France June 10, 2017 × SHARE tennis Jelena Ostapenko produced an astonishing fightback to overpower favourite Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the French Open final on Saturday and become the first Latvian grand slam champion.The 20-year-old looked down and out when Halep had points for a 4-0 lead in the second set but hit back with an audacious display of power to steamroller third-seeded Romanian Halep.Ostapenko also recovered from a break behind in the third set and finished the contest with a flashing backhand winner to become the first unseeded player to win the title since Briton Margaret Scriven in 1933.Not only that but it was her first title of any kind, emulating the feat of Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten who won his first Tour crown at Roland Garros in 1997 on the day Ostapenko was born.Incredibly, she walloped 54 winners during the two-hour contest, matching her error count, as she threw caution to the wind on a boiling hot day on Court Philippe Chatrier.Halep’s steady approached looked like taking her to a first grand slam title but she appeared drained at the end by the constant barrage coming from across the net.Not only did the third seed fall short in the Roland Garros final for the second time, but defeat also cost her the world number one ranking that would have come with victory.Ostapenko, who turned 20 on Thursday when she beat Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, threw her distinctive green headband into the crowd after a warm embrace with Halep who look devastated.“I mean I can’t believe I’m champion at 20,” Ostapenko, the youngest finalist for 10 years, said on court.“I knew that Gustavo Kuerten won his first Roland Garros the day I was born, I have no words.“There were a couple of games when everything went my way and I was ready to fight for every point.”, she said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on bl10_Jelena Ostapenko bl10_Jelena Ostapenko First unseeded player to win French Open title since 1933 COMMENTS
The Indian will now meet world number two and top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the summit clash of the high- profile season-ending tournament tomorrow. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu today entered the title round of the women’s singles in the USD one million Dubai Super Series Final after beating Chen Yufei of China in the semifinals here. COMMENT pv-sindhu – THE HINDU December 16, 2017 sport Sindhu had entered the semifinals with an unbeaten record, having got the better of all her three opponents in Group A. World No. 3 Sindhu beat Chen, ranked eighth, 21-15 21-18 in a 58-minute contest at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium here. Yamaguchi had beaten Ratchanok of Intanon of Thailand 17 -21 21-12 21-19 in the first semifinals earlier in the day. × She has been in fine form this season, having clinched two Super Series titles before winning a silver at the World Championship. pv-sindhu – THE HINDU SHARE COMMENTS
Madurai, Feb 19 (PTI) Agreeing that freedom of expression was essential in higher education institutions like JNU, Union Minister Nirmala Seetharaman today said that it should not be misused or let to be misused by others.Talking to reporters here she said “unrest in the JNU campus does not mean unrest in the country. No one should misuse the freedom of expression. It should not be misused or let to be misused by others”, the Union Commerce minister said.During the Congress regime, 100 students were arrested and remanded in Tihar jail for 15 days for gheraoeing the Vice Chancellor of the JNU and Congress had no moral right to talk about freedom of expression. PTI SSN RC RG
Gurgaon, Mar 25 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced the approval of a 10-lane synthetic athletics track at Gurgaons Tau Devi Lal Stadium.The Chief Minister was speaking at the concluding function of the three-day Bharat Kesari Kushti Dangal organised on the occasion of Shaheedi Divas here.Mausam Khatri of Haryana won the first place in the Dangal and a cash prize of Rs 1 crore.”Whatever scheme the sports department brings for further promotion of sports in the state is approved. Lucrative cash prizes under the new sports policy would help in further promotion of sports in the state,” he said.Sports and Physical Exercise Evaluation and Development (SPEED) Programme had been implemented under the new sports policy in which 5,000 outstanding players at school-level would be selected, Khattar said.Sports schools and around 1,000 Vyayamshalas will be opened in several places of the state, he added. PTI VJ ISH RG PRM
New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) Shankarlal Chakraborty, who is standing in for suspended coach Sanjoy Sen at Mohun Bagan, says a positive result for the team is of paramount importance in the upcoming I-League derby against East Bengal. The Mariners play East Bengal in their return match at Siliguri on Saturday. “Our strategy is pretty straight and simple, give your cent percent and churn out a positive result. In our quest for the second consecutive Hero I-League trophy, we need a positive result in Siliguri,” Chakraborty, who has represented both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal after having graduated from Tata Football Academy, said. He said the defending champions strategy will be to not concede an early goal. “Our first priority always remains not to concede an early goal. In the wee minutes of the game, we tend to focus on judging our opponents and then changing our gears according to our strengths and their limitations. When the two giants confront with each other, you cant expect anything less than an enthralling humdinger.” Asked how is he preparing himself before his first derby as the Mariners coach, Chakraborty said, “I always believe that the Derby is the final frontier. Be it player or coach, youll always be tested on the Derby. But for us, generally, everything is planned by Sanjoy Da (Sen). “During the course of the game, we keep an eye to the movements and tweak the strategies according to the need of the game. The same practice we followed against Sporting Clube de Goa, Mumbai FC, Aizawl FC and therell be no change against Kingfisher East Bengal either.” PTI AH PMadvertisement
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, one of the most feared all-rounders in the game, did not have much to do with either bat or ball as his team stunned England in the last over of the ICC World Twenty20 final at the Eden Gardens. (Also Read: Usain Bolt, Clive Lloyd dance to Dwayne Bravo’s tune)But Sammy was in the thick of action after Marlon Samuels’ unbeaten 85 and Carlos Brathwaite’s blaze of sixes ensured that West Indies became the first team to win the coveted T20 title twice. The captain first slammed the West Indies Cricket Board for disrespecting his team, then took a dig at Mark Nicholas for his “short of brains” comment and promised the world that he would celebrate the historic triumph with his players and the coaching staff. (Also Read: Explosive West Indies outgun England to lift historic second title)And when it comes to celebrations, few can match the West Indians. Sammy, expectedly led from the front again, setting the dressing-room alight with his dance moves. He was soon joined by Dwayne Bravo, whose hit single ‘Champions’ has been a rage throughout the World T20.Inside the #Champions Dressing Room! #WI #WI #WI#WT20https://t.co/XAjE4GutMf ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016The Caribbean party continued in the team bus as Sammy went from player to player, with his mobile phone on selfie mode. After getting coach and former fast bowler Cutrly Ambrose to sing along with him, Sammy took the stage (the aisle) solo. Bravo duly joined his captain and the two chanted ‘Champions’ as the bus left the Eden’s hallowed turf. (Also Read: Brathwaite blasted four straight sixes to seal the deal for West Indies)advertisementThe party doesn’t stop! @westindies carry on #champion dancing into the night! #WT20 #WIhttps://t.co/7At7RubSv1 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016 This morning Sammy was at the Victoria Memorial with the trophy. Wearing the West Indies jacket, the captain looked dapper but tired from a night of wild celebrations. He revealed he did not shut his eyes once since West Indies won in dramatic circumstances last evening. The party, for all facts and purposes, has just started for the Kings of Cool!”We did celebrate all thought the night, I honestly have not shut my eyes!” @darrensammy88 at #WT20 photocall today pic.twitter.com/BYkwxNOWLX ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2016
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has revealed that he and his teammates skipped dinner after their heart-breaking one-run defeat against India in the group stages of the recently-concluded World Twenty20.Mortaza, who is holidaying in Kashmir, interacted with local youngsters.”We were very upset with that defeat. None of us had dinner that evening. Losing is a part of the game and we did not want to lose that match,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by a local website, when a local boy asked about Bangladesh not being able to score two runs off the last three balls during their group-league encounter against India.It was a chance encounter for the locals with the Bangladeshi captain as he stopped by at a village on Srinagar-Sonamarg road on Sunday.”On his way back to summer capital (Srinagar) from Sonamarg, he saw a few youngsters playing cricket at Kullan.”Mortaza stopped the vehicle and met the players,” the website report stated.The seamer gave some tips to the young players and even displayed his skills by bowling a few deliveries.
