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."