Australia and New Zealand will host England in a Twenty20 cricket tri-series following the 2017-18 Ashes Test series in Australia. (Latest Cricket stories)Both countries will host round-robin matches in which each team plays the other two twice before a tournament final at Auckland’s Eden Park on February 21, 2018. (Also read: Adelaide Oval to host first day-night Ashes Test)Australia and New Zealand will meet in the opening match at Sydney Cricket Ground on February 3 and again at Eden Park on Feb. 16.New Zealand and England will play matches at Wellington on Feb. 14 and Hamilton on Feb. 18, while Australia will host England at Hobart on Feb. 7 and Melbourne on Feb. 10.The tri-series will replace the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series between New Zealand and Australia.
Chris Smalling says Manchester United’s last-gasp win over Bournemouth has given the side confidence ahead of their Champions League trip to Juventus.Marcus Rashford scored deep into stoppage-time to secure victory for Jose Mourinho’s side after Anthony Martial had cancelled out Callum Wilson’s early opener.The result means United have won both Premier League matches since their defeat home Juventus last month with the two sides reconvening in Turin on Wednesday. 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! With a game against rivals Manchester City coming up in the Premier league next weekend, a crucial few days lie ahead for Mourinho’s side.When asked what two positive results could do for United’s season, Smalling said: “I think that it would galvanise us. We know we’re going into a very tough week now but we can come out with some good results and it can be seen as a good month.“It is an especially tough month now and potentially after the international break when we have a lot of home games it’s all about making sure we get results and move up that table despite the tough games.“We can take the second half to Turin and I think we will be more on the front foot and you will see a better performance in the first half. We need to take the second-half performance that we had against them at home and we need to do that from the off and we’ll give them a good game and get chances.”Mourinho’s success throughout his career has been built on a solid defence so it is unusual so see a side managed by the Portuguese concede so many goals. The Red Devils have already conceded 18 times in the Premier League this season, the worst record in the top half.Smalling admits it’s something the side need to work on if they are to be successful this season.“In the last few years I think we have been known for shutting up shop and not conceding many goals so this season has been very unusual to what I have experienced,” Smalling added.“We need to work on that because normally we don’t concede many and we win the game. It starts at the back, and as a team collectively, and we will be working on it every day.“Yes, we’re showing that attitude, never giving in. No matter how bad the first half was, the second half we all believed we could go and win. It’s a great feeling and it’s bringing us closer together. As games are getting tougher and tougher – I think they’re closer than ever – it is often coming down to fine margins. Who can give that added burst in the last five minutes? We’re going to win a lot of points that way, and a lot of other teams are going to gain or lose points that way.”Despite United’s recent improvement Smalling acknowledges that poor results earlier in the campaign means the club face a real battle to try and finish in the top four. Mourinho’s side are currently seventh in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and nine points behind leaders Manchester City.“We as players have to stand tall and the spotlight will be on us because we are supposed to be in the top four. We are doing everything we can to get there,” he said.“To be at a club like this, and last as long as I have, you need to have that courage and belief in your ability, because you’re not going to have good days every week and the bad days are often highlighted when you’re at a big club, but I believe in myself. As players you need to have thick skin and we need to have belief that you will have bad days but it’s about making sure you have more good days than bad.”
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Two days after betting rackets were busted in Delhi and Kanpur, six more bookies have been arrested with Rs 70,000 from Ghaziabad in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting.The police caught the six bookies red-handed along with Rs 70,000, seven Android phones, one Maruti Swift car, one Passion Pro motorcycle from the Link road area of Ghaziabad.On Thursday, three bookies namely, Ramesh Shah, Vikas Chauhan and Ramesh were caught along with cash worth Rs. 4, 40,000, two mobiles and a diary from Landmark Hotel in Kanpur.The arrest had come ahead of the IPL clash between Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions at the Green Park Stadium.The teams were staying at the Landmark Hotel and the bookies were betting from this hotel only.On the same day, the Delhi Police had also busted an IPL betting racket in the Shahdara area of East Delhi and arrested six people.Police had recovered two laptops, 22 mobile phones and LCDs.
India earned a hard fought 2-0 win over Nepal in an international friendly match at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Tuesday.Goals from Sandeep Jhingan and Jeje Lalpekhula sealed the match for India. Jhingan broke the deadlock in the 60th minute followed by a clinical finish from Jeje in the 77th minute which allowed India win a match which saw them miss quite a few scoring chances.Placed 69 spots below 100th ranked India, Nepal gave the hosts an extremely tough time throughout the game.The hosts had the better start and dominated the first half. Even though the Nepal defence did commit the occasional error, poor finishing ensured that the Indians were unable to take the lead in the first half.Though India showed appreciable fluidity in midfield and were equally solid in defence, their were decidedly below par in the final third.Nepal had the best chance of the opening session around a minute before the break when Nawayug Shreshta beat three Indian defenders just outside the penalty box.Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made an incredible blunder by deciding to leave his line and come out to the edge of the box in an effort to stop the Nepal forward. But he mistimed his tackle which allowed Shreshta the space to have a shot at an open goal.However, the sizeable home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief as the Nepali fired wide.India were forced to make a substitution in the first half due to defensive midfielder Rowllin Boges’s head injury who was replaced by Eugenson Lyngdoh.advertisementIndia took the lead when a free-kick was blocked by the Nepal defenders. Jhingan chested down the rebound just inside the penalty box, played a one-two with an India forward before firing a left-footer into the roof of the net.Adding to Nepal’s woes, defender Biraj Maharjan was red-carded in the 67th minute allowing India a free-kick from the edge of the box.The one-man advantage allowed the Indians to take a firmer grip on the proceedings and Jeje made the issue safe when the doubled the lead with an excellent finish off a pass by Mohammed Rafique.
Novak Djokovic sharpened his grasscourt game ahead of next week’s Wimbledon by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-4 on Friday to reach the Aegon International final on another rain-disrupted day at Eastbourne.The Serbian world number four saved three break points at 4-4 before breaking his opponent’s serve in the next game to claim the opening set.Medvedev conceded another break in the ninth game of the second set as Djokovic sealed the victory in 82 minutes.Top seed Djokovic, playing in his first Wimbledon warm-up event since 2010, will be seeking his first title since claiming the Qatar Open in January.He will meet Gael Monfils in Saturday’s final after the second seed beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-7(7) 7-6(4) in an all-French semi-final showdown.
London, Jul 20 (PTI) One third of dementia cases may be prevented if people make nine lifestyle changes that improve brain health such as continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking in later life, a study has found.Researchers, including those from University College London (UCL) in the UK, studied the impact of nine health and lifestyle factors at various stages in life.The changes included staying in education until over the age of 15-years-old, reducing high blood pressure, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in later life.The team noted that removing these factors could prevent one in three cases of dementia (35 per cent).They found that of the 35 per cent of all dementia cases that could potentially be prevented, the three most common risk factors that could be targeted were increasing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life and stopping smoking in later life.”Not completing secondary education in early life may raise dementia risk by reducing cognitive reserve ? a resilience to cognitive decline caused by the brain strengthening its networks and therefore continuing functioning in later life despite damage,” researchers said.Preserving hearing in mid-life may help people to experience a cognitively rich environment and build cognitive reserve, which may be lost if hearing is impaired, they said.To help reduce dementia risk, researchers suggest public health interventions including building cognitive reserves by increasing the number of children who complete secondary education.advertisementEngaging in mentally stimulating activities such as a combination of engaging in a hobby, going to the cinema, restaurants or sporting events, reading, doing volunteer work, playing games and having a busy social life should also be encouraged, researchers said.In addition, protecting hearing and treating hearing loss in mid-life may be an important way to prevent dementia, but it is not yet clear if hearing aids counteract the cognitive damage caused by this, they said.”Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and their families, and in doing so, will transform the future of society,? says Gill Livingston, Professor at UCL.”Although dementia is diagnosed in later life, the brain changes usually begin to develop years before, with risk factors for developing the disease occurring throughout life, not just in old age,” Livngston added.The study was published in the journal The Lancet. PTI APA MRJ
New Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) A JNU student has alleged he was beaten up at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here by a few CISF personnel and told he would be “sent to Pakistan”, prompting the paramilitary force to order a probe even as it rejected the charges.In a Facebook post, Aman Sinha, 22, who is pursuing a Masters degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, said the incident occurred last evening and alleged the involvement of CISF personnel posted at the security check point of the busy station.Sinha, who was sporting a beard, claimed that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel got enraged when he “defied” their instructions to take off his earphones, which is a laid down protocol that passengers are expected to follow.It was followed by a heated argument, he said.”Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.(You Muslim, we will banish you to Pakistan today). They dragged me to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public.”They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that public k samne humara naam kharab kar diya. I tried to record it which they later made me delete and threw away my phone,” he alleged.When contacted, the CISF said the student was only asked to write an apology letter for his behaviour with the security personnel, and was neither “manhandled” nor “thrashed.”advertisement”He started yelling and arguing with constables Shoeb and PC Bisht who were on duty after he was asked to remove the ear phones, which is a normal security drill in the Delhi Metro. He was unwilling and used abusive language after which he was taken to the metro control room,” a senior CISF officer said.He added that Sinha was taken to the control room of the station where he tendered an apology in writing.As per CCTV records, the officer said, the entire episode lasted about 30 minutes and the student was then allowed to go.A senior CISF official later said an inquiry has been ordered into the entire episode. PTI CPB NES SBR GSN KIS
Kochi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Kerala High Court today sought the response of the Athletic Federation of India on a contempt petition by P U Chitra alleging that the courts order directing it to ensure her participation in the World Athletics Championships had not been complied with.Justice P B Suresh Kumar ordered the AFI to file an affidavit tomorrow after Chitras counsel submitted that co-athlete Sudha Singh was included in the Indian squad after the cut-off date (for entries) while the July 28 interim order of the court on her (Chitras) inclusion had not been implemented.In her contempt plea, Chitra submitted said that though the high court in its July 28 interim order had directed the AFI to ensure her participation in the 1500 metre race in the world meet to be held from August 4 to 14, the respondents had not complied with the order in letter and spirit.The respondents have received the interim order and simply written to the International Association of Athletic Federation, pointing out that the high court has passed an interim order to that effect, the petitioner said.”There is no request by the respondents pointing out that the non-inclusion of the athlete was on account of a mistake committed by them, which has to be rectified,” Chitra said in her petition.The conduct of the respondents besides being reprehensible amounts to wilfully flouting the orders of the court as well as showing contempt to the authority of the court, the petitioner contended.She sought action against AFI Secretary C K Valson, AFI Chairman G S Randhava and AFI President Adille Sumariwalla.advertisementChitra, who had recently won a gold in the womens 1500m event in the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, filed the petition after she was excluded from the Indian squad by the federation.In a related development, the AFI today approached a division bench of the court seeking its permission to move an urgent appeal to expunge adverse remarks made by the single judge while passing the interim order.The bench headed by Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh, however, declined permission and directed them to approach the single judge.Justice P B Suresh Kumar, in his interim order on Chitras plea, had directed the government, AFI and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to make all arrangements to ensure that the athlete participates in the 1,500 metre event at the world athletic championship.The court had also observed that the selection process for the championship appears to be not transparent and qualified athletes were ignored.The material on record disclosed that the petitioner had been sidelined and discriminated, it had observed.Opportunities of the instant nature would come in the way of an athlete only once in a lifetime and if they miss the chance they may not get it again, it had said.”It is seen that many persons who are nowhere close to the standards fixed for the IAAF world championship have been included in the Indian team,” the court had said.In her main petition, Chitra had said her gold medal performance at the Asian championships made her an automatic pick for the world event.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had backed Chitra and said in a Facebook post that excluding the athlete, who was the “pride not only of Kerala, but also the country, from the team for World Athletics Championship, is condemnable”. Former national champion P T Usha had said that Chitra had not been included in the team as she did not meet the qualifying mark set by the IAAF. PTI COR TGB VS ZMN
The Indian men’s hockey team will take on Japan as they open their campaign in the Asia Cup 2017 here at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday.Though India are clear favourites for the title and interestingly also have the backing of the local crowd who welcomed the team with loud cheers during their practice match on Monday against Oman, they need to bring their top game to every match to ensure they top Pool A which will also see Bangladesh and Pakistan in the fray.”The opening match of the tournament is always challenging because we need to get over the early nervousness and find our rhythm. We have had two good practice sessions on the main pitch and even played a practice match against Oman. The team is upbeat and ready for the first challenge,” stated skipper Manpreet Singh on the eve of their first match.India previously played Japan in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year where they beat them 4-3. It’s Japan’s ability to play fast-paced hockey with good attack that makes them an unpredictable team. At the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup they set up a shocking 3-2 win over World No.2 Australia.”We have seen how they play and they are definitely one of the fastest improving sides in Asia. We can never take Japan to be an easy team,” expressed Manpreet.India’s defence line-up saw a minor change with the experienced Kothajit Singh missing out due to an injury. “But we are now joined by Amit Rohidas who has just returned from a good outing at the Australian Hockey League and he did well during India’s tour of Belgium and Holland so we don’t see Kothajit’s absence as a set-back,” explained Manpreet.advertisementOn the other hand, Japanese National Coach Siegfried Aikman minced no words when he said that every team stands a chance to make the final in this tournament. “It’s a major tournament which gives us the opportunity to play at the highest level. The World Cup qualifier makes it even more challenging for us but reality learns that we need to know our place in the ranking. We stand for a huge challenge to compete with outstanding teams in our group. However, this is sports and in sports its always possible to flip the script. So, let’s wait and see,” he stated.Speaking about India in the tournament, Aikman said, “I think that India has the best chances as the highest ranked team in this tournament. But behind India almost all countries can surprise. As I said before we don’t come only to participate we came to achieve our goals.”
World number one Rafa Nadal battled past Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 and into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Friday.The 16-time Grand Slam winner, who beat Dimitrov in three sets in the China Open semi-finals last week, fired 32 winners and won two crucial breaks to prevail in two and a half hours.Nadal, who extended his winning streak to 15 matches, pegged Dimitrov back with relentless baseline hitting to take the first set with ease.But the Bulgarian, who sent down 13 aces in the match, took the fight to the Spaniard in the second set, coming from 3-0 down in a tie-break to level.Trailing 3-2 in the decider, Dimitrov’s forehand crashed into the net to hand Nadal the break he needed. The top seed consolidated to make it 5-2 before serving out the match.Next up for the 30-year-old is Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4 in another quarter-final.Roger Federer, the only man who can deny Nadal the year-end world number one ranking, is in action against Frenchman Richard Gasquet later on Friday.
Panaji, Nov 7 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that in the run up to the February 2017 assembly elections, there were apprehensions that the Aam Aadmi Partys (AAP) chief ministerial candidate was “planted” by him in that party.The Aam Aadmi Party, which had failed to win even a single seat of the 39 it contested, had projected former bureaucrat Elvis Gomes as their chief ministerial candidate.Gomes had resigned as Inspector General of Prisons to join AAP and led its campaign in Goa.”In fact a lot of people thought that Elvis is my strong officer. When he went to a political set up, lot of people asked me whether I have planted my man there,” Parrikar said.”That was the reaction… He (Gomes) also must have heard people saying it, because people in Goa dont think that political thinking can be different from other things,” the chief minister said.Parrikar wasaddressing the event to launch Vedantas Womens Football League.Gomes who is also president of Goa Football Association was present on the dais along with the chief minister.Parrikar said he does not mix politics and development or football.”Whether it is development, game or state as a whole, for me every person is equal and I dont treat them as an adversary,” he said.Referring to Gomes, he said “political differences will be there. Once election code of conduct is announced, we wont see each other. But after that we can work together.”Talking about Indian football, Parrikar said the sport requires lot of more energy so that it crosses a threshold.advertisementHe said Goa also requires the push in football.”In spite of all our efforts we cant find many of them representing the country. Lot of facilities need to be opened up but the only problem is that there has to be some discipline,” he commented. PTI RPS RMT RDS
with hard work: RajeJaipur, Dec 13 (PTI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today said that her government would fulfil all the resolutions taken up for the development of the state with a “positive energy and hard work”.”We are ahead of other states in various means of development, which we have achieved with hard work. We had promised that we would return the lost self-esteem of Rajasthan at all cost,” she said while addressing a gathering in Jhunjhunu district as the BJP government of Rajasthan today completed four years in the office.”We will fulfil all the resolutions taken up for the development of the state with a positive energy and hard work,” she said.Raje inaugurated and laid foundation of various development works of Rs 2,237 crore in Jhunjhunu and also made new announcements for the state.She said that a sports university will be established in Jhunjhunu and 15 sports academies will be affiliated to it.”We spent Rs 172 crore to lay pipeline from Taranagar to Malsisar to make available 15.50 crore litre drinking water every day. Post independence, drinking water was made available to 6,994 villages and 1,662 villages were connected through roads in the state,” she added. PTI AG KJ
Pakistani batsman Babar Azam had the misfortune of having to bowl to his compatriot Shoaib Malik in a T10 charity match, when the latter decided to celebrate Christmas letting off the fireworks in the stadium.The former Pakistan captain, Malik smashed Azam for six sixes in the seventh over of the first innings. Azam though had his revenge as he blasted a hundred off just 26 balls.Malik was representing Shahid Afridi Foundation Red team, and helped them to post 201 in 10 overs. But Shahid Afridi Foundation Green,thanks to a crazed Azam knock, registered a nine-wicket victory.Shoaib Malik’s six sixes -Shoaib Malik smashes 6 sixes in an over off the bowling of Babar Azam in the Shahid Afridi Foundation charity match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/lV1b4s4cfY- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Babar Azam’s 100 off 26 balls -Babar Azam’s excellent 100 off 26 balls at the Shahid Afridi Foundation match in Faisalabad #Cricket pic.twitter.com/dsKLLuyDE4- Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 24, 2017Earlier in December, Shahid Afridi began his T10 cricket stint with a bang as an inspired bowling spell helped the Pakhtoons pick up a victory in the newest format of the game.The veteran all-rounder picked up a hat-trick with the first three balls he bowled to help his team beat a Maratha Arabians side captained by Virender Sehwag by 25 runs.Talking about his new experience, he said: “I really enjoyed it, it is totally different,” Afridi said after the game. “The boys did really well.”advertisement”If the ICC is thinking of cricket in the Olympics, T10 could be the right format because the match gets over in 90 minutes. So it’s like football where the result will come (in quick time). Also, one or two people can win you a match so even the smaller countries can produce those players,” he said.Rohit Sharma, who equalled the record for the fastest century in T20Is in the second match against Sri Lanka, will be heaving a sigh of relief as Azam’s knock won’t stand as it was not an official match. Rohit’s 35-ball ton is the fastest century, along with David Miller, who achieved the feat against Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in October 2017. The Mumbai dasher brought up his second T20 ton on the 12th over of the bowling off Angelo Mathews with a boundary. His whirlwind of an innings ended when he fell for 118 off just 43 balls to Dushmantha Chameera in the 12th over. This was the fastest hundred byan Indian batsman in the format. The previous one was held by KL Rahuloff 46 balls against West Indies in 2016 at Lauderhill.The Hitman blasted 10 sixes and 12 fours in his innings.
IndiaNew Delhi, Jan 7 (PTI) Super sports luxury car market in India is expected to grow in double digits this year on the back of improved sentiments after remaining flat in 2017, according to Automobili Lamborghini.The Italian super sports luxury carmaker, which sells Huracan and Aventador models in India, said last year was a challenging year for the industry due to lingering after effects of demonetisation coupled with impact of GST (Goods and Services Tax) implementation.”There was postponement of purchases in 2017 due to continued impact of demonetisation and GST implementation. However, since the last quarter we have seen demand coming back and it should continue,” Automobili Lamborghini India Head Sharad Agarwal told PTI.He further said, “With the outlook of overall economic growth positive and stabilisation in the market after those two transformations (demonetisation and GST), we expect growth to return to the segment”.When asked by how much the segment was expected to expand, Agarwal said, “This year, the exclusive super sports luxury segment in India is expected to grow in double digits”.The size of the niche super sports car segment, comprising 2-door models priced upwards of Rs 2.2 crore with power of 400 ps, stood at around 70 units in 2017.Apart from Lamborghini, the other players include Ferrari, Aston Martin, Audi R8 and Mercedes AMG GT-R, among others.Agarwal said high taxation and frequent changes in rates have had an impact on the segment, which stood at around 100 units a year in 2011-12.He, however, said the way the market is at the moment and if everything goes smoothly, the segment could reach again the 100 units a year milestone in another two to three years. PTI RKL BALadvertisement
The poor air quality affected the players during the second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi as the cricketers were seen wearing masks at the post lunch session.Delhi in recent times has been notorious for having a high pollution level and hence the protection perhaps. Strangely though, some players aren’t covering their mouths and noses and are seen having the mask hanging on their necks. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were among the few Indian players who were also taking the refuge of a breathing mask.The play was held up close to 16 minutes, (India were 519/5 with Virat Kohli on 240) with players in deep conversation with the on field umpires. Here is what transpired:13:01 IST: Kohli throws his bataway in frustration as Gamage calls for the doctor again due tobreathing problem. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were also seen wearing masks.12:49 IST: Now the noise around the ground rises as the play is all set to get underway.12:48 IST: As the umpires are seen having an animated chat with Dinesh Chandimal, who seems furious because the players aren’t taken off the field, a huge cheers engulfs the Kotla. This is because Virat Kohli is seen taking off his helmet and lying on his back. 12:40 IST: More that the runs on the board it is about the players’ health. THE THIRD UMPIRE HAS CONFIRMEDTHAT THE SITUATION IS BEING MONITORED, informs Russel Arnold on air. Now even the match referee, David Boon, is involved in some discussionswith a doctor and Anil Chaudhary, the third umpire. advertisement12:36 IST: Now even the SriLankan team physio is seen having a word with the umpires. Chandimaldoesn’t look pleased to be playing in such conditions. But the umpiresshow no signs of halting play. Now they are taking the Indian battersinto the conversation as well.12:32 IST: Lahiru Gamage’sgingerly movements denote that he seems sick. He’s down on his hunches,even as the physio is seen rushing out quickly. This will raise thelevels of the talks about playing amidst the polluted environment. Theon-air commentators also inform us that such a scenario hasn’t happenedin the sport as yet – that of play getting abandoned or held up due topolluted environment.12:30 IST: Another chat. This timeNigel Llong, Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella are the men infocus. The air quality in the Indian capital isn’t at a decent level and this has the players concerned, perhaps.India captain Virat Kohli struck his second successive double hundred to power India to a commanding position against Sri Lanka on Sunday.The skipper’s majestic 225 not out at lunch included 23 boundaries, while fellow overnight batsman Rohit Sharma rubbed salt in Sri Lanka’s wounds with a fluent 65 before becoming Lakshan Sandakan’s third victim when lunch was taken.After scores of 104 not out and 213 in his previous two innings, Kohli, 29, becomes the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of which have come over the last 17 months.The national capital woke up to a cold-polluted Sunday morning with minimum temperature recorded at 8 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average and a “very-poor” air-quality.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the sky will remain partly clouded with the maximum temperature likely to hover around 26 degrees Celsius.Meanwhile the major pollutant concentration PM2.5, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers across Delhi-NCR at 9 a.m. was 218 units — eight times more than the safe limit.According to the Central Pollution Control Authority (CPCB), the air-quality fell under “severe-plus or emergency” levels at Anand Vihar in west Delhi with PM2.5 reaching 433 in the morning — 17 times the safe limit, sector 125 Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.In Delhi, Delhi Technical University (DTU) in north Delhi and R.K Puram in south-west Delhi fell under “severe” air-quality.While monitoring agencies predict the air-pollution situation to worsen over days, respite is likely towards Tuesday with possibilities of light rains.”The national capital is likely to witness light rainfall on Tuesday, which may improve the air-quality,” an IMD official told IANS.The humidity on Sunday at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 92 per cent.Saturday’s minimum temperature was 7.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average while the maximum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius.(With inputs from IANS)
Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Bajaj Auto Ltd has introduced the Black Pack Pulsar edition across the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220F range. The uniquely styled edition has been launched to celebrate achieving 1 crore sales by Pulsar worldwide.Commenting on the introduction of the Black Pack Pulsar edition, Mr Eric Vas, President – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, “Pulsar has been India’s No.1 Sports motorcycle brand in the country since its launch in 2001. Bajaj Pulsar is sold in over 25 countries worldwide and is market leader in most of them. We are proud to have achieved the milestone of 1 crore Pulsar customers around the world. To commemorate this achievement, we present the unique Black Pack edition.”The new edition combines premium black paint coupled with matte grey highlights and white alloy wheels offering a sporty, modern and aggressive look that appeals to the dynamic Pulsar rider.
NEW YORK – Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Jan. 8, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short and tainted stars of the Steroids Era remained far behind.Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by senior members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. His 97.2 percentage was the eighth-highest in the history of voting.Glavine, Maddux’s longtime teammate in the Atlanta rotation, appeared on 525 ballots and received 91.9 percent. Thomas, the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter, was at 483.The trio will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 27 along with managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the expansion-era committee. Maddux and Glavine played under Cox for most of their careers.“It’s exciting for me to go in with my teammate,” Maddux said.Writers had not elected three players in one vote since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount in 1999.Biggio received 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss. Biggio appeared on 388 ballots in his initial appearance last year and appears to be on track to gain election next year.Mike Piazza was next was 62.2 percent followed by Jack Morris, who was 78 votes short at 61.5 percent in his 15th and final appearance on the writers’ ballot. Jeff Bagwell got 54.3 percent.Controversy over how to evaluate stars tainted by the Steroids Era continued to impact the vote totals of players with stellar statistics. In their second appearances on the ballot, Roger Clemens dropped from 37.6 percent to 35.4, Barry Bonds from 36.2 to 34.7 and Sammy Sosa from 12.5 to 7.2.Appearing for the eighth time, Mark McGwire fell from 16.9 to 11.0. Rafael Palmeiro will be dropped from future ballots after falling to 25 votes and 4.4 percent — below the 5 percent threshold necessary to remain eligible for next year’s vote.Deadspin.com announced Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard had turned his ballot over to the website, which allowed readers to vote on how it should be cast.“I hate all the moralizing we do in sports in general, but I especially hate the hypocrisy in this,” Le Batard said in remarks posted by Deadspin. “‘I always like a little anarchy inside the cathedral we’ve made of sports.”BBWAA Secretary-Treasurer Jack O’Connell declined comment.Eighth on the wins list with a 355-227 record and a 3.16 ERA over 23 seasons, Maddux won four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Gloves with the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego. An eight-time All-Star, he won at least 13 games in 20 straight seasons.Among pitchers with 3,000 innings whose careers began in 1921 or later — after the Dead Ball Era — Maddux’s 1.80 walks per nine innings is second only to Robin Roberts’ 1.73, according to STATS.Glavine, a 10-time All-Star and a two-time Cy Young winner, was 305-203 over 22 seasons.A two-time AL MVP, Thomas hit .301 with 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs in 19 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto and Oakland.“This has been a stressful 48 hours,” Thomas said in a statement. “This is something that I will have to sit back in the next three or four days and figure it out because you can only dream so big, as this is as big as it gets for me.”Writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point were eligible to consider the 36-player ballot.Next year’s vote could be even more crowded when Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield become eligible, five years after their retirements. The BBWAA last month formed a committee to study whether the organization should ask the Hall to change the limit of 10 players per ballot.(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares