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New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) An anti-doping sports conference titled Clean Sport=Fair Outcome? was held today at Oslo to address the issue of doping menace. The conference is a joint initiative of the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB), Anti-Doping Norway and FairSport to propose a substantial agenda for action, enabling it to have an impact on the ongoing anti-doping reforms and policy framework. Norways Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Founder of The Art of Living and WFEB, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Vice-President Linda Hofstad Helleland, US Anti-Doping Agencys CEO Travis Tygart are among the 22 eminent speakers. The conference will not only address various governance issues in sports but also celebrate role models by announcing the winner of the 2018 Ethics in Sports Award. The Anti-Doping in Sports conference is a continuation of WFEBs conference series on Ethics in Sports. Earlier editions were held at the FIFA headquarters (2014, 2016) and at the stadium of Germanys soccer club, Union Berlin (2015). PTI ATKATK
New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) A joint director of the Enforcement Directorate, who probed the 2G scam and is part of other sensitive cases, has made a scathing attack on Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia questioning him if he has developed animosity against him by “siding with scamsters and their affiliates”.In a letter dated June 11, 2018 sent through ED Director Karnal Singh, Rajeshwar Singh said in the last 20 years, all his appraisal reports, written by more than 50 senior IAS, IPS and IRS officers, have uniformly rated his performance as “outstanding”.”Why do you disregard their opinion? Is it possible for me to have managed all of them over a period of time,” he wrote. Singh who was a UP police officer had joined the Directorate on deputation.The letter became public today when the Supreme Court, which had given Singh protection from any action against him in the past, modified its orders.The Supreme Court maintained that the Centre was free to look into the “serious” charges against ED officer Rajeshwar Singh, probing the “highly sensitive” 2G spectrum allocation scam cases including the Aircel-Maxis deal.”You are simply an officer. You can’t be given a blanket clean chit. Everybody is accountable. You must be accountable for any action. We need to ensure that you are accountable. We don’t want to damage you or comment against you. There are very serious allegations against you,” the Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and S K Kaul told the officer. In the letter to Adhia, Rajeshwar Singh has said “It pained me further that you have expressed many a times to senior officers over casual conversations that I have been manipulating the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court of India.”advertisement”It is strange and also unbelievable that after so may years in public service, you believe that so many judges can be manipulated and that too over such a long period of time,” he said.Singh told Adhia that he had sought a personal meeting from him for explaining his side which was not granted. He said former finance minister P Chidambaram sported an open and direct grudge against him because of Supreme Court monitored Aircel-Maxis investigation. “However, what thoroughly baffles the undersigned, is the animosity you have fashioned against me by siding with scamsters and their affiliates in a sustained manner. It has become more than difficult for me to survive this continued onslaught and persistent vilification from all the quarters for doing my job,” he said. Singh said the Attorney General (AG) had requested the Supreme Court to order providing protection for him as the AG was convinced that he was being hounded but you (Adhia) do not seem to agree with the law officer too.He said his promotion in the grade of Additional Director, ED was due from April 1, 2017 which is being processed in the Finance Ministry but it has been more than seven months and there has been absolutely no progress.I am astutely aware that this is being done to not just humiliate me but also to ensure that the investigation in certain crucial cases I handle, ought to derail. May I beg to ask if you are compromising on larger aspects of our national interest to set scores on an ego trip that is absolutely uncontested from my side, he said. PTI NES/ABS SKL DIP DIP
Hima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Finland on Thursday.Hima’s historic gold, India’s first ever medal in track in the history of the IAAF’s Under-20 athletics event, has made the country proud.Hima clocked 51.46 seconds in the 400m race to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.Tributes poured in from all quarters with Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan, President Ram Nath Kovind among the top names in India celebrating Hima’s triumph in Finland.Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women’s 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness. pic.twitter.com/Cs5wY8sDuMVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2018T 2865 – CONGRATULATIONS .. #HimaDas , the first Indian Women to win a GOLD in World Athletic track event EVER ! INDIA is proud of you .. you have given us reason to hold up our heads HIGH ! JAI HIND !! pic.twitter.com/Q0YVCx6FSfAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2018Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is Indias first ever track gold in a World Championship. A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons! #PresidentKovindPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2018Hima Das creates history by winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships. She is 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. You have made proud. #NariShaktiadvertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 12, 2018#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1 @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/rPBrCsGyy4Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Champion ! Many congratulations Hima Das for creating history winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships, clocking 51.47s. 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. pic.twitter.com/htnmYsZBBjMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 12, 2018#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1 @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/rPBrCsGyy4Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Congratulations #HimaDas.. 400 meter winner in world Under-20 championships.. proud moment.Its amazing that it coincides with the 5 year anniversary of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Milkha-jis biggest dream was to witness an Indian athlete win Gold in track & field.Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 12, 2018Congratulations to Hima Das for winning Women’s 400m Gold at @iaaforg World U20 Athletics Championship in Finland. Assam’s sprint sensation has scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to do so in a track event.Keep on believing & keep on making the nation proud! pic.twitter.com/Ebhdc37dPBSarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 12, 2018Historic! Congratulations Hima Das for winning India’s first Gold at a global track event in Under – 20 World Athletics. Nicely doneAkshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 12, 2018BOOM!What a display from HIMA DAS!Indias own brings home the gold from Tampere after clocking a huge 51.46-400m, defeating Miklos (52.07) & Manson (52.28)!#IAAFworlds pic.twitter.com/vN4VopL5J1IAAF (@iaaforg) July 12, 2018Hima thanked her supporters in India and fans present in Finland for their constant backing.”I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she said after the race.Hima Das becomes the first ever Indian athlete to win a track Gold medal! She clocked 51.46 seconds to win the 400m Gold at the U-20 @IAAForg World Championships #IAAFWorlds #HimaDas @afiindia pic.twitter.com/P2pMAy35dDSports & Youth Dept. (@sports_odisha) July 12, 2018She joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Hima is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.#relive the historic #race of Hima Das who became first Indian athlete to win track event (400m in 51.46s) Gold medal in the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championship @afiindia pic.twitter.com/CB0TzS9y5WadvertisementRahul PAWAR (@rahuldpawar) July 12, 2018Congrats Hima, Adille and AFI. @IndianOlympians @Adille1 @afiindia pic.twitter.com/YySDjXjcELMalav Shroff OLY (@malavshroff) July 12, 2018The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).World U20 Championships: Hima Das wins India’s first ever gold in track eventThe 18-year-old was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.She had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.Congratulating Das, Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla said it was one of the proudest moments of Indian athletics.”Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI,” Sumariwalla said..@Adille1 -History Created.First ever Gold Medal at World Athletics Championships.Very proud of Hima,her Coaches Galina & Basant. Thank U Hon Minister @Ra_THORe ,SAI & Govt of India for ur support to AFI and belief. One of the proudest moments of my life. @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/N7shWdENUOAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018(With inputs from agencies)
New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) India was among the most popular destinations for Australian students taking part in the Australian governments New Colombo Plan, with close to 1,300 students heading here next year to live, study and undertake internships, an official statement said.The New Colombo Plan was a signature initiative of the Australian government, which was designed to encourage more Australians to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Australias Acting High Commissioner to India Rod Hilton said, With India at the front rank of Australias international partnerships, I’m pleased that 1,261 students from 27 Australian universities will conduct internships, mentorships, practicals and research in India in 2019.As outlined in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the New Colombo Plan was a practical manifestation of the Australian governments commitment to learn from its neighbours in the Indo-Pacific.Students would also gain invaluable experience of Indian workplaces through internships with private sector organisations such as Indian Law Society and Centre for Sports Excellence a project run by Indias iconic sport stars Prakash Padukone and Rahul Dravid.The students will gain new insights, lifelong friendships and a strong understanding of India, essential as our two countries build closer economic ties, added Hilton.Next year, the New Colombo Plan would support 11,817 students from 40 universities across Australia to take part in 792 mobility projects in 36 Indo-Pacific host locations.The returning students from the 2019 mobility projects would increase the New Colombo Plan alumni to around 40,000 young Australians with experience of living, studying and undertaking work experience in the Indo-Pacific. PTI GJS AARAARadvertisement
