Cricket News Gautam Gambhir blasts critics after Navdeep Saini shines on debut in West Indies

first_imgNavdeep Saini played for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy.Navdeep Saini took three wickets on his debut.Saini was included in the Test squad during India’s Test against Afghanistan. New Delhi: Navdeep Saini had to fight hard to gain acceptance in Delhi’s cricket circles. The youngster had to face massive opposition from certain factions within the association, most notably from former India players Chetan Chauhan and Bishan Singh Bedi. Only one cricketer backed him and that was Gautam Gambhir. Saini put in impressive performances for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy for a couple of seasons and that saw him getting fast-tracked in the Indian cricket team, where he made his debut in the first Twenty20 International against West Indies in Florida. Saini started brilliantly by taking two wickets in his first over and then bowled a wicket-maiden in the final over to end with 3/17 from his four overs. Following Saini’s brilliant performance, Gambhir lashed out at Chauhan and Bedi for their opposition to Saini’s inclusion in the Delhi team. Bedi and Chauhan were part of a faction of the Delhi and District Cricket Association members who did not approve of Gambhir’s move to bring in Haryana-born Saini in the Delhi Ranji Trophy team. They had questioned how an ‘outsider’ could get into the Delhi team. Gambhir wrote on his Twitter handle, “Kudos Navdeep Saini on ur India debut. U already have 2 wkts even before u have [email protected] & @ChetanChauhanCr. Their middle stumps are gone seeing the debut of a player whose cricketing obituary they wrote even before he stepped on the field, shame!!!” This was the second instance Gambhir had criticised the duo, having done the same when Saini was included in the Indian Test team for the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June 2018. Saini did not play the match. Saini, meanwhile, said he did not believe his luck when he was presented with the Indian cap in Florida ahead of the match. The youngster responded the faith put on him by Virat Kohli as he bowled brilliantly and impressed everyone with his pace. Speaking after the end of the match to the official Twitter handle of the BCCI to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Saini said there was pressure but it eased out after taking two wickets. “When I received the India cap (on Saturday morning), I could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for. I am very happy to make the debut for India. My confidence was low initially as I was having the pressure of making the debut. The first wicket released the pressure. Then, when I got the second wicket my confidence increased and I felt like I was playing a normal match. When I was to bowl the hat-trick ball, I felt like ‘it is something which I have been seeing others do, it is happening to me’. Then, I was focussing on how to take the wicket,” Saini said.India will be aiming to wrap the series on Sunday when they play the second Twenty20 International on Sunday in Fort Lauderhill. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Rosechasing: Bachelor producers instigated an extraordinary amount of drama this past season

first_imgUnlike Sydney, Victoria’s past was put on full display through the strange, interwoven history between her, Weber and Pence — and it proved too good an opportunity for the producers to pass up. The situation makes “The Bachelor” producers seem like cruel, evil masterminds, and it’s easy to see why. However, at the end of the day, you could also argue that the producers are merely doing their jobs. They’re simply increasing ratings, and the easiest way to do that is by making things as dramatic as possible. So maybe the producers aren’t fully to blame, as they are just one part of a bigger problem: The show itself is rotten through and through. Peter Weber set out on “The Bachelor” with hopes of finally finding love and a future wife. Instead, he got an extremely disappointing result that left him back at square one. While there were a number of self-inflicted factors that influenced the outcome of this season, there was still an overarching presence behind the scenes that orchestrated the overall plot.  This season, the producers showed that they never miss an opportunity to stir the pot. Their first bold act was to bring back Hannah Brown, who was fresh off a breakup with Weber from her season on “The Bachelorette,” on not one, but two instances.  (Angie Yang | Daily Trojan) I’m referring to the ABC producers and their unceasing dedication to concoct as much drama as possible for audiences. The problem is that they did so at the expense of the contestants and especially Weber, who was constantly confused and overwhelmed by the tensions around him. Social media exploded when she stepped out of the limo on night one and then again when she returned to ruin Weber’s first group date. For him, it was a nightmare. The woman who rejected him and broke his heart spoiled the group date by breaking down and tearfully talking about what could have been. The producers’ first curveball was almost too much for Weber to handle as his demeanor hinted that he still wasn’t over Brown, but this drama is exactly what they were aiming for since it drew attention on social media.  