Representative Image The first T20 International of the three-match series between India and New Zealand was called off without a ball being bowled as incessant rain made the ground unplayable here on Friday. The rain did stop for a bit but barring a short period of dry spell, it continued to pour throughout at the Sky Stadium. The match was ultimately called off at 8.52pm local time, about an hour less than the cut-off time of 9:46pm for a five-over a side shootout. India are slated to play two more T20Is, followed by three ODIs as part of their tour of New Zealand. Both the teams had come in following their exit from the semifinal stage of the T20 World Cup in Australia. While India lost to eventual champions England, New Zealand were defeated by Pakistan. In the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, premier all-rounder Hardik Pandya is leading the Indian T20 side with wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant serving as his deputy. "Boys were quite excited to play. NZ … [Read more...] about Ind vs NZ: First T20I called off due to rain
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Business teams regularly have to make quick changes in tactics and strategy. They must adjust to new conditions and competition. So too do sports teams. Perhaps the quintessential quick change that confronts teams that play on grass or hard courts is what happens at halftime. Be it soccer, football, or basketball, the number of stories where a deft midway adaptation turned the tide are legion. Whereas many team meetings can afford some delay, halftime is critically short. There is not time to set up a strategic planning retreat that then takes a full day. You might have 15 minutes to save a season. That mere quarter of an hour can be a viable goal when looking at any team’s ability to make sound decisions, even in settings that don't involve a ball or the roar of a crowd. The Leader vs The Team There is a tendency for a team’s leader, be it a coach or the CEO, to single-handedly assess the situation and then make … [Read more...] about How To Lead Teams To Effective Decisions In 15 Minutes Or Less
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The Dallas Cowboys make the pilgrimage to Lambeau Field to face an underwhelming Green Bay Packers squad for a Week 10 battle between two of the NFC’s most storied franchises. It’s been an uncharacteristic start to the season for the Packers (3-6), with the team losing their last five matchups. Last week’s 15-9 loss to the bottom-feeding Detroit Lions proved just how bad things have gotten for Aaron Rodgers and the cheesehead nation. Dallas, meanwhile, has somehow fought their way to a 6-2 record on the season, an impressive feat considering that they were without their starting quarterback for five weeks. NFL odds opened with the Cowboys lined at the -4 favorites, with the line creeping up half-of-a-point to -4.5 at some shops as of Sunday morning. The over/under of 44.5 has slightly fallen to 44 total points heading into the weekend. Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Odds Via BetOnline … [Read more...] about Cowboys Vs. Packers Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions: Aaron Rodgers Struggles To Continue Against Dallas Defensive Front
Washington Commanders’ head coach Ron Rivera is sticking with Taylor Heinicke as the team’s starting quarterback, he announced Wednesday during a press conference. Taylor Heinicke will start Sunday vs. the Texans pic.twitter.com/64EcwXC5U2 — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 16, 2022 The decision comes two days after the Commanders took down the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles 32-21 on Monday Night Football. It’s only right Rivera sticks with Heinicke going forward. Heinicke proved to the world Monday night that he’s capable of knocking off any team he faces. If he can steal a win over the best team in the NFL in the Philadelphia Eagles, then he can surely quarterback Washington to victory over anybody. (RELATED: NFL Fans In Germany Sing ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ In A Special Sports Moment) In my opinion, Heinicke gives the Commanders a better opportunity to win than Carson Wentz. What I’ve seen of Wentz this season only makes me think he’s washed … [Read more...] about Commanders’ Head Coach Ron Rivera Names Taylor Heinicke Starting Quarterback Over Carson Wentz. Will It Pay Off?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The NFL heads south of the border for a high-altitude matchup in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, where the San Francisco 49ers face off against the injury-ridden Arizona Cardinals. Early lines had San Francisco listed as the -4.5 point favorites ahead of Week 10’s conclusion, but further injuries to the Cardinals' offensive unit saw the NFL odds extend as far as -8.5 by Sunday. Late action further pushed the line even higher, with most online betting sites now offering San Francisco as a -10 favorite. “The spread has gone from Niners -8 to -10 in the last 24 hours, despite nearly 70% of the handle being on Arizona,” shared Adam Burns, sportsbook Manager of BetOnline.ag. “That translates to the smart money backing the favorite.” The game’s betting total has dropped slightly from its opening number of 44 to 43 as of Monday afternoon. San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals Betting Odds Via BetOnline … [Read more...] about 49ers Vs Cardinals Monday Night NFL Picks & Predictions: Odds Continue To Climb Ahead Of Kickoff
