Saturday, October 27, 2012

BCCI official rubbishes Lalit Modi's accusation on IPL

Lalit Modi Chairman of IPL Tournament - Sports Jagat
Lalit Modi Chairman of IPL Tournament - Sports Jagat
A senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official on Saturday rubbished past Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi's claims that Board president N Srinivasan was trying to gift the Hyderabad franchise to his friends, saying the whole procedure of Sun TV winning the offer was done in a transparent manner.

"The whole process of deciding on the franchise was very clear and transparent. Tender documents were made available and the bidding procedure was also very proper and there was no possibility of any ambiguity," the official said.

Sun TV bought the Deccan Chargers team on Thursday for Rs 85.05 crore per year, prompting Modi to write on twitter that he had "predicted" it would happen this way and that BCCI was trying to "gift" the team to Srinivasan's "pals."

Asked what would be the fate of the Deccan Chargers players, the official informed that most of them will be retained by the Sun TV franchise, while the rest will go under the hammer in the open bidding next year.

Last Thursday, the Guwahati High Court also passed a judgment, warning BCCI from "taking a final decision" on the tender floated on October 14 for selection of new teams for 2013 IPL tourney.

The senior official said: "The bidding has been done and the franchise has been decided. This court decision is not going to affect the process. "

"BCCI wants to take IPL across India but we have to understand that unfortunately, there is no proper infrastructure in North Eastern states. May be in the future we will have a north eastern team in IPL," he said.

The ongoing Champions League Twenty20 game received a lukewarm response with the IPL teams -- Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils -- failing to perform up to their standing.

Asked about their disappointing show in South Africa, the BCCI official said: "It is disappointing that the IPL teams could not do well in Champions League but then in sport, it happens. We can't expect our teams to do well all the time."

Premier League May Be Moving to NBC opening 2013

Premier League May Be Moving to NBC opening 2013 - Sports Jagat
NBC Sports Network looks set to be the new home of the English Premier League beginning next season. NBC bid around $83 million, nearly four times what FOX paid for the TV rights during the last cycle. FOX and ESPN have been informed their joint bid was unsuccessful. The move is a surprise and one that could have significant ramifications for soccer in the U.S.
Interest and investment is encouraging, though the soccer television landscape will become more disparate. Here is how it should look beginning next European club season.
ESPN: MLS, World Cup (2014) and Euro (2016)
FOX: Champions League, World Cup (2018, 2022)
beIN SportUSA: Serie A, La Primera Liga, Ligue Un
GolTV: Bundesliga
Changes: ESPN having no real incentive to sell the sport after the 2014 World Cup will be interesting. After losing out on the World Cup until 2026 at the earliest, does ESPN bother trying to enter the next round of bidding for domestic and Champions League rights? Then there is FOX Soccer, which now has two networks, two World Cups and not a single domestic league.
For Fans: We lament the loss of ESPN’s Premier League coverage, which has been excellent, though this should not affect things greatly. The Olympics are the Olympics. We don’t expect NBC to export some of their more unsavory practices there to soccer coverage. It will be live on television. We’re hoping NBC develops a functional way to watch online, but baby steps. NBCSN has a wider distribution than FOX Soccer and, as the network grows, could mean EPL games without paying for the sports package.
For NBC: This should be a solid move. Original programming is irrelevant. Sports Networks are built on their live offerings. The EPL does not draw huge ratings, but it draws them steadily for nine months per year at a time where any ratings are great. Programming-wise it is a much less costly version of baseball.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Russian Football Team from Zero to Hero: Takes his Chance

Kirill Laptev - Sports Jagat

It's the third year some of the world's most gifted amateur footballers have been given the chance to go expert. This time around, one of the Top 16 top chosen was Russia’s Kirill Laptev.
Everyone's given a chance. Some take it, others waste it and that's what separates winners from losers.
Kirill Laptev won to become the youngest Russian to launch his football career through the Nike Chance program, which seeks out talented youngsters from all over the globe without a professional contract.
After a serious injury the 19-year-old had almost lost hope of returning to the game.
“I tried to come back and join Spartak, Lokomotiv, Saturn's sport schools, but they weren't interested,” Kirill told in his interview. “I was told, I was too small. They said: ‘Gain some weight and grow some muscles, then try again.’ They liked my skills, but fitness has always been a priority for them.”
Nike Chance gave Laptev another shot, but he first had to get through the local selection.
Just one hundred hopefuls out of 4.000 from across Russia met up in Moscow for tests and games, watched and assessed by pro coaches.
Only four of them would be chosen to represent their country at the world finals in Barcelona.

“I went there for nothing less but the victory,
” Laptev said. “I spent so many years playing football my parents helped me as much as they could. But a year ago my Dad lost faith in me as a player. That was my motivation. I had to win.”

“With the global final being held in Barcelona was definitely in my favor. I think, I play a Spanish style – fast passing, great vision, good ball control. That's my game, and I think the coaches saw it in me,” he added.

Andres Iniesta - Sports Jaagat
Training with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano, and putting his skills on show among the top one hundred Kirill proved he had what it takes to make it to the last 16 in style.
He's now set to embark on a world tour early next year, with the chance to be signed by one of Europe's top clubs.

“Myself and my team mates trained with Javier Mascherano for a while,” 
he recalled. “Frankly speaking, I realized then, even superstars were just human – just like any of us. And most of us could reach this level.”
The gifted midfielder was once rejected by some coaches in Russia, but he proved he deserved a second chance. Now it's time to take it to the next level.

“I think, Russia will do very well at the 2018 World Cup. Especially, if they pay more attention to young and talented players,” Laptev laughed.
Kirill has already learned one of the greatest lessons in life try not to waste the chances you are given and there will be very little you can't achieve.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valouis Win Bobsleigh Championship

Kaillie Humphries - Sports Jagat 
Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries teamed with rookie brakeman Chelsea Valouis on Saturday to win the women's bobsleigh race at the Canadian bobsleigh and skeleton championships.

Humphries, from Calgary, and Valouis, from Wakaw, Sask., finished with a two-run time of one minute 56.53 seconds.

Humphries, said "We were close to pushing a start record for this track so it was a really good day for us,” This is Humphries fourth national title. "There was lots of snow on the first run and then the track sped up."

The veteran was proud of her teammate.

"I know Chelsea was a little nervous," said Humphries. "This was the 15th and 16th time she has been down a bobsleigh track so it was great to see her do well. We have lots of work ahead of us but we are excited for the season."

Edmonton's Jenny Ciochetti teamed up with Calgary's Kate O'Brien to finish second at 1:57.87, while Calgary's Rosalyn Nykolichuk and Winnipeg's Chelsey Kaprenko locked up the bronze medal with a time of 2:00.45.

Meanwhile, Calgary's Chris Spring showed he is back on track after horrific crash in Germany last January that sidelined him for the remainder of the season by winning his first Canadian championship.

The 28-year-old Spring joined forces with Adam Rosencke to post a winning time of 1:53.94.

"This was the start I was planning for coming back to the sport after my injury," said Spring. "It was bittersweet with (No. 1 pilot Lyndon) Rush not in the race, but Justin Kripps and his team have been keeping me honest since Day 1 this year."
Spring likes the direction the sport is headed in Canada.

"I think the real winner today is Bobsleigh Canada," said Spring. "There are so many good athletes coming through the program and it makes me happy to see the camaraderie between all of the athletes."

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Simon Gerrans Wins Canadian One-Day Cycling Competition

Simon Gerrans - Sports Jagat

Australian road cycling star Simon Gerrans has gained a most important self-confidence increase ahead of the world titles with a big win in Canada.

The reigning national road winner took out the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec one-day race, beating Belgian Greg Van Avermaet after the pair broke away near the end of the 201.6km WorldTour event.

It was Gerran’s first win since he took out the Milan-Sanremo classic earlier this year.
The Victorian started the season by winning the Australian road crown and then securing the overall title at Adelaide's Tour Down Under.

The Orica-GreenEDGE rider was unable to post any big results at the Tour de France or in the Olympics road race, but the Quebec win showed he is beating peak form again late in the term.

Gerrans and Van Avermaet finished four seconds ahead of a chase group in the tough route race.
Gerrans said, "We just managed to hold them off”.

"I glad to have pulled off the win, it is a huge feeling to be riding strong at the end of the term."
Gerrans will be a key rider in the Australian elite men's team for the September 23 road race at the world championships in Valkenberg in The Netherlands.

The Australians have become a force in the men's elite road race, with Cadel Evans winning the 2009 title.

Then came Allan Davis' bronze medal at Geelong in 2010 and the silver medal for Matt Goss last year in Copenhagen.

Valkenberg is a hilly course that should suit a rider such as Gerrans.

Evans pulled out of the team a few days ago and ended his season early because of injury and illness.

Friday, September 7, 2012

USA U-20 Girls Won World Cup Against Germany

U-20 Girls Won World Cup - Sports Jagata

The U.S. Under-20 women's national team is a game away from being on top of the world for a proof third time, but standing in its way is an opponent on a roll, and one that has already dealt the Americans a setback during this year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

The U.S. U-20 women support for a rematch with Germany in the World Cup final in Tokyo, Saturday, 6:10 a.m., less than two weeks removed from a 3-0 loss in their Group D finale to the defending competition champion. Since then, the U.S. women won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches against North Korea and Nigeria, respectively, and have rebounded to earn another shot at a team that has outscored opponents 15-0 during the tournament, including a 3-0 pasting of host Japan in the semifinals.

"In any sport you want to learn lessons from the successes, so if you win and still learn lessons that’s would be the greatest scenario, but sometimes those lessons don’t infuse as deeply as you would want and sometimes when you lose, lessons seem to sink in more," U.S. U-20 women's coach Steve Swanson told.

"In all of these games, not just the Germany game, we learned impressive, and in that particular game, because we lost and we lost the way we did, I think that hit home with our players and resonated more than any other game. Expectantly that had a positive effect, and our players rebounded quite well from that loss. I think there are a lot of good belongings that came from that skill and it showed in the quarterfinal and semifinal.”

For the U.S. women to crack the resolute German defense they will need all hands on deck. Maya Hayes leads the team with four goals in the World Cup, but all four came in the first two games of the tournament. Since then, it has been a balanced attack, with Vanessa DiBernardo and Chioma Ubogagu leading the U.S. past North Korea and Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai finding the back of the net against Nigeria.

The U.S. defenders will have to be mindful of German attacker Lena Lotzen, who has a team-high six goals and has scored in all but one game this competition, including two against the United States in the 3-0 result on Aug. 27. Avoiding a repeat performance on all accounts is the task at hand for Swanson and his players.

"This is a great chance for our team," Swanson said. "It’s rare that you get another chance at a team you played in group play, and we are keyed up about playing Germany again. We know it is going to be a very aggressive game. They clearly have quality throughout their whole team, and we are looking forward to it."

FIFA: Under-17 World Cup India Raise the Profile of the Game in a Huge Market

FIFA Under17 World Cup - Sports Jagat

World football governing body FIFA on Friday said that it wants India to host the Under-17 World Cup to raise the profile of the game in a huge market but warned that the country will not get the important event if it fails to meet the strict criteria.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said that India will have to satisfy the strict requirements for hosting the Under-17 World Cup and if the country fails in providing them, the event will go to another nation.

Valcke said: "Obviously, the infrastructure will have to be top class; the six venues needed for the game will have to be the best. We need safety promise from the government and then guarantee for accommodation, transport and airport facilities,"

"At the end of the day, for those young players taking part, this will have to be 'the' game for them. It does not matter where it is being held. So naturally, if India fails to satisfy the strict criteria, it will not host the event," he added.

Valcke was addressing reporters after a round table meeting organized by International Football Arena, which was attended by the visiting FIFA delegate, AIFF and club officials, experts, media persons and business representatives.

FIFA had signed a 10-year agreement with the AIFF on September 5, covering management plan, technical development and the strengthening of clubs and the I-League.

Valcke said that there will be no bending of rules for India to host the 2017 Under-17 World Cup but added that FIFA will be involved in India's bidding for the event.

"There will no change in rules and it will be normal bidding method with countries competing. But we want the Under-17 World Cup to go to a country where the game can be developed from the grassroot.

"India is a vast football market. A country of 1.2 billion cannot lag behind in football. We see the event as the ideal platform for the development of infrastructure and grassrrot development. We want to make football the number two sport in India in ten years," he said.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Canada Qualify for 2013 World Cup in Rugby

2013 World Cup in Rugby - Sports Jagat

Team Canada has qualified for the 2013 men's and women's Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow, Russia.
On Sunday, the Canadian women overcome Trinidad and Tobago 46-0 at the Twin Elm Rugby Park in Ottawa to book their ticket to next year's important worldwide event. Jenn Kish of Edmonton, Alberta led the Canadian team with a hat trick as Canada was in complete command from start to finish.
Team Canada has so far joined teams from South Africa, the United States, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Netherlands and Ireland.
On the men's side, Canada capable by advancing to Sunday's final against the United States with a 31-0 win over Jamaica. Phil Mack of Victoria had a 50m sprint to a try and Ciaran Hearn of Conception Bay, Newfoundland scored on a 80 yard try.
Other countries that have already qualified for the men's competition are Kenya, South Africa, Russia, Argentina, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, France, Georgia, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Somoa, Tonga and the United States.
The results for Team Canada at the 2013 Rugby World Cup will help analysts determine if Team Canada should be considered a medal contender in rugby at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Indian Youth Boost U-19 World Cup

India won U19 Match - Sports Jagat

Captain Unmukt Chand led from the front with a superb, winning hundred as India Under-19 lifted their third World Cup title after beating formidable defending champions Australia by six wickets in the final on yesterday.

This was India U-19s first triumph after Mohammed Kaif and Virat Kohli led their respective teams to victory in 2000 and 2008 editions respectively.

Courtesy a wonderful unbeaten 111 by Unmukt and his unbroken partnership of 130 runs with glovesman Smit Patel, India overhauled a competitive target of 226 on a bouncy strip with 14 balls to spare.

It was one of the best centuries one could have witnessed at the junior level as Unmukt hit seven fours and as many as six sixes during his 130-ball knock.

He completed his century with a six over extra-cover off Alex Gregory but the celebrations were very muted. The captain knew that the job was only half done.

Once Smit, who hit an effective 62, slog-swept off-spinner Ashton Turner towards deep mid-wicket for a four a number of Indian supporters rushed to the ground along to celebrate with the team.

Though four wickets were lost in the chase, it never looked like an uphill task for the Indians, who were subdued in the middle overs but accelerated towards the end to get to the target with ease.

After Prashant Chopra was out chasing a delivery down leg side of Mark Steketee without disturbing the scorers, Unmukt and in-form batsman Baba Aparajith (33) took the attack to the opposition.

The duo added 73 runs for the second wicket playing the Aussie pace trio of Steketee, Joel Paris and Gurinder Sandhu with ease.

Unmukt, particularly, was phenomenal in the closing stages hitting a couple of glorious sixes off Sandhu's bowling.

The first was over long-off while second looked even more spectacular as he presented a full face of the bat with a nice follow through.

Aparajith on the other hand hit a nice hook shot off Paris and some lovely cover drives that pierced the field.

However, Sandhu had the last laugh when he forced Aparajith to drive on the up and was brilliantly caught by Ashton Turner at short cover.

The Tamil Nadu all-rounder scored 33 off 38 balls with five hits to the fence. Hanuma Vihari (4) and Vijay Zol (1) didn't score much but some damage was done by the number of deliveries that were consumed in the process.
Unmukt Chand - Sports Jagat

Zol's discomfort against the moving deliveries also frustrated Unmukt who didn't get much of the strike. The Indian captain finally completed his half century in 68 deliveries.

Zol's agony ended as he edged one off Paris to wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson. The bowling powerplay proved to be helpful for the hosts as they conceded only 11 runs in the five overs.

Earlier, India frittered away the early advantage as defending champions Australia recovered from a shaky start to post a competitive 225/8.

Electing to field after winning the toss Indians had the Aussies on the mat at 38 for four before host skipper William Bosisto (87 not out) rebuilt the innings with the help of some notable contributions down the order from Tavis Head (37) and Ashton Turner.

Colts 'veteran' Sandeep Sharma who got four for 54 was the most successful bowler.