Aizawl, Dec 15 (PTI) The new Mizoram chief minister, Zoramthanga, on Saturday said that his party the Mizo National Front(MNF) has no intention of leaving the BJP-led NDA and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). He said combating alcoholism and drug addiction would be one of the top priorities of his government and it would take up development projects from day one. “There is no intention at this juncture to leave the NDA and NEDA”, he told reporters at Raj Bhavan here after taking oath as the new chief minister of the state. This is his third stint as Mizoram chief minister. Although facing criticism from certain sections in the Christian-dominated state for joining hands with the BJP, Zoramthanga said the MNF’s ties with the NDA and NEDA will continue. He said that the main thrust of his government would be economic development. “With vast lands available for cultivation, we hope to increase the per capita income so that it is among the highest in the country,” he said. “Combating alcoholism and drug addiction would be one of the top priorities of the MNF ministry,” Zoramthanga said, adding that rehabilitation facilities would be established for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction . He emphasized the need for good roads saying that efforts would be made to repair the highways while sports and information technology would be accorded priority to benefit the youths. He announced that Hnahthial, Khawzawl and Saitual would be made separate districts as declared by the previous MNF government in 2008.advertisement The Congress government did not implement the decision taken by the MNF ministry. Construction of elevated roads and parking lots would be taken up to make the capital Aizawl a traffic jam-free city, he added. PTI HCV SUN KK RT
Nearly two decades after former all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar accused legend Kapil Dev of offering him money to underperform in a match against Pakistan, the duo got together in the same room, ironically in the BCCI headquarters.Only this time, Prabhakar was the interviewee and Kapil Dev conducting interviews. Prabhakar was among nine other applicants who had put up their candidatures for the Indian women’s coaching job. Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev part of the ad committee set up to conduct interviews and recommend the new coach to BCCI.Asked whether there was any discomfort given the history between the two, Prabhakar replied, “No, nothing.”Prabhakar replied in the affirmative when asked if Kapil too asked questions of him during the interview.There were reports earlier that Kapil would recuse himself from the process during Prabhakar’s interview.Prabhakar had first leveled allegations in an interview to a private magazine in 1997 that the player who offered him Rs 25 lakh to underperform in a match against Pakistan in 1994 Singer Cup competition was none other than Kapil Dev.A tearful Kapil Dev had broken down in a TV interview in 2000 saying his lifetime of service to cricket had been finished by an irresponsible allegation of match-fixing by a third party.Also Read | Gary Kirsten vs WV Raman in final battle for India women’s cricket coachAlso Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Just like Kohli, I will run shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup: Kapil DevAlso See:advertisement
Double defending champion Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans and paid the British battler the ultimate compliment after prevailing 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.Having thrashed Denis Istomin in his Melbourne Park opener, third seed Federer faced a different beast in world number 189 Evans, who made a mockery of his ranking and pushed the Swiss hard throughout a high-quality duel at Rod Laver Arena.”It feels like playing a mirror a little bit and that was my mindset going in,” 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer said of qualifier Evans, who is rebuilding his career after serving a year-long drug ban.”He has a lot of slice and more serve and volley, my size can help me a bit more.”Showcasing a sturdy defence and counter-punching gamely, Evans broke Federer for the first time in the tournament, dragging the former world number one into a second tiebreak to cheer British fans after Andy Murray’s first round elimination.Teacher: Roger FedererStudent: Dan EvansThe world No.189 produces a passing crosscourt backhand to break back Federer and level the second set 5-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Xh3Pwy5VLQ#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019But the Birmingham man lacked the edge in the clutch points while Federer was clinical.He broke Evans in the fourth game of the third set and served out the match to love, sealing the win with an imperious backhand winner down the line.”He was feeling it today, I thought,” said Federer, who will play Taylor Fritz for a place in the fourth round.advertisement”He was very sort of cat and mouse a bit. Very interesting. I liked the match. I thought he was playing well. It was enjoyable.””Margins are slim.”@rogerfederer provides a first-hand insight into how he gained the advantage over Daniel Evans.