Month: September 2020

first_imgNew Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has insisted that it will review former cricketer Hasan Raza’s involvement in an Al Jazeera sting where strong allegations of fixing pitches and also getting players to fix games have been made.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already launched an investigation, stating it took the allegations through the documentary ‘very seriously’ and urged ‘all evidence and supporting material’ to be shared with the investigators.In the video, former Mumbai player Robin Morris and the undercover reporter has been seen striking a conversation in the presence of former Pakistan batsman. However, Raza was not part of the conversation.Morris and Raza were the teammates for the Mumbai Champs team in the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL).”PCB and its Anti-Corruption Unit is in the process of reviewing reports regarding the alleged involvement of cricketer Hasan Raza in Corrupt Conduct. Appropriate action, if any, will be taken after collecting and reviewing all relevant evidence. Till such time no further comments are made,” PCB said in a statement.Al Jazeera claimed that Raza did not revert to the allegations made against him, while Morris ‘denies any wrongdoing’ and has gone on to claim that the channel had invited him to play part in a movie.“I have reported match-fixing to International Cricket Council in the past [as well],” Raza said while speaking to a leading Pakistani news channel and further claimed that the video is from Ajman where had gone to take part in a local tournament.Hasan Raza was the youngest ever to play Test cricket for Pakistan when he made his debut as a 14-year old in 1996. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Australian cricket team is undergoing tough times. Tim Paine’s side lost the Test series 1-2 against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, making them the first side to ever lose a Test series to an Asian nation. The team has been undergoing plenty of problems with results on the field due to the absence of their star batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner. Looking at the performance of the batsmen in the series against India, Cricket Australia has decided to bring in some fresh faces as Australia aims to enter a transition phase in the New Year and show the door to some of the other veterans in the side.Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh have all been shown the door for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka which will begin on January 24 with a Day Night Test at the Gabba followed by the inaugural Test in Canberra. In their place, the selectors have included Will Pucovski and have recalled Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw for the series.Read More | Vohra – Living life out of comfort zone and being ‘Royal’ly gratefulSpeaking about the selection, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns spoke about the criteria behind the selection of the three players. “Joe Burns has had strong performances in first-class cricket this season, and we believe he can contribute strongly if given the chance in the series. Renshaw is a player with the ability to make big scores, and at 22 years old has 10 first-class centuries. He also performed extremely well in England during the County season. We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player. Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield. He is another player with a track record of making centuries. We look forward to him joining the squad and congratulate him on his first national call-up,” Hohns said to Cricket Australia’s official website.Read More | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul issued showcause notice by BCCIHohns also said the senior batsmen in the India series had failed to live up to expectations. “Aaron, Peter, Shaun and Mitch have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at the Test level. They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need. All four are very good players, and the door is by no means closed for them to return to play Test cricket for Australia. They will all feature in the ODI Series against India, and each of them forms an integral part of our white-ball strategy and set-up at the moment as we also focus on our journey to the 2019 Cricket World Cup,” Hohns said.Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who were all part of the India series and bowled plenty of overs, make it to the side despite questions about whether they should be rested ahead of the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes.Sri Lanka will play one warm-up game with the Pink Ball which will be against Cricket Australia XI in Hobart. It will be the game where all three players picked in the Australia squad will also feature. The first Test will be in Brisbane from January 24 to January 28 while the second Test will be from February 1 to 5 in Canberra, which will become the newest venue for Tests in Australia.Sri Lanka, who has never won a Test in Australia, will be aiming to break the jinx but they face an uphill task, having lost four out of five Tests against England and New Zealand recently.SquadsAustralia: Tim Paine (c/wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter SiddleSri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha last_img read more

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first_imghighlights New Delhi: When Windies legend Brian Lara left, he was there. When Ramnaresh Sarwan called it a day, he was there. When Shivnarine Chandrapaul hung his boots, he was there. When DJ Bravo retired, he was still there. And when Bravo brother made a comeback, the Universal boss was still there.Seldom we an individual blend dedication and grit, while epitomizing the facet named perfection in the most beautiful way possible. Whenever the 39-year-old Jamaica-born steps onto the field, it feels that national crest is imbibed on his chest.With yet another stupendous display at the iconic National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada, the Universal Boss aka Chris Henry Gayle registered his 25th ODI century to add another feather to his already glorious tally.Even the greatest of statistician will find it difficult to suggest how many times this individual has daunted the opposition. His consistency over the years across all formats makes him different from the crowd. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Time and again, he has proved that ‘pressure’ is nothing but a word of the dictionary. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that every time he steps stands in the middle, he carries the expectation of a billion people.And even yesterday, though he wasn’t able to get his team over the line, for his superlative efforts, if one has to mark, it will be 10 on 10. After England posted 418 runs on the board, it looked as if Windies will not come anywhere near to this total. However, Gayle had some other story to tell.He scored 162 runs off 97 deliveries at an astonishing strike-rate of 167.01. His innings was laced with 11 boundaries and 14 mighty sixes. And even when Windies team fell short of 29 runs and even when the commentators adjudicated Jos Buttler as the man-of-the-match, the game will always be remembered with Chris Gayle’s innings.With Gayle announcing retirement from all forms of International Cricket post the forthcoming World Cup, this innings was one to remember as he was at his VINTAGE BEST.Thank you, Universal BOSS! England takes a 2-1 lead in five-match ODI series.Joss Buttler was awarded as the man-of-the-match. Chris Gayle registers his 25th ODI ton. last_img read more

