Big Dog Motorcycles, the world’s largest manufacturer of custom motorcycles, announced entry into the Indian market. Big Dog Motorcycles has been on the road for the last two decades, striving for excellence in design function and luxury; and now India will be able to get their hands on one of these luxury custom-made choppers which are one of its kind. These custom choppers by Big Dog are unique as no two motorcycles will be the same in India and are street legal.ALSO READ:Has KTM halted production of Duke 200 in India?The K9 Red Chopper -111 sports its macho looks with gravitas. It has a dynamic cutting edge presence which commands ownership of the road. The K9 Red Chopper – 111 is priced at Rs. 59 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and is powered by an 1807cc, 45-degree V-twin from S&S Superslider.Big Dog Motorcycles is an American motorcycle manufacturing company specializing in high-performance, on-road cruisers and chopper. Founded in 1994, the company has grown to become the largest production-custom motorcycle manufacturer in the world, delivering over 30,000 motorcycles across the globe.ALSO READ:2017 Suzuki Hayabusa launched in India at Rs 13.88 lakhThe K9 Red chopper – 111 is ‘One of One’ built under the aegis of Kansas Motor Works (KMW), which is now known as “BigDogIsBack.com”. BMC, has brought America’s iconic motorcycle company BigDogIsBack.com to India.Samar JS Sodhi, Founder Big Motorcycle Company, said, “For decades, I was planning to get this motorcycle here in India and now finally my dream has come true. I believe that this motorcycle will attract the right rider who is looking for a unique, ‘one of one’ custom chopper which will make its presence felt on the road, and guess what this is completely street legal in India.”advertisementALSO READ:Suzuki GSX250R makes European debut at EICMA 2016He added, “I am extremely delighted that this ‘one of one’ custom made motorcycle is now in India. Once you take a seat on the Big Dog Motorcycle, you will know what makes for ultimate comfort. The chopper’s beastly growl will make your ears stand on end.”
The soccer world was in mourning on Tuesday as clubs, players and fans from around the globe sent tributes and support to Brazilian side Chapecoense following a deadly air crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, including several players.The small club from the town of Chapeco had been heading for the biggest game in its history, the first leg of Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana final, when its plane crashed in a mountainous rural area outside of the city of Medellin.One of the first messages came from their rivals in Wednesday’s now postponed final, Atletico Nacional of Medellin.”Nacional deeply laments and stands in solidarity with @ChapecoenseReal in the accident and we await information from authorities,” the home town club tweeted soon after the disaster was reported.FIFA President Infantino said on Twitter: “At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends.”Rivals of both clubs tweeted their support, with Flamengo and Santos in Brazil, and Club Junior and Millionarios in Colombia among those sending their condolences, many of them accompanied by the hashtag #ForcaChape, or Strength Chapecoense.The crash struck a chord with clubs elsewhere, with Arsenal saying: “Thinking of you, @ChapecoenseReal” and Barcelona tweeting: “All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombia.”Thinking of you, @ChapecoenseReal#ForaChapecoense pic.twitter.com/0KGRwwqI76 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 29, 2016All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombiaadvertisement FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 29, 2016England captain Wayne Rooney tweeted: “Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends”.Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends. Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 29, 2016Real Madrid players observed a minute’s silence before training on Tuesday morning and players from around the world shared their condolences.Minute’s silence for the victims of the plane crash in Colombia.https://t.co/CzeDgeynuD#RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/9auFteNzOf Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 29, 2016Brazilian striker Neymar simply tweeted the club badge and Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas said “Good luck and stay strong!”?????? pic.twitter.com/eafd50s4AM Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) November 29, 2016Former Germany captain Michael Ballack tweeted: “Very sad to read #RIP #Chapecoense Remember we are never safe and anything can happen, so make sure to tell your loved ones that you care.”Very sad to read #RIP #Chapecoense ??? Remember we are never safe and anything can happen, so make sure to tell your loved ones that you care??? https://t.co/ullhVpnOCV Michael Ballack (@Ballack) November 29, 2016???my thoughts and sincere condolences go to the families and friends of those aboard the flight #ForaChape #Chapecoense @ChapecoenseReal Michael Ballack (@Ballack) November 29, 2016Sao Paulo cancelled plans to present Rogerio Ceni as their new coach on Tuesday and the Brazilian Football Confederation suspended Wednesday night’s second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Gremio and Atletico Mineiro.
Chelsea’s renaissance under Antonio Conte comes under renewed scrutiny when the Premier League leaders visit Manchester City this weekend on the back of a seven-match winning streak.Only one point separates the two sides with Chelsea on 31 and City on 30 but Conte’s impact at Stamford Bridge appears greater than his City counterpart Pep Guardiola’s at the Etihad. (Also read: Chelsea end unbeaten Tottenham’s start, stay top of league)That is largely due to the contrast from last season.Chelsea are 17 points better off than they were at this stage last season in the final days of Jose Mourinho, while City have four more than after 13 games under Manuel Pellegrini.The goal Tottenham Hotspur scored in a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday was the only one Chelsea have conceded in the last seven matches as Conte’s 3-4-3 system continues to flourish.City, after a runaway start, have not been firing on all cylinders of late, eking out narrow wins over Crystal Palace and Burnley, and former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola accepts Chelsea are setting the standard.”We are going to play against the best team at the moment in the Premier League,” he said. “The last five or six weeks they have played amazing.”We have to try and discover his secret and what we need to do to beat him and will prepare as best as possible.”Former Chelsea midfielder and coach Ray Wilkins said his old club’s progress will be clearer after this weekend.advertisement”I think this will tell Conte whether his three at the back is viable against the top, top teams,” he told Sky Sports.Chelsea will need no reminding of City’s main threat.Sergio Aguero scored four times against them last season, including a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge, and has netted 10 goals this campaign. Then again, Chelsea’s Diego Costa, back to the form of two seasons ago, has matched him with 10 of his own.Second-placed Liverpool (30) must wait until Sunday for their match at Bournemouth when they will try and stretch their unbeaten run to 12 league games.Fourth-placed Arsenal (28) face a tricky London derby at West Ham United on Saturday evening where crowd behaviour will be under the spotlight after the Hammers’ last derby at their new London Stadium, against Chelsea, was marred by ugly scenes.Tottenham have slipped off the pace after their season-long unbeaten run was ended by Chelsea but will hope to get back to winning ways at home to struggling Swansea City.Sixth-placed Manchester United are at Everton.
