Australia Test batsman Adam Voges has suffered a concussion after being struck on the head by a bouncer on Thursday during a Sheffield Shield first-class match between Western Australia and Tasmania. (Trevor Hohns to lead Australia selection panel after Rod Marsh quits)Voges was helped from the field by medical staff after being hit on the back of the head by a delivery from Tasmania fast bowler Cam Stevenson.The 37-year-old fell to his knees as players rushed to his assistance. (Humiliated Steve Smith says Australia lacking pride)It is the second concussion Voges has suffered this year. He was struck on the head by a fielder’s throw while playing for the English county Middlesex in May. (Inquisition continues for Australia ‘in crisis’)Voges will take no further part in the current four-day match and it is not clear whether he will be available for Australia’s third Test against South Africa.
After negotiating Singapore’s current Formula One deal, Bernie Ecclestone said in 2012 the hardest thing was explaining to the authorities that “we don’t race for free”.Four years on, the F1 boss appears to be frustrated again as he tries to keep one of the most glamorous races on the calendar after the contract expires in 2017, at a time when the city-state is weighing whether the event makes economic sense anymore.With its tourism industry increasingly diversified, a stronger country brand than when it first hosted the event in 2008 and other major sporting events in the bag, Singapore seems to have the upper hand in the talks with F1.Moreover, Ecclestone and F1’s new owners, U.S. cable TV mogul John Malone’s Liberty Media, face a new risk: with Malaysia pulling out of a new deal, they could altogether lose their presence in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s fastest-growing regions.F1’s 86-year-old commercial supremo first told German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that Singapore does not want to host F1 anymore, then clarified he did not want to lose Singapore. His comments suggest talks getting tougher.”I think Singapore has come in and negotiated hard and has realised they are in a position of strength to do so,” said James Walton, head of the Sports Business service line at Deloitte Singapore and Southeast Asia.”This is one of the top ranked grand prix…and one of the markets that the key sponsors of F1 are most interested in.”advertisementSingapore’s government funds 60 percent of the S$150 million ($105.13 million) it costs to host the race each year. Analysts say the city-state is weighing the costs, and benefits, of staging the event in the future.Singapore GP, the event’s organiser, said it would not comment on “ongoing commercial negotiations”. A decision is expected before year-end, Ecclestone has said.The Singapore race is one of the most popular, taking place at night on a street circuit with spectators entertained by music acts such as Beyonce and Justin Bieber, while TV watchers get a bird’s-eye view of the glitzy skyline.As a top wealth management hub, the city-state is a natural draw for the region’s affluent people, a key target of Formula One sponsors such as Hugo Boss and Tag Heuer, a luxury LVMH brand.But the significance of that is bigger for Ecclestone than for Singapore, which also hosts events such as the WTA women’s tennis Finals and the Rugby 7s series that bring over 100,000 visitors each.While the F1 initially played an important role in boosting the tourism industry, Singapore has diversified its offering, now focusing on the emerging middle classes from China, India and Indonesia.Tourism is actually a bright spot in a slowing economy. In the first eight months of this year, before this September’s F1 race, the number of visitors was up 10.3 percent from the same 2015 period, at 11.3 million. Tourism receipts grew 12 percent to S$11.6 billion ($8.1 billion) in the first half of 2016.REWARDSTo be sure, Singapore has benefited from hosting F1. Since the 2008 debut race, the event has generated S$150 million in tourism receipts every year on average, except for 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.But about 80 percent of the spending gets recycled into the economy, with local firms hired for circuit set-up, ticketing and security, the Singapore Tourism Board says.”In these economic times, every order book is important and I believe this is not a small order book,” said Kurt Wee, President of the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises.He added though that “everybody would understand that the event has to be sustainable”.And that is where Singapore has another argument. Attendance, which topped 100,000 on all three days in the first year, has declined, with this year’s race averaging 73,000 spectators for each day, down from 87,000 in 2015.With the global economy slowing, the numbers might fall further and a five-year commitment may not be so appealing, although this may be offset in the future by Malaysia pulling out as F1 fans in the region would have only one nearby option.”If you think of the government as a business, I think they have to manage their funds prudently to get the most bang for their buck,” said ANZ economist Weiwen Ng.($1 = 1.4268 Singapore dollars)
While footage of Virat Kohli’s supposed “infringement”, applying saliva on the ball during Rajkot Test has gone viral, and there have been calls coming mostly from foreign media on an “indifferent and biased” International Cricket Council (ICC) that fined South Africa’s stand-in captain Faf du Plessis yet letting off the India captain, rules state otherwise.Kohli has done no infringement as is being suggested and even if he had there is virtually nothing the ICC can do against him now.Consider this first: Rules state any incident, breach or infringement has to be reported within a five-day window and if Kohli footage is from the Rajkot Test that ended on November 13, the five-day reporting window has lapsed. So even if Kohli was in the wrong, he cannot be reported.Consider more: Let’s carefully examine the Kohli footage and compare it with Du Plessis’s. While the camera zooms in, you can see Kohli rubbing his fingers on saliva around his teeth and then while applying it on the ball he is seen rubbing it. Now that’s perfectly legitimate as the ICC rules state fielders can apply saliva to shine the ball. However in Du Plessis’s case, there is a clear breach as his fingers go virtually inside the mouth, touch mint on his tongue and you then see him applying that mint-saliva on the ball. That’s against the laws of cricket because the South African captain applied an external object to change the condition of the ball and was construed as ball tampering.advertisementBut not in Kohli’s case.
