It has been 10 years already since Lalit Modi’s brain-child, the Indian Premier League , took the world of cricket by storm and has since left the Indian audience fighting internal struggles: which is more important, country or city? Success at the inaugural World T20 brought along with Indian’s fairy-tale love story, the concept of cheerleaders. WATCH VIDEO What the well-meaning layman in this country of 1.2 billion people understood by that is completely different, ‘scantily clad white women dancing to pulsating music’.Numerous debates and verbal battles aside on the morality of it all and its linearity with Indian values, things have changed, a lot. The Indian Premier League has moved on from treating these cheerleaders as just props and showpieces to place at the boundary ropes to do what actually they are supposed to, cheer the action on the field, every four, six or wicket.The cheerleaders themselves have evolved, with first Indian women being included, then finally the advent of the less fairer sex, men. Although it coincided with Lalit Modi’s exit after the third season and the emergence of the Pune Warriors India (PWI) from 2011. They introduced cheerleaders, who exuded elegance in sarees.From season 2 itself teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings started their own cheerleader hunts.The Shah Rukh Khan -owned Kolkata franchise, decided to go the route of a reality show with then captain Sourav Ganguly handpicking the squad. Chennai Super Kings also started their own search for cheerleaders with a reality show of their own.advertisementMoral policing and misconstrued opinions have plagued the cheerleaders from the very start. Former Shiv Sena chief, Bal Thackeray said cheerleaders were introduced to “seduce” the crowd. Shatrughan Sinha, actor turned politician, felt it was a mockery of cricket.Then comes the mother of all IPL cheerleader controversies. Gabriella Pasqualotto. She blogged about “flirtatious” and “inappropriate” behaviour from cricketers and even named some of them.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) then barred the cheerleaders from interacting with the cricketers during the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.But, that did not deter an IPL cheerleader from revealing her league experience on the social networking website Reddit . The IPL cheerleader, who chose to be anonymous and went by the moniker ‘IPLCheer’, participated in Reddit’s AMA (ask me anything) live chat to disclose the experience and hazards of her jobs.The league and the ones dancing and cheering the ever-thinning crowds at IPL venues have seemed to have moved on. The sleeves are still longer, the chest is no longer the most exposed and the shorts have lost their reason to named thus anymore. The cheerleaders’ costumes are seen as a canvas for advertisement and overall brand exposure. The best example of such costumes would be the Royal Bangalore Challengers’ cheerleaders, who have among them, a man dressed as Captain Morgan, serving as an advertisement for the liquor brand.However one questions the presence of cheerleaders on the cricket field, but the passion they have shown over the years stands out in the age of players changing teams every season. There have been times when bad performances from a team brought their cheerleaders to tears and visibly upset. A case-in-point is Kolkata Knight Rider’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator at the Feroze Shah Kotla last year.Having said all that, just think about the IPL without cheerleaders. It takes away a bit of the charm, glamour and fun you associate with the tournament, right?
Istanbul, Sept 28 (AFP) Turkey’s newspapers on Friday blasted the decision of UEFA to award the Euro 2024 football tournament to Germany over a rival Turkish bid, saying it had been “stabbed in the back” and taking particular aim at UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.The handing of the tournament to Germany came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the country for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel aiming to mend battered ties.The leadership in Turkey has, so far, been relatively tight-lipped over Thursday’s decision by UEFA, with only Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu emerging to say that the country had “lost nothing”.But the papers were universally scathing over the disappointment, the fourth time that Turkey has lost out on the right to host the Euro.”It’s not just. UEFA gave its support to racism,” said the Yeni Safak daily, a strong supporter of Erdogan.It referred to the scandal that broke out when Turkish-origin German player Mesut Ozil quit national team duty in the wake of the World Cup in a row over alleged racism in Germany’s football federation after he met the Turkish president.”UEFA was expected to make a stance against racism and discrimination but did the exact opposite and gave the event to Germany which has been under the shadow of racism,” the paper said.”Nothing changes in Europe’s head,” sighed the Turkiye daily. “Turkey experienced disappointment for the fourth time.” “We did not lose. Europe lost,” said Takvim. Sports daily Fotomac described the voting as a “dirty game”.advertisementAn evaluation report by Uefa, in the build up to the Euro announcement, had stated several positive active aspects to Turkey’s bid but also that it had risks, including the lack of an action plan in the area of human rights.- ‘Lost in one night’ -=======================Turkey’s disappointment also comes after Istanbul in 2013 lost out to Tokyo on hosting the 2020 Olympics. Turkey is now turning its attention to a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in its northeastern city of Erzurum.Press owned by the Demiroren Group, which is chaired by Yildirim Demiroren, who is also the president of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), lashed out at UEFA chief Ceferin.”He stabbed us in the back,” said Milliyet, one of the flagship titles of the Demiroren Media Group.”We lost it in one night,” said Hurriyet, also owned by Demiroren, accusing Ceferin of swaying committee members on Wednesday night so that a 9-7 advantage for Turkey turned into a 4-12 loss.”It was a Germany operation from Ceferin,” said Fanatik, the sports daily of the Demiroren Group.”After the decision, the very surprised TFF delegation showed its response to Ceferin,” the paper added, without giving details.The Demiroren family earlier this year took over key titles like Hurriyet and Fanatik from another family industrial holding, the Dogan Group, in what commentators saw as a further narrowing of freedom of expression in Turkey.Yildirim Demiroren, a staunch supporter of Erdogan, has led the TFF since 2012. AFP BSBS
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brian Stock joins Bournemouth academy coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bournemouth midfielder Brian Stock has joined the club’s academy coaching staff.Bournemouth have appointed Stock as the under-14s lead coach.The former midfielder made over 150 appearances for the Cherries between 2000 and 2006. He said, “Calling time on my footballing career was a very tough decision, however with this opportunity at the club where I started my journey and a club so close to my heart made it an easy one! “I’m looking forward to working with all the academy staff and players at AFC Bournemouth and am excited at starting a new chapter in my career.”
CALGARY – Discounts on Canadian crude oil widened to multi-year highs on Wednesday as oil and gas executives took turns at a conference pointing out Canada’s competitiveness gap in attracting energy investors.Prices for both Western Canada Select, an oilsands bitumen blend, and Edmonton Sweet crude oil fell relative to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate because of a lack of pipeline capacity, growing production from the oilsands and a reduction in demand due to U.S. refinery maintenance shutdowns, said Tim Pickering, founder of price tracker Auspice Capital in Calgary.“All of those things have culminated into a system that is completely overloaded,” Pickering said.“Anything people can move out, they’re moving out, but we’ve basically just got the perfect storm.”He said the WCS differential grew to as much as US$48 per barrel on Wednesday morning, the highest since at least 2011, and the Edmonton Sweet differential was at US$27.50 per barrel, a multi-year high that’s more than three times its typical size.On the sidelines of the Energy Roundtable conference in Calgary, meanwhile, CEO Kevin Neveu of Precision Drilling Corp. said the differentials are having an immediate chilling effect on companies’ ability to fund drilling budgets in Canada.“It’s proportionate to the cash flow. So if (a drilling customer) expected a netback of $50 Canadian or $55 or $60 and they’re only getting $45 or $50, they’ll adjust back to that outlook quickly, within the quarter,” he said.He said the drilling industry in Canada is headed for activity this year in line with 2017, which was the second-worst year for drilling profitability after a disastrous 2016.In a speech later at the conference, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi acknowledged there have been “setbacks” for the Canadian oil and gas sector, notably a court’s overturning of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approval. But he also cited the signing of a free trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico and a final investment decision by partners in the $40-billion LNG Canada project as recent positives.He told reporters later when asked about high differentials that he feels “frustrated” that no new oil pipelines have been built to take Alberta resources to markets other than the United States.“The amount of revenue we are losing as a country because we don’t have access to non-U.S. markets is absolutely unacceptable and we need to do better and we are committed to do better,” he said.He defended Ottawa’s decision not to appeal the Trans Mountain decision because that would take longer than bowing to the court’s requirement to refer shipping issues to the National Energy Board and fill in gaps in Indigenous consultation on the pipeline.Earlier, Doug Suttles, CEO of Encana Corp. said government policy is making Canada an uncompetitive place to drill for oil and gas.“Today, every well we drill in British Columbia, we pay over $100,000 in carbon tax just on the diesel used to drill and complete that well,” he said during a speech at the conference.