Hello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy final between Gujarat and Mumbai.17.15 IST: Ranji Trophy Final, Day 2: Gujarat 291/6 at stumps, lead Mumbai (228) by 63 runs. Gandhi 17*, Kalaria 16*, Parthiv 90, Juneja 77, Nayar 3/91 Stumps Day 2: Gujarat – 291/6 in 91.6 overs (R B Kalaria 16 off 39, Chirag J Gandhi 17 off 54) #GUJvMUM #Final @paytm #RanjiTrophy BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 11, 201715.20 IST: WICKET! Parthiv Patel finally falls for 90 but not before helping Gujarat almost draw level with Mumbai’s first innings total. Rujul Bhatt walks in to join Juneja.13.19 IST: WICKET! Abhishek Nayar breaks 69-run stand for the third-wicket as Bhargav Merai departs after making 45 from 100 balls. Gujarat 106/3, trail Mumbai (228) by 122 runs. Parthiv batting on 44*. WICKET! Over: 42.2 B H Merai 45(100) ct A P Tare b Abhishek Nayar, Gujarat 106/3 #GUJvMUM #Final @paytm #RanjiTrophy BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 11, 201712.21 IST: Gujarat 73/2 in 32 overs, trail Mumbai (228) by 155 runs. Parthiv 23*, Merai 33*.11.35 IST: Gujarat 65/2 in 27 overs, trail Mumbai (228) by 163 runs. Parthiv 22*, Merai 26*.11.30 IST: Wickets to fall on Day 2:WICKET! Over: 19.2 P K Panchal 6(51) ct A P Tare b Abhishek Nayar, Gujarat 37/2 #GUJvMUM #Final @paytm #RanjiTrophy BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 11, 2017WICKET! Over: 10.2 S B Gohil 4(34) ct Surya Kumar Yadav b Shardul , Gujarat 11/1 #GUJvMUM #Final @paytm #RanjiTrophy BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 11, 2017Day 1 Recap:Gujarat bowled out defending champions Mumbai for 228 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy final. The doughty challengers were on two for no loss at close of play at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.Disciplined Gujarat bowl Mumbai out for 228 in @Paytm #RanjiTrophy 2016-17 #Final Read – https://t.co/zZnKpGM4Sv pic.twitter.com/uKKnCxYPHpadvertisement BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 10, 2017Put in to bat, Mumbai openers Prithvi Shaw and Akhil Herwadkar (4) failed to give a good start as Herwadkar was adjudged leg before wicket off pacer Rudra Pratap Singh in the seventh over of the innings.Incoming batsman Shreyas Iyer (14), who seemed good at the crease, also failed to click as he was sent back to the pavilion by medium pacer Chintan Gaja with the scoreboard reading 54.The fall of Iyer’s wicket brought in Suryakumar Yadav, who along with Shaw stitched a 52-run partnership to get Mumbai past the 100-run mark.Just when things seemed good for the defending champions, Gujarat bounced back in style through their brilliant fielding to run out Shaw (71) in the 35th over. His 93-ball knock was laced with 11 boundaries.Replacing Shaw was skipper Aditya Tare, who could not add much to the score and departed early with just four runs to his name. He was caught off the bowling of medium pacer Hardik Patel in the 39th over.A 41-run fifth-wicket partnership between Yadav and Sidhesh Lad (23) steadied the Mumbai innings before Yadav was sent packing in the 57th over. He was caught by Patel off medium pacer Gaja.Two overs later, Lad was also claimed by Singh to reduce Mumbai to 179/6 in the 60th over. He played 53 balls and slammed four boundaries.In the fag-end of the Mumbai innings, apart from Abhishek Nayar (35) no other batsman could contribute to the score and the lower order scored only nine runs.For Gujarat, Singh, Gaja and Rujul Bhatt scalped two wickets each while Rush Kalaria and Patel chipped in with one wicket each.Brief scores: Mumbai 228 all out (Prithvi Shaw 71 and Suryakumar Yadav 57; Rujut Bhatt 2-5, R.P. Singh 2-48) vs Gujarat 2/0 (Samit Gohel 2) on Day 1.
Los Angeles, Jan 13 (PTI) Actor Freddie Stroma, who tied the knot with Johanna Braddy, said it feels great to know that the actress is now his family.The actor, who starred as Adam Cromwell on “UnReal”, opened up about his special day, the moment he saw his wife walking down the aisle, and his upcoming honeymoon plans, reported People magazine.”It feels great to know that she?s family, and that we are together now,” Stroma, 30 said.”It is an amazing feeling. But Im looking forward to going back and just having some us time now. It will be really nice.”The couple, who met while filming season 1 of “UnReal”, tied the knot at The Stables at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in Atlanta, Georgia on December 30.”It was incredible. Went without a hitch. Seeing her come down the aisle, that was just gorgeous. She looked incredible. There might have been a few tears. I managed to wipe them away in times for words to be said,” said Stroma.Because the two continue to work on their shows, they havent had a chance to plan a honeymoon ? but they have something in mind.”Something we can both agree would be relaxing and nice. Were just trying to figure it all out with work.” PTI JCH EMY
Stranded at the airport for nearly 24 hours and without their luggage for a good part of the competition, Indian women boxers had to deal with more than just opponents at the Nation’s Cup in Serbia but showed tremendous fortitude to return with half a dozen medals.The 10-member team returned to the country early Tuesday morning after finishing third in the competition behind powerhouses Kazakhstan and Russia.Haryana-girl Neeraj (51kg), competing in her maiden international tournament, stood out with a gold medal, while Sarjubala Devi (48kg), Priyanka Chaudhary (60kg), Pooja (69kg) and Seema Punia settled for silver medals. Veteran Kavita Goyat (75kg) was the lone bronze-medallist.The girls reached Vrbas, where the event was staged, a night before the competition started. This was after a gruelling journey that was stretched by close to 24 hours due to cancellation of flights following snowstorms across Europe.”All Turkish Airlines flights had been cancelled and we were stuck at the airport which resembled a madhouse with so many people stranded from all over the world,” chief coach Gurbax Sandhu, who has been made in charge of women after more than two decades as men’s coach, said.”The federation got us on another flight as quickly as they could. But once we landed in Vrbas, we realised our luggage had not arrived. Thankfully, the girls had kept their fighting gear and gumshields in hand baggage. But then their medical books were in luggage,” he said.”But the organisers were very cooperative, the supervisor allowed us to compete without medical books as we were stuck in extraordinary circumstances,” he added.advertisementThey got no time to rest, relax or get acclimatised but managed to give a good account of themselves once the competition started, incidentally their first international outing after World Championships in May last year.Add to this, it was also their first in the revamped format of three rounds of three minutes each. The previous format of four rounds of two minutes each had been recently scrapped by the International Boxing Association.”Hats off to the girls. They were marvellous in the way they handled the situation. Not one girl complained, they managed things in their own little ways but did not let the situation affect their performance. In fact none of them showed any discomfort in adjusting to the new format,” Sandhu said.”We had to manage weight control, we had no spare tracksuits. The federation had told me to go ahead and buy new but by the time we got the time for it, our luggage arrived. It was an eventful trip,” he added.The girls defeated rivals from no less than Kazakhstan and Russia and all those who lost in the finals, went down by close margins. The performance was made all the more creditable by the fact that they had started training in the national camp less than a month before the tournament.”We got time to train for just about 25 days but in that we tried to adapt to this new format because there was a buzz about it. Credit for this performance also goes to the Sports Authority of India and the Sports Ministry because they sanctioned the trip at a short notice,” Sandhu said.”Besides, the new federation has done a fabulous job in rejuvenating the sport. They have been very receptive to the boxers’ needs,” he added.
