Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara slams hundred in warm-up game vs West Indies A in Antigua

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ajinkya Rahane last scored a hundred in 2017 against Sri Lanka.Cheteshwar Pujara was the Man of the Series in India’s win in Australia.India will play two Tests against West Indies.center_img New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara warmed up for the upcoming two-Test series against West Indies in style by slamming a hundred on day one of the three-day warm-up game against West Indies A in Coolidge, Antigua on Saturday. Pujara was ably assisted by Rohit Sharma who hammered 68 and there were solid contributions from KL Rahul (36), Rishabh Pant (33) and Hanuma Vihari (37*) as India ended the day on 297/5. Virat Kohli did not bat on the opening day while Ajinkya Rahane, the skipper of the team for this match, fell cheaply for 1.Rahane’s dismissal has once again opened up a big debate about his form. The right-hander, who has been in wretched form for the past couple of years and also had a poor county stint with Hampshire, edged Jonathan Carter behind stumps to keeper-captain Jahmar Hamilton. He faced six deliveries before his dismissal. Rahane has gone without a hundred for the past two years. His last three-figure knock came against a below-par Sri Lanka side in August, 2017. In the last 12 Test matches, he has crossed half-century mark only five times in 20 innings. His place in the playing XI is not under threat at least for this two Test series but the same can’t be said for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home if he happens to fail in the current series.On the other hand, Pujara has been in magnificent form in the Test arena in the last one year. In the series against England, his century in Trent Bridge allowed India to win the Test match despite losing the five-match series 4-1. However, in the series against Australia Down Under, Pujara was in sublime form scoring three centuries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. His tally of 521 runs at an average of 74 played a massive part in India winning the four-match series 2-1 and securing a series win for the first time Down Under. The two-match Test series will be the first for both West Indies and India in the ongoing World Test Championship. The first Test will be played at the Sir Viv Richards stadium in Antigua on August 22 while the second Test will be played on August 30 at Kingston, Jamaica.RELATED last_img read more

Big East opens conference play with 5 Friday night prime time games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Commentscenter_img Starting Friday, the Big East will get its shot at redemption. Friday night national lights will be focused squarely on the conference. As Big East play opens up this weekend, the conference does not have the opportunities it had early in the season to build a reputation. Those have already been squandered. But conference play is a blank slate. Every team is still undefeated. No matter how bad the Big East has been up to date, the league champion still gets a BCS bid. And five Friday night games will provide the conference with the opportunity to climb back into the national psyche. ‘I think right now, everybody’s sitting back saying, ‘Hey, we can win this conference,” Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. The Big East will have at least one game in prime time seven of the next eight weeks, including those five Friday evening games. For one night a week, at least, the conference gets to be the main attraction in college football. It starts with Connecticut at Rutgers (7:30 p.m., ESPN) Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Though both teams have had up-and-down seasons to date, the opportunity to play prime time on national TV has them thinking about a fresh start. ‘Whether it’s Thursday night or Friday (night), there’s nobody else on, and you’re the only team playing. There’s always an added excitement as you get to showcase your conference and showcase your own team,’ UConn head coach Randy Edsall said Monday. ‘This is something that’s really benefited and aided the Big East conference.’ The first Friday night Big East game last season featured Pittsburgh at Louisville. The Panthers rolled, 35-10, and the game proved to be a bit of foreshadowing. Pitt went on to a 10-win season and a victory in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, while the Cardinals won just four games. UConn and Rutgers enter the Big East opener heading in two different directions. After losing two of its first three games, the Huskies (3-2) have rebounded with back-to-back wins over Buffalo and Vanderbilt. Cody Endres has supplanted Zach Frazer as the starting quarterback for Connecticut: He’s thrown four touchdowns to one interception in his two games of action. Rutgers (2-2), on the other hand, hasn’t looked impressive at all this season. The Scarlet Knights have a five-point win over Florida International to go along with a win over FCS opponent Norfolk State and will go into Friday night’s game on the heels of a disappointing 17-14 loss to Tulane in Piscataway, N.J., during homecoming weekend. Starting quarterback Tom Savage left that game with an injury. His status for this week is still up in the air. ‘We need to regroup quickly,’ Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said Monday. ‘We have a very good Connecticut team coming to our house Friday, and we’re looking forward to that opportunity.’ In addition to the game being in prime time and opening the Big East season, UConn versus Rutgers is becoming a heated rivalry. Since 2003, five of their seven meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. Rutgers owns the all-time series with a 20-9 record. The Scarlet Knights have won in each of the past two years, but the two wins are by six points combined. The two teams’ rivalry on the recruiting trail also helps heat up the matchups between the schools. ‘(We’re) two football teams that are competitive year in and year out, and (with) the logistical proximity between the two schools, it’s just a good matchup every year,’ Schiano said. ‘It’s always been a very exciting game. ‘It comes down to the end, and it’s a very physical game every year.’ The only other in-conference game on the schedule this week is Syracuse at South Florida. The other four teams begin conference play in Week 7, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t excited for the start of a new season this weekend. The conference season. ‘I think the intensity level goes up a notch when you get into your conference play,’ Wannstedt said. ‘So (the rest of the season) is going to be very competitive, and I think it’ll add a little bit to the energy level to this game between Connecticut and Rutgers.’ Rutgers falling off from where it once was Four years. That’s how long it’s been since Rutgers became a national Cinderella story. It’s been four years since the Scarlet Knights reeled off nine consecutive wins to start the season — propelling RU to as high as No. 7 in the nation after a huge upset over No. 3 Louisville. Rutgers finished that season 11-2, and head coach Greg Schiano was commended for his work in turning around a program that hadn’t seen much success. Now, four years later, it’s looking as if that one season was nothing more than an anomaly. Sure, the Scarlet Knights have found some success. Twenty-five wins, including three bowl victories, in the past three years confirm that. But those numbers don’t look as impressive when compared to 2006. ‘Maybe that was ahead of schedule for where we are as a program,’ Schiano said Monday. ‘I’m certainly glad it happened because it allowed us to do a lot of things that are going to allow us to have, ultimately, the kind of success that we’re looking for. ‘‘I look at it as a long process. The people we’re chasing, they’re not sitting targets. They’re all working hard and investing money in their programs, as we are. … Ultimately we’re going to reach where we set out to reach.’ Big man on campus RB Ray Graham Pittsburgh Sophomore Last week: 29 carries, 277 yards, three touchdowns Graham entered this season as the backup running back for Pittsburgh behind last season’s Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Dion Lewis. It was expected that Lewis — who ran for 1,799 yards last season — would be the guy rushing for over 200 yards in a game. But not much has gone as planned for the Panthers (2-2) this season. The sophomore — who did not receive a carry in the season-opening loss at Utah — may be staking a claim for the starting running back job in Pittsburgh. He has run for 115, 100 and 277 yards in the last three games and is doing it at a video game-like 9.5 yards per carry. Despite playing one less game than essentially all other conference leaders, Graham is second in the Big East in rushing yards and tied for second in rushing touchdowns. And with Dion Lewis struggling (143 yards on 3.0 yards per carry) and injured (shoulder), Graham is inching closer and closer to winning that starting job. [email protected]last_img read more

Keeping council meetings honest

first_imgIn Torrance, the cost is $189,000. That’s how much it cost to purchase and install a high-tech system that enables City Council members’ votes to be automatically logged, tallied and then displayed simultaneously on four 46-inch LCD panels. Mayor Frank Scotto pledged he would install such a system during his campaign last year. Scotto and other political opponents of former mayor Dan Walker believe the system was “critically important” to putting a stop to the political gamesmanship they charged was rife during Torrance City Council meetings. “People might say this is an expensive way of accomplishing that, but this is the true, perfect way to ensure nothing can be manipulated,” Scotto said. “You’re going to see 6-1 votes more often, you’ll see 5-2 votes more often now. ? This way (panelists) can’t hide what they truly feel about an item because they’re going to have to vote privately.” TORRANCE: High-tech, $189,000 system will display votes all at once. By Nick Green STAFF WRITER What price democracy? Previously, panelists would vote verbally one at a time when called upon by the city clerk, with the mayor voting last. Scotto noted that at times, once it was clear which way the political wind was blowing, council members would not vote their conscience, instead jumping on the winning side of an issue. The new voting system also diminishes the power of the mayor, who – as the last to vote – would break 3-3 ties. The system itself cost about $42,000. The rest covered the cost of embedding seven panels – each with a privacy screen and a computer – in the existing City Council dais, the LCD panels and a wireless network. That latter component means council members no longer are forced to carry around thick agendas; council members have the agendas in the computers, while city staff can simply plug in and access the system via a laptop computer (the public, however, cannot). The system also tracks how long people speak before the council, which is designed to eliminate charges of favoritism that some people get to speak longer than others. “Nobody will have preferential treatment,” Scotto said. “Everybody will be given an equal amount of time with the clock right in front of them.” Talk too long and speakers will have the word “expired” flashed on the screen in front of them, although city officials say they plan to change that term to something a little less terminal. Information also can be displayed on the large LCD panels, making it easier for the audience to see video or PowerPoint presentations. And the system makes it easier to prepare meeting minutes. Within a year, City Clerk Sue Herbers envisions the council agenda being prepared entirely without paper, making it accessible to the public quicker. Torrance isn’t the first South Bay city to use such a vote-tallying system; Carson and Lawndale use one today, and Redondo Beach had one for years, dating to the 1970s. Tuesday’s council meeting in Torrance was the first time it was used and it was apparently not without its bugs. “This is not progress,” Councilwoman Gene Drevno said at one point, a note of frustration in her voice. But Scotto believes it is. “A couple of months, and it will be old hat,” he said. “It’s something new, and it’s going to take everybody a little bit of time to get used to it.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wenger adds youngster to squad for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Hull

first_img Alex Iwobi in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger has revealed Alex Iwobi will be in Arsenal’s squad to face Hull City on Tuesday.The Gunners face travel to the Championship club on Tuesday in an FA Cup fifth round replay.Midfielder Francis Coquelin is suspended for the clash after being sent off against Tottenham last weekend.But Wenger has revealed that winger Iwobi, 19, will be in the squad as he continues to break into the first-team squad.“We should have the same squad that went to Tottenham plus Iwobi certainly will be added to the squad,” said Wenger. 1last_img read more