India’s top court names administrators to run BCCI

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – A historian, a retired auditor and a financial executive were among four persons named by India’s highest court yesterday to run the country’s cricket board (BCCI).Former India women’s captain Diana Edulji was the only administrator with direct cricket experience although historian and columnist Ramachandra Guha has written numerous books about the sport.Earlier this month, BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were removed by the Supreme Court for failing to implement administrative reforms within the world’s richest cricket body.The court appointed Vinod Rai, former comptroller and auditor general of India, and the Chief Executive of IDFC (Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation) Vikram Limaye as the other administrators to supervise BCCI operations.In July, the court accepted most of the recommendations of a three-member panel it had set up to investigate the BCCI following a fixing scandal during the 2013 Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition.The BCCI rejected some of the recommendations made by the panel headed by former Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, which included age and tenure restrictions for top officials as well as banning them from serving successive terms.The committee of administrators, to be chaired by Rai, will take immediate charge and run the board in liaison with BCCI Chief Executive Rahul Johri until new officials are elected.last_img read more

FB : Keeping their stripes: Gross and Syracuse hope Pinstripe Bowl will sign on with ACC

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Daryl Gross has actively marketed Syracuse as ‘New York’s College Team’ since he began his tenure as athletic director seven years ago.Syracuse’s victory over Kansas State in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium last December was a milestone for Gross in achieving his ultimate goal of dominating New York’s collegiate landscape.With Syracuse set to join the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014, though, the program may not get a chance to play on that stage in the future. The Pinstripe Bowl is currently in the second year of a four-year contract with the Big East and Big 12. So when SU makes the move to the ACC in 2014, the Pinstripe Bowl’s contract will be open.And Gross would like nothing more than for the ACC to explore a contract with the Pinstripe Bowl when its current deal expires to maintain Syracuse’s influence in New York and potentially compete against former Big East rivals.‘Absolutely, absolutely. I would love that,’ Gross said. ‘I think that the Pinstripe Bowl folks would probably love to check out those types of relationships. There’s just good matchups. And heck, why can’t it be a Big East-ACC? Why can’t it be some of those types of things?’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnce its current deal with the Big East and Big 12 expires, the bowl could be open to new options. That is when Gross hopes the ACC slides into the Big 12’s potentially vacated spot.Without the opportunity to play in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden every year once ACC play begins, Syracuse, which Gross called the ‘big boy’ in the state with potent football and basketball programs, will want to grasp onto any possible opportunities to compete in New York City.Though the Pinstripe Bowl isn’t a top-tier bowl game, it has value for Syracuse in the form of increased media exposure, as it is broadcasted on national television.But the ACC has not yet discussed its next bowl cycle, a conference official said. The conference is amid its October meetings, discussing topics such as when Syracuse and Pittsburgh will begin play in the ACC, what type of structure the conference will use — one division or two — and how its conference championships will be organized.When the time comes to potentially pursue a spot in the Pinstripe Bowl, the ACC will have to factor in the incentives of rekindling what soon may become dormant Big East rivalries. The ACC will explore bowls that receive a majority vote from the 14 athletic directors, the ACC official said.But that’s still three years away and the Pinstripe Bowl itself ultimately decides which conferences get bids.A Pinstripe Bowl official declined to comment on the ACC’s potential interest and said the organization is focused solely on its current contract.The Big East, however, is not necessarily buying into Gross’ vision of an ACC-Big East matchup in the Pinstripe Bowl.‘Our teams already play ACC opponents in the Champs Sports Bowl and the Belk Bowl, so I’m not sure it would be prudent to add to that,’ a Big East spokesman said in an email to The Daily Orange.With three years left on its existing bowl contracts, the spokesman said it’s ‘too early’ for the Big East to speculate about future bowl partners. But when the conference does look into future bowl games, the spokesman said the Big East will value ‘desirable destinations and top-level competition for our schools.’Until then, Syracuse, which has already secured half of the six wins necessary to qualify for a bowl, has two more potential opportunities to play in the Pinstripe Bowl.Playing in last year’s inaugural bowl game at Yankee Stadium held sentimental value for many of the players on the team.For former Syracuse safety George Mayes, it was an opportunity to play in front of family — something he and the other 34 Syracuse players from New York and New Jersey weren’t often able to do at home games in the Carrier Dome last season.In Mayes’ mind, the day that stands out isn’t Dec. 30, when the game was played. Rather, Mayes remembers four days earlier. If he could, Mayes would relive Dec. 26, 2010, every day.On that Sunday, he and his family drove from their home in Roselle, N.J., to the Grand Hyatt New York, where the SU football team stayed during the days leading up to the Pinstripe Bowl.Though it was only a half-hour drive, Mayes vividly remembers thinking back on memories at Syracuse with family and anticipating the culmination of his collegiate career in what would be his first and last bowl game. And there was no more fitting place to do so than close to home at Yankee Stadium.By the time he took the field Thursday, Mayes was ecstatic.‘It was unreal to be honest man,’ Mayes said. ‘ … It was probably one of the best days I’ve ever experienced in my life.’Now, Mayes sympathizes for the current and future SU players who may never have the chance to partake in the homecoming of sorts he did.Though he expects his alma mater to advance to Bowl Championship Series bowls in coming seasons, Mayes was looking forward to SU playing in the Pinstripe Bowl becoming a ‘big tradition’ for years to come.The one Pinstripe Bowl the Orange did play in was about more than just the football program. It was about elevating SU’s campaign as ‘New York’s College Team.’‘The fact that we’re New York’s College Team, I think it was big for the state,’ Mayes said. ‘I think it was big for the university for us to just represent and for the folks to remain loyal.’[email protected]—Sports Editor Michael Cohen and Asst. News Editor Jon Harris contributed reporting to this article.   center_img Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Kenta Maeda roughed up early, Dodgers never recover in loss to Cubs

