MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Defending champions National University and University of the Philippines continued to tear the house down in their respective divisions to earn outright Finals berths in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.The Bulldogs continued to stay unscathed in the men’s division, dispatching their last foe University of the East, 5-0, to gain entry to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles face off for the last semifinals ticket in the men’s division on Friday.Meanwhile, UP turned back Adamson, 4-1, to proceed to the Finals after a six-tie sweep of the eliminations.La Salle bagged the second-seed, which comes with a twice-to-beat incentive, after pulling off a 4-1 win over NU, while Ateneo silenced UST, 5-0.The Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs clash in the first of the step-ladder semifinals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brownlee admits Ginebra got outplayed in Game 2, vows next game will be different Alvin Morada, Keeyan Gabuelo, and Alem Palmares hoisted NU’s flag in the singles category, while tandems of Morada and Palmares, as well as Christian Cuyno and Mike Minuluan as the Jhocson-based crew went unbeaten in six matches this year.The Bulldogs have now gone undefeated through 33 ties harking back to 2014, and will be waiting for its best-of-three Finals date next week.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 shutoutUP claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the men’s stepladder semis after turning back La Salle, 4-1, behind singles’ bets JM Bernardo and CK Clemente and doubles’ squads Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales to rack up a 5-1 record.University of Santo Tomas forced a three-way tie for third place with a dominant 5-0 victory againstAteneo, and has moved up to third place thanks to the quotient system. LATEST STORIES View comments
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Sacramento Kings’ George Hill (3). APBOSTON — Jaylen Brown has already figured out he’ll receive a lot less attention from opposing defenses when he’s on the floor with Kyrie Irving. Brown has also realized he’ll get some open shots, too. “This is about where we’re going to be two years from now. I have to look at it in a broader lens on a day-to-day basis.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “Kyrie and (Al) Horford are going to draw so much attention, especially Kyrie,” Brown said. “I’m just licking my chops anytime they double-team Kyrie. I’m just trying to be as ready as possible to take the pressure off them.”Irving also scored 22 for the Celtics, who posted their 11th consecutive win over the Kings in Boston, dating to their last loss on Jan. 19, 2007. Terry Rozier added 12 points, and Daniel Theis had 10 points with 10 rebounds.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 know what was interesting? I thought that he only took eight shots, but obviously 22 points on eight shots is great,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said about Brown. “I thought that he took all the right ones.”Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for the Kings, who lost their sixth in a row — the last three by an average of 24 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Warren has career-high 40, Suns rally to beat Wizards QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “Despite these losses, I think we’re playing better. We’re moving the ball, playing with each other,” Hield said. “It can mentally break you down. We’ve just got to be mentally strong each and every day.”Boston led 58-45 at halftime and took complete control early in the third quarter, pushing it to 66-47 on Irving’s second 3-pointer in the opening two minutes.Brown hit consecutive 3-pointers 27 seconds apart during a 17-2 run that made it 87-56 late in the third. Irving had seven points during the spree, including his third from beyond the arc in the quarter.The Celtics led 89-60 after three.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Kings: Have been held to 100 points or fewer in four of their seven losses. . Sacramento was outrebounded 52-26 and shot only 43 percent. “We just struggle to score,” coach Dave Joerger said. “When you play a team that can score, sometimes that inability lets them be even more free and more loose.”Celtics: F Marcus Morris, who has not played this season due to a sore left knee, worked “really hard” on Wednesday and the team expects to see him play “sooner than later,” Stevens said. Morris is scheduled to go on the upcoming road trip.HAYWARD UPDATEStevens talked about star Gordon Hayward’s progress from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered in the team’s opener at Cleveland.“He’s going to be in a boot for however long,” the coach said. “It’s going to be a while before he’s allowed to put any weight on it.”Stevens said Hayward is in “good spirits” and “has been doing his chair shooting every day.”The injured forward has visited the team’s practice facility a few times.STAY CALMJoerger talked about the need to stay positive before the game despite his team’s rough start.“I try not to hit them over the head every timeout, being negative,” he said, breaking into a smile. “Very rarely have I lost it this season, which I think you can do twice a season — you can go temporarily insane. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brown scored 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting in three quarters, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the skidding Sacramento Kings 113-86 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for their sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Quarters: 25-19, 55-46, 67-67, 91-81. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ “Unlike last game where we’re rushing things, this time we focused on the game possession-by-possession,” shared Alcantara.Game 3 is on Tuesday, still at the Big Dome.CSB-LSGH had to play the what could’ve been the clincher without Inand Fornilos, who served his one-game suspension after his Game 1 ejection.Joel Cagulangan paced the Junior Blazers with 16 points.The Scores:MAPUA 91 – Escamis 25, Bonifacio 18, Jabel 17, Goum 10, Garcia 8, Enriquez 6, Lacap 4, Dennison 3, Ramos 0, Sarias 0, Socias 0.CSB-LSGH 81 – Cagulangan 16, David 12, Marcos 12, Lepalam 10, Mosqueda 9, Perez 9, Sangco 5, Morales 4, Lao 4, Belgica 0, Pedrosa 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cruz 0.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Lillard’s 26, Napier’s hot hands lift Blazers past Magic Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I just told them to stay aggressive. That’s it,” said coach Randy Alcantara in Filipino, as Mapua survived a foul-plagued showing from Most Valuable Player Will Gozum.The hulking Gozum only got 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocks before fouling out early in the fourth quarter as the Red Robins saw their 13-point cut down to just one, 69-68.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 shutoutHowever, Escamis had other plans for Mapua as he anchored a superb 17-8 blast that brought the lead back to10, 86-76 with 2:06 remaining.Warren Bonifacio tallied a double-double of 18 markers and 14 rebounds for the Red Robins, while Erick Jabel came off the bench to pour 17 points. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Mapua’s Clint Escamis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Mapua refused to let go of its crown and held off College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 91-81, in Game 2 Thursday to force a winner-take-all duel in the NCAA Season 93 juniors basketball Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Clint Escamis pumped in 25 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one block, including back-to-back layups in the final two minutes to douse La Salle Greenhills’ fightback late.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Trades involving Gilas players OK Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Chicago Bulls star was asked on Twitter by a fan as to when is he coming over to the Philippines and 12-time All-Star didn’t disappoint.“I will I will I promise,” Wade replied.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 starsWade won all of his titles with Miami before transferring to his hometown Chicago in 2016.The 35-year-old Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals in his first season with the Bulls. 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’ MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR In his first game with the team, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) greets fans after an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls won 105-99. APFilipino basketball fans sure hope Dwyane Wade keeps his promises.Wade, the three-time NBA champion, on Monday vowed to visit the Philippines, a country known for its deep love for hoops.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball team Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “We expected that Thailand would put up a fight, but we didn’t expect that we would play that bad,” said guard Kiefer Ravena Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here. “It was an ugly one for us but we ended up winning and that was the end goal.”CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThailand managed to take a 71-69 lead midway through the fourth and it needed the late-game heroics of Ravena and Baser Amer to lead the Philippines to the victory.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 openingGilas went on an 8-0 run to take a 77-71 lead with the backcourt tandem scoring six points in the pivotal spurt.Ravena said that if ever they plan to win the Philippines’ record 17th gold medal in the regional games, they have to be sharp from the get-go down to avoid playing catchup. KUALA LUMPUR—Gilas Pilipinas barely left MABA Stadium the same way it came in.Southeast Asia’s most dominant basketball program had to fight tooth-and-nail against Thailand to capture an 81-74 win at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I guess we have to avoid things like these from happening again,” said Ravena, who finished with 11 points but shot 4-of-14 from the field. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments
MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Diane Carlos showed the way for the Lady Maroons with 14 points, 11 on attacks, as they notched their first win in two outings in Group B, tying idle San Beda.Isa Molde also shone for UP with 12 points as she and Carlos peppered the hapless TIP defenses all afternoon with accurate hits.Marian Buitre had nine, Jessma Ramos six and Justine Dorog and Roselyn Rosier five each for UP, which fell to Adamson on opening day.It was the second straight defeat by the Lady Engineers who obviously didn’t get the exact measure of the team they faced.Ashley Jinion topscored for TIP with six points.ADVERTISEMENT 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 UP was head and shoulders above TIP in blocks, 8-2, and service aces, 10-1. But TIP worked hard, too, and was not that inferior in the digs (38-37) and receives (20-18) departments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Aiko Urdas fired 17 points while Jaja Santiago added 11 for the Lady Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in two starts.The Lady Bulldogs also proved they have adjusted well with new coach Babes Castillo, who replaced their long-time mentor and now Lady Stags tactician Roger Gorayeb.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 openingGorayeb didn’t show up and instead asked assistant coach Clint Malazo to call the shots for the Lady Stags, who fell to 1-2.Earlier, University of the Philippines strolled to the win column with an easy 25-20, 25-9, 25-13 decision over Technological Institute of the Philippines. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Menor’s next goal: 2nd pro win at Riviera Diana Mae Carlos of UP scores off Ashley Jinon (right) and Khem Consencino of TIP during their PVL match on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University has moved on.Showing no respect for the team being coached by its former mentor, NU crushed San Sebastian College, 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-18, Monday night for a share of the lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The victorious Philippine sepak takraw team at the recent welcome lunch in Makati tendered by local sponsors La Filipina Canned Meats and PLDT with their hosts (second row, starting 7th from left) La Filipina executives Danika Co and Nicasio Limjap; and Juan Alonzo IV, PLDT Senior Relationship Manager – Public Sector (10th from left).The Philippine Sepak Takraw team, which bagged two silver and two bronze medals in the recently concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games, was treated recently with a warm welcome from local sponsors La Filipina Canned Meats and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).Hosting the welcome lunch were La Filipina Canned Meats executives Danika Co and Nicasio Limjap, and Juan Alonzo IV of PLDT.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Glen Rice Jr. drops triple-double as TNT nips NLEX 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 MOST READ The Philippines won the bronze medal in the men’s doubles event sharing the plum with Laos.It also disputed the gold medal with host Malaysia in the men’s chin lone (linking) but settled for the silver for its first medal of the meet.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 openingJohn Jeffrey Morcillos, Johnjohn Bobier, Rhemwil Catana, Ronsited Gabayeron, Joeart Jumawan, and Alvin Pangan composed the team which bagged the silver medal.
Tribal dances add colour and vigour to any local festivalDelightful trails that wind their way through pear orchards or lead to the shores of the serenely rippling lake await you in Jharkhand. If you’re adventurous enough to go deep into the forests, you may stumble on one of the leaf huts in which the local adivasis live, tucked away in the deepest shadow of the sal trees. And if you’re even luckier, you may tread in the footsteps of a tiger that has climbed the plateau. Satyajit Ray was so charmed by the forests that he shot parts of Aranyer Din Ratri here. Jharkhand, in the last five years, has wandered experimentally down new trails of many kinds.Metro mixEating options are everincreasing in the capitalUrban Jharkhand has always been developing in cities like Jamshedpur, but now Ranchi is catching up. The city has the Big Bazar shopping mall at its heart with all the convenience of electronics on the first floor, furniture on the second and fashions of the third. There’s a two-screen multiplex, Eylex showing the latest blockbusters and the Sujata Miniplex, that has been recently upgraded. The City Centre Mall is being built with Singapore consultancy and when complete, will include Ranchi’s first five-star hotel.Culture curryVisit tribal artists in Ranchi to pick up souvenirsIt isn’t all about modern shopping. Jharkhand is working on how best to display its traditions too. The Hotwar Museum is as recent as September 2009 and it sprawls over 10,000 sqm at the mega sports complex in Ranchi. Its air-conditioned interior houses an impressive collection of artefacts from the pre-historic and Harappan periods, along with recent historic finds excavated at Khukhragarh in the Ranchi district. Among must-sees are the prehistoric hand tools, monoliths and painted and unpainted pottery, some of them moulded between 1100-350 BC, the period in which Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata. There are also over a hundred 12th-century sculptures of Yakshas and Yakshinis found during an excavation at Ichagarh in East Singbhum.Another museum, this time focussing on Jharkhand’s tribals is to be found at the Sanskriti Centre in Hazaribagh. The Centre is housed in a heritage building set in the middle of six acres of lush orchards and trees. The museum houses a detailed archaeological record of the Hazaribagh region, ranging from the Lower Palaeolithic to the present, while the art gallery showcases 15 styles of painting in the Khovar and Sohrai schools with over 300 works of art on display.Tribal women artists exhibit their work at the gallery and, all in all, the Centre is a celebration of the colour and vibrancy of tribal life. In the last five years it has also worked around to developing its website so that it can appeal to a worldwide audience.Arty talesThe Hotwar Museum, a must visit, sprawls over 10,000 sqmHundreds of families of Amadubi village near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand have been illustrating local folk dances and tribal legends as well as other religious tales through the unique paintings that they have been making for centuries. What makes the paintings unique is the brightness and appeal of the illustrations that are made from different base media and colours ground from local herbs and stones. The tradition of paintings has been kept alive through the Guru-Shishya teaching method. The State Government is training the villagers to make their work more commercially sustainable.Tribal lifeAlong with art and culture, adivasi tourism is also developing fast. The Santhals are one of the oldest tribes in the country and then there are the Asurs, the Lohars and the Mundas. Some of them weave baskets, some are skilled blacksmiths forging intricate ornaments from iron, while others work with the bamboo. Thanks to a new tourism initiative many of these villages have opened up to tourists so that it is possible to sample their unspoilt way of life.Mine aheadOpt for the speedy way on the waters of JharkhandJharkhand has always been known for its mineral wealth, but there is an initiative to use the mines for something more than just minerals. Mining tourism is a concept that has been booming in Australia and South Africa and steps are being taken to make areas like the Regrappa mines and the North Karmpura mines in Ranchi district suitable for mining tourism. Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) and Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) are consulting with the Jharkhand Tourism authorities and offering their mines for the experience.Festive spiritBig Bazar shopping mall in Ranchi is a huge step towards modernismThe Baba Baidyanath Vishva Mahotsav was kick-started in 2008 and ‘rollicking’ is how everyone describes the three-day affair. A blend of religion and adventure tourism, it gives visitors a chance to explore Deoghar’s temples and after the blessings try their hand at kayaking, snorkelling and yachting in 18 specially chosen lakes and rivers. Performers are brought in from the eastern states during August and there are also tribal dances and folk songs adding their rhythm.Adventure tourism is coming to Jharkhand in a big way promising to make life even more of an adventure in the coming days. With new hotels and a scenic setting, this is a destination that is sure to surprise the visitor.advertisementadvertisementFact fileAfter Australia and South Africa, mining tourism is now here to make wavesRanchi’s first five-star hotel Carlson Hotels Worldwide-Asia Pacific plans to open a Radisson hotel in Ranchi in April 2010.Hotwar Museum Mega Sports Complex, Hotwar, RanchiSanskriti Centre, Dipugarha, P.O. Hazaribagh; timings: 1.30p.m.-5p.m.; tel: (06546) 264 820; www.sanskritihazaribagh.comAmadubi village 90 km from Jamshedpur.Adivasi tourism Currently organised in Simdega and Lohardaga by Jharkhand Tourism. Contact (0651) 240 0981 or check www.jharkhandtourism.inMining tourism http://jharkhandi.com/miningtourism.aspxBaba Baidyanath Vishva Mahotsav 3 days in Jul/Aug 2010; www.babadham.org
The much-hyped Indian boxing squad, led by Olympic medal winner Vijender Singh, flopped but the unheralded athletics contingent exceeded expectations when Krishna Pooniya led an unprecedented clean sweep of all the women’s discus medals in the Commonwealth Games on Monday.Baton has passed from me: Milkha | Video: Indian boxers falter in semisPooniya led a historic Indian 1-2-3 by hurling the disc to 61.51m and became the country’s first woman in 52 years to win the gold on a day the Games was rocked by its first doping scandal when woman’s 100m champion gold medallist Osayemi Oludamola of Nigeria returned a positive test for a banned stimulant.Pooniya is the second Indian athlete after Milkha Singh (1958, Cardiff) to garner a gold in track and field events and her title enabled the country to equal its previous-best gold medal haul in Games history. The country had won 30 gold at Manchester eight years ago.She swept the discus event with Harwant Kaur (60.66m) and national record holder Seema Antil (58.46m) bagging the silver and bronze to lift the host country’s tally in athletics to a record seven.However, the story that emerged from the boxing ring was disappointing with Vijender and three others biting the dust in the semis and settling for the bronze.The consolation was the entry of southpaw Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Paramjit Samota (+91kg) into the finals after winning their semi final bouts.Suranjoy reached the gold medal round defeating Haroon Iqbal of Pakistan, Manoj Kumar made the title round edging out Valentino Knowles of Bahamas and Samota outpunched F A Junior of Tonga.advertisementThe shock defeat of hot title favourite Vijender led the Indians to lodge a protest with the event’s officialdom after the referee penalised the Indian star towards the fag end of the bout when he led narrowly.Amandeep Singh (49kg), Asian champion Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dilbag Singh (69kg) also lost their semi final bouts and had to be content with bronze medals.Women rifle shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Meena Kumari also grabbed the bronze in the women’s 50 metres rifle prone event after logging one point less than the gold and silver medalists.
Kalpana Chakravarthy at StreelakhaPlacards, posters, black flags and silence are characteristic of Vimochana’s protests. But that is only when they take to the streets to protest atrocities against women or seek justice. Fortunately there is nothing dull or sad about Streelekha-a sister concern of Vimochana- the first of its kind,Kalpana Chakravarthy at StreelakhaPlacards, posters, black flags and silence are characteristic of Vimochana’s protests. But that is only when they take to the streets to protest atrocities against women or seek justice. Fortunately there is nothing dull or sad about Streelekha-a sister concern of Vimochana- the first of its kind bookshop in the country that stocks a wide range of feminist writings and literature.Streelekha occupies a single room in the beautiful exposed brick construction and is run efficiently by Kalpana Chakravarthy sporting a bindi the size of a one rupee coin.White wooden shelves stand out against red walls and are stocked with books that range from feminist writings and women’s issues related literature to fiction and poetry. There are comfortable wooden stools and chairs with fluffy cushions to give you a relaxed time.Donna Fernandes, the founder says that Streelekha was born out of a need to develop an alternative to the mainstream publishing world that didn’t offer much on women writing and was limited to cooking and beauty tips.” Streelekha, along with Vimochana, has been in existence since 1985, and has served as an academic resource center for research scholars and writers. Chakravarthy and Fernandes reminisce about the golden years two decades ago when they would cart back cartons of books from feminist fares across the world. “We would ask them to donate all the books that they didn’t sell and we would bring it back for Streelekha.” Times have changed and both admit that there is a lot more serious writing today, thanks to the inclusion of women’s studies in universities. Streelekha’s biggest challenge is to sustain itself in a market-driven economy where commercial book shops offer massive discounts at sales. Besides stocking books, Streelekha and Vimochana hold poetry readings and meetings at the space. Most recently Streelekha has ventured into publishing and has three new titles in English and Kannada.Those seeking writings on womens issues or books by women should head to Streelekha and while there, dont even think of asking for Mills and Boon or chicklit.advertisement
Yusuf Pathan and off-spinner R Ashwin are expected to be included in India’s 30-member strong World Cup probables list when the selectors meet in Mumbai on Saturday.While Baroda’s Pathan pummelled his way to 123 not out off 96 balls with 7 sixes and as many fours in the fourth ODI at Bangalore against New Zealand on December 7, apart from grabbing crucial wickets with his off breaks in the series, Tamil Nadu’s Ashwin captured the highest number of wickets (nine) in the bilateral rubber.Also expected to be named in the World Cup squad is southpaw Parthiv Patel, who grabbed his chances with both hands after he was given an opportunity to prove his worth in the last two matches of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand.In both the ODIs, Parthiv came up with impressive knocks as an opener.Meanwhile, surprise inclusions in the 30-man list is unlikely, which would be pruned when the final squad for the mega event – to be held in the sub-continent from February 19 to April 2 — will be named, according to selection committee sources.The final team is to be declared a month before the commencement of the World Cup as per the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC).Meanwhile, the BCCI’s working committee is also set to meet tomorrow in what sources said would be a “routine meeting” to ratify decisions taken by its sub committees – including the IPL Governing Council — after its last meeting.Among others, it would ratify the IPL Governor Council’s decision of December 5 to allow franchise Kochi Cricket Pvt.advertisementLtd. to take part in IPL 4 after the owners buried their differences following hectic parleys to the satisfaction of the T20 League’s authorities.- With PTI inputs
Critics might feel that Lionel Messi is a better player when he represents Barcelona than in Argentina’s colours, but national coach Alejandro Sabella believes the superstar is above the club versus country debate and is the best player in the world. VideoThe new national coach said that both teams played differently and pitting Messi’s club performances against those for the country was unfair.”Messi is much above the club versus country debate. He is the best player in the world at present, let alone Barca or Argentina.”More importantly, the two teams function very differently so comparing his performances is unwarranted. Barcelona is the best team in the world and the players have been playing together for a long time, so they understand each other really well. Comparing Messi’s various performances would be unfair,” he said.Speaking ahead of Friday’s friendly against Venezuela at the Salt Lake Stadium, Sabella said that he was looking for a playmaker to provide Messi more options and freedom on the pitch.”We definitely need a playmaker in the national side who will make Messi more comfortable on the ground. At the moment, he gets closed down by opposition defenders. We want to let him free and for that, we need a partner who will give him more freedom and options when he has the ball. He needs someone who reads his game well,” he said.Messi’s elevation to captaincy for Friday’s match was thought to be a move to rope in more spectators, but Sabella confirmed that it was a long-term appointment.advertisement”Although it is a bit too early to speak whether we will see Messi leading the national side at the 2014 World Cup, he will definitely be the captain when we play the qualifiers,” he said.Former coach Diego Maradona was blamed for his perceived lack of tactical acumen that saw Argentina lose to Germany in the 2010 World Cup, but Sabella refused to be drawn into any comment on his predecessor’s qualities.”I wasn’t involved with the national team or the management back then, so it wouldn’t be fair on my part to comment if there were tactical errors. The defeat was undoubtedly disappointing, but it is time we move ahead,” he said.Rubishing rumours that Carlos Tevez isn’t in his scheme of things, Sabella said: “When we picked the team for the next two games, Tevez wasn’t even training, so we weren’t in a position where we could select him. But he is back training with Manchester City and the quality player that he is, he will be inducted into the team soon.” Sabella refused to give out his tactics for the upcoming friendly and said that he would decide on them on the match day itself.”We have quite a few options to pick from, so we will measure them before selecting a combination and that wouldn’t happen before match day. I will have to discuss the strategies with the whole team management,” he said.
Beijing Olympics bronze medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar will lead the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the London Games on July 27.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) named Sushil as the flag-bearer for the contingent on Sunday, even as a number of names were doing the rounds.Amongst the others who were in contention were India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Beijing Games bronze medallist Vijender Kumar and Leander Paes, who won a tennis singles bronze at the Atlanta Games.”It’s a matter of great pride for me that such an honour has been bestowed upon me. I feel privileged to lead the Indian contingent at the Olympics which is considered as the biggest sporting event in the world,”Sushil told Mail Today on Sunday, minutes after arriving from the US where he was training with the wrestling team.Sushil, who rose to prominence after winning the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, said that being the flag-bearer will only motivate him to do better in London.”I am aware that the whole country would be expecting a medal from me and I have been training very hard so that I don’t disappoint fans.”There are a lot of other athletes in the Indian contingent and having been chosen as the flag-bearer will only motivate me to perform better at the London Games,”said the 66kg category wrestler.Sushil has a long list of achievements to his credit. Along with the bronze in Beijing, the gold medal at the 2010 World Championships in Moscow is the highlight of his career so far.advertisementThe 29-year-old Sushil also won a gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and is a four-time Commonwealth champion.At the Olympics, the wrestling events begin on August 5.The five-member Indian wrestling team is scheduled to leave for Belarus on Thursday night where they will train for two weeks before they fly out to London in the first week of August.However, Sushil will make a two-day visit to London for the opening ceremony. He will fly out from Belarus on July 26 and join his wrestling team after a couple of days.”It’s a matter of just two days and with the kind of training that we have had, I don’t expect it to affect my preparation. Being the flag- bearer will only motivate me,”he added.Acting IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that Bindra’s father had officially informed them that he will not be able to lead the Indian contingent, while Paes has already had the honour at the Sydney Olympics.”Abhinav has his event the day after the opening ceremony and the same is the case with Vijender who also has his bout on July 28,”said Malhotra.rahul.rawat@ mailtoday.in
Click here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay,Click here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Arbaaz Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna willstar. There’seven talk of a ninth – Shah Rukh Khan.Dutta has reportedly asked his heroes to sport crew cuts and is believed to have said, “Border was a trailer. This will be bigger.”Question: Will Tiger Hills boast nine heroines and 18 songs too?
Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Thaddeus Young had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, Bogdanovic added 18 points, and the Pacers overcame Embiid’s 40-point night to beat the 76ers 113-101 on Friday in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders.“This was a team win,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefEmbiid also had 21 rebounds, becoming the first Sixers player with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Charles Barkley on Dec. 7, 1990. Embiid is the first player in the NBA this season with a 40-point, 20-rebound game.“It wasn’t enough,” Embiid said. “Next time I’ve gotta get 50 and 25, I guess. It doesn’t matter what I had. At the end of the day, we didn’t come up with the win.” Facing the league’s second-best defense, the Sixers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and scored 34 points in the first quarter. After the Pacers went on a 12-0 run to tie it at 38, Embiid exploded for 14 points in the final five minutes of the second quarter, including an acrobatic reverse layup while getting fouled, to put Philadelphia ahead 59-49 at the half.“M-V-P” chants rang out during the surge for Embiid, who had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the first half. The 7-foot-2 center has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive first halves, becoming the only player in the NBA with multiple 20-10 first halves this season.The Pacers adjusted with more double-teams to slow him down a bit after the break.“I did feel like he fatigued,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “And I give some of that credit to Indiana because of how physical they were in the second half.”TIP-INSPacers: Cory Joseph had 14 points off the bench. … The Pacers avenged a November loss to the Sixers in a game in which Oladipo scored a season-high 36 points.76ers: Brown said before the game that Butler will likely return soon, perhaps for the team’s next game Sunday. … Mike Muscala (upper respiratory infection) was back after missing Wednesday’s game but shot just 1 for 8 from the field.ALL ABOUT RESILIENCEWhen asked the defining trait of Indiana’s six-game winning streak, Young pointed to the team’s resilience.“We continue to fight, continue to be there one another,” said Young, a 12-year NBA veteran who spent the first seven years of his career in Philadelphia. “I think the unity in this locker room is like no other.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ View comments JJ Redick added 22 points and Ben Simmons had 18 for the Sixers (19-11), who dropped their second straight at home after starting the season 14-1 in their own building. Both losses came without four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who’s been out with a strained groin.Victor Oladipo played in his second consecutive game after missing 11 in a row with a knee injury and had 14 points and nine assists for Indiana (19-10), including a few clutch jumpers in the fourth quarter.Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and 16 rebounds off the bench, and the Pacers won their sixth straight to pass the Sixers in the standings.“It was good to see him make those plays down the stretch,” McMillan said of Oladipo. “That was one thing we really missed when he was out — he’s kind of the closer for us.”Fueled by consecutive 3-pointers from Bogdanovic, the Pacers erased a 10-point halftime deficit to take an 80-77 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Bogdanovic’s 3 with 3:46 left stretched Indiana’s lead to 102-92.ADVERTISEMENT Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis (11) and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) leap for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. Indiana won 113-101. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Bojan Bogdanovic excitedly slammed the ball to the floor as the final second ticked off and a stunned crowd headed for the exits.For the entire night, 76ers center Joel Embiid electrified Philadelphia fans with one of the best individual performances of the season. In the end, it was the Indiana Pacers who made the most emphatic statement.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NOT LOOKING AHEADAlthough the Sixers and Pacers are two of the top teams in the East, both downplayed the significance of the result in terms of being a potential playoff showcase.“We ain’t worried about putting anyone on notice,” McMillan said.“We’re not on red alert,” Embiid said.UP NEXTPacers: Host New York on Sunday.76ers: At Cleveland on Sunday.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 The Hawks wore new powder blue uniforms with red trim and numbers for the first time. It won’t be the last.“I told our equipment guy, Zac (Walsh) that we have to play in those uniforms for the rest of the month,” said Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce.The uniforms were introduced as part of the Hawks’ 50-year celebration in Atlanta.HOMECOMINGSchroder was happy to be traded to a contender but said his time with the Hawks “was special.”The Hawks had a “welcome back” video tribute for Schroder during a first-quarter timeout. Schroder raised his arm to acknowledge the fans. “I appreciated it a lot,” he said.UP NEXTThunder: Host Lakers on Thursday.Hawks: Host Celtics on Saturday. That wasn’t enough scoring to match the Hawks, who made 18 of 37 3-pointers. Atlanta set a season scoring high.Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said his team didn’t play winning defense.“What did we score tonight, 126 points?” Donovan asked. “That should be good enough for us to win.”John Collins made 12 of 14 shots from the field and led Atlanta with 26 points. Alex Len had 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks were 18 of 37 on 3-pointers.Young opened the final period with a tying 3-pointer. He added a three-point play and another basket as the Hawks regained momentum. A jam by Omari Spellman pushed Atlanta’s lead to 117-107, and another dunk by Spellman pushed the advantage to 121-109.A steal and reverse jam by DeAndre Bembry iced the win.TIP-INSThunder: F Nerlens Noel (concussion protocol) “is doing a little more each day,” Donovan said before the game. … G Alex Abrines (personal reasons) missed his eighth straight game.Hawks: G Jeremy Lin (flu-like symptoms) was not with the team. F Taurean Prince was limited in his second game back while recovering from similar symptoms. … G Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) and F Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle sprain) did not play. Dedmon may return Saturday against Boston.MORE BLUE TO COME SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It feels good,” Young said. “… To get a win against one of the top teams in the league is pretty special for us.”The Thunder are third in the West but have lost three of four. The Hawks have won eight of their last 15 but still rank ahead of only three teams in the Eastern Conference.Paul George said the Thunder were “a little flat.”“These are the games that we have to be ready for, one of those games that we were supposed to roll and that didn’t happen tonight,” George said. “When you play a team like the Hawks, you have to match their energy and we didn’t do that tonight.”Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 31 points and 11 assists. George had 24 points and Jerami Grant added 21.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 76ers unleash 81-point first half to rout Timberwolves Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives to the basket past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — Just when it seemed Dennis Schroder would enjoy a triumphant return to Atlanta, his successor as the Hawks’ starting point guard had a winning answer.Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists to win the showdown of current and past Atlanta point guards, leading the Hawks over the Oklahoma City Thunder 142-126 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Tonight the shots just kept falling,” said Young, who had four 3-pointers. “When you see the ball go in like we did tonight, I think it just keeps rolling.”Schroder scored 21 points, including 14 in the third quarter. He had the Thunder’s final 11 points of the period, the last six on free throws, for a 100-97 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYoung answered with 13 points in the final period as the Hawks enjoyed their second 45-point quarter of the game. The Hawks outscored Oklahoma City 45-30 in the second period and 45-26 in the closing period.The win was especially sweet for Young, the former star for his home-state Oklahoma Sooners. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Luke Maye had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Cameron Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, helping North Carolina avenge a blowout loss with a 79-69 victory over Louisville.“The biggest thing for us was to come out early and be ready to go,” Maye said. “We didn’t do that last time and I thought we did that today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations North Carolina guard Kenny Williams (24) goes in for a layup over the defense of Louisville forward Dwayne Sutton (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. North Carolina won 79-69. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This time around, No. 9 North Carolina returned to form against No. 15 Louisville.The Tar Heels controlled rebounding, the inside and just about everything else Saturday to show how far they have come since their previous meeting with the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes takes MVP, top offensive player awards MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
James Rodriguez struck twice to seal Colombia’s 2-0 win and eliminate Uruguay from the FIFA World Cup James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and netted the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez.Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as perhaps the tournament’s biggest revelation.Uruguay, meanwhile, struggled badly in attack without Suarez and his replacement Diego Forlan was substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing performance in what was probably his final World Cup appearance.Colombia will play Brazil in the quarterfinals on July 4 in Fortaleza after the host beat Chile in a penalty shootout earlier Saturday.Rodriguez showed once again that the Brazilians have every reason to be wary.The opener was his most spectacular goal yet. He chested the ball down with his back to goal well outside the area and in one fluid motion turned around and fired a left-foot volley that went off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.His second was a perfectly executed team move as Colombia worked the ball over from the right flank to the left, where Pablo Armero sent in a cross that was met by Juan Cuadrado at the far post. Cuadrado headed back across goal toward Rodriguez, who slotted in from just a few yards (meters) out.advertisementUruguay coach Oscar Tabarez tried to respond with a double substitution, taking off Forlan and Alvaro Pereira for Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani. That livened up the attack, with goalkeeper David Ospina having to make good saves from Cristhian Rodriguez and Maxi Pereira before diving to push away a shot from Edinson Cavani in the 84th.But in the end Uruguay simply couldn’t cope without Suarez, who was banned for four months for biting an opponent in the group-stage victory against Italy that sent the team through to the next round. Suarez also missed Uruguay’s first game of the tournament, a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, before scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over England.Forlan was named the best player of the 2010 World Cup but again looked well past his prime and leaves Brazil without scoring a goal.Rodriguez was taken off near the end to a standing ovation, and then rushed onto the field with his teammates at the final whistle.Team Line-ups(from):Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Maximiliano Pereira; Alvaro Pereira (Gaston Ramirez, 53rd), Alvaro Gonzalez (Abel Hernandez, 67th), Egidio Arevalo, Cristian Rodriguez; Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan (Christian Stuani, 53rd)Colombia: David Ospina; Juan Zuniga, Cristian Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero; Juan Cuadrado (Fredy Guarin, 81st), Abel Aguilar, Carlos Sanchez, James Rodriguez (Adrian Ramos, 85th); Teofilo Gutierrez (Alexander Mejia, 68th), Jackson Martinez
ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Hard-hitting Yuya Wakamatsu has the unenviable task of welcoming one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Demetrious Johnson under the ONE Championship banner on Sunday night.But while all eyes will be on the debuting Johnson, Wakamatsu is dead set on stealing his thunder.ADVERTISEMENT Wakamatsu wants no less than a win in front of his hometown crowd and he wants it to be in spectacular fashion.“I would like to knock out Demetrious Johnson. That is what I’m aiming for, that is what I want,” Wakamatsu said through a translator during a star-studded ONE: A New Era press conference on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton here.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“Many are doubting me in this fight against Demetrious but I’m born for this,” he added as he faces Johnson in a Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal at the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan.Coming up with a bold fight plan is one thing and executing it an entirely different story especially when knocking out Johnson hasn’t been done before. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES MOST READ The 32-year-old Johnson has never been stopped through 30 fights with his three losses coming via decision.The heavy-handed Wakamatsu has made a career out of knocking his opponents out with nine of his 10 wins coming by stoppage due to strikes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Rockets lock down on Nuggets for easy win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Draft lottery may decide Zion Williamson’s first NBA stop MOST READ READ: At his best level yet, Robin Catalan confident ahead of strawweight bout“He’s tough. I heard his leg pop during my heel hook submission attempt but he did not tap,” said Catalan. “He managed to control me in the clinch and I struggled in trying to take him down again.”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“Though I lost, I felt like I had a good showing. I just fell short in the end. Rest assured, I’ll learn from this and this will only benefit me moving forward,” said Catalan.The 28-year-old Catalan, who dropped to 9-5, is eager to get back on track and prove that he still has more to show. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I know that a good career still awaits me, for as long as I remain determined and hungry.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Robin Catalan pinned to the cage by Pongsiri Mitsatit in ONE: Warriors of Light. Photo by ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Robin Catalan kept his head held high despite suffering a stunning loss to hometown bet Pongsiri Mitsatit in ONE: Warriors of Light Friday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.It was a tough defeat for Catalan, who felt he was on his way to submitting Mitsatit early before the gutsy Thai reversed their fortunes around when he regrouped and pulled off the TKO victory in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Baser Amer was the lone local to toss in a double-digit score in the loss that dropped the Bolts to 1-2. Ginebra takes on NorthPort on Saturday next, while Meralco plays all-Filipino semifinalist Rain or Shine this coming Friday.The scores:Ginebra 110 – Brownlee 27, Aguilar 19, Dela Cruz 16, Mercado 14, Thompson 11, Slaughter 8, Mariano 8, Tenorio 4, Ferrer 3, Cruz 0, Caperal 0.Meralco 95 – Lawal 38, Amer 10, Newsome 8, Hodge 7, Salva 6, Pinto 6, Canaleta 6, De Ocampo 5, Hugnatan 4, Jackson 3, Tolomia 2, Quinto 0, Caram 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philipines—Defending champion Barangay Ginebra used a blistering second half to crawl back from 15 down and beat Meralco, 110-95, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum.Gin Kings’ beloved import Justin Brownlee scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds and eight assists in the crowd darling’s entry into the win column following a loss to Blackwater Elite last week. ADVERTISEMENT Quarterscores: 16-28, 43-54, 82-71, 110-95.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “We played about badly as we could in that first half. It was so discouraging and they talked about it in halftime and they came out played with so much fight in the second half,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, who had deputy Richard del Rosario take over in that turnaround.“Wasn’t feeling well. Watching that first half made me sick,” he added in jest. “Whatever it takes to win. We find ways to win … I couldn’t be more prouder of this group in turning that game around.” 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, logisticsFour more locals scored 11 or more, with Japeth Aguilar leading the charge. He wound up finishing with 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists.Import Gani Lawal did the heavy lifting for the Bolts, playing with sustained brilliance all through out the night. He finished with 38 points and 20 rebounds. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Suspended Ronald Tubid has no qualms over PBA decision View comments
India’s Ayonika Paul competes during the Women’s 10m Air Rifle shooting competition at the 17th Asian Games at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range in Incheon in South Korea on Monday, September 22. AP Photo.India on Monday finished sixth in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event that saw the Chinese team being stripped of the world record and the gold medal after the disqualification of one of its shooters here in the 17th Asian Games.The Indian team comprising Ayonika Paul (417.7), Apurvi Chandela (413.8), and Raj Chaudhary (407.6) finished sixth with a tally of 1239.1. Ayonika, a silver medallist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, also qualified for the final after she finished third in the qualifying round.The Chinese trio of Yi Siling, Zhang Binbin and Wu Liuxi combined for 1253.8 points to win the team gold at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, breaking the previous world record set by their own teammates last year by 0.1 point, according to the games’ site.Zhang later got disqualified for using unauthorised equipment for the event, costing her country the gold and the world record, which would have been the first from shooting at this Asiad in South Korea’s Incheon city.Iran moved up from silver to gold with 1245.9 points, and South Korea grabbed silver with 1241.6. Singapore won bronze after getting 1241.1.In the team component, the combined scores of three shooters for each country in the individual qualification round determine the medalists.
Hyderabad, Sep 10 (PTI) Around 2,000 delegates from youth organisations and Sports Authority of India (SAI) would take part in a day-long convention on Universal Brotherhood Day here tomorrow. Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the conference at Bhaglingampally, an official release said today. Around 2,000 youth delegates representing NSS (National Service Scheme), NYKS (Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan) and SAI would be participating at the day-long event, said Rishipal Singh, Zonal Director of NYKS. Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya, among other dignitaries, would address the gathering. Swami Srikhantananda of Ramakrishna Mutt, Hyderabad would deliver keynote address emphasising the message delivered by Swami Vivekananda on September 11, 1893 at World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago. He would highlight the life and message of the towering philosopher-monk and their relevance for youth, the release added. PTI VVK RSY DB BAS
2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsBajrang Puniabronze First Published: September 21, 2019, 11:12 AM IST New Delhi: Bajrang Punia has insisted that he will not consider the bronze medal he won at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships as “victory”, but will use it as a motivation to perform better in the future.”Sometimes defeat teaches you something which even a victory cannot. I will not consider this bronze medal as a victory for myself but will use it as an inspiration to face upcoming challenges. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat (sic.),” Punia tweeted in Hindi on Saturday. 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. कुछ हार ऐसी सीख सीखा जाती है जो जीतने पर शायद कभी न मिले। इस कांस्य पदक को जीत न मानकर, मैं आने वाली चुनौतियों के लिए इसे एक स्मारिक बनाकर प्रेरित होता रहूंगा।🙏 जय हिन्द जय भारत 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/vcAwkm1VAV— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) September 21, 2019 On Friday, the 25-year-old fought back from a 0-6 deficit to defeat Mongolian Tulga Tumur Ochir 8-7 in the 65-kg bronze medal bout in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. This was Punia’s second consecutive senior Worlds medal and third overall.Along with Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya also bagged bronze in the 57-kg category after he beat Iran’s reigning Asian champion Reza Atri 6-3 to win his maiden Worlds medal.Both Punia and Dahiya had sealed a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by qualifying for the bronze medal round. This took India’s haul to three medals at Nur-Sultan with Vinesh Phogat winning bronze in the women’s 53kg category.The last time India won as many medals was in the 2013 World Championships and one more can make this the country’s best-ever performance in the prestigious event.
mary komWomen’s World Boxing Championships First Published: October 8, 2019, 4:24 PM 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. Ulan-Ude (Russia): Six-time champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) on Tuesday advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Women’s Boxing Championships after a hard-fought victory in the last-16 stage here.Mary Kom triumphed 5-0 against Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong, a spunky boxer who kept the veteran on her toes with an aggressive approach but just did not connect enough. The third-seeded Indian, who got a bye in the opening round, spent the first three minutes getting a good measure of her opponent before taking control of the proceedings.Mary Kom, chasing her first world medal in the 51kg division, picked up pace in the second round and was especially sharp with her counter-attacks.However, there was disappointment for India when former silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) lost her pre-quarterfinal bout in a split decision despite a valiant fight.Boora was up against second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price. Price is a European Games gold-medallist and fetched a bronze in the last edition of the world showpiece.She is also the reigning Commonwealth Games champion besides, being a three-time bronze-medallist at the European Championships.With a fancied opponent like Price, it was never going to be easy for the Indian but she put her best foot forward. Boora seemed unfazed by her rival’s reputation and managed to match her punch for punch for most part of the bout.However, in the final analysis, the judges ruled 3-1 in Price’s favour.
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New Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, who had a chequered political career in which he constantly shifted allegiance in the last two decades, died here today following a massive heart attack.68-year-old Sangma, who was elected nine times to Lok Sabha from Tura in Meghalaya and who became the first Speaker from the North East, breathed his last here this morning. The news of his death was broken by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who made obituary reference to him and adjourned the house for the day as a mark of respect. Later setting aside protocol, the Rajya Sabha also adjourned after lunch for members to pay homage to Sangma, whose body will be taken to his home in Meghalaya. Sangma leaves his wife Sorodini, two sons–Conrad, a former finance minister in Meghalaya, James, a sitting MLA, and daughter Agatha, who was the youngest minister in Manmohan Singhs ministry when she was inducted in 2009.In the 11th Lok Sabha, shortage of numbers forced the BJP to accept Congress candidate Sangma as Speaker after Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sworn-in as Prime Minister at the head of a short-lived 13 day government. An affable and convivial personality, Sangma had friends across parties. After a long stint in the Congress when he became a minister of state in the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1984, he later rose to become the Labour minister in Narasimha Raos Cabinet. Sangma was among those who rose in revolt against Sonia Gandhis foreign origins in 1999 along with Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar to form the Nationalist Congress Party, which he left to join Trinamool Congress.advertisementLater, he split with the TMC and formed his own National Peoples Party on whose ticket he was elected to the current 16th Lok Sabha.In 2012, Sangma exited from NCP to become the official candidate of BJP against Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential elections.He was also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990 and Leader of Opposition in the assembly from 1990 to 1991.While expressing deep grief over Sangmas passing away, Mahajan said he knew how to run the House with a smile and “I learnt this from him.””A man of masses, Sangma strove relentlessly for the amelioration of the marginalised sections,” the Speaker said. (More) PTI NAB ARC JOP VMN VSC VSC
Mumbai, Mar 10 (PTI) The victorious Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad and the associations under-23 team that won the CK Nayudu Trophy cricket tournament were honoured in separate functions last evening at the Cricket Club of India here. The Ranji squad was felicitated by the CCI, one of the affiliate members of the Cricket Board (BCCI), and presented with a cash award of Rs 5 lakh. The under-23 team was given a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh by the IDBI Federal Life Insurance. In addition, the insurance firm also awarded Rs 1 lakh each to four members of the Ranji squad ? bowlers Balvinder Sandhu, Shardul Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni, along with the top most scorer in the national championship, Shreyas Iyer, for their outstanding performances in the tournament. Mumbai had beaten Saurashtra by an innings in the final to win the Ranji crown for the 41st time. Veteran journalist GK Menon was also feted for his contribution to Indian sports journalism by the insurance company. PTI SSR ARS SSC SSC SSB
New Delhi, May 5 (PTI) A Special court has accepted CBIs closure report filed in a graft case relating to Commonwealth Games against several officials of CPWD and DDA for allegedly inflating cost of laying of synthetic turf for an event.The court said it has found that the probe has reached a logical end and there was no evidence against any of the accused who were named in the FIR by the CBI.”Perused closure report, statement of witnesses and documents enclosed with closure report. After giving a thoughtful consideration to all, I found that investigation has reached the logical end and no evidence surfaced against any of the accused persons alleged in FIR, so closure report is accepted. IO is directed to return the documents to the authorities from which the same were seized,” Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Jain said.A case was registered by CBI on the allegation that the officers of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA), who were public servants and were attached to Commonwealth Games (CWG) project, 2010, entered into criminal conspiracy with M/s Jubilee Sports Technology Ltd.It had alleged that they committed criminal misconduct by abusing their official position in the matter of award of contract to the private company for providing and laying synthetic turf for Lawn Bowl event during the games.It further alleged that the officials caused wrongful gain to the firm and corresponding wrongful loss to the Government.The agency had said the estimate for eight green lawn bowls was Rs six crore while the company quoted bid amount of over Rs 9.98 crore and officials of CPWD and DDA dishonestly and falsely justified the cost of bid by bringing on record justification of cost to show undue favour so as contract may be awarded on inflated cost to the firm.advertisementCBI had named seven senior engineers of CPWD and DDA in its FIR registered in April 2011.When allegations levelled in FIR were not substantiated during investigation, the investigating officer filed the closure report on September 30, 2013. PTI SKV VMN
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has described himself as one of the most gifted strikers in world football after scoring 25 goals in all competitions for his Premier League club last season. (FULL SQUADS: SPAIN | ENGLAND | GERMANY | FRANCE | CZECH REPUBLIC | PORTUGAL)Despite his form in front of goal Everton finished 11th and sacked manager Roberto Martinez, although Lukaku still rates the season as his finest in terms of individual achievement.”I’m among the best. That’s good. Personally I am happy,” Lukaku said in an interview with the June edition of World Soccer magazine. “I did expect to produce a season of this calibre.”The 23-year-old is part of Belgium’s squad for this month’s European Championship in France, where his team play Italy, Ireland and Sweden in Group E.Lukaku, who may face club mates Seamus Coleman, Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy when Belgium play Ireland on June 18, said the prospect of going head-to-head with them at the Euros had been part of the dressing room banter at the club.”They are happy to be going to France and warn me that they are going to make life difficult for us. I jokingly reply that we won’t be easy meat,” the Belgian said.Eveton have yet to appoint a replacement for Martinez.
