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South Africa tour: 'Want nothing less than victories'

Rohit Sharma has now set his sights on the upcoming tour of South Africa after leading the Indian team to an ODI and T20I series victory against Sri Lanka, in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli. Men's Majestic San Francisco Giants #43 Dave Dravecky Replica Grey Road Cool Base MLB JerseyIndia are set to face South Africa away from home in a full-fledged series, consisting of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is, starting in Cape Town from January 5.Rohit made it clear that the South Africa series has been on the minds of the dressing room and they are looking for nothing less than a win overseas. "We have already been talking a lot about it (Test series in South Africa) in the team dressing room during the matches against Sri Lanka," Rohit told Aaj Tak in an exclusive interview. "Our team, with the kind of cricket we have been playing for the last few years, will be a force to reckon with. We want to go there to win and not settle for a draw. Can't win thinking of a draw, not even of drawing the last two games after winning the first Test. We have to win everything. The last time we went to South Africa, we had an opportunity to win the series but things didn't work out. The first Test ended in a draw and we made a mess of the second Test after being in a strong position," said the swashbuckling opener who scored a ton each in Test, ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka, recently. The 30-year-old from Mumbai has been in the spotlight for the past few weeks, first making an unbeaten 102 not out in the Nagpur Test against Sri Lanka and then following it up with 208 not out -- his third ODI double hundred -- in Mohali. Rohit did not stop there and made the T20 series also his hunting ground. Before Sri Lanka departed home, Rohit smashed a 35-ball century, the joint-fastest in T20 internationals, at Indore's Holkar Stadium. "I try to play the ball on merit," Rohit said before continuing in detail about his style of batting. "We don't have the strength of a (Chris) Gayle or an ABD (AB de Villiers) so timing is important. You don't need to hit a 120-yard six, just clearing the boundary for a six is sufficient. So, after getting a good start, or maybe crossing a Sean Davis Jersey half-century, I know that the bowlers can't do much. "Test cricket is different though. There you would get bowlers who bowl at good spots and try to get you out in every session. But in ODIs, you get out more because of your own mistake. I have tried to make less mistakes and make sure I last long. When you open, you have the opportunity to play from the first ball till the 300th. Even the number two, like Shikhar Dhawan, does not get this opportunity as I play the first ball," he Authentic New York Islanders Jersey said. However, Rohit did not start with batting like many would think and it is only gradually that the opener's abilities got unearthed.

Lance Armstrong's emotional reaction to the Chris Froome controversy

Lance Armstrong has given his reaction to the current controversy surrounding reigning Tour de John Elway Youth jersey France champions Chris Froome and admitted his own history of drug taking has terminally tarnished the sport's reputation. Men's Brad Daugherty Swingman Gold Adidas Jersey: NBA Cleveland Cavaliers #43 Alternate The FinalsFroome has admitted to having twice the legal levels of the asthma drug salbutamol in his system during the Vuelta a España in September, with an investigation currently ongoing into the latest story to rock an already tarnished sport. Women's Adidas Vancouver Canucks #25 Jacob Markstrom Premier Green Salute to Service NHL JerseyNow Armstrong has offered up his verdict on the Froome story, as he suggested news of his test result should not have been made public until all the facts of the case were considered by cycling authorities. Speaking on his podcast, the fallen star who had all seven of his Tour de France wins deleted from the history books after Chris Tierney Jersey he belatedly admitted to doping throughout his Buster Skrine Authentic Jersey career believes the scars left by his story continues to haunt the sport. "Cycling is the sporting world's doormat and by the way, I have to take a lot of blame for that," declared Froome. "I am trying to accept some responsibility here because I have tainted the whole equation, obviously, but I read a story in the New York Times that was so harsh on Froome and the sport. You don't get an accurate depiction of this situation by reading that. "This is so easy for the press to go after cycling and some of the bull**** I have read on this story has been so harsh. Reading that New York Times story, you would thought Froome had a gallon of EPO for breakfast and that is not accurate and not fair to him." Armstrong went on to suggest Froome should be given a chance to clear his name before judgements are passed on his test results, but he suggested the British rider may struggle to rebuild his reputation after the events of recent weeks. "He should be allowed due process to explain what happened here and he could be completely exonerated, but he is tarnished forever. Damage is done," added Armstrong."This investigation could go on for months. Come next July, riding around France, it's going to be a nightmare."I don't know why this has been leaked to the media. Whoever leaked this had to remain anonymous and this happens a lot in our sport. It's frustrating. Cheap Jerseys Paypal Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys China NHL Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Custom MLB Jerseys Usa

