Dec 132017
 
Rohit smashes record double ton in India?s big victory

MOHALI, India: Skipper Rohit Sharma Wednesday became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in One-Day Internationals as he powered India to a 141-run win over Sri Lanka in the second match.Sharma’s unbeaten 208 steered the hosts to an imposing 392-4 and then restricted Sri Lanka to 251-8 to level the three-match series at 1-1 in Mohali.His epic knock, laced with 12 sixes and 13 fours in 153-ball stay, led the Indian charge after they were invited to bat first in overcast conditions.Sharma reached 200 in the 50th over, bowled by opposition skipper Thisara Perera. His first hundred came off 115 balls, and his second off just 38 balls.“It was a great day. Winning the game was important for me and the team after that loss in Dharamsala,” Sharma said after his first win as Indian captain.The right-hander scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, and followed that double-hundred with his highest score of 264 against Sri Lanka a year later in Kolkata.Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) have recorded a double century each in ODI cricket.Sharma made a bright start with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (68) after the Indian batsmen’s horror showing in the opening ODI, when they were skittled out for just 112.“All three came at crucial times. 264 is obviously very close to me. I’ve said it many times, but I honestly cannot pick one,” Sharma said of his three double tons.“The Australia one was [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
Officials? team wins Bahria inter-department futsal

KARACHI: Shoaib Cheema (2) helped Bahria officials to mark 2-0 win against computer science department to win the Inter-Departmental Futsal tournament here at Bahria University.As many as seven teams participated in the two-day tournament: computer science, NCMPR, IPP, electrical engineering, software engineering, computer engineering and Bahria officials.Sports head Bahria University Ashiq Hussain told ‘The News’ that Futsal was the most popular game in the university. “There are many players showing interest in this game,” he said. Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
Form, history against England as Australia eye the urn

PERTH: Here it is, then. The last ever Test match – probably – at the WACA, a ground famous for being, at one stage during the 1970s and 1980s, the quickest and bounciest pitch in the world. Itis a venue which has embodied the tenets of Australian cricket perhaps better than anywhere else. To play well here at the WACA’s quickest, you needed to have courage, show aggression, have pace with the ball and daring with the bat. All are fundamentals of how Australia – even now – attempt to play their cricket.Yet it has not been the recent fortress some might like to believe. In all, Australia have won 24 of the 43 Tests at the WACA but in the last nine matches, they have lost four and drawn one. South Africa have won here on their last three visits, including last year, and New Zealand matched them blow for blow in a 2015 high-scoring draw. The pitch no longer has the pace and bounce it once had which has given hope to opposition teams. Something for England, perhaps, to cling to.The WACA has, however, been a place of punishment for English teams. They have won just once there, in 1978, when the home side were decimated by World Series Cricket. England have not escaped defeat at the ground since 1986 and their last three matches at the WACA saw defeats by the margins of 150 runs, 267 runs and 206 runs respectively. England will be very happy that [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
?No concerns over Tokyo Olympic preparations?

TOKYO: Tokyo organisers have shown they will complete all their 2020 Olympic venues on schedule, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday at the conclusion of a three-day visit.Coordination commission chairman John Coates insisted he had “no concerns” over Tokyo’s preparations after local organisers recently unveiled their first new permanent venue. “We received reports on the progress of venue construction and it’s just not an area that we have any concerns — I have any concerns — about,” he told reporters.“You’re meeting all your deadlines of construction and I see no reason why, in a country so sophisticated, that this won’t continue to be the case.”After bungling the rollout of the showpiece Olympic stadium two years ago, Japanese organisers have faced criticism but the successful opening last month of the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, set to host badminton and modern pentathlon fencing, brought a welcome public relations score.The original plans for the new national stadium were ripped up by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two years ago because of public anger over its eye-watering $2 billion price tag. IOC officials have since called on Tokyo to make efforts to further reduce the current $12 billion Games budget.“We will continue to explore cost reduction opportunities,” promised Coates. “The next version of the budget is being completed by the end of this year and we’ll see that when we get to Pyeongchang (for the Winter Olympics) in February.”But Coates also added: “We are confident significant savings can be achieved. But we have [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
Zaheer flays PCB over feeble role in new FTP