Frenchman Antoine Griezmann joined regulars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for FIFA’s Player of the Year award on Friday.Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos, the men behind two of the year’s biggest surprises, were nominated for the best coach award alongside Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane.Germany’s Melanie Behringer, last year’s winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and Brazil’s five-times winner Marta were nominated for the women’s player of the year award. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo says he and Lionel Messi are not ‘friends’)Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016, although his performances were often criticised and he was injured early in the final against France, and he won the Champions League with Real Madrid.Messi led Argentina to the final of the Copa Centenario, where they lost to Chile, and won La Liga with Barcelona.Angry with the leadership of the Argentine FA, he briefly announced his international retirement but later back-tracked.Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann earned a spot with his performances for France at Euro 2016.Ronaldo and Messi have shared the award since 2008, with Messi winning five times to Ronaldo’s three, and it was the sixth time in a row both have featured in the final shortlist of three.Ronaldo won in 2008, 2013, 2014 with Messi second on each occasion. Messi won from 2009-12 and again last year with Ronaldo second on every occasion except in 2010 when Andres Iniesta was runner-up.In the coaching race, Italian Ranieri led Leicester City to the English Premier League title against all the odds while Santos won Euro 2016 with Portugal, their first major trophy.advertisementThe first FIFA award was held in 1991 when it was won by German Lothar Matthaeus while the women’s player of the year of the award has been held every year since 2001.From 2010 to last year inclusive, the awards were organised jointly with France Football magazine and known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or.Following the split with the French publication, the ceremony, which will be held in Zurich on January 9, has been renamed “The Best FIFA Football Awards”.
Soufiane Touzani has faced some of the world’s best footballers – but how does he stack up against one of the world’s best wonderkids?The freestyler has taken on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and flashed his skills against the youth sides of Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Feyenoord.But now he’ll square off with Celtic’s 15-year-old prodigy, Karamoko Dembele, who features at the Under-17 level but has made 13 appearances with the club’s U-20 side. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! How does the teen fare in this unique challenge?Watch the clip below!You can watch more videos like this on his own channel, Touzani TV.
