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highlights President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the two most prestigious awards on Monday. The Mountaineering expert Bachendri Pal was the only sportsperson to be awarded third highest civilian award.Gautam Gambhir is the only cricketer to be awarded as the Padma Shri. He won as many as four medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, including a historic gold in the men’s team event. The former left-handed Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who has been the hero for India in ICC World cup 2007 and 2011 was the only cricketer in the list to be awarded Padma Shri. As many as 112 ‘inspiring’ personalities were selected for this year’s Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16, a Home Ministry official said. New Delhi : Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday conferred the two most prestigious awards an Indian citizen can get at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Mountaineering expert Bachendri Pal was the only sportsperson to be awarded third highest civilian award – Padma Bhushan. Punia had a great year in 2018 as he won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. He also bagged a silver medal at World Championships and a bronze medal at the Asian Championships last year.Sportspersons including champion wrestler Bajrang Punia, veteran table-tennis players Sharath Kamal and chess grandmaster Harika Dronavalli were honoured with the Padma Shri by the President. Sharath Kamal, who has been leading India’s charge in men’s table tennis for years had a highly rewarding 2018 too. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 17:41 IST Ronnie O’Sullivan Says He’s A ‘fat Maradona’ After Making World Snooker Championship Semis Snooker superstar Ronnie O’Sullivan called himself a ‘fat Maradona’ after booking a spot in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Tuesday. First Published: 12th August, 2020 17:41 IST ALSO READ: Maradona’s Son Calls Father ‘God Of Football’, Says Even Messi Can’t Be Compared To HimRonnie O’Sullivan interview: Snooker star compares himself to Diego MaradonaIn an interview after his win over Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan compared himself to a ‘fat Maradona’. The 44-year old explained it was only his natural skill – similar to the one possessed by the World Cup-winning footballer – that is keeping him in the hunt for his sixth world title. He was quoted as saying, “I’m a bit like fat Maradona. He’s big and fat but if you give him a football, he’s unbelievably good.” SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMEND LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written By 1 month ago ‘Not a good idea’ – UK Gov virus advisor on sports fans returning to grounds Snooker superstar Ronnie O’Sullivan survived a major scare on Tuesday as he fought back from 7-2 down to defeat Mark Williams 13-10 in the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship. However, the five-time world champion was far from pleased with his performance despite making it to the next round of the tournament. In an interview after his win against Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan went on to compare himself to football legend Diego Maradona and claimed that he’s similar to a ‘fat Maradona’. ALSO READ: Ronaldinho Looks To Come Out Of Retirement, Play Under Diego Maradona At Gimnasia: ReportWorld Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Williams to enter semisRonnie O’Sullivan was on the brink of elimination from the World Snooker Championship in the quarter-finals after three-time world champion Mark Williams led by five frames. However, in a remarkable comeback, O’Sullivan fired five centuries as he went on to win 13-10 and book a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament. O’Sullivan will now face Mark Selby in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship but the Englishman revealed that he was far from pleased with his display against Williams and deemed his below-par performance ’embarrassing’. FOLLOW US ALSO READ: Did Maradona Endure More Brutality On The Field Than Messi, Ronaldo? This Video Is ProofRonnie O’Sullivan then added that although he may be talented, he’s not fit enough to play with the guys that are as talented as himself. “In snooker, you have the long game, the safety and the cue action as well but you also need the reliability”, explained O’Sullivan. The Englishman then concluded by saying that he cannot win the tournament being “either good or rubbish” but needed to be a bit more steady in his game. ALSO READ: Diego Maradona Releases Bizarre Video; Denies Claims Of Being Held Hostage: WatchRonnie O’Sullivan stats: Semi-final vs Mark Selby in storeMark Selby made it to the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship following a comfortable 13-7 victory over Neil Robertson. Selby defeated O’Sullivan in the 2014 World Snooker Championship to win his first title. The pair have eight World Snooker Championships between them. Image Credits – Ronnie O’Sullivan Instagram / AP Arnold Dsouza
LOS ANGELES — All that offseason shaking and baking was the recipe for a liberal mix of delicious new matchups around the NBA – including Friday’s in L.A., pitting Paul George and Russell Westbrook against each other for the first time since they were Oklahoma City Thunder teammates.“It’ll be fun,” George said Friday at shootaround.Via offseason trades, George, a Palmdale native, landed in Southern California with Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, and Westbrook was teamed with fellow Angeleno James Harden in Houston, with the Rockets.Although the George-Westbrook partnership didn’t advance past the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in the two seasons it lasted, it otherwise worked in a lot of ways – especially for George. “I knew it was going to work. Russ is a winner. Russ wants to win, Russ does whatever it takes to win,” George said. “My time playing with him, Russ don’t really have an ego. He puts his ego to the side. He allowed me to be myself, he allowed me to be comfortable. And I had one of the best (seasons) of my career while playing alongside him. Russ is a heckuva teammate.”He’s made Houston a heck of a lot more dangerous, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“He adds pace. I said that right away. when that trade happened,” Rivers said. “People were like, ‘This won’t fit.’ I was like, ‘Oh my god, Houston’s gonna have pace now.’ This is what the league’s coaches have always feared. They’re already a good offensive team, now add pace to that, that makes them tougher, and he’s done it.”George knows about that, too, he said, remembering having to alter even his off-the-court habits to keep up with Westbrook.“I had to change my diet, I had to change my conditioning,” George said. “Coming from the East to the West was a big adjustment, but then playing alongside Russ was an even bigger adjustment, just because he’s a blur. He gets up and down the court so fast and he creates action so fast that you got to be ready.”SHAMET UPDATE: SHOESRivers said he doesn’t know how long it will be before he can expect to reincorporate Landry Shamet, the Clippers’ second-year shooting guard – sidelined with an ankle sprain – back into the rotation.The Clippers have been bugging Shamet, Rivers said, just not about a return date.“We have this thing with Landry, and I think it’s irritating him, but we keep saying, ‘If you can put on a shoe, you can walk, if you can walk you can run, if you can run, you can sprint, if you can sprint you can play,’” Rivers said. “He’s wearing shoes now, so that’s better than what he was doing.“I talk to him every day, and I have yet to ask him, like, ‘When do you think you’re coming back?’ I just always think when a coach asks that question, a player thinks that’s pressure. So I literally never ask that question.“But,” Rivers confirmed, “he’s wearing shoes.” George finished third in league MVP voting last season, averaging career-highs of 28 points and 8.2 rebounds, and a career-high-tying 4.1 assists per game – despite shoulders that needed surgery once the season was over.So it was George’s own experience that told him that the Westbrook-Harden pairing would play out well for the Rockets, who entered Friday’s game 11-4.“They are one of the best teams in the West, so they are working well,” said George, who’s recently returned from the surgeries that repaired a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder and a partial tear of his left labrum, and who entered Friday’s game averaging 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his first four games with the Clippers.“I don’t really watch too much of the Rockets, but I know their standing and what their record is, and the indication of that is they are playing well this year.”While Westbrook came into Friday averaging 21.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists this season, Harden was averaging a league-best 38.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 42.9 percent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error