Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, guards Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45). APSALT LAKE CITY — Faith became the keyword in Quin Snyder’s postgame press conference. The Utah Jazz coach talked about his faith in rookie Donovan Mitchell, his faith in Ricky Rubio and his faith in his team.Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lillard put the Blazers on his shoulders in the fourth quarter, but was kept in relative check in overtime. The two-time All Star finished with 33 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 points.The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the final possession of regulation, but Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.“When you have a six-point lead, or whatever we had, with two or three minutes to go,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said, “you’ve got to make the plays to hold the lead and come out with a win. We didn’t do that.”TIP-INSBlazers: Portland entered the game ranked No. 6 in the league allowing 98.3 points per game. Stotts said that’s been the focus this season and their effectiveness has been more mental that schematic. … Portland shot a season-low 26.5 percent from 3-point range.Jazz: Rodney Hood was 0 for 11 two days after scoring a season-high 25 points. He was benched down the stretch. … Thabo Sefelosha scored a season-high 15 points. … The Jazz reserves outscored their Blazers counterparts 54-20. … Gobert finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.BUDDING FRIENDSHIPLillard and Mitchell have become friends in the last year and text regularly. Lillard said he liked Mitchell’s game at Louisville and noticed that he wore Lillard’s Adidas signature shoe. He texted Mitchell congratulations after the draft and had hoped the rookie would slide to Portland in the draft. The two went head-to-head on numerous occasions throughout the night.“Love going head to head with a guy who loves to compete,” Mitchell said. “It was kind of crazy how all that came out. … You learn from stuff like that in big moments. It felt like he was coasting all game and I looked at the score and he had 33.”NO JOE Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties — and neither team ever leading by double-digits.“The game wasn’t real fluid for either team offensively early on,” Snyder said. “We hung in there and didn’t get discouraged. As the game progressed, were much more aggressive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“You have faith in someone when they’re not playing well. That’s what we have to have in this team.”The Jazz ran their offense through Mitchell in overtime and he didn’t disappoint. The No. 12 overall pick accounted for the first six Utah points with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert’s two free throws that Mitchell set up with a pass to the cutting big man. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I didn’t think it would happen this fast,” Mitchell said. “It was definitely surreal. Plays ran for me, just a matter of hitting the shots.”Rubio, who finished with a season-high 30 points, buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the game away.The two Utah guards were fantastic down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive end.“Each thing has to be better and a little bit sharper,” Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. “We can take pressure off each other by screening a little bit better, throwing better passes on time and on target.“I think part of it is our execution. We’ve got to get to our spots, we’ve got to scrape for each other, we’ve got to sprint and make hard cuts and just be strong with the ball.”ADVERTISEMENT Nuggets rout Raptors with big 3rd quarter blast Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jazz forward Joe Johnson is out at least two weeks with right wrist instability. Jonas Jerebko, who had only played four minutes in the first seven games, checked in early in the first quarter and will see more time in the rotation.“Jonas is going to play, we need him to play,” Snyder said. “As the game goes on, we’ve had to feel (out) the game. There isn’t clarity. It’s not hockey. We don’t just sub rote. … The game is going to dictate minutes for our team for the majority of the guys.”
