuesday. "That was a burden for Freddie Flintoff. He often lived up to it and that was great, but increasingly you are under more and more pressure to be the man every time you play and that is a big burden. Stokes' man-of-the-match display went some way towards making up for the 2016 T20 World Cup final when Carlos Brathwaite hit him for four sixes in the final over to grab an un..
                 

MSSA football: Matunga lads win clash of the Dons

7 days ago  
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Former champions Don Bosco (Matunga) scored once in each half to overcome a spirited challenge from Don Bosco (Borivli), snatching a 2-0 win in a keenly contested boys' U-16 Division-I Group 'B' match of the MSSA inter-school football tournament, played in poor light, at the St Xavier's ground in Parel last evening. The clash of the Don's witnessed an interesting contest for supremacy as both the sides played an open, attacking game. The Matunga school boys managed to get the breakthrough when substitute Pratej Lanjewar, who was moving dangerously towards the rival goal, was fouled inside the box in the 28th minute. Skipper Keith Fernandes converted from the spot to make it 1-0. In the second half, the Borivli lads put some pressure on the rival goal. However, against the run of play, it was the Matunga side that added the second goal when Pratej scored from a erroneous defensive clearance (35th min). Earlier, Army Public School scored a hard-fought 1-0 win over Jamnabai Narsee in anot..
                 

World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes is almost superhuman, says Eoin Morgan

7 days ago  
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London: Three years ago, on a hot and humid Sunday in Kolkata, Ben Stokes felt the "whole world had come down on him" after West Indies's Carlos Braithwaite smashed four consecutive sixes off the last over to snatch victory out of England's hand in the World T20 final in 2016. A chance to create history came back again and Stokes was not going to lose it this time. The circumstances were pretty similar here on Sunday as well, but this time, Stokes had a willow in his hands. Stokes played a major role in delivering for England their most beautiful moment in history with a maiden cricket World Cup triumph here at Lord's. Morgan hailed Stokes's character for taking responsibility once again after the carnage he suffered at Eden Gardens. "I think a lot of careers would have been ended after what happened in Kolkata. Ben, on numerous occasions, has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meeting we have and he's an incredible cricketer. And toda..
                 

World Cup 2019: Stokes, Buttler cook up an English feast!

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London: The cricket world saw a new World Champion and how! There was no doubting that both England and New Zealand were desperate to win the World Cup. So much so, that the eventual winner was decided via a Super Over — first ever in the 50-over format — after both teams were tied on 241 at the end of 50 overs. But even that ended in a tie. England were eventually ended on the winning side for scoring more boundaries (26) than New Zealand (17) in the match. Redemption time Exactly 11 months ago, Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray. Then, the flamboyant all-rounder was in the news for all the wrong reasons. However, yesterday, Stokes could not have asked for a better stage than the World Cup final here at Lord's to showcase his steely abilities. And he delivered. Stokes (84 not out) and Jos Buttler (59) pulled England out of danger — from 86-4 to ensure the scores were tied with that of New Zealand's, at 241-8 — to take the match into the Super Over. In th..
                 

World Cup 2019: England, New Zealand look for a final flourish

9 days ago  
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London: The two flags of the World Cup finalists have been hoisted at Lord's Cricket Ground as England and New Zealand gear up for the biggest prize in world cricket here today. Later tonight, we will know which flag will take centrestage. Going by the trend of the last two World Cup finals, the hosts have been in an advantage zone. In 2011, India lifted the trophy at the Wankhede Stadium and Australia were crowned champions at Melbourne in 2015." Will the trend continue for hosts England, who are in their fourth World Cup final? England skipper Eoin Morgan has a measured approach as cricket awaits a new world champion today. "I certainly feel pretty relaxed. It is nice to be home. We're going to enjoy the game regardless. We're going to try and take in as much as we can. It's a World Cup final, and we're not going to shy away from that. As long as anything doesn't affect performance, we're going to try and take it in," he said at a packed press conference on Saturday. England have no..
                 

CoA to review Team India's performance

10 days ago  
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London: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) will review India's World Cup performance once skipper Virat Kohli and chief coach Ravi Shastri return to the country and the focus is likely to be on selections made for the big event. The CoA members led by chairman Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Thodge will also have discussions with chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on a roadmap for India for next year's T20 World Cup in Australia. CoA chief Vinod Rai "We will certainly have a review once the coach and the captain are back from their breaks. I will not put a date and time but we will speak to them. Also we will speak to selection committee head on road ahead," Rai told PTI from Singapore. The CoA chief refused to divulge any further details on the review meeting. "India's campaign has just ended. How, when and where are not the questions that I will be able to tell you now," Rai said. However, it is learnt that there will be few questions asked of ..
                 

Wimbledon: Historic high for Simona Halep

11 days ago  
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London: Simona Halep became the first Romanian woman to reach the Wimbledon final yesterday when she defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3. The seventh seed, 27, who was French Open champion in 2018, will be playing in her fifth Grand Slam final. "It's an amazing feeling but I am also excited and nervous. It is one of the best moments of my life," said Halep. Halep's tactics work"The match was not easy, the games were long and went deep. "I fought hard to win this match and I was strong mentally and physically and had the right tactics." Halep will face seven-time champion Serena Williams, who made short work of plucky unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova, whose experience of her first ever Grand Slams singles semi-final in her 53rd campaign lasted just under an hour as she lost 6-1, 6-2. Ukraine's Elina Svitolina Halep is the last woman standing between Williams and achieving her long held ambition of equalling Margaret Court's Grand Slam title record. Halep, who had knocked out new ..
                 

World Cup 2019: It was mayhem out there with the new ball, says Trent Boult

11 days ago  
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Manchester: 111 is the medical emergency number here in the United Kingdom. But when India dialed 1-1-1 [the scores of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli] it wasn't for medical help, but to avert a disaster. India's over-reliance on the top three was their downfall as they went down fighting against New Zealand in the semi-final here at Old Trafford on Wednesday. New Zealand pacers Trent Boult and Matt Henry made full use of the moisture on the pitch and with a bit of cloud cover when play resumed the next day, India's top order batsmen faced the music. 'Dream start' In quick time, India were reduced to 5 for 3, chasing 240 to progress to the final. They eventually fell short by 18 runs. Boult, who got the Indian skipper for one, called it 'mayhem'. "It was a dream start for us and great fun to be a part of," said Boult, who has taken 17 wickets in 10 matches. Boult revealed that the plan was to pitch the ball up. "We were targeting early wickets and put pressure on everyone else. ..
                 

World Cup 2019: Fans struggle with hotels, travel on reserve day

12 days ago  
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Manchester: With the World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand spilling on to the reserve day here at the Old Trafford due to rain on Tuesday, the worst affected were the fans. There are scores of local and international fans travelling specifically for India matches, and with many forced to stay back for the extra day, hotel rooms in the city were unavailable. It was a logistical nightmare for the fans as also for the organisers, given the re-arrangement that needed to be done right from security to hospitality. Match tickets in drop boxes A few hundred fans put their match tickets into the drop box while exiting on Tuesday and those tickets were then redistributed by the International Cricket Council before the start of play yesterday. However, those fans who decided to stay back, were forced to shell out three to five times the rate for a hotel room in the city for that extra night. There were serpentine queues outside several hotels in the city with anxious fans waiting to..
                 

World Cup 2019: Team India's top three score just one run apiece

12 days ago  
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Manchester: Miracles do happen in cricket. India nearly achieved one but fell short by a mere 18 runs. Veteran MS Dhoni and supposedly 'bits and pieces' player Ravindra Jadeja nearly pulled it off with a record seventh-wicket century partnership. But in the end it was heart-break for 1.3 billion fans back home as the Mn in Blue crashed out of the World Cup in the semis. Devastated is too mild a word to describe the emotions of the Indian fans as they saw Team India fall criminally short of making it to their fourth World Cup final. One would expect India to overhaul a target of 240 nine out of 10 times in any conditions and on any pitch, but the one time that did not happen was yesterday, against New Zealand, who bowled impressively. The Kiwis thus made it to their second successive final and now await the winners of the other semi-final between Australia and England at Birmingham today, in the final to be played at Lord's on Sunday. KL Rahul walks back after being dismissed for one v ..
                 

