LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As for Dillinger, there is nothing strange with De Ocampo thriving in big moments since all of his titles were won with the big man being hoisting the trophy up with him.“I’ve been playing with that guy for so long and as soon as he got here we meshed right from the start,” said Dillinger. “Everyone knows what Ranidel is, everyone knows his game and his accomplishments so to have a guy like that on our team, who’s been through so much, it just gives us a legitimate shot at the title this year.”Dillinger has been so accustomed to De Ocampo that he can afford to throw shade at his bearded teammate.“He’s never going too fast, he’s like the slowest guy out there but he knows how to get to his spots, I can’t see enough nice things about that guy. It’s Ranidel, Mr. Delightful!”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Improving Star’s chemistry priority for Victolero for next season Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ PBA IMAGESBoth Jared Dillinger and Allen Durham have been under the bright lights of the PBA Finals.Dillinger is a proud owner of five PBA championships while Durham was the defender of Justin Brownlee in what became arguably the biggest shot in Ginebra’s championship history.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City While they have enough finals experience between them, both players will still look up to six-time champion Ranidel De Ocampo once the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup finals roll in.“He’s a huge addition,” said Durham of the veteran forward Thursday after the Bolts clinched the Finals berth with a 91-88 win over Star in Game 3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You guys saw we struggled a little bit and then Ranidel came and hit a big shot, that’s what he’s been doing for years, for TNT, and now he can do it for us. I’m happy he’s on our team now.”Meralco held an 86-83 lead with less than two minutes left in overtime when De Ocampo drilled a long two-pointer that gave them an 88-83 buffer at the 1:21 mark. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They did not give up until the very end,” AMA coach Mark Herrera said. “This win will boost our confidence.”Bonleon led the Titans with 16 points, while Jaycee Ascuncion tallied 14 points, five boards, two steals and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the second outing, Centro Escolar University rallied late in the fourth quarter to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, for a 4-2 slate.Orlan Wamar Jr. led with 16 points while Rodrigue Ebondo and Uri Christian combined for 24 points for the Scorpions, who erected a 68-49 cushion after a 9-1 run. —CARLO ANOLIN, CONTRIBUTOR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cocolife holds off Generika LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESMario Bonleon nailed a clutch free throw as AMA Online Education slipped past Gamboa Coffee Mix, 67-66, to score its first win in six games in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.Bonleon nailed one of two free throws with 8.3 seconds left after getting fouled by Gamboa’s playing coach Leo Avenido.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tiamzon relishes return to form in win over Adamson Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro said his team didn’t play at its fullest in the third set and the coaching staff had to remind the players to pick up the intensity in the fourth.“Well I saw that they started off properly in the fourth set and they upped the intensity right away,” said Almadro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We started right in the third set but we didn’t have that much intensity so we told them to pick it up, start it properly and end it properly.”Alyssa Valdez led the Cool Smashers with 23 points while Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano combined for 21 points. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its impressive start in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after stopping Philippine Air Force, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers joined Pocari atop the ladder with identical 3-0 cards while the Lady Jet Spikers are in .500 territory with a 1-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jia Morado, who had 71 excellent sets in her previous performance, had 36 assists this time.Iari Yongco led the Lady Jet Spikers with 18 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia managed to ruffle Gilas Pilipinas’ feathers, but it paid a big price for doing so.Before a loud crowd cheering for the host squad, the Philippines blew Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night and inch closer to the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.Surprisingly, no Malaysian player was expelled after the incident.This fueled the Filipinos, who widened the gap to 73-46 going into the final period.Naturalized player Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and got 18 rebounds for Gilas.Kobe Paras also had a solid outing for the second straight game to finish with 16 points off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines needed some time to heat up, trailing Malaysia, 15-20, in the first quarter as it put up poor defense and could not hit its shots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The win, which came after victories over Thailand and Myanmar, assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals.Filipino fans packed the MABA stadium cheering for the Gilas Cadets, which is practically guaranteed the gold medal here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThings got a little hot in the third quarter when Kuek Tian Yuan fouled Kevin Ferrer and locked up the arm of the former UST star.This drew the ire of the Gilas players with Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaging Malaysian players in a pushing contest.
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Sub-continent pitches have been known for favouring the batsmen and giving bowlers nightmares, but if the warm-up matches are any indication, the Test nations – barring India’s score of 360 for five against New Zealand on Wednesday – have found it tough to post big totals except when they have played against the minnows.Former and current Indian players believe that it will be the bowlers who will hold the key to this edition of the World Cup and selecting the right bowling combination will definitely give the captains a headache.Former left-arm spinner Maninder Singh, India’s highest wickettaker in the 1987 edition of the World Cup, feels it will not just be about the spinners.”Frankly, one can’t expect the ball to swing in the sub-continent as much as they do in Australia, England or South Africa. But the new Kookaburra ball will definitely swing in the first six or seven overs and the pacers have to ensure that they go all-out to impose pressure on the batsmen,” Maninder said.Their next role will be to get the ball to reverse-swing. In the modern era, all the top pacers have mastered the art of reverse swinging the ball. As a result, the spell from the 28th over to the 34th over will be crucial as the ball will definitely be reversing. This is where the Pakistan bowlers will turn up the heat. Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar can never be discounted when it comes to reversing the ball. Even Zaheer Khan has become more of a thinking bowler and he will definitely save up some energy to hurl the reverse-swinging yorkers in the death overs.advertisement”Although the Kookaburra ball doesn’t have a pronounced seam, the spinners will still come in handy as sub-continent wickets grip and turn even in ODIs. So, for me, bowlers will hold the advantage this time round and the batsmen will not have an easy ride – as expected by many.”Maninder also stressed on the importance of part-time bowlers. “The part-time bowlers will need to be used well. While all teams have gone in with specialist pacers and spinners, the part-timers will come into play in a big way as often we will see them being used to check the flow of runs in the middle-overs,” he said.Batting legend Rahul Dravid echoed Maninder’s sentiments saying it was India’s strong list of part-time bowlers that gave them the edge.”India have a well-balanced outfit with a number of spinning allrounders or part-timers. This gives us a big advantage,” he said.Although he was a top-class offspinner himself, Erapalli Prasanna feels the contribution of the pacers can’t be discounted especially on Indian pitches where reverseswing will come in to play.”The nature of the sub-continent pitches will be perennially slow, helping the spinners. But a lot will depend on the pacers as well in the first 10 overs. Also, getting the ball to reverse in the latter stages will be crucial. As far as India is concerned, the crucial factor for me is how Zaheer leads the pace attack in the powerplay and how the spinners and part-time bowlers bowl in the span between the 25th and 40th overs,” he said.Former Test opener Aakash Chopra feels contrary to popular belief, it is going to be the bowlers who will run the show.”The quality of bowling attack will be crucial. Since most teams will be looking to score heavily, it will be the teams that can restrict the opposition who will win the matches. Restriction will be the key,” he said.Former pacer Madan Lal too feels bowlers will hold the key on the slow and low sub-continent wickets. “If the bowlers use their brains and stick to a wicket-to-wicket line, it will be very difficult for the batsmen to score as the ball won’t be coming on to the bat easily. A restricting line can force the batsmen to hit out or get out. Scoring high in the powerplays will also be playing heavily on the batsmen’s mind,” he said.”I feel even the part-timers will be crucial to the success of the teams. Someone like a Chris Gayle will also be useful just like a Yuvraj or a Yusuf.”With Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Smith already criticising the slow nature of the wickets – making batting difficult – it isn’t a surprise that the bowlers will be instrumental to teams’ success in the Cup.
US President Barack Obama.US President Barack Obama was likely to announce the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.However, the White House insisted that Obama has made no decision so far, but said the decision on it would be made “very soon”.”The president is still in the process of finalising his decision on the pace and scope of the drawdown that will begin in July of 2011,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.”He (Obama) is finalising his decision. He’s reviewing the options and the assessments and will have an announcement to make soon,” he said in response to a question.Diplomats from various countries in the knowhow of information being shared by the Obama Administration, said the withdrawal was likely to be equivalent to the 30,000 surge announced by Obama in December 2009. Currently there are about 100,000 US troops serving in Afghanistan.Obamas top commander for Afghanistan, General David Patraeus, is in Washington this week, giving rise to the speculation that the announcement is imminent. The Pentagon too refused to entertain questions related to the announcement.”He (Obama) has had a number of consultations with his national security team, all members from, obviously, his uniform command, his civilian leadership, rather, all the principals on the national security team. He is continuing those consultations and will have an announcement soon,” Carney said.He said there has been significant progress in disrupting or halting the momentum of the Taliban and in stabilising Afghanistan and the government to allow Afghan national security forces to build up, to train and prepare for taking over the lead.advertisement”We have made significant progress towards achieving those goals. Obviously, the most sensational and significant data point in that progress, of that progress, is the elimination of Osama bin Laden. But, there has been enormous progress in disrupting and dismantling al-Qaeda in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region beyond and below Laden,” the official said.”So he looks at this decision as a part of a process, of a policy he put in motion in December of 2009. He said at the time that he would begin the drawdown of the surge forces in July of 2011. That will happen; the pace and scope of that will depend on his assessment of how far we have come in achieving the goals that he set out,” he added.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
The so-called crusade against corruption launched by noted social activist Anna Hazare is up for hijack by Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu to run down the ruling Congress party and gain political mileage in Andhra Pradesh.Apparently aiming at projecting himself as “Andhra Anna Hazare,” Naidu on Tuesday led a massive rally with hundreds of party workers in Hyderabad in protest against the arrest of the veteran Gandhian in New Delhi.Later, he staged a dharna along with party leaders at the Tank Bund on the banks of Hussainsagar lake, demanding immediate release of Anna. He strongly condemned the arrest of Anna and announced that he would go on day-long fast in support of the fight against corruption. The TDP president is also contemplating taking up indefinite fast in New Delhi in the first week of September on corruption and also agricultural crisis in the state.The exact date would be decided after discussion at the politburo meeting, party sources said. Ironically, Naidu himself had faced several charges of corruption during his nine-year rule between 1995 and 2004. Some of the allegations that he had faced during his regime were: promotion of his own company Heritage Foods at the cost of government dairy in Chittoor district, kickbacks during the land acquisition for Yeleru reservoir and social welfare hostels in Visakhapatnam, granting of excise contractors on extraneous considerations that caused a loss of Rs 500 crore to the state exchequer, allotment of 1000 acres of land for IMG-Bharata in the name of development of international sports complex etc.advertisementAt one stage, the CPI-M brought out a booklet against Naidu in the name of: “Chandrababu Zamana, Avineeti Khazana” (Chandrababu’s rule was the most corrupt), which formed the basis for former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to attack him in and out of the assembly. However, there has been no case of corruption pending against Naidu at present.The TDP president was holding a meeting of the party’s extended executive committee meeting at NTR Trust Bhavan, the party’s headquarters at Banjara Hills, when the reports of Anna’s arrest reached him. He immediately cancelled the meeting and announced that he would take out a rally in support of the arrested Gandhian.Setting aside his party flag, Naidu held the national flag and went on a 10-km long march from the party office to Ambedkar Statue at Tank Bund. Hundreds of party workers including MLAs participated in the rally and many others passers-by joined it midway. After reaching the Tank Bund, he garlanded the statue of Ambedkar and sat on a dharna till evening.The protesters demanded immediate release of Anna Hazare and his supporters. They raised slogans of “Down with corrupt government” and “Bring Jan Lokpal bill”. The protest threw traffic out of gear in busy areas like Punjagutta, Khairatabad, Secretariat and Tank Bund. “The response to the rally was overwhelming and spontaneous. It shows how the people are fed up with the corrupt Congress government. We will continue this fight till we achieve the goal,” senior TDP leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.Meanwhile, the arrest of Anna evoked strong reaction from opposition parties, civil society groups and youth and student organizations in various universities across the state. Though the normal life was not disrupted much, there were protest rallies and relay hunger strikes in various parts of the state. At Indira Park in Hyderabad, hundreds of youth and students under the banner of India Against Corruption, Hyderabad chapter, took out a rally protest against Anna’s arrest. They demanded immediate release of the veteran social worker. Some activists also launched a three-day fast at Indira Park to express solidarity with Anna.Rallies and fasts are also being held in Vijayawada, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram, Nizamabad and other towns. Students of Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati, Sri Krishna Devaraya University in Anantapur and JNTU in Kadapa also launched relay hunger strikes in support of Hazare. On Monday night, various organisations like Young India took out candlelight rallies at Tank Bund in support of Hazare.Lok Satta party president Dr Jayaprakash Narayan said with the arrest of Anna, the UPA government had lost the people’s support and moral right to rule the country. He demanded autonomous status to investigating agencies like CBI and ACB, besides extending the Jan Lok Pal institutions across the country.Noted social activist and former union energy secretary Dr E A S Sarma also expressed shock and distress at the arrest of Anna and his team. “It is nothing but a blatant attempt to shield the corrupt and gag the voice of the people of this country against the scourge of corruption and black money in India. The government’s motives are clear. We appeal to the civil society organizations all over the country to support Anna Hazare, despite differences in perception, if any, as his struggle against corruption is the people’s struggle against the well entrenched corrupt,” Dr Sarma said.advertisement
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic returned brilliantly and swatted winners from all angles to beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 on Monday night and earn his first U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam trophy of 2011.Djokovic improved to 64 wins from 66 matches with 10 tournament titles in a simply spectacular year, one of the greatest in the history of men’s tennis – or any sport, for that matter.”I’ve had an amazing year,” Djokovic said, “and it keeps going.”Against No. 2 Nadal, Djokovic is 6-0, all in finals – three on hard courts, including Monday; two on clay; and one on grass at Wimbledon in July. Djokovic also won the Australian Open in January, and is only the sixth man in the 40-plus years of the Open era to collect three major titles in a single season.”Obviously I’m disappointed, but you know what, this guy is doing is unbelievable,” Nadal said.Addressing Djokovic, Nadal added: “What you did this year is impossible to repeat, so well done.”The best win-loss record in the modern era was John McEnroe’s 82-3 in 1984, although that included two Grand Slam titles, because he lost in the French Open final and didn’t enter the Australian Open. Roger Federer was 81-4 in 2005 with two majors, exiting twice in the semifinals. Rod Laver (twice) and Don Budge are the only men to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a year.Djokovic attributes his rise this season to a number of factors, including a vastly improved serve, better fitness – owing, at least in part, to a gluten-free diet he doesn’t like to discuss in any detail – and a seemingly endless reservoir of confidence that dates to December, when he led Serbia to its first Davis Cup title.advertisementThat’s where Djokovic began a 43-match winning streak that ended with a semifinal loss to Federer in the French Open semifinals. The only other blemish on Djokovic’s 2011 record was a loss to Andy Murray in the Cincinnati Masters final last month; Djokovic stopped playing while trailing, citing a painful shoulder.That was the 24-year-old Serb’s last match before heading to Flushing Meadows. His shoulder was fine, clearly, and while he was treated by a trainer for a bad back three times in the late going Monday – perhaps the reason his serves slowed to the 90s mph (140s kph) in the fourth set – he overcame it.With both men playing fantastic, court-covering defense, there were more than two dozen points that lasted at least 15 strokes.Nadal won three major titles in 2010, including beating Djokovic in the U.S. Open final. But this rematch was more of a mismatch, with Djokovic quickly turning things around after falling behind 2-0 in each of the first two sets.Only in the third set did Djokovic really falter for a few moments, getting broken while serving for the match at 6-5, then being outplayed in the tiebreaker.But in the fourth set, Djokovic was in control from the start, breaking in the opening game with a forehand winner, then cruising from there.When Djokovic ended it with another forehand winner, he raised his arms, then tossed aside his racket and dropped to the court. He pulled off his shirt and threw it into the stands, then put on a dark hat with “FDNY” written on it – a nod to Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which both he and Nadal mentioned during the trophy ceremony.Of all of Djokovic’s skills, the one that separated him the most across the 4-hour, 10-minute final was his return. He repeatedly sent serves back over the net and at Nadal’s feet, forcing errors or taking control of the point, helping Djokovic accumulate an astounding 26 break points and convert 11.Consider this: When Nadal completed his career Grand Slam by winning last year’s U.S. Open, he was broken a total of five times in seven matches.Another telling statistic: Four times Monday, Nadal broke Djokovic – only to have Djokovic break right back in the next game.That’s exactly what happened in the third game of the second set, which lasted 17 minutes and featured a bit of everything: 22 points; eight deuces; six break points; a time violation warning against Nadal (Djokovic was admonished later in the set); complaints by both men that the glare from the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights was bothersome; seven exchanges that lasted at least 10 strokes.After a 28-shot point, Djokovic leaned over and put his hands on his knees, his chest heaving. Nadal was the one who faltered, though. He double-faulted to set up break point No. 6, then – on a great defensive lob by Djokovic – put an overhead into the net.advertisementThe final – delayed a day to Monday by rain for the fourth consecutive U.S. Open – was marked by spectators calling out during points or as the players were in their service motions, and while that’s perhaps to be expected in New York (as opposed to, say, the staid All England Club), Djokovic and Nadal were bothered by it, and the chair umpire repeatedly chastised the unruly crowd.Once he adjusted to the conditions, Djokovic disguised shots well, rearing back and ripping big shots off both wings – often right near lines, if not right on them. He wound up with 55 winners – 23 more than Nadal – and all in all, put on a masterful display of as diverse a game as one can have. He excelled at everything – serving, returning, volleying, groundstrokes and the sort of constant movement and retrieving with which Nadal usually frustrates opponents.At 25 years old, Nadal owns 10 Grand Slam titles.He has acknowledged, though, that Djokovic holds a psychological advantage. Late in Monday’s first set, Djokovic hit two drop shots that the normally relentless and indefatigable Nadal didn’t even bother to chase.
“Winning an Olympic medal is a dream come true. It is unbelievable but I did dream of it when I was eight. There is nothing greater than standing on the podium dream come true. I will still remain in the game for Olympic gold,” declared badminton star Saina Nehwal, the first London Olympics medal winner to return home. She reached Hyderabad via Delhi from London at mid – day on Tuesday. Nehwal was conscious of the fortuitous circumstances under which she bagged the bronze after World No. 2 Xin Wang who was leading conceded the match. “It was sad to see the opponent fall down and withdraw. Initially she was 20-13 up and when she asked for water after every two points I thought she was tired. Then, she gave up. I have never won a match in this manner in my career. I was lucky on that day,” recalled the 20 year old during the first media conference after her victory at the Olympics which she opted to have at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, where she trained, in Hyderabad.”I have to thank a number of people beginning with my coach Gopi sir and my father without whom I am nothing,” said Nehwal in characteristic humility. “They gave me a lot of support.” She was particularly pleased to be congratulated by the Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy who travelled, by coincidence, on the same flight from Delhi to Hyderabad. He has already announced a Rs.50 lakh award from the state for the other Olympic bronze medal winner from Hyderabad ace marksman Gagan Narang.advertisementNehwal’s triumph is also a big boost for her coach Pullela Gopichand, a former all England champion. “It is the fulfillment of a wish. Without this medal my life would have been incomplete. I had told my family when starting the Academy that one day we will bring an Olympic medal.”Gopichand pointed she had pushed hard and with her confidence she was successful. “There have been ups and downs and it was a really big challenge for at one stage last year she felt that it is not happening. But , thereafter, I made sure that I was available before the crack of dawn every day here at the Academy whenever she was in Hyderabad during the last eight months for wholly focused preparation,” explained Gopichand, adding “all the hard work paid off with God’s grace.”Nehwal is the second Indian woman, after weightlifter Karnam Malleswari who bagged a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games, also based in Andhra Pradesh, to bag an Olympic medal.Earlier, she was given a rousing welcome on her midday arrival at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. An official delegation led by the authorities of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, large number of badminton buffs, besides fellow players of the Gopichand Academy where she trains in the city, gathered at the airport almost an hour before she landed, and greeted her with flowers and cheers. From there, Nehwal, accompanied by her father Harvir Singh and Gopichand, travelled atop a flower decked open top bus emblazoned with a banner “Mera Bharat Mahan” to the Academy.
Each hour of TV that a two to four-year-old watches elevates the risk of a larger waistline and reduction of muscle fitness, says a study.According to experts, children should not watch more than two hours of TV a day.”We already knew that there is an association between pre-school television exposure and the body fat of fourth grade children, but this is the first study to describe more precisely what that association represents,” said Linda Pagani, who conducted the research with Caroline Fitzpatrick, both from the University of Montreal and its St-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital.”Parents were asked about their child’s TV habits. Trained examiners took waist measurements and administered the standing long jump test to measure child muscular fitness,” said Pagani.”We found, for example that each weekly hour of TV at 29 months of age corresponds to a decrease of about a third of a centimetre in the distance a child is able to jump,” said Pagani, the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity reported. “The pursuit of sports by children depends in part on their perceived athletic competence,” Fitzpatrick said.”Behavioural dispositions can become entrenched during childhood as it is a critical period for the development of habits and preferred activities. “Accordingly, the ability to perform well during childhood may promote participation in sporting activities in adulthood,” Fitzpatrick said, according to a university statement.Along with their parents, 1,314 children from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development database participated in this study. When the children were 2.5 to 4.5 years of age, their parents reported how many hours of TV during the week and weekend they watched, said a university statement.The average was 8.8 hours per week at the onset of the study, a figure that increased on average by 6 hours over the next two years to reach 14.8 hours per week by the age of 4.5 years.Thus, 15 percent of the children participating in the study were already watching over 18 hours per week according to their parent’s reports at that time.advertisement
Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “He’s a pick-and-popper,” Bullock said. “We’ve just got to be able to rotate to him quicker or whatever we want to do to be able to get to him a lot quicker. He had a lot of open looks and he was shooting pretty quick, so we just have to do better with our switches or peel-backs or whatever we call it to be able to get back to shooters.”When Hornets coach James Borrego speaks of Williams, he normally uses one word: pro.“He’s at the core of who we are,” Borrego said. “I’m really proud of him, he shot the ball well and his teammates were looking for him. He was locked and loaded tonight.”Kemba Walker finished with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to seal Charlotte’s second straight win at home. The Hornets moved back ahead of the Pistons for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.Blake Griffin had 23 points, and Andre Drummond had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 39 percent from the floor and scored their fewest points of the season.ADVERTISEMENT The Hornets opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter behind 13 points by Williams.But Pistons would cut the lead to three with five minutes left in the game after the Hornets missed their first eight shots of the fourth quarter.Enter Lamb.Lamb, who beat the Pistons on a last-second jumper 10 days ago, shook off a cold shooting night and scored on a driving left-handed layup and then buried a deep 3-pointer.Walker then connected on back-to-back 3s, the first coming after shaking off a defender. Walker even seemed to impress himself, smiling wide and holding his hands over his head mouthing the words “Oh my!” After his second, he ran back down the court lifting his legs high in the air while pumping his arms, knowing he had all but sealed the game.TIP-INSPistons: Bench was outscored 36-23. … Shot 23.5 percent from 3-point range. .. Only made 14 of 22 free throws.Hornets: Cody Zeller fouled out with 4:17 left and the Hornets leading 83-78. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and Willy Hernangomez had 11 off the bench.NOT UP TO SATISFACTIONPistons coach Dwane Casey wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “Our give-a-crap level was very low,” Casey said. “For a very important game like tonight, when you are a winner you come out and take this game and come ready to fight. I’ll take the blame for it. I didn’t get our team ready enough to come out and compete and fight.”DEFENSE STEPS UPBorrego said it was his team’s best defensive effort of the season.“We found a group of men that’s committed to the defensive end these last two games,” Borrego said. “Four fast-break points for them, 46 points in the paint, I think that was our low for the season for opponent points at 86. … I think we made a lot strides defensively these last few days and that’s what’s got to sustain us, competing on both ends of the floor.”UP NEXTPistons: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Hornets: Visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kawhi Leonard scores 37 as Raptors beat Cavs Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When asked about the last time he made seven 3-pointers in a game, Marvin Williams paused for several seconds and then finally responded, “High school?”That was a long time ago for the 32-year-old Williams.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 13-year veteran found his shooting stroke on Friday night, making a career-high 7 of 11 shots from beyond the arc on the way to a season-high 24 points as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season, 98-86.“He was sniping tonight,” teammate Jeremy Lamb said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe Hornets skipped their morning shootaround, and Williams said he reported to the game feeling fresh.Detroit’s Reggie Bullock said the Pistons suffered defensive breakdowns in guarding Williams. 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US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMighty Sports Philippines needed a late run to put away Al-Wahda Syria, 85-81, and finish the group stage undefeated in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship Wednesday (Manila time) at Shabab Al Ahli gymnasium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Justin Brownlee and Roosevelt Adams led the game-clinching 14-0 blast after Mighty Sports trailed, 76-70, with less than five minutes remainingADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wizards lose John Wall for year with ruptured left tendon Brownlee unleashed 27 points, including a 3-pointer that put Mighty Sports ahead for good, 79-76, with 2:32 to go.Roosevelt Adams was again a spark off the bench with 21 points, highlighted by four triples, and seven rebounds in 29 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRandolph Morris added 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Philippine side, which climbed to 4-0.Jordan Adams, who had a brief stint with the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA, paced Al Wahda with 22 points. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Imran Khan: ‘Gavaskar is the danger man’The Indian cricket team leaves later this month for Pakistan. An India-Pakistan series elicits more emotional participation on both sides of the border than any other and this time should be no different, the Asian Games notwithstanding. Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan, fresh from his side’s,Imran Khan: ‘Gavaskar is the danger man’The Indian cricket team leaves later this month for Pakistan. An India-Pakistan series elicits more emotional participation on both sides of the border than any other and this time should be no different, the Asian Games notwithstanding. Pakistan’s captain, Imran Khan, fresh from his side’s victory against Australia was in New Delhi last fortnight for a brief visit during which he was interviewed by Senior Editor S. Venkat Narayan. Excerpts:On how Pakistan will fare against India in the forthcoming series:We played good cricket in England. Ours was a better team but we lost. But against Australia our team clicked very well. In that light, I feel that we are well equipped to beat India. But there are factors involved, like the playing conditions, the wickets and so on. If the wickets are tilted in favour of the batsmen, then India has the chance of saving the series.On how Pakistan cricket came of age:One of Pakistan cricket’s biggest problems has been a lack of Test cricket. People don’t realise it, but it makes a lot of difference. A player may do very well in first class cricket, but when we put him into Test cricket, it takes him some time to get used to it because it is a completely different level of cricket.The Pakistan team has played very few Test matches. Until the recent England tour, some of us played just seven matches in two and half years – which is very little indeed. Besides, we somehow lack Test temperament. When it comes to Test matches, we used to get too tense, we couldn’t play our natural game but just panic. That’s why our performances have been poor.advertisementEven in England, I feel that if we played with them now, we’d beat them easily. It just so happened that we played them at a time when we were just too nervous, too tense and not sure of ourselves: so, we did badly.On Pakistan’s best players in the coming Indo-Pak series:Our batting line-up is very ominous for India. There are players like Zaheer Abbas, now in tremendous form, Mohsin Khan, who is an opening batsman in the mould of Barry Richards, Mansoor Akhtar, a very fine up-and-coming youngster, and then there is Javed Miandad. These are our main batsmen who are going to trouble India a lot.In bowling we’ve got two newcomers whom the Indians haven’t seen before: Jalaluddin and Tahir Naqqash. They have seen Abdul Qadir, but he is now a better bowler.On how the Indian team compares to his:The Indian batting is pretty strong. At the moment they probably look as good as ours, but our bowling has got an edge.On whom Pakistan fears most in the Indian side:Sunil Gavaskar is the danger man. He has got the capacity to stay at the wicket for very long and that keeps the score rate going even though he might not be scoring. Anyone who stays at the wicket long is dangerous.On Gavaskar as a captain:Of all the Indian captains I have seen since the ’70s, he’s the best. He’s aggressive, more aggressive than any other Indian captain I’ve seen. He’s tactically a good captain. He understands the game and on top of it he commands the respect of his team. Maybe, at times he feels his team’s bowling is not good enough for him to win matches; so, he goes for draws. That’s what it appears to be like from the result of the Indian series against England.On Kapil Dev making a good captain in the future:No one ever knows really until one is put in that place. Take Asif Iqbal, for instance. We all thought he would be the best captain Pakistan ever had because he seemed to understand the game, he commanded the respect of the players and he was a good tactician. But once he was made the captain, he actually turned out to be a poor one. So, I don’t think anyone can tell unless someone is actually put in that place.On cricketers’ and other sportsmen’s role in bringing India and Pakistan closer:It must really depend on the spirit in which the game is played. If there is a lot of unpleasantness in the series, or if the crowds feel that there’s been a lot of cheating – as it happened when Pakistan came here last and India went there – then I don’t think it does any good. But if it’s played in the proper spirit. I’m sure it should bring the two countries together.advertisementOn what kind of series it’s going to be:As far as I as a captain am concerned I’m interested in a series that produces results, that is good to watch and that’s entertaining. We in the Pakistan team will do our best to produce a very healthy series. And if it is played properly – as we hope it will be then – it should generate a lot of goodwill and interest in both the countries. When we came here last, the hospitality we were shown in India, if that’s not a sign of goodwill, then I don’t know what is. And that certainly shows to the Pakistanis that there is a lot of good feeling for Pakistan in India.On film stars going crazy about him on his last visit:The secret is that I should get married. It will put an end to all that. I went to as many parties as all the other cricketers of our team did. But because most of them were married their names weren’t linked (to pretty film stars) and mine was.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine football chief “I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,” Embiid said.Embiid was greeted with a rousing standing ovation in his first game for the Sixers since he took a flying leap over actress Regina King on Feb. 13 in New York. Embiid hadn’t played since he was on the court for 23 minutes in the All-Star game, though the team has denied a link between playing in the game and his knee injury.“I felt like at some point after the All-Star game, I was uncomfortable,” Embiid said. “We did some tests and I’m glad everything was good. It’s just about making sure that I’m pretty strong.”Embiid made 11 of 21 shots in 28 minutes and showed the Sixers what they missed in his absence.Early in the fourth, Embiid pump-faked from the top of the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled as he tossed up a one-handed layup. Embiid extended his arms and pointed at himself, mouthing “I’m back” as Sixers fans went wild. He sank the free throw for an 83-74 lead and hit the bench to a standing ovation. Embiid cupped an ear toward the crowd, a signature move from former 76ers great Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ The Sixers are 26-9 at home and want that edge in the playoffs.“We’re on the clock, and I think that the sense of urgency and awareness of what we are getting close to, having to perform at the level that we have to perform at is real for these players,” Brown said. “I can feel that there’s an excitement having Joel back.”The Pacers missed their shot to knock the Sixers down to fifth in the East.The Pacers missed 17 of 20 shots in the third and scored only 11 points while falling behind 72-70 after holding a 14-point lead. The Pacers went the final 6:55 of the third without scoring a basket and never got going in the fourth.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.“All of them hurt,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Certainly, this game, with a team so close to you, big game. Had an opportunity to split the series and didn’t get that done.”Embiid was out of basketball shape — conditioning has always been a factor for the 7-footer — and he was whistled for three fouls in his first 9 minutes of play. He was already wiped from a scrimmage on Saturday that left him concerned he’d miss the game.“Yesterday, I was on the floor, crying for my life,” Embiid said. “I didn’t think I was going to come in and play.”Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with injuries, said he expected to sit out other games for rest the remainder of the regular season.Embiid went wild when he was called for a foul on Domantas Sabonis’ drive to the basket in the first quarter. Sabonis appeared to drive the baseline untouched by Embiid and hit the court to toss up a shot. Embiid was called for the foul and was quickly banged for a technical foul for yelling at the referees. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers’ Kyle O’Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid mouthed “I’m back” to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man.The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the Indiana Pacers 106-89 in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday.“He is a difference maker in all ways, shapes and forms,” coach Brett Brown said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEmbiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers were just 4-4 in his absence, including a blowout loss Friday at Houston that only exacerbated the problem.With Embiid back, the Sixers (42-25) moved into a tie with Indiana for third in the East, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers by virtue of their 3-1 record in the season series. Suns lean on Devin Booker to snap 18-game skid to Warriors 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Embiid was fatigued and frustrated in the first half — and the fans were fed up.The Sixers were soundly booed off the court by 20,636 fans as they trudged into a timeout down 14 points in the second quarter. JJ Redick buried a 3 out of the timeout and Ben Simmons threw down a dunk to help get the crowd going again.Sabonis gave the Pacers a big lift after he missed with five games with an ankle injury. Sabonis, one of the top reserves in the NBA, had five assists in the first half to help Indiana to a 59-51 lead.“If we’re the team that we think we are, these are the kind of games we’ve got to win,” Pacers center Myles Turner said.TIP INS:Pacers: Tyreke Evans, a native of nearby, Chester, Pennsylvania, did not play because of an illness. … The Pacers wore their “Hickory” uniforms.76ers: The 11 points scored by Indiana in the third were the fewest scored against 76ers in any quarter since New Orleans also had 11 in the third on Feb. 9, 2018.UP NEXTPacers: Return home to play New York on Tuesday.Sixers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle made sure that there would be a sense of normalcy in the Final Four race of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament when it faced University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ The Lady Spikers’ win, coupled with UP’s loss to Ateneo on Saturday, broke the logjam with the Lady Spikers now in solo second with the Lady Tamaraws holding the third seed.“It was important for us to get this win because it’s not just for our team standing but also for our confidence, we won’t be down that much,” said Cheng, who had 20 points in the win.“We have to be more consistent going forward and I hope that we will play like this throughout the rest of the season. I feel like that the deeper we go into the season the stronger the other teams are getting.”ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Spikers took care of business against University of Santo Tomas, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena that broke the tie for the no.2 seed with a 7-3 record.The win put La Salle in the right track as the elimination round winds down since a loss coul could’ve sent the Lady Spikers to as low as fourth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Obviously it’s very important because if we lost this one it would be hard for us to get back up,” said Cheng in Filipino.There was a stretch in the tournament when La Salle, UST, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines were either all tied up in the second spot. Change in demeanor turns things around for NU libero Jennifer Nierva Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
Greg Slaughter. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra needed extra five minutes to survive Magnolia the last time the two fierce rivals met three weeks ago.It wasn’t the case on Saturday when the Gin Kings blew out the Hotshots, 86-75, in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Paul Lee had 15 points and three assists while Ian Sangalang collected 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Hotshots, who shot just 35 percent from the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Recovering Isa Molde plays sparingly in UP loss to FEU Ginebra led by as much as 21 in the third quarter and Magnolia didn’t pull within single digits until the 1:15 mark of the fourth quarter.Greg Slaughter powered the Gin Kings with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Art dela Cruz added 14 points, three rebounds and a block in close to 24 minutes off the bench.But as dominant as Ginebra was in the opener, Cone knows the Gin Kings can’t afford to let complacency creep in heading into Monday’s Game 2.“But the big thing is we didn’t really do anything. All we was I guess put ourselves in the same situation as Rain or Shine and Phoenix. Now we have a twice-to-beat and obviously, we’d rather be Phoenix and Rain or Shine than Alaska and NorthPort,” he said“This doesn’t guarantee us anything but the first game of a short series is always important cause you do get that quick advantage.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra turned on the jets in the second quarter where it outscored Magnolia, 27-9, to take a 44-27 advantage at the half.“That team just doesn’t go away. We played some really excellent basketball out there especially on defense. We defended very well but that team just doesn’t go away,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters. “I was nervous all the way up to the last 40 seconds when I finally felt that we won it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I just thought our hustle and energy was very good tonight. That’s the team usually out-hustles you, out-energizes you and we got that tonight rather than them,” he added.Cone may just be being too humble in victory as the Hotshots never really threatened. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
“Meron po akong charity, matagal na, nung 2010 pa. Ito na lang talaga pagkakataon para umayos tayong lahat,” said the intruder.(I have a charity that I started in 2010. I think this is the only chance to make things right).Nevertheless, the PBA will still file criminal charges against the invader who is now detained at Quezon City Police District 7.Araneta security also apprehended the court invader’s accomplice and a random fan who sucker punched the said accomplice.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ronald Tubid chased after the man in costume, hitting him.Marc Pingris followed, in defense of buddy JMF. pic.twitter.com/9LNRKLgxfw— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 10, 2019“Wala akong balak na manakit, ang message ko pagmamahal eh tapos mananakit ako, di ko po kayang gawin yun,” said the still unidentified assailant Friday. “Di ko nga po nakita. Siya bumangga sa akin.”(I didn’t have any plans of hurting anyone, my message is about spreading the love so I really couldn’t hurt someone. I didn’t see him, he’s the one who collided against me.)READ: Mark Barroca ‘miracle shot’ puts Magnolia on brink of ending San Miguel reignThe court intruder claimed that he even runs charity that started in 2010 and that apparently running onto the middle of a PBA game is the best way to get his message across.Commotion. Downright commotion. #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/H4LtV4M9HM— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 10, 2019 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Top rookie Eya Laure focused on bigger picture: ‘We want championship more than anything else’ MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fajardo seemed visibly shaken after the collision that apparently hit his jaw, but the still unidentified court invader clarified that he was just spreading the message of love just in time for the upcoming midterm elections on Monday.3/3 2 more taken near the press room. One more tried to follow the guy in costume. Another (in white polo ) said he hit the second guy for hitting Fajardo. ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The man who dressed up as Spider-Man is held up by Araneta security. #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/GqCYcvCtd2— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 10, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Mark Barroca’s last-second game winner that lifted Magnolia to an 88-86 win and a crucial 3-2 lead over San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup finals wasn’t the craziest moment in Game 5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA man dressed as Spider-Man managed to run to the Smart Araneta Coliseum parquet floor in a disastrous stunt where he collided with Beermen center June Mar Fajardo during a crucial stretch in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles READ: ‘Spider Man’ storms court during PBA Finals, hits June Mar Fajardo Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too WATCH: Kawhi Leonard leads Raptors in Game 4 with 36 points Teammates realized they could become champions and now the Warriors know it all too well, even if Leonard lacks the flamboyant moves of LeBron James or injured Warriors star Kevin Durant.“You got to give him his credit. He imposed his will on the game and all the other guys followed him,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “I’m not sure if it will ever look like those other guys, but he gets the job done.”Curry was impressed at the way Leonard seized command.“He played amazing,” Curry said. “He hit every big shot, momentum shot that in that third quarter, it gave them the lead. And then kept the separation.”Leonard’s low-key attitude has kept the Raptors calm when excitement beckons, such as being a game from the title.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue With the game poised on a knife’s edge, Leonard opened the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Raptors their first lead and finished with 17 points in the quarter while helping silence Golden State stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.“The key was pretty much playing defense,” Leonard said. “That second half we started to make some shots and just pretty much stayed in the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLeonard, who was the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in leading San Antonio to a title, was 11-of-22 from the floor, 5-of-9 from 3-point range, and 9-of-9 from the free throw line to secure the victory.“He’s playing great and he has lifted us a lot of times with big buckets or runs,” Nurse said. “But more than anything, once we saw him early in the year… our team’s sense of who they thought they could become went up.” Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:16Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman hold final press conference ahead of bout02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “His demeanor has taken a big part of our team,” Lowry said. “We have some guys that are fiery and feisty, but we all just stay level headed and never get too up, never get too down. Kawhi definitely brought a lot to that.”‘Two big-boy shots’Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said there was nothing the Warriors could have done to stop Leonard from taking control early in the third quarter with his 3-pointers.“There’s no defense for that. There are no schemes for that,” VanVleet said.“That’s two big-boy shots that he came out of the half with, two back-to-back threes. And that just kind of let you know how we were going to approach the third quarter and the rest of the half. It put us in good position.”When the Warriors did try to stop Leonard, it opened plays for Serge Ibaka, who came off the bench to score 20 points.“We know they would try to take Kawhi away, double him, so I just tried to play in the space.”Ibaka had 12 points in the second half to keep Golden State at bay.“He was great,” Nurse said. “Once he starts blocking a couple shots, the offense comes and the rebounding comes and even his jump shot seems to come.” OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 07: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket against Stephen Curry #30 and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Four of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPKawhi Leonard hoisted the Toronto Raptors onto his back in the third quarter of Friday’s NBA Finals game against Golden State and lifted them within one triumph of their first championship.The 27-year-old playmaker with the cool-as-ice demeanor scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to power the Raptors over the defending champion Warriors 105-92 for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments
Normal anatomyThe rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder. These muscles and tendons hold the arm in its “ball and socket” joint and are involved in essentially all shoulder motions.IndicationsThe role of the tendons is to hold the powerful shoulder muscles to the shoulder and arm bones. The tendons can be torn from overuse or injury.ProcedureEither through an open incision or using small instruments through tiny incisions (arthroscopy), the tendon is repaired with sutures. If the tendon is separated from the bone, small rivets called suture anchors are used to attach the tendon back to the bone.AftercareSurgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is usually very successful at relieving pain in the shoulder. The procedure is less predictable at returning strength to the shoulder. Recovery time often depends on the extent of the tear.Review Date:6/30/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
Rahane said he was in the process of preparing himself to Rahane said he was in the process of preparing himself to shift gear from one format of the game to another ahead of the tour by South Africa, featuring first a three-match T20 series, followed by a five-game ODI rubber and ending with a four-match Test series against hosts India. “I am actually thinking of preparing on that aspect, shifting (smoothly) from one format to another, and how quickly can I adapt or adjust will be the key. Its all about mental adjustment, as no big technical changes are needed, only small adjustments need to be made. “At the highest level 80-85 per cent is a mental game and only 15-20 per cent is technical. Its all about how to adjust to conditions quickly.” Saying he neither gets too excited when he scores runs nor gets upset by lack of success, the Mumbaikar said if he stays level-headed, he can progress gradually in the game. “I never get satisfied if I score runs. I dont get bogged down if I get out cheaply. If you maintain yourself at the same level when tasting success or failure, eventually you can go up step by step. Thats important for me rather than to keep a goal. Yes, you need to have a goal and mine is to improve every day as a cricketer.” Outside of cricket, Rahane has hobbies like reading sports biographies, history, listening to music and watching Hindi movies. “I like reading books, listening to music. I like to read sports books, autobiographies, history books. I recently read Shiva trilogy (by Amish Tripathi), read about Shivaji Maharaj, about his leadership qualities and what was his thinking, that he was ten steps ahead of the opposition. “I am currently reading Open, by (tennis star) Andre Agassi. I like to watch movies. I am a big fan of Amir Khan and like watching all his movies,” he concluded. PTI SSR SDL BS AHadvertisement
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik has been issued a show cause notice by the Wrestling Federation India (WFI) for leaving the national camp without permission as 25 campers have been expelled for the same offence.In a shocking turn of events, 25 out of of the 45 women grapplers, who train at the SAI centre in Lucknow, reported absent from the national camp without taking permission from the National Federation. Out of these 25, three grapplers including Sakshi (62kg), Seema Bisla (50kg) and Kiran (76kg) had recently qualified for the World Championship,The trio has been issued show cause notices and their deadline from submitting reply is Wednesday.All others have been expelled from the national camp till further orders from the WFI and were barred from competing in Monday’s World Championship trials in four non-Olympic categories.According to WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar, once the Indian squads left for Belarus and Estonia for preparatory tournaments, the remaining wrestlers left the camp without seeking permission.”We have asked Sakshi, Seema and Kiran to reply to the show cause notices. They can reply by Wednesday. Others, we have not even bothered to ask. They have simply been expelled for indiscipline. We will see later if we need to call them back for the camp,” Tomar told PTI.”The camp is still on with remaining wrestlers, including the juniors. Now that they have been expelled, they are coming up with all kinds of excuses. Somebody is saying that my mother was ill and some one is saying that she had informed so and so. This is unacceptable,” added Tomar.Asked if WFI will stop Sakshi, Seema and Kiran from participating in the Worlds, Tomar said,”I can’t comment on it as of today. The Federation will decide soon.”Sources in the WFI said the three wrestlers will be let off with warning. WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said they want only serious wrestlers at the camp.”We have told them that only those who are serious about training will return to the camp. If they have problems at home, they can sit at home. We will replace them. We can’t afford the camp to suffer because of a few wrestlers. We can have more juniors,” Singh told PTI.Asked about allegations that the WFI has tried to manipulate trials by sending entries for the World Championship to United World Wrestling (UWW) without holding trials, Tomar defended the decision.The last date to send entries was August 15 while WFI conducted trials for women in non-Olympic categories on August 19 in Lucknow and men’s trials are scheduled for tomorrow in New Delhi.”We had to send a team to Belarus for the tournament and to Estonia for the World Championships. A few junior wrestlers also wanted to compete in trials, so we delayed the trials so that they can compete when they comeback.”Viky, who won a bronze in 92kg at the Worlds, he also has to compete. We delayed it so that we could have quality trials. I agree that the women’s trials were very weak due to disciplinary action. We can always replace names already sent to UWW. We can give medical certificates for replacements,” said Tomar.The men’s freestyle trials in four non-olympic categories and the 74kg in which two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar competes, will be held on Tuesday.NAMES OF WRESTLERS EXPELLED FROM NATIONAL CAMP:50kg: Indu Chaudhary, Preeti, Sheetal Tomar53kg: Seema, Keemti, Raman Yadav55kg: Pinky57kg: Pinki Rani59kg: Manju, Ankita, Rani Rana62kg: Sakshi Malik, Rachna, Pooja65kg: Anita, Gargi Yadav, Ritu Malik68kg: Rajni, Naina, Kavita76kg: Kiran, Jyoti, Sudesh, Pooja, Rani. Kiransakshi malikSeemawrestling First Published: August 19, 2019, 6:14 PM IST
Basel: PV Sindhu, two-time world silver-medallist, produced yet another commanding performance as she demolished Beiwen Zhang of United States in straight games to advance to the quarter-finals of the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland on Thursday.On the other hand, Saina Nehwal was upset by Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt 21-15, 25-27, 12-21 in an hour and 12 minutes to bow out of the tournament in pre-quarterfinals. Sindhu won 21-14, 21-6 in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals match that lasted just 34 minutes. The fifth seeded Indian had lost to the ninth seeded American opponent in the Indian Open final last year.Sindhu now face second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals.The Indian completely dominated the match, giving no chance to her American opponent. They were levelled 5-5 but from there, Sindhu led all the way to pocket the first game.The second game was even better for Sindhu as she led all the way from 1-1, taking five straight points to 6-1 and then another six points on the trot to reach 14-5 before wrapping up the match.Saina started extremely brightly but lost her way in the middle to eventually lose her match. Saina took the first game with ease and was leading for most of the second game but Blichfeldt came to level terms and despite much resistance from Sania where she saved game points, the Danish eventually forced the decider.Saina could not keep pace with Blichfeldt in the decider and was completely dominated.In the men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth dished out a superlative performance to stun world no. 8 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and progress to the quarterfinals but Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy suffered defeats to bow out of the showpiece event.Seeded seventh, Srikanth lost 14-21 13-21 against Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the pre-quarterfinal match that lasted 40 minutes while Prannoy’s campaign ended with a loss at the hands of world no. 1 Kento Momota of Japan.Prannoy showed glimpses of brilliance, especially in the opening game, but couldn’t stop Momota from registering a 21-19 21-12 win, his fifth victory over the Indian in as many encounters.World No 19. Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Swiss Open this year, took just 42 minutes to dispatch sixth seeded Anthony of Indonesia 21-19 21-13 to set up a likely clash with another Indonesian Jonatan Christie, seeded fourth and the reigning Asian Games champion.(With PTI inputs) badmintonbwf world championshipskidambi srikanthPV Sindhu First Published: August 23, 2019, 12:59 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Published on April 06, 2017 Leander Paes made his Davis Cup debut against Japan in 1990 at Jaipur. File Photo tennis Rohan Bopanna and Sriram Balaji will feature in the doubles match against Farrukh Dustov and Sanjar Fayziev × SHARE COMMENT Veteran Leander Paes was today dropped from the Indian team for the Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan to be held here from April 7 to 9.India’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi instead selected Rohan Bopanna to pair with Sriram Balaji in the second round Davis Cup tie in Group 1 of the Asia/Oceania zone to be played at the KSLTA.Bopanna and Balaji will feature in the doubles match against Farrukh Dustov and Sanjar Fayziev. Bopanna is ranked 23rd in the world — 34 spots above Paes.Ramkumar Ramanathan will now spearhead India’s singles challenge in place of injured Yuki Bhambri.Ramanathan will face Temur Ismailov in the first singles rubber tomorrow. Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who replaced the injured Bhambri, will then take on Fayziev in the second singles rubber.In the reverse singles on Sunday, Ramanathan will face Fayziev and Gunneswaran will play the final rubber against Ismai.Paes, who made his Davis Cup debut against Japan in 1990 at Jaipur, has been dropped from the Davis Cup team on form for the first time in 27 years.Paes is also in the cusp of creating a Davis Cup history. Paes is currently locked at 42 with Italian legend Nico Pietrangeli and is one win away from the record for most doubles wins in Davis Cup history. COMMENTS Leander Paes made his Davis Cup debut against Japan in 1990 at Jaipur. File Photo SHARE SHARE EMAIL
