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The Latest: Top Florida prep football coach suspended

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic. The Tour of Denmark was originally in mid-August, and requested new dates from the International Cycling Union. The governing body moved the tour to Sept. 1-5.But the UCI also agreed to move the Tour de France to Aug. 29-Sept. 20.Denmark has been reopening schools, shops, restaurants, and churches in the last two weeks, but the border remains closed to foreigners, and tour organizers aren’t certain when they will reopen. The organizers also say they aren’t able to test all participants for COVID-19, and prevent crowds along the route.___Jockeys and stalls handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Top Florida prep football coach suspended May 23, 2020 Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, school district chief communications officer Daisy Gonzalez-Diego told The Miami Herald.The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation.Northwestern won the Class 6A state title in 2017 and 2018 before winning the Class 5A championship last season. The Bulls are a seven-time state champion overall.___The Tour of Denmark in September has been canceled because organizers feared the best Danish cyclists, at least, would be committed to the Tour de France on at the same time. The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak. The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain.One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative.center_img Associated Press There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.Completion of an online education module and screening of all participants before they can attend an event are among the initial protocols. They will include health-related questions and temperature checks before people are allowed to enter racecourses.Social distancing restrictions will be employed, along with face coverings for those likely to get closer than two meters, including jockeys, trainers, stalls handlers, stable staff and valets.The BHA is also planning an ongoing surveillance program to monitor the coronavirus, including some testing.___ The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week.Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.___The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday. While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held.last_img read more

‘All lives matter’, say brothers-in-arms Richards and Botham

first_imgLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Almost half-a-century on from when cricket legends Ian Botham and Viv Richards made their county debut for Somerset their bond is as strong as ever, they explained in media interviews Friday.England all-rounder Botham, 64, earned the respect and eternal friendship of 68-year-old West Indies batsman Richards for never turning his back on him even when the Englishman received hate mail during the halcyon days at the county.Their bond has been recognised with the announcement that future Test series between England and the West Indies will be called the Richards-Botham Trophy.Between them they made a combined 223 Test appearances, totalled 13 740 runs and 415 wickets.The third and final Test of the present series – which is tied 1-1 – got under way Friday at Old Trafford.“What I can say to Ian? I can thank him so much for being in my corner,” Richards told Sky Sports.“We just represented what I think people should be representing: that we’re all human beings, and that’s the most important thing.”Botham and Richards in their prime were targeted by South Africa to persuade them to go on rebel tours during the time when sporting links were cut due to the apartheid regime.Both declined but other England stars like Mike Gatting, John Emburey and Graham Gooch did go whilst the West Indies also toured there.“The thing that finally finished me with all that was when they turned round to Viv and said: ‘We’ll make you an honorary white man.’ I said: ‘Hang on, where’s this going?’” Botham told the Daily Mail in a joint interview.“He’s black and he’s proud and magnificent and a great guy.“He doesn’t want to be an honorary white man any more than I want to be an honorary black man.”Richards agreed with Botham over his statement that all lives matter.The pair stressed that it was not a rejection of the Black Lives Matter movement which was born out of the death of unarmed African American man George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers in May.“I most certainly agree with Ian when he says all lives matter,” said Richards.“It’s been highlighted now because of the events we’ve seen played out in America – this hate towards our colour.“If we have respect for one another, these things wouldn’t come into the equation.“Look at COVID. We are not in control. This warfare is hitting everyone – not just black or white, but every race and every country on earth. We should all just sit back and reflect on where we’d like to be.”last_img read more

iSON to Groom Next Set of Nigerian Female Football Stars

first_imgInaugurates First Female Football TeamiSON BPO, Africa’s leading customer experience provider with presence in 14 countries in Africa, has inaugurated the first iSON female football team in Nigeria – Abeokuta centre. .The initiative serves as a discovery platform in which talents are groomed. It is also designed to groom the future Nigerian Female Football Stars.The inaugural match which was played in Abeokuta, Ogun State, was organized by the company’s inbound and outbound teams. The club was setup strictly for employees and has helped in improving employee engagement which also helps in improving job satisfaction amongst staff members, and portrays iSON as an advocate in women empowerment. iSON BPO’s Group CEO, Pravin Kumar, in expressing his delight said “We are very proud to launch the first iSON female football team. We believe this is a step in the right direction in the advocacy for women empowerment. It is truly memorable inventiveness for us, as others are now following in our footsteps. It is a moment of pride for us and was an important occasion, as we now have a female football team”.One of the key rationales behind the initiative is to reduce youthful exuberance and ensure that the female team can match their male counterpart in the sports arena. The team is ready to meet any female football team to further test their might.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Intensity, leadership called into question after loss

