FIFA 19 has been out for just under a month and EA Sports are already spicing things up in Ultimate Team (FUT) mode.With the season of ghouls and ghosts fast approaching, the game’s developers have launched this year’s FIFA Ultimate Scream team, following on from the success of the FIFA 18 and FIFA 17 versions.Past editions of the game have seen stars such as Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Romelu Lukaku affected by mysterious changes and FIFA 19 is no different. 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! Avid FUT gamers will no doubt be eager to make their teams even more frightening in the run up to Halloween. With that in mind, Goal brings you everything you need to know, including which players are involved, how to get them and more.What is FIFA Ultimate Scream?FIFA Ultimate Scream is a promotion run by EA Sports as an additional perk to the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) mode in the run up to Halloween.A limited selection of players are endowed with an upgrade of +1 to their overall rating and they will also have two of their attributes boosted to 90.The shapeshifters have arrived 👹👀😨 #UltimateScream is back ➡️ https://t.co/qLp0uIkL3F #FUT #FIFA19 pic.twitter.com/aISVW4nCrw— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) October 19, 2018In keeping with the theme of Halloween, the players in question are described by EA Sports as ‘shapeshifting beasts’ because their strengths will alter.Those changes, which will see two different attributes boosted to a minimum of 90, will occur sporadically throughout the season and players will have to pay attention to find out when. As well as improvements to attributes and ratings, each Ultimate Scream item comes decked out in a unique Halloween style design.FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream squadA total of 21 players form the FIFA Ultimate Scream team and they are drawn from a variety of different leagues.Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is the highest rated of the 21 players, along with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti, Besiktas defender Pepe and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.Other stars who feature as part of the promotion are Nice forward Mario Balotelli, Liverpool playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.You can see the full FIFA Ultimate Scream squad and their ratings below. Player Club Position Overall rating Sergio Busquets Barcelona CDM 89 Marco Verratti PSG CM 87 Pepe Besiktas CB 86 Diego Costa Atletico Madrid ST 86 Mario Mandzukic Juventus ST 85 Mario Balotelli Nice ST 84 Bas Dost Sporting Lisbon ST 84 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig CAM 83 Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool RW 82 Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan LW 81 Javier Mascherano Hebei China Fortune CDM 80 Marouane Fellaini Manchester United CDM 80 Salomon Kalou Hertha Berlin LM 80 Rafinha Bayern Munich RB 78 Troy Deeney Watford ST 78 Martin Caceres Lazio CB 78 Omar Abdulrahman Al-Hilal CAM 77 Guillermo Ochoa Standard Liege GK 77 Tyrone Mings Bournemouth LB 75 Ethan Ampadu Chelsea CB 75 Jason Denayer Lyon CB 75 When & how can you get FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream players?FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream players are lurking in packs right now following the promotion’s launch on October 19.FUT gamers will be able to acquire the ‘shapeshifting beasts’ right up until November 1, when the promotion ends after Halloween.However, the magic does not end there, with Ultimate Scream players randomly changing their strengths throughout the season. Can you trade FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream players?You will be glad to learn that Ultimate Scream players are indeed tradeable, meaning you might be able to get your hands on some if you don’t get them in packs.Additionally, they can also potentially be picked up on the Transfer Market.When will Ultimate Scream attribute shifts happen?The precise timing of the attribute shifts for Ultimate Scream items is unknown. When it happens, how often and which attributes is supposed to remain a mystery However, we can take an educated guess by using FIFA 18 as a touchstone and in that edition they occurred on the night of Halloween, full moons and Friday the 13th.We’ll just have to wait and find out when it happens this season though!
New Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is not expecting to have an impact similar to that of Zinedine Zidane in his time as coach, calling the Frenchman “incomparable”.Zidane stepped down as Madrid coach at the end of last season, just a few days after guiding the club to a third successive Champions League title under his watch.The former Madrid player had a remarkable impact during his time in the hot seat, also winning a La Liga title in his first full season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Solari follows in his footsteps after being promoted from Madrid’s Castilla team, replacing the sacked Julen Lopetegui.But the Argentinian does not want comparisons to be made between himself and Zidane.”Zidane is incomparable with anyone,” Solari told reporters in Friday’s news conference.”He is a legend, he had a fantastic level. He was an exquisite player, with whom I was lucky to play.”But as a coach he will probably be the most successful in the history of Real Madrid. I admire him as a human and we must admire him in his greatness. He is unique.”After initially taking over on an interim basis, Solari earned himself a contract until 2021.Some have suggested he stands little chance of seeing out his contract given Madrid’s history of hastily dismissing coaches, but Solari is unconcerned, acknowledging that everyone is just passing through the club.”Nothing changes to me, nothing in the 11 years from when I was here before [as a player],” Solari added. “The important thing is being here and the commitment you make with your work every day.”We’re all just passing through in Madrid, particularly in this job.”
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The Argentine FA have identified Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli as their choice to take charge of the national team and revitalise their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, AFA President Claudio Tapia said on Thursday.Argentina, runners-up to Germany at the last World Cup, are fifth in South American qualifying with four matches to go.Only the top four — currently Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile — go through automatically while the fifth-placed team has to go through an intercontinental playoff with a side from the Oceania confederation for a berth in Russia in 2018.Tapia, who sacked coach Edgardo Bauza after his election to the AFA chair last month, told ESPN that Sampaoli was their man.”Today I can confirm that Sampaoli is the only candidate,” he said, adding that the AFA would negotiate with Sevilla for Sampaoli’s release from his contract once the league season in Spain concludes next month.Sampaoli joined the Spanish club on a two year contract last June.Tapia’s comments confirm weeks of speculation about the appointment of Sampaoli, who led Chile to the Copa America title in 2015.Argentina, who are a point behind Uruguay and Chile, face a tough away trip to Montevideo for their next qualifier on Aug. 31 and must play without captain Lionel Messi, who has been suspended four games for insulting a match official.Messi, who has already missed a 2-0 defeat away to Bolivia, is also due to miss home games against Venezuela and Peru but could return earlier if an appeal is successful.advertisementFailing that, he would return to face Ecuador in the final group game.Argentina also have friendlies lined up against Brazil, in Melbourne, and Singapore on a June tour to prepare for the qualifiers.
Chinese Mobile makers Oppo with whom the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have struck a record deal of Rs 1080 crores over five years for jersey rights, unveiled the Indian limited overs jersey for the Men in Blue at a launch event in Mumbai.While the jersey launch was studded with glitz and glamour, the new sponsors are still in the dark over India’s participation in the Champions Trophy. Given the BCCI’s prevailing standoff with the ICC over the revenue model, the sponsors cannot be certain if they will be able to showcase their brand name for the first time with the Indian team.Welcome to the Indian Cricket Family – @oppomobileindia #OPPO #TeamIndia – @RJohri pic.twitter.com/hDoLAq6XJn- BCCI (@BCCI) May 4, 2017No Indian player was in attendance at the launch while the BCCI was represented by CEO Rahul Johri and Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Eduljee. BCCI office bearers, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and acting President CK Khanna, who would otherwise be in attendance, gave the event a miss.Asked about the irony in timing of the jersey launch with BCCI contemplating a pullout of the Champions Trophy, all the CEO could say was, “Lets wait for the SGM on Sunday.”However, the sponsors, players and fan can afford to breathe a little easy thanks to the CoA’s assurance to Virat Kohli that India will indeed get to defend the Champions Trophy they won back in 2013. The Supreme Court-appointed panel has also asked the BCCI to convene a selection meeting to pick the team for the Champions Trophy.advertisement
