Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli on Tuesday said the Asia Cup starting on Wednesday is a perfect platform to assess the team’s strengths, weaknesses and its current standing on the global stage ahead of the big-ticket World Twenty20 next month.India lock horns with Bangladesh in the tournament-opener of the Asia Cup T20 on Wednesday, beginning their final phase of preparations for next month’s World T20 to be held in India. (Asia Cup: Time for India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be scared of Bangladesh)”Going into the World Cup as I said, the conditions are going to be similar and we will probably be playing all these oppositions at some stage. So, as many teams as we play before the World Cup, it gives us a great opportunity to assess what the teams are like, what the balance is like, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and where do we stand compared to them. You can see it (Asia Cup) as a whole package before the World Cup,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference. (Asia Cup: Don’t take Bangladesh lightly, Ravi Shastri warns India)India begin the tournament on the back of some very impressive outings in the slam-bang format against Australia and Sri Lanka.”Asia Cup has always been a challenging tournament, it’s like a mini event as far as the sub-continental teams are concerned. It’s an opportunity to test yourself as I said against the best teams in the sub continent. It’s a competitive tournament with different opposition with different set of skills testing you all the time.” (Virat Kohli appreciates Mustafizur Rahman’s growing stature in international cricket)advertisementSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s availability in the opening game of the tournament remains doubtful after he suffered a muscle spasm injury during a training session. This has prompted the BCCI to rush Parthiv Patel as a back-up.Kohli did not clarify on whether Dhoni will sit out of the match. (Asia Cup T20: United Arab Emirates qualify for main draw)”With Parthiv coming in, we will have to sit down and see if that situation comes where he has to play. We will then have to sort out a combination, the best possible for the team in terms of the batting order but, as of now, we cannot. Unless we have a decision we cannot sit down and make a concrete plan.””Obviously a discussion will take place, it will happen sometime today during the practise session as to what needs to be done if that situation arises. Yeah, obviously, it’s going to be different from what we have been playing with till now. We just have to wait and see how the situation pans out,” Kohli said.Emboldened by the recent success at home and away in the T20 format, Dhoni and recently said that the team is in autopilot mode, and Kohli looked at the remark very positively.”MS was spot on because I think it comes from the fact that we play a lot of T20 cricket. In IPL, we get so many games to play and execute our skills, so you keep getting better every season.”The number of games being played by players in the IPL are very high, so everyone knows what needs to be done and at what stage of the game in that tournament. I think even MS is not required to put in so much thought on what needs to be done because the players are experienced. That takes the load off. So that’s why he said the team is in autopilot mode. I think that’s what he meant.”That everyone knows what needs to be done at what stage throughout the 20 overs, be it batting, bowling or in the field. I think it’s a very good atmosphere the team is in right now. Everyone is very sure what needs to be done.”
Malaysia’s oldest sprinter ready to challenge younger rivals What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? In the Philippines, the tournament will follow a single round-robin format for the group phase with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals.Malaysia can be expected to advance to the semis but the battle for third place will be a close one, admits team manager Hazurin Harun.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The four top teams are Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. Our main competitors for the bronze will be Singapore and Indonesia, who are about the same standard as us.“Thailand and the Philippines will be too strong for us, but we will still try our best to cause an upset. Currently, we are ranked third in the region.” Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ The Philippines’ team competes with Malaysia’s team (black) during Ice Hockey round-robin of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYPETALING JAYA–The Malaysian ice hockey team knows that gold is elusive in the SEA Games so a bronze will be enough reason for celebration.In the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia did win the bronze with seven points to finish third in the league standings.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games “The national federation try to assist wherever it can in terms of providing equipment for new players on a rental basis. However, there’s no money in ice hockey.“Apart from the SEA Games, there are no government grants for this sport, so the sport has survived on parental contributions and several corporate sponsors, mainly the owner of the Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium (MyNISS), the Mammoth Empire Group.“Clubs are more involved in the development of the game at the grassroots level. The two leading clubs are Rimau Ice Hockey Club and Frostbiters, both of whom have their youth development programs.“The future is bright if the right mindset grows. There is a lot of support from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). If everyone works together, the sport can only grow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hazurin said a group of about 40 players started training in May, of which 15 were selected for the biennial games.He said the team has been training five sessions a week on and off the ice, and have taken part in some invitational competitions this year.“The last competition was the Challenge Cup of Asia in March which we came in fourth after losing to Singapore.