Karachi, Nov 2 (PTI) Pakistans captain Sarfraz Ahmed has dismissed claims by the Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal that the Islanders recent two-match Test series win over them in the UAE was due to witchcraft.”We lost the two Tests because of our poor batting and that is all,” Sarfraz said.”If they could win Test matches because of witchcraft or magic, then they should have also won the ODI and T20 series,” the Pakistan skipper told the media here.Chandimal told reporters after returning to Colombo that he had received a special blessing from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Sarfraz said being a Muslim he believed in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world but he chose to blame his batsmen for the Test series defeat.”I believe in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world, but in the Test series we just batted badly and lost chances to win,” said Sarfraz.He made it clear that while luck played a part in cricket but matches were won and lost on the field by players by their performances.Pakistans former Test skipper Muhammad Yousuf also rubbished Chandimals claims.”Dont mix cricket with such things. Pakistans planning was bad and they messed it up,” said Yousuf.Yousuf said that if cricket matches could be won through witchcraft or with blessings of sorcerers then Sri Lanka would not have been struggling in all formats of the game.advertisementChandimals comments came after Sri Lankas Sports Minister had earlier denied that he had sent the captain to a sorcerer to get blessings for the Test series. PTI Cor CM CM
U17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Group E – From a Francophone mismatch to the American-born Honduran captain with a Mexican mother via the Japanese Messi Swapnaneel Parasar in Guwahati Last updated 2 years ago 02:24 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) U17 World Cup France U17 New Caledonia U17 v France U17 Honduras U17 v Japan U17 Japan U17 New Caledonia U17 Honduras U17 Guwahati, one of the venues for the semis of the U17 World Cup in India will see different footballing cultures combine on the first day itself… BY SWAPNANEEL PARASAR Follow @Swapyo on Twitter “Thirty football fields”, proclaimed Dominique Wacalie, proudly sat taking questions from the media as the head coach of New Caledonia at the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup, when asked how many football grounds does the tiny Pacific nation with a surface area of 18,576 square kilometres really have.A country roughly a quarter of the size of the state of Assam, what it lacks in area and population, the former national team player, Wacalie made up in humility and ambition. “It is historic! France have great talented players and it is an exceptional opportunity for us. Hopefully, this will set the platform for France-based New Caledonian youngsters to pursue their football careers for the nation”, the 35-year-old said ahead of their match with the Les Bleuets on Sunday.Only a year remains before the 268,000-odd New Caledonians vote for or against independence from France. But until then, the archipelago very much remains a ‘Special Collectivity of France’. The mood in the ‘rival’ camp, however, was that of poise and diligence, reflecting that of the steep elite cultures of Clairefontaine – France’s national academy where a host of talents have emerged including the to-be costliest teenager in Kylian Mbappe.Lionel Rouxel suggested that it will be a strong and emotional match, given the ties between the two teams of whom the most famous crossover remains Christian Karembeu – a ’98 World Cup winner himself.”They will have a lot of ambition, so it is not easy to play teams like these. We will have to show them on the ground”, the French head coach meant business straightaway. However, the heat and humidity factor loomed large as to how will the players who belong to well-recognised clubs like Paris Saint Germain and Olympique Lyon adapt to. “Our boys came from conditions where it was twenty degrees Celsius to this extreme humidity. It is a challenge which we have to cope and adapt and I am sure the players will manage”, sounded Rouxel like a no-nonsense schoolmaster whose only ambition was to make his wards be the best, come whatever may.The croissants and cheese gave way to some salsa and tortillas as Honduras’ coach Jose Valladares started to speak of his will to win the competition. However, those words did not hold much ground after he stressed on how complicated the group is and how only detailed analysis of the opponent can save their day against Japan. Focus then shifted to Emilio Campos and his choice of allegiance. “My Dad was born in Honduras, my Mother was born in Mexico and I was born in the States”, the 17-year-old laughed off in his North Carolina accent but the NV Ocotlan (UdeG) player in the 3rd professional division at the Liga MX (Mexico) will proudly wear the armband and lead Los Catrachos come Sunday.Yoshiro Moriyama showed the true Japanese way of honest assessment and blatantly commented on their dim hopes of lifting the cup. “We are simply not on that level but the Japanese Football Association (JFA) has invested a lot into this lot of boys and they should be ready to go further than the quarterfinals” (the most Japan have advanced into this competition’s history – that too only twice).With much attention being paid to former FC Barcelona player Takefusa Kubo, the ‘Japanese Messi’, Moriyama suggested that it is a plus point given his other attackers will be offered free spaces on a platter.Footballing stories so diverse, it is only apt that the all-new refurbished Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium plays host to five of the group’s six games at the gateway of North-eastern India, Guwahati.
