Steve Smith will remember this Indian summer for years to come. He brought an inexperienced Australian team to take on world beaters India in a four-Test series and led them admirably.Smith totalled 499 runs, hammered three hundreds and led the Aussies to an emphatic win in Pune before the hosts regrouped to come back strongly. However, Smith’s doggedness rubbed off on the rest of his teammates and Australia, despite losing 1-2, bowed out with their heads held high.Next up, Smith replaced MS Dhoni as skipper of Rising Pune Supergiant before the start of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. His popularity among Indian fans, after the heated battles in the Test series, must have nose-dived further. Dhoni, after all, is one of the most loved cricketers in the country.However, the young Australian captain, led with tact. He bonded well with Dhoni and was soon a role model for the younger players like Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat. He also led from the front and amassed 472 runs for RPS, playing crucial knocks at crucial junctures.In the final, RPS had fancied their chances after restricting Mumbai Indians to a modest 129/8, albeit on a tricky pitch. Smith was again out there, scripting a chase with a determined half-century. However, the middle-order’s inability to break free against a tight attack had put too much pressure on him against world-class bowlers like Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and former Australian teammate Mitchell Johnson.RPS eventually fell short by one run in what was their last IPL game. They finished second on the points table and qualified for the final at one go, defeating MI for the third time in the season. That their only loss against them had to come in the final and that too off the last ball, would be heartbreaking to say the least.advertisementSmith admitted as much in the post-match presentation ceremony.”It’s a hard one to swallow. I am proud of the way the boys played throughout the tournament,” he said and added that it was a tough wicket to bat on.Smith felt Mumbai Indians were below par with their score which happened to be the lowest ever by a team batting first in an IPL final.”Mumbai were probably below par with 129. It was a tough wicket to get runs, everyone could see that.”We just couldn’t get over the line. We had wickets in hand as well. It was only one or two good overs that we needed to get in front so full credit to them,” he said.Smith was gracious in his defeat but it was difficult to not notice the dismay. After the disappointment of the Test series, he would have wanted to end the summer on a high by lifting the IPL silverware.”It’s been fantastic, I’ve learnt so much from the IPL over the last two years. I’d like to thank my franchise. Who knows where we’ll be next year. It’s just disappointing to lose; it wasn’t the fairy tale finish we wanted.”
Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff on Tuesday produced a match-winning performance at the Lord’s cricket ground as he picked five wickets against England to lead the defending champions to a 64-run victory.Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019 as they defended 285 by bowling England out for 221 in 44.4 overs with Behrendorff grabbing his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs while fellow left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc picked 4 wickets.Behrendorff was playing just his second match in the tournament after the Sri Lanka game, but he made sure to make this opportunity count as he rattled the English batsmen in both his spells with swing and pace.Mitchell Starc being Mitchell Starc. Plus some exceptional Australian fielding.See how England lost their wickets #CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/4Bq9UFaT0TICC (@ICC) June 25, 2019After the match, Behrendorff’s Mumbai Indians teammate Mitchell McClenaghan revealed that an Omega watch was on the line for the left-arm fast bowler which actually led to his career-best performance.New Zealand fast bowler McClenaghan posted a Whatsapp conversation which took place between Behrendorff and Ben Cutting, in which the Australia all-rounder warned his teammate that he would not return Behrendorff’s watch if he didn’t pick 5 wickets against England.All three fast bowlers received a watch after Mumbai Indians won the IPL for the fourth time this season and somehow Behrendorff’s watch is with Cutting.”Dorff, if you don’t take 5 today I’m keeping your Omega,” Cutting told Behrendorff.Thankfully, Behrendorff managed to live up to Cutting’s expectations and picked 5 for 44 against England.advertisement”Phew, thanks mate,” Behrendorff replied to the message hours later after his match-winning performance.When @Cuttsy31 has your @IPL winning watch…. what a response from @JDorff5 Hoooowwww Goooodd @cricketworldcup #groupchatonpoint #ENGvsAUS pic.twitter.com/yWxhR72s4uMitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) June 25, 2019Australia on Tuesday, rode on captain Aaron Finch’s 100 to post 285 for 7 after being put into bat. David Warner (53), Alex Carey (38 not out) and Steve Smith (38) also made useful contributions to the total.The Aussie left-arm quicks, Behrendorff and Starc, then ran through the famed English batting lineup picking 9 wickets for 87 runs between themselves to help Australia collect two points and move up to the first position in the table with 12 points from 7 matches.Australia’s only loss in this tournament came against India in their third game of the campaign but since then they have gone from strength to strength, beating Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England in totally one-sided games to reach the last four of the competition.Also Read | Not Australia, England probably still World Cup 2019 favourites: Jason BehrendorffAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Australia crush England to storm into semi-finalsAlso Read | ‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeat
OTTAWA – The Canadian government is facing mounting pressure to suspend its Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States amid concerns over child migrants being detained at the U.S. border but the pact has long been widely panned by refugee law experts and advocates.Efrat Arbel is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and was lead investigator on a Harvard Law School examination of the agreement in 2013.She believes strongly that Canada should never have signed onto the agreement and should absolutely suspend it now, especially in light of recent policy changes in the United States regarding asylum seekers.“I think that the evidence is clear and has been since the creation of the Safe Third Country Agreement in 2004 that the United States is not a safe country for refugees,” she said.“The United States’ standards for refugee protection fall short of what the ‘safe third’ (agreement) requires for designation of a country as safe.”The Safe Third Country agreement is based on the core principle that people seeking refugee protection must file their claim in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for one of a few exceptions.The other core tenet is that Canada considers the United States a safe country for refugees. So, if an asylum seeker comes to Canada at an official border crossing from the United States and tries to claim refugee protection, they will be refused entry and encouraged to make their claim in the United States – the “safe country” from which they just came.The requirements for designating a country as safe are threefold: each country must comply with the United Nations convention against torture and the UN convention on refugees and it must maintain a good human rights record.The United States has long fallen short on meeting these requirements, Arbel says. A recent ruling by U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions that domestic and gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum make the argument for suspending the agreement even stronger, she added.“That is a decision that clearly strays from international protection standards and that falls far below what Canada has long recognized in its domestic asylum regime.”Nadia Abu-Zahra, associate professor of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, also believes Canada was wrong to sign the Safe Third Country agreement, notably after the U.S. government detained and deported Canadian citizen Mahar Arar to Syria in 2002, where he faced almost a year of torture.How can Canada assume the U.S. is safe for refugees from war-torn countries when even a Canadian citizen was deported and tortured, Abu-Zahra asked?“That’s the assumption that’s being made in this agreement. And that assumption was incorrect in 2002 and that assumption is now very visibly incorrect with babies being taken away from their mothers and children being held in cages.”Canada and its welcoming attitude toward refugees has long been its business card for the world, Abu-Zahra said. Canada therefore should be showing leadership in standing up for the rights of refugees being treated like criminals and facing the possibility of being sent back to their home countries – countries they fled due to war, violence and persecution, she added.As for what would happen if the agreement were suspended, Arbel, Abu-Zahra and others say it could lead to a larger number of asylum seekers coming to Canada.But it could also alleviate the problems Canada has been facing with a spike in asylum seekers coming irregularly across the Canada-U.S. border at non-official ports of entry.“At the moment the agreement just pushes asylum seekers towards irregular modes of entry, it increases insecurity and can put their lives and their safety at risk,” Arbel said.“Allowing asylum seekers to cross at (official) ports of entry is beneficial not just for asylum seekers, but also for Canada. We can more effectively manage the flow of asylum seekers, we can resource our borders more effectively, as we have in the past.”If Canada refuses entry to an asylum seeker from the U.S. knowing the U.S. will send them back to their countries where they will face persecution, Canada is complicit, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.She too pointed to the recent decision by the Trump administration to disallow domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum.“I think particularly for this current Canadian government that is proudly positioning itself as a feminist government and protector of women’s rights, it is completely incompatible for us to be saying we’re going to send women back to the U.S. knowing the U.S. has committed not to defend their rights if they’re fleeing gender-based persecution.”For its part, the Trudeau government has said it will not make rash decisions when it comes to immigration policy or the Safe Third Country Agreement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that informal conversations have been ongoing to modernizing and improve the agreement. But he stressed that all asylum seekers – regular or irregular – must go through the proper channels to determine if they qualify for refugee status.“If they do not qualify as asylum seekers, they will be returned to their country of origin. That is the system that we have.”Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan2017 Record: 8-5 (5-4 Big Ten)Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh2018 Record: 3-1 (1-0 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 58-49What has happened thus far in 2018:Michigan opened its year up in a highly anticipated matchup against then-No. 12 Notre Dame, but fell to the Fighting Irish on the road in a 24-17 loss. The Wolverines have since taken care of business, beating Western Michigan, Southern Methodist and Nebraska by a combined score of 150-33. Again boasting one of the top defenses in the league, Michigan has allowed just 14.3 points per game while its offense has averaged 41.8 points and 420.8 yards per game.Impact Player:The easy answer would be junior defensive lineman Rashan Gary. A 2017 member of the first team All-Big Ten lineup, Gary appears destined to be taken early in the 2019 NFL Draft and will be a tormenter to offensive lines throughout the season. But if Michigan is going to have a successful season, junior quarterback Shea Patterson will have to be the team’s impact player. The Wolverines have not received consistent production from their starting quarterbacks in the past, but adding the former fourth-overall prospect in the nation according to 247Sports’ 2016 Composite Rankings — Gary ranked No. 1 — could help the offense find a reliable man under center like the team has not seen in years. Patterson was just 20-of-30 with an interception and no touchdowns against Notre Dame, though he has completed 41-of-57 passes since then with seven touchdowns and only one interception.Strengths:Entering the year, there were no questions asked about whether Michigan’s defense would remain the reason the team is competitive. While it could not totally ballast the team against Notre Dame, the defense did nearly all it could. The Fighting Irish averaged just 2.8 yards per carry and only 170 passing yards. With Gary, defensive end Chase Winovich, first team All-Big Ten linebacker Devin Bush and a stout secondary, Michigan’s defense will again be counted on to keep the Wolverines in games, if not win them altogether.Weaknesses:That defense will have to be the support group for the team because even with Patterson, Michigan lacks the offensive weapons around him to make for a truly potent offense. Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones has, at times, looked the part of the former top 2017 wide receiver recruit in the country, but hauled in only 38 yards on six catches against Notre Dame. Other options like former four-star tight end Zach Gentry and four-star wideout Nico Collins give Patterson additional targets, but need to prove themselves against top competition — though Patterson did connect with Collins on a 52-yard pass in the season-opener.
Marko Arnautovic is happy the Claret and Blue Army again with a match-winning display in West Ham United’s 2-1 pre-season win at Ipswich Town.Arnautovic says the physical demands of securing victory will stand them in good stead for the upcoming Premier League season.“I think every game we are improving,” said Arnautovic, who latched onto Sead Haksabanovic’s pass before holding off his man and finishing confidently, according to the club’s official website.“We had a lot of games this week and have more next week and we try to get better and better in every game.“We are trying to work on the basics that the gaffer wants from us, but it is not always easy because the other teams, especially the Championship teams, are one or two weeks ahead of us and they’re really physical because they’re coming to the end of pre-season because they start next week.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“We’re trying to work hard and trying to win games but the most important thing is for us to win the game.”“The interest in our club is all over the world now. You can see in pre-season that the fans always come and support us and are always behind us.“This club is very strong with its fans and they always try to be behind us and this is what we need.“We need to play for them and they need to cheer for us and together we hope we can do some good things this season.”
Slavisa Jokanovic told the press that his players still need time to work details out, but he believes in them ahead of Saturday’s clashFor Fulham boss Salvisa Jokanovic, Saturday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur would be a great test for his players.The newly promoted club lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on their first game of the season.And now, they want to rebound back to a victory.“We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football,” Jokanovic told the press as reported by Sky Sports.“We are returning to Wembley as a Premier League team. An amazing and great challenge is ahead of us, and we will do our best to fight for the points.”Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It’s a great opportunity. We have fought for the opportunity to play against teams like Spurs,” he said.“We have experience playing against them in the FA Cup a year ago and it wasn’t an easy day for us. But they haven’t changed much and we might see a similar starting 11 for Spurs.”[email protected]: “We have many new players and will need time. We worked well this week, building our spirit and working on the way we want to play football.”— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 16, 2018
The Championship team will host the English Premier League club Eagles in the Carabao Cup this Wednesday night at Riverside StadiumMiddlesbrough F.C. is currently sitting third in the English Championship.And on Wednesday the North Yorkshire team will host Crystal Palace, who is in the 14th position in the Premier League.But for Middlesbrough coach Tony Pulis, things will be different trying to win in the Carabao Cup match.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“The Palace game, I’ll make a lot of changes, I’ve got to do that,” he said to The Gazette Live.“The players have had so many games and people forget about the international break, some players have played for their countries in the heart of Europe.”“I’ll be looking at the team carefully although we want to do well and want to win the game,” he added.“I’ve obviously got a lot of affection for Stoke-on-Trent and the football club but we’ll be looking to put a performance in.”
Watford manager Javi Gracia has lauded his team’s effort and believes they deserved all three points after their 2-0 win at West Ham on Saturday.Troy Deeney opened the scoring from the spot in the 30th minute, while Gerard Delofeu sealed the victory for Javi Gracia’s in a tough away game at the London Stadium.West Ham have been in scintillating form, winning their last four Premier League games before the game, while Watford had only managed one win in five.“I think we had a good performance today,” Gracia told the club’s website.“We knew we played against a West Ham team in a good moment and that it would be demanding. It was like we thought.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“We played better in the beginning, dominated the game and we didn’t suffer a lot. The second [half], it’s true.“West Ham played much better, created more chances, but I was never scared about the result. I always had confidence in my players.“We created good chances, we had to kill the game, especially with Carroll and the long balls and second balls. In some moments we have to defend the set-pieces.“It is always difficult with these very tall players. We did really well. We got the deserved victory.”