Former captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed India’s famed batting lineup after yet another poor performance in the fourth innings of the fourth Test at Southampton on Sunday.Chasing 245 for victory, India got bowled out for 184 in their second innings to lose the fourth Test by 60 runs. England thus, took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series by virtue of this win.India’s run chase got off to the worst-possible start after Stuart Broad castled KL Rahul for a duck while Cheteshwar Pujara also failed to trouble the scorers and departed soon after on 0. Shikhar Dhawan fell for 17 to leave India reeling at 22 for 3.Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enoughCaptain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane then gave India a glimmer of hope as they added 101 runs for the fourth wicket but England bowlers came out all guns blazing in the evening session to bowl out the visitors. Once again in this series, Kohli top-scored for the team with 58 runs.Southampton Test: Kohli and Rahane heroics not enough, India lose series to EnglandKohli has so far scored 544 runs in the series and is the leading run-getter from either side while the next best Indian on the list is Cheteshwar Pujara, who has amassed 241 runs. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul have performed miserably till now with just 158 and 113 runs respectively.Gavaskar feels the over-reliance on Kohli to score big every time has led to India’s downfall in this series.”When you go in with five batsmen then you are bound to be in such a situation where you rely so much only on one player, Virat Kohli to get you the big hundreds. He can’t do it every time, he’s human.advertisementIndia vs England 4th Test Day 4: Highlights”To expect that the lower order (to save India after the top-order collapse) after that Kohli-Rahane partnership was broken, to get even another 60-70 runs was too much,” Gavaskar said after the game.Joe Root delighted with Moeen Ali’s best performance in England shirtFor more than two hours in the second session, Kohli and Rahane were in control. But Kohli perished after registering his 19th half-century in Tests. A delivery from Moeen got a sharp bounce to kiss Kohli’s gloves and Alaistair Cook took an easy catch at short leg in a big relief for the hosts.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainHardik Pandya was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Stokes soon after. Rishabh Pant then came out all guns blazing but his cameo didn’t last long as he departed for a 12-ball 18.India vs England 4th Test Day 4 at Rose Bowl: As it happenedRahane then fell in the final session which was really the final nail in the coffin for India.”Here (in Southampton) I think their deficiencies were shown. Earlier (at Edgbaston and Lord’s) I think the ball was moving around quite a bit so most opening batsmen would have struggled. But here in both these innings, I don’t think that was the case,” Gavaskar said.Rahane made 51 runs while Ravichandran Ashwin blazed away for a spirited 25 to keep England waiting before Sam Curran finished it off by trapping him lbw as India’s innings folded for 184.Off-spinner Moeen Ali as once again the pick of the bowlers for England on a slow and dry fourth-day pitch at the Rose Bowl. Moeen followed up his five-wicket haul in the first innings with four wickets for 71 runs in the second.Moeen got excellent support from Ben Stokes and James Anderson, who managed to bag 2 wickets each while Stuart Broad and Sam Curran got one wicket each.
