Indian Premier League Virat Kohli lucky to have survived as RCB captain: Gautam Gambhir

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli is not a “shrewd captain” who could be compared to his national team deputy Rohit Sharma or former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have won three IPL titles each, feels former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. The former India opener, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, feels that in result oriented franchise environment, Kohli has been “lucky” to have survived despite Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) never winning the coveted title in his eight years as skipper.”I don’t see him as a shrewd captain. I don’t see him as a tactful captain (tactician). And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately, a captain is only as good as his record,” Gambhir told on host broadcasters’ ‘Star Sports’ show ‘GamePlan’.Gambhir’s comments is specific to Kohli’s success as a leader in IPL since he is the first captain who has led India to a Test series win on Australian soil.”There are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage,” Gambhir said.”He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament,” said Gambhir, who had to part ways with KKR in 2018 after seven long years and two titles.Gambhir’s last IPL season was with Delhi Daredevils where he stepped down from captaincy midway after his run in the tournament went from bad to worse. However, another former skipper Sourav Ganguly, who had a tumultuous time as KKR captain, felt that there should be no questions about Kohli’s captaincy.  “If you talk about Virat Kohli and keeping him as a captain, just look at what he has done. What he has done with the bat in every format of the game. Absolute champion. And he deserves to be captain of RCB for whatever period of time. I am sure he will turn it around,” Ganguly said.  last_img read more

F-M, ESM, Bishop Grimes bowlers vie for sectional honors

first_imgEast Syracuse Minoa fared better, getting sixth place in Class B with 5.484 as Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (6,147) pulled away to win that division along with the team Division II (small school) title.Tyler Talarico led the Spartans, his six-game score of 1,164 featuring two opening games of 221. Chris Bayly, who also advanced to this week’s sectional shootout, had games of 232 and 235 during his 1,110 series.Also for ESM, John Messina had games of 216 and 220 and posted 951 for five games as Ryan Buffum had a five-game total of 932.In Class C/D, Bishop Grimes’ 5,120 put them behind Cooperstown (who won with 5.763), Waterville and Holland Patent, the Cobras peaking with a third-game 925.Matt Rogers had the top individual total for the Cobras, posting 1,084 for six games, featuring a third-game 221. Alex Williams was close behind, shooting 238 in his third game on his way to a 1,069 set.Ben Schultz shot 224 in the second game and finished at 1,045, Joe Belton shooting every game between 155 and 197 and finishing with 1,019.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Bishop GrimesbowlingESMF-M All the snow stopped in time for area high school boys bowling teams to make their way to Utica’s Pin-O-Rama for Sunday’s Section III team championships.Fayetteville-Manlius saw Kevin Winschel record a top-10 individual finish, while Bishop Grimes capped its best season yet with a fourth-place effort in the Class C/D division.Winschel struggled in his opening-game 173, a contrast to the 300 put up by Oswego’s Oswego Eric Carson, but then posted games of 245 and 226 to close out the morning session.center_img Peaking in the fourth game, Winschel shot 10 strikes in his 270, and while he fell back to 170 and 182 in his final two games, his 1,268 aggregate still put him in 10th place as Baldwinsville’s Tanner Rozyczko (1,450) edged Central Square’s Dimitri Queior (1,423) for first place.As to the sectional team competition, F-M, with 5,301, finished eighth in Class A and 11th overall in Division I (large schools), with Baldwinsville taking team honors with 6,294, 250 pins ahead of runner-up Oswego.Aside from Winschel, the Hornets’ best individual effort came from Dan Fiumara, who shot 225 in his second game on the way to a 1,116 aggregate. Adam Koss had a 1,099 series and high game of 213, with John Jeffrey posting a 912 series.last_img read more

Bishop leads Syracuse Hammerheads rugby team with personality, haircuts, ambition

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Lying on their stomachs in the grass by the goalposts at the end of their Sept. 12 training session, the Syracuse Hammerheads looked upfield as one of their coaches prepared to kick a 40-meter goal that, if successful, would call for one nominated player to receive a custom haircut from the team.This tradition, known as Barber Shop Friday, is an end-of-the-week staple for the SU club rugby team. The team planned to give back row sophomore Tug Hunter a haircut as sophomore captain Angus Bishop nailed the kick the week before.“We’re planning on giving him the Friar Tuck, so just shaving the top and leaving the front, like the fringe and the sides and stuff like that,” Bishop said. “I think Tim Tebow had that haircut when he was a (Denver) Bronco, so that’s what we’re looking for with that one.”Bishop has played rugby since he was 9 years old and now leads a Syracuse team that lost eight starters at the end of last year. While his personality helps to keep the team atmosphere fun and spread awareness of the team, the sophomore back row’s goal for this season is to earn a spot in the Empire Rugby Conference championship game.Bishop, a Sydney, Australia native, was drawn to SU by its sport management program. He wouldn’t have gone to a school without a rugby team, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“In Australia, rugby is a lot like football here. It’s the contact sport and you grow up watching it,” Bishop said. “I played soccer and decided it wasn’t violent enough for me.”Bishop manages to keep a level head both in and out of the game. During practice, he said, everybody is “switched on,” but when there is a break in the action, he tries to keep his teammates in good spirits by cracking jokes on the sidelines.And at the end of practices, he’ll give motivational speeches and, at the end of the school week, enforce Barber Shop Friday.“On the field he’s calm and collected, and that sets a good tone for the rest of the team,” said inside center freshman Eddie McCarthy.His role as captain translates off the field as well. When McCarthy moved into his dorm for rugby preseason, Bishop helped him and two other freshmen, scrum-half Steve Ardizzone and flanker Jake Smith, move into Day Hall.Though it’s only his second year on the squad, Bishop quickly became a leader on the team, making him a strong candidate for captain.The captain selection process consists of nominations from coaches and players followed by a team election. The decision to make Bishop captain for this season “was pretty much a no-brainer,” second row junior Jack Foure said.“I’d say from Day One when Angus came in last year, we knew he had something special,” Foure said.One of Bishop’s duties as captain is to spread the word about the team around campus.The team always has a strong presence at involvement fairs, and in Bishop’s words, it would be “pretty much impossible” to miss them.“We like to kind of just go up to people because obviously it’s a very nervous time for them,” said Bishop. “They’ve got a big decision on their hands and so we like to try and just give them a face, give them a name, somebody they can contact … and just help them out a bit with their transition.”Despite having many of those new players in the team, Bishop said he is confident he and his Syracuse teammates can reach the Empire Rugby Conference championship. He’s just glad he gets to captain them.

“I didn’t really question why they did it,” said Bishop. “I was just thankful for it.” Comments Published on October 1, 2014 at 12:12 am Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.edulast_img read more

Civil rights activist speaks to students

first_imgCivil rights activist Sylvia Mendez spoke at Taper Hall Monday evening about her family’s landmark Mendez v. Westminster case, which ended segregation in California in 1946.As a young girl who grew up in Orange County, Mendez was forced to attend a school specifically for students of Mexican descent. After much dispute between her parents and the school, Mendez’s parents, Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez, fought segregation by hiring a lawyer using income from the family’s agricultural business.According to Mendez,  Judge Paul J. McCormick ruled in favor of Mendez, which marked a defeat to the school districts in Orange County.Mendez v. Westminster preceded Brown v. Board of Education and challenged racial segregation; it no doubt helped California become the first state to have integrated schools. For her continued efforts to combat racism, Mendez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest citizen civilian award, by President Barack Obama in 2011.“An Evening with Sylvia Mendez” was put together by the Political Student Assembly, EdMonth and the Latino Student Assembly. At the talk, Mendez played the Emmy-winning documentary Mendez v. Westminster: For all the Children/Para Todos los Niños to thoroughly explain her family’s efforts and then took questions afterward.Mendez noted that we still see separation in schools today.“We are more segregated now than we were in 1975,” Mendez said. “The two schools that are named after my mother and father … are 100 percent Latino … We can’t move out of a district. We can go to any school, but if we can’t move out of a district … we stay in that district and we’re segregated. They put the schools right in the middle of the barrio so all the Latinos go to that school.”Director of Student Political Assembly Edwin Saucedo said we can’t see past efforts to desegregate communities as much as we should be able to.“Even though we no longer get segregated based on the color of our skin, the communities that we build are very much segregated and they’re not as integrated as our ancestors have fought them to be,” Saucedo said.If students stand up for change, others will be willing to help according to Mendez.“When you find something you want to work for, you will see that everyone will want to join in for justice,” Mendez said. “People will rally. They’ll come and help you if you find an injustice and you stand up and fight.”Mendez said students need to pave the way for equality.“You students have a lot to work for,” Mendez said. “You have a struggle that’s ahead of you and you’re the ones that will have to find a solution.”Saucedo said Mendez made him better recognize past efforts for equality.“It kind of puts into perspective that the people that came before us really fought for us to be here and that’s something that we always need to keep in mind,” Saucedo said. “Going forward, we need to fight for other people to continue to have great opportunities.”Stephanie Flores, a junior majoring in psychology, said spreading awareness is key to equality.“Moving towards equality really starts within us and that’s just something that not everybody has caught on to sadly,” Flores said. “I think continuing to push and do what she does … is what creates the change. That’s where people find the will inside of them to move forward.”last_img read more

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia: What else did you expect?

