IPL 2020 | CSK opts to bowl against MI in opening match

With Sam Curran included in the playing XI after arriving in Abu Dhabi on September 17, it means there is no separate quarantine for players coming from the U.K..

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to field after winning the toss in the Indian Premier League opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

For CSK, the four foreigners are Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi.

With Sam Curran included in the playing XI after arriving in Abu Dhabi on September 17, it means there is no separate quarantine for players coming from the U.K..

For Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard, Quinton de Kock, James Pattinson and Trent Boult will be the four foreigners.

Teams:

CSK: Shane Watson, M Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi

MI: Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

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Sushant Singh Rajput death: AIIMS doctor alleged actor’s photos indicate death by strangulation, claims lawyer

By: PTI | New Delhi | September 25, 2020 1:35:05 pm

Sushant Singh Rajput videosRajput, 34, was found hanging in his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14 following which the Mumbai Police had lodged an Accidental Death Report (ADR).

Sushant Singh Rajput’s family lawyer Vikas Singh claimed on Friday that a doctor, who is part of AIIMS team, had told him “long back” that Rajput’s photos sent by the lawyer indicated that it was allegedly death by strangulation, not suicide.

The senior advocate took to Twitter saying he was getting “frustrated” by the delay in CBI taking a decision in the case.

“Getting frustrated by the delay in CBI taking a decision to convert abetment to suicide to Murder of SSR (Sushant Singh Rajput).

“The Doctor who is part of AIIMS team had told me long back that the photos sent by me indicated 200% that it’s death by strangulation and not suicide,” Singh tweeted.

Rajput, 34, was found hanging in his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14 following which the Mumbai Police had lodged an Accidental Death Report (ADR).

On July 25, Rajput’s father K K Singh lodged a complaint in the matter with Patna police against Rhea Chakraborty, her parents Indrajit and Sandhya, her brother Showik, the late actor’s then manager Shruti Modi and his house manager Samuel Miranda.

He accused them of cheating and abetting his sons suicide. He also claimed that the accused persons had siphoned off Rs 15 crore from his son’s bank accounts.

Based on this allegation, the Enforcement Directorate is probing money laundering charges.

The FIR lodged by Patna police was later transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is probing drugs angle in the case.

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‘Home Teams vs. Hunger’ initiative aims to address Minnesota’s growing need

If you find those numbers sobering, you’re not alone. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie felt the same way.

“That’s a big number if you think about all those people that need help,” he said. “We have to get that number down by all means necessary.”

The local pro sports teams are doing their part this week, joining forces with Fox Sports North and other local media outlets to support Minnesotans in need through an initiative called “Home Teams vs. Hunger.” Launched Wednesday and running through Sept. 30, the effort is aimed at raising funds to tackle hunger. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Heartland and five other Feeding America food banks serving 110 counties across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Twenty-one athletes, coaches or executives ranging from the six local pro sports teams to the Gophers are serving as spokespeople for the event.

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Anyone can go to www.2Harvest.org/hometeams and donate and/or bid on auction items ranging from memorabilia to exclusive experiences.

Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O’Toole said her team is “so humbled by the gesture.” She noted there are many things people can’t control right now, but they can still show up for their communities. That is needed now more than ever. The surge of people in need of food assistance is real. O’Toole said data showed there would be a 70 percent increase of people in need in this area during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that number is up to 50 percent now. Countless people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

“So we need all hands on deck, and when the sports community comes together like this, we are overjoyed,” O’Toole said. “But we need this help so we can help this community thrive at the end of this.”

O’Toole said 40 percent of families showing up for assistance haven’t had to do so before. Part of the goal of weeks like this is to raise awareness along with funding. It’s not only OK to ask for help when needed, it’s something you should do.

“I always think that asking for help shows that you trust your community, and there is no shame in asking for a hand when you need it,” O’Toole said. “I know the folks asking for help right now, when they get back on their feet, they will do the same for someone else in need. And that’s why we’re here. That is our mission — to help.”

As the need has increased, so too, O’Toole said, has the community’s generosity. But she said people have to stick with it. She called this a “prolonged” crisis, projecting the level of hunger to go through the end of 2021, with the economic crisis lasting longer. The hunger level will only rise as added unemployment benefits dissipate. O’Toole said her organization is seeing a 50 percent increase in food distributions since last year. That number is up 25 percent since July.

The increase of people in need, O’Toole said, is double what it was 10 years ago during the Great Recession.