Talking about tomorrows match, Rohit said, “We will be Talking about tomorrows match, Rohit said, “We will be playing KKR at their home ground and they know the conditions better. They play well as a team here in this ground. We have to combat all the challenges and we are up for it. It will be a good game.” He said its the opening slot he cherished the most as hes been doing that for last three years. “Its going to be important to get the balance and position of each player right where they have batted for their state/country. I have been batting for three years as an opener and would like to continue that for the remainder of the series. “Everything depends on the balance. If I feel that me batting at the top is not right for the team, I will come down as a middle order batsman. If it helps the team, I am ready to do whatever it takes to help the team win,” said the 28-year-old. He said leading from the front as a captain was a big responsibility and he always cherished it. “It will be no different this year as well. I will try and do the same. We have got a great squad and great depth in our batting. Along with me there are a few other guys who have played international cricket and proved themselves in the international circuit. We have to share the responsibility. “It cant be just one person to win the whole tournament. Last year we hardly had anyone in top five run getters list which shows everyone contributed and shared responsibility. You will have individual brilliance at times but to win the tournament it has to come form everyone,” said the skipper. “Not just one person. For us, the past three years that is the reason we had so much success. I would expect to share the same and step up as a leader and perform in every game I can.” More PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisement
St Lucia, May 31 (PTI) Worlds largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL) today extended its title sponsorship with the popular Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for another three years. With this extension, CPL will continue to be called the Hero Caribbean Premier League until the 2018 season. The New Delhi-headquartered Hero MotoCorp became the title Sponsor of the Twenty20 cricket league in the Caribbean for the first time in 2015. Hero has for long been a key partner of marquee events in various disciplines of sports – including cricket, soccer, field hockey and golf – in India and across the globe. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said: “Cricket continues to be one of the most popular sports in various parts of the world, and the Hero CPL has become an eagerly-awaited annual event for cricket fans not just in the Caribbean but across the globe. “The extension of our title sponsorship of the Hero CPL is also in keeping with the increasing global presence of brand Hero, which is now present in 30 countries across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. The Hero CPL is now set to become one of the important events in Heros annual global sporting calendar.” The Hero CPL 2016 will be played between June 29 to August 7 at venues across seven territories – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and Fort Lauderdale in the USA. Welcoming the contract extension, Richard Bevan, Chairman of the Hero CPL said: “On behalf of the management and board I am delighted to announce that Hero MotoCorp will continue its affiliation with CPL as title sponsor of the biggest party in sport for the next three years. Last years tournament attracted a global audience in excess of 90 million and this year is set to be even higher as fans across the world continue to be drawn to the high quality action on the pitch and the unique party atmosphere off it. PTI SSC SSCadvertisement
Mumbai, Jun 20 (PTI) The Star Sports Pro Kabaddi Season 4 is set to commence on June 25 here when Puneri Paltan take on Telugu Titans in the league opener. This would be followed by a clash between season 2 champions U Mumba and inaugural season champions, Jaipur Pink Panthers, said a media release here today. This is the fourth season of Pro Kabaddi in the last 24 months and all teams have been preparing at their respective training camps. Two dozen international players from 12 countries – including Iran, Kenya, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, United Kingdom and hosts India – would be seen in action in the league, the release added.International Kabaddi Federations president, Janardan Singh Gehlot said, “The sport must not only encourage our players, but also give countless millions who follow it a thrill. The past three seasons have proven that the country is ready to not only watch and accept more of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi, but also form loyalties toward players and teams.””Season 4 will only reinforce that the Kabaddi eco system will grow stronger as the league progresses,” he added.The League would reach out to over 114 territories including USA, UK, Sub Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa and New Zealand, the release stated. PTI SSR NRB ATK ATK BAS
Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers But it sparked a backlash on social media and a push by the Campaign for the Protection of Racehorses, which claimed she had “put money before compassion” and was “endorsing animal abuse”.More than 6,500 people signed an online petition urging her to cancel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40In a statement late Saturday, promotor Mushroom Events cited scheduling issues as the reason for Swift’s no-show.“Changes to her Asian promo schedule have made it logistically impossible for her to be here,” it said. The Campaign for the Protection of Racehorses applauded the decision.“The pressure on Taylor Swift to cancel her performance was significant,” it said on Facebook.“Her fans did not want to see her supporting animal abuse. Whilst the reason being used by the racing industry is a scheduling mix-up, it appears to us that she has responded to those calls.”Six horses have died at the Melbourne Cup since 2013, including one last year when Irish five-year-old The CliffsofMoher was euthanised after suffering a fractured right shoulder during a race that has been run on the first Tuesday of November since 1876.“Obviously, this (Swift pulling out) is disappointing for everyone,” said Victoria Racing Club chief executive Neil Wilson.ADVERTISEMENT “We understand how important the pre-Cup entertainment is and we look forward to providing an update (on other acts) shortly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel03:47Solon calls out discrepancy in BuCor’s data on freed convicts due to GCTA02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue ‘It was breathtaking’: Man City crushes Watford 8-0 in EPL This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift arrives for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on August 26, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)Pop superstar Taylor Swift has pulled out of a performance at the Melbourne Cup, with animal rights activists taking credit after a campaign to highlight cruelty to racehorses.The Grammy Award-winner was announced as the headline act for the “race that stops a nation” earlier this month and was due to sing two songs from her latest hit album “Lover”.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments
MOST READ The Inquirer broke the story on Abando saying he was leaving UST for a school that made a tempting offer but hours after the report circulated, the star rookie reiterated his commitment to the Tigers in a meeting with coach Aldin Ayo and Fr. Jannel Abogado, UST Physical Education director.But the saga did not end there, catching the attention of UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag, who expressed concern over the incident—most notably because it took place in the middle of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The last couple of years, there’s been plenty of player movements among UAAP member schools,” Saguisag said. “Of course, the board is concerned. We’re looking at legislation and policing, but ultimately at the end of the day, if a student-athlete says he wants to transfer, we can’t do anything about it.”Saguisag said the UAAP may also study what constitutes as “maximum benefits” for student-athletes in the league. Ayo admitted that the high-flying Abando has been a poaching target for a time now.“They’ve been doing that since March,” Ayo told the Inquirer, without naming the school. “They’ve been persistent even to the point of doing it in the middle of the season.”In an interview with UST’s official publication, The Varsitarian, Ayo said: “For me that’s very unethical. In the middle of the season, offering to contract a player, you’re insulting not only Rhenz but also the other players.”“There are UAAP teams whose strategy is they’re going against us on and off the court,” Ayo said in Filipino.Abando, who has wowed fans with his raw athleticism, averages 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 this season but was benched by Ayo in UST’s 84-78 win over University of the Philippines on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES American ace catches Stewart at the helm Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Saguisag said the UAAP board could look into the Abando issue, potentially for future legislation. “Of course, we’d also want to have a deterrent on these kinds of cases,” he added. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man View comments Confronted by a moral issue that has always bubbled beneath its glossy surface, the UAAP said it will revisit rules and regulations covering the transfer of players in the wake of the incident involving University of Santo Tomas forward Rhenz Abando, who was the target of what his coach described as a poaching attempt in the middle of the basketball season.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers
Spikers’ Turf champions Cignal HD Spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Marck Espejo produced a historic performance to power Cignal to 2019 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference title after withstanding Go for Gold-Air Force, 21-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-16, 15-6, Tuesday at Paco Arena.Putting the HD Spikers on his back, Espejo finished with a league-record 43 points, the highest single-game performance, to earn him the Finals MVP plum.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:31INQUIRER Sports Top 7 stories of 201801:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Phoenix Fuel Masters tap former NBA vet Alonzo Gee Ysay Marasigan and Edmar Banono had 11 points apiece to complement Espejo’s offense while Vince Mangulabnan orchestrated the attack with 30 excellent sets.Manuel Sumanguid took care of the HD Spikers’ defense with 15 excellent receptions and 10 successful digs.Fauzi Ismail had 16 points to lead the Jet Spikers while Francis Saura and Kim Malabunga had 12 and 11 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Howard Mojica once held the record with 41 points when he played for Emilio Aguinaldo College against Ateneo in 2015.Espejo, who also holds the UAAP record with 55 points, lit up in the final set and score to propel Cignal to a decisive 9-3 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I’m really happy and overwhelmed and I really can’t wrap my mind around winning the championship,” said Cignal head coach Dexter Clamor in Filipino.Espejo also closed the match for the HD Spikers, firing five of Cignal’s last six points to seal the title.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique likely thought that a match against promoted Alaves would be a good opportunity to give most of his stars the day off. (Cristiano Ronaldo scores on return as Real Madrid equal club record)The defending La Liga champions guessed wrong, as Alaves pulled off a stunning 2-1 upset at Camp Nou on Saturday.Not even Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Andres Iniesta going on for the last half hour could turn around a result that left Real Madrid alone at the top of the table after three rounds.Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo needed just six minutes to score in his first match of the season, starting a 5-2 rout of Osasuna.It was a day of firsts at Camp Nou.Paco Alcacer and goalie Jasper Cillessen debuted for Barcelona, and Neymar saw his first minutes for the Catalan club since returning from a long summer with Brazil, which included a gold medal at the Rio Olympics.Even better for Alaves, it was a first win in Spain’s top flight since its 10-year run in the second and third divisions.Built around a group of journeymen brought in this summer along with new coach Mauricio Pellegrino, the modest club from the Basque Country proved to be disciplined in defense and crafty enough to get the utmost from its scarce chances.”We didn’t have our day,” Luis Enrique said. “We were imprecise, and they scored two goals on three shots. That is a good summary of the match.”Barcelona appeared to be in control until Kiko Femenia crossed for Deyverson, who muscled past Javier Mascherano before poking the ball under Cillessen.advertisementJeremy Mathieu headed Barcelona level right after halftime, only for Ibai Gomez to put Alaves back in front after a poor clearance by Mascherano.”We worked very hard for this,” Pellegrino said. “I hope the team can keep growing and that this will help us going forward.”
What able-bodied athletes couldn’t achieve during Rio Olympics 2016, the paralympic athletes are doing with aplomb i.e. grabbing medals at the Rio Paralympic.The latest to bring glory to the nation is Devendra Jhajharia, who bagged gold at the Rio Paralympics in F46 event. He broke his own world record with a throw of 63.7 m in the men’s F46 Javelin Throw.Here is all that you should know about the gold medallist who has an indomitable spirit:Image courtesy:sportskeeda.comImage courtesy:picsture.comImage courtesy:playyoursport.comImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comImage courtesy:picsture.comImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comImage courtesy:picsture.com Image courtesy:playyoursport.comImage courtesy:playyoursport.comImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comWhat is F 46 classification?The F46 classification is animpairment type for upper limb/s affected by limb deficiency, impairedmuscle power or impaired range of movement according to the IPCAthletics classifications.(Main image source:sportstarlive.com)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been fabulous with his glove-work this Indian Premier League. He once again showed why he remains India’s undisputed king behind the stumps with yet another brilliant run out of Dinesh Karthik in Pune on Monday evening. (Stokes 63-ball 103* scripts sensational Pune win)In the final over of Gujarat Lions’ innings, Basil Thampi was on strike against Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm pacer bowled a slower and Thampi swung his bat wildly only to miss it. Karthik, at the non-striker’s end, wanted the strike in the last ball and set off. (Stokes follows Dhoni’s success mantra, rewarded with maiden IPL ton)But Dhoni collected the ball and fired a direct hit at the striker’s end to send Karthik back to the pavilion. The speed and precision of Dhoni’s throw was such that even Karthik’s desperate dive failed to save him from getting run out.DHONI TOO QUICK FOR ‘SUPERMAN’ ABDThis was not the first time that Dhoni’s sharp glove-work floored his opposition.Earlier this month, he produced a sensational stumping to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers. On the second delivery of the 11th over of the RCB innings bowled by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Dhoni showed his class behind the stumps when he knocked off the bails in lighting speed even before de Villiers could think of getting his back leg into the crease.TAYLOR FLABBERGASTEDIn October last year, Dhoni’s sensational skills behind the stumps left New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor flabbergasted.advertisementThe 35-year-old grabbed the spotlight with his lightning quick hands during the fourth one-day international against New Zealand. Playing at his home ground in Ranchi, Dhoni’s superb display behind the wicket left Taylor stunned.In the 46th over, Taylor, who played Umesh Yadav through square leg, was looking for a second run but Dhoni back-flicked a throw from Dhawal Kulkarni onto the stumps in a flash and without even looking at it.TV replays later confirmed that Taylor was short of the crease. The Kiwi couldn’t believe his luck as he walked off with a grin.DHONI PLOTS BANGLADESH’S OUSTER IN WORLD T20In March 2016 during India vs Bangladesh World T20 clash, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side required 11 runs from 6 balls but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad got out in successive deliveries after hitting couple of boundaries.It all boiled down to the last ball, off which two runs was required. Dhoni remained calm under pressure when he was required to break the stumps after the the final ball had been bowled. As the bails flashed, Dhoni and his men went berserk and celebrated the win in front of a jubilant, relieved crowd.
(EDs: Rpts after correcting name of dept in 9th para)New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) The Delhi government has widened the scope of the developmental works that can be undertaken by MLAs using the SC/ST welfare fund.Announcing the decision, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the list of works that can be undertaken has been increased from the existing five to 27, and will now include steps like installation of CCTVs.”We took the decision as money alloted under this head was not getting spent. Around Rs 50 crore has been alloted for the same in the current financial year,” he told a press conference.Sisodia said the decision, taken by the Delhi Cabinet yesterday, will cover around 5,500 blocks. The fund can be used by MLAs in areas where the SC/ST population is over 33 per cent.He explained that under the previous arrangement works such as repair or construction of community bathrooms, drains or pavements, unmetalled (kuchha) roads, community centres and approach roads could be undertaken.”Now, a wide variety of works related to parks, installation of CCTVs, construction of sports facilities, libraries, gymnasiums and even installation of street lights have been included in the list,” he said.Rajendra Pal Gautam, who recently took charge of the SC/ST and Social Welfare Departments, said the government has also decided to tweak the way the fund can be used.One issue the MLAs intending to utilise this fund were facing was related to the limited number of agencies that were authorised to take up work, he told PTI.advertisementOnly the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) or the Flood Control and Irrigation Departments could take up work using the welfare fund, which is around Rs 50 crore in the current financial year.This, he said, was giving rise to situations where the municipal corporations were objecting when a road under its jurisdiction was to be repaired citing the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act.”After the changes, if a road that is to be repaired is owned by the MCD, then the area MLA can approach it and the civic body can use the welfare fund to get the work done on its own,” Gautam said. PTI SBR BSA ASV
Rafael Nadal dropped just one game on his way to a straight-sets victory over Nikoloz Basilazhvili.It was Nadal’s 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay. He has a 98-2 win-loss record.With the rainclouds rolling in, Nadal seemed keen to get his third-round match over as quickly as possible and the No. 4 seed took 90 minutes to win 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.”I don’t know if it was perfection,” said Nadal, who turns 31 on Saturday.”I went on court thinking it was going to be a tough match … I believe I played the best match since a while.”Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced to the fourth round when opponent Guillermo Garcia-Lopez retired from the match with a left thigh injury.Raonic was leading 6-1, 1-0 when Garcia-Lopez stopped. The Spaniard had already received treatment at the end of the first set.It was the second retirement of the day. David Goffin was forced out with an injured right ankle.Defending champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the fourth round by beating Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2.The fourth-seeded Spaniard broke her opponent’s serve three times in the second set.David Goffin retired from his third-round match after injuring his right ankle against Horacio Zeballos.The 10th-seeded Belgian was leading 5-4 in the first set when he limped off court with two trainers helping him. Zeballos carried Goffin’s bag.Goffin was serving for the first set and led 40-0 but allowed Zeballos back into the game.The Argentine had a break back point and, at the end of a long rally, Goffin got to a tough ball. He won the point to get back to deuce but slid after he hit it, catching his foot on the tarp at the back of the court.advertisement