Saina Nehwal has moved to North Eastern Warriors for the upcoming fourth season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) after spending three years of the competition at Awadhe Warriors.Saina was scooped up by North Eastern Warriors, who joined the league only last year, for a whopping 80 lakhs. Saina was one of the icon players in the PBL auction.The Olympic bronze-medallist Saina was very excited about being with the North Eastern Warriors and said she wished to promote badminton in the region through her stint with the franchise.”It’s a great opportunity for me to get associated with the North Eastern Warriors. The fans over here are extremely passionate and I will try and give my best for them. I always had a special admiration for the north-east and with this alliance I wish to promote badminton in this region, so that we have more people inspired to take up the sport,” Saina said.Also read – PBL auction: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin bag big dealsWhile Saina went to north eastern part of the country, it was homecoming for PV Sindhu, who was picked up for 80 lakhs by Hyderabad Hunters. Having spent three seasons with Chennai Smashers, where she led them to victory in the second season, Sindhu could not hide her excitement over representing Hyderabad.”Really excited to be a part of my home team this time. Hyderabad Hunters, looking forward for it,” Sindhu said in a video posted by the Hyderabad team.The reigning queen of Indian Badminton @Pvsindhu1 comes home #Hunters#HuntersArmy#PBLSeason4#TheHuntBeginsAgain#JoinTheRoar#OnTheProwl#GetReadyForTheHunt#HyderabadHunters#PBLChampions2018 pic.twitter.com/qssObTEiKPadvertisementHyderabadHunters (@Hyd_Hunters) October 8, 2018On the other hand, Hyderabad’s star in their last season’s winning campaign, Carolina Marin was taken for 80 lakhs by the newly introduced franchise, Pune 7 Aces, co-owned by actress Tapsee Pannu.The Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion Marin was excited about the new challenge in Pune and she was looking forward to exploring a different part of India.”I am very excited to be part of Pune team. Hyderabad has been like a second home for me. But now I am excited to be part the Pune team and explore this part of India,” Marin said after learning about the bid.Speaking after the player auctions, an upbeat Tapsee Pannu said, “We had a set game-plan and I am really ecstatic to be able to rope in some of the big names in the auction pool today. It has been a perfect implementation of the backdoor homework we had done.”With a champion in Marin, experienced Mathias Boe in the doubles category and young Lakshya Sen, am really optimistic how balanced the team has shaped up. Can’t wait for the season to start.”Welcome on board doppelgänger @CarolinaMarin Vamos !taapsee pannu (@taapsee) October 8, 2018Other than the trio, world No.9 Sung Ji Hyun was also snapped up for Rs 80 lakh by Chennai Smashers.Among the big names in men’s badminton, former World No.1 Victor Axelsen of Denmark was picked up by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 80 lakh, while World No.6 Kidambi Srikanth joined Bengaluru Raptors for the same amount.HS Prannoy was bought by Delhi Dashers after a bidding war with Mumbai Rockets for Rs 80 lakh, while South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae also went for the same amount to Chennai Smashers and Mumbai, respectively.The Awadhe Warriors spent Rs 70 lakh to bag the services of South Korean Son Wan Ho while Pune bought Denmark’s Mathias Boe for Rs 50 lakh.Teenaged sensation Lakshya Sen was bought by Pune for Rs 11 lakh while another youngster Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went for a whopping Rs 52 lakh to the Ahmedabad Smash Masters.An intriguing Season 4 awaits with energetic lineups and a new team to fight for the coveted title.How excited are you!? pic.twitter.com/ziU3iQ4c6iPBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 8, 2018Squad and Price in Lakh (INR) -Hyderabad Hunters: Men’s Singles: Lee Hyun Il (60), Rahul Yadav Chittaboina (3), Mark Caljouw (7), Women’s Singles: PV Sindhu (80), Sai Uttejitha Rao (1), Men’s Doubles: Kim Sa Rang (45), Arun George (1), Bodin Issara (21), Mixed Doubles: Eom Hey Won (37), Meghana Jakkampudi (3)Mumbai Rockets: Men’s Singles: Sameer Verma (42), Andres Antonsen (55), Pratul Joshi (1), Women’s Singles: Shriyanshi Pardeshi (1), Anura Prabhudesai (1), Men’s Doubles: Manu Attri 918), Lee Yong Dae (80), Kim Gi Jung (45), Mixed Doubles: Pia Zebadiah (15), Kuhoo Garg (2)North Eastern Warriors: MS: Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (20), Tian Houwei (32), AS Siril Verma (3), WS: Saina Nehwal (80), Rituparna Das (6), MD: Yoo Yeon Seong (49), Liao Min Chun (20), Dhruv Kapila (1), XD: Kim Ha Na (40), Kukkapalli Maneesha (1)advertisementPune 7 Aces: MS: Brice Leverdoez (20), Lakshya Sen (11), Sony Dwi Kuncoro (10), Ajay Jayaram (10), WS: Carolina Marin (80), Line Kjaersfeldt (31), MD: Vladimir Ivonov (17), Mathias Boe (50), Chirag Shetty (14), XD: Prajakta Sawant (3)Chennai Smashers: MS: P Kashyap (5), Chong Wei Feng (14), Rajiv Ouseph (24), WS: Sung Ji Hyun (80), Saili Rane (1), MD: Or Chin Chung (15), Chris Adcock (54), B Sumeeth Reddy (10), XD: Gabrielle Adcock (36), Rutaparna Panda (2)Ahmedabad Smash Masters: MS: Sourabh Verma (16), Viktor Axelsen (80), Daren Liew (33), WS: Kirsty Gilmour (26), Vaishnavi Bhale (1), MD: Lee Chun Hei Reginald (18), Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (52), K Nandagopal (1), XD: Sikki Reddy (29), Anoushka Parikh (3)Awadhe Warriors: MS: Guru Sai Dutt (7), Son Wan Ho (70), Lee Dong Keun (36), WS: Rasika Raje (2), Beiwen Zhang (39), MD: Lee Yang (31), MR Arjun (5), Mathias Christiansen (37), XD: Ashwini Ponnappa (32), Sanyogita Ghorpade (1)Bengaluru Raptors: MS: K Srikanth (80), B Sai Praneeth (32), Mithun Manjunath (2), Nygun Tein Minh (6), WS: Vu Thi Trang (9), MD: Hendra Setiawan (42), Marcus Ellis (20), Mohammad Ahsan (42), XD: Lauren Smith (20), Sanjana Santosh (2)Delhi Dashers: MS: HS Prannoy (80), Chirag Sen (1), tommy Sugiarto (70), WS: Evgeniya Kosetskaya (5), MD: Chai Biao (42), Maneepong Jongjit (23), Wang Sijie (15), Vighnesh Devlekar (1), XD: Lee Chia Hsin (20), V Harika (1)(With inputs from agencies)
Mumbai, Oct 28 (IANS) Actress Alia Bhatt, who received the Youth Icon of the Year honour at a gala here from her father for the first time, said he was best suited for the title.Alia and a slew of Bollywood’s Who’s Who were at the Vogue Women of the Year event here on Saturday night. Filmmaker Karan Johar was the host for the star-studded night, read a statement.On receiving the award, the “Student Of The Year” actress said: “This is the first time my father is presenting an award to me. What’s most special tonight is the fact that my father is standing right next to me, way past his bed time. Let me tell you that he sleeps at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 5 a.m. and goes and does Pilates and cardio.”I don’t think that I’m the Youth Icon of the Year. My father is the Youth Icon of the Year.”Alia will soon be directed by her father for the first time in “Sadak 2″, which also features her step sister Pooja Bhatt. And she is looking forward to the experience.”Genuinely, I can’t wait to be directed by you and can’t wait to be on the set with you papa, because the kind of energy that you have, I have to calm you down sometimes. So, if there is any quality within me which is icon like, it’s all thanks to my father, my mother and my other father, Karan,” said the actress.A total of 20 influential names were awarded across various fields like law, entertainment, fashion, journalism, sports, women’s empowerment and philanthropy were felicitated for their efforts at the event.The Mann Deshi Foundation founder Chetna Gala Sinha, who has empowered rural women through micro-finance, was felicitated with the Vogue Social Entrepreneur of the Year title while Vinita Gupta, CEO of pharmaceutical major Lupin, was felicitated as the Vogue and IBM Businesswoman of The Year. News anchor Faye D’Souza was adjudged the Opinion Maker of the Year, while activist-lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat was declared Vogue Crusader of the Year.From the field of entertainment, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan bagged the Vogue and IWC Schaffhausen Style Icon of the Year award, Radhika Apte was the Vogue Trends Disruptor of the Year (Female) while Vicky Kaushal was awarded the Vogue X Trends Disruptor of the Year (Male).Meghna Gulzar, who directed “Raazi”, won Filmmaker of the Year, and Ayushmann Khurrana received the Vogue Man of the Moment award.Athlete Hima Das and wrestler Vinesh Phogat were adjudged Vogue Sportswomen of the Year.From the fashion industry, Ritu Kumar was honoured with the Vogue and Gemfields Lifetime Achievement Award while Anamika Khanna bagged the title of Vogue Designer of the Year award. The artistic director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, was awarded the title of Global Icon of the Year.