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Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah rested from Australia ODIs, New Zealand tour

first_imgSydney: In-form Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was Tuesday rested from the upcoming ODI series against Australia and the subsequent tour of New Zealand with Mohammad Siraj replacing the hero of the team’s maiden Test series triumph Down Under.  With 21 scalps, Bumrah ended the four-Test series as the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon.  “Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour,” said the BCCI in a statement.  “Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand,” it added. Bumrah, who made his Test debut just 12 months ago, has become India’s go to pacer in all three formats.   The attack comprising Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma has been hailed as India’s best ever.  The decision to rest him comes after saptain Virat Kohli also emphasised on managing the workload of the pacers following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia here on Monday.  “It’s important to take care of these guys especially? manage workloads, that’s going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys,” said Kohli.   India play three ODIs against Australia starting here on Saturday before travelling to New Zealand for a five-ODI and three-T20I assignment starting January 23.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 82-77 overtime loss to Villanova

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PHILADELPHIA — Syracuse shocked a lot of people — myself included — by putting up such a valiant fight with No. 7 Villanova on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.Though the Orange blew a chance to upset the Wildcats and fell 82-77 in overtime, there were several positives of SU’s to take from Saturday.1. Healing the camel’s backApparently Michael Gbinije’s back is feeling OK.The junior hit five of his first six shots and had 11 points by halftime, proving that the tightness he felt in his back on Sunday against Louisiana Tech was no longer an issue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe looked comfortable stepping into jumpers from the elbows, bringing the ball upcourt against Villanova’s pesky guards and elevating high for rebounds. Although he committed a trio of turnovers, Gbinije flirted with a triple-double by finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists and, for the first meaningful time all season, was a reliable scorer. In overtime, he added a basket, but missed a free throw before fouling out amid Syracuse’s five-minute period of unraveling.2. ‘He’s learning how to be a point guard’Combating Jim Boeheim’s words that he’s not quite a point guard, Kaleb Joseph looked every bit of one Saturday afternoon.In addition to steadily hitting midrange jumpers, Joseph guided the Orange offense’s scorching first half with seven assists and continued to find his teammates in positions to score throughout the second frame.When it was all said and done, Joseph left the Wells Fargo Center floor with 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting and one rebound.3. Senior dayTrevor Cooney nailed a trio of 3-pointers and forward Rakeem Christmas efficiently was the scoring machine he’s been all season.Cooney canned a few 3s that bailed SU out of a few lengthy possessions that neared the end of the shot clock, while Christmas shot 8-of-12.Even though the big man battled foul trouble in his return home to Philadelphia, he made the most of his minutes and topped the Orange with 18 points before fouling out of the game in overtime. Comments Published on December 20, 2014 at 3:51 pmlast_img read more

