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Cricket News India vs West Indies: Maiden call-up for Pant as India announce ODI squad

first_imgNew Delhi: Flamboyant wicket keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been successful in getting a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI circuit as the national selectors looked like making a way for a succession plan for the iconic World Cup-winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Pant has 114 and 92 in his bag during his previous two Test appearances and has been a splendid white ball player who had replaced the Dinesh Karthik as MS Dhoni’s back-up.The hard-hitting southpaw is expected to be the missing piece of Men in Blue’s middle order jigsaw puzzle.“Yes, definitely but if need arises he will be the backup keeper,” said the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, when asked if Pant will be playing purely as a batsman.ALSO READ: Can #MeToo bring an end to sexual misconducts and harassment?Indicating that Pant is the long-term investment after MS Dhoni, who remains the first choice keeper till the World Cup.“It is no brainer who is our No 1 wicketkeeper. In search of the second wicketkeeper, we have given opportunities to DK and right now we are giving an opportunity to Rishabh Pant. At an appropriate time, we will take a call as to who is the best among the two.”Prasad indicated that they have now zeroed in on a couple of names for the two middle-order slots.Another interesting inclusion was of Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI in September last year. He will be looked at as a potential third seamer option.“I have been telling this for a quite some time that we are just 18 ODIs away from now before we play first game of the World Cup and so we need to figure out our fast bowlers and in this process, we have picked Shami,” said Prasad.Indian team for first 2 ODIs against West Indies: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur & KL Rahul. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

WATCH VIDEO: Goalkeeper scores scorpion kick stoppage time equaliser

first_imgThis incredible clip comes from the fourth tier of Spanish football in a match between Sariñena and Borja that took place on Sunday.Sariñena claimed a point late on after their 2nd choice goalkeeper, Pedro, scored a stoppage – time equaliser in a 3-3 draw.A last minute goal by a goalkeeper is one thing, but a goalkeeper scoring a scorpion kick last minute goal is some next level s***.Pedro emulated the famous Rene Higuita before being mobbed by his teammates.last_img

Drivers Start Your Engines, Finally

first_imgMost teams are based in the Charlotte area and are expected to return to work this week as essentialbusinesses. Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, said that NASCAR can go forward with the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway without fans in attendance, unless health conditions deteriorate in the state. Cooper said he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway regarding safety protocols for staging the race. “We believe that unless health conditions go down, we believe we can hold the Coca-Cola 600,” he said.He also said NASCAR should have an announcement later this week.last_img read more