Ambati Rayudu missed out from taking in the limited-over series on the tour of England after failing in Yo-Yo test, but though he is certainly disappointed, he has nothing against strict fitness benchmark laid out by the Indian team management.”I was disappointed with myself that I could not clear the test. Nothing against the test at all as everybody has to attain a certain fitness level playing for India. To be honest, I believe in it,” Rayudu told reporters in post-match press conference in Bengaluru on Thursday.”I was disappointed with myself as to why I could not clear the test so I worked towards it and cleared it,” Rayudu said.Rayudu made an unbeaten 62 runs, which was instrumental in India A’s five wicket win over Australia A in a quadrangular one-day series encounter at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.Asked what went wrong two months back during the fitness test, Rayudu said he does not think anything went wrong as such.”I cleared it a few days back and I also got a call up and am happy to be back in the scheme of things,” he said.Fitness is definitely important for cricket, he said, adding obviously one has to be absolutely fit to play cricket.”I am happy that there is a certain kind of a benchmark. It is just that everybody has to respect it and move forward,” he added.On Hanuma Vihari’s inclusion, Rayudu said he was happy for him and Prithvi Shaw.”To be honest, I have not seen much of Hanuma playing. When he was playing for Hyderabad, I was representing Baroda. I am happy that the young guys are getting call-ups,” he said.advertisementOn his 16 years career, Rayudu said he is a changed cricketer since then. “I don’t remember as to what has happened in the last 16 years (giggles) and I am just taking it as it comes. I am a changed cricketer over the years,” he said.Asked if he is happy with where he stands at the present, Rayudu said it is a mater of pride playing for the country and he is waiting for the opportunity.”In a country of billion people, if you are able to represent your country, you will be happy, it is always a matter of pride. And I am happy that I am now in the scheme of things and just waiting for the opportunity,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)
Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad was not too happy with MS Dhoni’s poor batting display at the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.Dhoni has struggled with the bat ever since he joined the Indian team after a successful stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this year.The 37-year-old amassed 455 runs in 16 IPL games this year at an average of 75.83 with three half-centuries.Everybody had hoped that Dhoni would carry that form into the national team as well but the former captain has struggled to score runs consistently ever since.Also read – I am a lot like MS Dhoni as captain: Rohit Sharma after winning Asia Cup 2018This year Dhoni has aggregated just 225 runs in 10 ODI innings at a paltry average of 28.12 with a highest score of just 42 not out. After the IPL, Dhoni has managed scores of 37, 42, 0, 33, 8 and 36.”At the end of the two-week cricket extravaganza in the UAE, Rohit Sharma and Co. emerged deserving Asia Cup champions. With the focus on next year’s World Cup, the victory is a big statement of intent by the Indian side. Having said that, it was also a reality check for the middle order, which still looks fluid. MS Dhoni will need to step up as a batsman. Although Rishabh Pant is waiting in the wings, Dhoni’s wicketkeeping skills remain sharp and a cut above the rest,” Prasad wrote in his column for Times of India after India won a record 7th Asia Cup on Friday.Also read – MS Dhoni bonded with junior cricketers over hookah: George BaileyadvertisementDespite stepping down as captain, Dhoni has continued to influence the Indian team as a strong leader. He can be heard giving instructions to talented young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Besides, Dhoni’s use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the shorter formats has helped India on several occasions.But it is his form with the bat which has been a huge cause for concern for the Men in Blue. Not only has Dhoni struggled to score runs, but he has also found it hard to maintain a healthy strike rate on the rare occasions that he has scored some runs.Also read – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsOn one occasion at Lord’s this year, Dhoni was even booed by the frustrated fans due to his 59-ball 37 in a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.Prasad is not the first one to voice his concern with Dhoni’s form. Former India skipper and India Today expert Sunil Gavaskar wants Dhoni to return to domestic cricket to regain form.”Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.Also read – MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket: Sunil Gavaskar”I know he travels with the team (Jharkhand), he acts as their mentor but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar had told India Today earlier this week.”In the 50-over game you have limited opportunities but if you play a four-day game and play a long innings its great for your stamina, for your legs, for the rhythm that you want in limited-overs cricket,” he added.Dhoni will next be seen in action during the limited-overs leg of the West Indies series in October.
