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Sachin, Warne aim to bring cricket to mainstream America

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LOS ANGELES — They are two of the most famous athletes in the world, and both are legends of their sport. In his home country, Sachin Tendulkar is referred to as a god. Shane Warne, an Australian, is widely regarded as one of the best bowlers in the history of the game.

The hope of the two is to cure the anonymity of the sport in the states—now retired from the game, Warne called Tendulkar almost a year ago with the idea to bring cricket to America. It was then that the Cricket All-Star series was born, with the marriage of bringing the game’s best players to an untapped market, with matches to be played in some of America’s most iconic baseball stadiums. Matches were played in New York, Houston, and Los Angeles.

“We really want to globalize this,” Warne said. “We’re bringing together 28 of the biggest stars that have ever played the game to America to hopefully have that sort of impact.”

They both know it won’t be easy, but the two hope their passion for both the game, and the United States, can pay dividend for the potential growth of the sport. Strange words to read when you consider the fact that over one billion people worldwide tuned into watch a matchup of India and Pakistan during this past year’s Cricket World Cup – almost 10 times the number of viewers drawn by last season’s Super Bowl.

The sport is played by over 120 million people worldwide.

“We are both very passionate about the game,” Warne said. “And we both love America.” Tendulkar added, “it’s a sport-loving nation, but this will be a challenge.”

In theory, cricket is quite similar to a sport American’s are already crazy for: baseball—however, there are also distinct differences between the two sports. Pitches known as googlies and yorkers bounce before reaching the batsman. The bat is broad and can hit in a range of directions around an oval-shaped field.

But one thing American’s appreciate most about baseball, is the longball, commonly referred to as the homerun, and stellar defensive plays. Warne described cricket as an amplified edition of those very traits.

“It’s the rock-and-roll version,” he said. “Huge hits and lots of fielding.”

The exhibition was simply that, but was held with the purpose of planting a seed. Ticket sales weren’t what they had expected, and the play less than all-star caliber, but for now, Tendulkar and Warne hope it left a lasting enough impression for a rather ambitious goal: fielding an American cricket team in the 2020 World Cup, something Warne said he believes is completely doable.

 

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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