The Seattle Sounders claimed their first MLS Cup by beating Toronto FC 5-4 on penalties after the Major League Soccer title game ended 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.After Toronto’s Justin Morrow hit the crossbar, Seattle defender Roman Torres coolly slotted home the decider as the Sounders finally reached the North American soccer summit after seven seasons of near misses.With zero shots on goal after 120 minutes it looked as if the Sounders, who have reached the postseason in each of their eight years in the league, would come up short yet again but they found the target when it mattered most.A spectacular save deep into extra-time by Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei kept Seattle’s championship dream alive as the Swiss dove across the net full stretch and with his left hand tipped away a header from Jozy Altidore that looked a winner.Frei, who spent five seasons with TFC before moving to Seattle, took MLS Cup most valuable player honours after shutting out a high-powered Toronto attack that had produced 17 goals in five playoff contests.It was perfect hockey weather at frigid BMO Field, that in three weeks will host the NHL’s Centennial Classic outdoor game, but the bone-chilling temperatures did little to cool down a fired up capacity crowd of close to 36,000.Toronto made a lively start and enjoyed the run of play in a scrappy opening half but TFC’s was held in check.The Reds’ best scoring chance came early when Altidore squeezed a shot from inside the area that sliced by the post and a diving Frei in the second minute.advertisementAfter the break it was Sebastian Giovinco, the other half of Toronto’s strike partnership, finally finding space down the left wing and ripping a shot that just missed the near post.Despite unrelenting pressure, Toronto FC could not breach a Seattle defence that had conceded just three goals in five playoff matches.Toronto nearly ended the drama with an injury time winner when Michael Bradley sent in a corner that Frei narrowly punched clear just before a diving Altidore could get his head on the ball.
sparks rowNew Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Excerpts from a class XII Physical Education textbook defining 36-24-36 as the “best body shape for females” have created an outrage on social media with critics demanding that the text be withdrawn.The incident comes against the backdrop of a raging debate on lack of scrutiny of the curriculum and content taught in schools.The book titled “Health and Physical Education” written by Dr VK Sharma and published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House, is taught at various schools affiliated to CBSE.While CBSE only recommends books published by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), certain books from private publishers are also taught in schools affiliated to it.”36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best. That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions, such type of shape is also taken into consideration,” read the excerpt from the chapter “Physiology and Sports” which is going viral.Various Twitter users shared picture of the mentioned text and demanded that the publishers withdraw the content and schools replace the book in their curriculum.Several calls and text messages to CBSE spokesperson seeking comment on the issue went unanswered.This, however, is not the first incident about improper content being found in textbooks taught in CBSE schools in recent months.Excerpts from a class IV environmental science textbook that suggested students to “kill a kitten” as part of an experiment had gone viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market last month.advertisementIn another recent incident, a class XII Sociology book cited “ugliness” and physical disability of a girl as reasons behind the dowry issue prevalent in the country.The HRD Ministry had last month said that CBSE has no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers.”There is no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has no mandate to prescribe or recommend the textbooks of private publishers in its affiliated schools,” Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha had said in response to a written question in Lok Sabha. PTI GJS KIS
Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 5(PTI) Sporting innovative, almost completely in-house designed architecture, a low-cost bionic hand that can help forearm amputees regain a measure of their prior grasping and holding capabilities received an enthusiastic response at a product demonstration here today. Not only is the prototype potentially much more customisable and user-friendly than products currently available in the market, the 3-D printed device is expected to eventually be priced at a fraction of its competitors costs. “When it hits the market, our creation will probably fetch between Rs 1-1.25 lakh whereas existing bionic hands cost in excess of Rs 10 lakh. “The reason we are able to pass on the savings to the customer is due to the cost-effective and custom-built tech that has gone into our hand,” CEO of Onbyz, a city-based startup that has developed the device, Sanju Mathew said. Mathew put the second generation prototype through its paces at a live demo conducted as part of the one-day Disrupt Kerala 2017 conference held across four venues in Technopark on Wednesday. The conference, marking the 50th edition of the FAYA:80 tech conclave series, was organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in association with NASSCOM and ICFOSS. Onbyzs bionic hand works through electrodes that transmit signal over wires from the intact nerves and muscles in the elbow to a microprocessor that directs the digits to move. This set-up allows the user to manipulate the hand to grip objects. While the movement isnt real-time just yet, the lag between signal input and output is expected to decrease further along the development process. The third generation device is also expected to make the move to wireless use and charging and include removable batteries that can function for three to four hours at a go without an external power source, a press release said. PTI UD ROH TRKadvertisement
Mercedes team bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda were seemingly at odds on Saturday over whether there had been any discussion with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel over a move to the Formula One champions.In the end, it all came down to the definition of a conversation. (Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher’s pole record in 200th race)”There was zero discussions with Sebastian around a contract between him and Mercedes,” Wolff told reporters after Ferrari announced that the German had agreed a new three-year deal keeping him at Maranello until 2020.The announcement ended persistent media speculation that four-times world champion Vettel, who had been out of contract, could make a shock move to Mercedes next year.Lauda, the team’s non-executive chairman, had earlier told Britain’s Sky Sports television at the Belgian Grand Prix that there had been some dialogue.”We discussed it briefly once with him, but the more competitive Ferrari goes, the less the reason he would want to leave,” said the retired triple world champion, an Austrian, like Wolff.”So therefore we stopped right away a couple of months ago,” he added, suggesting that it was natural for any driver to talk to more than one team when negotiating a new deal.Wolff suggested Lauda, also a pundit for German television, and Vettel, the championship leader, might simply have crossed paths in the paddock and exchanged a few words.Reuters Photo “Sometimes you are like, ‘What are you doing? What’s happening?’ No discussions did take place. Zero,” said the Mercedes motorsport head.advertisementWolff also attended a private birthday party for Vettel in Switzerland in July but he said nothing was discussed then, either.”Have you ever got me not saying the truth in the five years I have been here?” he asked. “I don’t deal in lies … what I am saying to you is there were zero conversations with Sebastian over a contract.”Niki has a chat over coffee with Sebastian down there and says, ‘What are you doing, by the way, for the next three years?’ and Sebastian says, ‘Well, I’m thinking about it.'”They had a conversation. They didn’t have coffee, actually. I think it was just crossing each other.”Pressed on the issue, with the media mindful that Lauda had been the man who led the discussions with Lewis Hamilton that ended with the now-triple world champion leaving McLaren for Mercedes, Wolff tried again.”Do you consider a conversation (to be) a crossing of each other by coincidence in a paddock and saying, ‘Maybe one day we should have a chat’?” he asked.”It is a conversation but it is not something I would judge … There was nothing beyond that.”
Guwahati, Oct 11 (PTI) He is ecstatic after his match- winning performance in his very second international game but rookie left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorffs ultimate aim is to play Test cricket for a long time.”Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I am sure all cricketers aspire to and I certainly do. I will be pursuing and doing everything I can to play Test cricket,” Behrendorff said after winning Man of the Match award for his 4/21 in Australias eight wicket victory.Having bowled just an over on his debut in Ranchi, the lanky pacer made the most of the overcast conditions to rip through the Indian top four — Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey — in 15 deliveries.The feeling of winning a game for Australia is yet to sink in.”An unbelievable feeling to be honest. Ranchi was almost nearly not getting on at all, to get one over was great to get out there but to bowl four overs tonight to take four wickets but mainly to get a win, to get the boys back up and about after a pretty tough time in the one-dayers, its very special,” said Behrendorff.”I was really happy with that. A few ones that I got hit to the boundary probably were not obviously where I needed to be bowling.”But obviously to get the ball up there, swing the ball, hit guys on the pads and nick blokes off those are the things we talk about in our meetings to get the balls in those areas especially up front so I was very happy with that.”advertisementIts interesting to see if Australia would field two left-armers in Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc in the upcoming Ashes.”We are left-armers, we both swing it a bit. Mitch bowls a bit quicker than I do, but I know Mitch reasonably well. Ive spent a bit of time playing with him occasionally but mainly against him. He is someone that I feel I can talk to and get some advice off as well.”Having been hit for two boundaries in the first over, Behrendorff set it up nicely for Rohit Sharma. The full length delivery swung back to trap him leg before.”For me, thats what I generally try to do — swing it back, thats my plan up front especially to the right handers,” he said.Being aggressive may be fast bowlers forte but Behrendorff wants his ball to do the talking.”You dont have to be mean and nasty all the time. Generally I try and let my skills and the ball do the work and let that do the talking for me instead of getting into a verbal battle or anything like that.”Some guys enjoy that and thats what gets them going and fired up, but its not really my style.”Having struggled with with injuries, Behrendorff has acquired education in sports science.”Its nice to have a bit of knowledge about whats going on so I can chat to the doctors and the physios and understand exactly whats going on, what I need to do.”Behrendorff knows a thing or two about intense rehabiliation programmes.”The main thing is doing your rehab and getting back… and now enjoying playing international cricket for the first time. Its something I have worked so hard for and I am loving every minute of it.”Back home it was an emotional time for his family.”It was a very special moment probably telling my wife first off was amazing. She was away at the time so we had to do it over the phone. She was very excited.”The next best one was my dad. Hes never speechless, hes an outgoing sort of guy but he was speechless on the phone for about 10 seconds.”The latest Aussie pacer may also be sought after in the lucrative Indian Premier League T20.”It might do. Thats down the track, Ive got a fair bit of cricket to play yet so first and foremost focussed on winning the next game in Hyderabad and then got a summer of cricket to play but that would be very nice,” he concluded. PTI TAP KHS KHS
Legendary Kapil Dev was sceptical about Jasprit Bumrah’s long-term survival in international cricket with such an awkward action, but the former captain today said he has been proven wrong by the pacer.Kapil termed Bumrah a “fabulous” bowler and said the Gujarat pacer has completely changed people’s perception about bowlers with unorthodox action.”He (Bumrah) is fabulous. When I saw Bumrah for the first time, I thought how would he play with such an awkward action.”But this player has changed our thought process,” the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper said today during a event here.”And today we feel players with awkward action will play for their country for long,” he added.A stern advocate of fitness, the legendary all-rounder was full of praise for India skipper Virat Kohli for turning the current team as one of the fittest in world cricket.”Every captain has his thought process. This captain (Virat Kohli) has brought up an idea of fitness in the team and I think we should respect his decision,” Kapil said.”You may be very talented but if you can’t take catches and save extra runs for the team, it is of no use. A minimum level of athleticism is required. Yo-Yo test is not something which a player can’t clear.”I was also very fitness freak and it will be unfair if I don’t stand by it. I feel fitness to zaruri hai (fitness is important). The message that goes to youngsters is that you have to maintain a certain level of fitness. I support Virat in that, ” he said on sidelines of the launch of ‘Wonder Cement Saath: 7 Cricket Mahotsav’.advertisementKapil backed the Indian team management’s decision to test young Hardik Pandya in different positions in order to develop him as a fine all-rounder.”The team management knows better. We can have views sitting outside but they know better. We all want Hardik Pandya to do better. Surely, the team management is thinking something good about him,” he said about Hardik, who already has attracted comparisons with Kapil for his exploits in his short, little career.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a a number of changes in playing conditions, which includes restriction on dimensions of the bat, the introduction of player send-offs for misconduct and changes to the Decision Review System among others, on September 28.Asked Kapil about the new rules, he said: “The changes in the rules are always introduced for the betterment of the game. There should be changes but rules should be modified as well. Only time will tell the impact of the new rules.
Chelsea’s decision to sell Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic to title rivals Manchester United raised more than a few eyebrows and the consequences may be felt when the sides clash in the Premier League on Sunday.Matic left the London club after three and a half years to re-join former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. He has played every minute in the league since, helping United to second place in the table, five points behind Manchester City.Mourinho’s capture of Matic is looking shrewder every week, prompting former United defender Phil Neville to say after Chelsea’s 3-0 Champions League drubbing at AS Roma this week that selling the Serb was the main reason why Chelsea are struggling defensively.His absence from Chelsea’s midfield will be highlighted further should N’Golo Kante fail to recover from a hamstring injury.The Frenchman is back in training but if he misses out against United, Chelsea will be without both members of the central midfield pairing that guided them to the title last season.In their place, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko bring creative attacking qualities, but do not provide the extra cover Conte craves and United’s pacy forwards could have the freedom to seriously threaten a fragile Chelsea defence that has conceded 10 league goals this season.United’s main striker Romelu Lukaku has gone six games without a goal, however, and Mourinho must decide whether to play Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial together in the hope their raw speed and trickery can unsettle the Chelsea rearguard.advertisementEarlier on Sunday, Manchester City bid to extend their record-equalling start to the campaign at home to Arsenal.Pep Guardiola’s side have looked invincible at times, winning their last eight league games by an aggregate score of 32-5.However, City have only won one of their last nine matches against Arsenal and will be facing the Gunners after a testing away trip to Napoli, where they won 4-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday.Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as Tottenham Hotspur who welcome Crystal Palace on Sunday, will be hoping Arsene Wenger’s men can cause an upset at the Etihad and blow the title race wide open.A win for Arsenal would also drag them back into contention. They lie fifth, nine points off the pace.On Saturday, West Ham United host Liverpool and their under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic will be desperate to avoid the 4-0 mauling they suffered in last season’s corresponding fixture.
Paceman Rajneesh Gurbani picked up seven wickets to help Vidarbha defeat Karnataka by five runs and qualify for their maiden final of the Ranji Trophy.Vidarbha needed three wickets on the final day and Gurbani did the job for his team at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Vidarbha will now take on Delhi, who beat Bengal in the other semi-final, in Indore on December 29.Ganesh Satish (81) and Aditya Sarwate (55) ensured Vidharbha put up a strong performance in their second innings, setting Karnataka 198 to win.With a batting line-up consisting Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, CM Gautam and Stuart Binny, not many would have expected Karnataka to finish the penultimate day precariously at 111/7.However, Vidharbha put Karnataka under early pressure when Umesh Yadav removed Agarwal in the third over of the innings. It was a nightmare for Karnataka from thereon as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.First-innings centurion Karun gave Karnataka some hope with a fluent 30 but he became the first of Gurbani’s four victims as Vidharbha took a stranglehold over the semi-final.The onus was on skipper Vinay Kumar to stage a sensational lower-order fightback but he became Gurbani’s first victim on the final day.Resuming on 111/7, overnight batters Karnataka skipper R Vinay Kumar (36) and Shreyas Gopal (24 not out) joined hands for a gritty 37-run partnership for the eighth wicket. After Vinay Kumar got out, Abhimanyu Mithun (33) took over to stitch a 48-run stand with Gopal who played the anchor’s role.But once Mithun’s brisk stay was over, Sreenath Aravind (2) failed to deliver the goods.advertisementIn the second innings, Karnataka were bowled out for 192 chasing 198 after Vidarbha wiped out a first innings lead of 116 by posting 313 in their second essay.Pacer Gurbani returned career-best figures of 7/68 in the second innings to run through the Karnataka batting despite stiff resistance by their lower order on the fifth and final day.In the first innings, Vidarbha chose to bat and were skittled out for 185. Karnataka, in reply, rode Karun Nair’s brilliant 153 to amass 301. Gurbani took five wickets in the first innings as well making it his best match figures of 12/162.(With inputs from IANS)
As Pat Cummins dismissed James Anderson for a duck off the first ball on Day 4, it left Alastair Cook stranded on 244* as England posted 491 in their first innings with a lead of 164 runs over Australia in the fourth Test. Cook set a stack of records during his marathon innings, which started on Wednesday and spanned more than 10-and-a-half hours at the crease.Cook’s score is now the highest by an opener to have carried his bat through an innings surpassing New Zealand opener Glenn Turner’s 223* against the West Indies way back in 1972. The left-hander also became the first batsman to achieve the rare feat in an Ashes series since Geoffrey Boycott at Perth in 1979The 33-year-old is also the first England batsman in 20 years to carry his bat, with Mike Atherton (94 not out) the last to do so against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1997.Cook’s effort was the 52nd time a player has achieved the feat in over 130 years of Test cricket. Only 46 players have ever carried their bat in the longest form of the game.The last to do so was West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite, who was 142 not out against Pakistan in Sharjah last year.Cook’s 244 not out is also the highest score by a touring batsman at the MCG. The 208 scored by West Indies’ Viv Richards in 1984 was the previous record.The former England captain is also the first player to carry his bat through a full innings in a Test at the MCG, Test cricket’s oldest ground, having hosted the sport’s inaugural Test in 1877.This is his fifth double hundred and he is now joint-13 with Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith on the list of batsmen with most double centuries.advertisementCook’s technique became the talking point of the media and for all the pundits out there, some even asking him to be replaced after a dismal show in the first three matches. He could only manage 83 in six innings.He was struggling to deal with the pace and bounce of the Australian quicks, who dominated him and his mind.But form is temporary, class is permanent they say. And as England looked to avoid a second consecutive whitewash Down Under, the old horse’s batting was in full flow. He forged a lone battle for his team, slamming a double ton in 360 balls on Day 3 and gave the visitors a first innings lead for the first time in the series.During his knock he also moved past two West Indies greats to be sixth on the all-time test runs list. He eclipsed Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11,867) and then Brian Lara (11,953) with a sumptuous off-drive for four from the penultimate ball of the day.”I can’t really explain that. I just feel sorry for Brian Lara,” Cook said to raise a laugh from reporters after the end of play on Day 3.”It’s a special moment to see your name up there.”The England opener got quite emotional at the end of day three’s play and acknowledged the fact that his form came back a little too late for his and the country’s liking.”After all the emotion came out yesterday to get a real big one for the team was really important,” Cook told reporters after striding off the MCG to a standing ovation.I’ve doubted myself for 12 years and I’ll probably continue to doubt myself but obviously the longer it goes the harder it becomes,” said Cook.”But I suppose that’s why I can be quite proud…Going to the well again and delivering a performance like that was pleasing. It’s just a shame it’s three-four weeks too late, I’ll have to live with that for a long time but it’s nice to score a few,” he added.
Karnataka took control of their Ranji Trophy quarter final against Mumbai by taking a commanding 222-run lead over the 41-time champions on day two of the five-day game at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha.Half centuries by opener Mayank Agarwal, M Kaunain Abbas, C M Gautam and Shreyas Gopal helped Karnataka to the dominating position as they closed out the day at 395 for 6 in 122 overs with Shreyas Gopal unbeaten on 80 off 151 balls along with skipper R Vinay Kumar (31 not out).Karnataka had yesterday bundled out Mumbai for a partly 173 and finished the opening day at 115 for 1.Agarwal, who is the top run getter this Ranji season, made 78 off 104 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while one down Abbas (50), Gautam (79) and Shreyas played their roles to perfection.Debutant right arm medium pacers Shivam Malhotra, who grabbed the wicket of Agarwal this morning, and Shivam Dube (5 for 79) were the wicket takers for Mumbai.In fact, the two first-timers took four wickets in good time to leave Karnataka at 218 for five and the game in balance before the batting side recovered through two big partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets, with Shreyas Gopal involved in both of them.Shreyas, unbeaten after facing 151 balls and hitting seven fours, put on 103 runs with keeper Gautam to steady the innings.Later, he added 74 runs with skipper Vinay Kumar, who took six wickets yesterday including a hat-trick, for the unfinished seventh wicket to put his team on top and for Karnataka to press on further.For Mumbai, Dube caught the eye in his first Ranji game and his victims included opener R Samarth (40), Abbas, Karun Nair, Pavan Desphande and Gautam.advertisementSenior pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, youngster Akash Parkar and left-arm spinner Karsh Kothari were unsuccessful.Brief Scores: Mumbai 173 all out v Karnataka 395 for 6 (M Agarwal 78, K Abbas 50, S Gopal 80 not out, CM Gautam 79, R Vinay Kumar 31 not out; S Dube 5-79.DELHI, MADHYA PRADESH NECK-AND-NECK ON DAY TWOHarpreet Singh struck a gritty hundred to lead Madhya Pradesh’s fightback before Delhi came up with a strong reply to leave the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal nicely poised at stumps on day two.MP, resuming the day at 223 for six, did extremely well to reach 338 with Harpreet scoring an unbeaten 107 off 200 balls. The tail too gave him good support, especially Puneet Datey (35).Frustrated with MP’s late resistance, Delhi batsmen came out to bat a determined lot and finished the day at 180 for two.Rookie Kunal Chandela, a product of university cricket, gave a good account of himself with an unbeaten 73, his second half century plus score in only his second first-class game.Chandela and Dhruv Shorey (78) shared a 145-run stand for the second wicket after senior batsman Gautam Gambhir fell in the first over of the innings.Chandela collected five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 154-ball effort while Shorey smashed 10 boundaries before falling to Ankit Sharma in the 43rd over.Nitish Rana (17) was batting alongside Chandela at close of play and the duo will look to get as close as possible to MP’s first innings total.Earlier, Manan Sharma cleaned up the tail taking four wickets after Harpreet’s hundred took MP towards a competitive total.Brief scores: MP 338 all out in 124.1 overs (Harpreet Singh 107 not out; Manan Sharma 4/46). Delhi 180/2 in 51 overs (Kunal Chandela 73 batting, Dhruv Shorey 78).VIDARBHA FIGHT BACK AGAINST KERALA ON RAIN-HIT DAYVidarbha came back with two wickets after being bowled out for 246 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Kerala.Overnight 45 for three, Vidarbha lost wickets at almost regular intervals, and wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar top-scored with 53 off 147 balls. He struck seven boundaries during his stay in the middle.Aditya Sarwate (36) and Karn Sharma (31) hung in there for a while, while Akshay Wakhare and Lalit Yadav chipped in with 27 and 24 runs, respectively.Left-arm spinner K C Akshay did bulk of the damage for Kerala with impressive figures of 5/66, and he was ably supported by Jalaj Saxena (3/52), at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.In reply, Kerala lost Mohammed Azharuddeen (8) early, to Lalit Yadav, while S Sandeep Warrier was bowled by medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani before he could open his account.At stumps on the second day, Kerala were 32 for two, with Saxena (13) and P R Prem (5) batting.Kerala trailed Vidarbha by 214 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings.Only 24 overs of play was possible on a truncated first day owing to wet outfield.Brief Scores: Vidarbha 1st innings: 246 all out in 105.3 overs (Akshay Wadkar 53; K C Akshay 5/66). Kerala 1st innings: 32 for two in 7 overs.advertisementB AMIT, AAMIR GANI LEAD BENGAL TO COMMANDING SPOT vs DEFENDING CHAMPIONS GUJARATB Amit’s all-round prowess and Aamir Gani’s useful contribution at the rear propelled Bengal to a commanding position against defending champions Gujarat after the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.In reply to Bengal’s respectable first innings score of 354, beefed up by Aamir (49) and Amit (34), Gujarat were in a spot of bother at 180 for six.After his contribution with the bat, Amit picked up three for 46 with his gentle medium pace to put the Ranji champions on the mat. He was ably supported by India U-19 Ishan Porel (2/55).Gujarat lost their dependable opening duo of Priyank Panchal (4) and Samit Gohil (0) to Porel and Ashok Dinda, respectively, with only 17 runs on the board, but then controlled the proceedings due to Parthiv Patel (47) and Bharghav Merai (67).The duo added 107 runs for the third wicket in only 30 overs. Patel hit seven boundaries in 95 balls while Merai faced 116 balls for his eight fours.Things went downhill after Parthiv got dismissed as Gujarat lost four wickets for 20 runs during that phase of play.Porel induced an edge off Parthiv, straight into Shreevats Goswami’s gloves.Former IPL and India A player Manprit Juneja (10) was deceived by an incutter from Amit, being trapped in front of the wicket.Merai, well set by then, was bowled by Amit and he also removed Chirag Gandhi, who nicked an outswinger into Shreevats’ gloves.Gujarat required 175 runs more to get a first innings lead with four wickets in hand.The experienced pair of Rujul Bhatt (13 batting) and Piyush Chawla (22) were at the crease at stumps on day two.With three days left, the defending champions still have a good chance of making a comeback, considering that Bengal batting in the past have faltered in big games despite getting first-innings lead.The day started at 261 for six and the pair of Amit and Aamir added 58 invaluable runs for the seventh wicket to take the team past 300-run mark.Amit scored 36 off 59 balls with seven fours before he became Ishwar Chaudhary’s (5/87) fourth victim.Gani, who missed his half-century by a run, hit eight boundaries off 109 balls, before being the last man dismissed.Brief Scores:Bengal 1st Innings 354 in 111.5 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 129, Anushtup Majumdar 94, Aamir Gani 49, B Amit 36, Ishwar Chaudhary 5/87)Gujarat 1st Innings 180/6 in 59 overs (Bharghav Merai 67, Parthiv Patel 47, B Amit 3/46).
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan wanted more from his New York Jets. More points. More discipline. More execution.That’s why the coach was far from thrilled after a 19-14 season-opening victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 7. “This game should’ve been a rat kill,” Ryan said. “It wasn’t.”Chris Ivory had a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Jets’ swarming defense mostly clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr as New York held the Raiders to 158 total yards and overcame a sloppy, penalty-filled performance to win.“Our fans were better than our team today,” Ryan said, bemoaning the Jets’ 11 penalties for 105 yards.“We never had any takeaways and had two turnovers, so that’s obviously a work in progress. It has to get better for us to do what we want to do.”With the game still in the balance, Ivory rushed up the middle and appeared stopped. He slipped a few would-be tacklers and took off into the end zone. A pass on a 2-point conversion failed.Carr, the Raiders’ second-round draft pick, made it close with a 30-yard touchdown toss to James Jones, who made a leaping grab over Darrin Walls with 1:21 left.The Raiders tried an onside kick, but Greg Salas recovered to seal it for the Jets. “We’ll take it,” Ryan said. “I’m not very happy with it, but it’s a victory.”Geno Smith was shaky early with an interception and lost fumble. But he threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson as the Jets sent the Raiders to their 14th straight loss in the Eastern time zone. Smith finished 23 of 28 for 221 yards.“We’ve got high expectations,” Smith said. “We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot and we can’t make excuses for it.”Ivory finished with 102 yards on 10 carries, while Johnson had 68 yards rushing in his Jets debut and caught five passes for 23 yards.The Jets were fired up by comments made by former right tackle Austin Howard, saying the Raiders would push around his ex-teammates.“They certainly did that, to the tune of 25 yards rushing,” Ryan said sarcastically. “And they gave up (212) rushing.”Carr, who got the nod over Matt Schaub, held his own in the first half, but the Jets pressured him throughout the final two quarters. He finished 20 of 32 for 151 yards, with touchdowns to Jones and Rod Streater.“I don’t think the game was too big for him,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Overall, I saw some positive signs, some things that he did well. Obviously, I saw some mistakes.”With the Jets leading 10-7, the defense came out roaring to start the second half, holding the Raiders to minus-3 yards in the third quarter.“I need to do a better job of putting us in better situations,” Carr said. “Now I have to do a better job of making the correct calls. You can put it all on me.”Carr had a short field to work with after Charles Woodson intercepted Smith. He got his first NFL touchdown on a screen to Streater, who scored from 12 yards to give the Raiders a 7-3 lead.Smith turned it over again on the next possession, killing a long drive, when he fumbled — with Michael Vick lined up at wide receiver — while trying to get into the end zone. Sio Moore plowed into Smith, knocking the ball loose, and TJ Carrie recovered.Johnson, signed by the Jets as a free agent in April, took a shovel pass and stretched into the end zone for a 5-yard score that put New York up 10-7 just 30 seconds before halftime.The Jets nearly got a touchdown on some trickery on the previous play when Vick lined up as a wide receiver, sprinted into the backfield and took a flip from Smith. Vick zipped a pass just wide of an open Eric Decker as the ball went off his fingertips in the end zone.It ended a sloppy first half for the Jets, who were called for eight penalties, including one that was declined. The Raiders had no first-half penalties, and finished with four.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Ryan Haggerty and Jesper Fast each scored twice, and rookie Anthony Duclair added another goal as the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 in an exhibition game Sept. 29th.Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for New York.The 19-year-old Duclair opened the scoring against goalie Steve Mason with his second of the preseason at 5:31 of the first period before Haggerty scored 2 minutes later.The 21-year-old Haggerty, signed as an undrafted free agent, scored again at 6:48 of the second. Fast scored to make it 3-0 in the first and tallied again late in the third. Chris Mueller also scored for the Rangers.Lundqvist allowed goals to Taylor Leier, Jason Akeson and Shayne Gostisbehere.Tanner Glass of the Rangers and Zack Stortini of the Flyers had a long fight midway through the first period. The teams play again Sept. 30th in Philadelphia.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Joe Kelly pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and the Boston Red Sox ran over the Yankees 8-4 Saturday, hours after winning their own New York City marathon.Bleary-eyed, the teams started at 1:08 p.m. following Friday night’s game that took 19 innings and finished at 2:13 a.m. Brock Holt, the only position player on either side who didn’t get into that 6-5 Boston victory, had four hits and drove in three runs.The Red Sox won this time in 3 hours, 13 minutes — quite a speed-up from playing for 6 hours, 49 minutes, and that doesn’t including a 16-minute power outage. Mark Teixeira and Hanley Ramirez were among several regulars out of the lineups after playing all 19 innings.Kelly (1-0) came off the 15-day disabled list and saved Boston’s bullpen. He retired his final 17 batters, starting with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius in the second and leaving with an 8-1 lead.Kelly had been sidelined by a strain in his right biceps. He struck out eight and gave up a solid single to Alex Rodriguez in the second.Adam Warren (0-1) gave up one earned run in 5 1-3 innings. Chris Young homered off reliever Alexi Ogando in the eighth.Rodriguez played first base for the first time in the majors, and his error helped Boston take a 1-0 lead in the second. He let a low throw from the hole by Gregorius bounce off the heel of his glove, allowing Mike Napoli to reach.Rodriguez later came off the bag to catch a throw — the runner was originally called out, then safe after a replay review.Holt, who had batted just once this season, hit three singles and then added a three-run double in the eighth that glanced off right fielder Garrett Jones’ glove.Red Sox manager John Farrell said he got three hours’ sleep and was back in the clubhouse by 8:30 a.m. Boston’s team bus to the ballpark was pushed back, and players on both sides trickled into the locker rooms an hour or two later than usual.The teams needed nearly 30 dozen baseballs and 628 pitches for their previous meeting. It was the longest game ever, by time, for the Red Sox and for the Yankees at home.By the time it ended, the scoreboard showed empty slots in case the game went 27 innings. The major league record is 26 by Brooklyn and the Boston Braves in 1920, when both pitchers threw complete games and they finished in a tidy 3 hours, 50 minutes.For umpire crew chief Mike Winters, the game brought back memories from another long day in town.“I ran the New York City Marathon in 2007 with my wife,” he said. “And I finished 26 miles in less time than it took to play that game — by an hour,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: Closer Koji Uehara (strained left hamstring) was scheduled to pitch for Class A Greenville on Saturday night.Yankees: C Brian McCann didn’t play. He was knocked down by a nasty foul off the top of his right knee cap in the ninth Friday, and stayed in for nine more innings.UP NEXTMasahiro Tanaka starts for the Yankees vs. Clay Buchholz on Sunday night to wrap up the three-game series. Tanaka lasted just four innings in an opening day loss, and another poor start would surely fuel speculation that his damaged right elbow is a problem.BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
MIAMI — Cypriot native Garo Yepremian, the former NFL kicker who helped the Miami Dolphins win consecutive NFL championships but is best remembered for a Super Bowl blooper, died of cancer on Friday at the age of 70.Yepremian’s wife, Maritza, said he died at a hospital in Media, Pennsylvania. His illness was diagnosed in May 2014, she said.Yepremian played from 1966 to 1981 after arriving in the United States at age 22 and kicking in the first NFL game he ever saw.His 37-yard field goal in the second overtime ended the longest game in NFL history, a Dolphins’ playoff victory over Kansas City on Christmas 1971, and he helped Miami win back-to-back NFL titles in 1972-73.But Yepremian’s gaffe in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl in January 1973 nearly spoiled the Dolphins’ bid to complete a perfect season.With Miami leading the game 14-0 and on the verge of finishing the season with a 17-0 record, the Washington Redskins blocked Yepremian’s field-goal attempt. He picked up the ball and tried to throw it but fumbled, and the Redskins’ Mike Bass ran it 49 yards for a touchdown.“Every airport you go to, people point to you and say, ‘Here’s the guy who screwed up in the Super Bowl,’” Yepremian said in a 2007 interview. “After a while it bothers you. If it was anybody else he would go crazy, but fortunately I’m a happy-go-lucky guy.”Decades later, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula was able to laugh as he reminisced about the play — perhaps the weirdest in Super Bowl history.“I thought, ‘Boy, this will be great if Garo kicks this field goal and we go ahead 17-0 in a 17-0 season. What a great way that would be to remember the game,’” Shula said. “And then Garo did what he did, and it’s 14-7 with still a couple of minutes to go. I’m looking for Garo, and I’m ready to kill Garo, and I couldn’t find him. He went down to one end of the bench, and I haven’t seen him since.”Despite Yepremian’s mistake, Miami won that game to complete the NFL’s only perfect season. Yepremian also kicked for the Dolphins when they repeated as champions in 1973. Prematurely bald and only 5-foot-8, the left-legged Yepremian hardly looked like an NFL star.He broke in with the Detroit Lions, who signed him as their first soccer-style kicker when that side-footed kicking style was a novelty. As a rookie in 1966 he broke a league record with six field goals in a game at Minnesota.He joined the Dolphins in 1970, made the Pro Bowl twice with them and led the league in field-goal accuracy three times. He also kicked for the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Private funeral arrangements are pending. A viewing is planned May 20 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.(STEVEN WINE)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – Greece’s national soccer team will be barred from international competitions unless the government reinstates a tourney stopped because of violence.Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis met with a delegation from the international and European soccer-governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA, here but has refused to let the competition resume after a series of clashes during games, a common occurrence in Greek soccer.The last straw for the SYRIZA-led government was a wild brawl between riot police and fans during the PAOK vs. Olympiacos game that had to be stopped.Greece’s highest administrative court, the Council of State will meet next week and could overturn him but for now the standoff with FIFA and UEFA continues with the European championships approaching this summer in France.“There was no agreement, but we were told that the Federation is willing to withdraw its case from the Council of State. The government and the ministry are not afraid of the CoS decision,” said Kontonis, according to Kathimerini.The head of the international federations’ delegation, Cypriot Costakis Koutsokoumnis warned Greece could be excluded from international play but moved a deadline for Kontonis to give in from April 1 to April 8. The Council of State will meet April 5.“The Cup will have to restart by April 1. Apparently, this will not be implemented. We will report what happened to the executive body of FIFA and it will make its decisions,” Koutsokoumnis, also the head of the Cypriot federation, said after the meeting at the General Secretariat for Sports.“I hope a week is given for the minister to revise [his decision], otherwise the news will not be good. FIFA will see the Hellenic Football Federation out … If the Cup does not start and the federation is banned, then there will be no national team or clubs in international competitions, nor will Greek officials be able to participate in international institutions and meetings. Greece will also lose a team in the Europa League.”Ironically, the new General Secretary of UEFA, Theodoros Theodoridis, is Greek and siding with the organization and not his country.Koutsokoumnis suggested the Greek Cup play go on in empty stadia without fans and using international refugees. “In our view that would be enough to justify the lifting of the decision. The minister will discuss that, but he awaits to see [some progress] from the federation, too,” he said, the newspaper reported.Kontonis said if Greece is barred it will fall on FIFA and not SYRIZA. “The FIFA decision will concern the exit of the federation, which has begun all this process. The problem can be resolved by the federation itself, it should take the initiatives for a rotten situation to come to an end. The government cannot impose its will on it. The problem is in its hands and if it wants it can resolve it in a very, very small period of time.” TweetPinShare0 Shares