Flashes from the World of Sports. en-en Copyright 2019 IPL 2019 - BCCI releases complete schedule for the league games 2019-03-19 20:37:50 IPL 2019 - BCCI releases complete schedule for the league games


BCCI has released the much-awaited schedule for all the league matches in the upcoming 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League. As per the announced schedule, all the eight teams in the tournament will be playing seven home matches at their respective home venues.

The first game of the season will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 23rd March. This is the first time that it has taken so long to release the schedule and was released in parts by the BCCI owing to the General Elections which will be held around the same time.

The league stage will come to an end with a double-header on May 5th. The final two group matches will be played between Mumbai Indian-Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab-Chennai Super Kings.

Here’s the full schedule of the 2019 edition of Indian Premier League –

March 23: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai (8pm)

March 24: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata (4pm); Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals in Mumbai (8pm)

March 25: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur (8pm)

March 26: Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings in Delhi (8pm)

March 27: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata (8pm)

March 28: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru (8pm)

March 29: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad (8pm)

March 30: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians in Mohali (4pm); Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Delhi (8pm)

March 31: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad (4pm); Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals in Chennai

April 1: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals in Mohali (8pm)

April 2: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur (8pm)

April 3: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai (8pm)

April 4: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Delhi (8pm)

April 5: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru (8pm)

April 6: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab in Chennai (4pm); Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad (8pm)

April 7: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals in Bengaluru (4pm); Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur (8pm)

April 8: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali (8pm)

April 9: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai (8pm)

April 10: Mumbai Indians vs Kings Xi Punjab in Mumbai (8pm)

April 11: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur (8pm)

April 12: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals in Kolkata (8pm)

April 13: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai (4pm); Kings Xi Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali (8pm)

April 14: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings in Kolkata (4pm); Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals in Hyderabad (8pm)

April 15: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai (8pm)

April 16: Kings Xi Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals in Mohali (8pm)

April 17: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad (8pm)

April 18: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians in Delhi (8pm)

April 19: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kolkata (8pm)

April 20: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians in Jaipur (4pm); Delhi Capitals vs Kings Xi Punjab in Delhi (8pm)

April 21: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad (4pm); Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings in Bengaluru (8pm)

April 22: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals in Jaipur (8pm)

April 23: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai (8pm)

April 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings Xi Punjab in Bengaluru (8pm)

April 25: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata (8pm)

April 26: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians in Chennai (8pm)

April 27: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Jaipur (8pm)

April 28: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi (4pm); Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians in Kolkata (8pm)

April 29: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings Xi Punjab in Hyderabad (4pm)

April 30: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals in Bengaluru (4pm)

May 01: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals in Chennai (8pm)

May 02: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai (8pm)

May 03: Kings Xi Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali (8pm)

May 04: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals in Delhi (4pm); Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru (8pm)

May 05: Kings Xi Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings in Mohali (4pm); Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai (8pm

Alexis Sanchez wants to make Manchester United fans happy 2019-03-19 20:24:26 Alexis Sanchez wants to make Manchester United fans happy

Alexis Sanchez wants to make Manchester United fans happy and support him. He also doesn't care about his form even though he is currently having a hard time at the club.

Sanchez appeared below expectations because he only scored five goals in a total of 41 games with the Red Devils since January 2018. This season, he even had injury problem which limited the frequency of his performances in the first team of Manchester United .

The Chile international understands that he is still the target of criticism by many people, but this does not make him discouraged. Luck does play an important role in one's career, but according to him, the most important thing is to believe in yourself.

But with the general form of the team having improved under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sanchez is looking towards a better future and says he is desperate to win trophies at the club.

"I want to continue to show my love for football and I know what I can do. I believe in the abilities that I have," Sanchez told France24 .

"Manchester United is an important team, not only in England but also on a global scale and I want to contribute for trophies to thesupporters. Of course, I want to make them happy, score goals and win titles.

"When we lost last year's FA Cup final to Chelsea, I was not happy. Not happy at all. In fact, I was sad because I just wanted to make our wonderful supporters happy.

"When I was younger, I liked United. I swear. As a small child I liked United, I really liked them and I want to show this and bring the people joy because, obviously, I want to win."

Before anchoring to Manchester United, Sanchez has won several titles with Barcelona, including the 2011-12 Copa del Rey and 2012-13 LaLiga. While in Arsenal's uniform, he also won the 2014-15 and 2016-17 FA Cup trophies.