–IANSrb/mradvertisement
West Indies have appointed fielding coach Nic Pothas as the interim head coach for the tour of Bangladesh starting this week.Pothas has replaced Stuart Law, who stepped down from his post after a dismal tour of India where the Windies lost the Test, one-day internationals and Twenty20 series.Law is currently the coach of English county Middlesex.Pothas will be in charge during the tour of Bangladesh where the Caribbean side will play two Tests, three ODIs and an equal number of T20 matches.The first Test starts in Chittagong from Thursday.”Having Nic lead the team at this juncture is important for continuity and we look forward to strong and positive performances from the squad under his leadership,” West Indies’ director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said in a statement.Last April, Pothas stepped down as the fielding consultant of Sri Lanka after briefly coaching them until the appointment of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. The South African then took the role with the Caribbean side.”It is an honour to be asked to be the head coach of the West Indies cricket team for the immediate future,” Pothas said. “The Bangladesh series will be a tough challenge which we look forward to embracing.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on R Ashwin, saying the off-spinner did more than what captain Virat Kohli could have asked from him on a crucial second day of the ongoing first Test against Australia in Adelaide.Gavaskar said he was impressed with the way Ashwin stuck to his stock deliveries and focused on the line outside the off-stump. He also opined that the veteran off-spinner may have picked up a thing or two from his Australian counterpart, Nathan Lyon.Ashwin’s inability to be as effective as he is at home in overseas conditions had been a cause for concern for the Indian visiting teams in the past. The 32-year-old’s average in Australia before the Adelaide Test was 54.71 whereas his career average reads an impressive 25.37.Notably, during the 2014-15 tour, the then stand-in captain, Kohli had preferred rookie leg-spinner Karn Sharma over Ashwin for the first Test in Adelaide.With Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav breathing down his neck for a spot in the playing XI, Ashwin was under considerable pressure in the lead up to the first Test of the ongoing tour.However, the off-spinner shone on Friday, picking up three Australian top-order wickets – Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, and Usman Khawaja. Displaying brilliant control and hitting the right lines and lengths, it is safe to say Ashwin has won the Round 1 of the battle between the two top-quality off-spinners in the series.”He certainly has picked up a thing or two from Nathan Lyon, there is nothing wrong from learning from the opposition if it’s going to help your own game. You don’t want to copy but you can take things and bring it to your own game when it certainly helps. This is wonderful bowling,” Gavaskar told Sony Six on Friday.advertisement”He did more than that [what Kohli could have asked from him] because he bowled really well. He concentrated on bowling the off-spinners more than the other variety he has. We saw a little bit of variety when Pat Cummins came into bat otherwise, he was bowling the stock ball all the time. He was varying his speeds, flight but basically, he kept the pressure on the batsmen, didn’t give them anything.”3 for 50 of the number of overs he bowled just tells you how well he bowled. Nobody tried to attack him or nobody was trying to attack him when he tossed the ball up.”Those two deliveries that he bowled – the one that got Marcus Harris when he was well set – and the one that got Usman Khawaja were top stuff.”Ravichandran Ashwin did his thing against the left-handers on day two #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/iuI2rpcBlhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018Ashwin has fixed the problem with his line: GavaskarGavaskar also pointed out that Ashwin has fixed his long-standing problem of bowling a middle-leg line to right-handers which had made him ineffective, especially in overseas conditions.The batting great pointed out how he had struggled in England, especially in Southampton where he was not able to hit the bowler’s footmarks which England all-rounder Moeen Ali did, consistently.While Ali picked up nine wickets in the Test to spin England to an unassailable 3-1 lead in a five-match series, Ashwin managed only three.However, in Adelaide, It was refreshing to see Ashwin being patient and being consistent with the line he was bowling throughout the day.There were a few footmarks on the pitch but the Adelaide Oval track wasn’t a rank turner by any means. However, Ashwin troubled the batsmen by getting the ball to drift both ways, which he acknowledged after the absorbing day’s play.”He [Ashwin] did [fixed the problem of bowling too straight to the right handers]. That’s exactly what he needs to do. When you’re bowling, even in the subcontinent where it turns and grips, if you’re bowling a middle and leg line, a lot of time, the ball is going to turn so much that you’re not going to get an LBW. But if you bowl just outside the line like he was ball today, if the ball turns in you’ll get your man LBW or caught at forward short leg.”Also Read | Ashwin, Head key as India and Australia seek 1st innings leadAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara has cemented his place at least for a year: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:
