Euro 2020 qualifiers: Portugal through after 2-0 win Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal to hand Juventus their first trophy of the season with a 1-0 win over ten-man AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo — signed by the Italian giants last year from Real Madrid as they target a first Champions League title since 1996 — headed in a 61st-minute winner. AC Milan played the last quarter of an hour a man down after Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie saw red for a bad tackle on Emre Can. “I have my first title with Juventus so I’m happy,” said the Portuguese star who now has 28 trophies including five Champions League and league titles from England and Spain, and a European Championship with Portugal. “I really wanted this, to get off to a good start in 2019.Related News “This is only the start, we’ll take it one step at a time. We’ve got this cup, now we must keep working hard to achieve the next trophy,” warned Ronaldo. The match had been overshadowed by controversy with calls for it to be relocated over human rights issues in Saudi Arabia with women only allowed to attend the game if they were accompanied by a man. Italian football league president Gaetano Micciche hailed the match as a success, with reports there were up to 15,000 women among the 62,000 crowd in the stadium. “It was a wonderful evening, a festival of sport in a full stadium,” said Micciche. “I hope that it’s the starting point for social evolution in this country.” On the pitch the players suffered in the heat with temperatures hitting 25 degrees Celsius amid freezing conditions in northern Italy. In the end Juventus came away with a record eighth Super Cup title, one more than AC Milan who have won seven. “It was very hot and the important thing was to win,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri who won the trophy for the second time, having lost to AC Milan in 2016 and Lazio last year. “Ronaldo? We always say the same thing… that’s why we signed him. He is decisive and scores big goals, but the whole team put in a good performance.” AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain only played the final 20 minutes against his parent club, ahead of a touted move to Chelsea, having moved away from Turin to make way for Ronaldo last summer. Coach Gennaro Gattuso said the Argentine was suffering from a fever and missed the team photo because they were afraid he would infect other players. “It might seem like a joke, but it’s true. Higuain wasn’t in the picture when the Saudi Prince came to visit because I was afraid the virus would spread among the other players, so that was my decision. “He had a fever last night, we did everything to get him better, but he didn’t play much, so I preferred a fresher player.” Milan’s best shot on goal was a Patrick Cutrone effort after the break with their hopes dwindling after Kessie’s sending off. “We had to climb a mountain and we tried,” said Gattuso. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Kane, Ron do the ‘trick
“And he’s one of the best players in the world.” Hazard appears close to sealing his Madrid move, with his Chelsea contract expiring next summer and the Blues understood to be holding out for £100 million ($130 million). The Belgium star told BT Sport “In my mind I don’t know yet” when asked if he had already played his last game at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said his side would be worthy Europa League winners after a turbulent campaign that could end in success. “We were in trouble three months ago and, here in England, if you’re in trouble the level of opponents is very high and it’s not easy to overcome difficulties,” said Sarri. “We were able to do it. So now we deserve to win a trophy.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Willian says Chelsea have refused to give up hope that talisman Eden Hazard will be at Stamford Bridge next season, with the Belgian apparently edging closer to a move to Real Madrid. Hazard fired the winning spot-kick on Thursday as Chelsea edged out Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties to book an all-English Europa League final against Arsenal, in what could prove his last act at Stamford Bridge. The Belgium forward is still expected to join Real in a big-money move this summer, but his Brazilian teammate Willian continues to hope otherwise. Luka Jovic cancelled out Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s strike to take the semi-final second leg into extra time before penalties had to separate the sides with the aggregate score level at 2-2 and one away goal apiece. Asked if Hazard’s decisive penalty could prove his last kick at Stamford Bridge, Willian replied: “I don’t know, I don’t think so. “For me I hope he stays, but in football you never know. I think his head is here, to play for Chelsea. Then after he’s finished the season maybe he can talk about his situation. “I don’t know anything about him leaving so for me I hope he can stay. He’s very important, a special player, he’s very important for us, he helps us a lot.Related News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world
Kolkata, Oct 21 (PTI) Bengali TV serial “Run Rony Run” will showcase the problems girl athletes face in the male-dominated world of sports.The the first of its kind on Bengali small screen, the show will have shots of real-time training sessions at stadiums under the supervision by national coaches and international sportspersons.”The role of Rony is played by young actress Sreyoshree Roy. She underwent real time training for two months running regular 200 metres at the Salt Lake Stadium under the supervision of coach Kuntal Roy and his student Sushmita Singha Roy,” Director of the serial Arindam Basu told PTI.”Kuntal Roy is in our advisory committee while for the training part in athletics we took the inputs from Sushmita, we had also extensively spoken to four-five other sportsmen from different disciplines about how they faced the situation regarding family and society,” he added.The show, deriving from real life incidents and experiences of sportspersons, also focuses on athletes getting caught in politics.Sreyoshree, a class X student, who plays the lead role said Kabaddi is her favourite sport.”After I signed for this project, I was asked to see the Bengali classic Koni, recently acclaimed Bhag Milkhha Bhag and M S Dhoni for preparations and I watched all,” she said.”Also by training sprints for two months and swimming at a pool, I have shed 4-5 kg of weight and acquired the tall, skinny look,” she said.The TV serial will air from November 2. PTI SUS SHD
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged “impulsive” midfielder Granit Xhaka to maintain his discipline as a heated north London derby looms when Tottenham Hotspur visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Xhaka has made an impressive start to his Arsenal career, but his ability to control his temper was called into question after he picked up his eighth red card in two and a half years in the Premier League win over Swansea City last month.”I’m a bit concerned, yes, because the discipline is important. We want to be effective in all positions we face. In derbies it is important to maintain discipline,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday. (Also read: UEFA Champions League: Bayern, Atletico, Arsenal book berths in last-16, Manchester City stun Barcelona)The 24-year-old, who joined from German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the close season, is likely to return to the starting line-up after Wenger confirmed influential midfielder Santi Cazorla is a doubt for Sunday’s clash.”He’s (Xhaka) quite normally a composed and calm guy – sometimes he has a reaction that is a bit impulsive. He has to work on that and keep control of his reactions in the game,” Wenger added.The left back position could be a cause of concern for Wenger on Sunday as Kieran Gibbs, who picked up a minor shoulder problem after Tuesday’s Champions League win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets, and Nacho Monreal remain a doubt.”There’s still some uncertainties,” Wenger said. (Also read: Arsenal must put November struggles to bed, says Arsene Wenger)advertisementRight back Hector Bellerin is likely to return to the first team after being rested for the midweek clash against Ludogorets while in-form winger Theo Walcott faces a late fitness test.Striker Olivier Giroud has scored two goals in his last three games but is unlikely to usurp Alexis Sanchez in the first team as the winger has excelled in the central striker role, scoring eight goals in 14 appearances so far.However, Wenger was quick to dismiss the notion Giroud would be used as a “plan B”.”There’s no plan B in any squad,” he said. (Also read: Lucas Perez out for up to two months, Aaron Ramsey back for Arsenal)”The way a manager thinks is just ‘what is the next game?’ He (Giroud) has shown that he is a huge asset for the club.”Wenger also said it would be an “intelligent decision ” to rest midfielder Mesut Ozil for Germany’s upcoming internationals.Arsenal are second in the table, a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham after 10 games.