Japan's Olympic chief to step down amidst corruption claim 2019-03-19 18:50:06 Japan's Olympic chief to step down amidst corruption claim

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee said he will step down, two months after French authorities said they were investigating whether he sanctioned bribes to help Tokyo win the 2020 Olympic Games.

Tsunekazu Takeda, who has been JOC president since 2001, reiterated on Tuesday that he had done nothing wrong, following a meeting of the Committee at which he said he wouldn't seek re-election when his current term ends in June, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report made available to media.

"I will endeavour to prove my innocence," he told reporters. "I feel sorry for all the fuss."

Takeda, 71, said he would also step down as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

The French investigation into Tokyo's Olympic bid centers on two payments totaling $2.1 million paid to a Singapore-based company called Black Tidings before IOC members voted in 2013 for Tokyo to host the 2020 Games.

Investigators are looking into whether money was routed to African IOC members to secure their votes, with the approval of Takeda.

Takeda, the JOC's longest-serving President and a second cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, has said the JOC paid Black Tidings appropriately for consulting services and no bribery had taken place.

A Japanese investigation into the payments in 2016 found no illegality.

A report issued by two lawyers and an accountant who conducted the investigation said the Tokyo bidding committee felt that it risked losing the vote to Madrid and sought assistance from Black Tidings, which provided help to Beijing in a prior successful Olympic bid.

The report said the bidding committee didn't know the head of Black Tidings, Tan Tong Han, had a close personal relationship with Papa Massata Diack, the son of a former IOC official from Senegal, and a focus of the French investigation.

The French probe is part of a multiyear investigation into corruption in athletics that was widened in 2016 to include the selection process for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the 2020 Games. Brazilian and French prosecutors have alleged Diack was paid $2 million by a Brazilian government contractor to secure his father's vote for the 2016 Games.

Tokyo will host the Olympics for a second time next year, from July 24 to August 9. Japan previously hosted the Games in 1964.

I hope Tottenham will not throw me away: Christian Eriksen 2019-03-19 17:40:30 I hope Tottenham will not throw me away: Christian Eriksen

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen is confident that he will not be sold by the club, even though many are interested in buying him, such as Italian giants Juventus and Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid.

Joining Tottenham from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer of 2013, Eriksen is now one of the top players in the English Premier League.

The Danish international has attracted big European clubs. Recently, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, it was claimed that Juventus were actively moving to bring Eriksen to Turin.

Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is believed to be a big fan of the Scandinavian playmaker and will likely make an offer in the coming months.

Eriksen now is a primary target of many clubs because his contract with Tottenham has not been extended and will expire in the summer of 2020.

Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in Eriksen as returning boss Zinedine Zidane is believed to be an admirer.

Tottenham attempted to agree a loan deal involving the Danish, with Real Madrid for Gareth Bale last season, but were unable to meet the player's wage demands, said to be around €12 million a year.

However, Eriksen claimed to be calm and not thinking about contract matters. He revealed that his agent is there to discuss the matter, so Eriksen only wants to focus on playing football.

Furthermore, the 27-year-old is very confident that Tottenham will not throw him into new territory in the near future.

"I have an agent to deal with contract talks, so I can focus on playing football. I also feel that they (Tottenham) will not throw me away," Eriksen said to Sport Witness.

Eriksen's words were indeed not a fabrication, because he do have a central role in Mauricio Pochettino's squad.

Eriksen has scored seven goals and made 12 assists for Mauricio Pochettino's men this season. During his six career seasons at the Spurs, he has scored 46 goals and 57 assists from 198 appearances.

Advani, Mehta to go head to head in CCI snooker final 2019-03-19 17:32:17 Advani, Mehta to go head to head in CCI snooker final

Star cueists Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta stormed into the final of the CCI All-India Open Snooker Championship in Mumbai on Monday.

Top-ranked Advani of ONGC beat Malkeet Singh of Railways 6-2 in the best of 11-frame semifinal. In the other last four clash, Mehta toppled national runner-up and second ranked Laxman Rawat's applecart with a 6-3 victory.



Advani, the reigning national snooker champion and winner of multiple world titles, compiled breaks of 68, 84 and 45 to register a 10-65, 75-36, 56-78, 63-21, 134-0, 56-19, 85-21 and 54-47 victory.

