Hyderabad, Oct 20 (PTI) AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising “religious” slogans, as he alleged that the BJP-led governments real intention was to “convert India into a Hindu rashtra”.”He (Modi) is the first Prime Minister since independence to use religious slogans during a public rally…India had seen so many PMs and will see many more, but no Prime Minister has ever raised a religious slogan,” the Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP said while referring to Modis Jai Shri Ram greeting on Dussehra in Lucknow.”All Indians think for a while, if anyone wearing a skull cap and sporting beard becomes PM and says Allah-o-Akbar, all channels will run (news) that India has become an Islamic country. (But) If Modi raises majahabi (religious) slogan, no one will say anything,” he said.Continuing his tirade, Owaisi said, “Aapka asal maksad ye hain ki Hindustan to Hindu Rashtra me tabdil kiya jaye. (Your real intention is to convert India into Hindu nation).”The leader was speaking at a protest meeting organised by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) at AIMIM party headquarters at Darussalam here, opposing the NDA governments stand on Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and triple talaq.Owaisi termed as a “joke” the affidavit filed by Union government on October 7 in the Supreme Court opposing the practice of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy among Muslims and favouring a relook on grounds of gender equality and secularism.”If you really believe in secularism…why did you Mr Modi impose beef ban in Maharashtra and why does your government want to construct a museum in the name of Ram in Ayodhya? Then why do you (government) say state has no religion and the country has no religion?,” he asked. (More) PTI VVK RS NSK SRY RDSadvertisement
Geoff Ogilvy stormed to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard with a stunning eight-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and two others going into the final round.The 39-year-old former U.S. Open champion found his putting touch to pocket six birdies on the front nine and two more over his last three holes in a flawless third round that left him 11-under for the tournament.World number five Spieth came through a wobbly start at Royal Sydney to shoot a 68 for a share of second place with Aaron Baddeley (67) and New Zealander Ryan Fox (71).Adam Scott would have had a share of fifth with Rod Pampling (70) a further shot back had he not missed a birdie putt from two feet at the last, but the former world number one will still fancy his chances of making up four shots on Sunday.Scott, now ranked seventh in the world, carded a 71 for a share of sixth with fellow Australians Lucas Herbert, Jake Higginbottom, James Nitties and Jason Scrivener.Adelaide-born Ogilvy, winner of the Stonehaven Cup in 2010, started the day six shots off the pace but soared into the lead with the best round of the week in the best weather conditions of a blustery day.If the left-to-right putt from 12 foot for a fourth birdie in a row at the ninth hole showed his confidence on the greens, the approach shot which left him with a two-footer for his eighth birdie at the 18th was the perfect way to finish.advertisement”What a difference a few putts going in makes,” Ogilvy said.”It makes everything feel a little easier, my golf swing felt better as I went along. Just got my head down and finished well.”I’m just glad I’m back in the mix. I’ve just got to try and go out and do it again tomorrow.”Spieth was one-over after five holes but birdies at the sixth and seventh then three more from the 12th, the first two set up by stunning approach shots and the third completed with a sublime curling putt, showed he had found his rhythm.The 23-year-old lipped out with a par putt on 15 but a sixth birdie after a fine recovery at the 16th left him well placed for a second Australian Open title after his 2014 triumph.”I felt more comfortable when I was putting today,” said the twice major champion.”I don’t know if three-under gets the job done tomorrow. Someone may shoot five or six-under, so I may need to go lower tomorrow, but certainly in contention, in a good position.”Fellow former U.S. Masters champion Scott was again left cursing his profligacy with the putter after spurning an opportunity for a fifth birdie of the day after a brilliant approach shot to the final green.”It would have been nice to get that putt on the last and get that one closer, it would have felt nice,” the 36-year-old, winner of his home open in 2009, said.”But a hot start tomorrow is what I need. A quick front nine and I’ll be right in it.”
New Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) Veteran Akbar Ebrahim has been elected as the FMSCI president, replacing Zayn Khan to lead the Indian motorsport governing body. Ebrahim was elected president at the FMSCI Annual General Meeting, which was held in Chennai today. J Prithiviraj was elected as the vice-president. Ebrahim replaces Khan, who took charge in September last year following the sudden death of incumbent R Bharath Raj. Ebrahim has been on the FMSCI council for the past four years and is also chairman of four wheel racing commission. “It is a great honour to be elected as the President of the FMSCI. I intend to dedicate my time and energy towards further development of Indian Motorsport right from the grass root level all the way to the top Nationally and Internationally for all disciplines of the sport,” he said. Elections were also held for the eight-member FMSCI council and Ebrahim also finds a seat in that representing Meco Motorsports Club. The following clubs/councillors were declared elected: K D Madan from the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), Shivu Shivappa from the Karnataka Motor Sports Club (KMSC), J Prithviraj from the Coimbatore Auto Sports Club (CASC), Sanjay Sharma from the Calcutta Motor Sports Club (CMSC), Ketan Mehta fromo the Indian Automotive Racing Club (IARC), Farooq Ahmed from the Motor Sports Club of Chikmaglur (MSCC), Arindam Ghosh from the Ramakrishna Race Performance (RRPM), and Ebrahim himself from Meco Motorsports Club (MMS). PTI BS BS
Alvaro Morata will have a confidence boost after breaking his goal drought with the winner against Vidi in the Europa League, says Gary Cahill.Although Morata missed a great chance early in the first half, the Spain international struck the winner with an improved finish after the break.Morata had not found the net since scoring in a 3-2 Premier League win against Arsenal in the middle of August. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Cahill said Morata’s team-mates are all thrilled to see the striker’s name on the scoresheet after a barren spell.”It is job done,” Cahill said to BT Sport. “Games like that are difficult but it is important we are motivated.”We tried and tried and got what we deserved. They sat back and frustrated us.”We missed a few chances but Alvaro Morata scored the goal to win us the game.”I am sure for every striker, scoring goals gives them confidence.”Morata made some good runs tonight and delighted to see him hit the back of the net.”He has scored many goals and were are delighted we won.”Sarri says he is pleased Alvaro Morata scored and played a good game. He says this performance can be a start and the player can take confidence from this game. #CHEVID— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 4, 2018With Maurizio Sarri ringing the changes from a league draw with Liverpool last time out, Cahill was given a rare start in defence.And the former England international hopes to be given more chances to stake his claim for regular selection.”I want to play football out on the pitch,” Cahill added.”I am not different to anyone else and the ambition never changes.”I am delighted to have the armband back on and it is a good feeling.”
Inter kept pace with Barcelona at the top of Group B in the Champions League after coming from behind to secure a 2-1 away win over PSV on Wednesday.Radja Nainggolan’s first European goal for his new club and a cool Mauro Icardi finish on the hour gave the Nerazurri their second comeback victory of the campaign, having dramatically beaten Tottenham 2-1 a fortnight ago.No late fireworks were required on this occasion, although Inter were still made to work for their fifth straight victory in all competitions after falling behind to a Pablo Rosario stunner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Nainggolan restored parity on the stroke of half-time before Icardi, one of the heroes of the Spurs success, took Luciano Spalletti’s side level on points with leaders Barca after two encouraging outings.An entertaining first half promised goals from the outset and Rosario emphatically delivered in the 27th minute, whipping a sensational effort from right to left and past a flat-footed Samir Handanovic.3 – Pablo Rosario attempted more shots in the first half v Inter (3) than all other @PSV players together (2). Screamer. pic.twitter.com/pYsRcCs14A— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 3, 2018Two chances for Icardi suggested a response was forthcoming, although Inter received a let-off when the onrushing Handanovic escaped with a yellow card for handling the ball outside the area.Mark van Bommel felt the goalkeeper’s impeding of Steven Bergwijn deserved red and his mood was not helped a minute before the break, Nainggolan rifling in the equaliser from the edge of the box.Gaston Pereiro curled a shot against the upright soon after the restart but, for all PSV’s promise, they struggled to ever get to grips with Icardi.The 25-year-old’s 60th-minute winner owed as much to Jeroen Zoet’s error as individual brilliance, the goalkeeper colliding with Daniel Schwaab and leaving Icardi to roll the ball into an empty net.Handanovic was required to make one final save from an inventive Donyell Malen overhead kick 10 minutes from the end that maintained his team’s perfect start in Group B.What it means: Inter on courseThis was no easy for assignment for Inter, a lesson they quickly learned during a testing first half hour.However, just as it had been at San Siro two weeks earlier, plenty of character was on display in a fightback that means they are now in pole position to advance alongside Barca.Icardi on formWhere would Inter be without their inspirational skipper?The Argentina star was not always entirely clinical at Philips Stadion, but his hold-up play and all-round threat made him a worthy provider of the winner.2 – Mauro #Icardi is the first Inter player to score in both the first two Champions League match for the Nerazzurri since Adriano in 2004/05. Sniper. #PSVInter— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 3, 2018Zoet causes PSV collapseOne smart save from a first-half Icardi header was not enough to paper over a poor Zoet performance.The PSV keeper was at fault for both Inter goals as his handling error led to Nainggolan’s equaliser, while a wild attempt at beating Icardi to the second left Schwaab with no chance of rescuing the situation.Key Opta stats- Inter have never lost to Dutch opposition in the Champions League in nine matches (W7 D2), the most they have faced teams from a single nation without defeat in the competition.- Inter manager Luciano Spaletti has recorded consecutive wins in the competition for the first time since December 2008 (a run of three while at Roma).- PSV are winless in their last 10 games in the Champions League (D4 L6); their longest such run in competition history.- Mauro Icardi has scored 14 goals in his last 18 appearances for Inter in all competitions – scoring in three of his last four games.- PSV’s Pablo Rosario became the 100th Dutch player to score a goal in the Champions League.What’s next?PSV meet VVV-Venlo and FC Emmen in the Eredivisie before hosting Tottenham, while Inter take on SPAL and city rivals AC Milan prior to a visit from Barca. read more
Pune held their nerve to breach the Hyderabad fortress. After being put to bat first, cameos from Stokes and Dhoni took their team to a decent total. Dhawan and Warner started the chase positively, especially the former. But, after the Indian departed, the skipper carried on and along with Yuvraj stitched a 54-run stand. Once he departed, runs started drying up but the Indian veteran still held one end before he holed out. (POINTS TABLE | SCORECARD)13 runs were needed off the last over but Jaydev Unadkat didn’t even give a single and picked a hat-trick as well. He finished with the figures of 4-1-30-5! He was well-supported by Ben Stokes, who had another great outing with the ball, picking up a 3-fer. Imran Tahir was the other bowler with a wicket to his name. Overall it was a great team performance from them, which led to this victory.HYDERABAD INNINGS:We have reached the 2nd spot on the #IPL points table just under MI who we have defeated at home & away!??? #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/JIr1d703dX- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017Our first loss at home, doesn’t feel great, but we’ll be back, we know it!Great show by the Supergiants. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 2017WE HAVE DONE IT!??? 2 points against champions from last year! Defeated SRH at home & defended our lowest total!?? #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/NQQZUqQdXD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017.@JUnadkat gets a Hat-Trick Maiden 20th over! This is just exceptional! ??????#RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPSadvertisement- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201719.38 IST: And that’s done! Unadkat has bowled a maiden-wicket last over! What an achievement! Pune win by 12 runs. They have breached the fortress! Pune have handed Hyderabad their first defeat at home.YEESSSS!!! COME ON #SUPERGIANTS! This game can be ours! ??#RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017JAYDEV UNADKAT claims a hat-trick #IPL #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/Wy7T6GG1qL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 6, 201719.35 IST: Unadkat to Bhuvneshwar, OUT! And Unadkat gets his hat-trick. SRH 136/9, need 13 runs in 2 balls.19.34 IST: Unadkat to Rashid, OUT! Caught and bowl! Unadkat on a hat-trick. SRH 136/8, need 13 runs in 3 balls. Hyderabad’s hopes all but dashed.19.32 IST: Unadkat to Bipul, OUT! Stokes takes another catch. SRH 136/7, need 13 runs in 4 balls. Hyderabad require a miracle now.19.30 IST: Wonderful effort from Bipul and Rashid, three 2s off that over. SRH 136/6 in 19 overs, need 13 off the last 6 deliveries.19.28 IST: Stokes to Bipul, WIDE! That helps Hyderabad’s equation. They get a run and an extra ball.#Stokes takes the catch! Unadkat just loves bowling these last few overs! That was brilliant! Ojha departs, 127/6 #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201719.23 IST: Unadkat to Ojha, OUT! Unadkat has his second. Deceives the batsman with the slower one and that’s done the trick. On a length outside off, Ojha swings and swings hard. Is a bit early into the shot and gets it off the top edge. Skies over the covers where Ben Stokes takes a good catch. Runs in, settles himself under the ball and pouches it safely. Hyderabad are in serious trouble now. SRH 127/6 in 18 overs, need 22 runs in the 12 balls.Ojha strikes. What a biggie, that, straight into the crowd. We need more.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201719.20 IST: Unadkat to Ojha, SIX! THAT’S A BIIIIIIIIG HIT! Naman Ojha sends this right into the stands. Hadn’t made good connection till now, sends it packing when he does. Fuller and around off, he throws the kitchen sink at this as he launches it over long on. Boom!A well played 47 from our #Yuvi Paa. Hard luck, but now it’s time for a comeback.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201719.17 IST: Unadkat to Yuvraj, OUT! Rahul Tripathi picks a good catch. Yuvraj misses out on a half-century. SRH 117/5, need 32 from 17 balls.19.16 IST: Good comeback by Christian after being hit for a six in the second ball. SRH 117/4 in 17 overs. Yuvraj 47*, Ojha 2*. Hyderabad need 32 in 18 balls.#Yuvi and sweetly timed, how does that sound? SIX and into the crowd.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201719.13 IST: Christian to Yuvraj, SIX! Glorious shot! Back of a length into the body, Yuvraj stands his ground and pulls it with a lot of power over mid-wicket. Sweet connection and that’s gone deep into the stands. SRH 114/4 in 16.2 overs.19.12 IST: We’re back from the strategic time-out. Hyderabad will want to fire now with just 4 overs left.A great finish from #MahirTahir 1 wicket, 11 dot balls and just 24 runs! ????? #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201719.10 IST: Tahir finishes his quota of overs with a great effort. Only 7 runs off the over and SRH are 108/4 in 16 overs. Yuvraj 39*, Ojha 1*advertisement19.07 IST: Tahir to Yuvraj, FOUR! If Hyderabad are to win tonight, Yuvraj has to be the man. Excellent shot. Full on the pads, Yuvraj swings across the line and clears the infield over mid-wicket. Beats the man at deep square leg who tries cutting it off and that’ll be a boundary.19.05 IST: Just 5 overs left in the innings. SRH are 101/4 in 15 overs. Yuvraj 32*, Ojha 1*. Hyderabad need 48 in 30 balls.Tahir strikes to get the Supergiants in. @Mozzie21 walks.Go troops, we’re not too far. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201719.04 IST: Pune have never defended a score below 150 while Hyderabad have always chased down such a score.OUTTT!!! TIME TO RUN! ?????????#MahirTahir with the googly again and Henriques must head back! SRH 96/4 #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201719.00 IST: Tahir to Henriques, OUT! Bowled! He’s dragged it back on. Imran Tahir has got himself a wicket here. Flatter, shorter and just around off, Henriques looks to cut it away but he doesn’t really have much room to do it. Ends up getting an inside edge back onto his stumps and the stumps are disturbed. Important wicket this, everyone how what a dangerous player Moises Henriques is. SRH 96/4 in 14/0. Yuvraj 28*SIX! A glamorous strike by #Yuvi over the ropes. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201718.57 IST: Stokes to Yuvraj, SIX! As beautiful a sight as you will ever see anywhere in the world. Such elegance from Yuvraj. He stands tall and right off the meat of the bat, lofts it back down the ground. Clears the rope and earns a maximum. SRH 94/3 in 13 overs. Yuvraj 27*, Henriques 3*#Stokes with his 3rd wicket and SRH now 83/3. Pressure is back on SRH with the wicket of their captain! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017OUTTTT!!!?????? Exactly what we need! #Stokes with another wicket! This man is GOLD! Shardul catches, WARNER goes! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201718.53 IST: Stokes to Warner, OUT! Third of the night for Stokes, all his wickets. Exceptional stuff from the English all-rounder. Warner has thrown it away. That’s really poor from him, he should be doing better. Short and wide outside off, Warner cuts it over covers. It’s straight into the hands of Shardul Thakur out in the deep and it’s a simple catch for him. The dangerman departs, Pune clawing back into this game.18.51 IST: Good over by Christian. He responded well after being hit for a four by Warner. SRH 83/2 in 12 overs. Warner 40*, Yuvraj 19*. Hyderabad need 66 runs in 48 balls.18.48 IST: Christian to Warner, FOUR! And that’s how Warner responds to the pressure. Brings up the 50-run partnership between himself and Yuvraj. 18.48 IST: How Warner looked for boundaries in the over showed the pressure to score runs.18.47 IST: Excellent over by Thakur, just 2 runs off it. SRH 76/2 in 11 overs. Warner 34*, Yuvraj 18*At the half way stage, we’re on 74/2. This is what we need. Slow and steady. Go team!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 2017After half the innings, SRH now 74/2. Time to break the partnership & put pressure! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPSadvertisement- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201718.43 IST: A calm over by Tahir post the time-out. Halfway through the innings and SRH are 74/2. Warner 33*, Yuvraj 17*18.39 IST: It’s Strategic time-out! Pune will want apply breaks to this partnership. At this rate, Hyderabad will comfortably chase down the target.18.38 IST: Thakur to Yuvraj, FOUR! His third of the night. In the air, but through! Length delivery outside off, Yuvraj looks to punch it but checks his shot. Still has enough on it to get it over extra cover and wide of mid off for a boundary. 10 runs off the over. 80 needed off 66 balls. 9 overs gone, SRH 69/2. Warner 31*, Yuvraj 15*Edged and FOUR! #Yuvi gets lucky and has that racing to the fence. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201718.36 IST: Thakur to Yuvraj, FOUR! Edged and raced away! Full outside off, Yuvraj goes for a big booming drive. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies over the vacant slip cordon for a boundary. SRH 63/2 in 8.3 overs.18.33 IST: SRH 59/2 in 8 overs with a run rate of 7.38 while the required is 7.5. Comfortable! Warner 30*, Yuvraj 6*18.31 IST: Yuvraj is facing some issue withe the sight which is delaying the over.18.28 IST: Tahir to Warner, SIX! Tossed up around middle, Warner gets to the pitch and smokes it over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Warner on fire.18.25 IST: Good over that by Stokes, just 2 runs off it. SRH 49/2 after 7 overs. Warner 21*, Yuvraj 5*An expensive over, that one! After 6 overs, SRH 47/2. #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201718.20 IST: What an over for Hyderabad. Warner smashes Sundar for 3 boundaries, in turn becoming the first batsman to score 500 runs this season. SRH 47/2 after 6 overs. Warner 20*, Yuvraj 4*18.20 IST: FOUR! Up and over! This time Warner uses his feet, dances down and tonks the straighter delivery over the bowler’s head for a boundary. 14 runs off the over!18.19 IST: FOUR! Flatter delivery outside off, Warner punches it on the up wide of mid off and the ball races to the fence.#DavidWarner does well to to strike a FOUR to get to 500 runs this #IPL. Right on Davey ???!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201718.19 IST: FOUR! Warner makes full of the previous chance. He kneels down and sweeps it over backward square leg for a boundary.18.18 IST: Stokes to Yuvraj, FOUR! Yuvraj gets his innings started with a boundary off the last delivery of Stokes’ eventful over. Short and wide outside off, Yuvraj places it over covers and gets off the mark with a boundary. 2 wickets and 8 runs off the over! SRH 33/2 in 5 overs.This is exactly the kind of start we would’ve wanted!?????? Wickets are key to defending this total! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017ANOTHER ONE! #Stokes is on ?????? Williamson chips it into #MSDHoni ‘s gloves! SRH 29/2 thanks to @benstokes38 ?? #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201718.15 IST: Stokes to Williamson, OUT! Stokes picks his second wicket in his first over. Gone next ball! On a good length outside off, zips through after pitching and also moves away a touch. Williamson looks to push it off the front foot but gets a faint outside edge towards Dhoni. Just the over Pune needed. Stokes is on fire!OUT! #Stokes comes into the attack and what a spectacular ball, stayed lower. BOWLED Shikhar Dhawan! SRH now 25/1 #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/MqrX0QTImW- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201718.14 IST: Stokes to Dhawan, OUT! Dhawan was going strong and Stokes picks up an important breakthrough. Pitched on a length outside off, skidding in, keeps a touch low as well. Dhawan looks to punch it but the ball goes from under his bat to hit the off pole. The dangerous Dhawan departs. Superb start for Stokes.18.13 IST: Another excellent over by Sundar. Just 2 runs off it! SRH 25-0 in 4 overs.18.10 IST: Good piece of fielding by Tiwary! Manages to save runs.18.08 IST: Hyderabad have got a fine start. SRH 23/0 in 3 overs. Dhawan 18*, Warner 5*#Shikhar is looking good, it’s hard to watch, NOT ???! The first maximum for us. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201718.06 IST: Unadkat to Dhawan, SIX! Dhawan targets Unadkat yet again. Back of a length delivery, angling in, Dhawan gets into the position early and pulls it flat over mid-wicket for a maximum. Dhawan is off to a good start. SRH 21/0 in 2.3 overs.18.03 IST: Washington Sundar has delivered well. Quite over! SRH 14/0 after 2 overs. Dhawan 11*, Warner 3*After 1 over, SRH 11/0. We need to pull the reigns! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201717.59 IST: Unadkar to Dhawan, FOUR! Dhawan unleashes another boundary. Hit hard! Full outside off, Dhawan bends his back knee and drills it through covers. Rahane in the deep, runs to his right but fails to sweep it in. Good first over for Hyderabad. SRH 11/0 in 1 over. Dhawan 10*, Warner 1*17.58 IST: Unadkat to Dhawan, FOUR! Dhawan gets the first boundary of the innings in the first over itself. Full outside off, Dhawan bends his back knee and drills it through covers. SRH 7/0 in 0.4 overs.17.55 IST: David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan out in the middle to open for Hyderabad as Jaydev Unadkat opens Pune’s bowling attack.PUNE INNINGS:An alert field effort and an intensive bowling attack is what we need while defending 149 today. #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/9ZBOyntFKM- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017After a sloppy start, cameos from Stokes and Dhoni have taken Pune to a decent total. Hyderabad drew first blood when they got rid of the inform Rahul Tripathi early. Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form continued while Steven Smith failed to make most of his given chances. It looked as if Pune wouldn’t even make it to 130 but some big hitting from Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni at the back end helped them to reach near 150.The lowest total by the Supergiants batting first, 148. It’s time our stars finish this in style.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201717.43 IST: Rising Pune Supergiant post 148/8 in 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Stokes 39, Dhoni 31, Kaul 4/29 17.40 IST: Lowest total for Pune batting first. Pune have put up 148/8 in 20 overs. Stokes 39, Smith 34, Dhoni 31.Another @sidkaul22 strike! A four-for by our star bowler here. Game on troops!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201717.38 IST: Kaul to Shardul Thakur, OUT! Kaul has got two wickets on two balls, he’s on a hat-trick! RPS 147/8 in 19.4 overs.17.37 IST: Kaul to Dhoni, OUT! Dhoni is caught behind. RPS 147/7 in 19.3 overs.17.36 IST: Kaul to Dhoni, FOUR! From around the wicket, Kaul angles it across. Dhoni makes room, opens his body up a bit and carves it over point to send it across the rope. He’s on his merry way here.17.34 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar to Tiwary. Tiwary is run out. Yorker on off, Tiwary drives it to long off and comes back for the second. Warner throws it back in at the bowler’s end as Bhuvi gets there to collect the ball. Dhoni at first takes off but then seeing the throw, goes back in his crease. Tiwary is left in no man’s land and he’s got no chance of coming back. RPS 142/6 in 19 overs. Dhoni 27*That’s the power of the helicopter!??? #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS https://t.co/3LW0888ux8- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201717.32 IST: Bhuvneshwar to Dhoni, SIX! Dhoni has decided to take on the Indian. Back-to-back maximums for MS Dhoni. Bang! Full, wide, outside off, Dhoni is probably expecting this and he’s into this shot with all his might. Slams it over extra cover and gets another biggie to his name. RPS 180/5 in 18.4 overs.17.30 IST: Bhuvneshwar to Dhoni, SIX! Dhoni knows Pune need to fire and he has taken charge. Vintage MS Dhoni. Right there for him to hit, straight with decent pace on it, the knuckle ball, he heaves it powerfully over the mid-wicket boundary and into the stands. RPS 134/5 in 18.3 overs.This is exactly what we need! #MSDhoni pulls that away for a 4?! Yesssss! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201717.29 IST, Bhuvneshwar to Dhoni, FOUR! Dhoni finally gets the connection he wanted. With fine leg and square leg up in the circle, that’s a poor ball to bowl. Dhoni knew he just had to get some bat on it and it’ll be away. Length ball which is too straight, Dhoni swivels and pulls it over backward square leg for a boundary. RPS 127/5 in 18.2 overs.17.26 IST: Rashid spins it well! Good over from him, just 7 off it. RPS 123/5 after 18 overs. Dhoni 10*, Tiwary 8*17.23 IST: Pune are 116/5 in 17 overs. Dhoni 7*, Manoj Tiwary 5*The running between the wickets by #MSDhoni and Manoj Tiwary is incredible! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201717.22 IST: Dhoni is running hard between the wickets looking to add up runs on the scoreboard.That went high up and caught by Rashid Khan.Dan Christian is the 2nd wicket in 3 balls. Come on boys! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017’Dressing room Kauling’ ???. @sidkaul22 strikes! @rashidkhan_19 takes it deep down his throat to have Christian walk.#OrangeArmy #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201717.18 IST: Kaul to Christian, OUT! KAUL HAS HIS SECOND! Christian departs in the hunt for the big one. Length delivery angling in on middle and off, Daniel heaves hard. Gets a big top edge and it skies to long on. Rashid Khan comes running in a few steps and takes a solid catch. RPS 105/5 in 16 overs.#Smithy dropped by Bipul earlier but not this time. He must head back! #RPS now 101/4! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201717.15 IST: OUT! This time Bipul Sharma holds on to it. Soft dismissal in the end. Steven Smith hasn’t been able to make the most of the two reprieves given to him. Extremely full and fired just outside off, The Pune skipper squeezes it out and it’s straight into the hands of Bipul at short third man. The other set batsman in gone, Hyderabad are well and truly on top of his game. Last quarter of the game!Let’s finish this innings in style?? #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201717.11 IST: Dhoni has walked in the middle to bat alongside Smith. Pune need this partnership for a late surge.The umpire says no, but @rashidkhan_19 says YES on the next! He gets Stokes clean. Afghan strikes! #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201717.07 IST: OUT! Rashid scalps Stokes! Stokes got away with a caught behind off the previous ball as the ball touched Ojha’s helmet but Rashid makes sure to bowl Stokes out in the very next delivery. No questions there!A good partnership developing between #Stokes and #Smithy 5?4? (41 balls)#Stokes puts it away for 4? over point! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201717.05 IST: Stokes is the man for Pune, he’s picking up the innings for the away team. RPS 98/2 in 14 overs. Smith 33*, Stokes 39*17.03 IST: FOUR! This is the first four of the innings; there have only been sixes before this. Stokes reverse-hits Kaul for a boundary over point.17.02 IST: Stokes and Smith bring up a 50-run partnership in 40 balls.#Stokes is taking matters in his hands! Another glorious 6?! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/DhywhKOTzS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201716.58 IST: SIX! It’s Stokes again! Hits Bipul for a maximum over long-on. RPS 86/2 after 13 overs. Smith 31*, Stokes 30*16.56 IST: Another slow over for Pune. Just 5 runs off it. After 12 overs, Pune are 73/2. Smith 29*, Stokes 19*16.53 IST: Excellent over this for Pune. 17 runs off it. RPS 68/2 in 11 overs. Smith 25*, Stokes 18*#Stokes follows that up with another 6?. Upping the ante here! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 2017Beauty! What a Beauty! #Stokes hits a 6? to mid wicket! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201716.50 IST: Back-to-back SIX! Ben Stokes has decide to charge up. Hits Bipul Sharma out of the park for two straight balls.16.49 IST: Halfway through the game and Pune are 51/2. Smith 23*, Stokes 3*Back from the strategic timeout and it is time to go big! #Stokes and #Smithy in the middle! #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201716.46 IST: We’re back from the time-out and boundaries still allude Pune.16.43 IST: It’s strategic time-out and while Hyderabad will want to pick scalps after the break, Pune will look to start attacking henceforth.16.42 IST: Just 5 runs off the 9th over. RPS 48/2 in 9 overs. Smith 21*, Stokes 2*With #Rahane and Tripathi out, it’s time to attack, harder! RPS are on 43/2 after 8 overs.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201716.40 IST: Hyderabad have done a good job till now. Pune run rate is a mere 5.38 runs per over. The two batsmen on the pitch will want to take it deep and hit it big later.16.39 IST: RPS 43/2 in 8 overs. Smith 18*, Stokes 1*16.35 IST: Excellent over by Bipul. A wicket and 5 runs off it. RPS 40/2 in 7 overs. Smith 16*, Stokes 0*16.33 IST: OUT! Bipul Sharma cleans up Rahane as Yuvraj takes a comfortable catch. Rahane’s woeful form continues!PUNISHED by #Rahane That is classic Ajinkya. Straight down the ground and that is a big 97m 6?#RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/AVOH7LGNGD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201716.29 IST: SIX! Rahane punishes for the dropped opportunity just the next ball as he accounts for the first boundary of the innings with a massive six. RPS 35/1 in 6 overs. Rahane 21*, Smith 12*16.27 IST: DROPPED! Full on middle and off, Rahane looks to drive it but checks his shot. Ends up lobbing it towards mid on. Kaul there mistimes it badly. Expects the ball to come to him but it ends up falling short. All his team mates are very unhappy with his effort.We hope Nehra is all good. We need your experience on the field. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 201716.25 IST: Nehra walks off the pitch stretching his left hamstring. Moises Henriques comes in to bowl after a delivery in to the 6th over. 16.22 IST: RPS 24/1 in 5 overs vs SRH. Rahane 13*, Smith 10*16.21 IST: Excellent piece of fielding by Warner at mid-off. Saves 3 runs.16.19 IST: 4 overs gone. RPS 19/1 vs SRH. Rahane 11*, Smith 7*16.17 IST: DROPPED! Bipul Sharma drops Steve Smith. Smith’s wicket is huge and it can even cost the match.16.15 IST: Siddarth Kaul into the attack.16.15 IST: 2 overs gone. RPS 12/1. Smith 3*, Rahane 8*16.10 IST: OUT! Bipul Sharma direct hits and with Rahane not responding, Tripathi gets run out.16.04 IST: Good bowling by Bhuvneshwar. Just 3 runs off the first over. RPS 3/0 in 1 over vs SRH.15.59 IST: Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi have made it to crease to open the batting for Pune and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will begin Hyderabad’s bowling attack.15.56 IST: Hyderabad are known for their lethal bowling attack, especially at home. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who holds the Purple Cap, young Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan, the seasoned Ashish Nehra, young Siddharth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj form a potent combination.15.46 IST: Though Hyderabad are not too successful in away matches, they are like a battle-ready Army on their home turf. They have won all 5 matches at home.15.38 IST: Here are the playing XI of both the teams.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha(w), Rashid Khan, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Ashish NehraOur fiery Playing XI for the day. @imDeepakHooda makes way for @sharmabipul27 and Nehra comes for Siraj.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/lwHhCJu94b- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 2017Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith (c), Manoj Tiwary, MS Dhoni(w), Ben Stokes, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Imran TahirOur Playing XI remains unchanged!??Which duo will produce the much needed partnership today?#RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS pic.twitter.com/NPQ1oarenB- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201715.33 IST: David Warner won the toss and chose to bowl first.”We are going to bowl first. We aren’t sure about the weather, we aren’t pretty sure about the wicket either. It always makes more sense to chase in a day game. We have a job to do, need to win day in and day out and are hoping that everyone does their job assigned.”About the changes, Warner said that Bipul Sharma comes in for Deepak Hooda and Ashish Nehra comes back in for Mohammed Siraj.Steve Smith was happy about their winning run and looked to build on that.”No changes for us. Going in with the same side. I think we are in the top four at the moment and have had a good run in the last six-seven games. We’re going pretty well.”15.30 IST: Considering Rahul Tripathi’s current form, he might get the milestone today itself.Rahul Tripathi is 48 runs short of becoming the 2nd player to score 400 runs in debut season! Is today the day??? #RangWahiJungNayi #SRHvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 6, 201715.19 IST: David Warner has scored 1123 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, the most by him at any venue in the Indian Premier League.15.13 IST: Rahul Tripathi’s single-handed effort gave Pune a victory over Kolkata and Pune would need Tripathi to fire again against David Warner-led Hyderabad.15.07 IST: Rising Pune Supergiant have found great momentum at the business end of the tournament and seem to be peaking at the right time.15.00 IST: Pune are placed third in the points table with 14 points from 11 matches, having won six out of their last seven games. Hyderabad, on the other hand, are in fourth position with 13 points from 11 games.Brief Preview: Back to their favourite hunting ground after their fourth away loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will aim to bounce back when they take on a resurgent Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at home on Saturday.Pune swapped places with Hyderabad to be placed third in the league standings after registering three back-to-back victories against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders.The hosts, on the other hand, will bank on their home record of winning all the five matches so far, to set their house in order as the tournament progresses to its business end.Hyderabad failed to defend their massive total of 185/3 against a young Delhi Daredevils side, who rode on a collected batting effort to hand the visitors a six-wicket loss at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday.Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh’s 25th T20 half century was overshadowed by some calculated batting efforts of the Delhi boys, specially skipper Karun Nair and New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, who saw the team home with five balls to spare.Going into Friday’s match, Hyderabad will once again hope for a flashy start from skipper David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan before the middle order comprising the likes of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Yuvraj and Moises Henriques take the Pune bowlers out of the park. 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Zinedine Zidane declared that leading Real Madrid to their first La Liga title in five years, and 33rd overall, was one of the happiest days of his glittering sporting career.Real beat Malaga 2-0 on the final day of the season on Sunday to finish three points clear of Barcelona and reclaim the title for the first time since 2012.”For me the Spanish league is the best in the world so it’s an incredible feeling to win it,” Zidane told reporters.”It was very important to win the league after many years without it and we know that the league is the competition of every day and it’s a huge thing to win it. It’s even more important for Real Madrid because it’s the biggest club in the world and we had to win it again.”The coach also hailed his squad for embracing his rotation policy which he said had been vital to winning the title and praised the players who had accepted being left out of the starting line-up on occasion.”It’s a spectacular day, everyone deserves credit but above all the players have fought, the message has always been that every player is important and that’s been the key to this success,” he said.”It’s been a very hard fought win, difficult at some moments but after 38 games there’s no better feeling than being at the top.”Zidane has won four trophies in 16 months since taking charge of the Spanish giants and he is one step from becoming the first Real coach since 1958 to win the European Cup and league title in the same season.advertisementReal meet Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3 and will be bidding to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since AC Milan in 1990.”I can finally celebrate after months and months of work. There are no words to define how I feel now,” added Zidane, whose list of achievements include winning the league title as a Real player in 2003, scoring the winning goal in the 2002 Champions League final and capturing the 1998 World Cup with France.”When you’re the Real Madrid coach you know that expectations are very high but I like that. Winning the league is the best thing imaginable.”
What India will likely bring to the Champions Trophy final isn’t in doubt.What Pakistan will bring is in doubt, and there’s the intrigue about the showdown on Sunday at The Oval.Cricket’s biggest rivalry has become a bit of a dud. India have won all of their match-ups in global tournaments for the last five years, including two weeks ago on the Trophy’s opening weekend. India won by 124 runs, their seventh win out of 10 one-day internationals since 2010.The final is India’s fourth in the last eight global tournaments. The Indians are the defending champions; powerful, purring and perpetual.”Boring,” captain Virat Kohli says. He adds, “I don’t know there’s much that we need to change as a team.”He’s right. Their top three batsmen believe they can chase down anything: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma lead the tournament scoring list and Kohli is fifth.Star spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja no longer dominate the bowling attack but share the load with pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who boast economies of 4 plus.Apart from being chased down by Sri Lanka, India’s only issue in the tournament has been reports of a rift between Kohli and coach Anil Kumble. Kohli has denied it, and showed how much he’s been bothered by it by losing his wicket only once in four innings.Their lineup is settled, with options, and all about execution.”What we are going to try to do is repeat the cricket that we have played so far,” Kohli says. “It doesn’t matter whether we win by nine wickets or one wicket.”advertisementPakistan envy that consistency and confidence.The last team to qualify for the Champions Trophy still charts a path that resembles a heartbeat on a monitor. After losing to India in the opener, it squeezed South Africa, hung on to edge Sri Lanka, then crushed title favourites England in the semifinals to reach their first Trophy final.”We were written off totally, and probably rightly so, after the Indian clash because we were shambolic. We were terrible,” Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur says. “I’m incredibly proud of how we pulled ourselves off the canvas.”What impressed Arthur after the India result were the players’ honest appraisals, the sign of a maturity that wasn’t in the side a year ago.Isolation has made Pakistan’s standards slip in limited-overs cricket, and the team came to the Trophy with low expectations on it. The upside has been the rapid growth of newcomers such as seamer Hasan Ali, the Trophy’s leading wicket-taker with 10, opener Fakhar Zaman – “Batting like a champion,” captain Sarfraz Ahmed says – and medium-pacer Rumman Raees, the injury replacement for Wahab Riaz who took 2-44 on debut against England.Their confidence will be boosted by the return to fitness of main strike bowler Mohammad Amir, who missed the England match because of back spasms. He bowled in the nets on Friday without problems.These match-ups have traditionally been a contest between India batting and Pakistan bowling. How competitive the final will be seems sure to depend on what extra Pakistan can bring, and whether it will still be enough.”We’re getting better,” Arthur says.
N-E states celebrate International Yoga DayGuwahati, June 21 (PTI) The northeastern states of the country today celebrated the third International Day of Yoga with thousands of school children and people from all walks of life enthusiastically performing yoga asanas.Union ministers, state ministers, personnel of paramilitary forces, NCC cadets and sports personalities participated in yoga camps spread across the region. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, his government would extend facilities for yoga to all school children, panchayat offices, tea gardens and interior char areas. This was being done as yoga was an integral part for maintaining good health, the chief minister said. Senior Assam minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said, the state government has decided to set up 100 block level yoga training centres with the help of Patanjali Yoga Kendra of yoga guru Ramdev. In Arunachal Pradesh, the main function was organised at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in which more than 1000 people participated. Braving overnight downpour, people joined the programme. The day was also observed at Indira Gandhi Park here. State Governor P B Acharya in his message said, ?Yoga provides physical and mental well being of the people. For sound health and mind, we need to incorporate Yoga as part of our daily life.? In Tripura, two Union Ministers Faggan Singh Kulaste and Babul Supriyo participated in yoga camps. The main programme was organized at Umakanta stadium here where over 10,000 school students, sports persons, personnel of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and BSF participated.advertisement More than 50,000 students joined yoga camps in different part of Tripura. Mizoram Governor Lt. General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today inaugurated the Healthy Mizoram Campaign and joined yoga enthusiasts at the Assam Rifles ground. Certain misconceptions about yoga must be dispelled, Sharma said, adding that yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community. The governor suggested that the Mizos should embrace yoga with open mind and healthy living is an imperative in a state like Mizoram with high incidences of cancer, alcohol and drug abuse. Union Minister Rajen Gohain, who was on a two-day visit to the state, also lauded the inclusion of Yoga in the Healthy Mizoram Campaign. The campaign was launched by the Assam Rifles and would be concluded on June 21, 2018. Meanwhile, the churches, the central Committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) and the student organisations refrained from participating in the International Yoga Day. The YMA, in a press statement, said that yoga was not compatible with the social and religious practices of the Mizos and should not be propagated. In line with the UN?s declaration of June 21 as the International Yoga Day, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy today encouraged people in Nagaland to practice yoga in their daily lives. Participating in the International Yoga Day at Agri Expo Site, Dimapur, Rudy said ?yoga is a skill of looking good, smart and intelligent? and that regular practice of yoga enhanced fitness of mind and body. Department of Youth Resources and Sports organized the main event at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima with 86-year old Nagaland Governor P B Acharya leading hundreds of people in performing yoga. In his message, Acharya termed the day as a “great movement” initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to promote a healthy mind and body. Defence establishments under Headquarters 3 Corps and NCC cadets of First Naga Girls Battalion also observed the day in Nagaland. 4000 girl cadets of NCC participated in the International Yoga Day celebrations at 17 venues across the state.In Manipur, the main function was held at held at Khuman Lampak Main Indoor Stadium here today in the presence of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.”Yoga brings a balance between the mind and body and enables an individual to go along a right track,” he said. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren said, “performing yoga also improves the overall health condition of a person reducing stress and other form of ailments.” PTI TEAM MM PS
Coimbatore, Jul 9 (PTI) Chennais Vishnu Prasad and Kolhapurs Chittesh Mandody did the star turn in the opening round of the 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship, completing a clean sweep in their primary races at the Kari Motor Speedway here today. Vishnu had his task cut out in the morning, in front of a packed crowd including 500 school children, with the reverse grid coming into play in the Euro JK 17. He began at P6, that too behind the two drivers who were on his tail all through Saturday: Nayan Chatterjee (P5) and Anindith Reddy (P4). That, however, didnt deter him as he waited for his opportunity to storm past a determined Vikash Anand who started on pole. He was unstoppable, thereafter, showing amazing pace, calm and control under pressure. It was expectedly easier for him in the fourth and last Euro JK race of the day, as he had the advantage of starting in front of the pack. He clocked the fastest lap of the day (1:01.246 minutes), finally getting the better of Anindith Reddy who had been the quickest racer until then. Anindith made up two places, starting from P4, to take the second position for a fairly rewarding opening round. Nayan Chatterjee also grabbed his third podium, by keeping pace with Anindith. It was an exciting day for Coimbatores motor sports fans, with music, stunts and high speed action being the order of the day. The races, however, proved to be the show stealer, with the days second LGB4 race claiming the top honours. Kolhapurs Chittesh Mandody and Vishnu Prasad were engaged in a neck and neck battle, exchanging the lead in a series of daring moves. The race itself saw two restarts, one of them owing to a collision that even saw a car flying in the air. Chennais Saran Vikram added further to the drama in the closing laps, joining the duo to make it a three-way clash as the chequered flag beckoned. In the end, Mandody prevailed with his bull-headedness while Vishnu had to make do with the second place. Saran settled for the last place on the podium, perhaod ruing not making the big break. Earlier in the day, Mandody made light of his P7 start to romp home for his second consecutive victory in the LGB4. In the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, another Chennai racer emerged on top, with Joseph Mathew proving to be uncatchable for the second successive day. Aizawls Malsawmdawngliana and Lalmawipuia claimed the second and third positions. In the JK Tyre Red Bull Road to Rookie Cup, Sri Lankas Jaden Gunawardena continued his winning run, outclassing the field once again. Jaden clocked fast times in each of the 8 laps, to finish the race in just 11:47.188 minutes, a full 3.235 seconds ahead. Chennais Varoon S spoiled the Aizawl wonder kids party by streaking to the second place, pushing Lalhruaizela and Lalnunsanga to lower positions. PTI ATK ATKadvertisement
Madurai, July 17 (PTI) The Madras High Court today sought the stands of the commissioner of the Archaeological Survey of India and others on a plea for setting up a museum for antiquities unearthed from Adhichanallur excavation site in Tuticorin district since 2004.A Madurai bench of the high court sought the stands of the ASI Commissioner, Chennai, the Bengaluru superintending archaeologist and the Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department commissioner also by August 2, the next date for the hearing.On a plea by by one S Kamaraj, a historian, the division bench of justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan also issued notices to the principal secretary for archaeology education, and Tamil Nadus Youth welfare and Sports Development Department. In his petition, Kamaraj submitted that after a gap of about 100 years, the fourth phase of excavations were carried out at the site in 2004, where an extraordinary large burial site spread over 114 acres, besides habitation sites were discovered.Urns with Tamil Brahmi scripts (100-200 BC), iron weapons and bronze utensils too were unearthed, he said. However, he said, no report had been published so far with regard to the excavation, which was discontinued though the site was more than 3,500 years old and could throw a lot of light on ancient Tamil culture.The petitioner submitted that in 1876, during the first excavation, 5,872 objects were unearthed by a German, Dr Jagor and later a British national unearthed 5,800 objects, all of which had been taken to Chennai.As per the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, the officials should have continued the excavation and submitted a report, he claimed.advertisementThough many had written about the ASI site and sought publication of a report by the ASI, no action had been taken so far, he alleged.Hence, he prayed the court to intervene and direct the ASI to resume the excavation and display the objects unearthed in a museum. PTI SSN ROH APR RAX
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal will miss next week’s first Test against India after he was diagnosed with pneumonia, dealing a big blow to the hosts ahead of a three-Test series.The 27-year-old was named Test captain earlier this month after skipper Angelo Mathews stepped down following Sri Lanka’s first one-day international series defeat to Zimbabwe.The right-handed batsman then led Sri Lanka to a win in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, during which his team chased down their highest-ever fourth innings total.Chandimal had contracted viral influenza and was recommended a rest period of three to five days on Thursday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.”He was hospitalised this morning when increased symptoms showed a development of Pneumonia,” the board said.”Chandimal will miss the first Test against India in Galle on the 26th-30th July, and in his absence the team will be led by veteran spin master Rangana Herath.”Sri Lanka have limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga in the side, while 39-year-old Herath also lead the side last year in the absence of Mathews.Former fast bowler Chaminda Vaas will guide the Sri Lankan pace attack for the series against India, SLC added.
BCCI will revert back to the tried and tested home and away format for the Ranji Trophy when its technical committee under the chairmanship of Sourav Ganguly meet in Kolkata on August 2.The technical committee meeting will be followed by a meeting of Tours and Fixtures Committee, which will decide on the dates of Indias limited overs home series against Australia in October and November.It will be after some months that one of BCCI’s sub- committees will be meeting and it has been scheduled in Kolkata as CAB president Ganguly has other commitments.The BCCI had decided on neutral venues for Ranji Trophy during the 2016-17 season after numerous complaints about home teams doctoring the pitches.However, most of the domestic captains gave it a thumbs down during the Captains Conclave in Mumbai earlier this year, when it became clear that the idea was a flop.”Most of the states have already made it clear that we should go back to the old format of atleast four home matches. The last year became an ordeal for the teams as they were constantly travelling for three and half months.It made them homesick,” a senior BCCI official, who is not supposed to be officially quoted, told PTI today. “Hopefully, chairman of technical committee Ganguly will take a call.That’s the main point on the agenda apart from discussing the Conclave report,” the official added.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai today empathised with skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling, saying that players interest will be taken care of.India will finish their home series against Sri Lanka on December 24 before leaving for South Africa on December 28. They are scheduled to play a two-day warm-up tie starting on December 30 before taking on South Africa in the first Test on January 5.Kohli had complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for a big series such as the South Africa tour.”I totally empathise with Kohli. That is a fact. What we recognise as Future Tour Programme (FTP) has been drawn up such that all the state associations get chances to generate revenue by conducting matches,” Rai said during a session at the Times Lit Festival here.”And unfortunately it is the players because of whom these revenue comes and their interests are not taken care of. We will ensure that there is a balance in the three formats from next year,” he added.Regarding players contracts, Rai said: “We had inherited the three grades of A, B and C. We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players. We had two rounds of consultation and we will do another one in a weeks time just before the Delhi Test.”We will make a presentation to the players. In this entire business, the one group that is left out completely is the players, their interest is not protected. Nobody has consulted them.”advertisementTo a question why BCCI is refusing to allow NADA to conduct dope tests on its players, Rai said: “We have zero tolerance to doping. As per as BCCI is concerned, it conforms to the anti-doping policies of the ICC, who conform to WADA.”As for conducting tests in the country, there is a NADA which runs the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), which is headed by secretary of Sports itself. All samples drawn from cricketers in this country are tested only in NDTL.”As of now, the samples are drawn by an agency called IDTM, approved by ICC. So we are totally in line with the countrys anti-doping guidelines. Now cricketers worldwide have issues regarding privacy and security because they have to tell their whereabouts all the time. So the ICC decided to involve IDTM.”Rai also said adhocism of BCCI created the fiasco during the selection of the India coach, where Anil Kumble was roped in for some time before the subsequent appointment of Ravi Shastri by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.”Unfortunately, there is no system in the BCCI on how a coach should be appointed but I think the move to set up the CAC is good,” said Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.”The three iconic players made the selection of coach last year. They had selected somebody who was unfortunately not acceptable to BCCI, who gave the opportunity to Kumble. The CAC had recommended him for two years but then BCCI said no no, it is for one year,” he added.Rai also said that India might have a womens Indian Premier League (IPL) from next year.”With Diana Edulji (the CoA member), Mithali (Raj), Jhulan (Goswami), we have drawn up the sequence of events which hopefully you will see womens cricket … or you might even see an IPL also,” Rai said.”The match fee of the women cricketers has been doubled by us over the last three months. The rewards which were given have been brought more or less at par with the mens team. In the longer run we may not be able to make it equal because all this revenue generated from the matches played — the mens team play more and generate larger amount.”Hopefully the womens team will also come to their level in future. So next year you are certainly going to see the change,” he added.Rai also said that COA had submitted their recommendations regarding the conflict of interest that was pointed out by former member Ramachandran Guha.”We have drawn up policies on conflict of interest but you will be surprised that all those policies, including players compensation policies, we offered to SGM but even after three meetings it was not adopted,” he said.Asked specifically about the conflict of interest of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rai said: “Please be assured that our entire conflict of interest policy will leave Dhoni or anybody else with no option but to conform to it.”advertisementTalking about the need for reforms in the BCCI, Rai said: “It is not a bad idea to be setting a set of standards. I believe BCCI is very insular body. Any thing happened in BCCI never came out in the public. Now if you are throwing BCCI open to public it is good.” PTI ATK PDS PDS
Chennai, Dec 21 (PTI) Olympic and World Championship silver medallist P V Sindhu today said she was excited at the prospect of playing Premier Badminton League (PBL) matches in Chennai.A key member of the defending champions — Chennai Smashers, she said it will be good to play in front of the home crowd and hoped the team can do well and defend the title.”I am very happy and thrilled at the prospect of playing in front of the Chennai crowd. It will be great to play at home,” she told reporters here ahead of the League that begins on December 23 in Guwahati.The PBL matches in the city will be played between January 5 and 9 next year.Sindhu said the League was a great platform for shuttlers with Indians getting to rub shoulders with some of the worlds best.”PBL is a wonderful platform. It is a place where lot of talent is showcased. Our team is talented and we have a world class mixed doubles pair (Chris & Gabrielle Adcock) and will give our best,” she said.About her performance this year, Sindhu said she was not too worried about falling short in major tournaments, having lost in the finals of the World Championship and the Dubai Super Series Finals and hoped to learn from them.”It has been a great year for me. You win some, you lose some. I know where I went wrong and will correct,” she said.Asked if training for an event like the Olympics and the others was different, she said, “It all depends on how one adapts to each tournament and how he/she plays.”advertisementGabrielle Adcock said PBL is a wonderful league and its exciting to be part of the tournament which brings together talent from across the globe.”(It) PBL is a wonderful league. There is lot of talent from various countries, which comes together. It is exciting,” she said.She said it was good to see Indias rise in the world stage in the last two years, adding she was happy to play here.”I am happy to see Indias rise in the last two years. Badminton is a sport in India. I am happy to come here and play,” Gabrielle added.Chennai Smashers owner Vijaya Prabhakaran, son of Tamil film actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth, said he was glad that the city will host PBL matches after missing out in the previous two years.”We are thrilled that Chennai will be hosting PBL matches. We hope people will come out in good numbers and support us. Unfortunately in the last two years, due to natural calamities, the matches could not be held here. This time the team will play at home, which is exciting,” he said.He also spoke about plans to take badminton to grassroot level and said he was delighted to have players like Sindhu in the squad. PTI SS PDS PDS
Hardik Pandya was a dazzling view on the South African greens on Saturday as he played just himself and counter-attacked the Proteas after their fiery spell on the second day of the first Test in Cape Town.Pandya came on the crease when India were in deep waters at 76/5 after the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara and he seemed supremely troubled initially by the pace of the South African bowlers.However, he weathered the initial storm and then launched himself upon them to save India’s sinking ship. He got out agonisingly close to his second Test hundred at 93 but his innings kept India in the game.Twitter was in awe of Pandya, who once more stood out and went about his job when none of the premier Indian batsmen could.ALSO WATCHPandya is one of the most vital cogs in Virat Kohli’s Team India and he proved just why.Virender Sehwag, who has himself scored the fastest triple century in Test (300 off 278 balls) against South Africa, praised Pandya for his innings and called it a proud moment.Intent makes such a big difference. So proud of Hardik for a really special counter-attacking innings.Hope the bowlers do something special in the second innings.#SAvIND- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 6, 2018Mohammad Kaif also took to Twitter to appreciate Pandya’s knock and said that the all-rounder’s stature has increased with this innings.One’s stature as a player increases when one scores overseas and against an attack comprising Steyn, Rabada, Morkel & Philander when everyone else has struggled, Hardik Pandya shows how it is done. Privilege to watch that 93.advertisement- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 6, 2018The thing about Hardik Pandyaï¿½??s innings was that he played the unorthodox shots out of choice & not out of insecurity. Absolutely brilliant innings!ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½??ï¿½#SAvIND#HardikPandya- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 6, 2018Hardik Pandya defied the odds to smash runs all over the park on a pitch where top Indian batsmen struggled to score runs.Pandya’s blazing innings was studded with 14 fours and a six but fell short of what could have been his second hundred. India were all out for 209 to hand South Africa a 77-run first innings lead.Pandya had joined Ravichandran Ashwin second ball after lunch when overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was caught for 26 by skipper Faf du Plessis off Vernon Philander. Ashwin (12) and Wriddhiman Saha (0) soon departed and India were in deep trouble at 92/7 before Pandya took the attack back to the opposition.Pandya started off on an attacking mode and was not afraid to take the risks. Like fortune favours the brave, the 24-year-old survived twice. Dean Elgar dropped him on 15 off Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock missed a stumping chance when Pandya was batting on 71.In the 56th over, Pandya had welcomed spinner Keshav Maharaj with a mighty six on the second ball of the over.On the very next ball, he stepped down the track again and swung his bat wildly only to miss the ball. The awkward bounce was generated after pitching and De Kock fumbled collecting the ball chest high.Pandya was also involved in a 99-run stand Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the eighth wicket to help the visitors cut down the first innings deficit.Pandya had started his Test career with a bang smashing 50 on his debut innings to lead India to a 304-run victory over Sri Lanka at Galle in July.But in only his third Test, Pandya blasted his way to a maiden century when he reached the three-figure mark off only 86 balls on the second day of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.He became the quickest Indian to score a century batting at No.8 in the longest format. Pandya had scored 108 off 96 balls.
Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory.Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real fun begins July 18.Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers are in prime playoff position.The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.The A’s bearded collection of shaggy misfits and stars is looking for the franchise’s first World Series title in 25 years. Sensing an opportunity, General Manager Billy Beane got an early jump on the deadline when he acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 4.The blockbuster trade created an awkward scene at the All-Star game, where Samardzija was introduced with the NL reserves and then joined his new teammates in the AL dugout.“I’m really excited to just put all this to rest now and the sideshow that’s happened right in the middle of all this,” Samardzija said. “It was a great opportunity to get to know these guys more. I flew out here with them. I’m excited.”There will be no such problem for any other players on the move this month.Boston pitcher Jake Peavy, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, San Diego closer Huston Street and New York Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon are thought to be on the market as contenders shop for that missing piece that could pay off into October.“I guess there’s a possibility for anything, but at this point I love playing in Philadelphia,” said Utley, who could veto any deal.Jeter was warmly greeted everywhere he went this week, and the Yankee captain contributed two hits to the AL All-Star win.Any chance of his final season ending in the playoffs likely depends on the return of rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka, who is out with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. He is going through a six-week rehab program but season-ending surgery is an option. Michael Pineda also could return from a back injury to New York’s battered rotation.The Bronx is one of many spots where health is an issue for the stretch run.The recovery of Reds sluggers Joey Votto (strained muscle above left knee) and Brandon Phillips (left thumb) and indispensable Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (right thumb) could affect the bunched NL Central. The Pirates could get starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (tight lat muscle) in the first few weeks after the break.“We know what we’re capable of doing, and we’re going to play like we’ve been there before, like we’ve done it before,” said slugger Andrew McCutchen, hoping to lead Pittsburgh back to the playoffs for the second straight year. “That’s what we’ve got to look forward to.”The strained right quadriceps of Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and ailing back of Detroit’s Victor Martinez also bears watching. Atlanta, which is battling Washington for the top spot in the NL East, could get a lift from the return of Evan Gattis after the catcher was sidelined by a bulging disk in his back.Beyond the standings, the races for the individual honors will come into focus.Trout could add the AL MVP award to his one from the All-Star game, especially if the Angels can run down the A’s in the competitive AL West. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is among the favorites for the NL award, but he could be hurt by the Rockies’ poor play.The NL Cy Young Award features an interesting duel between Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.Trying for a repeat, Kershaw had a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week and carried a 1.78 ERA into the break. But Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA in 138 innings, compared to 96 1-3 for Kershaw, who missed all of April with a back problem.White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, the overwhelming favorite for AL Rookie of the Year with Tanaka on the shelf, could become baseball’s first rookie home run king since Mark McGwire with the Athletics in 1987.“He’s continuing to make adjustments with what other teams are trying to do to him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said last month, “and when he hits it on the barrel it goes a long way.”___By Jay Cohen, Sports WriterAP Sports Writers Dave Campbell and Ronald Blum in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
BARCELONA, Spain — James Harden and Stephen Curry went into halftime with no points and no panic.“We just stick to the program. We know it’s tough for any team to run with us for 40 minutes because of how deep we are and how hard we work on the floor,” Curry said.“I think we understand we didn’t make many shots in the first half but our defense was pretty solid and if we kept the pressure on them, things would open up.”They did. Quickly.Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia on Sept. 9 in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Americans, who will play Lithuania on Sept. 11 in Barcelona for a spot in the Sept. 14th gold-medal game in Madrid. Lithuania beat Turkey 73-61 earlier.The U.S. led 49-42 at halftime despite shooting just 36 percent, with Harden and Curry, two of the NBA’s top seven scorers, combining to miss all 12 shots. “I said, ‘I don’t think that’ll happen in the second half’ and it didn’t,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.Derrick Rose finished with 12 points after coming into the game shooting 8-for-37 in the World Cup. Anthony Davis had 13 points and 11 rebounds.Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns led Slovenia with 13 points.“We prepare but it’s easy to prepare on the paper,” Slovenia coach Zdovic Jure said. “Definitely they were so athletic, they were more aggressive second half and actually they punish every mistake.”The Americans led by only five points early in the third quarter before tearing off a 27-10 run. That made it 76-54 with about two minutes left in the period, and the game turned altogether lopsided after the Americans scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to lead 96-64.“I thought we played really hard the whole game and we just couldn’t finish in the first half some of those plays,” Krzyzewski said, “and then they stayed with it and then the floodgates opened in the second half.”So the scoreboard ended up looking much like the Americans’ 101-71 exhibition rout the week the tournament opened, when they had huge advantages in points in the paint and at the free-throw line.But it didn’t look that way for a while for a U.S. team that had been mostly unchallenged in the tournament while beating opponents by 31.5 points a game.“We try hard but around 23 minutes it was like, close, the game,” Jure said. “But the power that they have, you know, it was too much for us.”The Americans shot poorly at the start, but that just gave them more opportunities to pad their rebound totals. They missed 21 shots in the first quarter but grabbed 14 offensive boards and scored 15 second-chance points, though their lead was only 29-22 after one.The U.S. lead grew to 12 in the second quarter, but the Americans managed only a 3-pointer by Rudy Gay over the final 2 1/2 minutes, and Zoran Dragic’s 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining cut it to 49-42 at the break.“They kind of slowed us down in that first half, dictated the tempo and Coach talked to us second half about playing our brand of basketball and how we like to play,” Harden said. “And we came out with that intensity.”Harden was 0-for-8 in the half while Curry missed all four of his shots while being limited to eight minutes of playing time because of foul trouble.That gave Rose extra time to get his shot going after struggling badly in the tournament, his first action after missing most of the last two seasons following a pair of knee operations.“Coach K gave me the green light to be aggressive and play my type of game,” Rose said. “That eased me into the game and I tried to keep it going.”The tenseness of the first half and the feistiness of the Slovenians seemed to fire up the Americans, who celebrated so wildly after a couple of their dunks that Krzyzewski had to back them up off the floor back toward the bench.The U.S. finished at 50 percent after making 29-of-45 shots in the second half (64 percent). The Americans outrebounded the Slovenians 53-38.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Even though there were two more games at Yankee Stadium to be played, Tampa Bay Rays Manager Kevin Cash couldn’t help but look ahead to his team’s next stop on a nine-game road trip: Baltimore.After a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees on April 27, the Rays said they were informed by Major League Baseball that the status of their three-game series against the Orioles that begins May 1 is uncertain.Baltimore’s game April 27 against the Chicago White Sox was postponed because of safety concerns after riots broke out near Camden Yards following the funeral of Freddie Gray.“Obviously, Baltimore is an unknown for us,” Cash said. “We’re waiting to hear.”The Rays entered tied for first place in the AL East with the Yankees, but Brian McCann homered off Brandon Gomes (0-1), who also walked in a run, as Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak was snapped.“It was the first time all year, including spring training and when I was down at Triple-A, that I felt I didn’t throw the ball well,” Gomes said.One thing the Rays did successfully was keep Alex Rodriguez from tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list at 660. A modest crowd on another chilly night in New York cheered each of A-Rod’s plate appearances.Playing third base for the second time this season, Rodriguez popped up to first, grounded to third twice, once with the bases loaded, and was intentionally walked — eliciting boos from Yankees fans — when the count went to 3-0 in the seventh.Justin Wilson (1-0) pitched an inning for the win, and Andrew Miller earned his eighth save by finishing New York’s ninth victory in 11 games.Evan Longoria’s streak of getting a hit in seven straight at-bats ended with a strikeout in the first inning with runners on second and third and one out. The Rays had only three more hits against Warren in 5 2-3 innings.The former reliever struck out six and walked none in his best outing. His wild pitch in the sixth helped Tampa Bay tie the score, though.“It’s still new to me in some ways,” Warren said. “I’m just trying to learn as much as possible and learn on the fly.”Many Rays were wearing sweat shirts in the dugout and long sleeves under their uniforms in their first game played without the cover of a roof.Tampa Bay had played 12 games in its domed stadium and two series at ballparks with a retractable roof (Toronto and Miami) that was closed.“It was nice to be outside even though it got cold there at the end,” Cash said.The Yankees took advantage of Nathan Karns’ sudden loss of control in the fifth to load the bases on two walks and an infield single. Gomes relieved and walked Brett Gardner to give New York the lead.Gomes gave up McCann’s second homer of the season in the sixth. Stephen Drew followed a double by slumping Carlos Beltran with an RBI double off Everett Teaford for a 3-1 advantage. Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth.Karns yielded a run and three hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out five. “Right from the start I was trying to work around too much,” Karns said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares