Other Sports Prannoy stuns Sugiarto, Sai Praneeth crashes out of NZ Open

first_img Auckland: India’s HS Prannoy stunned Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to sail into the men’s singles quarterfinals even as his compatriot B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the second round of the New Zealand Open badminton tournament here Thursday. Unseeded Prannoy shocked second seed Sugiarto 21-14 21-12 in just 37 minutes to book his place in the last-eight round, where he will be up against fifth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan.This was world no. 26 Prannoy’s maiden meeting against world no. 13 Sugiarto. Earlier in the day, Praneeth suffered a straight-game 12-21 12-21 loss to the legendary Lin Dan of China. Seventh seed Lin Dan, thus, progressed to the quarterfinals where he will be up against top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy too lost in the second round, going down against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21 19-21. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Wednesday made a first round exit from the women’s singles competition after being stunned by to world number 212 Wang Zhiyi of China. In the match between Prannoy and Sugiarto, the Indian seized the initiative early on and took a 7-3 lead before extending it to 11-4.From there on, it was no looking back for Prannoy as he went on to maintain his lead all throughout and close out the game at 21-14.It was neck and neck between the two shuttlers in the first few points of the second game. In fact, Sugiarto took the initial lead at 4-2 but Prannoy came back strongly to not only level the scores but surge ahead with four consecutive winners to take a 8-4 lead.Once Prannoy took the lead, he didn’t look back and kept on maintaining the gap to seal the contest in his favour. Prannoy stuns Sugiarto in New Zealand Open. Sai Praneeth crashes out of NZ Open.Praneeth suffered a straight-game 12-21 12-21 loss. highlightslast_img read more

Football’s downfall has been continuous

first_imgThe saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is not always the case. The USC football program has shown that. They’ve battled innumerable problems and distractions and have come out much weaker for it.The football program hasn’t been the same since the departure of Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush, and let’s face it, chances are it never will be again. Certainly it could be, but everything since then until today proves otherwise.With each dramatic off- or on-the-field incident or firing that occurs, USC continues to distance itself from the glorified dynasty that once ruled Troy.This year — the year things were supposed to quiet down with a new athletic director and a new head coach — has been just as dramatic, if not more so, than other years in recent memory. Keep in mind we are only four weeks into the regular season, and already there has been a player charged with rape and another player associated with the crime, not to mention the more “practical” drama that includes a quarterback change, a losing record and only scoring one touchdown against two ranked opponents this year — am I forgetting anything here?USC is just a soap opera and it saddens me, not because of the unrealistic expectation that we would come back from sanctions unscathed, but because of the lack of progress and leadership that anyone in a position of power chooses to display.Impatient fans and greedy donors’ insatiable appetite to win has worked against the Trojans and soon the team will be in a place it cannot recover from.In the three years that I have been here, the situation has gotten increasingly and noticeably worse. Two years ago, cornerback Josh Shaw suffered an injury after jumping off a balcony for what he said was an effort to save a drowning child. Shaw actually jumped off the balcony to evade police following an argument he had with his girlfriend. Being the naïve freshman that I was, I assumed that would be the worst thing that happened to the team during my time as a Trojan.Then, when I was a sophomore, then-head coach (and current Alabama assistant) Steve Sarkisian had his run-in with alcohol embarrassing former athletic director Pat Haden to the point that he was fired midway through the season.Helton was supposed to be the coach that calmed everything down and gave the team the blue-collar attitude it needed to stop the uncontrollable fall from grace. The cycle is nowhere close to ending either. Coming out of the sanction years, the expectation that USC would bounce right back was ridiculous and now there hasn’t been enough stability to convince a JV football player that playing at USC would be the right choice. The thing that Lane Kiffin, Sarkisian and now Helton must realize is that nothing short of perfection will ever be satisfactory to USC. Coaches — though I won’t argue that Kiffin and Sarkisian were never the right coach — haven’t been given the chance to stay here long enough to cement themselves as the consistent leaders that this program needs.Helton’s first season is off to a rocky start, but so was Pete Caroll’s. Does that mean that Helton is the coach who is going to turn the program around? I don’t know. No one does. But with a new athletic director behind him, he certainly has the opportunity. Helton needs to resell USC, something no fan ever thought would happen, but instead of consistently having one of the top recruiting classes in the country, now the team struggles to fill a class with 5-star recruits.If I were a top high school prospect, I don’t think I would want to come to USC. There has been too much drama in the past three years alone whereas if you are talented enough to play at a powerhouse school, the amount of drama that USC has in one year would amount to be more than most of those schools see over a player’s four-year career.There is no easy solution for this disenfranchisement, but certainly strong leadership and patience helps, something that has been lacking in the football program for many years.I hate to see the talent and collegiate career of the stars USC has on its team go to waste, but junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson said it best after the deflating loss to Stanford on Saturday.“At the end of the day, it’s unacceptable,” he said. “I didn’t come from a losing program. I’m not used to losing.”No one at USC is used to losing.The Trojans are still the most recent Pac-12 team to capture a national title, but they haven’t won it in 12 years. As the program and the school are still trying to emulate that success, eyebrows need to be raised. Why is it taking this long and more importantly, why is the team regressing?USC needs to turn its football team around before it is too late.Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Luis Suarez’s ban will be reduced:Ivan Rakitic

first_imgIvan Rakitic wants FIFA’s ban on Luis Suarez to be overturned so the Uruguayan can begin training at Barcelona as soon as possible.And the Croatian international, signed this summer from Sevilla, believes once the former Liverpool striker takes the field alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi, the best three players in the world will be united in the same team – surpassing Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.Suarez is due to make his return from a four-month suspension for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini against Real at the Bernabeu on October 26. His ban from ‘any football-related activities’ ends the day before. +6Plenty to say: Ivan Rakitic (left) trains with his Barcelona team-mates at St George’s Park +6Talking tactics: Rakitic was speaking at a press conference while Barcelona are staying in England But he and Barcelona have taken an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and even though no hearing dates have been set a statement released by CAS last week said: ‘It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August.’Rakitic, speaking during Barcelona’s stay at St George’s Park in Burton, expects the ban on Suarez – who has moved to the Pyrenees to train – to be quashed.‘I think he is one of the best players in the world, so of course I would like if he could stay tomorrow or today with us,’ said Rakitic. ‘I am expecting he can start soon with us, and I hope he will bring to us the same as he did Liverpool.’ Messi and Neymar are also absent from the training camp at the FA’s National Football Centre because of World Cup exertions. Rakitic believes when the Argentine and Brazilian are back Barca will have the top three players on the planet. +6New admirers: Luis Suarez has moved to the Pyrenees to improve his fitness while he is suspended +6Day in the sun: Suarez is available to play from the end of October following his lengthy ban He said: ‘I think that these three players are maybe the best players in the world, the others (at Barcelona) I think have to be with them. From the three players we can learn so much. We have to do our best.‘But I think the team is not only these three players. Every player has to work in his position, so if these three players are better, we will also be better. We have to work together to be a strong team, a hard team. We hope they will be with us next week and start work together.’Rakitic understands trophies must now follow for Luis Enrique’s team. ‘It doesn’t matter if you change a lot of players or not, this club deserves to win games and titles and that is what we are here for and what we are working for.’ +6 +6 Dream team: Suarez will join Neymar (left) and Lionel Messi (right) in a potent Barcelona attack next seasonlast_img read more