Mehta effected a break of 73 in the first frame and followed it up with another 73 in the fifth and 81 in the eighth before signing off with a 71 in the ninth frame to pull off a 73-30, 67-45, 40-63, 44-71, 112-0, 15-81, 58-14, 88-25 and 75-16 win.

Indian Wells: Andreescu defeats Kerber to grab title 2019-03-19 17:05:15 Indian Wells: Andreescu defeats Kerber to grab title

Young Canadian Bianca Andreescu was proclaimed champion at the Indian Wells Masters, after she overcame the German Angelique Kerber, who was eighth seeded, 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes.

It is the first time ever that a player who received a wildcard entry to the tournament leaves with the title.

The two were playing each other for the first time on Sunday and Andreescu started well, creating four break chances in the very first game of the match, converting the last one for an early lead. Kerber then had to fight hernerves as well after giving up the first game with a double fault.



Andreescu never faced a break point in the opening set and did everything right to win it 6-4 in 40 minutes. Kerber, the reigning Wimbledon champion, fought back in the second set, more in control and setting the pace, taking advance of some unforced errors of her young opponent.

In the deciding set Kerber started with maintaining her momentum against an increasingly tired and error-prone Andreescu and achieving an 3-2 lead.

But the Canadian teenager, visibly exhausted, pulled through her weakness and started to blast some fiery forehands leaving the German disconcerted.

With 5-3 for Andreescu on the scoreboard, Kerber managed to save three match points and got a break against her rival whose endurance was plummeting, as evidenced by the cramps she suffered.

But the young woman's desire to win was greater than those annoyances and she launched more forehand winners to claim a fourth match point. She managed to claim the title when Kerber returned a backhand into the net, opening the doors wide open to a bright future for the Canadian.

With gold in mind, Mary Kom prepares for 2020 Olympics 2019-03-19 16:35:35 With gold in mind, Mary Kom prepares for 2020 Olympics

It is said that champions are made and not born. The struggle, effort and the determination to keep trying till you succeed is what makes a champion stand out and none would know this better than champion boxer MC Mary Kom. The only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships, there is no stopping her. Even though the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is more than 15 months away, Mary Kom is already planning for the biggest event in sporting history.

In a recent interaction, Mary Kom said that 2019 held special significance for her as this was the qualification year for the Tokyo Olympics and she must ensure that she plans the road ahead with precision.

"2020 is very close. This is one of the most important year for me as I look to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. We have already figured out the plan ahead. Without a plan or strategy you cannot move forward. The most important thing is to stay injury-free as that will help me give it my all as I prepare for 2020," she said.

Having recently competed in Germany and won all her fights, one would expect her to be happy with the start to the season. But Mary Kom is already looking at areas she needs to improve on just like a true champion athlete.

"I have already tested my body as the fight in Germany was my first in the 51 kg category and that was a great experience. I think I have to improve a bit in certain areas like strength, power and stamina and I noted that and will figure these things out with my trainer," she explained.

At the training trip in Germany, Mary Kom defeated Ukraine's Daria Sierhieieva, Germany's Ursula Gottlob and Norway's Veronica Losvik.

Even though her victories were unanimous 5-0 verdicts, Mary Kom wants to keep working hard and plan for different situations that may challenge her as she dreams of a gold in the 2020 Games.

"I have already been planning on ways to tackle opponents in the 51 kg category and I have had a bit of an experience on competing in this category in the past year. I now have some idea of the opponents and that helps me to plan the moves to get better," she said.

Asked about the next tournament she would be competing in, Mary Kom said: "I think the India Open will be the next competition that I will be competing in. Rest I have to see the calendar and only then I can tell you."

Even as pundits keep asking if age is catching up with the superstar boxer, Mary Kom is happy about her fitness level and her association with Puma means she is right up there with the best.

"I am so happy and excited to be associated with a sports brand like Puma. It is No.1 in India and I am enjoying myself."

Coming back to the Olympics, while one hopes that India can come back with a rich haul, Mary Kom doesn't wish to put a number on how many medals India will win.

"I am not god and I don't think I should comment on whether justice will be done or not. But in my opinion, every athlete who will be a part of the Olympic will be looking to give it their best and make the country proud. I do not think there is any doubt in that," she explained.

Commenting on the journey on her road to boxing glory, Mary Kom said: "There has been a lot of improvement over the years. Initially there wasn't much facility on offer and it wasn't included in the Games. It was very hard for me. But after the inclusion of women's boxing in Olympics, things have changed. We are getting treated equally."

ATP Rankings: Prajnesh grabs career-best ranking 2019-03-19 16:16:11 ATP Rankings: Prajnesh grabs career-best ranking

Indian tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Monday jumped to a career-high rank of 84 after his stellar show at the Indian Wells.

In-form Prajnesh, who stunned world number 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili to register the biggest win of his career after reaching the third round at the ATP Master series event, collected 61 points in the recently released ATP rankings.

Meanwhile, injured Yuki Bhambri dropped out of the top-200 for the first time in almost two years. Ramkumar Ramanathan (139) also dropped three places. Saketh Myneni (251) and Sasi Kumar Mukund (268) were the next best in the singles.



Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan also reached a career-high of 64 in the doubles and is now the third highest-ranked player in the country, behind Rohan Bopanna (36) and Divij Sharan (41).

Purav Raja (80) and the legendary Leander Paes (94, +2) complete the top-five. Ankita Raina, meanwhile, remained the country's top-ranked player at 168 in the WTA rankings, followed by Karman Kaur Thandi, who jumped seven places to 203.

Kohli depends a lot on MS Dhoni - Anil Kumble 2019-03-19 15:20:53 Kohli depends a lot on MS Dhoni - Anil Kumble

Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble has revealed that current Indian skipper Virat Kohli needs Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his guidance to become a better captain.

Many experts of the game feel that Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps is a big boost to young players like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as they can rely on MSD’s amazing tactics.

Kumble said, “I think he is certainly more comfortable, rather saying better captain; he is probably a lot more comfortable when MS Dhoni is behind the stumps and then the conversation between him & Virat definitely helps him make the right decisions.”

Adding, “I mean it comes naturally to Dhoni. He had been the captain for a long long time. He is behind the stumps so he reads the game better than anybody else. He obviously is in conversation with the bowler on the kind of lines that he needs to bowl, the kind of pace that the bowlers need to bowl. And also with the field placing.”

The whole nation saw that the Indian fielders were really rusty in their fielding during the recently concluded ODI series against Australia. Kumble believes that when MS is in the side, the Indian skipper can take a sigh of relief and be assured of the field placements in the final overs. 

“I think Virat certainly depends a lot on MS Dhoni in One-Day Cricket, for him to have those proper field placings. So that is something he probably had missed in the last two matches. And if you look at last 10 or 15 overs, the second half or the final powerplay Virat is generally manning the boundary. So yes, when Dhoni is there he is on the boundary line and suddenly he had to man the last ten overs under pressure.”

Adding, “So yes he certainly depends a lot on Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”

Maurizio Sarri questions 'Mental Quality' of Chelsea players 2019-03-19 15:17:48 Maurizio Sarri questions 'Mental Quality' of Chelsea players

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri questioned the mental qualities of his players after they lost 0-2 to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Italian coach also admitted that Chelsea will find it difficult to penetrate the position of the top four in the 2018-2019 season.

Chelsea were helpless against Everton in the 31st week of the English League at Gooddison Park Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson became a nightmare for the Blues, which almost failed to present a threat to Everton's keeper Jordan Pickford.

Brazilian Richarlison struck in the 49th minute, after Sigurdsson's right-wing corner had been met by a powerful header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin which Kepa Arrizabalaga saved well on his goal-line.

But the Everton forward reacted first to force the rebound over the line from close range, a goal that came largely against the run of play.

This defeat left Maurizio Sarri disappointed. The Italian coach then questioned the player's mental resilience and revealed that Chelsea would not be in the top four.

"Chelsea have no chance to occupy the top four," Sarri said. "At the moment, I think this is our limit. The problem is mental, mental problems on the field and our game system cannot be blamed."

When asked whether this defeat reduced the chances of reaching the top four, Sarri simply replied, "If you talk about the second half, you are right."

"If we play in the next eight matches as we did in the second half, we are in trouble, it is very unlikely to finish in the top four, we have a smaller chance after this defeat, but we must keep competing," Sarri said.

Next, Chelsea will travel to Cardiff City Stadium to challenge the hosts, Cardiff City, in the 32nd week of the Premier League match on Sunday.

Only a victory that makes Chelsea keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League zone because they are currently ranked sixth in the standings with 57 points, three points behind Arsenal in fourth.