GL vs DD: Hundreds don’t matter, winning important: Shreyas Iyer

first_imgShreyas Iyer on Wednesday scripted a sensational two-wicket win for Delhi Daredevils with a classy 96 against Gujarat Lions, breathing life into what otherwise was a dead rubber of the Indian Premier League.Chasing a stiff target of 196, Daredevils looked down and out at 121/6, needing another 75 off 36, before Iyer came up with a dazzling display of strokeplay to stage a dramatic turnaround for his team.He reached his highest IPL score but was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved hundred. Overall, Iyer hammered 15 fours and two sixes in his 57-ball knock.The 22-year-old, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his knock, said winning the game was important rather than his hundred.”I would have been more happy if I had finished off the game. Nonetheless, a great knock. I wasn’t thinking about my 100. I just wanted to get my team through. We had lost early wickets, I thought I will keep knocking singles and doubles. It worked out. Hundred doesn’t really matter. Winning the match for the team is more important,” he said.Iyer said he would aim to win back-to-back man of the match awards in the remaining two games for Delhi Daredevils.”Two more matches left, hopefully I will see to it that I get two more man-of-the-match awards,” he said with a smile.Delhi captain Zaheer Khan too was a happy man.”Feels really good to fall on the right side of the result,” he said.”I felt the energy was low, after being out of the playoffs, but we are a professional side. You have to take these things in your stride and keep working harder. We would want to win both games, finish on a high. As a team, everything needs to come together,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

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Andy Murray struggles with illness on French Open eve: Reports

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray is battling to recover from illness before the French Open begins on Sunday, according to British media reports.Murray has had numerous setbacks in 2017, with the 30-year-old diagnosed with shingles in February before sustaining an elbow injury in March that ruled him out of the Miami Open and Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie.Top-seeded Murray trained on Thursday, ahead of the main draw for the French Open later on Friday, and is also set to attend a pre-tournament press conference after the draw. While preparing for French Open, Murray had said that health would be the key to prolong his playing career. “When I was starting out on the tour, that (30) is around the time when a lot of (players) would have stopped playing or started to struggle,” Murray was quoted as saying by the Times.”You never know how your body’s going to be and your health. If that’s fine, there is no reason why you can’t compete at the top of the game into your early to mid-thirties.”Not everyone is going to be able to do that, you don’t know how good the generation coming up are going to be, if they’re better than the current generation. If that’s the case then I think it becomes more difficult, but I’m hoping it isn’t.”last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup: Rain washes out New Zealand vs South Africa clash

first_imgPersistent rain and a wet outfield led to the abandonment of the match between New Zealand and South Africa without a ball being bowled at Derby.The toss was already delayed due to the wet patches on the ground and further rain cancelled out any chances of further play.The umpires had an inspection at 2.10pm local time when rain relented but decided to call off the match.Both New Zealand and South Africa registered comfortable wins in their opening matches of the tournament.New Zealand had crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets at Bristol where they first bowled out the islanders for 188 with Holly Huddlestone taking five wickets. Captain Suzie Bates then led the run chase with an unbeaten 106 while Amy Satterthwaite made 78 not out as New Zealand won with 9 wickets and almost 13 overs to spare.South Africa on the other hand beat Pakistan by three wickets at Leicester to get their campaign off to a winning start. Dane van Niekerk’s team restricted Pakistan to 206/8 after opting to bowl first with Moseline Daniels and Shabnim Ismail taking two wickets each. Half-centuries from Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt then helped South Africa to reach the target with six balls to spare.last_img read more

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Tour de France: Chris Froome takes yellow as Fabio Aru wins stage five

first_imgItalian champion Fabio Aru launched a blistering attack in the final stretches of the fifth stage to claim his maiden Tour de France win on Wednesday, as defending champion Chris Froome took the yellow jersey.Astana rider Aru jumped away from the leading group with 2.3km left in the 5.9km climb at a lung-busting average gradient of 8.5 per cent.On a searing hot day in eastern France, the 2015 Vuelta champion never looked back to become the third winner at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles, where Froome came to prominence in 2012 and Vincenzo Nibali prevailed in 2014, the year the Italian won the Tour.Ireland’s Dan Martin took second place on Wednesday, 16 seconds behind, while Froome came home third 20 seconds off the pace with his rvial Richie Porte in his wheeltracks.Colombian Nairo Quintana, tipped as one of Froome’s main challengers, struggled to finish ninth, 36 seconds back, while Spain’s Alberto Contador limited the damage in eighth place, 26 seconds behind Aru, who signalled his ambitions in style.Froome took the yellow jersey from team mate Geraint Thomas, who could not sustain the pace on the steepest parts of the ascent.Overall, three-time champion Froome leads Thomas by 12 seconds with Aru in third a further two seconds behind.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Leander Paes-Adil Shamasdin bow out after marathon first round loss