Bengaluru, June 25 (PTI) Indias most decorated woman boxer MC Mary Kom today rued that the sport is as good as “dead in India” because there has been no competition happening with national association in a limbo. “Boxing in India is almost dead. There are no major competitions held for the past two years in India. I miss tears welling up in my eyes when I see the Indian flag going up after I had won a medal in an international event,” Mary Kom said at inauguration of Ultimate Boxing Championship organised by Phoenix Market City here. “I hope this event will give a big boost for fighters and for upcoming youngsters,” she said. Mary Kom again made it clear that retirement is not on her mind as she wants to continue for another three years. “It was unfortunate not to get the wild card, but would continue to play for next three years,” she told reporters ahead of the Ultimate Championship organised by Phoneix Market City here. On a separate note, the London Olympics bronze medallist also congratulated athlete Dutee Chand for qualifying in the womens 100 metres dash at the Rio Olympics. “I congratulate Dutee on her qualication for Rio Olympics. It is a great honour to represent country at the Olympics. Its a matter of great pride as she became first woman in 36 years after PT Usha to qualify for 100m dash”, Mary Kom said. Mary Kom felt that Dutees achievement is more praiseworthy as qualifying in a major athletics event is tougher than winning medals in boxing. “To qualify and winning in boxing at the Olympics is a bit easy compared to Athletics. Therefore, to qualify in 100m is a great achievement. I will always pray for her success,” she added. PTI BDN KHS KHSadvertisement
Used to relying heavily on one key player for their European glory in the past – Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane in the 1984 and 2000 tournaments respectively – French fans have two talented players on whom to pin their hopes at Euro 2016.Some suggested one was exhausted after a gruelling season and the other might be overrated but France’s Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba have started to prove the critics wrong. (FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)After recovering from sluggish starts, the speedy striker and the gifted midfielder are expected to be France’s trump cards when the hosts take on world champions Germany in their semi-final on Thursday.The form of the two players has gone hand in hand with that of the host nation, both improving to silence their critics and reassure their fans.They each scored in a comfortable 5-2 quarter-final victory over Iceland in the quarter-finals and Griezmann now tops the scorers’ table with four goals.The picture looked different a few weeks ago, when France coach Didier Deschamps dropped both men to the bench for his side’s second group game against Albania after they had failed to convince in a laboured 2-1 win over Romania.They came on for the second half and Griezmann scored the first of France’s two last-gasp goals in a 2-0 win.Pogba needed more time, however.”Is Pogba the world’s most overrated player?” former England striker-turned-broadcaster Gary Lineker tweeted after the midfielder looked ordinary in a 2-1 win over Ireland in the second round.advertisement”I’m not worried,” was the answer of France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris. “Great players often wait for important moments to show their class.”Pogba did just that against Iceland, using his rare blend of athleticism and skills to the full and crowning a fine display with a superb headed goal.LONG SLEEVESGriezmann was already the fans’ favourite.The image of midfielder Dimitri Payet kneeling down to kiss his left boot after his goals has been compared with the head-kissing ritual between defender Laurent Blanc and keeper Fabien Barthez during France’s successful 1998 World Cup campaign.The 25-year-old Griezmann reached new heights this season as his goalscoring steered Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final. Atletico coach Diego Simeone described the disciplined, hard-working striker as one of the world’s top three players. (Also read: Euro 2016: Germany are not afraid of France, says Thomas Muller)Griezmann often walks around sipping yerba mate — an infused drink popular in parts of South America — and always wears long sleeves, following the habit of his childhood hero David Beckham.He also knows how to beat Germany’s influential goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, having done so in Atletico’s 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals, when he finished a great run with a clever finish inside the box.The Germany players will also have to keep a close eye on Pogba.Highly successful at club level with Juventus, having helped them to four Serie A titles, the 23-year-old has often frustrated fans with below-par performances on the international stage.Some believe Pogba has shown only glimpses of his obvious talent. French fans hope that now is the time for him to shake off his tag as a gifted but erratic player.
As harsh as it may seem, over the years, all scooters have inherently started to look the same. With manufacturers following a set recipe of picking out the best-selling product, subtly tweaking a few design elements, matching mechanical performance and voila, you’ve got a new scooter.ALSO READ:Honda Shine SP is swift and smooth through trafficThen came along Piaggio with the Vespa. Reborn with neo-retro styling, an astonishing price tag and lifestyle appeal that set it apart. In fact, traits that should’ve pulled it down actually worked for it, making the Vespa a premium product. Yamaha’s Fascino is another prime example minus the exorbitant price tag and it is gaining steady popularity.Being a 125cc engine, it almost never feels strained even while sitting at its top whack of around 90kmph for extended periods. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Suzuki now steps in with the all-new Access 125 and quite evidently, the new design has premium written all over it. The chrome bezel around the headlamp, mature styling elements and the right amount of modern touches make this scooter quite a looker. It is an attractive design and going by the television commercials, it’s aiming at an audience that desires a good looking scooter.Being a 125cc engine, it almost never feels strained even while sitting at its top whack of around 90kmph for extended periods. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) Suzuki has opted for plastic panels for most of the bodywork barring the metal front fender and apron. This has helped them shave off 10kgs and this quite obviously has altered its dynamics too but we’ll get to that a little later.ALSO READ:Mahindra Mojo lives up to its sports tourer credential advertisementThe new scooter is 90mm longer and 35mm taller than the previous model while the width and ground clearance remain the same. The wide seat is much like the older Access but in a slimmer profile thus retaining the 780mm seat height despite the increase in overall height.Neo-retro styling, useful features, sturdy build quality. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The rear grab-rail is a simple pick and refit from the old scooter and I would’ve much liked Suzuki to have given it the same treatment as the Access 125 SE, an old-school steel unit lashed in chrome and fitting to the neo-retro image that the Access is trying to project. The taillight unit spreads to almost the width of the scooter’s rear section and looks appealing.Currently only a steel wheel and drum brake variant is on offer with a disc and alloy version on the anvil. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) We received the steel wheels and drum brake iteration of the scooter and I have to tell you that the optional alloy wheels and front disc brake should be a definite pick as they complete the look and undeniably add to the premium appeal.ALSO READ:Honda Navi: Something really newSuzuki has now switched the wheels to a 12- and 10-inch front and rear combination compared to the 10-inch wheels on the previous model. A bigger front wheel just adds surefootedness to the handling while managing bigger potholes better with the added diameter.Luggage hook and mobile holder are thoughtful features for the seat. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Suzuki claims that the engine is all-new too albeit power output remaining similar. The 124cc engine gets SEP tech (short for Suzuki Eco Performance) that promises powerful performance without compromising on fuel efficiency. This new engine still produces 8.7bhp of peak power but a slightly increased 10.2Nm of torque compared to 9.8Nm of the previous model.Luggage hook and mobile holder are thoughtful features for the seat. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) On the move, the shed weight shows through in the way that the Access feels lighter on its feet while the larger front wheel offers more confidence with a taller, more upright stance. The new Access is nimbler than its forerunner for sure but surprisingly changes characteristics in a few areas where the latter excelled. The added torque and lesser weight makes for brisk starts off-the-line but beyond 65kmph, power delivery softens in the mid-range and tapers off towards the top-end of the rev-range. This is quite unlike the zippy, sprightly performance of the older scooter.ALSO READ: Triumph Thruxton R is a cafer for todayThe straight exhaust design remains from the older model. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) But being a 125cc engine, it almost never feels strained even while sitting at its top whack of around 90kmph for extended periods. The CVT unit is new and clearly, emphasis has been given to bottom-end performance for ease of use in traffic. The ride quality is stiff and again, surprising as the older model managed this aspect rather well. The front telescopic suspension has good low-speed damping qualities where small undulations on the road aren’t felt but jerks on the handlebar go up progressively as speeds increase.Ignition key controls lock. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)You do get more feel of the road surface due to this trait and turning into a corner feels more confident. It’s the rear suspension that has probably been worked upon considering that the scooter will always be ridden with a pillion. It is set stiff to the extent that the rear tends to step out of line and bounces back harshly over rumble strips and small speed breakers.advertisementThe new Access also has a longer wheelbase than the previous scooter improving stability but not like it was bad in the first place with the older model.ALSO READ: Ducati 959 Panigale is a stealVerdictThe latest Access 125 brings better engine technology, rideabilty and new features to the table. But what is a little baffling is Suzuki selling three Access models side-by-side. Models mind you not variants, separated by less than Rs 2,000. Suzuki has also packed the new Access with thoughtful features like a charging socket in the 20-litre under seat storage as well and generous leg space. For its price though, VFM and quality are on par with the best out there.
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Bhubaneswar, Aug 24 (PTI) With Odisha and Chhattishgarh on a collision course over sharing of Mahanadi water, the Centre today decided to invite the chief ministers of both the states to Delhi to discuss the matter.”It has been decided to invite Chief Ministers of Odisha and Chhattisgarh to Delhi for a meeting on any date between September 10 and 20,” Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters.Pradhan said this after a BJP delegation from Odisha met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati and MOS Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan in New Delhi.The delegation, led by Pradhan, expressed concerns over the developments taking place over Mahanadi issue and sought assurance from Bharati and Balyan that Odisha gets its due supply of water from the river.”Bharati has assured us that the Centre would not allow any injustice towards Odisha,” Pradhan said.Bharati also informed that she has asked officials of her Ministry to ensure that Chhattisgarh shared all information sought by Odisha before the meeting of the two Chief Ministers in Delhi.”My officials have told me that it (sharing of information) will be completed within a week,” Pradhan said quoting Bharati.Pradhan said that Bharati has said that she would write a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to fix any date between September 10 to September 20 for a meeting between the two chief ministers.”Let Patnaik decide the date of meeting between September 10 to 20 as per his convenience. The Centre will invite Chhattishgarh Chief Minister on that date,” Pradhan said.Though water being a state subject, uninterrupted flow in Mahanadi during the non-monsoon period in Odisha is in the states interest and has been clarified during debates in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the issue, Pradhan said adding that there should not be any compromise on Odishas interests. (More) PTI AAM SUS SMJ SNPadvertisement
“Pollavaram was granted national status on floor of”Pollavaram was granted national status on floor of Rajya Sabha by Manohan Singh, which would have guaranteed 90 per cent of funding. However, the NDA government has given AP a unique 100 per cent funding which is first time in Indias history that any irrigation project, that too of this scale, has got complete funding from Centre,” he said.”For a project of over Rs 30,000 crore, the 10 per cent saved by AP is itself Rs 3,000 crore,” the minister said.He said the backward districts financial package is no longer in vogue, “but we have secured an additional Rs 2,100 crore for the backwards districts of northern Andhra and Ralayaseema in particular.””I urge the people of AP to study all the facts and appreciate that what we have procured for our state is one of the finest deals and it will continue till our state and people are back to the glory before the unfair bifurcation,” Chowdary said. PTI VVK NSK SMN PTP
Hello and welcome to the LIVE updates from day two of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur. (Live Scorecard)Take a look at the revised session timings for the remainder of the Paytm First Test match. Play to start at 9.15 AM IST pic.twitter.com/AjbKw1Zeiw BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 2016UPDATE – Day 2 play has been called off at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201615.58 IST: STUMPS! Play has been called off for the day due to wet outfield. It will be an early start tomorrow, with play to begin at 9.15 AM. 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on Day 3. New Zealand 152/1, trail by 166 runsUPDATE – Umpires to inspect the field at 3.45 PM IST BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201615.30 IST: There’s some positive news as the rain have stopped pouring down. The groundstaff are already on it and trying to dry up the water on the field. Slowly the covers are being peeled off. The umpires will make their next inspection at 1545 IST. Rain delays the start of play in the final session of Day 2. More updates on the same soon @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/9Z4OcK1DRw BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201614.34 IST: Start of the post tea session is delayed due to rain. The entire ground is under covers now. Rain is not even hinting of slowing down and the ground remains fully covered. Whereas the light has gone from bad to worse. The chances of seeing some cricketing action late in the day seems slimmer and slimmer.advertisement14.14 IST: TEA! That’s the end of second session and it has gone New Zealand’s way. Both Kane Williamson and Tom Latham brought up their fifties. They played with calmness and confidence, sweeping the spinners, using their feet and putting bad ball away whenever required. The duo has added 117 runs to their second-wicket partnership. New Zealand 152/1, trail by 166 runs 14.02 IST: It has started to drizzle in Kanpur, just 10 minutes before tea break. New Zealand 146/1 Close call! Tom Latham survives after the ball hits the grille of KL Rahuls helmet at short leg Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/fCUSIEUJFk BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201613.41 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Latham and Williamson have now added over 100 runs in their partnership for the second wicket. This stand has certainly put India under pressure. New Zealand 135/1 13.33 IST: FIFTY! Tom Latham and Kane Williamson complete their 8th and 23rd fifties respectively. The duo has been outstanding. New Zealand 130/113.29 IST: Tom Latham survives. It was a tossed up delivery by Jadeja around middle and off, Latham goes for the sweep but gets it from the inner half of his bat to his boots and it lobs up towards Rahul at short leg. Rahul juggles the ball and the ball strikes the grille off his helmet in the process. So according to the rule, it can’t be ruled out because it hit the grille. New Zealand 127/1Both Kane Williamson & Tom Latham made their Test debuts v India,the former made a 100, while later a duck!#IndvNZ#500thTest#India500 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 23, 201613.11 IST: Virat Kohli brings off-spinner Murali Vijay into the attack. New Zealand 114/113.03 IST: CLOSE SHAVE! Kane Williamson survives a hit-wicket chance. Ashwin bowls a tossed up outside off, spins in and Williamson presses forward to block but gets hit on the helmet and the back flap of his helmet flies off and falls just wide of the stumps. Close shave for Williamson. It would have been one of the most weird ways to get out. 12.57 IST: Ashwin and Jadeja have made to work hard under overcast conditions in Kanpur. 12.34 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Tom Latham and Kane Williamson have been involved in an important fifty-plus stand. New Zealand 85/1 after 26 oversTom Latham in action (Reuters Photo) Williamson with the shot of day two. Shami over pitches & he’s dispatched back past him with the off drive. 80/1 #sumptuous #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Players back on field for the 2nd session. Latham 25 and Williamson 21 resuming for NZ at 71/1, trail by 247. #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Take a look at the match summary at Lunch on Day 2 of @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/WdmSd9w1Mw BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201611.31 IST: LUNCH! That’s the end of first session on Day 2. After Jadeja heroics lifted India to 318, New Zealand started well to put 71 on board for the loss of one wicket. They just had one loss in Martin Guptill, who fell to Umesh Yadav after an aggressive start. After that, Tom Latham with his skipper Kane Williamson saw off the rest of the session without much hiccups. The disappointment for the home side will be the bowling of Ashwin, who looked unsettled in the middle due to the clever batting by the tourists’ skipper. India showed a poor effort in the field with more than a couple of misfields leaking away some runs.advertisementNew Zealand will now want Williamson and Latham, who look settled to play a long innings as they have the patience to play it. Kohli would want his bowlers as well as his fielders to step up their performances.Umesh Yadav celebrates with teammates (AP Photo)50 on the board for the loss of 1. Latham 17 and Williamson 7. Deficit is 268. Spinner Ashwin and Jadeja bowling in tandem #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Williamson into his work early, sweeping and flicking Ashwin to the leg side. Field changes. Jadeja back on at other end. 45/1, 13 overs ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Ashwin replaces Jadeja. Latham gets off strike. Williamson has joined him after wicket of Guptill. Not a lot of turn yet. 36/1 #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201610.47 IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav gets the first breakthrough as he traps Martin Guptill leg before for 21. Good length delivery, shaping in. Guptill tries to flick it but misses the line completely and the ball thuds into his front pad. The Indians appeal in unison and the umpire has no hesitation in ruling that out. It looked quite adjacent to the naked eye and seemed to be hitting the leg stump. New Zealand 35/1 Solid start from the openers. 24/0 after 6 overs. Guptill 15 & Latham 9. Spin already on in Jadeja #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201610.21 IST: Change of ends for Shami. He now replaces Umesh Yadav in the fourth over. New Zealand 13/0 vs India 31810.17 IST: Virat Kohli makes a surprise move as he brings in Ravindra Jadeja in the third over. New Zealand 11/0 vs India 318 Guptill gets off the mark with a nice cover drive, before Latham crashes one to the point fence. 5/0, after 1st over #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Shami gets us underway, bowling to Guptill. Latham at the other end. 318 on the board. Here we go! #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Wagner’s final wicket sees him finish with 2-42, Boult 3-67, Santner 3-94, Sodhi 1-50, Craig 1-59 from 24 overs! #wellbowled #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201610.00 IST: That’s it! Ravindra Jadeja played an important role with his breezy 42 not out off 44 balls to help India post 318 in their first innings. Umesh Yadav was the last man to fall for 9 off Wagner. The 41-run stand for the last wicket took India to a decent total. This morning, the visitors started with Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult who were taken to all parts by Jadeja, taking his team to a 300 par score.Jadeja in action (Reuters Photo)The Indian top order gave them a good start and were 154/1 at one stage. After that, the Kiwis made a strong comeback, running through the Indian middle order and restricting the further damage and would be happy with their overall bowling performance. Kohli too would be pleased with this total and would hope his bowlers work their magic on the visitors.advertisement09.47 IST: Jadeja has been on an attacking mode at the moment. This time he steps out to hit Santner for a huge six over long on. India 312/9 after 95 overs09.40 IST: Jadeja brings up India’s 300 with a single towards long on. India 300/9 after 93 overs 09.33 IST: Ravindra Jadeja goes down the track and hits Santner over the infield for four towards long off. India 295/9 09.28 IST: Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav are out in the middle as Day 2 action begins. Mitchell Santner starts Day 2 proceedings. India 291/9 vs New Zealand Ross Taylor getting ready for the BLACKCAPS first innings. Can expect to see a bit of spin! #indvnz ^CE pic.twitter.com/yBNFUVvmEx BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016No surprises – hot and humid in Kanpur for day two. India to resume shortly at 291-9 #indvnz ^CE BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201609.04 IST: Zaheer Khan: Few spots there with the NZ left-armer’s footmarks. Ashwin will be happy with those. Boult though has created a nice patch for Ashwin to use. He may have done India some favour. Day 2 #INDvNZ @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/JbHgLRlDJY BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 2016VIDEO: Watch the 100-run stand between @mvj888 & @cheteshwar1 for 2nd wicket on Day 1 https://t.co/n6dm16nqoQ @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2016Day 1 report: India faltered after a solid start to their first innings as New Zealand banked on a strong bowling performance to grab the upper hand on the opening day in Kanpur.Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Indians had a promising start to their innings, doing well in the pre-lunch session. But the Kiwi bowlers hit back, claiming eight wickets in the next two sessions for the hosts to finish the day at 291/9.In the historic 500th Test match for India, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav were at the crease at the close of play on 16 and eight runs, respectively.For New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult (3/57) and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (3/77) picked up three wickets each while Neil Wagner (1/42), Mark Craig (1/59) and legspinner Ish Sodhi (1/50) chipped in with a wicket apiece.Most of the Indian batsmen fell to poor shots after misreading the turn or bounce of the ball rather than any top quality bowling by the visitors.The hosts are playing with six batsmen, two fast bowlers and two spinners while the visiting New Zealand have gone with three spinners and two fast bowlers.India have played 14 Tests under Kohli’s captaincy so far, winning 10 of them. The hosts will be eager to register their 11th win under Kohli and make the historic 500th Test a memorable one for cricket lovers in the country.
Inter winger Ivan Perisic has handed Manchester United a boost in their long-term pursuit of him by suggesting that playing in the Premier League is a dream of his.The Croatian was identified by Jose Mourinho as the ideal player to liven up United’s attack over the summer, but the Red Devils fell short with their bid for the player after a protracted transfer saga.The 29-year-old has personally reignited rumours of his departure from Inter, however, by admitting to holding ambitions of playing in England before the end of his career. 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! Speaking in a press conference before Inter’s crucial Champions League clash with Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night, Perisic said: “I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream.”In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”The attacker was an instrumental figure in Croatia’s run to a first ever World Cup final in Russia over the summer, scoring the goal that forced extra time against England in the semi-finals, before finding the back of the net with a fine strike in the final itself to briefly level proceedings and give his country hope against France.Perisic has two goals and two assists in Serie A so far this season, but has yet to be involved in any goals in the Champions League.Inter go into Wednesday night’s match knowing that a draw would be enough to ensure their qualification to the knockout stages at the first time of asking after a six-year absence from the competition.Perisic is insistent, however, that his side are not willing to risk slipping up by settling for a share of the points.He said: “We know how to play just to win. We know that they are strong and if we play to take only one point we will lose.”Spurs lie three points behind Inter in the group after a disappointing campaign and know that they must win to keep their faint hopes of progression alive. Confidence will be high amongst Mauricio Pochettino’s squad after winning their previous five matches in all competitions.
She is separated, and he is single. That’s enough to set tongues wagging. If their closeness has raised eyebrows, their friendship has been questioned. Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora’s proximity has been under the radar for some time now. In fact, their closeness has been attributed as one of the reasons behind Malaika and Arbaaz Khan’s split. But that’s just a rumour, or at least Arbaaz and Malaika say so.When after 18 years of marriage, once-upon-a-time happy couple Malaika and Arbaaz decided to call it quits, their fans were in for a shock. And it was then the name of Arjun made way to the juicy columns of tabloids. More than often, Arjun’s name was taken in the same breath as that of Malaika-Arbaaz’s separation. Soon enough, the rumours of an affair between the two started doing the rounds. In fact, buzz has it that Boney Kapoor had asked Arjun to stay away from Malaika for some time because he didn’t want his son to rub Salman Khan the wrong way. The Ki and Ka did pay heed to his dad’s advice and stayed away from Malaika for some time. But the actor soon decided to throw caution to wind when he was spotted outside Malaika’s house at wee hours of the night last year. After her separation with Arbaaz, Malaika has been living in Tuscany Heights with their son Arhaan. While Arjun’s team had apparently vehemently denied the rumour, the reports of them rekindling their romance spread like wildfire.advertisementMalaika later cleared the air and in an interview to DNA said, “Arjun is a very good friend of mine. But people give a very different meaning to it, which isn’t true.”In fact, in an official statement Malaika and Arbaaz said, “We are not separated because of a third random person, like there were stories of a friendship between a businessman and Malaika.”But that did not lead to the rumours dying down. While the two decided to keep a low profile, they kept on meeting at various events on and off. However, it’s been a while since the two were spotted together.But it all changed this weekend when Arjun and Malaika were seen under the same roof. The rumoured lovebirds attended a party in Mumbai on Saturday.While Malaika looked stunning in a white shirt and blue top, Arjun sported a casual look. However, the two carefully avoided being photographed together.(Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: Has Arjun Kapoor’s father asked him to stay away from Malaika Arora? ALSO READ: Did Malaika Arora-Arjun Kapoor pretend to ignore each other on seeing Sohail Khan? ALSO WATCH: Ranbir-Katrina to Brangelina, the celebrity splits of 2016
Meizu M5 launched in India today at a price tag of Rs 10,499. The smartphone is made available exclusively on Tatacliq.com. To recall, Meizu M5 was originally launched in China back in October last year at 700 CNY which is roughly around Rs 7,000. This indicates that the device is announced at a much higher price tag in India.Meizu M5 in India costs almost Rs 3,500 more than that of the model launched back in China. To recall again, the smartphone was announced in two variants initially — one with the 2GB RAM/16GB memory and 3GB RAM/32GB storage. In India, only the 3GB RAM/32GB memory variant is made available.Also Read: iPhone 7 sells for Rs 39,999, Google Pixel for Rs 43,000 in crazy deals at FlipkartThe Chinese smartphone maker has exclusively tied up with Tatacliq.com to sell the Meizu M5. “This strategic tie-up between Meizu and Tatacliq.com is being seen as a significant move by the company to explore a completely new market segment in India,” says Meizu. In terms of specifications, Meizu M5 sports a 5.2-inch screen with the 720p and 2.5D glass protection. The smartphone comes with a fully-laminated HD display, IPS technology, and integrated blue light filter which has the ability to automatically adjust blue light emission to reduce eye strain, highlight Meizu.Meizu M5 32GB variant is powered by an octa-core processor with the Mali-T860 GPU and is equipped with fingerprint identification and fingerprint payment options as mTouch 2.1 and mBack home button. With these features onboard, Meizu M5 is dedicated to offer a safe and swift user experience to customers.advertisementAlso Read: HTC U11 price revealed ahead of tomorrow’s launch, to go on sale on May 19Furthermore, M5 comes with a powerful battery of 3070mAh providing a long standby time. The device also offers an improved battery optimization with Flyme operating system, and also ensures that the battery lasts even longer. Moving ahead to the optics, M5 comes equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera which comes equipped with a large f/2.0 aperture. Meizu M5 helps users capture clear pictures under low light situations and also comes with a premium dual-tone flash which delivers an accurate white balance capability. The smartphone is launched in India in two colour variants — blue and gold.
World number one Angelique Kerber is confident the left hamstring injury she picked up at last week’s Madrid Open will not threaten her French Open hopes.The German two-time Grand Slam champion was forced to quit while trailing Canadian Eugenie Bouchard but arrived in Rome on Sunday ready to play in the last big claycourt event before Roland Garros begins on May 28.”I am feeling much better, I mean I did a check after my match in Madrid and I’m lucky it’s not too bad, it’s just a muscle strain,” she was quoted as saying on the WTA Insider Twitter feed on Monday.”I’ve had a lot of treatments. I arrived last night, practised this morning and feeling good.”The 29-year-old Kerber, who returned to the top of the rankings ahead of the pregnant Serena Williams, will be one of the main favourites to win in Paris.Her previous best run at the claycourt slam was a quarter-final appearance in 2012.
