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first_imgTwitch has announced a two-year worldwide collaboration with game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment. The deal will see much of Blizzard’s esports content exclusively streamed through the Twitch platform through 2018. The deal will additionally see Twitch Prime gamers able to obtain special perks for their favourite Blizzard games, as showcased by the “Gold Lootbox” for Overwatch users that was distributed yesterday. As the first part of this broadcasting deal, Blizzard is licensing third-party streaming-platform rights to Twitch for a range of Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II and Overwatch esports content. The deal includes the following programs and comprises more than 20 major individual events:Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC)StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS Circuit)Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT)Hearthstone Global Games (HGG)World of Warcraft Arena ChampionshipOverwatch APEX LeagueOverwatch Premier SeriesWe founded Twitch as a gaming platform heavily based on our community’s reaction to games like Blizzard’s StarCraft II,” commented Kevin Lin, COO, Twitch. “Since then, our large, but tight-knit community, our constantly evolving suite of interactive features, and a native emote-driven chat language celebrated by viewers enable us to support and grow Blizzard esports in a manner that best serves our collective fans. This includes providing Blizzard fans with exclusive in-game content for those who subscribe to Twitch Prime, another defining and cherished component of our brand.”“We’ve had great experiences and a long history of working with Twitch, and we’re thrilled that this landmark agreement with them will help us bring some of the most exciting esports action in the world to Twitch fans and everyone who follows Blizzard esports,” said Frank Pearce, CPO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Our esports communities are vital to us. We know there are millions of people out there who love Blizzard esports as much as we do, and we’re committed to making sure they’ll be able to cheer on their favourite players in all of their favourite Blizzard games for a long time to come.”Esports Insider says: Two juggernauts joining forces. Notably, there’s no mention of the Overwatch League. But why would there be, broadcasting rights are going to be worth billions, right? Joking aside – another broadcasting deal this year and it’s Twitch securing Blizzard esports for the foreseeable future. Congratulations to both parties.last_img read more

first_imgThe Desert Foxes crashed out of the 2017 edition in the first round and flopped badly in World Cup qualifying, but former Qatar boss Belmadi has healed divisions in the squad to lead his nation to the brink of a first continental crown on foreign land.“To the Algerian people, I want to say I’m not a politician, not a miracle worker or a wizard, but that we will fight like we have fought to this point,” Belmadi said after the 2-1 semi-final win over Nigeria.Algeria owed that victory to a stunning last-gasp free-kick from Mahrez, who is craving further honours here after a domestic treble with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.“We are very happy to be in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations because it is something very special,” said Mahrez.“It was our goal to do it for the people and for our families. We know they are behind us all the way. It’s my dream to win the Cup of Nations.”It will be the first final to feature two local coaches since 1998, when Mahmoud El Gohary’s Egypt defeated Jomo Sono and South Africa 2-0 in Ouagadougou.Senegal had already lost first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to a broken finger and must now do without defensive rock Kalidou Koulibaly, who is suspended after two yellow cards in the knockout phase.The occasion will also mark the climax not only of Algeria’s campaign on the field, but of their fans’ recent political campaign in the stands.In April, long-standing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned after weekly Friday protests against his expected candidacy for elections, and football fans have been heavily involved in demonstrations.Algeria will have the backing of an additional 4,800 supporters for the final. Some of them will arrive in Cairo on military planes organised by Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, who has also been a target of the demonstrations.Share on: WhatsApp Senegal’s midfielder Henri Saivet (L) congratulates forward Sadio Mane (R) on his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group C football match between Kenya and Senegal at the 30 June Stadium in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 1 July 2019Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  Sadio Mane’s Senegal and an Algeria side captained by Riyad Mahrez will attempt to secure their place in Africa Cup of Nations history in Friday’s final in Cairo.Senegal, the 2002 runners-up, are desperate to end a long wait for a first continental title, while Algeria are looking to add to the trophy they lifted as hosts 29 years ago.For Senegal, Africa’s top ranked side, the ride to the final has encountered its share of bumps in the road but there is little doubt the showpiece at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium will feature the tournament’s two standout teams.A Youcef Belaili goal gave Algeria a 1-0 win when the countries met in the group stage, but this time there is no second chance with Cup of Nations immortality awaiting the victor.“If you get to the final, the aim is obviously to win it. The game in the group stage wasn’t decisive but now it is and that’s the difference,” said Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi.Senegal coach Aliou Cisse is on a mission for personal redemption as the skipper of the side beaten on penalties in the 2002 final, when his missed kick handed the title to Cameroon.“Having lost that final, I still have it on my mind,” said Cisse. “What motivated me to become a coach was to be able to take Senegal to the final. My players told me they would do better than my generation.”“Algeria are a great team and we respect them,” he added. “We’re in the final now and determined to win.”Liverpool star Mane is hoping to fulfil his “wildest dream” as one of just a handful of Africans to win both the UEFA Champions League and Cup of Nations.“I’m ready to even swap a Champions League for a Cup of Nations. Going to Dakar with the trophy would be extraordinary. It would be my wildest dream,” Mane told France Football ahead of the competition.Standing in the way, however, is an Algerian outfit that has undergone a remarkable transformation since the arrival of the straight-talking Belmadi as coach a year ago.– Senegal missing banned Koulibaly –last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 26, 2016)–In his 45th career start, venerable 8-year-old gelding Soi Phet rolled to the lead into the Club House turn and dictated terms throughout as he took Sunday’s $75,000 McCann’s Mojave Handicap by 2 ½ lengths while covering a mile and a sixteenth in 1:40.80–thus turning the tables on runner-up Avanti Bello, who defeated him by a nose in the one mile Tiznow Stakes here May 28.Breaking from the number three post position in a field of five California-bred or sired horses three and up, Soi Phet made the lead while well within himself and set fractions of 23.57, 46.75, 1:10.21 and 1:34.48.Called upon by Desormeaux with three sixteenths of a mile to run, Soi Phet responded eagerly and left Avanti Bello in his wake with a furlong to run.The 9-5 favorite, Soi Phet, who is by Tizbud and is out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey, paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.10.“The half in 46 and change is pretty much his natural cruising speed, so if he can do it well within himself, I’ll take it,” said Desormeaux, who had piloted Soi Phet to three consecutive second place finishes. “This horse is a pleasure to ride, he knows what he’s doing out there.”As to what might be in store for his resident senior citizen, Powell said, “There’s some grass racing down at Del Mar for Cal-breds, but he’s eight years old now, so we’ll see how he comes out of this. Every year, if you look back, he does really well in the summer. This year, I won’t run him at all in the winter, just summer and early fall.”Avanti Bello, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was second best on the day and finished 5 ½ lengths in front of El Huerfano. Off at 5-2, he paid $3.40 and $2.40.El Huerfano, who was ridden by Flavien Prat, loomed menacingly while three-wide around the far turn, but backed up readily when he straightened for home and finished three quarters of a length in front of Songforjohnmichael. Off at 7-2, El Huerfano paid $2.40 to show.last_img read more

first_img 4 Atletico Madrid’s new hero Borja Garcés. 4 Just last week Garcés was playing in the third division against Unionistas FC at a ground that holds 4,000 people.More than ten times as many watched him save Atleti at the Wanda. He had only made it onto the bench against Eibar because back-up striker Nikola Kalinić, signed for €15m from AC Milan, is injured.Fans booed when Simeone withdrew midfielder Rodrigo for the forward in the 70th minute, a highly unusual reaction to their sacred coach.They weren’t booing come the final whistle. “Borja came on because the coach knows he’s a natural goalscorer, and that’s sacred in football,” Simeone beamed after the game. The calm with which the teen had scored in an unfamiliar, ultra high-pressure situation on Saturday suggests the manager’s evaluation is on the money.The player’s own post-match comments will have further endeared him to his coach: “It’s a bittersweet debut because I would have liked to win. I’m not happy”. It would have been easy to get carried away with the goal, but focusing on the bigger picture rather than individual glory is exactly what Cholo demands from his players. Borja Garcés takes on Paulo Oliveira. Borja Garcés is congratulated by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. Born across the Mediterranean in Spanish North African city Melilla, Garcés has been at Atlético since 2016, signed from C.F. Rusadir Melilla at the age of 16. A brilliant season in the Spanish youth championship as well as with the local autonomous community’s youth team caught Atleti’s eye, and after following him for a few games they decided to offer a trial before anyone else noticed. The striker passed, and was added to the ranks of the club’s Juvenil A (under-19) team.An interview in a local Melilla newspaper after signing for the Spanish giants paints the picture of a kid with a level head. “What’s important in football is day-to-day sacrifice and a lot of effort, and though you also have to have luck,everything can be achieved with hard work,” Garcés mused. “Making it to the first team would be the highest achievement,” he added, unknowingly foreshadowing that exact turn of events only two years later.Simeone has been aware of the 19-year-old’s ability for some time. Last season, goals from Garcés helped Atleti’s Juvenil A to win the domestic treble, and he was subsequently promoted to the B team for the current campaign.The Atlético boss even gave the striker a run-out with the first team while still an U19 player in May, when he took the field alongside club legend Fernando Torres in a friendly against Nigeria. Both scored: Garcés scored the winner, with one commentator initially confusing him for Torres. It wasn’t the last time the two players would be linked. “Borja Garcés, the new Niño making a case for a spot in Simeone’s team,” AS reacted to that winner in May. Saturday’s equalizer against Eibar sparked further comparisons: in 2001 a teenage Torres scored his first goal in the red and white shirt after coming off the bench against Albacete, while his last official goal for the club also came against Eibar. “Another Niño to keep a hold of,” mused Marca, fanning the flames. “The new ‘Niño’ prevents catastrophe against Eibar,” added Mundo Deportivo.center_img 4 With three minutes left to play, Sergi Enrich snuck in to take advantage of Godin’s mistake in the box and prodded home what looked like the winner for Eibar. Four matches played, one win, one draw, and two defeats – not what was expected from the most expensive Atleti squad ever assembled.Then something remarkable happened.In the last minute of stoppage time, an Ángel Correa cross broke in the box to a skinny, unfamiliar body in a red and white shirt with the number 32 on the back. Control, look up, and thump – into the back of the net to salvage a draw with the final kick of the game.Borja Garcés wheeled away, arms in the air. Borja who? The 19-year-old academy player was making his league debut with the first team, and has already ensured that fans will remember his name. So too will Simeone. 4 Hailed as the ‘new Niño’, 19-year-old academy player Borja Garcés marked a dream debut by coming off the bench to save a draw for Atlético Madrid against Eibar. But the striker refuses to get carried away with the Fernando Torres comparisons.With 87 minutes on the clock at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, Diego Simeone was staring into the abyss. Antoine Griezmann, Saúl, Diego Godin, and Diego Costa: all had shot on Eibar’s goal – eight times in total – but goalkeeper Marko Dmitrović was playing a blinder. Club legend Fernando Torres applauds Atletico Madrid fans. It’s far too early to make those comparisons of course, but Garcés certainly has talent. Aware of that, Atleti secured a new contract for him in the summer. Equally important is that he appears to have the right mentality. Asked aboutthe Niño chat in July, his response was sensible and suggests the hype won’t make an impression. “Hopefully I can achieve even a quarter of what Fernando Torres has managed in football,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgFundraising friends Orlaith McKinley and Tracey McCallum helped raise thousands for Culdaff’s Hoist Away after their friend stayed in the holiday cabin over the summer. The unique venture started after Una McGinley and her wife Patricia Strain decided to build a cabin fully equipped with hoists, airflow mattresses, a shower trolley and other facilities so that other families can enjoy a break away by the sea.Patricia has MS and needs a hoist on a daily basis. So when a spot of land came up for sale next to their site, the couple decided to buy it. The project was started after the couple realised there was no place in Ireland where a family with someone who needs a hoist on a daily basis can book in for a holiday with their family and so families are often separated.Pauline McKinney, who has Carndonagh connections through her father, spent a week in the cabin over the summer with her family after travelling from Glasgow.Seeing the benefit their friend got from the venture, McKinney’s two friends McKinley (Belfast) and McCallum (Glasgow) helped raise more than €8,000.The idea sparked into life when McCallum had a look at Hoist Away’s Facebook Page and saw that they were asking for 90 people to raise 1,000 euro each. From here, the idea snowballed as the pairing took part in the kiltwalk challenge – walking from 26 miles from St Andrews in Scotland to Monifieth.The Inishowen initiative is currently raising money in order to build a second Cabin, with €90,000 needed to make the idea a reality.Two kiltwalkers raise thousands for Donegal’s Hoist Away was last modified: October 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

first_img28 February 2003South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and The Boeing Company have inaugurated the world’s first Ka band telemetry, tracking and command facility at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre at Hartebeeshoek, north-west of Johannesburg.Boeing, the largest aerospace company in the world, invested R45-million (US$5-million) to fund the project.Hughes Network Systems, a world leader in broadband satellite networks, is working with Boeing to manufacture a constellation of satellites for high-speed communication.Hughes is set to introduce their next-generation communication satellite system, dubbed Spaceway, after the launch of the first satellite later this year. The CSIR’s new antenna system is now ready to track, command and monitor the Spaceway satellites as they are placed into orbit.Boeing and the CSIR joined forces in project managing the design and implementation of the Ka band facility. Ka band refers to very high frequencies that have not – until now – been used for operational telemetry, tracking and command tasks.The Spaceway satellites will be launched over a period of several years and will provide bandwidth-on-demand direct to the office and home, with the initial service roll-out in the US. Boeing is erecting two other ground stations in the US to monitor and control the satellites during their 15-year design lifetime – with the CSIR station the first to be completed.The CSIR, which falls under the department of arts, culture, science and technology, is the largest research, development and implementation technology agency in Africa, and has been providing telemetry, tracking and command support to international satellite operators and launchers for over 40 years.The CSIR Satellite Applications Centre’s geographical location in South Africa makes it a favourable site for support of satellites launched from facilities such as Kourou, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Kennedy Space Flight Centre, and Baikonur, and for in-orbit support of low-earth orbit and geo-stationary satellites in the Africa, Europe and Middle East regions.With the addition of the Ka band antenna, the CSIR now becomes one of the first ground stations in the world that can offer telemetry, tracking and command support from L band through to Ka band.Speaking at the inauguration, CSIR President Sibusiso Sibisi thanked Boeing for the trust it has put in its South African partnership over these years. “Over many years, the Boeing Company has repeatedly selected the CSIR to keep a watchful eye on its own and its satellite customers’ orbiting assets”, Sibisi said.“During the 1990s the CSIR supported Boeing’s Delta II and Delta III launch vehicles; in 2001 we modified certain of our existing systems to support the XM Radio satellites; from 1998 onwards we have rendered ground support for numerous satellites in Ku/DBS band, including PAS-10, DTV and Bonum; and in 2002 the CSIR was officially contracted to render ground support for Boeing’s new Delta IV launch vehicles.”Boeing Africa President Walt Braithwaite said: “Our commitment to doing business on this continent was further proven when we opened extensions of our corporate offices here in South Africa and West Africa two years ago. Our relationship in Africa dates back to the late 1950s. Since then, we have continued to play a role in transfer of technology here and on the rest of the continent.”Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane said the Ka band satellite-tracking antenna “will benefit us in a myriad of ways. Its applications will be most obvious in the field of Earth observation, a key technology in the development of southern Africa and elsewhere.“The inauguration of the new satellite-tracking antenna represents a milestone in the development of our research infrastructure and in our work towards unlocking our full scientific and technological potential.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img18 April 2011South Africa’s success as the new member of BRICS will be determined by how Pretoria relates to the rest of Africa and how it uses its membership of the group to address critical issues facing the continent, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.“I think that will be our major area that we will be judged on,” Davies said on Sunday on his return from third meeting of the leaders of the grouping of influential developing countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held in Sanya, China.“The issues are vast, and we need to ensure that we take the rest of Africa with us, because the way we relate to the rest of the continent will be very important to make our participation in BRICS a success,” Davies said.As the only African country in BRICS, South Africa was expected to push for Africa’s integration in trade and policies with the other BRICS members, Davies said.Building a domestic market that cut across Africa would be crucial, he said, if South Africa was to hold its own among four powerful emerging economies with a combined population of more than three billion.South Africa should also use its BRICS membership to craft a more vigorous trade and investment programme to ensure that its voice and that of the continent was heard in broader international platforms such as the G20 and the UN Security Council.The three-day BRICS meeting, which ended on Friday, called on the speedy achievement of the targets for the reform of the International Monetary Fund agreed to at the recent G20 summit, and reiterated that the governing structure of the international financing institution should reflect the changes in the world economy.In what could lead to a drastic shift in trade cooperation between the BRICS group, Davies said the five countries also discussed the possibility of using their own currencies to trade with each other.This formed part of a wide consultation meeting attended by the BRICS trade ministers that called for strong, open and rule-based multilateral trading systems among their countries.The meeting also denounced the “excessive” volatility in commodity prices, particularly those for food and energy, as posing a new risk for the ongoing recovery of the world market.“We support the international community in strengthening cooperation to ensure stability and strong development of physical markets,” Davies said. “The international community should work together to increase production capacity and strengthen producer-consumer dialogue to balance supply and demand.”The BRICS countries, which together account for about 20 percent of global GDP, are all part of the G20 grouping of the 20 major economies in the world, and are all currently members of the UN Security Council.The five countries see this as an opportunity to work closely together on issues relating to global peace and security.“We are deeply concerned with turbulence in the Middle East, the North African and West African regions, and sincerely wish that the countries affected achieve peace, stability and progress,” the group said in a declaration at the end of the meeting. We share the principle that any use of force should be avoided.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra has lightweight Mahindra as a final elimination round foe on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and a win—regardless of how Star and San Miguel Beer fare in their last games—will give the Kings top ranking after having beaten both sister teams.Tenorio and Justin Brownlee scored 22 points each to pace the Kings, while Meralco got 21 points from Baser Amer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAt 7-4 the Bolts are still assured of playing in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals.Earlier, TNT KaTropa found it hard shaking off a determined Rain or Shine side, needing some big buckets inside from huge import Joshua Smith in eking out a 105-102 decision. Alaska and Star will clash on Wednesday, and if the Hotshots defeat the depleted Aces, there’s a strong chance the Painters could avoid the seventh or eighth positions.GlobalPort, which battles San Miguel Beer at the end of the elimination round on June 2, would also need another win to make it to the next round without a hitch, in case Alaska loses.“I don’t know if we still have a chance [at a top two finish],” TNT coach Nash Racela said. “All I know right now is that we are not at a twice-to-win disadvantage.” Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Throwing his weight around inside the paint with the Elasto Painters losing import Duke Crews at the halfway mark of the third quarter, Smith hit two critical lay-ins before Ranidel de Ocampo canned two free throws with 3.6 seconds left for what turned out to be the final count.The Texters thus closed out with an 8-3 record and qualified safely in the upper half of the quarterfinal draw.And with two more playdates remaining, TNT still has a chance at making the top two if some of the leaders lose their remaining games.Rain or Shine, which won this tournament last season, ended its elimination round stint with a 5-6 record after a second consecutive defeat.The Painters are assured of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinal slot and could even get a free ride to qualify in the middle of the pack depending on the results of the last two game days.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Read Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra crept closer to the No. 1 ranking in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs after pulling out the stops on both ends in a gripping endgame and surviving Meralco on Sunday night, 90-89, before a boisterous crowd at Ynares Center here.Joe Devance and LA Tenorio scored the Gin Kings’ final four points inside the last 38.9 seconds before Meralco sealed its fate with a blown fastbreak play which could have turned things around as Ginebra claimed a piece of the elimination round lead with idle Star at 8-2.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa lifts Creamline Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Score | PhotosIndia vs New Zealand Day 1Pujara: I am happy that I have made a comeback and I have started well. I like to thank my father for supporting me. It is my immense love for the game that keeps me going. We were playing in tough conditions on the A tour to the West Indies. I knew that I was facing these kind of bowlers and I knew the ground well. I was better prepared. The pitch is slowing down and it is starting to turn. MS Dhoni is telling me to score a double ton and we will look to go past 400.Summary: The day belonged to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has nicely slotted back into the Indian Test team after a gap of 20 months. His first Test century lit up what has been an even day for both India and New Zealand. Both the openers fell to poor shots while Tendulkar was sent back by a wonderful delivery from Boult. Kohli and Pujara shared a 125 run stand before Martin accounted for Kohli. Raina too fell cheaply before Dhoni and Pujara steadied the ship.5:05 pm | 86.6 overs: STUMPS – India score 307/5 on Day 1. Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, back of a length delivery and it nips back in just outside off, Pujara defends it to mid off and that will be stumps. Pujara (119*) and skipper MS Dhoni (29*) remain unbeaten.4:50 pm | 84.1 overs: PUJARA GETS A LIFE! Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, loud appeal for a catch but not given, New Zealand cannot believe it, good length ball that darts back in around the off stump, the ball flicks the glove as Pujara takes the bottom hand off, van Wyk dives to his left and collects it, umpire Gould does not give it out, that is a poor decision. The TV replays clearly point out that he was out.advertisement4:30 pm | 10 overs remaining: New Zealand have taken the NEW BALL. We should have called it a day now, but they’re short by ten overs.MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:05 pm | 72.4 overs: WICKET! Raina departs cheaply. His poor form continues. Jeetan Patel to Raina, out Caught by van Wyk!! Oh boy, this is a very unlucky way to go. Quicker ball fired down the leg side, Raina looks to tickle it down to fine leg, gets a feather edge and van Wyk moves to his right to collect a sharp catch, Jeetan is thrilled to bits. Raina c van Wyk b Jeetan Patel 3(13) (India 260/5 in 72.4 overs)3:37 pm | 69.3 overs: 100 UP FOR PUJARA! Franklin to Pujara, 1 run, the crowd erupts as Pujara gets to his first Test century, take a bow, Che Pujara! Short of length ball on the middle and leg stump, Pujara clips it to long leg and punches the air in delight, he is just soaking in the adulation here, many more to come I am sure. And that’s his break-up for the century – 169 balls, 14 fours, 1 six. This is also his maiden international ton. He also has 14 first class centuries to his credit.  3:42 pm | 68.4 overs: Chris Martin to Pujara, FOUR, to third man. And Paujara moves on to 99. You bet, he has batted like Rahul Dravid. Good decision by skipper MS Dhoni to bring him on No. 3 position.Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease3:38 pm | 68.1 overs: WICKET! Thank God it’s not Pujara! Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Guptill!! The Phantom breaks this dangerous stand. Good length ball in the zone outside off and gets it to kick up a touch, Kohli plays away from the body and looks to force it to the off side, gets an outside edge that flies to Guptill at second slip, Kohli is gutted as he walks back. Virat Kohli c Guptill b Chris Martin 58(107) [4s-8] (India 250/5 in 68.1 overs)3:28 pm | 66.2 overs: Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, no run, loud shout for an LBW from Martin but not given, length ball and it nips back in off the pitch, Kohli plants his front foot across and looks to work it to the leg side, he misses it and gets rapped on the pads, but that ball was sliding down the leg side.3:03 pm | 60 overs: India are 219/3 at the stage with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.2:30 pm | THIRD SESSION2:10 pm | TEA: India are 182/3 in 54.0 overs (Pujara 54, Kohli 32)advertisement2:05 pm | 51.6 overs: FOUR and that brings up Pujara’s 50. He is definitely living up to his expectations. Franklin to Pujara, FOUR, fantastic shot! Short and a touch wide outside off, Pujara latches on to it and cuts it away off the back foot, to deep backward point, for a boundary.1:32 pm | 44.1 overs: Nicely driver by Pujara towards the boundary. Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, wonderful shot! Full outside off, Pujara gets onto the front foot, leans in to the delivery and drives it with perfect timing, through the gap on the off side, to the sweeper cover fence.Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease12:54 pm | 34.5 overs: WICKET! It’s a big one …Sachin walks! Boult to Tendulkar, out Bowled!! Lovely delivery! Good length on middle, angled across, pitches and jags back in to the right hander, Tendulkar tries to push at it but the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad, and crashes in to middle stump. Tendulkar reacts as though the ball stayed a little low, however, replays suggest otherwise. Tendulkar b Boult 19(62) [4s-2] (India 125/3 in 34.5 overs)12:30 pm | 29.6 overs: India are 111/2 at the stage. Boult to Pujara, no run, pitched up outside off, Pujara lets it go through to the wicketkeeper.12:12 PM |  25.3 overs: Four and that brings up the 100 to Team India. Patel to Pujara, FOUR, that’s a cracking shot! Too wide by Patel, Pujara had the time to rock back and slap it wide of point12:10 pm | SECOND SESSION – The players are coming back out to the middle. This session is going to be a very important one for both sides.LUNCH – India are 97/2 at the stage. Sehwag and Gambhir got starts but couldn’t convert them into big scores. The Kiwis have got rid of the openers and if they can get Tendulkar soon after lunch, they’ll feel that they have an upper hand. Join us at 12:10 for the next session11:30 am | 25 overs: India are 97/2 at the stage with Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. They are batting at ease after Virender Sehwag provided the hosts with a quick start.10:55 pm | 15.3 overs: Sachin opens his account. Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, off the mark with a single, down the leg side and Tendulkar glances it to fine leg for one.Sachin Tendulkar, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:45 am | 14.3 overs: WICKET! Oops Sehwag falls three runs short of his 50! Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, out Caught by Guptill!! No drop catches this time. In fact, it’s a sharp catch! Short of length but too close to the off stump, Sehwag still goes for the cut but he ends up guiding it straight to second slip, he hit that hard but Guptill did very well to hold on. An entertaining knock comes to an end, but India needed more than just 47 from Sehwag.. Sehwag c Guptill b Doug Bracewell 47(41) [4s-9] (India 77/2 in 14.3 overs)10:40 am | 13 overs: India are 65/1 at the stage. DRINKS! Drinks are on the field now . A good first hour for India, but New Zealand are just getting some rhythm going now. Things would have been very different had they taken the catch in the last over..advertisement10:38 am | 12.5 overs: Driven away towards the boundary. Easy 4 there. Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, edged and between 1st slip and the keeper! Oh dear, oh dear. Good delivery that – full and close to the off stump, Sehwag pushes away from the body and gets a thick edge, it goes right between van Wyk and Ross Taylor and both of them leave it to the other. Taylor reacts late and attempts to go for the catch but it’s a bit too late.. will that prove costly?So Pujara has stepped into Rahul Dravid’s boots. Hope he lives up to the expectations. Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:20 am | 9.6 over: WICKET! And Boult gets his man of the last ball of the over. Boult to Gambhir, out Caught by van Wyk!! That’s the first strike. The bowling has been good in the last 2 overs and that ultimately consumes Gambhir. Perfect length in the corridor of uncertainty outside off, Gambhir pokes at it as he always does and gets an edge to the keeper. Gambhir started well, but has to walk back now. Gambhir c van Wyk b Boult 22(36) [4s-4] (India 49/1 in 10 overs)10:10 am | 8.2 overs: DROPPED! It was a tough one though. Chris Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, a harsh man will call that a chance. It would have been an incredible catch had he taken it. Martin digs it in short, Sehwag looks to pull but it gets a bit too big on him, goes off the top of the bat but just clears mid wicket. Flynn ran back from that position and tried to get there but couldn’t.10:10 am | 8 overs: Two quick fours off Sehwag in that over off Doug Bracewell even as India total reach 39 for no loss.9:50 pm | 3.6 overs: An easy FOUR there Boult to Gambhir, 4, edged, in the air, but safe! Good delivery that – full and moving away, Gambhir was drawn into the drive but only manages a thick edge, luckily for him it went between the slip cordon and gully9:46 pm | 3 overs: India are 8 for no loss against the Kiwis even as Chris Martin has completed his over. Sehwag and Gambhir are going easy there.9:42 pm | 2 overs: Boult to Sehwag, no run, angled away from Sehwag who leaves it alone.9:35 pm | 0.6 over: Chris Martin to Sehwag, no run, a bouncer to end the over, Sehwag stays away from that one.9:30 am | Gambhir and Sehwag are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Chris Martin will open the attackNot many surprises in the Indian playing eleven. Pujara was an obvious choice and Raina has pipped Badrinath for the number 6 spot. The tougher question is: who will bat at number 3? Will it be Pujara – who is touted as the next Rahul Dravid, or Kohli – who has already tasted success at that position in ODIs?Teams:  New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk(w), Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin India (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav Taylor: The pitch is hard. We have played here in the IPL and seen that the wicket is hard. It was a disappointing tour of the West Indies but we had 1 and a half weeks to get over it. Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel and Franklin come in to the side. Dhoni: The wicket will assist spinners later on. The last game we played here was a draw. It’s good to see a wicket like this in the sub-continent. There is something for the batsmen and the bowlers. The break helped us, especially in the fitness aspect. We’ll miss Rahul Dravid and Laxman. They’re legends of the game. Rahane, Ishant, Piyush and Badri are missing this game. 9:00 am | TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bat Pitch report: It’s evenly rolled, but it’s very dry, with no grass whatsoever. We expect the pitch to take turn as the Test match progresses. The pitch has a bit of dampness, which will aid faster bowlers initially. With the humidity around, it might swing, but it will be tough conditions for the Kiwis.last_img read more

first_imgKlopp deflects agent comments on Liverpool exit: It was German humour!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has brushed off comments from his agent saying he could leave Liverpool because of the weather.The Liverpool manager’s agent Marc Kosicke suggested in a recent interview that Klopp could be tempted to switch Merseyside for a hotter destination.Speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp said: “There is nothing in that story.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.”It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.”Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.”Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!”There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more