first_imgIndia’s veteran tennis star Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Adil Shamasdin were knocked out of the Wimbledon after facing a first round defeat in a grilling five-set encounter against Austria’s Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald here on Thursday.The duo of Paes and Shamasdin lost 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7,(2-7), 8-10 to its Austrian rivals in the marathon first-round contest that lasted for four hours.The Indo-Canadian team faced three break points on their serve in the deciding fifth set. But, after saving two break points, they couldn’t save the third, which came about in the 17th game of the set.Paes and Shamasdin scored 12 aces and nine double faults while the Austrians hit 10 aces and eight double faults.In women’s doubles event, Sania Mirza and her Belgian team-mate Kirsten Flipkens progressed to the second round yesterday. Indian team of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan also made it to the second round.last_img read more

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Sports Minister felicitates Indian womens cricket team

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today felicitated the Indian womens cricket team for its spectacular performance in the ICC World Cup, saying this will inspire the countrys youth to take up sports as a career option. India lost to hosts England by nine runs in the final of the mega-event at the Lords after a campaign that forced the entire country to follow and support the women in blue. “Our womens cricket team has done exceedingly well and any form of appreciation will be less for them. Despite ending as runner-ups, I feel that the womens team has won the finals because they have won the hearts of the entire country,” Goel said. Welcoming the team, Goel said these players have “inspired youths, especially millions of young women across the country to take up sports as a career”. “From Rio Olympics to Paralympics and in games like hockey, wrestling, badminton, and now the splendid performance in the Womens World Cup, Indian women are leading the way in the international sporting arena. The minister said that the message is clear – Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and now Beti Khilao,” the ministry said in a statement. Reiterating Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modis vision to involve youth in sports, Goel said the idea is “Kheloge to Khiloge (Those who play, they shine)” to develop the overall personality of the youth. He stated that this performance will also inspire Indias football team in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup. Goel said the ministrys doors are open 24×7 for players and best facilities will be provided to them. Goel also felicitated the coaches and the support staff for their efforts behind the scene. Sharing her experience, captain Mithali Raj appreciated the performance of each member of the team and thanked the prime minister and sports minister for their encouragement. Star performers Harmanpreet Kaur and Poonam Raut were among the cricketers present on the occasion. Yesterday, the Indian team was given a rousing reception in Mumbai on its return from London. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Shilpa Shetty wore a vintage jumpsuit, and it’s just what you expect, fabulous

first_imgShilpa Shetty knows just how to slay, especially when it comes to fashion. You’ll rarely ever find this Bollywood diva making a fashion blunder. In fact, you just have to admit that she’s upping her fashion game with every public appearance.And that’s just what she did when she stepped out in style with her husband, Raj Kundra. The couple was located in Bandra, Mumbai, and while Kundra looked comfortable in casuals, Shilpa just stunned us with her power dressing.Photo: Yogen Shah The power-shoulder pattern on her grey jumpsuit, designed by Ashish N Soni, was beautiful. The ruffles on the three-quarter sleeves added just the right amount of drama.Also Read: 7 pictures to let you know that Shilpa Shetty has a thing for weird sarees The subtle colour of the jumpsuit maintained the class and elegance that comes with suiting up. You know just as well as we do that this sort of jumpsuit-formal hybrid is all we need to strike that balance between trendy and formal, and it works no matter what the occasion.Photo: Yogen Shah The ultra-feminine bow at the back adds a dash of chic to this already perfect outfit. The white Kurt Geiger heels are well-paired with the outfit. There are two things that Shilpa changed between her outdoor and indoor appearances.Photo: Yogen Shah Her own Instagram posts show her wearing very classy and minimalistic Swarovski earrings, which elevate her plush look. When she was spotted in Bandra, however, the earrings were absent–and we missed the element they added to her appearance.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/theshilpashetty Also Read: Sonakshi Sinha looks pretty as a rose in this pink jumpsuitThe same goes for the hairdo. The high pony she sported for her Instagram post was just perfect. And while we loved the soft waves she decided to sport in Bandra, we feel the pony went better with the outfit.But no matter what little changes she makes in her accessories or hairdo, one just has to admit that Shilpa nailed the vintage look like very few others have.last_img read more