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios received a suspended 16-week ban from the ATP on Thursday and was placed on probation for six months for “aggravated behaviour” following a number of on-court outbursts over the past year. The suspension is deferred pending Kyrgios’ compliance with several strict conditions mandated by the ATP, which include seeking additional support from a specialist in behavioural management during the off-season. “The suspension will be lifted at the end of the six-month probationary period provided that the above conditions are met,” the ATP said in a statement. It added the same applied to a USD 25,000 fine. Tour organisers opened an investigation into Kyrgios following an explosive meltdown at last month’s Cincinnati Masters which saw him smash two racquets, launch an abusive tirade at the chair umpire before appearing to spit at the official during a second-round match.  He was fined USD 113,000 for ball abuse, leaving the court without permission, an audible obscenity and unsportsmanlike conduct during his loss to Russia’s Karen Khachanov. But the ATP decided to extend the inquiry into the volatile Kyrgios, who was also disqualified and fined for throwing a chair on to court during the Rome Masters in May. “The investigation… has concluded that Kyrgios has been found to have committed aggravated behaviour under the Player Major Offense provision in the ATP Code,” the governing body said Thursday.  “The investigation found a pattern of behaviour related to Kyrgios’s verbal abuse of officials and/or spectators in the past 12 months that constitutes a violation” of the ATP rule book, it added. Kyrgios, 24, has five days to appeal the decision.  ‘Pretty corrupt’  However, he avoided further punishment for calling the ATP “pretty corrupt” during the US Open. “Following a clarification issued by the player the following day, it was determined that the incident did not constitute a Player Major Offense, and no additional penalties were applied,” the ATP said.  Also Read | This Australian Tennis player smashes two racquets, spits at an official in Cincinnati MastersTennis great Rod Laver this month called for Kyrgios to be suspended over bad behaviour, saying his fellow Australian appeared not to be learning from his mistakes. Laver, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who is considered one of the sport’s greatest players, said time away from tennis could be the answer. “Whatever they have done hasn’t worked so far, so maybe a suspension is the only answer,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m not sure he’s learned anything from any of the things that have gone on.”  Also Read | Kyrgios disqualified as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic advance in Italian OpenKyrgios served a three-week ban in 2016 after being accused of not trying at the Shanghai Masters. His initial eight-week suspension was reduced after he agreed to see a sports psychologist. He lost in the first round of the Zhuhai Championships on Wednesday, after which he said that he could sit out the rest of the season because of a collarbone injury. Kyrgios has already pulled out of next week’s China Open and will head home to Australia to recover.”Unfortunately a collarbone injury I sustained at Laver Cup has escalated and has forced me to pull out of the Asian swing,” Kyrgios wrote on Twitter. “I’ll be heading back to Australia to rest and recover. See you all soon,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Sarfaraz Ahmed has been sacked as the skipper of the Pakistan cricket team ahead of the team’s tour to Australia which will begin in November. Azhar Ali has been appointed as the new Test skipper while Babar Azam, considered one of the best limited overs batsman for Pakistan, has been designated as the new Twenty20 International skipper. The move comes as Pakistan embark on a tour to Australia where they will play three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests which begin from November 21. The move comes in the aftermath of Pakistan getting whitewashed 3-0 in the recent Twenty20 International series by a second-string Sri Lanka side missing some of their key players. This was the first time since 2015 that Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 in T20Is and it was the first loss for Sarfaraz as skipper of the Pakistan team.Sarfaraz took over the captaincy following the retirement of Misbah ul Haq and he led in 13 Tests, winning four but losing eight Tests. Sarfaraz’s high point came in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy when he led Pakistan to victory in the final against India but since then, he has endured a torrid time. Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 in the Tests against South Africa and in the same series, Sarfaraz was banned for four games for a racist taunt against Andile Phehlukwayo. The woes continued for Pakistan as they lost an ODI series to New Zealand 2-1 in the UAE while in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, they lost to India for the seventh time in World Cups while they failed to make the knock-out stages of the tournament. Despite winning the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the subsequent 3-0 whitewash by a Sri Lankan side that were missing Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga and other key players has prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board to sack Sarfaraz. Pakistan are currently ranked No.7 in the Test rankings and Sarfaraz’s own form in the past couple of years has been woeful. Barring the two Tests against Australia, Sarfaraz has had a highest average of 22 in the subsequent Test series. Even in ODIs, he has been inconsistent. In the England Vs Pakistan series before the World Cup, Sarfaraz managed an average of 93 but he struggled prior to that and even in the World Cup. In eight games, he scored 143 runs with just one fifty. Ehsan Mani, the chairman of the PCB, has approved of the changes. “It has been a difficult decision to drop Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has performed well as a player and a leader. But, his loss in form and confidence is visible and, in the best interest of the team, it has been decided to leave him out and provide him the opportunity to reflect and regroup himself and try to reclaim his form away from international cricket. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s contributions are second to none and being the gutsy cricketer and fighter that we all know he is, I have no doubts he will be back in Pakistan colours at some stage.”Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board decides to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as Test captain: ReportIn a PCB release, Azhar Ali hailed Sarfaraz’s contribution. “Sarfaraz has done an excellent job in transforming raw talent into experienced players and I now look forward to inspiring those skillful players in our endeavours to collectively achieve our World Test Championship objectives and beyond,” Azhar said in a statement. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSoutheastern Louisiana (6-21, 3-13) vs. McNeese State (12-15, 7-9)H&HP Complex, Lake Charles, Louisiana; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: McNeese State looks to extend Southeastern Louisiana’s conference losing streak to eight games. Southeastern Louisiana’s last Southland win came against the Northwestern State Demons 84-81 on Jan. 25. McNeese State has dropped its last six games against conference opponents. FAB FRESHMEN: Southeastern Louisiana’s Ty Brewer, Byron Smith and Nick Caldwell have collectively scored 43 percent of the team’s points this season, including 41 percent of all Lions scoring over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Von Julien has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Southeastern Louisiana field goals over the last three games. Julien has accounted for nine field goals and 19 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: McNeese State is a perfect 6-0 when it holds an opponent to 61 points or fewer. The Cowboys are 6-15 when opponents score more than 61 points.THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: McNeese State’s Dru Kuxhausen has attempted 219 3-pointers and connected on 48.4 percent of them, and is 9 for 21 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: The McNeese State offense has scored 79.7 points per game this season, ranking the Cowboys 19th among Division 1 teams. The Southeastern Louisiana defense has allowed 77.4 points per game to opponents (ranked 294th). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img SLU, McNeese St. look to end streaks February 25, 2020last_img read more

