Indian Premier League IPL playoff scenarios: Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals on a knife edge

first_imgSunrisers HyderabadPosition: 4P -13, W – 6, L – 7, Points: 12Remaining games: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 4)What they must do: With Kolkata Knight Riders winning against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad must win their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. If they beat Virat Kohli’s team and Kolkata Knight Riders lose to Mumbai Indians, then they will automatically qualify for the fourth spot. However, if they lose and if the match is washed out, then they will have to hope Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders. If both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders lose their last games, they will have to hope Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals.Kolkata Knight RidersPosition: 5P – 13, W – 6, L – 7, Points: 12Remaining games: vs Mumbai Indians (May 5)What they must do: Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory against Kings XI Punjab has put them back in the mix for the fourth spot. However, they must win against Mumbai Indians and hope Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad. If Sunrisers Hyderabad wins, then they must beat Mumbai Indians by a massive margin as Sunrisers Hyderabad have a great net run-rate. If Sunrisers Hyderabad loses to Royal Challengers Bangalore and if Kolkata Knight Riders also taste defeat to Mumbai Indians, then Sunrisers Hyderabad goes through, provided Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals.Rajasthan RoyalsPosition: 6P – 13, W – 5, L – 7, Points: 11Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (May 4)What they must do: With Kolkata Knight Riders winning, Rajasthan Royals must win against Delhi Capitals. A loss will see them getting eliminated. If they win against Delhi Capitals, they will have to hope Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in the last league games in order to qualify.Kings XI PunjabPosition: 7P – 13, W – 5, L – 8, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Chennai Super Kings (May 5)What they must do:  With their defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab are all but knocked out. Their poor net run-rate and combined with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders’ high NRR has given them a mathematical chance of qualifying. If Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are thrashed by a massive margin and they defeat Chennai Super Kings by a big margin, then they can still harbour dreams of qualifying. highlights New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders’ seven-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali has once again intensified the race for the fourth spot in the IPL 2019 playoffs. Kings XI Punjab was boosted by a solid knock from Nicholas Pooran who smashed 48 but Sam Curran gave the hosts a brilliant total with a brilliant 55 off 24 balls as they reached 183/6. In response, Kolkata Knight Riders were boosted by Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill at the top. Their 62-run opening stand, combined with Shubman’s amazing 65 off 49 balls helped Kolkata Knight Riders win by seven wickets and boost their chances in the race for the playoffs.With this loss, Kings XI Punjab’s chances are all but out. Mathematically, they are still in the playoff scenario but they will have to hope for plenty of results to go their way. Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals all have their fate in their own hands partly and will have to rely on other results going their way in order to seal a spot. Here is what each team has to do in order to seal the fourth and final playoff spot. Rajasthan Royals will get knocked out if they lose to Delhi Capitals.Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders need to win their last games.Sunrisers Hyderabad has the best net run-rate in the 2019 IPL. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

MLS navigates resuming the season in local markets

first_imgLast Updated: 10th August, 2020 11:17 IST MLS Navigates Resuming The Season In Local Markets In light of Major League Baseball’s trouble with its season, Major League Soccer’s plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. First Published: 10th August, 2020 11:17 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written Bycenter_img FOLLOW US In light of Major League Baseball’s trouble with its season, Major League Soccer’s plan to resume play in its local markets is under scrutiny. The league has been buoyed by the success of its MLS is Back tournament in Florida, which concludes Tuesday with the title game between the Portland Timbers and Orlando City. With teams headed home, the plan now is for an abbreviated season.“It started with a tournament in a bubble, but in our minds it had always been that we would get back into the markets at some point soon,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “And that transition from the successful tournament to playing in our home markets is no different than the process with our tournament: It is very closely following the guidance of our medical experts and our infectious disease advisors, and in consultation with the local health authorities and government officials in all of our local markets.”The tournament got off to a rocky start when both FC Dallas and Nashville were forced to withdraw because of positive coronavirus tests. But only two other players have tested positive in the bubble at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.MLS, the National Women’s Soccer League, the NBA and the WNBA have been able to successfully play games amid the pandemic, but in controlled environments with players sequestered from the general public. The NHL has resumed its season in “secure zones” in Toronto and Edmonton, and the league says it has not had any positive tests.But MLB, playing in home stadiums without fans, has had some two dozen games postponed because of the coronavirus. Outbreaks have notably impacted the Marlins and Cardinals. The NFL is planning games in the fall, although 67 players have opted out. The players association says 56 players have tested positive since the start of training camps on July 26.The USL Championship, the tier below MLS in American soccer, has been playing in local markets since July 11 but there have been more than a dozen games postponed because of positive tests. LA Galaxy II has had 11 positive tests. The MLS plan comes amid increasing coronavirus cases in the United States, with more than 5 million contracting the virus and 162,000 deaths.Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease expert who is chairman of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, has reviewed Major League Soccer’s plans for playing out the season and believes it is sound.He pointed to the league’s mandate that teams take charter flights or buses to the games, with no overnight hotel stays. That will cut down on the contact the teams have with the public. The league’s rigorous testing program also should help prevent outbreaks.“I think the major difference between what MLS does and what baseball is doing is, let’s say Atlanta United was playing in New York. They’re flying in the morning, they’re playing and they’re flying back home. So they’re not staying there overnight, there’s no risk of the players going to hotels, staying at an unknown place, having to get meals in a restaurant or go out to eat,” del Rio said. “They’re not having back-to-back games. And that will give them the opportunity to test them again before the next game. So I think there’s some fundamental differences.”But players will individually need to be diligent in protecting themselves away from the team, he said.“I think that’s where the issues are. And that’s why I think it’s very going to be very important that the players have the discipline and have the education about those risks and try to avoid that, because the reality is those are the things you cannot control,” he said. “So it’s less about the bubble or the market, it is more about what happens outside of those settings.”Del Rio is on the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel. He is not so certain about college football this fall, considering all the variables involved. The most important thing, he said, was that the nation needs to comprehensively address the pandemic.For Chicago Fire coach Raphael Wicky, the resumption of the season is a chance for his team to move on from a disappointing showing at the MLS is Back tournament. But he too emphasized the importance of individual responsibility.“Knock on wood, we never had a positive test in our team and in our club. So, I think we were very disciplined, but it’s very important that we keep doing that,” Wicky said. “Especially now, everyone’s back home. It’s summer, everyone has a life, but we tell the players, `Look, you’ve got to be very careful and you’ve got to follow the rules, wearing masks, social distancing.’”Garber said that if circumstances merit it, he won’t hesitate to pull the plug on the rest of the season.“We believe we have a good plan, we believe our players and our staff are focused on adhering to our protocols, and if we’re able to do that, we ought to be able to get our games in,” Garber said. “And if we can’t do that in a way that’s safe, and one that’s ensuring the health of our players, we’ll have to address it. If it doesn’t work then we won’t move forward.” SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img

Lack of self-esteem preventing African countries from winning World Cup – Samuel Eto’o

first_imgAfrican countries have struggled to make a significant impact at the World Cup since the first nation (Egypt) made an appearance in 1934.13 different African nations have appeared at the World Cup, with no team making it past the quarter-finals stage.Ghana’s Black Stars were a penalty away from the semis in 2010, becoming the only African side, along with Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002 to play in the World Cup quarters.. Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o believes that it’s not a lack of talent which is keeping African countries from World Cup glory.Eto’o reckons that countries on the continent suffer from low self-esteem when they go to the showpiece resulting in them falling flat.The former Barcelona striker, who is an ambassador of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar thinks that an African country can finally win the World Cup when they stop seeing themselves as inferior to the European and South American nations.“Mentalities must change. We are not inferior to anyone,” he said during a video conference.Eto’o even went as far as suggesting that Tunisia could win the next World Cup.Tunisia? They have all the means necessary to qualify, and not play just to participate. It’s an excellent team that can win the World Cup,” he said.“What we lack in Africa is self-esteem.”More from Citi Sportslast_img read more

I was lucky I wasn’t good in studies, says Pullela Gopichand

first_imgNational badminton coach Pullela Gopichand once appeared for the IIT exam but flunked and went back to focus on his badminton. He went on to become only the second Indian to win the All England title in 2001 and later guiding Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu to win Olympic medals.”My brother and I both played sports. He was fantastic in sports and now I feel that I was lucky I wasn’t good in studies,” Gopichand said while discussing how sports requires commitment from both parents and sacrifices and sometimes luck also plays a part.”He was a state champion. He wrote his IIT exam and passed. He went to IIT and stopped playing. I wrote the engineering exam and failed and I continued in sports and this is where I stand now. I think you have to be focused and even lucky sometimes,” the 42-year-old said.After retiring from the game, Gopichand decided to set up an academy. However, the journey to set up the academy was not an easy one as he faced many rejections when he went to ask for help from different quarters to arrange the finance. (Gopichand reveals sleepless nights )Talking about one such incident, Gopichand said: “I remember having gone to a certain PSU few years back. I was made to wait for three continuous days outside the room when they promised me support for badminton but after waiting from 9 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening after three days a certain officer at a high position came up to me and said that badminton doesn’t have the eyeballs to be a world sport.advertisement”That was the last day I had gone ahead and asked anybody for sponsorship. The same night I went back home and thanks to my parents and wife, we mortgaged our house and that is how the academy came up,” Gopichand said during a felicitation ceremony on Tuesday.DREAM COME TRUEIn the last 12 years since setting up his academy in Hyderabad, Gopichand produced two Olympic medallists and he said he never thought his dream to see India win an Olympic medal in badminton would come true so soon.”I started the academy in 2004 with 25 young kids. Sindhu was one of my youngest kid at about eight years and Parupalli Kashyap was the oldest at 15. When I started coaching I had this dream that India would win an Olympic medal someday. I didn’t know that we could so soon in 2012 win our first medal,” he said. (Sachin Tendulkar did not buy BMW cars for India’s Rio heroes. This guy did )”I think maybe I should retire now because my goals were all finished and done with,” he said on a lighter note.Gopichand said though he was treated badly by some people he was also thankful to the good souls who have always been there to supported him.”We have people in the ministry who have been ridiculous in their way of treating us but we also have some great souls who have supported us,” he said.”I hadn’t applied for the Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puraskar and the Padma Bhushan but few supportive officials felt that I should still be given the award. So it’s those kind of officials and people who move the sport forward.”God has been very kind in my lifetime, whenever I have had problems He has sent somebody for help,” he said.PARENTS PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLEMeanwhile, Sindhu’s father PV Ramana said that people who earlier used to criticise them for letting their daughter take sports as a career are the ones to appreciate her achievements and their sacrifices now.”When Sindhu used to leave for training sometimes at 4’o clock and sometimes at 5’o clock and afterwards when we used to go for walks so many people used to say that why are you bearing so much but the same people now say that we are so proud of your daughter”, Ramana told PTI.”Unless and until we don’t sacrifice or put in some hard work we don’t get the fruit which Sindhu has done and she has got the fruits of it,” he added.On being asked about his sacrifices, Ramana said: “As parents it’s our duty and moreover we being sports persons we know what is the importance of sports in the lives of sportsmen and how hard one has to work to come up to this level so we gave in our best to help our daughter achieve all that she deserves.advertisement”Parents instead of pressurising their kids should come forward to support them in whichever field they want and then surely the child will also try to repay it back through the hard work and my daughter has done that to me,” he concluded.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more