PV Sindhu's training before Rio Olympics has given her confidence

Saina Nehwal was awed by Akane Yamaguchi's performance against PV Sindhu in the final of the Dubai World Super Series Finals where the Japanese came from behind to beat Sindhu and clinch the gold.Sindhu lost 21-15, 12-21, 19-21 to Yamaguchi in the final in Dubai after battling for an hour and 34 Griffin Reinhart Womens Jersey minutes that tested all her fitness and skills. Youth Cory Spangenberg Authentic Green Majestic Jersey: MLB San Diego Padres #15 Salute to ServiceSaina said she was stumped by the level of fitness that Yamaguchi showed on the court and on being asked if she sympathised with Sindhu considering the length of the rallies and how she was struggling to keep pace, the former world No.1 questioned back "You won't feel bad for Akane?" Men's Brice Johnson Authentic Red Adidas Jersey: NBA Los Angeles Clippers #10 RoadSaina commended Akane and said Okuhara and she have surprised Saina with their fitness and ability to last long. "Akane is so short compared to Sindhu and if you see she was running twice as as Sindhu and still picked up those difficult shots. I was only wondering how she was lasting that long," Authentic Steve Atwater Jersey Saina said at the sidelines of the press conference for the launch of Premier Badminton League (PBL) season 3. "Even Okuhara in the World Championships, she beat Carolina and me and she spent so many Sam Gagner Jersey hours on the court and still with such short legs, she was running here and there. When girls like Carolina and Sindhu increase the pace and play with high intensity, it is very difficult. The way Akane fought back was so amazing, considering the fact that she is so short," Saina added. Saina did not fault for losing three major finals but instead gave her own example from All England Championship earlier in the year and said luck is a major factor at times. "First of all it is difficult to reach the finals itself and she (Sindhu) has done that time and again. I think the training time she had before the Rio Olympics is giving her the push and confidence to play tough games. Also, she is fit enough to play back-to-back against these top girls. "I can't say much about her losing those finals because I thought she was moving well. Luck also plays a major part. Like when I was playing the All England final against Carolina, I was racing ahead and suddenly, Carolina found some energy and began playing all sorts of shots and things went downhill from there for me. So you can't say," Saina said. Saina added that sometimes the opponents just play better."When your opponent suddenly starts playing everything, you don't know what more to do. To me both (Sindhu and Yamaguchi) looked the same till the end. Just Sindhu played those shots at net and the picture changed," she added. Saina has been making a return from a career-threatening knee injury ever since her Olympic loss. She went through a surgery post the Olympics and Ted Ginn Jr Jerseyhas been slowly making her way back to the circuit. Cheap Jerseys NFL Wholesale NHL Jerseys Basketball Jerseys For SaleCheap Jerseys NFL NFL Jerseys Paypal Cheap Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Usa Basketball Jerseys

Will Cuttack pitch offer pace or runs?

MS Dhoni was among the first from the Indian camp to rush to the pitch in Cuttack's Barabati Stadium.India and Sri Lanka will square off in Cuttack for the first of a three-match T20 International series on Wednesday and the 22-yard strip, as usual, will be of major interest. Men's Reggie Miller Swingman White Jersey: Throwback Adidas NBA #31 Indiana Pacers So, what will Barabati come up with this time?On October 5, 2015 India were bowled out for 92 against South Africa in the only T20I played on this ground. Pacers Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and leg-spinner Imran Tahir were all among the wickets. Nike Tony Romo Women's Black Limited Jersey: #9 NFL Dallas Cowboys 2016 Salute To ServiceEarlier in 2017, it was a different story altogether in the ODI between India and England. Dhoni smashed 134 and was involved in a 256-run stand with Yuvraj Singh (150) as India posted 381/6 and then won by only 15 runs. Not much competitive cricket has been played on this pitch since the India vs England ODI and to make matters worse, some football matches were played in the multipurpose stadium. According to PTI, a few days ago, students from a club were made to use the pitch as a trial event. According to an official, it was a two-paced wicket that aided bounce from one end. He said, "Every effort is being made to produce a sporting wicket where at least Blair Walsh Jersey 180 runs are Mikhail Grabovski Youth jerseyscored." Fortunately for both captains, they would not have to deal with the dew factor.India, who demolished Sri Lanka 9-0 across formats in their own den earlier this year, won the three-Test series and ODI series on the islanders' return visit. The hosts have rested some of their key players ahead of the tour of South Africa. Consequently, three young pacers along with the likes of Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar have been included in the team.Sundar made his ODI debut during India's second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali last week. India's batting will heavily rely on skipper Rohit Sharma, who will have KL Rahul for company at the top. Having lost his first match as captain, Sharma's record double hundred led a 141-run rout in Mohali and he will look to continue that form in the shortest format. A good start will be crucial for India to minimise the workload on Cornellius Carradine Authentic Jersey the middle and lower order, which will be steered by Dhoni whose ability was doubted in the series against New Zealand. Saurashtra left-arm pacer Unadkat, who last played in a T20I against Calvin de Haan Authentic Jersey Zimbabwe in June last year, has been recalled and India have three first-timers in Washington Sundar, Basil and Deepak Hooda. Baroda all-rounder Hooda had scored the fourth fastest Twenty20 century (108) by an Indian during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in February. It remains to be seen, however, if he's handed his debut cap with India already having two finishers in Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.

Cian O'Sullivan reveals why 2015 final is his most satisfying moment

Dublin star Cian O'Sullivan has revealed that his miraculous recovery from injury to play in the 2015 All-Ireland final is his proudest moment in football. Nike Youth Steve Young Elite Red Home Jersey - San Francisco 49ers NFL #8 Vapor UntouchableThe five-time All-Ireland champion is in a select group of just three players, along with Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy, who have started all of Dublin's final wins this decade, but that record was put in serious jeopardy ahead of the 2015 decider. The three-time All-Star seriously injured his hamstring in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo, leaving him with just two weeks to get fit for a final clash with Kerry. O'Sullivan works as a tax manager with PWC, and speaking on this week's episode of The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery, admitted that it was a big struggle juggling his work commitments with his rehab in what was a 'chaotic' time ahead of the final. "I have a client list and you can't just one day say, 'ah lads, I'm not going to be in tomorrow'," O'Sullivan says. "There is going to be stuff that you have the knowledge for that you can't just pass on to someone. For the 2015 final, in the semi-final replay I picked a bad hamstring injury and I only had two weeks to get ready for the final so I was up against it to play. "It was one of the busiest times of the year we have in work and I was doing all this rehab and recovery stuff 24/7 but at the same time pulling out the laptop to fire off some emails and get my work done. It was completely chaotic. "Thankfully I ended up playing some part in the game. I got to the 60th minute."O'Sullivan then revealed how bad his injury was, and how he overcame significant odds Womens John Carlson Jersey to line out at centre back for Dublin on the day."It was a bad tear and I had been told to plan for the worst," Scooter Gennett Jersey O'Sullivan said. "I got a scan 24 hours after the game [semi-final replay] but there was a lot of inflammation. They re-scanned it four or five days later. The consultant came in with a clipboard and said it wasn't great but he had seen worse. I could see the number of the grade on the top of it and I was thinking 'Oh God' because I knew how bad it was. "He said we would get it scanned in a few days time because it might be better once it clears up. We got it scanned and it was actually worse. The medical staff sat me down. I was absolutely devastated in the couple of days before but I said I would keep at it and see what happens. Somebody must have been looking down on me." Despite winning a huge list of honours during his time in blue, O'Sullivan ranks his injury recovery in 2015 as his favourite moment."That was the most satisfying thing in my football career," he Garrett Richards Youth jerseyconcluded."Being able to sit back in the dressing room and say, 'I can't believe I did that'. That was pretty cool." Wholesale Jerseys NFL Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Elite Nike NFL Jerseys 2016

Kiefer Ravena era begins, as revamped NLEX debuts against lowly Kia

NLEX tries to put a drab 2016-17 season behind it, as the Road Warriors begin Year 2 under Womens Troy Hill Jersey Guiao on Wednesday and introduce their prized draft pick against Kia in the Philippine Cup at San Juan Arena. Men's Adidas Atlanta Hawks #17 Dennis Schroder Swingman Red Alternate NBA JerseyRavena is unlike any freshman the PBA has ever seen. He has had extensive experience playing international basketball as part of the Gilas Pilipinas program, besides having regularly scrimmaged in the NBA Developmental League in the US. Coupled with a stellar collegiate career at Ateneo and being raised in a basketball family, he’s a baby in the league but certainly not of the game. Carl Davis Men's Limited Olive/USA Flag Jersey: Nike NFL Baltimore Ravens 2017 Salute to Service #94That resumé and maturity fit perfectly into what Guiao wants in a player, especially for a team that wants to keep up with, if not surpass, the title contenders.“We continue to focus on what we can do better as a team to continue our improvement,” Guiao said. NLEX’s first assignment is against a team that’s not playing for a championship.Kia has taken flak for making odd personnel moves in the past, but it was its decision to trade the No. 1 draft pick to San Miguel Beer after a season-worst campaign that ignited further furor and took on wider-ranging ramifications, including a series of events that eventually led to commissioner Chito Narvasa stepping down. Coach Chris Gavina, who could’ve had Christian Standhardinger on his team if he hadn’t been shipped to the Beermen, has a roster that will struggle to win games. It’ll be interesting to see who Gavina will use more — veterans in the twilight of their careers (Dylan Ababou, Ronald Tubid and JR Reyes) or young talent with no impressive personal numbers to show (Reden Celda, Womens Oliver Ekman-Larsson Jersey Glenn Khobuntin and Blake Bortles Authentic Jersey Philip Paniamogan). "We are wary of Kia because they have something to prove in view of their draft decisions. It's always dangerous playing against a team with something to prove," Guiao said.NLEX, which finished with the second-worst record last season (11-22) behind Kia’s 6-27, has taken a more orthodox direction in trying to alter its fortunes. Before getting Ravena, Guiao took in Rabeh al-Hussaini, Cyrus Baguio, Larry Fonacier, Alex Mallari and JR Quiñahan, and improved the games of Kevin Alas, Juami Tiongson and Kenneth Ighalo to form a more balanced roster. Guiao said in a story posted on the Tyrann Mathieu Jersey PBA website, however, that Alas (shoulder) and Quiñahan won’t be 100% against Kia because of health reasons. "I think the key is to be able to start well," Guiao said. "Kung makakapuhunan ka ng two or three games na panalo, malaking bagay yun. It's going to be a big help." For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website. Hockey Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Baseball Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike Nike NFL Jerseys Supply MLB Baseball Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike Jerseys For Cheap

The key reasons why Australia beat England

At the time that Ben Stokes was arrested, it felt like the Ashes tour had started to go wrong before England had even picked their squad.And that was just the first bullet that Joe Root's men fired into their collective feet. Men's Reebok Mike Smith Authentic White Away NHL Jersey: Arizona Coyotes #41Headbutts and poured drinks off the field, opportunities missed and big players missing on it.But to focus solely on the things that have done wrong and ignoring what Australia have got right, would do the home side a disservice. Men's Majestic Seattle Mariners #49 Yovani Gallardo Replica Green Salute to Service MLB JerseyHere, in a rough reverse order, are the factors BBC DeMarcus Cousins Jersey Sport think have led to Australia celebrating regaining the urn in Perth. You can vote which one you think is the main contributor below.The reaction to the announcement of England's squad ranged from bewilderment, through to bemusement and downright anger. The batting looked threadbare, the fast bowling one-paced and the Dennis Rodman Jersey spin-bowling options almost non-existent (and that, remember, was when Stokes was still included). However, the lesser lights and left-field picks have impressed in Australia. Dawid Malan is England's top run-scorer, James Vince and Mark Stoneman have both made two half-centuries and Craig Overton has bowled nicely in his two Tests. If you offered England the performances that those players have put in, they probably would have taken them.Yes, the bowling has been exposed (more on that later), but who, realistically, could have made a difference? Mark Wood was injured and Liam Plunkett barely plays first-class cricket. As Niles Paul Jersey Trevor Bayliss has reminded us, you cannot James Reimer Womens Jersey pick what you haven't got.Not nearly as important as was feared. The inexperienced members of England's squad have done as well could have been expected.That England somehow managed to twice find trouble in the same Perth nightclub is barely believable. Jonny Bairstow's 'headbutt' of Cameron Bancroft turned out to be little more than a misunderstanding, yet it still gave ammunition for Australia and left England's players under a curfew. Ben Duckett's drink-pouring over James Anderson was ill-advised, even if it sounded nothing more than team-mates messing around. It still left Bayliss furious, though.Did they really have an effect on results? Yes, Bairstow may have been distracted by an on-field mention of the headbutt, but England were already sliding to defeat in Brisbane. Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys NFLWholesale NFL Jerseys China Baseball Jerseys Basketball Jerseys For Sale MLB Jerseys Usa NBA Basketball JerseysJerseys Supply

Marquand Manuel uses player's mentality in turning

Paul Kimmage has hit out at the RTÉ Sports Awards after Ireland international James McClean won Sportsperson of the Year following a public vote. Phil Simms Women's Limited Olive Jersey: Nike NFL New York Giants 2017 Salute to Service #11McClean scored a vital goal against Wales in Mark Messier Jersey the World Cup qualifiers to secure a playoff spot, with the campaign Authentic Andy Lee Jersey ultimately ending in disappointment following a heavy defeat against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium. Nike Bob Lilly Youth Black Limited Jersey: #74 NFL Dallas Cowboys 2016 Salute To ServiceDespite that loss, the popular McClean surged clear of 13 nominees to claim the RTÉ prize - which Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage didn't agree with.Speaking on The Last Word on Today FM, Kimmage said that the Ireland midfielder wasn't deserving of the accolade. "It's astonishing," Kimmage said."Everybody likes him. I love his commitment to the team. I love the way he plays for Ireland."It is great that you acknowledge his contribution but by no means is he the Sportstar of the Year." "Nobody agrees, other than James' parents, that James McClean is the Sportstar of the Year," he added.Kimmage then explained why he dislikes the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year award overall, calling the list of nominees 'politically correct glorified' and a 'joke list'. "There are two problems with the RTÉ award. It is a public vote. I'll go back to the book awards. You bring these five books and it is a public vote. The chances of any member of the public reading all Authentic Stephen Curry Jersey five books for the award is zero. They are going to vote for the one they like, the guy they like. It is the same with this. It is a popularity contest. "The second problem is the list itself. Look at the list - it is A. J. Cann Jersey PC glorified, politically correct glorified. Is there four paralypians on it? Come on, it's a joke. There is no Paul Dunne, who wins a European Tour event in a sport that is massively, massively competitive. Not on the list. "Dan Martin, sixth in the Tour de France. Not on the list. The list is the joke."Kimmage added that instead of a public vote, the Sportsperson of the Year award should be decided by a panel of experts.,102907,125.0.html

LeBron sparks Cavaliers to win over Wizards

LeBron James posted his fourth triple-double in five games with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists as the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Sunday.Kevin Love scored a team-high 25 points, while Jeff Green had 15 points for the Cavaliers who have won 18 of 19, including the past five NBA games. Adidas NHL Youth Riley Sheahan Red Home Premier Jersey - #15 Detroit Red WingsThe Eastern Conference giants engaged in a hard-fought battle as the teams were tied at the end of the second and third quarters.James's three-pointer early in the fourth quarter put the Cavaliers in front for good and sparked an 8-0 run. Green's three-point play capped the surge as Cleveland led 95-89 with 6:55 remaining.Bradley Beal scored 27 points for the Wizards, who had won two in a row.John Wall had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Washington made 12 three-pointers but finished nine of 16 on free throws. Elsewhere, the resurgent Detroit Pistons equalled a franchise record with 17 three-pointers en route to 114-110 win over the shorthanded Orlando Magic.Forward Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 20 points for the Pistons who made 50 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc and won their third consecutive game after losing seven straight. Playing the Magic seems to bring out the best in 26-year-old American Bullock. His previous high also came against Orlando, when he scored 17 points last season.Bullock made eight of 10 shots from the floor Sunday continuing to take advantage of his expanded role under coach Stan Van Gundy. He was added to the starting lineup four games ago and his scoring Joel Ward Authentic Jersey boost has coincided with the Pistons' latest win streak.Tobias Harris, Reggie Jackson and Anthony Tolliver scored 17 points apiece for the Pistons. Andre Drummond contributed 12 points for Detroit, which led by 24 in the fourth quarter but gave up 19 unanswered points before holding on for the win.Detroit starting shooting guard Avery Bradley missed his second consecutive game due to a right adductor strain. Forward Mario Hezonja scored a 28 points for Orlando, which has dropped five straight.Nikola Vucevic supplied 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Jonathon Simmons had 23 points. Both of Orlando's leading scorers missed the game. Forward Aaron Gordon was sidelined because of a calf strain, while guard Evan Fournier sat out for the fifth consecutive game with a right ankle sprain. In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan led a balanced attack with 21 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Authentic Jori Lehtera Jersey Sacramento Kings 108-93. The Raptors also beat the Kings last Sunday in Sacramento.

What more can PV Sindhu do to win some gold medals in 2018?

It was another final, another epic display yet another agonising loss!PV Sindhu contested her third major final in the last two years on Sunday and went within touching distance once more before falling painfully short again. Womens Youth Seahawks Jerseys It was an hour and 34-minute-long battle against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the BWF World Super Series Finals Sunday night just as Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara of Japan had fought for an hour and 50 minutes in the World Championships final in August. A year before that Sindhu went down to Spain's Carolina Marin in the Rio Olympics final in one hour and 23 minutes. All the matches saw a similar result -- Sindhu having to settle for silver. Visibly, Sindhu never gave up, she never does. It never looked like she has developed a mental blockade when it came to finals, what is it then that is stopping Sindhu from touching greatness? While the Rio Olympics final was Sindhu's first big match where the entire country had her eyes on her, by the time the World Championships and Super Series Finals came, she was used to the expectations. In the 2016 Olympics, Sindhu had run out of ideas by the end of the match and Marin was finding angles that were tough for Sindhu to pick. Marin is one of the few left handers on the international circuit and that automatically gives her an upper hand in terms of finding angles but at that point of time, Sindhu was yet to mature. However, both the finals at Super Series Finals and the World Championships had a similar pattern to them - the fact that both those opponents were Japanese cannot be missed.However, what was most obvious to naked eye was how physically drained Sindhu got halfway through both those games. One can always argue that her opponents had got tired as well but clearly not as quick and as much as the Indian. And no, that Womens Todd Frazier Jersey doesn't amount to Sindhu being an unaccomplished player but rather to her style of play. Sindhu is a very tall athlete Authentic Keith Yandle Jersey and that inherently enables her to cover the court incredibly well and makes her shots from the back court very powerful. And that is exactly why she is feared on the circuit. However, her opponents have got wind of that -- they engage her in longer rallies, find acute angles and force her to play lunged forehand net shot, which is definitely not her strength.After Rio Olympics, Sindhu worked a lot on her endurance knowing that she was not the most skillful player but a lot of work still needs to be done. Since Sindhu is tall, bending back and forth takes up a lot of her energy and though, she has worked immensely and has improved that bit of her game, she needs far more endurance to eke out crucial points.,108198