“There will be a special care because the SEA Games will be held in the country, but the dynamics have been put in place and we are on track based on our development program,” added Cayco.Currently, the national women’s pool includes Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Jasmine Nabor, Risa Sato, Mylene Paat, Aiza Pontillas, Maika Ortiz, Cha Cruz, Jia Morado, Denden Lazaro, Jem Galanza, Aby Maraño, Grethcel Soltones, Melissa Gohing, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Majoy Baron and Kim Kianna Dy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte New year, new hair, new Phoenix deal for Matthew Wright Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Although Cayco didn’t confirm it, the men’s team is expected to overhaul the coaching staff and the roster after the team placed fifth in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.“In the women’s team, we will have small fine-tuning, but we will have more work on men’s team,” Cayco told the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe women’s team is hoping to at least medal in the biennial meet for the first time since taking the bronze in the 2005 Philippine edition.Now ranked 117th in the world, the country ruled the women’s side of SEA Games volleyball from 1977 to 1993. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volleyball officials are set to make big changes in the men’s national team but very little in the women’s squad, according to a top honcho Friday.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco convened the LVPI board and team officials to map out the plan for this year’s international tournaments, including the Southeast Asian Games, which the country is hosting in December.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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 MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments
In February, a top EU health official criticized Greece’s deputy health minister for regularly smoking inside the ministry building.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I smoke cigars on a golf course but there’s nobody else around. But you’re in an arena and 10,000 are smoking and the players are choking. So, sooner or later, you’ve got to say: ‘Hey man, we’re at an athletic event and I’m going to discipline myself and we’ll wait until halftime. And I’m going to go out and blow my brains out with cigarettes.’ That’s your option. But not when there are athletes and there are little kids who want to come to the game. … But they don’t care about young people and the athletes who are breathing it in.”The 66-year-old Pitino took over at Panathinaikos last December after leaving Louisville, and has frequently praised fans for their passionate support of the Athens club. But he has also been frustrated by violence and bad behavior at games.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, logistics“I think all this stuff with shooting flares — somebody is going to get burned and somebody is going to get hurt — to me, I think it’s nonsense,” the former Kentucky and Boston Celtics coach said. “I think the fans should pay attention to the team’s players and try to get them to play better.”Greece and Bulgaria have the highest rates of smoking in the European Union, with the proportion of daily smokers at 27% in both countries, according to the EU statistics agency Eurostat. Greek laws banning smoking in enclosed public places are poorly enforced. In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 file photo, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens. Pitino criticized fans for smoking and lighting flares during games, describing them as “extremely self-centered and selfish.” (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)ATHENS, Greece — Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino has criticized fans of the Greek club for smoking and lighting flares during games, saying they are showing a lack of respect for the players.“It’s extremely self-centered and selfish of people,” Pitino said late Wednesday after Panathinaikos beat Peristeri 91-68 in the Greek league semifinals. He described the atmosphere at the game as “awful.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ NBA Finals: Raptors start fast, lead 25-21 after 1st quarter Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
World number two Jordan Spieth has played down fears that the Zika virus could affect his participation at the 2016 Rio Games, adding that he is looking forward to the “tremendous honour” of representing his country in Brazil.The 22-year old, who will defend his US Open title at Oakmont this week, had not categorically committed to the event over fears of the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects and developmental problems in babies.However, Spieth said he was satisfied by the information given by the PGA Tour.”Based on what’s come to my knowledge at this point, it seems like it’s going to be an extremely memorable experience,” Spieth told reporters in a press conference on Monday.”I look forward to trying to win a gold for the United States. (Rory McIlroy may skip Rio Games over Zika fears )”Do I think being an Olympian outweighs any significant health threat? No. If I thought that the threat was significant, I certainly would not go.”World number one Jason Day also expressed doubt about his participation over fears about the virus earlier this month.US health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.The World Health Organization has said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has now confirmed more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.advertisementThe Rio Olympics take place from August 5-21.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE COVERAGE of the Indian Premier League match between Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiant. (Scorecard | POINTS TABLE)Gujarat Innings:23.26 IST: Thank you! That’s all for today. 23.25 IST: Pune skipper, Steven Smith says that the wicket didn’t change much in the course of 40 overs. Feels that they lost wickets in clusters and couldn’t get the big hits in the end. Adds that the pitch played better in the second half than they thought it will and adds that they were 20 runs short. Mentions that Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum played really well and they failed to stop them. Reckons that it is not an easy task for a new franchise and Gujarat is in the same boat as them. Ends by saying that they will strive to keep improving.Not the best of starts to the league but still a long way to go. Keep cheering for the #Supergiants! ?????#RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/GsPLJrK7tZ- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201723.22 IST: Pune were definitely 10-15 runs short at the break but they did try. In fact, their largely new-look bowling unit did a decent job but were let down by their premier bowler Tahir who had a shocker of a day. He also put a catch down and things didn’t go his way at all. Perhaps if he had come to the party, things may have been different. The losing streak for Pune stretches to three now while there is some relief in the Gujarat camp. Their bowlers led by a sensational fifer from Tye did great in the back end of the innings to keep Pune to 172 after the visitors looked like getting 200 at one stage.advertisement#IPL Match 13 – @TheGujaratLions 172/3 (18 overs) beat @RPSupergiants 171/8 by 7 wickets. Relive the game – https://t.co/CPeldwCT3g #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/MdEM5CxzJj- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201723.21 IST: A comfortable run chase for Gujarat eventually. It was wonderfully set up by McCullum and Smith who came together to open for the first time this season and the result was absolute carnage. Their opening stand virtually killed the chase and although Pune picked up a few wickets to slow the proceedings, Gujarat weren’t to be denied. Skipper Raina smartly controlled the chase and along with Finch, finished off things duly with an over to spare.A 150/100 performance from the Lions tonight to mark @ImRaina’s 150th #IPL match!! The Lions get off the mark! ?????? #GLvRPS #GameMaariChhe pic.twitter.com/VsOCoIRdLJ- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201723.16: SIX!!! Finch finishes off in style. FINCH FINISHES IT OFF GRANDLY! Another full ball in the slot, he gets underneath it and launches it comfortably over the long on fielder for a maximum. The hosts have opened their account this season finally. GUJARAT WIN BY 7 WICKETS.23.16 IST: SIX!!!! Finch blasts it into the stans off a flick. THAT’S IN THE STANDS! Finch’s strong bottom hand coming into play and the result is a massive maximum. Fuller ball around middle, he picks it up cleanly and deposits it over square leg for a biggie. Gujarat just a big hit away now. 50 run partnership for Finch and Raina.23.11 IST: FOUR!!!! Tahir drops Finch in the deep. DROPPED! Tahir’s having a nightmarish outing. First the expensive spell and now puts down a simple chance at fine leg. Fullish ball around middle, Finch shuffles a bit and propels with a strong bottom hand towards fine leg where the chance is put down. What’s worse, it’s gone to the fence as well. Elementary mistakes continue to haunt Pune. It’s getting down to the wire, 216 runs off 17 balls. 