Inzamam also quipped that kids in Pakistan still idolise Inzamam also quipped that kids in Pakistan still idolise the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, and not many want to become a batsman. “We are still surviving with raw talent but that doesnt mean that we should not try to improve our system. The youngsters still want to be like Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib or Imran. Not many want to be like me,” he said drawing laughter from the audience. West Indies all-arounder Dwayne Bravo, who also spoke at the event, said he will miss playing for the now suspended Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. While showing his popular dance moves, Bravo further revealed that he never saw Dhoni dancing at CSK. “I have never seen Dhoni dancing to be honest. Jadeja (Ravindra), Suresh (Raina) are good dancers. Dhoni likes to play video games in the hotel room after the game,” said Bravo. PTI BS AH AH
England captain Eoin Morgan said his team is full of confidence heading into their opening World Twenty20 match against West Indies on Wednesday. England have failed to make it past the second round since winning the title in 2010 but Morgan said his players had a positive mindset after winning warm-up matches against New Zealand and a Mumbai Cricket Association XI.”We are in a really good place mentally,” Morgan told reporters on Tuesday.”As long as we execute our plans and go about our business the way we normally do I think we’ll be in a stable position.”England have struggled in recent times against quality spin bowling but Morgan did not expect spin to play a major role in the first two matches against West Indies and South Africa, both at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. England’s next Group 1 matches – against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka – will be staged in New Delhi.”It’s normally a good batting surface here,” he said. “It’s another challenge for a bowler to try and emphasize taking wickets and holding momentum throughout the innings.”England defeated Pakistan in the Twenty20 series on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year but arrived in India after losing both T20s against South Africa last month.Morgan said England’s batsmen have learnt from their mistakes in South Africa and hope they will play with more positive intent in India.”We learnt a lot particularly about our batting which stuttered a bit in South Africa,” he said. “We are a young and developing side and we will gain experience by playing smarter cricket.”advertisementTop three batsmen Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Joe Root all scored in both warm-up matches while seamers Liam Plunkett, Reece Topley, David Willey and Chris Jordan were among the wickets.”It’s important to gain momentum as early as possible in the tournament because Twenty20 is very funny in regard to confidence and momentum,” Morgan said. “It’s very easy when you have it (momentum), but when you try to gain it back it could become a difficult challenge.”
Police say they are investigating whether Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton broke New Zealand law by filming himself with a mobile phone while riding a motorcycle.Hamilton, who is visiting New Zealand before travelling to the Australian F1 Grand Prix, posted two videos on social media, both taken from close range, apparently showing him riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on an Auckland motorway.It has been illegal in New Zealand to use a mobile phone while driving a vehicle since 2009.A police spokesman was quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying authorities would “take a strong stance on any activity which places undue risk on the lives on any person on the road.”
Indian cricket’s pin-up boy Virat Kohli is a feisty character and often supports a tough-guy image on the field, ready to take on the opposition anytime anywhere.But off the field, he seldom gets recognized for his charity work.The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper recently visited an old age home ‘Abhalmaya’ in Pune ahead of his team’s IPL clash against Rising Pune Supergiants. He was so moved after meeting the elderly residents there that he decided to donate 50% of his match fees to the organization that runs it in Pune. (Also Read: Why Virat Kohli could land in big trouble)Not only that, the Virat Kohli Foundation has now teamed up with a non-profit organization ABIL Foundation to extend further help to the old age home.”People like Dr Aparna Deshmukh (founder of Abhalmaya) are doing remarkable work by running such a facility for all those elderly, who have been left by their dear ones.””This is absolutely wrong and it is our duty to take care of elderly members of our family,” an emotional Kohli said during his visit to the old age home.On the professional front, not everything has been going right for the 27-year-old. RCB lost their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy stadium following which Kohli was fined Rs.24 lakh for slow over-rate.Bangalore are placed seventh in the league table with just two wins from seven games so far.
Fans will witness an exciting battle between India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli-led cricket stars and Abhishek Bachchan-led Bollywood celebrities in a charity football match on Saturday.The match, termed as “Celebrity Classico 2016”, will take place at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri Sports Complex, to generate funds for charitable initiatives in which Kohli and Bachchan are involved.Virat will lead the All Heart Football Club, a property of The Virat Kohli Foundation. Bachchan is set to lead All Stars Football Club, run by his Playing for Humanity charitable organisation, in the match.Apart from Kohli and India’s limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, some of the country’s top cricketers like Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin will also be playing in the match.Bachchan’s team will include the likes of movie stars Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and celebrated director Shoojit Sircar, among others.
Leander Paes is a content man. Having won his 18th grand slam title and with it a long due mixed doubles career grand slam, the tennis icon is a picture of satisfaction.In an exclusive chat with India Today after his win in Paris, Leander said, “This is the one grand slam that was missing from my showcase and to complete it after so many years after the men’s career grand slam has made it a full career.”But that’s not all. Leander and partner Martina Hingis together have now won all four slams as a team as well, remarkably in just 18 months of their partnership. “Yes Martina and I were playing for this earlier in the week. We kept talking about it that we have only been playing for less than two years and to win three last year was magical.””It’s not easy playing a match like this against friends. Martina and Sania are partners. I have played with Sania also and won Asian Games medal. So it’s not easy but at the end of the day tennis is a professional sport. You give your absolute best. Unfortunately one person has to lose.”Last time they got the better of us at the Australian Open. This time we won in the final. Who knows how many more matches we are going play against each other again? But in my perspective, India is the winner. If Sania and I can keep playing finals like this with our respective partners, India is the better of it.”advertisementTwo weeks short of his 43rd birthday, Leander shows no signs of slowing down. In what has been a tough year, both personally and professionally, he kept his focus on a turn around. Asked what keeps him going after having won all slams in both men’s and mixed, and with an Olympic medal to boot, he said, “I play for passion. My fans have been great over the last two decades and it’s fun everytime I go out. Even today one guy called out ‘c’mon old man’ and it’s so fun and humurous. So for all those forty something’s out there I just want prove that age I just a number. That’s my motivation.”
In its attempt to prevent a repeat of the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) alleged fraud, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to switch to electronic methods to distribute funds to all state associations.Goa Police had recently arrested three top-ranking GCA officials, including its president Chetan Desai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mullafor allegedly encashing a Rs 3.13 crore cheque from the BCCI in 2006-07 and depositing it in a fake bank account in the name of the state cricket association.In the wake of such incidents, the BCCI has now decided to tighten the screws while distributing funds to the state associations.”All transfers will only be electronic. No cheques will be given,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke told ESPNCricinfo.”In future all payments from BCCI to state associations will be made to a designated account. That account will have to be confirmed by the current secretary and treasurer of the association. It would have to be counter verified by the bank where the account has been opened.”And the statutory auditor of the state association will have to issue a certificate saying it is the actual operative account of the state association,” he added.Besides occupying the top posts in the GCA, Desai and Phadke are also part of BCCI sub-committees. Desai is chairman of the board’s marketing committee while Phadke is on the information technology and data management panel.
Sri Lanka suffered a massive blow when seamer Shaminda Eranga was suspended from bowling in international cricket for an illegal action, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo. He was reported for suspect action during the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street last month.Eranga was tested at Loughborough University on June 6 and results showed his elbow exceeded the permitted 15 degrees of flex in all of his deliveries.However, Eranga can continue to play in domestic cricket with the permission of Sri Lanka Cricket.This comes as a major blow to Sri Lanka, who are already without injured pace duo of Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera, ahead of the five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 international against England, starting on Tuesday.ERANGA HOSPITALISEDEranga was on Sunday hospitalised in England due to a heart ailment.
Three track and field athletes including veteran triple jumper Renjith Maheswary, sealed their Rio Olympics berths with national record-breaking performances in the fourth Indian Grand Prix on Monday.Dharambir Singh (200 metres) and Renjith Maheshwary broke national records. On the other hand, Jinson Johnson ran the second fastest ever 800m race by an Indian to better Rio qualification marks at Sree Kanteerava Stadium.Dharambir Singh, 27, from Haryana clocked 20.45 seconds which beat the Rio qualification mark by 0.05 seconds which stood at 20.50 seconds before. With this he not only broke the qualification record but also his own record of 20.66 seconds set at the Asian Championships in China last year.With this, Dharambir became the first Indian to run in an Olympics 200 metres race after 36 years following Tamil Nadu’s Perumal Subramaniam, who ran in the 1980, Moscow Games. The men’s and women’s 4×400 metres relay teams are also certain to make the Rio cut, with both standing on the 13th spot after the end of European Championships in Amsterdam last night.The top 16 relay teams qualify for Rio Olympics after today’s deadline for Rio Games qualification for athletics events. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAFF) is most likely to release a list of all qualified relay teams for Rio Olympics tomorrow. With three more track and field making the Rio cut today, the total number of Indian sports-persons for Rio Olympics will go up to 117. (Also read: Indian relay racers set new record at Kazakhstan Athletics Championships)The case for Maheswary was however different as it was a do or die situation. Often criticised for landing with ‘no marks’ in the World Championships back in 2011 and the 2012 Olympics, Maheswary today leaped to glory setting a new national record of 17.30 metres bettering Arpinder Singh’s (17.17 metres). He also bettered the Rio qualification mark of 16.85 metres. (Also read: Rivals beware, Michael Phelps is after ‘unfinished business’ at Olympics)advertisementFINALLY SEALING A SPOTMaheswary, is participating in his third straight Olympic Games after 2008 and 2012. Maheswary was attempting to qualify for Rio since last year but each time he missed the mark narrowly. On Monday however, his third round jump of 16.93 metres sealed the deal and having achieving qualification, Maheswary leaped 17.30 metres, that not only made the national record but also took him to the third spot in the current world rankings behind Americans Christian Taylor (17.76) and Will Claye (17.65). Maheshwary was happy and excited talking about the Olympics:”I am happy with weather conditions and the favourable track here which helped him qualify for Rio. The weather was not congenial in Hyderabad (National Inter-State last month). I tried to qualify in Thailand but fouled a couple of jumps. The runway here is good and that helped me to accomplish my dream of making it to Rio,”Renjith added that he may go to Thailand to train for three to four weeks before flying to Rio. Kerala’s half-miler, Johnson, virtually ran a ‘solo race’ to clock 1:45.98 seconds and bettered the Rio qualifying norm of 1:46.00 in men’s 800 metres.”I have been waiting for this moment. The weather and track were good today that helped me to achieve the target,” said a delighted Johnson after the race. Woman long jumper V Neena jumped 6.66 metres on her second round today to be just 4cm short of the Olympic qualification mark.Neena raised her personal best by 21 cm in less than two weeks. Having started with a win in the National Inter-State in Hyderabad with 6.45m, Neena went on to grab the gold at Thai Open with a 1 cm improvement. She clinched the gold in the 3rd Indian Grand Prix here on Sunday with a wind-aided 6.57 metres. Another athlete who caught the eye today was javelin thrower Devender Singh, who recorded a personal best 80.21 metres to win the event beating his previous best of 79.65 metres with which he won the Federation Cup at Mangaluru last year. The Rio mark in this event stands at 83 metres. (Also read: Golfer Jordan Spieth pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika worries)Similarly, woman javelin thrower Annu Rani delivered 59.20 metres against the Rio mark of 62 metres to win the gold. Arokia Rajiv (46.24 seconds) and M R Poovamma (52.85 seconds) took the top spots in men’s and women’s 400 metres races respectively to end their Rio qualification efforts in disappointment. They are, however, expected to be in the men’s and women’s 4×400 metres relay teams in Rio. Regarding the men’s and women’s 4×400 metres relay teams, Karnataka Athletics Association Secretary Chandrashekar Rai said that their Rio qualification is more or less confirmed.advertisement”I was awake till 2 am this morning to confirm the qualification of India’s relay teams,” he said, referring to the results of the European Championships in Amsterdam.
Struggling in the final quarter, Soulemane Chabi Yo atoned for all of his misses earlier by making two pressure-packed foul shots with 4.4 seconds left as UST forged a finals duel with unbeaten Ateneo in the best-of-three finals starting Saturday.READ: Renzo Subido’s playmaking key in UST win over UPThe No. 2 seed UP, which had a twice to beat advantage, had one final chance to send the game to overtime, but James Spencer missed a wide open three as the buzzer sounded, sending the yellow-clad UST gallery in jubilation. PH kickboxing team modest about SEA Games chances FILE – UST Growling Tigers march back to the UAAP Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines— University of Santo Tomas kept its sensational playoff run going with a thrilling 68-65 win over University of the Philippines Wednesday night to punch its ticket in the finals before a crowd of 18,458 UAAP Season 82 at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: UST turns to its defense to beat fancied UP anew ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Renzo Subido knocked down the game’s biggest shot – a triple – with 23.5 seconds remaining for the go-ahead basket, 66-65, as the Growling Tigers rallied late in the game to survive their third straight knockout game in the stepladder semifinals.Block by UST and some huge misses for UP. | @cedelfptINQ pic.twitter.com/eDcAnnsVnJFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) November 13, 2019 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was on Friday ruled out of the fifth and final One-Day International (ODIs) and the two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against Australia due to a calf injury. (Angelo Mathews accident revives memories of Phil Hughes tragedy)Mathews suffered the injury during the fourth match that took place on Wednesday. He had hobbled off the field during his innings and, though he returned to bat towards the end of the innings, had been substantially hampered by the injury.”Angelo’s MRI and clinical symptoms are both consistent with a medial calf muscle injury. He is not expected to be available for the remainder of the Australian series,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.”His rehabilitation programme will be aimed at having him ready for the start of Sri Lanka’s next series,” it added.The Islanders have already lost the five match ODI series 1-3 against Australia following their six-wicket defeat in the fourth match at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Wednesday.The final match is set to be played in Pallekele on Sunday.
Hardik Pandya who made his ODI debut in Dharamsala against New Zealand on Sunday had a special mention from captain MS Dhoni after returning with impressive figures of 3 for 31. (Pandya, Kohli heroics hand India 6-wicket win over NZ) New Zealand, after put in to bat, kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could only manage to put 190 on the board, thanks to the fifties from Tom Latham and Tim Southee. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 85 as India easily chased down the total with six wickets remaining. At the post-match presentation, skipper Dhoni said that if Pandya keeps on performing consistently then things would look good for Team India in the future. “Hardik’s performance is important for us, if he continues to do well, then it will be good for us – going into the future.” There was not much on offer for the bowlers from the pitch but Dhoni lauded the effort put in by his bowlers, especially Pandya. “Fantastic effort from the fast bowlers. We didn’t think the pitch will help them this much, they hit the good lengths, especially Hardik, they bowled well and got regular wickets. Coming to the batting, Virat guided us well after the openers got us off to a fast start,” Dhoni said. However, Dhoni not being critical of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra’s bowling wants both the bowlers to hit consistent lines. “The early wickets helped us, Axar and Mishra were good, but they need to hit consistent lines.” (I was nervous, says Hardik Pandya) India’s limited-overs captain looking at the low target wanted to spend more time at the crease before getting run out for 21. “I was in no hurry with the bat, I wanted to spend some time, the target wasn’t big and I knew I could spend some time in the middle. “The tosses will be important in all matches, especially considering the conditions, we need to be at our best,” Dhoni said. India now go 1-0 up in the five-match series and will play the second one-dayer in Delhi on Thursday.advertisement
Ten more athletes, mostly weightlifters and wrestlers, have been stripped of the medals they won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing doping tests in re-testing of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday. (Latest Sports stories)They were among a total of 16 athletes named in the latest batch of disqualifications from the Games.A total of 98 samples have come back as positive for banned substances in re-analysis from the 2008 and 2012 Games as the IOC has attempted to root out cheats.The athletes named on Thursday included three silver medallists – Khasan Baroev (Russia) in the men’s 96-120 kilo Greco-Roman wrestling, Vitaliy Rahimov (Azerbaijan) in the men’s 55-60 kilo Greco-Roman wrestling and Irina Nekrassova (Kazakhstan) in the women’s 63 kilo weightlifting.Others included four bronze medallists in weightlifting – Russians Khadzhimurat Akkaev (men’s 94 kilos) and Dmitry Lapikov (men’s 105 kilos), Kazakhstan’s Mariya Grabovetskaya (women’s 75+ kilos) and Ukraine’s Natalya Davydova (women’s 69 kilos).Two athletics bronze medallists, Ukraine’s Denys Yurchenko (men’s pole vault) and Greek Chrysopigi Devetzi (women’s triple jump), were disqualified along with Kazakhstan’s Asset Mambetov, who took part in the men’s 84-96kg Greco-Roman wrestling.The IOC stores samples for a decade to test with newer methods or to analyse performance-enhancing substances that have yet to be identified.
