Following his disappointing show against Bangladesh and later against Australia in the opening Test in Pune, India's opening batsman KL Rahul is under pressure to perform. The right-handed batsman from Karnataka scored 2, 10, 64 and 10 in the last four innings, he has played this year. One such critic took to Twitter to troll the 24-year-old cricketer who in turn was shut down by Rahul with an epic response.
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc today, February 28, said his team is wary of a strong comeback by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, whose early dismissals were a major factor in the visitors' opening Test triumph here. We're going to have to be wary of that Virat comeback, Starc told reporters here. There's six more times we've got to get him out to really cement this series, he added.
Former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy says the unprecedented nomination for the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award doesn't hold much relevance for her but she would like to believe that the recognition is a giant step forward for women's cricket. I would say it is small step for me but a giant leap for women's cricket, 63-year-old Rangaswamy told PTI drawing analogy from Neil Armstrong's iconic quote.
Jeje Lalpekhlua fired a brace to propel city football giants Mohun Bagan to the AFC Cup group stage with an emphatic 4-1 win over Maldives' Club Valencia in the second leg of their South Zone play-off here on Monday. With the two sides having finished 1-1 in the first leg, Mohun Bagan won the double bill 5-2 on aggregate.
Shamed former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-year ban for ethics breaches. The world body fired the Frenchman in January 2016 over black market World Cup ticket sales and suspect television deals. Valcke is also the target of a Swiss criminal investigation into FIFA's affairs under its former leader Sepp Blatter. FIFA originally banned Valcke for 12 years but this was reduced to 10 years by a FIFA appeal committee in June last year.
The engrossing Twitter war over Gurmehar Kaur's campaign against ABVP turned ugly on Tuesday, after renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar hit out at Virender Sehwag and Yogeshwar Dutt with his 'hardly literate players, wrestler' tweet. After Yogi issued a strong response to Akhtar, Babita and Ritu Phogat also hit back at him. Later, Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt shared a meme, comparing Kaur to Hitler and Osama bin Laden.
The ISSF and its athletes committee, headed by Abhinav Bindra, today received brickbats from three-time Olympic medallist Rajmond Debevec, who said gender equality in 2020 Olympics could have been achieved without scrapping the existing three events. I, as a shooter, feel offended because the ISSF led this procedure and accepted the recommendations in a non transparent manner. These are very, very respected events which had been part of Olympics programs since the inception of modern Olympics.
Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton went faster and further than anyone else as his Mercedes team again led the way in pre-season testing on Tuesday while some others struggled to get into gear. Ferrari's 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who was second fastest for Ferrari, was 1.848 seconds slower and also did the second highest tally of laps before lunch - 47. Red Bull and McLaren, who had a troubled debut day, were still not firing on all cylinders.
Skipper Kedar Jadhav led from the front with a blistering 113 as Maharashtra pounded a hapless Delhi by 195 runs in a Group B match to knock them out of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Tuesday. It was third defeat in a row from Delhi, being led by young Rishabh Pant, and they are now out of the tournament. With keeper Nikhil Naik (63), Jadhav raised a quickfire 59-run stand for the fourth wicket before being dismissed by Pawan Negi.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane launched a passionate defence of his team on Tuesday amid accusations the La Liga leaders have benefited from favourable refereeing decisions this season following their 3-2 win at Villarreal on Sunday. Spanish sports daily Marca said the referees' committee had denounced Roig's comments to the Spanish soccer federation, which could see him fined up to 1,500 euros. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique meanwhile wrote on Twitter that Real had earned eight extra points this campaign due to dubious refereeing decisions.
Todd Mack has been in the forefront of popularising the United Basketball Alliance (UBA) Pro men's league in India since its inception. Their skill, fitness and overall basketball knowledge has improved, he said in a chat with The Hindu. When India qualifies for the Olympics, one of our major goals would have been achieved. On the decision to host the Championship Series in Goa from March 10 to 16 It is a good decision.
Miss Ameeta Mehra's Manifold, ridden by Neeraj Rawal, won the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy, the feature event of Wednesday's evening races. Rs 18 (w), 12, 21 and 48 (p). FK VAKIL TROPHY, DIV.II (1,400m), Cl. Rs 45 (w), 16, 56 and 57 (p). Rakesh R Jhunjhunwala & Girish S Mehta.
Kohli, who first received the award in 2011-12 and in 2014-15, will become the first Indian cricketer to be bestowed with the honour on three occasions. The 30-year-old first won the award in the bilateral Test series between India and West Indies after being named the Man of the Series in the three-match Test series in 2011. In the four-match Test series last year, Ashwin again picked up the Man of the Series award for his outstanding show.
Considering that the sport can get soporific at times, the ISSF World Cup has been an exception with a packed crowd witnessing the best shooters locked in intense face-offs. Much so, it has left Hungarian shooting great Peter Sidi pleasantly surprised. I think we should have a World Championship here, Sidi, a winner of multiple World Championship and World Cup medals, said on the sidelines of the ongoing tournament.
For Kohli, this will be the third time that he will be conferred with this award after 2011-12 and 2014-15 season. Kohli has been India's highest scorer across all three formats and deservingly gets the award. Ashwin will also become the first cricketer to receive the 'Dilip Sardesai Award' twice. In the four-match Test series against West Indies last year, Ashwin again picked up the Man of the Series award for his outstanding show.
Golf rulemakers The R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) today unveiled a radical set of new rule proposals they hope will simplify the game and also speed up play. The R&A is seeking feedback on the proposals until the end of August, with any amendments to be made before the new rules come into effect from January 1, 2019.
Following the footsteps of BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) today moved the Supreme Court challenging that the Committee of Administrators (COA) has acted beyond the scope and authority. The decision was taken after state association's working committee meeting chaired by former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
The Sports Ministry today decided to introduce a former sportsperson as Government Observer to monitor the selection of national team after reports of CBI probing alleged favouritism by top BAI officials in sending their wards as players for a goodwill visit to Japan in 2014. Government is introducing a modified system of Government Observer with an enlarged role, which will include close monitoring of talent identification process and selection of the national team, Ministry said in a release.
MIAMI, March 1 (Reuters) - The 2017 Major League Soccer season gets under way this week and in place of big name 'marketing' signings, the transfer window has seen the arrival of a new wave of talent, particularly from South America. While no headline-grabbing signings have come into the league to replace the departing talent, MLS clubs have certainly been investing in 'designated players' - whose high salaries are mostly exempt from the salary cap.
Thanks to Blank, Atlanta will play in a brand-new venue, the state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz stadium, which will be home to both the MLS club and NFL team and will open in late July. In short, pretty much every box that would need to be ticked to create a successful new MLS team has been ticked. Atlanta wasn't an obvious choice for expansion but the size of the fan-base shows MLS was wise to bring a franchise to Georgia.