US Routs Dominicans, 106-71US Routs Dominicans, 106-71

first_imgBILBAO, 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 Shareslast_img read more

Warriors’ Green Faces Flagrant Foul Tender Kick FineWarriors’ Green Faces Flagrant Foul Tender Kick Fine

first_imgOKLAHOMA 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 Shareslast_img read more

Bourousis saves the day for Panathinaikos against AEKBourousis saves the day for Panathinaikos against AEK

first_imgPanathinaikos 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 Shareslast_img read more

Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: Sachin, Sehwag and Team India wish MahiHappy Birthday MS Dhoni: Sachin, Sehwag and Team India wish Mahi

first_imgOne 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.last_img read more

Best batsman on planet: Cricket world pays tribute to Virat KohliBest batsman on planet: Cricket world pays tribute to Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat 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.last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: August 04, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi:CWC Meeting at AICC in New Delhi (A+B)New Delhi:29th Meeting of the Goods and Services Tax Council (GST)(A+B)New Delhi: Squirrel on a tree (B)Jammu: Man shoot dead enters J-K ex-CM Farooq Abdullahs house in Jammu (B+A)New Delhi: Orientation Programme for newly elected RS members (A)New Delhi: Protest against NRC (B)Charbhuja: Suraj Gaurav Yatra commences (B)Patna: Nitish Kumar at a function (B)Jabalpur: Digvijay Singh addressing the media (B)Srinagar: Protest against the petitions filed in the SC challenging the validity of Article 35 A (B+A)Patna: Protest against Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case (B)Kolkata: TMC party observe ‘Black day’ (B)Bengaluru: Nirmala Sitharaman in Bengaluru (A+B)Kolkata: 89th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar (B)Jabalpur: Army Mela in Jabalpur (B)Morigaon: Weather: Monsoon rainfall flood-hit zone (B)INTERNATIONALSaratoga Springs: National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (B)Francisco I. Madero: A mine collapsed in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo (A)Las Vegas: Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo speaks at a news conference (A)Bornes les Mimosas: British PM Theresa May in Bornes-les-Mimosas (B)Karachi: Students sit in small class room due to shortage of schools (B)Gaza: Protesters gather during a protest (B)New York: Cat fashion show at the Algonquin Hotel in New York (B)Singapore: ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Singapore (B)Houston: Astronauts at a NASA event (B)Karachi: Protest the results of the recently concluded general elections (B)Lakeport: Wildfire in Scotts Valley (A)advertisementSPORTSGlasgow: European Swimming Championships (B)San Jose: Classic tennis tournament in San Jose (B)Birmingham: First test cricket match between England and India (B)Nanjing: BWF World Championships in Nanjing (B)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

Harish Kumar, the Asian Games bronze medallist, sells tea for a livingHarish Kumar, the Asian Games bronze medallist, sells tea for a living

first_imgThe 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)last_img read more

Nokia 7.1 expected to launch today: Specs, price and everything we know so farNokia 7.1 expected to launch today: Specs, price and everything we know so far

first_imgHMD 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.last_img read more

Champions League: Messi masterclass lights up Wembley, sinks TottenhamChampions League: Messi masterclass lights up Wembley, sinks Tottenham

first_imgLionel 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)last_img read more

Google reveals Pixel 3, bigger Pixel 3 XL smartphoneGoogle reveals Pixel 3, bigger Pixel 3 XL smartphone

first_imgNew 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/prsadvertisementlast_img read more

Taiwan to hold referendum to change contingent name in OlympicsTaiwan to hold referendum to change contingent name in Olympics

first_imgTaipei, 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/vmlast_img read more

Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale SteynMaybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale Steyn

first_imgDale 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 scandallast_img read more

Govt working to create infrastructure to nurture sporting talent: Piyush GoyalGovt working to create infrastructure to nurture sporting talent: Piyush Goyal

first_imgRanchi, 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 GVSGVSlast_img read more

India, South Korea sign MoU to strengthen cooperation in tourismIndia, South Korea sign MoU to strengthen cooperation in tourism

first_imgNew 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 RHLlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch Today’s Match on Hotstar, TV Coverage on Star SportsPro Kabaddi 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch Today’s Match on Hotstar, TV Coverage on Star Sports

first_imgWhat 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, Anillast_img read more