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Ever since the draw for the 2022 World Cup placed England and the United States in the same group, the respective head coaches, Gareth Southgate and Gregg Berhalter, have revealed a mutual respect and working relationship. Though this won’t end when the two teams meet on the Friday after thanksgiving, on the pitch, between the players, it is likely to be a much less amiable affair than it might be on the touchline between the coaches. There are players on both sides who won’t have time for niceties and the importance of the game in both countries, and the hype around it, especially among American fans, will have rubbed off on the players. It is a big game in the group. The United States will feel they need something from it to preserve their hopes, and indeed expectations, of progressing to the knockout stages, while a win for England will all but secure their path to the next round. Berhalter joked that there … [Read more...] about England Vs. United States: A Seething Rivalry Lurks Beneath Coaches’ Respect
Captain Harmanpreet Singh will lead the 23-player India squad in Australia. The team is set to play five matches, from November 26 - December 4, 2022. (Image: Twitter via TheHockeyIndia) It will be more than three-and-a-half months since Australia beat India 7-0 in the men’s hockey final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham when the two teams will meet again. India will play a five-match series in Australia starting November 26, which will also be a preparation for next year’s FIH (International Hockey Federation) World Cup and the Asian Games. On paper, besides the convincing victory last time, Australia have the advantage of ranking No. 1 against India’s fifth and the benefit of playing at home. While Australia also have an overall better head-to-head record, they beat India by another large margin, 7-1, in the Tokyo Olympics last year that adds to India’s run of poor scores against this opponent. “Obviously, we were disappointed with results,” said Manpreet Singh … [Read more...] about India tour of Australia will be the litmus to test for Hockey World Cup 2023 preparedness
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Japan has come from behind to shock Germany at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Blue Samurais overturned a 1-0 Germany lead, Ilkay Gündogan (33’), to win 2-1 thanks to goals by Ritsu Doan (76’) and Takuma Asano. Germany has now won their second World Cup opener in a row and once again faces a historic group-stage exit. Going out at the group stage would be another big blow for a country that, before 2018, never failed to reach at least the quarterfinals of every tournament they took part in. “I am a little bit in shock,” forward Thomas Müller said after the game. Certainly, Germany controlled the game and, at one point, had 81% possession. The xG after the game also spoke a clear language, favoring Germany 3.27 vs 1.42. But Germany was unable to score the second goal after Gündogan converted a soft penalty in the first half. "The goal-scoring chances that we missed, that's clear,” goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said after … [Read more...] about Germany Fall To Japan And Face Second Historic World Cup Exit
Argentina’s lack of midfield control and creativity in their opening game may not signal just one off-colour day, but a deeper reality that may have been hidden under a band-aid called Messi. (Image: Twitter/@WeAreMessi) It really shouldn’t be so, but if the name Lionel Messi conjures in your mind a floppy-haired boy-man doing nearly impossible things on the football field in a Barcelona jersey, it probably also throws up an alternate image: of a visibly diminished player walking around with his shoulders slumped and his head bowed, wearing the blue-and-white of Argentina. It’s that familiar scene that came back to haunt Argentina in their opening match of the World Cup, where they were handed, arguably, the most upsetting defeat in their footballing history, 2-1 down to Saudi Arabia . Read more FIFA 2022 stories here Also read: Saudi Arabia declares public holiday on account of beating Argentina in their FIFA World Cup opener What went wrong? Where do … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2022 | What now for Lionel Messi and Argentina?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin On November 30, 1974 I attended my first college football game. It was Notre Dame vs. USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Notre Dame was up 24-6 early, only for USC to storm back and crush the Fighting Irish. While the mind at times remembers what it wants to remember, history is unequivocal that the final score was 55-24. What’s not clear is if my memory is correct about the Coliseum being one of the loudest stadiums ever on that day. Four years old, I begged my dad to take my sister and me home so loud was it, only for my generally compassionate father to turn us around as we exited the tunnel. There was no way he was missing the drubbing! Since then, I’ve seen countless matchups between the two schools in both Los Angeles and South Bend. All this came to mind after Thanksgiving in 2004, and in particular the day after Notre Dame vs. USC on November 27, 2004. A private plane carrying television legend Dick Ebersol and other … [Read more...] about Book Review: The Essential Dick Ebersol’s Excellent ‘From Saturday Night to Sunday Night’