Huma Qureshi, who has been gearing up for her next release with Akshay Kumar, paid a surprise visit to Arpita Khan Sharma and her son Ahil. Salman’s nephew, who has already become a social media celebrity, was seen bonding with the Dedh Ishqiya actor as the duo were clicked by the paparazzi. ALSO READ: Salman with 6-month-old nephew Ahil on Tubelight’s sets is too beautiful to miss ALSO READ: This photo of Salman Khan playing with nephew Ahil is the best thing you’ll see todayWhile mom Arpita walked ahead, Ahil enjoyed the company of Huma when she held him in her arms. Huma sported as a no make-up look as she made her way out with Ahil and Arpita. Ahil, who was born in March 2016, has already become a celebrity of sorts. And his photos with mamu jaan Salman Khan have always grabbed eyeballs.And after many Bollywood celebs, Ahil was seen bonding with Huma.On the work front, Huma will be next seen in Jolly LLB 2. She will essay the role of Akshay’s wife in the film.(Photos: Yogen Shah)
India lost a T20 International against England on Republic Day but something else happened alongside that could change the dynamics in the Indian batting line-up, at least in the shortest format.It has been nearly seven years since Virat Kohli started playing T20 Internationals and he has in that time, established himself as one of the greatest. (I did not open the batting to look special: Virat Kohli)Across 46 matches, he has amassed 1686 runs at an average of 56.20 including 16 half-centuries. The bulk of those runs, 1500, have come at number three. Fifteen of 16 fifties have come at No.3. Kohli, who also bats one-down in ODIs, is an out-and-out No.3 batsman. But on Thursday, the captain promoted himself up the order.He scored only 29 but the rationale behind the move was all too apparent. Kohli would later go on to explain that he had opened the batting to give his side better balance. He had opened twice before and returned scores of 28 and 70. The fact that he was willing to step out of his comfort zone to fit in Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, spoke volumes of his leadership skills and selfless attitude. (‘Precise’ England outplayed us: Virat Kohli)India have struggled with their opening combination in limited-overs cricket for a while now. After Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma bonded over successful partnerships in the 2013 Champions Trophy, India have tried various combinations. Dhawan has faltered, Ajinkya Rahane has been far too inconsistent while Lokesh Rahul has failed to provide consistent spark.advertisementIndia’s best openers in one-day cricket over the last two decades were men who initially started off lower down the order. Sachin Tendulkar was asked to open against New Zealand in Auckland and hammered 82 off 49. That was the start of a remarkable journey. The rest, as they say, is history.Virender Sehwag too gradually moved up the order in Tests and ODIs and he made an immediate impact. Bowlers would run scared of the Tendulkar-Sehwag firm in ODIs for years. (Padma Shri award on Republic Day makes it even more special: Virat Kohli)It is too far-fetched to see Kohli open consistently in T20s but who knows, if the move clicks in one format, he might even contemplate it in the other. Imagine Kohli walking out to open with Rohit. He has walked all too soon on several occasions anyway. Maybe that will allow India to look for another option in the middle-order and give Kohli more time against the hard-new ball on batting friendly pitches, the norm in limited-overs cricket these days.Virat Kohli’s performances in different batting positions in T20: Position Span Mat Inns Runs HS Avg 1st position 2011-2017 2 2 57 29 28.50 2nd position 2012-2012 1 1 70 70 70.00 3rd position 2011-2016 36 36 1500 90* 60.00 4th position 2011-2013 2 2 33 29 16.50 5th position 2010-2010 1 1 26 26* -India do not have a lot of time to address their opening concerns. They do not play any more ODIs before the Champions Trophy so do not be surprised if Kohli does walk to open the batting with Rohit in England later this year.Kohli leads from the front and he is never shy of putting himself in the firing line. What you saw in Kanpur Thursday evening could be the start of a new era in Indian batting.
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Indian opener KL Rahul scored a half-century on Monday against Australia to complete 1000 Test runs in only 15 matches since his debut in 2014. He reached the landmark in his 25th Test innings, quicker than even Sachin Tendulkar and India skipper Virat Kohli. (SCORECARD)While India captain Virat Kohli and his team are struggling in the Bengaluru Test after being beaten badly in the first Test in Pune by 333 runs, Rahul stood his ground and scored 90 and 51 in the two innings. He was also the highest scorer for India in the first innings of both the Tests.The Karnataka batsman became the 19th Indian opener to aggregate 1000 Test runs with his third fifty against Australia. His average of 45.45 is the third best by an Indian opener after Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag. (Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane push India’s lead past 100 vs Australia)Here are some statistics of his performance in the Bengaluru Test: Rahul has become the third opener to have scored 50+ in both innings of a Test in Bangalore after Gordon Greenidge (1974) and Ajay Jadeja (1995) Rahul’s average of 45.45 is now the third best after Gavaskar and Sehwag Rahul becomes the 19th Indian opener to aggregate 1000 Test runs This was his first second innings half-century This was also Rahul’s 3rd 50 against Australia He becomes the ninth cricketer to score half century in both innings at Chinnaswamy: Player Opposition Year G Greenidge India 1974* L Gomes India 1978 A Jadeja New Zealand 1995* Younis Khan India 2005 S Ganguly Pakistan 2007 R Ponting India 2010 S Tendulkar Australia 2010 V Kohli New Zealand 2012 KL Rahul Australia 2017*represents openersadvertisementFastest to 1,000 Test runs as an opener for India Opener Inns Sunil Gavaskar 20 Ravi Shastri 20 Virender Sehwag 23 KL Rahul 23 Sadagoppan Ramesh 25Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta.
I wanted to thank everyone so much for the many kind emails and feedback to my post on Friday about my favorite cause, A Wider Circle, as well as for your donations. You are amazing. Because of you, a little boy will be off the floor and sleeping in his first-ever bed and a mom will have a table on which she can serve a family dinner. You changed a life. What a happy thing! (For those who missed the post and the opportunity to get feedback on your appeal, you have another day to participate here.)When I worked with A Wider Circle to create the campaign page, we did a few things that can help strengthen any appeal. Here are our five tips to take your appeal from meh to marvelous. (And here is the page so you can see what it looks like to implement these kinds of principles.)1. Have a great photo of one person (or animal – something with a heartbeat) and a few words that convey the emotional heart of your campaign.2. Make the ask as tangible as possible. What does $33 do? What change will it make?3. Show social proof. Include a ticker or thermometer or quote or comments that show other donors taking action.4. Give a sense of urgency with a deadline or a goal. It inspires people to act now.5. Make sure your call to action is super clear and easy to act upon.I hope these tips help with your campaigns!
A report on wealthy Next Gen donors from 21/64 and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy finds that surveying 310 major donors including in-depth interviews with 30 high-net-worth Generation X and Millennial individuals care about impact and want to feel personally tied to the causes they support. Family heavily influences their choices of causes. They are similar to other donors in these ways – but distinct in how serious they are about making real change and how heavily they use technology to engage with causes.The study found:• Next generation donors want meaningful, hands-on engagement with the causes that they care about and want to develop close relationships with the organizations they give to, giving their time and talent as well as their treasure.• Next generation donors are highly networked with their peers, learning about causes from trusted friends and sharing philanthropic experiences with peer networks.• Next generation donors seek to maintain the difficult balance of respecting the legacy of previous generations and revolutionizing philanthropy for greater impact, aiming to use new, innovative, even risky strategies to make their giving more effective.• For next generation donors, philanthropy is a part of who they are; it is not just something they do. They start developing their philanthropic identity from an early age by learning through hands-on experiences looking to older generations, and they are eager for new personal experiences that will help them learn to be better philanthropists. The results were based on a survey of 310 major donors including in-depth interviews with 30 high-net-worth Generation X and Millennial individuals. I find the results quite consistent with other studies I’ve reviewed here, which makes me put stock in them. You can review the whole report here.
Make Fundraising Online Work with Peer FundraisingHave you started fundraising online? Many nonprofits have realized just what a tremendous resource the Internet is for publishing, community relations and fundraising. One of greatest ways to take advantage of this fantastic resource for raising money is peer fundraising.Much more than just a way to get more donations online, peer fundraising strengthens and expands your donor network. People are more likely to give money when they are asked by someone whom they know and trust. As an organization, you strive to make yourself known, and to be as transparent as possible about finances so that potential donors trust you to spend their money wisely … but that takes time. Relationships build over time, and real trust comes from interacting for a while.Peer to Peer Fundraising Is Online NetworkingIn peer fundraising, you leverage existing relationships, so the trust and understanding come much faster. You ask your donors to give you money regularly, and now you simply expand your reach by asking them to promote your organization to their personal networks, and to recruit donors for your nonprofit from their ranks.The way to assure easy fundraising from this method is to provide your peer to peer fundraising crew with good, simple materials, such as powerful stories and associated images that they can post on Facebook and other sites, social media buttons to make it easy to share your posts, and online donation pages where they can make donations.Social Proof Supports Peer FundraisingPeople naturally act according to the way others around them are behaving. “Social proof” is how we encourage support for our causes, by letting people know that their friends, or other people they respect, are already contributing.Testimonials tell why people are supporting you, and when you can offer this information from a favorite celebrity or a personal acquaintance, it can be a very powerful motivator. Likewise, using phrases such as “join hundreds of other concerned members of your community” lets people know they are not alone in supporting you, so they feel more comfortable reaching out.Since 2001, Network for Good has helped over 100,000 nonprofit organizations raise more than $1 billion online. To discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts give us a call at 1-855-229-1694.
