New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team in the wake of the furore over K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments. The BCCI has suspended the two cricketers and their fate will be decided by an ombudsman, which will be appointed by the Supreme Court. The programme will also include all the age-group national teams and the A squads.“The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson’s life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.When asked whether Rahul and Pandya will attend gender sensitization classes separately, the official responded in the negative. The duo faced severe backlash for making inappropriate comments on women during a chat show, Koffee With Karan, hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.“There will be no separate sessions for Rahul and Pandya. The entire Indian team will attend sessions and these two boys, as centrally contracted cricketers, will attend the same,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incidentally, the board’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, in his observations after the Pandya-Rahul episode, had also suggested that young players undergo gender sensitivity programme so that they are well equipped to face the spotlight when they get into top flight.Despite having a choc-a-bloc schedule, the senior team will attend a few sessions but the course will be more relevant for India’s U-19 cricketers, who are being thrust into spotlight with IPL riches coming their way even before they are 20.“Players like 17-year-olds Prabh Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore for KXIP) or Prayas Ray Burman (Rs 1.6 crore for RCB) have become overnight millionaires even before playing a single Ranji match. There should be life coaches, who would counsel them,” a former India player said.It is still not confirmed whether a group of individuals will separately conduct the training programme or any particular company will be outsourced.It has also been learnt that lawyer Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes for CEO Rahul Johri, has been requested to suggest names of the company/individual for conducting his counselling.Johri was given a clean chit by a three-member panel, which included Gowda, with regards to multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.“Initially, CoA chief Vinod Rai had asked former Internal Complaints Committee head Kareena Kripalani to set the ball rolling and get a company with expertise on such programmes to conduct sessions,” said the official.“However Edulji, who of late has differed on every issue with Rai, refused to agree as her contention was that Kripalani directly reports to the CEO. She had suggested that Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes decide on relevant organisation or individual,” the official said.
Casey Sadler was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday to accommodate the return of pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Sadler was outstanding in his nine appearances, allowing only one run while permitting fewer than one baserunner per inning. But the right-hander had one option year remaining in his contract, and Roberts said “we wanted to get a look at some other guys.”Count it as one of many luxuries for a team that holds an 18-game lead in its division.“The optimal perfect matchup isn’t always possible, and it doesn’t always lead to success anyway,” Roberts said, “but I still think with the guys we have, we can put them in optimal spots.”RAISE THE NETSThe process of extending the netting at Dodger Stadium is underway.The multi-phase process began with heightening the existing nets – behind home plate, connecting the two dugouts – by an additional eight feet. Team president Stan Kasten expects this phase to be completed this week, during the team’s road trip to Miami and Atlanta.In the second phase, nets will be extended down the first- and third-base lines to the point where each wall angles toward the outfield corners. Kasten said that phase will be completed during the Dodgers’ trip to San Diego and Arizona at the end of the month.By the time the team returns home Sept. 2, the adjustments should be done “for now, until we see how it works,” Kasten said.Several major league teams have extended the protective netting at their home parks in the past year. Linda Goldbloom, a fan sitting in the loge section behind home plate at Dodger Stadium, died as a result of the injury she sustained when she was struck by a foul ball last August. Studies of the baseballs used in MLB this year have shown them to be even more aerodynamic than the balls used in the 2018 season.“We looked at all foul balls hit this year – speed, height, all those factors – until we felt good about what we’re doing,” Kasten said.ALSOAfter playing on consecutive days for Triple-A Oklahoma City, rehabbing infielder Jedd Gyorko got a day off Sunday. Roberts said Gyorko is “a week or so” away from his Dodgers debut, barring any setbacks. Gyorko was recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his wrist when he was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline. … Ross Stripling began playing catch, but Roberts said there is no timetable for the right-hander to resume throwing off a mound. … Rich Hill (forearm) will play catch from 105 feet Monday. … Alex Verdugo (oblique) has yet to resume baseball activities, Roberts said. … Kiké Hernandez (left hand sprain) and Chris Taylor (left forearm fracture) will begin rehab assignments in the coming week, Roberts said.UP NEXTThe Dodgers have an off-day Monday.Tuesday: Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw) vs. Marlins (TBA), 4 p.m., SportsNet LA, 570-AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Roberts said he might break with convention more often as the season winds down, at least as it pertains to his bullpen usage. Saturday, he wanted to give Jansen a fresh start after blowing a save opportunity the night before.