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Australian Rugby League Considers “NRL Island”

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed life in many ways — one of them the cancellation of sporting events around the world. Even the Olympics has been postponed.

But one of Australia’s most popular sporting codes thinks it might have a way around having to cancel the current season, which ground to a halt in late March just two games into a 25-round season.

It is with immense joy that I inform you Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) competition is considering a plan that would send its hundreds of players, team staff, match officials and media to a tropical island where they can continue to play and work in quarantine.

Under the proposal, personnel would live and train on the island and travel to the mainland to play football in existing stadiums. It could happen by June.

It’s one of a handful of options being considered to save the season, another being a relocation to a rural Queensland mining town.

The pandemic has thrown the NRL into financial turmoil, with players to forgo five months of pay if the competition cannot resume this year.

On Wednesday night the proposal to house the league at Tangalooma Island Resort on Queensland’s Moreton Island was confirmed by resort owner David James.

“We’re not talking about tomorrow, but hopefully when we’re over the curve, over the peak, and on the way out the other side, we can get the great game of rugby league going,” James told Fox Sports.

The league’s chief executive Todd Greenberg said in an interview with Wide World of Sports on Thursday that the island plan was “not off the table”. The general manager of the players’ union, Clint Newton, said players were willing to explore “all options”.

The concept of “NRL Island” would have sounded bonkers just weeks ago, and frankly it still does — but it’s been widely embraced by people on social media.

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Ajay Jayaram, Subhankar Dey in isolation; SAI to fund their stay | Badminton News

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Indian shuttlers Subhankar Dey and Ajay Jayaram are a worried duo as they have to stay in Saarbrucken after being told to isolate themselves for coming in contact with Lakshya Sen‘s father DK Sen.
Much to their relief, Sports Authority of India (SAI) decided to fund their boarding and lodging. “SAI will pay for the expenses that are going to be incurred by Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey from Oct 30 to Nov 10. SAI will be paying a total of Rs 1.46 lakh…and will release 90% of the amount immediately…SAI is in constant touch with the Indian consulate in Frankfurt to facilitate the situation involving the two players,” SAI said in a release.
It may be mentioned here that the government is already funding Lakshya, his coach and physio.
The duo was forced to withdraw along with defending champion Lakshya from the SaarLorLux Open late on Wednesday. Subhankar and Ajay have written to the organisers of the Super-100 tournament, questioning the logic behind withdrawing them from the tournament and placing them under isolation.
“For no fault of ours, we are being penalised. We were informed that a Covid test had to be taken up to 48 hours prior to arrival in Frankfurt. I and Ajay took the test and returned negative. But no one checked our report and Lakshya and his father got tested only on Tuesday. But on Monday, both of them were there in the main hall when everyone practised,” Subhankar told TOI from Saarbrucken.
The Indians are concerned as they have to stay in Saarbrucken for seven more days. Even DK Sen is asymptomatic.
“We have asked for a second test, which will be done in two days. Hopefully, they will allow us to fly back if we test negative again,” Subhankar said.
Lakshya’s coach Vimal Kumar said that Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma assured all help. “He told me that after two days if the team tests negative, then he would take up the issue with the ministry of external affairs (MEA),” Vimal told TOI.
The former chief national coach also slammed the organisers of the SaarLorLux Open. “The way they handled our players is quite disgusting. All of them practised in the same hall, travelled by the same bus, so how can you isolate only these three. In tennis, only the affected player is isolated. Even if his coach tests positive, the player is not isolated if he is negative,” Vimal said.


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CSK vs KKR Live Score: Nitish Rana solid as Kolkata Knight Riders eye big finish | Cricket News

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Live Blog | Scorecard
End of 17th over: Another good over for KKR as Nitish Rana and Eoin Morgan collect 11 runs from it including a couple of boundaries. KKR 136/3
15.3 overs: SIX! SIX! SIX! Three in a row. Nitish Rana now looking to hit everything out of the park. Collects back-to-back sixes off Karn Sharma. Two on the leg side and one straight down the ground. Rana is on fire! KKR 124/3
14.2 overs: FOUR! Swept and swept hard. A cracking boundary from Nitish Rana off Ravindra Jadeja. Places the ball beautifully in the gap. 100 comes up for KKR with that boundary. KKR 103/3

