News Cricket

Fans call Virat Kohli shameless, demand his sacking from Royal Challengers Bangalore

Staff Writer Updated: 3 April, 2019, 1:44 PM IST

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After years of humiliation in the Indian Premier League, RCB fans were backing their team to win its maiden title in 2019. However, the outcome has been similar to past seasons. The Bangalore based franchise have lost four consecutive matches in the ongoing season and are sitting at the bottom of the points table.

Virat Kohli has struggled with the bat and barring his 46 against Mumbai Indians, he has managed below par scores in his other three outings. On Tuesday, RCB were completely outplayed by Rajasthan Royals, losing the match by seven wickets.

It was fourth straight defeat for Virat Kohli's side, which is the only team to not yet win a match in IPL 2019. After another embarrassing loss, fans are losing patience with the team and also Virat Kohli.

Some fans are demanding the sacking of the skipper while others want changes for the next match.

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News Cricket

Pakistan ban IPL broadcast, say India made an organized effort to harm cricket in country

Staff Writer Updated: 3 April, 2019, 11:35 AM IST

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Pakistan have officially banned the broadcast of Indian Premier League stating that India made an organized effort to harm cricket in the country and hence their league shouldn’t get any sort of promotion here in Pakistan. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference that the decision to ban IPL was taken at a cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"India made an organized effort to harm cricket in Pakistan and it doesn't make sense for us to allow an Indian domestic tournament to be promoted here," he said

He further added that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) would make sure that no IPL game is shown in Pakistan. Chaudhry blamed India for politicizing sports and culture by their aggressive stand against Pakistani players and artists.

News F1

Mick Schumacher 2nd fastest in F1 test debut for Ferrari

AP Updated: 3 April, 2019, 10:36 AM IST

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More than 12 years after Formula One great Michael Schumacher drove his last race for Ferrari, his son showed he might be ready to carry on the family legacy.

Mick Schumacher drove in his first F1 test for Ferrari and set the second fastest time.

Shortly before the end of the afternoon session in Bahrain, the 20-year-old Schumacher posted a time of 1 minute, 29.976 seconds. That was briefly the fastest time of the day before it was surpassed by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who was 0.597 seconds faster.

Schumacher completed 56 laps, with only Verstappen and defending champion Lewis Hamilton doing more.

The performance is likely to generate even more excitement about the prospect of seeing a Schumacher driving in Ferrari's famed red car again.

Five of his father's record seven F1 titles were won with Ferrari from 2000-04. His 50-year-old father also holds the record for F1 wins with 91.

Despite the focus, the younger Schumacher appeared calm and was smiling when he arrived at the Ferrari garage and drove onto the track for the first time, watched by his mother, Corinna.

Schumacher was sixth fastest in the morning session, which was twice interrupted by rain, with a best time of 1.32.552 over 30 laps.

Schumacher, who won the F3 European Championship title last year, is competing in F2 for the Prema Racing team this season and finished eighth and sixth in his first two races at the weekend.

There has been speculation he could be in F1 by 2020 if he shines this season.

Schumacher is part of Ferrari's driver academy, as was the 21-year-old Charles Leclerc — who is now racing for Ferrari after just one season with Alfa Romeo Sauber in F1 last year.

Michael Schumacher drove his last race for Ferrari on Oct. 22, 2006, at Interlagos in Brazil. He retired but returned to F1 with Mercedes for three more seasons in 2010.

The former driver was skiing with his son in December 2013 when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open the helmet.

Doctors worked to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Schumacher's condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged. But updates on his health have been scarce since he left the hospital in September 2014 to be cared for privately at his Swiss home by Lake Geneva.

News Football

Soccer legend Pele meets rising star Mbappe in Paris

AP Updated: 3 April, 2019, 10:32 AM IST

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When Kylian Mbappe netted France's final goal in a 4-2 win over Croatia last July, the rising star became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final — emulating soccer great Pele.

After exchanging praise for one another for months, the pair finally met on Tuesday at an event organized by a Swiss watchmaker in a lavish Parisian hotel. Their meeting had initially been planned for last November but was canceled because of the 78-year-old Pele's poor health at the time.

"I think he is envying me, that's why he is trying to emulate me," a relaxed Pele joked after they were introduced on a small stage. "His style, the way he is playing, is Latino. Even Brazilian I would say. It's a shame he did not play for Santos (Pele's former club). But it's not too late."

Mbappe's rise to the top has been meteoric. After impressing with his former club Monaco, he received his first call-up with France in March 2017. He was sold to Paris Saint-Germain that summer for 180 million euros ($210 million) and won the World Cup less than 12 months later. Mbappe's most memorable game in Russia was in in a 4-3 victory against Argentina where he scored twice, earned a penalty and showed off his blistering speed under the eye of a powerless Lionel Messi.

Mbappe said he knew that he would "enter history" alongside Pele with a goal in the World Cup final.

After scoring twice in Brazil's 5-2 win against Sweden in the final of 1958, when he was just 17, Pele went on to win another two World Cups with Brazil.

It remains to be seen if Mbappe will do the same, but the French forward believes it's "statistically possible."

"But it would be unreal," he said. "Of course, as long as I will be able to win World Cups, my goal will be to win them because France is a great nation of football," he said. "We will be back in 2022 to try and win again."

Pele said Mbappe and his French teammates reminded him of Brazil's great national teams from the 1960's.

"Mbappe said France will prepare to win the next World Cup, but he should know that we (Brazil) are also going to get ready," Pele said.

News Football

Neymar to resume training with PSG

AP Updated: 3 April, 2019, 10:30 AM IST

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Paris Saint-Germain says Brazil star Neymar will resume training on Wednesday after he was sidelined for more than two months with a foot injury.

PSG said in a statement that Neymar, who was injured playing against Strasbourg in a French Cup game in late January with a recurrence of a fifth metatarsal injury he sustained one year earlier, will return as planned for "on-pitch tests."

"A full medical and radiological assessment will be carried out by club's specialists in two weeks," PSG said.

According to L'Equipe newspaper, the Brazil star is hopeful of returning for the French Cup final at the end of April if PSG advances.

On Tuesday, Neymar also appeared in a video published by his country's far-right president where he promises to visit Israel.

Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro put the video on Twitter during his visit to Israel on Tuesday. Bolsonaro speaks into the camera, flanked by Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanhayu, before Neymar is shown sitting on a sofa and sending a message to the duo.

"Hello Bibi and Bolsonaro. Thanks for inviting us. Israel, we are coming," Neymar said.

Two-time surfing world champion Gabriel Medina, one of Neymar's closest friends, also promised to visit.

News Wrestling

“Winner Takes All” at First-Ever Women’s Main Event of WrestleMania

AP Updated: 3 April, 2019, 10:27 AM IST

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WWE announced that the first-ever women’s main event of WrestleMania featuring Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown Women’s Champion) vs. Becky Lynch will now be a “Winner Takes All” Match for both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship titles. WrestleMania takes place this Sunday, April 7 in front of a capacity crowd at MetLife Stadium and streams live on WWE Network around the world at 7 pm ET.

Charlotte Flair is now an eight-time Champion after winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship this past Tuesday vs. Asuka. Flair is a former Division 1 volleyball player, philanthropist, author, and is the daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Ronda Rousey is the current Raw Women’s Champion, Olympic medalist, the first female UFC Champion, and the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. She is also an actress and New York Times bestselling author. Becky Lynch is the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble winner, a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and was named Wrestler of the Year by both Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports in 2018. She was also the first woman ever to top ESPN’s WWE Power Rankings.

News Cricket

New Zealand announce 15-man Cricket World Cup squad

AP Updated: 3 April, 2019, 10:17 AM IST