Today, on National Sports Day we pledge to strength Fit India Movement! https://t.co/0BmpLreJPP— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2019This year the top honours have been shared by Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia and Paralympics shot put silver-medallist Deepa Malik.”My wishes to everyone on the National Sports Day. It was today that we got a great sportsperson in Major Dhyan Chand. With his fitness, stamina and hockey stick, he mesmerised the world. I respectfully bow to Major Dhyan Chand,” he said.Modi lauded the country’s sporting fraternity for the rising medal count across all sports.”Their medals are not just a result of their hard work but also a reflection of a new India’s confidence. I am happy that in the last five years, we have tried to create a better atmosphere for sports, which is showing results,” he said. Dhyan ChandFit India Movementhockey indiaNarendra Modi First Published: August 29, 2019, 4:47 PM IST New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India’s improving sports performance is a reflection of the country’s rising confidence as he paid tributes to hockey wizard Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary, which is celebrated as the National Sports Day.Launching the ‘Fit India Movement’, aimed at encouraging people to include physical activity and sports in their everyday lives, here, Modi said the initiative is a fitting tribute to Dhyan Chand on his 114th birth anniversary. “It’s a day to congratulate all the athletes who are taking the tri-colour to new highs. Be it boxing, badminton, tennis or any other sport, our athletes are giving new wings to our aspirations,” Modi said.Every year on Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary, the country celebrates its sporting heroes by honouring them with the National Sports Awards — the highest of them being the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 06, 2016 COMMENT SHARE football Bengali cinema superstar Jeet’s Grassroot Entertainment has signed a long-term agreement with Premier Futsal to acquire the Kolkata franchise of the world’s first-ever multi-nation futsal league for an undisclosed amount.The agreement makes Kolkata the second franchise to be sold after the promoters of football club Chennai City FC – among the oldest in the city – picked up the league’s Chennai team.Jeet, Director, Grassroot Entertainment, said, “Football has a huge, fervent following in Kolkata, where love for the sport is passed on from one generation to the next. It is therefore a matter of great pride for me to introduce the faster, shorter version, of the beautiful game. Through Futsal, the young generation can hone their skills and talent, which will uplift their quality and eventually benefit in long-term development of footballers.”The Kolkata franchise will be christened Kolkata 5s.In the inaugural season, each team will be similarly named. The franchise owners will then be allowed to rebrand their respective teams from the second season onwards.Dinesh Raj, MD, Premier Futsal, said, “We are delighted to have a superstar of Jeet’s stature backing Premier Futsal and playing his part to grow it in what is football’s Indian heartland. The response we have received from prospective owners across all cities validates our decision to get behind Futsal as sport. We will unveil owners of the other franchises very soon.”Premier Futsal, which kicks off July 15th, is a private and semi-professional league promoted by Xavier Britto of Indev Group.The league has signed some of the best futsallers in the world – spearheaded by the renowned Alessandro Rosa Vieira, fondly known as ‘Falcao’ – and has even enticed iconic footballers like Paul Scholes, Michel Salgado and Deco to compete.Each franchise will be assigned a marquee international football player, seven international and five Indian futsallers for their squad to participate in the inaugural season through a player draft scheduled later this month.Premier Futsal will be telecast live and exclusive on Sony Six, Sony ESPN, and Sony AATH. Matches will also be available to live stream on Sony Liv. COMMENTS
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengal Warriorsdabang delhipklPKL 7 First Published: October 19, 2019, 11:08 PM IST Ahmedabad: A clinical Bengal Warriors on Saturday clinched their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title by defeating Dabang Delhi 39-34 in a pulsating summit clash here.Naveen Kumar was brilliant once again with 18 raid points for Dabang Delhi but uncharacteristic errors cost their title hopes in front of a packed audience, including Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, at the EKA Arena by TransStadia. The Bengal Warriors did not have the services of star raider and captain Maninder Singh but got support with his presence as assistant coach of the team in the final match of Season Seven.The pressure of the final got to the Warriors in the early minutes as Delhi stormed to a 6-0 lead. Naveen Kumar certainly