Cricket News India vs Australia, highlights, 3rd Test day 2: Kohli’s side on top after Pujara century

first_img 10:28 (IST) 06:16 (IST) Rishabh Pant plays a poor shot as he slogs a short ball from Starc and the top-edge is taken by Usman Khawaja. After two boundaries, the adrenaline was too difficult to control. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:10 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET! Finally, Australia have the wicket and Mitchell Starc has a sheepish smile. Kohli was looking to take the attack to the bowlers but has perished. Kohli upper-cuts a short ball from Starc and the top-edge sails to third man where Finch takes the catch. Misses out on a century but he was apparently discomforted with a back injury. 11:01 (IST) Cheteshwar Pujara, you star! You champion! What a moment. He drills Nathan Lyon down the ground to bring up his 17th century and his second in the series. India are grinding Australia to the ground.  India have gone past 300 but they will be eyeing a total in excess of 450-500 in order to put pressure on Australia. The pitch is starting to show some uneven bounce. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:56 (IST) There is the declaration. Jadeja looks to drive a wide ball from Hazlewood and edges it to the keeper. Kohli immediately calls them in and Australia will have a tricky period to negotiate. 08:37 (IST) Both batsmen are ticking along at a nice rate. However, Kohli has played some loose strokes but he is hanging there. Pat Cummins really troubled Kohli. India have gone past 350 with Rahane and Rohit, the two Mumbai batsmen making good progress. Nathan Lyon has gone wicketless for over 40 overs now which is a huge feat. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. WICKET! Brilliant ball from Pat Cummins and Australia are fighting back. Good length ball on middle and leg stump, it nips away sharply and squares up Pujara, it stays low and Pujara falls for 106. Brilliant knock comes to an end. 06:30 (IST) 05:36 (IST) WICKET! That is a magnificent ball and Lyon breaks the wicketless jinx. This ball hits the rough and stays low, Rahane stays back and looks to work it to midwicket but gets hit on the pad and he trapped plumb in front.  05:20 (IST) Cheteshwar Pujara is into the 90s and Australia are in danger of ending another session without a wicket. This will not help their prospects one bit. Rahane is looking in great touch and he steers Josh Hzalewood to the third man fence.  Rohit Sharma is nearing a fifty. India have already batted for 157 overs. On this pitch, this might be the scoring rate and taking 20 wickets might prove to be a big task. It is a question of how Australia’s batsmen cope with the conditions. A warm welcome to day 2 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia. Virat Kohli has hit his 20th fifty and is on course to score yet another century. Cheteshwar Pujara, on the other hand, is in great touch and is eyeing yet another 100. The partnership is now over 100. This looks like a day of centuries in Melbourne.  Rohit Sharma is also batting in an aggressive manner as India aim to make good progress ahead of the Tea Break. Maybe, India will be aiming to get Australia in for one final hour.  Lunch on day 2 of the Boxing Day Test. Cheteshwar Pujara has ensured India are in a commanding position and with Virat Kohli eyeing a ton, the situation is looking ominous for Australia.  10:19 (IST) 09:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:04 (IST) 08:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:49 (IST) Australia have dropped two catches in the last 30 minutes, with Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant getting a life. On such a lifeless wicket, these chances have to be taken. 08:29 (IST) Pujara enters the 80s by steering a full and wide ball from Mitchell Starc to the third man fence. Pat Cummins is bowling brilliantly and is troubling Virat Kohli while Starc continues to struggle slightly for rhythm and control. Rahane and Rohit are stitching a solid partnership as India look to avoid further setbacks ahead of the Tea break. 11:51 (IST) New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his 17th century and Virat Kohli displayed his consistency by blasting his 20th fifty. The Indian skipper was unlucky to miss out on a century while Pujara was undone by some low bounce. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma strung a solid partnership, with Rohit also hitting a solid fifty. Some aggressive hitting from Rishabh Pant helped India reach 443/7 before they declared. Australia’s openers survived a testing spell from Jasprit Bumrah and India will be counting on more wickets from the right-arm pacer ahead of day 3 in the Boxing Day Test. (SCORECARD)  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Australia are working extremely hard to break this stand but there is just no help from this wicket. The MCG wicket is once again under scrutiny and another bad review could potentially be disastrous.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:13 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:03 (IST)last_img read more

