Dacres, Stahl lock horns in discus

first_imgAndre Lowe (AL): Fedrick Dacres is tipped by many to take the gold medal in the discus event at next month’s World Championships and he will get a chance to get familiar with the London Olympic Stadium when he lines up in a strong field tomorrow. Raymond Graham (RG): It is a strong field indeed. After being world leader for a while he no longer holds that spot as Daniel Stahl of Sweden has recently taken charge with a 71.29 metres throw and now is a great opportunity for Dacres to take back that lead. AL:”Lithuania’s Andriuz Gudzius also comes in with a good mark, a 68.61m personal best effort but he did that seven meets ago and has not been close since. This one should certainly be settled between the Jamaican and the Swede.” RG: “Not really. Remember you can’t write off the Polish thrower Piotr Malachowski, who has a best of over 71 metres in the event and could hit top form soon and with the great competition expected tomorrow, this could be the moment for him. AL: The world champion has looked a shade of himself this season and has been struggling with 64m and 65m throws all year. He will not figure much here. Stahl is confident, his 71m throw was his first effort over 68m so that was a big PB and it came at his last meet, he certainly has momentum on his side.” RG: It’s a big moment for Dacres as bragging rights and a psychological advantage can be crucial but I am siding with Stahl for this one to get the better of Dacres as he is in great form coming into the meet.” AL: “Well, neither will be short on motivation. Just 10 points separate the top five in this event on the road to the final with Stahl in the lead. He won’t repeat that 71m throw on Sunday. Dacres is in third place and he will get the win tomorrow with a 68m effort.last_img read more

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Hazard fires Blues top, Everton 4th

first_imgVictory moved Jose Mourinho’s side into first place above former leaders Arsenal, who visit Aston Villa on Monday, and set them up nicely for next weekend’s home game with Manchester United.Hull had beaten Fulham 6-0 in their previous home game and they had the best of the early skirmishes, with Jake Livermore testing Petr Cech from long range and Yannick Sagbo shooting wide after John Terry lost the ball.Chelsea began to assert control, however, and Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor had to produce a razor-sharp reflex save to deny Oscar before tipping a plunging David Luiz free-kick over the crossbar.McGregor had to repel another free-kick from Luiz early in the second period before Hazard made the breakthrough in the 56th minute with a characteristic individual goal.The Belgian forward collected a flick from Ashley Cole just outside the Hull area and shifted the ball away from a couple of defenders before drilling a low shot into the bottom-right corner with his right foot.Torres applied the finishing touch in the 87th minute, gathering a pass just inside the Hull half and wriggling past Alex Bruce before slamming a low shot inside the left-hand post.Chelsea manager Mourinho dismissed French media reports linking Hazard with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, saying: “The club doesn’t want to sell him. Obviously the manager has that decision. Every manager wants players like him.“Last year you saw a talented Hazard; this year he is a much more mature player. He deserves more than man of the match, probably player of the month. Not many are doing what he is doing.”Later on Saturday, Manchester United will bid to avoid slumping to a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time since 1961 when they host Swansea City, who knocked them out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford last weekend.Everton climbed back into the Champions League places with a 2-0 victory at home to Norwich City.Gareth Barry put Everton ahead in the 23rd minute with a fine 20-yard shot that fizzed into the top-right corner, with Kevin Mirallas adding a free-kick shortly before the hour.Tottenham Hotspur are a point behind Roberto Martinez’s side in fifth place after beating Crystal Palace by the same score at White Hart Lane.After Palace winger Jason Puncheon horribly miscued an early penalty, Christian Eriksen broke the deadlock in the 50th minute from Emmanuel Adebayor’s flick-on.A day after his imminent move to Toronto FC was announced, Spurs striker Jermain Defoe was granted a warm reception after coming on a second-half substitute and he claimed a well-taken goal with 18 minutes remaining.“It was a typical Jermain Defoe finish,” said Spurs manager Tim Sherwood.“He’s pounced on it and struck. I’ll be sorry to lose Jermain. Toronto are getting a fine goalscorer.”Adam Johnson scored the first hat-trick of his professional career as Sunderland won 4-1 at Fulham to climb off the foot of the table and close to within a point of safety.Johnson teed up Sunderland’s other goal, for Ki Sung-yueng, with Steve Sidwell replying for the hosts.West Ham United spoilt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home game as Cardiff City manager as goals from Carlton Cole and Mark Noble gave Sam Allardyce’s side a 2-0 win that took them out of the bottom three at their hosts’ expense.In the day’s other game, a 66th-minute strike from captain Adam Lallana gave Southampton a 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, January 11- Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored two excellent goals as Chelsea won 2-0 at Hull City on Saturday to climb to the top of the Premier League table.Hazard, who turned 23 on Tuesday, broke the deadlock early in the second period at the KC Stadium before Torres marked his 200th Premier League appearance with a late goal.last_img read more

