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Megxit: Harry, Meghan formally quit royal life

first_imgThe couple have already relocated toCalifornia, according to reports, after announcing in January that theyintended to quit royal life and “work to become financially independent”. The decision means they will no longercarry out duties on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II and are giving up their officewithin the monarchy in Britain. (AFP) LONDON – Prince Harry and his wifeMeghan formally step down as senior members of the British royal family onTuesday, as they start a controversial new life in the United States.center_img The couple are said to have relocated to California by private jet earlier this month. AFPlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma and Umesh in Focus as BP XI Play SA in a Tour Game

first_imgVizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh): Rohit Sharma, who has been India’s regular opener in the shorter formats of the game, will have his first stint at the top of the order in red-ball cricket when he leads Board President’s (BP) XI against South Africa in the lone three-day tour game beginning on Thursday.Rohit, who has been one of India’s premier batsmen in the limited-overs set-up, has been given the opportunity to cement his place in the Test side and become a permanent feature in all the three formats by moving him to the top of the order.The 32-year-old will be challenged by Kagiso Rabada and company and will have a good taste of what he would be up against in the three-Test series which begins on October 2 in Visakhapatnam.The tour game will also prove to be a good opportunity for Umesh Yadav who has been inducted into the squad as a replacement for the injured Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah has suffered a minor stress fracture in his lower back and was ruled out on Tuesday.The game will be a good dress rehearsal before the Visakhapatnam Test as the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari, who were among the runs against the lackluster bowling line-up of the West Indies, will be facing the quality red ball attack of South Africa, comprising Rabada, Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi.Another player who will be in focus is Karun Nair along with Umesh Yadav — India’s second triple centurion after Virender Sehwag. Nair had a poor domestic season last year and even though he was in England for the Test series, he didn’t get a game. Nair will be aiming to score some big runs in order to force the selectors to find a way for him in the squad.Meanwhile, for the Proteas, regular skipper Faf du Plessis is back with the team and he would be raring to come out and make a statement after he was ignored for the T20I series as Cricket South Africa has decided to try Quinton de Kock in the shorter format.Squads: Board President’s XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma (vc), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second. (IANS)Also Read: Bumrah Should be Played in Home Test: Indian Pacer Chetan SharmaAlso Watch:PHED takes out awareness rally against plastic in Hojai | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

Lakers enthusiastic about Rajon Rondo possibly returning Thursday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter Monday night’s 130-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Coach Luke Walton tacked on some hopeful news: He believes Rondo (8.4 ppg, 6.7 apg, 4.4 rpg), with full-contact reps in the past few days, will be able to play Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.That would be a significant relief to a Lakers team already without four-time league MVP LeBron James (strained left groin) and second-year point guard Lonzo Ball (sprained left ankle), two of the top three playmakers on the squad. Playing just 14 games, Rondo has missed the most time due to injury (and suspension) of anyone on the Lakers this season, but his voice and leadership have often been cited as among the most important on the roster.His return would help shuffle key teammates back to their natural positions, most notably limiting point-guard duties for Brandon Ingram, and give a dose of poise to a team sorely in need of veteran direction.“It gives us a leader, a leader on the basketball floor,” Ingram said. “Puts us in our spots on the offensive end. Pushes the pace, he can score the basketball. And it just makes our team better.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If Rondo is cleared, he’d likely start at point guard – a job he lost at the beginning of the season. The 32-year-old was the starting point guard in the season-opening lineup, in part to give Ball time to acclimate from an offseason knee injury. But after serving a three-game suspension after a brawl with Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets, he was usurped as a starter by Ball, who the team drafted No. 2 overall in 2017.From there, Rondo’s season has been tossed asunder by two injuries that required surgery, both involving his right hand. He missed 17 games for a fracture suffered in November and has now missed 14 games with his sprained right ring finger. Even during his time out of the lineup, he’s been a strong presence in the film room and on the bench, described as possessing a tactical mindset similar to a coach.With Ball out for the next four to six weeks, the Lakers are as ready as ever to bring that energy onto the floor.“When he’s on the court, he’s a natural born leader,” Kyle Kuzma said. “He’s a guy that we look to because of all his experience and his credibility throughout his entire career. So whenever he’s on the court, it’s always a good thing for not only the team, but the young guys as well because we look up to him.”The larger question of when James will return is still unknown. The Lakers did not hold an official practice Tuesday, and Walton said he was “less confident” about the possibility the 34-year-old could come back Thursday than Rondo. While James was cleared to participate in some practice drills, Walton has not seen James yet participate in a full-contact scenario.ZUBAC EARNS MORE MINUTESFrom the three-headed center rotation, a new leading man has emerged.Ivica Zubac has scored at least 17 points in his past three games, including a career-high 26 points in an overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. As a consequence, the Croatian 7-footer has played at least 20 minutes in each contest.While Tyson Chandler has started the past four games and JaVale McGee is understood to still be working on getting over pneumonia that plagued him in December, ,Zubac’s coming out as an offensive force has gotten him a nod from Walton and an acknowledgment that he’ll play more in the near future.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Last week as the Lakers prepared to take on Oklahoma City, Moe Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk found themselves on their heels against a near-unstoppable opponent.Rajon Rondo, still with a wrap around his right middle and ring fingers, was destroying them in a two-on-two scrimmage with Ivica Zubac, running a devastating pick-and-roll.“C’mon, guard him!” Wagner shouted at Mykhailiuk after Rondo had passed for a Zubac dunk. “He’s only got one (expletive) hand!”In the event the veteran point guard can play with both his hands this week, the Lakers (25-23) hope he’ll inject some of that energy into their own sputtering attack. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “He’s earned a bigger role. He’s earned bigger minutes,” Walton said. “For a team that struggles to knock down free throws most nights, he’s earned the right to be in at the end of games just by the way he shoots free throws. But, yeah, he’s doing all the little things better right now. He’s setting screens more consistently. He’s talking coverages out.”Aside from shooting 68 percent from the floor in January and making his last 13 free throws (a nearly 90 percent free-throw shooter this season), Zubac showed some of his defensive prowess Monday night by guarding DeMarcus Cousins. The All-Star center was just 2 for 9 from the field in the game.“That’s one of my weaknesses,” Zubac said. “I’m working, Tyson helped me a lot on that, and I think I did pretty good.”center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more