Sans Fernandez and Bolick, San Beda hammers Mapua for 9th straight

first_imgSan 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 Articles01:37Protesters 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 STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief San Beda’s AC Soberano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda bucked the absence of coach Boyet Fernandez and Robert Bolick to cruise to an 88-70 beatdown of Mapua Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.AC Soberano stepped up for the Red Lions as he went 3-of-5 from three to wound up with 17 points and two rebounds, while Javee Mocon continued to churn out double-doubles, this time, racking up 11 markers and 10 boards in the win.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Donald Tankoua also had nine points and eight rebounds, as all 13 San Beda players were able to score a field goal in the tiff.“I’m happy with the way we played despite the absence of Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez who are two of our best players. What was noticeable was everybody stepped up, we had a ball movement and I’m happy that they didn’t look for a go to guy today. Everybody was able to score because of our ball movement,” said team manager Jude Roque.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 shutoutMVP contender Bolick was banned from the game after his scuffle with St. Benilde guard Carlo Young in the Red Lions’ last game, as well as Clint Doliguez, who entered the court during the melee.Fernandez was serving his one-game suspension for issuing comments detrimental to the league after the fracas, leaving the coaching to deputy and Red Cubs mentor JB Sison. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UST’s Akomo, UP’s Ouattara eligible for UAAP Season 80 MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games But Roque shared that the multi-titled mentor was still on top of San Beda’s preparations in the buildup for the tiff against the Cardinals.“Coach Boyet always prepares the team and he was still very much on top of the preparations. When our appeal got denied, coach Boyet gave the gameplan to coach JB and he came in prepared as well,” he said.San Beda survived its poor 39-percent shooting from the field as they turned a close 58-49 edge to a blowout thanks to its 30-point fourth quarter finishing kick to rise up to 10-1.Leo Gabo paced the cellar-dwelling Cardinals with 17 points, four assists, and three rebounds, while Denniel Aguirre had 16 markers and two boards in the loss, which was their ninth straight defeat that sent them to a paltry 1-10 slate.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Paul Pierce to join ESPN as full-time analyst

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Paul Pierce  AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLooks like it didn’t take long for Paul Pierce to find a new gig outside of basketball.After 19 remarkable seasons in the NBA, “The Truth” is set to join ESPN’s crew of on-screen NBA analysts and personalities.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Pierce’s new venture, meanwhile, mirrors his former Celtic teammate Kevin Garnett, who also transitioned to broadcast commentary after retiring from the sport.His number 34 jersey will also be immortalized in a retirement ceremony sometime this season.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Perez uncorks 28 as Lyceum goes up 15-0 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As confirmed by the sports network in a statement, the 10-time All-Star and Celtics legend will regularly appear in the “NBA Countdown’’ and “The Jump” segments starting next month.“I always had fun doing guest coverage with ESPN, so it is exciting to officially join the teams at NBA Countdown and The Jump,” said Pierce, who served as a guest on both segments during the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I love hoops, my whole life has been about the game, so this feels like a natural evolution in my career and I can’t wait for the season to get started,” he added.Pierce’s toughness and bravado as a basketball player translated well into the microphone, as his often candid and opinionated commentaries drew rave reviews from viewers.last_img read more

Fajardo still leads Govs’ Cup BPC race after semis

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC One thing going against Fajardo, though, in his bid for a record sixth BPC award is the Beermen’s subpar performance in the season-ending conference which saw their Grand Slam dream halted in the quarterfinals. Trailing him at second is TNT guard Jayson Castro, who amassed 33.563 SPs after leading the KaTropa to the semifinals with his averages of 18.19 markers, 4.38 boards, 6.31 dimes, and 1.19 steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the battle for the hardware would likely fall on the players who led their team to the Finals.Greg Slaughter is making a strong case for his first BPC award after netting 32.625 SPs. Read Next The 29-year-old is poised to claim his second Best Import award as he is way above of his peers after averaging 25.44 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.81 assists, and 1.25 blocks while anchoring the Bolts to a return trip to the Finals.On Durham’s heels are Phoenix’s Brandon Brown with 54.500 SPs, Blackwater’s Henry Walker with 54.100 SPs, GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway with 53.222 SPs, and NLEX’s Aaron Fuller with 49.500 SPs. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors’ Klay Thompson ‘aspires’ to create dynasty like Michael Jordan’s Bulls Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters 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 Returning to action this conference, the Ginebra big man is having a stellar conference after averaging 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks so far while helping the Gin Kings to the championship round.Closely behind is Meralco sophomore Chris Newsome, who has 30.875 SPs after netting 13.06 markers, 6.25 boards, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals for the Bolts before the finals.Completing the top five is San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, who had 30.583 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are LA Tenorio of Ginebra (30.188 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort (29.444 SPs), Calvin Abueva of Alaska (29.000 SPs), Baser Amer of Meralco (28.867 SPs), and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel (28.500 SPs).Meanwhile, Allen Durham is still on the top in the Best Import race with his 58.875 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have bowed out of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title race, but June Mar Fajardo remained still the statistical points leader for the Best Player of the Conference at the end of the semifinals.The Cebuano giant netted 38.455 SPs after averaging 18.55 points, a league-best 11.64 rebounds, 1.73 assists, and 2.27 blocks.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Time to face the monster

first_imgThe league’s winningest coach was referring to three-time Philippine Cup defending champion San Miguel Beermen and their prized big man June Mar Fajardo, the four-time Most Valuable Player.Either way, Cone knows there will be little room for error against a team that packs so much depth and firepower.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re hoping for one heck of a series,” said Cone, after the Gin Kings hammered out a 99-91 victory over the Elasto Painters to complete a sweep of their best-of-three quarterfinal series Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“San Miguel has won the last three championships of this conference for a reason. They’re playing great basketball and they have June Mar (Fajardo). TNT was playing well and they still couldn’t beat San Miguel.” LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next The Beermen did not need their twice-to-beat advantage to advance to the semifinals as they bundled out the Texters, 106-93, with Fajardo banging in 35 points.The other semifinal series will feature Magnolia vs NLEX after the Road Warriors also swept Alaska after an 87-83 victory in the other game.This marks NLEX’s first semifinal stint in franchise history.Nonetheless, Cone was relieved to overcome Rain or Shine, which forced them into a triple overtime battle last Friday and put up a brave stand in the quarterfinals, particularly in Game 2 when they came within 92-89 on Beau Belga’s layup with under two minutes remaining.Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar made back-to-back baskets to push the lead back to seven before LA Tenorio hit three free throws to seal the victory for the Gin Kings, who lost to the Beermen in the finals of last year’s All Filipino tournament.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a huge relief to get through (Rain or Shine) and now we face the monsters that’s San Miguel and June Mar,” he said. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Alido, Nakajima joint leaders Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After disposing of a Rain or Shine team that dragged his team into three tough battles in five days, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is now bracing for what he calls the “monsters” of the Philippine Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pirates rampage

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn the day San Beda and Letran renewed their rivalry for the first time this season, Lyceum still managed to keep the spotlight with its scintillating play.With another strong display of firepower, the Pirates surprisingly made light work of the Arellano Chiefs, 99-65, to extend their unbeaten start to four games in the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Flying V, Cignal nail top two Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Cardinals fell to a share of ninth spot with the Knights.Lyceum coach Topex Robinson was glad to see his team continue improving, although he admitted the Chiefs weren’t at their best.“We caught them (Chiefs) on a bad day, so we took advantage,” said Robinson. “My players were up to the challenge of improving from our last game.”LYCEUM 99—Perez 16, Marcelino JC 13, Ayaay 13, Tansingco 13, Nzeusseu 8, Ibanez 8, Marcelino JV 8, Caduyac 6, Serrano 5, Pretta 3, Marata 2, Baltazar 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0.ARELLANO 65—Nicholls 12, Salado 11, Concepcion 9, Canete 7, Meca 6, Alcoriza 5, Dela Cruz 4, Enriquez 4, Flores 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Rivera 2, Abanes 0, Taywan 0, Villoria 0, Padilla 0.Quarters: 20-11, 40-30, 63-49, 99-65ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ LATEST STORIES CJ Perez fired a season-low 16 points, but seven other players scored at least eight points as the Pirates pulled away in the second half to bring down another contender this season.The Red Lions prevailed over the Knights, 81-74, while Emilio Aguinaldo College trounced Mapua, 77-72, to even its card at 2-2 just like Arellano and Jose Rizal U.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRobert Bolick had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Jayvee Mocon flirted with a triple double—17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists—for the Lions, who improved to 4-1.Sidney Onwubere led EAC anew with 22 points, including clutch baskets down the stretch when it rallied from three points down to pin a third loss in four games on Mapua. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Thailand bets finished with the gold and silver medals, respectively, as Ratchadaporn Plengsaengthong scored 619.8 and Supamas Wankaew 617.7. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Philippines squeezed into the podium with a bronze medal in the women’s 50 meter rifle prone event Thursday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.Filipino shooter Amparo Teresa Acuña came up with 612.9 finish to give the Philippine shooting team in Malaysia its first medal so far.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Country Wide Basketball League promotes regional basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mohali Test: Match evenly poised after Sehwag’s fifty

first_imgRiding on a brutal, swift counter attack by Virender Sehwag, India raced to 110 for two at stumps, in reply to visitors’ challenging first innings total of 428, on the second day of the first Test at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.At the end of day’s play, Rahul Dravid was batting on 21 and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was on zero.Sehwag batted in a manner only he is capable of and was also dismissed in a manner which is pretty similar to some of his earlier dismissals.He smashed the Aussie bowlers to all corners of the park scoring 59 in 54 balls with the help of 10 boundaries before Mitchell Johnson banged one short but ball arrived late on Sehwag as he had closed the face of the bat. It was Michael Clarke who took a dolly at extra cover.Sehwag with this 23rd Test half-century, now, has 50 plus knocks in 11 consecutive Tests and also shares the world record for most of number of 50s with Gautam Gambhir and Vivian Richards. Courtesy Sehwag’s blistering innings, India trail by 318 runs.Sehwag stamped his authority as he hit Ben Hilfenhaus over third man, punched Doug Bollinger through covers, steered Mitchell Johnson to deep thirdman and heaved Nathan Hauritz over extra cover for boundaries that made the pitch, which till then seemed a difficult one, look easy to bat on.He added 81 with Gautam Gambhir (25) in only 13.2 overs before the latter fell leg before to a Johnson delivery that kept low.Earlier in the day, India were dealt a ‘Paineful blow’ as rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine scored a gutsy 92 to defy the Indian bowlers from wrapping the Aussie innings quickly.advertisementPaine, who was dropped on nought by the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Zaheer Khan on Friday, cashed in on the opportunity as he shared three important partnerships of 53, 82 and 54 runs with Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus respectively. That helped Australia bat for 151.4 overs and reach a score which looks imposing on a slow track.Playing only his third Test, Paine showed a lot of composure on a difficult track as he hit 12 boundaries in his 196-ball knock. He was unlucky to miss what would have been a well deserved maiden Test ton, being caught by VVS Laxman in the slips off Zaheer.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Nigeria’s 100m gold medallist flunks dope test at CWG: report

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games was on Monday rocked by its first doping case when Nigerian women’s 100m gold medallist Osayemi Oludamola tested positive for a banned stimulant.Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell announced on Monday morning that Osayemi tested positive for methylhaxaneamine and her ‘B’ sample test and hearing will be held later on Monday.”I regret to announce that a positive dope case has come out. Nigeria’s Osayemi Oludamola has tested positive for methylhexaneamine and under anti-doping rules of the Games, she has been handed a provisional suspension,” Fennell said at his customary media conference.”Under anti-doping procedures she has been notified and she has requested for a ‘B’ sample testing. The ‘B’sample testing will be done today and her hearing will also be held today,” he added.Asked whether the gold medal has been taken back from the Nigerian, the CGF chief said, “At the moment no decision has been taken about the medal. She has been put under provisional suspension.”Oludamola was handed gold after Australian Sally Pearson was stripped of her medal in a controversial 100m dash on Thursday for a false start. The Nigerian had crossed the finish line in second place behind the Aussie woman.Fennell said the CGF wants the Games to be clean and would take “appropriate action” under anti-doping rules.”We have taken 950 dope tests (against 1,500 targeted) and so around 700 results have come. We are very transparent and upfront in dealing with doping cases.”At the same time there is also need to keep secrecy until the athlete is notified under anti-doping rules. We have done that and we regret any dope positive case whether the event is high profile or not. We want a clean Games and clean sports,” he said.advertisementAsked if the dope case will damage the image of the Games, he said, “But I don’t know about any damage which would accrue to the Games by the dope case. We are very vigilant, testing and laboratory analysis will be of highest standard,” he added.Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot said action would be taken if any athlete is found guilty of doping.”We want a dope free Games and that is why we had done 1,500 tests. If anybody is caught doping, action will be taken under anti-doping rules. This will also give a message to others that doping cannot be condoned,” Bhanot said.The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has said the positive result is the result of the prescription medication she took for a toothache.”She took medication for her toothache and we strongly suspect that it was that, which led to her failed drug test,” AFN President Solomon Ogba told Nigerian news site read more

IPL 2011: India gears up for IPL after World Cup glory

first_imgJust six days after its national team sparked nationwide celebrations by winning the World Cup, India’s obsession with cricket will switch to the start of the money-spinning Indian Premier League when the Twenty20 event gets under way on Friday.The euphoria since India beat Sri Lanka to secure the 50-over world title on Saturday can only be good news for the fourth edition of the IPL, which starts in Chennai after allegations of corruption prompted a change in management.The league’s former head Lalit Modi has been suspended since April 2010 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which has been investigating bribery allegations in the 2008 auction for new IPL teams. Modi was later replaced by Indian cricket board vice president Chirayu Amin.The IPL is the world’s richest cricket tournament, worth $4 billion in franchise fees and television rights. It has some of the best-known Bollywood cinema stars and billionaire tycoons among its owners, while several of the world’s top cricketers play in its teams.Two new franchises – Kochi and Pune – joined in 2011 after bids worth a combined $703 million. The newcomers will increase the league to 10 teams and the number of matches from 60 to 74 for the April 8-May 28 event.Sahara Adventure Sports, part of the diversified Sahara Group, bought the rights for a team in the western city of Pune for $370 million, and called it Pune Warriors. A consortium called Rendezvous Sports World won the franchise for the southern city of Kochi for $333 million and named it Kochi Tuskers Kerala.advertisementTeams have also undergone an overhaul following the second player auction in January. Only 12 players were retained by five of the eight teams from their original squads.Defending champion Chennai Super Kings retained Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his compatriots Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay, and South African Albie Morkel – as it parted with half of the $9 million salary cap available to teams.The 2010 finalist Mumbai Indians kept India stars Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga and West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard for $4.5 million.India batting star Gautam Gambhir was the most expensive player at the auction, picked up for $2.4 million for two years by Kolkata Knight Riders. The team also bought Indian allrounder Yusuf Pathan for $2.1 million.Among other top internationals at the high end of the bidding were Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene, bought by Kochi for $1.5 million, Australian David Hussey, hired by Punjab for $1.4 million and a South African trio – Dale Steyn, netted by Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million, AB de Villiers by Bangalore and Jacques Kallis by Kolkata for $1.1 million each.Mukesh Ambani, who controls India’s most valuable company, Reliance Industries, and film actors Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, all own teams in the IPL.last_img read more

London Olympics: USA wins gold in beach volleyball

first_imgDefending champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won Olympic gold in women’s beach volleyball on Wednesday, beating fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the final. It was an unprecedented third-straight Olympic beach volleyball gold for Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor, who danced on the sand in celebration at Horse Guard’s Parade after winning match point.Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor made up for their slower serves with a calmer defence and a more pointed attack than their rivals, who took silver on their Olympic debut.The final score was 21-16, 21-16.Earlier in the day, Brazil’s duo of Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva won Olympic bronze, beating China’s Xue Chen and Zhang Xi in a three-set thriller.Franca and Silva, the reigning Olympic champions, battled back from a first-set thrashing to scrape a 2-1 win.last_img read more

Sunil Chhetri feels it is time for youngsters to grab chance

first_imgIndia’s star striker Sunil Chhetri said the youngsters in the team will have to grab the opportunity as the defending champions begin their Nehru Cup campaign against Syria on Wednesday.India will be without their three key players -Bhaichung Bhutia, Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli (all retired)- from the previous Nehru Cup edition.Chhetri said the trio will be missed. “It will be a bit odd having those guys not around, but it is something not in our hands. They were a pivotal part of the team for a long time and it will not be easy to replace them,” Chhetri said here on Saturday.”The youngsters need to take this opportunity although it would be wrong to expect them to deliver results overnight. It is a new team and we need to give them time” said Chhetri.The striker added that the team is trying its best to adapt to new coach Wim Koevermans’s plans. “The players are trying their best and are learning a lot. Wim has a vision in place for the Indian football and there is equal emphasis on theory classes as well as practical training,” he said.Dwelling on his experience of playing with the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon’s B team, he said it has been a great learning experience even though he is yet to start in a competitive match. He also feels that the Indian football will benefit if more players start playing in foreign leagues.”Playing overseas is a very challenging task as it takes a couple of days for a player to get a grasp of the basic things. Players coming from our country are bound to get overawed after seeing the facilities there. If I succeed in making a mark over there, then other players will get inspired and footballers will be motivated to do well,” Chhetri said.advertisementThe senior team warmed up for the tournament as they played a goalless draw with Pailan Arrows on Saturday, in which Chhetri missed a spot-kick.Meanwhile, goalkeeper Subrata Pal was confident of his team’s chances in the Nehru Cup. Pal, who was the hero in India’s title win in 2009, said his brief stint with German club RB Leipzig has boosted his confidence.”Hopefully, we will again win the trophy. Nehru Cup has been a lucky tournament for us and we will open against Syria, whom we have defeated in the past. So, we are confident of doing well this time around,” Pal said.”Playing in alien conditions in Germany was a new thing for me. The coaches at Leipzig were impressed with my work ethic and I was not able to sign for them because fourth division clubs are not allowed to sign foreigners. But I will go there again next year and hopefully, something positive will happen,” he said.last_img read more

Watch first promo: Dashing Salman announces Bigg Boss 6

first_imgThe makers have released the first promo of Bigg Boss 6 and it’s already making news! Actor-host Salman Khan announced the new season of the popular reality show. The new promo looks awesome especially with Salman Khan making a cool statement with his sophisticated looks. Sporting grey stubble and looking every bit handsome that he is, Salman says, “Celebrity banne ki ab aap ki hai bari. To come inside the Bigg Boss mansion, pay attention.”Khan will return as the Bigg Boss host for the third time in a row, and with commoners as the participants, the show enters another level this season. One question which is in the minds of everyone is that – what about the celebrities? Will keeping away celebs take out much fun from the show?Reports in the media said that the Bigg Boss makeover is the brainchild of Salman Khan, who envisions the show as a family show. With all the bickering and foul languages being used on the previous editions of the show, it raised lot of questions over it bweing a family show.Salman Khan apparently wanted a cleaner Bigg Boss suitable for family viewing.Catch Salman Khan in the first promo of Bigg Boss 6: More on Bigg Boss 6Will an image makeover work for Bigg Boss 6?Thriving on in-house arguments, bitching, back stabbing, using foul language and seducing was the last season of reality show Bigg Boss.With the sixth season of the reality show in pipeline, the latest is that the upcoming season will be a much cleaner version. As per the latest reports, Bigg Boss 6 will be a wholesome entertainer with personalities from all walks of wife. The makers of the show have decided upon roping in sincere personalities for the show while shying away from the controversial and negativity status of earlier seasons of Bigg Boss. As a result of which, Bigg Boss 6 will be without the controversial characters.advertisementBig Boss? Not again, says Sunny LeoneIt was her big ticket to Bollywood- but Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone says she would never go back to the Bigg Boss house.Sunny told IANS: “I would never go back to the house again… it is insane, it is crazy. But what it did for me is it opened the doors, opened a new world – something that I had never imagined.”last_img read more

Mumbai Cricket Association turns to T20 league to raise money

first_imgTwo pieces of news caught ones attention on Saturday. The first was the BCCI’s decision to terminate the IPL Deccan Chargers (DC) franchise. And the other one concerned the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which announced the launch of a twenty20 league.DC, owned by the cashstrapped Deccan Chronicle group, had not paid the salaries of the players and the support staff.DC, thus, became the second IPL team whose innings were cut short by the BCCI in two years after Kochi Tuskers Kerala were thrown out before the start of last year’s edition due to financial reasons.Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have also suffered at the hands of the BCCI. Kings XI got away by the skin of their teeth and played the 2011 season of the IPL, thanks to a court order.Pune Warriors, the team brought by the Sahara Group for a whopping Rs 1900 crore, also got into a fistfight with the BCCI, before the start of last year’s edition when they pulled out from sponsoring the Indian cricket team. That they came back is another matter.What does all this tell the cricket fan? With the BCCI cracking the whip on ‘errant’ teams, the message going out to certain franchisees is clear. Shape up or ship out!With due respect to them, the BCCI did try and negotiate a deal for DC, but an offer of Rs900 crore from an approved bidder proved too little for the Hyderabad-based group, thanks to the huge amount that Sahara invested to buy the Pune team.The other bit of news that was tucked away in a corner of the sports pages mentioned that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) plans to start a T20 tournament, the Mumbai Premier League (MPL). President Ravi Savant made the announcement saying this step would provide cricketers in the city an additional avenue to make money.This is the start of a new trend in the city that is considered the home of cricket in India. The word ‘money’ does not go down well with the traditionalists and romantics of the game – and there are plenty in the metropolis. Savant has a big job ahead of them. With 80-plus tournaments in the city’s cricket calendar, accommodating the MPL is a tough ask.It seems that the MCA is planning to move with the times. The cricket system in Mumbai is not the same as it was a decade ago – as it churned out top-class talent ready for the longer format. With the announcement of the MPL, money matters take a priority over spotting talent. The MCA is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea with its balance sheet in the red. One has to wait and see how it would fill its coffers with T20 wealth and what impact this would have on spotting the next Sachin Tendulkar or Zaheer Khan. The last Mumbai cricketer who debuted in a Test was Romesh Powar in 2007.(The writer is a former Cricket Club of India captain and Bombay University cricketer)advertisementlast_img read more

Modi swearing-in ceremony: Unwell Lata not to attend

first_imgSinging legend Lata Mangeshkar is not attending Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony on Monday.Media reports said the melody queen is unwell, hence she will not attend the star-studded ceremony, that is being tipped as a globally watched event.The other top film celebrity who is not attending the event that is being graced by 4000 guests at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is Rajinikanth.Among the key notables giving the event a miss are Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.While megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actor Rekha were invited to the event, reports said Bachchan might skip the same. While indusrialist Mukesh Ambani had already arrived, sports icon Sachin Tendulkar was also due to come.    Narendra Modi displays the victory symbol. AP PhotoThe event has drawn global attention in view of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, arriving in New Delhi for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government swearing-in.As for the Union Council of Ministers, there will be 25 ministers of Cabinet rank, while a similar number of leaders will take oath as state minister.Since all the regional political parties of Tamil Nadu including the ruling AIADMK, DMK, PMK, MDMK and a host of various Tamil groups are opposing Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s visit, Tamil protestors strongly felt that Rajinikanth should boycott the swearing-in.last_img read more

My braided look in Holiday is quite cool, says Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha had to sit for two hours to get her hair tied in a braid everytime she had to shoot for her role in the forthcoming actioner “Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty”.The actress, who has luscious locks, says she had always wanted to sport the braided look, and “Holiday…” gave her a chance to fulfil the wish. She is impressed with the final outcome of the film, which release June 6.The actress says “it took about two hours to get the braided look.” Sonakshi had always wanted to sport the braided look”I’ve always wanted to do that look, but never got the opportunity in my other films to do it. Here, I was playing a boxer, so I thought I had to do it and I did it. It looked quite cool and convincing too,” Sonakshi told IANS.Produced by Vipul Shah, presented by Reliance Entertainment and directed by A.R. Murugadoss, the film features Akshay Kumar essaying the role of a dedicated army officer.last_img read more

Kevin Durant dodges free agent discussion ahead of Knicks game

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion NBA looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES “I can’t control what people say about me, or what they say about our future and what I should do,” he said. “I come to work every single day and life will figure itself out.”Even though the former NBA Most Valuable Player could still end up staying with the Warriors, Durant seemed resigned to the fact that a potential move will be a topic of conversation, no matter what the two-time defending NBA champions are doing on the court.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 starsThe 30-year-old’s future with the Warriors came under scrutiny in November after his spat with teammate Draymond Green, although Durant said that it wouldn’t influence his decisions about his future.“I wish it was the other way, where it was totally about the game but I get it,” he said. “Our league has grown so much in popularity. The sexy thing is what happens in the summer more so than what happens in the season — playoffs and free agency is the big thing now. I get it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted Tuesday he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season.“I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Our mission is to gain full majority in Rajya Sabha, says Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgVenkaiah NaiduFlaying Congress’s “negative role”, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP is embarking on a mission aimed at giving “total power to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for development” by getting full majority for the party and its allies in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.   Instead of playing the role of constructive opposition, which is the need of the hour to put the economy back on track, Congress is “blatantly playing out a negative role,” Naidu alleged at a press conference.   To rejuvenate economic growth, the Modi government wants to take forward certain legislations, including those that were initiated by the previous Congress-led UPA government, that enable increased flow of investments, he said.   “Ironically, Congress is playing delaying tactics without any valid reasons. They are objecting to their own legislative proposals. How does one explain this?” he asked.   “Questionable conduct of Congress party gives out only one message that NDA government led by Modi should have clear majority in Rajya Sabha also so that development-oriented legislations are not obstructed by our opponents,” the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.   The Congress is shouting “Nahi Chalega, Nahi Chalega Modi” in Parliament, he said.   “If the writ of Modi does not run, whose writ will run? Is that of the ‘divisive and disgusted’ defeated Congress party and its co-travellers? Congress is adopting ‘obstruct Modi in Parliament mission’,” he alleged.   The Congress wants to hold NDA government responsible for some communal incidents not in any BJP-ruled state but in Uttar Pradesh, ruled by its political “co-traveller”, Samajwadi Party, he said.   “We can expect desperate and frustrated Congress and its fellow travellers to more intensely pursue divisive politics based on caste, creed and religion in pursuance of their goal of ‘stop the march of Modi’.   “Now, BJP’s mission should be ‘total power to Modi for development’. Strategy to achieve this mission would be victory of BJP and its allies in all the Assembly polls that are going to be held from now on so that NDA government gets full majority in Rajya Sabha. This is essential to translate the Lok Sabha verdict of growth and development into reality,” Naidu said.   He said cadres of BJP and its allies in poll-bound states should seek two votes – one for local government and another for ‘Modi government’ – to accomplish Modi’s “Mission of development”.advertisementlast_img read more

Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap lead Nuggets past Clippers

first_imgChange in mindset helps Milena Alessandrini lead UST over UP Jokic had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Millsap had 21 points and 16 boards, doing much of his damage after Jokic took a seat two minutes into the second half with his fourth foul.Millsap said he knew he had to step up, “not just scoring inside, but leading the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe said that was easier for him to accomplish thanks to a break earlier this month when he missed three games with a sore right ankle. Since his return, he said, he’s in better shape and better rhythm.“I feel great,” Millsap said. “Having that break was definitely beneficial.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lou Williams scored 24 and Danilo Gallinari had 19 for the Clippers, who couldn’t capitalize on Denver’s uncharacteristic 22 turnovers and 12 missed free throws because they were ice cold themselves.The Clippers made just 3 of 24 3-pointers.That wasn’t all that went wrong for the Clippers.“I didn’t think we played very well,” L.A. coach Doc Rivers said. “I would love to say it was shots missed, I thought they were the tougher team, the more physical team. They got to most of the loose balls, they beat us down the floor. I thought it started on the defensive end, and then in the third quarter I thought it was our offense let us down.”It wasn’t just Millsap who hurt the Clippers when Jokic went out, Rivers insisted.“I think they all hurt us for the most part. They just kept going downhill all game. Millsap was great,” Rivers said. “We had a couple of good efforts overall, but I just didn’t like how we played.”BIG THREE: During Denver’s big third-quarter run, Mason Plumlee found himself unguarded at the top of the key and banked a 3-pointer, just his second of the season, triggering a timeout by the Clippers.Gary Harris called it the play of the game and suggested opponents might want to put a hand up when Plumlee gets the ball deep.“I didn’t hear him call ‘bank,’” joked Malone.Millsap said he heard “Glass!” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, throws an over-the-shoulder pass past Los Angeles Clippers forward Johnathan Motley in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 123-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Paul Millsap wasn’t about to let Nikola Jokic’s foul trouble hinder the Denver Nuggets.Millsap helped the Nuggets breeze past the Los Angeles Clippers 123-96 with a vintage performance that had his coach marveling at his youthful and infectious energy Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ At least he thinks he did.“Um, yeah,” Millsap said. “I knew it was good when it left his hands.”ROOKIE HICCUPSClippers rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came in averaging 10 points a game on 47 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from long-range. But he scored just one point in 30 minutes, going 0 for 8 from the floor, 0 for 3 from the arc and 1 for 2 from the stripe.“Just keep playing. No one’s going to feel sorry for you. I’ll hug him or whatever, but this is the NBA,” Rivers said. “You’re going to have bad games, you just have to be willing to go 0-for and not change your body language. I thought it did tonight, Shai started pressing. He’s young and he’ll learn from that. If you want to be great you have to be willing to go 0 for 20 and still keep doing other things.”TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts in the first half and was 0 for 14 by the time they finally made one — Williams’ 3 made at the 6:11 mark of the third quarter cut Denver’s lead to 80-64. … The Clippers lost the season series 3-1.Nuggets: Harris, who returned Friday after missing seven games with a right adductor strain, came off the bench and scored 14 points in 22 minutes for Denver. … Harris’ best play, however, was his deflection of Williams’ pass into the paint that he subsequently spiked volleyball style downcourt for Monte Morris’ breakaway basket.UP NEXTClippers: Host Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.center_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nuggets: Host Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief His refreshed body and mind has, in turn, injected Denver’s deep bench with even more energy.“Paul found the fountain of youth or something,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He’s playing like a young Paul Millsap. He’s flying around. We chart everything, Paul Millsap by himself, he contested 18 shots tonight. Eighteen shots, 21 points, 16 rebounds and just impacting the game. His energy is infectious for all the other guys.“And Nikola obviously, we expect that from him every night. It’s a good win.”One that helped the Nuggets pull within a game of the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors.At 41-18, the Nuggets are also three games ahead of the third-place Oklahoma City Thunder, who visit Denver on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SBP eyeing favorable draw to reach world cup knockout stage–and maybe Olympics

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Japan, Jordan, South Korea and New Zealand are the other Asian countries taking part and will be shooting to bag the second slot for the region in the 2020 Games in Tokyo where the Japanese earned automatic entry being the hosts.Team USA, the top-ranked team in the world, is favored to rule the China event, which will be held in eight cities in the Mainland until Sept. 15.And SBP and Gilas coach Yeng Guiao made it no secret that they would want to avoid being bracketed with the Americans in the first round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments And then there’s another objective which the draw could also determine for the Philippines.“Remember, the top Asian team [will] qualify for the Tokyo Olympics [next year],” Panlilio added. “I believe this is a far objective, too.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFor the second straight edition since being out of the global stage for more than four decades, the Philippines will be playing against the best in the world, and will this time shoot to win more than just one game and possibly make it to the next round.In Spain in 2014, Gilas Pilipinas, which also had Andray Blatche as a naturalized player, squeezed out an 81-79 overtime victory over Senegal, a non-bearing game that was played late in its group schedule but one which reverberated back in the country since it was the Filipinos’ first group win in more than 40 years. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefcenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The Philippines will be trying to hit two birds with one stone when it campaigns for the second straight time in the Fiba World Cup starting Aug. 31.“We wish to get to a grouping where we [will] have a great chance to advance [to the second round],” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio told the Inquirer in an overseas call from Shenzhen, China, where the draw for the 32-team spectacle will be held Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Croatia and Greece, which were both ranked in the top 10 in Spain, were the first two foes of the Philippines in Seville and survived a scare from Gilas Pilipinas.When the Filipinos set out this time, they will be shooting to win at least two games, thus the powers-that-be in the national cage scene are hoping and praying that Gilas lands in a favorable group that would make those two wins realizable.“We might need to win two games [to advance],” Panlilio said.As of the end of February, the Philippines is ranked 31st in the world, with Australia the top-ranked Asian team that will be playing in China.Of the eight Asian teams playing in the Worlds, Iran and China are the only other teams ranked higher than the Filipinos in the region.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Mendoza, Lee lead MercedesTrophy golf champions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Trail Blazers lock up no. 3 seed in West after dramatic win over Kings

first_imgThunder clinch West 6th seed after beating league-no. 1 Bucks 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “It was a hell of a game. I was really proud of those six guys who played,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The NBA is a funny game and obviously at halftime, it didn’t look like we had much going, defensively in particular.”Stotts said before the game that guard CJ McCollum would rest because it was the second of a back-to-back. McCollum missed 10 games with a left knee injury and had just been back for Portland’s last two games.As for his other players, Stotts said going in that it was “fluid.” Damian Lillard was available but did not play. Neither did any of the team’s other regular starters, as Stotts went with Skal Labissiere, Layman, Meyers Leonard, Gary Trent, Jr. and Simons. Trent, Simons and Labissiere were making their first starts of the season.The Kings’ season is over, but coach Dave Joerger said he was encouraged.“We haven’t been great for the last couple of weeks, but I don’t want that to dull the shine on what has been a terrific season of development and competitiveness, and competitive spirit, of laying down a foundation and an identity, a lot of success and a lot of good moments,” Joerger said. “I feel good about that, and I feel good about where we can be in the future.”The Kings stayed with their regular starters and went up by 11 points in the opening quarter. They extended the lead to 28 points during the second and were up 87-62 at the break. Da’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 17 points and nine assists at halftime.Joerger went to his reserves in the second half.“Being a top-three seed in the West is an accomplishment,” Lillard said. “We should be proud of ourselves but obviously our business is just beginning.”TIP-INSKings: Joerger was asked before the game why the Kings had not won in Portland since 2012. He replied: “LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Wesley Matthews.” … The Kings gave up 76 points in the second half. Trail Blazers: Sacramento’s 87 first-half points were the most Portland had allowed in the half this season. … Simons became just the 11th rookie in franchise history to have a 30-point game. … Portland earned the No. 3 seed for the second straight year. Last season they were swept by New Orleans.ABOUT THE THUNDER: Oklahoma City won all four games against the Blazers this season. Portland swept the Thunder the year before.“We know that we’re capable of beating them. Each game this season came down to a possession here, a possession there,” Lillard said. “It’s going to be a tough, tough series. And I think we’ve got to go out and just be aggressive going into it. Our mentality has to be as the aggressor, go in there with the attitude that we’re getting it done.”UP NEXTSacramento’s season is over.The Trail Blazers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Simons, who had seven 3-pointers, played all 48 minutes as the Blazers rested their starters for the regular season finale.“To have all the young guys come in and secure the third seed, it felt good,” he said. “All of us felt good about that.”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, logisticsThe Blazers have won 14 of 17 games en route to their sixth straight trip to the playoffs. Portland will open the postseason Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished in sixth.Portland had already clinched homecourt advantage in the opening round with a 104-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers the night before. Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, right, reaches for a loose ball in front of Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon— It was a heck of a first start for rookie Anfernee Simons.Simons scored a career-high 37 points and the Portland Trail Blazers locked up the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with a dramatic 136-131 victory over the Sacramento Kings using just six players on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Denver beat the Timberwolves 99-95 Wednesday night, locking the Nuggets into the No. 2 seed and a first-round series against San Antonio, and giving Portland the opening to claim the third seed. The Jazz wound up as a No. 5 seed and will play fourth-seeded Houston. The West’s top finisher, Golden State, will face the No. 8 Clippers.Portland trailed by 28 points but made it interesting in the fourth quarter by closing within 117-116 with 7:53 left on Simon’s 3-pointer. Simons found Jake Layman for an alley-oop dunk to pull the Blazers in front.Portland pushed the lead to 128-119 on Layman’s basket with 2:49 left. Simons hit his seventh 3-pointer to make it 131-123 with just over two minutes left and Sacramento couldn’t catch up.“That was fun. That was probably the best time I’ve had all season,” Simons said. “Just winning by coming back from down 28. We all stuck together and our teammates all helping us out the whole way. That was fun.”Marvin Bagley III had 20 points to lead the Kings, who lost their 11th straight game in Portland.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship

first_imgJordan Spieth hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.J. — Jordan Spieth’s third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself.Spieth didn’t talk to the media.ADVERTISEMENT Minutes after signing his scorecard on a scrambling round of 2-over 72, the 25-year-old Texan refused a request by The Associated Press for an interview.A man with Spieth said no one in the media had asked to talk to the player after the round and he was not going to do a one-on-one interview.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, logisticsSpieth, looking to become the sixth player to win the career Grand Slam, spent five minutes signing autographs for fans around the putting green at Bethpage Black. He then started to walk to the clubhouse when he was approached again by the AP, once more asking for an interview.He was polite in his refusal, but he would not discuss his round that included two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He will enter the final round tied for eighth place with Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele at 3 under, nine shots behind Koepka, who has a seven-shot lead. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the eight stroke-play events this year when he played on the weekend, Spieth on average has finished 14.5 strokes behind the winner. He has yet to finish in the top 20, with his best result a tie for 21st at the Masters. Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan’s MLS goals record Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I did eight (interviews) yesterday and I think I have said most everything to be said,” Spieth said as he turned and walked away. “I’m good.”Spieth, who shot 69 and 66 in his opening two rounds, said he would talk after the final round.His third round was all over the place on the 7,459-yard public course. He hit seven of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens and needed 30 putts. His main problem was he couldn’t get anything close to the pin. His birdies putts came from 13 and 7 feet on Nos. 12 and 13. His double bogey on No. 9 resulted after he found a greenside bunker from the fairway, had his bunker shot land 47 feet from the hole and three-putted.A shot from the fairway to a greenside bunker also cost him a bogey at No. 4. Missing the fairway led to a bogey at No. 16.Spieth is winless since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He had chances on the back nine of two majors last year and failed to capitalize.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Calvin Abueva faces fines, ban

first_imgCalvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse forward Calvin Abueva stands to be fined heavily and suspended lengthily by the Office of the PBA Commissioner for several incidents on and off the court in the past few games of the Fuel Masters.Commissioner Willie Marcial has summoned the temperamental veteran for a 1 p.m. meeting on Tuesday to explain his actions ranging from supposed disrespectful acts toward Blackwater rookie Bobby Ray Parks’ girlfriend, Maika Rivera, last week to a blatant hit on TNT import Terrence Jones on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’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 MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcial and his staff have remained mum on the subject, but an Inquirer source said that Abueva is in hot water for the past few games now.Abueva allegedly called Parks’ girlfriend a “bitch” at ringside during a 103-98 win by the Fuel Masters on May 31 at Mall of Asia Arena.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, logisticsReplays of the league’s game tape also showed Abueva doing lewd acts toward the direction of Rivera. Another tour of duty for Schrock Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Nelle, Kwekuteye spark Lions victory

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ La Salle dropped to 4-2.Kwekuteye led San Beda with 20 points, 13 coming in the final quarter—including three triples. Nelle added 12 while Arnaud Noah chipped in 11.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, logisticsDown four at the start of the final period, San Beda’s Clint Doliguez opened with a triple that kicked the Lions offense into high gear.Andrei Caracut had a triple that had the Archers within two, 80-78, before Nelle drained the pivotal triple that cemented the win. Caracut led La Salle with 14 points while Justine Baltazar added 13. Evan Nelle hit a key triple that capped a strong finish sparked by James Kwekuteye as San Beda held off La Salle, 83-78, in Friday’s Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup action at Filoil Flying V Centre.Nelle’s triple with 16.2 seconds remaining cemented the Red Lions’ fourth win in as many matches but Kwekuteye also proved instrumental as he bunched five straight points to give San Beda a 78-73 cushion going into the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT In other matches, University of the Philippines demolished University of Santo Tomas, 89-72, while Far Eastern U booted out St. Benilde, 70-57.The Maroons controlled the Tigers from the get-go, before Bright Akhuetie and Kobe Paras conspired late in the fourth to put the outcome beyond reach, 83-69, 2:11 to play.“We talked about it before the game, at practice last night actually,” said UP assistant coach Ricky Dandan, who subbed for coach Bo Perasol, who was on his way back from a trip to Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Huge field vies in PPS Olivarez tennis LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more


first_img“We have lost hope of revocation of AFSPA and the return “We have lost hope of revocation of AFSPA and the return of power projects has been categorically turned down by Mufti Sahabs ally (BJP),” he said, alleging that the PDP-BJP government not only left the flood victims in the lurch but “humiliated and baton-charged them” . “A Government that can wield batons and sticks on homeless flood-victims is the lowest form of political representation and sadly that is what Mufti Sahabs Government has come to,” he said. Mattu said Sayeed lowered the stature of the Chief Ministers office and “his writ and authority has been debunked by his own Cabinet Ministers (who) overturn his orders every few days”. “The administration is in a state of chaos. The Advocate General and the Chief Secretary have already resigned and there is a growing line of officers who want to resign,” he claimed. PTI MIJ GVSlast_img read more

Premier League: Tammy Abraham Brace Fires Chelsea to First Win of Lampard Reign

first_img chelseafootballMason MountPremier League First Published: August 24, 2019, 8:24 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Norwich: Tammy Abraham fired Chelsea to their first win of the Frank Lampard era as the young striker’s double clinched a 3-2 victory against Norwich on Saturday.Lampard had gone three games without a win in all competitions since he took over as Chelsea manager, but the Blues legend finally got off the mark thanks to his faith in Abraham. Abraham had failed to score in his three previous appearances this term, but the 21-year-old striker bagged his first goal for the club to put Chelsea ahead in the sunshine at Carrow Road.A pulsating encounter saw Todd Cantwell equalise for Norwich before Mason Mount restored Chelsea’s advantage.Teemu Pukki’s fifth goal in three games this season brought Norwich back on level terms before half-time, only for Abraham to give Chelsea the points with his predatory second half finish.After a thrashing at Manchester United and a draw with Leicester in Chelsea’s first two Premier League matches, Lampard will have been encouraged by the displays of Abraham and Mount.Up and running! 😍#NORCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 24, 2019 He has pinned his hopes on the youngsters to lead Chelsea through a potentially difficult season that sees the club under a transfer ban and without their best player following Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid.While Chelsea have now conceded nine goals in four games in all competitions under Lampard, the former England midfielder will hope his team’s attacking potential keeps them afloat.When Pedro suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Ross Barkley, it left Lampard to send out the youngest start league line-up for Chelsea in 25 years at an average age of 24 years and 208 days.Abraham was one of the youngsters Lampard had backed to shine as he replaced Olivier Giroud after being benched against Leicester last weekend.Subjected to racist abuse on social media after missing the penalty which saw Chelsea lose the European Super Cup penalty shoot-out against Liverpool recently, Abraham took just three minutes to reward Lampard for his decision.Cesar Azpilicueta whipped over a precise cross and Abraham alertly drifted away from the Norwich defence to drill a fine first-time strike past Tim Krul from 10 yards.TOUCHLINE CELEBRATIONSAbraham, who flourished on loan at second tier Aston Villa last season, celebrated by sprinting to the touchline to hug Lampard as the pair were mobbed by their team-mates.First goal of the season for @TammyAbraham! 💙👏#NORCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 24, 2019 Three minutes later, Chelsea’s creaky defence was exposed by Emiliano Buendia’s burst into the penalty area.Buendia found Pukki, fresh from last weekend’s hat-trick against Newcastle, and this time the prolific Finland striker was the provider with a low cross that Cantwell turned in from close-range.Lampard’s team responded in the 17th minute when Norwich were caught in possession outside their own area and Christian Pulisic fed Mount, the 20-year-old midfielder cutting inside and firing home for his second goal of the season.Andreas Christensen’s point-blank header was superbly pushed over by Krul and Norwich were back on level terms in the 31st minute.Buendia played a pass to Pukki and, with Chelsea’s defenders slow to react, the former Celtic forward demonstrated why he has taken the Premier League by storm with an angled shot that evaded Kepa Arrizabalaga’s limp attempt to save.Mount and Pulisic were both narrowly off target, while Azpilicueta sliced over and Emerson shot straight at Krul as Chelsea pressed hard after the interval.Azpilicueta appealed in vain for a penalty after a challenge from Marco Stiepermann, but Chelsea’s pressure was rewarded in the 68th minute.Picked out by Mateo Kovacic, Abraham left Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis in his wake as he jinked past the Norwich defenders before slamming a fierce strike past Krul’s mistimed dive.Norwich’s Ben Godfrey headed against the bar moments later, while Chelsea were denied a fourth goal when Kurt Zouma’s effort was disallowed by VAR for Giroud’s foul on Krul. last_img read more

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Writes to UK MP to Include Shooting in 2022 CWG

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has written a letter to Nicky Morgan, Member of Parliament in the UK, asking for her personal intervention to get shooting included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, scheduled to be held in Birmingham.In June, the executive board of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had decided to exclude shooting from the 2022 Games, following which the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had threatened to boycott the event. In the letter dated September 3, Rijiju said the decision of the CGF executive board to exclude shooting is based on the premise that shooting had never been a compulsory sport and there is no venue available for holding shooting events.”Unfortunately, at present, India is not represented in the Commonwealth Games executive council and in the functional committees of the Commonwealth Games. Therefore, it could not put forward its case for the inclusion of shooting in 2022 Birmingham CWG,” the Sports Minister said in the letter addressed to Morgan, a Conservative Party member who is also the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.”As you are aware, the Commonwealth of Nations comprises 53 countries with a population of 2.4 billion. India alone has more than half of this. India has always been a strong votary and supporter of the Commonwealth and would continue to be so.”The Indian public takes keen interest in shooting events involving Indian shooters. In a constructive gesture, the International Shooting Federation has offered to share the cost of inclusion of shooting in Birmingham CWG. I request your personal intervention in ensuring the continued inclusion of shooting in 2022 CWG,” he added.Earlier, CGF Chief Louise Martin had insisted that shooting will not be a part of the 2022 edition of the Games due to space constraints.Indian shooters bagged 16 medals, including seven gold, at last year’s Gold Coast Games where they finished in third place with 66 medals.It will be for the first time since 1974 that shooting won’t a part of the Commonwealth Games and only the second time since its first inclusion in 1966. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. 2022 Commonwealth Games2022 CWGCommonwealth gamesCWG First Published: September 4, 2019, 3:43 PM ISTlast_img read more

Barcelona’s Fragility Casts Doubts on UEFA Champions League Credentials

first_img barcelonachampions leaguelionel messiSlavia Praha First Published: November 5, 2019, 3:37 PM IST Barcelona: They may be one of Europe’s most devastating teams at their best but another collapse in La Liga last weekend has shown Barcelona can be a soft touch.Their 3-1 defeat by Levante on Saturday reopened old wounds from Anfield and Rome and suggests they have not learned from either of those collapses. Levante scored three times in seven minutes after half-time exposing Barcelona’s inability to regroup during a spell of intense pressure — a familiar weakness since coach Ernesto Valverde came to the helm in 2017.Most clubs in Europe would gladly take winning two league titles and a Copa del Rey in that time but Barcelona are a team concerned with details, the small margins that could define a good season or a great one.Barca play Slavia Prague on Tuesday in the Champions League, when victory at Camp Nou against Group F’s weakest team will ensure the frustration and failings from Levante swiftly fade.But fragility persists that can be exposed by elite opponents when it matters most, as Roma and then Liverpool so emphatically proved in the last two Champions League campaigns, when three-goal first-leg leads were squandered by the Catalan giants.Barcelona have shown they lack steel when they are uncomfortable, not least away from home, where their record under Valverde has been disappointing.WE ALWAYS RESPONDIn Valverde’s three seasons, they have won only 25 out of 44 league matches on the road. By comparison, Manchester City have won 35 out of 44. In the Champions League Barca have only won five out of 13 away games.”It is true we are not getting the same results away as we are at home but after the first few games we have managed to put together a good run,” Valverde said on Saturday.”We have lost a match and that’s it, it’s true that we must analyse it but we know when we lose that criticism is strong. We always respond and this time it will not be different.”A habit for conceding in streaks, which resurfaced at the City of Valencia Stadium, is also nothing new. Since the start of last season, Barcelona have shipped two goals within 15 minutes on seven occasions, six of them away from the Camp Nou.This after they threw away a 4-1 lead in 2018 to lose to Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals, and 3-0 lead to Liverpool in the semi-finals earlier this year.”It might be down to a lack of concentration,” said Antoine Griezmann on Saturday.Asked if the problem was due to their football or their attitude, he said: “It is a bit of everything. We must make sure it doesn’t happen again.”Some have suggested Barcelona lack leaders although few could argue the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets do not command respect.There is a vulnerability in midfield, where Barca have struggled against teams on the counter-attack, particularly when players pour through directly and at pace.”In the first half I didn’t like us very much,” said Levante coach Paco Lopez.”But at half-time we said we had to be more adventurous, more direct and we did it.”Prague are unlikely to pull off a similar trick on Tuesday but if Barcelona are seen as having a soft underbelly, it will only enhance the belief of rivals in Spain and Europe.”Every team plays us like it’s one of the biggest games of the season,” said Valverde.”We have to find an answer. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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

Photos – The Marta Menegatti Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementMarta Menegatti (born 16 August 1990) is an Italian beach volleyball player.From 2012 through August 2013, she played with Greta Cicolari.Menegatti and Cicolari qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.In London, the pair qualified for the quarter-finals by winning all three matches in group F and winning their round-of-16 match against Spain’s Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernández.In the quarter-finals, they were defeated by United States’ Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.Menegatti, whose childhood idol was Misty May-Treanor, was visibly upset during the second set of the quarterfinal match.As of 2016, her teammate is Victoria Orsi.However, due to allegations that she took a banned substance, Orsi was not allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio.Three days before the opening ceremony the Italian Volleyball Federation partnered Menegatti with Laura Giombini.Image Courtesy – Marta Menegatti (Instagram)last_img read more

Women SHGs in Maharashtra to get interest-free loans

first_imgNagpur, Feb 22 (PTI) Appreciating the Self-Help Groups in Maharashtra for their repayment ratio, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has offered interest-free loan to women SHGs in the state.The amount of interest on loans given to these SHGs would be borne by the government, Fadnavis said addressing a divisional-level womens convention held at Sports Complex in Mankapur here yesterday.He said the interest-free loan scheme will encourage women to become entrepreneurs and also help promote different activities in cottage and small units.Many business groups in the state have defaulted on repayment of bank and financial institutional loans, while the women SHGs have earned a reputation of making full and timely repayment of loan.”Interest-free loan scheme is a gift to all these SHGs of women who are sincere and understand their responsibilities,” Fadnavis said, at the convention attended by nearly 30,000 women from across eastern Vidarbha region.The countrys development depends on the contribution extended by women, who constitute 50 per cent of the total population, the CM said.While recognising potential of the products manufactured by women through SHGs, he said proper branding and packaging of these products would help the economy in a big way.The products manufactured by womens SHGs have potential to compete in bigger markets and challenge the brands of big companies, he observed.As part of the initiative to further the cause of packaging and branding of products made by womens SHGs, Fadnavis said the government will set up SHG Mall in each district of Maharashtra.advertisementThe first one will be set up on a plot of land owned by zilla parishad at Badkas Square in Mahal area of the city, he said.The mall will be constructed within a year and shops will be allotted only to SHGs of the state. After completion of Nagpur project, other districts will also get the facility.State Rural Development and Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde presided over the programme while Energy Minister and Nagpur District Gaudian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule was also present at the event. PTI JOE GK ABK JMFlast_img read more

Australia’s James Pattinson sidelined again with shin injury

first_imgTest fast bowler James Pattinson will miss the remainder of the Australian domestic cricket season due to a return of shin soreness which has recently limited his international appearances.Pattinson suffered a recurrence of the injury during the second Test of the recent two-test series against New Zealand, having missed the first Test because of soreness in his left shin.Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley said scans after the second Test at Christchurch had shown “some inflammation around the shin consistent with bone stress.”He said Pattinson “will now require some time off to allow this injury to resolve and will not be available for the remainder of the domestic cricket season.”last_img read more

Hold your horses on Maria Sharapova, says Martina Navratilova

first_imgFive-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova’s failed drug test at this year’s Australian Open provoked a flurry of reaction on social media and beyond on Monday.While most expressed shock and a degree of sympathy for the Russian former world number one, others were less charitable, including three-times grand slam champion Jennifer Capriati.FORMER WORLD NO.1 JENNIFER CAPRIATI on TWITTERIm extremely angry and disappointed. I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what.i had to throw in the towel and suffer Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016i didn’t have the high priced team of drs that found a way for me to cheat and get around the system and wait for science to catch up Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016My opinions are strong because I had what I loved to do most taken from me through pain and injury.It’s devastating to stop when on top Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 8, 2016AMERICAN GREAT MARTINA NAVRATILOVA ON TWITTERHold your horses everyone- about Maria- I don’t have all the facts, I hope it’s an honest mistake,stuff was legal as far as I know till 2015 Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 7, 2016 FORMER PLAYER JAMES BLAKE on TWITTERWow. Classy of @MariaSharapova to hold a press conference for this and admit making a mistake. Definitely agree that have to be aware though James Blake (@JRBlake) March 7, 2016CURRENT AMERICAN PLAYER RYAN HARRISON on TWITTERMaria handled that so well. In my opinion, honest mistake from a great champion. Ryan Harrison (@ryanharrison92) March 7, 2016FORMER TOP 10 PLAYER AND COACH BRAD GILBERTadvertisementStill stunned that nobody on Shazza team checked new list from wada, players are responsible but this is big time oversight on team as well Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) March 7, 2016AUSTRALIAN PLAYER MATT EBDENDoesn’t look that innocent for Sharapova or whoever else took it, this Meldonium stuff but who knows? Matt Ebden (@mattebden) March 7, 2016BRITISH OLYMPIC HEPTATHLON BRONZE MEDALLIST KELLY SOTHERTONI’m pretty sure if this was a track & field athlete they’d be getting a much rawer deal than Sharapova.However it is what it is. #Sharapova Kelly Sotherton (@KellySotherton) March 7, 2016last_img read more

Xiaomi Bluetooth Speaker review: High on bass, low on price

first_imgXiaomi is like those little shops where you find some stupendous products at a bargain. Again and again. We better know the company for its phones and affordable powerbanks. But it is actually a firm that makes many more products, even if not all of them are available in India. But gradually it is bringing them here.Recently when it launched the Redmi Note 3, it also announced a small, compact Bluetooth speaker. And just like its other products, this one too has been aggressively priced. Sporting a tag of Rs 1,999, it is out to challenge the old-timers such as JBL and Sony in this price bracket.The Bluetooth speaker is the first from Xiaomi in India and it competes against the likes of JBL Go, JBL Clip, and Sony SRS-X11. The Sony speaker is pricier than the others in this category, which leads us to a sudden realisation — no big company actually has any good Bluetooth speaker in this range.This changes, up to an extent, with Xiaomi’s Bluetooth Speaker, which is called — rather boringly — Mi Bluetooth Speaker.The speaker is yet to reach the market, but we have a feeling that just like other Xiaomi accessories,  this too won’t stay in stock for very long. Reason: It’s darn good for its price!Design and build qualityTo put it in simple words, there is not much in the way of design in the Mi Speaker: it’s a very rectangular block of metal. Although, it does have a minimalistic aesthetics, something that will be appreciated by people who like their gadgets clean and simple. Encased in a full-metal body, the speaker is elegant. The perforated front reminds us of the LED equalizer displays from the old stereos. But this one doesn’t have those colourful lights going up and down with the beats.On the left of the speaker you will find a microUSB port and a port to connect an auxiliary cable for audio input and a microphone. All the controls are housed on the right side of the speaker, which includes the power, volume, and Bluetooth buttons. The Bluetooth button also lets you check the battery status.advertisementThe Mi speaker is a little over 6-inches long and about 2-inch high, so yes, it’s quite compact and can be kept in a jacket pocket (or pants pocket if you wear very loose pants or cargos). However, walking around with the speaker is not comfortable, because at 270 grams, it’s not exactly a lightweight device. The lack of a strap is also something that we didn’t like, as it leaves no other option but to keep the speaker on a flat surface. A strap would have also allowed a user to hang it over a car’s dashboard.Talking of places to put the speaker, the bottom part has two rubber strips that keep the speaker stable. The metal frame of the Mi Speaker is soft to touch. The finish is definitely nice. And all the buttons are sufficiently responsive.The speaker will be available in three colours: pink, gold, and blue in India. Although, the colour coating is susceptible so you will have to take care of the speaker. If you toss it in your car’s gloves compartment with keys and other things metal, it will get scratches.Overall, the Mi Bluetooth speaker looks better than its JBL competitors. Although, its design is very understated and sublime, which some users will like and some won’t.PerformanceIn short, the Mi Speaker is loud, bass-heavy, and sufficiently good for its price. Or in other words, it is a speaker that, when paired with a smartphone, justifies its Rs 1,999 price tag. Easily and handily.That said, now let’s dig a bit deeper.It may not be customary but we usually start testing a speaker with Metal songs at the highest volume possible. That, in the grand scheme of things, also turned out to be the area where the Mi Speaker struggles, especially at the higher volume. The problem is the bass, which a lot of consumers are going to find pleasant in different kind of music but in the Metal, it just overpowers everything on the Mi Speaker.But turn down the volume, switch to something else, say for example Pop songs, and you will start appreciating the Mi Speaker. The bass is still quite heavy, and it does drown treble and vocals, but it is the kind of bass that many people like.The Mi Speaker truly surprised us with the hip-hop and the dance beats, usually found in the Hindi Bollywood songs. It does a good job, handling all the beats with clear vocals. However, here too it is advisable to keep the volume on the lower side. Thankfully, the Mi Speaker gets very loud and hence it will be rare when you will feel the need to go to the maximum volume.advertisementIf you are an audiophile, you will not like to play anything at higher volumes on this speaker because as you increase the volume, the beats become flat. This means if you want to listen to Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, keep the volume somewhere in the middle.One issue that we faced while playing music on the Mi Speaker is that it vibrates a lot. Especially if you pump up the volume, the speaker vibrates so much that it makes noise, so you will have to be careful where you place it.Overall, we find the that Mi Speaker handles almost all genres of music well and offers good sound. It can also handle slow, mellow music efficiently. If you are thinking of putting in the middle of a party, go ahead, you won’t be disappointed, unless the people in party are audiophiles and their idea of fun is to sip on wine while listening to exquisite and rare jazz.Should you buy itIt’s tough to find a good Bluetooth speaker under Rs 2,000. That too from a company that can be relied upon. Xiaomi takes care of both.The Mi Bluetooth speaker will give you everything you seek from a Rs 1,999 speaker if your expectations are realistic. It is loud and while in some cases its bass can be overpowering, most consumers will appreciate the boom boom. So when in a few days the speaker officially launches in the Indian market, be quick to buy it if you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker that you can pair with your phone. You won’t regret that, we assure you.You may also like:AXL Powerbank review: Pretty but also expensiveUE Roll 360 Bluetooth Speaker Review: Best of the lotBose SoundTouch 10 review: Bigger not always betterlast_img read more

Steve Smith, James Faulkner star as Australia live to fight another day

first_imgPakistan were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 after their 21-run defeat to Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium.Here’s what the two captains had to say at the post-match presentation ceremony. Shahid Afridi says Pakistan are not good enough at the moment to compete with top sides. Honestly speaking, we are not good enough. Bowlers gave too many runs in last 4-5 overs. I’ll go back home and then make a decision [about retirement]. I’ll do what’s best for the team. I want to thank the management, the players who have supported me. I want to thank the people of Kolkata who gave us a lot of support. Also want to thank the people of Kashmir who came down for supporting us. And thank you to the BCCI for their hospitality as well: Shahid Afridi Winning skipper Steve Smith is aware of the big game on Sunday. Usman has been batting beautifully and Finch came in and looked good as well. We need to win the remaining three games if we want to win the World Cup. The game against India is in two days time. Probably, we’ll see some footage and stuff. But tomorrow, we’ll just rest: Smith Pakistan innings:The game between Australia and India on Sunday is the virtual quarter-final now. Australia and India are tied at four points each. Australia have a better net run-rate than India though.  Nothing went Pakistan’s way today. Usman Khawaja hurt them early in the match. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell shared a 74-run partnership to make sure Australia total was too good in the end for Pakistan’s batting unit. Sharjeel, Latif and Akmal showed signs of regression for Pakistan but they weren’t able to ride on individual efforts. Another bad day for Pakistan and their skipper Afridi in the tournament. Let’s wait for what he has to say at the presentation ceremony today. advertisement18.20 IST: Two runs off the last ball. Pakistan’s campaign at this year’s ICC World Twenty20 comes to an end. Faulkner five-for makes sure Australia live to fight another day. Pakistan fell short of the target by 21 runs. PAK 172/8 25 from 2.. 18.16 IST: OUT! Another one, two in two for Faulkner. He now has taken five wickets in this innings. Brilliant effort from the all-rounder. He has ended Pakistan’s hopes here. Wahab Riaz was his latest victim. PAK 164/8 18.14 IST: OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed didn’t trouble the scorers much. A wicket off the first ball. Pakistan now need five sixes from now on. You never know what would happen after what we saw on Wednesday. PAK 164/7 18.13 IST: 14 from the 19th over. Malik gives Pakistan a slim chance after hitting two boundaries off the last two balls. Pakistan now need 30 from 6 balls. PAK 164/6 in 19 overs. 18.09 IST: No hat-trick there for Pakistan. Nevertheless, a brilliant 18th over from the Australian all-rounder, only five runs came off it. Malik is Pakistan’s only hope now. Sarfraz Khan has joined him. Pakistan need 44 from 12. Looks impossible. PAK 150/6 in 18 overs.18.08 IST: OUT! Two in two for Faulkner. He is on-a-hat-trick. Pakistan lose Imad Wasim for 0. It’s all going down for Pakistan. PAK 147/6 in 17.4 overs. 18.06 IST: OUT! Faulkner gets Latif for 46 off 41. Not a good time to lose a wicket, to lose an in-form batsman. Pakistan still need 47 runs from 15 balls. PAK 147/5 in 17.3 overs. 18.02 IST: Latif and Malik have stitched a 35-run partnership so far. However, they are not able to keep up to the asking rate. PAK 145/4 in 17 overs. They still need 49 runs from 18 balls.  17.58 IST: Malik and Latif are crucial to Pakistan’s chances here. Malik hit Zampa for a big six in the last over and is already on 13 off 7 balls. PAK 135/4 in 16 overs chasing 194.  17.54 IST: Pakistan are 125/4 in 15 overs. They need 69 from 30 which is looking a bit tall for their batting. However, Latif is in good form and Malik can come in handy in these situations.  Pakistan’s required run-rate is steadily climbing up. They are losing batsmen at regular intervals. They now need 80 runs at 13.33 an over.  Zampa has already two wickets. Shoaib Malik joins Latif now17.48 IST: OUT! Afridi dissapoints once again. After hitting leg-spinner Zampa for a six, he falls in the next ball. The skipper was able to manage only 14. PAK 110/4 in 13.2 overs. 17.41 IST: Four dot balls,  a single and a six. Glenn Maxwell completes a decent 12th over. Afridi hits the first six of his innings, smashes Maxwell to the long on boundary. PAK  94/3 in 12 overs.17.37 IST: Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is the new man in. Will this be last game? Here’s what he had to say about his retirement earlier today   advertisement17.35 IST: OUT! Big wicket for Australia. The leg-spinner Zampa removes Umar Akmal for 32. The young man showed promise but plays a slog sweep only to see the ball crashing into the middle stump. Australia are celebrating big here. They know the importance of the wicket. PAK 85/3 in 10.3 overs. 17.33 IST: Umar Akmal and Khalid Latif have stitched a 43-run partnership from just 28 balls. This is good batting from these two right-handers. They are keeping Pakistan in the hunt. On this Mohali wicket, you need to give some time and then start playing your strokes and these two have exactly done that. PAK 83/2 in 10.1 overs 17.25 IST:  Adam Zampa bowls a decent first over, concedes just four runs and has put brakes to Pakistan’s scoring rate. Pakistan’s chances depend on how their batsmen handle the tricky leg-spinner. PAK 62/2 in 8 overs17.23 IST: Akmal doesn’t wait to hit the big shots. He has taken Watson to the cleaners with a six and two boundaries in the seventh over. Watson looked 17 off it. PAK 58/2 in 7 overs. 17.18 IST: Umar Akmal joins Latif in the middle  17.14 IST: Sharjeel Khan (30 off 19) fails to convert another start. He drags one off Faulkner and walks back the hut. Pakistan slip to 40/2 in 5.3 overs. That was a big, big wicket for Australia.  17.11 IST: Pakistan have lost Ahmed Shehzad inside the first five overs. Sharjeel Khan is keeping this chase interesting with 30 off 17 balls. He has hit five boundaries already. Sharjeel gave Pakistan a good start against New Zealand also. He is one Pakistan batsman to keep an eye on. PAK 36/1 in 5 overs. Australia innings: 16.31 IST: Wahab Riaz says the pitch will remain the same in the second innings and that their team has the firepower to gun down 193. It’s going to be a tough task for Pakistan though. Australian attack looks settled and leg-spinner Adam Zampa is a big threat to Pakistan’s chances today.  Pakistan need 194 to win. They need to score more than nine runs an over to be on the winning side today. 16.30 IST: Australia have ended with a massive 193/4 on board in 20 overs. Watson hit two more boundaries of Amir’s last over to hurt Pakistan more. He finishes with 44 from 21 balls while Smith was ice-cool and scored 61 from just 43 balls. These two stitched a crucial 74-run stand from 38 balls. Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz picked up two wickets each for Australia. The bowling card doesn’t look impressive otherwise.    16.24 IST: Watson and Smith have scored at a rapid pace to push Australia towards a massive total here. These two have contributed 60 runs off just 32 balls. Serious power-hitting here. AUS 179 /4 in 19 overs. How much can they get from the next six balls? Amir to bowl the final over.   16.16 IST: Fifty for Steve Smith, his second in T20 international cricket. He has taken Australia to a position of strength from 57/3. A captain’s knock this. AUS 154/4 in 17.2 overs 16.15 IST: Watson smashes Amir for a six and a four off successive deliveries. The pacer was thrashed for 17 runs in the last over. AUS 152/4 in 17 overs.advertisement16.10 IST: Eight runs off Wahab’s over. Smith (42) is nearing a half-century. Shane Watson has joined the skipper. AUS 135/4 in 16 overs. They will be hoping to get close to 180 from here. Pakistan have a steep chase if Australia manage to get there. 16.04 IST: Three runs off Afridi’s final over. He wasn’t able to pick up a wicket but didn’t concede much either. AUS 127/4 in 15 overs 16.00 IST: OUT! Imad Wasim strikes, ends the dangerous Maxwell’s show in Mohali. A 62-run stand comes to an end. AUS 119/4 in 13.4 overs15.57 IST: This is turning out to be Glenn Maxwell show in Mohali. He has already hit 30 runs off 17 balls and is looking good for more. Sami leaked 17 runs in his last over.  AUS 112/315.48 IST: Afridi was taken to the cleaners by Smith and Maxwell. This is developing to be a good partnership (34* off 24 balls) for Australia.  AUS 90/315.45: IST: Australia 77/3 off 10 overs: Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell are putting up a slow but steady stand. Smith has to hang in there for Australia. 15.38 IST: Australia 64/3 off 8 overs; this has been an exciting start to the game. The Aussies still have plenty of firepower. Smith and Maxwell can take it away from Pakistan in a matter of a few overs. There’s Shane Watson to come too.  15.36 IST: WICKET! Imad Wasim has removed Finch (15) and Australia are in a spot of bother at 57/3 off 7.2 overs. Glenn Maxwell joins Smith in the middle 15.32 IST: Afridi in the attack with Australia 52/2 off six overs. Finch and skipper Steve Smith in the middle for Australia  15.26 IST: WICKET! Wahab, you beauty! He is working up serious pace here. He has now seen off the dangerous Warner as Australia slip to 42/2 in 5.1 overs 15.20 IST: FOUR! Warner off the mark with a boundary off Wahab; Australia 32/1 off four overs 15.18 IST: WICKET! Wahab has the last laugh, removes Khwaja with a peach of a delivery. Australia are 28/1 off 3.4 overs as David Warner joins Finch in the middle 15.16 IST: SIX! Wow, that was a top shot by Khwaja. Wahab Riaz, coming back into the team, has been greeted in the most unpleasant style here. 15.15 IST: Australia race away to 21/0 off three overs. Pakistan would be feeling the heat. 15.11 IST: Amir will continue. He has looked sharp and fast yet again. Handling him will be a challenge for Australia. 15.10 IST: Expensive over from Sami after a good start by Amir at the other end. Usman Khwaja hammered two boundaries off the second over as Australia raced away to 16/0. 15:04 IST: Australia are 5/0 after the first over from Mohammad Amir. Remember, this is a must-win game for Pakistan. 14:34 IST: Australia won the toss and elected to bat vs Pakistan. Aaron Finch is back for the Aussies! They have also added Josh Hazlewood in the playing XI. Pakistan have recalled the aggressive Wahab Riaz.Here are the playing XIs:Australia: UT Khawaja, AJ Finch, DA Warner, SPD Smith (Captain), SR Watson, GJ Maxwell, JP Faulkner, PM Nevill (WK), A Zampa, NM Coulter-Nile, JR HazlewoodPakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Rashid Latif, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Shahid Afridi (Captain), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad SamiHello and welcome to the LIVE updates of the Australia vs Pakistan match being played in Mohali.Pitch report: Wasim Akram reckons the strip to be a batting one with bit of grass that will bind the wicket well. Moreover, the pitch likely to remain the same for the entire match.Preview: Their path to the semifinals looking relatively easier in comparison, Australia will fancy their chances when they lock horns with a struggling Pakistan side whose hopes hangs by a thread.Pakistan have struggled so far in the tournament but Australia are in no mood to take them lightly in a must-win match for both teams. With two losses from three games, Pakistan’s chances of progressing in the tournament are slim. Even their coach Waqar Younis thinks the team doesn’t deserve to qualify for the semifinals with the way it has played.Australia, on the other hand, have their own issues to sort out after the loss to New Zealand and a not so convincing win against Bangladesh. A win for Australia will certainly end Pakistan’s sorry campaign in the tournament and make their final league match against hosts India a virtual quarterfinal with New Zealand already qualifying from the group.last_img read more


first_imgMohali, Apr 11 (PTI) The scoreboard of Indian Premier Mohali, Apr 11 (PTI) The scoreboard of Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions here today. Kings XI Punjab innings M Vijayb Jadeja42 M Vohrac ?Karthik b Jadeja38 D Millerb Bravo15 G Maxwellb Bravo2 W Sahac Jadeja b Bravo20 M Stoinisc Finch b Bravo33 A Patelnot out4 M Johnsonnot out0 Extras(b 1, lb 2, w 4)7 Total(6 wickets; 20 overs)161 Fall of wickets 1-78, 2-91, 3-101, 4-102, 5-157, 6-157 Bowling: P Kumar4-0-25-0, P Sangwan 2-0-21-0, J Faulkner 4-0-39-0, S Ladda 2-0-21-0, R Jadeja4-0-30-2, D Bravo4-0 22-4. MORE PTI BS BSlast_img read more

IPL 2015: Ecstatic Virat Kohli praises AB de Villiers

first_imgAs Royal Challengers Bangalore started their IPL 2016 campaign with a bang, skipper Virat Kohli was over the moon with his team’s all round show at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. (Match Report | Highlights)Put in to bat, AB de Viliers and Kohli stitched a 157-run stand to power RCB to a mammoth 227/4 in their 20 overs. In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad could only manage 182/6, losing the match by 45 runs.Put under pressure in the second over when Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Chris Gayle, but it was De Villiers who decided to take on the bowlers ease some pressure off his captain’s shoulder.”We lost the toss and did not get what we wanted to. It was a really good effort from the batsmen. AB was fantastic and we’ve had a big partnership in Bombay as well. He took the pressure off me,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.De Villiers, who struck seven fours and six maximums in his blitzkrieg knock, was relived to return to form.”Absolutely love playing here. The crowd always gets behind us. Loved batting with Virat and enjoyed myself. I have been scratchy in the last few weeks, even in the nets I felt horrible,” De Villiers said.De Villiers also had a special word of praise for his team’s bowling unit.”The bowlers have played together for quite a few years. All of a sudden it looks like a very good combination of youth and experience. Some very good signs for this season. Hopefully we’ll take this into the next few games,” he said.advertisementNehra out for a couple of gamesSunrisers have been dealt a massive blow as Ashish Nehra has been ruled out of at least two games due to a groin injury. Skipper David Warner said Nehra’s absence will hurt the team.”It hurts when one bowler goes down. Tough ask for the boys to go out there and get 228. Nehra will be out for a couple of games dur to groin injury,” Warner said.However, Warner heaped praise on young Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman for his brilliant bowling.”Mustafizur bowled well throughout the World Cup and he’s definitely a find. We have a nice batting track in Hyderabad, and we have to execute well with the ball and not lose wickets in clumps,” he said.last_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016, Match 15, Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: As It Happened

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad ended Gujarat Lions’ three-match winning streak with a 10-wicket thumping win in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday. (Scorecard)Updates:23.10 IST: David Warner: “I have to give credit to the bowlers. They gave us the opportunity to win, and the way we judged the situation, getting their in 14 odd overs, was fantastic. I felt the ball kept a little bit low. We knew it would be two-paced and the ball didn’t get up much. Bhuvi’s change of pace is amazing and Mustafizur is very hard to hit, his change of pace is amazing. I faced him first in Bangalore and he knocked my blocks off. I think he will play Test and ODI cricket one day too. If we can keep chasing totals like this, we will go a long way in the tournament.” 23.07 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is adjudged Man of the Match. 23.04 IST: Suresh Raina: “The toss is not really crucial. We thought the wicket will slow up later. We just didn’t score enough. Started well but lost too many wickets. 160 would have been good. This wicket was different to the last one. Every batter has to be clear with his batting plan but has to build a partnership before going for the big shots. We needed to have wickets in hand to execute plans later. We need to work hard with the new ball to get wickets. We will come hard in the next game.” 22.57 IST: Gujarat Lions’ winning streak of three matches comes to an end. Sunrisers Hyderabad jump to fourth spot in the league table.advertisementHyderabad Innings:22.53 IST: Match Over!!! David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan did not need the services of the other batsmen as Sunrisers Hyderabad register 10-wicket win over Gujarat Lions at Rajkot. 22.50 IST: FIFTY!!! Shikhar Dhawan brings up his half-century with Hyderabad needing just 6 more runs to win. 22.43 IST: Breaking!!! Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Samuel Badree has been ruled out of IPL 9 due to a shoulder injury. South African mystery spinner Tabraiz Shamsi will replace him in the squad.22.38 IST: 100 up for the Sunrisers with Warner batting on 64 off 41 balls while Dhawan is on 26 from 25 balls. Hyderabad 100/0 after 11 overs, need 36 to win from 54 balls. 22.31 IST: This match could get over very soon if Gujarat don’t get a breakthrough soon enough. Hyderabad 86/0 after 9 overs, need another 50 runs to win from 11 overs. 22.20 IST: FIFTY!!! David Warner completes his half-century in just 29 balls with Hyderabad on cruise control mode. Score 70/0 after 7 overs, required rate: IST: The opening partnership is cruising along at this stage. Warner 36*, Dhawan 10*. Hyderabad 53/0 after 5 overs. 22.05 IST: Warner and Dhawan have got off to a brisk start for the Lions. Hyderabad 30/3 after 3 overs. 21.54 IST: FOUR!! David Warner ends Steyn’s first over with a boundary as Hyderabad score 10 runs in the first over. 21.50 IST: David Warner and an out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan come out to bat for Sunrisers. Dale Steyn will open the attack for the first time for Gujarat. 21.40 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar: “Plan was to bowl inswing, he’s (Finch) not that good on the inswingers, nice that plan worked. My strength is swing and in T20s, no batsman expects a bowler to swing the ball. (On Mustafizur) He’s a bowler who has a different action, slower ball is difficult to pick and he’s a fun-loving boy. A little trouble with language for him, but he’s been great. Easy in first six to score runs, but the last overs, it was stopping.”  21.34 IST: Innings break!! Gujarat Lions end up getting 135/8 in their allotted 20 overs with Suresh Raina top-scoring for his team with 75 runs. Bhuvneshwar bowled a terrific final over for Sunrisers picking up 3 wickets to end up with figures of 4 for 29. He now holds the purple cap in the tournament. 21.18 IST: Bowled’em!!! Ravindra Jadeja gets castled by a brilliantly disguised slower delivery from Mustafizur Rahman. Gujarat 117/5 after 17 overs. 21.13 IST: The boundaries are hard to come by but Raina and Jadeja are running hard between the wickets to make sure the score keeps on ticking. Gujarat 113/4 after 16 overs. 20.57 IST: Out!!! Dwayne Bravo goes for a big shot but holes out at deep backward square leg. Brainder Sran gets his first wicket for Sunrisers. Last 4 overs: 21 runs, 1 wicket. Gujarat 95/4 after 14 overs.  20.52 IST: FIFTY!!! Skipper Suresh Raina notches up yet another fifty in the IPL. Gujarat 83/3 after 12 overs. 20.47 IST: WICKET!!! Dinesh Karthik hits a full toss from Deepak Hooda straight to Bhuvneshwar at deep backward square leg, who takes a juggling catch. Gujarat 74/3 after 10 overs.advertisement20.41 IST: Sunrisers have managed to sneak in a couple of quiet overs after McCullum’s departure. Gujarat 67/2 after 9 overs. 20.33 IST: That’s Out!!! Brendon McCullum slog sweeps a delivery from Bipul Sharma straight into the waiting hands of Deepak Hooda at deep mid-wicket.20.29 IST: FIFTY Partnership!! Raina and McCullum have brought up their half-century stand. Gujarat 50/1 after 6 overs. 20.22 IST: Raina and McCullum have pressed the accelerator pedal as Gujarat move on to 41/1 after 5 overs. 20.13 IST: Suresh Raina is looking to be aggressive right from the word go, he has already hit 4 boundaries and moved on to 21 from 11 balls. Gujarat 24/1 after 3 overs. 20.02 IST: BOWLED!!!! It takes just four deliveries for Bhuvneshwar to provide a breakthrough for the Sunrisers. Aaron Finch, looking for a big shot, loses his leg-stump thanks to a fantastic inswinger from Bhuvi.   20.00 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the attack for the Sunrisers. Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum take guard for the Lions.  19.55 IST: Playing XIs:Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, EoinMorgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Aditya Tare, Bipul Sharma,Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder SranGujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, DineshKarthik, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshdeep Nath, Dale Steyn,Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe 19.30 IST: TOSS!!! Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins the toss and opts to bowl against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket stadium in Rajkot. Ravindra Jadeja is back in the Gujarat side, and Dale Steyn will make his debut for the Lions in this game.Preview:Sunnrisers Hyderabad will aim to end Gujarat Lions three-match winning streak when they face-off in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium today.Hyderabad snapped their opening two-match loss – to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders – with a seven-wicket thumping of Mumbai Indians on Monday and against hosts Gujarat, they will face a strong challenge.Gujarat are currently second in the points table with three consecutive wins and they will throw everything in their bid to extend the winning run. The IPL debutants have won their two away matches against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. They also overcame fellow debutants Rising Pune Supergiants here by seven wickets. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)Gujarat, captained by Suresh Raina, have been guided by the heroics of Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch. The right-hander will be Hyderabad’s biggest danger as he has scores of 74, 50 and 67 not out respectively in the three matches so far.However, his opening partner, retired New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hasn’t really fire yet, barring a 49 against Pune, while Raina has failed to convert starts of 20s and 30s into big ones. It could be a crucial game for McCullum as West Indian Dwayne Smith is waiting for his chance.Other batsmen in the team are wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner. The return of local star Ravindra Jadeja is yet to be confirmed as the all-rounder got married recently.Gujarat’s bowling is also strong and has delivered keeping its reputations in tact. Medium pacers Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bravo and Faulkner has been complemented well by spinners in the form of Shadab Jakati and Praveen Tambe.advertisementThey also have ace pacer Dale Steyn in their ranks and it will be interesting when Raina plays the South African.In the other camp, Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run has bee a worry for Hyderabad. The left-hander has scored 16 runs in the three games so far and Hyderabad definitely need him to end hid slump. He also had a poor World Twenty20 during which he scored 43 runs in four outing before being dropped for the semi-final against eventual champions West Indies. (Dhawan’s poor form not much of concern, says VVS Laxman)Captain David Warner has looked in very good touch with scores 90 and 58 in the three matches and the Australian’s performance is key to Hyderbad’s success.The middle order batsmen Eoin Morgan and Moises Henriques need to raise their game, while the performance of Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha will be crucial against the tricky death-overs specialists Bravo and Kumar.Hyderabad have missed the experience and all-round capability of Yuvraj Singh, who is nursing an injury, as did New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson.In the bowling department, however, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bangladeshi left-armer Mustafizur Rahman have ensured that Hyderabad don’t miss veteran Ashish Nehra, who injured his groin during the opening game against RCB on April 12.Spinners Bipul Sharma and Karn Sharma will face a big task in containing Gujarat batsmen, along with the medium pace of Barinder Sran and Henriques.last_img read more

Moto G4 to launch on June 9: Report

first_imgLenovo may launch the Moto G4 smartphone on June 9, if a new Gizmo China report is to be gone by. According to the report, the company will launch a new and exciting device on June 9. It quotes Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing as having made the conformation on the sidelines of the recent Beijing unveiling of the Zuk Z2 Pro.Note that Yuanqing did not actually confirm that the company will launch the Moto G4, so it’s all speculation for now.The Moto G4 has been subject of numerous leaks and rumours already. The very recent leak, a hands-on video of the alleged phone gave some pretty neat insight about the yet-to-be-announced Moto G4.Although the Moto G4 is said to hone a similar design that is synonymous with the product range, the most important change is expected to be a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. Also Read: Moto G4 video and images leaked, India launch likely in mid-MayThe Moto G4, which looks like it is heading to become the first proper Moto phone launched under the aegis of Lenovo that now owns the brand is a widely anticipated phone much like its predecessors. As per the leaked video, the phone in question is seen sporting thin side bezels and a metal frame.Lenovo is expected to bring out two variants of the Moto G fourth generation: a regular Moto G4 and a larger Moto G4 Plus.Rumour mills suggest that the phone will have an octa-core processor (most likely Qualcomm Snapdragon 615) and will possibly have 2GB of RAM. It is also said to come with a 13-megapixel rear camera. advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgGujarat Lions innings (target: 155 runs from 20 overs)Gujarat Lions innings (target: 155 runs from 20 overs) Dwayne Smith c Gurkeerat b Patel 15 Brendon McCullum b Mohit 1 Suresh Raina b Mohit 18 Dinesh Karthik b Patel 2 Ravindra Jadeja c Saha b Patel 11 Dwayne Bravo b Patel 0 Ishan Kishan run out 27 James Faulkner c Miller b Sandeep 32 Praveen Kumar c Cariappa b Mohit 15 Dhawal Kulkarni not out 6 Shivli Kaushik not out 0 Extras:(B-1 W-3) 4Total: (For 9 wkts in 20 overs) 131 Fall of wickets: 1/13 2/34 3/38 4/39 5/39 6/57 7/86 8/125 9/125Bowling: Sandeep Sharma 4-0-31-1, Mohit Sharma 4-0-32-3, Marcus Stoinis 4-0-23-0, Axar Patel 4-0-21-4, KC Cariappa 3-0-15-0, Gurkeerat Singh 1-0-8-0. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

Special honour to become Manchester United manager: Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United have appointed Jose Mourinho as manager on athree-year contract with an option to stay on until at least 2020, the PremierLeague club said on Friday.The 53-year-old Portuguese replaces Dutchman Louis van Gaalwhose two-year reign at Old Trafford ended on Monday when he was sacked twodays after United won the FA Cup.’JOSE IS THE BEST'”Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today.He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, ofcourse, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here,”United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.”I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him toManchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the clubforward.”Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea in December, had been widelyexpected to succeed Van Gaal and his agent Jorge Mendes met United officials onTuesday to discuss personal terms.The talks with the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madridmanager became protracted, however, when it emerged that Chelsea, who sackedMourinho in December, still owned his name as a trademark.Now the stage is set for the marriage of two of world soccer’sbiggest names – Mourinho, the manager who collects trophies wherever he goes,and Manchester United, England’s most successful club and a global giant.’SPECIAL HONOUR FOR ME’ “To become Manchester United manager is a special honour inthe game,” Mourinho said in the statement.”It is a club known and admired throughout the world. Thereis a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.advertisement”I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it hashosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed arapport with the United fans.”I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoyingtheir magnificent support in the coming years.”JOSE’S GLORIOUS PASTIn two spells at Chelsea, the Portuguese won the Premier Leaguethree times – including their first league title for 50 years – and both the FACup and League Cup.He also won league championships in his first seasons at Portoand Inter Milan before helping Real Madrid to their first La Liga crown in fouryears.By their own high standards, United have struggled since AlexFerguson retired three years ago, never finishing higher than fourth in theEnglish standings.Their fifth-place finish under Van Gaal this season meant theyfailed to qualify for the Champions League for the second time since Fergusonleft.LONE SILVERWARE FOR VAN GAALVan Gaal did win the FA Cup – the first time United had liftedthe trophy in 12 years – but due to widespread condemnation of the style offootball his team played it was not enough to save him.There are reservations about Mourinho’s preferred style of play,with former United striker Eric Cantona saying the club should have optedinstead for Pep Guardiola, who is taking over as manager of Manchester City.But other former players, including goalkeeper Peter Schmeicheland former captain Steve Bruce, believe he will revive the club’s fortunes.Mourinho, who has won the Champions League with Porto and InterMilan, will lead United in the Europa League next season.last_img read more

Messi worries Argentina with back injury in 1-0 win over Honduras

first_imgArgentina had a scare when Lionel Messi had to be substituted after incurring a back injury during a 1-0 win over rugged Honduras in a Copa America Centenario warm-up friendly on Friday.Messi walked off in pain in the 64th minute in San Juan after a clash with Honduras substitute Oliver Morazan 10 days before Argentina’s opening Group D match against Chile.The team later dispelled fears of a serious injury, saying on their Twitter account that Messi had “suffered bruising on the left of his lower back and ribs.”Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal for Argentina.URUGUAY, JAMAICA WINIn other warm-up matches for the June 3-26 tournament in the United States, Edinson Cavani struck twice as Uruguay overcame Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 and title holders Chile were upset 2-1 by Jamaica.Higuain struck after half an hour for Argentina when he received a low cross from the left by Marcos Rojo with his back to goal, turned central defender Maynor Figueroa and chipped left-footed over goalkeeper Donis Escober.Argentina meet Chile in Santa Clara, California, on June 6 and also face Bolivia and Panama in Group D.Uruguay, without the injured Luis Suarez, came from a goal down after Jomal Williams had put the Trinidadians ahead in the seventh minute in Montevideo.Cavani equalised with a 26th-minute penalty for a foul by Weslie John on midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro and put Uruguay ahead in the 39th with a shot from the right at a corner.Matias Vecino, who made his debut against Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in March, increased Uruguay’s lead seven minutes after halftime with his first international goal.advertisementUruguay face Mexico in Glendale, Arizona on June 5 before also meeting Jamaica and Venezuela in Group C.Jamaica, who meet Venezuela in Chicago on June 5, stunned a Chile side fielding several reserves in Vina del Mar scoring through Clayton Donaldson and Simon Dawkins before substitute Nicolas Castillo pulled one back late on.last_img read more

Say hello with Google Allo in Hindi now

first_imgIn a bid to take instant messaging experience to millions in India, Google on Monday introduced Hindi language capabilities in its Google Allo smart messaging app.The new updates in “Google Assistant” and “Smart Reply” features will roll on Allo from Monday on on Android and iOS devices and will be available to all users in the coming days, the company said in a statement.”Google Allo has received tremendous response in India which has one of the highest number of Google Allo users,” said Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager of Google.Also Read: Google Allo vs WhatsApp: How they are similar, how they are different”One in every 12 messages in group chats are messages to the Google Assistant. We are enthused by this and today’s launch enables us to extend these features to the next millions of users in a language of their choice,” Fulay added.With the launch, the Google Assistant in Allo will now understand and respond in Hindi.”Chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo, or just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. To start using the Assistant in Hindi, just say ‘Talk to me in Hindi’ or adjust the language setting on your device,” Google said.Google launched Allo in September this year.Packed with innovative features including “Smart Reply”, options for sharing photos, emojis and stickers, Allo uses Google Assistant and makes it easier for users to respond quickly and keep the conversation moving, even when one is on the go.advertisementSmart Reply will recognise the language a user is chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language.If you start chatting in Hindi, the “Smart Reply” will show a user suggestions in that language. So, now you can respond to your friends question “kya haal hai” with “Sab theek Hai” with a single tap.Also Read: Google Allo review: Smarter than WhatsApp but not necessarily betterUsers may no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, or share a YouTube video or pick a dinner spot.Apart from answers, Google Assistant in Google Allo can also provide latest news, weather, traffic, sports, or upcoming flight status.Users can also get information from pharmacies to ATMs, banks, parking, gas stations and grocery stores, etc., and directions right within their conversation from the Google Assistant.last_img read more

India Air Force AFCAT 2017 exam dates released at

first_imgThe Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced the examination dates of the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT 2017).As per schedule, the examination will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.About examination:AFCAT is conducted for both men and women is conducted for grant of Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent/ Short Service Commission in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches for the session commencing in January 2017AFCAT is only one of the steps involved in the entire selection process for getting selected as an officer in the IAFOn clearing the AFCAT, shortlisted candidates will be called for SSB (Services Selection Board) testingAll the eligible candidates are requested to apply through prescribed format latest by December 29, 2016.Eligibility Criteria:Educational qualification:Flying Branch: All the candidates interested in applying need to possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university/institute with minimum 60 per cent and should have passed Mathematics and Physics at intermediate (class 12)ORCandidates need to possess a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) / BTech or should have cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university/institute.Age limit: All the candidates should be in the age group of 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2017.For details on Technical Branch (Aeronautical Engineer-Electronics) programme, candidates need to check the official notification at http://careerairforce.nic.inHow to apply:Candidates need to apply online at, http://careerairforce.nic.inPaper pattern:The total duration of the examination is two hours.advertisementEach question paper will have questions from the following topics: General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etc.Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.Important dates:Last date of submission of online application form: Thursday, December 29, 2016.Date of AFCAT: Sunday, February 26, 2017.Click here for examination, admission related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at [email protected]last_img read more

Scholes is right, Mourinho’s Man Utd are embarrassing

first_imgIn many ways this was exactly the kind of fixture Manchester United needed. After the week from hell which culminated in a pathetic 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday, the visit of an under-performing Valencia to Old Trafford on Tuesday could have been hand-picked.But their inability to create anything of any note in a tense and tepid 0-0 draw emphasised the state of things right now in M16. Paul Scholes claimed before kick-off that Jose Mourinho’s management of the club had reached “embarrassing” levels, and the events on the pitch will have done nothing to alleviate the pressure on the under-fire Portuguese.For the opening 10 minutes it looked like United were ready to throw everything at the cause, with their attacking tempo being high and their football smart. Yet that quickly evaporated and thereafter United’s performance was lacking in confidence, belief and creativity. 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! Aside from a couple of moments of individual intent from Marcus Rashford there were few signs that the home side were going to cause serious issues for a Valencia side boasting only one win in eight matches this season. United’s build-up was far too slow, far too predictable, and the result was a bore-fest for much of the night.Things could easily have been worse for them, as Goncalo Guedes proved time and again to have the beating of Antonio Valencia but on almost every occasion he managed to waste the opportunity to cause United serious damage.Right now United need to be much, much better than this. There are rifts in the camp, with the manager barely speaking to many of his players, and all the while the football has become as tedious as at any stage in the 55-year-old’s reign.They needed more than anything to work up the supporters tonight, subsequently generating the kind of vociferous atmosphere which has dragged Manchester United kicking and screaming over the line in many a Champions League night for years gone by. But instead they sucked the life out of the whole occasion.And that is exactly where we are with United at this moment in time. Mourinho is questioning his players’ desire at every turn, the players are questioning the manager’s tactics, and the rest of the world has been forced to pick a side. Add in the fact the game had to be delayed because United arrived late for a home game and the club’s slow slide into the realms of ridiculousness are there for all to see.Michy Batshuayi Chris Smalling Manchester United Valencia UEFA Champions League 02102018All the while, their football is every bit as anxious and uncertain as is every supporter of a red, white and black persuasion.With the likes of Ryan Giggs, Denis Law and David Beckham in attendance this should have been a night to remind the United greats of some of the wonderful Old Trafford nights of yesteryear. Instead, every time they were caught on camera they looked as though they would rather be anywhere else, and their mood reflected that of the whole stadium. As a neutral it was hard not to feel embarrassed on their behalf given the turgid rubbish being served up in front of them.There was a flicker of late drama when Rashford drove a left-wing free-kick onto the far corner of the Valencia woodwork, but like so many United performances of late they never really looked likely to grab a winner.But neither did they really deserve one. When your football is too slow, your passing too indecisive and your every move carrying signs of nervousness, 0-0 draws are about the best you can hope for.This mess is not about to end quickly, and could get far more embarrassing yet.last_img read more

Tuchel: Verratti is one of world’s best

first_imgThomas Tuchel believes Marco Verratti is among the best players in the world and can help the Paris Saint-Germain fans fall in love with his team.PSG have made a flying start to the new season, winning their first eight Ligue 1 matches and recovering from a Champions League defeat to Liverpool by thrashing Red Star Belgrade 6-1.Italy international Verratti stood out in the triumph over Red Star and coach Tuchel picked out the midfielder as a key player in his bid to create a team that appeals to supporters. 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! “For me, it’s not a surprise [how Verratti plays],” Tuchel told a pre-match news conference ahead of facing Lyon. “Marco is very important, he is an extraordinary player.”He is one of the best players in the world. He finds solutions in closed situations, in very tight spaces. He is very confident and he works like crazy when we lose the ball.”It’s very good for us, to influence all the others, and also the fans. I want our fans to fall in love with the team – we have the best players in the world. It’s very important for us.” Tuchel was speaking in advance of his side looking to make it nine wins out of nine in Ligue 1 and extend the eight-point gap to Lille in second place, with the team buoyed by the revivial of their European campaign after a limp defeat at Anfield in September. Lyon opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win away at Manchester City.”It is a tough match against a top-quality team,” he said. “OL are better against bigger sides, as we saw against both Marseille and Manchester City – we saw their true ability both times. Lyon feel freer when they are not considered favourites.”last_img read more

FIFA 19 Emerging Champions: Which Serie A starlet will rise?

first_imgThe UEFA Champions League is the grandest stage club football has to offer.And Europe’s premier club competition has the power to unearth the next superstar or propel an unknown youngster to a household name overnight.There are a host of burgeoning Serie A superstars in line for UCL action on Matchday four, but who will become an emerging champion this season? 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! Cengiz Under is fast becoming the King of Rome, impressing in the iconic capital with a goal involvement every 158 minutes since the start of the last season.Inter will likely have their fair share of defending to do against Barcelona and, luckily, they have just the man for the job in one of the world’s most-wanted defenders Milan Skriniar.Juventus play possibly the tie of the Matchday as they host Manchester United and in 21-year-old Rodrigo Bentancur they have a midfield maestro who looks set to go all the way to the top.Over in Naples, meanwhile, neat-passing Amadou Diawara could be the man to tie this Napoli side together for years to come.Who will rise highest in the UEFA Champions League?FIFA 19, complete with brand new UEFA Champions League features, is out now.last_img read more

Bengal jewellers to honour women hailing from state

first_imgKolkata, Apr 11 (PTI) Prominent jewellers of West Bengal would honour 16 women hailing from the state who had done excellent work in their respective fields. The honour would be given by the Swarna Shilpi Bachao Committee, a body of jewellers, which also organises the annual Sonar Sansar jewellery expo to held in the city this month from April 21 to April 24. Secretary of the committee Samar De said that since women were very fond of jewellery, the jewellers of the state have decided to honour them during the upcoming expo. The categories chosen were media, film, sports, entrepreneurship, medicine, performing arts, fashion and lifestyle, music and literature. PTI dc RGlast_img read more

Haryana police takes steps to check eve-teasing

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 24 (PTI) In its bid to check eve-teasing, the Haryana Police has prepared a comprehensive plan, including identifying trouble spots, taking strict actions against mischievous elements and organising activities aimed at empowering women.The police is also partnering with the youth through Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH) initiative.Through the initiative, the Haryana Police will encourage the youths to enrol with them and in turn become part of the campaign to prevent incidents of eve-teasing, an official said.”We have put in place a comprehensive programme to stop eve-teasing. The hot spots have been identified. Work to sanitise them by way of warning and cautioning signages, CCTV cameras, plain cloth traps and time-aligned uniformed police patrolling is in progress.”We are also collaborating with schools, colleges, parents, businesses, Panchayats, non-governmental organisations and other government departments to teach girls bravery and boys chivalry through public speaking workshops, adventure and endurance sports and self-defence training. We are very keen to team up with the youths (our natural allies in our fight for making public places safer for women),” Haryana Polices Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters), O P Singh told PTI here today.Speaking about YASH initiative, Singh noted, “We aim to give young boys and girls a platform to voice their opposition to gender-based victimisation. They can make a difference by simply taking a pledge to resist it, speak against it on social media, wear a T-shirt condemning it, spread a word about the seriousness of the problem, organise events to create awareness, alert us about such outrage and so on.advertisementHe said DGP K P Singh had recently addressed Commissioners of Police and SPs through video conferencing for the implementation of the plan to prevent incidents of eve-teasing and crime against women. “We will also encourage young boys and girls to enrol as volunteers by subscribing to our website At the rate of 5,000 volunteers per district, we look forward to have some 1,10,000 volunteers onboard in next one month. “They will be guiding our actions to weed out gender-based street violence, usually trivalised as eve-teasing. We will, in turn, train them through online tutorials to be change makers,” Singh said. The ADGP said all women police stations of the state were functional at all district police headquarters as well as their extension centres in sub-divisions. “Over 800 police officials with 130 vehicles work round-the-clock to prevent and detect crimes specific to women. Rolled out in August 2015, these police stations deliver ease of reporting, empathetic listening and prompt action for women victims. So far, the officials have disposed of over 53,000 inquiries and investigated around 4,000 cases,” Singh added. PTI SUN SRYlast_img read more

Premier League punishes Manchester City with academy transfer ban

first_imgManchester City have been fined 300,000 pounds and banned from signing academy players for two years after breaching Premier League transfer rules.City were found to have approached the family of two young players, who were registered with other clubs.The players in question were an 11-year-old who joined City from Everton last year and a 15-year-old midfielder from Wolverhampton Wanderers.The Premier League club now cannot sign youngsters aged between 10 and 18 who have been registered with Premier League or EFL clubs in the past 18 months.Part of the ban will only come into effect if the club re offends in the next three years.Last month, Liverpool were fined 200,000 pounds and banned from signing youngsters for two years.It was ruled the Reds had broken Premier League rules by offering inducements to the family of an 11-year-old Stoke City player.”The Premier League has sanctioned Manchester City FC for breaches of its Youth Development Rules,” quoted the Premier League as saying in a statement.”The breaches concern approaches to two separate Academy players whilst they were each registered with another club,” the statement added.last_img read more

French Open: Tearful French favourite Kristina Mladenovic dumped out in Paris

first_imgChants of “Kiki-Kiki-Kiki” resonated around Court Philippe-Chatrier on Tuesday, but the echoes of that sonic support are all that remain of the local fans’ big hope for a French Open champion.Home favourite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Mladenovic failed to handle the atmosphere, the wind or the rain, as well as Timea Bacsinszky  who checked into the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win.Thirteenth-seed Mladenovic had played with tears in her eyes. She left the arena in a similar state.Swiss Bacsinszky was thrilled.”I knew she would be a formidable opponent,” the 30th seed said grinning. “We had everything today: a hurricane, and sand storms, nice weather, and almost snow…it was really complicated to stay focused throughout the day.”I am knackered.”Addressing the disappointed French crowd she said: “I am sorry, thank you for the atmosphere.”She now has time to regroup before meeting 19-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko who ousted Caroline Wozniacki.Mladenovic had high hopes of becoming the first French champion since Mary Pierce in 2000, but never really clicked.”Today I was very, very far from my best tennis and it was still a close two sets, I’d be silly not to be positive about that,” said Mladenovic, who believed her opponent’s game was more suited to the tough conditions.EMOTIONAL KIKIWhile not looking especially anxious, ‘Kiki’ had looked emotional throughout.She dropped serve straight away. The expected sonic wave of support had not yet materialised, although at each change of ends more and more spectators flooded in, sated by their sacred French lunches.advertisement”Kiki-Kiki-Kiki” rumbled around the stadium, and the 24-year-old levelled matters up with a break of her own.Eighty kilometre per hour winds gusted through the grounds as both players, skidding through clouds of clay, picked grit out of their eyes.The conditions were far from perfect. Both players struggled to hold serve but, leading 5-4, Bacsinszky fired down an ace to seal the set against the local favourite.Always rigidly upright, with a clenched right fist to celebrate a point won and a long, blonde, plaited ponytail swinging down her back, there are many similarities between Mladenovic and Pierce, the last home-grown champion.But so too are the hints of the same brittle fragility that occasionally hijacked Pierce’s game.”There’s no clay left on this court,” a vexed Mladenovic shouted to herself towards the end of that first set.Bacsinszky simply got on with business, cracking groundstrokes from side to side.The pair held serve to open the second set and, with Mladenovic facing a break point in the third game, the players were called off court after the dark grey clouds finally broke and heavy rain swept the stadium.BACSINSZKY BREAKSIt was more than three hours before play could resume, and, when it did, Mladenovic fought off that break point to nose into the lead, then broke herself for a 3-1 advantage.Once more that “Kiki-Kiki-Kiki” chant was the soundtrack to Court Philippe-Chatrier, but it was a short-lived affair, with Bacsinszky breaking twice either side of a held service game, to be leading 4-3 and serving.Mladenovic was playing with tears in her eyes.The Frenchwoman won the first point of the game, but the pair were then called off court again as the skies darkened.Mladenovic slammed her racket into her bag and left the arena as the rain started spitting, and groundsmen hauled the big, orange tarpaulin across the court.They returned about half an hour later. A backhand bunted wide gave Bacsinszky a 5-3 lead, and forced Mladenovic to serve to stay in the hunt.She held to force Bacsinszky to serve it out, and the Swiss was equal to the task, ensuring she gets to play in the semi-finals on her birthday.Quirkily enough, while Bacsinszky turns 28 on Thursday, her opponent Ostapenko will be 20 the same day.Two birthdays, one present — someone will be crying into their cake.last_img read more

Manchester United looking for statement win vs Tottenham, says Ander Herrera

first_imgA win for Manchester United against title rivals Tottenham Hotspur will not only end a two-game winless streak for Jose Mourinho’s men but will also provide “a big statement” about their championship prospects, midfielder Ander Herrera has said.A goalless draw at Liverpool was followed by a shock 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield Town, leaving United with a five-point gap to make up on league leaders Manchester City.”It’s going to be very, very difficult but we play at home in front of our fans and we have to try to win,” Herrera told British media ahead of Saturday’s game.”Tottenham are a direct rival every season. In the last two or three years they have improved a lot and they are contenders for everything; the Champions League, the Premier League and for both cups.”They are very organised, they play really good football and they have players who can score…even their fullbacks are very offensive. It will be a big statement if we beat them.”?? Preparing for Spurs… Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 26, 2017Second-placed United are heading into the game at Old Trafford above Spurs on goal difference.Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are expected to return for United, while Spurs striker Harry Kane has been ruled out with a minor hamstring strain.last_img read more

In the spotlight

first_imgMiniya Chatterji, 38Founder and CEO, Sustain Labs Paris, Online sustainability incubator platform, DelhiOn leading in a maledominated industryPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) You don’t have to wear the pants: Don’t change yourself to be ‘like the boys’ and to be invited to the informal masculine activities the men bond over. You,Miniya Chatterji, 38Founder and CEO, Sustain Labs Paris, Online sustainability incubator platform, DelhiOn leading in a maledominated industryPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) You don’t have to wear the pants: Don’t change yourself to be ‘like the boys’ and to be invited to the informal masculine activities the men bond over. You don’t have to emulate them to be accepted as one of them. Your strength lies in your womanhood and your unique perspective, preserve that.2) Speak up, backed by facts: Do voice out what you have in mind but always to the right person. Build total control over what you say.3) Don’t be anti-men: You might have to face hardships in getting the work done, but don’t unreasonably blame that on gender differences such that you hold grudges against men. You can get your way, without male bashing.4) Mind the egos: Patriarchal societal structures across all economic classes guarantee a high probability of large male egos. This will take some time to change. At the workplace, be mindful of tiptoeing around inflated male egos.Adwaita Nayar, 27Head (Retail), Nykaa, E-commerce beauty website, MumbaiOn taking start-ups to next levelPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) Hire the best talent: People who bring unique skill sets and entrepreneurial drive can propel the start-up forward.2) Believe in yourself: The initial years are uphill as you try to provide product-market fit, build teams and find funding. There will be days firefighting customer service complaints, staying up all night, and dealing with key team member exits. Have patience during all this.advertisement3) Work with small teams, and limited budgets: A small team moves fast, people have a sense of ownership, and everyone knows technicalities of difficult assignments. Limited budgets force you to understand a function to see where you can be more efficient.Aarifa Bhinderwala, 28Founder and Chief pole artist, Pole Brunt, Dance and fitness studio, MumbaiOn pole dance being a form of art, athletic in naturePictures courtesy: Danesh Jassawala/ Location courtesy: The Space, Juhu, Mumbai1) A media of many configurations: It seamlessly blends the disciplines of art and sport making it one of the most versatile forms of performing arts. It appeals to both a dancer and an athlete and the amalgamation of the two opens up a new world.2) Works on mind body connect: It works every muscle in the body and mind, creating a harmonious and stimulating union of the two. It gradually helps build strength, endurance, flexibility, stamina, control, co-ordination and balance. It helps face and overcome fear as the body performs increasingly challenging tricks and results in an elevated sense of selfesteem and confidence.3) Inculcates never-say-die spirit in the practitioner: The excitement of learning a new pole move and performing it effortlessly is a high, never felt before.4) Life lessons in movement: Using the body in conjunction with the apparatus builds opportunities for unlearning (negative limiting responses) and learning (a positive outlook towards challenges). It makes one realise that we are way stronger than we think we are. There are no pre-requisites to learning pole dance in terms of age, fitness levels or body type.last_img read more

Cape Town is Indias best chance to win, says Jadeja

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja feels the first Test against South Africa, starting in the friendly conditions of Cape Town tomorrow, will provide India the best chance to record a win in the three-match series.Unlike in the past, India will play their first Test in Cape Town and then head to more seam-friendly venues like Centurion and Johannesburg for the remaining two matches.Although Jadeja conceded that the tour will be a challenging one for Virat Kohli and his men, he said Cape Town gives them a bright chance to start the tour on a confident note.”It will be a great challenge. Lot of people expect us to win easily there but I dont think it would be that easy. Yes we are better side than what we used to be in the past. But overseas is always a different ballgame. You see that when other teams come here it is the same for them,” Jedeja said.”The first Test match is probably going to be the most important and India are lucky to play in Cape Town this time. Normally we play in Cape Town at the end of the series and by that time we are beaten mentally.”Luckily we will be playing on a pitch that gives us the best chance to win because thats the one that turns, thats the one that gives a little help. Its very hot out there and I believe it might turn. So, hopefully we will start well and have a better tour this time,” he added.advertisementJadeja, who was here at a function to bid adieu to Indias blind cricket team for th fifth ODI World Cup, hoped Kohli and his men come back with flying colours from South Africa.”If you win nobody will remember what Virat Kohli had said but if you dont end up winning then people will remind Kohli that the day before he left he was still getting married and wasnt on the cricket field,” Jadeja said sarcastically.”I just hope for his sake India has a good series or otherwise people will say you werent preparing either, forget about what BCCI has done. What were you doing?”Jadeja said the Indian team management must pick up the right combination of bowlers and stick to them.”This time they have great expectations. India are thinking of winning the series on the back of their bowling prowess. But it remains to be seen who they play because in the last one, one and a half year I have not seen same five boys play together,” he said.Even though he has his own issues with the BCCI, Jadeja feels for the the messy situation the Cricket Board finds itself in.”I feel sad, I have my own battles with them. Last couple of years you dont know who is BCCI. Its been an organisation which is there for a very long time. Mostly good things have been done by them otherwise you wont have cricket where it is today.”It is unfortunate that they have become the punching bags in the last few years,” he said.”It is nobodys personal fiefdom than the players who play. If they were so wrong the game should have been at the bottom in this country.”I still think they have many good things and other federations should be learning from them. I dont think there is a better sporting body in the country than BCCI. Yes, there is a lot of things that needs to change, many things they could have done better. That doesnt mean they are the worst in the country,” he added. PTI SSC AH ATKlast_img read more

Cavaliers Parade Past Knicks, 101-83

first_imgNEW YORK — LeBron James was sitting comfortably on the bench and figured on staying there. Then J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert punctuated their return to New York with an alley-oop that demanded he stand.“That was beautiful, that was special,” James said. “I was planning on not getting up too many times off the bench, start my treatment session, but that was special.”James and Kyrie Irving each scored 18 points, Smith had 17 and the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Knicks 101-83 on Feb. 22.James moved past Allen Iverson into 22nd place on the career scoring list, and added seven rebounds and seven assists.Kevin Love finished with 16 points and 16 boards, combining with James and Irving to outscore the inept Knicks in the first half.Cleveland won for the 16th time in 18 games and got good performances from Smith and Shumpert, who were acquired by the Cavs on Jan. 5 and have helped solidify a team that was still below.500 shortly after the trade.“I think it’s great,” Smith said. “Our mindsets have changed, as opposed to trying to get a win to expecting to win every game.”The Cavaliers are 35-22 now and have been untouchable since returning from the All-Star break, hammering Washington by 38 on Feb. 20 and leading this one by 30.Shumpert came off the bench for four points, five rebounds and seven assists, one of them when Smith jumped to catch his lob pass and slammed it down with his back to the basket for an 89-59 lead. The two guards hugged, and Smith jumped into James’ arms heading back to the bench.“I even told him in the timeout, ‘Thank you for the price of admission,’” Cavs coach David Blatt said. “That was special and really nice that it was here in New York.”Langston Galloway scored 13 for the Knicks, who shot 3 for 19 from 3-point range and lost their seventh straight.It was 62-38 at halftime and James, Love and Irving had 39 points. The Knicks missed all nine 3-point attempts in the first half.“It’s the same thing occurring over and over. It’s nothing new,” Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said. “We need a better start to games, point blank.”James has 24,383 points. He came in four behind Iverson and passed the former Philadelphia 76ers star quickly during a 12-point first quarter, when he slammed the ball so hard after a steal that it ricocheted off his left shoulder over the baseline after going through the basket.He played only 29 minutes, ending his streak of 25-point games on the road at 11.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mavericks Hold Off Knicks, 104-97

first_imgNEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki got to see why people compare Kristaps Porzingis to him, and the rookie almost ruined the view.Porzingis led a fourth-quarter charge and finished with 28 points, but the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 104-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Dec. 7.Nowitzki scored 25 points after a strong start, then offered some encouragement to Porzingis after the Mavs walked off with a victory that seemed would be much easier than it ended up.“The comparisons are more than fair,” Nowitzki said. “He’s way ahead of the curve. When I was 20 I was scared to death out there. He’s almost averaging a double-double out there. He’s better than I was in my 20s, so the comparison is probably unfair to him. He’s a complete package.”Porzingis had 12 points in the fourth quarter of his first matchup with Nowitzki, the German great he has been compared to for his perimeter shooting skills by a 7-footer.“It really doesn’t matter because we still lost,” he said, “but yeah, I was just hitting shots and trying to do the things to help the team win at the end.”The Latvian rookie made consecutive 3-pointers as the Knicks cut what had been a 23-point deficit to 101-97 with 43 seconds left, then blocked Deron Williams’ shot.But Carmelo Anthony was called for an offensive foul as the Knicks were trying to work to get the ball to Porzingis for another shot, and Nowitzki followed with a free throw before Williams made two more to close it out.Williams had 20 points and seven assists.A night after making a season-best 16 3-pointers and scoring 116 points in a victory at Washington, the Mavericks appeared to be rolling again in this one. Nowitzki scored 11 in the first quarter to show the Mavs had plenty left for the second night of their back-to-back.“Dirk loves these types of situations, taking the challenge of a young guy like this, and Porzingis is a special player,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.They had a 20-point lead early in the fourth quarter and fans were booing the Knicks, but Carlisle had to bring his starters back after the Knicks mounted a charge.“It’s hard to keep a 20-point lead, especially on the road in the second half of a back-to-back,” Williams said. “With that being said, we’ve got to do a better job.”Anthony had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, but shot 6-for-18 from the field and also picked up a technical foul in the fourth quarter.The 7-foot-3 Porzingis grabbed just two rebounds but held his own offensively against Nowitzki, the top international scorer in NBA history.But Nowitzki was surrounded by much more firepower even without a big night from Wesley Matthews, who scored 36 points on a franchise record-tying 10 3-pointers in a Dec. 6.Matthews was just 3 of 10 for 10 points.Former Knicks guard Raymond Felton finished with 14 points in the Mavs’ fourth straight victory in the series.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Printezis Ruled Out for Pre-Olympic Tournament

first_imgPrintezis made it known that he will not play with Greece in the upcoming Pre-Olympic Tournament. The Olympiacos forward sustained an injury in Game 3 of the Greek Basket League Finals against Panathinaikos, ruling him out for one month.Georgios Printezis’ injury will cause a huge absence for the Greek National Basketball Team in the Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The injury he sustained with Olympiacos in the Greek Basket League Finals will keep the Greek forward out for one month. In an interview with, Printezis stated that the National Team coach, Fotis Katsikaris, is aware of his absence and was fortunate that Katsikaris was understanding of the situation. Printezis mentioned that he needs over a month for his leg to rest and that he will spend time with his mother, who lost her husband a few weeks ago.Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bayern Completes Arsenal’s Euro Misery with Another 5-1 Win

first_imgBayern’s Thiago Alcantara, right, is challenged by Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)And there was no sympathy from Bayern, with the five-time European champions joining in the derision by tweeting: “What time is it? Yep, it’s ten to!”The night’s other game saw the first-leg score replicated as Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 to reach the last eight for a seventh successive season.But Bayern enjoyed such an emphatic advantage that Arsenal had an uphill task. A glimmer of hope, though, came in the 20th minute when Theo Walcott beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at his near post.Nothing went Arsenal’s way after that. Walcott was denied a potential penalty and then Koscielny was dismissed after the referee initially prepared to show the captain a yellow card for bringing down Robert Lewandowski 10 minutes into the second half.“The game was difficult until the penalty,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is looking to win the Champions League with a third different club after successes with AC Milan and Real Madrid. “We were too open. They pushed as we expected. We were not so clear with the ball as we usually are.”Arsenal didn’t do itself any favors, going into freefall as Bayern tore Wenger’s side apart with a clinical attacking masterclass. Arjen Robben netted after a poor clearance by goalkeeper David Ospina in the 68th minute, and Douglas Costa added another in the 78th before Arturo Vidal scored twice in the space of five minutes.Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)“Bayern can be a good side but tonight they can also say thank you to the decisions of the referee,” Wenger said. “It leaves me very angry, very frustrated … (the referee) killed the game.”As Bayern marched into the quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive year, Arsenal cannot be certain it will even be back in the competition next season. Not only are the Gunners far from winning the Premier League for the first time since 2004 but they are out of the top four.The objectives are clearer for Bayern: collecting a fifth successive Bundesliga title and winning the Champions League for the first time since its Wembley success in London in 2013.“We just want to keep chugging along,” Neuer said. “We don’t intend on letting up.”TweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON – With a second 5-1 rout in three weeks, Bayern Munich completed Arsenal’s humiliation on a night of protests against manager Arsene Wenger.Whether Wenger gets a chance to return to the Champions League next season remains unclear, as his latest contract will expire at the end of this season after 21 years at the club.His team’s heaviest-ever loss at the Emirates Stadium, completing a 10-2 aggregate loss on Tuesday as the German champions reached the quarterfinals, will only heighten demands by pockets of supporters for Wenger to go.Asked if he will manage Arsenal again in the Champions League, Wenger replied: “I don’t know … I am here to talk about football not my future.”It is Wenger’s failure to deliver Arsenal’s first European Cup that has diminished his standing among fans who once lauded him as a coaching revolutionary.For the seventh consecutive season, Arsenal has exited the Champions League in the Round of 16 and it has still only reached the final once, back in 2006.Wenger deflected questions about his own future by reprimanding Tuesday’s referee for what the Frenchman called “unexplainable and scandalous” decisions.last_img read more

Curry’s 36 Points Leads Warriors to Sweep Spurs, 129-115

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable.Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the Western Conference Finals.Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Golden State beat injury-ravaged San Antonio with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.“(Being) 12-0 is great, but it doesn’t mean anything going into the next series, and we understand that,” Curry said.Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East finals.“It’s great to be one of the last two teams standing, we’ll see how it goes,” said Kevin Durant, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds.San Antonio’s only lead came on the opening possession when Manu Ginobili tossed in a left-handed scoop shot. The Spurs started Ginobili in what could be his final game with the team. The 39-year-old had maintained he will not ponder whether to retire or return until after the season.“We started him tonight out of respect,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “That was the whole reason for starting him. Before the game, you think it may or may not be his last game that he ever plays in, and I did not want to miss the opportunity to honor him in front of our home fans for his selflessness over the years.”San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gestures as he talks to an official during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Unsure if the beloved veteran will return, the crowd serenaded Ginobili with “Manu, Manu” chants as the game came to a close.“He kind of worked us pretty good these four games,” said Draymond Green, who had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors. “So, I think he’s got quite a bit left in the tank. Obviously, it’s up to him how much longer he wants to go. But one thing about it, he’s definitely not a liability on the floor.”Ginobili finished with 15 points in 32 minutes.Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee.“Obviously it (stinks) that Kawhi wasn’t there and Tony wasn’t there and David wasn’t out there,” Green said. “But, at the end of the day, a win is a win and you have to beat whoever is out there against you.”San Antonio didn’t go down without a fight despite the injuries.Anderson dove on the court for a loose ball that the Spurs had tipped away defensively, pushing the ball upcourt to Patty Mills who fed Ginobili for a 3-pointer that pulled San Antonio to 108-94 with 7 minutes remaining.The effort made Popovich smile and clap at times, but the Warriors’ depth and talent proved too much for short-handed San Antonio.“It’s the second time we’ve gotten swept in 15 years, and those are the easiest to digest because you’ve been overplayed,” Ginobili said. “The opponent was better than us, and in this case, way better than us.”TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State has won five straight games over San Antonio, including the regular season, which is the team’s longest against the Spurs. .. Warriors starting center Zaza Pachulia missed his second straight game with a bruised right heel. Pachulia’s absence allowed him to escape the ire of the Spurs fans, who blame him for Leonard’s absence after his controversial close-out on a 3-pointer that Popovich called “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike.” … Golden State has won six straight road games in the postseason, which is a franchise record.Spurs: Leonard missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. Popovich announced his All-Star forward would not play about two hours prior to tipoff. … Ginobili had come off the bench in 55 straight playoff games prior to his start in Game 4. … Murray’s four steals in the first half tied Ginobili’s franchise record for most steals in a playoff game.NOTHING BUT LOVEGolden State coach Mike Brown said it was tough competing against Popovich, his longtime friend and one of his mentors, but the veteran coach put the series in perspective during a phone call prior to the start of the series.“He called, we talked, we laughed,” Brown said. “He said, ‘Hey, I love you. I told him I loved him and he said, ‘But you know once this starts, we’re going to try to kick your (butt). I said, ‘Ok, it’s on.’”NO WORDSSpurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors.He entered Game 4 averaging 18 points, but was held to 4-for-11 shooting in 22 minutes in the series finale. Aldridge didn’t address his own personal struggles, but praised the team’s effort.“No excuses but a lot of unfortunate things happened, but we still tried to compete and do the best we could do,” Aldridge said. “They’ve been the best team in the west for the last few years and they proved it again. (Warriors) came out and competed, they had a good game plan for the guys that we had out there, we just came out and did everything we could do.”GRANDPA?Ginobili’s closest friend on the Spurs is Mills, which puzzles the 28-year-old.“I don’t know why we have such a good relationship, he is so much older than me, you know,” Mills said, jokingly. “It’s weird, it’s like grandpa and grandson, but still very close.”RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

England Rises Again, Greece and Belgium Slumps in Nations League Drama

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — England surged into the UEFA Nations League finals tournament on Sunday, and Belgium threw away its place in a stunning 5-2 loss at Switzerland.On a day of come-from-behind wins and twisting fortunes for the World Cup’s beaten semifinalists, England edged Croatia 2-1 to avenge defeat when the teams met in Russia in July.England had to beat Croatia to advance over group leader Spain and trailed late, before Jesse Lingard leveled in the 78th and captain Harry Kane got the decisive goal in the 85th.Belgium, which finished third in Russia, seemed certain to join England and host Portugal in the inaugural Final Four of world soccer’s newest tournament in June.The top-ranked team still needs a trophy to back up its status and eased into a quick 2-0 lead against Switzerland.Needing to score at least four to advance, the Swiss got three by halftime and added two more later to shock the Belgians.“Too many individual errors. I have no words,” Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld said.England’s Harry Kane, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between England and Croatia at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)The group was settled on a head-to-head tiebreaker with both teams on nine points. Switzerland’s three-goal margin outweighed Belgium’s 2-1 win in Brussels last month.Sunday’s dramatic games between top 10-ranked teams added to the strong impression made by the first Nations League.UEFA created the competition — amid some skepticism given the busy soccer calendar — to replace mostly meaningless and unpopular international friendly games.It gives unheralded national teams in the lower tiers a route to qualify for the European Championship through a subsequent playoff round.At the top, the best national teams get guaranteed games against each other and fight for a trophy in the odd-numbered years between World Cups and Euros.Portugal, England and Switzerland will be joined in the Final Four by either France or the Netherlands. The Dutch will advance if they get at least a draw on Monday in Germany, which has already been relegated to the second tier.The Nations League Final Four draw takes place Dec. 3 in Dublin.BELGIUM COLLAPSEBeaten by France in the World Cup semifinals, Belgium won the third-place game against England in Russia and made a smooth start to the Nations League.Many thought an overdue trophy could come next year for the so-called golden generation led by Eden Hazard, though missing the injured Kevin De Bruyne on Sunday.Not now.Thorgan Hazard scored after 66 seconds and 17 minutes in Lucerne but, by halftime, Ricardo Rodriguez scored a penalty and forward Haris Seferovic struck twice to bring the Swiss within one goal of advancing. They got two more, both from headers gifted by poor Belgian marking.Defender Nico Elvedi scored to make up for a bad mistake gifting Hazard his early opener, and Seferovic clinched his first international hat trick in the 84th, winning over home fans who are often criticizing him.ENGLAND RISINGEngland started a tough three-team group with a home loss against Spain, and trailed again at Wembley Stadium on Sunday when Andrej Kramaric scored in the 57th. That result would have been enough for Croatia to advance, despite its opening 6-0 rout by Spain in September.Things can change fast in the rapid-fire Nations League groups, and England scored twice late on to win the group and condemn Croatia to relegation into the second tier.“I’ve never seen (Wembley) like this in an England shirt,” said Kane, captain of an England team riding a wave of acclaim and affection at home under coach Gareth Southgate.BELARUS ADVANCESIn League D, Belarus sealed winning Group 2 with a sixth straight shutout in a 2-0 win at San Marino, making Luxembourg’s 1-1 draw at Moldova immaterial.Belarus joins Georgia in being promoted to League C in two years’ time, and taking their places in the League D playoffs in March 2020.Those playoffs featuring the four fourth-tier group winners will send one of Europe’s lowest-ranked teams to the 2020 European Championship tournament.The other two playoff entries are decided Monday and Tuesday, with Macedonia and Kosovo currently leading their groups.In other games Sunday, Austria won 2-1 at Northern Ireland in a League B group already won by Bosnia-Herzegovina.In a League C group, Finland had already won promotion and Estonia was already relegated before the final round of games Sunday ended with Hungary beating Finland 2-0, and Greece losing 1-0 at home to Estonia.___By GRAHAM DUNBAR , AP Sports WriterAssociated Press writer Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

In Search of the Best Op Amp for Remote Devices

first_img Continue Reading Previous How real simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi enables next-generation in-vehicle connectivityNext IAR updates development tools for Renesas RX MCUs Portable and remote devices are integral to medical, home, and business systems that manage the collection of analog data. The trend today is to create smaller, more energy efficient devices to shrink equipment size and lengthen system battery life for performing tasks such as medical monitoring, room occupancy, or noxious gas detection. This article identifies three portable/remote circuits which require an amplifier front-end. The task at hand will be to define the critical amplifier specifications for each circuit, to identify the best amplifier for all three applications. Whether the portable or remote device is a medical, home, or business gadget, smaller size and lower power are becoming critical requirements for these designs (Figure 1).Figure 1. Ultra-Mini Glucose Meters are Increasing in Capability While Shrinking in Size. In these applications, the operational amplifier provides the critical gain and filtering functions for the sensor signal. The ideal operational amplifier that fits into these application spaces will complement these trends toward smaller size and ultra-low-power operation. For these systems there are several players in the game. So, the design challenge is to not only build in power and size enhancements, but to go beyond and find the amplifier with precisely the right specifications.Whether sensing blood glucose level, counting occupancy numbers, or measuring the concentration level of gases, the front-end amplifier is an integral part of the entire system. The connection between the sensor’s output and the amplifier’s input terminal is a delicate juncture where the amplifier’s input characteristics dramatically affect the successful operation of the portable or remote device.To find the optimal solution, we will discuss three systems:Glucose monitorOccupancy SensorGas detectorEven though there are many brands of blood glucose test strips, each with their own technology, they all fundamentally function the same way. A two-electrode test strip is composed of several layers. As shown in Figure 2, the test strip layers channel the blood sample to a reaction center and add glucose reactant enzymes and a chemical mediator to speed-up electrons along the test strip’s interior. Figure 2. Two-electrode, diabetes test strips capture the patient’s blood and transport it to the testing electrodes. The bottom layer of the strip has a gold and palladium-coated trace to transfer the reaction electrons to the amplifier’s input (Figure 3). The test strip’s full-scale output current ranges from 10μA to 50μA, with a resolution less than 10nA.Figure 3. A Single-Supply Dual Amplifier at the Front-End of the Blood Glucose Monitor In Figure 3, the test strip output current, IS , flows through U1’s feedback resistor, RS , creating a voltage equal to RS times IS . The second amplifier (U2) implements a 5V/V gain and a 7Hz lowpass filter (RL/CL). The size of glucose monitors continues to shrink while increasing in functionality. Today these monitors provide an interface screen along with a data sync to mobile apps, a display, and data logging. Due to the battery-powered environment, these amplifiers must be nanopower-capable and housed in a small package.These characteristics are important, but the amplifier must also have the precise characteristics that the test strip requires. The test strip’s ampere magnitude dictates the use of amplifiers with extremely low input bias current to complement the minimum 10nA resolution. The amplifier input must also have a common mode range that extends to the negative power supply as well as an output that swings rail-to-rail. A passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) radiation emitted by objects in the PIR’s field of view. A home or business intrusion detector is a perfect application for the PIR sensor.The PIR sensor produces a small millivolt signal by detecting radiated temperature changes such as those from the movement of humans. This sensor does not produce a voltage output for static incidences or temperatures. Depending on the proximity of the passing person, the PIR’s output voltage increases or decreases as the object enters or leaves the PIR’s field of vision, which happens within a 0.5Hz to 7Hz frequency range (Figure 4).Figure 4. PIR Motion Detection Circuit Using a Dual Single-Supply Operational Amplifier In Figure 4, the PIR’s bias DC voltage output is approximately 1V. The two amplifier stages are exact duplicates, with a gain of ~46.4 and a 0.5Hz (zero) to 7Hz (pole) second-order bandpass filter, which matches the expected frequency range of passing humans. With these two second-order bandpass filters, the DC signals, including the amplifier’s offset voltages, do not pass to the circuit output (OUT). The two second-order bandpass filters require an adequate amplifier bandwidth of 8kHz or greater.The battery life of today’s motion detection systems is approximately one year. With future upgrades, devices with lower power consumption and smaller component sizes will be expected. Due to this battery-powered environment, the amplifiers for this solution must also be nanopower-capable and housed in a small package.A gas detector is a device that senses the presence of gases in an area. As an example, carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by burning fuel. Sometimes, due to a stove, lantern, grill, or furnace, the CO’s concentration can build in the room or facility to harmful levels. The gas detector’s function is to sense the CO’s concentration level and interface with a control system that notifies the user and/or shuts down the offending system.The gas detector front-end circuit shown in Figure 5 detects various types of gases, as determined by the gas sensor type. In Figure 5, U1 energizes the sensor with a constant DC voltage (VREF1) at the sensor reference electrode (RE). U2, configured as a transimpedance amplifier, changes the sensor output current (ISENSE ) into a voltage (VOUT). The output voltage is equal to the sensor’s output current (ISENSE ) times the amplifier’s feedback resistor (R3). The ISENSE polarity depends on the type of sensor. Figure 5. Gas Detection Circuit Using a Single-Supply Dual Operational Amplifier Due to the transimpedance configuration, this circuit requires amplifiers with extremely low input bias currents in the picoamp range. Combined with the battery-powered environment, these amplifiers must be nanopower-capable and housed in an extremely small package.As mentioned earlier, devices for portable and remote applications require power-conscious components in small packages while still meeting critical electrical performance specifications. The key amplifier specifications that our application circuits required were common-mode input ranges to the negative supply, rail-to-rail output swing, and ample bandwidth. An amplifier which meets the criteria for the three circuits discussed is the MAX40018, a nanoPower dual operational amplifier in a WLP package. This device consumes the lowest power with the smallest packaging in its class (Figure 6).Figure 6. Dual Operational Amplifier Quiescent Current vs. Package Size Figure 6 compares four dual operational amplifiers. Of the four, the bottom left dual amplifier outperforms the others with 400nA quiescent current per operational amplifier with a 1.488mm2 wafer level package (WLP) housing. The glucose meter, the occupancy sensor, and the gas meter are appropriate fits for the nanoPower, tiny dual amplifier.Battery-powered portable and remote devices demand small, ultra-low power components. Operational amplifiers used in these applications must meet these power conditions without compromising key performance specifications. We examined how a dual nanopower operational amplifier fits directly into these requirements with ultra-low power consumption, a small chip-size package, a sub-pico ampere input bias current, and a unity gain bandwidth greater than 8kHz. 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ams: light sensor with 50/60Hz flicker detect eliminates banding

first_imgams introduces a new color (RGB), proximity and flicker detection sensor, the TCS3707, which enables a mobile phone camera to take clean, unblemished photo-graphs in artificial lighting scenes.When equipped with a TCS3707, a mobile phone’s camera may be used in any conditions, including under artificial light sources such as fluorescent lights or street lamps, without suffering from banding or other image artefacts generated by the invisible flickering of AC powered lighting.The TCS3707’s ultra-high sensitive RGB, Clear, Wideband channels enable accurate measurements of the color and intensity of ambient light across a wide range of lighting conditions. This enables mobile phone makers to deploy sophisticated display brightness and color management schemes, and to implement camera and flash color balancing.The device’s flicker detection engine can detect the flickering of any artificial light source operating from 50Hz or 60Hz alternating current cycles. Flicker produces banding and other artefacts in pictures taken by an image sensor with a rolling shutter. The effect is produced when the flickering light turns on or off while the shutter is in operation.The TCS3707’s flicker detection capability allows the camera controller to synchronize the shutter with the ‘On’ part of the AC cycle. The sensor can also supply flicker measurements to the mobile phone’s applications processor to support flicker cancellation firmware at frequencies other than50/60Hz by using the internal FIFO on the device.The TCS3707 proximity sensor embeds IR cross-talk rejection and, when paired with an IR emitter, produces reliable proximity detection. The TCS3707 is supplied in a 2.0 x 2.5 x 0.5mm OQFN package.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Cypress: Bluetooth MCUs deliver mesh networking with ubiquitous smartphone connectivityNext Azul Systems teams with Eurotech to provide Open Source Java on Eurotech’s embedded boardslast_img read more

PLS: UDE supports ST Stellar automotive microcontroller family

first_imgWith the support of the new Stellar automotive microcontroller family from STMicroelectronics, PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme provides the professional debug, trace and test functions of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) also for the next-generation automotive architectures.The new Stellar family combines multiple leading-edge technologies to form an automotive domain controller for applications for Drivetrain, Chassis, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The first MCU samples of Stellar combine six Arm Cortex-R52 cores clocked at 400MHz and 16 Mbytes of high-temperature embedded Phase-Change Memory for real-time multi-core performance. Stellar features advanced security and safety mechanisms, including a state-of-the-art Hardware Security Module as well as lockstep capabilities. A hypervisor for software separation and memory protection further enhances functional safety and reliability and satisfies the automotive industry’s demanding ISO26262 ASIL-D safety qualification. Additionally, three Cortex-M4 cores with a floating-point unit and DSP extensions provide application-specific acceleration.As a member of the ST Partner Program and thanks to a close and fruitful cooperation, PLS is already able to provide its extensive and professional debug and trace tools for the user with the availability of the first samples. The latest version of PLS’s Universal Debug Engine allows real multi-core debugging for that heterogeneous microcontroller system. Demanding applications distributed of all or a subset of the six Cortex-R52 cores as well as the M4 cores can be efficiently controlled and analyzed in a single debug session and within a single common debugger instance. Of course, the proven Multi-Core Run Control, which is a specific function of UDE, is also available for this high-end controller. It enables a synchronous starting and stopping of all cores or a selected set by utilizing the debug logic integrated on the Stellar MCU. Additionally, multi-core breakpoints employed in shared code simplify debugging of complex applications. The breakpoint always takes effect regardless of which core is currently executing the particular code. In addition to actual application cores, UDE offers debug support for the HSM as well. The user can also integrate HSM debugging into the Multi-Core Run Control.The integrated FLASH programing of UDE, UDE Memtool, provides support for optimized programming the breakthrough Phase-Change memory technology implemented in the Stellar devices. Compared to state-of-the-art FLASH programming the PCM allows a faster, safer and a more precise programming. In practice this means for example, that even single bytes can be written where previously only whole blocks were possible. Due to the characteristics of PCM, software-over-the-air (SOTA) can be implemented particularly efficiently and reliably for this memory technology. UDE Memtool provides the right tooling with additional functions for smooth support of SOTA.For in-depth system-level analysis of multi-core applications, UDE provides support for the comprehensive trace capabilities of the CoreSight debug and trace system implemented in the Arm Cortex-R52 cores, in the Cortex-M4 cores as well as for the on-chip interconnects.The three devices UAD2pro, UAD2next and UAD3+ of the Universal Access Device family ensure a fast and reliable debug communication to the devices of the Stellar microcontroller family using JTAG or the Arm-specific Serial Wire Debug (SWD) interface. For capturing and storing a large amount of trace data, the UAD3+ provides also support for the High Speed Serial Trace Port (HSSTP) and offers up to 4 GB trace memory.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous VadaTech: new 6U VPX chassis with fiber optic I/ONext Avalue: expandable fanless slot PC based on 6/7th gen Intel Core SoC i7/i5/i3 & Celeronlast_img read more

AAEON: AI Core XP4 and XP8 offer flexible AI solution with Intel Myriad X

first_img Continue Reading Previous u-blox: 5G-ready cellular module and chipset for low power wide area IoT applicationsNext Microchip: single-port USB smart hub ICs optimise system costs for automotive AAEON announces the latest products in its line of AI modules featuring the Intel Movidius Myriad X, the AI Core XP4 and XP8. The AI Core XP4 and XP8 offer users a scalable solution on a PCIe [x4] form factor for PC-based AI applications and neural network acceleration.While most PCs are capable of handling AI applications, the computations required are often quite complex and data intensive, limiting the speed at which the AI inference can operate, or slowing down performance of other applications which must run simultaneously. The AI Core XP4 and XP8 allow users to offload the AI inference from the main CPU processor, speeding up AI processing, and freeing the CPU to handle other important tasks.The AI Core XP4 and XP8 feature four (XP4) or eight (XP8) Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs. Each Intel Myriad X VPU is capable of speeds up to 105 fps (80 typical) and up to 1 trillion floating point operations as a dedicated neural network. This means a performance of up to 840 fps (560 typical) with the AI Core XP8, providing incredible processing power for your AI applications.The AI Core XP4 and XP8 bring users scalability not offered on any other PCIe based AI module card. While other cards are designed with VPUs soldered directly onto the boards, the AI Core XP4 and XP8 are designed by combining two to four AI Core XM 2280 modules onto a single card. This means the AI Core XP4 and XP8 feature four M.2 slots, allowing users the ability to scale the capabilities of the card to match their needs. Users can easily add an additional AI Core XM 2280 module to the AI Core XP4 giving the power of six Intel Myriad X VPUs. This scalability is perfect for users whose processing needs may change over time, or are unsure exactly how much performance they need; providing the option to change the power available without having to buy an entire new card.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Wawrinka ends wretched run with solid start at Queen’s

first_img\R London, Jun 18 (AFP) Stan Wawrinka kicked off his Wimbledon preparations with a 6-2, 6-3 win over British youngster Cameron Norrie in the Queen’s Club first round today. Wawrinka has struggled to return to peak form since suffering a left knee injury last yeat that required two operations and wiped out the second half of the Swiss star’s season. Still hampered by the problem this term, Wawrinka was sidelined again for three months in between a second round exit at the Australian Open and a first round loss in the French Open. The 33-year-old arrived in west London having lost six of his last seven ATP Tour matches and, given grass has never been Wawrinka’s favourite surface, he might have feared more misery at the pre-Wimbledon event. But the three-time Grand Slam champion had an obliging opponent in wild card entry Norrie. Wawrinka hardly had to break sweat to see off Norrie and next faces former Queen’s winner Sam Querrey of the United States, who beat British wild card and ATP Tour debutant Jay Clarke 6-3, 6-3. “Mentally it’s tough when you see how far you are and how long it will take. Still now, it’s not easy,” Wawrinka said of his injury woes. “It takes time to get where you want to be. I need to be really patient with myself, to accept less in a way, because, when you win Grand Slams, I always expect so much from myself.” In other first round action, top seed Marin Cilic made a flying start to his bid for another strong grass-court campaign with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco.advertisement Former US Open champion Cilic is bidding for a second Queen’s title and a fourth appearance in the final after losing last year’s title match against Feliciano Lopez. The world number six, who finished as Australian Open runner-up in January, was back on grass in London for the first time since his tearful injury-plagued Wimbledon final defeat against Roger Federer last year. Cilic made short work of Verdasco and his second round opponent is Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who beat rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (8/6). Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the biggest names in the Queen’s draw, are both due in first round action tomorrow. Djokovic plays Australian qualifier John Millman and Murray will make his first appearance for 11 months after finally recovering from a hip injury that needed surgery in January. – ‘Awesome’ Murray – The former world number one faces a tricky opener against talented but temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios, who pushed Roger Federer to three sets before narrowly losing in the Stuttgart semi-finals at the weekend. Murray, a two-time Wimbledon winner, has admitted he doesn’t have great expectations at the start of his comeback after so long on the sidelines. Finally free of a nagging elbow injury, world number 21 Kyrgios has grander plans — starting with securing his first win over his good friend at the sixth attempt. “I feel good. My elbow is fine and I played three quality matches in Stuttgart. Pretty disappointed I didn’t win against Roger but it was a good match,” Kyrgios said. “I’m feeling confident. I’m excited (to play Murray), obviously one of my better mates on tour. “It’s just good to see him back ultimately. I think it’s been pretty shitty without him. “To see him healthy is the main thing. I think he’s awesome for the sport.” Kyrgios has a well-earned reputation as one of the tour’s more controversial figures after some petulant behaviour in the past. The 23-year-old remains combustible, but for now he insists he’s focused on ruining Murray’s return. “Early in my career probably didn’t play my best against Andy. I wasn’t as confident back then as I am now,” he said. “Hopefully I’ve still got more to show him. Maybe we’ll see tomorrow.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

Virat Kohli won’t score a hundred during Australia tour: Pat Cummins

first_imgVirat Kohli scored his first Test century in 2011 in Australia. During 2014 tour, he amassed four centuries in the Test series Down Under. But Aussie pacer Pat Cummins says the Indian captain will not score a hundred when Indian team plays a four-Test series in Australia later this year.”My brave, bold prediction; I’d say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we’re going to knock them off over here,” Cummins said at a Channel 7 event.Apart from five centuries in Australia, Kohli averages 62 in the eight Tests he has played in the country.In the absence of the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, India have a good chance of winning their maiden series in Australia.Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath was present at the function alongside Cummins. McGrath predicted that Australia would blank India 4-0. He also wants to see the home team target Kohli.”I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it. It’s going to be a good, hard, tough series. Kohli has got a bit of an aggressive attitude, but showed last time he was out here he’s not going to take a backward step,” he said.”The Windies of the late 70s, early 80s were an incredible team and they used to target the captain of the opposition team and get on top of him and have a big impact. I tried to bring that in by targeting players when I played.advertisement”If you get on top of them, the No.1 player and their captain, it makes the job so much easier. If they can get on top of Kohli I think it can have a big effect on the game,” McGrath added.India will be touring Australia for the 12th time this summer. They are yet to win a Test series in 11 attempts, having drawn in 1981, 1985 and 2003. India have won just five out of the 44 Tests.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Dream catchers

first_imgFour social initiatives are empowering underprivileged students by providing education, skills and generating employment.UberSCHOLAR, UberThe younger son of Avtar Singh Brar, an Uber driver, was on the verge of quitting school as Singh was facing financial problems. Understanding that education for the children of driver partners is one of Uber’s,Four social initiatives are empowering underprivileged students by providing education, skills and generating employment.UberSCHOLAR, Uber The younger son of Avtar Singh Brar, an Uber driver, was on the verge of quitting school as Singh was facing financial problems. Understanding that education for the children of driver partners is one of Uber’s biggest priorities, the ride sharing company launched a scholarship programme- UberSCHOLAR in 2017. This proved to be a boon for 13-year-old Luvjeet Singh Brar who became one among the hundreds of children to receive the UberSCHOLAR award for scoring 87 per cent in his Class 7 examination in 2017. Under the programme, Uber awarded a total scholarship worth `50 lakh to more than 570 children of driver partners from Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune and Kochi. According to Pradeep Parameswaran, Head-Central Operations, Uber India and South Asia, “The UberSCHOLAR initiative was instituted with the aim of creating a positive change for the families of driver partners as it enables educational opportunities for their children that will help build sustainable livelihoods over time.” An extensive outreach programme was conducted to select the meritorious candidates for the scholarship. Students get real-time work experience at Samsung centres.Samsung Technical School, Samsung IndiaRealising the need for equipping students with technical skills, practical know-how and relevant industry experi ence, Samsung Technical School was born in 2013 to train youths on several aspects and make them job-ready across dif ferent technical trades. The training programme started in Delhi and spread to other parts of the country as 22 Samsung Techni cal Schools were set up in partnership with the Ministry of Mi cro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Department of Technical Education. Deepak Bhardwaj, Vice President-CSR, Samsung India says, “The programme helps in developing entre preneurial ability. More than setting up and running a business, the training encourages creative thinking and promotes a strong sense of self-worth. It gives them opportunities to not only cre ate jobs for themselves but for others.” These schools have so far trained over 4,000 people, and 70 per cent of them have got jobs while 45 per cent are working with Samsung service centres. The programme also provides a scholarship of `20,000 to 1,000 trainees who successfully complete the basic course under the MSME-Samsung Technical School Scholarship programme.advertisement Children from Classes 1 to 10 are selected and trained at Akshay Patra Foundation.The Akshay Patra FoundationManjula, the daughter of a bus driver, wanted to become an actor. To help her realise the dream, The Akshay Patra Foundation helped her enrol herself at the Bangalore School of Speech and Drama. Recognising the dreams of children such as Manjula, The Akshay Patra Foundation launched a pilot project called ‘Giving every Dream a Chance’ in 2016 in Bengaluru to provide a platform for children with diverse passions and interests to fulfill their dreams through a two-month mentorship programme in fields as varied as dance, theatre, origami, culinary arts, sports, mathematics, science, english and football. Started with three children in 2016, the initiative has mentored more than 300 children from 15 government schools in Bengaluru, Hubli, Hyderabad and Vrindavan. “Since we identify children who have a dream despite challenging circumstances and encourage them to fulfill these dreams. We put the beneficiaries under the guidance of mentors, who train them in their respective areas of interest and help them get exposure to a number of career options,” says Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation. VidyaGyan balances between curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.VidyaGyan, Shiv Nadar FoundationThe journey of VidyaGyan began with 200 students, coming from rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, arriving at the residen tial campus in Bulandshahr. And in 2016, the founding batch of VidyaGyan students appeared for their CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) Class 12 exams and passed out with stellar marks. The students at VidyaG yan, a CBSE-affiliated school, are not only academically driven but also engage in innovating on possible solutions to everyday problems such as helping make smokeless stoves and water filters from earthen pots. Talking about the objective behind starting a boarding school for underprivi leged children, Bishwajit Baner jee, Principal of the school says, “VidyaGyan was established in 2009 to provide a world-class leadership academy to the eco nomically weaker students of rural India and transform their lives by imparting high-quality education.” Students, whose parent’s annual income is less than a lakh annually are eligible to apply. As many as 400 students, out of a total pool of almost two lakh children, are admitted to VidyaGyan each year. Adding another feather to VidyaGyan’s cap, students have also marked their footprints not only in IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and NITs (Nation al Institute of Technology) but also abroad in schools like the University of Massachusetts, US; Wellesley College, US; and Pennsylvania State University, US to name a few.advertisementlast_img

Asian Games 2018: Pranab Bardhan, Shibhnath Sarkar win gold in bridge men’s pair

first_imgPranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar won the men’s pair event in the bridge competition to take India tally of gold medals to 15 at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.The 60-year-old Pranab and 56-year-old Shibhnath finished at the top after scoring 384 points in the finals.The Chinese pair of Lixin Yang and Gang Chen won the silver with a score of 378 and the Indonesian combination of Henky Lasut and Freddy Eddy Manoppo bagged the bronze scoring 374.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSAnother Indian pair of Sumit Mukherjee and Debabrata Majumder finished at the ninth place with a score of 333. Earlier, India won two bronze medals in the debut sport of bridge on Sunday.India earned the bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.The men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.There is no bronze medal play-off in bridge sport at the Games.After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot.The super mixed team, however, had failed to qualify for the semifinals.The six-member men’s team comprised Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani, Debabrata Majumder and Sumit Mukherjee.The mixed team is made up of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal.The men’s team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57.The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Mesut Ozil on target as Arsenal hammer Bournemouth in Premier League

first_imgArsenal’s Mesut Ozil marked his first Premier League start of 2019 with a goal and an assist as his side hammered Bournemouth 5-1 in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.The German attacking midfielder had not started a game for Arsenal since their 1-1 draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion on December 26 due to a knee problem, but showed no ring rust as he rattled home the first goal in the fourth minute.Ozil, who has become a fairly peripheral figure during manager Unai Emery’s tenure, then turned provider for the home side in the 27th minute.He drew out Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc before playing a simple pass to allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to fire into an empty net.Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi threw Bournemouth a lifeline shortly afterwards as he lost the ball on the edge of his own box to Dan Gosling, who squared it to Lys Moussett for a simple finish to make it 2-1.However, the revival was short-lived as Laurent Koscielny put Arsenal 3-1 up just after the break and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it four just before the hour mark, finishing a counter-attack by rounding Boruc and slotting the ball home.Substitute Alexandre Lacazette completed the rout by scoring from a free kick 12 minutes from the end to hand Bournemouth their fourth defeat in their last five league games.It was Arsenal’s third straight league victory, with Emery delighted to welcome Ozil back into the starting line-up as he made a number of changes ahead of Saturday’s derby against Tottenham Hotspur.advertisement”(He was) good, good. I think he is happier with us. I am now also proud of every player, and the same with Mesut. He helped us with his quality and work, to be organised, and he can play in different systems,” Emery enthused.The win means that Tottenham, who remain third despite a 2-0 loss to Chelsea, are now only four points ahead of the fourth-placed Gunners going into Saturday’s showdown.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, reflecting on how his side have not won a league away match since October, said: “We pride ourselves on being very honest and we didn’t do the supporters justice tonight. I really feel for them.”Also Read | Luis Suarez nets brace as Barcelona thrash Real Madrid to reach Copa del Rey finalAlso Watch:last_img read more

WWE hold first-ever tryouts in India: 60 men and 20 women shortlisted

first_imgIndia’s first ever WWE Tryouts saw a variety of participants from across the country put their best foot forward, literally and figuratively, in the hopes of becoming the next WWE Superstar.Over three months, WWE received volumes of applications on its online portal with talent from across the country. India’s first ever female WWE performer Kavita Devi along with, SVP of Talent Development Canyon Ceman, visited Rohtak, Chandigarh and Delhi – travelling to akhadas and training schools and narrowed down the selection list down to 80 participants (60 men and 20 women) from across the country to Mumbai for the final round.The selected 80 all came from diverse backgrounds in sports and athletics including kushti, kabaddi, wrestling, basketball, combat sports, cricket and bodybuilding.Coach @RobbyBrookside keeps a watchful eye on the #WWETryoutIndia athletes! (@WWEIndia) March 5, 2019Five-time WWE tag team champions ‘The New Day’ along with local NXT talents like Kavita Devi, Jeet Rama, Saurav Gurjar, Rinku Singh and Jinny Sadhu were also in Mumbai for the event.”With 90 million Indians tuning into their platforms every week, WWE India has the largest fan base in the world and hence the tryouts were a historic event in our country. India has some fantastic talent potential and the Tryouts have truly been a catalyst to consolidating India’s potential and visibility on a global scale.” said Sheetesh Srivastava, WWE VP and General Manager, South [email protected] has now taken over the training sessions! #WWETryoutIndia (@WWEIndia) March 5, 2019″We were absolutely overwhelmed with the response and the enthusiasm we received when we announced the Tryouts in December. The sheer volume of applications received were incredible and the talent and diversity we have seen thus far has been outstanding. We have definitely found talent here that we want to bring onboard and you will hear about this mighty soon,” said Canyon Ceman.advertisementThe event also also had matches featuring the like of Kavita Devi taking on Jinny Sadhu as well as Rinku Singh and Saurav Gurjar facing Jeet Rama.last_img read more

World’s shortest living woman votes in Nagpur

first_imgJyoti Amge, who holds the Guinness World Records title for the “Shortest Living Woman”, turned up to vote at a polling station in Nagpur on Thursday (April 11).Heads turned when 25-year-old Jyoti Amge, who stands just 63 cm tall, turned up to vote at the polling booth in Nagpur, Maharashtra.Sporting a red-and-checks sleeveless dress, Jyoti Amge patiently stood in the queue and exercised her franchise.”I request all people to vote. Please vote first and then go to complete all your other works,” Amge told the media as she displayed her marked finger. Jyoti Amge shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote at polling station during first phase of general election in Nagpur | REUTERSAmge, a celebrity cook and entrepreneur, has appeared in Bigg Boss 6. She has acted in American and Italian television series and has her own statue in the Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala (Pune).Also Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | Vidarbha key to Maharashtra in first phase of Lok Sabha ElectionsAlso Watch | BJP-Shiv Sena will win by huge margin, say supporters at PM Narendra Modi’s Latur rallylast_img read more

India sleeping giants of women’s cricket, says Australia coach

first_imgIndia are the “sleeping giants” of women’s cricket with the resources they have at their disposal, feels Australia coach Matthew Mott.The interest in women’s cricket in India has been on the rise ever since they finished runners-up in the 2017 World Cup in the United Kingdom.India also entered the semi-finals of last November’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies.”They’re (India) the sleeping giant in women’s cricket. They’ve got a country that’s mad on the game, and in their batting, they’ve already got three or four world-class players,” said Mott.”The depth in their batting is outstanding, their bowling’s got potential as well and their fielding has improved out of sight,” he was quoted as saying by entered two World Cup finals (2005, 2017) but finished on the losing on both occasions.But Mott believes if they continue in the same vein, the future is bright for women’s cricket in India.”They’re going to be a force in world cricket. Having made that World Cup final (in 2017), and they’ve got a country of a billion people behind them as well, they’re going to be a huge force,” said the 45-year-old former Queensland all-rounder.Also Read | Injured Harry Kane picked by England for Nations League finalsAlso Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso Seelast_img read more

Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 1 Plus India launch expected on June 6 as HMD sends out invites

first_imgHMD Global has sent out media invites for a launch on June 6. The invite doesn’t mention anything other than the date, the launch event time as 11:30am IST and that the event will take place in New Delhi. While the invite does not give away any specifics about the product(s) that HMD will announce on June 6, we can only speculate that it will be the Nokia 9 PureView or the Nokia 1 Plus, or both.HMD has already launched the Nokia 3.2 (Review) and Nokia 4.2 (Review) in the country quietly without holding a big event. This leaves out the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus that are yet to launch in India despite being announced back in February at MWC 2019. The company has already delayed the launch of these two products in the country, so it seems extremely plausible that the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus will finally be launched in India on June 6.The Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus would be launching in India during a time when the competition is at its highest. The Nokia 9 PureView is HMD’s flagship phone for 2019 as it sports a penta-camera setup and a Snapdragon 845 processor. The premium phone will find itself among the likes of the OnePlus 7 Pro, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Samsung Galaxy S10 and other flagships that have launched in India this year.Meanwhile, the Nokia 1 Plus is an entry-level Android Go device. The phone ships with a lightweight and stripped down version of Android Pie with Go-based apps out of the box. It sports a 5.45-inch FWVGA+ display and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.advertisementWhile the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus are the most likely candidates to arrive in India on June 6, there is also the off chance that the company could bring the Nokia X71 instead. To recall, the Nokia X71 was launched in China as the company’s first phone with a hole-punch display. It also sports a 48MP triple camera setup and runs on Snapdragon 660 SoC. The Nokia X71 is a newer device and more in tune with the current trend, so it makes a lot of sense for the company to launch the device in India under a new name.ALSO READ | Nokia X71 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 review: Premium and compact Android One phone on a budgetlast_img read more

Did Deepika Padukone break down on the first day of Chhapaak shoot?

first_imgDeepika Padukone is all set to return to the big screen with Meghna Gulzar’s film Chhapaak. The film revolves around the life of acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The shoot started a few months ago, and the team has wrapped up its first schedule.If reports are to be believed, it was an emotional roller-coaster for Deepika Padukone. A source told an entertainment portal, “The project is an emotional roller-coaster for Deepika. She broke down on the first day of the shoot. It happened when she was shooting for the first scene and having discussions with the filmmaker. However, Deepika was quick to regain her composure and the shoot proceeded nicely.”Laxmi was only 15 when she was attacked by a spurned lover. At an event, Laxmi Agarwal had said, “I have never won a medal in school. Who would have thought about a biopic being made on me? I am thankful to Meghna ji for considering my work worthy enough to be converted into a film. I am also elated that a celebrity like Deepika is playing me. I just want to say that this film will be a tight slap on that attacker who thought he has ruined my life and to the society who looked at me like a criminal.”With Chapaak, Deepika will enter into production as well. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and will release on January 10, 2020.Deepika was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, which crossed over Rs 300 crore at the box office. The actress is also expected to be playing Ranveer Singh’s wife in the sports biopic 83. Meanwhile, on the personal front, Deepika had a golden 2018 as she married Ranveer Singh after dating him for around six years.advertisementALSO READ | Katrina Kaif on attending Deepika Padukone’s reception: I felt like goingALSO READ | Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif hug it out at awards night, courtesy Ranveer SinghALSO READ | Chhapaak first look: Deepika Padukone transforms into acid attack survivor Laxmi AgarwalALSO WATCH | When Deepika Padukone wished Katrina Kaif a happy birthdaylast_img read more

Atletico Madrid sign England’s defender Kieran Trippier from Tottenham Hotspur

first_imgEngland right back Kieran Trippier has signed for Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, the two clubs said on Wednesday.Atletico did not say how much they will pay for Trippier, 28, although British media reported the deal was worth 20 million pounds ($25 million) plus variables.Trippier played a leading role in England’s run to the last four of the 2018 World Cup, scoring from a free kick in their 2-1 semi-final defeat by Croatia.He also helped Spurs to the Champions League final for the first time in their history last season, where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.”With this signing, we add to our team a fantastic and experienced player who comes to us from the Champions League runners-up,” Atletico said in a statement on their website hereThe Englishman is a versatile full back who can also play in midfield and has a fantastic right foot.Because of all this, we welcome Trippier to the Atleti Family and wish him the best of luck at his new home.Trippier is the third defender to join Atletico in the close season after Brazilian pairing Felipe and Renan Lodi while reports in the Spanish media say Spain centre back Mario Hermoso is also set to sign for Diego Simeone’s side.Atletico, who finished second in La Liga last season, bid farewell to captain Diego Godin and stalwart full backs Juanfran and Filipe Luis after their contracts expired, while France defender Lucas Hernandez has moved to Bayern Munich.advertisementTrippier will be the first English player to play for Atletico in La Liga and the third British player in Spain’s top flight next season alongside Scottish forward Jack Harper of Getafe and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.last_img read more

Wriddhiman Saha shines as India A take lead vs West Indies A in 1st unofficial Test

first_imgComeback man Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube shared 124 crucial runs for the sixth wicket after a top order struggle as India A took a 71-run lead in their first innings on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against West India A here.After resuming on 70 for 1, India A added 229 runs at the expense of seven wickets as the visitors were placed at 299 for 8 at stumps on Day 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India A had bowled out the home side for 228 on the first day.Saha, who was named in the Test squad for the West Indies tour next month after spending in the sidelines for more than a year due to an injury, was batting on 61 not out off 146 deliveries. He has hit six fours do far.The Bengal wicketkeeper batsman and Dube revived the India A innings after they were reduced to 168 for 5. After Dube was out, India A lost two lower-order batsmen in quick succession for the addition of just seven runs.Krishnappa Gowtham (6) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0) were out at the score of 299. The stumps were drawn when Nadeem was out in the 99th over of the India A innings.Earlier, opener Priyank Panchal (49) and Shubman Gill (40) added 46 runs for the second wicket before they were separated. Captain Hanuma Vihari contributed 31 runs off 80 deliveries while Srikar Bharat was out for a first-ball duck as India lost wickets at regular intervals.For West Indies A, pacer Miguel Cummins was the most successful bowler on the day with three wickets while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall took two. Chemar Holder and Jomel Warrican got one wicket each.advertisementBrief ScoresWest Indies A: 228 all out in 66.5 overs.India A: 299 for 8 in 99 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 61 not out, Shivam Dube 71, Priyank Panchal 49; Miguel Cummins 3/36).Also Read | Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Lasith Malinga in 1st ODI vs BangladeshAlso Read | Meet the 100-year-old fan who came to Lord’s to cheer IrelandAlso See:last_img read more

Mailbag Wednesday: Who would win a cage fight between OSU athletes?

first_img[email protected] On a scale of 1 to JW on the roof of the stadium how comfortable are you with Yurcich at the reins of our offense?— John Stotts (@OkieStotts) September 17, 2014 This made me laugh, if nothing else. OSU was No. 41 in the country in 2013 in points per drive which is decent, but not great. They’ve been pretty average again this year, too. He’s certainly not blowing me away with his work but again he’s following Dana and Monken which is like Toni Kukoc trying to become the alpha dog in Chicago after Scottie and Michael said so long. It’s just never going to look the same.The dirty little secret of all of this, though, is that he was tremendous with Chelf at the helm last season. Why is that a dirty little secret? Because the common denominator between the beginning of last season and the beginning of this season has two initials and one hand in his pants.[Les Miles raises two fingers, Les Miles raises one finger] Welcome back to Mailbag Wednesday — where the JW hate is not real, the Tyreek love is, and the takes are so hot you might need a fire-retardant suit to handle them.Let’s get to work…@pistolsguy Who would you rather go on a double-date with? Gundy & Kristen, Glenn & Jeannine, or Boone & Madeleine?— Sugar Skull Pistol Pete (@Sugar_Skull_PP) September 17, 2014Coming out of the gate hot, I see. I feel like Gundy would be the type who would complain about the temperature of his food and potentially send it back which would be annoying and uncomfortable. Spencer might order soup and then just open the back of his throat, pour it in, leave a $20, and go watch some film.I think the obvious answer here is Boone. First, he’d definitely pay. Nobody his age with that much money goes to dinner with somebody my age and doesn’t pay. So that would be cool.We’d go somewhere baller, for sure — I might have to dust off the sport coat which would be fine with me as long as the food was good, which it would be. Plus, as Will pointed out, things could get interesting PFB-wise…@Sugar_Skull_PP @pistolsguy Boone for sure. Can you imagine how quotable that guy would be after putting away a few bottles of wine?— ?? Will Klose (@lonestarpoke) September 17, 2014By the way, I don’t think Madeline is in the picture anymore. If she was, I sure as HELL wouldn’t mention Ofa Hautau. @pistolsguy if you put every OSU athlete the last 5 years (wrestlers excluded) in a steel cage death match, who is the lone survivor?— Nolan (@nolancox) September 17, 2014What a question! I’m going back to the 2009 football team because technically that’s the 2009-10 school year which is five calendar years from now (and I wanted Dez to be included).The favorites would be Russell Okung, Matt Pilgrim, Richetti Jones, Darrell Williams, Marcus Smart, Nigel Nicholas, Steve Mocco (football!), Jeremy Smith, James Castleman, Calvin Barnett, and Ugo Chinasa.Dez, Justin Gent, Torre Johnson would be my sleepers because I think they might all be a little insane.[1. Justin Gent?! Yeah, the same Justin Gent who tried to take his helmet back from the training staff after he got concussed in a game.]I’m going to say Jeremy Smith[1. I would say Mocco but he wrestled too so I’m taking him out of it. He’s disqualified because of the singlet.] would win because there has to be something he’s elite at with that kind of body, right? Torre would scare me, I wouldn’t want any part of him or Crazy Dez if they got going.There are other questions, though: How many elbows would Soucek and Gaskins land? Who would be out first? Probably Alex Budke or a golfer, right? Could Brandon Weeden knock someone out by throwing a football? Would Herschel Sims try to steal everybody’s money while they all fought? Would the Cox brothers, the Chelf brothers, or the Koenig brothers last longer collectively? Would JW punch right-handed or left-handed?This could be a series of posts — maybe a book. @pistolsguy is Tyreek not scoring a touchdown through 3 games a Yurcich problem or a Tyreek problem?— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) September 17, 2014Well the first game he was just a little unlucky but the last two games it’s kind of felt like he was the oversized kid in peewee who just gets the ball and has 11 guys chasing him.That’s a Yurcich problem to me — though one that’s easily correctable.Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 4.03.55 PMIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

NFL Scout Says OSU’s 2016 Team Has More Prospects Than In Recent Years

first_imgYearRoundPickPlayerPositionTeam 2009120Brandon PettigrewTEDetroit Lions 2016232Emmanuel OgbahDECleveland Browns 2010124Dez BryantWRDallas Cowboys 20057249Billy BajemaTESan Francisco 49ers 201418Justin GilbertCBCleveland Browns Carson Cunningham and I talked a lot last year after the Baylor-OU-Ole Miss disaster for Oklahoma State to end the season about how OSU needed to accumulate more horses (athletes, studs, Justin Gilberts if you will). This is primarily done through recruiting of course, and takes years, but maybe we undersold the short-term future of OSU as a horse-generating D1 school.Robert Allen wrote on Tuesday that NFL scouts were starting to roll through Stillwater to check out some of OSU’s stars. Presumably Jordan Sterns, Blake Jarwin, Mason Rudolph, James Washington and Vincent Taylor are at the top of that list.Here’s what Allen wrote.It helps when you have good players and today’s practice saw the NFL scouts start their parade through Stillwater. The Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and the Super Bowl 50 teams of the Carolina Panthers and world champion Denver Broncos had scouts at practice. One scout said Oklahoma State has more NFL-caliber prospects than they’ve had in several seasons.I like that. Here’s a look at all the players drafted out of Oklahoma State in the Mike Gundy Era (I don’t believe I missed any but I might have). 20105137Perrish CoxCBDenver Broncos 20066199Charlie JohnsonTIndianapolis Colts 20114115Kendall HunterRBSan Francisco 49ers 20135151Joseph RandleRBDallas Cowboys 20074132Ryan McBeanDEPittsburgh Steelerscenter_img 20076209Corey HilliardOTNew England Patriots 201215Justin BlackmonWRJacksonville Jaguars 201016Russell OkungTSeattle Seahawks 20157252Josh FurmanDBDenver Broncos 2012122Brandon WeedenQBCleveland Browns 20126190Markelle MartinFSTennessee Titans 20107250Zac RobinsonQBNew England Patriots 2005256Darrent WilliamsCBDenver Broncos It sort of shocked me to realize that OSU has only had four players drafted since the Weeden/Blackmon duo left (and one of those was a transfer). That’s not particularly compelling as evidence for horse-accumulation. But I do think this team has some studs on it. Guys who could play their way into the third or fourth round or even higher (depending on how talent evaluators view No. 2).It’s one scout and it’s anecdotal, but it’s also encouraging that OSU seems to be moving the right direction towards building a legitimate powerhouse football program. It will likely never be OU or Florida State or Ohio State, but it can at the very least become a variation of one of those programs which can absolutely win you Big 12 titles in the future.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 2005373Vernand MorencyRBHouston Texanslast_img read more

Watch Guide: Week 1

first_imgIt’s back!Ryan Hartwig has been faithfully creating the Weekend Watch Guide for four years now (nearly as long as this blog has been in existence). For those who are new to this, Hartwig puts together a slick-looking sheet showing all the college football games in a given week along with the networks they are on, Vegas lines and even the channels for those living in OKC and Tulsa.Cheers to one of the best Week 1s ever.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 1 (it’s a glorious thing to type those words)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Power Rankings: The Top Five 6’ and Under Receivers of the Mike Gundy Era

first_imgFollowing David Glidden’s explosion last weekend (4 receptions, 145 yards, 2 touchdowns), I began thinking about the near-necessity of the undersized receiver. Over the course of Mike Gundy’s tenure in Stillwater, we’ve seen a number of 6’ and under receivers play impact roles for the Cowboys. This begged the question — who has been the best?While scanning the rosters, I noticed a good number of shorties that never really panned out. But while regulation-sized guys like Adarius Bowman, Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon have dominated the headlines/statistics, Gundy’s squads have a good track record with guys barely tall enough to ride the Wildcat at Frontier City.Here are my top five.5. Isaiah Anderson – 5’10” (2009-2012)Isaiah Anderson comes in at number five on my list, as I was long a fan of his during my time on campus. He was a contributor on the 2011 Fiesta Bowl squad, and shined even more a year later with the 2012 team.Isaiah Anderson (USATSI)Isaiah Anderson (USATSI)His career statistics aren’t mind blowing (63 receptions, 961 yards, 8 touchdowns), but he did enough to make the list.4. Tyreek Hill – 5’8” (2014)This could be considered invalid for any number of reasons, most notably the fact he played several different positions. While he could probably be considered a running back first, return man second and then a receiver…his home run threat and ability to catch the football land him at number four.Tyreek Hill (USATSI)Tyreek Hill (USATSI)His time in Stillwater came to an unceremonious end, and his statistics (31 receptions, 281 yards, 1 touchdown) aren’t blowing socks off either. But with more time in this offense, with a full season of Mason Rudolph….  The numbers would have been there for the taking.3. David Glidden – 5’8 (2012-Current)David Glidden hits number three on this list and he’s not quite done yet. Coming off his 42 receptions, 598 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2014, he’s off to a terrific start in his final season on campus. In fact, after two games, he’s already sitting with 9 receptions, 216 yards and 2 scores. Gildden is arguably the Cowboys’ best receiver, which is uncommon for guys his size. The chemistry he’s developed with Mason Rudolph has me drooling uncontrollably. Watch out.2. Josh Stewart – 5’10 (2011-2013)Still bitter about him leaving school early, I can’t even hear the name Josh Stewart and not become overcome with grief. Fact of the matter: Stewart was/is lightning in a bottle and his chemistry with J.W. Walsh was something to behold.Josh Stewart (USATSI)Josh Stewart (USATSI)Since his exit from Stillwater, the injury bug has been devastating for Stewart. But 180 receptions, 2,204 yards and 12 touchdowns over the course of three seasons lands him firmly at number two. I miss him to this day.1. Josh Cooper – 5’11 (2008-2011)Overshadowed by a two-time Biletnikoff Award-winning teammate in Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper was the definition of reliable over the course of his tenure in Stillwater. Blackmon accounted for 40 touchdowns during his three years on campus, but it was often Cooper who would come up with a timely catch when it was needed most.Josh Cooper. (USATSI)Josh Cooper (USATSI)His 161 receptions, 1,695 yards and 9 touchdowns are not as appealing as Josh Stewart’s numbers, but his role on the best team in school history, coupled with his reliability, make Josh Cooper my number one on this list.There you have it, folks. Feel like I’m missing something? Give me your opinion in the comments section. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Falcao gives Brazil a pre-World Cup reality check

first_imgWC Qualification South America World Cup draws nearer for Brazil as Falcao ends Tite’s perfect record Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 08:45 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Colombia vs Brasil 050917 Luis Acosta / Getty Images WC Qualification South America Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia World Cup The Colombian was on hand to show the Selecao they will not have things their own way after Willian opened the scoring in Barranquilla COMMENTWhile the rest of the continent toils away in qualifying, thoughts in Brazil have already turned to the World Cup. The tournament itself is the focus of Tite’s attention, as proved in an experimental line-up that took a 1-1 draw away to Colombia on Tuesday. Almost as a reminder that Russia 2018 will be a different prospect, the coach received a timely jolt of reality after his dream start in the job. Radamel Falcao’s towering header robbed Brazil of their 100 percent record in his tenure – they had won the previous nine qualifiers disputed since Tite’s arrival – and could not complain about a result that reflected each team’s performance fairly. The game was tense and scrappy throughout, with Colombia and Brazil sharing possession in Barranquilla and both enjoying chances. Alisson in the Selecao net had more work to do than usual but looked comfortable enough, while aside from a few pieces of individual magic and his assist for Willian, Neymar was closely watched and struggled to make space.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing There was nevertheless plenty to be positive about for the visitors. Facing a team fighting intensely for their own World Cup place, in the stifling 37°C heat of Barranquilla and with stars like Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez and Falcao on the pitch, Brazil never looked like losing. Radamel Falcao García Colombia vs Brasil Eliminatoria Rusia 2018With 10 qualifiers under his belt now, Tite has finally tasted disappointment in a competitive game. Nine brilliant victories sent the Selecao steaming into Russia and expelled from memory the dark days of Dunga, but Brazil must also remember that victory is not a foregone conclusion, especially in a World Cup. That reality check, along with a valuable look at players like Roberto Firmino, Fernandinho, Thiago Silva and Filipe Luis, who started on Tuesday but are far from regular first-teamers – Firmino the exception, as it was the unfamiliar position of centre-forward that was new to him – who will make up part of his alternative XI once in Russia, was exactly what Tite wanted, and he will leave Colombia in decent spirirs in spite of the dropped points. Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup have only just begun. Similar squad rotation will surely be witnessed in October, when the Selecao finish up their CONMEBOL campaign against Bolivia and Chile, and now there is only one goal within the ranks: to arrive in Russia in the best possible way, with all 23 players ready and willing to star at the world’s biggest football competition.last_img read more

Ninkovic: Last season just the start of success at Sydney FC

first_imgMiloš Ninković Ninkovic: Last season just the start of success at Sydney FC Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 09:32 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Milos Ninkovic Sydney FC A-League 09052017 Getty Sydney A-League The former Dynamo Kyiv man insists he is only getting started at the Sky Blues and has hailed Graham Arnold’s impact on his overall game Sydney FC playmaker Milos Ninkovic has hailed his 2016-17 season as the best year of his career and warned rivals his heroics last campaign is only a taste of what’s to come.The former Serbian international arrived at the Allianz Stadium outfit in the winter of 2015 and went on to set the A-League alight, impressing in spades during his debut season.He played a key role in the Sky Blues’ domestic double last campaign as he went on to secure the Johnny Warren Medal in the process. With Graham Arnold’s men in contention for a total of four trophies this season, Ninkovic, who was recently unveiled as No.1 in Goal’s countdown of the 20 best A-League players, claims the club’s desire to improve on a near-perfect campaign will make them even more dangerous. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It’s a great feeling to be named as No.1. I am very proud of my team and also myself as well but there is more to come from everyone,” he exclusively told Goal.”It is the best year in my career but this season will be better.”We will be better and I will be better and I think I have many things that I can improve. “I have worked very hard in pre-season to be able to back up my form and there are many things I think I will improve on this year.”Winning and improving are the main motivating factors for this year.  We have four more trophies to win this season to add to our double and we aim to perform well in AFC Champions League.”Everything is possible if you work hard and have that belief so these are the achievements I am focusing on for this season.”Graham Arnold Milos Ninkovic Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory A-League 07052017Despite several departures during the off-season, the Sky Blues look stronger than ever, securing the services of Adrian Mierzejewski amongst others.And Ninkovic revealed he is honoured to feature on the same team as the Polish international, while also praising Arnold for helping his own transition to Australian football.”Most of the players are still here and we have signed some very good players as well for this season,” the former Dynamo Kyiv man said.”Adrian is a very good player and very good with the ball and he will bring more quality in the front third of the field. I’m excited to be playing with him and the rest of the squad.”As soon as I came I had a very good relationship with Arnie, he is the only coach I have worked with for more than two years in my career so we have a very good understanding. “He has helped me a lot to adapt to A-League football and will help me to get better this year.”The reigning champions return to league action at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday where they will take on Wellington Phoenix.last_img read more

Manchester derby no PL title decider – Owen

first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Manchester derby won’t decide Premier League title – Owen Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 23:07 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) pep guardiola jose mourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Manchester City Although Man City can enhance their lead at the top even further, the ex-England star feels there will be enough time for others to catch up Manchester City can go 11 points clear at the Premier League summit by beating arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday, but Michael Owen does not believe such a result would end the title race.Pep Guardiola’s side have been in phenomenal form in 2017-18 and head into the Manchester derby at Old Trafford as the top flight’s only unbeaten side.City took an early advantage at the summit last season before Chelsea surged to the title, and former United forward Owen does not think they will be able to ease off should they open a sizeable lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think City were quite a few points ahead last season and didn’t go on to win it and actually Chelsea went on to win it at an absolute breeze, so definitely nothing is going to be decided so soon,” Owen told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Hublot.”City at the moment look brilliant. They score a lot of goals and look sterner at the back. Manchester United [have made] a massive step forward from last season as well.”I thought last season even though they had a couple of trophies in the bag and qualification for the Champions League, I still watched them thinking there was more in the tank and I think this season they’ve looked a lot better.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City“Obviously, they’ve been strengthened mainly down the spine of the team – [Nemanja] Matic has been a brilliant signing.”I think it will be a huge game but I don’t think it will be a decider so soon in the season.”Owen made his mark on the derby with a 96th-minute winner as United triumphed 4-3 in a memorable clash at Old Trafford in September 2009.That victory came soon after City’s takeover by Sheikh Mansour, a factor that made the triumph even sweeter for the former striker.Marcus Rashford, Man Utd“I was lucky enough to play in quite a few derbies in my career but the Manchester derby was one of those that I gained a lot of satisfaction, obviously from scoring that goal in the 96th minute or whatever it was,” said Owen.”At the time, I think Manchester City were beginning to make noises, they’d been taken over and a lot of money spent.”I think Sir Alex Ferguson and all the fans were probably thinking they’ve always been in Manchester United’s shadows – or they have certainly for a long, long time – and probably starting to get a little bit nervous that a lot of money was getting spent down the road.”So I think all the lead up to that game in particular was quite funny. Carlos Tevez had just moved across to the blue half of the city and there was all that ‘Welcome to Manchester’ signage and Ferguson and [Mark] Hughes having a bit of a ding-dong in the press.”It just built into a great game, a big game that everyone was desperate to win and of course the game matched it and to score in the last minute was certainly a rush of adrenaline.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

As a fellow sportsman, I kneel with and applaud those in the NFL protests

first_imgEight years ago while I was in Miami visiting my wife Erica, I lost my passport and was advised to report it to the police. I went to the local station and explained my predicament to the officer behind the window, expecting to be given a mild rebuke and a form to fill in. I still feel disbelief and anger about what happened next.“I am not reporting your lost passport because there is no way you are British!” the officer shouted in my face before pulling down her shutter. I was refused my basic right to legal process because I’m black. My experience of police prejudice in 21st-century America is small and irritating by comparison to the incidents of brutality and discrimination against the black community that have sadly become daily news. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Protest Lewis Hamilton joins chorus of support for NFL anthem protests Sport has and always will influence the way we think, behave and live our lives, and it has a power and popularity that any politician would give their right arm for. At a time when there often seems to be a disconnect between sports people and fans, whether you agree with these protests or not, we should be applauding athletes for standing up (or kneeling down) for their right to freedom of speech in front of the whole world.Of course professional sports people in our era are privileged but it’s sickening to hear them dismissed as “black millionaires” because they’re making a stand against injustice to their fellow countrymen, and their actions are following in the tradition of others who had the courage of their convictions. Sport involves people of every colour, creed, nationality, gender and religion on this planet. Sport is a talking and unifying point in every city, in every country on every continent.I kneel with and applaud the NFL athletes who are taking a peaceful stand for something they believe in and hope that the impact it’s having helps society progress and morally challenge itself – just like Owens, Ali, Mandela and countless others have done using the incredible power of sport. US sports Share via Email Donald Trump Those who dismiss them are either ignorant or part of the problem, and as a fellow sportsman I support and salute the men and women who have made their protest a focus of debate with their “take a knee” campaign across the United States raising awareness of social injustice.I cannot condone those who preach that sport and politics should not mix. Sport and the people who play it are part of the fabric of society and the billions who support their teams also vote for politicians.I’m no Usain Bolt or Cristiano Ronaldo but I take seriously my position as a professional footballer within our society because I’m aware that whether I’m on the field of play in a packed stadium or at the local supermarket doing my weekly shop, my behaviour is scrutinised by young people who are impressionable and looking to me as a role model in their community.The power and beauty of sport is an incredible phenomenon – it could be the winning goal in a World Cup final, a world record at the Olympics or the winning shot in a tennis grand slam – all invoke passion and emotions in the athletes and fans who elevate sports people to privileged status in our society.Everything they say and do is re-enacted by children all over the world and I expect that for most of us the first role model we had was an athlete, who would ignite your imagination and make you want to emulate them.For me, it was a picture I had as a kid on my bedroom wall, an iconic image that still inspires me today, of Bobby Moore and Pelé from the 1970 Mexico World Cup: shirts off, sweat dripping, smiling, two legends – one black and one white – embracing each other in mutual respect. I wanted to be just like them.The argument that is raging between Donald Trump and some of the most famous athletes in the US is whether sport has a right to criticise the establishment and get involved in the political and humanitarian issues that affect the people of their country. Those who support #TakeAKnee have been accused of being unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag and even the military who have served in defence of the US.Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and Stephen Curry along with other athletes were making a political statement during the national anthem in protest of the treatment that millions of their fellow citizens are suffering every day but the fact that the president has responded so antagonistically and intensely to peaceful protest is proof of just how influential sport is and can be.That he attacks sports people on a daily basis while saying little about the humanitarian tragedy caused by earthquakes in Puerto Rico and Mexico says much about Trump. Sport has always been a mirror of our people and society, and there are significant moments played out in an arena whose impact has caused major reverberations around the globe.Don’t we see Jesse Owens’ four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany as a victory for the free world? Or when Muhammad Ali appeared to throw away his boxing career in order to abstain from fighting in a Vietnam war that he didn’t agree with, was it for nothing? Even one of the most revered and respected men in modern history, Nelson Mandela, used the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa as a vehicle to attempt to unify a country ravaged by racism and apartheid rule. comment Share on Pinterestcenter_img Read more Football Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more NFL owners ‘are afraid of their players, and I think it’s disgraceful’ – Trump Share on Messenger Topics NFL Reuse this contentlast_img read more

England short of ball-carriers but not excitement against Samoa

first_imgDylan Hartley had to be reminded this week that the last time he appeared for England off the bench was also Samoa’s last visit to Twickenham. His memory was jogged however when recalling the picture of England’s players crouched in a circle with their opponents in a show of support for their domestic struggles.Depending on your levels of cynicism, that enduring image is either a gesture of goodwill or a PR’s dream but considering the strife in which Samoa still find themselves, it is worth revisiting – for you would get short odds on it happening again at full-time on Saturday. So much has changed in the ensuing three years – it was George Ford’s first England start and on Saturday he captains the side along with Chris Robshaw – but for the Pacific Islanders, so much stays the same. Share on Twitter Bigger wealthy unions appear happy to keep Samoans under the thumb The return to the No7 jersey is undoubtedly symbolic but Robshaw eschews the road to redemption narrative. “As you get a bit older you probably do get a bit more relaxed, you don’t take things to heart as much,” he said. “You have that experience, you have the pain, you have the good times, the bad times, and you can see when there’s a guy having a bit of a tough situation and you can speak to them. People often think about these Winston Churchill speeches, a lot of the time it’s just being there for people; showing people you care.”Jones continues to wax lyrical of the “glue” player he famously wrote off shortly before taking over as coach: “What I admire about him is the consistency of his application of effort. He understands his game beautifully and doesn’t try to play outside his game. He maximises what he’s got and he’s such a positive character around the team.”If Jones knows what he is going to get from Robshaw, he is not averse to giving his players plenty of rope and there is the creeping sense he has picked a side whose instincts will be to look for width from the word go. He is unlikely to be pleased if that is the case, however, and one or two may find their World Cup hopes all but extinguished if that materialises.Rather, Jones has asked for a structured, controlled victory – the kind he will also want against Tonga in England’s first World Cup match in 2019 – and he may warrant another call from his mother if England display the kind of haphazard approach they did against Samoa in 2014. Incidentally, that was the first of only two occasions Stuart Lancaster saw fit to pair Ford and Owen Farrell from the start – it did not really work, predominately because Farrell was out of form all autumn – while the man of the match that day was Robshaw, following a tireless performance at flanker. So much has changed. Topics England rugby union team features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Read more Chris Robshaw Since you’re here… Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on Facebook Support The Guardiancenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Rugby union Autumn internationals Samoa rugby union team Share via Email Share on LinkedIn And while there was plenty of logic to Dan Cole’s explanation of why England’s players would not be donating part of their match fees, equally there was inescapable disappointment in the squad’s decision that, in effect, it is not their place to get involved; a shame that no one saw fit to put their head above the parapet.As it is, we are reduced once more to talking up Samoa’s threat in terms of their propensity to hit big, or to conjure the odd hair-raising moment from nothing, but for all their talent, the day they have genuine hopes of upsetting England at Twickenham feels further away still than in 2014.“Our skills have got to be on the money because if not they’ll just come for you, flying off the line and wanting to hurt you,” Ford said. “Our basics have got to be brilliant. Touch wood I’ve never been in a car crash but I can imagine it’s as close to one as you can come. They get their energy from doing something like that and they’re very good at it, it’s no coincidence they’ve done it on numerous occasions. It’s our job to make sure they don’t get too many by being smart.”It is to the credit of England’s defence coach, Paul Gustard, that he broke the mould on Friday – “It’s too easy to stereotype people of certain descent. They hit hard but we have guys who hit hard too” – but it is against an all too familiar backdrop that Eddie Jones truly shakes things up, out of choice, for the first time in his tenure. He has made tweaks to his starting XV before – and of course, numerous changes were forced on in Argentina over the summer – but Saturday marks the first time, after nearly two years at the helm, he rolls the dice at Twickenham.The absences of Nathan Hughes and both Vunipolas leave England considerably short on ball-carriers – precisely the kind of poser Jones will relish setting his new-look side. Jones promised an exciting XV and largely he has delivered with Maro Itoje, Ellis Genge and Sam Simmonds all players to quicken the pulse among the forwards and the backline is littered with eye-catching talent. While the backs are Ford’s responsibility, Robshaw is taking charge of the forwards, back on the openside flank. Share on Messenger Read more Eddie Jones Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Andy Murray dumped but not disgraced under Kyle Edmund’s Eastbourne storm

first_imgOn another warm afternoon in Eastbourne, Murray, who turned 31 last month, showed in losing to Kyle Edmund over two decent sets in the second round of the Nature Valley International that most of the components he needs to compete at the highest level are in place. Whether he can reproduce it over five sets in a slam, nobody knows, not even him.He served well enough after a slow start, his backhand slice whirred like a butcher’s blade, he struck some pleasing forehand winners and his movement was satisfactory. But Edmund, whose hard, flat groundstrokes are feared on the circuit, was pretty much in control at the end, and he won 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes.“I feel all right,” Murray said of his body’s reaction to two matches in three days. He said he would probably decide before the draw on Friday morning but would not play an exhibition match. “I don’t feel like I get as much out of them as competitive matches.”He added: “I don’t anticipate any issues from today’s match. With each match I’m trying to gain information about where I’m at physically and where my game is at. Today I was reacting a lot rather than being the one that was dictating on my own serve. They are the sort of things that when you play against the best players, that tells [you] a little bit.“Maybe there are things I can do to improve over the next few days or maybe there are not. I’ll need a little bit more time. There is no risk [to his hip] of me playing tennis just now. It’s just whether I feel like I’m able to do myself justice. I want to be able to compete properly. If I don’t feel like I can do that, then I won’t play. If I do and physically I feel ready, mentally I’m in the right place, then I’ll go for it.”This was, some said, the future of British tennis against the recurring past, but Edmund – who plays Mikhail Kukushkin next – resisted the idea it represented a changing of the guard. Share on WhatsApp Kyle Edmund beats Andy Murray: Eastbourne International 2018 – as it happened Share on Twitter Pinterest Facebook Tennis Read more Share on LinkedIn Konta had hinted this week at plans to play with greater aggression but it was that which began to undermine her when Wozniacki capitalised on her coming to the net.After avoiding dropping the opening game on her serve, the Dane performed clinically, was gifted a further break when Konta sent a forehand long and then converted a fifth break point to secure the set.The Briton’s frustration grew at the same rate she appeared to be losing her confidence. Konta increasingly attempted to force play which particularly suited Wozniacki with the short ball and contributed to unforced errors. She held at 0-40 down to move to 3-4 but eventually proved incapable of resisting when, for the fifth time this year, she lost against one of the world’s leading players after taking the first set.The promising Cameron Norrie, 22, reached the quarter-finals of the men’s competition after defeating fellow Briton Jay Clarke 6-4, 6-3. He will next face Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, who earlier overcame the top seed Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Press Association Read more Andy Murray Share on Facebook Share via Email Andy Murray will test his Wimbledon readiness with Kyle Edmund exam Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Pinterest Topics Kyle Edmund celebrates his straight sets victory over Andy Murray. Photograph: Tom Jenkins Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “He’s the best ever British player and one of the best tennis players that’s ever lived,” he said, looking back on the time when they started working together at Murray’s Miami winter training camp six years ago. “For me to be a young 17-year-old who just got a pro ranking, it was amazing to be part of that. And all these years later it was weird playing him at Queen’s first [in 2016], and now to be on the winning end. But that’s sport. It happens. You have to be selfish and win. He probably did the same thing when he beat Tim [Henman] for the first time [at Basel in 2006].”There is no denying the operation Murray had in Melbourne in January has pinched a yard or two of pace from his trademark retrievals, especially when he moves to the right off his left leg, and, while Edmund was alive to that vulnerability, he said later he did not prey on it just because of the injury.Edmund is just the fifth British player to beat Murray, alongside Henman, Matthew Hilton, David Sherwood and Tom Greenland. Kyle Edmund Twitter Facebook Victory for Murray on Wednesday was always going to be in the performance rather than the result. After breaking a 342-day absence at Queen’s last week with a three-set workout over two hours and 39 minutes against Nick Kyrgios, he beat Stan Wawrinka in style in an hour and 17 minutes here on Tuesday, even if the Swiss was struggling with his own knee troubles. One out of three is not bad.Murray had his chances against Edmund, and the crowd seemed evenly split – although sentiment for the triple-slam knight of tennis grew as he began to struggle. As Murray dug deep to hold for 4-5 in the first set, there were successive shouts from the packed stands of “Come on, Andy”, “Come on, Kyle”… and “Come on, both of you.”But there was little the Scot could do about a second-serve 117mph ace down the T that delivered the set to Edmund. The second frame was old-fashioned attrition, Murray broken twice and saving five of seven break points, then breaking back before a wicked Edmund backhand down the line finished the job.Johanna Konta ousted at EastbourneJohanna Konta has lost to the world No 2, Caroline Wozniacki, in the third round at Eastbourne. The 27-year-old made a promising start but her preparations for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, were undermined by a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat.Wozniacki, who had lost her previous two matches against Konta, progresses to the quarter‑finals where on Thursday she will meet Ashleigh Barty of Australia.Playing in her home town and against an opponent whose natural strengths are not suited to competing on grass, Konta made an impressive start. She broke Wozniacki in the first game and went 2-0 up to build a sense of momentum.Even when she dropped serve to allow the Dane back to 3-3 she responded by breaking Wozniacki again and closing out the set.During her victory against Aleksandra Krunic on Tuesday there were hints of the inconsistency that undermined her in the second set against Wozniacki. Johanna Konta fires a backhand return to Caroline Wozniacki. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Andy Murray has only a day or so to analyse his form and fitness three matches into his comeback but, if he does commit to playing Wimbledon next week – he was still undecided on Wednesday night – he will return as surely the best three-digit outrider in the world rankings since Andre Agassi.The mercurial American, Murray’s childhood hero, drifted as low as No 141 a year after being No 1 in the world during an existential collapse in the 90s before climbing back to the top, and retired a decade later at 36.Agassi’s dip was spiritual and his comeback redemptive; Murray, who has slipped to No 156, is renewing his tennis after the physical trauma of surgery to groin and hip, as well as the internal discussion he must have about his self‑belief in the strongest era of the sport. Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger newslast_img read more

Seymour Nurse obituary

first_imgNobody has bowed out from international cricket on such a high note as the elegant and flamboyant West Indies batsman Seymour Nurse, who has died aged 85. An exciting talent even by the standards of the gifted West Indies batting lineups of the 1960s, he scored 258 in his final Test match against New Zealand in 1969, a world record for anyone in the last innings of their international career. Although only 35 at the time, and one of the top five batsmen in the world, he had already announced his retirement and stuck to his decision, despite averaging 111 in his last series.At the age of 26, Nurse had come late to Test cricket and would have seen plenty more games at that level if he had decided to play on. But he was a family man and, in an era when cricket’s financial rewards were small, no longer wanted to be parted for long periods from his wife and children.As a result he played just 29 Tests in all, which was a poor return for someone of his stylish ability. In any other era he might have clocked up twice that amount, but it was a time when the West Indies had a superabundance of middle-order batting resources, from Rohan Kanhai and Garfield Sobers downwards.Although he made his debut against England in 1960 in Jamaica, it was not until 1966 that Nurse established himself in the team. Aside from the intense competition for places and some frustrating injuries, his restless batting style sometimes worked against him.If he had been able to make more of the chances he had to open the batting he might have starred on the Test scene earlier and more regularly. But he had no interest in patting the ball back down the wicket. West Indies cricket team Read more Share on Facebook obituaries Share on Twitter Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Topics Reuse this content Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share via Email A powerfully built right-handed batsman, he was forever seeking an opportunity to score brisk runs in fluent, wristy style. When he was chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967, the cricketing bible hailed him as “a stroke-maker fit to line up with credit beside the likes of George Headley, Frank Worrell and Everton Weekes”.Born at Jack-My-Nanny Gap in Bridgetown, Barbados, Nurse was the youngest of two boys and two girls, and his father was a carpenter. Although good academically, he left school at 16 to make a living and to pursue his interests in sport. He played football for Barbados and quickly established himself as an exuberant batsman at the famous Empire cricket club in Bridgetown, where he learned much from the great Weekes.Barbadians at the time were the royalty of West Indian cricket, and Bridgetown the capital city that hosted them. Nurse was able to benefit from the assured, confident cricketing atmosphere that prevailed in his home town, and to flourish in the company of many gifted contemporaries.His talent came to general attention in December 1959 when, with only four first-class games for Barbados under his belt, he scored 213 in six and a quarter hours against the touring MCC. An ankle injury to Worrell allowed Nurse to squeeze into the third match of the subsequent home Test series, in which he scored 70 in his first innings.He had arrived at Sabina Park in Jamaica with only a patched up, broken bat, and had to be lent an unfamiliar new one. But he used it to good effect, hitting his first ball, from Brian Statham, to the cover boundary.Nurse was subsequently taken on the 1960 tour of Australia, but played a low-key role, partly because of injury. He made little more impact when the West Indies visited England in 1963, despite having picked up valuable experience of English conditions playing as the professional for Ramsbottom in the Lancashire League during 1961 and 1962.In 1965, during the home series against Australia, he finally made his mark with 201 in the third Test in Bridgetown, and despite doing little else in the series, was picked for the next year’s tour to England.Prior to this point, as Wisden noted, “there was … a nagging thought that, while a delight to the purists, Nurse had a temperament not really suitable to the rigours of international cricket.” That all changed in 1966. He became the heartbeat of the team throughout the summer, hitting a joyous 137 at Headingley and a majestic 93 in difficult circumstances at Trent Bridge. For the first time he played throughout a Test series, amassing 501 runs at 62.62 and reaching 50 or more in five of the Tests. His excellent close fielding was a standout feature of the tour.A quiet international schedule gave him only one Test in 1967, and by 1968, when West Indies visited Australia and New Zealand, Nurse had told his captain, Sobers, that he would call it a day at the end of the Australian leg. He was persuaded to stay on for New Zealand, and made 558 runs in the three Tests there, hitting 168 in 215 minutes during the first before his record breaking effort in his last innings.Nurse’s truncated Test career had yielded 2,523 runs, including six centuries, at 47.60 per innings – statistics that still make him one of the leading West Indies batsmen of all time. He finished playing first-class cricket in 1972, with an average of 43.93 from 141 matches. But there remained a feeling of potential greatness unfulfilled.After retiring as a player, Nurse coached cricket in schools for the National Sports Council in Barbados, served as a selector for the national team, played club matches well into middle age, and helped subsequent generations of West Indies Test players with their techniques.Celebrated as a cricketing artist in the island of his birth, he appeared on a special Barbados stamp in 2007.He is survived by his twin daughters, Roseanne and Cherylanne.• Seymour MacDonald Nurse, cricketer, born 10 November 1933; died 6 May 2019 Share on Pinterest Barbados Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Cricketlast_img read more

Ex-Man Utd midfielder Miller passes away

first_imgManchester United Former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller dies aged 36 Alex Fisher 08:10 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Liam Miller Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Republic of Ireland Premier League Championship Premiership Leeds United Sunderland Celtic Hibernian The Republic of Ireland international also represented Celtic, Leeds United and Sunderland during a career that also saw him play in Australia Former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died of cancer at the age of 36, it has been announced.Miller, who won 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland over a 16-year career, broke through at Celtic before he moved to Old Trafford in 2004.It was reported in November that Miller was suffering with cancer, with his former clubs rallying around him and his family. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Miller’s death on Friday brought tributes from a number of his former clubs – including Leeds United, Hibernian, QPR and Sunderland.”Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Leeds midfielder Liam Miller,” the Championship club wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”Everyone at #CelticFC is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.RIP Liam, YNWA. — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 9, 2018 Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #LUFC midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends — Leeds United (@LUFC) February 9, 2018 We are saddened to hear this evening that former #SAFC midfielder Liam Miller has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. — Sunderland AFC  (@SunderlandAFC) February 9, 2018 We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of former Hibernian midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. — Hibernian FC (@HibsOfficial) February 9, 2018 Absolutely devastated to hear of the passing of former team mate Liam Miller. With him not so long ago when with @PHXRisingFC against his @RealMonarchs . Just an amazing guy!! Thoughts and prays with his family — Peter Ramage (@peterramage83) February 9, 2018 Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of former Academy player, Liam Miller, who sadly passed away this evening. God Bless — Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) February 9, 2018 Miller also plied his trade in Australia during the latter part of his career, representing Perth Glory and Melbourne City as well as helping Brisbane Roar to the A-League title in 2014.He then returned to hometown club Cork City before playing his final season in the third tier of US football with Wilmington Hammerheads.last_img read more

‘Emery won’t win the title with Arsenal’

first_imgArsenal ‘Emery won’t win the title with Arsenal’ – Parlour expects lack of funds to hold new boss back Chris Burton 02:06 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Unai Emery Arsenal Getty/Goal Arsenal Premier League The former midfielder believes the big spending of champions Manchester City and other rivals will keep the Gunners away from the top-flight crown Unai Emery will not deliver Premier League title success at Arsenal as big-spending rivals will continue to dominate, says Ray Parlour.The Gunners are about to open a new chapter after 22 years with Arsene Wenger at the helm, with the Frenchman having been famed for a frugal approach to recruitment throughout his reign.It may be that the purse strings are loosened a little under a new boss, with Emery being charged with the task of returning the club to the top four and challenging for major honours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Spaniard is a proven winner from spells at Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, but Parlour fears the grandest of prizes in England will prove beyond him as he lacks the financial support to challenge.The former Gunners midfielder told talkSPORT: “I would love him to do it, but I’m going to say no.“I think Man City are going to get stronger and stronger, and I think Pep Guardiola is going to stick around.“I can’t see who’s going to challenge them.“Top four is going to be important [for Arsenal].“They’ve got to get back into the Champions League, so, for me, top four will be a very successful season.”Parlour added: “Unless there’s massive investment, the same as at Man City, [they’ll never win the league].“Man City will go out and buy the big players. If Pep Guardiola stays around and they keep trying to make the squad better, it’s going to be very difficult.”Arsenal’s last title triumph came back in 2003-04 when their iconic team of ‘Invincibles’ secured domestic dominance in style.They have only finished as runners-up on two occasions since then, with a humbling period of regression endured under Wenger.The last two campaigns have seen the Gunners lose their standing among the Champions League elite, with the club having to console themselves with Thursday night football in the Europa League.last_img read more

Messi: Spain never crossed my mind

first_imgWorld Cup Barcelona icon Messi never considered representing Spain Dom Farrell 19:27 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Argentina kit Adidas World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina v Iceland Argentina v Croatia Nigeria v Argentina Argentina Spain Barcelona Primera División Despite joining the La Masia youth academy at the age of 13, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner never thought about switching allegiance from Argentina Lionel Messi insists he only ever had designs on playing international football for Argentina and was not tempted to represent Spain.The Barcelona star has endured a mixed relationship with Argentina’s support throughout his international career, with the fact he left home for Catalonia aged 13 sometimes used to argue he lacks true commitment to the cause.Nevertheless, La Albiceleste are unquestionably indebted to their record goalscorer, whose sensational hat-trick against Ecuador last October salvaged qualification for Russia 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “The other day I was talking to a friend and he was saying, ‘Look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion,'” Messi explained to El Trece, having watched his Barca academy colleagues Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Gerard Pique lead a glorious era for La Roja.”But it would not have been the same. Obviously, it never crossed my mind.”Messi suffered final heartbreak with Argentina in three consecutive years as Germany’s extra-time win in the 2014 World Cup showpiece was followed by penalty shoot-out reverses against Chile at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.Gonzalo Higuain was made a scapegoat for those losses in some quarters following a string of high-profile misses, but Messi reported the Juventus striker is in high spirits ahead of Russia 2018.”He is very relaxed, aware of what is coming, he is very involved,” he added.”He said a great truth – it is a new opportunity, more than a rematch.”This group had too many criticisms. We reached three finals, but we received a lot of criticism. We became stronger than ever.”last_img read more

LIVE: Italy vs Saudi Arabia

first_imgItaly 2 Saudi Arabia 1: Balotelli repays Mancini’s faith Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 04:47 5/29/18 Mario Balotelli - cropped Getty Images Mario Balotelli scored his first Italy goal in almost four years as Robert Mancini’s Azzurri side claimed a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia. Mario Balotelli marked his return to international football in style as his goal helped Italy secure a 2-1 friendly victory over Saudi Arabia in Robert Mancini’s first match in charge.Having recalled Balotelli to the Italy squad for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, Mancini – instilled as boss on 14 May – showed no hesitation in starting his former Inter and Manchester City prodigy as the spearhead in a relatively inexperienced line-up.And Balotelli duly repaid Mancini’s faith, capping his first start since the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on June 24, 2014, with a sublime solo strike 21 minutes into Monday’s clash in St. Gallen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Unlike the Azzurri, Saudi Arabia have qualified for this year’s World Cup, up against Egypt, Uruguay and hosts Russia in Group A, but Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side were lacklustre throughout – Domenico Criscito hitting the woodwork as Italy pressed for a second.Balotelli made way to a standing ovation just before the hour, and that change proved decisive when substitute Andrea Belotti drilled in Italy’s second on 68 minutes.Sloppy play from Davide Zappacosta enabled Yahya Al Shehri to pull one back for Saudi Arabia, but Italy – thanks to a great stop from Gianluigi Donnarumma – held firm to get Mancini’s tenure off to a winning start.26 – Tonight’s starting XI is the youngest fielded by Italy since November 2010: average age is 26 years 8 days. Fresh.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) May 28, 2018 Balotelli had the ball in the net inside two minutes, having capitalised on Mohammed Al Owais’ dreadful clearance, but Italy’s celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.Italy’s striker looked in the mood, and – after going close with a powerful header – turned a sublime pass into Alessandro Florenzi, who failed to apply the finish after rounding Al Owais.But Balotelli did not have to wait long to get on the scoresheet, the 27-year-old twisting and turning his way clear of three defenders before thumping an unerring finish into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards out – his first international strike since netting against England four years ago.GOAAAALL!!! #Balotelli !20’ WHAT A HIT! Back with a bang! #SaudiArabiaItaly 0-1 #VivoAzzurro — Italy (@azzurri) May 28, 2018 Saudi Arabia offered little attacking threat, and Italy were just inches away from extending their lead when Criscito’s venomous strike rattled the crossbar.Salem Al Dawsari’s introduction gave Saudi Arabia some impetus after the restart, though Lorenzo Pellegrini squandered a great chance to put the result beyond all doubt when he scooped over from Zappacosta’s cross.Balotelli’s impressive return came to an end on 58 minutes, and the substitution soon proved another masterstroke from Mancini as Belotti made his case for a starting berth.Having seen his initial header well saved, the Torino forward followed up the rebound, lashing in from point-blank range.Lorenzo Insigne drew a fine save from Al Owais as Italy threatened to run riot, but the Azzurri’s lead was reduced with 18 minutes remaining.Zappacosta’s slip allowed Al Dawsari to pounce and feed Al Shehri, who got the better of the onrushing Donnarumma before prodding home into an empty net.Donnarumma was Italy’s hero late on, though, AC Milan’s youngster brilliantly keeping out Fahad Al Muwallad’s close-range strike to ensure Italy claimed victory. read morelast_img read more

‘Croatia are a great test for Brazil’

first_imgBrazil v Croatia ‘Croatia are a great test for Brazil’ – Selecao prepare for friendly clash at Anfield Raisa Simplicio 00:09 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Luka Modric, Croatia Getty Brazil v Croatia Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Croatia Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia World Cup Friendlies With stars like Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, the Balkans outfit are sure to pose a few problems for Tite’s men when they meet on Sunday Brazil’s World Cup preparations continue this week as the Selecao prepare for a Brasil Global Tour friendly against Croatia on Sunday, the first of two matches scheduled prior to the main event in Russia.The clash against Croatia will serve as a warm-up for Brazil, who take on the Balkan nation’s neighbours Serbia during Group E of the finals. Boasting a midfield packed with talent, Croatia are a great test for the Selecao who will be taking on a side that are talented and will seek to take the initiative in attack throughout the game. Globo’s  Bruno Marinho believes that Croatia have the potential to cause problems for coach Tite and his charges. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Neymar Tite treino Seleção Brasileira 24 05 2018(Foto: Pedro Martins / MoWa Press / Divulgação)”Croatia is the perfect test for the national team, I think the Selecao are going to work on several key aspects of their play against a tough opponent, one which will pose Brazil several challenges in defence and attack. They may be a tougher prospect than any of the teams Brazil face in the World Cup group stage, players like [Luka] Modric may be somewhat tired but nevertheless they are a strong team.”It will be a decent indicator to see where the Selecao is at right now and how Neymar fits in as he returns to his best.”Gustavo Hofman of ESPN also believes that the clash will be a useful test for Brazil, while pointing out that Croatia have more to offer technically than Serbia.”They are a very technical side, they have a great midfield, Tite is a big fan of Modric for example, a confessed admirer of Real Madrid’s midfielder. The CBF’s hope in arranging a friendly against Croatia is to mirror the Serbia game, except that Croatia are more technical and Serbia are physically stronger. “I like the Croatia team a lot, they will make Brazil work hard. The Selecao is better than Croatia, but they are a time that will come out and attack more than Serbia, who are more defence-minded.”GFX Croatia Rakitic Mandzukic ModricWhile Modric is clearly the standard-bearer of the Balkans side, coach Zlatko Dalic can also call on talents like Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic to name just a few. Brazil take on Croatia on Sunday at 11am Brasilia time (3pm BST), in Liverpool’s Anfield home. The game is part of the Selecao’s World Cup preparations, leading up to their tournament debut on June 17.last_img read more

Mido: No way to stop miracle man Salah

first_imgMohamed Salah ‘There’s no way to stop Salah’ – Liverpool star branded ‘a miracle’ by Mido Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:10 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Mohamed Salah Egypt 2018 Getty Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egypt World Cup Premier League African All Stars The Egypt international netted 44 times for his club during the 2017-18 campaign and is now readying himself for international duty at World Cup 2018 Mohamed Salah’s development at Liverpool has been “a miracle”, says Mido, with the Egyptian now one of few global superstars that can be considered unplayable on their day.The 25-year-old moved to Anfield from Roma in the summer of 2017 after rebuilding his reputation in Italy following a forgettable stint at Chelsea.Few, however, could have predicted the impact he would make on Merseyside, with a remarkable debut campaign delivering 44 goals and countless individual honours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Salah’s season did on an injury low in the Champions League final, with an untimely ailment still being worked on ahead of World Cup duty, but he is ready to shoulder the expectations of a nation in Russia and further ehance his standing on the grandest of stages.Mido told The Guardian of an illustrious countryman who has quickly become a national hero in Egypt: “He’s the kind of guy who says: ‘Come on, even if I have the whole nation on my shoulders, I don’t mind that.’“He’s a great guy and I think the way he developed as a person, comparing Salah of Chelsea and Salah of Liverpool, is a miracle.“I saw him at Chelsea and he was a shy boy. I even said on TV that if he keeps that character, unfortunately he will never be a big player, but that his quality can make it to the top.“Three years ago when Liverpool wanted to sign Salah and he went to Chelsea, I went on Twitter and said: ‘Salah is 10 times better than [Raheem] Sterling’, and people laughed at me.“Sterling is a very good player, he’s developed so much under [Pep] Guardiola, but Salah is unbelievable, one of the very few players that if it’s his day, there’s no way to stop him.”Manchester City star Sterling did impress in 2017-18, earning a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, but Salah topped the England international by some distance as he took the main PFA Player of the Year prize.He is now looking to carry his club form into World Cup 2018, with Egypt still sweating on his fitness ahead of an opening Group A encounter with Uruguay on Friday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more