White-ball players benefit from England contract revamp

first_imgBATSMAN Joe Root is set to earn about £1M a year as part of a revamp of England’s central contract system.The shake-up has been designed to better reward one-day and Twenty20 international players.Previously, contracts were geared towards Test players and white-ball specialists would only receive partial contracts.Yorkshire’s Root is one of four men to be awarded both contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).The others are Warwickshire pace bowler Chris Woakes, and all-rounders Moeen Ali (Worcestershire) and Ben Stokes (Durham).The way financial packages will be calculated will also see Root, 25, benefit.To decide how much players will earn, the ECB will rank them based on their performances on the pitch, “as well as a number of other factors, including off-field contribution, fielding and fitness”.“For Root on the most senior grade, which also now reflects off-field contribution, fielding and fitness, this means an income from the ECB in the vicinity of £1M a year,” BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said.The new 12-month contracts – 10 of which have been given to Test players, and 11 in white-ball cricket – come into effect from October 1.The ECB said it was making the changes in recognition of how limited-overs cricket was increasing in popularity.“I think the central contract system, it’s great that it’s taking white ball cricket seriously,” England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler told BBC Sport.“Andrew Strauss has said that he wants to treat the two games as equals and the results are starting to show from that change of mindset.”Director of cricket Strauss added: “We believe the restructure of the central contract system will recognise the increased focus of the shorter format and the importance that we place on this.“It is undeniable that the introduction of central contracts in 2002 has greatly benefited the fortunes of the England Test team. During this period, the team has consistently performed well against the other Test nations around the world. We hope that continues over the next few years.”Batsman Ian Bell, who last played for England in November 2015, is the only player with a full 2015-16 central contract to drop off the new list completely – meaning that his county Warwickshire must now take over his salary.The restructuring is designed to emphasise the ever-growing importance of one-day cricket, with the Champions Trophy to be staged here next summer and the World Cup in 2019.Central contracts have revolutionised English cricket, at times causing friction with the counties as players are rested. Surely key to this structure will be the availability of players for the proposed city-based Twenty20 competition.Test contracts: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire); James Anderson (Lancashire); Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire); Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire); Alastair Cook (Essex); Steven Finn (Middlesex); Joe Root (Yorkshire); Ben Stokes (Durham); Chris Woakes (Warwickshire); Mark Wood (Durham)White-ball contracts: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire); Jos Buttler (Lancashire); Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire); Eoin Morgan (Middlesex); Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire); Joe Root(Yorkshire); Jason Roy (Surrey); Adil Rashid (Yorkshire); Ben Stokes (Durham); Chris Woakes (Warwickshire); David Willey (Yorkshire).(BBC Sport)Increment contracts: Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)last_img read more

Hockey News Mandeep Singh hat-trick helps India beat Japan 6-3, reach final in Olympic Test Event hockey

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Tokyo: Mandeep Singh struck a fine hat-trick to help the Indian men’s hockey team beat hosts Japan 6-3 and book a summit clash berth in the Olympic Test Event on Tuesday.The Indian team bounced back from their 1-2 loss against New Zealand with an impressive display in their third match at the Oi Hockey Stadium.India again face New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday. Mandeep found the target in the 9th, 29th and 30th minutes while Nilakanta Sharma (3rd), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (7th) and Gurjant Singh (41st) were the other scorers for India. Kentaro Fukuda (25th), Kenta Tanaka (36th) and Kazuma Murata (52nd) scored the goals for Japan.Nilakanta gave India an excellent start through a field goal in the third minute. Buoyed by the early lead, the Indian team put tremendous pressure on the Japan defence as Gurjant Singh took a shot on goal, but saw his effort going wide of the post.However, a penalty corner was awarded to India in the seventh minute which was converted brilliantly by Nilam Sanjeep to help the team take a 2-0 lead.India continued to take the aggressive approach and Mandeep found the back of the net with an excellent field goal in the ninth minute. Japan tried to make inroads in the last few minutes of the first quarter as they won a penalty corner. Gurinder Singh positioned himself brilliantly and defended the shot on the goal line. India led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.India continued their attacking game in the second quarter with Jarmanpreet Singh taking a shot on goal, but putting it wide of the post.Captain Harmanpreet Singh had a shot on target, but the Japanese goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa pulled off a brilliant save. Japan managed to open their account through a field goal through Kentaro Fukuda in the 25th minute, but Mandeep scored two field goals in quick succession to help India take a big 5-1 lead. The Indian vice-captain scored just before the half-time whistle in the 29th and 30th minutes.Japan started the third quarter on an aggressive note. They took a shot on goal, which was blocked out brilliantly by goalkeeper Krishan Pathak. However, the Japanese team kept putting pressure on the Indian defence and found a field goal through Kenta Tanaka in the 36th minute.India did not let the momentum shift towards the Japanese side as forward Gurjant found the back of the net in the 41st minute to make it 6-2 which put the world number 5 side in a dominant position at the end of the third quarter. Japan attacked the Indian defence in the the fourth quarter and scored their third goal through Kazuma Murata in the 52nd minute.India were awarded a penalty corner with five minutes left on the clock, but the shot went wide off the post. India also saved a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the match. The win put India in the second spot in the points table and they face toppers New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday. last_img read more

Espanyol Sack Coach after Defeat to Omeruo’s Leganes

first_imgEspanyol sacked coach Pablo Machin on Monday after a 2-0 defeat by relegation rivals Leganes which left them bottom of La Liga.Machin’s side were comfortably beaten at Butarque on Sunday to leave them five points from safety.“Espanyol report that Pablo Machin has been relieved of his responsibilities as coach of the men’s first team,” Espanyol said in a statement. “The club has taken this decision as a result of the team’s performance and with the clear desire to change the team’s situation in La Liga.”Espanyol fired coach David Gallego in October and replaced him with Machin, who was only at the helm for 10 league matches.Although he helped steer Espanyol into the Europa League round of 32, Machin only managed one win in Spain’s top flight, suffering seven defeats.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Conlon olympic dream shattered

first_imgThe 24-year-old has suffered a controversial and shock defeat in today’s Bantamweight quarter-final.Despite appearing to dominate the fight, the judges ruled that his opponent – Vladimir Nikitin (pr: Nee-key-tin) of Russia was the winner by unanimous decision.The London 2012 bronze medallist looked to be landing the cleaner punches from the very start, but bizarrely was judged to have lost the first round 9-10 across all three cards. Conlan responded by increasing his work-rate to take the second round by the same margin.The third round turned into a scrappy contest as both fighters tired, but Conlan still appeared to have done enough to win – until the result was announced.It’s the latest in a series of controversial decisions that have been made in the boxing arena this week and afterwards Conlan said that his dreams had been shattered by the decision…last_img read more

Rankings out: Here’s what Tiger Woods’ first major championship win in 11 years has done for his overall rank

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By Tiger Woods continued his stunning rise up the world rankings on Monday, April 15, by officially returning to the top 10 for the first time since 2014 after his dramatic fifth Masters win. He was ranked outside the top 1,000 in November 2017 when he embarked on his comeback from a fourth back surgery, but now has the top five of Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas in his sights. First Published: 15th April, 2019 20:04 IST READ: ‘Never Stop Chasing Your Crazy Dream’: Nike Celebrates Tiger Woods’ Sensational Comeback Augusta Masters WinWoods’ next target may be a return to the top of the rankings, where he spent a record 683 weeks between 1997 and 2014, including 281 consecutively. Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Last Updated: 15th April, 2019 20:04 IST Rankings Out: Here’s What Tiger Woods’ First Major Championship Win In 11 Years Has Done For His Overall Rank Tiger Woods continued his stunning rise up the world rankings on Monday, April 15, by officially returning to the top 10 for the first time since 2014 after his dramatic fifth Masters win Johnson reclaimed the world number one ranking from Rose just a week after losing it to the Englishman, thanks to his tied-second finish behind Woods as Rose missed the Masters cut for the first time in his career.Koepka jumped back above McIlroy to third despite narrowly missing out on a fourth major title in just seven attempts.READ: “The Jacket Sure Is Comfortable,” Tweets Tiger Woods After Monumental Win At The MastersXander Schauffele, the other runner-up in Georgia, moved up one place to ninth.World top 201. Dustin Johnson (USA)    10.01 average pts (+1) 2. Justin Rose (ENG)        9.20 (-1)3. Brooks Koepka (USA)      8.96 (+1)4. Rory McIlroy (NIR)       8.32 (-1)5. Justin Thomas (USA)      8.046. Tiger Woods (USA)        7.74 (+6)7. Francesco Molinari (ITA) 7.438. Bryson DeChambeau (USA)  7.24 (-2)9. Xander Schauffele (USA)  6.56 (+1)10. Rickie Fowler (USA)     6.00 (-1)11. Jon Rahm (ESP)          5.98 (-3)12. Paul Casey (ENG)        5.40 (-1)13. Jason Day (AUS)         5.23 (+1)14. Tony Finau (USA)        5.15 (+1)15. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)   5.02 (-2)16. Matt Kuchar (USA)       4.8717. Bubba Watson (USA)      4.6018. Patrick Cantlay (USA)   4.36 (+3)19. Patrick Reed (USA)      4.35 (-1)20. Webb Simpson (USA)      4.22 (+3).  COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TV The 43-year-old climbed six spots to sixth after a one-shot victory at Augusta National which crowned one of the greatest comeback stories in sport with a first major title since the 2008 US Open.last_img read more

Tipp duo competing at Para-Cycling World Championships

first_imgThe Tipperary duo of Peter Ryan and Seán Hahessy will fly the flag for Ireland at the Para-Cycling World Championships over the coming days.They will compete in the tandem time trial in South Africa today.Peter from Upperchurch Drombane and Sean from Carrick on Suir will take to the start line in the road race on Sunday. The pair will be hoping to break into the top 5.last_img

Rivers Utd, Eunisell Renew Front-of-Shirt Sponsorship

first_imgSkipper Festus targets trophy in new NPFL seasonDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club side, Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt and Eunisell, Nigeria’s leading global chemical and specialty fluid management company, have renewed their front-of-shirt contract for the new season scheduled to kick off in January.Speaking at the unveiling of Rivers Utd’s New Jersey for the 2017/2018 NPFL season at the Renaissance Hotel on Isaac John Street in Ikeja GRA yesterday, Group Managing Director of Eunisell, Chika Ikenga, expressed the company’s faith in the team and the Nigerian League. “We have been supporting the team for a while now with our belief in them growing with every new season. Our support is a strong evidence of our belief in the Nigerian club football.“We continue to recognize the important role football and sports generally play in our lives and in our economy. Football brings people together in fun, entertainment and good fellowship,” observed the Eunisell chief executive.While admitting that the last NPFL season was not a smooth one for the Garden City team, he urged Rivers Utd to strive to win a silverware this new season.Skipper of the team, Austin Festus on behalf of his teammates apologized for the performance of Rivers Utd.“We hereby tender unreserved apology for our performance last season. Although we were the last Nigerian team standing in Continental campaign last season, we however failed to meet the desired goal of our fans and sponsors.,” observed the captain fondly called Koboko by his fans in Port Harcourt.“ This coming season we are gunning for a major trophy. We are not going to give any excuse this time around. We were well motivated by our Governor Nyesom Wike and our Shirt Sponsor Eunisell. We want to repay their belief in us with a good trophy this season,” concludes Festus.League Management Company’s Head of Special Projects, Harry Iwuala, who represented Chairman of the body, Shehu Dikko at the event, commended Eunisell for its steadfastness in supporting Nigerian football.“I commend Eunisell for keeping up its partnership with Rivers United. I also want to advise the team not to rely on front shirt sponsorship alone. They should explore other areas of generating revenue in other to take the burden of funding away from the state government. I hereby call on other clubs to emulate what is happening between Rivers Utd and Eunisell,” observed the LMC official at the event.Eunisell first entered into the front of shirt partnership with defunct Sharks FC in 2015. The deal was extended to Rivers Utd when both Sharks and Dolphins were collapsed to form the new state team. Eunisell renewed the contract in 2017 with Rivers Utd for another term before the signing of a fresh term yesterday in Lagos. It is the longest shirt sponsorship in the NPFL.For its support for the team.. Eunisell was rewarded with a Special Recognition Award at the League Bloggers Award (LBA) ceremony which held recently in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

RECORDS: Ahly tops clubs with most titles

first_imgEgyptian giants, Al-Ahly have overtaken Italian side, AC Milan as the Club with the most internationally recognized titles.The CAF Champions League holders attained the feat following their 3-2 win over CS Sfaxien of Tunisia last Thursday in Cairo, taking their tally of international titles to 19, one more than AC Milan.The breakdown of the ‘Red Devils’ titles are: – Eight (8) CAF Champions League [1982,1987,2001,2005,2006,2008,2012,2013]; – Four (4) CAF Cup Winners’ Cup [1984,1985,1986,1993]; – Six (6) CAF Super Cup [2002,006,2007,2009.2013,2014]  – One (1) Afro-Asian Cup [1988].Milan’s 18 international trophy haul include seven (7) UEFA Champions League, five (5) UEFA Super Cup, two (2) UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, three (3) Intercontinental Cup and one (1) FIFA Club World.CAF President Issa Hayatou has congratulated Ahly on the feat, describing it as positive for African football.“Congratulations to Ahly on this historic achievement. CAF is proud of this record that puts Africa on the world map yet again. “This is positive sign that African football has come of age and it will encourage other clubs to do more,” said Hayatou.last_img read more

Stan Wawrinka stuns Novak Djokovic to win Roland Garros

first_imgStanislas Wawrinka shocked world number one Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to win the French Open and claim his second Grand Slam title.The eighth seed, booed by the crowd when he played French opponents this year, handed Serbian Djokovic his third defeat in three Roland Garros finals to add a second major to his 2014 Australian Open title.”I played the match of my life, it’s hard to believe. Playing against Novak was one of the biggest challenges. I know how much he wanted this Roland Garros,” Wawrinka said courtside.”It was a crazy atmosphere these two weeks. I’d like to thank you.”Wawrinka used his superb one-handed backhand to devastating effect, hitting flat groundstrokes that wore down eight-times grand slam champion Djokovic, who was looking to complete a career grand slam in Paris.He sealed victory on his second match point with his 60th winner, a flashing backhand down the line that made him the second Swiss player to prevail Porte d’Auteuil after Roger Federer in 2009. –last_img read more

Jimmy Butler reportedly heated at end of loss to Bulls: ‘We better draw up a better f—g play’

first_imgButler talked about the final sequence in the locker room.”I think I should have just fought through the screen, stay with my man,” Butler said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I think a lot of that’s on me, I gotta take that, I think I gotta just be better on the defensive end.””I think I gotta just be better on the defensive end.”He says he should have fought through the screen on the Zach LaVine play that helped the Bulls over the Sixers. pic.twitter.com/2Z7BAcPm4j— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 7, 2019The 76ers fell to 41-24 with the loss. LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list Jimmy Butler is about as competitive as they come and he was visibly upset at the end of the 76ers’ 108-107 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.A few minutes after a Zach LaVine bucket gave the Bulls the lead and an apparent victory, a strange series of events saw the 76ers leave the court thinking they had lost only to be called back out as 0.5 seconds were put back on the clock. LeBron James passes Michael Jordan: Who is the GOAT?center_img After the presumed loss before the teams had to comeback out Jimmy Butler could be heard yelling “We better draw up a better f****** play if we do”. Brett Brown was close enough to hear it— Tony Gill (@tonygill670) March 7, 2019The 76ers were unable to score and lost the game.Philadelphia surrendered the lead in the final seconds of the game when LaVine finished an open layup after Butler and Mike Scott appeared to have a defensive lapse.Bad lossWho’s fault was this?Mike Scott or Jimmy Butler?pic.twitter.com/f1AYdBsZ4L— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 7, 2019Soon after, Butler was seen on the bench expressing displeasure with the defense the 76ers ran on the play. When the team was called back, Butler was clearly upset.”We better draw up a better f—ng play if we do,” Butler reportedly said, via 670 The Score. Related Newslast_img read more