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Former Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh seems to be enjoying the fact that his Indian Premier League team have become the first and only team till now to have qualified for the playoffs.Harbhajan Singh went for a lunch date with his wife Geeta Basra today and posted a photograph of the same on his Twitter handle. He mentioned that he enjoyed the dimsums on his table.Lunch with ???Biwi???º oops BOSS???I mean @Geeta_Basra #dimsum at its best @TridentHotels nariman point??? pic.twitter.com/CWYbHPkZ7n- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 13, 2017Geeta Basra has been a constant support for Harbhajan Singh travelling with him for all the matches along with their daughter Hinaya Heer Plaha.(BCCI photo) Mumbai Indians have already reached the next stage and will be playing against Kolkata Knight Riders tonight in a bid to finish on top of the table.Harbhajan Singh has been extremely economical and crucial for Mumbai Indians this season having picked 8 wickets in the 11 matches played at an economy rate of 6.48.
Mumbai will host Pune for the first game on 16th May, Hyderabad and Kolkata will then battle it out at Bangalore in the Eliminator next day. The winner of the Qualifier 1 will go through to the final while the loser will battle it out with the winner of the Eliminator on 19th. We look forward to your company for those games. So that completes our formalities for the league stage of the Indian T20 League 2017. It has been some ride with some close games, some one-sided contests like the one we had earlier today. We have the four teams for the playoffs. Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata!DELHI INNINGS:We end the season on a good note! Bowlers fire in unison to help #RCB get a victory at Kotla!#PlayBold #DDvRCB #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/UiPeA2PtuC- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 2017Pant then was fighting a lone hand as he kept losing partners at the other end. The hosts were eventually bowled out in the last over as the visitors won only their third game in the season. Patel was expensive yet was the best bowler for them taking 3 for 43. Pawan Negi too chipped in with 3 for 10. The home side will feel the inexperience in the batting order has cost them yet again. It has actually been the reason for their failure this season. The tourists won their last game against the very same opponents so they will be happy to have done the double over them.Bangalore have won a game at last! It has been a long time coming for them. Delhi were not chasing a big score but the young top order again played too many shots too early. When Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were batting well it looked like the hosts would chase it down well but Harshal Patel brought the visitors back in the game with two wickets in two balls.A great game comes to an end.Congratulations @RCBTweets.#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/obFEM3bo2Iadvertisement- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 2017 23.44 IST: P Negi to S Nadeem OUT! All over! Drifting down the leg side, Nadeem looks to clear Delhi but fails to connect well. The ball flies down the throat of Jadhav at deep mid-wicket who takes a good catch. BANGALORE WIN BY 10 RUNS! Negi is the clinical finisher once again as Nadeem is caught by Kedar. #RCB win #DDvRCB by 10 runs! #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201723.42 IST: Zaheer Khan is the last man in. Can he do the hitting? 23.39 IST: P Negi to M Shami OUT! Negi gets his man! Quicker one outside off, Shami stays in his crease and swings all his might to clear the fence. Misses it completely and the keeper collects it to dislodge the bails. He calls for a stumping and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show that Shami was just out of the line and he has to depart after a super cameo. Delhi need 12 runs off 4 balls. 23.38 IST: Delhi need 13 runs inthe last over. Negi to bowl the final over. 23.38 IST: Avesh Khan to M Shami FOUR! Short delivery outside off, Shami swings hard at it. Gets a top edge on it and the ball goes over the keeper’s head for a boundary. 23.35 IST: Avesh Khan to M Shami SIX! Great shot! Fuller around off, Shami stays in his crease and smacks that straight down the ground. Virat Kohli goes to his left, gets a hand to it but the ball flies over for a maximum. SIX!!!#Shami fighting back hard to chase it down.#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 2017 23.32 IST: Shahbaz Nadeem is the new man in. Delhi need 27 more in 12 balls.23.30 IST: P Negi to A Mishra OUT! Negi gets his man! Flatter delivery into the stumps, Mishra steps out and goes for a biggie again. Fails to make contact and sees his furniture disturbed. Negi has made an impact and ends an eventful over.23.30 IST: P Negi to A Mishra SIX! What a shot, Mishra! Fuller around middle, Amit Mishra comes down the track and smashes that straight over the bowler’s head for a maximum.Pawan Negi gets his man! Mishra(7) departs! #DD 135/8 after 18 overs. #DDvRCB #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/XNkAJ8yg9f- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201723.28 IST: Pawan Negi is called in for a bowl.23.26 IST: Harshal P to M Shami FOUR! Shami is in the mood! Full and wide outside off, Shami slaps that over the cover region for a boundary. RCB: 127/7 (17 Overs) Delhi need need 35 runs in 18 ballsadvertisement23.24 IST: Harshal P to M Shami FOUR! Short delivery into the body, Shami pulls it really fine past the short third man region for a boundary.23.22 IST: Harshal P to R Pant OUT! Patel strikes again! Harshal Patel bowls this one on a length, takes the pace off the ball. Pant is quite early into the shot as he goes for a biggie. Fails to make contact and the ball goes onto hit the timber. Patel lands Bangalore with the breakthrough. 43 required off 20 balls.BOWLED! Harshal Patel gets danger man Pant’s(45) wicket. #DD 119/7 after 16.4 overs. #DDvRCB #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201723.22 IST: Harshal P to R Pant SIX! Fuller into the stumps, Pant shuffles across, picks the length early and sends the ball packing into the stands over the square leg region for a much-needed biggie.23.21 IST: Amit Mishra strides out to bat. He had a tough time in the last game against Bangalore earlier this season. He and Pant will want to plan their knock better.23.19 IST: T Head to P Cummins OUT! Head gets his second! Fuller delivery outside off, Cummins goes hard at it and gets it over the mid off region but fails to make the desired contact. Kohli from long on judges it really well and takes a fine catch.Captain takes the catch as Cummins(7) is sent back! Head gets the wicket! #DD 113/6 after 16 overs. #PlayBold #DDvRCB #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201723.19 IST: T Head to P Cummins SIX! In the arc….out of the park! Fuller around middle and leg, Cummins stays in his crease, removes the front leg out of the way and hammers that over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen.23.19 IST: Pat Cummins walks out to bat.23.17 IST: T Head to C Anderson OUT! Travis Head outfoxes Anderson! Flatter around off, Corey Anderson comes down the track in search of a biggie. Fails to read the line of the ball and gets completely beaten by it. The ball goes through to the keeper and Vinod is quick to dislodge the bails. Anderson has to walk back and Delhi need 57 off 28 balls.Head gets a wicket! Anderson(3) is stumped by Vinod! #DD 105/5 after 15.2 overs. #PlayBold #DDvRCB #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201723.16 IST: Delhi need 58 runs in 30 balls23.14 IST: Another superb over from Shane Watson, giving away just three runs. RCB:104/4 (15 Overs)23.08 IST: Harshal P to R Pant FOUR! Slower delivery on a short length down the leg side, Pant pulls it just over the fielder at short fine leg for a boundary. RCB: 101/4 (14 Overs)14 overs are up and we’re 101/4.#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201723.07 IST: Harshal P to R Pant FOUR! Another slower delivery around off, Pant dabs it just past the diving fielder at backward point for a boundary.23.00 IST: Shane Watson keeps it tight, gives away just three runs. RCB: 90/4 (13 Overs) StrategicTimeout22.53 IST: Harshal P to M Samuels OUT! Golden duck for Samuels! Slower delivery on a length and angling into the stumps, Marlon Samuels tries to defend it. Gets totally outfoxed by it and the ball sneaks between the bat and the pad to disturb the furniture. Hat-trick ball for Harshal Patel. RCB: 87/4 (12 Overs)advertisementHarshal Patel has struck 2 in 2! Gets Iyer(32) & Samuels’s(0) wickets! #DD 87/4 after 11.5 overs. #DDvRCB #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201722.53 IST: Harshal P to S Iyer OUT! Short and wide outside off, Iyer stays in his crease and thumps it straight towards the fielder at extra cover. Shane Watson, does not move an inch, bends just a bit low and takes a good catch to send the young batsmen back to the hut.22.51 IST: Harshal Patel is called back.22.48 IST: S Watson to R Pant FOUR! Short delivery into the body at a slower pace, Pant pulls it through the square leg region for a boundary. RCB:84/2 (11 Overs)11 overs are up and DD are 84/2.#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201722.46 IST: Shane Watson is back for a bowl.22.44 IST: Y Chahal to S Iyer FOUR! Flatter on the pads, Iyer clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He has made the most of the Free Hit. RCB:76/2 (10 Overs)The Free-hit goes down for a boundary by #ShreyasIyer.#DD 76/2. #DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201722.43 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal returns for a bowl.22.39 IST: T Head to S Iyer SIX! Head bowls it outside off, Pant gets under it and launches it over long off for a 76m maximum. Good shot, that. RCB:67/2 (9 Overs)In the air and over the top from #DilliBoy @RishabPant777 for a six.#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201722.38 IST: T Head to S Iyer FOUR! Fuller on middle, Iyer gets across and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That raced away to the fence.Match 56. 8.2: TM Head to S Iyer, 4 runs, 57/2 https://t.co/USXa9BcKWg #DDvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 201722.36 IST: Avesh bowls a quite over. Just four runs given away. RCB:51/2 (8 Overs)8 overs gone and it’s 51/2.#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201722.34 IST: Avesh Khan is called back on.22.33 IST: Travis Head into the attack. Decent over. RCB: 47/2 (7 Overs)22.27 IST: Excellent over that by Watson, just 2 runs given and a wicket taken. DD 42/2 in 6 overs and it’s Strategic Time-out!22.25 IST:S Watson to K Nair, OUT! Nair holes out! Shorter in length on off, Nair is not position but looks to pulls it through mid-wicket. Does not keep it down and Jadhav at mid-wicket takes the catch. Watson strikes and that is another start wasted for Karun Nair. DD 41/2 in 5.2 overs.22.22 IST: Harshal P to K Nair, Did that carry? Yes! Lands it outside off on a length, Iyer looks to drive it through but gets an outside edge. The ball goes behind but the keeper fluffs the chance going to his right. That should have been taken. Good over this for Delhi, 15 runs off it. DD 40/1 in 5 overs.22.19 IST: Harshal P to K Nair, FOUR! Hit away! Short and wide outside off, Nair cracks it square of the wicket for a boundary. DD 37/1 in 4.4 overs.22.19 IST: Harshal P to K Nair, FOUR! Too good! Lands it outside off on a length, Karun Nair gets across a long way and just paddles it through the vacant short fine leg region for a boundary.22.17 IST: Harshal P to K Nair, FOUR! In the gap! Slants it outside off, Nair stands tall and gets it past backward point for a boundary. DD 29/1 in 4.1 overs.22.15 IST: Y Chahal to S Iyer, SIX! Over the ropes! Fuller on middle and leg, Iyer gets under it coming down the wicket and hits it over long on for a superb maximum. Lovely shot. DD 25/1 in 4 overs.22.11 IST: Avesh Khan to Nair, FOUR! No footwork but good shot! Khan bowls it outside off, Nair just pushes at it from his crease. The ball goes through the gap at covers for a boundary. It was almost a maiden over for the newbie but Nair decided to spoil that on the last ball. DD 17/1 in 3 overs22.07 IST: Y Chahal to K Nair FOUR! BYE! Lands it outside off, spins away, Nair looks to drive but is beaten all ends up by the sharp turn. The ball flies between the keeper and the first slip fielder for a boundary. RCB:13/1 (2 Overs)22.06 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to share the new ball. A slip in place for him.22.00 IST: A Khan to SSamson OUT! The extra bounce does the trick! Dug in shorter around off, Samson looks to pull without quite getting into position to do so. The ball gets big on him and bounces a lot more on the batsman. It lobs off the bat towards mid on where Virat Kohli takes a superb catch. Maiden wicket for Avesh Khan in the Indian T20 League. This is a good start for him. DD: 2/1 (1 Over)Avesh Khan takes the 1st over of the second innings for #RCB. Samson & Nair open for #DD. #PlayBold #DDvRCB- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201721.59 IST:Welcome back for the chase. Karun Nair and Sanju Samson will open with the bat for Delhi. Avesh Khan has been handed the responsibility of the new ball for Bangalore.BANGALORE INNINGS21.56 IST: The visitors could not capitalize on the start they got and kept losing wickets at crucial moments. Jadhav and Negi smashed the bowlers in the last overs to put a total of 161 on the board. Zaheer Khan and Pat Cummins were brilliant with the ball as they hardly gave anything away and managed to pick one and two wickets respectively. Delhi will be hoping of pulling off this chase and make it three wins in a row for them. Join us back in a while for the chase.21.50 IST: A little cameo from Negi has helped Bangalore post a competitive total on the board. Vishnu Vinod and Chris Gayle opened the batting for the visitors. The former departed early but it was the latter who along with Kohli stitched in an important partnership of 66 runs. Chris Gayle missed out his fifty by mere two runs but the skipper registered a fifty under his belt. He soon departed after his fifty and that has always been the case for them.21.44 IST: C Anderson to P Negi FOUR! Fuller delivery around off, Negi smashes that through the extra cover region for a boundary.21.43 IST: C Anderson to P Negi FOUR! Again from an edge! Good length delivery outside off, Negi goes hard after it. Gets an outside edge to it and the ball flies through the gap between the keeper and the short third man fielder for a boundary.21.42 IST: C Anderson to P Negi FOUR! EDGED! Short outside off, Negi goes for a pull. Gets a top edge on it and the ball flies over the keeper for a boundary.21.39 IST: Corey Anderson to bowl the final over of the innings.21.37 IST: Pawan Negi is the new man in. RCB:145/6 (19 Overs)21.33 IST: P Cummins to S Baby OUT! Cummins gets his man! Length delivery around off, Baby stays in his crease and tries to go for the biggie. Gets the elevation on it as the ball goes high in the night sky but he fails to get the desired distance on it. Corey Anderson gets under it at long on and takes a good catch to send Baby back to the hut.21.33 IST: P Cummins to S Baby FOUR! Fuller into the stumps, Baby smashes this one dead straight and no-fielder is able to cut it off as the ball races away to the fence.21.30 IST: M Shami to S Baby FOUR! Full toss outside off, Baby carves it through the extra cover region for a boundary. RCB:135/5 (18 Overs)21.27 IST: M Shami to K Jadhav RUN OUT! Beautiful effort Cummins! A tailing yorker right on the money, Jadhav blocks it out and guides it towards short third man. Baby calls him for a single. Cummins is quick to reach out to the ball and he has a shy at the non-striker’s end. He hits and the players appeal. Replays show that the direct hit has cost Jadhav his wicket as he is way out of his crease.What a throw and Kedhar Jadhav walks back. C’mon Dilli!#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201721.24 IST: Mohammad Shami will bowl next.21.23 IST: Z Khan to K Jadhav SIX! In the arc….out of the park! Fuller around middle, Jadhav makes room for himself and goes downtown for a maximum.RCB:126/4 (17 Overs)21.21 IST: Sachin Baby comes out to bat.21.20 IST: Z Kahn to V Kohli OUT! Kohli walks back! Slower delivery way outside off, Virat Kohli reaches out to it and tries to loft it over the fielder at long off. He fails to get the distance on it and Nadeem at long off, gets under it to take it comfortably. Zaheer successfully gets the better off his counterpart.#ZaheerKhan gets #ViratKohli!RCB 118/4#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201721.19 IST: Z Kahn to V Kohli SIX! Dropped the ball before. Juicy full toss on the pads, Kohli stays in his crease and sends that way into the mid-wicket stands for a maximum.21.14 IST: Pat Cummins gives away just five runs, as Virat Kohli reached fifty. RCB:112/3 (16 Overs)2 wickets in quick succession but skipper #ViratKohli brings up a solid fifty at Feroz Shah Kotla! #DDvRCB #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/hSKkIjkUud- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201721.08 IST: Z Khan to V Kohli runs Travis Head OUT! Fuller around leg, Kohli clips it through the mid-wicket. Completes the first run quickly and call for the second. Takes on Corey Anderson whose running in from the deep. The fielder throws it back to the bowler and Zaheer dislodges the bails quickly. The players appeal for run out. Replays show that Head failed to complete the second run in time. RCB: 107/3 (15 Overs)Fantastic throw and run-out!Travis Head has to depart and #RCB 101/3.#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201721.04 IST: Travis Head walks out to bat. RCB:101/2 (14 overs)21.03 IST: S Nadeem to C Gayle OUT! Nadeem bowls a chinaman fuller into the pads, Gayle goes for the slog sweep. Gets it off the toe end of his bat. The ball goes straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. Zaheer does not move an inch as he takes a good catch to send the dangerous Gayle back to the hut. The variations of Nadeem have done the trick for him.First ball after the strategic timeout and #ShahbazNadeem gets the big man Gayle.#RCB 96/2.#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.58 IST: Corey Anderson finishes another economical over, RCB:96/1 (13 Overs) Strategic Timeout13 overs are up and RCB are 96/1.#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.56 IST: A Mishra to V Kohli FOUR! Fuller around leg, Virat Kohli leans forward and whips it powerfully through the gap between deep mid-wicket and long on for a boundary. RCB:91/1 (12 Overs)20.55 IST: A Mishra to V Kohli SIX! Short delivery into the pads, Virat Kohli stays in his crease to dispatch the ball deep into the stands over the mid-wicket region. 50-run stand up between Gayle and Kohli.20.53 IST: A Mishra to C Gayle SIX! That’s gone deep into the stands! Flatter and shorter around middle and off, Gayle rocks back and smacks that way into the crowds over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen.#ChrisGayle slams that for a six!RCB 78/1#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.50 IST: Corey Anderson bowls a tidy over RCB:71/1 (11 Overs)It’s 71/1 after 11 overs.#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.47 IST: S Nadeem to V Kohli FOUR! Flatter on the pads, Kohli just tickles it past the keeper. The short fine leg fielder looks to chase but the ball was too quick for him. RCB:66/1 (10 Overs)RCB 66/1 in 10.0DD still to bat#RCBvDD #BOLDBOTLive commentary at https://t.co/TvoSqG7FxJ- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 2017Match 56. 9.3: S Nadeem to V Kohli, 4 runs, 65/1 https://t.co/USXa9BcKWg #DDvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 201720.45 IST: Shahbaz Nadeem introduced into the attack.20.41 IST: C Anderson to V Kohli SIX! You beauty, Kohli! Fuller outside off, Kohli just comes forward and checks his shot at the last moment. The ball just touches the face of the bat and flies over the long off fence for a maximum. That was just too well hit. RCB: 58/1 (9 Overs)Match 56. 8.1: C Anderson to V Kohli, 6 runs, 54/1 https://t.co/USXa9BcKWg #DDvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 201720.38 IST: A Mishra to V Kohli FOUR! Shorter outside off, Kohli just stays back and whips it powerfully through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. There were two fielders in the deep but he found the gap to perfection. RCB: 48/1 (8 Overs)#chrisgayle (34) & #ViratKohli (10) between the sticks for #RCB after 8 overs. #RCB 54/1. #DDvRCB #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 2017Placed well by Virat Kohli for a boundary.#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.33 IST: Tight over from Pat Cummins. RCB:41/1 (7 Overs) 20.32 IST: Cummins to continue20.25 IST: M Shami to C Gayle FOUR! Nicely done! Low full toss outside off, Gayle gets under it and just thumps it past the mid on fielder for a boundary. RCB:37/1 (6 Overs) Strategic Timeout taken 6 overs are up and it’s time for the strategic time out.RCB 37/1#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.22 IST: P Cummins to V Vinod OUT! Cummins strikes! Good length delivery around off, Vishnu Vinod goes for the pull. Gets an inside edge onto his pads which later goes onto disturb the timber. Cummins draws first blood of the encounter and Vinod’s short stay in the middle comes to an end. RCB:30/1 (5 Overs)1st wicket falls as Vishnu Vinod(3) is bowled out by Cummins ??. #ViratKohli steps in. #DDvRCB #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201720.18 IST: Pat Cummins comes on for a bowl. 20.16 IST: M Shami to C Gayle SIX! Out of the ground! Shorter in length, Gayle gets under it and pummels it over mid-wicket for a massive, massive biggie. RCB: 27/0 (4 overs)The big man goes big.A well executed six from #ChrisGayle.#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.11 IST: Zaheer Khan balls a quite over. RCB:19/0 (3 Overs)Captain #ZaheerKhan gave away only 2 runs from the over.#RCB 19/0.#DDTweets #DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.07 IST: M Shami to C Gayle SIX! Edged! Slants it wide outside off, Gayle throws his bat at it. The ball goes off the edge and flies over the third man fence for a maximum. RCB: 17/0 (2 Overs)Match 56. 1.2: M Shami to C Gayle, 6 runs, 16/0 https://t.co/USXa9BcKWg #DDvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 201720.06 IST: Mohammed Shami to share the new ball.20.03 IST: Z Khan to C Gayle FOUR! All timing! Fuller and on the stumps, Gayle clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Good shot, that. RCB: 9/0 (1 Over)20.01 IST: Z Khan to C Gayle FOUR! Into the fence! Slants it on the pads, Gayle clips it past the keeper for a boundary. That was a knuckle ball from Gayle.There comes the first boundary for #RCB and it comes from the big man #ChrisGayle #DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 201720.00 IST: Vishnu Vinod and Chris Gayle will open with the bat for Bangalore. Zaheer Khan will start with the ball for Delhi.#DDvRCB has begun! #chrisgayle & Vishnu Vinod open for #RCB. Zaheer takes the new ball! #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/rhet8vFrtw- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201719.59 IST: This is a match which holds no value in the context of the tournament but it will be a battle for pride. Both the teams have had a tournament to forget and they will look to end their campaign with a win.19.36 IST: Playing XIs:Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Zaheer Khan(c)Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), Vishnu Vinod, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(w), Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra ChahalThe line up for #RCB’s last match of the season is here! A lot of new faces in the squad. Avesh Khan debuts! #DDvRCB #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/CnpGmxinQF- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 2017#IPL Match 56: Here are the Playing XIs for @DelhiDaredevils vs. @RCBTweets #DDvRCB pic.twitter.com/ee8DXUpMVI- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 2017Here’s our playing XI for the day.#Dilliwaalon, let’s do this!#DDTweets#DDvRCB#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/WtJsqiS6LG- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 14, 2017DD XI: S Samson, K Nair, R Pant, S Iyer, M Samuels, C Anderson, P Cummins, A Mishra, M Shami, S Nadeem, Z Khan- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 2017RCB XI: V Kohli, C Gayle, V Vinod, TM Head, K Jadhav, S Baby, S Watson, P Negi, H Patel, A Khan, Y Chahal https://t.co/USXa9BcKWg #DDvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 201719.32 IST: Zaheer: We would have batted first as well, looks like a good batting surface, we need to restrict them to a small total. We are motivated and are looking forward to chasing down the target. We are playing an unchanged team.Kohli: We will bat first. Looks like a pretty dry wicket, there are signs that it might break up. Want to put some runs on the board. Eve4ry game is an opoortunity to express your skill-set, today is no different. We want to make one final impact, we might not play together again as a group. We are playing only three internationals, some have gone home, some are unfite. The three playing are Gayle, Watson and Head.19.31 IST: Bangalore opt to bat first after Kohli wins toss. Match 56. Royal Challengers Bangalore win the toss and elect to bat https://t.co/USXa9BcKWg #DDvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 201719.20 IST: A walk down memory lane for RCB fans.. @imVkohli and @henrygayle combined for their highest stand against DD at Delhi in 2012! Will we see a repeat tonight? #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/xSyG6r3C5l- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 14, 201719.15 IST: Attention turns to Feroz Shah Kotla for the last game of this year’s IPL league stage.19.12 IST: Rising Pune Supergiant jumped Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to finish second on the Points Table.End of group games!???Into the play-offs & how!??? Packing bags & heading to Mumbai to play @mipaltan in the Qualifier-1. ??#RangWahiJungNayi pic.twitter.com/ulKVxekUIv- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) May 14, 201719.09 IST: The Playoff positions are set, Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.#IPL @RPSupergiants move to No. 2 on the Points Table. All set to meet @mipaltan at the Wankhede stadium on May 16 #Playoffs #RPSvKXIP pic.twitter.com/JR9SFzgNvn- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 2017Delhi Daredevils and bottom dwellers Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to finish the Indian Premier League (IPL) edition with a win when they meet at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Sunday.With 12 points from 13 games, Delhi are already out of the race for the play-offs and moving to the fifth place may also be difficult since Kings XI Punjab have 14 points and even if they lose, the Punjab outfit has a higher net run rate than the capital side.Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season. Their bowling line-up, on paper at least, is one of the strongest in the IPL but has failed to step up to the occasion.The batting has also been inconsistent as their top and middle-order batsmen failed to click in unison.Looking to salvaging some pride, the Zaheer Khan-led side, however, can take some positives ahead of the match as they are coming off two successive wins. (Read the full review here)
Bayern Munich will be without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer when the Bundesliga season gets under way with the champions’ first league match against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said.Germany keeper Neuer broke a bone in his foot in April and has since been working on his comeback but Friday’s league opener will come too soon, according to the Italian coach.”Manuel Neuer will not be playing tomorrow,” Ancelotti told reporters on Thursday. “We will not take any risks.”Bayern, the pre-season favourites, will launch their bid for a record-extending sixth straight Bundesliga title, having easily shaken off any domestic opposition in the past few seasons.But they will be without a string of injured players, including Jerome Boateng, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and new signing James Rodriguez among other when they take on Leverkusen.”We have injured players but that is not a big problem,” Ancelotti said.However, the coach, in his second season in Munich, will have David Alaba and Arjen Robben back as they have recovered from their injuries. “Both are in a good condition. But I will decide on the lineup tomorrow,” Ancelotti said.
West Bromwich Albion have signed left-back Keiran Gibbs from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a four-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.The 27-year-old, who has 10 caps for England, made more than 200 appearances for Arsenal over more than a decade at the north London club. No fee was disclosed, but British media reported that Gibbs cost between 5 million and 7 million pounds ($6.5 million-$9 million).”I would like to thank (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger for giving me the chance to start my career and fulfil a dream!!” Gibbs said on Twitter.Delighted to have signed for @WBA ????? ?? #WBA pic.twitter.com/LngeupoR5K- Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) August 30, 2017″Now it’s time for the next chapter with West Bromwich Albion and I can’t wait to get started with the boys.”Gibbs is West Brom’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Oliver Burke, Gareth Barry, Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez. The club also signed China international striker Zhang Yuning who has been loaned to Werder Bremen.”I’m delighted to welcome Kieran to the club. We have recruited another quality addition, an England player with bags of experience at Premier League and Champions League level,” West Brom chairman John Williams told the club website.($1 = 0.7738 pounds)
Premier League champions Chelsea are not intimidated by the prospect of facing Europe’s biggest teams in the knockout stages of the Champions League, manager Antonio Conte has said.Chelsea finished second in Group C behind Italy’s AS Roma after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and could face Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Besiktas or potential Group E winners Sevilla, in the last 16.”When you go through to the next round in this competition, you must be prepared to face the best teams. We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready,” Conte told reporters after Tuesday’s match.”This is the best tournament. That’s why you want to go through and try and be a protagonist in this tournament. At the same time, our opponents won’t be happy to play against us. We’ll see what happens.”Conte’s side are the only English team to not finish first in their group so far after Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the last 16 as group winners.Liverpool could join the trio, and finish ahead of Sevilla in Group E, if they beat Spartak Moscow later on Wednesday.Conte said the fact that all five English teams could reach the knockout stages showcases the level of talent in the Premier League but felt some of Chelsea’s domestic rivals had easier group fixtures.”I think it was not simple, but easy for a lot of these teams to go into the next round. But, in the future, we have to see. Don’t forget, here the season is very tough. You have to play a lot of games,” Conte added.advertisementThe Italian believes English teams will find it harder to excel in the latter stages of the Champions League as they play more games than their European rivals.”When you accumulate games and then you arrive at the final stage, playing in the quarters or the semis, the English teams have a lot of games in their legs,” Conte said.”For this reason, it could be problematic to win. But… the English teams are very good and have the possibility to win and reach the final of the Champions League.”The draw for the last 16 will be held on Monday in Nyon.
After finishing second in a 12-country meet on Crete, Greece’s track and field teams have moved back into the Super League of the European Track & Field Teams Championship.Greece’s men and women collected 327 points, only 24 behind the winning Czech Republic team. The top three teams make it to the Super League. The Netherlands finished third with 299.5 points.The event also showcased the career end of the great hurdler Periklis Iakovakis, the Greek record holder, 2006 European gold medal winner and 15-time national champion, who ran the 400-meter hurdles and in the 4 x 400 meter relay, which finished with the team holding on to each other and dancing around the center circle of the Pankritio Stadium.Greece won seven events, including the remarkable 5.80 meter pole vault leap of Costas Filippidis for his best effort this season. TweetPinShare0 Shares
SOUTH NYACK, NY— The former women’s softball coach at a suburban New York Christian college charged with sexually harassing his players won’t have to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, his attorney said Saturday.But former Nyack College coach Kurt Ludwigsen still faces a civil lawsuit from three members of his team who say he at one point also invited them to get life coaching from an adult film star.Ludwigsen will serve three years of probation and complete community service following his guilty plea earlier this month, attorney David Goldstein said.“He’s ready to put it all behind him and get this over with,” Goldstein said.Ludwigsen, 44, a married father of two, had been accused by more than a dozen players of kissing, touching and sexually harassing them, prompting authorities to charge him last April with nearly 200 counts. He was fired in March.In an ongoing civil lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, three members of the softball team sued the school for unspecified damages, claiming it failed to protect them against Ludwigsen.Ludwigsen touched them inappropriately by licking their ears, telling them to sit on his lap, lying on top of them, kissing their faces and punching one of them in the breasts for perceived batting errors, according to the lawsuit.Todd Krouner, a lawyer for the players, said they are “delighted” Ludwigsen admitted his guilt.“No one else should ever be subjected to the assault and harassment these athletes were subjected to,” Krouner told the Daily News, which first reported the plea deal.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS. (AP). Olympiakos is closing in on its 18th Greek league title in 20 seasons after a 4-0 victory over Atromitos on Sunday.With second-place AEK drawing 1-1 at Iraklis on Saturday, Olympiakos increased its lead to 18 points with seven rounds left.Alejandro Dominguez opened the scoring with a long-range shot in the 10th minute. Atromitos hung on and had several chances to equalize until when Alan Pulido scored in the 65th.Nine minutes later, Pulido set up Esteban Cambiasso’s first league goal before Costas Fortounis rounded off the scoring in the 85th following a cross by Brown Ideye.Third-place Panathinaikos squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with fourth-place PAOK, Xanthi beat Panthrakikos 1-0 and 10-man Panetolikos snatched a 1-1 draw at Platanias with a late equalizer. TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — The New York Islanders’ long playoff drought is over.John Tavares tied the score in the final minute of regulation and got the winner at 10:41 of the second overtime, leading the Islanders past the Florida Panthers 2-1 April 24th and into the second round for the first time since 1993.“It’s time we had to get over this hump and push forward,” Tavares said. “I don’t think we tried to put too much pressure on ourselves knowing we weren’t here for all of that, but certainly a lot us have been here for a while and it was time for us.”Tavares skated in and fired an initial shot that Roberto Luongo saved, but the New York captain got the rebound, wrapped around the net and stuffed the puck in before the diving goalie could get back.It sent the sellout Barclays Center crowd into a frenzy and he was quickly mobbed by his teammates after ending the longest home game in Islanders history.“When I got the rebound, I realized how far he came out,” Tavares said. “I had a good step and just tried to, not take my time, but really make sure I had control of the puck. And obviously once you get around the net, make sure it goes in.”The Islanders will next face Tampa Bay. New York last won a playoff series 23 years ago, when it defeated the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Wales Conference semifinals. Jaromir Jagr was on that Penguins team — and he was disappointed by the Islanders again as a member of the Panthers.Thomas Greiss finished with 41 saves in the teams’ second straight two-overtime game and third in the series to go past regulation. The Islanders won Game 3 here 4-3 in the first extra period, and took Game 5 in Florida 2-1 at 16 minutes of the second OT.On the tying goal with just under 54 seconds left in the third period, Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy took the puck behind his own empty net, skated all the way down the right side and sent a centering pass from behind the Panthers’ goal.Nikolay Kulemin tried to tip it in, but Luongo dived to his left on top of it. But the puck trickled out from underneath him to his right, and Tavares swooped in and put it in for his fourth of the series.