Saina Nehwal storms into Indonesia Masters final,Saina Nehwal storms into Indonesia Masters final

first_img COMMENT Saina Nehwal entered the final of the Indonesia Masters after beating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-19, 21-19 in her semis clash. (File photo)   –  REUTERS × Badminton January 27, 2018 Saina Nehwal made a perfect start to the new season, reaching the women’s singles final of the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters with a thrilling straight-game win over world no 4 Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand here today.The former world no 1, who has won thrice in Indonesia, dished out a spirited performance to overcome a fighting Ratchanok 21-19 21-19 in the semifinal lasting 48 minutes.Saina, who had a 8-5 head-to-head record against the 2013 World Champion Ratchanok, displayed tremendous fighting spirit as she erased a 6-10 deficit in the opening game and held on to the fort despite a late charge by the Thai shuttler in the second game.The World No 12 Indian has reached the final of an international competition after a year following her title triumph at Malaysia Masters last year.In the finals, the London Olympics bronze medallist will play world no 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, who saw off Chinese eighth seed He Bingjiao 19-21 21-15 21-15 in the other semifinals.The 27-year-old from Hyderabad has a 5-8 head-to-head record against Tai Tzu, who has defeated the Indian in all their last six meetings. The last time Saina won against Tai Tzu was at the 2013 Swiss Open.Meanwhile, the sensational run of young Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty came to an end after they suffered a 14-21 11-21 loss to top seeded Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.In the opening game, Ratchanok opened up a 3-1 lead early on. Saina slowly tried to claw back and produced an excellent return from the back of the court which kissed the sideline to make it 5-5.However, she erred in her serve and then committed a couple of errors to allow Ratchanok lead 8-5.Saina won an exceptional rally next but Ratchanok produced a brilliant straight smash and a cross court drop to move to 10-7. A net dribble gone wrong gave another point to Saina but she went long next as Ratchanok entered the break with a three-point cushion.Saina committed another service error but rode on her drop and body line returns to keep within touching distance at 11-13.She soon drew parity after Ratchanok went wide and then grabbed a 14-13 lead when the Thai player went long.Ratchanok again turned the tables but Saina clawed back immediately with another body smash after sending a series of returns on her rivals backhand in a rally that had 32 shots.The Indonesian next won a video referral to move to 16- 15. Saina unleashed another down the line smash to again level scores but a half smash on Saina’s backhand kept Ratchanok ahead.Saina’s return went long but she managed to stay at 18-18 after Ratchanok faltered at the net. The Indian sent a cross court return wide but Ratchanok also hit the net. The Thai player however went wide again to hand over one game point opportunity to Saina.With another smash from Ratchanok going to the net meant Saina had grabbed the opening game.In the second game, Saina came out with all cylinders blazing as she zoomed to a 6-1 lead. Ratchanok won a point with a cross court drop but Saina produced a towering smash and a precise return to make it 9-2.Ratchanok then enjoyed a four-point burst to move to 6-10 but she hit the net next as eventually Saina entered the interval with a 11-8 lead after producing another down the line smash.Saina continued to dominate the proceedings even as a tired-looking Ratchanok committed too many errors to allow the Indian to lead 17-11 at one stage.Just when it looked all was over, Ratchanok changed gears and reeled off six points to draw parity at 17-17. The drift in the hall seemed to have changed and it bothered Saina’s on-court decisions as she left two shots at the backline and found the net twice.However, Ratchanok again went out to allow Saina make it 18-17. A tight net play by Saina and a judgement error by Thai at the back court handed the Indian two match points.Ratchanok saved one but Saina won an exciting rally next after her opponent went wide again. Saina Nehwal entered the final of the Indonesia Masters after beating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-19, 21-19 in her semis clash. (File photo)   –  REUTERScenter_img COMMENTS SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL sportlast_img read more

18 days agoMount: Chelsea’s England selection big for club

first_imgMount: Chelsea’s England selection big for clubby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Mount says Chelsea’s strong contingent in the England squad is big for the club.Mount will be joined by Blues teammates Ross Barkley, Tammy Abraham and Fiyako Tomori in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Speaking to the club’s website, the 20-year-old said: “It is a massive honour to get called up to your country and to have four Chelsea boys in there is brilliant for the club.”There are a lot of young boys around us that we have played with for a very long time and now making that step into the senior team so I am so happy for Tammy and for Fik [Fikayo Tomori], and Ross as well, us four getting into the England squad is a massive achievement so I am looking forward to the international break.”The last international break, the game before it we drew 2-2 and it was not a good feeling going into it but now we have the good feeling of winning three points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddison

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddisonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been urged to avoid signing Leicester City ace James Maddison.That’s on the advice of former United midfielder Kleberson.”I don’t think it would be great for Maddison to join United,” the World Cup winner told US-Bookies.com.”They [Leicester] have had a good start to the season but when you do a big jump from a smaller club to United, it is mentally tough for these players.”They have to be able to learn to adapt to play at a big club. It will be interesting to see if they can, but I don’t know if he will be a good enough signing for United.” last_img read more

Video: Philip Rivers Gave A Passionate Speech To NC State’s Players

first_imgPhilip Rivers talks to Geno Smith before a game.CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 and Geno Smith #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Before Philip Rivers was a star NFL quarterback, he tore it up for the NC State Wolfpack, throwing for over 13,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. This past weekend, he was on-campus at his alma mater to help the program’s current squad prepare for the 2016 season.Rivers, in the video below, gives a passionate speech to the team, telling the players to do everything in their life “hard.” He also expressed a desire to get on the field with them right then and there. Enjoy, NC State fans:last_img

Volunteers needed to help Old Fort Residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Volunteers are needed to help residents of the Old Fort.On Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would let some residents temporarily enter their homes starting Monday.  Local volunteers Jeff Garrison and MP Bob Zimmer were also asked on Sunday to help organize volunteers that will help residents winterize their homes and help move any belongings using riverboats.In a video posted to Facebook late Sunday night, Garrison said “what we are looking for volunteers to provide riverboats, people to help move items.  There is nothing we can’t use you for.” If you would like to help, meet at Evangel Downtown Church on Monday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Garrison says volunteers will be needed starting on Tuesday.Last week Jeff Garrison and Bob Zimmer lead a group of volunteers to residents in the Old Fort, despite the evacuation order being in place.  Following that effort, the Peace River Regional District offered to work with the group once the area became safe to access.last_img read more

New developer purchases Station 44 land in Fort St John

first_imgThe Monark Group of Surrey now owns the property.  Developers Monty Sikka and Mark Catroppa are the founders of the company and in a press release, said they would develop the city’s only master-planned community.The developers are proposing to build single-family, duplex, and row homes along with condominiums and apartments and integrate them with commercial and retail spaces.The new owners, the Monark Group, have not said when construction will start on the property but are currently looking for investors and possible homeowners.  You can learn more about the project at www.fortstjohn.com FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 207 acres of land in the southeast corner of Fort St. John has been sold to another developer.The Station or as it has been known in the past, Station 44, is a section of land behind the UFA Cardlock along the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John.Since the early 2000’s the property has been bought and sold several times. Each developer has proposed to build a mix of residential and commercial/retail in the area.last_img read more

JDS min says his party workers might have voted for BJP remark

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka minister G T Deve Gowda on Wednesday said that his party JD(S)’ workers in Mysuru and elsewhere might have voted for the BJP, underlining the unease between ruling coalition partners. The Congress and the JDS had fought the Lok Sabha elections together, but the seat sharing understanding was marred by differences between members of the two parties which had been bitter rivals before they joined hands to form government. “There were some differences between the two parties. Take Udbur for example. People fought like there any panchayat election. “Those who were in Congress voted for Congress and those in JD(S) voted for the BJP. Similar things happened elsewhere too,” Gowda told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghGowda added that if the two parties could have combined their strength, there was no scope for the BJP to win even five seats out of 28 in Karnataka. He also pointed out that coalition should have been formalised much earlier for better coordination and results. The statement triggered a strong reaction from the Congress, with its state president Dinesh Gundu Rao saying it was not good for the coalition government. Expressing shock, Rao said, “I am not able to figure out how he (Gowda) had worked during the election because he has given contradictory statements. Such statements are not good for the coalition government.” “Such things would happen because those given responsibility did not work sincerely. There seems to be lack of sincerity,” the Congress leader said. He also junked Gowda’s statement about delay in formalising the alliance. “We formed the coalition much earlier. There was no delay in forming the coalition…” Mpostlast_img read more

CIL eyes 86 coal supply hike to power cos in FY20

first_imgKolkata: Coal India will supply 530 million tonne of coal to the power sector in 2019-20, a 8.6 per cent rise over the previous year. Though the annual production for the current fiscal have not been finalised yet, it is likely to be around 650 million tonne, said sources. “In FY’20, we have assured the government to supply 530 million tonne of coal to the power sector. Supply to the power sector during the last year was 488 million tonne, a rise of 7.5 per cent over 2017-18,” sources said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRetaining the focus on power sector, CIL’s share of despatch to power sector has increased to 80 per cent in FY’19 from the level of 78 per cent during the previous two years. Sources said the supply quantity is based on feedback and projections by the government for the power growth. In the wake of thrust to the power sector, the share of coal allocated under e-auction segment has drastically reduced to 12.6 per cent of production from 16.9 per cent in 2017-18 and to the level of 20.5 per cent in 2016-17.last_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey sweeps No 6 Michigan in highscoring series

The Ohio State men’s hockey team continued its recent high-flying offensive performances and collected maximum points against a team equally as potent on offense, No. 6 Michigan. The Buckeyes won 7-4 on Friday at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and followed that up with a 6-5 overtime victory at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus on Sunday afternoon.The first period of Friday’s match was a wild one, with five goals scored in total over the opening 20 minutes. The Wolverines got on the board first, courtesy of a power-play goal from junior forward J.T. Compher. Less than five minutes later, Michigan (20-6-5, 10-4-3) doubled its lead from a shot by junior forward Alex Kile off a counter attack.However, the Buckeyes (11-17-3, 6-8-3) were not fazed by the early two-goal deficit. In a span of 10 minutes, the Scarlet and Gray notched three goals to grab the lead.Freshman forward Dakota Joshua would strike first just after the halfway point of the opening period. Junior defenseman Josh Healey’s shot from beyond the blue line then found its way past senior goaltender Steve Racine to bring the score to even. Then with less than a minute remaining in the period, a shot from freshman forward Mason Jobst took a rebound and fell to the feet of freshman forward John Wiitala, who promptly slotted the puck behind Racine.The momentum was clearly on the Buckeyes’ side, and it became just as apparent that they took full advantage of it.Sophomore forward Kevin Miller collected a pass from freshman defenseman Sasha Larocque and fired past Racine to double the Buckeyes’ lead. Just 22 seconds later, freshman forward Brendon Kearney converted to put OSU up 5-2. This prompted Michigan coach Red Berenson to make a change between the pipes, sending junior netminder Zach Nagelvoort into the fray for the Wolverines.Yet it didn’t make much of a difference, as junior defenseman Drew Brevig took advantage of a shorthanded Michigan side and fired from long range past Nagelvoort for the Buckeyes’ sixth unanswered goal.The Wolverines showed some fight in the third period with the hefty deficit. Sophomore forward Tony Calderone scored twice, giving a glimmer of hope for a potential comeback. However, freshman forward Freddy Gerard would put the final nail in the coffin with an empty-net goal with less than two minutes remaining in the contest. Despite having Saturday off, the Buckeyes appeared to pick up right where they left off when they entered Nationwide Arena on Sunday. OSU coach Steve Rohlik said it didn’t surprise him that both of the contests were high scoring. “It’s almost the way our two teams match up against one another, to be honest with you,” Rohlik said. “I don’t even know what the total goals are, but it’s off the charts in the four games, that’s for sure.“Every time you play (Michigan), at the end of the day you’ve probably got to score five goals to win.” Joshua would put one past Racine to kick off the Buckeyes’ scoring once again. Kearney then doubled the Scarlet and Gray’s lead with a little over three minutes remaining in the period. Just 25 seconds later, junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey would grab his 18th goal of the season and put OSU up 3-0.“It’s nice to know that the bounces are coming my way and coming the way of my line. We’ve been playing well,” Schilkey said. “There’s a few lines that have been putting the puck in the net. It’s kind of nice to get those bounces at this time and we just got to keep that going for sure.”Sophomore defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Zach Werenski’s power-play goal put the Wolverines on the board in the second period. Jobst would then restore the Buckeyes three-goal advantage after his shot managed to trickle underneath both a Michigan defenseman and the goaltender Racine. Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple went on to make it 5-1 with a long-range shot that went over Racine’s glove. Michigan would get back into the contest with two goals in the final minute of the second period. In just 24 seconds, sophomore forwards Cutler Martin and Calderone found the net for the Wolverines, setting up a competitive final period. “Stuff happens. Next thing you know, we give up the goal, didn’t get a penalty, they score on a power play, its 5-3. This team could score just like that,” Rohlik said. “They made it 5-3, and that two-goal lead going into the third, it’s never comfortable.”Werenski’s second goal of the day cut the Buckeyes’ lead to just one with over nine minutes left in the game. Michigan then tied it up with less than five minutes remaining, courtesy of freshman forward Cooper Marody.After three minutes of four-on-four overtime hockey, Schilkey collected a loose puck off a shot from Brevig on the rush and slotted it home, ending the contest 6-5. “Puck just got thrown out of our end. It kind of bounced off their stick weird. I was going the other way and couldn’t really get it to settle down. There I knew they were coming back on me. First chance I could I just ripped it,” Schilkey said on his winning goal. “Next thing I know I’m coming around the net and I see the goalie coming out after (the puck). It was a foot race, and I think I got him.”The Buckeyes’ regular season is set to finish next weekend at Michigan State. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan. OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) and a Michigan player shove each other during a game on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

Koscielny gives Bellerin some good advice

first_imgThe Spanish right-back was injured in the match against Chelsea in the English Premier League and will be out of the season for Arsenal.Hector Bellerin ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the match between his club Arsenal and Chelsea in the English Premier League weekend fixture.The Spanish right-back will be out for the season for the Gunners, and teammate Laurent Koscielny has given him some advice.“As I said to him yesterday, put football on the side and enjoy a bit of your life with your family and friends,” Koscielny was quoted by Sky Sports.“He is starting a new chapter of his career. It will be long but he is a strong boy and I know he has the people around him to help him and be back as soon as possible and stronger than before.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He knows all the team are here to help him because we know he will have some difficult moments during his rehab, like Rob [Holding] and Danny [Welbeck], but they know all the team are here and behind them to help them come back with us and help us to have results together,” he added.“It was very hard during some moments because I missed the World Cup.”“But you learn a lot about life, you are more positive about football because you know it’s just a small part of your life, and you have some good things off the pitch.”Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2001 as part of the youth system after many years in the Barcelona young squads.He debuted professionally in 2013 with the Gunners and was loaned to Watford for a year in the 2013-2014 season.last_img read more