Cricket News Everyone is human: Sourav Ganguly on Dhoni’s on-field argument with umpires

first_imgNew Delhi: Everyone is human, former captain Sourav Ganguly said Friday night, referring to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s on-field argument with umpires during an IPL game.Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni escaped a ban and was let off with a 50 per cent fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during the IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals here Thursday.”Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness. It’s remarkable,” was all Ganguly said when asked about the controversy.Former cricketers came down heavily on India’s two-time World Cup winning captain for his act, saying the CSK skipper set a wrong precedent.Serving as advisor of Delhi Capitals, Ganguly had a smile on his face after the visitors posted a seven-wicket victory over hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.”Two out of two against such a good team is outstanding. I am very satisfied,” he said. Delhi had also won the the first-leg at home.Ganguly added, “Everything at Eden is special. This is the best ground, the bet pitch in the country.”Chasing 179, Shikhar Dhawan led with a fluent 97 to power the visitors to a big win.”I feel we bowled exceptionally well to restrict them for 178. It’s actually a 200 wicket,” Ganguly said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Trump speaks to sports commissioners

first_img April 4, 2020 Associated Press “The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect,” the FAI said in a statement. “The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship playoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”McCarthy had originally been due to stay in charge until July 31, after the Euro 2020 finals — now put back a year — were originally due to finish. Kenny had been set to take over on Aug. 1 after being in charge of the under-21 national side.Ireland faces Slovakia away in the Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs, with the winner to face either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the fixture has been postponed for a second time due to the pandemic.___Tajikistan has started a new soccer season, joining a small group of countries around the world where play has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Trump speaks to sports commissionerscenter_img The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field.The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.___Stephen Kenny is the new Ireland soccer manager after replacing Mick McCarthy in a planned move brought forward by the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and Major League Baseball postponing the start of its season. Istiklol Dushanbe retained the Central Asian nation’s season-opening Super Cup on Saturday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Khujand.The game was played without fans and a large banner reading “stop coronavirus” in Tajik and Russian covered part of the stands.Players and staff from both teams mingled freely after the final whistle before officials hung medals around their necks and shook their hands.Professional soccer is only continuing in a few countries around the world, with Belarus, Nicaragua and Burundi among the holdouts, attracting interest from foreign fans and international gambling markets.Tajikistan has not reported any cases of the new coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.last_img read more

Faust uses familiar values to develop into mature Maryland guard

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2014 at 12:41 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman It’s not every day that an eighth-grader tells his mom that she’s a diva.But in 2005, a 41-year-old Lisa Faust heard exactly that from her son Nick.After she gave birth to her daughter Heaven, she was hard-pressed to come to grips with the fact that when Heaven graduated high school, she’d be a 60-year-old mom.“When I found out I was pregnant, I took it very hard,” Lisa Faust said. “My thing was my age.”“I was 41 and having a baby.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Lisa said it was Nick who encouraged her that everything would be just fine. She was confident that God used her middle son to uplift her spirits and get her out of an emotionally straining situation — and he did. Now a junior guard for Maryland, Faust continues to support his mother and though his basketball career has taken many turns, he’s devoted his life to excelling on and off the court. He’s matured as a player and it’s benefited him as well as his family. “Mom, you’re still going to be a diva even though you’re having a baby at this age,” Faust told her. “And you’ll still be a diva at the age of 60.”For a family that supported him through his youth basketball career, Faust wanted to repay them. And Faust felt that he specifically owed it to his mother who needed an uplifting. “My mom was really important in my basketball career,” Faust said. “She always kept me going and kept me motivated, and she just always wanted me to achieve more.”Fast forward nine years and he’s a player built on the morals — perseverance and dedication — that were instilled in him from an early age. Faust currently plays a vital role on a Maryland team clinging to hopes of an NCAA Tournament berth, contributing 27.3 minutes and 10.1 points per game.But today’s success wouldn’t have come without a testing journey.As a child, Faust would play pick-up with his cousins, former NBA player Josh Selby and current Portland Trailblazer Will Barton.The undersized and younger Faust certainly was at a disadvantage, but said the now-pros were instrumental in helping him set goals for himself.“Both reached the NBA and make a lot of money,” Faust said. “They really affected the way I visualized basketball, just from the fact that they reached the highest level.”By the time Faust began his high school basketball career at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md., he measured 5 feet, 10 inches, and a meager 135 pounds.No major Division I offers came his way in his first two years, so he transferred to Baltimore City College High School to play under Mike Daniel.“Nick has what you call the drive,” Daniel said. “He wants to be the best.“He’s one of the best kids I’ve ever coached.”Faust grew to 6-foot-6 by his junior year, and was now receiving offers from the likes of Oregon State, Florida State, Marquette and Maryland.In October of 2010, Faust committed to Maryland, but the tables were turned six months later when longtime Terrapins head coach Gary Williams retired and was replaced by Mark Turgeon.Faust would never get to play under the legendary coach that recruited him, but he stayed true to his commitment.Almost four years after that decision, he’s a changed man in the eyes of his former high school coach.“I think his maturity level has improved,” Daniel said. “He told me in high school that one day he’d be a good basketball player, a very good student-athlete and an even better person.”Faust echoed that he’s matured, and him supporting his mom at a pivotal time of her life still serves as the starting point of his journey. Faust wouldn’t be where he is today without the help of his family, and he’s made a conscious effort to return that favor.“It definitely impacted my little sister,” Faust said. “I’m not sure she’s going to play basketball, but she’s got into basketball and really likes it.” Commentslast_img read more

Breaking News: Atsu starts ahead of Boateng for Ghana

first_imgMidfielder Christian Atsu of F C Porto of Portugal makes a first team start for Ghana, as the Black Stars play Malawi in a challenging final-round 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Accra Sports StadiumStarting Line-up: Adam Kwarasey, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre AyewReserves: Samuel Inkoom, Derek Boateng, Jerry Akaminko, Isaac Coffie, Solomon Asante, Emmanuel Clottey, Fatau Daudalast_img read more

Video: Goals from Ghana vrs Zambia World Cup Qualifier

first_imgWatch the goals that were scored in the World Cup Qualifier match between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Chipolopolo of Zambia.The score line of the match at Full time was Ghana 2 – Zambia 1 which advances the Black Stars of Ghana to the next stage of qualifiers.last_img

Tennis: Sharapova, Bouchard into French semis

first_imgMaria Sharapova and Genie Bouchard have staged comebacks to reach the semi-finals of the French Open.Spaniard Garbine Muguruza had Sharapova struggling, taking the first set 6-1, and pushing the Russian deep into the second before wilting.Sharapovaâ s experience and mental toughness came to the fore in a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 win to reach her fourth straight French Open semi-final.Sheâ ll play Bouchard, the Canadian 20-year-old, who fought back from a break down in the third set to beat another Spaniard, Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6, 2-6, 7-5.last_img read more

Jusuf Nurkic’s totally ridiculous, totally believable Kobe Bryant trash talk story

first_imgMORE: Remembering when Kobe didn’t flinch at Matt Barnes’ pass fakeDuring a recent appearance on “SportsCenter,” Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic told ESPN’s Neil Everett a story about Bryant jawing with him in Bosnian — because apparently English would have been too easy for Kobe. Nurkic, who was born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is nicknamed “The Bosnian Beast,” says the interaction started because he had complained about Bryant getting favorable calls and shooting too many free throws.Kobe couldn’t just let that slide.”He actually says a word in my language,” Nurkic said. “I was like, ‘I didn’t hear right, man. He can’t speak my language, right?’ So we go back and forth, and he goes again to [shoot] free throws. And he repeats that. It was [a] curse word, but I was like, ‘I’m pretty sure he said that.'” .@kobebryant showed @bosnianbeast27 that #MambaMentality 😂 pic.twitter.com/IUQKi6VzJC— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 12, 2019Nurkic entered the league in 2014 and Bryant retired in 2016, so the matchups were limited. But that didn’t stop Bryant from trying to gain an edge, even in his final years. Nurkic said Bryant tried to learn a little bit about each opponent, so it’s possible Kobe racked up a few curse words in multiple languages just in case he needed them. You can check out the full interview with Nurkic and Everett below. Kobe Bryant is one of the most competitive human beings to ever walk the planet. This is not breaking news to anyone who watched him over nearly two decades in the NBA.But would you believe Bryant learned another language just to trash talk his opponent? Actually, yeah, that definitely sounds like something Kobe would do.last_img read more

Tutkamiseva is the Winner of Sarajevo Open

first_imgRussian Elizaveta Tuktamiseva is the winner of the International competition in figure skating Sarajevo Open in the category of seniors, which was held in the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch.World Champion celebrated with 162.07 points, ahead of France Nadjma Mahamoud (116.28 points), while 3rd place went to member of B&H team Arijana Tirak, who broke the personal and national record with 67.86 points.Organizers of Sarajevo Open are satisfied with the first day of competition, as well as with the success of Tirak who trains in much worse conditions than her competition, due to the fact that Sarajevo has ice surface for only 2 months per year.A spokeswoman for the Alliance of skating sports of B&H Elmina Muhic said that the Alliance of skating sports of B&H is very satisfied with how everything looked in Zetra today, and that the response of the audience is slightly higher than last year, however it is still poor.Competition in younger categories are tomorrow on the schedule at the Sarajevo Open.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Brightline Ends “Virgin Trains” Partnership, Drops Branding

first_imgOfficials with Brightline, which is majority owned by Fortress Investment Group, said that the parent company delivered a termination notice tied to its license agreement on July 29. “Virgin has disputed the validity of the termination notice,” according to the report.As part of the partnership, Virgin Trains was set to make a minority investment in Brightline.However, its own parent company has been experiencing financial difficulties.Earlier this week, Virgin Atlantic Airways filed for bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, as part of a $1.5 billion restructuring plan, according to The Wall Street Journal.Brightline currently has three stations completed. It is also working on expanding in Miami-Dade County, and plans to operate a high-speed rail system between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.Until service stopped in March, 271,778 passengers rode Brightline this year, amounting to just $6.6 million in revenue, according to the report. Two companies that had joined together to improve transportation in Florida are now on different tracks.Brightline is set to stop using the “Virgin Trains” branding, after its parent company suddenly terminated a licensing agreement with Virgin Enterprises Limited late last month. The rail line announced the move Friday afternoon, and says that Virgin is now disputing the validity of the termination notice.The company will change its name back to Brightline Trains LLC following the expiration of the applicable notice period for the name changes under the senior load agreement, the company stated in its monthly report, which was released on Friday.According to the report, Brightline’s additional inline station in Boca Raton continues to progress in its construction, as does an expansion to Orlando.Brightline had been operating as Virgin Trains USA since late 2018, and was expected to complete the rebranding by this summer. It stopped service on March 25 and laid off 250 employees due to the pandemic.Ever wonder what it takes to build a high-speed rail system connecting Miami to Orlando? Take an inside look as we make our way to @MCO. Read more @TrainsMagazine: https://t.co/891VmAVmo0#OnTrackToOrlando #GoBrightline pic.twitter.com/ciRoLI70Qo— Brightline (@GoBrightline) August 5, 2020last_img read more