Virat Kohli became the fastest Indian to score 1000 Test runs for India in Australia as he reached nine runs at the Adelaide Oval in the opening Test between India and Australia on Saturday.Kohli could have reached the milestone in the first innings itself but Usman Khawaja’s stunning catch saw him depart at 3. In the second innings though, Kohli arrived with a calmer head and more resolve as he held his guard and made his way to the record.On the way to this milestone, Kohli also became the only Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.Kohli reached the landmark in nine Test matches, faster than batting great Don Bradman, who reached the four-figure mark in his 10th Test at home.India vs Australia: Live Blog | Live ScoreEven as Kohli overall blazed to 1000 Test runs, his innings on Saturday at Adelaide started so slow that it had his lowest strike rate in an Test innings where he has got 10 or more runs.India’s first innings batting display had attracted a lot of criticism over the batsmen’s shot selection and in the second innings, Kohli showed how patient and resilient he could be.Pujara and Kohli negotiated the ball well and frustrated Australia on Day 3. Close to the end of the day though, Nathan Lyon was rewarded for his patience and solid bowling as he got Kohli caught out for just 34 runs.advertisementWith that Lyon has now dismissed Kohli six times in Tests, the most by any bowler. He was earlier tied with James Anderson (5) and Stuart Broad (5).Massive moment late in the day! Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Virat Kohli six times in Test cricket; the most by any bowler.#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/VhHxfYToT2cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2018Kohli had said ahead of the start of the Test match that Adelaide was his favourite ground and his love dates back to India’s previous tour to Australia in 2012 when he struck twin tons. Apart from that, he hit two more centuries and finished the series, which India lost 2-0, with 692 runs at a staggering average of 86.50.Apart from Kohli, three other Indians have scored 1000 runs for the country. Sachin Tendulkar scored 1809 runs off 38 innings in Australia at an average of 53.21. VVS Laxman scored 1236 runs in 29 innings while Rahul Dravid scored 1143 in 30 innings.Virender Sehwag has also scored 1000 runs in Australia but 83 of them came for ICC World XI. For India, Sehwag scored 948 runs in 20 innings at an average of 47.40.While Kohli had 992 runs after eight Tests in Australia, Laxman had scored 783, Tendulkar 646 and Dravid 735 after eight matches each Down Under.Kohli is also bidding to shatter Tendulkar’s record for the most Test centuries by an Indian batsman in Australia as the India captain is just one behind his idol’s tally of six. He is now second on the list, tied on five centuries with Sunil Gavaskar.There is no doubt the narrative leading up to the four-Test series has been centered around Kohli. The India captain has headed into the series on the back of scoring in bulk in India’s two previous overseas tours of the year in South Africa and England.While Kohli scored 286 from three Tests in difficult batting conditions in the Rainbow Nation, the skipper was peerless in the Old Blighty, amassing a chart-topping tally of 593 runs, 244 more than second-placed Jos Bultter in a five-Test series.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli booed by sections of Adelaide Oval crowdAlso Read | Virat Kohli shows off his dancing skills in tense Test at Adelaide OvalAlso Read | If Australia celebrated like Kohli, we would be the worst blokes in the world: LangerAlso Read | India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant matches MS Dhoni’s feat in Adelaide Test
After a few years of waiting in the wings, MS Dhoni’s international career began in Chittagong, a few months after he blasted a couple of centuries for India A in Nairobi in 2004.If not coming from any powerhouse of Indian cricket made him the odd one out, the long hair, which would go on to become a big talking point, made the world, let alone the Indian cricket fraternity take note of him.For all that he has achieved in world cricket now, MS Dhoni’s international debut wasn’t the ideal start. The wicketkeeper-batsman from Ranchi was dismissed for naught in his ODI debut against Bangladesh.Dhoni takes center stage in India-Pakistan clashMS Dhoni failed to impress in his maiden ODI series but it seemed he was waiting for the perfect stage to make a mark at the highest level. In April 2005, Dhoni was the biggest talking point of Indian cricket as he had played a bulldozing inning against arch-rivals Pakistan.With 15 boundaries and four sixes in a 123-ball 148, Dhoni announced his arrival at the big stage. There was no stopping the fearless and unorthodox ticket inspector-turned cricketer from Ranchi as he went on to become a household name. Runs, adulation, sponsorship and, of course, his stature in the team, everything just kept growing with time.Dhoni slowly established himself as one of the best finishers in the game. With his big-hitting skills and quick reflexes behind the wicket, Dhoni took very little time to establish himself as one of the mainstays in the team.advertisementDhoni wins India World T20 on captaincy debut MS Dhoni helped India win the World T20 in 2007 in his maiden assignment as captain of the senior national team (India Today Photo)Dhoni is regarded as one of the best captains in limited-overs cricket but his introduction to captaincy was by chance. Still reeling from the memories of an embarrassing early exit at the World Cup, India were gearing up for the inaugural edition of World T20 in 2007.Back then, Twenty20 was still an unknown format and Indian fans didn’t expect much from a team that had gone to South Africa under a new captain and without the likes of Tendulkar.The stage was set for Dhoni to showcase why he would be considered one of the astute readers of the game. The Ranchi hero led a young team with a strong conviction and an unconventional style that took the cricketing fraternity by storm.Preferring newbie Joginder Sharma over an experienced Harbhajan Singh in the last over of the famous final against Pakistan and backing his bowler even after he was clobbered in the first few balls remains one of the iconic moments in the history of Indian cricket.Dhoni takes India to Test pinnacleDhoni had to wait for one more year to take over from Anil Kumble as the Test captain. Just like the limited-overs, Dhoni found instant success in the longest format of the game, taking India to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time. The Asian giants remained No. 1 for 18 months from December 2009.Dhoni helps India end 28-year-long World Cup drought MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 helped India beat Sri Lanka in the final of World Cup 2011 (Reuters Photo)Dhoni’s career graph was on an upward trajectory and it only skyrocketed in 2011 after the Cricket World Cup at home. India were considered favourites but history wasn’t in favour of them as no host nation, until then, had won the World Cup.India needed Dhoni’s game awareness and calmness at the World Cup. While he failed to produce spark with the bat for the most part of India’s campaign, his biggest and most memorable knock came in the final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.Chasing 275, India had lost Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag — two of their most consistent batsmen in the tournament — early. Just when Sri Lanka were looking to put more pressure on the hosts, Dhoni promoted himself above an in-form Yuvraj Singh and took the attack to the Sri Lankans. With his inimitable style, Dhoni sealed the World Cup and ended India’s 28-year-long wait with an iconic six.India, under Dhoni, fail overseasDhoni endured the worst phase of his captaincy career right after the highest point of it. India, under him, were blanked in overseas tours of England and Australia in the 2011-12 season. To add to India’s woes, England clinched a historic win in India, beating a Dhoni-led side 2-1.The defeats paved way for the exit of a few senior pros, including Rahul Dravid. Dhoni marked the beginning of a new era in Indian cricket by helping India whitewash Australia at home in 2013.However, winning overseas became a rarity as the skipper’s tactics failed him in the longer format. Timing it perfectly, Dhoni made an unforeseen retirement announcement midway during India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15.Dhoni was still finding plenty of success in the limited-over formats. India battled against the odds and won the Champions Trophy in England in 2013 under him. The famous win also helped Dhoni become the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies — World T20, World Cup, and the Champions Trophy.Dhoni is Chennai’s adopted son as well, thanks to his popularity as captain of Indian Premier League’s joint-most successful team, Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Dhoni’s leadership skills shone in the shortest format of the game and it propelled CSK to become one of the most consistent teams.advertisementDhoni’s swansong in the Old Blighty?After 14 years of cricket at the highest level, Dhoni is certainly in the twilight of his career. There is pressure on the former captain as his performances in the 50-over format have been far from impressive in the recent past.Youngster Rishabh Pant’s eye-catching performances is only adding to that pressure. However, Dhoni still remains the first-choice starter for the Cricket World Cup in 2019.Sunil Gavaskar, speaking recently at Agenda Aaj Tak, had said he imagined Dhoni hitting the winning six off Mohammad Amir in the final of next year’s showpiece event in England. Wouldn’t that be a fitting finale to one of the glorious chapters of Indian cricket?Also Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Just like Kohli, I will run shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup: Kapil Dev