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Roger Federer unconcerned by mounting injury toll ahead of US Open

first_imgNineteen-times grand slam champion Roger Federer does not believe the gruelling professional tennis schedule should be shortened, despite a rash of injuries, including to some marquee names.”The guys who are hurt lately, it’s mostly because they are 30-plus,” 36-year-old Federer said during a press conference on Saturday ahead of the U.S. Open, which kicks off on Monday.”I don’t think there needs to be that much addressing because the players, they have the option not to play as much as sometimes they have to or want to.””I don’t think the tour is doing much wrong, to be quite honest,” he said of the ATP schedule, which runs from January to November.Federer made his comments a few hours before world number two Andy Murray announced he was pulling out of the tournament due to the hip injury that hampered him during his unsuccessful defence of his Wimbledon title in July.AP Photo Thirty-year-old Murray joins 12-times grand slam winner Novak Djokovic and 2016 U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka in missing the tournament through injury.Djokovic, also 30, is suffering from a bad elbow and 32-year-old Wawrinka is dealing with a long-term knee problem.Federer said the absence of some of the sport’s top players created an opening for lesser-known talent to emerge.”It’s a huge opportunity for guys ranked outside of the top 10 because there are less guys to beat, getting to quarters or semis, potentially, depending on your section,” he said.The world number three, who has won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017, said he had recovered from the back complaint that forced him to withdraw from the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month.advertisement”I have been playing sets the last few days and I’m really happy how I’m feeling … few days out of the first round here now,” he said.Federer is scheduled to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the tournament, which runs until September 10.last_img read more

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In-form Watford can beat Chelsea, says Tom Cleverley

first_imgWatford’s strong start to the Premier League has boosted their team spirit and given them the confidence to beat champions Chelsea on Saturday, midfielder Tom Cleverley has said.After finishing 17th in the league last season, Watford have started under new manager Marco Silva with four wins and three draws in eight fixtures to climb into the league’s top four.Cleverley, who scored the winner against fellow top four contenders Arsenal last weekend, said the team can continue their recent form and challenge for a win at Stamford Bridge.”I really feel we are building something here,” Cleverley told the club’s website. (www.watfordfc.com) “Why not go and beat Chelsea? We go there with confidence.”Watford skipper Troy Deeney, who also opened his goalscoring account against Arsenal, praised Cleverley for his impact this season and said the England international deserved his goal as a reward.”Tom has been our best player by a mile,” Deeney said.”(Abdoulaye) Doucoure has got all the credit for scoring but Tom has been different class. I’m absolutely buzzing for him to get that goal.”Forward Deeney also credited his team mates for their record of three wins in their last five league games.”It’s been a great start to the season,” Deeney added.”We’ve got a great bunch and we are building something really good.”We’ve got great belief and it shows we keep going and how fit we are. The lads off the bench are making a big difference; it’s a massive team effort.”advertisementlast_img read more

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North, South Korea begin talks as Winter Olympics help break ice

