New Delhi: Hockey India on Tuesday named the 18-member squad for the FIH Men’s Series Finals to be held in Bhubaneswar from June 6. The Indian team will be led by Manpreet Singh who will have Birendra Lakra as his deputy. Experienced goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh and Krishan B. Pathak will defend India’s goalpost while Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas and Gurinder Singh will add to India’s might in the backline.A notable addition in the squad is that of forward Ramandeep Singh who returns having recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of action for nine months. Singh last wore the India colours at the Champions Trophy in Breda last year. He had since been out of action due to a knee injury. Ramandeep will join Mandeep Singh, Gursahibjit Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Akashdeep Singh to form India’s attack.The mid-field will see Manpreet play a key role along with youngsters Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sumit and Nilakanta Sharma. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
LOS ANGELES — It was a game they couldn’t lose, and yet for an hour or so it looked as if they might.Dodgers fans don’t believe in gift horses or free lunches, not after 29 years.Their nerves were stretched when the bedraggled, strung-out Cubs took a 2-0 lead over Clayton Kershaw after four innings in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.True, that’s usually a small hurdle for the Dodgers, but they didn’t have Corey Seager and they hadn’t been such ponderous favorites before. But they used walks and homers and the singular sensation that is Yasiel Puig to catch up and pass the Cubs, and they wound up winning, 5-2.Chris Taylor’s go-ahead homer preceded Puig’s blast that made it 4-2. Charlie Culberson, the replacement for the injured Seager, had a game-tying sacrifice fly. The Dodgers’ bullpen was fresh and smothering. Tonight they go for a 2-0 lead with Rich Hill on the mound, for a while anyway.All of the Dodgers’ perceived advantages going into the NLCS, were dampened considerably when their series roster came out.Seager’s name was not on it. His slide in Game 3 of the Division Series at Arizona caused a lower back injury that still had not loosened by the time Manager Dave Roberts had to submit the 25-man.list.The Dodgers pride themselves on versatility and depth but Seager’s absence is a stain they cannot fully bleach. They activated Culberson, hero of the division-clinching game last year, to play shortstop Saturday in Game 1. It illustrated how much the Dodgers had changed since their season ended in the chilly darkness of Wrigley Field last Oct. 22.Of the eight position players who started Game 6, only Justin Turner was in the Game 1 lineup Saturday. Andrew Toles and Josh Reddick are gone, Seager is hurt, Adrian Gonzalez is shut down with an injury, and Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Chase Utley were on the bench.The Dodgers figured to miss Seager on multiple levels, but especially against Chicago. He is 7 for 17 lifetime against Jon Lester, who is the scheduled Game 2 starter, and 5 for 8 against Jake Arrieta, who will probably work Game 4 on Wednesday.The Dodgers were 93-42 when Seager started this year, which means they were 11-16 when he didn’t.The Cubs hit Kershaw hard in the first three innings without result, including a tattooed line drive by Anthony Rizzo that Puig caught in right field.In the fourth, Willson Contreras smacked a single to center, and Albert Almora waited for a 3-and-1 pitch and mashed an indifferent slider over the left-field wall.Quintana, who had faced the minimum 12 Dodgers in the first four innings and had not given up a fly ball out until the fourth, struck out Enrique Hernandez to lead off the fifth. Then he couldn’t get home umpire Lance Barksdale to approve any of his close pitches to Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes, walking them both.That brought out the crowd-pleaser in Puig. He got the count to 2-and-1 and absolutely crushed a double into the left-field gap. Forsythe scored on that, and Barnes came home on Culberson’s sacrifice fly – the kind Vin Scully, who was here Saturday night, always called a “run-scoring fly ball.” The Dodgers had oozed into a 2-2 tie.Quintana left after five innings, turning Game 1 into a bullpen battle that the Dodgers thought they could win. Chris Taylor, batting first in the sixth inning, testified to that. Taylor had sent center fielder Almora to the base of the wall for his drive in the fourth inning Here, he jumped on Hector Rondon’s 97th mph pitch and sent it into the right-center pavilion to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2.Roberts was now in a situation that he calls “counting outs.” He got Tony Cingrani into the game to retire Rizzo , who was 4 for 24 against him. He brought in Kenta Maeda to get two in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Then Brandon Morrow came in to get Kyle Schwarber on a fly ball and to strike out Javier Baez, who at that point was hitless for the postseason.The Cubs stuck with lefty Mike Montgomery to begin the Dodgers’ seventh, and Puig delivered a majestic fly ball that sent Schwarber to the wall in left. Puig did not flip his bat and was about to trot to first base when the ball sailed out by an inch, making it 4-2.The final four outs were counted by Kenley Jansen. The race had been won by the freshest and the deepest, and now the Dodgers need to win three more before the Cubs catch their breath. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
CLEVELAND — If we’re being honest, the actual baseball played during the 2019 All-Star Game on Tuesday night wasn’t the most entertaining or exciting part of the multiple-day All-Star extravaganza near the shore of Lake Erie. And that’s OK. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThe game itself was fine. The American League beat the National League 4-3. The NL’s eighth-inning rally — the Senior Circuit cut the deficit to just 4-3 on a two-run single by Mets rookie Pete Alonso — fell short with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run at second. The biggest theme of the game was AL pitchers striking out a bunch of NL hitters, 16 of them, including three each by game MVP Shane Bieber, Liam Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman.Shane Bieber.That’s it.That’s the tweet.#AllStarGame | #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/HAR8FjeYc6— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 10, 2019“We were nasty, man,” said Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, who’s nursing a pectoral injury and didn’t pitch in the game. “It was a nice little win for the AL.”Turned out that Joey Gallo’s solo home run in the seventh inning, a line-drive that gave the AL a three-run cushion, was pretty darn important. In a season that’s been defined by incredible home run numbers, that was one of only two baseballs to sneak over the fence in the Midsummer Classic. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon — who had been 0-for-8 in his first three All-Star Games — homered in the sixth and got the goose egg off the scoreboard for the NL, which he admitted was a nice feeling. ‘Yeah! I mean, I felt like I contributed for the first time,” Blackmon told SN with a grin. “I wish I could have done something in that next at-bat, but it was still fun to be out there.”That “next at-bat” was in the seventh, when he struck out with the bases loaded, immediately before Alonso delivered his RBI base knock. He wasn’t the only NL hitter to flail helplessly against AL hurlers, of course. We already mentioned the 16 strikeouts.The contrast between Monday night’s frenetic Home Run Derby — Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit 91 homers himself, Alonso won the title and the eight guys combined to hit 312 homers — and Tuesday’s All-Star Game was hard to ignore. But, again, that’s OK. A record 91 bombs. 20 years old. 60 seconds 😳#PLAKATA 💥 | #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/nlc0kBhUel— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 9, 2019The game’s an exhibition, a celebration of the sport. And to that extent, the week’s worth of events was mission accomplished in Cleveland. The excitement in the city, which did a fantastic job hosting, was hard to ignore, too. The Play Ball Park events were packed with families and kids — side note to MLB: Make this a traveling show that moves around the country and promotes the game, please —and the support inside the stadium was outstanding, too. Raucous cheers erupted anytime one of the hometown players did anything remotely good Tuesday night. Again, if we’re being honest, Bieber was probably given the MVP largely because the roars that increased with each of his three strikeouts in the fifth inning were, by far, the loudest of the game. Together, we stand #CookieStrong. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1wmFn6KEYK— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 10, 2019BENDER: Shane Bieber gave hometown fans a thrill on way to All-Star MVPThe Stand Up To Cancer moment, when Cleveland teammates Bieber, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and manager Terry Francona joined Carlos Carrasco — who just announced that he has leukemia — was chill-inducing.“It was a message,” Lindor said. “It was a message to let him know, ‘We stand up for you. We will be next to you, as a team and as a family. We are next to you. We’re right there for you.’ And that’s all that matters. We all believe in him, we all believe that he’s gonna kick cancer’s butt, and he’ll be fine.” pic.twitter.com/GT1hVOwjDb— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 9, 2019And then there was Mike Trout running onto the field wearing uniform No. 45 in tribute to Tyler Skaggs, his Angels teammate who died suddenly and shockingly at 27 years old when the team was in Dallas to play the Rangers recently. Tommy La Stella, the other Angels All-Star, wore Skaggs’ No. 45, too. Another unforgettable moment that was more important than the actual baseball played in this exhibition — one no longer tied to home-field advantage in the World Series, thankfully — that was a celebration of the sport. And that’s exactly what happened this week, a worthy celebration.