Australian Open champ Naomi Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

first_imgJapan’s Naomi Osaka kisses her trophy the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne’s Brighton Beach following her win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men’s or women’s tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years.“I feel like I’m literally just still learning,” the 21-year-old Osaka said. “Everyone kind of adjusts to being No. 1 in a different way.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES She was born in Japan — her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian — and moved to the United States when she was 3. She has dual citizenship and now is based in Florida.Osaka is the youngest woman to reach the top since 2010, when Caroline Wozniacki did it at 20.“People were talking about (me) being No. 1 if I win this tournament. I was able to accomplish that,” Osaka said. “But the ranking was never my real goal. It was just to win this tournament.”The runner-up at Melbourne Park, Petra Kvitova, jumped from No. 6 to No. 2.Sloane Stephens is No. 4, and Karolina Pliskova went from No. 8 to No. 5.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Streak of streaks: Warriors have won 10 straight again Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Simona Halep’s 48-week stay atop the WTA rankings ended Monday as she slid to No. 3 after a fourth-round loss to Serena Williams, one year after getting to the final at Melbourne Park.“The main goal is just to play as good as I can every match, to win every match I play, so the ranking doesn’t really matter,” Halep said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHalep said the year-end ranking is what is “more important” than where things stand now, “so I will not stress myself about this.”Osaka’s second consecutive major title, following her success at the U.S. Open last year, helped her rise three spots. MOST READ Williams missed the 2018 tournament after having a baby; her quarterfinal run this time pushed her up five places to No. 11.Surprise semifinalist Danielle Collins, a 25-year-old from Florida, climbed from No. 35 to No. 23. The woman she upset in the fourth round, three-time major champion Angelique Kerber, dropped from No. 2 to No. 6.Novak Djokovic’s record seventh Australian Open title allowed him to stay at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, and Rafael Nadal’s runner-up showing kept him at No. 2.But 2017-18 champion Roger Federer’s fourth-round exit took him from No. 3 down to No. 6.The player who beat Federer, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, turned his first run to a Grand Slam semifinal into a career-best ranking of No. 12. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more

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How to seed smart cities

first_imgIn his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except these,In his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except these will be seen as separate, mutually exclusive projects during implementation. That would be a pity, for these are inextricably linked.Universities, for instance, are critical to making cities successful. It is almost impossible to imagine Boston, US, without Harvard, MIT and other institutions clustered in and around the Boston-Cambridge area. In Britain, Oxford and Cambridge are vibrant towns largely because they host the two famous universities. Indeed, many global cities such as London and New York would be much diminished without LSE, LBS, Columbia University, NYU. Rather than being walled off from the rest of the two cities, these institutions are an integral part of their urban ecosystems.Newly successful cities such as Singapore too have invested heavily in universities, think tanks and research institutes, not just as centres for intellectual activity but as part of the wider urban ecosystem. Indeed, when the country’s government planned the Singapore Management University, it set it up in the middle of the city. The city benefits from the “urban buzz” brought by young people while the university profits from being close to state and corporate institutions.Contrast this with Indian planners’ idea of academic institutions: merely places for teaching students that have little direct link with the daily functioning of the city. This is so because they see town projects as mechanical silos and do not think in terms of organic ecosystems. Thus, universities built after Independence were housed in sealed-off campuses, often in remote places, that discourage interaction with the city. Modelled on a socialist-era factory township, their walls continue to isolate them socially and intellectually even where the cities have expanded to surround them. This is why Kanpur and Kharagpur benefit little from being home to a prestigious institution like an IIT. Even in Delhi and Mumbai, IITs are closed worlds. Before Independence, on the other hand, universities were seen as part of the urban fabric. The colleges of Bombay and Calcutta were built into the city much like those of London. Allahabad and Aligarh were driven largely by their vibrant universities, much like Oxford and Cambridge.advertisementWhenever I ask Indian officials and planners about ‘smart cities’, I get a laundry list of hardware infrastructure that is needed: state-of-the-art public transportation, smart power grids and so on. This is indeed important, but it overlooks the fact that cities are ultimately about people, not buildings. Successful cities are those that can cluster human capital and encourage innovation, creativity and exchange of ideas. To be ‘smart’, therefore, cities need both hardware and software. Universities are an essential part of this software. This is why great cities of the past-Athens, Florence, Constantinople, Rome, Alexandria, Ujjain, Varanasi-were almost always also great intellectual centres. They attracted talent, encouraged the churn of ideas and triggered innovation. Translated in modern terms, universities do not just attract young people to cities but provide venues for conferences, seminars, cultural and sporting events enabling human interaction that makes for lively urban clusters.Now that the Government has announced its intention to build new academic institutes, the focus will likely be on getting large tracts of land and constructing standalone buildings. If anything, success will be measured by how much land has been acquired. This is wasteful, and not just at one level.First, this approach requires unnecessary acquisition of productive farm and forest land. Why do we need hundreds of acres to educate a few thousand students? As Jaitley would know, his alma mater, Shri Ram College of Commerce, runs one of India’s top colleges on just 17 acres. There are many top-notch institutions around the world that operate from much less. Second, a standalone institute requires the creation of expensive infrastructure in isolated locations, including staff housing, convocation halls, seminar rooms and so on. But, how often will the convocation hall be used? In a city location, these facilities would have added to the overall urban infrastructure. Moreover, such remote campuses are inconsiderate of the social and career needs of the families of the faculty and staff, a major constraint to finding good faculty. We can’t envision universities as industrial-era factory townships where wives stay at home and children study in the company school. Finally, and most damagingly from an urban perspective, these isolated campuses are unable to add to the ecosystem. Students come and they leave, so human capital does not accumulate in the host city.advertisementThe Government should, therefore, consider using new institutions to seed the ‘smart cities’. This would mean weaving new IITs, IIMs and AIIMSs into the surrounding urban fabric. This may look messy on a master plan drawing board but, on the ground, it would create cities that are vibrant and, indeed, smart.Sanjeev Sanyal is an economist, writer and urban theoristlast_img read more