first_imgThe 31-year-old Garcia (who entered the ring to face Spence with a 39-0, 30 KOs ledger) won the WBO 126-pound title by technical decision over Orlando Salido in 2013. Next, he seized the 130-pound WBO belt with an eighth-round stoppage of Roman Martinez. Two more belts, courtesy of Sergey Lipinets (IBF 140) and Robert Easter (IBF 135) followed. A unanimous-decision triumph over Adrien Broner at a contract weight of 140 pounds was also in the mix.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSpence was a curious choice of opponents for Garcia, given the disparity in size between them. Garcia began the year as a contractual free agent. He was free to work with any promoter. “If Mikey wants to be bold and prove how he’s a fighter for all time,” Frank Lotierzo wrote, “he’d holler from the mountaintop for Lomachenko, stating how he wants to be remembered for beating him when Vasyl was at his best. But no, he seeks a fight where he’ll be praised for just showing up.”Even Spence seemed dubious about engaging with Garcia, acknowledging during a March 8 teleconference call. “At first, I didn’t really care too much for fighting him. But it got to a point where he started talking a lot more and a lot of other welterweights like Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, they all had their dates. Manny Pacquiao, too. Then, when I found that I could be fighting at AT&T Stadium, it just made sense.”Asked for more regarding the merits of the matchup against Garcia, Spence sounded almost apologetic, saying, “I’m not the bully here. Mikey really pushed for the fight. People who say that he doesn’t stand a chance; I feel like they don’t really know anything about boxing or don’t know the history of boxing. He does have a lot of skills and he’s fundamentally sound. So he definitely has a chance. I mean, everybody has a chance.”The promotion was built on platitudes like “dare to be great.” Garcia took the lead, telling various media outlets, “I need this fight. I need a marquee name. I want to beat great champions. … He’s the best right now in the division. I want to make a statement. I want to make a mark. … I want to be the best fighter on the planet, the pound-for-pound No. 1. I want people to talk about the things that I did inside a boxing ring long after my career is over. Taking on Errol Spence gives me the chance to get everything I ever wanted in one night.”MORE: Spence calls out Pacquiao after dominating GarciaPromoter Richard Schaefer predicted that the fight could do as many as one million pay-per-view buys, which everyone (including Schaefer) understood was multiples off the mark.Bart Barry summed up the reality of the situation with a pre-fight analysis that read, “Garcia now shoots at the moon, bounding up a couple of weight classes and fighting one of the world’s two best welterweights. What will happen in Arlington? What we think will happen. Two of this generation’s best fighters in an unsatisfying handicap match.”That was in accord with the view of the betting public which made Spence an almost 4-to-1 favorite.Garcia talked the talk before the fight:— “People say Errol is bigger. That’s just obvious. But there’s a lot more that goes into this sport and who’s going to win this particular fight.”— “It’s the subtle little moves that make the difference inside the ring. I’m always one step ahead. Opponents don’t see that on video. When they get in the ring, they realize it’s a whole different experience. I don’t have any doubts. I know I’ll win.”— “I have all the tools and all the skills needed to beat Errol Spence. When it comes to timing, speed, reflexes and defense; you name it, I’m better. Saturday night, Errol is going to find out why I picked this fight. I’ve always said I’m better than him. Not by a lot, but just enough to beat him.”Garcia’s partisans evoked images ranging from Manny Pacquiao vs. the larger Oscar de La Hoya to the biblical David vs. Goliath. But De La Hoya was an old man in boxing terms when Pacquiao fought him, whereas Spence is in his prime. And David brought a sling onto the battlefield when he fought Goliath. No smooth stones would be allowed at AT&T Stadium.Size matters in boxing. That’s why they have weight divisions. No matter how much Garcia built up his body, the 5-10 Spence would be four inches taller than Mikey on fight night and the naturally bigger man. Indeed, Garcia had never been in a fight before where either combatant tipped the scales at 140 pounds or more.The biggest question regarding Spence as a fighter is whether he can take a bigtime punch. Throughout his career, his management team has steered him clear of punchers. But few knowledgable observers expected Garcia, who seems to have left his power behind as he moves up in weight, to make a serious inquiry regarding Spence’s chin.”I can’t worry about what Mikey sees in me,” Spence said at the final pre-fight press conference. “Everyone thinks they see something looking on the outside, but it’s a lot harder once you’re in the ring. Skill for skill and talent for talent, I’m more dominant than him in every aspect. I’ll beat him at anything he wants to do.”Bottom line: If Garcia were to win, the headlines would trumpet that Mikey had taken a step toward greatness. If, as expected, Spence prevailed, the storyline would be, “Errol beat up a little guy he was supposed to beat.”MORE: Twitter reacts to Spence’s win over GarciaSpence-Garcia was the inaugural pay-per-view telecast for the union between Premier Boxing Champions (which controls rights to Spence) and Fox. The network pulled out all the stops in promoting the event, including an hour-long press conference that was televised on the Fox broadcast network one month before the fight card and extensive shoulder programming on Fox and FS1.When fight night arrived, there was an eight-person commentating team consisting of Kenny Albert, Chris Myers, Joe Goossen, Lennox Lewis, Ray Mancini, Shawn Porter, Heidi Androl (reporter) and Kate Abdo (host). Eight was too many.The camera work was good but there was too much hype. Viewers were told throughout the telecast that Spence-Garcia was “a fight for the ages” and the winner of every undercard fight looked “great.”Thirty-eight-year-old Chris Arreola didn’t look great.Arreola, who’d won just three of eight fights over the preceding eight years, entered the ring for the first pay-per-view fight of the evening with a 37-5-1 (32 KOs) record. His opponent, Jean Pierre Augustin, had a manufactured 17-0-1 (12 KOs) ledger and had last fought in 2017 against a 334-pound club fighter.Arreola’s timing, reflexes, and balance were off. One had to push memory a bit to remember that he was once a world-class fighter. But Augustin seemed intimidated from the start and tired visibly in the second round. Arreola wobbled him with a jab in Round 3 and stopped him at the 2:03 mark. The Fox announcing team said that it was “an amazing win.” In reality, all it did was set Arreola up to be knocked out by another Premier Boxing Champions heavyweight like Adam Kownacki.Next up, former WBC 118-pound champion Luis Nery (28-0, 22 KOs), who lost his title on the scales last year, faced light-punching McJoe Arroyo (who last scored a knockout five years ago). Nery-Arroyo was a dreary beatdown that the latter’s corner mercifully halted after four knockdowns in four rounds.Then, to fill dead-air time, Fox inserted a mismatch that saw Lindolfo Delgado brutally demolish a no-hope opponent named James Roach in the first stanza.The final bout before the main event matched 22-year-old former WBC 168-pound beltholder David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) against J’Leon Love (who’d scored one win in three fights since 2016). Benavidez, who was stripped of his title last September after testing positive for cocaine, scored a predictable second-round knockout.As for the main event; the assumption was that Garcia would fight to win, at least at the start. But once the bell rang, Mikey didn’t dare to be great.Spence controlled an uneventful Round 1 with his jab. Rounds 2 and 3 were more of the same. Then Spence opened up, and Garcia fought a tactical survival fight for the rest of the bout.MORE: A plea for Spence vs. CrawfordNeither man gave the other much to work with. But as the fight progressed, Spence took what he wanted. He was bigger and stronger. And he completely outboxed Garcia, dictating the distance between them with his reach, footwork, and jab. Garcia never made adjustments. He rarely got close enough to counter effectively and didn’t seem anxious to try.In Round 9, Lennox Lewis said of Garcia, “He has to take chances. I haven’t seen him take one chance.” But by then, Spence had stepped up the pace, digging effectively to the body, and Garcia was doing all that he could to simply survive.The CompuBox numbers were a lopsided 345-to-75 in Spence’s favor. The judges’ scorecards were just as lopsided: 120-107, 120-108, 120-108.A huge amount of money is flowing into boxing these days thanks to ESPN, Fox, and DAZN. But each network in conjunction with its respective promoter (or promoters) has its own separate economic interests. Thus, with a handful of notable exceptions (such as the May 4 matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Danny Jacobs on DAZN), the money isn’t translating into the fights that boxing fans most want to see. As the boxing universe expands, its component parts are moving further apart.Fight fans want to see elite boxers. But they want to see them in good fights. As Carlos Acevedo noted recently, “Too many fighters seem comfortable with the knowledge that the closest they will get to facing some of their biggest threats is on Twitter.” On Saturday night, March 16, Errol Spence Jr. dominated Mikey Garcia from start to finish before an announced crowd of 47,525 at The Jerry Jones Pleasure Palace a/k/a AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, Texas.Spence, 29, has now fashioned a 25-0 (21 KOs) ring record. He won the IBF 147-pound crown with an 11th-round stoppage of Kell Brook in 2017 and successfully defended it against a faded Lamont Peterson and no-hoper Carlos Ocampo last year. As Tris Dixon wrote recently, “He is meticulous yet aggressive, clinical but watchable. He’s patient but forceful. He remembers to work the body and also dazzles with shots upstairs. As with any true talent, the exciting part is seeing what happens when they match up against someone of similar ability.” Before fighting Mikey Garcia, Errol Spence said, “This win makes me pound-for-pound No. 1.”No! If Errol Spence wants to be No. 1 pound-for-pound, he should fight Terence Crawford.Thomas Hauser’s email address is His most recent book — Protect Yourself at All Times — was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism.last_img read more

Tom Brady doesn’t ‘love’ new helmet: ‘I don’t really have much of a choice’

first_imgHis former helmet, the Riddell VSR-4, was part of a series of helmets (six in total) that are now prohibited by the league, which has updated its policy in recent years, citing player safety. “I’ve been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don’t really love the one that I’m in, but I don’t really have much of a choice,” Brady said Monday on the Greg Hill Show. “So I’m just trying to do the best I can to work with it.” Related News Tom Brady is one of a handful of players forced to transition to a new helmet this season.While Antonio Brown continues his holdout over the NFL mandated change, Brady has already tried some of the approved options — and he isn’t a fan.  Antonio Brown threatens to hold NFL liable if he’s injured wearing new helmet, report says NFL: Antonio Brown could be in ‘breach of contract’ if he won’t play in new helmetcenter_img Brady, Brown and Aaron Rodgers are some of the most notable names that have to switch helmets.The NFL will not let these veterans wear helmets that don’t pass an array of tests, and the league does not approve equipment that is older than 10 years.“You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time. My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me. I hated to put it on the shelf,” Brady said. “It’s kind of what I’m dealing with.” Listen to Brady’s entire interview Monday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” below:last_img read more

Wheelchair basketball month in Sarajevo

first_imgWheelchair basketball club ”3K Sarajevo” will be the host of the semi-finals of the regional NLB Wheel League and the official IWBF Tournament of Euro League. In the semi-final matches, which will be played on the 2nd of March in the Hall ”Ramiz Salčin” in Sarajevo, ”3K Sarajevo” and ”KIK Zgareb” will play against each other. ”KIK Sana” from Sanski Most and ”KIK Vrbas” from Banja Luka will also play a match on the 2nd of March. The finals of the regional league will be played in April in Ljubljana.The IWBF tournament is scheduled on the 8th and 9th of March, and besides the host, the  EMV-Meyzieu Villefrance from France, WBC ”Danube” from Serbia, FCK ”Rolling Devils” from Germany and ”Akropol Norrback HIF” from Sweden will play at this tournament.“An exceptional month of wheelchair basketball is ahead of us and we can be proud to be hosts of this important competition. We expect to qualify in the finals of the regional league, while we are still analyzing our opponents from the Euro League and we promise good sports fight in order to secure a performance at the final tournament in Spain by the end of April. We hope to get further support of the local community and others so we can proudly present our city and B&H with joined forces.”- said the president of ”3K Sarajevo”, Samir Fazlić.last_img read more

Madrid title hopes hanging by thread after shock loss to Real Sociedad

first_imgCasemiro tried to cover but bundled Merino to the ground. Willian Jose went high and down the middle.– Griezmann on target –Madrid poured forward, only to spurn a handful of chances before the break. Karim Benzema had the best of them, lashing wide with only Geronimo Rulli to beat.Rulli was not needed then but he would be, many times. He denied Vinicius, Benzema and Luka Modric in quick succession. Ramos wanted a penalty for a push in his back but the appeal was desperate.Vazquez clipped the post with a looping cross but that was not enough to hush the angry whistles at the end of the half.The second period was frantic, with chances at both ends. Vinicius and Raphael Varane, twice, failed to find a gap in a goalmouth scramble, while Vinicius played a neat one-two with Benzema but his shot sailed inches wide.La Real could have sealed it as Mikel Oyarzabal fired over from close range and the weaving Januzaj twice went close.Isco replaced Casemiro in the 57th minute and in the 61st Vazquez was sent off. A rash sliding challenge had earned him a yellow card towards the end of the first half and even if the chip at Merino’s heels seemed harmless, he was foolish to take the risk.Down to 10, Madrid still pushed and had a more convincing penaty appeal when Vinicius tumbled over the arm of Rulli. Referee Jose Munuera stood firm.Januzaj should have wrapped it up when his shot was saved by the legs of Thibaut Courtois but Pardo did, heading in a cross from Willian Jose, who could have made it three in injury time.Defeat made Griezmann’s free-kick seem all the more valuable as the Frenchman’s fifth goal in as many games earned Atletico a point away to Sevilla.Sevilla would have leapfrogged Atletico into second with a win and took the lead when Wissam Ben Yedder fired home on the turn.Griezmann, however, intervened, whipping a superb shot across the rooted Jan Oblak and into the top right-hand corner.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid may not even challenge for the title let alone win it as a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday left them even further adrift in La Liga.Barcelona, already seven points clear, could extend the gap over their fiercest rivals to 10 by beating Getafe later, while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla gained on the European champions too, despite playing out a 1-1 draw against each other.Antoine Griezmann’s stunning free-kick earned Atletico a point at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Madrid were reduced to 10 men in the second half after Lucas Vazquez was shown a second yellow card but by then they already trailed to Willian Jose’s early penalty.Ruben Pardo wrapped up a brilliant victory for La Real, who had won this fixture only once in their last 22 attempts.This was their first victory at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2004 and then Madrid fired coach Carlos Queiroz a day later.Santiago Solari is not there yet, even if he was asked afterwards if he deserved to keep his job. “We fight to win the next game,” he said.The honeymoon period Solari enjoyed in November though after replacing Julen Lopetegui is well and truly over.This loss, coming after the draw away to Villarreal on Wednesday, means Madrid sit fifth, outside even the Champions League places.“Everything went against us today,” Solari said. “We did everything we could but the ball just would not go in.”A stoney-faced Florentino Perez was among the 53,412 watching on, the club’s second lowest attendance of the season. “We will try to get them back,” Solari said, before making a swift exit.Barcelona have won seven out of the last 10 La Liga titles and if they are to slip up in 2019, Atletico or Sevilla would seem the ones now able to take advantage.Gareth Bale was missing with a calf injury but it was the 18-year-old Vinicius Junior that came in, not Isco, who is yet to start a league game under Solari.La Real’s penalty was awarded after 75 seconds and converted after 150. Mikel Merino ghosted past Sergio Ramos and inside Marcelo.last_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli goes full Bhajji, perfectly mimicks his bowling style