With Australia once again looking to regain its lost form, at least in the ODIs after clinching comprehensive wins in the first two games of the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand, former skipper Michael Clarke has said while captain Steve Smith and deputy David Warner have led from the front, the new breed were now proving their worth.During the first two ODIs against the Black Caps, it was expected of Warner and Smith to fire. But what would have been more pleasing for the Australian management were the performances of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh.Smith, who scored a record-breaking 164 in the series opener, made 72 while Warner, who has established himself as one of, if not the most devastating opening batsmen in world cricket, struck a blistering 119-run knock in the second ODI which the hosts won comfortably by 118 runs.On the other hand, Head, who smashed 52 in the first ODI at the SCG, scored his second consecutive fifty while under pressure Marsh smashed seven sixes on his way to an unbeaten 76 in the Canberra ODI.”Smith and Warner, they’ve showed their class over a long period of time. We know they can make runs and perform at the highest level, we just need these other players now to take their time and be given enough opportunity, to grab their opportunity like Head and Marsh have done,” Sport24 quoted Clarke as saying. “I think we should not get too carried away at this stage either way.””I said that when Australia lost the Test series to South Africa, not to get too carried away that Australian cricket was in such a bad place. I never thought it was in such a bad place, because I’ve always believed there is a lot of talent,” he added.advertisementThe former skipper asserted that the opportunities like the first two ODIs are what Head needs to prove his worth.”Opportunities like the first two ODIs for Head is exactly what he needs and he is scoring runs. Marsh just making runs there .. we’ve got to keep the faith with certain players and allow them time to spend in the middle,” the 35-year-old said.The two teams will next lock horns in the inconsequential third ODI on December 9 at the MCG.
Julen Lopetegui warned not to doubt Real Madrid’s players after Lionel Messi claimed Juventus are one of the clear favourites to win the Champions League following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Turin.Ronaldo left Madrid for Juve in July, ending his battle with Messi on the domestic stage at least.Though Madrid lost the UEFA Super Cup to neighbours Atletico, Los Blancos have made a superb start to life under former Spain coach Lopetegui, taking nine points from their first three games in La Liga. 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! Juve have done the same in Serie A and are already two points clear at the top.Ronaldo has yet to find the net for the Bianconeri, but Messi said this week that “it’s evident that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo makes [Real Madrid] less good and makes Juventus [one of the] clear favourites to win the Champions League”.Responding to those remarks, Lopetegui said to Onda Cero : “I would not doubt the players of Real Madrid.For the first time in our history, we’ve won our first @SerieA games for consecutive seasons #ParmaJuve #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/TKTkAMe9Ol — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 1, 2018 “We have done okay but it is only the start and we have three weeks ahead with the Champions League.”We have achieved the aim of nine points and now we need to reflect. The players need to come back fit and we will see what happens.”Our target is everything this season. With the league you have to always be on form and it rewards consistency but we want to win everything.”On Ronaldo’s departure, Lopetegui added: “I did not speak to him, it was a situation where he had already decided to leave and the club went along with this for a player who had been tremendous. They allowed this desire and restlessness that he had.”I expressed from the start [the players I wanted]. I thought the squad was fantastic, the players are very good in all areas of the pitch and are capable to compete for titles.”
Brazil coach Tite believes Neymar is thriving in his role as the national team’s captain.Tite notably rotated the captaincy during the World Cup, where Neymar was widely criticised for simulation.However, according to the Brazilian boss, the world’s most expensive player is developing into a leader. 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! “This (the captaincy) is not a prize, it is a responsibility. I wanted him to be more open with the press and grow. I am happy with how things have turned out,” Tite said.”In the dressing room he is a character, on the field he is a leader. The other day when he did his press conference he came with his son. That wasn’t forced, it was to show he has a human side.”That’s important. When you are captain, how to project yourself. I think it’s certainly been a success so far.”Meanwhile, ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Cameroon, Tite confirmed Roberto Firmino will keep his starting spot ahead of Gabriel Jesus.Despite starting in last Friday’s win over Uruguay, Firmino has largely been the back-up striking option, with 17 of his 28 appearances for the Selecao coming off the bench.With Copa America approaching, however, the 27-year-old appears set to play a bigger role.”Roberto Firmino is still a new player in the national team and so it’s only fair to give him his chance to get used to that position and to create his understanding with the players around him,” Tite said.
German police said on Wednesday they are investigating “in all directions” after three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund’s team bus ahead of a Champions League quarterfinal match, injuring one of the soccer team’s players. (Borussia Dortmund bus hit by explosion, one player injured)German news media reports citing unnamed sources said a note found at the scene contained radical Islamic rhetoric but that police were unsure whether that was genuine or an attempt to throw them off the track. Federal prosecutors took over the investigation; they typically handle especially serious cases, including those in which a terrorist motive is suspected.The first-leg match against Monaco was called off shortly before kickoff Tuesday evening following the blasts near the team hotel in suburban Dortmund, which authorities assume were a targeted attack. Players and police were preparing to go ahead with the rescheduled match on Wednesday evening, with heavy security in place.Investigators were checking the authenticity of a letter claiming responsibility that they found near the scene, and were refusing to give any details of its contents, citing the ongoing probe. Police spokeswoman Nina Vogt told ZDF television that “of course our investigations have to go in all directions to begin with.”She said the direction of the probe remains “open.”Die Welt newspaper and Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported online that the note made reference to Germany’s participation in the military coalition opposed to Islamic State. German Tornado reconnaissance planes are taking part in a noncombat role. The papers said that experts on Islam were reviewing the note to try to determine its authenticity.advertisementMeanwhile the dpa news agency reported that investigators were probing statements found on the web that indicated a left-wing motive to punish the club for allegedly not opposing racism strongly enough.Federal prosecutors have scheduled a statement for 1200 GMT.Spanish defender Marc Bartra suffered injuries in the wrist and arm and underwent an operation Tuesday night. Police said an officer who was accompanying the bus on a motorbike was suffering from blast trauma and shock.Borussia Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball said he was confident that the team would rise to the occasion for Wednesday’s match.”How is the team doing? You can imagine yourself whether they slept well or badly,” he said. The players were to gather Wednesday morning to digest Tuesday’s events and prepare to face Monaco.”This is certainly a difficult situation for the team which, I think, has not experienced such a situation before,” Rauball said. “However, we expect and I am confident that the team will do its best and deliver a spectacle in the Champions League this evening.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich and Barcelona would have sacked him if he had overseen a similar campaign to the one his Manchester City team have had at either of the European powerhouses.Guardiola took over at the Etihad at the start of the season after trophy-laden spells in Spain and Germany had confirmed his status as one of the world’s most sought-after coaches, but finding success in England has been harder to achieve.City can finish no higher than third in the Premier League and were knocked out of both domestic cups and the Champions League, with Guardiola set to end a season without any silverware for the first time in his managerial career.”At Barcelona or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by far,” Guardiola told a news conference on Monday. “If not, they don’t give you a second chance.”(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) — at that club, if in six months you don’t win, you are really out.”Guardiola is prepared to embrace the “second chance” he believes City have given him, but said he could lose his job next season if the results did not improve.”Here they gave me a second chance and we will try to do it. In my situation at a big club — I’m sacked, I’m out. Sure. Definitely,” he added.”At the clubs I worked at before, I am not here, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season.advertisement”If what happens next season is not going well, I’ll have one more year of contract, and if it’s not going well they are going to change manager. I am not staying here because I am Pep or what I have done a long time ago.”
New Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI) The Indian Super League will be expanded to 10 teams this season with the organisers today announcing two more franchises after a bidding process, with Bengaluru FC set to ply in the three-year-old ISL by leaving I-League. The ISL announced that Tata Steel Limited & JSW Group won the bids for the two new teams. The teams will be based in Jamshedpur and Bengaluru. “Football Sports Development Limited — the joint venture between IMG-Reliance & Star India today announced the addition of two of Indias largest conglomerates Tata Steel Ltd — a USD 18.12 billion company and subsidiary of Tata Group (USD 103.51 billion 2015-16) and Jindal South West (JSW) Group — USD 9 billion corporate into the fold of Indian Super League,” the ISL said in a statement. “The inclusion of two new clubs came through the Invitation To Bid tender process floated by FSDL last month. An independent panel along with consulting firm EY evaluated the bids to present its report today to the panel, in the presence of All India Football Federation General Secretary Mr Kushal Das,” it said. “The ISL in its fourth edition will witness an expanded five-month module with number of participating clubs increasing to ten from its original eight founding member city clubs.” JSW Group, which owns Bengaluru FC through its subsidiary JSW Sports, won the right to participate in ISL from Bengaluru. Tata Steel Ltd, which has won the bid to participate from Jamshedpur, is the pioneering Indian corporate to have provided national football with perennial pool of young footballers since 1987 through its Jamshedpur based facility — Tata Football Academy. The announcement of the increase in the number of teams in the ISL from eight to 10 came amid uncertainty and discontent among I-League clubs regarding the domestic football structure chalked out by the All India Football Federation. Bengalurus decision to join the ISL meant that the AIFF could have agreed to granting an AFC Cup play-off slot to ISL champions as the club has continental ambitions. They have won two titles in the three years they competed in the I-League and were the runners-up in the AFC Cup last season. The other top clubs – Mohun Bagan and East Bengal – also wanted to join the ISL, which has been a hugely successful product in the three years of its existence, but did not do so after their request of doing away with the entry fee of Rs 15 crore was shot down. According to the roadmap of the AIFF, which though is yet to be finalised, the Indian domestic football structure will have three tiers with the ISL being the top league and the current I-League and second division I-League being christened as League 1 and League 2. After protest from clubs like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Aizawl FC which felt that I-League will lose it relevance by being overshadowed by the cash-rich ISL, the AIFF has maintained that I-League will be the top league in the country, a proposition few are willing to buy. The ISL said that after successfully establishing Indian football in the global arena and achieving the rare milestone of being the third most attended football league globally, the league is positioned to provide exponential growth to the sport in the country. Sunil Bhaskaran, vice president corporate services, Tata Steel and chairman TFA, said: “This is a momentous occasion for Tata Steel, which has always been a pioneer in the development of sports in the country, especially football. “Our entry into coveted Indian Super League reinforces our commitment to provide a fillip to the development of football in the country. We are extremely excited to have won the bid for our hometown Jamshedpur and will provide the best of facilities for football to prosper in the eastern part of our country.” Parth Jindal, CEO JSW Bangaluru FC, attributed JSW Groups decision to bid for an ISL team to the “interest of long-term future of Indian football”. “We are glad that our bid to be part of the ISL has been accepted. A lot of time and thought has gone into our decision of wanting to be part of the Indian Super League. The biggest factor has been the interest of the long-term future of Indian football. A longer league is the right road ahead,” he said..? Das expressed satisfaction on the bid evaluation process. “The interest shown by Indias two large corporates to be part of ISL and Indian football growth story is an indication of the growing popularity of the sport in the country. Their contribution to Indian football has been immense and will only set the high standards in ISL.” PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementadvertisement