Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred with four wickets (after his four-four in the first innings) in the second innings as India settled for a draw against Sri Lanka in the first Test of the three-match series at Eden Gardens on Monday.Having put up a score of 352 in the second innings, courtesy a brilliant hundred from captain Virat Kohli, India declared with a lead of 231 runs.It was then that India’s pace battery rocked Sri Lanka. Bhuvneshwar created an opportunities and picked wickets at regular intervals to turn the heat on for the islanders. However, bowling on a fifth day pitch in India is never easy for pacers but Bhuvi is not the kind to hide behind excuses.”Frankly speaking, it was difficult to bowl in the second innings because the pitch was on the drier side and the ball was coming nicely on to the bat but luckily, it was reverse swinging later on and we tried to make the best of it,” Bhuvneshwar said after receiving the man-of-the-match award in the post-match presentation ceremony.What an exciting end to the Kolkata Test. An entertaining 1st Test comes to an end with the match ending in a draw. Over to Nagpur next #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5qVsSpSuBE- BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2017Bhuvneshwar conceded that Kohli had asked the pacers to visualise a similar situation in an overseas Test match.”When we went in, Virat said ‘Imagine if we were playing overseas and we were in the same situation’. It’s never easy to survive overseas and that’s the mindset we went in with and we knew if we could pick a few wickets, it won’t be easy for them,” he said.advertisementBhuvneshwar said that they were apprehensive of declaring with a small lead but Kohli and the management gave them a lot of confidence.”Personally, we had planned that we’ll see for the first hour of the day and then make quick runs and declare but those initial wickets fell and we did have a little bit of a scare. But the way Virat batted, he got us back in the game. Even then, it felt we didn’t have enough to declare but then, Virat talked and the management gave us a lot of belief,” he conceded.Bhuvneshwar had made his Test debut in 2013 and he was a lanky swing-dependent bowler then. In the past two years, the 27-year-old has improved his fitness and worked immensely on his bowling and the results are there for everyone to see.”When I made my debut, I was totally dependent on swing but when you are in the international circuit, you know what you can improve on and so, that was a part I really wanted to improve. I have worked hard on my fitness and that is really paying off.
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Aaron Ramsey ‘very happy’ with first Juventus goal: A beautiful momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey was delighted to score in victory at Hellas Verona yesterday.It marked the former Arsenal star’s first goal for the Bianconeri.He told TMW: “I am very happy to have scored my first goal and it was even more important to bring these three points home. “Differences between Serie A and Premier League? I think it will take a few games to figure it out. For now I am happy for today, it was a beautiful moment for me. “My favourite position on the pitch? The one in which I played today, as a number 8. A box to box midfielder.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: We’re looking for some kind of styleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores admits their performance was not good enough in their 2-0 defeat at Wolves.Matt Doherty’s opener was added to by Daryl Janmaat’s own goal after the break, which saw Wolves pick up three points and rise up the table. The Hornets head coach said: “We knew today would be a different match [to the defeat at Manchester City] and it would be tough. It’s not enough, it’s clear the performance should be better.“Now we are looking for some kind of style, some way we’re going to play, but at the moment we’re not playing in that way. We concede very easy goals and these destroy all the plans. We are playing [catch-up] behind the score so it’s difficult for the players right now.”Asked what it would take to turn the corner, Sanchez Flores responded: “Winning. We need to win. We need to train hard, we need to improve, we’re stronger on the training ground every single day but in the matches we still have problems, we have insecurities, we have situations we can’t solve, easy mistakes giving opportunities to the opponent.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Government has allocated approximately $40.56 million to continue work under the ‘Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform’ project for the upcoming fiscal year.Details are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.Being implemented by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the project aims to support the continued improvement in student performance by consolidating and improving coordination across the sector.The allocation for the new fiscal year will go towards engaging consultants to identify and develop a plan of action for the strengthening of partnership between the Early Childhood Commission and the National Parenting Support Commission, and to undertake improvement of the internal quality assurance system for 10 teacher-training institutions.Other targets are to build the capacity for training in numeracy and science at teachers’ colleges, including the provision of resources; improving the capacity of teacher-training institutions to screen students; engaging a consultant to support the Alternative Pathway for Secondary Education; and conducting training workshops for the early childhood sector and to aid in the implementation of new approaches across the education sector.Achievements under the project up to December 2018 include acquiring stimulation resource for early-childhood institutions; implementing a capacity-building training programme for mathematics teachers; procuring information technology equipment for teachers’ colleges; and conducting training workshops through the School Improvement Framework.The Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform project was implemented in 2017 and is expected to conclude in March 2020. Being implemented by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the project aims to support the continued improvement in student performance by consolidating and improving coordination across the sector. Story Highlights Details are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Government has allocated approximately $40.56 million to continue work under the ‘Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform’ project for the upcoming fiscal year.