23.07 IST: Shardul thakur into the attack again. Giving away just four runs. GL: 151/3 (17 overs)23.03 IST: FOUR!! 13 off the over, Raina weps fine. Fuller and on leg stump, easy for Raina who sweeps it away to the deep square leg fence for a boundary. That’s a good shot and Gujarat are in a hurry to finish the game now. GL: 146/3 (16 overs) 26 runs needed off 24 balls.Some young cubs cheering for the Lions at the den ???#GameMaariChhe #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/MQHttvXeav- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201723.02 IST: FOUR!!! Finch in on the action, as he punches Tahir off the back foot. Gujarat finding boundaries just at the right time in this chase. Overpitched from Tahir and Finch pummels the drive through extra cover. Long off had no chance of cutting that one off.23.00 IST: FOUR!!! Raina finishes the over from Stokes off in style. GL: 133/3 (15 overs)The skipper strokes Stokes to the fence.4 runs closer!!! #GLvRPS #SureshRainaadvertisement- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201722.58 IST: Four!!! Raina goes inside-out. GREAT PLACEMENT! Fuller and outside off, Raina opens the bat face a little to find the gap. Got it right between the fielders at deep cover and long off. Excellent batting this.22.57 IST: Gujarat need 48 off 33 balls 22.55 IST: SX!!! Raina sends it to the stands. KABOOM! Raina goes big and it’s a huge hit. Picks the leg break and steps out to clobber this high over long on for a maximum. Picked the bones out of that one with this blow. Just the kind of over Gujarat needed to put the chase back on track.Match 13. 13.6: R Chahar to S Raina, 6 runs, 123/3 https://t.co/yJXWp1T0x7 #GLvRPS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201722.54 IST: FOUR!!! hat’s cheeky from Finch! Plays the premeditated paddle and makes good connection. Gets it away fine down the leg side to the fence for a boundary. Much-needed one for Gujarat as the pressure was building a bit.22.52 IST: Gujarat Lions are 112/3 after 13 overs. Let’s RUNNNNNN!!!!! ???????????????#MahirTahir strikes!! Quick dismissal & DK must head back! 111/3 after 12.5 overs #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201722.50 IST: OUT!!!! Tahir is off on his run. Dinesh Karthik falls prey to Tahir’s guile. DRAGGED ON! Tahir is pumped up and is on his celebratory run. How often has his googly done the trick! Karthik doesn’t pick it and goes for the cut stroke. Ends up getting a thick inside edge on to the stumps. The in-form Karthik has to depart. Pune have a sniff now but they need to keep getting wickets. 61 needed from 43 needed. 22.47 IST: Karthik’s foot was in the crease firmly. Lovely ball from Chahar though, lures Karthik into the push and the ball goes past the outside edge. Sharp work from Dhoni and the umpires want to check it upstairs. Dinesh’s foot was firmly grounded though. Gujarat are 107/2 at the end of 12 overs.22.42 IST: OUT!!!! Chahar foxes McCullum after showing his talent on the field in the last over. McCullum misses out on a 50. CHAHAR STRIKES! He seems to be enjoying the spotlight at the moment. First that excellent stop in the last over and now has taken a big wicket here. Sees McCullum giving the charge and drops the leg break slightly shorter. The Kiwi goes through with the big shot and is beaten by the turn completely. Regulation stumping for Dhoni who makes no mistake. Can Pune build on this breakthrough? Gujarat need 70 from 53.Two magical moments for young Rahul Chahar. The wicket of McCullum is memorable but the fielding effort was even more special- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 14, 2017We guess not, he has dismissed McCulum right before his half century! ??? That is impressive from the 17 year old! #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS https://t.co/pdsT2wYK02- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201722.39 IST: Rahul Chahar you beauty. saved a certain six. Technically a dropped catch but he saved a maximum there. An incredible scoop shot from McCullum to start with and it went high over the keeper. Chahar from third man raced to his left and took the catch initially but the momentum was taking him over the ropes. He jumps midair and just parries the ball back into play. They check upstairs and it’s indeed a clean stop from the young leggie. Two more to the totaadvertisement100 up for the Lions. GL:102/1 (11 overs)22.36 IST: Tight from Ferguson, just two runs off the 10th over GL: 96/122.35 IST: Dwayne Smith was Shardul Tahkur’s first IPL wicket. Shardul Thakur takes his first #IPL wicket & it’s the big man Dwayne Smith that must depart! #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201722.29 IST: OUT!!! Smith finds Rahul Chahar. Shardul Thakur keeping a tab on things. Back of a length ball and slower in pace outside off, Smith waits for it and upper cuts it towards Rahul Chahar at third man. He stays calm and pouches it safely. End of a swashbuckling knock from Dwayne Smith. GL 91/1 And he picks up a wicket too!!!GL: 94/1.#GLvRPS https://t.co/EPh44h4jZQ- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201722.25 IST: FOUR!!! Smith in on the act. This is Tahir they are destroying. 20 off the over GL: 91/0 (8 overs)Follows it up with a six!!!#GLvRPS #GameMaariChhe https://t.co/WAoKKbiX2e- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201722.23 IST: FOUR!!! SIX!!!! FOUR!!! McCullum is in a hurry. Loopy delivery outside off, McCullum gets his dancing shoes on and slams it over long off for a maximum. This is an exhibition from the swashbuckling Kiwi! GL: 85/0 (7.4 overs) 22.21 IST: FOUR!!! SIX!!! Smith keeps dealing in boundaries. GL: 71/0 (7 overs) BCCI Photo 22.16 IST: SIX!!!! McCullum goes big over long-off GL:61/0 (6 overs)22.14 IST: FOUR!!! FOUR!! Tahir is welcomed handsomely by McCullum. The second one is even better! McCullum steps out and takes it on the full. Slams it through extra cover and sends the ball racing to the fence. Yes Yes Yes!!!@Bazmccullum shows his class, and schools Imran Tahir all the way to the fence!!#GLvRPS- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201722.13 IST: Just two off the fifth over. GL: 46/0 (5 overs) 22.07 IST: FOUR!!! FOUR!! Smith sends Fergusen to the ropes twice. Length delivery well outside off, Smith throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge through backward point to find the fence. It doesn’t matter how they come as long as they keep coming. Smith use his wrists and clips it nicely through wide mid on for a boundary. GL: 44/0 (4 overs)This.GL: 44/0 in 4 overs.#GLvRPS #GameMaariChhe https://t.co/izEqE17EqD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201722.00 IST: Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum have begun the run chase with a bang. On a shorter length in line of the stumps, McCullum clobbers it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He is looking dangerous.GL 27/0 in 3 ovs21.58 IST: Dwayne Smith begins the run chase with a boundary off Ankit SharmaDid someone forget to tell our openers its a 20 over game?Off to a flyer!!!28 in just the first 2 overs!!!#GLvRPS #GameMaariChhe- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201721.38 IST: What a brilliant death over by Andrew Tye and the hosts will be extremely pleased with their effort. This is the second hat-trick of today and boy, how sensational Andrew Tye has been on his debut for Gujarat. best figures on debut beating Shoaib Aktar’s 4/11. RPS: 171/8 (20 overs)Unbelievable scenes at the den. @aj191, you beauty! ??????Hattrick day at the #IPL today. #GameMaariChhe #GLvRPS- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201721. 35 IST: OUT!!!! It’s a hat-trick for the Australian. Shardul Thakir has no clue. What a way to start your Indian T20 League career! A slower ball around middle, it’s very full and Thakur misses the heave completely as the ball sneaks through to disturb the timber. It’s a 5-fer for Tye on debut along with the hat-trick. What a start for the Australian! Second tournament hat-trick of the day after Badree’s heroics earlier in the day.21.32 IST: OUT!!!! Tye on a hat-trick on debut as Manoj picks out Ishan Kishan iin the deep. 2 IN 2 FOR TYE! Slower ball around middle, Tiwary heaves it away on deep square leg. Doesn’t get the desired distance and Kishan settles nicely near the ropes. Both set batsmen gone in successive balls and this could hurt Pune in this final over. Tye is on a roll.21.30 IST: OUT!!! McCullum catches a skier from Ankit, as he tried to send a ball from Tye into orbit. EXCELLENT FROM MCCULLUM! Slower ball around middle, Ankit goes for the lofted stroke but miscues it towards the deep. For a moment, it seemed like Brendon may not reach there from long on but he judges it well and moves to his right to take a sharp catch. Ends a neat cameo from Ankit.RPS 167/6 (19.1 overs)21.28 IST: Manoj needs a new bat it seems. The bat breaks from the handle as he tries to dig out a yorker.Very full ball around off, Tiwary tries to dig it out. The bat breaks in the process and he is left only with the handle. They for the second run and he has to dive with the small piece in his hand. Looked comical but he got away with it in the end. RPS: 167/5 (19 overs) The bat cracked under pressure!??? #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS #motoRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201721.25 IST: SIX!!!! Ankit tears into the slower ball from Praveen. THAT’S HUGE! Slower ball on a length, Ankit picked it very early and absolutely smashed it over wide long on for a mammoth maximum. Clean strike from the southpaw. He is also chipping in with a vital knock here for