looked charged up for the event while Delhi’s cover combination of Anil Kumar and Vishal Mane also seemed keen to stop any raider coming their way.The Delhi side clinched their All-Out in the 8th minute to open a four-point lead but the Warriors were a different side after the restart. Stand-in captain Mohammad Nabibakhsh picked up his game, clinching valuable raid points, as the Warriors quickly reduced Delhi’s lead.Delhi’s Iranian player Meraj Sheykh impressed as a substitute, picking up two raid points in pressure situations, but the Warriors secured their first All-Out with under four minutes remaining for the break.The closely-contested first-half ended with the scores levelled at 17-17.The Warriors maintained that momentum in the second half as they quickly got into the lead. Sukesh Hegde once again sizzled for the Warriors with some mature raiding, often getting the better of Ravinder Pahal in Delhi’s left corner.Perhaps the smartest move from the Warriors’ camp was to deploy the experienced Jeeva Kumar in a shifting cover role, depending on the raider’s strong foot.The decision helped as the Warriors clinched another All-Out in the 8th minute of the half to open-up a 4-point lead.Delhi’s Naveen Kumar clinched his Super 10 in the 10th minute (21st consecutive) but his side struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as Warriors corner combination of Rinku Narwal and Baldev Singh also got into the game.The Warriors inflicted another All-Out with six minutes remaining to open-up a 10-point lead.Naveen Kumar kept trying to script a comeback for the Delhi side, hitting the 300-point milestone in the process, but his work continuously got undone by uncharacteristic errors in the defence with the likes of Joginder Narwal and Ravinder Pahal struggling.The Warriors’ defence held tight in the final minutes to secure their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title.
Mumbai: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said the government will launch a football league for women next month, aiming to take the sport to the masses.”We are going to launch women football league, most probably next month. We are ready with the format and it will be one of the most extensive football programmes in the country and it will be in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development,” Rijiju told reporters here. Rijiju was speaking after unveiling the official emblem of next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by India.”We are ready and we are going to launch it. And you are going to see that it will be huge movement in India, not just a tournament. We have to raise the level of football in India and we have to be aggressive. I am clear in that if we are not aggressive, we won’t be able to push through,” the minister said.All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel and chief women’s football officer of FIFA, Sarai Bareman were present on the occasion.Rijiju said the Indian women’s team has better prospects of making it to the main football World Cup as compared to the men due to higher ranking.”In this one year’s time, we would be generating enough enthusiasm among people to make this World Cup one of the most successful and memorable. Personally I have two objectives one is to make this event the most successful and second to take that as an opportunity to create football culture in India.””When I speak about creating a sports culture in India, we cannot overlook football. Being the most popular sport on this planet, football has to be a priority. Football culture is being developed now, but what we require is to take it to a new level,” he added.Rijiju also said that he has urged FIFA to look at more venues for hosting matches.”For me football is the No. 1 sport in the country, not in the context of commercial success and winning international championships, but it can be played by all. In my area of northeast, football is a religion.”As sports minister of India, I assure full support to the World Cup. India is a big country and I would like FIFA to look at more venues to conduct the Under-17 Women’s World Cup. aiffAll India Football Federationfootballgovernment First Published: November 2, 2019, 10:54 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
India are to play in tough conditions – chilly weather and artificial turf – as they look to keep up their hopes in the World Cup qualifiers. When India landed in Dushanbe on Wednesday, they were greeted with the mercury hovering around 6-7 degrees Celsius. India’s head coach Igor Stimac was vary of the physical presence and stamina of the Afghanistan side and said it would be a difficult game.Meanwhile, Anoush Dastagiv, Afghanistan head coach mentioned though it’s not their own country, they get “confidence” when they play in Dushanbe. “Here, people speak our language. We feel at home. Whenever we play in front of Afghani crowd, we never fail to get positive results. We hope we can get something closer to that tomorrow (Thursday) as well,” he said.
