East Bengal to take on Mohun Bagan in season’s first derby on Sep 2

first_imgKolkata, Aug 1 (PTI) East Bengal will take on Mohun Bagan on September 2 in the 2018 Calcutta Football League Premier Division ‘A’ for this season’s first derby, it was announced today. The other two marquee fixtures between East Bengal vs MohammedanSporting and Mohun Bagan vs Mohammedan Sporting will be held on September 9 and September 16 respectively. All the three matches will be held at the Saltlake Stadium. East Bengal, who had won the competition last season for a record 39th time and eighth on the trot, will kick off the local league taking on Tollygunge Agragami on August 3. Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting will begin their season on August 4 and 5 against Pathachakra and Food Corporation of Indiarespectively. The tournament will carry a winners’ prize purse of Rs 25 lakh, while the runners-up will get 20 lakh. PTI TAP ATKATKlast_img read more

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Bowlers need some protection: Ashok Dinda endorses Ashwin, Unadkat’s idea of face masks

first_imgBengal pacer Ashok Dinda has backed Ravichandran Ashwin and Jaydev Unadkat’s idea of bowlers wearing face masks to save themselves from getting injured on the follow-through.Ashwin and Unadkat floated the idea of face masks after the horrific incident involving Dinda went viral on social media and the cricket fraternity.Dinda escaped serious injury after he was struck on his forehead by a cricket ball while he was attempting for a caught-and-bowled chance during a practice T20 game at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.Dinda continued bowling a few balls but complained of dizziness before being taken to a local hospital wherein he was cleared of anything alarming. Dinda was adviced two day’s of rest following CT scans to his injured forehead.Pacer @dindaashoke gets hit on forehead by a ball during #Bengal teams practice session at Eden Gardens. Pacer was rushed to hospital but doctors say nothing to worry. pic.twitter.com/4iCu5EB4NjIndrojit | (@iindrojit) February 11, 2019″By the grace of god, nothing much happened (following the injury). But it’s always good to be safe rather than being sorry. Cricket is evolving and the bowlers also need some protection. It will be good if we can have face masks or something similar,” Dinda told The Telegraph.”It could be because of the T20 effect No doubt that the batsmen are more aggressive in T20s and that has crept into other formats as well,” he added.Been saying it since 2011, these kind of incidences never used to happen in the pre T 20 Era. Something has surely changed , wonder what it is https://t.co/5xasN4IAbZadvertisementAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 14, 2019Safety measures in cricket has improved drastically since the tragic death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes in 2014. Batsman all over the world in international and domestic cricket are wearing modified helmets these days with more protection on the back while even the umpires have been seen wearing helmets and protective gear on their arms in some T20 matches.The bowlers are the only ones who don’t have any sort of protection but the incident involving Dinda might make the International Cricket Council (ICC) wonder about improving their safety in the future.last_img read more

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FA Cup third round serves up shocks as Barnet, Oldham and Newport strike

first_imgShare on Twitter news Shaquile Coulthirst fires Barnet to shock FA Cup win over Sheffield United Read more Newport County Share on Messenger FA Cup Amond’s late penalty gives Newport County shock FA Cup win over Leicester Darren Currie, the Barnet caretaker manager, praised the fearlessness of his side after they provided the biggest shock of the day in the FA Cup to reach the fourth round by beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Topics Share on Pinterest Read more Oldham Barnet Reuse this content Share via Email The National League side will be the lowest-ranked team in Monday’s draw after a famous 1-0 victory thanks to a first-half penalty by Shaquile Coulthirst and will be joined by Oldham Athletic and Newport County in the hat after both overcame Premier League opposition in the form of Fulham and Leicester respectively, with the Welsh club recording a victory over top-flight opposition for the first time since 1964.But for Currie, the nephew of the former England midfielder, Tony, who is now a director at the Championship club, it was a day to remember after he was handed the manager’s job on a temporary basis only last month.“I’ve been fortunate to have this tie and have it personal to me and now I hope the boys get something they feel is a suitable reward for their efforts,” Currie said. “As soon as I went in the changing room the boys decided to cover me with a bucket of water. I’m so proud; they’ve been brilliant for me the way they performed. I was proud of them in the two previous games but this takes it to a whole new level.”Oldham, who faced opponents who were 59 places ahead of them in the league pyramid, came from behind to defeat Fulham thanks to Callum Lang’s late winner. “It means a lot to me and my family. We’re all Oldham people,” said the caretaker manager, Pete Wild. “We’re from a small town overshadowed by big neighbours and I’m so proud to give something back.”Sheffield United came unstuck after making 10 changes for the third-round tie, while Currie named the same team that drew with Boreham Wood on New Year’s Day. “I don’t really buy into all that resting, if they are tired, they can go to bed early,” Currie added. “I’m absolutely thrilled with the result but I don’t want to get too carried away. We will become the favourite when we host Dorchester next week in the FA Trophy so it’s straight back down to earth.” Callum Lang heads late winner as League Two Oldham humble Fulham A seething Chris Wilder ripped into his players after defeat, accusing them of complacency. “I’ve just said to the boys: ‘Don’t go out through the main entrance, you don’t deserve to go out of the main entrance. Try and find a door to sneak out of.’ Because that’s what the performance was. It was one of arrogance; it was off-plan, doing what they wanted to.“The support that our fans gave to the Barnet players was first-class and fully deserved, but they should have booed our own players louder. I knew Barnet would bring their A game to the table, we told the players they would be up for it and raise their game. I should imagine the Barnet players are getting back on the coach are possibly saying: ‘How the hell are they third in the division?’ And what I will say, well, we are third because none of those players that played today are going to force their way into the first team.”The Newport manager, Michael Flynn, added: “It’s almost Roy of the Rovers stuff, I can’t believe it. It’s the first time I’ve beaten a Premier League club as a manager so it’s one I’ll never forget. I’ll have a few drinks with the wife tonight. It’s about being with the people who support you and are with you when times are bad as well, and my wife does that for me.” Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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