Akhil SheoranAnjum MoudgilIndiaISSF Shooting World Cup Finals First Published: November 20, 2019, 11:40 AM IST Putian: India’s Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat failed to qualify for the finals of the women’s 25m air pistol event at the World Cup Finals here on Wednesday.Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manu shot 292 and 291 in the precision and rapid events respectively for a total of 583 in the qualifiers. While two other shooters, Germany’s Doreen Vennekamp and Elena Galiabovitch of Australia, also ended with a qualification score of 583, the German qualified owing to a superior tally of inner 10s.Manu and Galiabovitch had 17 inner 10s, while Vennekamp shot 23 to be way ahead.Rahi, on the other hand, endured a disappointing outing. The Asian Games gold-medallist finished bottom of the heap in the qualifiers with a score of 569.Later on Wednesday, Anish Bhanwala will compete in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event.NO LUCK IN 50M RIFLE 3 POSITIONS TOOAnjum Moudgil, Sanjeev Rajput and Akhil Sheoran failed to make the final of the 50m rifle 3 positions event on Tuesday.Sanjeev shot 1,153 and missed qualification by a point. After qualifying with a national record of 1,181, Sanjeev shot 384 in kneeling, 388 in prone and 381 in the standing position.Akhil Sheoran, on the other hand, was placed 13th after managing a score of 1,147. Anjum Moudgil also ended up with the same score as Akhil and ended in the 13th spot. She shot 377 in kneeling, 390 in prone and 380 in the standing position.(With inputs from IANS and PTI) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Advertisement Advertisement(Photo Credits : Google Images)What are the odds of your team winning the World Cup?The 2018 FIFA World cup gets underway on June 14th, as top nations from around the world will compete against each other to lift the coveted trophy. Footballing powerhouses such as Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Argentina are set to start the tournament as favorites. However, nothing goes as predicted in this ball game. The mightiest of teams may lose to the smallest nations of the world cup. One can ask the England national football team in order to confirm this statement. While some teams may have a dream run in this tournament, some may face utter disappointment. Heart breaks, surprise and unpredictable results have made the world cup the biggest quadrennial international football tournament. This is our predictions for the world cup by looking at the draw.Group AWinner : UruguayRunner Up : RussiaArguably the strongest team in this group, Uruguay are tipped to finish on top of group A ahead of Egypt, Host nation Russia and Saudi arabia. However, the runner up position can spark some intense contest as both russia and egypt will look to seal that position. Although, we predict that Russia have the upper hand in this race, we look forward to having an exciting match up between these two teams.Group BWinner : SpainRunner Up : PortugalThese two European giants are favorites to qualify for the knockout round from this group. The match between Spain and Portugal is one to look forward for, as this could decide the fate of the group. Spain, who will be looking forward to erase their memories of 2014 WC, where they were knocked out of the group stage, are favorites to top the group while Euro 2016 winners Portugal are predicted to qualify as runners up of this group.Group CWinners : FranceRunner Up : PeruFrance, hands down, have the best young squad in this world cup. Any result less than the semi finals will be an underachievement for this team. However, the runner up spot is up for grabs, as two equally matched teams – Eriksen’s Denmark and South american Peru have equal chances of qualifying. Although, we favour Peru to go through, one cannot predict the result of this fixture.Group DWinners : ArgentinaRunner up : CroatiaLed by the magical Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup runners up Argentina are most likely to top the group ahead of Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland. One might say that this group may be the toughest group as all the four teams have a chance for qualifying to the knockout stage. While Croatia and Nigeria look to seal the runner up spot, Iceland are a force not to be underestimated. Taking inspirations from their iconic 2-1 victory over England in the Euro 2016, Iceland will look forward to pull off a blinder by qualifying from this group.Group EWinner : BrazilRunner up : SerbiaHaving won the world cup 5 times already, Brazil are favorites to win this world cup. Qualifying for the knockout stages wouldn’t be a problem for the selecao, as they will rely on the trio of Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus to lead their team to victory. Although Switzerland are a decent team, we tip Serbia to qualify ahead of them.Group FWinner : GermanyRunner Up : MexicoDefending champions and 4-time winners Germany will be looking forward to have a good outing at this this year’s world cup. Driven by extraordinary squad depth and technically gifted players, Germany are title contenders as always. Mexico are predicted to be the other team to qualify from this group.Group GWinner : BelgiumRunner Up : EnglandBelgium who have genuine world beaters such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, in from Dries Mertens are the dark horses of this years tournament. England, on the other hand will be hoping to put their 2014 WC memories behind having been knocked out in the group stages and display a better performance than last time.Group HWinner : ColombiaRunner up : PolandHaving had a memorable world cup last time, Colombia will depend on their star playmaker James Rodriguez to come good this time also and etch his name into world cup folklore. Lewandowski driven Poland are favoured to finish as runners up ahead of Mane’s Senegal. Japan may cause an upset or two by beating any of the three teams. This group maybe called as the group of death as the standard of competitiveness will be relatively high due to equality in the strength of teams.Knockout stages :The top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.In the round of 16 stage, 8 matches will be played where the winner progresses to the quarter finals. Hoping that our predictions come right, this will be the matches for the last 16.R16 Match 1: 30th JuneFixture : Winner of A vs Runner up of BPredicted team : Uruguay vs PortugalThis could possibly be the most exciting match in the round of 16 as the winner is just as unpredictable as it could get. Albeit, we tip Uruguay to get the better of this fixture and advance to the semi finals.R16 Match 2: 30th JuneFixture : Winner of C vs Runner up of DPredicted team : France vs CroatiaThis could be a highly competitive match as two exciting teams go head to head for a place in the quarterfinals. France, as predicted earlier, are favored to be the winner of this match as they will rely on their world class attack to break through the Croatian defense with ease.R16 Match 3 : 2nd JulyFixture : Winner of E vs Runner up of FPredicted team : Brazil vs MexicoWe predict Brazil to advance to the next stage as mexico would not be much of a challenge for Brazil’s attacking prowess.R16 Match 4 : 2nd JulyFixture : Winner of G vs Runner up of HPredicted team : Belgium vs PolandWe place our money on Belgium to go through in this fixture as the Belgian attacking trio of Hazard, Lukaku and Mertens will look to put Poland to bed.R16 Match 5 : 1st JulyFixture : Winner of B vs Runner up of APredicted team : Spain vs RussiaWe are looking forward to seeing a spirited fight by the host country against a superior Spanish side. However, we foresee that Spain will go through eventually.R16 Match 6 : 1st JulyFixture : Winner of D vs Runner up of CPredicted team : Argentina vs PeruWe are hoping that this all south american fixture wouldn’t be much of a hassle for Argentina despite the fact that Peru had risen incredibly in the fifa world rankings in the last 3 years.R16 Match 7 : 3rd JulyFixture : Winner of F vs Runner up of EPredicted team : Germany vs SerbiaDefending Champions Germany will be looking to easily make it past the round of 16 against the Serbians.R16 Match 8 : 3rd JulyFixture : Winner of H vs Runner up of GPredicted team : Colombia vs EnglandClose game. We pick Colombia to get the better of England.Quarterfinals :Winners of the round of 16 match will advance to the Quarter final stage of the tournament. 8 teams qualify for the QF stage.The QF stage has 4 matches and the winner of each match will advance to the semi final.QF-1 : 6th JulyFixture : Winner of R16 Match 1 vs Winner of R16 Match 2Predicted team : Uruguay vs FranceHaving topped their group and beaten euro 2016 winners portugal, we believe the south american side Uruguay will lose to France in this stage.QF-2 : 6th JulyFixture : Winner of R16 Match 3 vs Winner of R16 Match 4Predicted team : Brazil vs BelgiumSelecao, with the attcking trio of Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus and a midfield that has Real’s Casemiro, fernandinho and Barca’s paulinho are easily the better team on paper in this fixture. We believe that Brazil will go past Belgium.QF-3 : 7th JulyFixture : Winner of R16 Match 5 vs Winner of R16 Match 6Predicted team : Spain vs ArgentinaThis match could quite possibly go down as the match of the tournament. High profile clashes often lead to memorable matches. The amount of individual stars that spain and Argentina have are second to none. With an attack that comprises of Dybala, Higuain, Sergio Aguero and the great Lionel Messi, Argentina are capable of decimating the strongest of defenses. We give Argentina the edge over spain in this fixture.QF-4 : 7th JulyFixture : Winner of R16 Match 7 vs Winner of R16 Match 8Predicted team : Germany vs ColombiaWe are hoping to see a clinical performance from the germans and see it through Colombia without much difficulty.Semifinals :By this time, only 4 teams remain in the competition. The semi finals of the world cup has given us some memorable matches and not-so-memorable matches for a few(Maybe ask any brazilian about 2014 world cup semifinals). As always, the winner will advance to play the Finals and the loser will play for the third place in the playoff match.SF-1 : 10th JulyFixture : Winner of QF-1 vs Winner of QF-2Predicted team : France vs BrazilCould there be any words to describe this match? We’re afraid not. Two of the greatest teams that have the most star studded squads will be pitted against each to play for a place in the world cup final. The stakes will be high and match will be intense. It is match where the attacking prowess could decide the outcome of the match. Hardest choice we’ve ever chosen but we give Brazil the edge over France in this fiery fixture.SF-2 : 11th JulyFixture : Winner of QF-3 vs Winner of QF-4Predicted team : Argentina vs GermanyA repeat of the 2014 world cup finals. Argentina will look to seek redemption if they face germany in the semifinals but germany will look to make it to their second straight final.But we predict that argentina will to lose to germany once again.Third place playoff match :Fixture : Loser of SF-1 vs Loser of SF-2Predicted team : France vs ArgentinaFINALS :Fast forward to a month from now, we will have our final two teams that are going to play for the biggest prize in international football. By this time, we would have seen upsets, shockers and much more. As predicted Brazil and Germany would play the finals of the World Cup finals. It would be a repeat of the 2002 World cup finals. If it happens Brazil will look to avenge their 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 semifinals while Germany will look to seek revenge for their 2-1 loss to Brazil in the 2002 world cup finals.One thing is for sure, if all our predictions turn out to be successful, Russia 2018 will surely be a memorable one for the footballing fraternity.Read Also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Match Schedule in Indian Standard TimeFIFA World Cup 2018: Final Squad List
Advertisement AdvertisementLeo Messi’s spectacular hat-trick puts Barcelona in La Liga lead. Photo Credits: Getty Images.One can expect magic to happen in the field when Lionel Messi is in action and that is exactly what happened and then some.Scoring his 48th career hat-trick and eight hat-trick of this season, Barcelona decimated Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven in their first Champions League group match.He has now scored seven goals in six games this season, as well as going close with another free-kick in the second half and creating good chances for Suarez and Roberto.The way he whipped in the ball into the top-corner beyond goalkeeper Zoet’s reach was breathtaking. He struck home Rakitic’s lofted ball and later on met Suarez’s pass to add a third.Ousmane Dembele sped past two defenders and blasted a shot at the 74-minute mark.Watch this video by NugoBasilaiaa if you haven’t seen Messi’s hat-trick yet!Read Also: Football: For Memphis Depay, Manchester is “still Red”UEFA Champions League – Content
Reacting to the JNU controversy, ace wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has written a patriotic poem in Hindi that has gone viral on the internet. The poem criticises the alleged anti-national activities on the varsity’s campus. It was uploaded on Dutt’s official Facebook page on February 13 and has received tens of thousands of likes and hundreds of comments since then.In his poem, the London Olympics bronze medal winner has compared ‘anti-national elements’ to Mahmud of Ghazni and even questioned their Right to Expression when they choose to demean the country. The Padma Shri recipient also accused the students and their supporters of dishonouring the sacrifice of Indian soldiers, including Lance Naik Hanamanthappa – one of 10 soldiers who died in an avalanche in Siachen earlier this month.Here’s a translation of dutt’s poem:”Those who are singing praises of Afzal Guru have the blood of Mahmud Ghazni in them. They consider themselves as enemies of the country in which they are born. What sort of freedom of speech is this that permits one to abuse Mother India. What sort of freedom of expression allows one to violate the honour of my country? If Afzal is martyr then who is Hanamanthappa?”Also readGerman student writes an ode on JNU row
Star batsman Virat Kohli has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire after being adjudged lbw during his side’s Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan in Mirpur.The incident happened in the 15th over of India’s innings yesterday when Kohli, after being given out leg before, displayed dissent by first showing his bat and then leaving the crease while looking back at the umpire and uttering some words that were contrary to the spirit of the game.The player was found to have breached Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.Kohli today admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Sharfuddoula, third umpire Enamul Haque and fourth official Anisur Rahman.For all first offences, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee.ALSO READ:
Pul said, to develop the geology and mining sector forPul said, to develop the geology and mining sector for revenue generation, an allocation of Rs 11 crore has been proposed in the budget while an allocation of Rs 86.77 crore proposed for development of the tourism sector.The chief minister in his budget speech also said that the government proposed a tentative allocation of Rs 38 crore to promote urban development sector while an amount of Rs 233 crore has been proposed in the infrastructure sector under the State Annual Development Agenda. An allocation of Rs 40 crore has also been proposed under State Development Agenda for development of the sports sector besides quantum hike in budget allocation to the information technology, transport, Art and Culture, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and Border Affairs departments. The chief minister added that the budget has kept a provision of Rs 50 crore for overall development of backward districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding while, the MLA local area development fund has been enhanced from existing Rs 1.50 crore to Rs 2 crore per annum. PTI UPL MD
Indore, Apr 5 (PTI) The yield of rare variety of mango called Noor Jahan, cultivated only in Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh, is likely to remain low this season due to unfavourable weather conditions.The variety, originally belonging to Afghanistan, is now cultivated in Katthiwada region in Alirajpur district, around 250 kms from here.”In view of the extreme cold weather that prevailed in the winter season in November-December and the severe heat this summer, only 10 per cent of the Noor Jahan trees have flowered,” Shivraj Singh Jadhav, an orchid owner, told PTI today.The Noor Jahan variety produces fruits towards the end of May. On an average, one mango weighs over four kg and is nearly one-foot long.This variety of mango has won many acclaims, including the national award at Indore Mango Festival in 1999.The Katthiwada region reprotedly has two mango farms with three trees and nearly 70 mangoes grows on a single tree. Each mango fetches around Rs 300.The tree of this particular variety measuring 10 to 12 feet grows in sandy soil and requires cool climate, the report added.Jadhav said his father Thakur P Singh had brought a sapling of Noor Jahan variety from Valsad in Gujarat to Katthiwada in 1968. PTI HWP COR LAL MAS NP KIS
Welcome to the Live Updates of Match 6 of the Indian Premier League 2016 between Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions at the Suarashtra Cricket Stadium. (Scorecard)Updates:23.25 IST: MS Dhoni: “I think it was a good score but what’s important is to bowl well in the first six overs. I don’t think the fast bowlers bowled well. I told them quite a few things and it stays within the team. We gave away too many runs in the powerplay. We need to look at the composition. Need to look at the players who suit us the best. First game we did well but we could have played with a few other players in this game. But credit to the players who have done well in the first game. It’s a new team and you don’t have the luxury of playing some fantastic all-rounders.” 23.15 IST: That’s it folks!!!! Gujarat Lions (164/3) have beaten the Rising Pune Supergiants (163/5) by 7 wickets to register their second consecutive victory in the tournament.23.05 IST: WICKET!!!! Murugan Ashwin picks up his second wicket of the match as captain Suresh Raina heads back to the pavilion after scoring a run-a-ball 24. Gujarat need just 17 more runs to win now. 22.58 IST: Pune have managed to bowl a few quiet overs after McCullum’s departure. Gujarat 132/2 after 15 overs, need another just 32 more runs from 30 balls. 22.49 IST: WICKET!!! Brendon McCullum falls after scoring a breezy 49 off 31 balls. Gujarat though, are still in the driver’s seat with their score being 120/2 after 13.1 overs. 22.41 IST: Brendon McCullum has taken charge of the innings now after Finch’s departure. McCullum batting on 46 from just 27 balls with 3 fours and as many sixes. Gujarat 114/1 after 12 overs, need another 50 runs to win from 48 balls at 6.25 runs per over. advertisement22.28 IST: WICKET!!! Murugan Ashwin gets the crucial wicket of Aaron Finch (50 off 36 balls). Raina joins McCullum at the crease. Gujarat 87/1 after 9 overs, need another 77 runs from 11 overs. 22.25 IST: Its raining sixes and fours at the Saurashtra Ground as Finch and McCullum are making light work of this chase. Finch also gets to his second successive fifty in just 33 balls. Gujarat 85/0 after 8 overs. 22.15 IST: Fifty up for Gujarat!!! Finch and McCullum are going after all the bowlers at the moment. Murugan Ashwin gets smacked for 20 runs in his first over. Gujarat 62/0 after 6 overs. Required run rate has dropped down to 7.29 per over.22.02 IST: SIX!!! Brendon McCullum is off to a flyer for the Lions as he smacks RP Singh for 2 big sixes in the third over. Gujarat 27/0 after 3 overs. 21.50 IST: Finch and McCullum are going after RP Singh right form the word go. Gujarat 7/0 after 1 over.21.31 IST: Innings break!!! Late flourish from Dhoni lifts Pune Supergiants to 163/5 after 20 overs against Gujarat Lions.21.23 IST: WICKET!!!! Jadeja gets another wicket as Mitch Marsh gets castled by a quicker delivery from the left-armer. Pune 143/5 after 19 overs. 21.15 IST: WICKET!!!! Ravindra Jadeja strikes this time for Gujarat as Steve Smith holes out at the boundary line. Pune 134/4 after 16.2 overs. 21.12 IST: WICKET!!!! Tambe gets the big wicket of Faf du Plessis (69 off 43 balls). Pune 134/3 after 16 overs. 21.04 IST: WICKET!!!! Terrific slower ball from DJ Bravo castles Kevin Pietersen (37 off 31 balls). Bravo breaks into the Champion dance. Pune 113/2 after 14 overs.20.57 IST: FIFTY!!! Faf du Plessis brings up his seventh fifty in IPL cricket by smashing a short delivery from Shadab Jakati through the covers for a four. Pune 111/1 after 13 overs.20.52 IST: Pietersen (34*), Du Plessis (44*) setting a good platform for a big total. Current partnership: 73 runs from 49 balls. Pune 100/1 after 12 overs. 20.41 IST: Du Plessis (39*) and Pietersen (26*) are in the middle of a brilliant 60-run stand for the second wicket. Pune 87/1 after 10 overs. 20.31 IST: Ravindra Jadeja concedes 9 runs off his first over. Pune 66/1 after 7 overs. Du Plessis 28*, Pietersen 16*20.28 IST: DJ Bravo concedes 16 runs in his first over with Pietersen and Du Plessis both hitting him for 2 big sixes. Pune 57/1 after 6 overs. 20.23 IST: SIX!!! New batsman Kevin Pietersen hooks DJ Bravo’s first delivery for a six over short fine leg.20.17 IST: WICKET!!! Praveen Tambe draws first blood for Gujarat as he traps Ajinkya Rahane (21 off 17 balls) plumb in front of the stumps. Pune 28/1 after 4 overs. 20.13 IST: Ajinkya Rahane has already hit 3 boundaries and moved on to 17 from 12 balls. Pune 23/0 after 3 overs. 20.05 IST: Praveen Kumar bowls a decent first over for Gujarat. There is some swing on offer for the pacer. Pune 5/0 after 1 over.20.00 IST: Players are all set for this blockbuster clash at the Saurashtra Cricket Ground tonight. Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis are out there taking guard. Praveen Kumar will start the proceedings for Gujarat Lions. advertisement19.50 IST: A total of 8 players who used play for Chennai Super Kings will be featuring in the match tonight. Captain @msdhoni goes with an unchanged side for this encounter vs @TheGujaratLions #DumKaNayaRang #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/3VQvKjvM07 Pune Supergiants (@RPSupergiants) April 14, 2016 Here’s our playing XI for our first home game against @RPSupergiants tonight! #LionsInThePark #GameMaariChhe #GLvRPS pic.twitter.com/TwwMEdMQp7 The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 14, 201619.35 IST: Pune Supergiants are unchanged. Gujarat Lions have made 3 changes to their lineup – Pravin Tambe, Shadab Jakati and Akshdeep Nath have replaced Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjeet Ladda and Ishan Kishan.Playing XIs:Gujarat Lions: Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo, Akshdeep Nath, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe.Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, MS Dhoni, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Murugan Ashwin.19.30 IST: Toss!!! Pune skipper MS Dhoni opts to bat first against Gujarat.19.09 IST: Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina is 53 runs away from becoming the first Indian and fifth cricketer overall to reach the 6000-run landmark in T20s. 18.50 IST: MS Dhoni is just 12 runs away from becoming the seventh batsman to complete 3000 runs in the IPL. 18.44 IST: Pune Supergiants take some time off for a quick selfie before the match.Everyone get ready to Trend “#DumKaNayaRang” today at 7PM. RT & Spread. #RPSvGL pic.twitter.com/yuhLoqDNuf Pune Supergiants FC (@RPsupergiantsFC) April 14, 2016 18.31 IST: After eight seasons of the Indian Premier League, fans will finally get to see MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina going against each other tonight. Preview:After impressive debuts in their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions will face-off at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday. (Full IPL 2016 Coverage)Pune outclassed defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets in the season opener while Gujarat defeated Kings XI Punjab by five wickets on Monday.The two new franchises were added to the IPL family after the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. CSK team-mates Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina will for the first time face-off in IPL after playing together for eight editions in the cash-rich tournament.Dhoni-led Pune thrashed Mumbai in all departments of the game and will hope to register their second win. In-form Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steve Smith and Dhoni make a strong batting unit and the top order showed their class against Mumbai.In their bowling department, the experience of Ishant Sharma and R.P. Singh will come in useful to strike early against Gujarat like they did in the campaign opener.Experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who got to bowl only one over against Mumbai will lead the spin bowling department alongside youngster Murugan Ashwin.On the other hand, Gujarat also have a formidable top order batting line-up with the likes of in-form Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Raina, Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner to follow.Praveen Kumar, Bravo, Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan and left-arm off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja will form a considerable bowling line-up.advertisement Dhoni likely to get more support than home team Gujarat, says Raina Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina said Pune Supergiants skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets support from every nook and corner of the country and Gujarat will be no exception when the two teams meet at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium today. Raina also said that his side had local players who are popular among the crowd. (Read More)IPL 2016: BCCI to meet three affected teams over venue shift on FridayThe Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet three teams Rising Pune Supergiants, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab on Friday to decide on their new venues after the Bombay High Court passed its verdict to shift 13 matches in May out of drought-hit Maharashtra. (Read More)
Dharmender Grewal did not need all the six rounds to KO Dharmender Grewal did not need all the six rounds to KO his opponent Sukhwinder Singh. After some aggressive left-right combinations, one huge blow to the Railways boxer in the fourth round undid Sukhwinder, who he raised his arm, and squatted on the canvas. The referee summoned the stretcher and he was sent for medical aid. The IBC will now move to its next destination, which could possibly be Bengaluru. Vijender, who is on a winning spree since turning pro last year, will be coming home this June to fight for the WBO Asia title against a yet-to-be-decided opponent. PTI PM ATK ATK
West Indies batting legend Brian Lara wants to see the return of the likes of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo for next month’s tri-nations series involving Australia and South Africa.Both players have been overlooked by selectors for one-day internationals since the controversial abandoned limited overs tour of India last year but Lara said having them involved in Twenty20 Internationals alone was a backward step.”I think it’s going to be a pretty exciting tri-nation series,” the former West Indies captain said on Wednesday.”And hopefully we can have the likes of Pollard and Bravo – some guys who have not played that form of the game (recently) – back in the team because they are integral of any West Indies team.””Just to have them for the T20 version I think is doing a disservice to the West Indies cricket.”The non-selection of Pollard and Bravo have resulted in controversy over the last year, and was at the heart of an outburst by the West Indies coach Phil Simmons, who claimed there was “outside influence” on selectors, in keeping them out of the squad.Bravo is a veteran of 164 ODIs, and is just 32 runs short of 3000 runs and one wicket shy of 200 scalps in the format. Pollard, meanwhile, has struck three centuries in 91 ODIs, and taken 44 wickets with his slow medium pace bowling.Under the West Indies Cricket Board regulations, neither player is eligible for the tournament after failing to participate in January’s Regional Super50.The tri-nations series, which runs from June 3-26 in Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and Barbados, will act as a precursor to a four-Test series against India, starting in July.advertisementAnd Lara, who plundered 11,953 runs from 131 Tests, believes the West Indies will have to be at their best against an in-form India side, despite having the advantage of home conditions.”You saw their (India) performances against Australia ? and not just in India but also playing away from home, there have been great performances,” Lara noted.”I do believe that playing in home conditions is a slight advantage. I’m hoping that Phil Simmons is doing his homework (and) getting his players ready to play good Test cricket.”For us West Indians, we’re not too disappointed if we get defeated playing hard cricket. I think what is very disappointing is when the team falls apart and we look like we don’t know anything about cricket at all.”The West Indies are coming off their capture of the World Twenty20 in India last month, where they beat England in the final to win the tournament for the second time in five years.Lara, who finished with 34 Test hundreds and the records for the highest Test and first class scores, said the West Indies players now needed to transform the same level of enthusiasm from T20s into the Test arena.”If we can get the guys playing the longer version of the game with the same sort of exuberance, with the same sort of fight, it would be better but it’s not in us,” said Lara.”The skill is there but that sort of attrition level, that willingness to stay out there and play cricket for five days and beat the opposition on the fifth afternoon, is not in our cricketers. We need to bring that back.”
Responding to a query on GST implementation, Jaitley said he is hopeful of its passage in the monsoon session as most political parties except the Congress are in favour of this historic tax reform.This is touted as the biggest tax reform since Independence potentially leading to economic integration of the country.Traders have backed GST, he said, adding that it will help create a one market and enable traders of Punjab to get access in Kerala.”Our priority is we should implement GST with common consensus. If the Congress does not become part of that common consensus, then it will be done through a Parliament process. It would be taken up in the next session and vote would be in favour of GST,” he asserted.The Bill, according to the finance minister, will be put to vote in the next Parliament session even if the Congress continues to oppose it. The GST Bill seeks to replace a slew of central and state levies, with an aim to transform the nation of 1.3 billion people into a Customs union. After it is approved by the Rajya Sabha, the legislation needs to be ratified by half of the 29 states for its rollout. PTI DP ARD
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is optimistic he will be fully fit for England’s Euro 2016 campaign next month, despite a lack of playing time for his north London side in the past season.Wilshere made just one start for the Gunners, who finished second in the Premier League, as injury problems disrupted his campaign, but was last week named by Roy Hodgson in the 26-man provisional squad for the European Championship in France.MATCH SHARPNESS”I know what it takes to get back and I always had time on my side so I was confident,” Wilshere, who returned from an 11-month spell on the sidelines in April, told British media.”I remember my first training session back, which was eight weeks ago, and ever since then, I’ve just been trying to work, get better and get fitter each day.”The most important thing for me now is to get games and to get that match sharpness. I know what it’s like coming back from injury and with every game I’ll feel better.”‘NOT AFRAID OF TACKLES’Having made his Arsenal debut aged 16, Wilshere has only once played more than 25 Premier League games in a season, however, he took a major step towards full fitness by emerging unscathed from England’s friendly win over Turkey on Saturday.The 24-year-old’s combative style of play means he is a likely target for heavy tackles but Wilshere insists he will not live in fear of over-zealous opponents.”That’s part and parcel of international football. You’re up against players who grew up in a different culture to us and that’s part of their game – little niggly fouls,” Wilshere said.advertisement”But I’ve had a number of them in training this week and before with Arsenal, so I’m not afraid of that.”England face Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B of the Euro 2016 in France that starts on June 10.
Long-hitting American Dustin Johnson, seeking major redemption after several near-misses in recent years, won the US Open on Sunday amid initial uncertainty over his victory margin.Seeking his first grand slam crown, Johnson played clutch golf under intense pressure on a brutally difficult layout at Oakmont Country Club.Having negotiated the final seven holes under notice that he might be penalised for a rules infraction on the fifth green, despite being cleared by another official at the time, he was docked a shot after the round’s completion, with his score amended to a closing 69 for a four-under winning total of 276.He finished three shots in front of fellow Americans Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy and Irishman Shane Lowry.Johnson’s ball appeared to move slightly as the world number six was preparing to attempt his par putt at the fifth hole. He denied having caused the ball to move and the official accompanying the pairing decided not to levy a penalty.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque is not expecting a repeat of their crushing 4-0 victory over Italy in the final four years ago when the two sides meet in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday.Spain destroyed the Italians in one of the most one-sided finals in the competition’s history at Euro 2012 to clinch their second consecutive European title and reaffirm their status as the world’s then dominant side.MUCH BETTER TEAM NOWDel Bosque, however, believes that encounter will offer few clues as to how Monday’s match in Paris will pan out.”I think that game was conditioned by a lot things, above all Italy were very tired,” the Spain coach told reporters on Sunday.”They were not the real Italy, the Italy they are now. I think they a lot better. They were really tired when they got to the final and we took advantage.”Spain’s victory in 2012 was a brutal demonstration of their destructive passing game at its finest.But a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then – not least Spain’s dismal performance at the 2014 World Cup where their group stage exit shredded their reputation as the sport’s untouchable force.Italy came into this year’s Euros with few tipping them for success.CAUTIOUS APPROACHYet with a squad full of ageing stalwarts and few stand-out talents, they have stuck to what they do best – building a team around a rigidly well-regimented defence.”They have a special way of playing and it’s very effective,” added Del Bosque. “We have to be careful about this, we have to be careful about their organisational style…advertisement”There are not great differences between the two teams, we will see on the pitch who is better.”Monday’s match will be the fourth time the teams have met in the last three European Championships and the sixth time in total, making it the tournament’s most played fixture.Spain hold the clear upper hand in their recent meetings, with Italy having not beaten them in a competitive match since the 1994 World Cup, when they won 2-1 in the quarter-finals, with Italy’s coach Antonio Conte starting the match.
