A country known for its love for cricket is gradually extending its love for other sports too. Was it India versus Pakistan final match? Was India playing the world cup final? No, it’s the nation speaking in one tune, PV SINDHU. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage) Indian badminton player PV Sindhu scripted history after clinching silver medal in the women’s singles final at the Rio Olympics. A billion prayers were with the golden girl and she made her country proud. A suave Sindhu struck silver and glory for India, uniting the nation for several hours. The mood of the nation was that of jubilation with huge screens showcasing the match and people cheering loudly for Sindhu. Before the finale, every corner of the national capital seemed well versed with the game and everyone chanted prayers, awaiting with baited breath for Sindhu to give India its 2nd medal.The excitement, the nervousness, the anxiety and the pride was felt in every corner of the national capital. After cricket it is for the first time we have seen another sport capturing the imagination of every Indian. Havans were held at different temples, children sported Sindhu’s picture on their T-shirts. School students guided by their teachers came to temples to offer prayers. The entire nation rallied behind Sindhu and waited for her historic feat. (BAI announces cash reward for Sindhu, Gopichand)”This is a special prayer for the country, we are sure our prayers will be answered with a medal,” said Pandit Yashpal. Young players who aspire to smash all the records like PV sindhu also joined in the prayers. They all look up to the Sindhu’s fight against the odds and only their inspiration to create history at the world stage. ‘Because of Sindhu, I want to pursue Badminton as a profession and want to make my nation proud like her’, said one of the Badminton aspirants. The match is over but her battle for more glory is not over yet. As Sindhu dons the silver medal with pride, India’s young Badminton players are now emboldened to follow their dreams despite manifold obstacles. Sindhu inspired many and after decades, India united in one chorus and hailed PV Sindhu. “Discipline, dedication and determination is the message she gave through her journey in Rio Olympics,” said a young badminton aspirant in Delhi.advertisement
Vadodara, Aug 27 (PTI) The walls of Kashta Bhanjan Hanuman temple in Tarsali area here were today strung with garlands of currency notes. The notes added up to Rs 11 lakh. Devotees thronged Hanuman temples today as it is the last Saturday of the month of Shravan. Rakesh Patel, president of Kashta Bhanjan Hanuman Mandal, said this tradition of decorating the temple with garlands of notes started three years ago. The Mandal has installed three CCTV cameras and deployed its workers to guard the walls covered in notes, he said. PTI Cor KRK
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur is now officially a part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) powerful Finance and Commercial Affairs committee after completion of the global cricket body’s board meeting in Cape Town.The F&CA wing is arguably one of the most powerful decision making sub-committees of the ICC as all the revenue related financial aspects are passed through this committee. (Anurag Thakur’s affidavit to be on focus in next BCCI meeting)BCCI had raised objections about not having its representative in the F&CA committee and senior officials in the board termed it as a humiliation with Shashank Manohar being chairman of global body.BCCI had also raised objections about the proposed budget for next year’s Champions Trophy and the board felt that their absence in F&CA has been a reason for it. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)A BCCI source who is aware of the rules said the moment Thakur was made chairman of the Development Committee of ICC, he automatically became part of the F&CA committee.”The rule states that since Anurag has been made Chairman Development Committee, he is also member of the F&CA, Executive Committee and Governing Committee,” the source said. (Pakistan sponsor of terrorism, no question of playing cricket with them: Anurag Thakur)While former president N Srinivasan, known for his tough stand, was the chairman of F&CA, Thakur’s presence in the powerful committee will mean that BCCI will have a bigger say in revenue related decisions as well as governance structure.advertisement(With PTI inputs)
Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco said his side were worthy losers after Porto secured top spot in Group D of the Champions League with a 3-1 win.Both Porto and Schalke were already certain of their places in the knockout stage heading into Wednesday’s encounter, but the Primeira Liga leaders knew a victory would be enough to claim pole position and, in theory, an easier tie in the round of 16.Goals from Eder Militao, Jesus Corona and Moussa Marega proved the difference, with Nabil Bentaleb’s penalty a mere consolation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Tedesco, whose side were unbeaten in the opening four fixtures, acknowledged Schalke’s display was not up to scratch.”We definitely deserved to lose,” Tedesco told reporters.”The first half wasn’t that bad – we only let them have two shots on goal.”We didn’t start the second half well enough and were suitably punished by our strong opponents.”They pressed us well at the start of the game, which made it very difficult for us. We were missing that cutting edge up front too.”Ralf Fahrmann had to be at his best to deny Porto in the first half, but he was finally beaten when Militao headed home in the 52nd minute, with Corona soon making it two.Bentaleb’s spot-kick handed Schalke an unlikely lifeline, only for Marega to wrap up the points in stoppage time.Last 16 confirmedGroup D winnersPorto #UCL pic.twitter.com/fOqLNV9xtY — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 28, 2018 Like Tedesco, Sergio Conceicao now has the luxury of being able to rest his star men in the final group game, but Porto’s coach wants his side to maintain their high standards.”We played a fantastic second half. We could have scored two or three more goals,” he told a news conference.”But even now when we think it’s okay, it’s not. We have to be alert all the time, it’s in these positive moments that we let ourselves relax a little and I do not like it.”We need to improve.”Porto close out group play on December 11 against Galatasaray while Schalke will finish up the same day against Lokomotiv Moscow.
WWE legend Vader, also known as Big Van Vader in WCW, reportedly collapsed at a show commemorating the 45th anniversary of Japanese icon Tatsumi Fujinami’s in-ring debut.The 61-year-old has recently opened up about his serious health issues where he has been diagnosed with congestive heart disease but despite the warning of the doctors, Vader has continued to occasionally step in the wrestling ring.According to the first-hand account of Reddit user, with the handle ‘kamatacci’, “(Keiji) Muto and Akira (Maeda) were giving him water and trying to keep him cool. He eventually rolled out and walked to the back with minimal help, but he did somewhat stumble there too. Once in the match after he and Riki were exchanging blows, he very much legit fell to one knee.”Reportedly, Vader has two more matches remaining in his ongoing Japanese tour but it’s yet to be confirmed if he will be participating in them.
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Police have arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in an IPL betting racket in south Delhi’s Neb Sarai.On Wednesday, while patrolling the area, sub-inspector Vinay Kumar, head constable Sushil and constable Dinesh received a tip-off about some men being involved in betting. They were allegedly betting on the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, said Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South). (IPL betting scam: Nayan Shah’s handler on the run, massive manhunt underway)A raid was conducted and four persons – Subhash, Sachin, Gurpreet and Deepak – were arrested. They were allegedly running a betting racket using mobile phones while the live cricket match was running on two screens.Police seized 15 mobile phones, one laptop and one LED television from the spot. The data available on the seized laptop was analysed which revealed that around 50-60 men were allegedly involved in betting to the tune of Rs 10-12 lakh.They were involved in betting on the IPL matches earlier as well.The accused, who are in the real estate business, had started their own betting racket in order to earn big bucks at this time when the property business is witnessing a slowdown, said the officer.
