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Barcelona sack coach Quique Setien after UEFA Champions League exit

  • Sep 07, 2020
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Barcelona decided to split from coach Quique Setien after ending the 2019/20 season without titles. Barcelona announced the sacking of its coach, Quique Setien, on Monday, three days after losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.Setien, 61, was named in January after the two-time league winners Ernesto Valverde were sent off despite his team leading the La Liga standings on goal difference.Under his leadership, Barcelona finished the 2019/20 La Liga season in second place, five points behind champions Real Madrid. They also lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.Barcelona ended their season without a title on Friday after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, thanks to a disgraceful 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich."This is the first decision within a broader restructuring of the first team to be agreed upon between the current technical secretary and the new manager, which will be announced in the coming days," the club's statement said.According to The Guardian, current Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman will be appointed as the manager at the Camp Nou next week.The statement, released more than nine hours after President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the directors kicked off the board meeting, also said that the club's hierarchy had decided not to call for an impending election in the wake of the Bayern Munich defeat."The directive understands that an immediate call for elections is not possible, given that the league season will start at the end of the week on September 12, 2020, and the situation resulting from the COVID-19 crisis is economic and social," he added.Accordingly, the club will continue to implement the plan to reverse the sporting and economic situation, based on profound changes in the first team, in addition to resetting the budget to confront the new situation caused by COVID-19, before the end of the current term.As in the case of Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna, Barcelona presidents are elected by the club's members.Bartomeu won the last elections, which were held in 2015, but was barred from running in the next round of elections because he had already served two consecutive terms, having been named president in 2014 after Sandro Roussel resigned.Victor Font is the favorite in the election, while former President Joan Laporta has announced his intention to run.Also Read: Time to move forward: Willian confirms departure from Chelsea after seven years

FOOTBALL

Time to move forward: Willian confirms departure from Chelsea after seven years

  • Aug 23, 2020
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Willian joined Chelsea from Angie Makhachkala in 2013 and has played more than 300 games for the club, winning two Premier League titles. The 32-year-old is linked to a move to Arsenal in town.Brazilian midfielder Willian has confirmed he will leave Chelsea after seven "wonderful" years at Stamford Bridge.The 32-year-old, linked with a move to Arsenal across town, posted a farewell message to the club's fans on Twitter.It is time to move forward. I would definitely miss my team-mates, ”he said.“ I go with my head held high, making sure that I won titles here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt. ”Willian, who started his football career with Corinthians in Sao Paulo, joined Chelsea from Angie Makhachkala in 2013 and has played more than 300 matches for the club and won two Premier League titles.His contract expired this summer and he failed to reach a long-term deal with the club.He said, "In August 2013, when I received an offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I should be playing.""Today I'm sure it was the better decision. There were a lot of happy moments, some sad moments, and there were titles and they were always intense."Spanish midfielder Pedro also announced that he would leave the club on Sunday after five years.Also Read: Barcelona players rebel against Lionel Messi before Napoli Clash? Claiming reports in Spanish

