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Faf du Plessis praises young South Africa squad after series win over Australia

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first_imgFaf du Plessis reckons he’ll forget about the booing, eventually, and his enduring memories of the Australian tour will be about South Africa’s against-the-odds series win.South Africa’s depth was tested when its inspirational captain was ruled out before the tour because of injury, and leading paceman Dale Steyn broke down on the second day of the series.”Obviously there were a lot of questions asked. We lost A.B., which is a massive player. We lost Dale,” Du Plessis said Sunday, summing up the 2-1 series win after Australia rallied to claim the third match by seven wickets.”Before the series, if you told the South Africa team they’d lost those two players, they would say to you we had no chance to beat Australia.”The South Africans were in dire trouble at 81-5 on day one in Perth, but recovered with an innings-reviving partnership between Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma to reach 242. Australia raced to 158 in reply, until Steyn dismissed David Warner for 97. It turned out to be Steyn’s only real contribution to the series.And it proved to be a turning point in South Africa’s favor.Enter Kagiso Rabada, in his ninth test, who took two big wickets in the first innings to back up Vernon Philander, the new leader of the attack, who took four. Rabada returned to take five wickets in the second innings of a 177-run win.In Hobart, Philander was unplayable on the first morning, taking 5-21 as Australia was skittled for 85. Kyle Abbott, coming into the XI to replace Steyn and playing his eighth test, took three wickets in the first innings and 6-77 in the second, when Rabada chimed in with four as South Africa won by an innings and 80 runs to clinch the series.advertisementIn the meantime, Dean Elgar and J.P. Duminy posted centuries in Perth, where de Kock scored two half-centuries. In Hobart, where the Australian batsmen made the wicket appear unplayable, de Kock scored a century and shared another important partnership with Bavuma that helped set South Africa on course for its massive victory. (Day-Night Test: Australia take control in Adelaide)Du Plessis scored an unbeaten 118 in the first innings in Adelaide South Africa’s first experience of a day-night test before making tactical declaration at 259-9 on the first night. That will stay with him as a lesson in the pink ball format.Australia replied with 383 and was on top, but Stephen Cook prolonged South Africa’s resistance with a gritty 104 in the second innings his highest score since a century on debut against England in January.”I said before the series this will be a great tour for young guys to make names for themselves, and the guys did that,” du Plessis said. “Everyone stepped up everyone put their hands up at different stages.”Philander was voted player of the series for his 12 wickets and 136 runs with the bat, including a high of 73. Rabada was second in the bowling ranks with 15 wickets in between established Australian pair Josh Hazlewood with 17 and Mitchell Starc with 14. Abbott was a constant threat in his two tests, taking 13 wickets at an average of 14.84. (Steve Smith hails new recruits after Australia win at last)Du Plessis had a tumultuous last week, being found guilty by the International Cricket Council of ball tampering, after he was seen putting his fingers in his mouth while he was sucking a mint, then shining the ball in Hobart.Cricket South Africa appealed the verdict, and du Plessis said he’s been unfairly made a scapegoat for doing something that cricketers all over the world have long done.It dominated headlines in Australia the day before the test, and du Plessis was loudly booed as he walked out to bat. Some in the crowd booed when he reached his century.”The last couple of days there was a little bit of huff and puff,” du Plessis said. “From a cricket point of view, what will stick me is winning this series.”From a personal note, to overcome everything that happened and to score a hundred in that first innings is something I’ll remember forever.”last_img read more

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Woman killed, husband injured over petty dispute

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first_imgThane, Dec 1 (PTI) A petty dispute over a cricket ball hitting a woman took an ugly turn with a 48-year-old woman stabbed to death and her husband seriously injured allegedly by a neighbour, police said today.Some boys at Borivili village in Padgha town of Bhiwandi taluka in the district were playing cricket yesterday when a ball hit the woman in the neighbourhood.Later, the woman, Malti Zavar, and her husband Suresh Zavar (50) complained to the parents of a boy about the youngsters playing the sport in an unsafe manner which led to an argument among them, police said.The boys annoyed father, Govind Gorpade, then picked up a sharp weapon from his house and attacked the woman with it, killing her on the spot while her husband sustained serious injuries, they said.The body was sent for postmortem to government hospital, police said, adding that the womans husband was admitted to a local hospital.Offences under sections 302 (murder), and 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC have been registered in connection with the incident, police said adding that further probe was on.A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused.PTI CORR GK DV SNKlast_img read more

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Pulisic sidelined with calf injury

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first_imgChristian Pulisic could be set for a period on the sidelines with “torn calf fibers.”The American star missed out on Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Monaco on Wednesday, with the club announcing he had sustained the calf injury.The 20-year-old had played in four straight games for Dortmund, after missing two matches earlier in the season with muscle problems. 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! In a statement on their website, the club also said that Pulisic will “undoubtedly” miss the club’s Bundesliga match against Augsburg on Saturday.Pulisic is now in doubt for the USA’s two upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru, set for October 11 and 16. The American has played just one game for his country in 2018, after making nine appearances in 2017 as the U.S. shockingly failed to qualify for the World Cup.Dortmund defeated Monaco 3-0 at Signal Iduna Park, making it two wins from two Champions League matches thus far.last_img read more

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Martinez shuts down ‘irrelevant’ Real rumours