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Today I just think early on he just didn’t have his fastball command,” Roberts said of Maeda. “You could see a couple of those at-bats early on, guys – (Kris) Bryant, (Javier) Baez – sitting on his slider. You could see them sitting soft. When they can’t respect or trust that you’re going to throw your fastball in the strike zone then it just makes your margin that much tougher.”The Cubs climbed all over Maeda in the first inning, sending nine batters to the plate and bringing four of them around to score.A questionable full-count call on Baez might actually have been the pivotal pitch of the 37-pitch inning. Maeda dropped to a knee on the mound when he didn’t get the call from home-plate umpire Ted Barrett.“I don’t have particular comments about that,” Maeda said through his interpreter after the game. “It’s something the umpires have control of and I have to obey those calls.“I believe if I was able to command my pitches better I would have gotten some of the calls. Maybe.”After Baez walked to load the bases, Maeda collected himself long enough to strike out Kyle Schwarber. But Willson Contreras bounced a two-out double down the third base line and three runs scored. When Daniel Descalso dropped his own double down the left field line, Contreras scored as well.A two-run home run by Anthony Rizzo in the second made it a 6-0 headstart for the Cubs and the Dodgers never recovered.“Tonight was a funky one, I think both ways,” Roberts said of the strike zone. He also had issues with a Baez single in the second inning when Roberts felt he left the baseline to avoid a tag by first baseman David Freese.“The umpires do the best they can but I think tonight, for me, there were some inconsistencies there. So when you’re trying to calibrate a zone and you can’t really bank on the consistency it makes it tough – for the pitchers and the hitters as well.”The Dodgers could only manage single runs in the third and seventh innings against Cubs starter Jose Quintana. But the seventh inning could have been bigger.A.J. Pollock singled, went to third on a double by Cody Bellinger and trotted home on a ground out by Chris Taylor. After Austin Barnes walked, Max Muncy came up as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and two outs.Related Articles Urias had a 3.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 19-2/3 innings over those four starts, saving the best for last – he allowed one hit and struck out nine in six innings at Milwaukee on Thursday. Batters hit .189 against Urias in those four starts. He is not in the bullpen because Maeda has outpitched him.With Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw back in the rotation and Rich Hill on his way, Urias is in the bullpen because the Dodgers planned for him to be there from the start of the season. Mindful that the young left-hander is in his first full season since 2016 and has been back on a mound for less than a year since returning from shoulder surgery, the Dodgers are not looking to pile too many innings on Urias this season – figure less than 100.The move to the bullpen is a way to let those innings drip out over the course of the summer so there will be some left to pour into September and October.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has said he will use Urias in a “hybrid role” and not as a “conventional” reliever. That means multi-inning stints followed by multiple days off.It is the best use of Urias only after you accept that there must be restrictions on his workload this season. Maybe that will curb the desire to say he should be starting instead of Maeda. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousCHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 23: Javier Baez #9 (L) and Kyle Ryan #56 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers 7-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, reacts to a called third strike by home plate umpire Ted Barrett during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)The Cubs’ Javier Baez, left, Kris Bryant, center, and Ben Zobrist celebrate scoring on a three-run double by Willson Contreras, not pictured, during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Chicago Cubs’ Jose Quintana pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras hits a three-run double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 23: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubsdives in to score a run in the 1st inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda reacts after giving up a single to Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 23: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubshits a two run home run in the 2nd inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, left, runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda reacts to giving up a two-run home run to Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 23: Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Chicago Cubs’ Jose Quintana pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 23: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubsjukes around David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to get safely to first base in the 2nd inning at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 23: Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after giving up runs in the 2nd inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, right, speaks to home plate umpire Ted Barrett about a call during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes breaks his bat on a pitch thrown by Chicago Cubs’ Jose Quintana during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy complains to the umpire after being called out on strikes against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers 7-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Caleb Ferguson, right, reacts after giving up a solo home run to Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez as he rounds the bases during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock reacts to striking out against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant throws out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 23: Javier Baez #9 (L) and Kyle Ryan #56 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers 7-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, reacts to a called third strike by home plate umpire Ted Barrett during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)NextShow Caption1 of 24The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, reacts to a called third strike by home plate umpire Ted Barrett during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)ExpandCHICAGO — It is going to happen every time a Dodgers starting pitcher has a bad outing now with Julio Urias watching from the bullpen.Tuesday was just the first time.Kenta Maeda was roughed up for six runs in the first two innings and the Chicago Cubs cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers.Moved to the bullpen after making four starts, Urias followed Maeda and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four of the seven batters he faced while allowing no hits. But Barrett punched Muncy out on another borderline call with the count full. Muncy dropped his bat and threw both hands to his helmet in disbelief.“I’m not going to comment on him calling it a strike or a ball,” Muncy said. “The only thing I will comment on is he felt the need to justify his call immediately without me saying anything towards him. All I did was put my hands on my head and turn around. He felt he needed to justify his call and I didn’t want to hear.”Barrett did get in Muncy’s face, following him a few feet away from the plate before Muncy turned his back and walked away.“I didn’t listen,” Muncy said when asked what Barrett said. “Again, he called what he called. I’m not going to comment on that because I don’t want to get in trouble.”Roberts would not blame the loss on either call but clearly felt the Dodgers had been on the wrong end at two critical points.“You never want to say that one pitch or one play is the difference in a game. But there were some at-bats, some pitches that the game could have went a different direction,” he said.“The Muncy at-bat, we’ve got Quintana 110, 112 pitches. We’ve got him stressed. They don’t want to go to the ’pen right there. I like the matchup there, I really do. I thought Max took a great at-bat. I think the pitch before, the 2-2 pitch, was essentially the same location. So as a hitter when you see that get called a ball and you kind of recall that location and see essentially the same pitch and get rung up on it. Those are sort of tough.”center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

FINN HARPS STRIKER HOPING TO HIT THE HIGH NOTES LIKE HIS FAMOUS UNCLE

first_imgLife certainly is a ‘Rollercoaster’ for Finn Harps new striker Ruairi Keating.Harps striker Ruairi Keating makes his mark for Finn Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.The 18 year old, who is from Westport, Co Mayo, has been in flying form for the Ballybofey outfit.But as well as banging in the goals for Harps, Ruairi has another claim to fame. The striker with the distinctive quaff hairstyle has a very famous uncle – one Ronan Keating from Boyzone.Ruairi and his family including his dad Ciaran, Ronan’s older brother, moved to live in the West of Ireland a number of years ago.Will Ronan appear at Finn Park for a home game?Ruairi is on a loan transfer from Sligo Rovers where he is a highly-rated player.The former Boyzone frontman has yet to make it to Finn Park to see the quick feet and silky skills of his young nephew.    FINN HARPS STRIKER HOPING TO HIT THE HIGH NOTES LIKE HIS FAMOUS UNCLE was last modified: April 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more