Huawei Y7 was silently launched on Wednesday. Furthermore, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is geared up to launch the rumoured Huawei Nova 2 on May 26. The newly announced Huawei Y7 delivers a good battery backup with the help of massive 4000mAh battery that powers the device.The key factor about the newly launched Huawei Y7 is its 4000mAh battery. Furthermore, other factors that make the Android smartphone a good one is because the device runs EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The handset is announced in several colour variants including – grey, prestige gold, and silver.Also Read: Nokia 3310 may not be a smartphone but for Rs 3310 it is one hell of a phone”EMUI 5.1 provides an in-depth customization and refreshing new interpretation of Android 7.0 [Nougat]. With a brand new redesigned interface, over 90-percent of core operations can be completed in just 3 steps. And new features like Eye Comfort Mode helps you filter out blue light and provides relief to visual fatigue,” the company says on its website.Huawei Y7 runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat and comes packed by a 5.5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixels resolution. The phone display is further protected with a 2.5D glass layer on top. Furthermore, the smartphone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, which is coupled with Adreno 505 GPU and 2GB of RAM. On the storage front, the new Huawei smartphone comes with 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.Also Read: Instagram stopped working for over an hour last night, no one knows whyadvertisementOn the camera front, Hauwei Y7 with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, which also comes with LED flash. While on the front, the smartphone sports an 8-megapixel camera. Further, in terms of connectivity, the smartphone offers several options including — 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, GPS/GLONASS.Huawei Y7 also includes several other options like — a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, compass, and an accelerometer. Huawei is yet to announce the price and availability of the newly launched Huawei Y7 as of yet.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante’s displays this season have spurred comparisons with ex-Blues star Claude Makelele.But Makelele – Kante’s French compatriot – is reluctant to anoint him as his successor just yet, saying Kante has not faced enough trials and tribulations in his career so far.Kante, 26, was a vital part of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side as they marched towards the Premier League title this year. It was Kante’s second championship in a row, having helped Leicester City to one of the most improbable triumphs in European football in 2016.Kante’s performances earned him the Football Writers Association’s Player of the Year gong in May, adding to a list of accolades.But Makelele, 44, equally diminutive, combative and a two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea before retiring in 2010, is cautious about saying he has passed the baton – for now.”At the moment Kante is special and one of the best midfielders. The problem is, I played 25 years in football at this level and comparisons are being made in a bad way,” he told Reuters in an interview in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa during a publicity tour for his sponsor Heineken.With Chelsea relieved of European duty this season, having failed to qualify, Makelele said the absence of a tougher schedule had benefited Kante’s energetic displays and that next season will be different.”This season he did not play in the Champions League. Every four days there will be games. With the national team there will be games. There will be a lot of games. He needs to get that experience,” he said.advertisement”When he is at that level, he will not run 90 minutes all the time. He will need to listen to the rhythm, the way he plays. This will be key for him. I hope this will be the situation. I hope he does better than I did in my career.””50-50″In addition to Chelsea, Makelele had spells with French sides Nantes and Olympique Marseille, as well as Spain’s Celta Vigo, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain, making over 600 appearances altogether.He was part of the Champions League-winning Real side in 2002 and his former team will lock horns with Italian giants Juventus on Saturday in a bid to claim a 12th European Cup title.Makelele expected an even contest between the star-studded sides, but said the difference would come from key tactical decisions.”I think Juventus have made a lot of progress. For the last three years, they have been fighting for this trophy. Now I think they are ready to fight. Real won La Liga and before they have won the Champions League. They are comfortable and know how to play a final. It is normal for them,” he said.”It is 50-50. But I think the managers (Zinedine Zidane of Real or Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus) will make the difference, and also the big players. This will be the key in the match.”
Mexico asserted their superiority in the second half against New Zealand to avoid a Confederations Cup embarrassment on Wednesday, coming from behind to win a fiery Group A encounter 2-1 that ended in a brawl.The on-pitch fracas involved so many players that the referee had to go to touchline to assess the skirmishes on a screen, rather than just relying on video replay assistants.”It was intense, it was competitive,” New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said after the game that was settled by Oribe Peralta’s 72nd-minute strike for Mexico.”If I was a big team in world football and we were taken right to the edge by a smaller team like New Zealand there’s a certain amount of discomfort there and big pressure. So I would imagine that’s part of (the incident).”Three players were eventually booked for their involvement in the second flashpoint of the game in the south Russian resort city of Sochi where Mexico made eight changes from the side that drew with Portugal.Tensions erupted in the first half when Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio swore at the New Zealand coaching staff over an injury to Carlos Salcedo that medics later determined would rule the defender out of the rest of the tournament.Salcedo injured his shoulder while falling in an off-the-ball tangle with Chris Wood, who angered the Mexicans by shooting while his opponent was incapacitated on the turf.”I apologize, my words were wrong,” Osorio said through a translator of the incident captured on the official broadcast feed. “Our players and myself were shouting to stop the game but there was no reaction on the side.advertisement”The game was really rough and violent. That’s unacceptable and why I lost my temper. I felt very offended and I had some insults in my direction in Spanish. It’s true that the camera shows some things I said but (New Zealand’s) assistant coach is responsible for what happened.”After Salcedo was carried off on a stretcher, Wood went on to put New Zealand into a surprise lead in the 42nd minute. New Zealand’s hopes of a first-ever victory in its fourth appearance at the World Cup warm-up tournament were thwarted nine minutes into the second half. Javier Aquino and Marco Fabian combined to set up Raul Jimenez to strike on the turn into the top corner.Peralta completed Mexico’s comeback in the Fisht Stadium by meeting Javier Aquino’s cutback and sweeping a shot past goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.”We took them to the very limit,” Hudson said after his team was eliminated with a game remaining in Group A, “and at times they couldn’t handle that.”
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, a source within the Olympic movement told Reuters, as Los Angeles bids against Paris to host the 2024 summer Games.The source gave no further details about the meeting, which comes a day after Bach announced a new IOC sponsorship deal with chipmaker Intel Corp in New York that is set to run until 2024.Trump has publicly backed the Los Angeles 2024 Games bid but has so far had no active involvement in the campaign.LA 2024 bid chief Casey Wasserman said last month Trump had given strong support to the West Coast city in its efforts to secure the Games.”Donald Trump has done everything we could have asked to support our bid,” entertainment executive Wasserman said in May.”Every letter, every phone call … to President Bach… from what we need from the federal government, he’s been all I would hope for.”Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama did not meet the IOC at the White House but travelled to the IOC session in Copenhagen in 2009 to back Chicago’s 2016 Games bid.However, Chicago crashed out in the first round, with U.S.-IOC ties strained at the time over revenue-sharing deals from sponsorship and broadcasting rights.The IOC has said it is planning to award both the 2024 and the 2028 Games at its session in September in Lima, Peru, and that Paris and Los Angeles are likely to share them among themselves.Earlier this month the IOC passed a recommendation for a double awarding, which will now be ratified in a July session with the final order to be decided in Lima.advertisementLos Angeles bid officials have repeatedly signalled that the city would be open to being awarded the 2028 Olympics instead of those four years earlier. Paris has insisted its bid plan could only work for 2024.With the double awarding the IOC is trying to keep both cities happy as four others dropped out of the race, concerned by the event’s size and cost. More cities had dropped out of the race for the 2022.The IOC has now launched a reform process for bidding in order to make the Games a more attractive prospect to potential host cities.
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) There is not much left to achieve for 16-time world champion Pankaj Advani but the ace Indian cueist now wants to evolve into a player who can play with calmness and ease of tennis great Roger Federer. The Bangalore-based athlete continues to churn out titles, be it at the world or Asian level, the latest one coming with Laxman Rawat and Malkeet Singh at the Asian Team Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It happens to be his first Asian team title. Having achieved stupendous success in both snooker and billiards, he keeps getting asked the what next question. “The one I really want to do is play with more freedom. That is the key for me right now. I am in the middle of my best years so I want to make the most of it,” Advani told PTI after his arrival here. “I want to enjoy it as well. The way Roger is going about his business in tennis. There is so much of calmness and ease in his game rather than grinding and trying to make it all happen. I hope I can play with that mindset,” he said referring to the tennis legend who beat the odds to win an elusive 18th Grand Slam title. “The other thing I want to do is that I want to be able to manage my B and C game. You cannot play your A game all the time so how well you manage your off days determines how great a player you are.” Talking about the title win, Advani said, “Snooker and billiards is an individual sport but to win a team title is very very special. Normally Iran, Pakistan and some European teams have a better track record of winning team titles. I tried on many occasions but it has finally happened.” “Feels even more nice to do with guys who have come of age so to say. Laxman has performed exceptionally well over the last one year. And so has Malkeet,” he said. Advani has been juggling with billiards and snooker ever since returning from the pro circuit in England. It is remarkable that he keeps winning in both categories at the highest level, though the task is not getting any easier. “It is all priority as of now. Just like actors have urge to play different kinds of role. Similar I have the urge to excel in different formats. It is surely not getting easier. Everyone specialises in either snooker or billiards and I have been doing it in different formats. It is very very challenging. “I know I am not going to win a lot of times (by playing both billiards and snooker) but that is the price I am ready to pay,” said Advani, who has no plans to return to the pro snooker circuit. The win in Bishkek earlier this week attracted wide attention with cricketers and filmstars headlining the congratulatory messages. However, Advanis tweet after the triumph did not go down well with a lot of people on social media. “We are not demigods, we are not cricketers, we are Asian Team Snooker Champions,” the tweet read. Today he clarified on the controversial post. “It was a tongue in cheek comment. Sometimes people have to lighten up. I did not mean to single out cricketers. In fact the response we have got this time has been overwhelming. Ironically so many cricketers appreciated us as well. The last thing I want do is disrespect athletes of other sports,” he said. PTI BS AT ATadvertisement
New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) A demand was raised in the Rajya Sabha today that the sports ministry should formulate a special policy to promote women sportspersons in the country as they are performing well and could win many Olympic medals.Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Congress member Rajeev Shukla said Indian women are performing very well in sports and referred to the recent performance of the women cricket team which made it to World Cup finals.He added that women players like Sania Mirza (tennis), Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu (badminton), Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur (cricket), Phogat sisters (wrestling) and Mary Kom (boxing) have given excellent performances in sports.While male sportspersons could not bring the laurels, women should be now given opportunity, said the former vice president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).”I am sure they will succeed,” the Congress member said.Dangal movie, made on Indian women wrestlers, was a hit on the box office, Shukla said.”More and more efforts should be made to promote women in sports. I think they can bring all Olympic medals,” he said.In his Zero Hour reference, Naresh Agrawal (SP) highlighted the problems the poor patients have when they have medicines which are not generic.He said there was a huge difference in prices of generic and non-generic medicines.The SP member said there are hospitals in the country which charge a minimum of Rs 1 lakh if one goes there for treatment.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the governments effort was to ensure availability of cheap medicines and in this regard, Jan Aushadhi stores were being opened in differnt parts of the country.advertisementDeputy Chairman P J Kurien asked Naqvi to bring the issue raised by Agrawal to the notice of the Health Minister. PTI NKD AKK
Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is hungrier than ever, and out for ‘blood’, as the Mercedes driver prepares for his 200th race in Formula One this weekend.The 32-year-old Briton is 14 points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with nine races remaining and has yet to take an outright lead in the championship against a formidable opponent.But he expects to remedy that, starting in Belgium on Sunday.”One thing for sure in this second part of the season… is that I’m here for blood. I’m here to win and I’m here to stay,” he said.”It’s strange. When you’re racing for so long, it’s my 200th race, you would think that maybe your passion or your desire to win would fade. But it’s stronger than ever. And that’s exciting for me.”Reuters Photo The most successful current racer, in terms of wins if not titles, Hamilton can also equal seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 pole positions at Spa on Saturday.That would be a symbolic milestone to reach, with Spa also marking the 25th anniversary of Schumacher’s first grand prix win, but Hamilton’s thoughts were focused on the task at hand.Reinvigorated by his August break, and smitten by his first visit to Cuba, Hamilton said he was ready for anything and determined to raise his game.”I want the next nine (races) to all be 10s. I want you guys to be standing there with those boards: 10, 10, 10,” he said.”I’m going to be ahead of him (Vettel) in every single race from now on, that’s my goal. No games. I’m here to win. I want it just as much if not more than anyone else this year.”advertisementReuters Photo HISTORY MADEHamilton made his debut with McLaren in 2007, missing the title by a single point but winning in 2008 – again by one point after making a crucial overtake on the last corner of the last lap in Brazil.His move to Mercedes in 2013 brought two more championships – in 2014 and 2015 – but he missed out last year to now-retired German team mate Nico Rosberg.He has won 57 of his 199 races, four this year, and could soon become the first Briton to win four titles – the same number Vettel has.Hamilton said he still felt young at heart, despite the ‘crazy’ 200 race milestone, and also privileged and grateful.Not that he could remember all of his races, or even select a favourite.Reuters Photo “My first grand prix was such a huge highlight. My first grand prix win, Silverstone grand prix win, Monaco grand prix win. Winning the title in Brazil was a highlight. It wasn’t actually a great experience but it was still a highlight in my career,” he said. “I think a favourite would probably be a wet race… when you’ve come from 10th or fourth and you outsmart the guys ahead of you and exploit the car as no-one thought you could.”When you come back and your engineers didn’t expect to see the speed you had, that’s an amazing feeling.”
MS Dhoni struck two free-kicks as Virat Kohli-led All Hearts FC thrashed Abhishek Bachchan’s All Stars FC 7-3 in the Celebrity Clasico at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday.The match was a continuation of an yearly tradition that started last year, when the game ended 2-2 and it will be played next year as well.Dhoni dazzled once more but this time on a football pitch with two free-kick goals giving All Hearts a 2-0 lead within 40 minutes of the game.Live that super Mahical moment! ?????? pic.twitter.com/cGrjDL5oxr- Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 15, 2017While the first goal came from a deflection, the second goal was a thing of beauty — one that Sunil Chhetri, All Hearts manager for the match, would be proud of.It is well known that Dhoni was a footballer before being drawn towards cricket and that showed when he took on the field in the Celebrity Clasico.With the rule of rollover substitution, Dhoni was seen on and off on the pitch which was attributed to the fact that he is flat-footed and has troubles staying in the footballing shoes for too long.Ashish Nehra, the mentor of All Hearts FC, said on the sidelines of the game that Dhoni was the one chatting the most in the dressing room.Even though Dhoni was the fulcrum of the unit and his sense of positioning was for all to see, Virat Kohli with his constant runnings and bundle of energy was a threat at all times.advertisementAfter two of Dhoni’s goals, Anirudh Srikanth, son of former India opener Kris Srikanth, also scored a brace — one being a header and the other a composed penalty.Now @aniruda77’s turn! #CelebrityClasico ?? pic.twitter.com/0hVMTd36Dd- Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 15, 2017Besides Anirudh, Kedar Jadhav also scored on a rebound, with his brand-new studs that he bought for the game, after All Stars goalkeeper has stopped a shot from Kohli.Even though Kohli failed to find the net once, his hard work was rewarded in the end as he sealed the match with a beautiful chip, which turned out to be the second last goal of the match.Shikhar Dhawan, in the end, got his name on the scoresheet as he scored from the penalty spot after theopposition’s goalkeeper handled the ball outside the penalty area.For All Stars FC, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Ranbir Kapoor and Armaan Jain scored.MS Dhoni was very calm after scoring the goal! Football pitch or Cricket Pitch man is a legend #CelebrityClasico- Õ?É?iÕÉ?É?rÉ?! (@BeingKushSharma) October 15, 2017MS Dhoni scores the 1st goal for All Heart in #CelebrityClasico Football match Jersey No. 7 doing the trick in the 7th Minute of the Game.- Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) October 15, 2017MSDhoni is the player of the match for his two goals. And this man rules at any sports #CelebrityClasico pic.twitter.com/5k44WwawAg- DHONIsm ? (@DHONIism) October 15, 2017
Mumbai, Nov 27 (PTI) Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who won four Super Series titles this year, bagged the Sportsman of the Year award at the inaugural edition of Indian Sports Honours held here.Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was the Sportswoman of the Year award in the individual sport category, a release said here today.Ravichandran Ashwin, who today became the fastest bowler to reach Club 300 in Test cricket and womens cricket team skipper Mithali Raj were awarded Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, respectively, in the Team Sport category.The Indian Womens Cricket Team, which ended as runners up in the ICC Womens World Cup, were named as the Team of the Year.While star tennis player Sania Mirza was awarded the Inspirational Honour by the jury, countrys first Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was honoured with the Transformational Contribution to Sport award.Indian Sports Honours is an initiative partnered by India skipper Virat Kohli and Sanjiv Goenka, in line with their vision to support the development of Indian sports.The ceremony was telecast on Star Sports.Awards: *Sportsman of the year (Individual sport): Srikanth Kidambi *Sportsman of the year (Team sport) – Ravichandran Ashwin *Sportswoman of the year (Individual sport) – P.V. Sindhu *Sportswoman of the year (Team sport) – Mithali Raj *Team of the year (Men/Women) – Indian Women?s Cricket Team *Coach of the year – Bisveshwar Nandi *Emerging Sportswoman of the year – Aditi Ashok *Emerging Sportsman of the year – Neeraj Chopra *Differently abled Sportsman of the year – Devendra Jhajaria *Differently abled Sportswoman of the year – Deepa MalikadvertisementJury Honours *Keep Walking Honour for Lifetime achievement – Balbir Singh *Inspirational Honour – Sania Mirza *Transformational Contribution to Sport – Abhinav BindraPopular choice Honours *Breakthrough performance of the year – Hardik Pandya *Star Sports ?Believe? Honour (Comeback of the year) – Saina Nehwal *Spirit of Sport – Yogeshwar Dutt *Player of the year – Sunil Chhetri *Club of the year – Mumbai Indians *Best Fan Club – Manjappada Kerala Blasters. PTI NRB ATK ATK
New Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Tata Motors owned Jaguar land Rover (JLR) today launched a limited edition variant of Range Rover with price starting at Rs 2.8 crore (ex-showroom).The limited edition variant Range Rover Autobiography by SVO Bespoke is based on long wheelbase variant of Range Rover.”The exquisite individualisation options gives our discerning customers the opportunity to be a part of a unique automotive experience which gives them the chance to design the look and feel of their vehicle,” JLR President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said in a statement.The Land Rover range in India includes the Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, all new Discovery, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. PTI MSS SBT
FC Barcelona warmed up for next week’s El Clasico with a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday night.Luis Suarez and Paulinho were at their attacking best with two goals each helping Barcelona extend their lead to six points at the top of the La Liga table.Suarez slotted a generous cutback from Lionel Messi into an open goal in the 29th minute to deservedly put Barca ahead, while Brazil international Paulinho got the second in the 41st, tapping in on the rebound after Messi had hit the post.Messi had a frustrating night in front of goal and was unable to add to his 14 league goals this season as he hit the woodwork three times and had a penalty saved by former youth team mate Ruben Martinez with the score at 3-0.Suarez then scored his fourth goal in three league games by firing home a Sergi Roberto cross inside the area two minutes into the second half and Paulinho completed the rout in the 75th, pouncing after Jordi Alba’s shot had come off the post.ï¿½??ï¿½ Smiles all round as BarÃ§a beat Depor 4-0 ï¿½???ï¿½??? ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½??ï¿½ #ForÃ§aBarÃ§a pic.twitter.com/yu3kbiEapy- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 18, 2017Barca lead the standings on 42 points, six ahead of Atletico Madrid and eight in front of third-placed Valencia.They are 11 clear of Real, who have a game in hand after missing this weekend’s action due to playing in the Club World Cup, where they beat Brazilians Gremio 1-0 in Saturday’s final.advertisement”We go into next week’s game (against Real) feeling very happy and the best way to prepare for a game of that level is to win and feel confident and we are feeling great,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.. @alexmorgan13ï¿½??s first game at Camp Nou ends 4-0 to BarÃ§a – youï¿½??ll have to come more often, Alex! ï¿½??ï¿½ #BarÃ§aDepor pic.twitter.com/29XgqkuA3a- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 17, 2017″It’s a very difficult game against a huge rival and we are very excited about playing it. I don’t think a win (against Real) would assure us of the title because Atletico are six points behind. What is clear is that seasons are very long and no-one wins the title at this stage.”Barca forward Paco Alcacer went off injured in the first half and will miss the ‘Clasico’ after being ruled out for three weeks.La Liga’s lack of goal-line technology or a video assistant referee (VAR) came under the spotlight again near the end of the first half when Suarez’s stylish ‘rabona’ shot from close range appeared to cross the goal-line before Martinez punched it away.The Catalans were denied a goal three weeks ago when Messi’s shot in a 1-1 draw with Valencia clearly crossed the goal-line.(Courtesy: Reuters)ï¿½?ï¿½ #MessiIsGold ï¿½?ï¿½?ï¿½??? Camp Nou rises to applaud Leo #Messi’s latest Golden Shoe pic.twitter.com/tAvdfNu5JE- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 17, 2017
The Melbourne Renegades beat the Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets to kick their Big Bash League 2017 campaign off on a winning note in Hobart.Dwayne Bravo starred with the ball while Cameron White’s unbeaten 79 and Marcus Harris’ 34-ball 50 helped the Renegades reach the target with nine balls to spare in their BBL 2017 opener.It was Bravo who set the game up after the Renegades elected to bowl after winning the toss. He bowled four one over spells and returned with figures of 5/28 to help the Melbourne side restrict the Hurricanes for 164/8 from their 20 overs. This was DJ Bravo’s second five-wicket haul in T20s. Not only that, he also became the first bowler to reach the 400-wicket mark in the shortest format of the game.Hobart’s opening pair — D’Arcy Short and Alex Doolan scored 48 from five overs before Bravo’s array of slower balls bamboozled Doolan and then took him out, caught at short third man. Short’s troubles against spin compared to his class against pace was out in the open when when Brad Hogg slid one into his front pad as he was out leg-before while trying to sweep.Ben McDermott and George Bailey then started the counter-attack and took 22 off Hogg in the 11th over of the innings. That over moved the total to a healthy 102/2.Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi then came into the act and delivered an excellent over in the following over, conceding just four runs. Following that, the Hurricanes were struggling to get boundaries and went 17 balls without one. Bravo came back on and reaped the reward of the pressure and got McDermott’s wicket, who was caught off another slower ball.advertisementGreat start of @BBLofficial @RenegadesBBL @newbigdog47. 5 wk pic.twitter.com/O5zJGME982- Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) December 21, 2017The Hurricanes spluttered from there with Nabi bowling four overs for just 25 and picking up Bailey. Matthew Wade was the only one to hit Bravo over the rope before he became the seamer’s fifth victim off the final ball of the innings.The Hurricanes failed to gain momentum since as Nabi continued his tight bowling. He returned with figures of 1/25 from his four overs. He picked up the prized wicket of Bailey, who fell for a 24-ball 25. Matthew Wade tried to up the ante and score some runs before becoming Bravo’s fifth victim of the match, falling for 15 on the last ball of the innings.Renegades’ chase didn’t start well as Aaron Finch fell in the first over. But the incoming White and Harris then stitched together a 113-run stand after seeing off the Hurricanes express pace bowlers. They relied upon good cricketing shots, using the pace of the bowlers and a bit of luck to score their runs.Jofra Archer tried to put a leash on scoring and took 2 for 17 from four overs including a double-wicket maiden in the 14th by removing Harris and Tom Cooper to rock the chase a bit.But the seasoned Brad Hodge played a breezy unbeaten knock of 22 from 14 balls to avoid any hiccups accompanying White, who went on with his work with minimal risk to take the Renegades home.Bravo was awarded the man-of-the-match for his fifer.You don’t bowl like that and not end up being the ‘Player of the Match’!Great to have you back @DJBravo47 #BBL07 #GetOnRed pic.twitter.com/CKiC6ai3ez- Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) December 21, 2017
Younger members of Narendra Modi cabinet are breaking stereotypes on several fronts. One such scene was witnessed by the audiences of Agenda Aaj Tak when two Union ministers showed their fitness and singing skills on the stage.Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju were in a discussion on fitness at Agenda Aaj Tak.Rathore showed his skills at doing pushups. Rathore did more than 15 pushups on the stage of Agenda Aaj Tak.Rathore, who served in the Indian Army after passing out from the National Defence Academy, said that during the training days, the cadets were asked to do pushups on the tune of chanting “India,India”. He asked the audience to cheer them when they showed their skills on the stage.As Rathore finished with his pushups, it was time for Kiren Rijiju to show his singing skills. Rijiju picked a 1962-song by legendary playback singer Mohammad Rafi. The song was originally sung by Rafi at an event organised for the soldiers, who fought in the India-China war of 1962.Later, the song was incorporated in Bollywood film, Haqiqat, which portrayed the 1962 war, in which Indian soldiers were humbled by the Chinese forces. The defence policies of the then government were blamed for the military defeat of India.After giving a brief description of the song, “Kar Chale Hum Fida”, Rijiju sung a couple of stanzas of the patriotic song that has been like a theme song for every nationalistic event since 1960s.advertisementALSO WATCH: Kiren Rijiju sings his heart out at Agenda Aaj Tak 2017
Ross Taylor scored his 17th Test century to equal the New Zealand record Monday and to put his team fully in control of the second cricket Test against the West Indies.Taylor made an unbeaten 107 to join current captain Kane Williamson and Martin Crowe on the record before New Zealand declared at 291-8, setting the West Indies an unlikely victory target of 444 with two days remaining.The West Indies, who will have to beat their world record for the highest winning fourth innings score in Test cricket – currently 418 against Australia in 2003 – were 30-2 at stumps. Opener Keiran Powell was out for a duck to complete a pair for the match and Shimron Hetmyer fell for 15, seven minutes before stumps on day three.Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was 13 not out and Shai Hope was on 1, and the West Indies still trailed New Zealand by 414 runs.Taylor kept up his close competition with Williamson to become the first New Zealander to score 18 Test centuries when he reached his hundred on Monday from 172 balls. Williamson missed the chance to stretch the record mark when he was out earlier on the third day for 54.Taylor had also missed an opportunity to equal the record when he was out for 93 in the first innings of the first Test at Wellington, where New Zealand won by an innings and 67 runs.With his innings Monday, Taylor set up New Zealand’s declaration late in the day and Williamson achieved his objective by taking two wickets in the short interval of 36 minutes before stumps. Powell was caught at slip by Tim Southee from the bowling of Trent Boult, and Hetmeyer chipped a catch to Neil Wagner at mid-off from Southee’s bowling.advertisement”When I started my career I never thought I’d even get to play Test cricket let alone get 17 centuries,” Taylor said.The milestone was more poignant for Taylor because he equaled the mark first set by Crowe, who helped guide him in his Test career at times when he struggled to fully realize his potential. Crowe died of cancer last year aged 53.”The team situation was first and foremost in our minds and it was nice to get out there and get a bit of a score,” Taylor said. “You never want to think a game is safe but to get a lead over 400 is satisfying.”Taylor said the West Indies made batting difficult with their best bowling performance of the series on Monday and he had a life when he was dropped in the gully on 35.The determination of the West Indies not to surrender meekly was made evident by a fiery spell of fast bowling by Miguel Cummins immediately after lunch on day three. Cummins allowed his team to win back some ground from New Zealand who had dismissed the tourists for 221 Monday in reply to their first innings of 373, a lead of 152.He took 2-22 from the six over-spell, dismissing Williamson with a sizzling yorker and removing Henry Nicholls (5) with a superb bouncer. He then unsettled Mitchell Santner with a sustained spell of short pitched bowling, striking the New Zealand allrounder on the helmet.
NEW YORK – Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury plagued season and heading to Japan.The three-time All-Star has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.“They made it very apparent right from the start they were quite interested in Kevin being there,” agent Joe Bick said.A 34-year-old first baseman and third baseman, Youkilis will have a $4 million base salary and can earn $1 million in bonuses — including some based on walks, a provision not allowed in major league contracts.After nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis signed a $12 million, one-year deal with the New York Yankees. But his back started to bother him in mid-April, and an epidural injection didn’t improve a lumbar spine sprain.Sidelined from April 27 to May 31, he went back on the DL on June 13, had surgery a week later to repair a herniated disk and didn’t return. Youkilis hit just .219 with two homers and eight RBIs over 28 games and 105 at-bats.“There’s no reason to believe he’s anything less than 100 percent,” Bick said. “Workouts are going normally.”Youkilis has a .281 average in 10 big league seasons with 150 homers and 618 RBIs, and he earned a World Series ring with the 2007 Red Sox.At Rakuten, Youkilis may become teammates with star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 last season, While Tanaka wants to join the major leagues, Rakuten is reluctant to make him available in the new posting season, and the 25-year-old right-hander can’t leave as a free agent until after the 2015 season.“We were talking with eight or nine other clubs over here,” Bick said. “In the final analysis, he said the right thing for my family and me is to go do this. It will be a wonderful life experience.”(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez’s season-long suspension formally ended Thursday, a day after the World Series ended.The New York Yankees reinstated the third baseman from the restricted list.Rodriguez was suspended by Major League Baseball for violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract and lost just over $22 million of his $25 million salary. The three-time AL MVP, who turns 40 on July 27, is owed $61 million by the Yankees over the next three seasons. New York general manager Brian Cashman said it’s possible Rodriguez may see some time at first base.New York did not have to make a move on its 40-man roster because 10 players became free agents, including David Robertson, Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki. Jeter, the Yankees’ captain, has retired.Rodriguez, who was married to Cynthia Scurtis from 2002-2008, is a chrismated Orthodox Christian.TweetPinShare0 Shares
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s great being Meb these days. Crazy, too.Meb Keflezighi already was a big-time marathoner, with a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and a win in the New York City Marathon in 2009. Then came his inspirational victory in the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings there, and his life went stratospheric.It’s been a rush of appearances, speaking engagements and other commitments.The highlight? Being seated at the head table with his wife Yordanos at a White House state dinner in August. Keflezighi said President Barack Obama announced his arrival by saying, “Here comes the fast guy. Do you know how fast this guy is?”Meb being Meb, though, he’s loving every minute of it, with his easy smile and laugh.On a typically spectacular early autumn San Diego afternoon, Keflezighi took a short break before heading to Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra for 3 1/2 weeks of altitude training prior to running in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2.Sitting on the balcony of his house in the upscale Mission Hills neighborhood, his view stretches from downtown all the way over to Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument, where he took the oath of citizenship on July 2, 1998. It’s a far different scene than the one rife with war and poverty that he left behind in the third world.There’s an American flag flying from the front of his house. He’s wearing a red, white and blue USA shirt his sponsor, Skechers, made for him.“The American dream is to be in San Diego,” said Keflezighi. He was born in Eritrea in the Horn of Africa before his father was able to get the family to Italy and then San Diego.“Unless you count the practice I did today,” said Keflezighi, who had gone on a training run of 26.2 miles. He progressively moved an ice pack from his right ankle to his knee to his thigh as he sat for an interview.New York will be his first marathon since he became the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. Keflezighi said life has been “crazy” since.“It’s an honor and privilege and it comes with a lot of responsibility,” he said. “Hopefully everybody that interacted with me before I won Boston, feel the same way after Boston. The demand on my time has changed drastically. Boston just went over the top. To be an American to be able to bring the home title back after what happened last year was a pretty amazing experience, and people appreciate it. It’s not even congratulations. It’s more, ‘Thank you.’“It’s been hectic but in a great way.”Keflezighi knows some people will expect him to win New York. It won’t be the end of his world if he doesn’t.He’ll do the proper amount of training, “but at the same time, it’s not like I have to win New York. Not that I don’t want to win New York. At the same time, it’s, ‘been there, done that.’ I’ve just got to go back to the basics and start working forward.”Keflezighi points to last year’s New York City Marathon, when he was 23rd in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 47 seconds. It was his lowest finish and slowest time for a marathon. His training had been interrupted by injuries, and at one point he slowed to a walk.While other elite runners might grouse or offer excuses, Keflezighi ended up with a special moment. He and Michael Cassidy of Staten Island, whom he met before the race in the elite runners’ tent, ran the last three miles together. Approaching the finish, they held hands and then raised their arms aloft as they crossed the line.“I won my age group,” Keflezighi said with a laugh.Sure enough, the engraved crystal plate for winning the 35-39 age group is on a counter in his kitchen, near a box of Wheaties with his picture on it. It was made for him after he spoke at General Mills’ annual sales conference.A shot at the 2016 Olympics remains a possibility. The trials will be in Los Angeles.“Since I know the date, Feb. 13, 2016, I guess I’m gearing for it somehow, some way,” he said.Keflezighi, 39, remains motivated by how his father, Russom, escaped Eritrea by walking 225 miles to Sudan. Because he had supported Eritrean rebels in their fight against Ethiopian soldiers, Russom Keflezighi felt it was too dangerous to remain. Five years later, he was able to get his family out.Meb was 12 when the family arrived in San Diego. He and eight of his siblings have received college degrees, while Admekom is attending San Diego State.“For us it was never, ‘Are we going to go to college?’ It was, ‘When are we going to college?’ or ‘Which college are we going to go to?’ said Keflezighi, who graduated from UCLA.Their half-sister, Ruth, grew up in Italy and moved to the United States first. “She is the reason we came to San Diego, so she deserves an honorary degree for that,” said Merhawi Keflezighi, who has a law degree from UCLA and is Meb’s agent and business manager.It’s a good bet Keflezighi’s Boston win will always be his career highlight.In the corners of his bib, Keflezighi wrote the first names of the four people killed in the bombing and manhunt.“Not that we wanted 2013 to happen. But my energy was all on that race to be able to say, ‘What can I do positively to change Boylston Street?’ I see the pictures that have been taken there, from the front, from the back, from the side; people are on their feet clapping or chanting U-S-A, U-S-A. It gives me great pride to have done that for the people.”(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CINCINNATI — Mike Trout flashed the skill that puts him at the front of baseball’s new generation, just moments after four of the all-time greats walked off the field.Trout became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an All-Star Game, then became the first player to take home the Midsummer Classic’s MVP award two years in row.A new-look All-Star Game finished with the same old result. The AL beat the NL 6-3 on July 14 and will open the World Series at home for the 10th time in 13 years.“It’s obviously a humbling honor with the MVPs,” Trout said in his usual understated, aw-shucks manner.After Trout completed a career All-Star cycle in just his fifth big league season, Prince Fielder delivered. He drove in two runs, sending Trout blazing home ahead of Joc Pederson’s throw with the run off Clayton Kershaw that put the AL ahead for good.In an age of dominant pitching, Felix Hernandez, winner David Price, Zach Britton, Dellin Betances and Wade Davis took scoreless turns in the AL’s third win a row.Playing on the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels, Trout could add an even bigger honor this fall — his first World Series ring.“He can do anything that anybody can do on a baseball field,” AL Manager Ned Yost said. “He can hit with power. He can run. He can drive the gap. He’s a great defender. He’s just special. When you look at Mike, you don’t look at a 23-year-old. You look at a guy that is one of the best baseball players on this planet.”A season after the retirement of Derek Jeter dropped the curtain on the turn-of-century greats, Trout was among six starting position players under 25 — the most since 1965. At last year’s game in Minneapolis, he hit a tie-breaking triple and later a go-ahead double.This time Trout sent Zack Greinke’s fourth pitch, a 94 mph fastball on the outer half of the plate, over the wall in right next to the visiting bullpen for an opposite-field homer.Winner of his first season AL MVP award in 2014, the center fielder joined Willie Mays, Steve Garvey, Gary Carter and Cal Ripken, Jr. as the only two-time All-Star MVPs.Stars old and young gathered in one of baseball’s most traditional towns. The Reds became baseball’s first professional team in 1869, and players wore caps with horizontal stripes in an attempt at a 19th Century feel.Pete Rose, Cincinnati’s hometown hero and baseball’s banned career hits leader, was given an 80-second ovation when he walked onto the field before the game to join Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin, elected by fans as the Reds’ greatest players.Wearing a red jacket and tie and walking stiffly, the now 74-year-old Charlie Hustle was applauded as soon as his image appeared on the video boards, even before he emerged from the AL dugout.And in the first All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark, which opened in 2003, fans got to see some great ballplayers.Bench, changed into a blue jacket, returned with Hank Aaron, Mays and Sandy Koufax, voted baseball’s great living players by fans as part of the promotion.In a sentimental yet stunning reminder of generational change, Aaron, 81, and Morgan, 71, needed canes to reach the infield, and Mays, 84, was aided on and off the field by an assistant.“Growing up, I didn’t get to see them play that much,” Trout said. “But looking up, seeing highlights of all the Hall of Famers, it’s something I really look forward to looking at and I’m learning more about them, just how great they played in every respect of the game.”Above the field, new Commissioner Rob Manfred watched from a luxury suite, the first All-Star Game not presided over by Bud Selig since 1992.Many players of the new generation love bling in a manner that puzzles the old guard: Buster Posey wore a gold-colored helmet behind the plate, looking a bit like the Great Gazoo or a Praetorian Guard, accessorizing with a chest protector, shin guards and cleats all with gold-colored trim.Baltimore’s Adam Jones was shod in bright orange cleats, and Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain and Washington’s Bryce Harper donned golden spikes.Trout, a Generation Y star with a baby boomer work ethic, completed a unique cycle on a clear evening that followed a heavy afternoon downpour.He singled in his All-Star debut in 2012, doubled to open 2013 game and tripled in the first inning last year. He was just the ninth player to hit for an All-Star cycle in his entire career, joining an illustrious list that includes Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Roberto Clemente, Ernie Banks, George Brett, Mike Schmidt and Mays. Fielder later became the 10th.No one had homered leading off an All-Star Game since 1977 at old Yankee Stadium, when Morgan connected off Jim Palmer. Greinke, coming off five scoreless outings, had not allowed a run since June 13.“It’s not easy,” Greinke said of pitching to Trout. “You’ve got like a 2-inch window up in the zone. If you throw it higher than that, he takes it. If you throw it lower, he does what he did.”Fielder and Cain had run-scoring hits in the fifth against Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP, that put the AL ahead 3-1.Manny Machado, at 23 another of the sport’s fresh faces, hit a double off the right-field wall against Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh and scored on Fielder’s sacrifice fly. And Brian Dozier, the last player added to the game as an injury replacement, hit a solo home run off Mark Melancon in the eighth.NL runs came home on Jhonny Peralta’s RBI single in the second, Andrew McCutchen’s homer off Chris Archer in the sixth and Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.NL manager Bruce Bochy thought ahead to some future ceremony involving Trout, perhaps at an All-Star Game or World Series, perhaps at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.“He’s going to be standing there, I think, with the guys we saw tonight,” Bochy said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Tamika Catchings has made a habit of playing her best with the most at stake in her final postseason run.She scored 14 points and made key defensive plays to help Indiana beat the New York Liberty 66-51 on Sept. 29 in the decisive Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, advancing the Fever to the WNBA championship.They will face the Lynx in the finals that begin Oct. 4. in Minnesota.“This is awesome,” Catchings said. “If you had asked me before the season if I’d be sitting right here, we’re going to try, I don’t know. To be sitting here means a lot for the organization, for my team.”Catchings, who announced she’s retiring at the end of next season, has willed her team to victories. The Fever won the final two games in the opening round against Chicago, then, against New York, the Fever swept the final two contests, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter in Game 2 to force the game.“Nobody thought we’d win the first series,” Catchings said. “No one thought we’d win this round. No one thinks we’ll win the finals. We’re not done yet.”Indiana is back in the finals for the first time since 2012 — the only season the Fever won the championship.“It’s special to be back there,” said Fever coach Stephanie White, who is the first rookie WNBA coach to lead a team to the finals.The Fever improved to 8-2 in elimination games in the past four seasons and Catchings is a huge reason why. She averaged 21.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the first nine of those games.“Just watching her play, you know you want to do what you can to help her win,” said Marissa Coleman, who scored 15 points — hitting five 3-pointers. “She always makes the play when we need it most.”Catchings and Indiana looked ready to cruise to the finals, building an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Coleman hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Fever build their huge lead after Indiana held a 33-22 halftime advantage.New York wasn’t done. Epiphanny Prince, who was scoreless in the first half, hit a 3-pointer to start a 12-3 run to close the period and bring New York within nine heading to the fourth.The Liberty hit three 3s during that spurt, capped by Candice Wiggins’ shot that made it 49-40 with 28 seconds left in the quarter and brought the loud crowd to its feet.As he’s done at so many Knicks games, Spike Lee was leading the charge from the sideline, trying to spur the Liberty to a monumental rally. The Liberty kept it going to start the fourth as Wiggins scored the first five points of the period to get New York within 49-45.But Catchings made two free throws that started a 10-0 run and restored the double-digit lead, essentially sealing the victory for the Fever.“We came close, just couldn’t make the plays when we needed to,” said Tina Charles, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York.New York was trying to make its first appearance in the WNBA Finals since 2002. The Liberty have been to the championship four times and lost each one.Charles finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York, which had the best record in franchise history and was the top seed in the Eastern Conference before falling short in the playoffs. Wiggins led New York with 15 points. (DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Vince Velasquez’s first pitch in his Philadelphia Phillies debut was a fastball. So was his second and his third.The 23-year-old right-hander opened with 16 consecutive fastballs against the New York Mets, all from 92-95 mph. He struck out a career-high nine over six innings and Ryan Howard’s opposite-field home run in the fifth inning off Bartolo Colon provided enough offense. The Phillies won 1-0 on a chilly April 9 for their first victory this season.Velasquez (1-0) said his goal was “to go out there and make a statement, to show that we got this win, to show that we’re capable of winning and we’re not losers.”“If we were 0-5, we’re just going to hold our heads down low,” he said.Acquired in the seven-player offseason deal that sent closer Ken Giles to Houston, Velasquez struggled through a 26-pitch first inning that ended with Neil Walker’s flyout with two on. New York didn’t put two runners on in an inning after that as Velasquez combined with four relievers on a three-hitter.Velasquez didn’t have anything up his sleeve on the 41-degree night but rather something toasty in his pants: 2-by-3-inch heat packets.“I had them in my back pockets when I was out there,” he said, “so I’d touch my butt a little bit and proceed to pitch.”Velasquez made seven starts and 12 relief appearances as a rookie last year. Helping the rebuilding Phillies avoid what would have been their first 0-5 start since 1934, he gave up three hits and three walks.“He exudes energy,” Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin said.Velasquez had the most strikeouts in a Philadelphia debut since Roy Halladay in 2010.“He locked in,” Howard said. “He pitches pitch a chip on his shoulder or pitches kind of with an attitude, if you will.”Hector Neris, Daniel Stumpf, David Hernandez and Jeanmar Gomez combined for hitless relief, sealing just the second win for the Phillies in their last 12 games at Citi Field.Gomez got three outs with six pitches for his second career save, his first since July 2014 with Pittsburgh. He retired Wilmer Flores on a game-ending lineout to shortstop Freddy Galvis.“A laugher,” Mackanin joked. “I knew we were going to win as soon as Freddy caught that ball — that last ball.”Pitching in short sleeves and without an undershirt, the 42-year-old Colon (0-1) allowed five hits in six innings, walked none and struck out seven — including six looking. His fastball reached up to 92 mph.Howard’s home run, on an 88 mph pitch, went to the opposite field and cleared the original 16-foot green wall in left.“The pitch just stayed towards the middle,” Colon said.Philadelphia Odubel Herrera missed a hit-and-run sign in the sixth, leading to Cesar Hernandez getting caught stealing at second.Hernandez failed to run home from third in the ninth, when Maikel Franco hit a slow roller and third Wilmer Flores bounced the throw to first. A day earlier, Hernandez ran into an inning-ending double play when Herrera’s popup dropped after the infield-fly rule was invoked.“We’ve seen it before with him,” Mackanin said. “We just have to keep on him and point them out to him, and hopefully he’ll learn from them. He’s a good player, but he’s got to polish it up a little bit.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
This time, neither had a failure through 4.75 meters — they were tied at the top with all opposition already out. Then, Stefanidi scaled 4.82 while Morris failed.When gold was already assured, Stefanidi cleared 4.91 for a Greek record.In a tie for bronze at 4.65, Robeilys Peinado got Venezuela’s first-ever medal in the championships. She tied with 2015 champion Yarisley Silva of Cuba.TweetPinShare2525 Shares LONDON (AP). In another duel for gold, Ekaterini Stefanidi again held off Sandi Morris to claim pole vault gold.Morris and Stefanidi were involved in an epic battle when the Greek won on a countback at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It was almost as good at the world championships.
CHICAGO — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions.Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision.“The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go,” he said on Sunday following a 9-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. “That’s our reality. It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at. I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.”Cora recently said he might attend the ceremony and say something, but had a change of heart after speaking with family and friends.“We talked about it and decided (not going) was the best way to do it,” he said.Cora said he informed the Red Sox of his decision a few days ago. Boston plays at Baltimore Monday through Wednesday and has a day off on Thursday.Shortstop Xander Bogaerts also said on Sunday he won’t visit the White House.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The 24-year-ol Rabiot said there were many other reasons he decided to join Juventus, including the lure of playing with Cristiano Ronaldo, and also because the club is “a level higher than PSG.”Rabiot spent most of his career at PSG, apart from a brief loan spell at Toulouse. He played 240 games for the club and helped it to a number of domestic trophies, including five league titles.However, Rabiot has not played since December and ran down his contract in a troubled last season in Paris after contract talks, involving his mother Veronique as agent, stalled.“The past six months were difficult both on a sporting level and on a personal level for me,” Rabiot said. “Today that is closed. It’s a new adventure and a beautiful adventure I’m sure.“I hope to do my best, I want to do my best. I just want to lay the past behind me.”Rabiot has six appearances for France, but none since his refusal to be on standby for the 2018 World Cup which France won.TweetPinShare0 Shares TURIN, Italy — New Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot said conversations with club great Gianluigi Buffon helped convince him to sign with the Italian champion.Rabiot was presented to the media on Tuesday, after completing his free transfer move from Paris Saint-Germain the previous evening.Rabiot spent last season with Buffon at PSG and they could be teammates again if the goalkeeper rejoins Juventus for what would be an 18th season at the Serie A side.“I have to say that last season I spoke a lot with Gigi,” Rabiot said. “He gave me so much advice, we talked a lot about Juventus obviously because he knows the squad well, the club.“He was the best person I could ask advice from or talk to. His opinion matters a lot to me … so certainly he had a part to play in my decision.”
ATHENS (AP) — Two goals from Robert Lewandowski handed Bayern Munich its third straight Champions League win on Tuesday as the German side came from behind to beat a high-spirited Olympiakos 3-2 at Karaiskakis Stadium.Youssef El Arabi gave Olympiakos the lead when he caught Manuel Neuer off guard in the 23rd minute with a powerful downward header that pushed the Germany goalkeeper behind the goal line.But the heavily marked Lewandowski found space 11 minutes later to fire in a loose ball after a shot from Thomas Mueller was blocked by Jose Sa. The Poland striker added the second two minutes after the hour mark, swinging his leg high to tap past Sa.Substitute Corentin Tolisso made it 3-1 with a stylish shot from outside the area in the 75th. Olympiakos hit back four minutes later through Guilherme, with a deflection helping his volley beat Neuer.“We had to score three goals to win the match and we need to get back to playing like Bayern … So another difficult night but we have nine points,” Neuer said. “They were dangerous — we knew they would be — but we have Lewandowski.”Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski scores his second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Bayern leads Group B with nine points after routing Red Star 3-0 and Tottenham 7-2 in their previous matches.“I don’t like conceding so many goals because that means we have to keep chasing,” Lewandowski said. “We have to get used to winning this way … (But) it’s my job to score goals and help my team.”Tottenham thrashed Red Star 5-0 in the group’s other game on Tuesday.Olympiakos nearly snatched a draw in the final minutes as Daniel Podence used good footwork to get a shot on target test Neuer, who then barely beat El Arabi to the rebound.Striker Giorgos Masouras said carelessness had undone his team’s hard work.“We can’t say the result was unfair. At this level, individual mistakes will cost you and all three goals involved bad decisions by players,” he said. “It is disappointing but we were well prepared, fought hard, and took them on.”___By DEREK GATOPOULOS Associated PressBayern’s Robert Lewandowski, second left, celebrates with team mates Bayern’s Philippe Coutinho, second right, Bayern’s Thomas Mueller, left, and Bayern’s David Alaba after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Bayern Munich at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)TweetPinShare0 Shares
cocobang says: 1 thought on “Machine vision and plumbers’ helpers at ESC Minneapolis 2017” Do you recall my ESC Boston: You should have been there! column from earlier this year? As part of that column, I included this short video, which was taken by my chum, Stephane Boucher, who leads the EmbeddedRelated.com website.This video shows me demonstrating a mega-cool artificial neural network (ANN) and deep-learning system performing a machine vision application (the system was loaned to me by the chaps and chappesses at CEVA).The way this works is that I set my notepad computer to display a series of random images that were originally gleaned from the Internet. I also have a small webcam that’s pointing at the screen. The output from the webcam is fed into a board in which the neural network is implemented on a Xilinx FPGA. The neural network identifies the images. The output from the board is the original image augmented by an identifying caption, like “African Elephant,” “Human Baby,” “Steel Bridge,” “Soft Toy,” and so forth. This is all happening at a rate of about one image per second, which makes it even more impressive.I’ll be taking this system with me to show off at the Electronics of Tomorrow conference in Denmark on October 31. The following week, I’ll be demonstrating it as part of my Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems talk at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Minneapolis.Before setting off on my travels, I thought I’d better set everything up in the bay outside my office, just to ensure that everything was tickety-boo, as it were. Once the system was up and running, I decided (with the permission of their boss) to invite the lads from the manufacturing area downstairs to come and have a look. After all, it’s not every day that they get to see next-generation technology of this ilk.So, we all trooped upstairs and they were suitably impressed. But then one of them (there’s always one, isn’t there?) said, “Hang on, how do we know that these aren’t pre-selected images that the system has been specially taught to recognize?”Well, that’s not an unfair question, when you come to think about it, so I responded, “Why don’t you try pointing the camera at other things in the room?”First, he pointed it at my notepad computer and, a second later, the output display showed the image of the computer annotated with the text “Notepad Computer.” Next, he pointed it at a book, then a pen, and so on for other objects that happened to by lying around on the table.Unexpectedly, he pointed it at one of the other lads — a nice guy sporting a T-shirt and a nonchalantly unshaved look. The system immediately responded with “Plumber’s Helper.” I have to say that this took everyone by surprise and we all burst out laughing.(Source: pixabay.com) Goodness only knows how the neural network came to this conclusion. I’m also wondering how it become part of the network’s training? Still-and-all, as they say, it was a pretty clever conclusion, resulting in the lad now having a new nickname that might follow him around for a long time to come.Will you be attending ESC Minneapolis? If so, it would be great to see you at my talk. Alternatively, if you spot me ambling around, please feel free to stop me to say “Hi”. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Continue Reading Previous eFPGA custom blocks supercharge data acceleration systemsNext Meet the future at ESC Silicon Valley 2017 Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry November 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm Log in to Reply “dasdasd”
India captain Virat Kohli was forced to miss the on-field action for a few overs during the last session of Day 3 of the second Test against England at Lord’s on Saturday.Kohli, who also suffered a sore back during the tour of South Africa earlier this year, was seen spending some time off the field during the third session.While Chris Woakes and Johnny Bairstow were tormenting the Indian bowlers, Kohli had to leave his troops to treat his sore back. Reports suggest that he was feeling pain in his lower back and that is where he perhaps received treatment.Kohli scored a gritty century in the first Test against England at Edgbaston, which was also his maiden hundred in the country.The innings helped Kohli exorcise the demons of 2014 England tour, when he scored only 134 runs in 10 innings. He also scored a half-century in the second innings of Edgbaston Test.INDIA VS ENGLAND 2ND TEST DAY 3: FOLLOW LIVE UPDATESDespite Kohli’s best effort, India lost the match by 31 runs and went 1-0 down in the five-match series.Lord’s Test, a crucial one for India in the series, started on a bad note for the visitors when the dry conditions of Lord’s went under a makeover after the first day was washed out due to rain.The second day was also marred by rain but the toss finally took place, which was won by Joe Root as England decided to bowl first.Kohli and his batting troops once again faltered as India were bowled out for just 107 runs. On the third day in London, the sun shone bright as England took the field to bat.advertisementEven as the bowlers gave India early breakthroughs with Mohammed Shami being the pick of the lot, Bairstow and Woakes stitched together a huge partnership to peg India back again.With the Test slipping out of India’s hands, Kohli’s troubled back could mean even bigger problems. Even during the second session of the day, Kohli sat out for some time but it is not confirmed if that was due to the back problem.Kohli returned to the field in the 71st over with a smile on his face, perhaps indicating that he was fine, but it remains to be seen how problematic this re-occurence of the back problem could be.During the South Africa tour as well, Kohli went off the field during the second T20I with what he later termed as a glute strain. He later missed the third and final T20I of the series citing a sore back.Ahead of the England tour, Kohli also suffered from a neck sprain that saw him missing out on a county experience with Surrey.
Viswanathan Anand, the five-time world champion, started the Sinquefield Cup with a draw against USA’s Hikaru Nakmura on Saturday. Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis is a part of the Grand Chess tour.Anand, who finished last in the rapid and blitz event earlier this month, did not give Nakamura any chance to hold the American to an easy draw.The pieces changed hands at regular intervals as Anand equalised with a typical central breakthrough in the middle game and the players arrived at a drawn queen and pawns endgame in quick time where the peace was a just result.Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan got off to a flier cruising past Wesley So of the US.In the other decisive game of the day, Levon Aronian of Armenia came up with a brilliant endgame show to beat Sergey Karjakin of Russia.The other two games in the ten-player round-robin tournament ended in draws as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the point with world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and USA’s Fabiano Caruana could not make much headway against Alexander Grischuk of Russia.With eight rounds still remaining in the 300000 USD prize money tournament, Mamedyarov and Aronian emerged as early leaders with one point, while Anand, Nakamura, Carlsen, Vachier-Lagrave, Caruana and Grischuk follow them at half point behind.It turned out to be a good day for Mamedyarov who enjoyed his typical variety of chess with complications remaining for the major part.Until a week ago, Wesley So was leading the Grand Chess tour but the pounding in rapid and blitz and the first round loss here means that the Filipino-turned-American will have to recover lost ground.advertisementIt was another Queen’s gambit declined of the day but Mamedyarov put pressure on the king side to win a pawn by force. The technicalities remained but the Azerbaijani made it look like child’s play and it was a picturesque finale where the checkmate was imminent.Aronian outwitted Karjakin out of a Berlin defense game as white. Slow manoeuvring throughout the game out of a level position ensued in the queen-less middle game and Karjakin was the first to err. Aronian wrapped it up in 69 moves.Results round 1: Hikaru Nakamura (Usa) drew with V Anand (Ind); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor); Fabiano Caruana (Usa) drew with Alexander Grischuk (Rus); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) beat Wesley So (Usa); Levon Aronian (Arm) beat Sergey Karjakin (Rus).(With inputs from PTI)
Muhammed Anas Yahiya became India’s first silver-medallist in the Men’s 400m race at the Asian Games in 36 years. The last time an Indian won a silver medal or better at the Asian Games was in 1982 in New Delhi and it was K.K. Premachandran.On Sunday, Anas bagged a silver medal in the Men’s 400m, finishing just behind Qatar’s Hassan Abdalelah, with a timing of 45.69 seconds.Anas had qualified for the Final after topping the charts in both the Heats Qualification and Semifinal after clocking 45.63 seconds and 45.30 seconds, respectively.Earlier in the year, Anas had marginally missed out on a podium finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast but had set a personal best and National Record of 45.31 seconds.Congrats #MuhammedAnas for tht tremendous effort of 45.69s that added one more medal to #India’s tally at #AsianGames2018 #EnergyOfAsiaThat was #WillToWin champion!!@muhammedanasyah @ioaindia @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/b97Vv4D1E7Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 26, 2018ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 9 LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYHe later broke his own National Record during Nove Mesto nad Metuji in Czech Republic by clocking 45.24 seconds in a 400m race.However, announcing himself to the world at the Asian Games means the world to Anas. The fact that he missed out at CWG 2018 perhaps pushed him even more and in the end, he was able to fulfill one of his aims in Jakarta.”It was one of my aims to win a medal [at the Asian Games]. The practice for the Games was extremely good in Czech Republic, where there was a nice weather and good food. I also got a lot of competition and companionship in practice there,” Anas told IndiaToday.in.advertisementAnas topped the charts in both the rounds before the Final and clocked a brilliant 45.30 seconds in the Semifinals. During the Final, he got off the blocks brilliantly but faded away towards the end and just about managed to hold on to a silver medal.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverAnas accepted that fatigue played its part in his run at the Final but was still happy to have achieve the silver medal finish.”Yes, I got fatigued after the Semifinals and I guess that affected my run a bit but I want to thank God that I won a medal here.”During the Heats and Semifinals in Jakarta, it was evident how Anas attempted to break into massive speed in the last 100m at so to give himself a chance to win the race.Like it was seen even with India’s newest sensation Hima Das during her IAAF U20 World Championships gold medal run, she burst in the last 80 metres to take the gold.Anas said how he and his coach worked extremely hard on his speed ahead of the Asian Games and it bore its fruit. However, he added that he still needs to get better in that aspect and managed his body better.”During the practice for the Asian Games, we lay special focus on my speed. I still need to develop my speed further to run better,” Anas said.Sunday proved be a silver day for India in athletics as along with Anas, Hima and Dutee Chand also won silver medals in Women’s 400m and Women’s 100m, respectively.By the end of Day 8 of the Asian Games 2018, India stood at ninth in the medals tally table with 36 medals — 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.
HMD has launched a slew of Nokia phones this year, most of which fall in the budget to mid-range segments. The company is yet to announce a true 2018 flagship Nokia phone, and with just a few more months to go before the year comes to a close, one expects that a flagship is just around the corner. Now, a new Nokia phone has been spotted on China’s 3C certification site, which suggests this could be the high-end Nokia phone we have been waiting for.The Nokia phone comes with a model number TA-1131, and there is some expectation that this could be the rumoured Nokia 9 flagship. The certification itself doesn’t reveal anything apart from the fact that it supports 5V/3A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A charging speeds, which confirms that it will have fast charging support. That’s not really surprising since most Nokia phones support fast charging. The certification only really tells us that a new Nokia phone is in the works and seeing as how HMD has already launched a bunch of affordable smartphones already, all fingers now point towards a new flagship.The new Nokia phone will likely be launched in China first before goes global, a trend HMD has been following with the Nokia X5 and Nokia X6, which launched globally as the Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus, respectively. The Nokia 8 Sirocco that was launched earlier this year cannot be called a true 2018 flagship as it brought last year’s hardware. The phone was more of a statement from that company that it can design flagship-level smartphones that can take on the best of them when it comes to looks.advertisementBack in March, there were reports that HMD could launch a Nokia 8 Pro and Nokia 9 in the second half of 2018. These phones are expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. Notably, the Nokia 9 has been rumoured to sport a penta-lens setup, which is now closer to being possible after HMD recently acquired the PureView trademark from Microsoft. A 2018 flagship Nokia phone with great cameras is exactly what the company needs to cap off the year on a strong note. We should know more about this mystery new Nokia phone in the days to come.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is set to be introduce a third club competition from the 2021-22 season, the head of the association representing Europe’s biggest clubs said on Tuesday.European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli told his members at a meeting in Split that the new event would bring the “overall number of clubs” involved in UEFA club competition to 96, the ECA said on Twitter.”Pending approval of the UEFA executive committee, the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021-22 season,” Agnelli said.Agnelli is also president of Juventus and sits on the UEFA executive committee, occupying one of two seats allocated to club representatives. UEFA were not immediately available for comment.Europe currently has two club competitions — the Champions League, which features 32 teams in the group stage, and the second-tier Europa League, which has 48. Europe used to have a third competition for winners of domestic cup competitions, known as the Cup Winners’ Cup, but it was abolished in 1999. Domestic cup winners now enter the Europa League.Agnelli was due to hold a news conference following the meeting later on Tuesday.The ECA has previously called for more clubs to be involved in European competitions and a “greater certainty of matches” for participating clubs.Agnelli also repeated his call from last year for a drastic overhaul of the international match calendar, which is drawn up by global soccer body FIFA and allocates dates for national team games.advertisement”A detailed assessment of the existing International Match Calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024. The current model needs modernising,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)
Korean electronics giant, LG, on Wednesday launched its next flagship device -LG V40 ThinQ- at a special event in New York. The phone, as LG has been teasing in the past couple of days, comes with five cameras and it packs the same boombox speakers that we saw in LG G7 ThinQ smartphone that was launched earlier this year.The LG V40 ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision Display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. Just like its predecessor, the LG V35 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ is also compliant with MIL-STD 810G standard. Additionally, it comes with IP68 water and dust resistant technology. In terms of the design, the phone comes with a matte glass finish, which the company says is highly resistant to fingerprint stains.In terms of specifications, the LG V40 ThinQ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports 6GB RAM and is available in two memory variants- 64GB and 128GB- which can be expanded up to 2TB via microSD.The newly launched V-series smartphone comes with triple camera setup at the back with a standard 12MP lens with a focal length of f1.5, a 12MP telephoto lens with a focal length of f2.4 and a 16 super wide-angle lens with a focal length of f1.9. In the front, the phone sports an 8MP standard lens with a focal length of f1.9 and a 5MP wide-angle length with a focal length of f2.2.To make the best use of its triple camera setup, LG is introducing a new feature in its LG V40 ThinQ called the Triple Shot, which enables users to click three pictures using the phones standard, telephoto and wide-angle lens in a single go. V40 ThinQ, just like LG G7 ThinQ, comes with the company’s AI Cam, which automatically adjusts the saturation and other settings of the phone’s camera.advertisementAdditionally, there is a Cine Shot mode, which enables users to create cinemagraphs using any of the phone’s three cameras.In terms of the audio, apart from sporting the boombox technology, the phone also features the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which the company says delivers a sound, which is closer to the recording sound.ALSO READ: LG G7+ ThinQ review: Almost perfectIn terms of connectivity, the LG V40 ThinQ has LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C 2.0. It is backed by a 3,300mAH battery and it comes with Qualcomm’ Quick Charge 4.0 technology. It is available in four colour variants– New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red.As far as the availability is concerned, in the US, the phone will be available between $900 to $980, depending on the carrier starting October 18. However, the company hasn’t announced availability for other regions yet.
This is a limited period offer. Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India for a starting price of Rs 13,999, which is similar to the current price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Today, it is for the first time that the Naya Note will be up for grabs. The Redmi Note 6 Pro sale will kick off at 12PM (noon) today on Flipkart and Mi.com. The offline buyers can get the phone from Mi Home.In India, the base model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage has been priced at Rs 13,999, while the top-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will sell for Rs 15,999. The storage of both the phones is expandable by a microSD card up to 256GB. During today’s sale, all the four colour models of the Redmi Note 6 Pro including red, blue, black, and rose gold will be available.As a part of the launch offer, Xiaomi has announced a special price for the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which will be limited only to today’s sale. On account of Black Friday sale, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for Rs 12,999. This price is for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. The price of the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage model of the phone will sell for Rs 14,999. This Rs 1,000 drop from the MRP offer is available only for today. So, if you’re interested to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, today is the best time to get it.advertisementXiaomi just doesn’t stop here. On top of the Rs 1,000 discount, Xiaomi has also partnered with HDFC Bank to offer an additional Rs 500 off which brings down the price of the 4GB RAM model of phone to Rs 12,499. While the 6GB RAM model of the phone can be purchased for Rs 14,499.Before you go ahead to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, here’s a quick look at what the phone offers:–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi to come with four camera setup. Two of the cameras sit on the back panel, next to the fingerprint sensor, while the other two sensors are equipped inside the notch on the front.–This is also the first Note phone to come with a notched display. The notch equips the two selfie cameras, sensors and earpiece.–On the rear panel, the phone includes a dual camera system. It comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing.–On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with a 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also the first phone from Xiaomi to come with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out-of-the-box.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a bigger display compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.–On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with Adreno 509 GPU.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro: Key specs, India price, and everything you should know–The phone comes in two configurations — one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage and second one with 6GB RAM/64GB storage.–It comes in four colour options — red, blue, black, and rose gold, and all the colours will be available during today’s sale.
Ireland and Afghanistan are all set to play three Twenty20 Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and a one-off Test in February-March next year in Dehradun, India, the ICC announced on Friday.It will be Ireland’s first overseas Test match, and the second Test match for the two newest teams at the highest level.Earlier in 2018, Ireland started out at home against Pakistan, losing by five wickets, while Afghanistan took on India in Bengaluru and went down by an innings and 262 runs, according to the International Cricket Council’s website.The matches will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.”The Afghanistan series is a major step forward for Irish cricket as the tour is our first major tour as a Full Member.”It will no doubt be a test for the entire squad – taking on Afghanistan in subcontinent conditions will require a level of adjustment by both our batting and bowling units,” Ireland batsman Andrew Balbirnie said after the itinerary was finalised.”As we saw here at home in the summer, Afghanistan is a quality side with some world class players, and will be a great challenge in their home’ conditions,” he added.(With IANS inputs)
Overall Best District JalandharThere are a number of fables about how Jalandhar got its name. One has it that it was named after a mythical demon king from the Mahabharata. Another claims that it was the capital of the kingdom of Lord Rama’s son, Luv. But the most plausible reason,Overall Best District JalandharThere are a number of fables about how Jalandhar got its name. One has it that it was named after a mythical demon king from the Mahabharata. Another claims that it was the capital of the kingdom of Lord Rama’s son, Luv. But the most plausible reason is that it gets its name from its location. Situated between two of Punjab’s major riversthe Sutlej and the Beasthe district is not just the approximate centre of present-day Punjab but is also the largest city in the state’s central region, Doaba, which also describes its location between the two rivers.The district, and particularly Jalandhar, has long been a centre of learning, with a number of reputed colleges and institutions of higher learning established here. Through the years, it has also been a major centre of publishing, with most leading vernacularHindi, Punjabi and Urdunewspapers setting up offices in the city. So, it wasn’t without reason that following Partition in 1947, Jalandhar was made the administrative headquarters of Punjab, from where most of the refugee relief programmes were run.Also, since Independence, the district has become a major industrial hub and a leader in leather goods, sports goods and hand tools. In fact, it’s called the sports capital of India’, with local manufacturers making an astonishing array of sophisticated sporting equipment of international standard.Besides having the best infrastructure in Punjab (see Best District for Infrastructure), Jalandhar also scores high in education, with steady, year-on-year improvement in school examination results. This is likely to improve further with the recent approval for 20 smart schools at a cost of Rs 1,833 crore. The district administration has signed an MoU worth Rs 126 crore with the Tata Group to establish a new skill development centre.advertisementJalandhar also does well in healthcare. In fact, it has reported among the lowest infant mortality rates (IMR) and maternal mortality rates (MMR) in the country. There are 21 state-run hospitals apart from some 186 private medical institutions here.And since May 2018, air travel to Jalandhar from Delhi has become a reality, with the launch of civilian passenger flights to Adampur, where a civilian terminal is now operational at the Indian Air Force base. Traffic has picked up, with flights registering an average occupancy of 90 per cent.Most improved District Pathankot Pathankot is embracing technology to help its citizens. (Photo: Sandeep Sahdev)Formed in 2011, Pathankot has progressed well. The district hospital was adjudged No. 1 in an inter-district evaluation in 2018. New initiatives, like door-to-door collection of garbage, sanitary napkin vending machines in schools, Make in Punjab’ helping local self-help groups showcase their products via a web-based app, are all doing well. An integrated beverage plant from PepsiCo will give 4,000 jobs to local youth.Most improved District (special category) FerozepurFerozepur is among 117 districts included in the Aspirational Districts Programme anchored by the Niti Aayog. In an evaluation done under the programme, Ferozepur ranked 43rd. It scored high in education (81.3) and basic infrastructure (88.2) and hit close to the halfway mark in health and nutrition and financial inclusion.The district is the first in Punjab to host an online portal for consumer disputes redressal and has also adopted Gujarat’s eMamta project that is used to track the health and immunisation status of mothers and their infant children. The administration has also computerised all the agricultural mandis in the district as well as individual details of over 150,000 beneficiaries of social security pension schemes. As for e-governance initiatives, the Suvidha Centre at the deputy commissioner’s office complex takes in an average 700 applications every working day.EDUCATIONBest District Rupnagar Photo: Sandeep SahdevRupnagar boasts a literacy rate of 87.3 per cent, significantly higher than the state average of 75.8 per cent. Efforts over the past few years have seen learning levels in schools climb from a dismal 35.9 per cent to 78.3 per cent. Deputy commissioner Sumeet Jarangal says the district was divided into 36 education clusters, which were monitored individually. The administration also worked to upgrade infrastructure, and 26 schools are now equipped with smart classrooms’ and another 135 will be added by March.Rupnagar also has an excellent road network, with a number of national highways connecting it to Himachal Pradesh. A largely rural district with just 26 per cent of its population in towns and cities, agriculture is the mainstay of the district’s economy.Most Improved District Amritsar The state’s flagship programme, Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab’, has been extended to Amritsar and the district has shown considerable improvement in its pass percentage for classes X and XII. It offers a host of choices to students seeking higher education in the fields of medical sciences, humanities and technical education. At 76.3 per cent, the literacy rate of the district is higher than many others.advertisementHEALTHBest District Hoshiarpur Hoshiarpur’s preventive and curative’ services via an established network of state-run medical institutions has been a boon for the people. The district health department has had some success in rolling out national and state health programmes. Its campaigns to counter vector-borne diseases, tuberculosis, blindness, leprosy and HIV have been effective.The district is prone to vector- and water-borne diseases but concerted efforts, supported by the public, have brought down incidence of these ailments by an impressive 60 per cent. The administration has been able to improve the sex ratio at birth (SRB) and raise the number of institutional deliveries to 96 per cent. A focus on the poorest of the poor has paid dividends.Most Improved District Gurdaspur Punjab’s third most populous district has 164 medical institutions in rural areas and 14 larger ones in urban areas. This is in addition to six urban and two rural specialised medical establishments. But Gurdaspur’s healthcare infrastructure isn’t without problems, including shortage of doctors and medical staff. There has been a push to conduct special camps and doorstep campaigns, like infant vaccinations and awareness campaigns for expectant mothers on the benefits of delivering babies in public hospitals.The district also has 52 ayurvedic, three Unani and six homeopathic medical establishments run by the state. Delivering quality healthcare in remote border areas has been a challenge, but efforts are on. nINFRASTRUCTUREBest District Jalandhar Jalandhar is only the second district to boast an airport, the Adampur civil airport. The six-laning of NH-1, NH-70 and NH-71 running though Jalandhar is near completion. The district has water supply schemes in almost all its villages and all arable land (about 23.6 million ha.) is irrigated. Urban renewal projects, including an integrated command and control centre, traffic decongestion and solar power in all state buildings, are on the anvil.Most Improved District FazilkaFazilka has picked up pace in infrastructure development in recent years. The missing railway line between Fazilka and Abohar towns was completed in 2012. All national and state highways passing through the district have been four-laned. Fazilka town has a brand new multi-discipline sports stadium and Punjab’s first multi-modal integrated bus terminus’. It also boasts a spanking new district courts complex and new police lines. A 100-bed cancer hospital is fast nearing completion. Social initiative Sanjha Chullah now runs 52 community kitchens for the poor.WATER AND SANITATIONBest District Barnala Like most of Punjab’s young districts, Barnala, formed in 2006, has done well. An essentially agricultural region, it has potable drinking water supply schemes in nearly all its 124 villages as well as 95 per cent of its urban centres. Irrigation, largely via tube wells, is available to its 260,000 arable hectares. The district has performed exceptionally well in implementing the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin, achieved with a community-led total sanitation approach.advertisementBesides camps to educate people, a novel government initiative was rolled out where households got help in constructing toilets-cum-baths. The efforts soon yielded success and Barnala was declared Punjab’s sixth open-defecation free (ODF) district last year. A 20 MLD sewerage treatment plant is also in the works.Most Improved District Mansa Mansa’s groundwater is severely brackish and unusable, so residents have to rely on whatever they can harvest from the scanty rainfall and canal water from the Sutlej river. Despite this, the district has performed exceedingly well in ensuring water supply and sanitation to its 110,584 rural and urban households.The administration has built 162 rural water supply schemes and, to ensure that everyone has access to clean drinking water, all 237 villages have been given RO (reverse osmosis) plants. More than half the households in the district have domestic water connections. A Rs 16.02 crore World Bank project is underway to build 12 new waterworks to bring potable water to 66 more villages. In terms of sanitation too, the district has performed very well16,635 of the targeted 17,628 household toilets have been built and are in use already.AGRICULTUREBest District Ludhiana Ludhiana is among the top two districts in wheat and paddy production, with farmers recording the highest productivity from their holdings. The district has some 72,000 operational farms. Punjab Agricultural University’s extensive programmes here like new agro technologies, alternative crops, kisan melas etc. have been the bedrock of Ludhiana’s success.Most Improved District Sas NagarSAS Nagar’s proximity to Chandigarh and other urban centres has spurred agricultural growth here. Farmers benefit from the round-the-year demand for vegetables and other fresh produce, including milk. Even the most marginal cultivators are able to bypass commission agents and earn profits by directly retailing produce at daily farmers’ markets in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar.The rising demand for organic producefruits, vegetables, grain and pulsesis also a boon. Several farmers have invested in polyhouses to grow non-seasonal and exotic vegetables.INDUSTRYBest District Fatehgarh Sahib A metal factory that supplies to the RailwaysThe district’s steel industry is on a revival path. Officials say some 300 sick units have reopened, aided by the government’s new industrial policy that offers tax incentives for both new investments and reviving sick units. The state industry department has signed agreements worth Rs 602 crore for the revival of 41 sick steel units. The revival of 300-plus steel units in Mandi Gobindgarh has given a fillip to factories making sewing machine parts, centrifugal pumps, bus and truck bodies and mining machinery.Most Improved District LudhianaLudhiana constitutes the oldest and biggest industrial hub of the state. Besides hosiery and textiles, the district has thousands of units serving as ancillaries to larger units manufacturing machine tools, cycles, sewing machines and auto parts.Among the world’s biggest bicycle manufacturing centres, Ludhiana is set to grow further with the recent announcement of a 300-acre Cycle Valley’ in the district. The district produces 60 per cent of all tractor parts in the country as well as a large portion of car and two-wheeler parts, including exports to auto majors like Mercedes and BMW. It also manufactures most of the sewing machines, hosiery machines and machine tools.The wide range of products manufactured includes agricultural implements, steel re-rolling machines, steel pipes, electric fans and motors, as well as highly precise surgical instruments. The spread also includes edible and industrial oils, leather tanneries and shoe and soap manufacturers.LAW AND ORDERBest and Most Improved District Pathankot Pathankot is generally a peaceful place except for the fact that it shares some 45 km of its border with Pakistan. It’s a tortuous boundary, with the Ravi river alternating in and out of Indian territory as many as six times, making surveillance very difficult. As a consequence, the Pathankot border has become a convenient infiltration point for terrorists. In fact, most terror attacks since 2015 are believed to have been carried out by terrorists who entered India through the Bamiyal sector in Pathankot.The heightened threat prompted a high-level security review and a series of new standard operating procedures (SOPs) was put in place to prevent such strikes in the future. Reports say there have been at least two infiltration attempts by Pakistan-backed terrorists in the past six months. Both were successfully dealt with.SERVICESBest District Kapurthala Seva Kendras have been very successfulKapurthala has done well in delivery of citizen-related services. It has 20 seva kendras under the e-district project, offering a host of servicesfrom birth and death registration to caste certificateswithin walking distance of people’s homes. Close monitoring by the district administration has ensured that the seva kendras are among the most efficient in the state. The centres successfully addressed 240,889 applications last year. District officials also held camps to make villagers aware of the facilities at these centres.There are also eight saanjh kendras attached to major police stations providing 43 services including character verification for passports, licence for weapons, loss of SIM cards and other verifications. The saanjh kendras disposed 85,262 applications in the past year. The district also boasts 20 colleges and 791 schools, including the iconic Sainik School at Jagatjit Palace, and 86 banks. nMost Improved District Sangrur Among Punjab’s oldest districts, Sangrur scores high in several sectors compared to the newer districts. State government data shows that Sangrur is No. 1 in timely delivery of services under the state’s e-district project. The 31 seva kendras in the district provide 279 government services, 89 of which can be availed both online and at the physical premises of the seva kendras. From August 2016 to January 18, 2019, the district administration successfully handled 98.5 per cent of the 386,855 applications that came before it. Periodic training and refresher courses for the seva kendra staff have also helped them speed up the new services rolled out through the centres.Besides delivering key services virtually at the doorstep in every village, Sangrur also scores well in higher education, with 17 state-run and trust-run colleges. The district also has 14 big and small hospitals and 50 bank branches.PROSPERITY Best District Sas NagarSAS Nagarcommonly known as Mohaliis a commercial hub close to the state capital and Union territory, Chandigarh. Conceived as an industrial township, the district is relatively more urban than the rest of the state. Mohali has come to be known as the Silicon Valley of the region because of the concentration of several IT units and many others manufacturing electronic goods.There are more than a dozen large and medium, and 55 small-scale electronic units producing television sets, transformers, electronic sockets, mini computers, electronic telecom equipment, dish antenne and computer peripherals. Many major pharma companies have also set up units here. The infrastructure has led to several units being set up to produce industrial items, food and beverages, textiles, chemicals and chemical products.The concentration of large and medium industrial units collectively represent an investment of more than Rs 1,000 crore, providing jobs to 18,000 workers. The presence of big companies like Mahindra & Mahindra, Godrej, Punjab Communications Ltd and Phillips has triggered the establishment of scores of ancillary units.In the small-scale sector, SAS Nagar has more than 1,300 units employing over 25,000 workers. These units manufacture a wide range of products, including railway components, automobile and tractor parts, sanitary fittings, furniture items, PVC pipes, chemicals, corrugated boxes, rubber and silicon material, precision parts, among other things.Of late, the district has emerged as a hub for higher education with the opening of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) and a branch of the Indian School of Business (ISB).Most Improved District Tarn TaranTarn Taran earned notoriety in the 1980s and early 1990s as the undeclared capital of Khalistan’. By the mid-2000s, the district had earned bigger infamy as one of the worst affected by drug abuse. But there’s been a turnaround with a crackdown on drug abuse and cheating in school exams. The administration has been involving the mothers of students to rid the district schools of the education mafia involving private coaching academies and touts.An essentially rural and agricultural area, Tarn Taran has upped its per capita income from Rs 52,294 in 2008-09 to Rs 89,894 now, given the average land holding here of 3.2 hectares. What is working is the opening of industries, including the 550 MW GVK thermal power station, sugar mill and distillery by Rana Sugars, an array of rice mills and other industries that have come up taking advantage of the incentives for border districts. Tarn Taran is also in the top 10 districts of the country in the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative of the Centre.
Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar looks up to former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he believes the wicketkeeper has done a lot for the team.”For someone like me, I try and learn from watching each and every player we have in our team because everyone has done something in the past and they have won matches for the team especially Dhoni, who has done a lot for the team. I definitely look upto him,” Shankar told reporters after India lost the three-match T20I series 1-2 against New Zealand on Sunday.India had levelled the series in the second match but the touring side fell short by four runs in the series-decider match at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.Shankar, who injected some momentum with Rohit Sharma for India during the run-chase, top-scored with his 43 off 28 balls.”Every tour, every game is very important for me. In the matches that I have played in so far, I think I have reasonably done quite well but I could have done a lot better. It is a great learning for me. I am just looking to get better everyday,” he said.”The most important thing for us is to be really consistent and adapt ourselves to different conditions and keep performing. I think this is the only thing which can keep pushing us. T20 is such a format where we need to be flexible, as batsman we need to know the situation and be aware of what is happening around. I look to be flexible and give my best to my team,” Shankar said.advertisementIndia will next play home series against Australia. The series will comprise two T20Is followed by five-match ODIs, beginning February 24.Also Read | MS Dhoni falls for 2 in 300th T20 match as India lose narrowly to New ZealandAlso Read | Lightning quick MS Dhoni stumps Tim Seifert in less than a secondAlso Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feet
Nick Kyrgios overcame a bout of nausea, a stiff back and saved three match points on the way to stunning top seed Rafael Nadal 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(6) in the second round of the Acapulco International in Mexico on Wednesday.The Australian fell to the floor in celebration after clinching the victory, before sticking a finger behind his ear and asking the raucous crowd to cheer louder.Spaniard Nadal, who has won the tournament twice, took only one of his 10 break point chances and failed to put the match away despite leading 6-3 in the final set tiebreak before Kyrgios reeled off five straight points.World number 72 Kyrgios improved his career record against Nadal to 3-3.After dropping the first set, Kyrgios called for the trainer and said that he felt sick but would play on as he feared the media would “blow it up”.He returned to the court for the second set and immediately looked a different player.At one stage a frustrated Nadal called for the crowd to quieten down, a request that received backing from Kyrgios, who screamed “shut up” together with an expletive, an outburst that brought him a warning from the umpire.After calling for the trainer again between the second and third sets due to a sore back, Kyrgios then saved five break points in the sixth game of the final set.He got out of jail again in the deciding tiebreak, particularly on the second match point when his volley caught the tape but toppled over and landed on the line.advertisementNext up for Kyrgios is Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who defeated American Steve Johnson 7-6(5) 6-4.Also on Wednesday, Mackenzie McDonald continued his recent strong form with a 6-7(7) 7-5 6-3 upset of fellow American Frances Tiafoe.McDonald last week made it to the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open, where he lost to eventual champion Radu Albot.Third seed Isner posted the 400th win of his career, 6-4 6-4 over fellow American Sam Querrey.Also Watch:
After suffering a shock defeat against Sri Lanka, England will look to return to winning ways and take one step closer towards the semi-finals when they face arch-rivals Australia in their crucial World Cup game at the iconic Lord’s on Tuesday.With four wins from six games, England are currently at the fourth spot in the points table. The hosts, who came into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, are in a bit of a tight situation as they need to win at least two of their remaining three games to enter the last four.However, it would not be an easy task for them, especially considering they have to face India and New Zealand after their Australia game. England’s record against all the three teams is not great as they have not been able to register a single World Cup win against Australia, India and New Zealand in the last 27 years.Thus, the pressure will surely be on Eoin Morgan and team to come out with a fearless brand of cricket which they have playing in the last two years. To add to their woes is the unavailability of Jason Roy, who has been sidelined due to hamstring injury.Australia, on the other hand, have been quite formidable in their performances so far. They have won five out of their six games and are currently placed at the second position in the points table. The batsmen, especially their openers, have been in top form and have scored runs in bulk. Their bowlers, led by Mitchell Starc, have been able to pick wickets at crucial junctures of the games.advertisementWhat TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia be played?The World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia will be played at the Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Tuesday, June 25.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match England vs Australia?England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan LyonAlso See:
Roger Federer delivered another vintage Centre Court performance to reach a record-extending 17th Wimbledon quarterfinal.Federer ousted 17th-seeded Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in a match that only lasted 1 hour, 14 minutes.The eight-time Wimbledon champion lost only one point on his serve in the first set and didn’t face a break point until he was up 3-0 in the third. He saved that one and went on to serve out the match at love.The 37-year-old Federer became the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Jimmy Connors did it at 39 at the 1991 U.S. Open.Four-time champion Novak Djokovic is into the Wimbledon quarterfinals again after beating Ugo Humbert in straight sets.Djokovic took advantage of 34 unforced errors to win 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on No. 1 Court and set up a meeting with David Goffin.Djokovic, who beat Kevin Anderson in last year’s final, reached his 11th Wimbledon quarterfinal. That puts him level with Boris Becker in fourth place on the all-time list. Roger Federer was trying to reach a record-extending 17th later.Goffin beat Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.Sam Querrey also advanced after winning an all-American matchup against Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).Coco Gauff’s unexpected but remarkable run at Wimbledon came to an end.The 15-year-old American, who became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon’s main draw in the professional era, lost to former No. 1 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round..Gauff knocked out five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, and then saved two match points in the third round to reach the second week of a Grand Slam tournament in her debut.advertisementPlaying on No. 1 Court, the second biggest stadium at the All England Club, Gauff had plenty of support from the crowd. But Halep, the 2018 French Open champion and a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2014, had the better shots. She broke Gauff five times and took advantage of 29 unforced errors.Gauff did manage to save two more match points when serving at 5-2, but Halep won the next game to reach the quarterfinals.Johanna Konta reached her second Wimbledon quarterfinal by coming from a set down to knock out two-time champion Petra Kvitova.Konta, the only British player left in the tournament, won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Centre Court. Konta missed two match points at 5-2 in the decider but served it out on her next opportunity when Kvitova sent a shot long.Kvitova hit 40 winners to Konta’s 22, but also had 34 unforced errors compared to 21.In 2017, Konta became the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1978 to reach the semifinals at the All England Club but she lost in the second round last year.Konta also came from a set down to beat Sloane Stephens in the third round. She will next face Barbora Strycova.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams crushes Carla Navarro to reach quarters, Rafael Nadal thrashes Joao SousaAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty’s run ends, Alison Riske reaches quarterfinalsAlso See
South African Akani Simbine pulled off something of a surprise in the London Diamond League 100 metres on Saturday, holding off local hope Zharnel Hughes and former world champion Yohan Blake to come home in 9.93 seconds.Hughes had clocked an impressive 9.96 in the heats, despite easing up and running into a slight headwind but after an early stumble he was always trailing in the final, posting 9.95.Blake, the joint-second fastest man of all time with his 9.69 set in 2012, is getting back towards his best and continued his good season with third in 9.97 as the top five all broke 10 seconds.Simbini has been knocking at the door for a few years, with fifth places in the Olympics and world championships and gold at the Commonwealth Games and African championships and now looks equipped to challenge the best of the United States at this year’s worlds in Doha in September.”I’m really happy with the time. I came here to make sure I got the win to build confidence and I came away with a season’s best,” he said.”It’s about getting through the races and winning them so by the time I get to world champs and I’m facing the rest of the world I’ll be ready and the confidence will be there and I’ll be able to believe in the work I’ve done.”Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was a convincing winner of the women’s 200m in 22.13, holding off fast-finishing Marie-Josee Ta Lou (22.36) and Britain’s Beth Dobbin, who was delighted with a personal best of 22.50 having had to miss the race a year ago to work.advertisementThere was more to cheer for home fans as Laura Muir delivered a dominant front-running display and a blistering last lap to win the 1500m in 3:58.25. “That’s probably close to my 400m PB,” the Scot said of the 57.54 burn up.Jamaica’s Danielle Williams fired out the fastest time of the year in winning the 100m hurdles in 12.32 – a shade behind the world record set by American Kendra Harrision in the same meeting three years ago.Also Read | Hima Das wins 5th gold of the month after successful return to 400m
The Plymouth County Fairgrounds are the host site this week for the 41st annual National Traditional Country Music Association’s convention.The music festival’s coordinator, Robert Everhart, says old time country and gospel music is being performed from morning into the nighttime in Le Mars:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………every day. ;06Everhart says the annual traditional country music festival attracts fans and performers from around the globe:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..from Newfoundland. :16The music festival coordinator says the traditional old country music sound carries a common theme with gospel music:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..church without walls. :12The festival continues through Sunday in Le Mars.
AUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT A HOUSE FIRE AT 417 ROSS STREET EARLY LAST TUESDAY WAS DELIBERATELY SET.SIOUX CITY FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AS A CRIMINAL ACT.THE TWO-STORY, SINGLE FAMILY HOME WAS VACANT AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE.ALL THAT WAS INSIDE WERE SOME TOOLS, AS THE OWNERS WERE IN THE PROCESS OF FIXING UP THE RENTAL PROPERTY.THE HOME HAS BEEN RED-TAGGED BY CITY OFFICIALS.NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE YET REGARDING THIS CASE.ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE FIRE ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 279-6440.
Mercy Medical Center will have a new look and name going forward.Mercy Health Network officially changed its name Friday and unveiled a new brand to be known as MercyOne.Beth Hughes is C-E-O of Sioux City’s MercyOne:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MERCY1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..care of our patients. ;26MercyOne has 18 owned and joint venture medical centers and hospitals, as well as more than 420 clinics and related care facilities employing over 20,000 workers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MERCY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the state. :11Previously, the system’s facilities were represented by dozens of different brand names and logos.
An Iowa House committee will not advance a bill about the crime of fetal homicide that defines personhood as starting at conception.It means the bill is tabled for the remainder of the 2019 legislative session and not eligible for debate.The bill, which passed the Iowa Senate last week, would have increased the criminal penalty for a person who “causes the death of an unborn person” without consent from the mother.Republican House judiciary Chairman Steven Holt of Denison says with a Friday deadline looming for a committee vote on the bill, House members didn’t have enough time to get answers to all their questions.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/HOLT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….term ‘unborn person. :10Holt supports the bill and he says lawmakers may consider it next year.Opponents say the proposal could provide the path to a ban on abortion.………………..
N’Golo Kanté Kante ruled out of France’s final World Cup qualifier with thigh injury Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 18:44 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images France France v Belarus Crystal Palace v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League WC Qualification Europe Didier Deschamps is unsure over the extent of the Chelsea midfielder’s injury but ruled him out of Tuesday’s game against Belarus N’Golo Kante will miss France’s final World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Tuesday after sustaining a thigh injury.The Chelsea midfielder was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 win in Bulgaria with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.Italy 11/2 to beat Albania 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Head coach Didier Deschamps is unsure of the severity of the injury but will certainly not risk him at Stade de France.”No, I can’t count on him for the next game,” he told a news conference. “When you go out with a muscular issue… it’s something behind his thigh.”France went ahead with just three minutes gone through Blaise Matuidi but struggled to assert their dominance after Kante’s departure and Deschamps felt the balance in the side was damaged when the 26-year-old limped off.”N’Golo had a crucial part to play, obviously,” he said. “After N’Golo’s injury, Adrien Rabiot came on in the same role, maybe not with the same quality as N’Golo.”N’Golo’s injury perhaps disturbed us. It’s not something against Adrien, but just the fact that we found ourselves short of strikers after N’Golo came off.”The news is a concern for Chelsea ahead of a packed run of fixtures throughout October.The Premier League champions travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday before resuming their Champions League campaign with a home game against Roma next week.Antonio Conte’s side then play three more matches in the space of a week, against Watford and Bournemouth in the league and Everton in the EFL Cup.Striker Alvaro Morata is also nursing a hamstring injury and midfielder Danny Drinkwater has yet to make his first appearance since signing from Leicester City due to a calf problem.
Netherlands Netherlands join England, Germany and Spain in top Nations League division Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 18:49 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Netherlands England Sweden WC Qualification Europe France Germany Spain Iceland and Croatia will also join Europe’s biggest footballing countries in the top division of UEFA’s new international competition England, France, Germany and Spain are among the 12 teams confirmed as participants in the top division of the new UEFA Nations League competition.France 11/2 to win WCPortugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland and Croatia are also in League A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The inclusion of Netherlands, who make the cut despite failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and the upcoming World Cup, may come as a surprise, the line-ups having been decided according to teams’ position in the UEFA coefficient rankings as of October 11.League B contains Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, the Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey.Scotland, Norway, Greece and Serbia are among 15 countries in League C, while the 16-team League D includes minnows like Liechtenstein, San Marino and Gibraltar, along with sides such as Belarus and Macedonia. League Teams A Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands B Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey C Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania D Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar Each league will see the teams split into separate groups, with Leagues A and B splitting into four groups of three teams.At the end of the first Nations League, teams will be promoted and relegated from each division.Winners will be crowed at the Nations League finals in June 2019, while there is also a route to Euro 2020 available for the top-ranked teams in each of the four leagues who do not qualify for the competition through the regular qualifying groups.The draw for specific groups in the Nations League, which will largely replace international friendlies, will be made on January 24, with the first games taking place next September.
MLS Media Microscope: MLS TV ratings experience slight uptick in 2017 Seth Vertelney 00:55 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Carchietta MLS In an industry that is struggling to retain viewers, the league is encouraged by its growth in recent seasons Major League Soccer’s television ratings still don’t exactly leap off the page.In comparison with North America’s other four major professional sports leagues, MLS lags far behind the NFL, MLB and the NBA in average viewership, and trails the NHL by a more modest amount.But while MLS is lacking in terms of raw figures, it does have one accomplishment in recent season to hang its hat on: growth. 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 In an industry that’s rapidly hemorrhaging viewers from broadcast to digital platforms – or sometimes just losing them entirely, MLS saw its overall TV ratings increase, if only modestly, in the 2017 season.Here’s a look at the numbers for the 2017 MLS regular season on the league’s three U.S. television partners:ESPN: Viewership on ESPN and ESPN2 combined was slightly down in 2017. MLS matches on ESPN and ESPN2 averaged 272,000 viewers in 2017, compared to 274,000 in 2016.Fox: Fox and Fox Sports 1 combined to average a five percent increase in viewership in 2017 (236,000 average viewers in 2017 versus 224,000 in 2016).Univision: The league’s Spanish-language partner showed a five percent growth on numbers from matches on Univision and UniMas combined (265,000 in 2017 versus 252,000 in 2016).Overall, the 2017 MLS regular season delivered 26.3 million gross viewers across all U.S. networks, up four percent versus 2016.Again, these numbers in and of themselves are nothing to write home about. But MLS is a unique case in the professional sports TV landscape, with many other North American leagues losing viewers year-over-year.The NHL, which is the major North American league closest to MLS in terms of viewership, averaged 467,000 viewers across NBC and NBCSN last season. That figure is roughly double what MLS games bring in, but it was also down seven percent from the previous season.The NHL isn’t the only league to see a decline in its viewership. The NBA experienced a similar drop last season, and the NFL continues to make headlines with its TV numbers dropping over the last two seasons after a decade of seemingly unstoppable increases. “We have year-over-year growth. That’s not a story that everyone in the industry is able to tell right now,” MLS senior vice president of media Seth Bacon told Goal.“[TV numbers going] up in this day and age is something that we’re very proud of and very bullish on because we’ve done a lot of work with our partners internally at the league to make sure that every year we have the story of continued growth.”That growth can be attributed to any number of factors, but a major reason overall MLS TV ratings have increased every year since 2014 is that matches are simply available to more people now than ever before.For example, in 2015 there were just eight MLS matches broadcast on ESPN, with 26 games on the less-distributed ESPN2. In 2016 and 2017, though, those numbers flipped, with a large majority of ESPN’s MLS matches now broadcast on its flagship network.Last season, Fox began showing games on its broadcast network for the first time, with four matches on over-the-air Fox. That trend continued with five matches in 2017 and will likely carry over to 2018 as well.And Univision broadcasted six matches on its over-the-air channel in 2017, when it had only featured games on its cable networks in recent seasons.Shifting matches to channels with higher distribution has been key for MLS in recent seasons, and Bacon, who joined the league in 2014, has been given credit for helping get broadcast partners on board with this change.“We’re continuing to be very smart and data-driven with how we build our schedule,” Bacon said. “Making sure that we’re looking at the right lead-in opportunities, the right programming windows, the right marketing opportunities, where the right audiences will be.”There have been some successes in recent seasons, but how will MLS ensure its numbers continue to grow in 2018?It’s a World Cup year, which has the potential to bring huge viewership totals if MLS can utilize its Fox partnership to schedule World Cup-MLS doubleheaders.“There will be more Fox broadcast events next year, and we’re hoping to take advantage of some World Cup lead-ins,” Bacon said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for us to schedule in a very smart way and that will hopefully continue to build the audience.”Of course, there is one big caveat for MLS next summer: For the first time since the league existed, the U.S. won’t be at the World Cup.Recent World Cups have provided a boost for MLS, but will the absence of the U.S. stifle that potential growth next summer? Bacon remains optimistic.“The World Cup is the most relevant soccer tournament in the world, we know it’s going to be a huge event,” Bacon said.“Onward for us and we think it’s going to be a great year because more people are going to be talking about the sport of soccer in the United States and Canada.”
Real Madrid Real Madrid notch largest European away win in 39 years Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:13 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League APOEL v Real Madrid APOEL Zinedine Zidane’s men made easy work of APOEL on Tuesday, led by Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid’s 6-0 victory at APOEL on Tuesday night was their largest away win in the Champions League/European Cup since 1978.Zinedine Zidane’s men steamrolled the Cypriot side behind doubles from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, clinching a berth in the Champions League round of 16. Dabblebet’s CL odds here 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 The win marked the largest European margin of victory away since the Blancos defeated Luxembourg side Progres Niedercorn 7-0 in September 1978.6+ – Real Madrid have registered their biggest away win in Champions League/European Cup since September 1978 (7-0 vs Progrès Niedercorn). Steamroller. pic.twitter.com/OkHHEKjUys— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 21, 2017The two-time defending Champions League winners will have to settle for second place in their group, however, with Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund securing top spot in Group H.
Hirving Lozano Lozano showing superstar potential for high-flying PSV Peter McVitie Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty PSV Excelsior v PSV Excelsior Eredivisie Opinion The 22-year-old has made an immediate impact in Netherlands for a side sitting clear at the top of the Eredivisie PSV knew they were getting something special when they lured Hirving Lozano to Eindhoven, but no one expected such an electrifying start from the 22-year-old.Even those who had witnessed Mexico’s most promising attacker blossom in his homeland with Pachuca were shocked.PSV -1 4/5 v Excelsior 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 “He has been extraordinary, even above the expectations we had,” his former side’s sporting director, Marco Garces, told Marca this month. “We always knew that Hirving was a great player, he had everything to prove it in Europe, but the scoring ability that he has shown is above what he showed here. It fills us with pride.”After knocking back Manchester City to secure immediate first-team football in his first voyage to Europe, the winger quickly emerged as the Eredivisie’s star player and has been nominated for the CONCACAF Player of the Year award after finishing runner-up last time.It took just eight league matches for him to reach a tally of nine goals and three assists and Dutch pundits are already caught up in the excitement of speculating the price a superpower will have to pay to get him after just one season. TV show Studio Voetbal started the estimates at €70 million.Man City are said to still be interested, and Arsenal have reportedly highlighted him as a potential successor to Alexis Sanchez.Just a few months into his six-year contract, however, Lozano has settled with his family in Netherlands and is just getting started with a team that has taken a surprise hold of first place in the Dutch top flight.Phillip Cocu’s side have collected 33 points from 12 matches, scoring an incredible 38 goals, and Lozano has been a big inspiration.His pace, skill and directness make him a devastating threat, but his neat passes make him useful in building quick attacks and opening chances for others.”Making and creating something, that is of course his greatest quality,” Cocu said in October. “He is still a young player and busy learning all facets of European football.“It’s great to work with him and he has so much quality that he can make a difference.”As Lozano shines amid a flourishing attack, PSV have emerged as a favourite for the Eredivisie title.After last season’s third-place finish, some big summer departures and an early elimination from Europe, a tough campaign was expected for Cocu’s team.Instead, they are on form reminiscent of the Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnadum-led side that lifted the crown in 2014-15 and again have an attack that is proving difficult to contain for Dutch defences.They are eight points clear of main rivals Ajax and 14 ahead of reigning champions Feyenoord, who have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions.A 2-0 loss at Heerenveen in week four has been the only negative for them, but they recovered with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord. A 7-1 trouncing of Utrecht followed and they scored at least three in each of the next five before scraping to last week’s victory at fourth-placed PEC Zwolle.Not focused on dominating possession, instead, quick, fluid attacks are central to PSV and they have the right attackers to make it work.Joint-top of the Eredivisie goal chart with Lozano, Jurgen Locadia is again a vital player after falling in and out of the team in recent years and a lengthy injury spell last term. The PSV academy graduate is dangerous as he lingers in the box, and although he is capable of fabulous goals, his tendency to shoot from distance is frustratingly wasteful.On his third loan spell at the Philips Stadion, Marco van Ginkel has been vital for their attack. The midfielder steams towards opponents’ boxes and picks out team-mates while continuing to chip in with goals – already netting seven this term.Uruguayan attacker Gaston Pereiro and Steven Bergwijn are key in supplying chances to Locadia and Lozano, while Luuk de Jong has become useful again despite his ongoing struggles in front of goal as he helps link the attack together.Their record of 13 goals conceded is a good one at this stage, and Cocu has settled on his ideal back four, while Jorrit Hendrix is impressing at the base of the midfield, but teams like Heerenveen, Feyenoord and PEC have been able to put them under pressure.PSV can be exploited, but Feyenoord showed clear defensive weaknesses last term and stayed top of the table all season.Issues await Cocu’s side, however, as a few injuries will force him to call upon talented but untested youngsters that may struggle to click with their fast attacks.A few slip ups will prove costly as Ajax are showing signs of stabilising after some early wobbles under Marcel Keizer. Like PSV, they are already out of Europe and have a strong enough squad to build on last week’s 8-0 win over NAC Breda. Last year’s Eredivisie and Europa League runners-up need to get either Kasper Dolberg or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar firing regularly up front and improve their pressing, but they will likely pull closer to the frontrunners soon.PSV still have a lot to prove in their bid for the Eredivisie title as they await Ajax to push them further, but with Lozano, Locadia and Co. impressing, they are showing real credentials a third of the way into the campaign.
Primera División One-club man! Messi’s contract finally banishes Barcelona’s Neymar demons Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:33 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(25) Getty Images Primera División Valencia v Barcelona Valencia Barcelona Opinion The Argentine is staying at Barcelona until 2021 after the official photograph was finally taken on Saturday, marking a happy ending to a tough year There is only one crisis in Catalunya now. While the political situation in the region remains tense after the declaration of independence from Spain, FC Barcelona’s problems appear to be in the past. And Lionel Messi’s new contract has rounded off what has been a great second half of 2017 for the Blaugrana.There was doom and gloom when Barca missed out on La Liga to Real Madrid last season and saw their Champions League hopes ended with a second successive quarter-final exit as Luis Enrique left the club.Messi hat-trick 13/2 v Valencia 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 And that was only the start. In a turbulent transfer window, Barca not only failed to bring in top target Marco Verratti, but also lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a move that shocked the football world.Then came the Supercopa series against Madrid in August and a 5-1 aggregate defeat made Gerard Pique admit: “For the first time in my time here, they are superior.” And after the 2-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu, a bombshell: Messi’s signature was still missing from the contract agreement Barca had announced amid much fanfare in July.President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who survived a censure motion (or vote of no confidence) brought forward by former candidate Agusti Benedito in September, tried to reassure fans that everything was in order and said the official photo would be taken as soon as the opportunity arose.Weeks went by, however, and there was still no news. And despite the constant claims from the Blaugrana that the deal was done, supporters were worried that Messi could walk away for free in 2018 (when his previous agreement was due to expire) and start negotiations with interested clubs in January.On the pitch, meanwhile, Ernesto Valverde has set about building a Barca team very much in his image, with Messi at the forefront. Somewhat against the odds, the Catalan club lead La Liga handsomely after 12 matches, having won 11 matches and drawn the other, and top their group in the Champions League.Not only are they unbeaten, but Barca have conceded only five times all season – the same amount they had let in over two games against Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa. And Messi has led from the front, with 16 goals from 19 games and 12 from 12 in La Liga.The Argentine picked up the Golden Shoe award on Friday for finishing as Europe’s leading goalscorer in 2016-17, with no questions about his contract allowed by the event organisers.But on Saturday, Barca confirmed (again) that it is all agreed and, this time, signed as well. “FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentine superstar at the club through the 2020-21 season,” the Blaugrana said in a statement.His release clause rises to a whopping €700 million, meaning he is now set to see out the rest of his career at Camp Nou after winning 30 trophies and scoring 523 goals in his 14 seasons. Bartomeu wrote on Twitter: “We are in luck with the Barca players. We continue to enjoy the best player in the history of football.”And Messi said: “I’m happy to stay linked to the club. I always said this was my home and I’m happy to continue here.”After a few difficult months in the middle of the year, everything is rosy again now at Barcelona and Messi’s renewal is the best possible end to a successful second part of the year for the Catalan club. Now, the fans will hope he can help them to triumph again both at home and in Europe.
A harrowing home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday left Chelsea eight points adrift of the Champions League qualification places with seven matches to play. Although the meagre consolation of the Europa League awaits, next season would be the second in three spent outside Europe’s premier club competition. So what could be the ramifications?Finances will take a hitFailure to qualify for the Champions League will affect income, even with the sums generated through Premier League media rights. The club’s most recent financial figures, covering a 2016-17 campaign spent out of Europe altogether, serve as a gauge. They show revenues rose by £32m, yet that was less than half the increase recorded by Manchester United (£82m), Arsenal (£72m) and Manchester City (£66m), who were competing in the Champions League. Match-day incomes fell 6% to £66m and, although the Europa League awaits, those games will not attract the same glitz, glamour or gates. A club who made £193m between 2012 and 2017 from playing in Europe will inevitably suffer another downturn. Share via Email Pochettino used to bow to Chelsea but now Tottenham dictate the terms Listen Share on WhatsApp There will be an impact on retaining key players and the current staffChelsea retained their best players after the trauma of 2015-16 but, two years down the line, concerns centre on their Belgians. Thibaut Courtois enters the last 12 months of his contract in July and, although talks are scheduled to resume in the summer, a goalkeeper consistently linked with a return to Spain may not be quite as keen to re-sign if the immediate future comes without the perk of Champions League football. Eden Hazard’s deal does not expire until 2020, with Chelsea apparently willing to offer him the most lucrative terms in their history, but he seems intent on waiting to see if Real Madrid’s long-standing interest crystallises into a firm offer.Squad strengthening may be harderChelsea thrived in the summer of 2016, prising N’Golo Kanté from Leicester, with David Luiz and Marcos Alonso also added, so they have strengthened without the Champions League factor in the recent past. Theirs is a relatively young setup and hardly in need of a radical overhaul, which is just as well because recruitment would be a challenge. They have spent relatively heavily in recent windows, for all Conte’s complaints, albeit with money recouped for players such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic. The problem has arguably been the reluctance to secure stellar arrivals – Conte was after established pedigree – and the size of the revamp instigated in each window, with so many ins and outs. The senior squad hardly feels significantly deeper than it did two years ago. This will be a shorter summer window, crammed largely into the post‑World Cup period, which will bring its own complications to be confronted at present without a technical director. Marina Granovskaia has held informal talks with prospective candidates to replace Michael Emenalo but the club do not appear certain quite what the role will entail. Whether that lack of clarity proves a hindrance remains to be seen. Share on Pinterest Antonio Conte Chelsea Topics Spurs end Stamford Bridge curse as Manchester City close on title – Football Weekly Read more features Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Champions League Share on Messenger More pertinently perhaps, so will the club’s reputationIn October Chelsea’s commercial director, Chris Townsend, targeted doubling revenues to more than £650m over the next seven to 10 years “to be a top-four or -five club in Europe [by revenues], rather than ranked eighth”. The aim was to increase the number of sponsors from 12 to between 30 and 35 premium brands, plans considered highly ambitious in a market where clubs such as Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boast a significant head start. It would, according to Townsend, “allow Chelsea to invest more in players”. Yet will prospective sponsors find Chelsea as attractive without the Champions League? At a time when Roman Abramovich is hoping to push through a £1bn redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, a scheme likely to require significant outside investment, the suspicion that Chelsea have regressed into a club who flit in and out of Europe’s elite competition would be damaging.Will the pursuit of a new head coach be affected?The chances of Antonio Conte remaining next season were remote even if the team achieved a top‑four finish, given his relationship with the hierarchy has long since fractured beyond repair. The Italian was plucked from his national association by a club apparently on their knees but the worry remains that the recruitment of an elite successor may be hampered without Champions League football. Certainly any faint hopes of luring Mauricio Pochettino across the capital would have to be abandoned. Luis Enrique might not be overly concerned at life outside the European elite in the short term but his contract at the Camp Nou in his previous position is understood to have been worth far more than Conte’s £9.5m a season. Thomas Tuchel is apparently not under consideration, though other young coaches may come into the hierarchy’s thinking. A club who go through two-season managerial cycles may have to sell a long-term project to prospective candidates. Share on Facebook Reuse this content
Wimbledon 2018 Serena Williams into Wimbledon final to set up chance of 24th major title Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Reuse this content features Tennis Pinterest John Isner celebrates winning his quarter-final against Milos Raonic. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Share on Messenger Read more Share on LinkedIn John Isner will play no-Trumps but a lot of aces in his first Wimbledon semi-final on Friday as, despite a cheeky invitation this week from the flagpole-tall American, the president and the first lady will be having afternoon tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle at about the time Big John puts his umpteenth free point past Kevin Anderson.Isner, at 33 and 6ft 8in, has played the most consistent tennis of his life over the first 10 days of this tournament and declared after beating Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday: “It’s by far the best grand slam I’ve ever played in my career, and I’ve been playing for 11 years. From my very first practice … I knew I was in a good spot. Physically I’ve felt awesome.” Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Wimbledon Rafael Nadal Not only has he cracked 161 aces, more than anyone else and 48 ahead of Anderson, who is no slouch with ball in hand, but he has topped the tournament table for accuracy, landing 405 of 535 first serves in the box, conceded only seven break points and saved them all, way above the average of 64%, and has won all his 95 service games. That is scarily good, especially with the ball arriving at the other end at up to 144mph.While Trump would have been a distraction in the royal box – especially if the wind were to cut through his hair spray – the 15,000 sunbathers on Centre Court instead have a double bill of Isner and Anderson at 1pm, followed by the main course, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.It is fair to say the first semi-final will feature less subtlety than the second. Neither Isner nor the 6ft 8in South African (who lives in Florida with his American wife and has applied for dual citizenship) will go gently. Anderson has served pretty well, too, though not with quite the non-stop intensity of his friend and rival.They played each other at college – still the main nursery for professional tennis in the United States – and have met 11 times on the Tour. Isner leads their head-to-head record 8-3, including their only match on grass, at Queen’s eight years ago, but most of those have been close.Anderson comes to the final Friday with the biggest possible boost after coming from two sets and match-point down to beat the eight-times champion, Roger Federer, in a heart-stopping match on No 1 Court, the Swiss’s first visit there since 2015. He will probably not want to go back.Isner and his wife are expecting their first child in September and he says: “There’s a lot of very cool things going on right now, life-changing things.” He said the only time he has played on Centre Court was during the London Olympics, and admitted: “I have no clue what that court looks like. I played Roger in 2012. I can’t really remember it.” He lost in straight sets – with a tie-break, of course.But, for all that Isner is on a high, literally and figuratively, Anderson’s win over Federer could be the key to this match. It has dramatically boosted the sometimes fragile self-belief of one of the game’s most amenable souls. It will be close – and tough on the backboards.Nadal is similarly battle-hardened after outlasting Juan Martín del Potro in the best match of the men’s draw so far, a judgment handed down from the BBC commentary box by Andy Murray.After smoothly slicing through his first four matches the five-set struggle over four hours and 47 minutes, the longest of the tournament, was probably Nadal’s perfect preparation for Djokovic, who will test his stamina and movement in entirely different ways, with swift changes of direction rather than raw power and, if it is singing, his serve. Share on Twitter Novak Djokovic It will be their 52nd meeting and, as Nadal reminded everyone, nobody in the game has such a rivalry. Djokovic leads by the single victory.“It’s always a big challenge to face Novak,” Nadal said (probably for the 51st time). “He is one of the more complex players that I’ve ever seen in our sport.”He is that – in more ways than one. Djokovic has had the air of a troubled man for most of this tournament and has been reluctant to talk about his serial flare-ups on court, against officials, fans, his box and himself.But, as he said after bawling and bashing his way past Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, he can use that psychological energy to find an edge – yet it did not sound wholly convincing. It is true he is most dangerous when fired up but there are better ways to do that than screaming at the chair umpire or his team.Still, he has played some superb tennis this fortnight. Murray said the other day it would not surprise him if Djokovic went on to win his fourth singles title here. And he could be right. Share on Pinterest Facebook Topics Share on Facebook
Topics Share on Messenger This has been Liverpool’s most successful Premier League campaign, but it could easily not have been. According to expected points — a metric that estimates how many points a team should have earned from each game — Jürgen Klopp’s men have collected 12.6 more points than was expected from them, more than any other team this season. Datablog As if football fans needed any more drama this week, Liverpool and Manchester City will battle it out for Premier League glory on Sunday. It will be the ninth time the title has been decided on the season’s final day since the Premier League’s inception in 1992-93. City were involved in the closest finish to date in 2012, claiming their first title after two stoppage-time goals meant they pipped Manchester United on goal difference. United’s 89 points, would have been enough to secure the title in 14 other seasons.Further history will be made on Sunday: never before has a team recorded 90 points or more in the Premier League and not been crowned champions. It’s more common elsewhere in Europe – Barcelona and Real Madrid have finished second in La Liga with at least 90 points a combined seven times since 1993, and Napoli finished behind Juventus last season despite reaching 91 points. Liverpool’s sensational comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League this week showed how strong they have been at Anfield this season. A win against Wolves will extend their home unbeaten streak in the league to 40 games. Only Chelsea have a longer streak – 86 games between 2004 and 2008. City, though, have been even better. They will finish this season with the most points at home. Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Share on Twitter Liverpool and City have been embroiled in a thrilling race for most of the season, one that will remind fans on Merseyside of the last time they came this close to winning the title. With just three games left in the 2013-14 season, Liverpool held a five-point lead at the top of the table. But a Steven Gerrard slip against Chelsea and then a three-goal collapse against Crystal Palace allowed City to beat them at the last.Liverpool were reeled in this season during a six-game stretch between January and March, in which Jürgen Klopp’s side dropped eight points. That came after a 2-1 defeat by City in the first game of the new year, Liverpool’s only loss of the season. A win would have given them a 10-point lead at the top. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email Manchester City features Premier League Share on Pinterest Reuse this content
David Warner hammered to new low thanks to Broad mind games Twitter Most simply walk past stony-faced. David Warner has taken to cheering back at the boos, both arms raised. Peter Siddle could be seen on Saturday waving and smiling happily at one extended heckle. Nathan Lyon, short of his best humour all Test, kept his response last night to one decisive expletive.Something was always likely to give. It was always likely to be something involving Wade, a gnarled, travelled, well-seasoned 5ft 7in pocket tug-ship Australian cricketer, and a foghorn in any team; the kind of sportsman who feels it is a part of his value to bark and carp and uphold general standards of on-field yap.A few years back, Wade caused a stir by turning on Ravindra Jadeja, informing him he was “useless” during a series where Jadeja became the world’s No 1 ranked bowler. He was described as “embarrassing” by Kepler Wessels after his relentless drone during the 2016 series in South Africa, and became a kind of in-house fire-starter when he got a game in that abrasive, gritty Australia vintage of Lehmann-Smith-Warner.Here Wade’s moment arrived with England on 248 for seven in the morning session and Jofra Archer at the wicket in place of Ben Stokes. Josh Hazlewood was bowling. Archer had barely faced a ball. Wade was at short leg.“Hit him on the helmet!” came the cry, which is, to be fair, some tactically sound advice. There was more of the same; followed, a little oddly, by some gabble about how Jofra might want to change Big Bash teams and leave Hobart, where Archer and Wade are teammates as it happens. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share via Email Pinterest Australia sport Share on Facebook Trevor Bayliss left hoping for another Stokes-like hero to save Ashes Analysing a short leg’s stump-mic waffle is among life’s more futile occupations. Nobody but Wade can say what, if anything, he meant by that. Perhaps it is a bit oversensitive to assume this was a “loyalty” sledge, a reference to the fact Archer has chosen to play for England rather than the West Indies.But it is to be hoped not. A pair of Australians have already been ejected from Old Trafford for shouting at Archer about passports. This is not really a laughing matter, or indeed a suitable topic in this country for sport-bantz. On Saturday Archer spoke in an interview in The Times about a passer-by in a supermarket ranting at him about immigrants and thieves. These are complex and sensitive issues. Stick to hit him on the grille, Wadey.Archer was dismissed limply a few balls later. However, he was energised when Australia batted, and when Wade appeared at the wicket in the middle of a sustained high-grade spell from England’s new-ball bowlers. Since you’re here… features Cricket Matthew Wade hits out during his innings of 34 as Australia declared on 186 for six and set England an improbable 383 for victory. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Read more England cricket team Read more Facebook Topics The Ashes Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Matthew Wade enjoys a chat. As talk-show formats go this one probably wouldn’t make it past the proposal stage, even in the city of Partridge, Granada TV and feisty men of all ages with a liking for the sound of their own badinage.Not that this is likely to discourage Wade, who on the fourth day of this fourth Ashes Test helped dish up the most abrasive moment to date of a series that has up to now been peppy without slipping over the line into boorishness.It was probably coming. There has been something in the air at Old Trafford. Tours tend to drag on. Players get tired or grow irritated by the friction, the feeling of being assailed on all sides. Every day of this Test match a small crowd has gathered at the back of the pavilion to barrack Australia’s players as they come down the steps at the start of a session. Ashes 2019 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Archer had just taken out Travis Head’s leg stump with a 91mph nip-backer. As Wade marched out he dried his hands in the dust. Wade flexed and bent and sprang up, all gladiatorial intent. Archer’s first ball was blocked. The second one was a throat tickler that sent Wade somersaulting out of its path.And, for the next 10 minutes, it was teeth and toes, as Lockie Ferguson calls it: Archer aiming for both ends of the Wade physique, offering a word here and there, and cranking his speeds up to 94mph at times. To his credit, Wade never took a backward step. Although there was one very funny moment as he turned to take a second run, having brushed past the bowler on the first, only to find Archer standing square in his path glowering down. Wade made the required calculations, turned on his heel and scurried back.What to make of all this? Nobody was harmed in the creation of this on-field banter. Wade might want to watch the loyalty stuff, if indeed that’s what it was, when he’s talking to a mixed-heritage black Briton. Archer, for his part, has annoyed the Australians with his own loose chat between games.But it did get him going. Perhaps it helped Archer to forget himself a little, to get lost in the contest. Lest we forget, this is a cricketer who has played 30 first-class games, who is learning about every part of these contests of fine margins.He did get Wade in the end, drawing an edge to the keeper and running past with nothing more than a look as Wade marched off. By that stage Steve Smith had spun his strange, luminous brilliance around Old Trafford long enough to push the game, and most likely the series, beyond England’s reach.With any luck, Archer v Wade will fade into the background, an oddity in the middle of a largely good-natured contest. However, it was at best an encouraging riposte from a cricketer whose career is likely to revolve around managing his own tension, raising his levels at the right moment, blocking out the background hum; and in giving the right answer in his own way, as he did here on a day of rising drama all round. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Australia cricket team
Harry Kane ‘Kane has big, big balls!’ Pochettino hails Spurs striker for 100-goal landmark Jamie Smith 04:03 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur The England forward stepped up to score a stoppage-time equaliser from the penalty spot against Liverpool despite having earlier missed from 12 yards Harry Kane showed he has “big, big balls” in scoring a penalty to reach 100 Premier League goals having previously been denied from the spot at Anfield, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.Kane struck deep in stoppage time to earn Spurs a 2-2 draw in a pulsating Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday, the England forward having earlier hit a spot-kick straight at Loris Karius.Spurs escaped with a point to boost their Champions League qualification hopes after a pair of controversial penalties helped them fight back from a Mohamed Salah double. 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 Victor Wanyama’s wondergoal contributed to a positive result for Spurs, but it was Kane who grabbed the attention of Pochettino after his latest landmark strike.”He is one of the best strikers,” Pochettino told a post-match press conference.”He is so calm. To score 100 Premier League goals you need big, big balls.”Speaking to Sky Sports immediately after full-time, Pochettino expanded on his praise for Kane and his side after a battling performance.”No doubt it’s important to congratulate him on 100 Premier League goals, it’s fantastic for him,” Pochettino said. “He said thank you to everyone for the help of the team, he was so happy and excited to score 100 Premier League goals.“I was calm and relaxed. But I think it was a great game to see and to watch for everyone. Two teams trying to play exciting football.”We were better after 90 minutes, much better, deserved to win but that is football. What is important is the character and the performance.”First half we were better too but we conceded after three minutes. We conceded the first goal but over the 90 minutes we were much better.”A point at Anfield rounded off a topsy-turvy week for Spurs, which included a 1-1 draw at Newport County in the FA Cup and then saw Pochettino’s men completely outplay Manchester United in a 2-0 Premier League Wembley win on Wednesday.”Difficult to speak in a week like this when the team showed what they showed, character and personality in my short history at the club we tried to give our best and always show personality and character,” Pochettino added. “I’m happy, we played for the win and to change the history [of the club], we can only give it time.”
Chelsea ‘Conte leaves you dead after training!’ – Chelsea boss’ drill sergeant discipline revealed by Chiellini Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 15:24 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Chelsea Antonio Conte Juventus Premier League Serie A The Juve defender, a former player for the manager, says players are exhausted after each practice session with the Italian Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini revealed players were left “dead” after training sessions under Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.Conte is under fire at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea sitting fourth in the Premier League after back-to-back losses.The 48-year-old spent three seasons at Juve – winning the Serie A in each of those campaigns – and coached Chiellini during his time at the helm of Italy. 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 Chiellini, a 96-time international, revealed just how demanding Conte was, including in training.”It is not only in the match with Conte. It is all day, every training session. He is like a police sergeant,” he told the Daily Mail .”We felt something very special in his atmosphere, for three years with him at Juventus and two years in the national team.”When you finish training, you are dead. Not tired – dead.”However, the 33-year-old explained that the players are willing to go through it all because of the enormous belief they have in Conte’s process. “You can do it only because you believe in what he does,” the centre-back said. “We had 40 days in France and it was like entering another world. You are 100 per cent with him.”He creates an atmosphere, everyone gives energy to each other. For sure he is one of the very best.”Conte’s Chelsea are back in action against West Brom on Monday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang makes Arsenal history with Stoke brace Chris Burton 23:02 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Arsenal v Stoke City Stoke City Premier League The Gunners’ club-record £55 million signing was among the goals again during a Premier League clash with the Potters at Emirates Stadium on Sunday Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has taken just six games to make Premier League history at Arsenal.The Gunners invested a club-record £55 million fee in the Gabon international when acquiring him from Borussia Dortmund during the January transfer window.A deadline day deal was pushed through as Arsene Wenger sought to bring another proven performer onto his books. 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 has not been the easiest of starts for Aubameyang in England, with Arsenal enduring an alarming dip during the time of his arrival.He has, however, already shown that he can be a regular source of goals if presented with the right opportunities.Two of those arrived against Stoke, and were gobbled up by a predatory frontman.Aubameyang’s first in a 3-0 win came from the penalty spot, before doubling Arsenal’s lead four minutes from time.There was a chance for him to claim a first hat-trick for the club in the closing stages, but he allowed Alexandre Lacazette to take a second spot-kick of the afternoon with a place in the record books already wrapped up.5 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now scored five goals in the Premier League; the most by any Arsenal player in their first six appearances in the competition. Alive. pic.twitter.com/Ha3tfxFvSb— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 1, 2018Unfortunately for Arsenal, they are unable to use Aubameyang in the one competition which really matters to them at present.His efforts in the Premier League look set to be in vain when it comes to another frustrating top four challenge.The Gunners can, however, still find a route into the Champions League by winning the Europa LeagueAubameyang is ineligible for that competition, though, and is having to make do with domestic action for now.He is making the most of it, with his early efforts seeing him burst out of the blocks quicker than iconic figures such as Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.
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