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first_imgRoberto Martinez was quick to shut down talk of possible contact with Real Madrid over the vacant head coach position on Friday.The Belgium boss is one of the leading candidates to succeed Julen Lopetegui on a permanent basis following his sacking at the end of October.However, Martinez insists his only concern is Belgium’s Nations League matches with Iceland and Switzerland, which take place next week. 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! “I don’t want to say whether I or my agent had contact with Real Madrid,” he told a news conference.”That is irrelevant and would be of little respect in the run-up to the matches against Switzerland and Iceland. That’s what we’re doing now.”When pressed on whether Madrid could be an option in his future, Martinez replied: “I don’t want to talk about anything other than the matches against Switzerland and Iceland.”I’ve already said that here in two languages. Should I say it through body language, or sing a song?”My message will remain the same: the only thing that interests me today is the Belgium team.”Martinez has long been earmarked as one of the favourites for the Madrid job, along with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.However, speculation is building that interim coach Santiago Solari could be offered the role full-time after guiding them to three wins and no goals conceded in three games.last_img read more

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Bangalore beat Kolkata

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ICC Champions Trophy: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says no room for error

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first_imgNew Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson said the squad he will lead into June’s Champions Trophy should be in good form given plenty of recent preparations but admits that is no guarantee for success when it comes to one-off clashes.Williamson, who is set to lead New Zealand into his first major 50-over tournament as captain, said a lot of the team’s members have been heavily involved in the Indian Premier League while others were in Ireland for the Tri-Series last week.”It counts for something but not for everything because we still come back to one-off clashes with opponents and if you win then you can go a long way in the competition,” said Williamson, who took over as captain from Brendon McCullum in 2016.”But there is not much time for slip-ups or conservative cricket.”New Zealand are in Group A of the Champions Trophy, to be held in England from June 1-18, with Australia, England and Bangladesh.Williamson is familiar with being a part of thrilling one-day series in England but hopes his team will fare better this year after squandering a 2-1 lead over England in a best-of-five one-day series in 2015.”Any time you have those experiences against opponents you are coming up against in similar conditions, it is the same side too, it is only a good thing,” said Williamson.”But you don’t tend to look too much into it in tournaments like this – it is a one-off game and both teams will be playing with freedom and hope it comes off.”advertisementlast_img read more

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India scored some great goals against Pakistan: Roelant Oltmans

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first_imgIndia chief hockey coach Roelant Oltmans exuded satisfaction after his boys went on a goal spree against Pakistan in the Hockey World League Semi-Final but said they still need to work on some areas.India rode on goals from drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh (13th minute, 33rd), Talwinder Singh (21st, 24th), Akashdeep Singh (47th, 59th) and Pradeep Mor (49th) to beat Pakistan 7-1 and zoom to the top of Pool B on Sunday.”I thought Pakistan were the better team in the first quarter and they created more opportunities but after we scored the first goal we started to play according to our plan,” said Oltmans after the match.”We scored some great goals today and when we score the type of goals that we did today, that is what makes a coach happy. I enjoyed the way we played, but as always I look for things to improve in our performances but scoring seven and conceding one is good,” he added.The 7-1 win was also India’s biggest over Pakistan, bettering the 7-4 effort against arch-rivals in 2003 Champions Trophy and 2010 Commonwealth Games.India will next play The Netherlands on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Pakistan reclaiming cricketing glory after tumultuous Tableeghi tryst

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first_imgHuge crowds welcomed back members of the victorious Pakistan team after a successful Champions Trophy campaign. Thousands thronged different cities across the country as ten players landed after weeks of downs and ups in England. And thousands gathered outside the residence of skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who proudly held aloft the trophy his team had won by defeating India in a one-sided final.Pakistan celebrated their victory and they deserved to. They earned it. But there is more to celebrate for a country that has long been left frustrated by the inability of their players to stay in sync with the modern-day game – the influence of extreme religiosity influenced by the presence of the Tableeghi Jamaat, is finally on the wane.WHAT IS THE TABLEEGHI JAMAAT?Tableeghi Jamaat or TJ a movement which was started in 1927 by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in India. Wikipedia describes TJ as “a non-political global Sunni Islamic missionary movement that focuses on urging Muslims to return to primary Sunni Islam, and particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behaviour. The organisation is estimated to have between 12 million and 150 million adherents (the majority living in South Asia), and a presence in somewhere between 150 and 213 countries. It has been called “one of the most influential religious movements in 20th century Islam.”The cricket world had noticed a sudden shift in focus in the Pakistan team setup under Inzamam-ul-Haq, who took over as captain in 2004. In the next three years till he retired, players were actively encouraged to offer their namaz (prayers) in full public view. Cricketers grew beards, thanked the Lord before post-match speeches and apparently did not even spend much time at the gym honing their fitness.advertisementHowever, the TJ influence dates back to Waqar Younis’ reign as captain, who had brought on board Saeed Anwar, who was grieving the death of his daughter. The stylish left-handed opener then spent time recruiting team members into their fold and the religious transformation of a cricket team was underway.The impact of Islamist practices in the cricket structure has long remained a talking point in Pakistani circles.Back in 2013, the Dawn had reported former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)chairman Shaharyar Khan in his book “The Cricket Cauldron” wrote of the religious movement in the team. In the 2003 World Cup, Anwar had told his teammates to loud applause that “angels will descend and help Pakistan win the Cup.”CONSEQUENCES OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMESPakistan were knocked out in the first round after winning only against Holland and Namibia, Waqar was removed as skipper and many of their other stalwarts bowed out. Inzamam only took over in 2004 (after a brief stint by Rashid Latif) and under him, key players were kept out in the cold because they did not subscribe to his hardcore interpretation of religion.Inzamam led Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup and again, the team exited in the first round, this time having to deal with the humiliation of losing to Ireland.Pakistan’s performances had started to dip sharply from 2003 and the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, further pushed things back for Pakistan. No international team has since gone back to play in that country except for Zimbabwe in 2015 for short limited-overs series. Consequently, the team suffered. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) became their home base, the domestic cricket structure, never a strong suit to begin with, plunged further.Under Inzamam’s leadership, Yousuf Youhana, a Dalit Christian, converted to Islam. Shaharyar, in his book, explained, Yousuf was inspired by the message of Islam being propagated by the then captain. More importantly, Yousuf believed conversion would help him become captain at some stage.Pakistan, blessed with the flamboyance of men like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, were quickly being wiped off the cricketing map. Imran and Akram represented different eras of swag, glamour and inflicted fear and charm in equal measure. They were serious international celebrities and were showered with adulation wherever they went. Pakistan cricketers of subsequent generations failed to inspire similar feelings of awe.HINDU LEG-SPINNER VICTIMISEDThen there was the case of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. He was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) back in 2012 after being accused of trying to influence some of his teammates at Essex to indulge in spot fixing. Kaneria continues to deny his involvement and last year it was reported he was desperate for the BCCI to step in and help him after being ignored by the PCB.However, Kaneria later denied making any such statement but the talented leggie continues to battle it out on his own without any kind of assistance from the PCB.advertisementThe Kaneria episode is in stark contrast to Mohammad Amir, who was jailed for his role in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010 but subsequently returned into the international fold and played a key role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph.Amir, undoubtedly talented, was backed to the hilt by PCB and the team management despite a far more serious offence while Kaneria has been left to fend for himself despite denying the charges laid down by the ECB.PAKISTAN CRICKETERS TRIED TO CONVERT INTERNATIONAL STARSAfter an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2014, Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad had attempted to convert Tillakaratne Dilshan on the field. Shehzad had a shocking conversation with Dilshan as the teams left the field after a Sri Lankan victory. “If you are a non-Muslim and you convert, no matter whatever you do in life, you can go straight to heaven,” Shehzad was heard saying in a video that went viral. Dilshan’s response was barely audible but it was clear it did not please Shehzad, who said: “Then be ready for the fire.”It was perhaps not the only instance of a Pakistani player trying to convert players of other faiths from another country.Several other media reports had emerged after the Shehzad controversy which claimed Yousuf wanted to convert Australian cricketers. During Pakistan’s horror tour down under when they lost all three Tests, five ODIs and the one-off T20 International, Yousuf spent time chatting up the Aussies to see if they would convert.FEAR FACTOR LOST, ZERO CHARMThere came a phase in Pakistani cricket – 2003 onwards – which saw loss of form and charm. Shoaib Akhtar was fast, brutal and fun to watch – he refused to conform to the rigidity of the team leadership. According to Shaharyar, Younus Khan was another such star, who struggled to hold on despite his phenomenal record.With the advent of time and the emergence of Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan cricket found its footing again and shifted its focus solely back to the game. There are still traces of religiosity in the side but there is a sense of purpose.NEW DAWN FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET?A Test series victory in England  was forged on the back of two old warhorses, who were determined to turn the tide. But the Champions Trophy glory will be owed to Pakistan’s new brigade, which is now eager to catch up with the rest of the world. They want to achieve what their slicker neighbours from India have achieved, they want to see where the fitness of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya can take them.Zaman was in the Navy a decade back but now wants to be considered among the fiercest opening batsmen in world cricket. Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hassan bowled with spite and venom and they looked fitter than an entire earlier generation of Pakistani pacers. Shadab’s fielding was electric and his confidence on the biggest stage unparalleled. The current cricketers have grown up watching Younus practice for hours, they are accustomed to watching Misbah sermonise on the art of perfection as cricketers and they are more open to the idea of learning from Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith.advertisementThe new generation of Pakistan cricketers has seen the opportunity to make their name in a new world. There is a chance for them to build the old aura again. With time, the Fakha Zamans, the Shadab Khans and the Hassan Alis will perhaps inspire the same kind of adulation that their illustrious predecessors did, before Tableeghi Jamaat raised its head in the dressing-room.last_img read more

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Jay-Zs album 4:44 delves into his personal life

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first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 30 (PTI) Music star Jay-Zs 13th solo studio album “4:44”, which is his first LP in four years, has arrived and he seems to have dedicated a song to his wife and the mother of his three children, Beyonce.The albums title “4:44” appears to refer to Jay-Z and Beyonces fascination with the number 4.The rappers birthday is on December 4, while his superstar wifes is on September 4. Their wedding anniversary is April 4, and they sport matching IV tattoos.The 35-minute album features 10 tracks, including the titular and deeply personal “4:44,” in which Jay-Z hints at his relationship with Beyonce. He even apologizes for womanising, reported Entertainment Weekly.”I apologize, our love was one for the ages and I contained us,” he raps, later adding, “And if my children knew, I dont even know what I would do / If they aint look at me the same / I would prolly die with all the shame.”The rapper, who was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, also mentions about miscarriages in plural.”4:44″ also includes references to the ups and downs of their love.”And if my children knew, I dont even know what I would do / If they aint look at me the same / I would probably die with all the shame / You did what with who? / What good is a menage a trois when you have a soulmate? / You risked that for Blue?” JAY-Z says.He also talks about his children in the tenth track, titled “Legacy.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

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England’s U-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah joins Watford from Chelsea F.C.