first_imgNorth and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years on Tuesday, brought together by sport to discuss how the North’s athletes can attend next month’s Winter Olympics in the South despite simmering fears of conflict.Regardless of its narrow, primarily sporting agenda, the meeting is being closely watched by world leaders eager for any sign of a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula amid rising fears over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.”Today we’ll engage in talks to discuss North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the Paralympics as well as the improvement of inter-Korean relations,” Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, who is heading the South’s delegation, told reporters on his way to the talks.Cho has said his delegation is also preparing to discuss resuming reunions of family members separated by the Korean War, which ended in a ceasefire and technically left the two Koreas still at war.Some South Korean officials are hoping the two Koreas may even march under a single flag at the Winter Games, which would be the first time in more than a decade that the two Koreas united under one flag at a sporting event opening.Pointing to his briefcase before departing for the border, Cho smiled and said, “I have a bit of luggage,” adding, “Everything feels slightly new as we have not had talks in a while”.Just before the delegation drove into the demilitarised zone some 20 South Koreans were seen waving a banner reading: “We wish the success of the high-ranking inter-Korean talks”. One man was spotted waving a flag with a unified Korean peninsula.advertisementFive senior officials from each side met at the three-storey Peace House on the South Korean side of the Panmunjom truce village from 10 am (0100 GMT).The North Korean delegation walked over the border inside the joint security area (JSA) to the Peace House around 0030 GMT, a Unification Ministry official told reporters.Cameras and microphones are usually placed in the room to ensure that officials from both sides can monitor the talks.The United States, which has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War, initially responded coolly to the idea of inter-Korean meetings.”A GOOD THING”The State Department had said Pyongyang “might be trying to drive a wedge” between Washington and Seoul and weaken a U.S.-led campaign to force North Korea to give up its development of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.U.S. President Donald Trump spent much of the past year deriding negotiations as useless and lobbing insults at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but recently Trump called the new talks “a good thing” and said they had been prompted by his “firm, strong” stance.Trump has said he would like to see talks go beyond the Olympics and added: “At the appropriate time, we’ll get involved.”A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, Katina Adams, did not respond directly when asked about suggestions from some South Korean officials that the two Koreas could march under a single flag at the Olympic opening ceremony and even compete as a single nation in some events, but said:”We are in close contact with the Republic of Korea about our unified response to North Korea, including the need to maintain pressure to achieve a denuclearised Korean Peninsula.”Diplomatic options remain viable and open and the United States remains committed to finding a peaceful path to denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.”At the same time, Adams said Washington remained “clear-eyed about (North Korea’s) track record when it comes to negotiations” and added: “Time will tell if this is a genuine gesture.”U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated last week that any future talks between the United States and North Korea must be aimed at denuclearisation and warned that diplomatic efforts were backed by a strong military option if necessary.U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera spoke by phone on Monday and discussed “the importance of maximizing pressure” on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, the Pentagon said in a statement.South Korea and the United States have agreed to delay joint military exercises until after the Olympics in a bid to reduce tensions and possibly create room for diplomacy.The talks come after North Korea’s Kim used his New Year’s Day speech to announce he was open to sending a delegation to the Olympics as well as reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula, while vowing to never give up his nuclear weapons program.advertisementNorth Korea’s delegation will be led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland. Committee vice chairman Jon Song Su and Hwang Chung Song, a director, will join Ri.Ri, the committee chairman who was promoted to his current position in June 2016, is a seasoned negotiator for inter-Korean talks although his previous experience has mostly been military-related due to his career in the armed forces.ALSO WATCH | Famed Psychic ‘Grand Warlock’ Predicts Peace Between North Korea and USlast_img read more

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Line Drive Hits Reds’ Chapman in Face

first_imgSURPRISE, Ariz. — Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman broke bones above his left eye and nose when he was hit by a line drive on March 19, the latest frightening injury to a pitcher struck in the head by a batted ball.Chapman was undergoing further testing at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he was set to spend the night for observation, according to a statement from the Reds.First-year manager Bryan Price said Chapman was conscious and talking as he was taken off the field during Cincinnati’s spring training game against the Kansas City Royals.The exhibition was called after an 8-minute delay with Kansas City leading 6-3.“Not good,” Price said. “He left the field on a stretcher, took a line drive just above his left eye is what it looks like — a contusion, a laceration, and certainly needs to be taken to the hospital and checked. We’ve got Tomas Vera, an assistant trainer, is going to be with him. And then we’ll get our updates from there.”The hard-throwing left-hander was struck by Salvador Perez’s liner with two outs in the sixth inning — the pitch was clocked at 99 mph. Chapman crumbled to the ground, face down, his legs flailing. The ball caromed into the third base dugout. Medical personnel, including Royals Dr. Vincent Key, rushed onto the field. Blood could be seen on the mound.Perez put his hands on his helmet before reaching first base. He immediately went to the mound where players from both teams huddled as the 26-year-old Cuban reliever was being attended to in an eerily silent stadium. An ambulance’s siren could be heard in the background while Chapman was loaded onto the stretcher.“It was an absolute bullet that Sal hit,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said. “It’s just a real sickening feeling for everybody.”Players from both teams kneeled, some bowing their heads and crossing themselves in prayer.Chapman was taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City. He was then transferred to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.Perez appeared to be in tears as he left the field, and first baseman Eric Hosmer hugged him. Perez quickly left the clubhouse without speaking to reporters. Hosmer hit a line drive off the head of Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb last June. Cobb sustained a concussion.Playing right field, Reds teammate Jay Bruce heard the ball hit Chapman. “It was one of the more frightening and non-fun moments I’ve been a part of on the baseball field,” he said.After Chapman was driven off to the waiting ambulance, Price and Yost met with the umpires.“It was really a mutual agreement,” crew chief Chris Guccione said. “Players were rattled. The staff was rattled. The umpires were rattled. We figured it was best, along with both teams in agreement, that the game should end.”Yost said neither he nor his players wanted to keep playing. Price felt the same way. “You can’t find it in your heart to go out there and play,” he said.Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who had emergency surgery after he was struck in the head by a line drive in September 2012, urged caution in a post on Twitter. “all reporting at this point means zilch, until he gets a scan,” he said in a tweet.Chapman, who throws a 100 mph fastball, had walked four Royals in the inning before being injured. The two-time All-Star had 38 saves for the Reds last season.When reporters walked into the Royals clubhouse, third baseman Mike Moustakas asked a team official to request that they leave. “No one wants to talk,” Moustakas said.In January, Major League Baseball approved a protective cap for pitchers following several terrifying scenes similar to this one in the last few years, including Toronto’s J.A. Happ, who sustained a skull fracture.The heavier and bigger hats were available for testing during spring training on a voluntary basis, but the cap apparently would not have helped Chapman in this case. “I know this isn’t uncommon as we would like it to be, but it was frightening,” Price said. “Certainly frightening.”(Alan Eskew)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pirates Take Mets in 11, 3-2