The pandemic also makes it more difficult to serve those people. Second Hand Harvest has had to bolster staff to make the logistics work, something O’Toole is grateful to have the resources to do. No longer can they have 150 volunteers in a center right now during COVID-19 restrictions. That number is currently reduced to 18. Needs are being filled with prepackaged foods that can go truck to trunk. That all requires resources, mainly dollars.

“That’s really the most important source of help right now,” O’Toole said.

That’s why she said this initiative is coming at the perfect time.

“We are on the steepest side of that climb right now,” she said. “We are distributing now over 300,000 pounds of food every day from our Brooklyn Park warehouse. So we are in it. The timing is perfect for this help, and we need teamwork across this community. It is fabulous that these teams are stepping up. We need it.”

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Gavaskar creates controversy with comment on Kohli and Anushka

In the commentary box, Gavaskar came up with a comment involving Kohli’s wife Anushka.

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Friday found himself in the midst of a controversy for making an unsavoury comment against Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma after the Indian captain’s forgettable outing in the IPL.

After dropping two catches, Kohli, undoubtedly one of the best when it comes to chases, failed with the bat, managing just a run off five balls against Kings XI Punjab here on Thursday night.

In the commentary box, Gavaskar came up with a comment involving Kohli’s actor wife Anushka.

The remark was in bad taste and did not go down well with the RCB skipper’s fans, with some of them urging the BCCI to remove Gavaskar from the commentary panel.

Over the years, on quite a few instances, the Bollywood actress has been blamed whenever the now 31-year-old Kohli under-performed on the cricket field.

The Indian batting mainstay had a forgettable outing at the Dubai International Stadium.

Kohli dropped his KXIP counterpart KL Rahul twice — once in the 17th over at deep square-leg when he was batting on 83 and then again in the 18th over when he was on 89.

The KXIP skipper then went on to shatter a few record on the way to a 69-ball 132 — the highest scored by an Indian in an IPL game.

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Farm Bill protest: PM Modi accuses Congress of giving ‘hollow slogans’ in favour of farmers

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 25, 2020 12:56:38 pm

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Amid the nationwide protests by farmers against the three contentious farm Bills passed by Parliament earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday reiterated that the BJP-led NDA government has created a history by increasing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers and accused the Congress of giving “hollow slogans in favour of farmers”.

Addressing party workers on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, he said, “Hollow slogans were given in favour of farmers, labourers for many decades since Independence. Governments were formed in the name of farmers, workers but all they got was jumbled web of promises, laws, which farmers or labourers could never understand. But our government has constantly tried to change this situation and has introduced reforms for the welfare of farmers.”

“In the last few years, NDA govt made full efforts to connect farmers with banks. Over Rs 1 lakh crores transferred to over 10 crore farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Our effort was to provide KISAN credit cards to more & more farmers so they can avail loans easily,” he added. The Prime Minister also said that those who always lied to farmers are shooting from their shoulders and they are misleading farmers.

PM Modi was speaking during the celebration of Foundation Day of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana via video conferencing. BJP national president JP Nadda and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also attended the event.

The Prime Minister said the agricultural reforms will benefit small and marginal farmers the most.  “Small, marginal farmers, who are 86 per cent, will benefit the most from agriculture reforms.”

PM Modi also asked the party workers to take the message of agriculture reforms and its benefits to farmers and said that BJP workers’ conduct should be in line with expectations, aspirations of India of 21st century. “All BJP Karyakartas should reach out to farmers on the ground and inform them in a very simplified language about the importance and intricacies of the new farm reforms, how these will empower them. Our ground connect will bust the lies and rumours being spread in the virtual world,” he said.

Explaining on the labour laws, PM Modi said, “New labour laws will ensure timely salary for over 50 crore organised and unorganised workers. Only 30 per cent of workers so far had coverage of minimum wage guarantee. It will now expand to all workers in the unorganised sector. Earlier, there existed about 10,000 slabs of minimum wages for various sectors. Under new labour reforms, these have been reduced to around 200 slabs.”

Praising Upadhyaya, he said, “The contribution of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya ji to make India better as a country and society has inspired generations. The path he has shown to every BJP worker instils confidence in us.”

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Kisan Union and several other organizations are holding a nationwide demonstration and “chakkajam” against the three contentious bills. Police personnel in adequate strength were deployed across Punjab and Haryana to ensure law and order. As many as 31 farmer organisations joined the call for a complete shutdown in Punjab. Some farmers gathered across several locations to disrupt vehicular movement while the others held protest marches. On Thursday, farmer unions began a three-day ‘rail roko’ protest at six different locations in the state with 1,000 to 1,500 farmers sitting on the tracks at each protest site.

