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Cricket News Amit Bhandari Assault Case: After Gautam Gambhir’s proposal, DDCA bans U-23 player Anuj Dedha for life

first_imgNew Delhi: Tainted cricketer Anuj Dedha, who had assaulted former India pacer and Delhi selector Amit Bhandari, was on Wednesday banned for life by the state association. After being rejected for the state U-23 team, Dedha along with his hired goons had attacked senior and U-23 selection committee chairman Bhandari at the St Stephen’s ground on Monday when a practice game of the senior team was on.The cops later nabbed him and he is currently under police custody. It was former Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir, a member of DDCA’s apex council, who proposed a life ban for Dedha during a meeting with DDCA president Rajat Sharma and the selectors.”Anuj Dedha will be banned for life and the decision was taken at a meeting which was also attended by the selectors and Gautam Gambhir, who is a member of the apex council. We will get the recommendation ratified at a general body meeting,” DDCA president Rajat Sharma told PTI.”Henceforth, Dedha will also not be allowed to play in any club match or any tournament affiliated with the DDCA.”It was Gautam, who mooted the idea of a life ban and also suggested that from now on, no parents, relatives or friends will be allowed to watch the trials. Only the players whether U-14 or U-16 will get entry inside the stadium premises,” Sharma added.Dedha was among the 50 plus Delhi probables for the National U-23 one day meet but missed out on squad selection which irked the player.On the day, he and his accomplices attacked Bhandari with hockey sticks, iron rods and cricket bats and Bhandari had to be rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries on his forehead, ear and leg.The DDCA president also explained how Dedha made it to the pruned list of 50 probables from the initial 79, when everyone felt that he was not up to the mark.”He took two wickets in a trial game and his scalps were Manjot Kalra (India U-19 WC star) and Jonty Sidhu (current Ranji player), two well-known players. That’s how he made it to top 50 but all the three selectors said that at no point was he given any assurance of being selected in the final 15,” Sharma signed off.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Marek Dolezaj’s career outing propels Syracuse past Wake Forest, 73-64

first_imgNEW YORK — Everything was settled, but freshman forward Oshae Brissett understood there was one thing missing in this moment.The orange sea of fans writhed in the Barclays Center lower bowl. The players knew they got to play tomorrow. The team’s unlikely star, though, had a near-perfect night. Near. Brissett walked up to Marek Dolezaj and told him what he needed to do.“You’re not leaving here with 19 points,” Brissett told him. “You need to get 20.”On the next in-bounds, Brissett found Dolezaj, who was fouled and went to the line with 31 seconds left. He followed Brissett’s instructions to post a new career-high, but not before missing the first free-throw and hitting the second. Two games ago, Dolezaj didn’t attempt a shot and Tuesday night his game-high 20 complemented his four rebounds and one assist to lead No. 11-seed Syracuse (20-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) to a 73-64 victory over No. 14-seed Wake Forest (11-20, 4-12).This was the first-ever ACC tournament victory for the Orange and snapped a four-game losing streak on this court. The win sent Syracuse into a second-round matchup with No. 6-seeded North Carolina on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. at the Barclay’s Center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDolezaj was an instrumental part of that, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, adding, “He was very, very good today.”As Dolezaj spoke at his locker after the game, the Slovakian freshman seemed transported back to Europe. Each time someone asked him, “Have you ever done…” he smiled shyly and said that, yes, he had done something like this before, but not since coming to the United States last fall. Back in Europe, back with the under-18 national team, he said, he once scored 48 points, once dunked three times in one game and once played like the flying, slamming, swatting bulldozer he became Tuesday night.When asked how his performance felt, Dolezaj said seriously, “It was a little fun. I enjoyed this game. I’m going to get some rest for tomorrow’s game.”All of it started with a simple jumper from the high post.It was the shot fans in the Carrier Dome have begged Dolezaj to put up all season. It was the shot Boeheim has frantically motioned him to take. It was one of the Dome’s main frustrations during Syracuse’s Saturday win over Clemson, because when Dolezaj got the ball in the high-post, he refused to shoot. He heard their urging, but he adhered to Boeheim’s instructions.“A lot of people told me shoot the ball,” he said, “but I’m trying to focus on my game and what I can do.”Early in the first half, Dolezaj drilled one from the high-post. Then he fell into a funk. He threw the ball away, missed his follow-up jumper and picked up a foul boxing out. Then Wake Forest big man Doral Moore whacked him in the face with his elbow and Dolezaj transformed.After that play, which had Dolezaj holding his head for several possessions afterward, he finished an and-1 despite getting stonewalled by two larger defenders. He tear-dropped a floater and the bench mob sprang to its feet to emulate his shot. He finished at the rim and, once, when a pass from Chukwu deflected off a defender’s hands, he snared the ball from midair and jammed it home.Courtesy of Shea R. KastrinerWhen asked when he knew Dolezaj was turning a few baskets into a bona fide career night, Brissett grinned.“He caught like three bodies,” Brissett said, referring to the trio of defenders Dolezaj dunked on. “So, probably the first one. I haven’t really seen him dunk on someone like that before.”Late in the first half, Wake Forest switched from a man defense to a zone. Boeheim saw defenders departing Dolezaj in the middle and the short corner to leave him open. Methodically, Syracuse dissected Wake Forest’s zone and bludgeoned the Demon Deacons into submission with passing inside between center Paschal Chukwu, who had three assists, and Dolezaj.Wake Forest started to press late in the game and Dolezaj became the primary breaker. In that scenario, he dunked twice. Boeheim told him since the defender always ran out to stop the ball, Dolezaj would have an open lob to Chukwu. On the last time he carried the ball up, with the game winding down, and with the Orange’s lead stretched to nearly 20, that’s exactly what happened and Chukwu flushed Dolezaj’s alley-oop to essentially bang the gavel on Wake Forest’s fate.On each basket Dolezaj finished or facilitated, Syracuse assistant head coach Adrian Autry reacted with a harder fist pump or clap. By the time Dolezaj sank that last free throw, Autry was on his feet.Of all his plays, though, no moment was more revealing than his and-1 dunk, when he launched himself through contact to jam. His team bounced and hollered in disbelief. “I was pretty impressed to see that,” Tyus Battle said, “because we know he has the one-foot bounce, but I was surprised about the two feet.”As he came down from the rim, Dolezaj himself broke the blank, impassive face he’d worn nearly every minute of this season. He appeared to yell over to the same bench that had egged him on earlier and betray a quick smile, a window that closed as quickly as it opened. On this night, on this stage, the young, lightly recruited, Flat Stanley-thin foreigner played his best game of the season.After it was over, as the quiet settled like a fog and the team hurried off the court and the fans, who had been shrieking for him moments earlier, shuffled back to the exits and real life, the bright light of an ESPN camera found Dolezaj. The reporter put the microphone in Dolezaj’s face. The player disappeared; the person withdrew. Dolezaj didn’t think he spoke English well enough to give a national TV interview. He felt uncomfortable. Autry, standing beside him, waved away the camera. Dolezaj walked to the locker room.He showed everyone everything they needed to see. Comments Published on March 6, 2018 at 11:29 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former teammate of Angels’ Tyler Skaggs hoped for All-Star Game reunion

