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India recall Sharma for Sri Lanka Tests ….uncapped Pandya included

first_img(REUTERS)-Indian recalled batsman Rohit Sharma and included uncapped all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the squad to face Sri Lanka in a three-test series starting this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday.Sharma last played in the five-day format against New Zealand in October, 2016 before he was sidelined with a thigh injury.The 30-year-old, who finished as second-highest run scorer at the Champions Trophy last month, was rested for the limited-overs tour of West Indies. He replaces Karun Nair in the 16-member squad.Pandya, a regular in India’s one-day international and Twenty20 sides, could make his test debut to support the pace bowling unit comprising Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.KL Rahul was also included after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the home test series against Australia this year.The number one Test team in the official rankings, Virat Kohli’s India side will play three tests, five one-dayers and one Twenty20 international in Sri Lanka.Full squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.last_img read more

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Cuban coach’s return a priority, says GBA boss

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will be aiming for return of Cuban boxing coach Francisco Roldan to Guyana. President of the association, Steve Ninvalle, said that the Cuban’s return is one of four priority areas for GBA while he was in discussion with the recently installed government of Guyana.The 53-year-old Roldan was first brought to Guyana in 2012 by the PPP/C government to assist in the development of local pugilists. His sojourn had a tremendous impact and he was credited with pushing this country to the top of the Caribbean ladder.However, his contract was abruptly terminated in 2015, soon after the APNU/AFC government came to office. However, last year February, through a developmental initiative forged by a partnership between GBA and Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Roldan returned to Guyana to work with the locals for approximately six months.The Olympic Association had exclusively footed the bill for Roldan’s stay in Guyana. He was then primarily tasked with preparing the country’s boxers for the Pan American Championship.In his first stint in Guyana, Roldan was responsible for preparing fighters for the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships, the South American Youth Games and Pan Am Qualifiers.“We have already placed on the table that Mr. Roldan’s return is of high priority to our association. Our intention is to work with the government and any other stakeholder to make this a reality,” Ninvalle said.Roldan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Culture and Recreation and in Boxing the High Performance Sports. While here, he was primarily supported by AIBA Three Star coaches Terrence Poole MS and Sebert Blake.Boxing has won Guyana its lone Olympic medal. Michael Parris captured a bronze medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow which remains the only Olympic boxing medal won by the English- speaking Caribbean.last_img read more

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Alderweireld admits Belgium is ‘nice change of scenery’ from Spurs chaos

first_imgMauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite bad losses against Bayern Munich and Brighton Liam posted: “They played you upfront I’m guessing? Wouldn’t of won if you played centre back! #useless”On the same note, Elliot tweeted: “All we ever did was give you our respect and want you to stay as you have been a class defender for us..but you enjoy your time with your country I’m sure in that time the paycheck from thfc will look great in your bank account. all good things come to an end..won nothing.”But one Spurs fan account joked: “Yeah well you better win us the game when the international break is over!”👀 This can mean only one thing 😁 #winningteam pic.twitter.com/3u2GZMVKE4— Toby Alderweireld (@AlderweireldTob) October 8, 2019 MANY fans and players don’t enjoy the international break but Toby Alderweireld is finding it a nice change of pace from getting beat with Tottenham.The defender is currently preparing for Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifiers while his club team figures out a way of reversing its fortunes.2 Fans claimed the pic was a cheeky dig by Alderweireld – but the cheek was mainly provided by Dries MertensCredit: Photo News 2019That is just a few wins away according to the 30-year-old, who is enjoying a fresh mindset nonetheless.Alderweireld told reporters: “A career is made of ups and downs. A few months ago, we were playing in the Champions League final.”It’s proof that everything can change very quickly, whether it’s good or bad.”You have to accept the current situation and not panic.”All we need to do is win a few games to get back on track, but I’m not hiding that being with the national team is a nice change of scenery.”Belgium will certainly find it easier to win this week than Spurs have but that is largely down to the ease of their upcoming fixtures – San Marino and Kazakhstan await in the coming days.2Tottenham meanwhile have lost four of their last five to drop them to ninth in the Premier League table.In preparing for the internationals, Alderweireld posted a snap of his “winning team” from Belgium training.Some uppity Spurs fans even thought he was taking a dig at Spurs with the Twitter pic presumably taken after a training match in Tubize.Dan asked: “Is that a dig Toby???? Thfc.”To which Graham added: “If it is he’s a big reason as any why we not winning at the mo [sic].”And Jason agreed, writing: “We don’t mind if you want stay there. You obviously don’t want to play for us anymore. We’ll chuck in the kids at least they’ll get a sweat on.”Latest Footy NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titlelast_img read more

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HURLING: BUNCRANA EDGE OUT EUNANS IN U14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ‘HUMDINGER’!

first_imgBuncrana 5 04; St. Eunan’s 4 02.The spectators in Convoy’s Centre of Excellence for the county ‘A’ hurling final were treated to fine weather, fine drama and to great commitment from all thirty plus players.Buncrana won it in the final minute with a goal from Cathal Óg Wilson. It could so easily have gone the other way. Not thirty seconds earlier a strike from Eunan’s excellent Shane O’Donnell had goal written all over it but for high heroics from the Buncrana keeper, Óisín Kelly. The final minute reflected drama from the throw in by referee Hugo Wallace.Buncrana got the scoreboard ticking with a point from Aaron Craig. Shane O’Donnell got his first of three goals and followed with a couple of points.Aaron Craig on twenty minutes hit the Eunans net. Niall O’Doherty followed with a point for the Scarvey boys.When Letterkenny’s Ethan Doherty rattled the Buncrana goal Eunans had taken control. The Buncrana mums and dads looked worried. Their sons had swept all before them up till this point. They were League and County Féile champs and favourites to complete the treble.The O’Donnell Park manager, Gordon Randles’ boys were fighting tooth and claw and led by a goal with halftime beckoning. Matty Mulholland a touch of class from Inis Eoghain then nets and equalizes . The end of the first half. All square.Early after the restart Eunans miss from the penalty spot. Buncrana get another three pointer through Cathal Óg .Eunans step up to the mark: Shane O’Donnell’s two strikes score to the value of six points. The Letterkenny lads lead by a goal. Buncrana mammies are more worried. Niall O’Doherty points a free. The difference is two points. Jason McLaughlin’s fine goal leaves Buncrana a point to the good. Eunans attack : wide, wide, save. And again attack, attack, spectacular save. Ryan Hegarty points for Buncrana .The last sixty seconds will live long in the spectators’ memories. Both squads shone. Managers Cathal Wilson and Gordon Randles and their coaching teams have very fine players for the future. Both teams were praised by the Donegal County Minor Board for a terrific game of sporting hurling.HURLING: BUNCRANA EDGE OUT EUNANS IN U14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ‘HUMDINGER’! was last modified: June 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:14 HUrling ChampionshipbuncranadonegalSt Eunanslast_img read more

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