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first_imgNew Delhi : Royal Challengers Bangalore and India captain Virat Kohli on Friday said he was happy with the kind of players picked by his franchise during the IPL auction and looking to enjoy “the best form of cricket by playing bold”. During the IPL auction held in Kolkata on Thursday, RCB bought eight players, including the likes of Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson and Dale Steyn.“I am very happy with the players that we have selected and really looking forward to the new season. We’ve had a lot of discussions on the structure and balance of the team and this looks like a good start for us,” Kohli said. “I believe it all comes down to every individual to give out their best performance during the league and to enjoy the best form of cricket by playing bold,” he added.RCB’s Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson said the plan of the franchise in the auction was to look at players that will combine well with the retained squad. “We want a squad that can have balance and adapt to any conditions both at home and away. To pick players who help us maximise our budget judiciously took a thoughtful approach.I am very pleased with the way auction went,” he said. “We wanted the majority of our overseas players to bring plenty of international experience in order to add and share knowledge with the exciting developing talents we already have at RCB. When we look at any overseas player to bring to RCB, it’s not only about talent, but where else can they contribute,” he added.Hesson termed Finch a hugely experienced player who not only adds plenty of skill but also a calm head to the team. “Chris Morris and Isuru Udana both provide all round packages being able to bowl at any time in the innings, especially death overs. Kane Richardson and Dayle Steyn have the ability to take wickets in the Power Play and bring some hostility and experience to our attack.“We have picked a local talent in Pavan Deshpande who provides us batting cover, his power and flexibility where he bats is a very useful addition to the squad.” RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said his franchise had wanted a balanced squad that embodies the philosophy of RCB, a bold and fearless attitude to project the best cricket in the tournament.“I am glad that we have managed to assemble a team of some of the strongest T20 players and with the guidance of Mike, Simon and other coaching staffs, we have a very good set of combinations that drives the RCB proposition for a great season.” RCB have not won the IPL title in the 12 editions so far. They were runners-up in both 2009 and 2011 to then Deccan Chargers and Chennai Super Kings respectively. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia,  CMC – Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed has pointed to her record 100th wicket in Twenty20 Internationals as the highlight of her outstanding career, as she prepares to play her 100th T20I when West Indies clash with South Africa here tonight. The 30-year-old has taken 113 wickets from 99 T20 Internationals and will join teammate Deandra Dottin in the 100 club, once she is named in the XI for the Windies’ second match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium.Mohammed made history when she took her 100th T20I wicket in her 81st match two years ago during the successful Windies World Cup campaign in India.“[The highlight of my career was] definitely the 100th wicket and that was in the last T20 World Cup in India,” Mohammed told reporters here yesterday.Anisa Mohammed during yesterday’s media conference ahead of West Indies’ second match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. “It’s nice to be able to play a hundred T20 International games but it would be nice for us to win this World Cup and retain our title. That would be a great achievement for us as a team.”She added: “Whenever I step on the field I want to give it my best performance. Being able to take a hundred wickets and breaking that record – being the first male or female – it kind of hits you that you can do things that people thought you could never do.”Mohammed made her debut in West Indies’ first ever T20 International 10 years ago against Ireland in Dublin, but ironically did not bowl a single ball. However, she has since gone on to take three five-wicket hauls, along with an amazing hat-trick against South Africa last September during South Africa’s tour of the Caribbean.Trinidadian Mohammed, who has also played over 100 One-Day Internationals, said she had tried successfully to carve her own niche in the international game.“I like to be myself. From the time I started I always wanted to make a name for myself. I never wanted to emulate anybody else. Like I said, I wanted to make a name for myself and stand out,” she explained. “I love representing West Indies. It’s one of the things I look forward to. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy waking up every morning.“The girls on this team – we’re just not a bunch of girls who come together from different islands – we’re actually a family and I think that makes it a lot better to go out there and play as a team and that has been working for us.”Not a big spinner of the ball, Mohammed has relied on her unerring accuracy over the years for her success, and says she had focussed on keeping her bowling simple. “[It (action) has changed a bit over the past few years but off-spin is off-spin and you try to stick to the basics and that’s what’s been working for me over the years.”last_img read more