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Simona Halep established her credentials to become the newest French Open champion with a blistering 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez-Navarro to reach the quarter-finals on Monday.With no former champions left in the field, pregnant Serena Williams watching from the sidelines and Maria Sharapova not invited to compete, third seed Halep has a golden opportunity to break into the grand slam winners’ circle.Monday’s evidence suggested the Romanian may be ready for it.”I was expecting a tough game against a very good claycourt player,” Halep said. “But I managed to push her back.”I played a good game.”There could be no arguments from any observers or from Suarez Navarro who appeared stunned at the outcome.Before this clash there had been little to suggest it would be so one-sided. Halep led their head-to-head record, but only by 6-5.Ss soon as the match began, however, its complexion became quickly apparent. Halep settled faster and raced into a 5-0 lead before Suarez Navarro could register on the scoreboard.The Spaniard finally held her serve for 5-1 when Halep made a rare forehand error to end a 15-stroke rally, but the Romanian put that blip behind her to seal the set with a backhand pass a game later.There are few players who strike the ball more crisply that Suarez Navarro, especially on the backhand side where she usually unfurls a big top-spin shot.But whether it was the swirling wind which snapped the flags lining the roof of the showcourt, or Halep’s varied pace, the Spaniard repeatedly struggled to find her range.advertisementThe one high point for Suarez Navarro was when she broke back for 1-1 in the second set, but it was all downhill from there.Her timing had gone, then her footwork. At one point she was forced to lunge forward to strike a backhand and accordingly popped it into the net, her foot positioning all wrong.Halep was toying with her now, switching things up, throwing in drop-shots followed by lobs. Suarez Navarro scampered around court to no effect, while many in the crowd shifted uncomfortably in their seats.On the stroke of the hour Suarez Navarro was put out of her misery, having made 41 errors.As the two kissed at the net, Halep kindly patted her opponent on the back, and the Spaniard could hardly wait to get out of there.The 21st seed gathered her racket bag and, after a quick wave to the crowd, left the arena while Halep took the plaudits and plotted her course.Next she will meet either Croatian qualifier Petra Martic or fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
Blighty By Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 17 (PTI) Virat Kohlis dazzling drives will face stiff competition from Rupinderpal Singhs powerful dragflicks on a rarest of rare occasion when national teams are pitted against Pakistan in cricket and hockey on the same day in a third country. Within 55 miles of each other, Indian cricket team will meet their arch rivals at the Oval in London while hockey team will lock horns with Pakistan at the suburb Milton Keynes. Its a rarity when national passion and national sport will be jostling for attention from sporting aficionados within a gap of three and half hours. Whether it is seven hours of cricket with its ebbs and flows or the 60 minute of adrenaline pumping stickwork, the contests will not be devoid of excitement. The desis as British Indians are referred in this part of the world will be in attendance along with their Pakistani counterparts in what can be termed as a sporting carnival on a Super Sunday. While Bollywood brigade, political class are expected to be in attendance at the more glamorous event, the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals encounter is also expected to grab eyeballs. For those, who wont get the tickets for the cricket match, they can travel an hour up north to Milton Keynes to see Manpreet Singhs deft skills, SV Sunils searing runs down wide right. It will also be an occasion where the love for hockey that many profess during coffee table conversations will be tested. Call it Pakistans decapitated sporting structure and Indias rapid strides, the gulf between neighbouring nations have widened across sporting disciplines. Harsh but truth is that against Pakistan, the rivalry is an idea borne out of all the acrimony that has festered on for years now. The sporting rivalry against Pakistan is an idea that ignites a certain surge of rage and nationalism in Indian public. Gone are those days when a victory against a Pakistan cricket side comprising Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Salim Malik used to evoke a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Similarly, beating a Pakistan hockey side that had Shahbaz Ahmed, Tahir Zaman or later Sohail Abbas or Rehan Butt would feel special. An average Indian fan knew the names of those iconic Pakistani cricketers or hockey players. But today, if Azhar Ali or Hasan Ali walks down the street, one can bet his last shirt that seven out of 10 Indian fans will need a third or fourth glance to recognise. The names in Pakistan sides dont intimidate the Indian teams or its fans anymore. They can scare India occasionally and that can be tomorrow. But thats about it. But its a contest that no one wants to lose. Or rather one can ill-afford to lose. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisement
N-E states celebrate International Yoga DayGuwahati, June 21 (PTI) The northeastern states of the country today celebrated the third International Day of Yoga with thousands of school children and people from all walks of life enthusiastically performing yoga asanas.Union ministers, state ministers, personnel of paramilitary forces, NCC cadets and sports personalities participated in yoga camps spread across the region. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, his government would extend facilities for yoga to all school children, panchayat offices, tea gardens and interior char areas. This was being done as yoga was an integral part for maintaining good health, the chief minister said. Senior Assam minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said, the state government has decided to set up 100 block level yoga training centres with the help of Patanjali Yoga Kendra of yoga guru Ramdev. In Arunachal Pradesh, the main function was organised at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in which more than 1000 people participated. Braving overnight downpour, people joined the programme. The day was also observed at Indira Gandhi Park here. State Governor P B Acharya in his message said, ?Yoga provides physical and mental well being of the people. For sound health and mind, we need to incorporate Yoga as part of our daily life.? In Tripura, two Union Ministers Faggan Singh Kulaste and Babul Supriyo participated in yoga camps. The main programme was organized at Umakanta stadium here where over 10,000 school students, sports persons, personnel of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) and BSF participated.advertisement More than 50,000 students joined yoga camps in different part of Tripura. Mizoram Governor Lt. General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today inaugurated the Healthy Mizoram Campaign and joined yoga enthusiasts at the Assam Rifles ground. Certain misconceptions about yoga must be dispelled, Sharma said, adding that yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community. The governor suggested that the Mizos should embrace yoga with open mind and healthy living is an imperative in a state like Mizoram with high incidences of cancer, alcohol and drug abuse. Union Minister Rajen Gohain, who was on a two-day visit to the state, also lauded the inclusion of Yoga in the Healthy Mizoram Campaign. The campaign was launched by the Assam Rifles and would be concluded on June 21, 2018. Meanwhile, the churches, the central Committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) and the student organisations refrained from participating in the International Yoga Day. The YMA, in a press statement, said that yoga was not compatible with the social and religious practices of the Mizos and should not be propagated. In line with the UN?s declaration of June 21 as the International Yoga Day, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy today encouraged people in Nagaland to practice yoga in their daily lives. Participating in the International Yoga Day at Agri Expo Site, Dimapur, Rudy said ?yoga is a skill of looking good, smart and intelligent? and that regular practice of yoga enhanced fitness of mind and body. Department of Youth Resources and Sports organized the main event at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima with 86-year old Nagaland Governor P B Acharya leading hundreds of people in performing yoga. In his message, Acharya termed the day as a “great movement” initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to promote a healthy mind and body. Defence establishments under Headquarters 3 Corps and NCC cadets of First Naga Girls Battalion also observed the day in Nagaland. 4000 girl cadets of NCC participated in the International Yoga Day celebrations at 17 venues across the state.In Manipur, the main function was held at held at Khuman Lampak Main Indoor Stadium here today in the presence of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.”Yoga brings a balance between the mind and body and enables an individual to go along a right track,” he said. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren said, “performing yoga also improves the overall health condition of a person reducing stress and other form of ailments.” PTI TEAM MM MM