With the release date of Meri Pyaari Bindu coming closer, actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra have been busy with numerous promotional events. While we understand that attending all these events is a task, we do not approve of Parineeti wearing bedsheets around to save time. Parineeti’s fashion game is growing weaker by the day, and these outfits are justifying the fall.Parineeti Chopra donned a candy-pink collared jersey dress, and reminded us of the nurse-Barbies we loved as kids–ONLY as kids. The sad blue cut-out belt was mismatched, but it wasn’t as painful a sight as that embroidered colourful flower. If you haven’t already compared her Sonal Verma attire to a pink gift wrapping sheet, the metallic-blue, flower-like brotch (read decoration) on the shoulder will point your thoughts in that direction. Parineeti dressed like a gift, but this sure was a shocking surprise.Photo: Yogen Shah Parineeti’s melodious voice might have left the audience mind-blown, but her over-the-top pretentious-rockstar outfit made us want to look away. We have no idea why Parineeti was trying to pull off a bedsheet-like Krishna Mehta cape in those weird colours.Photo: Yogen ShahAlso Read: Sridevi’s daughter, Jhanvi, looks like an Indian princess in this dressLike the combination of an orange top and multi-coloured cape wasn’t bad enough, she donned a lot of shabby-looking accessories–maybe she was trying to have her own Bappi Da Day. The makeup was so loud, it almost drowned her beautiful voice. And we recommend you do not take a look at her shoes.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagaram/sanjanabatra Parineeti wore a pink dhoti-kurta, and a belt–no, we’re not making this up. The silver, chunky choker and earrings were a bad pick for the Indo-Western ensemble, but we guess the tan-coloured waist-belt ruined it further.She teamed a pair of floral-print juttis with the Jade by Monica & Karishma outfit, leading to us losing faith in juttis. The metallic handcuff she sported was absolutely unwanted, like the rest of her accessories. We haven’t seen an Indo-Western this imbalanced in the longest of time.Picture courtesy: Instagram/sanjanabatraAlso Read: Sushmita Sen’s tiny black dress is giving us so many goals, our heads are spinning To add more insult to injury, Parineeti wore a net, star-printed black top. The unflattering black top by Madison was teamed up with a pair of black ill-fitted, flared pants by Quo. The outfit did not do justice to Parineeti’s perfectly toned body, and our screen-time.Picture courtesy: Instagaram/sanjanabatra Parineeti wrapped herself in a neon-green cape (read bedsheet) top by Payal Khandwala, and teamed a pair of embellished jeans–needless to say, she mastered the art of complicated-dressing again. The black print on the cape (bedsheet) looked like a dead tree.Picture courtesy: Instagaram/sanjanabatra For a change, we liked her neat pair of strappy heels–that’s all we’ve liked about Parineet’s ensembles during these promotions.Parineeti, we really hope you up your fashion game sometime soon.
New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) Former national champion boxer Dennis Swamy today passed away in Hyderabad after suffering a stroke. He was 74 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Swamy, who competed in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions, was an eight-time national champion, six of them back to back starting 1961. He never competed in the Olympics for India but went on to be conferred the Arjuna award in 1968. Swamy also served as a coach with the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh. “It is a huge loss for Indian boxing. Mr Swamy was king of the ring in his prime. He will be missed,” former World Cup bronze-medallist V Devarajan said expressing his condolences. Multiple world champions woman boxer MC Mary Kom also took to twitter to share her condolence message. “Its very sad to hear about the loss of Denis Swamy #Olympian and #Arjuna awardee, I express my sincere sympathy his family. RIP,” she wrote in her twitter handle. PTI PM SSC SSC
German prosecutors have said they are investigating Volkswagen’s CEO Matthias Muller, along with its former CEO Martin Winterkorn and Hans Dieter Potsch, the Volkswagen (VW) Supervisory Board chairman on the complaint of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Germany’s market and financial regulator. The criminal investigation into market manipulation moves was launched in February but was announced on Wednesday only.Though Winterkorn and Potsch had been identified earlier as well as possible suspects in the market manipulation scandal that has plagued the world’s largest automaker since the last two years. Winterkorn had to resign because of this in September 2015 when the scandal broke, it is the first time that its present CEO Matthias Muller, who had replaced Winterkorn, has been named as a suspect.According to a Deutsche Welle (DW) report, prosecutors in German city Stuttgart are investigating if there was a deliberate delay by Muller in informing the Volkswagen shareholders about the emissions cheating scandal. The investigation pertains to the period when Muller was heading Volkswagen main shareholding company, the Porsche Automobil Holding.According to a report in the New York Times, if it is proved that top VW managers indeed withheld and then deliberately delayed the information about the large scale cheating being done in the automobiles of the company, it can cost the company $10 billion.The VW emissions or pollution cheating scandal broke in September 2015 when the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice to VW after it found a cheating software or “defeat device” in VW diesel engines in cars being sold in America that helped its vehicles bypass the stringent testing norms. From