RP Singh announces retirement, posts emotional message on Twitter

first_imgFormer India pacer RP Singh on Tuesday announced his retirement from the cricket.The 32-year-old Singh, a left arm speedster, took to Twitter to announce his decision.”13 years ago today, on 4th September 2005 was the first time I donned the Indian jersey. It was the stepping-stone to what would become the most cherished moments of my life,” Singh wrote on his Twitter account.”Today as I hang my boots and call it a day, I wish to remember and give thanks to each and everyone who made this journey possible,” he said.His international career spanned six years and the pacer played 82 matches across all three formats and picked up over 100 wickets.RP bagged 40 Test wickets at an economy rate of 3.98, averaging 42.05. In 58 ODIs, the left-arm slinger scalped 69 wickets at an economy rate of 5.48 averaging 33.96. He also has played 10 T20Is for India where he picked up 15 wickets.My first Indian shirt signed by all my teammates back then. My cricketing journey has been nothing short of a dream. I’d like to thank everyone who supported me in my journey. pic.twitter.com/EpkWoYSmVRR P Singh (@rpsingh) September 4, 2018He was one of the heroes of India’s 2007 World T20 triumph and played a major role in India’s Test win over Australia at Perth in that year.”For someone born in a small village, I never thought I would be able to say this I have lived my dream.”And for that I have nobody else to thank but you. My fans. For believing in me. for criticizing me and for hailing me but mainly for just being there for me. Thank you!,” Singh signed off.advertisementpic.twitter.com/VluMI8unxMR P Singh (@rpsingh) September 4, 2018(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Lichtsteiner: Neymar impossible to stop

first_imgWorld Cup Neymar ‘practically impossible’ to stop, admits Arsenal new boy Lichtsteiner Iain Strachan 22:21 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Austria friendly 2018 JOE KLAMAR World Cup Neymar Brazil v Switzerland Brazil Switzerland Switzerland are adamant they can upset Brazil in their World Cup opener on Sunday, despite the threat posed by the most expensive player on the planet Stephan Lichtsteiner has acknowledged that it is “practically impossible” to stop Neymar throughout an entire match, describing him as one of the “best and most complete” forwards in the game, but Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic nevertheless insists his team are determined to beat Brazil when they meet at the World Cup on Sunday.All eyes will be on Neymar at Rostov Arena when the Selecao superstar, who suffered a broken metatarsal in February, returns to competitive action on the biggest stage of all, seeking to help the pre-tournament favourites orchestrate a sixth World Cup triumph.Having regained full fitness, Neymar scored in Brazil’s friendly wins over Croatia and Austria before their arrival in Russia, and Lichtsteiner, who left Juventus to join Arsenal at the end of the domestic season, has no illusions about the scale of the task Switzerland face in attempting to halt the Paris Saint-Germain attacker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Asked how his side plans to deal with the deadly former Santos and Barcelona striker, Switzerland captain Lichtsteiner said: “Well, I believe it is practically impossible to completely neutralise Neymar over 90 minutes, he’s probably the best and most complete in that position in the world. “It’s about using our strengths, our fullbacks as wingers to go forward, as a weapon. We have to be very cohesive as a team and close the gaps when we confront those individual players. “I don’t think this is the moment to release our strategy, we have to keep it under wraps. But we’re going to be running fast.”Petkovic, meanwhile, has been impressed by Brazil’s progress under Tite, but the Switzerland coach has no intention of affording the South American heavyweights an easy ride next to the banks of the Don River. “They are an excellent team, a team that has undergone great development in the last four years,” he said.”They’re [now] much more European in their playing style, we need to give them respect. “But I much prefer to focus on my team. We’re not here to make a lovely match against Brazil but to win it.”Despite the daunting challenge awaiting his players, the 54-year-old exuded quiet confidence on the eve of the game, insisting Switzerland are targeting all three points to start their campaign in Group E.”For me as a coach, as a football teacher, a draw is not enough,” he said.”We always try to achieve the maximum, to win, that is obviously the case, we will do everything to achieve this. “If the opponent is better at performing on the pitch and we have to settle for a draw we will accept that. But we prefer to focus on winning and we have that ambition.”last_img read more

10 months agoBrighton midfielder Solly March on Chelsea defeat: We had nothing to lose

first_imgBrighton midfielder Solly March on Chelsea defeat: We had nothing to loseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Solly March from positives from defeat at home to Chelsea.March pulled a goal back for the Seagulls after first-half strikes from Pedro and Eden Hazard, and Hughton decided to focus on his team’s second-half reaction, as they created chances to equalise against the Blues.March said, “We had nothing to lose. We wanted to get at them and show them that we were better in the second half.“We did that after the break and we won the half. But at the end of the day it wasn’t good enough, so we’re a bit disappointed.“I think we looked okay at times, but perhaps we tried forcing it too much with our final ball and when we got into the final third.“We will work on that for the next game and hopefully we will improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra Meets Child Survivors Of Sexual Violence In Zimbabwe

