BCCI asks 31 full members to suggest three names
In normal circumstances, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominates its representative(s) on the International Cricket Conference (ICC) or similar conferences at its annual general meeting.
But following the Supreme Court’s order asking the BCCI to suggest three eligible names by Friday (Jan. 27), one of whom would be picked to attend the ICC meeting in Dubai in the first week of February, the BCCI has asked its 31 full members to revert with nominating their three preferences by mail.
India vs England: Happy to open till Rohit Sharma returns
Virat Kohli credited England’s bowlers for their variety and discipline shown in containing his side to a modest total. The Indian captain also spoke about his new role as an opener, and how he views this series as the perfect preparatory ground for the upcoming Champions Trophy.
Sania Mirza reaches Australian Open final, one win away from 7th Grand Slam
Sania Mirza put herself in contention for a seventh Grand Slam title as she breezed into the Australian Open mixed doubles final with Ivan Dodig, beating local favorites Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth here today.
The second-seeded Indo-Croatian pair won 6-4 2-6 10-5 in the semifinals, that lasted one hour and 18 minutes.
Sania has won three mixed doubles titles, the last being the 2014 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares.
With Dodig, she had an opportunity to win last year when she reached the French Open final but lost to compatriot Leander Paes and her then doubles partner Martina Hingis in the summit clash.
This makes me feel that you should know the art of PR, says Jwala
India’s women’s doubles specialist G. Jwala was “deeply disappointed at being snubbed again” after her name didn’t figure in the list of Padma awardees announced by the Government.
The former World championship women’s doubles bronze medallist (partnering Ashwini Ponnappa) says she is against the very concept that an athlete has to ‘apply for the award’
On her critics’ view that a dip in her performances in the last two years meant she was not in the reckoning, Jwala counters: “If that is the case, I should have got it when I won the CWG gold or the World championship bronze six years ago.”
Australia captain Smith ruled out of NZ one-dayers
Australia captain Steve Smith has been ruled out of the upcoming one-day international series in New Zealand after he picked up a minor ankle injury in the ODI victory over Pakistan in Adelaide on Thursday.
“It’s a bit of a shock,” Smith told reporters in Adelaide. “I just landed really awkwardly on my foot and I felt something straight away. I was a little bit concerned, I’ve never really injured my ankle like that.”
The 27-year-old added that team medical staff informed him he could resume training in seven to 10 days but the injury was not serious enough to rule him out of the four-match test series in India starting in Pune on Feb. 23.
Old guards’ new charge
Federer, Serena, and Venus in the summit round
Roger Federer edged a five-set thriller against his fellow Swiss and close friend Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open on Thursday to become the oldest Grand Slam finalist in 43 years.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion saw off the World number four 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and five minutes and will face either Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final.
It will be 35-year-old Federer’s sixth Australian final and 28th Grand Slam decider in total, and caps a marvelous comeback after the second half of last season was ruined by a knee injury.
Arsene Wenger will accept FA misconduct charge
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said he will accept the misconduct charge levied on him by the Football Association (FA) for appearing to push the fourth official during Arsenal’s Premier League win over Burnley on Sunday.
Wenger was charged by the FA on Monday after he was sent to the stands by the referee for allegedly using abusive or insulting language towards the fourth official after an injury-time penalty was awarded to Burnley.
Man United into League Cup final despite 2-1 loss to Hull
Manchester United reached the English League Cup final despite surrendering its 17-match unbeaten record with a 2-1 loss to Hull in the second leg of their semifinal on Thursday.
United, which won the first leg 2-0, advanced with a 3-2 win on aggregate and will play Southampton in the final at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 26.
Attack is the best option for bowlers in T20Is, says Balaji
The attack is the best option for bowlers even in a format where they are expected to restrict the flow of runs believes L. Balaji.
The former India paceman noted, “There are field restrictions in Twenty20 cricket, the boundary is in, rules favor batsmen and the bats are powerful. Even before the innings begins, the bowler is pushed into a corner. From there, he has to come out attacking to counter the odds.”
Tamil Nadu’s bowling coach was speaking to The Hindu after the team’s practice session here on Thursday.
Denis Suarez is on the right path to emulating Andres Iniesta: Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique heaped praise on Denis Suarez after the 23-year-old midfielder led Barcelona to a 5-2 blitz of Real Sociedad on Thursday, saying the youngster could even emulate playmaker Andres Iniesta, who the coach likened to Harry Potter.
Suarez set Barca on the path to the King’s Cup semi-finals with a cutting low finish and completed the 6-2 aggregate victory with a sweeping run past goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli after latching onto a pass from Lionel Messi.
I owe this game a lot: Sreejesh
PR Sreejesh was a bit perplexed to find a flurry of messages on his phone as he arrived at the Bhubaneswar airport along with the team members of his HIL franchise, UP Wizards, on Wednesday evening. The Indian hockey captain had little clue that the trophy cabinet at his home in Pallikara, is soon going to be adorned with the most coveted award of them all, the Padma Shri. “I had no inkling that such a big honor was coming my way. In fact, I didn’t even know that my name was sent for such an award.
Now, a football league for women
Amidst a proliferation of professional leagues across sports in an attempt to develop the games and cash in on their growing popularity, the AIFF on Tuesday announced the launch of the first-ever Indian Women’s League to develop women’s football in the country.
Unlike the other leagues, however, the first edition of the IWL would be a short, two-week affair starting January 28 with all the matches in the six-team event being played at Delhi’s Ambedkar Stadium. The IWL would be played in a round-robin format with the top four teams advancing to the semifinals.
Shiv Kapur, Daniel Chopra tied-10th at Myanmar Open
Shiv Kapur gave himself something to cheer about with a bogey-free four-under 67 that also included an eagle in the first round of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open here on Thursday.
Kapur, who grappled with an illness last year, is the best Indian at tied-10th. Also placed at tied-10 with him was Indo-Swede Daniel Chopra, who has been struggling with his form.
Leander Paes- Martina Hingis pair out of Australia Open
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis crashed out of the mixed doubles competition of the Australian Open with a straight-set defeat in the quarterfinals.
Paes and Hingis lost 3-6 2-6 to the local pair of Sam Groth and Samantha Stosur in a quarterfinal match that lasted 55 minutes.
Usain Bolt loses 2008 Olympic 4×100-metre gold as teammate tests positive
The IOC said that Nesta Carter tested positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals in a doping case involving teammate Nesta Carter.
The IOC said on Wednesday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Syed Modi Grand Prix: Sindhu and Srikanth march into quarters
It proved to be a fruitful Republic Day for the Indians at Syed Modi GP Gold badminton tournament on Thursday. With their top guns, PV Sindhu and K Srikanth, taking their expected places in the quarterfinals, it was some fine displays by B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma and Rituparna Das that put the icing on the cake at the BBD Academy.
All three went past foreign players. Top-seeded Sindhu was in full flow against Lalita Dahiya, coming up with some sharp smashes and measured drops to wrap up the verdict 21-7, 21-12 in just 19 minutes. Srikanth, on the other hand, had to brave a spirited fight from Ansal Yadav before sealing the issue 21-15, 21-16.
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