first_imgWASHINGTON — Although Tyler Skaggs was disappointed not to make the All-Star team, he at least has a fan among the players who did.Skaggs, who has a 2.57 ERA as the leader of the Angels’ rotation this year, is still close friends with Patrick Corbin. The Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star was traded, with Skaggs, from the Angels to the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade in 2010. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels in 2013.“I thought he had a great chance to be here,” Corbin said. “It’s awesome to see him come back from the injuries and Tommy John surgery. I always enjoy watching him pitch and keeping in touch with him a lot.”Coincidentally, a third pitcher who was a teammate of Skaggs and Corbin in the Diamondbacks’ system may have contributed to Skaggs omission. Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was selected for the team as a replacement for the Astros’ Justin Verlander, who started on Sunday. Although Bauer also started on Sunday, he chose to remain on the active roster.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If Bauer had been inactive, Skaggs certainly would have been one of the leading candidates to get his spot. Bauer threw 110 pitches on Sunday, so he’s not expected to pitch unless the game goes extra innings.“I love to pitch,” said Bauer, who threw 110 pitches on Sunday. “I like to test myself against the best guys and get out there and have fun. I recover really well. I feel great today. I’m sure I’ll feel fine tomorrow. I just want to pitch.”SIMBA SUPPORTERAndrelton Simmons also missed out on the All-Star Game, with the two shortstop spots going to Manny Machado and Francisco Lindor. The Final Vote went to another shortstop, Jean Segura, while Simmons finished fifth.Lindor said Monday that he nonetheless appreciates Simmons’ game. “He’s a very, very, very good defender,” Lindor said. “He’s a very good hitter. He’s doing well. I don’t get to see him play that much, but when I do, he’s fun to watch. He can do something incredible that day to help his team win.”TROUT SAYSTypically, players face all manner of odd questions during All-Star media day. During Mike Trout’s session, he was asked about the Angels’ best and worst dresser. He said Luis Valbuena is the best and Shohei Ohtani is the worst. “Sometimes he wears the same shirts a couple days in a row on the road.”Trout also was asked which player was the most likely to become a manager, and he said Albert Pujols. Trout said he based his opinion on Pujols’ knowledge of the game, and they had never talked about it. “He probably won’t even want to do it.”This All-Star Game also marked a special occasion for Trout because it’s relatively close to his hometown, Millville, N.J. “I’m leaving a lot of tickets,” he said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more