He’s not quite the caliber of NBA Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine, but former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess is a pretty incredible dunker. Funchess, who played for the Wolverines from 2012-14, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior campaign that included 733 receiving yards and four touchdowns. NFL scouts will certainly love the 6-foot-5, 230-pound pass catcher’s athleticism. Check out this video of Funchess on the court: Former #Michigan WR Devin Funchess (@D_FUNCH) has avatar-like bounce. When NFL teams see his head above the rim?! pic.twitter.com/uLWbbxBQeQ— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 15, 2015Funchess is projected by many to be a tight end at the next level. Jimmy Graham, one of the NFL’s best tight ends, has similar skills on the basketball court. If Funchess can be half the player Graham is, he’ll have a very long career.
Eastern Massachusetts and most of Rhode Island were bracing for as much as 18 inches of snow, with snow falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour possible. The National Weather Service warned of wind gusts hitting near 70 mph.The Eversource electric utility said more than 5,500 homes and businesses were without power at midmorning Thursday in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on the outermost tip of Cape Cod, which was being lashed with hurricane-force wind gusts.Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said more than 100 warming centers have been opened in 34 towns across the state. Connecticut has 634 state plow trucks and 250 contractors working to clear the highways.The massive storm began two days ago in the Gulf of Mexico, first hitting the Florida Panhandle. It has prompted thousands of canceled flights, shuttered schools and businesses and sparked fears of coastal flooding and power outages.Wind gusts strong enough to cause downed trees and power lines were predicted in places where the National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings. They include the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland; coastal New Jersey; eastern Long Island, New York; and coastal eastern New England.More than two-thirds of flights in and out airports in the New York City area and Boston were canceled. The airline-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 3,200 canceled flights within, into, or out of the United States on Thursday morning.The situation @LGAairport right now, all flights #Cancelled or #Delayed pic.twitter.com/TQxSXRpzpB— Simon Druker (@Simon_Druker) January 4, 2018The storm shut down much of eastern Virginia, but some people were taking it in stride.Mark Schoenenberger, 45, a NASA engineer who lives in Norfolk, Virginia, put on his cross country skis so he could make a half hour trip to the bagel shop for some breakfast for his family.“It’s like ’Yay, I get to go out,” he said.The only concern he seemed to have was telecommuting while his kids were home from school. But “it’s just noise,” he said.In Norfolk, Virginia, Jonathan Rogers and his brother, Jason Mitchell, got stuck in the snow at least twice while driving home Thursday morning after working the overnight shift at a local hospital.“I was not staying,” said Rogers, 30, a floor technician. “I said the storm is not going to bother me.”The storm will then be followed by a wave of bracing cold.“We think there are going to be scattered records broken for low temperatures,” said Peterson, adding how the weather service expects 28 major cities across New England, eastern New York and the mid-Atlantic states will have record low temperatures by dawn on Sunday. A man shields himself from gusty winds as snow falls on him at the Cheesequake Service Station along the Garden State Parkway during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in South Amboy, N.J. The New Jersey Shore, which has been experiencing deep cold weather to start the new year, is under a winter storm advisory. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) HARTFORD, Conn. — A massive winter storm swept from the Carolinas to Maine on Thursday, dumping snow along the coast and bringing strong winds that will usher in possible record-breaking cold.Up to 18 inches of snow was expected in eastern New England. Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in effect, schools and government offices closed for the day, thousands of flights were canceled and motorists were warned to be careful as conditions worsened. Shelters were open as officials worried about power outages leaving people without any heat.People who take to the roads are in for an “ugly, long commute” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.North Carolina authorities said two people died during the storm when their pickup truck ran off a snow-covered road and overturned into a creek Wednesday night in Moore County, which wasn’t expected to get any snow. The North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to 700 collisions and 300 other calls for service during the storm.In New Jersey, Orlando Igmat’s car got stuck in a snowbank along the Garden State Parkway in Tinton Falls on Thursday morning as he drove to work at Verizon. He had to wait a half hour for a tow truck to pull him out.Related articles:Schools, businesses shuttered as Atlantic Canada braces for powerful storm‘My feet hurt’: Winter snowstorm blasts coastal SouthWinter storm scatters sleet, ice and misery around the South“I just skidded on the road and then stopped me here so I can’t move right now anymore,” he said. “I didn’t expect it (the storm) was going to be a heavy one. That’s why I went to work today. I’m going to stay in a hotel tonight.”Ankle deep snow and wind gusts approaching 50 mph (80 kph) covered Maryland’s Ocean City Boardwalk, which was under a blizzard warning Thursday. Commuters travel on the southbound side of the New Jersey Turnpike during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Woodbridge, N.J. The New Jersey Shore, which has been experiencing deep cold weather to start the new year, is under a winter storm advisory. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) State and local officials urged residents to prepare for possible power losses and stay home so crews can clear streets and roads of what could be as much as foot or more of snow in some places. There were concerns in Boston and elsewhere that if roads aren’t properly cleared, they could freeze into cement-like icy messes by Friday, given the expected low temperatures. In other areas, plummeting temperatures already have caused water mains to burst.The storm has resulted in thousands of canceled flights at major airports such as Boston’s Logan International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport and disrupted the schedules at regional airports.Amtrak planned to operate a modified schedule between New York and Boston on Thursday. Northeast Regional Service between Washington, D.C., and Newport News/Norfolk, Virginia, was canceled for Thursday.The coastal Southeast got a rare blast of snow and ice on Wednesday. Schools were shut down just months after hurricane threats. In Charleston, South Carolina, the weather service reported 5 inches of snow, enough for Chris Monoc’s sons, ages 4 and 2, to go sledding outside their home.“They probably will be teenagers the next time something like this happens, and that’s kind of sad,” Monoc said. “But we’ll enjoy it while it’s here.”Schools, businesses shut down as Atlantic Canada braces for stormAn Environment Canada meteorologist says a powerful winter storm that’s closing in on Atlantic Canada could unleash several different kinds of weather throughout the region.Ian Hubbard says New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador could see heavy rain, ice, snow, blizzards, strong winds and storm surges.He says the storm should move in this morning, with the worst of the wind, rain and snow being felt later this evening.Nova Scotia could see up to 50 millimetres of rain, possibly causing localized flooding.All of New Brunswick is under a winter storm warning and the central and northern parts of the province could see roughly 40 centimetres of snow, along with wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour in some areas.PEI is also expected to be hit by fierce winds and up to 25 centimetres of snow before it changes to rain in the evening. That could knock out power in many areas.School boards in Nova Scotia and on the Island cancelled classes even before the system arrived. Some businesses also closed for the day and dozens of flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled. __Collins reported from Glastonbury, Connecticut. Associated Press writers Ben Finley in Norfolk, Virginia, Martha Waggoner in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Julio Cortez in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack againstr Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes were doomed for defeat against rival Michigan. Everybody could see it. Everyone could feel it throughout the stadium. The signs were present.Through much of the game, the OSU offense failed to string together consistent drives to put the Wolverine defense on its heels. Almost a replica to how the offense looked in its only loss of the season at Penn State, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was erratic with his throws and the running game was stopped for minimal gain against a ferocious Michigan defense.However, there were a couple signs of a possible OSU comeback, all of which began with the defense.In the second quarter, a theme was developing. The OSU offense was unable to move the ball past its own 35-yard line in the quarter and only accumulated two first downs. A booming 60-yard punt pinned Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight at his own 6-yard line.OSU blitzed junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker, but it was McMillan who got to Speight and forced an errant throw that landed in the hands of Malik Hooker. The redshirt sophomore safety returned it to the house for his third pick-six of the season, breaking a school record.In the third quarter, an unproductive offense became the story of the game. Barrett wasn’t connecting with receivers in the passing game and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel were being stalled in the run game.Michigan led by 17-7 nearing the fourth quarter and it was clear that the defense needed to make a play to boost the offense or the Wolverines were going to roll to victory. Like it had so many times before, the defense stepped up.Baker intercepted a pass from Speight and returned it 22 yards to the Michigan 13. Two penalties later, OSU had the ball on the 4 where Barrett carried for three yards, then Weber punched it in to trim the deficit to three.“We just do our job. I got it in there, did what I can do,” Baker said. “Raekwon, (Chris) Worley, Joe (Burger), all those guys kept my head up.”Again in the fourth quarter, following senior kicker Tyler Durbin’s second missed field goal that would’ve tied the game, the Silver Bullets took the field needing to stop the Wolverines for the offense to have another chance to tie, or possibly win the game. A couple first downs likely would’ve put the nail in the coffin of OSU.Three plays later, the defense was off the field and the offense marched 77 yards to send the game to overtime.“Our defense kept hanging in there, hanging in there, and they provided sparks,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer. “And the offense kind of took over in the fourth quarter and overtime.”It was the third time in the biggest game of the year that the defense saved a lackluster offensive performance, and was one of several games that the defense gave the offense a chance for redemption. A walk-off sack against Wisconsin in overtime, an early pick-six in Norman, Oklahoma, a game-saving interception on a Michigan State two-point conversion and a game-clinching interception against the Spartans are all plays that have defined this 2016 defense as opportunistic. They are all plays that can bail out an offense. The two interceptions on Saturday were primary examples of something that has been a staple of co-defensive coordinators Greg Schiano’s and Luke Fickell’s defense.Michigan running back De’Veon Smith gained 158 yards and score two touchdowns in the previous game against Indiana. On Saturday, McMillan, Baker and the rest of the defense halted Smith to just 60 yards on 21 carries. The two linebackers combined for 31 tackles — 16 and 15, respectively.“At times we need (the offense) to help pick us up. At times, they need us to pick them up,” McMillan said. “We needed them toward the end and they needed us toward the beginning. The brotherhood at the beginning, they just keep us going.”
Former Ohio State receiver Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets on Sunday, but won’t see time on the field in the first four games of the 2010 season because of a violation of the substance abuse policy set forth by the league, the NFL announced Monday.The Pittsburgh Steelers traded Holmes for a fifth-round draft pick. ESPN 1050 in New York first reported the trade late Sunday, and Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed the trade Monday morning. The league has suspended Holmes without pay, but he will be eligible to take part in offseason training and preseason games.The trade will be officially announced after Holmes undergoes a physical in New York and meets with Jets officials. Holmes signed autographs at the Ohio Union last Tuesday.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) attempts to stop a fast break in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter two weeks on the road facing consecutive Top 10 teams, the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team returns home to face another tough test, this time in a matchup between Olympic goaltenders. The Buckeyes (7-3, 3-1 WCHA) take on St. Cloud State (4-6, 2-4 WCHA) in a conference showdown that pits former teammates against each other. Ohio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli and junior goaltender Janine Alder of St. Cloud State were both members of the Swiss National Team in the 2018 Winter Olympics. “We’re going to come across a very good goaltender and it’s going to be Swiss Olympic goalie versus Swiss Olympic goalie so that will be fun,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “St. Cloud is coming off a very big win against at that time the No. 5 Minnesota Duluth team, so we just really need to play as a unit of five in the offensive zone and I think great things will happen.” The Huskies have momentum on their side, coming off a ranked win against now-No. 7 Minnesota Duluth, but the Buckeyes are fresh off a ranked win of their own, a 6-1 victory against No. 10 St. Lawrence. If Ohio State wants to build off that momentum, it will have to be more disciplined on the ice. Over two games, Ohio State had thirteen total penalties, two of which were converted into power play goals by the Saints, which led to its loss on Friday. “I think we just need to learn to be more disciplined with our sticks,” redshirt junior Jincy Dunne said. “It’s one thing to be aggressive with your body but we have to clear up our stick play as well and play an aggressive smart style.”Defense should not be the issue with Ohio State. Braendli is coming off a 42-save game and is continuing on an impressive rookie campaign. The Buckeyes currently rank No. 3 in the NCAA in team saves with 298. Defense is also not the issue for St. Cloud State, as the Huskies are No. 2 in the nation with 358 saves. Ohio State can look to several players to contribute on the offensive front. Senior forward Charly Dahlquist was named WCHA forward of the week for her performance against St. Lawrence, where she scored two goals and had two assists. “Charly has been the backbone to the majority of our success offensively,” Muzerall said. “She does all the dirty areas, she’s the five-footer in front of the net, in the corners and she’s going to set up the play. She may not get the assist, but she’s going to do the legwork, the blue-collar stuff behind the scenes that’s going to create a turnover and create an offensive opportunity. Charly is very underrated, and I am glad she got the recognition she is so deserving of.” The Buckeyes play two home games this weekend against St. Cloud State at OSU Ice Rink at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City youngsters to seize the opportunity in their game against Burton to stake a claim in the first team.The likes of Phil Foden, Philippe Sandler and Eric Garcia are expected to feature at the Pirelli Stadium having trained with the first-team.However, Guardiola has warned the club’s youngsters they will not be gifted a place in his side and must earn their spot on merit.He told Sky Sports: “I’m pretty sure they are motivated to play in the first team, to play alongside incredible players in competitions and semi-finals. Of course, they are going to be motivated.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“But they have to know how difficult it is to achieve [a place in] the first squad and the first team, not just in Man City but everywhere.“It is a massive opportunity for them to be close to the first team but it is not easy. We don’t give presents because they are nice or something special. It depends on them.“They have to show us, they have to play their level. Wednesday is a challenge for them but I’m pretty sure they are going to play well because they can do it.”