Final four target World Cup history as they prepare for semi-final showdowns

 

  • India finished top of the group standings after overtaking Australia with victory over Sri Lanka
  • The semi-finals will see India take on New Zealand before England face Australia

After seven weeks, 45 matches and plenty of standout performances with both the bat and ball, the four semi-finalists for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 have been confirmed.

On the face of it, the top four sides are as expected – with India, Australia England and New Zealand going into the tournament ranked the best four ODI teams in the world.

But as hosts England can attest to, the journey to reach the knockout stage has not been plain sailing for all of the sides that remain in contention to be crowned champions.

Australia will now continue the defence of their 2015 crown against England at Edgbaston, while India face New Zealand at Old Trafford in the other semi-final showdown.

And as the race to reach the tournament showpiece at Lord’s on 14 July draws to a close, here’s a look at the World Cup records of the four teams who are still in contention for silverware.

INDIA

The tag of being one of the favourites can weigh heavily on some – but India have shown no signs of being burdened by the pressure as they topped the standings after the round-robin stage.

India won seven of their nine games to finish at the summit, with their defeat to tournament hosts England the only blot on their record following a complete washout against New Zealand. Continue reading “Final four target World Cup history as they prepare for semi-final showdowns”

“This historic playoff run galvanized and united not only Toronto, but all of Canada”-Mayor John Tory

Mayor Tory awards the Key to the City to the 2019 NBA Championship Toronto Raptors and unveils Raptors Way

Mayor John Tory presented the Key to the City today to the Toronto Raptors to honour the entire team for their 2019 season that culminated with winning the 2019 NBA Championship.

The Mayor presented the team with the Key to the City in Nathan Phillips Square as part of the Raptors Championship rally. Kawhi Leonard – the NBA Finals MVP – accepted the key on behalf of the entire Raptors organization.

To further recognize the Raptors’ first championship win, the Mayor also announced that Bremner Boulevard outside the Scotiabank Arena – from York St. to Lake Shore Blvd. W. – will receive a ceremonial street dedication as Raptors Way. The Mayor will be bringing a motion to City Council this week to proceed with the street dedication.

During his first term in office, Mayor Tory presented Keys to the City to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, Paul Beeston, Rush, Aubrey Graham (Drake), Zanana Akande, Susan Gapka, Wilmot and Judy Matthews, Pat Moore, Peter Oundjian, and Fran Sonshine.

The Mayor awards the Key to the City to inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of Toronto and have contributed significantly to civic life. The Key to the City represents the highest honour that the City can confer on an individual or a group.

“We are so proud of our Toronto Raptors and their championship win. Presenting the entire organization with the City’s highest honour is our way of saying thank you on behalf of all Toronto residents. This historic playoff run galvanized and united not only Toronto, but all of Canada, bringing together fans from coast to coast to coast. The victory itself and the events surrounding it will inspire Torontonians, especially young people, for years to come.” said Mayor John Tory.

 

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We the Champs: Celebrate the Win!!

GO TRANSIT GEARS UP FOR RAPTORS CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE

Raptors fans are still rejoicing their team’s historic win at the NBA championship. The celebrations continue on! All the GTA fans have  another chance to party on Monday during the official championship parade and rally.

Unprecedented crowds are expected to gather downtown on Monday to celebrate the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win. GO Transit is warning customers to plan ahead and prepare for trains and platforms to be far busier than usual.

The Raptors’ championship parade will begin at Exhibition Place at 10 a.m. and will eventually make its way past Union Station toward Nathan Philips Square. This will require a series of full and rolling road closures beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.

Extra GO trains will be available if needed to shuttle fans between Union Station and Exhibition GO. Given the huge number of fans including groups of children (Kids GO Free) expected for this celebration, the “Kawhi-it Zone” will likely be much noisier than usual, so the patience and understanding of all our regular commuting customers is greatly appreciated.

Parade Route & Rally

Starting at Exhibition Place, the parade will culminate with a rally at Nathan Phillips Square that will begin when the procession arrives.

10 a.m. Parade departs Exhibition Place, Princes’ Gates, runs east along Lakeshore Boulevard West, then north on York Street and University Avenue to Queen Street West.

12:30 p.m. Rally at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West.

Here is all the critical information you need to know if GO Transit or UP Express are your rides to Monday’s parade:

Shane Warren-Another Yogi Among IPL Superstars

Chris Gayle’s tryst with yoga and how it helped him to rediscover cricketing form has been
making headlines of late. Turns out the “Universe Boss” is not the only IPL star to turn to yoga
to tide over dips in performance.

Another cricketer who adopted yoga to come out of a host of difficulties that he faced in his
career is Shane Watson. He admits that he had tried out everything – from various remedies to
space-age science – but nothing worked the way Yoga did. While the wonders of Yoga were
unknown to him in the beginning, in the initial years of his career he discovered the huge
difference various breathing techniques, meditation and exercises brought to his performance.

He said that yoga has since become an important part of his life and things have changed for
good. He also regrets not starting it earlier in his career as it would have improved his game.
The power of yoga is beyond measure. One can experience life-changing moments if the
practice is done in the right way. No wonder, more and more athletes around the world are
adopting yoga into their daily routines, and reaping its rewards.

When it comes to jaw-dropping performances on the cricket field, Chris Gayle never ceases to
amaze. The 39 year-old West Indies cricketer, who is heading towards his fifth and possibly final World
Cup, gives credit to Yoga for maintaining his form for the game. The ‘Universe Boss’, as he is
known, follows a predominantly Yoga routine to recover and rejuvenate after every game.

This routine, which he religiously follows, has kept him away from going to gym for the past two
months as it works wonderfully in keeping him in shape. Continue reading “Shane Warren-Another Yogi Among IPL Superstars”

“Stand By” – Countdown to ICC World Cup Cricket 2019 Tournament Begins!

“STAND BY” THE ICC MEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP OFFICIAL SONG, BY LORYN AND RUDIMENTAL IS RELEASED
  • The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup official song “Stand By” with LORYN and Rudimental has been released and is now available across all streaming platforms.
  • “Stand By” is set to become one of the biggest songs of the summer, being played on the ground and across televised events as part of one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Official Song “Stand By” is now available to the world as the countdown to the tournament enters the final two weeks.

“Stand By” – a collaboration between new artist LORYN and one of the UK’s most successful and influential  acts, Rudimental – will be played in ground and city events across the tournament as the official song to this summer’s showpiece event.

The exciting partnership celebrates the cultural diversity of The United Kingdom and was announced earlier in May at an exclusive event hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast DJ, Greg James in discussion with Cricket World Cup Ambassador Freddie Flintoff and LORYN.

“Stand By” will be played around the world and provide a common voice for fans to show their passion.

The tournament will run from 30 May to 14 July. The semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham on 9 and 11 July respectively, while Lord’s will host the final on 14 July.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy arrives in Canada

On Tuesday, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy arrived in Toronto, Canada, marking the end of a two-month and 24-country tour.

Following its launch in Paris on 24 February, when FIFA Legends Kristine Lilly and Laura Georges sent the most coveted prize in women’s football off on its whirlwind journey, the trophy has stopped in each of the 24 countries that qualified for the competition, with each nation celebrating its arrival in their own unique way.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy spent a day at Scotland’s historic Edinburgh Castle; an afternoon on the pitch in Jamaica’s Montego Bay as part of a grassroots festival and took a trip on speedboat across Sydney Harbour in Australia, just some of the stops on its journey.

The global FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour has visited six continents, accompanied by FIFA legends and welcomed by former international footballers, politicians and even a king.

Fans and football players flocked to get a close up look at the trophy, a symbol of excellence in female football, designed by William Sawaya and handcrafted by Milanese specialists Sawaya & Moroni in 1998. It stands at 47cm and weighs 4.6kg and its artistic design captures the athleticism, dynamism and elegance of international women’s football. It is made of bronze gold-plated, Continue reading “FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy arrives in Canada”

Mississauga to Host 2021 Ontario Parasport Games

The Ontario Parasport Games are coming to Mississauga in 2021. The announcement was made today by MPP Deepak Anand, Mississauga-Malton, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre during a Parasport Try-It Day held for high school students from eight local schools.

“I am excited that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) has named Mississauga as host of the 2021 Ontario Parasport Games,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “An inclusive community gives everyone an opportunity to shine. The Ontario Parasport Games will help highlight Mississauga’s commitment to accessibility and inclusive programming for all. I look forward to welcoming these young athletes from across our great province in 2021.”

The Ontario Parasport Games are a part of the MTCS Games Ontario Program that include summer and winter Games for youth as well as the 55+ summer and winter Games. The 2021 Ontario Parasport Games will bring up to 400 athletes from across the province to compete in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, boccia, goalball and sledge hockey. The Ontario Parasport Games are hosted every two years and will take place in the spring of 2021.

“The 2021 Ontario Parasport Games are an opportunity to come together as a community, and to celebrate the athletic excellence of our athletes. I am certain that Mississauga will deliver an exceptional experience for the athletes and their coaches, friends and families,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Continue reading “Mississauga to Host 2021 Ontario Parasport Games”

City of Toronto celebrates 18 new inductions to Toronto Sport Hall of Honour

The City of Toronto held its fourth annual Toronto Sport Hall of Honour induction ceremony last night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in east Toronto. Paralympian Stéphanie Dixon, boxing great George Chuvalo, swimming star Kylie Masse and college basketball player (and professional basketball prospect) Rowan Barrett Jr. are among the 18 new inductees.City Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood) congratulated the inductees for their achievements and contributions to sport excellence in Toronto.

The Toronto Sport Hall of Honour is a legacy initiative of the City of Toronto’s Host City Showcase Program from the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Nominations for next year’s Toronto Sport Hall of Honour are open until October.
“The achievements of this wonderful group of inductees inspire other Torontonians to get and stay active through sport. This city’s sport community has made countless contributions to the social fabric of Toronto over the years. On behalf of all Toronto residents, congratulations to the contributors and remarkable athletes recognized with this honour in 2019.” said  Mayor John Tory.

“I’d like to congratulate this year’s inductees on their amazing achievements, this impressive group inspires Torontonians of all ages to play and get active in our city. The Toronto Sport Hall of Honour provides an opportunity for us to celebrate past and present athletes, coaches and partners and the tremendous contributions they’ve made to Toronto communities through sport. Sports help build healthy and engaged communities, from which we all benefit.”
– Councillor Paul Ainslie

FIFA Legends assemble for exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ campaign

Some of the biggest stars in football, including Alex Scott, Marcel Desailly, Nadine Kessler, Michael Essien, Laura Georges and Gilberto Silva, have assembled as part of a 23-strong FIFA Legends squad for a campaign that will see these illustrious footballing personalities harness their sporting superpowers and turn into superheroes on a mission to promote the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and the women’s game in general.

With just four months to go before FIFA’s flagship women’s football tournament kicks off, 23 current and former players, representing 19 of the tournament’s qualified nations, are coming together in a one-of-a-kind promotional initiative to support the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and drive match attendances, increase TV viewership, generate engagement and inspire a new generation to play women’s football.

Made up of 13 women and ten men, the squad members were selected for their superhuman qualities and unshakeable commitment on and off the pitch. Each has had to overcome obstacles in the face of adversity and as part of the campaign and the wider FIFA #DareToShine movement, will be encouraging women and girls to push boundaries to succeed in all areas of life.

Former England footballer Alex Scott said: “Who hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero?! I’m so excited about #LegendsAssemble because my alter ego, Trail Blazer, has only one objective – to empower girls and women and encourage them to play football!” Continue reading “FIFA Legends assemble for exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ campaign”

KOHLI CLEAN SWEEP OF THREE MAJOR ICC AWARDS

Virat Kohli has become the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards following an extraordinary 2018.

Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in international cricket. Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds during the calendar year while in 14 ODIs he amassed 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is.

The 30-year-old from Delhi, who first came into limelight when he led India to victory at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia in 2008, finished the year as the top-ranked batsman in Tests and ODIs. The highest scorer in both forms of the game in 2018, he was one of only two batsmen to score more than 1,000 runs in Tests and only among three to do so in ODI cricket.

Kohli was the unanimous choice of the Voting Academy* for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy with South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada coming in second to him for both this award and the ICC Test Player of the Year award. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was runner up to Kohli for the ICC ODI Player of the Year award.

Kohli said: “It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Continue reading “KOHLI CLEAN SWEEP OF THREE MAJOR ICC AWARDS”