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September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian opener and World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. “After more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life,” Gambhir said on Twitter while sharing a video message.  Here’s the video message: The 37-year-old Delhi batsman played in 58 Tests between 2004 and 2016, scoring 4154 runs at an average of 41.95, with the help of nine hundreds and 22 fifties. He also played in 147 ODIs between 2003 and 2013, besides featuring in 37 T20 Internationals. The veteran Indian batsman said the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh starting on Thursday will be his last competitive match. Gambhir will always be remembered for his match-winning 97 runs in the final of 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. He was also India’s top-scorer in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which the country won. “The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun. It is coming to an end where it all started at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground,” Gambhir said in the more than 11-minute long video post. Gambhir, one of the most successful batsmen for India, has been out of favour with the national team for a while now after a dip in form and last played a Test back in 2016 against England. “The thought has been with me day and night. It has travelled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage, it has accompanied me to practice sessions, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste horrible,” Gambhir said, elaborating on his thought process leading up to Tuesday’s decision. The aggressive batsman, who courted controversy of late for his outspoken views on political issues as well, had a prolific first-class career, which spanned 197 matches and produced 15,041 runs. His List A run count stands at 10,077. “Each time I got out playing for India, or KKR or Delhi Daredevils, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting that ‘it is over Gauti’,” he explained. Gambhir said the thought became overpowering during the 2014 IPL, the lowest ebb being three successive ducks in the tournament and things only got worse for him after that. “I was searching for my confidence in that deep, dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp, disturbing noise. It said the same: ‘It is over Gauti’,” he said. Gambhir, who recently drew criticism for cherrypicking his Delhi Ranji appearances, said he tried hard to make a comeback in this year’s IPL but could not make it count. “After a decent 2017 domestic season, I entered this year’s IPL with confidence as my best buddy. I thought all those negative noises were dead. But I was wrong. Six games of IPL for Delhi Daredevils it was back. And this time it was louder than before. Perhaps, my time was up. Yes, my time was up,” he said. “So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game,” he added.   (With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe cold weather in Los Angeles on Wednesday gave the Trojans a glimpse of the conditions they’ll face this Saturday night, as they travel to Boulder, Colo. to take on the Colorado Buffaloes.Back in the game · Redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey intercepted a pass to halt a dangerous Stanford drive last Saturday. The secondary will be tested again this weekend by Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Orgeron honoredOn Wednesday, interim head coach Ed Orgeron was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year after leading the Trojans to a 5-1 since taking over for former head coach Lane Kiffin.Orgeron is the only Pac-12 representative on the list, and joins 15 other impressive nominees, including Alabama’s Nick Saban, Baylor’s Art Briles, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.Orgeron was hesitant to acknowledge the honor and credited the team’s recent success to the entire staff and team instead.“My first thought went to the players and the coaches,” Orgeron said of hearing the news. “We’ve got guys that are doing a tremendous job here. This is a total team effort, it’s not about [the] individual.”To many of his supporters, the honor is just another reason Orgeron deserves to remain head coach of the Trojans going forward, a sentiment echoed by many of his players.“I love Coach O. He’s a great guy,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “He cares about his players. He’s done a lot to enhance our experience here … But like Coach O always says, just let the chips fall where they may and just control what you can.”Scouting ColoradoThough the Buffs (4-6, 1-6) have struggled this season, the Trojans aren’t letting up in practice this week, and are preparing especially for a few big matchups.Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson, who played alongside USC junior wide receiver Marqise Lee at Los Angeles’ Serra High, ranks fourth in the nation in receiving yards.“He’s the best receiver I’ve seen on film this year,” redshirt junior safety Josh Shaw said. “He can run, he can catch the ball and he knows the game as a wide receiver.”Though Richardson has proven himself a true threat, the Trojans have been effective in shutting down big receivers this season. In their 31-14 blowout of Oregon State earlier this year, USC’s defense held Brandin Cooks, the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation, to only 88 receiving yards.Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau replaced Connor Wood as the starter for the Buffaloes midway through the season, and pawwssed for a career-high 364 yards in the Buffaloes’ 41-24 victory over Cal last weekend. Liufau, however, is young and inexperienced, traits that the Trojans will look to exploit this weekend.“He makes a lot of freshman throws — overthrows, underthrows, misreading things,” Bailey said. “But obviously they have big things in store for him. They pulled the redshirt off of him in the middle of the year and he started starting. It must be something special about him, so we’ve got to prepare for him like we prepare for every other great quarterback that we play.”It’s a trapThe game against the Buffaloes comes one week before USC hosts crosstown rival UCLA, but the Trojans insist they are focusing on the task at hand and not overlooking their opponent.“You’re talking to a team that lost to Washington State,” Bailey said, referring to the Trojans’ ugly 10-7 to the Cougars loss earlier this season. “We don’t have the ability to overlook anyone like we’re not better than anyone just on paper. We’ve got to go out and give A+ effort week in and week out.” Follow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragenlast_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFresh off of a 70-58 victory on Wednesday night over the Colorado Buffaloes, the USC men’s basketball team will rest for a couple days before welcoming the Utah Utes to Galen Center Sunday night. Senior guard Elijah Stewart scored 3 points in the team’s win over Colorado. Photo by Talk Volk | Daily TrojanIn light of the recent suspension of sophomore shooting guard De’Anthony Melton by the University for his involvement in the Tony Bland scandal, the Trojans hope to use the momentum from their recent victory over Colorado to pull off another home victory before traveling up north to play both Oregon and Oregon State.The Utes, meanwhile, come into Sunday’s game with a similar 10-5 record overall and 2-2 Pac-12 record and the second-best scoring defense in the conference.After a successful road trip to both Oregon schools, the Utes lost two straight games to Arizona and Arizona State last weekend. Led by a stingy defense, Utah is anchored by a combination of explosive guard play and physical forwards who can protect the paint.Starting forwards Tyler Rawson and David Collette are both 6’10” and capable of scoring double figures every night. While Collette is known for being more of a post player, Rawson can step outside and shoot an outside shot with efficiency, hitting 26 of his 66 3s this season. In terms of Utah’s other outside shooters, guard Justin Bibbins may be small at just 5’8” and 150 lb., but he has hit 36 of his 80 3-point attempts this season and has scored 98 points in his past five games. In response, to Utah’s size, USC will look to big men Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright to carry the brunt of the Utes’ offensive and defensive force.Although Metu made just three of his 13 shots against Colorado, the junior forward contributed on the defensive end by collecting season-highs in blocks (6) and rebounds (13).In terms of USC’s other starters, guards senior Elijah Stewart and sophomore Jonah Mathews have experienced some inconsistent play in the Pac-12. Stewart, a proficient 3-point shooter for USC last season, is averaging just 7.4 points per game and has hit just three 3-pointers on 14 shots (21 percent). Mathews, Stewart’s backcourt counterpart, has similarly struggled, hitting his first long balls in Pac-12 play on Wednesday night versus Colorado, breaking a streak of 10 straight missed 3s. To pick up the slack, USC’s bench has been surging as of late, as Jordan Usher and forward Nick Rakocevic have played huge offensive spark plugs for a Southern California squad that has struggled shooting the ball.Usher, who has been praised by USC coaches for his physicality and aggressive play, leads Trojan freshmen in terms of minutes (13.1) and scoring (3.4). Rakocevic is another Trojan who has shot and scored well, while also providing help defensively. Since USC’s win over Washington State, the sophomore has made 24 of his last 34 shots (70 percent) for 52 points and 27 rebounds.Even if Rakocevic and the rest of the Troy bench can contribute offensively, USC has struggled to shoot and defend the perimeter in Pac-12 play. If the team doesn’t protect the perimeter like it did against Stanford (5-22), the Trojans could be in for a long night defensively.The Trojans are set to tip off against the Utes at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Galen Center.last_img read more