Tijuana(Mexico), Nov 27 (AP) Many among the more than 5,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana were urgently exploring their options amid a growing feeling that they had little hope of making successful asylum bids in the United States or of crossing the border illegally. Most were dispirited on Monday, a day after US agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back some migrants who had breached the border. They saw the clash and official response as hurting their chances of reaching the US. There was a steady line outside a shelter at a tent housing the International Organization for Migration, where officials were offering assistance for those who wanted to return to their home countries. Officials also reported more interest from migrants wanting to start the process staying in Mexico. A job fair matching migrants with openings in Baja California saw a growing number of inquiries. “What happened yesterday harms all of us,” Oscar Leonel Mina, a 22-year-old father from San Salvador, El Salvador, said about Sunday’s border clash. Mina and his wife and their toddler daughter avoided the march and were glad they did after hearing others recount what unfolded, he said as he sat in the doorway of his family’s tent at Tijuana sports complex using a toothbrush to clean the fine dust that coats everything off his sneakers. At the tent next door, 23-year-old Brandon Castillo of Santa Rosa, Guatemala chimed in that “they say it was the whole caravan, but it wasn’t the whole caravan.” The events made Mina rethink his family’s plan of making it to the US. He says he’s heard people talk of Rosarito, a beach town popular with US. tourists about a 40-minute drive south of Tijuana.advertisement There “you can earn money and live well” if you’re willing to work, he said. He set a goal of trying to move his family out of the shelter in another week. Mexican security forces stepped up their presence at the complex where thousands from the migrant caravan have been sheltered, apparently seeking to avoid a repeat of Sunday’s ugly scene. Tijuana public safety secretary Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua said in a news conference that Mexican police would be prudent in their use of force, but “we have to guard at all cost that the border posts are not closed again.” Sotomayor said he hopes migrants who had thought of entering the U.S. illegally learned from Sunday’s events that that won’t be possible. Migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the United States must put their names on a waiting list that already had some 3,000 people on it before the caravan arrived in Tijuana. With US officials processing fewer than 100 claims a day, the wait time for the recent arrivals stands to take months. That has instilled a sense of desperation among many after their grueling trek from Central America. Sunday’s incident began after hundreds marched to the border to try to call attention to their plight. Some attempted to get through fencing and wire separating the countries, prompting volleys of stinging gas. Cindy Martinez of San Vicente, El Salvador, said she had been about to cross the concertina wire to the U.S. side when the tear gas was launched. She estimated about 20 people had already passed in front of her, and parents begged agents not to unleash the gas because there were young children present. “I see it as impossible for them to want to give us asylum,” she said. “Because of the words that President Donald Trump has said, I think this is impossible.” Martinez, 28, said she was now considering getting work in Tijuana. Mexico’s National Migration Institute reported that 98 migrants were being deported after trying to breach the US border. The country’s Interior Department said about 500 people attempted to rush the border, while US authorities put the number at 1,000. Baja California state Gov. Francisco Vega said almost 9,000 migrants were in his state mostly in Tijuana, with a smaller number in Mexicali and called it “an issue of national security.” Vega issued a public appeal to Mexico’s federal government to take over responsibility for sheltering the migrants and deport any who break the law. Alex Castillo carried a red bedroll slung over his shoulder as he walked away from the Tijuana shelter on Monday, saying he would head to the industrial city of Monterrey to look for work and try to cross into the United States next year. The 35-year-old electrician from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, said he wasn’t at the border clash. He heard about it from others and decided to leave “to avoiding getting beaten.” (AP) SMJSMJadvertisement
Washington, Dec 20 (AFP) Former US president Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas on Wednesday for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington.Sporting a festive Santa hat and armed with a sack of gifts, he delighted young patients at Children’s National hospital with gifts and hugs.”I just want to say thank you to all of you guys,” Obama told staff, who greeted him with rapturous cheers, in a video he shared on his Twitter account.”We’ve had the chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families,” he added.”As the dad of two girls, I can only imagine in that situation to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them, and looking after them… that’s the most important thing there is.”The 44th president of the United States still lives in Washington, where he last year dressed up as Santa to visit middle school students at a Boys & Girls Club in the capital. (AFP) CPS