Leicester City manager Claude Puel has labelled Saturday’s helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium as “a tragedy for the club”.An aircraft belonging to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha came down in a car park shortly after take-off at about 20:30 local time, around an hour after Puel’s side claimed a 1-1 draw against West Ham in the Premier League.There have been unconfirmed reports that Srivaddhanaprabha was on board and it is unclear at this stage whether there are any survivors. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Leicestershire Police confirmed the Air Accident Investigation Branch is leading an investigation, while the club are assisting the police and emergency services, with a more detailed statement to follow once further details have been established.Some speculation on Saturday suggested Puel himself might have been on board but the 57-year-old confirmed he was safe in a telephone conversation with Jacques Vendroux of Radio France, in quotes reported on the Franceinfo website.”It’s a tragedy for the club,” he said. “I think very strongly about the victims and their families.”I wanted to reassure everyone who cares about me, I’m terribly sad but I’m fine.”Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in August 2010 and was named chairman in February 2011. The Thai businessman oversaw the Foxes’ remarkable Premier League triumph in 2015-16.As the wait for further news about the crash continued on Sunday, dozens of fans gathered at the King Power Stadium to lay floral tributes.Leicester’s scheduled FA Women’s Championship fixture against Manchester United has been postponed. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino ensured Liverpool kept up with the searing pace set by Premier League leaders Manchester City by scoring in a 3-0 win at Watford.Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled to find a way through the Hornets defence for 66 minutes on Saturday, the Reds perhaps having an eye on Wednesday’s pivotal Champions League game away to Paris Saint-Germain.The hosts could have taken all three points, Gerard Deulofeu having an early goal ruled out for offside while a strong penalty appeal from Will Hughes was denied by the referee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Salah hit a first-time finish through the legs of goalkeeper Ben Foster, scoring his fourth goal in five Premier League games, before Alexander-Arnold’s wonderful free-kick put the visitors in control.Their win was marred, though, when captain Jordan Henderson was dismissed with eight minutes to go, meaning will be banned for next weekend’s Merseyside derby, although Firmino added a late third.Simply. Unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/Z3Jej0nWcz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 24, 2018Watford had a goal ruled out in the second minute, Deulofeu running on to Troy Deeney’s pass to beat Alisson with a smart finish, but he was offside.Liverpool added Xherdan Shaqiri to a front three of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane – who signed a new deal on Thursday – but it took them 38 minutes to record a shot.Firmino found space and fired off a low effort which Foster held well, Roberto Pereyra then testing Alisson’s reflexes at the other end before the Watford goalkeeper kept out Salah’s header.Referee Jon Moss waved away Watford penalty appeals when Hughes went down under Andy Robertson’s rash challenge early in the second half. Salah should have opened the scoring, slotting his finish through Foster’s legs but wide of the far post, but he did break the deadlock soon after.Firmino fed Mane through the left channel and the Senegal star pulled back a low cross for Salah, whose finish lacked power but was directed well enough to beat Foster.Alexander-Arnold put Liverpool’s firmly in the ascendancy with 14 minutes to go, curling a fantastic 25-yard set piece out of Foster’s reach for his first Premier League goal of the year, before Henderson was sent off for a second yellow card late on.And Firmino added his name to the scoresheet in the 89th minute, nodding in from close range after Foster denied Mane.39 – Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s highest Premier League goalscorer under Jurgen Klopp, despite playing in just 41% of their games since the German arrived (49/119). Remarkable. #WATLIV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2018What does it mean? Reds still unbeatenAvoiding defeat for the first 13 games of the season is the longest unbeaten run for Liverpool at the start of a Premier League campaign since 2007-08. For much of this game the Reds lacked their usual attacking fluidity, but in Salah they have a goalscorer who came up trumps again.Firmino provides creative sparkMane’s new contract means all three of Liverpool’s strike force have committed their futures to Anfield this year, but it was Firmino who managed to unlock a determined Watford defence, his pass to feed Mane ultimately teeing up Salah’s goal.Henderson lets his team downLiverpool captain Henderson was starting a Premier League game for the first time in a month, but he appeared off the pace at Vicarage Road. A mediocre day for the England midfielder was made worse when he saw red late on for a barge on Etienne Capoue having already been given a final warning by Moss. Key Opta Facts- Watford have lost three of their last four home top-flight games (W1), as many defeats as they suffered in their previous 15 at Vicarage Road in the Premier League (W8 D4).- Liverpool are unbeaten in their opening 13 matches of a Premier League season for the first time since 2007-08.- Watford have lost 16 of their 18 Premier League matches against sides starting that day in the top two of the table, beating Chelsea in September 1999 and Arsenal in January 2017.- Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has netted six goals in his three Premier League appearances against Watford.- Mohamed Salah has had a hand in six goals in his last five Premier League games for Liverpool (four goals, two assists), as many as he managed in his previous 11.What’s next?Liverpool have a crucial Champions League clash with PSG on Wednesday before hosting Everton in the Merseyside derby, when they will be without captain Henderson due to suspension. Watford are at Leicester City next Saturday. read more
England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings feels his inclusion in the England squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, starting here from June 1, is enough to give “headaches” to the national selectors.Billings said his flexibility to bat at any position besides keeping wickets will give the side different options.”I want to give the selectors some headaches. I have proven that I can put in match-winning performances and get big scores,” Billings was quoted as saying by ecb.co.uk.”I think I can offer different options because of my flexibility in being able to bat between one and seven as well as keep wicket, so I think I have something to offer the team,” he added.Exuding confidence on the composition of the team to win the tournament, the 25-year-old said the side is ready to make the most of the home advantage.”Our aim is to win the Champions Trophy and we will go into the tournament with nothing to fear because of the ability in our whole squad,” said Billings, who is currently playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).”We have amazing quality throughout the squad and everyone can come in and do a really good job.”Billings was named in the 15-man England squad that will play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa next month before the start of Champions Trophy. He was also included in the 14-man group for the two-match ODI Series against Ireland in May.advertisementAcknowledging the pressure of playing in front of the home crowd, the right-hander said the team should use that to their advantage.”There is always going to be pressure, especially in a home tournament, but should be using that to our advantage,” he said.”We know how good we are and how good we can be. We have the attitude to improve and we go into every game believing we can win.””It’s a cliche, but we will take it one game at a time. If you look too far ahead, that’s when you run into problems, but we know the end goal.”We have a great team and a great group of players who are mates and enjoy each other’s company, so we will all be really looking forward to it,” he added.England will start their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh at the Oval on June 1 before completing the group stage with matches against New Zealand and Australia.
