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first_imgNew Delhi: After putting up a sensation display against India, Afghanistan will be locking horns against another Asian team Bangladesh in encounter 31 of the ongoing World Cup on Monday. The pitch at The Rose Bowl suited their play and they would love the fact that their next game is also at the same venue. Interestingly, it is been speculated that the game will be played on the same wicket, which means it will be on a slower side. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are coming off a defeat at the hands of Australia in a high-scoring encounter and are in a must-win situation to keep their semi-final hopes alive.The Tigers weren’t up to the mark with the ball in their previous outing and will need to up their game soon. They have now conceded big totals like 386 and 381 bowling first leaving too much to do for the batsmen. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain might return to the playing XI if they are fit. As far as Afghanistan are concerned, they might go in unchanged after a brilliant outing against India.With this, News Nation brings to you as what could be the best fantasy XI for the encounter between Bangladesh and Afghanistan:Wicket-Keeper: Mushfiqur RahimBatsmen: Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mahmudullah, Soumya SarkarAll-Rounder: Mohammad Nabi and Shakib Al HasanBowlers: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur RahmanTeams:BangladeshTamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain/Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun.AfghanistanHazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Aftab Alam, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Marnus Labuschagne scored his fourth century in five matches as Australia dominated a New Zealand side ravaged by illness and missing captain Kane Williamson to reach 283 for three on the first day of the third and final Test yesterday.With the series already lost after heavy defeats in Perth and Melbourne, the Black Caps were rocked when Williamson, batsman Henry Nicholl and spinner Mitchell Santner were ruled out of the match by a flu virus.Australia had never needed an invitation to plunder runs over this series and the makeshift New Zealand attack was duly put to the sword on a mostly sunny day when the smoke from the bushfires stayed away from the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).Labuschagne looked immovable as he hit a magnificent 130 not out to add to the innings of 185 and 162 he registered against Pakistan in November and the 143 he scored against New Zealand in the first Test.The 25-year-old piled on the runs in a third-wicket partnership of 156 with Steve Smith (63) and will resume today with Matthew Wade, who had scored 22 not out off 30 balls by the close of play.“It’s rare that you play an away team with five changes but that’s the circumstances they have with the sickness,” said Labuschagne.“It was a nice day out there and a good day for Australia … I’m just trying to keep it in the moment, just focus on each ball.”Tom Latham was named New Zealand captain in Williamson’s absence and his first act was to lose a toss the tourists would have been desperate to win after selecting two spinners and dropping paceman Tim Southee.With Southee’s usual strike partner Trent Boult ruled out by injury, New Zealand started a Test for the first time in more than a decade without one of the pair or Williamson in the side.Colin de Grandhomme, who took the new ball with Matt Henry, played a part in all three wickets to fall, first having opener Joe Burns caught in the slips off an outside edge for 18.David Warner departed for 45 three balls after lunch when quick Neil Wagner fired a delivery down the leg side that the Australian opener steered to gully for de Grandhomme to take a fine catch.Wagner has dismissed Smith four times in four innings this series and the former Australia captain was so determined not to make it five that he took 39 deliveries to get on the board.The biggest cheer of the first two sessions came when Labuschagne tore off down the wicket for a hurried single that finally got Smith off the mark.Labuschagne had a nervous spell on 99 but a four, his eighth, to fine leg finally got him to the century mark for the fourth time in 14 Tests.Smith eventually fell to de Grandhomme and the second new ball, the world’s second-ranked Test batsman clearly furious with himself after leaving his bat out and watching the ball ping off it and into the hands of Ross Taylor at first slip.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsDavid Warner c Colin de Grandhomme b Neil Wagner 45Joe Burns c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 18Marnus Labuschagne not out 130Steven Smith c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 63Matthew Wade not out 22Extras: (lb-3, nb-1, w-1) 5Total: (three wkts, 90 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-95, 3-251.Bowling: Matt Henry 21-1-68-0 (w-1), Colin de Grandhomme 18-1-63-2 (n-1), Neil Wagner 21-6-48-1, William Somerville 13-0-52-0, Todd Astle 17-0-49-0.last_img read more