It’s Deer Hunting Season In Some County Parks

first_imgBy Denise DiStephan |It’s deer hunting season in New Jersey and that means there will be some hopeful hunters staking out spots in certain wooded Monmouth County parks in Holmdel, Middletown and Colts Neck during permitted hours.Since Oct. 1, bowhunters have been permitted to hunt in Tatum Park in Middletown and Holmdel Park’s Ramanessin section.Starting in November, bowhunting is allowed at Holmdel Park’s North section on six scheduled mornings, while the park is closed to the public.Beginning Dec. 15, bowhunters will be looking for opportunities at Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck. On a handful of scheduled December dates, designated areas of Hartshorne Woods Park and Thompson Park, both in Middletown, will close until noon for shotgun, muzzleloader and/or bowhunting, as permitted by New Jersey Fish and Wildlife.Hunting is prohibited in all county parks on Sundays, even during designated seasons, and all hunting must be done from pre-approved and inspected tree stands, according to Karen Livingstone, public information officer for county parks.The county has been allowing hunting in its parks since 2004 and has had no incidents of any harm to people, Livingstone said.“Our staff goes through a lot of training and planning for the hunt and are patrolling and monitoring daily,” Livingstone said, adding that the hunt has helped preserve plants and brush on “the floor of the parks,” which had been greatly reduced by deer.“The hunt is helping us to keep the deer population status quo,” she said.The purpose of the program is to reduce the population of whitetail deer in order to improve forest health and wildlife diversity, according to the county’s latest annual report on hunting in the parks.The report states that last season 21 park areas were hunted and 604 deer were harvested.Hunters have to report to the parks’ offices whether or not they harvested any deer and must remove carcasses, Livingstone said. “Most of the deer hunters do consume what they harvest,” she added, based on her interactions with many of the hunters.For those who want to mount what they bag, they can visit one of the area’s taxidermists. That’s the work Richard G. Santomauro has been doing for 48 years and, for the last 20, from his Wildlife Taxidermy business at 1732 Route 71, Wall Township, near Belmar.When asked if a lot of his customers hunt in the county parks, he said, “It’s only a small percentage because most people don’t know there’s a hunt in the parks.”Santomauro, who was busy Monday renting “a lot of animals,” meaning the stuffed kind, to the new television show “FBI,” said there’s been a decrease in hunting during the past 20 years, especially in recent years.“Kids are on their computers and cellphones” rather than hunting, he said.But his business is still brisk, constantly stoked by customers all over the world, including numerous television and movie studios in different parts of the U.S. who rent a wide variety of “animals” to use in filming.In the county, designated hunting grounds include safety zones, keeping them at least 450 feet from schools and playgrounds, Livingstone said. The county mails postcards to those who live 200 feet or less from county park boundaries where hunting will take place, she said.Hunters must complete a hunting safety course and obtain a state license before they can obtain a permit to hunt in county parks, she said.The deer hunting season ends Feb. 16 at bowhunting sites such as Dorbrook Recreation Area, Holmdel Park Ramanessin section and Tatum Park.The designated dates for deer hunting at Hartshorne Woods Park are Dec. 4, 6, 12 and 14, and Jan. 8 until 11 a.m.At Holmdel Park’s North Section, they are Nov. 14, 16, 20 and 27 and Dec. 11 and 17 until 11 a.m.At Thompson Park, they are Dec. 3, 5, 7 and 13 and Jan. 10 until 11 a.m.This article was first published in the Nov. 1-7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Road weary Wildcats return with a single point

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsPlaying away from home was not kind to the Kootenay Wildcats.Kootenay managed only a single point during a three-game Female Midget AAA League tournament at this past weekend at Pitt Meadows.After falling to Prince George Cougars 6-3 and Fraser Valley Phantom 5-2 the Wildcats managed to secure the points by playing to a 2-2 tie against Vancouver Fusion.Goals by Kiana Strand of Invermere and Shannon Hall of Midway powered the Cats to the draw. Kootenay led 1-0 after one period before the Fusion struck for two second-period markers.The Wildcats opened All Star Tournament weekend by dropping a 5-2 decision to the Phantom.Kootenay stayed with the Phantom through 40 minutes before the home side pulled away with a pair of third-period goals. Aimee DiBella of Nelson and Holly Nikirk of Invermere each scored for Kootenay.Kootenay then lost 6-3 to Prince George as the Northern squad struck for three second-period goals. Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy, Strand and Nikirk each scored for Kootenay, which trailed 1-0 after one period and 4-2 after 40 minutes.The winless weekend drops Kootenay into fourth spot in the five-team lead with a 5-9-1 record.Thompson/Okanagan Rockets lead the league with a 13-1-1 record.Next action for Kootenay is December 17 when the team plays a tournament weekend in Kelowna.All Star Weekend Friday at the Coquitlam Sports Arena Team Blue and Team White played to a 4-4 tie in the second annual Female Midget AAA All Star Game. Shea Weighill of Nakusp won the breakaway challenge during the second period skills [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgPatrick Gallagher1340031%31%$112,120 STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR MEETING WITH ‘THE QUEEN’Anticipation is gaining momentum hour by hour for Santa Anita’s Spring Meet showdown between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind in next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Mile for fillies and mares, three and up.Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, winner of 12 of 13 races at Santa Anita and 16 of 21 overall, eyes her eighth straight victory for Richard Mandella, who trains the six-year-old mare for owner B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm.“She’s doing great, couldn’t be better,” Mandella said of Beholder Saturday morning in the company of Hughes, who will be on hand for the Vanity. Asked tongue-in-cheek if he would take a walkover in the race, Mandella quipped, “That’s one race I could be confident about.”Stellar Wind, three-year-old filly champion of 2015, makes her first start since finishing second by a neck in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland last Oct. 30. The four-year-old daughter of Curlin worked five furlongs in company Saturday morning under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 59.60. Stablemate Too Fast to Pass was timed in 59.80.“She went good,” said Espinoza of Stellar Wind, whom he has ridden six straight times, all stakes, three of them Grade I’s, since owners Kosta and Peter Hronis purchased the chestnut filly for John Sadler to train over a year ago.“She worked in company and I let her stretch her legs down the lane. It’s been a while since she raced, but she’s ready.“Now she has to against The Queen (Beholder). It should be fun.”Added clocker Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on Stellar Wind: “She’s right on point. She hasn’t missed a beat. Her works have been long, fast and she’s finishing good.”Stellar Wind has never lost at Santa Anita, winning all three of her starts including the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks last April 4.The Vanity is expected to draw a short field headed by the Big Two. Other entrants could include Divina Comedia, Lost Bus, Moyo Honey and Taris. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo5110111020%61%$521,603 (Current Through Friday, May 27) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won KENT DESORMEAUX TO WORK EXAGGERATOR AT BELMONT Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator will have his regular rider, Kent Desormeaux, aboard in his major drill next week at Belmont Park for the final jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11.“Kent will work him,” said Keith, trainer and part owner of Exaggerator, Saturday morning at Santa Anita. “I just haven’t figured out which day I’m going to breeze him yet (either next Saturday, June 4, or Tuesday, June 7).”                  Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, meanwhile, remains on the road to recovery from a fever that will prevent him from running in the Belmont Stakes.“He’s back eating, his fever is down, and tentatively he’s scheduled to come back (to Santa Anita) a week from Sunday (June 5), but he’s doing really, really good,” said Dennis O’Neill, brother of Doug O’Neill, who trains the son of Uncle Mo for Paul and Zillah Reddam.QUICK CASABLANCA ON OUTSIDE LOOKING INQuick Casablanca drew the extreme outside post position for Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf, but Ron McAnally says it will make no nevermind for the eight-year-old Chilean-bred horse, who captured the Grade III San Juan Capistrano at about 1 ¾ miles on a yielding course April 10.“The horse drops back and makes one run,” said Hall of Fame trainer McAnally, 83, and a contemporary of the legendary Whittingham who died at 89 in April 1999.“That’s his style and we don’t want to change it now.”The field for the Whittingham, race eight of nine: Blingo, Alex Solis, 8-1; Patentar, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; A Red Tie Day, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Montego Bay, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Royal Albert Hall, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Si Sage, Mike Smith, 15-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; and Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 4-1. Hector O. Palma833038%75%$59,490 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer3763816%46%$499,280 Santiago Gonzalez64912814%45%$459,365 Richard Mandella1733318%53%$198,415 SONGBIRD TO WORK FIVE FURLONGS EARLY SUNDAY MORNINGUndefeated and untested champion Songbird is scheduled to work at 6:30 a.m. Sunday for a possible return to the races in the Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on June 18.“She’s going to go five-eighths,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm. Rafael Bejarano6814111021%51%$709,645 FINISH LINES: Racing rarity: Jerry Hollendorfer, The Man of a Thousand Horses and winner of more than 7,000 races in his Hall of Fame career, does not have one horse entered on today’s Gold Rush Day card exclusively for California-bred or sired horses at Santa Anita. He does have four entered at a track where he made his bones, Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area. “I’ll have to try and buy some more Cal-breds,” Hollendorfer said . . . Through 14 racing days, there is a three-way tie in the race for leading jockey between Tyler Baze, Edwin Maldonado and Rafael Bejarano. Each has 14 victories, with Flavien Prat in hot pursuit , one behind at 13 . . . Bob Baffert was pleased with Friday’s four furlong breeze in 47.60 by San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy. It was the son of Twirling Candy‘s first work for Baffert since being transferred to him from trainer Cliff Sise Jr. “It was an easy half,” Baffert said. “I’m just trying to figure him out. I have no plans yet (for a race), but he’s a beautiful horse.” . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Kobe’s Back, prepping for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 25, worked four furlongs Saturday for Peter Eurton in 47.60 . . . Former jockey Corey Black has taken the book of Jaime Theriot . . . Santa Anita races through this Monday, Memorial Day, which also is Dollar Day. Fans can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time Memorial Day is 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Santa Anita presents a festive Carnival today through Monday from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. The entire family can share Carnival rides, games and prizes in additional to exciting Thoroughbred racing . . . Early Pick 3 no secret: Friday’s first three winners were Secret House ($12), Secret Room ($4.20) and Secreto Primero (it means first secret, $11.40), producing a Pick 3 worth $79.40. The “Secret” daily double paid $26.20. Richard Baltas2536312%48%$164,243 Brayan Pena3133710%42%$81,385 Chad Lindsay2241118%27%$76,230 Martin Garcia4164615%39%$377,440 Flavien Prat47137528%53%$517,010 Peter Eurton1650131%38%$197,025 Tiago Pereira4948108%45%$186,648 Edwin Maldonado651412922%54%$501,021 Fernando Perez3032310%27%$139,250 Philip D’Amato391110428%64%$578,715 Mario Gutierrez1835017%44%$251,460 Mike Puype2963221%38%$212,685 John Sadler3162319%35%$378,705 Drayden Van Dyke2933310%31%$160,205 Simon Callaghan1231125%42%$142,830 Martin Pedroza3663517%39%$199,390 Tyler Baze7114141420%59%$612,255 Ignacio Puglisi1331223%46%$79,918 CHAMPS BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND SET FOR VANITYEXAGGERATOR TO BREEZE AT BELMONT NEXT WEEKSONGBIRD DUE TO WORK AT SANTA ANITA TOMORROWOUTSIDE POST NO DETERENT FOR QUICK CASABLANCA Steven Miyadi1033030%60%$86,155 Edward Freeman931233%67%$95,585 Mark Glatt2544416%48%$144,246last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgWebb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

A kid’s game: Burns, Pavelski turn All-Star Game into family affair

first_imgSAN JOSE — The children of Sharks players Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski were front and center Friday night at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at SAP Center.Peyton Burns, Brent’s daughter, interviewed players on the red carpet on their way into the building and Jagger Burns and Nathan Pavelski skated onto the ice for warm-ups with all of the Western Conference players.Jagger and Nathan stood beside their dads as they, along with Erik Karlsson, were individually introduced before the …last_img read more

Raiders fans creatively turn Antonio Brown jerseys into Tim Brown jerseys

first_imgIt happens to every red-hot fanatic when his/her favorite athlete dishonors the colors: What do you do with the old jersey? You could dump in the garbage, but does that give you the symbolic closure you crave?You can douse it in kerosene and flip matches at it from a safe distance. The risk there is that you many wind up having a conversation with the fire marshal.Antonio Brown dishonored the Silver and Black in spectacular fashion without even playing a down in an exhibition game. Thoughts …last_img read more

South African film shines at Zanzibar festival

first_imgSmall boys with big dreams – often it isfrom these humble beginnings that futurestars emerge. Singer Simphiwe Dana makes a strongacting debut as Themba’s mother Mandisa.(Images: Themba) Young Themba and his best friend Sipho.(Image: alpha medienkontor GmbH)MEDIA CONTACTS • Joy SapiekaPublicist+27 73 212 5492• Helene TurveyPublicist+27 76 024 2993RELATED ARTICLES• South African film a hit at Cannes• New film tackles race with hunour• 2010 opportunities for SA film• New Afrikaans film a hit• Global acclaim for SA filmJanine ErasmusSouth African film Themba: A Boy Called Hope, directed by Pretoria-born Stefanie Sycholt, has scooped the Unicef Child Rights Award at the 2010 Zanzibar International Film Festival (Ziff).Sycholt received the prize from Unicef Germany board member Anne Luetkes at the film’s Cologne premiere on 1 August 2010.Every year since 2004 international child rights organisation Unicef has presented the award to a film that it feels best represents the struggle to uphold children’s basic rights in the Eastern and Southern African region.The film also took the Golden Dhow award for the festival’s best feature film.Last year’s Unicef winner was Mother Unknown, a film by Sudanese director Taghreed Alsanhouri about infants born out of wedlock in Khartoum, who become innocent victims of the stigma surrounding such situations. Alsanhouri received her award from US film star and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover.Directors interested in competing for the Unicef Child Rights Award at next year’s festival can email [email protected] best of African cinemaThe Zanzibar International Film Festival took place between 10 and 18 July 2010, mainly in Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar City, located on Unguja Island. This is East Africa’s only functional historical town and is a Unesco World Heritage site.Some events took place on Pemba Island, the other main island in the Zanzibar archipelago, and mainland Tanzania.Ziff is said to be East Africa’s largest festival for film, music and the arts. Attendance at the 2009 event was around 45 000 in Stone Town alone, with over 200 000 attending screenings elsewhere in Zanzibar and on the mainland. Of these, 12 000 came from abroad. The films on show represented 43 countries.This year’s event coincided with the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which took place in South Africa. Themba’s award is therefore especially fitting as football is one of the film’s central themes, and the film’s South African premiere took place during the tournament.The film is garnering rave reviews from all over the world. On the Internet Movie Database it has a score of 7.6 out of 10. It is currently showing at the Labia on Orange in Cape Town.Breaking down barriers through footballThe story is based on Crossing the Line by German-Dutch author Lutz van Dijk, now resident in Cape Town. Van Dijk is a founding member of the NGO Homes for Kids on South Africa, which cares for HIV-positive children and those affected by HIV/Aids, when their families or neighbours are unable to.He based the story on his own experience running a children’s home in the turbulent township of Masiphumelele, on the west side of the Cape Peninsula.Sycholt, who took part of her degree studies under Nobel literature laureate John Maxwell Coetzee, said she was inspired to bring the book to the big screen as soon as she read it, as it was an inspirational coming-of-age story rather than one of despair and hopelessness. She later wrote the screen adaptation.“Themba’s story is universal,” she said. “It’s not a football movie that builds up to one match at the end. Football is an important element though; it’s an element of hope in the boy’s life.”The film focuses on young Themba (an Nguni word meaning “hope”), played by 21-year-old Nat Singo, who admitted that he was attracted by the “amazing script”. The sporty nature of the film, however, was something of a challenge for him.Themba is a talented footballer and has great ambitions of one day becoming a star, but first must overcome a number of challenges; HIV, violence, poverty, and more.Themba’s father, a miner in the northern parts of South Africa, no longer sends money for the family. His best friend Sipho recently lost his mother to Aids, becoming yet another statistic in the growing number of child-headed households. However, because of the shame associated with the condition, the family has secretly buried her in the backyard and pretends to the community that all is well.While still young, the two boys develop an interest in the Beautiful Game and later Themba joins the Lion Strikers football team. However, on the eve of the regional championship finals he is raped by his mother’s lover, and escapes to Cape Town to seek her, taking his sister with him, but abandoning the match.They find their mother but realise from her frail condition that she is seriously ill – later she reveals that she has Aids, and even with treatment, it would be a long time before she would be well enough to work again.Themba is forced to look for odd jobs around the city, and finally plucks up the courage to phone Big John Jacobs, who had made contact with the boy during the regional tournament, to ask him for work.Jacobs, the Ajax Cape Town football coach and talent scout, is played by Former German goalkeeper and World Cup player Jens Lehmann, who makes his on-screen debut as in the film.But Jacobs has other plans for the boy, and he is invited to practise with the team. One of the players is injured before a big match, and Themba finally gets his chance to hit the pitch.Multi-talented castLehmann is joined by South African football veteran Doctor Khumalo, of Kaiser Chiefs and Bafana Bafana fame, as well as popular local screen star Rapulana Seiphemo as Themba’s father.Other performers include Kagiso Mtetwa as Sipho, local songbird Simphiwe Dana as Themba’s loving mother Mandisa, and Patrick Mofokeng as her jobless lover.Filming wrapped just as the 2009 Confederations Cup came to a close, and took place largely in Cape Town and the rural areas around Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape province. This part of the country has been hard hit by HIV/Aids, and is also one of the poorest provinces. The visuals of this stark and impoverished region are superb.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a keen supporter of the film, said it reminded him of his own childhood in a small village in the former Transvaal, now Gauteng.The young Tutu, like Themba, had hopes of rising above poverty and making something of himself in the world. “In football, Themba seems to be a lot better than I was,” Tutu said, adding that he wished the film “all possible success”./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=555:global-acclaim-for-sa-film&catid=42:land_news&Itemid=110last_img read more

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