“I came off the bench and saw (Leddy) had the puck on the far side,” Tavares said. “I just tried to get lost in coverage and just hope the puck kind of came to me. Lucky enough, it just squirted under Luongo and it doesn’t get any easier than that.”Jonathan Huberdeau scored late in the first period for Florida, and Luongo stopped 49 shots. The Panthers have now lost four first-round series since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 1996, with all their losses in this series coming by one goal.“I thought we were the better team most nights and I don’t think the hockey gods were with us at all,” Florida coach Gerard Gallant said. “I’m giving the Islanders credit. They played a great game, they played a great series … but I thought we played good hockey.”Both teams had solid chances throughout the game, but were stonewalled by the goalies.Reilly Smith, held without a point since having four goals and four assists in the first three games, fired a shot that deflected off the crossbar early in the second OT.Greiss gave up just 13 goals on 234 shots in the series, for a 1.79 goals-against average and a .944 save-percentage.“He played great,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “You need goaltending, and he came up big for us. There’s no doubt when it was 1-0, we didn’t have our legs for whatever reason. You saw the passes, you saw the execution in our game. And the pace of our game wasn’t where it needed to be and Thomas made some big saves and kept us in it.”The Islanders pressed from the start of the third. Luongo stopped a pair of snap shots by Cal Clutterbuck and a slap shot by Leddy in the first few minutes of the period. Clutterbuck also had a backhand attempt denied by the goalie about 5 minutes in.The Islanders controlled the play for most of the opening period, but the Panthers took the lead just before the closing minute of the period after New York turned it over in its own zone.Vincent Trochek sent a pass to Huberdeau, who spun and fired a shot from the high slot while falling down with the puck going over Greiss’ blocker with 1:02 remaining. It was Huberdeau’s first goal of the series and marked the fifth time Florida scored first.Clutterbuck was bleeding after getting hit in the face with the puck about 6 minutes into the game and left the game to be treated. He returned for the start of the second period.(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
In an intense and physical Athens derby, Olympiacos Piraeus grabbed its sixth win in its last seven Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games by downing archrival Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 77-69 in front of a sellout crowd at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday. Olympiacos improved to 11-5, while Panathinaikos dropped to 9-7. The Reds won both games against Panathinaikos, giving it the tie-break advantage if needed. Ioannis Papapetrou led the winners with 13 points, Vassilis Spanoulis scored 12, Khem Birch 11 and Erick Green had 10 for Olympiacos. Mike James led Panathinaikos with 24 points and K.C. Rivers added 23 for the Greens. James and Rivers combined for 40 of Panathinaikos’s 50 points through three quarters. Olympiacos outrebounded Panathinaikos by 34-27 and limited Panathinaikos to poor shooting percentages – 44.2% from two-point range and 36.8% from downtown. Olympiacos had 16 assists and Panathinaikos only dished 9.Nick Calathes got Panathinaikos going with back-to-back layups in a very physical start of the game. Consecutive baskets by Birch gave Olympiacos its first lead, 7-5. Birch kept the momentum going with a put-back layup and another close basket. He got help from Spanoulis and Papapetrou to make it an 8-point game. James hit a jumper and added a big chase-down block and a couple of free throws to make it 17-11 after 10 minutes. Nikola Milutinov shined with an alley-oop layup early in the second quarter. James stepped up with a put-back layup and Rivers singlehandedly brought Panathinaikos within 21-18. Rivers struck from downtown and added a jumper to cause Olympiacos to call timeout at 24-23. Kostas Papanikolaou followed a layup-plus-foul with a triple and an outstanding Patric Young kept Olympiacos ahead, 34-28. James and Rivers kept pushing Panathinaikos, keeping the visitors within 38-37 at halftime. Rivers scored in the low post as Panathinaikos regained the lead, 38-39, early in the second quarter. Georgios Printezis and Spanoulis stepped up for Olympiacos, but a three-pointer by James kept his team in charge, 43-46. James nailed a step-back jumper before free throws by Lojeski and a three-pointer by Papapetrou ignited the crowd at 50-48. Lojeski hit a floater off the baseline and Green buried a triple for a 55-50 Olympiacos lead after 30 minutes. Green took over early in the fourth quarter and a three-pointer by Dominic Waters made it a double-digit game, 64-53, with less than seven minutes left. James and Rivers got help from James Feldeine, whose fast break slam causedc Olympiacos to call timeout at 65-59. Singleton hit a triple, but Papapetrou struck twice from downtown and added a wild coast-to-coast slam for a 73-64 advantage. A layup by Spanoulis sealed the outcome as Panathinaikos could not recover in crunch time. Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shares
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Konstantinos Mitroglou kept Benfica on track for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Portuguese league title with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Moreirense on Sunday.The Greece striker headed in Luis “Pizzi” Afonso’ free kick three minutes before halftime.The victory restored the defending champion’s one-point lead over FC Porto, which had moved to the top on Saturday after beating Belenenses 3-0.Porto’s victory was secured by goals from Danilo Pereira, Tiquinho Soares and Yacine Brahimi.Also on Saturday, third-place Sporting Lisbon routed Boavista 4-0 thanks to Bas Dost’s hat trick. Sporting remained eight points back.There are six rounds left to decide the title. Benfica visits Sporting in two weeks’ time in its toughest match remaining.TweetPinShare0 Shares
JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — As hundreds of Olympic spectators flocked to a sparkling white ski slope cutting through the rugged mountains of Jeongseon, the marquee venue of this year’s Winter Games, Cho Myung-hwan stepped back and looked up. He let out a sad chuckle.“It’s dreadful to watch,” Cho, 62, a landscape photographer from Seoul, said as he examined the steep downhill course one day during the Olympics. “Under all the cheers and fun, there are the screams of buzzed-off trees.”Cho has visited Mount Gariwang 16 times since 2006, including several trips after 2014 to document the construction of the slope, which was finished in late 2016. He pointed to a spot near the spectator stands where he said the last tree had stood — a 24-meter (78 foot)-high Manchurian walnut tree with red and yellow ribbons wrapped around its trunk. Locals had come to the tree for generations to pray for good luck, health and childbirth.“I came here wondering whether there was a slight chance that the sacred tree would still be there,” he said. “But it isn’t.”With the Pyeongchang Games just concluded, South Korea walks into a future with questions about the long-term environmental consequences of hosting an expensive sports event in one of its poorest, oldest and most underpopulated areas.One major issue: the future of the scenic Jeongseon Alpine Center, which was built after some 60,000 trees were razed in a forest on the 1,560-meter (5,118 foot)-high Mount Gariwang. The area had been protected by the government in the past because of its old trees and botanical diversity.The course was supposed to be demolished after the Olympics and restored to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.But Gangwon provincial officials now say they want to keep the course, or at least a significant part of it, as a future “comprehensive leisure” zone. They also say it would be difficult for the province to foot the bill for the restoration project, which experts say could cost $90 million over 20 years.FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, a snowcat smooths the grade on the ski slope for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Jeongseon, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)A new hotel has already been built on the site; another is on the way. Regional officials talk of building mountain bike courses, sledding parks and concert halls to complement the ski course.“It’s too late to talk about the environmental damage over Mount Gariwang,” Gangwon Province Gov. Choi Munsun said. “There’s no way to restore the forest 100 percent, and parts of the area should be used for sports facilities.”Whether Gangwon gets space to develop will be decided by the Korea Forest Service’s central mountain management committee, which will determine the restoration’s scale and method. The committee rejected a tentative reforestation plan that Gangwon was required to submit, calling for more specifics.Experts say it would be impossible to restore the forest entirely as it was.During construction of the skiing course, workers dug out hundreds of trees from the slope and replanted them in nearby hills so that they could be transplanted back to their old spots after the Olympics. But nearly all of these trees are already dead or dying, said Seo Jae-chul, a senior activist from the environmental group Green Korea, who visited the area in December and January.Video from the inspection trips provided by Seo also shows huge trees uprooted and fallen outside the slope’s boundaries, which he said was likely caused by the trees facing stronger winds in their new location. Construction workers also likely made soil disruption worse by bulldozing huge roads around the slope so they could move construction equipment more easily.“This had been such a core area for biodiversity,” Seo said. “But it’s destroyed.”Kim Yong-chul, a Gangwon official, said he couldn’t immediately confirm the state of the trees around the slope.The 1.8 million square meters (19.8 million square foot) of woodland that was shaved for the Olympics had long been part of one of the country’s best-preserved pieces of nature.The 16th-century kings of Korea’s Chosun Kingdom barred common people from entering the area because of its abundance of wild ginseng plants, whose roots have long been prized for supposed healing powers. The forest was also left unscathed during the 1950-53 Korean War and the earlier part of South Korea’s postwar industrialization that left the country with severe deforestation.In 2008, the government designated the forest as a “forest genetic resources reserve,” prohibiting unauthorized entrance into the area.The national government lifted the protection on the area in June 2012 at the request of Gangwon officials and Olympic organizers, who said they could find no other spot near Pyeongchang to fit an Olympic-size downhill course. The International Ski Federation requires alpine courses to be longer than 3 kilometers (1.86 miles), have an altitude difference of more than 800 meters (2,624 foot) from start to finish, and an average incline of higher than 17 degrees.Critics say South Korea could have had a better shot at saving the forest had it embraced the International Olympic Committee’s “Agenda 2020” initiative announced in 2014. It called for creating a more compact games and allowing host cities to use existing venues to lower costs.Then, South Korean officials quickly dismissed calls to move the downhill course away from Mount Gariwang, saying construction had already started and it was difficult to make such a significant change so close to the Olympics.“If Gangwon Province had focused on (environmental) sustainability and considered future reforestation even as it proceeded with the construction, it might have found a more economic and compact way to build the ski course,” Seo said. “But they didn’t.”Reviving the forest of Mount Gariwang would require a patient, creative approach. Instead of transplanting trees, workers would have to start from germinating seeds in the patches of soil around the slope that were less damaged, Seo said.Kim Heung-sook, 57, one of the dozens of residents whose homes were moved to make way for the course, says she can’t wait that long for a forest that might never fully return.Kim said life was much better in her old home, where she had a yard to grow corn, pepper and other crops. She now lives alone in a smaller house on a hill near the ski area’s entrance, subsisting off the money she received for the relocation.It was painful to watch neighbors leave and see the destruction of a forest she knew for decades. But like so many in this poor and aging town, she needs to find a way to live.“I want to see more development here — more hotels, more restaurants, wider roads. Then maybe there will be jobs for people like me,” she said. “If you were going to rebuild the forest, you shouldn’t have made the slope in the first place.”___By KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated PressTong Hyung-kim, a Seoul correspondent for The Associated Press, spent much of February on assignment at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Follow him on Twitter at @KimTongHyung.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Every reverberating squeak of Novak Djokovic’s court-blue shoes put him in perfect position to control a point — and a step closer to a record seventh Australian Open championship.Djokovic was downright flawless right from the outset of his semifinal against an overmatched No. 28 Lucas Pouille and never relented, not for a moment, en route to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 victory in less than 1½ hours Friday night.Of all the ways in which Djokovic dominated, perhaps this was the most impressive: He made an unheard-of total of five unforced errors. And that’s despite risking enough to produce 24 winners.“Everything worked the way I imagined it before the match,” Djokovic said. “And even more so.”On Sunday, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic will line up against his old rival, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, for the 53rd time on tour, eighth in a Grand Slam final.“I would definitely want to buy a ticket for that match, for those who haven’t yet,” Djokovic joked during his on-court interview at Rod Laver Arena.Only Nadal, with 17, and Roger Federer, with 20, own more major titles than Djokovic, who is gaining on them: He is seeking his 15th overall and third in a row, following Wimbledon last July and the U.S. Open last September.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic takes a drink during a break in his semifinal against France’s Lucas Pouille at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Djokovic holds a 27-25 lead in the head-to-head series with Nadal. But Nadal leads 4-3 in major finals. The only other time they met with the Australian Open trophy on the line, in 2012, Djokovic won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in 5 hours, 53 minutes, making it the lengthiest Grand Slam title match in history.“Once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Djokovic called that one, “and hopefully the outcome can be the same for me.”Given how well both men are playing at the moment, this showdown shapes up as another potential classic, unlike the two semifinals that preceded it.Nadal was superb while beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday night and has yet to drop a set in the tournament.A day later, Djokovic played as if setting out to say, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”This was Djokovic’s 34th Grand Slam semifinal and he’s now won his last 10. Pouille, a 24-year-old Frenchman coached by former women’s No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, was making his debut at this stage.The wide gulf in experience and accomplishments showed on a cloudy, breezy evening as Djokovic improved to 7-0 in semifinals at Melbourne Park.He is also unbeaten so far in Australian Open finals, sharing the men’s mark of six titles with Roy Emerson and Federer.What didn’t go according to plan for Djokovic on Friday, other than the one face-down pratfall he took when he slipped on a point?He won 25 of 34 points on Pouille’s second serve and broke the guy seven times.He won 45 of 53 points he served, never facing a single break chance.Even managed to deliver a second-serve ace.It took Pouille more than a half-hour to merely grab one game, and spectators roared, likely relieved at the prospect of a more competitive, not to mention longer, match.Never materialized.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, right, is congratulated by France’s Lucas Pouille after winning their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)“Definitely one of the best matches I ever had,” Djokovic said, then paused before adding the unnecessary qualifier “on this court.”This is as good as he gets, as good as it gets, and a far cry from the 2018 Australian Open, when he was dealing with a painful right elbow and lost in the fourth round in Melbourne.Soon, he would have elbow surgery, and begin the climb back to the top.