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Swapna, Arpinder strike gold, Dutee clinches second Asian Games medal

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) Swapna Barman became the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold while Arpinder Singh ended a 48-year long wait for triple jump victory after Dutee Chand blazed the track for her second silver on an action-packed day of athletics here today. Barman, who has six toes in both her feet, battled sever tooth ache during her event and competed with a tape on her right cheek. Still, she produced her career-best performance by logging 6026 aggregate points from the seven events. Before Barman, only Bengal’s Soma Biswas and Karnataka’s J J Shobha and Pramila Aiyappa had returned with a medal from the Asian Games. Biswas and Shobha had finished two-three at both Busan Asian Games (2002) and the Doha Games (2006), while Pramila had won a bronze at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. “I have got this gold on the National Sports day, so it’s really special. I use normal shoes, worn by people who have normal five toes. It really pains during training. It is very uncomfortable, whether I wear spikes or normal shoes,” Barman said with a smile. Asked if she would like some company to manufacture customised shoes for her, she said, “Definitely. It will make life easy.” A dehydrated Arpinder jumped 16.77m in his third attempt to win the men’s triple jump gold. India’s last Asian Games gold medal in men’s triple jump had come in 1970 from Mohinder Singh Gill. Arpinder had been without a medal in multi-sporting events since winning a bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He said his performance dipped because of a training stint in the United Kingdom, where he could not adjust to new training methods.advertisement Today’s mark of Arpinder was, however, well below his season best of 17.09m which he did during the National Inter-State Championships in June, which had put him at number three in the Asian rankings. He has a personal best of 17.17m. He had finished fifth in the 2014 Asian Games. Arpinder said he had come into the Asian Games looking to break the national record which is in the name of Renjith Maheshwary (17.30m). “It’s gold, so it’s okay but I wanted to go better than the national record. I was dehydrated after three jumps, that’s why there were fouls after that. The performance was going up and down. My calves were hurting,” Arpinder said. Dutee today added a silver to her kitty by finishing second in the women’s 200m after finishing second in the women’s 100m dash a few days before. She crossed the finishing line in 23.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong who clinched the gold in 22.96. The bronze went to China’s Wei Yongli (23.27). The 22-year-old Dutee was not allowed to participate in the 2014 Asian Games as she was serving a ban under the hyperandrogenism policy of the IAAF (international athletics federation). She filed an appealed against this policy before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it. In a recent revision of the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy (which bars women athletes having male hormones above permissible limit from competing), Dutee has been left out of its purview. The rule now applies to events from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1500m, one mile races and combined events over the same distances. “I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medals for the country. As of now there is no issue but there is no guarantee (of any ban),” the diminutive but gritty Dutee told reporters. “Yes, there is always this fear that it (the ban) might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train,” said Dutee who was suspended from competing in 2014-2015. “It feels great to win two silver and that too with my personal best time in semifinals. I was little tight today because I had given my all in the semifinal. I could not give my best (in the final) but I have trained hard,” she said. Dutee joined her illustrious compatriots such as P T Usha in the list of athletes who have won more than one medal at the Asian Games. The legendary Usha had swept four gold medals at the 1986 Seoul Games, winning 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (800m and 1500m) had also won two medals at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. Sunita Rani (1500m, 5000m) also returned with two medals from the 2002 Busan Games. Meanwhile, Khushbir Kaur, who won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, finished fourth in the women’s 20km race walk with a timing of 1:35:24 while compatriot Soumya Baby was disqualified after receiving her third warning for ‘loss of contact’ after the 14km mark.advertisement In the men’s 20km race walk event also, both national record holder K T Irfan and Manish Rawat were disqualified in similar situations as Soumya. Both Irfan and Rawat received their third warning after the 12km mark for ‘loss of contact’. Their disqualification was also under the IAAF Rule 230.7c. In men’s 1500m, Jinson Johnson and Manjit Singh made it to the final race at overall second and seventh in the qualification race. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

