ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):Chris Jordan outshone West Indies star Kieron Pollard as Adelaide Strikers won for only the second time in five outings with a five-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League here yesterday.Sent in, Hobart managed 161 for eight off their 20 overs at Adelaide Oval, with number seven Beau Webster hammering an unbeaten 67 off 43 deliveries and Jonathan Wells getting 55 from 37 balls.The pair dug Hobart out of a hole at 30 for five in the sixth over, putting on an invaluable 89 for the sixth wicket.Jordan, the Barbados-born England all-rounder, bowled superbly to claim three for 24 from his four overs.In reply, Adelaide got home in the penultimate over with left-handed opener Ben Dunk top-scoring with an unbeaten 79 from 49 balls.He added 69 for the third wicket with Brad Hodge who made 30 and then partnered with Jordan in an unbroken 31-run, sixth wicket stand to see Adelaide to victory.Jordan struck 15 not out off 14 balls with a single six.However, Pollard’s struggles with the bat continued as he made just 15 off seven balls with three fours before falling lbw to seamer Daniel Christian in the 14th over.The 29-year-old has scored just 60 runs in five innings during the tournament.With the win, Strikers climbed into sixth spot in the eight-team standings on four points while Hobart remained fifth on four points.
“It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision,” said David Sullivan, the West Ham joint-chairman. “Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre.“However, it has become clear that that a change is required to get the club back on track in line with our ambitions this season.“We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal.”Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers made nine changes to the side hammered 4-0 by leaders Liverpool on Thursday, a decision that was as much a response to English football’s traditionally packed Christmas and New Year programme as it was a chastening defeat.But that did not stop his second-placed side from securing victory, with Demarai Gray — one of the new faces — scoring the winner after he had an early penalty saved by Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.Pellegrini dropped Mark Noble to the bench following the Hammers captain’s on-field row with Angelo Ogbonna at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, while the Italian defender was not even named in the Chilean boss’s squad.West Ham’s slide down the table has coincided with Fabianksi spending three months out injured.But the Poland international made a bad start to his return, his first act of the game coming when he bundled over Kelechi Iheanacho to concede a penalty.Leicester were without star striker and regular penalty-taker Jamie Vardy, the England international missing the match as his wife Rebekah gave birth to a girl.Gray took over the spot-kick duties in Vardy’s absence responsibility only to see Fabianksi make a fine save low to the keeper’s left.The Hammers, however, did not capitalise on their reprieve and it was Leicester who went ahead five minutes before half-time when Ayoze Perez headed James Justin’s cross to the far post back to Iheanacho, who stooped to nod in from close range.The goal stung West Ham into a response and they were level before half-time, with Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson sharing a one-two with Ryan Fredericks before crossing low for Pablo Fornals to score his first Premier League goal.Leicester, however, regained the lead 11 minutes into the second half after Perez’s through-ball pierced the home defence with Gray curling a fine shot inside the near post after taking a touch.This time, however, West Ham could not muster a response and that failure cost Pellegrini his job.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dismissed – West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during a 2-1 loss to Leicester that cost him his job © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – A defeat by an under-strength Leicester City proved to be Manuel Pellegrini’s last match in charge of West Ham, with the veteran manager sacked two hours after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at the London Stadium.A fourth successive home defeat for the Hammers, who have won just twice in 14 matches, left them a point above the Premier League relegation zone, with the club subsequently announcing the 66-year-old Pellegrini had left with “immediate effect” following an 18-month spell in charge.
AS Roma teenager Nicolo Zaniolo has been told to keep his feet on the ground after he became the youngest Italian to score twice in a Champions League match as they beat visiting Porto 2-1 in their last 16, first leg on Tuesday.Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco sent out the warning after the 19-year-old scored his brace for the Serie A side in six second half minutes at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.Zaniolo gave Roma a comfortable advantage before Porto substitute Adrian Lopez responded with an away goal.”It’s right for him to be lauded, he has done well,” Di Francesco said in a post-match news conference.”He is on a path of development that is beyond expectations; the matches he doesn’t play well in are also a motive for growth.”I hear people taking credit for Zaniolo, but then it’s me who coaches him. Now he needs balance, especially with those who are around him.”Di Francesco was pleased with his side’s performance, particularly in the second half, despite them conceding what could be a crucial goal for Porto with 10 minutes left.”We grew into the game and used the ball better, the central midfielders were better with the quality of their play,” he said after Edin Dzeko struck the post in an uneventful first period.”The two teams were looking at and studying each other. We hit the post in the first half too, it was good. In the second half we had more determination in the final third.advertisement”It was one of our best performances from the perspective of feeling like a team.”Porto coach Sergio Conceicao believes the tie remains finely poised ahead of the second leg in Portugal on March 6.”At the start it was balanced, then when we tried to be more incisive we conceded,” he said.”I liked our way of defending and also how Roma played. We have a 50-50 chance, just like before the game.”Also Read | Champions League: Manchester United need to step up, says Solskjaer after PSG defeat
Nearly 60 ambassadors of various countries stretched and bent in different yogic postures in unison here to mark the International Day of Yoga, with many hailing the ancient practice as a “wonderful contribution” of India to the world.The envoys as well as several senior diplomats from India and other countries rolled out the mats and performed various ‘asanas’ in a capacious hall at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Chanakyapuri at a Yoga Day event hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs.External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in his address said, “Its (Yoga’s) growing reach and acceptance is evident everywhere and I am sure particularly in the countries that are represented here.””By celebrating the International Day of Yoga together, we celebrate our common humanity. We are recognising that we have shared bonds. We are also acknowledging our sense of a shared global destiny,” he said.The Union minister also reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words from his address at the mega yoga event in Ranchi that “yoga belongs to everyone and everyone belongs to yoga”.”Its inclusion as world intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO underlines its global significance and benefits for the entire humanity,” Jaishankar said.Dominican Republic’s envoy in New Delhi and Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Hans Dannenberg Castellanos, who was present at the event, told PTI, “Several countries were represented at the event. Nearly 60 ambassadors took part in it, besides senior diplomats from other countries”.”We appreciate that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar led the event hosted by the MEA on Yoga Day. The bonds among different countries will grow stronger with such events,” he said.advertisementAmbassador of Germany Walter J Lindner, who came to the event wearing white kurta-pyjama, after the function said, “I feel a bit exhausted but happy.””Yoga is extremely popular in Germany, and about four million people are celebrating it in Germany today, in parks, open grounds, it is a very big thing today,” he said, adding that “yoga brings together your brain, body and soul”.Envoy of Venezuela Coromoto Godoy, who took charge as her country’s ambassador in May, was ecstatic after participating in the event.”This is the first time I took part in any Yoga Day event. It was wonderful, and I feel so relaxed. I and my husband, who also attended the event, both do yoga before starting work at the embassy,” said Godoy, who sported a thematic white Yoga Day t-shirt.”India and Venezuela both are very spiritual countries. I love India and its culture, and yoga is a wonderful contribution of India to the world,” she told PTI.Vietnam envoy Pham Sanh Chau, Egyptian ambassador Heba Elmarassi, Israel’s ambassador Ron Malka, Bhutan’s envoy Major General Vetsop Namgyel, Bosnia-Herzegovina Muhamed Cengic and envoys of Estonia, Slovenia, Gambia, Nepal also took part in the event.”Yoga is a gift from India to the world and we are all very privileged to be part of this today. Besides health benefits, it also contributes to the promotion of peace and happiness,” Namgyel said.Jaishankar later also tweeted about the event, “56 countries. 7 organisations. 250 diplomats on yoga mats @MEAIndia As PM @narendramodi said: “Yoga for all and all for yoga” #International Day of Yoga”. And added, “Appreciate the enthusiastic participation of the diplomatic community in Delhi. Wishing you all health, happiness and peace through yoga!”56 countries. 7 organisations. 250 diplomats on yoga mats @MEAIndiaAs PM @narendramodi said: Yoga for all and all for yoga#InternationalDayOfYoga # # #YogaDay2019 pic.twitter.com/Mkv27Ueed9Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) June 21, 2019Earlier in his address, the Union minister said, when the prime minister had called for observing June 21 as the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014, the proposal received an “unprecedented response.””What we saw was a record 177 countries adopting a resolution in a record time of 75 days,” he said.Events at iconic landmarks across the globe have taken place with the participation of hundreds of thousands of people since then, Jaishankar said, adding that heads of state, heads of government, senior dignitaries, celebrities and ordinary people have all graced the occasion.”It’s (yoga) not just a science, it is a science of well-being, the science of integrating body, mind and soul, the science of actualizing our true potential. Let the light of yoga illuminate the world, elevate the mind and empower mankind everywhere,” he said.MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also took part in the event and performed several yoga routines.Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Director General ICCR Akhilesh Mishra were also present on the occasion.advertisementAlso Read | Jaishankar meets Russian deputy PM, discusses PM Modi’s Vladivostok visitAlso Read | External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to get Manoj Sinha’s Tughlak Road residenceAlso Watch | Analysing PM Modi’s top 10 ministers and the challenges ahead for them