N’Zealand Athlete Kidnapped, Seven Russian Swimmers Banned

first_imgThose deemed ineligible for Rio include Yulia Efimova, a 200m bronze medallist in London, who had a provisional ban lifted by FINA last week.It said the McLaren Report has showed anti-doping rules were “not properly applied” by Russian authorities.FINA will also now re-test all the samples of Russian athletes collected at last year’s World Championships.As well as Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova and Anastasia Krapivina were withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee.Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and 17-year-old Daria Ustinova appeared in the World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned investigation.That report by Dr Richard McLaren claims Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports.Following the findings, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would leave it up to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.FINA said it “acknowledges and supports” the IOC’s position.FINA will, therefore, “as a decision made as an emergency in the context of Rio 2016” subject the eligibility of Russian athletes to specific additional criteria, which are:No athlete corresponding to the samples mentioned in the McLaren report will be eligibleA board will review whether Russian athletes were subject to reliable anti-doping scrutinyNo athlete who has already sanctioned will be declared eligible to compete at RioFINA said the “exact implication for the Russian Swimming Federation is still to be clarified” and an “ad hoc commission will have to investigate”.The commission will consider any further information from McLaren’s ongoing investigation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A New Zealand jiu-jitsu athlete claimed yesterday that he was “kidnapped” in Rio de Janeiro.Jason Lee, 27, tweeted: “What did you guys get up to yesterday? I got kidnapped. Go Olympics! #Rio2016.”The athlete said he was taken by men in police uniform and forced to withdraw money from two cash machines (ATMs).Lee has been living in Brazil for 10 months, but is not participating in next month’s Rio Games – which begin on August 5- because jiu-jitsu is not an Olympic sport.Meanwhile, the Australian Olympic team is refusing to move their athletes into the Rio Olympic Games Village because of concerns about the state of the accommodation.Also yesterday, seven Russian swimmers were banned from competing at the Rio Olympic Games by swimming’s governing body FINA.last_img read more

Wallabies and All Blacks Square up for World Cup

first_imgNew Zealand is looking to become the first side to successfully defend the title, but find themselves up against their neighbours and arch-rivals, Australia.The Wallabies have been revitalised under new coach Michael Cheika, who took charge just over a year ago.All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has paid tribute to his out-half Dan Carter, who will retire from Test rugby after today…Kick-off at Twickenham is at 4pm.last_img

True meaning of Easter missing on some youth

first_imgEaster Sunday is quickly approaching, marking a joyous day of celebration for Christians around the world.  In Florida, as in other regions of the US, and throughout the Caribbean, church services on this day is normally one of the most well-attended of the year, as entire families come out to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Yet, although adults may know the reason for the holy occasion, do the youth?  Typing the word ‘Easter’ in Google, images results in a plethora of pictures of happy bunny rabbits and colorful eggs. Is Easter, to this generation, more about Jesus or about fluffy stuffed animals and egg hunts?  Easter bunny birthdayAccording to godandpoliticsuk.org, a survey was done in the United Kingdom to answer this very question. They found “that 53 percent of the children surveyed didn’t know the meaning of Easter and one-quarter thought that it is about celebrating the Easter bunny’s birthday.”Minority of youth understands meaning of EasterHere in Florida, asking the similar question to some young people under 18, reveals a disconnect as to exactly what Easter means. A very small minority knew that Easter stands for Christ’s resurrection, and more alarming, some teens didn’t even understand what exactly the resurrection of Christ means. It’s also remarkable, and even ironic, that several South Florida teens have expressed their intent of attending Easter services this year, despite not understanding what Easter is all about.  This has become a great concern for many parents, who worry that the true meaning of Christian festivals are quickly being obscured by pagan rituals. For this reason, many parents are looking for creative ways to reinforce what Easter is really about. Tools parents can useAccording to Kim Wier of focusonthefamily.com, “Bunnies, eggs, floral baskets and more can become tools that parents use to bring a greater understanding of the message of Easter [to their young children].”  She states that since Easter is an opportune time to talk to your children about God’s love and mercy, the Easter bunny can be used as a representation of God’s true character.  For example, Easter bunnies “are white as snow because Jesus takes all sin away (Isaiah 1:18b),” and “have big ears that are quick to listen” (James 1:19),  “are quiet in prayer, but hop with thanksgiving and rejoicing, (Philippians 4:4-6), ” and “have big feet to go tell others about Jesus so they can be like Easter bunnies, too (Matthew 28: 19-20).”A Florida pastor concurs, saying: “It is becoming more challenging to motivate young people to attend church or to teach them about Christian milestones like Easter. Therefore, using fun and innovative means is a great way to teach the youth about Easter’s true meaning, as it is important they hold true to these principles which have remained a vital part of life for many generations.”last_img read more

