IBPA plea to confer Dronacharya award on Patel posthumouslyChennai, May 9 (PTI) An association of basketball players has appealed to Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to consider conferring the Dronacharya Award posthumously on basketball coach Rajesh Patel who died recently. The Integrated Basketball Players Association (IBPA), made the plea in a letter to the Minister, a copy of which was released to the media here.”We wish to make an appeal to you in conferring posthumously the Dronacharya award to one of the best coaches in Indian basketball, Rajesh Patel who passed away last Monday while on duty – travelling in train for the National junior basketball championship in Ludhiana,” the IBPA said in the letter.Patel, who had retired from Bhilai Steel Plant, had helped hundreds of basketball players make a career from the game for over three decades, at the national and international level, it said.He had the unique record of helping Chhattisgarh teams winning the national titles at all levels from mini junior to seniors, Federation Cup and National Games, IBPA said.”We, the members of IBPA strongly believe that Late Rajesh Patel deserves the Dronacharya award more than anyone because he has transformed lives of poorest of poor tribal girls,” it said. Hundreds of deprived girls not only got chance to play basketball under his guidance but they emerged National champions. Many girls got government jobs, state awards and represented the country, the IBPA said.Formerly known as Indian Basketball Players Association, IBPA is a unique association of Indian basketball players comprising Arjuna Awardees, former Indian captains and various International and National players from all over India for the welfare of players. PTI SS BN BN BNadvertisement
Mexico How will Mexico line up against Scotland? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Mexico City 04:07 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mexico Mexico v Scotland Scotland Friendlies Will Juan Carlos Osorio roll the dice and risk injury to more of his stars or take one last look at fringe players? How much willpower does Juan Carlos Osorio have?The Mexico manager said he and his coaching staff “resisted the temptation” of playing star winger Hirving Lozano in Monday’s match against Wales. Will he stay strong against Scotland on Saturday in the team’s final match on this side of the Atlantic? The injury concerns keeping Hector Moreno, Andres Guardado and Diego Reyes out of the contest may make him reluctant to risk anyone else – he mentioned Lozano and Hector Herrera by name.That said, these are soccer players who want to play, who are coming off big-time European seasons and can give plenty to El Tri. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As Goal does before each Mexico match, we’ve looked at three potential starting XIs for El TrI. Check back for Osorio’s decision around an hour before the match, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.Standard 4-3-3Osorio said Monday that he hopes Giovani dos Santos is fit enough to start and put in a good shift for Mexico. He’s hardly a guarantee for Russia, so Saturday night is critical for the LA Galaxy attacker. I went with Raul Jimenez up top after Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez got the start against Wales with Osorio not resisting and tossing in Lozano in this projection.In the midfield, Marco Fabian and Jonathan dos Santos could start with both now well-rested from recent club commitments. Rafa Marquez needs playing rhythm after Atlas missed the Liguilla. He’s been working out on his own for several weeks, and was working in the midfield during Friday’s training session.At the back, there aren’t many options at right back. Osorio may want to see more of Carlos Salcedo at left center back, where he played against Wales and has filled in for Eintracht Frankfurt. If he’s seen what he needed to see in terms of Salcedo’s ability to fill in for Hector Moreno, he could move to right back with Layun going to the left and Oswaldo Alanis playing left center back.One last lookWith at least two cuts to make before the trip to Denmark and facing an inexperienced Scotland team, Osorio may hand more minutes to Erick Gutierrez and try Jesus Molina out as an interior midfielder instead of in the middle of the three-man midfield.This also presents another option for how the back line could look with Layun and Salcedo – the likely fullback starters in Mexico’s first game against Germany – on the outside and healthy center backs Alanis and Hugo Ayala in the middle. It’s a back line you’d expect to hold against Scotland. Osorio is hoping he won’t have to see if it could hold against World Cup competition.Really mixing it upEh, probably not. It’s possible, though, that Osorio works with Layun on the left flank and Jurgen Damm on the right. Marquez and Salcedo are comfortable in a three-man back line, and it might suit Alanis as well to have room to operate to his left.This lineup would be pretty aggressive, and Molina or Gutierrez could also come into the team to provide more cover in front of the three center backs. This would be fun, but it’s not really the time for fun experiments. It’s time to nail down what the lineups will look like at the World Cup. They won’t look like this.