HONG KONG – Danish toy maker Lego says it has won a major legal victory in China, where a court ruled in its favour in a copyright case against companies making knockoffs of its famous colored bricks.The company said Thursday that it was the first time it has won an unfair competition case against imitators in China.It said the Shantou Intermediate People’s Court ruled that two Chinese companies selling Bela brand blocks similar to the Lego Friends line infringed a copyright and ordered them to stop.The court issued its ruling in September but the decision didn’t take effect until November.Earlier this year, a Beijing court ruled that Lego’s name and logo are well-known trademarks in China, giving the company stronger legal footing for pursuing copyright cases.
Ghaizbad/GB Nagar: With just a couple of days left for Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar districts to go polling, the star campaigners and big names of various political parties are leaving no stone unturned and are conducting massive rallies to attract voters in their own ways.A massive gathering of crowd was witnessed at Ramleela Maidaan in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad, where thousands of people thronged the rally organised by Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav campaigning for their candidate, Suresh Bansal, for Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat. Addressing public on the occasion, Yadav lashed out at BJP government on employment, farmer’s issues and spreading falsehood among people. “The leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are only busy in spreading false achievements while none of the promises of their manifesto turned a reality. All the major infrastructure projects in Ghaziabad district, including the single pillar elevated road, metro line extension from Dilshad Garden to New Bus stand in Ghaziabad, were completed in the rein of Samajwadi Party. However, the present Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is just cutting ribbons and taking credit. There are no new development works started by the BJP government in past couple of years while those which were incomplete in our rein are still incomplete,” said Yadav. Yadav added that the leaders of BJP party may talk about Smart City Ghaizbad but don’t know the condition of slum and backward areas in Ghaziabad where people are still facing a havoc in their day to day life. Another rally was conducted by BSP supremo Mayawati in Knowledge park area of Greater Noida on Monday afternoon. Over 25,000 people gathered in the ground to hear the campaign speech. Addressing a packed ground, Mayawati slammed the BJP’s “Chowkidar” campaign, calling it a gimmick from a government. “The BJP government used to come up with something new as they came up as chaiwala and asked youths to to start the business of frying pakoras and now they have come as chowkidar. Instead of creating job opportunities, which they had promised in previous elections, they are motivating youths to become chowkidars or fry pakoras,” said Mayawati. She further lambasted the government for their decision such as Demonetisation and GST which she claimed to have broken the back bone of businessman and middle class people. In yet another effort to attract voters, BJP candidate Gen (retd) VK Singh also conducted a road show in Ghaziabad’s old City area along with Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivender Singh Rawat. The political rally of Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s in Ghaziabad was cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances at the last moment on Monday and is expected to take place on Tuesday.
The Ohio State baseball team (24-20, 8-10 Big Ten) is making a run for the Big Ten tournament – literally. OSU was eighth in the Big Ten as of Wednesday and one-and-a-half games behind Nebraska, Michigan State, Penn State and Illinois, all tied for fourth place in the Big Ten. The eighth-place Buckeyes are trying to steal their way back into the race for sixth place and qualify for the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes have been tearing up and down the base paths so far in 2012, and were third in the Big Ten in stolen bases as of Wednesday, according to bigten.org. OSU, with 17 stolen bases, is just seven behind Big Ten leader, Illinois. The Buckeyes have blown past their base-stealing pace from last season, in which OSU tallied 35 total steals in all competitions. Players and coaches alike said stealing bases is important to a team’s offense and has multiple benefits. “Stolen bases help us out a lot as hitters,” said sophomore center fielder Tim Wetzel. “It gives us RBI chances and the whole point of the game is to score runs. And as a defense, when a team runs on you, you can’t be as loose because you have guys running around. It just helps the flow of the game and helps the offense perform.” OSU coach Greg Beals said stolen bases can influence a game and throw off an opposing defense. “As a catcher, I have a great understanding of what (a stolen base) does to an opponent’s defense,” Beals said. “What it does to pitch calling and what it does on the field, taking away from double play opportunities. It does a lot for you offensively and affects their defense quite a bit.” Beals said he likes having the ability to steal bases, but a team needs the right personnel to do so. Of the team’s 68 overall steals, 23 have come from junior infielder Kirby Pellant, a transfer in his first year with OSU. “You have to take advantage of every little opportunity to steal a base” said Pellant, the starting shortstop. “Stolen bases are a big part of the game. If you hit a single and steal a bag, it becomes a double. When you can get one to start an inning it gets the whole team going.” Wetzel, who has 10 stolen bases in 2012, said it’s important for a team to be in sync before a steal. “We talk about it a lot if we think we have a good read on a (pitcher),” Wetzel said. “Second time through, we’ll talk it out and say, ‘First pitch I’m going,’ so we’ll just know to take and let him steal a bag.” OSU’s next game is Friday at home at 7 p.m. at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium against Northwestern, the first game of a three-game weekend series with the Big Ten opponent.
