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Walters was not properly prepared for title fight – Deschamps

first_img “Nicholas is one of the best boxers in the world, and if he applies himself the right way, he can be back to the top in less than a year,” he stated. “I can get him back there, if he is willing to listen to me,” he ended. The Gleaner then spoke with Walters, and he conceded that he had not prepared properly for the fight. A lot of time, he stated, was spent making sure that his weight was right. In hindsight, he said, there were a lot of things that he would have done differently. Asked directly if he would renew his partnership with Deschamps, Walters said that it is something to which he would give very serious consideration. “Mr Deschamps has been very good to me and I owe him a lot. I really do not have any problem with him. We have some differences but we can talk.” He added that he is taking some downtime, during which he would make an assessment of his situation. “Next year is an important one, and I want to have at least three fights. I have a lot of important decisions to make and I will make them early in the new year,” he ended. “Nicholas was not prepared for his fight against Lomachenko, physically, mentally or technically” was the view of his estranged manager, Jacques Deschamps, when The Gleaner asked him yesterday, why Jamaica’s Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters, had given such a poor performance last Saturday, November 26, in his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super featherweight title fight against Ukranian, Vasyl Lomachenko, at the Hotel Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After being completely outclassed by Lomachenko for seven rounds, Walters did not come out for the eighth round, thereby suffering his first defeat in 28 fights, His record is now 26-1-1, while Lomachenko’s is 7-1, and he is a title holder. Deschamps is the man who took Walters under his wings in 2008 as an amateur, and relocated him at his expense from Jamaica to Panama, to be guided by ace trainer of champions, Celso Chavez. Walters turned professional on August 2, 2008, became the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin featherweight champion on December 18, 2009 and WBA featherweight champion on December 8, 2012, a phenomenal achievement. After three spectacular title defences, with victories against Alberto Gaza, Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, he was declared to be a Super champion by the World Boxing Association. The champion’s problems with Deschamps started with his fight against Donaire. Deschamps wanted to make that match, because of the aura surrounding Donaire, a former champion, who was highly regarded at the time, and was being highly sought after. Deschamps calculated that a victory by Walters over Donaire would boost his bargaining power and he agreed to the fight at a purse that was then below market. Walters was unhappy with this, however. Deschamps’ calculation proved to be correct, because Walters defeated Donaire by technical knockout (TKO) in round six, and the WBA were so impressed, that they named him a Super champion after that victory. A rift had developed, however, between Walters and Deschamps. The next opponent for Walters was Miguel Marriaga and negotiations were started by Deschamps. At a very critical point in these negotiations, Walters decided that he wanted to do them himself, and told the Bob Arum/Top Rank team that they should now talk to him and not Deschamps. At the end of those negotiations, Walters is said to have eventually settled for less than Deschamps had already negotiated. ONE OF THE BEST MILLION DOLLAR PAYDAY The biggest blow came at the weigh-in, however, when Walters was overweight, and lost his title on the scales. He went on to win the fight, but he had already lost his title, and with it any bargaining power that he had. It has been all down hill since then. Arum offered Walters the opportunity to fight Lomachenko and a US$550,000 purse, but Walters demanded a million dollar payday instead. That demand was rejected and Lomachenko went on to fight for the WBO Super Featherweight title on June 11 this year, and knocked out the champion Roman Fernandez in five rounds. He was now “King of the Hill”, with two titles. He eventually elected to keep the Super featherweight title, since he could only keep one. Walters was again given the opportunity to fight Lomachenko for his new title, but for less money, and not having fought for a long time, Walters accepted. The rest is history, and the question now is where does he go from here. Deschamps told The Gleaner that everything went wrong for Walters in the fight. “For a fighter like Lomachenko,” he said, “you have to be well prepared.” Walters he stated, should have had at least a two-month training camp, at which attention should have been paid to “conditioning, technical ability and mental toughness.” “Apart from the physical aspects, Lomachenko’s style had to be taken into consideration and sparring partners should have been engaged to do what he was likely to do on fight night. I am sure that this was not done.” He conceded that the lay-off of nearly one year, was bad for Walters, but was of the opinion that things could have been done to lessen the impact. He feels, however, that with just one loss in a stellar career, Walters can bounce back, and said that he is willing to help him to get back to the top.last_img read more

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‘War on Civil Liberty’

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has termed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s quest to restrict certain rights under the Constitution as “a clear war against the civil liberty of the Liberian people.”President Sirleaf on Wednesday, October 1, communicated with the 53rd National Legislature requesting the endorsement of both the House and the Senate, among others, to “restrict the movement and certain rights of individual citizens.”Addressing a news conference in Monrovia Wednesday, CDC through its Youth League Chairman, Jefferson T. Koijee, noted that Madam Sirleaf’s letter to the Legislature is “tantamount to death to her citizens,” and as such, must be resisted by all well-meaning and law abiding Liberians.Backed by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), CDC warned members of the Legislature to resist the temptation that comes with the President’s communication and ignore said request in order to protect and save the lives of thousands of Liberians that would be exposed to the danger if the President’s request is granted.CDC further warned members of the Legislature not to attempt debating or introducing the letter on the floor of plenary, adding; “There are unspecified consequences awaiting those of our lawmakers that will fail to listen to the desire and demand of the people.”“Any attempt to approve this request by our lawmakers will meet the stiffest resistance and we will have no regret for our action even if the President is to be a victim of the people’s action.The interpretation of Madam President’s letter is that the country is at the verge of chaos. We represent the interest of the people and we want to assure the President and the entire government that any action that tempers with the rights of the people provokes a serious anger,” CDC said.Koijee called on partisans and peace-loving Liberians to assemble at CDC’s headquarters in Congo Town Thursday morning to begin a “strong and peaceful protest against the President’s quest for more power.”Meanwhile, civil society institutions in Liberia rejected in the strongest terms the President’s letter calling for additional power.In a press statement issued in Monrovia Wednesday, the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) believes issues raised by the President in her letter to members of the National Legislature, “threaten civil liberty, stability of the state, and undermine the core of our democratic system of government, which effectively threatens the future of our country.”NCSCL: “We are of the view that the current powers granted under the August 7 State of Emergency and the increased international support are sufficient to deal with the situation at hand, and the President does not need any extra-constitutional powers to ensure success in this.“The request by the President to assume full authority above and beyond the provisions of Article 1, which alters the time and manner of elections, as well as several articles of Chapter 3, which seeks to limit various fundamental rights, as provided for under our Constitution, in our mind constitute an attempt to strengthen the powers of the presidency as opposed to the people.“Liberian Civil Society notes that these actions do not propose to provide any more solace to our people than those that had been previously taken.”The civil society actors concluded by calling on members of the Legislature to reject the letter in its entirety, and continue with the status quo.last_img read more

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Old dealership comes crumbling down

first_imgBy Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – It’s the end of an era for an iconic building in Fort St. John.Workers are slowly ripping away what’s left of the old Fort Motors dealership located on 100th Street.The building’s frame has a unique history. The steel was previously used in administrative buildings when the W.A.C. Bennett dam was constructed nearly 50 years ago. After the project’s completion, the steel was scooped up, and relocated to downtown Fort St. John.Fort Motors occupied the building until 2007.The building been vacant since then, and the steel has once again been sold. The lot is now currently for sale.Advertisement Photo: Workers tear down what’s left of the old Fort Motors building on Wednesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

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Man United January transfer ins and outs

first_img Out? Anderson – Click the arrow for more – It should come as little surprise to see the Brazilian’s name included in this list, such has been his omission from the Red Devils’ plans this season. Anderson is yet to reach anywhere near his full potential and is very much on his final chance following Louis van Gaal’s demands that he ‘get fit’. The 26-year-old hasn’t featured since August and it looks likely that he will be shipped out sooner, rather than later. 5 5 Out? Javier Hernandez – Click the arrow for more – Okay, so Hernandez is already half out of the door, as he enjoys a loan spell at Real Madrid, but the Mexican could make that move permanent as early as January. The striker has asked for clarification of his future role at Old Trafford – should he return – and with that looking incredibly bleak at this stage, don’t be surprised to see him pursue a switch. 5 In? Kevin Strootman – Click the arrow for more – Perhaps the most intriguing story of the winter window – from a Man United perspective at least – will surround Kevin Strootman’s future. The Dutchman is known to be a favoured player of boss Louis van Gaal and a move to Old Trafford looks to be on the cards. With Michael Carrick turning 34 at the end of the season, and Ander Herrera not yet the finished article, United need polished quality in the middle and Strootman would provide exactly that. talkSPORT were recently told that the AS Roma star has ‘shaken hands’ on a switch. It has been a turbulent few months for Man United. A raft of injuries throughout the squad has plagued the Red Devils early season, but a recent run of four wins in a row has seen them climb from mid-table to the top four, placing them within touching distance of Southampton and Man City.For all of Louis van Gaal’s impact since being named United boss though, there remains a feeling among supporter that this is a side that is still very much a work in progress.An eye-watering £150m summer recruitment programme illustrated that perfectly, but with the winter transfer window rapidly approaching, don’t be surprised to see further movement from the club.But who could arrive and more importantly, who could go? talkSPORT takes a look…Click the arrow above for Man United’s January ins and outs. 5 In? Ron Vlaar – Click the arrow for more – Strongly linked with a move away from Aston Villa in the near future, Ron Vlaar is arguably exactly what Man United need to strengthen their shaky defence. Vlaar is out of contract in the summer, but it has been heavily reported that Villa are open to cashing in on the Dutchman should they received a reasonable fee in January. However, interest from elsewhere in the top flight could see competition for his signature. 5 Out? Ashley Young – Click the arrow for more – The England man may have found more frequent game time in recent weeks, but he is still very much a squad player at Old Trafford. A combination of fierce competition and loss of form have seen his opportunities limited, and should Louis van Gaal look to upgrade his options in wider positions, Young could be on the chopping block.last_img read more

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Retailers disappointed at consumers’ weak holiday buying

first_imgA phone company manager, she waited until Christmas Eve to make a single purchase at a major chain store this season, favoring Web retailers and designer outlet stores offering deep bargains. “I am on a tighter budget than I’ve ever been,” said Jones, who walked into the Macy’s at Westfarms Mall in Farmington, Conn., on Monday morning to take advantage of a sale. In the past, she easily spent $100 each on her six nieces and nephews. This year, it was more like $50. “If it’s not on sale, I won’t buy it,” Jones said. MasterCard found that online spending rose 22.4 percent, a strong showing, given fears that Web purchases would slow after a decade of impressive growth. Clothing sales rose a meager 1.4 percent, but there was a stark split between genders. Sales for women’s apparel dropped 2.4 percent. Sales for men’s apparel rose 2.3 percent. Analysts said women complained of dreary fashions. “Even when the dust settles, women’s clothing is likely to be one of the weakest categories in retail this season,” said John D. Morris, senior retail analyst at Wachovia Securities. Luxury purchases rose 7.1 percent, as the well-heeled splurged on $600 Marc Jacobs trench coats and $800 Christian Louboutin shoes. Footwear, at all prices, proved a bright spot for the clothing industry, with sales surging 6 percent. Weak sales of clothing left retailers jostling for the deepest discounts during the last weekend to drum up interest from consumers. Martin & Osa knocked 50 percent off women’s wool sweaters. Gymboree issued $25 coupons to shoppers who spent $50 on its children’s clothing. Even the markdown-averse Abercrombie & Fitch dusted off its clearance signs, selling down coats with faux fur trim for $79, reduced from $99. The American consumer has perplexed analysts this season. Retail experts confidently predicted that shoppers, uncertain about the economy, would trade down from midprice chains, like Macy’s and Nordstrom, to discounters with steeper discounts. To a certain degree, they did, mobbing low-price chains like T.J Maxx, and Marshall’s. But the discount retailer Target has struggled this season. On Tuesday, it said its sales could fall by 1 percent in December compared with last year, an anomaly for a retailer accustomed to at least 4 percent monthly sales growth over the last three years. In the end, analysts said, the biggest winners arm likely to be Wal-Mart, which emerged as the undisputed low-price leader this season, and Best Buy, which became the destination for competitively priced electronics. Much of this season’s action appeared to unfold on the Web, which spared consumers a $3-a-gallon drive to the mall. Like MasterCard, ComScore, a research firm, found that online spending rose steadily to $26.3 billion. ComScore measured spending during the 51 days from Nov. 1 to Dec. 21. The biggest day for online shopping was Monday, Dec. 10 ($881 million), not the Monday after Thanksgiving ($733 million), known as Cyber Monday in the retail world, because consumers typically flock to the Web at work after a holiday weekend of store-browsing. Unsatisfied with sales so far, dozens of retailers, from the high-end to the low, will start slashing prices this morning. Kohl’s is scheduled to hold a sale with 60 to 70 percent discounts; Macy’s is knocking down prices by 50 to 70 percent, and dangling a $10 coupon for purchases of $25 or more; some clothing will be 50 percent off at Saks Fifth Avenue from 8 a.m. to noon; and Toys “R” Us is offering a buy-one-get-one-half-off promotion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWhat did eventually sell was generally marked down – once, if not twice – which could hurt retailers’ profits in the final three months of year. “Stores are buying those sales at a cost,” said Sherif Mityas, a partner at the consulting firm A.T. Kearney, which specializes in retailing. MasterCard’s SpendingPulse data, scheduled to be released Wednesday, cover the 32-day period from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24. It is based on purchases made by more than 300 million MasterCard debit and credit card users and broader estimates of spending with cash and checks. It encompasses sales at stores and on the Internet, and of gift cards, gasoline and meals at restaurants, but is not adjusted for inflation. Excluding gas purchases, overall holiday sales rose a lackluster 2.4 percent, the credit card company said. The final numbers are at the low end of MasterCard’s already modest expectations, which were reduced in the middle of the season. So retail analysts and economists, who scrutinize holiday spending for clues about the health of the American economy, are unlikely to be impressed by the results. Eboni Jones, 32, of Windsor, Conn., epitomized the problem for stores. American consumers, uneasy about the economy and unimpressed by the merchandise in stores, delivered the bleak holiday shopping season retailers had expected, if not feared, according to one early but influential projection. Spending from Thanksgiving to Christmas rose just 3.6 percent over last year, the weakest performance in at least four years, according to MasterCard Advisors, a division of the credit card company. By comparison, sales grew 6.6 percent in 2006 and 8.7 percent in 2005. “There was not a recipe for a pickup in sales growth,” said Michael McNamara, vice president for research and analysis at MasterCard Advisors, citing higher gas prices, a slowing housing market and a tight credit market. Strong demand at the start of the season for a handful of must-have electronics, like digital frames and portable GPS navigation systems, trailed off in December. And robust sales of luxury products could not make up for sluggish sales of jewelry and women’s clothing. last_img read more

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DD FARMING: HAPPY COWS MAKE BETTER MILK, SAYS STUDY

first_imgHappier cows may give more calcium-rich milk, according to a new study which could lead to a better understanding of how to improve the health of dairy animals, and keep the milk flowing.Daily infusions with a chemical commonly associated with feelings of happiness were shown to increase calcium levels in the blood of Holstein cows and the milk of Jersey cows that had just given birth.Demand is high for milk rich in calcium: there is more calcium in the human body than any other mineral, and dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are primary sources of calcium. Hypocalcaemia is considered a major health event in the life of a cow. The risk of this disease is particularly high immediately before and after cows give birth.It is associated with immunological and digestive problems, decreased pregnancy rates and longer intervals between pregnancies.These all pose a problem for dairy farmers, whose profitability depends upon regular pregnancies and a high-yield of calcium-rich milk.Whilst there has been research into the treatment of hypocalcaemia, little research has focused on prevention. In rodents it has been shown that serotonin (a naturally-occurring chemical commonly associated with feelings of happiness) plays a role in maintaining calcium levels.Based on this, a team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by Laura Hernandez, studied the potential for serotonin to increase calcium levels in both the milk and blood of dairy cows.The team infused a chemical that converts to serotonin into 24 dairy cows, in the run up to giving birth.Half the cows were Jersey and half were Holstein – two of the most common breeds. Calcium levels in both the milk and circulating blood were measured throughout the experiment.Whilst serotonin improved the overall calcium status in both breeds, this was brought about in opposite ways. Treated Holstein cows had higher levels of calcium in their blood, but lower calcium in their milk (compared to controls). The reverse was true in treated Jersey cows and the higher milk calcium levels were particularly obvious in Jerseys at day 30 of lactation – suggesting a role for serotonin in maintaining levels throughout lactation.By studying two breeds we were able to see that regulation of calcium levels is different between the two,” said Hernandez.“Serotonin raised blood calcium in the Holsteins, and milk calcium in the Jerseys. We should also note that serotonin treatment had no effect on milk yield, feed intake or on levels of hormones required for lactation,” she said.The study was published in the Journal of Endocrinology. DD FARMING: HAPPY COWS MAKE BETTER MILK, SAYS STUDY was last modified: July 17th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cattlecowshappy cowsscientific studylast_img read more

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GLENTIES SCHOOL CROWNED ALL-IRELAND SOCCER CHAMPIONS!

first_imgThey come from Glenties man, they’re All-Ireland champions, man!GLENTIES has another all-Ireland title to celebrate – this time in soccer.Scoil Mhuire Glenties today became All Ireland Champions in the Girls Primary School Competition at the Aviva Stadium.Playing Cregmore Galway , Miltown Malbay Clare & Stonepark Longford, the 5-a-side side went on to win the tournament. The team players are Bronnagh Gallagher , Shana Quinn , Niamh O Donnell , Amy Boyle Carr , Danielle Mc Devitt , Sophie Connaughton , Niamh Agnew & Orlaigh McGuinness.The team are on their way back to Glenties tonight for celebrations and a homecoming.The day was made complete when Danielle McDevitt was named Player of The Tournament.She’s definitely one for the future! Danielle – Player of the TournamentGLENTIES SCHOOL CROWNED ALL-IRELAND SOCCER CHAMPIONS! was last modified: May 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GLENTIES SCHOOL CROWNED ALL-IRELAND SOCCER CHAMPIONS!last_img read more

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Oral Roberts Defeats Men’s Soccer, 1-0, in Overtime

first_imgStory Links at Butler 8/27/2018 – 5 PM Oral Roberts (1-0) earned the win in the 91st minute (91:39) when Nicholls headed in a long free kick by Christos Smirlis after a penalty on Drake (0-1). Two of those near scoring chances came courtesy of redshirt senior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.), who made his return after playing in just two matches in 2017 due to injury. Enna’s first shot on goal was in the first few minutes of the match and later the second came in the 71st minute. Both were saved by Oral Roberts’ goalkeeper Miles Motakef. DES MOINES, Iowa – Tarik Nicholls scored a golden goal for the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Friday night in a 1-0 win over Drake University in the season opener for both teams at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Preview Live Stats PDF Box Score Next Game:center_img “This is a difficult result to accept because we played exceptionally well this evening,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “We dominated possession and created more than enough opportunities to win the game. From an attacking perspective we need to be more clinical in front of goal. When you create 10 very good chances and don’t score you leave the door open for the opposition to steal a result and that’s what happened. There are a lot of positive to take from the performance and it provides a good building block for us to prepare for a great test against Butler on the road on Monday.” Following Friday’s home match, Drake travels to Indianapolis, Ind. to play No. 9 Butler. First kick is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST and the match will be shown on Facebook Live. Photo Gallery Watch Live Newcomer Cole Poppen (Ankeny, Iowa), who transferred from Tulsa, nearly won the game twice for the Bulldogs late in the second half. Poppen sent two shots on target, including one on a free kick with just seconds left that Motakef tallied a nice save on. Drake’s offense finished with 10 shots, including five on goal. Full Schedule Roster  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Congratulations for SKA South Africa

first_img28 May 2012The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Monday joined President Jacob Zuma in congratulating the Department of Science and Technology and its partners for winning the right to co-host the the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.The SKA Organisation announced on Friday that South Africa and Australia are to share the hosting of the SKA, an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built.The two biggest components of the SKA will be built in Africa, while one will be built in Australia. About 70% of the facility will be built in Africa.“The SKA will significantly support the expansion of South Africa’s knowledge economy in general and high-technology industry specifically,” said the chamber’s CEO, Neren Rau. “The skills transfer will assist in addressing the skills challenge in South Africa.”Rau said the announcement showed the potential South Africa to play a leading role in science and technology on the global stage.Sacci said the fact that the project was a collaborative project between South Africa and Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, was a positive step forward in building stronger research and commercial ties with other African countries.President Jacob Zuma, in his message of congratulations, said: “Africa is indeed rising. South Africa is confident that the country will deliver on the expectations of the continent and world.”The SKA will consist of about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over a wide area. Scientists are expected to use the SKA to search the universe for answers about how stars and galaxies were formed and how the universe has evolved over the past 14-billion years.South Africa is expected to build the telescope in the Karoo in the Northern Cape, while the joint site spreads from the Murchison Shire in Western Australia’s Mid-West region to the top of New Zealand’s South Island.Building is expected to start around 2016 and the telescope to be completed by 2024.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Olympic qualifiers: Indian women’s football team bows out after 3-3 draw with Myanmar

first_imgThe Indian women’s football team Tuesday missed out an opportunity to qualify for the third round of the 2020 Olympic qualifiers after it was held to a 3-3 draw by Myanmar here.The Maymol Rocky-coached side, with an average age of 21, needed a win to top Group A of the Olympic qualifiers Round 2 but squandered the lead twice to play out a draw and bow out of the competition at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium here.India and Myanmar got seven points each from three matches but the home team advanced to the third round on the basis of superior goal difference (plus 8 as compared to plus 4 of India).Only one team qualifies for third round from each group.Indian women held by Myanmar , bow out on goal differenceRead the match report here https://t.co/fq0UphdqAY#IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #ShePower pic.twitter.com/0LemzO4TJN Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 9, 2019Sandhiya Ranganathan gave India an early lead in the 10th minute but Myanmar’s hat-trick woman Win Tun found the equaliser in the 17th minute. Tun scored again in the 21st minute but Sanju cancelled it out in the 32nd minute.Ratanbala Devi gave India the lead with a 64th minute strike but Tun levelled it yet again in the 72nd minute to complete her hat-trick.The Indian women, ranked 62nd in the world, displayed their attacking intent early on against Myanmar, ranked 42nd in the FIFA ladder.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women’s football team to face tricky Nepal in Round 2advertisementSanju came close to handing India the lead as early as in the second minute when her shot from close range, off a Dangmei Grace cross, went out for a corner.The Indian women had to wait eight minutes more before surging into the lead. In the 10th minute, Ratanbala burst out on the right flank and released a low cross for Sandhiya, who made no mistake to finish from inside the box.The lead, however, was short-lived as Myanmar scored two goals in five minutes. First, Tun headed home in the 17th minute and four minutes later, scored following a spot Kick.Indian goalkeeper Linthoi Devi dived to her right to save the penalty but Tun, lurching around, scored off the rebound to make it 2-1 for the home side.India’s hard work down the flanks and in the midfield bore fruit in the 32nd minute.Myanmar goalkeeper May Nwe fluffed her lines and made a howler of a clearance that fell to Ratanbala, who chested it down for Sanju and she made no mistake in burying the chance into the back of the net. Both teams headed to the interval at 2-2.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winIn the second half, Myanmar dominated the opening minutes, forcing the Indian defence to shut the opponents with some astute defending.Sweety Devi’s perfectly timed tackle on Tun showcased the maturity displayed by the young team.In the 64th minute, Ratanbala gave India 3-2 lead. The midfielder cut into the box from the right flank and sent a curling shot which crashed into the back of the Myanmar net leaving the opponent custodian dumbfounded.But eight minutes later, Tun completed her hat-trick, finishing from close range to equalise for Myanmar.India could have sealed the match in their favour in the 76th minute when Sanju ran clear of the defensive line, but the Myanmar custodian made a world-class save from close range to tip the Indian’s shot over the bar.A minute later, Dangmei Grace burst through but this time the custodian put her body on the line to shield the ball.Also Read | India can match any opposition in fitness, feels women’s football coachAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzlelast_img read more

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