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ExEvDXrCeZ#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Evans sparkled in a run to the fourth round at the 2017 tournament but missed last year’s action at Melbourne Park, after testing positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open.He entered Rod Laver Arena for his Federer match-up to a soundtrack of Blur’s Britpop anthem “Parklife”.There was nothing hazy about his game, however, as he attacked the lines with abandon and rushed the net with conviction.He saved a set point at 6-5 with a punchy backhand volley down the line and had Federer on the ropes in the tiebreak.But instead of volleying into an open court to prise a set point off the Swiss, he pushed the forehand well wide.Reprieved, Federer took full advantage and closed out the set when a scrambling Evans missed a desperate backhand passing short.The Briton was clearly gutted by the lost chance and promptly threw away his next service game in the second set while still in a funk.What a fighter!A very well-deserved applause from the @RodLaverArena crowd for Daniel Evans #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ry5QAeEzpL#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Yet he regathered his wits quickly.He battled to save two set points at 5-3 down and then broke back to 5-5, outpointing Federer with an elegant one-handed backhand passing shot that the former world number one would have been proud to call his own.Once again, Federer lifted in the tiebreak, bringing up three set points in a trice and converting the first with an ace.From there it was a formality for one of the game’s most ruthless front-runners as Federer cruised to victory to keep his bid for a hat-trick of Melbourne titles alive.Also Read | 20-year-old Tiafoe stuns world No.6 Anderson, Cilic beats McDonaldAlso Read | 17-year-old Anisimova reaches 3rd round, Stephens thumps BabosAlso Read | Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in Melbourne
Novak Djokovic etched his name into the record books by winning his seventh Australian Open title at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated world No.2 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours and 4 minutes in the Australian Open final.The victory helped Djokovic move past Roger Federer and Roy Emerson’s six Melbourne titles to take sole ownership of the record.Djokovic has now won all seven finals he has contested at Melbourne Park, including the 5 hour and 53-minute championship match against Nadal in 2012.”I would like to thank my team for supporting me. It is individual sport but you guys are always behind me and tolerating me on my bad days. I would like to thank my wife and kids, I hope they are watching, they said they will,” Djokovic said.”It is special to win a trophy when someone back in Serbia very special is there to support me and share this with. They have been with me and allowed me to live my dream and I will never take it for granted.”Make that 15 Grand Slam titles for @DjokerNole.#AusOpen #AusOpenFinal pic.twitter.com/1BpM5da0cd#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019.@DjokerNole gave this loyal fan his history-making racquet #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/FWF3yzVFMH#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic won his third consecutive Grand Slam since returning from an elbow injury, winning the titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018. This is also Djokovic’s 15th Grand Slam crown.Rafael Nadal lost a Grand Slam final for the first time in straight sets. He was chasing his second Australian Open title and 18th major.advertisement”I will keep fighting hard to become a better player.. I will keep fighting for the important things. I am going to keep fighting and practicing to give myself better chances,” Nadal said.Even legends do the wave @rodlaver #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Nspf1TFDG8#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019A drop shot so good even your opponent applauds.Soft touch from @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/dv8lZQc2uR#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019Djokovic came out all guns blazing and broke Nadal in the Spaniard’s first service game to race ahead 4-1 in the opening set, before holding firm to seize the early advantage in the contest at Rod Laver Arena.Sending love all the way down under!!! @DjokerNole @AustralianOpen #idemooo #NoleFam pic.twitter.com/3Pe6Ra9TJnJelena Djokovic (@jelenadjokovic) January 27, 2019The ruthless Serb then increased his grip on the match by winning the second set, sealing a decisive break to go ahead 3-2 before fending off Nadal’s attempts to come back.History Maker.The moment you win your seventh #AusOpen title.@DjokerNole #AusOpenFinal pic.twitter.com/7HC5Gwyfuh#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019The peerless Serb broke Nadal five times while conceding only a single break point. Having won only two points off Djokovic’s first seven service games, Nadal finally prised a break point in the fifth game of the third to get back on serve but it quickly disappeared in a maelstrom of power hitting.Djokovic held serve, and knuckled down to complete an astonishing rout. He fired a furious forehand down the line to bring up two championship points, then sealed the title when the Spaniard sent a backhand long.(With inputs from Reuters)