Footballer Dele Alli back with girlfriend Ruby?

13 days ago  
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England footballer Dele Alli has reportedly rekindled his relationship with girlfriend Ruby Mae by asking her to move back into his mansion. The Tottenham star had split with Ruby in January after two and a half years together. But Dele, 23, was recently pictured celebrating Ruby’s 24th birthday while holidaying on a private yacht. "It is all systems go again for them. They’ve had a rough few months," British tabloid, The Sun quoted a source. "It was mainly down to Dele doubting his feelings for Ruby and wondering if he was too young to settle down. But a few months without her has crystallised his mind and he’s now asked her to return back to his house. It is the best present she could have hoped for," the source added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Hardik Pandya's father: Hardik did not rest even for a single day after IPL

13 days ago  
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Manchester: Before Team India embarked on their World Cup journey, Hardik Pandya had visions of doing something special to help the country regain the trophy. The all-rounder is a vital cog in the Indian team and lends crucial balance to the side. While Hardik hasn't been at his explosive best with the willow so far, barring the matches against Australia [48] and West Indies [46], it is his much-improved bowling that has helped skipper Virat Kohli play an extra batsman and add depth to the batting department. Also read: World Cup 2019: Hardik Pandya impressed as Rohit Sharma reacts to question on Pant Pandya's father Himanshu, who was here yesterday to cheer for his son and the Indian team during the semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford, said Hardik has worked hard on his bowling. Himanshu Pandya "He has practised very hard; taken a lot of effort. Since 2015, he was aiming to be a part of this World Cup. He wants to make every opportunity count now," Pandya Sr told mid-d..
                 

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Wimbledon champ Halep's heart beats for Toni?

2 days ago  
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Romanion tennis ace Simona Halep, who won Wimbledon last week, is reportedly dating Aromanian millionaire Toni Iuruc, 40. They were recently pictured holding hands and kissing on a beach in Mamaia, a tourist destination in Romania, reported Click.ro. Iuruc owns six firms and one of them is an advertising agency. According to a report in ProSport, the businessman bought a bouquet of flowers as they were seen having dinner at an upscale restaurant recently. Halep's parents joined them for dinner as well. Iuruc supported Halep at every match and training session during Wimbledon. He even joined her at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner, where Halep was not invited to dance by Novak Djokovic. However, Halep's beau kept a low profile throughout Wimbledon and didn't stand next to her or her team during matches at the All England Club. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Shishir Hattangadi: Team India support staff appointment process warped

3 days ago  
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So let me get this right so we can fit in the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to simplify things and avoid an amplification of issues. A, B and C were appointed to select S, and team. When ABC selected S there were objectives and goals to be scored and an appraisal after the period of the tenure was to be completed. That's the way it is done isn't it? Post-appraisal, there are new appointments, renewals or terminations. Now XYZ have been appointed by the CoA to interview, analyse, assess, review and reappoint, appoint or terminate. This doesn't make sense since XYZ may not know the premise of the appointments made by ABC. Do XYZ know the Key Result Areas (KRAs) of S and team? Will their appraisals be based on the objectives set by ABC or their own observations? Alphabetically, it's confusing but logistically it is unnerving. Posturing to simplify issues actually makes it complicated. Efficient HR heads usually keep teams abreast of the mood of the management and the intent going forward. T..
                 