HOCKEY

Hockey Rules

10 Important Hockey Rules | Hockey Articles

  • Oct 09, 2019
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Hockey is a very intense sport that started in the late 19th century. Hockey can also be identified with other early games, such as hurling and shinty. During the Middle Ages, a French stick game called hoquet was played, and the English word may be derived from it. Hockey is believed to date from the earliest civilizations. The Arabs, Greeks, Persians, and Romans each had their versions, and traces of a stick game played by the Aztec Indians of South America have been found.Field hockey, also called hockey,  an outdoor game which is played by two opposing teams of 11 players each. They use sticks curved at the striking end to hit a small, hard ball into their opponent's goal. There is one more type of hockey which is played on ice and called ice hockey. Terminologies of Hockey -Player -  One of the participants in a team. Team  - A team consists of a maximum of sixteen persons composed of a maximum of eleven players on the field and up to five substitutes. This may be amended by Regulation to a maximum of eighteen players. Field Player -  One of the participants on the field other than the goalkeeper. Goalkeeper   - One of the participants of each team on the field who wears full protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers and who is also permitted to wear goalkeeping hand protectors and other protective equipment. Field Player with Goalkeeping  - Privileges One of the participants on the field who does not wear full protective equipment but who has goalkeeping privileges. Mandatory Experiment: it is not allowed to play with a Field Player with Goalkeeping Privileges. Attack (Attacker)  - The team (player) which (who) is trying to score a goal. Defense (Defender)  - The team (player) which (who) is trying to prevent a goal being scored.Back-line The shorter (55 meters) perimeter line. Goal-line The back-line between the goal-posts. Side-line The longer (91.40 meters) perimeter line. Circle The area enclosed by and including the two-quarter circles and the lines joining them at each end of the field opposite the center of the back-lines.Read More: Did You Know About Underwater Hockey23 meters area The area enclosed by and including the line across the field 22.90 meters from each back-line, the relevant part of the side-lines, and the back-line. Playing the ball: field player Stopping, deflecting or moving the ball with the stick. Shot at goal The action of an attacker attempting to score by playing the ball towards the goal from within the circle. The ball may miss the goal but the action is still a " shot at goal" if the player intends to score with a shot directed towards the goal. Hit  - Striking or slapping' the ball using a swinging movement of the stick towards the ball. "Slap" hitting the ball, which involves a long pushing or sweeping movement with the stick before making contact with the ball, is regarded as a hit. Push - Moving the ball along the ground using a pushing movement of the stick after the stick has been placed in contact or close to the ball. When a push is made, both the ball and the head of the stick are in contact with the ground. Flick - Pushing the ball so that it is raised off the ground. Scoop Raising the ball off the ground by placing the head of the stick under the ball and using a lifting movement. Forehand Playing a ball that is to the right of the player in a forward direction. Playing distance The distance within which a player is capable of reaching the ball to play it.Tackle An action to stop an opponent retaining possession of the ball. 10 Important Hockey Rules The Rules of Hockey apply to all hockey players and officials at all levels of the game. In the game of hockey, the responsibility and liability of safety are placed on team players. Everyone involved in the game must act with consideration for the safety of others. Relevant national legislation must be observed. Players must ensure that their equipment does not constitute a danger to themselves or others by its quality, materials or design. Any verification of facilities or equipment conducted before a match is limited to ensure an overall appearance of compliance and sporting requirements.The basic field hockey rules - Hockey players can only hit the ball with the flat side of their stick. Hockey players (other than the goalkeeper) are not allowed to use their feet, or any other parts of the body, to control the ball at any time. A goal can only be scored either from a field goal, a penalty corner, or from a penalty stroke. A field goal is a goal scored from open play, and can only be scored from inside the striking circle', in front of the opponent's goal. If the hockey ball is hit from outside the circle and goes into the goal, it does not count as a goal. Hockey players may not trip, push, charge, interfere with, or physically handle an opponent in any way. Hockey is a non-contact sport and all fouls result in a free hit or a penalty corner' for the non-offending team depending on where the infringement took place and the severity of the foul.Types of foul in field hockey Obstruction. This is awarded against a hockey player who uses their body or sticks to prevent an opponent from reaching the ball.Third-party obstruction. This is awarded when a hockey player positions themselves between the ball and an opponent, allowing a team-mate an unobstructed play on the ball.Advancing. This is awarded against a player who shoves, pushes, or advances the ball in any way, using any part of their body.Back sticks. This is awarded against a player who strikes the ball with the rounded back of the hockey stick.Hockey stick interference. This is awarded against a player who uses their stick to hit an opponent's stick, either intentionally or unintentionally.Undercutting. This is awarded against a player who dangerously lifts the ball.Sticks. This is awarded against a player who raises their stick dangerously near another player.Types of punishment in field hockey - Fouls in a hockey match can be punished in three main ways. These are as follows:Free hit. This is a free play awarded on any offenses that occur outside of the scoring circle. It usually takes place at the location of the violation. All opposing players must stand at least 5 yards (4.6m) from where the hit is to be taken.  Penalty corner. This is awarded to the attacking team when the defense either commits a foul inside the striking circle or intentionally hits the ball out-of-bounds over the end line. A penalty corner is taken by an attacking player at a spot on the end-line 10 yards (9.2m) away from the nearest goal post. All other attackers must stand outside the striking circle, while five defenders, including the goalkeeper, stand behind the end line until contact is made with the ball. Once the ball has been put in play, all players can rush into the circle to either defend or shoot the ball at the goal.Penalty stroke. This is awarded to the attacking side when an offense is committed by the defending side which is deemed to have prevented an almost certain goal. A penalty is taken 7 yards (6.4m) from goal, with the player having only the goalkeeper to beat.Field hockey umpires  - There are two umpires on the hockey field, who are usually responsible for each half of the pitch. A player who breaches the rules, either by rough or dangerous play, misconduct, or an intentional offense, can be shown a card either green, yellow or red.Green. This is an official warning given to the hockey player to not break the rules.Yellow. This results in a hockey player being sent off the pitch for 5 minutes, following an offense.Red. A red card results in an early shower and is given for more serious offense.Penalty Shot: A free shot, unopposed except for the goalie, given to a player who is illegally impeded from behind when in possession of the puck with no opponent between him and the goal except the goalie. The team which commits the offense is not penalized beyond the penalty shot, whether it succeeds or not. A penalty shot is called when the following criteria have been met:The foul does not take place in the defensive end.The fouled play has the puck.The player is attacked from behind.A clear scoring chance was nullified through the offense.There are no people between the fouled player and the goalie.When a penalty shot is called, the following rules apply: Only the fouled player may shoot.Only the player and goalie may be on the ice.The goalie may not leave the crease until the puck at mid-ice is played.There is only one shot.Time frame rule - There are 60 minutes in a game, which are split into 3 periods. Between the periods, there are 15-minute breaks. The play clock stops when the puck is not on the ice. During stoppages, the players are usually substituted. Games typically take two and a half hours. Also, at the end of each period, teams switch sides. When the score is tied at the end of regulation, there is overtime. In the NHL, overtime is played in a 3 on 3 scenarios, the first goal wins. If after the overtime a goal has not been scored, the game moves into a shootout.The hockey rink - The hockey rink featuring lines and dots. With that, every line has a reason. We'll explain it. By the goals, there is the red goal line. In hockey, you may play behind the goals but not in the blue half circle, called crease. The referee crease can be found in the neutral zone. On the rink, there are 8 red dots - 4 with circles. They are called face-off zones. After the play is blown dead, the puck will be placed at the nearest face-off zone.Overtime: Overtime: If regulation ends with both teams tied, there will be an extra sudden-death overtime period of 5 minutes played. In the NHL, overtime is played 3 on 3, the First goal wins. If there is no winner, then there is a shootout. Leagues have many different rules.Playoffs: In the playoffs, the top teams will be played in a tournament to decide the best team. In the NHL, 16 teams are in the playoffs. In the round of 16, the best western conference team faces the worst western conference team. Play-offs are played in a best of 7. One team must win 4 times in order to advance.Penalties - In hockey, there are often fights. For the layman, this is an exciting part of the game. Physical contact is an important part of the game. It is allowed, and also tactically important, to check your opponent. Fisticuffs are usually punished with a 5-minute penalty for both parties. The most important penalties are - The most important rule is offside. When entering the attacking zone, if you or a team member crosses the blue line before the puck, the play is whistled dead and a faceoff will occur in the neutral zone.Players are allowed to play the puck with their skates, but players cannot kick the puck into the goal.Another classic rule break applies to the hockey stick. The end of the stick may never be held above the shoulders.Read More: Struggling period for Indian Women Hockey team to enter the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

SERIES

India Test Squad

India Test Squad for Bangladesh Series 2019: Shahbaz Nadeem left out, Virat Kohli to lead

  • Nov 11, 2019
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India and Bangladesh 2019 series test calendar, squad, team,player list: Indian unit led by Virat Kohli will receive Bangladeshi neighborsfor a two-match test series, starting on November 14.India Test Squad, Players List for Bangladesh 2019 Series: After completing a wash-off on South Africa in a recently concluded three-match Test series, India will be led by Virat Kohli Bangladesh for a two-game test series from November 14.Kuldeep Yadav, who was forced to leave the final against SouthAfrica due to an injury, was joined to the 15-man team.However, Shahbaz Nadeem, chosen instead of Kuldeep, wasdisqualified for the final test against South Africa in Ranchi. Schoppman isanother young generation who retains his place in the Indian camp.India made an excellent start to the World Test Championship, withfive wins in five games. The first side of Test 1 dominated South Africarecently in their home country by doing historical laundering to raise thescore to 240, while greatly benefiting from other countries.After a tour of Bangladesh through India, the team led by ViratKohli will face a tough challenge while touring New Zealand next year. Indiawill play a series of two tests against New Zealand.Rohit Sharma was the discovery this season in the first series of the ICC Test Championship. The new experiment opened to negotiate with the South African pace attack. The 32-year-old scored three centuries in four innings, including maiden Test double hundred at Ranchi.India Test Squad:Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara,Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav,Mohammed Shami,Umesh Yadav,Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant.Schedule:India vs Bangladesh 1st Test, Holkar International Stadium, Indore, November 14-18 India vs Bangladesh 2nd Test, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, November 22-26Read More: ICC T20 World Cup 2020: Complete list of matches, dates, and venues

INTERNATIONAL

Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup Day in Australia | Melbourne Cup schedule 2019: Start time for every race

  • Nov 04, 2019
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Melbourne Cup Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of November, in 2019, on November 5. You can find the full race calendar for the day below.As always, the main event of the day will be the Melbourne Cup itself, however, there are ten races scheduled throughout the day, and a handful is the events of Group A.The Melbourne Cup is the world's richest two-mile Paralympic race and the largest event in the Australian calendar. The total price of $ 8 million is at stake in the Grand Race.See all racing activities on the big day with additions, live updates and high score results.Races run throughout the day for approximately 40 minutes, with a longer break before the Melbourne Cup to allow 24 riders and horses to compete for the trophy.2019 Melbourne Cup Race ScheduleRace NoTime (AEDT)RaceDistance   110:55 AMDarley Ottawa Stakes1000m   211:35 AMGrinders Coffee Roasters Trophy1400m   312:10 PMTAB Trophy1700m   412:45 PMThe Maccas Run2400m   51:20 PMSchweppervessence Plate1000m   61:55 PMJim Beam Stakes1400m   73:00 PMMelbourne Cup3200m   84:00 PMFurphy Plate1800m   94:40 PMMSS Security Sprint1200m   105:15 PMThe Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes1400m Melbourne Cup Day in AustraliaMelbourne Cup Day is the best known horse race in Australia held on the first Tuesday of November each year. This event is known as the race that stops the nation.Is Melbourne Day a holiday?Melbourne Cobb Day is a holiday in Victoria, where it is a public holiday, schools and most businesses are closed.Melbourne Cup Day CelebrationMelbourne Cup Day is one of Australia's most popular social and racing events. The main race is held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. More than 100,000 people usually attend the Flemington Racecourse. Local races are held across the country on this day and when today's main race takes place at the Flemington Racecourse, it is broadcast on screens on race tracks across Australia. The race is broadcast live to an audience of about 650 million people worldwide. Many people stop what they do just before 3 pm on the Melbourne Cup day to watch or listen to the main race, whether on television, the Internet or radio.In races, people wear clothes: many women wear the best hats and colorful dresses, and some participate in fashion shows in the countryside. The tents are equipped for VIP guests, including local, national and international celebrities who attended the ceremony. Champagne, wine and delicious snacks are usually served on this day.Many offices across Australia stop working near the main race time to celebrate the event. Activities include office parties including clothing and clothing competitions, lunches for restaurant staff and afternoon tea, where a TV is available for staff to watch the main race. Bets are made on this day, even those who do not usually bet try their luck with a small bet or enter a sweep, a lottery where each ticket holder is combined with a randomly drawn horse. There are some Australians who consider horse racing a cruel sport and have protested over the years. Public LifeMelbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in Melbourne so many people have the day off work. Other towns and cities in Victoria can have a public holiday or 2 half-day public holidays in lieu of Melbourne Cup Day. For example, the town of Wodonga, in northern Victoria, celebrates Wodonga Gold Cup Day, on the last Friday of November.Although it is a legal holiday in only Victoria, it is observed in many towns and cities so there may be traffic congestion near race tracks in urban areas and parking may be difficult to find in these areas.About Melbourne Cup DayMelbourne Cup Day has been observed in Australia since the first race was held at the Flemington Racecourse in Victoria in 1861. The race was won by Archer, who won it again the following year. The event features races, including the handicap race which is run by about 20 thoroughbreds for a couple of million Australian dollars. The story of Phar Lap, a legendary New Zealand thoroughbred who won the Melbourne Cup in 1930 and was nicknamed Australia's wonder horse, was made into a movie. Some people believe he was poisoned when he died.The first Tuesday in November, Melbourne Cup Day, was officially gazetted a full public holiday in 1877 in Melbourne. While all of Melbourne's 31 metropolitan councils celebrated the first Tuesday in November, there was a gap where some regional councils had not selected an 11th public holiday. Therefore, in 2008 the Victorian Parliament passed new legislation that saw Melbourne Cup Day as a public holiday for all council areas in the state except those where other holidays have been designated. This means that Melbourne Cup Day is now officially a public holiday throughout the state. There are similar races throughout Australia, as horse racing is popular, but Melbourne Cup Day is still the number one horse racing event in the country.Read More: Melbourne Cup 2019 Field, Tips, Horses, Odds, Winners

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NBA India

Mumbai Gets Ready To Host NBA India Games

  • Oct 01, 2019
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The capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai, hosts the next National Games (NBA Games) in India, which will begin on September 8th. There will be two pre-season games between the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers.Mumbai will host the next NBA Games starting September 28th. As the celebrations begin, it will be the first game, also a pre-season game, between Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. The game will be played in front of 3,000 children in 70 schools in Mumbai. It will also be the first match of the NBA in India, scheduled for October 4. Then there will be another game on October 5th, which will be open to the public.Celebrations will begin tomorrow, beginning with The Gateway of India, followed by the first floating Bandra-Worli Naval Court, which will lead to community events highlighting NBA values.In addition, graffiti artists such as NME and Minzo will promote events through street art, while Indian hip hop artists such as Shah Rule and Brodha V will do so through original compositions. For matches also, Geo Safin chose playlists in Hindi, English, and Tamil.Gateway of India lights up for historic NBA?India GamesBarnes added that Indian fans will have the opportunity to understand what basketball is at the 2019 Indian Games in Mumbai.An important event is expected when the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play two games before the 2019 NBA season in Mumbai for the first time on Friday, October 4, 2019, and Saturday, October 5, 2019. To celebrate the arrival of En Los, basketball games and India Gate illuminated on Saturday. The news agency also shared photos of the illuminated memorial.Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings and Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlad Devak, and Indiana Pacers Doug McDermott and Basketball Operations Manager Pritchard shared their enthusiasm for the visit in India with the country's media. During a teleconference organized by the National Basketball Association.It will be a very exciting time for us, as a team, for the league, to be part of the first game of the NBA Games India 2019 in India. I talked to my teammates and they are very happy to see the culture. The most important thing in India is that the culture is beautiful. I was there earlier this year and I want to give my teammates the opportunity to walk around town, eat Indian food and watch the Taj Mahal, as well as work with children who are NBA members. Academy in India. It's a beautiful experience. "From a basketball standpoint, I want to see how passionate fans are," Barnes said.Barnes added that Indian fans will have the opportunity to understand what basketball is at the 2018 NBA India Games in Mumbai.I think watching the game on TV is one thing, but the power to watch it closely will give Indian fans an idea of ??its content. Feeling passion and experience is what I feel everyone wants to promote. I was very moved by the kids when I traveled to India this summer and they have a lot of talent. To see how difficult their job and diligence for the details. "There is no doubt that the game will develop and more players will come out of India," said Barnes.Kevin Pritchard, general manager of the Indiana Pacers, said the two teams were pioneers in the transfer of the NBA from the United States to India."We are very happy to arrive in India, we talk a lot about it internally and we feel like pioneers because it's the first basketball game in the country." I think the players are excited and want to be ready to do a good show, "Pritchard said.