Pune. Partnership 44 YESSSSS!! The short one to Sharma & a big SIX to mid wicket! ????? #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201721.24 IST: Two overs to go, RPS are 155/5. Praveen Kumar with the ball again21.20 IST: Andrew Tye is back with the ball. Chance goes a begging as he could have effected a run out. only three runs off this over yet, with last ball to go.21.18 IST: SIX!!! Maximum from Manoj. KABOOM! Tiwary is playing a gem here for Pune. Flatter outside off, he gets underneath this and launches it down the ground for a maximum. Got the placement right as he hit this well wide of the long off fielder. The fielder wouldn’t have mattered anyway as it was a big hit. RPS: 149/5 (17 overs)TIWARY WITH THE MAXIMUM! Straight down! #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/m7mfo38VFn- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201721.16 IST: FOUR!!! Straight and simple from Ankit.Death overs have begun and Sharma took the 2nd ball of the over to the ropes! FOUR!??? #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201721.12 IST: Comedy of Errors. Back of a length around middle, Ankit is cramped for room and he taps it to the silly mid off region. They steal a quick single. Had Thampi’s throw hit at the bowler’s end, the southpaw was a goner. However, it doesn’t and the batsmen take the second run off the overthrow. RPS: 135/5 (16 overs)A mis-field & that calls for an extra run.??? #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201721.11 IST: FOUR!! Width on offer from Thampi as Manoj creams it through the covers. Shortish outside off, Tiwary cashes in on the width and punches it sweetly through backward point. Timing was the key there and it whistled away to the fence.21.09 IST: FOUR!! Ankit Sharma opens the face off the bat DEFT TOUCH! Flatter outside off, Ankit gets back and plays it very late. Gets it past the short third man fielder and that races away to the fence for a boundary. RPS: 126/5 (15 overs) Beautiful! Ankit Sharma comes through with the FOUR! ??#RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201721.07 IST: OUT!!! Jadeja strikes as Dhoni has to walk. Dhoni’s poor season continues. This was pushed through quicker around middle, Dhoni goes for the big hoick across the line but misses to be rapped on the pads. That looked quite plumb and the lbw appeal is upheld by the umpire. Tremendous comeback by Gujarat after the battering in the Powerplay.#Jaddu is BACK! ??? What a wicket! What a delivery! MS Dhoni is out and #RPS are now 5 down for 120. #GameMaariChhe #GLvRPS- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201721.03 IST: FOUR!! Jakati is sent for another four by Tiwari. Slightly short outside off, Tiwary rocks back and slaps it on the leg side. Splits the gap between long on and deep mid-wicket perfectly. Good shot to start for Pune after the break. 10 off the over RPS: 120/4 (14 overs) 21.00 IST: Dhoni is out in the middle.#msdhoni has walked in! DHONI DHONI DHONI! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201720.57 IST: OUT!!! Stokes has to depart, Tye cleans his stump. CHOPPED ON! What a dream debut this is for Tye! Slower ball around off stump, Stokes is early into the shot and gets a thick inside edge that cannons on to the sticks. Huge wicket for Gujarat as the Englishman was looking ominous. RPS: 106/4 (12.1 overs)20.53 IST: FOUR!! Half-tracker on leg stump at 121 kph, easy for Stokes as he pulls it over short fine leg to get a boundary. Freebies for the visitors.20.51 IST: FOUR!! Lucky edge for Stokes as ball races away for a four as hundred comes up for Pune. RPS: 101/3 (11 overs)?? comes up with that FOUR! 101/3 after 11 overs. #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201720.49 IST: Captain takes matters into his own hand. Raina to bowls the 11th over.20.45 IST: Smith picks up Smith for 43. Dwayne Smith provides the much-needed breakthrough! Short delivery well outside off, Smith walks across and looks to pull it across the line. Ends up getting a top edge and the ball flies towards Aaron Finch at long on. He stands his ground and takes an easy catch with his fingers pointing upwards. GL:92/3 (10 overs)20.40 IST: SIX!!! Jadeja is sent ball sent into orbit by Stokes That’s hit right of the screws! Tossed up around off, Stokes clobbers it with the spin and deposits it deep into the stands over deep mid-wicket. That was such an effortless shot. RPS 87/2 (9 overs)20.38 IST: Smith is okay. Seems to be fine now and ready to resume after some help from the physio. RPS: 77/2 (8 overs) 20.36 IST: OUCH!!! That has got to hurt. Smith down and out. Smith seems to be in a bit of discomfort and is on the ground, trying to stretch himself to ease the pain. It was certainly a sharp blow. Shortish delivery around off, Smith shuffles across and looks to pull it across the line but misses to get hit on the ribs. He looks to be in a lot of discomfort and is down.Right in the ribcage. We hope #Smithy is okay! #RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201720.32 IST: FOUR!! Sliding down leg side, Smith tuck it around as nine comes off the over.That was risky! Tossed up on middle, Smith manages to clip it fine and beats short fine leg to find the fence. RPS: 73/2 (7 overs)20.31 IST: Jadeja is back for the Lions as Stokes comes out to bat. Raina felicitated.Captain #SureshRaina getting felicitated on the occasion of his 150th IPL appearance! ??? #GameMaariChhe #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/BBFoNsz35p- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201720.27 IST: OUT!! Rahul has to walk after Tye’s finds his mark, as Finch takes an easy catch. Tripathi scores 33 off 15 balls. Tye gets his first wicket in the Indian T20 League! Bowls the knuckle ball on middle and leg, Tripathi makes room and drives it uppishly towards Aaron Finch at mid off. He stays calm and grabs it comfortably. End of a gem of a cameo from Rahul Tripathi. The 64-run stand from 32 balls comes to an end. GL: 64/2 (6 overs) 20.25 IST: Andrwe Tye comes on to bowl the six over.two balls to go giving away just four runs20.22 IST: 50 Partnership up for Smith and Rahul as 25 runs come of Praveen over. ow full toss down the leg side, Smith helps it on its way through square leg and the ball races to the fence. A great over for Pune, 25 from it. RPS: 60/1 (5 overs) 20.20 IST: SIX!! SIX!! Back to back sixes for Rahul Tripathi off Praveen Kumar. Tripathi is on song! Fuller length ball at 108 clicks outside off, Tripathi backs away and lofts it over mid off. Has got the timing and elevation behind it to clear the fence with ease.20.17 IST:FOUR!!! SIX!!! Smith packs Jakati’s half tracker for a boundary and follows it up with step-out for a six GL: 35/1 (4 overs)20.14 IST: End of the third over, Gujarat are 23/120.11 IST: FOUR!! Rahul carves the ball through the covers off a wide ball from Praveen Kumar20.10 IST: FOUR!! Flick of the wrist from Smith as the ball races to the boundary ropes. Good length delivery outside off, Smith shuffles across and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary. RPS: 15/1 (2 overs)20.07 IST: FOUR!! Rahul greets Basil Thampi. Thampi missed his yorker . Easy pcikings! Low full toss on off, Tripathi says thank you and drives it past the diving mid on fielder and through to the fence. Couldn’t have asked for a better first delivery and he starts his Indian T20 league campaign in style!20.05 IST: FOUR!! Smith drives Praveen straight for a boundary. RPS: 6/1 (1 over)20.03 IST: Steve Smith made to come out early after a reaction catch from captain Raina sends Ajinkya back to the pavilion. 20.02 IST: OUT!! Rahane edges straight to Raina. Good length delivery outside off, shaping in this time. Rahane looks to cut it square of the wicket on the off side but the room is not quite there. He ends up getting a thick outside edge and the ball flies towards Suresh Raina at first slip. He initially moves to his right and gets wrong footed but adjusts really well. Dives to his left and grabs a one-handed stunner. Just the start the hosts wanted. VIDEO: This one is a @ImRaina special. Reaction epitome as Raina grabs one at slips out of nowhere https://t.co/Q2zvFXFWAm @TheGujaratLions- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201720.01 IST: Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane walk out for Pune, Praveen Kumar with the new ball19.56 IST: Lockie Ferguson will also make his IPL debut comes in for Adam Zampa. #Supergiants , get behind your squad and show your support tonight!?????#RangWahiJungNayi #GLvRPS #IPL pic.twitter.com/LsNPtDpMDn- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201719.50 IST: Ishan Kishan, 18-year-old from Patna will be seen in action for the first time this season. Shardul Thakur also finally make his IPL debut.19.48 IST: Gujarat have made four changes, while Pune have brought in Ankit Sharma and Rahul Chahar19.46 IST: Playing XI’s #IPL Match 13 – Here are the Playing XIs for @TheGujaratLions vs. @RPSupergiants #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/Qw5YoDlUDY- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201719.35 IST: Gujarat Lions win toss, Suresh Raina chooses to bowl first. Steven Smith says that he would have bowled first as well. Says that he has recovered from his illness and is happy to be back. Hopes that Pune can learn quickly from their mistakes. States that he wants his team to keep improving throughout the tournament. There are three changes for Pune. RAHUL CHAHAR, ANKIT SHARMA and LOCKIE FERGUSON come in. Captain #SureshRaina has won the toss in his 150th #IPL appearance and the Lions will bowl first. #GameMaariChhe #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/06gIyal0E0- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201719.31 IST: Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets thanks to a Kieron Pollard show at the Chinnaswamy#IPL Match 12 – @mipaltan 145/6 (18.5 ovs) beat @RCBTweets 142/5 by 4 wickets. Relive the game here – https://t.co/ImZXo54j20 #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/72jL7B4vrw- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201719:16 IST: Big day for captain Suresh RainaWish skipper @ImRaina on the historic achievement of 150 #IPL games. Best wishes get featured as RT’s. #sureshraina #GameMaariChhe pic.twitter.com/De7ayFhMkA- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201719:11 IST: RPS on their way to change their fortunes.#Supergiants making their way to the stadium!???Action not far away! #RangWahiJungNayi #IPL #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/aGvkYOrZWV- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201719:09 IST: Steve Smith is ready to come back after missing out the previous game.This time @stevesmith49 is in the player battles! Click on the link and vote for #Smithy https://t.co/OyyEx4Oyuz#RangWahiJungNayi #IPL pic.twitter.com/nqHnMQVAhU- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 201719:05 IST: Gujarat Lions spinners are prepared.Our spinners getting into the act. The Lions are ready to face the Supergiants at home. #RoarOnceMore #GameMaariChhe #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/10ZIRAkqar- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201719:04 IST: Look who’s back.Back in #GL colours, SIR is ready to ROAR! #GameMaariChhe pic.twitter.com/hKMBolwFGY- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 13, 2017Struggling Gujarat Lions are set to receive a much-needed boost with the imminent return of ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during their clash against Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League in Rajkot on Friday.Meanwhile in Bangalore, Virat Kohli made a scintillating comeback from his shoulder injury as he hammered 62 off 47 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) post 142/5 from their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians (MI). He also overtook Suresh Raina as the leading run-scorer in the IPL with 4172 runs but Raina has the chance to overtake him as he is just one run behind the Bangalore captain.But, it was someone else who grabbed all the headlines down south as Samuel Badree took a hat-trick and ended with figures of 4/9 from his four overs to reduce Mumbai Indians to 7/4 at one stage.Coming back to Saurashtra, Gujarat Lions, who finished an impressive third in their maiden IPL appearance last year, have not had the best of starts in the ongoing edition of the tournament. The Suresh Raina-led side suffered consecutive defeats against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and title holders Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening two matches. And come Friday, Gujarat Lions would be desperate to turn their fortunes around in front of home fans at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Gujarat Lions got a much-needed boost in the form of Jadeja, who is likely to play his first IPL match on Friday. (Also read: IPL 2017: Steve Smith not bothered about MS Dhoni’s form)Jadeja missed Gujarat Lions’ first two games after he was advised rest for two weeks by the BCCI medical team soon after the India’s four-match Test series against Australia.Jadeja has had a terrific home season with both ball and bat for India and his return will definitely boost Gujarat Lions’ morale.Another key member, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who is recovering from injury, however, is doubtful even though he took part in the team’s practice session on Wednesday. Gujarat Lions’ strong point is the team’s batting department. With the likes of Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Jason Roy, Raina and Dinesh Karthik in its ranks, Gujarat Lions heavily depend on their batting unit. (Also read: MS Dhoni will be desperate to show he is still a modern giant)But the likes of McCullum and Finch have failed to live up to their reputations so far, garnering just 40 and 18 runs respectively in the first two games.Opener Jason Roy started the innings well on both occasion against KKR and SRH but failed to convert the good starts into big knocks. Only skipper Raina, who struck an unbeaten 68 against KKR at home, and Karthik have shouldered the responsibility in the middle-order.West Indian Dwayne Smith can be destructive with the bat on his day. But Gujarat Lions’ main problem lies in their bowling line-up, which lacks teeth and experience. In the first two games, Gujarat Lions’ bowlers have managed to pick up only one wicket, with veteran Praveen Kumar scalping Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawal Kulkarni, who was the side’s most successful bowler last year, Praveen, Basil Thampi, leg-spinner Tejas Baroka and left-arm chinaman Shivil Kaushik all looked ordinary in the first two games.’NOT BOTHERED ABOUT DHONI’S FORM’Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith today backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is struggling with the bat in the last three games, and said that he was not bothered about the form of the former India captain.”I am not bothered about his (Dhoni’s) form. He is a class player, and we have just played three games, so he will be fine (with the bat) in the tournament,” Smith told reporters ahead of his side’s IPL match against Gujarat Lions tomorrow.MS Dhoni is not finished yet. Yes, he has totalled only 28 runs in three innings for Rising Pune Supergiant but he would be desperate to show he is still a modern day giant in the limited-overs formats.There is no doubt Dhoni is under pressure. He is bound to be, having scored only one half-century for RPS in 17 matches. To make matters worse, he is no longer captain of an IPL team for the first time in a decade and from the outside, it seems like he is not enjoying his stint in a set-up where he does not have decision-making responsibilities.There is no point speculating what his role in the team is. Common sense would tell you that the team management gets him to do exactly what Virat Kohli has been able to make him do after Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain: bat higher up the order and explode.However, Dhoni’s contrasting recent fortunes with India and RPS show that even legends need reassurance, even they need someone to tell them they are still wanted. If Smith can go and mutter a few words to pep him up, MSD could explode like only he can for the rest of the tournament.Teams:Gujarat Lions:Suresh Raina (captain), Akashdeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Dwayne Bravo, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dhaval Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Shivil Kaushik, Brendon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka, Andre Tye.Rising Pune Supergiant:Steve Smith (captain), Faf du Plessis, Adam Zampa, Usman Khawja, M S Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Ankus Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskarn Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Mayank Agarwal, Dnaiel Christian, Luckie Farguson, Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary.
Mohammad Nabi’s brilliant all-round display earned Afghanistan a five-wicket win over Ireland to open their three-match Twenty20 series on Thursday. Nabi took 2 for 16 with his offspin bowling and restricted Ireland to 132 for 6. Then he scored an unbeaten 49 off 40 balls to carry Afghanistan to 136 for 5 in 19.2 overs.Afghanistan’s chase began badly, the top order crumbling to 50 for 5 inside the first eight overs against seamers. Nabi and Najibullah Zadran, 40 not out, came to the rescue with an unbeaten 86-run stand.Ireland last defeated Afghanistan in 2013 in the final of a T20 World Cup qualifier, and has lost eight straight T20s since.Earlier, Ireland’s top order also needed bailing out as George Dockrell, 34 not out, and Stuart Poynter, 31 not out, shared a 67-run partnership.Top-ranked T20 bowler Rashid Khan, 2-21, and Mujeeb Ur Rehman, 1 for 20, combined well with Nabi as Ireland slipped to 65 for 6 in the 12th over after captain Paul Stirling won the toss and opted to bat.Legspinner Rashid struck twice in his first over, and Nabi had Stirling caught in the deep while taking 2 for 16 from four overs.Dockrell and Poynter prevented Ireland from rolling over.Poynter, who hit a dramatic last-ball six in Ireland’s win against the Netherlands in the quadrangular tournament at Oman last week, gave Ireland total respectability when he lofted left-arm fast bowler Fareed Ahmad for a six off the last ball of the innings.In reply, the Afghan top order threw away its wickets while going for extravagant big hits.Boyd Rankin (2-39) took the wickets of Hazratullah Zazai (11) and Karim Janat (0) in one over, while captain Asghar Afghan gave a simple catch at point while attempting an ambitious drive against the swing of Peter Chase.advertisementIt took the experienced Nabi and Zadran, who have 114 T20s between them, to bat solidly with Nabi hitting the winning boundary off Chase.The second and third matches will be at the same venue over the weekend.
India will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday.After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game.Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday.Against Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies.With nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.advertisementWhere will the World Cup 2019 match between India vs West Indies be played?The World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies will be played at The Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester from 3 PM IST on Thursday, June 27.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies?India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran.Also Read | India vs West Indies head-to-head World Cup record: India look to keep 27-year-long streak intactAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37
West Ham United West Ham sack head of recruitment following alleged criticism of African players Goal 02:51 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images West Ham United Premier League The Hammers released a club statement on Friday evening announcing the departure of Tony Henry following an investigation West Ham have sacked head of recruitment Tony Henry following allegations he sent messages to an agent saying the club did not want to sign African players.The Hammers released a club statement on Friday evening announcing the departure of Henry following a “full and thorough” investigation.British newspaper The Daily Mail claimed to have seen emails from Henry speaking disparagingly about players from Africa, recalling difficulties the club had with Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was reported that Henry had said African players “cause mayhem” when not selected in the team.Sakho was sold to Rennes in January, ending a tough time at London Stadium affected by injury.It was announced on Thursday that Henry had been suspended but West Ham have now terminated his contract following an investigation.The club statement reads: “West Ham United have today terminated the contract of Director of Player Recruitment, Tony Henry, with immediate effect following his unacceptable comments that were widely reported in the press. “Our action follows a full and thorough investigation. “West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination. “The West Ham United family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included.”The Football Association (FA) confirmed it is investigating the reports surrounding Henry on Thursday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored two brilliant headers as Fulham came from behind to earn a priceless 4-2 Premier League win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion, following key tactical changes from Claudio Ranieri.Glenn Murray’s double gave Brighton a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes as crosses from the Seagulls’ right led to chances the striker gobbled up to reach 10 Premier League goals this season.But, after Ranieri switched to a back four then brought on Luciano Vietto at half-time, Calum Chambers and Mitrovic struck to draw the scores level. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mitrovic put Fulham ahead after beating Lewis Dunk in the air and Vietto struck late to wrap up an amazing win, moving the Cottagers to within two points of third-bottom Cardiff City.pic.twitter.com/NjoewhuQr7— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 29, 2019Fulham have conceded by far the most goals in the Premier League this season and it took Brighton fewer than three minutes to open the scoring with a remarkably simple strike.Right-back Martin Montoya was allowed to run unchallenged before delivering a fine cross Murray steered home after getting between defenders Denis Odoi and Maxime Le Marchand.Murray was on target again in the 16th minute. Odoi’s poor clearance allowed Davy Propper to hook the ball back into the danger zone for the veteran striker to pounce from close range.Either side of Propper rattling the crossbar Murray missed two chances to seal his hat-trick and surely kill the game.But Chambers’ stunning 20-yard volley gave Fulham a lifeline within two minutes of the restart and Mitrovic then hauled them level by showing the most desire to reach a deflected cross.Ping pic.twitter.com/FMukpKRnxH— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 29, 2019Jean Michael Seri hit the post but Sergio Rico had to make a brilliant save in the 72nd minute to deny Murray the match ball.And when Joe Bryan floated a superb cross into the box from the left wing, Mitrovic dominated aerially for a second time to beat Mat Ryan with an excellent downward header.Brighton were suddenly on the ropes and Vietto’s first Premier League goal sealed matters, with Tom Cairney striking the bar as a once-improbable win threatened to grow in size.What does it mean? Fulham finally have hopeDefensively Fulham were a shambles in the first half, but in Mitrovic they have a striker capable of firing the goals they need to stay in the Premier League. Brighton, meanwhile, are suddenly drifting under Chris Hughton with the Seagulls only winning one of their past nine in the league.Tinkerman Ranieri’s masterplan pays offAfter 26 minutes of defensive disarray, Ranieri had seen enough and replaced Tim Ream with Cairney, switching to a back four. That change settled Fulham and, when half-time sub Vietto added thrust, they completed one of the season’s most memorable comebacks.Stephens and Seri avoid red cardsReferee Lee Probert was in lenient mood and a harsher official perhaps would have shown two red cards in the first half. Dale Stephens clattered into Andre Schurrle shin but was only booked, with the same punishment given to Seri after his two-footed challenge on Montoya.Key Opta facts- Fulham v Brighton is just the second match-up in Premier League history to see both sides come from two goals behind to avoid defeat in their two meetings within a season, after Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers in 2003-04.- Fulham came from behind in a Premier League game after being two goals down at half-time for the first time since April 26, 2008, when they won 3-2 at Manchester City.- Murray’s opening goal ended an eight-game run without a goal for Brighton – his worst scoreless run in the Premier League for the club.- In doing so, Murray opened the scoring in a Premier League match for the sixth time this season – only Mohamed Salah (nine games) has done more often, while Harry Kane has also achieved the feat six times.6 – Only Mohamed Salah (9) has scored the opening goal in more @premierleague games this season than Brighton’s Glenn Murray (6). Rapid. pic.twitter.com/KBBS4JFgRm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2019ChelseaWhat’s next?Fulham will try to maintain momentum at Crystal Palace on Saturday, when Brighton host Watford. read more – Murray’s double saw him become the oldest player to score a brace in a Premier League game (35 years, 126 days) since Frank Lampard for against West Ham on November 23, 2013 (35 years, 156 days).- Mitrovic has now netted 20 Premier League goals – scoring five of those under Steve McClaren, five under Rafael Benitez, five under Slavisa Jokanovic and five under Ranieri.
Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 23:52 IST Roger Federer is now into a record-extending 54th Grand Slam quarterfinal overall, compared to 38 for Rafael Nadal. (Image: AP)HIGHLIGHTSFederer beat Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the last 16 round on SundayFederer will meet either Tsitsipas or Wawrinka in the quarter-finalsNadal clinched a straight-set win in his 4th-round matchRoger Federer’s return to French Open clay is going so smoothly he still has not dropped a set in reaching the quarterfinals.The 20-time Grand Slam winner eased through with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win Sunday against unseeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer and is one match away from a potential semifinal and a 39th career match against defending champion and longtime rival Rafael Nadal.Nadal won by the same score as Federer on Sunday, but he was at least given a little bit more of a test by another unseeded Argentine, Juan Ignacio Londero.While Federer did not face a single break point in beating Mayer for the fourth time in four meetings, Nadal dropped his serve once late in the third set and saved four other break-point chances in his first-ever match against the quick-hitting Londero.Serving at 40-30 in the eighth game of the third set, Nadal was given a time violation warning, which he felt was the correct call made in the wrong circumstances because of persistent talking from the crowd as he prepared to serve in that game, and during his previous service game.”Ok, I agree with you but (they are) still talking,” Nadal told the chair umpire, referring to the crowd.Nadal held with an ace for 5-3 and then broke Londero for the sixth time to clinch victory.Federer won his only French Open in 2009, the year Nadal lost to big-serving Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round.The 37-year-old Federer is now into a record-extending 54th Grand Slam quarterfinal overall, compared to 38 for Nadal, which is fourth all-time. Federer also became the third oldest man to reach the last eight at Roland Garros.advertisement”Of course the hope was to go deep and I’m in the quarters now, so I’m very, very happy at this point,” Federer said. “I served super well and Leonardo had trouble returning. I was able to put pressure on him and I’m very happy with my performance.”After dropping his serve to lose the second set, Mayer angrily swiped the ball away and was given a code violation warning for ball abuse.Federer was looking so clinical and assured that the crowd at a sun-baked Philippe Chatrier groaned in disbelief when he missed an easy-looking forehand volley at the net, early in the third set.It was the second time Federer has beaten Mayer at a Grand Slam the other also coming in straight sets, in the first round of the U.S. Open in 2015. That was also the last year Federer had played at Roland Garros, before skipping clay entirely until returning to the surface this year.Four years ago, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.He next faces either Wawrinka or rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Federer in the fourth round at this year’s Australian Open.They were playing their fourth-round match Sunday on neighbouring Court Suzanne Lenglen.Earlier Sunday, Petra Martic followed up her win over second-seeded Karolina Pliskova by rallying past Kaia Kanepi 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 on centre court to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.The 31st-seeded Croat next faces Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova, who reached her first quarterfinal at a major without dropping a set. The 19-year-old Vondrousova beat 12th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-0 in just 59 minutes.Also advancing to the last eight was 26th-seeded Briton Johanna Konta, who beat 23rd-seeded Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-4. Konta’s quarterfinal opponent will be either 2016 champion Garbiñe Muguruza or 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.ALSO READ | When Sachin Tendulkar’s friend almost lost his World Cup man-of-the-match awardALSO READ | Virat Kohli is blessed with a confidence like no one else: Viv RichardsALSO WATCH | Salaam Cricket 2019: Gavaskar clarifies 1983 US tour plan, Warne picks his favourites, and moreFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Cricket World Cup 2019 French Open 2019: Federer, Nadal storm into quarter-finalsRoger Federer eased through with a straight-set win over Leonardo Mayer. He is one match away from a potential semifinal — and a 39th career match — against defending champion and longtime rival Rafael Nadal.advertisement
The young persons, who are from needy communities in the parishes of St. Andrew, Kingston and Clarendon, were each given certificates and starter kits on Tuesday (July 10), during a graduation ceremony at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College in Kingston. They were trained as part of the Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme, which is a sub-project under JSIF’s $69-million Integrated Community Development Project, which delivers skills training for 400 youth between 17 and 29 years of age. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), in partnership with the Institute for Workforce Education and Development (IWED), has trained 62 unemployed persons in landscaping and facility maintenance at a cost of $9 million. Story Highlights The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), in partnership with the Institute for Workforce Education and Development (IWED), has trained 62 unemployed persons in landscaping and facility maintenance at a cost of $9 million.The young persons, who are from needy communities in the parishes of St. Andrew, Kingston and Clarendon, were each given certificates and starter kits on Tuesday (July 10), during a graduation ceremony at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College in Kingston.They were trained as part of the Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme, which is a sub-project under JSIF’s $69-million Integrated Community Development Project, which delivers skills training for 400 youth between 17 and 29 years of age.In her address, Social Development Manager, JSIF, Ms. Mona Sue-Ho, said the organisation is pleased to offer assistance through training and certification to aspiring landscapers and facility maintenance personnel.“Last month, we were pleased to celebrate with the graduates from the St. James area, and, today, we are here to celebrate another successful partnership between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund and the Institute for Workforce Education and Development,” she said.“At JSIF, we strongly support meaningful partnerships, and we are, therefore, appreciative of the kind efforts of Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited – the parent company of IWED – which will be handing over 62 tool kits to the graduates valued at approximately US$6,500,” Ms. Sue-Ho.One of the graduates, Shanardo Archer, said he is happy that he got the opportunity to be trained and also given tools to start doing his own landscaping jobs.“It’s a good programme for the youth… . We can actually start using the tool kit to make some money,” he told JIS News in an interview.Another graduate, Kamau Brown, told JIS News that she, too, is happy about receiving training and tools.“With what I have now, I can use it to go on my own and start my own business. I can use the [weed] whacker as a start to owning my own business,” Ms. Brown said.After the ceremony, the graduates did demonstrations of what they were taught regarding landscaping and facility maintenance on the grounds of the college.
Bridgewater, May 4, Bridgewater Curling Club, 90 Dominion St. Yarmouth, May 5, Rodd Grand Hotel, 415 Main St. Digby, May 11, Digby Fire Hall, 163 First Ave. Wolfville, May 12, Acadia University, Athletic Complex, Main St. (across from University Ave.) Truro, May 18 NS Agricultural College, Cumming Hall, 62 Cumming Drive (off College Rd.) Antigonish, May 19, Royal Canadian Legion, 294 Main St. Sydney, May 20, Days Inn, 480 Kings Rd. Dartmouth, May 26, NSCC Waterfront Campus, 80 Mawiomi Place (off Pleasant St.). The province wants to hear what Nova Scotians have to say about the future of their coast. Open houses will be held in eight communities during May to help gather information for a provincial coastal strategy. “Our coastal areas and resources have played an essential role in making Nova Scotia what it is today,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “A strategy focused on addressing pressing coastal issues will help ensure the sustainability of our coast so we can pass on this legacy to future generations.” The development of the strategy follows the release of the State of Nova Scotia’s Coast Report. In this report, the government identified six priority coastal issues including, coastal development, sea levels and storm events, public coastal access, working waterfronts, sensitive coastal ecosystems and habitats and coastal water quality. The strategy will be based on information from the report, input from interested groups and the general public. “The State of Nova Scotia’s Coast Report is a starting point for discussions on the complex issues that are involved with improving management of the coastline. We want to hear from people about the issues raised in the report,” said Justin Huston, coastal advisor, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Those planning to attend are encouraged to have a look at the State of Nova Scotia’s Coast report at www.gov.ns.ca/coast/state-of-the-coast.htm . The open houses are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations: The open houses will be held in English, but bilingual representatives will be available in Digby, Wolfville, and Dartmouth. In addition to the open houses, feedback can also be provided by completing an online questionnaire, or in writing by mail to: Nova Scotia Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculturec/o Coastal CoordinatorP.O. Box 2223Halifax, NS B3J 3C4 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to provide input is June 30.
New Delhi: Celebrating the success of Modi government’s one of the popular schemes – ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, Women and Child Development ministry felicitated on Friday five states and ten districts across the country for improving Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) in five years.WCD minister Smriti Irani awarded the representatives, like District Commissioners for their commendable work in spreading awareness among the masses. Irani specifically hailed the performance of East Kamang in Arunachal Pradesh, which has shown a drastic change in sex ratio. In 2014-15, it was 807, which has now risen to 1039. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have been conferred the award among states. Among the districts, Purvi Kawang in Arunachal Pradesh, Mahendragarh in Haryana, Udham Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand, Nammakal in Tamil Nadu, Bhiwani in Haryana, Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Ettawa in Uttar Pradesh, Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, Rewa in Madhya Pradesh and Jodhpur in Rajasthan have been awarded. There has been a 13-point improvement in the sex ratio from 918 in 2014-15 to 931 in 2018-19 and the states should aim to double it in the coming years, the minister added. Urging states to engage in convergent practices, Irani gave the example of Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, where a campaign called “coffee with collector” has been launched under which the district collector holds a conversation with villagers on improving sex ratio at birth. “Since the launch of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, central and state governments with Janbhagidari has consistently strived to ensure the potential of our daughters is celebrated. These efforts have led to the national improvement of 13 points in sex ratio at birth,” Irani said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBesides, spreading for awareness about the scheme Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir, Gadag in Karnataka, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Wokha in Nagaland, Farukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaur in Rajasthan have been awarded. While addressing the event, the Secretary of WCD ministry, Shankar Aggarwal said that the declining sex ratio is a matter of concern for the government. ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme aims at securing the rights of the girl child, to be born, live with dignity and achieve her full potential. It is further a measure of gender justice. The scheme also aims to enable their education. Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the scheme during his maiden regime on January 22, 2015, from Panipat, Haryana. The scheme was initially started from 100 districts then have now expanded to all 640 districts. It aims to empower women, right from birth. It is a tri-ministerial scheme, where three ministries – Women and Child, Human Resource and Health Family Welfare provide impetus to the scheme. The junior WCD minister Debasree Chaudhuri was also present on this occasion.
New Delhi: Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth stayed on course to reclaim titles while a vintage Parupalli Kashyap too regained some form, sealing his place in the men’s singles semi-finals of the $350,000 India Open here on Friday. Sindhu, a 2017 champion and 2016 finalist, edged out Denmark’s eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt 21-19 22-20 in a closely-fought contest to set up a clash with China’s He Bingjiao on Saturday. “I should have finished it earlier. I made too many errors. He Bingjiao and she is a tricky player. I have to be more patient,” Sindhu said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSrikanth finally snapped his series of quarter-final finishes, outwitting compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-23 21-11 21-19 in a 62 minute pulsating contest, while Kashyap entered his first semi-finals of a top-tier event (World Tour Super 500 or Superseries) in almost four years, beating Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei 21-16 21-11. Srikanth will face China’s Huang Yuxiang, while Kashyap takes on former world champion and former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterH S Prannoy couldn’t match up with the second seeded Axelsen, going down 10-21 16-21 in a match that had some tight fights in the second game. Srikanth had made eight quarter-final finishes in last nine tournaments and the Indian didn’t look to make the last 8 after he lost the opening game narrowly and lagged 1-7 in the second. But a gritty Srikanth saved five game points, fighting back from 16-20 down before Praneeth staved off the challenge to take the opening game. Praneeth managed to grab a 7-1 lead to raise hopes of an upset but Srikanth came back strongly and took the match to the decider. In the third game, the Gopichand Academy colleagues split the initial 14 points before Praneeth edged ahead to 11-8 lead. But a fighting Srikanth again drew parity at 13-13 and eventually managed to produce those two points at 19-19 to seal a semi-final place. “The turning point of the match was in the second game when I was 1-7 down and I fought back. From there, things changed. At 19-19 in the decider it could have gone either way. But I played well in the crucial points. So happy with my performance,” Srikanth said. On the adjacent court, Kashyap made a confident start, leading 6-3 early on but three successive returns at the forehand corner of Wang going out allowed his opponent to keep pace with the Indian who enjoyed a 11-8 lead at the break. Wang made it 16-16 with Kashyap committing a few mistakes at the net but hit flat jabs and punches to the back of the court, pocketing the opening game. Kashyap took control of the net and retrieved everything, while Wang looked erratic with his smashes. Kashyap led 6-3 again in the second game. Wang again clawed back at 8-8 but Kashyap managed to keep his nose ahead at 11-9 at the interval. The Indian marched ahead, varying the pace with his strokes, using angles and measured returns, cramming his opponent for space. He led 18-11. A smash and drop took Kashyap closer to seal the match and he celebrated after Wang hit one long. “I feel good. I didn’t think about semi-final. “I had a good draw and a good run and I am just happy. I have fitness issues but I don’t know why my body is feeling at ease,” said Kashyap, who had reached the finals at 2017 US Open and won the 2018 Austrian Open.
Mumbai: The nation’s largest lender State Bank of India Tuesday reduced the lending rates by a marginal 5 basis points across all tenors, effective April 10. The revised one-year marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) stands at 8.50 percent down from 8.55 percent earlier, the bank said in a statement. The lender has also cut interest rates on housing loans up to Rs 30 lakh by 10 bps. Accordingly, the interest rate on housing loans below Rs 30 lakh will be in the range of 8.60-8.90 percent, from 8.70-9 percent earlier. The move follows a 25 basis points cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank in its first monetary policy review announced last week. In the February policy review also the monetary authority had lowered the key rates by a similar quantum. In a 4:2 majority vote, the central bank had cut the repo rate to 6 percent from 6.25 percent earleir, citing the need to support growth that has been sluggish since many months.
The President’s office said that President Yameen had declared a state of emergency, under Article 253 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives, for the next 15 days.The state of emergency was declared as the Maldives Government and the supreme court went head to head over a court ruling to free several political prisoners, including former President Mohamed Nasheed.The Maldives Government refused to comply with the supreme court ruling saying it posed several challenges. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom ruled the country as the President of Maldives from 1978 to 2008. He has, in the recent past, supported the opposition against President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s daughter Yumna Maumoon said the police broke down the door and arrested her father and her husband. A tense situation prevailed in the Maldives since the court order was issued with several protests being staged demanding that the court order be implemented. (Colombo Gazette) Nasheed, who is in self-exile, said the declaration of a state of emergency was unconstitutional and illegal. The Maldives media reported that Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law were arrested on the charges of plotting to overthrow the Government.The move came just minutes after President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency. Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law were arrested by the Maldives authorities.In a late night operation after declaring a state of emergency, the Maldives security forces broke into Gayoom’s house and arrested him as well as his son-in-law.
Canada called on Sri Lanka to meet its domestic and international human rights obligations to ensure a peaceful, reconciled and prosperous future for all Sri Lankans. Canada today called on the Sri Lankan Government to ensure a time-bound action plan to implement UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1.“While noting positive initial first steps, Canada urged the Government with the technical support from the OHCHR to set a time-bound strategy for full implementation of Resolution 30/1,” Canada said in a statement. Canada also welcomed the Special Representative’s report on Sri Lanka, Canada noted that the report highlighted that “continued effort is needed on transitional justice, including reparations, truth seeking and accountability mechanisms, and on implementing confidence-building measures critical to reconciliation, such as repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. (Colombo Gazette)
“The Secretary-General is dismayed at the persistent failure of the warring parties to abide by international humanitarian norms and to hold those responsible for gross violations of human rights accountable for their actions,” said Manoel de Almeida e Silva, a spokesman for Mr. Annan. “He urges the international community and human rights organizations to explore new approaches that would prevent further abuses and put an end to the climate of impunity.”The spokesman said the Secretary-General was particularly disturbed at “alarming” reports from Afghanistan of indiscriminate bombing, including attacks on the District Hospital and local aid agency facilities, and violence against civilians, during the takeover of Yakawlang by Taliban forces on 11 June.Reports of the widespread burning of homes and other property as well as the detention of a large number of civilians were “especially alarming in the context of past human rights abuses in the area by Taliban commanders,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. Meanwhile, at the request of the Taliban, the UN has agreed to continue talks on a World Food Programme (WFP) proposal to hire women to conduct a survey which is needed to preserve a key WFP project in Kabul.WFP had originally set today as a deadline for suspending the project, which benefits close to 300,000 people in Kabul through local bakeries. The agency warned that it would be forced to put the operation on hold if the Taliban rejects its proposal for conducting the survey.
CHICAGO-Ohio State will play in the Big Ten tournament championship game after beating Michigan State Saturday evening, the likely high point of the Buckeyes’ season thus far. The low mark of the year came against Wisconsin Feb. 17, during a 71-49 drubbing by the Badgers in Madison. OSU’s opponent for the conference title at the United Center in Chicago Sunday afternoon? Wisconsin, which upset No. 1 seed Indiana, 68-56, before the Buckeyes and Spartans took the floor. Since the defeat at the hands of the Badgers in the middle of February, OSU has rattled off seven-straight wins. “Ever since we suffered that loss at Wisconsin, we’ve gone into every game with a business-type mindset. Every game is business. There’s no ‘He-he, ha-ha,’” said redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel. Sunday, the Buckeyes will look to hand the Badgers a spoonful of revenge for the embarrassing loss they suffered that Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. OSU is a much improved team since that Feb. 17 contest. So, though, are the Badgers. “We’re a better basketball team than the last time we played them, but unfortunately, so are they. I think Wisconsin is playing at a very high level right now,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. OSU players attribute their success since that rout to them coming together as a complete unit. Everyone is contributing on both ends of the floor, they say. “We kind of came together as a team and said, ‘We can’t rely on just one guy to play offense or one guy to play defense,’” said junior guard Aaron Craft, who scored 20 points in the Buckeyes’ 61-58 defeat of the Spartans Saturday. Wisconsin has been playing cohesively as well. The Badgers had four players in double figures against the Hoosiers and shot 51 percent from the floor. Wisconsin has won five of its seven games since its beatdown of OSU at home. Sunday’s contest will almost assuredly look very different than the two team’s last matchup. “We’re two totally different teams,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “Now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” Analyzing the opponent Record: 23-10, 14-6 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 1-1 Jan. 29, OSU 58, Wisconsin 49, in Columbus Feb. 17, Wisconsin 71, OSU 49 in Madison Matchup to watch: OSU’s perimeter defense vs. Wisconsin’s outside shooting OSU hangs its defensive hat on the heads of Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott, who routinely disrupt opponents’ guard play. Wisconsin relies heavily on the three ball. In their win against Indiana Saturday, the Badgers made seven threes. In their shellacking of the Buckeyes on Feb. 17, Wisconsin totaled seven makes from deep. If Craft and Scott can hold Wisconsin’s guards in check, limiting the Badgers’ looks from behind the line, OSU would be in good shape. OSU and Wisconsin are set to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. from the United Center in Chicago Sunday. OSU is playing for its fourth Big Ten tournament title under Matta.
On Sunday night, I put out a call on Twitter for burning NFL questions. Among the responses, some guy asked:Whoa, boss. This is a question for which everyone seems to have an answer, but about which few people have anything new to say.Assessing how good someone is at something is easy if that thing is directly measurable, like running 100 meters, or is independent enough to be measured over time, like hitting a baseball. In sports like basketball or hockey, contributions may be harder to measure, but can often be imputed indirectly: There’s often enough data to see how a team performs with or without individual players.1At the very least we can model how various statistical markers (like points, rebounds or assists) predict how a team performs with or without individual players. All of these metrics are basically variations of “statistical plus-minus” — even ones that came before, like John Hollinger’s PER.But in football, a player’s contribution is impossible to measure directly, because there are too many variables that go into every result. And it can’t be measured indirectly, because the sample sizes are too small (that is, there are relatively few games and not as much data). Thus, player valuation is a quagmire of guesswork and debate.This is why I prefer questions of limited scope, like, “How certain are you that Peyton Manning is a good quarterback?” For which, the answer is “really extra pretty super-duper certain.” OK, that seems obvious, but ask me the same question about Joe Montana — whom many regard as the greatest quarterback of all time — and I’m not sure. It seems very, very likely to me that Montana was a good quarterback, but I am literally thousands of times less certain of that fact than I am when evaluating Manning.But that doesn’t even prove that Manning was better than Montana, though I tend to think the odds are tilted a bit in his favor. The problem with saying anyone is “the best” is that he has to be better than Montana, then better than Dan Marino, then better than Lawrence Taylor, etc. And it’s even possible that the true winner could be someone with incredible skills who was never in the right situation. Like, what if Jeff George had played for Bill Walsh? Anything is possible.So we can’t know for sure. But we constantly have to act on things we don’t know for sure. Thus, if my life depended on guessing who was the best NFL player of all time, I’d pick Peyton Manning.2But, oops, the answer was Randall Cunningham, and now I’m dead. Not because he’s clearly the best, but because he seems to have the best odds of being the best.Why do I think that? Have you got all day? OK then, short version, there are four main axes to the issue:3Any one of which could probably be a series of posts in its own right. Answering this isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds.For the largest gap between a player’s TD per game and the baseline for his era, the answer is Peyton Manning. Not only is he the all-time pass touchdown per game leader, but he’s about .7 touchdowns per game higher than the league average for his era. But as a ratio between a passer’s TD per game and that of the entire league during the period he played, he is only in second place. For the highest, you have to go all the way back into the 20s, when Benjamin “Benny” Friedman of the New York Giants got it done:Manning has 1.51 times more TD passes per game than his era, but Friedman had 1.65 times more.If you look at the details, that 1.65 might not even do it justice. In 1929, Friedman had 20 TD passes. The next highest total that season: six. The entire league (12 teams) had only 81 TD passes; Friedman accounted for nearly one quarter of them. And he was way ahead of his time — the NFL wouldn’t even reach .6 touchdown passes per game until after Friedman retired.Also worth consideration is Dan Marino. While technically his TD rate may not have been as far above average as Manning’s, he played in an era when