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison got the game-winning hit and yet all anyone wanted to ask him about was how he wriggled out of that wild rundown an inning earlier.Harrison’s double with two outs in the 11th gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on the night of June 27.“The rundown was fun, but the hit was more exciting because it meant the game was over and we won,” Harrison said.Jordy Mercer hit a two-run single for the Pirates (41-39), who moved two games above .500 for the first time since April 10. They have won the first two games of the four-game series.Pinch-hitter Clint Barmes drew a one-out walk from former Pittsburgh reliever Vic Black (1-2) in the 11th. Mercer struck out before Harrison hit a drive to the 375-foot sign in right-center, scoring Barmes without a throw.Harrison entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and squirmed his way out of a long rundown in the 10th. The play drew an argument from Mets Manager Terry Collins, who thought Harrison should have been ruled out for running outside the baseline.Harrison twice avoided a tag by hitting the ground and popping back up. “Like I learned in middle school — stop, drop and roll,” he said.Harrison eventually scrambled into third, putting two Pirates runners in scoring position with none out. Jenrry Mejia pitched out of the jam by getting two strikeouts and a fly to right.Black, acquired from the Pirates late last season in a trade, wasn’t as fortunate in the 11th.Harrison and teammate Russell Martin each had two hits. Jared Hughes (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.Lucas Duda hit a two-run single and rookie Travis d’Arnaud had three hits for the Mets, who played without seven-time All-Star David Wright.The third baseman was scratched about 90 minutes before the first pitch with a sore left shoulder and will return to New York on July 5 for an MRI.Wright, riding a 10-game hitting streak, said the shoulder has been nagging him for a couple of weeks.“Any loss is going to be tough,” said Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who had two hits. “Mejia did a great job right there that inning. It’s a loss. Losses are tough. I don’t know any other way to describe it.”Neither rookie starter figured in the decision but both pitched well. New York’s Jacob deGrom gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Pittsburgh’s Brandon Cumpton allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.Cumpton is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in five June starts after giving up 11 runs in 3 2-3 innings on May 31 in a loss at Dodger Stadium.“He continues to go out there and compete,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “He keeps going out there and getting things done.”(JOHN PERROTTO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nats Beat Mets Again, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Smoke billowed out of the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse when the doors opened after yet another victory celebration in New York. The NL East leader’s fog machine recently has been getting plenty of use.No special effects were needed on the field, though.Stephen Strasburg bounced back from one of his worst starts to pitch seven efficient innings, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each hit a two-run homer, and the Nationals beat the New York Mets 4-1 Aug. 14 night to set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive win on the road against one team.“We played really well here,” Manager Matt Williams said. “Now we’ve got to go do it at home.”The Mets’ 11 straight losses to Washington in Queens are their most against one club at home. New York dropped 10 in a row to the Braves at Shea Stadium from 1991-92.Strasburg (9-10) gave up three hits and an unearned run, improving to 2-8 in 13 road starts this season. He struck out eight and walked two.Rafael Soriano was perfect in the ninth for his second straight save in the series and 28th overall. Washington finished a three-game sweep and increased its NL East lead to six games over Atlanta.LaRoche and Harper both connected after walks by Dillon Gee (4-5). LaRoche homered in the first and Harper hit a long drive to right-center in the fourth.“It felt great,” said Harper, who missed time with a thumb injury. “That’s one of the best balls I’ve hit all year.”The Nationals hit seven homers in the series, outscoring the Mets 14-4 and continuing a lopsided trend during a streak in New York that began June 30 last year.Washington has outscored the Mets 74-21 during the run at Citi Field, which now tops the Montreal Expos’ 10 road wins in a row against the Chicago Cubs from 1982-83.The Nationals are 25-4 at the Mets’ home since Sept. 12, 2011. The teams play four more times this year in New York and three more in Washington, where the Nationals have won four of six meetings. They lead the season series 10-2.“They’ve been a thorn in our side for the last two or three years for sure,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.Strasburg was coming off an outing in which he allowed a career-high four homers and seven runs to Atlanta, but he was rarely in trouble, working his fastball to both sides of the plate.“I think I wanted to go out there and focus on the execution aspect and just pitch,” Strasburg said, “make it a little harder for them to be comfortable.”After a throwing error by shortstop Ian Desmond in the fourth, Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly that was caught just in front of the right-center wall.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Big Shots Out Of Greek Cup

