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