Urban Meyer watches the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin from the sidelines in the third quarter. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFive-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman had been Ohio State’s No. 1 target for months. He was the top-ranked player at a position of need and the top player in Ohio.In the end, Urban Meyer and his staff couldn’t seal the deal, and Carman ditched home for another top program — Clemson.Carman, along with defensive end Brenton Cox, safety Jaiden Woodbey and quarterback Emory Jones all left Ohio State for other programs in the final two weeks leading up to Wednesday’s decision date, leaving Meyer without even more transcendent talent than the 20 players that signed to his class Wednesday.On paper, the 2018 class is perhaps Meyer’s best ever as a head coach. However, it should not be overlooked. For a time, Ohio State had four five-star recruits with a chance at five. It ended Wednesday with two, while conference rival Penn State added its third.Carman wasn’t committed to Ohio State at any point in time like Cox, Woodbey and Jones. But it’s expected that the Buckeyes should land the top prospect in Ohio every year. Since Meyer arrived in Columbus, he has landed the top recruit in the state of Ohio every year with the exception of 2016 when five-star offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer went to Notre Dame. As for the other three, it’s difficult for a program to keep players who further from the school committed for a long time, when top programs close to home are knocking on the door.Woodbey, a five-star safety from California, committed in February, but flipped and signed with Florida State Wednesday. Cox, a five-star strong-side defensive end from Georgia, committed to Ohio State in April before decommitting Dec. 6 and signing with the Georgia Bulldogs Wednesday. Jones, a four-star dual-threat quarterback committed to the Buckeyes in July 2016, before flipping and mailing his letter of intent to Florida Wednesday.Those three decommitments in the last two weeks of the early signing period hurt Ohio State and have great implications.The first impact is the optics. Losing three players in less than two weeks, with two being five-stars and another being a highly rated dual-threat quarterback, makes it look as if the coaching staff is losing its touch. That’s probably not the case because Meyer has been an excellent recruiter his entire career and his 2018 class is still ranked as the top class. But given that Penn State landed a five-star Wednesday when Ohio State lost two, that’s added pressure for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff to hold onto prized recruits.Second, Meyer, and quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day had to find a second option to Jones late in the process. Now, they ended with a solid option in three-star Matthew Baldwin from Austin, Texas, who led his team to a state championship game Saturday, but Meyer probably would’ve liked to not rely on flipping a quarterback late to have one for this recruiting class. Baldwin was previously committed to Colorado State.Ohio State’s depth at safety isn’t hurt too much with Woodbey’s departure from the class, but with Cox’s decommitment, Ohio State had to flip three-star Alex Williams from West Virginia just to have one end in the class. Without Carman, it has just one offensive tackle in four-star Max Wray. Both are positions of need.Meyer has already had discussions to play Williams at tight end, so Ohio State would only have three defensive ends for next season, pending a potential commitment from four-star Tyreke Smith. Wray is the fourth offensive tackle on next year’s roster.Ohio State finally beat Alabama in a recruiting class, but it limped to the first finish line Wednesday with key misses that can impact a program for years. That’s something Meyer will have to live with.
Marcel Desailly has backed the inexperienced France squad to cause a surprise in the upcoming World Cup in RussiaLes Bleus somewhat struggled in the qualifying stages of the World Cup and have been drawn against the likes of Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C for this summer’s tournament.But Desailly, who himself won the 1998 World Cup with France, is convinced that they have the quality to do well in the tournament and believes that their opponents in Group C will be relatively easy compared to the rest of the competition.“They have quality but not the experience, so we hope that the group stage, which is apparently not that difficult, will allow them to build up the confidence that they need,” said the 49-year-old, according to Gulf News.“When you top up confidence plus talent you hope that yes, France will now surprise everyone.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“They surprised us during the Euros when we were not sure they were capable of reaching the final, and they almost won, so maybe they can do the same with the World Cup.“We need a win, it’s been too long. It’s the 20th anniversary of us winning the World Cup, so it would be good if they could win it this year.”France previously finished as the runners-up in Euro 2016, but Desailly warned that a lot has changed since then and fears that team boss Didier Deschamps is yet to find a system to properly utilise the new players in the squad.“We’ve lost all confidence built up during the Euros, we’ve lost our left and right backs in defence (Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna have retired from international football), and we have new players who have to adapt to each other. Didier Deschamps doesn’t really know about his tactical set-up or his philosophy, so there’s quite a lot of work to do.” said the former Chelsea defender.“The Euros are gone and now you are starting a new movement. You can say they are ready for the next Euros hoping maybe that they are going to surprise everybody at the World Cup — that is the position of France.”
The Juventus Colombian forward has confirmed his knee surgery has gone as planned and is now recovering to return to football soonJuventus Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado has come out from knee surgery with success.The South American announced on Instagram he was happy after his surgery.“Thank God the surgery went well now I will work for making a good recovery and come back stronger,” Cuadrado wrote on Instagram as quoted by Calcio Mercato.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I am convinced that if we love God all things go well.”““Today, the player was subjected to arthroscopic treatment of the left knee for the lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilage fracture, a perfectly successful operation, and today Juan Cuadrado has undergone arthroscopic treatment on his left knee – a lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilaginous fracture reported in the trauma suffered during the Champions League match played in Bern,” said the club’s press department.“The intervention, carried out in Barcelona by Dr. Cugat, assisted by Juventus health officer Dr. Claudio Rigo, is perfectly successful.”