For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Out of favour India batsman Suresh Raina on Friday underwent knee surgery in Amsterdam which effectively rules him out of the better part of India’s domestic season which starts later this month.The 32-year-old left-hander had a niggling knee problem since last season and will require at least six weeks of intense rehabilitation for recovery.”Mr Suresh Raina went through a surgery for his knee where he is been facing discomfort for last few months. The surgery is been successful and it will require him 4-6 weeks of rehab for recovery,” Raina’s Dutch surgeon Dr H Van der Hoeven was quoted as saying.READ | Suresh Raina admits that Chennai Super Kings cannot afford to lose MS DhoniIndian cricketer Suresh Raina undergoes knee surgery (Photo Source: BCCI Twitter – @BCCI)Being touted as one of the best fielders in world cricket, Raina made his ODI debut in July 2005 against Sri Lanka at the age of 19. However, his Test debut came about five years later, in July 2010, where he stole the show with a magnificient century. He was a part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 World Cup.READ | Virat Kohli overtakes Suresh Raina to become highest run scorer in IPLSo far, Raina, the occasional off-spin bowler, has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals. He last represented India in July 2018 in an ODI against England at the Leeds.
NEEDING to win the match to stay alive in the three-match series, Pakistan successfully overcame the inertia in its ranks and put together a fine performance to demolish West Indies by 74 runs and restore parity in the three-match One Day International (ODI) series at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday.Mohammed Hafeez stumped off the bowling of Ashley Nurse (not in picture)The result was a big disappointment for the home crowd, which had turned out in their thousands, expecting a West Indies win but the visitors spoiled the party with a better show of discipline and all-round efficiency.The tourists recovered from a shaky start to post a healthy total of 282, largely due to a composed innings from man-of-the-match Babar Azam and a late flourish at the back end of the innings.In the chase, West Indies folded up for 208 in 44.5 overs despite Jason Holder’s 87-ball 68 and Ashley Nurse’s 44, making a resolute bid to salvage the match.Pakistan’s bowling was led by a career-best (5-38) from medium pacer Hasan Ali,and supported by Mohammed Hafeez (2-23) and a wicket apiece from Mohammed Amir, Junaid Khan and Shadad Khan.Jason Holder made a valiant half century © AFPDuring Pakistan’s innings Imad Wasim supported Azam during the late onslaught with an unbeaten 35-ball 43, as the duo shared 99 runs in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand in 11.2 overs,but most of the damage was done during the last seven overs in which 84 runs were scored.The 22-year-old Azam enhanced his promising reputation with his fifth ODI hundred and fourth against West Indies in five innings; he ended unbeaten on a career-best 125 off 132 balls with seven fours and three sixes.Azam was technically correct in defense and there was a display of solid strokes coupled with risk-free cricket. He was definitely the mainstay in Pakistan’s innings as batsmen around him struggled to build on starts after they slipped to 46-2 at the end of the tenth over.The hosts played with the same side that won the first ODI in dramatic fashion, while Pakistan made one change, replacing Wahab Riaz with Junaid Khan.After West Indies decided to bowl, seamers Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder were able to generate movement through the air with the new ball and hardly allowed the Pakistani openers any attacking options .To make matters worse, the visitors lost Ahmed Shehzad(5) at the end of the fifth over, caught down the leg side off Gabriel who ended with 2-50.Shai Hope continued an impressive day behind the stumps when Shoaib Malik edged behind for 9 ©AFPThree balls later,Chadwick Walton floored a simple catch off Kamran Akmal.However, the reprieve allowed only a few boundaries from Azam and Akmal before Alzarri Joseph struck in his first over when he had the latter taken in identical fashion to Shehzad, for a 27-ball 21.Azam and Hafeez were then forced to stabilize the innings with singles and a few boundaries as the third-wicket stand climbed up to 69 runs and kept the bowlers at bay.However, in a crucial juncture of play, the hosts snatched two quick wickets through spinners Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo,who both managed to get prodigious turn out of a surface that had only provided fleeting assistance to the spinners two days earlier.Nurse had Hafeez stumped down the leg-side for a laboured 32 off 50 deliveries, while Bishoo claimed the wicket of Shoaib Malik.Hasan Ali was sure he had trapped Kieran Powell lbw and the DRS proved him right © AFPCaptain Sarfraz Ahmed joined Azam and shared a stand of 55 from 59 balls to revitalize Pakistan’s innings. However, Gabriel had