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‘Dynamos had worst budget’

first_imgDelhi Dynamos endured a horrendous time last season where they finished a lowly eighth on the table and former coach Miguel Angel Portugal blamed the club’s budget constraint behind such failure.”Last season with Delhi, we had the worst budget and now at Pune, we have a better budget. And it is very important that you have a good budget so that you can get the best players and fight for the first position in the league,” said the Portugal, who managed Spanish club Granada briefly after leaving Dynamos last season.The former Real Madrid second team coach arrived last season after the club saw a change of ownership in March 2016, when GMS bought the club from old owners DEN Network. The new owners, led by Dynamos director Rohan Sharma, revamped the management and started a new project from the scratch in 2017.The team, then managed by present Pune City coach Portugal, started the season after letting go two key players in Marcos Tebar and golden boot winner Marcelinho, who publically admitted that he was unhappy with the contract offered to him.Lack of quality foreign and domestic players in important positions became Achilles heel for the club as they were mostly dwelling at the bottom of the table. Desperate for results, the team made two major signings – goalkeeper Xabi Irureta and winger Manuel Arana – during the winter transfer window which gradually led to improvement in their performance as Portugal & Co. peaked late in the season to win four games on the trot. The victories mattered little as the team finished staggering 11 points off the top-four positions.advertisementThe financial situation at the club is still the same it seems as Dynamos management failed to keep their star performers Kalu Uche (scored 13 goals) and Manuel Arana, who left the club as they weren’t offered the wages they have asked for.The club has virtually restarted their project from the scratch again as the team went through major changes in the squad with the arrival of new manager Josep Gombau, who admitted that the team from last season and now are not the same.”This season is a new season. What happened last season, we cannot control. I think we changed about 14 players and the coach. It is good to take notes on what happened last year but every year is different and I hope this year, we can start in a good way,” the Dynamos coach said during the press conference.Meanwhile, Coach Portugal said though the time he had at the club will be considered a failure but he is happy with the fact that he left a “legacy” behind where young players like Nanda Kumar, Lallianzuala Chhangte and Vinit Rai shined under his authority.”A manager’s aim is to leave a club only after winning a title if he fails to do that he at least aims to leave a legacy behind. I think I have left a legacy behind by nurturing youngsters like Nanda, Chhangte, and Vinit, who have done exceptionally well and are now part of the Indian team,” Portugal said.It will be a special night for the Spanish coach as he starts his new season in ISL against his former club with Pune City FC at JLN Stadium.last_img read more

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10 months agoEveton boss Silva says McCarthy fully fit and ready

first_imgEveton boss Silva says McCarthy fully fit and readyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton midfielder James McCarthy is on the brink of a playing comeback after 11 months on the sidelines.Now fully recovered from a broken leg injury, McCarthy was involved with the squad for the visit of Newcastle earlier this month but did not make the bench.But with four matches in 212-and-a-half hours – the shortest time of all Premier League sides – from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day, he could be called upon.”James is progressing. He is getting better,” manager Marco Silva told evertontv when asked about his midfield options.”It is good to have all of them available. We will need all of them. It will be important in a busy month.”We have some games really close to each other, there is not the normal time to recover between games.”It is a matter of decisions. What I want is them working hard to be ready when the chance comes again.”I know games will give him a better condition, but we are playing tough, tough matches and it is not easy to give him what everybody knows will help him get better, which is minutes in those games.”But he is a worker and I really like him. He works really hard every day to achieve the best physical condition. He enjoys what he is doing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoArsenal determined to find taker for Mesut Ozil

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal determined to find taker for Mesut Ozilby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal remain determined to find a taker for Mesut Ozil.The Sun says the Gunners are now considering offloading him in January and will contribute to his monster wages, much like Manchester United with Alexis Sanchez.United are thought to be paying £425,000 of the Chilean’s £505,00-a-week wages while he is at Inter Milan.Unai Emery has rarely used Ozil during his time at the Emirates.And the former Real Madrid star has started just one game in the Premier League this season – playing 71 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Watford.Emery had appeared set on flogging Ozil over the summer – either permanently or on loan.Turkish giants Fenerbahce expressed interest in taking the midfielder, but couldn’t come close to affording his outrageous wage demands. last_img read more

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8 days agoEngland performance just the start for Chelsea whizkid Hudson-Odoi

first_imgEngland performance just the start for Chelsea whizkid Hudson-Odoiby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi promises that he can show much more quality in the coming weeks and months.Fans were delighted with his performance for the England under-21s in their 5-1 win against Austria.He scored a great brace and was a threat throughout the game.And the youngster thinks that he is just getting up to speed after fully recovering from the Achilles injury he suffered in April.”I thought to myself as soon as I come back that I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back,” he told reporters.”I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was.”Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff. As the games go on I will get fitter, get more opportunities to dribble at players and I already feel better now.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving. I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I wouldn’t say it is my pre-season, I think it is back to normal. I think when I was training it was like my pre-season getting back to fitness.”Now, I am back in the mix, training and playing. Now everything is back to normal so I need to keep working hard and hopefully get fitter.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Watch: UNC Seniors Marcus Paige And Brice Johnson’s Emotional Interview After Beating Duke

first_imgMarcus Paige and Brice Johnson hug after Duke game.YouTube/UNCTarHeelsAthleticsOnce the final buzzer sounded and UNC had officially closed out a 76-72 win at Duke, the ESPN cameras made a bee-line for Tar Heel seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige. Johnson’s 18 points and 21 rebounds led the way, while Paige (11 points, six boards, three assists) hit four clutch free throws to seal the victory. This was the first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium for either player. Both guys talked about how much this win meant and what it means to be ACC regular season champs. last_img read more

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EPCA urges SC to remove cap on autorickshaw in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court appointed environment watchdog EPCA has urged the apex court to remove the cap imposed on the number of auto-rickshaw permits issued in Delhi. Environment think tanks welcomed the suggestion as this would make the better public transport system.EPCA officials noted that Delhi’s transport system need a boost and this step would mean that public transport system will become better which the EPCA earlier suggested as one of the most important ways to curb the city pollution. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Why are these vehicles, that were initially restricted for fouling up the air, coming back without fetters on their numbers to reduce pollution? While this might sound like an oxymoron to some, this is actually a unique case in which the technology clean up has converged with mobility solution to set the next generation roadmap for intermediate public transport in Delhi and other Indian cities. Circumstances have changed considerably since 1997 when these vehicles were powered by extremely polluting two-stroke engines or small diesel engines that made a cap on their numbers necessary. The autos were also moved to run on CNG,” observed Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the Economic Survey of Delhi 2018-19, around 32.5 lakh cars and 70.8 lakh two-wheelers are registered in the city. Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, the number of cars has increased by roughly 1 lakh and two-wheelers by over 4.7 lakh. At the same time, the number of registered taxis has reduced marginally, from 1,18,308 to 1,18,060; while auto-rickshaw growth has been capped at 1,00,000. This, combined with the insufficiency of public buses, gives no alternative but to use personal vehicles, which is apparent from the exponential growth in this segment. EPCA, in its report, noted that it is “important that there is a balance in the supply of all kinds of para-transit so that there is a viable mode of public transport for all sections of society.”last_img read more

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NTPC Railways ink pact for fly ash transportation

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run NTPC Thursday said it has teamed up with the Indian Railways for fly ash transportation, a move that will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants. NTPC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hazipur-based East Central Railway Zone for transportation of fly ash under Indian Railways’ Special Freight Train Operator (SFTO) scheme. According to the company statement, NTPC has became the first entity in the country to sign an SFTO agreement with Indian Railways. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”At NTPC, sustainable ash utilisation is one of the key focus areas for us as part of our commitment to safeguard the environment. Ash is now also looked at as a commodity, which can translate into steady revenue stream for the company in the long run,” said P K Sinha, ED (EMG, AM and Safety) NTPC. The pact with Indian Railways for fly ash transportation will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants and it will be further extended to other NTPC projects. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”We decided to go with Indian Railways since it has the necessary capability to transport fly ash in bulk in the region at a lower cost,” Sinha added. Fly ash will be transported by Bogey Tank For Alumina Powder (BTAP) rakes, which are leak proof wagons with special air fluidizing system. As part of the agreement, NTPC has procured three BTAP rakes and each rake will have a capacity of 3,060 tonne ash. The first of the three rakes is expected to arrive by October 2019. The signing of the MoU with Indian Railways is a definitive step towards further enhancing fly ash utilisation limit at NTPC plants. Further, it will ease sourcing of raw materials for downstream industries in the region. K K Singh, Regional Executive Director, Northern Region, NTPC signed the MoU on behalf of the company in Patna on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Mariano didnt need much to prove the number 7 suits him