first_img Related SALT LAKE CITY — For most of the past year, Jazz fans have been hoping that a certain 6-foot-8 forward from Duke would be drafted by Utah in the first round of the NBA draft.Well, the Jazz got their 6-8 forward from Duke Thursday night, but it wasn’t Jabari Parker. Rather, the Jazz picked up Parker’s teammate, Rodney Hood, with their second pick of the first round at No. 23.The left-handed Hood, who played one year at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, was expected to be drafted much higher, in the 13-18 range in many mock drafts. However some unlikely picks ahead of the Jazz, such as Bruno Caboclo of Brazil by Toronto, Michigan’s Mitch McGary by Oklahoma City, and UCLA’s Jordan Adams by Memphis, left Hood available for the Jazz.“I’m very excited to get to Utah to play with those guys,’’ Hood said immediately after being chosen. “I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder now, and I’m just really excited to get there.’’Hood’s “chip” is because he was expected to go higher, which he acknowledged later.“It was nerve-wracking because you want to hear your name called as soon as possible,’’ he said. “But at same time, I landed with a really good team with great fans and a great coach in his first year. I’m very excited to be part of the organization.’’Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in a team-high 32.9 minutes per game last year for the Blue Devils, while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range. He was selected as a team captain before he played a minute for the Blue Devils, and one commentator said the Jazz were getting a “high character guy” in Hood.”We thought there was a slight chance, and fortunately for us, he was there,” said Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey. “He’s a 6-9 shooter, who’s a quality kid and a good pick-and-roll player, who we think in time will be a good contributor to our group.”The 21-year-old Hood, who hails from Meridian, Mississippi, began his collegiate career at Mississippi State in 2011-12 before transferring to Duke, just the fourth player to transfer to Duke under coach Mike Krzyzewski.“I learned a lot from coach K and everybody who helped me along the way,’’ he said. “It was great to be in a winning atmosphere.’’When asked what he will bring to the Jazz, he said, “A guy who can score the ball and shoot the ball, a guy who will come and work every single day and try to get better. I can add some depth to the wing. I want to win and prove myself.’’Hood said he knew Trey Burke and watched Derrick Favors in high school and was excited to play for Quin Snyder, a former Duke player and coach.“It’s great, I’ve heard a lot of great things about him,” he said about Snyder. “I’m sure he learned a lot from coach (Krzyzewski) and it will be a more comfortable transition knowing he went to Duke.’’With their second-round pick, the Jazz selected Jarnell Stokes, a 6-9 power forward from Tennessee, who was one of the 90 players the Jazz brought in for workouts over the past several weeks. However, a half hour after the selection, the NBA announced that Stokes had been traded to Memphis for a second-round pick in 2016.Stokes was known for his rebounding at Tennessee where he averaged 10.6 boards per game while averaging 15.1 points per game. Like Hood, he is a left-handed shooter, who shot 53.0 percent in his three years for the Volunteers.”There was a lot of talk and we actually like the player we traded away,” Lindsey said. “But with our adding two young players last year and one extremely young player in Dante (Exum), we needed to push out that pick going forward. Our ability to accumulate assets is key for us to be able to make deals in the future.” NBA Draft: Utah Jazz get lucky with Dante Exum, Rodney Hood ESPN’s Chad Ford gives the Jazz an A for their draft efforts 2014 NBA Draft Central: Up-to-the-minute coverage Bucks take Jabari Parker with 2nd pick in NBA draft A complete list of all eight NBA draft day trades Utah Jazz extend qualifying offer to Gordon Hayward NBA Draft: Pleasant Grove’s C.J. Wilcox selected 28th overall by L.A. Clippers (+audio)last_img read more