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Manchester United marks its victory over Leeds

5 days ago  
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Perth: Paul Pogba shined as an under-pressure Manchester United stepped up their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of old rivals Leeds yesterday while record Manchester City signing Rodri made his debut and Raheem Sterling scored twice as the Premier League champions came from behind to beat West Ham United 4-1 on Wednesday in China yesterday. United had faced criticism after an unconvincing 2-0 victory over a depleted Perth Glory on the weekend. In a much-needed tonic, the Red Devils clinically dismantled Leeds, who have high hopes of returning to the English Premier League for the first time since 2004. Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Juventus and Real Madrid, starred in United's dominant first-half and was part of a pretty chain of passing to set up Mason Greenwood's, 17, first senior goal in the seventh minute. Moments later, a powerful strike from Pogba was well saved by goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. But it was only a matter of time before United broke through with a m..
                 

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World Cup 2019: NZ captain Kane Williamson stumped by 'finer rule'

6 days ago  
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Wellington: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said yesterday that though there was no loser in Sunday's World Cup final defeat to England and there was one winner who was crowned. "At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is," Williamson told New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB, as he obviously continued to struggle to come to terms with the defeat which came about via boundary count after both teams were tied twice on scores following their 50 overs each and a subsequent Super Over. Cricketers, current and former, shared New Zealand's pain on losing the title in that manner and many of them asked for a serious look and even a change may be in the rule book. Another issue in the thrilling final was when the England team were awarded six runs instead of five when the ball ricocheted off Ben Stokes's bat while he was taking the second run and went to the fence. As per the rule book, the second round should not have..
                 

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World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan believed in me, says Jofra Archer

7 days ago  
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London: When Jofra Archer was picked in England's World Cup team with just three ODIs and a T20I under his belt, the sensational England pacer said that he was ready for the big stage despite being short on experience as compared to some of his illustrious teammates. He was saying this after playing a season each in the Indian Premier League where he represented Rajasthan Royals and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. By now, Archer was accustomed to handle the pressure of a big crowd. "Yes, I have been in this situation before [after playing in T20 leagues] and I have lost a few times as well. But I have won a lot more than I have lost, so I am glad to be on the winning side this time. Probably, yes it has been the toughest thing I have been asked to do by my captain," said Archer. It was this experience that helped Archer control his nerves on Sunday when he was entrusted the job of bowling the Super Over and defend 15 runs. "I am glad the boys looked up to me," he said. Just t..
                 

World Cup 2019: Easy to slam, tough to fix

7 days ago  
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Just as the exciting first final (Australia v West Indies) in 1975 was the game that was needed to establish World Cup credentials, Sunday's scintillating game (England v New Zealand) was a must to emphasise the continued importance of 50-over cricket. The only downside on a wonderful day's cricket and entertainment was that one team had to lose in such excruciating circumstances. What happened wasn't ideal but it was the playing condition at the time and both sides knew the consequences. There has been criticism of the tie-breaker used to decide the winner but it's easy to be critical, much harder to come up with a better solution. England finally wins the World Cup and New Zealand's interminable wait continues. In the greatest World Cup final ever, fans were treated to two extra overs of cricket as the teams hand-wrestled for victory in a Super Over. And after all that cricket the result was then only decided on boundaries — those hit in the game and the Super Over —..
                 

World Cup 2019: After planes, it's a van

8 days ago  
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London: The local authorities made all efforts to ensure the ICC World Cup final at Lord's goes off smoothly yesterday. But it still wasn't enough as far as preventing politicisation was concerned. Despite making Lord's a no-flying zone, taking a cue from a few airplane incidents during the tournament, the authorities could not completely prevent politically-sensitive messages from being displayed. A huge LED advertisement van, which was stationed opposite the Grace Gates at Lord's, displayed a message: "Help end enforced disappearances in Balochistan." The fans and Marylebone Cricket Club members were not amused. A little ahead, another advertising van, ferried around the ground with a message: "End mob lynching, save minorities in India." The police and ground authorities appeared helpless at the events unfolding in front of them. A ground security official told mid-day: "It is a paid advertisement van. They have every right to be parked here and drive on the roads. Anyone can pay mo..
                 

Wimbledon: I have never played better, say Simona Halep

9 days ago  
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London: Simona Halep torpedoed Serena Williams's latest bid to capture a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on Saturday when she stormed to a sensational victory in a 56-minute Wimbledon final. The Romanian, 27, captured her second career major with a 6-2, 6-2 victory adding a maiden Wimbledon — the first for her country in both men's and women's singles — to her 2018 Roland Garros triumph. Defeat for Williams, 37, a seven-time Wimbledon champion who won the last of her 23 Slam titles at the 2017 Australian Open, meant her attempt to equal Margaret Court's all-time record for major wins was put back on ice until at least the US Open. Serena Williams shakes hands with Prince Edward, Duke of Kent at the ceremony Tummy problem for Simona "My mom said when I was 10 that if I want to do something in tennis I have to play in the final at Wimbledon," said Halep. "I had lots of nerves, my stomach wasn't very well. I have never played a better match. I said at the start of the tournam..
                 

World Cup 2019: Vinoo Mankad's English home

9 days ago  
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Manchester: The Lord's Cricket Ground will host its fifth World Cup final on Sunday. The victors will enjoy legendary status ­— at least — in one-day cricket and if Eoin Morgan's Englishmen manage to get the better of Kane Williamson's New Zealanders, don't rule out a special honours board at the spiritual home of cricket.Talking about the honours board and, from an Indian point of view, Vinoo Mankad is special, simply because he was the first Indian batsman to be etched out there for his 184 in the Lord's Test of 1952 when he also claimed 5-196 to add to his first innings score of 72. Mankad's timely release If it hadn't been for Mankad's release from Haslingden Cricket Club in the Lancashire League, the 1952 Lord's Test wouldn't have gone down in history as 'Mankad's Test'. Located 91 miles north of Manchester city, it was at Haslingden CC where the great all-rounder played as a professional from 1952 to 1955. Mankad was offered contract by Haslingden in 1951 and aske..
                 

World Cup 2019: Steve Waugh has final word

10 days ago  
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London: Australia's 1999 World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh was sad that his country could not qualify for World Cup final here, but the four-time World Cupper (1987, 1992, 1996 and 1999) was delighted with the prospect of having a new world champion this Sunday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Criio Cup competition here yesterday, Waugh spoke on several aspects of the World Cup. Excerpts: On Australia's semi-final loss to NZ: It's called cricket. Someone's going to win, someone's going to lose. England were too good. The first semi-final was a surprise. And in the second, the margin of victory was also surprising. On whether Virat Kohli erred tactically v NZ: I think it was a big surprise for you guys than for me. Did he make any tactical errors? No. NZ played really well. Jimmy Neesham's brilliant catch and Martin Guptill's run out... World Cup matches are sometimes won on fielding expertise. To win the World Cup you have got to be really street smart and that's what t..
                 

US Open: Shuttlers Lakshya, Prannoy, Sourabh advance

11 days ago  
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Fullerton (USA): Rising India shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned senior compatriot Parupalli Kashyap to enter the second round, while HS Prannoy and Sourabh Verma also advanced in the men's singles competition of the US Open here. Apart from Kashyap, it was curtains for some of the other Indians in fray as well -- Ajay Jayaram, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli and Aruna Prabhudesai. Lakshya posted a 21-11 21-18 win over Kashyap in a match that lasted just 31 minutes and will next take on another Indian in Sourabh, who prevailed over England's Toby Penty 21-23 21-15 22-20 in an hour and four-minute contest. In another first round match, Prannoy came back from a game down to register a 21-23 24-22 21-18 victory over Yu Igarashi of Japan. He will meet Heo Kwang Hee of Korea in the second round. In another men's singles first round tie, Jayaram went down fighting to Wang Tzu Wei of Taipei 16-21 21-18 16-21 in an hour and five minutes. India shuttler HS Prannoy India's campaign got over in women's s..
                 