Harbhajan Singh heaped praises on spin twin Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin for their “brilliant” performance in the Colombo Test which India won by an innings 53 runs to takes 2-0 unbeatable lead.Jadeja picked up his ninth five-wicket haul and was named man of the match for his stellar show to hand India their eighth consecutive Test series victory. Earlier, Ashwin bagged his 26th five-wicket haul in the first Sri Lankan innings after India declared their innings at 622/9.”Indian spinners bowled well. Jadeja, Ashwin were brilliant. Spinners are doing really well at the moment,” Harbhajan told India Today.India will start their overseas — outside Asia — tours next year with South Africa tour. Harbhajan said the spin duo will have to be patient to pick wickets in seaming conditions.”India spinners will have to be really patient to get wickets in South Africa, England and Australia. Spinners will have to bowl tight lines and let the opposition batsmen make mistake,” he said.Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his third consecutive Test hundred against Sri Lanka. Harbhajan said he’s a huge fan of the Saurashtra batsman.”I am a huge fan of Cheteshwar Pujara. He wants to contribute everytime he goes out to bat. He’s been the true rock in India’s batting line-up,” he said.Harbhajan also congratulated Virat Kohli and co. on their series victory.”I would like to congratulate India for winning their eighth consecutive Test series,” he said.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho said their pursuit of Gareth Bale was “game over” after the Wales forward started in Real Madrid’s 2-1 European Super Cup win on Tuesday.Mourinho had said on the eve of the contest between the Champions League and Europa League holders that he would “fight with other clubs” to sign Bale if he did not start the game in Skopje and appeared not to be in coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans.”Clearly the club wants him, the manager wants him and he wants the club so clearly game over, before it had even started, as everybody knows he is going to stay,” Mourinho told BT Sport.Real president Florentino Perez also ruled out selling the player he brought to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2013 for a then world record fee of 85.5 million pounds ($111 million).”I can’t contemplate selling him, he’s a Real Madrid player, he’s important to us and he’s one of the best in the world,” the Madrid chief told reporters.Bale started up front alongside Karim Benzema in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and laid on the pass for Isco to net Real’s second goal. He narrowly missed out on scoring himself as he thundered a shot against the bar later in the second half.”I’m not reading anything, although people tell me bits and bobs. I’m enjoying my football and playing as much as a I can and winning trophies,” added Bale, who collected his sixth European medal with Real since his move from Tottenham Hotspur.advertisement”It is obviously great to keep adding to the trophy collection. It was a difficult game but I think we played well and controlled the game very well. We want to keep winning and every game we still have the hunger and desire.”Despite United spending large periods on the back foot against Real, Mourinho took encouragement from the way his side came back from two goals down to set up a tight finish after Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit just past the hour.He also bemoaned the lack of a video assistant referee (VAR) as he criticised the decision to allow Casemiro’s 24th minute opener to stand, although replays showed the Brazilian’s body was broadly in line with United defender Chris Smalling.”I think we did well, I think we lost to one goal which shows the result was really short (tight) and one of their goals was an offside. With a good VAR system it would be 1-1 and extra time,” added the Portuguese coach, who has still yet to win the European Super Cup after three attempts.”We were playing a team full of fantastic players but we discussed (contested) the result until almost the end. We gave them a fight but have reasons to leave optimistic and proud.”
New Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) Tata Motors today announced the launch of automated manual transmission (AMT) version of its compact sedan Tigor priced up to Rs 6.22 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The AMT version of the Tigor will be available in two variants – XZA and XTA – with 1.2 litre petrol engine, priced at Rs 5.75 lakh and Rs 6.22 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively, Tata Motors said in a statement.The new AMT cars will be on sale across the country in over 600 Tata Motors sales outlets from today, it added.Tata Motors, Head -Marketing (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) Vivek Srivatsa said as part of turnaround strategy, the company is working to improve market share and bring products that align with customers aspirational and practical requirements.”Given the current traffic scenario and growing driver fatigue levels, an AMT is the perfect solution to bringing back the joy of driving in a city, without compromising on fuel efficiency,” he added.Tata Motors had introduced an AMT version of its hatchback Tiago earlier, which it said “has so far received a tremendous response”The Tigor AMT will further strengthen the companys addressable market range. It also has a sports mode, which gives a spirited and peppy driving experience, mainly aimed at serving needs of young and dynamic customers, the company said. PTI RKL ANU