the US, it soon spread to many other countries of Europe, Asia and even Africa. The auto giant soon accepted its guilt but the scale of the scandal was so vast that skeletons are still tumbling out of its closet. Many top managers have been suspended and many are under scanner.advertisementThe scandal has cost VW $22 billion alone in the US in settlements and fines. Also, according to a Bloomberg report, the damages so far have cost the auto giant 22.6 billion Euros. It is facing multiple lawsuits in many countries including the US and Germany. It had to recall over 11 millions of its cars to address the cheating revelations. In December 2015, the automaker had announced to recall 3.4 lakh “defeat device” diesel cars, sold from 2008, in India but according to a report last month, only 30 per cent of those cars could have been fixed so far. The scandal, after broke, eroded the group’s brand value by over $15 billion while a Credit Suisse estimate said that the episode could cost VW $87 billion in the long run.But it seems the Germany company’s strategy to iron out the mess has started paying back. In 2016, VW emerged as the world’s largest automaker dethroning Toyota who topped the selling charts for four years before it. Then its first quarter’s earnings this year have beaten the estimates. At $4.7 billion, the earnings are 28 per cent higher than the same quarter of the last year and 20 per cent higher than analysts’ expectations. It’s strategy to deal with the situation includes developing new lines of sports utility and hybrid vehicles and cost cutting with the VW brand vehicles.ALSO READ:U.S. judge sentences Volkswagen to three years probation, oversightALSO READ:Volkswagen to pay $1.2 billion or more to US owners of big diesels
Twin terror attacks on Saturday rocked London ahead of the high-profile clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston. Following this security has been tightened in Birmingham. Speaking exclusively to India Today, Harbhajan Singh said India should ask for more security in England.Defending champions India start their title defence against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston today. Team India left the hotel with no escort cars or a decoy bus for Edgbaston.”If the same thing would have happened in India, they would have askedfor a lot of security. The security should be ample for all teams, we do the same when teams visit India but here there was no one. We shoulddemand more security,” Harbhajan told India Today.Militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revellers on the street and in nearby bars, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30.Birmingham was on red alert and the team hotel where India are staying was in a complete lock-down after the attacks. No visitors and no cars were allowed into the Hyatt Regency hotel in Birmingham.England were in India during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack but they left the series mid-way to fly back home.Millions of supporters are expected to tune in and watch the teams fight for national pride at Edgbaston.Due to diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, the two teams rarely lock horns against each other barring an International Cricket Council(ICC) event, and the hotly fought battle has over the years drawn a wide range of audience.advertisementFor almost 18 years, wars stood in between the two outfits playing each other in a bilateral series until the ice wasbroken in 1978, but even today matches are few and far between. (India powerful team but can’t take things for granted: Ganguly)The two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-2013, and India have refused to juggle with the idea without an end to “cross borderterrorism”, which essentially means militant incursions along thedisputed Kashmir border.Not only will a victory for either sidemean taking a huge step towards the semi-finals in a four-team groupwhich also has Sri Lanka and South Africa, it will also be a diplomaticpoint-scoring in terms of the stand-off between the two parties. (Kohli not taking Pakistan lightly)On the pitch, India would go into the tie as favourites, as formerPakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has also said — not only because oftheir emphatic 45 and 240 -run wins in the two warm-up games, butbecause the opposition doesn’t smell the same anymore.Pakistan just made it to the Champions Trophy as the eighth and final nation ahead of the West Indies, who missed the bus.Newly-appointed skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will face his stiffest test yet, leading anunfancied Pakistan who have to overcome serious batting deficiencies tobe competitive following their struggles in the one-day format in recent years. (No Junaid Khan in Pakistan playing XI)Missing the services of explosive opener Sharjeel Khan, who is currently facing a tribunal for spot-fixing and could face a life ban if found guilty,and Umar Akmal, booted out of the squad and sent home for failing twofitness tests; Pakistan will depend heavily on veteran Shoaib Malik andall-rounder Imad Wasim.For India, it remains to be seen whetherseasoned campaigner Yuvraj Singh, who has just recovered from viralfever, is pencilled in the playing XI.Kohli can depend on hisbowling to fire, as the likes of fit-again Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav,Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah look in great shape.
London, July 25 (PTI) India captain Mithali Raj reckons that reaching the World Cup final is a game-changer for womens cricket and their success would translate into respect which their male counterparts enjoy apart from huge financial gains. “We have done exceptionally well and I am sure it is different phase for women?s cricket back in India,” the 34- year-old said at a special reception hosted for the team by the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Y K Sinha, on Monday evening. “Everybody will be looking at women?s cricket from a different perspective and start respecting women cricketers equally as men cricketers and the opportunities and brands that will line up for the girls, it will be a different experience for all of them. “It will help the future generation of girls to take up the sport. We have used this platform to build a very strong foundation for women cricketers in India so that it is one of the sports they can take this up as a career now,” said Raj further. India looked on course for their maiden triumph before a dramatic batting collapse dashed their hopes and they eventually lost to England by nine runs. Raj, who was also named captain of the World Cup team by the International Cricket Council (ICC), said her team will take some time to recover from Sunday?s loss. “We still need some time to sink in the fact that the match was in our hands but eventually we could not turn it to the result that we wanted. But ultimately it?s a sport, one wins and one loses.advertisement “These girls, I am sure, will learn from the experience. In the coming years, in the T20 World Cup, you never know they might just pull off those victories and get us the cup,” she said. Sinha, who was present at the match at Lord?s with his wife, lauded the girls on their performance during the tournament. “The way they played throughout the tournament was fantastic. They are excellent ambassadors for not just women?s sport but Indian sport,” he told the players at India House in London before they flew back to India. PTI AK BS AT BS
Navi Mumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) A revamped D Y Patil Stadium here, with all newly fitted chairs and fabric roof, is set to host the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.Navi Mumbai and Delhi will jointly host the first match of the prestigious tournament on October 6. The other four venues are – Kochi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Goa.”Absolutely, the (D Y Patil) stadium is renovated. All the new seats are put in. A new fabric roof has been installed and we have made sure the seating is done in such a manner that every spectator who sits in the stadium has a unique watching experience,” D Y Patil Sports Academy President Vijay Patil told PTI today.”In terms of renovation, two practise grounds are ready in the facility (campus),” he added.Among the other new initiatives, a solar power plant is being installed in the campus.”On the infrastructure front, one of the initiatives we have taken is to ensure that environmental impact of stadium is minimised on the surroundings.”To that extend, we have put in a 500 KW solar plant to take care of more than 70 per cent of electrical requirements of the stadium. That system will be commissioned by first week of October,” Patil said.Patil said there is a palpable excitement, which he sees building up for the mega event.”The World Cup will leave behind a rich legacy. What excites me is that they (people) will develop a culture of sports. This (FIFA U-17 World Cup) will be a milestone moment in football history and will change the way football will grow in the country and this is a starting point.”advertisementPatil said all local authorities, including the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, are on board for the tournament. PTI NRB RSY
Former Test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has been handed an 18-month good behaviour bond by an Australian court after pleading guilty to charges of embezzling and stealing money from a liquor store where he worked, local media reported on Tuesday.The 65-year-old, who famously no-balled Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a 1995 Test, avoided a conviction after paying back the A$ 9,005.75 ($7,034.39) and writing letters of apology to his employers.Hair, who stood in 78 Tests from 1992 to 2008, said in a written submission to Orange Local Court that he had been struggling with gambling addiction, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.As well as the Muralitharan row, Hair was one of the umpires who sanctioned Pakistan for ball tampering in the fourth Test against England at the Oval in 2006, leading to the tourists refusing to play and the match being awarded to the hosts.Hair was removed from the Test panel in the wake of the incident but restored two years later after dropping a racial discrimination suit against the International Cricket Council (ICC).