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Bombay gharana is alive and well

first_imgAjinkya Rahane.The Bombay School of batsmanship was a function of maidan cricket.With the gene pool constricted and restricted, Bombay which metamorphosed into Mumbai also lost its mojo in cricket.The cornerstone of the Bombay school was unarguably a unique guru-shishya relationship. The Bombay gharana goes back years and years and if one looks at its genealogy, it is predicated on every era and generation producing a champion batsman or two. A batter with a larger than life persona, at one level, a true blue megastar whose body of work sometimes subsumes the great game itself.Maximum city Mumbai has an intense kinetic energy which defies the adversity that its people face in the daily hurly burly of life. Yet there is a calmness and single mindedness of purpose, backed by a commitment to constantly raise the bar. This was reflected in their cricket, displaying a singular khadoosness, a state of mind, an attitude, a toughness or aloofness which allowed them to be the best. And always, the art form of batsmanship was nurtured and harnessed on the maidans of cricket.CompetitionAs I watched Ajinkya Rahane play close to his body at Lord’s and then counter attack with a rash of pulls and hooks, in my mind’s eye, I thought the art form is alive and well. The diminutive batsman with all the bearing and poise of the Bombay School looked like the genuine article if not the finished article. Three knocks in South Africa, New Zealand and now England on pitches conducive to seam and fast bowling have shown that the next little man may have arrived from the fabled stable. The joke doing the rounds, when India was put into bat on a green wicket at Lord’s, was that – we have come here to play cricket not tennis at Wimbledon.advertisementDurban, Wellington and now Lord’s have shown the pugnacious but attacking batsman could be the next big thing from Bombay. Coached by Pravin Amre, himself a former member of the Bombay School, Rahane’s adroit handling of the new ball is what sets him apart. Blessed with most of the ingredients that go into making of a technically sound batsman, one can argue a handful of swallows don’t make a summer. Yet, he holds out hope.I will give you a couple of instances of this obsessiveness for perfection, something that one finds missing in Mumbai boys now. Ravi Shastri was the embodiment of running this gauntlet in flesh and mind – an outsider, a non Maharashtrian – while playing for Don Bosco, Karnataka Sporting Association or Bombay and India. Like many others of his ilk, he woke up at 5:30 am, took the suburban train to Azad Maidan for practice, finished up and took another train back to King’s Circle to get to school every morning. Playing to win was the only motto and putting a price on your wicket was ingrained from an early age. Middle-class Maharashtrians ran a relay race, passing the baton from one to another. I will not take you back in the Wellsian Time Machine to a distant age, but only a few decades back to remind you of this inspiring lineage.FervourSchools and gully cricket was the edifice of this trade, perfected on the maidans, an area around Shivaji Park and Dadar Union becoming the epicentre of this gargantuan conveyor belt of talent. These cricketers were driven and hungry. Boys besotted with the game came out of the Shivaji Park-Hindu Colony area of Dadar, looking to carve a livelihood and make their tryst with izzat and shaurat. It is pertinent to note the Marathi enclave of Shivaji Park-Hindu Colony was a sea of talent, from the western side where Shivaji Maharaj’s statue guards the vast expanse of the maidan to the eastern side where educational institutions like R A Podar and Ramnarain Ruia college and King George – now rechristened Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya – which overlooks Matunga Maidan or Major Ramesh Dadkar Kreedangan as it is called, boosted this cult of cricket. Neophytes came from the stables of Shivaji Park Gymkhana and Dadar Union, on the other side of the railway tracks, galvanised by a fervour to become a Bombay and then India cricketer.In a way, a strange confluence of Maharashtrian middle class psyche, and sensibilities, which were bred in the congested inner city, drove this hunger. There was an element of another Bambiya tadka in this mix – khunnas or a sense of anger emanating from arrogance – which burned deep within the pits of these cricketers coming off the assembly line. And then, it all dissipated suddenly in Bombay but was burnished in distant parts – Karnataka, Delhi, Hyderabad, and then as part of a larger democratization process, it spread to Ranchi, UP, Odisha, Kerala and now J&K with Parvez Rasool.advertisementContinuanceAs the dying embers of Bombay cricket are getting a leg up with the emergence of Rahane, one longs for the tussle for suzerainty that existed in the cut throat Kanga League where Dadar Union, Shivaji Park Gymkhana, Sunder CC, Parsi Cyclists, Matunga Gymkhana, National, Baronet, New Hind, United and CCI vied for supremacy, while in the Times Shield one saw seesaw contests between the Tatas, ACC, Kohinoor Mills, Cipla, Western Railway, Mafatlals and finally Nirlon battle for the crown. That culture is all over and hence the drying up of talent wells. History will tell you the first commoners who broke through the yoke of princely fetters in Indian cricket were maidaners – Vijay Manjrekar and Subhash Gupte. Both played for Mahim Juveniles, then Shivaji Park, and finally India. In between, they played as professionals for Rajasthan and Bengal, just as Vijay Hazare and Vinoo Mankad plied their trade, in a different age, for the Jamsaheb of Nawanagar, and the Maharajah of Baroda.The relay race saw Vijay Merchant, Russi Modi, Vijay Hazare give way to Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar, Madhav Apte (coached in part by the legendary Duleepsinghji) who handed over the baton to Ajit Wadekar, Ashok Mankad and Sunil Gavaskar, who passed it on to Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandeep Patil and Ravi Shastri. The next generation saw Sanjay Manjrekar, Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre, and then abruptly, it all ended. Amol Mazumdar never made it through, though Rohit Sharma, a Mumbaikar, but not a Maharashtrian, has given us glimpses of this great tradition. Now Rahane ignites the same passion in all us diehard cricket junkies.Bombay cricket is the last bastion, standing for and upholding a heritage with a unique synthesis of a classical style and technical perfectitude. It is good that Amre is playing the role of a guru to his shishya Rahane to keep this flame burning. Clearly, the relay is still running.last_img read more

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UP Fighting Maroons, Frontrow ink team up

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Finals MVP Bea De Leon: Staying for 5th year at Ateneo ‘best decision I’ve ever made’ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The support continues to pour in for the University of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team.On Saturday, the Fighting Maroons and Frontrow, one of the biggest names in the health, beauty and wellness industry in the country, have formalized their partnership ahead of the upcoming UAAP Season 82.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “This is really a big thing because number one, we really needed the additional funds and number two, if you’re going to be supported by the leading brand, you need to make sure that you’re going to represent them well,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol during the ceremonial signing of contract and dinner held at Frontrow CEO Sam Verzosa’s fancy residence at Corinthian Gardens in Quezon City.“You have a responsibility. That’s why it’s important that with everything that we’re doing, we need to think about not only UP but also all the sponsors that are making a lot of things happen for us,” added Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe entire UP team, including its star trio of Bright Akhuetie, Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, was present in the press conference which was also attended by Verzosa and Frontrow president Raymond “RS” Francisco, who are both UP alumni.“The partnership between UP and Frontrow is just fitting because both share a passion for success,” Perasol, who steered the Fighting Maroons to their first UAAP Finals appearance in 32 years in Season 81, said. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Perasol hopes to maximize all the financial support coming in and this time, deliver the title to UP.The Maroons definitely have the tools to go all the way in Season 82 with Rivero and Paras already cleared to join mainstays Bright Akhuetie and Juan Gomez de Liaño and form a star-studded core.last_img read more

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Corns and calluses

first_imgCorns and calluses form on the skin because of repeated pressure or friction. A corn is a small, tender area of thickened skin that occurs on the top or side of a toe. A callus is a rough, thickened area of skin that appears because of repeated irritation or pressure to an area of skin. Calluses usually develop on the palms of the hand and soles of the feet.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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Osteoporosis

first_imgOsteoporosis is a condition characterized by progressive loss of bone density, thinning of bone tissue and increased vulnerability to fractures. Osteoporosis may result from disease, dietary or hormonal deficiency or advanced age. Regular exercise and vitamin and mineral supplements can reduce and even reverse loss of bone density.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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Pedro chooses Chelsea, finally in the spot light

first_imgAmerican sports have been far ahead of the world in adopting analytics to help in quantifying player efficiency and effect on team performance. One of my favorite stats is what the NBA calls ‘Gravity’. It defines the ability of a player to stretch the defense so that other players have more space to work with. In basketball, gravity is the threat of an open shot and in football it is the run over the last line of defense.If gravity is art, then Pedro is the artist.Pedro works himself into the ground on the right wing, left wing, everywhere, for the benefit of the team. (Reuters Photo)It’s fascinating that when teams have wingers who cut inside, many times there’s a lack of space in the middle. Guardiola’s Barcelona had David Villa cutting in from the left, Iniesta playing an advanced midfield with Messi dropping in the hole to make the famed passing triangle with Iniesta and Xavi. How did this team, then get this real estate to operate?Couldn’t opposition teams play a high line and make an old David Villa beat them for pace or force Messi (who had begun conserving energy) to make runs?The space to function came from right, from Pedro and Dani Alves.Dani Alves is fascinating, but today is about Pedro, who has just signed for Chelsea from Barcelona after being linked with Manchester United all summer.Pedro is the ultimate hipster dream in the 21st century, the footballer who’s gift can’t be YouTubified, for his talent lies in running up and down the right wing, tucking inside when the right back wants to overlap, drifting outside when the left winger wants to cut inside, all the while staying on near the last defenders head, ready to make a run if a ball comes.advertisementHe’s technically not sexy enough like his La Masia counterparts, doesn’t score enough goals to be in the limelight, his private life is chill. Pedro is the Ultimate Hipster Football Dream.Due to lack of stats monitoring off the ball performance in football, Pedro, like Ozil, shall be forever underrated. Imagine playing football in the park, trying to take two steps to shoot but there are people waving around for the ball with defenders under your nose, the idea of space creation non-existent.United manager Louis Van Gaal, of the Michels’ and Cryuff school of thought, probably wanted Pedro to create space for Rooney who likes dropping deep, newkid Memphis who prefers to launch 30 yard rockets, while helping Herrera in become Iniesta lite.But alas Chelsea stole him away at the last moment, and now he is at the bridge with the pragmatic task-master Jose Mourinho.Pedro should fit in nicely on Chelsea’s right side, doing all Pedro things. Hazard should be more dangerous, Ivanovich will have more defensive coverage and there will be more Spanish chemistry between Costa, Fabregas and him.Chelsea will improve, goals will come and the unassuming Pedro will keep chugging along, looking for that extra bit of real estate for his team.last_img read more

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Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe Injured as PSG’s Problems Pile Up Despite Win