South Africa need seven more wickets to win the third test at the Wanderers and sweep the series after Pakistan were 153 for three wickets at the close of play on Sunday, still 228 runs short of a daunting winning target.Dale Steyn claimed two wickets and Duane Olivier the other for his 22nd of the series as South Africa removed the top order after Pakistan had made a solid start with a 67-run opening wicket partnership.Pakistan had been set a target of 381 to win after bowling their hosts out for 303 before tea on the third day of the test in Johannesburg.They will resume on Monday with Asad Shafiq not out on 48 and Babar Azam on 17.Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood made a positive start to Pakistan’s second innings, attacking the South African pace attack before Steyn made a quick double breakthrough.Imam-ul-Haq got a feint edge as Steyn moved the ball across the left hander and was out for 35 and Shan soon followed back to the pavilion after a television review, adjudged to have got a slight inside edge to another difficult delivery.Olivier then claimed the wicket of the out-of-form Azhar Ali as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock took his third catch of the innings.Olivier is now three wickets off equalling South Africa’s 117-year-old record for the most wickets in a three test series.De Kock hit the highest score of the series on Sunday to help South Africa into pole position for a third successive test win.He scored 129 off 138 balls for only the second century of the series, following Faf du Plessis’ 103 in the second test in Cape Town last week.advertisementHashim Amla added 71 after South Africa had resumed day three on 135-5 with 21 from Kagiso Rabada as they provided support to De Kock.Amla was the first wicket to go on Sunday, touching his glove to a rising delivery from Hasan Ali on a pitch cracking in places and offering uneven bounce.Rabada featured in a 79-run partnership for the eighth wicket with De Kock.Also Watch:
Veteran all-rounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). Watson, who was the captain of the Sydney Thunder, has called time to his BBL career in order to spend more time with family.The 37-year-old played for the club for four years, captaining the side for the past three seasons.”I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has been involved with the Sydney Thunder over the last four seasons,” said Watson in a statement issued at the club’s website.”I have so many amazing memories that I will savour forever with the one standout being our win in 2016. I want to especially thank Nick Cummins, Paddy Upton, Lee Germon and Shane Bond who made my experience with the club so enjoyable,” he added.Watson finishes his career as Sydney Thunder’s all-time leading run-scorer with 1,014 runs from 42 games. Cementing himself as one of Sydney Thunder’s most popular players, the all-rounder also took 19 wickets for the club and helped Thunder win their first-ever BBL Championship in 2016.Sydney Thunder head coach Shane Bond paid tribute to Watson on a career that included 307 appearances across all formats for Australia.”I played against him a little bit and he was an outstanding player, so I was really looking forward to working with him,” said Bond.”He was great to work with, he’s the ultimate professional. He cared about the team and the players and was hugely respected in the dressing room. We’re really going to miss what he brings to the team and he will be a big loss,” he added.advertisementWatson will be available for select overseas tournaments, including the Indian Premier League (IPL).Also Read | Would have been dropped a long time ago in my previous team: Shane WatsonAlso Read | IPL 2019: I was due, says Shane Watson after classy 96 vs Sunrisers HyderabadAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohli
Bengaluru FC have reached an agreement with Carles Cuadrat to further the Spaniards stay with the Indian Super League (ISL) champions in a new two-year deal that keeps him with the Blues till the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Wednesday.Having taken over the reins from Albert Roca at the end of the 2017-18 season, Cuadrat, in what was his first stint as head coach of a team, led the Blues to their sixth title in as many seasons when they beat FC Goa in the ISL final at the Mumbai Football Arena in March this year.”I am delighted to continue my stay at a club that functions like a closely-knit family. I have spent three years at Bengaluru FC and the fact that I’m willing to add two more is a testament to how happy I am at the club and in the city. We achieved success last season and I would like to build on it. Importantly, we will be competing in Asia again and that’s a challenge we are all relishing. All footballing reasons aside, the love and support the fans have shown me definitely had a part to play in my decision of signing on a new deal,” said Cuadrat.Two more years of the Boss! #CarlesStays pic.twitter.com/iYePKDe7LPBengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) May 8, 2019Cuadrat, who arrived at the club as Roca’s assistant in 2016, took over from his mentor last year in what was a seamless transition. And while he kept the foundations that Roca laid, intact, Cuadrat brought his own ideas to the table that the dressing room were quick to credit as the reason the Blues got across the finish line in the ISL.advertisementUnder the Spaniard, Bengaluru became the first team in the history of the ISL to have won the title after finishing on top of the table in the group stages. The Blues also boasted of an unbeaten record at home through the season.Speaking on the deal, club CEO, Parth Jindal said: “After winning the Indian Super League last season and getting the team to perform the way it did, Carles attracted attention from a host of clubs in the country and even the continent, who wanted to secure his services. However, the fact that he has chosen to stay with Bengaluru FC is a fantastic testament to his belief in the project of this club and country, which is to put Indian football on the world map. He’s turned down lucrative deals to stay with us, and that is a very encouraging sign.”Given his La Masia background, he has been the perfect mentor for the young Indian players and that is an important aspect for us at Bengaluru FC. I am certain we will enjoy more success with Carles at the helm.”Also Read | AIFF to interview candidates on Thursday, Stimac front-runner to be new coach