first_img COMMENT Danish Ansari Written By Floyd Mayweather’s UFC returnFans have been waiting for a Floyd Mayweather return ever since he last came out of retirement in 2017 and defeated UFC star McGregor in a money-spinning boxing showdown. Floyd Mayweather is reportedly keen to earn another huge payday. He teased a potential fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov ever since the latter submitted Conor McGregor in a neck crank the following year. Khabib’s manager later opened up on the situation and said that Floyd Mayweather to this day keeps begging to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, but Khabib looks for an MMA showdown, rather than competing in a boxing match. A Floyd Mayweather UFC debut had been teased on several occasions in the past as the boxer has previously suggested he would one day move into the sports of mixed martial arts in some capacity. Having said that, Floyd Mayweather finally seems ready to make a much-anticipated debut next year as he made this announcement on Instagram. LIVE TV Floyd Mayweather is regarded the most talented boxer of this era who has shown an unprecedented mix of efficiency, movement, explosive power and most of all, his natural instincts every time that he stepped in a boxing ring. Known for an astonishing undefeated record of 50-0, Floyd Mayweather is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world today and has topped the list of 50 highest-paid athletes on multiple occasions. SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 22nd November, 2019 13:43 IST Floyd Mayweather Net Worth, Salary, Reported UFC Debut Date And Fight Floyd Mayweather net worth: The boxing legend has announced coming out of retirement and making his UFC debut. Get details on UFC debut, salary, worth. FOLLOW US Let us know in the comments who do you think would be Floyd Mayweather’s UFC debut opponent and keep updated with us for latest on Floyd Mayweather return.Also Read | Will Conor McGregor And Floyd Mayweather Fight Inside The Octagon? If the first post hinted that something was brewing in the works but was not evident enough to imply that he was indeed working with Dana White for a potential UFC fight, Floyd Mayweather followed up with another post where he officially announced coming out of retirement next year and have a potential fight. But, this time, fans can expect Floyd Mayweather to compete inside the octagon. As for his opponent, a likely bet would rather be a rematch against Conor McGregor then Khabib Nurmagomedov. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 22nd November, 2019 13:43 IST Floyd Mayweather net worthAccording to The Richest, Floyd Mayweather has a net worth that currently stands at an estimated $565 million. One night against Conor McGregor was all it took for Floyd “Money” Mayweather to exceed his combined worth when he had the biggest payday worth around $275 million, as reported by Forbes.Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Conor McGregor An “idiot”, Calls For People To Ignore HimFloyd Mayweather salaryAccording to Forbes, Floyd Mayweather bagged a total of $250 million, thanks to his fight with Conor McGregor, whereas, his earlier fight against Manny Pacquiao earned him a total $180 million. A huge portion of his income also comes from his numerous sponsorship deals and various business ventures.Also Read | UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz Salary Revealed Also Read | Katrina Kaif Hinted At A Collaboration With Floyd Mayweather? Read All Detailslast_img read more

first_img Written By First Published: 24th December, 2019 19:34 IST Also Read | Gerrit Cole Clicked By Wife In New York, All Smiles Ahead Of Big Yankees UnveilingMarshawn Lynch goes ‘Beast Mode’ ahead of Seattle Seahawks returnMarshawn Lynch played his last two seasons with Oakland Raiders and returned to the NFL for Seattle Seahawks. Tareq Azim, who also has experience in boxing and mixed martial arts, informed that Marshawn Lynch went ‘hood’ on preparation. The sessions were a hardcore one as Azim made Marshawn Lynch go through some aggressive core workout. Both, Azim and Marshawn Lynch went through a muscular and cardiovascular fortitude which focused a lot on “activation and acclimation”.Also Read | Luke Shaw Labels Wins Against Tottenham, Man City ‘pointless’ After Watford Loss Last Updated: 24th December, 2019 19:34 IST Marshawn Lynch Went ‘Beast Mode’ For His Seattle Seahawks Comeback, Secret Training Regime Azim stated “The one thing I can tell you is you can be 100 per cent certain that Marshawn Lynch well aware of what his body can and can’t do,” Read more FOLLOW US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT Marshawn Lynch’s exceptional comeback to Seattle Seahawks came a bit earlier than excepted as the Seahawks were two running backs down after their Sunday NFL clash. It is, however, reported that Lynch got a gist that his side may need him back beforehand and started the preparation of his comeback a couple of weeks earlier. Lynch who is also known as “Beast Mode”, made a name for himself in Seattle and was out of action for 14 months. Marshawn Lynch’s long-time coach, Tareq Azim, informed that Lynch underwent 16 sessions in the span of eight days in San Francisco. Also Read | Son Heung-min Has More Red Cards In 2019 Than Eric Cantona Did In Whole Man United Career As mentioned on NFL’s official website, Azim stated, “The one thing I can tell you is you can be 100 per cent certain that Marshawn Lynch well aware of what his body can and can’t do,” The coach further stated that Marshawn Lynch made a choice to contribute to a team and a city that’s given him a lot. According to Azim, Marshawn Lynch’s true test of anything is going to be this week. He added, “If anybody can do it — it’s the reason he’s called Beast Mode, right?” Also Read | Kylian Mbappe Tired Of Being Treated Like A Kid By PSG Manager Thomas Tuchel Abhishek Shetty SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

first_imgThe Vikings have taken a considerable step back in multiple offensive categories this season despite signing quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, fully-guaranteed $84 million contract this offseason. The Vikings announced Tuesday they have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.Kevin Stefanski has been named interim offensive coordinator and will handle play-calling duties. This comes one day after Minnesota lost to the Seahawks 21-7, failed to score until the fourth quarter and went the second consecutive game without putting up 300 total yards.Minnesota has failed to eclipse the 300-yard mark in four of its last five games. Related News Minnesota ranks 17th in yards per game and 20th in points per game. The Vikings are 30th in rushing yards per game.DeFilippo was hired as the Vikings offensive coordinator this offseason after serving as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach for the last two years.Pat Shurmur was the Vikings OC from 2016-17. He took the head coaching job with the Giants this offseason. Three takeaways from the Seahawks’ dominant win over the Vikingslast_img read more

first_imgGareth Davies has given Wales a huge boost after being declared fit for Friday’s Six Nations opener against France.Scrum-half Davies had been expected to miss the clash at the Stade de France after suffering a quadriceps injury during the Scarlets’ European Champions Cup match with Racing 92 earlier this month. @WelshRugbyUnion kick off the 2019 #GuinnessSixNations in the first match of the Championship in Paris!Get the 2019 fixtures https://t.co/ecxpnOE4mW pic.twitter.com/OfHak2Gjf1— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) January 27, 2019The return of Moriarty was also a big plus for McBryde, who added: “We have taken a few knocks in the back row, but to have someone of Ross’ standing is great.”He’s dynamic, he is still developing as a young player. He is good to have. He never takes a step back, so to have someone of Ross’ ability is massive.”The positive news means only Leigh Halfpenny (concussion), Scott Williams (ankle), Rhys Patchell (hamstring) and Leon Brown (broken thumb) will miss the trip to the French capital. Last week, coach Warren Gatland said Davies was “unlikely” to face Les Bleus, but he has made a swift recovery and is available for selection in Paris.Davies is not the only player back in contention, with Dan Biggar, Ross Moriarty, Adam Beard, Cory Hill, Liam Williams, Josh Adams, Tomas Francis and Elliot Dee also available.”It [the injury list] is not as lengthy as last week,” Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde told a media conference. “It’s been good to welcome back a few faces.”We wouldn’t have chosen to test the depth this soon, but it’s great for those boys to have another opportunity, and it’s off the back of a successful autumn campaign. It’s got to give us confidence moving forward.”last_img read more

first_imgRiyad Mahrez then shot wide after a move that began with City playing a series of passes inside their own penalty area.And Aguero squandered an excellent chance in the 25th minute, hitting his shot against McCarthy after Sterling had accelerated past the hapless Targett.But overplaying at the other end almost proved City’s undoing.Ederson was nearly caught by Austin before dribbling round the striker. But he showed a mastery of the more conventional goalkeeping arts on the half-hour with a diving save to keep out Austin’s glancing header from a corner by Ward-Prowse.City did not heed the warning and Saints were level after 36 minutes.Oleksandr Zinchenko was slow to see Hojbjerg closing in on him and the Southampton captain robbed the Ukraine defender and strode forward before lashing the ball in from 15 yards.