This further proves that the producers’ schemes overwhelmed Weber and left him confused and prone to making irrational decisions. With their extensive knowledge and research of each contestant, there was no way the producers were going to let such a major red flag slip through their fingers. The producers handpick the contestants for a reason, and in my opinion, they chose Victoria to be on the show because her controversy would create the notorious drama the show embodies. It’s possible that the producers were responsible for Peter’s unfortunate ending, as they added plenty of twists to this season, but a deeper look at the bigger picture once again exposes the dark reality of “The Bachelor” and its manipulation of people in the name of “good TV.”center_img Although there might not be any solid evidence showing that the producers were trying to haunt Weber with Brown, it’s also hard to argue in support of the idea that this connection was a mere coincidence. In light of the producers’ ability to mix things up in unexpected ways and Weber’s soft spot for Brown, it’s possible that the producers were trying to develop an intriguing storyline between Brown and Hightower. However, Hightower was sent home before Weber ever learned of her link to Brown.  But that’s not all that the producers did to Victoria. They pulled an even bigger wild card later in the season by using one of Peter’s ex-girlfriends, Merissa Pence, who happened to know Victoria (what a surprise). Pence told Weber that Victoria was responsible for ending multiple relationships among their friend group, which came as a major shock to Peter.  Of all the contestants, I felt that Victoria was manipulated the most by the producers. They first wronged her by setting up a one-on-one date between her and Peter at a special concert with country singer Chase Rice, who, by no coincidence, happened to be her ex-boyfriend.  While that was the last time we heard from Brown on the show, there was a third possible awkward scenario she was involved in. A former classmate of Brown’s revealed on Twitter that contestant Sydney Hightower went to high school with Brown.  While Hightower’s past didn’t come into play, Victoria Fuller’s history played a huge role in her relationship with Peter and further demonstrates the producers’ uncanny ability to make things awkward for everyone. Victoria had seemingly developed a good rapport with Peter, but their relationship was clearly not meant to last even though she was among the final three.  When she realized she would have to be seen front and center with her new boyfriend in front of Rice, she must have felt extremely uncomfortable. I’m sure Rice felt the same, as he was also blindsided by the encounter.  Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about “The Bachelor” and American pop culture. His column, “Rosechasing,” typically runs every other Friday.last_img read more


NFL Week 5 value picks and weak betting lines to exploit

first_imgArizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5 to -3)Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET at Paul Brown StadiumWe see the NFL odds move, to and fro, throughout the week but the key is to look for those lines that pass onto, or through, critical numbers. In this case, we have just such an example as the Bengals opened as 4.5 point faves but that number has slipped all the way to 3 which means it not only went through the 4 but has landed on just a field goal head start for the visiting Cardinals.The public sentiment on this game is that Cincinnati is lousy and so is Arizona but the Cardinals have that kid under center, Kyler Murray, who is fun to watch. Trust me when I tell you that is the rudimentary logic that the masses are using in evaluating this matchup. MORE WEEK 5 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-upThis move, although only 1.5 points, does not smack of wise guy money on the Cardinals, and thus pushing this line down. This is more of a known commodity in Murray that has had flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign versus a veteran like Andy Dalton who has slipped from a top 10 QB to somewhere in the middle.Let Joe Q. Public send it in as we get sterling value with a Bengals’ team that offers a decent defense against a wide-eyed rookie which could very easily manifest into turnovers and set up good field position for the veteran Dalton and the Bengals’ offense. Let your buddies poke fun at you backing a winless team but remember, the Cards are winless as well, the venue favors the Cats, and the line has dropped to a point where including Cincinnati in your NFL picks makes sense … and in the end, dollars!Final score: Bengals 27, Cardinals 21Free NFL pick: Cardinals to cover -3 (-115)Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints (-5.5 to -3)Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Superdome​Can you say, “overreaction”? Well I know I can, and that is exactly what this move is all about as the Saints plummet from 5 ½ point home chalk to -3, due almost entirely to Jameis Winston’s gridiron heroics last week when he tossed for four touchdowns and 385 yards in a 55-40 stunner over the heavily favored Rams.But if you have been following Winston’s career then you’ve seen this movie before. He’s a stud athlete who is prone to judgment lapses, both on and off the field, which has led to a career of few peaks and many valleys.MORE: Week 5 underdogs with good odds to beat the spreadThe Bucs will be basking in the afterglow of that huge win over the Super Bowl runner-ups from last season and I am telling you they will be flat coming into this one down on the bayou. Although it’s true that the Saints will be without future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater has turned from a potential superstar when he was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft into a motivated game manager. That’s not a bad thing against a Bucs’ team with a woeful defense and one that is susceptible to giving up points in bunches. Get down on New Orleans and cash a ticket when the day is done.Final score: Saints 31, Bucs 24Free NFL pick: Saints to cover -3 (-115) Every week we see weak lines ready to be exploited, and Week 5 in the NFL is no exception. Let’s isolate a few games where the numbers are begging us to bet them.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook Reviewlast_img read more


KIJHL opts to put ‘development’ back into league; Leafs open training camp Friday

first_imgThe calendar may have played a big part in the decision, but the brain trust of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League will want to take the credit for pushing for more “development” of hockey players after deciding to reduce the number of regular season and playoff games during June’s Annual General Meeting in Osoyoos.Despite some opposition, owners overwhelmingly voted in favour — 18-2 — of reducing the number of regular games from 52 to 47.Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella was, and always has been, a proponent for less games and more practice time, voted in favour of the reduction, which also sees rounds two and three of the playoffs now a best-of-five series instead of seven-game sets.“We voted in favour of reducing the schedule,” said DiBella as the Leafs prepare to open training camp on the 2016-17 season Friday at the NDCC Arena.“This is a development league and we have players either in high school or college travelling all over the place to play games on a Tuesday and Wednesday night when there really isn’t that many fans in the stands.”The reduction means no need for teams to jam mid-week games into the schedule to complete franchise commitments.Instead, teams have the lion’s share of games being played on weekends — like Nelson, which has 20-plus games slotted into Friday and Saturday night.At the same time, the league decided to play a conference only schedule, meaning hockey fans in Nelson will not see any teams from the Okanagan/Shuswap during the regular season.Owners opted for the unbalanced schedule to save significant dollars in terms of travel while at the same time allow for established rivalries to grow even stronger.DiBella believes this move was not necessary. “We could still could have played those teams in the other conference but teams decided against it,” he said.The Leafs, playing five of eight games away from the Heritage City in September, begin the season on the road September 9th in Fruitvale against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Nelson opens the home season Friday, September 16 at the NDCC Arena with the Spokane Braves providing the opposition.The Leafs play mostly on the road during the first four months of the season, before getting a solid taste of home cooking in January. Fact is Nelson plays 10 straight at home, starting with the New Year’s Eve contest against Beaver Valley and stretching to February 5 against Castlegar Rebels.The final game of the season for Nelson is February 18 when the Leafs visit the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the Boundary City.Playoffs follow, with the KIJHL Champion being crowned before the April 6-9, 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup is hosted in Creston by the Thunder Cats.Leafs Training Camp Begins FridayKeeping with the quirky season, Nelson Leafs host its training camp in mid-August instead of the traditional Labour Day Weekend.Leafs coach Mario DiBella, taking to the ice this weekend, decided to make the change due to the crazy start to the KIJHL season.The change also guarantees the Leafs a full camp, as players will want to use the ice time to prepare for upcoming Junior A Camps.“The camp is full,” DiBella said. “We’re really excited with the talent we’re bringing in which should push the returning players.”Camp, under the guidance of DiBella and Coach and General Manager Sean Dooley and Assistant Coach Isaac MacLeod, runs Friday through Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson’s first exhibition game is Tuesday, August 30 at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar.Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more



first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–With scintillating performances by top older horse Shared Belief and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund highlighting a 68-day run that started on Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park’s 2014-15 Winter Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting a three percent increase in overall pari-mutuel handle and a four percent hike in on-track attendance.For the second year in a row, Santa Anita will conduct a 39-day Spring Meeting, which will kick off on Friday, April 24 and run through June 28. First post time on Friday will be at 1 p.m., and first post each weekend, with the exception of Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes Days, will be at 12:30 p.m.Santa Anita will again offer fans free Infield admission and parking, via Gate 6 on the track’s northern perimeter.With Dortmund, American Pharoah, Firing Line and others leading a talented Santa Anita-based contingent of 3-year-olds into the May 2 Kentucky Derby, expectations are running high, as the $1 million Santa Anita Derby has produced 17 winners of the Run for the Roses, including last year’s running which was taken by California Chrome.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah, Dortmund remained undefeated on Derby Day, April 4, as 38,647 on track fans contributed to an overall handle of $21,586,685.94.The Race of the Meet, as voted by the media, was the Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7, in which Shared Belief defeated 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome.Peruvian-born Rafael Bejarano, 33, notched his sixth Winter Meet riding title as he finished with 76wins, 18 better than runner-up Tyler Baze. In the trainers race, Jerry Hollendorfer defeated Peter Miller in a photo finish, 34-33. It was Hollendorfer’s second consecutive Winter Meet title. In the owners division, Hronis Racing, LLC, led the way with 13 wins, two more than runner-up Rockingham Ranch.Trained by John Sadler, Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind was an emphatic 5 ¼ winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 4, and she’ll carry the Hronis colors in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 1.A number of promotions and events will be offered on Kentucky Derby Day and throughout racing’s Triple Crown, which culminates with the Belmont Stakes on June 6. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit, or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more



first_imgFlavien Prat14626152218%43%$1,636,457 Carla Gaines3252216%28%$412,450 William Spawr2675327%58%$186,652 Bob Baffert6615101023%53%$1,150,095 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Agent Vince DeGregory will undergo throat surgery Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. The 83-year-old veteran currently represents Tiago Pereira, but his former riders are a Who’s Who among jockeys and include seven Hall of Fame members Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez. DeGregory also booked mounts for Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario . . . Agent Derek Lawson reports Flavien Prat will ride Calculator for Peter Miller in the Grade II, $300,000 San Carlos Stakes on March 12. Prat also has been booked on Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile the same day . . . Palos Verdes winner Kobe’s Back, a candidate for the San Carlos, worked four furlongs for Peter Eurton in 49.20, while 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red went the same distance in 52.60 for Keith Desormeaux . . . Jockey Edwin Maldonado, enjoying a solid meet for agent J.R. Pegram with 21 wins good for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings, rides maiden winner Bistraya for Ricky Agarie in today’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita at 9:30 a.m. The Legislative, Legal, and Regulations Committee will meet in the same location on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The meeting agendas (Board/Committee) and supporting packages of materials (Board/Committee) also are available on the CHRB website . . . Jockey Efrain Hernandez has been suspended three days (Feb. 21, 25 and 26) for careless riding aboard Just Bookin in Sunday’s fifth race, resulting in a disqualification from first to fourth. Gary Stevens4486518%43%$918,658 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 19) John Sadler5277413%35%$366,009 Peter Miller791041013%30%$395,610 Santiago Gonzalez16530251918%45%$1,226,384 Fernando Perez107109179%34%$559,179 Philip D’Amato8218141322%55%$1,012,170 Steven Miyadi3878518%53%$238,619 Tyler Baze16318272311%42%$978,666 Doug O’Neill11214152013%44%$858,743 Joseph Talamo14817192011%38%$907,964 Patrick Gallagher2363526%61%$464,488 Mike Smith64761111%38%$924,665 Richard Baltas68109915%41%$737,624 DANZING CANDY, UNCLE LINO DRILL FOR SAN FELIPEDONWORTH PREPS FOR RICH SANTA ANITA HANDICAPTIZ A BILLY SET FOR BAFFLE STAKES AFTER TIME OFFZENYATTA’S EXERCISE RIDER WILLARD IS DEAD AT 72 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux3164719%55%$223,704 Martin Garcia75128816%37%$774,104 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Agapito Delgadillo5795616%35%$212,972 Kent Desormeaux661117917%56%$877,359 Mario Gutierrez12515211912%44%$967,876 Drayden Van Dyke90981210%32%$537,544 Edwin Maldonado1152110918%35%$744,125 Mark Glatt5867210%26%$286,755 George Papaprodromou2852518%43%$122,755 Rafael Bejarano15832321520%50%$1,556,572 DONWORTH WORKS FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAPPrepping for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap under exercise rider Jonny Garcia, Donworth worked four furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 48 seconds flat. Donworth was third by a half-length and a nose to Hoppertunity and Imperative in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6.  The Santa Anita Handicap will be run March 12 at 1 ¼ miles.Clockers were busy Saturday morning as 251 workouts were recorded at Santa Anita. Vladimir Cerin2893332%54%$294,925 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kristin Mulhall2964221%41%$249,535 Peter Eurton6110151016%57%$670,023 Jeff Bonde2472329%50%$155,685 ZENYATTA’S EXERCISE RIDER WILLARD DEAD AT 72Steve Willard, the exercise rider for 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, died Feb. 16 at the age of 72, according to The Paulick Report.In early 2014, Willard was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He grew up in Illinois and began galloping horses at Arlington Park, later becoming a jockey and riding mainly in the Midwest for nearly 20 years.When his riding days were over, he worked for Jack Van Berg, Jacque Fulton and Richard Mandella before joining up with John Shirreffs, trainer of Zenyatta. Martin Pedroza6075312%25%$183,220 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 -30- Jerry Hollendorfer871071311%34%$798,831 TIZ A BILLY SHARP FOR SUNDAY’S BAFFLETiz a Billy comes off a smashing maiden win followed by a bullet workout for Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes for three-year-old at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.A son of Tizway trained by Brian Koriner, Tiz a Billy broke his maiden by 6 ½ lengths on Jan. 16 in his first race in three months. He worked four furlongs Feb. 14 in a bullet 47.40 under Flavien Prat, who rides in the Baffle.“It was just mental, because he ran three times at Del Mar and he was kind of losing his brain, so we gave him time,” Koriner said in explaining the three-month gap between races.“He needed a little time to recover, and he’s put on weight, so we’re looking forward to the Baffle.”The Baffle, which goes as the second race: Tiz a Billy, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Iron Rob, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Hot Ore, Tyler Baze, 7-2; He’s a Tiger, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 5-2; and True Brilliance, Fernando Perez, 7-2. THREE-YEAR-OLDS PREP FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESDanzing Candy and Uncle Lino, two contenders for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on March 12, worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday for the race, a major steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.Danzing Candy went five furlongs in 1:00.20, while Uncle Lino went four furlongs in 47.80 with Fernando Perez up for trainer Gary Sherlock. Danzing Candy won an allowance race at one mile by nearly six lengths on Feb. 4.“It was a perfect work,” said Cliff Sise Jr., trainer of Danzing Candy, a son of Twirling Candy. “He just galloped. Mike was very happy with him.”Sise was speaking of jockey Mike Smith, who has the mount in the San Felipe, which will be run for the 79th time and has been won in the past by stalwarts such as Dortmund (2015), California Chrome (2014), Pioneerof the Nile (2009), Medaglia d’Oro (2002), Point Given (2001), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Bertrando (1992), Sunday Silence (1989), Affirmed (1978), Hill Rise (1964), Determine (1954) and Your Host (1950).Uncle Lino, a game second behind odds-on favorite Mor Spirit in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 6, impressed trainer Gary Sherlock.“It was probably the best work he’s ever had by himself,” Sherlock said. Mike Puype47511311%40%$254,825last_img read more