India closing in on 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka

first_imgTHE net is closing in on Sri Lanka’s hopes of saving the series with India after they finished day four 31-3 in pursuit of a mammoth target of 410.India quickly mopped up the final Sri Lankan first-innings wicket before piling on the runs once again, Virat Kohli racking up another half-century before declaring on 246-5.That gave India around half the evening session to begin extracting the tourists and Ravindra Jadeja’s two wickets led good progress towards a 2-0 series win, leaving Sri Lanka battling to avoid another heavy defeat in the third and final Test.Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal brought up his fourth 150+ score in the first over of the day, adding another three boundaries before Ishant Sharma lured him into a thick edge to Shikhar Dhawan at third man.His dismissal – for a career-best 164 – signalled the end of Sri Lanka’s rebuttal to India’s 536-7 declared and, after a shaky start, the hosts quickly built on that advantage.Murali Vijay’s hopes of back-to-back hundreds disappeared in the third over as he edged Suranga Lakmal to Niroshan Dickwella for nine, and Ajinkya Rahane was not far behind him.The number three has endured a miserable series, which he finishes with a paltry 17 runs in five innings, 10 of which came in this knock.If that gave Sri Lanka a glimmer of hope, Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara soon extinguished it with a 77-run partnership for the third wicket.Both men played with great fluidity and Dhawan, in particular, peppered the boundaries at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground – including a huge six over long-off that took him past 2000 Test runs.A fifth fifty came for the birthday boy, but Pujara was not so lucky as he perished one short of the milestone, Angelo Mathews taking a superb catch at slip.Dhawan fell just before tea for 67 but Kohli and Rohit Sharma picked up where he left off to push India’s lead past 400.Kohli’s 50 off 58 balls takes his tally to 610 runs in the series at 152.50 – not bad after starting the first match with a duck.Another Indian half-century prompted Kohli’s declaration, Rohit (50 not out) given the chance to lift his bat before the bowlers set about Sri Lanka’s batsmen with some fierce deliveries.Sadeera Samarawickrama (5) felt the brunt of Mohammed Shami, a second-successive bouncer clipping glove and shoulder on its way to Rahane in the cordon.Spin quickly took over and Jadeja removed Dimuth Karunaratne (13) and nightwatchman Lakmal (0) before the close, leaving all the responsibility on first-innings centurions Mathews and Chandimal if they are to avoid a 2-0 series loss..(Omnisport)INDIA 1st innings 536 for 7 decl. (V. Kohli 243, M. Vijay 155, R. Sharma 65; L. Sandakan 4-167) SRI LANKA 1st innings (o/n 356-9)Dimuth Karunaratne c Saha b Shami 0Dilruwan Perera lbw b Jadeja 42Dhananjaya de Silva lbw b I. Sharma 1Angelo Mathews c Saha b R. Ashwin 111Dinesh Chandimal c S. Dhawan b I. Sharma 164Sadeera Samarawickrama c Saha b I. Sharma 33Roshen Silva c S. Dhawan b R. Ashwin 0Niroshan Dickwella b R. Ashwin 0Suranga Lakmal c Saha b Shami 5Lahiru Gamage lbw b Jadeja 1Lakshan Sandakan not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-5, nb-2, pen-5) 16Total: (all out, 135.3 overs) 373Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-14, 3-75, 4-256, 5-317, 6-318, 7-322, 8-331, 9-343.Bowling: M. Shami 26-6-85-2 (nb-1), I. Sharma 29.3-7-98-3, R. Jadeja 45-13-86-2 (nb-1), R. Ashwin 35-8-90-3.INDIA 2nd innings M. Vijay c Dickwella b Lakmal 9S. Dhawan stp, Dickwella b Sandakan 67A. Rahane c Sandakan b D. Perera 10C. Pujara c Mathews b D. de Silva 49V. Kohli c Lakmal b Gamage 50Ro. Sharma not out 50R. Jadeja not out 4Extras: (b-1, lb-2, nb-3, w-1) 7Total: (for 5 wkts decl’d, 52.2 overs) 246Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-29 A, 3-106, 4-144, 5-234.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 14-3-60-1 (w-1), Lahiru Gamage 12.2-1-48-1 (nb-3), Dilruwan Perera 11-0-54-1, Dhananjaya de Silva 5-0-31-1, Lakshan Sandaka 10-0-50-1.SRI LANKA 2nd innings (Target: 410 runs)Dimuth Karunaratne c Saha b Jadeja 13Sadeera Samarawickrama c Rahane b Shami 5Dhananjaya de Silva not out 13Suranga Lakmal b Jadeja 0Angelo Mathews not out 0Extras: 0Total: (for 3 wickets, 16 overs) 31Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-31, 3-31.Bowling: I. Sharma 3-0-6-0, M. Shami 3-1-8-1, R. Ashwin 5-2-12-0, R. Jadeja 5-2-5-2.last_img read more

