Khelo India: Quality of shooting reflects sport’s growing stature in India


first_imgPune: The growing stature of shooting as a sport in India was amply reflected in the quality of competition and intense battles for the 19 gold medals on offer at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 here.That as many as 11 states won at least one gold medal is also an indication of the widespread popularity of the sport.Punjab led the charts with three gold, three silver and four bronze medals while Madhya Pradesh, riding on the strength of the State-government set up shooting academy in Bhopal, had three gold, one silver and four bronze medals. Haryana, with two gold, four silver and a bronze medal pipped Rajasthan (2-3-1) to the third spot.There were many wonderful memories made in the competition — Mehuli Ghosh’s duel in the girls Under-21 10m air rifle with Elavenil Valarivan was glittering in its intensity, Dhanush Srikanth, who became the only hearing-impaired athlete to win gold, walked into many a heart with his skills.The likes of Arjun Singh Cheema, Adarsh Singh, Harshada Nithave and Devanshi Rana delivered the goods so tellingly that the threat of some of the sheen being taken away by the absence of pistol wizards like Saurabh Chauhdary, Anish Bhanwala, Manu Bhaker and Muskaan was dealt with quite efficiently.The beautiful diversity in the Trap gold winners, Manavaditya Singh Rathore and Manisha Keer in the boys Under-21 and girls Under-21 sections was there for all to see. Manavaditya is the son of Olympic double trap silver medallist and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and the latter is the daughter of a Bhopal fisherman, Kailash.In one of the more poignant stories, Anjali Choudhary (Haryana) was left ruing her luck after she ran short of ammunition in the girls Under-21 25m sports pistol final, no thanks to an extended shoot-off, lasting over 20 shots, with Maharashtra’s Abhidnya Ashok Patil. She managed three hits with the four cartridges she was left with in the end.There is no knowing what would have happened if she had that fifth cartridge. Eventually, ace marksman Jaspal Rana’s daughter Devanshi Rana (Delhi) ran out a 24-23 winner, having arrested a meltdown in the latter half of the dramatic final.There were other moving accounts of Sartaj Singh Tiwana (Punjab) training only twice a week but showing potential to win the 50m 3-position event for boys Under-21.Similarly, G. Varshaa, who won Tamil Nadu’s only gold medal in the ranges, also does not get to train often but displayed grit, determination and good marksmanship to win the women’s 50m 3-position final.The contrasting success of Abhinav Shaw (West Bengal), 10, and Esha Singh (Telangana), 13, also contributed to making the shooting events a very special one. Abhinav, a shy, withdrawn rifle shooter from Asansol, was quite the opposite of the outgoing and bubbly pistol champion Esha Singh from Hyderabad, but they were both bound by the desire to excel and win. (IANS)Also Read: Rajika Boro wins bronze in Khelo India Youth gameslast_img read more

WWE WrestleMania 35 Results: Becky Lynch Beats Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair At WrestleMania’s Main Event