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The old, familiar faces and powerhouses in Greek soccer are mostly out, with three second-division teams making the semi-finals for the first time.That lineup came after a 1-1 draw between Olympiakos and AEK changed the look of the field for the final four and as they will play again next month.Iraklis is in after beating Panionios and the second division is guaranteed another spot from the winner of the Hania-Apollon Smyrnis duel. That leaves only Olympiakos in the last four as a dominant power.last_img

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Apoel top group after impressive win over Olympiacos

first_imgApoel secured top spot in Group B of the Europa League with an impressive 2-0 win over Olympiacos at the GSP stadium in Nicosia on Thursday night, which means they will go into Monday’s draw as a seeded team.Pieros Sotiriou’s perseverance created havoc in the Olympiacos backline early in the first half, leading to Manuel Da Costa diverting the ball into his own net, before Igor De Camargo’s late strike put the game beyond any doubt.Apoel went into the match knowing that a draw would be enough, while the Greek champions needed to win to climb above their neighbours. The Cypriots, however, looked in no mood to sit back and defend.Stathis Aloneftis has been in fine form since gaining his spot in the starting line-up and it was his crossing ability that led to the first good chance of the game. His long range pass into the Olympiacos box first had to be cleared by the defence and, from the resulting corner, picked out Sotiriou who headed over the bar.Aloneftis then had a decent chance himself, but volleyed way over the bar from Facundo Bertoglio’s cross.The visitors, in need of the three points, were playing a high line in an attacking setup but it proved their undoing on 20 minutes when Nektarios Alexandrou’s lofted pass over the top found Sotiriou, who flicked the ball over the onrushing keeper, with the ball landing on the head of Da Costa and eventually crawling into the net.The game was played at a frantic pace with both sides constantly springing fast counter-attacks. Just before the break, Olympiacos should have been level when Konstantinos Fortounis’ corner picked out Bruno Viana all alone just outside the six-yard box but the defender’s header could only find the outside of the post.Olympiacos started the second half on the front foot, with Brown Ideye going close with an effort from outside the box on the turn. Another long range strike quickly followed, this time from Fortounis, bringing Boy Waterman into action with a decent stop.Giannis Gianniotas, the man on loan from Olympiacos, came off the bench just before the hour mark and so nearly made an instant impact. The Greek winger curled in a pinpoint cross for Sotiriou but the striker was unable to sort out his feet to get a solid connection on the ball and a golden chance went begging.It was from that point on that Apoel retreated as they sought to hold on to their lead of the game, and the group.But just when Olympiacos began to pile on the pressure, Apoel sprung a perfect counter attack to put the game beyond doubt. Gianniotas broke forward at pace before picking out Nuno Morais on the right wing who then laid the ball on a plate for substitute De Camargo for an easy tap in to make it 2-0.Waterman was called into action on a few occasions in the last few minutes while Giorgos Merkis also made a goal-line clearance, but Apoel held on to secure a famous victory and end Group B on 12 points, four above their Greek counterparts in second.Apoel will find out their opponents for their last-32 tie on Monday, and topping the group means they will avoid some of the tournament’s bigger clubs. The first leg of the knockout tie will be on February 16.Results from the Europa League on Thursday:Feyenoord 0Fenerbahce 1FK Qarabag 1Fiorentina 2PAOK Salonika 2Slovan Liberec 0Osmanlispor 2FC Zurich 0Villarreal 2Steaua Bucharest 1Young Boys 3Astana 0Mainz 2FK Qabala 0Anderlecht 2Saint-Etienne 3AZ Alkmaar 3Zenit 2Maccabi Tel Aviv 2Dundalk 1Astra Giurgiu 0Roma 0Viktoria Plzen 3Austria Vienna 2SassuoloGenk (match abandoned)Rapid Vienna 1Athletic Bilbao 1Konyaspor 0KAA Gent 1Sporting Braga 2Shakhtar Donetsk 4Inter Milan 2Sparta Prague 1Southampton 1Hap. Be’er Sheva 1Panathinaikos 0Celta Vigo 2Standard Liege 1Ajax 1Red Bull Salzburg 2Schalke 0Nice 2FK Krasnodar 1Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bronze Medal for Greece Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls at World Rowing Champ

first_imgSARASOTA, FLA (2017 World Rowing Championships) – The French have been having a great regatta and they sat next to Great Britain in the centre lanes. Stroked by World Champion from the lightweight double, Stany Delayre, France had a slight lead with the rest of the field forming almost a perfect line. Then Greece moved into a piece and held the fastest pace to get to the half way point in the lead. France and Great Britain followed in second and third respectively, but there was still nothing in it and all six boats remained in striking distance of a medal.Greece came into the final sprint in the lead as France looked like the pace may be a bit much. The British now made a move and at 38 the British had taken the lead. Greece was now fading with France doing a huge finish. It was a photo finish between France and Great Britain at the line. France had won, their time just 0.17 of a second ahead of Great Britain. Greece held on to the bronze. France’s Damien Piqueras stood up in the boat to salute the crowd.Results: FRA, GBR, GRE, ITA, JPN, SUITweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Giannis Records Triple-Double, Passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — There’s something about playing in Milwaukee that brings out the best in Nikola Jokic.Just over a year after recording the first triple-double of his career at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Jokic wrapped up the feat in the first half on the same floor Thursday night.Besides Jokic’s big night, the Denver Nuggets put together one of the best 3-point shooting nights in league history in a 134-123 victory over the Bucks.Denver matched a franchise record with 24 3-pointers, one shy of the NBA record, on 40 attempts.Giannis Antetokounmpo also recorded a triple-double, finishing with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists for his ninth career triple-double, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most in Bucks history.“Each guy kind of had their own little stretch,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Jamal (Murray) got going in the third quarter, and we rode him and ran some plays for him. Gary Harris had it going, and Nikola shot it well.”Jokic finished with 30 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists, reaching a triple-double with 1:54 remaining in the second quarter. That was the quickest triple-double in the NBA in the last 20 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info.He now has 11 career triple-doubles and five this season, four of which have come since Jan. 27.“I just started playing well and making shots,” Jokic said. “I didn’t have any extra motivation or anything like that though. I’m just playing the same way I always play. Maybe I was a little more aggressive tonight, but I’m playing the same.”Harris added 28 points and Murray had 26 for the Nuggets, who led by double digits for most of the fourth quarter.“When you have seven guys make two 3s or more and all starters three or more, you have multiple problems out there,” Bucks interim coach Joe Prunty said. “Give them credit for generating open shots. We made some adjustments, but even when we did that they got some pretty good looks.”Denver scored 74 points in the first half for its second-highest scoring half of the season. The Nuggets had 82 points in the second half of a 146-114 win over New Orleans on Nov. 17.It also marked the most points allowed by the Bucks in a half this season.The Nuggets shot 63.6 percent in the first half, including hitting 13 of 19 attempts from beyond the arc. Denver finished at 55.3 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point distance.“When you have 37 assists and you shoot that well, it’s a question of how you make all those shots,” Malone said. “We generated great looks.”Wilson Chandler hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second quarter to put Denver up 38-28. The Bucks answered with a 15-3 run to go up 43-41.Denver then outscored Milwaukee 33-19 over the final 7:58 of the half.The Bucks pulled to 83-78 with 5:18 to play in the third quarter, but the Nuggets then used a 12-3 spurt to take control.“It was just one of those nights where, for some reason, we couldn’t get it right,” Bucks guard Khris Middleton said. “We kept giving them 3-ball after 3-ball.”DUELING TRIPLE-DOUBLESJokic and Antetokounmpo are the third opposing players to record 30-point triple-doubles in the same game in NBA history, joining Oscar Robertson and Richie Guerin in 1961, and Johnny Kerr and Dave DeBusschere in 1965.TOUGH ROAD AHEADMilwaukee is 9-3 since firing Jason Kidd on Jan. 22, but only one of those victories has come against a team currently in playoff position. That win came against a Philadelphia team playing without Joel Embiid.The Bucks will open the second half by facing current playoff teams in seven of eight games, with Detroit being the lone exception.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver’s 13 3-pointers in the first half were their most since Feb. 13, 2017, when they connected on 16 in the first half of a 132-110 win over Golden State. … G Torrey Craig missed his second consecutive game with groin and hamstring injuries. … F Kenneth Faried (personal) and G Richard Jefferson (right wrist soreness) were not with the team.Bucks: C John Henson missed his third consecutive game with right hamstring soreness. Thon Maker started in his place. … Milwaukee had never allowed more than 19 3-pointers in a game.UP NEXTNuggets: Host San Antonio on Feb. 23.Bucks: Visit Toronto on Feb. 23.—By ANDREW GRUMAN , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Malaika or Sonam? Who wore the jumper saree better?