FILE – Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPJomary Torres followed up her debut win in ONE Championship with an impressive decision victory over Nita Dea of Indonesia in their atomweight bout Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Myanmar.Torres (3-0) beat Dea, a grappling specialist, at her own game as she outwrestled her throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Mitsatit blocked Miado’s takedown attempt to transition to a full mount where he landed an elbow that forced the Filipino to verbally submit 4:23 into the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games China’s Chen Lei battered Burn Soriano on the ground to earn a technical knockout victory 1:06 of the second round of their bantamweight fight.Chen remained undefeated after seven fights while Soriano lost his second straight match and is now at 3-4.Chinese flyweight Ma Hao Bin (9-1) submitted Filipino knockout artist Eugene Toquero with an armbar 4:51 into the first round.Ma, who won his sixth straight fight, locked Toquero in an early guillotine choke but the Filipino managed to break free.Thai Pongsiri Mitsatit finished off the Philippine contingent with a convincing victory over Jeremy Miado in the strawweight division.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss View comments Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ “This victory is so sweet. I am excited about how the future will unfold as I continue my career in ONE Championship. For sure, I will be back in the gym immediately. I am ready to climb the ladder and face the biggest names that the organization has to offer,” said Torres.“It is truly an honor to compete with a talented competitor like my opponent. She gave me a tough test. My opponent withstood everything I threw at her. I tip my hats off to her and her skills. This bout will be beneficial to my growth as a martial artist in this sport and in ONE Championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDea (0-2) managed to shock Torres with a knee to the head but the Filipino again managed to bring the fight to the ground to earn the judges’ nod.Torres, however, was the only Filipino fighter to come out of the card victorious. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay
Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run Martinez, 21, wasn’t even supposed to make it to the Games after finishing eighth in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, which served as an Olympic qualification last September.READ: Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free stake roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut after the pullout of Swedish figure skater Alexander Majorov, he was given the last quota spot and earned his ticket to PyeongChang.Despite the short notice, Martinez still pulled off a clean performance, scoring 55.56 in his short program performance, which was only good for 28th place among 30 competitors. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It may not have been enough to advance to the free skate round, where Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the gold medal, but Martinez was satisfied with what he was able to showcase.“A lot of people knew about it and very surprised that the fact I am back on doing my triple jumps again and be able to skate a clean program is truly something else,” he shared. “Usually it takes two to three months to get the jumps the way it was before, and need at least another two months of training to be able to prepare for a competition, but I only did it in three weeks.”With another Olympic experience under his belt, Martinez hopes that his showing would serve as an inspiration for the young figure skaters as he seeks to continue hoisting the Philippine flag in the Winter Games.“I really worked so hard for me to be able to do what I needed to do out there. I really am proud that I get to represent our country at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. To be part of this Olympic Journey is truly amazing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Though he failed to improve his standing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Michael Christian Martinez is proud with his showing in the men’s figure skating given the circumstances he had to deal with.“With three weeks to prepare for PyeongChang and to be able to perform what I just did, that was just unbelievable,” he told INQUIRER.net in an online interview.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid
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The last time they clashed, Rajasthan Royals edged past Kolkata Knight Riders in perhaps the most nerve-wrecking contest of IPL 7. And it promises to be another humdinger when the two teams with fluctuating fortunes square off again in Ahmedabad today.Rajasthan Royals captain Shane WatsonIn their last encounter, both the teams ended their regulation overs on the same score, before also finishing level in the Super Over. Finally, it took a boundary count to decide the fate of the match.Royals are better-placed as far as morale is concerned. The team chalked out a thumping win over Delhi Daredevils on Saturday with a young Karun Nair slamming a 50-ball 73. Kokata, on the other hand, were thoroughly outplayed in their 34-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings in the last match.The biggest strength of Royals is their batting. The team is on a three-match winning streak and given the dismal form of Kolkata, a fourth victory on the trot does not look unlikely. Royals’ batsmen have been in fine form but more would be expected from the likes of Shane Watson and Sanju Samson, both of whom have been making decent contributions but are yet to come up with something really big.On the bowling front, they have discovered the brilliance of leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, who has been making crucial breakthroughs. Pacer James Faulkner has spearheaded the pace department rather well with some good support from Dhawal Kulkarni and Kane Richardson.In contrast, Kolkata have been living a nightmare, having suffered three back-to-back defeats. Their biggest concern right now is a floundering batting line-up. Skipper Gautam Gambhir has been a flop, along with veteran Jacques Kallis, who has also been far from impressive. In their previous match against Chennai, Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan did come up with innings of substance but it would take a lot more to notch up a win.advertisement