Morales embraces reserved role with high character, team leadership

first_imgGreat athletes are often acclaimed for their talent, but something far beyond that is showcased in Wisconsin volleyball’s senior outside hitter and defensive specialist, Deme Morales.During her time here, Morales has massively contributed to Wisconsin’s volleyball program. 2013 was a fantastic year for Morales, as she tallied 406 kills and 403 total digs last season, helping lead Wisconsin to a successful NCAA tournament run, which pushed the Badgers to their second National Championship appearance in history. The tournament ultimately ended in a four set nail-biter against Penn State, resulting in a Wisconsin loss. However, it was there in the championship match that Morales exhibited a stellar performance as she squashed down 15 kills, the second-highest on the team, combined with eight digs and two blocks.Her exquisite and intense play put Morales on the 2013 NCAA Championship All-Tournament and Regional All-Tournament honors. But Morales contributes more to the team than just her statistical numbers and physical athleticism on the court.According to her coaches, the 5-foot-7 senior is one of the most notable players they have ever had the pleasure of working with, but not for her skilled abilities as an athlete. They explain that Morales’ uniqueness is found within her as a person through the selfless attitude she exudes.“Deme Morales is the ultimate team player,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Everyone sees her as a player and a competitor. The thing is she’s twice as good as a human being than she is as a player. She is 100 percent about the team. It is never about her. Her team goals are the only thing that matter to her.”This became particularly apparent prior to the beginning of this season when Morales was switched from being a six-rotation player to primarily a defensive specialist, after losing her front row rotation spot to freshman Kelly Bates.Wisconsin assistant coach Brittany Dildine said after this happened, Morales responded with absolutely no negativity. Dildine went on to explain that when Bates encountered challenges early on in the season, Morales was the first person to be there to encourage and help Bates overcome them.“I think that says a lot for her character,” Dildine said. “If you have a senior that’s beat out by a freshman, that could create a lot of issues within a team, and that’s not what happened here. She’s had meetings with me where she asks ‘How can I help Bates?,’ and I don’t think that’s normal. I think that is special.”Morales has not given a second thought about how she can continue to provide for her team. So far this season she has 105 digs, averaging 1.37 digs per match. Two weeks ago she reached a season high of 11 digs against Purdue. For Morales, it’s all about playing the game while uplifting her teammates.“I hope that other people see me as someone who puts the team first,” Morales said, “And I’d hope that I’m inspiring to my teammates and providing the best that I can for them.”Morales strives to give her all for her teammates and coaches no matter what the situation may be. She set the bar high and translates the outlook and expectations that she has for herself to the court.“You have to commit yourself to what you want to do, and for me, providing for my team was something huge that I really wanted to do as a senior this year,” Morales said. “And really committing myself to a position, no matter where it was, was one of my biggest goals.”The don’t-let-up mentality that Morales possess originates in practices. Each practice she is wholeheartedly committed to getting better and enhancing her skills. Even though this is her final year as a Badger, Morales is constantly asking questions and hungry to learn more.“[People] say ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ Well this dog wants a bunch of new tricks. She’s constantly trying to improve no matter what,” Dildine said.Throughout her time at Wisconsin, Morales has showed her ferociousness as a competitor while holding a positive mentality as a team player. Her coaches said that they will miss her personality and humility after the season is over. They appreciate how Morales conducts herself and how she shows leadership each match and every practice through her selfless mentality — a trait that Dildine says cannot be taught.“It’s something that’s really admirable, because the team matters to some people, [but] to Deme Morales, the team means everything,” Dildine said. “It’s simple; all we’re asking out of [Morales] is to lead with heart, and [for her] that’s natural.”last_img read more

Premier League: London Rumbles for Arsenal, Tottenham Derby

first_imgArsenal will be hoping to maintain their strong home record against Tottenham in the season’s first north London derby at the Emirates today. The Gunners have lost just one of the last 26 meetings with Spurs at home in all competitions, winning 15 of those games.Tottenham’s only win at Arsenal in the last 23 years came in November 2010 when Younes Kaboul netted a late winner in a 3-2 victory.Arsenal are currently in stunning form, winning 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions while Tottenham are enduring a tough run of results. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have failed to win any of their last six matches in all competitions, but were only three points off top spot in the Premier League brfore the weekend matches. Despite the winless run, this is Tottenham’s best ever start to a Premier League season and they are the only team in the league that are unbeaten (five wins, five draws).Hector Bellerin is expected to return for Arsenal after he limped out of training on Monday with a minor knock. The Spanish full-back was not part of the Champions League squad that travelled to Bulgaria to play Ludogorets on Tuesday.Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are also close to full fitness after injuries but will face late fitness tests ahead of the match. Kieran Gibbs suffered a shoulder injury in midweek and will also be assessed.Pochettino has confirmed that Toby Alderweireld is out of the derby, but Harry Kane will be in the Tottenham squad. Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela are both rated doubtful while Moussa Sissoko will also be unavailable as he serves the final game of his suspension. Eric Dier is likely to continue at centre-back alongside Jan Vertonghen.Arsenal are winless in their last four Premier League north London derbies (D3 L1) – they’ve never gone five without a win against Tottenham in the league under Arsene Wenger. Pochettino is undefeated as a manager in his four Premier League north London derbies. No Spurs manager has ever gone unbeaten in their first five league games against Arsenal in top-flight history.The team scoring first has failed to win this fixture on 23 occasions, the highest number in Premier League history (15 draws, eight defeats). The Gunners have scored at least once in 42 of their last 43 meetings with Tottenham in all competitions. Arsenal have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League games (W12 D7 L1).Tottenham are without defeat in their first 10 league games of a season for the first time since 1990/91. They eventually finished 10th that season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Warriors’ Mark Stevens banned 1 year, fined $500K for shoving Kyle Lowry

first_img“There’s no place for that,” Lowry told reporters Wednesday. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.”Lowry called for Stevens’ ban to be permanent when he met with reporters one day after the game.“More should be done,” Lowry said, via the Washington Post. “He’s not a good look for the ownership group they have. A guy like that showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s no place for that.”Stevens apologized for his actions in a statement later Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions (Wednesday) at the NBA Finals and am embarrassed by what transpired,” Stevens’ statement read, in part. “What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it. Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologize. The incident occurred early in the fourth quarter when Lowry dove into the crowd. Stevens reached over and pushed the guard before the two exchanged words. He was then ejected from the stadium.Golden State went on to lose 123-109 and now trails Toronto in the series, 2-1. Related News “I hope the Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgment understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night (Wednesday) does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life. I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry.”The Warriors will host the Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors aren’t focused on who is or isn’t playing for Warriors Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens has been banned from attending games and team activities for one year and fined $500,000 for shoving Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the league announced Thursday.“A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard,” the league said in an earlier statement. “The conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league.” Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson to play Game 4, but Kevin Durant out NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from the Raptors’ Game 3 road win over the Warriorslast_img read more

Admir Raščić to play for Sun Pegasus

first_imgExperienced 32 year old football player from BiH Admir Raščić will continue his career in Sun Pegasus in Hong Kong, reports sportsport.baIn the past half year, he played for Borac Banja Luka, and he was about to transfer to Velež where he’d continue his career, but he got offer from Hong Kong, and next month he’s moving there.Raščić said that the offer was very good financially and he could not refuse adding that it all happened suddenly and he thanked Velež for understanding and said he hopes the fans of Velež will understand him as well, noting that they are one of the best football fans in BiH.last_img read more

Voleyball: Players from Zenica Unique in the Super League

first_imgZenica: the volleyball players of Čelik, one of the oldest sport teams from Zenica, started the preparations for the new season.The desire to return among the best was obvious during the break when the representatives of the clubs “Zenica” and “Ruki”, wanting to improve the Zenica man’s volleyball quality, united two league clubs. The new team will compete in the next season in the Super League of the FB&H.“We started with desire to improve the volleyball in Zenica and we expect to have a quality home playing team that will have a more important role in the Super League. We have promises of financial help, especially now when we united two clubs and made a respectable team.”- said Ruždija Radončić, head of the VC Čelik.The trainings of the first team are held in the rooms of the elementary school “Musa Ćazim Ćatić” and “The first high school” and by start of the Championship more control matches are planned to be held.(Source: Fena / photo: read more

Netherlands, Italy and Poland as Opponents of Bosnia-Herzegovina National Team in Nations League

first_imgThe football team of Bosnia-Herzegovina ranks 49th in the new FIFA rankings of the world’s best national teams announced on Thursday, Fena news agency reports.Belgium comes first, followed by France and Brazil.The opponent of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the barrage of the Northern Ireland national team is better placed and is in 36th position, while Slovakia is 32nd and Republic of Ireland 34th. The UEFA Nations League draw was held in Amsterdam on Tuesday, and the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the second season of the Nations League, will have in the Group 1 of League A national teams from the Netherlands, Italy and Poland as its opponents.Groups of League AGroup 1: Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, PolandGroup 2: England, Belgium, Denmark, IcelandGroup 3: Portugal, France, Sweden, CroatiaGroup 4: Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine, GermanyThe group stage matches of the Nations League are scheduled for September, October and November 2020.last_img read more

How Mariners fans will remember Felix Hernandez

first_imgDuring his prime, Felix was one of the top pitchers in baseball. He won the Cy Young in 2010 and finished in the top four in Cy Young voting three other seasons. Hernandez also had a sub-2.50 ERA three times, six All-Star nods and notched a perfect game in 2012. A team could have unloaded starters and key farm pieces to try to lure the right-hander into spearheading a postseason rotation. Though his name would occasionally come up in longshot trade rumors, nothing ever materialized. He was destined to be a Mariner for the long haul.Hernandez will be known as a guy who went about his business, never complained about his team’s struggles, and poured everything he had into an organization that loved him endlessly. If sports are a business, King Felix is the quintessential employee. He’s everything Seattle could have imagined and then some.That’s how I’ll remember Felix Hernandez. MORE: MLB playoffs 2019: Bracket, dates, times, TV channelsHernandez is hardly the pitcher he once was, but T-Mobile Park showered him with an honorable sendoff in an emotional and nostalgic evening in Seattle. As for me, it’s impossible to comprehend that Felix Hernandez’s time in Seattle is likely finished.There won’t be the sea of yellow in King’s Court shouting for a strikeout during a two-strike count. There won’t be the blaring of the sing-along chorus in Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” when the King makes his pregame trek to the mound. There won’t be the raw and fiery look on his face when a defender makes an inning-ending play that ignites the home crowd.His legacy isn’t going anywhere, but those memories that we might have taken for granted are now behind us.King Felix means everything to Seattle, and after 15 years with the Mariners organization it’s safe to say Seattle means everything to him.Without living in the Pacific Northwest or being a diehard Mariners fan, it’s difficult to understand how this one player captured the hearts of an entire fanbase. “Not gonna lie, a tear came to my eye last night as he left the field,” a friend of mine wrote in a text shortly after Hernandez’s last start. The two of us grew up watching the Mariners religiously and supported Hernandez as if we knew him personally. Our backyard Wiffle Ball games would feature overexaggerated iterations of Felix’s iconic hip turn on his pitches. I remember firing up “MLB: The Show” with Hernandez on the bump against the worst-hitting teams in the game in hopes of pulling off a perfect game or a no-hitter. There were countless seasons when any remaining excitement for the Mariners was lost by the All-Star break. We always knew that every fifth game would be worth watching, though.Yes, it’s the all-too-familiar story of a franchise player appearing in his last game, but it feels like more than that with Hernandez. Fans my age grew up with Felix; he’s our generational star. He’s the reason I kept a transistor radio under my pillow in grade school to hear the final innings when it was past my bedtime. Favorite teams and players will take you to these lengths.On the national scale, Hernandez will probably be remembered as a really good pitcher who never made the playoffs and heavily declined over his final seasons. There will be articles about whether he’s the best pitcher to never reach the postseason, as well as arguments about why his legacy is diminished because of the same fact.Though it stings Mariners fans that Hernandez never pitched in October, his loyalty to the city of Seattle speaks louder volumes than a playoff bid ever would.From 2005 to 2019 (the duration of Hernandez’s career in Seattle), the Mariners were never in first place any later than June 13 of any season. Just three times Seattle had a first-place lead past April. And this year, if you can believe it, the M’s tied their longest stint in first place in the Hernandez era at 27 days, even though the team wound up losing 94 games.This stat says it all: There were more Hernandez wins (169) than days in first place (129) while King Felix was in Seattle.Despite all the team’s lulls over the years, Hernandez’s passion never wavered. Last week, I said goodbye to one of the final remaining pieces of my childhood. On Sept. 26, Felix Hernandez made what was likely his final start in a Mariners uniform, allowing three runs and recording three strikeouts in a 106-pitch effort against Oakland. last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, AUTHENTIC, WINNER: “The main thing was getting out of the gate; once we did it was a nice trip. I took the lead and I wasn’t going to go too fast but I’m happy I got the trip I did.“I told Bob when he broke his maiden (Nov. 9) he was my favorite two-year-old. He’s very talented. I think the noise from the crowd made him react the way he did there in the stretch. His ears went toward the crowd, so I think that’s what caused it, but then when he got down to the rail, he spooked himself again.”JOEL ROSARIO, AZUL COAST, SECOND: “He got a lot of dirt in his face early and then he came running. He’ll move forward off of this.”TRAINER QUOTESBOB BAFFERT, AUTHENTIC, WINNER AND AZUL COAST, SECOND: “We thought if he’s a good horse, he should win. That’s what you’re hoping for, the way he was working and all. Drayden (Van Dyke) has always been really high on him. I joked with him when he came back. I said, ‘Do you think he’s a little bit too much horse for you? No, no, no he’s not!’“You want to see him run like that, especially this time of year. We’ve got some other ones back there, hopefully they’ll come along, but the timing is good for him now to run in the March race, whatever it is (Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 7).“He saw the crowd (when he lugged in midstretch). We had a decent crowd today. He saw something, but he’s never really acted that way before. He was just out there by himself and didn’t know what was going on . . . he wanted to throw the brakes on.’“I thought he was the quickest horse in the race. He won going 5 ½ in one oh three and change. He moves like a gazelle. He’s real light, he’s leggy. It was a big move forward. The second race is the toughest one to make.“When I ran him the first time at Del Mar he was a little bit green that day, because I was debating whether or not to put blinkers on him. I didn’t, but he may need something to keep him more focused . . . Today he wasn’t blowing hard after the race and didn’t take a deep breath so that is a good sign.“Azul Coast ran a decent race. He’s better than that. He got a little sick on me after Los Alamitos. He lost some time, lost some weight, but he ran second because he’s a class horse. He’ll move up after that.”Asked about Derby hopefuls: “Whichever one won that day is your Derby hopeful. That’s the way it works in this business. He’s got 10 points (see note below).”NOTES: The winning owners are SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing or Madaket Stables, LLC, et al. The winning horse gets 10 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby on May 2. Second is worth four points, third two and fourth one point.last_img read more