Jasprit Bumrah excited ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 13

first_imgAHMEDABAD: Jasprit Bumrah cannot wait for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to kickstart, and the Indian ace pacer took to social media on Thursday to share his excitement.The BCCI will be organising the IPL at three UAE venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah — from September 19 to November 10 after it was postponed from March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s almost time,” said Bumrah in a tweet with a photo of him celebrating after taking a wicket in a Mumbai Indians jersey. Bumrah had played a crucial role in Mumbai’s record fourth title win in IPL last season. On Wednesday, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had also expressed his excitement for IPL 2020. Rahane was traded by Rajasthan Royals to Delhi Capitals in November last year. “New beginnings for me in the @ipl this year. Looking forward to the season,” Rahane said in an Instagram post along with a photo of him batting. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend the partnership with title sponsors Vivo for IPL 13. This development came after the IPL Governing Council had on Sunday decided to retain the company as title sponsors. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Jeevan B, DC, Lakhimpur with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Jamal Crawford’s last-second OT 3-pointer lifts LA Clippers to victory over Utah Jazz

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY >> Resting usual starters Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick, the Los Angeles Clippers came up with enough big plays to push aside the Utah Jazz.Jamal Crawford made a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left and finished with 30 points in the Clippers’ 102-99 overtime victory Friday night. Crawford dribbled outside the arc until Derrick Favors shifted over to guard him and then calmly drained a basket over him.“I feel comfortable in those situations,” Crawford said. “It was just a read at that point. Wherever I was in range to feel comfortable and I felt comfortable with that shot.”Los Angeles (51-28) won for the eighth time in nine games. Cole Aldrich added 21 points and 18 rebounds both season highs and a career-high five steals. Paul Pierce and Jeff Green each added 18 points. The Clippers played just nine players, but never lacked confidence they could prevail behind their second unit.“We have all the confidence in the world with our second group,” Aldrich said. “We moved the ball and we had a bunch of guys out. We could have just said, ` You know what? We got six guys out. Let’s just get through this one and get home.’ We fought hard. That’s a big thing for our group getting through those tough times.”Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Shelvin Mack and Rodney Hood each scored 13 points, and Derrick Favors had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Utah (39-40) lost its second straight game, complicating its bid to clinch one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.After trailing the entire second quarter, Los Angeles finally charged back in front after halftime behind a flurry of 3-pointers. The Clippers went 5 of 7 from outside over the first six minutes of the third quarter. Crawford finished off the flurry with back-to-back 3-pointers, giving his team a 68-58 lead over Utah.“Sometimes we get so aggressive we forget to talk to each other and wind up (giving up) an open shot for the other team,” Hood said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Hayward sparked another Jazz rally with a buzzer beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. Alec Burks followed by driving for layup and drilling another 3-pointer to put Utah back on top 77-76.After the Clippers went up 85-79 behind a trio of baskets from Green, Utah used a 13-0 run to overtake Los Angeles and go up 92-85 with 4:07 left. Mack and Hood highlighted the run with back-to-back 3-pointers that put the Jazz ahead.Los Angeles twice cut the deficit to two in the final minute of regulation and finally tied it on Aldrich’s putback layup with 2.4 seconds left.“We believe in him,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s why we signed him. We just think Cole has the ability to play basketball. He’s a terrific player.”last_img