Top hierarchy of Soviet military, led by Marshal Dmitry Ustinov, visits India

first_imgSoviet delegation arrhino,: Brass blitzIf ever the US contemplated launching a sneak attack on the Soviet Union, they could hardly have been presented with a more opportune moment than last fortnight.In fact, it looked very much like the Soviet Union was invading India when a matched pair of behemoth AN-62,Soviet delegation arrhino,: Brass blitzIf ever the US contemplated launching a sneak attack on the Soviet Union, they could hardly have been presented with a more opportune moment than last fortnight.In fact, it looked very much like the Soviet Union was invading India when a matched pair of behemoth AN-62 aircraft trundled over the tarmac at Palam Airport and sighed to a stop in the heavily-guarded VIP area. Out from the cavernous depths emerged what, at first sight, resembled the joint Services brass band but turned out to be a veritable Who’s Who of the top hierarchy of the Soviet military machine.Leading the invasion force was Marshal Dmitry Fedorovich Ustinov, 74, the craggy-faced Soviet defence minister resplendent in a mustard green uniform encrusted with medals like barnacles on a neglected ship. Ustinov’s entourage included General Shavanov, the deputy defence minister, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov, the Soviet naval chief and one of the most highly-decorated men in the Soviet defence forces; Marshal Koutakhov, the air force chief and an impressive assortment of 30 lieutenants-general and majors-general.In fact, the only missing link was the Soviet army chief Marshal Ogarkov and the omission was only because Ustinov and Ogarkov, who is head of the Soviet armed forces, never leave the country at the same time. The fact that there was more brass on display than at Moradabad was not the only surprise on the day of the generals. It was the first time that Ustinov had made an appearance in a country outside the socialist bloc. It was also the first time that Moscow-had dispatched such a high-powered delegation to any country and left itself so militarily vulnerable.advertisementDespite that, however, the Ustinov visit was shrouded in utmost secrecy. In mid-February, India’s ambassador in Moscow, V.K. Ahuja, flew into Delhi for hasty consultations with the prime minister to finalise dates for the visit. Both the Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry were kept in the dark. The only clue they had was when they were asked to arrange a junket for all the foreign military attaches based in Delhi.Accordingly, two IAF aircraft with the attaches aboard took off from Delhi barely hours before Ustinov and his entourage arrived. The only attache missing was the US military attache who dropped out at the last minute. The junket, labelled a “sight-seeing trip” of Cochin and Trivandrum. returned to the capital a few hours after the Soviet delegation took off for Moscow.Short Notice: It was also, in some ways, very much a sneak attack. Ustinov’s unexpected arrival at surprisingly short notice was in reponse to an invitation extended to him five years ago by the then defence minister Jagjivan Ram during his Moscow visit in 1978. In fact, it was obvious the Indian Government was caught napping by the timing of the visit since the air force chief, Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh was away in London and was forced to cut short his trip while the army chief, General K.V. Krishna Rao, was scheduled to leave on a well-publicised tour to Paris right in the middle of the Soviet visit.The reasons for Ustinov’s terribly belated acceptance of the Indian invitation were obvious. For one, the Soviets had no desire to send a man of Ustinov’s stature-he currently ranks number four in the Soviet hierarchy-during the Janata rule since it would have irritated Mrs Gandhi, a leader they are infinitely closer to and comfortable with. Additionally, India only acquired a full-fledged defence minister in the form of the affable R. Venkataraman last January and, with Mrs Gandhi scheduled to leave for Britain and Saudi Arabia, the Soviet leadership obviously felt that this was the best time. The unspoken fact that India has lately displayed signs of curing its obsession with Soviet defence equipment must have also figured in Moscow’s calculations.In that context, Ustinov’s bland statement that he was only here to “renew personal contacts” only formed part of the larger picture. The visit was, in the words of a Defence Ministry source, a “massive PR exercise”, probably the biggest the Soviets have attempted in recent times and, from all accounts, a highly successful one.Star Soldier: The star of the show was undoubtedly Ustinov himself. A bluff, hearty individual sporting rimless spectacles. Ustinov was described admiringly by a top army officer as a “soldier’s soldier” and by a Defence Ministry official as a “consummate politician”. In fact, he was very much a cocktail of the two as was evident right through his week-long tour of defence installations.advertisementIn Jodhpur, at the sprawling MiG-21 and MiG-23 base, Ustinov was visibly appreciative