Pollution masks at training in Delhi: Bangladesh cricketer braves poor air quality ahead of 1st T20I

first_imgEven as the air quality in Delhi is hovering around ‘hazardous’ levels after Diwali celebration in the city, India and Bangladesh cricketers are gearing up for the 1st T20I of a 3-match series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.The Bangladesh senior national team arrived in India on Wednesday and had their 1st training session at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Thursday. The 1st T20I between India and Bangladesh will be played in Delhi on Sunday, November 3.With the air in Delhi turning ‘severe’ during Diwali on Sunday, there were questions asked if there would be a change to the venue of the opening T20I but BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed the match will not be moved out of the city.As it turned out, Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das was spotted training with a pollution mask during a practice session on Thursday morning in Delhi.Delhi: Bangladeshi batsman Liton Das practices while wearing a mask, ahead of the 1st T20i against India on November 3 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. #IndvsBan pic.twitter.com/OAnorawHIAANI (@ANI) October 31, 2019It was earlier reported that Rohit Sharma-led Team India is planning to train indoors in the lead-up to the 1st T20I. India are expected to train between 2 pm and 5 pm on November 1 and November 2 but both those sessions could turn into optional.”The match shouldn’t be a major problem as it is a night match, but the issue is the training (set for the mornings) and you could see optional training sessions on both the days if the weather doesn’t improve. This isn’t a fresh season and the players have already been playing so some gym sessions should be enough to get them up and running after the Diwali break,” a BCCI source told IANS.advertisementNotably, Sri Lankan cricketers were uncomfortable during a Test match held in December in Delhi in 2017. Some of them even wore pollution masks during the Test and often had to be attended by doctors on-field.Meanwhile, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi expressed his reservations about hosting the opening T20I between India and Bangladesh in New Delhi due to the severe pollution levels.Cricketer-turned politician Gautam Gambhir also echoed similar concerns, saying Delhi shouldn’t host any sporting event until the pollution levels are brought under control.”No match or sporting event is bigger than the people of Delhi. I do not think any match should happen here in Delhi until the pollution level comes under control. The biggest issue that is bothering the Delhites is about pollution,” Gambhir told ANI.Also Read | BCCI CoA were on a honeymoon, about time we had a cricketer running the board: Farokh EngineerAlso Read | Day-night Test in India nice concept but managing dew is key: Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

‘I’ve definitely got some enquiries’ – Lloyd hints at NFL interest

first_imgU.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd has hinted that she’s fielded interest from NFL teams after her field goal kicking display blew up on social media this week.Lloyd stopped by Philadelphia Eagles practice on Tuesday and nailed several field goals, including one from 55 yards out – a distance that is challenging for any NFL kicker. Fresh off winning a second straight World Cup this summer with the USWNT, Lloyd explained that she was aiming for the career-best 61-yard field goals that Eagles kicker Jake Elliott and Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker have hit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I was casually just wanting to bang in a few field goals because I’m a competitor and I really enjoyed doing it,” Lloyd told Planet Futbol TV. “I started at 25 yards and just kept moving back. I was aiming for Elliot and Tucker’s 61-yard record. I attempted at 57, had the length but it didn’t go in between the small goal posts.”It was a lot of fun and definitely blew up more than I could ever imagine.”What did you expect? She’s a World [email protected] | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/kIwHOABMKa— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2019With the NFL in preseason and several teams holding kicking competitions, Lloyd’s exploits may have done more than just go viral – they may have earned her a shot in the league. Though Lloyd is still a member of the USWNT and Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League, the 37-year-old indicated her willingness to give American football a shot.Lloyd also revealed that there have been some initial discussions about her getting a shot in the NFL.”There’s been some interesting chatter about it. I think anything is possible,” Lloyd said. “It’s been really interesting because for me, I’m just an athlete, I’m a competitor, but for so many other people I think they’re starting to think, ‘Will there ever be a female in the NFL at some point?'”I think we’re at that crossroads as far as equality and women empowerment so you’re seeing the crosshairs of that.”I’ve definitely got some enquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking. Anything is possible but right now I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”Gil Brandt, the forrmer vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, said on Twitter that an NFL team should consider giving Lloyd a shot.”Honestly, I don’t think it will be long before we see a woman break through this NFL barrier,” Brandt said. “I’d give her an honest tryout if I were, say, the Bears.”last_img read more

Kikuchi, Healy lead Mariners to 10-1 win

first_img Follow The Columbian on Instagram Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: May 8, 2019, 10:39pm Share: 7 Photos Share: NEW YORK — Facing the famous New York Yankees for the very first time, Yusei Kikuchi really stuck it to ’em.Maybe he had a little illicit help.Kikuchi pitched brilliantly into the eighth inning and Ryon Healy had four extra-base hits as the Seattle Mariners routed New York 10-1 on Wednesday night.The rookie left-hander from Japan allowed only three soft hits in 7.2 innings. After the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was aware cameras showed a dark substance — perhaps illegal pine tar — smudged under the brim of Kikuchi’s cap.“I heard they were talking about it, so I was made aware of it sometime like in the eighth inning there,” Boone said. “So, I’ll take a look at it and we’ll kind of see what we can make of it.” Kikuchi, Healy lead Mariners to 10-1 win Mariners pitcher suspected of having substance on cap GOcenter_img By MIKE FITZPATRICK, Associated Press By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. A team spokesman for the Mariners said Kikuchi would not comment about whatever was on his hat.Though it’s against the rules for pitchers to put any foreign substance on the ball, word is many of them often use pine tar on their fingers or some other sticky material to help with their grip.It’s one of baseball’s worst-kept secrets. But pitchers are usually pretty discreet about it, and plenty of hitters would rather face a pitcher with reliable control than one who might let slip a 95 mph fastball sailing toward their neck.Still, pitchers have been punished in the past for putting pine tar on the ball — former Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda was ejected and suspended after getting caught in Boston. Facing an injury-depleted New York lineup stacked with eight right-handed hitters, Kikuchi was in complete control during his second consecutive stellar outing. Featuring an effective slider and curve, he struck out three and walked one while throwing 74 strikes on 106 pitches, his most in nine major league starts.“He pitched really well and really shut us down,” Boone said. Healy homered and hit three doubles to help the Mariners win for only the second time in 10 games. Mitch Haniger and Edwin Encarnaci?n also went deep as Seattle (20-19), which opened 13-2 this year, snapped a seven-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium and avoided dropping below .500 for the first time since the final day of the 2017 season.“This is the place where all the history of baseball is the center point,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “I was really excited to go up there and it was amazing.”After walking his first batter, Kikuchi (2-1) retired 16 in a row before Mike Tauchman fisted a bloop double over third base with one out in the sixth for New York’s first hit. DJ LeMahieu followed with a single, and Luke Voit’s sacrifice fly prevented a shutout.“He was executing pitches, locating them and spotting them as good as you can,” Yankees designated hitter Miguel And?jar said. Follow Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi delivers during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Photo Gallerylast_img read more