Football News I League – Shillong and Kerala look for ‘salvage pride’ in league game on Friday

first_imgShillong Lajong and Gokulam Kerala will look to salvage pride.The two teams will be up against each other on Friday. Shillong suffered a 2-3 loss against Gokulam Kerala FC. highlights New Delhi: Out of reckoning, Shillong Lajong and Gokulam Kerala will look to salvage pride and finish as high as possible in the points table when they clash in an I-League fixture here Friday. Both teams would be looking to get out of the relegation zone when they face under lights at the JLN Stadium here.In their only encounter this season, Shillong suffered a 2-3 loss against Gokulam Kerala FC at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Calicut. Kerala would have the odds to their favour and they would look to capitalise on this psychological advantage to walk away with all the three points again.Shillong Lajong FC too would be eyeing a win to reduce the relegation pressure. The hosts are currently placed at the bottom of the Hero I-League Points table with 10 points from 17 games. What adds to their concern is the defence line which has conceded 48 goals so far. Gokulam Kerala FC is placed just above Shillong Lajong FC in the points table with a three-point cushion. Kerala’s performance has seen some positive change ever since the appointment of their new technical director Gift Raikhan.”It’s very important for Gokulam to get the 3 points. Prestige and dream are high as we are fighting for relegation,” said Raikhan.”We as well as Lajong are at the bottom so it’s important for both the teams. we will give our best tomorrow. This is my fifth match, as a coach, I always prepare for winning the game, rest is on God.”Football is all about who plays better it’s not about Indian or foreign players”, he further added.Shillong’s major concern has been the finishing capability in the final third. But the young Red Devils are known for their fighting spirit and creative ball play, an area where Gokulam Kerala would want to pay a lot of attention.The combination of Ktboklang Pale, Phrangki Baum, and Mahesh Singh Naorem have looked threatening against each team that they have played, and given the situation, this trio can change the scenario on their day.Coach Alison said, “It’s all about preparing ourselves mentally and play well tomorrow. At the end of the 90 mins, the best team wins. Our boys will hopefully play well tomorrow and get 3 points. They have to concentrate and be mentally prepared to play well.”Gokulam Kerala’s armory also consists of the striker from T&T Marcus Joseph, who scored in the previous game against Arrows, and has already scored three goals in five games so far.The local talent Suhair VP and Rajesh who scored in their 3-2 win against Shillong Lajong in their last encounter will also add the extra might in the Keralite outfit’s dressing room. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bolton, bowlers see West Indies Women crash to heavy defeat

first_imgTAUNTON, England (CMC) – Out-of-sorts West Indies Women proved no match for World champions Australia Women and crashed to a heavy eight-wicket defeat, as they opened their ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on a disappointing note here yesterday.They opted to bat first but were dismissed for 204 in the 48th over, with teenaged opener Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 46, captain Stafanie Taylor getting 45 and Chedean Nation, 39.All-rounder Deandra Dottin chipped in with a brisk 29 but veteran seamer Ellyse Perry grabbed three for 47 while leg-spinner Kristen Beams (2-30) and left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (2-39) claimed two wickets apiece to cripple the Windies innings.The Caribbean side were well placed at one stage on 123 for two in the 33rd over but failed to kick on and lost their last eight wickets for 81 runs.In reply, opener Nicole Bolton struck her third One-Day International hundred – a delightful, unbeaten 107 – as the Aussies cantered to their target in the 39th over without raising a sweat.The left-hander hit 14 boundaries off 116 balls, adding 171 in a first-wicket stand with opening partner Beth Mooney whose 70 required 85 deliveries and included seven fours and a six.Off-spinner Taylor claimed two for 33 but the Windies bowling lacked edge and their fielding effort was ordinary, especially late in the innings as frustrations grew over the productive opening stand.Heading into the contest here on the backs of five straight defeats in warm-ups, the Windies were always facing a tough challenge against the clinical Aussies and played true to predictions.The 19-year-old Matthews accounted for much of West Indies’ early momentum, putting on 34 for the first wicket with Felicia Walters (7) and 52 for the second wicket with Nation.Walters, on ODI debut, laboured for 30 deliveries before pulling Perry to Elyse Villani in frustration, to depart in the 11th over.Matthews and Nation steadied the innings but their partnership hardly rattled the Aussies as it required 80 deliveries and Windies were still short of three figures at the half-way stage.All told, Matthews faced 63 deliveries and counted seven fours and appeared headed for her fifth ODI fifty when she gifted her wicket, bowled loosely, driving down the wrong line at Jonassen.Nation, who faced 73 balls and hit two fours and a six, was joined by Taylor and they put on a further 37, again without pressuring the Aussies.With the tempo needing a boost, Nation whipped Beams to Alex Blackwell at short mid-wicket in the 33rd over, to set the Windies back.Dottin arrived to play a typical cameo in adding 34 for the fourth wicket with Taylor. She smashed six boundaries off a mere 20 balls and was accelerating the innings nicely when she missed a drive at Perry and lost her off stump in the 37th over.The innings then declined quickly as former skipper Merrissa Aguilleira holed out to cover for one, off seamer Megan Schutt in the 39th before the last recognised batsman Shanel Daley miscued a Beams full toss to long on to perish for six in the 41st overTaylor tried to keep the innings together but holed out in the deep in the 46th over after facing 57 balls and counting a four and a six.Australia cruised in reply as Bolton and Mooney removed any doubt about the result with their dominant opening stand off just 181 deliveries.The Windies struggled badly and their only bright spark came when Matthews took a brilliant running catch in the deep to dismiss captain Meg Lanning in the 35th over for 12.West Indies take on India on Thursday in their second match of the tournament.WEST INDIES inningsH. Matthews b Jonassen 46F. Walters c Villani b Perry 7C. Nation c Blackwell b Beams 39S. Taylor c Villani b Jonassen 45D. Dottin b Perry 29M. Aguilleira c Lanning b Schutt 1S. Daley c Blackwell b Beams 6A. Mohammed run-out 9A. Fletcher b Perry 3S. Selman not out 3S. Connell run-out 1Extras: (b-2, lb-5, w-8) 15Total: (all out, 47.5 overs) 204Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-86, 3-123, 4-157, 5-161, 6-168, 7-196, 8-196, 9-202.Bowling: Jonassen 9-0-39-2 (w-2), Schutt 8.5-2-22-1, Perry 9-1-47-3 (w-2), Beams 10-0-30-2, Gardner 8-0-35-0 (w1), Villani 3-0-24-0AUSTRALIA WOMENB. Mooney b Taylor 70N. Bolton not out 107M. Lanning c Matthews b Taylor 12E. Perry not out 5Extras: (b-4, lb-2, w-5) 11Total: (2 wkts, 38.1 overs) 205Fall of wickets: 1-171, 2-189.Bowling: Selman 4-0-19-0 (w-2), Connell 6-1-36-0, Taylor 8.1-0-33-2 (w-1), Daley 5-0-27-0, Mohammed 5-0-23-0, Dottin 5-0-25-0, Matthews 3-0-22-0, Fletcher 2-0-20-0.Points: Australia Women 2, West Indies Women 0.last_img read more

Pastor pleads not guilty to molestation

first_imgWHITTIER – An associate pastor at Whittier Seventh-day Adventist Church pleaded not guilty Friday to molesting a 9-year-old girl. Prosecutors charged Misael Blanco Sarsoza, 56, of West Covina with a felony count of committing a lewd or lascivious act upon a child under 14. Whittier Court Commissioner Loren DiFrank informed Sarsoza there is a protective order in the case, meaning he must stay away from the victim and must not dissuade witnesses. Sarsoza, who remains free on a $100,000 bond, will return to Whittier Court next month for a hearing. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! According to the criminal complaint, the alleged molestation happened April 2. The document does not say where. The girl’s grandparents reported the alleged abuse to Whittier police, who arrested Sarsoza on April 5, the complaint states. Sarsoza has been on administrative leave, according to Betty Cooney, communications director for the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more