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first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHarvard (19-7, 8-3) vs. Cornell (6-18, 3-8)Newman Arena at Bartels Hall, Ithaca, New York; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Harvard looks for its sixth straight conference win against Cornell. Harvard’s last Ivy League loss came against the Brown Bears 72-71 on Feb. 8. Cornell lost 82-70 loss at home to Dartmouth in its most recent game. Harvard looks to extend streak vs Cornell BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Terrance McBride has averaged 12.2 points to lead the charge for the Big Red. Josh Warren is also a primary contributor, maintaining an average of nine points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The Crimson are led by Chris Lewis, who is averaging 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: McBride has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all Cornell field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 25 field goals and 10 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 72: Cornell is 0-14 this year when it allows 72 points or more and 6-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 72.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Big Red have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Crimson. Cornell has an assist on 41 of 77 field goals (53.2 percent) across its past three contests while Harvard has assists on 28 of 80 field goals (35 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Cornell has committed a turnover on just 17.4 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest percentage among all Ivy League teams. The Big Red have turned the ball over only 11.5 times per game this season.center_img February 29, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUTEP (15-14, 6-10) vs. Middle Tennessee (7-22, 3-13)Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Middle Tennessee looks for its fifth straight win over UTEP at Murphy Athletic Center. The last victory for the Miners at Middle Tennessee was a 63-54 win on Jan. 16, 2014. Associated Press center_img Middle Tenn. looks for home win vs UTEP SUPER SENIORS: Middle Tennessee has relied heavily on its seniors this year. C.J. Jones, Antonio Green, Donovan Sims and Jayce Johnson have collectively accounted for 64 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 59 percent of all Blue Raiders points over the last five games.BRILLIANT BRYSON: Bryson Williams has connected on 36.6 percent of the 82 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 11 over his last three games. He’s also converted 83.3 percent of his foul shots this season.PERFECT WHEN: UTEP is a perfect 9-0 when it scores at least 71 points. The Miners are 6-14 when scoring any fewer than 71.COLD SPELLS: UTEP has dropped its last three road games, scoring 58 points and allowing 69 points during those contests. Middle Tennessee has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 73 points while giving up 81.7.CLAMPING DOWN: Middle Tennessee’s defense has forced 14.4 turnovers per game this season, but is averaging 18 takeaways over its last three games.___last_img read more

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first_img Associated Press Japanese Prime Minister Abe says IOC president has agreed “100%” to proposal of postponing Olympics for about 1 year March 24, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Abe says IOC president has agreed “100%” to proposal of postponing Olympics for about 1 year.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

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first_imgBrescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says “this season doesn’t make sense anymore.”He says “returning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who aren’t here anymore.”Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation.Cellino says “I don’t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.” The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.World Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics.___Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes. April 2, 2020 Associated Press The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates.The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31.___World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Latest: French MotoGP postponed because of viruslast_img read more

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