NFF Picks New Date for 2017 Annual General Assembly

first_imgChairmen and Secretaries of the 44 members of the NFF (including FAs of 36 States and the FCT, the NPFL, the NNL, the NWFL, the NLO, Coaches Association, Referees Association and the Players’ Union), all Members of the NFF Executive Committee, NFF Management, representatives of NFF partners and sponsors, former NFF Presidents and General Secretaries and invited dignitaries are expected at the occasion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Congress of Nigerian Football has approved that the 2017 Annual General Assembly of Nigeria Football Federation take place in Jos, Plateau State on Thursday, 19th October 2017.On Wednesday, the nation’s football-ruling body informed Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung as well as world football-governing body FIFA and the continental body, CAF of the schedule, which comes well after next weekend’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Zambia and the conclusion of the ongoing AITEO Cup competition and the Nigeria National League.The Annual General Assembly of Nigeria Football Federation brings together the major stakeholders of the game in Nigeria, with opportunity for robust engagement on all issues related to the game and is usually an event of huge interest to local and international media.last_img read more

Badgers look to secure home ice

first_imgNo one said it was going to come easy.That “it” is securing home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs, in which the Badgers currently sit in fourth place as of today.Tomorrow, it could be someone else.Only one point separates Wisconsin (14-13-7, 10-11-5 WCHA) from St. Cloud State (16-13-4, 11-11-2) ? its opponent this weekend ? and Minnesota State. Thing is, they both have four games to play. Wisconsin has two.Meaning that this weekend will go a long way in determining who plays on whose home ice come tournament time.A sweep would all but clinch home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Minnesota-Duluth, currently seventh in the standings with 21 points, would have to win out to force a tie with Wisconsin, and Minnesota State would need to take five of a possible eight points over the next two weekends.“We know what’s on the line,” Wisconsin goaltender Shane Connelly said.The challenge will be less the Huskies ?among the nation’s top offenses and winners of five straight ? and more themselves.Wisconsin has struggled to find a rhythm the past three Friday nights ? two losses and one tie. The first two periods have been especially difficult, in which opponents have outscored the Badgers 7-0.To be fair, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said the team hasn’t been able to practice on its home ice in quite some time because of scheduling conflicts with the UW men’s and women’s basketball teams and high school hockey playoff games. Nor has it helped that there are only six upperclassmen on the roster when the team is forced to play the most important weeks of the season ? the final ones ? on the road in unfamiliar, hostile environments like Minnesota.“I think we could talk ourselves blue in the face saying ‘This is what we need to do; this is what it’s going to be like.’ But until you go through it, you’re not going to learn,” Eaves said. “You’ve got to walk through that fire to truly understand.”With fewer distractions this week, the hope is that the team has learned its lesson and will come out fast and on its toes.“Going into this Friday you think because we have walked through the fire that we’re going to be prepared. I hope so,” Eaves said. “But we’ll find out if we’ve grown up enough to understand what it means to dictate on the road on a Friday night.”Connelly knows that a strong performance from him will be vitally important to Wisconsin’s success. Last weekend Connelly got away from the tendencies that have made him successful this season, and he paid for it.Seven goals were the most scored on Connelly since the Nov. 16-17 series against Colorado College when nine went by him. And like the Tigers, the Huskies are a force on offense.“I have to be prepared right from the opening faceoff. I have to be on my toes; I have to be the aggressor and patient at the same time,” Connelly said.During the week, Connelly worked with coach Bill Howard on reacting to shots instead of trying to guess where the puck was going. Connelly said he was moving too much, thereby not positioning himself to make the saves.“You’re only as good as your next game, so I’m looking to go out and prove myself.”Led by Andreas Nodl, Ryan Lasch and Garrett Roe ? who have 55 goals and 121 points combined ? the Huskies like to get out into the open ice and score.For Badger freshman Kyle Turris, who hasn’t scored in six games, this weekend’s faster-style play is something to look forward to.“I’m excited to get out there,” said Turris, the team leader with 30 points. “It just kind of opens up the game and allows for more rushes and everybody getting involved.”Injury UpdateFreshman defenseman Brendan Smith will be making the trip. It is unlikely that he’ll play, however.Eaves said it’s to get Smith, who has missed 13 straight games with a back injury, into the routine of being around the team again.“We’re wrapping up what we want to get done with him,” Eaves said. “He needs to start to get around us and get closer to start thinking about playing.”Sophomore defenseman Jaime McBain, who sat out last Saturday’s game against Minnesota with an injured knee, is listed as “probable.”last_img read more