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test captain Zaheer Abbas has taken a swipe at the country’s cricket authorities over their failure to safeguard Pakistan’s interests in the new Future Tours Programme of the International Cricket Council (ICC).Once finalised, the new FTP will hand Pakistan a raw deal as it will get fewer matches than most of the other full Test-playing nations. “I’m really sad and angry at the way Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has tackled this issue so far,” Zaheer, who has also served as ICC President, told ‘The News’ in an interview on Wednesday.“Among the various task entrusted on the people running the PCB one of the most important one is to make sure that Pakistan cricket gets its fair share in international cricketing action. From what I have read it seems that it hasn’t happened. The PCB has failed to fight for the cause of our cricket. They have not tackled the (FTP) matter well and that is a big cause of concern for all of us,” he stressed.According to reports, the new FTP which is being finalised by the ICC tilts heavily in favour of the nations who once formed the infamous ‘Big Three’ – India, England and Australia. In the new programme South Africa join them as the fourth team to get maximum benefit.Pakistan have been left to languish on the sidelines, almost degraded to the level of minnows like Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan. “That’s unacceptable,” Zaheer said. “I mean how can such treatment be justified? Pakistan is [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman to hit three double centuries

Rohit Sharma soaks in his third double-hundred in ODIs, India v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali, December 13, 2017/BCCIMOHALI: Rohit Sharma on Wednesday became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in one-day internationals as he powered India to 392-4 in their second match against Sri Lanka.The opener, captaining the team in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, smashed 12 sixes and 13 fours in an unbeaten 208 after the hosts, who trail the three-match series 1-0, were put in to bat in Mohali.Sharma reached 200 in the 50th over, bowled by opposition skipper Thisara Perera. His first hundred came off 115 balls, and his second off just 36 balls.The right-hander scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, and followed that double-hundred with his highest score of 264 against Sri Lanka a year later in Kolkata.Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) have recorded a double century each in ODI cricket.Sharma made a bright start with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (68) after the Indian batsmen´s horror showing in the opening ODI, when they were skittled out for just 112.Sharma’s 213-run stand for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88, also stood out on a hazy day in Mohali. Dhawan, who hit nine boundaries during his 67-ball knock, was caught at mid-wicket off Sachith Pathirana.But the wicket proved to be a minor blemish on India´s innings as Sharma dominated the bowlers with the attack-minded Iyer for company.Sharma took [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
World changed for English cricket after Stokes incident: Cook

Alastair Cook during ongoing Ashes 2017/Getty ImagesPERTH: Senior batsman Alastair Cook says the world has changed for English cricket in the wake of the damaging Ben Stokes affair, and warned the team cannot afford any more “mistakes”.The star all-rounder is currently banned from the international game while authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a nightclub.Cook, a former captain who will become the first Englishman to play 150 Tests when he appears against Australia in Thursday´s crucial third Ashes clash in Perth, admits his side has been slow to learn from the fall-out.Dubbed a “behavioural cleanskin”, Cook senses England should have learnt their lesson months ago that standards would be intensely scrutinised in the wake of the Stokes scandal.“It has been a very strange thing,” he told reporters in Perth late Tuesday.“The world has obviously changed for the English cricket team from September. We have taken a couple of months to really realise that.“These last two incidents have proved that. I´ve seen words written down, ´trivial misdemeanour at best´, but since the Stokes incident times have changed for the English cricket team.” Stokes is currently banned from international cricket while authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a nightclubCook was referring to further off-field alcohol-related scandals involving Jonny Bairstow and Ben Duckett on the tour of Australia.“It´s sad in some ways because we have always been a bit different to football and been able to go under the radar a bit and enjoy playing [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
UEFA and UN to stage 'Match for Solidarity' in April

UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”.“I am honoured to participate in this global event. As the most popular sport in the world, football is uniquely placed to bring people together and to be a force for good,” said Figo, who is currently a UEFA football advisor.“As players, it is great that we can give something back to society and help create a better world.”The coaches and captains will select their teams in the coming months. Former international referee Pierluigi Collina will officiate the contest. Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
Falcao's 50-yard stunner seals Monaco win

An outrageous strike by Radamel Falcao was the highlight as a much-changed Monaco side eased to a 2-0 win over Caen to reach the quarter-finals of France’s League Cup on Tuesday.Monaco were leading through Guido Carrillo’s first-half effort when Falcao — who had come off the bench — took a touch just inside the Caen half on the edge of the centre circle.The Colombian then turned and smashed a shot that flew over the Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba and in. It was his 18th goal of the season.The principality side are currently third in Ligue 1, nine points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, and were knocked out of the Champions League after finishing bottom of their group.That means the domestic cup competitions take on added importance for Monaco, who lost to PSG in the League Cup final last season.PSG, who have won the competition in each of the last four seasons, go to Strasbourg in the last 16 on Wednesday and will be without Neymar after the Brazilian was allowed to return to his home country for personal reasons. Click for detailed story

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