Napoli coach Ancelotti delighted for matchwinner Milikby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with their 1-0 win over Cagliari.Arkadiusz Milik struck late to earn the points for Napoli.“He is a smart guy, who is able to deal with various situations in a balanced manner,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“The Liverpool defeat was a heavy blow, but the reaction had already come a long time before this evening. I didn’t need to win at Cagliari to know this team had already shaken off the Anfield game.“This is a team with good prospects and we are doing very well, but in my view can do far better. We are very competitive. We were in the Champions League, we are in Serie A and will be in the Europa League.“I share the project with the club, so this is a structure that doesn’t let itself be influenced by one victory or defeat. We can really do well here.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid convinced Levy faces having to sell Spurs ace Eriksenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are convinced they can prise Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham in 2019.AS says Real management believe the Dane’s decision to suspend new contract talks has handed them an advantage in their battle of wills with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.With Eriksen’s deal due to expire in 2020, this summer represents the best time for Levy to sell – a situation even manager Mauricio Pochettino recognises is now becoming reality.”Of course he is an important player and as coach you want to have him with you, but in the end it is a negotiation and there are different parties that have different interests, it would be great if he stays here, but, if not, it is in your right to do what you want,” said the Argentine.For their part, Real are prioritising Eriksen as the player to succeed veteran Luka Modric as their prime playmaker. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Members of Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate a point scored against No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 6. The Buckeyes lost 3-2. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-7, 3-3 Big Ten) will hope to find better success this weekend when it travels for a pair of games in Illinois against No. 6 Illinois Friday and Northwestern Saturday after dropping its last two matches to Penn State and Rutgers.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Northwestern both games in their home-and-home series. Ohio State defeated the Wildcats in a 3-0 sweep at St. John Arena and beat them again in a 3-1 match in Evanston, Illinois.The Buckeyes have won two of the last three contests between the two teams, but lost to the Illini 3-1 last season. Illinois leads the all-time series with a 41-38 record with games between both teams taking place since 1974.Ohio State has been more successful against Northwestern as it has defeated the Wildcats in the last fives matches.Ohio State associate head coach Susan Halverson-Maloney has been practicing with the Buckeyes, focusing on their serve-and-pass as they prepare to go up against two teams she knows play a strong defense and serving game.“Both teams are similar to us in that they’re battling in the Big Ten right now. [They have] a lot of matches going long, a lot of sets going long,” Halverson-Maloney said. “For us it’s about staying in each point, refocusing after each point, winning the long rallies.”Halverson-Maloney believes that the key to having a successful weekend is to find consistency and maintain the same level of play with every game.“[We are] just looking to our leadership to keep us consistent on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively, trying to find our edge and our push in tight moments,” Halverson-Maloney said.Last weekend was one of sophomore outside hitter Bia Franklin’s most impressive performances as she hit 10 kills and nine digs in Friday night’s game against No. 2 Penn State. Both numbers were career-highs for Franklin.“I just did what the team needed and they helped me,” Franklin said. “It was really nice and natural, I didn’t really think about it.”With some of the players facing continuous injuries, Halverson-Maloney said the Buckeyes have collectively tried to step up their performance. “They’ve been flexible, they’ve been competitive, willing to do anything for the team,” Halverson-Maloney said. “We’ve had great response from every position. They’re enjoying the newness of the lineup and trying to work out and problem-solve together.”
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was pleased with what he saw from the returning duo of Alexis Sanchez and Andreas Pereira in their goalless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on SundayDue to visa issues, Sanchez was unavailable for United’s first pre-season friendly in their 1-1 draw against Club America in Pheonix on Friday but made a return to the starting line-up on Sunday as Mourinho fielded a makeshift side for their second game of their pre-season tour of America.And Sanchez did not disappoint with the Chilean acting as United’s main goal threat against San Jose at Santa Clara.Although Sanchez was unable to inspire United to victory in what was otherwise a dull 0-0 draw.“Good for Alexis,” Mourinho told the club website.“The first time he plays after some individual sessions. He needed this and he made a good effort, a good physical effort, which is important for him in this moment.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Meanwhile, the game also saw the return of Pereira following his two years away on loan at both Granada and Valencia in Spain.The 22-year-old was tidy in possession and usually attempted to play the ball forwards as United tried to find the back of the net.“Andreas is playing okay,” said Mourinho.“In the first match, he was okay and today too. I think he has to play even more simply than what he’s doing but he has the personality to want the ball and to organise. I’m happy.”United will next face AC Milan in their first game of the International Champions Cup on Thursday.
After Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus, Lopetegui’s general plan revolves around Gareth Bale’s capacity to step up and become Real Madrid’s leader.It’s been a little over a week after Cristiano Ronaldo made the shocking move to Juventus after nine seasons in Real Madrid, he seemed to have left a void that will be hard to fill but the club’s management already has a contingency plan in motion.According to Diario AS, the team came back to training sessions in Valdebebas this Monday with their new manager Julen Lopetegui already taking charge, his plan is to give Gareth Bale all the responsibility Ronaldo had as the top player and already told him about the plans for the season.This past Champions League final, we saw how the Welshman hinted at a possible exit as he had just scored that incredible match-winning bicycle kick goal against Liverpool after coming in from the bench in the second half. However, Bale obviously had a change of heart after both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left the club during the summer and thus cleared the way for him to finally fulfill his desire of becoming Real Madrid’s star.Also, Florentino Perez’s failure to sign Neymar or Mbappe this summer automatically gives Bale that leading role he craved for so long, now it’s up to him to step up and deliver as well as he had done in the final stage of last season. The only reason that the club would doubt his rise to the top would be the constant injuries he’s suffered throughout his time at Real Madrid, but Gareth Bale seems to have fully recovered from that and is ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career.?♂️ Preparados, listos… @GarethBale11@alvaroodriozola@vini11Oficial#RMCity | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/cYMJv8in4rFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 23, 2018
Seeking to expand its footprint in the strategic Indian Ocean, India on Wednesday agreed to help Seychelles in mapping its hydrology reserves under four agreements signed during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who launched a coastal surveillance radar project to boost security cooperation with the island nation.The Prime Minister also announced that India will give a second Dronier aircraft to Seychelles and provide free of cost visas for three months for its citizens and making it available to them on arrival. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAfter one-to-one and delegation-level talks with Seyechelles President James Alix Michel, Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Seychelles in 34 years, also said they underlined the importance of comprehensive cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.”We expressed support for a more active and productive Indian Ocean Rim Association,” Modi, who arrived here on Tuesday on the first leg of his three-nation tour, told reporters.He also launched the Coastal Surveillance Radar Project, describing it as another symbol of the cooperation between the two countries. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindAmid increasing Chinese focus on the Indian Ocean, India is aiming to pitch in with all help to island nations like Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.China has been making inroads into these island nations with infrastructure projects that has raised India’s eyebrows.The first CSR would be based in Mahe Island, capital of Seychelles.”This is part of the capability enhancement project for Seychelles in which India is helping,” official sources said, adding that it will help keep a watch on the coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and combat piracy. Modi and Michel witnessed the signing of four agreements: cooperation in hydrographyic survey, renewable energy, infrastructure development and jointly develop navigation charts and electronic navigational charts for sale to other countries.”Our agreement today on hydrographic survey adds a new dimension to our maritime cooperation. I thank Seychelles for their confidence in India,” Modi said.”Our security partnership is strong. It has enabled us to fulfil our shared responsibility to advance maritime security in the region,” he said.”It is a privilege to be a partner of Seychelles in the development of its security capabilities,” Modi said, adding India’s help will enable Seychelles to secure its beautiful islands and the vast expanse of waters around them.”Seychelles will also continue to make an enormous contribution to the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region,” he said.Modi said he held “very productive” talks with Michel and described Seychelles as “a vital partner in our Indian Ocean neighbourhood”.”Short it may be, but this visit has been very productive. It is no surprise that Seychelles is my first destination in the Indian Ocean Region,” Modi said.”We also hope that Seychelles will soon be a full partner in the maritime security cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka,” he said.Modi said he was deeply touched by the extraordinary hospitality and warmth he received in the country.”Our relationship is unique and special. It is founded on deep sense of mutual trust and confidence. It is marked by a spirit of respect and equality; and enormous goodwill and warmth,” he said.Modi and Michel also agreed to establish a Joint Working Group to expand cooperation on the Blue Economy to harness new possibilities of the ocean in a sustainable and balanced manner.”Seychelles is a leader in advancing the concept of Blue Economy. We also believe that the Ocean Economy is indispensable to meeting our future challenges,” Modi said.”This cooperation will increase our understanding of marine ecology and resources,” he said.”This is a major step in advancing our scientific and economic cooperation,” the Prime Minister said.”We stressed our support for expansion in our modest trade and investment relations.”Modi expressed hope that Seychelles would be able to quickly utilise the committed USD 75 million in grants and credit provided by India in accordance with its priorities.He thanked President Michel for his country’s consistent support to India in international forums, including its bid for a permanent membership of the UN Security Council.He invited President Michel to visit India at an early date.Calling India a leader, Michel said and his country looks up to India. He said he looks forward to visit India.Michel said his country valued strategic partnership with India.Modi said the two countries have strong convergence of views on climate change.”We are two nations that are vulnerable to its impact. And, we are deeply committed to combating it,” he said.”We stressed our shared commitment to strong national action. We also called for a strong and ambitious global effort, especially from the developed world, on climate change,” the Prime Minister said.Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval were part of the Indian delegation during Modi’s talks with President Michel at the State House in Victoria that lasted one hour.Michel had received Modi at the airport late last night.Seychelles has a population of 90,000 people and 10 per cent of them are of Indian-origin.
German cable operator Kabel BW is adding four new HD channels to its platform.The operator has already added Turner’s female skewed network Glitz HD and Romance HD to its line-up this week. Next week will see RTL Living HD and Passion HD joining the platform, taking the total number of HD channels offered by Kabel BW to 46.
The Box Plus Network, a joint venture between Channel 4 and Bauer Media, has launched two new linear TV channels – Box Hits and Box Upfront.The UK music video network has also introduced a new social-first digital channel, called BeBox.Box Plus Network said that the launches are designed address the “changing dynamic in youth media consumption,” consolidating its linear TV proposition and tapping new audiences with the BeBox digital offer.Box Hits will feature “the most popular hits of the last few years” while Box Upfront will showcase new and emerging artist talent alongside new music from established artists.BeBox will target the company’s core audience of “mainstream 16–24 year olds” with music and pop culture content across multiple digital platforms, led by social media.“We’ve been spending a lot of time speaking to our audience and the introduction of our new linear channels; Box Upfront and Box Hits, as well as our new digital channel BeBox, are a direct result of this feedback,” said The Box Plus Network managing director, Matt Rennie.“The way our audience consume media may be changing, but what remains constant is their love for music and pop-culture.”At the same time the Box Plus Network said it will refresh its flagship channel The Box and international network Box Africa. With Box Upfront focusing on brand new music, The Box, will now cover a “broad chart mix” alongside music productions and features.
Andrew GriffithSubscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix are not having “a big impact” on Sky’s growth, according to Sky CFO Andrew Griffith.Speaking to analysts after Sky released its Q1 figures, Griffith said that “the two services don’t go directly toe-to-toe” with each other. He said SVOD customers are generally either people who look to these services as a supplement to free-to-air and would not otherwise sign up for a pay TV service, or – “more commonly” – they take SVOD services “on top” of pay TV services such as Sky or Virgin Media.He said the situation of SVOD customers is little different from the situation in the past where Sky customers would also rent DVDs to supplement their viewing.Griffith said he saw little sign that OTT SVOD services in Europe were competing for first-window pay TV rights, as they did to some extent in the US. “They are trading a bit more on their original content,” he said, adding that the services lacked strength in movies in Europe and generally only carried movies on a non-exclusive basis.Griffith said that while there had always been competition for rights from “different sources”, Sky still “typically has all the first pay TV rights” in its different markets.Separately, Griffith highlighted a series of service launches and changes in Italy and Germany to drive subscription growth in those markets following first fiscal quarter results that revealed solid progress in both markets.Griffith that Sky would launch a new Sky Kids app in Italy along with a fully HD video-on-demand offering, and would revamp its user guide with a new home page.In Germany, Sky will take its Sky Sports News service free-to-air in addition to the planned launch of Sky 1 with flagship show Masterchef. Today also sees the launch of Sky’s UHD TV offering, with coverage of a football match between Dortmund and Hertha Berlin.Griffith said that Italy had produced a strong quarter, emerging as Sky’s “fastest growing market”, with 4% like-for-like revenue growth. He said that over half of Sky Italia customers had now connected their set-top boxes to the internet.Griffith also highlighted this week’s launch of enhanced mobile TV service Sky Go+ in Italy.