Fulham overcame a difficult start to open up a commanding lead at Craven Cottage.After surviving a host of Sheffield Wednesday chances, Ross McCormack fired in the opener with a well-struck free-kick before Shaun Hutchinson headed in a corner just before the break.A throng of away supporters thought their side had scored when Lewis McGugan’s free-kick missed by inches and hit the side netting, after both Chris Maguire and Tom Lees went close for the Owls.Stevie May also forced Marcus Bettenelli, returning from suspension as one of two changes along with Scott Parker, into a low diving save straight after McCormack curled in only his sixth goal of the season.Hutchinson, continuing in defence after an impressive display in last week’s win at Leeds, met Bryan Ruiz’ set piece at the near post on 45 minutes.Hugo Rodallega could also have put the Whites into an early lead when he wrong-footed his marker and fired a shot saved by Kieren Westwood at the far post.Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Grimmer, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Parker, Christensen, Fofana; Ruiz, McCormack, RodallegaSubs: Kiraly, Zverotić, Roberts, Woodrow, Williams, Hyndman, Burn.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble has described his side’s nine-wicket crushing of underdogs Guyana in their opening Champions League Twenty20 match here as a “perfect game” with his players coming up with an all-round show.”It was a perfect game. We came up with an all-round show. The bowlers did a great job to restrict Guyana to 103 and then the batsmen finished off the match in style. It is good feeling that we have started the tournament with a win,” Kumble said after RCB’s nine-wicket victory.He said once the Guyana top-order, including captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, were out cheaply, his players knew they had a chance to restrict the opposition to a small total.”The first couple of overs were critical. Once Sarwan was out cheaply, the pressure was on them. When we chased the thought was always there to end the match fast (to boost the net run-rate], but you needed solid platform too. Rahul and Kallis did just that for Robin to be able to tee off,” he said.”The players got enough time at the middle and I am hoping that we would do well in the coming matches,” he added.Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan admitted that once his side put up just 100-odd runs they knew it won’t be enough against a star-studded RCB side.”We did not put enough runs on the board. We lost early wickets and that put the pressure on us. There was not just enough runs to defend,” he said.advertisement”But majority of the players have never played in these conditions, and it is a learning experience. But we really need to learn fast,” he added.Man of the Match Jacques Kallis was happy that he could play a big role in his side’s win after coming off from an injury.”I am coming back from a back injury, so I couldn’t put too much work in the lead-up to the tournament. I am happy with my performance,” he said.”The team has got fantastic preparation in lead-up to the tournament. Credit should go to coach Ray (Jennings). We got good nets, good net bowlers.
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A grim battle between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the government is on cards with the National Sports Federations (NSFs) on Sunday deciding to reject the National Sports Development Bill, the draft of which has been prepared by the Sports Ministry.The representatives of the NSFs are scheduled to meet the Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Monday to discuss the legislation, for which comments and suggestions were taken from various stake-holders and also public.Senior lawyer R K Anand will represent the IOA.The officials of the 25 out of the 34 NSFs met in New Delhi on Sunday ahead of the meeting with the ministry and decided to reject the proposed legislation, saying it is actually an effort by the government to overtake the sports bodies in the country.Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the acting President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) addressed the press after the meeting.”The Bill has been formulated in such a way that the government wants to take 100 per cent control of sports at every level. We are going to outrightly reject the Bill tomorrow. We will put forward our views to the government,” Malhotra, who is also President of the Archery Association of India, said.IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh said, “This is a large Bill and it has to be debated upon.”The issues being addressed in the Bill include demand for 25 per cent reservation for sportspersons in the election to various sports organisations, transparency and secret balloting in elections, sexual harassment of sportspersons and anti-doping law.advertisementIOA has also convened a meeting of its Executive Board on May 24 in the wake of the arrest of its President Suresh Kalmadi on charges of corruption.Maken has already asked the IOA to conduct fresh elections but Malhotra has rejected the demand.- With PTI inputs