Brief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardAustralia coach Justin Langer has showered rich praise on MS Dhoni after India won the third one day international to clinch the series 2-1 in Melbourne on Friday. Langer said the Australian cricketers who got the oportunity to represnt their country must learn from the likes of MS Dhoni and aspire to reach his level.MS Dhoni scored his third successive half-century to guide India to a seven-wicket victory over Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Dhoni, who was dropped twice in his innings and could have been run out too, made 87 not out as he combined with Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) to guide the tourists home with four balls remaining.India won their maiden bilateral ODI series in Australia.”He [Dhoni] is 37 years old. His running between the wickets is elite, and his fitness is elite. For him to run between the wickets for three days in a row, it was 40 degrees the other day, and play like that, he is a superstar of the game and that’s what Australians should be aspiring to be — superstars of the game,” Langer said at the post-match press conference.”MS Dhoni, like Virat Kohli, like Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series, they give us really great role models. MS Dhoni, his record, everything speaks for itself as a captain, batsman, wicketkeeper. He is literally an all-time great of the game and it has been, as hard as it is to lose, a privilege to play against those guys. I would be amazed if they [Australian players] don’t learn from playing against those guys. For a young squad, there is no better lesson and learning to rub shoulders with great players. I’m glad we have had the experience,” he added.advertisementDhoni was dropped twice — when on 0 and 74 — and Langer said that cost his side the match. He also said that Dhoni gave his young side a batting tutorial on how to go about in such a run chase.”You drop MS Dhoni a couple of times and you don’t win. You don’t give great players chances. We did that tonight. We get down the 49th over and MS is there again. It was a great lesson for our squad. We talk about match winners, getting the job done — he showed us again. It is a great tutorial for our batters,” he added.Dhoni copped a lot of criticism from all quarters for his slow strike-rate at the start of the series, but has sounded back with three half-centuries in three matches to be adjudged Man of the Series.Langer lamented that his side were not up to the mark in the series in terms of holding their chances. He said that it had been a close series against a very good Indian team.”It has not been a one sided series. India have been too good for us all summer, in Tests and in ODIs. But it has been a close one. The boys have fought hard and we have had some real positives. Jhye Richardson has been a shining light. Peter Handscomb has done a good job in the middle overs and Shaun Marsh has been in great nick. We had our chances and we just didn’t take them.”India are a great side. We should take some great confidence with the way we played against them. If we had taken our chances in Adelaide, this series could have been different. There is light at the end of the tunnel for this team. We can look at the wins and losses, but they will come good,” he signed off.Also Read | Credit to MS Dhoni for his fitness and commitment to Indian cricket: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi Shastri
In the wake of ghastly terror attack in Pulwama where 40 CRPF personnel were killed earlier this week, Cricket Club of India (CCI) secretary Suresh Bafna on Sunday said that India should not play a match against Pakistan in the forthcoming World Cup.Speaking to ANI, Suresh said that since Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has not come out openly about the attack in Kashmir, it shows that they are at fault somewhere.”We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports,” he said.”He [Imran Khan] should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack then why is he not coming out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are stains in their folds,” Suresh added.After the terror attack, CCI had covered the portrait of Imran Khan at its Brabourne stadium headquarters in Mumbai. The secretary said that the step was their way of condemning the barbaric attack on their security personnel.”We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We’ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo,” he said.Imran has twice played for Pakistan against India at the Brabourne Stadium. He had led Pakistan in a festival game against India in 1987. He also played an ODI at the venue when he led Pakistan to victory against Australia in a Nehru Cup Game in 1989, where he was also declared as the Man of the Match.advertisementHours after the attack on February 14, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued a wishy-washy statement, terming as “a matter of grave concern” the terror attack on the CRPF convoy which was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit based in that country.In the statement, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said, “We have always condemned acts of violence anywhere in the world.” The Pakistan Foreign Ministry has also been claiming that the link of the attack to it without an investigation was “insinuation.”However, India asserted that the Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s argument was “preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM” and there is also “other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack.”Also Read | 14th February was a black day for India: Sania Mirza on Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan to donate money to families of CRPF martyrsAlso Read | Pakistan Super League telecast suspended in India
Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid guided a depleted England side to a four-wicket victory over the West Indies on Tuesday in the first Twenty20.England excused four of their first-choice side after the drawn ODI series – Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali – but Bairstow plugged a big gap in the batting lineup with a career-best 68 from 40 balls.Opening for the first time in 28 matches he broke the back of a 161-run target, which owed much to Rashid’s miserly return of 1-15. Tom Curran walked away with four wickets as the West Indies posted 160-8 but it was Rashid’s precise stint which did most to stall the home side.Joe Denly and Sam Billings both fell with the end line in sight but Curran reappeared to hit the winning boundary with seven balls remaining.Chris Gayle, the man-of-the-series in the ODIs, fell to Chris Jordan’s wide yorker which he could only squeeze to short third man. Shimron Hetmyer also failed to leave his mark on proceedings, chipping in with 14 before pumping a Curran full toss straight to mid-on.Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran helped claw back some of the lost ground, as the fourth-wicket pair added 64 in 51 balls but were parted in style by the returning Jordan.#WIvENG “Whatever I can do to achieve for the team is priority” – Nicholas Pooran on his mindset for the T20 Series #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGameListen to the interview!pic.twitter.com/edjhllmfbuWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) March 6, 2019The reply began in a flurry of activity as Sheldon Cottrell’s opening over contained 17 runs, a dropped catch and finally the wicket of Alex Hales.advertisementJoe Root’s hopes of sharpening his T20 skills lasted exactly two balls, lbw to Cottrell attempting to open up the leg-side, but Bairstow was unaffected.He launched himself into a 13-ball sequence containing five boundaries and one six, driving England to 62 for two in the powerplay, well ahead of the West Indies benchmark.Bairstow nicked Carlos Brathwaite on 34 but a fingertip catch skimmed off Hope’s gloves and brought him four more. Brathwaite did manage to see off skipper Eoin Morgan but Bairstow was dropped again by Cottrell shortly after reaching a 27-ball 50 with his second six.We take a 1-0 lead in the series!!Scorecard: https://t.co/FmcHZ8Jd1A#WIvENG pic.twitter.com/9u1ROvPmuVEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) March 5, 2019By the time he was held at wide long-on, he had left a target of 58 in 50 balls.Billings and Denly, both of whom are still seeking to find their place in the England set-up, chalked off all but eight of the required runs in calm fashion before nerves struck.Holder persuaded Denly to hole out with 14 balls remaining then Billings had a let-off next ball, Oshane Thomas just failing to hang to a mis-cued pull at fine leg.Reprieved, Billings then swiped at a Cottrell cutter that knocked back his stumps. Four byes over Hope’s head eased the growing tension allowing Curran to slog the winning runs.
India opener Rohit Sharma turned a new leaf in his career when Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked him to open the innings for India. There was no looking back for the run-machine since. But he isn’t the only one who has benefited from being pushed to the top of the order. Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler turned from an impressive batsman to a match-winner when RR decided to make him open last season in the Indian Premier League.Speaking to IANS, the Englishman said that it is indeed true that his career has gone from strength to strength after he was made to open the innings for Rajasthan in the last edition of the cash-rich league. From being a quality bat, he went on to become a destructive player who can now change the course of the match with bat in hand.”It has been an incredible year personally. I think last year when I started with the Royals, I was doing okay, but I wasn’t quite feeling like I was showing exactly what I was capable of and a change to the top of the order coincided with a great run of form and from there I was very lucky to be involved with England in Test match cricket and had a really enjoyable summer. Have been riding that wave ever since and looking to make it continue and last as long as possible,” he smiled.While he has been in top form, this IPL will be remembered for KXIP skipper R. Ashwin ‘Mankading’ him in their opening game. From a position of strength, Royals lost the game. While many believed that his sudden and uncharacteristic dismissal changed the course of the game, Buttler begs to differ.advertisement”I am not sure it changed the course because we were still confident that we would go over the line. I just feel we were in a good position and couldn’t finish the game from there. I think the guys actually handled everything really well and didn’t seem to get too distracted by it. Unfortunately, we just didn’t quite play well enough in the end to win the game. It is always frustrating when you don’t finish the games, but you have to learn from that,” he pointed.Asked to comment on what makes his journey with the Royals special, Buttler said: “I have really enjoyed the environment at Rajasthan. There is a nice relaxed atmosphere round the group and it is a great franchise to be a part of. This is my fourth IPL and I am taking the experiences from the first two with Mumbai Indians and a more successful season last year with the runs I scored (for RR) and I keep looking back at them to know what works for me and how to keep getting the best out of myself. Have enjoyed the role at the top of the order,” he said.RR brand ambassador Shane Warne feels that Buttler is a champion cricketer and the wicket-keeper feels that it has been quite an experience to interact with someone like the legendary