There are two more factors that I think have added to the monthly giving boom. First is the emergence of reliable, thorough monthly giving guidance—from me, Network for Good, and others. This abundance of content triggers interest and provides reliable results-based guidance for fundraisers. Fun features, such as Network for Good’s monthly giving challenge, reinforce interest and skills. To deliver the most cost-effective and effective monthly giving campaign, launch an email appeal series based on a deadline-driven challenge (matching gift or otherwise). What do fundraisers need to know about how monthly giving has changed since the release of Sleeping Giant in 2013? What’s the WIIFM (what’s in it for me) for monthly donors? If you have a robust email list, start there. Focus your first direct mail campaign to donors who give by credit card. Targeting is essential to boost monthly giving campaign results, just as for other types of fundraising campaigns. Thanks, Erica! Those donors who have given more than once are more likely to convert. But recent monthly giving stats indicate that even nondonor supporters, such as those who have signed a petition, can be converted. You do have to ask them, though. EW: The WIIFM depends on which donor group you’re talking to. For example, monthly giving is a fantastic way for donors on a fixed income to make gifts to favorite organizations. It’s easy and convenient, and they can’t forget it. With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org. In her unequaled guidebook, Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant, Erica walks you through recurring giving, step by clear-and-doable step. “Historically, U.S. fundraisers have focused on major gifts. I’m thrilled that organizations are widening their focus to include monthly giving and small to medium gifts. There’s huge potential there,” says Erica. To generate the highest response from your monthly giving recruitment campaign, include calls to your media mix. Email, direct mail, and phone all work, but a combination of all three works even better. I’m thrilled to share this monthly giving mastery with you, drawn from my fascinating interview with leading monthly giving expert Erica Waasdorp. Why should an organization convert its donors from annual to monthly? Is there any risk of losing existing donors? EW: There are three components of a reliable monthly giving strategy: Erica Waasdorp is one of the leading experts on monthly (aka sustainer or recurring) giving. She is the author of Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant and co-author of the DonorPerfect Monthly Giving Starter Kit. As president of A Direct Solution, she serves nonprofit organizations in their fundraising and direct marketing needs with a focus on monthly giving, annual funds, and grant writing. EW: No, there’s absolutely nothing to lose—as long as you target the right group. In other words, I do not recommend you ask your $250-plus donors to join monthly giving. Unless a donor at that level requests to be a monthly donor, don’t ask. You risk decreasing her gift level. What’s the most reliable way to convert one-time or annual donors to monthly donors? But for those who make gifts of $100 and less annually, there’s no way not to gain by converting them to monthly donors. You’ll retain them as donors and increase their total gifts per year. Plus, monthly donors are six to seven times more likely to make your organization a beneficiary in their wills. Win-win all around, if you ask me. To ensure monthly donors stay with you as long as possible, ask donors to give through electronic funds transfer (that is, via their bank accounts). I think the main reason for this growth is fundraisers’ laser focus on donor retention. That focus, already there for some, was further fueled by results of the 2013 AFP Fundraising Effectiveness study, which highlighted the fall of donor retention rates to 39%. That was a real wake-up call for all of us. The second factor that’s boosted monthly giving is the ease of adding, processing, and managing monthly donors via many donor database and online donation systems. Despite these widespread improvements, automating this process remains one of the biggest hurdles for fundraisers. That’s a perfect lead-in to my next question. Are all existing and new donors ripe for conversion for monthly donors, or is there a specific segment where fundraisers should start? About Erica Waasdorp EW: Well, it depends on how many donors you have who give $100 and less annually. And it depends on how many times you ask your donors for money now—that is, how many times they can give. Erica Waasdorp: What’s changed most dramatically, especially in the past year, is that monthly giving has exploded.
Have you heard about the new .ngo and .ong domains? Read my Q&A with Enset’s Jeri Curry and find out more about these new domain names and how they could impact your nonprofit’s credibility.What’s the big deal about the new .ngo & .ong domains? Why are they important?Jeri Curry: The .ngo and .ong domains are important because they are the only dedicated online space for validated non-profits organizations in a crowded digital world. The domains provide instant credibility to organizations who want to join a movement that is promoting increased accountability, transparency, and connections in the communities they serve and the potential donors they seek.Friends of Network for Good receive 20% off with coupon code NETWORKFORGOOD. Visit www.enset.ngo to register your new .ngo domain.What are differences among the .com, .org, .ngo, and .ong domain names?JC: Anyone can register for a .com or .org domain name. While .org will maintain its place in the social good sector, it is not a validated domain and is open to all organizations and people. In contrast, only validated non-profits can register the .ngo and .ong domains. As a result, there is a mix of non-profit and for-profit entities using the .org and .com domains.What if my organization’s been around for a long time. Will changing our domain make it hard for supporters to find us? JC: Actually, having .ngo and .ong domains makes it easier for long-standing organizations like yours to be found online. Increased online presence means more opportunities to strengthen your organization’s brand, improve SEO rankings, and drive visibility to your website.Many organizations elect to register the .ngo and .ong domains and then redirect these domains to their current .org domain address until they are ready to make the switch to their new validated domain or to establish an additional online presence.Organizations with a well-established .org domain in place can either redirect traffic from .org to .ngo and .ong or use the .ngo and .ong domains for specific audiences or campaigns as a complement to their current website.What else should a small to medium sized non-profit know about .ngo & .ong?JC: All non-profits, regardless of size or geographical location, should know that having .ngo & .ong domains gives them access to dedicated online space available only to credible and validated non-profits. This validation is an integral part of maintaining transparency, promoting accountability, and building stronger relationships across sectors.It’s also important for non-profits to know that Enset is the only non-profit registrar of domains. We do not just provide technical assistance, we strive to advance the missions of NGOs around the world and strengthen civil society through digital tools like OnGood and support specifically designed for non-profits.What’s the OnGood community and how will it benefit my organization? JC: OnGood is an exclusive suite of online services revolutionizing the way non-profits worldwide raise awareness and support for their missions. OnGood provides valuable benefits such as a customizable online profile, a listing in a global NGO directory, and links to website and social media channels.Access to the OnGood community is provided to organizations that register their .ngo and .ong domains for no additional cost.How do I reserve my nonprofit’s .ngo and .ong domains? JC: Visit www.enset.ngo to register your organization’s new .ngo and .ong domains. It takes just a few minutes to register the new domains. Another benefit of registering with Enset is access to a suite of easy-to-use digital tools, like OnGood, to help your organization advance its mission.
Jose Mourinho believes star striker Wayne Rooney will one day return to Manchester United.Rooney’s return to Old Trafford ended in a dismal defeat as Manchester United thrashed Everton 4-0 to move joint top of the Premier League on Sunday evening.The former England skipper returned to his former ground with Everton in his first appearance against United, with whom he spent a successful 13 years, since re-joining his boyhood club in July.Rooney, who was substituted with eight minutes remaining when the deficit was just one, was afforded a huge ovation by the home supporters.Mourinho insisted that he was not surprised to see the forward receiving a warm welcome at the Old Trafford by the club’s fans.Reuters Photo “It is the nature of English fans and big clubs when a player is big in the club and has an important part of the club’s history,” goal.com quoted the United boss as saying.”He is at home and one day I believe he will be back home,” he added.Rooney scored 253 goals for United in his 13 years at the club.
Brazilian police locked Santos fans inside their home stadium for 20 minutes on Wednesday after violence erupted outside the Vila Belmiro ground following the team’s elimination from the Copa Libertadores.Fans battled outside the ground immediately following Ecuadorean side Barcelona’s 1-0 win, forcing police to lock the gates to stop more fans getting involved, according to local media.Video footage on Globo’s sports channel showed fans outside the ground running from the fighting as police fired percussion grenades to disperse the crowds.Globo also said fans inside the ground tried to get into the Santos dressing room to remonstrate with the side after the surprise quarter-final defeat to a Barcelona team that had two players sent off.Barcelona won the two-legged tie 2-1 after a 1-1 draw in Guayaquil last week and face another Brazilian side Gremio in the semi-finals next month.Daqui a pouco tem corredor de fogo na @VilaBelmiro! ???? #CaminhoDoTetra #SANxBSC pic.twitter.com/mqVF6WsoPY- Santos Futebol Clube (@SantosFC) September 20, 2017
Ravichandran Ashwin struck his first half century in county cricket on day two of the division two match between Worcestershire and Durham here.Ashwin, with 82 off 130 balls, turned out to be the highest-scorer in Worcestershire’s innings which ended at 335 all out in 90.2 overs.The other two who scored half centuries were Joe Clarke (65) and Ed Barnard (75). Ashwin, who has been officially ‘rested’ by the Indian selectors for the ongoing ODI series against Australia, is playing his fourth game ever since making his county debut last month.In the previous three outings, the off-spinner took 13 wickets including a five-wicket haul against Gloucestershire.
