Thai playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin raises profile in Japan

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Thailand’s midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin controls the ball during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 soccer match between Thailand and China in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League. The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)TOKYO — With soccer booming in Southeast Asia, Chanathip Songkrasin’s move to Japan has been a win-win situation for both the Thai playmaker and the J-League.The 25-year-old Chanathip signed with first-division club Consadole Sapporo in 2017 and has been a hit both on and off the field.ADVERTISEMENT In his second season in Japan, the 5-foot-2 (1.58-meter) attacking midfielder scored eight goals, helping Consadole to a fourth-place finish in the top flight — a record high for the club.He was selected to the J-League XI, becoming the first Southeast Asian player to earn the honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Indian Wells: Serena Williams, Simona Halep win; Sloane Stephens ousted Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With the recent signings of players such as Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Fernando Torres, the J-League is bidding to raise its international profile in the region after a period when the Chinese Super League grabbed most of the headlines for its record-breaking signings and transfer deals.During the 2017 season, the Chinese authorities introduced a 100 percent tax on the signing of foreign players for a fee of more than $7 million in a move to increase opportunities for young local players. At the same time, the limited on the number of foreign players that could be selected for a game was reduced from four to three for each team.While Chinese soccer appears to be inching back from a foreign influx, the J-League, long considered the most professional competition in the region, is stepping forward.“We want to create interest in our league not only in Japan but in Asia and around the world,” J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai said. “With players like Chanathip we feel we are well on the way to achieving those goals.”Since 2017, the J-League has permitted each team to sign one player from an Asian Football Confederation nation outside of the existing foreign player quota.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Japanese football is very fast and physical,” Chanathip said in a recent interview. “Players here are very disciplined, so if more Thai players come to Japan, they will be able to learn a lot and become better football players.”While playing in a more competitive league has helped Chanathip raise the level of his game, it has also helped promote the J-League overseas. Nearly 1.5 million people attend soccer matches every year in Thailand and Japanese soccer officials are eager to gain a foothold there. View comments Last year, Chanathip’s Thailand teammates Teerasil Dangda and Theerathon Bunmathan played in the J-League with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vissel Kobe.Thailand captain Teerasil returned to Muangthong following the completion of his loan deal, but Theerathon is continuing to play in the J-League with Yokohama F Marinos.Newly promoted Oita Trinita, meanwhile, has acquired Thai midfielder Thitipan Puangchan on loan.Chanathip has given the profile of the Japanese league a huge boost in his homeland, where he was a star at Thai powerhouse Muangthong United.Thai TV viewership of J-League broadcasts hit an all-time high in 2017 when a match between Consadole and the J-League’s Kawasaki Frontale drew an estimated 400,000 Thai TV viewers, outperforming a broadcast of popular domestic side Buriram United.The J-League hopes its success in Thailand can be duplicated in other Southeast Asian countries, where broadcasts of the top European leagues dominate ratings.Murai has praised Chanathip for his success with Sapporo and promotion of the league in Thailand.“I was surprised when a video of Chanathip’s first practice in Sapporo attracted 3 million viewers, more than the entire population of Sapporo,” Murai told local media. “He has made a huge impact on the J-League.”While he’s completely focused on helping Sapporo achieve its goals, Chanathip said he’s keeping an open mind about his future prospects, including the possibility of one day playing on soccer’s biggest stage.“If I get a chance to play in Europe, I’d be happy to take on a new challenge,” Chanathip said. 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UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles swoop in on Lady Maroons for 8th straight win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director The Lady Eagles were ahead one set to none and, 4-0 in the second when top Lady Maroon Isa Molde landed onto her teammate Mirgie Bautista while attempting a spike.She was stretchered off the court with a suspected injury on her left knee and ankle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lady Maroons tried to put up a fight, taking a 20-18 lead in the third as UP coach Godfrey Okumu decided to experiment with his second unit in trying to perk things up.But the Lady Eagles woke up just in time and inflicted the Lady Maroons fourth loss in nine outings. The Lady Eagles soared to 8-1. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo came all out against an injury-stricken University of the Philippines to take its eighth straight win, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23, Saturday night in the UAAP women’s volleyball at SM Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Lady Maroons’ top hitter Isa Molde injures knee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Donaire faces eager Young after injury to original foe