– City double stuns Saints –Zinchenko could count himself lucky that referee Paul Tierney did not see his barge on Ward-Prowse after 44 minutes as a penalty.And the home crowd were still complaining about that decision when City retook the lead on the stroke of half-time.Sterling forced his way down the left and fired in a low cross that hit the foot of Ward-Prowse and zipped between the surprised McCarthy and his near post.And the crowd’s disbelief was complete three minutes into first-half stoppage time when Aguero rose unchallenged by Jan Bednarek to nod Zinchenko’s cross under McCarthy.In the second half both sides went through the motions. City had the points they needed and Southampton were happy to avoid further damage to their confidence and goal difference. But even then City could have had three or four more goals.Sterling shot straight at McCarthy, Aguero hit the angle of the post and crossbar, and Mahrez blasted straight at the goalkeeper.Share on: WhatsApp Southampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City showed they are willing to accept the challenge of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title with a 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday.Following shock defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester, reigning champions City cut the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points ahead of their meeting with the Merseysiders at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.But they allowed a limited Southampton side back into the game after a dominating start, which suggests there are still frailties for Liverpool to exploit.David Silva put City ahead after 10 minutes but they passed up a number of chances to add to the lead and gifted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg an equaliser in the 37th minute.For a period, Pep Guardiola’s side looked fragile, but a James Ward-Prowse own-goal and a header by Sergio Aguero just before half-time restored their confidence.Saints’ frustrations boiled over with a red card for Hojbjerg after a wild challenge on Fernandinho late in the game.Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl sprang a surprise in his team selection by giving a debut to 18-year-old former Chelsea starlet Kayne Ramsay at right-back.City should have gone ahead in the fifth minute when Jack Stephens allowed Raheem Sterling to steal possession and set up David Silva.But the City man tried to be too deliberate, with his shot blocked by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.But Saints could also have taken a more surprising lead after eight minutes when Mohamed Elyounoussi’s clever flick over the City defence sent Charlie Austin clear.Austin’s first touch, however, was dreadful and sent the ball into Ederson’s grateful arms.Instead of being a goal up, the home side were behind within a minute.The left side of their defence was opened up with ease by a simple one-two, leaving Bernardo Silva clear of full-back Matt Targett and free to advance down the right. He had all the time he wanted to pick out the unmarked David Silva, who hit the ball first-time past McCarthy.last_img read more

first_imgLocal artist, Norman Gitzen, has been sculpting a “Vanishing Species Series” for nearly two decades to draw attention to the decline in marine life.Norman crafts sea turtles, sailfish, dolphin, coral reefs and other marine life out of metal, leaving holes in the bodies to simulate their disappearance from the environment due to chemicals, rising temperatures and over fishing in our area. Gitzen recently was commissioned by TD Bank’s lead architect who researched his art to sculpt a vanishing sea turtle for their Miami Beach bank branch. The sculptures are forged out of bronze or steel and feature the characteristics of the sea animal…with parts of the interior missing. The absence of the metal is a metaphor for the vanishing marine life in South Florida.Artist, Norman GitzenWith “Vanishing Species Turtle” commissioned by TD Bank on Miami Beach. Baby sea turtle with matching turtle jewelry by Norman GitzenGitzen explains what is causing the decline in sea life in our waters here in South Florida and what can be done to prevent it.Listen to the full interview here.SFS Vanishing Species ArtFor more information on Norman Gitzen’s artwork click here.last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement vyqNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscgsnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejcov( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 79wmWould you ever consider trying this?😱1fq48Can your students do this? 🌚yRoller skating! Powered by Firework It was only the second world war that had impacted world sports to such an extent that the novel Coronavirus pandemic has caused in the past two months. While only a handful of sports have resurfaced in few countries that have been able to fight back the spread of the virus, the majority of the human population is still devoid of any sporting activity. On the other hand, there has been a steady rise of Esports in the recent history, and has reached an all time high at present!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyWhile major events faced cancellation or suspension due to the virus outbreak, it was the Premier League and Formula One to pick up the idea of Esports as an effort to keep the fans engaged with their stars.From the inaugural ePremier League tournament that saw iconic players from the English top flight taking a dive into the virtual world for a competition, to the Formula One starts hopping in their simulators in their own homes for the Virtual Grand Prix events.Advertisement Appraisal for the rise of the Esports industry came straight from Leeston Bryant, the Senior Marketing Manager of esports at McLaren Racing, who emphasised on the tremendous increment of Motorsport simulation that has successfully substituted the absence of real world events amidst the COVID-19 crisis.“I have been working in Esports for two years and while it has been growing that whole time, we have seen two years’ worth of growth in two months,” Bryant said in a recent interview.Advertisement Even when normalcy is restored globally and outdoor events can make a complete return to their previous states, the recent peak of success in the Esports industry holds a promising future, a hopeful Bryant added.He continued: “I think that is incredibly exciting and I think what we are trying to do is make sure we take that forward into the future.”Formula 1’s Virtual GP endeavour has been a huge success. In addition to big names of the F1 fraternity, a handful of cricket and football stars and also signed up for the tournament to test their skills behind the steering wheel, notably Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and English cricketer Ben Stokes.While English football was halted due to the virus crisis in the UK, the fanbase enjoyed the highly acclaimed ePremier League event, which ran from 5th to 9th May.  Leicester City  midfielder James Maddison was the crowned champion of the football sim tournament, defeating Sheffield United defender John Egan 5-1 in the final.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Premier League manager’s father passes away due to COVID-19Sakshi posts then deletes tweet clarifying MS Dhoni retirement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTHIBODAUX, La. – Austin Claunch was named the next head coach of the Nicholls State University men’s basketball program on Thursday as it was announced by director of athletics Matt Roan. Claunch’s hiring is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.An introductory press conference and meet and greet with Claunch is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 9 with additional details forthcoming.”As we vetted a strong pool of candidates, Austin Claunch stood out as the right man to lead the program,” Roan said. “Because of his high basketball IQ and broad network, I have no doubt Austin will be able to successfully recruit, develop, and coach outstanding student-athletes who will compete for championships and earn their degrees. More than anyone else, Austin understands the recipe for success at Nicholls and will provide consistency to our program while continuing its upward trajectory.”Claunch spent the past two seasons as an assistant on Richie Riley’s staff, contributing heavily to the Colonels historic 2018 campaign that included the most wins (21) since 1995 and best Southland Conference record (15-3) since 1998.”I am beyond excited to be named the next head basketball coach at Nicholls,” Claunch said. “The people of this university and all of Thibodaux have embraced me and treated me like family since the first day I arrived two years ago. I am ready to give the community a winning program built on enthusiasm, accountability and hard work. The foundation has been laid, and the future is extremely bright. I am truly humbled and honored to be leading our basketball program into the next phase.”Under Riley, Claunch was primarily responsible for guard development, specifically point guards, working daily with seniors Roddy Peters (SLC Newcomer of the Year, First Team), Jahvaughn Powell (All-SLC Defensive Team), Lafayette Rutledge (Single-season 3-point record holder) and Tevon Saddler (All-SLC Second Team). He was also the key recruiter for Kevin Johnson and Ryghe Lyons, who both started over 15 games as freshmen.Claunch’s impact at Nicholls was immediately felt as it was his scout that helped the Colonels knock off Boston College 79-73 on Nov. 11, 2016. He worked closely with Riley on offensive and defensive schemes and gameplans. Claunch created, orchestrated and conducted all basketball camps for the Colonels over the past two years.Before coming to Nicholls, Claunch served in a variety of roles at Clemson University under coach Brad Brownell from 2013-16. With the Tigers, Claunch most notably instructed All-ACC First Teamer Jaron Blossomgame and current Brooklyn Nets small forward KJ McDaniels. He also worked under Paul Hewitt at George Mason during the 2012-13 season as the director of player development.Each summer from 2007-2011, Claunch worked with former NBA player and longtime Head Coach John Lucas at his camps in Houston. He also interned in the summer of 2010 with Joe Abunassar and Impact Basketball. From 2008-10, Claunch assisted his father’s 15U and 16U Adidas Houston Select Basketball Club teams.Claunch was a four-year starter and two-time captain at Emory University on the Division III level from 2008-12. He ranks first in Emory history in career assists (580), assists per game (5.8) and minutes played (3,132). Claunch is also second in free throw percentage (.877). He was also a three-time All-Conference First Team player at Emory, and a member of the University Athletic Association’s 25th Anniversary Team. Claunch set the school’s three best single-season assist totals over each of his final three seasons.The Houston native earned his undergraduate degree in political science, with a minor in religion, from Emory in 2012. Claunch obtained a master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson in August 2015.last_img read more