leg-spinner.”It was an amazing experience to get to know Warne. Obviously one of the best players to have played the game and I loved listening to him and talk about the game and how he sees things. He got the best out of people last season as mentor and I think that rubbed off on me as well. It was a privilege to get to know him. This is one of the fantastic things about the IPL that you get to be coached by some of the best in the world,” he acknowledged.After the highly successful season in 2018, there were questions if Buttler could continue the form into the 12th edition and to be fair to the Englishman, he has done it in style. “It is never easy, but I think I have understood my game a lot more in the last couple of years and know how to get the best out of myself more consistently and just look to do that. I don’t try to think too much about last season or emulate that. I take it one game at a time and adapt to conditions and keep trusting my play,” he said.Also Read | David Warner shows how to avoid getting Mankaded when R Ashwin bowls
In what can be seen as a setback to India’s upcoming 2019 World Cup campaign, all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has injured his shoulder and is likely to be ruled out of the remainder of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season.Kedar Jadhav injured his left shoulder when trying to save an overthrow during Chennai Super Kings’ final league match of IPL 2019 against Kings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday. Jadhav had to leave the field after the injury in the 14th over of KXIP’s successful chase of 171.CSK head coach Stephen Fleming told the media in Mohali that Jadhav is in some discomfort and it’s unlikely to see the all-rounder taking further part in IPL 2019.CSK lost to KXIP by six wickets but managed to finish inside the top two with 18 points from 14 matches. Defending champions CSK will play Qualifier 1 of the playoffs either against Mumbai Indians or Delhi Capitals at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.”Kedar Jadhav’s getting an x-ray and a scan tomorrow. I don’t think we’ll see him again in this tournament for us. He’s in some discomfort. Fingers crossed that it is nothing too serious but it didn’t look that good,” Fleming said.Kedar Jadhav has been prone to injuries in the past. The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder missed IPL 2018 after playing just one match due to a hamstring injury.Kedar went on to miss India’s tour of England last year and suffered a recurrence of the injury on his return to the senior national team during last year’s Asia Cup in September.advertisementJadhav had a disappointing season with CSK in IPL 2019. He managed just 162 runs in 12 innings. More importantly, Kedar did not bowl throughout the season.Team India will be fretting over Kedhar Jadhav’s injury as the all-rounder is part of the 15-man squad named for the 2019 World Cup. India will reportedly be leaving to England on May 22 while their opener is against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | KL Rahul batted really well, need to give credit to KXIP, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Faf du Plessis hits career-best 96 as CSK batsmen peak at the right time
Nick Kyrgios was defaulted from his second round Italian Open clash against Norway’s Casper Ruud on Thursday after the hot-headed Australian hurled a chair on to the court.World number 36 Kyrgios was given a code violation for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after being broken early in the third set. Having already been handed a code violation earlier in the match, the latest outburst meant the umpire also handed him a game penalty.This prompted an angry Kyrgios to slam his racket into the ground, kick a water bottle before he tossed a chair towards the centre of the court.Cannot remember the last time this happened on the @ATP_Tour… King @NickKyrgios just got a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct then decided to peg a chair onto the court pic.twitter.com/KC0mNlL5j9Jake Humphreys (@JHumphreys28) May 16, 2019The frustrated 24-year-old shook hands with his opponent and the umpire before he strode off the court, effectively defaulting himself from the contest.Ruud was leading 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 when Kyrgios was disqualified and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.Also Read | Federer, Nadal and Osaka through to last 16 in Rome
Tiger Woods got off to a struggling start to the PGA Championship when he double-bogeyed his first hole, the 10th, in the opening round.Woods, fresh off his Masters victory for his 15th career major, drove into the rough and had to pitch out to the fairway. His third shot sailed past the green, and he needed three more to get into the hole for a 6. He then parred the next four holes.Defending champion Brooks Koepka fared much better with a birdie on 10 and another on 14 to be one stroke behind early leader Matt Wallace.British Open champ Francesco Molinari bogeyed the 10th and 12th but birdied 14 in the group with Woods and Koepka to stand at 1 over.Wallace, from England, birdied Nos. 1, 2 and 4 on a sunny but windy morning.Tiger Woods is back at Bethpage Black after a late decision to skip the final round of practice at the PGA Championship.Woods had planned to play the front nine early Wednesday morning, but never showed up at the course. That led to speculation his surgically-repaired back was acting up. His manager says all was fine.Coming off his emotional win at the Masters, Woods is in the traditional group of current major champions. He is with U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari.The forecast was good. The course was soft and wet. The scores were