first_imgKim youngest TCC winner after one-stroke triumph Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I felt like a different person when my manager told me on the phone,” Young told Acadiana Advocate. “I wanted to scream. My hands started sweating.”At 35-5 with 25 knockouts, Donaire is hoping to rekindle his career which peaked in 2012 when he was named the consensus Fighter of the Year. —MARC ANTHONY REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Filipino boxing champ Nonito Donaire will take on replacement fighter Stephon Young in the bantamweight semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) in Lafayette, Louisiana.Young will be taking the place of South Africa’s Zolani Tete, the WBO title holder who injured his right shoulder a week before the scheduled fight.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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US Open: Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev Advance to Last 16 with Contrasting Wins

first_imgNew York: Reigning champion Novak Djokovic said he felt “almost pain free” as he strolled into the US Open last 16 on Friday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Denis Kudla.Djokovic struggled with a left shoulder injury in Wednesday’s second-round win, but the top seed looked far more at ease against 111th-ranked Kudla as he advanced to a showdown with 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka. “I managed to play almost pain free. That’s a big improvement from last match,” Djokovic said.”Obviously I didn’t know how my body would react and I’m glad to just finish the match tonight. I’m not going to go into medical details, but it was definitely bothering me the last couple weeks.””I didn’t practice yesterday. I just wanted to give myself time and do everything possible to recover,” he added.Djokovic is attempting to become the first back-to-back men’s champion here since Roger Federer won five titles in a row from 2004 to 2008.He will meet Wawrinka, the man who beat him in the US Open final three years ago, for a place in the last eight.”We’ve had some great battles over the years, all over the world and especially here,” Djokovic said of his upcoming clash with the Swiss three-time Grand Slam champion.MEDVEDEV WINS AMID BOOSDaniil Medvedev stood on the court and told the fans he won because of them.Judging by the boos, they would have preferred if he’d lost.The No. 5 seed advanced to the fourth round at the U.S. Open, beating Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 before a Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd that turned on the Russian earlier in the match.The troubles began after he’d snatched the towel from a ballperson in the first set and was given a code violation by umpire Damien Dumusois. Medvedev then threw his racket in the direction of Dumusois, barked something at him and later flashed his middle finger next to his forehead as he walked past the umpire’s chair.That started the booing that Medvedev encouraged after the match, extending his arms and waving the crowd on to let him have it.They did, and he responded in his post-match interview by saying: “I want all of you to know when you sleep tonight I won because of you.”He added: “The more you do this, the more I will win for you guys.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Daniil MedvedevNovak Djokovictennisus open First Published: August 31, 2019, 10:23 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Federer’s Dream to Win First US Open Title in 11 Years Ended by Unseeded Rival Dubbed ‘Baby Fed’

first_img federerFederer US OpenFederer vs Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov First Published: September 4, 2019, 10:12 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Grigor Dimitrov rallied for a shocking upset of 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the US Open on Tuesday, the lowest-ranked New York semi-finalist in 28 years advancing to face Daniil Medvedev. The 78th-ranked Bulgarian, who had dropped all seven prior meetings with Federer, made a dramatic fightback to defeat the Swiss third seed 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium and will face Russian fifth seed Medvedev in Friday’s semis. Coming into the U.S. Open, the 78th ranked Dimitrov, dubbed “Baby Fed” because of the similarities between his game and Federer’s, did not look much of a threat, posting just one win from his last eight matches.But the Bulgarian, who had been ranked as high as number three, has found some form on the New York hardcourts and claimed his first win in eight meetings with the 20-times Grand Slam winner.”I’m just happy,” Dimitrov said. “The only thing I was telling myself was to stay in the match. Physically I was feeling pretty good. I was hitting some shots against him that were hard to hit.”Dimitrov reached his first US Open semi-final to match the deepest Slam runs of his career from Wimbledon in 2014 and the 2017 Australian Open.Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria looks towards the player’s box after winning the fourth set against Roger Federer. (Photo: Reuters)Not since 174th-ranked Jimmy Connors reached the 1991 quarter-finals had New York seen so lowly a figure on the ATP ratings list reach the last four. Dimitrov is also the lowest-ranked Slam semi-finalist since 94th-rated Rainer Schuettler of Germany at Wimbledon in 2008.Federer was denied on five break points in the 10th game of the fourth set and Dimitrov held to force a fifth set.”I was trying to stay in that game and make him stay on the court as much as possible. After that he started slowing down a little bit,” Dimitrov said. “It’s a best of five sets. Anything can happen.”Federer went off the court for a private medical timeout to treat his upper back near his neck. “This is Grigor’s moment, not my body’s moment,” Federer said.Dimitrov broke Federer twice on the way to a 4-0 lead in the final set and the 38-year-old Swiss star had no effective reply, foiled by 61 unforced errors in falling after three hours and 12 minutes. “It’s OK. It’s how it goes,” Federer said. “I tried my best. I fought with what I had and that’s it.”Federer, a five-time US Open champion who hasn’t lifted the Flushing Meadows title since 2008, would have become the oldest Slam semi-finalist since Jimmy Connors at age 39 at the 1991 US Open. last_img read more

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74

first_imgsport COMMENTS SHARE death Muhammad Ali hospitalised Indian boxers pay tributes to Muhammad Ali SHARE SHARE EMAIL null Boxing icon Muhammad Ali   –  Reuters 1 Key fights in the boxing career of Muhammad Ali Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose record-setting boxing career, unprecedented flair for showmanship, and controversial stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, died on Friday aged 74, media reports said.Family spokesman Bob Gunnell told NBC News that Ali died in a Phoenix-area hospital. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.“My heart is deeply saddened yet both appreciative and relieved that the greatest is now resting in the greatest place,” boxer Roy Jones Jr. said on Twitter.Ali was hospitalised this week for a respiratory ailment. The former prize fighter had long been suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome, which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body.Ali proclaimed himself “the greatest” – as well as “the boldest, the prettiest, the most superior, most scientific, most skillfullest.”Few could argue with him at his peak in the 1960s. With his dancing feet and quick fists, he could – as he put it – float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. He was the first person to win the heavyweight championship three times.Ali became much more than a colorful and interesting athlete. He spoke boldly against racism in the ’60s, as well as the Vietnam War.Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on Jan. 17, 1942, as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., a name shared with a 19th century slavery abolitionist. He later changed his name after his conversion to Islam.Ali is survived by his wife, the former Lonnie Williams, who knew him when she was a child in Louisville, along with his nine children. celebrity June 04, 2016 RELATED COMMENT Boxing icon Muhammad Ali   –  Reuters × Muhammad Ali, in his own words Published on Ali has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades and has kept a low profile in recent years.last_img read more

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India can pip South Africa to top of ODI rankings with Lanka ‘Whitewash’

first_imgIndia go into their One Day International series against Sri Lanka starting Sunday with the aim of winning 3-0 and overtaking South Africa to take top position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.India, who are top-ranked in Test cricket, are on 120 points in the ODI rankings, only one point behind South Africa and will go ahead if they win the first match in Dharamsala on Sunday.India will reach 121 points and edge South Africa on decimal points if they take a 1-0 lead in the series but will have to also win the following two matches in Mohali and Visakakhapatnam on 13 and 17 December.Sri Lanka are 8th on the table with 83 points and the rankings system is weighted to reflect the difference in ranking points.India will slip to 119 points even with a 2-1 win in the ODI series, which follows a three-Test series between the two sides, which India won 1-0.On the other hand, eighth-ranked Sri Lanka will remain on 83 points even with a 3-0 loss but can go up to 87 points with a 3-0 series win. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS cricket Published oncenter_img December 09, 2017 SHARE COMMENTlast_img read more

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Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal Withdraws in Last Moment, Denis Shapovalov Faces Novak Djokovic in Final

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters through injury just minutes before the scheduled start of his semi-final against Denis Shapovalov on Saturday, leaving the Canadian to play Novak Djokovic in the final.Second seed Nadal could have secured the year-end world number one ranking by winning the Bercy title this week. Djokovic had beaten Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the first semi-final, but with an expectant crowd waiting in their seats for the second last-four match, it was announced that Nadal was out of the tournament.The 19-time Grand Slam champion will take over from Djokovic at the top of the world rankings next week, despite missing out on the chance to win a maiden title at Bercy.Four-time champion Djokovic will take on 20-year-old Shapovalov on Sunday. ATP TourDenis ShapovalovNovak DjokovicParis Masters First Published: November 2, 2019, 9:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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FIFA Asks Iraq to Host World Cup Qualifiers in Neutral Venue after Protests

first_imgBaghdad: Iraq has been told to find neutral venues for this month’s home qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup because of ongoing protests, officials said on Wednesday.Iraq had been due to play the two games in Basra — against Iran on November 14 and Bahrain on November 19 — but the southern port city has been caught up in the anti-government demonstrations that have swept Baghdad and the south. “FIFA informed us late Tuesday night that we must choose a new place, an alternative outside Iraq, for the scheduled match with Iran by Wednesday,” the deputy head of the Iraqi football federation, Ali Jabbar, told AFP.The Iraqi federation has received a formal letter from FIFA and is “following up on the issue,” another member of the federation confirmed.A statement from FIFA said it had assessed “the current security situation in Iraq” and informed the local federation that upcoming matches “must be played on neutral ground.””The Iraqi Football Association has been requested to nominate a neutral venue for the said matches, which is subject to confirmation by FIFA and the AFC,” it said.The decision is a major disappointment for Iraq, which had lobbied FIFA for years to reverse a ban on hosting home internationals because of instability.Following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country was plunged into years of violence and no international games were hosted there.The ban was lifted by FIFA last year and Iraq hosted its first qualifier in October against Hong Kong, winning 2-0.Iraq tops its group for Asia Cup qualification with seven points, leading Bahrain on goal difference, while Iran holds third spot with six points.Hong Kong and Cambodia each have one point. FIFAFIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiersfootballiraq First Published: November 6, 2019, 4:55 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 6

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementGreetings, folks! We’re back yet again with today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”. Today is the birthday of Senegalese defender, Kalidou Koulibaly and Iranian central defender, Majid Hosseini. Koulibaly’s team secured an outstanding victory against Poland yesterday and Majid Hosseini will be hoping for a positive outcome in their match against Spain tonight.The original tweet: Happy Birthday, @kkoulibaly26 and Majid Hosseini! More stats and facts available here 👉 https://t.co/hgBsl6QQ7A#SEN #IRN pic.twitter.com/Fv9lvz6qVv— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Here is an excerpt from FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1954 – Hungary record an impressive 8-3 win over Germany FR in Basel, with Sandor Kocsis firing in four goals. However, Germany FR would go on to defeat Hungary in the final two weeks later to become world champions.1990 – In their first-ever FIFA World Cup, Bora Milutinovic’s Costa Rica side seal their progression to the knockout stage by defeating Sweden 2-1 in Genoa in their last group-stage match.2006 – Sweden’s Markus Allback strikes the 2,000th goal in FIFA World Cup history against England in Cologne. Goal number 1,000 had been scored by Rob Rensesnbrink of the Netherlands in 1978.2010 – Didier Drogba scores the first-ever goal for an African team against Brazil in the sixth FIFA World Cup encounter between the Selecao and a CAF team.2014 – Olivier Giroud scores France’s 100th World Cup goal when he opens the scoring in France’s 5-2 victory over Switzerland.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: June 20 Also, read: Football: Rui Patricio joins Wolverhampton WanderersFootball: Bayer Leverkusen Goalkeeper Bernd Leno joins Arsenallast_img read more

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Boxing: Andy Ruiz beats Kevin Johnson

first_imgAdvertisementAndy Ruiz picks up his second victory after his loss to Joseph Parker in 2016. His opponent, 38-year old Kevin Johnson, once a formidable contender really showed his age tonight. Ruiz had no trouble dictating the pace and controlling the action against the older Johnson. His ring generalship and youth made the fight look like another day in the gym.Johnson at one point in his career was seen as one of the toughest heavyweight contenders. The fact he was able to go twelve rounds with the hard-hitting Vitali Klitschko got him some praise even in a loss.However, 2009 was nine years ago and that time has taken a toll on the veteran. He is now 3-7 out of his last 10 fights while losing two by knockout.Ruiz is hungry for another crack at a title but he has a lot of work ahead of him. He is currently ranked outside of the top fifteen in every major sanctioning body. The WBC has him ranked the highest at sixteen.The official judges scored the fight 99-91 and 97-93 (x2). Ruiz improves to 31-1 with 20 knockouts.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Photos – The Mikaela Shiffrin Story

first_imgAdvertisementMikaela Pauline Shiffrin (born March 13, 1995) is an American two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup alpine skier.She is the current two-time reigning Overall World Cup champion, the three-time reigning world champion in slalom, and a five-time winner of the World Cup discipline title in that event.Shiffrin is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history, at 18 years and 345 days.By winning her second Olympic gold medal in 2018, in the giant slalom, she tied Ted Ligety and Andrea Mead Lawrence for the most Olympic gold medals ever won by an American Olympian in alpine skiing.She is one of only 5 Americans to ever win the World Cup overall title.She has won 43 World Cup races, which is the 5th most all time by a female alpine skier.Born in Vail, Colorado, Shiffrin is the second child of Eileen and Jeff Shiffrin, both originally from the Northeastern United States and former ski racers.Shiffrin’s father Jeff grew up in New Jersey, but was an avid skier on weekends in Vermont with his family; as an undergraduate, he raced for Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.Her mother Eileen raced in high school in northwestern Massachusetts in the Berkshires,and brother Taylor (born 1992), raced for the University of Denver.Image Courtesy – Mikaela Shiffrin ( Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

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Asia Cup T20: Lasith Malinga hits the bull’s-eye despite injury concerns

first_imgAfter picking up a match winning four-wicket haul in his first outing since November, Sri Lanka captain and premier bowler Lasith Malinga said that he is still not fully fit, raising questions on his participation further in the tournament. (Asia Cup T20: Lasith Malinga four-for helps Sri Lanka survive UAE scare) “I am not alright. I have still not recovered fully. However, I wanted to play this match and help the other players and show them you can do whatever the team needs,” said Malinga after leading his team to a 14-run win over UAE in their Asia Cup opener here today.His effort made the difference after Sri Lanka put up an ordinary batting performance to end up with 129/8. Malinga admitted that batting needs to improve.”Yes it (batting) is an issue. After the retirement of Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) and Mahela have experience, we will have to give time to the youngsters,” the captain added.UAE captain Amjad Javed said the team will look to bounce back against Bangladesh tomorrow.”The whole game was excellent. We put them [Sri Lanka] under pressure with the bowling. It was a big setback to lose two wickets to Malinga in the first over. Then we lost two more wickets and it is always difficult to chase. We have a match tomorrow. We will come back and try to do our best,” said Javed, whose team ended with 115/9 in 20 overs.last_img read more

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ICC World T20: Chris Gayle blasts fastest World T20 ton after teammate asks for entertainment

first_imgSwashbuckling West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, whose unbeaten hundred on Wednesday helped his side thrash England in a World T20 match, attributed his sensational knock to strenuous practice and preparation in the run-up to the ICC event.”The preparation has been really good, it’s all about practising and then doing it in the middle,” Gayle said after his 100 not out took Windies to a comprehensive six-wicket win.Gayle, who on Wednesday became the only second batsman after recently retired Brendon McCullum to score two T20 International hundreds, said the flat pitch also helped in his knock. (Chris Gayle’s record ton blows away England)”The pitch was flat and dew played a part as well. After facing the first over I took a while to get back on strike, but Marlon helped ease the pressure. The guys who play the IPL know it’s a good wicket so we knew we always had a chance to chase it down,” he said.”We wanted to stay ahead of the run-rate, pleased to finish the game and not leave it to anyone else. I was pumped today.”Before I went out, Sulieman Benn said ‘entertain me’.Hopefully we can move onto Sri Lanka now. Bangalore, my home town. Hopefully I can entertain again. The celebration was all about DJ Bravo and his new song.”Lauding Gayle for his record-breaking hundred, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said, “It’s always fun watching Gayle.”We were quite happy at halfway, at no stage did England get away. To restrict them to nine-an-over we were quite happy. Marlon is a big-match player. I had a feeling it would be his day and the way he took control of the Powerplay,” said Sammy.advertisement”It became quite easy. We aware of all that has been said about our team, but we have belief among ourselves in this format. We will go out and try to entertain.”A disappointed England captain Eoin Morgan said conceded that Gayle made all the difference in the match.”We never really took the game away from them. Credit to West Indies. In the chase, things were difficult. Gayle is a hard guy to stop. West Indies didn’t allow us to get going on what was a really good batting surface,” said Morgan.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Suresh Raina credits wife Priyanka for his success as captain

first_imgFor long, Suresh Raina was in the shade of India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Uttar Pradesh batsman had played under Dhoni for eight seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Chennai Super Kings. Known to be a team man, Raina was always there to answer his captain’s call. Raina always wanted to make an impact, be it his contribution with the bat or on the field, he was always there. (IPL Full Coverage) Raina, in season nine of IPL, has donned the role of captaincy with the Rajkot-based franchise Gujarat Lions. And if the early signs are anything to go by, Raina looks to be a shrewd and effective leader. Raina’s orange army is on top of the points table after winning four of its five encounters in this season. (Gujarat Lions go to top of the table) The likes of  Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum, who himself was one of the most successful skippers for New Zealand, have heaped praise on Raina’s captaincy. “He has remained calm, composed under pressure and made sound decisions,” McCullum had said.And Raina credits his wife Priyanka for his recent success saying she had helped him become more responsible and calm. “I think I have improved a lot as a person after my marriage. I have become very calm and responsible,” Raina told iplt20.com.Raina tied the knot with Priyanka, who was his childhood friend, in April last year. The left-handed batsman, who has never missed an IPL game so far, is likely to skip a few this season as he will be flying to Netherlands to be with his wife during the birth of their first child.advertisementThe T20 specialist said his wife had no problems with him spending more time with his Gujarat teammates and that she had understood and supported him well.  “She encourages me to spend more time with my teammates even if that means I don’t have enough time left for her. Her support and understanding has given me more opportunities to form a bond with this new team, understand my players and gel them together,” Raina said.Raina also said the time he spent with skipper Dhoni is helping him understand the nuances of the game. Raina revealed that he kept talking with Dhoni while fielding at slips and had observed his skipper’s decision-making routines. “I have spent a lot of time with MS over the last 10-15 years and I have seen how he goes about his job as a captain before and during a game. I keep talking to him and asking him questions in the field, standing at slip or point as to what he is thinking and why he made a particular move. He is so calm under pressure,” Raina said.Dhoni was not the only inspiration for Raina. Rahul Dravid, under whom he made his ODI debut in 2005, is a repository of cricket knowledge, according to Raina.  He also lauds the role of his Ranji team skipper Mohammad Kaif during the initial stages of his cricket career. “At a very young age I played with Rahul (Dravid) bhai and Kaif and I gathered a lot from these men,” he said.last_img read more

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Par passes bill to bar Sahejdhari Sikhs from voting

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) Parliament today passed a bill to amend a 91-year-old law to exclude Sahajdharis from voting in the elections to Sikh religious bodies, fulfilling a long- pending demand of the community ahead of assembly elections in Punjab next year. The Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha more than a month after Rajya Sabha approved it. Replying to a debate on the bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the demand for not giving voting rights to Sahejdari Sikhs was made by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee members and office bearers. “The SGPC office bearers and members have often demanded that those who are not Sikhs should not be given voting rights (in the election to select elect the members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act). The SPGC General Assembly of 2001 also passed a resolution regarding this. “The High Court has said that a competent legislature needs to pass the bill. Even the Rajya Sabha has passed the bill unanimously,” Singh said. The definition of Sehajdhari Sikh has no religious sanction as far as the fundamental tenets of the religion are concerned. This nomenclature was added to the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925 under certain circumstances prevailing then. The Bill proposes to remove the exception given to Sahajdharis in 1944 to vote in elections to select members of the Board and the Committees constituted under the Act. The Union Cabinet had recently approved a proposal of the Home Ministry to amend the Sikh Gurdwaras Act, 1925, with effect from October 8, 2003. The amendment was also carried out by a Home Ministry notification dated October 8, 2003. However, the notification was quashed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on December 20, 2011, leaving it to the appropriate and competent legislature to decide as to whether or not to amend the Act to that effect. Participating in the discussion, Ravneet Singh Bittoo (Cong) said in view of the amendments brought in the legislation, the “Sikh Gurudwaras Act should be renamed as Badal Gurudwara Act”. “You are trying to divide families through conspiracy.. You are doing wrong with 70 lakh Sikhs who had voting rights in SGPC for 60 years…You are dividing the already minority community of Punjab into sub-minority community,” Bitto (rpt Bittoo) said. (more) PTI PR JD AKK ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Why Chris Gayle doesn’t deserve to play in Indian Premier League anymore

first_imgWest Indian superstar Chris Gayle never ceases to amaze his fans around the world when he has a bat in hand. But he can equally shock you with his comments directed at the opposite sex from time to time. (Full IPL Coverage)Gayle is a big-ticket player for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. But a series of sexist allegations made by female journalists in recent times could put his IPL contract in jeopardy. (Gayle likely to be in trouble with IPL bosses after sleazy comments)Past and present cricketers have time and again slammed Gayle for his attitude towards women but the burly Jamaican has always brushed aside such controversies labelling them as “just a little fun”.MEL McLAUGHLIN INTERVIEWIt all started going downhill for Gayle after his pitchside interview with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin during the Big Bash League last season. (Chris Gayle loses Big Bash League contract)Playing for the Melbourne Ranegades, the big-hitting opener told the Australian presenter on national television that “the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so … hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush baby”.Gayle was fined AUS$ 10,000 by the Renegades as an immediate reaction to the incident and had to issue an apology to McLaughlin. He also lost his contract for the next season as a result. (Chris Gayle defends ‘inappropriate’ comments to McLaughlin as ‘joke’)But such is the audacity of the man, who recently became a father, that he named his baby girl ‘Blush’ after the infamous incident.advertisementINDECENT EXPOSUREGayle was embroiled in another controversy when Fairfax Media alleged that he partially exposed himself in front of a female official in Sydney just before the 2015 ICC World Cup. (Chris Gayle flashed genitals to Australian women during World Cup 2015)The Australian official who was working with the West Indian team at the time said that she went into the team dressing room to get a sandwich after she thought the team had left and found Gayle, who allegedly exposed his genitals and asked “Are you looking for this?”Gayle decided to file a defamation case against Fairfax media soon after the news broke in the Australian media.THE TIMES INTERVIEWIn the latest addition to the 36-year-old’s long list of controversies comes an interview he gave to female journalist Charlotte Edwardes of The Times. (Also Read: Chris Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?)At one point in the interview, Gayle told the journalist he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld,” adding: “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.”Edwards also quoted Gayle saying: “He asks how many black men I’ve ‘had’, goading me when I deflect the question, and whether I’ve ever had a ‘t’eesome’ — ‘I bet you have. Tell me’.”GAYLE PLAYS THE RACISM CARDGayle believes the rest of the criticism he received over the interview was racially motivated.”Successful black men are struggling because people do things to put them down,” Gayle said.”I would say this anywhere in the world, in any sporting arena, right now in 2016: racism is still the case for a black man. Trust me. They just want to get a little sniff of the dirt. They find out some shit and they want to sink you. It’s reality. You have to deal with that as a successful black man.”GAYLE DRAWS IPL CHAIRMAN’S IREGayle’s idea of fun is starting to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable and what is not. IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla is set to take up his case with the RCB management and decide on the necessary steps to prevent such controversies in the IPL.Poor form has also not helped Gayle’s cause this season. He has scored just 151 runs in 9 matches at a horrendous average of 16.77 with just one fifty-plus score.But the fact remains that when in full flow the big-hitting opener is a treat to watch with 40,000 fans at the Chinnaswamy stadium screaming their lungs out whenever Gayle hits a monster six. He remains a crowd puller.But the days in the IPL might just be numbered for the ‘Universe Boss’.last_img read more

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Swiss police raid FIFA headquarters for evidence in Blatter, Valcke cases

first_imgSwitzerland’s attorney general’s office says it conducted a new raid on FIFA to seize evidence in its ongoing investigations of Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke.The federal prosecution office says of the search on Thursday that “documents and electronic data were seized and will now be examined to determine their relevance to the ongoing proceedings.”Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber opened criminal proceedings against former FIFA president Blatter last September, and in March against former FIFA secretary general Valcke.Both are suspected of criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.Lauber’s office said it “carried out a search of FIFA’s headquarters on (Thursday) with the aim of confirming existing findings and obtaining further information.”Blatter and Valcke deny wrongdoing but were banned for six and 12 years, respectively, by FIFA’s ethics committee.last_img read more

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