Chukwu Grateful to Otedola for Helping to Restore His Health

first_imgChukwu, first Nigerian to lift the Africa Cup of Nations trophy, when he captained the national team to win the 1980 edition on home soil, said his medical condition was in a complicated state before the intervention of Otedola, who spent a total of N36,635,000 on his treatment, travel and accommodation expenses.“Otedola has made me, I can play football again,” Chukwu said jokingly when he paid the oil mogul a visit in Lagos on Friday.“If you saw me before I left for London, you won’t believe I’ll be here talking to you. I think I won’t be making a mistake if I say after God, it’s Otedola in my life.“I had many complications and I couldn’t walk. When I heard Otedola brought out money for my treatment, I marveled because in my circle, we didn’t know him before then. We have people with us but maybe they forgot or it’s not in their character (to help).“I don’t know how to thank Otedola enough, God bless him.”Chukwu’s wife, Lilian, who was with him alongside his daughter and sister throughout the duration of treatment in London, also thanked Otedola for coming to their aid.“God used him to bring my husband back to life. He (Otedola) will never lack,” Lilian stated.Acting Chief Operating Officer, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Company,Philip Akinola, who represented Otedola on the occasion, expressed delight at seeing Chukwu back on his feet again.“I’m happy to see him radiant again, unlike when I visited him in Enugu. He walked from the ground floor to his room on the second floor of his hotel, when he got to Lagos without needing anyone to aide him. That’s the joy of Otedola,” he said.“This is a challenge to others. It’s a typical example of taking care of people while they are alive,” concludes the Zenon COO.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles captain and coach Christian Chukwu has thanked billionaire businessman Femi Otedola for helping foot his medical bills in a London hospital.Chukwu returned to the country on Friday, after nearly two months in London, where he underwent treatment and surgery at Wellington Hospital.last_img read more

TBJH Bomb Threat Update: Suspect Identified

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA suspect has been identified in the bomb threat that occurred Thursday at Thunder Bay Junior High School. According to Superintendent, Dr. John VanWagoner, an investigation is still ongoing.School was back in session on Friday after a written bomb threat was discovered in a bathroom stall. Around 1 pm Thursday, law enforcement, confirmed that the threat was determined to be non–credible.Thunder Bay Junior High was placed in a soft lockdown while administration and police investigated the scene through video footage and a walk through.Students were released from school at normal time. Guidance counselors were on hand to speak with students.APS thanks the students, parents, and staff for their cooperation during this event.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Resident proposes alternate plan for Mich-e-ke-wis ParkNext Wear Red For What? Find Out Whylast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard, Clippers take win over Lakers in stride