World Cup 2019: Dilip Vengsarkar blames lack of Plan B

11 days ago  
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Manchester: Dilip Vengsarkar is not only qualified to speak on playing in England because he is a former India captain and ex-chairman of selectors, it's also because he made four Test tours to England (1979, 1982, 1986 and 1990) and scored runs in Old Blighty including three consecutive centuries at Lord's. He was also part of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad. Yesterday, the day after India exited the World Cup through an 18-run defeat to New Zealand, Dilip Vengsarkar slammed the Indian team think tank for featuring four wicketkeepers in the playing XI and ignoring the need for a pure batsman in their set up. Dnesh Karthik walks back after being dismissed for six against New Zealand at Manchester on Wednesday. Pic/Getty Images Vengsarkar was not at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but followed the proceedings on television from London. "I have been harping right from the time the team was picked that we need a pure No. 4 batsman if Virat [Kohli] and Rohit [Sharma] get out early. It didn't h..
                 

World Cup 2019: Kiwi leader's sharp claws

12 days ago  
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New Zealand, for so long the bridesmaid but never the bride at the World Cup, has made the final for the second time running with the most exciting of hard fought wins over India. This was a typical New Zealand victory. They battled like hell to post a defendable score, then swung the new ball to destroy the Indian top order but when the game was on the line it was a magnificent piece of fielding that finally put them on the motorway to Lord's. Martin Guptill had endured a horrendous World Cup until he picked up the ball some thirty metres from the pitch, took aim and produced a direct hit to run out MS Dhoni as he was in the process of enacting yet another Houdini escape. That was the end of Dhoni's glittering World Cup career and it also shattered India's dream. Jadeja to the rescue When Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are dismissed for a total of three runs you know India are in trouble. At 92-6 it was deep trouble but Ravindra Jadeja displayed his skill and nerve to take Ind..
                 

World Cup 2019: Fantastic send-off for Team India despite loss at Manchester

12 days ago  
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Manchester: Despite Team India's heart-breaking 18-run defeat to Kane Williamson's New Zealand at Old Trafford in the semi-final here yesterday, most fans rallied around the Men in Blue, just like they did throughout the tournament. The die-hard fans refused to vacate the stadium until they heard their captain Virat Kohli speak at the post-match presentation. Hundreds of fans then gathered near the team bus to give the team a fitting send off. "We are really proud of how India have played in the tournament. It was just one bad day in office," said Ankush Dudreja. The fans were confident of India reaching the World Cup final. One of them — Varun Pokhriyal — had even bought tickets for the July 14 final at Lord's. "All Indian fans were really hopeful of the team reaching the final, but now that we have not made it, I will relax at home and try to sell the tickets off to other fans in need," said London-based Pokhriyal. A group of Indian fans even burst into an impromptu song ..
                 

Wimbledon: Serena Williams roars into semifinals

13 days ago  
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London: Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached her 12th Wimbledon semi-final yesterday with a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over unseeded American compatriot Alison Riske yesterday. Serena, 37, who is two wins away from equalling Margaret Court's Grand Slam singles title record haul of 24, looked far from convincing as Riske pushed her the whole way over an engrossing two-hour duel. "It was really satisfying," said Williams, whose clay court season was affected by a knee injury. "I wouldn't have won that match a couple of weeks ago. I'm glad that I was able to come through. She beat so many great players. She was really so close to taking the win today." American Alison Riske Family support Having sealed the match she turned to the players box where amongst others she was supported by older sister Venus and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and yelled, pumping her fists. "I was really pumped, it was for a place in the semis at Wimbledon — that doesn't happen..
                 

World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand semi-final to be continued today

13 days ago  
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Manchester: It was a frustrating day of cricket for the Indian team as well as their supporters as rain played spoilsport in the World Cup semifinal match at Old Trafford. The Indian bowlers had done an excellent job in restricting New Zealand to 211 for five, when in the 47th over it started to rain and never ceased till late in the evening. Reserve day to the rescue Luckily the ICC has penciled a reserve day in the knockouts, thus the game will resume at the same score today, weather permitting, of course. The good news for India is that if there is no further play and the match ends in no-result, then India would go through to the final for having finished higher than New Zealand in the points table. The moment the players came off just before lunch, with India yet to send down the last 3.5 overs, there was speculation on the fate of the match. Will the rain abate in time for India to play a minimum of 20 overs, with a DLS revised score of 148, a tough ask given the conditions. Unde..