good reason to celebrate when he removed Ahmed for 26. That dismissal seem to have had no impact on Azam at the other end as, in company with Wasim,he went on to raise his ton off 123 balls.He reached three figures with a single off Joseph at the start of the 48th over and celebrated the landmark by kissing the turf.Thereafter, five of Pakistan’s six sixes came off the last three overs – two off the hapless Jonathan Carter in a 50th over that cost 19.West Indies run chase started in dramatic fashion with a dropped catch off Evin Lewis and four boundaries in the first three overs,but poor strokeplay proved their downfall thereafter.Jason Mohammed, West Indies’ hero of the first ODI, fell for 1 this time, to Hafeez … courtesy of an excellent catch from Sarfraz Ahmed ©AFPPakistan took full advantage of those lapses, tightening the screws and from being 22 without loss, West Indies slipped to 75-6 in the 18th over.Junaid Khan removed Walton (10), Amir trapped Lewis (13) in front, Ali claimed the wicket of Shai Hope (15) and Kieran Powell (11), while Hafeez removed Jason Mohammed (1) and Carter (12).However, Holder and Nurse provided the crowd with an entertaining seventh-wicket stand of 58 runs before Ali returned to claim the final three wickets.Pakistan celebrates a fall of West Indies wicketWith the series tied 1-1, the focus now shifts to Tuesday’s decider.SCOREBAORDPakistan inningsA Shehzad c †Hope b Gabriel 5K Akmal c †Hope b Joseph 21B Azam not out 125M Hafeez st †Hope b Nurse 32S Malik c †Hope b Bishoo 9S Ahmed*† c Walton b Gabriel 26I Wasim not out 43Extras: (b 1, lb 9, w 9, nb 2) 21Total: (5 wickets; 50 overs) 282Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-44, 3-113, 4-128, 5-183Bowling: S Gabriel 10-1-50-2, J Holder 9-0-48-0, A Joseph 9-0-69-1, D Bishoo 10-0-40-1, A Nurse 10-0-42-1, J Carter 2-0-23-0West Indies inningsE Lewis lbw b Amir 13C Walton c Hasan Ali b Junaid Khan 10S Hope† c Shadab Khan b Hasan Ali 15K Powell lbw b Hasan Ali 11J Carter lbw b Hafeez 12J Mohammed c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Hafeez 1JO Holder c Babar Azam b Hasan Ali 68A Nurse lbw b Hasan Ali 44D Bishoo lbw b Shadab Khan 16A Joseph c Azam b Hasan Ali 15S Gabriel not out 0Extras: (lb 1, w 2) 3Total: (all out; 44.5 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-27, 3-46, 4-51, 5-56, 6-75, 7-133, 8-156, 9-208, 10-208Bowling: M Amir 7-1-36-1, J Khan 6-0-41-1, H Ali 8.5-1-38-5, M Hafeez 6-0-23-2, I Wasim 7-0-29-0, S Khan 10-1-40-1
THE Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) yesterday donated a combined $1.4M towards the hosting of the South American Junior Championships, which will be held this weekend in Guyana at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora, on the West Coast of Demerara.GOA vice-president Godfrey Munroe handed over a cheque for $1M, while the GTA lived up to its promise to back the Championships by plugging $400 000 in the event. The GTA’s sponsorship package was handed over by the director himself, Indranauth Haralsingh.“We see this as a major sports tourism event and we’re happy to continue our support for events such as this which bring visitors to Guyana. We see this as potentially becoming bigger and positioning Guyana to host other such meets,” Haralsingh said as he reflected on what the event means for Guyana.GTA director Indranauth Haralsingh presents the sponsorship cheque to the AAG president Aubrey Hutson.“This means a lot for Guyana, this will create a lot of visibility for Guyana as a possible host destination for track and field meets, among other opportunities and potential for Guyana to host even swim meets, and other exciting events.”This event comes just a few months after the GTA hosted a sports tourism seminar to shed light on Guyana’s immense potential to become a sports destination, pledging its support behind any event that contributes to this initiative.In speaking on behalf of the GOA, Munroe highlighted that the nature of the event being one that targets the development of young athletes made the GOA all the more enthused to throw support behind the project.“Being a junior event it is of particular interest to the Association in ensuring that the focus is on the development of junior athletes and this is one such development. It’s going to be a mega event and we want to congratulate the AAG for undertaking the hosting,” Munroe said.This South American Junior Championships, which will be held from June 3 to 4, will be the biggest athletics meet that Guyana would have ever hosted.Over 300 athletes from across the 13 nations in the South American Athletics Confederation (CONSUDATLE) are scheduled to participate in the meet.Athletes began arriving from Wednesday afternoon and will continue coming in until today. Guyana will have a team of 50 athletes, the biggest contingent of Guyanese athletes to ever represent at any international meet.Guyanese are encouraged to come out in their numbers and support their team. Tickets are available across the country for $500. The event will begin at 10:00hrs daily at the venue.
STRADIVARIUS won the Goodwood Cup for a record fourth time under jockey Frankie Dettori yesterday.The six-year-old winner, trained by John Gosden, was conceding weight to some rivals and briefly looked short of room approaching the final furlong.But Dettori stayed calm on the 4-7 favourite, and powered clear of runner-up Nayef Road (20-1) with Santiago (15-8) finishing third.It was a joint record sixth career win in the race for the 49-year-old rider.“Stradivarius looked like he was boxed in. It was a great performance under that weight. It was a big ask and he has a big heart,” said Gosden.The Newmarket trainer had said before the race that this was “the greatest challenge” yet for Stradivarius, who carried 15lb more than the Irish Derby winner Santiago under weight-for-age rules.But the horse, who won a third Gold Cup at Ascot last month, ran out a one-length winner and will now be aimed at the Prix Foy before a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in France.“What a horse, giving 15lb away. Everybody rode to beat me and he still gets out and wins. What can you say, he’s an amazing horse,” said Dettori.The Italian was celebrating his second landmark in three days after winning a record third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot with another six-year-old, Enable, on Saturday.Glorious Goodwood’s first four days are taking place without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic, with around 4 000 racegoers allowed in on Saturday’s final day as a pilot event for crowd returning to sport.“Having two six-year-olds is a weighty responsibility, but this year we’ve had a sinister disease and it’s been nice to have old friends about,” added Gosden. (BBC Sport)
A local resident beat the odds and wound up turning Friday the 13th into a very lucky day.Yudayne Betancourt of West Palm Beach won the $5 million top prize from a LUCK scratch-off ticket she purchased from the 7-Eleven located at 3950 East Indiantown Road in Jupiter.After opting to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment, she will get $3,815,000.00.In addition, the store will receive a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.The $20 game, called $5,000,000 LUCK, launched a few months ago and features more than $329 million in cash prizes, including six top prizes of $5 million. The overall odds of winning are one-in 2.97.
President Trump is going to host the college football national champions Friday.The LSU Tigers will take a tour of the White House and then have a meeting with the President.The team was scheduled to arrive in the nation’s capital Thursday for other activities.LSU beat Clemson on Monday to claim the College Football Playoff title. They finished their season a perfect 15-0.The President and First Lady were greeted warmly with huge cheers at the game when they walked out on the field for the National Anthem.There were chants of “USA” and “four more years.”WATCH LIVE: @realdonaldtrump welcomes champion @LSUfootball Tigers to White House https://t.co/n96eBpw7vo— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 17, 2020 After hosting the LSU Tigers the President and First Lady will board Air Force One and head south to PBIA. They will arrive around 5:15 p.m. and spend the three day weekend at Mar-a-Lago with a fundraiser scheduled for tomorrow.See the President’s schedule here.
Police made a bizarre bloody traffic stop in Delray Beach on Monday. They pulled over a motorist who was drenched in blood and later connected him to a brutal stabbing death.The man, identified by police as 26-year-old Jared Noiman, is now charged with murdering his own father.On Monday, Boca Raton Police found a man with knife wounds dead in a parking garage at One Ocean Plaza.A short time later, police learned of a traffic stop in Delray Beach.Noiman told police he had been in an altercation in Boca Raton but did not say with whom. He also didn’t want to report a crime.However, police said the information and surveillance video from the crime scene led investigators to identify Noiman as a suspect, but they didn’t have enough evidence for an arrest.Later that night, Boca Raton Police stopped Noiman along Glades Road and arrested him for driving without a valid driver’s license.On Tuesday, police said Noiman came to the police department in Boca to speak with investigators. Police said he confessed to killing his father, Jay Noiman. He said the two lived out of his father’s car and they slept in the parking garage at One Ocean Plaza.Noiman told police he didn’t like the way his father treated him and had thoughts about killing him. He told police he stabbed his father and strangled him while he slept in the parking garage.Noiman is now facing charges of first degree murder. He’s due in court Wednesday morning.
SAVED BY THE FLAG—Antonio Brown fumbles the ball near the goal line while being brought down by Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler in Oakland, Calif., Sept. 23. An unnecessary roughness penalty against the Raiders was called on the play giving the Steelers a touchdown. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) The Steelers bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. After the stunning 34-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders they have to stop and take a good hard look at their defense, running game and special teams.Granted they were playing without their two best defensive players against the Raiders, with James Harrison and Troy Polamalu out with injuries, however a good team is supposed to beat a bad team without all its weapons. The Steelers defense totally broke down in the second half making Carson Palmer look like Tom Brady. He picked them apart with no pressure at all from the Steelers front line or linebackers, and the secondary couldn’t defend at all without holding the receivers. Even though the offense looked great as they marched up and down the field dominating the Raiders defense in the first half and most of the second half, two critical turnovers gave the ball to the Raiders and the defense wasn’t able to hold which led to two scores, or 14 points. And even the offense fell into its old habits failing to score in the fourth quarter.Ben Roethlisberger had great stats 36 of 49 for 384 but was ineffective in the fourth quarter as the Raiders picked up their defense against the pass, not having to worry about the run. Jonathan Dwyer and Issac Redman combined for just 26 yards on 12 carries. The receivers had a great game. Mike Wallace, 8 catches for 123 yards, Antonio Brown, 7 catches for 87 yards and Heath Miller, 8 catches for 60 yards. But for some reason the Steelers chose not to stick with the air attack late in the fourth quarter.The Steelers had four fumbles, with two leading to touchdowns, which they were not able to overcome.Their next opponent, after the bye week, will be the mysterious Philadelphia Eagles. Picked by just about everyone to be one of the best teams in the league, they have yet to put together a good game, winning their first two mostly by luck, before getting blown out Sunday by the Arizona Cardinals 27-6. This team is loaded with talent at just about every position, but has under achieved the past two years to such a degree that most believe if they don’t make it far into the playoffs Coach Andy Reid will be fired.Michael Vick is considered to be one of the better quarterbacks in the league but he hasn’t been consistent. He has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, with a QB rating of just 66.5. He has great young receivers to throw to in DeSean Jackson and Demaris Johnson, and a very solid runner in LeSean McCoy.Their defense is every bit as impressive on paper as the offense, and was actually able to keep them in the first two games against Cleveland and Baltimore. But they weren’t able to withstand all the mistakes by the offense against the under rated Cardinals.Which means this game will be huge for the 1-2 Steelers, whereas the Eagles will either be 2-2 or 3-1, depending on what they do against the New York Giants this weekend in New York.The Steelers don’t want the Baltimore Ravens, 2-1, to get too far ahead of them because last season proved how important the home field is, and the division winner gets home field in the first round of the playoffs. If the Steelers had been at home last season they would have had Ryan Clark and no way would they have lost to the Denver Broncos.Harrison, Polamalu, and Rashard Mendenhall should all be ready to play against the Eagles.A healthy Mendenhall should solve the running problem. And maybe once and for all the critics will be shut up. This guy has been one of the better backs in the league but everyone wants him to be another Franco Harris, or Jerome Bettis. He’s not. He’s a good solid back who’s going to get you 1,000 yards a year as a complimentary runner to the passing game. He combines speed and power which is the perfect fit for the new offense, especially if they run him around end instead of up the middle.Look for a mean hungry Steelers team versus the Eagles in Heinz Field after the by, because they can’t afford to drop to 1-3.
A Nelson snowboarder is looking for funding to help complete a goal of competing at the Speed Nation Canadian Finals next month (April 5-9) in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Finn Megale has been burning up the slopes this season and now has been invited to join the BC Snowboard team in Quebec.However, attending the Canadians is mostly “user-pay” proposition for members of the BC team.“Finn will compete in the U15 Men’s category, and has an excellent chance of bringing home the gold,” said father Kevin Megale, who has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds. “He has put in the effort for years, and this is his best result to date. “We are fundraising for the travel costs to get him there,” his father Kevin adds.“We would be very grateful for your support. Without sponsorship and support, Finn won’t even make it to the starting gate. “Recently, Finn Megale won a silver at the BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals at Big White Resort near Kelowna after previously capturing a pair of silver medals during the Western Canada Snowboard Cross Series at Lake Louise.Megale, 14, was one of more than 100 boarders who participated at the Western Canada Snowboard Cross Series.Megale has had his sights on snowboard cross racing since he was four years old.Last year he placed first in the BC provincials (U13), earning an invite to join the BC team in the U15 nationals where he placed eighth. Megale needs to have funds in place by (Monday) March 20 in order to secure a spot on the roster. Check out the GoFundMe link to help get Finn to Quebec.
While it’s understood that the news that Watson could relinquish control of the Warriors has sparked interest in other prospective buyers, Davys says he’s pressing ahead with his interest in the club and he’s not being swayed by who the other potential owners might be.”That’s for Eric to decide, I’m focussed on what I’m doing to be fair,” Davys said.On Thursday, Warriors great Monty Betham launched a campaign for Warriors fans to buy the club.Logistically it might be tough to organise Betham’s crowd-sourced proposal fast enough when other interested parties are already down the track with their negotiations.But whoever does take control of the club will have to demonstrate to Warriors fans that the club would be heading in the right direction.When Sir Owen Glenn had his fall out with Watson he did suggest gifting his half of the club to Warriors fans. That didn’t eventuate and he sold his share back to Watson.Davys doesn’t feel it would be appropriate if there was a seat on the board for a representative from Warriors fans if he took over, but he does understand the frustrations supporters have had.”I do and that’s why I want to buy it, I’m a fan,” he said. “I sit there every year and there’s a taste of disappointment about the club.”It’s one of the reasons why I want to buy it.”For some, Davys has been seen as a knight in shining armour, who can at last bring success to the Warriors.However, he doesn’t regard himself in that manner.”Until I do something with the club and prove myself I think the jury is still out on me,” Davys said. “I don’t want to be seen as some messiah.”Warriors managing director Jim Doyle addressed players earlier this week to inform them about the ownership situation.A new owner wouldn’t have any effect on their current contracts and the hope is that they’ll be able to concentrate on the remaining games this season. Ownership discussions are out of the control of the players and management in Auckland.Even if someone has reached an agreement with Watson, it will still take a while for the documentation to be done and nothing will be concluded until well after the current season, so the club are continuing work on signing players for 2018.Davys acknowledges that while he’s making progress, it is going to be a couple more months before there is an official announcement.”That’s just realistic,” he said. “You’re not going to shake hands and say there’s the deal, these things take time.”The first thing is getting on the same page, the second is due diligence and the third is an agreement.”Personally, I think some of the media hype around this has jumped the gun.”Doing due diligence will allow Davys to look at the books and closely examine how the club operates.”You’ve got to look at the whole operation,” Davys said. “How much they spend on their football programme, how much is spent in the commercial department.”You’ve got to look at player contracts, agreements with the NRL and different agreements with players.”These days’ player contracts are quite interesting. In the old days you’d just sign up for a term and then renegotiate a contract, but when you get someone coming towards the end of their career, you might get someone promised a job or a promise to be an ambassador.”You have to look at all of these things.” Photo by: PHOTOSPORT Caption: Warriors fans and players won’t see a resolution on the ownership situation for a couple of months.