Animal rights group PETA has said it will move the Supreme Court challenging the legislation passed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka state assemblies allowing Jallikattu and Kambala respectively.However, the body has not yet decided on whether it will challenge the state assembly legislations separately or together.”We will challenge the legislations in the Supreme Court. We will do it in the next few days. We are consulting our lawyers on whether to challenge both the state laws together or separately,” Manilal Valliyate, Director of Veterinary Affairs at PETA India, told PTI.Also read | Jallikattu: MHA clears Tamil Nadu government’s Ordinance, sent to PresidentOn January 31, the apex court had refused to stay the new legislation while hearing the petitions of a number of animal welfare bodies. However, it had permitted the associations to amend their pending petitions for challenging the law.Jallikattu is a traditional bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu, while Kambala is a buffalo race.Also read: All you need to know about Jallikattu WATCH:
Indian Premier League (IPL) season is upon us, yet again, and the stars ready themselves to prove their worth in the tournament with performances justifying their status. The teams over the years have formulated strategies to strike a balance of stars and performers in their squad to yield maximum monetary gain. Critics of the T20 league, have aimed their guns at the obscene amounts being thrown at young players and stars. (Also Read: AB de Villiers suffers back injury ahead of Indian Premier League 2017)What many fail to grasp is the business side of the story. Commercial sponsorship deals, product promotion and brand associations play a big part in dictating the kinds of players a team looks at to attract potential sponsors. (Also Read: Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja to miss initial matches, Murali Vijay ruled out )In the last few seasons, T20 specialists have been looked at to bolster the chances of a team and balance out the known faces in the squad.Likes of Tymal Mills, Rovman Powell, this season and Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head along with last year’s break out star, Mustafizur Rahman, will perform for the team. (Also Read: Ravichandran Ashwin ruled out of Indian Premier League 2017 )Tymal Mills, the English fast bowler was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 12 crores. The 24-year-old can clock upwards of 140 with accuracy of an assassin. His abilities with the ball at the death overs has made his services highly sought after by T20 teams around the globe.In his last outing T20 outing which was Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, he picked up seven wickets in five matches with best figures of 3/20. He has also turned out for Brisbane Heat, Chittagong Vikings in the Big Bash and Bangladesh Premier League respectively. A little over two years ago, he was diagnosed with a congenital back condition which might have ended his career.advertisementWest Indian Rovman Powell, was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders to fill the void left by Andre Russell, for his base price of Rs 30 lakh. The 23-year-old all-rounder was picked up for his performances against KKR’s brand extension team, Tribago Knight Riders, while playing for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League. He has also turned up for the Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League.AFGHAN ATTACKThe highlight of this player’s auction were the availability of the five Afghani players.Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghan cricketer to be picked up in the Indian Premier League by Sunrisers Hyderabad for his base price of Rs 30 lakh.Fourth in the ICC’s all-rounder’s list for T20 Internationals, Nabi has taken 56 wickets at an economy of 6.96 in T20 Internationals. He has played for Quetta Gladiators along with Tymal Mills as well as Sylhet Royals and Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League. Mohammad Nabi in the recently concluded three-match T20 series against Ireland, smashed a brilliant 89 runs off just 30 balls including six fours and nine sixes in the last match to help his team sweep the series.SunrisersHyderabad also bagged leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who is ranked fifth in the ICC T20I bowler’s ranking, shelling out Rs 4 crore. The 18-year-old has played 24 T20 Internationals already and has snared 40 wickets at an impressive economy of 6.07 which shows that he is extremely difficult to get away. The defending champions will be hoping they can replicate last year’s magic with the players they have gone with.Sometimes players from other countries help not only with performances on the field, but by bringing in fans from other countries.SURPRISE Chirag Suri from United Arab Emirates was picked up by Gujarat Lions for his base price of 10 lakhs.The 22-year-old batsman was born in Delhi and raised in Dubai. Emirates Cricket Board has only eight full-time professional contracted players and Suri is not one of them. Apart from playing cricket, he studies business management at Heriot Watt University in Dubai.
Jose Mourinho could not hide his displeasure at his side’s lack of cutting edge as Manchester United failed to make significant ground on their Champions League-chasing rivals in a 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday.The draw — their 11th of the season — extended their undefeated Premier League streak to 19 matches.United last lost a league game in October when they were humbled 4-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho is enjoying his longest unbeaten run in the top flight since October 2005 when his own Chelsea side went 40 games without defeat.But his side are still four points short of the fourth Champions League spot, having won only four and drawn eight of their last 12 league games at Old Trafford.And the United coach was left lamenting his side’s inability to kill off opponents.”We have a lot of draws this season,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “Teams come here just to defend, goalkeepers come here to be man of the match.”We cannot score a goal even when we are one-on-one. We beat everyone on quality of play and direction of the game, possession, creation and ambition but we drew too many matches.”United enjoyed 75 percent of the possession against Tony Pulis’s disciplined Albion, but while they took 18 shots to the visitors’ three, they failed to break down their opponents’ back line.Their reliance on summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored 15 of United’s 43 goals this season, was again evident in his absence.advertisementWith the striker suspended, a front four of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard had no solution to Albion’s rugged defensive display.”One team had the ball, one team didn’t. One team tried to win, the other tried to draw,” Mourinho concluded in a tetchy interview.Pulis, whose West Bromwich team remain eighth, with 44 points, praised his side’s resolve.”If we won at the end, it would have been unjust,” he acknowledged. “We’re really pleased with the effort and commitment they put in today. United have some really good players. No matter how well set up you are, you’ll always be on your back foot.”It’s a fabulous point to get at Old Trafford.” The group plays very well together. They play very compact but we had opportunities to spring out of it, like against Arsenal (a 3-1 victory for West Bromwich on March 18).”Their resilience and commitment was fantastic.”
A great reminder of how to inspire your staff was highlighted in the recent Influence Report (a highly recommended read). An organizational behavior researcher decided to test his theory that workers often fail to live up to their potential because they’ve lost track of the significance and meaningfulness of their own jobs. As the report describes:He figured that if he could remind employees of why their jobs are important, they might become more highly motivated, and therefore, more productive individuals. To test this idea, he worked with a fundraising organization that allowed him to go to its call center and randomly assign employees into certain groups. Some of these employees read stories from other employees describing what they perceived were the personal benefits of the job, including financial benefits and the development of skills and knowledge (Personal Benefit condition). However, another set of employees read stories from the beneficiaries of the fundraising organization, who described how the scholarships they obtained from the organization had a positive impact on their lives (Task Significance condition). Finally, there was third group of employees that did not read any stories (Control condition). In addition, the employees were told not to talk about or share what they had read with any other callers. The researcher was able to obtain the number of pledges earned as well as the amount of donation money obtained by the callers both one week prior to the study and one month afterward. The findings are an important reminder to us all: Employees in the Personal Benefit and Control conditions looked almost exactly the same after the intervention as before it in terms of amount of donation money raised and the number of pledges earned. Yet, those in the Task Significance condition earned more than twice the number of weekly pledges (from an average of 9 to an average of 23) and more than twice the amount of weekly donation money (from an average of $1,288 to an average of $3,130). Additional analyses suggest that the huge increase was driven by previously unmotivated employees increasing the number of calls they made per hour.If you want your staff passionate about your work, show them the good they do in the world.
The Smartblog on Social Media had some great advice on social media this week. Read the whole post, but the five key points (in my words) are: 1. Listen first: In today’s constant information stream, you need real-time insight into what people are saying about you.2. Have rules: Make sure you know who is allowed to do what at your organization with a clear set of social media guidelines.3. Commit: Show up and participate regularly or don’t bother doing it at all.4. Have great content: Or else nothing will get shared and spread.5. Cross-promote: Make sure your social media presences are all over your outreach.Last, I’ll add a piece of advice: Remember that social media is a great place to build relationships, but it’s not your primary place to raise money. Further proof of that came in this week’s Chronicle of Philanthropy, which notes: “Fewer than 3 percent of the 11,196 nonprofit groups that responded to the Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark survey said that they raised more than $10,000 on Facebook in 2010.”Go in prepared, and go in with the right expectations.
Here on the blog, I’ve often discussed how giving makes us happy. I’ve cited many psychology studies. But this is a matter of biology too.David Linden has a new book, The Compass of Pleasure, which provides insights into the pleasure center of our brain.The book’s full title is The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good. In an interview with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air, Linden explains how the pleasure center works. Certain activities trigger dopamine, making us feel good. We feel pleasure when we eat, drink and reproduce. Also when we do drugs, gamble, learn, exercise and … yes, give to charity. Linden explains how addiction works. It’s actually a problem caused by the brain’s inability to experience pleasure: Some people have genes that turn down the function of dopamine signaling within the pleasure circuit. Their weaker dopamine systems make them driven to overdo it. Linden told Gross, “In order to get to that same set point of pleasure that others would get to easily — maybe with two drinks at the bar and a laugh with friends — you need six drinks at the bar to get the same thing.”So charity triggers the same part of the brain — and pleasure — as does nicotine? Could giving to charity be addictive?Unfortunately, Linden says no. He doesn’t know of anyone who has become addicted to giving to charity, though it’s possible in theory.
(The image above stands for FREELANCERS UNION, clearly.)Potential spoilers ahead.As upstanding, moral freelance citizens, you may be skeptical about what House of Cards’ Francis Underwood and a cast of conniving characters can teach you about anything.But in Season 2, when Frank famously says:It got us thinking: many freelancers begin as doormats (walked all over by their clients), and the more experience you get, the more you boldly take control of your own careers. And how do we go from doormat to matador? As always, Frank has a plan.Our own Mark Snyder – Writer and Secretary of the Edward Meechum Fanclub – decodes Frank’s life lessons:1. Pay attention to detailsSmall, seemingly insignificant, tasks will add up to a glorious big picture. A small business owner’s life will run smoothly when they take the time to make sure the details are in place.2. Choose strong alliesDon’t be intimidated by other people doing the same things or offering the same types of services. Find ways to collaborate – you never know how a fellow freelancer is going to impact your own business! Aligning yourself with the right people can mean the difference between success and failure.3. Expand your reach by readingFreelancer or not, we are all citizens and you can’t just consider one perspective. Don’t be afraid to consult an array of resources and opinions. Your influences should be wide and far-reaching. If you find yourself pitching an article about the hip new restaurant scene in St. Louis, you need to find out everything else that’s already been said, so you that you offer a fresh and informed angle.4. FInd creative ways to say thank youIf someone helps you out, it’s not enough to say “Oh, I owe you a favor.” How can you find a way to say, “I appreciate you as a person, not just what you did for me”? Find them a creative gift — even one that you didn’t spend much money on, but suits their tastes. Reservations at popular (i.e. difficult to get) restaurants are a great gesture — non-monetary, but definitely appreciated. And showing your thoughtfulness is a tremendous asset to your own brand.5. Take time out to strategizeDon’t forget to pause for reflection and to a temperature of where you’re at in the progress of your career. If you have a 6-month business plan, stop at 6 months and figure out where you’re at: “What from my original plan am I doing right, what am I doing wrong, and where am I falling short?” Not in a negative way — but just trying to figure out what next steps will get you to the next level of success. You’re not just connecting dots, you’re finding out what makes you happy and going for it – just like Frank and Claire do every hour of House of Cards!Freelancers, what have you learned from House of Cards?
The spirit of Mitchell Johnson could return to haunt England’s batsmen during the Ashes in the form of another left-arm paceman, Mitchell Starc, according to former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris.A rampaging Johnson took 37 wickets at an astonishing average of 13.97 to fire Australia to a 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 series Down Under, leaving mental scars on a number of the tourists’ batters.Australia spearhead Starc had a similar volatile mix of pace, swing and bounce to be a Johnson-style wrecking ball in the series that started in Brisbane next week, said Harris.The 27-year-old has also been in ominous form, capturing 17 wickets for New South Wales in his two Sheffield Shield warmup matches.”He’s definitely got it in him. I’ve just spent some time with him. He’s bowling fast,” Harris told Reuters in an interview from Brisbane.”He probably had a little bit of an issue over the last few months with not swinging the ball as much as he’d like. But giving him that red ball, he’s probably as consistent as I’ve seen him for a while as well.”He’s got the pace of Johnson, he moves it both ways, exactly like Johnson does, and doesn’t even know he’s doing it.”He’s also got that brutal yorker that he can pull out when he wants. So, I’d love to see that happen again, someone rip through the English again and put a bit of fear in the back of their minds.”SHORT-PITCHED BLITZAlong with Peter Siddle, Harris was on hand to witness Johnson at his destructive best as a member of the pace trio in Michael Clarke’s Australia that captured all 20 English wickets in each of the five tests.advertisementJohnson set the tone early in the opener at the Gabba, taking nine wickets in a short-pitched blitz that set up a 381-run battering against the shell-shocked touring party.The mustachioed Queenslander remained a problem throughout the series for England’s batsmen, who tried in vain to adjust but ultimately had few answers.”Once Mitch got on a roll it was very hard for them to stop him,” said Harris, now a high performance coach at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.”I reckon it put a little bit of fear in their minds and fair enough. It was bloody fast bowling. Fast bowling at it’s best.”That was genuine pace and they had no way of combating it. Even talking to their old bowling coach (David Saker) who was there at the time, they just didn’t know how to stop the rot.”Harris was the second highest wicket taker of the series with 22 victims, while Siddle grabbed 16 in vital support roles.It was a triumph built on excellent camaraderie between the three quicks, said Harris, a quality he was confident Starc would share with his fellow test pacemen and New South Wales team mates Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.”I remember Michael Clarke sitting the three of us down and telling us what he wanted of us, that he wanted us to be close to each other and talking to each other all the time about good and bad things, and how he wanted us to be a team within a team,” added Harris.”For us, it wasn’t necessarily about taking wickets, it was about bowling dots (non-scoring deliveries) and putting pressure on at the other end,” he said.Earlier this week, Cummins, the youngest of the trio at 24, declared himself keen to repeat Johnson’s feats in the upcoming series, but Harris cautioned the bowlers to focus on helping each other.”To be successful you’ve got to be prepared to bowl and not necessarily take the glory but just help your mate out down the other end,” he added.”If they bowl in those partnerships, they’ll get the rewards. It is an exciting attack.”
India football captain Sunil Chhetri got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of Mohun Bagan legend Subrata Bhattacharya and will tie the knot in Kolkata on December 4.The sangeet ceremony was held at a Gurgaon hotel last night.The 33-year-old Chhetri, who is currently playing for Bengaluru FC in the fourth edition of Indian Super League, flew down to the Capital after the match against Mumbai City FC in Bengaluru on Sunday.The main wedding ceremony will take place on December 4 in Kolkata between Bengalurus away games against FC Goa and NorthEast United.The reception will be held on December 24 in Bengaluru. Sonam is a business management graduate from Scotland.
Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for the club and Romelo Lukaku was also on target as they closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to 13 points with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.An important win on a poignant day. pic.twitter.com/P1F4xOj79x— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2018After Burnley had held league leaders Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor in the early kickoff, the pressure was on United to take advantage but they struggled to find any rhythm in the first half as Huddersfield stood firm.pic.twitter.com/Mtjdb6OJL3— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2018However, 10 minutes into the second half the hosts went in front when Romelu Lukaku met Juan Mata’s cross to score his fourth goal in his last six appearances before Sanchez stroked the ball home after his 68th minute penalty was saved.Struggling Huddersfield offered little as an attacking force in the game and United saw out the victory with ease to at least put some pressure on rivals City, while Huddersfield dropped to second-bottom after a fifth successive league defeat.
Thane Anti Extortion Cell has registered another case against Chota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim gang for threatening an Ambernath-based builder.Surojeet Rai, the Ambernath-based builder had bought rights for development of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) project near Andheri sports complex and had partnered with one Kamal Jadhwani.Jadhwani then tied up with one Afghan Khan and Riyaz Bhati who is a noted criminal and builder, to form a company called Ark.Ark sold the building’s development rights to Mumbai-based Acme Developers, and started threatening Rai to give up his rights amounting to about Rs 1 crore and a 4500-sq-ft property in the project which could be worth around Rs 10 crore in 2012.Rai started receiving threatening calls from Dawood Ibrahim’s gang members and Chota Shakeel to give away his rights or else he would be killed.In the same month, Kamal, Riyaz and Afghan kidnaped Rai on gunpoint and then forcibly took him to Mumbai registration office and forced him to sign away his rights for development of the project.Rai recently approached Thane Police and a case was registered against Shakeel, Kamal, Riyaz and Afghan along with one more accused.
(Eds:Repeating after changing sequence of events in para 7 and 10)By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) Indias foreign coach Achraf El Karargui has flown back home in mysterious circumstances, raising doubts over his return with less than a month to go for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.Sports Authority of India (SAI) had extended Kararguis contract last year to continue till July 2019 but his move has left medal contenders Joshna Chinappa, Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal in a spot ahead of the April 4-15 Games.Speaking to PTI, a SAI official confirmed that the Egyptian has left for his country. “It was 10 days ago that he wished to resign due to personal reasons. However, he is expected to continue till the Commonwealth Games,” the official told PTI. It has been learnt that the Alexandria-based coach may not even return to guide the team in Gold Coast. The Egyptian communicated to SAI that he is quitting due to “personal reasons” but his growing differences with the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) played a big role in his decision. The final straw was SRFI not allowing Karargui fly home after attending the Windy City Open in Chicago last month. The SRFI wanted the coach to come back to India instead of flying to his hometown Alexandria straight from Chicago. Upset at the federations plan, the coach left for Egypt and chose not to travel with the players to Chicago. Chinappa, Ghosal and Pallikal had taken part in the Chicago event.advertisement While SRFI office-bearers were unavailable for a comment, a source close to the development said Karargui was not allowed to work freely. “He was supposed to leave with the players to Chicago but instead was told to come back to India. His resignation was very much on the cards as he developed serious differences with SRFI over the past six months,” the SRFI source claimed. Though Chinappa, Ghosal and Pallikal are experienced campaigners, the suspense over coachs future before the Commonwealth Games is certainly not ideal preparation. All three players have praised Kararguis style of coaching in the past. Chinappa and Pallikal had won a historic gold in womens doubles at the last edition in Glasgow four years ago. They are also medal contenders for the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia later this year. PTI BS AT AT AT
West Indies qualified for the 2019 World Cup in England after rain played spoilsport and dashed Scotland’s hopes of making it to the finals.After a break in play due to rainfall and then a wet outfield, the umpires decided to call off the match, thus, handing West Indies a five-run victory and a ticket to England.They now have 8 points from five games and are the first to qualify for the World Cup from the qualifiers.See you in England and Wales next summer for #CWC19, @westindies! pic.twitter.com/cClx762p7GICC (@ICC) March 21, 2018Put into bat, West Indies were off to a horrific start after losing Chris Gayle on the first ball of the match. And it got worse when Shai Hope was removed in the third over for a six-ball duck. But, opener Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels then steadied the ship for the Windies.Lewis and Samuels stitched a 121-run stand for the third wicket before Bradley Wheal removed Lewis for a well made 87-ball 66. West Indies needed another partnership but one wicket gave way to another and Samuels fell for 51 just 19 balls later — forcing the two-time champions to be five down. They failed to put a partnership together since then and kept losing wickets at regular intervals and finally were bowled out for 198 from 48.4 overs.Safyaan Sharif and Wheal picked up three wickets each while Michael Leask had two to his name. Alasdair Evans and Richie Berrington grabbed a wicket apiece.Catch action from morning session at Harare Sports Club. Windies made 198 off 48.4 overs. Scotland’s target is 199 off 50 overs. Evin Lewis (66) and Marlon Samuels (51) added 121 for 3rd wicketFollow LIVE: https://t.co/UxjSoUlpbkLIVE on tv: @ESPN_Caribbean #CWCQ #RALLY pic.twitter.com/OCHXlQ1HOiadvertisementCricketWestIndies (@westindies) March 21, 2018Coming in to chase, Scotland were handed the same fate by the West Indies bowlers. They lost both their openers inside the first four overs and could never recover. Michael Jones was the next man to go and Scotland were tottering at 25/3 from 6.1 overs.Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington then weathered the storm and put on a 42-run stand but it was broken just when it was looking to get dangerous by Ashley Nurse. MacLeod hit one straight back at Nurse to hand them a way back into the game. Berrington and George Munsey however, were quick to cut out the danger and stitched another solid stand for the fourth-wicket. But Berrington fell for 33 and Scotland were five down with 93 runs to win.The incoming Michael Leask settled in well with Munsey and were ticking the scoredcard along well until rain lashed out at Harare. After a brief break, the game started to lose overs and according to DLS method Scotland were five runs behind the required target at that point. Hopes of a game were still there but the rain got heavier and the match was abandoned, thus, crushing Scotland’s hopes of making it to the final.The rain has got very heavy at Harare Sports Club. The full covers are on. #CWCQ #WIvSCO pic.twitter.com/fYgEonp7S8Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 21, 2018Zimbabwe and UAE play each other next and that will be followed by a match between Ireland and Afghanistan. All three sides barring UAE have a chance of making it to the final.
Shreyasi Singh won Gold in Women’s Double Trap Finals on Day 7 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast to take India’s medal tally 23. India now have 12 Gold, 4 Silver and 7 Bronze to their name.This was India’s 12th Gold medal overall and 4th in shooting. The other three are Manu Bhakar, Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai.Shooters have been on roll in Commonwealth Games 2018, winning 10 medals, with two Silvers and four Bronze. She secured top spot after beating Emma Cox of Australia in a shoot-off for the first position. Both were tied on 96 but the India shot one more than the Aussie to take away the top honour.Commonwealth Games 2018: Medals TallyCommonwealth Games 2018: Full CoverageShreyasi shot a total of 96 across four rounds (24+25+22+25). Her compatriot Varsha Varman marginally missed out on a Bronze after shooting 86 (21+25+21+19) across the four series. Cox grabbed second position while Linda Pearson of Scotland finished third to take home a bronze medal. This was India’s second medal of the day after Om Mitharwal bagged a bronze in Men’s 50m Pistol event.Om registered a score of 201.1 in the final to take away a bronze medal.Om Mitharwal also became a double medalist, after Heena Sidhu, as he had bagged Bronze for India with a score of 214.3 in Men’s 10m Air Pistol Final on Monday.Daniel Repacholi of Australia took the gold with a new CWG record of 227.2. Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh took silver with 220.5.Defending champion Jitu Rai, the other Indian in the fray, had a disappointing outing. The reigning Asian Games champion registered a decidedly below par 105 to finish at the bottom of the eight-man final. Jitu Rai failed to add to his Gold that he had won in Men’s 10m Air Pistol on Monday. He had created a new CWG record of 235.1 in the final to win.advertisementOm had topped the standings at the end of the qualification stage with a score of 549 points while Jitu qualified at the sixth position with 542.Om was trailing Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh till the fifth shot before taking the lead with his sixth and final attempt.Bin Gai of Singapore was second with 546 while Australia’s Daniel Repacholi was third. Ahmed fell off the pace after leading till the fifth shot to eventually end the qualification stage at the fourth spot with 545. Malaysia’s Johnathan Guanjie (545), Kristian Callaghan (541) of England and Singapore’s Swee Hon Lim (534) were the other shooters to qualify for the final.More medals are expected to come as boxers Mary Kom, Vikas Krishan, Gaurav Solanki, Manoj Kumar, Mohammed Hussamuddin, Naman Tanwar and Amit Phangal are all going to take part in medal events.Mary Kom as of now has the chance to win Silver as she qualified for the final of the 45-48kg boxing category. This was also her first CWG final.
By Poonam Mehra Gold Coast, Apr 12 (PTI) The wrestling gold rush began as expected and the shooting ranges also threw up medals before a couple of track-and-field podium finishes provided a near perfect end to what was a high-yielding day for India at the 21st Commonwealth Games here. Sushil Kumar pulled off an effortless performance for gold, a tad irritated Seema Punia opened Indias track-and-field account with a silver, while former world champion Tejaswini Sawants rifle shot down a silver too. In all, India claimed two gold, three silver and a bronze today, shoring up the overall medal count to 31. However, the country continued to be third on the table behind Australia and England respectively. India have 14 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals thus far. The day started with a silver at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane where Sawant added a second silver to her CWG collection of medals in the womens 50m rifle prone event. And then began the medal rush at the Carrara Sports and Leisure centre where the wrestlers snared four today ? two gold, a silver and a bronze. Defending champion Sushil (74kg) barely spent any time on the mat, his final against South African Johannes Botha lasted just a minute and 20 seconds as he picked up easy victories to claim his third successive gold at the Games, a love affair that began in 2010 Delhi edition. “When I am fit, I try to ensure that I win in this way (the way he won today). When I am not fit, I dont fight. I am fit right now,” he said in a crisp analysis of his performance.advertisement Joining him in the gold-grabbers list was Rahul Aware (57klg), the man who finally found his moment of glory after 10 years of struggle. Ignored for big events, sometimes without a trial, Aware fought through a groin niggle in a pulsating final against Canadas Steven Takahashi. “I have been waiting for this medal for the last 10 years. I cant describe how it feels to claim it. I missed out on 2010, even in 2014, the team was sent without trials. So, I am very happy that I could finally fulfil this dream,” said the 26-year-old, who is also the reigning Commonwealth championships gold-medallist. However, another defending champion Babita phogat (53kg) settled for a silver, while debutant Kiran happily flaunted a hard-earned bronze. Kiran defeated Mauritian Katouskia Pariadhaven by fall in the repechage of the 76kg category for her first major medal at the international level. “I think my weakness today was my attack, I should have been more aggressive but I gave my 100 per cent. I am satisfied with the intensity I put in but obviously I could not get the result I wanted,” she said. In the evening, Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon notched up silver and bronze medals respectively in the womens discus throw event to end the day on a high for India. There were good results coming through on the badminton court as well with stars such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and K Srikanth remained on course for medals in the individual events after advancing to the quarterfinals with another set of comprehensive victories. The paddlers and squash players too continued to move ahead without any major hiccups and the weekend should add considerably to Indias medal kitty. However, the day was not completely free of disappointment as the womens hockey team bowed out of final contention after losing 0-1 to hosts Australia in the semifinal. They will now be competing for the bronze medal against Olympic champions England. England were stunned in a penalty shootout by New Zealand. PTI PM AT AT
Cristiano Ronaldo has a huge fan base all around the world including members from our very own Indian film industry.Actors from Bollywood are frequently seen mingling with the football superstars in Europe with Arjun Kapoor being the recent in the list.Producer Boney Kapoor’s son Arjun, who is also involved with Indian football as the co-owner of FC Pune City in the Indian Super League, met with Real Madrid legend Ronaldo recently as part of a special tie-up between the actor and the Spanish La Liga.Arjun posted a picture with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and also wished Ronaldo ahead of the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.”Amazing feeling meeting & talking football with Cristiano !!! Heck of a player, heck of a guy. All the best for Kiev & Russia,” Arjun captioned the post.Ronaldo is currently fighting to be fit for the Champions League final in Kiev on May 27 after suffering a minor ankle sprain while scoring in the 2-2 draw against FC Barcelona on Sunday.Ronaldo will miss the La Liga matches against Sevilla on Wednesday and Celta Vigo on Saturday, but may return for the final game of the season against Villarreal on May 19.”What is incredible is that (Ronaldo) is walking after 48 hours and that shows his ambition, but I’m not sure if he will be available for the Villarreal game,” Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane told reporters on Tuesday.advertisement”Everyone will be available for the final, I’m telling you, 150 percent. Everyone will be back, Cristiano, Isco and (Dani) Carvajal.”Madrid, third, have little at stake in Spain’s top flight, with their season hanging on the clash with Liverpool in Kiev, where they could win the Champions League for the third year running and a record-extending 13th time.”It’s a final and it will be very intense. A spectacular game with chances for both teams,” Zidane said.(With Reuters inputs)
Megasthenes lift DSSC Trophy Udhagamandalam, June 8 (PTI) Megasthenes ridden by PAjeeth K won the Defence Services Staff College Trophy, thechief event of the races here today.The winner, trained by R Karthik, is owned by M A M RMuthiah.Trainers Saddam Iqbal and Karthik saddled two winners eachwhile jockey C Umesh rode three winners.Only one favourite obliged the punters in a card of sevenevents. PTI CORR VS TRKTRKTRKTRK
Rashid Khan was the star again for Afghanistan in the recently concluded T20I series againsat Bangladesh at Dehradun, where he took 12 wickets from the three matches, hence consolidating his position at the top of the ICC T20I Player Rankings.The 19-year-old wonder spinner has gained 54 points to finish with 813 points, 80 more than second-placed Shadab Khan of Pakistan.His compatriots, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have also made remarkable improvements in the ICC T20I Player Rankings after playing important parts in a 3-0 defeat of Bangladesh.Rashid, who was named ICC’s Associate Player of the Year for 2017, touched a career-high rating of 816 points after a haul of four for 12 in the second match.Nabi has gained 11 spots and reached a career-best eighth rank after taking four wickets and Mujeeb has jumped 62 slots to 51st place in the latest update, which also takes into account the T20I between the Windies and the ICC World XI played at Lord’s on 31 May.Slow bowlers, six of which are leg-spinners, now hold the top nine positions in the bowlers’ rankings.Afghanistan all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari, who top-scored in the series with 118 runs, has gained 11 spots to reach 44th position among batsmen while the Bangladesh batsmen to advance include Mahmudullah (up four places to 33rd) and Mushfiqur Rahim (up three places to 41st).Among others to improve their rankings are Windies’ Evin Lewis (up one place to fifth among batsmen), Kesrick Williams (up five spots to 41st among bowlers) and Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera (up three places to 38th among batsmen).advertisementThere has been no change of places in the ICC T20I Team Rankings with Afghanistan and Bangladesh retaining their eighth and 10th positions, respectively.(With PTI inputs)Afghanistan though have gained four points to reach 91 points while Bangladesh have lost five and are on 70, only four more than Scotland, who can overtake them in an upcoming two-match series against top-ranked Pakistan on 12 and 13 June.Pakistan will gain one point with a 2-0 win in that series, finish with 127 points and retain top position with a 1-1 draw but slide to 123 points and third place in case of a 2-0 loss.Scotland, who will go past Bangladesh with a 1-1 result, also feature in a tri-series with Ireland and the Netherlands from 12-20 June.
20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has signed a partnership deal with Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo that sees him represent the brand from Wimbledon 2018.After wearing the iconic Nike swish throughout his career, Federer walked out on the Centre Court on Monday without that symbol.Also the RF logo that usually appears on his jacket was missing since the design is owned by Nike.Uniqlo said in a statement on Monday that Federer would represent the brand at all tournaments throughout the year, joining fellow tennis star Kei Nishikori and golfer Adam Scott among its global brand ambassadors.While thousands of fans around Centre Court wore baseball caps displaying the RF logo, Federer can no longer use the design. The Swiss had been sponsored by Nike during all of his previous record 20 Grand Slam wins.Federer, who was sporting a plain white bandana while playing Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in the first round, has yet to speak about the switch to the Japanese casual wear designer.The top seed, however, was wearing Nike footwear as Uniqlo do not manufacture shoes.Despite the off-field changes, Federer went about his business on the court as he defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 to enter Round 2.Federer recently lost in the final of the Halle Open to Croatia’s Borna Coric. Unable to defend his title at Halle, Federer conceded the top spot in the ATP rankings back to Rafael Nadal.Before Halle, Federer had won the Stuttgart Open with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over Canada’s Milos Raonic.advertisementFederer did not play the entire claycourt season once again, deciding to give rest to his body and preparing for the grasscourt.On Monday, he was back at his favourite tournament looking for his record-extending ninth title.(With Reuters inputs)
Croatia will have more than enough energy to take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday despite being taken to extra time in all three of their World Cup knockout matches, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.The Croats needed penalties to beat Denmark and Russia in the last-16 and quarter-finals respectively and then played another 120 minutes to edge England in the last four and reach their first tournament final.Some of Rakitic’s team mates looked to have reached their physical limits after the England game and were barely able to get off the pitch.Europe maintains World Cup dominance with France-Croatia finalYet that will matter little in the biggest game the Balkan nation has ever played, Rakitic said on Friday.”There will be excess power and energy, don’t you worry about it,” Rakitic told reporters.”This is an historic game not only for us. For the players but also for everybody who is a Croat.”World Cup 2018: The cup feels so close we can almost touch it, says Matuidi”There will be 4.5 million (population of Croatia) players on the pitch. We will carry each another, we will have the energy. We want to leave the pitch with our heads held high and to say we did everything.”Croatia’s road to World Cup final: Poor qualifying campaign, player sent homeCroatia reached the last four at the 1998 World Cup but lost 2-1 to eventual winners France. For Rakitic that game means nothing.”We have to put that game behind us. History is history and the past is the past. We dreamt about (France’s Lilian) Thuram and his two goals for many years but we have to put that past us. They won that tournament. We want to win on Sunday.”advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Croatia ministers wear football team jerseys to cabinet meetingThe creative midfielder, who has won the Champions League, the Europa League and a string of other titles, said he would trade all of his trophies for the World Cup. He would even retire the next day if that was the price he would have to pay.”I would exchange all titles. I would definitely leave my boots at home if that were the price I would have to pay,” the 30-year-old said. “I would pay any price for the success of my country. Individuals don’t matter. It is all about us.”Rakitic was also quick to praise Argentine referee Nestor Pitana who will be in charge of the final. Pitana also refereed Croatia’s shootout victory over Denmark in the round of 16.”I was very glad to see that he will be refereeing. We had the luck to see him perform in the game against Demark. Not only did we win the game but he had a perfect attitude. His linesmen were also fantastic,” Rakitic said.”This is probably his greatest game of his career… I hope after the game we can shake hands and God willing he will congratulate me on our victory.”(With Reuters inputs)