first_imgMbappe will be out for four weeks and Edinson Cavani for three weeks, the French champions confirmed on Monday.The injury means Mbappe will miss PSG’s opening Champions League group game, which is set for September 17 or 18. He is also set to sit out three league matches as well as France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Albania and Andorra early next month.Fellow forward Cavani could be ready in time for the start of their Champions League campaign.The capital-city giants sit three points behind early Ligue 1 pace-setters Rennes, who made it three wins from three by beating Strasbourg 2-0.Tuchel responded to last weekend’s defeat by making three changes to his starting XI, including dropping captain Thiago Silva to the bench.Mbappe twice came close to settling any early nerves in the first four minutes, but was denied both times by Toulouse goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet.With Neymar looking increasingly likely to be heading to the exit door, PSG’s woes deepened when they lost another member of their fabled ‘MCN’ forward line as Cavani left the pitch in the 14th minute to be replaced by the usually much less potent Choupo-Moting.Silva was introduced before half-time as Diallo, a close-season signing from Borussia Dortmund, also broke down injured.The home side started the second period well, though, and it was Choupo-Moting — whose stint at PSG has so far been best known for a shocking miss last season against Strasbourg — who turned past one defender, span around another, and drilled the ball into the bottom corner.Visiting left-back Mathieu Goncalves scored a calamitous 55th-minute own goal by slicing a tame, bouncing ball away from Reynet’s gloves and into the roof of the net.A difficult night for PSG got worse when Angel Di Maria, who would be expected to step up in the possible absences of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe, saw a penalty comfortably saved by Reynet.But former Stoke player Choupo-Moting suggested he may be able to shoulder some of the burden, slotting in his second and PSG’s third with 15 minutes remaining before Marquinhos’ late header added further gloss to the scoreline.RENNES GO TOPEarlier on Sunday, Rennes backed up their shock win over PSG last weekend with victory at Strasbourg.Julien Stephan’s side, who also stunned PSG to win last season’s French Cup, saw off 10-man Strasbourg thanks to goals in either half from Clement Grenier and M’Baye Niang to maintain their 100-percent start to the season.Monaco’s miserable form continued as they blew a 2-0 half-time lead to be held to a 2-2 draw by fellow strugglers Nimes in the principality despite goals from close-season signings Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder.The referee threatened to halt the game due to Nimes fans insulting French league chiefs with offensive language.The league has mooted the idea of introducing a list of banned words in stadiums in an attempt to combat homophobia and bad language, but Nimes supporters hit back by telling them to “go fuck yourselves”.A message over the PA system was read out to fans warning them to stop the chants or the game could be stopped, before the match continued with the Monaco supporters joining in with their Nimes counterparts. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Paris Saint-Germain lost star strikers Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe to injuries on Sunday as the French champions’ problems continued to mount despite a 4-0 thrashing of Toulouse.Thomas Tuchel’s men, who lost at Rennes last time out, have seen the start of their season dominated by the Neymar transfer saga. The Brazilian was once again left out of the matchday squad at the Parc des Princes amid rumours of a move to Real Madrid or return to Barcelona, and Tuchel saw his strikeforce totally dismantled as Cavani and Mbappe both hobbled off — as did centre-back Abdou Diallo.Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored a second-half double, but only after coming on as a substitute for the injured Cavani, while Mbappe also departed the scene after appearing to pull up with a hamstring injury following a trademark burst into the box.center_img Edinson CavanifootballKylian MbappeLigue 1 First Published: August 26, 2019, 5:27 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Bengaluru to host IPL final; Pune, Mumbai given home options

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS ipl-drought HC allows BCCI to hold May 1 IPL match in Pune × null Its schedule thrown haywire after the Bombay High Court ordered the shifting of 13 IPL matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra, the cash-rich league today picked Bengaluru as the venue for its finale and offered four alternate home options to the state’s affected franchises.In a meeting between IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and representatives of the Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians, it was decided to allot IPL’s final and the first Qualifier to Bengaluru.The second Qualifier and the Eliminator, on the other hand, have been proposed to be moved to Kolkata to implement the Bombay High Court’s order that asked the BCCI to shift all the IPL matches after April 30 from Maharashtra due to the acute water crisis in the state.In today’s meeting, the two affected franchises were asked to pick from Raipur, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam and Kanpur as their alternate home base.While Pune opted for Visakhapatnam, Mumbai Indians sought two days’ time to choose their new base.“We will propose before the Governing Council that Final and Qualifier 1 be shifted to Bengaluru, while Qualifier 2 and Eliminator to Kolkata,” Shukla told reporters after the meeting.“After speaking to the franchises, we have given them four options: Raipur, Jaipur, Kanpur and Visakhapatnam. Mumbai Indians have asked for time till day after tomorrow (to give their preference),” he added.“Pune has given Visakhapatnam as its preference. We will put the proposal of Pune team before the Governing Council.”The logistical crisis was triggered despite the BCCI assurance to the High Court that IPL franchises of Mumbai and Pune had agreed to contribute Rs five crore each to CM’s drought relief fund.“As far as giving 5 crore is concerned, it will be as per the directive of the High Court. They (the franchises) are supposed to get a written order on this,” Shukla said.Shukla also stated that the BCCI will plead before the HC to allow the May 1 clash between Mumbai and Pune to go ahead in Pune as the home franchise will be playing a game in the city on April 29.“We will request the Honourable court to allow us to hold this match,” he said.The Rajasthan Cricket Association has been banned by the BCCI for factionalism but Shukla said the venue will be available for IPL as the offer to host has come from the state government.“The offer has come from the government and they head the sports council. The stadium belongs to government so whatever will be done will be done through the government. These are only proposal which will be presented before the governing council,” he said.The BCCI had reacted sharply to the Court’s order on Wednesday, saying that it would not be easy to move matches midway into the tournament.Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur were the three venues in Maharashtra holding IPL matches before a Public Interest Litigation was filed, alleging wastage of water in maintenance of pitches.The BCCI had asserted that it was not using potable water for ground maintenance and offered to supply water to the drought-affected areas.Shukla had gone to the extent of stating that Board could not have done anything more than this.However, taking a contrary view, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia, who was among the first to advocate shifting of matches, had welcomed the Court order, saying that he was glad that sensitivities of the drought-affected people in Maharashtra were being respected.BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur had said that there was an attempt to create negativity around the league.“We are not using drinking water, we have said that we’ll use treated sewage water only. How many swimming pools of 5 star hotels have been shut? Have people stopped watering their lawns?” Thakur had asked.“There is an attempt to create negativity on every issue these days. IPL was to use 0.00038 per cent of water so that shows the requirement was not much.”The sentiment had found support former captains Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar as well, both of whom felt that IPL and cricket had become soft targets to generate controversies. Court bouncer for IPL sponsors and brands SHARE COMMENT RELATED April 15, 2016 IPL 2016 cricket ipl-drought Kings XI Punjab choose Dharamsala as second home venuelast_img read more

