New Delhi: For Rohit Sharma, the New Year has given him plenty of joy. The Indian right-hander missed the Sydney Test against Australia as he had flown back home to welcome the birth of his baby daughter. On Thursday, Rohit shared an adorable post on his social media accounts and gave a glimpse of his new-born child with the caption, “Hello World! Let’s all have a great 2019”. Before leaving for India, Rohit had told in an interview to former Australia skipper Michael Clarke that he could not wait to become a father, saying it would be a moment that would change their lives. Rohit married Ritika Sajdeh in December 2015.Rohit, who did not contribute much in the Adelaide Test, scored a gritty fifty on a tough Melbourne wicket as India won the match by 137 runs to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. With the win in Melbourne, India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and are on course to become the first Asian side to register a Test series win in Australia. Rohit will be back with the Indian team on January 8 ahead of the three-match ODI series against Australia starting on January 12.Read More | Guptill enters special club, goes past 6000 ODI runs for New Zealand For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Indian batsman, who is a three-time IPL winner for Mumbai Indians and has captained the Indian cricket team to wins in the Asia Cup and in the Nidahas Trophy tri-series in Sri Lanka, holds several records in ODIs. He holds the record for the highest individual score in this format, blasting 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2014. Rohit is the only batsman in history to hit three double centuries in ODIs, having smashed 209 and 208 against Australia and Sri Lanka in Bengaluru and Mohali respectively in 2013 and 2017.Read More | Here’s a special request for Virat Kohli: ‘Eat Kadaknath chicken’Rohit has been touted as a permanent captain in the near future and not as a stop-gap arrangement in Virat Kohli’s absence. When India won the Asia Cup in September 2018, Rohit was more positive of a leadership role in the near future. “We have just won so I will surely be ready (for captaincy). Whenever the opportunity comes, I will be ready,” Rohit said at that time.Following the three-match ODI series, India then embarks on a tour to New Zealand where they will play five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals. After that, a five-match ODI series is slated to be played against Australia at home following which the Indian Premier League will take place followed by the World Cup which will be played in England in 2019.
The timing of the Americas qualifying tournament makes player selection difficult. Nations must submit 26-man rosters on March 11 and can make changes through March 20. The MLB season does not start until March 26, so some clubs will not have made final roster decisions.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GOrtlieb wins 1st World Cup, Brignone extends overall leadLA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Austria’s Nina Ortlieb edged Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy by one hundredth of a second Saturday to win a women’s World Cup super-G in Italy. It was her first career victory.The win for the daughter of 1992 Olympic downhill champion Patrick Ortlieb came one week after she earned her first podium result in a downhill. February 29, 2020 Signs outside of stadiums from Fukuoka in southwestern Japan to Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido were set up to tell fans that Nippon Professional Baseball was holding the games without spectators due to the coronavirus.The Japan Race Association also took the step of holding its horse races without spectators.On Sunday, officials of the Japan Sumo Association will meet to discuss whether to hold the March 8-22 spring tournament in Osaka with or without spectators.Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, one of the world’s largest races with an estimated 38,000 runners, has been restricted to elite runners due to the outbreak.OLYMPICS-US BASEBALL More MLB players available for Olympic baseball qualifyingNEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. may get some better players for its second attempt to qualify for the Olympic baseball tournament.Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to make players not likely to be on 26-man major league rosters available for the Americas qualifying tournament, to be played in Arizona from March 22-26.When the U.S. stumbled in its first chance to qualify, at the Premier12 tournament in November, only players not on 40-man big league rosters were eligible for selection and the 28 Americans at the Premier12 combined for a career 2.1 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference.The change makes the roster rule similar to the one in place the last time baseball was included in the Olympics and could also benefit other nations with players under contract to big league organizations. For the 2008 Games in Beijing, players were eligible if they were not on 25-man big league rosters as of June 26 — about seven weeks before the Aug. 13 Olympic opener. Update on the latest sports VIRUS OUTBREAK-JAPANESE SPORTSJapan sporting events at empty stadiums amid virus outbreakTOKYO (AP) — Japanese sporting events were held without spectators on Saturday in a move aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus.The Chiba Lotte Marines hosted the Rakuten Eagles with no spectators in the stands at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday, one of six preseason baseball games played at empty stadiums.The Yomiuri Giants, Japan’s oldest and most popular team, played Saturday night’s game against the Yakult Swallows at an empty Tokyo Dome. The Giants regularly draw capacity crowds at the 55,000-seat stadium in central Tokyo. Kentucky has won seven in a row and can secure at least a share of the regular season SEC title with a victory over the Tigers, who won the first match-up 75-66 on Feb. 1. Since that loss the Wildcats have won five times by a total of 31 points. Kentucky’s streak is its longest this season and has been led by guard Immanuel Quickley, who has averaged 21.5 points during the run.Maryland is coming off one of the most remarkable comeback victories in the Big Ten this year, a 74-73 win Wednesday at Minnesota. The Terrapins are 15-0 at home. They beat the Spartans 67-60 on the road two weeks ago.Also on Saturday, No. 7 Duke will be looking to bounce back from its double-overtime loss at Wake Forest when it visits Virginia. The Blue Devils have won three straight on Virginia’s home floor and swept the eventual national champions in two regular season meetings last season. Virginia is surging with five straight wins and has locked up no worse than fourth place in the ACC this year.There are two intriguing games in the Big 12 that feature teams that are likely locks for the NCAA Tournament against teams that have some work to do. The first happens in Lubbock, where Texas takes on No. 22 Texas Tech in a game that could help to solidify the Longhorns’ at-large resume. The second happens in Morgantown, where Oklahoma plays No. 20 West Virginia. Elsewhere, top-ranked Kansas visits Kansas State in the first meeting between the schools since their game in Lawrence ended in a brawl that spilled into the stands.OLYMPICS-US MARATHON TRIALS Virus threat to Olympics casts shadow over marathon trialsATLANTA (AP) — The nation’s top distance runners compete in Atlanta Saturday for spots on the U.S. Olympic marathon teams. The top three men’s and women’s finishers in the afternoon trials will earn spots on the team that will compete in the Summer Olympics in Japan.The course weaves through some of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. The Olympic cauldron used in the 1996 Games in Atlanta is to be lit for the occasion for the first time in more than two decades.Runners are trying to put aside concerns about the coronavirus and the possibility that it could force the cancellation of the Tokyo Games, which open July 24.The Olympic marathon is scheduled to be staged in Sapporo, a couple hours from Tokyo. The event was moved to protect the runners from the heat in Tokyo. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULESeveral key matchups on the Saturday scheduleUNDATED (AP) — Three games on the Saturday top-25 men’s basketball schedule match ranked teams. The first is No. 16 Penn State at No. 18 Iowa at noon, Eastern time. No. 15 Auburn visits No. 8 Kentucky later in the afternoon and No. 9 Maryland hosts No. 24 Michigan State at night. Associated Press Brignone extended her lead in the overall standings to 153 points from the absent Mikaela Shiffrin. The American three-time overall champion is taking a break from the sport since the death of her father. Corinne Suter was third and remained in the lead of the super-G season standings.