Indian team celebrates after defeating Pakistan 4-2 in the Asian Games hockey finalIndian men’s hockey team produced a thrilling performance against their arch-rivals Pakistan to clinch the gold medal at the Asian Games on Thursday. The spirited Indian brigade held their nerves to beat their rivals 4-2 in the spectacular penalty shootout.Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh saved the day as he produced two brilliant saves in the penalty shootout to deny Pakistan certain goals. Pakistan’s Imran Butt also managed to save one goal but couldn’t help his team see through the game.Indian hockey players applaud their goalkeeper PS Sreejesh’s heroics in the penalty shootoutPakistan took the lead early with a quick break in the first quarter after Mohammad Rizwan, who was left unmarked on top of the circle, produced a brilliant finish beating the Indian goalkeeper. In pics: India defeats Pakistan to win hockey gold The Indian team kept on pressing their rivals and finally found the equalizer through midfielder Kothajit Khadangbam in the second quarter. It was Khadangbam’s only fourth goal for his country.The thrilling win ensured India’s first hockey gold at the Asian Games after a span of 16 years, the last one dates back to 1998. It also secured India’s qualification for the 2016 Olympics.It was India’s fourth win against Pakistan, who were the defending champions, in the 13 clashes at the Asian Games.Pakistan’s hockey players react after losing Asian Games final to arch-rivals IndiaEarlier in the tournament, India fought hard to beat hosts South Korea 1-0 and kept alive their hopes for first Asian Games gold medal in 16 years. On the other hand, Pakistan survived a stern Malaysian tests to win 6-5 win in the penalty shoot-out.advertisement
A new report by GQIndia suggests that the alleged Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri smartphone will be launched in January via Luxury Quotient. There is however no word yet regarding the pricing of the said device.The Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri smartphone will reportedly feature a 5-inch full-HD touchscreen display that comes with a protective oleophobic coating along with 10-point multi-touch support. The alleged device is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC alongside 3GB of RAM. It reportedly sports a 20MP rear camera along with an 8MP front-facing snapper. The device will be reportedly available in limited quantities and will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It is touted to be backed by a 3400mAh battery which is rated to deliver about 1,000 hours of standby time. The dual-SIM device will reportedly come with support for LTE connectivity. It can be recalled that Canadian handset manufacturer, BlackBerry recently collaborated with Porsche Design to come out with the Porsche Design P’9983 luxury smartphone. The luxury smartphone market in India is a budding one at that, however, the segment is slowly picking up steam owing to such collaborations.Tonino Lamborghini is the son of Lamborghini founder FerruccioLamborghini and runs a merchandising company under his name that isknown to come out with luxury items from time to time.
Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 55 at stumps on day two. (AP Photo)Murali Vijay brought up his fourth half-century of the series as India reached 108 for 1 at stumps in reply to Australia’s daunting first-innings 530 after Steven Smith fell eight runs short of a double century on the second day of the third Test on Saturday.Smith snapped up the catch of Shikhar Dhawan at third slip off Ryan Harris (1 for 19) for the only wicket of the third session after the Australia captain earlier smashed an imperious 192 for his highest first class score, his third century of the series and seventh of his Test career.Vijay was 55 not out with Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on 25 at the end of play.The Indian batsmen made a watchful start to their chase, content to leave the ball rather than risk a wicket before stumps. However, Pujara got a lucky escape while on 12 when an edge carried to Brad Haddin, who fumbled the catch.Smith was earlier ably assisted by Brad Haddin (55) and fast bowler Harris (74), who brought up entertaining half-centuries to help the Australians add 271 runs to their overnight score.With India’s field ranged against the boundary, Smith was the last Australian out, bowled middle stump playing at an Umesh Yadav (3 for 130) ball to usher tea. Smith’s knock came off 305 balls with 15 boundaries and two sixes.Harris scored his third Test half-century in style with eight fours and a six before he was trapped lbw while attempting a big sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin (3 for 134).advertisementNathan Lyon added 11 and was bowled by Shami. Smith and Haddin turned an evenly poised match in Australia’s favour with an aggressive start to the morning, sharing a 110-run, sixth-wicket partnership until Haddin (55) offered a bottom edge to India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off Mohammed Shami (4 for 138).Smith added another 50 runs with Mitchell Johnson, who scored 28 before being stumped off Ravichandran Ashwin (3 for 134) shortly before lunch.After resuming the day on 72 with Australia at 259 for 5, Smith brought up his century with a four down the leg side off Shami, raising his bat and helmet in celebration before an appreciative Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd. The Australia captain’s 100 came off 191 balls with nine boundaries and a six.Haddin proved an able partner at the other end, seeing off a barrage of short balls from the Indian pacemen to reach his half-century off 75 balls with seven boundaries and a six.Smith’s previous highest first-class score was 177 scored for New South Wales against Tasmania. He has now scored 1,132 Test runs this year, eclipsing Warner’s 1,096. Australia can clinch the four-Test series and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a win or draw in Melbourne after a 48-run win in the first Test and a four-wicket victory last week in the second Test at Brisbane.
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),Thiruvananthapuram, has released vacancies for the Asst Professor (SRD for SC/ ST)posts. Vacancy Details:Assistant Professor (on Contract)Assistant Professor (Regular)Educational Qualification :Eligible and Interested Candidates should possess PhD withat least industrial/ research/ teaching experience.Age limit:Candidates age should be below 35 years for contract and40 years for regular posts. Age relaxation will be applicable as per thegovernment rules.Pay Scale:Candidates should visit their official website.Selection Process:Interested candidate will be selected on the basis onInterview.How to Apply :Eligible and Interested candidates can send theirapplication in prescribed format along with CV (with PDF versions of not morethan 10 important published papers), a brief write-up on proposed researchprogramme and perspectives on teaching, and names and addresses of at leastfour referees (with e-mail id, telephone and fax numbers) may be sent by emailto firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 31-03-2015Important Dates: Last Date for Submission of Application: March 31, 2015.
In the 2011 World Cup final, Dhoni came up the order and led India’s chase. (AP Photo)Setting India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an example worth emulating, former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming on Sunday said team captains should emulate what Dhoni did in the 2011 World Cup final by leading his pack with good skills and performances.”I know that good captains grasp the nettle. Just look at the way MS Dhoni pushed himself up the batting order in the 2011 final as a prime example of that idea,” Fleming wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.Dhoni rose to the occasion in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai by promoting himself up the batting order and scoring a match-winning knock while chasing a challenging total.The former left-handed batsman said that during his stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Dhoni had told him the decision was an instinctive one. The 41-year-old added that hesitancy in a team can create havoc.”Dhoni said it was an instinct that it was his time to lead from the front. Positivity and decisiveness like that can galvanise a team whereas hesitancy can flow through each player and create paralysis,” said Fleming.”And in World Cups, where the matches come thick and fast and momentum and winning confidence can be crucial, that is a key point to remember.”
Micromax hasbrought in a brand new phablet in their Doodle series, as reported by techgadetsz.The Canvas Doodle 4 seemsto be a worthy successor to last year’s Canvas Doodle 3. The 6-inch screensize is the same as last year’s model but the resolution has been increased to 720p.The phablet also sports an 8 MP primary camera with an LEDflash and a front facing 2 MP camera. 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAMtakes care of the performance with an option to expand the memory via microSDcard. The phone is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek’s MT6582M chipset. A3,000 mAh battery along with the latest Android Lollipop can keep the phonerunning smooth throughout the day. The hone supports dual sim functionality.The phone is available with a recommended price of Rs 9,999($156). The phone is also available on eBay at around Rs 9,200.
Micromax has just launched its Unite 3 at a price of Rs 6,999 in India. The device had already gone up for sale via an online retailer previously this month. The device will come with a bundled data offer of 500MB for two months from Vodafone. The device is the successor to the previously launched Unite and Unite 2 smartphones. The smartphone sports a 4.7-inch WVGA IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box based smartphone also has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card upto 32GB and a 2000mAh battery. Other features include an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, 2MP front camera with fixed focus. Connectivity options include 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB and Bluetooth. It will also come with pre loaded apps such as Facebook, Ask ME, Chaatz, Clean Master, Facebook Messenger, Newshunt, Paytm, Quikr, Snapdeal to name a few. The smartphones also has multiple language support and has support for 10 Indian languages.
National coach Stephen Constantine today announced a list of 28 probables for India’s forthcoming 2018 World Cup preliminary joint qualification match against Iran.Iran, as per the July 2015 FIFA rankings, stay the highest Asian team on 38.Also read: ISL: Mumbai City FC sign Tunisia’s Selim BenachourThe match is slated to be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on September 8, 2015 and would be telecast live on Sony Six.The 28 probables would be assembling for a preparatory camp in Pune on August 23.The match against Iran will be preceded by an international friendly against Nepal on August 31, which will be played at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.ProbablesGoalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arindam Bhattacharya, Sanjiban Ghosh.Defenders: Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal.Midfielders: Dhanapal Ganesh, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Francis Fernandes, CK Vineeth, Rowlin Borges, Romeo Fernandes.Forwards: Holicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.
