Cricket: India's Raina ruled out of first ODI against New Zealand

Dharamsala: Batsman Suresh Raina has been ruled out of India’s first one-day international (ODI) against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Monday with viral fever, a week after being recalled into the squad for this month’s five-match series.The 29-year-old, who last played an ODI for India in 2015, was overlooked by selectors for India’s ODI tour of Australia earlier this year, the tour of Zimbabwe in June and the Twenty20 squad for the two matches against West Indies in August.”The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever, is ruled out of the first ODI of the Paytm ODI Trophy against New Zealand,” Indian cricket board (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement…

Harambee Starlets ready to rumble in Cameroon – Ouma Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma says the confidence levels within the team have increased tremendously as the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations kick off draws near. Ouma says that preparations are going on well and is confident they will achieve their ambition of reaching the semi-finals of the competition. "There was a challenge of getting the team's confidence up. To get them to believe in themselves. "We are the underdogs in the competition so we have to be mentally strong first for us to be able to compete against the other more experienced teams. "I have however observed that the players are becoming stronger and stronger in terms of mental fortitude and I believe that we can get to the semis," he said from the...

(Futsal) Axis Puchong takes Felcra Chairman's Cup with steady nerves The recently concluded Felcra Chaiman's Cup witnessed Axis Puchong Fuerza and Play Play Only emerging as overall winners in the futsal and netball competitions at the Mokhtar Dahari Futsal Courts. Axis Puchong played TOT United in a nail-biting futsal final which went to penalties. The former held their nerve in the shootout to take a deserved 3-2 victory. (Bernama photo)

Wall leads Wizards past Magic, 94-91 ORLANDO — As the Washington Wizards walked off the floor after the third quarter Friday night, John Wall twirled his fingers in the direction of his coaches. The signal looked as if Wall was calling his own number, informing the Wizards to let him play and finish a game that easily could have belonged to the Orlando Magic. Wall remained on the floor, leading the Wizards to a 94-91 victory. Though with 8:18 remaining in the game, the Magic erased a 19-point deficit and led for the first time. Wall, who played nearly 39 minutes in the first game of a back-to-back, scored eight points within the final 1:38 and sealed the Wizards’ first win on the road. Wall finished with 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds . The Wizards (...

Pakistan collapse to first series defeat to NZ in 30 years It was New Zealand’s first series win over Pakistan since 1985. (AFP) New Zealand took nine wickets in a dramatic final session of the second cricket Test against Pakistan to win by 130 runs in Hamilton today and clean sweep their series 2-0. It was New Zealand’s first series win over Pakistan since 1985. Pakistan were faced with an imposing 369-run target in their second innings but set themselves up for a run-a-ball slog when they reached tea on the final day at 158-1.The match edged towards a cliff-hanger finish before Tim Southee removed Pakistan’s leading run scorer Sami Aslam for 91. That started a rapid collapse which saw their last eight wickets fall for 49 in 20 overs with Neil Wagner taking the last three for no runs in just...

India football team coach Stephen Constantine handed one-year contract extension Indian national football team coach Stephen Constantine has been offered a one-year extension by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) keeping in mind preparations for the 2019 Asian Cup. Indian head coach Stephen Constantine. AIFF Constantine has been offered a contract until February 2018. The 54-year-old Englishman has been given the offer by AIFF in a meeting held at the AIFF House New Delhi on Tuesday. According to sources, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das met Constantine to discuss the terms and conditions. Sources said Constantine's contract will be performance-based and his performance with the national team will be reviewed after every six months. According to sources, Constantine is expected to sign the extension contract later this week. First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 22:27 IST

With one final hurdle between DeMatha football and an unbeaten season, the Stags look to ... The DeMatha football team took a knee in front of Coach Elijah Brooks for one of the last times this season, steam rising from their bodies after another practice. It’s here, in this semi-circle of pads and helmets, that Brooks often delivers his most incisive messages to the Stags, whether it’s a tongue-lashing or a tribute. This week, however, he grew introspective and, indirectly, revealed that even he wondered if this group would reach this point. “You guys have come so far,” Brooks said. “You deserve to finish this race.” No. 1 DeMatha (11-0) will be in a familiar spot Saturday when it faces No. 4 St. John’s (8-3) at Maryland Stadium seeking a fourth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. But this...

Winston, defense lead Buccaneers over Seahawks 14-5 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A grieving Alterraun Verner never seriously considered staying home.The Tampa Bay cornerback said his late father, who died Friday, would have wanted him to play Sunday. Robert Lee Verner would have been even prouder to know his son had an interception off Russell Wilson to help inspire a 14-5 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.“He was my biggest fan. He made so many sacrifices for me to get to where I am today, and I just know that he didn’t want to be the cause for me not to play,” Verner said. “That’s why I decided to play. I wanted to honor him, knowing all he did to get me to where I am today.”Jameis Winston threw a pair of touchdown passes ...