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri who is paid an annual gross salary of Rs 5,76,36,000 other than the allowances and other benefits, has requested the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to look into his increment process and the same is set to be discussed during the meeting of the committee on May 21 in the Capital. With CoA chief Vinod Rai giving the go-ahead to Johri’s request for immediate attention, the matter is set to be brought up when the three committee members — Rai, Diana Edulji and Ravi Thodge meet on Tuesday.As per the contract of the CEO, accessed by IANS, the performance of the executive (Johri) was to be evaluated annually and increments were to be in the form of variables linked with increase in revenue of BCCI out of the efforts of the executive.The BCCI is also expected to decide at the end of the third year of service – 2019 – whether any revision is required in the clause of incremental cash inflow otherwise, the variable would be restricted to 0.5 per cent of the incremental cash flow restricted to Rs 3,00,00,000.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary raised a situation that he described as a travesty for the BCCI.”This is a travesty. The Lodha Committee recommendations and the orders of the Supreme Court gave the authority to sign contracts for an on behalf of the BCCI to the secretary of the board. In terms of all legal matters as well, the board is to sue and be sued in the name of the secretary. Presently, the CoA got a constitution registered that is not in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Court and that coupled with the directions issued by the CoA mean that the contracts are executed by the CEO on behalf of the BCCI and it is the CEO that is looking after all legal matters with the might of a big law firm firmly behind him.advertisement”So if the CoA decides that the agreement with the CEO should be modified, will we see a scenario where Rahul Johri will sign both on behalf of the BCCI and on his own behalf?”Also, if there is a dispute between the BCCI and Rahul Johri over this, will Johri give instructions to the BCCI lawyers on this matter and in case he does not officially give any instructions, what prevents the BCCI law firm from supporting his case? Where are we going with this? This anomaly of legal representation had been pointed out to the CoA earlier as well but they had refused to accept that this anomaly existed.”Another senior BCCI official who was part of the General Body and the Working Committee when the CEO had been appointed, put forward a couple of queries asking if the clauses had indeed been fulfilled by the CEO to be eligible for an increment.”It was clear that his increments would be on the basis of increase in revenue only because of the CEO’s efforts. The BCCI already had a series of existing revenue streams that were giving the BCCI substantial income, the idea was that if we have a professional CEO, he was supposed to add new revenue streams as the old streams really took care of themselves on their own. While there has been an increase in revenue generation from media rights and sponsorship deals, that is basically on account of appreciation in the value of those rights which is a universal phenomenon.”The rights value grow at a particular percentage and that is how the value is arrived at even by the companies that bid for the rights. The appreciation doesn’t have anything to do with him putting any effort, unless of course the CEO is willing to admit that he has rigged the bids in anyways since all those rights are given by way of a tender process.”Even the work that has been carried out has actually been a team effort and I am unable to understand by what logic are they trying to attribute any increase in revenue to his efforts. On the one hand you can’t be saying that the money comes in because of the players if on the other hand you are trying to say that the revenue has come in because of the efforts of the CEO by applying some crazy logic.”A former BCCI official who was also present in the meeting where Johri’s appointment was put before the board said: “When he had been appointed he was supposed to make a presentation to the BCCI where he would tell the house about the new revenue streams and how he would add to the value. He did no such thing. That presentation was supposed to be the basis on which he was supposed to be evaluated. So here you have this employee, who did not allow for targets to be set, who did not tell the house how such a huge cost to the organisation in employing him would be justified but when the exiting value appreciated, wishes to earn money off the efforts of other people. These broadcast rights and the systems in place which have given the money to the BCCI were in place long before a CEO was even dreamt of.advertisement”The idea of having him on board was to have new revenue streams and to ensure that domestic cricket in the country was better promoted. While even local T20 leagues are getting fan bases, the Mushtaq Ali Trophy still cuts a sorry figure, as does the Vijay Hazare Trophy. So, what exactly has his role been in increasing revenue generation? Had he done something to popularise that or add more revenue streams, the BCCI would have absolutely no issues in giving him an increment but it is unfair if he wants to claim increments for the work that others have done over the years. He has not fulfilled the incentive but he seems to be wanting increments.”Another board functionary in the know also pointed out: “Johri and the CoA had even unnecessarily attempted to take credit for introducing e-auction while the truth is that they had decided against the e-auction and thereafter certain members of the General Body had questioned the office bearers and the CoA as to why an e-auction was not adopted for the IPL rights. It was only because of that and the application filed in the Supreme Court by Subramaniam Swamy that had put pressure on the CoA to accept the suggestion of the members of the General Body to go ahead with e-auction for the BCCI rights.”Further, his contract says the executive shall not at any time during his term indulge in any other activity which is prejudicial to the interest of the BCCI or is prejudicial to the image of the game. A Supreme Court hearing is on the cards against the CEO. One of his key responsibilities when he was appointed in 2016 was to inspire and develop the vision, mission and values of the board. What has happened in that area? He was also expected to motivate a high-performing executive team by attracting, retaining and mentoring managers. The less said about his mentoring skills in the wake of what happened last year, the better,” the functionary said.Apart from the salary, he is also entitled to participate in and receive all benefits generally available to executives in the BCCI in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plan or arrangement. On official duty, the board bears the cost of travel, boarding, lodging, conveyance and other related expenses in accordance with BCCI rules.advertisementIn a mail sent by the CEO to the CoA, the Amicus Curiae, the CFO and the legal team, Johri had said that he remains the only person in the board who hasn’t been paid an increment in the last two years.”I write this email to urge each one of you to resolve this issue in a time-bound manner, so that the pending dues can be disbursed to me without any further delay. Unfortunately, I am the only employee of the BCCI who has not been provided any increment for the last two years, despite my Employment Agreement providing for the same. We are already nearing the end of third year of my Employment Agreement i.e. 1st June 2018 to 1st May 2019 in respect of which increment will once again become due,” he wrote.”Till date I have not received the decision from the CoA regarding my increment. I have also addressed reminders dated 9th August 2018 and 19th December 2018 requesting for the same. During this time, I have been patient and cooperative with the CoA at every step of the process. I have utmost faith and respect in the institution of the CoA and trust that justice will be meted out to me. Keeping this in mind, I, once again sincerely urge the CoA to look into this issue with utmost priority.”