first_imgDominican winger Mariano Diaz had been looking for the opportunity he got today for Real Madrid, he presented himself as Real Madrid’s number ‘7’ in style.This Wednesday was the best moment when Real Madrid could make an impact in the Champions League that would leave the fans satisfied, they wanted to watch either Vinicius or Mariano Diaz play against AS Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu. Manager Julen Lopetegui recognized this urge to give one of both players their chance and he decided to let the Dominican winger have his opportunity, Real Madrid’s new number ‘7’ ceased it in the best possible manner and left a fantastic impression on his first official match for Real Madrid this season. There was a huge contrast between what was expected from Los Blancos and what people expected from Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Valencia, the Portuguese forward left the match after getting sent-off and Real Madrid got a dream first performance without his presence for the first time in nine years. The Merengues got ahead in the scoreboard through a sublime Isco free-kick during the first half, he struck the ball with such finesse, that his goal was very familiar to the one Messi scored last Tuesday. But by halftime against AS Roma, Real Madrid seemed to struggle a little bit against the Italian club and a greater impact was needed for the second half.? @marianodiaz7: “Estoy muy contento por el estreno, la victoria y el debut con gol.” #RMUCL pic.twitter.com/VIYXCFq5Lj— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 19, 2018Then Gareth Bale made his appearance, the Welshman scored a goal that reminded everyone of two of the ones he scored during the first great Champions League match of his career when he scored that historic hat-trick against Internazionale Milano back in 2010. The ‘Cardiff Express’ received a long pass from the left that gave him a lot of space to maneuver and get himself in a perfect position to score his goal, which meant Real Madrid’s second of the night against Roma and a more relaxed final half an hour of the match. The crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu was very happy with the performance Los Blancos delivered on their opening night, but there was still something missing in this great night for Julen Lopetegui’s side and the manager was able to see this with the perfect timing he usually has to make the proper modifications. It was the 73rd minute of the match and he decided to call Mariano Diaz to make his official debut as Real Madrid’s new number ‘7’, the Dominican forward had been expecting this moment for a long time and he got on the game after taking Gareth Bale’s place on the field. The player’s impact was almost instantaneous, as he started to make several attempts to score his goal and proved he has great talent to dribble and combine with his teammates.EL ‘7’ EN EL REAL MADRID TIENE MAGIA…#ChampionsxFOX Para ver una y otra vez el gol de Mariano Díaz ante la Roma¡PARA QUITARSE EL SOMBRERO! pic.twitter.com/WESqUiXbYRJames Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) September 19, 2018Mariano had an especially good connection with Brazilian left-back Marcelo, who found a new partner to play with on the left side of the field and was precisely the man who gave Mariano his first assist. It was near the end of the match when the Brazilian saw Mariano with space near the box and gave him the ball, the Dominican turned around towards the keeper and released a long-range strike that left the Bernabeu in complete silence for two seconds. Mariano had just scored a world-class screamer from outside the box, this was the dream presentation he had been waiting for since he decided to take on the number ‘7’ challenge as the great responsibility that the number carries with it. After the match, Mariano told the press that: “I’m very happy for my Champions League home debut against a semifinalist from last season. I’m very happy with my goal, I want to thank Marcelo for the assist and my teammates for their work today. I’ve always dreamed of a reception like this and I’m very grateful for it. I wasn’t nervous at all, I actually wanted to play but I wasn’t in a hurry. All I wanted was the chance from the manager, I’m here to win the Champions League and as many trophies as we can as a collective,” said Mariano to the press after the match.⚽? ¡Bonita manera de acabar un partido, @marianodiaz7! #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/sME2nOlqzW— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 19, 2018What do you think about Mariano Diaz’s first Champions League goal for Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Wright heaps praise on England Southgate

first_imgIan Wright has praised the performance of the England national team under the guidance of Gareth Southgate.Wright, who was working as a pundit for ITV, watched the Three Lions defeat Croatia 2-1 in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League to progress to the semis.Asked to give Southgate a grade for the year, he said, according to Daily Mail:“Massive progress, talking A+. A++ [if England had won the World Cup]. I’m not going A-, I’m going A+, really progressive, really happy… The mere fact the fans are backing him now, they’re looking forward to international games now. A+”Meanwhile, Wright reserved praise for Harry Kane, who, despite missing a few chances early on, continued to get into the right areas and eventually scored the winner for England.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.‘When you’ve got a manager who’s going to keep you on, Harry Kane is like Lineker, Shearer, Owen, Rooney. They will stay on. If they do miss a chance like that, probably they’re going to get another chance somewhere later on in the game.’After the game, Gareth Southgate also praise Kane, calling the Spurs striker, the ‘best goalscorer in world football.’“Harry Kane knows he’s going to stay on and he knows he’ll get a chance and probably will score,” said Wright.England will be in the Nations League semifinals which take place in Portugal, starting in June 2019.last_img read more

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