Smriti Mandhana followed on her 105 in Napier to score a fine 90 not out at Mount Maunganui as India defeated New Zealand by 8 wickets to take an unbeatable lead in the 3-match ODI series. Skipper Mithal Raj scored 63 not out as India chased down a modest 162 in the second ODI.India suffered two early setbacks in their chase. 18-year-old opener Jemimah Rodrigues fell for an 8-ball duck while Deepti Sharma departed for 8 off 11. India were in a spot of bother at 15 for 2 in the fifth over before Mandhana and Raj joined forces to steer India to victory.Mithali Raj hit a six over long on to complete the chase.2nd ODI. It’s all over! India Women win by 8 wickets https://t.co/HpmPFBQChC #NZvInd #TeamIndiaBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019In the first ODI in Napier, Mandhana (105) and Rodrigues (81) had added 190 for the opening wicket as India successful chased down 193 to take the lead in the series.The gulf between the two sides was apparent again on Tuesday. Goswami picked up 3 for 23 while Ekta Bisht, Sharma and Poonam Yadav picked two wickets apiece to dismiss the White Ferns for 161.For New Zealand on the other hand, Amy Satterthwaite was the only bright spot as she scored 71 off 87 deliveries.50 for @AmySatterthwait! Reaches the mark in 71 balls. Partnership with Kasperek now worth 35. 98/5 in the 30th. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/iqN4toaPSe #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/fBbdXHRNGdWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) January 29, 2019Captain Mithali Raj was happy to have the series in the bag and praised the effort from the entire team in getting the victory.advertisement”I am happy with the series win in New Zealand and I’m happy the way the team is shaping because even the bowlers are doing their job. There are batters like the first game, we had the openers doing the job for us and this time around, my partnership with Smriti. So overall, the team looks good,” Mithali said in the post match presentation.Mithali conceded that the wicket in Mount Maunganui was on the slower side and she was just looking to play a supporting role to Mandhana, who is in a cracking form.”Well, I have always enjoyed batting in challenging conditions. I knew that today’s wicket is on the slower side and will help the spinners and it’s not going to be easy. It’s not a wicket where the ball is coming on to the bat and it requires patience. Smriti is in good form, someone has to give her the support on the other end,” Mithali further said.Team India will now look to sweep the series against the White Ferns in away conditions and look to continue with their good performance.”When you have a good run, you would want to continue it. We are definitely looking for 3-0,” Mithali said.India women’s series victory comes a day after the Indian men’s team took an unassailable lead in their five-match ODI series against the Black Caps.On Monday, Mohammed Shami led the charge again with three wickets before Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli hit stylish fifties to script a 7-wicket win.
Interacting with the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for reorienting the education system to make students think rationally and independently.”An education which balances the head, heart, body, and spirit alone can be called a truly holistic education. The child should not only be able to acquire and absorb knowledge but should also be able to apply the knowledge in real life situation,” said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.At the event, M Venkaiah Naidu recalled that India had a great tradition of ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ in which teachers and students used to live together and engage in a constant dialogue.”Such great tradition should be reflected in our modern education system. These discussions were recorded and have been handed down to us from the ancient past in the form of Upanishads,” Venkaiah Naidu added.Need for change in education patternThe education system must allow students enjoy schooling and make them lifelong learners. The true learning takes place through “observation”, “reading”, “discussion”, “reflection”, “analysing” and “synthesizing, said Venkaiah NaiduMoreover, the reoriented curriculum must focus on aspects that make a child curious, creative, caring, communicative, confident and capableThe school teachers should not just guide students in academics alone but also help them to develop life skills that are essential to successfully navigate in the increasingly complex world of today.Promote family system to protect youngstersThe best medicine to protect youngsters from slipping into depression, he also urged parents to interact with children regularly and understand their issues, Vice President said.advertisement”Students must spend 50 per cent of their schooling hours outside classrooms. Participation in sports would instill the qualities of confidence, equanimity, team spirit and tolerance in students, apart from inculcating the attitude of sharing and caring,” he said in a recent ANI report.(With inputs from ANI)Read: Free education for girls in govt colleges of Rajasthan from JulyRead: No teacher or principal can be asked to perform non-educational duties outside RTE Act
The ‘champion’ West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo has released a new song titled ‘Asia’ in which the all-rounder lists out cricketers from subcontinent – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.DJ Bravo, as he is known in this avatar, signs about the famous cricketers from the Indian subcontinent, including the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi shared the song from his social media handles, and wrote that he hoped that the new song, ‘Asia’ does better than ‘Champion’.”Well @DJBravo47, this is definitely an improvement on the Champion’ song, especially since you’ve included me in the lineup. Wishing you all the very best with this new number, & I hope it gets just as popular,” Afridi wrote on Twitter.Well @DJBravo47, this is definitely an improvement on the Champion’ song, especially since you’ve included me in the lineup . Wishing you all the very best with this new number, & I hope it gets just as popular! pic.twitter.com/VvK0RzsW8JShahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 7, 2019Bravo, a true T20 legend, has toured the world offering his services with bat and bowl. Be it in India, Australia or in the West Indies, Bravo is one the first names when one sits down to select a T20 team. Bravo has played for Chennai Super Kings (IPL), Gujarat Lions (IPL), Lahore Qalandars (PSL), Melbourne Renegades (BBL), Melbourne Stars (BBL), Mumbai Indians (IPL), Peshawar Zalmi (PSL), Sydney Sixers (BBL), Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL), Winnipeg Hawks (Canada).advertisementBack in October of 2018, Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket but said he will continue to play franchise T20 cricket around the globe.Bravo has scored 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 in Test cricket along with 86 wickets. He scored three centuries in whites. He made 2986 runs in ODIs and took 199 wickets.In T20Is, he has scored 1142 runs and taken 52 wickets and he was also a part of the West Indies squad that won the T20 World Cup in India back in 2016.Also Read | Who is a better T20 batsman Virat or Rohit? Harbhajan Singh has this to sayAlso Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Shakib ruled out with broken finger, Guptill returns
The sultry Disha Patani is as fit as they come. The Baaghi 2 actress is also a fitness enthusiast and has made headlines in the past for her extreme workout sessions.One look at Disha’s Instagram will make you want to hit the gym. She recently posted another video of herself dancing to the latest track by Selena Gomez, I can’t get enough. This is her latest way of working out.The 26-year-old is killing it with her moves on the new peppy track. Standing on a rooftop, she is dancing with her friend Dimple Kotecha.The video that is captioned, “#justchilling with Dimple Kotecha. In love with this new track, can’t get enough,” shows the gorgeous Disha Patani wearing a black sports bra with a baby pink crop hoodie showing off her washboard abs.She paired her hoodie with a white comfy pyjama and white sneakers. For her look, Disha tied her hair in a high ponytail and maintained a no makeup face.On the work front, Disha will be next seen in the film, Bharat, sharing screen space with Salman Khan which is set for a 2019 release.ALSO SEE | Disha Patani nailing backflip not once, but thrice in workout video is goalsALSO WATCH | Disha-Tiger to Saif-Kareena: How Bollywood stars welcomed 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a disastrous campaign in the 2019 Indian Premier League. They have now lost all their six matches this season and are only the second team in IPL history to get off to such a horrid start. In 2013, Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) had also lost their first six matches and managed to win only 3 out of their next 10 games.In fact, this is also RCB’s worst-ever losing streak in the IPL. They have now lost 7 successive matches including 6 this season. They had won their last match of the 2018 Indian Premier League from May 19, 2018 to April 7, 2019.On May 19, 2018, RCB had lost to Rajasthan Royals won by 30 runs.Virat Kohli had taken over as RCB captain in 2013 and much was expected from him. In his first year as RCB skipper, RCB finished 5th. Next year, RCB won only 5 out of their 14 matches and finished 7th.Things started looking up in 2015. Virat Kohli hit 505 runs and RCB even made it to the knockout stage.In IPL 2016, Virat Kohli took the world by storm and hammered 973 runs including 4 hundreds as RCB bounced back from a sluggish start to storm into the final. But it all went downhill in 2017 when Kohli missed the first four matches to recover from a shoulder injury. RCB never really got going and finished the 2017 IPL with 3 wins from 14 matches.It was in 2017 that RCB had last lost 6 matches on-the-trot from April 23 2017 to May 7.RCB fans had genuinely hoped for a better run in 2018 but they were going to be disappointed again. Virat Kohli made 530 runs but RCB still finished 6th with 6 wins.advertisementNothing could have prepared Royal Challengers Bangalore for the shocking start to the 2019 Indian Premier League. They travelled to Chennai to take on the Super Kings, the defending champions. On a slow pitch, Harbhajan Singh ripped RCB apart.Back home in Bengaluru, Kohli felt more confident before taking on Mumbai Indians but the hosts lost a thriller despite heroics from the captain and AB de Villiers. In Hyderabad, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner blasted hundreds as RCB crashed to a 118-run defeat.RCB moved out of South India for the first time in the 2019 IPL and flew to Jaipur but similar fate awaited them there. Shreyas Gopal picked the wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer and Rajasthan Royals won by 7 wickets.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers went ballistic against Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru and they dominated the game for the most part until Andre Russell smashed 7 sixes to shock the Royal Challengers.On Saturday, Delhi Capitals did not give RCB any breathing space and eased away to a 4-wicket win despite a late collapse.Also Read | Have nothing more to tell the team: Virat Kohli after RCB lose again in IPL 2019
Rajinikanth is playing two different roles in Darbar. Reportedly, he will be seen as an IPS officer and as a social activist in the film. Now, it is revealed that the Superstar will sport two different looks for the film.It is rumoured that in the first half of the film, Rajinikanth will be seen as an activist and from the second half he will take on the IPS avatar. Rajinikanth’s Alex Pandian role from Mundru Mugam is still spoken about as Rajinikanth’s performance as a police officer was stunning.AR Murugadoss is planning to recreate the same magic with the upcoming film. The film has music by Anirudh Ravichander and stars Nayanathara in the female lead role.Other than Nayan, Yogi Babu is ts confirmed to be part of Darbar. Now, it has been announced that Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar has been chosen to play the antagonist in the film.Confirming the news, Prateik, in a statement, said, “It is such a dream come true to have bagged this project in such little time. This year is looking very positive for me and Sanya (Sagar) has been such a great influence on my life professionally and personally.”Darbar will hit the theatres on Pongal 2020. The film marks the 167th film of Rajinikanth and might also be the last film of the actor, who might take the political plunge after this.ALSO READ | Happy Birthday Rajinikanth: Thalaivar’s untold love story with wife Latha RangachariALSO READ | AR Murugadoss on his film with Rajinikanth: It is NOT a political ventureadvertisementALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna Memorial
Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma has been elected the Vice President of the Badminton Asia Council (BAC).The 50-year-old got 35 votes from a total of 40 polled on Saturday.”The BAI President is making his foray in the continental committee and we are sure it will help the BAI to get added support from the Asian body and work to develop badminton in the region,” said BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania.BAC President Anton Subowo also appointed BAI Secretary (Tournaments) Omar Rashid as the Deputy Chairman of Badminton Asia’s Development Committee.Sudhakar Vemuri will also assume charge as BAC Technical Committee’s Deputy Chairman.Also Read | Pullela Gopichand blames hectic calendar for shuttlers’ poor run in 2019Also See:
Four years after the inaugural edition, the World Cup returned to England in 1979 with West Indies looking to defend their trophy. The 1979 World Cup had eight teams and marked Canada’s first appearance at such a stage. There were two groups with four teams each in them and players wore white clothing and used red balls. The top two teams from each group advanced to the semi-final and both sides had 60 overs per innings with a maximum of 12 overs allowed for an individual bowler.Defending champions West Indies looked in ominous form straight from the outset as they comfortably chased 191 against India to begin the tournament. Openers Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge’s superb 138-run partnership meant that West Indies beat India convincingly and laid down a marker for the rest of the teams in the competition. Hosts England, who were eager to exorcise the demons of their semi-final loss against Australia in 1975, began their campaign by beating the Aussies convincingly.England then took part in what is still considered by many as one of the most lopsided matches in World Cup history. Up against Canada, Bob Willis and Chris Old ran through the minnows and dismissed them for a mere 45. The English then went on to top Group A after pipping Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller at Leeds. After scoring 165 for 9, England’s Mike Hendrick was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 15 as the hosts topped their group and set up a semi-final clash against New Zealand.advertisementAfter winning the toss and opting to field in the first semi-final, the Black Caps did well to handcuff England for majority of the innings by hitting good lines and length. Skipper Mike Brearley and Graham Gooch came together to help the hosts to 221 for 8 at the end of the 60 overs. In reply, the Kiwis began well with John Wright scoring 69 at the top order. However, New Zealand’s middle order couldn’t quite play with the same conviction as Wright and were left requiring 14 from the final over a mammoth task in those days. England thus won the semi-final by 9 runs with Hendrick once again being their best bowler, while Gooch was presented the Man of the Match for his 71 off 84 balls.The final was a much-awaited clash between hosts England and defending champions West Indies, who were characteristically dominant throughout the tournament having made light work of most of their opponents, including Pakistan in the semi-final. Thousands of fans thronged the stadium with the majority supporting England. The Windies though weren’t fazed by the occasion or their opponent and went about their business in a calm manner.They batted first and scored 286 as Sir Vivian Richard’s starred with an unbeaten 138 from 157 balls, while Collis King contributed with a handy knock of 86 off just 66 balls. England’s openers Brearley and Geoff Boycott added 129 for the opening wicket before Michael Holding dismissed the former. Boycott followed his skipper back to the pavilion soon after, bringing Derek Randall and Gooch to the crease. The duo added 48 runs together before Gooch perished with the score on 183 for 3. England went on to collapse after the wicket of Gooch, losing their remaining seven wickets while adding just 11 more runs. As a result, West Indies reigned supreme, making it back-to-back World Cups.Also Read | WC 1975: The birth of World Cups and West Indies’ dominanceAlso See
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Playing in only their second Women’s World Cup, the Netherlands qualified for the final against three-time champion US with a 1-0 win over Sweden in extra time in the second semifinal.The reigning European champions were undefeated coming into the semifinal at Stade de Lyon, while Sweden lost 0-2 to the US in the group stage, reports Efe news.England and the US put on a terrific display of offense on Tuesday in the first semifinal, but the Swedish and Dutch sides opted for caution.As neither team had been expected to get this far, the emphasis on avoiding mistakes was understandable on Wednesday, though perhaps not much appreciated by the 48,000-plus in the stands hoping to see fireworks.Sweden managed two shots in the first half and the Dutch, despite enjoying 53 percent possession, produced only one chance. The stars — Vivianne Miedema for the Netherlands and the Scandinavian side’s Stina Blackstenius — were nearly invisible.The Dutch began the second half without their best player in the 2017 European Championship, Lieke Martens, who has been hampered by a foot injury.The match came alive for a few minutes about midway through the second half.Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal had to be sharp to divert a low strike from Nilla Fischer to the post in the 71st minute.On the following sequence, a Miedema header forced a heroic save from Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl, who subsequently turned aside a shot by Shanice van de Sanden.Finally, nine minutes into the first extra-time period, Jackie Groenen, who wears No. 14 jersey of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, put the ball in the Swedish net with a textbook shot into the bottom corner.advertisementAlso Read | Peru crush Chile 3-0 to set up Copa America final against BrazilAlso Read | Copa America: Jesus, Firmino on target as Brazil crush Argentina to reach finalAlso See
Rohit Sharma became the first ever cricketer to score 5 hundreds in a single World Cup but the star India opener said he never thought about this record. Rohit scored his 5th hundred in World Cup 2019 and 27th in his ODI career during India’s emphatic 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Leeds on Saturday.This was Rohit Sharma’s 3rd successive hundred and 6th in his World Cup career which is the joint most with Sachin Tendulkar. During the course of his innings, Rohit Sharma became the 2nd India batsman after Tendulkar to score 600 runs in the same World Cup.Rohit Sharma is no stranger to records. He is the only man with 3 double hundreds in ODIs and holds the record for the highest individual score in one-day internationals. In fact, he is within touching distance of Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup.But Rohit Sharma, who was named man-of-the-match for his 94-ball 103, said he never thought about milestones.”Like I have been talking about, going out there and do my job. Not thinking about all these kind of milestones,” Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”I know if I play well all these things will happen along the way. My job is to keep my head straight and get my team to the finishing line,” he said.Rohit Sharma said he does not think about his previous achievements when he walks in to bat and his focus is to start afresh every time he takes guard.”I want to start every day as a fresh day. I come out thinking I have not played any ODIs or scored any hundreds in the tournament.advertisement”That is the mindset I want to get in and I keep telling myself that. Although people around me keep talking about the hundreds, but that is the challenge as a sportsperson,” Rohit said.Rohit Sharma now has 647 runs from 9 matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In 8 innings, Rohit has scored 5 hundreds and 1 fifty.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single World CupAlso See:
Authorities say a body believed to be that of a missing 24-year-old Lincoln woman has been found in southeast Nebraska’s Clay County.The FBI’s Randy Thysse said at a Lincoln news conference Tuesday that investigators strongly believe the female body was that of Sydney Loofe, who was reported missing November 16th.Thysee says positive identification awaits autopsy results.Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said investigators directed officers to where they found the body.The officers also discovered evidence that a crime was involved in her death. He wouldn’t provide specifics.Bliemeister says investigators are still talking to 51-year-old Aubrey Trail and 23-year-old Bailey Boswell, who had reported online that they had contact with Loofe.Bliemeister says neither has been charged with any crime related to Loofe’s disappearance.
Photo Attribution: USATSIBovada released its college football player props on Monday and OSU was involved in a few. Let’s take a look.[1. If you need a refresher: -110 means you have to bet $110 to win $100 and +110 means you have to bet $100 to win $100.]Most passing yards (Big 12)Clint Chelf: -110Clint Trickett: +110David Ash: +150Wow. I see that Vegas is confident in JW Walsh not being the starter. Wherever “Bryce Petty at +250” is, I’ll take it.Most passing TDs (Big 12)Clint Chelf: -110Clint Trickett: +110David Ash: +150Again, color me a little shocked. An OSU QB has never outright led the Big 12 in passing TDs[1. 2011: Weeden – 37, Bob – 37.] and now a dude who hasn’t even been named the starter is going to do it?Most receiving yards (Big 12)Brandon Carter: +400Jalen Saunders: +400Jaxon Shipley: +375Josh Stewart: -150Tyler Lockett: +425I wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten on parlaying the entire Shipley family to lead the Big 12 in receiving yards at some point back in like 2005. Had to be like 400,000-1 and would have been a smart bet.Your weekly reminder that Josh Stewart didn’t make the All-Big 12 first or second team last season.Most receiving TDs (Big 12)Brandon Carter: +325Jalen Saunders: +350Jaxon Shipley: +250Josh Stewart: +175Tyler Lockett: +350And the “oh wait, OSU has a LOT of receivers” inevitable correction.I like Petty at whatever you can get him at (presumably higher than +150 and Carter at +400 for most receiving yards.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
4Northern Illinois56 21Auburn86 1Boise State112 13Texas94 2Alabama57 9Wisconsin97 17Nebraska46 8Texas Christian99 18Texas Christian46 25Oklahoma State83 14Georgia93 23Notre Dame45 20Kansas State45 We all know Mike Gundy’s squad has been pretty immense in the decade (!) he’s been the head ball coach in Stillwater. I wanted to see just how it stacked up against other teams nationally in that timespan.First, the 10 years from 2005-2014.Total wins (2005-14) 25Southern California44 12South Carolina48 21Louisville45 11Wisconsin49 24Michigan State83 7Stanford54 17Penn State89 16Brigham Young89 22Cincinnati86 5Louisiana State102 8Michigan State52 20West Virginia87 13Central Florida47 16Clemson46 14Oklahoma State47 19Nebraska87 22Missouri45 15Missouri90 18Clemson87 11Virginia Tech95 2Ohio State109 9Louisiana State51 6Boise State54 6Oklahoma101 Not bad. Better than South Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan and Kansas State. How about more recently?Total wins (2010-14) 24Auburn44 12Florida94 15Baylor46 7Southern California99 3Alabama106 10Oklahoma51 19Georgia45 23Northern Illinois85 5Ohio State55 3Florida State57 10Florida State95 4Oregon105 1Oregon59 The 11th-best power five school and 14th overall. The golden age of Oklahoma State football and we’re smack in the middle of it. As Gundy told ESPN earlier this year, that can be a difficult thing to maintain.“There was a time I felt underappreciated,” Gundy said. “When you start to feel sorry for yourself, you think back and think, ‘Really? I’ve done this, I’ve done that, we’ve done this.’ Then you realize it doesn’t matter anyway. The reason that happens is because of what we build up. There’s going to be a time when people are pressing and demand a lot from us.“We have created this monster. Now we have to feed it.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
The photoshop work on this sign deserves a ? #GameDaySigns pic.twitter.com/5yWEbmPn1Z— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 17, 2016This was from last week but worth bringing up:One of the better #GameDaySigns this morning pic.twitter.com/KsIM0zW8iG— Gary (@Gmb4) September 10, 2016 …And Solange…my fav #GameDaySigns pic.twitter.com/OkWUMUV0q3— DeeElleAay (@DeeNyceTii) September 17, 2016 Every Saturday, football fans do their best to come up with their most creative signs to try and appear on ESPN’s College Gameday show, which aired in Louisville this week for the Florida State-Louisville matchup. Here are the best signs from week 3:Young hustler pic.twitter.com/7Xnok3Sxv2— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 17, 2016 #GameDaySigns pic.twitter.com/tdkcV29RdV— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 17, 2016https://twitter.com/CFBGamedaySigns/status/777162408615931905If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Chelsea 6 Qarabag 0: Zappacosta and Bakayoko on target in winning European return Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:37 13/9/2017 Getty Images After a year away, Chelsea returned to the Champions League with a comfortable victory over Qarabag as two new signings found the net. Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko hit their first Chelsea goals as the Blues returned to the Champions League with a rampant 6-0 group-stage win over Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.After a year away from European competition, the three points never looked in doubt for the Premier League champions after Pedro kicked off their Group C campaign with a fifth-minute goal.A bizarre strike from full debutant Zappacosta followed before the interval, Cesar Azpilicueta added a third and there was still time for substitute Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi to get in on the act. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Gurban Gurbanov’s visitors – becoming the first side from Azerbaijan to play in the main draw of Europe’s premier club competition – never threatened to spring a surprise and Thibaut Courtois will enjoy few easier outings this season.This is a fourth straight win for Antonio Conte’s men in all competitions but three points here were the bare minimum.Full-time: Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag!The Blues return to the Champions League in style! pic.twitter.com/mVEJSTkbKo— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 12, 2017They are now back in league action at home to rivals Arsenal on Sunday before tougher tests in this group against Atletico Madrid and Roma.Ibrahim Sehic saved with some ease from Marcos Alonso’s curler in Chelsea’s first attack, but his parry behind prompted a spell of pressure from which Qarabag never recovered.The first corner was scrambled away but a second set-piece went short for Willian to pick out Pedro, completely free on the edge of the box and able to sweep a finish high past Sehic.A smart low stop denied Willian after executing a clever one-two with Batshuayi, who could only stab the rebound wide from a tight angle.Zappacosta’s moment then came on the half-hour mark as he followed an impressive charge past Wilde-Donald Guerrier on the right flank with a fizzing cross-cum-shot that flew over the helpless Sehic.What a goal that was from @DZappacosta! #CHEQAR pic.twitter.com/HWXK8H96Sq— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 12, 2017The wing-back could have added another before half-time but pulled his left-footed effort wide, before Pedro Henrique belatedly drew a first comfortable stop from Courtois.Although Chelsea’s momentum initially slowed after the break, the third goal soon arrived as Cesc Fabregas centred for Azpilicueta to direct a fine header past Sehic.Willian dipped inside from the left to lash against the crossbar, but the fourth belonged to Bakayoko – introduced in N’Golo Kante’s place – as he profited from a goalmouth scramble and then a hefty deflection to beat Sehic.Batshuayi followed suit and blasted a low finish past the goalkeeper before forcing a Maksim Medvedev own goal from Zappacosta’s cross to cap the scoring on a comfortable return to European action. KEY OPTA STATS- This was Chelsea’s joint-biggest win in the Champions League (6-0 vs Maribor in October 2014).- Chelsea have lost just one of their last 39 home games in the Champions League group stages (W30 D8), and have scored in their last such 25 games at Stamford Bridge.- Davide Zappacosta became the 100th Italian player to score a Champions League goal (excluding own goals).- Thibaut Courtois’ assist for Zappacosta’s strike was the first by a keeper in the Champions League since Fraser Forster set up Tony Watt for Celtic against Barcelona in November 2012.- Since joining the club in 2014, Cesc Fabregas has recorded 46 assists in all competitions – at least 21 more than any other Chelsea player in that time (Eden Hazard, 25).- This was the 18th time a club has faced an English side in their first ever Champions League match – only one side has ever won (Mallorca vs Arsenal in 2001). read more