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first_imgChelsea’s England under-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has joined fellow London Premier League club Watford on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the clubs said on Thursday.After several loans, including helping Watford reach the Championship playoff final in 2013, Chalobah was a part of Antonio Conte’s title-winning Chelsea squad last season.The 22-year-old made 15 appearances in all competitions to claim a league winner’s medal and was part of England’s European Championship under-21 squad that reached the semi-finals.He has had loan spells at Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli, and made 42 appearances at Watford during the 2012/13 season, scoring five goals.last_img

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Yaya Toure backs Benjamin Mendy to make impact at Manchester City

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first_imgManchester City’s new signing Benjamin Mendy has the potential to make a big impact next season but the defender must adapt to the demands of playing in the Premier League as quickly as possible, midfielder Yaya Toure has said.The French left-back joined City on a five-year deal earlier this week from Monaco, where he helped them win the Ligue 1 title and reach the Champions League semi-finals last season.Mendy is the third full-back to arrive at Man City in the close season following the arrival of Danilo from Real Madrid and Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur.City are almost certain to rotate their full backs, with Danilo, who can play on both sides, acting as a cover for Mendy and Walker. Manager Pep Guardiola is also reported to be in the market for another right back to complete a very expensive set.”I know Mendy, because he’s French and he’s been playing for my former club Monaco. I think he’s a fantastic player,” Toure told Sky Sports.”You will see in the Premier League how powerful he is, how much energy he has. This guy is very exciting to see.”I hope he’s going to be fine in the Premier League, because it is such a tough league, and we all know you need to adapt for a month or so, or some players go on straight away.”I hope he can adapt as much as possible because we don’t have time.”Mendy, 23, has joined his new team mates in Los Angeles and could make his City debut in a pre-season friendly against Real Madrid later on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Neymar storms out of Barcelona training, Chinese event cancelled

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first_imgBrazilian striker Neymar stormed out of a Barcelona training session on Thursday as speculation mounted about a world-record move to Paris St Germain.A personal appearance in China next week was cancelled because he was said to be “busy with transfer business”.Pictures of Barca training in Miami for Saturday’s game against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Trophy showed Neymar having to be kept apart from team mate Nelson Semedo before removing his bib and stomping away from the session.Suggestions that he might have weighty matters on his mind increased when Chinese travel agent Ctrip posted on its official Weibo account that it has had to cancel an event with Neymar because he is “busy with transfer business”.Ctrip said the event was scheduled for Shanghai next Monday and that anyone who had bought tickets would be refunded.PSG have reportedly held discussions with Barcelona about a transfer for the 25 year-old that would smash the world record 89 million pounds ($117) Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Neymar’s buy-out clause was set at over 200 million euros ($234 million) but that does not appear to have deterred PSG, who are backed by Qatari finance and lost their French league title to AS Monaco last season.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli talks up Kuldeep Yadav’s chances of playing Pallekele Test

