first_imgCoverage of Pakistan Super League has been suspended in India.Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.India will take on Pakistan in Old Trafford on June 16 in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Pulwama terror attack which resulted in the death of 40 CRPF jawans has impacted India and Pakistan cricket relations in a big way. Portraits of Pakistan cricket players were removed from Punjab Cricket Association and Rajasthan Cricket Association while Imran Khan’s photo is apparently on the verge of being removed from the Cricket Club of India (CCI). Speaking about the situation, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla has said the actions are justified. “Whatever is happening, Imran Khan’s portrait being removed or MFN status revoked is people’s outrage and the reaction is justified. I’ve always said the sport is above politics but now it will hamper sporting ties too, not until Pakistan sponsored terrorism is stopped,” Shukla told Times Now in an interview.With cricketing tensions at an all-time low, there are calls for India to boycott their game against Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup which will be played in Manchester on June 16. When asked about such a move, Shukla said, “Cannot say now whether we will play Pakistan in the World Cup as it’s too far but our policy and position is very clear, we will wait for the government’s decision,” Shukla said. The Cricket Club of India (CCI) has covered the photo of Imran Khan, who is the former skipper and current Prime Minister of Pakistan while the photo of several Pakistan players has been removed from the Punjab Cricket Association and Rajasthan Cricket Association. Speaking about the incident, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed ‘regret’ and said it will take up the issue with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting which will be later in the month.Apart from cricket associations, the coverage of the Pakistan Super League in India has also been affected. IMG Reliance has pulled out of covering the PSL games while D Sports has also suspended the coverage of the PSL games on Television in India. Apart from TV, digital platforms have also taken a stand with Cricbuzz, a popular digital platform not covering the games on their website. highlightslast_img read more

first_imgBack from a long break necessitated by the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil, Africa’s Premier and Division One Beach Soccer leagues have resumed at the La Beach Soccer Arena in the Ghanaian capital Accra. The 8 weeks lull was expected to turn things around for a number of teams and defending champions Sunset made most of their preparations with a comfortable 3-0 victory over glamour club East Legon Sharks. The Volta boys played a tactically superior game by scoring a goal in each of the three sessions of the game to seal their three points. La-Yoca versus Dansoman was a fiercely contested Accra derby with the DC team holding their nerves when it mattered most to claim the three points. La Yoca scored first through Abdallah Michael before being pegged back with two quick goals from Dansoman. The La based club wrestled back the advantage, taking a 3-2 lead into the final quarter of the game to set up a nerve wracking finish. Dansoman were to have the last laugh thanks to hero Mathew Lamptey who popped up with two perfectly crafted goals to hand Dansoman the three points as it ended 4-3 at the death. Newly promoted Nima BSC continue their resurgence after a shaky baptism of fire at the start of the season.In a six-goal thriller, they matched Teshie United stride for stride picking up their first point in the top flight of the Ghana beach soccer league. A spirited display with a brace from Adapesah Sampson and a goal from Alhassan Sadat rescued a point for them against the slick Teshie team who dominated for greater parts of the game. The current league leaders from Keta maintained their good run without kicking a ball at the La Beach Soccer Arena.Havedzi Mighty Warriors were pumped up and ready for opponents Ada Assurance but the latter failed to turn up.A potential suspension looms for Ada whose CEO ironically sat and watched the other games from the sides. In another interesting development, two time goal king, Richard Osa finally broke his 6 week scoring drought with a brace to aid his Wuo Gbee side dispatch Gulf powers 4-3. In the big game of Division One, African Angels conjured a huge upset, by defeating leaders Golden Eagles 5-4. The end to end action and three precious points for the Angels has thrown the race for promotion in that division wide open.last_img read more

first_imgPart of that entailed Randle sensing Russell’s big night.“He made it easy on me,” Randle said. “When our guys get hot like that, you just find and feed them the ball. We got guys who can shoot it here without a conscious.”Russell did not necessarily just shoot without a conscious. He noted he took plenty of shots because Brooklyn’s defense forced the Lakers’ frontline to become playmakers.Nonetheless, Clarkson observed that Russell “likes playing against Brooklyn.” After all, Russell’s big night came against the same opponent he scored a career-high 39 points on March 1 last season. When Russell provided those theatrics, he pointed to his forearm and referred to the “ice in my veins.”On Tuesday, that ice stayed cold while Russell’s shot heated up.Once he left the floor with 2:27 left in the first quarter, Russell already had posted 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting. To open the third quarter, he sliced through three Nets defenders before hitting a 3-pointer. He made two more 3-pointers moments later on consecutive possessions.“The shots are going to fall some nights and some nights they don’t,” Walton said. “We’ll take it. But I was more impressed with how he got after it defensively tonight. Obviously, he hit a couple of shots and he hit a rhythm.”The Nets’ Brook Lopez (30 points, 10 rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (29) kept the game competitive, but the Lakers closed out with Russell overseeing the offense. When he re-entered the game for the final 5:54, Russell set up a jumper for Randle, then converted on a turnaround jumper on the next play. He guided a Lakers lineup that included rookie forward Brandon Ingram, Clarkson, Randle and Mozgov to close out the game. After Mozgov was called for a foul on a trailer block on Nets forward Justin Hamilton in the final minute, Russell was bulldozed by a defender fighting for the rebound. He then made both foul shots.Moments later, Russell heard the cheers both for a Lakers victory and a strong performance.“It’s good to see him catch a rhythm like that,” Clarkson said, “make shots and hold us together as a team.” Meanwhile, Russell impressed Lakers coach Luke Walton in a different way.“He was active on defense That’s what I was most impressed and happy with. It feels like every time he has one of these big games, he starts the game making plays for us on the defensive end.”After being held to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting in Sunday’s blowout loss in Minnesota, it only took Russell two minutes to surpass that hiccup. After figuring out all season when to pass and when to score, Russell just simply became aggressive and let that determine his decision-making. And after sitting out the fourth quarter of Friday’s win in Sacramento because of five turnovers, Russell minimized those miscues (two turnovers) and closed out Tuesday’s victory.All of that helped the Lakers (7-5) improve their home record to 4-1 to open an eight-day, four-game homestand. Despite Russell’s prolific scoring performance, the Lakers remained balanced with Timofey Mozgov’s post presence (20 points), Julius Randle’s second career triple-double (17 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists), Jordan Clarkson’s hustle (13 points, five steals) and Tarik Black’s efficient minutes off the bench (12 points, nine rebounds). And the Lakers scored at least 120 points for the fourth time, something they did just three times last season.“I didn’t feel like we got in a great flow tonight. Just felt a little off,” Walton said, who noted that Randle is “continuing to get better and really realize what he’s capable of doing.” LOS ANGELES >> Anytime D’Angelo Russell touched the ball, it quickly found its way to the basket.He drained four 3-pointers within a two-minute sequence. He had a pair of assists in between those shots. And after the Lakers labored through sluggish starts in victories and losses, Russell’s presence jolted the Lakers with an infusion of energy and they rode it to a 125-118 victory Tuesday night at Staples Center.Russell finished with a season-high 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He was 11-of-20 from the field, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range.“Every shot felt like I was hot,” Russell said. “Teammates kept finding me.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more