FA Cup This is Hazard! Galactico Eden strikes Mourinho down as Chelsea rule at Wembley Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:16 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United Newcastle United v Chelsea Manchester United v Watford Manchester United Chelsea Newcastle United Watford Premier League Opinion The Belgian, in his 300th Blues appearance, walked the walk after stating earlier in the week that the club needed to do better in the transfer market Eden Hazard said this week that he believed the FA Cup Final would not be his last game for Chelsea. Admittedly, he delivered that statement with a caveat, that he wanted the club to show ambition in the summer transfer market and deliver new team-mates that could help win the Premier League title.Chelsea have grown rich and powerful enough to consider the FA Cup a minor honour – albeit a welcome one – and their season objectives do not necessarily begin with the intent of winning it. They set their sights higher than that at the outset of every campaign; for the league title and the Champions League.On those two fronts it’s been a washout for Antonio Conte and so the deposed Premier League kings must content themselves with this trophy instead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It’s well known that their Belgian playmaker’s contract expires two years from now and at 27 years old he will have more on his mind than domestic cups. Chelsea have got to fill this squad with players capable of matching his standards. There have been too many transfer mis-steps this season; even Conte knows that and has made his dissatisfaction abundantly clear.That Chelsea went out and signed players like Davide Zappacosta, Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater when they had a title to defend was negligent. It did not send the message that the club wanted to improve. They were plugging gaps for the players that left at best. And they have been punished for that in their league position and their elimination from Europe.Too many players had too many off-days all season long and not even Hazard can be excluded from that. There was a spell of form in the early part of 2018 where even the player himself admitted he was beneath his best. There appeared to be a touch of testiness in his relationship with the manager, who took to playing him through the centre of the attack and demanding more running for the team.Still he remains Chelsea’s top scorer this season – with 17 goals. And he was Chelsea’s only potent threat at Wembley. He caused trouble in the Manchester United ranks even before the game kicked off.His former manager Jose Mourinho is zealous in the man-making department when it comes to Hazard and deployed Ander Herrera in that role again. It gave the game a lopsided feel as Hazard sought space, Herrera followed him and the entire match seemed to tilt in that direction.With Cesc Fabregas in the line-up alongside two more central midfielders it meant that Hazard was playing off Olivier Giroud rather than to one side of him. And it was from the right side of the Chelsea attack that he found the breakthrough.His velvet touch in front of Phil Jones bought about five yards of space and as he bore down on goal it was inevitable that Chelsea were going one-up – either by the boot of Hazard or through a penalty because Jones was itching to take him out. The latter prevailed and Hazard made no mistake from the spot. His penalty technique remains impeccable.In truth Hazard was a class above on his 300th Chelsea appearance. He injected pace and ball-carrying ability towards the United goal; no one in red could come close to making the same kind of attacking impact. He played around 80 per cent of his passes in the United half and drew more fouls than anyone else in Chelsea blue. As Giroud toiled it was Hazard taking the fight to United.It was a game in which he stood and delivered. He talked the talk earlier in the week and today he walked the walk. Chelsea now have got to see that it’ll take more players closer to Hazard’s quality to put them back in contention for the two trophies they crave most.
Iceland You can’t help but love peaceful and pretty Iceland, says Hallgrimsson Jon Fisher 21:42 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Iceland World Cup Argentina v Iceland Argentina The fascination with the “pretty little nation with pretty people” is completely natural, the coach insists Iceland won the hearts of football fans around the world with their run to the European Championship quarter-finals two years ago – and coach Heimir Hallgrimsson understands why.Hallgrimsson was joint coach alongside Lars Lagerback for the Euros but now stands alone as boss of an Iceland side that will take on Argentina and Lionel Messi in their World Cup opener on Saturday.The 51-year-old, who combines his role with the Iceland Football Association with that of a dentist, said: “You can’t help but love Iceland, we haven’t attacked anyone, been to war with anyone! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We only had the cod wars [over fishing rights in the north Atlantic] and no one got hurt there.”It’s a pretty little nation, and pretty people in general.”Hallgrimsson has previously visited the pub to meet Iceland fans before matches but says the 1600 kick-off time in Moscow will prevent a repeat.”It’s too early, I won’t go to the pub before the game tomorrow,” he said, before adding of his nation’s supporters: “We know each other closer than other coaches know their fans, this closeness and trust between the staff and the fans means it’s possible to go to the pub before the game and meet up.We play at the @FIFAWorldCup tomorrow.We trained at the Spartak Stadium today. #fyririsland pic.twitter.com/czVoDeShcE — Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 15, 2018 “I understand why this couldn’t happen for other nations but it shows the unity between the fans and the team and the respect we get from them.”It’s just more than a football game they go to watch, we give them ownership of the team and vice-versa.”You can see it in their eyes, it means more to them than a general guy who comes to watch. The game’s too early, I won’t go to the pub before the game tomorrow!!”
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 7, 2010June 21, 2017By: Maria M. Pawlowska, Cambridge Gates ScholarClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)According to the latest WHO Countdown report, post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) is responsible for over a third of maternal deaths worldwide. During a session at the Global Maternal Health Conference last week, I learned about a number of prevention and treatment methods for PPH.Dr. Sydney A. Spangler, Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, stressed that with any intervention, it is very important to consider the context not only on the national level, but also on the community level.MisoprostolThe session focused to a large extent on misoprostol, a drug that is used for treating and, importantly, preventing post-partum haemorrhage in low-resource settings with minimal financial inputs but remarkably impressive health outputs.Notable characteristics of misoprostol:1.) It is cheap2.) It is widely available3.) It has mild or no side affects4.) It is chemically stable in high temperatures (i.e. no need to have access to refrigeration or reliable electricity supply).Misoprostol has an interesting background story. It was initially used to treat stomach ulcers. It was then discovered to be a safe method for inducing medical abortion (i.e. with no need for surgical interventions)—and it was soon realized that the same uterine contractions that lead to abortions in the first trimester can also stop or prevent excessive bleeding during labour, making it highly effective against post-partum haemorrhage.Blood Collection MatWhen exactly is bleeding excessive? There is always some blood loss associated with birth, and as mentioned by Shabram Shanaz from Pathfinder, women in places like Bangladesh give birth in their clothes, so it is often difficult to judge blood loss. In order to help women and their families decide when there is need to seek referral to a health clinic, an absorbent mat has been developed which indicates when a threshold of 500ml blood loss is reached. The mat is now one of the supplies given out to pregnant women.Education Shabram Shanaz went on to describe how the Pathfinder project in Bangladesh taught women and their families life-saving procedures which can be implemented with or without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. Dr. Shanaz stressed the importance of empowering women and their families. If families are provided with basic information in a clear and culturally appropriate fashion, they can quickly become skilled at labour risk management and empowered to make the right decisions–whether it be taking the appropriate medication at home or seeking hospital referral. Pathfinder not only provides educational workshops but the organization also provides women with a post-partum haemorrhage kit. The kit, packed in a bright red bag, includes everything that a woman might need–including mobile phone numbers for health workers in the area. Supplying the bags costs only US$1 per bag—but have had a huge impact on the lives of women and their families. They are empowered to act. In fact, in the Pathfinder study area, all of the women used the supply kits.Supplying misoprostol along with other basic equipment such as blood collection mats, in a way that is easily accessible when needed (i.e. in a container which is well-labelled and difficult to lose such as the red bags handed out by Pathfinder) is a low-tech and affordable, but effective way of improving maternal health. Gaps in research and funding are not the major barriers to making preventable maternal mortality a thing of the past––we know what works and many of the effective interventions are quite affordable. Now, we need to think critically about how to get passed the barriers to implementing these proven interventions at scale.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.Visit the conference site here.Share this:
Southampton midfielder Højbjerg: We must use Arsenal win as springboardby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg hopes to use victory over Arsenal as a “springboard”.A brace for the returning Danny Ings and a late winner from substitute Charlie Austin saw the home side defeat the Gunners 3-2.“Hopefully we can use this as a springboard,” Højbjerg said. “We have to stay focused and realistic but use the confidence from the positive moments from this game because we played very well. We scored three goals against one of the best teams in the league so it’s a really big result. “We can not get carried away, we have to stay strong and keep building and it all starts tomorrow again in training. We need to take the confidence with us and believe we can win the next game as well.”He added: “Most importantly we want to fight for the club because we want to take the club to the next level. Congratulations to everybody, the fans, the coach and the players because the performance today was special.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan GM Marotta: No problem with Icardi contract talksby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan GM Beppe Marotta insists there’s no concern over Mauro Icardi’s contract situation.There has been tension since Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, who also acts as his agent, said they were “far away” from an agreement on a new deal.“The fans should not worry, there’s no need to talk about this as controversy,” Marotta told Rai Sport.“These are typical dynamics in a football club, especially when approaching deadlines. “There will be no problem, as both parties want to continue together and that is a common denominator that bodes well for the future.”
Son lauds Tottenham togetherness for Red Star Belgrade thrashingby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSon Heung-min says Tottenham showed immense camaraderie to thrash Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night.With their backs against the wall following three winless matches, Spurs smashed five past the Serbians in front of their own fans.Son told BT Sport: “We as a team stuck together from the start. We wanted to win. It was an amazing job and amazing performance.”The ball (for my first goal) was great and the timing perfect, then I finished well. Not important only the goal, the way we played was the most important thing.”We have got a long way to go, some big away games coming in the Champions League. But we take it step by step, think about Sunday and Liverpool and then think about the Champions League again after that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Tennessee Football Go KartingNothing says team bonding like a little wholesome fun at the go karting track. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones had that in mind when he took his team to the Bear Country Adventure track in Gatlinburg, Tenn. last night. By the looks of all the documentation posted from the event, the Vols had a lot of fun. Quarterback Josh Dobbs really seemed to enjoy himself. Meanwhile, Jones had his son join him for the ride. Had a lot of fun with #Team119 tonight at Bear Country Adventure & Gatlinburg! TY to everyone at @Ripleys tonight! pic.twitter.com/2v8UBJ0DR4— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) December 17, 2015Here’s some video of the team on the track. Seems like it was an awesome night.
The ‘Battle at Bristol’ got started with a bang during the national anthem sung by Jennifer Nettles.Tonight’s ‘Battle at Bristol’ between Tennessee and Virginia Tech broke the record for attendance at a college football game. The pregame ceremony might have broken a record for patriotism.Ahead of the contest, country music star Jennifer Nettles sang an incredible version of our national anthem. To boot, fans in the stands were given cards to flip – displaying our nation’s flag on both sides of the stadium. The end zones featured “U-S-A” spelled out.There was also a massive American flag in the center of the field. Check it all out:The beautiful @JenniferNettles singing the #NationalAnthem at #BattleAtBristol perfect! pic.twitter.com/f2SuzYyuEq— Sara B (@swindsor2007) September 11, 2016With the 15th anniversary of 9/11 falling tomorrow, this was a great display. Let’s hope the game gives us goosebumps too.
France head coach Didier Deschamps has said there are no positives to take from his side’s shock defeat to Turkey in Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.Les Bleus went down to two first-half goals in ten minutes, with Kaan Ayhan opening the scoring before Cengiz Under doubled Turkey’s advantage.World Cup holders France failed to muster a single shot on target across the 90 minutes despite fielding a strong side, and the defeat leaves them three points behind the Turks in Group H. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Deschamps made a double change at half-time, bringing off Blaise Matuidi and Lucas Digne for Kingsley Coman and Ferland Mendy, but to no availAfter the game the head coach, who has won the World Cup as a player and a manager – one of just three men to do so – wasted no time in laying the blame for defeat at the door of his players.“When there is a collective performance like this, there is nothing to retain positive,” the 50-year-old told TF1 .“We did not play our game against a team that played as they like, and we were not present.“If we play with no intentions, even though we are world champions, this is what happens.“We took a good slap tonight and we will analyse it. There is nothing else to say.“Congratulations to Turkey and we should return to our basics.”Turkey did not come close to qualifying for last summer’s World Cup in Russia, finishing fourth in Group I behind Iceland, eventual finalists Croatia and Ukraine.In February of this year they turned to Senol Gunes, who oversaw the side the last time they did make the World Cup in 2002.The turnaround in form has been marked, and they have now won all five games during his second spell in charge.This result is the most impressive of that run, which has seen wins over relative minnows Albania, Moldova and Uzbekistan, with a friendly win over Greece Gunes’ biggest previous scalp.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Few Ohio State football players have been more loved by the Buckeyes’ fan base than Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliott. They’re two of the best to play under Urban Meyer and both accomplished a ridiculous amount during their time in Columbus.Now, Miller and Elliott are both in the NFL. They’re both in the same state, actually.Miller is a wide receiver for the Houston Texans. Elliott is a running back for the Dallas Cowboys.Today, Miller took to social media to post a cool photo of himself and Elliott.“Dope or nope?” he asked his fans.Check it out:We vote “Dope.” pic.twitter.com/SwZk7sNy13— Eleven Warriors (@11W) June 12, 2018That’s pretty clearly “dope.”Miller and Elliott are set to meet up again in the preseason. The Cowboys are taking on the Texans on Aug. 30.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)USC’s football program got the win it needed on Friday night, rallying from a first-half deficit to scrape by Washington State at home.It’s been a tough start to the year for the Trojans, who have already lost twice this season. USC was beaten by Stanford earlier in the year and was blown out by Texas last weekend.Clay Helton had a promising start to his career as USC’s head coach, but he’s starting to see his name pop up on some “hot seat” lists.The “hot seat” talk was developing quite a bit on Friday night. An NFL head coach was actually named a candidate for the USC job if it was to open up.“If Clay Helton gets fired, good luck finding an obvious USC candidate,” USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken tweeted. “Best name is Mike Tomlin but I’d be a bit surprised if he wanted to coach in college.”If Clay Helton gets fired, good luck finding an obvious USC candidate. I’ve had a few conversations on that topic this week and it’s a ??♂️. Best name is Mike Tomlin but I’d be a bit surprised if he wanted to coach in college.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 22, 2018Of course, this is all speculative, and we’re still just a couple of weeks into the 2018 regular season.Still, Helton is going to need to turn things around in a major way moving forward for all of this “hot seat” talk to go away heading into 2019.USC is set to play at Arizona next Saturday.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: # of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels # of the Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson is in somewhat of a panic mode against Syracuse this afternoon. The Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the latest top 25 polls, are trailing the Orange, 16-7, as we head into halftime in Death Valley.Trevor Lawrence, making his first-career start for the Tigers, had to leave the game toward the end of the first half. He took a big blow to the head during a scamper down the sideline.Clemson, of course, is now without both Lawrence and former starter Kelly Bryant, who opted to transfer following Dabo Swinney’s decision.Tigers fans are obviously wishing that Bryant would have decided to stay put. He’d be playing for Clemson right now if he had.ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge was critical of Bryant’s decision during this afternoon’s broadcast on ABC. He called “selfish.”Todd Blackledge calling Kelly Bryant’s transfer from Clemson “selfish” on the #SYRvsCLEM broadcast. Says he didn’t put program first. Get. Out. Of. Here.— Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) September 29, 2018The problem with this logic is that players in Bryant’s situation should be selfish. You only get four seasons of college football and Bryant has just one left. He deserves to be a starting college football quarterback and he wasn’t going to get that with the Tigers unless an unpredictable injury happened.Bryant spoke to the Greenville News about his decision. He says he felt like Swinney’s decision was a “slap in the face” and that he had to do what was best for him.“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” Bryant said in an exclusive interview with The Greenville News. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”***“They asked me how I felt about it,” Bryant said, recalling his meeting with Swinney. “I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven’t done anything to not be the starter. I’ve been here. I’ve waited my turn. I’ve done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more.’“I’ve never been a distraction. I’ve never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face.”Clemson and Syracuse, meanwhile, are set to resume their game on ABC momentarily.
The former Texas Tech head coach has been linked to several NFL openings and his buyout is small enough at USC that an exit is possible.Kingsbury is probably unlikely to get an NFL head coaching gig, but an offensive coordinator position might be possible.NFL insider Mike Florio reported on NBC tonight that Kingsbury could be an option for the New England Patriots. LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Kliff Kingsbury is reportedly considering leaving USC a couple of weeks after accepting the offensive coordinator position with the Trojans. The Patriots are reportedly preparing for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to get a head coaching job.“On NBC, Mike Florio says Kliff Kingsbury, the USC offensive coordinator is a viable candidate to replace Josh McDaniels if he leaves as Patriots OC,” Yianni Kourakis tweeted.On NBC, Mike Florio says Kliff Kingsbury, the USC offensive coordinator is a viable candidate to replace Josh McDaniels if he leaves as Patriots OC.— Yianni Kourakis (@YianniKourakis) January 6, 2019 McDaniels is considered to be a leading candidate for a couple of NFL head coaching jobs.Kingsbury, 39, has yet to coach at the NFL level.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Nebraska Cornhuskers had a difficult 2018 that was at some points early in the season was downright miserable. But one aspect where Nebraska didn’t struggle was the merchandise department.In an interview with The Bottom Line, Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos revealed that apparel sales had gone up “30 to 35 percent” following the hiring of Scott Frost as their new head coach in December 2017.Per Omaha World-Herald:“But it’s always been very, very good,” Moos said of apparel sales, praising Husker fans for their loyalty within the borders and also in major cities such as Denver and New York. “…Once you cross that border into Nebraska, it’s all red. That red has to come from somewhere.”Frost was hired following a historic season as head coach of UCF, where he led the Knights to a 13-0 season that included an American Athletic Conference title, and an upset win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.But Frost endured a difficult first year as head coach of the Huskers.The team started the season 0-6, allowing 24 points or more in each of those losses. The six losses included a first-ever Nebraska loss to Troy.Frost’s team recovered in the second half of the season, winning four of their next five and nearly upsetting Ohio State while scoring 45 or more points three times.The team ultimately finished with a 4-8 record, matching last year’s losing record under former head coach Mike Riley.One of Nebraska’s breakout stars of the season was freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, who finished the season with 2,617 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and a 64.6-percent completion rate.[Omaha World-Herald]
Australia vs Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne ‘in good spirits’ after copping nasty blow on neckAustralia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 2: Dimuth Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after tea on the second day Saturday.advertisement Associated Press CanberraFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 14:02 IST Dimuth Karunaratne left the ground on a motorized stretcher (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKarunaratne got hit on the back of the neck by a Pat Cummins bouncer in the final sessionHe appeared to be conscious when he was being taken off the field on a motorized stretcherThe Sri Lankan opener was later shown on television being taken by ambulance to a hospitalSri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hit by a bouncing delivery on his helmet and was taken off the field at Manuka Oval on a stretcher on the second day of the Test match against Australia.Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after tea on the second day Saturday.The 30-year-old Karunaratne, who retired hurt on 46, left the ground on a motorized stretcher. He was later shown on television being taken by ambulance to a hospital.He appeared to be conscious, although medical staff appeared concerned about his neck.Cricket Australia later released a statement saying, Dimuth Karunaratne is in ‘good spirits’ and is doing fine, as confirmed by Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha.”He’s in the hospital at the moment and in good spirits. No danger at the moment. He was talking to us before he was leaving as well,” Hathurusingha said after play.”It was a bit scary at the start the way he fall back initially but he was OK.”Throughout he was talking to the umpires and the physio. Hit on the back of the neck so he’s being assessed at the moment.”UPDATE: Dimuth Karunaratne is in ‘good spirits’ after a scary moment on day two: https://t.co/Xhc2Xk6vGe #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/OvHfuiXRA4cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 2, 2019Karunaratne’s departure led to a flurry of wickets for the Aussies as Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc struck in quick succession.advertisementLyon snared a well-set Lahiru Thirimanne for 41 while Cummins castled Kusal Mendis with a superb delivery for 6. Captain Dinesh Chandimal offered some resistance before getting out to Starc for 15.Sri Lanka ended the day’s play at 123 for 3 at stumps and trail Australia by 411 runs, with Kusal Perera unbeaten on 11 and Dhananjaya de Silva on one.That’s stumps! Late wickets have Australia right on top at Manuka Oval: https://t.co/DT74duc43l #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/DNIgCzKDyMcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 2, 2019Earlier, two-Test old Kurtis Patterson notched his maiden century to drive Australia to a massive first innings total of 534-5 declared on day two.The hosts, who lead 1-0 lead after winning the first test by an innings and 40 runs at Brisbane last week, may have done enough to bat Sri Lanka out of the match and seal their first series win since a 4-0 Ashes victory against England last year.After resuming on 384-4 Australia declared their first innings closed after lunch, with Patterson, in just his second Test innings, unbeaten on 114 and captain Tim Paine 45 not out.The home side have struggled with the bat recently, Usman Khawaja’s 141 against Pakistan last October the only hundred by an Australian batsman since they thrashed England at home, but they have three centurions in Canberra already.After hundreds from Joe Burns and Travis Head on the first day, the 25-year-old Patterson, who made his debut in Brisbane, looked untroubled against a second-string Sri Lanka attack that has lost three pace bowlers to injuries.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd TestFollow AUS vs SL 2nd Test
BCCI aghast at Star’s ad request, decision on MondayBroadcasters Star requested BCCI to allow for political advertisements during the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. The Committee of Administrators will discuss the matter on Mondayadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 19:25 IST BCCI had previously said that sports and politics must be kept at a distance (Getty Images)The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received a request from host broadcasters Star wherein they want to show political advertisements during the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, starting May 23. While the Media Rights Agreement (MRA) between BCCI and Star clearly states that there is no place for political/religious advertisements, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is set to discuss the matter on Monday.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while the chances of the CoA approving of Star showing political advertisements during the IPL is close to zilch, the matter will be discussed nevertheless.”The three-member CoA will meet on Monday and since the request has come in, they will look into what exactly Star is looking at. But, the chance of the committee overturning the earlier stand of the BCCI in this regard is close to zero. The last time the board was approached by the broadcasters to show political ads during the IPL, the BCCI had made it clear that sports and politics must be kept at a distance,” the source explained.A senior BCCI official said that this was an area that needed to be treaded upon with utter caution because never had the board mixed cricket and politics.”I am not aware if Star has communicated anything of the sort but I do not see the BCCI relenting on this point at all. This would set a very bad precedent and the BCCI has always kept politics away from the game and this was true even when Union Ministers were the decision makers in the BCCI. Let it be confirmed first whether such a move is indeed being made since I have known the people at Star and I personally do not think they would be this foolhardy, unless of course they either feel that they could get their way with the help of those seeking political postings once their innings in the BCCI gets over or they are under some pressure,” he told IANS.advertisementAs per the MRA signed between BCCI and Star for a period of five years between 2018 and 2022, “Slotting of any political and/or religious advertisements during transmission is not permitted”.But a senior official at Star India said that while the agreement says otherwise, the broadcasters cannot ‘say no’ to someone looking to buy spots and must reach out to the board.”Yes, there has been an approach, despite the MRA stating that we cannot put any political/religious advertisement during the matches. The way it works is that we are a broadcaster and any advertiser in this country has the right to reach out to us and wish to buy spots/sponsorships. We cannot just turn them away. So, if a political party approaches us, we are obliged to seek permission.”Say, if OPPO comes to us even though VIVO is the title sponsor. We have to offer the same deal to VIVO, but we cannot turn OPPO down. The media team or agency of a political party can say we are interested to advertise during the IPL and you cannot say no, although we have communicated that we aren’t allowed to under the current MRA. But you know how it is. They will put pressure on you to at least seek permission and that is what has been done. We are now waiting for BCCI’s decision,” the official explained.A senior board functionary refused to buy Star’s ‘obliged to seek permission’ approach and said there was more to this than meets the eye. “There is absolutely no obligation for Star to seek permission if a political party approaches them. Why would they be obligated? Are they under some pressure? Is there a consideration for that obligation? What is the performance that they would demand from the party to whom they are obligated? When the terms of the contract are crystal clear, how can they ask for this relief from the BCCI? There is more to this than meets the eye,” the functionary said.Another former office bearer said that the OPPO and VIVO example doesn’t hold ground. “The OPPO and VIVO example doesn’t hold any water whatsoever. Is there any specific bar under the agreement that specifically prohibits advertising of companies that manufacture cell phones?” he enquired.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BCCIFollow StarFollow political adsFollow COAFollow 2019 IPLFollow Indian Premier League
Reuters MoscowMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 20:10 IST Russia has been rocked by several sporting bans in recent years after international investigations showed state-sponsored doping in sports. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDistance runner Kseniya Savina has been banned for 12 years on doping chargesSavina attempted to shift the blame and also provide false medical documentsSavina’s results since May 2018 are declared voidRussian middle distance runner Kseniya Savina has been suspended for 12 years after she was found to have taken a banned substance and then provided false medical documents to avoid sanctions, the Athletics Integrity Unit said on Wednesday.The 29-year-old Savina, whose ban essentially ends her career, tested positive in an out-of-competition test for the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO last year and was provisionally suspended.She claimed at the time it was her coach and husband Alexei Savin who had needed the medication to treat what she said was chronic renal failure, and that it must has been mixed up with her own back pain medication, the AIU said.After Savina provided medical documents to support the claim that her husband had chronic renal failure, further investigation by the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) for the AIU showed the documents had been forged.”The Athlete failed to respond as required by the specified deadline of 17 April 2019 and she is therefore deemed… to have admitted the first and second anti-doping rule violations and to have acceded to the consequences specified in the notice of charge,” the AIU said in a statement.Savina’s suspension period is 12 years and all her results since May 2018 are void, the AIU said.Such lengthy bans are uncommon but the athlete’s attempts to shift blame and avoid sanctions by providing false documentation added another anti-doping rule violation in her case.Savin, her coach, received a four-year ban for violating anti-doping regulations, the AIU said in a separate statement.Russia has been rocked by several sporting bans in recent years after international investigations found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in athletics and a string of other sports.advertisementRussian anti-doping agency RUSADA and Russia’s athletics federation were suspended after a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics.RUSADA was reinstated last year, while Russia’s athletics federation remains suspended by the global athletics governing body IAAF.Also Read | Cleared of doping charges, Davinder Kang named in 43-member India team for Asian ChampionshipsAlso Read | WADA retrieves more than 2,000 samples from tainted Moscow labAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Doping banFollow RUSADAFollow WADA Russian athlete Savina gets 12-year banA ban as long as 12 years is uncommon but Russian athelete Kseniya Savina attempted to shift blame and avoid sanctions by providing false medical documents added another anti-doping rule violation in her case.advertisement Next