Chinese company Lenovo has taken the mum’s the word approach while launching the Vibe C2, a phone that has a rather mid-level spec-sheet but no price yet. The Vibe C2 was previously thought to be some kind of Moto E replacement. As it turns out, that’s not the case and the Vibe C2 is in fact a stand-alone Vibe phone. The phone is now listed on Lenovo’s official website for Russia, without pricing and availability details. There seems to be no word about the phone’s global availability for now.As per the listing, the Lenovo Vibe C2 comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card slot.The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Vibe UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity option. It sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.The phone is backed by a 2,750mAh battery and supports Waves MaxxAudio technology.Also Read: Lenovo Vibe C2 is probably the next Moto EMeanwhile, the Moto G4 Play is said to be the successor to last year’s Moto E Gen 2 and it may be coming soon to India, if a new Zauba listing is to be gone by. The Moto G4 Play — model number XT 1607 — was recently spotted listed on Zauba, with pricing details. According to the Zauba listing, the Moto G4 Play units imported to India cost Rs 6,804 each.advertisementThe Moto G4 Play will come with a 5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution and will be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked coupled with Adreno 306 GPU. The singleSIM phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 2,800mAh battery.
MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas’ woes continue as the team missed out on ticket to the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in 2020.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics FIFA boss hopeful Iran will lift ban on women football fans LATEST STORIES Despite staying at the 31st spot in the Fiba rankings, the Philippines failed to get an invite after South Korea sealed the no.30 spot and the OQT slot after the World Cup in China.Gilas went 0-5 in the World Cup and finished 32nd in the competition while Korea went home with a 1-4 record and settled for one place higher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40New Zealand and China, meanwhile, are headed to the OQTs. The 16 best-placed non-qualified teams from the Fiba Basketball World Cup and the two-highest-ranked countries per region are included in the OQT.Europe is represented 11 teams in the OQT namely Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Turkey.Brazil, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, and Uruguay round out the countries from the Americas while Senegal, Angola, and Tunisia are Africa’s nations in the OQT.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical
Been there, done that. Michael Phelps has 28 Olympic medals out of which 23 are Gold. The American swimmer has proved to be one of the greatest athletes with his domination spanning over five Summer Games. (Rio Olympics Full Coverage)Phelps, who has decided to retire after the Olympics, is already into mentoring. He is helping his compatriot and star swimmer Katie Ledecky, with a thing or two about medal-management.When Sports Illustrated wanted a photo shoot of the best performing US athletes, Phelps, Ledecky and gymnast Simone Biles were their obvious choices. While Phelps has added five more Gold medals to his famous collection, Ledecky, with four Golds and a Silver and Biles, again with four Golds and a Silver, who took Rio by storm, have shown promise to carry forward Phelps’ legacy. (Also read: Japan’s Kaori Icho captures 4th Olympic Gold medal in wrestling)However, Ledecky had an issue at the photo shoot. The 19-year-old was finding it difficult to arrange her medals that were hanging around her neck. ‘All four Golds together? Or a silver in between them?’, Ledecky was looking clueless.Phelps stepped in. As Biles was watching them, Phelps had a piece of advice for Ledecky. “Depends on how you put them. I put them on one-by-one,” he said before helping Ledecky organise the medals.”I have done it. Don’t worry you’ll learn about it soon,” Phelps burst into laughter with an air of optimism, as the world watched them with with equal amounts of admiration and jealousy.advertisementPhelps finished his career on a high after leading his team to glory in 4x200m freestyle relay. However, Phelps was beaten in his strongest event – 200m butterfly – by James Schooling. The Singaporean, who had idolised Phelps, got the better of him and also set an Olympic record.
Virender Sehwag is a hit on Twitter and a champion when it comes to wishing people on their birthdays. Today is Don Bradman’s 108th birth anniversary, one of cricket’s best batsman and Sehwag paid his tribute with a unique tweet.His tweets are more or less similar to his batting style and on Bradman’s birthday he chose to be a bit creative. Sehwag broke the legendary batsman’s name in three parts with Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan also featuring, and ending the tweet with #BradmanJayanti.Pic 1- DonPic 2- BreadPic 3- ManHpy Birthday Don Bradman, the greatest that could ever have been#BradmanJayanti pic.twitter.com/guETL76xiW&; Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 27, 2016He’s real Don lik @SrBachchan.Inke avg tk pahnchne ka intezar to sabhi mulkon k btsmn ne kiya,bt mushkil hi nhi namumkin hai #BradmanJayanti&; Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 27, 2016Bradman was born on August 27, 1908 in New South Wales. He played for Australia in 52 Tests, with a record average of 99.94. Bradman played for Australia from 1928 to 1948 and scored 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries.His first-class career was also stellar – where he played 234 matches at an average of 95.14 and scoring 117 hundreds. Bradman passed away on February 25, 2001.
(REOPENS DEL 31) (REOPENS DEL 31) Myneni, on his part, said that he wants to concentrate on playing singles right now. “Singles is still my priority as long my body permits. I love the offer that he gave me. I am still learning a lot both the on court and off court. it is a long way to go. So I would like to play singles and balance it up with doubles. I would like to move my singles ranking up so that I can play doubles also.” Talking about the the match yesterday, Paes said, “We had them in ropes in the first two sets, who knows what would have happened if we had won the second set…I am happy that I was able to lead and find a way against two champions. They are sharp and it was a great pleasure to play with Saketh.” Talking about Nadal, Paes said: “I have played him many times in Dubai and Miami. He is one of the greatest players, there is no weakness in his game but when you play a doubles match against singles player, you try to make him as uncomfortable as you can, if you can do that for long period you will win more points. “Today it shows what a champion he is, we got him uncomfortable right in the first set, breaking his serve in the second and right to the threshold of winning the second and yet he found a way out.” PTI ATK PM PMadvertisement
The Le Max2 comes with a 5.7-inch display running at aThe Le Max2 comes with a 5.7-inch display running at a resolution of 2560cross1440 pixels. At the heart of the flagship is Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 820 (MSM8996) processor paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB on-board memory. Gaming or multi-tasking on Le Max2 is pure joy, as this powerful processor ensures a seamless and glitch-free experience. The SuperPhone has a 3,100 mAh battery with the worlds leading quick charging technology and connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G, 4G with VoLTE support. The next generation SuperPhone from LeEco comes with USB Type-C port that also acts as audio port featuring LeEcos own CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) technology, patented by LeEco and a world first. Get ready to be electrified by the output. Music from a smartphone has never sounded so good.Le Max2 is also a delight for photography enthusiasts. It sports a powerful 21-megapixel rear camera equipped with aperture f/2.0, optical image stabilization (OIS) and 4K video recording capabilities. For selfies and video calling, the SuperPhone features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.When it comes to entertainment, Le Max2 users will be spoilt for choices. With Le Max2, users get access to 1 year LeEco membership. As a part of this membership, LeEco has tie ups with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Eros Now. Theres more good news for music lovers, the much-awaited Hungama music integration is scheduled to go live early October whereby users get access to a library of over 3.5 million songs in 25 Indian and six international languages. Over 1 million songs are in Full HD which users can enjoy in lossless quality. Users also get to enjoy unlimited audio and video downloads via Hungama Music app that is deeply integrated in LeEco SuperPhones. The entire content will be available to users ad- free. MORE PRNewswire GSVadvertisement
Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first Indian pacer to bag a 5 wicket haul at home in three years to bring the Kiwis to their knees at Eden Gardens. Former Indian skipper Sourav Gangly has credited the captain Kohli and coach Kumble for including Bhuvi in the playing XI for this crucial Test. “You have got to give credit to the team management because they made that change after Nagpur. I had said before the start of this Test match that there is going to be help for the pacers on this surface. As soon as the Team Management saw a bit of grass on this pitch they got Bhuvi in who is the right kind of bowler for this surface. When you have pitches with grass I think it is important to put ball in the right areas and that is exactly what Bhuvneshwar Kumar did and that is how he got the purchase out of the surface”, said the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.”Bhuvi got the ball to come into the right hander and go away from the right hander and he put doubts in the minds of the Kiwi batsmen. I think the wicket of Martin Guptill put a lot doubt in the Kiwi batsmen as it just climbed from a length. This wicket has enough pace and carry as we have seen in the first two days of the Test match and I think Bhuvi was exceptional”, added Ganguly. (Also read: Comeback-man Bhuvneshwar Kumar repays Virat Kohli’s faith again with five-wicket haul) Bhuvi sat on the sidelines in the opening match of the series in Kanpur and Sourav has credited Bhuvi for his temperament. Ganguly told India Today, “What stands out for me regarding Bhuvi is that every time he gets the chance he stands up. Think about the Test match in West Indies when they picked him for the 3rd Test after leaving him out of the first two, he came in and picked 5 wickets. Again they left him out and brought him back in Kolkata against New Zealand and he again got 5 wickets. It shows volumes of his attitude and volumes of his temperament and something which the other fast bowlers need to learn.” Having sat out of the first 2 Test in the Caribbean, Bhuvi starred with a 5-wicket haul in Gros Islet to lead India to victory. He also finished in the West Indies series as India’s most economical bowler. Former India spinner Nikhil Chopra believes Bhuvi must start for India in every Test. “If the ball swings fair enough, but the channel that he bowls on is incredible as he is always creating doubts in the batsman’s mind and he does not give away freebees. He does not give width outside the off stump for the batsmen to free their arms. He has understood the good length area and always looks to hit the top of off-stump and that good length area changes for every pitch. He puts it in the corridor of uncertainty and is bowling like a seasoned pro. For me Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got to be there and play every Test for India”, said Nikhil. (Also read: Kolkata Test: Five-star Bhuvneshwar dismantles New Zealand after India’s 316) Dada also credited the sporting Eden pitch. The last time an Indian pacer claimed a 5-for at home was also at Eden by Shami against the West Indies in 2013-14. “I think Eden has a sporting wicket and this was the best we have had in the last 3 or 4 years. Shami got lot of wickets in 2013-14 at Eden and that had a lot to do with reverse swing. But this surface with the new ball there was bounce and carry and this will help spinners from Day 3 and Day 4. This is probably the best wicket we have had at Eden Gardens as we saw deliveries which continued to rise over Saha and you hardly get to see that in these sort of conditions. It is a wicket that has bounce, yes there were those deliveries which kept low because it is a new surface, but once it starts settling down it is going to be a consistently pacy pitch right throughout the Test match. It has been a good wicket as you need to put your head down to get runs on these sort of wickets”, said Sourav. (Also read: Bhuvneshwar Kumar rates Ross Taylor’s scalp as the best among five) Since his debut in 2013 Bhuveshwar Kumar has featured in 14 Tests for India. During this period Bhuvi has emerged as India’s leading pacer in terms of both strike rate and average.advertisementadvertisement
Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda rose to the occasion when it mattered the most as his five-wicket haul ensured a 43-run win over Railways in a Ranji Trophy Group A league encounter in Dharamsala on Sunday.Needing 119 runs on the final day with five wickets in hand to reach a victory target of 315, Railways could manage 271 in 93.2 overs largely due to Dinda’ s 5/67.Bengal are now firmly on course for a knockout berth with 15 points in their kitty with two outright wins and three points by virtue of first innings lead in a drawn match.En-route his 20th five-wicket haul in first class cricket, Dinda also completed a match haul of 10 wickets (10/112) having taken 5/45 in first innings.It was a tricky final day as Mahesh Rawat (34) and skipper Karn Sharma (54 not out) came out to bat.The score was 186 for five and the second new ball was just an over old. Using the conditions and his ability to hit the deck hard to perfection, Dinda employed a fuller length which did the trick.First to go was Rawat who got a delivery that caught him plumb in-front. Once the 54-run stand came to an end, the floodgates opened as Dinda demolished the lower half in an unchanged 6.2 over spell.While Karn chanced his arm at the other end, there was no support for him. Amit Mishra (5) edged an away going delivery to skipper Manoj Tiwary in the slips. Dipak Bansal (1) nicked one to Wriddhiman Saha.Anureet Singh (10) and Karan Thakur (1) were then cleaned up as it turned out to be a perfect match for Bengal pace trio led by Dinda. Youngsters Amit Kuila and Sayan Ghosh got five wickets apiece as the three pacers bagged all 20 wickets in the match.advertisement
Nearly a decade back an aftermarket trend emerged where fatter rear tyres, sporty (at times annoying shrilly) exhausts and pseudo clip-ons were mercilessly slapped onto the Pulsars and CBZs of the time. It didn’t matter if those lower bars were killing the wrists and back, if the neighbours hurled expletives for starting a racket early in the morning or if fuel bills were alarmingly rising because of that fat tyre. Looking cool is all that mattered, the world be damned.ALSO READ:Comparison: Hero Achiever 150cc vs Bajaj Pulsar 150ccHonda Hornet vs Yamaha FZ-S. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) In 2008, Yamaha caught onto this fad, launched the FZ16 and its popularity caught on like wildfire. They not just got the formula right but far exceeded expectations. Giving access to a much bigger and premium-looking motorcycle to the masses, directly borrowing styling cues and even the moniker of their higher capacity bikes. Suddenly, competition was taken aback, R&D teams scurried to the drawing board for a quick revision of their product portfolios. But fact is, for years to come, no one matched Yamaha’s formidable package. Yamaha raised the bar so high that developing brand new products was key.Hornets meter console is the most futuristic looking with the usual readouts. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The only BS4 compliant engine here. The gearbox is sticky and hard making quick clutchless upshifts difficult. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) It’s not surprising that three of the four motorcycles here look so similar. Yamaha had so perfectly captured the market’s demands that Suzuki and Honda only had to benchmark the FZ and better it. TVS weren’t resting on their laurels in all this time. Apart from developing the RTR 200, the original Apache 160 and 180 twins were constantly getting updates but post the introduction of the RTR Apache, TVS resorted to light styling revisions.Then again, the Apache retains an identity of its own and does a good job of standing apart from the other three. Four points separate the RTR 160 from the Suzuki Gixxer, which emerged as the most appealing design. Everything about this Suzuki spells power and muscle. The curvy fuel tank with tank extensions, shapely rear and minimalist side panels are very proportionate. Massively complemented by the 140-section rear and 100-section front tyres. Yamaha’s FZ-S and Honda’s Hornet tie in this section but the Hornet is newer and arguably sharper styled than the original poster boy FZ-S.advertisementThe FZ was the first to sport an all-digital meter in this segment and overtime the clutter has reduced and is easier to read. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) Fuel injection doesnt help better the throttle response greatly over its carb counterparts. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo: Clash of the unnaturalDesign isn’t the only aspect that was closely contested. Just how close these bikes are to each other was revealed further in their performance on-road. The CB Hornet posted the strongest acceleration and roll-on times, being the quickest to reach 60kmph in 4.7 seconds while the others couldn’t breach the 5 second barrier. It also packs the most horsepower and torque but the most weight too. The roll-on timings are consistent through the revs and apart from the very top-of the range, it maintains a healthy pull throughout. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Smoothness is Honda’s second name and the bike doesn’t disappoint in this regard too. Right from naught to its top speed of 109kmph (VBOX tested, as all other performance figures are), the Hornet maintains this valuable characteristic. The only harshness comes from the gruff exhaust note at higher reaches of the rev-range where it also loses all the momentum it had built earlier.The Apaches meter console looks sporty with carbon-look surrounds and the only one here with a traditional tacho. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Notorious for clunky boxes, the one here was one of the slickest, aiding in quick changes. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The Apache feels so eager and strong off the line that the bottom-end torque and short gearing give it solid acceleration. But post 5,000rpm vibes start to creep in and beyond 8,000, my hands, feet and back side were fairly uncomfortable with the vibrations. This is the Apache’s biggest drawback else it could’ve been the strongest performer overall.The bike is relentless in its quest for the ton, achieving it in a shade over 17 seconds while the others clocked times over 19 seconds. The mid-range is weak as it clocked the second slowest time in accelerating from 40 to 80kmph in fourth gear, 9.1 seconds to 6.3 of the fastest (Hornet). Although, the RTR picks back up in higher revs, continuing to 1,500 revs over its redline at 9,000rpm.advertisementThe Apache feels so eager and strong off the line that the bottom-end torque and short gearing give it solid acceleration. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Honda CB Shine SP vs Yamaha Saluto vs Bajaj Discover 125MThe Yamaha was once the benchmark in performance and it revolutionised how sporty a tiny 150cc engine could feel. Not only was commuting and good fuel efficiency were part of its deliverables, it outshined anything in that segment with its performance. Since the competition took their time with their products, they obviously had to better the best.Honda Hornett vs Suzuki Gixxer vs TVS Apache 160 vs Yamaha FZThus naturally, it was a little behind the three in acceleration and reached similar top speeds as the other albeit a tad later. In-gear performance was lousy in comparison to the others and overall, the motor fails to excite albeit maintaining smoothness, possibly its only saving grace now.I’ve obviously saved the Gixxer for last as it does take winning points in performance. But what makes it do so is its overall rideability. it isn’t the fastest to 60 or 100kmph neither does it have the best top speed but factors like smoothness of the engine, tractability of the rev range and slick gear changes make it come on top.The Gixxer has the quickest 30-60kmph time in third gear (3.4 seconds) and second fastest performance from 40-80kmph in fourth. This explains the effortless mid-range performance that’s most desired of a motorcycle in this segment. It never feels out of breath. It’s smoothness is only matched by the Honda while the Yamaha is a close second. It’s also a motor that’ll see you clock many kilometres without displaying any hint of stress.Gixxers meter readouts are cluttered and the revs are very hard to read. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The Gixxers gearbox is slick and never missed a shift or felt clunky after hours of riding. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Comparison: Yamaha YZF-R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300As far as dynamics go, the Gixxer tops the chart with impeccable and forgiving handling characteristics. The suspension is setup mid-way between soft and stiff making it soak bad roads with ease and at the same time be taut enough for sporty cornering antics. Weight bias between the front and back always feels neutral and the handlebars are light for quick direction changes. There really isn’t any aspect to complain about and Suzuki has got the package spot-on. The Honda feels plush in comparison but low-speed damping is very weak and the suspension transfers most of its action onto the rider, a trait that would be stressful while commuting. As speeds build up, the suspension becomes more pliant. The steering does feel weighted while cornering but the chassis (the FZ, Gixxer and Hornet are very similarly constructed) holds its line and offers solid confidence in the bike’s cornering grip.advertisementThere really isnt any aspect to complain about and Suzuki has got the package spot-on. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The FZ maintains a suppleness in the suspension that’s much appreciated at slow to moderate in-traffic speeds. Everything about the Yamaha works well in traffic, be it manoeuvrability, feel from the handlebars or comfort, all falls into place perfectly. Even straight-line stability is uncompromised.However, what makes it good in traffic also holds it back when in the mood to hit some twisties. The soft suspension induces wobbling when cornering hard and at times threatens to bottom out during quick turn-ins. This simply robs away the sportiness that the exterior styling portrays.(Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Battle of the brutes: New Toyota Fortuner vs Ford EndeavourThe Apache is the most committed of the lot. The front suspension is shorter than the other three here along with a sharper steering geometry. This makes it turn in so quickly that most were taken aback thinking it wanted to tip over. And so it does but only to turn in much quicker, corner harder and it begs for more from the rider.The race-derived engineering makes for the shortest wheelbase, a whole 30mm shorter than nearest competitor. But then again, straight-line stability is compromised. Stiffer suspension also contributes to a bit of discomfort while riding in rush hour traffic and over bad roads.This was an intensely close comparison simply because they’re built with very similar ideologies.ALSO READ: Skoda Rapid vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Maruti Suzuki CiazVerdictFact is, this segment now caters to VFM seekers who are interested in a bit more sportiness and urgency from the mundane workhorses in the 100-125cc class. Of course it never hurts to look good too. Suzuki had learnt from its past and knew that the Gixxer had to stand out in every respect. So despite not being the fastest, it excels in its design, outshines in its rideability from a very tractable engine and delivers in the dynamics department.Which is why it emerged as the most versatile motorcycle that can carry out commuting duties with as much ease as it can be sporty. The Hornet is a strong competitor and should be your next choice if the Gixxer doesn’t appeal to you. Pioneers of this new breed of 150s, Yamaha have sadly fallen behind and being the most priced obviously doesn’t help it any further.The Apache RTR 160 remains true to its racing genes and is still the top choice if outright sportiness is all that you desire.
Barcelona director Guillermo Amor has suggested that the club haven’t given up on signing Paul Pogba.The World Cup winner has hit the headlines throughout the summer due to his apparently strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, despite being named captain for the Red Devils’ opening league match of the season – a 2-1 victory over Leicester.After that game, the France star told reporters that he could not say what he really felt about the situation for fear of being fined , sparking further suggestions that he could depart for Barca. Mourinho, though, has denied such reports as “lies” . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Camp Nou side have typically distanced themselves from an immediate move for the former Juventus man in recent days, and Goal understands United are unwilling to sell the midfielder this summer .Amor took an alternate stance, however, refusing to rule out the prospect of the 25-year-old arriving before the close of the transfer window on August 31.When asked specifically about Pogba following the 3-0 win over Alaves he told reporters: “We have a good squad now in order to face our objectives, we don’t know what will happen but we have a strong squad.”The debutants have been positive, they have performed to their ability, they are good footballers.”Alaves worked a lot, maybe more defensively and they were well positioned. They didn’t want to score and that the minutes went by and it needed to be Leo with a set-play to get the breakthrough.”Lionel Messi scored twice in that clash, bouncing back impressively after a disappointing World Cup, in which Argentina crashed out in the last-16 stage in a thrilling 4-3 defeat to France.He will not feature for his country in the forthcoming international matches, but Amor does not see it as a big positive for Ernesto Valverde’s squad.”If you look at it like that then maybe but we’ve never had problems that Messi plays for Argentina,” he said.”Messi’s level has not dropped after returning from Argentina. Leo has been here since he was 13 and knows our style of play, he is happy, enjoying himself and surrounded by quality.”Barca have made an encouraging start to their title defence and also won the Spanish Super Copa thanks to a 2-1 victory over Sevilla in Tangiers. They have completed four signings this summer, having swooped for Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal and a pair of Brazilians in the form of Arthur Melo and Malcom, who have arrived from Gremio and Bordeaux respectively. Clement Lenget joined up from Sevilla, and it still seems the door remains ajar for Pogba to arrive if the opportunity arises.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers Paul Pogba to be a “fantastic” player and credits the Frenchman with helping him to “feel like Benjamin Button” during a memorable spell at Manchester United.The enigmatic Swedish striker arrived in England back in the summer of 2016 with questions being asked of his ability to deliver in the Premier League at 35 years of age.As he has made a habit of doing throughout his career, Ibrahimovic silenced those doubters in style as he netted 28 times across his debut campaign and helped to land the Red Devils three trophies. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Working with Jose Mourinho again brought the best out of a mercurial talent, but there was also plenty of quality alongside him – with World Cup winner Pogba considered to be the pick of the bunch.Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport of his time at Old Trafford and the understanding he struck up with a much-maligned France international: “I miss all of them. I had a fantastic time at United. Wazza [Wayne Rooney], Michael Carrick, then the young guys that wanted to show the world who they are by playing football and they had a lot of hunger to show. I had a good time because I got to know everyone, I was the mature guy with all these guys who were not mature.“Paul Pogba, I had never played with him before and I didn’t know him as a person. We have the same management and when I got to know him I got to find a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer, but someone who needs to be guided.“He is a professional guy that works every game and never misses training or a game. Those are all the things that people do not see, you only get judged by what you can see on television or the 90 minutes in the stadium, that’s where you have to perform.“When you click with someone it just clicks. The connection on the field was amazing, we helped each other very well, I needed him and he needed me. The first year at United we had a fantastic year.“They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then unfortunately I got my injury.“The Premier League should be happy I did not come 10 years ago because it would’ve been a different story. You see all my numbers [of goals] and all of these numbers would’ve been in the Premier League. I came to the right club in United. It was the club and the shirt that I was supposed to shine in and I did it.”Ibrahimovic has already stated that he believes he could have achieved even more in England had he made a move earlier in his career, but he is still proud of having proved a point to all of those who questioned him.He added: “When I went to England I was talking to different players that I knew well and trusted that would give me an honest opinion. From all of them everyone said do not do it, they said it would not be good for my career because you put your whole career on one season. If you do not do a good season people will say the rest of the things you did before were useless because you didn’t make it in England, but that triggered me and that’s the challenge I wanted.“I went against everyone and said that’s what I wanted to do. They thought I was too old, I was 35 and I made the Premier League look old. It took me three months to convince everyone who I was. That was the challenge and I never turn down a challenge.”
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Barcelona named former Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde on Monday as the successor to Luis Enrique and he will take charge of the La Liga runners-up on a two-year contract with the option of a third.Valverde, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, played for Barcelona as a forward between 1988 and 1990 under Johan Cruyff and is one of many of the Dutchman’s former pupils to have turned to coaching upon retiring from playing.”He’s very happy very excited, he has the ability, experience and knowledge for the job,” Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference.”He loves youth football and he has the right style to coach this club and knows how the club works. He has a high work rate, he is passionate about football and interested in working with the latest technology.”Bartomeu thanked Luis Enrique, who rounded off his three-year tenure at Barcelona on Saturday by beating Alaves 3-1 to win the King’s Cup for a third year in a row, the ninth trophy he led the club to.”We want to thank Luis Enrique for the work he did in this time, he was excellent in these three years. A great coach and Barcelona man is leaving us but the doors of the Nou Camp will always be open to him,” he said.The president, however, said Luis Enrique’s last season in charge, which finished with only the King’s Cup in the trophy cabinet, was a disappointment.”We expected more from this season, we have diagnosed what went wrong and we are very demanding of ourselves,” he added.advertisement”We were not satisfied, neither were the players, nor the coaches and directors. But now we are beginning a new era.”Valverde, 53, began his coaching career with Athletic Bilbao’s youth set-up and is the Basque club’s longest serving coach, overseeing 308 games over six years in two different spells.As well as qualifying Athletic for Europe in five of his six years with the club, who only pick players from the Basque country, he ended a 31-year wait for a trophy by leading them to the 2015 Spanish Super Cup, beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate.He also coached and played for Barca’s city rivals Espanyol, reaching the 2007 UEFA Cup final while in charge although losing to Sevilla on penalties, and won three Greek league titles and two domestic Cups with Olympiakos Piraeus.Valverde brings two members of his coaching staff at Athletic to Barcelona, his assistant of 15 years Jon Aspiazu and fitness coach Jose Antonio Pozanco.Luis Enrique rounded off his three-year tenure at Barcelona on Saturday by beating Alaves 3-1 to win the King’s Cup for a third year in a row, the ninth trophy he led the club to.Valverde will be thrown in at the deep end with his first competitive game in charge being against Barca’s arch-rivals and La Liga champions Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp in August.Before then the team will go on a pre-season tour of the United States with friendlies against Real, Manchester United and Juventus.
World number two Rory McIlroy has recovered from a rib injury that has kept him out of action since the middle of May and has declared himself fit to compete at this month’s U.S. Open, the 28-year-old has said.The four-times major winner has been regaining fitness at the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal and will return to action at the year’s second major in Erin Hills, Wisconsin when the tournament begins on June 15.”I am ready for Erin Hills and looking forward to playing there for the first time,” McIlroy told The Guardian newspaper.”The last few weeks have obviously been frustrating…but it was important I got back to a level of fitness where I felt like I could give myself the best possible chance at the U.S. Open.”As I have said many times before, majors will ultimately determine my golf career but I have had the rest of this busy season to consider as well.”McIlroy sustained the injury earlier this year and suffered a recurrence during the Players Championship, where he finished tied for 35th. He subsequently withdrew from the European Tour’s PGA Championship and the Memorial tournament on the PGA Tour.The Northern Irishman won the 2011 U.S. Open at Bethesda, Maryland by eight strokes and will be seeking his second title in the event.
Seasoned cricketer Gautam Gambhir was blessed with a baby girl for the second time and he shared the news on micro-blogging site Twitter.”An angel blessing our family, an angel brightening our lives, Welcome to the world, little angel!” he wrote on Twitter.An angel blessing our family,An angel brightening our lives,Welcome to the world, little angel! ? pic.twitter.com/nrJ0hhuX9Y- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 21, 2017Gambhir, who has been in and out of the national team (barring recall for injury replacements sporadically), was congratulated by his former Indian teammate Irfan Pathan.”Congratulations bro :):)”Congratulations bro :):)- Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 21, 2017Gambhir, who has been embroiled in controversies lately for his suspension by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) because of a spat with coach Bhaskar Pillai, has been married for six years to Natasha Jain.Congratulations Gauti bhai. Lots of love to the little angel. Bhagwan usey khoob khushiyaan aur achi sehat dey- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 22, 2017Congratulations @GautamGambhir ???? Pure love.. bless you and family https://t.co/jvqKpy7YCP- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 22, 2017
Fresh from consecutive 4-0 wins, Manchester United F.C. will be aiming for a hat-trick of victories when they face 2015 champions Leicester City F.C. at Old Trafford on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s side have been the most impressive of any of the title contenders in the Premier League so far with new signing Romelu Lukaku claiming three goals from the opening two games.Leicester, though, have also given their fans plenty of encouragement with a confident 2-0 win over promoted Brighton following on from their 4-3 defeat at Arsenal F.C. in the league’s opening game.If Manchester United F.C. needed any reminder of the threat that Craig Shakespeare’s team pose on the break, City led 3-1 at the Emirates before Arsenal F.C.’s late comeback.Recent form in head-to-head games suggests Manchester United F.C. should have the upper hand though — they triumphed 4-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and then enjoyed a 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium.Reuters Photo Chelsea F.C. bounced back from their opening-day shock home defeat to Burnley F.C. with victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur F.C. at Wembley last week but face another tough test against Everton F.C. on Sunday.Ronald Koeman’s Everton F.C. impressed in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City F.C. on Monday with Wayne Rooney scoring his second goal in as many games.Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is available for selection after completing his suspension but skipper Gary Cahill remains suspended after his opening-day red card.advertisementEverton F.C. will be without French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who was sent off at the Etihad on Monday, and also have to cope with a tight schedule that sees them travel to Croatia on Thursday for a second-leg UEFA Europa League tie with Hajduk Split.Liverpool F.C., who qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday with a win over Hoffenheim, have their biggest test of the Premier League season so far when they host Arsenal F.C. at Anfield.Wembley Stadium will see a repeat of the 1962 FA Cup Final when ‘home side’ Spurs host Burnley looking to bounce back from their loss to Chelsea F.C. last week.Promoted Huddersfield Town F.C. look to extend their 100 percent record when they host Southampton F.C.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked Diwali 2017 by visiting the Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.In what has become a tradition of sorts, PM Modi spent the Diwali greet troops of the Indian Army and the Border Security Force, distributing sweets and gifts to the jawans and officers whom he called “his family”.Clad in an Army jacket and sporting sunglasses, PM Modi addressed the troops in Gurez, saying, “When I greet you and shake hands with you, you may think it is just a formality. But for me, it isn’t just a formality. I get energised when I meet you and see the penance and sacrifice you make amid harsh conditions.”#WATCH: PM Narendra Modi celebrate #Diwali with jawans in Gurez Valley, near LoC, in J&K pic.twitter.com/gu2HxLRtq0- ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2017Speaking about Diwali, PM Modi said that, like everybody else, he too wishes to spend the festival with his family. And so, the prime minster said, he had come to meet the jawans of the armed forces in order to spend Diwali with “his family.”PM Modi, whose comments were put up on his blog on NarendraModi.in, brought up yoga during his trip to Gurez, saying he had been told how the soldiers posted there regularly practised yoga.Practising yoga will enhance your abilities, and give you a sense of calm, PM Modi told the gathered soldiers. PM Modi went on to say that the jawans, after leaving the armed forces, could become excellent yoga trainers.advertisementPM @narendramodi celebrating #Diwali with the jawans of #IndianArmy and #BSF, in the Gurez Valley, near the Line of Control, in J&K pic.twitter.com/eSfjqPmv57- PIB India (@PIB_India) October 19, 2017On his Diwali day address to the jawans, PM Modi also brought up his pet theme of ‘New India by 2022.’ PM Modi spoke of the personal resolve that all Indians must make for 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.This was the third time Prime Minister Modi spent Diwali with the armed forces. He spent the last two Diwali days with troops in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.On his visit to Gurez, the prime minister was accompanied by the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat, and other senior Army officers.Have come to meet you on Diwali in order to spend the festival withClick here to EnlargePM Modi left a message in a the visitors’ book, writing, “Protecting the Motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation’s borders, are symbols of bravery and dedication.I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians.To accomplish the dream of “New India,” this is a golden opportunity for all of us to work together. The Army too is a part of it.Greetings to all of you on Diwali.”Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah lauded PM Modi for spending Diwali “with the people & troops in Gurez”.Physical & mobile connectivity would be your biggest gifts to the area this Diwali jenab. #HappyDiwali @narendramodi Sahib.- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 19, 2017Abdullah, in a series of tweets, asked the prime minister to help get a tunnel constructed in the area and to help ensure mobile and data connectivity in the region.”You will have noticed that you can’t tweet from there sir. That’s because there is no data and almost no mobile service,” Abdullah tweeted.DEF MIN IN ANDAMANDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too celebrated Diwali with the armed forces. Sitharaman was in Andaman and Nicobar, where India’s only tri-services command is located.Smt. @nsitharaman celebrating Diwali with the families of Tri Services personnel at Port Blair @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/6JBRNYyHdf- Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) October 18, 2017The defence minister reached the strategically important command yesterday on a two-day visit.During her trip there, Sitharaman visited the colonial-era Celluar Jail, which was used by the British to exile political prisoners, where she laid a wreath.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has found itself in an embarrassing position over its plans to seek compensation from the BCCI for not honouring the MOU signed between the two countries to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.Former chairman Shaharyar Khan left the PCB in a awkward position when he told the media in Lahore this week that Pakistan had a weak case against the BCCI and was unlikely to get compensation.He said that Pakistan’s case was weak since the MOU contained a clause that all series between the two countries will be subject to government clearance. The BCCI has constantly maintained that it can’t play Pakistan until its government gives clearance for bilateral cricket.Ironically it was during Shaharyar’s tenure few months ago that the PCB’s board of governors had approved filing the compensation claim with the ICC’s disputes resolution committee and also seeking USD 70 million in compensation.Shaharyar and the BOG also approved USD 1 million to cover the legal expenses involved in filing and contesting the case.Soon after Shaharyar’s comments were carried by the media, the PCB apparently put pressure on the former chairman to change his stance with present chairman Najam Sethi also tweeting a clarification from his predecessor denying that he ever said Pakistan’s case against India was weak.Shaharyar issued a signed statement in which he said: “I strongly deny a statement attributed to me in the media in which I am supposed to have said that PCB’s case against the BCCI is weak.advertisement”How could I say such a thing when, in fact, as chairman and with the approval of the PCB’s Board of Governors, I authorised preparation of a case on the advice of PCB’s lawyers and a prominent QC in the UK who agreed that PCB had a strong case against India.”The media must not distort my remarks and hurt the position of PCB,” said Shaharyar.But worse was to come for the PCB when video footage was aired by TV channels and put on the social media in which Shaharyar is saying that in some aspects the PCB case for compensation is weak.”Because there is written (in the MoU) that the series will be held with the approval of both the governments (India and Pakistan), and they (BCCI) can cite that and say we can’t come as our government is not giving us the NoC.”
Newly-crowned Denmark Open champion Kidambi Srikanth says he would be cutting down on the number of tournaments he competes in to be in best shape for the marquee events lined up next year.”I really want to play a fixed number of tournaments and don’t want to play all the tournaments and push myself for the ranking,” said Srikanth, who outclassed 37-year-old Lee Hyun II in a lop-sided final to clinch the Denmark Open title on Sunday.”I will play around 10 tournaments and then play the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, the World Championship and then there is Syed Modi which is compulsory and PBL, so it would make it 15-17 tournaments anyway,” he said.Srikanth capped an impressive week with a 21-10, 21-5 win over Lee in the final.#IndonesiaSS #AustraliaSS #DenmarkSSPSrikanth Kidambi will lift the ??? in Denmark. Beats Lee Hyun 21-10, 21-5.Take a bow, champ! ?? pic.twitter.com/7z2krGoxQl- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 22, 2017″I am happy with the way it went for me, it was fantastic. I beat some tough players this week. I can’t even say it was a dream come true because I never dreamt of winning three titles this year. I really want to continue playing well,” Srikanth said.”I just wanted to continue what I did this week and not do anything fancy. I feel I have to be more consistent in the coming months,” said Srikanth, who has clinched the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australia Super Series this year.advertisementSrikanth, who won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier and 2015 India Open Super Series, said he would look to finish the year on a high.With 3 trophies under his belt, Srikanth Kidambi has the most number of Superseries titles in the men’s singles circuit in 2017. ??? pic.twitter.com/xPpBaprArr- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 23, 2017″It was a good year for me. After coming back from injury, I played really well. There are more Super Series tournaments to go and I really want to finish well.”Asked about the Dubai Super Series Final in December, Srikanth said, “It is an important event. After China and Hong Kong, I will think about Dubai Super Series Final.”I reached semis in 2014 and in 2015, I lost in the league stages but it doesn’t matter. We, as players, have to forget what had happened and start afresh. So I don’t want to think about what happened in 2015,” he added.The 25-year-old from Guntur also revealed that he will be announcing a few deals in the coming months.”My management company IS in talks with some major firms and may be after these two tournaments, I will announce some sponsorship deals,” he said.
The office of the saffron-robed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow is now getting a touch of saffron.The Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, known as the secretariat annexe building which houses the chief minister’s office as well as those of senior officials, is being painted in saffron replacing the traditional white and blue.Estate department officials said everything from the outer walls to the terrace of the building is being painted in the saffron shade. The building which also has the office of the chief secretary has traditionally sported white and blue colours but a proposal was recently made for repairing and painting the building and saffron colour was approved by all, officials said adding that work on it has already started.The saffron-coloured building that houses Yogi Adityanath’s office. Photo: ANI. The chief minister, referred to as Maharajji by his disciples, is clad in saffron-coloured outfits and according to sources after he took over, the towels which cover his chair and curtains of his office were also changed to colours matching the saffron hue. The towels in the office of the chief minister on the fifth floor of the building are of a saffron hue and the curtains, though not saffron in colour, are close to it, sources said.OPPOSITION CRIES SAFFRONISATIONRecently, the chief minister had flagged off a fleet of 50 saffron-coloured buses and even the stage for the inauguration was decorated with saffron-coloured curtains and balloons.Besides this, the education department had distributed saffron-coloured school bags to primary schools students and the booklets that were distributed to mark 100 days and six months of the Adityanath government were saffron in colour as well. The information department diary of the state government also bears a saffron cover.advertisementThe Opposition, however, does not seem happy with the change and has charged the state government with “saffronising” even official buildings. This is all about “saffronisation” of the state and its politics, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said giving any particular colour, which is associated with a political party, is not right.ALSO WATCH: Saffron intrinsic to India’s identity: UP Legislative Assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit
Olympics’ rising costs has been a cause of concern for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). But after the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics released the budget of 12.6 billion USD, they can be assured that they are on the right path.It is 300 million USD less than what the projections for the budgets were only earlier this year. The organisers said that they are targeting further cuts to help ease the burden on Japanese taxpayers.Doubts were raised on the feasibility of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 after a study last year warned that expenses could balloon to four times the initial estimate made in the bid process.The IOC is keen for Tokyo to set a good example by cutting costs in order to attract future candidate cities.”We want to deliver fantastic Games but at the same time…we don’t want to use any public funds if we can help it,” said Hidemasa Nakamura, the chief financial officer of Tokyo 2020.”We will continue to try to reduce (costs) further.” The Tokyo Metropolitan Government accounts for 5.6 billion USD of the latest budget and Japan’s central government 1.4 billion USD, according to the organisers’ estimates.”We are still looking at the overall Games with the big purpose of reducing costs overall, and in the process we need a clear explanation that is compelling, not just for Tokyo citizens but for all Japanese citizens,” Tokyo Metropolitan Government official Tetsushi Koyama told a news conference.Version one of the budget, issued in December last year, was projected at 14 billion USD. Version three is due out in December 2018.advertisementIOC Vice-President John Coates said earlier this month he was confident significant savings would be achieved ahead of the Games but warned organisers needed to remain vigilant.Tokyo 2020’s Nakamura said he wanted to create a plan that would prompt Coates to say: “‘You’ve done a good job’.””I think there is a need to shrink costs further in version three and continue that in version four,” Nakamura said.(With inputs from Reuters)
Australia have left out swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for the ODI series against England while Chris Lynn made a comeback for the five-match series.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for his country, can be one of the most destructive and entertaining batsmen in world cricket on his day but captain Steve Smith said he needed to be more consistent.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for Australia, can be a destructive batsman on his day but those days come very far and wide and that’s the reason behind his exclusion, according to captain Steve Smith.WATCH”We’ve all seen the way he can come out and play, all his funky stuff and he’s pretty cool with that,” Smith told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”But when he puts his head down, he’s actually a really good batsman. If he keeps his head switched on, and trains really well, and focuses on basic things probably more than expansive things, then I think that’ll help him have his consistency.”If he can find that consistency, he’s certainly a guy you’d want in your team.”In case you missed it… A vintage #BashBrothers performance in Melbourne last night! Ã¯Â¿Â½??? WATCH: https://t.co/APWgAne5rL#BBL07 #TurnUpTheHeat pic.twitter.com/eICK73Uq53- Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) January 3, 2018However, Maxwell’s brutality can be replaced Lynn. The Queenslander didn’t play a single game in the Champions Trophy and was then again pegged back with another shoulder injury. He returned post Christmas for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and has scored 88 runs from three matches, including a fifty. Talking about the side composition, Smith said that it is unlucky for Maxwell to miss out but it still has a power-packed middle order in Lynn, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh.advertisement”I think we’ve got a really strong side, lots of power hitting in the middle,” he added.”It’s obviously unlucky on Glenn … we want to keep seeing consistent performances from him and keep putting his name up there.”Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has also been recalled for the series nearly seven years after his last one-day international, replacing incumbent Matthew Wade as he did in the Test side for the Ashes.”Tim forced his way into the Twenty20 international squad last summer and after coming back into the Test squad at the beginning of the Ashes series he has made a terrific contribution,” said head selector Trevor Hohns.”He deserves his opportunity in this form of the game and the challenge for Matthew is to return to the type of form that saw him score a one-day international hundred against Pakistan last summer.”The first ODI will be played at the MCG on January 14 after the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney, which ends on January 8.Squad: Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (WK), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
BILBAO, Spain — Kenneth Faried kept up his sharp shooting with 16 points and the U.S. national team rolled to a 4-0 start with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic on Sept. 3.The Americans surpassed 100 points for the second time in the tournament — and they were “held” to 98 points in their other two games.They led by only three points after one quarter but had no trouble extending that as the game went on, as the Dominicans’ willingness to push the pace simply played into the Americans’ hands.Faried made 8 of 11 shots, a 73-percent clip that actually lowered his percentage for the tournament after the Denver forward came into the game hitting 81 percent.The Americans will finish Group C play Sept. 4 against Ukraine before playing their round of 16 game on Sept. 6 against the fourth-place team from Group D, which is still to be determined.The Dominican Republic (2-2) will face Turkey on Sept. 4, still in position to advance.The Dominicans played without Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia, who entered the day’s play tied for fourth in the tournament with 21 points per game.He appeared to turn an ankle late in the Dominicans’ victory over Finland on Sept. 2, and though he finished the game, was walking gingerly as he went to the bench after his teammates had come out to warm up.The Americans ended up winning nearly as easily as their 105-62 exhibition victory on Aug. 20 in New York, though the Dominicans hung with them a little longer than that night.The U.S. lead was just 25-22 as the Dominicans attacked fearlessly but didn’t have any answer for the Americans’ bigs. Faried had three straight baskets, a couple of them powerful dunks, and Anthony Davis knocked down a jumper to turn a seven-point lead into a 44-29 cushion.Gay got the final four points of the half, making a pair of free throws after he was clobbered intentionally on a breakaway by Edward Santana, then banking in a jumper that make it 56-41.A 25-point third quarter was followed by 25 more in the fourth, capped by a series of dunks from end-of-the-bench players Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder aren’t sure whether Draymond Green intentionally targeted Steven Adams’ groin area on May 22.They just know they don’t appreciate it.Green said he was just gathering himself after a foul by Adams when he kicked Oklahoma City’s center in the groin, and he feels the Flagrant 1 foul he was called for in Game 3 should be rescinded.Perhaps the play wouldn’t have drawn so much attention if Green hadn’t kneed Adams in the same area in Game 2.“It happened before, mate,” Adams, a 7-foot center from New Zealand, said. “He is pretty accurate, that guy.”Adams and the Thunder beat Golden State 133-105 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals, and the now-reeling Warriors could enter Game 4 on May 24 in Oklahoma City without their All-Star forward if the NBA deems the play worthy of a suspension after a review May 23.Green said doing something like that intentionally is not his style.“I followed through on a shot,” he said. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the midsection. Somebody wants to have kids someday. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court.”The play was part of an ongoing battle between Green, an undersized but rugged 6-foot-7 power forward, and Adams, who has asserted himself with physical play and is one of the main reasons the Thunder lead the series.“Honestly, I think it’s intentional,” Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook said. “That’s two times in the last two games. I don’t think you can keep (hitting) somebody in their private areas.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr disagreed.“Stuff like that happens all the time,” Kerr said. “There’s contact, people’s arms, legs flailing. If they think it’s on purpose, play the game, you know. This stuff happens all the time. Westbrook kicks out his feet on every 3 and there is contact. I mean, that’s just part of the game. So I don’t understand how that can be deemed a Flagrant 1. I think it should be rescinded.”Green was called for the flagrant with 5:57 left in the second quarter, and the Oklahoma City crowd chanted, “Kick him out! Kick him out!”Adams wasn’t aware of the crowd’s response.“Straight to the drawers, you don’t think about any of that stuff,” he said. “It was rough.”Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he was proud of Adams for not retaliating.“He takes a physical pounding and he’s a tough kid,” Donovan said. “He’s got a great pain threshold, and, again, he doesn’t retaliate. He just tries to keep playing.”The Thunder handled the situation well, outscoring the Warriors 24-7 the rest of the first half to take a 72-47 lead.“It takes a little pain off my mind since then, I guess it kick-started us,” Adams said. “I guess you could say that.”(CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Panathinaikos had it tough against AEK for three quarters though eventually prevailed with 77-68 and better its record to 9-1. AEK now stands at the third position behind the former and Olympiacos with a 8-2 record.James Feldeine’s 20 points and 6 assists led the (typically) hosts to this important win, while Demetris Nichols also added 16. Ioannis Bourousis, the key player in the final period, contributed 11 points.For AEK, Roko Ukic had 19 points, Dussan Sakota 14 and Giannoulis Larentzakis 13.The Greens had an early 6-point advantage in the game, one which AEK eventually trimmed to 22-20 after the first 10 minutes. Both teams were head to head and the score was even at halftime, 39-39.Xavi Pascual’s team was more improved in the second half, yet the Yellow and Blacks wouldn’t let the game slip easily. In the final period, Bourousis was crucial for his team, giving much needed scoring, while at the same time creating. Panathinaikos even extended the deficit to 10 points with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.Source: Eurohoops.netTweetPinShare0 Shares
One of India’s most loved cricketer MS Dhoni turned 37 on Saturday. The Ranchi born cricketer, who captained India for 10 years in limited-overs cricket, led the team to three ICC trophies.India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and 2011 ODI World Cup under Dhoni’s captaincy. It was followed by the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy triumph. India also achieved the No. 1 ranking in Tests under the wicket-keeper batsman’s leadership.Captain Cool, as he is still fondly called, celebrated his birthday with wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva and all the members of the Indian team in his hotel room after the game.Dhoni cut a cake with his family present at his side while his teammates sang Happy Birthday. The celebrations were led by Captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma as the rest of the team members also joined in.Wishes also poured in on social media for the former Indian skipper.Wish you a very happy birthday, @msdhoni and congratulations on playing your 500th International match. May you continue to give joy and happiness to people around you and beyond. pic.twitter.com/gIUkaKxgsWSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 7, 2018Happy Birthday to a Cricket Yogi and one of the most inspirational leaders across the world, MS Dhoni .May you remain blessed and loved. #HappyBirthdayMsDhoni pic.twitter.com/ie68qVadqFadvertisementMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 7, 2018Happy Birthday Mahi Bhai!May your birthday be as wonderful as you are!Have a great one! @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/d8qDW0d0MeJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) July 7, 2018#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni . May your life be longer than this stretch and may you find happiness in everything, faster than your stumpings. Om Finishaya Namaha ! pic.twitter.com/zAHCX33n1yVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 6, 2018Walking out of your 500th international match & gracefully walking into the blessed day of India, when a legend like you was born! Wish you a very Happy Birthday brother @msdhoni You have been my inspiration & will always be! I cherish all our good times! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/YinwMNSAgzSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 6, 2018Happy birthday. May every dream of yours set your life on fire, brightening up today, your special day, and every other day of the year.@circleofcricket @DelhiDaredevils @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/oBwZ8YkbcbMohammad Shami (@MdShami11) July 7, 2018MS Dhoni is already a cricketing legend, be it with his winning sixes or his cool captaincy. So here’s a good time to look at how he has reinvented himself off late to remain a crucial part of India’s success with the white ball. #AakashVani pic.twitter.com/bq1EoEPfVRAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 7, 2018Very happy birthday Ms Dhoni @msdhoni 37 pic.twitter.com/T7Tvza7OfVMS Shahzad (@MShahzad077) July 6, 2018#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni wish you a successful life , Great year ahead Nation is proud of you . My SandArt at Puri beach in Odisha. pic.twitter.com/OeTFbw1gFySudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) July 7, 2018SPECIAL: From his teammates to someone very very special, wishes galore for @msdhoni as he celebrates his 37th birthday. Watch it till the end – Cuteness Alert! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoniLINK—->https://t.co/wT27zi4Bx1 pic.twitter.com/YPupnjLVwzBCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2018Wishing you a very happy birthday @msdhoni .May you continue to entertain ,inspire and provide joy.#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/z1DbTUi1iSVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 6, 2018Indian cricketer Washington Sundar had a special message for Dhoni on his birthday.On the eve of his birthday, Dhoni reached a significant milestone in the Cardiff T20I as became only the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to play 500 international matches when he walked out on the field.Tendulkar holds the record for most international matches (664) while Dravid is 8th in the list with 509 matches.advertisementDhoni became the ninth batsman to achieve the feat, surpassing former Pakistan captain Inzaman-ul-Haq (499). He is the only wicketkeeper in the 500-match club.Dhoni had made his international debut in 2004 when he was picked to face Bangladesh in an ODI in Chittagong. The former India captain has played 90 Tests, 318 ODIs and 92 T20Is in his illustrious 14-year career till date.
Virat Kohli on Thursday scored his maiden Test hundred in England and 22nd of his overall on the second day of the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston.The innings would also help Kohli overcome the horrific tour of England in 2014, when he only managed 134 runs in 10 innings with a highest of 39.This was Kohli’s fourth hundred against England in Test cricket – the previous three had been scored in India. Kohli also became only the second Indian to score a hundred in his first Test innings as captain in England. Mohammad Azharuddin (121) had done it first back in 1991.Incidentally, Kohli had scored twin hundreds in his debut Test (against Australia at the Adelaide Oval) in 2014.While other batsmen failed during India’s reply to the hosts’ first innings 287 all out, Kohli single-handedly led India’s charge.Kohli drew massive praise on Twitter with VVS Laxman terming his innings as a master class.A masterclass from Virat Kohli, leading from the front. A display of tremendous character determination and grit #ENGINDVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 2, 2018First Century. First of Many. Well played, Virat Kohli. Best batsman on the planet. #EngvIndAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 2, 2018Thats an incredible knock @imVkohli !!! 1 man battle against the moving ball ….. #ENGvINDMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 2, 2018WHAT A CHAMPION 100 captain leading from the front.. much needed…absolutely brilliant @imVkohli welldone @ImIshant @y_umesh too #ENDvIND @BCCI pic.twitter.com/kNuDCbqqOxHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 2, 2018Early on Day 2, Mohammed Shami removed Sam Curran to end the England innings. India started their reply on a strong note with Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan adding a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket. However, things soon started to fall apart as Sam Curran and Ben Stokes ripped through the middle order.advertisementKohli, though, led a spirited fightback. He had managed only 134 runs in five Tests on the horror tour of 2014. However, he is much improved batsman now. After the 1-3 series defeat in England four years ago, Kohli scored 15 Test hundreds including six double hundreds and scored runs all over the world including Australia, West Indies and South Africa.Kohli, the world’s number two Test batsman, was determined to make amends on this tour. He had said it did not matter whether he got runs as long as India won but England pace James Anderson had laughed off that theory and reckoned Kohli was lying if he thought his runs would not make a difference for the Indian team.And that is exactly what happened on Thursday as the likes of Vijay, Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik failed to fire.Hardik Pandya was the only Indian batsman apart from Kohli to offer any kind of resistance. He and Kohli added 48 for the sixth wicket to dig India out of a hole.Other than that, it was a complete Virat Kohli show. He did look a little uncomfortable at the start but there was no looking back once he got his timing right and found the gaps at will. He was dropped twice but then rode his luck to ensure India did not fall too far back.England was the only country where he had played more than one Test and failed to score a hundred. On Thursday, he corrected that record and added to his tally in gloomy conditions in Birmingham.This was a different Kohli on show. He left balls outside the off-stump, was patient when England dried up the runs and made no attempts to steal cheeky singles.In fact, Kohli was batting on 47 when Pandya was dismissed. And when R Ashwin fell to James Anderson in the 51st over, Kohli was on 57. He then rotated the strike firmly with Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma to bring up a well-deserved hundred.England must be sick of Virat Kohli by now. After the disastrous tour of 2014, Kohli smashed 655 runs at home vs England in 2016. This year, he began another five-match series with a sublime hundred. And with the mic drop gesture on Wednesday, Kohli has well and truly defined how he would like to play in the land that left with horrible memories only four years ago.
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The trials and tribulations of an Indian athletes who have brought laurels to the nation at the 2018 Asian Games have been chronicled well since the conclusion of the continental games.For many it has been a hero’s journey; and though not having been easy, have taught valuable lessons in perseverance and keeping courage in the face of struggle.One of those heroes is a lanky auto-rickshaw driver from Delhi, Harish Kumar. He won bronze medal at the Asian Games 2018 as part of the Indian Sepak Takraw team.Every single day ahead of Asian Games, he would practice at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi after performing his duties of a driver just so that he could make the squad.Asian Games bronze medallist Harish Kumar is an autorickshaw driver in DelhiHe finally made it to the Indian team and went on to win a historic bronze medal. He is one of the youngest members of the squad and has worked immensely hard.And he still has to sell tea at his father’s shop to support his family.Harish Kumar, a member of bronze winning Sepak Takraw team at #AsianGames sells tea at a shop that is run by his family, he says,”since there are more people at home and less people to earn, I sell tea. I want a job now so that I can support my family.” #Delhi pic.twitter.com/YQw19bqFtCANI (@ANI) September 6, 2018″I have many family members and there is a very meagre source of income. I help my father at the tea shop to support my family. I dedicate four hours every day between 2 to 6 for my practice. For my future, I want to get a good job to support my family,” Harish told ANI while at his small tea shop.advertisementTalking about his struggles and initial association with the Sepak Takraw game, he said, “I started playing this sport from 2011. My coach Hemraj brought me into this sport. We also used to play with a tyre when my coach Hemraj spotted me and introduced me to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Thereafter I started receiving monthly funds and kits. I practice every day and will keep on doing it to bring more laurels for my country”.His father is an auto driver and we have a tea stall which is run with Harish’s help. We are poor but we never let that demotivate him in his journey. I would like to thank the govt and his coach for their support: Indira Devi, Mother of Harish Kumar #Delhi pic.twitter.com/DtKmSavCVfANI (@ANI) September 6, 2018Harish’s mother, Indira Devi also talked to ANI about adversities under which she supported her son to pursue the game.She said, “I have brought up my kids with a lot of struggle. His father is an auto-driver and we have a small tea shop. My son also works at tea shop to assist his father. I am very thankful to the government for providing food and accommodation to my son. I am very thankful to his coach Hemraj who has supported my kid to achieve this accomplishment.”We are very poor&I would like to congratulate him for making the country proud. Our coach Hemraj Sir spotted us&called us to play. SAI had also helped us a lot. I would like to thank CM Kejriwal for announcing Rs50 lakh&Sports Ministry for giving Rs5 lakh: Brother of Harish Kumar pic.twitter.com/egdPmb1FZBANI (@ANI) September 6, 2018Harish’s brother, Dhawan also expressed his gratitude for the government support and requested for a government job for his brother.He said, “There were times when we did not have money to pay our rent. His coach Hemraj took him under his training and admitted him to the stadium. Later Sports Authority of India supported us by giving monthly finances and sports kits… and I also urge the government to give my brother a government job so that he can support our family.”India registered their best ever medal tally (69) at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.(With inputs from ANI)
HMD Global will be announcing a new Nokia phone later today at an event in London. The company has been pretty consistent in announcing a new Nokia phone every month and it’s safe to say that it has kept its promise of rapidly expanding its portfolio in 2018. Today, HMD could announce the Nokia 7.1, and possibly the 7.1 Plus as well. We have been hearing a lot about these phones over the past few weeks and they are the most likely candidates right now. Following today’s launch, these phones are also expected to make their way to India as HMD has announced an event on October 11.The Nokia 7.1 ranks high in the list of probable announcements. The reason being that we have heard a lot more about this device in recent days compared to the Plus model. Roland Quandt of Winfuture.de posted some key details about the upcoming Nokia 7.1 including some renders as well. The renders show a design similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. This means you can expect a notched display on the front and a glass rear panel.The size of the display on the Nokia 7.1 will remain more or less similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. This includes a 5.84-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) IPS LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. As per Quandt’s report, the Nokia 7.1 will be powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAM along with 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, respectively.advertisementSo far, the Nokia 7.1 sounds a lot like the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The difference is notably on the back with regards to the dual camera setup. The Nokia 7.1 will bring Zeiss-branded dual cameras, something that was missing on the 6.1 Plus. The 7.1 will get a 12MP + 5MP configuration with HDR+ support. It is still unknown what the sensor for the front camera will be.The Nokia 7.1 is also touted to house a 3,000mAh battery, which is marginally smaller than the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone is said to ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and the device will be part of the Android One program. It would be nice to see the Nokia phone ship with Android 9 Pie, however. The phone is tipped to be priced at 350 Euros (approx Rs 29,000) while the top-end variant may be priced just under 400 Euros (approx Rs 33,000). Given how similar the specs sound compared to the Nokia 6.1 Plus, it seems some leaks may be a little off, but we can only know for sure once HMD announces the phone.ALSO READ: Nokia 7.1 specs and price leak a day before the launchThere is also the Nokia 7.1 Plus, which could be announced alongside the Nokia 7.1. Based on what past rumours have told us, the device will bring a 6-inch FHD+ display. Some reports also say that the Plus model may not sport a notch and will go for a more Nokia 7 Plus-like design. The phone is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 or a Snapdragon 710 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM and Zeiss-branded dual cameras. It’s possible HMD will announce both the Nokia 7.1 and 7.1 Plus phones today. Given the company’s track record, we expect both the phone to come to India on October 11.
Lionel Messi was at his best at Wembley on Wednesday as he wrecked havoc in the Tottenham Hotspur to help Barcelona beat them 4-2 in a thrilling Champions League Group B contest.In front of some 82,000 fans in London’s national stadium, Messi scored a brace to reach 105 Champions League goals, hit the woodwork twice and had a major hand in the other two Barcelona goals — the Argentine maestro ruled the roost.Such was the masterclass of Messi on Wednesday that both sets of fans applauded the ‘magician’ after a match that proved to be a brilliant advert for Champions League football.With the win, Barcelona are joint leaders of the group on six points with Inter Milan. Tottenham face back-to-back games against PSV Eindhoven with both teams having lost their first two matches.Leo Messi has now scored 64 goals in 65 group stage games #UCL pic.twitter.com/YJW1PNfP9cUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 3, 2018Injury-hit Tottenham faced an uphill task against the five-times European champions once Philippe Coutinho scored after two minutes and when Ivan Rakitic’s breathtaking volley made it 2-0 before halftime a hammering looked on the cards.But Barcelona needed the mercurial Messi at his best to repel a tenacious Spurs fightback as Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave the hosts, described as “heroes” by their manager Mauricio Pochettino, a glimmer of hope.Only when Messi struck his second in stoppage-time, his fifth of this season’s tournament after a hat-trick against PSV, could coach Ernesto Valverde breathe a little easier.advertisement”After a few bad results it was important to do well today. Our response was very good,” Valverde, under the cosh after Barca drew two and lost one of their last three La Liga games, told reporters.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United play out goalless draw at home vs Valencia”The game was very tense. We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them.”Pochettino said his plan had gone out of the window after his side’s woeful start.”I’m disappointed with the result but the effort was massive,” he said.Barcelona were vulnerable so they said, but on a pitch scarred from hosting British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fight against Alexander Povetkin they took only two minutes to catch Spurs in the solar plexus.Tottenham allowed Messi time to curl a pass to Jordi Alba on the left and with keeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, charging out Alba cut the ball back to Coutinho who drilled home through a gaggle of defenders.The hosts responded with Kane firing in a shot that did not have enough venom to worry Marc-Andre ter Stegen.15 minutes to play and we’re one goal behind at Wembley.COME ON YOU SPURS!#THFC 2-3 #FCB pic.twitter.com/VNT7H9IAKPTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 3, 2018PERFECT VOLLEYMessi opened up Tottenham again in the 28th minute. His floated pass was chested down by Luis Suarez to Coutinho whose volley sliced up in the air before the quick-thinking Brazilian hooked the ball back to Rakitic who rifled a picture-perfect right-foot volley in off the post from 25 yards.Messi, who scored for Barca in the 2011 final against Manchester United at Wembley, revelled in the wide-open spaces and twice sliced through the Spurs defence shortly after the break, thudding shots against Lloris’s right post.Instead of being 4-0 down, however, Tottenham striker Kane halved the deficit in the 52nd minute with a clinical finish.Also read – Champions League: 10-man CSKA Moscow ride on Vlasic goal to stun Real MadridMessi shook his head in disbelief but soon silenced the home crowd again — this time side-footing inside the post from Alba’s cross to finish a flowing move he started.There was no let-up and after Kane worked hard to win the ball, Lamela gave Spurs another lifeline when his 66th-minute shot flicked off Clement Lenglet and past Ter Stegen.A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, almost levelled when Lucas Moura’s shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba.(With Reuters inputs)
New York, Oct 9 (IANS) Google on Tuesday officially took the veils off Pixel 3 and a bigger Pixel 3 XL smartphone to take on the likes of flagship devices by Apple and Samsung.The premium Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were introduced alongside a host of other hardware that will add to the tech giant’s smart home devices. Every October, the company hosts a ‘Made by Google’ event to showcase the new gadgets it has been working on through the year.The Pixel 3 will cost Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant. The Pixel 3 XL will be available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model.The pre-orders for the devices begin on October 11 in India.Notably, the overall design of both the flagships, from the rear, look almost the same as its predecessors Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and Google has opted for a single rear camera on both.The launch event was kicked off Rick Osterloh, Google’s Senior Vice President of hardware who announced all the artificial intelligence (AI) tools that the Pixel 3 would use with the help of Google Assistant.”They come at the intersection of AI, software and hardware working together. This approach is what makes Google’s hardware experience so unique and it unlocks all kinds of helpful benefits,” Osterloh said.The company also said that the devices have been designed from the inside out to be the smartest, “most helpful device in your life”.The Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display with 2,160 x 1080 resolution while the bigger Pixel 3 XL sports a 6-inch OLED display with 2,960 x 1440 resolution. Both have an aspect ratio of 18:9.Google’s embraced the notch for the bigger Pixel 3 XL and both the smartphones now come with 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras.Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature a 12.2MP single sensor on the rear and feature exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work real-time.Both the devices are available in 64GB and 128GB onboard storage options and Google is also promising unlimited online storage for photographs and videos until January 31, 2022.Google Pixel 3 packs a 2915mAh battery while the Pixel 3 XL comes with a 3430mAh battery.The company also introduced a new convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook — the Pixel Slate and the Home Hub — its own smart display that is equipped with Google Assistant.–IANSksc/prsadvertisement
Taipei, Oct 9 (IANS) Taiwanese will vote in a referendum to decide if the country’s athletes should participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and other international competitions under the name Taiwan, instead of Chinese Taipei, the Central Election Committee announced on Tuesday.The referendum, which will be held on November 24 simultaneously with local elections, was approved after it received nearly half a million signatures in support, surpassing the minimum 281,745 that were required to greenlight it, reports Efe.The petition for the name change for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was led by Chi Cheng, a track and field athlete and a bronze medal-winner in the 1968 Olympics.Owing to Beijing’s insistence on the “One China” principle, Taiwan has been forced to compete in international sporting events under the name Chinese Taipei.China had condemned the proposal of the name change as a pro-independence step, although the petitioners say they only want athletes to participate under the established name of their island.During the referendum, people will be asked if they agreed the country should participate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and other international sporting events under the name ‘Taiwan’.The Sports Administration and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) have said they will respect the result of the referendum, although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had said in a letter in May that the name of the contingent was already agreed upon in 1981 and remained applicable.–IANStri/vm
Dale Steyn, South Africa’s 35-year-old pacer is widely regarded as the greatest fast bowler the country has produced. The pacer’s accuracy and speed have been his biggest strength on the cricketing field and despite his battle with constant injuries, his comeback trail on the pitch has been nothing short of remarkable.The pacer has taken 439 wickets in the Test format which made him the leading wicket-taker in the format for South Africa. Steyn has 196 and 61 wickets in the ODI’s and T20I format respectively.In an exclusive chat with ANI, the pacer talked about what can possibly stop the Kolpak deals and he opens up about his possible future in the game and what is he seeking out of the 2019 ICC World Cup which is scheduled to be played later this year.South Africa were recently given a major setback as Duanne Olivier, their key performer in the recent series against Pakistan opted to end his South African career and opt for a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire. There have been many players who are choosing to opt for these deals and the pacer Steyn believes that this is an individual choice that a player makes and it is a major concern for Cricket South Africa.”I think it is each person to themselves. I personally do not want to consider it. I know it is a concern for Cricket South Africa (CSA) and a very difficult one to stop. Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening, who knows,” Steyn told ANI.advertisementWhen one sees Steyn bowling, one can notice the passion the cricketer plays with. The pacer’s career has been hampered by injuries over the past few years, but his comeback trail has been one for the ages. The 35-year-old still looks to bowl fast and disturb the batsmen’s game in the middle.The pacer believes that he has taken his career as it comes and now he believes that maybe he was just to born to play the game of cricket. The player will now look to achieve the World Cup to end his career with achieving almost about everything. Steyn believes that winning the World Cup would be a huge thing for him and he expects the weather conditions to dictate the pitch situation in England and Wales.”I am a competitive person by nature and maybe I was just born to do what I do. I would obviously love to win the World Cup for my country, I am expecting normal English conditions for the World Cup, but these conditions may vary according to the weather which will be present during the tournament,” Steyn said.Steyn, went past Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 wickets which made him the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the Test format. Steyn was tied at 421 with Pollock for a pretty long time but was not able to go past Pollock due to his reoccurring injuries. But Steyn finally went past the record in the month of December last year in a match against Pakistan. Steyn believes that his aim to achieve the record was a key motivator for him to get back into the team.”It was amazing to get past Pollock, having the record to aim for was one of the motivating factors to try and get back on the field. It was a long and very tough time in rehab. I am just very happy to be back and contributing, many wrote me off saying that I would not get back, but I am very happy to have proved them wrong,” Steyn said.South Africa are currently riding on a high as they recently defeated Sri Lanka in both the ODI and T20I series. The Proteas were able to clean sweep the visitors in both the formats. The pacer did not mention any single top contender for the tournament as any team can defeat the other on their given day, however, he mentioned that Australia, England, India would be the key teams to look out in the World Cup.”There are many teams that can win the World Cup. England, Australia and India and more,” Steyn told ANI.Recently, the incident of ‘Mankading’ surfaced in a match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. Punjab’s skipper Ravi Ashwin dismissed Jos Buttler, much to the dismay of the latter. The whole cricketing fraternity was seen divided on this issue and when Steyn was asked to comment on this, he told ANI “I have said my bit on Twitter, I do not really want to comment more on this.”advertisementFollowing the incident, the pacer took to Twitter to express his views on the whole issue.”He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old Ashwin,” said one tweet.He ain’t winning any spirit of cricket awards is old ashwinDale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 25, 2019″So here’s a Mankad suggestion. Why not get the 3rd umpire to check the front foot for no balls, if he/she notices a batter leaving their ground prior to delivery he/she can then issue either a warning or 5 penalty runs. If the batter continues, Mankad comes in no worries,” Steyn said in another tweet.So here’s a mankad suggestion.Why not get the 3rd umpire to check the front foot for no balls, if he/she notices a batter leaving their ground prior to delivery he/she can then issue either a warning, or 5 penalty runs. If the batter continues, mankad comes in no worries.Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 30, 2019Steyn would look to keep producing winning performances for South Africa and he would hope to be an X-Factor for the team in the upcoming World Cup.South Africa take on the hosts England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk drivingAlso Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandal
Ranchi, Oct 13 (PTI) Union minister Piyush Goyal Saturday said the government is working to create an environment and infrastructure to nurture sporting talent in the country.He said this during a visit to Jharkhand State Sports Promotion Society’s sports academy at Khelgaon here.Addressing the cadets at the sports academy, Goyal asked them to work hard to win many gold medals for the country in the 2024 Olympics, a statement issued by the Central Coalfield limited said. PTI BS GVSGVS
New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) The Ministry of Tourism Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, South Korea to strengthen cooperation in tourism. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism K J Alphons and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sports, Republic of Korea Do Jong-hwan signed the MoU here, a statement from the ministry said. Officials from the ministry and their counterparts from Korea were also present during the signing ceremony, it added.The main objective of the pact is to expand bilateral cooperation, increase exchange of information and data related to tourism sector as well as encourage cooperation between the stakeholders including hotels and tour operators, the statement said.Plans are afoot to also exchange experiences in the areas of promotion, marketing destination development, management and encouraging participation in travel fairs/exhibitions in each other’s country, the statement added. South Korea is one of the leading tourists generating market for India from east Asia, the ministry said, adding that in 2017, a total of 1,42,383 Korean tourists visited India, while the figure during January-September was 1,8,901 (provisional).The signing of the MoU will be instrumental in increasing tourist arrivals from this source market, the ministry added. PTI ASG RHL
What time does Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers match in Pro Kabaddi League 2018 start?The PKL 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers will start at 8 PM IST.What TV channel and live stream is the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers Live Streaming on?Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will live stream of Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Haryana Steelers match.Where will the PKL 2018 between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers be played?The PKL 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers will be played in Ahmedabad.Where can I watch the Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Haryana Steelers live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.What are the squads for the PKL 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers?Haryana Steelers -Defenders: Vikas, Neeraj Kumar, Surender Nada, Sachin Shingade, Amit SinghRaiders: H. N. Arun Kumar, Md. Zakir Hossain, Wazir Singh, Monu Goyat, Anand Surendra Tomar, Bhuvneshwar GaurAll-rounders: Prateek, Patrick Nzau Muvai, Mayur Shivtarkar, Kuldeep SinghGujarat Fortune Giants -Defenders: Sunil Kumar, C. Kalai Arasan, Amit Vikram Kandola, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sachin Vittala, Amit Jaivir SharmaRaiders: Dharmender, Yashwant Bishnoi, Shubham Ashok Palkar, Ajay Kumar, K. Prapanjan, Dong Geon Lee, Lalit Chaudhary, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Sachin TawarAll-rounders: Rohit Gulia, Hadi Oshtorak, Anil
The coming year, 2019, is going to be important for Samsung. Besides announcing its tenth-anniversary edition Galaxy S10 series, the South Korean smartphone maker is also going to launch its first fully foldable smartphone, the company has announced. In fact, Samsung is reportedly working on a 5G support model of the S10 as well, which the company may not announce alongside the other models. The Galaxy S10 with 5G support could go official a few months later. In addition to these premium phones, Samsung has also confirmed to bring phones with its newly announced displays including — Infinity-O, Infinity-U and Infinity-V. Rumours suggest that the company has already started working hard on its first Infinity-O phone, which is most likely going to the Galaxy A8s.During the launch of the Galaxy A9s and Galaxy A6s, Samsung has officially confirmed the coming of Galaxy A8s. The company, however, hasn’t yet confirmed the launch timeline of the Galaxy A8s, but rumours suggest that the smartphone could go official sometime around January next year, 2019. Ahead of the launch, the Infinity-O display Samsung phone has been subjected to several leaks and rumours. Last week, renders showing the complete phone had leaked, and now the full specs of the phone have surfaced online.The new leak goes in line with the previous ones and reveals that the Galaxy A8s will indeed come with Infinity-O display. This means that the screen of the Samsung phone will sport a hole in the upper left corner. The hole is basically to equip the selfie camera, which is said to have a 24-megapixel sensor. On the rear panel, the Galaxy A8s is expected to sport three cameras just as the recently launched Galaxy A7 (2018). This makes the Galaxy A8s the second phone from Samsung to get a triple camera setup on the rear panel.advertisementAs for the specs, the new leak reveals that the Galaxy A8s will come with a primary camera of 25-megapixel sensor, secondary camera of 5-megapixel, and third camera of a 10-megapixel. As of now, there’s no confirmation on the aperture and other camera features and modes that the Galaxy A8s will pack.ALSO READ: Huawei may launch smartphone with punch hole display ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy A8sThe leak further reveals that the Galaxy A8s will sport a 6.39-inch LCD screen supplied by Chinese display maker — BOE. On the hardware front, the leak suggests that the Samsung phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s recently launched Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, expandable up to 512GB via microSD card. The leak also reveals that the Galaxy A8s will come packed with a 3,400mAh battery. Although the software running the Samsung phone hasn’t been revealed in the leak, we expect the phone to come with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.
Xiaomi and Amazon India have together announced a new 3-day sale called “I love Mi” on the e-commerce’s website. The sale began from December 6 and will last until December 8.Unlike the other Xiaomi deals where you see several phones on offer, this sale covers only few of Xiaomi phones. Buyers will see discounts on Redmi 6A, the Mi A2 and the Redmi Y2.Xiaomi Mi A2 at Rs 14,999: Xiaomi Mi A2 was launched in July 2018 at Rs 16,999 but you can get it for Rs 14,999 during the sale period. This is after a discount of Rs 2500 on the MRP of the phone. The Mi A2 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will sell for Rs 16,999 in Amazon’s I love Xiaomi sale.Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is non-expandable. On the optics front, the Xiaomi Mi A2 packs a 12MP primary camera and a 20MP secondary camera on the rear and a 20MP front camera. Phone is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery and runs Android One.Redmi Y2 at Rs 8,999: Redmi Y2 was launched in June 2018. Xiaomi is giving a discount of up to Rs 2000 on the MRP bringing down the price to Rs 8,999. This is the price for the Redmi Y2 with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The Redmi Y2 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at Rs 10,999, a discount of up to Rs 2500 on the MRP.advertisementThe Redmi Y2 sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1440 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The phone comes with a 12MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera. The phone is powered by a 3080mAh non removable battery.Redmi 6A at Rs 5,999: Redmi 6A was launched in September this year. The phone has received a Rs 1000 price cut on its MRP and selling at Rs 5,999 on Amazon.Redmi 6A sports a 5.45-inch display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1440 pixels. It is powered by 2GHz quad-core (4x2GHz) processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. On the optics front, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A packs a 13MP on the rear and a 5MP front camera. The phone is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery.
Hanuma Vihari was a happy man after he ended up picking two crucial wickets on the opening day of the second Test in Perth on Friday.Australia reached 277 for 6 at the close of play on Day 1, with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins being the two not out batsmen.Vihari, who replaced Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI, got the wickets of opener Marcus Harris (70) and Shaun Marsh (45) to finish the day with 2 for 53. Ashwin missed out due to a side strain.After Australia were reduced to 148 for 4, Marsh and Travis Head brought Australia back in the game with an 84-run run stand for the fifth wicket. But it was Vihari who succeeded in breaking that partnership when he found the edge of Marsh’s bat to Ajinkya Rahane at slips.Oh, what a feeling for India late on day one with this ripper grab from Ajinkya Rahane!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/jImfIOFY2kcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018Earlier, Vihari had also got the wicket of Harris, who completed his maiden half-century after lunch.That’s done a bit!Watch live via Kayo here: https://t.co/mzWOwn19la #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/osacWodOwlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018″It was an important wicket at that stage because he was set and was looking dangerous after lunch,” Vihari said at the post match press conference.On his own bowling, Vihari said his job was to bowl tight lines and give the pacers some rest.”Overall, I was prepared for that [to bowl] and happy that I could do my job. I tried to bowl a little quicker. I was trying to hit the surface a little bit more and get the bounce of the wicket. I tried to keep it tight and give seamers some rest,” Vihari said.advertisementVihari also praised India’s fight and said the morning session on day two could shape the match.”Our plan was to be disciplined and I think we did very well in that aspect after bouncing back in all three sessions. Overall, bowlers put in a great effort.”It was a slow wicket to start with. It gained pace after lunch. Bowlers adjusted really well and we were happy with the way we bowled throughout the day,” he said.”I think the first hour tomorrow will be very crucial. If we get them out below 320 then we are right back in the game.”Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head all made half-centuries but none of them was able to really put their foot down on the gas as India pegged the Australians back on a grassy, drop-in wicket that occasionally played a few tricks.Recalled spin-bowling all-rounder Vihari and quick Ishant Sharma claimed two wickets apiece to get the tourists back into the contest after the Australians had won the toss and batted through the first session without losing a wicket.Also Read | Were India conned into playing 4 pacers in Perth? Experts disagree with Kohli’s callAlso Read | For ICC boss, India not among favourites to win 2019 World CupAlso Read | Shane Warne fancies an Australian win: Aussie pacers will blow India away in Perth
It is safe to say Cheteshwar Pujara’s failure with the bat in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Saurashtra as the in-form batsman helped his side reach the semi-final of the tournament after completing a record chase against Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.Pujara scored an unbeaten 67 and stitched a 136-run stand with fellow half-centurion Sheldon Jackson (73*) as Saurashtra completed the highest run-chase in a Ranji Trophy match, gunning down 372 runs for the memorable win at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium in Lucknow.Chasing a mammoth total of 372, Saurashtra got off to a solid start with Harvik Desai, the opener, scoring a 259-ball 116. With wicketkeeper-batsman Snell Patel scoring 72, Saurashtra’s got a 132-run opening stand.Saurashtra were in a spot of bother after losing Kamlesh Makvana cheaply and then Desai in a span of six overs. However, Pujara did what he does best control the temp of the game with a well-paced 110-ball 67.Notably, Pujara suffered a rare failure in the first innings when he was dismissed for 11 in the first innings by young U-19 World Cup-winning pacer, Shivam Mavi.Saurashtra 372/4 in 115.1 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 67* in 110 balls, Sheldon Jackson 73* in 109 balls)beatUttar Pradesh by six wickets at Lucknow in a record #RanjiTrophy run chase!Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2019Pujara, starred in India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia earlier this month, joined Saurashtra for the Ranji Trophy duty immediately after the completion the Test series Down Under.Pujara had scored 521 runs but what turned out to be more important than the number of runs he collected was the number of balls 1258 he had faced against a top quality Australian attack. India won the series 2-1 despite their captain, not scoring as consistently as he is known for.advertisementReigning champions Vidarbha reach semi-final Meanwhile, Reigning champions Vidarbha routed minnows Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final here Saturday and made to the semifinals.India pacer Umesh Yadav (5-23) and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarvate (5-55) grabbed five wickets each to dismantle them for 159 in the second innings and script a memorable win.Trailing the hosts by 274 runs in the first innings and resuming the day at the overnight score of 152 for 5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out their skin to salvage a draw.But their innings folded up very quickly as they lost their last five wickets for only seven runs.It was an abject surrender by Uttarakhand as their lower middle order and the tail failed to put up any fight.Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK Prasad
Realme on Monday announced the Realme 3 for the Indian market. This is the company’s first new smartphone for 2019, and it aims to carry forward the company’s philosophy of “style meets power.” The Realme 3 is in all sense of the word a successor to the Realme 2 right from the design to the hardware and software. It touts a dewdrop display along with a unibody design and gradient colours on the outside, while getting the new Helio P70 chipset and a beefy 4,230mAh battery on the inside.The Realme 3 will be taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy M20, Honor 8C and Redmi Note 7 when it goes on sale in India. With the Realme 3, the company is touting an all-rounder that boasts of an attractive design along with some powerful hardware and battery life. Here’s a quick look at some of the key specifications and features of the new Realme 3.Realme 3 specifications:Display: The Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) display with a 19:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core Helio P70 chipsetRAM: The device will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The 3GB RAM version will get 32GB of internal storage, while the 4GB RAM variant will get 64GB of internal storageRear camera: The Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup. The primary camera gets a f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and 5P lens, while the secondary camera will be used for depth sensingFront camera: Up front, the Realme 3 gets a 13MP f/2.0 cameraadvertisementBattery: The handset houses a 4,230mAh batterySoftware: It ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0Realme 3 features:- The Realme 3 touts a new design language, one which sees a plastic unibody back that seamlessly curves around the frame and meets the glass panel on the front. The rear panel also gets a gradient colour in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. There is also a solid Black colour option available as well.- Like the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1, the Realme 3 gets a dewdrop display on the front, which means it gets a droplet-style notch. The notch is much smaller and less intrusive compared to the wide, iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. This allows for a larger display on a handy form factor as well as a larger screen real estate. The Realme 3 touts an 88.3 per cent screen-to-body ratio. – A new feature being offered with the camera is Nightscape, which aims to offer improved low-light photography. In Nightscape mode, the camera will take a long exposure shot to offer more light in dimly lit environments. There is also a new Chrome Boost mode that uses AI to recognise a scene and offer better dynamic range and balanced exposure.- The Realme 3 is the second Realme phone to run on the new Helio P70 chipset. The first was the Realme U1 and in our review it offered a pretty fast and snappy performance. The Helio P70 chipset offers better performance and greater power efficiency compared to its predecessor, and Realme is even comparing its capabilities to the Snapdragon 660 chipset as well.- The Realme 3 is also the company’s first device to run on the new ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie out-of-the-box. The new software aims to offer a cleaner experience with fewer bloatware and better visual design. ColorOS 6.0 also brings an app drawer as well as the new Android P gesture navigation feature. You also get a Moto Ride mode and Game Space.Realme 3 price in India and availability:The Realme 3 comes with a pretty competitive price that starts at Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 4GB/64GB variant has been priced at Rs 10,999 and both the models will be available in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient colours.The Realme 3 will go on sale on March 12 at 12 noon on Flipkart. The company may launch the device in offline retail stores, but there no word on its availability just yet. On Flipkart, customers can avail a flat discount of Rs 500 via HDFC cards or on EMI. Reliance Jio customers can also avail benefits of Rs 5,300 on purchasing the Realme 3.ALSO READ | Realme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999
The Riverside Ground was established in 1995, and hosted first one day international during the 1999 World Cup between Pakistan and Scotland. The Riverside Ground also hosted three World Cup fixtures at the 1999 edition.At the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, The Riverside Ground will host three fixtures, including England’s match against New Zealand and will also be the home for two Sri Lanka games.Used mostly as a county ground, the emergence of The Riverside Ground as an international venue for cricket happened only in the last decade. That also includes the September 2017 accident when a part of a stand collapsed during England’s Twenty20 defeat by West Indies, injuring three spectators.Opened: 1995Capacity: 5000 (17000 for internationals)Ends: Finchale End, Lumley EndLocation: Chester-le-Street, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches scheduled at this venue15:00 IST: SL vs RSA, Match 3515:00 IST: SL vs WI, Match 3915:00 IST: Eng vs NZ, Match 41STATS – ODITotal matches 16Matches won batting first: 5Matches won bowling first: 9Average 1st Inns scores: 243Average 2nd Inns scores: 180Highest total recorded: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest total recorded: 99/10 (26.1 Ov) by Eng vs SLHighest score chased: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest score defended: 274/6 (41 Ov) by Eng vs PAK
Bangladesh take on a balanced New Zealand team at the Kennington Oval in the second day-night match of World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.The Blackcaps will bank on their pace brigade spearheaded by Trent Boult to pull off a coup and dismantle another Asian team. Also, the presence of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, make them a strong batting unit.Whereas Bangladesh led by Mashrafe Mortaza, will rely on their experienced players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, to guide them to another memorable triumph.Recent formBangladesh pulled off a historic win over South Africa cricket team to kick off their World Cup campaign on a positive not. They have won the recent tri-series in Ireland by remaining unbeaten in the tournament. They had also reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup where they lost to India. They made it to the quater-finals in the last edition of the torunament and will look to better their run this year.New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for just 136 and then went on to register 10-wicket win in their opening match of World Cup 2019. During the warm-up matches, they had produced a top-class bowling performance against India but in their next warm-up against West Indies, the Kiwi bowlers were hammered for 421 runs giving them a stern reminder of days to come.Pitch ReportThe Kennington Oval has witnessed totals in excess of 300 in both the games and same will be expected when New Zealand take on Bangladesh.advertisementThe pitch report highly indicates that it will be flat and true, very good for batting.Pacers should get the desired help early on while the batters look to provide a fast start on what should be a good wicket to bat on.Match predictionBangladesh have never won any world cup match against New Zealand. They have faced New Zealand 4 times in the World Cup, losing everytime.The match will depend on how New Zealand’s aggressive pacers perform against a stable top order of Bangladesh.Playing XINew Zealand and Bangladesh will not like to disturb the winning squad. So, they will stick to the same team for this match.Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur RahmanNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Watch:
Michel Platini, the former head of European soccer association UEFA, was released in the early hours of Wednesday after having been questioned over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament to Qatar.Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said his client was innocent of all charges and that he had been questioned on “technical grounds.””It was very long, given the number of questions, it was obviously always going to be long, since they asked me questions over Euro 2016, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, Paris Saint Germain, FIFA,” Platini told reporters on Wednesday as he left the police station where he had been detained.”I replied to all the questions calmly, whilst still not knowing why I was there,” he added.The French national financial prosecutor’s office, which specializes in investigating economic crimes and corruption, has been leading a probe into the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.It is looking into possible offenses including private corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling.The decision in December 2010 to award the World Cup to Qatar surprised many given the lack of potential local audiences for the games, the extremely hot summer weather, and the poor performance of the country’s national squad. It will be the first Arab state to host the competition.Platini is one of France’s most famous sportsmen and soccer stars. He led France to victory in the 1984 European Championship and played in two World Cup semi-finals.Also Read | Ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini arrested as part of 2022 World Cup investigationAlso See:advertisement
Malaika Arora is back home after enjoying her romantic vacation with boyfriend Arjun Kapoor in New York City and the diva is already setting the bay on fire.The diva, who is known for her healthy lifestyle and rigorous fitness routine, was even spotted excercising while she was in The Big Apple.Recently, Malaika took to Instagram to post pictures from her gym session in Mumbai and seems like the diva is already switching back to her routine.She posted pictures of her doing difficult yoga poses with much ease and we can’t help but feel motivated after watching her.She captioned the picture, “#malaikasmondaymotivation…today I am grateful that yoga has changed my life for the better, not only by making me healthier but also by changing my perspective of life.”In the images, Malaika can be seen doing number of stretching exercises with harness and on bricks.Malaika even thanked yoga for her healthy lifestyle and for making her see life from a very different perspective in the post. For her workout routine, Malaika donned a black sports bra and black gym tights.For glam, she went with half-tied tresses and bare face.For a long time, Arjun and Malaika remained tight-lipped about their relationship, though they confirmed their relationship with a loved-up picture from New York.advertisementMalaika and Arjun left for New York to celebrate the Panipat actor’s birthday there and have been posting a lot of pictures from the city.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora in plunging neckline dress is sensuous beyond words on day out. See picsALSO WATCH | Are Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor the newest lovebirds in B-Town?
England won the Cricket World Cup yesterday in a nail-biting finish against New Zealand. Bollywood celebrities lauded the performance of both the teams, and took to Twitter to send congratulatory wishes.Riteish Deshmukh was full of praise for England and called it “cricket at its best.” He wrote, “Cricket at its best – Epic #WorldCupFinals – Congratulations @englandcricket the Champions of world cricket. My heart goes out to @BLACKCAPS – they were so so good- for me they are the uncrowned champs of #WorldCup2019.”Cricket at its best – Epic #WorldCupFinals – Congratulations @englandcricket the Champions of world cricket. My heart goes out to @BLACKCAPS – they were so so good- for me they are the uncrowned champs of #WorldCup2019Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 14, 2019Anupam Kher shared a video from the Lord’s cricket ground and captioned his post, “CRICKET IS THE WINNER in this #WorldCupFinal2019. What an unbelievable match!!! Congratulations England. Amazing Victory!! And #NewZealand is a team of Heroes. Jai Ho!!”CRICKET IS THE WINNER in this #WorldCupFinal2019. What an unbelievable match!!! Congratulations England. Amazing Victory!! And #NewZealand is a team of Heroes. Jai Ho!! pic.twitter.com/JEacLTwWCWAnupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) July 14, 2019Karan Johar wrote, “England had a better kundli! NZ had the better game!!! #NZLvENG.”England had a better kundli! NZ had the better game!!! #NZLvENGKaran Johar (@karanjohar) July 14, 2019Varun Dhawan seemed rather stunned by the outcome and wrote, “What a #WorldCupfinal. Unbelievable my entire family is awake. Who u got.”What a #WorldCupfinal. Unbelievable my entire family is awake. Who u gotadvertisementVarun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 14, 2019A nostalgic Vivek Oberoi tweeted, “The country where cricket was born 6/700 years ago, has finally won the #WorldCup for the very first time! Congrats #eng What a historic match! Truly the great sport of #cricket won today! #WC19 #WCFINAL #ENGvN.”The country where cricket was born 6/700 years ago, has finally won the #WorldCup for the very first time! Congrats #eng What a historic match! Truly the great sport of #cricket won today! #WC19 #WCFINAL #ENGvNZVivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) July 14, 2019Neha Dhupia was heartbroken for New Zealand. She wrote, “Hearts been racing for a while … this kind of drama cannot be written by the best screenplay writers… heartbroken for #NewZealand … this was so so so close… two yards too far!!! Well played #England … #CWC2019.”Farhan Akhtar seemed to have been switching channels between the Tennis Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup. He wrote, “Has there been a better Sunday for a genuine sports enthusiast.. the Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup finals going down to the wire. Wow..!! Exhausted.”Has there been a better Sunday for a genuine sports enthusiast.. the Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup finals going down to the wire. Wow..!! Exhausted ..Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 14, 2019Team India had made it to the semi-finals, but finally lost to New Zealand.ALSO READ | Pooja Batra marries Nawab Shah in hush-hush ceremony, shares adorable photos. See picsALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italy
Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a new session with a new speaker and 17 new members.Lawmakers elected Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk by a 27-22 vote over Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..any group. :18Scheer replaces Galen Hadley, of Kearney as speaker, who left office because of term limits.Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican sworn in 17 new senators into office, comprising more than one-third of the Legislature.They are replacing senators who were defeated or forced from office by term limits.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……(applause out) :11A projected $900 million shortfall is expected to dominate the 90-day legislative session.Governor Pete Ricketts will present his proposed budget and other priorities to lawmakers later in the month.
Updated 5:27pm 8/4/17THREE SIOUX CITY TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR RECENT BURGLARIES ON THE NORTHSIDE.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY, 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA AND 16 YEAR OLD HENRY DE LEON ARE EACH CHARGED WITH 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.POLICE ALLEGE THAT MAHANEY AND A SECOND SUSPECT WERE CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF BURGLARIZING 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING BY THE RESIDENT.POLICE SAY THE TWO ASSAULTED THE RESIDENT, LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY TWO BROKEN BONES.INVESTIGATORS LOCATED THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.POLICE SAY THEY HAVE LINKED THE SUSPECTS TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN LEEDS.TAPIA AND MAHANEY ARE BEING HELD ON $50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL.DELEON WAS BOOKED ON $22-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.——————————————————————THREE TEENS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR RECENT NORTHSIDE BURGLARIES.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY (PICTURED) AND 18 YEAR OLD JOSEPH ANTHONY TAPIA, BOTH OF SIOUX CITY WERE ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY, TAPIA AND A 16 YEAR OLD MALE WERE ALL ARRESTED FOR 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY AND 3RD DEGREE THEFT.MAHANEY ALSO FACES A CHARGE OF OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24-THOUSAND BOND. TAPIA’S BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $22-THOUSAND.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.Joseph Tapia mug shot________________________________________________ PREVIOUS STORYONE SIOUX CITY TEEN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY FOR BURGLARY AND AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER SUSPECT.19 YEAR OLD JEREMY MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO 4534 PERRY WAY THURSDAY MORNING AT 4:45.TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED THE HOME AND REMOVED SEVERAL ITEMS.THE VICTIM CONFRONTED THE SUSPECTS AND AN ALTERCATION ENSUED LEAVING THE VICTIM WITH SCRAPES, BRUISES, A CONCUSSION AND POSSIBLY BROKEN BONES.THE VEHICLE USED IN THE BURGLARY WAS LOCATED A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS NEARBY.MAHANEY WAS ARRESTED ON 1ST DEGREE BURGLARY, TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE THEFT AMD OPERATING WITHOUT OWNER’S CONSENT.THE SECOND SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT NOT LOCATED.UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, THE SUSPECTS WERE LINKED TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES IN THE LEEDS AREA.THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. MAHANEY IS BEING HELD ON $24,000 BOND.
Also, check out her Etsy store — help feed our future children.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Joining me today is none other than my wife, Mrs. Pistols — Jennifer Porter. She knows more about a sewing machine than I’ll ever know about a spread offense but when it comes to football…well…let’s go to the questions.1. Pretty interesting year for OSU coming off a BCS win and reloading with a frosh at QB. What are you most excited about?My excitement for football this year revolves around anything that has to do with tailgating, wearing orange dresses, and hanging out with friends. I’m also literally a fair weather fan, so I’ll also add that to the list: perfectly crisp fall weather. I’m sure you asked this for giggles since most of your readers are under the impression that my knowledge of football is non-existent. I let you make jokes about me because it makes for comedic writing, but the truth is I know more than you let on. I feel like I could roughly define most football terms you could throw at me, with the exception of holding. But let’s be honest- I don’t think half the males in America actually know what holding is[1. This is probably true.]. The real issue here is my lack of interest in football, but I can actually get pretty emotional about a game now and then. Just as long as the temperature is between 68 and 80 degrees. 2. Rank these players in order of your favorite to least favorite and tell me why: Weeden, Dez, Zac, Blackmon, Barry Sanders, Rashaun, Joe Randle, and Justin GilbertThe first words that come to my mind for each of these players: Weeden (Melanie), Dez (criminal record), Zac (eyes, duh), Blackmon (Olivia), Barry (Heisman), Rashaun (Woods), Joe Randle (I think he’s supposed to be good this year), and Justin Gilbert (runs fast). On my highly complex rating scale, that puts them in the following order: Weeden (because Melanie might be reading)Zac (I can’t believe Melanie beat out his eyes)Barry (because I think he might be a legend)Blackmon (because charity work is kinda cool)Gilbert (because I know he’s “your boy”)Rashaun (because I vaguely remember him from college)Joe (because he’s better than Dez)Dez (because no one likes a criminal) 3. People want to know how you forecast this season playing out so…who plays for the title? Wins the Heisman? What is OSU’s record?I think I stopped paying attention to football statistics around 2004, so I’ll go with USC for the title. Are you serious with the Heisman question? The list of players I know this year includes two from the previous question plus Lunt. And not just from OSU – that’s for all college football. Though I feel like I’ve heard whispers about a guy named Matt something[2. I think she means Barkley, I’ll give it to her], so I’ll go with him. Are you asking about OSU’s record of all time? Football? I feel like you’re trying to trick me by making me answer about this year. But if there’s one thing I know about OSU football, it’s that we haven’t played a game yet this season. All time, I’ll put us at 38% wins, which would probably total to about 282 wins and 462 losses[3. Actually 531-523-47 for a 50.4% winning percentage]. Make sure your readers know I answered all questions in orange. For brownie points.
You’re drunk, Gundy. Go home.After two straight hires of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, OSU has hired a guy named Mike Yurcich as its new offensive coordinator/QB coach.Gundy made the announcement on Twitter this morning (possibly from either his back porch or maybe the Bagel Cafe in Stillwater). Who knows…Proud to announce Mike Yurcich as the new Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at #okstate #GoPokes— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) February 7, 2013Wait…WHO?This is going to be really funny when agundy announces the real OC.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013Agreed.Here’s what Google tells me about Mike Yurich:He graduated from California University (of Pennsylvania) and played QB there. He got his Master of Education from Saint Francis (Indiana) (he was a grad assistant briefly at Indiana) then moved on to Edinboro University (Pennsylvania) where he was the OC. He became the OC at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA in 2011.Now, as of today, he runs one of the best D1 offenses in the country.Here were his stats last year for Shippensburg — a D2 school.Yurcich’s offense at Shippensburg (is that a real sentence?) scored 46.8 points a game last year. Averaged 390 passing yards a game. Sick.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 7, 2013 This made me laugh, #okstate’s new offensive coordinator: http://t.co/OFLpvM7s— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 7, 2013 Mike Yurcich, Ok State’s new OC hire, led an offense that led Division II in total offense and ranked No. 2 in scoring, passing offense.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) February 7, 2013Salty, and Gundy does love him some numbers. He also likes this.Re: Yurchich MT @ChrisPavone84: fast paced no huddle, very aggressive. A mixed bag of styles but the ball will be in the air alot.— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 7, 2013 @KellyHinesTW 37ish? Is he from the Dominican Republic?— Kevin DeShazo (@KevinDeShazo) February 7, 2013I can’t wait to see this guy rolling through the B1G as Indiana’s head coach in 2016.Lastly, here’s a video of his offense from last year (they look like a high school team!)And here’s video of him breaking down plays with Star Wars Lego figures! It was weird though, no warning, no press release — heck, Gundy could have announced it at his press conference yesterday. Yet he announces it via Twitter 12 hours after he says he doesn’t really understand Twitter.The lesson as always, I guess? Don’t try and predict what Mike Gundy is going to do.Three more hilarious tweets.@pistolsguy dude googling his last name he’s not the first to come up….I feel like Gundy trying to win some mad scientist award.— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) February 7, 2013 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
There was a great longer article in the Tulsa World at the end of last week about Mike Holder’s first 10 years on the job. That culminated on Wednesday which was his 10th anniversary.Did you know that only two men have been there longer as the AD?Ed Gallagher (1915-31) and Henry P. Iba (1935-69). “Pretty fast company right there,” Holder says. “I like that.”What I found to be interesting is how much money OSU has raised (and lost!), mostly during Holder’s tenure. Here is Holder’s estimate.From 1970 through 1999, Holder says, OSU spent a total of $10 million on athletic facilities. In 2000-10, he reports, OSU spent $400 million on facilities. Now not all of that was for football, but we all know the king of American sports is what drives economics at an athletic department. Because of that, I wanted to look at the correlation between money spent and winning percentage. How much is each win worth if we presume that all that money was spent on football (and it wasn’t).[1. We’re also not taking into account inflation etc. This is not an economics blog.]Here’s a look. You want to be on the bottom right of this graph where you don’t have to spend a ton of money but you still win a ton of games. OSU has been on the bottom left (good for the pocketbook!) and the upper right (good for morale!)The answer to the latter is easy. OSU won 171.5 games between 1970 and 1999 (for the college kids, there used to be ties … crazy, I know). At $10 million spent on facilities, that’s $58,000 a W. OSU has won 117 games since 2000. That’s $3.4 million. Success is pricey.“We’ve won in every sport here, except in football,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “We wanted to try to do something to change that, so when you went to the football stadium on Saturday, you actually had a chance to win the football game. I wanted to see what that was like.”It feels pretty good, doesn’t it?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
One of the traditions of bowl season has become which bowl hands out the best gifts to its participants. This year, the Sugar Bowl is handing out a Fossil watch, New Era Cap and commemorative coin to each player which doesn’t sound very cool until you also note that there’s a gift suite involved.What is a gift suite? According to Sports Business Daily, it’s basically a free trip to the mall.Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $550 per person.Last year, for the Cactus Bowl, that included TVs, Keurigs and Beats headphones.This year won’t necessarily be better since there’s a $550 limit, but it might be different depending on who sponsors the Sugar Bowl’s suite. You can view all of the bowl gifts here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Just two days after picking up an offer from Oklahoma State following a visit to Stillwater, 2017 defensive back Thabo Mwaniki announced that he has committed to play for the Cowboys on twitter:Thank You God.? pic.twitter.com/1oS6OFGQif— Thabo Mwaniki (@thabomwaniki) July 30, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I mentioned earlier in the week that Mwaniki had confirmed his visit to Stillwater in The Reload; even stating that an offer seemed imminent in my opinion. The offer was extended, and Mwaniki wasted no time pulling the trigger.The Denton Guyer defensive back pledges to OSU over offers from Air Force, Army, Colorado, Colorado State, UConn, Fresno State, Purdue, SMU, UTSA, North Texas, and New Mexico. At 5-11, 180-pounds, Mwaniki is a versatile athlete who is a do-it-all on offense and defense, and has good experience playing both defensive back and safety. Expect OSU to put him to good use on defense either at safety or cornerback and with his experience at both, he’s a luxury addition with the ability to move all over the field.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! There are still more questions than answers regarding OSU’s arguably most questionable position group entering the 2016 season. The offensive line struggled for a second consecutive season last year and, even though coaches are very hesitant to be show too much optimism, Mike Gundy is confident the group is improving.“Just in the last couple practices, I’ve seen them start to make some strides,” Mike Gundy said in his weekly Cowboy Football Roundup with Dave Hunziker. “We’re covering the defensive lineman up, and we need to continue to work on finishing blocks. Now that we’re covering them up, we have to sink our hips and we have to run our feet. We have to finish those blocks in order to give those backs a chance to make cuts. We like where we’re at.”Gundy also noted the emergence of redshirt freshman Marcus Keyes at left guard to be a big factor in his reason for optimism, and spoke highly of incoming junior college transfer Larry Williams, who is listed No. 2 at left guard behind Keyes.As for X-factors to watch this season, underrated junior college lineman Shane Richards is expected to make some contributions this season as well Gundy says.“The incoming class is a good group, it’ll take awhile to develop those players. Shane Richards (6-8, 330lbs.), hopefully he can help us first of October, Larry Williams gives us a chance. We just have to find the right fit and stay healthy.”