50 for Nitish Rana!
Gets to his 11th IPL fifty off 44 balls. Rana, so far has been steady but would now look to accelerate his scoring as KKR are falling behind. A reponsible knock from Rana and KKR would now hope that he finishes strongly for the team. KKR 95/3
12.5 overs: OUT! After getting hit for a four previous ball, Ravindra Jadeja hits back. Rinku Singh once again tries to go after him but this time hits it straight to Ambati Rayudu at fine leg. First wicket for Jadeja as Rinku falls for 11. KKR 93/3
End of 12th over: A tight second over from Karn Sharma. Just 4 runs from it. KKR 86/2
End of 11th over: FOUR! FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Nitish Rana off Mitchell Santner. Rana has looked pretty good so far and is now looking to accelerate after a dull period that came following the wickets of Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine. KKR 82/2
Halfway through!
After a decent start from the openers KKR now have lost in-form Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine in quick succession. Both Nitish Rana (35*) and Rinku Singh (2*) are now trying to rebuild this innings for KKR. After 10 overs KKR have 70 on the board.
8.3 overs: OUT! Tossed up delivery from Mitchell Santner and Sunil Narine goes for the big hit on the leg side. Fails to time it properly and Ravindra Jadeja in the deep makes no mistake. Narine departs for a 7-ball 7. KKR 60/2
7.5 overs: SIX! Sunil Narine goes down town. That was right in the arc of Narine and he slams the ball over the long-on fence. Narine collects his first maximum of the match. KKR 59/1
7.2 overs: OUT! Karn Sharma strikes second ball. Cleans up Shubman Gill with a quicker one that went straight on after pitching. Gill misses the ball completely as the ball crashes onto his leg-stump. Gill falls for 26. KKR 53/1
50 up for KKR after 6.2 overs!
Shubman Gill 25*
Nitish Rana 25*
End of Powerplay! And KKR have managed 48 runs without losing any wicket. 15 runs from Mitchell Santner’s first over including 2 fours and a six. Nitish Rana doing the damage in that over from Santner. KKR 48/0
5.2 overs: FOUR! Mitchell Santner strays down the leg side and Nitish Rana sweeps him to the right of deep square-leg to collect four runs. KKR 38/0
End of 4th over: 5 runs from Sam Curran’s second over including a boundary. Change in bowling now for CSK as Lungi Ngidi comes into the attack. KKR 28/0
2.1 overs: FOUR! Short-arm jab from Shubman Gill and the ball races to the mid-wicket fence. Once again Deepak Chahar starts his over conceding a boundary. Chahar has just not been on-the-mark so far in this innings. KKR 20/0
End of 2nd over: A tidy start from Sam Curran at the other end. Just 3 runs off his first over. KKR 16/0
End of 1st over: An expensive start from Deepak Chahar. Leaks 13 in his first over including 3 boundaries. Sam Curran to share the new ball with Chahar from the other end. KKR 13/0
0.4 overs: FOUR! Nitish Rana gets off the mark with a boundary as well. Thickish outside edge and the ball beats the short third-man fielder and races to the fence. KKR 13/0
0.1 overs: Width and four! Wide outside off from Deepak Chahar and Shumban Gill creams it through covers to collect his first boundary. KKR start off with a boundary first-ball. KKR 4/0
Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana are out in the middle to start the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Deepak Chahar has the new ball in hand for Chennai Super Kings. A slip in place for him. Shubman on strike. Here we go!
Note – If Chennai Super Kings win today, Mumbai Indians will become the first team to qualify for the IPL 2020 play-offs.
Playing XI for both the teams!

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), N Jagadeesan, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
Captains at the toss!
Eoin Morgan: One change for us, Rinku Singh in, Prasidh Krishna out. Andre Russell is not near fit yet so he misses out today. We can only control what we can do. We have had an up and down season. We are against a good CSK side. Myself and Brendon are all about freeing people.
MS Dhoni: We are bowling first, bit worried about the dew. We had some dew during practice, so it’s better to bat second with dew around. We haven’t been at our best, that’s the reason we have been lagging behind. Quite a few changes, Faf, Tahir, Monu out. Watto, Lungi, Karn in.
Team news – Three changes for Chennai Super Kings as Shane Watson, Karn Sharma and Lungi Ngidi come in for Faf du Plessis, Monu Singh and Imran Tahir. One change in Kolkata Knight Riders playing XI as Rinku Yadav comes in for Prasidh Krishna.

Toss news: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni wins toss, opts to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai
Pitch report: “It’s the same surface as the DC-SRH game. Grass on one side, bare on the other side. The wicket did not misbehave. If you are put in to bat, forget the pitch, just play the ball. Go in with a positive mindset whether you win or lose the toss,” reckon Murali Kartik and Kumar Sangakkara.
Few words ahead of the start!

Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the mouth-watering clash. We are just 30 minutes away from the toss.

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Match 49 of IPL 2020 between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.



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Nortje’s fastest ball in IPL doesn’t excite Mike Atherton | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals‘ South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje may have created waves after he bowled the fastest delivery in IPL history, clocking 156.2 kmph against Rajasthan Royals on October 14, but it has failed to excite former England captain and opening batsman Mike Atherton.
In his column for The Times newspaper, Atherton said he was surprised that a bowler in IPL or any T20 tournament still hadn’t surpassed the record set by former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar 17 years ago, during the 2003 World Cup in Cape Town.
Atherton wrote that while hoopla around anything in the IPL was guaranteed, his own reaction to Nortje’s IPL record was more muted. The former England batsman said that what had surprised him was that despite four-over spells which were tailor-made for short, sharp spells, a bowler in a T20 tournament had still not surpassed the quickest ball in cricket.

Atherton wrote in his column that the top speed seemed to have been topped out. He based his article on a research done on baseball pitchers that infers that more players were pitching at near top speed although there had been no increase in top speed.
He has quoted a study of Glenn Fleisig, who is researching on the subject of baseball pitchers’ injuries at the American Sports Medicine Institute at the University of Alabama. The study says “unlike muscles, tendons and ligaments cannot be strengthened indefinitely” and hence the limit on the speed.
Atherton adds that there may be more quicker bowlers operating at present but the fastest are not “appreciably quicker” than the fastest bowlers of the past generation.


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