Suresh Raina reveals who is the ‘best captain India ever had’

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/GettyAdvertisement o2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3e0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eee1q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2iWould you ever consider trying this?😱v1mCan your students do this? 🌚hRoller skating! Powered by Firework The fans of Team India across generations, and even the current and former players, all have their favourite captain, whom they cheered on relentlessly and had the confidence on to lead the team forward. From the maiden world cup winning skipper Kapil Dev to the current man on the helm Virat Kohli, all have one captain that they put above the others. Likewise, veteran Men in Blue squad member Suresh Raina reveals the leader who he appreciates the most, and its none other than the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/GettyWhile currently off from international duty since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, its no doubt that under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India has enjoyed the most stellar achievements in the past decade.Suresh Raina has been one of Dhoni’s most trusted lieutenant throughout his career, from international matches to the Indian Premier League, where he is an inevitable member of the Chennai Super Kings, led by Dhoni.Advertisement On CSK’s official broadcast ‘The Super Kings show’ on Star Sports Tamil, Raina lauded Dhoni’s contribution for reforming the Indian team. He said: “I think we have the best captain who has changed the Indian team like anything. Now we have that same aura in our dressing room.”It took just three years for Dhoni to be named India’s captain from his debut back in 2004.  From winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, to lifting Men in Blue’s second ICC World Cup trophy in 2011, MSD’s list of honours for the team goes on.Advertisement Raina himself has managed the role of captain in some ODI and T20 matches, but has enjoyed domestic and international trophies under Dhoni, winning the 2011 world cup and also three IPL trophies with CSK. Making his first international appearance for India in 2005, the 33 year old specialist batsman has earned 226 ODI caps.While there has been no update on Dhoni’s comeback to limited overs cricket for Team India, and with a major hint from BCCI with dropping his name from the 2020 contracts list, the 38 year old veteran will be in action in this year’s IPL, with Raina under his leadership.Also read-New Contender: Suresh Raina aims to bat at No.4 for India at the T20 World CupWhy it’s time for Indian Cricket to move on from MS Dhoni Advertisementlast_img read more

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Hanson, Nicholls’ Landry Represent the Southland as NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Texas A&M Corpus Christi track & field competitor Sashane Hanson and Nicholls softball pitcher Megan Landry have been named nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The pair will represent the Southland Conference in a field of 148 nominees for the honor.Hanson recently closed out her four-year career with the Islanders, capturing second-team All-America honors following a 16th-place high-jump finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Montego Bay, Jamaica, product also captured a pair of gold medals in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference Championships. In addition to her athletic endeavors, Hanson was named the 2019 Southland Women’s Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. She secured a position on the 2019 Academic All-Conference team with a 3.42 grade-point average (GPA) in biomedical science.Landry also concluded an illustrious collegiate career this past spring, setting numerous records for the Nicholls’ softball program and pushing her squad to a berth in the Southland Tournament title game. She stands as the Colonels’ all-time leader with 80 wins and nine saves. Landry is a three-time all-conference selection and the 2018 Southland Pitcher of the Year. She earned Academic All-Conference honors three times throughout her career and was deemed the conference’s 2018 softball Student-Athlete of the Year following her junior campaign. Landry completed her undergraduate degree in secondary education-English this past December with a 3.97 GPA.A total of 148 student-athletes were chosen by NCAA conferences and a selection committee and were selected from a poll of 585 nominees. The field of nominees represent collegiate student-athletes from 20 sports across all three NCAA divisions.The top 30 honorees, comprising of 10 women from each division, will be named the Woman of the Year selection committee in September. The selection committee will then narrow the poll to nine finalists – with three from each division – in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 Woman of the Year to be honored at the annual banquet Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.The NCAA Woman of the Year program recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.last_img read more

Rubiales: “No matter how many losses there are, we will recover them”

first_imgLuis Rubiales has given an interview on the Cuatro Todo es Mentira program to give his vision on the resumption of football, the coronavirus crisis and the proposal by Iker Casillas to shift the calendar to a calendar year to balance the change in dates that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will bring. The president of the RFEF defends the end of the season, at any time, and denied that Ceferin has marked August 3 as the deadline.Petition to LaLiga: “First of all, I join in the condolences for Pep Guardiola’s mother. Going into the matter, I want to divide soccer into two large blocks: the thousand licenses for professional soccer and the more than one million licenses under the responsibility of the RFEF. The economic measures of First and Second fall on LaLiga. To the humble clubs, of Second B, Third, Women’s Soccer … We have guaranteed one hundred percent subsidies and a line of credit. We have proposed the same to LaLiga a macro credit that allows you to get out of this so there are no ERTES. Unfortunately, this request has not been met. “ Health and money: “It is important to see that there are two points of view: to return at all costs as soon as possible and that of the RFEF which is to return when it is possible to return, when the health of all is guaranteed. The Federation suspended the competitions before the state and we create a monitoring commission. No matter how large the losses are, in this industry we will recover them in the long term. Health cannot be recovered. “Iker Casillas’ proposal: “We have taken our own proposal. Ceferin has not set a deadline of August 3. When the administration allows it, we will finish the competition, it is fair that everyone faces each other. Playing in the summer is an extraordinary solution, with very high temperatures. It should not be a solution that we have to consider as the first “.last_img read more

Thompson clocks fast 60m in Glasgow

first_imgJamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson clocked 7.14 seconds for third place in the women’s 60m heat at the Glasgow Indoors Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena a short while ago. Thompson, who finished second in the 200m at the World Championships in Beijing last August, crossed the line behind world 200m champion Dafne Schippers (Netherlands), who clocked 7.11 and Trinidadian Michelle – Lee Ahye (7.14). The result means that Thompson is now the fastest Jamaican over the distance so far this season. The final takes place at 9:32am Jamaica time.last_img

Taylor wants perfect race at Boys’ Champs

first_img FOCUSED SEASON His easy 200m victory was completed in a time of 20.59 seconds, shy of the 20.40 seconds set by Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School last year. Having what can be considered a quiet but focused season so far, the Calabar star also won the 2017 carifta trials 400m in an outstanding 45.41 seconds. At this month’s 107th staging of the champs, few might be betting against confident Taylor to lead his school’s gold medal charge in the 200, 400 and 4x400m, respectively, while successfully helping Calabar to retain the title against a highly touted Kingston College team. According to Taylor, his plan is to win, and help the team. “My normal focus going there prepared to go fast and try to get my school to defend the title at this year’s championship.” In what would sounds like an ominous warning to Calabar High school’s main rivals, 400m prodigy Christopher Taylor says he is looking to run the “perfect race” and help his school retain their ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, this month. The eagerly anticipated championships, considered the greatest high-school sporting spectacle in the world, will take place from March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium in Kingston. Taylor, who clocked a personal best of 20.59 seconds in winning the Boys’ Under-20 200m at last Saturday’s G.C. Foster Classics, is already in seemingly unstoppable form. He capped off Saturday’s Digicel Grand Prix finale with a scintillating 4x400m anchor leg run, leading Calabar to a new meet record of 3:09.96. Taylor’s Calabar lowered the old mark of 3:10.84 set by St Elizabeth Technical High School in 2015. “That race was just to come out here and execute a perfect 200m, and to run the curve hard, and I did that, and had a personal best, so I am happy with that,” Taylor said in an interview.last_img read more

Region 5 communities benefit from literacy extravaganza

first_imgAs nationwide activities continue in observance of Education Month, the Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) Education Department, on Thursday held a literacy extravaganza as it seeks to get a wider cross-section of the public inevolved in the education process. The event was held at the Fort Wellington Community Park.The activity followed on the heels of a review conducted on students’ examination results in the Region.Students engaging in planned the activities to mark the occasionEducation Officer Sherry Grant-White with responsibility for Primary Schools, and coordinator of the Region’s Education Month activates, noted that the department is not as pleased as it would like to be with the recent examination results.Some teaching aids made from discarded household itemsAlluding to the importance of the activity she said: “It is organised to improve the performances of our pupils in the area of literacy and also to have our stakeholders coming on board to support our mission.”The stakeholders include teachers, parents and the collective community.Education Month is being observed under the theme: Each Child Matters: Stakeholders Unite for the Enhancement of Education”.Education Minister, Rupert Roopnaraine, while delivering the Education Month message recently, emphasised that active stakeholder partnership is what is needed to produce the children that Guyana requires.Meanwhile, Literacy Coordinator in the Region, Adel White pointed out that several activities were already held in observance of Education Month. These include: a coin drive, a costume design competition and a ‘Face the Community’ meeting.The month of actives in Region Five will culminate on October 7, with an awards ceremony while Teacher’s Day will be observed on October 5, the coordinator said. The literacy extravaganza was one of the major activities organised in the Region in observance of Education Month 2016.An exhibition was also staged as part of the Literacy Extravaganza, which featured teaching aids made from discarded household items. “Education is a collaborative effort involving both parent and teacher,” the coordinator advised.last_img read more

Guyana gets $344M for feasibility study from Kuwait

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has received a grant of Kuwaiti Dinars (KD) 500,000 (Equivalent to GY$344M) from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to undertake a Technical and Economic Feasibility Study for the Redesign of the Belfield to Rosignol Road Network.The study will be carried out by the Public Infrastructure Ministry and will aim to solve the issues of deteriorating roads, poor drainage and road safety of Belfield to Rosignol.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), residents of more than twenty-seven villages along Belfield to Rosignol will benefit from this road project upon completion.The redesign of the network will ensure enhanced capacity of the roads, strengthen trade and economic development and facilitate new and improved interactions among farming communities. It will also reduce delays and increase user satisfaction.The Fund, one of Guyana’s developmental partners, has over the years, assisted Government to undertake feasibility studies and designs for the upgrade of road networks within the country. A similar project was undertaken in 2011 for the upgrade of the Better Hope to Belfield road network.last_img read more

Grudzielanek is out for a month

first_imgKansas City Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today and is expected to be out at least a month. Grudzielanek has a medial meniscus cartilage tear. He first experienced knee pain Friday night and reported it to the training staff Saturday. “It’s been a long time to wait but it was good,” said Crosby, the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year. “I was antsy coming into spring but I didn’t want to rush it. When you rush it, you hurt it.” Also: Barry Bonds missed the San Francisco Giants’ spring training workouts for the second straight day because of the flu. Bonds wasn’t in the Giants’ lineup for a home exhibition game against Seattle after coming down with the same bug that has affected much of the Giants’ roster in the past two weeks. … New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine was expected to return to camp today after missing a couple of days for personal reasons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It just happened,” he said. “It kind of just came up. It wasn’t because I turned too hard or anything like that. It was just weird.” Crosby sees live pitching: Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby faced live pitching for the first time this spring and showed no lingering effects from the back injury that sidelined him for the final two months last season. last_img read more

Tale of two Belgians exposes gulf between Chelsea and City

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City have coped comfortably without the injured Kevin de Bruyne (left), while Chelsea remain reliant on Eden Hazard (right) © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge to Manchester City has faded dramatically in recent weeks as Eden Hazard’s goals have dried up to leave Maurizio Sarri’s men 10 points adrift of the champions ahead of Saturday’s clash between the sides at Stamford Bridge.Even in the midst of an 18-game unbeaten run after City eased past the Blues 2-0 in the Community Shield in August, Sarri insisted Chelsea wouldn’t be able to last the pace against a team he considers the best in Europe. However, the Italian admitted his concern at the scale of his side’s downturn in recent weeks as defeats at Tottenham and then at Wolves where Chelsea capitulated from 1-0 up to lose 2-1 on Wednesday.Those losses as well as a goalless home draw with Everton mean Chelsea are hanging onto their top-four place only on goal difference.“City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world,” said Sarri. “Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four.”It is no coincidence that Chelsea’s dip has coincided with Hazard’s early season hot streak cooling off.The Belgian captain stood out as an exception to many players suffering a World Cup hangover. After being crowned the second best player on show in Russia, Hazard scored seven goals in his first six league starts of the season.At the time, Sarri talked of Hazard having the potential to score 40 goals in a campaign although his previous best for Chelsea was 19.However, with speculation mounting over whether Hazard will tie his future to the club by signing a new contract worth a reported £350,000 ($450,000) a week or hold out for a move to Real Madrid, the Belgian hasn’t scored in 11 games for club and country dating back two months.– Silva lining to De Bruyne absence –Sarri has blamed a series of niggling injuries as a demanding summer has finally started to take its toll.“It’s normal at the moment he isn’t at the top of his physical condition,” added the Italian this week.Yet, it is clear that without Hazard firing, Chelsea will struggle to even see off Tottenham and Arsenal for a place in the top four, let alone challenge the unbeaten City or Liverpool for the title.Strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have just six goals between them in the league all season and after promising a turnaround with a double against Crystal Palace last month, Morata’s famously fragile confidence looks shot again.That dependence on Hazard contrasts sharply with City, who have been without another Belgian, Kevin de Bruyne, for practically the whole season and still barely missed a beat.The outstanding individual in a collective 100-point masterclass as City stormed to the title last season, De Bruyne has played 81 minutes of league football this season due to two prolonged spells on the sidelines with injury.In his absence, Bernardo Silva has pounced on the chance to shine in a more central midfield role, freeing up the wings for Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane to wreak havoc.Sane and Mahrez were on target on Tuesday as City won a seventh straight league game 2-1 at Watford despite leaving Sterling and many others on the bench as Pep Guardiola made six changes.By contrast, Sarri’s decision to make five changes was questioned after defeat at Wolves.“I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team,” said Sarri. “We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”Now he needs a reaction against the toughest team of all.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kyrgios bitten by spider ahead of Brisbane title defence

first_img0Shares0000Supremely talented but combustible Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has become infamous for his public outbursts and meltdowns on court © AFP / Johannes EISELEBRISBANE, Australia, Dec 28 – Temperamental Australian star Nick Kyrgios revealed on Friday he was bitten by a spider over Christmas ahead of his defence of the Brisbane International.The fiery 23-year-old posted a short video on his Instagram account showing him with what appeared to be a drip in his arm and being treated by medics. “This spider bite outta contro,” a caption to the video said.He added to his nearly one million followers: “Got a spider bite on my foot. Christmas different every year.”Local reports said he spent the festive season in a Canberra hospital but was still on track to be in Brisbane for the tournament that starts on Monday.Kyrgios finished his season early in October after an elbow injury forced him out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.Returning home to prepare for 2019, the world number 35 admitted last month he was working through mental health issues that had plagued him throughout the year.“I’m starting to see some psychologists and trying to get on top of my mental health,” he said then.The supremely talented but combustible Kyrgios has become infamous for his public outbursts and meltdowns on court.His win in Brisbane was his only title success in 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more