“We may have lost then, but for the SEA Games, the aim is to retain the bronze we won two years ago.”Hazurin said ice hockey was still considered an elite sport in the country as the equipment could be costly but believes the future is bright if the country has the right people leading the game.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday congratulated the Indian women’s team for winning the Asia Cup T20 tournament.The Indian Women’s team beat Pakistan by 17 runs to win the title tournament in Bangkok earier in the day.Batting first, the Indian eves scored 121/5 with Mithali Raj emerging as leading scorer with 73 runs.Pakistan could manage only 104/6 in 20 overs with Ekta Bisht returning figures of 2/22.”On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to congratulate the Indian women’s team for their emphatic win. This is the sixth title win in Asia Cup and also proves our dominance in the region as the leading Women’s team,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying in a statement.”The Indian team has done everyone proud by stretching India’s unbeaten run in the Asia Cup to 32 matches and taking the Asia Cup title count to six,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said.”I congratulate the entire team for this outstanding achievement.”Former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag also wished the team in Twitter.Wonderful performance! Congratulations to the Indian women’s team on winning #T20AsiaCup sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 4, 2016Congratulations Girls on beating Pakistan in the Women’s #AsiaCup .The Girls played really well.No Mauka for the opposition. pic.twitter.com/O0b5TTgVYq Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 4, 2016Congratulations to the Indian Women’s team on winning the #T20AsiaCup ??????Keep it up??? @BCCI pic.twitter.com/BLrnW4RdHL VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 4, 2016Congrats girls! Asian champions again! Well done to the entire team. @BCCI #T20AsiaCup #Final #IndvPak #Bangkokadvertisement Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) December 4, 2016Congratulations to the Indian Women’s Team for winning #T20AsiaCup!! Wonderful performance! @BCCI Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 4, 2016What a fantastic achievement by Indian Women’s Team, beating Pakistan in the finals of Women’s Asia Cup. Many congrats. @BCCI Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) December 4, 2016
Chandigarh, Aug 4 (PTI) Italian brand Fila today launched its motor sport collection of footwear in collaboration with MTV Roadies fame Rannvijay Singha in stores across the country. Fila collaborated with Rannvijay Singha for the line of footwear targeted at fans of performance and motorsport, a company official said here.The objective is to build and strengthen the motorsport culture by creating products designed on the basis of Indian consumer’s specifications, Rannvijay said. “Today formal shoes as a category has reduced as not many people are wearing these shoes on daily basis…Regular people wear sports shoes and sneakers even to go to office…the category is growing,” Anupam Sehgal, head marketing, Cravatex Brands Limited, said. Cravatex Brands is official distributor of Fila products in the country. He said that online as a category is growing and will continue to grow. However, the offline category is where consumers also gets to see and feel the product, he said adding that “India is a touch and feel market.” PTI VSD SHW MR MR
It is not uncommon to see star kids following in the footsteps of their famous parents. Juhi Chawla opened up about her children Jahnavi and Arjun’s plans of entering Bollywood.Apparently, Arjun has inherited the actress’s impeccable comic timing. In an interview with IANS, she revealed that he has a knack for mimicking accents and is quite hilarious.”My small monkey Arjun has clearly told us, ‘Mom don’t even think about it’. With Jahnavi, I’m not so sure. Arjun is quite funny and good with mimicking accents. He’s actually hilarious, so I feel sometimes that he could maybe try,” she said.Juhi’s daughter Jahnavi is a voracious reader, but has also shown an inclination towards the glamour world. “Jahnavi is an avid reader. If there is anything she likes in this world, and if you ask her what she wants as a gift, it will be a book. She said she wanted to be a writer,” she said.”Then she went through a phase where she said ‘Okay I want to be a model’. Tomorrow she might say ‘I want to be an actress’. Then she might say she wants to drop all this and do sports,” she added.According to Juhi, parents must let their children choose the career that they want. “I have learnt one thing that you have to let your children do what they want,” she said.On the work front, Juhi was last seen on the big screen in Shelly Chopra Dhar’s directorial debut, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, alongside Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.advertisementALSO SEE: Salman Khan once asked Juhi Chawla’s father for her hand in marriageALSO WATCH: Juhi Chawla calls Madhuri Dixit her best co-star
Norwich sporting director Webber moves to assure Farkeby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has assured Daniel Farke the club will not make a knee jerk decision on his future.An injury crisis at Carrow Road hasn’t helped the Canaries in their Premier League return, with the club second bottom with six points.”From a financial point, we’ll be working three years ahead because we can guarantee what our income is,” said Webber. “In terms of our squad progression, we know exactly who is on what contract and when we’d expect them to leave.”You’ve got to be prepared, but you also have to be realistic. That’s what I think is the best thing for our players and Daniel Farke, the fact we don’t judge everything here purely on results.”It’s about what our performances, the process and the culture are like. Are we building the club along the way, not just purely focusing on results?”If we lose, then we won’t be the club to sack Daniel or go and spend £50m in January.”It’s about the journey, and if we get everything right along