Virat Kohli said he apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of a section of the crowd at The Oval which booed him during India’s 36-run victory over defending champions Australia in their second match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Sunday.During the Indian innings, Australian skipper Aaron Finch sent Steve Smith to field near the boundary when some Indian fans started booing at him and insulted him with chants of cheater. It was then that Virat Kohli intervened and asked the crowd to stop booing and instead applaud Smith.Steve Smith and David Warner, who were banned for a year for the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in South Africa, have been at the receiving end of some poor crowd behaviour in England.During a warm-up match before the World Cup started, Smith was booed even as he scored a hundred. He was also booed in Australia’s games against Afghanistan and West Indies. On Sunday, Smith was also booed when he walked out to bat after the fall of Aaron Finch.Virat Kohli and Steve Smith were not the best of friends during a four-Test series in India in 2017 after Smith had sought dressing room help for the DRS. However, on Sunday Kohli stood up for the man who is regarded as the best batsman in the world alongside him.After India wrapped up their 4th win over Australia in World Cup history, Kohli said Smith did not deserve to be booed.Captain @imVkohli on THAT gesture that won hearts #TeamIndia #INDvAUS #SpiritOfCricket pic.twitter.com/irUtTtv6ARadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2019″Just because there’s so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion.”He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it, either.”So I just felt for him, and I told him, I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that’s not acceptable,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Also Read | World Cup 2019: We had a point to prove, says Virat Kohli after India beat AustraliaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and bowlers shine as India wallop Australia
India made a dream start to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday as their pacers kept it tight with the new ball.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat on an overcast morning in Manchester. The outcome of the toss has been influential at the venue as teams batting first have won all the matches (5) played so far at the iconic venue.India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Cricket ScoreHowever, Indian new-ball bowlers made sure they jolted New Zealand by putting immense pressure on Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls — the two New Zealand openers.India bowled 16 dot balls with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowling tidy lines and lengths. Jasprit Bumrah then gave India an early breakthrough for India by removing Martin Guptill for 2.Guptill’s horror run in World Cup 2019 continued when he nicked one towards the slip cordon as a ball from Jasprit Bumrah zipped past after pitching on good length. Captain Virat Kohli at the second slip took a stunner as he held on to the ball that was travelling at some pace.Kohli was nearly off-balance when he took the catch as it came at an awkward height. Bumrah and his teammates celebrated in delight as they made sure Martin Guptill returned to the Old Trafford pavillion after an early successful LBW appeal agianst him.India lost their only review for the semi-final in the first ball as Virat Kohli opted to use the DRS for a decision in favour of Martin Guptill. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck Guptill on his pads but replays showed the ball was comfortably missing the leg-stump.advertisementVirat Kohli’s stunner sent social media into a tizzy as India fans were left awestruck by the captain’s effort at the slip. Kohli appeared to be in some discomfort but he was fine to continue.Calm and collected from the Indian captain to pull off that first catchWatch the wicket and more highlights on the #CWC19 appAPPLE https://t.co/whJQyCahHrANDROID https://t.co/Lsp1fBwBKR pic.twitter.com/2jOJjSJdUpCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019What a start by the Indian team in the semifinal!Amazing catch by the captain, @imVkohli and @Jaspritbumrah93 is as awesome as he always is!#CWC19 #CWC2019Anand Malto (@anandmalto) July 9, 2019What a catch! @imVkohli Can’t imagine how fast that ball must have traveled! Let’s go!!!! #INDvsNZ #SemiFinal1 @CWC19_WC2019Madhav Namjoshi (@Robin824) July 9, 2019This catch from @imVkohli is max underrated. Was travelling so bloody quick. #NZvIND #WorldCup2019Vinit Pawar (@WinitPawar) July 9, 2019Talk about starting a big game well – Fast bowlers have done well and what a fine catch it was from #Virat . THAT was traveling! #CWC19RK (@RK_sports) July 9, 2019This start by India. Ball is seriously hooping ?????? #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/amxrUxyL4ITim Michell (@tim_michell) July 9, 2019#IndvNZ Whattt a catch!! Virat KohliCricket India (@cric_ind) July 9, 2019Virat Kohli…. What a beauty of a catch! You can see Guptill cursing as he hits the pavillion.#ICCCricketWorldCup #INDvsNZShivangi Prabhudesai (@ShiviStormborn) July 9, 2019What a catch by @imVkohli ???????? pic.twitter.com/zBFvE0sFYMVinod (@vinod_d007) July 9, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli wants India to stick to basics as New Zealand batAlso Read | India my favourite team since the start of World Cup 2019: Kamran AkmalAlso See:
Sioux City Police have identified the person killed in a car accident on the city’s west side early Monday.Police say 17 year old Miguel Silvas-Sanchez of South Sioux City died when he was ejected from the front seat passenger of the car he was riding in.Investigators say the car driven by 18 year old Eduardo Herrera, also of South Sioux, was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck a parked van in the 1500 block of West 2nd Street .Herrera fled the scene on foot, but was located by police.He was treated and released from a local hospital along with a second passenger from South Sioux City in the car, 16 year old Vicente Cancino.Police say the accident remains under investigation and charges are possible pending the outcome of that investigation.
The trial of a Le Mars man charged with first degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his sister will resume in November.Judge Jeffrey Neary issued an order to reconvene the trial of Thomas Bibler on November 2nd in Plymouth County District Court.Bibler is accused of fatally stabbing Shannon Bogh, in June of 2016.The bench trial adjourned August 1st after Bibler took the stand.Plymouth County Attorney Darrin Raymond is expected to call a witness to the stand for the prosecution on November 2nd that has not been available to testify until then.
Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of a Sioux City man accused of starting a fatal apartment fire in February of 2018.52-year-old Robert Mahoney is charged with arson and involuntary manslaughter in the February 4th, 2018 fire at the Central Apartments that eventually claimed the life of 51-year-old Wanda Blake, who lived in another apartment there.Blake died from her injuries on February 27th, five days after she was released from a hospital and placed in a care facility.The emergency room doctor testified that Blake had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in her system and soot in her air passage the night of the fire.Prosecutors played a video of police interviewing Mahoney after the fire and then arresting him for arson.Officer Zach Lewis testified that Mahoney told him he was mentally ill and was not taking any medication.Mahoney told police he was bored when he took a can of bug spray, doused paper with it and lit the paper on fire.Forensic Psychologist Dr. Alan Goldstein testified for the defense that Mahoney had a long troubled life.Goldstein spent over 12 hours interviewing Mahoney and says the defendant first drank alcohol at age 5 after his parents divorced, was smoking marijuana and drinking in 3rd grade and tried cocaine at age 12.He said Mahoney was bullied and abused, became a frequent meth user and was suicidal and paranoid and often heard voices.Goldstein says Mahoney had been arrested at least 30 times as a juvenile and 50 times as an adult.The jury trial continues Friday in Woodbury County District Court.
This is as rich as it gets. The mighty Scipio Tex of Barking Carnival (and I mean mighty not in jest because Scipio is as good a sportswriter as a sports blog deserves to have) wrote a piece on Saturday night about how the Big 12 has a big problem and that problem might be that its referees are racist (that post, lest you think this is me projecting one Texas fan’s thoughts upon all Texas fans, has over 1,200 comments).It also might be that its refs were cajoled from their $10 blackjack tables out west and handed a couple of striped shirts and a whistle. Or it might just be that Boone Pickens slipped a thick envelope underneath the little officials room door a couple of hours prior to kickoff on Saturday (he has donated $100 million to a pair of UT health care institutions, you know).Here’s how the piece climaxes and then ends.Beyond the realm of pure fiction, all subjective calls went against Texas. Not many. Or an important one. All. This is what I like to call a pattern. We just watched a fixed football game. The first I’ve ever seen or can recall in all of my years. What’s the Big 12 going to do? Nothing, that’s what.That’s pretty rich, isn’t it?The Big 12, which had a rocket launcher held to its temple a few years ago by Texas until it was given its $15 million/year network and, in doing so, stripped half of the rest of the teams (including Oklahoma State) of the ability to make a healthy amount of dough on third-tier rights, now has a bias problem after three whiffed calls in a crap game in mid-September.[Jennifer Lawrence thumbs up emoji]Look, you’ll get no argument from me that OSU was given a gift on Saturday in Austin. It’s a game it somehow both should have won by three touchdowns and lost by two. But to invoke Tim Donaghy and make it only like the 11th least-plausible reason behind the loss is the height of Texas fans’ inability to handle its new (probably temporary) spot in the college football kingdom.This is what it feels like to suck, Texas. Every call goes against you. Every ball bounces the other way. Every mistake is exacerbated. I know you’re not used to trading the Range Rover for a Taurus and having to get a 9-5 job that pays less than you used to pay the live-in nanny, but this is how the rest of us have always lived. Time to deal with it.Or maybe not.Texas fans don’t enjoy success as much as they pat it on the head and tuck it away in a little suitcase of aristocracy that they consider to be the God-given right of having been delivered into the 40 acres from birth (and whisked away by three midwifes and a wet nurse immediately, of course).Conference titles are barely a reason to maybe whip out the crystal shot glasses and pour the above average bourbon. National titles are slid in as talking points for the next Capulet Masquerade.So how do you expect them to handle going 1-3 for the first time since 1956?I guess this is what fans of the rest of the teams in the league have to get used to. Texas is like the fat kid at recess who chortles when he sits on smaller children but weeps uncontrollable alligator tears when a 1st grader cuts him in the lunch line. It’s a cold world.Every person who’s ever written a blog post about referees starts with some version of “I don’t normally complain about the refs, but …” The one I liked above is not exempt.Yeah, you got a couple of bad calls and and one indefensible holding penalty late in the game that cost you one of your four wins this season. That’s a bitter taste, isn’t it? The rest of us know it well.I’m guessing one of the zebras was suspended from midfield by an invisible zipline and tilted a pocket-sized mirror just right so your punter couldn’t see the snap, too, right?I’m guessing a Big 12 VP slithered down to Oklahoma State’s locker room at halftime and slid Glenn Spencer a notebook with every play Texas was planning to run in the second half of the game (which, come to think of it, would have taken about 90 seconds to sit down and draw up).I do love that there was a college football game played in which the headsets on the Oklahoma State sidelines worked only intermittently and not at all for most of the time — a situation that made Spencer say “I have never coached a game like that in my life” — but that wasn’t the conspiracy that was bemoaned afterwards.The question is, if you’re Texas, how do you recover from devastation like this? It’s one thing for Baylor or Texas Tech to be on the receiving end of a blunt blow to the middle of the face from their own conference because they’re used to it. In Austin? Not so much. The gifts have always flowed.Might be time to take your ball failing network and go home play Notre Dame 12 times a year.[1. Actually, judging from the first week of the season, that might be a bad idea.] At least then, your self-aggrandizing could fall on ears that are used to hearing it. Somehow, you’d both claim to have finished 11-1.You could rid yourself of this woeful excuse for a conference and everything that comes with being the ugly stepchild moniker that has so inappropriately been delivered to you. Honestly, this is how children act. I have a couple of them. Authority is to be praised — whether it’s worthy of it or not — until said authority turns on you. Big 12 refs suck. We get it. All refs suck. We get that too. They don’t only suck because you’re the offended party.On the other hand, I do feel bad for Texas, I guess.Now they’re going to miss a bowl game by three wins instead of just two.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Although Ronald had quite the college career, averaging more than 16 points per game as a senior, Marcell said his dad didn’t pressure him or try to convince him to stick with basketball or choose it over football.“He didn’t mind,” Ateman said. “I like basketball, too, so it was kinda one of those things. I became better at football, so it was full-on support.”Ateman said he never thought about playing both in college. That was probably a wise decision. Through three seasons and two games, he has pulled in almost 100 passes for close to 1,500 yards and crossed the plane seven times. I can’t imagine him putting up those stats while dropping 10 every night in Gallagher-Iba.At 6-foot-4, Ateman is the Cowboys’ tallest receiver, and already so far this season he has been used like a center in the post. On OSU’s first drive against South Alabama, Ateman didn’t see the field until the last play when Mason Rudolph threw him what he would call a “70/30 ball” in the front corner of the end zone.“6-4, 200 frame, that’s like a nightmare for a corner to guard somebody that big,” James Washington said. “Especially when you only have 10 yards to guard him. He’s big and strong, and he can body you up and get the job done.”Ateman was one of the highlights in the Cowboys’ 2013 recruiting class and for good reason. While he was at Wylie East High School, he spearheaded one of the best offenses in the state. His quarterback, as I’ve written about: Garrett McCain, the now-former OSU outfielder.Ateman and McCain’s relationship was strong in high school, and while it slipped a little when they got to college because of the time commitments for their sports, they always made time for each other when possible.They both chose to wear No. 3 in college. Ateman got to Stillwater a year before, so he said when McCain came up, he knew what he had to do.“Maybe I pushed it upon him,” Ateman said.McCain is now in the Detroit Tigers minor league system after getting drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Draft, but Ateman said he met up with his old quarterback this past weekend. Ateman said they caught up before McCain headed back down the road.“That’s my boy,” Ateman said. “That’s my brother.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The Weekday Update is PFB’s take on a laid-back conversation with those Oklahoma State guys and gals you just crave a little more information about.This week, we dive into family, fashion, faith and those other things you might not catch on TV with one of the 10,000 NFL-bound Cowboys receivers, Marcell Ateman.This will not come as a surprise to most of you, but Marcell Ateman used to play basketball, and he was pretty good at it, too.Ateman’s dad, Ronald Ateman, played collegiately at Western Illinois. He was a Leatherneck, and once upon a day in 1990, Ronald scored 36 in a win against a then-undefeated Northwestern team.“When I came down low, I was told to take the ball to the hole, and that’s what I did,” Ronald told the Chicago Tribune after the game.Speed things up 27 years and Ronald’s son is only an inch shorter than he was as a senior in college, but Marcell is still doing exactly what his dad did all those years ago. Although it’s in a different sport, the Atemans have made a habit of taking the ball to the hole.Seed. Pokes up 27-0. pic.twitter.com/AMSFffyg1g— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 9, 2017