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/Star SportsAdvertisement qryr9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ne26xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E39h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xWould you ever consider trying this?😱b9kCan your students do this? 🌚o9yRoller skating! Powered by Firework Folowing the cancellation of the first match due to bad administration by the curators, India and Sri Lanka finally went head to head in the second match of the ongoing T20 series yesterday at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. While Team India had a comfortable chasing victory, the main talking point of the match was Virat Kohli. Not because of his knock on the pitch, but his amazing mimicry of teammate Harbhajan Singh’s unique bowling style, and even received appreciation from the man himself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/Star SportsDuring the warm up session before the match, the skipper was seen imitating Bhajji’s signature stance before bowling, and his peculiar hand movement while delivering the ball. Even after that, Kohli was seen doing it again, while Harbhajan was himself present on the field, reacting to the funny incident along with Irfan Pathan, before they greeted Kohli.As Irfan Pathan was heard saying “this is going to go viral”, it definitely has. Watch the Indian captain in his comic avatar in the clip below, courtesy of the Twitter handle of cricket journalist Prasenjit Dey.Advertisement Harbhajan, the legend himself was present at the scene with Irfan, who was enjoying his compatriot’s act.The 39 year old casually humoured: “You people invited me today so I will stand here, and watch how Virat Kohli does my acting,” and laughed over a jesting Kohli, who was also doing Harbhajan’s pose after bowling.However, Irfan revealed that it was not the first time Kohli did this. “Earlier while playing with him, we have seen this reaction, and the one before that too,” meaning that the 31 year old used to do this regularly.While Bhajji has not been the choice of Men in Blues’ bowling squad anymore since 2016, the Chennai Super Kings star has been a regular presence in the Indian cricketing scene. Along with former teammate Irfan Pathan, who recently announced retirement from all forms of cricket, yesterday’s pre match scene was a light up.Winning the toss, Kohli opted to field first, as Sri Lanka put up a target of 143, with Shardul Thakur picking three wickets. The hosts started off the chase with a stormy 45 off 32 from K L Rahul, and the skipper himself who scored a quick 30 from 17 balls, India won the match by the 18th over with 7 wickets remaining.The third and final match of the series will take place at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.Also read-Vigilante Turbanator: Harbhajan Singh bats for Suryakumar Yadav selection; accuses Indian selectors of biasGuwahati groundsman’s ‘lack of awareness’ blamed for India – Sri Lanka T20 getting cancelled Advertisementlast_img read more