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has called for increased awareness and support for child victims of sexual violence.Priyanka Chopra speaks with child survivors of sexual violence at the Family Support Clinic in Chitungwiza town north of Harare, ZimbabweThe actress made an emotional visit to Zimbabwe this week, where she met child survivors of sexual violence and heard their harrowing stories.“When I met these survivors, young brave women and children, and listened to their experiences, it just broke my heart,” said Chopra. “I will never forget their stories.”Chopra’s first stop was in Chitungwiza, south of Harare, Zimbabwe, where she met 13-year-old Alice who was repeatedly raped by an uncle and threatened if she revealed the abuse.“Alice told me how she had regular abdominal pains, she was 11 at the time, but her mother was unaware there was something wrong,” said Chopra. “It was only when a relative saw condoms in her bedroom, and realized she was sexually active, that the truth came out and by then she was pregnant. Alice disclosed that her uncle had raped her several times between January and February this year.”“At first, she could not believe that her own relative, who she trusted so much, could do this to her. She felt powerless and betrayed.”With the help of her mother and neighbours, the incident was reported to the police. Alice was referred to Family Support Trust, supported by UNICEF, which runs a “one stop” child-friendly clinic providing medical and psychosocial support for sexually abused children. She also attended a peer support group for teens, and received regular home visits from social workers to provide the help and support she needed.The uncle was arrested, tried, and jailed for 10 years.“Sadly, Alice’s story was just one of too many stories I heard from brave young girls during my visit to Zimbabwe. No woman, and most definitely no child, should ever have to experience sexual violence – especially from someone they trust for protection, such as a family member,” said Chopra, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since December 2016 and a UNICEF India Ambassador for 10 years.Poverty and a lack of opportunity are huge drivers of violence and leave young women and children in a position of vulnerability to predators. Additionally, most abuse occurs in situations when a child knows and trusts the adult who abuses him or her.“As a society, it is on us to provide and take care of our children as citizens of the world, to educate children at a young age that it’s not OK to be inappropriately touched and that under-age sex can lead to unwanted teen pregnancy or HIV,” said Chopra.On the second day of her visit, Chopra visited Childline Zimbabwe, the country’s 24-hour service for children who have been abused, violated or exploited. As well as providing free, confidential, multilingual counselling to children aged 18 years and under, Childline also offers 25 community based drop in centers throughout the country.Her first stop was a Childline drop-in center in Epworth, where she met survivors of sexual violence who shared their stories. Chopra then visited the Childline call-in center to meet the Helpline counsellors and listen to some of the calls being fielded in real-time.“I was astonished by the number of calls that were coming in during the brief time I was there,” said Chopra. “The counsellors, all volunteers, told me that many calls come from children in hysterics because they had been raped or abused. They were so scared. Without Childline, they would have nowhere to turn. This is a model that many countries with high rates of violence against children can adopt, because it is a safe place for children to turn to and know that their call will be answered by a compassionate person who will take their complaints seriously and respond.”In 2016, 3,690 reports of sexual abuse were received by Childline. The children were assisted to receive counselling, medical assistance, and justice through prosecution of the offenders.Sexual violence against children is widespread in Zimbabwe. Latest available data shows that close to 1 in 10 girls aged 15-17 years old has been a victim of forced sexual intercourse or a forced sexual act. Approximately 2 in 3 victims were first abused by an intimate partner and approximately 1 in 10 by a stranger.Too often, sexual violence occurs in homes and is often committed by an individual known to or trusted by the child. Sexual violence against children is therefore mostly invisible and goes largely undocumented. Fear of getting into trouble or not wanting to land the offender in trouble, as well as shame and stigma all contribute to children not reporting the abuse. Additionally, many victims are too young or too vulnerable to know what happened to them.One survey carried out in Zimbabwe found that 30 per cent of girls aged between 15-17 years who experienced sexual violence never sought help or told anyone.last_img read more