first_imgThe Outback Golf BarMonday, Nov. 20, Burapha – StablefordPeter Stonebridge doubled his career aces today at Burapha and in the process collected a 10,000 baht voucher donated by Andre Coetzee.  Peter also collected the top spot with an impressive 40 points.Robert Mitchell, a tourist from Australia and playing of off 2, claimed second place on a count-back over Mr Acco, both with 38 points while The Sugarman was fourth with 36. Monday, Nov. 20, Siam Plantation – StablefordEleven players took on the Plantation course and Chris Davison proved to be a cut above the rest as he won the day with a fine round of 40 points.  Brendan Moylan came second six points back on 34 and Mark Rossiter was third with 32.There were two ‘2’s, coming from Mark Rossiter and Chris Davison.Wednesday, Nov. 22, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA round dozen golfers were supposed to play Royal Lakeside on a hot humid day but one got lost on route.Rob Mitchell took top spot on the day, edging out Steve Mann on count-back after both scored 40 points overall.  Third place went to Bill Macdonald with 39.Rob Mitchell recorded the only ‘2’ of the day.Friday, Nov. 24, Green Valley – MedalThe Outback monthly medal attracted a field of over 40 players and 9 podium places were up for grabs.Topping the field and going forward to next September’s medal winners comp was Stefan Hoge with a great round of net 68.4 players came joint second on net 71, those being Peter Nixon, Peter Lenoury, Vic Hester and Howard Marson, while a further three, Bill Macdonald, Steve Mann and Chris Kerr were tied on net 72.  Kevin Mackintosh and Jim Black were also locked on net 74s and completed the podium.Peter Nixon, Kevin Macdonald and Barry Copestake recorded the only ‘2’s of the day.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement gl4eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4uiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) k1i56Would you ever consider trying this?😱l3u7Can your students do this? 🌚56dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emphasised on the importance of signing “quality players” for Manchester United but has so far remained silent on news involving Gareth Bale.Advertisement The Welsh Wizard has been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford for many years now and now that Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed in Real Madrid, the move might happen for real this time.Advertisement It is no secret that former manager Jose Mourinho was keen on signing the 29-year-old winger but caretaker manager Ole has so far remained mum on all things concerning Bale.“I can’t really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they’re property of other clubs,” the interim United manager said.Advertisement “But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team.“There’s so many factors you need to think about when you sign players.“It’s not easy – I don’t know if it’s easy either – when you’re in the media or when you’re a supporter, you can think short-term.“We’ve got to think about the longevity as well, who’s going to fit in personality-wise.“So, there’s so many things that we need to think about. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAmerica’s Tori Bowie delivered a finish line masterclass when she timed her dip perfectly to win the women’s 100 metres world championship gold in spectacular style on Sunday, leaving Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou with a consolation silver.The momentum of 26-year-old Bowie’ exemplary dip sent her sprawling onto the track but by the time she recovered enough to look at the big screen she saw that she had won by one hundredth of a second and denied Ta Lou the chance to claim Ivory Coast’s first world title in any event.Olympic champion and race favourite Elaine Thompson never got going and finished fifth, as Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers took bronze.Ta Lou appeared to have the race sewn up but fatally failed to throw herself at the line and there were moments of suspense before the result appeared on the stadium scoreboard.The 26-year-old Bowie, who finished in 10.85 seconds, went one better than her silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year while Ta Lou was left to ponder another desperately unlucky finish.“I never give up until I’m over the line,” Bowie said. “Ta Lou went away fast but she always does. It didn’t bother me and I just kept pumping my legs and arms until the finish.“The dive doesn’t feel too good now. But that has saved me at championships in the past. I’ve got a couple of days to recover before the 200 heats so I’ll be okay.”Ta Lou was also unlucky not to walk away with a bronze medal in Rio after being denied a place on the podium by the rarely-resorted to thousandths measurement.“I am just happy to have this medal, it is a dream come true,” she said. “I didn’t expect to be in the top three because all the girls have the power and the talent to make the podium.”Thompson’s shock defeat came after Usain Bolt finished third in the men’s 100 metres on Saturday making it the first time since the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki that Jamaica failed to win either 100 metres race.It was also the first sprint double for the U.S. since Helsinki when Gatlin and Lauryn Williams were the champions.Thompson, who had looked in fine form in the heats and won on the same track in trainers to protect an injury in a Diamond League meeting one month ago, was at a loss to explain her defeat.“I don’t know what happened. I just wanted to get a good start but they race well,” she said. “I’ll have to watch the video back because I don’t know what went wrong.