“It was highly unlikely 12 months ago that I would be where I am today, a year later,” Djokovic said. “I’ve said it before, but I always have plenty of belief in myself, and the self-belief always prevails.”___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterSerbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating France’s Lucas Pouille in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Serbia’s Novak Djokovic throws a ball back into the crowd after signing autographs following his win over France’s Lucas Pouille in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Anastasia Gerolymatou, 81, succeeded in her effort to enter the Guinness World Records when she arrived at the beach in Kyllini at 18:02 on Saturday on her windsurf, having covered a distance of 18 nautical miles from Kefallonia.The 81-year-old windsurfer had set off from Skala, Kefallonia and was tossed on the waves of the Ionian Sea for six hours before reaching her destination. During her journey, she was accompanied by two support boats.In an exclusive statement to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency on her arrival in Kyllini, Gerolymatou appeared visibly moved as she said: “I very much enjoyed what I did, it was a lifetime dream for me, ever since I was a small child. I was on the sea for roughly six hours but hardly realised how the time passed.”“I am now handing over the baton to young people with a message to never quit in their lives, no matter what difficulties they face. I call on them to love the sea and my goal is to teach young children to windsurf,” she added.She also thanked the people waiting for her on the beach in Kyllini: “I am terribly happy, I thank all the people that supported me and waited for me to finish. People have from as far as Ioannina for me and that has moved me greatly.”TweetPinShare2929 Shares
Roger Federer’s choice of practice partner at a serene, sun-drenched All England Club this week offered a reminder that the Swiss great is mortal on the most famous of tennis lawns.Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky stunned Federer in the second round in 2013 — a year in which he failed to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time in 11 years and in which the old magic appeared to be on the wane.Watching him five years on, just shy of his 37th birthday, saunter through a light-hearted hit with Stakhovsky on a pristine Court Three, cracking jokes with club chairman Philip Brook and pinging effortless winners for the benefit of a few awe-struck groundstaff, everything looked in place for yet another title run in south west London.Federer did not drop a set last year as he ended a five-year wait for his eighth Wimbledon title, beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the final to move past the professional era record he shared with American Pete Sampras.Wimbledon: Serena Williams named 25th seed, Roger Federer tops men’s listWith his Grand Slam haul now at 20 after winning a sixth Australian Open title in January, also against Cilic, the king will take some shifting from his Wimbledon throne when Centre Court opens its doors on Monday.Having opted to miss the entire claycourt season to spare his knees the battering his medical advisers say is worse on the slippery red dust, Federer’s batteries will be fully-charged for Wimbledon and his grasscourt game looks razor-sharp.advertisementHe played nine matches in two weeks in Stuttgart and Halle, winning his 18th lawn title in Stuttgart before having his 20-match winning streak on grass ended by Croatian Borna Coric – one of the so-called Next Gen tipped to break the stranglehold that Federer and Rafael Nadal still exert on men’s tennis.While he played down that defeat, it will definitely nag and beneath his ultra-relaxed demeanour in the build-up to the grasscourt major, Federer will know only too well that he will need his A-game to claim a ninth title.”Being the defending champion always creates pressure,” Federer said after his loss to Coric. “I just really need to make sure I play great tennis from the get-go.”Federer will be seeded one next week, despite slipping to two in the ATP rankings behind Nadal.And while a strong favourite with the bookmakers, there will be familiar dangers on his path with third seed Cilic in superb form, three-times champion Novak Djokovic enjoying a return to something like his best form, not to mention a resurgent Nadal lurking on the other side of the draw.He will also be wary of the fearless young brigade who will be inspired by Coric’s win, one of whom is Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.”Borna’s win didn’t surprise me,” Shapovalov said in Eastbourne this week. “They are all human. They have all been beaten before. Obviously they are legends at this game to be where they are at their age. But anyone can lose on a given day.”
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Indian batsmen have come under fire for their woeful showing in the English conditions in the ongoing tour of England, having gone 2-0 down in the five-Test series. The way India’s famed batting line-up struggled with swing at Lord’s, they face the threat of being categorised as ‘flat-track bullies’ once again.Be it trouble with the world-class swing bowling of James Anderson and Stuart Broad or India’s overdependence on captain Virat Kohli batting the team through, India are in dire straits now.India lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs after which they were humiliated by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s. Now, India face a battle at Trent Bridge to stay alive in the series.Going with the two-match deficit to Nottingham, Indian fans can only hope the team can turn adversity into opportunity. Former South African batsman and fielding sensation Jonty Rhodes did not rule out the possibility though.”There is nothing like a loss being a catalyst. It just takes one person to spark sometimes,” Rhodes told India Today.Also read – Virat Kohli feeling better by the day, says Ravi Shastri ahead of 3rd Test”But the key is not expecting Virat Kohli to be the spark all the time. The key I believe is it coming from somebody else,” Jonty Rhodes added.The story of Indian batting overdepending on Virat Kohli is not restricted to the ongoing England series but the same was seen earlier in the year in South Africa. Through the last five Tests India have played away, in South Africa and England, no top order batsman other than Virat Kohli averages even 20.advertisementFormer greats have slammed India for their lack of preparation and “arrogance” in the tough English conditions. However, Rhodes did not share the views that India’s batting woes were down to less preparation.Also read – Ravi Shastri’s message for Indian batsmen: Be prepared to look ugly and show grit”When India went to South Africa there was a lot of criticism of not enough preparation. But you can’t point fingers at them this time in the UK. They have been there for quite a while. They have switched from white ball to red ball and you have some different players with change in formats. But you have enough guys who have spent time there which should have helped them,” Rhodes said.Indian batsmen have of course been the highlight of India’s disappointing show in England but apart from them, the team’s persistent slip fielding woes have made life even more difficult.READ – Virat Kohli pays his respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Ajit WadekarRhodes who is not just one of the best outfielders of all time but also a contemporary fielding coach admits Indian slip fielders have made their bowler’s task more difficult.”Slip catches requires confidence in the players around you. India need to settle on two or three slip catchers all the time. We looked at England who had four slip fielders all close to each other. They didn’t catch everything but on the whole they were good.Also read – India finally practice ahead of crucial Trent Bridge Test vs England”All in all you need to have confidence in the players around you. If you are not sure to go, it’s too late. So I think that’s the key; if you are hesitating you will put down more than you catch. India needs to get settled in those positions. Because in Test cricket, slip fielding is an important part of your attack. If you want your fast bowlers to take 20 wickets you have to hold on to catches,” Rhodes quipped.