first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US #WinnerTakeAll…and the WINNER is @BeckyLynchWWE, your NEWWWW #RAW AND #SDLive #WomensChampion! #WrestleMania #BeckyLynch— WWE (@WWE) April 8, 2019 Last Updated: 8th April, 2019 12:31 IST WWE WrestleMania 35 Results: Becky Lynch Beats Ronda Rousey And Charlotte Flair At WrestleMania’s Main Event WWE history was created at WrestleMania 35 when Becky Lynch stunned Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania’s main event with a crucifix pin to win both Raw and SmackDown Championships as an incapacitated Charlotte Flair watched live. LIVE TV WWE announced an attendance of 82,265 as WrestleMania became the highest-grossing entertainment event in MetLife Stadium history with an announced $16.9 million in gross revenue.If you have missed the telecast in India, Here’s the schedule for the repeat telecast.Read: WWE WrestleMania 35 Results: Becky Lynch Beats Ronda Rousey And Charlotte Flair At WrestleMania’s Main EventHere is the Date, Time & Channel for WrestleMania 35 Repeat Telecast in India:Live Telecast | April 8, 2019 | 05:30 AM | Ten 1HD / Ten 1 Repeat1 | April 8, 2019 | 06:00 PM | Ten 1HD / Ten 1 Repeat2 | April 10, 2019 | 09:00 PM | Ten 1HD / Ten 1 Repeat3 | April 14, 2019 | 02:00 PM | Ten 1HD / Ten 1 Live Streaming | April 8, 2019 | 05:30 AM | WWE Network.WWE is an American media and entertainment company that is popular in the field of professional wrestling. WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. which as the name suggests is a form of Sports Entertainment purely storyline driven and for the purpose of entertainment. It is owned by Vince McMahon who also is the CEO of the company. It is a publicly traded company on the NYSE and was formerly known as WWF till 2012 until it revamped its logo to WWE. Becky Lynch created history as she became the first women wrestler to win the Raw and SmackDown Championships together in a winner takes all main event scheduled at WrestleMania 35. This was the first WrestleMania event in the history of WWE in which the main event was a women’s match. COMMENT Digital Desk FOLLOW US The picture completely sums up the moment with Becky Lynch holding up two titles at the biggest event of the year in WWE and it is sure to go down as one of the iconic moments in WrestleMania history WATCH US LIVE Written By The Man aka Becky Lynch pinned The Baddest Woman on the Planet aka Ronda Rousey to claim the win in a triple-threat match against the Raw Women’s Champion Rousey and SmackDown Woman’s Champion Charlotte Flair. With Flair indisposed, Rousey looked to add the SmackDown women’s title to her collection by attempting her Piper’s Pit finisher to Lynch; however, Lynch was able to counter the attempt into a crucifix pinfall for the abrupt victory. #BeckyLynch JUST DID THAT to #RondaRousey!! #WrestleMania #[email protected] @RondaRousey @MsCharlotteWWE— WWE (@WWE) April 8, 2019 #WrestleMANia will live [email protected] HAS DONE IT! #BeckyLynch— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 8, 2019 NEW #RAW #WomensChampion.NEW #SDLive #[email protected] just made HISTORY! #WrestleMania #BeckyLynch— WWE (@WWE) April 8, 2019 First Published: 8th April, 2019 12:20 IST #BeckyLynch has #RondaRousey in pure AGONY.#WrestleMania #WinnerTakeAll @BeckyLynchWWE @RondaRousey— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 8, 2019last_img read more

Testing drops in Texas, as schools reopen, football resumes


first_img Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 16th August, 2020 14:05 IST Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait.With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football teams charging ahead with plans to play, Texas leaders who grappled with testing shortages for much of the pandemic are now facing the opposite problem: not enough takers.“We’re not having enough people step forward,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said.The number of coronavirus tests being done each day in Texas has dropped by the thousands in August, mirroring nationwide trends that has seen daily testing averages in the U.S. fall nearly 9% since the end of July, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The problem is dwindling demand: Testing centers like CentroMed are no longer inundated by long lines that stretch for blocks, or closing hours early because tests run out.The dropoff comes as the U.S. has surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and is closing in on 170,000 deaths. It threatens to put the U.S. even further behind other countries that have better managed the pandemic, in part, through more aggressive testing.The trend worries health experts who fear that Texas risks flying blind into the fall if it doesn’t increase testing. Texas embarked on one of the fastest reopenings in the U.S. in May but retreated weeks later in the face of massive outbreaks, ultimately leading Abbott to impose a statewide mask order after previously saying he wouldn’t.At one point, one overwhelmed hospital on the Texas border was airlifting COVID-19 patents hundreds of miles (kilometers) north in search of open beds , and Houston this month began threatening $250 fines for not wearing face coverings in an effort to drive down infection numbers.In recent weeks, things have improved, including a nearly 40% drop in hospitalizations since July’s peak. But deaths remain high, and doctors in some parts still say they’re still stretched. Texas is averaging more than 210 reported new deaths a day over the past two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project. On Friday, it reported 313 deaths. Overall, the state has recorded more than 9,600 fatalities.The rolling average of people who test positive for the virus in Texas is stubbornly elevated at 16% — a figure that itself could be a sign of insufficient testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said a positivity rate under 10% is an indicator that a state has robust testing. Abbott has said that unless Texas gets below that number, bars are likely to stay shut.Other states in the South clobbered by the virus this summer are also seeing improvements, including Alabama. Intensive care units remain frustratingly full there, but the average new confirmed cases each day has dropped below 1,000, from 1,800 in mid-July.It’s not clear why testing has fallen off, even as many areas of the country are still experiencing serious outbreaks. Health experts suspect some Americans, jaded by images of long testing lines and the possibility of results taking a week or longer, are deciding not to bother unless they’re ill. Others have suggested that mixed messages about the disease — like President Donald Trump’s recent false claim that 99% of COVID-19 cases are harmless — could deter people from seeking tests.“The good answer would be because we have less COVID, fewer people have symptoms. A bad answer might be that people gave up because it’s taking a long time,” said Dr. Junda Woo, medical director for San Antonio Metro Health. “We have the data, but we don’t have a lot of the answers behind the data.”Some cities in Texas are now offering tests to virtually anyone after months of restricting limited supplies to only those with symptoms, and Abbott has said the state is working on rapid virus testing for nursing homes and schools. Some students are already back in classrooms and in football-obsessed Texas, which by far the most high school football players in the nation with about 170,00, practices are underway.“At this point everybody’s a guinea pig,” said Jessica Light, a professor at Texas A&M University who ultimately decided to send her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son back to classrooms when school opens Tuesday. “The teachers, the staff, the students, the parents. Because we’re not exactly sure how this is going to work.”Sam Chama is anxious because his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son is getting ready to start kindergarten in a few weeks in Austin. As a former elementary school employee, he knows how easily younger children spread germs even with the best precautions.“What is that going to do if in a month that rates haven’t dropped?” asked Chama, 35, a geologist. “This is assuming that there will be a decline or some type of control, which I don’t think will happen.”Image credits: AP FOLLOW US COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 14:05 IST Testing Drops In Texas, As Schools Reopen, Football Resumes Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no waitlast_img read more

Rich Hill close to deal to stay with LA Dodgers


first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers are close to re-signing one of their top in-house free agents.With the Winter Meetings set to begin Monday, they are closing in on a multi-year deal with left-hander Rich Hill. The deal is not done yet and Dodgers officials would not comment on the situation.Re-signing Hill along with Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner has been a top priority for the Dodgers this offseason. The 36-year-old Hill has emerged as an elite-level starter in the past two seasons, going 14-6 with a 2.00 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 24 starts for the Red Sox, A’s and Dodgers in that time.Hill would give the Dodgers a legitimate No. 2 starter to pair at the front of the starting rotation with ace Clayton Kershaw. The Yankees, Red Sox, Astros and Rangers were believed to have interest in signing Hill this winter and the Massachusetts native was thought to have some preference for an East Coast team. But Hill’s age (he will turn 37 in March) and health concerns might have limited how far those teams were willing to go. Acquired from the A’s at the trade deadline in July, Hill made just six regular-season starts for the Dodgers due to recurring blister problems on his pitching hand. In 12 big-league seasons (several spent pitching out of the bullpen), he has made more than 20 starts and pitched more than 111 innings just once — in 2007 with the Chicago Cubs. But the Dodgers’ deep corps of starting pitchers would presumably allow them to spell Hill throughout the regular season with younger starters like Brock Stewart, Jose De Leon or Ross Stripling, minimizing the risk and preserving him for a potential playoff run. If a deal with Hill is finalized, it is expected to be in the same neighborhood as the three-year, $48 million contract given to Scott Kazmir as a free agent last winter (though much of Kazmir’s money is deferred, affecting its total value). Under Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers have yet to commit more than $48 million in any major-league signing. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL to consider allowing challenges to judgment-call penalties, report says


first_imgThe NFL reportedly is considering implementing a new rule that would allow for coaches to challenge judgment-call penalties amid continued backlash from the no-call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman during the NFC championship game. The league is mulling adopting a rule that would allow coaches to have the ability to challenge judgment calls on either penalties or uncalled penalties in a limited basis, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources. NFL likely to consider judgment challenge with penalty disincentive, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 30, 2019However, the rule would include disincentives if a coach’s challenge fails. The reported proposal indicates that a team would be penalized or have time taken off the clock if its challenge is unsuccessful. The disincentive was included with the hopes of preventing overuse or abuse of challenging judgment calls, ESPN notes.  ESPN notes there likely will be more proposals the competition committee considers, but the belief is this particular rule has the attention of NFL  commissioner Roger Goodell and the “committee will figure out a way to get a rule like this passed.” NFL admits in court document to botched no-call in NFC title gamecenter_img The new rule proposal comes after Robey-Coleman hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before a pass arrived during the playoffs. Lewis was knocked down by Robey-Coleman not only early for pass interference but also on helmet-to-helmet contact, both judgment calls, but the officials did not call a penalty. Saints coach Sean Payton later said NFL head of officials Al Riveron told him the officials “blew the call,” and the NFL fined Robey-Coleman $26,739 for the helmet-to-helmet hit. Related News Nickell Robey-Coleman says pass was tipped during controversial no-call play in Rams-Saints gamelast_img read more