“I have to give those three girls a lot of credit, so big congratulations to them. I didn’t execute my race which is a shame but I’m healthy.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli, right, celebrates with his Dutch teammate Nigel Dejong after scoring, during the Serie A soccer match between Udinese and AC Milan at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMILAN, September 23- Mario Balotelli scored the first goal of his second spell at AC Milan as the Serie A giants held on for a hard-fought 3-2 win at Udinese on Tuesday.In his first start for the Rossoneri since moving back to the club on loan from Liverpool at the start of this season — having left Milan a year earlier to sign a permanent deal with the Premier League outfit — the controversial Italy international forward needed just five minutes to open his account. The result moved Milan provisionally up to fourth ahead of the rest of the midweek matches on Wednesday and Thursday.But Balotelli said it hadn’t been easy for him as Udinese’s players tried to wind him up.“It was a difficult game for me because I knew they wanted to provoke me,” he told Mediaset Premium.“I got a yellow card for nothing and that ruined my game a bit. However, I’m happy with my performance.”Further goals from Giacomo Bonaventura and Cristian Zapata had seemingly put the game to bed before the half-time whistle.“The first half went well, there was only one team on the pitch,” said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.“At half-time I told the lads a match lasts 95 minutes, not 45, and that rather than manage (the lead) we needed another goal.“We need to learn better how to manage the nerves.”Udinese launched a stirring second-half fight-back that probably deserved more than just two goals from Emmanuel Badu and Duvan Zapata.Udinese remain in the relegation zone on three points after a fourth defeat in five matches this season.All eyes were on Balotelli, though, even before the 25-year-old stepped up to curl a free-kick into the top corner of goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis’s net.“Balotelli had a great game, with a goal and being fouled many times,” added Mihajlovic.“He never reacted and was always lucid. The real Balotelli is back.”Just five minutes later and the hosts faced an uphill battle as Bonaventura converted from the centre of the area after a through ball from Riccardo Montolivo.The game appeared over as a meaningful contest in first-half injury time as Colombian centre-back Zapata headed home a Bonaventura corner.Udinese wasted no time after the restart in getting back into the match, though, as Ghana midfielder Badu arrived late in the box to volley into the bottom corner after good work from veteran Italy international forward Antonio Di Natale on 51 minutes.And just before the hour mark, Duvan, another Colombian, poked home into an empty net after Milan keeper Diego Lopez missed a cross from Cyril Thereau.With Balotelli by now a peripheral figure in the match, the hosts exerted intense pressure on the Milan goal and Thereau was just inches away from getting on the end of a Di Natale cross that would have left him with only Lopez to beat.Lopez was the hero in the last minute as he tipped over Bruno Fernandes’s fierce drive from outside the box after a training ground corner routine.And from that resulting corner, French-born Mali centre-back Molla Wague headed just wide of the near post.Udinese were becoming desperate, and indisciplined, as Bruno picked up a second booking, leading to a red card, deep into injury time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Andre Schurrle in action for Chelsea Andre Schurrle has distanced himself from a move away from Chelsea.The 24-year-old, signed from Bayer Leverkusen 18 months ago, has been underwhelming for Chelsea since returning from the 2014 World Cup with a winners’ medal, sparking reports he could be offloaded in January.Schurrle, though, has taken to social networking site Instagram to show his allegiance.“To the top:)) #behappy #blues,” Schurrle posted on Instagram, alongside a photo of him in a Chelsea shirt, pointing to the skies.Schurrle has completed 90 minutes only twice this term under Jose Mourinho, each time in the Capital One Cup, and the Portuguese has often demanded more of the pacey forward. 1last_img read more

first_img Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure Inter Milan are preparing a stunning summer swoop for Manchester City star Yaya Toure, according to reports in Spain.The 31-year-old’s current contract at the Etihad runs until 2017 but, while the Premier League champions are looking to extend that, his future at the club remains uncertain.Toure has become a pivotal figure in the City squad after arriving from Barcelona in 2010 for £24m.The Ivorian has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup during his time in Manchester, but now, according to Sport, Inter Milan are trying to lure the Ivory Coast international away from the Etihad.Toure worked with Inter boss Roberto Mancini during his time in charge of City and the Italian is hoping that will persuade him to make the switch. 1last_img read more

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