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Thangarasu Natarajan: From tennis ball star to IPL big bucks

first_imgcricket NEW DELHI, 06/12/2016: Tamil Nadu Ranji player T. Natarajan bowls during a Ranji Trophy cricket match at the VCA Ground in Nagpur on November 21, 2016. Photo: R.V. Moorthy   –  The Hindu 0 SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2017 NEW DELHI, 06/12/2016: Tamil Nadu Ranji player T. Natarajan bowls during a Ranji Trophy cricket match at the VCA Ground in Nagpur on November 21, 2016. Photo: R.V. Moorthy   –  The Hindu RELATED His eyes transfixed on the TV screen, left-arm seamer Thangarasu Natarajan was finding it surreal when the bids against his name zoomed at a breakneck pace during the IPL auction.The little known 25-year-old’s life changed in a matter of few minutes as Rs 10 lakh base price saw a quantum 30-time jump reaching Rs 3 crore with Virender Sehwag vigorously raising the pedal for Kings XI Punjab.Perhaps he remembered the days of hardships when his mother ran a street side stall and father worked as a porter at railway station. And the then 20-year-old, one of the five children, was plying his trade at tennis ball games in his native Salem.He eventually moved to Chennai where he played for the popular Jolly Rovers, a club which has fielded big names like R Ashwin and Murali Vijay.His big breakthrough came last year when he enjoyed a successful stint for Dindigul Dragons in the inaugural TNPL, attracting the attention of the IPL scouts.“It seems unreal. I never thought I would play in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, let alone the IPL. Very thankful that it has happened,” Natarajan’s elation was palpable as he spoke to PTI today.Natarajan recalls how TNPL gave him the much needed exposure.“There was a lot of pressure when I was picked to play in TNPL. But I am thankful to people like Ashwin, Vijay and L Balaji (TN bowling coach) who instilled the belief in me that I was good enough at the Ranji Trophy level. It was my dream to Ranji Trophy which has been fulfilled and now I look forward to meeting people in the IPL and learning from them,” he said.Consistent performances for two years in Chennai club circles earned him a call—up to the Ranji Trophy 2015—2016.For his variation and the ability to land yorkers at will, he is now famously called ‘Mustafizur Rahman’ of Tamil Nadu.He will have Vijay for company in the Kings XI Punjab dressing room but is a tad sad about Mitchell Johnson not being with the franchise anymore.“Johnson is my role model and it will be great if I can meet him during the IPL,” he said of the Australian, who has been picked by Mumbai Indians for the upcoming season.Besides rising through a humble background, a big on the field challenge Natarajan had to deal with was when he was reported for a suspected action, which had to be modified under the guidance of former Tamil Nadu spinner Sunil Subramaniam. nullcenter_img February 20, 2017 COMMENTS × COMMENT IPL 2017 Auction: Pune nets Ben Stokes for Rs 14.5 cr; RCB picks up Mills for Rs 12 cr SHARE Published onlast_img read more

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