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ICC World Cup I don’t play for ACB or Gulbadin Naib, I play for Afghanistan: Rashid Khan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Afghanistan has lost all five games in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Afghanistan will play India in their next game in Southampton.Afghanistan played their first World Cup in 2015.center_img New Delhi: Afghanistan’s campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has been disastrous. From issues related to lack of team unity to reports of the cricket team members allegedly involved in a scuffle in a Manchester hotel before the game against England, Afghanistan has struggled off the field. On the field, the cricket team has suffered three disastrous collapses against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The bowling has been compounded by Rashid Khan, their ace spinner struggling for penetration. Before the tournament even began, there was plenty of controversies when Gulbadin Naib was appointed as the skipper of the team in place of the more experienced Asghar Afghan and this prompted many players to tweet their support for Asghar Afghan.Speaking to PTI before Afghanistan’s game against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, Rashid has emphatically stated that his support was firm with Gulbadin and said the media had blown it out of proportion. “I think there is no problem in my relationship with Gulbadin. I support him as much as I did when Asghar was the captain. If I supported Asghar 50 per cent on the field, Gulbadin has my 100 per cent support. Right from the time we landed in England, no one has spoken about the issue. I think it was blown out of proportion by the media. Some of us have been playing together for 15-16 years. So if nothing has happened in more than a decade, then what can suddenly change in a day or two,” Rashid stated.However, Rashid was clear that the change of captaincy and his tweets were only because he cared for Afghanistan cricket and he wanted only good things for the development for Afghanistan cricket.“That tweet by me or Nabi wasn’t in support of Asghar. We raised our voice for the betterment of Afghanistan cricket. Had someone else been appointed captain, my stand wouldn’t have changed. That wasn’t the right time to change the captain. I have nothing personal in supporting Asghar. I am not the only person who’s saying that. The whole world is saying that. Neither do I play for Gulbadin nor for the cricket board. I play for the flag, for Afghanistan. I know what my job is and I will continue doing that,” Rashid said. “We were going to play a big event like the World Cup. The combination didn’t seem like Asia Cup and if you tinker with the combination before a big tournament, it’s not a great thing. That was the reason for the tweet.”When asked as to why Afghanistan could not perform well against the big sides in the World Cup, Rashid said the team had not played against the likes of Australia and England on a frequent basis. “Actually, we haven’t played a lot against teams like Australia and England and that pressure is also there. In a stage like the World cup, suddenly the pressure increases manifold when you play against big sides and that can affect the performance. This is the first time, we played South Africa in an ODI. We played New Zealand and Australia after the 2015 World Cup. If you play a team once in four years, you are bound to face problems. As players, we understood we need to work harder,” Rashid said.last_img read more

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Thompson takes sprint double, Dwyer denies Blak

first_imgREIGNING Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was in imperious form as she completed the sprint double by claiming the women’s 200m title at the Jamaica National Championships on Sunday.Thompson, who just edged out training partner and rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women’s 100m on the previous, did so in much more convincing fashion over double the distance.  On this occasion, Thompson pulled away from Fraser-Pryce down the stretch to stop the clock at 22.00.  Fraser-Pryce, who was also well clear of the field, finished second in 22.22, with Schillonie Calvert-Powell third in 22.92.Fraser-Pryce was out of the block quickly to close ground on Thompson in the first 100m and held a slight lead coming off the turn.  Her MVP teammate, however, had plenty in reserve and pull clear of the rest of the field with relative ease.In the men’s equivalent, Yohan Blake was denied the satisfaction of claiming a sprint double when he was passed on the line by Rasheed Dwyer.  Blake controlled the race for most of the way but it was a late charging Dwyer who claimed first place in 20.23.  Blake was second in 20.27 with Andre Ewers third in 20.48.last_img read more

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DOPE: IOC Delays Decision on Blanket Ban for All Russian Athletes

