Other Sports Neeraj Chopra undergoes elbow surgery, Doha World Championship participation in doubt

first_imghighlights Mumbai: Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has undergone elbow surgery, raising doubts over his participation in the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 27 to October 6. Neeraj was operated by celebrated orthopaedic surgeon Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala at the Kokilaben Hospital. “Undergone elbow surgery in Mumbai by Dr.Dinshaw Pardiwala. Will require some months of rehabilitation before I can start back with throwing. Hoping to return stronger. Every setback is a setup for a comeback. God wants to bring you out better than you were before,” Neeraj posted on his twitter handle on Friday. The 21-year-old developed pain in his elbow while practising at the NIS Patiala in April.Dr Pardiwala is a renowned orthopaedic surgeon who has treated many sports stars like Sushil Kumar, Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Yogeshwar Dutt, Vinesh Phogat, Akhil Kumar, H S Prannoy among others.RELATEDThe duration for which Neeraj will have to stay away from the action is not yet clear but his chances of being fit in time for the World Championships is a matter of speculation at this point. His coach Bahadur Singh has already urged him not to rush back keeping next year’s Olympics in mind.The elbow injury had earlier forced the Commonwealth and Asian Games champion to skip the Asian Championships held in Doha from April 21 to April 24. The world no. 5 in his discipline would have been India’s brightest hope for a medal. Neeraj shot to fame by winning the javelin gold at the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. From there it was no looking back for the athlete from Panipat, as he went on to win golds at the 2016 South Asian Games, the 2017 Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, and last year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games. Neeraj Chopra won the javelin gold in the Asian and Commonwealth Games.Neeraj Chopra won the 2016 IAAF World U20 gold which shot him to fame.Neeraj Chopra is currently ranked No.5 in the world.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Torres has confidence back – Blues boss

first_imgChelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas declared that Fernando Torres’ confidence has finally been restored after the Spaniard’s superb Champions League display against Genk.Torres, much maligned since his £50m move from Liverpool earlier this year, scored twice and looked back to his brilliant best as the Blues crushed their Belgian opponents 5-0. He has been serving a three-match domestic ban but Villas-Boas opted to restore him to the starting line-up – partly in order to maintain Torres’ match fitness.AdChoices广告The striker responded with his first European goals for the Blues and in all competitions has now scored four times in as many matches for them.Torres was outstanding against Genk“It was never a question of Fernando not being in form,” said Villas-Boas. “It’s just important for players to feel confident, and he’s feeling confident in his abilities now.“It would have been a long period off [had Torres not played] and we are able to choose from the best up front.“But the choice fell with Fernando and he responded well. But I was pleased with the whole team’s performance.”Wednesday’s win left Chelsea top of Group E and on course to reach the next stage of the tournament at a canter.But Villas-Boas is taking nothing for granted and insisted that qualification is still far from certain.He said: “The group could still become very tight depending upon what happens when Leverkusen play Valencia. We will need to be focused on gaining a result against Genk in Belgium.”last_img read more

Hilliard holds onto right-center back spot heading into Rutgers game

first_imgCombined, Skylar Thomas and Jordan Murrell have started all 93 games they’ve played in for Syracuse.The two senior defenders are virtual locks on the back line and, with head coach Ian McIntyre using a three-man defense in 2014, that third spot could belong to a number of others.But through two games, Tyler Hilliard has made it his own.The redshirt junior is one of three players — along with goalie Alex Bono and midfielder Nick Perea — that’s played all 180 minutes of the regular season for the Orange. Hilliard has thrived at right center back, and with his defensive prowess and top-line speed, has helped SU post two shutouts to start the 2014 campaign with heavy competition for back line playing time.After missing 13 games in 2013 due to injury, Hilliard will look to continue his already impressive bounce-back season when SU (2-0) faces Rutgers (2-0) at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey on Thursday at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s very athletic. He’s got pace, strength,” McIntyre said. “Probably him and Skylar Thomas are our best individual defenders, and (Hilliard is) a real warrior out there.”In a 3-0 win against St. Mary’s on Sunday, Hilliard pressured the Gaels all over the field. In the game’s first four minutes, he won two headers off crosses on the left edge of the Gaels’ six-yard box. He successfully slipped passes up the right wing despite St. Mary’s forwards pulling at his jersey hard enough to bend his back. And as the Gaels repeatedly fouled the Orange, Hilliard ignited quick restarts from the defensive third to spur the up-tempo Syracuse attack. The right-most defender in the 3-5-2 is a role Hilliard has embraced, and one he sees himself succeeding in moving forward.“I’m liking it a lot because it gives us more responsibility in the back,” Hilliard said of being one of three defenders, rather than one of four. “Personally, I think I fit into the formation very well, and I’ve played next to both Skylar and Louis (Cross) now, and they’re both very good center backs so everything is working out.”McIntyre has emphasized depth in the back often in the Orange’s young season. With defenders like the now-healthy Chris Makowski, who’s started 51 career games, and Cross, who scored in his Syracuse debut against Niagara on Friday, threatening for minutes, Hilliard’s grasp on a starting role will depend on his ability to continue his exceptional play. He said he’s been at 100 percent since January, through his summer Premier Development League season with the Ocean City Nor’easters. Hilliard has thrived upon returning to school a different player, Murrell said.“His training habits have improved a lot and just trying to keep up with him actually because he’s been working so much harder to get back to where everyone was,” Murrell said. “That’s the sign of a good athlete.Hilliard will be up to his toughest task yet against Rutgers, and with starting spots always up for grabs, he remains unfazed.“There’s competition at every position, so any day anyone could start,” Hilliard said. “In practice, I just work hard, do what I can on the field and let Mac go ahead and take care of the coaching.” Comments Published on September 4, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC set to take on nation’s best at ITA

first_imgFittingly, during this long President’s Day weekend, the No. 1 men’s tennis team (6-0, 0-0) will travel across the country to Thomas Jefferson’s old stomping grounds in Charlottesville, Va.Top spot · Junior Jaak Poldma and the Trojans enter the ITA’s National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. as the top-ranked team. team. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan In this historically-rich location, the Trojans hope to make history as the top seed at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships — hosted by second-seeded University of Virginia (4-1, 0-0).Two weeks ago, as winners of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, USC qualified for the opportunity to face off against the top squads from across the nation.The Trojans are looking forward to the increased fervor and competition that comes with playing a tournament of this magnitude.“The season goes up a couple of levels in intensity at the [ITA Indoor tournament],” USC coach Peter Smith said. “This tournament is an excellent way to compare ourselves against other top teams.”First up on the Trojans’ slate is a first round matchup against No. 26 Fresno State (7-1), where Smith was the head coach from 1992 to 1997. The Bulldogs are riding a hot streak coming into the tournament, coming off upset victories over No. 17 Texas A&M (4-2, 0-0) and No. 32 Rice University (5-1, 0-0) during the Kick-Off Weekend.Also, in its half of the draw, USC finds Pac-10 rivals No. 9 Stanford  (4-0, 0-0) and No. 4 UCLA (2-0, 0-0). This potentially sets up second and third round matches against familiar foes.Even if the potential Pac-10 matchups do not work out, the rest of the teams — other than Fresno State — are all ranked in the top 20, providing a true test for the nation’s top-ranked squad.Playing tennis indoors fosters the ambience of big-time college tennis. Not only do the players not have to deal with the sun or other weather conditions, but the intensity is palpable with the echoing play and of the players cheering their squads on.As with the opening six-match homestand, Smith would like to see how his lesser experienced players — like freshman J.T. Sundling and junior Peter Lucassen — respond as the season progresses.Obviously, the Trojans would like to fly home as victors, but Smith does not place extra pressure on his squad as he continues to evaluate his team.“The Indoors will provide a great atmosphere as well as a great lesson for our team,” Smith said.last_img read more

Heisler: Unlike Magic Johnson’s first trip to greatness with Lakers, this one is no romp

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed A funny thing happened on the way to Magic Johnson’s second trip to greatness.The first was his decade-long romp in the 1980s when he seemed to laugh all the way to five titles and three league MVP awards with the “Showtime” Lakers.Everything worked naturally for him, even when he seemed too giddy to be serious, as when he threw himself around the neck of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who had hit the winning shot in Magic’s NBA debut … or too naive to know he was in over his head, as when he took over for an injured Kareem and put up his 42-15-7 line for the ages, closing out his first Finals in 1980.Johnson wasn’t coolly professional but transparently emotional. Joy flowed out of him. Triumph followed in his tracks. “I’m going to hug ’em and tell them that we got to come together and our goal is still in reach, which is to make the playoffs,” Johnson said before joining the Lakers on the road.Even that became controversial. In Philadelphia, Magic explained he didn’t mean “hug” exactly, because the players were grownups who could suck it up.“I’m not the guy who (says), ‘Ohhhh, I’m going to hold them, I’m going to go up and hug guys,’ ” Johnson said. “I”m not that dude.“Quit making this about thinking these guys are babies because that’s what you’re treating them like. They’re professionals. All of them. And this is how this league works. They know it. I know it. That’s how it goes.”Not that Johnson shouldn’t have pursued a deal for A.D. It wasn’t a failure with the Pelicans determined to wait for summer, but the press was hardly to blame for noticing that the Lakers had been caught in the crunch of trying to do two different things at once.Nor are the Pelicans at fault for not delivering up A.D., even if Magic seemed to think so.The Lakers had planned to wait until summer … until A.D. announced last month that he wanted out now. With Johnson going all-in, Pelicans GM Dell Demps made no secret of his displeasure, at first even refusing to return Magic’s calls.The Pelicans are now in total disarray with Davis having just left a game – and the arena – with a minor shoulder injury and ownership firing Demps, presumably for not having gotten A.D. out of there … good news for the Lakers after butting heads in an emotional standoff with the former GM.The Lakers’ own season jumped the rails from the outset, confused as their objectives were with the dual mission of returning to the playoffs while positioning themselves for the summer’s dealmaking.Johnson had his own reason for their start, airing out Coach Luke Walton at the seven-game mark in a loud, private session that couldn’t have gotten out faster if they held it on live TV.Subsequent reporting said Magic wants a fiery, Pat Riley-type coach. The closest Johnson came to reassuring anybody, including pro-Luke owner Jeanie Buss, was only, “He’ll finish the season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”Management by celebrity has long been the Laker Way. Happily for them, one of their brightest on-court stars, Jerry West, became a management icon, too, with the advantage of being able to learn the job working alongside Bill Sharman with a roster that included Magic and Kareem.New as Magic was when he was hired two years ago, he seemed to have a feel for this … and if there was a doubt, you had only to ask him.Indeed, if Mitch Kupchak’s draft choices set him up, it was Magic with his trademark charisma who landed James, making all sorts of moves possible.Magic remains blithely, often giddily, transparent from coy remarks to Jimmy Kimmel about targeting other teams’ stars (“Wink, wink”) … to his loud session with Walton and subsequent disinclination to commit to him … to announcing they wouldn’t make the Cavaliers’ mistake of surrounding James with shooting specialists and become “Cleveland all over again.”The Cavs made four Finals and won a title with LeBron in his second stint there. The Lakers might not make the playoffs in his debut with them.Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant, still in the loop after turning down Jeanie’s offer to join the front office, gave an in-depth analysis of the non-Cavaliers approach, as if he helped draw it up, himself … as he might have.“You can’t beat Golden State by playing Golden State style,” Kobe said. “Just not going to happen.“They (Lakers) are building around strong physical players … that can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, defend the ball. So when you’re building a team with that kind of versatility and physicality, that’s something that can challenge Golden State.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers In practice, they’re only challenging the .500 mark.Even with the surprising success of acquisitions JaVale McGee, Rondo and Stephenson, the Lakers found they needed 3-point shooting … in the midst of an offensive revolution that’s all about 3-point shooting.Some surprise, huh?That prompted moves to get shooters Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala – temporary as both look on expiring contracts – throwing prospects Ivica Zubac and Svi Mykhailiuk over the side.Yet to be seen is where the Lakers go from here.Whether for better or worse, it will be thrilling.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPeople around him planned their careers around him. Pat Riley said he would coach only as long as Johnson was there.I understood. As a Lakers beat writer, I turned down my boss’ offer to write an NBA column, which is like being in a hammock compared to covering a team, because it was so much fun being around Magic every day.Johnson’s second foray to greatness seems tantalizingly close with LeBron James here and Anthony Davis trying to join him, but it doesn’t look like as much fun.Success isn’t instant and far from guaranteed. Johnson’s emotions often cut against him, as they did last week when the team dropped to 10th place in the Western Conference standings with Magic at pains to deny writing the season off … while charging that the Pelicans had failed to negotiate an A.D. trade in good faith … in what everyone knew to be a fire sale.Even reassuring his troops was hard for Magic, after literally offering half of them (Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley) in proposed packages for Davis. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

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LaLiga’s plan to return

first_imgLaLiga has prepared a report that explains to all the clubs the protocol to follow once you can gradually return to training. The Cope has had access to a draft prepared by the employers, in which four different phases are set so that the competition resumes without jeopardizing health footballers.Thebes and his team consider that fifteen days of training are necessary before restarting LaLiga Santander. There would therefore be four phases: training preparation, solo training, training of eight players in three different groups and, finally, conventional collective training. Always according to the information of the Cope, LaLiga considers that an isolation of the templates and technical bodies is necessary in a hotel or in the sports city itself and that only authorized personnel access these facilities. Thus, the contagions that would slow down the domestic tournament would be avoided.Also, 72 hours before undertaking this return plan, LaLiga will proceed to perform a coronavirus test on each and every player of the championship. Not only that, but also all the people who live with them to start the isolation protocol in case of positives.last_img read more

National Christian Taskforce Plans 3-Day Nation-Wide Fast & Prayer

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus by the religious people across the country, the National Christian Taskforce has planned a three day nation wide fast and prayer aimed at praying for the eradication of the epidemic and presenting the nation to God.“We have obediently and prayerfully set Thursday January 29 to Saturday January 31 2015 for the next united three days nation wide fast and prayer, to come to God as one people, to thank, worship and glorify Jesus all across Liberia,” the acting chairperson of the National Christian Taskforce, David Benitoe told news reporters.Making the disclosure over the weekend at the Bethel Cathedral Church in Oldest Congo Town, Benitoe, said the primary purpose of the fast and prayer is to spiritually deal with spill-over issues of prior years and set the course of a new year for the nation.“This is a nation wide fast and prayer, which means that believers in all the various counties will simultaneously fast and pray on the three days to God to restore normality to the nation and also eradicate this deadly virus from Liberia.”“We pray that no vaccine that has not been proven safe for humans by the appropriate international regulatory bodies must be tested on Ebola free Liberians,” he warned.He continued, “We must all come together in one place, in each city or town in one accord and in humility to publicly exalt and glorify Jesus all across the land on January 31, the final and third day of the fast and prayer.” Mr. Benitoe further disclosed that “God has warned that if we do not remain steadfast and consistent this time in prayer as a nation and people, we will see more difficult times then we have seen in recent past.”He stressed that the evil ones are determined to trouble Liberia, but God is more determined to fight for Liberia if we, His people cooperate with Him, adding that, “We do not want to scare anyone, but as watchmen over the nation, the church must blow the trumpet to keep all awake and alert.”“This time, we will strive to be more spiritually proactive than reactive as a church and people of God in our nation. We will not just look for solutions to problems, we should and will prevent problems as God directs.”According to him, the focus point for the fast and prayer will be for us to repent, worship and thank God as well as asking for God’s perfect will to be done in Liberia.“Only what God approves should happen in Liberia after this fast and prayer. Let God destroy every godless plan and permit only his plan for Liberia should stand,” he asserted.Mr. Benitoe further stressed that the nation was vulnerable at this time and holding together as people and nation in prayer for a breakthrough would help us also for medical solutions to Ebola. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Work to Modernize Liberia,” Educator challenges graduates

first_imgDr. John T. Wulu, Jr. addresses the graduatesA United States-based Liberian educator has admonished 2018 graduates of the Richard M. Nixon Institute to work collectively to make Liberia a modern nation, in spite of the prevailing economic situation.Dr. John T. Wulu, Jr., Chairman of the John and Minnie Wulu School System on Capitol Bye-Pass, told the graduates to mentally, spiritually and emotionally prepare themselves to improve the country’s infrastructural development.And because of such condition, Wulu wants the graduates to be masters of their own destiny by recognizing the sources of their achievements.He further challenged each of them to pursue higher education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, emphasizing that Liberia needs medical doctors, nurses, and technicians for its healthcare system, as well as qualified professionals, and educators to work in its educational system.“The future of Liberia is intertwined with your future as graduates, and so you must make it your responsibility to focus on building the infrastructure. Liberians should give back to Liberia in whatever little way,” Wulu said.Dr. Wulu’s admonition was contained in a speech he recently delivered at the graduation ceremony of 34 students of the Nixon Institute in Monrovia. He called on the graduates to see the quality of early primary education as their first goal to advance to the next level.“Everyday matters in life, and so as you are being self-prepared, see the quality of early/primary education for all as your goal; see secondary education as the path to a brighter and a stabilizing future, and see higher education as platinum,” Wulu challenged the graduates.He also wants them to be humble, responsible, respectful and law-abiding in all that they do.He added, “Don’t let any life-holding obstacle to stop you, but to always find a way to go around it. And that’s what self-preparation does.”Members of the Richard M. Nixon Institute’s graduating class of 2018 listening to Dr. Wulu’s admonitionWulu told the graduates to identify issues facing the country by collaborating with the leaders to create and deploy practical and sustainable solutions.“We all know that the challenges of nation building are enormous, and non-exhaustive, including the need to enhance post office services with mail delivery to homes directly (identifying home address and location of residents in the country is important); improving sanitation/drainage system; refining transportation system (having more traffic lights for safety, improving roads and crosswalks for the sake of pedestrians and motorists); ensuring there is visibility of police to protect lives and properties, and availing electricity and clean water to the citizens,” Wulu said.He urged the graduates to pursue higher education. “I am making available as of today in the presence of attending your graduation that I will be responsible for your registration fees, tuition payments, and costs for books and instructional materials if you can enroll at the University of Liberia between now and the end of year 2020,” Wulu assured the graduates.Grand Gedeh County Senator G. Alphonso Gaye encouraged the graduates to persevere by following their academic dreams. Sen. Gaye said he came from parents who were poor farmers, but today he serves as the senior senator at the Legislature.He implored the graduates to see Dr. Wulu’s address as guidance for motivation in their academic and professional pursuit. Dr. Wulu is currently the chairman of the John and Minnie Wulu School System (JMWSS) and the John and Minnie Wulu (JMW) Legacy.The School System comprises three schools, including the Richard M. Nixon Institute (also known as the John Wulu High School) on Capitol Bye-Pass, the John Wulu Elementary School at WarWein, and the Minnie Wulu Elementary and Junior High School at St. Paul Bridge, Bushrod Island.Dr. Wulu resides in the U.S., and works as Chief Statistician/Senior Mathematical Statistician/Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ICE Health Service Corps in Washington, D.C.He has been working for the U.S. Federal Government for at least 18 years. He currently serves as Associate Professor (adjunct) of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of Maryland, and Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at the Montgomery College Department of Mathematics. He has had at least 30 years of teaching experience at universities and colleges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police rank denies cavity -searching teen

first_imgThe female officer at the centre of the alleged sexual assault perpetrated on a teenager at the Ogle International Airport (OAI) on Sunday morning has denied committing the act.“A statement has been obtained from the female rank (implicated in the allegation), who has denied to have done a cavity search of the passenger,” the Guyana Police Force said on Tuesday.The Force also confirmed that the rank is attached to its Narcotics Branch.Since the incident, three days ago, there has been a blame game played out between the Police Force and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) as to which agency the implicated rank was from. However, in a statement on Tuesday, the Force “…acknowledge that the search of the 17-year-old…was conducted by a female rank of the Force’s Narcotics Branch”. An investigation into the matter has since been launched by the GPF’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).The teenage girl was alleged to have been cavity-searched over the weekend, as she was about to depart Guyana for Barbados. In the process, she was sexually assaulted.It has been reported that the 17-year-old, who was on her way to visit relatives, was allegedly subjected to a “strip search” by officers at the airport, before being placed in a room where a female officer allegedly inserted her finger in the girl’s private parts. The law enforcement rank had reportedly asked the teen to “spread out and cough”.A close relative of the young lady has said the family is seeking professional/legal advice on the matter, and has accordingly declined to comment further on the alleged incident.CANU Head, Michael Atherly, had initially condemned the act, telling the Guyana Times on Sunday afternoon that the search done on the teenager had been improperly carried out.“…the officers had a right to take the person to the hospital and have a certified doctor carry out that search. The action that was taken was incorrect, and they had no right (to do what they had allegedly done),” Atherly had stated.If the Policewoman is found culpable, she stands to be demoted, fined, or dismissed from the GPF.Two weeks ago, while addressing the Annual Police Officers Conference, President David Granger had stated that the practice of transferring and demoting rogue elements would not end rogue behaviours in the GPF.This “cavity search” allegation is being seen as a serious incident, given that Jamaican national Shanique Myrie had to be compensated US$38,000 by the Barbados Government after she alleged being sexually assaulted and raped by a female immigration officer at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados during a cavity search.Myrie was awarded the sum as damages by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) after she had filed a lawsuit claiming she had been subjected to a dehumanising cavity search by a female immigration officer whilst being locked in a filthy room overnight, and deported to Jamaica in March 2011.last_img read more