One of Oklahoma State’s best players is a guy you may not have heard much about — punter Zach Sinor. The sophomore punter from Castroville, Texas is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA in yards per punt at 43.0. More importantly he’s pinned the other team inside their own 20 yard line 26 times in 2016, tied for No. 3 in the nation. He’s also somehow only had one touchback.He’s also up as a finalist for the Ray Guy award, given to the nation’s best punter. The ‘Seisman’, if you will. Here’s the list of finalists for the 2016 Ray Guy Award.Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Conte (Sr.), University of VirginiaSteven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at LafayetteJoseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State UniversityMichael Dickson (So.), University of TexasHayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State UniversityCameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State UniversityZach Sinor (So.), Oklahoma State UniversityJohnny Townsend (Jr.), University of FloridaMitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of UtahSinor didn’t seem too worried about winning the award when asked about it at the on Monday.“I don’t really look into that stuff,” said Sinor. “Yeah, the awards will come, but my job is to pin them back and help the defense out the best I can.”He actually attended several Ray Guy camps growing up which is pretty funny.“I watched his film,” said Sinor of the Ray Guy camps. He gives you a little disc to watch. A lot of drops, directional punting, he really broke it down which helped me a lot.“As a freshman [in high school] I was a QB and a defensive tackle, a little odd. But my sophomore year I was kicking the ball around one day, and they said you’re the punter. Then I was on JV as the punter, and I hit a 45- 50-yard punt, so then they said you’re on varsity.“So after that I averaged like 39 my sophomore year on varsity. So after that I went to a Ray Guy camp, and they said ‘you have a pretty big leg. You can probably kick in college.’ So I kept working at it and now I’m here.”“During spring ball, whenever that was, I saw him throwing it around one day and he throws it pretty good,” said head coach Mike Gundy of his former QB-turned-punter. “If we were smart, we’d probably have a fake punt with him throwing the ball. But, it’s kind of like with James Castleman – the season’s not over yet.”The punter is pretty much the least glamorous position on the field, but Sinor has been huge for Oklahoma State in several close games this year — in the Iowa State game, the Tech game this last weekend, Sinor flipped the field in some big spots.“I just know where we’re at in the field at all times, so if we’re inside the 45-yard line, I’ll go the net and do some pooch punts and if we’re outside of that I’ll just work on regular punts,” added Sinor.An extra 10-15 yards can be enormous for Glenn Spencer and his defense especially when Sinor never kicks it into the end zone. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Manchester City 5 Liverpool 0: Aguero, Jesus & Sane punish Mane red Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 21:31 9/9/2017 Getty Images Sadio Mane’s red card left Liverpool vulnerable and Manchester City capitalised in a 5-0 win on Saturday. Manchester City underlined their Premier League title credentials with a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool as Sergio Aguero set a goalscoring landmark and Sadio Mane saw red.Saturday’s contest at the Etihad Stadium burst into life when Aguero broke the deadlock to become the Premier League’s all-time leading non-European goalscorer on 124.Liverpool were left facing a huge uphill battle when Mane was dismissed for raising his boot in a challenge for a bouncing ball with goalkeeper Ederson, who was taken off on a stretcher after prolonged treatment, but later confirmed to have escaped serious injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Gabriel Jesus’ header doubled City’s lead in the stoppage time that resulted from that delay and he scored again early in the second half to end any hopes Jurgen Klopp’s side had of mounting a comeback.Substitute Leroy Sane capped a brilliant team move and superb display from the hosts by netting an excellent brace, bringing to an end Klopp’s impressive record against City, having enjoyed a return of 10 points from his previous four matches with them. Klopp also endured the joint-heaviest defeat of his managerial career. The victory takes Pep Guardiola’s men to the summit for at least a few hours, with their opponents now three points back following a first loss of the campaign.Record breaker… #mancity pic.twitter.com/jFYbdo2PZL— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 9, 2017Without the injured Vincent Kompany or suspended Raheem Sterling, City were initially put on the back foot by a visiting line-up still devoid of wantaway forward Philippe Coutinho’s services.Nicolas Otamendi’s clumsy challenge on Mohamed Salah gave the visitors an early sight of goal from a free-kick just to the right of the penalty area, but Alberto Moreno’s shot struck the two-man wall.City responded well and Kevin De Bruyne called compatriot Simon Mignolet into action at the other end, the Belgian goalkeeper making a solid save from the midfielder’s powerful low shot.Mignolet was also equal to Fernandinho’s skidding effort in the 13th minute as City began to emerge as the greater attacking force.And the breakthrough came when Liverpool’s defence was cut open by Kevin De Bruyne’s throughball and Aguero coolly rounded Mignolet before slotting home his sixth goal in as many home Premier League games against the Reds.Mane threatened an instant riposte with a surging run, which Fernandinho brought to a halt by foul means just on the edge of the box, earning a booking for his troubles.Emre Can was wasteful with the set-piece and City breathed another sigh of relief when Ederson saved smartly at Salah’s feet soon after.It was Liverpool’s turn to fret next when Ragnar Klavan was caught in possession deep in his own half by Jesus, who forced a corner from which John Stones drew a reflex stop from Mignolet.The visitors’ task was made all the more difficult when Mane saw red following his challenge on Ederson, ending both players’ outings, with Claudio Bravo introduced for City.Record breaker… #mancity pic.twitter.com/jFYbdo2PZL— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 9, 2017And Guardiola’s side made their numerical advantage count when Jesus, who had already seen a goal ruled out for offside, headed in the second from the impressive De Bruyne’s assist.Liverpool were evidently deflated and the game was put beyond them when Aguero selflessly squared for Jesus, taking Mignolet out of the equation and leaving his team-mate with a simple finish.The best was still to come from City’s perspective, with Sane – on for Jesus, substituted with an eye on Wednesday’s Champions League match at Feyenoord – putting the finishing touch on a flowing move before adding a fifth by arrowing a stunning left-footed strike into the top corner.Liverpool, meanwhile, will host Sevilla in midweek nursing the heaviest loss of Klopp’s tenure. Key Opta stats: – This was Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League defeat away from home to one last season’s top seven sides (P10 W5 D4 L1).- Manchester City netted 5+ goals in a game versus Liverpool for the first time since March 1937 (5-1).- Since he made his Manchester City debut, Kevin De Bruyne has assisted 2+ goals in seven different Premier League games (29 assists in total in that period).- Sergio Aguero is now the top scoring non-European player in Premier League history (124), overtaking Dwight Yorke (123).- Aguero is the fourth player in Premier League history to score in six consecutive home apps vs a single side (also Alan Shearer against Everton, Thierry Henry against Aston Villa and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink against West Ham). read more
AFF U19 Championship Hairuddin reveals reasons behind Malaysia U18’s exceptional form Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 17:13 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malaysian FA AFF U19 Championship Malaysia U18 Malaysia U19 Bojan Hodak’s Malaysia U18 charges are set to play in the semi-finals of the 2017 AFF U-18 Youth Championship this Friday. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter Despite head coach Bojan Hodak’s own admission that his Malaysia U18 charges lack the tactical experience before the start of the 2017 AFF U-18 Youth Championship, the Young Tigers have defied expectations to perform well in the tournament.On Tuesday they drew 1-1 against favourites Thailand U18 to end the group stage as Group A champions, on the back of four consecutive wins and one draw. On Friday they will play in the semi-finals, against the yet-to-be-determined Group B runners up.When contacted by Goal, Hodak’s assistant head coach Hairuddin Omar revealed several reasons behind the team’s good current form. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing According to him, integral to their success is the winning mentality instilled by Hodak, and the coaching staff’s scouting work ahead of their every match.”Bojan earlier spoke about the boys’ lack of tactical knowledge as well as the short time had to prepare for the tournament, and he meant it.”But he made up for it by instilling a winning mentality in the team, to spark that desire to win among the boys.”And we the coaching staff also made sure we do our homework. Before each match we would attend the match involving our coming opponents, note down their weaknesses and focus on them in the match,” revealed the former Malaysia international, adding that the coaching staff will be observing the Myanmar vs Vietnam Group B match on Wednesday.But he also admitted to having been surprised by the boys’ performance and the grit they have shown in the tournament.”Honestly, I’m surprised at how well they have been able to follow Bojan’s instructions in the matches, in light of the insufficient preparation time.”They’ve shown the character needed to win matches. A lot of players are good technically, but they lack the desire to win matches.”But not these boys. I can say that despite what everyone has been saying, I can’t pinpoint the squad key players yet, simply because how good almost all of them are. All 23 have a shot at being picked for matches.”And the string of wins have further improved boosted their confidence, and they now have the belief they can make it to the final,” he explained.
Chelsea Hazard: I improved after a week with Conte at Chelsea Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 09:14 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Premier League Chelsea v Nottingham Forest Antonio Conte The Belgian star heaped praise on the Blues boss, saying he made swift progress upon the manager’s arrival at Stamford Bridge Chelsea star Eden Hazard said he improved after just a week working with head coach Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.Hazard spent two years under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, winning the Premier League, Europa League and EFL Cup before the Portuguese was replaced by Conte last season.CFC 8/1 to beat Stoke O4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing In his first season at the helm, Conte guided Chelsea to Premier League glory — spearheaded by the in-form Hazard.The Belgium international heaped praise on Conte, saying: “Even after a week I think I had progressed with him.”But I think he’s shown not just at Chelsea but also at Juve that he’s a good coach and I think he has some good years ahead of him.”Hazard, who is set to make his first club start of the campaign against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup Wednesday following an injury-interrupted pre-season, added: “There’s a lot of tactics. It’s not always nice as a forward as you have to run, defend and everything, but at least at the weekend, you know exactly what to do, you can even close your eyes and play. That’s good.”We work a lot. It’s not always easy in training, there are a lot of hours of training, but it bears fruit on the pitch. We play well, we won last year. You can see that that’s the key to success: work.”
Barcelona Barcelona condemn Spanish crackdown on Catalonia independence vote Dom Farrell 21:47 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Primera División The Spanish government conducted raids to disrupt Catalonia’s independence vote on Wednesday, prompting a call for democracy to prevail from the club Barcelona have announced the club will “continue to support the will of the majority of the Catalan people” amid growing tensions related to a banned independence vote in the region.Spain’s Guardia Civil police detained 12 senior officials and raided three Catalan regional government offices on Wednesday.The national government and Spain’s constitutional court have both said a referendum on Catalan independence due to take place on October 1 is illegal and should not go ahead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing There was no such action taken by the Spanish government before the last referendum in November 2014, however, this time Catalan leaders have revealed that they will declare independence within 48 hours of the final result if there is a majority ‘Yes’ vote.Wednesday’s raids came a day after 45,000 envelopes donning logos of the Catalan government were seized in the town of Terrassa, and Barcelona have now issued a statement in support of the democratic rights of the people of Catalonia.pic.twitter.com/j8hNbQb94a — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 20, 2017 The statement read: “In the wake of the events that have transpired in recent days and, especially today [Wednesday], with regard to the current political situation in Catalonia, FC Barcelona, in remaining faithful to its historic commitment to the defence of the nation, to democracy, to freedom of speech, and to self-determination, condemns any act that may impede the free exercise of these rights.”Therefore, FC Barcelona publicly expresses its support for all people, entities, and institutions that work to guarantee these rights.”FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way.”
Malaysia Cup Sathia pleased to have got through a potential banana skin Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 08:00 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Felda United Malaysia Cup PKNP v FELDA United FELDA United PKNP A tactical switch midway through the first half enabled Sathianathan to guide Felda United in the last four of the Malaysia Cup Felda United staged a remarkable comeback against PKNP FC to knock the Premier League out of the Malaysia Cup competition after an enthralling match at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday night. From being 3-1 down in the home first leg, Felda knew they needed to win by three goals margin to secure a place in the semi-final and promptly went about to do just that. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Despite the early scare provided by PKNP who extended their lead through Kim Hyeon-Woo, the Fighters stormed back into the match late in the first half to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Shukor Adan turned in a captain’s performance to guide his players through to the next stage of the competition, creating the opening goal for Wan Zack Haikal. Ifedayo Olusegun gave Felda the lead on the night before Wan Zack again scored just before half time. “It was a tough match but the players were motivated to do well. We changed the system today and we managed to get four goals. However I was less than happy with the last 10 minutes when we became sloppy. We could have killed the game with 7 – 8 goals. Anyway, I must congratulate the players for giving 100% and go the mentality that impossible is nothing and everything is possible,” said an estatic B. Sathianathan after the match.Stung by the three goals conceded in the last 10 minutes of the first half, PKNP failed to recover from the shock and went further behind at the start of the second half. Zah Rahan Krangar got into the box for the first in the match and converted Thiago Augusto’s cross, a goal that proved to be the decider in the tie.The gulf in experience between the two sides was there to be seen. It was a factor that was acknowledged by Sathianathan himself after seeing his charges go from strength to strength with every goal scored.”Yes, experience was a key factor. The opening goal came from a cross from the birthday boy, Shukor. And it was a fantastic cross. We had crossing chances before but other players couldn’t deliver. It was Shukor who showed his experience with the move that got us back into the game. Turns out the old player who showed the young ones how to cross,” added Sathianathan. The win puts Felda into the semi-final where they will face Kedah, a team that they only just beaten last week, albeit a largely second string Kedah side.
Arsenal 0 Red Star Belgrade 0: Gunners reach Europa League knockouts despite dour draw Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 11/3/17 Getty Images Red Star Belgrade held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium, but a point was enough for Europa League progression for the Gunners. Arsenal qualified for the Europa League knockout stages despite failing to impress in a dour 0-0 draw against Red Star Belgrade at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.A point proved enough to send Arsene Wenger’s side through as BATE Borisov were beaten 5-2 away to Cologne, who remain bottom of Group H but still have a chance of advancing following their victory.There were 11 changes to the Gunners side that beat Swansea City 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, goalkeeper Matt Macey making his European debut in an inexperienced line-up. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Macey did his part to secure the point, tipping a header from Vujadin Savic against the crossbar as Red Star threatened to take a surprise lead into half-time.With impressive form in this competition not enough to earn Jack Wilshere an England call-up, his frustrations were deepened when Damien Le Tallec’s goal-line clearance denied him a first club goal since May 2015.Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud combined in spectacular fashion to settle the teams’ meeting a fortnight prior, but could not put their experience to use and find the breakthrough here, although Wenger’s side can secure top spot by winning at Cologne on November 23.We’ve qualified from Group H……but it’s not quite the result we were looking for tonight#AFCvRSB 0-0 (FT) pic.twitter.com/FAEe1pkNIP— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2017France international Giroud appeared to strain his hamstring after leaping to challenge Mitchell Donald in the air, but it did not stop him getting into a great position in the 10th minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles surged towards the byline on the left side of the box before squaring for Giroud, whose first-time effort was blocked by Milan Borjan at the near post.Arsenal controlled possession but found further chances hard to come by until Giroud was slipped in by Joe Willock, who did well to dispossess Donald, but was unable to lift his shot over the onrushing Borjan.Wenger’s side could have gone into half-time behind, though, had Macey not tipped a header from Savic against the bar after the Red Star centre-back followed up Nemanja Radonjic’s blocked shot.What a save, Matt!Red Star break at speed and Macey is required to tip a looping header onto the crossbar#AFCvRSB 0-0 (36) pic.twitter.com/oN01FPkTeD— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 2, 2017Richmond Boakye contrived to waste another chance before the break, failing to hit the target after racing in behind Rob Holding on a swift counter-attack.Red Star sat back after the restart and Arsenal had two claims for a penalty go unawarded, the first after slight contact between Savic and Wilshere and the second when the defender inadvertently handled the ball.Arsenal continued to apply the pressure and a great combination between Maitland-Niles and Wilshere down the left ended with the latter seeing his goal-bound poke cleared in last-ditch fashion by Le Tallec.Wenger sent Eddie Nketiah on for Willock in the 68th minute, but their two-goal EFL Cup hero failed to have the same impact as he did against Norwich City.Boakye had an opportunity to snatch all three points with nine minutes remaining but he sliced wide of the near post, though the Serbian side celebrated keenly at the full-time whistle, having secured a point that moves them a point clear in second place. KEY OPTA STATS- The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions at the Emirates (W14 D2), however this was the first time since May that they failed to take all three points (2-2 v Manchester City). – This was the first 0-0 Arsenal have been involved in at the Emirates since October 2016, when they drew against Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough in the Premier League. – Arsene Wenger’s side failed to score in a European home game for the first time since February 2016 (0-2 loss v Barcelona in the Champions League). – Arsenal have not lost any of the nine home games they have played on a Thursday under Arsene Wenger (W8 D1), with the first of those being a 3-0 win v Nantes back in 1999 (UEFA Cup). – Red STar, meanwhile, are the first Serbian team to keep a clean sheet away from home against English opposition since FK Partizan in August 2003 (1-0 v Newcastle in Champions League qualifying). – Jack Wilshere made his first start at the Emirates in European competition since August 2014 (1-0 v Besiktas in Champions League qualifying). read more
PSG ‘Neymar will win Ballon d’Or after Ronaldo and Messi’ – Kaka Nino Duit Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty composite PSG Neymar PSG v Nantes Ligue 1 The PSG star has been given the backing of his fellow Brazilian to take over as football’s best player Neymar will win the Ballon d’Or after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance has ended, according to Kaka.Since 2008, Ronaldo and Messi have shared the prestigious individual honour between them, with the Real Madrid star claiming four and the Barcelona legend five awards.Neymar 13/2 UCL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Following last season’s Champions League triumph with Madrid, Ronaldo is the favourite to receive the trophy again this year to draw alongside his great rival.With both Ronaldo and Messi now into their thirties, thoughts are already drifting towards who will succeed them as football’s best player.Former AC Milan and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka believes his fellow Brazilian, and Paris Saint-Germain attacker, Neymar will be the one to take over in the future.“Football isn’t an exact science so it’s difficult to say what will happen in the future, but I would say that the next winner of the Ballon d’Or after Cristiano and Messi will be Neymar,” Kaka told the Colombian media outlet El Espectador.Kaka was the last player to win the Ballon d’Or before the dominant era of Messi and Ronaldo after lifting the Champions League with Milan in 2007.“It’s incredible to win an individual award in a team sport and also one where everybody wants to be able to say: ‘I’m the best.’,” Kaka said.“I tried to maintain a good level of form and I understood that the award was for what we did as a team. I am always grateful to my team-mates at Milan for what we achieved.”
Real Madrid Zidane: Real Madrid won’t win Club World Cup on reputation Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:54 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid FIFA Club World Cup Al Jazira Zinédine Zidane Primera División Al Jazira v Real Madrid Los Blancos are keen to secure their third title of the season, having already claimed the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid want to add the Club World Cup to the trophy cabinet before fighting to retain their La Liga and Champions League crowns, emphasising his side won’t claim the title on reputation alone.Two-time champions Madrid will face Emirati outfit Al Jazira in Wednesday’s semi-final at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.And Madrid are keen to secure their third title of the season, having already claimed the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It will not be easy and last year we had a lot of problems before we managed to win it,” Zidane said.”There will not be easy games and for just being Real Madrid we are not going to win. We have time to prepare for the game and there are no excuses.”This is the calendar and whoever we face we need to look at doing what we have to do well.”It is normal that during the season you have ups and downs, but what we have done so far is very positive. We have won two titles and we are trying to win a third.”After this we will have six months to fight for La Liga, the Champions League and the cup.” The squad took some time out to meet some of our #RMFans in Abu Dhabi today!#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/qANLqsmh0A— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 11, 2017Madrid are fourth in La Liga after 15 games, eight points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona, while the Spanish capital club are set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16.
Leicester Goal attempts Substitutes 31 Ghezzal 3 Chilwell 11 Albrighton Match previews (s 76′) Possession 14 Romeu Match stats 2 Cedric Share via Email Southampton 12 Ward Leicester City 7 Long 15 Maguire 55 Slattery (s 46′) Southampton 7 9 Share on Pinterest 10 3 4 Soyuncu 19 Barnes 14 Ricardo Pereira 33 Targett 16 Ward-Prowse Share on LinkedIn Fouls 11 Elyounoussi 8 Iheanacho (s 57′) 10 Maddison Lineups SOU30LEI70% 15 Gallagher 1 McCarthy 22 Redmond 18 Leicester Off target 5 Southampton 5 Leicester On target 2 Southampton 43 Valery 25 Ndidi Corners 7 Gray Share on WhatsApp 4 Vestergaard 17 Armstrong 66 Ramsay A big game for both clubs – and for entirely different reasons. Southampton are back in the relegation zone and badly need points. Although Leicester have no such worries, Claude Puel, Southampton’s former manager, is once again under pressure after a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Newport. Jamie Vardy, among others, will be restored to Leicester’s starting lineup. Southampton will have to make do without three strikers, with Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi injured and Charlie Austin suspended. Stuart JamesSaturday 3pmVenue King Power StadiumLast season Leicester 0 Southampton 0Referee Michael OliverThis season G17 Y46 R4 2.94 cards/gameOdds H Evens A 17-5 D 28-11LEICESTERSubs from Ward, Jakupovic, Iheanacho, Söyüncü, Choudhury, Barnes, Simpson, Okazaki, Ghezzal, Silva, Fuchs, James, BenalouaneDoubtful NoneInjured Evans (toe, Feb), Amartey (ankle, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y32 R4Form LLWWLWLeading scorer Vardy 7SOUTHAMPTONSubs from Forster, Gunn, Davis, Gallagher, Lewis, Elyounoussi, Soares, Jones, Slattery, Ramsay, Johnson, BarnesDoubtful Armstrong (ankle)Injured Bertrand (back, 19 Jan), Lemina (ab), Obafemi (hamstring, both unknown)Suspended Austin (first of two), Højbjerg (third of four)Unavailable Yoshida (Asian Cup)Discipline Y45 R2Form LWWLLDLeading scorer Ings 7 30 70 9 Vardy 5 Morgan Topics 28 Gunn Premier League (s 76′) Substitutes 39 Sims 1 Schmeichel (s 90′) Share on Twitter SOU LEI 35 Bednarek resources Share on Facebook 5 Stephens 2 Simpson 38 Choudhury 24 Mendy Share on Messenger (s 46′) Reuse this content
Read more Perhaps the most fascinating aspect is that both sides will feel not only confident of winning but also that they are the favourites. Ajax have nothing to fear having knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus while Tottenham must surely believe anything is possible given their stunning success over City. So we could have a genuine toe-to-toe battle in which lightning fast attacks are exchanged at will.Goals are guaranteed, as are some fascinating match-ups: Son Heung-min v Matthijs de Ligt (once Son has served his first-leg suspension), Danny Rose v Hakim Ziyech, Moussa Sissoko v Frenkie de Jong and Toby Alderweireld v the new and improved Dusan Tadic. It is fair to say whoever comes out on top in the majority of those battles will play a huge role in which of these clubs reaches the final.One key dynamic is that Ajax play away first. This is a reverse of what happened against Real Madrid and Juventus and takes away their ability to bring a competitive result into the home of their opponents and crank up the anxieties with a fast and fearless approach. It could be a nervy night for Erik ten Hag’s men in Amsterdam if they need to overturn a deficit or hold on to a slender lead. Champions League Read more Share on Pinterest Tottenham v AjaxThe tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football – beautiful, wild, unpredictable football – happened and now we have a contest between two of the most exciting and dynamic teams in Europe. It promises to be a belter. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Liverpool show resilience and sense of purpose in putting out Porto features Lionel Messi v Virgil van Dijk is a match-up that cannot help but make the mouth water, while Roberto Firmino v Gerard Piqué is not bad either. Then there is what could happen when Jordi Alba bombs upfield and leaves Mohamed Salah with a yawning stretch of grass to counterattack into. The consequences could be thrilling and devastating in equal measure.Salah may score; Messi almost certainly will. The Argentinian is the Champions League’s top scorer with 10 goals and showed again in Tuesday’s victory over Manchester United there is no player in the world right now – and there probably never has been – who can turn a match so quickly and decisively. Those feet are mesmerising and Van Dijk, brilliant as he is, will have his work cut out.The Dutchman will need his teammates’ help and in that sense Fabinho could be key. After a slow start, the Brazilian has excelled as a deep-lying midfielder because of a combination of excellent positioning, dynamic movement and wily strength. He will surely be tasked with monitoring and filling the pockets Messi drops into, and how well he performs could make a decisive difference to Liverpool’s fortunes. Jonathan Wilson Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email Share on LinkedIn There are others in Barcelona’s ranks who need to be watched, most notably Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho, both of whom will return to Anfield for a second leg that could end up ranking among the special European nights the stadium has hosted. What is for sure is this is a tie not to be missed and, most likely, whoever wins it will do the same in the final.First leg Wednesday 1 May, Camp Nou Second leg Tuesday 7 May, AnfieldFixtures before first legBarcelona 20 April Real Sociedad (h); 23 April Alavés (a); 27 April Levante (h)Liverpool 21 April Cardiff (a); 26 April Huddersfield (h)Odds to win Champions League Barcelona 13-8; Liverpool 13-5 Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Spurs will want to travel to the Johan Cruyff Arena with an advantage and can take heart winning four of the five home games they have played in this season’s Champions League. History is also on Tottenham’s side: their only previous meeting with Ajax in a competitive European fixture came in the first round of the 1981-82 Cup Winners’ Cup and ended in a 6-1 aggregate victory for Keith Burkinshaw’s team.First leg Tuesday 30 April Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Second leg Wednesday 8 May, Johan Cruyff ArenaFixtures before first legTottenham 20 April Manchester City (a); 23 April Brighton (h); 27 April West Ham (h)Ajax 20 April Groningen (a); 23 April Vitesse (h); scheduled match on 28 April at De Graafschap will be postponedOdds to win Champions League Tottenham 9-2; Ajax 26-5 Barcelona Share on Facebook Read more Liverpool Lionel Messi’s one-man show draws curtain on Manchester United dreams Barcelona v LiverpoolA meeting between two teams who can legitimately refer to themselves as European royalty and who, on current form, are arguably the most formidable forces on the continent. Certainly their status as leaders of their respective divisions points in that direction, as does the players who will be on show. Ajax Read more ‘Baby Ajax’ make big boys cry with Daley Blind’s and Dusan Tadic’s help Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair?