Assam karatekas shine in Maharashtra

first_imgA Correspondent,Biswanath Chariali, June 8: The Karatekas of Biswanath Karate Academy successfully participated in the recently concluded 18th All India Karate Championship held at Khandala, Maharashtra under the aegis of World Traditional Shotokan Karate Fedaration. The successful karatekas were Kalpajyoti Saikia (Gold in Kumite), Ritu Pritam Borah (Bronzes in Kumite and Kata), Krishnakshi Bhattacharya (Bronze in Kumite) and Ritu Pritam Borah and Angad Kashyap (Bronze in team Kata). The team was led by instructor Moon Sharma.last_img read more

After slow start, Dodgers are in familiar place – with familiar expectations

first_img Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ “People are going to love you when you’re hot and they’re going to hate you when you’re not.”There is much to like about the Dodgers at this point. Since dropping 10 games under .500, they have the best record in the National League (37-17), second only to the Boston Red Sox in MLB. They lead the NL in home runs (after hitting a franchise record 55 in June) and staff ERA. All this with Turner compromised by his March wrist injury, Clayton Kershaw absent due to injury once again and Corey Seager floating through the home clubhouse like a ghost.The addition of Machado turbo-charges the lineup, guarding against second-half stutters by unexpected offensive leaders Matt Kemp and Max Muncy, at a time when the starting rotation is as healthy as it has been since the start of the season.It makes a sixth consecutive NL West title seem inevitable – and sets the Dodgers up for criticism of a different kind if they fall short of a return to the World Series.“We’re confident, but you can’t take it as an inevitability. We still have to play good baseball,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. “We feel good about our trajectory since the slow start. There’s still a lot of work left to do.” Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“We took all that criticism, not just me,” said Jensen, the most open individual in the Dodgers’ clubhouse on most topics – including the six-week sinkhole the Dodgers stepped into at the start of their season as the defending National League champions.“Everybody knows how they were saying how terrible this Dodgers team was this year. Just gotta use that as a motivation. I think the whole team did.”Who? Who said the Dodgers were a “terrible” team this year? Athletes have been manufacturing motivation by citing the disrespect of others since an ancient Greek Olympian thought he heard someone in the chorus mumble something about his chances.“MLB Network. I heard that one time,” Jansen said. “I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to mention names. I forgot who it was. But one time I was watching MLB Network and I was, ‘Oh, OK.’“I think it might be from High Heat (with Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo). I’m not sure. Someone said the team was a horrible team this year. It’s not the team of last year. I used that as motivation and I think our team used that as motivation. Even though you don’t pay attention to that, when you hear something like that it kind of gets your attention.”If you’re expecting reasoned takes from someone named “Mad Dog,” you’re probably looking in the wrong place. The Dodgers knew they were playing bad when they dipped to 16-26 in mid-May – but that didn’t mean they felt they were a bad team.“We told everybody we were going to be all right and now we’re right where we need to be,” Cody Bellinger said as the Dodgers reached the All-Star break in first place for the fourth time in the past five years.Related Articles Justin Turner stood in the visitors’ clubhouse at Petco Park last week and unleashed the skeptic within.“I think that stuff is all noise,” the Dodgers third baseman said when asked about the rumor mill that was spitting out daily updates on the sweepstakes to land Manny Machado with the Dodgers always mentioned prominently. “Right now, we care about the 25 guys in here and that’s all we’re worried about.“Until someone else walks through the door, I don’t believe anything I read. It’s called trade ‘rumors’ for a reason because they’re rumors. There’s several times that’s all it’s been. It never amounted to anything, especially with our guys in the front office who hold their cards close to their chest and don’t leak out what direction we’re going. It leads me even more so to believe everything is a rumor until someone comes walking through that door.”A week later, Turner’s wife, Kourtney, posted a video on social media showing Turner and teammate Alex Wood lounging on a boat somewhere, glued to their phones then high-fiving as they got the news that “We got Manny.”center_img Machado will walk through that door when the Dodgers open the second half in Milwaukee on Friday.It is a long way from the depths of mid-May when the Dodgers were 10 games under .500 and, according to All-Star closer Kenley Jansen, being written off by many. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

World Cup 2022: Fifa releases 2022 ‘corruption’ report

first_imgFormer Fifa president Blatter announces Qatar win.Football’s world governing body Fifa has released its full report into alleged corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid.It comes after German newspaper Bild published extracts of a leaked copy of the report on Tuesday.The 2014 report was authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.He quit in protest when the organisation only released a 42-page summary of his document.That version cleared Qatar of corruption allegations.Fifa said its president Gianni Infantino had always intended to release the full document but its former ethics chiefs had refused to publish it.The former chairmen of the ethics committee Cornel Borbely and Hans-Joachim Eckert, were replaced in May after completing four-year terms.Speaking in October 2014, Eckert said: “Publishing the report in full would actually put the Fifa ethics committee and Fifa itself in a very difficult situation legally.”Infantino.Fifa said it had intended to discuss the release of the report at a meeting next month, but added: “As the document has been illegally leaked to a German newspaper, the new chairpersons have requested the immediate publication of the full report in order to avoid the dissemination of any misleading information.“For the sake of transparency, Fifa welcomes the news that this report has now been finally published.”BBCComments Tags: sports toplast_img read more