Eight of the nine IPL franchises have 13 Sri Lankans in their roster. Chennai, home to Super Kings, is scheduled to host 10 IPL matches this season. The IPL chairman said the franchises will also be advised and asked to take a call accordingly.“A new situation has risen and we have to strategise the whole thing. We have to consider the local sentiments but we also have to take care of the security of the Sri Lankan players. The BCCI and the SLC have the best of the relationship,” he said.Street protests have taken place in Tamil Nadu to denounce the Sri Lankan government for the killings of Tamil civilians in the war against the Tamil Tigers in the island country that ended May 2009. “All the matches scheduled to be held in Chennai will go on as scheduled. As far as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is concerned, we have briefed them about the security measures taken by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India),” Shukla told NDTV.“Security and safety of the Sri Lankan players are paramount. But we have to take care of the local sentiments and accordingly will advise the SLC on the security situation,” he said. Shukla, union minister for parliamentary affairs, said that the local administration’s advice cannot be ignored. Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla says Sri Lanka cricket will be briefed on the security situation for the IPL after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said she will not allow Sri Lankan players to play in any matches in Chennai.The Indo Asian News Service said quoted Shukla as saying that IPL matches in Chennai will go ahead as scheduled despite growing unrest in the city over the participation of Sri Lankan cricketers in the cash-rich Twenty20 league. Jayalalithaa had written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the state government will permit IPL matches only if the organisers promise that no Sri Lankan players, umpires, officials or support staff will participate. Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Kulasekara will play for Chennai Super Kings; Jeevan Mendis and Mahela Jayawardene for Delhi Daredevils; Sachithra Senanayake plays for Kolkata Knight Riders; Lasith Malinga is with Mumbai Indians; Ajantha Mendis and Angelo Mathews are in Pune Warriors; Rajasthan Royals have Kusal Janith Perera; Royal Challengers have Muttiah Muralitharan and Tillakaratne Dilshan; and Sunrisers Hyderabad have Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera. Jayawardene will be leading Daredevils while Sangakkara will be in charge of Sunrisers.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Steady rain showers, gusty winds and cool temperatures greeted golfers Friday for the opening foursomes at the World Cup.Teams from Zimbabwe and Wales were the first to tee off at 10:35 a.m. with the leading groups set to begin their rounds about two hours later at Metropolitan Golf Club, one of the famed sandbelt courses in southeast Melbourne.After fourballs (best ball) were played on Thursday, the foursomes Friday will feature alternate shots from each of the two team members. The tournament returns to fourballs on Saturday and then foursomes for the final round Sunday.Australia, South Korea and England were tied for the lead after the first round with 10-under 62s. Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton of England were scheduled to tee off in the final group with Byeong Hun An and Si Woo Kim of South Korea.Just before that, the host country’s Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith were set to play with Gavin Green and Ben Leong of Malaysia, one of three countries one stroke behind the leaders. Belgium and defending champion Denmark were the others a stroke behind.The U.S. team of Kyle Stanley and Matt Kuchar was in a large group tied for 13th among 28 teams after a 66.Temperatures were just 13 Celsius (56 Fahrenheit) when play began and were not expected to go much higher for the rest of the day. And with winds gusting to 35 kilometres an hour (20 mph) it appeared much cooler.And the weather wasn’t helping the early starters. The scores from the first six teams on the par-4 first were two pars, a bogey, two double bogeys and a triple bogey.___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDennis Passa, The Associated Press
‘ACCURACY’ HAS BECOME one of the most common words uttered by Irish athletes in search of greatness in recent years.It relates, not just to hitting the target with a ball or putting your feet in the right place during competition; it encompasses everything within the daily grind of trying to become fitter, faster, stronger, better.So, every Tuesday we’ll aim to bring you the best technical advice on an individual exercise that can make all the difference to both your physique and performance. This week, the situp. New Jersey police instructors look on as applicants take on the situp portion of the test. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesFirst, we’ll differentiate between a situp and a crunch. Both definitely have their place in exercising abdominal muscles, but as they have a similar movement we will group them together here.The full situp will work the entire ab area from stomach to pelvis, while the crunch will simply work the top end of your abdominals.If you’re just starting out, then stick to crunches for now. When you’re confident in your form move on to steps four, five and six to take on the full situp.1. Settle downLie down on a firm surface and bend your knees. Your feet, back, shoulders and head should all be on the floor before your start.You can choose wherever is most comfortable to place your arms: Crossing them (with fingertips touching your shoulders) or placing them behind your head are helpful ways to keep you centred, but the latter can offer too much temptation to pull your head forward by force. You can try crunches with your feet off the ground like KP. Or keep yourself grounded. Source: AP/Press Association Images2. Mind that spineStop us if you’ve heard this before, but keeping your back straight is vital in every exercise.This is not how you do anything. Source: Physical Therapy VideoInstead, let your abs do the work. Keep your lower back on the floor and fix your eyes on a point in the ceiling rather than trying to see where you’re going. That makes it easier to keep your neck and back straight as you lift your shoulders and chest off the floor at a 30 degree angle.3. Let yourself down easyTake it slow, there are no short-cuts in fitness. So embrace that pain in your abs and challenge yourself to control the descent as much as the rise. Source: Brad Weston/YouTubeReady for a full situp?All of the above points still apply, except now when you’re rising there are much greater demands on your core to pull you up.4. Keep your feet pressed downWe’re easy-going about whether your feet on the ground in a crunch, but in a situp you should get a person/weights/couch to keep you grounded.5. Straight backIn a crunch your lower back never moves from the deck. Now though, you’ll be bringing your whole torso up towards your knees. Source: Brad Weston/YouTubeAgain, make sure you are not pulling your neck with your hands. If the temptation is too much, place them in front of you and they can perform an extra function – when your elbow meets your knee you’ve come up far enough.6. Keep your eyes looking straight ahead, your neck will followIn a crunch we said to look at the ceiling, but in a situp it will move out of view. So just stare straight ahead thinking about how all of this is so worth it. Source: HowcastIf you do have concerns about your back in exercises like this >>> 6 steps to the perfect plank