first_imgRussia must wait to learn if it can send a team to next month’s Olympics after calls for it to be barred from the Rio Games for operating a four-year, state-sponsored doping programme.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it will “explore the legal options” before deciding whether to implement “a collective ban” on all Russian competitors for the global showpiece, which starts on August 5.In the meantime, the IOC has said that it plans to re-test all Russians who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.This follows the findings of the McLaren report, which said urine samples of Russian competitors were manipulated across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports from late 2011 to August 2015. Mutko said yesterday that there was “no state doping schemes in Russia”.Calls for a blanket ban on Russia – from both the Olympics and Paralympics – followed the publication of the McLaren report on Monday.The IOC says it will first “take into consideration” a ruling, to be made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) tomorrow, on the legality of banning all of Russia’s track and field athletes.IOC president Thomas Bach said the findings of the report were a “shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games”.Wada president Sir Craig Reedie described the “scope and scale” of the findings as a “real horror story”.He said his organisation wanted the IOC to “decline entries, for Rio 2016, of all athletes” submitted by the Russian Olympic and Paralympic committees.“Is what Russia has done here so bad that it warrants a collective ban – as no Russian can be above suspicion and therefore no Russians should go to Rio?“Or is it a case that individual sporting federations should take into account circumstances and decide for themselves if certain Russian athletes who pass the right tests then they can go? It’s a very complicated area. It looks on the face of this statement that the IOC is edging towards a blanket ban.“Russia will not take any decision about a blanket ban lying down. They want to be at the Olympics. It would be a national humiliation for them not to be. They are sporting superpowers, so they will fight on to try to make sure their athletes are there next month.”Commissioned by Wada, it looked into claims made by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory.He alleged he doped dozens of athletes, including at least 15 medallists, in the build-up to the Sochi Games.He said this was the result of an elaborate plot with the Russian government, which exploited its host status to subvert the drug-testing programme.Russia topped the table in Sochi, winning 33 medals, 13 of them gold.Rodchenkov, now in hiding in the United States, also alleged he doped athletes before the 2012 Olympics in London, the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and the 2015 World Swimming Championships in Kazan.It has already suspended a number of senior sports officials following the publication of the McLaren report.Despite his denial of any state-sponsored doping programme, sports minister Mutko told the R-Sport news agency he had suspended anti-doping advisor Natalia Zhelanova as well as Irina Rodionova, deputy head of Russia’s state-funded Sports Preparation Centre, and two other officials.McLaren said Zhelanova and Rodionova had worked closely with Russian deputy sports minister Yury Nagornykh to cover up positive tests since 2011. Nagornykh has also been suspended.Football’s world governing body FIFA will look at claims in the report that Mutko was involved in covering up positive dope tests by footballers.Mutko is a FIFA council member, the president of the 2018 Russia World Cup organising committee, president of the Russian Football Union and a member of UEFA’s executive.Russia’s track and field athletes are already barred from competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio as a result of doping violations.The International Association of Athletics Federations, the body that governs world athletics, voted in June to maintain a global competition ban on the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF).ARAF hopes to overturn the suspension and will find out by tomorrow if its appeal to CAS has been successful.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Badgers end successful home campaign

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoAll season long, UW volleyball head coach Pete Waite and his players reiterated that they are a better team at home than on the road.This turned out to pretty accurate; besides the fact that the No.13 Badgers completed their home campaign with an impressive 13-2 mark against an 8-3 record as the visitors, Wisconsin’s best moments of the year continually seemed to take place inside the friendly confines of the UW Field House.That said, here are the top five most memorable home matches of the Wisconsin 2005 season.No. 5: Wisconsin def. No. 11 UCLA 30-26, 30-28, 30-23 — Sept. 18 (InnTowner Invitational Final)We begin with the first upset of the year, a match in which the No. 13-ranked Badgers burst onto the 2005 national scene with a surprisingly easy defeat of the Bruins in the opening home weekend.Middle blockers Sheila Shaw and Taylor Reineke led the offensive attack with 12 kills apiece. Shaw, the InnTowner Invitational MVP, added seven blocks in the match.”I just thought we brought a lot more intensity and fight,” Shaw said. “Everything just flowed this weekend, our passing was great, our setting, our hitters were on. Everything was there.”Setter Jackie Simpson, who joined libero Jocelyn Wack on the All-Tournament team, keyed the offense with 41 assists and also contributed to the Badger block with one solo and seven assists.No. 4: Wisconsin def. No. 18 Ohio State 30-25, 30-18, 30-20 — Oct. 7As good as UW’s hitting and blocking has been all season, it was especially dominant over the Buckeyes as then-eighth-ranked Wisconsin assumed its undisputed spot of second place in the Big Ten standings.The Badgers hit .374, their second-best mark of the conference season, against an OSU offense that produced a .129 night. UW also dominated Ohio State 15-4 on the block.”Our blocking was big and we’ve been working in practice to reach over the net with high hands, because they are a really quick team,” outside hitter Maria Carlini said after her effort which included 12 kills, 10 digs, and four blocks. “I think that we did a really good job of getting up early [in the air] and staying disciplined.”No. 3 (tie): Wisconsin def. Michigan/Michigan State in three games each — Nov. 18-19At this late point in the season, No. 15 UW had been struggling, dropping one match in each of its past four weekends. Second place in the league was on the line and Aubrey Meierotto ensured the Badgers they wouldn’t lose it.The fifth-year senior exploded for 15 kills and a .406 attacking percentage against Michigan, who just one month prior had upended a Meierotto-less Wisconsin team that proceeded to lose a lot of ground in the conference thereafter.The next evening, on Senior Night, Meierotto continued her success with 13 kills and four blocks. Shaw was honored alongside Meierotto before the match, and followed with nine kills for a .444 percentage.No. 2: Wisconsin def. No. 5 Minnesota 19-30, 30-27, 27-30, 30-24, 15-12 — Sept. 23The season-opener proved to be the most thrilling UW victory at home this year. Fresh off a big upset over UCLA, the No. 10-ranked Badgers one-upped themselves by stunning its Border Battle rival in five intense games.Four Badgers had double-digit kills, and four different UW players got double-digit digs. Shaw led the offense with 16 kills, and Wack controlled the defense with 19 digs.The 5,266 Field House fans in attendance were treated to a five-game victory, which sent the Badgers on a 5-0 run to open the Big Ten season.”I think we came out pretty nervous,” Shaw said. “We knew what we were up against. The main thing is that we came back and we fought hard; we’re a very determined team.”No. 1: Wisconsin def. No. 16 California 30-23, 30-22, 30-25 — Dec. 3 (NCAA Second Round)In the most memorable Field House match of 2005, No. 13 Wisconsin saved their best for last in a thorough beating of the Golden Bears, sending the Badgers to College Station, Texas for a Sweet 16 matchup with the sixth-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish.”That’s the way a team is supposed to be playing come tournament time,” Waite said. “I’m extremely pleased with the way we served the ball, [and] our blocking was solid, we passed the ball well; it made for a good game.”Simpson produced her most versatile match of the season, with 10 digs to go with her 37 assists for a double-double. Simpson also gave UW six kills and five blocks.After the win, the entire team went on a victory lap around the court, saying goodbye to their faithful crowd, which supported them all season long.From the fans’ reaction, there is no doubt that they can’t wait to see them again in 2006.last_img read more

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UW women’s soccer ready for 1st Big Ten road games

first_imgAfter splitting its first two Big Ten games at home last weekend, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (4-3-2, 1-1-0 Big Ten) will travel to Ohio State and Minnesota for their first Big Ten road games of the season.Last weekend was a historic weekend for the program on numerous fronts. With their win over Iowa, the Badgers recorded their 300th victory in the program’s 25-year history.What was even more special for the team was winning its first Big Ten game in the opening weekend of conference play. Last season, the Badgers struggled mightily out of the conference gates, going winless in their first six Big Ten games.What was even more frustrating for Wisconsin was of those five games, the Badgers lost four by only a single goal, and the fifth game was a tie against Iowa.Now, Wisconsin finds itself in a tie for fifth place, but the Badgers aren’t jumping for joy yet. Their work is far from over, even though their conference start is better than those of years past.”We can’t get too complacent because of [our better conference start],” junior goalie Lynn Murray said. “We can’t be like, ‘We finally won a Big Ten game; the rest will all fall into place.’ We still have plenty of work to do.””The race is still open,” Badgers head coach Dean Duerst said. “You play with a lot more confidence late in the season, and there’s less pressure [to get in the tournament]. If we’re able to manage those two things and ride that momentum, the lucky bounces and the little things go your way because you’re making them happen.”Last year, we were desperate to win games and found a way through desperate times,” Duerst continued. “We don’t want to make that a habit.”In addition to the first conference win, the weekend’s special festivities were extended when a key part of the women’s team returned to action after more than a year on the shelf. In Wisconsin’s second game of the 2005 season at Kansas, then-junior Stacy Omundson went down with an apparent hip injury. Nobody would have guessed at the time the seriousness of her injury, but Omundson struggled to recover and ended up taking a medical redshirt last season.After an off-season surgery, hours of rehab and vast conditioning, Omundson returned to the field 456 days and 30 games later, resuming her role on defense against Illinois.”It’s been stressful, sitting out all last season not really knowing what was wrong,” Omundson said. “We finally figured out what was wrong, and I had surgery over the summer. I definitely had to work a lot harder than I thought [to get back] — getting back into shape, conditioning and all that stuff. I thought I could do it, and … it felt really good [being out there]. [Playing last weekend] was worth the journey to get back.”It was a lot of fun and I hope to stay out there.””[Having Stacy back] is big for us,” Duerst said. “She’s a calm, experienced player. She has very good speed, technique and is a good individual defender. Now, she’s trying to get herself right back into the team. The transition so far has been important, and she transitioned rather quickly from being cleared to being able to be utilized and get her some minutes. It’s nice seeing that confidence in her.”On the field Sunday, Murray turned in another solid performance — registering her second shutout in just her second start since returning from an injury she suffered in the season opener. In over 200 minutes on the field, Murray has allowed only one goal and has registered three saves.While she’s not exactly pleased with her play, Murray can’t argue with the result she and the rest of the team are getting.”I never think I play particularly well, but at the end of the day, it’s the result that matters,” Murray said. “It’s nice to be back out there and getting a little more confidence, which makes training better. I feel pretty good, so hopefully I’ll get another chance at it.”With the strength of Murray and the versatility of senior goalie Stefani Szczechowski, Duerst plans on using both goalies in different situations for the rest of the year. With two tough road tests coming up this weekend, the Badgers will need two special performances out of their goalies to move to 3-1 on the conference season.”We’ll keep looking at splitting [Steph and Lynn],” Duerst said. “We’ll also [look at] which keeper is a better match up for us and different things along those lines. Each team and game is different too. We’ll have to go with what’s best for the team and that’s a good situation that we have right now. We’ll take it one game at a time.”last_img read more

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“Bosna Sema“ won for the Final of the Cup

first_imgAt the city stadium in Ilijas, FK Bosna Sema won against the team “Sporta“ in the penultimate match of the season within the Group B of the Cantonal League of Sarajevo.It was their twelfth consecutive win, by which they ensured a place in the final of the Cup.The first half of the match passed in the initiative of the team from Sarajevo, they had several chances, and Hiros brought them in a leadership, after the assist of Hrvanovic.The opponent, team of “Sporta“, tried in several occasions to create a chance for a goal from counter-attacks and half-counters, but unsuccessfully.The second half passed in a quite nervous game, especially of the team “Sporta“, which was more concrete in the second half and had a slight initiative at intervals. Although, with the strong defense and the determination, Bosna Sema managed to keep the lead and come out as winners.“Sporta“ finished the game with two players less, after two red cards.On Friday, Bosna Sema plays against the team of Butmir at the additional stadium Asim Ferhatovic Hase, and finishes the season with its game. In the further period, they will play two semi-final matches and one final match.The following players played in the Bosna Sema team: Tipura, Mahić, Sinanović, Ćatić, Ferhatović, Branković, Bečić, Hrvanović, Hiroš, Mujanović, Mujić. Additionally, Handanović and Redžo played as well.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

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State Drops Charges Against Pastor Arrested Over Stay-at-Home Order

first_imgState officials dropped misdemeanor charges late last week Friday against a Florida pastor who was accused of violating stay-at-home orders by holding Sunday services in March, during the rise of the coronavirus pandemic.Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement that the prosecution of Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, who serves at the River at Tampa Bay Church, would not proceed.Warren added that the pastor has conducted worship operations “responsibly” since he was arrested.Howard-Browne had been charged with unlawful assembly and violating quarantine orders during a public health emergency. The pastor reportedly held services at the church despite local orders to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people, according to authorities. “Our office has determined that further prosecution or punishment would not provide increased protections for our community and is not needed to achieve any additional change in Pastor Howard-Browne’s behavior,” Warren added.Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel that represents Howard-Browne, released a statement on Friday that calls the arrest “politically motivated”and adds that the case should never have been brought.“Neither the pastor nor The River at Tampa Bay Church did anything wrong,” Staver said. “We are pleased that all the charges have been dropped. It is now time to move forward with healing and restoration.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis exempted houses of worship from a statewide stay-at-home order shortly after the arrest.last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Taz

first_imgFacebook52Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Taz! He is a handsome, people-pleasing, 1-year-old, 49-pound Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix who is looking for his forever and loving home. He is busy, sweet, enjoy car rides, and is eager to use his smarts to learn new things. If you can provide leadership, exercise, love, and a home where he can be the only dog, then he may be the perfect boy for you.   He would also need a securely fenced yard.   Taz is so ready to pack his bags and go home to continue growing with his lucky people. Check out his starring video to see him in action practicing his new skills in this cute video. According to shelter volunteers, he is a star.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Taz in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more