Berhampur (Odisha), Nov 11 (PTI) This Childrens Day will be special for 14-year-old Shubhendu Kumar Sahu as he will walk down the ramparts of Rashtrapati Bhawan before being presented with a prestigious award by President Pranab Mukherjee.Sahu, a Class VIII student of Somapur Project Upper Primary School in Ganjam districts Hinjili, has been selected for the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement.Sahu had taken part in several extra-curricular activities and received a number of awards at both state and national-level competitions.While one of his science projects, Gift for Farmers, made it to the zonal-level science exhibition held in Kolkata, he had also ranked first at the state-level creative writing competition organised in Bhubaneswar last year. He also showcased his talent in many drawing competitions and debates.Developed by Sahu, Gift for Farmers, is an innovative device which helps in sowing, tilling of soil, sprinkling of pesticides, cutting and processing of the paddy crops.”I am feeling proud since receiving the news on Monday afternoon,” Shubhendu said. His father also shared his joy. “We are very much happy for such a rare achievement of our son,” said Subhendus father, Shantanu Kumar Sahu.”We are proud for Subhendu to be selected for such an award from the President,” said district education officer (DEO) Sanatan Panda. Hinjili block education officer (BEO) RL Nayak went to the school to interact with Subhendu.The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement recognises children, in the age group of 4 to 15 years, with exceptional abilities and who have achieved outstanding status in various fields including academics, arts, culture and sports. One gold medal and 35 silver medals are given to the children every year for their outstanding achievement.advertisement”The award carries cash prize of Rs 10,000, book vouchers worth Rs 3,000, a silver medal, a certificate and a citation,” a letter received by Sahu from the Ministry of Woman and Child Development said. PTI COR SKN MM SG
Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) Ahead of the upcoming nationals, including for seniors, paddlers from Mumbai city and suburbs are benefiting from a month-long high performance table tennis training camp at the Khar Gymkhana from November 1.The intense training camp is being attended to by 28 players who are put through their paces with new training techniques laying emphasis on discipline, speed, fitness and receiving of serves by North Korean coach Jong Song An, along with top player Jong Hyuk Om.The two North Koreans have come through the recommendation of the national table tennis body, TTFI, said former eight-time national mens singles champion Kamlesh Mehta at a media conference here today.Mehta, connected with both city and suburban bodies of Mumbai in an administrative capacity, said Khar Gymkhana readily agreed to give their table tennis hall for the pilot project when he contacted them from Indore following a talk with TTFIs Dhanraj Chaudhary during the Central Zone major ranking tournament.”I myself had benefited from undergoing a stint under North Korean coaches who are very strict and lay emphasis on physical fitness and discipline,” said Mehta, adding the daily training session lasting six hours is split into morning and evening phases.”Our first experience has been very positive. The objective of the camp is not to make profit,” said Mehta who is also connected with table tennis promoting body – 11Even Sports – which is underwriting the extra expenses incurred.Some of the prominent juniors attending the camp are Ashlesha Trehan, Manasi Chiplunkar, Shaurya Pedneker, Dev Shroff and Sampada Bhiwandkar.advertisementAll of them said they are benefiting from the experience with Shroff saying his back hand top spin lacked power earlier and it has picked up in that aspect along with his foot speed.Four local coaches have also been roped in so that one coach is in charge six wards.According to Mehta, Mumbais Sanil Shetty had three days stint in the camp before going on to clinch the runner-up spot behind Anthony Amalraj in mens singles at the East Zone national ranking championship held in Aizawl earlier this month. PTI SSR NRB BS BS
The Vizag Test was not just a competitive match between India and England but also their two key players – Virat Kohli and Joe Root. (Vizag Test Scorecard)The Indian Test captain and England player are currently among the finest batsmen in the world. Both players played their career’s 50th Test in Vizag, second of the five-match series, only to make their already brilliant score even better. (Match Highlights)It is only natural to compare the two cricketers who finished their landmark 50th Test at such high numbers and close competition. While Root’s batting average of 53.19 is higher than the batsman from Delhi at 48.03, Kohli should be proud of holding three more centuries under his name.While the first innings of the Vizag Test was in favour of Kohli who scored 167 as compared to Root’s 53. In the second innings, Kohli struck 81 while Root scored 25. Root however has a better run record than Kohli, both of whom have played equal number of Tests now.Here are the scores of legendary batsmen after their 50th Test: Player Runs 100s 50s Highest Average V Kohli 3891 14 13 211 48.03 JE Root 4309 11 24 254 53.19 AN Cook 3654 10 20 160 42.99 HM Amla 3836 12 18 253* 47.36 SR Tendulkar 3438 11 16 179 49.83 R Dravid 4135 9 22 200* 52.34 SM Gavaskar 4947 20 21 221 57.52 BC Lara 4205 10 21 375 51.28 KC Sangakkara 3698 8 18 270 48.03 DPMD Jayawardene 3501 9 17 242 47.96 RT Ponting 3081 9 14 197 44.65 Younis Khan 4065 12 17 267 48.39 Indian Test captain’s highest score of 211, a feat he achieved at the Indore Test against New Zealand, however, could not match Root. The top-order batsman from Yorkshire who made his Test debut in 2013 also achieved his highest score this year, in a match against Pakistan in July where he scored 254.advertisementWhile only Gavaskar’s score of 4947 after his 50th Test is better than Root, Kohli stands behind iconic batsmen like Dravid, Gavaskar, Lara and Younis Khan but has managed to surpass legendary Tendulkar. Root has clearly overtaken Kohli, who made his debut in 2011, in all aspects of Test cricket except the number of tons.Kohli’s average in 2016, however, is 69.00, a contrast to Root’s 49.66. Root has scored 1192 runs so far this year, as compared to Kohli’s 897, but the huge difference is also because the Indian batsman appeared in only 9 games while Root played in 14. Player Matches Runs Average Highest 100s 50s Kohli 9 897 69.00 211 3 1 Root 14 1192 49.66 254 3 7 There is no doubt that both the batsmen are their country’s current best but Root has the advantage of better statistical numbers on his side. The data however is biased against Kohli, who did not get as much Test exposure as Root did this year.
Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the Twenty20 and One Day series against South Africa as he has yet to fully recover from a bout of dengue fever, officials said on Tuesday.The 33-year-old was expected to make a comeback after a litany of injuries but will now have to wait until next month at least when Sri Lanka play three T20 internationals in Australia.He struggled last year with knee problems that kept him out of the World T20s and the Indian Premier League, and late last year had bout of dengue fever.”He had a practice game last week and realised he still wasn’t up the right level of fitness,” team manager Ranjith Fernando told Reuters.The last of Malinga’s 191 ODI appearances was against the West Indies in November 2015 and last February he played a single T20 international against the United Arab Emirates at the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.Sri Lanka play the last of three Tests against South Africa from Thursday and then have three T20 internationals and five ODIs against their hosts.
Sydney Thunder’s Harmanpreet Kaur has been charged for breaching the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct during her side’s Women’s Big Bash League match against the Hobart Hurricanes in Hobart. (Also read: Harmanpreet Kaur first Indian to play in Women’s Big Bash League)Harmanpreet, first woman cricketer from India to play in Big Bash, was reported for breaching CA’s Code of Conduct Article 2.1.2 abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match a level 1 offence.The offence occurred during the Thunder’s batting innings yesterday, after Harmanpreet was dismissed.As per the CA Code of Conduct procedure, the Match Referee, Roy Loh, considered the umpires written report, and the proposed sanction was a reprimand.Harmanpreet accepted the sanction and no hearing was required.
Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh gave a wonderful gift to Indian cricket fans by slamming a magnificent hundred in the second ODI against England in Cuttack last Thursday. Yuvraj roared back to form with a career-best 150 off 127 balls as India beat England by 15 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.Yuvraj turned the clock back as he teamed up with Mahendra Singh Dhoni to add a record 256 runs for the fourth wicket. It wasn’t just about his hundred but the way he played in his innings which was heartening to watch. (Also read: Tendulkar calling me a superstar is a little embarrassing: Yuvraj Singh)Yuvraj hasn’t been at his best since his comeback after cancer but Indian cricket simply couldn’t afford to ignore a player like him. The talent and skills he possess is second to none and he remains one of the greatest ODI players India has ever had.Reuters PhotoThe 35-year-old will be in focus once again when he takes the field against England at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Fans in Kolkata would be expecting Yuvraj to play at his best at the iconic ground. A legend would also be watching Yuvraj keenly from the sidelines. (Also read: Virat Kohli on Yuvraj Singh’s 150: Exactly what we envisioned)GANGULY’S PROTEGEFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is now the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, would also be expecting big things from his protege. During his captaincy Ganguly had the privilege to pick and chose his own team and Yuvraj was one of his best finds. Several other players got Ganguly’s support as they made their way into the Indian team along with Yuvraj.advertisementCricketers like Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Kaif formed the backbone of the Indian team under Ganguly, who resurrected Indian cricket post the match-fixing and betting controversies which came to light in 2000.Yuvraj is the only player from that batch who still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket while Harbhajan fell out of favour with the selectors. Now the onus will be on Yuvraj to dazzle the Eden crowd with Ganguly taking care of the arrangements there. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s trust was important as I could have retired: Yuvraj Singh)Team India is now being led by the young and dynamic Virat Kohli, who is the complete opposite of his predecessor Dhoni. Kohli though, has a lot in common with Ganguly as a player and as a captain. Ganguly was also known for his aggression and was extremely expressive on the field just like Kohli is now. And just like Ganguly did 17 years ago, Kohli also pushed for the induction of Yuvraj in the limited-overs side to bolster the Indian middle order.Reuters PhotoKohli had even stated before the series that Yuvraj was picked in the side to ease the burden on Dhoni, who was going through a lean patch and needed support from the others in the middle order. The script turned out perfectly for both Yuvraj and Dhoni as they scored massive hundreds and regained their touch once again. (Also read: Yuvraj Singh makes it count after bravely battling cancer)Yuvraj also said after the match that it was the trust that Kohli showed in him which worked wonders otherwise he was contemplating retirement from international cricket after being in and out of the team for the past couple of years.YUVI IN A HAPPY SPACE AFTER MARRIAGEYuvraj seems to be in a terrific frame of mind now that he has cemented his place in the team. Lady-luck is also shining on him as he got married to Bollywood actress Hazel Keech a couple of months back. Hazel, in an emotional post on Instagram, paid a glorious tribute to her husband after his knock in the last match. (Also read: Hazel Keech on husband Yuvraj Singh: Fierce should be his middle name)Hazel, in her post, wrote about how fierce should be Yuvraj’s middle name and how tough it was for him to make his way back to international cricket after suffering from a life-threatening disease. Yuvraj not only survived cancer but he actually beat the disease and fought his way back.He shunned his critics who said that he’s not the same since his return and lost his mojo by working hard behind the scenes. Yuvi shed a lot of weight and looks lean and mean nowadays. He is probably as fit as he was during his younger days and is still hungry to perform.advertisementBefore the 2011 World Cup he was going through a rough patch as the runs and wickets both dried up for him. But he bounced back like a champion in the mega-event with 362 runs and 15 wickets in nine games which is why he was adjudged the Man of the Tournament in India’s victorious campaign.Right after that his life turned completely upside down as he got diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. It took him months to beat the disease and after an extensive treatment in USA came back in the team. Since then he has had to make three comebacks in the Indian team. While he kept on scoring runs in the T20I format, Yuvraj struggled to get going in the 50-over game which led to a lot criticism.Yuvraj’s performance in first comeback after cancer treatment (Sep 2012-Apr 2014) Mts Runs Avg SR 100/50 Wkts Avg RPO ODIs 19 278 18.53 78.30 0/2 2 89 6.85 T20Is 17 401 30.85 135.93 0/3 15 12.8 6.47Yuvraj’s performance in second comeback after cancer treatment (Jan 2016-Mar 2016) Mts Runs Avg SR 100/50 Wkts Avg RPO ODIs 0 T20Is 15 166 20.75 104.40 0/0 5 22.60 6.65Yuvraj’s performance in third comeback after cancer treatment (Jan 2017-) Mts Runs Avg SR 100/50 Wkts Avg RPO ODIs 2 165 82.50 118.70 1/0 0 – 7.00His hundred in the previous game has surely cemented his place in the side now and his services will be key for India in a big tournament once again as they get set to defend their ICC Champions Trophy title in England in June this year.
Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of the third and deciding T20I between India and England in Bengaluru. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates. (LIVE SCORECARD)Virat Kohli: Coming back here after a while. It has been a long time since we playedthe IPL final. Even after losing all three tosses, we won the series,just like the Test series. It is not a very bad thing to have MS Dhonibehind the stumps. I am new to the limited overs format and I keeptaking help. A lot of credit goes to them. Yes, that too and that oneover from Jordan to Yuvi. We thought 175-180, but that over took us to200. Credit to Chahal, he knows the ground better. I have a lot of faith in him and he plays his cricket with confidence. He has to maintain his orginality and it is great to have a guy who has so much zeal. I wanted to send him up, but he is the one to say he will bat down the order. He is a champion player and he is a match-winner. Come to the big game, he stepped up. It is a memorable tour. When we went to England we lost the Test series. It has been a brilliant couple of months for this side.AP Photo Yuzvendra Chahal: I felt nice playing my first match at Bengaluru for India. I havebowled in the poweplay in the IPL and Virat has the confidence in me togive me the ball. I plan according to how the batsman plays. Even Dhoniused to tell me what the batsman is going to play. Mishy bowled well inthe last match as well, looking at him I get the confidence to toss theball up.advertisementEoin Morgan: We lost two in batsmen and it really hurt us. It was anexcellent spell from Chahal. Credit should be given where it is due.India played the better cricket today. Beautiful wicket to bat and wewould have taken 190-200 at the beginning. We take a lot of things. Thebiggest thing is our bowling. We showed improvement in our bowlingdepartment. Tonight’s batting performance has been our worst in a couple of years.Yuzvendra Chahal wins the Man-of-the-Series award for taking 8 wickets in three matchesYuzvendra Chahal wins Man-of-the-Match award for taking 6/25 Mishra: Chahal and I had worked out where to bowl on this pitch to stop runs.Yuvi: Dhoni and I have good understanding. Tried my best. Bangalore has always been a batting paradise. We put up a very good total and the bowlers bowled very well. 202 was a par score in Bangalore. Great bowling performance by the bowlers. Mishra set the tone today and Chahal was able to get the wickets from the other end. And it is a wrap! Test series 4-0, ODI and T20I series 2-1 #INDvENG #TeamIndia @Paytm pic.twitter.com/IX9u2vheCk BCCI (@BCCI) February 1, 2017The Men in Blue have done it again. They have won the series 2-1! They beat England in the Tests, in the ODIs and now in the T20Is. In the series decider, India set a huge target in front of the visitors. It was a great collective batting performance from the hosts. They started with the ball in a great fashion too as they sent packing Billings on a golden duck.Series deciders:ODI vs NZ, 2016: NZ 63/2 to 79 all out. Amit Mishra 5/18T20I vs Eng,2017: Eng 119/2 to 127 all out. Chahal 6/25#INDvENG Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 1, 2017Jason Roy and Joe Root then steadied the ship. The stitched a 47-run partnership in just 29 deliveries for the second wicket. Roy then fell to Mishra. Once again, Morgan came out in the middle and kept England in the run chase. He and Root together put up 64 runs in 43 balls. However, they then started the collapse as a tight over from Mishra which led England needing 86 off 42 deliveries.The pressure got the better off the visiting side as Morgan and Root departed in back-to-back deliveries. It was a horrendous performance from thereon as they lost 8 wickets for 8 runs in the space of 18 deliveries. Buttler who got promoted above Stokes once again failed while Stokes and Ali too couldn’t do anything as they had a daunting task ahead of them.22.17 IST: OUT! Edged and taken! Full and wide outside off, Mills slashes hard but only gets a thick outside edge which goes through the slip cordon. Virat Kohli has stationed himself at wide first slip but does well to get across to his left to take a good catch. INDIA WIN BY 75 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 2-1!advertisementEngland are all out for 127 & India win the match by 75 runs to take the series 2-1 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/Ol6WzKtIpz England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201722.16 IST: Chahal is the second bowler to take 6 wickets in T20 International cricket. His 6/25 is the third best figures in this format.22.14 IST: WICKET! Chahal has a six-fer! Chris Jordan is stumped by Dhoni for 0. England 127-8 (16)22.13 IST: OUT! That’s five for Yuzvendra Chahal – Stokes caught on the boundary for 6. England 127-7 (15.4)22.11 IST: WICKET! Moeen Ali is Chahal’s fourth victim – caught by Kohli in the deep for 2. England 123-6 (15.1)22.04 IST: WICKET! England losing their wickets way quickly now. A short ball outside off, Buttler gets across to pull but gets a top edge due to the extra bounce. The ball goes straight up in the air and Virat Kohli takes a simple catch running to his right from mid off. The promotion of Buttler does not work for England and they now need 84 from 34 balls.22.01 IST: OUT! Two in two for India as Root is trapped in front by Chahal for 42. England 119-4 (13.4)21.57 IST: WICKET! Eoin Morgan is caught by debutant Pant off Chahal for a quickfire 40. England 119-3 (13.3)21.53 IST: Excellent for Amit Mishra. He finishes up with 20 runs in 4 overs and 1 wicket21.44 IST: England will need to up the ante as the asking rate is nearly 12.Yes skipper! @Eoin16 cracks three big SIXES off the 12th over & England are 114-2 ?? #INDvENGFollow the chase: https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/c60F2b2Lll England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201721.40 IST: ENG 86/2 after 10 overs. England need 117 runs in 60 balls – Morgan 15* and Root 36*21.35 IST: SIX! Length delivery, Root uses his feet, walks down the track and heaves it over mid-wicket and a long way into the stands. Root moves onto 36 off 23 deliveries!Shot Rooty! @root66 charges down the track for a big 6?? & England are 86-2 after 10. Game on ??? #INDvENGLIVE: https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/WMzuUKdvyp England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 2017 21.29 IST: SIX! Root shuffles a touch and flicks it handsomely over mid-wicket. Clears the fence easily! That looks so easy on the eyes!21.23 IST: OUT! MISHRA HAS HIS MAN! Tossed up in the line of the stumps, Roy kneels down and goes for a slog sweep. Gets a top edge instead and the ball balloons high in the air. Dhoni gets under it near the short leg region and collects it easily. The danger man, Roy departs! End of a 47-run partnership!England reach 55-1 off the PowerPlay with Jason Roy 32* & Joe Root 20* – keep going lads! ??? #INDvENGFollow live: https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/mQV49f0Tnk England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201721.14 IST: ENG 44/1 after 5 overs. England need 159 runs in 90 balls – Root 15* and Roy 27*21.11 IST: FOUR! Once again Chahal concedes a boundary off his first delivery! Tossed up on middle and leg, Roy kneels and sweeps it over long leg for a boundary.advertisementThere were more sixes than fours in Indian innings – 12 vs 11. Has happened only twice before for India in a complete match.#INDvENG Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 1, 2017 21.07 IST: After fielding, Kohli throws the ball at Chahal. He is not alert and instead of whipping the bails off he turns and throws it to the keeper’s end. Dhoni doesn’t even pick the ball and shouts on Chahal! Roy gets a reprieve!21.03 IST: Joe Root is the new man in!Only second time 5 Indian batsmen have scored at a SR of 140 (or more) in same innings. Other instance was vs SL (Nagpur, 2009).#INDvENG Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 1, 201720.57 IST: WICKET! Quicker one sliding in, Billings looks to play it across the line but yorks himself. The ball goes off the inside edge onto the boots and towards gully. Raina from first slip dives and grabs the ball.20.54 IST: SIX! Tossed up on middle and off, Roy brings out his reverse slog. Slogs it over point for a maximum.20.51 IST: We are back for the chase! Jason Roy and Sam Billings are the two who have come out to open. Ashish Nehra to begin the proceedings. 203 needed for the victoryHere come Jason Roy & Sam Billings! We need 203 to win the series… go well lads! #INDvENGFollow the chase: https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/NwxcjQVxx0 England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 2017India innings: Right then! England need 203 to win the T20I series. Seems to be a bridge too far. But then this is M.Chinnaswamy where anything is possible. The conditions are not totally against India, with the pitch playing a bit two-paced and the ball stopping on the batsmen a bit. How the bowlers handle the dew will be key. Stay tuned for the run chase.England were very inconsistent tonight. Whether it was the short boundaries, or the dew, one can’t say but surely they would not have planned to concede 118 in the last 9 overs. Of those, only two overs went below 10, with the lower value being 8. Tymal Mills and Ben Stokes were impressive, finishing with 1/32 each in their 4 overs while we saw the other side of Chris Jordan tonight, going for 56 in his 4 overs. Strangely, Plunkett bowled just 2 overs with Morgan preferring to bowl 6 overs out of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, yielding a total of 53 runs without any wicket.Pandya’s run out from the last ball & India finish 202-6 – will we chase it & win the series? #INDvENGFind out ??? https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/yuSEivZQKH England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 2017So India finish on a commanding total. This is the first time a team has crossed the 200-run mark in T20Is at this venue. Did not look like they will do so at the halfway mark but scintillating knocks from Raina and Dhoni made it possible.20.41 IST: MS Dhoni’s maiden fifty (56), Suresh Raina’s 63 help India post 202 vs England in 20 oversIt has taken MS Dhoni 10 years & 66 innings to score his maiden T20I fifty- the longest for any player in terms of time & innings.#INDvENG Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 1, 2017 20.41 IST: RUN OUT! Fuller on middle and leg, Pandya clips it through mid-wicket. Stokes the man in the deep, rushes towards the ball and hurls a throw at the striker’s end. Buttler collects it and calmly whips the bails off. INDIA FINISH ON 202/6!20.40 IST: SIX! Jordan once again fails to find his mark and Pandya takes full advantage of it. Lofts it over long on. Roy present there jumps to the fullest, gets hand to it but fails to hold onto it.20.39 IST: OUT! DHONI DEPARTS! Banged in short, Dhoni is surprised by that and takes his eyes off the ball as he goes for a pull.20.38 IST: FOUR! Low full toss, Dhoni hits it powerfully straight down the ground. There’s no long off in place but not sure even he would have stopped it. A boundary is signalled!20.35 IST: FOUR! That spoils a good over for England! Pant shuffles and scoops the length delivery over backward square leg. Beats Plunkett in the deep is beaten and the ball crosses the ropes. 9 runs off the over!(AP image) 20.30 IST: OUT! Slower one does the trick for Mills! Yuvraj out for 26. Back of a hand slower one, Yuvraj who has backed long way already, is beaten by the lac of pace on it. He tries to adjust but the ball goes off the leading edge straight into the gloves of Buttler. Timely wicket for England as Yuvraj was looking very threatening. That’s end of a superb cameo from Yuvraj! Also, the end of a 57-run partnership! IND 179/4 in 18.3 overs. Rishabh Pant comes in20.26 IST: SIX, SIX, FOUR, SIX – Yuvraj Singh, take a bow! 24 runs off the Jordan’s over. IND 177/3 in 18 overs20.23 IST: Maiden T20I fifty for MS Dhoni in 32 balls. IND 154/3 in 17.1 overs20.21 IST: FOUR! Fuller in the line of the stumps, Dhoni whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Dhoni once again uses his bottom hand to a superb extent! IND 153-320.18 IST: FOUR! Full outside off, Stokes fails to hit his mark and Dhoni punishes him, drives it powerfully through mid off for a boundary.20.16 IST: FOUR! Down the leg side, MSD glances it delicately. Gets it past short fine leg and the ball reaches to the fence. Dhoni is using the pace of the bowlers superbly. Second time in 3 deliveries! IND 142/3 in 16 overs20.14 IST: Interesting stat on MS Dhoni by Rajneesh Gupta Last time MS Dhoni came in to bat in a T20I in 8th over (or earlier) was vs NZ at Nagpur in 2016 & before that in 2012!#IndvsEng #INDvENG Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 1, 201720.11 IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery outside off, Dhoni guides it through the gap in point and gets a boundary for it. Good placement that! IND 132/3 in 15 overs20.05 IST: OUT! Plunkett removes Raina for 63. On a length and outside off, Raina who is on the charge looks to go big once again. Mistimes his loft high in the air. Morgan at extra cover gets a couple of steps back and grabs it with a reverse cup. Good breakthrough for a England! IND 120/3 in 13.3 overs. Yuvraj Singh walks in nextWICKET! Got him! Plunkett gets Raina caught by Morgan in the deep for 63 – India 120-3 #INDvENGFollow LIVE: https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/Co9cpE2ckx England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201720.03 IST: SIX! Sheer power that! Full on middle from Plunkett, Dhoni uses his bottom hand to a great extent. Whips it over long on for a maximum.20.01 IST: Four Byes! Tossed up outside off, spinning away, Raina gets down on one knee for a hugs slog but gets beaten as the ball spins away sharply. Buttler also misses and Mills chases it from short third man but fails to stop it before the fence. IND 113/2 in 13 overs20.00 IST: SIX! Another maximum! Tossed up delivery, Raina uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and hits it straight down the ground for a biggie. Great shot that! India on a move! 19.58 IST: SIX! SIX! Tossed up around off, Raina kneels down and slogs it over mid-wicket. Gets a maximum for it! Superb stuff from the Indian batsmen! Fifty for Raina off 39 balls Well batted, Suresh Raina – 50 up from from 39 balls. India are 98-2 off 11.5 overs #INDvENGLive blog: https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/U3Qbb9lmZI England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201719.56 IST: SIX! SIX! That’s a clean hit! Fuller on middle and off, Dhoni clears his front leg and heaves it over mid-wicket for a maximum! IND 99/2 in 12 overs19.55 IST: Dropped! Rashid puts down Raina on 4719.49 IST: FOUR! Classical shot. Dropped short outside off, Raina backs away and places it behind point for a boundary! IND 78/2 in 10 overs19.46 IST: Hold on! Replays show that KL Rahul was dismissed on a no ball. It wasn’t refereed and Stokes got away with it. Rahul must be disappointed. All evens out at the end of the day.?? @benstokes38 smashes the ball into Rahul’s middle stump! ??India 70-2 (9 overs) #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/mJTTZ4JxCD England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201719.41 IST: OUT! Stokes removes Rahul for 22. Stokes breaks the stand! Shows the values of bowling straight. Rahul was in that mood of attacking every ball and missed this one. He was playing beautifully up until now but for this ball, he just swung wildly. Stokes bowled an off cutter, pitching it on a good length outside off. Rahul was already through his shot even before the ball reached him. It went past the bat and hit the middle stump. The 61-run stand is broken in 37 balls. IND 67/2 in 8 over. Dhoni comes in next WICKET! Bowled him! Ben Stokes makes the breakthrough – KL Rahul goes for 22. India 65-2 #INDvENGFollow LIVE: https://t.co/MZ6wQXuneh pic.twitter.com/XYlWI1Vx9i England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201719.34 IST: SIX! COLOSSAL! Flighted outside off, Rahul jumps down the track and sends this miles up in the air and it is out of Chinnaswamy! New ball please!19.33 IST: Fifty partnership comes up between Raina and Rahul off 35 balls.19.31 IST: SIX! Not sure who is going to reach this one though! A poor ball, down the leg side, on a length, Raina gets across and scoops it well over short fine leg. It lands onto the second tier! Another good over for India, 14 runs off it. IND 53/1 in 6 overs 19.29 IST: SIX! TOP EDGE, BUT SIX! Jordan is smiling, Stokes is smiling, everyone is smiling. How did that happen? That is Chinnaswamy for you. A short ball around middle and leg. Raina goes for the hook but gets a top edge. The ball goes high in the air, Ben Stokes settles himself under it but the ball sails over him! IND 46/1 in 5.2 overs 19.25 IST: FOUR! Terrific placement! A short ball outside off, angling away from the batsman, Raina just places it through point and gets a boundary! IND 39/1 in 5 overs 19.24 IST: IN THE AIR… SAFE! Miscommunication in the field now. A length ball on middle and leg, Raina looks to go over the on side now but mistimes this one too. It goes off the toe end of the bat towards the region between mid on and mid-wicket. Chris Jordan is at mid on, Moeen Ali is at mid-wicket but both leave it to each other. In the end, the ball lands in between, albeit not sure whether either of them could have got to it anyways. A single taken.19.22 IST: Here’s Jordan’s impressive effort to run out Kohli. ?? What. A. Hit!Take a bow, @CJordan ??? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/mdkvD8rF3b England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201719.20 IST: FOUR! Up and over! Back-to-back boundaries for Rahul! A length ball outside off, Rahul backs away slightly, not as much as Raina does and gets it cleanly over mid off for two boundaries in succession! IND 29/1 in 4 overs 19.19 IST: FOUR! Effortlessly done! Full and on middle and off, Rahul flicks it without any fuss over square leg. There is a man in place in the deep but he is at mid-wicket and the ball meets the fence! Even Plunkett is amazed at that shot. 19.17 IST: SIX! Lovely shot! Finally Raina gets one away. Landed outside off, slightly short of a full length, Raina backs away slightly, then reaches out and lofts it cleanly over cover-point for a maximum! IND 17/1 in 3 overs 19.13 IST: Suresh Raina realising that India need to capitalise on the fielding restrictions. Both Raina and Rahul are trying to up the ante and take the attack to the opposition. IND 8/1 after 2 overs 19:06 IST: OUT! Virat Kohli run-out. The India captain scored for an impossible single, Rahul sent him back and Jordan, the bowler picked the ball up and an easy direct hit sent Kohli on his way back. India 4/1 from 1.1 overs. Suresh Raina walks in next19.00 IST: KL Rahul and Virat Kohli walks in to open the innings. The balls comes onto the bat quite well in Bengaluru and they will look to set a total of 170-180. England bat deep and with the dew coming in later on, India will have their work cut out to post a good total on the board.18.49 IST: England was lucky for the third time in a row. Winning three out of three toss’England have won the toss and will bowl first. One change for India – Rishab Pant set to make his T20I debut in place of M Pandey #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/7WmZ2SqlB1 BCCI (@BCCI) February 1, 201718.47 IST: Rishabh Pant debuts at just 19 years and 120 daysRishabh Pant at 19y-120d is the youngest for India to appear in a T20I game#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 1, 201718.44 IST: Playing XIs:India: Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish NehraEngland: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills 18.42 IST: Eoin Morgan: We are going to have a bowl first. The wicket looks reasonably good. It’s a high-scoring ground. Hopefully we put up a complete performance tonight. The bowlers have come a long way, hopefully the batsmen come to the fore tonight. It’s a huge game. It’s a big final. It’s a great stage to come out and express yourself. Liam Dawson misses out, Liam Plunkett comes back.18.41 IST: Virat Kohli: Seeing the wicket how dry it is, maybe it will be perfect to bat on in the first half. Just felt a bit of dew while practicing now. We have to bat better than the last two games. The surface is pretty dry. I think it is going to break a bit. I think it is going to help the spinners a bit in the second innings. We got to put up a big total because this is a high-scoring ground. We have worked hard throughout the season.18.34 IST: Just one change for India. Rishabh Pant comes in place of Manish Pandey18:31 IST: TOSS! England opt to bowl18:28 IST: Rishabh Pant becomes the youngest debutant for India in T20Is18:25 IST: Rishabh Pant earns a well deserved debut in T20s for IndiaProud moment for Rishabh Pant as he gets his #TeamIndia Cap #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/AKcadcGpaK BCCI (@BCCI) February 1, 201718.22 IST: The England team on their way ahead of the series deciderBig game! We are on our way. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/jKqjWndQ6u England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 1, 201718:13 IST: MS Dhoni being felicitated ahead of the match tonightInspirational. Captain par-excellence. Thank you – #TeamIndia @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/swnMcKzFld BCCI (@BCCI) February 1, 201718.09 IST: England will be raring to make amends after throwing it away in the second T20I. However, it will be a humongous task for the visitors to get the better of an opponent brimming with confidence. They may have displayed fighting abilities and also won the opening game, but the hosts will still have their nose ahead at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.Brief Preview: Their supremacy restored after a rare blip, India will go for the kill even as an angry England alight at the Garden City with fire in their bellies, setting the stage for a tantalising series-deciding third and final Twenty20 International on Wednesday. (Important to have belief, says Virat Kohli after thrilling win)A 4-0 triumph in a five-match Test series was followed by a 2-1 win in Virat Kohli’s maiden assignment as ODI skipper, and the Delhi dazzler would look to translate that result into the shortest format also and conclude what has so far been a hugely successful winter on a high. (2nd T20I: Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah bowl India to thrilling win over England)Trailing, 0-1 heading into the second T20 game in Nagpur, India were helped by a terrific display of death bowling by young Jasprit Bumrah, and an umpiring howler, in staging a fightback in the three-match series. (Read Full Preview)
Meanwhile England great Geoffrey Boycott, renowned as an Meanwhile England great Geoffrey Boycott, renowned as an stubbornly defensive opening batsman, told the Daily Telegraph that “Root has to be more adventurous than Alastair Cook”. “Being careful is OK up to a point, but imagination, flair and taking a risk are absolute musts,” added the Yorkshireman who was England captain briefly in 1978.Root played for the same Sheffield Collegiate club as Michael Vaughan, who also had limited captaincy experience before becoming a successful England skipper.”When Michael was appointed England captain, he had not been captain of Yorkshire.. yet he was brilliant because he was innovative,” said Boycott.If Root were to succeed Cook, he would be joining fellow contemporary star batsmen Virat Kohli (India), Steve Smith (Australia) and Kane Williamson (New Zealand) as a Test captain.”It reminds me of the 1980s, where we had the four great all-rounders — Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan — all competing on the world stage,” said Gillespie.”This decade weve got four great batsmen in Joe Root, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson and with them now all leading their countries, provided Root gets the job, to me it seems a similarly exciting time to be a cricket fan.” AFP SSC SSC
New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Australia will not only depend on his starts but also want David Warner to counter the Ravichandran Ashwin threat for which the explosive opener has a “game plan ready”. “I have to respect a player like Ashwin. He thinks like a batsman and I have to be disciplined against him. I have a game plan for him – I have to bat against his strength. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adopt to the situation. Its going to be a great battle for the both of us. I have to bide my time,” Warner told India Today. Talk about the India series and there would be obvious reference about captain Virat Kohli. Warner was effusive in his praise for the Indian batting mainstay. “Virat Kohli is in the form of the decade. He is a fantastic player and a great sport. He is exceptional in all formats and he is taking the entire country on a journey. He wants the country to ride with him. Virat is frank and he calls spade a spade. Joe Root, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and Kohli thrive on responsibility. These young players are unstoppable. Virat is a great example of scoring big tons,” Warner said. Warner said that the famous Aussie sledging can work both ways for Virat as he knows how to deal with such situations. “Sledging can work both ways with Virat. Great players know how to deal with it. We have to find a way of getting into the oppositions minds. It could be banter or field placements. It is actually playing your brand of cricket. Sledging or banter is just one of the ways to upset the opposition,” he said. PTI KHS AH KHSadvertisement
For a whole year, the North Carolina Tar Heels wondered if they’d get another chance.For a whole year, the Tar Heels thought about what might have been.When Monday night’s slugfest with Gonzaga came to a merciful end, the Heels had all their answers: The national title was theirs, the nets were hanging around their necks, the redemption tour was a success.Their 71-65 win will not be mistaken for a work of art. But for anyone who bleeds Carolina Blue, it sure was a thing of beauty.”This is what we worked for,” junior guard Joel Berry II said. “And the ups and downs we’ve had? It’s all worth it.”The story starts with the downs. When Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hit his 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Carolina in the 2016 final, coach Roy Williams buckled over like a man who’d just been punched in the gut, put both hands on his knees and tried to figure out to explain it.”The feeling of inadequacy in the locker room last year is the worst feeling I’ve ever had,” Williams said.What ensued was a year of working harder, doing more, making sure that didn’t happen again.With 1:40 left in the final, Justin Jackson took a laser of a pass from Theo Pinson and laid it in while being fouled. He made the free throw, and that 3-point play gave the Tar Heels a 66-65 lead.Gonzaga didn’t score again, though in a game that left fans from both sides booing a spate of over-officious officiating, the game couldn’t be settled without a controversial (non)call in the last minute.advertisementLeading by 1, and in a scrum under the Carolina basket, Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks went to the floor to try to wrestle the ball away from Silas Melson. Refs called a jump ball, and with the possession arrow favoring North Carolina, the Tar Heels converted on an Isaiah Hicks runner to push the lead to 3. Replays and pictures, retweeted and reposted thousands of times on social media, showed Meeks’ right hand touching out of bounds.But there was no protest, no review.”Probably on me,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, whose first knowledge of the call came in the postgame press conference. “From my angle, it didn’t look like an out of bounds situation or I would have called a review. That’s tough to hear.”Through NCAA spokesman David Worlock, national coordinator of basketball officials JD Collins said the play was not reviewable.Neither Few nor Williams threw much blame toward the officials, but the refs made this game virtually unwatchable.They called 27 fouls in the second half and put both teams in the bonus with 13-plus minutes left. They left the big men – Meeks and Gonzaga’s 7-footers Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins – among those languishing on the bench in foul trouble. They stifled any bit of flow that existed in the game and turned it into a review-driven free-throw contest. They brought steady cascades of boos from the crowd of 76,168, as fans from each side took turns protesting the whistles.”It’s a very difficult game to call,” said Williams, who has now led the Tar Heels to three of the program’s six titles. “I’m sitting over there, I’m not thinking the officials are doing a terrible job. … I’m thinking our offense stinks.”He had a point.Carolina shot 35 percent from the field, a percentage point worse than it did in Saturday’s semifinal win over Oregon, which stood, for two days, as their worst shooting night in a tournament win since 1967.Some of the culprits: Berry led the Tar Heels with 22 points but needed 19 shots to get there. Jackson had 16 points but went 0 for 9 from 3-point range. Pinson went 2 for 9.Gonzaga’s numbers were even worse – 20 for 59 for 33.9 percent. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 8 straight points for the Bulldogs to give them their last lead – 65-63 with 1:52 left.Moments later, Williams-Goss twisted his ankle and neither he nor anyone on his team would score again.”To be so close for us is a temporarily crushing blow right now,” Few said. “But I’m hoping and knowing that perspective will come with time.”At Gonzaga – a program on fantastic footing thanks to two decades’ worth of building led by Few – they’ll regroup and reload and try to finish the deal next year.Few, both a coaching and card-playing buddy of Williams, might be tempted to give Ol’ Roy a call and ask him how he did it.advertisement”They wanted redemption,” Williams explained. “I put it on the locker room up on the board – one of the things we had to be tonight was tough enough. I think this group was tough enough tonight.”
Network for Good’s friends at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication today launch Communicating Via Imagery, a complete guide to telling your story with images that touch the heart and influence the mind.If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you know just how critical it is to have the right pictures in all your outreach.The guide is the product of a one-year research fellowship conducted by recent graduate Leigh Vogel, a professional photographer, and center faculty and staff. It explores how nearly 140 local nonprofits are currently using photography in their communications efforts and offers best practices on capturing a variety of must-have images, working with professional or volunteer photographers, navigating copyright and privacy issues, and creatively using photos on both online and offline platforms.Get the guide here. And please send it to everyone you know working for a good cause. Tweet it. Facebook it. Email it. Good causes need these great tips.
Lewis Carroll once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”This is definitely true for fundraising.Heather Yandow, founder of the Individual Donor Benchmarks Report, discovered through her research of small and mighty nonprofits that nonprofits are more successful when they have a written fundraising plan.Fundraising plans are your friend. They are especially helpful when well-meaning people suggest fundraising activities that aren’t practical or profitable. Here are a few of my favorites:“We should rent a billboard on the 595 Expressway because hundreds of thousands of cars drive by every day.” How many donations have you made to organizations whose billboards you fly by at 70 mph?“We should go to private schools and pass a can around so kids can donate. We could easily raise $1,000 per month.” Schools are trying to raise money themselves. I’m sure they’d love to give up their fundraising revenues to a competitor! And here’s a gem… “We need to educate our college students on the importance of being monthly donors. We could do a monthly giving campaign and ask every student to give $1 per month.” Transaction costs would eat up a third of the gift, not to mention the staff time to prepare thank you letters, donor recognition, etc. We’d be LOSING money. Are you crazy?Fundraising plans have saved me from having to discuss not-so-great ideas suggested by well-intentioned people. My plan helps me respond diplomatically:“I appreciate you taking time to share your ideas, Mrs. Jones. They don’t fit into our fundraising plan for 2017. I’ll be sure to include them as ideas to consider next year.”Creating your plan can seem like an overwhelming task. But you will overcome this big hurdle once you decide what to include in your plan. Plans come in many forms, from a simple list of fundraising activities to detailed ideas of every event. During tomorrow’s Nonprofit911 webinar, Fundraising Planning 101, the plan I’ll show you isSimple to completeData drivenSMART goal orientedComprehensivePracticalYou’ll leave this webinar equipped to create your own fundraising plan with activities and strategies to increase, diversify, and sustain revenues for your organization. And by using your fundraising data you’ll see the fundraising activities that generate the highest return on investment (ROI) including staff time so you know where to invest your fundraising resources in the future. You’ll also learn how to persuade your board to “get on board” with fundraising and equip them for success.Fundraising planning is easy when you know how to do it! Why struggle through it alone? Join us for an hour and I will walk you through each step. Register for tomorrow’s webinar right now!
Manchester United are an exciting prospect again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Owen Hargreaves, with “the Theatre of Dreams having its entertainers back”.Old Trafford was a far from happy place early on in the season as Jose Mourinho struggled to bring the best out of a star-studded squad.He was eventually relieved of his duties following a humbling 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, with former favourite Solskjaer appointed in his place on a short-term deal to the end of the season. 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! The 1999 Treble winner has opened his reign with five successive victories, matching Matt Busby’s efforts from 73 years ago in the process, and has rebuilt belief and confidence in the United squad.Former Red Devils star Hargreaves believes, with the fans back on side and key men such as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford rediscovering their form, that good times lie ahead.He told BT Sport: “I think everybody expected that their form would improve.”I think the manner in which Manchester United are applying themselves, that is what is exciting everybody.”Everybody around Old Trafford has a smile on their face, even when you come into the car park.”So, I think the style is back, the Theatre of Dreams has its entertainers back and I think it’s exciting times.”I think Manchester United can start building to find a way to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool because they are the front runners right now.”While United have got their season back on track, there is still much work for them to do.Mourinho left the club well short of the Premier League’s top four and Solskjaer is looking to bridge that gap.There are now just six points separating the Red Devils from the Champions League spots, while they are also through to the fourth round of the FA Cup and have an eagerly-anticipated two-legged European clash with Paris Saint-Germain to come in February. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Rarely would a win for a side worth almost £450 million over a team put together for less than £20m bring about such relief as Chelsea’s over Malmo did for Maurizio Sarri.The Italian has been at rock bottom this week following Sunday’s humbling at the hands of Manchester City, and the prospect of a European giant-killing had many believing that he may not see out the week.Bruce Buck’s presence at both Sarri’s pre-match press conference and pitchside ahead of the game on Thursday only intensified those suggestions, with the Blues chairman obviously keen to get a closer look at exactly how Sarri and his squad are working together. 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! Quite what he would have learned, however, is unclear. This was not a vintage ‘Sarriball’ showing from Chelsea, but they got the job done and all but ensured that perhaps their best route back into the Champions League next season remains very much open.The Blues lacked any incisiveness in the final third, and had to rely on a rare defensive error from a disciplined Malmo to break the deadlock, with Ross Barkley able to eventually bring down Pedro’s cross and stab home from close range for his first ever European goal.It also marked the first time Chelsea have found the net away from Stamford Bridge in 2019, bringing to an end a run of 45 days without an away goal since N’Golo Kante’s winner at Crystal Palace in late December. It might not have been the most eye-catching goal since Sarri took over, but it likely brought with it the most relief.Chelsea’s winner was at least more aesthetically pleasing – Olivier Giroud providing the backheel finish to Willian’s low cross to find the net for the fourth successive Europa League match – but despite that Sarri’s night ended with the worrying sight of one pass cutting out his whole defence and Anders Christensen tucking a low shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga.Only Fulham have conceded more Premier League goals since the turn of the year than Chelsea, and with Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all to come within the next 13 days, the concern will be that repeats of their worst defeat in 23 years at Bournemouth and worst in 28 years at the Etihad Stadium are not yet a thing of the past.Fortunately for Sarri amid that trio of tough domestic encounters is the second leg against Malmo, and despite the one-goal margin it is unlikely that Uwe Rosler’s team will be able to provide an epic comeback in west London.Instead Sarri will use the second leg to field more of his fringe players, and with concerns still prevalent that some of those more regular starters are not putting in maximum effort for the head coach, it could provide an opportunity for others to show what they can do heading into the run-in.The 60-year-old will need to see an overall improvement from the performance in Malmo, but after the past month this was a small step in the right direction. Tougher tests are coming quickly over the horizon, but if Sarri is to survive into March, they are tests he really must pass.
What do you get when you combine what you’re passionate about with your personal values? A successful business model!Kate Goldwater is a fashion designer and owner of the NYC clothing store, AuH2O Thriftique. She opened AuH2O’s first location in the East Village right out of college, and recently opened a second shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.Here’s Kate’s insight on starting a small business, building a devoted customer base, and standing up for what you believe in. Read her advice below, then check out AuH2O Thriftique online (and hopefully in person, too!).**Follow your personal values to find your path. **From a young age, I found my niche of self-expression through fashion and wanted to use it as an outlet to be unique. As much as I loved clothing, I didn’t identify with many of the standards associated with the fashion industry – perpetuating body image issues, cost and wastefulness, improper labor sources, etc. – so I found my mom’s unwanted clothing and altered it to fit me.Then I discovered thrifting and have made clothing entirely out of vintage/secondhand items ever since. AuH2O is really an extension of that mentality; it’s curated secondhand and vintage clothing along with some of my own designs. My inventory has evolved over the years as a balance between my own creations and vintage items, but all of it represents my own personal and professional ideals.**Location, location, location. **Foot traffic is the bulk of my business. Our inventory is in constant flux, which keeps customers coming back to check out what’s new every week. Opening the Williamsburg store was such a rewarding experience in that respect – we’ve had so many local customers come in just because they were curious or wanted to welcome us to the neighborhood. The East Village location has become such a recognizable mainstay, and I can’t wait until the new Brooklyn store becomes as big a part of that neighborhood.**Freelancer be nimble, freelancer be quick. **Know what you want and can afford and don’t settle. That said, when you find something within your parameters, act quickly. To keep my business going, I’ll get inventory anywhere and everywhere. Thankfully, I’ve been sewing for years and often drastically alter an otherwise unusable piece into something perfect for my shop.**Only hire people who can truly represent your brand. **Keeping a consistent style is a huge part of my business. People who work at AuH2O have a good idea of the style that’s expected and do a great job representing my brand in that sense. Meeting the demands of retail in a boutique with limited experience can be trickier – I have very specific expectations that I’m not willing to compromise (one of the perks of being my own boss!). Often, repeat customers want to get more involved by working with me, and I’m incredibly lucky with my current team.****Social media really works! So many of my customers are young and plugged in to quickly changing trends, and being able to access that client base online is such an advantage. When you’re a new business, having a strong online presence is crucial for getting yourself known and recognized. Recognition on Google Maps and Yelp can directly drive customers to the store, while Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter keep AuH2O current with our regulars. We even make sales through social media – people ask for items to be put on hold for later pick-up, or out-of-town clients request items shipped to them. I’ve found social media to be invaluable.**Stay true to your key audience. **I’m constantly reminded that I make clothing accessible to people. Many of my clients are students and artists who are passionate about fashion, but find it cost prohibitive. I prioritize remaining affordable to them over hitting price points. It’s unbelievably rewarding to see customers so excited about clothing they love that they can also afford. When I’m sourcing my inventory, I get a special feeling every time I find a diamond in the rough, so I’m trying to pack my store with all diamonds and pass that feeling on to my customers.Calling all small business owners! What advice can you add about building your own business? Tell us in the comments.
How do you protect your business?Help Freelancers Union build a better future for all freelancers by taking a brief, 5-minute survey about protecting yourself with business insurance here!Everyone who completes the short survey will be entered to win a $250 Amex Gift Card!When you share your opinions with us, we can help bring the best possible services to all Freelancers Union members. We really appreciate your time!Take the survey!See the full contest rules.