Chennai, Dec 12 (PTI) The Madras High Court today declined to pass any order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition, seeking a ban on “rekla race” (bullock cart race) in Tamil Nadu in view of a Supreme Court order.A division bench of justices T S Sivagnanam and K Ravichandrabaabu directed the petitioner to approach the apex court for any relief.The bench made the observation while closing a plea moved by one Ramesh.According to the petitioner, the apex court had, on May 7, 2015, passed an order banning “jallikattu”, bullock cart races and other such activities in the country, as it amounted to cruelty to the animals involved in such events.Subsequently, the Tamil Nadu government had brought in an amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Tamil Nadu Amendment Act, 2017), thereby legally permitting “jallikattu” (a bull-taming sport) alone since it was closely connected with the Tamil culture.Stating that the amendment had only allowed “jallikattu” and not any other event banned by the apex court, the petitioner had pointed out that events such as bullock cart races were conducted with impunity across the state, at times even at government functions.He had prayed to the court for a declaration banning all such events. PTI CORR BN RC
By BedikaNew Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) Anurag Kashyap, the man behind gritty dramas exploring the dark worlds of criminals and gangsters, says he has learnt that the way to an Indian cine goers heart is through a love story.But in true Kashyap style, his first love story, the upcoming “Mukkabaaz”, blurs cinematic genres with a romance that unfolds in a society dominated by caste, politics and religion.”I have learnt that in India whatever you have to say, say it through a love story. This is what people understand. This is my first full love story,” Kashyap told PTI in an interview.The film, starring Vineet Kumar Singh and Zoya Hussain, has been receiving praise even before its release later this month.In the drama set in Bareilly, Vineet plays a Kshatriya wrestler who falls in love with a deaf-mute Brahmin woman. This angers her uncle (Jimmy Sheirgill) who uses his position as the head of the state boxing federation to sabotage his career.Kashyap, who described “Mukkabaaz” as his first “prem pradhan” film, has used the sports drama to dwell on the power dynamics in Uttar Pradesh.Discussing the widely held perception that he is at his best when dealing with sociopolitical issues and that his films reflect simmering anger, the director said cinema allows him the space to react to things that bother him.”What people call my anger is my reaction. Luckily, I have the medium to react through cinema. People want to react but they cant. This is why they connect with my films. It connects on a larger scale,” he said.advertisementThe director of films such as “Dev D”, “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Ugly”, quipped that the films he made as a cinema lover could only be understood by cinephiles.Coming from Uttar Pradesh, Kashyap said he understands the milieu, its societal nuances and how caste casts a large shadow on day-to-day life.”It is deeply ingrained in us. It will not go. In UP, they ask your name to know your caste and the next question is what is your gotra?” he said.The protagonists in his latest film are on similar levels on the caste ladder but the differences persist.”In Haryana, marrying in the same gotra is reason enough for honour-killing. The upper-caste versus lower-caste issue is different with the whole dynamic of the oppressor and the oppressed. Here, the friction is between two similar castes.”The director believes these differences have to do with the human nature of seeking comfort in familiarity and resistance to change.According to Kashyap, caste operates in the same way as religion.”It has to do with the sense of security. This is why we create ghettos. The Indians who live abroad, they have created a little India, Pakistanis a little Pakistan, Chinese a Chinatown. When you feel threatened, you seek familiarity and bundle up.”This is what religion does, it gives a sense of security. It is difficult for a man to stand up and say perhaps I did not have it in me to succeed. It is easier to say that it was Gods wish and we are caught in this loop.”Kashyaps “Mukkabaaz” is going to be different from the regular sports film.Referring to the trend of sports films, particularly biopics, he said it was impossible today to make a biopic without nationalism.”If this is not selling nationalism then what is it? These things bother me. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma got married in Italy, so a leader stands up and says it is unpatriotic,” he said.”Then there are those who flaunt their nationalism as a badge. They have done nothing in their life and just want to stay in the news,” Kashyap added.The movie, also starring Ravi Kishan, is set to release on January 12. PTI BK RDS MIN
On July 2017, Delhi forward Shubham Sarangi was the face of India’s under-17 squad preparing for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October. Sitting alongside midfielder Rahul KP and coach Luis Norton de Matos, the 17-year-old addressed the media here with panache, boasting about his experience in foreign tours and India’s chances in the mega event.A month later, Shubham was left out of the final squad that went on to create history as the first national team to play a FIFA World Cup. Leaving ghosts of that hurtful time, Shubham has begun second inningsof his career with Delhi Dynamos, plying his trade in the Indian Super League.Dynamos announced Shubham’s signing last week after a two-month trial with the club’s academy.”It was a setback in my life as I expected to be selected. Ever since, I didn’t try to look back. I trained for a month on my own before Delhi Dynamos asked me to join the academy for a trial. Now, I am happy to be a part of this big club and I want to make an impact in the ISL,” Shubham told Mail Today on the eve of Dynamos’ home encounter with Kerala Blasters.Dynamos, as Shubham said, is a perfect platform for him to prove his worth, something that was overlooked a few months ago. “Well, of course I have a point to prove. I am seeing my former teammates playing for Indian Arrows and I am happy for them. They have been doing well but I think about the opportunity I have. It’s obviously a huge thing to play in the ISL, though I understand it will be tough for me to find a place in the first XI. I think I’ll learn a lot in next three months,” said Shubham, who was an unused substitute in team’s 2-2 draw against Chennaiyin FC.advertisementCompeting with the likes of Lallianzuala Chhangte and Jeroen Lumu on the flanks, Shubham might have to sit his chance for a while but the Delhi lad said he would welcome any chance that comes his way.”Yes, of course, it’s a challenge for me. There are really good players playing in the same position as me and I am aware that it won’t be easy. I think whatever chance I get, I need cash in on it and make sure I help the team whichever way possible,” he suggested.Shubham also draws confidence from being the only player from Delhi in the Dynamos side, news that was well received by his family and friends.”I am proud for the fact that I am playing for Delhi. My parents were very happy when I signed for the club, more so because I am just 17 and going to play for one of the big clubs in India. This gives me anextra dose of confidence to perform well for the team,” he said.Impressed by coach Miguel Angel Portugal’s policy to hand youngsters a chance to showcase their talent, Shubham is eager to don the Lions’ jersey and lift the momentum in an otherwise lowly season for the Capital side.
Twenty-four-year-old Mazen Moqbel Dhaiban lost his lower leg limb to a landmine, while hanging out with his friends in one of the conflict torn cities in Yemen.He is one of the 45 young and old Yemeni civilians who have been air-flown by the UAE government to Gurugram’s College Park Healthcare to be fitted with artificial limbs and rehabilitated.The war in Yemen, between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement, has killed more than 8,600 and injured 49,000 people since 2015. Around 1,700 civilians fighting the rebels have been flown from UAE since then.Those like Dhaiban have found peace in India. Receiving treatment for around 15 days now, the young fighter says, “I come to the hospital every day at 11 am and do a couple of exercises. I lost my limb five months ago, but the new one is flexible and doctors say I will be able to walk properly in a few months.”Dhaiban misses playing football, his favourite sport, but for someone who has seen more than enough trauma in his life, he stays positive. “My friends in Yemen who got a plastic leg have started playing again. My condition is many times better than that. I will be back on the field in no time,” he says with a smile.”The UAE government’s decision to transfer to India for treatment Yemeni citizens injured in the ongoing assault on the country by armed militias is a reflection of the trust we have in India’s medical infrastructure. It also speaks of the close bilateral relations between the two countries,” says Ahmed Al Banna, UAE ambassador to India.advertisement”The UAE has already spent more than $2.35 billion (Rs 15,170 crore) in humanitarian and development aid for Yemen in the past two years alone. We are very pleased with the standards of medical treatment provided to our Yemeni brothers and sisters in Indian hospitals,” Banna added.Tarun Kumar Kulshreshtha, chief prosthetist and orthotist at College Park Healthcare says the results are making patients and him happy.”They are bonding with Indian patients as well, despite the language barrier. Our prosthetic limbs are manufactured in Germany and cost around Rs 3 lakh. We have customised them a bit. For instance, in the Middle East and here, we cannot enter places of worship with shoes on. So we have added an additional layer to avoid wear and tear when used without shoes,” he said.Helmi Abd Ali Beshr took a bullet in his spine and had to amputate both legs. He suffered from paralysis and was on wheelchair. After months of treatment, he is about to leave walking.When asked if they want to return to Yemen, they smiled and said, “We are ready to give up every part of the body to fight terror. We dream of a peaceful Yemen.”
CLEVELAND — Allowing nine runs in the last two innings wasn’t the worst thing that happened to the New York Yankees on Thursday night.New York’s 9-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.General manager Brian Cashman said in a conference call during the game thatTanaka could return in six weeks, but didn’t rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn’t respond to a rehab program.“Certainly disappointed for our player, for our organization,” Cashman said. “He’s been an important piece. We have a tremendously gifted and tough player. We’ll see how he responds.”“It is what it is,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re not going to have him for at least six weeks and that’s the tough part, but I’m optimistic that we’ll have him back.”Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and had an MRI in New York, one day after his worst major league outing. He flew to Seattle on Thursday.Cashman said Tanaka saw three doctors, including Yankees head physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and all three agreed that a six-week rehab program was the best option at this time.“If we knew today that the best course of action was Tommy John surgery, despite the name and the amount of the investment, we would be doing Tommy John surgery,” Cashman said.Girardi, looking for any positive sign, said, “Guys have had success doing this and we’ll keep our fingers crossed. That gives you reason for optimism that he’s going to pitch again for us this year.”Tanaka, who is tied for the major league lead with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits — both career highs — over 6 2-3 innings Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Indians.The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his past four outings.The injury is a huge blow to a battered Yankees rotation already was missing CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda to injuries. Tanaka had been a stabilizing ace in his first season since arriving from Japan.“We’ve lost 80 percent of it,” Girardi said. “There’s really not a whole lot that you can go back and redo. You’ve just got to go out and find a way.”Mets ace Matt Harvey initially tried to rehab a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament last year before ultimately opting for Tommy John surgery.Harvey has been sidelined all season, but his rehabilitation appears to be going well.“When it comes time to trying to work through it, it’s a personal decision. Going down and having Tommy John surgery is a personal decision in itself. Everybody is different. No one is saying that he can’t rehab and be completely fine and never have an issue again. For me, personally, it was a mental thing. It was something I didn’t want to continue thinking about,” Harvey said Thursday night in New York.“I would tell him to just go with what you feel. I didn’t listen to anybody. I went off of my personal feelings. It’s your body that you want to throw with again. If you want to go out and try not to have it, and your mind is set to that and you’re 100 percent committed to that, then more power to you. If it’s the other way around, then go get it done.”Derek Jeter, playing his final regular-season game in Cleveland, went 2 for 4 in the 1,000th multihit game of his career.“You can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourselves,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s not what we planned coming out of spring training, but it gives some other guys some opportunities to step up and fill some voids. It’s unfortunate but what can you do? You have to move on.”Jeter was hit on the wrist by Michael Brantley’s groundball RBI single in the eighth, but said he was fine.Prior to the game, the Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the seven-day concussion list. Beltran was hit in the face with a ball that caromed off the batting cage Wednesday and broke his nose.The game did nothing to lift the Yankees’ spirits. New York took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but the Indians scored four times to go ahead and blew it open with a five-run eighth.Carlos Carrasco (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning to help the Indians gain a four-game split.Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the eighth for his 2,800th major league hit. Zelous Wheeler hit a two-run homer in the fourth for New York.Yankees starter David Phelps took a shutout into the seventh before Chris Dickerson and Roberto Perez singled. Jason Kipnis singled off the glove of reliever Matt Thornton (0-3) to load the bases.Girardi initially thought the groundball could have been a double play if it hadn’t deflected off Thornton’s glove.“It happens, it’s a reaction,” he said. “You want your pitchers to try to field balls, but that happened to be one that is the double play ball that we’re looking for.”Yangervis Solarte, recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Beltran, had an RBI single in the fifth.STEVE HERRICK, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares