Wuhan OpenWuhan: French Consulate General here has confirmed Roland-Garros Tennis Club will open in this city next year.The French Tennis Association will actively assist establishing the club as well as helping in tournament planning, organization and management, the French Consulate General said on Wednesday. China Electric Construction Real Estate Group Co. Ltd and the Wuhan Huangpi District Government will complete the contract with the French Tennis Association on September 30.The club is expected to hold a series of tournaments in the 2019-2020 season in a bid to attract more Chinese teenagers to participate in tennis and enjoy the charm of the clay surface that will be installed at the club. IANS
Shillong: Champions Minerva Punjab were on Friday held to a 2-2 draw away at Shillongs JLN Stadium by a young and exciting Shillong Lajong FC.Ghanaian frontman William Opoku and Nigerian midfielder Philip Njoku scored for the champions while Buam and Allen Nongbri got on the scoresheet for the hosts.Both the gaffers Alison Kharyntiew and Minerva’s Irish coach Paul Munster made quite a few changes to the starting eleven for this game.Alison made five changes and Paul three as both coaches opted for a change in goalkeepers. Neithovilie Chalieu was back in the Shillong goal after Alison’s brief flirtation with Purbha Lachempa while Arshdeep Singh made the first start in the Minerva goal replacing Bhaskar Roy. IANS Also Read: Sports News
Abu Dhabi: Mclaren’s star Fernando Alonso insisted that the team would be putting lessons learned from an often-frustrating 2018 into practice for 2019, according to the official website of F1 on Tuesday.Alonso enjoyed a stellar start to his 2018 campaign, stringing together his first run of five points-scoring finishes in one season since rejoining McLaren back in 2015, and meaning that he sat just one point off Max Verstappen’s sixth place in the drivers’ standings after the Spanish Grand Prix, reports Xinhua news agency.Since then, however, he has added just 18 more points to his tally heading into the Abu Dhabi season finale, while teammate Stoffel Vandoorne — who will switch to Formula E at the end of this year — has taken just four points in the same period. Speaking at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Alonso, who still sits 10th in the drivers’ standings thanks to his strong season start, seemed optimistic about the team’s performance next season.Alonso will be seen in action here starting November 23. IANS Also Read: Sports News
Parma: AS Roma took three points home after defeating Parma 2-0 in a Serie A tie at the Ennio Tardini Stadium here. Italy midfielder Bryan Cristante opened the scoring for Roma after connecting a corner-kick cross by Turkey winger Cengiz Under two minutes before the hour mark on Saturday. Roma secured the victory in minute 75 when Under connected a cross-pass by Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini that Parma’s defense failed to deflect.In other Serie A Saturday action, Udinese topped visiting Cagliari 2-0 at the Dacia Arena stadium.Argentine forward Ignacio Pussetto secured a 1-0 lead for the host side by half time, nine minutes after the half-hour mark.Five minutes after the break, Cagliari’s Italian defender Luca Ceppitelli added to his team’s woes, as he was sent off with a straight red card.Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami took advantage of his side’s numerical advantage, doubling Udinese’s lead seven minutes later.Italy striker Kevin Lasagna squandered the 3-0 lead chance when he failed to deliver from the 12-yard spot, one minute after the hour mark.During the closing minutes, the hosts’ Italy midfielder Rolando Mandragora was shown a direct red card and was sent off the pitch.With the win, Udinese moved two places up to 15th position with 18 points, while Cagliari remained in 13th place with 20 points. IANS Alos Read: AS Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons joins Sevilla on loan
Buenos Aires: Football legend Diego Maradona has resigned as head coach of Gimnasia La Plata, just 11 weeks after taking charge of the Argentine Superliga side. The announcement came after club president Gabriel Pellegrino, who was responsible for signing the 59-year-old, announced he would not run for another term in an election on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.“Maradona said that if there was no unity he would quit,” Pellegrino told a news conference on Tuesday.“He and his (backroom staff) tried to keep the club together, but that wasn’t possible. An election will be held on Saturday and whoever wins will choose the new head coach.”When asked about his future last week, Maradona told reporters that he would continue in the role only if Pellegrino remained.Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, took charge of Gimnasia in early September after agreeing to a contract that ran until the end of May.Gimnasia is currently 22nd in the 24-team Argentine Superliga standings with 10 points from 13 matches. Their hopes of avoiding relegation have been boosted by three wins in their past five fixtures. (IANS)Also Read: Diego Maradona Dismisses Alzheimer’s RumoursAlso Watch: Govt all set to push for the contentious Citizenship Bill in the winter session of Parliament
Hamilton: Hanuma Vihari, who scored a gritty hundred in the ongoing three-day practice game against New Zealand XI, on Friday said he is ready to bat anywhere for India in the upcoming two-match Test series starting February 21.Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, who are expected to fight it out for the opener’s slot in the first Test against the Black Caps, came out with disappointing performances as they were out for a duck each on the opening day of the warm-up game.With Rohit Sharma out injured, Mayank Agarwal, who also failed with the bat, will have a new partner against the Black Caps.Coming in at No. 6, Vihari scored a hundred and alongwith Cheteshwar Pujara, shared a 195-run stand for the sixth wicket and took India out of troubled waters, who at one stage were struggling at 38/4.“As a player, I am prepared to bat anywhere. As of now, I have not been informed anything. As I said before as well, if the team requires me to bat wherever, I am ready to bat,” said Vihari, who retired after scoring 101.“Initially, I thought the extra bounce surprised us. (In) the couple of matches I played against New Zealand A, the pitch didn’t do as much as what it did in the morning today,” said Vihari on the challenging wicket on offer.“Once we adjusted, me and Puji (Pujara’s nickname), we got our eye in, then we knew we had to bat long and that’s exactly what we did,” Vihari said.“Maybe we will get pitches like these because New Zealand’s strength is their fast bowling. They have a very experienced bowling attack but it’s good that we got some time in the middle and we experienced these conditions.“They were tough and it’s good to experience tough conditions before the series and we’re happy with the way the day went,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Hanuma Vihari Joins Tendulkar in The Elite List After 2nd Innings FiftyAlso Watch: International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed at Assam Startup the Nest in Guwahati
By Ras WadadaTWENTY-Two-Year old Lady JAG, Otesha Luletta Charles, recently inked a one- year contract with London-based Watford FC, making a move from Millwall Lionesses, where she spent the last season in the reserves side for the Women Super League2 (WSL2). The semi-professional League is the second tier of women’s football in England, the adopted homeland of Charles.“I am happy for this opportunity that will give me more playing time, which I did not get at Millwall, as I was reduced to the reserves.I attended the Watford trials and the Coach was impressed and offered me a first- team one- year contract. It is the same as WSL2. I look forward to grasping this opportunity and making good use of the opportunity”, Charles told Chronicle Sport via telephone from London.“I will be working hard to cement my place in the starting eleven at Watford, and with the season due to end in October, I set myself a goal of at least scoring five goals. This contract also gives me renewed enthusiasm since my confidence was at a low at Millwall”, Charles revealed.The Guyana International forward,who hails from Sisters Village, West bank Demerara, left Guyana at the tender age of six with her family to take up residence in the United Kingdom, where she was introduced to the ‘Beautiful Game’ and began honing her skills at the age of twelve.Charles is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Sports Therapy at the University of East London, where she is a 2nd year student.Charles, through the recommendations of Guyanese football Coach Peter Barry, returned to her roots in 2011 where she made her Guyana debut for the Women’S U-20 team.Her impressive performances earned her a call up to the senior side last year for the qualifiers of this year’s Olympics. Charles,who has scored seven goals so far for Guyana, will wear the number 14 for her new side,The Watford Lady Hornets,where she is expected to make her first appearance today in a friendly game against Tottenham Ladies.In the 2014-2015 season with the Millwall Lionesses,Charles netted an average of just over one goal per game.
(REUTERS) – England amassed a world record one-day international total of 444 for three as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge yesterday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Jos Buttler struck the last ball of the innings for four to take Eoin Morgan’s men past Sri Lanka’s 443 for nine against Netherlands in July 2006.Hales plundered 171, the highest individual limited-overs score by an England batsman, before Buttler reached his fifty off 22 deliveries, another record for his country.The hosts passed their previous highest total of 408 for nine, made against New Zealand last year, while captain Morgan got to his half-century off 24 deliveries as he and Buttler shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 161.“Quite a monumental knock from Alex Hales,” said Morgan. “To score 171 in any form of the game is remarkable and our innings was based around that.“Records are hugely important, it emphasises we’re not just a chasing side. We probably have 17 or 18 players who have played in the last year and a half and could come into this side.”Hales flayed four sixes and 22 fours in his 122-ball knock to surpass Robin Smith’s 167 not out against Australia in Birmingham in 1993.Caught off a no-ball on 72 and dropped on 114, the 27-year-old right-hander passed Smith’s score by pulling Hasan Ali to the mid-wicket boundary.PAKISTAN PAINThe bowler trapped him lbw with the next delivery to end a second-wicket stand of 248 with Joe Root, who fell soon after for 85, but the pain was far from over for the Pakistan bowlers.Buttler hammered six sixes and three fours to get to his half-century and finished 90 not out off 51 balls while Morgan ended unbeaten on 57.Hales and Root’s partnership was also England’s third-highest in one-day internationals.Pakistan, in reply, were bowled out for 275 in 42.4 overs with paceman Chris Woakes the chief destroyer, taking four for 41.Opener Sharjeel Khan hit 58 but wickets fell at regular intervals until Mohammad Amir smashed 58 in 28 balls to share an unlikely last-wicket stand of 76 with Yasir Shah (26 not out).Amir’s half-century was the first by a number 11 in ODIs.“It was very tough today,” said Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali. “I think there were exceptional innings from Hales and Buttler.“On a wicket like this, you really need to support the bowlers and that didn’t happen.”ENGLAND inningsJ. Roy c S. Ahmed b H. Ali 15A. Hales lbw b H. Ali 171J. Root S. Ahmed b Nawaz 85J. Buttler not out 90E. Morgan not out 57Extras: (b-6, lb-8, nb-9, w-3) 26Total: (for 3 wickets, 50 overs) 444Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-28, 3-28.Bowling: M. Amir 10-0-72-0 (w-1), H. Ali 10-0-74-2 (nb-3) W. Riaz 10-0-110-0 (nb-2, w-2), M. Nawaz 10-0-62-1, Y. Shah 6-0-48-0, Az. Ali 1-0-20-0, S. Malik 3-0-44-0.PAKISTAN inningsS. Aslam c Ali b Woakes 8Sh. Khan c Stokes b Woakes 58Az. Ali c Rashid b Woakes 13B. Azam c Morgan b Stokes 9S. Ahmed c Root b Rashid 38S. Malik c Buttler b Plunkett 1M. Nawaz c Morgan b Rashid 34H. Ali b Ali 4W. Riaz lbw b Wood 14Y. Shah not out 26M. Amir c & b Woakes 58Extras: (b-4, lb-2, nb-1, w-5) 12Total: (all out, 42.4 overs) 275Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-50, 3-83, 4-106, 5-108, 6-155, 7-164, 8-180, 9-199.Bowling: M. Wood 10-0-75-1 (w-2), C. Woakes 5.4-1-41-4 (w-1), L. Plunkett 6-0-30-1 (w-1), B. Stokes 4-0-14-1 (w-1), M. Ali 7-0-36-1 (nb-1), A. Rashid 10-0-73-2.
(REUTERS)-Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium destroyed Estonia 8-1 to seize top spot outright in World Cup Group H qualifying yesterday.Coach Roberto Martinez’s men also struck through Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and an own goal from Ragnar Klavan, with the first three coming inside the opening 25 minutes.Estonia replied just before the half-hour through Henri Anier but it was a lonely highlight for the Baltic nation who are second from bottom with three points.Meunier’s first international goal after eight minutes began the deluge as he timed a run to the back post perfectly to head home Carrasco’s cross.Mertens’ shot from outside the area took a wicked deflection for the second goal after 16 minutes and Hazard made it 3-0 with a powerful drive after a swift attacking move.A rare defensive slip then allowed Anier to turn and beat keeper Thibaut Courtois before the break.Belgium added three more goals in six minutes soon after the hour mark as they claimed their fourth group victory.Unmarked Carrasco finished off a square pass from Lukaku before Klavan steered a centre by Mertens into his own net.Mertens then grabbed his second goal with a chip over the goalkeeper after Lukaku’s effort had been well saved.Lukaku was rewarded for his contribution when his 83rd- minute shot took a deflection to leave goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu with no chance.The Everton striker was then fed five minutes later with a clever ball from midfield and he raced towards goal before shooting into the corner of the net.Belgium have 12 points from four games, two ahead of second-placed Greece and five in front of Bosnia who are third.Greece were held 1-1 at home by Bosnia yesterday.
By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI, India (Reuters) – Cricketers could be ‘red-carded’ by umpires and ejected from the ground for the duration of a match from next October after the sport’s lawmakers yesterday recommended on-field sanctions to address declining standards of player-behaviour.The world cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardian of the game’s laws, has recommended that a player should be removed from the field for threatening an umpire, physical assault or any other act of violence.Match officials currently report players or incidents to the match referee at the end of the day after which action is taken.Following a two-day meeting in Mumbai, MCC world cricket committee chairman Mike Brearley said umpires needed to be empowered to impose on-the-spot sanctions, noting that there were more disciplinary problems in the lower-tier leagues.“There was a survey done of the umpires and 40 percent said they are considering giving up the game or giving up umpiring because of verbal abuse,” former England captain Brearley told reporters at the Wankhede Stadium.“Anecdotal evidence from people who are familiar with leagues in parts of England say that the behaviour has got worse.“The umpires have to be respected and given the best possible chance and I think cricket is the only game in which there isn’t this possibility of an in-match punishment or deterrent.”ROLE MODELSThe committee discussed sanctions like run penalties and sin bins but felt it would be hard to apply them consistently around the world.“It got to the state where something had to happen to prevent those things happening on the international stage,” former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, a member of the committee, said.“The modern players now understand their role in society, about being role models, and want to play the game the right way for younger kids.”The committee also decided that no changes were required to the current ball-tampering laws despite recent incidents.The age-old practice of shining the cricket ball has become a grey area for some cricketers who called for clarity after South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was declared guilty of ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council last month.Television footage appeared to show du Plessis applying saliva to the ball while sucking on a sweet during the Hobart Test against Australia leading to him being sanctioned and losing his entire match fee.The committee also agreed that the game had tilted too far in favour of the batsmen and therefore recommended specific bat size limitations to the edges and depth of a bat.The new laws will be implemented at all levels of the game from October 1 next year, subject to approval by the MCC’s main committee.