of the IAF’s skills shown at a demonstration and insisted on chatting to the pilots and inquiring from them through his interpreter how they liked the MiG’s performance. He was equally at home chatting to mechanics, technicians and an air force dispatch rider, particularly the last-named since Ustinov is a motorcycle freak and owns a 30 horsepower BMW. He spent considerable time comparing the merits of Soviet motorcycles and the dispatch rider’s Royal Enfield.On a side trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, he broke away from the group, to the consternation of the security people, and joined a group of schoolchildren having a picnic on the lawns. While the rest of the entourage waited, Ustinov entertained the children between bites of their sandwiches and then, in a spontaneous display of gallantry. presented the delighted schoolteacher with a necklace.Boundless Energy: His most masterful performance, however, was reserved for Babina, which houses the armoured corps and the largest number of Soviet T-72 tanks. “He is a soldier and he knows that for a soldier the most important thing is faith in his fighting equipment,” says an Indian army officer who accompanied the entourage. Displaying energy that belied his considerable age, Ustinov mixed freely with officers and jawans, asking them if they had any problems with the tanks or with spares and complimenting them on their maintenance. He revelled in making unscheduled visits, first to the house of an officer to see how the Indian Army lives, and then a surprise visit to the jawan’s langar to see how they eat.In the langar, he had the jawans guffawing at his antics, particularly when he examined a bench at the dining table and asked how many people it accommodated during meals. On being told it held four jawans, he shook his head as if in sympathy and then called three of his stoutest generals and ordered them to join him on the bench. Naturally, it proved a tight squeeze for just three and wagging his finger at the cook, said, “only three” and then pantomimed to the watching jawans that his officers ate too much. As a finale, he ordered the cook to serve him langar food which he then proceeded to consume with obvious relish.Later, at a luncheon in his honour, he charmed the officers’ wives by making a little speech prepared specially for them. “You have a great deal to do with keeping up the morale of the Indian Army,” he said gravely and then, with a mischievous twinkle added, “you can nag him as much as you like when he gets home but make sure you give him a good dinner.”Exchanging Compliments: Ustinov’s back-slapping bonhomie and quick-wittedness was soon being shared by his more proper colleagues. On a visit to Bombay, the Soviet naval chief, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov applauded the loudest when the western naval chief, Admiral Awasti, delivered his welcoming speech in fluent Russian. At the end of the speech, when Awasti told Gorshkov that he must come again to India, the latter replied: “Only when I can deliver a speech in Hindusthani.”advertisementDespite the hectic schedule, Ustinov and his beribboned party made a point of flying back to the capital almost every day of their visit. Wherever they went, they made a point of eating Indian food and drinking Indian liquor, particularly gin which probably came closest to their standard vodka fare. Ustinov also used his own aircraft for most of the trip except on occasions where the airfield was too small to accommodate it. On a visit to Khajuraho to view the erotic art of ancient India. Ustinov used the IAF’s VIP Boeing while his visit to Babina was accomplished via IAF Soviet-made helicopters.But right through his tour, he made three major points in his discussions with defence officers. One was that the Soviets do not merely say things unless they are prepared to back them up with actions. Secondly, that Indo-Soviet friendship and defence cooperation was not directed against any other country and lastly, that the Soviets knew how the Indian mind, particularly that of the soldier, worked. He did also make one more important point confidentially; that he realised it was indirectly because of the Soviet presence in Afghanistan that there was an infusion of arms into the subcontinent and the formation of a Washington-Beijing-Islamabad axis was of potential danger to India. In that context, confided Ustinov, the Soviets would like to see India strong enough to defend itself and would cooperate towards that as much as possible.Though no defence deals were signed during Ustinov’s visit it is evident that the elaborate foundations of future deals involving more advanced MiGs, tanks and battleships, were laid and unofficial commitments on both sides given. Considering the heavy Soviet involvement in India’s defence infrastructure and the steady deterioration of relations between India and the West, particularly the US, Ustinov’s visit was a masterful diplomatic and image-building exercise and in conjunction with its timing, is probably creating considerable ripples across the globe in Langley, Virginia.last_img read more

