Captaincy has brought the best out of ‘run-machine’ Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s Test captain Virat Kohli notched up yet another hundred on Thursday to put India in a commanding position in the ongoing second Test against England at Vizag. Kohli scored his 14th Test ton in his 50th match to go with the 12 half-centuries. (Vizag Test: Virat Kohli nears rare milestone, could become first Indian to score three double-hundreds in a year)Opting to bat first, India lost openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay very early and were reduced to 22/2 when Kohli came to the crease and joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to bail the hosts out of trouble. The duo then added 226 runs for the third-wicket with Pujara also scoring a ton along with his skipper. Both reached triple figures in the final session of play on Day 1. (Virat Kohli in his 50th Test: His key landmarks so far)Pujara went back to the pavillion for 119 but Kohli carried on and led the team to 317/4 at the close of play. He was eventually dismissed on 167 by Moeen Ali in the first session on day 2. Kohli’s seventh century in just his 19th match as captain saw him draw level with Sachin Tendulkar to be third on the list of most hundreds by Indian Test skippers. Mohammad Azharuddin (9) and Sunil Gavaskar (11) are ahead of Kohli at the moment. But rate at which Kohli keeps on breaking record after record, it won’t take him long to surpass these legends. (Virat Kohli an absolute street-fighter: Nasser Hussain to India Today)Most Test 100s by Indian captains11 S Gavaskar9 M Azharuddin7 S Tendulkar/Virat Kohli#IndvEngadvertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2016In terms of conversion rates for batsmen who have scored more than 10 hundreds, Kohli is only behind the legendary Donald Bradman and West Indies great George Headley. (Vizag Test: Kohli, Pujara hundreds give India honours on Day 1)  100s 50s Conversion Percentage Don Bradman (AUS)  29 13 69.05 George Headley (WI) 10 5 66.67 Virat Kohli (IND) 14 12 53.85 Clyde Walcott (WI) 15 14 51.72 Younus Khan (PAK) 32 30 51.61 Mohammad Azharuddin (IND) 22 21 51.16 Michael Clarke (AUS) 28 27 50.91 Matthew Hayden (AUS) 30 29 50.85 Michael Vaughan (ENG) 18 18 50.00 Arthur Morris (AUS) 12 12 50.00 Ijaz Ahmed (PAK) 12 12 50.00Captaincy seems to have taken Kohli’s batting to an all new level. The responsibility of leading the country in the longest format has turned Kohli into the run-machine that he is today. He is currently averaging over 70 in the longest format in 2016 with three centuries. He became the only Indian captain to score two double hundreds with a highest score of 211 which came against New Zealand in the third Test at Indore last month. Kohli has a hundred per cent conversion rate this year and with three more matches to go, he is on track to amass 1000 runs in Test cricket for the first time in a calendar year. His captaincy record has also been terrific and has lead India to series victories against Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand.  Span Matches Inns Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s As Captain 2014-2016 19 30 1712 211 59.03 58.27 7 2 Not as Captain 2011-2014 31 55 2098 169 41.13 50.99 7 10Whenever Kohli gets to a hundred he makes it count. Out of the seven times he has scored a ton since becoming the captain, Kohli has scored over 140 on six occasions. He is also fourth on the list of batsmen with most hundreds after 50 Tests.Most Test 100s after 50 Tests28 Don Bradman20 Sunil Gavaskar18 Matt Hayden#IndvEngVirat Kohli 14 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2016With India dictating terms on the first day at Vizag, Kohli will look to capitalise and put his team in a commanding position when he takes guard on Friday.last_img read more


Ranji Trophy, Day 4 wrap: Mumbai thrash Railways by 10 wickets

first_imgRiding on Tushar Deshpande’s five-wicket haul, defending champions Mumbai registered a comfortable 10-wicket win over Railways and grabbed six points in their Ranji Trophy Group A match on Tuesday.On the fourth day, Deshpande snapped three wickets – Faiz Ahmed (28), Ashish Yadav (26) and DN Bansal (3) – to go with the two wickets he had taken yesterday, while Shardul Thakur, Vijay Gohil and Balwinder Sandhu picked up one wicket each to dismiss Railways for 208 after they resumed their second innings at an overnight total of 135/4.With just 24 runs to chase, Mumbai openers AA Hrewadkar (18) and SS Iyer (6) completed the task in just 5 overs without losing any wicket at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground.JAKATI’S ALL-ROUND SHOW GIVES GOA FULL POINTSLeft-arm spinner Shadab Jakati bagged 4/41 after a fine effort with the bat to help Goa beat Chhattisgarh by eight wickets in the Ranji Trophy Group C fixture at Barabati Stadium.Having scored a stellar 92 at number eight to hand them a first innings lead, Jakati did the damage with the ball along with fellow left-arm spinner Darshan Misal, who returned career-best figures of 3/24 to lead the rout.Seven of Chhattisgarh batsmen got out for ducks as their second essay folded for 162 in 67.3 overs to set a paltry 91-run target.HIMACHAL PRADESH CRUISE TO FIVE-WICKET WIN In Ranchi, a collective effort helped Himachal Pradesh climb to second place with a thrilling five-wicket win over Jammu and Kashmir at JSCA International Stadium Complex.Inspired by left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma’s 4/97, Himachal Pradesh bundled out Jammu and Kashmir for 417 with an addition of 80 to their overnight total to set a tricky target of 210 from two sessions.advertisementLiving up to the challenge under fading lights, Himachal Pradesh batsmen put up a brave front as Ankit Kalsi (47) and Prashant Chopra (43) laid the foundation before Robin Bist (52 not out) and Sumeet Verma (21 not out) steered the chase.Shama also shone with the bat with a quick 19 from 23 balls.Himachal Pradesh now have 15 points, one less than leaders Haryana.last_img read more


India vs England, 4th Test, Day 4: As it happened

first_imgWelcome to our coverage of the fourth day of the fourth Test between India and England in Mumbai. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)England Second Innings:England 400 and 182/6 at stumps, trail India (631) by 49 runs. Jonny Bairstow 50*, Joe Root 77, Ravindra Jadeja 2/58, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/49 At Stumps on Day 4 of the 4th Test, #ENG (400 & 182/6), trail #IND (631) by 49 runs. Follow the game here – https://t.co/ZlqFjQOpaD #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/jziVVaSGDJ BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2016The Indians will be happy as they batted really well earlier in the day to take a lead of 231 runs. Kohli and Jayant Yadav played the Englishmen out of the game with their partnership of 241 runs. The Indians came out really aggressive with the ball as they rattled out the openers in 13.2 overs of the second session. It seems really tough for the English batsman now to play through the final day as they have already lost 6 wickets and they still trail by 49 runs.England started off really well in the third session of the day where they started attacking the Indian spinners. Root and Bairstow really scored at a brisk pace which made the Indian spinners thinking. Root, who was towing with the bowlers got out to Jayant Yadav’s classic off spinner which caught him on his front foot. Bairstow played through the session while Stokes gave him a brief company and Ball,who came in as a night watchman was out in the final over of the day.16.33 IST: Ashwin to Ball, OUT! Ball has been worked over! IN, AWAY, STRAIGHT and BOOM! Floated outside off, Ball comes forward to defend but is beaten and gets a faint edge through to the keeper. Bairstow comes over for a chat about the review. Ball acknowledges that he edged it. He has done his job though, he protected Buttler and also Bairstow. England still trail by 49 runs! That’s also STUMPS, DAY 4! advertisementWICKET & CLOSE Ball goes ct behind off Ashwin & England end on 182-6 – 49 behind. Bairstow 50* #INDvENGCatch up: https://t.co/fKS1ejlK2F pic.twitter.com/8pOMgYJjMk England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 11, 201616.19 IST: Ashwin to Stokes, OUT! STOKES HAS TO DEPART! Terrific umpiring this time around. Pitched on the stumps, Stokes carelessly goes for a reverse sweep and he manages to find a glove which goes on to hit his boot. The ball bounces of his boot towards the second slip where Vijay is ready to hop onto anything coming his way. England need to find a way out real soon. Eng 400 and 180/5, trail by 51 runs16.15 IST: Ashwin to Bairstow, takes a single to get to his 14th Test fifty. Pitched outside off, Bairstow drags the ball towards fine leg for a single. He seems to have played out the hard part and is well settled. Beautiful knock by Johny.5??0?? for Jonny Bairstow prior to Stokes’ wicket. His 14th in Tests. Jake Ball comes out to join him in the middle #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/5z17EsoKMW England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 11, 201616.07 IST: Ashwin to Bairstow, NOT OUT!BIZARRE! Pitched outside off, Bairstow dances down the track and the ball airs towards the on side. Pujara runs towards his left and dives to get a catch. Bairstow was quick to ask for a review. The reviews show that the bat was no where near the ball. The umpire over rules his decision.15.41 IST: Jayant to Root, WICKET! JJayant again takes a big wicket! Bowls it outside off, comes in sharply, Root plays all around it but is beaten and is hit on his pads. The players go up in an appeal and the umpire gives it out. That looked pretty close to the naked eye. Root is not wasting a review for it and walks off. The trail is still 90 runs. India have an opening here but that was some knock from Joe Root, out for 77. The 92-run stand is broken. England 400 and 141/4, trail India (631) by 90 runsWICKET Root’s fine knock is over. He goes for 77, LBW to Jayant Yadav. England 141-4, trail by 90 #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/JvoG7IKbp7 England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 11, 201615.25 IST: Yadav to Root, NOT OUT! Joe Root survives! Bowls it on middle, Root looks to defend it from his crease but is beaten. The ball lobs to Virat Kohli at first slip, who takes the catch and also appeals. The umpire stays put. Jayant thinks he has his man and Kohli goes for the review. Replays confirm there was no bat there and also the ball was bouncing over the stumps. A bit of desperation there, India have now lost both their reviews. Kohli did suggest that it was a bit high. They have to wait long before they get them back. How costly will this be?advertisement15.07 IST: Jadeja to Bairstow, Bowled on his pads, Bairstow clips it away towards square leg for a single. 100 up for England. 14.42 IST: Jadeja is in the middle of a dangerous spell here. He’s getting the ball to turn at a good pace and beating the bat on a regular basis. Eng 400 and 69/3, trail by 162 runsMumbai Test, Day 4: England 400 and 49/3 at tea, trail India (631) by 182 runs. Root 30*, Jadeja 2/13, Bhuvneshwar 1/11At Tea on Day 4 of the 4th Test, England (400 & 49/3), trail #IND (631) by 182 runs. Follow the game here – https://t.co/ZlqFjQOpaD pic.twitter.com/gObwFe0NQw BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 201614.08 IST: Jadeja to Moeen, OUT! Cook had played one through the same area but dropped, Ali is not that lucky. Jadeja bowls it outside off, the ball turns in sharply, Ali gets across and looks to clip it through. The ball flies quickly to Murali Vijay at leg slip who takes a sharp catch diving to his right. The Indian players mob Vijay who just stands in awe. He waits for a while before celebrating the wicket, a perfect session for India. They have a big wicket, Jadeja leads the team off the field. England are three down, still trail India by 182 runs. TEA HAS BEEN TAKEN.WICKET & TEA Moeen Ali departs for 0, caught by Vijay off Jadeja. England 49-3 & in deep trouble #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/JvoG7IKbp7 England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 11, 201614.01 IST: Jadeja to Cook, OUT!! COOK HAS TO DEPART! Pitched outside off and that was turning into the stumps. Cook tries to flick it across the line on the on side but fails to find contact and the ball hits the pads. A loud appeal is made by Jadeja and the fielders around the batsman. The umpire thinks about it and raises the finger. Cook was quick to ask for a review. The reviews show that the bowl was pitched outside off, the impact was on line and the ball was hitting the leg stump. All three reds and the decision stands. Both the openers are now in the pavilion. Eng 400 amd 43/2, trail Ind (631) by 188 runsWICKET Cook falls LBW to Jadeja for 18 & England are 43-2. India’s lead is 188 runs #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/JvoG7IKbp7 England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 11, 201613.16 IST: Bhuvi to Jennings, OUT!! WHAT-A-BALL! In-swinging from outside off, Jennings tries to drive it through covers but is unable to find his bat anywhere near the ball. The ball just zipped after pitching and hits on his front pad. A loud appeal by the Indians and Bhuvi is rewarded for that delivery. Jennings has a chat with Cook but the latter denies to review it. The reviews show that it was in line and was clipping the leg stump. They have lost their first wicket. Eng 400, 1/1advertisement4th Test. 0.2: WICKET! K Jennings (0) is out, lbw Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 1/1 https://t.co/ZlqFjR60zd #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2016India 631 all out, lead England (400) by 231 runs. Kohli 235, Jayant 104, Rashid 4/192 Day 4 Innings break! #India all out for 631 in the 1st innings, lead #ENG(400) by 231 runs. Follow the game here – https://t.co/ZlqFjQOpaD pic.twitter.com/Ta6uNxcnID BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 201612.57 IST: Woakes to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! EDGED! Outside off on a length, Kumar looks to glide it but the ball takes the outside edge and flies between first slip and the keeper for a boundary to third man. Neither of the fielders there made an attempt to catch that one. India lead by 230!12.57 IST: Woakes to Umesh, FOUR! Umesh pushes this one towards covers for a quick single. There is a direct hit at the non-striker’s but Umesh had got in. They refer it upstairs but the replays confirm the same.12.48 IST: Woakes to Kohli, OUT! Holes out at deep cover while trying to go for a big shot. The captain departs after a sublime 235. India 615/9, lead by 215 runsWICKET Kohli’s incredible knock ends on 235 – he’s caught by Anderson off Woakes. India 615-9, lead by 215Live: https://t.co/JvoG7IKbp7 pic.twitter.com/O1c3RLxUJW England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 11, 201612.45 IST: Rashid to Bhuvneshwar, DROPPED! Cook drops a difficult chance at silly-point. Ind 613/8, lead by 213 runs12.42 IST: Declaration could be coming very soon looking at the way Kohli is batting. Ind 612/8, lead by 212 runs12.40 IST: Woakes to Kohli, SIX! Is he going for 300? Full outside off, Kohli gets across a touch and clobbers it over the long on fence for a maximum!4th Test. 177.1: C Woakes to V Kohli (232), 6 runs, 612/8 https://t.co/ZlqFjR60zd #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 201612.35 IST: Rashid to Jayant, WICKET! Rashid finally breaks the 241-run stand. Ind 605/8, lead by 205 runs12.29 IST: Woakes to Kohli, FOUR! BOOM! Pitched outside out, Kohli stays in his crease to thump that ball over extra cover for a boundary. Beautiful way of batting. India’s score goes past 600 and the lead crosses 200 runs12.23 IST: Woakes to Yadav, he gets the single! MAIDEN HUNDRED FOR JAYANT YADAV! Bowled short outside off and Jayant cuts it late through the gully region for a single. That’s a really impressive innings by the youngster. Really kept his temper and calm to reach this milestone. He never looked out of sorts and India have certainly found a really impressive number 9 in their ranks. He also has the highest score for No. 9 in Tests for India!A moment to cherish! Jayant Yadav brings up his maiden Test ton at Wankhede @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/YNUWeIkGfc BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 201612.13 IST: Woakes to Yadav, OUCH! Bowled short and Jayant goes to duck but the ball hits his helmet grill. The ball goes behind the keeper towards the third man fielder for a single. Ind 585/7, lead by 185 runs12.11 IST: Play commences post lunch with Chris Woakes coming back into the attack.An eventful session for the Indians where they did not lose a single wicket and scored at a really brisk pace. Kohli got to his 3rd double century with some brilliant display of shots all round the park.AP PhotoJayant Yadav looks to get better with the bat each passing day as he is inching towards his maiden Test Hundred.The English bowlers will be really disappointed as they got nothing going their way. The game has turned in India’s favour. Catch us back soon with all the action after the lunch break.11.32 IST: India 579/7 at lunch, lead England (400) by 179 runs. Kohli 212*, Jayant 92* 11.03 IST: Virat Kohli scores his third double hundred this year. IND 558/7, lead ENG (400) by 158 runs. Jayant 84* Captain’s Knock! @imVkohli @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/SdZCdhV84M BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 201610.54 IST: Kohli two runs away from his double hundred. India go past 550, lead England by 153 runs10.47 IST: FOUR! Kohli moves into the 190s with a boundary off Anderson.  10.37 IST: FOUR! Superb shot from Jayant off Moeen Ali between midwicket and long on. IND 536/7, lead ENG (400) by 136 runs10.26 IST: FOUR! This time it is Kohli. Moeen Ali and England are feeling the pressure. They have leaked a lot of boundaries. Pitched short and outside off, Kohli cuts that one really hard through the point region for a boundary. They are scoring at a really brisk pace. This is a record for the 8th-wicket stand for India. The partnership between Kohli and Jayant is 164*. IND 528/7, lead ENG (400) by 128 runs10.25 IST: FOUR! Magnificent shot from Jayant off Moeen Ali to long off!  10.21 IST: FOUR! LOVELY! Pitched up and outside off, Yadav opens his face of the bat to guide it between point and covers for a boundary. Such good timing. 150 run-stand for Kohli and Jayant. IND 518/7, lead ENG (400) by 118 runs10.15 IST: FOUR! UP AND OVER! Jayant comes down the track and he hoists it over the mid wicket region for a boundary. Bold stuff from Jayant. IND 511/7, lead ENG (400) by 111 runs10.09 IST: FOUR! PIERCED! Full toss on the pads for Kohli. He just glances that ball between the mid on and mid wicket region for a very well timed boundary. India go past 500, lead England (400) by 101 runs10.03 IST: FOUR! DEFT! Pitched on the pads and Kohli gets down and tickles it down towards fine leg for a boundary. No chance for the fine leg fielder. IND 492/7, lead ENG (400) by 92 runs10.00 IST: Let’s take a look at how 2016 has been the year of Virat Kohli.2016 KOHLIFIED @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/fzQM3UfAPk BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 20169.58 IST: Here’s Kohli celebrating his 150. AP Photo9.48 IST: Jayant Yadav scores his second Test fifty. IND 479/7, lead ENG (400) by 79 runsFIFTY!!! – Impressive innings from Jayant. He has been an excellent partner for @imVkohli @Paytm #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/0wH1UiXUTo BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 20169.38 IST: 100-run stand up between Kohli and Jayant! IND 466/7, lead England (400) by 66 runsGood Morning, India ! Skipper @imVkohli has gone past 150-run mark @Paytm #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/ChcojdWO0X BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 20169.34 IST: FOUR! CLASSIC! A half volley on the stumps, Kohli gets in line of the ball to push it straight down the ground for his first boundary of the day. Kohli, take a bow! The Indian skipper slams 150 as India reach 455/7, lead England (400) by 55 runs. 9.30 IST: The players are out in the middle. Kohli and Jayant are out to bat. Jake Ball will start bowling for England.9.25 IST: PITCH REPORT: Sunil Gavaskar says that Virat Kohli’s knock was extraordinary, his footwork was exceptional. He reckons it will be difficult for the left-handed batsmen. The pitch is still not really bad as the Indians have scored ample of runs in this match. He also mentions that there are a few spots and the bowlers need to really hit the bogey if they wish to be effective.9.15 IST: England on the other hand will try and get the hosts out as soon as possible so that they can equal terms and post a good total on board for the Indians.9.10 IST: Welcome folks for the Day 4 of the fourth Test match between India and England. India have taken the lead and are very well in top gear to post a decent lead. India will look to bat as long as possible to reach in a position where they don’t need to bat much again. Brief Day 3 Report: Skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay hit superb centuries to power India to 451/7 at stumps on the third day for a crucial 51-run first innings lead against England in the fourth Test here on Saturday.Kohli’s (147 not out) reassuring presence helped them immensely after India were reduced to 348/6 at tea from 247/2 at lunch, in response to England’s first innings score of 400. Jayant Yadav (30 not out) was at the crease at stumps.Vijay scored 136, his eighth ton and second of the series, to put India in a strong position from where they slipped before Kohli took control.Joe Root (2-18), Moeen Ali (2-139) and Adil Rashid (2-152) were the most successful bowlers for England. (Read Full Report)last_img read more


Malala receives highest UN honour to promote girls education

first_imgFrom Yoshita SinghUnited Nations, Apr 11 (PTI) Men should not clip the “wings of women and let them fly”, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai said as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres designated her as the youngest-ever Messenger of Peace.”The role of men, fathers and brothers is really important. There were so many girls just like me in Swat Valley who could have spoken out but their fathers did not allow them, their brothers did not allow them to do so,” the 19-year-old Pakistani education activist said.She said her case was different as her father did not stop her, Malala said during a ceremony here yesterday to designate her the UN Messenger of Peace, the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen.”… All I had was a father and a family who said yes you can speak. It is your choice. I think that is what we need. We need brothers and fathers and all men in the family to let women be who they want to be.”She said her father always told people not to ask him what he did for Malala, but ask what I didnt do ? I didnt clip her wings.”Men should not clip the wings of women and let them fly and let them go forward,” Yousafzai said, as her father Ziauddin Yousafzai sat in the audience and watched her.Yousafzai, who was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for attending classes, is the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace and the first one to be designated by Guterres since he assumed office in January this year.advertisementWith the designation, Yousafzai joins other current Messengers of Peace including Oscar-winning actor Leonardo di Caprio for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, whose focus is prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women and actor Michael Douglas whose focus is disarmament.”It is for me a very emotional day to be here with you. You are the symbol of one of the most important causes in the world ? probably the most important cause in the world ? and that is education, education for all, and particularly because we know it is more difficult in many societies ? education for girls,” Guterres said.While recovering from the Taliban attack, Yousafzai said she realised “extremists tried everything to stop me (and the fact that they didnt) is clear evidence that no one can stop me. They tried to kill me and they didnt succeed. Now this is a new life, this is a second life and it is for the purpose of education and Ill continue working on (this issue).”Accepting the accolade, Yousafzai underscored the importance of education, especially education of girls, for advancing communities and societies.”(Bringing change) starts with us and it should start now,” she said, adding “If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now (and) not wait for anyone else.”UN Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the global Organisation. PTI YAS AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more



West Indies coach Stuart Law penalised for showing dissent

first_imgWest Indies coach Stuart Law has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his team’s 101-run defeat in the third and the final Test against Pakistan in Dominica.The incident happened during the second session of the final day’s play when, following Shane Dowrich’s dismissal, Law visited the third umpire’s room, questioned the third umpire for confirming the on-field decision, before leaving the room while making an inappropriate comment.Law was found to have violated Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.After the match, Law admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.In addition to the fine, one demerit point has been added to Law’s disciplinary record.last_img read more


Evening Newswrap May 27

first_imgSabzar Ahmad Bhat killing: Internet services suspended in Kashmir, stone pelting in some areasWithin 24 hours of lifting a ban placed on internet services in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government has restricted websites yet again. The move follows the killing of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in an encounter in Tral.Rahane confident India ready for ICC Champions TrophyDefending champions India will start their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston.Sachin A Billion Dreams box-office collection: The sports docudrama does well on FridaySachin A Billion Dreams had a splendid box-office opening on Friday. Meanwhile, Hindi Medium is still going strong at the box office unlike Half Girlfriend. Sri Lanka appeals to UN to help after landslides, floods kill over 100, displace 2,900Rain-triggered landslide and floods in Sri Lanka have claimed up to 100 lives, leaving scores injured and over 99 missing. The Indian government has offered assistance in rescue and relief operation, with three Navy ships dispatched for help.last_img read more


Dangal vs Baahubali 2: Rs 1000cr in China for Aamir, Rs 500-cr club in India for The Conclusion

first_imgBaahubali 2 and Dangal have been going neck-to-neck at the box office, after Aamir Khan’s film got a fresh lease of life with its China release. Both films have made new records, with Baahubali 2’s Hindi-dubbed version becoming the first Hindi film to enter the Rs 500 crore club and Dangal crossing the Rs 1000 crore mark in China.#Baahubali2TheConclusion becomes the sole member in the 500 Cr All-India Nett Club for Hindi Movies.. ??? pic.twitter.com/ve9RX4GwzT- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) June 1, 2017Jus In: #Dangal has officially crossed ? 1,000 Crs in #China – Congratulations @aamir_khan and Team! ?????? pic.twitter.com/hf4fMvrr6i- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) June 1, 2017At the pace that Baahubali 2 and Dangal are currently going, it looks like both are set to rake in over Rs 2000 crore worldwide.The Chinese audience has been able to connect with Dangal’s themes of battling patriarchy, gender bias and excellence in sports. Until recently, the film had a marvellous rating of 9.8 on the biggest online ticket vendor Maoyan.On the other hand, Baahubali 2 has been hailed as a visual spectacle and praised for its storytelling in the style of Indian epics.According to reports, Baahubali 2 is expected to release in China soon. Although Baahubali bombed at the Chinese box office, its sequel is expected to perform better.ALSO READ: Dangal Movie ReviewALSO READ: Baahubali 2 Movie Review ALSO WATCH: Prabhas & Rana Daggubati talk about their ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2last_img read more


Cue Slam launched, to be held in Ahmedabad from Aug 19-25

first_img(EDs: Repeating after making correction in para 3) Hyderabad, July 25 (PTI) The Cue Slam — Indian Cue Masters League, was today formally launched here and the inaugural season would be held in Ahmedabad from August 19 to 25. The League will be a five team affair with franchises from leading cities across the country competing for honours. The teams from New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Ahmedabad have been christened as Delhi Dons, Chennai Strikers, Gujarat Kings, Bengaluru Buddies and Hyderabad Hustlers. As many as 25 players were picked during the players? draft earlier in the day, with marquee players being picked at USD 15,000. Cue Slam will be played on a round robin cum knock-out format. Each tie will consist of five matches with three 6 Red snooker and two 9 Ball pool matches per tie. Each franchise will have five players (1 Icon player, 1 Female player, 3 men players, with a stipulation that a minimum of three Indians will be in the team). Sportzlive Entertainment, who are also the official license holders of the Premier Badminton League, have acquired long-term rights for Cue Slam. While BSFI will provide technical support and help in acquiring players, Sportzlive will be responsible for managing and executing the league. 16-time World Champion Pankaj Advani, said “a format like this will excite the fans and I see it becoming a very popular sport very soon. We had been waiting it for long time. “It is extremely fast paced game, we have to adapt ourselves just like the audience likes it. People like fast paced games, they like unpredictable results, they like upsets, they like drama and thats what we are going to provide and we are really looking forward to it as players.” When asked if they need to undergo separate training Pankaj said, “Obviously, 15 seconds to play a shot which is very quick. Yes, we will have to train separately for this because it is extremely fast paced and it is going to be very exciting. “I am going to see lot of errors as well because players are not used to it but i guess it adds to the drama and excitement. “Obviously it is not going to be the ideal way of playing in terms of skill and lasting over a long period of time. But, I guess we also have to move with the times and look forward for promoting our sport and packaging it in the best possible way,” Pankaj said, reacting to another query. PTI VVK BS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more


Venus Williams overpowers Alison Riske, Agnieszka Radwanska crashes out of Cincinnati Masters

first_imgNinth-seeded Venus Williams used her powerful serve and pinpoint shot making to defeat fellow American Alison Riske 6-2 6-0 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.Riske put a volley wide to end a seven-minute game and hand the first set to Williams on a sunny day on centre court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.An early break in the second set put the 37-year-old Williams in complete control and she cruised to victory.Fashion-conscious Williams’ biggest struggle on the court may have been with her jewellery after her hoop earing fell off at one point and later got tangled with her necklace.The win sets up a second round battle between Williams and Australian Ashleigh Barty, who defeated American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-4 earlier on Tuesday.In other first round action, Latvia’s French Open champion and 12the seed Jelena Ostapenko was upset 6-4 6-2 by unseeded Russian Aleksandra Krunic.Tenth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska also had a surprisingly early exit after she fell 6-4 6-4 to German Julia Gorges in the round of 64.Spain’s Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded fourth, is set to face Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in a second-round clash later on Tuesday.last_img read more


Mission 11 Million launched to promote football among kids

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 16 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the local organising committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, to be held later this year, with the support of the Centre, have initiated a programme to bring at least 11 million school children to play the game in the run-up to the event.”Over 1,500 students from across 250 schools will pledge their support to the mission, named Mission XI Million (MXIM),” a release from the organisers said here today.At a Harvard Model United Nations India (HMUN India) held here for three days till yesterday, children participants dedicated a message to the Indian national football team, it said.”In order to be an integral human being you need not only to be smart and have it, but also to strike a balance between studies and life, and that?s what we?re trying to bring through Mission XI Million by taking football to all the students around the country,” the release quoted Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup as saying.The children participants took a Mission XI Million pledge and vowed to promote the sport in their schools, it added. PTI SJR NPlast_img read more


Three years since Mahela Jayawardene bowed out of Test cricket: Sri Lanka in shambles

first_imgEver since Sri Lanka were awarded Test status in 1982, the island nation has produced some of the finest and most stylish cricketers the sport has ever seen. Sitting at the top half of that list is Mahela Jayawardene, the right-handed batsman from Colombo who went on to become one of the greatest batters of his generation.Jayawardene made his debut in international cricket in 1997 in the first Test against India on his homeground and made an instant impact in the drawn game, scoring 66 off 105 balls batting way down the order at No. 6. (Sri Lanka hurting from India whitewash: what’s plaguing the islanders?)Over the course of the next 17 years, Jayawardene amassed 11,814 runs in 149 Tests at an average of 49.84 with 34 hundreds and 50 half-centuries, thus, finishing his career as the eighth highest run-scorer in history. Just three spots behind his good friend and longtime teammate Kumar Sangakkara.#OnThisDay in 2014 Sri Lanka legend @MahelaJay bowed out from Test cricket after 149 Tests with 11,816 runs & 34 centuries, averaging 49.84. pic.twitter.com/mhuJc7xdRa- ICC (@ICC) August 18, 2017Jayawardene became the first Sri Lankan batsman to cross the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket but was eventually overtaken by Sangakkara, who scored 12,400 runs in 134 matches at 57.40.The 374 runs Jayawardene scored against South Africa at the SSC in 2006 remains to this day the highest score by a right-handed batsman in Test history. And he had his best mate for company during that innings as the duo added a world record 624 runs for the third wicket to help Sri Lanka win by an innings and 153 runs against the Proteas.advertisementThe duo formed the backbone of the Sri Lankan batting lineup along with veteran Sanath Jayasuriya at the top of the order and took the responsibility on their shoulders after Jayasuriya retired in 2007.(Reuters Photo)Jayawardene took over the captain’s post in 2006 and led the team in 38 Test matches with 18 wins, 12 losses and eight draws, the same record as Jayasuriya had as skipper from 1999-2000. The duo are the most successful Test captains for Sri Lanka.Besides his Test records, Jayawardene was an equally dangerous ODI batsman and scored 12650 runs in 448 matches at 33.37 with 19 hundreds and 77 fifties, making him the fifth highest run-getter in the format and again three places behind Sangakkara (14,234 runs in 404 ODIs).In his last Test, Jayawardene scored 4 and 54 runs in two innings as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 105 runs at Colombo, the same place where he made his debut.With Sangakkara and Jayawardene in the team, Sri Lanka reached the top of the ODI and T20I rankings while occupying second place in the Test rankings. Once a great team revered all around world cricket, has now been reduced to the bottom-half of the table once the two legends retired.Jayawardene quit the Test format August 18 in 2014 while Sangakkara retired exactly a year later. Since then the Sri Lankan Test team has been on the decline with veterans Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath failing to inspire the team.Jayawardene getting a guard of honour (Reuters Photo)They lost their second consecutive home series against India recently, having lost 1-2 in 2015 as well and a month prior to that they finished last in Group B in the ICC Champions Trophy having won just one match out of three in the eight-team event. In March Zimbabwe visited the country and stunned Mathews’ team 3-2 in the five-match ODI series.Sri Lankan supporters have been growing impatient at the appalling rate at which their cricket team’s decline has taken place but credit to the fans for they still haven’t stopped supporting the team even after witnessing so many losses in the last couple of years.But they deserve way better than the quality of cricket the team has dished out off late. Every team goes through a transitional phase when experienced players retire from the sport but Sri Lanka’s worries just don’t seem to end. Fitness is another key issue which their players have been struggling with which has added to their poor performance in all formats.This great nation needs to find inspiration from somewhere which can help them control their decline. A team which had the fearsome duo of Sanga, Mahela along with some great names like Jayasuriya, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva before them, is now left completely directionless.last_img read more



Pixel 2 XL, OnePlus 5T, Redmi 5A: Best phones to buy this December

first_img2017 is coming to an end and the year has seen some pretty interesting developments in the smartphone world. It’s safe to say that one of the biggest highlights of the year has been bezel-less smartphones with mostly all major brands coming out with at least one full-screen handset. While this has mainly been restricted to the high-end segment, the budget and mid-range categories have also seen some stellar devices.With just a few weeks left for the year to end, we take a look at some of the best phones to have been produced in various price segments from lower to the most premium of them all for you to consider buying right now if you’re in the market.Cheapest phone worth buyingRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999The Redmi 5A is the successor to the popular Redmi 4A and completes the budget market along with the Redmi Note 4. The 5A arrived late last month priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB and 16GB storage variant (Rs 4,999 for the initial 5 million customers) and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB and 32GB storage option. The Redmi 4A saw a fantastic response from the Indian market and the 5A is set to follow. At Rs 4,999 initially, Xiaomi will likely see an even better response this time around.Despite its entry-level pricing, the Redmi 5A doesn’t make any compromises on hardware. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.advertisementIn our review, we found that the Redmi 5Awith all its hardware, good battery life and its comfy design is the best entry-level smartphone right now, and something worth consider especially if you missed out on the Redmi 4A.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Redmi Note 4: Rs 9,999There is perhaps no doubt right now that Xiaomi leads the pack when it comes to the budget segment. The Chinese phone maker has repeatedly pushed out some stellar budget smartphones with all-round specifications at value pricing. The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the company’s best selling smartphones, having sold 5 million units between late January to late July.The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with a 2.5D glass on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and comes in three storage options with the base 2GB + 32GB option priced at Rs 9,999. In our review of the device, we found that for a budget smartphone the Redmi Note 4 packs quite a punch with a premium build, good display and performance and an impressive battery life. We found that the Redmi Note 4 is an all-rounder, impressing with a premium build, good display and performance and an outstanding battery life all at a very affordable price.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Mi A1: Rs 14,999It’s not just the budget segment that Xiaomi has managed to capture this year. With the launch of the Mi A1 Android One smartphone, the company has offered a pretty solid mid-range device as well. The Mi A1 was launched in September at Rs 14,999. As an Android One smartphone, the handset offers a stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat experience minus the company’s MIUI skin on top. However, the phone does retain some Xiaomi apps like the Mi Camera, Mi Remote, Mi Store and Mi Services.The Mi A1 not only highlights a stock Android experience, but also comes with a metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor on the back and a dual rear camera setup with Portrait mode. In our review, the Mi A1 impressed us in pretty much all aspects. The phone is impressively snappy running stock Android and the dual camera setup provided some of the best portrait shots at this price point.Moto G5S Plus: Rs 15,999We’ve named a bunch of Xiaomi phones in this list so far, but the sub-Rs 20,000 segments offers a lot more in terms of competition. Motorala has seen a huge popularity in the mid-range segment. After launching the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the company came out with special edition phones, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. Both the phones come with metal unibody designs, fingerprint sensors on thier home buttons and are splash proof, among other things.advertisementThe Moto G5S Plus may feature the same internals as the Moto G5 Plus, but its metal casing gives it a slight edge over the latter as it provides a more premium and polished feel. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display that is quite impressive for its Rs 15,999 price tag. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and runs on stock Android, making it a fantastic deal for Android fans. Overall, the Moto G5S Plus takes everything that was good about the Moto G5 Plus and makes it better. With a good performance, battery life and a premium design, the handset makes it one of the best right now in this price segment.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Honor 8 Pro: Rs 29,999The Honor 8 Pro is perhaps one of the best smartphones produced by the Huawei sub-brand this year. It also enjoys a relatively competition-free position being priced at Rs 29,999. Much like the Honor 8, the Honor 8 Pro sports a dual rear camera system and a metal unibody design.The phone sports a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (2560×1440 pixel) display and is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is also expandable. The Honor 8 Pro runs on Android Nougat-based Emotion UI 5.1 and supports 4G LTE. It also houses a 4,000mAh battery, which quite impressed us. In our review, we found the smartphone to be an all-round performer with a vibrant display, good performance, impressive cameras and a classy design. Best phone(s) under Rs 40,000OnePlus 5T: Rs 32,999 OnePlus 5 users may find this a little hurtful. The OnePlus 5T was launched six months after the OnePlus 5, naturally making it the de-facto OnePlus phone to buy right now and hence makes it to our December list. OnePlus’ latest smartphones brings a new design language for the company as it sports an near bezel-less display which is in keeping with this year’s trend. There’s isn’t much change on the inside, but the changes to the outside is what OnePlus means to sell.The 5T sports a bright and vivid 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixel) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also an 8GB + 128GB variant available for Rs 37,999. The dual-SIM smartphone runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with a Face Unlock facial recognition feature as well.The cameras on the 5T have not received a major bump, although OnePlus says that they newer and better. The dual camera system on the back comprises of one 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and an f/1.7 aperture, and one 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. We reviewed the OnePlus 5T and found that the display is indeed one of its biggest highlights and its design and snappy performance make it the best OnePlus device as of now. Nokia 8: Rs 36,999HMD Global re-launched the Nokia brand this year with a series of smartphones (and a revamped 3310) that range from budget to high-end. The Nokia 8 falls on the higher end of the spectrum and is the company’s flagship phone for 2017. Despite not sporting a bezel-less design as has been the trend this year, the Nokia 8 still holds a solid place in this price segment simply because of its elegant and classy design, stock Android experience and impressive cameras to name a few.advertisementThe Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.It sports a dual camera system on the rear, which comprises of a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, and supports Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. Up front you get a 13-megapixel sensor and the phone supports Dual-Sight, a feature that lets you use both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to take stills/record videos.Best phone(s) money can buyPixel 2 XL: Rs 73,000It’s now time to get a little extravagant. The phones in this category are the creme-de-la-creme and the most premium smartphones that money can buy. We start with the Pixel 2 XL, which was launched by Google as the successor to the Pixel XL from last year. The Pixel 2 XL changes things in terms of design by sporting minimal bezels all around. Despite the numerous display related issues in the past, the Pixel 2 XL is still a fantastic premium smartphones thanks to its stock Android Oreo OS, AI smarts and excellent cameras.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of this year’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which is the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, the handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.iPhone X: Rs 89,000The iPhone X signalled a dramatic shift in the company’s design for its flagship smartphone. It is the first iPhone to sport an edge-to-edge display as well as a new facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. It is also the most expensive iPhone to date, priced starting at Rs 89,000 in India for the 64GB variant.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display and terrific performance. Apple fans who have the means will not want to miss this one.Galaxy Note 8: Rs 67,900The Galaxy Note 8 has tried to succeed following a disastrous episode with the Galaxy Note 7. The phablet did manage to come out on top thanks to its fantastic bezel-less design sporting a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display and powered by an Exynos 8895 SoC.The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, one 12-megapixel wide angle sensor and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and Dual OIS. Up front you get an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The handset houses a 3300mAh battery with support for wireless charging. Apart from the battery life, the Note 8 pretty much nails everything else.last_img read more


Elavenil Valarivan wins gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in maiden senior Nationals appearance

first_imgElavenil Valarivan is the new national champion in the 10m Air Rifle event.Valarivan won her first gold medal in the senior category of the 10m Air Rifle event at the 61st National Shooting Championships at Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.Valarivan, the prodigy of Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation’s Project LEAP, shot a total of 250.6 and finished ahead of Apurvi Chandela (250.4) and Mehuli Ghosh (228.7) to win her maiden title at the nationals, playing her first senior national championship.In the selection trail last month, Valarivan had shot 252.1, which was the world record qualifying score in the 10m Air Rifle event.Shooter Elavenil.. New National Champion in Air Rifle Senior Women@OGQ_India #ProjectLeap # #SAG #GunforGlory pic.twitter.com/R0djYksbIz- Gagan Narang (@gaGunNarang) December 14, 2017″I am really thrilled with this achievement and really want to thank all my coaches in the Gun For Glory academy who have trained me so well and without their correct guidance, this would not have been possible.”This was my first senior nationals and I was really nervous before the event but then I had that belief in me and knew that I was capable of winning the title. I am happy and this win will give me great confidence going ahead into other upcoming events,” Valarivan said after winning the gold medal.Gagan Narang, at whose Gun For Glory academy Valarivan trains, said the Gujarat girl has shown her talent to the world with the win.”I am really proud of Elavenil and her achievement shows how talented she is. She is part of Project Leap and has show great progress with all the training and coaching that she is undergoing as part of this ambitious nurturing programme. She is a great shooter and I believe she has all the ingredients required to become a champion shooter,” Narang said.advertisementlast_img read more


Magnus Carlsen, 22, Wins World Chess Title

first_imgCHENNAI, India – Dubbed a Harry Potter-like figure because of his youth, 22-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has won the chess world championship to become the first Western player since Bobby Fischer to hold the title.Carlsen defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India after a draw in Game 10 gave him the necessary 6½ points to clinch the win. Playing in Chennai close to where Anand grew up, the Indian finished with 3½ points after seven draws and three losses. Anand 43, had held the title for six years.Carlsen becomes the youngest world champion since Garry Kasparov, who was also 22 – and a few weeks younger than the Norwegian – when he won the title in 1985. Carlsen is a former child prodigy who became a grandmaster at 13 and has been the world’s top-ranked player since 2010.Speaking at a press conference after the victory, Carlsen said he was “very very happy to have won and to have completed this match. “Let’s write the history books later!” he added. Carlsen has won 60% of the total prize fund of $2.24 million, while Anand takes home the rest.Carlsen went into the tournament as a big favorite over the defending champion but was cautious about his chances of winning. When it looked as if he was nearing victory, he told reporters: “This was a very difficult game. There was a fear of being mated all the time”.The young Norwegian stands out amongst chess players, not only for his game but for his persona. A part-time model who has appeared on the front cover of GQ magazine, he exudes an affable personality, a BBC profile noted.Chess champion Susan Polgar commentated on the game and described him as “having a different style and a very good sense of humor.” He will be a “good boost for chess,” she said, a view that was echoed by analysts who say he is likely to change the perception of the game.Chess hasn’t regained the world attention it had when American Bobby Fischer, often regarded as the greatest of all time, mesmerized with his brilliance, winning the title in 1972 in Iceland, beating the great Russian player Boris Spassky.With an eccentric personality, Fischer refused to defend his title in 1975 after a dispute over the playing conditions and became a recluse until 1992 when he came out of retirement to beat Spassky again in Yugoslavia, which was under U.S. Sanctions, leading Fischer to never return to the U.S. After a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Pacers Put Away The Knicks, 103-82

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers rediscovered their winning formula.Hibbert scored eight of his 18 points during a game-changing run at the start of the second half, and Indiana’s struggling offense got back in sync with a 103-82 rout over the New York Knicks on Jan. 29.“I was just trying to execute and just play with a lot of energy,” Hibbert said.After losing eight of their previous nine, a stretch in which the Pacers (17-31) lacked offensive rhythm, they methodically fought back from an early double-digit deficit. And thanks largely to Hibbert, poured it on in the second half for their most lopsided home win of the season.Hibbert finished 9 of 11 from the field with 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 22 points, and David West had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Pacers also had a 50-26 scoring edge in the paint — numbers that resembled the ones they posted during two consecutive postseason runs to the Eastern Conference finals.But, of course, the dreadful Knicks (9-38) helped them out.Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 points after scoring 12 in the first nine minutes. Only two of his teammates reached double figures: Lou Amundson with 17 and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 11.On paper, it was an even uglier. New York made just 14 of 42 shots in the second half, was outscored 35-12 in the decisive third quarter, finished with 33 second-half points and fell behind Philadelphia for the worst record in the East.“Indiana, as the game went on, they started to play better and do the things that they do well,” coach Derek Fisher said. “We didn’t have enough to keep up with that.”It sure didn’t look like it would go this way when Anthony’s early scoring flurry gave the Knicks a 27-16 lead.But the Pacers rallied with Anthony went on the bench. They turned the game with a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter, capping it with Hibbert’s 10-foot hook shot for a 44-39 lead.Hibbert then opened the second half propelling the Pacers to a 10-2 spurt, giving the Pacers a 64-51 lead with 9:35 left. New York never recovered, and the Pacers never backed off, pushing the lead to as much as 34 before coasting at the end.“We wanted to establish David and Roy inside and those guys were able to get going,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We knocked down some 3-point shots, particularly in that third quarter, but a lot of them were set up from Roy and David getting going inside”(MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Olympiacos Runs Over Malaga, 77-72

first_imgPIRAEUS – Olympiacos ran its record to 7-1 in Euroleague basketball play with a big 77-72 win over the Spanish team Unicaja Malaga.The Reds were playing before 7,000 fans and staged a comeback, trailing the visitors 33-29 at the half before turning on the gas in the second half, not letting a poor shooting performance stop them from rebounding.Olympiacos was led by sharpshooting captain Vassilis Spanoulis with 18, and with 13 points from Giorgos Printezis, enough to pull away from a 58-58 tie in the last five minutes to get the victory.It wasn’t as close as the score as Malaga got a game-ending three pointer from a Greek player, Costas Vassiliadis, shooting from half court at the buzzer. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img


Capitals Top The Islanders, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Ovechkin moved closer to a major milestone, Braden Holtby kept up his stellar play and the Washington Capitals kept rolling.Ovechkin scored his 497th goal, Holtby stopped 34 shots and the NHL-leading Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Jan. 7.Jason Chimera, Nate Schmidt and Nicklas Backstrom also scored to help Washington reach 63 points and become the first team with 30 wins. Holtby improved to 26-4-2, including 18-0-2 in his last 21 games.“Our goal is to finish as high as we can in the standings to give us the best opportunity in the playoffs,” Holtby said. “We were definitely tested, our blocking and our protection in front of the net.”Brock Nelson scored for New York and Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves in his first action in nearly three weeks. The Islanders had won four of six and fell to 7-2-2 against Metropolitan Division foes.It was the teams’ first meeting since the Capitals won a seven-game series with the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs last season.Ovechkin gave Washington a 2-0 lead with his 22nd goal of the season with 4:15 left in the first period. Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech coughed up the puck in the offensive zone and the Capitals’ Karl Alzner took it and skated up the right side. He dropped it to Ovechkin, and the 30-year-old Russian wristed a shot past Halak from the right faceoff circle.“We had a good start, that was the key,” Backstrom said. “We were aggressive and kept the puck in their zone and tried to work it deep in there. (It was) 2-0 after the first, that’s a good way to start off the game.”Nelson got the Islanders on the scoreboard 1:59 into the second. He took a pass from Ryan Strome in the high slot and fired a wrist shot past Holtby for his 14th of the season.“We have to be better out of the gate,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “We were a little slow to start today. There’s a reason they’ve only lost a handful of times. … We have to raise our level and be better.”Ovechkin had a chance for No. 498 about 9 minutes into the second, but the puck clanged off the crossbar.Washington restored its two-goal lead later in the period, just after killing off an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Tom Wilson.Backstrom dropped a backhand pass to Schmidt, and he fired a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle for his second of the season with 4:06 to go.“Towards the end of the period it was really big,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “Schmidt’s goal right after the big kill there where we got some good saves by Braden. I thought we managed the game really well.”Holtby has appeared in 33 of Washington’s 40 games so far.“He’s been real solid and when he hasn’t we sort of try to do the right things in front of him,” Trotz said. “He’s prepared every night. He’s a workhorse, he wants to be in the net every night and I think he gets mad when I pull him out of there. The more he plays the better he tracks the puck and the more patient he is in the net.”Backstrom capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 2:42 remaining in the game.Chimera put the Capitals ahead 5:45 into the game. Marcus Johansson grabbed the loose puck after taking the faceoff in the Islanders’ zone, skated behind the net and passed it to Chimera, who backed up and sent a shot that deflected up off Pelech’s stick and in off Halak.(VIN A. CHERWOO) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more