Srinagar, Oct 18 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir government today said it has made a written test mandatory for candidates who apply for the post of teachers in the public schools.”We cannot afford to play with the lives of our children. This move will ensure that only quality human resource makes its way into the education department,” Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said during his visit to Degree College Sopore in Baramulla district.Akhtar said a big fraud was played on the people of Jammu and Kashmir through government-run schools where “square pegs are used to fill round holes”.Recalling the bombardment of Japans Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities by Allied Forces during World War II and how the country made education as its priority to rise as an economic superpower, Akhtar said the talented youth of Kashmir have proven their mettle in fields of Arts, Science and Sports.He also visited Mushroom Cultivation Centre at the college and directed the management to enhance capacity of the Sericulture Centre.During the visit, he also inaugurated Green House and Smart Classroom at the college. PTI MIJ NDC RCJ
Jammu and Kashmir Ex-service League today observedJammu and Kashmir Ex-service League today observed martyrdom day of Brig Rajinder Singh as large number of citizens including Army personnel and ex-servicemen from the region joined to pay homage to him.His daughters, Urvashi Pathania and Usha Parmar, were also present on the occasion.Brig Rajinder Singh hailed from a small village Bagoona (now re-named as Rajindera Pura) of district Samba, 30-km east of Jammu. After studying in his village school and at Jammu he graduated from the Prince of Wales College (now Gandhi Memorial Science College) in 1921.He was commissioned in the J&K State Force in June 1921. He became Brigadier in May 1942, commanded Jammu Brigade, Kashmir Brigade and took over as Chief of Staff J&K state Force from Maj Gen H L Scot on September 24, 1947.He died fighting Tribal raiders at Buniyar in Uri in bid to stop their advance into Kashmir valley from Pakistan. PTI AB KIS
New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) BJP today appointed Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal its Assam unit president and also the head of an election management committee it constituted for the poll-bound state, signalling that he could be its chief ministerial face.Making the announcement, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said Himanta Biswa Sarma, a state Congress heavyweight who recently joined BJP along with many Congress MLAs, will be the committees convener.The partys decision is a break from its Bihar Assembly poll strategy as it had not formed any state wide election committee and instead put many outside as well as local leaders in charge of various zones. A massive loss in Bihar triggered a backlash from within the party over its campaign.Sonowal currently holds the independent charge of Sports and Youths Affairs Ministry.Javadekar parried query on whether Sonowal will be the partys chief ministerial face, saying a decision will be taken by the Parliamentary Board at an appropriate time.”This is the beginning of our election preparation for Assam. In 2016, BJP will return to its winning ways,” he said.Party president Amit Shah will go to Dibrugarh on November 27 to attend a party meeting, Javadekar said.Assam is the only one of the five states going to the polls in 2016 which BJP has a realistic chance of winning. After winning Assembly elections in four states in 2014, it suffered massive defeats in Delhi and Bihar that has invigorated the opposition.Sonowal (53), who was All Assam Students Union president and AGP leader before joining BJP in 2011, headed the partys Assam unit before he was made a Minister in the Narendra Modi government.advertisementBJP won most Lok Sabha seats in Assam in 2014 elections and expects to repeat its feat in the Assembly polls likely to be held in April-May.The term of Siddhartha Bhattacharya, who was was appointed head of Assam BJP, ended in October.Javadekar said Bhattacharya has been appointed as the partys national spokesperson for north eastern states. He will also be one of the three vice-chairmen of the election management committee along with MPs Ramen Deka and Rajen Gohain. (MORE) PTI KR PRM
India will be under pressure to bounce back against Australia in the second one-day international at the Gabba tomorrow. MS Dhoni’s men, despite dominating in certain patches in Perth, ended up losing by five wickets to concede a 1-0 series lead to the hosts.After a horrid time in one-day internationals last year, India started 2016 on a positive note. They lost Shikhar Dhawan early but Rohit Sharma smashed a record-breaking 171 not out and stitched 207 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli (91). India’s 309/3 was a middling total, especially because they were well placed at 149/1 after 30 overs.However, all would have seemed well after debutant Barinder Sran reduced the Aussies to 21/2. The pacers had finally come to the party for Dhoni but he was let down by his two most trusted spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja leaked 129 runs in 18 overs.Dhoni had no clue what hit him as centurions Steve Smith and George Bailey clobbered 246 runs for the third wicket and took Australia home comfortably.There will be plenty at stake for India, who can ill afford to lose the Brisbane ODI. The pitch is expected to be a belter and that means plenty of runs from two star-studded batting line-us.India’s top-order has been in fine form – Dhawan missed out in the first ODI but he did get some runs in the first warm-up. Rohit, despite his travais in Test cricket, has been in sensational one-day form – he now has innings of 150 in two successive series against South Africa and Australia.advertisementKohli carried on from his good form in the Delhi Test and hit a polished 91. Ajinkya Rahane, not yet sure of his batting position, enjoys batting in Australia and will be the middle-order pivot tomorrow.These men will need to fire at the Gabba after India appeared a little confused about the kind of target they needed to set Australia. Dhoni promoted himself up the order but did not really set the stage on fire. Rohit and Kohli, perhaps, should have pressed on the accelerator a lot earlier.This is an inexperienced Australian attack and India will need to make the most of the absence of Mitchell Starc.Australia will also miss David Warner tomorrow and for the third ODI Tuesday. Shaun Marsh, who was dropped from the Test side despite a fine hundred against the West Indies, could be included to partner Aaron Finch even though Usman Khawaja has been named Warner’s replacement.Smith, Bailey amd Glenn Maxwell make a deadly middle-order and they will be itching to go and play some big shots at the Gabba.Rohit was very disappointed after losing the opening game and hoped the team would bounce back strongly in the subsequent matches. If India can actually bounce back, the series will be nicely set up between two of the best limited-overs sides in the world.
Bangladesh made a winning start to 2016, cruising past Zimbabwe by four wickets in the first of their four Twenty20 internationals on Friday. Zimbabwe rode a 101-run partnership between Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda, their highest opening stand in T20s, to pile up 163 for 7. Bangladesh eclipsed it with 166 for 6 and eight balls to spare.”We could have finished the game in 17 or 18 overs had we not lost the wickets at the start, and then Mushfiqur and Sabbir in quick succession, but Shakib played his part nicely,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza said.Bangladesh had 31 up in the fourth over when Soumya Sarkar, back in after missing the last series against the same opponent, was run out after a mix-up with Tamim Iqbal. Tamim shook it off and plundered the bowlers with 29 off 24 balls before he was out in seventh over. Sabbir Rahman then took the anchor role, and was supported by Mushfiqur Rahim, who made 26 off 19, sending the ball across the rope three times.Zimbabwe raised hopes of clawing back, dismissing Sabbir after he hit 46 off 34, with four boundaries and one maximum, at 118-4. But Shakib Al Hasan held his nerve to seal the victory with an unbeaten 20 off 13, with two fours.Legspinner Graeme Cremer returned 2 for 32. Zimbabwe put up a decent total thanks to Masakadza, who smashed 79, equaling his highest score in T20s. He clobbered two sixes and nine fours. Sibanda added 46.”I thought we missed out on 15, 20 runs in the end. We were looking at least 180,” Masakadza said. “At the end, you can look at little things like that but I thought if we were defending 180 it would have made a big difference.”advertisementShakib Al Hasan made the breakthrough for Bangladesh, removing Sibanda, who survived a catch in the preceding delivery. On the boundary, Soumya Sarkar did well to catch out Sibanda, but video replays showed his foot touched the boundary rope. Sibanda earned a six, but he sliced the next delivery to Tamim.Sibanda’s dismissal stemmed the run flow for Zimbabwe, which faltered near the end, losing five wickets for only 31 runs in the last five overs. Malcolm Waller (14) and Masakadza were run out in quick succession, and Bangladesh pacers Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain choked Zimbabwe with superb fast bowling. They took two wickets each.The second match is on Sunday.
SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Team India crash to an eight-wicket defeat against England in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20. Photo: @BCCIWomen India’s dreams of winning a maiden global title lay in tatters after a questionable omission and an inexplicable batting collapse saw them crash to an eight-wicket defeat against England in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20.Reigning ODI World World Champions England will now meet Australia in the summit clash after the Southern Stars beat defending champions West Indies by 72 runs.India decided to leave their senior most player Mithali Raj, a move that will certainly be questioned, after India lost their last eight wickets for 24 runs to end up scoring a below-par 112 in 19.3 overs. It was a walk in the park for England as seasoned campaigners Amy Jones (53 no, 47 balls) and Natalie Sciver (52 off 40 balls) added 92 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand to finish the match in only 17.1 overs.It was yet another story of Indian women not showing enough temperament during big match days, having lost the 50-over World Cup final to England at Lord’s last year and the Asia Cup T20 final to Bangladesh, earlier this year.As many as seven players failed to get double digit scores and the spin-attack was unable to adapt to a different surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium after playing all their matches at Providence in Guyana. The bold decision to drop Mithali, the highest run-getter in shortest format, may haunt the Indian team for the longest time to come as coach Ramesh Powar and captain Harmanpreet Kaur will have a lot of answering to do in coming days.On a track where the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat, it was the Englishwomen,. who came up trumps with left-arm spinners Kirstie Gordon (2/20 in 4 overs) and Sophie Ecclestone (2/22 in 3.2 overs) varied the pace of their deliveries, something their Indian counterparts completely failed. Skipper Heather Knight’s off-breaks also came in handy as she had the best figures of 3 for 9 in two overs as none of India’s middle and lower-order batters could force the pace.Once Smriti Mandhana (33, 24 balls), Jemimah Rodriguez (26 off 26 balls) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (16, 20 balls) were dismissed, there wasn’t any Plan B with Veda Krishnamurthy completely out of form and Deepti Sharma (7, 10 balls) incapable of hitting big shots.Poor game sense of not reading the pitch also played its part as most of the Indian batswomen charged at the deliveries rather than playing deep inside the crease. That was the ploy that Jones and Sciver deployed while facing the Indian spin quartet, who were below average on the day.At Guyana, it was a slow track where the ploy of taking pace off the deliveries worked for the likes of Poonam Yadav (0/29 in 4 overs), Deepti (1/24 in 4 overs) and Anuja Patil (0/27 in 3.1 overs). However the Antigua track was even slower where they needed change the pace and bowl a little faster. The deliveries being slow through the air gave both Englishwomen enough time to rock on the backfoot and hit shots all round the wicket as a much-hyped clash turned into a lopsided contest. cricket Highest run-getter in T20 format Mithali Raj was excluded from the playing XI Published on COMMENT November 23, 2018 Team India crash to an eight-wicket defeat against England in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20. Photo: @BCCIWomen × SHARE
Indian Cricket Team A top place finish was never in doubt for India, while New Zealand’s consistent performances over the past year saw them climb from third position. COMMENT sport India retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of USD one million for a third year running after a memorable season that saw them winning their maiden series in Australia.India finished at the top of the ICC Test team rankings on the cut-off date of April 1 while New Zealand have ensured second place, the world body said in a statement on Monday.“Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings,” India captain Virat Kohli said reiterating his love for Test cricket.“We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format,” he added.A top place finish was never in doubt for India, while New Zealand’s consistent performances over the past year saw them climb from third position, needing them to only avoid losing the home series against Bangladesh last month to finish at the same position.The Kane Williamson-led side, who also had the satisfaction of seeing their captain get the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for 2018, earned USD 500,000 after finishing with 108 points, eight behind India.South Africa, who had finished second the previous two times, will now get a prize money of USD 200,000 for finishing third with 105 points while Australia who edged out Engalnd on decimal points at 104 points bag USD 100,000.“Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead once the ICC World Test Championship commences later this year. That is again something we are really looking forward to as it adds more context to Test match cricket,” Kohli said. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said it was an “awesome” achievement for his side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings ”…as a team we should be very proud. It’s come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff.“It’s been especially pleasing to see the consistency we’ve shown in the longest form of the game over a decent period of time.” ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney congratulated the Indian team while reiterating the importance of Test cricket and looking forward to the start of the World Test Championship after the World Cup in May-July.“I congratulate India on retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace and appreciate the passion Virat Kohli’s team has shown across formats over the past few years. Test cricket has been enjoying a purple patch over the last couple of years with more positive results than ever and a genuine competitive balance between nations,” he said.Nine Test nations will compete across 27 series and 71 Test matches to reach the World Test Championship Final in 2021 where the champions will be crowned. Virat Kolhi with the ICC test mace – Twitter via @ICC International Cricket Council SHARE Published on Virat Kolhi with the ICC test mace – Twitter via @ICC × April 01, 2019 cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS