Lost in translation: NBA statement different in English and ChineseLost in translation: NBA statement different in English and Chinese

first_imgBecoming his own man Colmenares: Rights workers, drug war victims have proof EJKs are state-sponsored PLAY LIST 02:15Colmenares: Rights workers, drug war victims have proof EJKs are state-sponsored00:51Drilon: Court must order transfer of Bilibid inmates01:10Drilon: I voted for GCTA passage but didn’t realize implications02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Thing is, the league never actually said those words.NBA spokesman Mike Bass’ statement, which had only one version and was delivered in English, began like this: “We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manIt continued, but never said “extremely disappointed,” ″inappropriate” or “severely hurt the feelings” of anyone.“There should be no discrepancy on the statement issued last night,” Bass said Monday. “We have seen various interpretations of the translation of the Mandarin version, but our statement in English is the league’s official statement.” The divergent language in the NBA’s Chinese Weibo statement appears to be an effort to assuage people in China who have expressed outrage over Morey’s initial tweet, though Monday’s post appeared to be insufficient for many on Weibo. Commenters accused Morey of supporting Hong Kong independence and called on Chinese basketball fans to boycott the NBA.Calls to the NBA China offices in Beijing and Shanghai went unanswered Monday, a national holiday.Morey’s tweet prompted a wave of censure from Chinese companies.A search Monday for Houston Rockets merchandise on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao turned up zero results. Li-Ning, a major Chinese sporting goods brand, said in a statement Sunday it was suspending cooperation with the Rockets because of Morey’s “mistaken remarks.” Hupu, a sports news website, has likewise suspended all coverage of the Rockets and locked the section of its website previously dedicated to the team.Meanwhile, some U.S. lawmakers and even Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro have condemned the NBA for succumbing to Chinese censorship.The NBA has allowed and even encouraged its players and coaches to be outspoken on social and political issues in the United States, which makes this move stand out.A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under the framework of “one country, two systems,” which promises the territory certain democratic freedoms not afforded to the mainland. Some anti-government protesters in recent months have violently expressed their opposition to the ruling Communist Party.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Divers fight Senegal’s plastic tide MOST READ LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?center_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The “hurt feelings” phrase is commonly used by Chinese authorities to describe perceived gaffes by foreign parties. Similar phrasing was used by Mercedes-Benz in February 2018 when it had to apologize for quoting the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a social media post. The auto company apologized for “wrong information” that “hurt the feelings of Chinese people.”Morey tweeted a now-deleted image that read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” in reference to four months of pro-democracy demonstrations in the semiautonomous Chinese territory, which has been mired in escalating violence between protesters and law enforcement.As a result of the tweet, the Chinese Basketball Association — whose president is Yao Ming, the former Rockets center — said Sunday it was suspending its relationship with the team, and Chinese media giant Tencent and Chinese state television said they would no longer be broadcasting Rockets games.Fallout continued Monday when two NBA G League games between Houston’s affiliate and Dallas’ affiliate, scheduled to be played this month in China, were canceled.Both Morey and the NBA then said his tweets do not represent the Rockets or the league.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, grabs at James Harden as they joke around at the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball preseason game against the Shanghai Sharks, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)BEIJING — The NBA statement originally made in English had a different twist when it came out in Chinese.The NBA’s Chinese social media account posted a statement Monday saying the league was “extremely disappointed” by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s “inappropriate” tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, adding that Morey’s view “severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fake currency racket busted; three arrestedFake currency racket busted; three arrested

first_imgHyderabad, Sep 9 (PTI) Police here today claimed to have busted an inter-state fake currency racket after arresting three persons, including a woman, and counterfeit currency notes of face value Rs 11.95 lakh were seized from them.Acting on a tip-off, Commissioners Task Force, South Zone Team, with the help of Charminar Police, apprehended Mohd Ghouse, a fruit vendor from Chandrayangutta, besides Shareeful Shaikh and Jahannara Bibi, both from West Bengals Malda district, when they were allegedly exchanging the fake notes, police said.Mohd Ghouse was released from jail about one-and-half months back and revived his old contacts in Malda, with whom he was previously involved in supplying counterfeit currency notes, they said.”About 10 days back he contacted one of his old supplier Babloo Shaik of Malda. On September 7 Babloo sent fake currency notes of face value Rs 12 lakh through his mother Jahannara Bibi and brother-in-law Shareeful Shaik,” Additional DCP N Koti Reddy said.They were caught red-handed with Rs 11,95,000.Babloo Shaik, the prime accused in the case, is yet to be arrested. Further investigation is on, the officer said. PTI VVK DK NSD SDMlast_img read more

No action yet on brawling cricketers in Tamil Nadu Premier LeagueNo action yet on brawling cricketers in Tamil Nadu Premier League

first_imgTwo days after R Sai Kishore and Jagadeesan Narayan were involved in an on-field brawl during a Tamil Nadu Premier League match, no action has been taken yet on the players by the league or the BCCI. Chapauk Super Gillies spinner R Sai Kishore dismissed Dindigul Dragons batsman Jagadeeshan Narayan and what followed was unbecoming of the players and tarnished the gentleman’s game. Despite dismissing the batsman, Kishore confronted Jagadeeshan and then shockingly even pushed him. This was not just banter or sledging, this was physical contact, this was crossing the line. India international spinner, R Ashwin was at the non-striker’s end and he immediately intervened, asking his teammate to move aside. Ashwin’s experience and actions may have prevented his teammate Narayan from crossing the line himself. The usually calm and composed Ashwin was visibly upset at Kishore’s actions, giving him a piece of his mind and asking him to behave. Soon players and umpires separated the players before things really got out of hand. But for the millions watching the game, this came as a complete shock. “They are very disturbing visuals, but I am glad what Ashwin did. Some sense prevailed with R Ashwin trying to diffuse the situation. But if you think back to what happened between Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth in the 1st season of the IPL, both players were banned and you have got to do it because physical violence on the cricket field or in fact any field of play in any sport is not acceptable. Whoever that is, however big a player you are, whichever part of the world it is in, a ban has to be imposed. You have got to make an example because youngsters are watching,” says sports historian Boria Majumdar. The scene not just shocked the fans but even left former cricketers fuming. Chetan Chauhan told India Today, “Cricket is becoming more and more professional and players have to give their best. While trying to give their best these incidents happen, people lose temper, people lose control of themselves and they cross the limit which I am absolutely against because there is no room for physical contact in cricket. It is not soccer, it is not wrestling or rugby, cricketers have to behave and stay within the limit. The right thing would be that BCCI should step in and these players should be fined heavily.” Under the ICC Code of Conduct, physical violence on the cricket field is a Level 4 offence and players could be banned for one year or even life, depending on the gravity of the offence. “First of all you have got to immediately suspend the players and then put a disciplinary committee in place which investigates what went on and who was at fault and then maybe ban the guilty player for a year or maybe more than that. You have got to suspend the players and warn them that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable in the future. It is also a case of leniency because if you do not take action then the credibility of the league gets affected,” added Boria Majumdar. To his credit, Ashwin played down the incident post match, saying that such things happen in the heat of the moment while rival captain R Sathish too echoed Ashwin’s sentiments. R Sai Kishore’s Super Gillies may have won the match against Ashwin’s Dindigul Dragons but the win may yet prove to be very costly for the spinner. Even if he is let off this time, any further offence may put his career in jeopardy.advertisementlast_img read more

Anurag Thakur blasts ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, accuses him of leaving BCCI in lurchAnurag Thakur blasts ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, accuses him of leaving BCCI in lurch

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has hit back at International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar, accusing him jumping off a “sinking ship” when he was needed the most and now “arm-twisting” the very board which gave him the platform to become an ICC chief. (ICC forced to withdraw two-tier Test proposal)UGLY BATTLE In what is turning out to be an ugly fight between world cricket’s richest board and the game’s governing body, Thakur, who stopped short of threatening a pullout from next year’s Champions Trophy in England, time and again reiterated that such treatment should not be meted out to the global leader in cricket.”It doesn’t matter if I am disappointed with the ICC Chairman’s statement or not. I have to convey the feelings of the BCCI members. I am the President of the board. The members feel today that when the board needed Mr Manohar as the President, he left the boat in the middle of things. It was like a captain of the ship leaving it to sink before the other members. He was expected to deliver. Yes, BCCI should look after its interests, that is why we are here for,” Thakur said on Saturday at the sidelines of Duleep Trophy final in Greater Noida. (Two-tier Test scheme should have been shot down early: Anurag Thakur)’MANOHAR HAS FORGOT BCCI’Thakur said that Manohar’s main aim was to get the top ICC job and after having achieved it, he forgot about his home board.advertisement”Certain amendments were made in the ICC constitution. Manohar was on the board to make these changes. As a President of the BCCI, he should have taken into confidence all the members of the board, which he did not. The amendments were made and he became the Independent Chairman. At the back of his mind, he had an idea that he was looking for a position to establish himself and thus made the amendments. Today when he says he has nothing to do with the BCCI, he should realise that it is the same BCCI which has given him the platform to become an ICC Chairman. And, if he continues to say that then remember that BCCI is one of the 105 members and one of the most important stakeholders of the game,” he said.He also responded to comments made by Manohar about the significance of Test cricket.”Look at the ICC Chairman’s statement. He is saying who will watch a Test match. Then what were the ICC members doing in a meeting in Dubai about the future of Test cricket? Why were they discussing it? Mr Manohar should definitely make a clarification of that statement. I think it raises a big question mark on the future of Test cricket if it is coming from the ICC Chairman. On the other hand, BCCI is playing the highest number of Test matches in a year, home and away. So, our intentions are very clear. We are open about changes, we have and will continue to experiment with the pink ball. We are not in a hurry to implement pink ball,” he said. (New selectors to be appointed post interviews, no role for CAC: Anurag Thakur)THAKUR QUESTIONS FUNDS ALLOCATION TO ECBICC allocating a considerable amount to England and Wales Cricket Board for the conduct of next year’s Champions Trophy has irked BCCI, something which was highlighted by Thakur.”BCCI can’t just limit itself to look after board’s interest. We are the global leaders and look after interests of world cricket as well. That is why we have raised the issue when the rest kept mum that we want to go through Champions Trophy budget and make  a comparison as well. Compare the World Cup with the Champions Trophy. We had 56 matches, Champions Trophy has close to 16 matches. We had eight venues, they have only three. It (World T20) was a 49-day event while Champions Trophy is only for 20 days. So, look at the cost. The per match cost is three times higher. BCCI has raised this because we want every single penny saved. It will be a penny saved for everyone, not just BCCI but all the 105 countries,” he saidThe BCCI president said India could’ve benefited from the two-tier system by joining hands with Australia and England but decided against it.”We stood by countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and to an extent, like the West Indies. Those countries could have suffered, we want to stand by them. BCCI has always helped those countries who are financially poor and we will continue to do so in future as well. Also, as far as global telecast rights issue is concerned, if England and Australia are struggling to sell their TV rights, it has nothing to do with the BCCI. We have always said that we will work in the interest of global cricket.”advertisementON INDIA’S PARTICIPATION IN CHAMPIONS TROPHYHe said that only time will decide India’s participation in 2017 Champions Trophy.”Let the time come. BCCI is strong enough to take tough decisions. It is a hypothetical question whether we will pull out or not. But, if BCCI has to pull out in its and global cricket’s interest, we need to look at various areas,” he said.ICC TRYING TO SIDELINE BCCIThakur added that the new ICC regime is trying to sideline the BCCI.”With the Lodha recommendations here and change in the ICC, we are being arm twisted both at home and away. The situation of BCCI which was a global leader till the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. Now, with the new ICC regime, they are trying to sideline BCCI, one of the best stakeholders in global cricket today. Just by one recommendation, we are not taken seriously. I we need to look at the overall sports infrastructure in the country. It is only BCCI which has not taken a single penny from the government. We don’t look at government funding and look at the way we are treated in this country,” he said.last_img read more

Virat Tales: When Guru became emotional on Teachers DayVirat Tales: When Guru became emotional on Teachers Day

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) It is well documented fact that Rajkumar Sharmas contribution in Virat Kohlis progression from a precocious talent to a world-class batsman has been immense. A strict disciplinarian, the Guru did become emotional during 2014 Teachers Day by a gesture from his shishya which he would never be able to forget. The book Driven written by veteran sports journalist Vijay Lokapally recalls one such overwhelming incident. The author wrote:”I answered the bell and found Vikas (Kohlis elder brother) at the door,” said Raj Kumar. “His brothers arrival at his house so early in the day was cause for concern. Vikas stepped into the house, dialled a number and handed his cell phone to Raj Kumar. Happy teachers Day Sir, said Virat, even as Vikas thrust something into Rajkumars palms — a bunch of keys. “Rajkumar stood perplexed as Vikas requested him to step out of his house. A gleaming Skoda Rapid was parked at the gate — a gift from Virat to his mentor.” “It was not merely because he had gifted me the car. It was because of his emotional touch to the process of reminding me how much he treasured our association, and valued the role of a teacher in his life.” If this was an emotional incident, there was a funny one too. Virat may feel whats there in a name but there are others who may think otherwise. Yuvraj Singh in his book Test of My Life wrote that he thought that Virat Kohlis must have got his now famous nickname Chikoo from the famous comic series Champak which had a character by the same name. But a new book written on the Indian Test captain reveals the secret behind Kohli getting such a fruity nickname. The author writes:”The Delhi team was playing Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai. Virat has not even played a total of 10 first-class matches. He was a part of set-up that included players he had looked up to — (Virender) Sehwag, (Gautam) Gambhir, (Rajat) Bhatia and (Mithun) Manhas. He was more than happy to be sharing dressing room with them. “One evening, he returned to the hotel with his hair nicely cropped. He has spotted a fancy hair salon close by and given himself a new look. How is it? he asked excitedly as he ran into a couple of younger colleagues. Not bad, you look like a Chikoo (Sapodilla),” joked Ajit Chowdhary, the assistant coach looking from a distance. “The name struck. Chikoo. Virat didnt mind it all. “He was still trying to find his feet in the big world of domestic cricket circuit. He liked it when he got attention. I have not known a more competitive youngster. He was just hungry for more — runs and attention,” said Chowdhary, the only person other than coach Rajkumar Sharma to have admonished Virat.” PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Churchill Brothers back in I-League as AIFF looks for teamsChurchill Brothers back in I-League as AIFF looks for teams

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Left in a quandary with Dempo FC becoming the latest team to join the withdrawal list, All India Football Federation (AIFF) today reinstated Churchill Brothers SC in the I-League after a gap of two years. The decision was taken at an emergency committee meeting wherein all the members unanimously agreed that the Red Machines should be brought back into the I-League fold. “The meeting was called in compliance with the order passed by the Delhi High Court on November 28, 2016, wherein the court directed AIFF to consider the representation of Churchill Brothers SC dated November 23, 2016,” the AIFF said in a statement. The members of the committee discussed the directives of the Delhi HC in detail. For the record, the Goan club was dropped from the I-League after it failed to fulfil the mandatory club licensing criteria in 2014. “It was observed by the committee that the Hon?ble Delhi High Court has directed AIFF to take into account the track records and history of Churchill Bros. while considering their representation. “In compliance with the specific direction of the Hon?ble High Court and also Churchill Brothers Sports Clubs commitment to fulfilling the licensing criteria as stipulated in the order dated November 28, 2016, the Committee unanimously decided to allow them to participate in the season 2016-17,” the federation statement stated. The club had filed a writ petition to the Delhi High Court in August 2014. The AIFF has been left with a major headache by the withdrawal of all three Goan teams – Salgaocar FC, Dempo Sports Club and Sporting Clube de Goa – from the I-League in protest against the AIFFs proposed roadmap to restructure domestic football, forcing the federation to consider including Churchill Brothers and Chennai City FC. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Jenson Button to make F1 return at Monaco Grand PrixJenson Button to make F1 return at Monaco Grand Prix

first_imgBritain’s Jenson Button will stand in for Fernando Alonso at next month’s Monaco Formula One Grand Prix while the Spaniard competes in the Indianapolis 500 on the same day, McLaren announced on Friday.”I’m thrilled to be making a one-off return to Formula One racing, and I couldn’t think of a better place to make that return than my adopted home Grand Prix: Monaco,” the 37-year-old said in a statement at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Monaco resident Button handed over his McLaren seat to Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne at the end of last season but remained under contract to the team with the possibility of returning in 2018.He won the showcase race in 2009 on his way to the title with Brawn GP.Honda-powered McLaren have endured a tough start to the season, with no points from two races, but Monaco’s tricky street circuit could suit their car better and is also one where drivers can make the difference.Button will be the most experienced driver in the race as he makes his 306th start, with the Briton third in the all-time list behind the retired Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.He is also the last driver to win a race for McLaren, in Brazil in 2012, but cannot hope for such success this time.FAVOURITE TRACK”It’s one of my all-time favourite racetracks,” said the winner of 15 grands prix who made his Formula One debut 17 years ago with Williams.”OK, I realise we won’t have a realistic chance of repeating my 2009 victory, but I think we’ll have an opportunity to score world championship points, which will be very valuable to the team in terms of constructors’ rankings.advertisement”As for Fernando, I hope he not only fares well at Indy but enjoys it too.”McLaren announced earlier in the week that double world champion Alonso would compete at Indianapolis with a car run by Andretti Autosport, last year’s winners.McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said Button, who has kept his fitness up by competing in triathlons, would spend time in the team’s simulator but there was no need for him to join an in-season test in Bahrain next week.”I rang him and his first reaction was, ‘Great, I’m so excited,” said the Frenchman of their short conversation after initial text exchanges. “You could feel the excitement on the phone was real.”Jenson was the choice from day one, the obvious choice by far,” he told reporters. “I can guarantee that by lap 10 in first practice he will be OK.”last_img read more

Vivo V5s with 20MP selfie camera, 64GB memory launched in India at Rs 18,990Vivo V5s with 20MP selfie camera, 64GB memory launched in India at Rs 18,990

first_imgVivo launched a slightly upgraded version of its existing V5 phone, the V5s, in India on Thursday. The Vivo V5s will be available for buying at a price of Rs18,990 starting from May 6 via both online and offline channels.The Vivo V5s, just like the Vivo V5, focuses on camera and audio capabilities but brings in more storage to the table. The design is also, this time round, closer to the company’s flagship V5 Plus which was launched in January. Which means that it looks a lot like the iPhone 7, especially from the behind. Sadly, the V5s doesn’t inherit the V5 Plus’ front dual camera system and ships with just one camera for selfies. Boasting of an all-metal unibody design, the V5s sports a fingerprint scanner on the rear which is claimed to unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds. The fingerprint scanner on-board can also activate select apps “by swiping the screen down towards the fingerprint sensor.” The fingerprint reader is also said to be water-resistant, according to Vivo. The V5s further boasts of curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on the front.The V5s phone, just like the Vivo V5, comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display and is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM but 64GB of internal memory (the V5 came with just the 32GB storage) which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based FuntouchOS which is Vivo’s custom user interface.advertisementThe user interface comes with features like Smart Split multi-tasking which as the name suggests allows for split-screen multitasking on supported apps.The phone also supports 4G LTE connectivity.On the camera front, the V5s, just like the Vivo V5, comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera —  Sony IMX376 sensor — which is accompanied by a ‘moonlight’ flash.In addition, the V5s comes with Vivo’s proprietary “AK4376 dedicated Hi-Fi audio chip which provides an unparalleled sound quality, giving a signal-to-noise ratio of up to 115dB” according to the company.The Vivo V5s is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. The V5s will be available in Matte Black and Crown Gold.Also Read: Vivo V5 Plus quick review: The iPhone 7 look-alike with 2 front cameraslast_img read more

Virat Kohli has team to win ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayVirat Kohli has team to win ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has backed Virat Kohli and company to win the ICC Champions Trophy title in England and Wales starting June 1.India go into the tournament as a the defending champions after wining the 2013 tournament in which they trumped England in the final to lift the trophy for the second time.India are also the most successful team in the Champions Trophy. In previous seven editions, India have won the trophy twice and ended runners-up once. Australia are the only other team to have won the title twice.India will also aim to become the second team after Australia to defend the title and the first team to win it three times.”I believe Virat Kohli has the team to win the ICC Champions Trophy. Although it’s too early to say, it’s just the start of the tournament. There are a lot of good teams this time. England has a good side, South Africa is good, Australia is good, and also the conditions will matter. I believe India has a chance. It will depend on how they play,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly said he feels India will play five bowlers with a toss up between Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.”India have the advantage of Jadeja and Pandya, they are all-rounders. Jadeja can do a good job with the bat, Ashwin can bat and will be back after a long layoff so he will be fresh. India is very balanced. But I think India will play with five bowlers. Jadeja has been good with the bat off late, three fast bowlers and Ashwin-Jadeja. Whether they pick Bhuvi or they pick Hardik Pandya, will depend on how they bowl and perform in their warm-up matches.”advertisement’PAKISTAN TEAM NO MORE A THREAT’It will be the first major ICC tournament for Kohli as the captain of the Indian team and his first assignment starts when the defending champions lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4. While Kohli has insisted that the his team will treat it like any other game, Ganguly said he expects the contest to go in India’s favour.”It’s a pressure game, the captains know that, and they get used to it. Every game will be pressure, India-Pakistan, India-South Africa, India-Sri Lanka, because these are all must win games. Virat has been in a India-Pakistan game, he got a hundred in the World Cup in Australia in the first game of the tournament. He won’t react any differently but he will prepare,” he said.”I firmly believe that the reason India have had the better of Pakistan over the last ten years, is that they have been a better side. They have handled situations better. The last Pakistan team that competed, which actually could have given India sleepless nights was the 2003 team with Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam. They were a remarkable side, but since then Pakistan haven’t been the best side in the world of the cricket arena,” Ganguly added.FULL HOUSEGanguly further said he expects a full house on Super Sunday like always.”India has had the better of them, the sheer ability and most importantly India has handled the pressure situations better. It will be usual, the stands will be full. England is home for teams, India and Pakistan. Manchester is not far away from Birmingham. You will see a lot of Pakistan fans coming,” he said.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events.The two teams had clashed in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England (at the same venue as this year: Edgbaston) where India won a rain-truncated game. They next took on Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaidae and won again, thanks to a classy hundred by Kohli.Last year, India played Pakistan twice and Kohli was the difference between the two teams on both occasions. His magnificent 49 had helped India overcome a dangerous Pakistan pace attack in Dhaka and his sublime half-century resulted in an Indian victory at the Eden Gardens in the World T20.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Bangladesh will play with free mind against India in semis, says Mashrafe MortazaICC Champions Trophy: Bangladesh will play with free mind against India in semis, says Mashrafe Mortaza

first_imgBangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Monday said his team wants to play their Champions Trophy semi-final against India without any pressure and that no one should tag them as champions just yet.”No one should start thinking that we have become champions. Our boys want to play without any pressure and I would want to play with a free mind. There is a process for everything and if we follow that, Inshallah, we will do well,” Mortaza told Bangladesh newspaper ‘Jugantor’.Bangladesh defied all odds to reach the semi-final of the Champions Trophy and will now take on favourites India here at Edgbaston on Thursday.Bangladesh lost to England in the tournament opener by eight wickets.They got some divine help in their second match against title favourites Australia when they were down in the dumps and heavy rain caused the tie to be abandoned and the points were split.Before the rain, Bangladesh in real danger of losing the game as Australia were 83/1 chasing a below-par 183 for victory.Bangladesh rode on superb efforts with the bat by Shakib Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah to beat New Zealand in their third game in Group A and book a semi-finals berth.Apart from Shakib and Mahmudullah, the likes of batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim have also helped the team to punch above their weight.To cap things off, Shakib Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah’s magnificent hundreds in a 224-run fifth-wicket stand won them the game against New Zealand after being 33/4 chasing 266.On Saturday, England’s 40-run win via Duckworth Lewis method against Australia ensured that Bangladesh qualified for the semi-finals.advertisementAccording to “Jugantor”, skipper Mortaza had sent his family home from Cardiff — Bangladesh’s base for the Group B matches — and other players had started shopping keeping in mind they also might take the flight back provided they don’t make it to the last four stage.This is the first time Bangladesh have made it to the semi-finals of an ICC tournament.last_img read more

Australia Cricketers’ Association rejects Cricket Australia’s new pay offerAustralia Cricketers’ Association rejects Cricket Australia’s new pay offer

first_imgAustralia’s cricketers rejected the board’s offer of a revised pay deal on Friday as the bitter dispute over a revenue-sharing model rumbled on with just a week to go before the current agreement expires.Australia’s top cricketers face being locked out unless a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) is struck between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) before the end of the month.At the heart of the dispute is a long-standing agreement that gives the players a fixed percentage of the revenue of the game, a deal which CA says prevents them from sufficiently investing in the grassroots. (Both sides in Australia dispute hail Aussie Rules deal)In a letter to ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson, CA executive general manager Kevin Roberts made the new offer.”Player feedback suggests that the sharing of international cricket surpluses with male and female domestic players and the level of pay increases for male state players are critical issues for them,” Roberts wrote in the letter posted on the CA website.”We are therefore writing to indicate that CA is prepared to address these issues to help achieve a new MoU.”Unless the impasse ends next week, the upcoming Australia A tour of South Africa, a two-Test series in Bangladesh and a limited-overs tour of India are under threat from the dispute, with the Ashes also looming at the end of the year.”The ACA has advised players not to sign,” the players’ body said in a statement.”The letter provided to players today from CA does not accurately reflect how far apart the parties remain with a week to go. The parties have not reached agreement on many fundamental issues.advertisement”The contract offers do not contain Revenue Sharing for all players, and are not what they appear to be. They do not include crucial information regarding terms and conditions.”ACA president Greg Dyer said in an earlier statement that it was time for mediation.”With only seven days until the June 30 deadline, the ACA calls for emergency mediation to be conducted at CEO level,” Dyer said.”With this, the ACA continues to search for ways to resolve the dispute. We are motivated by a sense of duty to the game and its players and frustration at the current process.”Dyer added that a number of “common sense and reasonable requests” had been rejected by CA, including the release of financial information and forecasts.”The players are completely united behind the ACA in these negotiation terms,” Australia captain Steve Smith said on Friday in a video posted by the ACA on Twitter.”We know that they’re working incredibly hard for us to get the best outcome for the game.”last_img read more

Novak Djokovic to have Andre Agassi in his corner throughout WimbledonNovak Djokovic to have Andre Agassi in his corner throughout Wimbledon

first_imgNovak Djokovic will have coach Andre Agassi in his corner for as long as required at Wimbledon as the Serb tries to claim back one of his lost grand slam titles.The 30-year-old teamed up with the eight-times major winner before the French Open, having split with his long-time coaching team.But the American had already flown home before Djokovic crumbled against Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.The exact details of the arrangement between 12-times grand slam champion Djokovic and Agassi remain vague, and Djokovic says they are “going with the flow”.But he says he will able to count on the 47-year-old’s wealth of experience throughout the Wimbledon fortnight.”He will be in London for Wimbledon and he will stay as long as I stay in the tournament, so that’s great news,” Djokovic told a news conference at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park, where he has taken a wildcard for the Aegon International.”Obviously Roland Garros, the eight or nine days that we spent together, were very valuable for me to get to know him, to learn from him. We shared a lot of experiences on and off the court, things that he has been through that I can relate to.”So having him around is not only great for myself but also for tennis. He’s supposed to arrive for the weekend. So he’s going to be there before the tournament starts.”A year ago Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon as holder of all four grand slams.This time, he is down at world number four having seen all of his prized crowns removed from his possession — the rot setting in at Wimbledon last year when, as defending champion, he fell to Sam Querrey in the third round.advertisementDjokovic is playing a grasscourt warmup tournament for the first time in seven years and looked relaxed as he walked about in the south coast sunshine on Monday.”This year I knew I wanted to play one, but I thought Queen’s and Halle would be too early for me,” Djokovic, who has been running on the pebbly beach since arriving, said.”I haven’t had too many matches this year all in all. That’s the reason why I came to Eastbourne.”For me it’s great to visit a new place, be part of a new event. I don’t get to experience that too often. We have more or less the same schedule each year over and over again.”Djokovic said he needs to rediscover the level of consistency that saw him dominate men’s tennis.”It does feel different than 12 months ago when I had the four grand slams under my belt, and coming into Wimbledon, completely different than I mentally am today.”I still have to trust myself, my abilities to play well, and to win against anybody on any surface. I will just try to reach that consistency level that I need, because I felt like that’s something that I was lacking.”last_img read more

GST’s impact on the education: Here’s how it will strike this sectorGST’s impact on the education: Here’s how it will strike this sector

first_imgThe Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is India’s biggest tax reform, was implemented at midnight yesterday.According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament’s historic Central Hall, in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee will be releasing the GST.With a motive to make the taxation process simpler by eliminating the concept of multiple taxations, the GST is all set to strike the education sector as well.  Education has always been one of the most important segments. Also, a lion’s share of economy is fulfilled by the quality education and high levels of literacy. Thus, providing low-cost and quality education to the children has remained our nation’s main objective.  (Read: GST Anti-profiteering panel to be set up to ensure consumer welfare ) The Goods and Services Tax has finally approached creating an impact on the education sector. According to the much awaited amendment, the GST on colouring books, exercise books, notebooks, crayons will be 12 per cent whereas for pens and school bags, it would be 18 per cent. Talking about the services, some of the educational institutions would be exempted from the GST and similar pattern would be followed with traditional courses. The coaching institutions for competitive exams will face a major impact as they will face the GST up to 18 per cent. Certainly, the marked down tax on the education based goods may even up due to the GST applied on some of the services in the education sector. However, some of the services that would be exempted from the GST as per the GST Act are as follows:advertisementServices provided by the training providers (Project implementation agencies) under Deen Dayal Upadhayaya training courses certified by National Council for Vocational TrainingServices of assessing bodies empanelled centrally by Directorate General of Training Ministry of skill Development and Entrepreneurship by way of assessments under skill Development initiative SchemeServices by way of training activities relating to arts or culture or sports by charitable entities registered under section 12AA of Income Act, 1961Services provided by the Indian Institutes of Management, as per the guidelines of the Central Government, to their students, by way of the following educational programmes except Executive  Development Programme: (a) Two year full time residential Post Graduate Programmes in Management for the Post Graduate Diploma in Management, to which admissions are made on the basis of Common Admission Test (CAT), conducted by Indian Institute of Management(b) Fellow programme in Management(c) Five year integrated programme in ManagementServices provided by an educational institution to its students, faculty and staff; to an educational institution, by way of:(i) Transportation of students, faculty and staff(ii) Catering, including any mid-day meals scheme sponsored by the Government(iii) Services relating to admission to, or conduct of examination by, such institution(iv) Security or cleaning or house-keeping services performed in such educational institution.Provided that nothing contained in clause (b) of this entry shall apply to an educational institution other than an institution providing services by way of pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school or equivalentHere’s what Education Director has to say:”Education is the most important facet of our economy and the government should reduce the taxes related to this sector. Higher education is also a requisite part for studentsso; the amendments should be such that they promote higher education for all.  When it comes to taxation, we hope that the government continues to keep education in a secured zone” says GeetaVarshneya, Education Director, Khaitan Public School.In order to promote the advancement of education sector, the government has offered relief on education based goods. The officials suggest that stability in the sector would be recorded for the initial stretch but there is still no clarity about the GST for upcoming years.”Education at all levels should be least burdened as it’s already the most important considered section in our nation. For the past so many years, we have been witnessing the advent of schemes promoting literacy rate in various regions of our country. Thus, GST rate should be in line with the schemes promoting education for all,” said Anita Choudhary, Vice Principal, DPS Raj Nagar Extension.Read: UP government school textbooks to be available online for free, audiobook option available for visually impaired Read: Textbooks shouldn’t be used as ‘ideological battleground’ for any political point-scoring: Manish Sisodia Click here for examination, admission related news.For more updates. follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Mitchell Starc ruled out, James Faulkner back for Australia’s tour of IndiaMitchell Starc ruled out, James Faulkner back for Australia’s tour of India

first_imgAustralia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc will miss the limited-overs tour of India starting next month as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.Australia will play India in five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches but Starc’s injury was taking longer to heal than expected and he would be rested to boost his chances of playing England in the Ashes series, the team said on Friday.”We have recently reviewed the progress of Mitchell’s right foot injury and the healing process has been slower than we would have liked,” team physio David Beakley said in a statement.”Consequently, in order to ensure his best possible preparation for the Ashes, he will be unavailable for the tour of India and will continue his rehab in Australia with an aim to have him play for New South Wales in the domestic one-day cup.”Fast bowling all-rounder James Faulkner, who was overlooked for the Champions Trophy and missed out on a national contract, has instead been recalled, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile.They join a pace battery featuring Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, with all-rounder Hilton Cartwright.Uncapped Western Australia paceman Jason Behrendorff has been selected in Australia’s T20 squad following his return from an injury setback, along with veteran all-rounder Dan Christian and Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine.The limited-overs tour starts September 17.One-day squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.advertisementT20 squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.last_img read more

Who is the mystery woman in Australian Ashes star Nathan Lyon’s life?Who is the mystery woman in Australian Ashes star Nathan Lyon’s life?

first_imgAustralia’s star spinner Nathan Lyon has grabbed the headlines during the summer for a few reasons. One – his one-handed flying catch to dismiss Moeen Ali in the second Test. Two – his heroics in Australia’s successful campaign in regaining the Ashes. And Three – his new girlfriend.Lyon is reportedly dating a new woman after splitting with long-time partner of 10 years, Melissa Waring. The couple also has two children together.Lyon was recently pictured hanging out with his new flame, Emma McCarthy, a real estate agent. The couple was spotted kissing inside a luxury car before the start of the third Test at Perth, which Australia won by an innings 41 runs to reclaim the urn.According to Lyon’s friends, the pair has been dating for over one year now but sources close to Mel Waring say she has been left upset and was devastated by the development.”I think seeing his car sitting in the drive way and his washing sitting here, that probably gives you enough of an idea. We have two small children who I have to put first and unfortunately at the end of the day I’m the one who’s being f**ked around here,” Mel Waring told Daily Mail.Lyon with Mel Waring (Instagram Photo)According to Daily Mail, McCarthy had previously dated Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for several years before they broke up.England’s Barmy Army sledged Lyon following the development but that did not deter him as he picked up three wickets at WACA, helping Australia go 3-0 up in the five-match series.advertisementLyon is the “GOAT” – Greatest Of All Time – with 283 Test wickets and the record for an Australian offie.The 30-year-old has played an instrumental role in Australia’s Ashes campaign with 14 wickets in the first three matches.last_img read more

Goalkeeper Aditi eyes return to Indian team for Asian GamesÂGoalkeeper Aditi eyes return to Indian team for Asian GamesÂ

first_imgJammu, Jan 7 (PTI) Back from England after playing two seasons with West Ham United Ladies Football Club, goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan is hopeful of regaining her spot in the national womens team for the Asian Games later this year.Aditi is anticipating a better show from the team at the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.”I am coming back from an injury and this year. The Asian Games are taking place in August. So my target is to return to the senior team and represent my country in Indonesia,” Aditi told a select group of media persons here.Aditi, daughter of Inspector General of CRPF, Jammu, A V Chauhan, is the only Indian woman footballer who played for the top English club for two seasons from 2015.West Ham Ladies are currently in the Football Associations (FA) Womens Premier League Southern Division, a league in the third level in the womens football structure in England.She is here to spend time with her parents and is leaving for Delhi next week to resume her training ahead of the national camp for the Asian Games.”We still have a long way to go but I am confident that the team will do better this time (in the Asian Games) compared to last year.”Last time, it was little bit unfair also as in our pool there were teams like China and Korea. They are ranked much higher than India so we were unlucky in that aspect,” she said.Brimming with confidence after her experience with the West Ham, Aditi said she would work harder to ensure her selection in Asian Games-bound squad.advertisement”I had gone for studies and landed in London for internship through my course. There are opportunities, no matter what level you are playing and there is a football club in every corner,” Aditi said.”Basically, I wanted to test myself that if I am the first goalkeeper of the national team back in the country and if I have that calibre where does it puts me in England.”I gave a trial in Mill Wall club but because I was on student visa I could not play professionally for that club. But their goalkeeper coach was also the West Ham coach and suggested me to give a trial there. After the trial match and two training sessions, I was selected,” she said.About her experience in England where she completed her post graduate degree in sports management from Loughborough University, she said it was very difficult as the level of their sport is much higher.”We have to accept the fact that the history of football in Europe is very old while the football culture in our country is new. It is very unfair to compare the two. Football is their main sport and it will take time to match their standard,” she said. PTI TAS SSC SSClast_img read more

ICC Under-19 World Cup: India defeat South Africa in warm-up matchICC Under-19 World Cup: India defeat South Africa in warm-up match

first_imgIndia look in good shape ahead of the start of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, as they dominated South Africa by 189 runs in their first warm-up game at the Christ’s College in Christchurch on Tuesday.India won the toss and were lead by a commanding 138-run fourth-wicket partnership between Aryan Juyal and Himanshu Rana. The pair came together when India was tottering at 61/3, after the fall of skipper Prithvi Shaw (16 off 30), Manjot Karla (31 off 40) and Shubman Gill for a duck.WATCH VIDEOAryan Juyal scored 86 off 92 and Himanshu Rana played his part with a blistering 68 off 69 balls, were supplemented by host of middle and lower-midle order batsmen  to take India’s total to a competitive 332/8 in 50 overs.Akhona Mnyanka and Thando Ntini shared five wickets each for South Africa on either side of the partnership.In the South African innings, India fast bowler Ishan Porel ripped through their top-order with a four-wicket haul, giving away just 23 runs. After shining with the bat, a useful 35-run knock, Abhishek Sharma returned with two wickets even as the 2014 champions were dismissed for 143 runs in 38.3 overs.For South Africa, Jean du Plessis fought a lone battle while scoring 50 off 82 balls. After the match, Prithvi Shaw was pleased with his batsmen as well as bowlers, saying that they had managed to were acclimatise well to the conditions.”It was a good win for us, just getting used to these conditions. We dominated and executed quite well and we are practising hard so all credit to the boys.”advertisementIndia will play next Kenya in their second warm-up game, on January 11. India, who are have won the tournament most number of times along with the Aussies, are in Group B with Australia, Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea.The three-time champions will open their campaign against Australia on January 14 in Christchurch. They will next face Papua New Guinea on January 16 and Zimbabwe on January 19. India will play two warm-up games – South Africa, on 9th January and Kenya, on January 11.New Zealand will start off preceding at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on January 13 and end with the final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on January 28.India U-19 Squad: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Shubman Gill (vice captain), Manjot Kalra, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Aryan Juyal (wicket-keeper), Harvik Desai (wicket-keeper), Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Pankaj Yadav.last_img read more

Falcons Pound Hapless Bucs, 56-14Falcons Pound Hapless Bucs, 56-14

first_imgATLANTA — Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.The result: One of the biggest wins in Atlanta Falcons history.Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a touchdown, Ryan threw for 286 yards and three TDs, and Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores to lead the Falcons past the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 56-14 on Sept. 17.  “It was a fun night,” Ryan said.The Falcons (2-1) led 35-0 before the Buccaneers (0-3) picked up a first down. Ryan and the other offensive starters left after Steven Jackson’s 3-yard touchdown run made it 49-0 before the midway point of the third quarter.Atlanta had a stunning 56-0 lead heading to the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay scored two meaningless touchdowns to avoid the worst loss in franchise history.“I’ve never been in a game quite like this,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.It was the second-largest win in the Falcons’ 48-year history, eclipsed only by 62-7 rout of New Orleans in 1973. It was only the fifth time Atlanta has won by as many as 40 points.Hester and Jones provided the signature moments.With the Falcons already ahead 28-0, Hester took a punt at his own 44, found a seam up the middle of the field and easily zipped around the last man with a chance to tackle him, punter Michael Koenen.The 56-yard play was Hester’s 20th career return for a touchdown, breaking the mark he shared with former Falcons star Deion Sanders.Sanders, now a television analyst, watched Hester’s return from the sideline at the Georgia Dome. Hester high-stepped the last 10 yards are so, his left hand bobbing behind his ear — a tribute to Prime Time’s signature move.“It’s tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor,” Hester said. “I’m kind of emotional right now.”Sanders didn’t mind a bit. He smiled broadly and waved to the crowd when he was shown on the video board, the Hall of Famer’s record falling in the stadium he once proclaimed as “my house.”Jones could’ve made the same claim after his superb 40-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.Turning toward the sideline, he looked first over his left shoulder for the pass, turned his body when realized it was coming over his right shoulder, juggled the ball a bit as he tumbled into the end zone, cradling it under his arm just before slammed the turf, getting both feet down.“Just a hell of a catch,” Ryan said. “He’s a special talent.”Coming off three interceptions in a loss at Cincinnati, Ryan bounced back with a 21-of-24 showing that set a team record for completion percentage (.875). He also hooked up with Jones on an 8-yard touchdown strike, as well as Harry Douglas on a 3-yarder.“No one ever doubted that Matt Ryan would come back and have a good game after his game last week,” Smith said.Hester, in his first year with the Falcons, also had a 20-yard touchdown run on an end around, not to mention one of the better defensive plays of the night.After the Bucs stripped the ball away from a Falcons receiver, Hester stripped it right back and fell on the fumble himself to keep possession for Atlanta. “He channeled some of his inner defense from his college days,” Ryan quipped.The Bucs, losing their first three games for the third time in six years, couldn’t do anything right. Josh McCown was 5 of 12 for 58 yards and his fourth interception of the season was returned 23 yards for a touchdown by backup safety Kemal Ishmael.Somewhat mercifully, McCown left the game with a thumb injury after appearing to bang his right hand off an Atlanta player’s helmet on his final throw of the night. Mike Glennon went the rest of the way at quarterback.“I thought I had my football team ready to play,” said first-year Bucs coach Lovie Smith. “Obviously, we weren’t ready to play.”The Falcons finished with a 488-217 edge in total yards. The Bucs had five turnovers and 110 yards in penalties on what will surely go down as one of the worst embarrassments for a franchise that knows a thing or two about losing, dropping its first 26 games after entering the NFL in 1976.If not for Danny Lansanah’s 27-yard interception return for a touchdown, Tampa Bay would’ve eclipsed its biggest loss ever, a 48-3 blowout by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Caps Beat Islanders, 5-1, Lead 3-2Caps Beat Islanders, 5-1, Lead 3-2

first_imgWASHINGTON — With some fist pumps and a punch of the glass, Washington Capitals rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrated the first playoff goal of his long-thought-promising career.By the time the 22-year-old Russian netted his second, the crowd’s raucous chants of “We are louder!” were ringing throughout the arena as a bunch of secondary scoring put Washington on the verge of eliminating the New York Islanders.“Everybody wants to score the goal,” Kuznetsov said. “But if you do the right things, stay in the plan, all the goals, passes and Cups come. One guy never (wins) the Cup. Only (teams) win the Cup.”Dominating despite zero points from Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals beat the Islanders 5-1 April 23 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series, with goals coming from less-heralded players such as Karl Alzner, Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera.“That’s playoff time: You’re going to get a goal from someone who hasn’t scored all year,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said, exaggerating only slightly.Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was yanked with 11 minutes left in the game after allowing five goals on 35 shots.The Capitals can end the best-of-seven series by winning Game 6 at New York on April 25, in what could be the Islanders’ final appearance at Nassau Coliseum before they move to Brooklyn next season.“We know what it means to our fans. … It just can’t be the last game for them,” defenseman Thomas Hickey said. “So we’re going to come with our heads on and be ready to play, and make sure that it’s not the last game there. We’ve got to find a way.”The third period began with Washington ahead only 2-1 but on its first power play of the evening, thanks to Halak’s penalty for tripping Ovechkin.Washington did not convert on the extra-man opportunity, but Laich scored 42 seconds after it ended. “Huge,” Trotz said. “That got the ball rolling, in terms of momentum and stuff.”And to think: The Islanders took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Washington goalie Braden Holtby saved the other 22 shots he faced. Since sitting out Game 2 because he was sick, Holtby has stopped 98 of 102 shots on goal by the Islanders across three games.At the other end, meanwhile, Halak was repeatedly in trouble, thanks to turnovers by his teammates and a push by the Capitals that Holtby called “relentless.”When Halak was removed, coach Jack Capuano whispered in his ear. “For whatever reason tonight, the brain wasn’t working. We just turned pucks over and gave it right to them, and they came back the other way,” Capuano said. “I wanted to let him know that it has nothing to do with him.”As the margin grew, the cries of “Louder!” and “Can you hear us?!” from spectators came in waves, a reference to some back-and-forth among players from both teams over whose arena makes more noise.“It’s something that you feed off,” Capitals forward Jay Beagle said.There also was much chatter leading up to Game 5 about whether a big check by Washington’s Tom Wilson on Lubomir Visnovsky in the second period of Game 4 was clean.Not surprisingly, the Capitals thought it was; the Islanders did not. Visnovsky, who has a history of concussions, did not travel to Washington for the game.It took less than 5 1/2 minutes for Wilson to find himself in a full-on fistfight with New York’s Anders Lee. The punches put both in the penalty box, left Wilson with a bloody mouth — and appeared to stir the Islanders.All of 26 seconds later, the visitors led 1-0 on Josh Bailey’s shot into the upper corner of Holtby’s net from the edge of the left circle off an assist from captain John Tavares.At about the nine-minute mark, though, Washington tied it on Kuznetsov’s first career playoff point. Marcus Johansson’s shot wound up in the air and Kuznetsov swatted it in from beside the crease with what looked very much like a tennis backhand.“You can see when he’s on his game, he controls the puck so well,” Ovechkin said about his countryman. “Obviously he’s a great passer. Today he was a scorer.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more