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Rising Pune Supergiant will aim to secure a play-off spot while Delhi Daredevils will only have pride to play for when they meet in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Friday.Sitting at the third spot with eight wins and four losses, Pune are currently on 16 points. They will like to continue their form and will be eager to bag two crucial points from this tie which will put them at the joint top spot with Mumbai Indians and gurantee them a berth in the knock-out stage.Delhi, on the other hand, are languishing at the bottom of the IPL standings and are already out of contention for the play-offs as they only managed to have five wins in 12 league matches so far.Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season. Their bowling line-up, on paper at least, is one of the strongest in the IPL but has failed to step up to the occasion.The batting has also been inconsistent as their top and middle-order batsmen failed to click in unison.Looking to salvaging some pride, the Zaheer Khan-led side, however, can take some positives ahead of the match as they defeated Gujarat Lions by two wickets in a thriller contest on Wednesday.Chasing a mammoth 196, Delhi lost half their side for 105 runs before Shreyas Iyer (96) and Australian Pat Cummins’ cameo (24 off 13 balls) guided the visitors to the win.Pune, meanwhile, will aim to carry on their winning momentum.Young opening batsman Rahul Tripathi, who performed consistently throughout the tournament, has emerged as the find of the tournament for the Pune side.advertisementThe visitors will be hoping for another good performance from the Maharashtra right-hander along side skipper Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwary, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ben Stokes.Pune’s main concern will be the form of the other opener Ajinkya Rahane, who has failed to compliment the hard-hitting Tripathi at the top.The bowlers are also in good form. Jaidev Unadkat, who returned with figures of 5/30 from his four overs, including the hat-trick in the final over against Sunrisers Hyderabad, will also boost the bowling line-up.
Former French Open runner-up Simona Halep staged a remarkable fightback and saved a match point to reach the semi-finals with a 3-6 7-6(6) 6-0 win over Elina Svitolina on Wednesday.Romanian third seed Halep trailed by a set and 5-1 against the hard-hitting fifth seed but somehow dug herself out of a hole before storming to victory to set up a semi-final against Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova.Ukrainian Svitolina saved four set points at 5-6 in the second and then had a match point in the tiebreak which Halep saved with a brave backhand winner that kissed the sideline.A rejuvenated Halep clinched the second set with a forehand winner and predictably swept through the decider as Svitolina’s spirit sagged, sealing victory with an ace.Halep will play second-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova in the last four, while in the other half of the draw Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko will take on Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.Of all the quarter-finalists, none of whom had won a major, Halep looked the more likely champion with her claycourt pedigree and a run to the 2014 final when she was beaten by Russian Maria Sharapova.If she needed any more incentive, she can become world number one by winning the title.Yet when the match started in front of a Suzanne Lenglen court crowd that had just witnessed men’s champion Novak Djokovic being routed by Dominic Thiem, Halep looked to be going out of the tournament in sympathy with the Serb.While there was no obvious sign of the ankle problem the 25-year-old sustained in Rome, she could not get going and slumped 5-0 down before clawing three games back to make the set respectable at least.advertisementBut Svitolina, bidding to become Ukraine’s first female grand slam semi-finalist after a stellar year in which she has won four titles, charged into a 5-1 lead in the second set.Again Halep showed her mettle to stay alive but it still seemed in vain until she levelled at 5-5 and then went 40-0 up on Svitolina’s serve before the Ukrainian rallied to take the set into a tiebreak.Once Halep saved the match point, though, the momentum switched completely her way and she polished off the deciding set in 20 minutes.PLISKOVA KNOCKS OUT GARCIAWorld number three Karolina Pliskova reached the French Open semi-finals with a 7-6(3) 6-4 victory against Caroline Garcia, ending the French presence in the main draw on Wednesday.The second-seeded Czech, who had never got past the second round here before, mastered windy conditions to set up a meeting with either Romania’s Simona Halep or Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.Relying on her powerful serve and groundstrokes, the 25-year-old Pliskova also benefitted from 28th seed Garcia’s numerous unforced errors.She sealed the victory in a tight contest on her first match point with a forehand winner down the line.
Mumbai, Jul 23 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has ordered the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 150 crore, pending arbitration proceedings in the cricket bodys dispute with a private company over Rs 172.32 crore dues for a stadium built by it in Pune.The company, Shapoorji Pallonji & Co Ltd (SPCL), built the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium (now called Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium) at Gahunje on Punes outskirts.A single bench of Justice Amjad Sayed last week directed the MCA to furnish the bank guarantee for an amount of Rs 150 crore in favour of the high court registrar.The court also referred the matter to the arbitral tribunal, to be heard and decided through arbitration.Justice Sayed was hearing an application filed by MCA challenging an order passed by a Pune court on January 20 this year, directing the cricket body to deposit Rs 172.32 crore in any nationalised bank, in an account of joint names of MCA and SPCL, pending hearing of the case.The Pune court had allowed an application filed by SPCL under the Arbitration Act seeking payment of the outstanding dues.In February 2010, the MCA had issued a work tender to SPCL and a contract agreement was drawn upon.In October 2012, a project manager of MCA issued a virtual completion certificate to the stadium following which in March 2013 the SPCL issued a final bill of Rs 234.10 crore.The project manager, however, certified and approved the final bill for an amount of Rs 225 crore and also recommended that Rs 3.31 crore be witheld from the final bill on account of certain works in the stadium which have not allegedly been executed by SPCL.advertisementIn January 2015, the MCA informed the SPCL that it was unable to make payment as the same is subject to funding from the BCCI, which had not been able to release funds since it could not hold its annual general meeting as it had been stopped by the Supreme Court.According to SPCL, the MCA paid Rs 150.43 crore towards the final bill, but had later unlawfully witheld payment of the remaining amount and failed to clear it following which the company approached the Pune court.The SPCL, in its application before the Pune court, claimed an amount of Rs 172.32 crore, which includes the pending dues and an interest at 18 per cent per annum.MCAs counsel Vineet Naik argued that the work of the stadium was to be completed by April 2011. However, the SPCL could not complete it on time.”The completion of the project in the stipulated time period was the essence of the contract. Upon completion of the project and work of the stadium, the MCA was to get an amount of Rs 207.95 crore towards naming rights from Sahara Adventure Sports Limited,” Naik said.He said by the time the project was completed, the Sahara Group was in trouble as financial restrains were put by the Supreme Court and Sahara chief Subrata Roy was arrested.”The MCA could not get the amount from Sahara and arbitration proceedings for the same are on,” Naik said.After hearing the arguments, the high court noted that the MCA had recently availed a loan of Rs 107.96 crore from a consortium of banks. The MCA has also sought fresh funding to which the banks have agreed.”Considering the facts of the case and looking at the conduct of MCA in having agreed to clear the dues of SPCL and thereafter raising belated claim for damages only reflects the intention of MCA to delay and obstruct the payment of dues to SPCL,” Justice Sayed said in a 30-page judgement last week.”In these circumstances, the apprehension averred by SPCL that there is a strong possibility of the assets and funds being dissipated or being transferred or diverted by MCA before an award (order) is passed in the proposed arbitration proceedings cannot be said to be unfounded,” the judge said.The high court also that the SPCLs interest is required to be protected till the dispute is adjudicated in arbitration. PTI SP GK DV RDS
When Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray to win last year’s French Open, the Serb’s stranglehold on men’s tennis was complete.He was the first man since Rod Laver to hold all four grand slams simultaneoulsy and was halfway to the calendar-year slam that Australian great Laver achieved in 1969.Since then, however, it has all gone wrong for the 30-year-old, and on Wednesday he announced that he would not play again this year due to an elbow injury.Here is a timeline of Djokovic’s decline since the last of his 12 grand slam titles.Early Wimbledon exit 2016Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon fielding questions about the possible calendar-year slam but suffered a third-round exit to American Sam Querrey — his first loss before the quarter-final of a grand slam since 2009.Rio Olympics disappointmentTop seed Djokovic was reduced to tears after suffering a shock first-round loss to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — describing it as one of the toughest losses of his life.Beaten by Wawrinka in 2016 U.S. Open finalDefending champion Djokovic had enjoyed a lucky run to the final with one walkover and two opponents retiring hurt, but he suffered physically as the burly Swiss beat him in four sets.Number one ranking under threat from MurrayDjokovic’s more than two-year hold on the number one ranking is under threat from Andy Murray. Djokovic loses to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Shanghai semi-finals and then falls to Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals in Paris. Murray goes on an incredible winning run and on Nov.5 is guaranteed taking over as the new world number one.advertisementYear ends with a drubbingDjokovic could still have wrestled back the year-end number one ranking from Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals but was well-beaten by the British player in the final.Split with BeckerDjokovic splits with coach, multiple grand slam champion Boris Becker, after three years together in which he won six of his 12 major titles.Shock early defeat at Australian OpenUzbek journeyman Denis Istomin beat reigning champion Djokovic in the second round of the grand slam he had all but dominated for the past seven years. It was Djokovic’s earliest grand slam exit since 2008.Splits with entire coaching teamDjokovic ditched his entire coaching team, including long-term mentor Marian Vajda, saying he needs to rediscover the spark. Says will work alone.Lame exit at French OpenDespite having announced he was working with Andre Agassi, Djokovic was crushed by Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals — losing the third set 6-0 — sparking outrage from some Serbian fans who accused him of disintegrating.More Wimbledon woesDjokovic won the Eastbourne grasscourt title — only his second of the year — but retired in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych, citing an elbow injury.Ranking slideDjokovic is currently ranked fourth in the world — his lowest mark since 2009 — and he is set to slide further.Cuts season shortA couple of weeks after his Wimbledon exit, Djokovic announces on Facebook Live that he will not play again in 2017.
Kochi, Aug 7 (PTI) Cricketer S Sreesanth today said he is “grateful to God” after the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. Sreesanth said he has started preparations for playing the game and his aim was to find a place in the Kerala cricket team.The Kerala Cricket Association said it would take a positive decision on Sreesanths bid to play in state cricket tournaments.In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).”It is to be noted that there are no incriminating evidence to pinpoint Sreesanths involvement in sport fixing deal,” the judge said. All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court in July 2015.The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict. PTI TGB BN
Srinagar, Aug 25 (PTI) To unearth hidden talent across the valley, Jammu and kashmir Football Association (JKFA) will hold the State Football League 2017 later this month. “More than 500 football teams and clubs with over 12000 players and over 1500 team officials are participating in the mega event, first of its kind in the history of J&K football,” JKFA said in a statement here. The event organised by JKFA is being funded by state government through State Sports Council. The tournament involves district level leagues across all 22 districts. The winners of these leagues will take part in the premier division matches from tomorrow. “The preliminary rounds of the premier division matches in Srinagar are set to start from tomorrow at Synthetic Turf Football Stadium.The first six toppers in premier division league will battle it out with champion teams of 22 district later on,” the JKFA said. The premier division teams include JK Bank XI, Forest XI, Police XI, Food & Supplies XI, Accountant General s XI, Maharaja FC, Iqbal FC, I-League teams Lone Star KFC and Real Kashmir FC.The other teams are Power Development Corporation and State Football Academy. The funds for the event had been earmarked by the government during the budget session in January. PTI MIJ AH AH
New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Japan-based luxury fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger, which forayed into the Indian market last month, is looking to have around 12 brand stores in tier-I cities by 2020, a top company official said.Asics is aiming to establish its Onitsuka Tiger brand in Indian market in next 2-3 years as the company is sensing a good opportunity with growing number of aspirational class in metro cities.As per its strategy, it will build up a sales network by adding 3-4 stores every year on franchise model to cash in on increasing and growing appetite for luxury things.”We plan to add 3-4 Onitsuka Tiger stores every year for the next few years. We aim to achieve a sizeable growth by 2020,” Asics India Managing Director Rajat Khurana told PTI.The company has recently opened its first store in Mumbai.”We see a huge potential in Tier 1 cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Pune for opening Onitsuka Tiger Stores in the coming years,” he added.Onitsuka Tiger shoe range starts from Rs 5,999 and goes up to Rs 30,000.Presently, the Indian footwear retail market is one of the rapidly growing sectors today and is the second largest footwear producer in the world, he added.”There seems to be ever increasing and growing appetite for luxury things. India has, hence, become an aspirational market for the high-end International brands like us. This all means that we can grow a lot in India,” Khurana said.The company is looking for a franchise based growth here. Besides, it is also looking to harness the potential of the online channel for sales growth.advertisement”Eventually, we will be ramping up distribution of products through regional distributors and e-commerce portals,” he added.Asics, the Japanese performance sportswear firm, had entered the Indian market in 2015 and launched its sports lifestyle brand following encouraging response here.”In phase one, we focused on increasing brand awareness, strengthening our reach, the distribution of our products and showcasing our range of Asics and Asics Tiger brands. Now in Phase 2, the time is right for us to launch our Onitsuka Tiger first-ever mono-brand store in India,” Khurana added.Established in 1949, the company was started by Kihachiro Onitsuka in Kobe Japan. Presently, 90-92 per cent sales comes from footwear segment and rest from apparels.”Globally, we are aiming a sizeable growth in the apparel category,” he said. PTI KRH PRJ BAL ABM
New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) Newly-elected Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra and secretary general Rajeev Mehta today took charge of their respective offices at the IOA headquarters here.Treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey also took charge of his office.Meanwhile, former secretary general and honorary member of the International Olympic Committee from India Randhir Singh has been made the IOA life president.”The General House yesterday approved Randhir Singh as the life president if the IOA in recognition of his contribution to the organisation and to Indian sports,” Mehta told PTI.The elective Annual General Meeting yesterday also approved Goa as the venue for Asian Beach Games in 2020.”The dates for the next National Games in Goa next year has also been finalised. The Games will be held from November 4 to 18 next year,” he said. PTI PDS AH ATK
NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez’s doping suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Jan. 11, a decision the New York Yankees third baseman vowed to fight in federal court.Rodriguez also would be sidelined for any postseason games this year under the ruling, which costs him $25 million of the $86 million remaining on his contract.“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.”The three-time American League MVP was given the 211-game penalty by MLB commissioner Bud Selig on Aug. 5 following its investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance saying the discipline was without “just cause”Horowitz, the MLB’s independent arbitrator since 2012, heard the case over 12 sessions from Sept. 30 until Nov. 20. Technically, he chaired a three-man arbitration panel that included MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred and union general counsel Dave Prouty.Despite the ban, MLB’s drug rules allow Rodriguez to participate in spring training and play in exhibition games. While the 38-year-old Rodriguez could fight the ruling in court, judges rarely overturn arbitrators’ decisions.“While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game,” MLB said in a statement.The union said in its own statement that it “strongly disagrees” with the ruling but added “we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached.“We respect the collectively-bargained arbitration process which led to the decision,” the union said added. Rodriguez, however, plans to continue the fight.“This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review,” he said.“I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a federal judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”Rodriguez has claimed Selig was on a vendetta to smear him as a way of burnishing the commissioner’s image following the Steroids Era. Both sides have admitted paying for evidence as they prepared for the hearing.Fourteen players were penalized following the Biogenesis probe, and they all accepted penalties. Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun sat out the final 65 games of the season, the other players were given 50-game suspensions.A-Rod’s penalty was for “his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years,” MLB said last summer. His punishment under the labor contract was “for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he doped while with Texas from 2001-03 but has repeatedly denied using them since.His penalty was more than double the previous high for a doping suspension, a 100-game ban given last year to San Francisco pitcher Guillermo Mota for a second offense. Kansas City infielder Miguel Tejada was given a 105-game ban last summer following a third positive test for amphetamines.Rodriguez is still signed by the Yankees through 2017 at salaries of $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons, part of his record $275 million, 10-year contract.(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares