No Rift In Indian Team Unless Players Bring It Up: Committee of Administrators

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is set to meet in the capital on Friday, but it is likely to ignore the reports of rifts between the Indian cricketers.Ever since India’s exit from the World Cup after the semi-final loss against New Zealand, there have been constant reports of rifts within the team. From talks of issues between the senior players to rumors that some senior members of the team were not happy with one cricketer breaking the ‘family clause’, there have been stories making headlines every other day. Speaking to IANS, a CoA member said that while the committee is meeting on Friday, they are unlikely to discuss the issue of rifts in the team unless the same is brought to them by the players themselves.“The CoA cannot be reacting to reports in the media. If the players have any issue, they can/should bring it up with us. As far as the committee is concerned, there is no rift till the players talk of it with us,” the member said.A senior BCCI functionary said that it was important that the CoA either addresses the news of rifts between the senior players or lay the stories to rest, adding that asking the manager for a report was always an option.“I wish the CoA would really focus on what they are required to focus on — administration. Someone in the CoA seems so hell-bent on getting involved in board politics that the real job has been left undone. We are appalled by the news of rifts in the team coming out daily and at the absence of any effort to either lay the stories to rest or to solve the issue if it really exists. Surely, the manager can be asked to submit a report since it is an administrative issue,” the board functionary said.Speaking to IANS, a board official further said that while there was news of a review that would be done by the CoA — a couple of days after India’s exit in the showpiece event — not much had been heard of in that regard either. “To try and deflect attention, sudden announcements of reviews that can’t be undertaken are made, but where are those reviews? Should the situation be allowed to disintegrate in this manner,” he enquired.Interestingly, soon after CoA chief Vinod Rai announced that there would be a review meeting on Team India’s performance in the World Cup, co-member Diana Edulji had made it clear that it wasn’t their domain to interfere in cricketing matters. (IANS)Also Read: BCCI Officials Question Committee of Administrators Urgencylast_img read more

Cricket News David Warner Slams Third Fifty-Plus Score, Australia Whitewash Sri Lanka 3-0

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: 100*,60* and 57*. This has been David Warner’s brilliant resurgence in his first series after the Ashes disaster. Warner’s 217 runs in the series without being dismissed and continued discipline from Australia’s bowlers helped Aaron Finch’s side win the final game at Melbourne by seven wickets and achieve a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in the series. With these results, Australia, who had trailed Sri Lanka for most of their head-to-head history in the format, are now level 8-8 after 16 encounters. Australia were in the driver’s seat once they chose to bowl on a sluggish wicket at the MCG.Mitchell Starc got rid of Niroshan Dickwella in the first over but Kusal Perera finally stood up and played a good knock. Kusal Mendis struggled despite hitting a six but Kane Richardson dismissed him for 13. Avishka Fernando also struggled to get going and so did Oshada Fernando but Kusal Perera hung in and ensured Sri Lanka did not lose momentum. Perera notched up his fifty but in the death overs, he was dismissed by Pat Cummins for 57. Bhanuka Rajapaksa struck some lusty blows and Lasith Malinga also hit a six off Richardson as Sri Lanka dreamt of a 150-plus score but Australia’s bowlers put up a fine performance in the death to restrict them to 142/6. In response, Aaron Finch got going with a six off Lahiru Kumara and the Australian skipper continued to clear the ropes with ease. Warner, on the other hand, benefited from a drop by Lasith Malinga off Nuwan Pradeep and Sri Lanka did not make matters easy for them when Finch was also dropped off Lahiru Kumara.Finch blasted two sixes off Shehan Jayasuriya and Lahiru Kumara and he went past Shane Watson’s tally of 83 sixes, which is the most sixes in Twenty20 Internationals by an Australian player. However, Kumara had his revenge when Finch fell for 37. Steve Smith smashed an aggressive cameo but he fell to Nuwan Pradeep for 13 thanks to a good catch from Lakshan Sandakan at deep square leg.Sri Lanka sensed an opening when Ben McDermott was trapped LBW by Lasith Malinga but Ashton Turner ensured there would be no further hiccups when he smashed a couple of sixes. Warner neared his fifty with a six over long on off Kumara and notched up his fifty with a single off Sandakan. Fittingly, it was the left-hander who sealed the whitewash when he swatted a full toss off Pradeep to the fine leg fence. Also Read | AUS Vs SL, Brisbane T20: David Warner, Steve Smith Shine As Australia Hammer Sri LankaSpeaking after the end of the match, Warner said he was happy with his form. “Our bowlers made our job easy at the top in the second game. I’m happy with my form personally. It helps getting back into form with the small total on the board. Fewer risks to take,” Warner said. Finch also heaped praise on the total team effort. “When your backs are against the wall, it’s important for the players to stand up. When you’ve got two spinners in the side in Australia, it’s different for us, and Agar and Zampa have done extremely well. It was unanimous when we thought about it (the two spinners). Agar is fantastic in the field and with the ball. Warner was outstanding – not getting out in the series is incredible, that’s what the best players in the world do: once they get in and they get on top of an attack, they keep it going, so really proud of the batting group and everyone to be fair,” Finch remarked.last_img read more

Pro Bowl 2019: Results, highlights from showcase of NFL stars

first_imgFor the third straight year, the AFC defeated the NFC in the Pro Bowl. The conference dominated from start to finish to win 26-7.Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes (156 passing yards, touchdown) and Jets’ safety Jamal Adams (sack, interception) took home the offensive and defensive game MVP awards respectively, in a game that featured many of the NFL’s best players from the 2018 season.  MORE: Super Bowl odds, picks After a fairly straightforward first half, some different looks emerged from both sides in the final 30 minutes, when players such as Saquon Barkley and Alvin Kamara lined up on defense while Melvin Ingram and Jalen Ramsey appeared on the offensive side of the ball, leading to several fun sequences of events.Sporting News provided live scoring updates and highlights from the Pro Bowl.Pro Bowl 2019: Results, highlights(All times Eastern.)NFC: 7AFC: 26Final: AFC 26, NFC 75:31 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AFC. Jaguars safety Jalen Ramsey catches a touchdown pass from Watson with 19 seconds left to pad the AFC’s advantage. The two-point conversoin attempt is no good. AFC 26, NFC 7CB ➡️ [email protected] catches the TD pass from @DeshaunWatson! #ProBowl pic.twitter.com/64v92kjwlv— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20195:30 p.m.: Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram now getting some run in at running back. 5:25 p.m.: Anthony Sherman’s big day continues. He makes the grab for a 49-yard gain. 5:23 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, AFC. Xavien Howard, who was tied for the NFL lead in interceptions, picks off Prescott’s fourth pass attempt on the drive. [email protected] with the fake pitch after the INT 💯📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/Jlz7VYLdyC— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20195:16 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, NFC. Mike Evans, who gets some run on defense, comes up with an interception. Several laterals later and the NFC will have the ball at the opposing 39-yard line.Not Dak to Coop. @Dak to HOOP!📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/u9MFWrFQzJ— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20195:09 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, NFC. The NFC finally gets on the board on a touchdown pass from Prescott to Austin Hooper. AFC 20, NFC 7Not Dak to Coop. @Dak to HOOP!📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/u9MFWrFQzJ— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20195:06 p.m.: The NFC had an easy touchdown but Dak Prescott’s pass went right off a wide open Amari Cooper’s helmet. 5:02 p.m.: Alvin Kamara and Saquon Barkley are playing on the other side of the ball and help the NFC defense get a stop. [email protected] and @Saquon… on defense! 👀📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/R011ectCNh— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2019End of third quarter: AFC 20, NFC 04:56 p.m.: NFC now has eight drives but no points as they go three-and-out. 4:47 p.m.:  Myers makes his second field goal of the game to increase the lead. Deshaun Watson led the AFC offense 57 yards down the field on the drive.  AFC 20, NFC 04:40 p.m. INTERCEPTION, AFC.  Adam Thielen throws the ball on a trick play and is intercepted by Jamal Adams. Second pick of the day for the AFC defense. . @TheAdamsEra is all over the place.He intercepts @Athielen19 on the double pass 😬📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/bHrZy3QPU4— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20194:36 p.m.:  Ezekiel Elliott takes the fake and runs for 22 yards and a first down. FAKE PUNT! @EzekielElliott runs 22 yards on 4th and 13!📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/L9ZE7IXCnQ— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20194:30 p.m.:  Myers misses a 57-yard field goal, an attempt set up by the short field.4:26 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, AFC.  Mitchell Trubisky, who entered the game at the end of the second half, is intercepted by Chris Harris Jr. on the first play of the quarter.He’s been talking about it all week … @ChrisHarrisJr with the #ProBowl PICK‼️ pic.twitter.com/WDS1cL0cR9— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 27, 2019Halftime: AFC 17, NFC 04:11 p.m.:  The NFC doesn’t get very far down the field before the half. They will start with the ball in the third quarter.4:07 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, AFC.  Myers kicks a 31-yard field goal to push the lead to two possessions.3:58 p.m.:  Luck and the AFC get a conversion on third-and-10 as we hit the two-minute warning. 3:49 p.m.:  The NFC’s offense continues to sputter as Michael Dickson’s third punt of the game lands inside the 10.3:46 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, NFC.  Luck’s pass is picked off by Kyle Fuller.. @The_Dream99 gets up in the QBs face and Kyle Fuller picks it!THAT’S Chicago Bears football!📺: #ProBowl on ESPN / ABC pic.twitter.com/rgZsO4dvog— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 27, 20193:44 p.m.:  After a three-and-out by the NFC, Andrew Luck takes over at quarterback.3:37 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AFC.  Fullback Anthony Sherman pounds it in for the AFC’s second touchdown of the game. Jets kicker Jason Myers tacks on the extra point.  AFC 14, NFC 0. @Chiefs doing work! @PatrickMahomes5 hands off to @Shermanator_42 for the TD!📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/cmJlqTWSmv— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2019End of the first quarter: AFC 7, NFC 03:31 p.m.:  AFC quickly takes over with the ball and Mahomes and Allen connect for 50 yards to get into the red zone. . @patrickmahomes5 and @keenan13allen getting that connection down!📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/Qr5Cyz7tBL— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20193:25 p.m.:  A trio of incompletions and a short run leads to the AFC turning it over on downs.3:19 p.m.:  Mahomes picks up where he left off and connects with Jared Cook for 33 yards.3:15 p.m.:  The NFC drives inside the 10 but Derwin James and the AFC come up with a goal line stand. Wilson was 3 of 3 passing for 57 yards on the drive.3:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AFC.  Mahomes finds a wide open Eric Ebron, who walks into the end zone for a quick AFC score.  AFC 7, NFC 0.. @Ebron85 just keeps scoring TDs!The AFC gets on the board first.📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/sWOGnpocqE— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20193:04 p.m.:  AFC is putting together some early chunk plays. Mahomes with completions of 18, 15, and 12 yards to James Conner, Keenan Allen and Tyreek Hill. Conner also adds a 12-yard run.  The AFC West connection! @PatrickMahomes to @Keenan13Allen for the first down.📺: #ProBowl on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/meNpGWBIKh— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20193:01 p.m.:  No kickoffs, so the AFC will start with the ball at the 25-yard line. Rain is coming down pretty hard in Orlando. 2:46 p.m.:  Mahomes would rather be in the Super Bowl, but this isn’t a bad alternative.#ProBowl @PatrickMahomes5 🔥📺: Pro Bowl | 3pm ET on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/sQT9rh8m6P— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 20192:11 p.m.:  Russell Wilson warming up under center for the NFC. 👋 @DangeRussWilsonLess than an hour until gametime!📺: #ProBowl | 3pm ET on ESPN + ABC + Disney XD pic.twitter.com/ac2jnv9Hxy— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2019last_img read more

MoA Engages Local Farmers on Rice, Cassava Project

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) through one of its food crop projects, the West African Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP-Liberia) has engaged local farmers from four counties on the production of rice and cassava to enhance the country’s food security.The counties are Bong, Mar-Gibi, Bomi and Gbarpolu.The engagement exercise started last Monday in Gbarnga, Bong County and concluded on Thursday in Bopulu, Gbarpolu County.It is expected to resume early this month with counties in the south-east.WAAPP-Liberia is a ten year agriculture program aimed at increasing rice and cassava production in the country, with funding from the World Bank and the government of Japan.It is a regional program carried out in 13 West African countries.In Liberia, the program is being implemented in eight of the fifteen counties, including Grand Gedeh, River-Gee, Maryland, Bong, and Sinoe Counties among others.In interviews with the Daily Observer newspaper at the meetings held in the above counties mentioned, farmers expressed the hope for the program to help improve their productivity and increase income generation.According to them the project should help to address some of the challenges faced by farmers in the agricultural sector.They named constraints such as inadequate provision of farming tools, poor marketing, and lack of access to land as some major obstacles confronting them in their various counties.John Lahai, a farmer in Swakoko district, Bong County stated to our reporter that WAAPP’s program was a welcome gesture in his county.“With the education received concerning the program farmers specialized in producing rice and cassava in Bong County are very happy. It is our hope that it would help us improve in farming to support our families.Lahai said that getting farm land in his county is a serious problem that requires urgent attention.“There are many in the county engaged in rubber farming instead of growing food crops. This is making land scarce for us,” he lamented.He estimated the cost for renting farmland in his county as U.S$ 500 yearly per acre. Farmer Lahai said that renting land at this price seriously reduced his annual earning.He stressed the need for government to derive a land tenure policy for agriculture to improve farmers’ income.For her part, Sarah Brown, a farmer from Margibi County, said that female farmers in her county were determined to grow more cassava for the market but are lacking tools to farm.“We would like to appeal to the ministry of agriculture and its partners to assist us with the needed tools,” she requested.In his opening statement on Monday, February 24, in Gbarnga, the acting national project coordinator of WAAPP-Liberia/Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Edward Borlor, said that the WAAPP program was designed to address challenges in the agriculture sector of Liberia in order to increase food production.He said that human resource capacity building in the sector, infrastructure upgrading, and support to local farmers in terms of the provision of improved planting materials, modern technology and the creation of a market for farmers to sell their produce are some of the input the project seek to provide.According to Borlor since the launch of the program in Liberia in November 2012, 37 students in Liberia benefited from scholarships for advance studies in agriculture and other disciplines at various African universities.He said that the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Swakoko, Bong County has also been partially revamped through the project to meet the research needs of farmers.Borloh further disclosed that the program seeks to prioritize the inclusion of up to 40 percent female farmers in order to reduce vulnerability among women in the agriculture sector.Also speaking was Assistant Minister for Extension and Research at the MoA, Paul Jallah. Mr. Jallah asked farmers to take the program seriously so they could produce more food for the country.Minister Jallah spoke to farmers in Kakata and Bopolu cities during the engagement meetings.He deliberated on the topic: “The benefit of extension for Liberian farmers.According to him, there are many farmers who want to engage in commercial farming but lack the modern technology.“The ministry will be providing tractors and power tillers and other modern equipment to ensure that farmers are able to increase their yield,” he disclosed.Speaking at the close of the meeting in Bopoplu, the superintendent of Gbarpolu County, Allen Gbowee, called on his citizens to venture into agriculture so they could make the county food secure.He welcomed the program and promised to play a monitoring role for the smooth implementation of it in Gbarpolu County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more