Crystal Palaceenglish premier leagueEnglish Premier League 2019-20EPL First Published: November 23, 2019, 1:17 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Premier League leaders Liverpool will travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday, November 23, for their league game at the Selhurst Park. Liverpool, who are unbeaten in the league so far this season, will look to register their fourth straight victory in Premier League. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace will aim to shake up the leaders. Liverpool are currently holding an eight-point lead at the top after a 3-1 win over champions Manchester City in their last game, whereas Palace are on 12th spot. The Premier League 2019 Crystal Palace vs Liverpool match will commence at 8:30PM.Speaking on the Liverpool pressure, Palace winger Andros Townsend has said that defence will play a key role in the upcoming fixture. “If you defend well and take your chances at the other side you can definitely pull off a shock, as we have proven many times before.” As far as injuries are concerned, Liverpool might travel without Mohammad Salah and Robertson. Both the players had sustained ankle injuries. For Palace, Wilfried Zaha is in doubt due to foot injury.Premier League 2019-20 Crystal Palace Possible Starting Line-up vs Liverpool: Guaita; Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha; AyewPremier League 2019-20 Liverpool Possible Starting Line-up vs Crystal Palace: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Milner; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, OrigiWhere to watch Premier League 2019-20 Crystal Palace vs Liverpool match live in India (TV channels)?Crystal Palace will face the Liverpool challenge at 8:30PM on Saturday. The EPL 2019-20 Crystal Palace vs Liverpool will be played at the Selhurst Park. The Premier League Crystal Palace vs Liverpool game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select channels in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019-20 Crystal Palace vs Liverpool match live streaming?Crystal Palace vs Liverpool live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users.
Advertisement AdvertisementTop Rank has signed former two-time interim WBA super featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez to a promotional contract, Bob Arum announced today. Vasquez (37-3, 20 KOs), from San Jose, Costa Rica, is 30 years old and has been fighting at the world level for nearly a decade. His debut under the Top Rank banner will be announced soon.Vasquez is currently ranked No. 8 by the WBA at 130 pounds and is angling for a third world title shot.“I feel really happy. I feel blessed to be signed by the biggest company in the sport of boxing,” Vasquez said. “I want to rule the 130-pound division. I’m ready for big names, whether it’s Christopher Diaz or Oscar Valdez. They better watch out now that I’m with Top Rank. I will show everyone that Vasiliy Lomachenko is beatable, and in the near future, I want the rematch with Ray Beltran with proper notice now that I have a real promotional company behind me. I’m happy and motivated.”“We are really grateful for this opportunity,” said Hector Cordova, Vasquez’s manager. “Bryan fought Beltran with three weeks’ notice and a broken hand in the second round and still managed to make him look bad. We will be working with Jose Benavidez Sr. in our corner, and we are here to make history. We are with the top promotional company in the sport, so we’ll see if the top guys keep on hiding.”Vasquez fought Beltran last August for the NABF and NABO lightweight titles, dropping a majority decision after putting forth a spirited effort. Beltran would go on to win the WBO lightweight title in his next bout. Vasquez rebounded on Feb. 24 in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica, stopping Miguel Gonzalez in the 11th round of a bloody contest. The Gonzalez victory earned Vasquez the WBA Fedelatin belt.After more than 100 amateur bouts, Vasquez turned pro in 2005 and won the interim WBA super featherweight title in 2011 with a 12-round unanimous decision against Santos Benavides. Following a ninth-round TKO over Jorge Lacierva, Vasquez fell short in his first world title challenge, getting knocked out in the seventh round by longtime WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama. In 2013, Vasquez won the interim WBA super featherweight title for a second time with a technical decision over René González and defended the belt with a unanimous decision over Jose Felix Jr. in April 2014 on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch in Las Vegas.His second world title challenge — for the vacant WBA super featherweight title — came on May 29, 2015, in Brooklyn, New York, and he was outboxed by Javier Fortuna en route to a unanimous decision loss.Also Read..Boxing: Anthony Yarde’s next fight announced
The minister also took up the issue of crimes againstThe minister also took up the issue of crimes against women and said he has sent an advisory to all police forces in the country that they should ensure that 33 per cent of their strength is made up of women.”I am happy that the percentage of women personnel working in Delhi Police has improved,” he said.Singh said people expect good behaviour from police and maximum effort should be devoted towards ensuring that.”In the past few years, I came across several officials who are too humble and gentle, but took sternest of measures whenever the circumstances so demanded. These officials never showed any sign of weakness while taking any tough decision but they maintained their humble nature,” he said.He added that he wants to create such conditions that Delhi Police is looked upon as a beacon of light by other forces in the country.The Home Minister, who announced a grant of Rs 5 crore for the Delhi Police welfare fund, earlier inspected the guard of honour and took the salute following the parade, which was commanded by ACP Balram Yadav.He also presented medals to officers for gallantry and meritorious services.This year, Delhi Polices official sports team took part in the parade for the first time. Apart from several contingents representing armed police, traffic police, etc., others who participated in the parade include the dog squad, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, water cannon force and mounted police. PTI DEY KKM SK DBSadvertisement
Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed on Sunday said he idolises Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and he would want to be a “finisher” like him.”Absolutely, Dhoni inspires me. He does it for wicketkeeping and batting both. He is a great keeper. I idolise him. The way he finishes an innings I would like to do the same for Pakistan too,” Ahmed said. (Shahid Afridi disagrees with Rohit Sharma’s views on Mohammad Amir) Sarfraz has seldom played the role of a floating batsman in the side and he wishes to continue doing the same according to the necessities of the team.”I hope I can fit in wherever possible and contribute for the team. Going forward also, I will try and do the same, that is play where the team management needs me,” he said. (ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India)Pakistan played dismal cricket in Bangladesh in the recently-concluded Asia Cup. They lost to India and then were beaten by hosts Bangladesh.Speaking about their Asia Cup campaign, the 28-year-old said, “Conditions were difficult in Bangladesh. For every team the first six overs were really very difficult. But now we have sorted things out and hopefully we will do well here.” (India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash is just another game: Gautam Gambhir) India lock horns with Pakistan in a World Twenty20 group game at the Eden Gardens here on March 19 and Sarfraz believes there will be pressure on both sides to do well.”It is a big game. Both teams will be under immense pressure. The atmosphere will be great, I am sure. Also we have never won in a World Cup (against India). We will try and win here and break the jinx. We will try to play good cricket,” he said.advertisement”As for me, I have played in India-Pakistan games before. The big crowd will be a motivation and we will go for a win.”Sarfraz who is known for his swashbuckling batting, said he would try and stick to his natural style of play.”I just have one style. I will try and play my natural game,” he added.
Nevill heaped praise on young Aussie leg spinner Adam Nevill heaped praise on young Aussie leg spinner Adam Zampa, who took three wickets against Bangladesh. “He bowled beautifully. His performance was fantastic and turned the match in our favour. It was a crucial spell in the scheme of things. He has been performing beautifully and bowling well,” he said. On the Mohali wicket, Nevill said, “I am not entirely sure which pitch we are on. Judging from game last night here, I thought personally, it played pretty similar to the one we played against Bangladesh in Bangalore. We will have to see if it changes in a day or so. We will have to adjust to what we are given (if it is a turning track).” Nevill, who made his Test debut last year and featured in only five T20 Internationals, said it is a “fantastic” experience playing in India. On what kind of personal goals he has set for himself, Nevill said: “I didnt set any personal goals, really. Just a matter of doing the role I am asked to do and doing that successfully.” About challenges of wicketkeeping in sub-continent conditions, he said, the fundamentals remain the same, “but it is lot more exciting with lot of spin here, it is enjoyable as wicket-keeper”. PTI SUN CM CM
Delhi Daredevils today announced that former India pacer Zaheer Khan has been appointed captain of the franchise for IPL 2016.Zaheer, one of India’s finest speedsters, will play for the Daredevils for the second successive season this year. Former India captain and team mentor Rahul Dravid said that Zaheer has always been a leader and added that the left-arm pacer will inspire the rest of the team with his astute leadership.”Zaheer has been a leader for a very long time. Anyone who has followed Indian cricket will know the impact Zak has had. He has always proven himself to be one of the leaders. Zak has a big personality, but it is the steel, focus and drive behind the outward confidence which I think he will bring to the captaincy and that I am sure will inspire the rest of the team.”He has the respect of the dressing room and the franchise is proud to have him as our captain. I would like to congratulate him on the appointment and wish him, and the rest of the squad all the very best.” Dravid also paid tribute to the work put in by last season’s captain, South African all-rounder, Jean-Paul (JP) Duminy. “JP did a fantastic job last season. He will continue to be part of the leadership group. I am looking forward to working with Zak, JP, Paddy (Head Coach) and the rest of the support staff as we build towards this upcoming season,” added Mr Dravid. Zaheer had last year, retired from international cricket, having played 92 Tests with 311 wickets, whereas he scalped 282 ODI wickets in 200 matches. He also played 17 T20 Internationals for India. Zaheer himself was delighted with his new role as he said: “It is a huge honour to captain Delhi Daredevils. To get this responsibility is a way for me to give back to the game. I firmly believe that with the players currently involved we have the makings of a very good side, a young side that can surprise people. The potential of this group of players is immense and it is now up to us as players to turn that potential into consistent performances.”advertisement
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling attack has been further dented with seamer Adam Milne joining the injury list and being ruled out of the Indian Premier League due to a grade-two hamstring injury. It has been learnt that Milne has flown back to New Zealand.RCB are not left with much bowling options now with Milne joining Mitchell Starc and Samuel Bardee on the sidelines.Milne was bought for Rs 70 lakh during the IPL auction by RCB and played in the team’s opening game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he conceded 43 runs in his four-over spell. After that match he was not picked for the games which followed.Virat Kohli-led RCB don’t have much time and need to win almost every match to make it to the playoffs.Presently, they are at the seventh spot in the points table and are left with overseas bowlers – Shane Watson, David Wiese, Chris Jordan and Kane Richardson.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has given the Premier League champions further encouragement that he will stay with them next season by saying he is happy at the club.Vardy, who has scored 24 Premier League goals this season and was named player of the year by the Football Writers’ Association, has played a pivotal role in taking his team from 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the campaign to champions of England.”We’ve just won the league and will be playing in the Champions League next year. I am happy here,” the prolific striker told British media.England international Vardy, 29, signed a contract with Leicester in February running through to June 2019.Leicester visit their manager Claudio Ranieri’s former club Chelsea in their final game of the season on Sunday.
Wales star Gareth Bale described England as the “enemy” in one of his many incendiary comments in the build-up to their European Championship game on Thursday, but England coach Roy Hodgson is adopting a different tone about the all-British match.”It’s a game between brothers,” Hodgson said Wednesday, in a remark that will likely be viewed with both bemusement and amusement from the Welsh population.For Wales, the game in Lens is one of the biggest in their recent history – a rare chance to meet their bitter rivals and neighbour on the big soccer stage. The Welsh are playing in a major tournament for the first time in 58 years.England captain Wayne Rooney, however, talked about it as just another game and wasn’t ready to go toe-to-toe with Bale in the mind games.”We’re just focused on preparing for the game,” said an unflustered Rooney, refusing to bite on one of many questions about Wales’ recent straight-talking in Wednesday’s pre-match news conference.Hodgson rolled his eyes when asked if remarks from the Welsh camp were getting under his players’ skin.”If we really took it seriously and allowed it to affect our concentration, we’d be very ashamed of ourselves,” Hodgson said. “Talk is talk. Action on the field is action on the field.”Wales coach Chris Coleman said after the group-stage draw was made that England was the opponent he didn’t want to face, because of the “circus” that goes with it. And Coleman said he is fed up with all the “small talk.”advertisement”They are grown men,” Coleman said. “They can’t be afraid to give our opinions. It was always going to turn into this, but it’s irrelevant. Let’s just get down to business.”‘BALE A FANTASTIC PLAYER’Bale has been a central figure in the build-up to the game and he’s set to play a major role in the match, too.The Welsh rely heavily on the Real Madrid forward, who scored seven and was provider for two of Wales’ 11 goals in qualifying. Bale, the world’s most expensive player, also scored a free kick to set Wales on its way to a 2-1 win over Slovakia in the first group game.Rooney described Bale as a “fantastic player” – England midfielder Adam Lallana ranked Bale among the world’s top five players when asked about him on Tuesday – but the England captain said his team shouldn’t be preoccupied by Wales’ superstar.”It’s not England vs Gareth Bale,” Rooney said, “it’s England vs Wales.”The match is being labelled a Premier League game on an international stage, given that 19 of the likely starters play in England’s top flight.”That adds spice and interest,” said Hodgson, whose team drew 1-1 with Russia in their opening Group B game. “That’s something I can only welcome. If anything, it heightens the occasion, rather than lessens it.”Many people in Britain are looking forward to this game, we certainly are, and maybe around the world.”‘PHYSICAL AND AGGRESSIVE’Coleman said it will be “physical and aggressive.””As soon as that whistle goes tomorrow, both teams will be at it,” Coleman said. “It’s going to be a typical British game.”But you must keep control in these games. My team talk to my players, I’ll need to make sure they are focused and calm, because we have to make sure that the game and occasion doesn’t get the best of us.”
Washington, Jun 16 (PTI) Wearing a specifically designed compression collar around the neck may prevent or reduce the devastating effects of head collisions in sports, two new studies have found.The neck device, called a Q-Collar, is designed to press gently on the jugular vein to slow blood outflow increasing the brains blood volume, according to researchers from Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Centre in the US.The resulting effect of the increased blood volume helps the brain fit tighter within the skull cavity, reducing the energy absorbed by the brain during collisions, researchers said.The analysis of neurophysiological and neuroanatomical data from the brain showed athletes in the non-collar wearing group had significant functional and structural changes to white matter regions of the brain but these changes were not evident in those who did wear the Q-Collar during play, they said.”White matter of the brain essentially connects all the pathways including structure and function. Neuro-radiologists at Cincinnati Childrens established a protocol for how the white matter in the brain is impacted after head collisions and what correlates to a brain injury,” said Greg Myer from the hospital.In the first study which involved hockey players, half the participants wore the collar for the hockey season and the other half did not. Each of the helmets for the athletes was outfitted with an accelerometre to measure every head impact.Results from the imaging and electrophysiological testing indicated that athletes in the non-collar wearing group had a disruption of microstructure and functional performance of the brain. Athletes wearing the collar did not show a significant difference despite similar head impacts, researchers said.advertisementIn the second study, 42 football players participated. 21 athletes wore the collar during a competitive season. They were tested before play to make sure the lightweight, c-shaped neck collar fit properly, they said.The other 21 players did not wear the collar.All of the athletes helmets were outfitted with an accelerometer – a computer chip – which tracked every hit sustained during the pre- and post- season.Researchers used advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), to determine the efficacy of the collar to prevent structural changes to the brain following a season of head impacts.The results of the larger study showed similar protective effects of collar wear during the football season, researchers said.”The results of the studies demonstrate a potential approach to protecting the brain from changes sustained within a competitive football and hockey season, as evidenced by brain imaging,” said Myer.The findings were published in the journals Frontiers in Neurology and British Journal of Sports Medicine. PTI SAN AKJ AMS
The Copa America, the world’s oldest competition among national soccer teams, will be played in Brazil in 2019, taking the tournament back to South America after this year’s centennial edition was organised by first-time hosts the United States.On Sunday, Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in a penalty shootout, winning its second straight title in the tournament, reports Efe.Brazil last hosted the tournament in 1989, winning the trophy, South American Soccer Federation, or Conmebol, president Alejandro Dominguez said.This will be the fifth time that the Copa America is played in Brazil, which hosted the event in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989.The South American soccer powerhouse has won the title eight times.In 2012, the Brazilian Soccer Federation, or CBF, approved an agreement that awarded Chile the 2015 Copa America hosting rights and assigned the 2019 tournament to Brazil.Brazil hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, the World Cup in 2014 and is the site of the Summer Olympic Games this summer.
Manny Pacquiao is planning to fight again later this year, just three months after announcing his retirement from boxing, ESPN reported on Tuesday.Pacquiao, who said his win over Timothy Bradley in April was his final bout, would fight on October 29 or November 5 in Las Vegas against a yet-to-be-determined opponent, his promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.Since Pacquiao’s “farewell” bout three months ago, the 37-year-old former eight-division world boxing champion won a senate seat in the Philippines.POLITICAL DUTIESAccording to the report, Arum had placed a hold on the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas for a possible Pacquiao return on Oct. 15 but the southpaw’s responsibilities forced a change of plans.”Manny wants to come back. The problem is he can only come back if it doesn’t interfere with his senate duties,” Arum said in the report.”We had pencilled him in for Oct. 15 at Mandalay Bay but we were informed that is no longer possible because he has to spend that week leading up to Oct. 15 formulating the budget in the senate and doing the votes.”So he has to be there for that week, so that knocks out that week. He can’t mess around with that. So now we’re looking at Oct. 29 or Nov. 5. The question is building availability because we want to do the fight in Las Vegas.”FAREWELL VICTORYPacquiao’s unanimous decision win over Bradley was his first fight in nearly a year after his loss to Floyd Mayweather. He had said he was bringing the curtain down on his career to concentrate on politics and his family.advertisementPacquiao adviser Michael Koncz said in the report that the southpaw, while committed to politics, is happiest when he is in the ring.”Manny’s primary concern and obligation is to fulfil his senatorial duties,” Koncz said.”But he just misses (boxing). He misses the training. He misses being in the gym. You can see when he trains it’s like a stress reliever for him. His mood changes. It’s like he’s in happy land,” said Koncz.”So I am working with Bob and Manny is working closely with the senate president to make sure the dates are OK. We’re doing this properly.”
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today warned officials and citizens of more possible terror strikes across the country.”You all have to be more alert, keeping in mind that it will not stop here,” the PM said.Speaking at a video conference with administrative officials, teachers, imams, members of the law-enforcement agencies, social workers of 32 districts of Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal divisions and several others as part of her campaign against militancy and terrorism from her official Ganobhaban residence today, the PM said, “There are different conspiracies. We are gathering intelligence reports from domestic and foreign sources. There is a need to create awareness.”WON’T ALLOW TERROR ACTIVITIES She said, “All will have to take a vow that there won’t be any place for terrorists and militants on our soil. We won’t allow any activities that would malign Islam. Activities that will destroy peace and security are not acceptable to us,” the PM said.Sheikh Hasina said that when the country is marching towards the path of light and is being recognised as a role model of socioeconomic uplift in the world, a quarter at that time is out to taint the country’s image and take it to darkness through perpetrating militancy and terrorism.”I think all of us will have to be united against terrorism and militancy to establish peace and security and free Bangladesh from terrorism and militancy,” she said.Calling upon countrymen to stay alert against possible strikes in the future, the prime minister said, “I would like to urge the countrymen to remain more cautious as those who launched dastardly attacks on the Gulshan cafe and near Sholakia Eidgah won’t stop here. They have a range of plans to carry out more attacks and we are collecting reports of local and international intelligence agencies in this regard,” she said.advertisement”I also call upon all irrespective of party and opinion to work together to foil the evil design and strengthen the campaign against militancy and terrorism,” she added.STAY ALERT!The prime minister also called asked citizens to stay more alert against any further attacks like those at Gulshan in Dhaka and at Sholakia in Kishoreganj.Reminding the atrocities and rampage unleashed by BNP-Jamaat nexus in the first three months of last year, the premier said those who killed numerous innocent people by launching arson attacks won’t refrain from such heinous acts.”They will work taking the militants beside them. So, all will have to be more careful about them,” Sheikh Hasina said.MINISTERS ON RADAR Apart from attacking various installations, the PM said, the terrorists also have plans to target people of different professions and classes including law enforcers, ministers and public representatives.”They have enough money at home and abroad. They are making propaganda… they are pampering militant and terrorist activities and they may attack important places and establishments,” she said.Pointing out two recent back-to-back dastardly terrorist attacks at Gulshan in Dhaka and at Sholakia in Kishoreganj, the prime minister said these incidents are very shameful for Bangladesh and heinous crimes. “These were unleashed just to tarnish the image of the country abroad,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that those who carried out the brutal attacks and killed innocent people during the time of Esha, Tarabih and Eid prayers could not be believers of Islam.Referring to the recent bomb attacks carried out on the premises of the holy Masjid-e-Nababi in Saudi Arabia, the prime minister posed a question that what type of Muslims they are who launched the attacks in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.’CULPRITS WILL GO TO HELL’ “The misdeeds were carried out just to defame Islam, the religion of peace Islam, before the world community. The culprits will only incur hatred of the people… they will never go to heaven, rather they will go to hell,” she said.Calling upon parents, guardians and teachers to be careful about social menaces like terrorism and militancy, the prime minister requested them to be more aware about movement of students and children so that they could not be derailed with the patron of evil forces.PM CAUTIONS PARENTS Talking about the students of renowned schools, colleges and universities who are joining such heinous and barbaric acts, Sheikh Hasina said it’s unfortunate that the children of well-off families are stepping towards extremism.However, the prime minister reaffirmed that peace and harmony will certainly be maintained in the country and her government will do everything necessary to establish Bangladesh as the most peaceful country in South Asia.advertisement”I always remain beside the people of the country, let’s build the country as a happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.”Bangladesh is land of communal harmony where Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists celebrate their festivals by sharing joy … it’s the beauty of the country and all will have to remain careful so that this secular fabric is not destroyed,” she added.Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, PM’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam, Energy Adviser Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Shikdar were present during the video conference moderated by PM’s principal secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad.
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