“Those products are largely moving to markets in the United States. In the United States, we don’t pay a dollar of carbon tax.”Calgary-based Encana is focused on two major oil and gas plays in Western Canada and two in the southern United States.Due to corporate tax cuts under U.S. President Donald Trump, Suttles pointed out Encana also pays higher income taxes in Canada than it does in the U.S.“As a Canadian, it’s easy to get really down,” said Ian Dundas, CEO of Enerplus Corp., a Calgary-based company with 90 per cent of its production in North Dakota and little in Canada.“We’ve let the Americans outcompete us and outregulate us and we find ourselves in this position.”He said the solution is to stop making the situation worse — citing Ottawa’s Bill C-69 to reform the NEB and its proposed clean fuel standards as examples of that — and start coming up with ways to help Canadian companies compete with U.S. rivals.He added he hopes next year’s federal election encourages the public to discuss changes to national energy policies.Follow @HealingsSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA, TSX:PD, TSX:ERF)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances is asking a court to invalidate more than $6 billion worth of debt issued by the U.S. territory.The board announced late Monday that the debt includes all general obligation bonds issued in 2012 and 2014 in “clear violation” of debt limits established by Puerto Rico’s Constitution. It also said the debt issued violates balanced budget requirements because the money was used to finance deficit spending.The board’s finding comes after a lengthy investigation that began in September 2017 of all debt issued by Puerto Rico.Economist Jose Caraballo told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the board’s decision is a milestone.It is unclear when a judge would rule on the motion that Caraballo said gives the government bargaining power.The Associated Press
Kolkata: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has seized a huge quantity of explosive materials from Saltora in Bankura. However, CID sleuths were unable to secure any arrest as the accused persons had fled the scene just before police arrived.According to CID sources, sleuths got a tip on Wednesday that a huge quantity of explosive materials was being stored somewhere in Saltora. Working on the information, sleuths came to know about a village called Kastora in Saltora in the evening. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersImmediately, a CID team assisted by local police raided the village. During the search operation a warehouse was found, which was filled with sacks and cartons. After opening the cartons, sleuths were stunned to see the explosive materials. The CID team also spotted an abandoned SUV and a bike near the warehouse. During the ensuing search and seizure procedure, a huge consignment of explosives was recovered. During documentation, CID personnel found 52,500 pieces of electric detonators, 106 cartons of gelatin sticks (power gel) and 133 sacks of ammonium nitrate. The abandoned SUV and bike were also seized. Sleuths are trying to identify the owners of the vehicles. During investigation sleuths came to know that the explosive materials were being procured from Orissa, Telangana and Jharkhand. It is suspected that the explosive materials might have been procured for use in illegal stone quarries. However, all aspects are being checked to ascertain whether any anti-national movement was being organised in the area.
Jaipur: Unapologetic about ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler in an IPL match here, senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said his decision was “instinctive” and cricket laws should be reconsidered if what he did was against the ‘spirit of the game’. Kings Xi Punjab captain Ashwin, in a match against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, ‘Mankaded’ rival batsman Jos Buttler, triggering a debate on ‘spirit of the game’. In a first in 12 editions of the IPL, Ashwin ran out a rampaging Buttler, who was at the non-strikers’ end, on his delivery stride in the 13th over, an action popularly known as ‘Mankading’. TV replays showed that Ashwin had waited for Buttler to move out of the crease before removing the bails. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Look it was very instinctive. It wasn’t planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t know from where the understanding of the Spirit of the Game comes,” Ashwin said at the post-match press conference. The mode of dismissal is permissible as per ICC Rule 41.16 of playing conditions, according to which there is no need to warn the batsman as was the case in earlier times. “Naturally if it’s there in the rules, it’s there. Probably, we need to go back to the rules,” India’s premier Test spinner said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhen reminded of a past incident when former West Indian skipper Courtney Walsh let off Pakistan’s Saleem Jaffer in crucial 1987 World Cup match at Lahore in a similar situation, Ashwin retorted sharply. “Neither was Jos Buttler playing then nor was I playing. So it is very very pertinent to just not compare two people,” he said. When probed further on whether it affects the ‘spirit of the game’, the irritation was palpable on his face. “I don’t understand the point because it’s rules. What applies for one man doesn’t apply for everyone else?” he asked. There has been a debate whether Ashwin deliberately delayed while loading up on his delivery stride having apprehended that Buttler backs up too far. “I didn’t even load and he left the crease. It’s always been my take on the crease, because it’s my half of the crease,” he said. The Kings XI skipper lauded his bowlers for bringing the team back into the contest. “We all know that after six overs it is going to slow down. Credit to bowlers on how they bowled. I have been working on a lot of variations, pretty happy that it came out,” he said. “Sam (Curran) had a bad day with the ball, but he came back well. Everybody ticked their boxes. We do have a few options amongst us, but if we can have good five overs, there is nothing like it.” Moving away from the controversy, Ashwin said the over from Sam Curran was the turning point of the match. “The over from Sam Curran and then of Mujeeb Ur Rehman was the turning point, we grabbed two-two wickets in them. The asking rate comes down to below 10 and as far as I remember, the Royals needed 37-38 runs from four overs. The game was very much in their hands but the four quick wickets brought us back into the game,” said Ashwin. “The surface got better when they were batting. The ball was holding on when we had batted,” he added. Man-of-the-match Chris Gayle, who hit 79 off 47 balls, said he was happy with his form. “This is a big ground to be honest. I have been in a good form, so it was good to start on a winning note. Sarfaraz (Khan) got some runs today, which was really good. “One thing we discussed before the tournament was to win this IPL for the Universe Boss (referring to himself) and the youngsters have got my backing,” he signed off.
Former Buckeye and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (19) during practice on Jan. 21, in preparation for the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State’s football season might be over, but a handful of Buckeyes are preparing for the biggest sporting event of the year. On Sunday, five former standouts from OSU will be competing in Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.Wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Ted Ginn Jr., safety Kurt Coleman and left guard Andrew Norwell are suiting up for the Panthers, while cornerback Bradley Roby plays for the Broncos. All are key contributors and could very well be deciding factors in Sunday’s highly anticipated showdown.Looking at the former Buckeyes, each have played integral roles in helping their conference champion squads to this point. The Panthers had big questions surrounding their offense before the season began, but those have since been answered in large part thanks to Brown, Ginn and Norwell.Former Buckeye and Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby (29) sprints out of the end zone after an interception in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 24 in Denver. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn an offensive system that likes to spread the ball around, Brown and Ginn served as two much-needed playmakers, combining for 75 receptions, 1,186 yards and 14 touchdowns. In the NFC Championship Game, Brown reeled in a career-long 86-yard touchdown catch, while the nine-year veteran Ginn provided an electrifying 22-yard run in Carolina’s 49-15 rout of the Arizona Cardinals. Both Buckeye wideouts will try to take the top off the Broncos defense, something the former OSU receivers have been able to do throughout the season.Down in the trenches, Norwell helps anchor an offensive line that was supposed to be the weakest link on the team. Thanks in part to the much-improved second-year guard, the Panthers have one of the strongest rushing attacks in the league, and it has kept quarterback Cam Newton upright (hit only 61 times, third-fewest in the NFL) and “dabbing” on the way to what should be his first MVP award.Former Buckeye and Carolina Panthers receiver Corey Brown (10) goes up for a catch during the NFC Championship Game against Arizona on Jan. 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Credit: Courtesy of TNSColeman, in his first year with the Panthers, was signed in the offseason with the goal of reigniting a career that many thought was nearing its end after just six years. Not only did he silence that talk, but the Clayton, Ohio, native led the team with seven interceptions and recorded two more picks in Carolina’s victory over Arizona.Joining Coleman in the defensive ranks is Roby, who was Brown’s college roommate. Roby has been fantastic for the Broncos since arriving in 2014, collecting three interceptions with 23 passes defended, including a game-winning scoop-and-score in Week 2 this season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although he’s officially Denver’s third cornerback, he is rarely ever not on the field. Roby will likely line up across from Brown at times on Sunday, a matchup that’s worth keeping an eye on.From the look of it, this Super Bowl has all the makings of a classic, especially in the eyes of the OSU faithful. It’s a rare occurrence to have five starters from one school competing for a championship, and it’s not something that should be taken for granted.The Scarlet and Gray’s football season might have ended back on Jan. 1, but their season comes back to life on Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m. thanks to their former star players.
Redshirt-junior Hunter Stieber (left) is set to make his return from injury for the Buckeyes at the Big Ten Championships, beginning March 7 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSince Hunter Stieber and Nick Tavanello went down with injuries on Jan. 11, the Ohio State wrestling team hasn’t had its full starting lineup. But that trend is set to change.Both wrestlers are set to be back at 100 percent for the Big Ten Championships on March 7-8.Stieber (1-2) has wrestled just three matches this season, missing time with an elbow injury. His first attempt to come back was against Penn State and although he hung on to win the match, he reinjured himself and missed the next nine dual meets.Since then, Stieber has been working his way back to full strength and said he simply wants to get back doing what he loves.“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is competing again and doing the best that I can to help us win a team title,” the redshirt-junior said. “Practices have been a lot of cardio and strength exercises for me so now I’m excited to actually wrestle.”The No. 5 Buckeyes recently lost in the quarterfinals of the National Duals by three points. But that was with Stieber still out of the lineup, and Tavanello back at less than 100 percent.With a full lineup, Stieber said he believes the team has what it takes to win the Big Ten and national titles, but everyone must do their part.“To have a full lineup is very important and we are going to need all 10 guys doing their part,” the 149-pounder said. “It’s exciting that we are all back and even more so that it’s the most fun part of the season.”Stieber is a two-time All-American and has finished sixth and third in his first two seasons for the Buckeyes. He was a Big Ten Champion his sophomore year and entered the NCAA tournament as the top seed.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, a three-time national champion and Hunter’s older brother, said he and the team are looking forward to getting him back.“I’m excited for my brother’s return,” the older Stieber said. “We’ve all missed him and for him to return and for us to field a full lineup at Big Ten’s is encouraging.”In order for Hunter Stieber to qualify for nationals this year, he said he will have to earn it in the Big Ten Championships.“It looks like I will have to place in the top six at Big Tens to qualify for nationals, but I’m just glad to be able to get on the mat and wrestle again,” Stieber said.Even with being out for such a long period of time, coach Tom Ryan said he believes if anyone can make a run at a title after being injured, it’s Hunter Stieber.“Being out all year makes this extremely challenging for him,” Ryan said. “The good news is he is not your average competitor.”Redshirt-sophomore Nick Tavanello (left) made his return from injury in the National Duals for OSU and is expected to be 100 percent for the Big Ten Championships.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsTavanello (13-8), a redshirt-sophomore, is also looking to be back to full health by the time the Big Ten Championships roll around. The heavyweight made his return last weekend in Iowa after missing more than a month of action with a knee injury — because the team needed a win to advance at the National Duals — but lost in sudden victory overtime.Tavanello, who is currently ranked No. 12 in the country, said he is happy to be back helping his teammates.“It wasn’t fun sitting out and missing all of the trips this season, but it’s good to be back and I’m hoping to contribute as much as I can for the team and to finish this season strong,” Tavanello said.As to how he has worked his way back, he said he followed a strict diet so he could come back the same as he left, despite not being able to move as well physically.“I’ve been working out, lifting and doing what I needed to do to get back and my recovery went pretty fast,” Tavanello said. “I also didn’t put on any extra weight as you see with a lot of guys going through injuries.”Before last weekend’s 21-18 loss to Lehigh, the Buckeyes won nine straight dual meets. Tavanello said the team’s success has motivated him to get better.“Everything this team has done has influenced me to work harder to get back so I can contribute to the season they’ve had,” he said. “We’re a close group of guys and we have each other’s backs and we’re going to keep pushing forward.”Ryan said having Tavanello back could be crucial to the team getting the necessary points to win the upcoming tournaments.“Nick played a critical role last season in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournament,” Ryan said. “Every point is going to matter. Nick’s points are capable of being the difference for the team.”The wrestling Bucks are set to host the Big Ten Championships from March 7-8 at St. John Arena.
Manchester United will have to secure the services of more players who are as great as Arturo Vidal’s if the club wants to compete for trophies this season, says Chilean Alexis Sanchez.Even though United have signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot from Porto, Sanchez believes more big signings are still needed.In the same, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hopes to bolster his defensive ranks before summer transfer Deadline Day on Thursday as Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng could be on their way to Old Trafford.“At United we have to sign big players, with experience,” Sanchez told Sky Sports.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile.“He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.“From what I’ve seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we’ll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game.”