predictable. With a two-tee start, players starting on the back nine had a far more difficult start. Thomas Pieters opened with a triple bogey at No. 10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat had back-to-back double bogeys.advertisementThe only early drama was J.J. Spaun. He was in the first group and walked onto the tee at No. 1 with a minute to spare, avoiding a two-shot penalty. It didn’t seem to bother him. He was 2 under through four holes.Tiger Woods goes after his next major on a familiar golf course for a PGA Championship held on an unfamiliar spot on the calendar.The 101st PGA Championship began Thursday morning on Bethpage Black, the first time it has been held in May since 1949. The public course known as the “people’s country club” previously hosted two U.S. Opens.Rob Labritz, one of 20 club professionals in the 156-man field, hit the opening tee shot under a clearing sky on a course still damp from rain. He sent it well to the right in the rough among the trees.Woods plays later in the morning with defending champion Brooks Koepka and British Open champion Francesco Molinari. Woods has not played a practice round since nine holes Monday morning.Also Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attackAlso See
India take on New Zealand in an important game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Both New Zealand and India are unbeaten so far in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India will present New Zealand their stiffest challenge in the World Cup so far and it should be a cracker of a game.However, both teams will keep an eye on the weather in Nottingham where the threat of rain looms large. The practice session was washed on Tuesday but the teams could manage to train for an hour on Wednesday after which the rain returned.India are on a roll after their victories over South Africa and Australia. New Zealand have so far defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Neither team, therefore, would be keen to share points. 3 matches have already been washed out due to rain and teams would want to get as many points as they can muster in the first half of the tournament.New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson said his team was determined to get the full 2 points against India.Latest Update from Nottingham:- It has started to rain at Trent Bridge and it’s getting dark now The forecast for IND v NZ doesn’t look good (Accuweather)”It’s the World Cup. We’re playing against India in the World Cup and it’s an opportunity to get two points and we don’t want to get rained-out games,” he said.”I don’t think any players do but if that happens then so be it. We can’t control that but we’re looking forward to playing India and getting some confidence against them.”advertisementSo what does the weather look like in Nottingham for Thursday? Weather forecast in Nottingham for June 13, 2019 (Accuweather)The forecast as seen from above is not looking quite good and it should be a surprise if we get a full game today in Nottingham.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | Want KL Rahul to be versatile ODI player like Dravid: Sanjay Bangar
A SIOUX CITY MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY PULLING A KNIFE ON ANOTHER MAN AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT.22 YEAR OLD JAMAL HAYES IS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND CARRYING A WEAPON.POLICE SAY HAYES AND ANOTHER MAN GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT AT 1316 PIERCE STREET WHICH LED TO HAYES PULLING A KNIFE.AN OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER HAPPENED TO BE INSIDE AT THE TIME OF THE DISTURBANCE AND INTERVENED.NOBODY WAS INJURED.HAYES IS BEING HELD ON $600 BOND IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.
Earth Day is celebrated this Saturday, April 22nd, and the City of Sioux City has some events planned to help beautify our town.Melissa Campbell of the city’s Environmental Services Department says the 9th annual “Re-Event” will take place on Saturday:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/REEVENT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….cannot put in your curbside bin. :19Campbell says some of the items will have a small fee for the recycling while many others are accepted for no charge:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/REEVENT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………as necessary. ;15Appliances and household hazardous materials are not accepted at the Re-Event.Friday the city will have several teams of volunteers picking up trash in areas of town as part of a city “Litter Dash”.The teams will meet at noon on Friday for a complimentary lunch and volunteer rally at the Long Lines Family Rec Center.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/REEVENT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……or more volunteers. :10The team will receive collection materials including gloves and bags for trash and recyclable items, and will then go to their assigned location for the afternoon.
Woodbury County has debuted a website to call attention to and help celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the County Courthouse.County Supervisor Matthew Ung has been working on the website features:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……invitations and materials. :14The one page website features a photo gallery, calendar of events and historical information about the courthouse.Ung says some of those elements will remain on the county website after the May centennial celebration concludes:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WEB2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..on the homepage. :15The website is found at www.woodburycountyiowa.gov/100.