It wasn’t the most pretty or convincing showing, but the Cowboys improved to 2-0 on the season in a 32-8 victory over Central Arkansas on Saturday night.Mason Rudolph was good, but as he and Mike Gundy both acknowledged, needs to continue his development. In the postgame, Gundy said that he didn’t count but assumed Rudolph missed on about six throws that should have been converted.Yet looking at the stat sheet, those six seem high. He finished the night just 10 yards shy of the OSU passing record by a sophomore. 401 yards on 23 of 35 passing.Not bad.It was just the 12th 400+ yard passing game in OSU history. Brandon Weeden had seven of them. Mike Gundy, Bobby Reid, Wes Lunt and Zac Robinson had the other four.AdChoices广告The best part was the development of his deep ball, which was virtually non-existent last week due mostly to a conservative game plan. Although the game was called conservatively again, the Cowboys opened up the passing game and Rudolph’s arm was on full display.Rudolph’s connection with David Glidden was money all night, and his first touchdown strike put the Pokes up 17-0 early.Mason Rudolph’s first TD pass in Boone Pickens Stadium (of very many). pic.twitter.com/rHLD2YmazP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Then Rudolph delivered a beauty downfield, which James Washington so graciously turned into a #SCTop10 catch for us. I could sense his level of comfort gaining as the game progressed. This one was pretty.James Washington with the circus catch on a pass interference call. pic.twitter.com/u5jDt5R7J1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Rudolph left early in the fourth to avoid injury, but not before delivering a 31-yard bomb to Glidden – his second of the night.Rudolph proved that, despite an imperfect game, the offense that they put on the field Saturday is more like what we’ll continue to see throughout the season. The air-raid was definitely on display, and Rudolph proved that this offense is tailor-made to cater to his strengths. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Bayern Munich 4 Mainz 0: Muller helps ease pressure on Ancelotti Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 23:27 16/9/2017 Getty Images Carlo Ancelotti can breathe a little easier after Bayern Munich thumped Mainz 4-0 in the Bundesliga. Thomas Muller offered a demonstration of his worth to Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti by starring in Saturday’s 4-0 Bundesliga win over Mainz.Bayern lost their last league meeting 2-0 to Hoffenheim and were unconvincing for long periods in seeing off Anderlecht 3-0 in the Champions League in midweek, with a number of players making their frustrations clear on the pitch.Ancelotti has been under pressure as a result of Bayern’s sluggish start to the campaign, with Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann tipped as a replacement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But it was Muller, who was dropped for the Anderlecht game and has expressed irritation at being in and out of the team, who starred in a performance that should ease the burden on Ancelotti.Muller opened the scoring in the 11th minute with an effort that deflected in off Arjen Robben, who eventually doubled Bayern’s lead after they spurned a host of first-half chances.Robert Lewandowski effectively wrapped up the points by converting a magnificent cross from Muller, with the Pole then doubling his tally to add gloss to the scoreline.75 – @FCBayernEN haven’t lost any of the 75 #Bundesliga games in which @esmuellert_ has scored at least one goal. Omen. #FCBM05 @FCBayernUS— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 16, 2017Daniel Brosinski provided an early demonstration of Mainz’s threat when his curling effort was turned around the post by Manuel Neuer, but the visitors’ promising start soon dissipated and Bayern took the lead in somewhat fortuitous fashion.Mainz failed to deal with a ball in from the left and Joshua Kimmich laid off to Muller, whose effort was deflected past Rene Adler by Robben.Robin Quaison almost caught Bayern cold as he latched on to Levin Oztunali’s throughball, only to be frustrated as Neuer kept out his powerful low drive.Adler performed heroics to deny Robben and Arturo Vidal with a stunning double save following great work down the left from Kingsley Coman, who then appeared destined to double the advantage but succeeded only in striking the underside of the crossbar from point-blank range with the goal at his mercy.Lewandowski then skewed wide with seemingly the entire goal to aim at, before the second goal Bayern’s dominance deserved finally arrived via Robben.Kimmich was again instrumental as he slipped in the Dutchman, who made no mistake in lofting the ball over Adler at the near post.Just five minutes after the restart Bayern made the game safe as Muller’s excellent low delivery from the right was calmly dispatched by Lewandowski.ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?! #LewanGOALski #FCBM05 4-0 pic.twitter.com/jjZVbvDKHL— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 16, 2017The same combination almost supplied a fourth goal but Lewandowski narrowly missed getting on the end of Muller’s centre.Lewandowski then failed to connect with an overhead kick from Muller, with Fabian Frei providing Neuer with work to do at the other end with a vicious volley from outside the area.Substitute Franck Ribery was denied by Adler at the near post before Vidal clattered a header against the crossbar, yet Mainz could not prevent Lewandowski from making it four by nodding in Kimmich’s cross.Sebastian Rudy would have made it five had his rasping volley not struck the woodwork and the only dissatisfaction in the Bayern camp after this performance will be that the scoreline was not even more emphatic. Key Opta stats:- Goalkeeper Rene Adler has conceded 31 goals in his last five BL appearances away at Bayern – an average of 6.2 goals per game.- Robert Lewandowski has scored at least two goals in eight of his last nine BL appearances when scoring (six braces, two hat-tricks).- Joshua Kimmich assisted three goals in his 54th Bundesliga game – the same amount as in his 53 BL appearances before.- Manuel Neuer saved five shots – the last time he saved more was in February 2016 in a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg (eight).- In his 100th Bundesliga appearance for FC Bayern Robert Lewandowski scored his 81st and 82nd goals – a new record. The previous record was held by Rudi Voller who scored 73 goals in his first 100 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen. read more