Jordan Clarkson, Cavaliers celebrate first Filipino Heritage Night

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, who is Filipino-American, celebrates Filipino Heritage Night with members of the Philippine American Society of Ohio. Photo from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ official Twitter accountThe Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their first Filipino Heritage Night on Tuesday ahead of their game against the Toronto Raptors.Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson met and interacted with members of the Philippine American Society of Ohio, who may have served as the Cavs’ lucky charm.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES 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 Heavy underdogs, the Cavaliers stunned the Raptors (48-20), who are one of the top teams in the league, 126-101.Clarkson helped the Cavs (17-50) in the victory, scoring 14 points in 31 minutes off the bench.Collin Sexton led the way for Cleveland with 28 points. Kevin Love added 16 points and 18 rebounds while Cedi Osman had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Naomi Osaka advances in straight sets at Indian Wells View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem We ❤️ our Filipino fans!Ahead of #CavsRaptors, @JordanClarksons had a meet & greet with The Philippine American Society of Ohio! #BeTheFight pic.twitter.com/ajN20RSxU0FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 11, 2019last_img read more

Mets prospect Tim Tebow makes Triple-A debut for Syracuse

first_imgThe battles for seeding still going strong in NBA races “Trying to get those movements for this game where it’s just that natural, I don’t think I’ve fully done that yet, but I think I’ve made a lot of strides,” he said.Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco, a veteran of Triple-A baseball, has watched the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow, with his thick arms and imposing frame, from both sides of the diamond.“He’s come a long way,” DeFrancesco said. “I was on the other side in his first major league spring training game, and for me at that point he looked like a football player trying to play baseball. He was big and thick. He was slow.“Last year was the first time I got to watch Tim on the same side and you see the major adjustments and the time and energy this man has put in to be the best baseball player he can be,” DeFrancesco added. “Repetition-wise, it takes a long time that Tim’s lost out on, but I believe he’s a quick learner. It does take a lot of reps for him to really understand how to hit major league pitching, and I think this will be a great adjustment for him here.”That Tebow is a former client of new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who took the job last October after serving as an agent, has helped.“I think I’m trying to convince people. I think there were times I had to convince myself, too,” Tebow said. “I had to convince him (Van Wagenen) a little bit, but he’s been in my corner and that means a lot.”The forecast for the opener calls for temperatures in the low 40s with a slight wind and a very slight chance of rain.There is anticipation in the air, just as there was an hour down the road in Binghamton a year ago.“It’s his time to shine now,” DeFrancesco said “I’m hoping he has a great season. It would be a great story and you always root for an underdog. Tim is going to fight all the way through. It’s not that easy.“I hope one day this year I get to say, ‘Tim Tebow, you gotta go to Citi Field and play for the New York Mets.’ “ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this March 7, 2019, file photo, New York Mets’ Tim Tebow loosens up before batting in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. Tebow is set to begin his third full season of minor league baseball. He was assigned to the Triple-A Syracuse Mets just over two weeks ago and opening day is Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tim Tebow is one step away from the Big Show. He’s still in no rush.“I enjoy the process every day, enjoy every opportunity I get,” Tebow said as he prepared for Thursday’s International League opener with the Syracuse Mets. “That’s one thing I take a lot of pride in — having fun and not just the destination but truly enjoying the journey.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Tebow faced his sternest test yet in 2018, playing last season for Binghamton of the Double-A Eastern League, a level of ball that tends to separate prospects destined for bigger things. He turned in a respectable second full season of minor league ball, batting .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games and punctuated his arrival on New York’s Southern Tier by slamming the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for a three-run homer on a frigid night.Tebow, who made only one error in 83 chances in the outfield, hit .301 in June and .340 in 15 games in July and made the Eastern League All-Star Game. A broken bone in his right hand ended his season prematurely.“Last year was huge for my development. It’s going to take a lot more work,” Tebow said. “There’s moments when it (frustration) creeps in, but that’s where you have to have mental toughness and stop that thought right in its tracks. If not, this game is too hard.“You’re going to have highs and lows, but you have to be able to stay on the course and when you need to, speak life into it.”Tebow was re-assigned to minor league camp just over two weeks ago after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games. He has at least demonstrated he belongs in professional baseball.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Florida Gators, a team he led to a pair of national championships, bounced around the NFL for three years (2010-12), playing 35 games with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and also delving into broadcasting before deciding to turn his main focus to baseball.“One of the hardest decisions I ever made was choosing to go football over baseball,” he said. “It’s an itch I’ve always had and a passion I’ve always had, and it didn’t go away after years. I had a lot of other opportunities, but this is something I wanted to pursue.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, logistics“I also did it without a lot of support. It’s not about proving people wrong or pleasing people, it’s about living a dream, pursuing your passion and trying to do it with as much purpose as you can. That’s how I’ve always lived.”Since making the switch, Tebow, now 31, has come a long way in a short time on the diamond. He signed with Mets late in 2016, played in the Arizona Fall League and in 2017 hit .226 with eight homers and 52 RBIs in 126 games at two levels of Class A. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Boston Marathon organizers prepare for another rainy race

first_imgOrganizers of the 123rd race announced several adjustments Friday for the world’s oldest annual marathon because of the stormy forecast. While they’re now preparing again for rain and strong winds, they backed away from initial warnings of morning temperatures near freezing, saying it looks as if it will be significantly milder.“The weather in New England can change significantly from day to day,” the Boston Athletic Association, which puts on America’s most celebrated footrace, wryly noted.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, logisticsRunners and spectators will appreciate the latest forecasts now calling for temperatures in the 50s at the starting line, rising into the 60s in the afternoon.In the 2018 race, more wheelchair and elite athletes dropped out than in any previous race. A combination of hypothermia-inducing cold and gusty, strength-sapping headwinds were to blame. Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of NBA playoffs Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I always look forward to challenges,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to get in Boston.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There will be additional medical vehicles to pick up athletes who can’t complete the course and additional supplies stocked at the medical aid stations. Tent walls will be added at the staging areas, and additional ponchos will be distributed to volunteers.Organizers also eliminated a 25-minute gap in the start times for two waves of runners. Because the conditions will cause unique challenges for participants in the wheelchair division, hand cycle program, duo program and runners competing with prostheses, those athletes can defer and receive a complimentary entry into the 2020 Boston Marathon.The adjustments are based on what the association learned in 2018, when athletes raced through the pelting rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 mph.Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, and Yuki Kawauchi’s late surge made him the first Japanese man to win since 1987. Both aim to defend their titles this year.More than half the athletes in the wheelchair division and more than a dozen elite runners dropped out last year, race director Dave McGillivray said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not saying we weren’t prepared, but we weren’t prepared for that many because historically it never happened,” he said.Shalane Flanagan finished seventh in 2018 in what she said would be her last competitive Boston race. She recalled Friday how that race was the “perfect storm for hypothermic conditions” and how many people suffered from that, including her.Flanagan said she doesn’t remember much after the halfway point, but the intense cheering of the fans that motivated her to get to the finish.“Everyone said last year, ‘It’ll never be like this again. This is a once in a lifetime kind of experience,’” she said. “When I saw the weather foreshadowing similar conditions, I literally said, “Oh no!” I feel so bad for the runners.”Sarah Sellers, who came out of nowhere to finish second at the Boston Marathon last year, said she knows she can handle the conditions because she did last year.“Whether it turns out to be more mild or a cold front comes through and it’s a freezing hurricane, I’m ready to roll with it,” she said.Meb Keflezighi is the marathon’s grand marshal. His stirring victory in the 2014 Boston Marathon, the first by an American since Greg Meyer in 1983, came a year after bombings near the finish line of the 2013 race killed three people and injured at least 264.Keflezighi said he gives extra thanks to the volunteers and the spectators who still come out in the rain; they were freezing last year and it takes a lot of effort.“It’s hard to run 26.2 miles, but they want to make it as positive as possible, no matter what the situation with Mother Nature is,” Keflezighi said.Tatyana McFadden is trying to win the women’s wheelchair race Monday for the sixth time. When she saw the forecast, she said she thought, “Bring it on.” 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 FILE – APRIL 16: Runners approach the 24 mile marker of the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — The Boston Marathon race director never thought he would see a repeat of the rainy, windy and generally miserable conditions from last year’s race so soon, but it looks as if it’s going to happen.At least it’s not expected to be as chilly along the 26.2-mile road from Hopkinton to Boston as it was in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Enjoy the Southeast Asia experience onboard the Azamara Quest, stopping by at Angkor Wat and Halong Bay, with a round of shopping in Bangkok at the end of your trip.