“We had a great conversation (Saturday) night, actually,” Roberts said of Jansen. “The most important thing is to get him consistent work which … will allow for more consistency on the field performance-wise. There are certain save opportunities that might be compromised. But it’s still a benefit for the ball club and him to get consistent work.“You also have two guys in Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez throwing the baseball well also. Kenley’s on board with that.”Jansen is 26 for 31 in save opportunities this season. His 3.74 earned-run average is on pace for a career high in his 10th major league season.The Dodgers’ unorthodox bullpen decisions will affect more than just the ninth inning. LOS ANGELES – Dodgers Kenley Jansen was healthy, present and accounted for, but he wasn’t available to pitch Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Jansen allowed the game-tying home run Friday and threw a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Saturday. It was the first time since June that Jansen had pitched on consecutive days, and Manager Dave Roberts didn’t want to work his closer to appear in a third consecutive game.The unusual pattern defied baseball orthodoxy.Jansen is on the verge of 300 career saves. Using him in a non-save situation one day, and ruling him out of a potential save situation the next day, was a decision rare enough to warrant protection by the Endangered Species Act.
But, the match play format then is a lot different than how and what the trio will be playing for Sunday. In the final round, the three will likely go toe-to-toe for a chance to hoist the trophy on “The Greatest Show on Grass.”Fowler is playing to break a dreaded streak. He’s posted an over-par score in the final round following each of his previous six 54-hole leads or co-leads, and has only converted that lead into a win once. Kuchar wants to become the first player to win three times on the PGA Tour this season and Thomas is searching for his 10th tour championship. Related News SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas all know each other well.Fowler and Thomas are best friends, neighbors and housemates while playing the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The two also helped the United States to a Presidents Cup win in 2017. They teamed up to give the U.S. a commanding lead over the international team and helped the States claim its seventh consecutive title — Kuchar was right there with them. Thomas started the tournament shooting 7-under 64, but each day since he’s scores have gotten higher and higher — instead of lower and lower. He’ll need to pull out all the stops and resist temptation to playfully sabotage his roommate.When asked if he was going o set Fowler’s alarm for 3:30 a.m. or something like that, Thomas said: “No, if I’m going to beat him, I want to do it the right way.”The final pairing will tee off at 10:45 a.m. local time. Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler enters final round in charge; Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas trail But, a win for any will be challenging.Fowler is happy with his play this week, especially after making adjustments to his swing, which is starting to pay off. His four-shot lead at 20 under was just two shy of the 54-hole record since the tournament moved to TPC Scottsdale in 1987.”(I’ve) done a good job of kind of everything this week,” Fowler said. “Nothing’s standing out as super special, just playing solid golf and when I’ve gotten into trouble been able to get the ball up-and-down most of the time, been putting well and hitting a lot of good putts as far as the ones that I miss they’re more just misreads, if anything.”A 7-under 64 on Saturday gave @RickieFowler his seventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead @WMPhoenixOpen.Rickie’s highlights from the third round: pic.twitter.com/TLpzculLkm— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019While Fowler remains modest, his competition has noticed what’s been working well for the four-time tour winner.”He’s playing great golf, certainly he’s going to be the player to beat, especially if he keeps up on the form he’s on,” Kuchar said. “But however I feel like my form’s pretty good as well. And if I can try to make a run, I know that there’s nothing — I can’t control what Rickie’s going to do, I can only control what I can do and try to keep playing the golf I’ve been playing of late.”Kuchar used a bogey-free round to move into second place (16 under). But, he’ll have to hold off Thomas, who won twice in 2018, and defending Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland and fan-favorite Bubba Watson, who are both tied for sixth (12 under).”It would be amazing to get three wins this early,” Kuchar said. “It had been a number of years since I found the winners circle, to have gotten two in this year has been amazing. My game’s been good, last year was frustrating … but I think the frustrating part was it felt like I was doing a lot of good things and not seeing results … but nice to see things have turned around and get rewarded with a couple wins.”Matt Kuchar is seeking to become the first three-time winner this season.Highlights from his 19th straight round at par or better: pic.twitter.com/oREFad7Txb— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019Thomas’ win, he said, may take something special.”If [Rickie] keeps driving it like this he’s going to be tough to catch,” he added. “There’s a good chance it might take something special for me tomorrow, but I like the fact at least that I got my way in that final group and I’m going to know what he’s doing and hopefully I can get off to a hot start and maybe put a little bit of heat on him.”
Jason Garrett will remain coach of the Cowboys for at least another week despite a home loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving.Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters following the 26-15 defeat that he will not make a coaching change even though his team is now 6-6 and in danger of being overtaken by the Eagles in the NFC East. Some Cowboys player is screaming in the locker room right now. It lasted for at least a minute pic.twitter.com/mNX60YEC7y— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 29, 2019The Cowboys will take on another 6-6 squad, the Bears, next Thursday at Soldier Field in Chicago. Jones expressed optimism that the players and coaches can eliminate the team’s mistakes over the final four weeks of the regular season.”Do you believe in redemption?” Jones asked a reporter, who replied in the affimative (video per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). “I am a redemption man, too, so I think that you can change, to some degree, who you are.”Material from Omnisport was used in this report. MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureJones believes Garrett is still the right coach to get the Cowboys to the playoffs.”This is not the time for me [to make a coaching change],” Jones told reporters postgame. “I’m looking ahead at another ballgame. I’m looking ahead at winning four or five straight and helping write a story they will talk about, how it looks like you’re down and out.”And I mean that. That’s the way that I’m operating. Every decision that I make over the next month will be with an eye in mind to get us in the Super Bowl now.””I wouldn’t make a change and give us a chance to do what I want to dream about doing. I wouldn’t do that for love nor money,” Jones said. “It would give us zero chance if we didn’t have [Garrett].”MORE: Who will replace Garrett if Cowboys fire their coach?Jones reportedly was on the verge of tears postgame. The emotion matched that of some of his players. One could be heard screaming inside the team’s locker room.
Jose Mourinho described Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Juventus as “a great joy”, though he insisted that had nothing to do with the Old Lady being the “enemy” of his former side Inter.Juve appeared to be sailing through as Group H winners after former United star Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning volley 25 minutes from time.But Juan Mata equalised with a fine free-kick late on and then an Alex Sandro own goal gave the visitors all three points in Turin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho incurred the wrath of Juve fans and players alike when he goaded the home support at full-time by cupping his ear towards them, a reaction to what he said was constant abuse through the match due to his links with Inter.But the Portuguese coach says he put his Inter past to one side for the clash. “When I work for a club like Manchester United I need to forget my past, as in those 90 minutes I represent Manchester United,” he said.”But the others [Juventus fans] didn’t forget, and it is a great joy for me because we won against a super team, and not because they are the enemy of Inter.”Nevertheless, Mourinho does not think defeat to United will be a fatal blow to Juve, who he believes are a team that have been put together with the sole intention of winning the Champions League.”They can’t hide the fact they want to win the Champions League, they don’t even try to,” he added.”They are honest and they also say they want to win the Champions League and they are designed to do that.”We are growing and have lots of players that are inexperienced. They have seven titles and now with Ronaldo they want to win the Champions League.”Actually, they know their potential, they are stronger than us, with great qualities and a golden bench, but they realised the match wasn’t easy.”I told my players it would be a hard match, we played confidently and played face to face. They had the chances to close the match, and in my opinion we played a match which deserved an equaliser, but we went on to win.”It is a hard group stage and even with a victory in a stadium where it isn’t easy to win, we might need more than three points [to advance].”