Amalraj, Sutirtha win men, women singles titles in Table Tennis Championships

first_imgVijayawada: Anthony Amalraj had to put up a fight to win the season’s first men single’s title as an enterprising Sudhanshu Grover’s fine run at the National Ranking (South Zone) Table Tennis Championships ended at the DRM Municipal Indoor Hall here on Wednesday.The women singles crown went to Sutirtha Mukherjee, who scored a come-from-behind victory of 4-3 over Railways’ Sagarika Mukherjee. It was her first title of the season.Amalraj, who won 4-2, made good use of several seeds falling by the wayside before the final and captialised on the chances that came his way.But it was not going to be easy against a spirited Sudhanshu, also from PSPB, who had some fantastic wins in the tournament.Amalraj, who led 3-1, was given a momentary jolt by Sudhanshu before the veteran former national champion came into his own to wrap it up. The victory also earned him Rs 77,000 in prize money and full 90 points.The Haryana girl must be given credit for the way she fought her way back in the summit clash and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. (IANS)last_img read more

ICC World Cup Aaron Finch hits 100th six of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in clash vs Pakistan

first_imgAustralia suffered a 36-run loss against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at The Oval. Shikhar Dhawan blasted a century and Virat Kohli notched up his 50th fifty as India made 352, which was the highest score ever conceded by Australia in the history of the World Cups. Despite fifties from Warner and Smith, Australia put up a fight but still fell short.The weather has been playing havoc in England, with three matches getting abandoned. The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka clash was abandoned while Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh game was also abandoned without a ball bowled. South Africa vs West Indies clash was also affected by rain in Southampton. There are chances of rain in Taunton while India vs New Zealand clash in Trent Bridge is also under a threat from rain. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Australia and Pakistan at Taunton witnessed a huge century. In the 17th over bowled by offspinner and Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, Finch slog-swept a full and flatter delivery to the deep midwicket fence for a six. The six by Finch off Hafeez was the 100th six in the tournament as Australia got off to a great start against Pakistan. Both Finch and Warner strung a brilliant 100-plus partnership for the opening wicket, with the Australian skipper notching up his 23rd fifty. Finch has been in great form against Pakistan, hammering two consecutive fifties, including his highest individual score of 153 in the series in which Australia whitewashed them 5-0.Finch and Warner were in great form on a green pitch and overcast conditions but they were helped by some inconsistent bowling from Pakistan and poor fielding. Finch was dropped on 26 by Asif Ali at slip off Wahab Riaz and both the openers took full toll. With Finch also reaching his 23rd fifty, Warner also slammed his third fifty in four games but Mohammad Amir got the breakthrough when Finch fell for 82 and the 142-run stand was broken. highlights Aaron Finch blasted his 23rd fifty in ODIs.Finch and Warner notched up a 142-run opening stand.Australia has a 5-4 head-to-head record in World Cups against Pakistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Damage repair: SU defense prepares to face high-scoring Cincinnati team one week after being shredded by USF playmakers

first_img Published on November 1, 2012 at 1:53 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Marquis Spruill bit on the fake and incorrectly pursued the running back. He stepped to the middle of the field on a zone-read play by South Florida, only to watch quarterback B.J. Daniels keep the ball himself and break free to the outside.By the time Spruill planted his left foot in the ground to change direction back toward the outside, Daniels had already turned the corner and reached full speed on what would become a 53-yard gain.“There were a couple times I had missed an assignment and B.J. broke for like long,” Spruill, the outside linebacker, said with a chuckle, stretching out the word long to convey the negative result of his mistake.And he wasn’t alone. The Syracuse defense had statistically its worst game of the season in last week’s thrilling victory over South Florida, giving up 552 yards of offense — 317 of which Daniels accounted for — before a last-second touchdown pass by Ryan Nassib salvaged a win.Saturday brings an eerily similar challenge as the Orange (4-4, 2-1 Big East) travels to Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1 Big East) with the goal of containing another dual-threat quarterback and inching closer to bowl eligibility. A week of repairs designed to patch last week’s leaks has renewed the defense’s self-confidence as it prepares to face Munchie Legaux and the highest-scoring offense in the league at noon Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs he did last week, John Kinder once again drew the assignment of simulating the opposing quarterback. Kinder, a backup quarterback himself, is a run-first player whose tendencies are akin to those of Daniels and Legaux. It’s a role he played last season as well, doing such an admirable job in his mimicry that linebackers coach Steve Morrison said he was often the team’s most valuable player in practice.And in facing dual-threat quarterbacks in consecutive games, the Orange had the opportunity to dissect its mistakes against Daniels and revise its plans for Legaux.“There’s some carryover, certainly, from this week to last week,” Morrison said. “I’m sure that’s a good thing in our favor. We have to shore up some areas, but we’re certainly looking forward to getting another opportunity.”First and foremost, Syracuse must improve its tackling. Safeties Shamarko Thomas and Durell Eskridge joined Spruill and Morrison in pointing out the poor tackling that allowed the Bulls to rush for 369 yards, which is 133 yards more than SU allowed in any game last season.When asked what letter grade he would give to the Orange’s tackling last week, Spruill said somewhere between a D and a C-.“At the end of the day, you’ve got to stop them and we didn’t,” Eskridge said. “But I feel like going into this Cincinnati game, it will be hard for them to run because of the mistakes we corrected.”Another area of concern for Syracuse was tempo. Eskridge and Morrison both said that the SU defenders struggled with South Florida’s brisk pace last weekend, something they hadn’t faced in several weeks. Eskridge even said there were plays where the defense was not in the proper alignment, and by the time he looked up, the Bulls were running another play.The Cincinnati offense operates at a similar pace, but the SU defenders have noticed several differences between Daniels and Legaux. While Daniels often looks to run whenever the chance presents itself, Spruill said Legaux uses his foot speed as more of a last resort.That was evident in the Bearcats’ 27-24 win over Virginia Tech in September, when Legaux threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns while only rushing for 27.“Against Virginia Tech he had a hell of a game throwing the football, so obviously he is capable of that,” Morrison said. “I think every time in football, you want to try to make a team one-dimensional. I’m not sure if that’s ever fully possible, but first and foremost, we’ve got to try and stop their running game.”Behind Legaux and tailbacks George Winn and Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati leads the Big East in rushing at 221.4 yards per game, using the same zone-read system that South Florida employs.It’s when the run game is limited that opponents have had success, and Louisville’s come-from-behind victory last week speaks to that. The Cardinals allowed just three rushes longer than 10 yards in the second half.And while stopping the Bearcats is certainly easier said than done, having Daniels shred the Syracuse defense could actually be a blessing in disguise. He probed the wall and found its leaks; all the Orange has to do now is patch it.“We just know we have to get stronger at this point,” Eskridge said. “Around this time last year we slipped, so we know this is where outsiders think we’re going to slip. And that’s why we have to tighten up our screws.” Commentslast_img read more

Spanish Olympic sailing team members mugged at gunpoint in Rio

first_imgBeijing 2008 Olympic champion Fernando Echavarri, his Nacra 17 catamaran class partner and 2011 470 world champion Tara Pacheco and coach Santi Lopez-Vazquez were all mugged in Santa Teresa, an up-market neighbourhood popular with tourists to the west of Guanabara Bay on which the Marina is located.They were confronted by five people armed with two pistols, according to a statement released by the Spanish Sailing Federation.A bag with money, documents and a camera was reportedly taken.None of the victims were injured in the incident.”Civil police are working to identify the authors of the crime and to recover the stolen objects,” added a Rio de Janeiro police statement.Ensuring the safety of athletes, spectators and all other personnel attending the Games is one of the priorities in a country notorious for petty crime.Rio, despite being considered among Brazil’s safer cities, has huge problems, particularly in favela neighbourhoods where shootouts between police and drug gangs are common.Earlier in 2016, images surfaced of a number of daylight muggings carried out by a group of militant children, captured by a local businessman who used his camera to film the series of incidents from December to January.But tourists and foreigners are also targeted in wealthier areas.In May of last year, 57-year-old doctor Jaime Gold was attacked while cycling close to the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lake upon which rowing and canoe sprint events will be held, later dying in hospital as a result of his injuries.A 19-year-old French cyclist was also assaulted in the same district at a similar time of the year.Earlier this month, retired football legend Rivaldo claimed anyone visiting for the Games will be “putting their lives at risk” due to the security situation.Another problem is financial crime, with gangs known to target ATM machines used by tourists.Brazilian and Rio 2016 officials claim the streets will be safer during the Games, with around 85,000 soldiers and police expected to be deployed during the Olympics – about twice as many as London four years ago.The latest incident is not a good sign, however.”The lack of security in Rio is one of the points that worries the teams,” the Spanish statement added.”Fernando, Tara and Santi want to forget what happened as quickly as possible and concentrate completely and exclusively on the training.”last_img read more