“My illness made me interested in Yoga”. 37-year old Nouf Marwaai has been on the forefront of the yoga campaign in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Finally her efforts have paid off.Saudi Arabia on Tuesday officially approved Yoga as a sporting activity under its Ministry of Trade and Industry. So, anyone who now wishes to practice or teach yoga can do so by applying for and procuring a licence for the same.Nouf Marwaai, who teaches yoga to thousands in the Islamic nation has had an uphill task to make the profession official. She started approaching the authorities in 2005 but to no avail. She finally approached the princess, a member of the Royal Council, who started the basketball for women in Saudi Arabia who assured her that things are changing and they will soon approve sports for women.Nouf Marwaai practising yoga. “Princess Reema Bint Bandar Alsaud was chosen to be the Deputy of the General Sports Authority and she welcomed all leaders in any sports for women to approach her directly. Sports have been allowed for women this year and driving as well.”The leadership in Saudi Arabia, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, are changing history of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince known as MBS launched the new vision 2030 that focuses on development and investing in youth.His vision includes focus on health & wellness of the nation as well. This year Saudi Arabia has also allowed women to drive which came after the kingdom nation was widely criticised for years for its conservative attitude towards women.advertisement”I do yoga and naturopathy, my disease is stable and my doctors are surprised. That is why I became a champion of yoga and have been promoting it in Saudi Arabia.” It was a concerted effort of campaigns through the nation and fighting conservative as well as fundamentalist forces to reach out to the government for a change in the mindset towards women that led to this decision by Saudi Arabia.Even as many in India and recently a Muslim girl Rafia Naaz’s life came under threat when she was issued a fatwa and her house attacked for teaching yoga, the decision by an Islamic nation to make yoga an official sport should be a wake up call to all those clerics who see a health activity through the prism of religion.In 2015, shortly after the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day, the Indian diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia had organised maiden Yoga sessions in various Indian schools in the Islamic kingdom.WATCH VIDEO | Saudi Arabia embraces Yoga as a sports activity
Manchester City suffered a rare home defeat but the result was not enough to stop them from going through to the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.Man City suffered their first home loss in over a year but advanced 5-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 defeat by Swiss champions Basel.City won the first leg 4-0 and unsurprisingly their manager Pep Guardiola chose to leave key players on the bench with none of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero or goalkeeper Ederson featuring in the game.With David Silva also missing and veteran Yaya Toure in midfield, City lacked the zip and fluency that has characterised their play this season.City’s last home defeat came in December, 2016 against Chelsea in the Premier League and while this loss can be largely dismissed, due to the weakened side playing a game with little at stake, there will be concern that Guardiola’s second string failed to make the most of their opportunities.One bright spot was the performance of 17-year-old midfielder Phil Foden, who became the youngest English player to feature in the knockout stage of the Champions League and delivered a composed performance throughout.Slide away and give it all you got…@PhilFoden pic.twitter.com/my6RwChryAManchester City (@ManCity) March 7, 2018The evening began positively for City, unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League home matches, when Brazilian Gabriel Jesus put them ahead in the eighth minute.German winger Leroy Sane danced through the Basel defence and set up Bernardo Silva whose low cross was tapped in by the Brazilian forward for his first goal since November.advertisementIt seemed like another comfortable City win could be on the cards but Basel, backed by an impressively vocal travelling support, were clearly determined to restore some pride.The visitors drew level nine minutes after Jesus’ goal when Mohamed Elyounoussi buried the ball in the bottom corner with a well-struck effort from just inside the area.Runaway Premier League leaders City were content to play their trademark possession football but without any real threat in attack.Basel’s endeavours were rewarded in the 72nd minute when, after excellent work from Elyounoussi, Michael Lang blasted past Claudio Bravo at the near post.While Guardiola was not unduly concerned about the result, given the tie was virtually decided two weeks ago, he was disappointed with the way his side approached the second half.”The first half was quite good. In the second half we forgot to attack. Just passing to pass is nothing, you have to pass to attack. The second half was really, really, poor,” he said.For Basel coach Raphael Wicky, the display clearly restored confidence to his team after their heavy loss in the first leg.”It was difficult to go behind after eight minutes, it can be very difficult against a team like that. I am very proud and happy with the team, in difficult circumstances they produced a really good performance,” he told reporters.”We have a certain pride and showed that against a team that wins here so often.”(With inputs from Reuters)Pep laments second half showing despite #UCL progress… #mancity pic.twitter.com/DA0nNGtCnMManchester City (@ManCity) March 7, 2018
New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Online gaming company Head Infotech Pvt Ltd today said it has invested USD 1 million in fantasy sports platform FanFight for a majority stake.With the investment, Head Infotech has forayed into fantasy sports, the company said in a statement.Head Infotech owns and operates online rummy platform Ace2three and Witty Games, a player in the online social casino segment.We are excited to invest and be a part of the FanFight teams journey. It is an excellent product and we are confident that consumers will enjoy using FanFights platform,” Head Infotech India CEO Deepak Gullapalli said. PTI PRJ BAL BAL
Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi bamboozled the West Indian batsmen as the former world champions succumbed to a 3-wicket loss in a Super Six clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.Nepal gained ODI status for the first time in their history as they defeated Papua New Guinea by 6 wickets in their Play Off match at the at Old Hararians Sports Club. Sandeep Lamichhane and Dipendra Singh Airee spun the game in their favour picking up four wickets apiece.The Netherlands defeated Hong Kong by 44 runs in another Play Off match to set up a clash with Nepal for the seventh-place play-off.Scotland continued their unbeaten run, beating United Arab Emirates by 73 runs and are in a promising position to qualify for the finals in England come 2019. Afghanistan entered the Super Sixes stage of the Cricket World Cup Qualifier knowing they needed to win their next three matches to stand any chance of progressing to the main event next summer. The first stage of that mission is complete, after they defeated the previously unbeaten West Indies by three wickets in an absorbing, topsy-turvy contest at Harare Sports Club.The much-vaunted Afghan spinners were the architects of the victory, restricting their opponents to 197/8 on what looked a good batting track, with the teenage spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/33) continuing his rapid rise to stardom. Nonetheless, the Windies will feel they should have won the match, but ultimately paid the price for several dropped catches and missed run-out opportunities.advertisementDespite the early loss of their openers, Afghanistan looked to have the run chase under control with Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi patiently compiling 49 for the fourth wicket to take them to 132/3, but Jason Holder’s dismissal of the latter opened the door for the Windies. Nabi, sensing an opportunity to find a vital boundary, took on a short delivery from the Windies captain but Shimron Hetmyer dived forward to take a stunning catch just inside the mid-wicket boundary.It was Holder’s 100th ODI wicket, making him the fastest West Indian to reach the milestone of 100 wickets and 1,000 runs in the 50-over format. NEPAL BEAT PNG BY 6 WICKETSNepal have gained ODI status for the first time in their history after defeating Papua New Guinea by six wickets in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier play-off at Old Hararians Sports Club.Nepal’s bowlers laid the platform for the comprehensive win, with Sandeep Lamichhane and Dipendra Airee taking four wickets apiece to dismiss their opponents for 114 in just 27.2 overs. It was another disappointing batting display from PNG, who have now been bowled out for 200 or fewer in four of their five matches in the competition. The defeat confirms they will lose their ODI status. NETHERLANDS BEAT HONG KONG BY 44 RUNSThe Netherlands held their nerve against a spirited Hong Kong and beat them by 44 runs outfit to ensure that they will face Nepal in a seventh-place play-off, consigning Hong Kong to a fixture against PNG in a play-off to determine which team will finish ninth.For Hong Kong, defeat is a bitter blow. They will now relinquish their ODI status at the end of the tournament. The result, however, does ensure that Nepal have now been awarded full ODI status. SCOTLAND BEAT UAE BY 73 RUNS It’s hard to shake the feeling that this is Scotland’s time. On the back of a great set of recent results – reflected in an increase of fixtures against Full Members, with matches lined up in June against England and Pakistan – Scotland have played expansive and joyous cricket throughout the tournament to put themselves in a promising position to qualify for the final, and with it, next year’s World Cup.It was a stellar batting performance from the off. The top five all made contributions. Despite a spirited effort by the batsmen of the United Arab Emirates, their total of 322/6 was never going to be hauled in and suffered a 73-run loss.(With inputs from ICC)
Bengaluru, Mar 18 (PTI) Former Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid has lodged a complaint against a Bengaluru-based firm for allegedly cheating him of Rs 4 crore, police said. “Dravid had lodged a complaint with us two days back against Vikram Investment Company for cheating him of Rs 4 crore,” Sadashivanagar police inspector Naveen told PTI here.Though there were reports of many sportspersons and other celebrities being duped by the company, Dravid has been the first to lodge a complaint. A couple of weeks ago, the police had arrested five persons, including a former sports journalist, for allegedly duping several people of crores of rupees through Vikram Investment Company. The companys owner Raghavendra Sreenath and agents Sutram Suresh (a former journalist), Narasimhamurthy, K C Nagaraj and Prahlad were arrested, Naveen said. Dravid, in his complaint, alleged that he had invested Rs 20 crore in the company in 2014 on assurance of getting higher returns, but was yet to get back Rs 4 crore to match his principal investment. “Dravid has got Rs 16 crore, but he is yet to receive the remaining Rs 4 crore. The cricketer has submitted relevant documents in this regard,” Naveen said. A case was registered against the company and the five persons on the basis of a complaint lodged by one of the investors P R Balaji, who owns an incense sticks company. The complainant alleged that the agents assured him guaranteed profits in commodity trading, but did not honour it. Sreenath had set up the company and appointed a few men including Suresh as agents promising them enhanced returns on investments, police said. PTI BDN APR SS SNE SNEadvertisement