India skipper Virat Kohli has hinted at Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the playing XI in the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting Wednesday, saying that the all-rounder has a “great chance of playing”.”We got a guy like Hardik Pandya, who has a knack of picking wickets. He has a great chance of playing as well. That gives us the balance. The extra batsman gives us more solidarity,” said Kohli on the eve of the first Test during the presser. (Team India dons new jersey for photoshoot ahead of Galle Test)When asked if Rohit Sharma could open the innings in absence of both the regular openers, the Indian skipper replied in negative and said: “Rohit has never opened in a Test cricket and we don’t see that kind of experiment happening here because we have specialist openers in the team and they will obviously be starting this game.”The 28-year-old also said that it was unfortunate that after Murali Vijay, KL Rahul was also ruled out of the Galle Test with viral fever.”Rahul is unfortunately down with fever. Luckily, it is not anything serious. So he will get back in a few days,” he said.”KL is a very established player for us, a very solid player. These kinds of scenarios present other players in the team with an opportunity to step up,” he added.Kohli also insisted that the team was not looking at the series as a launchpad, but is focused about playing consistently.”We don’t see any series as a launchpad but it is about playing consistently. We realise what needs to be done. We are humble in our preparation and are willing to do ever hard yards every game we play,” he said.advertisement”The next phase of cricket for us is going to be challenging but we believe we have the kind of skills available to face the challenge,” he added.The star Indian batsman also exuded confidence ahead of the series and that all they need to do is fine tune small areas of concern.”I don’t think there are any massive areas of concern for us. We have been looking to fine tunes in smaller areas during the course of the game which probably people might not pick up also, that can lead us to a situation which is not ideal.”The Indian team would be keen to avenge their loss at the Galle in 2015 when they were bowled out for 112 while chasing 176 on Day 4.What better to live moments which i often fantasized as a growing kid! The Paramount to represent India in whites. #livingthedream #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/uEFiCXnXTv- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 25, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo has won his third UEFA men’s player of the year award in four seasons, beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to get the trophy.Ronaldo helped Real to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals last season. He has now won the award three times, one more than Messi. (UEFA Champions League: Champions Real Madrid draw Dortmund, Tottenham in Group H)Each of Ronaldo’s honors as the best player in Europe followed Real Madrid winning the Champions League.Reuters PhotoThe Madrid and Portugal star is strongly favored to get a fifth FIFA world player prize in October.The UEFA vote by journalists from 55 member federations was announced on Thursday at the Champions League group-stage draw.UEFA created a European prize after the original Ballon d’Or merged with FIFA’s world award.MARTENS BAGS WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEARBarcelona winger Lieke Martens was named UEFAwomen’s Player of the Year, beating VfL Wolfsburg striker PernilleHarder and Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, Europeansoccer’s governing body announced during the Champions League groupstage draw in Monaco on Thursday.Martensguided the Dutch women’s team to their first international title whenthey won the European championship this year. The 24-year-old was namedplayer of the tournament.(With inputs from Reuters)
The Los Angeles Mission has announced that its 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala will honor multiple award-winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones.Jones will be honored with Anne Douglas’s namesake Award at the November 9th gala.Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio will receive the Legacy of Vision Award at the Mission’s gala. He is the owner of the popular new restaurant ink.well.The gala event will be hosted by Michaela Pereira, Anchor and host of the daily program “Michaela” on HLN. Music will be provided by country music star Adam Craig.The Anne Douglas Award is given each year to the person who has made significant contributions to the community. The award is named for Mrs. Douglas, the benefactor of the Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center for Women and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.The event is scheduled to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Information and tickets are available by calling the Mission at 213-629-1227, ext. 325.Sponsors for the event included the Johnny Carson Foundation, the Goldwin Foundation, American Airlines, City National Bank, Go Country 105, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, Resource One and Shapiro West Productions.For more than 80 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.Go to www.losangelesmission.org for more information about the Los Angeles Mission.Find tickets here.