first_img“Whatever it takes to win, if it’s me guarding him or me guarding someone else and switching on him, I always love the contest,” Leonard said. “He’s a great player and playing on Christmas, it was fun.”Paul George, who made just 5 of his 18 attempts and finished with 17 points, tipped his hat to his star colleague after the game.“Kawhi was special,” George said. “He won us the game. He led us … He had great challenges on (Anthony Davis), bodying him up, and great presence on LeBron, some big-time rebounds.“You all know Kawhi Leonard. He did it tonight.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers said he appreciated and enjoyed the intensity both teams brought to the proceedings, but when it was over, he too shrugged it off.“I said during the game it’s going to be a great game and it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be with more intensity, but now that the game is over? Yeah, it’s just another game,” Rivers said. “Because you don’t get anything for this. There’s no trophy and it’s just a win and a win against a Western Conference opponent – which is good.”About that last point – basketball bookkeepers will note the Clippers did gain something tangible from the victory: They now are 2-0 against the Lakers, which guarantees no worse than a split in the season series and gives them the divisional record tiebreaker lead.center_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ GREEN ON CHRISTMASThe Lakers still had the Clippers at arm’s length, 80-73 with 3:22 to go in the third quarter, when JaMychal Green reported to the scorer’s table to check in for the first time.Almost immediately, his presence helped turn the game in the Clippers’ direction: He quickly found Leonard for a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to four. Green later grabbed a rebound and drained a 3-pointer from 26 feet, which closed the shrinking gap to three points.Rivers said fans would have seen Green – who returned from a back contusion just one game prior – earlier on Christmas if the coach hadn’t been toying with his team’s minutes rotation to try to get George on the floor more early on.“We were going to play (Green) in the first half to be honest, and PG, I wanted to get him back in earlier, so I just went away from it,” Rivers said. “In retrospect, it was a terrible decision. I should have played him in the first half because he was terrific for us.“I was hesitant with him because he had only played one game back and so we went back and forth, but I really messed the rotations back up when I put PG back in that early; that would have been JaMychal’s minutes. I just thought I needed to get PG in and I needed to get Kawhi out. I just should have stayed with the rotation that we usually stay with.”In his seven minutes on the court, Green finished with three points, three assists and a pair of rebounds.NO CROWThe Clippers (23-10) got the memo after Wednesday’s win, in which they improved to 12-3 when Leonard and George play and 2-0 against their intracity rivals.It was, they all said, “just another game.”Even Beverley, the Clippers’ ferocious pest, insisted as much: “Just another game. Just fortunate to play on Christmas.”“I’m just happy that we got a road win today,” said Leonard, whose Clippers now are 9-8 on the road. “All the ‘Battle of L.A.’ is for the fans and for people that’s watching. That’s not our mindset.”Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Clippers coach Doc Rivers talks often about players who are “stars in their role,” guys who do what’s asked of them, such as Moe Harkless with his versatile defensive chops or Ivica Zubac with his big-bodied rim protection.On the big Christmas Day stage Wednesday, Kawhi Leonard – cast as the Clippers’ leading superstar – absolutely was a star in his role.Leonard’s steady excellence buoyed the Clippers in their 111-106 victory over the “host” Lakers at Staples Center. He finished with a game-high 35 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 11 for 19, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range. He added five assists in 38 minutes and finished plus-15, best on the team beside Patrick Beverley’s telling plus-26 in the box score.He also played stellar defense on LeBron James, defending the King for 4 minutes, 47 seconds of game action, according to NBA Advanced Stats Player Tracking. In that span, the Lakers scored only seven points and the four-time league MVP was limited to one point, making one of two from the free-throw line but missing both of his attempts from the field – both from beyond the arc.last_img read more

Mum left in agony after footie yobs drop her HEAD-FIRST at Tottenham game

first_imgGOT a story? Ring The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or email A MUM working at a Tottenham football match wants compensation after hooligans picked her up and dropped her head-first to the floor.Anna Ray was a welcome host for the Premier League giants ahead of a crunch European tie when she was attacked by yobs who carried her 200 yards before throwing her to the ground.6 Anna was left in agony after football hooligans dropped herThe PSV Eindhoven supporters left her in agony and caked in blood, leading Tottenham to enhance security for their ‘fanbassadors’.Despite being left scarred from the ordeal, Anna says she has had no compensation or calls from the North London club – just a token bouquet of flowers.She said: “I was greeting fans outside the station and offering photo opportunities and handing out flyers.“The idea is to welcome fans to the game before they reach the stadium. But it all went wrong and the thugs picked me up and carried me while on the run.6 Actress Anna was unable to fulfil other stage roles and had to pay to get her teeth fixed”They were screaming and jeering at me and I was terrified. They were clearly drunk and found it hilarious. Other stewards were running after me trying to help.“Eventually the hooligans stopped but rather than lower me to the floor I was thrown to the ground and landed on my head.”Mum of one Anna, 47, suffered a broken tooth and nose and severe bruising.She was covered in blood and has a scar on her nose she can’t afford to treat via plastic surgery.6 The mum of one told how the yobs ‘threw’ her to the groundShe had to go straight home following the trauma ahead of the Champions League tie against Dutch side PSV at Wembley Stadium last November.And despite months of effort, she has failed in a compensation bid after her ordeal.Actress Anna was unable to fulfil other stage roles and had to pay to get her teeth fixed.In the aftermath of the attack she also had to turn down other work for Street PR, the firm then contracted to greet fans by Spurs.ATTACKED BY YOBSThe company was axed by the club at the start of the current season, leaving her with no chance of boosting her income.Single Anna, of Friern Barnet, North London, said: “Spurs sent me a bouquet of flowers but that was it.”I’d just like someone to call me and say sorry for what happened and offer to set me right. Street PR who I was employed by have just left me to it.“I’m hundreds of pounds out of pocket after what happened. I spoke to police at Wembley after it happened, but there was very little that could be done.6 She was covered in blood and has a scar on her nose“People I meet tell me I have something on my nose, but it’s my scar. I have been left traumatised and badly injured. I should be compensated. It has been ten months but I’ve heard nothing.“People are compensated for much less than what I endured for the club. I’m a Spurs fan, but it is all so disappointing.”Anna told how Spurs have now hired extra stewards and asked police to look over their ‘fanbassadors’ before games to prevent away fans attacking them.They work face-painting kids and offering families a cardboard Spurs-themed frame to pose for pictures in.6 Anna told how Spurs have now hired extra stewards and asked police to look over their ‘fanbassadors’She said: “We are all about enhancing the customer experience.“I tried going back after my ordeal but I struggled and couldn’t do the job properly.”The job of greeting fans, worth £10 an hour for six hours on match days, has now been taken ‘in-house’ by Tottenham.Street PR were last night understood to be in talks with insurers in a bid to compensate Anna.The firm said: “Anna Ray was part of the StreetPR fanbassador team at Tottenham.”Anna first contacted StreetPR on 20th June 2019 (3 months ago) about this incident and did not ask for compensation.”However, we contacted our insurers prior to being contacted by the Sun. We expect everything to be resolved in due course.”MOST READ IN UK NEWSCLIFF PLUNGEThree ‘seriously hurt’ after jumping off 200ft CLIFFS into sea at packed beachBEAST ‘KILLS’Cat dubbed Beast of Billionaires’ row ‘savages and kills’ kittenLatestHORROR FALLGirl, 2, suffers life-threatening injuries after falling 40ft from windowLIFE’S A BEACHMoment driver desperately tries to save car swept out to sea on beach’BLOODBATH’Baby in serious condition and woman, 37, injured after pair ‘stabbed’ at homeLOO GOT TO BE KIDDINGWoman shares bathroom selfie… before spotting something very rudeA club spokesman told The Sun: “The well-being of all our match day workers both in and outside the stadium is of paramount importance.”We continuously assess our processes to ensure staff are able to work in a safe environment. We are in touch with Street PR about this particular incident.”6 She had to go straight home following the trauma ahead of the Champions League tie against Dutch side PSV at Wembley Stadium’Drunk’ linesman allowed to continue refereeing Czech football match – despite not being able to run or stop falling overlast_img read more

Govt to increase fees for leased lands

first_imgOn the heels of immense outcry over the avalanche of tax increases and the introduction of new expenses being instigated by Government, persons are now likely to also pay a higher fee for the rental of lease lands.Lease lands are commonly used by investors for industrial and agricultural purposesA land re-evaluation exercise will soon get underway with the aim of assessing the current market value of all state-lands in order to increase the fees for the rental of lease lands in accordance with the present market value.Minister of State Joseph Harmon made this disclosure on Wednesday during the Parliamentary Standing Select Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Odinga Lumumba.The Minister of State spoke on matters related to land titling, climate change and Information Communication Technology (ICT).Harmon explained that Government is moving to put in place a land classification system to develop and implement a classification methodology for revision of rental rates, based on assessments of the market value of land.Lease lands are commonly used by investors for industrial and agricultural purposes, and they stand to bear the brunt of these increased fees should Government proceed with this initiative.Harmon indicated that the fees presently being charged are well below market value and as such, Government needs to ascertain the lands’ true value so that the right amount can be paid.“If you look at the price paid for one acre of State land to the Lands and Surveys Commission, then you will understand what I am talking about,” he reasoned.He pointed out also that in areas where the land rates have been significantly low, large enterprises still failed to pay those rates over the years which resulted in difficult circumstances under which the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (LSC) had to operate.He posited that the intention of the Government is to ensure the LSC becomes a profitable entity with little to no dependency on Government funding.“We have to change that and we have to ensure that the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is a profitable undertaking and one that can stand on its own feet without having to have too much Government intervention,” Harmon stated.Already, Government has increased property taxes, gun licence fees, operating licence fees, introduced container taxes, University of Guyana graduation fees, and registration fees for Government schools, among others. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more