the way and we get a bit of luck, then we still think we can be successful doing it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two days ago, Ohio State placed Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave following a report from Brett McMurphy. The report alleges Meyer knew about the 2015 assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.An investigative committee formed by Ohio State will investigate Meyer and decide if he’s fit to continue as the team’s head coach. In the meantime, Ryan Day has assumed coaching responsibilities.Will he be the team’s long-term head coach, or will Urban Meyer come back to coach the Buckeyes following the investigation? Sportsbook Odds Shark put together a list of the favorites to be Ohio State’s head coach for the 2019 season.Urban Meyer is the favorite. However, he’s followed close behind by Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell.Who will be the head coach of the Ohio State football team at the start of 2019 spring practice?Meyer +250Campbell +450Day +500Gundy +700Brohm/Kiffin +800Kelly/Babers/Stoops +1400Herman/Vrabel +2000Harbaugh/Belichick +3300Tressel +5000Odds via @DaveMasonBOL— OddsShark (@OddsShark) August 3, 2018Campbell is an Ohio native, yet he just agreed to a significant contract extension to stay with the Cyclones. He formerly coached at Toledo where he racked up a 35-15 record.Campbell had the Cyclones ranked No. 14 in the nation at one point during the 2017 season before losing three of four to end the season.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Another Michigan football star has announced that he’ll be sitting out of the Wolverines’ bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.Wolverines’ star running back Karan Higdon joins a couple of his teammates who have decided to sit out of their Peach Bowl contest against Florida.Higdon announced his decision on Instagram.“After a thorough evaluation between my parents and the UM staff we have deemed that it is in my best interest to not play in the Peach bowl and to utilize this time to get prepared to pursue my dreams in the NFL,” Higdon wrote.Higdon was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten this season, totaling 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.Michigan will also be missing defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush Jr.The Wolverines and the Gators are set to kick off at noon on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be on ESPN.
“The potential – and popularity – of South-South Cooperation has never been greater,” Ms. Migiro said at a “brainstorming session” in New York on the issue on Thursday. “The recent strong economic performance of many developing countries has expanded opportunities for collaboration between them,” she noted. With developing countries collaborating as never before on such pressing global issues as terrorism, migration or the spread of disease, the Deputy Secretary-General said this dynamism must be harnessed. “The rapid growth in intra-South cooperation necessitates a systematic and efficient approach towards managing the process,” she said. “I am heartened by the Group of 77 and China’s efforts to review existing South-South cooperation, and to explore ways to enhance it in ways that can help achieve wider aims like the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” a set of time-bound antipoverty targets agreed at a 2000 UN Summit. In this effort, she told participants, “the United Nations will remain your partner every step of the way.” 4 May 2007United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has emphasized the value of collaboration among developing countries while calling for greater efforts to manage the process.
Jorge Bustamante told the General Assembly’s third committee (social, humanitarian and cultural issues) that his field visits during the past year have confirmed the rising attacks and other pressures that migrants are enduring.“I received numerous reports of repeated cases of the detention of non-citizens, many times unlawfully for long periods,” he said in his statement to the committee. “A number of detained migrants suffer from ill-treatment, lack of medical attention, and abuse. Often, they lack access to justice, as many detained migrants are not granted access to lawyers for their defence.”Professor Bustamante expressed particular concern at migrants who are subject to administrative, rather than judicial, proceedings in transit or destination countries.“Legal grounds for administrative detention of migrants are often too broad and discretional and time limits are not always legally determined or respected.“This is often coupled with the absence of automatic mechanisms for judicial or administrative review and with a lack of other procedural safeguards, such as access to interpreters and lawyers and limitations on the right to be informed of the grounds for detention, appeal mechanisms, and the right to have consular or embassy representatives.“All these elements result in administrative detention that is not subject to control, disproportionate powers being exercised by immigration authorities, and incidents of discrimination and abuse.”Professor Bustamante also highlighted what he said was an increasing trend of States to launch police raids on private homes in migrant neighbourhoods and arrest anyone who cannot show documents of legal residence.This leads “to separation of children from their arrested parents, including children born in such countries.”He noted that for many countries “migration carries with it the spectre of the abuse of national borders – by traffickers and people-smugglers – and prevailing fears about threats to ways of life or standards of living in host communities.”Yet, rather than focusing on the negative perceptions of migrants, destination countries should also consider the positive contributions that migrant workers and their families provide. 26 October 2007Migrants are increasingly subject to violence and discrimination, from prolonged detention to ill-treatment from authorities, in countries of both destination and transit, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said today.