first_imgOf late, Bollywood actresses have taught us some really unique ways of draping a saree.From donning a hybrid saree to pairing it with a dress, B-Town celebs have flaunted fusion-dressing in every possible.Avant-garde sarees have turned out to be the latest trend, and this time, it was Malaika Arora who wooed us with her quirky take on a saree. Picture courtesy: Instagram/manishmalhotra05The fashionista teamed a white chiffon saree with a shimmery jumper. The Manish Malhotra jumper saree exuded a fine blend of fabrics, thus saving the look from being over-the-top.Moreoever, the shimmery belt on Malaika’s waist not only accentuated her curves but also elevated the look further.Malaika sported no accessories with her ensemble, thus keeping the focus of her look on the saree itself. She finished the look with minimal make-up, a pair of silver stilettoes and her hair tied in a ponytail.Malaika’s jumper saree reminds us of a similar saree that Sonam wore recently. The actress wore a the Gilt Smock Jumper and Gilt Saree dress in handwoven Chanderi by designer Rashmi Verma. Picture courtesy: Instagram/sonamkapoorSonam accessorised her look with a pair of statement earrings, and sported a sleek low bun. She paired the outfit with beige pumps.So, who do you think wore the jumper saree better?Also Read: Sonam Kapoor just wore a denim saree with a belt, because why notAlso Watch: How the world of fashion is rediscovering the sareelast_img read more

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Model breastfeeds baby on catwalk– and stirs debate

first_img\R Miami, Jul 18 (AFP) An American model has made a splash by breastfeeding her baby daughter on a Miami catwalk — no small gesture in a country where many women still feel uncomfortable nursing in public.Walking the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show on Sunday, Mara Martin stepped out in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria, kitted out for the occasion in green swimwear and noise-cancelling headphones.In an Instagram post a day later, Martin expressed thanks for the overwhelmingly positive public response — which far outweighed the smattering of posts on her social media feed criticizing the move as “not appropriate” or even “gross.” “I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day,” she wrote.”It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least.” “I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!” According to Martin and organizers interviewed Tuesday on NBC’s “Today,” it was a spontaneous decision to breastfeed Aria on the runway.”She was getting a little hungry and it was her dinner time, because the show kept getting pushed back,” Martin told “Today.” So when one of the team suggested she go ahead and nurse her on the runway, she said yes.The debate over public breastfeeding regularly resurfaces in the United States, where women are strongly encouraged to nurse their babies, even though many return to work within weeks of giving birth.advertisementWhile all but a handful of US states give legal protection to mothers who breastfeed in public, much of society remains squeamish about the practice.Cases of women being asked to cover up while feeding babies in restaurants, in stores or on public transport sporadically make headlines in the country — with “nurse-ins” held in protest to demand wider acceptance of the practice.In the latest breastfeeding-related controversy, President Donald Trump weighed in this month to defend women’s “access” to formula milk, after the United States was accused of seeking to torpedo a World Health Organization resolution promoting breastfeeding.The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months, and partial breastfeeding for two years or more. (AFP) CPS CPSlast_img read more

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