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first_imgVirat Kohli has hinted left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav will play the third and final Test against Sri Lanka starting in Kandy from Saturday.Kuldeep will replace Ravindra Jadeja, who will serve a one-Test ban after collecting more demerit points in Colombo, where he was named man-of-the-match.Kuldeep had made an impressive Test debut in Dharamsala, picking a four-for to destroy Australia’s first innings and setting up a series-deciding win for India. The 22-year-old was later picked for the ODIs against West Indies and returned with eight wickets from five matches.Not surprisingly then, Kuldeep has plenty of support from his captain and has a good chance of playing his second Test despite the presence of Axar Patel, who was called in after Jadeja’s suspension.”He (Kuldeep) believes in his own ability and believes in deceiving the batsmen with the skill that he has. I think that’s his biggest quality. He has proven himself in Dharamsala, which was not such a spin-friendly wicket and it was quite flat in the first 2-3 days of the Test match,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.”A chinaman bowler is always something which is an x- factor in a team and I would say his confidence is his USP. He has a great chance of playing tomorrow and I wish him all the best,” he added.The 28-year-old India captain was also impressed with the attitude of the younger brigade coming in. The likes of KL Rahul, Kuldeep, Jayant Yadav and Karun Nair have grabbed their chances as soon as they got a look-in.advertisement”Not that we are old but (with) all these young guys coming in, one thing that strikes you about them is their confidence,” he said.India did not practice today but they are on the rampage in the Test team, having won eight successive series since losing to Australia in 204-15. The Indian team is like a well-oiled machine at the moment and has all its bases covered.”We feel comfortable going into the test match even though we did not have a practice today,” he said.CONSISTENCY IN ICC RULESMissing the services Jadeja due to a suspension, captain Kohli urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to be more consistent in implementing rules pertaining to the players’ code of conduct.”I think players have to be much more aware going ahead and just hoping that the guidelines are very similar from now on. Because it shouldn’t vary according to how the situation is looked at,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka here.”So if it is consistent then I think it is going to be a good going ahead because players will obviously be more aware of how they need to conduct themselves on the field. It will only help the game get better,” he added.World’s No.1 Test bowler and all-rounder Jadeja was handed a one-match suspension for logging six demerit points in the last 24 months. His offences ranged from running on the pitch to throwing the ball dangerously at an opponent.As a result, he would be missing the third and final against Sri Lanka staring here tomorrow.Speaking on the suspension, Kohli said players should understand the ICC’s rules but the governing body should show greater consistency while making such vital decisions.’CLARITY ON RULES’Kohli said with clarity on the rules, the players would be less prone to violating them.”Firstly we need to be very clear on what are the things that fall into it and what are the things that a player needs to keep in his mind while being on the field. Lot of things happen on the field, which in the thick of things or heat of the moment you end up doing,” he explained.”But you don’t know what’s going to cause you one or two or three points. So I think the intent counts nowadays and that’s something that players need to keep in mind. It might be a very small thing but if the intent is to do something bad then obviously that is something that counts against the player,” said Kohli.The series has been pocketed but Kohli ruled out making wholesale changes to the side in the inconsequential match.’NOT TAKING ANYTHING LIGHTLY’India won the first two Tests in Galle and Colombo comfortably and now have a chance to score a rare 3-0 overseas victory.And perhaps keen on clinching a clean-sweep, Kohli said he would like to maintain continuity.advertisement”To play consistent cricket, you need to make sure that players are playing on a regular basis. Those who are preforming and those who are doing well should continue in more games than not and to be a consistent side I think we need to have continuity as well unless the situations where things are not controllable arise,” Kohli said in a pre-match press conference.”So we certainly don’t want to take anything lightly. We want to play the same kind of cricket that we have and hopefully retain the team that played the last game as much as we can. We are certainly not thinking of too many changes at all, especially in this format, because you don’t want to start taking things for granted and lose that momentum,” he added.Kohli rejected suggestions that this could demoralise players, who have not yet got a chance to play.”Managing players who don’t get a chance is also a skill. It is not easy because everyone wants to play and luckily we have such players who are just waiting for opportunities. We don’t have players who are happy to sit out,” Kohli said.”In a team environment everyone knows that only 11 players can play. So in professional sport they understand this aspect. They are intelligent so you don’t get too many of such questions. They understand the dynamics of the team and they make our job easier because their attitude is so good,” he added.The team’s pre-match practice session today was washed out. Even so, the skipper wasn’t too bothered about the playing combination or even how the pitch conditions might have changed in the build-up to the game.The green square was mowed twice today revealing a flatter deck for the Test than anticipated.”…it just happened to rain but the day before that we had a good practice. Also in places like Sri Lanka it is very hot and humid. People sometimes end up doing too much at practice and then maybe you don’t recover for a game.”It might just be a good thing for those who needed more rest especially the bowlers who have massive workload during test matches. For us its more of a positive thing than a hindrance that we didn’t have practice a day before the game because we are in a good zone,” said Kohli.On the pitch, which he has not yet seen, Kohli said it wasn’t much of a concern.”It’s quite a different situation (not looking at pitch a day before the match) but the management has gone to the stadium to have a look. We heard there were some changes to the pitch so they have gone to check how things look at this stage, so we will have more clarity on what we need to go in with,” he said.When asked about the chance to take the series 3-0, the skipper replied, “For us it is about playing another Test match and trying to win another match. We have already won the series but it doesn’t mean that we can afford to be complacent.advertisement”I personally feel that it (thinking about 3-0) is just a distraction that causes people to be over-excited and that causes people to look too far ahead what might be the outcome of this particular game.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Shakib Al Hasan, AB De Villiers recalled for one-day series

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first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been recalled in the 16-member ODI squad for the three-match series against South Africa, beginning at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Sunday.However, Bangladesh, who were outplayed in the two-match Test series 0-2 against the Proteas, will have to work harder against the South African team, who have been strengthened by the inclusion of swashbuckling batsman and former captain AB de Villiers.South African batsman JP Duminy, who bid adieu from Test cricket as well as first-class cricket in September, has also been named in the ODI squad.Going into the series, Bangladesh will be under new leadership, with veteran bowler Mashrafe Mortaza captaining the side instead of Mushfiqur Rahim..@Sah75official spoke yesterday at Kimberly ahead of the ODI series against @OfficialCSA pic.twitter.com/AKo755cmPh- Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) October 14, 2017Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis and new coach Ottis Gibson will together be seeking to build a strong squad on a road to the 2019 World Cup.In the most recent one-day outings for both teams, Bangladesh made it to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions League in England in June, while South Africa failed to advance beyond the group stage.Final preparation underway in Kimberley. Tickets for tomorrows ODI are selling fast at https://t.co/1lqITTRjI4. See you there! #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/qPLAcSAAVo- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 14, 2017The two sides last met each other in the ODI series in July 2015, where Bangladesh emerged out victorious by 2-1.However, South Africa have won 14 out of 17 one-day matches against Bangladesh.advertisementThe squads are as follows:South Africa: Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (WK), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso RabadaBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Imrul Kayes, Liton Das (wkt), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed.last_img read more

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BMW launches the 330i Gran Turismo M Sport for Rs 49.40 lakhs in India