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Gary Kubiak on Vikings’ offensive woes: ‘I’ve got to do a better job’

In their first two games, both lopsided losses, the Vikings have called 56 pass plays and run the ball 40 times, four by quarterback Kirk Cousins. They haven’t been able to run as much as they want because with the defense struggling they’ve fallen way behind in games.

“That’s what we are,’’ offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday about Minnesota’s style. “That’s what we want, and we came out of training camp with a good, solid training camp and obviously that hasn’t correlated to the first two weeks, but we’ve got to stay positive and stay committed to what we want to be as a group.’’

Kubiak said the Vikings’ rushing average per carry of 5.4 yards has “been pretty good” and they “haven’t run it enough.’’ Entering Sunday’s game against Tennessee at U.S. Bank Stadium, the challenge is for Kubiak to get Dalvin Cook and others more rushing attempts but also to make the passing game enough of a threat to let that happen.

In a 43-34 loss to Green Bay in the opener, the Vikings scored 24 points in the fourth quarter after the outcome had been all but decided. In a 28-11 loss at Indianapolis, Minnesota managed just 175 yards and dropped to 30th in the NFL in total offense.

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“I’m focused on myself,’’ Kubiak said. “I’ve got to do a better job for the guys and getting them in position. We’re playing hard, our guys are playing hard, preparing hard. We’ve got to figure out a way to keep us on the field, get our snaps.’’

In the first two games, the Vikings have run just 96 plays to 143 for their foes.

Cousins completed just 11 of 26 passes for 113 yards with three interceptions against the Colts. His passer rating was a career-low 15.9

“I’ve got to find some room for him is the best way to put it,’’ Kubiak said. “We had some plays last week where he had no place to go with the ball. …. We’ve got to get some people open. … We had some plays that were very difficult on him. Kirk is battling, he’s doing his part. … I take it personal that I’ve got to help him more.’’

Vikings staying positive

Despite being 0-2 for the first time since 2013, Vikings players are doing their best to remain positive.

“We know what we can do in this locker room,’’ said wide receiver Adam Thielen, who was on practice squad when Minnesota started 0-3 and 1-7 in 2013. “We know we have talent. We know we have the coaches. We know we have the pieces. We just have to go out there and do it. … There are a lot of ups and downs, and the great teams figure out a way to overcome that and gain momentum and flip it around.’’

In their two losses, the Vikings have been outscored by an average of 13 points. Both games have been all but over by the end of the third quarter.

“You can’t be too hard on yourself,’’ said defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo. “It’s a long season and just don’t get down and play ball. … As a team standpoint, you can’t be discouraged and we’ve just got to go out and play excellent football.’’

Ngakoue steps up

One of the few bright spots for the Vikings against the Colts was the play of defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

After a shaky Vikings debut against the Packers, Ngakoue had four pressures, including a strip sack of quarterback Philip Rivers. The Colts recovered the fumble.

“He’s getting better every day,’’ co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson said of Ngakoue, acquired Aug. 31 from Jacksonville. “He’s very driven, he works hard every day and is improving every day, so I think (last Sunday was) just the beginning of where he’s going to go throughout the rest of the season.’’

Ngakoue has been unavailable this week for comment. However, he made a vow on his Instagram account.

“We will turn things around for the city of Minneapolis!’’ he wrote. “I promise.’’

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French Open to allow just 1,000 people a day at Roland Garros

Organisers of the French Open, which gets underway four months later than planned in Paris on Sunday, had hoped for a maximum of 5,000.

A maximum of only 1,000 people will be allowed each day at Roland Garros after the French government insisted Thursday on tougher restrictions to counter the resurgence of the coronavirus.

Organisers of the French Open, which gets underway four months later than planned in Paris on Sunday, had hoped for a maximum of 5,000.

That figure had already been reduced from 20,000 and then 11,500.

The decision by the French government will be a huge blow to Roland Garros which last year attracted on average around 37,000 fans a day.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, speaking on France 2 TV, insisted that the Grand Slam tournament must be subject to the same restrictions imposed Thursday on sports events taking place in designated ‘red zones’ where the coronavirus is showing signs of resurgence.

“We will apply the same rules at Roland Garros as elsewhere,” said Castex. “We go from 5,000 to 1,000.”

Sources told AFP, however, that the figure does not include credential holders such as officials, media, players and staff.

Earlier Thursday, French Open chief Guy Forget said he had hoped to protect the 5,000 limit.

“We still hope to have 5,000 spectators,” said the tournament director.

Forget believed that the nature of the Roland Garros complex would work in the tournament’s favour.

“We are able to accommodate 5,000, as small as it is, on a 12-hectare area,” he added.

“Even if we must remain extremely careful, we have all the guarantees so that this tournament takes place in maximum security conditions.

“We are responsible, but all this must be done with the approval of the government.”

He added: “We stage the tournament on the equivalent of 15 football fields, outdoors. Everyone wears a mask, even the ball boys and girls and chair umpires.”

The US Open in New York, which ended just under two weeks ago, banned all spectators from its sprawling Flushing Meadows complex.

Wimbledon, meanwhile, was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: Over 5.8 million cases, former Assam CM in ICU

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Coronavirus India News Live Updates: With over 86,000 cases in 24 hours, the Covid-19 tally in India zoomed past 5.8 million on Friday. The death till also increased to 92,290 with more than 1,000 deaths during the same period, data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare indicated.

As India’s coronavirus numbers continue to grow, some promising signals over the last few days offer a glimmer of hope, even if temporarily. Wednesday was the sixth consecutive day when the number of people recovering from the disease, as reported in government data, exceeded the detection of new infections. Never before has this happened for more than a day — and those occasions were more in the nature of anomalies in the reporting of data, rather than the representation of a trend. The result has been that the number of active cases has started to show a declining trend for the first time.

Apart from bringing some of the leading contenders of a coronavirus vaccine to India, the Serum Institute is developing its own vaccine as well. It is partnering with SpyBiotech, a spin-off of Oxford University, for this purpose. Their vaccine candidate has entered into combined phase-I/phase-II clinical trials, which are being done in Australia. The trials began in the first week of September.

Globally, over 32 million have been infected with as many as 981,808 fatalities so far. India continued to remain the second worst-hit country after the United States, but topped the global chart in terms of virus recoveries.

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Active cases require medical attention, so a reduction in active cases reduces the burden on the health apparatus.

Active Covid cases in India have come down from a high of 10.17 lakh on September 17, to 9.66 lakh now. For the spread of an epidemic, only the active cases matter, because they are the ones who transmit the disease to others. Also, only active cases require medical attention, so a reduction in active cases reduces the burden on the health apparatus.

In an epidemic such as this, a clear trend of recoveries exceeding new infections is keenly awaited, because it can be read as signalling a slowing spread. These are still very early days — the trend has to hold for several weeks to convey something more meaningful — but the fact that it has begun brings hope.

What’s more, the reproduction number, or R, a key epidemiological metric that indicates how fast the disease is spreading in a population, has fallen below 1 for the first time since the pandemic began in India in the first week of March. R-value is a measure of the number of people who are being infected on average by an already infected person. A value less than 1 means fewer people are getting the infection than those who are carrying the disease right now.

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Artists to socially distance during Two Harbors fair this weekend

The tents of 20 artists will be spaced apart to allow for social distancing at the Two Harbors Art Fair this Friday through Sunday.

The event will take place outside the Earthwood Inn at 933 Stanley Road, from 2-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask while they walk between the tents of artwork. Art forms included in the fair include ceramic, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and woodwork.

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IPL 2020 | RCB skipper Kohli fined ₹12 lakh for slow over-rate

The Bangalore team was thrashed by 97 runs in the match against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday night.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has been fined ₹12 lakh after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab here.

RCB were thrashed by 97 runs in the match on Thursday night.

“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Kohli was fined ₹12 lakh,” the IPL said in a release.

The Indian batting mainstay had a forgettable outing at the Dubai International Stadium.

While he dropped two catches of centurion KL Rahul, which proved to be costly, Kohli also could not contribute anything substantial with the willow.

On the other hand, his KXIP counterpart Rahul shattered a few record on the way to a 69-ball 132 — the highest scored by an Indian in an IPL game.

Takes blame for dropping Rahul twice

Kohli dropped Rahul twice — once in the 17th over at deep square-leg when he was batting on 83 and then again in the 18th over when he was on 89.

Kohli took the blame for dropping Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul twice, which contributed significantly to their defeat on Thursday.

Kohli felt had he not dropped two catches off the blade of Rahul, who remained unbeaten on 132, KXIP would not have been able to go past the 200-run mark.

“I have to stand in front and take the brunt of it, not the best day in the office, couple of important chances of KL when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage.

“Maybe if we restricted them to 180 we wouldn’t have been under pressure from ball one of the chase,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation

The lapses helped KXIP score an imposing 206 for 3, with Rahul doing the bulk of scoring.

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