first_imgA cruise is a cruise is a cruise, did we hear you say? Not aboard the Azamara Quest. This one takes you to locations such as Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong, and lets you explore ancient temples, vibrant modern cities, and lots of on-shore entertainment.From Singapore, one can sail to the aquamarine waters and white sand beaches of Ko Samui for a jungle safari or elephant trekking. You’ll dock at Bangkok’s doorstep, with two and a half days for an optional visit to Angkor Wat, floating markets, royal temples, gemstone and silk shops, and nightlife. Sail the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City, where you can walk to the famous Rex Hotel, then tour the fascinating Cu Chi tunnels or Mekong Delta villages the next day.Check out the 15-decker Mariner of the Seas, Asia’s largest cruise ship, here. In Da Nang, visit the ancient Hue on the Perfume River or the 16th century trading village of Hoi An. Take a junk ride among the hauntingly beautiful karsts and caves of Halong Bay, with a second day for Hanoi’s temples, French colonial boulevards, and lively old quarter shops. Your voyage ends in Hong Kong, perfect for some shopping!Azamara Quest sets sail on November 18 (till December 2). Ports of call include Singapore, Ko Samui and Klong Toey in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City and Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Starting at USD 4,349 per person (based on double occupancy), the package highlights include bespoke cultural entertainment, all meals, selected red and white wines, soft  drinks, and some city tours. Cruise fare does not include shore excursions, casino gaming, photographs, telephone calls or Internet, on-board shopping, etc. For more details, visit: Tirun.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Becomes 2nd Indian to Enter Asian Championships Singles Quarter-finals

first_imgYogyakarta (Indonesia): Sathiyan Gnanasekara on Friday became only the second Indian to reach the men’s singles quarter-finals at the Asian Table Tennis Championships when he defeated An-Ji Song of North Korea here.Sathiyan, currently the top-ranked Indian in the world, hardly broke a sweat as he notched up a 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win against his North Korean opponent in the pre-quarterfinal match that lasted 22 minutes. The only other occasion when an Indian paddler had reached the singles quarter-finals was when Sudhir Phadke beat a Chinese in the pre-quarterfinals of the Asian Championships in Pyongyang way back in 1976.The Indian, ranked 30 in the world, will take on world number 4 Chinese Lin Gaoyuan in the quarter-finals.”I am extremely happy to reach the quarter-finals for the first time and it has been a wonderful journey so far. I would really love to set the bar high for Indian table tennis and hungry to go even further in the tournament,” said an elated Saithyan.Asked what his plans would be against his opponent in the quarter-finals, Sathiyan said: “I will go with an aim to win and try to play my best. I am underdog and all the pressure is on Gaoyuan.”Reminded that he and Achanta Sharath Kamal had an impressive outing against Gao and his partner earlier in the day in men’s doubles, Sathiyan said, “Yes, we were almost in the medal round and that would have been historic. But in the decider they (Chinese) pulled it off.”In the men’s singles round of 64, Sathiyan had accounted for Singapore’s Koh Dominic Song Jun 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 before beating Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 in the round of 32.In the men’s doubles, the pair of Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal failed to reach the medal round in the men’s doubles as they lost to the Chinese duo of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11.Except for Sharath and Harmeet Desai who could not go past the round of 64, the other three Indians — Sathiyan, Amalraj and Manav — made it to the round of 32 in the men’s singles. Only Sathiyan survived to move into the pre-quarterfinals and then to the quarter-finals while the other two exited.Amalraj lost to Chen Chien-An of Taipei 6-11, 8-11, 8-11, while Manav was beaten by another Taipei player Liao Cheng-Ting who won 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 in the round of 32.Like Sharath, who lost to Japanese Takuya Jin 11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14, Harmeet Desai too went down fighting to Jang Woojin of Korea 11-7, 2-11, 5-11, 5-11 in the round of 64.Among the women players, only Ayhika entered the pre-quarterfinals before losing to three-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion Ding Ning of China 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 9-11.Manika Batra lost to Hitomi Sato of Japan 9-11, 8-11, 4-11 in the round of 32 while Archana lost to Feng Tianwei of Singapore 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 4-11. achanta sharath kamalasian table tennis championshipsAyhika Mukherjeemanika batra First Published: September 20, 2019, 6:58 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

UEFA Champions League: Super Subs Give Manchester City 2-0 Win Over Dinamo Zagreb

first_img champions leagueDinamo Zagrebmanchester cityPep Guardiola First Published: October 2, 2019, 9:01 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. Manchester: Manchester City made it two wins out of two in Champions League Group C after goals from substitutes Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.A game that could easily have ended in frustration, with Dinamo defending deep and effectively, turned on the introduction of England international Sterling in the 56th minute. The Croatians frustrated the Premier League champions with some excellent defending in the first half and all City could manage from their domination was Ilkay Gundogan’s shot against the bar in the 21st minute after an earlier effort from Sergio Aguero had been well dealt with by Dinamo keeper Dominik Livakovic.David Silva screwed a shot wide after the ball fell to him inside the area but City did not create enough from the amount of possession they enjoyed.Guardiola’s side attacked almost exclusively down the left, where fullback Benjamin Mendy was allowed plenty of space, but either the delivery into the box let them down or the Dinamo defence stood firm.Riyad Mahrez on the right flank saw too little of the ball and City failed to really use the full width of the field, too often getting involved in ‘five-a-side’ contests on the edge of the box.The introduction of Sterling increased the tempo and width of City’s play and it was the England international who broke the deadlock in the 66th minute, turning in a low cross from Riyad Mahrez after a superb diagonal pass from Rodri.Dinamo tried their luck in the final stages but were caught on the counter in stoppage time with Sterling breaking and slipping the ball wide to Foden who confidently drove home.City move on to six points from their opening two games after winning their first match 3-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk, while Dinamo have three points.”They defended so well, even the goal from Raheem the defender was there. I didn’t expect them to play so deep, they only shot on target at set pieces, but they did what they did so well,” said Guardiola, who praised Sterling for his improved finishing.”He’s a player who is always there, he has this talent he loves to score goals, you always have that feeling. We had chances but they defended really well and that’s why it was difficult to score a goal,” he said.”I think still he can improve his finishing. Today the pass for Phil was perfect. But still there is a gap to be even more clinical but it’s important that all the time he’s there and that’s why he’s been able to score the goals,” he said.Foden’s instant impact, with his goal coming four minutes after he came on, left Guardiola feeling sorry that he was unable to find more minutes for the talented 19-year-old.”I know, he deserves to play, I want to give him minutes, I’m unfair to him, I’m sorry but he has (Kevin) De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Rodri (ahead of him).”I know the best way is for him to play minutes but he’s so young. I don’t know many players of his age (who) have played so many minutes, he’s going to be incredible in the future but it is what it is.” last_img read more

India Eye Full Points against Bangladesh in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

first_img 2022 fifa world cupbangladeshFIFAFIFA world cup First Published: October 15, 2019, 12:30 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. Kolkata: Buoyed by their gallant goalless draw against Asian champions Qatar, India would be looking to register their first win in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they take on Bangladesh in a Group E second-round match at the Saltlake Stadium, here on Tuesday.India put a gritty performance against an attacking Qatar, to hold the reigning Asian champions to a goalless draw and earn their first point of the qualifiers after suffering a heartbreaking loss in the opening match against Oman. LIVE With the city set to host the senior national men’s team after a gap of nine years, the euphoria around the match has been immense with a mad rush for tickets as the Saltlake Stadium is set to witness a packed house, giving the Igor Stimac-coached side a perfect stage to grab three points and keep their World Cup hopes alive.The absence of defender, Sandesh Jhingan due to an ACL tear on his left knee is a big blow to the hosts. But the return of talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri after missing the last game will lift the team’s spirit.In his last appearance, Chhetri scored his 72nd international goal, the second-most among active players, as India put up a dominating first-half display only to go down 1-2 after conceding late goals in their World Cup qualifier against Oman in Guwahati.Here’s how the #BlueTigers 🐯 fared against Bangladesh 🇧🇩 in their last 3⃣2⃣ encounters! 🙌#INDBAN ⚔ #WCQ 🏆 #BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/0nEOMPOjIB— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 14, 2019Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu took the charge in Chhetri’s absence and thwarted a barrage of attacks from Qatar, making 11 saves in a heroic display to snatch a point from the 2022 World Cup hosts. While defence, tactical formation and discipline were the highlights of their match against Qatar, the focus against Bangladesh, who are ranked 83 places below India, would be on the strikers. Chhetri will remain the go-to man in the attacking zone, but the onus will also be on the likes of Balwant Singh and Manvir Singh to make an impact, something former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has highlighted. “It’s only Sunil who’s able to score. If he’s not playing or does not score it becomes very, very difficult. We need to improve our forward lineup. In this Bangladesh game, it’s going to be a big test for the strikers. It’s not the defence but the forward line will have to deliver,” Bhutia said. Chhetri will also have the support of his Bengaluru FC teammates Udanta Singh and Ashique Kuruniyan, while Mandar Rao Desai and Sahal Abdul Samad will be key in creating chances. As for the back line, Stimac will be forced to rejig his central-defence with Anas Edathodika likely to pair up with Adil Khan in front of Sandhu. Jhingan’s injury gives Anas with a perfect opportunity to prove himself again, especially after returning from retirement. The gigantic VYBK Stadium 🏟️ is all set to host tomorrow’s @FIFAWorldCup qualifier against Bangladesh 🇧🇩#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ #INDBAN ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/2OFBXByIWy — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 14, 2019India failed to keep up the intensity in the final minutes because of fitness concerns against Oman but Stimac addressed the issue against Qatar. And it will be interesting to see how the Blue Tigers cope up with the challenge against Bangladesh, who have eight under-23 players in their squad.Bangladesh head to the match after two consecutive defeats. They lost narrowly to Afghanistan and in their last match before going down 0-2 to Qatar. But the Jamie Day-coached side has put up a strong fight and created many chances in the two games.The Englishman may have conceded that India are firm favourites but Bangladesh will certainly look to make an impact with their forward duo of Nabib Newaz Ziban and Saad Uddin.On paper, India enjoy a commanding 15-2 head-to-head record in 28 meetings but Bangladesh have managed to stay unbeaten in their last two fixtures (1-1 in SAFF Championships, 2013 and 2-2 in an International friendly, 2014). last_img read more

Stephen Fleming terms D/L method rubbish

first_img‘It’s not made for a T20 game’ cricket COMMENTS Published on Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming COMMENT × SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL May 15, 2016 IPL 2016 Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming Expressing complete displeasure at the Duckworth-Lewis method, Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming termed the ICC approved rule for rain-truncated games as “rubbish” stating that a change is needed at least in the shortest format.“Duckworth-Lewis is rubbish. As soon as you get to D/L, the game is over. I’ve been saying that for years. The others have said it as well but there’s no point carrying on too much about it,” a disgusted Fleming said after his team’s campaign turned from bad to worse losing to KKR by eight wickets yesterday. This was RPS’ 9th loss in 12 games.“It needs to be addressed. There’s no willingness to change. It’s not made for a T20 game. It’s just ridiculous really and until it’s addressed you just hope the sky doesn’t open up,” Fleming said.The Supergiants, who are out of race for a last four berth, suffered after they were set to defend 66 from nine overs as per D/L method, a target Knight Riders knocked off in five overs.Opting to bat on a slow and turning wicket, Supergiants crawled to 103/6 in 17.4 overs with skipper MS Dhoni in the midst of one of his slowest innings of eight not out from 22 balls when rain interrupted the proceedings.But the Kiwi defended the ‘Captain Cool’ and said they could have got to a score of 135-plus which would have been a par on a turning surface.“We could have got 135 or 140, maybe 25 runs in the last three overs. We thought 135 would have been a good score. With Dhoni there we were looking those last two overs in particular.“But we were denied that, so that’s one aspect of our score. It was slowing, turning. Probably it would have got slower if there was no rain,” he lamented.“The track was turning. We knew it would have been a difficult chase with our spinners but as soon as D/L came in, the game was over. As simple as that.”Asked about Dhoni’s unusually slow innings, he said, “It was hard, a difficult pitch to bat on. The approach was to play positive cricket but we lost wickets because the ball turned. It was difficult score. We knew we would lose wickets with that type of pitch. With spinners on, it would have been a difficult chase.“Soon they reduced the score, and with the wet ball and rain, it was difficult. There was not much about the game apart from the fact that rain curtailed in what could have been a tight chase. The longer the game, we would have got more chance. As soon as the game reduced, it’s game over and end of story,” he said.last_img read more

BCCI meet on May 7, Champions Trophy pull-out unlikely

first_imgPublished on BCCI × SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED COMMENT cricket May 01, 2017center_img COMMENTS The Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet on Sunday to consider an additional revenue offer from the game’s world governing body but regardless of what decision they come to, a Champions Trophy pullout by the holders looks unlikely.Unaccustomed to being snubbed at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week in its bid to stall a new revenue model which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under the 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name the squad for next month’s Champions Trophy before the April 25 deadline.ICC president Shashank Manohar, a former BCCI chief, has tabled an additional $100 million and the India board will discuss the offer at Sunday’s special general body meeting.The operations of the BCCI are currently being supervised by four court-appointed administrators and the head of the committee, Vinod Rai, told Reuters last week that it was “too early” to comment on a possible pullout Champions Trophy.Another of the quartet, Ramchandra Guha, has since made it clear he wants India to defend the title they won in 2013 at the June 1-18 tournament in England and Wales.“Speaking in my personal capacity, as a cricket fan, I believe the Indian cricket team absolutely must take part in the Champions Trophy,” Guha, a historian, tweeted.“Boycotting or threatening to boycott a prestigious international tournament does not become a great cricketing nation.”Under the Members Participation Agreement for the Champions Trophy, there is no scope for sanctions for missing the deadline for naming squads. null BCCI India to participate in Champions Trophy SHARElast_img read more