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first_imgGerman auto maker BMW has launched the 330i Gran Turismo M Sport in India at Rs 49.90 lakhs (ex-showroom). It is, as the name suggests, an M Sport packaged version of the 330i GT and is priced Rs 4 lakhs more than the standard 330i M Sport.The M Sport package is available with the standard body style 330i and this addition now shows the GT family of cars get an M Sport package. This package comprises the sporty bumpers, aero aids, 18-inch M wheels and a whole bunch of M badges and racing colours striping all around.On the interior, BMW gives sporty seats, M spec steering wheel and headliner in a shade of anthracite which is specific to this model. It is a 2.0-litre petrol under the hood producing 248bhp/350Nm with power going to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed gearbox, similar to the one found BMW Z4. The 330i GT M Sport accelerates from standstill to 100kmph in 6 seconds.This has become a trend for luxury car makers to offer sport versions of their standard models so as to make the car stand out. This car is being produced through the CKD route and is available for order directly.last_img read more

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Andy Murray targets Wimbledon return after undergoing right hip surgery

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first_imgAndy Murray is now targetting Wimbledon as his return to tennis action after undergoing a hip surgery in Melbourne on Monday.Having been missing from action since his loss to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2017, Murray went ahead with the surgery only today after withdrawing from the Australian Open last week.The three-time Grand Slam champion is optimistic that he shall return to the circuit for Wimbledon and still considers himself a challenger for major titles.”Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray said on Facebook.ALSO WATCH”I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grasscourt season,” he added.”Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I’ll come back from this.”Murray, who ended 2016 as world number one, has slipped down to 19th in the rankings but the Scot is confident he can return to the top of the sport.”I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” Murray was quoted as saying by the BBC. “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”Murray is expected to return home in a week or two to continue his recovery and rehabilitation.The twice Wimbledon champion and reigning Olympic champion has made it back from surgery before after having an operation to his lower back at the end of 2013.advertisementHe went on to win a second Wimbledon title in 2016 and played arguably the best tennis of his career.Last year, however, his hip began to cause concern at the French Open where he reached the semi-finals and he was walking with a limp throughout Wimbledon.While he faces the possibility of almost a year out in total, Murray says if he can return to 95 percent of his best he can still compete for the game’s biggest prizes.”The surgeon felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago,” Murray said. “Obviously, I was still doing fine a year ago – I was ranked number one in the world.”I’m certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to number one in the world.”I’ll be playing a reduced schedule, and then focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals.”So if I can get myself to 95 per cent of my best, I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level. No question.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli honoured by DDCA for completing 50 international hundreds

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first_imgVirat Kohli was felicitated by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Wednesday for scoring 50 centuries in international cricket.The felicitation was a part of the first annual DDCA Conclave.The 29-year-old was handed over mementos by former India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi for his fantastic performances.”It is indeed an honour to receive the award from Bishan Sir. From not understanding the importance of fitness and running away from him in Under 15, 16 and 19 cricket only because he made us train too much to training becoming my lifeline now is something that he is doing for. To be able to be among them as a captain of the Indian cricket team…is indeed a dream come true for me and a huge honour,” Kohli said at the DDCA ceremony.  “Hopefully I’ll be able to do the work I’ve been able to do till now along with my team and hope to bring many more laurels to our country,” he added.WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli hit his 50th Test hundred at the Eden Gardens during the first Test against Sri Lanka. He followed that up with a double ton in Nagpur, which was also his 19th Test ton and 10th international hundred in a calendar year as captain. Six of the ten tons have come in ODIs while four have been in whites.The previous best was Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith with nine hundreds. The former Australian captain had managed the feat on two occasions in consecutive years, in 2005 and 2006. Graeme Smith did it in 2005. The Indian captain on the other hand has scored more hundreds than fifties as captain. He has 22 hundreds as compared to his 16 fifties.advertisementBesides, Kohli equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s record for most hundreds (11) as an Indian Test captain.Not only that, it was his fifth double century in Test cricket, equalling Brian Lara, who also has five to his name.King Kohli scores his 5th double ton in Test cricket #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/k21iKvOZvg- BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2017The Indian captain has been on a rampaging run, decimating opposition bowling attacks for fun. He had scored double centuries in four successive Test series. He started with a 200 against West Indies and then scored 211 against New Zealand back in  October last year.But that was just the start of his dominance at home as he continued his form against England with a 235 and then took Bangladesh bowlers to the cleaners for a relatively quick-fire 204.He stumbled somewhat against Australia in the following Border-Gavaskar Trophy, finishing the series with only 46 runs from three matches. He bounced back again with an unbeaten 103 against Sri Lanka in their backyard.In the reverse tour from Sri Lanka, the hosts were under the weather in Kolkata. Kohli was dismissed for a duck (his fifth in Test cricket) in the first innings but roared back in the second with a scintillating 104 not out.The Indian captain, who is the leading run-getter in the ODIs this year, also has six hundreds in the 50-overs format. The 29-year-old also has nine fifties across formats.In ODIs, Kohli reached his 32nd hundred in the 50-overs format in the first match against New Zealand, surpassing Ricky Ponting in the list of most hundreds. He is only behind the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar who has 49.last_img read more

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Cards Beat Dreadful Giants, 25-14

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first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Arizona Cardinals are getting so good they can win with a backup quarterback who hadn’t played since 2010.Ted Ginn Jr. ran 71 yards on a punt return for a go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown, and the Cardinals beat the error-prone New York Giants 25-14 Sept. 14 despite playing without injured starting quarterback Carson Palmer.Drew Stanton threw for 167 yards and led the Cardinals (2-0) on three long scoring drives in helping them win for the ninth time in 11 games. Arizona finished 10-6 last season, but missed the playoffs.Jonathan Dwyer scored on a 1-yard run and Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals, including one a minute after Ginn’s electrifying return on which the speedster bounced off a tackle and was gone.The Cardinals got the ball back right away after Quintin Demps fumbled the ensuing kickoff return.Eli Manning (26 of 39 for 277 and two interceptions) threw two touchdowns for the Giants (0-2), who turned over the ball four times.Manning’s touchdown passes covered 7 yards to Rueben Randle and 1 yard to Daniel Fells, the last one putting New York ahead 14-10 late in the third quarter.Stanton, who finished 14 of 29 and no interceptions, closed the gap to 14-13 on a 13-play, 74-yard march that Catanzaro capped with a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.The Giants went three-and-out when Victor Cruz would not catch a third-down sideline pass in front of the Cardinals bench.  It proved costly.Steve Weatherford, who tore ligaments in his left ankle in the season opener, got off a low punt. Ginn bounced off an initial tackle by Zack Bowman, circled right and turned upfield. Only Weatherford had a chance to tackle him and it was a mismatch.The Cardinals, who rallied to beat San Diego Sept. 8, failed on the 2-point conversion run. But Demps’ fumble and the ensuing 32-yard field goal by Catanzaro pushed the lead to 22-14.New York had a chance to tie, moving into Cardinals territory with less than five minutes to play. Then running back Rashad Jennings lost his footing after catching a swing pass and fumbled at the 15.And the Giants now seem on their way to another horrible start; they opened last season 0-6.Stanton was outstanding. He guided an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the opening series, and a 10-play, 40-yard field goal drive on the next one.Dwyer capped the first one from less than a yard after video review denied Larry Fitzgerald an 8-yard TD catch. Catanzaro kicked a 49-yard field goal to finish the second drive that featured runs of 15 yards by Andre Ellington and 20 by Dwyer.The Giants’ defense helped the Cardinals on both drives. A roughing-the-passer call on Jameel McClain even though a delay of game was called gave Arizona a first down on the opening drive.A questionable illegal contact call against Prince Amukamara on third down gave Arizona a first down at the Giants 35.Manning got the Giants back in the game with a 13-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that ended with Randle making a one-handed catch of a 7-yard fade pass to the corner of the end zone. Manning hit 6-of-7 passes on the drive, including a 25-yard to Cruz on third-and-11.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lightning Strike Rangers, 5-1

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first_imgNEW YORK — Ryan Callahan enjoyed many nights like this one at Madison Square Garden. The only difference this time was his sweater was white instead of home blue.Callahan scored two goals in his first game against his former New York Rangers teammates, and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning rode another big offensive outburst to a 5-1 victory Nov. 17.A popular Rangers captain not long ago, Callahan netted the second of Tampa Bay’s two first-period goals and then closed the scoring with 2:51 left in the game.“I was excited to get the opportunity to go out there and play again in front of this crowd,” he said.While there were jerseys with his name on the back and familiar ‘C’ on the front, Callahan heard boos early when he touched the puck. Those turned to cheers around 7 minutes in when a video tribute to him and fellow former Rangers Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman, with the message “Thanks for the memories. We salute you,” was shown.“They didn’t have to do that,” Callahan said. “That’s the Rangers organization. It shows how classy they are. The fans cheering — that shows how classy they are.“The win helps, but I really enjoyed my first time back here.”The warm reception reverted to boos as the Lightning improved to 12-0 when Callahan scores since he was acquired in the captain-swap trade that sent Martin St. Louis to New York on March 5.Tampa Bay increased its NHL-leading goal total to 71. Nikita Kucherov also scored in the opening frame, and Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn had goals in the second after New York closed to 2-1.Stamkos also had two assists, as did Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula. Ben Bishop made 15 saves on New York’s season-low 16 shots.“I’m glad I was able to get the puck to Cally,” Stamkos said. “You keep working, you keep getting rewarded. That’s how we look at every game. I’m just happy. This is a great feeling for all of us.”The Lightning (13-4-2), one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Montreal, are 8-1-1 in their past 10.St. Louis, the Lightning’s career points leader, scored a power-play goal in the second period for the Rangers, 1-3-2 in their last six. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots.“You can live with yourself losing a game you know you played the right way,” said St. Louis, who was a minus-4. “I don’t know how we can live with that one.”Inconsistency has crept into the game of the defending Eastern Conference champions, and they are troubled by it.“I am concerned,” Lundqvist said. “We just have to keep talking about it in practice and believe in each other and stay positive. We know it’s there. We showed it.”The Lightning grabbed a two-goal lead in a span of 7:30 in the first period. Just after Bishop stopped St. Louis on a chance in front, the Lightning got on the board at the other end.Johnson sent a crisp pass that sent Kucherov in alone on Lundqvist. He flipped a shot that hit Lundqvist but found its way between the goalie’s pads as he was falling backward at 6:50.It was Kucherov’s seventh goal — all in the past 12 games — and his 14th point in that span. Johnson has 19 points in 16 games.Callahan doubled the lead during a power play on the Lightning’s fourth shot.Stamkos deftly worked the puck low from the left circle and found Callahan alone at the right post with a pass for a slam shot that Lundqvist had no chance to stop. Callahan has four goals and five assists in his past six games.The Rangers (7-7-4) received their first power play in the final minute of the first period and it carried into the second. St. Louis cut the deficit to 2-1 just 32 seconds in when his shot from the right side was accidentally steered into the net from the crease by Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison.New York had a two-man power play in the second, but couldn’t take advantage.“It’s very tough to explain,” frustrated coach Alain Vigneault said. “We had a good start. They scored that goal and seemed to get momentum. We had a good start in the second, forced them into a few penalties, and then they scored.“Other than the start to both periods, everything in between was just a total disaster.”Tampa Bay broke it open when Stamkos and Killorn scored 4:34 apart late in the second, shortly after a Lightning goal was waved off because Killorn interfered with Lundqvist.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sweet as Sugar: Buckeyes Upset Alabama 42-35 in Sugar Bowl in New Orleans

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first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Urban Meyer had barely sat down after the Sugar Bowl when someone told him the score from the other semifinal game.He started to bolt from his chair, feigning a sense of urgency with another game left against a team that wiped out the defending national champion.“We’ve got to go get ready for that one,” Meyer said.Actually, he’s not intimidated in the least. Meyer knows he’s got a pretty good team, too.Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards Thursday night, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff.The Buckeyes (13-1 and seeded fourth in the playoff) kicked off at the Superdome right after Oregon finished its 59-20 rout of reigning champ Florida State in the Rose Bowl.Now, it’s on to the Jan. 12 championship game at Arlington, Texas.Denied a shot at his fourth national title in six years, Alabama coach Nick Saban has no doubt that Ohio State can hang with the high-scoring Ducks.“They’re capable of playing with any team in the country,” he said.Meyer also likes his team’s chances.“We’re good enough,” he said. “That was a sledgehammer game. That was a classic.”This is what Meyer had in mind when he took over at Ohio State in 2012, having taken a year off from coaching after leading Florida to a pair of national titles. Coming from the Southeastern Conference, Meyer knew what he had to do. Recruit more speed. Bring a more athletic style to the plodding Big Ten. Turn Columbus into the SEC North.After just three years on the job, he’s one win away from a national championship. And, for the first time in nine years, the SEC won’t be part of the championship game.“Maybe the Big Ten is not that bad,” said Meyer, whose team rallied from a 21-6 deficit. “Maybe it’s pretty damn good.”Jones threw for 243 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown to Devin Smith that put the Buckeyes ahead for good early in the third quarter. He also ran for 43 yards and converted a crucial third-down play with a spinning, 1-yard dive and Ohio State clinging to a 34-28 lead.On the next play, Elliott took a handoff, broke one feeble attempt at a tackle, and was gone for an 85-yard touchdown that essentially clinched the victory with 3:24 remaining. Ohio State snapped an 0-for-10 futility against the SEC in bowl games, its only victory vacated by a scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job.Alabama (12-2) didn’t go down quietly.Blake Sims threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 1:59 remaining. The Buckeyes recovered the onside kick, but Alabama got it back one more time after some questionable clock management.The Tide’s final shot ended when a desperation heave into the end zone was picked off by Tyvis Powell as time ran out, Sims’ third interception of the game.“I feel like I’m going to Disney World,” a giddy Powell said.Not yet. The next stop is Jerry’s World in Arlington.Or maybe Cardale’s World would be more appropriate.Jones started fall practice as Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, moved up the depth chart when star Braxton Miller sustained a season-ending shoulder injury, and became the starter for the Big Ten championship game after J.T. Barrett went down with an injury.A 59-0 rout of Wisconsin showed that Jones was up to the job. His performance against Alabama gives him a chance to go down as one of the greatest replacement players in college football history.Alabama hardly looked like Saban’s usual defensive powerhouse, giving up 537 yards to the Buckeyes. Elliott scored on a 3-yard run with 2:55 left in first half to spark the comeback, and he wound up averaging a staggering 11.5 yards on 20 carries to earn the award as the most outstanding offensive player.“He’s probably the most underrated back in the United States,” Meyer said.For the second year in a row, Alabama’s season ended at the Sugar Bowl.This one was especially painful, costing the Tide a chance to advance in college football’s first playoff.“I’m proud of this team,” Saban said. “They excelled all year long and kept Alabama at the forefront of college football.”But he never liked the feel of the game, even after Alabama raced to its early lead, taking advantage of a pair of turnovers and coming up with a pair of red-zone stops.“We really weren’t stopping them,” Saban said. “We did not control the football game like we usually do.”Shaking off an interception, Jones led one of the biggest drives of the game at the end of the first half. He completed three straight passes for 37 yards, then broke off a 27-yard run up the middle when his receivers were covered. After a timeout with 19 seconds remaining, Ohio State pulled out a trick play — and Michael Thomas pulled off one of the most spectacular catches of the season.Jones handed off to receiver Jalin Marshall on an apparent end-around, Marshall flipped it to Evan Spencer coming the other way, and Spencer suddenly pulled up and threw toward Thomas. He leaped up to make a twisting catch and somehow got his left foot down just inside the line for a 13-yard score that gave the Buckeyes all the momentum going into halftime.Ohio State kept right on going, scoring two more touchdowns to complete a stunning 28-0 spurt that pushed the Buckeyes ahead 34-21.PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares ___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963last_img read more

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