no one else was even close.8He also did it in an era that didn’t feature any massive changes to the game, unlike Friedman’s era and possibly the present one. Note that Manning has a lot of company in the two TD/game zone, including Aaron Rodgers right beneath him.I had to do a double take at first because there are so many modern players on that list, despite the fact that the measurement is relative to era. In other words, the current era isn’t just an era of pass-happy offenses, it’s an era in which some offenses are way more pass-happy than others.Rookie QB watchThis week we saw the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles score his first win (despite throwing three interceptions, he was the first rookie to win a game since last month), and Teddy Bridgewater score his first touchdown pass for the Minnesota Vikings. With the Cleveland Browns’ Manziel still on the bench, the rookie QB game seems to be all about Bortles, Bridgewater and the Raiders’ Derek Carr. Each of these now has at least four full games under their belt — that’s a big achievement unlocked. So let’s start comparing some real stats.What we learn about rookies is very different from what we learn from other QBs. Normally we care a lot about efficiency and how much a QB helps his team win, but for rookies we’re normally looking for raw production. But let’s take a peek at efficiency anyway, shall we?Here’s a table comparing the rate at which each QB’s drives end in a touchdown or interception, and the average Expected Points Added (EPA) per drive:Carr currently leads all three categories. Note that their EPAs are all negative, meaning they are scoring fewer points per drive than a typical NFL team — but Carr is doing the least-worst.Kicking awardsIt was kind of a crazy week for kicking, with the entire NFL making just three of eight tries from 50+ yards, but going 45 for 46 on all other attempts. (That’s why you see a large cluster of kickers just to the right of zero in the chart).Last week I talked about the golden triad of young kickers, which includes Blair Walsh, Justin Tucker and Dan Bailey. All three made all of their kicks in Week 7, and Walsh took the MVK award, largely due to his 55-yard make just before the half. It’s like the Hacker Gods were paying attention and wanted to justify my devoting a large section of this column every week to kickers.9Though, admittedly, my perception that one event resulted directly from the other could just be a fiction. From the Hacker Gods’ perspective, they may have simply programmed me and the universe to recognize Walsh at the same time.Cairo Santos also deserves recognition for hitting a 48-yard game-winning field goal, but the points vs. expectation model isn’t impressed by a 48-yard attempt.10As of this moment, the MVP algorithm doesn’t distinguish between close games that you won and close games that you lost.This week Walsh was one of two kickers (along with Shayne Graham of the New Orleans Saints) who had points above expectation higher than the margin of victory or defeat in their games. Unfortunately, both of their teams lost their games, so no kicker earns a “win” just yet. (My definition of a kicker “win” is that their points above expectation must have been the difference in the game –not just their actual points scored. Kicker “wins” are extremely rare. There have been none so far in 2014, and there were seven in 2013, with Justin Tucker taking two of them. In 2012 there were none.)Gunslinger of the weekMatthew Stafford led his team back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit — still down 13 points with under 4 minutes to go — to win against the New Orleans Saints. Oh, and he threw an interception in the fourth quarter with his team still down 10.Stafford, for all his woes as QB of the Lions, seems to have a game well suited to the gunslinger paradigm.Among QBs with 20 or more games with comeback opportunities (down 9+ in the second half), Stafford now has the third-highest winning percentage, behind only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. This is, of course, despite his relatively high interception rate (e.g., over twice as high as Aaron Rodgers’s):That he did this for lowly Detroit is particularly remarkable to me, since Stafford has gotten some of the worst team support in football.There’s a basic way to test how much support a QB gets. Winning Percentage Added (WPA) is a stat that measures how a team’s chances of winning a game (based on league-wide models for a typical team) change after each play. Thus, a QB’s WPA for a game is how much his team’s chances of winning increased on the plays he was involved with. All else being equal, his team should win a game about 50 percent of the time plus the QB’s WPA.11If you’re clever you can adjust this for home/away, etc.If you take this estimate and then subtract from the actual result, you get a figure equal to the amount of winning percentage added by elements of the team that are NOT the passing game (including running, defense, and special teams). We can plot a comparison between these two like so:Some QBs like Tom Brady and Joe Flacco actually win more often than their passing would suggest, meaning the non-passing part of their team is contributing as well. Others have to overcome bad teams. Stafford is a great example of this, as he typically adds close to 10 percent to his teams chances, only to see even more stripped in the plays where he isn’t an active participant. In fact, Stafford gets the worst support of any QB with a positive WPA.Most empirically significant game of Week 8Lots of great and/or interesting QB matchups in Week 8, such as:Philip Rivers vs. Peyton ManningMatthew Stafford vs. Matt RyanJay Cutler vs. Tom BradyAndrew Luck vs. Ben RoethlisbergerAaron Rodgers vs. Drew BreesJoe Flacco vs. Andy DaltonRussell Wilson vs. Cam NewtonOoh, the final matchup is an interesting one. Two 25-year-old former rookie Pro Bowlers known for their running abilities — one 5 feet 11 inches and the other 6 feet 6 inches.Last week, Wilson joined the illustrious list of QBs who passed for 300 yards and ran for 100 in the same game:Yet the Seahawks picked up their third loss, equaling Wilson’s total from last season. As the boss notes, the Seahawks are in a precarious spot, such that, even aside from the information value of a loss, it may get very hard for the Hawks to make the playoffs even if they’re really good, considering their schedule and division. Are the Seahawks going to be a dynasty like the Pats or teams-Peyton-Manning-is-QBing? Or will they regress to the mean and/or burn out like most teams do?Both teams are 3-3 (though Carolina also has a tie). Historically, teams that start 4-3 make the playoffs about 30 percentage points more often than teams that start 3-4 (about 50 percent vs. about 20 percent). So it’s a high-leverage game on both sides.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. A player’s location on the y-axis represents the number of TDs he has thrown per game played for his entire career. The horizontal lines show the span of his career. The bubble at the end of each career shows you how many touchdown passes he threw in total. The thick black line shows you the NFL’s average TD’s thrown per game by year. What do we take away from this?First, NFL teams have gotten better at passing for touchdowns, though I was a little surprised at how many touchdowns were thrown in the 50s and 60s. Johnny Unitas, for example, wasn’t nearly the outlier I assumed he would be: While he did break what was then a long-standing record (ultimately by a very large amount), he was also a product of a very passing-friendly era.Manning now has the largest bubble, obviously, and in a shorter career than Brett Favre’s — so far. But the record-setting QBs are a pretty elite group.So, relatedly, here’s another question I got on Twitter: Stats: No matter how you slice and dice the stats — career stats, drive stats, winning stats, efficiency stats, or whatever you want — Manning generally comes out on top. But players in the NFL aren’t responsible for their stats to nearly the degree players are in baseball or basketball, so without more corroborating evidence, this doesn’t mean as much as people think.But perhaps even more important than the stats themselves is consistency: Manning’s consistency is preternatural. Since 2001, he has completed 65 percent or more of his passes every year and only once passed for fewer than 4,000 yards.4He had 3,747 in 2005. Most quarterbacks’ performance varies significantly from year to year, largely as a result of the changing variables around them. But Manning essentially does the same thing year in and year out.Lack of entanglement: Manning has played for four different coaches and two different teams now, and hasn’t failed to win 10 games since 2001.5Also, the Colts stunk the one year they were without him or Andrew Luck, though I’d discount this a bit because it isn’t clear that they were trying very hard to win. Of course, it’s still possible that he has been surrounded by superior talent, but that’s a lot of lucky to get. Looking at dynasties in NFL history, who has ever been so good for so long? The 49ers, who had three different coaches and two great QBs; the Patriots, with one quarterback and one great coach; and Peyton Manning. Winning consistently in the NFL is hard, especially in the salary cap era.But the playoffs: Manning gets knocked for performing below expectations in the playoffs, and I won’t dismiss the issue out of hand. As I’ve shown before, Manning handles tough defenses well.6In some preliminary research, I’ve also found that Manning performs slightly better in the playoffs against teams that he also played in the regular season. So there are basically three possibilities: first, Manning has gotten unlucky in the playoffs; second, Manning has gotten lucky in the regular season; or third, Manning just plays worse in the playoffs for some reason. I can’t disprove the third possibility, and I’m not above believing that sort of thing, but I haven’t seen a plausible explanation yet.The second and third axes are probably undervalued. Manning’s unnatural consistency in a number of different scenarios is a unique phenomenon. And this is what Bayesian inference is all about: I’ve just witnessed a phenomenon, and I want to know what the most likely causes are. To do this, I consider the likelihood of each potential cause, and the likelihood of those causes creating that effect.And so in this case the question is really, which is more likely: that Manning has been uniquely, historically, fortunate in having many great players and coaches around him constantly, or that Manning is a unique, historical talent?Chart of the weekOne area where Manning seems unassailable is in the record books, but in fairness to everyone else, he has presided over a distinctly offensive era. So how does his career touchdown record stack up to history?Let’s summarize every NFL QB’s career in one chart:7Like The New York Times did, but different.
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