first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokounmpo has been a Nike guy since he got into the NBA in 2013, and now that he’s officially a sneaker free agent, Adidas seemed to pounce on the opportunity.The Milwaukee Bucks forward posted an Instagram story, which unfortunately has been deleted since 24 hours have elapsed since writing, wherein the brand with the three stripes sent him a van full of gear.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Hat tip to Bleacher Report for saving a copy of the Instagram story wherein Antetokounmpo went giddy upon looking at the parked van full of sneakers and other apparel.“Adidas came with a truck, man, they got the Yeezys,” said Antetokoumpo in the video.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 shutoutThe video only showed the backdoors open and the van was filled to the brim with bags, boxes of Adidas Ultraboosts and Yeezys, and there was even a white-and-blue pair of Stan Smiths outside of its box.Teammate Thon Maker, who was wearing a pair of Adidas Crazy Explosives, joined Antetokoumpo for a picture.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Adidas did a similar stunt when it signed James Harden back when it sent a truck-full of shoes to the Houston All Star’s house back in 2015.Antetokounmpo, who’s known for his frugality, however, wore the Swoosh from head to toe.Maybe Adidas’ gesture will persuade the Greek Freak to join them this year.ADVERTISEMENT Sports groups hold own rallies Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump tells Curry that White House visit is off; LeBron reacts Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I guess it’s a good thing because every time I just step on the court I really just want to bring the energy and motivate everybody,” said Ricafort Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The UAAP eligibility board initially deemed Ricafort ineligible to play as he will reach 25-years-old, the league’s age limit, in January of 2018 but UP argued that the basketball tournament is long over by the time the forward reaches that age.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 shutoutIn the event that the TRO expires and the UAAP’s decision stands, the victory against La Salle, and other wins Ricafort takes part , may be forfeited.But amid the legal hoopla, Ricafort just wants to focus on playing as hard as he could for the Maroons. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Photo by Trista Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRob Ricafort couldn’t help but feel like the lucky charm after University of the Philippines plucked its third win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s, a 98-87 stunner of La Salle, on Saturday.The 24-year-old played his first game for the Maroons against the Green Archers after he got a temporary restraining order against the ineligibility ruling by the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “I just want to contribute as much as I could and be better especially that today was my first game,” said Ricafort who had two points and one assist in 10 minutes of play. “We beat La Salle, and they are the no. 1 team and that says a lot about our team.”And Ricafort wasn’t shy to tell who among teammates got lucky every time he got to the floor.“I guess I feel lucky when I stepped on the court, because every time I’m in there, Paul [Desiderio] starts shooting the lights out!” exclaimed Ricafort.Desiderio seemed to relish Ricafort’s blessing as he finished with a career-high 30 points, 18 of which were from long range.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgBarnes’ 30-footer at the horn lifts Mavs over Grizzlies “This is our chance to help the team and the country in our own little way,” he said.Fajardo has had a rather lackluster run with the Philippine team with his last stint in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup ended up getting derailed with a calf injury.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 shutoutThough the 28-year-old big man did see action in the team’s last three games, he only averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds in 12.7 minutes in that run.Luckily, he gets another crack af showcasing his abilities for the country after being named to coach Chot Reyes’ 12-man roster for the game against Japan on Friday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHe may be decorated fixture in the pro league, but June Mar Fajardo is well aware that he has yet to prove himself in the international game.That’s why the soft-spoken four-time PBA Most Valuable Player is challenging himself to perform at his best in the first leg of the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 Fiba World Cup, Ete he will pair up with naturalized center Andray Blatche to provide Gilas Pilipinas a vaunted twin tower combo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Whether he plays heavy minutes or not, Fajardo vows to do what Reyes asks of him.“Whatever coach tells me to do, what my role is when I’m on the court, I’ll do my best to contribute to the team,” he said.Gilas faces off against Japan at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “He does something different in every game,” Suarez said of Messi. “He was spectacular again. The fans who came to the stadium were able to enjoy the best player in history.”Suarez has also been impressive.The Uruguay striker also scored twice against Betis, reaching 100 goals with Barcelona in 114 matches. He is the league’s second-best scorer with 15 goals, and has found the net 10 times in his last eight matches.His first goal on Sunday was a neat volley from inside the area, and the second was a well-placed shot into the top corner after a set up by Messi.Barcelona had been unbeaten in 29 matches until a 1-0 loss at Espanyol in the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey last week, when Messi failed to convert a penalty kick in a rare miss. Suarez began that game on the bench. The second leg is Thursday at Camp Nou, when the duo is expected to play from the start.Messi and Suarez helped Barcelona open an 11-point lead at the start of second half of the Spanish league, its biggest advantage after 20 matches since the 2008-09 season.Barcelona has a 19-point lead over defending champion Real Madrid, which it beat 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium late last year with Messi and Suarez each scoring once. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates with Luis Suarez, right, after scoring the fourth goal of his team during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad, at Anoeta stadium, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Sunday, Jan.14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)MADRID — It turns out Barcelona had the solution to its problems right at home.After starting the season surrounded by doubts following failed attempts to bring in a top player to replace Neymar, Barcelona showed it can do just fine regardless.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez proved they can get the job done by themselves, leading Barcelona to an impressive first half of the season.With the talented duo thriving, Barcelona became the runaway leader in the Spanish league and stayed alive in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMessi and Suarez have combined to score 34 goals in the Spanish league, more than the total tally of all but three other teams.There was concern when Barcelona failed to sign Philippe Coutinho after Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in the offseason, but the duo took over the attacking responsibility and made sure the team stayed highly competitive despite not having the extra forward. The Catalan club added young France forward Ousmane Dembele, but the France international got injured and hasn’t been able to play much. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City ONE Championship partners with Global Citizen to fight poverty John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Messi has been on a level of his own, leading the league in scoring with 19 goals. He has scored nine times in his last 10 games.The Argentina forward had a mesmerizing performance in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout at Real Betis on Sunday, scoring twice and being applauded by some of the opposing fans.“We are lucky to be able to see him play,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “I suffered when I was on the other side, now I can enjoy it. It’s a spectacle to be able to watch him. He is the best who will ever play.”Messi’s second goal on Sunday was one to admire, with the playmaker entering the area and going past two defenders before calmly finding the net.He also impressed late in the game by escaping from three defenders after being pressured near his own area, changing direction several times while coolly controlling the ball. He finished the play by putting the ball through the legs of one of the defenders.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgClint Doliguez led the steamrolling with 12 points, 10 coming in the first quarter to set the tone for the beatdown.Calvin Oftana chipped in 12 points and had six boards and Radge Tongco got nine to make up for the absence of Robert Bolick, who had to be subbed out after suffering a minor knee injury early in the tussle.San Beda will face Ateneo in the other duel in the crossover semifinals.Mark Alcala paced La Salle with 12 points as La Salle, bannered by Team B players, exited the tournament winless.In the other game, University of Visayas gained some sense of pride after an 85-82 victory over Naga College Foundation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Balkman, Brownlee lead Alab past CLS Knights for 7th straight win LA SALLE 35 — Alcala 12, Yang 8, Cu 7, Souka 5, Lapena 3, Dominguez 0, Yongco 0, Tan 0, Angeles 0, De Robles 0, Calleja 0.Quarters: 18-7, 42-18, 62-29, 79-35.Third Game:LYCEUM 69 — Perez 19, Nzeusseu 19, Jc. Marcelino 15, Ayaay 4, Jv. Marcelino 3, Santos 3, Tansingco 2, Ibanes 2, Serrano 2, Caduyac 0, Cinco 0.ATENEO 65 — Wong 10, Black 9, Ravena 7, Maagdemberg 6, White 5, Ma. Nieto 5, Navarro 5, Mi. Nieto 4, Verano 3, Mamuyac 3, Mallillin 2, Go 2, Andrade 1, Tio 0, Asistio 0.Quarters: 16-20, 34-36, 49-52, 69-65. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Mike Nzeusseu finished off an and-one play with 1:54 remaining to tilt the favor to the Pirates’ side before CJ Perez cashed in on his freebies to make it, 65-62, with 19 seconds to go.The Cameroonian Nzeusseu delivered a double-double of 19 points and 21 rebounds, while Perez got 19 markers, five boards, and four steals. Jaycee Marcelino added 15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdrian Wong was the lone bright spot for Ateneo with 10 points.Meanwhile, the Red Lions hardly broke a sweat as they destroyed the winless Green Archers with a 79-35 humiliation. AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Rey Suerte dropped 30 points, but more importantly, dished the go-ahead assist to Michael Maestre with 14.4 seconds to spare as the Green Lancers completed their comeback from 13 points down.Liberian Bassieru Sakor unloaded a double-double with his 13 markers and 13 rebounds to give the Cesafi champion its lone win in the tournament.Jaymar Allarey carried the Tigers with 16 points in the loss.The scores:First Game:UV 85 — Suerte 30, Sakor 13, Delator 8, Segumlan 8, Maestre 6, Gahi 5, Cabahug 5, Balabag 3, Soliva 1, Hassan 0, Albina 0, Butohan 0.NCF 82 — Allarey 16, Ojoula 13, Margallo 10, Lapinid 10, Hermonio 8, Magpantay 6, Lawas 6, Olayvar 3 Mangubat 3, Padua 0.Quarters: 17-26, 30-43, 59-59, 85-82.Second Game:SAN BEDA 79 — Doliguez 12, Oftana 12, Tongco 9, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Cariño 6, Ejercito 5, Cabanag 4, Penuela 4, Bahio 4, Mocon 3, Abuda 2, Adamos 2, Bolick 0, Presbitero 0. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum outsteadied Ateneo down the stretch while San Beda romped La Salle as the two NCAA topped their respective groups in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena.The Pirates eked out a 69-65 win to sweep their group at 3-0 and draw San Sebastian in the crossover semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments The winning pairs of each division received P50,000 with the runnersup getting P30,000 in the event sponsored by Nestea, Smart, NLEX/SCTEX, Rebisco, PSC, and the local government of Currimao, among others. Organizers of the BVR on Tour’s seventh leg of its summer series, led by Former Ateneo stalwarts Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, also held a volleyball clinic for young enthusiasts in Ilocos Norte as part of the group’s “Sandroots” advocacy. The program aims to promote volleyball at the grassroots level by holding clinics at every stop of the tournament.“We want to be able to give the kids a chance to learn from the best coaches that we have in beach volleyball,” said Soriano. “The kids who joined were super amazing.“What we really appreciated was the kids who joined the two-hour ‘sandroots’ workshop,” said Tan. “In the end, it’s really about teaching and sharing the passion we have one province at a timADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans In the men’s university division, Malaysians Mohd Aizzat Zorki and Raja Nazmi Hussin turned back Far Easter University, 21-14, 21-18, to emerge champions in the event that has the Inquirer as media partner. “This leg had indeed the most competitive lineup of teams for the men’s division,” said BVR founder Charo Soriano. “We had teams from Malaysia and HongKong and they showcased their world-class athleticism in the shores of Currimao against our local talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“The great thing about the BVR on Tour is we have tournaments every month so teams don’t get too down when they lose,” said Bea Tan, also one of the BVR’s founders.Cebu’s Jade Becaldo and Rommel Pepito, meanwhile, gutted their way out of an opening set loss before turning back Hong Kong’s Giovanni Musillo and Brian Nordberg, 18-21, 21-14, 23-21, to top the men’s open class. Mourinho relishes United’s ‘victory of pragmatism’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletescenter_img MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES UST’s Cherry Rondina gets one over San Beda’s defense in Beach Volleyball Republic in Ilocos. Contributed Photo.Traditional UAAP powerhouse University of Santo Tomas turned back San Beda, 21-12,21-14, over the weekend to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour women’s university division in Playa Tropical Currimao, Ilocos Norte. Tigresses Cherry Rondina and Ma. Cecilia Bangad defeated the Red Lioness’ pair of Iza and Ella Viray for the title. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHOlast_img read more

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ NBA: Warriors forward Barnes avoids jail time after guilty plea Williams was examined by a doctor who assured her she could play the Australian Open without harm to the fetus. She didn’t drop a set in capturing the title.“It just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. Am I having a baby?” Williams told the magazine last month.“If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world.“This is kind of how I am right now. This is happening sooner than later and it’s going by so fast.”She plans on preparations for the baby in the next few weeks, when moving will be more difficult and she will be “bored to tears.”“I don’t know what to do with a baby,” she said. “I have nothing…. I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 READ: Serena Williams expecting baby this year View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Williams said in the story she learned she was pregnant just before the Australian Open, which the 35-year-old American won to set the Open Era record for Grand Slam singles titles and move one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time mark.Williams revealed in April she was pregnant and would not play again this year. In the story, she insists she will return to tennis in January, which would allow her to defend her Australian Open crown.“I don’t think my story is over yet,” she told the magazine. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Williams and Ohanian, the 34-year-old co-founder of social media website Reddit, will be married this year after their child is born, according to the article. They announced their engagement last December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.In telling how Williams discovered she was pregnant, the article said she had thrown up and her breasts had enlarged after a poor showing in her first match of the season in Australia.But she took a pregnancy test only after a friend’s nagging, dismissing the idea as a joke and taking it while she was working on her hair and makeup for a sponsor appearance.“I went back to finishing hair and makeup, was laughing, talking. I was getting the styling done. An hour and a half later, I went back to the bathroom and I totally forgot about it because it was impossible for me,” Williams told the magazine.“So I went back to get dressed and I went back in the bathroom and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that test.’”Williams said she “did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped.”“Oh my God. This can’t be. I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”Williams sent her friend to the store to buy five more pregnancy tests, each producing the same positive result.She telephoned Ohanian to fly to Melbourne early and when he did, she handed him a bag with the six pregnancy tests, shocking him as well, according to the story. NEW YORK, United States — Serena Williams unveiled her pregnant body in a nude Vanity Fair cover photo Tuesday and detailed the story of her romance with fiance Alexis Ohanian in an article for the magazine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 23-time Grand Slam singles champion is shown in profile facing left with her right arm covering her breasts and her pregnant stomach proudly displayed, a small waist chain the only item she wore in the image by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul They will face the winner between Thailand and Indonesia which are locked in battle in the other semis.Troy Rosario scored 14 points, while Christian Standhardinger 13 for Gilas which allowed the Singaporeans to close in despite having a far inferior bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters TNT takes 3rd win, sends Phoenix crashing to 6th straight loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippines has reached the basketball finals every time the sport was played in the biennial games.But on Friday, it trudged on instead of barging into the championship round on Saturday. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines 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 Reyes flew in town to watch the games but allowed John Uichico to call the shots for the team that lacked sharpness and coordination.Mike Tolomia helped up with 10 points, while Baser Amer chipped in eight.The Philippines fielded in a water-down version of Gilas for this tournament compared to the full-strength team that won the SEABA title in Manila which Reyes handled.The only time the Philippines asserted its mastery was when it posted a 41-26 lead late in the third on a dunk by 6-foot-8 Fil-German Standhardinger.It led, 67-56, late in the fourth but still let Singapore to score big shots down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Philippines’ Gilas Cadets in the Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — With Gilas head coach Chot Reyes on the bench, the Philippine men’s basketball team scored an underwhelming 68-60 victory over Singapore to make the Southeast Asian Games finals Friday.Disjointed and groping for form all evening, the Nationals failed to ditch the Singaporeans in their semifinals match at MABA Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

first_imgKings XI Punjab on Wednesday appointed former Australian ODI specialist Michael Bevan as the coach for the upcoming IPL season IV.40-year-old Bevan, inarguably one of the best finishers in limited overs during the 90’s represented Australia in 232 ODIs with a staggering average close to 54 and 6912 runs with six centuries and 46 fifties. He also played 18 Tests but he was always known for his ability to bail Australia out of trouble on numerous occasions.He has been part of the victorious World Cup winning Australian side on two occasions having played in three World Cup finals — 1996, 1999 and 2003.Incidentally, Bevan was also a part of the rebel Indian Cricket League where he represented Chennai Superstars.Expectedly, Bevan seemed ecstatic about his new role.”I have been following IPL since season-I, and now thanks to my new role as coach of Kings XI Punjab, I am part of this enthralling cricket tournament. I love this game and I am quite excited to coach a team that is driven by the same passion,” he was quoted as saying in a media release issued by the franchise.”The immediate focus of course is on getting the right pool of talent in the upcoming auctions in Bangalore. Post that, my boys and I promise to deliver some great cricketing moments this season of IPL.”The promoters of the franchise on their part said, “We are thrilled to have Bevan as our coach for the upcoming season. His rich experience, vast expertise and sheer commitment to the game will guide the team to perform and enhance their skills.”advertisementThe COO of KXIP Col. Arvinder, said: “We are delighted to be associated with a reliable and a complete cricketer like Bevan. We look forward to his association and welcome him to our KXIP family. His contribution to the team will be an added advantage for the players and help them deliver their best both on and off the field.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgAs most of the Dutch team was packing its orange bags in the country’s only indoor nets on a freezing night in late January, hard-hitting all-rounder Ryan Ten Doeschate was gearing up to play for Tasmania against New South Wales in the finals of Australia’s Twenty20 competition.Ryan Ten DoeschateSouth African-born Ten Doeschate and South Australia’s Tom Cooper are the higher-profile players in a Netherlands team of relative unknowns that is also made up of students, a tobacconist and a hamburger restaurant owner. Many of the players had to take time off work or study to travel to the World Cup.But the Dutch part-timers have proven in the past they are capable of pulling off a shock, beating hosts England by four wickets in the opening match of the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup.”The target for us is obviously to cause upsets, make an impression,” New Zealand-born captain Peter Borren said. “And to do that, we need to knock off one of the big boys.”Realistically, however, the Netherlands will be targeting their two last Group B matches, against Bangladesh and Ireland as games to win.Before those two matches, the Netherlands takes on England in its opener at Nagpur on Feb. 22, followed by West Indies, South Africa and India.Borren said subcontinent cricket is not new to the team as it embarks on its fourth World Cup campaign.”In the last four years we’ve probably been to India maybe five or six times so everyone’s had some experience there,” he said. “But obviously not all that much experience playing at that level in those conditions.”advertisementNetherlands made its World Cup debut in 1996 and appeared at the last two editions of cricket’s showcase tournament in 2003 and 2007. So far its only two World Cup wins have been over fellow minnows Namibia, in 2003, and Scotland in 2007.Selector and former captain Tim de Leede said the Netherlands has no genuinely fast pace bowler to spearhead its attack and will rely on steady medium pacers and a pair of economical slow bowlers – off spinner Adeel Raja and left arm orthodox Pieter Seelaar.”They have to bowl line and length and hopefully the fielders will do as well as they possibly can to support them,” De Leede said.In its race to catch up with the rest of the cricketing world, the Netherlands has been using specialist fielding, batting, bowling and wicketkeeping coaches and has a full-time coach, Australian Peter Drinnen.”They have more professionals than ever. They have a full-time coach, they have specialists coming in … so there are really no excuses any more,” De Leede said.Batting is the Netherlands’ strongest suit, with Eric Szwarczynski, a fluid strokemaker who has a knack for finding gaps in the field and Worcester’s Alexei Kervezee likely to open. Pakistan-born bowler Mudassar Bukhari – usually a lower order hitter – also can open in limited-overs matches.The middle order will feature professionals Ten Doeschate, Borren and Cooper, who has a one-day average of 65.44 in his 10 matches for the Netherlands – most of them against second-tier associate opposition, including 80 not out on debut against Scotland.Seelaar says the likes of Borren and Ten Doeschate have changed the way many homegrown players approach the game and he hopes the new mind set will pay dividends at the World Cup.”I think we now are getting close to a professional setup now,” he said. “The pros teach us how to be pros.”last_img read more

first_imgRecords from 1983 World CupIndia captain Kapil Dev lifted India from 17/5 to score an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells, which proved to be the match-winning innings. Unfortunately there is no TV footage of the innings due to a broadcasters strike.Kapil Dev was the top-scorer for India in 1983 with 303 runs at an average of 60.60 in eight matches.England’s David Gower was the top run-getter in 1983. He scored 384 runs at an average of 76.80.West Indies’ Jeff Dujon had 16 dismissals to his name in 1983 with 15 catches and one stumping.The highest number of dismissals in an innings in 1983 was claimed by Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani. He took five catches against Zimbabwe.Mohinder Amarnath was the first player to win Man-of the-Match awards in successive games. He won those awards during the 1983 semi-final against England and final against West Indies.Martin Snedden of New Zealand had figures of 2/105 which were the worst for a bowler in 1983.In 1983, Pakistan beat New Zealand by 11 runs which was the smallest victory margin in that edition.Kris Srikkanth scored 38 in the 1983 final against the West Indies, the highest of the matchIndia became the first team to beat West Indies in a World Cup match when they beat them by 34 runs on June 9, 1983 during a group match. India then went on to beat the Windies by 43 runs in the final at Lord’sPakistan captain Imran Khan, more famous for his bowling exploits, played as a specialist batsman in 1983. The reason was that he had sustained a leg injury ahead of the tournament.129 was the lowest score during 1983 World Cup, made by Australia against India on June 20.Roger Binny took 18 wickets at an average of 18.66 in eight games in 1983 — the highest in the tournament. advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgI was at a pavement cafe on Karl Johans Gate, described fittingly as the Champs-Elysees of the North, flipping through the pages of Edvard Munch in Oslo. I stopped at a drawing of this elegant high street by Norway’s best known painter–not the least because his famous Scream has been stolen enough times to embarrass Norwegian security. Munch had captured Karl Johans circa 1880 in a series of lithographs. And here I was, gawking at the passing parade along the same street, preserved with care, to remain much as Munch must have seen it.It was an enjoyable way to spend an icy April morning. And as I sat there, the occasional snowflake floated into my glass of Ringnes beer. I had arrived a few days before, expecting to feel spring in the air, but landing instead into the Christmas card snowscape that was Oslo’s Gardemoen airport. However, this efficient little airport is well-prepared for the worst weather, employing huge machines and smart technology to de-ice airplane wings even in deepest winter. Not surprisingly, it was voted the most punctual European airport of 2010.The fetching capital of Norway is snowbound for much of the year, but that’s no reason not to get out and enjoy its myriad attractions. The outdoorsy Norwegians say, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.’ So slip into the right gear and you’re good to go around Oslo, a city compact enough to explore on foot for the most part. Strolling along Karl Johans Gate in the heart of the city is a must-do. There’s the Norwegian parliament at one end–and it’s not unusual to see a minister or two cycling in the vicinity. A far cry from our ministerial entourages, I thought, whenever such a dignitary was pointed out to me. At the other end, crowning a slope is the royal palace. All along are cafes, bars and the legendary Grand Hotel, from whose balcony the Nobel Peace Prize winners greet the crowd. There’s also a Freia boutique, which will please even the most sophisticated chocolate fiend. Norway’s chocolate, though less known than its Belgian counterpart, is world class. They say the two things that Norwegians miss most when they travel abroad is their chocolate and the sweet water from the glaciers that is available on tap. Drink it, and you’ll understand the fuss.A short walk from Karl Johans is Aker Brygge, a fjord-front development and another example of the Norwegian flair for preserving their heritage while giving it a modern purpose. Here, a pile of old warehouses has been turned into a trendy hub of restaurants, bars and shops. Among the string of restaurants, which includes everything from steakhouses to TGIF, is D/S Louise–a restaurant with a nautical theme, which is one of Oslo’s best places for tucking into a large bowl of Moules Marinieres (mussels cooked in white wine). At the water’s edge is an old ship that has been turned into a bar and restaurant. And I can’t think of a better way to spend a Oslo evening than to sit here, sip bellinis, admire the imposing medieval Akershus fortress across the water and watch the boats glide by.It’s a perfect way to round off a day of sightseeing. And there’s plenty to see. To begin with, Oslo is a city with a diverse array of museums. The picturesque Bygdoy peninsula is where you’ll find the Viking Ship Museum, showcasing the country’s glorious seafaring past, and the Kon-Tiki museum. Here, marvel at how the intrepid voyager Thor Heyerdahl crossed the oceans in so seemingly fragile a craft. The Folk Museum, arranged in a wooded expanse, gives you a glimpse into the history of Norway’s indigenous people such as the Sami from Lapland.While you may pick and choose between the museums, nearly all visitors to Oslo go to Vigeland Park, the vast, green space housing the impressive, frequently shocking, works of Gustav Vigeland. Amid the trees, flowerbeds and fountains are set the sculptor’s nude figures, entwined, twisted and contorted in the most fascinating shapes.Life in Oslo is defined by its unique location, bound as it is by a fjord on one side and steep, wooded slopes on the other. The fjord allows for all manner of water sport and activities, including a bouquet of fun boat rides. If romance is your thing, take a sunset cruise and dine aboard on the Norwegian speciality of prawns and mayonnaise paired with a crisp white wine.The woods and steep climbs offer another clutch of things to do. A short drive from the city centre is Holmenkollen, venue of the World Ski Championship. It affords superlative views of the city and if you, like me, are no adventure sport enthusiast, you can still experience the thrills of a ski jump in a simulator.In fact, its proximity to pristine nature is one of Oslo’s charms, and few other capital cities are blessed in this manner. You realise how close when you see signs for ‘Elk Crossing’ only a short while after leaving the city centre. Hit the suburbs and you could find yourself trekking in quiet woods and picking berries in summer. The fleeting summer is when this city shows off its best side. Every park is filled with picnickers and Aker Brygge bristles with revellers, listening to buskers, drinking and eating at the seafood stalls set up at the water’s edge.The city’s superlative food is bound to impress the gourmet. The bread is as good as in any Parisian bakery, the butter, sweet. You will eat well everywhere in Oslo, whether in its Michelin-starred restaurants–expensive, but not more so than many of our five-star places–or the many stylish eateries and casual cafÅs. Chefs turn out delightful dishes, drawing out the best of seasonal ingredients–spring lamb, to salt-baked trout, smoked pheasant and venison with wild mushrooms. And if you’re game enough, try the traditional pickled herrings, reindeer meat and elk sausage.Summer is also when you can have the unusual experience of setting out for a night of clubbing while the sun is still bright and emerging at 3 a.m. or thereabouts, again into bright daylight. This is the land of the midnight sun, remember? The nightlife caters to every taste–from funky places in the various ethnic quarters where you can also dine on Turkish and Moroccan food, to gay and lesbian bars, and uber chic spots downtown. Don’t shy away from getting a taste of the nightlife even if you are travelling solo. Norwegians are friendly, even more when they’ve had a few drinks. They are almost always polite and cordial. In fact, the only things that seem to irk them are honking on the roads and fumbling in a supermarket checkout queue! Their equanimity must have something to do with the fact that Oslo is repeatedly rated one of the world’s most liveable cities. And even the most jaded, been there-done that traveller is bound to come under the spell of this easy-going city. At a glanceadvertisementadvertisementGetting there: Air France, Lufthansa and KLM fly from major Indian cities to Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam respectively. There are connections to Oslo from all three.Fare: Rs. 45,000 approxWhen to go: June, July, August are the brightest months but Oslo is also worth experiencing in autumn and winter.Must doStayLuxury: At the upper end of the scale is the Radisson Blu Plaza, starting from Rs. 15,000 approx; www.radissonblu.comAffordable: Centrally located, the Perminalen Hotel offers good prices for families. Their four-bedded rooms cost around Rs. 3,000 a night. www.perminalen.comadvertisementEat: At Michelin-starred restaurants such as Bagatelle (www.bagatelle.no) if you wish to splurge. But the seafood and meat is good everywhere.Shop: For woollens and souvenirs from Norway Designs, a delightful gallery-cum-shop in the heart of Oslo; www.norwaydesigns.noSee: The ya Music Festival is the high point in Oslo’s cultural year. The dates for 2011 are August 9 to 13; www.oyafestivalen.comFYISound of Music: There is no dearth of music in the Norwegian capital. Grenerlikka, the district where the renowned Munch museum is located, is where experimental jazz concerts are held at open spaces almost every weekend. For live music as a whole, Grenerlikk also boasts some good pubs and cafes, but the hub is located back along Mllergata (the road linking the district with the city centre) and the parallel Torggata Road leading towards the large Rockefeller Complex.Hot DealWeekend offer: Book online for 2 night/ 3 day weekend stay at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel and save more than 20%. Rates start at Euro 299. www.radissonblu.comlast_img read more

first_imgAbout 60 kms from the national Capital, a bunch of workers at a makeshift asbestos-roofed hall are busy giving shape to top class athletics equipment, some of which have found its way to the London Olympics.They are diligently and tirelessly working in the dimly-lit hall, putting together finer aspects of equipment that has to pass a stringent international specification before being used at the world level.So when Li Yangfeng or Stephanie Brown, for instance, will hurl the discus at the Olympic Stadium in London, chances are that it has gone through the unknown Indian hands.Three companies from this western Uttar Pradesh town, widely known for manufacturing sports goods, albeit chiefly cricket equipment, will be making their presence felt in London.They are among the few selected companies globally that send their equipment to the Olympic organising committees.Nelco India, Anand Track and Field Equipment, and Bhalla International have dispatched their consignment, comprising discus, shot put and hammer, to the United Kingdom in April.”The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) norms are very stringent. It has to go through a series of tests before it is cleared for the competition. So we had to send the orders by April,” Amber Anand of Nelco India, one of the vendors registered with IAAF, told Mail Today.It is not the first time that Indian sports manufacturers will be involved in the biggest sports extravaganza. They have been exporting the equipment to Olympic organising committee since the 1992 Barcelona Games.However, they note with disappointment that when the Commonwealth Games were staged in Delhi in 2010, most of the athletics equipment was supplied by foreign companies.advertisement”We have been able to establish our brand in international market because our products are cheaper,” says Himanshu Anand, Director of Anand Track and Field Equipment.He, however, admits it is very difficult to compete with the European and US manufacturers.”Most of the track and field events happen there. So the companies there get to supply most of the equipment. That makes it difficult for us to maintain a steady relationship with buyers and athletes from there. But quality wise we can compete with the best,” Himanshu says confidently. “Famous US coach Mac Wilkins uses our equipment in his training centre. Stephanie Brown, who won gold in Beijing, has also used our equipment.”The sports good industry is relatively small and it is growing at a slow pace. The government can take some steps, like cutting down the excise duty to encourage the industry.”The story of India’s sports goods industry is rooted in the tragic tale of partition. When the country was divided, the craftsmen from Sialkot and some from Lahore migrated to Meerut and Jalandhar.With the government providing them small plots of land, they began work in their backyards. Over the years, their business grew to take shape of an industry.”When my family came from Lahore in 1950, we had virtually nothing. We slowly started to make some wooden equipment in a small unit and then it has taken all these years to stand where we are,” says 67-year-old Ashok, father of Amber.”It all changed with the 1982 Asian Games. That was the turning point. All the products used in the Games were Indian and it gave a big fillip to the industry. We gradually started supplying our products to global events such as the Olympics.”But the market of athletics equipment is not big. The owners had to venture to manufacturing other products, especially cricket gear, to keep themselves afloat.”Things were really looking bad three years ago and our survival itself was being questioned. We then decided to start manufacturing customised bats. The move paid off. The cricket market is huge in India, but there were not many catering to the need of customised hand- made bats as per the requirement of top players,” said Amber.”As the word spread, players, mostly at the domestic level, started calling us and our brand got an identity. In this way, many buyers came to know that we also deal in athletics equipment.” The small, clamorous town is slowly carving its identity. London Olympics may just add to its journey to the international scene.avishek.roy@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

first_imgDanny Boyle’s totally British Olympics opening ceremony wowed the world as London welcomed its guests to the fortnight long sporting extravaganza.Each edition of the Olympics sees a more costly opening ceremony being put on show. For London, it was all about showcasing its rich history, though there were several surprise elements which one had not expected.The first item which one saw was a countryside scene where 70 sheep, 12 horses, ten chicken, ten ducks, nine geese, three cows, three sheepdogs and two goats as part of it.Then, a cricket match was played at a gentle pace, and it was refreshing to see all the competitors in white flannels and not the ugly pyjamas which one gets to see now in ODIs and the IPL.What followed after that was one superb piece after another, though the Queen’s dramatic entry was mind boggling. In the name of tradition and respect for Royalty, few dare to innovate with the Queen.However, Danny Boyle had managed to shoot a scene where the 86-year-old Queen made a spectacular appearance into the stadium in a simulated helicopter arrival with James Bond star Daniel Craig.Immediately after that, inside the stadium, the lights fell on the Queen seated inside the stadium and the applause was thunderous.Unlike Beijing, where they used Phao drums to churn the audience and burst the eardrums, to be followed by dazzling laser shows, London’s show was milder.For those used to seeing Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean on television shows, his presence in the British Orchestra’s rendition of the theme Chariots of Fire was hilarious. The faces he made and kept striking the piano with one finger had the audience glued! At one point of time, Mr Bean went to pick up a tissue to clean his nose, so he used an umbrella to keep striking the chord.A section then told the story of a young couple meeting for the first time and enjoying a night out. It was entitled Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim.With passage of time, their relationship developed and culminated in the use of social media and a party at her parents’ home. Waiting indoors for them was world wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee.Before this, as promised, David Beckham made a dramatic appearance as he carried the Olympic torch down the Thames in a speed boat. Fireworks exploded over Tower Bridge as his boat cut through the water.Once he reached near the stadium, the torch was handed over to seven-time Olympic gold medalist Steve Redgrave. Redgrave ran a full lap and then it was time for Olympians from the past – long jumper Lynn Davies, swimmer Duncan Goodhew, middle distance runner Kelly Holmes, pentathlete Dame Mary Peters, sailor Shirley Robertson and decathlete Daley Thompson to join.These athletes then passed on the torch to seven young British hopes for the future Games. They lit fires in tiny copper petals left on the ground by each competing country, triggering the illumination of almost 204 petals and sending the fire into one “flame of unity.”In previous editions of the Olympics, the Games flame would be lit by just one athlete. In terms of Olympic innovation, what London has done is unique where they have not displeased any of their former champion and also involved each participating nation. As the three hour and forty five minute show was enacted, flash bulbs kept popping and the songs belted out took you down memory lane.From Bee Gees to Beatles and more old groups, each number had the audience in raptures. Finally, when Sir Paul McCartney sang ‘Hey Jude’ to bring the show to a close, it left people with moist eyes.As Jacques Rogge, president, International Olympic committee, and Lord Seb Coe, chairman, London organising committee (LOCOG)  had said, it was unique that the same city was hosting the Olympics for a third time.Later, the riot of colours and fireworks which lit up the sky was breathtaking. For those not so familiar with British tradition and the importance of the Royalty, this was a night to sample it all.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThis undated photo provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office shows Wayne Rooney. Soccer star Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney was booked into jail on Dec. 16, 2018, after his arrest by airport police. Dulles International Airport is in Loudon County. He was later released. (Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month on a public intoxication charge and taken to jail to sober up after he triggered a door alarm at a Washington-area airport, authorities said Sunday.Rooney was arrested Dec. 16 by police at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after he caused the alarm to go off at an international arrivals gate, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Authorities said he didn’t breach airport security.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Rooney, who plays for a Washington soccer team, had been traveling abroad in the days prior to his arrest, according to his social media posts.The airport authority said he was charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and taken to a county jail in the Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital “to be held until sober.” The statement didn’t include further details on his arrest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney, 33, was later released on his own recognizance. A mugshot from his booking shows Rooney in what appeared to be an orange jail jumpsuit.Court documents, which list Rooney as living in the capital suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, show he paid a $25 fine Friday. Tobias Harris, Clippers overcome slow start to beat Magic SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Rooney appeared to have been traveling abroad in the days before the arrest. He posted a picture on his verified Instagram account on Dec. 14 in an airplane seat and said he was traveling to an auto race in Saudi Arabia.Before coming to play in the U.S. this year, Rooney had starred for Manchester United in the English Premier League. His 208 career goals make him the league’s second all-time scorer. He was also the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team.When he joined Washington-based D.C. United, he became the latest in a series of European stars to play for U.S.-based Major League Soccer late in their careers. He helped the team reach the playoffs last year.D.C. United said in a statement that it was aware of news reports of the arrest, but declined further comment.“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally,” the team said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgDeMarcus Cousins set for NBA return as Warriors face Clippers View comments 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE -In this Dec. 25, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after straining his left groin during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. The Lakers say James likely will miss at least three more games after being cleared to increase his on-court activity in his comeback from the groin injury. James was evaluated by the Lakers’ medical staff Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took part in the team’s shoot-around on Tuesday, a day before he was due for another evaluation of the groin injury that has sidelined him since Christmas.“He didn’t do the up-and-down stuff,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He did the half-court shooting and passing.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was to miss his 11th game when the Lakers hosted the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.Since he limped out of a 127-101 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, the Lakers have lost seven of their 10 games.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 starsWalton said a decision would be taken on Wednesday as to whether James will travel with the team for a two-game trip to Oklahoma City on Thursday and Houston on Saturday.“It won’t be decided until once we see what the report is,” he said. Walton said he couldn’t give specifics of James’s recent workouts, but said he continues to play a key role with the team even as he’s sidelined.“He does a lot of that when we’re not here,” Walton said. “I don’t know the amount of running he’s doing. I just know he seems to be in good spirits. He’s got another test tomorrow to get some more information on it.“He’s the leader of this team,” Walton added. “When he’s around talking to guys, it helps.”Rajon Rondo, who has been sidelined after surgery to repair a finger injury on his right hand suffered on Christmas Day, also took part in shooting drills on Tuesday.“It felt good to see those two on the court,” Walton said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

first_imgDenver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, looks to take a shot as Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 132-95. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — When the NBA handed down Nikola Jokic’s one-game suspension Friday afternoon, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone called for two things: an explanation from the league and a second shootaround from his players.He appreciated the first and was satisfied with the second after the Nuggets rallied around their star center’s absence in routing the Phoenix Suns 132-95 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT To teammates, Tom Brady stands alone as he chases 6th ring 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 “People forget, Mason Plumlee was a starter on a playoff team” in Portland, Malone said. “So, as much as we love Nikola, with Nikola not being here tonight, Mase is more than capable of taking those minutes and playing like Nikola.”All five starters reached double digits and so did reserves Malik Beasley (19 points), Monte Morris (17) and Trey Lyles (12).“That’s what good teams do,” Malone said. “When somebody’s not here, somebody else steps up.”Jokic’s absence sure didn’t turn into a blessing for Phoenix.“They didn’t need him the way they played — or the way we played,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said.Devin Booker led the Suns with 35 points. They were without their own big man with DeAndre Ayton missing the game with a sprained left ankle.“We know we didn’t play well tonight,” Booker said. “It was kind of embarrassing.”VANDERBILT DEBUTNuggets rookie Jarred Vanderbilt, a 19-year-old selected in the second round of the NBA draft out of Kentucky, made his pro debut in the waning minutes after recovering from ankle and foot injuries.“I’m happy he got that first-game jitters out of the way,” said Malone, who wants Vanderbilt to get his legs under him in the G-League. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “The league was great, and I mean this,” Malone said, adding the NBA apologized for not informing him of Jokic’s suspension before the Nuggets’ noon shootaround.“They were just busting my chops in there because we brought them back in the afternoon just to walk through the plays once we knew who was in, who was out,” Malone said after emerging from his victorious locker room. “But, whatever it takes for a win.”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 starsMason Plumlee laughed about the extra pre-game practice.“I don’t think anyone was happy” about it, he said. “Did we need it? I don’t know. He can say it was the right move now because we played well.” In 3 minutes, Vanderbilt had a point, an assist on a full-court pass, a steal and three rebounds, then was doused by a couple of teammates with two cups of Gatorade.“He’s in the league now,” Plumlee said.LIGHT WORKJamal Murray scored 13 points but rolled his troublesome ankle again. Malone said with the big lead, there was no reason to put him back in.“That was the good thing about tonight as well: our starters, nobody played crazy minutes,” Malone said. “We were able to play a lot of guys with tomorrow being our third game in four nights, that’s always important.”TIP-INSSuns: Several of Ayton’s teammates were out with him, including his backup, Richaun Holmes (right foot). Forward T.J. Warren (sore right ankle) and guard De’Anthony Melton (right ankle) also missed the game. … The Suns fell to 4-21 on the road.Nuggets: Denver outscored Phoenix 26-2 on second-chance points. … Denver won the season series 3-1. … The Nuggets improved to 21-4 at home. … The Nuggets closed out the first half on a 23-8 run for a 70-55 lead. … Denver improved to 15-1 when holding opponents below 100 points.UP NEXTSuns: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Paul Millsap had 20 points to lead eight Nuggets in double figures, and Denver held the Suns to 40 second-half points in handing Phoenix is seventh straight loss.Jokic, the Nuggets’ leader in points, rebounds and assists, was banished for a night by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation in Utah two nights earlier.Although the suspension forced him to juggle his lineup and rotations, Malone said it didn’t “change our focus at all because that should not change no matter who’s playing in uniform. Obviously, when you are down your best player and an All-Star, other guys have to step up.”That, they did.Plumlee got the start in Jokic’s absence and had 16 points, six assists and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night when they get Jokic back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemlast_img read more

first_imgHuman Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, on Thursday, felicitated the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) achievers in the fields of academics, sports and science.According to a press release, meritorious students along with their parents were invited for a three-day event involving a heritage walk, preparation of an e-book and participation in the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort. The group included 0.1 per cent students from every subject with declared parental income less than Rs 50, 000 per annum (877 students); top students who were part of 24 teams of science exhibition – 2013 (48 students) and students who excelled in CBSE sports competitions-2013 (149 students).A personally signed message by the prime minister was given to the awardees that had arrived from 20 states and belonged to various disciplines such as Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Carom, Football, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kho-Kho, Rope Skipping, Skating, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, and Aerobics.A total of 1, 074 students were invited. Due to the candidates’ pre-planned academic schedule, the board received confirmation from 515 students including 404 from academics, 95 from sports and 16 from science exhibition.Recently, the HRD Ministry has also announced an increase of 40 per cent in the stipend for student apprentices.last_img read more

first_imgSir/Madam,Kindly see the full text of address by the President of India to Parliament (Hindi version is attached):Address by the President of India to Parliament on June 9, 2014Honourable Members        I am delighted to address this first session of both Houses of Parliament after the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha. Let me begin by extending warm greetings to my fellow citizens, who participated in large numbers in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. We should never forget that we are here because of them. Serving them should be our first priority. I also felicitate the members of the new Lok Sabha. You have successfully obtained the mandate from the electorate and now you represent their hopes, aspirations and dreams. I extend a warm welcome to all of you and hope that the sessions ahead with heavy legislative agenda will be productive and useful.2. It is a matter of great satisfaction that the recent general elections were smooth and largely peaceful. I would like to congratulate the Election Commission of India and the official machinery for conducting these elections successfully. The unprecedented interest shown by the people of India in the elections is a sign of progressive deepening of our vibrant democracy.  Before I dwell upon the tasks ahead of us, I would like to express my solidarity with the families of all those who lost their lives during the election process.3. I congratulate the new Speaker of the Lok Sabha on her unanimous election to this august office. By successively electing women Speakers, the Lok Sabha has re-affirmed our age-old belief in the importance of women in our society.Honourable Membersadvertisement4. This has been an election of Hope. It marks a turning point in the evolution of our democratic polity. The surge in aspirations and the belief that these could be realized through democratic processes, has been amply reflected in the record 66.4% participation by voters, and a clear verdict in favour of a single political party after a gap of nearly 30 years. The electorate transcended the boundaries of caste, creed, region and religion to come together and vote decisively in favour of Development through Good Governance.5. The country needed a strong and stable government that could provide effective leadership. In my Republic Day speech earlier this year, I had hoped for 2014 to be a year of healing after the fractured and contentious politics of the previous years. Standing here today, I applaud the wisdom of my fellow citizens for having voted for stability, honesty and development in a resurgent India in which corruption will have no place. They have voted for a united, strong, and modern India – “Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat”. My government will work to fulfill these aspirations; with the involvement of all the 125 crore people of this great country.6. My government is committed to nurturing the right environment for actualizing this mandate of the people. For this, it pledges itself to the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’; which can be fulfilled only through your active participation. We will work together to re-establish the credibility of the institutions of democracy. My government will function on the mantra of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’. In all our actions, we will be guided by the core values of our great civilization.Honourable Members7. My Government is dedicated to the poor. Poverty has no religion, hunger has no creed, and despair has no geography. The greatest challenge before us is to end the curse of poverty in India. My government will not be satisfied with mere “poverty alleviation”; and commits itself to the goal of “poverty elimination”. With a firm belief that the first claim on development belongs to the poor; the government will focus its attention on those who need the basic necessities of life most urgently. It will take necessary steps to provide security in its entirety to all citizens; through empathy, support and empowerment.8.Containing food inflation will be the topmost priority for my government. There would be an emphasis on improving the supply side of various agro and agro-based products. My government will take effective steps to prevent hoarding and black marketing. It will reform the Public Distribution System, incorporating best practices from the States. My government is alert about the possibility of a subnormal monsoon this year and contingency plans are being prepared.9. Despite more than two-thirds of our people living in rural areas; we have not been able to provide adequate public amenities and livelihood opportunities to them. My government is committed to improving the quality of life in our villages, through empowered Panchayati Raj institutions. A substantial part of investment will focus on creating community assets and improving basic infrastructure such as roads, shelter, power and drinking water. My government will strive to end the rural-urban divide guided by the idea of Rurban; providing urban amenities to rural areas while preserving the ethos of the villages.advertisement10. Agriculture is the source of livelihood for majority of our people.  In the recent past, our farmers have been under severe stress with hopelessness driving some of them to suicides. My government is committed to reversing this unfortunate trend. It will increase investment in agriculture, both public and private, especially in Agri-infrastructure. Steps will be taken to convert farming into a profitable venture through scientific practices and Agro-technology. My government will address issues pertaining to pricing and procurement of agricultural produce, crop insurance and post-harvest management. Productivity of Animal Husbandry will be increased. My government will incentivize the setting up of food processing industries. Existing cooperative sector laws will be reviewed to remove anomalies and lacunae. My government will adopt a National Land Use Policy which will facilitate scientific identification of non-cultivable land and its strategic development.11. Each drop of water is precious. My government is committed to  giving high priority to water security. It will complete the long pending irrigation projects on priority and launch the ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana’ with the motto of ‘Har Khet Ko Paani’. There is a need for seriously considering all options including linking of rivers, where feasible; for ensuring optimal use of our water resources to prevent the recurrence of floods and drought. By harnessing rain water through ‘Jal Sanchay’ and ‘Jal Sinchan’, we will nurture water conservation and ground water recharge. Micro irrigation will be popularised to ensure ‘Per drop-More crop’.Honourable Members12. India is the world’s oldest civilization. Today it is also a country with the largest population of the youth. We must equip and nurture our youth with the right kind of education, skill-set and opportunity to reap this demographic dividend. My government will strive to transition from Youth Development to Youth-led Development. It will set up Massive Open Online Courses and virtual classrooms. It will formulate a National Education Policy aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in our educational institutions. We will set up IITs and IIMs in every state. In order to empower school teachers and students, a national e-library will be established. With the motto of “Har Haath Ko Hunar”, my government will strive to break the barriers between formal education and skill development, and put in place a mechanism to give academic equivalence to vocational qualifications. With the goal of Skilled India, my government will also launch a National Multi-skill Mission.13. The children and youth of the country need avenues of recreation that develop them constructively and keep them fit. My government will launch a ‘National Sports Talent Search System’. It will facilitate development and promotion of Indian sports, particularly rural sports. Sports will be popularised by making it an integral part of the school curriculum and providing educational incentives.advertisement14. Our country needs a holistic health care system that is universally accessible, affordable and effective. To achieve this objective, my government will formulate a New Health Policy and roll out a National Health Assurance Mission. It will promote Yoga and  AYUSH. To address the shortfall of health care professionals, health education and training will be transformed. AIIMS like institutes will be established in every State in a phased manner.15. We must not tolerate the indignity of homes without toilets and public spaces littered with garbage. For ensuring hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the nation a “Swachh Bharat Mission” will be launched. This will be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary to be celebrated in the year 2019.16. Keeping in mind welfare of the people belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and the weaker sections of our society; my government will take steps to create an enabling eco-system of equal opportunity in education, health and livelihood. My Government is committed to see that those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Other Backward classes are able to avail emerging opportunities. For the Scheduled Tribes, my government will launch a dedicated “Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana”. Electrification of tribal hamlets and connecting them with all-weather roads will be a priority area.17.   It is unfortunate that even after several decades of independence, sections of minority communities continue to suffer from poverty, as benefits of government schemes do not reach them. My government is committed to making all minorities equal partners in India’s progress. The government will especially strengthen measures to spread modern and technical education among minority communities and a National Madarsa Modernization Programme will be initiated.18. The welfare and rehabilitation of specially-abled people is integral to my government’s vision of a caring society. It will take steps to provide dignity of life to them by facilitating their participation in all walks of life. Steps will be taken to identify their special needs and to provide institutional care to them.19.  My government recognizes the important role our women play in the development of our society and growth of the nation. It is committed to providing 33 per cent reservation to them in the Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies. With a commitment of “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao”, my government will launch a mass campaign for saving the girl child and enabling her education. It will structure a comprehensive scheme, incorporating best practices from States in this regard. In the recent past, the country has witnessed some grue some incidents of violence against women. The government will have a policy of zero tolerance for violence against women, and will strengthen the criminal justice system for its effective implementation.Honourable Members20.  India is a federal polity. But, over the years, the federal spirit has been diluted. The States and the Centre should function as an organic Team India. In order to actively engage with the States on national issues, my government will reinvigorate fora like the National Development Council and the Inter-State Council. The Centre will be an enabler in the rapid progress of States through Cooperative Federalism. State-specific development models will be developed taking into account the special needs and unique problems of Coastal, Hilly and Desert areas. Highest priority will be accorded to bring eastern region of the country on par with western region in terms of physical and social infrastructure. My government is committed to addressing the issues relating to development of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The government will lay special emphasis on improving the intra-region connectivity and border infrastructure in the Northeast as well as in Jammu & Kashmir. The issue of infiltration and illegal immigrants in the Northeast region will be tackled on priority and all pending fencing work along the Northeast border will be completed. Special efforts will be made to ensure that Kashmiri Pandits return to the land of their ancestors with full dignity, security and assured livelihood.21. My government is committed to providing a clean and efficient administration focussed on delivery. The institution of Lok Pal is important to curb corruption and my government will endeavour to formulate rules in conformity with the Act. My government will take steps to build the confidence and morale of our bureaucracy; enabling it with the freedom to work, and welcoming innovative ideas. The government will stress on putting in place transparent systems and timebound delivery of government services. Government systems and processes will be revisited to make them citizen friendly, corruption free and accountable. Efforts will be made to eliminate obsolete laws, regulations, administrative structures and practices. Rationalization and convergence among Ministries, Departments and other arms of the government will be ensured to have focussed delivery. Digitization of government records will be done for improving accessibility.22. E-governance brings empowerment, equity and efficiency. It has the power to transform peoples’ lives. The backbone of my government’s new ways of working will be a Digital India. IT will be used to drive re-engineering of government processes to improve service delivery and programme implementation. We will strive to provide Wi-Fi zones in critical public areas in the next five years. My government will rollout broad band highway to reach every village and make all schools e-enabled in a phased manner. Technology will be used to prepare our children for a knowledge society. The National e-governance plan will be expanded to cover every government office from the centre to the Panchayat; to provide a wide variety of services to citizens. Emerging technologies like Social Media will be used as a tool for; participative governance, directly engaging the people in policy making and administration.23. My government is determined to rid the country of the scourge of corruption and the menace of black money. As a first step in this direction, the government has already constituted a SIT to unearth black money stashed abroad. This will be followed up vigorously by proactively engaging with foreign governments.24. Keeping in mind that justice delayed is justice denied, my government will adopt a multi-pronged approach to address the problem of high pendency of cases in our judicial system. It will progressively modernize the courts to improve their operational efficiency, and start reform of the criminal justice system to make dispensation of justice simpler, quicker and more effective. It will initiate a mission mode project for filling vacancies in the judiciary and for doubling the number of courts and judges in the subordinate judiciary in a phased manner. The government will give special emphasis to the development of Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms.Honourable Members25. On the economic front, we are passing through an extremely difficult phase. For two consecutive years, our GDP growth has been less than 5 per cent. Tax collection has declined. Inflation continues to be at an unacceptable level. Thus, putting the Indian economy back on track is paramount for my government. We will work together to usher our economy into a high growth path, rein in inflation, reignite the investment cycle, accelerate job creation and restore the confidence of the domestic as well as international community in our economy.26. My government will create a policy environment which is predictable, transparent and fair. It will embark on rationalisation and simplification of the tax regime to make it non-adversarial and conducive to investment, enterprise and growth. My government will make every effort to introduce the GST while addressing the concerns of States. Reforms will be undertaken to enhance the ease of doing business. My government will follow a policy of encouraging investments, including through FDI; which will be allowed in sectors that help create jobs and assets.27. For rapid creation of jobs in the manufacturing sector, the government will strategically promote labour-intensive manufacturing. Employment opportunities will also be expanded by promoting tourism and agro-based industries. My government will transform Employment Exchanges into Career Centres – connecting our youth with job opportunities in a transparent and effective manner through the use of technology as well as through counselling and training. The government will strengthen the pension and health insurance safety nets for labour force of all categories and would provide them access to modern financial services.28. We need to transform ourselves into a globally competitive manufacturing hub powered by Skill, Scale and Speed. To this end, the government will set up world class investment and industrial regions, particularly along the Dedicated Freight Corridors and Industrial Corridors spanning the country. My Government will encourage the domestic industry to innovate and collaborate internationally. It will strive to move towards a single-window system of clearances both at the Centre and at the States through a hub-spoke model.29. To strengthen our share in global trade, procedures will be simplified and trade infrastructure strengthened so as to reduce transaction time and costs. The SSI and Handicraft sectors will be encouraged by providing them enhanced technological, marketing and investment support. Export potential of this sector will be encouraged. My government will make every effort to improve the working conditions of our weavers in particular. It will also set up a task force to review and revive our MSME sector.Honourable Members30. Lack of robust infrastructure is one of India’s major impediments. The government will chalk out an ambitious infrastructure development programme to be implemented in the next 10 years. A fast-track, investment friendly and predictable PPP mechanism will be put in place. Modernization and revamping of Railways is on top of the infrastructure agenda. My government will launch a Diamond Quadrilateral project of high speed trains. The country will have a network of freight corridors with specialised Agri-Rail networks for perishable agricultural products. Investment in railways will be increased using innovative financing methods. Expansion of railways in Hilly States and Northeast region and modernization of rail safety systems will be prime focus areas. We will encourage R&D and high level local manufacturing for railway systems. A fast, time-bound and well monitored programme for execution of the National Highways programme will be initiated, to overcome the stagnancy of the past few years. Low cost airports will be developed to promote air connectivity to smaller towns. The government will evolve a model of Port-led development. Our long coastline will become the gateway for India’s prosperity. My government will facilitate modernization of existing ports on one hand, and development of new world class ports on the other. Stringing together the Sagar Mala project we will connect the ports with the hinterland through road and rail. Inland and coastal waterways will be developed as major transport routes.31. My government will come out with a comprehensive National Energy Policy and focus on development of energy related infrastructure, human resource and technology. The aim of the government will be to substantially augment electricity generation capacity through judicious mix of conventional and non-conventional sources. It will expand the national solar mission and connect households and industries with gas-grids. Reforms in the coal sector will be pursued with urgency for attracting private investment in a transparent manner. The international civil nuclear agreements will be operationalized and nuclear power projects for civilian purposes will be developed.32. My government is conscious of the fact that our urban infrastructure is under severe stress. Soon, 50 per cent of our population would be residing in urban areas. Taking urbanization as an opportunity rather than a challenge, the government will build 100 Cities focussed on specialized domains and equipped with world class amenities. Integrated infrastructure will be rolled out in model towns to focus on cleanliness and sanitation. By the time the nation completes 75 years of its Independence, every family will have a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24×7 electricity supply and access.Honourable Members33. While putting the country on a high growth path, my government will keep sustainability at the core of our planning process. My government strongly believes that environmental conservation can go hand in hand with development. To achieve this, environment and forest clearance systems will be made more predictable, transparent and time-bound. Simultaneously, an effective system will be developed for sound appraisal processes and strict compliance of clearance conditions, especially those relating to rehabilitation of displaced communities and regeneration of forests. Cleaner fuels will be promoted to bring down pollution levels in our cities. The government will earnestly take up mitigation works to meet the challenges posed by climate change and will closely work with the global community in this regard. Conservation of Himalayan ecology will be a priority area for my government. A National Mission on Himalayas will be launched.34. In the recent past, serious concerns have been expressed regarding use of discretionary powers in allocation of our precious natural resources. The government will formulate clear and transparent policies on allocation of critical natural resources such as coal, minerals and spectrum.35. River Ganga is a part of our rich cultural heritage, a symbol of faith and the lifeline for millions. However, Ganga continues to remain polluted with many stretches of the river becoming dry in lean season. My government will take all necessary steps to ensure a perennial, clean and pristine Ganga.36. Our rich cultural heritage is the very foundation on which rests the unity of our diverse nation. Indian languages are repositories of our rich literature, history, culture, art and other achievements. My government will launch a national mission “e-Bhasha” that will develop digital vernacular content and disseminate our classic literature in different languages. My government will also provide the required resources for the maintenance and restoration of national heritage sites.37. India has a vast untapped potential for tourism which can play a special role in our socio-economic progress. The government will initiate a mission mode project to create 50 tourist circuits that are built around specific themes. With a view to encouraging pilgrimage tourism, a National Mission for beautifying and improving the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths will be launched.38. My government recognises the central role of Science and Technology in raising the quality of life. It will encourage and incentivise private sector investments, both domestic and foreign, in science and technology and in high-end research aimed at nurturing innovation. My government will build world class research centres in the fields of nanotechnology, material sciences, thorium technology, brain research, stem cells, etc.  The government will also establish institutes of Technology for Rural Development and a Central University of Himalayan Studies.Honourable Members39. The government will maintain utmost vigil in the area of internal security.  A policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism, extremism, riots and crime will be pursued. The States will be assisted for modernizing police infrastructure and equipment to tackle new forms of terrorism including narco terrorism and cyber threats. A national plan will be chalked out in consultation with the state governments to effectively curb incidents of communal violence and the challenges posed by left wing extremism. My government will take steps to equip the security forces with the latest technology and to improve their working conditions.40. My Government will carry out reforms in defence procurement to increase efficiency and economy. It will encourage domestic industry, including the private sector; to have a larger share in design and production of defence equipment. We will introduce policies to strengthen technology transfer, including through liberalised FDI in defence production. With readily available skilled human resource, India can emerge as a global platform for defence manufacturing including software, which will strengthen our defence and spur industrial development as well as exports.41. The country is proud of its Armed Forces. They serve the nation with professionalism, dedication and valour; securing our nation and supporting relief and rescue operations in the wake of disasters and calamities. We will strengthen defence preparedness by modernising our Armed Forces and addressing the shortage of manpower on priority. Recognising the importance of coastal security, my government will set up a National Maritime Authority.42. My government will do everything to repay the debt of our brave and selfless soldiers. It will appoint a Veterans Commission to address their grievances, so that they know that we don’t stop caring for them when they retire from active service. The government will build a National War Memorial to honour the gallantry of our soldiers. One Rank, One Pension scheme will be implemented.Honourable Members43.India’s foreign policy, with its civilizational roots and heritage, is based on the principles of developing peaceful and friendly relations with all countries. We will pursue our international engagement based on enlightened national interest, combining the strength of our values with pragmatism, leading to a doctrine of mutually beneficial relationships. My government is committed to building a strong, self-reliant and self-confident India; regaining its rightful place in the comity of nations.44. My government sent a unique and bold signal to the South Asian region and the world, by inviting for the first time in independent India, leaders of all South Asian neighbours to the swearing-in ceremony of the new Council of Ministers on May 26. We are grateful to them for accepting the invitation at such a short notice. Their participation, as also the gracious presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius; not only added sheen to the ceremony, but also represented a celebration of democracy in the region and convergence of our shared hopes and aspirations. This shows my government’s commitment and determination to work towards building a peaceful, stable and economically inter-linked neighbourhood which is essential for the collective development and prosperity of the South Asian Region. We will further work together with South Asian leaders to revitalise SAARC as an effective instrument for regional cooperation and as a united voice on global issues.45. At the same time, we will never shy away from raising issues of concern to us at a bilateral level. We emphasize that the future of shared prosperity can only be built on the foundation of stability in the region, which requires sensitivity to security concerns and an end to export of terrorism to neighbours.46. My Government will engage energetically with other neighbours in our region, including China, with whom we will work to further develop our Strategic and Cooperative Partnership. We will strive to make progress in the many initiatives that are ongoing with Japan, especially in the field of building modern infrastructure in our country. Russia remains a privileged and strategic partner and my government will build further on the firm foundations of this relationship.47. India and the United States have made significant progress in developing strategic partnership over the years. My government will bring a renewed vigour to our engagement and intensify it in all areas, including trade, investment, science and technology, energy and education. India also values its broad-based cooperation with Europe. The government will make concerted efforts to achieve progress in key areas with the European Union as well as its leading members.48.To fully realize our softpower potential; there is a need to integrate it into our external interchange, with particular emphasis on our rich spiritual, cultural and philosophical heritage. The government will revive Brand India riding on our strengths of 5T’s: Tradition, Talent, Tourism, Trade and Technology.49.Across the world, we have a vibrant, talented and industrious Indian Diaspora that is a source of great pride for us. They have done pioneering work in diverse fields, held the highest public offices and have worked hard to support their localities and families in India. While they have contributed immensely to their adopted country, they also carry a little flame of India in their hearts that can light up the promise of change in our country.  A hundred years ago, in 1915, India’s greatest Pravasi Bharatiya, Mahatma Gandhi, returned home and transformed the nation’s destiny. The next Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in January 2015 will thus be a special occasion. As we celebrate the centenary of Gandhiji’s return to India, we would also take steps that would deepen every Pravasi Bharatiya’s connection with India and involve them in India’s development.Honourable Members50.    The people of India have given a clear mandate. They want to see a vibrant, dynamic and prosperous India. They want to see a resurgent India regaining the admiration and respect of the international community. Brimming with hope and expectation, they want quick results. With three Ds of Democracy, Demography and Demand on our side, India is poised to actualize these aspirations. We must rise to the occasion to fulfill these great expectations. In 60 months from now, we should be able to say with confidence and pride that we have done it.Jai Hindlast_img read more

first_imgDipa Karmakar has been hogging the limelight ever since her bronze-medal winning feat at the Commonwealth Games. At Glasgow, she became India’s first woman gymnast to win a CWG medal. Dipa is looking forward to carry on her form at the Asian Games but she is racing against time to be fully fit.The injury in her right ankle which she suffered at Glasgow is preventing her from giving her all in training. But Dipa sounds hopeful that the injury will not be a hindrance to her participation.”I hurt my ankle during the CWG on the first day of the competition. I have not been able to give much time for recovery and there are only two weeks left now,” Dipa told Mail Today.”I have cut down a bit on my training because I do not want to aggravate the injury. We have four apparatus, but I am focussing more on vaulting table which is my strength. I feel some problem during the landing so I am practicing in foam pit. The treatment is on and my aim is still to give my best,” said the Tripura girl.She points out why a medal at the Asian games is so important to her. “When Ashish bhaiya (Ashish Kumar) won medals in 2010 CWG and then the Asian Games, boys’ gymnastics got a fillip. So I wanted to do the same for girls’ gymnastics. I have the same target of winning medals at the CWG and the Asian Games.”The competition will be tougher at the Incheon Asian Games but Dipa is looking to excel. “It will be tough but it is not like we cannot do it. The medal at the Commonwealth Games has given me immense confidence.In CWG, the top gymnasts are from Australia, Canada and England to compete against. In Asian Games too there are three countries–China, Japan, and Korea against whom we will have a stiff competition. But it is not that we cannot match their standards. If we play to our potential we can definitely win medals in the Asian Games too. We are looking to win 2-3 medals.”advertisementLife has changed for Dipa after her success at Glasgow. “People have started to know me and it is good to see that gymnastics is getting popular. I am proud of the fact that I was able to perform a difficult vault (Produnova vault) successfully at the CWG. People appreciated me there after that after that. It is very difficult to get the landing right in that but I got it right.””I am thankful to SAI and the federation. SAI has been a big support. I was able to learn and practice the Produnova vault only after the pit that was built at IG stadium.”avishek.roy@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, who has managed to pull off different looks in her over decade-long movie career, has sported a bald look for her forthcoming film “Mary Kom”. The actress, who didn’t actually shave off her head, says she may consider going bald if an entire film requires her to do so.For “Mary Kom”, which releases Sep 5, the requirement was only for a scene.”It was just about one scene in ‘Mary Kom’, so it was not required for me to go bald. Then who would have shot the rest of the film? But if a film requires for me to go bald entirely, maybe I will do it. But just for one or two scenes, I can’t go bald,” Priyanka said here.She has sported a bald look for her forthcoming film Mary Kom.”Mary Kom” is a biopic on boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom, who fought all odds to pursue her passion.Talking about the film, which marks the directorial debut of Omung Kumar, Priyanka said: “When Omung came me to me with this film, I was quite sure I want to do it. I knew Omung for many years and besides this film was being made (co-produced) by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.”There was a comfort zone and Omung and Sanjay gave me confidence. It’s an incredible story,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgRussell Westbrook helps Thunder rally past Grizzlies View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Milena Alessandrini. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ Milena Alessandrini is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a left knee injury she suffered two days ago.Golden Tigresses assistant coach Yani Fernandez said it’s still hard to be precise regarding Alessandrini’s timetable since she still has to undergo therapy and that procedure would ultimately dictate how much time she’ll miss on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Alessandrini’s MRI results showed a partial tear on the anterior cruciate ligament, a Grade 3 sprain of the medial collateral ligament and the lateral collateral ligament knee.“If everything’s stable, she can continue to play with a knee support, if not she would need an operation,” said Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlessandrini, the Rookie of the Year in Season 80, injured her left knee after an awkward landing in the second set against the Lady Tamaraws.This was Alessandrini’s second major injury in just two seasons after she hurt her right shoulder last year that caused her to miss five games. 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 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

first_imgUAAP volleyball: FEU boosts Final 4 bid after rout of NU Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Of course we were mad about it,” he said. “They were down 22 but, hey, we have to worry about ourselves. We still have one more game. We can’t worry about what they’re doing.”The Cavs dropped their 10th in a row to finish 19-63, the fourth-worst record in franchise history and just the fifth time they’ve failed to win at least 20.Cleveland again played without star forward Kevin Love, whose season was sabotaged early by a toe injury that required surgery and altered everything for the Cavs. Love’s situation made things even tougher on the Cavs, who initially believed they could compete while recovering from the loss of James as a free agent for the second time.Now the focus turns to coach Larry Drew’s future and next month’s NBA draft lottery.Rookie Collin Sexton scored 18 points and had a season-high 10 assists for the Cavs. He also joined Larry Bird (1979-80) and Stephen Curry (2009-10) as the only rookies in league history to average at least 16 points while making over 40% of their 3-pointers and 80% of their free throws.There were some positives for the Cavs and none bigger than Sexton, who shrugged off a slow start and came on in the season’s second half.“Everything,” Sexton said when asked what changed in him from Game 1 to 82. “It’s a whole change. Coming into the league people said I couldn’t shoot and stuff like that, but I just kept working on it through the season and it got better and better.”If the Hornets get back to the postseason for the first time in three years, Walker will be the reason.The three-time All-Star, who is scheduled to become a free agent on July 1, is averaging 34.4 points in his last five games.DREW DONE? It may be a few days before Drew knows his fate.He guided the Cavs through a turbulent, injury-filled season that ended with uncertainty. Before the game, Drew said, “Let’s hope not” when asked if this season would be his last.The 61-year-old, who replaced good Tyronn Lue after six games, was noncommittal when he was asked if wanted to return as Cleveland’s coach.“Um, I really don’t want to get into that part of it right now,” said Drew, who plans to meet with general manager Koby Altman. “As tough as the season was, I still really enjoyed coming to work every day.”TIP-INSHornets: F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was not with the team for the second straight game because of personal reasons. … C Cody Zeller was again out with a sore left knee. … Walker enters Wednesday’s game — perhaps the final one of his career with Charlotte — as the franchise leader in points and made 3-pointers, field goals and free throws.Cavaliers: Love played 13 minutes on Sunday as a salute to close friend Channing Frye, who is retiring. Love was limited to just 22 games because of the toe and other injuries. … Frye got a rousing ovation when he checked in and a video tribute from former teammates was shown. Frye scored 10 in the fourth quarter. … Sexton scored in double figures in his final 23 games. He’s the first Cavs rookie to play all 82 games since Andre Miller in 1999-2000.UP NEXTHornets: Lost to the Magic, Wednesday’s opponent, by 38 on Feb. 14.Cavaliers: Eagerly await the NBA draft lottery on May 12. MOST READ 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 Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Charlotte kept its late-season postseason push going by pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 124-97 win Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose painful first season rebuilding without LeBron James is finally over.The Hornets (39-42) were in a must-win situation if they wanted to beat out Detroit and Miami for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. They did their part and must now defeat Orlando — and former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford — at home on Wednesday and hope the Pistons (39-42) lose in New York to clinch their first playoff berth in three years.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“It felt good, man,” said Walker. “We had great energy and great togetherness. We really wanted to win this game.”They really wanted the Pistons to lose, too. View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES But Detroit rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Memphis 100-93, eliminating Miami from the playoff chase and setting up a dramatic final day of the season.Once they finished off the Cavs, Walker and several teammates watched the end of Detroit’s game on a TV in their locker room. After the Pistons came back, Walker dejectedly shook his head as he walked from his locker to the shower area.“We knew they were down 20 at one point but we also knew they were at home and they would make a run,” Walker said. “They played tough down the stretch and got a big win.”Jeremy Lamb added 23 points and Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon scored 18 apiece as the Hornets won their fourth straight.Bridges didn’t hide his disappointment in seeing the Pistons win.ADVERTISEMENT Charlotte Hornets’ Frank Kaminsky (44) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) battle for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Cleveland. Charlotte won 124-97. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — With one game left, the Charlotte Hornets are still in the playoff chase.There’s hope, not heartache.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

first_imgRomeo said he’s “serious” about contemplating early retirement if he wins his maiden championship as a key member of the Beermen.The 27-year-old Romeo has won a handful accolades throughout his career but not one of those is a championship.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, logisticsAt least not yet with San Miguel Beer taking on Magnolia in the All-Filipino finals for the second straight year beginning Wednesday. The Beermen needed only five games to dispose of the Hotshots in last year’s Philippine Cup finals despite not having Romeo and Fil-German big Christian Standhardinger back then.“Ayun, excited pero syempre hindi ko naman pwedeng isipin lang yun palagi eh. Syempre kailangan pa rin namin maglaro ng yun nga, game, kumbaga best-of-seven so hindi pupwedeng champion na kaagad,” Romeo told reporters during the 2019 Philippine Cup Finals press conference at Eastwood in Libis. MANILA, Philippines—Terrence Romeo’s first PBA finals could be also be his last if San Miguel Beer ends up winning the Philippine Cup title for the fifth consecutive time.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid (Of course I’m excited to have a chance at winning my first championship but I can’t just think about that every time. I still need to play the game and it’s a best-of-seven series, we can’t win it right away.)“Kumbaga, one game at a time tapos kung makukuha namin yun, kahit papaano nakuha ko na yung pinakakulang para sakin. I mean, kulang na award para sa sarili ko. Tapos yun, baka magretire na ko after. Hindi na ako magbabasketbol, retire na pag nag-champion kami. Isang championship lang.”(We need to approach it one game at a time and if we get it, that would the only thing that’s missing in my career and I guess I can retire after and not play basketball if we win just one championship.)San Miguel guard Terrence Romeo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRomeo, who is only in his first conference with the Beermen, said winning a championship is his ultimate dream, which something he has to get a taste of even in his varsity days.“Pag-iisipan ko pa, pag-iisipan ko pa kasi yun lang talaga yung pinaka-dream ko eh, mag-champion sa PBA kasi wala nga akong championship simula college days ko, high school days tapos nagchachampion ako kumbaga sa barangay lang,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT (I’m still thinking about it because winning a PBA championship is my only dream because I never won a championship ever since my high school days.)SMB head coach Leo Austria said he had already known about Romeo’s plan of possibly retiring after winning a title the moment he joined the Beermen via trade four months ago.But assuming San Miguel wins the title, Austria doesn’t think Romeo will call it quits.“Players who don’t even have a chance of cracking a lineup keep on playing. It’s tough for players to let their careers go even if they don’t have a chance what more with the likes of Terrence who has yet to reach his full potential. He still has a lot more to show,” Austria said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go02:42PH 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 Scratch from stray cat affects Des Cheng’s play in loss to FEU DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

first_img“I heard some fans clearly were not happy about it. That’s obviously disappointing to hear. They rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of strange, but OK,” Federer said. “I just really hope it doesn’t take away the fact I’m really happy to be here. … I’m pumped up to play well. My excitement couldn’t be bigger.”While he hasn’t won in Rome, Federer has found success in Italy. He won his first career title in Milan in 2001. In the memorable 2006 Italian Open final, Federer lost in a fifth-set tiebreaker to Nadal.“Always enjoyed playing in Italy. It’s probably the country I’ve played the most junior tennis in,” he said. “Coming down from Switzerland to the clay courts was always a logical junior trip. They have very strong junior tournaments here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PBA D-League: CEU nears no. 1 after beatdown of Wangs “I was in the mood to play,” Federer said Tuesday after a practice session on the Foro Italico’s Campo Centrale. “Would I rather practice or play matches? … There would be excitement, more excitement than me coming to a practice court in Switzerland.“Honestly, I love to play matches. Regardless of what happens here, I just think it’s good for me to play matches at this stage,” Federer added.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, logisticsAfter reaching the Madrid Open quarterfinals last week upon his return to clay after a two-year absence, Federer went to Switzerland. He said the cool weather at home also convinced him to make the trip to Rome.“I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me,” Federer said. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Switzerland’s Roger Federer looks on during a press conference at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Italy, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)ROME — At 37 and with 20 Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer still gets excited about playing tennis.That’s why he added this week’s Italian Open to his schedule.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Federer begins play Wednesday against either 37th-ranked Frances Tiafoe or 75th-ranked Joao Sousa. He’s in the same half of the draw as eight-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal.“I’m so far away in the draw,” Federer said of a possible semifinal matchup with his longtime rival. “I have other problems first getting there.”Federer is a four-time runner-up at the Italian Open, which he’s never won, making it one of the few significant trophies he hasn’t claimed.Federer is preparing for the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks.Federer had initially planned to play only in Madrid before Roland Garros. When he announced on Saturday that he was coming to Rome, Italian Open organizers raised prices for remaining tickets to Wednesday’s session.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgDefinitionLeg or foot amputation is the removal of a leg, foot or toes from the body. These body parts are called extremities. Amputations are done either by surgery or they occur by accident or trauma to the body.Alternative NamesAmputation – foot; Amputation – leg; Trans-metatarsal amputation; Below knee amputation; BK amputation; Above knee amputation; AK amputation; Trans-femoral amputation; Trans-tibial amputationWhy the Procedure Is PerformedReasons for having an amputation of a lower limb are:Severe trauma to the limb caused by an accidentPoor blood flow to the limbInfections that do not go away or become worse and cannot be controlled or healedTumors of the lower limbSevere burns or severe frostbiteWounds that do not healRisksRisksof any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsBleedingRisksof this surgery are:A feeling that the limb is still there. This is called phantom sensation. Sometimes this feeling can be painful. This is called phantom pain.The joint closest to the part that is amputated loses its range of motion, making it hard to move. This is called joint contracture.Infection of the skin or bone.The amputation wound does not heal properly.Before the ProcedureWhen your amputation is planned, you will be asked to do certain things to prepare for it. Tell your doctor or nurse:What medicines you are taking, evenmedicines, supplements,or herbs you bought without a prescriptionIf you have been drinking a lot of alcoholDuring the days before your surgery, you may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other medicines that make it hard for your blood to clot.advertisementAsk your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery. If you smoke, stop.If you have diabetes, follow your diet and take your medicines as usual until the day of surgery.On the day of the surgery, you will likelybe asked not to drink or eat anything for 8- 12 hours before your surgery.Takeany medicinesyour doctor told you to take with a small sip of water. If you have diabetes, follow the directions your doctor gave you.Prepare your home before surgery:Plan for what help you willneed when you come home from the hospital.Arrange fora family member, friend, or neighborto help you. Or ask your doctor or nurse for help planning fora home health aidto come into your home.Ensure thatyour bathroom and the rest of your house are safe for you to move around in. For example, remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs.Ensure that you will be able to get in and out of your home safely.After the ProcedureThe end of your leg (residual limb) will have a dressing and bandage that will remain on for 3 or more days. You may have pain for the first few days. You will be able to take pain medicine as you need them.You may have a tube that drains fluid from the wound. This will be taken out after a few days.Before leaving the hospital, you will begin learning how to:Use a wheelchair or a walkerStretch your muscles to make them strongerStrengthen your arms and legsBegin walking with a walking aid and parallel barsStart moving around the bed and into the chair in your hospital roomKeep your joints mobileSit or lay in different positions to keep your joints from becoming stiffControl swelling in the area around your amputationProperly put weight on your residual limb. You will be told how much weight to put on your residual limb. You may not be allowed to put weight on yourresidual limbuntilit is fully healed.Fitting for prosthesis, a manmade part to replace your limb, may occur when your wound is mostly healed and the surrounding area is no longer tender to the touch.Outlook (Prognosis)Your recovery and ability to function afterthe amputation depend on many things. Some of these are the reason for the amputation, whether you have diabetes or poor blood flow, and your age. Most persons can still be active following amputation.ReferencesGittler M. Lower limb amputations. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo, Jr. TD. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2008:chap 109.Heck RK. General principles of amputations. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 9.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEkaterinburg: India would be aiming to better their best ever show when Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) step inside the ring against tough opponents in pursuit of summit berths in the World Men’s Boxing Championship here, on Friday.India have never had two semifinalists at the marquee event for amateur boxers and in that respect, the two Haryana boxers have already scripted history. But if both or either of them manages to make the finals, it would be a gigantic step forward for the sport in the country.The task, however, is easier said than done.Panghal has in his way Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stunned Armenia’s European gold-medallist and sixth seed Artur Hovhannisyan in the quarterfinals.Kaushik, on the other hand, faces the most accomplished boxer in his weight category — Cuban top seed Andy Gomez Cruz, who out-punched Russia’s eighth-seeded Ilia Popov in the last-eight stage.Cruz, who was the light welterweight (64kg) gold-medallist in the 2017 edition, is also a two-time Pan American Games gold-winner and not to mention, a terrific mover inside the ring.”Now begins the tough job. We have already delivered on bettering the medal count and now we aim to better their colour,” Indian Boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.”I am happy but I won’t be completely happy till the time both of them reach the finals and they surely can, both of them,” added the country’s chief coach C A Kuttappa.They are up against tough challengers but that in no way makes them automatic underdogs.Panghal, the pint-sized dynamo from Rohtak, is the reigning Asian Games and Championships gold-medallist and has back-to-back gold medals at one of Europe’s oldest tournament — the Strandja Memorial.Kaushik, the shy man hailing from the cradle of Indian boxing Bhiwani, is a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and is a two-time national medal winner.Both are employed with the Indian Army and both have shown a soldier’s grit in some draining bouts so far.”He (Bibossinov) has a long reach but I think I have the strategy to beat him,” said Panghal after the quarterfinal triumph.Panghal didn’t go into the details but so far, he has delivered each time he has promised. In fact, it was at the world championships when Panghal first caught everyone’s attention.In the 2017 edition, he nearly took down the then defending champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the quarters but lost by the most slender of margins. The Indian got his revenge a year later in the Asian Games final, where a gold catapulted him to star status in Indian boxing.Kaushik has had a stop-start career so far. He first hit the headlines when he took down 2015 world bronze-winner and three-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa in the national championship finals.That victory opened the doors of the senior national camp for him and he has been locked in a neck-and neck battle for a place in the side with Thapa ever since. So, while the CWG slot went to him, Thapa took the Asian Games last year.”I think I have moved slightly ahead because I don’t just have a world medal like him but also a CWG medal which Shiva bhai doesn’t have. That has taken a lot of pressure off me,” Kaushik told PTI.”As for tomorrow, I have seen the videos of my opponent. No doubt he is a good boxer but there is nothing in his game that I cannot do better,” he added.Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal in a single edition of the world championship.The overall medal count for the country before the ongoing edition stood at four bronze medals, claimed by Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017). Amit PanghalboxingIndiaIndian Boxing First Published: September 19, 2019, 1:25 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.last_img read more

first_img 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. Changzhou: B Sai Praneeth suffered a three-game loss to world no.9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the quarterfinals to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament here on Friday.Almost a month after dispatching the Indonesian en route his historic world championships bronze at Basel, world no.15 Praneeth went down to the same opponent 21-16 6-21 16-21 in 55 minutes to end his campaign here. Ginting will now take on eighth-seeded Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, who had clinched the silver at the World Championships.Praneeth, who had reached the finals of Swiss Open early this year, came into the match with a 3-2 advantage in the head-to-head count against Ginting but he ran out of steam after winning the opening game.Praneeth opened up a 3-0 lead early on and then kept widening the gap, reaching 11-3 at the break.Ginting tried to make a comeback and was 11-14 at one stage but the Indian ensured there were no hiccups as he pocketed the opening game comfortably.In the second game, Ginting galloped to a 9-4 lead after grabbing six straight points and entered the interval with a cushion of 11-5.The Indonesian continued to rule the roost after the break, jumping to a massive 18-6 lead and soon roared back into the contest.The decider was a close affair as Praneeth erased a 2-6 deficit to catch up with Ginting and was ahead 11-7 at the breather. A fighting Ginting, however, turned the tables after reeling off six points on the trot to reach 13-12.The Indonesian kept his hold on the proceedings after that to grab four match points and converted it easily to enter the semifinals.Last month, Praneeth had reached the semifinals of the World Championships to end India’s 36-year wait for a men’s singles medal at the tournament.He emulated legendary Prakash Padukone, who had also won a bronze at the 1983 edition. b sai praneethbadmintonChangzhouchina open First Published: September 20, 2019, 2:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT 0 October 09, 2017 × COMMENTS SHARE sport The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to approve plans for its long-awaited World Test Championship at a meeting in New Zealand this week, it was reported today.The sport’s governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format’s popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big-hitting Twenty20 version of the game.But squabbling over formats and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010.The Sydney Morning Herald reported that plans for a nine-nation Test championship were now well advanced and the ICC was set to give the concept a green light on Friday at a meeting in Auckland.It said the first edition of the competition would run over a two-year cycle beginning in 2019, culminating in a final between the top two teams at Lord’s.Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said that the league competition would give Test series a broader international “context”, making them more than stand-alone bilateral contests. “You’re also creating structure in such a way that you no longer have games without meaning. They are all part of a league championship,” he told the Herald.Purists view Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport but it has struggled, particularly in Asia, as lucrative T20 competitions such as the Indian Premier League have caught the public’s imagination.A recent innovation designed to reverse the trend is the introduction of day-night Test matches, which moves playing sessions to more spectator-friendly hours.The idea of four-day Test matches has also been floated, although traditionalists oppose the move.The Herald reported that the ICC will also look at a major shake-up of one-day international fixtures at the Auckland meeting.It said a 13-nation ODI league was being considered, which would operate on a three-year cycle with results affecting World Cup qualification.Under the plans, the number of ODIs in a series would be capped at three, ending the lengthy five-match series that are currently part of the international fixture list. cricketlast_img read more

first_imgFor starters, the inaugural match between ATK and Kerala Blasters FC got 25 million total TV impressions and registered a 59 per cent growth over last season’s opening game. SHARE SHARE EMAIL “We are thrilled with the response that the Hero ISL is getting from football fans across India. The growth demonstrated is across urban, rural and digital audiences which indeed proves that Future Hai Football,” says Sanjay Gupta, MD, Star India. Several media planners BusinessLine spoke to said the inventory for the matches too, have been seeing favourable response. “A 10-second slot is selling anywhere between ₹1.25 lakh and ₹2 lakh,” sources indicate. Besides this, an enhanced season from 12 week to 17 weeks also signify the viewer interest in the global sport with a total of 95 matches slated for prime time on television and frequent update on the digital platform. The total number of matches in the last season was 65. First match sees 59% jump in viewership SHARE The fourth season of Indian Super League, a league-based football tourney, seems to be inching the cricket way both in terms of viewership and sponsorships. November 23, 2017 ISL is owned by IMG, Reliance Industries Ltd and Star India. Globally, DHL supports some of the world’s biggest football clubs and tournaments such as Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich and Copa Libertadores. Digital streaming platform Hotstar said it has recorded a 5X increase in total time spent (minutes watched) and 3X more viewers compared to the opening match of Season 3. An ISL spokesperson said, “Having strengthened club participation from eight to 10 in this season, its soaring viewership and the league’s commitment to grass-roots football, India is undergoing a football renaissance. It is going to be an exciting new journey with the longer season set to kick-off shortly. We are extremely happy that we are seeing greater interest from corporates”. As per available data, the first season of ISL had seen sponsors pump in ₹55 crore, the second season saw close to ₹100 crore through sponsorship, while the third season was estimated to have seen sponsorship at ₹150-175 crore. Several sponsors have also continued their association with the sporting extravaganza. Published on football × DHL said it will unveil a 360-degree interactive brand campaign specifically created for this season which has the potential to be seen by 215 million television viewers and 1.5 million in-stadia spectators. R S Subramanian, Country Manager, DHL Express India, said: “ISL has grown to be an integral part of the country’s sporting calendar. The increase in the number of games this season gives us greater opportunity to engage with our audiences on and off-ground for a longer time period”. An ISL 2017-18 football championship match… an enhanced seasonfrom 12 week to 17 weeks signifies the viewer interest in the sportwith a total of 95 matches slated for prime time on television An ISL 2017-18 football championship match… an enhanced seasonfrom 12 week to 17 weeks signifies the viewer interest in the sportwith a total of 95 matches slated for prime time on television DHL sponsorship DHL, which has been sponsor for the last three seasons, has renewed partnership with ISL4 as an Associate sponsor. The fourth season has also seen addition of two new teams Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC taking the total number of teams to 10. COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgWomen watch the Olympic torch relay under a giant banner depicting the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang, in Seoul, South Korea.   –  Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL × sport COMMENTS Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea could send a delegation to South Korea South Korea COMMENT SHARE January 16, 2018 2 Koreas discuss Northern art troupe’s visit during Olympicscenter_img 0 ‘North Korea to send athletes, cheer squad to Winter Olympics’ While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are “furious” at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the governments peace-making plans.Officials from both countries are still engaged in talks over exactly how the North will participate in next month’s games in Pyeongchang. But the backlash may trip up Seoul’s plans to use the sporting event to improve bilateral ties after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes.South Korea’s women’s ice hockey team was the first to be singled out for possible integration with North Koreans, with Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan saying the government would ask Olympic organizers to expand the team’s roster from 23 to more than 30.That came as a shock to team members, who had just returned to South Korea last Friday after training in the United States for the past three weeks, a senior official with the Korea Ice Hockey Association said. “They were just furious and found the idea absurd,” the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “We are utterly speechless that the government just picked us out of blue and asked us to play with total strangers at the Olympics.”The proposal has also sparked an outcry from thousands of South Koreans, who have signed online petitions asking the presidential Blue House to drop the idea. “I cannot help but think the government is abusing its power to make political gains from the Olympics,” said one comment on the petition. “Taking roster spots from South Korean athletes who have put so much effort for the Olympics – a dream stage for all South Korean athletes – for the North Koreans is not fair at all.”More than 70 per cent of South Koreans oppose forming a joint team with the North, according to a Jan 11 survey released by the office of the South’s National Assembly Speaker and television network SBS. More than 80 per cent, however, said they welcomed the North’s participation in general. A spokesmen for the Blue House referred questions to the ministries involved in the talks with North Korea.The sports ministry said it was discussing the matter with the International Olympic Committee to “minimize any disadvantage” for the South Korean team. “We will also be taking the public opinion into consideration prior to making the final decision,” a ministry official told Reuters. The unification ministry declined to comment.Internal divisionThe public backlash underscores how North Korea diplomacy, which has often come in the form of one-sided assistance from Seoul, remains a source of bitter division and contention within South Korea. The two countries are still technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in truce, not a peace treaty.Liberal President Moon Jae-in wants to revive ties with North Korea that froze under nearly a decade of conservative rule in the South. His administration has proposed the two Koreas make a show of unity at the Games, marching together at the opening and closing ceremonies and competing together as one nation.But South Korea’s ice hockey association hasn’t heard much from the politicians spearheading those plans, other than being told by the sports ministry to “get prepared,” the senior official said. “Honestly, we have no idea whats going on. Frankly, I do not know what they meant by to ‘get prepared’ since we do not have any channels to talk to the North Korean team,” the official said.Among the issues to be worked out are the roster, game strategies and the appointment of a head coach to lead the joint team. “None of these crucial and basic issues have been discussed at all. And the South Korean teams first tournament in the Olympics is only three weeks away,” the official said. “Can you believe this? None of this makes any sense.”The association did not make athletes available for interviews, saying they were in the final round of training before their first game on Feb 10. Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan has defended the proposal for a joint ice hockey team, arguing that by expanding the roster, no South Korean athletes would be left out. South Korea will have the “coaching rights” for the team as well, he said during a parliamentary session on Monday, and the unified team would not “hurt South Korean athletes and their team capability.”Public skepticismChoi Moon-soon, governor of Gangwon province, where the games will be held, said the negative public views may be the result of frigid inter-Korean relations under previous conservative administrations. But he added that public opinion would change once North Korea attended the games.“The two Koreas have marched at nine games so far, and the world gave its blessing to the two Koreas,” Choi said. “There were few people who opposed that.” But Kim Dae, a 26-year-old engineer in Seoul, said there was no clear point in having a unified team. “I do not understand what this united team is for. It almost feels like two different teams are forced to play together at the Olympics,” Kim said. “Who’s benefiting from this joint team anyway?”A separate Jan. 8 poll by Realmeter found that 54 per cent of South Koreans supported Seoul’s plans to provide accommodation and other expenses needed for the stay of the North Korean delegation during the games, while 41 per cent opposed it. Conservative lawmakers questioned whether the potential problems were worth the political gains. “Many people worry that North Korea is taking advantage of the Pyeongchang Olympics to publicize its political propaganda,” parliament member Kim Ki-sun said on Monday. “How long did the peace last after the two Koreas marched together in past games?” Women watch the Olympic torch relay under a giant banner depicting the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang, in Seoul, South Korea.   –  Reuters North Korea Petition opposing plan gathers thousands of signatures 2018 Winter Olympics Published on RELATED last_img read more

first_imgShenzhen: Wimbledon champion Simona Halep saved a match point in the second set and then powered to a rousing comeback victory over Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu at the WTA Finals on Monday.The No.5 seed prevailed with a gruelling 3-6,7-6 (8/6), 6-3 win in two hours and 34 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre. Andreescu, who at 19 is the youngest player in the draw, had a match point in the 12th game of the second set but was unable to convert and fell away after that.Halep moved on top of Purple Group alongside defending champion Elina Svitolina who earlier beat No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (14/12), 6-4 in one hour and 53 minutes.”I love playing under pressure,” Halep said after the match.”I’m happy that I could fight with a girl who is 10 years younger than me.”There has been much attention on Andreescu since she beat Serena Williams in the US Open final and she started confidently in her first appearance at the season-ending showpiece.In a matchup of the past two Grand Slam champions, Andreescu dictated early from the baseline and ruthlessly pounced on Halep’s tentative serve to break three times in a dominant opening set.It was a see-saw in the second set with both players struggling to hold serve before Halep produced her best when it mattered most to force a deciding set.Andreescu received medical attention on her lower back between sets and she appeared lethargic in the deciding set as a rejuvenated Halep took full advantage.The No.4 seed lost for just the sixth time in 54 matches this season, where she started the year ranked 178.Earlier, Svitolina continued her dominance over Karolina Pliskova to start her title defence impressively. It was Svitolina’s fourth straight victory over a misfiring Pliskova who had 42 unforced errors.The 25-year-old is hoping to end a barren season on a high having not captured a title since last year’s WTA Finals triumph.”This is my last chance (this season),” Svitolina told reporters. “That’s the biggest motivation for me. I always try to bring my best game.”It was a disappointing result for Pliskova who started well, mixing trademark hard-hitting blows from the baseline with softer touch, but Svitolina slowly clawed her way back into the match.It was a tense contest extending into a nerve-jangling tiebreaker with Pliskova’s bold approach saving six set points, but she miscued on the seventh as the Ukrainian finally drew first blood.A frustrated Pliskova was broken immediately to open the second set and never seriously threatened to stage a comeback against an increasingly confident Svitolina.Pliskova, who has a tour-leading four titles this season, rued the marathon tiebreaker where she failed to convert a set point.”I think that decided the match,” she said. “Even though I had some chances in the second set, the first set was a big part of the match. Bianca Andreescuelina svitolinakarolina pliskovaSimona Halep First Published: October 28, 2019, 10:29 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.last_img read more

first_img 2023 AFC Asian Cup QualifiersFIFA 2022 World Cup QualifiersfootballIgor Stimac First Published: November 21, 2019, 7:03 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. New Delhi: Indian football coach Igor Stimac feels that talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri is “playing like a 29-year-old” and remains irreplaceable for the next few years.The 35-year-old Chhetri has been in prolific form in recent years but since netting India’s lone goal in the 1-2 loss to Oman in September, he has not found the target in the last three matches of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. Asked if he has found any player in India who can replace Chhetri in the future, Stimac said, “I don’t know why people mention about replacing Sunil, he is not going anywhere. He is fit and doing his best. He is very valuable to us. His body is like a 29-year-old.”As long as he is training like he is doing right now and giving his best for the national team, he will be with us, I can assure you that.”He (Sunil) had some great chances, there was one against Afghanistan which normally Sunil scores nine out of 10 times. It did not happen that day, but that does not mean that something has changed in his game. It happens in football,” the Croatian said on the sidelines of the launch of the 13th I-League here.Chhetri is currently the second highest international goal scorers among active players, only behind Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the most-capped player and also the all-time top scorer for the Indian national team, with 72 goals in 115 appearances.Stimac said the current team also has players who can score goals and he was hopeful of them stepping up and getting the job done for India.”But at the same time. I will have chance to find out a few more players like Sunil Chhetri. I hope that once Jobby Justin starts playing games he will start scoring goals,” the head coach said.”I hope a few other players like Seiminlen Doungel from FC Goa will start playing as central forward and Manvir Singh start scoring goals. We have some options,” added Stimac.Doungel scored an injury-time goal in India’s 1-1 draw against Afghanistan in Dushanbe, Tajikistan earlier this month. The Indian team is virtually out of contention for a 2022 World Cup third round spot after losing 0-1 to Oman on Tuesday. Related StoriesEveryone is Keen to Play in Srinagar: I-League CEO Confident Real Kashmir Games Will be Safe last_img read more

first_img“We are a team that loves to play aggressive cricket but “We are a team that loves to play aggressive cricket but this pushes us to respect the conditions which will be good going into the WT20. Im glad we restricted them to 85 runs, 100 or 110 runs and the game was on,” Dhoni said. “The fast bowlers did well but even after that we took wickets at regular intervals which is crucial to stop runs in this format. We have to be switched on in the field, that is one department where you can guarantee performance, one run out can take the game away from the opposition,” the Indian captain added. Pakistan rued that his batsmen did not bat according to the situation. “We have played so much cricket, we should have read the pitch, we did not play according to the pitch, if we lose 4-5 batsmen in the first six overs we cant score 140. We had to read the situation, Kohli was an example, and Yuvi,” he said. “It was not 160 pitch, If we had survived the fast bowlers there wasnt much turn on the pitch for their spinners. You could have managed 7-8 runs in an over,” he said. PTI AT ATlast_img read more

first_imgPakistan: Pakistan: Sharjeel c Guptill b Milne 47 Shehzad c Guptill b Santner 30 Latif c Elliott b Santner 3 Akmal c Guptill b Milne24 Afridi c Anderson b Sodhi 19 Malik not out 15 Sarfraz not out 11 Extras: (LB-5, W-4) 9Total: (for 5 wickets in 20 overs) 158 Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-79, 3-96, 4-123, 5-140Bowling: Santner 4-0-29-2, Anderson 2-0-14-0, Milne 4-0- 26-2, McClenaghan 4-0-43-0, Elliott 2-0-16-0, Sodhi 4-0-25-1. PTI AH AHlast_img

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Diplomats of several countries based in the national capital will raise funds to make at least one village open defecation-free by participating in a two-day tennis tournament starting here on April 16, an official statement said.The unique initiative Tennis4Toilets has been conceived by the ambassadors of Guatemala, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Chile in cooperation with Sulabh International.The tournament will be held with the cooperation of All India Tennis Association. It will take place at RK Khanna stadium on April 16 and the final match and award ceremony will be held at embassy of Serbia the next day, the statement said.Besides the diplomats and their administrative staff, local representatives from different organisations and schools will also participate in the tournament.The initiative has been endorsed by 18 other embassies and high commissions including those of the US, Norway, New Zealand, Malaysia, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Jordan, Morocco, among others, the ambassadors told media here.Serbian Ambassador Vladimir Maric explained the reason for tennis being chosen for the charity saying, “Tennis is a sport which is quite popular in the countries we come from. Speaking for myself, Serbia is the nation of tennis and the present number one player Novak Djokovic belongs to our country.”Terming the initiative as part of “cultural diplomacy” Guatemala ambassador Georges de La Roche Du Ronzet hoped a “nice figure” of donations would be raised through it and used for construction of toilets in rural areas. PTI VIT PVI SK PVIadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFollowing the release of the teaser of his upcoming film “Sachin The Film”, India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said acting is a more challenging task for him than playing the game which comes to him naturally.The teaser was scheduled for release on Thursday afternoon and Tendulkar shared it through his Facebook and twitter page earlier today.Mumbai-based production company 200 Not Out is making the film with London-based award-winning writer, director and producer James Erskine as the director and music given by A.R. Rahman.”For so many years, I did whatever I wanted to do and camera captured that. But then suddenly, I was asked to do particular things, and then camera captured that,” Tendulkar said at a promotional event in Mumbai. “That was a bit difficult thing for me. But believe me the first option was a better option. Acting is not something which I dreamt of. Without any doubt it is more challenging for me than playing cricket, I enjoyed that (cricket) more,” the 42-year-old said.The former India skipper, who is currently a mentor for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, also tweeted about his film saying, “A journey made special by your support and wishes.last_img read more

first_imgRed Bull has demoted Russian driver Daniil Kvyat and replaced him with Max Verstappen for the rest of the Formula One season, starting from next week’s Spanish Grand Prix.The 18-year-old Verstappen’s promotion from feeder team Toro Rosso comes after Kvyat twice barged into Sebastian Vettel’s car in Sunday’s Russian Gran Prix, knocking him out of the race on the first lap.”Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said in a statement. “We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.”Kvyat was also involved in another incident with Vettel at the Chinese GP and his demotion to Toro Rosso – where he drove in the 2014 season – appears to be a reprimand. Vettel spoke with Horner, his team principal when Vettel and Red Bull won four straight drivers’ and constructors’ championships from 2010-13, moments after being shunted off the track at Sochi.”(Kvyat) will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential,” Horner said.But it is a big blow to the 22-year-old Kvyat, who was signed to replace Vettel when he left Red Bull to join Ferrari last year.advertisementKvyat finished a commendable seventh last year, = one place ahead of his more illustrious teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, and this season secured an impressive third place at the Chinese GP.But while his talent and his speed are not in doubt, his abrasive, highly risky style of driving has caught the headlines more than his driving.Vettel confronted him angrily after the Chinese GP, where Vettel collided with his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen after Kvyat tried an aggressive overtaking move on the first corner.Kvyat did not apologize to Vettel, although he did after the Russian GP incident.Verstappen, the youngest driver to make his debut in F1 last season, is touted as a future star of the sport and is under contract until the end of 2017, with Mercedes and Ferrari both reportedly keen on signing him.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, May 5 (PTI) Indias Test captain Virat Kohli is of the opinion that as much as you put systems in place to curb match-fixing it will always depend on an indivdual player as to what kind of choices he makes. Asked about whether enough is being done by cricketing authorities to curb the menace of fixing Kohli told CNN News18:”I think authorities are doing as much as they can to keep the sport clean. You obviously cannot go into someones room and tell them not to speak to someone in certain way. They can have protocols and they can have rules being set up and thats how much you can do. Eventually its upto individual how he wants to go about his decisions. If individuals chooses to do something wrong, doesnt matter how much how much you control them.” On his part, Kohli said that he has been “fortunate” to have never encountered anything of that sort and would like it to remain like that for the rest of his life. “No, I have never encountered anything like that anything in my life fortunately. I love the sport too much. For me, to even explain myself for something that might not even lead to anything. As a cricketer, you feel sad from inside to encounter those situations. Fortunately, I havent and god willingly, I wont in future also.” Asked about what will be his legacy in Indian cricket, Kohli said: “When I finish, if I can inspire people to take up the sport. If I can inspire children to say that we want to play sport because we want to be like him, that would make me feel like I have achieved something.” (MORE) PTI KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane said he was looking forward to partnering Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy when England play a Euro 2016 warm-up match against Turkey in Manchester on Sunday. (Latest Football stories)The two topped the Premier League scoring chart this season, Kane taking the Golden Boot with 25, one ahead of Vardy and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.The three other strikers in manager Roy Hodgson’s provisional squad for the Euros are unavailable for Sunday’s game.Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford are involved in Saturday’s FA Cup final and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is being rested following the Europa League final.”Whoever the manager wants to pick, we will be ready to go and try to score as many goals as we can,” Kane said at the squad’s Midlands training base.”Jamie has had a fantastic season, so if we are playing together it will be very exciting. We are different types of player – he has got a lot of pace and can run in behind. That will probably allow me to drop off and get into space.”ALL IS WELLTottenham were for a long time Leicester’s closest rivals for the Premier League title before falling away and finishing third.”We had a bit of banter over social media but everything is all good,” said Kane.”Winning the Golden Boot is always nice and something I’m proud of and very happy with.”After the Turkey game, England face Australia in Sunderland on May 27 and Portugal at Wembley on June 2.advertisementTheir opening European Championship match is against Russia in Marseille on June 11. They also face Wales and Slovakia in Group B.last_img read more

first_imgIt seems boxing icon MC Mary Kom’s dreams of taking part in what would be her swansong Olympics in Rio are still not over despite of the five-time world champion suffering a second-round exit at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships today.The 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist, competing in the flyweight category (51 kg), lost 0-2 to Germany’s Azize Nimani. The seasoned Manipuri boxer needed to reach the semi-finals to secure an Olympic berth.However, the world boxing governing body AIBA told India Today that Mary still has a possibility to qualify for the Rio Games to be held from August 5-21. (Boxer Sarita Devi fails to qualify for Rio Olympics)PERMUTATIONS AND COMBINATIONSMary’s Olympic hopes now depends on how two other boxers from the asian/oceanian region, Ren Cancan and Lin Yu-Ting, finish in the competition.According to the AIBA, if world No. 1 Chinese boxer Ren Cancan and Taiwan’s No. 3 boxer Lin Yu-Ting make it to the semi-finals in this competition, then Mary can get lucky and qualify. Both Cancan and Lin have already got quota berth for the Olympics.World Championships is the final qualifying competition for the Rio Games to be held from August 5-21. Only three weight categories of 51 kg, 60 kg and 75 kg are part of the women’s boxing competitions at the Olympics.The 33-year-old mother of three, had earlier said that she will quit the sport post the 2016 Olympics.last_img read more

first_imgStating that the most striking quality of Ali was his Stating that the most striking quality of Ali was his aggression in the ring, Mary Kom said he was mentally and physically a strong athlete. “The quality I liked in him was his aggression in the ring. He was mentally and physically strong,” she added. Replying to a query, Mary Kom said there was a need for a boxing federation in the country. “We want boxers federation to be formed as early as possible. It will be good for young pugilists. Absence of a federation is disadvantageous for young boxers as they are deprived of the much-needed support, she said. “It also hurts. For instance, I was very sad when our flag was not there when I won a bronze in Asia-Oceania tournament. The flag wasnt there because we do not have boxing federation,” she said. On International Boxing Association (AIBA) throwing the Olympic door open for professional boxers, Mary Kom said: “Amateur boxers will get maximum benefit if professional boxers are allowed to contest in the Olympics.” PTI BDN CM CMlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You could see he’s very eager. He tried to sneak in one possession unsuccessfully,” Rivers said. “He wants to play.”Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Milwaukee manages reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in a similar way to Leonard.“We’re very conscientious of how we can keep him healthy and how we can keep him playing well, being proactive, being aggressive,” he said. “It’s not just the Clippers. A lot of teams are considering and doing things to make sure their whole roster is healthy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Warriors center Looney to miss at least two more weeks Added Montrezl Harrell, “He’s got to take care of his body like every other player on this team.”Rivers cited “a lot of minutes” that Leonard racked up last season while leading Toronto to its first NBA championship.“I think Kawhi made a statement that he’s never felt better,” Rivers said. “It’s our job to make sure he stays that way.”Leonard is averaging career highs in points (29.3), rebounds (7.3), assists (5.7), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.0) in six games so far this season, while averaging 30.5 minutes.Paul George, the Clippers’ other big acquisition during the summer, is still rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery. He is expected to participate in contact at practice soon.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George, third from right, watch from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard isn’t healthy three weeks into the season, according to the NBA, which says that as a result the Los Angeles Clippers can rest their new superstar.He was on the bench against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks for a national TV game Wednesday night, the first half of a back-to-back for the Clippers. They host Portland on Thursday night, and coach Doc Rivers said Leonard would play.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READcenter_img View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league’s resting policy,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Wednesday. “And, as such, is listed as managing a knee injury in the LA Clippers injury report. The league office, in consultation with the NBA’s director of sports medicine is comfortable with the team medical staff’s determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy to play in back-to-back games at this time.”While not disputing the league’s comments, Rivers also said Leonard “feels great.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“But he feels great because of what we’ve been doing and we’re just going to continue to do it,” the coach said. “There’s no concern here.”Last week, Leonard missed a road-home back-to-back against Utah and San Antonio. Rivers said it doesn’t mean that Leonard won’t play in back-to-backs — the team has 11 remaining this season — but “early on we’re going to keep to the same plan that we’ve kept to so far.” NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

first_imgHero Cycles launched 17 bikes under its new brand Hero Sprint Pro, priced between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000.BSH Ventures’ manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka, which was acquired by the company, will be the manufacturing base for Hero Sprint Pro line of products.ALSO READ:Hero launches Splendor iSmart; priced at Rs 53,300″Hero Sprint Pro is another move by Hero Cycles to widen its presence in the premium and semi premium fitness category of bikes,” Hero Cycles CMD Pankaj Munjal said in a statement.The brand makes an appeal to the youth, fitness enthusiasts and outdoor sport aficionados who take up cycling as a leisure and adventure activity, he added.”We have started this brand with 17 products, but we will soon strengthen it with more additions,” Munjal said.     ALSO READ:Hero MotorCorp to begin production at Chittoor plant by 2018Hero Cycles recently acquired a majority stake in BSH Ventures, one of Sri Lanka’s leading bicycle manufacturers, with an aim to develop it as a manufacturing base for its European exports.The company is investing in ramping up the plant capacity in the island nation to half a million units a year with plans laid out to fuel the domestic as well as rapidly growing global demand.In recent years, Hero Cycles has initiated several moves to diversify and broaden its product range.ALSO READ: Hero Electric launches e-tipper, unveils e-scooterslast_img read more

first_imgFast bowler Mitchell Starc has had an operation on his left leg after a freak training ground accident, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.The 26-year-old hit his left shin on a piece of equipment during a training drill in Sydney and required 30 stitches.Starc was rested from Australia’s one-day international tour of South Africa, which begins later this month, but CA remains ‘hopeful’ he will regain fitness before they host the Proteas in November at the start of a heavy home schedule.”Mitchell was taken to St George hospital in an ambulance this afternoon suffering a deep laceration to his left shin after colliding with some training equipment,” CA chief medical officer John Orchard said. (Also read: India have the edge over New Zealand, England and Australia: Muralitharan)”Fortunately there were no bone fractures or tendon damage to his leg and he underwent surgery this afternoon to clean the wound and received approximately 30 stitches.”Starc’s injury added to Australia woes after top-order batsman Shaun Marsh broke his finger on Australia’s recent tour of Sri Lanka, while all-rounder James Faulkner suffered a calf injury at training on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgWorld soccer’s governing body FIFA was under fire on Monday for winding up its anti-racism task force with former presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan describing the move as worrying and shameful.FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura confirmed the decision when she spoke to the Soccerex conference in Manchester, saying the task force had a “very specific mandate”.”We will turn its work into a strong programme of zero tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind, including violation of human rights,” she said. “We can live with perception (created by disbanding the task force) but we are taking very firm action.” (Also read: Imagination and lies, says Gianni Infantino of UEFA election link)However, Prince Ali, a former FIFA executive committee member who has twice run for the presidency, said that “the notion that the current FIFA leadership believes that the task force’s recommendations have been implemented is shameful.”He added that the announcement was “incredibly worrying”.”Never has the need to combat racism and racial discrimination been more evident than it is in the world we live in today,” Prince Ali said in a statement.”It is not something that any governing body with any semblance of responsibility can down play or deny. “The reality, as with many programs within FIFA, is that the task force was never given real support since its conception and its role was more about FIFA’s image than actually tackling the issues.”The decision emerged on Friday when Osasu Obayiuwana, a Nigerian broadcaster and lawyer who was a member of the panel, published on Twitter a letter he received from FIFA announcing the end of the task force. advertisementIt said the task force had achieved the goals which were set out for it when it was created under the leadership of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2013.The task force’s original chairman, Jeffrey Webb, was among high-ranking soccer officials arrested in Zurich in May last year.Webb has since pleaded guilty in the United States to offences linked to racketeering, fraud and money-laundering.He was one of 42 soccer officials and entities indicted last year, plunging FIFA into its worst ever crisis. (Also read: FIFA president Gianni Infantino cleared of wrongdoing in ethics probe)Webb was replaced as head of the task force by Constant Omary, a FIFA Council member from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Britain’s Kick It Out anti-racism group said it was perplexed by FIFA’s decision, especially as the move came less than two years before the World Cup in Russia, a country it said was “notorious for racism and abusive activities towards minorities”.It said football should seek to lead the way in combating violence, prejudice and hate and that organisations fighting racism would be “deeply disheartened to hear news of the disbandment, as they look to FIFA for leadership.”last_img read more

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have taken a different path to Manchester City but manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the Londoners can soon rival Sunday’s opponents as one of the world’s biggest clubs.City were catapulted to the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Premier League titles by the huge investment of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and have become Champions League regulars. (Champions League: Son Heung-min strike helps Tottenham Hotspur beat CSKA Moscow)Spurs have made steadier progress in Pochettino’s two seasons in charge, finishing fifth and third and qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time.While City boast some of the world’s biggest names, such as Sergio Aguero and David Silva, and went on a huge spending spree in the summer, Tottenham have largely relied on a core of young English players mixed with some astute foreign signings. (Harry Kane strike sinks Sunderland and keeps Spurs on the rise)Under new manager Pep Guardiola a rampant City have won six out of six in the league so far this season but unbeaten Tottenham are their closest pursuers, four points behind. Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at White Hart Lane offers Pochettino the chance to get one over Guardiola who he once out-witted when he was in charge of Espanyol and the Spaniard was at the height of his powers with Barcelona. (Premier League: Everton up to third place despite Crystal Palace draw)Whatever the outcome, Pochettino believes Spurs are on course to become City’s regular rivals for silverware.”Maybe we are a little behind them but our expectation in the long term is to compete with all the big clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool,” Pochettino said at a news conference on Friday.advertisementDIFFERENT PROJECT”It’s important for us. Since 2014 we have been building a different project. We are building a new stadium, we have an unbelievable training ground and we want to set the principles to be a big, big club.”Our spirit and ambition is to be one of the biggest in the world, but you need time and a normal process.”Tottenham are building a new 60,000-seater stadium next to their historic White Hart Lane ground.That will mean less in the transfer kitty but with such a young squad, including England regulars Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, Spurs have great potential to maintain their current progress.”It is difficult to compare Tottenham and Manchester City. You look at their budget, the salaries they pay and compare it with Tottenham, and it is very clear,” Pochettino said.”If you look at my first season here, 2014-15, and compare it with Guardiola’s – how much he has spent, and how much I spend then. We have very different projects.” Tottenham did the double over City last year when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of the Manchester club.Before that City had won the previous four clashes.”It’s a very important game for us and for them, but it’s only a game,” Pochettino said.”But it’s very early to start saying that it’s an important game to prove something. It’s important to reduce the gap but be sure that my speech if we win will be the same as if we don’t.”last_img read more

first_imgComebacks are never easy especially at the age of 34 and after a hiatus of two years. Gautam Gambhir would have felt a bit jittery when he would have walked out to the middle after India won the toss and opted to bat against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.Gambhir looked positive right from the start when he cut one to the point boundary and then followed up with two successive sixes off Matt Henry. The left-handed batsman with a changed stance left well any deliveries outside the off and looked set for a big score. But unfortunately fell on 29, trapped lbw by Trent Boult.The Delhi batsman, who was drafted to the Test squad after injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan last played in a Test match for India in 2014 against England at the Oval. Gambhir’s solid performances in the domestic circuit, which included the recently concluded Duleep Trophy brought him back into contention.The Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain still has one more chance in the second essay and if he manages to get a decent score, he could be very well in the fray to be picked for India’s upcoming Test matches.While, at lunch on day one of the third and final Test, India were 75/2 with Cheteshwar Pujara (29*) and Virat Kohli (7*) at the crease.last_img read more

first_img8th race: The Super Sunrise Handicap Div.I Dist (Abt) 8th race: The Super Sunrise Handicap Div.I Dist (Abt) 1400 Mts. Rewalding (Mr Gurinder Singh Shahi) 60.5 Mohit Singh First. Earnest Ruler 62.5 Mudassar Nazar Second. Glory Of Boss 56.5 Russell Xaviers Third. Taygetus 53 S Zervaan Fourth. All ran. Won by: 2-1/2 1-3/4 NK Time: One min 28.393 secs Tote: Rs 23 for win. Rs 13, Rs 32 and Rs 32 for places. Fc: Rs 102 Shp: Rs 77 Tanala: Rs 2652 Favourite: Rewalding Winner trained by: Jasbir Singh. — (more) PTI Corr LNS LNS ATKlast_img read more

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 today completed its third official visit to the Japanese capital acknowledging the organisers’ significant progress in Games preparations, as well as their commitment to quickly finalise the venue master plan and integrate the five new sports approved during the IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro into their plans. (Latest Sports stories)Building on the success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and an internationally acclaimed handover ceremony, Tokyo 2020 showcased over the last two days how its state of the art facilities will offer a unique Olympic and Paralympic experience to the world’s best athletes in 2020. The Coordination Commission also heard about the proposed venues for the sports of baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing, which were included on the Tokyo 2020 programme following a proposal by the Tokyo organisers in response to the new opportunity provided by Olympic Agenda 2020.”We are very pleased with the significant progress that has been achieved since the last visit of the Coordination Commission to Tokyo,” said the Chair of the Coordination Commission, John Coates. “We have seen that President Mori, Governor Koike, Minister Marukawa and Minister Matsuno all share a common desire to deliver outstanding Olympic Games in 2020 for the athletes and for the people of Tokyo and Japan. The IOC and all of the Japanese partners are rowing in the same direction. Our continued close collaboration will ensure that the venue masterplan is finalised quickly; that the significant savings in the Games budget are delivered; and that the local population is left with an important positive legacy from these Games.”advertisementStrong engagement and high interest in the Games are also being displayed by the Japanese business community, with Tokyo 2020’s success in signing 42 domestic partners (15 Tier 1 and 27 Tier 2) so far underlining the Japanese economy’s strong support for the 2020 Games.The coming year will be another important sporting one for Tokyo 2020. The Tokyo organisers will be in Lausanne next week to present for IOC approval the venues of the five new sports that were presented to the Coordination Commission this week. These new venues, which are a mix of temporary and existing venues, have been selected with a view to the experience of the athletes; efficiency of planning and delivery; and their legacy. The final list of events on the Olympic sports programme of the 2020 Games is then due to be agreed upon by the IOC in summer 2017.The two-day visit by the Commission covered a number of topics, including Tokyo 2020’s experience and observation of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, sport, NOC Services, Olympic Village, people management, engagement, sustainability, spectator experience, venues and the Paralympics. The Commission’s fourth visit to Tokyo is scheduled for June 2017.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United’s Angel Gomes says he intends to remain level-headed after scoring in front of Jose Mourinho for the club’s under-23 side.The 18 year-old, who signed his first professional contract in December, registered his third goal of the season against Stoke City’s youngsters at Old Trafford at the end of August in a game watched by the United manager, and now has an eye on adding to the two first-team appearances he made for the club.”It’s a great club,” Gomes told ESPN FC. “Playing at Old Trafford is the dream. It’s the main aim. As long as I can carry on getting better and impressing, hopefully, in the future, I can get a chance. 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! “I’ve got to put that [expectation] to one side. The best players get to the top because they have stayed level-headed. I’ve got to carry on working hard and keep putting everything in to training and games.”Gomes, who is one of the more senior players available to Under-23s boss Ricky Sbragia this season, has come through the ranks of the England youth set-up, and featured as the Under-17s won the World Cup last summer. His father, Gil, represented Portugal at Under-23 level.In making his United debut against Crystal Palace in May 2017 aged only 16, he became the youngest player to play for the club in more than 60 years, and was included in Mourinho’s squad for the pre-season tour of the US this summer.”It was a great experience,” said Gomes. “Just being around the first team, seeing how they train and being able to pick up little things, it’s positive.”Going on tour was an added bonus for the younger players. Even if you don’t get as many minutes, you’re in the manager’s eyesight and he can see how you train, how you prepare and he can compare you to the first team players. Going to the US was about trying to progress and show him what you’re capable of.”In 2017, Gomes became the youngest player to score a hat-trick for the club’s academy side’s in 15 years. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgJurgen Klopp is hopeful Jordan Henderson will avoid becoming the latest first-team regular on Liverpool’s injury list following his early withdrawal against Huddersfield on Saturday.The England midfielder reportedly experienced hamstring tightness before being replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum at half-time of the narrow 1-0 win.Naby Keita and Sadio Mane missed the match with hamstring and hand issues respectively while Mohamed Salah, James Milner and Virgil van Dijk all started under injury clouds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The visitors ultimately secured three hard-earned points thank to Salah’s first-half strike, with Henderson’s fitness now the focus in the wake of a taxing international break.”I hope so,” Klopp told reporters when asked if the skipper’s substitution was precautionary.”It was not that he felt nothing but he didn’t feel a lot. He wanted to carry on – that’s a good sign. We decided no. Hopefully it’s nothing.”A sixth clean sheet of the campaign formed the basis of a battling victory which kept Liverpool level on points with Manchester City, although Klopp was not entirely satisfied. “The result is good. I knew it would be difficult after the international break as it always is,” he said.”I’m not angry or whatever, but I think we should expect of ourselves to do better. We expect from ourselves really good football and I like to see that.”The basis we’ve created so far is brilliant: 23 points, I don’t think I’ve had that before after nine games. And still space for improvement [which is] good as well.”Klopp went on to express sympathy for close friend David Wagner and admiration for his “very good” Huddersfield outfit.The Terriers boss was similarly upbeat despite being left with a fifth successive home blank and just three points from a winless start, with only Newcastle separating them from the bottom of the Premier League.”It’s the truth that we have problems with scoring goals, but it’s also the truth that we perform at a very high level,” Wagner said. “We have the passion and desire to limit a side like Liverpool.”We were able to create opportunities against opponents of different levels and that’s what I’m focused on. The goals will come.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) BJP president Amit Shah today asked his partys youth wing to connect young voters to it, saying they were key in Prime Minister Narendra Modis vision of a new India.Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morchas national executive here, Shah said youths should be flag bearers of Indias culture and traditions and take lead in the countrys development.Be it Digital India, Start-Up India or Stand-up India, the youth is Modis focus, he said, asking the partys young leaders to reach out to the youngsters and popularise the governments works.He also asked youth leaders to focus on swachhta project and work on cleanliness in their areas, a BJP statement said.Shah spoke at length about the partys growth from 11- leader Jana Sangh, the BJPs forerunner, to its current strength of over 11 crore workers besides more than 330 MPs and 1385 MLAs.BJYM chief Poonam Mahajan said the outfit will organise a big programme to groom the countrys cultural talent and hold national- and state-level competitions to motivate sports talent. PTI KR KISlast_img read more

first_imgSteve Smith heaped praise on Mahindra Singh Dhoni, as the later was the architect in Rising Pune Supergiant’s 6-wicket win over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.M.S.DHONI #GOAT #MSDhoni #RPSvSRH pic.twitter.com/bZPbiuO2iJ- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2017The Pune captain was grateful that Dhoni is in the Pune colours, doing what he does best.”MS did what he’s done for such a long period of time,” he said.Steve Smith lauded Dhoni’s ability to perform under pressure and plan a chase.”When he’s under pressure, he comes through more often than not,” he added.MS Dhoni was in sublime touch, blasting an unbeaten 61 runs off just 34 balls.  Steve Smith replaced MS Dhoni as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiant.Recent criticism on the World Cup winning captian after a string low scores. Questions were being raised on Dhoni’s ability to still perform in the IPL. This knock from the 35-year-old 35-year-old will definitely silence the critics.The most successful captain in IPL history having played the most as captain, also leading Chennai Super Kings to two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011.Also watch:last_img read more

first_imgDive into the deep South–Kathadi NorthIt was the perfect wind on the coast of Rameswaram that first brought Jehan Driver, 34, CEO, Quest Expeditions Private Limited, here on a kite surfing trip. This memory and the love for the sport led him to setup a quaint little resort Kathadi (Tamil,Dive into the deep South–Kathadi NorthIt was the perfect wind on the coast of Rameswaram that first brought Jehan Driver, 34, CEO, Quest Expeditions Private Limited, here on a kite surfing trip. This memory and the love for the sport led him to setup a quaint little resort Kathadi (Tamil for kite) North close to the town, three years ago. Surrounded by palm trees and a desolate beach just half a kilometre away, the space and the setting have a dream-like quality to them. “The beach is calm, with no waves April through September and we use it for leisure activities. Kite surfing, a more serious sport that requires training moves to the South side during these months,” explains Driver who also runs another property, Kathadi South, a basic campsite with beach huts. Kathadi North, though a boutique homestay, provides accommodation in its four huts with thatched roofs. Not suited to the palate of a luxury traveller, the resort is for lovers of water sports and those who are looking to spend their holiday by a pristine, undiscovered beach. The food is homely and served at an openair community table where your hosts Driver and Upasana Mody, 34, (both former residents of Mumbai) dine with you and regale you with tales of life in the Deep South. Choose from kayaking, snorkelling and Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) or short expeditions to explore the coast.Getting there: The closest airport Madurai is at a distance of 140 km. The closest railway station Rameswaram is at a distance of 30 kilometres. At Kathadi North, 1/1164 Meenavar Kadal Karai, Pirappan Valasai Village, Ramanathapuram; Price Rs 3,500 onwards for the stay and Rs 500 onwards for the activities; Tel 8657195551advertisementLive the Kapoor & Sons life–180 degrees McIver, Coonoor Remember the colonial bungalow the Kapoor family called their home in the film? Or the charm of the rustic villa you were privy to in Mani Rathnam’s latest Kaatru Veliyidai? This holiday, you can make a part of it yours and spend some quiet time in the sprawling gardens, taking in the 180 degree view of quaint little town of Coonoor. Thus named, 180 degrees McIver dates back to 1876 and was turned into a hotel by SerendipityO in 2010. The six spacious rooms, each one a different colour, were re-designed by a French designer and use antique furniture that adds to their colonial charm. The rooms take their names from the original owner’s estates-Blackwood, Creswell, Balfour, Cranley, Cromwell and Montecute. The property has a garden restaurant La Bella Vie that serves French, Continental and Indian food and a coffee shop that sells fresh bakes. Don’t worry about piling on the calories during your holiday as McIver also hosts yoga classes twice a week for its guests. “There’s been a lot of attention to the property after Kapoor & Sons and we often find passers by identifying McIver,” says Anita Mathias, manager, SerendipityO. Book your rooms early this summer, before other fans beat you to it.Getting there: The nearest airport, Coimbatore, is at a distance of 70 kilometres. The nearest train station is Coonoor that is served by the picturesque narrow gauge train (toy train) from Mettupalayam, located at a distance of 34 km. At 180 degrees McIver, 1-4, Orange Grove Road, Near SIM’s Park, Coonoor; Price Rs 4,000 onwardsAdventure filled weekends–Adventure zone, Chennai For those who don’t have a long summer holiday on the cards, here is how you can get your quick fix of adrenaline rush. Established in 2008 at Madhurantakam by Major Roy Swaraj Robert, Adventure Zone has been quite popular among corporates for their structured outbound training programs. On offer are activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, scuba diving, shooting, parasailing and even karaoke, and nature and birding tours. “I wouldn’t categorise any of the adventure activities as leisure though. You will be doing most things yourself with essential safety back up and it does get hot and sweaty,” says Major Roy, 53. You could plan a day-long activity trip or choose to stay in luxury air conditioned tents at the location. There is no fixed check-in or check-out time and no specific age-limit for the activities. Book your summer slots soon as everything is on a first come first serve basis.Getting there: Located at a distance of 40 km from Chennai; At 37, Cheyyur Road, Village Zameer Endathur, Taluk Madhurantakam; Details www.adventurezone.mysite.com; Price Rs 500 onwards for activities. Rs 2,200 per head for tent stay; Tel 94443 84608Holistic healing–Watsu, Pondicherry Leave your stress behind and enter the first Deepak Chopra Healing Centre for a rejuvenating holiday. It was last year that the Dune Eco Village and Resort partnered with the author and alternative-medicine advocate to add to its ayurvedic offerings and provide a healing experience to its patrons. The centre offers Chopra’s famous Perfect Health programme, both for short (a week) and longer durations. The space has a rather rustic appeal with thatched roofs, open-to-the-sky showers, traditional wooden steam chambers and plenty of tropical flowers in bloom. Therapies are carried out by trained Ayurvedic practitioners under the guidance of Dr Indira Priyadarshini on traditional massage tables in naturally ventilated rooms. The highlight is the Watsu, an aquatic bodywork form that uses zen shiatsu and acupressure in warm water to provide a relaxing and healing experience. Conducted by one of the only two licensed practitioners in the country in an exclusive heated, salt chlorinated pool at the centre, Watsu can be a transforming experience for most people. You are guided by the therapist who cradles, rocks and stretches through gentle, flowing movements in the water while you float on the surface. Your body moves towards a state of deep relaxation while your breathing is in rhythm with your therapist.advertisementGetting there: The closest airport is Chennai at a distance of 140 km. At Deepak Chopra Healing Centre, Dune Eco Village and Spa, East Coast Road, Pudhukuppam, Puducherry; Tel 91595 50341; Price Rs 1,500 onwardsLuxury at the foothills–Dvara, Siruvani Situated in the foothills at Siruvani near Coimbatore, Dvara is a boutique heritage resort that’ll make your vacation more luxurious. Taking its name from the word ‘door’, the first thing you will notice is, well, the doors. Sourced from numerous palatial homes of Chettinadu, each finely crafted wooden door has different patterns and is reminiscent of the heritage of the region. The property is warm and intimate with ten rooms, seven of which face the lake and give you a breathtaking view of the mountains. The large rooms are well-appointed with tastefully picked yet functional antique furniture. On request, your garden transforms into a private party venue with a dinner table setup and a portable barbecue grill you could spend the evening grilling at.Getting there: The closest airport and train station is Coimbatore located at a distance of 30 km. At Dvara, near Karunya Post, Siruvani; Tel 7339111222; Details www.dvara.in; Price Rs 10,000 onwardsDown by the river–Anaikatti There are things money can’t buy but then come along an experience like sipping coffee by the pool under a canopy of coconut and palm trees which almost makes you believe it can. And that is exactly why a weekend getaway to Anaikatti- by the Siruvani (a Sterling holidays resort), the newest property by Sterling Holidays, is a great idea if you’re looking for a break from the chaos of city life. The frustration that comes with being unable to use your phone, however, melts almost immediately as you step out of your car and onto the driveway. You’re greeted with a view of lush green trees, sounds of chirping birds and the river gushing by-just about everything you need to reconnect with life. The resort, which boasts of 33 rustic but well-equipped cottages, lies amidst the Silent Valley National Park, offering visitors a rich wildlife experience.advertisementGetting there: The resort is about 55 km from Coimbatore airport; At 6/301, Vadakottathara, Palakkad Dist, Kottathara, Kerala; Tel 04924227100’A cheese-making holiday–Cinnabar After you’ve had enough of walking around on the winding hill roads of the beautiful little town of Kodaikanal, there’s a chance to pick up a hobby or two. Cinnabar, a rustic homestay and cheese farm offers cheese making and baking classes. Started in 2003 by Bala Krishnan, the homestay has two rooms with Cypress wood ceilings and local Australian Blackwood floors insulated with coconut coir to help deal with the cold weather. Baking is a daily activity and guests can learn by being a part of the process in the evenings. If neither is your cup of tea, you could also take up a cookery class with the hosts.Getting there: The closest airport Madurai is at a distance of 116 kilometres. The closest train station is Kodai Road at a distance of 80 km; At Cinnabar, Chettiar Road, Kodaikanal; Tel 9842145220; Detals cinnabarfarm@yahoo.com; Price Rs 6,000 inclusive of breakfast and dinner for twoDip into culture–Svatma, Tanjore There isn’t a better holiday experience than one that takes you back in time. At Svatma, a heritage boutique hotel, your day begins with a session on veda chanting. Evenings are dedicated to in-house Veena concerts followed by a discussion on Indian ragas. Tanjore painting, bronze casting and handloom weaving demonstrations are part of your day as are cookery classes where you can make your own dosas. Getting there: The closest airport is Trichy at a distance of 48 kms from Thanjavur; At No. 4/116, Blake Higher Secondary School, M Chavadi, Tanjavur; Tel 04362273222; Details www.svatma.in; Price Rooms start at Rs 16,000 Suites start at Rs 21,000last_img read more

first_imgAS Roma celebrated Francesco Totti’s final game after 25 seasons at the club by beating Genoa 3-2 to clinch second place in Serie A on Sunday after 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri had given the visitors a shock lead.One-club man Totti, 40, came on in the 54th minute for his 786th appearance, and his 619th in Serie A, in what had been dubbed “Totti Day” by Italian media.Diego Perotti grabbed a 90th-minute winner for Roma as they finished one point ahead of Napoli whose 4-2 win at Sampdoria on the final day of the season was in vain.The win means that Roma qualify directly for next year’s Champions League group stage while Napoli’s third place sends them into the final qualifying round — where Italian teams have lost in six of the previous eight seasons.Roma finished on 87 points, four behind Juventus who finished their campaign with a 2-1 win at Bologna on Saturday.At the bottom, Empoli became the third and final team to go down when they lost 2-1 at already-relegated Palermo and were overhauled by Serie A debutants Crotone who beat Lazio 3-1, helped by two goals from Andrea Nalini.Seventh-placed Inter Milan finished an otherwise unhappy season in style, beating Udinese 5-2, while Gregoire Defrel scored a hat-trick for Sassuolo but still ended up on the losing side in a 5-3 defeat at Torino.Totti confirmed on Thursday that the Genoa match would be his last for Roma, who did not offer him a new contract, but hinted he could continue his career elsewhere.advertisement”There are people who are not normal. There are careers that are not normal. I saw a banner that said the real battle against modern football is to wear the same jersey for 25 years,” said Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who himself has been at the club since 2001-02.Roma were quickly in trouble as Pellegri sprinted clear of their defence and fired past Wojciech Szczesny in the third minute to become the first player born in 2001 to score a Serie A goal.Edin Dzeko levelled seven minutes later with his 29th goal of the season, finishing as Serie A top scorer, and Roma missed a succession of chances before halftime.The fact that there was so much at stake for Roma added some real drama to an already highly-charged, emotional occasion and coach Luciano Spalletti, who has restricted Totti’s playing time this season, duly brought on the talisman in the second half.Totti created two good chances before Dzeko got behind the Genoa defence and pulled back the ball for De Rossi to slam home in the 74th minute.But Genoa had not read the script and five minutes later Diego Laxalt floated over a cross which Szczesny missed and Darko Lazovic headed the equaliser at the far post.Lazovic hit the post on another Genoa counter but, just as it seemed that Genoa were about to wreck the party, substitute Perotti popped up to fire in his late winner.Lorenzo Insigne provided the highlight of Napoli’s win when he broke down the left and sent a dipping shot over Christian Puggioni from a seemingly impossible angle just before halftime to put them 2-0 up after Dries Mertens had opened the scoring.Marek Hamsik and Jose Callejon were on target in the second half for Napoli, the league’s highest scorers with 94 goals, while Fabio Quagliarella and Ricardo Alvarez replied for Samp.last_img read more

first_imgAfter demolishing South Africa in the must-win fixture on Sunday, India skipper Virat Kohli asserted that it was their best performance of the ongoing Champions Trophy so far.Kohli’s side had to win their final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit and they rose to the challenge with a ruthless display and defeated the Proteas by eight wickets to storm into the semi-finals of the ongoing event.”I cannot pin point any negatives from today honestly. It’s probably our most complete game yet,” said Kohli in the post-match press conference.The Proteas, who are currently the No. 1 ranked ODI side, however lived up to their ‘Perennial Chokers’ tag in a virtual quarter-final clash that turned out to be a thoroughly one-sided encounter.Chasing a lowly target of 192, the defending champions lost two wickets and crossed the line in just 38 overs.India didn’t had a great start to their chase as they lost Rohit Sharma (12) at team’s score of 23. However, skipper Virat Kohli (76*), who came in next to bat, shared a 128-run partnership with opener Shikhar Dhawan (78).The left-handed opener, who had been in tremendous form in the Champions Trophy, was once again at his menacing best as he thrashed the South Africa bowlers to all the parts of the ground.In his 83-ball knock, Dhawan smashed 12 boundaries and a six while the swashbuckling Indian skipper accumulated 7 fours and a six in his 101-ball inning.”It was a good toss to win. The wicket didn’t change much. We thought the wicket was really good to bat on. Our bowlers bowled really well and the fielders backed it up as well. I would say we had a complete performance in the field,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementEarlier, the Men in Blue came out with a brilliant performance, both with the ball and in the field, to bowl out South Africa for a paltry 191 in 44.3 overs.Put into bat, the Proteas had a solid start as both Quinton de Kock (53) and Hashim Amla (35) put on 76 runs for the opening stand. However, once Ravichandran Ashwin—playing his first match of the ongoing Champions Trophy—got the wicket of Amla, things just started to fall apart for the AB de Villiers-led side.After the duo, only Faf du Plessis could manage to stay on the crease for a bit long and contributed valuable 36 runs.The onus was on du Plessis to then bat through the innings. However, like the Pakistan match, he dragged one back off Hardik Pandya and got bowled.From 116/1, the Proteas found themselves struggling at 157/5. JP Duminy was the only recognised batsman in the middle and he too could not stay long and help his side reach to a respectable total.Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah both picked up two wickets while Pandya, Ashwin and Jadeja all chipped in with a wicket each.”We grabbed our opportunities and that helped us restrict such a strong batting line-up to 190. Always good to get him (AB de Villiers) out early. He can really hurt you in the middle overs. It was great breakthrough for us. It was good to see the intensity from the boys,” said Kohli.Apart from the brilliant bowling performance, the Men in Blue were exceptional in the field as they pulled off three run-outs to put the brakes during the course of the South African innings.”This kind of fielding performance was required. Before going out in the middle, we had a chat in the huddle where I said I wanted to see everyone’s intensity go up and that is conscious effort which I want to see from everyone in such a big game,” said Kohli.”The bowlers were on the money. It actually helps the fielders to get into better positions and attack the batsmen when they know that the bowlers are hitting the right spot regularly,” he added.India will now face Bangladesh in the second semi-final on June 15 while Group A topper England will face the winner of the final Group B fixture between Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgFormer world number one Victoria Azarenka marked her return to the WTA Tour by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against Japan’s Risa Ozaki at the Mallorca Open on Wednesday.Azarenka, who gave birth to son Leo in December and had not played a competitive match since last year’s French Open, saved three match points to win 6-3 4-6 7-6(7).World number 74 Ozaki had actually been two breaks ahead in the third set and was serving at 5-4 when darkness descended on the Santa Ponsa lawns on Tuesday.On the resumption Azarenka broke serve but immediately dropped her own before Ozaki moved 40-0 ahead to move to within a point of a victory.But Belarussian Azarenka, showing her trademark grit, clawed her way back from the brink and despite trailing 5-3 in the tiebreak sealed a remarkable victory with a backhand winner.last_img read more

first_imgMS Dhoni recorded India’s second-slowest ODI fifty when he took a 108 balls to reach the mark against West Indies in the 4th ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.Sadagoppan Ramesh has scored the slowest half century for India against Kenya in 1999 while former India captain Sourav Ganguly is third on the list for his 105-ball fifty against Sri Lanka in 2005.On a pitch that Virat Kohli called two-paced, Dhoni showed immense patience to reach the half century but his effort went in vain as West Indies stunned India by 11 runs on Sunday.Indian bowlers had done an excellent job to restrict West Indies to a mere 190 with Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya picking 3 wickets each even as Kuldeep Yadav continued to impress by pitching in with 2 wickets.In reply to that, India had a shaky start as they lost Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli early on and Dinesh Karthik failed on his comeback but Ajinkya Rahane and Dhoni showed grit and determination to play the balls patiently and stay put.Rahane fell to Devendra Bishoo at 60 and Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav were unable to stitch a partnership with Dhoni as they lost their wickets for 10 and 20 respectively.When Jadeja came on the crease, the situation was pretty much in control with almost a-run-a-ball needed but Jadeja played an irresponsible shot to throw his wicket away and when Dhoni got out in attempt of a big shot in the 49th over, it was all over for India.advertisementWest Indies captain Jason Holder lead from the front and grabbed his first 5-wicket haul in ODIs.India lead the series 2-1 and the fifth ODI will be played in Jamaica on July 6.last_img read more

first_imgJapanese carmaker Datsun has launched the redi-GO 1.0-litre in India with prices beginning from Rs 3.57 lakh (Ex-showroom, India). Datsun had launched the 800cc model of the redi-Go in India last year at a price of Rs 2.41 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new car doesn’t come with just a bigger engine, but it also gets a bunch of new features.The new 1.0-litre engine in the redi-GO has been taken from the Renault Kwid and it puts out 68bhp and 91Nm of torque. Unlike the Kwid, the redi-GO 1.0-litre doesn’t come with an automatic gearbox. Power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.On the inside, the redi-GO 1.0-litre gets central locking, something that was not present in the 800cc model. However with the launch of the 1.0-litre redi-GO, even the smaller displacement versions will get this feature now. The interiors have been given the black treatment, just like the redi-GO Sport.While the S variant of the redi-GO 1.0-litre has been priced at Rs 3.57 lakh (Ex-showroom, India), the T(O) variant has been priced at Rs 3.72 lakh (Ex-showroom, India). The Datsun redi-GO 1.0-litre competes against the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon in the market.Also Read:Datsun to launch redi-GO 1.0L in India todaylast_img read more

first_imgChelsea coach Antonio Conte will be hoping that the curse of the English champions does not strike him down this season.In the past two years, the managers of the Premier League title-holders – Jose Mourinho, also at Chelsea, and Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri – have been fired after their previously all-conquering teams suddenly slumped down the table.Conte seems aware of the risk.”We know it will be difficult next season and we will try and avoid what happened to Mourinho’s side at the start of 2015,” he said during a pre-season tour of Asia.”Two years ago Chelsea finished 10th and that cannot happen again,” he said.The former Juventus and Italy coach led Chelsea to the 2016/17 title in his first season in charge in England. But the challenge will be greater this year with the London club back in the Champions League after a season out of Europe.Mindful of the demands of competing at home and abroad, Conte has sought to stiffen his team’s spine, bringing in a new centre forward, central midfielder and central defender.A lot of responsibility will fall on striker Alvaro Morata, signed for 58 million pounds from Real Madrid. He will fill the void left by Diego Costa who was told by Conte that he no longer had a place at Chelsea after a row at the start of 2017.While Costa’s lack of discipline on and off the pitch was frustrating for both Conte and Mourinho, he was central to Chelsea’s title victories in 2015 and 2017 and scored 52 goals in 89 league appearances in his three years in London.advertisementConte had targeted former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as the ideal replacement for Costa with his proven record as a powerful Premier League goalscorer during his years at Everton.But Lukaku was snatched away to Manchester United by Mourinho, forcing Chelsea to gamble on Morata who has shone for Madrid and for Juventus but who has yet to be tested in the hurly-burly of the English league.Conte will also be hoping that another of his big summer signings – French midfielder Tiemoue Bayakoko, bought for a reported 40 million pounds from Monaco – will find his feet quickly in England.Bayakoko is expected to take the place of Nemanja Matic whose strength helped Chelsea to give a free rein to their attack-minded midfielders such as Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Matic has signed for Manchester United.The third of Chelsea’s big summer signings – defender Antonio Rudiger – will also be discovering the physical demands of English football for the first time as he arrives from Roma.In a sign that Conte is aware of the risk that his new recruits might not settle quickly in England, newspapers have said he is still hoping to sign three or four British-based players before the season kicks off on August 12.last_img read more

first_imgThe episode starts with Suhana bragging about Dev (Shaheer Sheikh). She tells Sonakshi (Erica Fernandes) how Dev hasn’t just eased her and Golu’s study pressure but also encourages them to pursue sports.Dev tries to avoid calls from the radio station, that wants him to do an hour’s show. Ishwari (Supriya Pilgaonkar) takes the call on his behalf and tells them that Dev will do the show but he has a few conditions – first the show should not be of an hour but one-and-a-half hour; he should be allowed to bring his kids to the radio station; and should be able to take a leave whenever he wants. Dev is astonished at her mother’s negotiation skills. She resolved his issues in just one call.Erica Fernandes in a still from the show.It all started when Dev mistakenly went live, while he was at a radio station for an interview. He attended calls of few stay-at-home dads and also addressed the issue of paternity leave on the show. Impressed with his quick wit and the way he handled the callers, the radio station offered him a show, which Dev was reluctant to accept.On Ishwari’s advice, Dev starts hosting a show called Super Dads which becomes a huge hit. Everyone in his house including his mother, daughter and Sonakshi are very proud of him.Vicky dropping the kids to school.Dev’s role reversal proves to be an inspiration for many along with Sonakshi’s brother Sourav and Vicky, who is a changed man now.The entire Dixit and Bose family gather to celebrate Dev’s success as an RJ. Dev is overwhelmed with their gesture. Everyone rejoices when they hear Shubh uttering his first words.advertisementKuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi had come back as a finite series and it made a mark with its unique storyline, where Dev voluntarily quit his business to look after his kids and asked Sonakshi to pursue her career. The show has always offered different content and it was a such a refreshing change to see a stay-at-home dad on TV. The show wrapped up on Thursday and would be badly missed by its viewers.last_img read more

first_imgPatna, Dec 17 (PTI) Sprint legend Milkha Singh today advocated resumption of sporting ties between India and Pakistan, as sports help in developing friendship between countries.”In sports, our teams should go there (Pakistan) and their teams should come here,” Singh said.He was talking to reporters here in the state capital, after flagging off a half marathon race.”I would ask both Pakistan and India that it would be better if they live with love and affection… We should play games as much as possible as sports help in developing friendship,” Singh said. PTI AR RBTlast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Travis d’Arnaud said he flashed a big grin when he saw Citi Field for the first time in two weeks. He was downright giddy when he got a “car wash” several hours later.D’Arnaud hit a three-run shot in his return from a demotion, slumping outfielder Chris Young homered twice and the New York Mets roughed up Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on the night of June 24 for their season high-tying third straight win.“They were all just waving their towels so I winged it,” d’Arnaud said of prancing through the dugout receiving line dubbed the car wash. “It was fun.”Young homered off Kazmir (9-3) in the second, four pitches after Curtis Granderson hit a two-run drive for the Mets first back-to back homers since Sept. 14.Young also connected off failed closer Jim Johnson in the fifth for only the Mets’ fifth four-homer game at Citi Field since it opened in 2009, according to STATS.Manager Terry Collins earlier said he has been talking with Young about his role and getting him on track amid rumors that Young, batting .201 coming in, was close to being cut despite having signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract in the off-season.“Those decisions aren’t in your hands,” Young said. “You stressing about it is not going to help the situation.”Granderson and David Wright had RBI groundouts, and Daniel Murphy added a run-scoring single for the Mets, who scored at least 10 runs in consecutive games for the first time since June 28-29, 2011, in Detroit.They beat Miami 11-5 on Sunday to end a road trip with two straight wins and a new celebration started by Granderson.After each homer, the player being feted trotted through two parallel lines of white towel-flailing teammates in the dugout. They then would turn around and do it again.“Today (Zack) Wheeler started the car wash where everyone gets the towel waving and you go through the car wash … and after you finished you got to get dried off so you come back through,” Granderson said. “It’s a good thing to keep it as much fun as possible in the dugout.”Bartolo Colon (8-5) shut down the team that didn’t want him back this year despite an 18-win season, pitching four-hit ball for eight innings against the AL West leaders.A first-round draft pick by New York in 2002 but sent to Tampa Bay in a very unpopular trade two years later, Kazmir flopped in his first start ever in Queens.“I’ve never played in Shea Stadium. I’d never played in Citi Field so it’s not really coming back for me,” Kazmir said.He entered with the AL’s best ERA (2.08) and on a four-game winning streak, but was out after just three innings and a season-high seven runs. His ERA rose to 2.66.Kazmir went 22 starts without giving up more than one homer in a game since Aug. 18, with Cleveland.“It was a performance that we haven’t seen,” A’s Manager Bob Melvin said, “so for me it just looked like some balls were up in the zone and he wasn’t locating like he normally does.”Signed by the Mets 10 days after the A’s inked Kazmir in December, Colon won his sixth straight decision. He also singled for his second straight game, much to the delight of the 25,751 in attendance.Colon only faced trouble in the first when Yoenis Cespedes followed Brandon Moss’ single with a double to the wall in center field for the early lead.Colon gave up a hit to Cespedes in the fourth and another single in the fifth to Coco Crisp, but he otherwise cruised through the best run-producing lineup in the majors.“It feels really good in particular because it’s a team like the Oakland A’s, which for me right now is the No. 1 team,” Colon said through a translator.D’Arnaud was recalled after a two-week stint in Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets’ catcher of the future was hitting .180 when he was sent down. He struck out in the second but connected in the third.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils are off to a solid start, thanks in part to a diversified offensive attack. So far this season, 17 players have already scored a goal.Defenseman Adam Larsson, who has played in only three of New Jersey’s 11 games this season, was the latest to score when he gave the Devils the lead with 9:25 left en route to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 1.The 21-year-old Larsson, the No. 4 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, capped a comeback in which the Devils (6-3-2) erased a 2-1 deficit in a span of 1:41.Larsson took a pass from captain and fellow defenseman Bryce Salvador and snapped a shot past goalie Anton Forsberg, who made his NHL debut.“I’m very happy to get a good play there,” Larsson said. “I got the puck and saw a lot of room in front of me. I saw a lot of the net open, so I shot it.“It was a good feeling for me. We have seven good defensemen on this team, and we can all score. We just have to keep it up.”Earlier in the third period, Adam Henrique scored a power play-goal — his fourth tally of the season — off an assist from Jaromir Jagr. Marek Zidlicky got New Jersey even at 1 with a power-play goal in the second period.Jagr was a little upset with the Devils’ play in the first two periods.“How many times can we expect to come back like that?” said Jagr, referring to the previous two New Jersey victories in which third-period deficits were erased.The Devils defeated Winnipeg in a shootout on Oct. 30 after entering the third period trailing by a goal.“We have to look at it in a positive way, but we didn’t play well for the first two periods,” Jagr said. “The third period, we put it together. We can make things go a lot easier if we just play the right way.”Cory Schneider made 32 saves for the Devils.“He was our best player again,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. “We’ve been able to get some good wins because of him lately. Look at all the good teams, and they’re the ones who are getting the best goaltending. We needed this win.”Jack Skille and Nick Foligno scored for the Blue Jackets (4-7), who lost their fifth straight game.“It’s disappointing because we had a 2-1 lead in the third period and couldn’t finish,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “We did everything right for two periods and end up on the wrong side. We made a couple of mistakes, and they won the game.”Columbus grabbed a 1-0 lead when Skille scored just 1:06 into the game. Skille took a great pass from the recently recalled Brian Gibbons and fired it past Schneider.In the second period, just eight seconds after Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll was sent off for hooking, Zidlicky fired in a wrist shot after skating in untouched.The Blue Jackets regained the lead, again on a power play. With Travis Zajac off for hooking, Jack Johnson timed a perfect pass to Foligno, who was set up just outside the crease. Foligno got the puck and slapped it past Schneider with 7:30 left in the period.Foligno later left the ice after he was hit in the face with a puck. He skated off the ice on his own, but went straight to the dressing room for evaluation. Foligno returned for the third period.The Blue Jackets lost rookie defenseman Cody Goloubef to an apparent knee injury late in the game. Goloubef was helped off the ice, and his playing status is unknown.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Yankees completed their best trip to Tampa Bay in a decade with their first sweep this season.Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira drove in two runs each, and the Yankees beat the Rays 5-3 April 19 to complete a three-game sweep.“You make up a little bit for the slow start,” Headley said. “We didn’t play well, really, in any facet the first couple series.”New York (6-6) reached .500 for the first time since it was 1-1. The Yankees swept a series of three or more games at Tampa Bay for the first time since Sept. 13-15, 2005.Headley had an RBI single off Matt Andriese (0-1) in a two-run third to help the Yankees go ahead 3-2. He made it 5-2 with an RBI double in the fifth.Teixeira hit a first-inning sacrifice fly and run-scoring grounder in the third, and John Ryan Murphy had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.Alex Rodriguez doubled, walked twice and scored twice. Rodriguez, who leads the team with a .316 average, four homers and 11 RBIs, also hit a broken-bat fly that was caught just in front of the left field warning track.Michael Pineda (2-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. After Ryan Brett doubled leading off the ninth for his first big league hit, Andrew Miller struck out three straight batters for his fourth save.“It feels good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “You’re getting contributions up and down the lineup. The bullpen came in and did a really good job. Got some good starting pitching. Those are the things you need to be consistent.”Steven Souza Jr. homered and drove in three runs for the Rays. “It’s just a bump in the road,” Souza said.David DeJesus drew a rare road walk from Pineda leading off the first and scored on Souza’s homer for a 2-1 lead. In 10 road starts with the Yankees, Pineda has walked three in 48 2-3 innings.Souza cut the Rays’ deficit to 5-3 with an RBI double in the fifth. Andriese gave up four runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLILLE, France — Pau Gasol had a double-double and Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 Sept. 20 to regain the European basketball championship title.Spain earned its third title in the last four tournaments, having also won in 2009 and 2011. Spain had to settle for bronze two years ago, when Lithuania lost the final against France.Earlier, France pulled away in the third quarter to beat Serbia 81-68 for the bronze medal.Spain opened a 13-point lead in the first quarter and was never really threatened. Lithuania never led in the one-sided final.Gasol finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots, one steal and no turnovers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Prep week is over for the New York Mets. Now, it’s on to the playoffs.Jacob deGrom looked especially sharp in his abbreviated tuneup, and the NL East champions finally scored on Curtis Granderson’s eighth-inning homer to beat the Washington Nationals 1-0 in their regular-season finale Oct. 4. “I just think it’s a great way to finish,” Manager Terry Collins said. “I think we’re ready.”One day after Washington ace Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts to complete a doubleheader sweep, the Mets (90-72) made a run at a combined no-hitter of their own. They reached 90 wins for the first time in nine years and stopped a five-game losing streak that cost them home-field advantage in the Division Series against the Dodgers.Next up, deGrom starts Game 1 in the best-of-five matchup Oct. 9 at Los Angeles. “This is what we play for,” deGrom said. “I’m really looking forward to this.”Seven pitchers combined to hold Washington to two hits — the first was Clint Robinson’s two-out single in the seventh inning off reliever Jonathon Niese.Bryce Harper hustled for a two-out double in the ninth to finish 1-for-4, but that wasn’t enough to beat out Miami speedster Dee Gordon for the National League batting crown.Gordon went 3-for-4 in Philadelphia and finished with a .333 average to Harper’s .330. The front-runner for NL MVP, Harper began the day ahead by the slimmest of margins — .330754 to .330606. The slugger ended his sensational season with 42 homers and 99 RBIs.“I probably could’ve took the last two weeks off and hit .340 and do what I did,” Harper said. “But Dee Gordon is such a great hitter, and he had over 200 hits, and I tip my cap to him because he’s done such a great job all year long.”Jeurys Familia retired Jayson Werth on a fly to center for his 43rd save, equaling the franchise record set by Armando Benitez in 2001.With the Mets gearing up for their first postseason appearance since 2006, deGrom was pulled after throwing 72 pitches in four innings. He struck out four of his first five batters and finished with seven strikeouts.“I feel ready,” deGrom said. “I worked on some things and my changeup’s definitely getting better, so today was a big step for me.”Bartolo Colon and Logan Verrett each tossed a hitless inning of relief before Niese entered in the seventh. With two outs, Robinson sent a sharp two-hopper up the middle that went between Niese’s legs and caromed off the shin of shortstop Ruben Tejada as he tried to make a sliding stop.The ball ricocheted into right field, and official scorer Jordan Sprechman ruled it a hit almost immediately.Tyler Clippard (4-1) struck out two in a perfect eighth. Moments later, Granderson launched a drive to center off Blake Treinen (2-5) for his 26th homer of the season and third hit of the game.It snapped New York’s scoreless stretch of 18 innings and marked the team’s second run in a span of 43 innings.Following the final out, Mets players came back onto the field for a victory lap and saluted a crowd of 41,631 that pushed New York’s total attendance to 2,569,753 — highest since the club drew more than three million during Citi Field’s inaugural season in 2009.With the NL East championship banner flying above the ballpark and flapping in the wind, captain David Wright grabbed a microphone and thanked fans for their support. “Let’s go beat LA!” he said.For the second-place Nationals (83-79), a World Series favorite way back in spring training, it was a fitting end to a tumultuous and disappointing season.“We thought we had one of the best teams in all of baseball,” Harper said.Key players such as pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond can become free agents; a choked-up Desmond shed tears in the clubhouse.It might have been the last game with Washington for embattled Manager Matt Williams, too. Amid speculation Williams is likely to be fired, General Manager Mike Rizzo said a decision will be made soon.“We’re all disappointed in the outcome,” Williams said. “It provides fuel, it provides fire to everybody to understand where we’re at now and to look forward to getting back to where we want to be.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSHANGHAI — Nick Kyrgios is toeing the line on the tennis court these days, and he knows it.The emotional Australian was placed on probation by the ATP Tour for derogatory comments he made to Stan Wawrinka during a match in August and warned he would face a 28-day suspension if he totaled more than $5,000 in fines before February.Three days into the Shanghai Masters, he’s already been fined $1,500 for an “audible obscenity” and received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct for smacking a ball toward a line judge in frustration.Kyrgios said after his loss to Kei Nishikori on Oct. 13 that he’s trying to keep his emotions in check, but he’s not thinking about the looming suspension. “Not concerned at all,” Kyrgios said. “If it happens, it happens.”It could happen soon if he has more outbursts like he’s had this week. The $1,500 fine stemmed from an incident in his first-round win over Andreas Haider-Maurer on Oct. 12 when he screamed an obscenity about the condition of the court.Then, against Nishikori, Kyrgios lashed out at chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani after receiving a code violation for hitting the ball toward the baseline after a missed serve, causing the line judge to bend to avoid being hit.“I’m getting a code violation for hitting the ball hard?” Kyrgios asked. “I didn’t even hit anyone and it’s unsportsmanlike. The ref was not even close to it.”“Yes, he had to jump away,” Lahyani responded.“What can you do these days?” Kyrgios asked.The violation came at a critical time with the Australian serving at 4-5 in the second set. He dropped his serve at love, losing the set. He went on to lose the match, too, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.Afterward, a much calmer Kyrgios said he didn’t think he behaved that badly.“I didn’t hit the ball in anger. I just hit it,” he said. “Obviously it was pretty close to the line umpire. It wasn’t out of rage or anything.”Kyrgios has been under scrutiny since he made comments to Wawrinka in Montreal about his friend, fellow Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis, having slept with Wawrinka’s girlfriend.After an investigation, the ATP said it would impose a fine of $25,000 and a 28-day suspension from tour events if Kyrgios incurred any fines for “verbal or physical abuse” or received up to $5,000 in fines for other offenses before the end of February.The Australian will now have to wait to see if his latest code violation results in another fine. “I probably shouldn’t have done it. But I didn’t think it was too bad,” Kyrgios said. “I don’t know, can’t really change it now.”(JUSTIN BERGMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgBOSTON — Sixteen-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva started giggling when she learned her free skate score at the world championships had set a record. Then she summed it up in English: “Wow.”The Russian teen capped a dominant debut season April 2 with a world title, earning 150.10 points to break Yuna Kim’s record from the 2010 Olympics. Medvedeva moved up from third after the short program to add to her Grand Prix Final and European titles.American Ashley Wagner skated last and sent the home crowd into a frenzy with a personal-best score that moved her from fourth to second, the first U.S. woman in a decade to win a medal at worlds. Another Russian teen, Anna Pogorilaya, took bronze.Medvedeva looked a bit hesitant during the March 31 short program in her first senior worlds. But she was captivating from the start Saturday. She landed seven triple jumps with never a hint of trouble, throwing an arm above her head on many of them.“I won’t realize quickly I won today because one year ago I was still skating juniors,” she said through a translator.It was a performance both youthful and mature at the same time. The program opens with Medvedeva peering out into the crowd with a look of wide-eyed wonder.When it was over, she thrust both fists into the air in triumph.“Actually I don’t really have any emotions right now — I left everything on the ice,” she said afterward.Sitting in the kiss-and-cry area, the teenager came back out. She bopped her head to the music as she waited for her scores, squeezing her eyes shut and clutching a stuffed animal tight as the marks were about to be announced.She finished with a total of 223.86 points, following in the footsteps of Adelina Sotnikova, who won the Olympic gold medal at age 17 in 2014, and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who won last year’s world title at 18.No American woman had finished on the podium at worlds since Kimmie Meissner took gold and Sasha Cohen bronze in 2006. Even with Gold’s mistakes, her score guaranteed that the drought would end — it was just a question of whether it would be Gold or Wagner.Wagner had the crowd shrieking from the moment she landed her triple flip-triple toe loop combination, and the powerhouse program to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack earned her a big score for choreography and expression despite two under-rotated jumps. She received 142.23 points for 215.39 total.As the music ended, her jaw dropped in exhilaration, an ending that couldn’t have been more different from the “horrific experience” the last time she competed in Boston.At nationals in 2014, she came in as the two-time defending champion then fell twice in her free skate to finish a distant fourth.With Wagner still haunted by those memories earlier this week, best friend Adam Rippon — who went on to finish sixth in the men’s competition — reminded her that in 2014, she was out of shape, overweight and under-trained.Not anymore. “Because of 2014, I’m sitting here today,” Wagner said.She was still selected for the 2014 Olympic team because of her previous successes, but the debate about whether she deserved the berth in Sochi stung.“I have so many people that for so many parts of my career say this has been given to me; I don’t deserve this,” she said.“The fact that I have a world silver medal because of something I did, not because of something everybody else didn’t do,” Wagner added, “that is so sweet.”Skating after Gold, Wagner could tell from the crowd’s reaction that a mistake had occurred. She realized there was an opening for a medal but quickly banished the thought from her mind.There’s a picture on a wall at TD Garden of the podium from the 2014 U.S. Championships — Wagner is cropped out of it. Now she’ll forever be in all the photos from the 2016 worlds, a feat she achieved at the age of 24, when many skaters have retired.“It definitely gets harder. I see this one over here,” she said, motioning to Medvedeva, “do long program run-throughs with triple-triples on the end of every combination, and I just think, ‘Oh, to be 16 again.’ Then I remember that at 16 I couldn’t do that.”Pogorilaya, 17, was the least accomplished of the three Russians coming in, finishing third behind Medvedeva and Elena Radionova at both the national championships and European Championships. But she skated two clean programs in Boston to again finish third — this time against a much deeper field.She received 139.71 points for 213.69 total.Even after her fall, Gold still had a chance to pass Pogorilaya and secure a medal. But she also did a double lutz instead of planned triple and lost potential points because of the edge on her triple flip takeoff. She earned 134.86 points for 211.29 total.“I feel really ashamed of how I skated and I want to apologize to my country and to the crowd here — there’s really no excuse for it,” a dismayed Gold said later.“It just shows that I’m not up there with the rest of the world. … I still have hopes for the 2018 Olympics, but we’ll have to step back and re-evaluate what’s realistic for my future skating.”(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Green Hills: INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS conform to FACE Technical Standard v3.0Next ADLINK to optimize AI with heterogeneous computing at the Edge At embedded world 2019, IAR Systems will present its technology for IoT security, developed with its sister company Secure Thingz, a global domain expert in device security, embedded systems and lifecycle management. In addition, the company will show its strengthened functional safety offering for automotive, and a preview of upcoming complete tools for RISC-V.At IAR Systems’ booth, embedded world visitors can expect a full program of free technical 20-minute-seminars. On all three show days, experts from IAR Systems and its partners, including Si-Five, Microchip, Arm, Renesas and Amazon Web Services, give insights to embedded development and debugging, functional safety and code quality, and IoT security.Connected devices in the Internet of Things continue to be vulnerable to increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals. At embedded world 2019, IAR Systems together with its sister company Secure Thingz will be showcasing the new product Embedded Trust – which will help embedded developers to consistently implement security into their products to protect them from counterfeiting, unauthorized usage, invasive attacks, and other security threats. The companies will also demonstrate a new innovative product to simplify security development throughout the development team.The versions of IAR Embedded Workbench that are certified for functional safety development have recently experienced strong demand in the automotive sector. The pre-certified development toolchain fulfills all requirements according to ISO 26262, which is used for automotive safety-related systems, and IEC 61508, the international umbrella standard for functional safety, including standards derived from it. At embedded world 2019, IAR Systems will demonstrate the latest versions of the functional safety tools with special focus on automotive software development.Another demo that can be seen at IAR Systems’ booth is the not-yet-launched IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V. The toolchain will bring leading compiler technology, static code analysis and extensive debug functionality to the RISC-V community.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Development platform to offer open unified environmentNext Designing electronic speed controllers for drones NXP Semiconductors rolled out a new deep learning toolkit called eIQ Auto. NXP is seeking to set itself apart from competitors by making its tools “automotive-quality.” NXP’s goal is to make it easier for AV designers to implement deep learning in vehicles.The development of autonomous vehicles (AV) does not necessarily require either artificial intelligence or deep learning. Simply put, not all AVs need to be AI-driven. And yet the rapid advancements and improved accuracy of deep learning are alluring to developers seeking to improve their highly automated vehicles.The difficulty of validating safety of AI-driven AVs persists, however. Safety researchers worry about the “black-box” nature of deep learning, and that’s only one of several thorny issues. It remains uncertain whether AV designers can verify and validate a continuously learning AI system, or if an AI feature, once deployed in dedicated hardware inside a vehicle, will behave the same as when it was developed and trained on a larger, more powerful computer system.Despite such concerns, both AV and safety communities recognize that AI is not a topic they can avoid discussing.With the release of draft specifications for UL 4600 last week, Phil Koopman, CTO of Edge Case Research, told us, “We will go after full autonomy head-on.”UL 4600, a safety standard for evaluating autonomous products currently under development at Underwriters’ Laboratories, neither assumes nor mandates that deep learning should be deployed inside AVs. But the standard covers the validation of any machine-learning and other autonomy functions used in life-critical applications.Automotive-grade software tool kit for deep learningAgainst this backdrop, NXP Semiconductors introduced its eIQ Auto deep learning toolkit.“Most deep-learning frameworks and neural nets developed thus far are used for consumer applications such as vision, speech and natural language,” observed Ali Osman Ors, director, Automotive AI Strategy and Partnerships at NXP Semiconductors. They are not necessarily developed with life-critical applications in mind.Click here for larger image (Source: NXP)(Source: NXP) Click here for larger imageNXP, a leading automotive chip supplier, is going a step further by making its software toolkit compliant with Automotive Software Performance Improvement and Capability dEtermination (A-SPICE). A-SPICE is a set of guidelines developed by German automakers to improve software development processes.NXP explained that its eIQ Auto tool set — designed specifically for NXP’s S32V234 processor — will help AV developers “optimize the embedded hardware development of deep learning algorithms and accelerate the time to market.”Asked if there are similar auto-grade tool kits available for deep learning, Ors said, “Some car OEMs might have designed their own tools in-house. But as far as I know, I haven’t seen other automotive chip vendors offering automotive-quality software tool kits like ours for deep learning.”Pruning, quantization and compressingThe process of data preparation and training (learning) and the process of AI deployment (inference) on embedded systems are well understood.Today, AV developers are said to be collecting data at 4Gigabytes per second as their test vehicles drive on public roads. Cleaning up and annotating such a huge amount of data and prepping it for training data can be very costly. In some cases, the data-labeling processing alone can financially cripple algorithm developers and AV startups.But equally challenging to AV designers, though little discussed publicly, are the arduous tasks involved in optimizing a trained AI model and converting it for deployment (on inference engines). Ors explained that NXP’s tool accelerates the process of “quantization, pruning and compressing” the neural network.By pruning, Ors means removing redundant connections present in the neural net architecture, by cutting out unimportant weights. Of course, a new “pruned” model will lose accuracy. Hence, the model has to be fine-tuned after pruning to restore its accuracy.Next up, quantization creates an “efficient computing process,” said Ors. It involves bundling weights by clustering them or rounding them off so that the same number of connections can be represented using less memory. Another common technique is converting floating-point weights to fixed point representation by rounding off. As with pruning, the model must be fine-tuned after quantization.AV designers evaluate the accuracy of the converted model by running test data (which the deep learning system hasn’t seen before) and further fine-tune the model.Click here for larger image (Source: NXP)(Source: NXP) Click here for larger imagePartitioning workloadBeyond that, eIQ Auto, said NXP, “partitions the workload and selects the optimum compute engine for each part of the neural network.” It speeds the process of hand-crafting the inference engine, because the tool can help AV designers figure out which tasks run best among CPU, DSP or GPU, Ors explained. He said that eIQ Auto can’t be used for non-NXP devices, as the tool must be intimately familiar with what’s happening inside the processor.>> Continue reading the next section, “Where AI is applied inside AV”, on page two of this article originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “NXP Touts Auto-Grade AI Toolkit for AVs.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Solutions last_img read more

first_imgMundane becomes magicalVrinda Mathur, 27, Sahej Bhatia, 27 and Navya Aggarwal 27, Co-founders Studio Wood, Delhi, www.studiowood.co.in Back in 2014, a group of college graduates and design enthusiasts came together to do something unique. Under the banner of Studio Wood, they created furniture that explored the limits of form and,Mundane becomes magicalVrinda Mathur, 27, Sahej Bhatia, 27 and Navya Aggarwal 27, Co-founders Studio Wood, Delhi, www.studiowood.co.in Back in 2014, a group of college graduates and design enthusiasts came together to do something unique. Under the banner of Studio Wood, they created furniture that explored the limits of form and function; it became an instant hit. They then decided to take it up a notch by designing spaces for “the young at heart”. Their USP, lies in their mixed bag of skill sets and design styles. Vrinda Mathur and Navya Aggarwal are design graduates from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, while Sahej Bhatia is an architect currently pursuing his masters in design at Harvard University. They have successfully completed over 40 projects in the last two-and-a-half years. AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: The trio was awarded India’s Best Young Design Studio in 2016 by the IBDSA (India’s Best Design Awards) and has won an award for furniture design in Decowood’s Design Divas. Their latest achievement is their selection and participation at Salone Satellite, a pavilion for designers under 35 years at the Salone del Mobile, Milan.WHAT’S NEXT? “We are launching a new range of flat-pack tables. This year will also see a range of projects from residential, offices to retail stores designed with a different aesthetic sense than what one usually sees,” says Mathur.By Ridhi KaleBreathing new lifeAnica Kochhar, 35, Architect and founder Phenotype Architectural Design Studio, Delhi, www.phenotype.in Anica Kochhar was 11 when she realised her love for architecture- with the lines and drawings that make a structure complete and composite-and decided to pursue the subject seriously. Armed with a bachelors degree from the Pratt Institute, New York, she started working with architecture firm Morphogenesis when she returned to India. She went on to do her masters in urbanism at the Architectural Association, London, and decided to launch Phenotype Architecture Design Studio soon after. With a portfolio of projects ranging from residential architecture, pre-fabricated construction to retail and restaurants in Delhi, as an architecture firm they take thrie design cues from the site’s constraints and client’s brief. “This allows us to play, push, experiment and also shed a skin with every space, exploring new territory and new aesthetics,” says Kochhar. RECONGNITION A regular at design exhibitions, Kochhar’s works stand out for her novel approach. LOOKING AHEAD With Borderline Studio, Kochhar plans to keep creating everyday objects with a playful spin. She is also working on retail and residential projects.advertisementBy Shelly AnandColour and craftSona Reddy, 34, Founder Sona Reddy Studio and Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.roomtherapyhome.com Photo: Krishnendu HalderAfter working for over four years in architecture and construction in the US, Sona Reddy returned home to Hyderabad only to find herself hunting for the right furniture and accessories for her projects here. As a result, in 2013, she started designing her own furniture and accessories and established a studio at home under the label Room Therapy. When the interest in her work started anew she launched Sona Reddy Studio in 2014. Reddy has since designed several homes and new-age spaces such as the Japanese restaurant, Haiku that is unconventionally Asian or a cafe called Kaficko with its inviting subdued charm.CURRENT OBSESSION: “We have just finished a gastro-lounge and it is minimal and clean with elements of surprise here and there,” says Reddy of her recent venture in uptown Jubilee Hills. UP NEXT Besides her projects at the studio, Reddy is currently working on designing a new line of furniture for Room Therapy, refurbishing antiques to give them a new contemporary spin. By Mona RamawatBeauty in simplicitySaif Faisal, 32 Founder and designer Saif Faisal Design Workshop, Bangalore, www.saif-faisal.com How did a car designer end up making fancy home decor? Saif Faisal attributes the birth of Saif Faisal Design Workshop in 2014 to “the distinct displeasure I got from the local design scene”. He felt that the best way forward was to develop his own studio that gave him the freedom to work and explore different disciplines. Faisal has trained as an architect at Bangalore’s RV College of Architecture before opening his eponymous multidisciplinary design studio. He works across architecture, product design, furniture, lighting, craft, interiors, brand identity, design development, creative direction, motorcycle design, automotive racing and jewellery design. WINNING STREAK: He was nominated for Beopen Future London in 2012, won the I Design Award in 2015, Godrej Design Lab in 2015, EDIDA (Elle Deco International Design Awards) in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Lexus Design Award in 2018, A Design Award in 2018, and just won the Perspective Asia’s 40 Under 40 in Hong Kong 2018.advertisementIN THE PIPELINE: “I’m designing a commercial Aquaponics farm which will supply the ingredients to a restaurant with a special menu. I am also working on some conceptual projects dealing with culture and sociology, it has to do with emotional intelligence,” he says. Besides this he is working on a Cafe-Racer e-motorcycle concept, creating art design pieces, and making limited edition designs using Bidri craft.By Ridhi KaleThe right contextSachin Bandukwala, 40 and Melissa Smith, 34 Founding Principal architect and partner, Banduksmithstudio, Ahmedabad, www.banduksmithstudio.in If you are looking for a fresh approach to architecture and design that also looks into the impact it makes on the environment and its surroundings, head straight to banduksmithstudio in Ahmedabad. Established in 2011 by Sachin Bandukwala and Melissa Smith the studio ‘works with the processes of construction, and materials available, to create a design that fits perfectly in each particular location and the surroundings in which it is placed’. “Our work engages processes of making through built projects that explore the boundaries of material and craft in the context of contemporary Indian construction. Projects come at any scale, and the practice shifts from furniture and object design, to interiors, renovations, additions, and residential, institutional and commercial architecture,” says Bandukwala.SUCCESS STORY: The studio won second place in the Indo Swiss Dynamic Shades Competition in 2015; was named India’s Hot 100 Commercial Designers in 2014 and won the Archhello Emerging Generation in 2013 and IA&B Practice of Consequence in 2012. FAST FORWARD Their upcoming projects include a library for children in Gandhinagar, lake regeneration in Ahmedabad and a home called the Floating Metal House in Ahmedabad.By Ridhi KaleTradition with a twistRanjan Bordoloi, 28 Founder and designer, Studio Bordoloi, Guwahati info@studiobordoloi.com Back in 2015, Assam-based Ranjan Bordoloi was busy putting the finishing touches to his graduation collection at the Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. One of his designs, the Pitoloi Chair, caught the attention of judges (from Elle Decor India and The Park Hotels) and he won The Park Elle Decor Student Award 2015. The result, he was given a chance to exhibit the chair at India Design ID 2015 in Delhi. Here Giulio Cappellini, the Art Director of Milan-based furniture giant Cappellini spotted it and offered to showcase it at Cappellini Next in Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2015. The global attention pushed him to start Studio Bordoloi the same year. “Since its inception, we have been collaborating with the artisans practicing a dying craft of brass utensil making in Assam,” says Bordoloi. WINNER’S CIRCLE: From Red Dot Design Award 2017 in Singapore to the EDIDA 2018 in India, the studio has won several awards. In 2016 Bordoloi was one of eight young designers to be selected by Godrej Interio, where he developed a chair called Kaathfula in collaboration with their engineers.MUCH AWAITED: Currently the studio is working on a project in collaboration with NIFT Bangalore called USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) sponsored by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. “We are exploring possibilities of using age old crafts such as rosewood inlay of Mysore and toy making craft of Channapatna,” explains Bordoloi. He is also planning a solo exhibition in Mumbai for his self-produced works.advertisementBy Ridhi KaleA flair for dramaKunaal Kyhaan Seolekar, 30, Founder and creative director, Studiohaus and Koy, Pune www.studiohaus.in and www.koy.store Photo: Danesh JassawalaAn architect dons many hats-from dabbling in interior design to turning art consultant and sometimes even doubling up as the contractor. But Kunaal Kyhaan Seolekar, who studied architectural design at the Parsons School of Design, doesn’t just don many hats he juggles them with flair. Seolekar started studioHAUS in 2012. “I believe that design tells a story, hence each work of ours holds a strong design concept that evokes emotions through its materials, textures and patterns. We specialise in private residences, which expanded into concept stores, exclusive resorts and villas,” he says. In 2017, he launched KOY, an interior design concept store. Seolekar is recognised not just for his designs but also as an actor and model. He made his acting debut in Fireflies (2013), and then as Aarif in Fitoor (2016). Design, however, remains his first love. WILL TO WIN Seolekar won the Young Talent of the year Award at EDIDA in 2017 and Best Residential Interior of 2017 for parkHAUS, Pune presented by Trends Excellence Awards. Photo: Danesh JassawalaFORTHCOMING PROJECTS: “We are busy with a future-ready hospitality project with 80 one-bedroom suites, a minimal concept store for a multi-brand boutique and private residences with modern contemporary finishes and furniture,” he says.By Ridhi KaleLarger than lifeShone Saju, 35, and Dinesh Shanmugam, 35, Co-founders, Living Edge Architects & Designers (LEAD), Bangalore, www.lead.co.in “Clean lines, clutter free aesthetics and creative integration of exterior and interior spaces are integral to all our designs,” says Shone Saju, co-founder of Living Edge Architects & Designers (LEAD), a Bangalore-based architecture firm. Started in 2010, the prayer hall with a built up area of 25,000 sq ft at Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore, was their first project. “Our design philosophy is to create innovative places and identity. We are committed to enhance people’s lives through better architecture and design,” adds Saju. The design studio today specialises in luxury homes, interiors and hospitality ventures. THE SHOWCASE The duo makes it a point to particiapte in key exhibitions in India. HANDS FULL Currently they are working on several projects such as private residences, cafes and a recreational centre. By Shelly AnandChanging the gameRohan Chhabra and Kriti Chaudhary, Co-founders, Re-Culture, Delhi, www.re-culture.com With a desire to transform the semantics of everyday objects, Rohan Chhabra and Kriti Chaudhary started Re-culture in 2014. Chhabra has a background in industrial and fashion design, while Chaudhary is a ceramicist and product designer. Interestingly this Delhi-based design collaborative came into being when the duo, who had their own independent practices, found a common ground for their interdisciplinary ideas. “As a team we believe in ideas that are generated through the design process and culture at large. In our products we aim to achieve a combination of enlightenment and enchantment by re-culturing the language of everyday things,” says Chaudhary. So, they project personalities onto inanimate objects giving them a sense of playfulness and ambiguity. NO PRIZES FOR GUESSING: Their first project Dear o’ Deer was a finalist in the ‘Unique Youngstar’ competition by German Design Council and was chosen to be exhibited at Spoga Gafa in Cologne in 2014.THE NEXT MOVE: They are currently working on a menswear line of apparel and accessories for a collection called Project AID, which stands for Animals in Danger. Illegal poaching and human population pressure are threatening the survival of many animal and plant species and their design will highlight this.By Ridhi KaleGeometry of good designAanchal Goel, 28 and Sugandh Kumar, 30, Partners, Objectry, Delhi, www.objectry.com Photo: Rajwant RawatDelhi-based studio, Objectry is more than just a play of form and materials- its geometry meets functionality meets minimalism that is rooted in a deep understanding of traditional art and crafts. The brainchild of Aanchal Goel and Sugandh Kumar, the duo started Objectry in 2015 after a stint with an export house where they worked with metal and went their separate ways (Goel experimented with pottery and Kumar opted for woodwork). “Objectry is an attempt to make products of basic utility interesting. We achieve this by exploring various Indian handicrafts and giving them a crisp and modern aesthetic,” says Goel. In the three years since they started they have successfully created products, furniture and interiors of a few retail stores and a design studio. “We have also managed to work with a few handicrafts including woodwork, black pottery, terracotta pottery and metal work,” says Kumar. Photo: Rajwant RawatTO THEIR CREDIT: Objectry has been nominated by EDIDA in 2017 and also participated in the London Design Fair in 2016.UPCOMING PROJECTS: “Our most exciting upcoming project is a chic residence in Gurgaon. It’s a relatively new area for us and we are extremely excited about it,” says Goel. This doesn’t mean they will leave product design. They will continue to showcase the interplay of clay, metal and stone to make lights, furniture and accessories.By Ridhi KaleA spin doctorIshrat Sahgal, 29, founder and interior Warchitect Mishcat CO and Ishrat Sahgal Studio, Delhi, www.mishcatco.com Photo: Rajwant RawatHer products are easily the most instagramed designs on this side of the globe. Why? She has that rarest or rare qualities: good taste. The designer in question is Ishrat Sahgal, who founded Mishcat Co in 2013 that creates a yarn from saree scrap and spins them into beautiful eye-catching carpets inspired by everything from nature’s bounty to the way sun’s rays create a shadow on the iconic Connaught Place in Delhi. “Mishcat was born with the aim of finding the sweet spot between traditional Indian craft, globally conscious interior design and sustainability. The idea was to be a one-stop shop design house that brought some of the fun and playfulness back into the carpet selection process,” says Sahgal. But that’s not the only thing the Rhode Island School of Design graduate does. Since she is an interior architect by profession she runs a boutique practice called Ishrat Sahgal Studio. Recently completed interior projects include the official headquarters for Caparo London in Delhi, Cafe Kothi at the lovely 28 Kothi in Jaipur and a rooftop cocktail bar called Upstairs Club, which is a part of the ITC chain in Chandigarh. Photo: Rajwant RawatPRAISE WORTHY: Sahgal made it to the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list and her rugs can be seen in some of the best dressed homes.NEW HORIZONS: At the moment she is working on opening a new design studio in London.By Ridhi KaleIn graphic detailNischal Abhaykumar, 36, and Jesal Pathak, 34, Co-founders, M9 Design Studio, Bangalore, www.mnine.in Creative expression is as tricky as it is capable of uplifting any space. Bangalore-based architectural firm M9 Design Studio specialises in the latter. Founded in 2009 by architect Nischal Abhaykumar, in 2014 Jesal Pathak joined him as the creative lead. Abhaykumar has a Master of Art and Architecture Design from Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) in Frankfurt, Germany, while Pathak has a Master of Design from Domus Academy in Milan. “We strive to impact people through spaces. No matter what project we’re designing, we always aim to make a difference in the city’s landscape,” says Abhaykumar. They have a varied portfolio ranging from residential, recreational and commercial to hospitality and institution.WINNER’S CIRCLE: The studio has won several awards. These include Emerging Architect of the Year (under 35) at the NDTV Design and Architecture Awards in 2017; Gold winner, Architecture Public Building, Architecture Ideas 3.0 by FOAID (Festival of Architecture & Interior Designing) in 2017; and Young Designers Award for M9 Workspace at the 361 Degree Design Conference in 2017. Photo: Lantern CameraCOMING UP:”Currently we are working on two institution projects located in cities with extreme climate conditions- one, extremely dry and hot and the other, very humid,” says Pathak. They are also working on a sports arena, a library competition and a couple of hospitality projects.By Ridhi Kalelast_img read more

first_imgSmriti Mandhana slammed the joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s during the Women’s Cricket Super League 2018 match at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.Playing for Western Storm, she slammed an unbeaten 52 off 19 balls to guide her team to a total of 85/2 from their six overs in a rain-truncated match against the Loughborough Lightning.Mandhana, 22, brought up her fifty off just 18 balls to smash her first fifty of the tournament. Earlier, New Zealand’s Sophie Devine had slammed a half-century off 18 balls against India. This was also the fastest fifty in the history of the tournament.Mandhana smashed five fours and four maximums in her knock of 19 balls. Her whirlwind knock in the end turned out be crucial for the Storms as they managed to restrict the Lightnings for 67/0 from their six overs and win the match by 18 runs. Devine’s 21-ball 46 wasn’t enough to guide the Lightnings over the line.Mandhana was also awarded the player-of-the-match award for her brisk knock. She now has 11 sixes in the tournament, the most by any women in the history of the tournament in any season. West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor and New Zealand’s Rachel Priest had smashed nine each in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Smriti Mandhana hit her fifty off 18 balls against the Loughborough Lightning (Getty Images)With the win, the Storms are second in the points table with two wins from three games. The Georgia Elwiss-led Loughborough Lightning are on top because of a better net run-rate.Mandhana, the first and only Indian women player to play in the T20 competition in England this year, has been in great form so far. She has hit 137 in three matches so far in the tournament.advertisementMandhana has also played for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia before this captained the IPL Trailblazers in the one-off exhibition game organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India against the IPL Supernovas in April.She has been one of India’s star women cricketers recently and has hit 1464 runs from 41 ODIs, including three centuries and 11 fifties. She has also played 42 T20Is for India and has scored 857 runs at an average of 23.16.last_img read more

first_imgDefending champion Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead over Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel after an easy victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton, who won from pole position, is now 24 points ahead of second-placed Vettel after back-to-back victories.The four-time champion recorded his fifth win of the season and has now accumulated 213 points going into the summer break.The Mercedes’s star driver is now looking forward to enjoying almost a month-long break before they return for the next race in Belgium.”I really could only have dreamed that we would be in the position that we are in right now,” he told reporters. “I’m really happy, going into the break, particularly with back-to-back wins.”I think that boost will last a long time for our team and it’s encouraging for everyone so I’m excited for the break,” added the Briton.”We’ve definitely had ups and downs in this Championship, it’s such a rollercoaster ride – but the team has just remained strong.”More from @LewisHamilton https://t.co/FCeXjGTGmr #HungarianGP pic.twitter.com/LIn2pbqA3dMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 29, 2018Vettel took the chequered flag 17.1 seconds behind, after surviving a late collision with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas who also banged bodywork with Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo.Ferrari, mourning the death of former chairman Sergio Marchionne, had Kimi Raikkonen finish third to complete a podium of champions on a dry and sweltering afternoon at the Hungaroring outside Budapest.The victory was Hamilton’s record sixth in Hungary and 67th of his career.advertisementIn a race effectively decided by Saturday’s wet qualifying, when Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid against expectation, Hamilton was never challenged.”We came here knowing Ferrari would be really quick this weekend so to come out with these points, we’ll definitely take it as a bonus,” said Hamilton in a pitlane interview after embracing team members.What a beautiful day its been! Im so proud of the hard work, vision and determination by our team. A huge, huge thank you to everyone. Challenges were definitely presented to us this weekend and we overcame them together @MercedesAMGF1 #HungarianGP #F1 @latimages pic.twitter.com/402taEflvKLewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 29, 2018″I’m really happy with how strong it’s come in the last couple of races. We’ve got to come strong in the next half,” added the 33-year-old, who won in Germany from 14th place on the grid a weekend earlier.Tyre strategies were also crucial at a relatively slow and twisty circuit where overtaking is always difficult, with track temperatures hovering around 50 degrees Celsius.Vettel started on the softs and went for a longer first stint than Mercedes, worried by Ferrari’s quick getaways, who opted for ultrasofts that were quicker at the start but faded more rapidly.Lining up in fourth place on the grid, Vettel grabbed third from Raikkonen immediately but could not find a way past Bottas who slotted in behind Hamilton as a defence against the red threat.”We were out of position. I think we could have gone with Lewis today with the race pace,” said Vettel.”P2 is not really what we wanted this weekend but I think it was the maximum today.”ANGRY VERSTAPPENRaikkonen, without water during the race after Ferrari forgot to connect the bottle, made two stops and agreed third – his fifth successive podium finish – was the best he could have hoped for in the circumstances.”We caught up with Bottas after the first stop but there was no chance to overtake. So our option was to stop again and try again. At least we got one place back but far from ideal,” said the Finn.”I think we had pretty good speed today. But what can you do? Sometimes it’s like that, but you take the points and go on to the next one.”Ricciardo, starting 12th, finished fourth but his Dutch team mate Max Verstappen retired early on with a Renault engine failure that infuriated both driver and team boss Christian Horner.”We pay multi-millions of pounds for these engines and for first class, or state-of-the-art, product and you can see it’s quite clearly some way below that,” said Horner.Bottas ended up fifth, and was handed a 10 second post-race penalty for the Ricciardo collision, with French driver Pierre Gasly sixth for Toro Rosso.Kevin Magnussen was a lapped seventh for Haas, lifting the U.S.-owned team to fifth and ahead of Force India, with double world champion Fernando Alonso eighth for McLaren on his 37th birthday.advertisementCarlos Sainz took two points for Renault in ninth and Romain Grosjean made sure of another for Haas.(Report courtesy Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgBelgium have joined world champions France on top of the FIFA rankings on Thursday and for the first time in the table’s 25-year history, the top spot will be shared.Roberto Martinez’s men collected two wins, including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland earlier in the month to go level with France on 1729 points.France failed to surge ahead after their World Cup glory as they were held to a goalless draw by Germany in Munich in their Nations League opener before beating Netherlands 2-1.The only other change in the top 10 was Denmark slipping down to the 10th spot, below Spain.Following their disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup, Germany have climbed a further three positions and now sit 12th.Kenya were the biggest movers as they earned 22 points to move up five places to 107th. Those points came courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Ghana in 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier.Top 10 rankings: (previous positions in brackets)1. France1. Belgium (2)3. Brazil4. Croatia5. Uruguay6. England7. Portugal8. Switzerland9. Spain10. Denmark (9)(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgIndia began their journey in the Hockey World Cup on Wednesday by thrashing South Africa 5-0 at the Kalinga Stadium but captain Manpreet Singh said they will try to give minimum chances to World number three Belgium in their next match.”Overall, we played a good game but we still need to improve. We got many chances in the match but we missed them. We could not convert many of the penalty corners. Our next match is with Belgium and we should not miss the crucial chances,” Manpreet said.”Belgium are a good side. They have the ability to punish us for our mistakes. We need to keep our defence strong against them,” he added.India’s next game is against Belgium on December 2. The match is going to be a high-voltage one as Belgium also thrashed Canada by 2-1 in the opening match.Indian team coach head coach Harendra Singh said a mixture of penalty corners (PCs) and field goals ensured the win for India.”No goal was scored against India (/search?query=India) which is a good sign for us. It indicates that our defence was good in the match. The penalty corner conversion rate, however, needs to be improved,” Harendra said.He also talked about the changed role of forward player Akashdeep Singh in the team saying with his ability to eliminate one or two players while on the run is lethal for opponents.”Yes, we have changed his role as this is the demand of the team. He has got the skill and capacity to eliminate one or two players on the run. It becomes lethal for the opponents as we have three strikers who keep floating inside the circle to grab the scoring opportunity. I am happy that he is playing his role pretty well. I hope he continues doing this,” he said.advertisementThree field goals and two penalty corners helped World No.5 India register a comprehensive win in the second match of the evening.World number five India are eyeing to reclaim the World Cup after 43 years, a title which they won only once way back in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur.Simranjeet Singh (43rd, 46th minutes) scored a brace, while Mandeep Singh (10th), Akashdeep Singh (12th) and Lalit Upadhyay (45th) were the other goal getters for India against a South Africa, ranked 10 places below India.The Indians toyed with the South African defence in the first quarter as they mounted numerous attacks on the opposition goal and to their credit succeeded on two occasions to take a comfortable 2-0 lead early on.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: India hammer hapless South Africa for perfect startAlso Read | Hockey World Cup India vs South Africa: HighlightsAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULElast_img read more

first_imgIn the best of times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not been known for diplomacy. And with the Mithali Raj versus coach Ramesh Powar conflict playing out like a top soap opera, the BCCI can take credit for “leaking” a confidential email written by the superstar of Indian women’s cricket and the tour report by Powar.Since the time India lost in the ICC World T20 semi-finals to England where Mithali was benched, there has been all kind of speculation. One would have liked to treat India’s loss as one where they were not the best side on view that day. From team mix to strategy, everything went wrong.The match was played on November 22 and perhaps time would have been the best healer. In the good old days, women’s cricket did not enjoy this kind of popularity. Thanks to their efforts on the field and India making the ICC World Cup (ODI format) final last year in England, the popularity has grown. It’s a good sign for Indian women’s cricket.Then came the most foolish act from someone within the national cricket board who had access to the Mithali email. It was leaked and almost everyone from media fraternity and social media users could read its contents.The email was emotional and also explosive. It had all the ingredients of a letter where the aggrieved party (Mithali) poured her heart out. She spoke of her pain, she spoke of her commitment to Indian cricket and she also spelt out how coach Ramesh Powar was “avoiding” her in the West Indies.advertisementIdeally, an email like this should have set the BCCI thinking and they should have conducted a proper probe into it. Mithali was called to the BCCI office and just a day after that her email was leaked. It was in very poor taste as the whole idea was to play out in public personal grievances being nursed by India’s captain in Tests and ODIs.To say that Mithali was left red-faced would be an understatement. None can question her commitment to cricket and as someone who was even being touted as a possible Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award nomination in 2017, she has every right to feel let down.Coaches versus player differences are nothing new. In team sport, the coach, manager or captains have a say. If Mithali is saying she was being avoided by coach Powar that in itself is a big story. The job of a coach is to ensure best possible communication, which seemed missing in the West Indies. There have been instances before in men’s cricket where players have been dropped. At first, it seemed for just one match, before their careers simply petered out!These are troubled times for Indian cricket. The BCCI finds itself embroiled in many controversies and for even matters of pure cricketing domain, we find the CoA (Committee of Administrators) poking its nose in it. Then again, the CoA has also not come out with flying colours in the Mithali episode as she has taken a huge swipe at Diana Edulji for her comments in the media.It’s a bizarre situation. Mithali cannot deny the contents of the email and none in the BCCI has offered an explanation till now as to who was crazy enough to leak the email. The best of controversies in life can be handled when you let it cool down. In this case, what has happened is more fuel has been added to fire and everyone has an opinion on it now.Former cricketers, men and women, are giving their views. The controversy finds huge mention in the media and one thing is certain, Powar is no longer the Indian women’s coach. But there is a catch here, he has not been dumped because of the content of Mithali’s email. As per his contract, this was his last assignment.Powar, too, has called Mithali “selfish” and so on in his report that the BCCI cannot dismiss lightly. Just to jog the readers’ memory, when Anil Kumble was being eased out as coach, the dressing room was being blamed for leaks! The rooms were not speaking but people from within. It could have been players or those who have regular access to the dressing room.With the BCCI advertising for a new women’s coach, it will be interesting to see how it pans out. The Mithali topic sees former cricketers giving their verdict. In this whole drama, if there is one group of people having a real good laugh, it’s the wise men in the BCCI. Howzzat?advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgXiaomi is all set to launch its first waterdrop notch display smartphone today. It is the Xiaomi Mi Play. For now, the smartphone will be launching in China and possibly at the event Xiaomi will reveal whether the phone will come to India or not. The Mi Play China launch will kick off at 2pm CST (11:30am IST). The launch event of the Mi Play will be live streamed on the Xiaomi Global site and also on Youkou. Ahead of the launch, a lot has already been revealed about the Mi Play. In fact, Xiaomi President Lin Bin has also revealed the official pictures of the Mi Play.The official pictures shared by Bin go in line with the rumours and leaks. The photos reveal that the Mi Play will indeed come with gradient finish. Previous rumours had revealed that the upcoming Mi Play will come in 10 colour tones, this information also seems to be accurate as the official pictures shared by Bin also show the Mi Play in two colours — Dream Blue and Dawn Gold, and both the models appear with gradient finish. Rumous suggest that Mi Play will come in 10 colour options including black, gold, rose gold, white, blue, red, pink, gray, silver and green.The official pictures show just rear panel of the phone. Apart from the gradient finish, the pictures show the phone with vertically placed rear camera setup while the in the middle of the back panel there’s the fingerprint sensor which will help in unlocking the phone with a finger touch.advertisementIn addition, live pictures and unboxing video of the Mi Play have also been leaked. The live photos show the phone with waterdrop notched display. This is the first Xiaomi phone to include such a notch on the front. The photos also show that the waterdrop notch will sit on the top centre of the display which will equip the selfie camera. And like most other waterdrop/teardrop notch phones, we expect the earpiece and the sensors to be not visible from the outside.Besides revealing the design of the phone, rumours and leaks have also revealed the full specs of the Mi Play. The Xiaomi Mi Play is expected to come with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display paired with a screen resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and aspect ratio of 19:9. The official pictures show that the Mi Play will come with dual cameras on the back and include a single sensor on the front panel which will sit inside the tiny waterdrop notch. On the camera front, the Mi Play is said to sport a 12-megapixel main sensor on the rear panel while the secondary camera will include a sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front, the phone is said to include an 8-megapixel sensor.So far there has been a lot of confusion regarding the chipset that will power the Mi Play. Some rumours claim that the phone will come with Qualcomm’s unannounced Snapdragon 730, but now the latest leak showing one of the launch slides of the Mi Play reveals that the phone will be powered by a MediaTek processor. Possibilities are that the Mi Play will come with MediaTek Helio P90 chipset.In addition to the various colour options, the Mi Play is also said to be available in three RAM and storage variants the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the second model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and lastly the third and the most experience of the three will pack 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Sadly, the battery life of the Mi Play might not be a very long as the phone is said to come with a much smaller 2900mAh battery.Xiaomi is trying a lot of new things with the Mi Play. A latest report now suggests that the Mi Play will come bundled with 10GB of free data with a validity of 1 year. The free data offer is definitely Xiaomi’s strategy to attract more and more consumers to the Mi Play. With this free data, Xiaomi will basically let users access all the Mi apps and services which are going to come pre-installed with the phone.Now that we already know everything about the Mi Play, how much will Xiaomi price the phone? The leaked launch slides alongside revealing the specs of the phone also reveal the price. The slide shows that the phone will cost 1,699 Yuan, which when roughly translated to INR come around Rs 17,000. However, there’s no clarity on to which model of the Mi Play will be priced 1699 Yuan.advertisementALSO READ | Mi Play launch on Dec 24: Gradient finish, waterdrop notch and all we know about this Xiaomi phone so farALSO READ | This is the Xiaomi Play launching on December 24, and not Redmi 7 Pro or Redmi 7ALSO READ | New Xiaomi Play affordable gaming phone could launch on Dec 24 to take on Honor Playlast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Brief Scores: Pakistan 177 & 294 all out (Asad Shafiq 88, Babar Azam 72, Shan Masood 61, Kagiso Rabada 4 for 61, Dale Steyn 4 for 85). South Africa 431 (Faf du Plessis 103) & 43 for 1 (Dean Elgar 24 not out, Mohammad Abbas 1 for 14). South Africa win by 9 wickets. Full ScorecardSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been suspended for one Test and fined 20 per cent of his match fee after his side were charged with a slow over rate in the nine-wicket second Test victory over Pakistan at Newlands.Du Plessis will sit out the final match of the series starting in Johannesburg on Friday after match referee David Boon imposed the suspension having found South Africa to be one over short of their required number in the Test.It is the second time in 12 months that Du Plessis and his side have been found guilty of a slow over rate after a Test against India in Johannesburg that ended on Jan. 17. The rest of the side have also been fined 10 percent of their match fee.”In accordance with Article 2.22.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel… players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement on Sunday.South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three matches series, but could field a much-changed batting line-up in the third Test with the absence of Du Plessis, and injury concerns over opener Aiden Markram and number three Hashim Amla.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

first_imgWhite remained the preferred colour choice among the Indian passenger vehicle buyers in 2018, with 43 per cent of the new cars produced in the country donning the shade. The presence of achromatic colours — white, black, grey and silver — overshadowed their chromatic counterparts by a long distance.According to “BASF Colour Report 2018 for Automotive OEM Coatings”, the Indian car market recorded a 10 per cent production growth in 2018 as against the previous calendar year. In India, almost all car segments are growing with high mileage small cars, such as basic and subcompact, accounting for more than half of the total production. Moreover, SUVs are also becoming popular among consumers, with the segment making up 23 per cent of the new cars.While white accounted for the most popular colour choice among car buyers with 43 per cent share, grey and silver came in at a distant second spot with 15 per cent share each. Among the achromatic colours, black had only 3 per cent share.Among the chromatic colours, red made up 9 per cent share of all the new cars produced in India in 2018, followed by blue at 7 per cent. Brown and orange came in at third and fourth with 3 per cent and 2 per cent share, respectively. Yellow, green and violet cornered in 1 per cent share each.In the SUV segment, white was the most sought after colour with 41 per cent of the customers going for it, followed by grey (15 per cent), silver (14 per cent), red (12 per cent), blue (7 per cent) and black (4 per cent).advertisementSo far as basic car segment is concerned, here also white triumphed over others with 35 per cent share, followed by grey and silver (17 per cent each), red (9 per cent), blue (8 per cent) and brown and orange (5 per cent each).A similar pattern could be seen in segments such as sub-compact, compact and midsize, where white was way ahead in popularity than other colours with shares of 42 per cent, 46 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively.Even in China, white is the most popular color for the new cars with an overall share of 59 per cent. The strong presence of white can be attributed to the colour’s preference for new engine vehicles. In the Asia-Pacific market, white has a strong iconic value and has accrued 53 per cent share.BASF’s portfolio is spread across six segments — chemicals, materials, industrial solutions, surface technologies, nutrition and care and agricultural solutions. In India, the firm has its innovation campus in Mumbai and research and development centers in Mangalore.ALSO READ | Land Rover launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition, price starts at Rs 53.77 lakhALSO READ | Tata Motors increases prices of Hexa, SUV now starts at Rs 12.99 lakhALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki launches new Baleno at Rs 5.45 lakh, new grille and alloy wheels main attractionslast_img read more

first_imgReaping rewards of his consistent performance, Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Monday broke into men’s singles top-100 for the first time in his career with a jump of six places that took him to 97.Prajnesh is only third Indian player to break into the top-100 barrier in the past decade after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.The gritty left-hander, who had a brilliant 2018 season, reached the semi-finals of the ATP Chennai Challenger last week to ensure his entry into the coveted bracket.If Prajnesh can maintain his rank inside top-100, it will secure him entry into Grand Slam singles main draws.In recent times, only Yuki managed to make the top-100 grade. The immensely talented Yuki has been unfortunate with injuries that halted his progress. Every time he entered the top-100, it was followed by a long injury break.He is now placed 156 behind Ramkumar Ramanathan, who rose to 128 with a jump of five places. At number four, is Saketh Myneni (255, +5) and following him is another talent from the South Sasi Kumar Mukund, who jumped 22 places to reach career-best 271.Mukund too had made the semi-finals of the Chennai Challenger.In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna stayed put at 37 and was followed by his partner Divij Sharan (39, +1), Leander Paes (75, +7), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (77, +2) and Purav Raja (100, +3).In the WTA charts, Ankita Raina continues to be country’s top singles player at number 165 after climbing three places in the ladder and was followed by Karman Kaur Thandi, who dropped a place to 211.Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgRoman Reigns came back with a bang on Monday Night Raw as he announced that he was in remission, on course to defeat leukemia once again. Back in October 2018, Reigns gave the shocking news of his leukemia battle to the world from the ring and made the announcement that it has relapsed because of which he had to relinquish his WWE Universal Championship.It was an emotional speech back in October that led to massive tears in the audience. On Monday, there were cheers and smiles as Reigns announced from the ring once again that “the Big Dog is back”.”We didn’t just swing for the fences man, we hit a home run. So when I tell you this, I’m so grateful, so humbled and so honoured to announce this – the good news is I’m in remission y’all.”With that being said, the Big Dog is back. Before I go I’m gonna say it – thank you so much you all. I love you all,” Reigns announced standing in the same ring, where he had announced the relapsing of his leukemia.Reigns had a bright smile on his face as he gave his fans the update and the audience around the ring could not stop cheering. Reigns took the opportunity to appreciate the love and blessings he had received after his announced and thanked the WWE universe.”I missed you all, there is no other job like this. There is no other fan base like you guys. I said this before I’m a man of faith and I believe in God that he has favoured me, looked after me but I’m not going to lie before my announcement [about leukemia], I was terrified. I was insecure and I didn’t really know if I wanted to share that secret with the world.advertisement”WELCOME BACK! WELCOME BACK! WELCOME BACK!”#RAW #RomanReigns pic.twitter.com/lKEdToLCHsWWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 26, 2019″I was scared to tell you because I didn’t know how you’d react but by the time I reached home, if there was a way to reach me, you guys figured out how to do that. That overwhelming support you guys gave me, gave me strenght and new life. It gave me a new opportunity and purpose,” Reigns further said.Reigns then announced that he was going to use the WWE platform to fight in the ring everyday because he has the “ability” to do so and will spread awareness about leukemia through the massive platform he had.SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR!#RAW @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/4E8jyFcEvAWWE (@WWE) February 26, 2019″Here in WWE, the purpose is to win title and go to the top and that’s still very important but for me, the only thing that is important to me is that I have the ability to step foot in this ring every single night. If I can do that, I’m gonna use this platform that is global to raise awareness and support those who are in need just like I was.”Also Read | Why did WWE champion Ronda Rousey break down in viral video?Also Read | John Cena set to make WWE comebacklast_img read more

first_imgGlenn Maxwell after leading Australia to their first series win against India in over nine years, shed some light on the ‘hand-holding’ team photo that has taken the internet by storm.Ahead of the T20I series, the Australian team posed for the customary team photograph but what caught everyone’s eye was that Marcus Stoinis and Pat Cummins appeared to be holding hands. Adam Zampa too joined in with him holding onto Stonis’ finger.Maxwell at the post-match press conference explained that the Australian team’s ‘closeness’ is the reason behind that pose.Fair to say these guys are tight… #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/fAKw5bCIPZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 26, 2019″Yeah it is a pretty tight group, as you can see by the photos. I think Stoin (Marcus Stoinis) and Patty (Pat Cummins) were genuinely holding hands,” Maxwell explained.”We’ve got ‘Keithy Miller’ involved now so that’s good for the weirdos in the team, which is nice. We’re trying to get the coach involved but I’m not sure we’re going to have much success there,” Maxwell added.Maxwell alluded to the unity in the Australian ranks, who he says revel in each other’s success and that is something that means a lot to the team as a whole.”It’s such a tight group. To have a group of guys that are just playing so much for each other out in the field is brilliant. They’re enjoying each other’s success. They are really feeling every moment together and I know it just means a lot to all of us tonight,” Maxwell said.advertisementLooks like the Aussie cricket team are a really tight-knit unit. Like, REALLY tight pic.twitter.com/hc10p4NTIhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 28, 2019Maxwell on Wednesday became Australia’s first player to score three T20 centuries with an match-winning unbeaten 55-ball 113 in the seven-wicket win over Virat Kohli’s India in Bengaluru. Maxwell was adjudged Player of the Series having scored 169 runs in the two matches including a half-century in the last match.The win was Australia’s first bilateral T20I series triumph in India and Kohli’s first bilateral series loss at home in any format since he took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni.Australia and India next face offf in a five-match ODI series starting Saturday in Hyderabad.Also Read | Having confidence in my game has helped: Glenn Maxwell after Bengaluru heroicsAlso Read | Clinical Australia outplayed us in both games: Virat Kohli after India’s T20I series lossAlso Read | Glenn Maxwell’s 3rd hundred delivers historic T20I series win for Australia vs Indialast_img read more

first_imgFinancially more secure than athletes in any other sport in India, the current generation of cricketers should be thankful to Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble for fighting for them, feels former batting star Virender Sehwag.Referring to the trio’s fight for share in BCCI revenue for players back in 2001-02, Sehwag said it went a long way in guaranteeing financial security that is enjoyed by the current crop of players.The BCCI is on the cusp of having its own Players’ Association within the nest few days but the seeds were first sown by Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Dravid and Kumble as they formed a ‘Players’ Association’ demanding a share from the BCCI’s TV rights deal.”We had to fight to get a share of revenue from BCCI but I don’t think there is any such precedence in any other sport. Had the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Kumble not fought for our rights, we wouldn’t have been where we are today,” Sehwag said on the sidelines of newly launched IPKL Kabaddi League floated by the New Kabaddi Federation (NKF) and aired on DSport.”If you see, there was no friction after that,” he added.The context of his comment was IPKL organisers committing 20 percent of their revenue reserved for players.”If IPKL is sharing 20 percent revenue for players, it’s a good thing. Other sports can learn from this move,” said Sehwag.”I once spoke to former India hockey captain Sardar Singh, who told me that he used to receive mere TA/DA while representing the country and no match fees. It will be great, if football and hockey can take a cue,” he added.advertisementWhile there is already a Pro-Kabaddi League backed by the national federation, Sehwag sees no harm in having a parallel league that can benefit India players.”Don’t confuse this with cricket. BCCI’s revenue pool is so huge that it can possibly be much more than all Olympic sports put together. Also in cricket, we have so many tournaments, we don’t have place for another league.”However in Kabaddi, there is no harm in having two different leagues and allowing players to play both. We have recently lost to Iran in the Asian Games and it hurt me. We should have a bigger pool of players,” said the former India captain.Also Read | How Sachin Tendulkar broke the ice with a young Virender SehwagAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Ganguly’s clarification on India vs Pakistan World Cup matchlast_img read more

first_imgIndia have announced a 15-member squad to be led by Virat Kohli for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in EnglandIndia squad: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.While most members of the squad were automatic selections after their consistent performances over the last few years, the selection committee, headed by Prasad, had to make a crucial call when it came to the No. 4 spot and the fourth pacer for the World Cup team.India had tried close to 10 batsmen at the No. 4 spot over the last two years but found little success. Seasoned Hyderabad campaigner Amabati Rayudu seemed to have sealed the berth with some consistent performances in 2018 but the dip in his form was a huge cause of concern for Virat Kohli’s men.He amassed 392 runs, including a century and three fifties in just 10 innings at an impressive average of 56.00. However, in 2019, Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87.On the other hand, the decision of whether or not to take a speciallist backup wicketkeeper-batsman for MS Dhoni dominated the narrative in the buildup to the World Cup squad selection. World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had said there isn’t a need for the extra wicketkeeper in the squad and that KL Rahul is good enough to keep wickets if MS Dhoni picked up injuries at the World Cup.Meanwhile, India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. With all 10 teams at the World Cup part of the round-robin group stage, Virat Kohli’s men will play a total of nine matches before the knockout stages, starting July 9. The 2019 World Cup will be held between May 30 and July 14.advertisementIndia also play a couple of warm-up matches in the lead up to the tournament proper. The Asian giants will face New Zealand in London on May 25 and Bangladesh in Cardiff on May 28.Also See:last_img read more

first_imgUSA attained the One-Day International status for the first time in their cricketing history as they defeated Hong Kong by 84 runs in the World Cricket League Division 2 on Wednesday. Oman were also awarded the ODI status after registering wins in their opening three matches.USA’s win against Oman was their third in the tournament in four games and this ensured that are able to finish in the top four in the table, International Cricket Council (ICC) reported.USA suffered loss in their opening match against Oman by six wickets, but they were able to bounce back as they defeated Namibia by two runs, Papua New Guinea (PNG) by ten wickets and Hong Kong by 84 runs.Behind the scenes as #TeamUSA sing the team song to celebrate gaining One Day International status and securing a place in the Top 20 of the World at #WCL2 today in Namibia! pic.twitter.com/msPNb9GnxbUSA Cricket (@usacricket) April 24, 2019On the other hand, Oman registered clinical performances in their opening three games against USA, Canada, and Hong Kong.Both Oman and USA now join Scotland, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in League 2, where they will play 36 ODIs each over a two-and-a-half-year period on the pathway to Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.Canada has kept their hopes alive of qualifying for Division 2 as they defeated Papua New Guinea. However, PNG, Namibia, Hong Kong are also in with a chance to qualify for the Division 2 League.Also Read | With 2019 World Cup in mind, Tamim Iqbal wants Bangladesh to work on chasing big totalsAlso Read | Would have loved to play in the 2019 ICC World Cup: Sunil Narineadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEven though there is no official statement from Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies about the rumoured adaptation of epic Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan, there is a lot of buzz about the film.Earlier, it was said that Lyca Productions backed out of the project due to budget constraints. Now, Mani Ratnam is apparently in talks with Reliance Entertainment to bankroll his film. The latest rumour is that Amala Paul has been roped in for Ponniyin Selvan.According to a Tamil daily, Amala Paul has bagged a vital role in the film, which will be made in multiple languages. Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mohan Babu are already said to be part of the projects.In addition to that, Nayanthara, Aishwarya Rajesh and Keerthy Suresh have also been approached for important roles in the film. However, Mani Ratnam is tight-lipped, as always, about this film too.His last film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, a multi-starrer, turned out to be a huge hit. The film had Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay, Simbu and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles.ALSO SEE | Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay-Atlee film a sports entertainer?ALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna Memoriallast_img read more

first_imgRenowned wax museum Madame Tussauds on Wednesday unveiled India captain Virat Kohli’s statue at Lord’s Cricket Ground here to mark the launch of the ICC World Cup.The wax statue of one of the world’s leading batsmen will be on display at Madame Tussauds from Thursday until July 15 remaining at the museum for the duration of the tournament.Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Cricket fever is set to sweep the nation in the coming weeks so what better way to unveil our new figure of Virat Kohli than with the help of our neighbours at Lord’s.”We hope that cricket fans will enjoy not only watching their hero on the pitch but taking to the crease with him here at Madame Tussauds London.”Pictured for the first time at the iconic Lord’s, the statue is dressed in the official Indian kit as well as shoes and gloves donated by the sportsman himself. From Thursday onwards, Kohli will sit alongside legends such as Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah and fellow Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar.Tarah Cunynghame, Head of Retail & Tours at Lord’s Cricket Ground, said: “Lord’s is the perfect backdrop to reveal this fantastic figure of Virat Kohli on the eve of the Cricket World Cup. The anticipation of the exciting summer of cricket has already started, with thousands of visitors coming to the Ground and enjoying a tour of Lord’s and around the MCC Museum.”The figure of the famous batsman will delight any cricket fans visiting Madame Tussauds London.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli meets the Queen ahead of the openerAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgActress Richa Chadha has been training extensively for her role of a kabbadi player in the Kangana Ranaut starrer Panga. The film came to her at a time she was recovering from an injury.The Fukrey actor has been training with experts in the sport, but has taken on three other fitness routines for building her endurance. She has also taken on strength training, yoga and agility training, which have also proven beneficial in her recovery. Reportedly, she was a kabbadi player during her school days, which helped her train for the film too.”I wanted to [combine] my personal fitness goals with that of the film, which led me to collaborate with people like Mustafa [Ahmed, star fitness trainer] who created a fantastic strength and movement based fitness module for me,” said Chadha in a press statement on Thursday. “I have always loved doing new things for fitness and I’m glad I’m getting to experiment. I also went back to the roots of my school practice of doing Iyengar yoga and found myself attracted towards fusion belly dancing. All these new fitness routines [helped] in my overall fitness.”last_img read more

first_imgIn a big blow for South Africa, Dale Steyn has been ruled out of World Cup 2019. According to Cricket South Africa, Steyn suffered a second shoulder injury which did not respond to treatment.Dale Steyn, who was ruled out of bowling for the foreseeable future will be replaced by Beuran Hendricks in England.South Africa got off to a nightmarish start in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. They lost to hosts England in the tournament opener before going down to Bangladesh in a high-scoring game.South Africa will next take on pre-tournament favourites and 2-time champions India in Southampton on June 5.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India hope for winning start vs struggling South AfricaAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar rates current Indian attack as most complete of this eraAlso Watch:last_img read more

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has insisted India are in no mood to let their intensity dip in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.Speaking to Pakistan great Wasim Akram for the ICC, Kohli pointed out it’s difficult to gain momentum in a tournament like the World Cup and every game gives the Indian team an opportunity to execute their plans to perfection.India are well-placed to reach the semi-final of World Cup 2019, having won 3 out of their first 4 matches by comfortable margins. India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) on Sunday in Manchester and are now on a 5-day break before their next match against Afghanistan.”For sure (take Afghanistan seriously). It’s very difficult to gain momentum in a tournament like the World Cup. We want to win every game we play. And the fact that we have long gaps between each game.. that helps a lot. We have time to recover, regroup and then the motivation is back again. No game is easy in this World Cup. We have to be professional and execute our plans well,” Virat Kohli said.India have been clinical with their performances so far in the World Cup. Despite losing a couple of key players in Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to injuries, Virat Kohli’s men managed to dominate Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester in all three departments.Rohit Sharma is in fine nick after having scored 2 hundreds in 3 matches while back-up opener KL Rahul shone vs Pakistan in the absence of Dhawan at the top. The middle-order has come good with Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni chipping in with cameos while the bowling department has been boosted by the good form of their wrist-spinners.advertisementStressing that India’s focus has been on enjoying their World Cup stint in England, Virat Kohli said the former champions are making it a point to keep the mood in the dressing room light.”Our first decision when we came here (in England) was to have a lot of fun because it’s a long tournament and it’s important to enjoy every day. Off the field, we find time to crack jokes even in the practice session,” Kohli added.”We’re were happy where we stand as a team. Even when we are in the dressing room, we can see each one of us are fulfilling our roles to perfection.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tieAlso Read | Pakistan Cricket Board should penalise players spotted at Shisha cafe: Intikhab AlamAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy A90 is shaping up to be an exciting new addition to the Galaxy A series based on everything we have been hearing off late. Rumours in the past have suggested that the Galaxy A90 will be the company’s first mid-range phone to rock a Snapdragon 855 chipset. It is also said to come with 5G support and 45W fast charging support, among other things. These features were once again reiterated by a popular tipster who also said that the Galaxy A90 may launch by October.Tipster Ice Universe has been pretty reliable when it comes to news about Samsung’s upcoming products. On Wednesday, the tipster tweeted that the Galaxy A90 will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC and will only come in a 5G version. It would also make the Galaxy A90 one of the cheapest 5G phones in the second half of the year. He adds that the Galaxy A90 will feature a waterdrop display (perhaps an Infinity-U display) with a FHD+ resolution.Galaxy A90 only has 5G version, Snapdragon 855 processor, is one of the cheapest 5G mobile phones in the second half of the year, will be launched in September or October, with water drop design, FHD + screen, design in general, the main 5G.Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 10, 2019In the same tweet, the tipster claimed that the Galaxy A90 will be launched in September or October. This makes sense as Samsung will be reserving the next few weeks to hype up the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7.advertisementNot only is the Galaxy A90 rumoured to come with a large 4,500mAh battery, but it will also be Samsung’s first smartphone to support up to 45W fast charging. In recent times, Samsung has been introducing new technologies in its Galaxy A-series phones rather than its flagship series’ so a 45W fast charging support for the Galaxy A90 is believable.Past rumours also say that the Galaxy A90 will sport a 6.7-inch display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone is also said to come with a feature called Tilt OIS, which seems to suggest a new stabilisation technology for the camera. Additionally, we should also expect a triple camera setup on the back with a 48MP main camera, an ultra wide-angle lens and a depth sensor or telephoto lens.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e review: Great mid-range Android tablet but not a laptop replacementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 first official photos leak out, here’s what it will look likelast_img read more

first_imgPunjabi singer Jassie Gill, who is making his Bollywood debut with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga, wrapped up shooting for his part in the film yesterday. Ashwiny Iyer took to Instagram to write an emotional post for the singer-turned-actor.The director shared a picture of herself with Jassie and wrote, “Our sunshine wrapped #panga today. The rays of his beautiful energy on set and off set will continue for long. Thank you for being the Spreading Joy’ human on set. @jassie.gill you are a bright hope in reel and real sense. Thank you for being a part of Panga and owning your character straight from the heart. (sic).”Earlier, Ashwiny penned down a sweet post for Neena Gupta as well who also had the last day on Panga set yesterday. the director wrote, “Today was Neena Mam’s last day on Panga. All I can say is we go beyond the actor-director relationship.”She added, “We are friends for life who chat about everything under the sun. There were times when we had serious overwhelming talk too that went into smiles of transparent innermost thoughts. Thats how we understood each other. In silence. In the expression of oneness. Thank-you so much for your precious time and role and making Panga a part of you. I am great full for life and our story of friendship will only continue (sic).”advertisementAshwiny Iyer Tiwari in June revealed through her Instagram post that she has commenced the last schedule of the film shooting. Richa Chaddha who will also be seen in a significant role in the movie wrapped up shooting in June after which Ashwiny thanked her for ‘bringing out the best of her’.The upcoming sports-drama will feature Kangana as a Kabaddi player. Apart from her and Richa, the film will also feature Punjabi singer Jassie Gill, and Neena Gupta in pivotal roles. Panga is scheduled to release next year on January 24.ALSO READ | Panga director pens sweet note for Neena Gupta on her last day of shoot: We are friends for lifeALSO READ | Kangana Ranaut pens emotional note to Panga director Ashwiny Tiwari. See picALSO READ | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on directing Kangana Ranaut’s Panga: Kabaddi to leg-breaking, I am enjoying everythingALSO WATCH | Shahid as boxer, Kangana as kabbadi player: Bollywood is in love with sports dramaslast_img read more

first_imgAce Indian shuttler PV Sindhu advanced to the quarter-finals of the ongoing $1,250,000 Indonesia Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament after defeating Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in her second round match on Thursday.Fifth-seed Sindhu, who is eyeing her first title of the season, defeated Blichfeldt 21-14, 17-21, 21- 11 in a match that lasted for 62 minutes.The Hyderabadi shuttler was at her absolute best, winning the first game 21-14 without any hiccup in just 18 minutes. However, the Denmark player made a strong comeback in the second game and made Sindhu toil hard for her points during the course of the 23-minute game. Blichfeldt ultimately won the game 21-17, thus pushing the match into the third game.In the final game, Sindhu, however, made sure she didn’t give her opponent any chance and won 21-11 to progress to the third round of the tournament.However, there was disappointment in the men’s doubles event as the Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty bowed out of the competition after losing in straight games to Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.The Indian pair, which saw off Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19, 18-21, 21-19 in their opening match, lost 15-21, 14-21 to the Indonesian top seeds in the second round contest which lasted less than 30 minutes.Also Read | Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth crash out in opening roundAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgThree recipients were honored Friday with the 2017 War Eagle Human Rights Award.Dr. Richard Owens, Frank Baron and the Four Directions Community Center were recognized for their work that has positively improved lives in the Siouxland area.Dr.Owens has spent countless hours as a volunteer working as a champion of the disabled.Baron founded the Prejudice Elimination Workshop for high school juniors, which ran for 14 years.He provides pro bono legal representation through Legal Aid and has provided free mediation services through the Human Rights Commission.Frank LaMere accepted the award on behalf of the Four Directions Community Center.The center serves Siouxland’s Native American Community.Four Directions partners with the Department of Human Services and Juvenile Court Services to offer parenting classes and a batterers support group, among other programs.Sioux City’s Human Rights Commission sponsors this event in observance of International Universal Human Rights Day, which was established in 1950.last_img read more