(Eds: Making correction in para 5)By Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryBhubaneswar, Dec 3 (PTI) PR Sreejeshs decision to play in Virat Kohlis charity football match might have raised a few eyebrows but Indias premier hockey goalkeeper might well just get away with a reprieve, at least this time.Indian hockey teams regular captain Sreejesh played a Celebrity Clasico in October this year in Mumbai, featuring the countrys top sports and Bollywood stars, including India cricket captain Virat and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.During that period Srejeesh was on a break but what went against him was that he was recuperating from a serious injury that time after being sidelined from the national team following the Azlan Shah Cup in May earlier this year.There were reports that Sreejeshs action didnt go down well with the team management but he might just get away as Hockey India is yet to initiate any disciplinary action against him.”Yes, it came to our notice but we didnt initiate any disciplinary action as yet. We are currently busy with the Hockey World League Final and no disciplinary meeting has been called,” Hockey India CEO Elena Norman, who is also a member of the Disciplinary Committee, told PTI.Another member of the Disciplinary Committee is completely in dark about the issue and said he only came to know about the matter when contacted today.”Its news to me. I only came to know about the matter today. I am not aware of any Disciplinary Committee meeting. I havent been told anything by Hockey India as yet. Any progress on this matter will take place, if it has to, only after the Hockey World League Final,” said the senior member of the committee.advertisementConsidered as the best in his business, Sreejesh has been the backbone of Indian hockey since his debut and his brilliance under the bar won India many matches, which includes the 2014 Asian Games gold in Incheon.In May this year, Sreejesh had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia and since then he has been out of the side. India is desperately hoping for Sreejesh to recover soon especially with a busy 2018 lined up.But Sreejeshs action is in serious breach of Hockey Indias Code of Conduct and he faces the risk of four months suspension.”Sreejesh is a role model for young hockey players and his actions will leave an impact on them. Even though I dont know whose permission he took to play in the match just when he was recovering an injury, I feel he should have avoided it thinking about his own and nations cause,” the Disciplinary Committee member, said.”Having said that he never had any disciplinary issues in the past, so I feel he will escape with a warning. India need Sreejesh services.”But the big question which is making round is that just whose permission did Indias premier goalkeeper take to play in the Celebrity Classico.”Sreejesh didnt ask Hockey India before playing in the match. We dont have anything on record,” the HI CEO said.”He might have taken permission from his coaches, physio or the High Performance Manager,” she said.High Performance Manager David John, however, said he was not approached by Sreejesh.”I was not asked. During that period I was not in India. I was with the team in Dhaka for the Asia Cup,” John said.When contacted, Sreejesh refused to comment on the issue.”I wont like to comment anything on the issue. We will talk later,” he said before disconnecting the phone. PTI SSC ATK ATK
BCCI’s rotation policy might do what Sri Lankan team’s complaints of poor air quality could not — keep international cricket away from Delhi at least till 2020.Delhi’s viability as an international sports venue has been called into question after Sri Lankan players complained of breathing problems due to smog and continued to wear anti-pollution masks in the ongoing third Test against India here.”BCCI is pitching for their exclusive home season slot in February-March every year. They will only get that slot in February-March 2020 as per the new Future Tours Programme (FTP). Therefore, Kotla may or may not be in line for a Test match before 2020,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.”As per the rotation policy, Kotla has now got its Test match and in November it got an ODI. Their turn will not come next year as India will perhaps have at the most one full-fledged series,” he said.”There are other venues waiting for their turn. Similarly in 2019, when the fresh Future Tours and Programme (FTP) starts, it will take some time for Kotla to get another game,” he added.The Sri Lankan grievance came close on the heels of the furore that preceded last month’s Delhi Half Marathon which took place despite high pollution levels and an appeal by the Indian Medical Association to cancel the event.The second day’s play in the ongoing match was halted for 26 minutes after Sri Lankans complained of breathing problems forcing Indian captain Virat Kohli to declare the innings at 536/7.advertisementThe Indian team, however, has taken the conditions in its stride with pacer Mohammed Shami casually stating that they are “used to suffering” and didn’t want to make a big deal out of it.The BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, during a media conference on Monday, admitted that scheduling Test matches in New Delhi during this time of the year will come up for discussion.However, another BCCI official observed that the Board will be relieved for the time being as Kotla has had its share of matches for the time being.”Now what will be the environmental condition in 2020 can’t be predicted in 2017. So if Kotla doesn’t get a match, it will be purely because of rotation,” the official said.On Tuesday, the Lankan players wore N95 masks, required to protect the lungs from the poor air quality that has plagued the national capital for years now.Pacer Suranga Lakmal had a rough time on the field after bowling three overs. Fielding at third man, he started throwing up on the ground and was taken off.In fact, groundsmen had to come out and put sand and sawdust on that particular area.Lakmal later came back and bowled a second spell and was quite impressive. He was one of the rare Lankan players not wearing a mask.The Indian players, however, did not need anti-pollution masks during the 135 odd overs they fielded on Monday.
CHICAGO — Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game’s first black Latino star, has died, a medical examiner in Illinois said March 1.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso’s age but the Chicago White Sox say he was 90.Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.“We have lost our dear friend and a great man,” White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a release. “Many tears are falling.”Minoso made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949 and was dealt to the White Sox in a three-team trade two years later. He became major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago on May 1, 1951, and homered in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Vic Raschi.It was the start of a beautiful relationship between the slugger and the White Sox.Minoso, regarded as baseball’s first black Latino star, was a Havana native who spent most of his career in left field. He is one of only two players to appear in a major league game in five different decades.He got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0-for-2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox, who tried unsuccessfully over the years to get the “Cuban Comet” into baseball’s Hall of Fame.“When I watched Minnie Minoso play, I always thought I was looking at a Hall of Fame player,” Reinsdorf said in an informational package produced by the team for a 2011 Cooperstown push. “I never understood why Minnie wasn’t elected.“He did everything. He could run, he could field, he could hit with power, he could bunt and steal bases. He was one of the most exciting players I have ever seen.”Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso Arrieta was selected for nine All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves in left. He was hit by a pitch 192 times, ninth on baseball’s career list, and finished in the top four in AL MVP voting four times.Despite the push by the White Sox and other prominent Latin players, Minoso has never made it to Cooperstown.His highest percentage during his 15 years on the writers’ ballot was 21.1 in 1988. He was considered by the Veterans Committee in 2014 and fell short of the required percentage for induction.“My last dream is to be in Cooperstown, to be with those guys,” Minoso said in that 2011 package distributed by the White Sox. “I want to be there. This is my life’s dream.”Minoso, who made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949, hit .298 for his career with 186 homers and 1,023 RBIs. The speedy Minoso also led the AL in triples and steals three times in each category.Playing in an era dominated by the Yankees, Minoso never played in the postseason.“Every young player in Cuba wanted to be like Minnie Minoso, and I was one of them,” Hall of Fame slugger Tony Perez said.“The way he played the game, hard all the time, hard. He was very consistent playing the game. He tried to win every game. And if you want to be like somebody, and I picked Minnie, you have to be consistent.”Minoso appeared in just nine games in his first stint with the Indians, but he took off when he was dealt to Chicago as part of a three-team trade in 1951 that also involved the Philadelphia Athletics.He went deep in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Raschi, and hit .375 in his first 45 games with the White Sox.Minoso finished that first season in Chicago with a .326 batting average, 10 homers and 76 RBIs in 146 games for the Indians and White Sox. He also had a major league-best 14 triples and an AL-best 31 steals.It was Minoso’s first of eight seasons with at least a .300 batting average. He also had four seasons with at least 100 RBIs. “I have baseball in my blood,” Minoso said. “Baseball is all I’ve ever wanted to do.”