Kyle Korver makes immediate impact in first game back with Jazz

first_img“It kind of sets a good tone for the game, for me,” Korver told reporters. “I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. I knew what I was doing maybe a quarter of the time. I’ve got a lot of film to watch and a lot of things to learn.”The sharpshooter finished the Jazz’s 119-111 win with 14 points and two rebounds. He hit four of his six 3-point attempts in 22 minutes on the floor.Korver said he and his family were excited to be back in Utah. He also played with the team from 2007-10.“To come back and know that we have a lot of people in Utah, in the organization but also outside of it, it helps soften the landing (after being traded),” Korver said at shootaround Friday. “That’s important to me. But, also, to come to a good basketball team, play for a great coach (in Snyder).”Jazz star Donovan Mitchell tallied a game-high 30 points and dished out six assists in the win over Charlotte. He said Korver made an immediate impact.“He came out and knocked down his first two shots,” Mitchell said. “That’s what he does. It helps us a lot with spacing and gives us confidence in shooting the ball.”Utah entered the game in Charlotte shooting just 31.9 percent from 3-point range, which ranked 28th in the NBA. Gobert said Korver should help open up the team’s offense.“I’m trying to do my best to screen for him and get him open,” said Gobert — who registered a double-double in the victory with 20 points and 17 rebounds. “It’s kind of like automatic. It’s fun to watch and fun to be a part of.“Every time I screen, I know who I am screening for … When it’s guys like Kyle Korver I just get him open and dive to the rim. My guy is going to have to make a choice.”The Jazz has had an up-and-down start to the season after it finished 2017-18 with a 48-34 record and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals. Korver, however, said he has been impressed by the team’s chemistry so far.“It’s a really cool group,” Korver said. “This is a really good locker room. Guys get along well. It’s real, it’s genuine. You’re not trying to force conversations. Stuff just kind of flows. Management has done a great job of bringing in not just good basketball players but good people … It feels like a great group.” First bucket since coming back ✔️ pic.twitter.com/r9kmD4AwUP— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 1, 2018“Players make plays,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about Korver’s immediate offense. “He’s obviously had a few plays drawn up for him and he came in ready to shoot the ball.”Korver said he was glad he connected on his first attempt. Related News The Jazz sent guard Alec Burks and two second-round picks to Cleveland in exchange for Korver.Utah will return to the court against the Heat in Miami on Sunday. It will carry an 11-12 record into that matchup. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It didn’t take Kyle Korver long to knock down a 3-pointer in his first game back with the Jazz.The 37-year-old guard, who was traded from the Cavaliers back to Utah earlier this week, checked into his team’s matchup against the Hornets on Friday with 4:54 to play in the first quarter. Less than 15 seconds later, Korver received a short pass from Rudy Gobert, took one dribble and drilled a shot from behind the arc over the outstretched arm of Hornets center Frank Kaminsky.center_img Celtics forward Gordon Hayward booed in return to Utah NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers trade F Kyle Korver to Jazzlast_img read more

Parts of film ”Twenty years of sport in RS” were presented

first_imgParts of film ”Twenty years of sport in RS” of author Željko Mitrović were presented last night in the Children’s theatre in Banja Luka.Many important sportsmen, sportswomen and sports workers from all over RS, and other important people from public and political life of RS came to see the promotion.Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports of RS said that the awards for the contribution to sports were given to president of RS Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister of RS Aleksandar Džombić, and to Sports Federations of RS and to sports editorial staff of RTRS.last_img

Džeko, Begović and Pjanić spent time with Children from the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth

first_imgThe Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth Sarajevo today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) in B&H and with the Special Olympics of Youth Sports Games titled “Youth Sports Games talking about the possibilities.”UNICEF in partnership with USAID and the European Union Delegation in B&H launched a campaign, “Govorimo o mogućnostima”, “We’re talking about the possibilities,” whose aim is to improve and to change attitudes and practices of the general population in regard to children with disabilities and their families.In cooperation with the Youth Sports Games, UNICEF organizes a number of events as part of the campaign, of which the first one is gathering of children from the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth and Children Youth Sports Games participants with B&H representative Edin Džeko the ambassador of UNICEF, Miralem Pjanić, ambassador of Youth Sports Games, and Asmir Begović, Ambassador of the Special Olympics in B&H.“Two months ago, I was with these children and I was thrilled with their abilities. We need to enable them a normal life and development”, said Džeko and his colleagues Asmir Begović and Miralem Pjanić are also pleased to be a part of this action.Kids of Games participants and children from the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youth, with representatives of B&H team after the signing of the Memorandum played a football match.Pjanić expressed the satisfaction for the opportunity to play this football game.“It is very important to me that we are all here today, and we support our young people. I think that’s a good sign for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina and that our country needs more of such projects”, he said.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

GOP hopes to avoid using emergency funds for ongoing expenses

first_imgDES MOINES — Lawmakers hit pause on the 2020 Iowa legislative session eight weeks ago and leadership has set June 3rd as the date for returning to the capitol for votes.The primary duty of the legislature is to establish a state budget, but lawmakers face uncertain state tax collections in the midst of a pandemic. The governor and top legislative leaders have asked a state panel to provide a better prediction of the tax-related consequences of COVID-19 closures and job losses.House Speaker Pat Grassley of New Hartford said he and other Republicans hope to confine state spending plans to projected revenue, rather than dip into the state’s emergency cash reserves.“Trying to make sure we’re leaving ourselves some room,” Grassley told Radio Iowa. “Not spending every penny that’s available to us.”Grassley saidthe goal is to complete the work of the 2020 legislature over a three-day period. Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, agrees that the legislature should stick to a short, agreed-upon agenda, and adjourn quickly.“The legislature is a risk group,” Bolkcom said during today’s Legislative Council meeting. “We have a lot of members that are 65 years of age and older. We have members with pre-existing conditions that are vulnerable and the virus is deadly.”Grassley said lawmakers will be able to spread out in the House and Senate, as only lawmakers will be allowed on the floor.“We are taking a lot of precautions that are going to be very unprecedented that’s never been seen I would say, well, at least not in my time in the legislature to make sure that we’re giving as many opportunities for folks to feel comfortable,” Grassley said during the Legislative Council meeting, which was held by telephone.Legislative staff and anyone from the public will have their temperature checked before they’ll be allowed in the building. The legislature’s business — from committee meetings to full debates — will be conducted in the House and Senate chambers, and the public may watch a livestream of all proceedings.last_img read more

Returning Ozil has Arsenal future says Emery

first_imgOzil’s lack of game-time has led to rumours linking him with a January move away from the club, although when asked if the former Germany international has a future at Arsenal, Emery replied: “Yes, why not?”It remains to be seen what role Ozil plays at the weekend but it appears unlikely that captain Laurent Koscielny will feature.The 33-year-old has recently returned from a serious Achilles issue that had kept him out since May.He started against both Qarabag and Southampton and came on at the interval against Spurs but, despite being without a number of injured defenders, Emery is keen not to ask too much of Koscielny at a delicate stage of his comeback.“Koscielny is OK but he played two matches this week and tomorrow will be a lot for him,” he said.“We also need to be calm with him, to take time for a lot of matches before he continues playing. But I trust him and we have solutions for who can play in this position.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mesut Ozil will return to the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Burnley, with manager Unai Emery saying he believes the midfielder has a future at the Emirates Stadium.Ozil did not make the substitutes’ bench for the League Cup quarter-final defeat to rivals Tottenham in midweek and has been on the fringes of the team in recent weeks.He missed four recent games with a back problem but has started just once since November 11 — and that was a Europa League dead rubber at home to Qarabag.The 30-year-old was a mainstay in the Gunners side under previous manager Arsene Wenger but Emery has shown he has no issue with keeping the club’s highest-paid player on the sidelines.Asked if Ozil will be in the squad to face Burnley, Emery said: “Yes. I want every player with a good mentality to help us and give us their characteristics and quality. We need Mesut Ozil.“Every player wants to play and be OK to help the team when we need. The frustration is the same for everybody when they didn’t play in a match.“But I spoke with him and with regularity in the season. I am telling him what we need from him and he has the commitment to help us and the quality and the characteristics to help us when the team needs his moments in the pitch in one game. Tomorrow he is in the 18 players, in the squad.”last_img read more