Backtoback OT losses for OSU mens soccer

Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Sunday night, the Ohio State men’s soccer team lost their second overtime game in a row, this time to UC Santa Barbara 1-0.The only score in the match was by Gaucho junior midfielder Kevin Feucht on a far cross from freshman forward Jonah Adomakoh. The goal came just three minutes into the first overtime period. “You can’t win when you don’t score,” Ohio State coach John Bluem said. “We probably, maybe deserved a draw in both games we played this weekend. To come up on the short side in both and in overtime is mentally tough on the team.” The game kicked off at 9:15 p.m. after a delay that lasted over two hours due to rain and lightning in the area. The Buckeyes spent much of the early goings with possession of the ball, playing solid defense and connecting on their passes. However, OSU was unable to find scoring opportunities, getting outshot by UC Santa Barbara 8-1 through the first 45 minutes. Opportunity presented itself for the Gauchos as a shot by sophomore striker Nick DePuy was saved by OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. DePuy launched another shot a minute later, this time the ball ricocheting off the post and out.  Offside calls were an issue for the Buckeyes in the first period, registering three in the first 25 minutes of play. One such offside call resulted in a would-be goal getting taken away from OSU senior forward Danny Jensen. The teams went into the half tied at zero. In the 56th minute, OSU had a good scoring chance with a three-on-two man advantage in the Gauchos zone, but UC Santa Barbara freshman goalkeeper Titouan Le Roux made a diving save on a shot by Buckeye junior forward Marcus McCrary. OSU had opportunities to put one in the back of the net in the second period, including a stretch around the 71st minute that included four straight corner kicks, all of which were defended well by the Gauchos. In a match that got continuously more chippy as the night went on, UC Santa Barbara was called for 19 fouls, including two yellow cards, while OSU was called for six fouls. Siegfried had a big night in net for the Buckeyes. The redshirt freshman goalkeeper recorded six saves, including a huge save in the 83rd minute on a penalty kick by Feucht after an OSU handball in the box. Siegfried thwarted his goal attempt, guessing correctly and falling to block the right side of the net, stopping the ball in its tracks.Despite the impressive night in goal for Siegfried, the Buckeyes would eventually fall short. “Its tough taking two overtime losses like that, but the one thing we really do have is a lot of fight,” Siegfried said. “This team is really made of a lot, and these guys have a lot of heart.”Despite the two losses over the weekend, Bluem remains confident in his team’s abilities.“I am very pleased with our performance,” Bluem said. “I know we can get better. We just got to encourage the guys to stay with it and keep after it, because we are going to be a good team.”The Buckeyes next matchup is Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. at the University of Portland. read more

Ohio State mens hockey drops series to Michigan still earn CCHA bye

“That one stings,” said Ohio State senior defenseman Brandon Martell after rival Michigan completed a weekend sweep of his team. Michigan defeated OSU, 6-3, Saturday night, following a 5-3 victory the night before. Leaving the series empty-handed, OSU remains in a tie for fourth with Ferris State in the 11-team Central Collegiate Hockey Association. But even with two losses, the Buckeyes earned a first-round bye in the CCHA Tournament. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said his staff came into the weekend primarily focused on securing that objective. “Our first step was trying to earn a bye. That’s a big step for us,” Osiecki said. The Buckeyes started Saturday’s Senior Night with four of their five seniors on the ice. The spotlight soon moved to OSU sophomore forward Tanner Fritz. The Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, native scored two goals in the opening period, sandwiched around a pair of tallies from the Wolverines. Fritz was not finished yet. After Michigan took a 3-2 lead early in the second on a goal by sophomore forward Phil Di Giuseppe, Fritz assisted sophomore forward Max McCormick’s equalizer at the 5:16 mark of the period. “(Fritz) is on a whole different level,” Osiecki said of his forward’s recent play. Neither Fritz nor his teammates, though, could muster any offense in the final period against the Wolverines. Michigan scored the final three goals of the contest. Osiecki pulled senior goalie Brady Hjelle after he let in his fifth goal of the game. “He’s been solid for us … he didn’t have his A-game tonight by any means. I don’t want to leave him out there just dangling in the wind,” Osiecki said of the call to pull Hjelle on Senior Night. The Buckeyes came out of the gate slowly Friday night and were unable to find the net until the beginning of the third period. McCormick’s 10th goal of the season made it 2-1 with 19 minutes to play. The remainder of the period brought a bevy of goals, but OSU never pulled even. The final Michigan goal came on an empty net with 50 seconds left. The sweep of the Buckeyes (13-14-7, 12-9-5-1 CCHA) leaves the Wolverines (12-18-2, 9-15-2-2 CCHA) with 31 points in conference play. Although it sits in ninth place, coach Red Berenson’s squad has won four of its last six. “That’s probably the best weekend of hockey Michigan has played all year. The penalty killing was good and the power play was good,” Berenson said. OSU will shift focus to the final series of the regular season, a date with league-leading Miami (Ohio). Osiecki said a positive response to being swept at home will be key to preparing for the Red Hawks. “You’ve got to turn the page as quick as possible, but they also have to let it sting,” Osiecki said. “That has to drive you for Monday, has to drive you for Friday.” Game one of the two-game series will be played Friday at 7:35 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio. read more

Mens Soccer Buckeyes head home to take on Northwestern trip to Ann

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing off a 3-1 defeat at Penn State to open its Big Ten schedule, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-5-1) returns home to take on Northwestern on Friday. The Buckeyes have scored goals in consecutive games, following a three-game scoreless drought and will need the momentum to continue against a tough Northwestern squad.Ohio State’s first year head coach Brian Maisonneuve said Northwestern’s depth is a major concern.“They got it rolling. They’re organized, they’re talented, they’ve got some new pieces,” Maisonneuve said. “Some of the freshmen stepped up and are doing a really nice job, and then they’ve got a lot of returners, so they’ve got some experience.” The Wildcats (4-2-1) are anchored by solid play in all facets of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Miha Miskovic owns a 0.67 goals against average this season, which is good for 28th best in the nation. On the offensive end, the Wildcats are led by senior midfielder Camden Buescher and freshman midfielder Bardia Kimiavi. Buescher has scored three goals, while Kimiavi has scored two. Four other Wildcats have also scored this season. “They’re playing some really good soccer right now, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Maisonneuve said. Maisonneuve also said that while the goals are starting to come, he doesn’t like that they gave up three goals the last time out and says his team will need to tighten things up defensively. “We were creating chances the whole year, sometimes it just takes a little bit to find the back of the net,” Maisonneuve said. “A lot of times when you have a new group, new tactics and just everything’s brand new, we’re looking at five weeks now, sometimes that final piece is the goal-scoring piece.”Friday’s match comes just days ahead of a trip to Ann Arbor to take onl Michigan. Redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell knows that they cannot look past Northwestern, and they will have to take things day by day, game by game if they want to be successful. “Northwestern’s a good team, they’ve got some good wins this season, so right now we’re looking to build off Friday and take that into Michigan,” Blackwell said. “If we can get a good win on Friday, that’ll give us a lot of momentum going into Ann Arbor.” The Buckeyes will have to excel in all areas of the game on Friday if they want to knock off Northwestern to claim their second victory of the season. Friday’s game is scheduled at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. start. Following Friday night’s match, the Buckeyes will travel to face No. 21 Michigan on Tuesday. read more

Ritchie Newcastles win over Man City could be a turning point

first_imgNewcastle United defender Matt Ritchie is hoping that their 2-1 win over Manchester City can prove to the catalyst that turns their season around.The Magpies seemed set for a 13th Premier League defeat this term after Sergio Aguero handed City the lead at St James’ Park in the opening 24 seconds of the match.But Newcastle held their nerve in front of the home crowd to mount a stunning comeback which saw Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon equalise in the 66th-minute.Ritchie then scored the match-winner for Newcastle after Sean Longstaff was fouled in the area by Fernandinho.The 2-1 win over reigning champions City moves Newcastle up to 14th-place in the Premier League and, crucially, five points above the drop zone.Now Ritchie hopes they are back on track after securing back-to-back wins in the league for only the second time this season.“The place has been low, to be honest. The players have kept believing, we keep training, keep focused,” Ritchie told BT Sport.“It’s a fantastic result. The main thing was belief, I’m not sure many people thought we could win the game, but certainly, in the dressing room we did.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It was a kick in the teeth to concede so early. To get in at 1-0 at half-time was good. We regrouped.“We have belief within the group that we can still have a good season.“We beat Man United at home last season and that was the turning point, hopefully, this can be the turning point this year.“Just belief and togetherness in the group, we need the people around to believe as well. Hopefully, that gives everyone hope.”Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez also gave his thoughts on the victory in which he expressed his delight at how his side stuck to their game plan, despite the early setback.Next up for Newcastle will be a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

Sullivan Refers To Situation On The US Border As A Crisis

first_imgSullivan said he didn’t think an emergency declaration was needed because there were other options available. That’s in addition to the roughly $1.4 billion that Congress recently approved for border barriers. Senator Sullivan referred to the situation as a “crisis”: “I’ve been supportive of the president’s request for robust funding for barriers, fences, the wall, border security – however you want to describe it.” He said he had been working with White House “at senior levels, saying, ‘You should use these. Use these. You don’t have to declare a national emergency.’ ” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan said he supports President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border following his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Sullivan, who faces re-election next year, gave his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Senator Lisa Murkowski delivered her address on Tuesday.last_img read more