Chennai, Jun 8 (PTI): The MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2017 kicks off at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore with the Rolon round to be held 10 and 11 June.A full-fledged national championship for women would be a highlight of the five-round meet, organised by Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), said a press note here.Alisha Abdullah, who has participated in super bike events abroad, is set to make a comeback after eight years and will participate in the womens championship, the release said.She became the first Indian woman to gain a podium finish in an international motorsport competition, the Toyota VIOS Cup in Thailand in 2014.While the practice sessions would be held tomorrow, the main races would be conducted on Saturday and Sunday. There would be a total of 19 races with over 200 riders vying for honours.Chairman of the organising committee and race director Manoj Dalal said, “In keeping with MMSC?s constant endeavour to promote motorsport at all levels, we decided to introduce a national championship exclusively for women. So far, 15 entries have been received.”Along with the national championship, leading two-wheeler manufacturers TVS and Honda will run their separate One-Make series in two categories ? Open and Novice ? besides a support race each for women.The focus would be on Super Sport Indian 165cc (Open) category, which has attracted the country?s top riders including last years champion Jagan Kumar along with his TVS team-mates KY Ahmed and Harry Sylvester, besides Shankar Sarath Kumar of Honda Ten10. PTI SS SSadvertisement
TweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — The recently reshuffled Boston Celtics hadn’t practiced lately and it showed early in a Feb. 25 game against the New York Knicks.Midway through the third quarter, the Celtics got in sync and turned a six-point deficit into a 115-94 rout of the reeling Knicks.“We just kept rocking,” said Evan Turner, who had his first career triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. “We made a lot of great plays to start that fourth quarter as a team. We got the energy going.”Boston’s top three scorers were all picked up in trades over the past few months. Isaiah Thomas scored 19, hitting all 11 of his foul shots, and Jonas Jerebko had 20 points as both played their first home games as members of the Celtics. Jae Crowder, acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo deal on Dec. 18, finished with 18 points.“We’ve got a lot of talented guys,” Thomas said. “Coach’s offensive system is freedom for everybody and he wants everybody to have confidence and attack.”Boston hit 14 3-pointers, including eight in the fourth quarter to put away the Knicks and extend New York’s losing streak to eight.Coach Brad Stevens said he’s still learning what he has with the recent additions, but was impressed with what Boston accomplished with a smaller lineup.“We’re just throwing darts,” Stevens said. “Like today — we found a lineup that nobody would ever thought would play together right in an NBA game.”The Celtics outscored the Knicks 35-22 in the final period and 77-45 in the second half.Andrea Bargnani led New York with 17 points. Lou Amundson, Jason Smith and Langston Galloway scored 14 points each for the Knicks.Amundson gave the Knicks a 68-62 edge midway through the third quarter, tying their largest lead of the game, then New York’s offense stalled and never recovered as the Celtics starting hitting from outside.“It was really those last couple minutes that got away from us,” coach Derek Fisher said.Boston scored the last nine points of the third quarter and first 11 of the fourth.The Celtics closed the third quarter on a 16-3 run, scoring the last nine points of the period and taking an 80-72 lead into the fourth. Smart opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers and New York called timeout trailing 86-72.The delay did nothing to spark the Knicks or slow down the Celtics, who added another 3-pointer by Crowder and two free throws by Jerebko for a 91-72 lead.“We were going back and forth pretty much the whole third quarter and they had a few big shots down the stretch,” Galloway said. “They separated a little bit going into the fourth and they just kept it going and hitting a lot of big shots.”Amundson ended New York’s drought on a jumper with 9:03 left to play. It was the first points for the Knicks since Bargnani’s jumper with 2:59 left in the third put New York up for the last time at 72-71.(DOUG ALDEN)
Xherdan Shaqiri Shaqiri slams Stoke: ‘The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering’ Chris Burton 21:06 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Internazionale Bayern München Stoke City Bundesliga Serie A The Switzerland international has hinted at a summer exit after expressing his frustration at a “lack of quality” around him at the bet365 Stadium Xherdan Shaqiri has bemoaned the “lack of quality” at Stoke, suggesting that “even a Ronaldinho could do little” with the Potters.The Switzerland international moved to England in July 2015 for £12 million and was considered to be quite a coup.Having previously represented Bayern Munich and Inter, the 26-year-old had forged a reputation alongside the likes of Franck Ribery and Mauro Icardi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Shaqiri admits to missing his illustrious former colleagues, with his time in the Premier League having been a “sobering” experience.He told Schweizer Illustrierte: “The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering.”I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like Ribery and Thiago at Bayern or Icardi and [Mateo] Kovacic at Inter.”Here at Stoke I cannot exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.”Having aired his frustration at seeing challenges for titles and European places swapped for a relegation scrap at the bet365 Stadium, Shaqiri has hinted that his days at Stoke may be numbered.He added: “I cannot just down tools but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.”Shaqiri is currently enjoying his most productive season with the Potters, even if those around him have struggled.He has managed seven goals and six assists across 31 appearances, but Stoke find themselves languishing inside the Premier League relegation zone ahead of a testing trip to Arsenal on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.