___By Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer. AP writer Caryn Rousseau contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees say injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is set to be activated before the July 8 night game against Oakland.The AL East leaders made the announcement July 6.Ellsbury has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 20 because of a sprained right knee.Ellsbury was hitting .324 with 14 steals, and had scored 29 runs in 37 games when he was injured.The 31-year-old Ellsbury has played four rehabilitation games for Class A Tampa and isn’t scheduled to play again in the minors. He took part in simulated game activities July 6 and is set to do that again July 7.TweetPinShare0 Shares
OAKLAND, Calif. — With his surgically repaired right elbow no longer throbbing in pain, Masahiro Tanaka is back to pitching the way the Yankees envisioned when they outbid several teams to lure him from Japan two years ago.Tanaka allowed one run over seven innings to get his first victory in more than a month and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on May 21 to win their season-high fourth straight in Joe Girardi’s 1,500th game as a manager.“I thought he was pretty good today,” Girardi said. “He got in a couple of little jams and was able to wriggle his way out of it. He threw the ball well. We’re happy with where he’s at right now. He’s answered all the questions.”Starlin Castro broke out of a slump with three hits and Carlos Beltran singled twice to keep up his recent tear as the Yankees won their third straight over the A’s after getting swept by Oakland in the Bronx earlier this season.Tanaka (2-0) had two walks and four strikeouts in his first win since April 12.It was the third game in which Tanaka has pitched on five days of rest. He has a 1.57 ERA in those games compared to the 5.68 mark he has when pitching with fewer days off.“I don’t think I was that different from last time out,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “We just had good offense going today. That’s probably why we were able to win the game.”Castro was in a 3-for-22 funk before he reached on an infield single as part of New York’s four-run fourth. The veteran second baseman also singled in the fifth, and then doubled in Ronald Torreyes for an insurance run in the seventh.Beltran had an RBI single in the fourth to stay hot. He is batting .391 (9 for 23) with eight RBIs over the past six games.All the runs came off rookie starter Sean Manaea (1-2).Tanaka and reliever Nick Goody made it hold to help the Yankees move out of last place in the AL East for the first time since April 18.Tanaka retired seven of the first eight and pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth by getting Danny Valencia to strike out swinging before Khris Davis grounded out.“He’s not really throwing as hard as he used to,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said. “Every now and then he’ll rev one up … but it’s a cutter, it’s a slider, it’s a split, it’s a curve every now and then. He keeps you off balance.”Goody retired six batters to complete the six-hitter.The A’s scored their only run off Tanaka in the fifth when Matt McBride walked and scored on Valencia’s sacrifice fly.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team’s 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points in the near-record third for the Rockets, who turned a 50-49 halftime edge into a 31-point advantage after the torrid 12-minute span. The only team in the history of the NBA playoffs with more points in one quarter was the Los Angeles Lakers, who scored 51 points in the fourth on March 31, 1962, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.Clint Capela added 14 points and 17 rebounds, Eric Gordon finally got going with 18 points off the bench and the Rockets easily recovered from their rough start.Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were dominated on both ends of the floor during the decisive third and missed 14 of 21 shots over several panicked possessions.JAZZ 113, THUNDER 96SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points to lead the Jazz to a win over the Thunder.Joe Ingles scored 20 points while Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio chipped in 13 points, eight assists and six boards. Utah takes a 3-1 series lead back to Oklahoma City. Game 5 is on Wednesday night.Paul George scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Thunder. Oklahoma City lost its third straight in the series after shooting just 39 percent from the field.The Thunder opened up a 26-19 lead late in the first quarter when Carmelo Anthony capped a string of three straight Oklahoma City baskets with an alley-oop layup. They held onto the lead for much of the second quarter until Utah finally woke up on offense.TweetPinShare0 Shares