first_imgAs Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team falls to 1-8-2 after dropping a thrilling Big Ten game to Michigan Sunday, the team’s intensity and energy level throughout games remains in question.Unlike some midweek non-conference games UW has played so far this season, the team started out Sunday’s showing amped-up due to the Big Ten weekend atmosphere of the game. However, head coach John Trask noted Wisconsin could not sustain this sense of urgency.After scoring 17 minutes into the game, UW allowed the talented attacking squad of Michigan to even the score before the half, and then take a commanding 3-1 lead 58 minutes in. Trask said the team looked uninspired from that point until finally scoring again with less than eight minutes remaining.“We’re not a team that can take not moments, but periods of time off,” Trask said. “It’s becoming a bit of a trend, and I think it’s the same when you’re not winning games. Every tackle hurts a little bit more. You know it was hot out today, next week it will be cold, and the next week it will be rainy and the next week it will be ‘the referee wasn’t on our side.’”Although the team looked especially motivated during the final minutes of play, with the Wolverines leading 3-2 and UW playing better than they had midweek, it still was not enough to earn a victory.Trask said he has tested his squad’s leadership and determination, but the players have not responded accordingly on the field come game time.“We don’t seem to be getting enough leadership out on the field, and I have challenged them,” Trask said. “I don’t care if it comes from the freshmen, the sophomores, the juniors [or] the seniors. We just look like we’re accepting defeat right now, and that’s disappointing. That’s something we’ve got to change. We’ve got to change that culture. We better do it in a hurry.”To adjust to this lack in energy level and confidence the 1-8-2 Badgers have experienced, players will have to find it within themselves to show up at games motivated and ready to go.“It can’t come from the sideline, it has to come from within the group,” Trask said. “I’m a firm believer in that. If it has to be manufactured by the pep band, or cheerleaders or coaches that are cheerleading, it’s false. At some point, they have to trust each other, they’ve got to fight through it themselves and they’ve got to hold each other accountable.”From a statistical standpoint alone, it appears as though the Badgers competed valiantly against the Wolverines, earning 10 corner kicks compared to Michigan’s four and taking 12 shots on goal. The Badgers failed, however, to maintain the lead or keep the necessary focus all 90 minutes to win the game.Junior defender/midfielder Colin Mani, who prompted a surge in confidence for Wisconsin with his first half goal echoed Trask’s advice, emphasizing the needs for individual commitment moving forward, especially for midweek games.“Every individual on the team needs to find [confidence] within themselves,” Mani said. “We have a lot of underclassmen and freshmen on our team, and so it’s new for them to have these midweek games. Just getting them the experience for that, the rest of us upperclassmen taking them on our shoulders and showing them the ropes, and then getting them onboard and pushing forward is key for those midweek games.”Mani recognized the leadership and dedication of senior defender/midfielder Aaron Nichols as a strong guide for younger players and veterans alike.“I think Aaron Nichols has done a great job [of emerging as a leader and showing the younger players the ropes to boost their intensity in games],” Nichols said. “He has been a key player for us all year. He gives us a real great attack through the right side of the field. He’s a great strength and we look to him for a lot of our attack.”Trask admitted the difficulties in approaching a game against such a strong opponent when your team has so little to show from its results thus far in the season.“It’s hard to find confidence when you’re walking into a game at 1-7-2,” Trask said. “We have to keep working on it because that’s sports. I mean, that is how you become a good team; you find it within yourself. We didn’t…It took us a long time, I felt, to really show consistent fight then.”last_img read more

Cincinnati’s Kilpatrick primed for breakout season

first_imgNEW YORK — Mick Cronin knows Sean Kilpatrick will be playing in the NBA one day.“I think he’s been on some NBA Draft sites on the internet” Cronin said. “I’m not smart enough to find those. He’s like a son to me, but I think that day will come.”When it does, Cincinnati will have a massive void to fill.But first, Kilpatrick is looking to lead Cincinnati to a Big East championship after the team went to the Sweet 16 last season. With the losses of big man Yancy Gates and slasher Dion Dixon, the Bearcats will need even more production from Kilpatrick this season.The 6-foot-4 Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 14.3 points per game last year and finished first in the Big East with 92 3-pointers. Now a member of the Preseason All-Big East First Team, he has transformed into the go-to playmaker for the Bearcats. Cronin said Kilpatrick’s relentless pursuit of excellence and his genuine passion for the game of basketball set him apart from other talented players.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Getting kids to play hard is much more difficult than fans would think,” Cronin said. “It’s difficult to find guys that compete at that level every play, every day, but that’s in his DNA. That’s who he is. He loves basketball.”Kilpatrick’s tenacity helped mold Cincinnati into a defensive-minded, scrappy team last season, as the Bearcats held 29 of their 37 opponents to fewer than 70 points. One of those games came in the Big East tournament against Syracuse, when Kilpatrick ate the Orange alive, finishing with 18 points on six 3s.Cronin said Kilpatrick has always been a knockdown shooter, but he has worked on other elements of his game to become a more complete player.For Cronin, Kilpatrick’s future will likely depend on his production this season.“Hopefully going pro is an option for him and that he has that kind of season,” Cronin said. “I don’t want to lose him, but I’m all for him having a great year.” Comments Published on October 18, 2012 at 2:07 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Funke Oshonaike: Return of the African Table Tennis Queen

first_imgAfter doubts about Nigeria’s table tennis team’s participation in the recently concluded African Championships in Morocco, due to lack of funds, 42-year Olufunke Oshonaike sponsored herself to the championship and also proved that age is just a number as she emerged the new African women’s table tennis champion. This victory is coming 16 years after she first won the coveted African title. Kunle Adewale reportsLast Sunday, Olufunke Oshonaike emerged the new African women’s table tennis champion after overpowering her Egyptian opponent, Dina Meshref in a keenly contested game to win Nigeria’s second title at the African Championships in Morocco. “I knew it was going to be tough because Meshref was the African champion and she had been unbeaten in the last two years. I just told myself to go out there and have fun and show my experience. When it started working, I gained more confidence.“But when the match was 2-2, my coach, Segun Toriola, told me not to give up and I kept on going and it worked for me at last. This victory means a lot to me; that I can still become African champion at my age. It shows that nothing is impossible regardless of age inasmuch as you put your mind to it. I am so happy despite the challenges of making it to Morocco. I feel great and I am so excited that I can still do it. This is also an inspiration for girls; no matter your age, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to in life. “It means a lot to me after a long time of waiting. I never expected it. I never even dreamt about it. It was like as if I’m still dreaming,” an elated Oshonaike said after the gameThe six times Olympian said her feat in Morocco was a lesson to up-coming ping pongers.“My victory in Morocco is a lesson to the young ones that they should not give up irrespective of the challenges they are facing in the country. A lot of things are happening in Nigeria that could frustrate one, but still they should not give up. Forget about what the coaches are doing or what the country is doing to you, just be focused and love and enjoy what you are doing and surely, you will get there one day. Even when you are married with kids, you can still get to where you want to get to.”She has kind words for the President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, NTTF, Enitan Oshodi.“I’m so happy that he is at the helms of affairs of table tennis in Nigeria. If not for him, I would have thrown-in the towel. He was the one that really encouraged me to play in the championship and I would like to thank him for everything he has done for table tennis in the country. However, he alone cannot do it, the sports ministry should work more and encourage more sponsors and help take table tennis to what it used to be before, so that we can our table tennis glory back from the Egyptians.“Things were not the way it used to be when we started the game as a young schoolgirl years back. Then, there were a lot a competitions, which kept us busy and also helped to improve our skills, but not so any more. This is very unfortunate and its really taking its toll on the upcoming players; it’s the main reason table tennis in Nigeria is going down every now and then,” the German-based player.Asked when she hopes to quit the game, Oshonaike said: I’m not going to stop playing until I find anybody that could beat me. Until the young girls are ready to take over and if they are not ready, I’ll keep on playing for my country. After all, my family and children are not disturbing me. They love seeing me play. But as soon as I see any serious contender, I’ll throw-in the towel and take a bow.”The player is hoping to one day, coach the national team after her career which she admitted was at its twilight if the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation deemed it fit to contract her as a coach. “I would gladly accept the offer to coach the country if it would mean adding quality to Nigerian table tennis.  After all, I’m over 40 years with lots of experience in the game during my long stay abroad. I understand those areas many Nigerian players are lacking which have in most cases prevented them from rising to the world stage in the game,” she noted.Her feat however did not go unnoticed as the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, advised Nigerian athletes to emulate the performance of Oshonaike.In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze, the minister said her performance at the just concluded ITTF Africa Senior Championship in Agadir, Morocco, was remarkable and a pride to the nation. He noted with satisfaction that Oshonaike reclaimed her African women’s singles title at the Championships 24 years after winning it. Dalung said that the ability of Oshonaike to remain competitive at the continental stage at 41 years, was proof that an athlete could remain relevant for a long time if he or she was disciplined. He added that Oshonaike’s performance in the competition where she won the mixed doubles silver alongside Segun Toriola and a gold medal in the women singles was a pointer to that fact.“There is nothing like impossible with the right levels of preparation, mental strength and the desire to win,’’ he said.He called on other sport federations to emulate the “self-sufficient stance” of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, stressing the need for sports federations to establish vibrant marketing department saddled with sourcing for funds to run their activities while the government would continue to create the enabling environment for sports to thrive.For every glorious career, there is always a starting point; Oshonaike’s foray into table tennis began at her teenage years in elementary school in the streets of Somolu, a bustling town in Lagos State. At that age of her life, passion for the sports helped to water the ground for this life expedition. While in Somolu, Oshonaike started developing this potential which she describes as a ‘talent from God’ using a makeshift table and soak away slabs to play the game with her elder brother.From there, the ship took sail to her secondary school, where she started representing the school at competitions, earning her awards and recognition from the school principal, who recognised this budding talent and decided to propel her to greatness. This opportunity did not only launch her to limelight, but set her apart as a rare talent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Capitals’ Tom Wilson will not be disciplined for blindside hit on Devils’ Brett Seney

first_img Capitals’ Tom Wilson ejected for illegal check to the head on Devils’ Brett Seney Wilson was ejected for an illegal check to the head and assessed a match penalty after he hit Seney, who had his back turned. The play happened with 2:21 left in the second period. Seney appeared injured, though he returned to play 3 minutes and 20 seconds in the third period. Tom Wilson hit on Brett Seney— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) December 1, 2018Tom Wilson is given a match penalty for this hit on the @NJDevils ‘ Brett Seney. #NJDevils— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) December 1, 2018Capitals coach Todd Reirden expressed frustration with the call after the game, saying Wilson wasn’t trying to make a hit. “This guy’s doing everything he can to try to play the right way and this is how things are happening and it’s a tough situation,” he said, via NBC Sports Capitals.”This guy’s doing everything he can to play the right way…” Todd Reirden went off after the game when asked about the Tom Wilson ejection. 🗣️— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 1, 2018Wilson, 24, has a history of making controversial hits as he has been suspended four times since September 2017. He was last suspended for a hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason game on Sept. 30, which resulted in a 20-game suspension from the NHL that was later reduced to 14 games.Wilson has seven goals and six assists (including a goal against the Devils) over the past nine games since returning from his suspension. Capitals winger Tom Wilson will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on Devils winger Brett Seney during Friday’s game. According to TSN, Washington was informed Saturday there will not be a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for Wilson’s controversial play.  Related Newslast_img read more

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational leaderboard: Live golf scores, results from Round 4

first_imgShane Lowry, fresh off winning the Claret Jug, withdrew from the tournament after his first career major victory. But the field at TPC Southwind includes most of golf’s big stars, including world No. 1 Brooks Koepka and No. 2 Dustin Johnson.MORE: Watch the St. Jude Invitational live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Koepka continued his major tournament tear at Royal Portrush, finishing tied for fourth. He placed in the top five in all four majors in 2019, winning the PGA Championship, but has not finished better than 50th at a non-mjaor in the last two months. Johnson is coming off a disappointing t-51 and hasn’t won since February.The field also includes Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland, all of whom missed the British Open cut. Tiger Woods is sitting this tournament out and isn’t expected to play again until the BMW Championship. The PGA Tour returns stateside this week after the conclusion of the British Open, golf’s final major of 2019, as the season winds down and the push for the Tour Championship begins in earnest.Forty-five of the top 50 players in the world made the trip from Northern Ireland to Memphis, Tennessee, to compete in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Follow scores from the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational below with our live leaderboard.WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational leaderboard: Live scores from Round 4LeaderboardWGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational24 – 28 July 2019Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total1Brooks KoepkaUSA-16686764652642Webb SimpsonUSA-13696668642673Marc LeishmanAustralia-12696963672684Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland-11696762712694Matthew FitzpatrickEngland-11676469692694Tommy FleetwoodEngland-11687065662697Jon RahmSpain-10627168692708Ian PoulterEngland-9666967692719Bubba WatsonUSA-8657068692729Billy HorschelUSA-86766697027211Justin RoseEngland-76768706827312Cameron SmithAustralia-66568736827412Patrick CantlayUSA-66568736827412Patrick ReedUSA-67366676827412Alex NorenSweden-66669667327412Justin ThomasUSA-66869667127412Rafa Cabrera BelloSpain-67071676627412Jordan SpiethUSA-67070666827412Aaron RaiEngland-67269666727420Nate LashleyUSA-56670716827520Dustin JohnsonUSA-56969696827520Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa-57369666727520HaoTong LiChina-56969677027524Adam LongUSA-47170676827624Matthew WolfeUSA-47270656927624Andrew PutnamUSA-46671726727627Paul CaseyEngland-37071696727727Chez ReavieUSA-36870687127727Jim FurykUSA-37465706827727Tony FinauUSA-37071686827727Brandt SnedekerUSA-36973696627727Kevin KisnerUSA-37767666727727Thorbjørn OlesenDenmark-36671657527727Henrik StensonSweden-36967726927727Shugo ImahiraJapan-36569717227727Xander SchauffeleUSA-36970696927727Matt WallaceEngland-37069657327727Corey ConnersCanada-36771706927739Keith MitchellUSA-27370716427840Sergio GarciaSpain-16971706927940Adam ScottAustralia-17068746727940Jason DayAustralia-17269687027943Justin HardingSouth AfricaPar7270647428043Matt KucharUSAPar7070716928043Tyrrell HattonEnglandPar6671697428043Kevin NaUSAPar7066707428043Hideki MatsuyamaJapanPar6571727228048C.T. PanChina+17270706928148Danny WillettEngland+16972707028148Bryson DeChambeauUSA+16774726828151Eddie PepperellEngland+47074667428451Lucas BjerregaardDenmark+46974726928451Philip ErikssonSweden+47372726728454J.B. HolmesUSA+57671687028555Gary WoodlandUSA+67371707228655Kodai IchiharaJapan+67170757028657Phil MickelsonUSA+86873737428858Mikumu HorikawaJapan+107577667229058Poom SaksansinThailand+106873757429060Sung-hoon KangSouth Korea+116975737429161Max HomaUSA+127473776829261Keegan BradleyUSA+127478657529263Kevin TwayUSA+1776777470297Click here or refresh if you can’t view the leaderboard.last_img read more

Is the BCCI sidestepping women’s cricket?

first_imgAdvertisement bmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6a0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9yiol9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) g0iWould you ever consider trying this?😱az4Can your students do this? 🌚2n70Roller skating! Powered by Firework In the summer of 2017 in England, the Indian women’s cricket team reached the World Cup final and fell short by just nine runs from being World Champions.Advertisement Three years later, in Australia, the eves showed glimpses of their huge potential again – yet another final berth, yet another title went away by a whisker!Gone are the days, when women’s cricket was considered futile with little to show for. Just like the Men’s team, the Indian women’s team have shown great promise and have gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years.Advertisement Last week, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that the IPL 2020 will take place in the deserts of the UAE, thus putting women’s cricket on the back-burner. There will be no IPL exhibition matches for women this year as it clearly does not interest the BCCI. In addition, the BCCI has pulled the eves out of the tour of England citing logistical challenges and travel restrictions.So women’s cricket is not worth going the extra mile while the men cricketers will get a red-carpet treatment in the UAE. Can we sense some double-standards here?!Advertisement Indian women’s team during the women’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket tournament in Australia.The brighter sideThe steady growth of women’s cricket in India can be attributed to the strong cricket infrastructure in India. The past decade has seen cricket become more professional, better organised as financially viable for women cricketers.The mushrooming of cricket academies across the country has given more opportunities for budding cricketers to undergo proper training. This has resulted in a surge of talented cricketers emerging and a pool of women cricketers all over the country.However, talent turns into potential only with the exposure, and the BCCI must ensure that women’s cricket gets its due with a properly chalked up calendar for them. The women cricketers can’t just sit idle while men enjoy the riches of the IPL.Given the fact that Indian women haven’t played any cricket since the T20 World Cup in March, and may not do so until next year, the WBBL could be their only realistic chance of playing competitive cricket till March 2021.Players speakAs legendary player Mithali Raj put it a fortnight ago, Indian women’s cricket seems to be heading in the wrong direction. “Unfortunately, women’s cricket may have been set back by a couple of years by this pandemic as some of the momentum that had been built between India’s success in World Cup 2017 and World T20 2020 has been lost,” she had said.Meanwhile, Shantha Rangaswamy, the BCCI Apex council member has tried to play down the notion that women’s cricket receives inferior treatment from the BCCI.Rangaswmay suggested that the BCCI’s commitment towards women’s cricket should not be questioned. Women’s cricket right now stands at a crosspoint with no selection panel in place and uncertainty over the future matches, given the fact that 50 over World Cup is not far off.“The post-COVID-19 scenario will be a testimony to their commitment to women’s cricket. People doubting BCCI’s intentions will have to wait for things to be normal before passing their judgement. The situation was not in their control on this occasion,” the 66-year old Rangaswamy commented.Former India skipper Anjum Chopra too is of the opinion that women’s cricket deserves more exposure and a bio-secure training facility would do a world of good for the confidence of the current crop.“The squad could have gotten together at a venue like Dharamsala or Ahmedabad and started training in isolation. Most international teams are back in training barring India,” Chopra explained.The futureThe next ODI Women’s World Cup, if everything goes according to plan will be held in New Zealand in February 2021. And given the significance of the quadrennial event, the BCCI needs to have specific training and preparation plan for the eves. The Indian women have qualified directly for the tournament and would hope to go one better and clinch their first-ever World Cup.In New Zealand, where wickets are hard and true, finger spinner can be meat and drink and the Indian setup, which women’s team coach WV Raman will be mindful of. Since Raman took over as the head coach, the team has made remarkable progress. Raman had a tricky task of setting the house in order without having to ruffle any feathers, but he has brought about a change in the mentality in the team and transformed the team in a winning unit.All he needs is some supporting hand from the BCCI which in turn might work wonders for women’s game in India. We can talk over Virat Kohli’s cover drives or Rohit Sharma’s sparkling tons from dawn to dusk but do we really care to think about women’s cricket with the same zeal?It’s about time things change within the BCCI, and women’s cricket is given the respect and the attention it deserves!ALSO READ:Virat Kohli reveals how he prepares for bowlers in international cricket Advertisementlast_img read more

Tsitsipas trolls Kyrgios for his birthday and the Australian explodes: “Stop calling me”

first_imgThe connection between each gamers appears to be cordial. Final 12 months, throughout the Washington event and in a recreation between the two, he was seen as Kyrgios was approaching the facet of the monitor to choose up a pair of sneakers that the Greek wanted and had requested.. Nick crossed the total monitor to take them to the place he was sitting, handing them over with a bow. Australian Nick Kyrgios turned 25 on Monday and has obtained an odd reward from Stefanos Tsitsipas, since the Greek, present quantity six in the world, has posted a photograph on Instagram holding up an indication with a telephone quantity and a discover: “name me“And that quantity belongs to the Canberra participant. The response to Tsitsipas’ prank has been swift and determined on the a part of Kyrgios.”You’re a whole fool (laughs) Please, everybody cease calling me! “Nick says on the identical community.last_img read more