Next Reuters LondonMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 11:55 IST Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the stands. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea defender David Luiz said team owner Roman Abramovich is still passionate about the clubRoman Abramovich has not been seen at Chelsea’s matches this seasonBritish media had reported Abramovich had grown weary and even looked to sell the clubChelsea owner Roman Abramovich is still passionate about the Premier League club and tries his best to be involved on a daily basis despite his long-term absence at Stamford Bridge, defender David Luiz has said.Russian billionaire Abramovich ran into problems renewing his British visa last year amid tensions between the two countries and he has not been seen at Chelsea’s matches this season.British media reports indicated Abramovich had grown weary and even looked to sell the club but Luiz said the 52-year-old had not lost his hunger for success after speaking with him prior to renewing his Chelsea contract last week.”I had the opportunity to talk with him last week to decide my future,” Luiz told The Daily Mail. “He loves the club and everything that is inside the club, not just the people. He wants to win everything, he wants to do more.”It’s difficult for him, he has been away but his heart is here. He tries to be involved every single day. He’s still really passionate for the club. He has the same hunger, thinking about winning. He doesn’t want to lose energy.”He’s the one who built Chelsea – everything at Chelsea changed because of him. The results speak for themselves, 15 trophies in 15 years.”Chelsea finished third under Maurizio Sarri to return to the Champions League and Luiz said the London club has exceeded pre-season expectations as they look to finish the campaign with a Europa League trophy when they face Arsenal in Baku on May 29.advertisement”We did amazing, especially with the first year for a new coach,” Luiz said. “Nobody expected Chelsea to finish third. Everybody thought we were going to be out of the Champions League.”We’re fighting for the Europa League and we lost the League Cup on penalties, a competition where we beat Liverpool and Tottenham and were the better side against Manchester City in the final.”Also Read | Antoine Griezmann confirms Atletico Madrid exit amid rumours of Barcelona moveAlso Read | Brazilian court upholds seizure of Ronaldinho’s passportAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow Champions LeagueFollow Europa LeagueFollow Tottenham Hostpur Owner Abramovich still passionate about Chelsea, says David LuizChelsea owner Roman Abramovich has not been seen at Chelsea’s matches this season as the Russian billionaire ran into problems renewing his British visa last year amid tensions between the two countries.advertisement
China beat Malaysia 5-0 in Sudirman Cup openerAll-England runners-up Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia almost stunned world No. 3 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China in the opening men’s doubles clash before wasting the early advantage to go down 21-18, 14-21, 22-24.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service Nanning | ChinaMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 09:06 IST Soniia Cheah of Malaysia fires a shot against China in Sudirman Cup 2019 (Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe Malaysian players looked good in the 1st 2 matches before giving away easy points in the remaining 3Soniia Cheah then gave a good account of herself before losing 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to Chen YufeiIn the women’s doubles, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen were tamed 18-21, 14-21 by Du Yue-Li YinhuiChina thrashed Malaysia 5-0 in the opening Group D tie of the Sudirman Cup badminton tournament here on Sunday.The Malaysian players looked good in the first two matches before giving away easy points in the remaining three.All-England runners-up Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia almost stunned world No. 3 Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen of China in the opening men’s doubles clash before wasting the early advantage to go down 21-18, 14-21, 22-24.Soniia Cheah then gave a good account of herself before losing 15-21, 23-21, 14-21 to Chen Yufei in the women’s singles.What followed was a lopsided affair as Shi Yuqi made short work of Lee Zii Jia who bowed out 12-21, 21-11 in just 35 minutes in the men’s singles.In the women’s doubles, Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen were tamed 18-21, 14-21 by Du Yue-Li Yinhui.The mixed doubles pair of Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing to tried to stage a fightback for Malaysia but they were also dumped 16-21, 12-21 in just 31 minutes.Malaysia will now take on India on Wednesday in a must-win tie to advance to the quarterfinals.Also Read | Rafael Nadal downs Novak Djokovic for 9th Italian Open titleAlso Read | La Liga: Lionel Messi increases goal haul as Barcelona draw with EibarAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ChinaFollow MalaysiaFollow Sudirman Cup 2019 Next