India 294/7 against Sri Lanka in 5th ODI

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s late burst propelled India to a challenging 294 for seven after Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary laid the foundation with a century partnership in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka here on Saturday.Dhoni smashed a 38-ball 58 after Gambhir (88 off 99 balls; 7×4) and Tiwary 65 off 68; 6×4) put India on course with a 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Dhoni along with Irfan Pathan (29 not out) plundered 77 runs in just 9.5 overs before falling to Lasith Malinga in the penultimate over of the innings.Dhoni, who came to the crease at the dismissal of Gambhir, was ruthless against the Lankan bowlers, hitting them all across the park, while bringing up his 50 off just 34 balls with a huge six over midwicket off Thisara Perara.With his three wickets, Malinga was the pick off the bowlers for the hosts, who had rested captain Mahela Jayawardene and Rangana Herath.Opting to bat, Indian openers in the absence of rested Virender Sehwag, started off sedately with the first boundary of the innings coming in the fourth over — Ajinkya Rahane driving Thisara Parera through the covers.Rahene’s joy was, however, shortlived as the Mumbai batsman, who was playing in his first match of the series, fell for just nine runs to an incoming delivery from Parera.Gambhir along with in-form Virat Kohli (23) combined together to add 48 runs for the second wicket before Nuwan Pradeep brought one in to the right-hander to have him trapped in front.advertisementRohit Sharma’s misery with the bat continued as he became Pradeep’s next victim — the ball angling in and moving out after pitching to take the off stump of the Mumbaikar, who was looking to play towards the leg side.With the scoreboard reading 87 for three at the end of the 13th over, it was left to Gambhir and Tiwary to resurrect the Indian innings.Both the batsmen played positively, dispatching anything loose coming their way. Tiwary, who was just playing in his second match of the series, in particular, looked to be in an aggressive mood as he regularly stepped out against the Sri Lankan speedsters.The Bengal batsman was though lucky to complete his half century, as he inside-edged an incoming ball from Perera at 46 to the wicketkeeper, but the umpire ruled him not out.Tiwary finally brought up his 50 in style flicking Pradeep through the square-leg fence.The 26-year-old survived another confident shout from the Lankan’s off the bowling of Sachithra senanayake before falling prey to a short-pitched delivery from Malinga on 65 (6×4).Sri Lankan pace spearhead Malinga got Suresh Raina in the next ball to help the hosts make a strong comeback.Gambhir was the next to go with India still having to play 11 overs.last_img read more


India-West Indies series: ‘Indians did not capitalise on their win in Trinidad’

first_imgI don’t believe that any team has a “home” advantage. What a team may have are players who can use home conditions better. To win away from home, a team needs supreme confidence.After all, the West Indies team of the late 1970s and ’80s, with its battery of fast bowlers,,I don’t believe that any team has a “home” advantage. What a team may have are players who can use home conditions better. To win away from home, a team needs supreme confidence.After all, the West Indies team of the late 1970s and ’80s, with its battery of fast bowlers, went everywhere and still won. The Indian team of the early ’70s, with its spinners, also won away from home. It’s all question of having the right people for the job.In this series, the better team won simply because it took the chances it got. The Indians did not capitalise on their win in Trinidad, went to Barbados in a very tentative mood and paid for that.Set back: Laxman (left) and GangulySourav Ganguly was correct when he said the Indians lost the decider because they began poorly – neither bowling nor batting well first up. The West Indies managed over 400 runs, proof that the Indians were not ready for the fray, despite winning an important toss.Actually India may have played into the hands of the West Indies. It is true that our side has been somewhat susceptible to medium-paced swing bowling; but today they are more worried about really good spin bowling. India, for once, lacked that.Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Javagal Srinath are all competent bowlers without being destructive. None of them would get a five-wicket haul cheaply since they are not dynamic. Khan and Nehra are potentially good, but they must realise their limitations. They try to bowl too fast, negating their effectiveness in swinging the ball. They must learn to know what to do and when to do it. Therefore, India needs two spinners to work with two of the faster bowlers.advertisementHarbhajan Singh is okay and so is Anil Kumble, but comparing them to the old spin quartet is like comparing Michael Holding to Cameron Cuffy. The Indians must go back to the drawing board and use whatever made them successful in the past. Two opening bowlers and then two dynamic spinners, or even three, to win games at home or abroad, despite the pitches around the world.The Indian plan was to attack the West Indians with the faster bowlers. While Khan, Srinath and Nehra are competent bowlers, their fitness and readiness must come into play too. They must be ready for five Test matches, especially back-to-back games which require the ultimate fitness. One did not always get the impression that they were fully ready for five Test matches.The psychological barrier of not winning away from home must now be telling on the Indians. Even when they get in a winning position, they are so unaccustomed to it that they fail to capitalise.The Kensington Oval pitch might have had some extra pace and bounce but if the Indians could bat in Australia then batting in Barbados should not have been a problem. Jamaica was even better for batting than expected, despite the grass left on. After all, the West Indies did manage 422, so the Indians have no excuse for getting so few in their first innings.In Jamaica, the Indians won the toss and did the right thing, attacked by fielding first, but then they bowled so badly that they were out of the last Test by the end of the first day. Unless they had batted well, which they did not, the game was lost too, as it eventually was.Winning ways: The West Indies took all their chancesand the series tooProfessional sport is simply about doing the simple things correctly, regularly. India did not seem to be keeping to this edict. The Indian captain Ganguly, for all his personal charm, does not seem to be able to get the best out of his players. He could be seen many times during the series remonstrating with his players on the field of play. That is a no-no. The first thing that any player needs is confidence and that usually come from the leader and only then from the player himself.In terms of batsmanship, Shivnarine Chanderpaul showed, in his own style, how it should be done. A man must always know his limitations and V.V.S. Laxman, for India, did that too. Rahul Dravid did also try, but Ganguly and Tendulkar seemed to be unable to adjust to what was required: the ability to graft, play long innings and work hard for the success needed.For the West Indies, this win obliterates the loss last year to South Africa, but it also shows that the team can play better at home than away. Only when the West Indies start winning away from home can one suggest that progress has been made. But the win would give confidence, at least for the one-day series. The West Indies will now be better equipped, psychologically and physically, for what is to follow.Former West Indian fast bowler Colin Croft is a columnist for the website cricinfo.comadvertisementlast_img read more


Overcoming hurdles

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Stalzer is set to arrive this weekend but so far, the Cargo Movers have held their own, despite also missing skipper Cha Cruz and Kim Kianna Dy due to injuries.Perry and Galang provided enough firepower as the Cargo Movers left the Lady Realtors befuddled.“I needed to step up and not look for others who are not here,” Galang said.Middle blocker Majoy Baron chipped in 11 hits while Maraño added eight points as the Cargo Movers lodged their second straight win.Maraño said having the skin disease hasn’t stopped her from doing things that she loves, like volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s no reason for us to give up because having psoriasis still allows us to do things we love. This is just skin-deep,” the 26-year-old middle blocker said.Psoriasis is a skin disorder where skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This causes bumpy red patches covered with white scales to grow on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. It is not contagious.Cignal chalked its first win in the tournament at the expense of PLDT Home Fibr, 25-22, 27-25, 25-19, in the first game.The HD Spikers, meanwhile, leaned on import Erica Wilson and Mylene Paat, who scored a combined 40 points as they recovered from losing their first game to the Cargo Movers.Cignal coach Edgar Barroga tweaked his roster and shifted Anastasia Artemeva to middle blocker, giving national team mainstay Paat to do her stuff at opposite.PLDT dropped to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes She didn’t let the red welts bother her too much on Thursday night as the flashy F2 Logistics leader helped her squad demolish Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Aside from having an ailing veteran, the Cargo Movers also played with only one import and a couple of absent pillars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut it hardly mattered against the Lady Realtors.Becky Perry and Ara Galang scored 14 points each to lead F2 Logistics, who is still without American Lindsay Stalzer—the three-time champion still seeing action in the Indonesian Proliga. View commentscenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAby Maraño swears she takes special care of her skin. So she thought it was such a cruel joke by fate when she was diagnosed with psoriasis.“As an athlete, people see my body on TV,” she said when asked about the care she gives her skin, adding that she sees her latest ordeal as another hurdle to overcome. “But I have since learned to accept that it is another challenge by God.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border PLAY LIST 01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO02:52Solon says he filed bill seeking to create department of sports02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants No comebacks for Jayjay Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more


Tiger Woods looms large, even on star-filled Masters leaderboard

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Molinari is trying to win his second major in two years after winning the 2018 British Open. The Italian played a bogey-free round, finishing with a 67. Day also shot a 67.All of the five leaders are major champions and three have been No. 1 in the world.Woods is tied at 6-under for the tournament with Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Justin Harding, who is the only Masters newcomer in the group. Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm are at 5-under.Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau started Friday with a one-shot lead. The 28-year-old Koepka, a three-time major winner, made birdie on No. 18 to salvage a 71 and stay tied for the lead. DeChambeau faded with a 75.The list of contenders might be impressive, but nobody draws a crowd like Woods.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES It’s been 11 years since he won his last major and had five surgeries since then, including four on his back and the other to rebuild his left knee. It’s hard to believe considering the way he was playing on Friday.Now comes the weekend, and it certainly has the potential to be a classic Masters finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston Marathon organizers prepare for another rainy racecenter_img Tiger Woods reacts after making a birdie on the 15th hole during the second round for the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 12, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. — The top of the Masters leaderboard is a crowded place after two rounds, with Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen in a five-way tie for the lead.Then there’s the man lurking one shot behind: four-time tournament winner Tiger Woods.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 43-year-old Woods, who won his last Masters in 2005, turned back the clock with four birdies in his final 10 holes on Friday, thrilling the Augusta National crowds with a handful of big putts and some vintage fist pumps.“I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament,” Woods said. “I was just very patient today, felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing. This is now three straight majors that I’ve been in the mix and so it’s good stuff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWoods shot a 68 and has plenty of big-name company among the leaders, including 48-year-old Phil Mickelson, who didn’t have his best round with a 73 on Friday, but is still just three shots off the lead.“There’s nothing better than having a chance going into the weekend at the Masters,” Mickelson said. “And that’s what I want to focus on and I know that I’m playing well enough.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more


US crowns men’s, women’s 3-on-3 basketball champs in Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Before 3-on-3 basketball debuts in the Olympics, USA Basketball took it to Las Vegas.The men’s and women’s national championships went full-blown show time in looking for the four best athletes who hope to represent the U.S. in the 2020 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ionescu scored 17 points to lead Oregon to its second straight 3×3 national championship. The win helped Ionescu, Lydia Giomi, Ruthy Hebard and Otiona Goldon take the sting out of losing to eventual national champion Baylor in the Final Four.“We got this far, we wanted to get that win,” said Ionescu, who was named MVP of the event for the second consecutive year. “We were a little bit down in that last game, but we battled and I’m super proud of us. Lydia’s first time doing this, so I’m just really happy.”On the women’s side, all eligible athletes are in consideration for the U.S. team that will play in the Pan American Games, which will be chosen by a selection committee and will be announced following the May 16-20 trials for the women’s 5-on-5 Pan Am Games squad. The Pan American Games 3×3 competition is being held July 27-29 in Lima, Peru.FIBA also anticipates launching a FIBA 3×3 world tour for women this year, and should that happen, athletes would also be in consideration for a berth into the women’s world tour.If the U.S. teams qualify, a selection committee will determine which four players will represent the team at the Olympics, based on national rankings. Two of the players on the team must be ranked in the top 10 in the country in points earned, with the other two ranked in the top 50 overall.The U.S. women currently have no one ranked in the top 250 overall. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Olympic boxing body mulls legal fight against IOC inquiry SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Other eligible athletes remain in consideration the 2019 USA Men’s 3×3 World Cup and 2019 USA Men’s 2019 U.S. Pan American Games 3×3 Basketball teams.The 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup for Men will feature 20 men’s teams and will take place June 18-23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Joining Hummel were Damon Huffman (Brown), Kareem Maddox (Princeton) and Daniel Mavraides (Princeton).USA Basketball and Red Bull have scheduled more than 20 tournaments this summer to help the Americans qualify, beginning in Detroit on June 22.Qualifying as a country is based on a point system, which can be earned by playing in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments around the world. The top three point-earning countries by Nov. 1 will automatically qualify for Tokyo. The U.S. men are currently ranked eighth and the American women are 33rd. If the Americans aren’t in the top three by that date, there will be a last-chance tournament held next spring for the final few spots.Only seven teams per gender will join Japan in the Olympics.With the win, Slow & Steady qualified for a berth in the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters stop held July 20-21 in Saskatoon, Canada.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid More than 130 men’s and women’s players held court at Las Vegas’ outdoor Downtown Events Center, with a live DJ blaring hip hop and the glow from the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino shining down from high above.Ariel Slow & Steady defeated Ariel NYAC 21-12 to win the men’s title, while All-American Sabrina Ionescu led Oregon past Drive, 21-20 to win the women’s title Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe event, formerly held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the first step toward qualifying and selecting a team for Tokyo, where the newest basketball discipline will debut.“There’s a lot of unknowns because this is the first year it’s ever going to be an Olympic sport,” said former NBA player Robbie Hummel, who won the MVP award after scoring 16 points for Slow & Steady in the championship game. “We’re kind of going through a period where we’re feeling some things out. It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of miles flown in some airplanes to some places you never thought you’d visit. But it’s a way to still play basketball, it’s a way to travel, it’s a pretty cool experience.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal eye French Open quarterfinal

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Belgium’s David Goffin during their men’s singles third round match on day six of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 31, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)Roger Federer and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal target the French Open quarter-finals when they take on Argentinians Leonardo Mayer and Juan Ignacio Londero respectively on Sunday, while Britain’s Johanna Konta looks to continue her surprise run. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at three matches to watch on the eighth day at Roland Garros:ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer (SUI x3) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)Federer leads head-to-head 3-0— Federer has impressed so far on his return to Roland Garros after opting out of the tournament in 2015, notching three consecutive straight-sets wins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNext up for the 20-time Grand Slam champion is another unseeded player in Mayer, an opponent he has beaten in all three of their previous meetings while dropping only one set.The 37-year-old Federer is the oldest man to reach the fourth round in Paris for 47 years, but will still be a red-hot favourite to see off Mayer, who has never reached a Grand Slam quarter-final. LATEST STORIES “I felt that I was going to faint. I don’t know if it was the nerves, the sun, that feeling that your legs are loosening,” he said.He will need to do more than stay standing to have any chance of toppling Nadal in the pair’s first-ever meeting.Donna Vekic (CRO x23) v Johanna Konta (GBR x26)Head-to-head level, 3-3— Konta is the first British woman to reach the last 16 since Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs in 1983, despite having never won a main-draw match in Paris before.The 26th seed found form with a run to the Italian Open final last month, and has shrugged off the absence of Bono, her beloved pet dog — not the U2 frontman.“I was under the impression you couldn’t bring dogs here, but then I saw everyone bringing dogs, so now I’m, like, ‘Why didn’t we bring him?’”She should find life tougher against Croatia’s Vekic, having taken advantage of a kind draw so far to beat the unseeded trio of Antonia Lottner, Lauren Davis and Viktoria Kuzmova. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Bruins rout Blues 7-2, take 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s a good match for him,” admitted world number 68 Mayer, who also reached the Wimbledon last 16 in 2014.Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) v Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG)First meeting— Nadal has eased through his first three rounds in trademark fashion as he bids for a third consecutive French Open title, although he was briefly tested by David Goffin who managed to take a set in their last-32 encounter.It’s hard to see anything other than a return to straight-sets comfort for 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in round four, as he takes on 25-year-old Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero, who is playing in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time in his career.The world number 78 said he felt faint during his epic five-set win over home hope Corentin Moutet last time out, and fell to the clay in celebration at the end of the match.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Head injury- first aid

first_imgDefinitionA head injury is any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain injury.Head injury can be either closed or open (penetrating).A closed head injury means you received a hard blow to the head from striking an object, but the object did not break the skull.An open, or penetrating, head injury means you were hit with an object that broke the skull and entered the brain. This is more likely to happen when you move at high speed, such as going through the windshield during a car accident. It can also happen from a gunshot to the head.Head injuries include:Concussion, in which the brain is shaken, is the most common type of traumatic brain injury.Scalp woundsSkull fracturesHead injuries may cause bleeding:In the brain tissueIn the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma,extradural hematoma)Head injury is a common reason for an emergency room visit. A large number of people who suffer head injuries are children. TBI (traumatic brain injury) accounts for over 1 in 6 injury-related hospital admissions each year.Alternative NamesBrain injury; Head traumaCausesCommon causes of head injury include:Accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sportsFallsPhysical assaultTraffic accidentsMost of these injuries are minor because the skull protects the brain. Some injuries are severe enough to require a stay in the hospital.SymptomsHead injuries may cause bleeding in the brain tissue and the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematomata extradural hematoma).advertisementSymptoms of a head injury can occur right away. Or symptoms develop slowly over several hours or days. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can hit the inside of the skull and be bruised. The head may look fine, but problems could result from bleeding or swelling inside the skull.The spinal cord is also likely to be injured in any serious trauma.Some head injuries cause changes in brain function. This is called a traumatic brain injury. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a concussion can range from mild to severe.First AidLearning to recognize a serious head injury and give basic first aid can save someones life. For a moderate to severe head injury, CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY.Get medical help right away if the person:Becomes very sleepyBehaves abnormallyDevelops a severe headache or stiff neckHas pupils (the dark central part of the eye) of unequal sizesIs unable to move an arm or legLoses consciousness, even brieflyVomits more than onceThen take the following steps:Check the persons airway, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.If the persons breathing and heart rate are normal but the person is unconscious, treat as if there is a spinal injury. Stabilize the head and neck by placing your hands on both sides of the persons head. Keep the head in line with the spine and prevent movement. Wait for medical help.Stop any bleeding by firmly pressing a clean cloth on the wound. If the injury is serious, be careful not to move the persons head. If blood soaks through the cloth, do not remove it. Place another cloth over the first one.If you suspect a skull fracture, do not apply direct pressure to the bleeding site, and do not remove any debris from the wound. Cover the wound with sterile gauze dressing.If the person is vomiting, to prevent choking, roll the persons head, neck, and body as one unit onto his or her side. This still protects the spine, which you must always assume is injured in the case of a head injury. Children often vomit once after a head injury. This may not be a problem, but call a doctor for further guidance.Apply ice packs to swollen areas.Do Not Do NOT wash a head wound that is deep or bleeding a lot.Do NOT remove any object sticking out of a wound.Do NOT move the person unless absolutely necessary.Do NOT shake the person if he or she seems dazed.Do NOT remove a helmet if you suspect a serious head injury.Do NOT pick up a fallen child with any sign of head injury.Do NOT drink alcohol within 48 hours of a serious head injury.A serious head injury that involves bleeding or brain damage must be treated in a hospital.For a mild head injury, no treatment may be needed. However, watch for symptoms of a head injury, which can which can show up later.advertisementYour health care provider will explain what to expect, how to manage any headaches, how to treat your other symptoms, when to return to sports, school, work, and other activities, and signs or symptoms to worry about.Children will need to be watched and make activity changes.Adults also need close observation and activity changes.Both adults and children must follow the health care providers instructions about when it will be possible to return to sports.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall 911 right away if:There is severe head or face bleeding.The person is confused, tired, or unconscious.The person stops breathing.You suspect a serious head or neck injury, or the person develops any signs or symptoms of a serious head injury.PreventionAlthough no child is injury-proof, parents can take some simple steps to keep their children from getting head injuries.Not all head injuries can be prevented. But the following simple steps can help keep you and your child safe:Always use safety equipment during activities that could cause a head injury. These include seat belts, bicycle or motorcycle helmets, and hard hats.Learn and follow bicycle safety recommendations.Do not drink and drive, and do not allow yourself to be driven by someone who you know or suspect has been drinking alcohol or is impaired in another way.ReferencesHeegaard WG, Biros MH, Head injury. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al., eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 41.Landry GL. Head and neck injuries. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 680.Review Date:1/13/2014Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. 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Virat Kohli and I share words, but nothing is taken to heart, says Ravichandran Ashwin Ashwin

first_imgIndian offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who ended up scalping 21 of the 60 Sri Lankan wickets in the recently concluded tour, said he has been enjoying playing under Test skipper VIrat Kohli. He also said that both of them said things to each other and nothing was taken to heart.India’s lead spinner said their captain  was open to changes andgave his players freedom to express themselves on the field.”We have playedtogether for a considerable period of time. Both of us came into theteam at the same time. We have played our formative period together andthus there is a bit of comfort in the way we communicate,” Ashwin said.Also read: Ashwin 2.0 version augurs well for Team India When asked about the team’s aggressive approach, Ashwin said: “We wanted tomake sure that everybody had the freedom to express themselves.Everybody was given the license to go out there, be themselves and enjoy themselves.”The offspinner also said there were instances whentempers flared up and that it was important for the players to learnfrom such instances and become wiser and more mature.Ashwin-Dhoni partnership Ashiwn said he was ready to play again under ODI skipper MS Dhoni in the upcoming home series against South Africa. He said it was not difficult as professionals to play under different leaders.    “A captain is in charge of the ship and it is very important to go behind him if the team needs to succeed. It’s not going to be a bigchallenge as far as I am concerned. I have always been a captain’sbowler and thus I am going to enjoy playing under him,” Ashwin said.advertisement”It’s important to give Dhoni the kind of comfort he needs,” the offspinner said.  Also read: Kohli, Ashwin move up, India retain No 2 spot in ODI rankings Ashwin said the young team enjoyed the series victory against Sri Lanka. He termed the win as ‘best celebrated’ in recent times.”The win against Sri Lanka was celebrated really well. You could have seen the players’ face brimming with joy. We sat down, had a chat and had a meal together. I am sure we’ll have many such celebrations in future,” Ashwin said. Kumar Sangakkara is a special batsmanAshwin heaped praise on retired Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara. He said he had to bowl his best balls to get him out. “I wanted to be in top flight when he came into the crease. I put balls in the right area and thankfully enough, he nicked all of them.”Mishra and I are different bowlersAshwin stressed on the fact that there was variety in the Indian spin attack with Amit Mishra and him bowling in tandem.”I get a lot of bounce off the track, whereas he doesn’t. He is slower through the air and I am a bit quick. It’s a good variety to have,” Ashwin said.Ashwin said he was getting himself ready for  the South African challenge. “South African’s are known to be good travellers. As a young team, if we manage to end up on the right side of the finish line, it will be a tremendous result for the team,” Ashwin said.last_img read more


MP: BJP, Cong lock horns over Jhabua blast ahead of LS bypoll

first_imgBhopal, Sep 18 (PTI) BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh are trying to put each other in the dock over the massive explosion at Petlawad town in Jhabua district that claimed 89 lives, with the opposition party claiming that it will impact the forthcoming Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat bypoll. State Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said the BJP government has been “exposed” by the September 12 blast caused by mining explosives stockpiled in a building that ripped through a crowded area near a bus stand in Petlawad. “The Petlawad incident has exposed the BJP government totally, especially its claim of good governance. Earlier also the Congress was very strong in the tribal-dominated seat and is sure to wrest it from the BJP.” “The countdown for ending BJP rule in the state will begin from (Congress) certain victory in Ratlam-Jhabua by-poll,” he said confidently. The bypoll to Ratlam-Jhabua seat has been necessitated following the demise of sitting BJP MP Dileep Singh Bhuria. However, BJP denied that the bypoll will be affected by the incident and said the party will retain the seat. It also dismissed suggestions that the bypoll was weighing on Chief Minister Shivraj Singhs mind as he visited Petlawad twice after the blast despite being heckled on the first day. He not only enhanced the ex-gratia to Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased, but also announced a slew of measures to rehabilitate the survivors. “It is not correct to say that BJP government is taking care of the victims of explosion with an eye on the Lok Sabha bypoll. MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh visited the victims to share the pain and agony of those who lost their kin in the explosion and not to draw political mileage,” state BJP unit spokesman Deepak Vijayvargiya said. The CM also visited 17 villages and personally went to console those who have lost their family members. An eyewitness Welsingh said, “People heckled Chouhan when he reached Petlawad on September 13, but within fifteen minutes they raised slogans in his favour after he spoke to them and offered assistance.” Vijayvargiya exuded confidence that the BJP will win the byelection, whenever it is held. “As far as the byelection is concerned, firstly, it has not yet been announced, but whenever it will take place, BJP is going to win as it has a very strong active booth network in entire constituency. The explosion has its effect only in Petlawad area,” he claimed. Since 1951, Congress has won the Lok Sabha elections from Jhabua 13 times. BJP won it for the first time last year when Dileep Singh Bhuria defeated Kantilal Bhuria by a margin of over one lakh votes. After the blast, the state BJP and Congress had engaged in a war of words over Jhabua blast main accused Rajendra Kasawas political affiliation. MORE PTI MAS LAL GK RTlast_img read more


WWE SmackDown Results: Brock Lesnar Makes Shocking Return; Challenges Kofi Kingston for WWE Championship

first_imgTuesday night WWE SmackDown saw the shocking return of Brock Lesnar, as he promptly challenged Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship before laying him down with an F-5. It seems with WWE SmackDown’s move to Fox barely a few weeks away, WWE is creating a lot of momentum heading up to it as well as the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. The evening also saw a surprise appearance from Ric Flair, who cornered daughter Charlotte amid a legal battle with WWE for the rights to “The Man” nickname. The evening also saw a show-closing beatdown of Roman reigns and Daniel Bryan at the hands of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. The evening saw New Day defeat Randy Orton and The Revival via pinfall after Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise on Scott Dawson. However, it was after the match that things took a turn for the WWE Champion Kofi Kingston for the worse. As New Day were celebrating in the ring, Brock Lesnar’s music hit followed by ‘The Beast’ and Paul Heyman making their way to the ring. Kingston told his teammates to leave the ring, as Lensar entered and Paul Heyman was heard saying, “It’s a bad day for The New Day, yes it is,” before extending a challenge to Kingston for a title match on the October 4 debut episode of SmackDown on FOX.Kingston accepted and Lesnar extended a handshake only to grab the champ and leave him laying after an F-5.The evening also saw Rowan have a sit-down interview with Michael Cole, where he refused to discuss Harper’s involvement in his no disqualification match victory over Roman Reigns at Clash of Champions. He went on to say that he was not a follower but rather, a leader. Later in the show, Luke Harper and Rowan looked to prove that point when they attacked Bryan as he was in the ring addressing Rowan’s actions over the past few weeks. Reigns tried to make the save, only to be at the receiving end of his own beatdown by the duo as they powerbombed him into the ringpost and out Bryan through the announce table.Here’s what else happened on WWE SmackDown:Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks via disqualification when Bayley attacked Flair as she had Banks in the Figure-Eight.Heavy Machinery defeated The B-Team via pinfall after the Compactor.Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura laid out Ali ahead of their scheduled match.The evening also saw Kevin Owens in the crowd, moments before Shane McMahon was served with legal paperwork. Owens made it clear he has a valid case based on McMahon’s actions and hypocrisy and vowed to fire McMahon himself after he was victorious in the suit.The evening also witnessed Baron Corbin’s coronation as the 2019 King of the Ring. He called Chad Gable, his opponent during the final match and hit him with a string of short jokes. Gable tackled the new king through the throne and hit him with a scepter before leaving every shred of Corbin’s royal belongings in tatters. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img Baron CorbinbayleyBrock LesnarChad Gable First Published: September 18, 2019, 12:00 PM ISTlast_img read more


Don’t See Anyone Winning Athletics Medal in Olympics in Near Future: Milkha Singh

first_img athleticsmilkha singhOlympics First Published: September 27, 2019, 10:54 PM IST Mumbai: The legendary Milkha Singh on Friday said he does not see any Indian winning a medal in athletics in the Olympics in the near future.”Abhi tak toh mujhe koi aadmi aisa nazar nahi aata jo aaney walein Olympics Games ke andar athletics mein medal jeet paye (Till now, I don’t see anyone who can win a medal in athletics in Olympics),” the 92-year-old Milkha, popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’ told reporters here. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours 2019, which are being instituted by Virat Kohli and RP-SG. Milkha informed that he would be bestowed with an award during the function.”Kid, you have spoken about Olympics, but I will speak to you more about athletics … I, Gurbachan (Singh) Randhawa, PT Usha, Anju Bobby Geroge and Sriram Singh reached the final (in the Olympics) but could not get a medal,” rued Milkha.Milkha is most remembered for finishing fourth in the 400m final in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, while Randhawa finished fifth in 110m hurdles in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. PT Usha came fourth in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics while Anju Bobby George was fifth in the 2004 Athens Games.”If we have to win a medal in the Olympics, we will have to keep the athletes at one place and train them. Then (only) we can win a gold medal in the Olympics, suggested Milkha.Meanwhile, gymnast Dipa Karmakar said that her “fitness was good” amid her injury concerns.Current and former India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane, Smriti Mandhana, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh, chief badminton national coach P Gopichand were among a host of athletes and other celebrities who attended the award function. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more


India beat Bangladesh, set up title clash with Pakistan

first_img× 1/2 DINESHKARTHIK Don’t think we need to change anything for final: Kohli RELATED rohit   –  Reuters SHARE June 15, 2017 COMMENTS Published oncenter_img cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL 2/2 rohit   –  Reuters null Rohit Sharma stamped his class with an authoritative hundred in the company of magnificent Virat Kohli as India annihilated Bangladesh by nine wickets to set up a bumper summit showdown with arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, here today.The lazy elegance of Rohit (123 no off 129 balls) coupled with the unmatched swagger of skipper Kohli (96 no off 78 balls) ensured India treat Bangladesh’s attack with utter disdain, knocking off a modest target of 265 in 40.1 overs.This was after some inspired bowling changes from Kohli, including the introduction of part—time off—spinner Kedar Jadhav, which changed the complexion of the game with Bangladesh managing only 264 for seven in 50 overs.A miracle was needed for the over-rated mediocre pace attack to stop the Indian line-up. That didn’t happen as Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (46) added 87 for the opening wicket.And then came skipper Kohli, who treated the opposition attack as a bunch of net bowlers, adding 178 runs for the second wicket off 153 balls.The Indian captain also reached a personal milestone of 8000 ODI runs in his 183rd match.Rohit’s innings will be remembered for those pull shots and the amount of time he had to execute each one of them.But Kohli’s innings will be specifically remembered for two shots, or rather two pushes, off Mustafizur Rahaman — they were the best of the Indian innings.One that went straight past the bowler and the other was pushed through the vacant mid-off area. It was the best way of showing who the boss is.The gulf between the two teams was evident in the manner the Indian batsmen toyed with the Bangladesh attack.Anything short outside the off-stump was cut with ferocity. If the short ball was on leg and middle, it was dutifully pulled by Rohit, Kohli or Dhawan.They played all sorts of pull shots — Rohit primarily hit behind the square, Dhawan through the square and Virat in front of the square.Rohit, who is playing his first international tournament in six months, once again showed during his 11th ODI hundred as to why he is so highly rated.There were 15 boundaries and a hooked six off Mustafizur brought up his hundred. Kohli, who finished the match with a boundary, hit 13 of them in all.Earlier, Jadhav’s ‘golden arm’ provided decisive twin blows, helping India restrict Bangladesh opting to bowl.Jadhav’s 2/22 in six overs brought India back in the game as he took the crucial wickets of Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) with his fastish off-breaks.The two wickets proved to be the difference as Bangladesh only crossed the 260—mark instead of a projected 310 after Tamim and Rahim had added 123 runs for the second wicket in 21.1 overs.Once Kedar was done with his job, Jasprit Bumrah (2/40 in 10 overs) played his regular part to perfection, stifling the opposition with as many as 40 dot balls.The third powerplay (41-50) saw Bangladesh scoring only 62 runs, primarily due to a cameo from skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (30 no off 25 balls).Bumrah’s senior partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/53) complemented him well with a couple of dismissals first up.Bangladesh lost the momentum when Jadhav first got rid of the dangerous Tamim, who tried an ugly slog sweep to a delivery that was fired down the middle and leg. He missed the line completely to be bowled.In a space of few overs, Jadhav was back in thick of things, this time getting Rahim to drive uppishly that went straight to Kohli at mid-wicket.Jadhav was an inspired choice for Kohli as his fifth bowler Hardik Pandya had an off day, giving away 34 in his four overs, including an over in which he got Tamim out twice — caught off a free-hit and then bowled off a no-ball.Ravindra Jadeja (1/48 in 10 overs) got Shakib Al Hasan (15) caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni between the dismissals of Tamim and Rahim.From 154 for two, Bangladesh slumped to 179 for five, again fluffing their lines during the crucial death overs.It was Bumrah who took charge during the death overs. He scared the hell out of Mosaddek Saikat (15) with a barrage of short balls, which got him a simple caught and bowled.Bangladesh’s last hope for a big score was Mahmudullah Riyadh (21), who got a perfect yorker and he could have done nothing about it.Earlier, both Tamim and Shakib didn’t take too many risks but got the scoreboard ticking, raising hopes of a big total when they were comfortably placed at 154 for two.Tamim’s 82-ball innings had seven fours and a flicked six off Pandya, while Rahim hit four boundaries in his 85-ball knock. After three successive boundaries off a Bhuvneshwar over, Rahim was more keen on rotating the strike.They, in fact, negotiated Ravichandran Ashwin (10-0-54-0) well without taking any undue risks. While Ashwin bowled 27 dot balls, he did not bowl any wicket-taking deliveries. But it hardly mattered in the end. DINESHKARTHIK COMMENTlast_img read more


Formula One: Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg Disqualified from Japanese GP

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. brakesDaniel RicciardodisqualifiedF1 First Published: October 24, 2019, 9:42 AM IST Paris: Renault drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix on Wednesday after their team was punished for breaching regulations over brakes, the governing body FIA announced.Ricciardo was sixth and Hulkenberg 10th in the race at Suzuka on October 13 but the French team will now lose the nine points accrued by the Australian driver. “Renault have been disqualified from the results of the Japanese Grand Prix after a protest brought by rivals Racing Point was upheld,” said an FIA statement.”Racing Point’s protest regarded an alleged breach of the Sporting and Technical Regulations and the FIA International Sporting Code, relating to a ‘pre-set lap distance-dependent brake bias adjustment system’.”Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat will now be classified ninth and tenth respectively at the Japanese Grand Prix, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez moving up to sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.REVISED JAPANESE GP RESULTS:1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes), 2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari), 3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes), 4. Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda), 5. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/McLaren-Renault), 6. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari), 7. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Honda), 8. Sergio Perez (MEX/Racing Point-Mercedes), 9. Lance Stroll (CAN/Racing Point-Mercedes), 10. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso-Honda) last_img read more


I-League to Be Televised on DSport For Next Three Seasons

first_img aiffDSportfootballI-League First Published: November 14, 2019, 1:38 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: All India Football Federation (AIFF) has signed a three-year deal with Lex Sportel Vision Pvt. Ltd. to broadcast the I-League on DSport starting 2019-20 season. The 13th edition of I-League is scheduled to commence from November 30, 2019, featuring 11 teams and 110 matches.Separately, AIFF have commissioned Instat Limited – an Ireland based company to produce a feed of the live audio-visual coverage for the broadcast on DSport. Instat will produce all 110 I-League games with an 8-camera setup. AIFF’s agreement with Instat Limited will run for three years. The I-League for the past two seasons was showcased on Star Sports. However, as per the request of the I-League clubs, the AIFF & FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited) negotiated the deal with the new broadcast partner providing exclusive rights for on-air and digital content. FSDL will also contribute partly to the cost of production.AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das in his statement, said, “I need to thank Lex Sportel Vision for penning a three-year deal with AIFF. It has enabled us to bank on Instat Limited’s expertise in producing live telecast of I-League matches on DSport. The eight-camera set-up for all matches will surely add to enhanced viewing for the fans. I also need to thank FSDL for negotiating and facilitating the deal.”For the past two seasons, I-League matches saw a 2PM kick off because Star Sports also had broadcast rights of Indian Super League (ISL), which got the prime time slot.However, with this season, the 7PM kick-offs are back in the I-League.The I-League will be kickstarted by Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan at 2PM at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium while the 7PM match on the same day will see Gokulam Kerala FC hosting NEROCA FC.This year, I-League does not Shillong Lajong as they were relegated after finishing last the previous season while TRAU FC have been promoted from the second division. last_img read more


A ‘Promise’ to ‘the Goal’: Seiminlen Doungel Sums Up His ‘Not-a-fairytale’ Journey

first_imgDushanbe: There are very few Indian families where children are encouraged to pursue a professional career in sports, let alone football. It was not something different for Seiminlen Doungel, who is the eldest one among nine siblings in his family.”It was never easy for my parents to allow me to go for football. I am not from an affluent family and I don’t feel shame to say this. My parents had always pushed me to do studies and get a stable government job, just like other Indian parents,” Len, as he’s fondly known in the football fraternity, stated a day after scoring in the dying minutes against Afghanistan. Len, who hails from Bunglung village in Saikul hill town, Manipur was attracted to the beautiful game since his wee days and when his parents denied him a football, he went on to make one from plastic straws and started playing with it, an indomitable passion which kept him driving since then.”Football was like my addiction. My parents didn’t want me to waste time playing, as building a stable future from playing professionally was a far-fetched dream at that time. My dad used to be a defender and he was also very passionate about football. But he was never encouraged, so the passion was suppressed,” Len continued, “But, I could not let it go so easily. When they denied me a football from a local shop, I made a plastic ball by myself and used to juggle with that for hours. I was only 7 or 8 then. I felt like clinging on to that and I couldn’t let it go, even then.”‘A PROMISE THAT WAS MEANT TO BE KEPT AT ANY COST’After Len finished his secondary examination, his uncle Lunkhogin Tuboi, took him to Delhi and eventually, the youngster landed in the JCT Academy in Punjab for a trial session. Sukhwinder Singh, former India coach, didn’t take much time to identify the raw talent and kept him in the academy for the future.”Physically, I had to work and that’s why Sukhi-paaji asked me to stay in the academy and start working on for the future. I was so happy to be one step closer to my promise which was meant to be kept at any cost,” an emotional Len rattled.Although his parents didn’t favour his decision to give football a try as a profession, that too in his tender age, he persuaded them and made a promise which was indeed a tough one.”I promised them that I wouldn’t come back to my village until I sign a professional contract with a club. It was really tough for every one of us but I knew this will force me every day to put in an extra bit of effort to reach my target. Video calls, the internet was not so readily available then and it was tough for everyone. But I hung in there (in JCT) and that phase taught me a lot.”‘THE INJURY LAY-OFF & LACK OF MATURITY- COST ME HEAVILY’At the brink of taking off, Len’s career suffered a sudden hiccup owing to an unexpected ankle injury in JCT which muddled his training schedule as well as a professional career too.”I had to start from scratch once again and it was not easy. JCT coach, Jaggi Singh noticed my honesty and he used to appreciate that. I didn’t take a single holiday because I had to fulfill my promises.”After he inked a deal with East Bengal in 2012-13, he finally went back to his village to see his parents and dear ones, after a prolonged gap of 3 years.He was selected for the India U-19 Team by Colm Toal but eventually, he couldn’t make the cut to the final squad. There started his journey with Indian Arrows when he scored two goals against the likes of Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar FC.”I have some great memories while playing for Indian Arrows and those two goals were definitely one of them. We lost both matches but those goals will surely be etched in my memories forever.”A young mind is fragile and it requires a lot of effort to keep it focused. Although Len got his maiden National Team call-up when he was 19 years old, he hasn’t been a regular member of the Indian football family since then. He flew with the India U-23 squad for the Asian Games held in Incheon in 2014 and after that, he was called up by the then coach Wim Koevermans for the friendly fixture against Palestine.”I was ecstatic and honestly, I couldn’t believe that I got selected for the India team. But, since then, my journey hasn’t been a joyful one and I can’t blame anyone else but me for that,” the 25-year-old continued, “It was a topsy-turvy journey for me and honestly, I couldn’t feel the importance of the tricolour on my chest before. I was young then. Gradually, I realised the worth of being in the National team set-up and it’s the biggest motivation for any footballer- to play for the country.”‘IT’LL ALWAYS STAY RIGHT AT THE TOP’After debuting for the Indian football team in 2014, he has seldom been called up for the National Team camp but hit the pitch only once, against Kyrgyz Republic in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers in March, 2018 before scoring his maiden goal against Afghanistan in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers at the Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Thursday (November 14, 2019).After replacing Pritam Kotal in the 77th minute in the Indian football team’s search for the elusive equaliser, Seiminlen injected some much-needed urgency in the attacking third and finally, in the third minute of the added time, he headed the corner from Brandon home to stun the hostile Afghan supporters. The moment could have only been scripted in Hollywood and epitomised in a football field- that’s the beauty of the game of football.”It’ll always stay right at the top. No other goal comes closer to this. I am a strong believer in God and I prayed to him before going into the pitch. The moment I connected and the ball went in, I actually went blank.””I couldn’t actually realise what happened and after a fraction of a second, I came back to reality. I dedicate the goal to my entire family,” an elated Len continued.Moreover, he shared the joy with his entire family and mostly, his better half who has always been by his side through thick and thin. Incidentally, she was an avid cricket fan before.”My wife was an avid cricket follower just like any other Indian. She didn’t have any idea about football but since we met, she started following football and taking interest in Indian Football.””She has been my biggest motivator. She has always backed me whenever I have been low. When I spoke to her after the match, she broke down. Everyone in our family watched the match. Everyone was glued to the television set and it makes me feel so happy that I, to some extent, could deliver,” Len’s voice got emotional.Meanwhile, the raw talent who has been ‘immature’ before as termed by none but himself, now realises the grave importance of being in the National Team fold and didn’t think twice to reveal who does he draw inspiration from, none other than the maestro — Sunil Chhetri.”I know, I have a long way to go and it has just been the starting. If we look up to Chhetri-bhai, probably we can realise how much effort and hard work you have to put in day in and day out to maintain the consistency. The amount of sacrifices and hard yards that he has put in is what we should follow. It is not a fairytale. It has to be the hardcore reality to achieve the dream.” Afghanistandrawgoalindian football First Published: November 16, 2019, 4:58 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more


FIFA World Cup 2018 : Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Review

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementLuiz Suarez celebrates on his 100th appearance for Uruguay as his solitary goal help his team beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 today. This means that Saudi are the second team to get knocked out of the tournament after morocco. A spirited performance from the middle east team made it hard for Uruguay as they showed much more composure than last time and greater level of fitness on the pitch. Saudi created a few chances but the lack of finishing cost them the match. Interestingly Saudi Arabia had the majority of possession at the end of the game making more passes than Uruguay. This result also means that Egypt are also knocked out of the world cup. Earlier in the first half, Uruguay capitalized on a miserably defended corner that left Barcelona striker Luiz Suarez unmarked who had to just pass the ball into the net giving the South Americans the lead in the 23rd minute.This sets up an interesting clash for Uruguay against the high flying Russians for their last match of the group stages. A hard fought defeat for the Saudi Arabian as they kept the potent partnership of Suarez and Cavani for the majority of the match except for the momentary lapse that cost them the game. With Saudi Arabia out, this ends the middle eastern representation in the world cup. Although, the Egypt vs Saudi Arabia clash will be a dead points match, high stakes will be involved as both will fight for higher place finish in the world cup.Catch the highlights of the match here : also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Iran vs Spain Previewlast_img read more


FIFA World Cup 2018 : Top goals of the tournament ( with videos)

first_imgAdvertisementRussia 2018 became a reality 8 years after it was awarded the hosting rights. It has been the most entertaining edition of the World Cup in the 21st century. The favorites of god were no good to the underdog’s will to win.Who would have thought Belgium, Croatia and England would be three of the last four in the competition. Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina had all been eliminated before the semifinals stage. This world cup has defied all expectations to give yet another summer classic.At the end of 64 matches, France emerged victorious as they lifted their second title to become champions of the world yet again. With just one 0-0 draw in the entire tournament, Russia 2018 has been an epitome of entertainment for the past one month. While this may have been a forgetful tournament for a few, it has become an unforgettable one for many.The success of Japan will inspire an entire continent of Asia as this world cup has been the best outing for Asian countries.As Qatar prepares for 2022, this world cup has given new hope for the underdogs, reminding the favorites that World Cup is the stage where the unexpected happens and the expected one can disappoint. A platform where a nation’s prowess is decided by sheer hard work and will and not by its flamboyance.A total of 169 goals were scored in this quadrennial football competition at an average of 2.64 goals per match. Let’s take a look back and see some of best goals scored throughout the tournament : (In no particular order)Denis Cheryshev vs Saudi Arabia :Alexandar Kolarov Vs Costa Rica :Phillipe Coutinho vs Switzerland :Toni Kroos vs Sweden :Luka Modric vs Argentina :Dries Mertens vs Panama :Nacho vs Portugal :Granit Xhaka vs Serbia :Ricardo Quaresma vs Iran :Ahmed Musa vs Iceland :Nacer Chadli vs Japan :Angel Di Maria vs France :Kevin De Bruyne vs Brazil :Benjamin Pavard vs Argentina :Read also :Football: Cristiano Ronaldo speaks up about his move to ‘The Old Lady’Football: Kaka talks about youngster, Kylian Mbappe Advertisementlast_img read more


Centre seeks report on Chhattisgarh church attack

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) The Centre today sought a report from Chhattisgarh government on the vandalisation of a church near Raipur and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said the guilty will not be spared.”We have sought a report from Chhattisgarh government on the incident. Police have already taken necessary action and the guilty will not be spared,” Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home, told reporters here.Nine people have been arrested in connection with the vandalisation of a church on the outskirts of Raipur. Of the nine held, six are minors.A group of about 15-20 youths allegedly sporting saffron headbands had yesterday “barged” into the church while prayers were underway and vandalised the premises and thrashed those present there.President of Chhattisgarhs Christian Forum, Arun Pannalal, has alleged that the attackers even targeted women and an infant.Pannalal claimed that yesterdays incident was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state. PTI ACB KKM PAL KKMlast_img read more



first_img(REOPENS DEL 30) (REOPENS DEL 30) Quizzed about his batting position which he shuffles as per match situation, Dhoni said he would continue the finishers role of hitting it big in minimum deliveries. “I always felt good when it comes to batting. Up and down keeps happening in the batting department. You have to see the opportunity youre getting. It depends how much opportunity. I felt I had a decent opportunity. 90 per cent of time I will be playing the same kind of role as I played in the Asia Cup, playing 10-12 ball innings. Im ready for the challenges,” he said. Dhoni said being a finisher, he has a complex part to play in the team. The wicketkeeper-batsman also lauded Virat Kohli for his ability to play the finishers role despite being top-order batsman. “For me a finisher is a lower order batsman. The top order batsman is always sets up the innings but its always useful to have somebody like Virat at no 3 who has the ability to finish the game. But when the opposition scores big it is important for your 5-6-7 to finish the game. The entire set up is for the lower order batsman to finish the game. “But I think the finishers will be the batsmen who usually bat lower down the order. The job profile is very different. You have to think twice before hitting lower down the order as you have less batsmen after you. Its a complex job. If you have three batsmen of Virats calibre then more often than not they will finish,” he added. Evaluating the challenge that awaits India, Dhoni said pinch-hitters will play a crucial role in the tournament. “Its difficult to measure the challenges. Its a world class tournament. Every team is very good. Every team has a set of players who can play big shots. All teams have fantastic bowlers and good all-rounders. “Its quite even, its not like youre far away from each other. I feel at start everything will boil down to how well you play on the particular day. I dont think you can take a side lightly, a big hitter can really change a game if he plays a big innings,” he said. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more


Anand Sharma files nomination for RS election from Himachal

first_imgShimla, Mar 9 (PTI) Congress leader Anand Sharma today filed his nomination for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in his home state Himachal Pradesh.Sharma, the Deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha had resigned from the upper house on Monday to contest the Rajya Sabha election from the seat, which will fall vacant after BJP member Bimla Kashyaps term expires on April 2.Four sets of nomination papers were filed by 40 MLAs, including chief minister, his cabinet colleagues, Chief Parliamentary secretaries, party MLAs and four independents.Sharmas election to Rajya Sabha for the third time from Himachal is a foregone conclusion as the opposition BJP with 27 members in the 68-member house is unlikely to field its candidate.Earlier Sharma was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2014 from Rajasthan. Now he has been nominated by Congress high command to contest from Himachal Pradesh.The Congress deputy leader was a cabinet minister in Manmohan Singh government and later became the deputy leader of the party in Rajya Sabha after the UPA government was ousted in 2014.The last date for filing nominations is March 11. Scrutiny would take place on March 12 and if required, the voting would be held on March 21 and results would be declared the same day. PTI PCL SUK DV ISHlast_img read more