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At AITAs coaching clinic: a dentist, engineer & banker

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Its difficult to find something common between a dental surgeon, an IT professional, a mechanical engineer and a banker, but then sports is known to unite in more ways than one. This year, out of 35, who are attempting a seven-day AITA (level III) Foundation Coaches Course at DLTA, 16 are from diverse backgrounds ranging from engineering and journalism. All of them, share a common aim – to be a tennis coach. Some of them have already left plum jobs to pursue a career in coaching. Chennai-based Ganesh Srinivasan, who has been in the IT industry for close to three decades, has already given up a decent annual package of Rs 24 lakh to become a tennis coach – a job which might not give him more than 20,000 per month initially. “I have seen a lot of professionals, who are struggling with physical fitness. I want to help them. Playing sport creates happy hormones. I think tennis coaching is a fantastic alternate profession,” the 52-year-old, who till recently worked with Earnest and Young, told PTI. Then theres Ravi Shankar, a dental surgeon based in Tutikori, Tamil Nadu, who wants his twins to become tennis players. “I played tennis at district level but could not become a professional. I have a boy and a girl, they are twins. My wife Parvada Varthini is also a dental surgeon, MDS. She is now pushing me to become a tennis coach,” Shankar said after a training session. “I had forgotten myself but again after picking up racquet, I am getting myself back. Tennis is like meditation for me.” Bikram Barua left his job at the Royal Bank of Scotland and now wants to establish his academy in Guwahati. He already has some experience of coaching and had no hesitation in quitting his job. Then there is Vignesh Balaji, the MCA, who wants to coach kids in the rural areas of Tutikori. Also, there is Renuka Singh, who successfully pursued a Company Secretary (CS) course and worked with Mazaars but after getting married in a family of tennis professionals, she also wants to join the league. She is wife of former national champion Ashutosh Singh. Nikunj, like Renuka, played tennis as a junior but now runs a travel company in Delhi. She is also willing to give up her business and pursue her first love — tennis. Shainky Pathak became a mechanical engineer in Bhopal and was a gold medallist. But he now wants to help tennis enthusiasts in the rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, a dream which brought him to DLTA for this course. Young Karan Chouhan has an interesting story to tell. “My mothers grandfather used to coach the king of Varanasi. I learnt the game from my maternal uncle but could never become a player since my father did not like me going to tennis courts. My father passed away recently and it was on his insistence that I did MCA. I think I have fulfilled my fathers wish and can now chase my own dream.” Kanwaljit Singh, who is one of the seven ITF level III coaches in India, said they used to get one or two odd cases but this year the number is phenomenal. “Its really motivating. It shows that tennis coaching is now very respectable. People are quitting good jobs to be tennis coaches. I have never seen so many people from different backgrounds in a single group,” said Kanwaljit, who conducts the course for AITA along with Nar Singh, a DLTA coach. Nar Singh was delighted to note that more and more people are willing to join. “It shows that people are now more aware about tennis becoming a career option. More people want to play the sport so its good that we have people from good educational background to join the profession,” Singh said. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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