Teenager hits debut 100
Teenager Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut in the first Test against the West Indies in Rajkot yesterday. Shaw, who was 18 years and 329 days old, reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries in the second session on the first day. He became India’s second-youngest century-maker after Sachin Tendulkar, who in 1990 was aged 17 years and 107 days when he scored 119 not out against England in Manchester, but that was in his ninth Test. Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached the landmark with two runs off paceman Keemo Paul and punched his fist in the air as he was given a standing ovation by the home crowd. He was dismissed for 134, caught and bowled by leg-break bowler Devendra Bishoo. Shaw is the seventh-youngest international batsman to score his first Test century. He is also the third batsman after Shikhar Dhawan (85 deliveries) and Dwayne Smith (93) to hit his debut ton in fewer than 100 balls. At the close of play, India had advanced to 364-4.
TMO powers reduced
World Rugby has reined in the power of television match officials (TMO) for the end-of-year internationals in Europe and handed back more control to on-field referees. The influence of the TMO came under scrutiny during the June Tests in the southern hemisphere and the latter stages of the Super Rugby competition. Coaches, the Sunwolves’ Tony Brown and the Queensland Reds’ Brad Thorn in particular, questioned cards given to their players in Super Rugby fixtures after the TMO convinced on-field referees to change their initial assessment of the incident. Former players working as television analysts also criticized the amount of time taken to make decisions, while they queried the application of the letter of the law in certain events. World Rugby council member John Jeffrey, a former Scotland international, said the decisionmaking focus would shift back to on-field referees during the Autumn internationals. The influence of television officials would also be restricted to checking tries and for foul play. “On the run” conversations between the TMO and three on-field officials would also be removed. “While we hope that the revised protocol will have a positive impact in terms of time impact on the game and accuracy, as with any trial, we will undertake a full review after the November window before determining whether to proceed,” Jeffrey said in a statement.
Bucks christen new arena
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks put on a smashing opening-night performance at their new arena on Wednesday. Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-82 in the first game at the Fiserv Forum. The Bucks had the look of contenders under new coach Mike Budenholzer, scoring 63 points in the first half of their pre-season opener and leading by as much as 34 points. Their new arena opened in August and the Bucks looked right at home there against the Bulls, overwhelming them on the backboards with a 64-43 rebound advantage. Bobby Portis led Chicago with 17 points and Kris Dunn added 10.
A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympic Games has said that he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid. Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu, was paid US$8.2 million by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games, financial records showed. Takahashi said the work included lobbying International Olympic Committee (IOC) members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, and that he gave Diack gifts, including digital
If British industry succeeds in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would in part be thanks to the pioneering role played by Formula One (F1) racing teams in the country. Seven of F1’s 10 teams have joined forces with leading aerospace and engineering firms to ramp up production of ventilators, while Mercedes has also worked with medics and academics to produce an alternative breathing aid. Normally obsessed with improving the performance of cars that race at more than 320kph, the teams are stripping back lifesaving devices and using computer simulation to test whether more simplified models can be mass produced. The seven
BITING THE BULLET: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi said that top players would make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary Three-quarters of Rugby Australia’s staff were temporarily laid off yesterday amid huge financial losses from the sport’s coronavirus-enforced shutdown, while Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players would take a 70 percent pay cut to ensure that the club’s other employees are paid. The cuts to rugby staff were “the toughest decision in the game’s history,” governing body CEO Raelene Castle said. “Although extremely painful, they are necessary to ensure ... we are able to come out the other side of this global crisis, fully operational and ready to throw everything into the rebuild.” The sport has been hit hard by
After the University of Michigan lost to Ohio State University in the semi-finals of the women’s NCAA Big Ten Tournament, Michigan Wolverines coach Kim Barnes Arico and her staff hit the road, where they intended to take advantage of a full week off before the NCAA Tournament by visiting as many potential recruits as possible. “That was our window. You get to go to someone’s home. That helps you build relationships. Helps build so many things,” Barnes Arico said. “We had all these things scheduled until we went to see high-school championships.” Of course, the championships were canceled, as was the NCAA