WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fighting is family affair for Golovkin San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya was livid after San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez called Michael Calisaan a “dirty player” after their game Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“Boyet has no right to call Michael a dirty player,” said Macaraya after losing to the Red Lions 76-65. “He’s destroying the dignity of Michael as well as the referees and commissioner.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES READ: San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight winCalisaan was initially called for a disqualifying foul on San Beda’s Javee Mocon at the 3:33 mark of the first quarter, which would’ve merited an automatic ejection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe referees, however, downgraded the call to an unsportsmanlike foul after reviewing the video.“Every game, I watch Michael play because I want to find ways to stop him but every time I watch him I always see him punching a guy,” said Fernandez. “I love his physicality but don’t try to destroy another guy’s future. Macaraya was dumbfounded with Fernandez’ statements adding that the 11-1 Red Lions have been practically breezing through during their 10-game win streak.“I don’t know what his problem is, they’re the ones who are winning and we’re the ones losing, and yet he keeps on complaining,” said Macaraya as his Stags slipped to 5-6. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStar was plagued with severals problems in its three semifinal exits in the 2016-2017 PBA season.But head coach Chito Victolero knows one of the things they are lacking the most is not something that can be found in the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Star, one of the most illustrious franchises in the PBA with 13 championships, was a mere shadow of its historic past when it failed to post a winning record during the one-year tenure of Jason Webb at the head coaching seat.Victolero was then tasked to right the ship and bring the franchise back to its glorious past but the Hotshots have yet to win a championship against.“There’s the talent, the love and trust we have for each other that’s the thing we should improve on,” said Victolero. “We already have that now, but we need to improve on that. If we want to go to the next level, we have to improve on our chemistry.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “I think our chemistry, that’s the area we need to improve on,” said Victolero after the Hotshots bowed out of Governors’ Cup semifinals Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Meralco was Star’s latest conqueror, taking the semifinals series in three straight games with the last one decided in overtime, 91-88.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 shutoutVictolero inherited a Star team in 2016 that failed to enter the playoffs for a whole year after ruling the league for four straight conferences from 2013 to 2014.“During my first season, chemistry was the first thing I focused on, I think it needs more improvement,” said Victolero in Filipino. “There are a lot of new players and I initiated a new system. I think chemistry and teamwork is what we need to work on because the talent is there.” MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Where does Pasaol’s 49-point game stack up against past scoring outbursts? View comments
Racela, Chua engage in shouting match at halftime Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Thompson’s botches freebies allowed Rice to take TNT’s final shot attempt, but fortunately for Ginebra the ball bounced off the rim.Joe Devance came up big for Ginebra with 20 points, four of which came in the final 1:34 of the game, on 8-of-14 shooting while Brownlee had a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.Thompson also had a double-double for Ginebra as he put up 17 points and 12 rebounds while LA Tenorio almost finished with a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.Rice had a game-high 44 points to go along 20 rebounds to lead TNT while Jayson Castro filled up the stat sheets with 17 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGinebra took the driver’s seat again in its series against TNT after taking a close 106-103 win in Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings are a win away from a finals return and could close things out on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president TNT had a chance to send the game to overtime but Glen Rice Jr.’s last three-point attempt bounced off the rim as Justin Brownlee tried his hardest to challenge the shot.“That was a great game, both teams played well and it came down to the last shot,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “It bounced off the rim and it came out in our favor.”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“The series is not over, the series haven’t been won. We have the lead, which is nice to have, but we’re certainly not safe especially against a team like TNT.”Scottie Thompson could’ve iced the game for the Gin Kings earlier in the fourth but he missed his two chances from the free throw line with 7.1 seconds left with the scores at 106-103 with Ginebra on the lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 The Warriors opened the third on a 16-9 burst to lead for the first time all night, then went on to score 100 or more points for a 14th straight game.Draymond Green had 12 points, six assists and five rebounds as the Warriors finished with 40 assists.Curry and Thompson shot a combined 4 for 16 in the first half, including 2 of 10 on 3s, before Curry found his stroke and wound up 9 for 19 overall in his 14th 30-point performance of the season. Thompson struggled to nine points on 4-for-10 shooting, missing all three of his 3-point tries.The Knicks made 11 of their initial 20 shots while the Warriors began 8 of 18 and 1 for 8 from behind the arc to fall behind 29-19 — Curry missed four of his first five field goals.Andre Iguodala, who had dealt with a bruised left calf that kept him out the previous two games, returned to the Warriors rotation and scored five points in 20 minutes off the bench.ALL KINDS OF ALL-STARSGreen and Thompson were named All-Star reserves, joining Curry — a captain — and Durant.The Warriors became the first team in NBA history to have four All-Stars in back-to-back seasons. It will be the ninth time in NBA history that a team has had four All-Stars play in the game.“For us to all go is pretty special,” Thompson said. “First time in NBA history to have four guys go two years in a row is incredible.”Golden State had the same four All-Stars a year ago.“I’m proud of them, amazing to have four All-Stars two years in a row,” Kerr said. “We’re obviously really lucky to have these guys all together at once on the roster. What I love is they’re so unselfish, they play together so well. That’s why they’re all All-Stars. It wouldn’t work if they were selfish and looking for their own shot, looking for their own points.”TIP-INS MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, guards New York Knicks’ Jarrett Jack (55) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant mouthed off to official James Williams, got tossed late and might have cost himself another assist during a career night of dishing out the ball.“I told him he was wrong,” Durant said afterward of arguing with Williams in the first half over a carry.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter to go with seven assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors used a big second half to beat the New York Knicks 123-112 on Tuesday night.Durant added 14 points, a career-high 14 assists and two blocks before his ejection with 2:50 left for a second technical. Zaza Pachulia added 13 points in Golden State’s seventh straight victory in the series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Second half, his whole thing was like he’s trying to get me. … He was searching for me, he’s looking to try to tech me up to get me back because he’s still got his feelings hurt from the first half,” Durant said. “That’s what’s been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that.“I gotta keep my head a little bit but I was upset. I’m a human being, too, I get upset,” Durant added. View comments Knicks: F Kristaps Porzingis was held out with left knee irritation. … The Knicks dropped to 3-7 on the road vs. the Western Conference. … New York’s 14 turnovers led to 16 Golden State points.Warriors: Durant notched his 16th career double-double of points and assists. … Rookie Jordan Bell missed his second straight game with inflammation in his left ankle. … Golden State’s winning streak vs. the Knicks is its longest since a nine-game unbeaten run against New York from November 1963-November 1964. The Warriors have won 24 of the last 30 in the series.QUOTEABLEThree years after Thompson’s 37-point quarter on Jan. 23, 2015, against the Kings, Kerr recalled the moment.“It was almost surreal, the frenzy. It was the combination of Klay going crazy and licking his chops and his teammates and the joy that they had for him and with him,” Kerr said. “They were just hunting shots for him. It was like a pack of hyenas.”UP NEXTKnicks: At Denver on Thursday night continuing a seven-game road trip.Warriors: Host Timberwolves on Thursday night looking for a fourth straight home win in the series and third overall. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kuzma gets 28, leads Lakers past rival Celtics John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Curry made 8 of 15 from deep while sporting sneakers featuring the faces of his daughters Riley and Ryan and the message “I can do all things.”“I had those in my closet for a while and it’s actually something with (Under Armour) you can obviously design your shoes so I did it a long time ago,” Curry said. “Just walked by ’em today and was like, ‘all right, let me go back and rock the Curry 1s with my daughters on the side to give me a little inspiration.’ It’s nice being home and all that kind of stuff.”The Warriors bounced back from Saturday’s eight-point defeat at Houston to improve to 10-0 following a loss this season.Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Courtney Lee contributed 20 as New York lost for the third time in four games and sixth in eight.“We got lucky a little bit in the first half,” Lee said. “They were missing a lot of opens shots, and then in the second half those shots that they were missing went down and we weren’t able to get stops and get out and convert on those opportunities.”ADVERTISEMENT
FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. McGee will never call himself a journeyman in describing his rugged professional path. Yet McGee must not look far to find an example of someone else who has learned to thrive as a well-traveled NBA role player: just a quick glance a couple of lockers down to where Shaun Livingston dresses each night at Oracle Arena. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)OAKLAND, California — JaVale McGee practices 3-pointers from all around the arch, just in case. He sits with assistant coach Jarron Collins and a laptop to study film, long after practice and his shooting workouts are complete.The 7-footer’s rugged professional path has landed him at seemingly the perfect stop: in the Bay Area with the NBA’s best.ADVERTISEMENT In Game 3 against the Spurs, McGee scored a postseason-best 16 points, all in the first half to get Golden State going as Zaza Pachulia sat out with a bruised heel. He made all seven of his shots in Game 2 of a first-round win against Portland, shooting 18 for 23 in all in the four-game sweep of the Trail Blazers.Livingston has unselfishly dealt with a diminished role, a rotation change late in the season that altered when he’s used, and then a hand injury in the first round of the playoffs.In February 2007 with the Clippers, Livingston tore three major ligaments in his knee — the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral as well as his lateral meniscus, then required extensive surgery. Though the injury could have ended his career at age 21, he still believed he would play again. First he had to walk again.“Shaun, that story isn’t really the same now. He’s become a staple of this franchise, he’s helped us win a title, he’s done some great things here,” Draymond Green said. “For JaVale, it’s still fresh, to where I think it’s a great situation for him. He’s finally been put in a position where he can do what he do. He’s finally come to an organization, a first-class organization, that has embraced him for him and not tried to make him something that he’s not.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Rebisco PSL Manila falls to Sarmayeh Bank of Iran for 5th loss 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 LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Fourteen teams between them, over 21 combined seasons. Each has found a great groove in Golden State’s rotation, called on to take pressure off the big stars while maintaining the highest level.“We just kind of follow suit, but it’s up to everybody to come in and lock in on the details. It’s the playoffs,” Livingston said. “Obviously the stars help, they get all the headlines deservedly so, but the small things, the details, that’s what we lock in at and that’s how we win ballgames.”McGee has discovered the ideal place to shine as an alley-oop specialist in a pass-happy offense, and even Stephen Curry admits it’s so easy to target the sure-handed big man perhaps the Warriors do so too often at times.“We almost get in trouble because we try to do it too much even if it’s not there, because he has the ability to catch it really anywhere around the rim, around the backboard,” Curry acknowledged. “You kind of see it developing when he gets a free lane to the rim, and as a passer in that situation literally feel the most confidence that if I just get it anywhere up there, he’ll go get it, and usually he does.”With great efficiency, too.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Just don’t call him a journeyman.“I’ve never considered myself a journeyman in the first place,” McGee said after a practice this weekend. “Whatever y’all want to call me y’all can call me. The number of teams I’ve been on was in like one year. I’ve been with three teams in two years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingYet McGee doesn’t have to look far to find someone else who has learned to thrive as a well-traveled NBA role player. Just a quick glance a couple of lockers down to where Shaun Livingston dresses at Oracle Arena, defying the odds yet again this season as a regular reserve contributing to another Warriors championship chase, is all it takes.McGee has never made it this far, an NBA Finals first-timer when Golden State hosts defending champion Cleveland in Game 1 on Thursday night. Livingston never should have made it this far, and here he is seeking his second title in three seasons — and 10 years after a devastating injury that could have sidelined him for good. Doctors thought they might have to amputate his left leg. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments
Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Japanese ace, Dizon seek repeat wins Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas may be using the Jones Cup Invitational to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead. But make no mistake about it, the Filipinos will be going to Chinese Taipei seeking nothing less than the championship.“Just like any tournament, our goal will be to win [the title],” amateur standout Kiefer Ravena said on Wednesday during the team’s sendoff at Bar One Restaurant of Holiday Inn in Ortigas. “The Jones Cup is just one step [for us] moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Philippines plays nine games in as many days starting with its clash against a Canadian club team on Saturday as Gilas tries to win it again for the first time since LA Tenorio emerged MVP in 2013.The Philippines won this title last year with an import-laden team led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.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 starsGilas will also seek to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal starting August 20 in Kuala Lumpur and will play in the Fiba Asia Championship just days before that in Beirut in Lebanon as it tries to improve on second place finishes in the last two editions.The Jones Cup team will be practically the same squad that will play in those two tournaments with the PBA set on lending its biggest stars only in the World Cup Qualifying process that starts in November. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “[That’s why] it’s nice to get momentum going to the bigger tournaments,” Ravena, a former UAAP MVP who is entertaining thoughts of making the jump to the pros in the coming Draft, added. “This will really count for Gilas.”Mike Myers will play as the import in the Jones Cup as the Gilas Cadets led by RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright get their international baptism of fire, with the tournament definitely to prove tougher than the Seaba, which the Filipinos ruled with ease two months ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments
Singapore’s bronze medallist Joseph Isaac Schooling poses on the podium of the men’s 100m butterfly swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOVMalaysia’s sports minister has urged fans not to boo Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling at the Southeast Asian Games, after the Singaporean sparked a furor by vowing to “teach (Malaysians) a thing or two”.Schooling, who won Singapore’s first gold medal at last year’s Rio Olympics, caused controversy with his remarks last week, before insisting he meant no offence and that his comments were taken out of context.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Schooling, who stunned his idol Michael Phelps to win 100m butterfly gold in Rio last year, is likely to play a starring role in Kuala Lumpur after he swept nine gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said fans shouldn’t give Schooling a rough ride at the event from August 19-30 — and told them to remember that the swimmer’s mother is Malaysian.“No booing, no jeering,” he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times newspaper Friday.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 stars“That is not what the SEA Games is about. Tensions will run high, cheer for your team but don’t jeer others.”He added Malaysians should not “dwell on this too much, it is important to remember that Joseph Schooling’s mother is Malaysian”. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Kings’ Randolph arrested on pot charge at LA housing project DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments
View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters He had to be taken to the hospital right away to have his wrist, which was believed to be dislocated.“Hoping for the best for Jeo. Rest assured that kid will not give up and whatever the result, he will be with us,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa of Ambohot. 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It was a moment for them to come together and rally behind their fallen knight.READ: Letran withstands San Sebastian in OTFEATURED 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“It was sad to see Jeo go down. When he went out I just thought I needed to double my effort because he’s a big part of our team,” said star guard Rey Nambatac.Nambatac delivered 23 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double, to lead Letran over San Sebastian in overtime for its fourth consecutive win. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran personified what the next man up creed is all about on Tuesday.After one of its key players in Jeo Ambohot went down with an injury against San Sebastian, the Knights did not see it as a setback.ADVERTISEMENT Nambatac also got plenty of help with JP Calvo and Jerrick Balanza stepping up.Calvo wound up with 12 points, including a pair of go-ahead freebies in extra time, eight assists and a crucial steal as he and Balanza came up big in the endgame.Balanza blocked a last-second shot by Stags forward Michael Calisaan at the end of regulation before sinking the game-sealing free throws with 26.9 seconds left in OT.“I just really wanted to win for Jeo,” Calvo said in Filipino.Ambohot was having quite a game with 11 points and eight rebounds before he sustained a right wrist injury following a nasty spill at the 5:48 mark of the third period.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’
View comments Buoyed by a big Filipino crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines fought hard, but Indonesia proved to be too much in the end as a familiar narrative was rewritten.The Filipinos also yielded to the Indonesians in the 2015 SEA Games with Natasha Christaline leading the way.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 openingChristaline was brilliant yet again, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Yuni Anggraeni also made a big impact with 16 points and 11 rebounds.The setback to Indonesia, just like before, dealt a huge blow to the Philippines’ bid to bag its breakthrough gold medal in women’s basketball. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Perlas took a 41-34 lead at the half but its shooting turned sour in the second half while Christaline caught fire for Indonesia, which gained a 59-50 advantage entering the final frame.Allana Lim had 15 points for PH, which ripped Singapore, 88-54, in the opener, while Camille Sambile added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Joshua open to MMA crossover fight NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Perlas Pilipinas quickly lost its luster, dropping a 78-68 decision to Indonesia just a day after its sparkling debut against Singapore in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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
Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on Sunday flayed the government’s stand to keep the prime minister out of the purview of Lokpal till he demits office, pointing to the possibilities of evidences being destroyed and also wriggling out by citing “error of judgement” in such cases.”That (keeping PM out of Lokpal) will not serve the purpose of having an effective investigation because there will not be any trails of the misconduct,” Hegde, a member of the Lokpal drafting committee, told PTI in an interview.If Lokpal were to conduct investigation after prime minister demitted office, there are possibilities of evidences being “swept clean” before that and there could be arguments that it was “error of judgement” (on the part of PM) and it is not a case of corruption, he said.Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge, was responding to questions on the government making clear its opposition to bringing the post of prime minister within the ambit of Lokpal till he demitted office.”Within the government, we feel prima facie, the prime minister should not be covered (under the Lokpal). But at the same time we want to make sure that if he demits office, he should not be exonerated from prosecution,” HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who is part of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal, had said yesterday.”Prime Minister was never out of it (Lokpal). Constitution never contemplated prime minister to be out of it,” Hegde said, adding that the Constitution never contemplated anybody in the country, except the President, out of the purview of the Prevention of Corruption Act.advertisementArguing that corruption is a crime against the country, Hegde said one cannot ignore acts of corruption. In a democracy, “every one is the same” and corruption was like any other offence in the Indian Penal Code, he said.”…why do you want to keep a class of people in office under government outside the purview of anti-corruption legislation?”, he asked.He also sought to know why an exception should be made (in case of prime minister) with regard to corruption that too at a time when it is “at a higher level” and major scams are coming out.The Karnataka Lokayukta saw Congress core group’s suggestion to the government to convene an all-party meeting on Lokpal bill as “delaying tactics”.Hegde said all parties had been given questionnaires by the government on the proposed legislation. In addition, all parties are represented in Parliament, where they would speak on the issue anyway, he said.Saying the all-party meeting would not serve any purpose, he said even if one assumed that parties held one view or the other, “can it be a law by itself ? It can’t be a law”.”It (all-party meeting) is not necessary because it’s going back to them only (in Parliament),” Hegde noted.He agreed with the government that the conduct of MPs inside Parliament should not come under the Lokpal but added that for him, vote for cash and asking questions for cash are all offences outside the House (and hence, they should come under Lokpal) “as nobody will take cash inside the House”.Hegde made light of the government statement that there is an agreement on 34 of the 40 points raised by the civil society members, saying these 34 were largely related to objects, procedures, clauses and things of nature on which there could be no dispute.He criticised the government stand against bringing defence deals under Lokpal investigation, saying corruption in such deals are like any other criminal offences.Hegde disagreed with Sibal’s remark that covering 40 lakh-odd central government employees under Lokpal would require a massive infrastructure independent of the government.”It’s not so,” Hegde said, adding that only Lokayukta need to be empowered in states and districts to nominate officials to take up investigation and report to Lokayukta, who would take the final decision.Hegde also opposed the government’s stand against bringing CBI and CVC under the Lokpal.He argued that once the anti-corruption wing of the CBI is transferred to the Lokpal, that wing would become redundant in CBI. “Their experience and expertise will be helpful to the Lokpal in the investigations.”Similarly, the CVC, which also investigates certain misconduct of central government employees, also need to be merged to let it work under Lokpal. “Why should they (CBI and CVC) work under government?”, Hegde asked.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
Bad weather combined with persistence of Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to frustrate India as the West Indies reached 98 for five on the rain-hit second day of the second cricket Test here. Score | PhotosIshant Sharma bowls during the second day of the second Test against the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Wednesday. APIndian paceman Ishant Sharma struck twice in three balls to reduce the West Indies to 57 for five in the curtailed morning session after the hosts resumed at an uncomfortable 30 for three.However, several rain interruptions and some sensible batting by Samuels (21) and Chanderpaul (20) gave India no chance to make further in-roads into the hosts’ batting line up.The two batsmen added 41 runs for the unconquered sixth wicket and batted together for 19.3 overs on a day when only 25.3 overs of play was possible on the day.The tenor of the day was set early when a shower delayed the start of the game by 45 minutes. There was another break of half an hour after lunch but the resumption lasted no more than eight-odd overs.Heavy rains lashed Kensington Oval in the second session which forced umpire to enforce an early tea in the hope of squeezing as much play as possible in the final session.That opportunity never arrived. Even though it stopped raining after a while, early tea was taken and players even came out in the final session. It began raining almost immediately for players to go to pavilion. Thereafter it was poor light which never allowed the game to resume.advertisementThe most play possible was in the morning session as West Indies retired for lunch at 82 for 5 from 29 overs.Both the overnight batsmen, Ramnaresh Sarwan (18) and Devendra Bishoo (13), fell prey to Ishant’s bounce with the paceman bowling a spell of 6-2-23-2 in the morning.Praveen Kumar and Ishant held the two ends up for all but the final 10 minutes and three overs of the shortened session.Despite the precision and pace of Indian bowlers, both Sarwan and Bishoo stood their ground for the initial half an hour?s play.Sarwan survived a couple of shouts and Bishoo once edged Ishant between the third and fourth slip but importantly West Indies hadn’t lost a wicket.Bishoo’s propensity to fiddle with every delivery outside off-stump made Mahendra Singh Dhoni strengthen the off-side field, once to the extent that he had all of his nine fielders manning the side of the stumps.Bishoo finally perished when he was drawn like a moth to a flame to a rising delivery and Virat Kohli at gully caught the chance easily.A delivery later Ishant struck again, this time Sarwan falling to a delivery which kept cruelly low and found him in front of his stumps.Sarwan is now without a half century in his last 12 Test innings.- Wih inputs from PTI
The Indian government on Tuesday cleared the Pakistani team’s much-anticipated short tour of India for three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in December-January.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president Muhammad Zaka Ashraf immediately welcomed the decision with warmth, and disclosed that over 300 VIPs, besides thousands of fans, could travel to India to watch the matches.An India-Pakistan bilateral series hasn’t taken place for almost five years, due to political tension following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. The last time the two countries played a Test match was in December 2007 in Chennai and an ODI a month before that.The tour was cleared at a meeting between a four-member delegation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and a high-level team of the home ministry and the Intelligence Bureau here.”Present at the meeting were Union Home secretary RK Singh, joint secretary, director of the Intelligence Bureau, and other key officials,” a top source told Mail Today. “The cricket body was represented by BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, Kashi Vishwanathan (secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association) who was representing BCCI president N Srinivasan, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and IPL COO Sundar Raman.” Shukla, who holds dual responsibilities as a Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, is believed to have played a key role in the resumption of the series.The source said that the PCB would be informed about the official tour clearance most probably on Wednesday.Mail Today was the first to report, on May 19, that the resumption of the bilateral series was “imminent”, based on what Srinivasan had said at a marketing committee meeting.Ashraf said Pakistani fans are already excited about the series. “More than 300 VIPs, comprising politicians and non-resident Pakistanis, could visit India to watch the matches,” Ashraf told Mail Today from Pakistan.”I have got calls from Pakistanis living in United Arab Emirates, USA, Britain and some other countries, saying that they want to go to India for the matches. They’re mostly technical people, like engineers and doctors, besides top businessmen.”Ashraf said he had a good meeting with Srinivasan in Sri Lanka during the World T20 in September-October. “He told me that the BCCI would hold a press conference to announce the itinerary and also formally inform us about it. Once that’s done, the PCB executive will meet and welcome the clearance as a positive one,” he said.”The resumption of the series is a good step, in the right direction. Cricket relations between the two countries should flourish and fans should not be deprived of matches between the two great teams.”Srinivasan on Tuesday gave credit to the entire BCCI for the resumption of bilateral cricket. “The working committee earlier approved it. It’s a collective decision; it’s a feather in every body’s cap… everybody in BCCI. It’s good that the tour is starting. I think it’ll be very interesting and good for cricket,” Srinivasan told Mail Today.He struck a personal rapport with Ashraf after inviting him to watch the IPL final in May. The bond between them grew stronger when Ashraf visited Srinivasan in hospital after he was admitted following exhaustion during the final match. “I don’t take all these things personally. I think it’s a great success of the BCCI. Cricket fans in India love to see India-Pakistan cricket, and I’m very happy that it’s going to take place,” said Srinivasan. The BCCI chief said that the government would take good care of the Pakistani team’s security. “India is a secure country. I don’t think there are any issues in providing security. It’s not an issue,” he averred.Srinivasan said that the itinerary would be announced soon, though the dates and venues are now known. The T20 Internationals are expected to be played in Bangalore on Dec 25 and in Ahmedabad on December 27 while the ODIs are scheduled to be staged in Chennai on Dec 30, in Kolkata on Jan 3 and in Delhi on Jan 6.Asked if top Pakistani and Indian politicians would witness the matches, Srinivasan said he didn’t have any information at the moment.advertisement
Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rhea Dimaculangan shares glory of MVP plum with Petron teammates This will be the first trilogy in ONE Championship history and the fateful match is set on January 25 at Mall of Asia Arena in the ONE: Hero’s Ascent card.The two first faced each other on Sept. 12, 2014 with Moraes (17-3) taking the victory 3:54 into the second via guillotine choke to become the inaugural ONE World flyweight champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefEustaquio (11-6), though, got retribution on June 23 in the Pinnacle of Power card.The Team Lakay veteran went into the fight as the interim champion but left the ring at City of Dreams in Macau as the undisputed champion after taking the split decision win. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes and ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio face off. Photo from ONE Championship.MANILA, Philippines—It’s officially a trilogy.Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes are set to break their 1-1 tie and on the line is the Filipino’s ONE World flyweight title.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Fajardo, who broke the record previously owned by Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, invited his parents on stage during the PBA Leo Awards Sunday at Philippine Arena and thanked them for raising him to be the man he is.“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “This is very special because my parents are here, I just wish my brother (Jay) was also here but he has work to do.”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 stars“I’m ecstatic because my parents are here and that’s important because they’re my inspiration. After all the hardships that we went through in the past, we were poor, but they never gave up.”Fajardo added that now he’s financially secured, he will do anything to grant his parents their wishes. The 6-foot-10 San Miguel center was never the one who would give long speeches but the presence of his parents alone inspired him to deliver a lenghty message.“As long as I’m in a position to provide, I will give them what they need. The best feeling is when you see your parents happy and one of the reasons they’re smiling is because of you then that’s really fulfilling.”Fajardo, who was included into the All-Defensive Team and 1st Mythical Team, added that he will dedicate his future awards to his younger brother Jay who was the first one between them to play basketball.Jay, however, didn’t grow up to be as tall as Fajardo at 5-foot-8 and he stopped playing competitive basketball in college.“He told me that he’s super proud of his older brother and I will do everything I can to always make sure he’s proud of me,” said Fajardo. “I will dedicate everything to him because he was the one who played the sport first.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’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 Dreamers stun Alab Pilipinas on last-second shot LATEST STORIES View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo calls his parents on stage after winning his fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo is the only five-time MVP in PBA history and although each of his accolades has a story behind it, the fifth one carries a little more weight than the others.Not only was Fajardo able to etch his name in league history with the most MVP plums, he also received his latest award with his parents Bonifacio and Marites.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates a point win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia— Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she’s hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out a yell.She showed she’s ready to be a Grand Slam factor once again.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Russian missed the tournament in 2017 during a 15-month doping suspension that was triggered by a positive doping test during the previous year’s Australian Open.Wozniacki was the No. 3 seed in Australia, a year after beating Simona Halep in the final to claim her first major championship.Next for Sharapova is a matchup against Australia’s Ash Barty, who beat Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-1 to equal her best showing at any major tournament.“I know,” Sharapova said, “it’s going to be a tough crowd.”No. 15-seeded Barty took two nearly years off from the tennis tour after the 2014 U.S. Open and played cricket during that time.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Behind Kyle Kuzma’s heroics, Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sharapova grabbed the last four games to eliminate Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in nearly 2½ hours Friday and reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park, building the statement-making victory with aggressive groundstrokes that gave her a 37-10 edge in total winners.“I haven’t played many matches in the last year, especially against top players,” Sharapova said. “And these are the kinds of matches I train for.”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 starsShe cut her 2018 season short in September because of problems with her surgically repaired right shoulder.Sharapova is seeded only 30th at Melbourne Park, where she won the 2008 title for one of her five Grand Slam trophies but hasn’t been past the quarterfinals since 2015. “Her story is phenomenal,” Sharapova said. “I know she took a little break and came back and just resurged.”Against Wozniacki, Sharapova hung in there in a back-and-forth contest.Wozniacki led 3-2 in the third set after holding at love. But Sharapova finally gained the upper hand with a break for a 4-3 lead, clinched with that big forehand she was so excited about.After holding to go up 5-3, Sharapova broke yet again to end it, closing with a big cross-court backhand.“The level was quite high,” Sharapaova said. “I knew I was going to get a tough match.”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
Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state PLAY LIST 02:37Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Running in the African Savannah is the chance of a lifetime, although the location is as challenging as it is impressive. But with the chance to run with zebras, giraffes, antelopes and even lions, and enjoy a mini holiday after your marathon is done, the training will all be worth it.Takes place June 22, 2019. Registration open now.www.big-five-marathon.com3 Laender MarathonIf you want to take in three countries with just one run, then try the 3 Laender, or 3 Country Marathon. Runners will start on Lindau Island, Germany, pass through Austria and Switzerland before heading back to Austria to finish at Casino Stadium in Bregenz. The route also provides a beautiful backdrop plus a flat ground for those who might be aiming for a personal best.ADVERTISEMENT If you like to train hard as well as play hard, then the Marathon du Medoc might be for you. As well as ticking a marathon off your bucket list you’ll also get to enjoy the 26.2 miles with a glass of wine in hand, thanks to the many points along the circuits handing out glasses of French wine.Takes place Sept. 7, 2019. Registration opens in March.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 starswww.marathondumedoc.comBig Five Marathon, South Africa Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem RELATED STORIES:What to do post-run to maximize your resultsLoneliness of the long distance runners in North KoreaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting INQUIRER.net stock photoWhether you’re a seasoned runner looking for something a little different this year, or trying to find the motivation for your first ever marathon, these five unusual marathons should help get you running in 2019.Marathon du Medoc, FranceADVERTISEMENT Takes place Oct. 6, 2019. Registration open now.www.sparkasse-3-laender-marathon.atGreat Wall Marathon, ChinaThose looking for a real challenge can not only run a marathon, but run it alongside one of the most famous monuments in the world. Be prepared for plenty of uphill climbs and steps, but the payoff is a fantastic view, the chance to run through local villages, and of course to say that you’ve completed the Wall’s 5,164 historic steps.Takes place May 18, 2019. Registration open now.www.great-wall-marathon.comRun Disneyland Paris Weekend, FranceUnleash your inner child by running through the most magical place on Earth, Disneyland. Like its American counterpart, Disneyland Paris organizes a weekend of running events to get the whole family involved, from kids’ races and a 5 kilometers right through to a marathon. The course will take you through the Disneyland parks, with Disney entertainment provided throughout the course to put some extra fun into the run.Takes place Sept. 19 to 22, 2019. Registration open now.www.run.disneylandparis.comJB US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Stats don’t lie: Manny Pacquiao dominates Adrien Broner in punches Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town
Far From The Madding CrowdIbizaResort and SpaDitch the potholed roads and snail-speed traffic of the city with a lazy weekend away at IBIZA Resort and Spa. Less than 30 km away from Kolkata, this cosy resort has nine rustic cottages that are equipped with all the creature comforts. A short,Far From The Madding CrowdIbizaResort and SpaDitch the potholed roads and snail-speed traffic of the city with a lazy weekend away at IBIZA Resort and Spa. Less than 30 km away from Kolkata, this cosy resort has nine rustic cottages that are equipped with all the creature comforts.A short walk away from the cottages is a massive pool, an open Jacuzzi and a submerged bar, named Niagara. Spend a lazy day reading and sipping a drink as you lie on a submerged bed in the pool. Feeling adventurous? Kayak in the lake surrounding the resort or cross the Burma bridge. IBIZA, which has hosted a lot of big banner music festivals, including NH7 Weekender and DUSK, also has its own discotheque if you are in the mood to party.Monsoon Perks: Adventure sports including rock climbing, rappelling, rope course, kayaking, shooting, archery and more. You can opt for a combo pack of all seven activities for as little as Rs 500 per head during the season. Don’t Miss: If you want to head out, Raichak, a pleasant riverside tourist spot, is just a half-an-hour drive away from the resort. Tariff: Rs 3,999 onwards per night At IBIZA Resort and Spa, Kriparampur, Amtala 24, Parganas (South) Tel 24709928, 24809009 Email [email protected] Website resortibiza.comWater Under The BridgeHooghly RiverMonsoon in Kolkata is incomplete without a visit to the riverside. And though cliched, an evening on Prinsep Ghat and the imposing Prinsep Monument is as romantic as it gets. Our film industry also agrees-the Hooghly river bank and its famous landmark, Vidyasagar Setu, have made their way to the big screen with many romantic songs, including the Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan-starrer Piu Bole Piya Bole (Parineeta), being shot here.advertisementRight next to the banks is the Prinsep Ghat railway station. The Kolkata Circular Railway takes you from Dumdum to Bidhannagar for less than Rs 10. The coaches are generally quite empty and you can have a fun train ride even in the general compartments.And what is a visit to the ghat without a boat ride. Walk down the stairs of the ghat (though be careful as they get very slippery this time of the year) and bargain hard for a ride on these hand-rowed boats. A trip can cost anything between Rs 250 to Rs 400, so do haggle like an expert.If you’re carrying your brolly with you, walk down to the Outram Ghat in the rain to grab phuchkas or a banana split at the Scoop, the classic ice cream parlour.Monsoon Perks: Take a seat on the second floor of Scoop and watch the rain come down on the Hooghly as you tuck into salty fries and an ice-cream sundae.Don’t Miss: Ask the boatman to row to a spot where Vidyasagar Setu is just behind you and take that prized Kolkata click. At Prinsep Ghat, off Strand Road.Rainyday CravingsChinese Breakfast at Tiretti BazaarWaking up at the crack of dawn may not be your favourite thing to do during the dark, cloudy days of the monsoon season, but this is worth losing an hour’s shuteye. Head to Tiretti Bazaar, near Poddar Court, where food stalls start serving piping hot Chinese breakfast as early as daybreak, and shut long before the office rush begins. If you are having trouble locating the market, don’t worry, there are always enough people around to guide you. In fact, asking around is a wiser choice than depending on Google Maps.Peppered across the street, each stall sells different Chinese delicacies. Most of the food here is for true meat lovers but there are a few puri bhaji stalls for the herbivores. Tuck into fresh, homemade momos just off the steamer, big moist paus (big steamed buns with a filing of spicy mince, pork chicken or shrimp) that you don’t get anywhere else in Kolkata, juicy pork sausages, soup with pork and fish balls, and if you can get your hands on it, the very rare and holy grail of Kolkata foodies-red roast pork. Get here early as the red roast pork runs out within half an hour and is not available every day. Huddle up near the aluminium steamers to warm up or let a hot bowl of fish ball soup to do that for you.”I’ve grown up in the area and picking up breakfast here has been routine. I like the puri bhaji and even though it’s not a Chinese dish, it’s become a part of our Sunday breakfast,” says Liu Chuen Chen, a 21-year-old student.advertisementThere are also old Chinese dry goods stores such as Sing Cheung Brothers and Pou Chong Brothers, where you can pick up everything from rare Chinese condiments to Tiger balm.Monsoon Perks: Steaming hot deep-fried momos on a wet day are a spicier alternative to your homemade pakoras. Don’t forget: to ask for the fiery red sauce as an accompaniment. At Tiretti Bazar, at the crossing of Bentinck Street and India Exchange Place road, close to Poddar Court Timings: 5.30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Cost Rs 50.Culture GullyShantiniketanBeat the greys and blues of the monsoon season by shopping at the weekend bazaar of Shantiniketan’s Khowai region. Home to one of the most colourful haats (temporary bazaars) in the state, the three-hour drive from Kolkata to Khowai is also an added incentive, with the countryside turning a bright shade of green during the rains.Set up by a canyon in a picturesque forested area, the market with a difference, called Khowai Bonye Anyo Haat (or “a different market at Khowai Forest”), is set up every Saturday afternoon. A haat or a temporaray market in rural areas is usually where people come to pick up fresh produce and livestock. This one, however, breaks the monotony by offering terracotta pottery and many handicraft knick knacks. Stock up on junk jewellery, ethnic tribal Dokra art and beautiful terracotta figurines here.A drive away is Sriniketan’s Amar Kutir, a cooperative unit that produces leather goods, Kantha stitched sarees, bamboo crafts and batik and hand block printed saris and textiles.But if shopping isn’t the only thing you’re here for, visit the Vishwabharati University campus. With its sprawling verdant campus, a shady canopy of trees (under which, open air classes are held at times) and sculptures by masters such as Ramkinker Baij, it’s a beautiful place for a walk. There are also guides, who can show you around. Monsoon Perks:With mercury hitting a sweltering 40 degrees c, Shantiniketan isn’t very pleasant during the summers. In the monsoons, however, it’s a pleasant 26 to 34 degrees c. Don’t Miss: Upasana Griha or Kanch Mandir, a prayer hall built with Belgian glass and marble by Rabindranath Tagore’s father Debendranath Tagore. At Khowai, Shantiniketan.Monsoon In a Tea CupZurranteeUnwind this season amidst acres of tea gardens and discover nature at its best at Zurrantee, a 19th century bungalow, now converted into a resort, which used to belong to the director of the tea gardens. The first thing to greet you as you enter the resort is its large porch with a cosy set of cane sofas in the centre. Overlooking the mist covered tea gardens, it seems like something out of a story book.Each of its large sprawling rooms is named after North Bengal’s rivers-Diana, Rondong, Lish and Moorti (which is a family suit). The corridor outside the rooms extends towards the kitchen and the staff is friendly enough to let you pop in to order tea or state your preferences for your meal. Ask for you breakfast to be served in the lawn where two ducks, a turkey and a dog will keep you company. Zurrantee also organises bonfires and folk dances in the evenings, and it’s lovely to sit under the stars and get warm and toasty next to the fire.A tour of the tea factory at the foothill is ideal for spending half a day and learning how tea granules are made. Other activities include visits to tourists spots such as Jhalong, Suntalekhola and Garumara Reserve Forests, all within driving distance from the resort. The rocky river banks are great fun to hop skip across and make for a good photo opportunity. If you are a wildlife enthusiast then visit the Garumara Reserve Forest, which is just a short drive away.advertisementMonsoon Perks: Enjoy endless cups of tea (they’re on the house!) or take a walk through the terraced slopes of the gardens. Don’t Miss: Packing a picnic bag and trekking to the sunrise point. Tariff: Rs 3,500 onwards per night Getting There Take one of the many trains leaving from Howrah and Sealdah to New Jalpaiguri. Zurrantee is a two-and-a-half hours drive from there. Tel 562200062, 9836362937 Email [email protected]
England won the toss and elected to bat first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the 3rd Test between India and England from the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton.Day 1 | Day 2 That’ll be STUMPS ON DAY 3!!With MS Dhoni(50) and Mohammed Shami(4) at the crease, India end Day 3 at 323/8 after 102 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!101.2 overs: FOUR!! Mohammed Shami hangs back and steers it towards third man for a boundary.Chris Jordan will bowl the FINAL OVER of Day 3. With MS Dhoni(50) and Mohammed Shami(4) at the crease, India are currently at 323/8 after 102 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! 101.2 overs: FOUR!! Mohammed Shami goes on the backfoot and cuts it towards third man for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(50) and Mohammed Shami(0) at the crease, India are currently at 319/8 after 101 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!100.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni hangs back and smashes it over covers. That’s FIFTY for Dhoni!!That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Broad!!Mohammed Shami comes to the crease for India.Stuart Broad GETS HIS THIRD WICKET!!98.4 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Bhuvneshwar Kumar out caught at third slip. Kumar was looking to push but gets an inside edge that lobs towards Gary Ballance who dives forward to take it cleanly. Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs after scoring 19 runs off 35 balls with four boundaries. EIGHT RUNS off the over!!Finally MS Dhoni hits a six in this series after 376 balls!#EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 29, 201497.4 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for the maximum. That was TONKED by MSD!!advertisementTWELVE RUNS off the over!!96.4 overs: FOUR!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets on top of it and slaps it through covers for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Bhuvi!! With MS Dhoni(35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar(7) at the crease, India are currently at 291/7 after 94 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 93.1 overs: FOUR!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar waits for it and steers it past third slip for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar(0) at the crease, India are currently at 284/7 after 93 overs. EIGHT RUNS off the over!!90.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni hangs back and flicks it off his pads for another boundary.90.1 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni presses forward and drills it through covers for a boundary.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Anderson!!Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to the crease for India.88.1 overs: OUT!! James Anderson has got Ravindra Jadeja out lbw on a deceiving inswinger. Jadeja was slow in bringing his bat down and gets struck in front of the stumps. Ravindra Jadeja departs after scoring 31 runs off 52 balls with six boundaries. 81.1 overs: FOUR!! Ravindra Jadeja leans into the drive and creams it through covers for a boundary. LOOSE DELIVERY from Broad!! For all those asking… India need to make 370 to save follow-on #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 29, 2014With MS Dhoni(14) and Ravindra Jadeja(10) at the crease, India are currently at 238/6 after 81 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!79.2 overs: FOUR!! Ravindra Jadeja hangs back and steers it past gully for a boundary. With MS Dhoni(10) and Ravindra Jadeja(4) at the crease, India are currently at 228/6 after 74 overs.Part timer Moeen Ali picking up wickets against the side which has players known to be the best against spin #inexplicable #IndvsEng Ruchir Mishra (@Meet_Ruchir) July 29, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!72.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni stands tall and smashes it straight down the ground for a boundary. TYPICAL Dhoni there!!TWO RUNS off the over!!Ravindra Jadeja comes to the crease for India.The Rahane dismissal sums up Indias test so far. Too casual and no luck. #IndvsEng Rajiv Krishnan (@aarkay123) July 29, 2014Ajinkya Rahane THROWS HIS WICKET AWAY!!70.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Moeen Ali has got Ajinkya Rahane out caught at mid-on. Rahane was looking to go over midwicket but mistimes it straight down the throat of mid-on for a simple catch. Ajinya Rahane departs after scoring 54 runs off 113 balls with five boundaries. With MS Dhoni(2) and Ajinkya Rahane(50) at the crease, India are currently at 212/5 after 67 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease for India.Only Rohit Sharma has the skill to get set and throw his wicket away! #INDVsENG shekhar Tyagi (@shekhartyagi7) July 29, 2014Moeen Ali GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH for England!!66.2 overs: OUT!! Moeen Ali has got Rohit Sharma out caught at mid-off. Sharma was looking to go over the in-field but holes out to a poor shot at mid-off. Rohit Sharma departs after scoring 28 runs off 61 balls with three boundaries. POOR SHOT from Sharma!! With Rohit Sharma(23) and Ajinkya Rahane(50) at the crease, India are currently at 205/4 after 65 overs.advertisementRahane is a promising middle order batsman…..well made fifty…. #INDvsENG lokesh (@Lokeshleads) July 29, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!62.4 overs: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma rocks back and smacks it towards the cow corner for a boundary.62.2 overs: Ajinkya Rahane presses forward and punches it towards mid-on for a single. That’s FIFTY for Rahane!! With Rohit Sharma(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(21) at the crease, India are currently at 140/4 after 49 overs.How many times we get the feeling that India is not batting on the same pitch on which opposition scored tons of runs. #IndvsEng #EngvInd Shan (@s_shaanu) July 29, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Anderson!!Rohit Sharma comes to the crease for India.It is more worse if you get out after spending enough time to settle. You should capatalise it into a long one #IndvsEng #kohli Annna (@iapundir) July 29, 2014James Anderson GETS HIS SECOND WICKET for England!!47.6 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Virat Kohli out caught at the first slip. Kohli was forced to play at it and gets an outside edge through to Alastair Cook at first slip. Virat Kohli departs after scoring 39 runs off 75 balls with three boundaries. BIG WICKET for England!! With Virat Kohli(28) and Ajinkya Rahane(16) at the crease, India are currently at 123/3 after 43 overs.This is the Moment for @imVkohli . Cometh the hour, Cometh the man #IndvsEng” ????????? ?????? (@AbhiYuvian) July 29, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!! 42.1 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli Leans forward and whips it past mid-off for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT by Kohli!!ONE RUN off the over!!James Anderson will bowl from the other end for England.SIX RUNS off the over!!40.6 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane picks the length early and drills it through covers for a boundary.Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for India while Moeen Ali will start the proceedings for England.And, we’re back!! Lunch: India are in a spot of bother after losing two quick wickets early in the first session. England seamers are causing all sorts of troubles for the Indian batsmen. James Anderson opened his account yesterday while Stuart Broad’s disciplined line earned him two crucial wickets today. Broad and Anderson showed there’s enough bounce and swing in the pitch that once looked flat during the England innings. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have a huge task at their hands to play out the England bowlers who are currently bowling with intent. Rahane was also lucky not to be ruled out caught behind off Moeen Ali. Team India need to stabilize their innings and these two will have to play out of their skins until the ball is a bit softer to score freely. On the other hand, England will continue to exert pressure on the Indian batsmen while trying to sneak in another wicket in the next session. With Virat Kohli(18) and Ajinkya Rahane(11) at the crease, India are currently at 108/3 after 40 overs.That’s a MAIDEN by Woakes!!Chris Woakes will bowl the FINAL OVER before lunch!! advertisementWith Virat Kohli(17) and Ajinkya Rahane(8) at the crease, India are currently at 104/3 after 35 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!34.6 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane leans into the drive and sends it racing through covers for a boundary. That was SLIGHTLY OVERPITCHED from Ali!!Moeen Ali comes into the attack for England. With Virat Kohli(11) and Ajinkya Rahane(1) at the crease, India are currently at 90/3 after 32 overs.Indian batsmans struggling to stand on pitch..this is the kind of situations where you remember Dravid and Laxman..#IndvsEng ikramhasan (@ikrampatel) July 29, 2014ONE RUN off the over!!Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in for India.Struggling with bat, team in dire straits and Kohli steals a single. Anushka Sharma won’t be impressed. #IndvsEng Stereotypewriter (@babumoshoy) July 29, 2014Stuart Broad GETS HIS SECOND WICKET for England!!Superb bowling spell by @StuartBroad8 taken 2 wicket #IndvsEng Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) July 29, 201429.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Stuart Broad has bowled Murali Vijay on a good length delivery. Vijay was indecisive whether to play at it or leave which finally results in an inside edge back onto the stumps. Murali Vijay departs after scoring 35 runs off 95 balls with five boundaries. India in TATTERS now!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!28.6 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay presses forward and carves it through gully for a boundary. With Virat Kohli(9) and Murali Vijay(31) at the crease, India are currently at 83/2 after 28 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!26.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay employs the backfoot drive and sends it racing past mid-off for a boundary.26.2 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli leans forward and drills it through covers for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Kohli!!That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Broad!!Virat Kohli comes to the crease for India.23.2 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Cheteshwar Pujara out caught by the wicket-keeper. Pujara pokes at it and gets an outside edge through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Cheteshwar Pujara departs after scoring 24 runs off 52 balls with three boundaries. BIG BLOW for India!!22.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay gets on the frontfoot and whips it through midwicket for a boundary.21.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay rocks back and carves it through gully for a boundary.20.5 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Pujara!!18.3 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara waits for it and steers it towards third man for a boundary.17.1 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara reaches out and slashes it towards third man for a boundary.That’s a MAIDEN from Woakes!!Chris Woakes will bowl from the other end for England.TWO RUNS off the over!!Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England on Day 3.Toss: England won the toss and elected to bat first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Rohit Sharma and Pankaj Singh replacing Stuart Binny and injured Ishant Sharma. On the other hand, England have opted for three changes with Jos Buttler replacing Matt Prior as wicketkeeper, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replace Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes in the bowling attack.Teams:England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Joss Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh
The Salt Lake stadium under construction: Controversial movesFor years Calcutta’s soccer-crazy crowds have been clamouring for a large stadium where it would be possible for them to watch their favourite teams in action without having to scramble for a ticket.And just when it seemed their dream would come true in,The Salt Lake stadium under construction: Controversial movesFor years Calcutta’s soccer-crazy crowds have been clamouring for a large stadium where it would be possible for them to watch their favourite teams in action without having to scramble for a ticket.And just when it seemed their dream would come true in the shape of the 120,000-seat stadium being constructed in the eastern suburb of Salt Lake for the past five years, a major controversy has been kicked up. Embroiled in it is no less an organisation than the one entrusted with its construction, namely, the Society for Sports and Stadium (SSS). The society has on its committee the chief minister and several other ministers of the Left Front. The controversy it has created centres round the wide-scale media campaign it started recently, aimed at flushing out huge sums of money from businessmen.In return they were promised rewards of “golden cards”, which would not only enable them to watch all matches at the new stadium as life members but would also ensure a seat during the cricket Tests at the Eden Gardens. The advertisements offered such privileges to individuals who paid Rs 10,000 and commercial institutions which paid Rs 25,000.The society obviously felt that this was the best way of raising funds to complete the Rs 16-crore project as the state Government would clearly contribute no more than the Rs 4 crore that it has done so far. In fact the very idea of forming the society developed from the realisation that the stadium could not be completed without donations from business houses which it would not be possible for the Government to accept.advertisementHowever, as the ads appeared, the extra sensitive sections within the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and other constituent parties began raising questions about the wisdom of accepting ‘tainted’ money from the business community.Poor Response: More than this, what has been more disquieting for the society is the continuing poor response for golden cards largely because of the uncertainty that has cropped up about availability of the cricket tickets. This follows the stiff attitude taken by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) which organises Test matches and has naturally looked on the promise of seats reserved as an encroachment on its own territory.Matters were further complicated when the SSS Secretary, Kamal Basu, a solicitor by profession, told a press conference that the state Government had promised the society 10,000 seats. He added: “We do not know how the Government will arrange that with the CAB. It is a matter to be settled between the two.”So far the two parties have not been able to work out any solution. At an informal meeting with the CAB president, former chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Chief Minister Jyoti Basu was reported to have suggested that the additional block of seats to be given to the CAB would be constructed by the Government at its own cost. Ray’s counter-proposal was that the seats be constructed by the CAB itself and “the Government can use these for its purpose”, provided it agreed to grant the Eden Gardens to the cab on a long lease. As Ray later said: “cab would like to assert its right over the Eden Gardens.” Protracted Negotiations: At the meeting, Ray also expressed the CAB’S unhappiness at a third party’s promising seats at the Gardens. However, he was assured by the chief minister that he would tell the society, of which he is also a member, that nothing final should be done as matters were still under discussion. The negotiations are likely to be protracted with West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakravarti making it clear that “the Government does not want a confrontation with the CAB.” Nevertheless, pending finalisation of this important issue, the SSS continued to invite applications for golden cards. Said a spokesman: “We are not enrolling members and only applications are being accepted.”It will, however, be a pity if work on the stadium is further delayed, projected by the organisers to be the largest in Asia; there are also claims that it will be bigger than the ones at Wembley, Moscow and Barcelona. The sports complex will cover an 80-acre area and apart from the main football stadium, there will be a tartan track for athletics, a 20,000 capacity astroturf hockey stadium, a velodrome for cycling and an indoor swimming pool. But right now discussion on the chances of completion of the complex have receded in the face of the current controversy.
Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Detroit shot 38% from the field, converting 35 of 92 attempts.The Bucks rolled to a 27-point lead in the first half, taking a 70-43 margin at halftime. Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Lopez added 14 points and Hill contributed 13.Detroit shot 34% in the half (18 of 53) and made just 3 of 14 3-point attempts.Pistons coach Dwane Casey said his team made a big step forward in qualifying for the playoffs but vowed to fight against the heavily favored Bucks.“We’re not in the class of where Milwaukee is with their program right now,” Casey said. “They were not two or three years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “I remember coming here a couple years ago (with Toronto) and playing against them. They were getting started, building what they’ve got now. Their patience has paid off. It’s a great experience for us to come in and play against a great team like Milwaukee.”TIP-INSDetroit: Casey said Griffin was “day-to-day but too sore to go” in Game 1. The Pistons forward averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games in his first full season with the Pistons. … Griffin was called for a technical for protesting Drummond’s ejection . Former Bucks forward Thon Maker faced his former team and started in Griffin’s place. He avoided a flagrant foul when he brought Antetokounmpo to the floor in the second quarter. Maker came to Detroit in the three-team trade in February that brought Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks from New Orleans. He had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes and was booed heavily by the home crowd. “You don’t have to say giddy-up to Thon Maker,” Casey said. “He wakes up in the morning ready to go.” . Former Bucks assistants Sean Sweeney and Tim Grgurich are on the Pistons’ staff. . Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record against Milwaukee, winning all four series.Milwaukee: Mirotic was available and played 15 minutes while scoring four points. “He’s just getting back in conditioning and health and everything like that,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Mirotic had missed the last 11 regular-season games after fracturing his left thumb on March 19 against the Los Angeles Lakers. . The Bucks’ 70 points were the second-most in a first half in franchise history. They scored 77 in March 1970. . Budenholzer said he was concerned about the rebounding battle and going against league-leading rebounder Drummond (15.6 per game). “It’s going to take our whole group to make sure we’re taking care of the defensive boards. It’s not the big guys’ job or the center; we have to do it collectively,” Budenholzer said. The Bucks had a 54-46 rebounding advantage.UP NEXTGame 2 is Wednesday night in Milwaukee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris lead Celtics’ rally past Pacers in Game 1 Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.Antetokounmpo struggled at the foul line, making only 5 of 12 attempts, but was 9 for 17 from the field and 1 of 5 from 3-point range.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, logisticsSeven Bucks players scored in double figures. Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14. 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(AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks showed they were serious about making a playoff run with a 121-86 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 on Sunday night.The MVP candidate ran and dunked all over the Pistons, who only really caught him when center Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ James Harden scored 30 points to lead Houston. Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Eric Gordon chipped in 16 points.Utah’s offense got a major boost from Crowder and Rubio in the first quarter. The duo combined for 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the quarter to help the Jazz carve out a double digit lead.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 Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 15-1 and outscored the Rockets 31-12 in the period. Mitchell scored 13 points in three minutes to fuel the run after totaling just 12 points in the first three quarters. He capped off the surge with back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Jazz a 91-80 lead with 9:02 remaining. Mitchell later had an incredible alley-oop dunk when he caught an errant pass and threw it down.Crowder got things going by scoring five of Utah’s first six baskets. Rubio built on the momentum by fueling a 14-1 run with four baskets and a pair of free throws. It helped the Jazz carve out a 30-16 lead with 3:03 left in the quarter. 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 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts late in the second half during Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Monday night.Jae Crowder added 23 points. Ricky Rubio chipped in 18 points and 11 assists and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Utah staved off elimination to force Game 5 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Jazz: After starting 4-of-6 from 3-point range, Utah missed 13 of its next 14 shots from long distance. … Royce O’Neale grabbed a playoff career high 11 rebounds. O’Neale also finished with 11 points. The Jazz outscored Houston 52-22 in the paint and 17-3 in second chance points.UP NEXTGame 5 is in Houston on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Houston had three straight turnovers to open the door for Utah to seize a double-digit lead. The Jazz scored 10 points off six Rockets turnovers in the quarter.An 8-0 run, capped by Austin Rivers’ dunk off a steal by Chris Paul, helped Houston trim the deficit to 30-24 before quarter’s end.The Rockets continued to cut into the lead during the second quarter, but could not overtake Utah until the third quarter. Houston opened the quarter on a 10-2 run sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Gordon. Harden capped it off with three free throws to give the Rockets a 57-55 lead.TIP INSRockets: Harden and Gordon each shot 50 percent from 3-point range. … Houston committed 16 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Jazz. … The Rockets finished with just five bench points.ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea moves into Premier League top 4 after draw with Burnley View comments
MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix has taken the initiative to penalize its player Calvin Abueva after the forward was involved in an incident with Blackwater rookie Ray Parks’ girlfriend and actress Maika Rivera during their game on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT In a statement released on Saturday, the Fuel Masters said they “have decided to deduct P20,000 from the salary” of Abueva as a “preventive measure.”“We regret the incident that has stoked emotions among players fans,” the statement read.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“While we stand and support Calvin Abueva in his own right, we cannot deny the situation, that while there may have been provocation as per his claims, he could have exercised more prudence and patience in dealing with it moreso a female was involved.”READ: PBA: Phoenix halts Blackwater’s perfect run in Commissioner’s Cup Abueva reportedly defended himself and accused Rivera of being the instigator by cursing at him.Parks claimed Abueva cursed and made lewd gestures towards Rivera late in the Fuel Masters’ 103-98 win.“I understand he plays with antics and plays with people’s minds, but why can’t he do that to me?” a furious Parks said after the game, according to reports. “Why would he go off to the side of the court, to nobody that had nothing to do [with the game] and literally call that person a ‘b**ch’ while looking at the clock?”“I don’t even curse. And he’s going to curse at my girl and say, ‘What now, b**ch?’ and then do this,” Parks added.“Beyond the game, that’s disrespectful. I wouldn’t call his wife a ‘B’ word. That’s messed up. Something’s got to happen. That could be anybody. That could be somebody’s wife, the head coach’s wife, somebody.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippines to host full Ironman again in 2020 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PBA commissioner Willie Marcial is set to summon Abueva next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments
Alternative NamesPain – heelCausesHeel pain is most often the result of overuse. Rarely, it may be caused by an injury.Your heel may become tender or swollen from:Shoes with poor support or shock absorptionRunning on hard surfaces, like concreteRunning too oftenTightness in your calf muscle or the Achilles tendonSudden inward or outward turning of your heelLanding hard or awkwardly on the heelConditions that may cause heel pain include:When the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the footSwelling of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) at the back of the heel bone under the Achilles tendon (bursitis)Bone spurs in the heelSwelling of the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot (plantar fasciitis)Fracture of the heel bone that is related to landing very hard on your heel from a fall (calcaneus fracture)Home CareThe following steps may help relieve your heel pain:Use crutches to take weight off your feet.Rest as much as possible for at least a week.Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.Wear proper-fitting shoes.Use a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or shoe insert.Wear night splints.Your doctor may recommend other treatments, depending on the cause of your heel pain.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionaladvertisementCall your doctor if your heel pain does not get better after 2 – 3 weeks of home treatment. Also call if:Your pain is getting worse despite home treatmentYour pain is sudden and severeYou have redness or swelling of your heelYou cannot put weight on your footWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitYour doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as:Have you had this type of heel pain before?When did your pain begin?Do you have pain upon your first steps in the morning or after your first steps after rest?Is the pain dull and aching or sharp and stabbing?Is it worse after exercise?Is it worse when standing?Did you fall or twist your ankle recently?Are you a runner? If so, how far and how often do you run?Do you walk or stand for long periods of time?What kind of shoes do you wear?Do you have any other symptoms?Your doctor may order a foot x-ray. You may need to see a physical therapist to learn exercises to stretch and strengthen your foot. Your doctor may recommend a night splint to help stretch your foot. Surgery may be recommended in some cases.PreventionMaintaining flexible and strong muscles in your calves, ankles, and feet can help prevent some types of heel pain. Always stretch and warm-up before exercising.Wear comfortable, properly fitting shoes with good arch support and cushioning. Make sure there is enough room for your toes.ReferencesMurphy GA. Disorders of tendons and fascia and adolescent and adult pes planus. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 82.McGee DL. Podiatric procedures. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2013:chap 51.Review Date:3/8/2014Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
Wenger’s mind gamesJose Mourinho might be lauded as the master at mind games but it was Wenger who played the ultimate trick on the opening weekend. With Arsenal dominating pre season headlines with talks of “The Title” Wenger put out a team which looked completely unprepared for a fight. Surprise! In their 0-2 home loss to West Ham United, Arsenal were embarrassed so much so that they asked an unfit Alexis Sanchez to suit up. The problem wasn’t the lack of Karim Benzema, for he can’t help in defending free headers, but in the team looking unprepared and devoid of ideas.The coaching staff has to take responsibility for what was a horror debut for Petr Cech, the return of The-Mesut-Ozil-Is-Overratted narrative and no Ox coming out party.Arsenal can be title contenders, but the title isn’t waiting to be won, it needs fighting for and that requires top level contribution from the whole club going forward. Chelsea Thibaut Courtois red card was legit. He was the last guy who stopped a goal scoring opportunity with no clear covering defender.Mad props to the assistant referee who got the decision spot on. Only thing everyone in the world wanted was what Mourinho thought about it:Classic.About the game, the Swans continue their underrated goodness. Gary Monk out-thought Mourinho, who’s team looked uncharacteristically shaky through the middle as Fabregas and Matic struggled to influence the middle in their normal way.Diego Costa was…well he fought everything, everyone is against him, everyone fouls him so yeah he was Diego Costa minus the goals.advertisementChelsea showed they are work in progress and need that extra bit of attacking nous this year, specifically if Fabregas isn’t on song. They’ll work through the kinks and be solid, but enough to fend off a Manchester City resurgence? I’m not sure.LVG wins pre-season It is well known that Louis Van Gaal is a detail oriented cyborg who loves his preparation. In their forgetful opening game against Tottenham, United looked the most season ready of all top 4 teams, winning 1-0 at home.Matteo Darmian showed why he was their most important signing with a ball busting display at right/wing/I-Shall-Eat-Your-Soul back. Morgan Schneiderlin acquitted himself well, while Bastian Schweinsteiger showed his age in an anonymous 25 minute cameo from the bench.The star was Memphis though, who already looks disgruntled and shoots from everywhere. I love him. He expects Ronaldo treatment while having Ashley Young game (Who was amazing in this game) at the age of 21.Coutinho took everyone to churchTo save the best for the last, Philippe Coutinho showed us the light yesterday, settling a drab game at Stoke for Liverpool with a blinder from distance in the 86th minute. Rodgers Job is safe for now, Liverpool looked decent and Coutinho’s goal was a reminder of why football is missed so much. The revving of the engine is over, The Premier League is back.
“I leave for China in five hours. Two weeks there, two “I leave for China in five hours. Two weeks there, two weeks off, then Singapore and then I am done with it (this season). We have been playing well but that does not mean we will win everything,” Sania said. “We are the no. 1 team, I am (ranked) no. 1 and she is No 2 individually, so anything less than a title is a failure for us on paper. But its impossible for anyone to win every tournament they play. “No matter who you are, you are always going to lose one or two matches. But yeah, we try and enter every tournament to win and thats what we are going to do,” she added. Asked whether she expected to be the world No 1 when she started her career, Sania said,”Who would not want to be no. 1? You keep changing your goals in life. You chase dreams. Some dreams you achieve, some dreams you dont. “I played singles for eight years. I had some injuries and underwent three surgeries. My body gave up, but larger things (like doubles play) opened up,” she added. The Hyderabadi also said that while it was disappointing to see India losing to Czech Republic in the Davis Cup World Group play off tie in Delhi, the opposition was formidable. “It was always going to be tough against the Czech team. Yes, it was disappointing to see Rohan (Bopaanna) and Lee (Leander Paes) lose in the doubles yesterday but anyone can have an off day in office. Its time to move on,” she said. Thanking CCI for conferring honorary lifetime membership, Saina pointed out her connection to the game of cricket. “My husband (Shoaib Malik of Pakistan) is a cricketer, Everyone in my family has played cricket. Cricket is in my blood. My dad used to play cricket and one of my uncles had played Ranji Trophy. I have played some tournaments here at the CCI before,” said the grand-niece of former India captain and off spinner, the late Ghulam Ahmed. PTI SSR NRB KHS KHSadvertisement
Jaipur: U Mumba produced an all-round show to beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31-25 in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.Abhishek Singh secured a Super 10 (11 raid points) for U Mumba, who were also miserly in their defence, with Surinder Singh and Harendra Kumar picking up vital points. The victory meant the Mumbai side jumped to the fourth place in the points table to consolidate their chances of making to the play-off stages.The match was a closely-fought affair with two of the best defences in the league going head to head.But Abhishek’s raiding backed up by some incredible defence by Sandeep Narwal and Surinder Singh opened up a lead for U Mumba as they inflicted an all-out on Gujarat to move to a five points lead with eight minutes still left for half time.Rohit Gulia found chinks in the U Mumbai armour after the all-out and his eight-point half helped the Gujarat team claw their way back with an all-out with under two minutes to play. The first half ended with both the sides locked at 16-16.The second half continued to be the same with both defences trading blows.Unfortunately for Gujarat, Sunil Kumar picked up an injury which disrupted the team’s structure.With Arjun Deshwal out for U Mumba with an injury, the raiding responsibilities for the Mumbai side were solely on the shoulders of Abhishek.The raider produced a two-point raid in the 13th minute after which the Mumbai defence successfully tackled Gujarat’s Sachin to give U Mumbai a three-point lead after a long time.The raider picked his game up and helped U Mumba secure an all-out with less than three minutes left in the match to move to a six-point lead.The defence held firm in the final minutes to clinch an important victory for the Mumbai side. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Gujarat FortunegiantspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: September 22, 2019, 11:23 PM IST
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: September 23, 2019, 3:48 PM IST The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 match 104 will be played between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers on Monday, September 23. Patna Pirates, who come to this match with four successive wins, will eye to continue their winning run against Haryana Steelers. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Haryana Steelers, meanwhile, will bank on their ace raider Vikash Kandola in their upcoming outing. The PKL 219 Season 7 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers will start at 7:30 pm.The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 is into its 10th week. As the Jaipur leg is underway, PKL 2019 has found two of its qualifiers – Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors. On Monday, the PKL 2019 has two exciting games lined-up. The first match of the day is between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers at 7:30 followed by a clash between Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers start?The 104h match of PKL 2019 season 7 series is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. The match between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers on TV?The PKL 2019 Season 7 Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar.
bayern munichharry kaneserge gnabryTottenham Hotspur First Published: October 2, 2019, 7:28 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals as Bayern Munich embarrassed Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday — the biggest-ever margin of defeat suffered by an English team at home in any European competition.The Bundesliga champions fell behind to an early Son Heung-min goal but then clicked into gear, producing a ruthless display of finishing in the north London rain as Spurs fell apart. Harry Kane briefly gave the home side hope with a penalty to reduce the deficit to 4-2 but that was merely the prelude to another masterclass in finishing from the five-time European champions.”It was a great evening for Bayern Munich and for German football,” said Bayern boss Niko Kovac. “Playing this way here in England is really unique.””I have compassion for my colleague (Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino),” he added, praising the “amazing” Gnabry and Manuel Neuer for his display in the Bayern goal.Spurs, who reached the Champions League final in June, where they lost to Liverpool, also had a sluggish start to the competition last year, winning a single point from their first three games.But Pochettino faces a huge task now to lift the team after this humbling at their new ground following an unconvincing start to the season.The Spurs boss urged his side to stay together despite the traumatic defeat, saying the timing of Bayern’s second goal just before half-time was a hard blow.”The most important thing is to stay calm, no rushed analysis, no rushed judgement, no rushed assessment,” he said, praising the clinical finishing of Bayern, who had 11 shots on target.”You need to show your quality like a man first,” he added. “To face it like a professional. This type of situation you have to show your quality, how you are strong.”The early exchanges gave no clue about the carnage to come.Tottenham’s deserved early lead was wiped out 194 seconds later by Joshua Kimmich but the home side went toe to toe with Bayern for most of the first period.Bayern forged ahead on the stroke of half-time, though, thanks to a superb finish from Robert Lewandowski, who picked up the loose ball at the edge of the area and swivelled to fire into the bottom corner.GNABRY STRIKESThe second half belonged to former Arsenal man Gnabry, who struck four times as the visitors completed a rout. Lewandowski also scored a second.It was the first time Spurs had conceded seven goals in a home match in any major competition.The result leaves Bayern in pole position in Group B with two wins from two matches while Spurs have just one point after seeing a 2-0 lead wiped out in their opening game against Olympiakos.But despite their poor start they are just two points behind second-placed Red Star Belgrade, who beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Tuesday.Bayern extended their advantage eight minutes after the break as Gnabry broke at pace down the left and burst into the box before drilling into the bottom corner.Spurs’ misery was compounded as Gnabry struck again two minutes later, capitalising after Harry Winks lost possession.Pochettino’s men were handed a lifeline as the referee pointed to the penalty spot for a foul on Danny Rose, with Kane reducing the deficit to 4-2 on the hour mark.But Gnabry sealed his hat-trick for Bayern in the 83rd minute after racing beyond the Spurs defence and slotting past Lloris from 15 yards.There was still time for Lewandowski to side-foot home a sixth for the German giants and Gnabry was able to add his fourth, and a seventh for Bayern, in the 88th minute.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicsGoldOlympicsRoger Federer First Published: October 14, 2019, 11:55 PM IST Paris: Roger Federer announced Monday he will compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics in a bid to claim the men’s singles gold medal, the only major prize he has yet to win.”I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open,” he said at a promotional event. “At the end of the day my heart decided to play the Olympic Games again.”Federer has won all four of the Grand Slam tournaments, as well as the ATP Tour Finals six times, but is still waiting to grab Olympic singles gold.The 20-time Grand Slam champion did win a doubles gold alongside fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka at Beijing in 2008, but when he got to the London singles final in 2012 he was hammered 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 by an inspired Andy Murray.Federer did not compete at Rio 2016, where Murray won again, but has since twice won the Australian Open and took the 2017 Wimbledon title before losing an epic final in the grass-court Grand Slam to Novak Djokovic earlier this year.Serbia’s Djokovic, and Federer’s eternal rival Rafael Nadal, have both already said they will compete at Tokyo, the trio setting the scene for a highly competitive tournament.Nobody will be writing the ageing triumvirate off.The 32-year-old Djokovic is world number one and the player poised to take top spot off him in the coming weeks is Nadal, 33.The 38-year-old Federer is third in the world rankings, while Nadal and Djokovic won all four Grand Slams between them this year.The two-time defending Olympic champion and three-time Grand Slam winner Murray, coming back from his January hip surgery, is yet to announce his intentions for Tokyo.
driver’s championshipF1ferrariformula one First Published: November 4, 2019, 7:21 PM IST Austin: Ferrari has hit back at Max Verstappen’s ‘cheating’ claims made against the Italian team following the United States Grand Prix.Dutchman Verstappen, who finished third behind the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and newly-crowned six-time champion Lewis Hamilton, said Ferrari had lost their previous speed and form because they had been stopped from cheating by an official technical directive. The directive, from the sport’s ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA), followed an inquiry from Vertappen’s Red Bull about a ‘tricky’ fuel-flow system, designed to boost power, that was declared illegal.Speaking to reporters late Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto said: “I read and I heard a lot of comments this weekend about a technical directive and the impact on our cars.”I heard comments at the end of the race, which I feel were very disappointing…”It is the type of comments that are completely wrong in the sport. It is not good for the sport and I think everybody should be a bit more cautious.”TRADE-OFFBinotto, who celebrated his 50th birthday on race day Sunday, went on to launch a defence of his team, explaining how their six-race run of pole positions came to an end and why they endured a disappointing race with an apparent loss of their previous big speed advantage on the straights.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel retired early with broken suspension and teammate Charles Leclerc, powered by an ‘old’ Spec 2 engine, finished fourth, 50 seconds adrift of Verstappen’s Red Bull.Asked why he thought Ferrari had suffered a slump, Verstappen said: “That’s what happens when you stop cheating…”Binotto rejected the charge, saying: “As a matter of fact, I believe we were very close to pole position as it was in the last race. I think Seb could have scored pole, but maybe was a bit too cautious in one corner.”He said Leclerc faced technical difficulties without which “he was potentially on the pole as well. So, I don’t see where is the problem… “He explained that Ferrari changed their base set-up and ran with more down-force — a switch that helped them gain in the corners, but at the cost of speed on the straights.”The trade-off between grip limit and power limit has moved this weekend, as a test on our side, to try to match their cornering. I think that it is as simple as that.”Leclerc, who is regarded as a rival to Verstappen as F1’s next champion driver, said the Dutchman had no idea what he was talking about.The Monegasque driver said: “I think it is a joke, to be completely honest. He has no clue. He is not on the team. We know exactly what we are doing.”I don’t know why he is speaking. He doesn’t know anything about us.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Amsterdam: Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman says the wave of outstanding young talent pushing for places in the national team means some established players face a fight to earn their spot in the squad for next year’s European Championship.The Dutch demolished Estonia 5-0 on Tuesday, a game in which Koeman handed debuts to impressive AZ Alkmaar duo Calvin Stengs, 20, and 18-year-old Myron Boadu, who took his tally for the season to 17 goals in 24 starts for club and country. “It would be very strange if everything was clear against Estonia in one evening,” Koeman told Dutch television station NOS. “We still have six months. We have a lot of young players who will be half a year older. It will be a fight.”Koeman added that the March international window would see his side play two friendlies, which would heavily influence the squad make-up.He also welcomed the gesture by captain-for-the-night and hat-trick hero Georginio Wijnaldum, who stood alongside teammate Frenkie de Jong in the celebration of his first goal, holding their arms out and pointing to the colour of their skin.It follows allegations of racist abuse aimed at Dutch second-tier player Ahmad Mendes Moreira at the weekend during a game between his side Excelsior and FC Den Bosch.Wijnaldum had spoken about the incident in the build-up to the Estonia match.”Gini just said something about it in the dressing room during our closing words with each other,” Koeman said.”He said he feels so happy with this Dutch team, where this problem (of racism) does not occur. It is one team. It’s nice to see that.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 EuroDutcheuromanager First Published: November 20, 2019, 2:58 PM IST
London: Arsenal boss Unai Emery said Thursday that Granit Xhaka’s “mindset is better” after he missed four matches following his public run-in with the club’s fans.The Switzerland international was stripped of the club captaincy after swearing and throwing the captain’s armband to the ground in reaction to Gunners fans booing him as he was substituted against Crystal Palace late last month. Xhaka, 27, blamed death threats to his family for his furious response, saying he had reached “boiling point”, but Emery said he was training well after playing in both of his country’s Euro 2020 qualifiers in the past week.”He is coming back better in his mind, his mindset is better to help us and to be closer to playing when we need him,” said Emery ahead of his side’s home match with Southampton on Saturday.”I spoke to him this morning and we had a very good conversation. He trained very well before the international break and he trained very well this morning.”Emery gave no guarantee that Xhaka would feature against the Saints.”We are going to decide tomorrow but I want to do that comeback, give him confidence and make him comfortable,” he said. “And when we can connect with our supporters with a good moment and a good performance and being strong with them.”Arsenal, without a win in four Premier League matches, are sixth in the table, eight points behind the top four, but Emery was positive they could narrow the gap.”Last year we had some experience in reducing the gap against important teams and now that’s our objective,” said the Spaniard.”We know it won’t take a short time but that’s our goal and our challenge now is to reduce the distance, little by little, and starting on Saturday and that match is very important.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. arsenalfootballGranit XhakaPremier League First Published: November 22, 2019, 5:25 PM IST
Advertisement AdvertisementAn inspired second half surge by the Swiss helped them stage the first comeback victory of this year’s world cup. Goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri sparked a controversial celebration from the players portraying the nationalist symbol of the ethnic Albanian Eagle hinting at their Albanian lineage. Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic overpowered the Swiss defender Fabian Schar to head the ball home and give Serbia the lead just 5 minutes into the game. After an early domination by the Serbian, Switzerland slowly started to take control of the match. Early in the second half, Shaqiri’s shot from inside the box was blocked by Kolarov as it fell comfortably for Granit Xhaka. The arsenal midfielder shot a 25 yard rebound ball with power, pace and swerve from outside the box leaving no chance whatsoever for Stojkovic to save the shot. Tiring midfield for both the teams towards the end of the match became easier to pass by as attack was countered by attack in the final few minutes of the game. Serbia won a corner in the dying moments of the game. Ivanovic’s cross was steered clear and two passes later it sparked a one man counter attack from Shaqiri who was tried to be played offside by Tosic forgetting the fact that it was Shaqiri’s own half. Shaqiri carried the ball from the half line on his own to score the all important winner for the Swiss.This puts Switzerland level on points with table toppers Brazil who are sitting on 4 points from 2 matches. This means that Serbia will have to win against Brazil in order to qualify while, for Switzerland a mere draw against the already knocked Costa Rica will help them advance to the knockout phase.Catch the highlights of #SRBSUI here :Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Nigeria vs Iceland ReviewFIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Costa Rica Review
Advertisement AdvertisementThe first team through to the finals of the World Cup is none other than France. Exceptional performance throughout the game sees them standing at the threshold of their 2nd World Cup triumph in 3 finals.They will face either of England or Croatia who faces off today.Samuel Umtiti after his header.Samuel Umtiti was totally the hero of the game as he scored a header past Belgium while most of the team couldn’t see the face of the goal. The Barcelona defender headed a near post corner and beat Thibaut Courtois. That was the major highlight of the game.Both Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris made sensational saves throughout the game to set the game alight but a misfortune in the Belgium side and their predictable nature in the final 3rd made it easier for France.The result means it will be Bronze at best for Belgium’s golden generation at Russia 2018.Highlights:-Read Also:-Football: Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is finally ‘black and white’Football : Arsenal complete signing of Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira for €30m.
Mathews said Malinga is set to miss tomorrows practice Mathews said Malinga is set to miss tomorrows practice game against New Zealand here. “We are hoping Lasith will be fit for the first game of the tournament. As of now the plan is he wont be playing the first practice game. But we know the quality he has in him. We know he can train for a few days and walk straight into the match. We (however) dont really know the current situation.” Mathews, who came into international prominence in the 2009 World T20, conceded he was not mentally prepared to take over as captain when Malinga got injured. “I was not (mentally prepared). But I have the experience of captaining for quite a few years now. Its a challenge. Whether or not you are the captain you have a certain role to play in the team. “The selectors and Lasith have been planning for this tournament for a long time. They have worked together and now its all a different situation. So I have to do the best and get the best out of the team which I have.” Mathews said all the teams looked evenly matched. “Its going to be a tough tournament as all the teams are even. Whoever plays better on a particular day will obviously come out winners. We are not looking too far ahead. We want to take one game at a time, get the momentum going and if we get that going I am pretty sure no one can stop us.” The all-rounder said that in the recently-concluded Asia Cup the team played below par and got eliminated. “It was a challenging tournament for us, especially going into the series as current champions. We found it really hard even to compete. Thats something that can be admitted. We did not play good enough cricket to get into the final. “But this is a fresh tournament for us. We learned so many things from the Asia Cup and we will take it as an experience going forward into the ICC World Cup,” he said. “We have an inexperienced team compared to previous World Cup squads. A major role has to be played by the experienced guys. To fill in the shoes of (Kumar) Sangakkara and Mahela (Jayawardene) will take quite a bit of time. All we got to do is to be patient, try and build the squads for the World Cups which we didnt do actually. We were quite impatient.” PTI SSR RSY CMadvertisement
While India does not follow the concourse security While India does not follow the concourse security plan for civil aviation operations which entails frisking of fliers and their luggage before entering the airport, security personnel in plainclothes are being deployed increasingly to keep tab on any suspicious movements at these facilities, they said.”Keeping in mind the security hold pattern of airport security where passengers enter the terminal area unchecked and are frisked later in a designated area, the surveillance and patrol teams along the peripheries have been asked to be extra cautious specifically keeping in mind the heightened security alert after the Brussels attack and generally in view of the vulnerability of these facilities,” they said.”There is a general alert to all sensitive and vital installations in view of the Brussels attack and the recently concluded Holi festivities.”The security paraphernalia at places where there is large public interface is definitely more proactive than earlier keeping in mind that there are no added hassles in their movement and security of travellers,” they said.Similar measures have also been deployed at the Delhi Metro network where security personnel have been asked to remain vigilant, especially over the weekend. PTI NES RT
Sunrisers Hyderabad is wary of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batting trio – Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, as any of them could take the game away, its head coach Tom Moody said on Monday.”We don’t have plans to restrict Kohli, who has been in an amazing form. If he, Gayle or AB has a day out, that might be something not in our control. What is in our control is executing our plans well,” Moody told reporters ahead of Sunrisers’ IPL T20 tie against RCB on Tuesday at the Chinnaswamy stadium.Asserting that he was not unduly concerned with the poor form of Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan, Moody said they were world class performers who would thrive and have a success campaign. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”As this (IPL tournament) is a different campaign, different team and different opportunity, I am sure all of them will thrive and have a successful campaign,” Moody told reporters after his team had a practice session.Admitting that the absence of Yuvraj Singh in the first game would be a big loss for Sunrisers, the former Aussie cricketer said he (Yuvraj) was a match winner and hoped he would recover quickly to be back in the team early.”We are hopeful that within a couple of weeks Yuvi will back in consideration for selections,” Moody said.Allaying fears over inclusion of Ashish Nehra in the final 11, Moody said the Indian pacer was in top form and his presence on and off the field was invaluable.advertisement”He (Nehra) is a wonderful bowler and a great character to have him in the dressing room,” Moody said.Asked if skipper David Warner would open the innings or play at fourth position as he did during the recent ICC World T20 for Australia, the coach said the Aussie was an extremely destructive batsman at the top of the order.”The thing about Warner is he can bat at any order. He was phenomenal when he batted at no.4 in the first half of the IPL campaign in 2014. As we saw in the previous IPL, he comes as an extremely destructive batsman at the top of the order. You ask any opening bowler if he would be happy to see Warner coming at four or one, I am sure he will prefer him batting down the order,” he added.
Kings XI Punjab bowlers displayed exceptional death bowling skills as they shocked a formidable Delhi Daredevils by 9 runs in an IPL encounter here on Saturday. (Scorecard | Highlights)Defending a target of 181, Kings XI Punjab restricted Daredevils to 172 for 5 even as the Zaheer Khan-led outfit looked set to get 44 off 4 overs, which was considered par for the course on a flat batting wicket.While KXIP’s third win does not change their position in the league table but certainly keeps them alive while Daredevils will rue a missed opportunity even though they stay put at third place in the table.Stoinis show The hero for KXIP would be Mohit Sharma (0/21 in 4 overs) who did not get any wickets but should unbelievable variations to bowl 12 dot balls equivalent two maiden overs.The 17th over bowled by Marcus Stoinis (3/40 in 4 overs) was an eventful one that saw the right-arm gentle medium pacer give only 4 runs getting Sam Billings (6) in the process.In the last three overs, Daredevils needed 40 from last 3 overs.Carlos Brathwaite (12) hit a four and a six off Sandeep Sharma before providing a simple catch for the fielder stationed at mid-wicket boundary trying a pull shot.With 29 needed off 13 balls, the match seemed like slipping out of Daredevils’ hands. Mohit Sharma compounded their woes bowling a brilliant 19th over giving away only three runs as KXIP pocketed the match in that very over.Sandeep then kept his cool in the final over where 25 was needed and he gave only 15 runs.De Kock’s fifty advertisementDe Kock was watchful for the first few deliveries before hitting his first boundary off spinner KC Cariappa, sweeping him to the square leg boundary. In the next over, he smashed Mohit Sharma over extra cover for another boundary.When Stoinis was introduced into the attack, De Kock was quick to cut him and then drove him through the covers for back to back to boundaries.Axar Patel was slog swept over backward square leg for a six followed by a boundary through the covers.The 50 runs came in the final over of Powerplay as Sanju Samson smartly nudged around for the singles to give De Kock the bulk of the strike.He used the sweep and cut shot to good effect against the spinners — Cariappa and Patel to hit them for boundaries.De Kock’s own 50 came off 28 balls with a lustily pulled six off Stoinis. But he did not last long after that as he tried to slash a Stoinis slower only to be caught at backward point. De Kock’s 52 off 30 balls had six boundaries and two sixes as the opening stand yielded 70 runs.Delhi’s downfall Once De Kock was out, Samson gave Cariappa the charge hitting him for a big six followed by a boundary. The came in the 12th over.In the 14th over, Samson picked up Stoinis to pull him and then hit him thriough vacant extra cover to reach 49 before indiscretion cost him his wicket.He tried to hit Stoinis for a six after the two boundaries only to be caught by Glenn Maxwell at long-on.Samson’s 49 off 35 balls had four boundaries and a six.The Samson-Karun duo added 51 runs for the second wicket as another 61 runs were required for victory.Karun Nair (23) simply did not get going and David Miller having dropped him once, did not make the same mistake second time round when KC Cariappa’s bowling. Karun and Samson’s dismissals due to poor shot selections was the biggest reason for Daredevils faltering in chase.
World No.1 tennis star Novak Djokovic has a potential semi-final encounter with clay expert Rafael Nadal, while defending champion Serena Williams could face Angelique Kerber on course to the women’s singles final after the draw took place at the French Open on Friday.DJOKOVIC GETS A FAVOURABLE DRAWThe top-seeded Serbian Djokovic, who holds 11 Grand Slam titles but still seeks his first ever French Open title, will open his campaign against Chinese Taipei’s Lu Yen-Hsun, the world No.100, and will avoid all top ten seeds except Czech Tomas Berdych before the semi-finals, reports Xinhua.Nadal, having been promoted to fourth seed after Roger Federer withdrew, could meet local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals as the Spaniard is chasing his 10th Roland Garros title.MURRAY COULD MEET NISHIKORI IN QUARTERSIn the other half of the men’s singles draw, second-seeded Scottish Andy Murray is heading to a possible quarter-final collision against fifth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori, while defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka is on course to meet Canada’s big server Milos Raonic in the last eight.France’s hopes of triumph for the first time since Yannick Noah in 1983 were hit on Friday morning when former semi-finalist Gael Monfils pulled out due to virus infection.SERENA, AZARENKA DRAWN IN SAME HALFOn the women’s front, top seed American Serena, who takes on Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in her opening round, has been drawn into the same quarter with former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka before taking on Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber in a potential semi-final clash.advertisementSecond seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland heads the draw in the other half with Simona Halep in the same quarter and Roberta Vinci and Garbine Muguruza wait in the other quarter.With the ailing U.S. Open semi-finalist Peng Shuai dropping to the 464th in the WTA rankings and having failed to earn a wild card from the French organisers, three Chinese enter directly into the French Open main draw.Australian Open quarter-finalist Zhang Shuai picks up Kazakhstan veteran Galina Voskoboeva in her opening match and the 2014 Asian Games champion Wang Qiang faces French wild card holder Tessah Andrianjafitrimo.The French Open, featuring a total prize money of 32,017,500 euros ($35886814.88), starts on Sunday and ends on June 5 with the men’s singles final.
Samsung has officially launched the entry-level phone Galaxy J3 Pro in China. The phone is now listed on the company’s official website for China. Although exclusive to China for now, the company may launch it in other markets as well. There is however no clarity on that yet.Also Read: Samsung challenges Fitbit with $180 fitness tracker with GPS The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro sports a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x720 pixels resolution. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB RAM. The phone comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a microSD card.The Galaxy J3 Pro comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based TouchWiz UI and supports 4G LTE. The phone is backed by a 2,650mAh battery.The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro has been priced at 990 Yuan (roughly Rs 10,090) in China and will be available for buying soon through China Telecom.Also Read: Leaked blueprint shows possible Galaxy Note 6, launch likely in August In another news, the company may also be looking to launch its next-generation Note phablet some time in August. The alleged Galaxy Note 6 will likely have a screen size in between 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch and carry a design language much on the same lines as the current-generation Note 5. The alleged Note 6 will either use an Exynos 8890 or the Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory.Just like other Note devices, the yet-to-be-announced Note 6 will also have a stylus, or the S Pen. The company is known to improve its stylus iteration after iteration and chances are that such may be the case with the next Note phablet as well.advertisement
Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar is the lone Indian to find a place in former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum’s list of all-time cricketing XI with West Indian legend Vivian Richards as the captain.McCullum’s team comprises four Australians in Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Mitchell Johnson, three West Indians in Vivian Richards, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle, two Kiwis in Tim Southee and Trent Boult, Tendulkar and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis.The Kiwi great, who broke the record for fastest Test ton in his final match, opted for Gayle and Tendulkar to open the batting with former Australia skipper Ponting at first drop.NO DEARTH OF DESTRUCTION”I wanted someone destructive at the top of the order. Chris Gayle – there ain’t much better than that,” McCullum was quoted as saying by lords.org.”Obviously Sachin can bat for days. Ponting is another man with phenomenal statistics, he takes the game on and even if you lose two early wickets, he’s still going to come on and play his shots and be aggressive.”In the middle order, McCullum went for Lara at No.4 followed by the legendary Richards.”(Lara) can hopefully take the game away in a session. Sir Viv Richards comes in next and captains the side as well, with his charm, his swagger and his ability to hit the ball out of the park.”Considered as one of the most successful all-rounders in the history of the game, Kallis is next in the batting slot while stumper Gilchrist is McCullum’s choice for the No.7 position.advertisement”At number six I’ve gone for the greatest all-rounder in my opinion of all time, Kallis, he’s a bit lower in the batting order than he’s used to but I’m sure he’ll find his way, he’s an adaptable man.””Gilchrist as wicketkeeper at seven, on the back of that top six I think he can come in and ice it off pretty quickly,” he said.TRANS-TASMAN ATTACKThe bowling department is led by Aussie duo of leg-spin legend Warne and pacer Johnson along with Kiwi pace combo of Boult and Southee.”Johnson terrorised the opposition for years on end, he can also swing the willow as well if need be, (while) Warne speaks for himself,” he said.”Then I’ve gone for two Kiwis. That’s purely because when I was captain of New Zealand, I said I’d never change (Boult and Southee) for the world.””I saw them change us from an average Test team to a much harder to beat Test team, because of their ability to get 20 wickets,” he added.Team: Chris Gayle, Sachin Tendulknar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Viv Richards (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Shane Warne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Second-seeded Andy Murray cruised to a trouble-free 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over Liam Broady, a British wild-card entry ranked No. 235.In the first all-British men’s meeting at Wimbledon since 2001 and first at a Grand Slam since 2006, Murray was in command from start to finish. The 2013 Wimbledon champion toyed with the left-hander, who failed to break Murray. (Also read: Serena Williams, Nick Kyrgios enter round two at Wimbledon) “It’s not that easy playing someone you know so well, but I did OK,” Murray said.Murray piled up 31 winners, including a forehand drop shot on match point.Murray finished the match just before the first rain delay of the tournament. Tarps were pulled over all of the outside courts, and the retractable roof on Centre Court was closed for the ensuing women’s match between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Caroline Wozniacki.Also reaching the second round with straight-set wins were seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.No. 7 Gasquet swept past Britain’s Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, while No. 12 Tsonga got past Spain’s Inigo Cervantes 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Gasquet reached the Wimbledon semifinals last year, while Tsonga made it to the semis in 2011 and 2012.WAWRINKA FACES STIFF RESISTANCEFourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka, who had lost in the first round at the All England Club five times, beat 18-year-old American Taylor Fritz – the youngest player in the men’s draw – 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-4.That set up a second-round match against Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion who beat Stephane Robert of France 6-1, 7-5, 6-0 in the big-hitting Argentine’s first appearance at Wimbledon since 2013 after a series of surgeries on his left wrist.advertisementKYRGIOS’ BETWEEN-THE-LEGS WINNER No. 15 Nick Kyrgios kept his cool – and hit another between-the-legs winner – as he beat 37-year-old Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (9), 6-1.The Australian was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set, and squandered two match points in the tiebreaker. He was also warned for an audible obscenity, but otherwise kept on his best behavior and settled down to dominate the fourth set.”A couple years ago, if I get broken there, I’m probably going to end up losing the match,” Kyrgios said. “It’s just maturity.”The highlight of the match came when Kyrgios hit a between-the-legs “tweener” from behind the baseline that sailed over Stepanek’s head at the net and dropped in for a perfect lob winner in the opening game of the third set. It was reminiscent of the tweener he hit for a winning drop shot in his upset victory over Rafael Nadal two years ago.Kyrgios set up an intriguing second-round match with Dustin Brown, another flashy shot-maker who beat Nadal here last year.
Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Perhaps most critically to the athletes, the Tokyo course was set to finish inside the Olympic stadium — a long-standing tradition cherished by racers that was eschewed for London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.“Visualizing running into the stadium, having that moment of silence where you go through a tunnel and then you get in the stadium and people are going nuts, it’s a really cool picture to think about,” said American runner Desiree Linden, who competed in the past two Olympic women’s marathons. “It’s certainly motivating.”There are also some viewing the heat as not a challenge, but an opportunity.The men’s marathon at Rio started at 24 degrees C (75 degrees F) in a sticky rain — warmer and muggier than ideal racing conditions. American marathoner Jared Ward said that climate contributed to his surprising sixth-place finish.“I feel like I really was able to take advantage of an opportunity in Rio to finish higher than I should have finished in that race,” Ward said. “I was not the sixth best marathoner in the world.”“It can completely open up the door for people who wouldn’t typically be your so-called favorites,” echoed U.S. runner Shalane Flanagan, who finished sixth in the Rio women’s marathon and retired earlier this month. “It’s not necessarily a true test of athleticism quite as much as who calculates the best.”And then there are racers wondering if all this debate is even worthwhile.“If it’s not guaranteed to be 10, 15 degrees cooler,” Diver said, “I think I prefer to have it in Tokyo.”“Everybody’s running the same race,” Taylor said. “You prepare for it. You run smart. Whatever they’re going to do is fine.”The IOC’s proposal was delivered suddenly two weeks ago. Koike, among Japan’s most powerful politicians, has seized the issue to rally public opinion by criticizing the IOC for moving so quickly and unilaterally, especially after Japan took steps like providing shade for runners and spectators and coating pavement with heat-resistant material. The IOC and Tokyo differ on estimates for temperatures in Sapporo and Tokyo — the IOC claims Sapporo will be cooler by 5 to 6 degrees C (9-11 F), but Tokyo maintains the difference is half that. FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, athletes compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, won the race. The IOC is seeking to relocate next summer’s Olympic marathon from steamy Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo after seeing competitors collapse in extreme heat at the world championships in Qatar. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)NEW YORK — Runners are all over the course regarding the IOC’s plan to move next summer’s Olympic marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo in pursuit of a cooler climate.The IOC decided to relocate the race after seeing competitors collapse in extreme heat at the world championships last month in Doha, Qatar, but Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is vigorously challenging the proposed change.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics No matter where they put the starting line, runners are figuring it will be among the warmest marathons they’ve run.“It is a Summer Olympics,” Linden said. “Anybody who is super surprised that it’s hot, I don’t know what to say.”As Taylor put it:“It’s going to be a suffer-fest.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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Blah, blah blah,’” added American Olympic hopeful Kellyn Taylor. “They’re taking into account the things that happened in Doha and really trying to make it better.”The pack breaks from there, for varying reasons.For starters, racers are eager to run in Tokyo. They want to be near Olympic festivities like the athlete’s village and opening ceremonies, and that could get complicated if runners must travel over 1,100 kilometers (nearly 700 miles) north to Sapporo for race day.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Organizers are concerned about the steamy conditions in Tokyo, especially after 28 of 68 starters failed to finish the women’s marathon and 18 of 73 men didn’t complete the course in Doha. Those races were run at midnight, with the women’s event starting at 32.7 degrees C (91 degrees F).Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa won that men’s race, but he said Thursday the conditions were “dangerous” and that the sport’s governing bodies — worlds are organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation — can’t put runners in that position again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We are human, you know?” he said.Temperatures in Japan don’t project quite so high, but either Tokyo or Sapporo would likely present unusual marathon conditions. Estimates suggest the temperature in Tokyo for a 5 a.m. start would be 27 degrees C (81 degrees F), compared to 25.4 degrees C (78 degrees F) in Sapporo for a 7 a.m. start. Rice industry paralysis
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska put on a dominant performance against double defending champion Petra Kvitova to ease into the final of the Connecticut Open with a 6-1 6-1 triumph on Friday.Kvitova, who also won the event in 2012, was looking to join Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as four-time winners of the tournament but the sixth-seeded Czech was completely overwhelmed by the Polish world number four.The two-time Wimbledon champion committed 17 unforced errors in the first set and never got into the match, which was completed in 77 minutes.The fast-starting Radwanska won the first five games of the match and then reeled off the opening four of the second set to stay in control throughout.The Pole advances to face Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who overcame Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-2 to reach the final. (Also read: Petra Kvitova advances, Roberta Vinci ousted in Connecticut Open)Larsson enjoyed an improbable run in the tournament after reaching the main draw when other players withdrew, the Swede upsetting Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the quarter-finals before coming up short against the 21-year-old Svitolina.The 10th-seeded Svitolina shocked Serena Williams on her way to a quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics and a victory in this warm-up event for next week’s U.S. Open would be her second of the year after she triumphed in Malaysia in May.
Lucknow Oct 8 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh government today transferred 11 IAS officers, including Rama Raman and posted him as chairman of Noida.An official spokesman said Raman, who was awaiting posting, has also been made principal secretary Infrastructural and Industrial Development and will relieve Sanjay Agarwal, principal secretary power, who was holding these departments as an additional charge.Principal secretary, Rural Engineering Service, Mahesh Gupta has been sent to Backward Welfare Department, he said adding Gupta will relieve principal secretary, Social Welfare, Manoj Singh, who was looking after these departments as an additional charge.Principal secretary, Sports and Youth Welfare, Anita Bhatnagar Jain has been sent to Higher Education Department with additional charge of minor irrigation.Principal secretary, Information, Navneet Sehgal has been given the additional charge of Sports and Youth Development, the spokesman said, adding special secretary, Infrastructure, Rishikesh Bhaskar Yashod has been made staff-officer to chief secretary.Special secretary, Social Welfare, Ishwari Prasad Pandey has been made registrar Chit Funds and special secretary Entertainment Tax. Atal Kumar Rai has been posted as secretary to Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, the spokesman added. PTI SAB AQS AQS
India completed a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand after thrashing the visitors by 321 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. (SCORECARD)Chasing a mammoth 475, the Kiwis were bundled out for a paltry 153 runs in their second innings. Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again emerged as the wrecker-in-chief, taking seven wickets and an overall 13 scalps in the match. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)Earlier, riding on Cheteshwar Pujara’s brilliant 101 and opener Gautam Gambhir’s 56-ball 50, India declared their second innings at 216/3 with an overall lead of 474 runs, just before the tea break. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin third quickest to 20 five-wicket Test hauls)The entire New Zealand second innings were wrapped up virtually in one session.
Bhopal, Nov 23 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh government is organising the second “Jal-Mahotsava”- on Hanuwantiya island in the backwaters of Punasa Dam in Khandwa district from December 15.Two house boats for visitors will be the special feature of this month-long tourist festival, a MP State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) official said, adding that online booking for the event has started on www.jalmahotsav.com.Various events like water sports, island camping, adventure activities – hot air ballooning, para sailing, para motors, star gazing, water skiing, jet skiing, water Burma bridge, artificial climbing wall, bird watching, trekking, treasure hunt and night camping will be other added attractions.More than 100 islands have come up in the backwaters of the Punasa dam, which is one of the biggest reservoirs in Asia.The Island formation starts from Hanuwantiya, which is surrounded by backwaters of dam on river Narmada from three sides.In February this year, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had also organised a cabinet meeting in a cruise boat at Hanuwantiya in a bid to promote water tourism at the site.The first Jal-Mahotsava for 10 days was organised in February this year. PTI MAS LAL DK IKA BAS
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Bernie Ecclestone says Nico Rosbergs shock retirement is certainly not good for Formula One but the German will only be remembered as one-time World Champion and not a great of the sport. Rosbergs decision, though widely respected, opened a debate over the timing of his retirement, which came five days after he secured the world title at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Can he be put in the same league of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, a three-time champion, or the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, who have won four and two titles respectively? Formula One supremo Ecclestone doesnt think so. “Well, lets just say he is a world champion. The other names that you mentioned (Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso) have obviously won more than a few times and have achieved more. So I would just call Nico a world champion and nothing else,” Ecclestone told PTI from London. However, he insists Rosbergs absence from the grid is a loss to the sport. “Okay, not as popular as Lewis but Nico was a very popular driver. So his absence is certainly not good for Formula One,” said Ecclestone, who was lifted off his feet by a jubilant Rosberg minutes after he finished second at the Yas Marina Circuit to clinch the world title. The 31-year-old drove his heart out the entire season to halt the juggernaut of Hamilton, who was denied his third title in a row in Abu Dhabi. With his feat, Keke Rosberg and Nico became the only the second father-son duo to be crowned as world champions. His sudden retirement has created a coveted slot at Mercedes, who have been the Constructors Champions for the past three seasons. It is no secret that Mercedes are considering the experienced Alonso for the job along with others. If Alonso finds way out of his contract with McLaren and joins Mercedes, it will be the second time that he would partner Hamilton, forming a mouthwatering partnership. “A lot of people are linking Alonso with the Mercedes drive but I would like to wait and see what decision the team takes. He is a fine driver without a doubt,” said Ecclestone. On the new technical regulations in 2017 and the way ahead for Formula One under new owners Liberty Media, the 86-year-old added: “Formula One remains big but I think it is too early to talk about how it would be with new owners taking charge”. PTI BS KHS KHSadvertisement
Us Indians have a fetish for cruisers! Looking at this syndrome, American brand UM Motorcycles showcased and launched two new motorcycles in India at the last Auto Expo. At the show both bikes looked inviting and after a rather substantial wait, we got our hands on one of them; the Renegade Commando to be precise. The company’s vision here is to offers an ‘affordable yet premium American product’ in India. So have they been successful?ALSO READ:Ducati Monster 821 is a bike that one needs and has to haveThe companys vision here is to offer an affordable yet premium American product in India. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The Renegade Commando is pretty much a looker. It comes in the matte military type green shade and looks quite attractive at first glance. The large fenders both up front and back hide the meaty 110/90 16-inch tyre up front and the massive 140/90 15-inch tyre at the back. The 41mm front forks house the headlamp which has a cover behind which announces the name of the bike. The handlebar design gels well with the overall theme and at the same time the switchgear felt nice and crisp to operate.The instrument panel sits atop the 18-litre fuel tank. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The large 18-litre fuel tank also houses the instrument panel which comprises of a large speedo and a digital display for other tell tales. Beside this console there is also a USB slot provided which can be used to charge mobile devices. Quite a good feature to have these days.advertisementSwitchgear works well. But lacks finish. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The seat height is also kept low which should be comfortable for most Indian frames. The rear seat too offers decent amount of space and the backrest too provides comfort to the pillion. There is also a small storage space under the rear seat and it does come handy.Switchgear works well. But lacks finish. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Honda Hornett vs Suzuki Gixxer vs TVS Apache 160 vs Yamaha FZIt all seems well as of now! But look closely and you will start noticing certain issues. First and foremost the finish of various things are not up to the mark. The mudguards are not properly rounded at the edges and the quality of rubber parts are a doubt as well. While most of the bikes we get come with fancy decaling we appreciate the bare basic tone of the Commando.Engine offers good tug. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) But the decal on the tank felt like it will peel off sooner than later. And before I forget, our bike also had the issue of a leaky fuel tank cap! While we understand that the UM Commando is built to a price but we sincerely hope that UM Motorcycles look into the matter and production bikes are better finished than the one we got. It is mandatory!Neatly set radiator. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The key fob sits atop the handlebar T. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The Commando is powered by a 279.5cc, 4-stroke single which churns out 24.8bhp and 21.8Nm of torque. Considering all this the Commando will face stiff competition from the Mahindra Mojo and the Royal Enfield Himalayan. That’s quite a task in itself. The engine starts up on a meaty note and that I like. The gears shifted with a bit of notchiness and the Commando took off with quite a bit of grunt. The accompanying rorty note from the engine along with the exhaust adds to the overall aura of gaining momentum. The tug from the engine continues till one hits the 100kmph mark after which it starts feeling stressed.280mm discs up front offer good bite. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 is a smart commuterHowever we did see the speedo go by 130kmph and that is a respectable figure and comparable to the competition. But at this speed vibrations creep up which does not feel right. However if you are one of those who are happy to cruise around at 80 to 90kmph all day long, the Commando will keep you rather happy. But the only cause of concern is the fact that this engine is not exactly an all-American one! It is actually one sourced from China and this also means that reliability has to be proved in India.There is little to doubt the fact that the Renegade Commando is quite a looker. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)UM has loaded the Commando with features. One of them is the USB charging slot mounted on the instrument panel. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) Now moving onto the ride and handling department. The Commando comes with a relatively long wheelbase. It also sports 41mm telescopic forks up front and a conventional twin shock set up at the back. On the move the suspension did a good job of soaking up the bumps and especially those nasty potholes which monsoon throws up. However dug deeper the suspension does stick it up your spine. Being a cruiser the Commando demonstrates good straight line abilities. But in true American spirit, it does not like corners much.Large tail lamps mounted on a big fender adds to the visual. The big mudguards also work well to keep water away. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Last but not the least, the Command does stop rather well. The front 280mm discs work well and offers ample bite. This is also aided by the 130mm drums at the back. However in absence of ABS, the rear tyre locks up rather quickly. advertisementIt also has a lot of street presence. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Honda CB Shine tested in peak trafficVerdictThe Renegade Commando will be made in India. The Commando looks the part and on paper it is very competitive as well. The engine offers good performance and at the same time the bike is priced competitively. However what we did not like much is the fact that attention to detail is missing. The quality of plastics and rubber parts need to improve soon to ensure that these bikes are competitive in the market.
Chelsea are insistent that Roman Abramovich remains committed to the club amid a report in the Sunday Times that he wants to sell the Stamford Bridge side.The report says that the oligarch’s directors have appointed advisers from merchant bank Raine Group to conduct a strategic review at Chelsea.The Blues’ stance on Abramovich’s continued interest in the club has remained consistent, despite him pulling the plug on the £1 billion ($1.28bn) stadium redevelopment plans, as his UK investor’s visa was delayed as part of a government review. 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! In June, it was reported that Sir Jim Ratcliffe had failed with a £2bn ($2.57bn) bid for the club, and Chelsea again used that opportunity to reiterate Abramovich’s desire to continue running the team.Abramovich took a hands-on role at Chelsea over the summer, as he was involved in appointing Maurizio Sarri in Antonio Conte’s place at the helm of first-team affairs. He attended Sarri’s second game in Nice and he was involved in discussions around transfer activity, with his appointed director Marina Graniskovaia still leading the club on his behalf.The club was bought by Abramovich in 2003, heralding what has been the most successful time in the side’s history. Chelsea have won 15 trophies in 15 years, making them the most successful English club in that period.Chelsea’s fans held up a banner in support of their owner at their first home game of the season to mark his milestone year at the club. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Wilfried Zaha has made a “substantial financial contribution” to support the development of Crystal Palace Ladies’ amateur players.Already a fan favourite at his boyhood club, star forward Zaha agreed to a “stunning gesture” amid reports players from the Ladies’ reserve team were asked to raise £250 in sponsorship to earn a place in the squad.Palace strongly denied those claims and released a statement, praising 25-year-old Zaha – who signed a new long-term deal with the Premier League side last month and responded to Wednesday’s news by tweeting, “no problem, happy to help”. 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! “Our senior squad currently consists of 21 players, all of whom are contracted to Palace Ladies and either receive a wage or are paid expenses,” the statement read.”This is made possible by the substantial financial support we receive from Crystal Palace Football Club and our principal sponsor, Utilita Energy, who are committed supporters of the women’s game and are backing Palace Ladies for the third consecutive season.”Our budget and business and marketing plans were clearly set out in our application to join the FA Women’s Championship; in common with many other clubs, we encourage players to seek personal sponsorship to help raise the club’s profile and build links with the business community, but it is not a condition of playing for Palace Ladies.”All our other teams operate on an amateur basis and, as with any grassroots membership club, players pay an annual subscription fee. To help the development of our reserve team players, we have heavily subsidised their annual membership fees.”We are delighted to announce that Wilf Zaha has contacted the club to make a substantial financial contribution to support the development of our amateur players. Everyone knows what Crystal Palace means to Wilf and he wants to give the same opportunities to the next generation of aspiring players at Palace Ladies that he enjoyed when coming up through junior teams.No problem happy to help #CPFCFamily https://t.co/zXj2tPXvgS — Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) September 5, 2018 “We are grateful for Wilf’s support and for the ongoing support of Crystal Palace Football Club and Utilita Energy, which enables our senior team to play in the FA Women’s Championship.”Zaha has scored two goals in three games for Roy Hodgson’s Palace this Premier League season.
Frank Lampard said he was shell-shocked after his Derby County side knocked Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.Scott Carson saved from Phil Jones to earn the Championship side a place in the fourth round, progressing 8-7 at the end of a high-class shoot-out that followed a dramatic 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.Lampard, in his first season as a manager, triumphed against former boss Jose Mourinho despite Marouane Fellaini’s late headed equaliser. 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! And Lampard could hardly believe Derby, who trailed thanks to Juan Mata’s third-minute goal, were able to dump United out.”I’m shell-shocked. What a performance,” Lampard said to Sky Sports. “To go down early at Old Trafford and play as well as they did was superb. We had the personality to take penalties and play the way we did. I am a proud manager.”It was the easiest selection I have had, the players were superb against Brentford [in Saturday’s 3-1 Championship win] and they deserved the chance to play at Old Trafford.”I wanted to bring a team who could really compete. I am so proud of them. I am trying to build a group to be successful and nights like this are incredible. To go against world-class players and play that way, it’s right up there.”Derby came from behind to lead thanks to a brilliant long-range free-kick from Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson, with Jack Marriott nodding the Rams ahead.And it was another loanee, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who was singled out for praise by the former Blues star.”Harry Wilson does do that in training, he proved me wrong as I thought it was too far out,” Lampard added. “Both he and Mason Mount are going to go a long way.”
Nayan Shah an under-19 cricketer from Maharashtra arrested by the Kanpur police in connection with a betting racket in connection with the ongoing Indian Premier League is a prized catch but just a cog in the wheel. Investigations have revealed that he was just acting as per the orders of several handles spread in at least four states.The cellphone records of Nayan indicated that he was in touch with over 12 bookies spread in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.The most prominent face that has emerged in the investigation with whom Nayan was in regular touch and providing vital information about pitch was Bunty Khandelwal. A team of Kanpur police with the help of Ajmer police had conducted a raid in Ajmer at the suspected hideout of Bunty. While the team managed to get vital evidence apart from 25 cellphones, Bunty managed to give the police a slip moments before the raid. Now the Kanpur police is suspecting a spill over of the information.A lookout notice has been issued against Bunty Khandelwal and all the airports have been alerted. Nayan could be interrogated just for six hours after the arrest by the Kanpur police and now the police will move for his police custody remand.It’s learnt that Nayan was given a contract for all the IPL matches and he was tasked not just to provide information about the pitch but also ensure it was tampered by excessive watering. The design was simple — over water the pitch to make it slow and pass on the information to the bookies who would bet in hundreds of crore knowing well if the pitch in question was a bowlers pitch or that of a batsman.advertisementNayan was in touch with Ramesh Bihari, who was an employee of Green Park stadium in Kanpur, where the matches were to be played. Ramesh was paid Rs 20000 to put additional water on pitch to make it slow by Nayan and also click photographs of the pitch. The police have recovered photographs of the pitch sent by Ramesh to Nayan who in turn forwarded it to bookies with his own comments.The syndicate did not stop here. Nayan also tried contacting some players who stayed in the same Hotel where Nayan checked in and was even adjusted in room No. 1733 on the 17th floor.Nayan in a voice message to Bunty Khandelwal indicated and which is now with the police that he had established his contacts with two IPL players who were allegedly ready to influence 7 to 8 matches for them. The police is not divulging any information on the identity of these players and is neither ruling out the possibility of their interrogation in the near future.On the other hand, the police is under the impression that Nayan is a goldmine of information so he is likely to be taken on police custody remand for interrogation on Monday.Meanwhile raids are expected in several parts if the country in the days to come. The syndicate had deep roots and Nayan had got contract for all the IPL matches.
All Lala Shri Ram had really wanted to do was create a centre for commerce education in India. But, even by his own imagination, he would have probably been stunned to see that what he started in a hired house in Delhi’s Daryaganj, with all of 12 students, has grown,All Lala Shri Ram had really wanted to do was create a centre for commerce education in India. But, even by his own imagination, he would have probably been stunned to see that what he started in a hired house in Delhi’s Daryaganj, with all of 12 students, has grown to become India’s premier institution for commerce and economics.Today, the Shri Ram College of Commerce attracts students from all corners of the country. They come seeking top quality education and highest standards of excellence. The student composition at SRCC is uniform-most set foot here after topping their school, city or state in the 12 boards. The other group of achievers is one that has made a mark in the sporting arena.SRCC passouts go places. The academically inclined make it to renowned national and international institutions – IIM, Delhi School of Economics, London School of Economics to name a few. Placement records are enviable, with no top recruiter giving SRCC a miss, from Google, Uber, Deutsche Bank, Citibank to McKinsey.What sets SRCC apart is its liberal and energetic atmosphere. The SRCC Business Conclave, arguably the biggest undergraduate management festival in India, has in the past seen participation by 10,000 students and attendance by the likes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharti Enterprises founder-chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy and Godrej group chairman Adi Godrej. It is planned and organised entirely by the college students’ body.Photo: Yasir IqbalThe student societies active on the campus make life at SRCC eventful. In Enactus SRCC, for instance, students design sustainable business models for communities in need. A group of driven minds with a social purpose at hand work to eradicate manual scavenging, revive cultural art forms and improve rural livelihoods-all in consultation with top corporate leaders who serve as mentors and project partners. There have been over 500 beneficiaries till date.advertisementThe Dramatics Society, with his nuanced and vibrant plays and street productions, attracts audiences even at reputed venues such as Kamani Auditorium in Delhi and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai. The SRCC Debating Society has members who have earned applause in international championships.SRCC is probably one of the few undergraduate institutions to have an incubation centre. It also hosts international students’ exchange programmes and has a resourceful library and exceptional sports facilities. Whatever be your area of interest-photography, travelling, art, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing – SRCC has a students’ society for it.The college is a culturally rich institution, with representation from every part of India. The classroom experience is enriching, and so is the atmosphere at the ‘Co-op’ area or by the library lawns, where ideas constantly find their way into conversations. The college encourages talent and ability, without prejudices such as background, gender or ethnicity.Photo: Yasir IqbalThe alumni of SRCC are making it in every field: business, politics, start-ups, development, policy, theatre and films. The students make the institution proud wherever they go. SRCC is a legacy. Its essence lies in its emphasis on initiative and student ownership, which is why being an SRCC product is a matter of pride.The author is a student from the batch of 2016 and works at Citibank.
Liverpool had little time to celebrate the return of Champions League football to Anfield before the squad departed for Australia on Monday to play in a post-season friendly linked to the club’s 125th anniversary.Juergen Klopp’s side, who finished fourth after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 in their final Premier League game on Sunday, will line up against the recently crowned A-League champions Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.The game will mark an anniversary which falls on June 3, with Liverpool’s party mood further improved by the news that they will be among five seeded teams for the Champions League playoff round, avoiding potentially tricky ties against Sevilla, Napoli, Ajax and Dynamo Kiev.The five-times European champions last played in the competition in 2014 but fell meekly in the group stage with manager Brendan Rodgers even playing a weakened team against Real Madrid as the club prioritised the Premier League.Much more is expected this time round and, before flying to Australia, Klopp outlined his transfer strategy for the summer, which will be key to improving their Champions League record of just three wins in 14 games since the 2008-09 quarter-finals.”We have already pretty much done (the work on transfers). We have to see,” the German told reporters.”(It’s not like) tomorrow with (sporting director) Michael Edwards we will sit together and speak about what we think we need. Now we have to make decisions. Negotiations need to be done. All that stuff.”Liverpool are expected to be one of England’s heaviest spenders in the off-season, strengthening a squad that at times appeared close to threadbare during the run-in.advertisementWhile the prospect of Champions League football should improve the quality of player Liverpool can attract, they will face close regional competition for signings from Manchester City and potentially United, if Jose Mourinho’s side qualify by beating Ajax in Wednesday’s Europa League final.Liverpool have been linked with Southampton centre half Virgil van Dijk, Fulham full back Ryan Sessegnon and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, while they will also be in the market for a striker, possibly as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge.”We are prepared, we will see what works out or not,” Klopp added.”Yes, I have a little of work to do. But I’ve worked properly in my life when I was younger, so a few phone calls aren’t really work when you’re talking about wonderful things like football, Liverpool and other things.”Liverpool will also be keen to retain key midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has attracted interest from Barcelona.After Sunday’s win, the Brazilian hinted that he will stay in England next season, telling ESPN Brazil: “I have a long contract with LFC. Speculation is for journalists only.”
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Xiaomi is gearing up to launch a new Note in China. This would be the successor of the Redmi Note 4 and will be called the Redmi Note 5. No surprises there. The phone will be launched first in China but given how popular is the Redmi Note 4 in India there is a chance that the Note 5 may also come to India pretty soon. So far there are a number of specs and leaks that we have seen concerning the Redmi Note 5. The latest comes from the website of TENAA, the Chinese agency for certifying gadgets and electronics goods.The phone last week was spotted on TENAA, giving details of its specifications. The webpage for the Note 5 showed that it will come with a 18:9 aspect ratio radio and nearly bezel-less design. If Xiaomi launches the Redmi Note 5 with prices similar to the earlier Redmi Note phones, it is possible that this phone would be the first phone in its segment to come with bezel-less screen.But we get ahead of ourselves. Before we talk of the expected here is everything that we know about the Redmi Note 5, including its possible specs and features.Display: The latest leak from TENAA suggest that Xiaomi will launch a bezel-less Redmi Note 5. There are rumours that the phone will come with 6-inch 18:9 full HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.Design: It has been rumoured that for the Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi is working on an entirely new design that will make the phone look very premium. The Redmi Note 5 is expected to sport a metal body and edge-to-edge screen. It is expected that the device will have fingerprint sensor on the rear instead of on the front the way the Redmi Note 4 has. This, suggest rumours, is being done so that on the front of the Note 5 there is just screen and nothing else.advertisementBattery: There are speculations that the Redmi Note 5 will come with a smaller battery than the one inside the Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 4100mAh battery while leaks hint that the Redmi Note 5 may come with a 4000mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi’s bezel-less Redmi Note 5 may ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processorProcessor: Earlier rumours hinted that Note 5 could come with Snapdragon 630 nut now a report from GizmoChina suggests that Xiaomi could use Snapdragon 636 in the Redmi Note 4 successor. The Snapdragon 636 is made on 14nm FinFET technology and it was announced recently, so it seems that the Note 5 could be the first phone to use it. Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 636 offers 40 per cent better performance compared to the Snapdragon 630 as it uses newly-minted Kryo 260 cores. The Snapdragon 636 is a 64-bit octa-core processor with eight cores of Kryo 260 clocked at the speed of 1.8 GHz.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 prototype leak shows off bezel-less screen and dual camerasCamera: The TENAA leak also shows that the Redmi Note 5 could come with a single lens camera contrary to earlier rumours that suggested that the phone would come with dual camera lens. Chances are that Xiaomi could integrate the dual camera set up in one of the variants of the Note 5. So far, it is rumoured that the Redmi Note 5 will come with 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.RAM and storage: There could be three variants of the Redmi Note 5: base variant of the Redmi Note 5 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, Note 5 with 4GB RAM with 32GB storage and one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.Price: There are speculations that the base model of Redmi Note 5 could be priced around $175 (approx Rs 11,338), 4GB RAM and 32GB storage at $175 (approx Rs 11,338), and lastly the Redmi Note 5 with 64GB storage at $220 (approx Rs 14,253). In other words, when it comes to India it is possible that the Redmi Note 5 will cost similar to what the Redmi Note 4 costs right now.
New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The Supreme Court has directed a former AIADMK MP to appear before it or face arrest in a more than a decade old case of breaching contract with a company over transfer of its subsidiary firm.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to former MP K C Palanisamy asking him to be personally present before it on November 28, failing which a non-bailable arrest warrant would be issued against him and his properties would be attached.”Having heard counsel for the parties, we are of the considered opinion that the real contesting party is respondent no. 3 (Palanisamy),” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said and ordered issuance of notice to him.It said the notice should be issued “with a stipulation that he shall remain personally present before this court on November 28, 2017, failing which a non-bailable warrant of arrest shall be issued against him, apart from attaching his properties.”The apex court was hearing a civil appeal filed against National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order of July 5 this year in favour of Kasturi and Sons Ltd (KSL), owner of The Hindu newspaper whose subsidiary firm was sold to Palanisamy in 2004.The former MP had allegedly failed to make the payment for purchasing KSLs subsidiary, Sporting Pastime India Ltd, a press note issued by KSL said.However, after an arbitration between the parties, he was directed to return the firm to KSL. The order was upheld by the National Company Law Tribunal as well as NCLAT, it said.advertisementThe matter reached the apex court when a firm, Cheran Properties Ltd, allegedly owned by Palanisamy, filed a special leave petition against the NCLAT order.The case involves transfer of Sporting Pastime India Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of KSL, to K C Palanisamy and his nominees in 2004, the press note said. PTI AG PKS RKS ARC MVV
New Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI) Debt-ridden Jaiprakash Associates has completed the exercise to exchange its USD 150 million foreign currency convertible bonds (FCCBs) due this year with those maturing in 2020-21.Recently, the companys finance committee approved cashless exchange of existing FCCBs due in 2017 with those maturing in 2020-21. Earlier this month, the RBI had approved the proposal.In a filing to the BSE today, Jaiprakash Associates informed that “the consent solicitation and the proposed exchange offer have been completed and …upfront payments have been made”.The company had fixed November 28 as the effective date for restructuring.Accordingly, the exchange bonds are expected to be listed on Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd on November 30, the Jaypee Groups flagship firm added.In June, Jaiprakash Associates had said that bondholders agreed to exchange outstanding existing FCCBs worth USD 150 million. The bonds were issued in September 2012 with maturity in 2017 and a coupon rate of 5.75 per cent.As per the proposal, the bondholders agreed to exchange their current bonds with FCCBs worth USD 38.64 million bearing the same coupon rate with maturity in 2021 and amortising bonds worth USD 81.69 million with coupon rate of 4.76 per cent and maturity in 2020.As many as 1,10,400 Series A bonds were to be issued having principal value of USD 350 each carrying a coupon rate of 5.75 per cent per annum with maturity in September 2021.Moreover, the proposal was to issue 1,10,400 Series B bonds having principal value of USD 740 each at a coupon rate of 4.76 per cent per annum and maturity of September 2020. The company had to pay USD 27.6 million upfront.advertisementJaiprakash Associates, a diversified infrastructure company engaged in segments like engineering, construction and real estate development, cement manufacturing, hospitality and sports management, is selling its assets to repay debt.Jaypee Group firm Jaypee Infratech has been taken over by a National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)-appointed IRP (Insolvency Resolution Professional) for recovery of bad loans.The group is facing huge protest from home buyers due to significant delays in delivery of projects. PTI MJH ADI MKJ
New Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI) Mumbai Maharathi outclassed Delhi Sultans 5-2 on the opening night of Pro Wrestling League season three at the Siri Fort Sports Complex today.Rio Olympic Games bronze medallist for India, Sakshi Malik, played her role as captain of the Maharathis with elan, winning the crucial fourth point to put the contest beyond the Sultans? reach. She trounced her compatriot Monia 18-2 in what proved to be walk in the park.The two teams were locked 2-2 after four contests but Satender Malik edged out Hitender 7-6 to put the Maharathis ahead. Sakshi then walked into the stadium like a rock star and showed what she is all about.She jumped into a 10-2 lead in the first period of the 62-kg bout and wrapped it up 18-2 to the delight of her fans.Delhi Sultans were on the back-foot right at the start, with their captain and star player Sushil Kumar being removed from the equation. She lost the toss and Sakshi Malik promptly blocked him.In return, Sushil opted to block Odunaya of Nigeria, a formidable force in the 57-kg category.That, however, didn?t deter Sushil?s teammate. Sandeep Tomar began on a winning note, picking up the first point of the tie. The 2017 Asian Indoor Games bronze medallist got the better of a fighting Andrey Yatsenko 14-9 in the 57-kg men?s freestyle clash.Tomar looked solid in the first period, racking up a 10-0 lead. But Yatsenko snatched 8 points with a brilliant move to raise a scare. But Tomar held on to win the match.advertisementThe Mumbai team asserted itself in the second match, with Seema beating Maroi Mezien of Tunisia in the 50-kg women?s competition.It was a defensive fight, with both not making any aggressive moves. Only one point was taken in the first period, by Seema; Seema won four more points in the next for a strategic 5-1 win.The Sultans regained the lead, with Azerbaijan?s Aslan Albvorov notching up a comprehensive 15-0 win over Satyawart Kadian in the 92-kg class. The 2017 World Championships bronze medalist was a class above the Indian who struggled all the way through.France?s Cynthia Vescan promptly won the next one for Mumbai, beating Egypt?s Samaramer Hamza in the 76-kg men?s fight. She took it easily, conceding just one point to her 12. PTI BS BS
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has wished his team good luck for the Ashes which got underway with the first Test being played at the Brisbane Cricket Ground Thursday morning.Stokes posted a video on Twitter in which he promised to cheer for his team from home and also thanked the English fans for travelling all the way to Australia to support Joe Root’s team.pic.twitter.com/MN1BY2is4H- Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) November 22, 2017Stokes is not travelling with the English team to Australia for the Ashes. He was arrested in the early hours of September 26 after an incident in Bristol and missed the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against West Indies last month.Stokes was arrested over his involvement in a brawl outside a pub in Bristol. The news broke as the England selectors were set to meet to finalise the Ashes squad. However, they named Stokes as part of the side.The dashing all-rounder was later dropped from the Ashes squad pending investigation.The ECB gave no further details of the incident, but the BBC said it happened in a city nightclub. Sky Sports Television reported that the 26-year-old player had injured his hand.England currently holds the Ashes after winning the 2015 series 3-2 at home, regaining the urn after its lopsided loss in Australia last time.Meanwhile, Mark Stoneman and James Vince combined defiantly in their first experience of Ashes cricket to blunt Australia’s much-hyped pace attack and help England to 59-1 in the first session of the series.advertisementMitchell Starc struck in the third over to have former England captain Alastair Cook (2) caught at first slip with the total at two, exposing a left-right second-wicket pair with a combined 10 previous Test caps to a potentially hostile initiation.Starc returned 1-14 from 10 overs. Cummins had Stoneman rocking back on his heels with a bouncer in his second over that caught the England opener off guard, and finished the session with 0-13.But the Australians were unable to capitalize on the early breakthrough, and Vince (32 not out) and Stoneman (25 not out) weathered the new ball in a 57-run stand that took the tourists to lunch without further loss after skipper Joe Root won the toss and batted.The banter and bluster from the Australians leading up to the Gabba Test centered on their 5-0 sweep here the last time England toured in 2013-14, when a local pace trio spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson intimidated the batsmen and set the foundation for a series domination.
NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James usually has his fun in June, when the Miami Heat have won NBA championships the last two years.Doesn’t mean he’s OK with losing in February.And he certainly won’t stand for his team getting picked on.Three straight times he had left a loser, and he was even more driven for this All-Star game after a half season of his conference getting ridiculed for its mediocrity.“We’ve been getting killed a lot this season, talking about the Eastern Conference is pretty bad, it’s a two-man race and we’re not holding up our end of the bargain,” James said. “So it was special to get this win.”Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the MVP, Carmelo Anthony made a record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points, and the East stopped a three-game losing streak with a 163-155 victory over the West in the highest-scoring All-Star game ever. “We took this one personal a bit,” Irving said.James had a steal and dunk on the first possession, long before defense usually shows up in the All-Star game.“We wanted this win,” James said. “They beat us the last three years and they had a lot of bragging rights, so to be able to come through being down 18 was huge.”Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin each finished with 38 points, four shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record, for the West. But the East scored the final 10 points to pull out a game it trailed by 18.“They started making shots and we didn’t get stops and we went a little bit cold,” said Griffin, who shot 19 of 23, setting a record for field goals made.Irving scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. James had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.The 318 points broke the record of 303 set in 1987.Durant finished with 10 rebounds and six assists, but the West was shut out after his 3-pointer gave it a 155-153 lead with 1:59 left. Indiana’s Paul George made three free throws, Anthony nailed his final 3-pointer, and James scored to make it 161-155. George closed it out with two more free throws and finished with 18 points.“Both teams played extremely well, we just lost,” Durant said.The game that usually doesn’t get tight until the final minutes was close throughout the fourth quarter, neither team leading by more than four until the final minute.Chris Paul had 11 points and 13 assists, and first-time All-Star Stephen Curry had 12 points and 11 assists for the West. But the best point guard on the floor was Irving, who shot 14 of 17 and helped the East ring up 87 points in the second half after it surrendered a record 89 in the first.In a colorful tribute to New Orleans, players wore sneakers and socks that ranged from green and blue to orange and purple, making the game look like a Mardi Gras parade.The parade was one of layups and dunks for the West, which scored 44 points in the first quarter and 45 in the second. Griffin had 18 points in the first quarter and Durant had 22 at halftime, both two shy of records set by Glen Rice in 1997.And there was plenty of music, the rosters and starting lineups introduced around a concert by Pharrell Williams, who was joined by his own All-Stars in Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Snoop Dogg.Magic Johnson led a band, too, encouraging the All-Stars to join him in singing Happy Birthday after the first quarter to Hall of Famer Bill Russell. The NBA’s greatest champion was celebrating his 80th.The All-Stars played better than they sang. The East finished with 61 percent shooting, needing all sorts of offense after it simply couldn’t defend Durant and Griffin.Durant made six 3-pointers and raised his career scoring average in the All-Star games to a record 30.6 points.Outside of the ugly sleeved jerseys, it was a good look for the NBA’s midseason showcase, bouncing back strongly from an uneven All-Star Saturday night.The new format of the slam dunk contest Saturday wasn’t a hit, but every night is a dunk contest when Griffin is involved.The guy who once jumped over a car to win a slam dunk contest had eight slams in the first 11 minutes, the backboard often barely done shaking from the last one when he threw down the next.James Harden started for the West in place of Kobe Bryant, who was elected by the fans but was knocked out by a broken left knee. Bryant said before the game his recovery is “coming slowly” but hopes to be back in another All-Star game.With Bryant sitting out and longtime regulars Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett not selected, it was a chance for the younger guys to make their mark. The rosters were loaded with players 25 and younger, including first-time starters George, Irving, Curry and Kevin Love.The All-Star newcomers also included official Violet Palmer, who became the first female to referee a major U.S. sports league’s All-Star game.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The America’s Cup is going offshore, to a British territory that sits at the northern tip of the Bermuda Triangle.In a shake-up to the tradition of the oldest trophy in international sports, organizers announced that Bermuda beat San Diego for the right to host the next America’s Cup in June 2017.The decision was made two weeks ago by software billionaire Larry Ellison, who owns two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA, after consulting with Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who is the de facto America’s Cup czar.This will be the first time a U.S. defender holds the America’s Cup outside the United States. It also will be the first time in the regatta’s 163-year history that a defender sails the races in foreign waters by choice rather than necessity.Bermuda is some 3,231 miles from the Golden Gate Yacht Club, which holds the America’s Cup and staged just one defense on its home waters, when Oracle Team USA staged a thrilling comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand last year.Coutts pulled the regatta from San Francisco after city officials insisted organizers would have to pay for services they had previously received for free.While picking Bermuda has been criticized by traditionalists, Coutts defended the choice of the island nation of 65,000 people over San Diego, which has hosted the America’s Cup three times, as well as three Super Bowls, two World Series and the U.S. Open golf tournament.“We’re tasked in making the best America’s Cup we can,” Coutts told The Associated Press by phone following a news conference in New York. “I think this will be the best one yet. We’ve got to look at it pragmatically, look at the facts and make what we think is the best decision for the Cup going forward.”Details of Bermuda’s financial package have not been disclosed. Coutts said the America’s Cup Act is scheduled to go before Bermuda’s parliament on Dec. 12. Coutts downplayed reports of financial concessions and tax breaks for teams and participants.“That wasn’t one of the considerations we had in choosing the venue,” said Coutts, who is CEO of Oracle Team USA, Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority and holds one of three Oracle-controlled spots on the GGYC’s America’s Cup committee.He said it’s “highly unusual” for most America’s Cup companies to make a profit, and that he will retain his status as a New Zealand tax resident.Coutts said the major factors for Bermuda were plans to put an America’s Cup village with all team bases at the Royal Naval Dockyard overlooking the race course on the Great Sound and a time zone that will be more accommodating to European TV viewers. Four of the five challengers are European-based.Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley said his country brings “a dash of British charm with our own unique island culture.”“Bermuda is at its essence a marine environment,” said Dunkley, whose country sits at the tip of a mythical triangle where planes and ships have mysteriously disappeared. He mentioned a temperate climate, the sailing conditions and “crystal blue waters and pink sand beaches that will provide such a stunning setting.”Troy Sears, a key member of San Diego’s bid committee, congratulated Bermuda.“I believe the decision was a relatively easy one to make as there are significant differences between the two cities,” Sears said.“Much has been said about the tax advantages of Bermuda, but it can easily be said that California taxation is very high and makes it difficult to bring an event to California. More importantly, California regulations were a major obstacle to try to overcome for the America’s Cup.”This is the second time Coutts has taken the America’s Cup from the United States. In 1995, he skippered Team New Zealand to a five-race sweep of Dennis Conner off San Diego. Coutts has won the America’s Cup five times, for three different countries.The syndicates that rely on corporate sponsorships might have a hard time raising the $100 million or so needed to compete.“We have made no secret that our preference was San Diego but now there is a final decision we can move forward with certainty,” said Grant Dalton, whose Team New Zealand also is partially funded by the government. “There are pros and cons for either venue for sure.”The America’s Cup began in 1851 when the schooner America beat a fleet of British ships around the Isle of Wight.Bermuda will be the eighth venue. “We’re halfway there,” cracked Sir Ben Ainslie, who hopes to become the first Englishman to win the America’s Cup.(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ZURICH — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA President May 28 and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body.“We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time,” Blatter said in his first public remarks on the crisis that has further tainted his leadership on the eve of his bid for a fifth term as president.The 79-year-old Blatter insisted he could restore trust in world soccer after a pair of corruption investigations brought “shame and humiliation” on his organization and the world’s most popular sport.“We cannot allow the reputation of football and FIFA to be dragged through the mud any longer,” he said. “It has to stop here and now.”Despite a tide of criticism and pressure on him to leave, Blatter is moving ahead with a Presidential election May 29 that is likely to bring him another four years in office as one of them most powerful men in sports.“The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football,” he said, his voice shaky at times, in a speech to open FIFA’s two-day congress. “There can be no place for corruption of any kind.”Blatter refused to back down after European soccer body UEFA demanded earlier that he quit following the latest — and most serious allegations — to discredit FIFA during his 17 years in office.“Enough is enough,” UEFA President Michel Platini said. “People no longer want him anymore and I don’t want him anymore either.” Platini met privately with Blatter and asked him to go.“I am asking you to leave FIFA, to step down because you are giving FIFA a terrible image,” Platini said he told Blatter. “In terms of our image, it is not good at all and I am the first one to be disgusted by this.”Blatter, who is expected to win the election against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, is coming under increasing scrutiny amid U.S. and Swiss federal investigations into high-level corruption tearing at FIFA.A U.S. Justice Department investigation accused 14 international soccer officials or sports marketing executives of bribery, racketeering, fraud and money-laundering over two decades in connection with marketing rights worth hundreds of millions of dollars awarded for tournaments in North and South America. Seven officials — including two FIFA vice presidents and members of its finance committee — remained in custody in Zurich. Blatter was not implicated in the indictment.In addition, Swiss officials are investigating the FIFA votes that sent the World Cup tournament to Russia in 2018 and to Qatar in 2022. Both decisions were marred by allegations of wrongdoing.One of FIFA’s major sponsors, Visa, warned that it could pull out of its contract, which is worth at least $25 million a year through 2022.Visa urged FIFA “to take swift and immediate steps to address these issues within its organization.”While acknowledging that many people hold him responsible for FIFA’s tattered image, Blatter blamed the “actions of individuals” for harming the organization.“If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it,” he said. “I will not allow the actions of a few to destroy the hard work and integrity of the vast majority of those who work so hard for football.”Blatter said the crisis could mark a “turning point” for FIFA to clean itself up.“We will cooperate with all authorities to make sure anyone involved in wrongdoing, from top to bottom, is discovered and punished,” he said.“There can be no place for corruption of any kind. The next few months will not be easy for FIFA. I’m sure more bad news will follow. But it is necessary to begin to restore trust in our organization.”Referring to the election, Blatter said: “We have the opportunity to begin on what will be a long and difficult road to rebuilding trust. We have lost their trust, at least a part of it, and we must now earn it back.”The seven soccer officials, including Jeffrey Webb, President of the North American regional body known as CONCACAF, were arrested in a police raid on a luxury Zurich hotel early May 27. They are fighting extradition to the United States.Defendants named in the indictment face up to 20 years in prison and their questioning could reveal further evidence that leads back to Blatter’s Zurich-based organization. Webb was a member of FIFA’s audit committee more than a decade ago.Swiss investigators began questioning 10 of Blatter’s colleagues on the FIFA executive committee from 2010 that chose Russia and Qatar as the next two World Cup hosts.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he supported the idea of delaying the FIFA election, given the current corruption scandal and told France-Inter radio, “There have been accusations of corruption for years.”But Russian President Vladimir Putin came to the defense of Blatter and FIFA, accusing the U.S. of meddling in soccer’s internal affairs and hinting it was part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.“Our American counterparts, unfortunately, are using the same methods to reach their goals and illegally persecute people,” Putin said in a TV interview, comparing the case to those of whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.“I have no doubt that this is yet another evident attempt to derail Mr. Blatter’s re-election as FIFA President,” Putin said.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Russia disapproves of the hack of medical files of Olympic athletes, though their findings should attract public attention.Putin’s statement on Friday came as IOC President Thomas Bach said he will ask Moscow for help to stop the hackers, which the World Anti-Doping Agency said were linked to Russia.Soon after Putin’s comments, the hackers’ group known as Fancy Bears published files of medical data from 11 more athletes who competed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month. That brought the total to 40 athletes in three rounds of data posted online this week.The athletes, from five different countries, had permission from sports or anti-doping bodies to use medications that would otherwise be banned for use in competition.The latest leaks again mostly detailed asthma and anti-inflammatory treatments.WADA has said it believes the hacking is retaliation for investigations into a Russian state-backed doping program including at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Winter Paralympics.An investigation report published in July provoked calls for a blanket Olympic ban on Russia, and led to a review of Russian athletes’ eligibility to compete in Rio.While Putin did not take responsibility for the hacking and leaks, he also suggested they served a purpose.“We don’t support what the hackers have been doing, but what they have done can’t fail to attract public attention internationally,” Putin saidHe added the files “raised many questions: Healthy athletes legally take medicines forbidden to others, while people suffering from grave illnesses are barred from the Paralympics on a mere suspicion.”Bach said the IOC will help WADA, “including communicating with the Russian authorities, to underline the seriousness of the issue and request all possible assistance to stop the hackers.”Bach has been seen as an ally of Russia since being elected in 2013, and opposed an outright ban on its athletes from Rio.Russian teams were all banned from the Paralympic Games currently being staged in Rio, and Putin’s nation was criticized by Bach’s counterpart, Philip Craven of Britain, for a “medals over morality” attitude.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Densitron: innovations for broadcastNext Qorvo certified for Zigbee Green Power v1.1 multi-sensor and generic switch extension IBASE Technology debuts the OFP series open-frame panel PC that provides a flexible solution for seamless integration into kiosks, customized housings and wall mount. Designed for space-critical environments, the platforms are targeted for use in the banking, hospitals, retail, transportation, and other vertical markets.The OFP series features a single-unit solution combining a fully flat touch screen display with embedded computer to enable a slim and compact design for industrial and commercial applications. The IBASE OFP series fanless panel computers are built with easy to mount, open-frame modular design with optional colored frames. The systems come with IP65 front panel protection against dust and water and built with industrial-grade components to ensure stable fanless operation up to 50°C ambient.The IBASE OFP series supports 15-inch and 21-inch touch screen displays with resolutions of 1024 x 768 and 1920 x 1080 respectively plus an additional HDMI and DP interface. To deliver superior performance, the OFP-151-PC and OFP-2100-PC are powered by an Intel® Pentium® QC N4200 processor, while the model OFP-2101-PC is installed with an 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 processor according to customer requirements.The IBASE OFP series host 4GB DDR4 on board with rich set of I/O interface for IoT connectivity and expansions consisting of 2x GbE, 10x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 1x COM, 1x mini PCI-E for half-size mSATA. The OFP-151-PC and OFP-2100-PC have an extra M.2 B-key socket and 9V~36V power input, but the OFP-2101-PC has a 9V~24V range. Other features include a 2.5” SATA III storage, a remote power button connector and a 3-pin terminal block power connector. Operating system support is provided for 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 10 and Linux Kernel 4+.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Data Device Corporation announces the introduction of its RD-19231 series of 16-bit resolver-to-digital (R/D) converters, which offer 3.3V or 5V compatibility and are designed for high performance aerospace, industrial, and commercial positioning systems. The RD-19231, contained in a small 64-pin plastic quad flat pack (10×10 mm), is a drop-in replacement to all RD-19230 legacy designs, and replacement requires no modification of the Printed Circuit Board. This single SOI CMOS monolithic chip merges precision analog circuitry with digital logic to form a complete high- performance tracking R/D converter with accuracy up to 1 arc minute. For convenience and flexibility, the RD-19231 offers user programmable encoder emulation, resolution, bandwidth, tracking rate, velocity scaling and a new selectable I/O voltage output of 5V or 3.3V. Furthermore, an internal encoder emulation feature (with independent resolution control) enables the RD-19231 to emulate incremental optical encoder output signals, so that new encoder-based systems can now easily interface with a resolver output.Normally, as little as six degrees of resolver phase shift can cause accuracy problems in a 16-bit R/D converter. The RD-19231’s synthesized reference capability not only eliminates errors caused by quadrature (phase shift) voltage, but also ensures accurate operation with a phase shift of up to 45 degrees. Additionally, the RD-19231’s differential resolver inputs allow for easy filtering in noisy environments.The RD-19231 accepts two sets of bandwidth components providing users with uncompromising precision for a wide variety of dynamic applications. The dual bandwidth feature also enables users to switch the resolution on the fly between 10, 12, 14, or 16-bit settings with minimal upset to velocity and position information. Dual bandwidth and switch on the fly resolution are valuable features for applications requiring high resolution with a settling time that is faster than such a resolution will permit.The RD-19231’s ±4V velocity output (VEL) eliminates the need for a tachometer, and the VEL’s full scale value can be easily set with a single resistor. Velocity scaling, reversal error, and offset parameters may be externally trimmed for applications requiring tighter specifications than are the norm.The RD-19231 series operates in temperatures ranging from -40 to +85° C, and is ideal for aerospace, industrial, and commercial position applications, including servo motor controls, antenna positioning, aircraft position feedback systems, machine tool and robotic positioning controls, and manufacturing process control systems. The RD-19231 is available in both lead and RoHS lead free versions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous TI: multiprotocol gigabit TSN-enabled processors for Industry 4.0Next Innodisk: industrial-grade 3D NAND SSD series for industrial embedded market
FC Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto still rued the fact that he did not get to play at the recently-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia even after a successful start to pre-season tour with the club.Sergi Roberto was not a part of the Spanish team that was knocked out by hosts Russia from the Round of 16. Spain’s former manager Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked just one day before the start of the World Cup, did not pick Roberto in the team.After Lopetegui’s sacking, Fernando Hierro managed the Spanish national team during their time in Russia. However, after a disastrous performance, he stepped down soon after. Luis Enrique, who is the former Barcelona manager, has not stepped up to take the national coach job and Roberto is hopeful of a return to the national side.Barcelona have so far played one match of the International Champions Cup where they beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 on penalties after the match ended in a 2-2 draw.”I really thought I’d be in the World Cup, but in the end all I could do was enjoy my vacation and watch it on television,” Sergi Roberto said on Monday.Roberto said the “disappointment” of Russia has not dashed his dream of rejoining the national team, nor did he hide his enthusiasm at Luis Enrique’s arrival to lead the squad and the possibility of being called up once more.”Now there’s a new manager and I hope to get another chance, but first I have to concentrate on Barca,” Roberto expressed.advertisement”For me, Luis has been very important, both in the Barca B stage, where he had me debut when I was a youngster, and on the first team, where I got stronger, though not yet where I am today.”Also read – Barcelona slammed on Twitter for alleged discrimination against women’s teamOn Barcelona’s tour of the United States, the absence of big stars like the Argentine Lionel Messi and the Uruguayan Luis Suarez makes it not quite the team it normally is and somewhat less exciting to its fans, but Roberto recalled that they are there also to play their best game.”We’re here for people to enjoy themselves, but also to train for what’s coming in the new season,” Roberto said.(With IANS inputs)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored just eight minutes after putting on the Juventus shirt in a traditional intimate pre-season friendly against the Juventus ‘B’ side on Sunday.Ronaldo, who was playing as the No.9, latched onto a looping pass over the midfield from Federico Bernardeschi and finished it off easily just eight minutes into the game. Ronaldo took one touch to control the ball and then casually slotted it past the goalkeeper into the left corner. Ten minutes later, he pressured Riccardo Capellini into an own-goal to make it 2-0 to the Bianconero.The senior team won the match 5-0 in the final pre-season friendly game before the Serie A season starts.Old Lady fans gathered in decent numbers to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at Villar Perosa — in a rural area of Piedmont in northern Italy and cheered him on as Ronaldo showed his full array of tricks and impressed on his Juve debut.Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game for Juventus = #UCL pic.twitter.com/DIHDMqOE5mUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 13, 2018Ronaldo stunned Madrid fans last month when he joined Juventus for an Italian league record sum of 112 million euros (now $128 million). The 33-year-old Portugal international will likely make his proper debut in Juve’s first league match of the season at Chievo Verona next Saturday.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Juventus after 9 years at Real MadridHe moved from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009, and became the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches. He helped Madrid win four Champions Leagues titles — beating Juventus in the final in 2017 — and also won La Liga and the Copa del Rey twice.advertisementRonaldo, who led Portugal to the European Championship in 2016, also won the Champions League at Manchester United as well as three Premier League titles and the FA Cup with the Red Devils.Juventus has won the last seven league titles but has fallen just short in Europe, also losing the Champions League final in 2015 to Barcelona.The storied Italian club hopes signing Ronaldo will help it add to the European Cups it won in 1985 and ’96. Juventus has lost five finals since its last European Cup success.Juventus will open their season against Chievo on Saturday at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.(With inputs from AP)
By Siddhi JainNainital, Oct 6 (IANS) Author-columnist Shobhaa De has said that she feels sorry for people who do not believe sexual harassment survivors, asserting that a #MeToo movement is “inevitable” for every field, even outside showbiz.”I feel sorry for those who do not believe sexual harassment survivors, because there’s soon going to be no place for them to hide,” De told IANS on the sidelines of the third edition of “Himalayan Echoes: Kumaon Festival of Literature and Arts”. “The truth remains the truth… Whether you believe her or not is reflection of who you are; it’s not any indictment about her. It’s shame if they continue to be in denial, because that’s exactly what I think it is,” asserted the “Seventy…And To Hell With It” author. On the anonymous naming and shaming of the alleged sexual predators on social media, she said that it may “seem exaggerated and unfair”, adding that “maybe it probably is”.”Social media encourages anonymity, you can hide behind it, but also sometimes it gives courage. So if someone feels strongly about something and has felt helpless all this while, it will give a voice to it,” she added.De maintained that she does not have a personal story to share on #MeToo, but that, she asserted, doesn’t take away the empathy she has for every single victim of harassment — boy, girl, man, woman, child.”I am not a victim. I’m saying that not with relief, because safety is something not to be taken for granted, and I have always taken mine for granted,” she said.”(It) might be that I’ve been spared, because from a young age, I’ve been a no-nonsense kind of a person but even then you can be oppressed, because you can be overpowered,” the widely-read author said.Do she think a #MeToo is possible in the literary world?”It’s inevitable. It’s gonna happen in every single field, it’s gonna happen in sports, politics, art, literature. Because it’s not something restricted to showbiz,” she said.De participated in a “No Filter” session and was in conversation with author Jahnavi Prasada, the director of the annual literary event. “There are no saints in Hollywood and there are none in Bollywood either. They say we are actors not activists. It’s not about being an activist, it’s about standing up for a colleague and damning what’s wrong,” De had said during the session.Himalayan Echoes will conclude on Sunday.(Siddhi Jain is in Nainital at the invitation of the organisers of Himalayan Echoes. She can be contacted at [email protected])–IANSsj/ss/vmadvertisement
The Indian athletes participating in the Youth Olympics are missing their Indian food in Buenos Aires, Argentina and have taken up the matter with the chef de mission Gurudutta Bhakta.Bhakta has received complaints from athletes about the unavailability of Indian food and the chef de mission has promptly said that the food-related issues being faced by the athletes will be sorted out soon.There were also reports stating that one of the athletes in Buenos Aires even fainted due to the non-availability of food. However, Bhakta had denied any such event.Bhakta has said that the cuisine issue has been spoken about with the organisers and the Indian food will soon be available for the athletes.”There were complaints by athletes regarding the food here because only Asian food is available and there is no Indian food. We spoke to the organisers and now they have assured us that they will arrange Indian food, as well,” Bhakta told ANI.Issues related to food had also come up during the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia in August. Ahead of the Asian Games 2018, there were reports in the media that Indian athletes were not happy with their rooms and had complained about the food.However, two days before the start of the multi-sport event, India’s chef de mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that athletes were happy with the arrange and they were especially delighted with the food because it was very similar to Indian food.”No, no complaints. No one has any. We are getting such good food, there is Dal (lentil), then there is South Indian food, there is paneer (cottage cheese), chicken. Everything is there. Well, if one gets good food and a place to sleep, what else do you need? So it’s all good,” Singh had said.advertisementHowever, during the course of the tournament, Indian table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal posted a picture of his dinner after his matches at the Asian Games 2018 Village in Jakarta, captioning it as, “After a gruelling 3 hr long match, this is what we get to eat for dinner at the #AsianGames2018. Bread, Nutella and Museli.”At the Youth Olympics so far, India have won two silver medals — one in shooting and the other in judo.Tababi Devi Thangjam became India’s first judo athlete to win an Olympic medal – senior or junior – as she grabbed India’s second silver medal on Sunday.At the stroke of midnight, we witnessed a historic Silver laden moment when Tababi Devi Thangjam became the first judoka to win an Olympic medal for #TeamIndia at the @youtholympics #BuenosAires2018 ! Only much prouder of the 16-year-old #FeelTheFuture #IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Xapxuf732ETeam India (@ioaindia) October 8, 2018Tababi went down to Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez 11:0s1 in the Women’s -44kg Finals of Judo but created history for India.Before her, Shahu Tushar Mane had opened India’s account in Buenos Aires with a silver medal in 10m Air Rifle event, having shot shot 247.5.Congratulations to the first #TeamIndia medallist at the @youtholympics #BuenosAires2018Shahu Tushar Mane bags India’s first medal, a Silver in #ShootingSport Men’s 10m Air Rifle event. #WellDone #FeelTheFuture #IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/AahguQ6hZgTeam India (@ioaindia) October 7, 2018Earlier on Sunday, Srihari Nataraj missed out on qualifying for the finals of Men’s 100m Backstroke swimming event after clocking a time of 56.48. Even as Nataraj could not make it to the finals, his timing was an improved effort from his heats, where he clocked 56.75.In table tennis, both Archana Girish Kamath and Manav Thakkar registered victories in the preliminary stage of the competition.Archana defeated Singapore’s Rui Xuan 4-1 (11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9) while Manav needed six games to beat Lithuania’s Cius Stankevi 4-2 (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5).In badminton, Asia Junior Championships gold medallist Lakshya Sen eased past Mohamed Mostafa Kamel of Egypt 21-14, 21-10 while Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy also stormed past Spain’s Elena Andreu 21-13, 21-6.#TeamIndia at the @youtholympics #BuenosAires2018In #Badminton Lakshya Sen beat Mohamed Mostafa Kamel of Egypt in the Men’s Singles Group F match, winning 2 straight games. The score read 2-0: Game 1: 21-14; Game 2: 21-10! #Congratulations @lakshya_sen #IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/iOtuYPq7lcTeam India (@ioaindia) October 7, 2018The Hockey5s discipline saw both Indian men and women registering solid victories in the preliminary round.Indian men thrashed Bangladesh 10-0 while the women defeated Austria 4-2.India is being represented by 46 athletes across 13 sports in the Youth Olympics at Buenos Aires this time. This is India’s largest contingent at the Youth Olympics.advertisementIn the 2014 Youth Olympics at Nanjing, China, India had won just two medals — a silver and a bronze.(With ANI inputs)
Chandigarh, Nov 19 (PTI) SAD chief and former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Monday told the SIT members he has never met Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar outside Punjab.Badal appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) probing the 2015 police firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura following sacrilege incidents in Faridkot, even as he described the SIT investigation as politically motivated .Sukhbir Badal, who was quizzed by SIT at Punjab police headquarters here for about an hour, was also asked whether he met the actor in Mumbai. The name of actor Akshay Kumar was mentioned in Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents which was tabled in Punjab Vidhan Sabha in August this year.”They (SIT) asked me whether you met Akshay in Mumbai. I asked them what is the proof behind this claim. I told them you are asking me a question and not telling me who said this. They said they cannot share. ” I told them I never met Akshay Kumar outside Punjab in my life. I met him at a sports function (in Punjab), he told reporters.Notably, SIT, besides summoning Sukhbir and former CM Parkash Singh Badal, had also summoned Akshay Kumar. According to the report, a meeting between Sukhbir Singh Badal and Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in connection with the release of latter’s movie ‘MSG’ was held at actor’s flat in Mumbai in 2015.It said the meeting was held before the pardon given to Dera head in a blasphemy case. The movie MSG could not be released in Punjab in September 2015 because of an edict by Akal Takht. Akshay Kumar had then denied having met the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head. Meanwhile, Sukhbir Badal charged that all the questions asked by SIT members were “politically motivated.”advertisementThe former deputy chief minister said he was not in the state when the Kotkapura incident took place. Sukhbir Badal also raised a question over the FIR in connection with which he was summoned before the SIT and alleged it was registered three years after the incident. Notably, former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been questioned by the SIT team on November 16. PTI CHS VSD TVSTVS
Madrid, Dec 10 (AFP) River Plate won the Copa Libertadores by beating their fiercest rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra time on Sunday, bringing an end to a final tainted by violence and moved more than six thousand miles away from Argentina.Boca took the lead through Dario Benedetto but Lucas Pratto equalised before Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez scored in extra time, aided by Wilmar Barrios being sent off, to win a fittingly dramatic contest for River.It means River prevailed 5-3 on aggregate after the first leg finished 2-2 and reclaim the trophy they had last won in 2015, lifting it for the fourth time in their history.”We have shown we are superior,” River’s Leonardo Ponzio said. “After trying to stay quiet about everything that happened, we showed on the pitch we were better.””The only thing I feel is sadness for not winning the cup and giving it to the people of Boca,” Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said.Postponed on three occasions and then relocated from Buenos Aires to Madrid, the supporters of these two great clubs showed in the Santiago Bernabeu why this fixture had been billed as one of football’s greatest ever.Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin were among the 62,200 in attendance.But, despite the bouncing huddles in the streets, the plumes of blue and red smoke, the swinging scarves, fluttering flags and fans that were chanting in their seats three hours before kick-off, there was nothing to extinguish the lingering sense of regret.advertisementThere was no repeat of the scenes that cast a shadow over Argentinian football and saw the original game at River’s El Monumental on November 24 postponed, when around 50 fans attacked Boca’s team bus and left some of their players injured.Madrid, which will also host the Champions League final in June, was chosen in part because of its record of hosting major events and the security, which included around 2,500 police officers, did its job before kick-off.Fans were separated into zones either side of the stadium and had to go through checks even to enter the area immediately surrounding it.The shame was only that the operation was not as thorough 15 days ago and that a minority decided to take advantage.- Raucous atmosphere -======================Both clubs were allocated 25,000 tickets, with 5,000 of those reserved for residents of Argentina. The fear had been most of those buying would be tourists and neutrals, but the atmosphere suggested different.Both teams had initially refused to play in Spain’s capital but as the losers, Boca’s sense of grievance will now become more entrenched.They felt River were responsible for the chaos two weeks ago and should have forfeited the trophy. They took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the appeal was rejected on Saturday.When the players shuffled out two hours before kick-off to inspect the pitch, they held up their phones to capture the thousands already inside and the view of a stadium most of them had never played in before.The cheers grew louder when they came out for kick-off. Then there were whistles as the teams swapped ends and each were greeted by their opponent’s fans behind the goal.Jonatan Maidana was playing for Boca when they last won the Copa Libertadores 11 years ago and, now in the red and white of River, he almost gave his former club an early lead, slicing just over his own crossbar.The game lacked quality but came alive one minute before half-time. Nahitan Nandez’s superb pass split two River defenders and Benedetto kept a cool head, guiding into the corner, before taunting the beaten Gonzalo Montiel.River had been inferior but improved. Their first real attacking move was also a brilliant one as Leonardo Ponzio and Quintero exchanged passes before the latter pulled back for Pratto to sweep home.The game meandered towards full-time and seemed destined for penalties until Barrios was shown a second yellow card for a tackle on Exequiel Palacios and soon after, Quintero struck.It was a goal worthy of winning the tournament, as he collected 25 yards out, glanced up and whipped the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.Leonard Jara almost snatched a late Boca goal but his shot nicked the outside of the post. Then, with Boca’s goalkeeper Esteban Andrada up for a corner, River added the final touch.Martinez ran the ball into the empty net and River’s substitutes and staff were already pouring onto the pitch to begin the celebrations. (AFP) APAAPAadvertisement
World number Marin Cilic Friday pulled out of India’s only ATP 250 tournament, Maharashtra Open, starting December 31, citing a nagging knee injury.Portugal’s Pedro Sousa will now enter the main draw after the withdrawal of the second-seeded player from Croatia, who made the announcement through his social media accounts.”I am sad to announce I have had to pull out of the Tata Open Maharashtra. My sincerest apologies to the fans and organizers,” Cilic posted on his Instagram account.”I was looking forward to returning, however, my knee pains that began toward the end of the season have escalated.”Treatments during the short offseason have been helping but there is still a ways to go and I cannot go into this tournament knowing I am not currently able to give 100 percent.”The former US Open champion, however, hoped to return next year for the tournament.”I will miss celebrating New Year’s in India this year as I have done for so many years now, but I hope to continue my New Year’s tradition there next year!”Happy Holidays to all and I look forward to seeing many of you in Australia,” he said.Tournament director Prashant Sutar wished Cilic a quick recovery.”He got in touch with us late last night and was very apologetic about his inability to compete in the tournament. The fans would surely miss out on watching a world-class player like him. We wish Marin a speedy recovery,” Sutar said.”But having said that, the field is still competitive with the likes of Kevin Anderson, defending champion Gilles Simon, Hyeon Chung and Malek Jaziri and tennis lovers should look forward to some exciting action in the next week.”advertisementThe tournament will be held from December 31 to January 5, 2019, at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium here with qualifiers beginning from December 29.Also Read | Rafael Nadal excited about new season following quick recovery after knee surgeryAlso Read | Asian Games bronze medallist Prajnesh aims for top 50, ability to play five sets
Since the beginning of 2018, Asus has been trying its best to play the disruptor in the smartphone industry. We already saw what the Zenfone Max Pro M1 did to the established rivals such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Moto G5S earlier in the year, i.e. they offered equally good hardware at a price that undercut the established ones by some huge margin. With the Max Pro M2, Asus has mostly repeated that same formula and thrown in a mix of fresh features at a seriously affordable price. However, Asus wanted to tap the slightly lower rung of the market with the same formula. This is where the ZenFone Max M2 enters the picture.This is a phone with which Asus hopes to take on the Xiaomi and Honor devices in the Indian market in this price segment. And my impression, after reviewing the ZenFone Max M2, I feel that Asus has done a fairly good job with it and it can surely match up to the likes of the Redmi 6 Pro.The ZenFone Max M2 is a slightly watered-down version of the more accomplished Max Pro M2, to fit a price tag that makes it more accessible. It sports a notched display, has a reasonably big 4000mAh battery, a stock Android interface and a fairly powerful Snapdragon 632 chipset — basically everything that will satisfy consumers looking for a smartphone around a price point of Rs 10,000. The phone even has robust build quality with a metal body and matte finish compared to the glossy finish that Nokia and Honor offer with their phones in this price bracket. But the best bit about the Max M2 is its price: Asus is selling the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for Rs 9,999 while the one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs 11,999.advertisementZenFone Max M2 design reviewAs I stated earlier, Asus has played it very safe with the design of the Max M2. There’s no fancy glossy polycarbonate or glass at back. Instead, there is just a good old metal-plastic combination. There’s a dual camera setup stacked vertically to the left edge while the fingerprint sensor rests at the centre. Wait, have we seen this design somewhere before? Yes, it’s the same layout that’s available on the Zenfone Max Pro M1. In fact, keep the Max M2 and the Max Pro M1 together and you will be hard-pressed to find the differences. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A metal body with a plastic chassis means that you can go out in the world with it without slapping on a case on it. Sadly, you would still need a screen guard. Asus doesn’t explain if the phone has Gorilla Glass on top of the display or not. The front features an almost fullscreen display with a notch on top and a thick chin. The notch is fairly sizeable and contains an 8MP front camera accompanied by an LED flash and an earpiece that also holds the notification LED.Other usual features such as the buttons and a micro USB port can be found to the side. The SIM tray can also hold two nano SIM cards and a micro SD card at the same time. In my opinion, the Max M2 feels solid in the hands and should age well over the course of time if you take care. That said, I would have liked to see Asus jazz up the design a bit, and may opt for a smaller notch.Zenfone Max M2 display reviewAsus hasn’t really done anything new with the display. The Max M2 now sports a notched display that has become the norm in the segment. Unlike the Redmi 6 Pro, the Max M2 has only be given an HD+ display. For cost-cutting, I feel this is too much. Nonetheless, the screen is bigger at 6.2-inches. It is a typical IPS LCD panel and for the most part, I find it works well in most scenarios. The screen is dull, and I will say average in terms of showing colours. The contrast is average too but the brightness levels are high, which makes it easy to read chats on WhatsApp or go through web pages even under direct sunlight. With a sufficiently wide viewing angle, it is never a hassle to binge on YouTube videos with friends. The notch doesn’t invade into the viewing experience while watching videos or playing games.Zenfone Max M2 performance reviewAsus understands that even the average Indian smartphone consumer demands a fairly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that runs a software as close to the stock version of Android. So, it gives the M2 exactly these features. The Max M2 features a Snapdragon 632 chipset paired with either 3GB or 4GB RAM. Inside the software is stock Android Oreo 8.1 OS. The Snapdragon 632 is the successor to the popular Snapdragon 625 used by the Redmi 6 Pro. The new chip has Kryo 250 cores but retains the old Adreno 506 GPU.advertisementWith a phone running a stock Android OS, performance isn’t usually an issue and the Max M2 works very well. I had the Max M2 as a daily driver for a couple of days, running all the basic utility apps as well as games, constantly connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and 4G network. And I have to say the Max M2 left a fairly good impression on me. The phone was always at ease while I was on social media apps and there was no lag when I switched between apps. The memory management is also good. Since the Snapdragon 632 is an out-and-out midrange chipset, I did miss the smooth performance while playing some resource-intensive games like PUBG MOBILE and F1 Mobile Racing. That said, the lighter and agile stock Android means I never encountered choppy frame rates and embarrassing lags that cost me the victory. I wish Asus had prepared their Android Pie build by the time the Max M2 was launched. Nonetheless, Android Pie will be coming shortly and should help improve the performance a little.Zenfone Max M2 camera reviewAsus hasn’t been able to crack that sweet spot for cameras on its smartphones. The Max M2 doesn’t change any of that fact. At the back, there’s a 13-megapixel primary sensor with F1.8 lens and 1.12um pixels. This is accompanied by a secondary 2MP depth sensor and an LED flash. For the front, there’s an 8-megapixel camera that’s also assisted by an LED flash. For most of the time, the Max M2 manages to be a decent camera in well-lit scenarios. It can capture a wide range of colours while the contrasts are towards the higher side. Sadly, all Asus smartphones suffer from the issue of overexposure and the Max M2 is no exception. The camera does struggle in daylight to balance the exposures. However, the enhanced exposure helps during low-light scenes or during the night. Subjects are evenly lit in most situations. The camera tends to suppress noise well but loses out on sharpness in low light. The colour accuracy is also lost. The portrait mode is a mess that takes blurry photos with choppy edge-detection and extremely dull colour tones.IMAGE SAMPLESAs for the front camera, it captures vibrant colours. But it also is plagued by the overexposure bug and tends to bring in a lot of noise even in well-lit ambience. The details are absent while the portrait mode is rather average with its results. The front camera also offers face unlock feature. In well-lit ambience, the system works well but is slower than the fingerprint sensor.advertisementZenfone Max M2 battery reviewWhile the Max M2 disappoints with is camera optics, it kind of redeems itself with its reasonably big 4000mAh battery. I topped it up to 100 per cent and even on a very busy day, which demanded a lot of texting, web browsing, streaming on YouTube, playing short sessions of PUBG and light camera work, the Max M2 still had around 20 per cent of juice at the end of the day. The 10W fast charger does top it up pretty quickly.Asus understands that even the average Indian smartphone consumer demands a fairly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that runs a software as close to the stock version of Android. So, it gives the M2 exactly these features.Should you buy the Zenfone Max M2Definitely, if all you prefer is a smartphone that offers a solid user experience with a clean Android interface, a reliable battery, a sturdy build and a big display, then the Max M2 is a good choice. For most consumers, I believe the Zenfone Max M2 is a dependable option. Surely, it isn’t as appealing as its flamboyant rivals such as the Honor 9 Lite, the Lenovo K9 and the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The camera performance is also not on par with the what the Redmi 6 Pro manages to deliver.However, the biggest threat the Max M2 is its own big brother — the Zenfone Max Pro M1. At almost a similar price, the Max Pro M1 offers the more potent Snapdragon 636 chipset, a full HD+ display and a bigger 5000mAh battery. Asus is aware of that and hence positions the Max M2 for those who want the notched display over a powerful chip. I can’t figure out why users should choose a big display over a more well-rounded smartphone. Till the ZenFone Max Pro M1 stays in the market, the Max M2 can be a tough sell.ALSO READ | ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Redmi Note 6 Pro: Asus-Xiaomi battle continues in under Rs 15,000 marketALSO READ | PUBG MOBILE is a hit on smartphones because it isn’t a mobile game, it’s a PC gameZenfone Max M2 review7.5/10ProsSmooth performanceReliable batteryStock AndroidConsBoring designCamera performanceAndroid Oreo
Former England captain Alastair Cook received knighthood for his services to cricket from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Cook along with former England rugby skipper Bill Beaumont was knighted during the ceremony.Sir Alastair Cook is the first cricketer since Ian Botham in 2007 to receive the knighthood. Cook retired from international cricket last year after slamming a ton against India in England’s 3-1 Test series win.Cook scored 12,472 runs from 161 Tests and is leading run-scorer for England in the longest format of the game. Cook has 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries in Tests. He played 92 ODIs and four T20Is, scoring 3271 runs in the limited-over formats.Despite retiring from international cricket, Cook decided to continue his domestic career in England. The 34-year-old renewed his contract with Essex, signing a three-year deal with the County Championship side last year. Notably, Cook is only the second player after Sir Richard Hadlee in 1990 to receive knighthood while being an active player.The one day we will accept Alastair Cook not using a Gray-Nicolls.Arise, Sir Alastair. Our hero.Congratulations.(Image via @PA) pic.twitter.com/U6gDf9dupCGray-Nicolls (@graynics) February 26, 2019″Seeing my name up there in whatever capacity – you just don’t get used to it. You never get used to it and I don’t think I will ever get used to seeing my name with a Sir before it. It is just weird, when you are told you have to just walk and kneel, that you should get so nervous,” Cook was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.advertisement”I have played cricket in front of many thousands and done okay but you get just as nervous just walking and kneeling, which is very strange.”Also Read | Sanath Jayasuriya responds to ICC ban: Accepted charges to protect integrity of cricketAlso Read | India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Chinnaswamy pitch expected to be batting-friendlyAlso See:
Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup encounter but skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said his team will treat every match at the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup “as a match against India”.Speaking to the press before Pakistan’s departure for England, where they play a 5-match one-day international series, before the start of the World Cup.”For us all nine matches are important so we will take every match as a match against India,” said Sarfaraz.The India vs Pakistan blockbuster match is scheduled to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16.Sarfaraz also said that Pakistan would take the confidence from the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where they defeated India in the final by 180 runs, saying: “We have beaten India in a bigger event recently so we will have that advantage”.When the Pakistan skipper was asked about the controversial omission of pace bowler Mohammad Amir, Sarfaraz said, “Amir has an opportunity to improve in the coming five-match (series).””We have a very good bowling combination as we have picked six fast bowlers to rotate during the ODI series against England,” Sarafaz said.Bags packed, good to go! #[email protected]_54 @MHasnainPak @FakharZamanLive @AasifAli2018 @iamamirofficial pic.twitter.com/sPyYq3qFf7Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) April 22, 2019The Pakistan cricket team also met with Pakistan’s only World Cup-winning captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan.”It was a very good meeting,” Sarfaraz said when asked about the meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan.”Imran Khan told us to fight boldly (during the World Cup) and gave us very useful tips during an hour-long meeting,” Sarfaraz said.advertisementPakistan’s World Cup squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK & C), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib MalikAlso Read | Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed likes underdog label for World Cup
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is braced for an all-out assault from Roger Federer when the two great rivals meet at Roland Garros for the first time in eight years in Friday’s French Open semi-final.Although Federer has won the last five meetings in their 38-match rivalry, none of them were on the Spaniard’s beloved clay.In their five previous meetings at Roland Garros, including four finals, Federer has never managed more than one set.Despite being generally regarded as the greatest player of all time, 20-times Grand Slam champion Federer has never fathomed a way of suppressing the marauding Mallorcan at Roland Garros.Rafel Nadal is chasing a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title and will count on his superior record against Swiss Federer, especially on clay where he has beaten Roger Federer 14 times.Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Head-to-head: Nadal leads 23-15Last five meetings:2017 Federer d Nadal 6-4 6-3 (Shanghai, hard)2017 Federer d Nadal 6-3 6-4 (Miami, hard)2017 Federer d Nadal 6-2 6-3 (Indian Wells, hard)2017 Federer d Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 (Australian Open, hard)2015: Federer d Nadal 6-3 5-7 6-3 (Basel, hard)What TV channel and live stream is the Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final on?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will broadcast on Star Sports Select 1. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final be played?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will be played at The Stade Roland Garros in Paris on Friday, June 7.advertisementWhat time does Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final begin?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will begin from 4.20 PM IST.Where can I watch the Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final live?The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal French Open Semi-Final will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | French Open 2019: Nadal expects Federer onslaught in semi-finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Noavk Djokovic sets semi-final clash with Dominic ThiemAlso See
The public meeting tonight (Tuesday) by the city on the preliminary design of the proposed Promenade Improvement Project has been postponed because of the weather.The consultants from the ISG architecture, planning & engineering firm are not able to make it to Sioux City.The rescheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th from 4- 6p.m. at the Sioux City Public Museum located at 4th and Nebraska Street.
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. Gundy: “I don’t know if we’ve had two blocked PATs since I’ve been here. I’m not happy with that at all.” #OKstate— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) September 13, 20159. Jimmy Bean and J.W. are unsung and wildly importantTheir respective counterparts (Emmanuel Ogbah and Mason Rudolph) get the glory and the headlines, but old bros Bean and Walsh are going to be two big reasons OSU has a big season (if it has a big season). Bean gets so many opportunities opposite No. 38, as does Walsh when OSU gets inside the red zone. The Cowboys ranked No. 109 in the country last year in red zone TD percentage — that’s something I hope Walsh can help change as the season chugs on.10. These things can fluctuate significantly from week to weekI’ll have some more notes later on tonight, but I’m still not sure we learned anything we didn’t know before this game. The defense is really good (probably). The offense is average to above average (probably) and OSU will be 3-0 going to Austin (hopefully).Here’s the thing we’ve learned in general with college football — looking at you, Auburn — teams can change significantly from game to game and even quarter to quarter. OSU looked in the first half like a team that would struggle with Kansas later this year. In the second half, it looked more like a team that could at least be competitive at the top of the Big 12.I’m not prepared to give up on what this offense could be quite yet. As Oklahoma State moves away from the air raid and towards, uh, something that isn’t really the air raid, I get excited about letting a defense that seems up for the challenge take over games. Was Saturday a good time watching college football? Nah, not really. But this team has some fun characters and some outstanding players.2012 should have taught us not to buy into FCS games too much. Nobody got hurt and Rudolph seemed to find his gallup in the second half. On to UTSA. BOX SCOREMrs. Pistols and I have been trying to plan a mini vacation recently. This is difficult for two reasons. The first is that the PGA Tour has like three weekends off over the course of 11 months (I tried to exaggerate that but I’m not sure that’s actually an exaggeration). The second, of course, is because of OSU football weekends.All that to say, in retrospect we should have planned it for this weekend because FBS-FCS games are disgusting to me (#RememberSavannah).As such, I’m reticent to make any broad, sweeping conclusions about what this OSU team is or isn’t because I have no idea if Central Arkansas is better or worse than OSU just playing its second team in practice.AdChoices广告But still, there was enough action (or lack of action) to have a few thoughts about the Pokes’ 32-8 win over UCA. Here we go.1. The offense got a free passHere’s what disappointed me about the way Oklahoma State’s offense showed out in the first half. First of all, Samford (!) toasted UCA to the tune of 28 points in the first half of last week’s game. OSU could only muster 10.Second, you pretty much know your defense is holding UCA to 14 points or fewer. So why do you come stumbling out of the gates like a wounded racehorse with these sideline screens and backwards passes? Don’t you use this game to say “man, how good can we be? What gear can I open this thing up to?” and then use that as a sort of barometer for the rest of the year?Especially when you know UCA is out there not letting Chris Carson and Rennie Childs beat them.Gundy: Too many penalties. Missed about six passes. UCA’s defense was essentially “stop run.” Defense was excellent. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 13, 2015You don’t get any more free passes this season, and it felt like this one was a little bit wasted on the offensive front. Like, we get that Mason Rudolph can throw a bubble screen. Taylor Cornelius can probably throw a bubble screen. But can Rudolph hit Jalen McCleskey on a deep slant? Can Jeff Carr run a wheel route? Do you feel better about a jump ball with Brandon Sheperd or Marcell Ateman?At one point in the third quarter, Central Arkansas put 10 men in the box at the goal line, and OSU proceeded to shove a handoff to Rennie Childs who got promptly blistered and put on his backside. I’m the most novice of football bystanders, but even I could tell that was going to be a disaster. What are you even trying to do there? It was like trying to force the USB cord into your computer over and over even though you know it’s wrong because you’re so frustrated you put it in the wrong way again.I don’t know if that’s a Mike Yurcich thing or a Mason Rudolph thing, but it’s not anything I want to see again. I’m not saying you come out and run four verts every down. That would be silly. But dare to dream a little bit, guys. Dare to drop 40 on a FCS team that got torched by Samford last weekend.2. We need to talk about that Chris Carson leapI feel like more often than not when people rave about athletes jumping over other athletes, it usually turns out that Athlete A jumped over Athlete B while Athlete B was bent over and essentially the equivalent of Spud Webb if Spud Webb was slouching a little bit.Not so here. That’s a 6’0 cornerback and Carson goes for the whole dang thing (and gets it).WHAT WAS THAAAAAAT#okstate pic.twitter.com/NKZFaHuhIE— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 13, 2015Speaking of Carson. Is there a worse person on the roster to throw swing passes out wide to? Like, would we be better off throwing swing passes to Vincent Taylor or Chris Carson? Just something for you to think about the rest of the weekend.3. Mason Rudolph’s second half was on pointThere have been 1,065 games in Oklahoma State history, Saturday’s was just the 12th in which a QB has thrown for 400 or more yards. Rudolph was downright lousy in the first half, overthrowing everybody but the cheerleaders in the back of the end zone (and if Yurcich would have called a pass play inside the red zone, he probably would have overthrown them as well). Mike Gundy said as much at halftime.Mike Gundy at halftime: “We have to throw the ball better.” What does Rudolph have to do? “I’m not sure, he just needs to hit those passes.”— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015So Rudolph corrected things to the tune of 7/9 for 194 yards and 2 TD second half.“My feet weren’t right,” Rudolph told Fox Sports Southwest about the first half. “Had some feet issues with some balls being high. But the whole offense made some good adjustments and corrected things in the second half.”4. Is David Glidden elite?That’s tongue in cheek, but Glidden was outstanding on Saturday night collecting four receptions for a career-high 145 yards and 2 TDs. That was his first ever (!) 100-yard receiving night.Mason Rudolph’s first TD pass in Boone Pickens Stadium (of very many). pic.twitter.com/rHLD2YmazP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 13, 2015Somebody asked me last week why I didn’t think Glidden was a go-to receiver for OSU. It’s not so much that I think he couldn’t be. It’s just that OSU has so many dudes (12 of them caught passes on Saturday) that I’m not sure he’s definitely your guy when you’re down 10 in Morgantown here in a few weeks. Maybe I’m wrong. Either way, I love him.https://twitter.com/pistolsguy/status/642885294082002944/photo/15. (Don’t) Fire YurcichI got a lot of this during the game. I get where it’s coming from, really, but Mike Yurcich isn’t going to receive a pink slip anytime soon. Especially not a few games into a season.#FireYurcich @pistolsguy, You still behind him?— Wes Cyrus (@wes_cyrus) September 13, 2015I have less of an issue with the end output Oklahoma State is showing and more with how it is getting there. It’s almost like it’s trying to be a hurry-up team that is fine with scoring 25-35 points a game no matter what team it’s playing. That’s great against Central Michigan and Central Arkansas. It’s going to give Mike Gundy nightmares once the Big 12 starts.I’m going to write about this more next week, but it’s time for us to start adjusting what we should expect from an offense that isn’t really running the Dana-Monken air raid we grew so accustomed to. That’s not Mike Yurcich’s problem as much as it is ours.His problem is that this offense seems to have not found its soul yet. Either you’re an eff-you air-it-out attack (see: Waco, TX) or a grinding, efficient machine that posts a proper points per possession number and turns games over to its defense (see: Tuscaloosa, AL). This team, so far, is neither.6. I’m in love with OSU’s defense (so far)It’s early, and OSU still hasn’t played anybody, but the front line of the defense has been unbelievable. We always knew the secondary and linebackers would be solid to very good, but this really can be an elite D if Emmanuel Ogbah and Co. keep playing like they have been so far in September.I listened to Tony Dungy talk the other day about how he would rather have J.J. Watt than Rob Gronkowski because football is all about how much you can pressure the quarterback. A high-powered defensive line negates the most important parts of an offense in its offensive line and QB. OSU’s has done that so far.It’s really not fair. Emmanuel Ogbah is a monster. pic.twitter.com/MFltlzPW8R— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015Again, I don’t want to project this onto the next 10 games, but we have to look for some bright spots with the way the offense has looked over the first eight quarters and the defense has provided them.It’s a strange thing to expect to hold teams to 20 points or fewer, but until we get into the Baylor-TCU portion of the schedule, that’s exactly what I expect.7. Run blocking is absolutely appallingThis is part of the reason I’m hesitant to crucify Yurcich. I’ve watched my kids block the door to their room at bedtime better than OSU’s offensive line did at times on Saturday night.Gundy: “I’m not pleased with the way we’re blocking right now.” #okstate O-line continues to be a problem.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) September 13, 2015Granted, Central Arkansas pretty clearly was shutting down the run, but I wondered at one point during the game if Chris Carson was wishing he’d gone and backed up Nick Chubb instead of trying to stiff arm six guys on every run play to the outside.8. Grogan Groganed again?I’m not sure about the first, but the second one was an offensive line issue. Either way, this should literally never happen, much less on two straight extra points. Can you imagine if it was to tie a Big 12 game in the 4th quarter instead of a couple of pointless kicks against Central Arkansas? My gosh.
Manchester City Man City duo Delph & Aguero pushing for speedy recoveries Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 22:16 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Sergio Agüero The England midfielder has a hamstring problem but could return next weekend, while the Argentina striker is recovering well from a broken rib Fabian Delph and Sergio Aguero are both hopeful of a swift return to action and could even be fit for Manchester City’s Premier League game against Stoke City next Saturday, Goal understands.Aguero is hoping to make an early return to action after breaking a rib in a car accident last week.Man City 4/7 to win first/second half 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. Last Friday, City’s doctors ruled Aguero out for between two and four weeks, meaning that while he missed the game at Chelsea and Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers, he could yet feature against Stoke depending on how he recovers during the international period.Argentina’s team doctor claimed this week that the striker would miss six weeks, but sources close to the player insist that will not be the case.Although there are no guarantees he will be able to feature against the Potters, the 29-year-old is no longer believed to be in any serious discomfort and is working towards a quick recovery.Delph, meanwhile, earned a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England squad last week but was forced to pull out following City’s win at Chelsea on Saturday.Goal understands, however, that the 27-year-old has a minor hamstring injury, and though he will not be rushed back given a long history of fitness problems, he is not yet ruled out of City’s next game.Delph has stood in at left-back in the absence of Benjamin Mendy, who will be out until at least April with a serious knee injury. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Bayern München Hasenhuttl has the right stuff to coach Bayern, says RB Leipzig director Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 17:18 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München RB Leipzig v Bayern München Bayern München v RB Leipzig RB Leipzig DFB Pokal Bundesliga Transfers Sporting director Ralph Rangnick is sure the 50-year-old can coach any of Europe’s top sides but sees no reason for him to leave Red Bull Arena yet Ralf Rangnick has no doubt Ralph Hasenhuttl is good enough to take over at Bayern Munich but expects him to extend his contract with RB Leipzig.Hasenhuttl led Ingolstadt to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history and kept them in the top flight in 2015-16 before departing for the Red Bull Arena.Bayern 4/11 to beat RB Leipzig Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 50-year-old, who was linked to Arsenal amid uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s future last season, guided Leipzig to second position in their maiden top-flight season, earning qualification for the Champions League.Sporting director Rangnick is unsurprised Hasenhuttl has been linked with Bayern, alongside the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, but expects the Austrian to agree to extend his Leipzig deal beyond 2019.”He has the right stuff. Ralph can coach any team in the world. The only question is whether he wants to,” Rangnick told Sport Bild.”There is currently no reason for any of our players or staff, including me, to leave.”The fact that Ralph, like our players, is linked to other clubs is the logical consequence of our development.”He could coach Bayern, but I do not think he’ll go there in the next two years.”I’ve discussed with Ralph that we’ll talk about [an extension] during the mid-season break. We know what we have in common. The appreciation could not be greater. Therefore, I assume that we will work together for this club even longer.”Leipzig entertain Bayern in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday before a Bundesliga clash between the pair at Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Primera División Athletic Club vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal Last updated 2 years ago 14:53 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JOSEP LAGO Primera División Athletic Club v Barcelona Barcelona Athletic Club Ernesto Valverde visits his old club on Saturday in a game the Blaugrana will be keen to win in order to keep their advantage at the Liga summit Ernesto Valverde is in for a poignant homecoming on Saturday as the Barcelona coach takes his new side to the Basque Country to face Athletic.La Liga has so far looked easy for Valverde, who has eased into a four-point lead over second-placed Valencia with eight wins in Barca’s first nine league outings. Athletic, however, are never an easy prospect in San Mames, and in spite of an underwhelming start to the season this weekend’s clash should be a blockbuster for fans. 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 Game Athletic Club vs Barcelona Date Saturday, October 28 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football or by stream via Sky Go.In addition, dabblebet customers with a funded or active account can watch and bet on the match live. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go / dabblebet In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Athletic players Goalkeepers Kepa, Herrerin Defenders Boveda, Saborit, Laporte, Lekue, Etxaita, Nunez Midfielders Benat, San Jose, Iturraspe, Susaeta, Rico, Vesga, Garcia, Aketxe, Cordoba Forwards Williams, Merino, Aduriz The Basque side continue to struggle with the absence of Iker Muniain, who suffered a cruciate ligament tear in September and is expected to miss at least six months of action.Oscar De Marcos and Mikel Balenziaga also miss out for the hosts, who will be back in action in the Europa League midweek.Potential starting XI: Kepa; Lekue, Unai Nunez, Laporte, Saborit; Iturraspe, San Jose; Williams, Raul García, Cordoba; Aduriz.. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Digne, Umtiti, David Costas, Alba Midfielders Rakitic, S. Busquets, O. Busquets, D. Suarez, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Deulofeu Barca have a few long-term injury issues in the squad. Ousmane Dembele continues on the sidelines and is not expected to be back before the new year, while Rafinha has gone under the knife for a knee problem.Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are carrying minor niggles and miss the trip, along with Andres Iniesta, but Valverde can nevertheless field a strong squad in a game he will be itching to win in his old stamping ground.The likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, meanwhile, enjoyed a rare midweek off as Barca rotated for the Copa del Rey, and will be raring to go as they return to the starting line-up this weekend.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Paulinho, Rakitic; Deulofeu, Messi, Suarez..BETTING & MATCH ODDS Barcelona are 4/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet , with Malaga priced at 11/2 and the draw available at 15/4.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW After the Supercopa debacle that marked Ernesto Valverde’s first games in charge at Camp Nou, even he must have been surprised by the imperious form that followed.Barcelona have won eight and drawn one of their nine games to date in La Liga, adding for good measure three consecutive Champions League wins for a near-perfect start to the season. Midweek it was the kids’ turn to shine with victory in the Copa del Rey over Murcia, but on Saturday the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will return in a special game for Valverde. It was, after all, four years of sterling service at Athletic that helped seal Valverde’s appointment as successor to Luis Enrique, and the coach is guaranteed a warm welcome when he walks out at San Mames on Saturday. Valverde, however, will not be fooled by the formbook ahead of this clash. Athletic may have under-performed so far under Jose Ziganda, currently sitting 11th with just three wins in nine, but the Basques can never be taken lightly.
WC Qualifying Play-Off Australia vs Honduras: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:30 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images WC Qualifying Play-Off Australia Australia v Honduras Honduras It’s winner takes all in Sydney on Wednesday following a 0-0 draw in the first leg – who will be taking their place at the World Cup finals next year? Australia host Honduras at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday in the second leg of their World Cup Intercontinental Qualification play-off tie.Ange Postecoglou’s side took a 0-0 draw from Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano on Friday and are now favourites to book their place in Russia next year.An impressive performance from the Socceroos in San Pedro Sula left supporters encouraged by their chances of qualification but equally frustrated by missed opportunities to win the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It’s a winner takes all situation on Wednesday, with Australia boasting home advantage. Game Australia vs Honduras Date Wednesday, November 15 Time 09:00 GMT | 20:00 AEDT | 03:00 CST TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM The game will not be available to viewers in the UK, but will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 501 and 9Go in Australia, and streamed live on 9Now. TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 501, 9Go 9Now SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Australia players Goalkeepers Langerak, Ryan, Vukovic Defenders Degenek, Jurman, McGowan, Sainsbury, Wright Midfielders Behich, Gersbach, Goodwin, Irvine, Jedinak, Jeggo, Kruse, Leckie, Luongo, Milligan, Mooy, Rogic, Risdon, Troisi Forwards Cahill, Juric, Rukavytsya Tim Cahill was the hero against Syria, scoring both goals in the Socceroos’ dramatic win, but missed the first leg of the play-off game with an ankle injury.Cahill travelled to San Pedro Sula with his team-mates, though, and Postecoglou will be hopeful the 37-year-old will recover in time for the second leg of the tie.Mark Milligan and Mathew Leckie return to the fold following suspensions which kept them out of the first leg, with both likely to return to the starting XI.Potential starting XI: Ryan; Sainsbury, Milligan, Wright, Leckie, Behich; Luongo, Jedinak; Mooy, Rogic; Juric. Position Honduras players Goalkeepers Escober, Canales Defenders Beckeles, Crisanto, Izaguirre, Sánchez, Figueroa, Figueroa, Palacios, Alvarado, Vargas Midfielders García, López, Martínez, Acosta, Mejía, Claros, Peña, Morazán, Chirinos Forwards Lanza, Lozano, Quioto, Elis, Costly Skipper Maynor Figueroa and Alberth Elis were both suspended for the first meeting, with Boniek Garcia the replacement for the latter.Houston Dynamo winger Romell Quoito will continue to be the main attacking threat for Honduras, having scored six goals in the group stage.Potential starting XI: Escober; Beckeles, Figueroa, Figueroa, Izaguirre; Mejía, Claros; Elis, López, Quioto; Lozano.BETTING & MATCH ODDS The hosts are heavy favourites to book their place in the World Cup finals next year, with dabblebet placing Australia at 8/15, and Honduras at 6/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Tom Juric could have wrapped up proceedings during the first leg of the tie, but was unable to finish his one-on-one opportunity and also steered his free header wide of the target.There were plenty of promising performances throughout the team, though, with Jedinak and Luongo controlling the game in the central areas of the pitch. Australia’s home record should instill faith in supporters – the Socceroos have registered nine wins from their last 10 games at ANZ.But Postecoglou’s side will have to overcome their issues in front of goal in order to secure their place in Russia as Honduras are unlikely to draw another blank.
Everton Allardyce praises ‘brave’ Pawson after penalty decision Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 02:43 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Everton Premier League Liverpool v Everton Liverpool The new Toffees boss believes that it took guts to give a spot-kick at Anfield, after Wayne Rooney helped the visitors grab a valuable point Everton manager Sam Allardyce described referee Craig Pawson as “brave” for awarding his side a late penalty in Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool on Sunday.Liverpool looked to be heading for all three points courtesy of Mohamed Salah’s superb first-half strike, but Everton snatched a share of the spoils 13 minutes from time when Wayne Rooney lashed home from the spot after Dominic Calvert-Lewin went down under pressure from Dejan Lovren.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was livid with the decision, but perhaps unsurprisingly his opposite number was in no doubt the right call was made. 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 “Don’t put your hands on a forward who’s in the box, don’t touch him, don’t push him,” said Allardyce.FT. The 229th Merseyside derby ends all square. #EFCawayday pic.twitter.com/NkrsiMVchH — Everton (@Everton) December 10, 2017 “If you do, you run the risk of giving a penalty away. He had no need to do it – he could have stood up and shepherded him away from goal, which is where he was going.”He didn’t. He put his hands on him and pushed him over. People can call it soft, but you don’t do those sort of things.”Credit to Craig Pawson for being brave enough to give it at Anfield.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Meanwhile, Sean DeLoughry remembers a time when corners actually deserved the roar of approval they get from fans when one is awarded: “Back in the day several cup competitions in Ireland used the corner count to settle drawn games, leading to the occasional bizarre late scramble to try and force or save a corner. The FAI Cup and the third-ranked Shield competition persevered with replays, but three ‘major’ cup finals were decided on corner count. Shamrock Rovers won the Dublin City Cup in both 1956-57 and 1959-60 on corners after 1-1 final draws with Drumcondra. They also won the 1942-43 Dublin-Belfast Intercity Cup by beating Bohemians on corner count after a 2-2 aggregate draw in the final.”“Then there is the glorious tale of the ‘double golden goal’ rule employed in the 1994 Caribbean Cup (it’s been mentioned hereabouts before).” And Sem Firulas tweets that “here in Brazil we once tried: two referees in a game; penalty shootouts for every match that ended in a draw; and corners taken from the edge of the box in U-18 tournaments. All of them lasted very briefly.”Double post-match managerial departures“Is the recent occasion with Garry Monk and Carlos Carvalhal the first time that both managers have been sacked shortly after the same game?” asks Darren Smith.“I point you to a Portuguese league match, the Lisbon derby between Benfica and Sporting on 3 December 2000,” writes Rui Pereira. “The managers were two of Bobby Robson’s former assistants at FC Porto: José Mourinho (in his first job as head coach) and Augusto Inácio, respectively.“Both teams were having a bad season. Benfica won 3-0, leading to Inácio’s dismissal, while at the winning side tensions between a newly-arrived club leadership and Mourinho, who had been appointed by the outgoing directors, led to Mourinho’s resignation after only three months in charge. According to press reports at the time, Sporting were on the verge of hiring Mourinho as Inácio’s replacement, but that additional twist didn’t happen. The final outcome was not good for any team: reigning champions Sporting finished third in the league, while Benfica finished at their all-time lowest place of sixth.” “Ragnar Klavan recently became the first Estonian to score in the Premier League,” tweets Nathan Eaton. “Which nationality has made the most appearances without ever scoring?”“I’ve done some work here and made a list of all the countries that fit the bill,” cheers Nick Fredriksson, offering some sweet, sweet words. “Here goes:1) Oman, 111 (Ali al-Habsi)2) Albania, 31 (Lorik Cana)3) Pakistan, 22 (Zesh Rehman)4) Zambia, 20 (Emmanuel Mayuka 16, Collins Mbesuma 4)5) Bolivia, 19 (Marcelo Martins Moreno 12, Jaime Moreno 7)6) Cyprus, 9 (Nikodimos Papavasilou 7, Alexis Nicolas 2)7) Equatorial Guinea, 4 (Emilio Nsue)8) Lithuania, 3 (Tomas Danelevicius 2, Giedrius Arlauskis 1)9) Cape Verde, 2 (Pelé 1, Cabral 1)10=) Seychelles, 1 (Kevin Betsy)10=) Faroe Islands, 1 (Gunnar Nielsen)10=) Guinea-Bissau, 1 (Mesca)10=) Kosovo, 1 (Bersant Celina).”Al-Habsi has scored an own goal, mind. Wes Court was among a host of others to write in. “Other interesting tidbits I learned on this procrastinating experience,” he notes: “A majority of countries (53%) have never scored a Premier League goal. And of the 97* countries that have scored in the Premier League, 15 have only one goalscorer, and five of those 15 have only one goal (Poland have two tied with one goal each) [*includes three British Overseas Territories].”Unusual football rules“Watching this vintage penalties clip got me wondering: what are some rules in use or were once used in certain places that differ from what we are used to seeing in the ‘traditional’ game?” wonders Jithvan Ariyaratne.Graham Clayton reminds us of a maverick idea employed at Hampden Park over 40 years ago. “The 1973-74 Scottish League Cup final between Dundee United and Celtic featured an experimental offside line that went from the edge of the penalty area across to the touchlines.” Share via Email Read more José Mourinho, pictured here on the Benfica bench, a couple of months before he walked out on the club. Photograph: Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Matt Prior (@ConceptCzech)Gary Elphick started the season as Worthing manager, yet on Boxing Day he found himself taking them on as a Burgess Hill Town player. I wondered if this is a first in any way.January 9, 2018 Football Topics Football Primers (@footexplain)Iain Dowie and Fergie have words attributed to them in the Collins and OED, are there any other bizarre entries with football beginnings?January 9, 2018 Knowledge archive“Given the rather precarious world economic climate, have any clubs been forced to take up a sideline business to stay afloat?” wondered Fergal McMahon, in the midst of 2009’s credit crunch.Life is all well and good in the world of football global branding, especially for the world’s leading clubs. But spare a thought for those a little further down the ladder, such as Croatian third division outfit NK Nedeljanec. In 2004, when officials publicly revealed Nedeljanec’s financial strife, a plan was hatched by dedicated fans to save their team’s skins: the sale of potatoes, six tonnes of which were collected and sold to raise club funds.“No one here has much money, but we have lots of potatoes to sell,” fans’ chief Ivan Fosnar told the Jutarnji List newspaper. “It is the least we can do seeing as we are so near to promotion to the second division. We’ll do everything we can to help our club. It is not a problem to donate these potatoes if that will be enough to save the club.” Grateful Nedeljanec officials had no, ahem, chip on their shoulder and accepted the donation, which they admitted would help the club survive until the end of the season.For thousands more questions and answers take a trip through our archiveCan you help?“What was, statistically, the greatest great escape of them all?” asks Nick Jones. “Either in terms of the highest ‘points adrift’ to ‘points remaining’ ratio (perhaps not final-day escapes) or simply the largest ‘points adrift’ which was overcome. Without governing body interference, of course.”“The beautiful city of Bristol has had two league clubs pretty much consistently since 1920, combining for a total of 212 years of league football, with only three Football League Trophies and one Welsh Cup to show for it,” mails Andy Field. “Does this make it the least successful multi-club city?”“Hemel Hempstead Town beat St Albans City 2-0 on New Year’s Day,” begins Andrew Levey. “This ended a run of five consecutive 2-2 draws between the two sides in the National League South. Has there been a longer run of identical scores between two teams?”“What is the biggest score in a top-flight match anywhere where both sides score and all goals are scored by players meeting their old clubs?” muses John McDougall. The Knowledge Reuse this content features Send questions and answers to [email protected] or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU Twitter Share on Messenger thisisntipswich (@thisisntipswich)@TheKnowledge_GU Spurs – West Ham tonight. 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Share on Messenger Reuse this content Read more It may be too early in the season to describe Sunday’s meeting of Leicester and Sale at Welford Road as an eight-pointer but with the Manchester club starting the fifth round at the bottom of the Premiership and the Tigers having the worst defensive record after the opening four rounds, there will be little comfort for the loser in a season when, without an obvious struggler, every point counts.“We are not looking at the table,” insists the Sale captain, Jono Ross. “There are still 18 games to play. We have not had the start we wanted in the toughest of leagues because we have not been good enough. We have to improve and that starts with hard work. It is far too early to be talking about relegation and all we are focusing on is Leicester.” Sydney summit feels like a pivotal moment in rugby’s modern history Share on WhatsApp Leicester sacked their head coach, Matt O’Connor, three days into the season after losing 40-6 at Exeter while Sale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond, reacted to their first home defeat by Wasps for eight years last weekend by recruiting the former Northampton forwards coach Dorian West and pledging some old-school training.“There was a fair bit of work done,” says Ross, who had given his side the ideal start against Wasps with a first-minute try. “Everyone was disappointed by the result and we have been taking a hard look at ourselves in the mirror. Dorian will add to our forward game and his experience should help us find an edge there.”There should be tries at Welford Road. Leicester have conceded 21 this season, while Sale have the next leakiest defence, having been breached 17 times. “At this stage of the season a lot can change quickly,” says Ross. “A couple of wins and you are in the top half of the table. We have to stay positive. It will be tough on Sunday but that is the case every time you play in the Premiership.” Premiership While the shape of the domestic season from 2019-20 is expected to be announced in the next couple of weeks after prolonged discussions between the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the Professional Rugby Players’ Association, relegation will remain despite talk of ringfencing the elite. The only possible reprieve for the team finishing bottom will be if the Championship winners do not meet the entry criteria.With promoted Bristol winning two of their first four matches and Worcester, the pre-season relegation favourites, triumphant at Leicester having been pipped by a point by Wasps in the opening round, the comfort blanket of a team detached from the rest from early in the campaign has been snatched away. The bottom three clubs going into the latest round of matches were all former champions, Sale, Northampton and Newcastle. Two others, Leicester and Harlequins, were higher up the table, after one victory each in four, because of bonus points. The prospect of a big-name casualty – the last was Northampton in 2007 – is real.“There are no weak teams in the Premiership,” says Ross. “You look at Leicester’s squad and it is full of quality. It is the same with us but it is all about putting in a performance. We have played well in parts in all of our four games but we have not put it together for 80 minutes. We have been falling away and that has to stop.” Leicester Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest The Observer Share via Email Sale … 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. Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Rugby union Read more Stuart Hooper to replace Todd Blackadder at Bath in 2020 news Topics Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…
Topics England fans say police raised batons amid ‘dangerous crushing’ at semi-final Share on Facebook Reuse this content Thank you for your feedback. Share on Pinterest Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media news Hide Transfer window The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Was this helpful? Wales The Wales manager, Ryan Giggs, has told Daniel James to “enjoy the challenge” and just be himself when he joins Manchester United later this summer. The 21-year-old Swansea winger is moving to United for £15m after the clubs agreed the transfer on Friday.Giggs, talking before Wales’s Euro 2020 qualifer in Croatia on Saturday, praised James for the way he has coped with the death of his father, Kevan, last month as well as the upheaval of moving clubs. Manchester United Temperatures for Saturday’s game with Croatia, who will be without the injured Ivan Rakitic, will touch 30C and the city’s Gradski Stadium is a dilapidated but intimidating venue with a capacity of just under 19,000.Giggs said: “I was talking to Chris Mepham about my experiences as a player. The first time I went to Galatasaray away we were welcomed at the airport with a sign which said ‘Welcome to hell’. There were 5,000 people there. Of course the home team are going to try and make it as difficult as possible for you. That’s what we try and do.“Croatia have got to the World Cup final and shown they’re a great team, but we’ve got a team that got to the Euro semi-finals and we have really good competition for places. We’re missing a top player in Aaron Ramsey and you have to be wary of the opposition’s strengths. Croatia have good players like Luka Modric, but you can’t just focus on one individual.” Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter “I know the United fans will get behind him and enjoy watching him. It’s fantastic for everyone I think – for Dan, for Manchester United, and it’s a good deal for Swansea as well,” Giggs said. “It’s the biggest club in the world so my message to him is enjoy the challenge, don’t be anyone else, and you’ll be fine.”James had a medical with United on Thursday to become Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first summer signing. James broke off from preparations for Wales’s European qualifier in Osijek to head to United’s Carrington base.Giggs said: “Dan is fine. He’s trained well and he’s a level-headed lad. Obviously after the terrible news with his dad we had to be flexible in everything that was on the table. He went home on Thursday, but he’s in a good place. He’s assured me he’s ready to play.“You don’t want things weighing on players’ minds so if you can get it sorted, it’s better for us and the player as well. United are getting an exciting and fantastic player.”James’s remarkable first full season in English season saw him go from a fringe player at a Championship side to joining United and being a key man for Wales. He scored the only goal in the defeat of Slovakia in Wales’ first Euro 2020 qualifier in March, but meetings with Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days will really test Wales. Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Ryan Giggs Show Joe Allen – winning his 50th cap – will be key if Wales are to keep possession, while Tottenham’s Ben Davies is poised to start after surgery to a hernia problem was delayed.Giggs is likely to deploy Gareth Bale as a lone striker. Bale, whose future at Real Madrid remains uncertain, spent the first part of a training session on Friday working alone but is fit to start.“He’s been excellent in training and he’s ready like he always is to play for his country,” Giggs said. “There has been a lot of speculation around him but when he comes away with us he forgets all that because he’s with his mates.”Modric also believes Giggs will brush off his Madrid misery here. “I know what playing for the national team means to Gareth so I don’t think his Real form will affect him,” he said. “I expect him to be at his best.”Croatia’s manager, Zlatko Dalic, said Uefa had insisted on a 3pm kick-off and expressed anger at having to play in the heat of the day. “Croatia is second in the world and they should have shown us more respect,” he said. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels
Reuse this content Support The Guardian Twitter Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn The Indian ascetic tradition can add another name to its ranks: former Australian parliamentary secretary and ultra-marathon runner Pat Farmer, whose 4,600km “Spirit of India” run in 2016 from the subcontinent’s southern tip to Kashmir is chronicled here. That’s 80km – two marathons – a day, for 64 days. If that, often undertaken in 80% humidity, doesn’t sound masochistic enough, Farmer’s social schedule (the run is to promote girls’ education) would finish any normal man off: he attends more than 750 “events”, many on the hoof, during this time.India can’t fail to provide colour en route, but director Anupam Sharma’s nippy travelogue format is strictly passing through. Barely any Indians are interviewed about what Farmer’s feat means to them, and the alternating asphalt-pounding and meet-and-greets eventually stretch the bounds of documentary patience. Farmer himself is so indomitable – even a bout of stomach flu barely causes him to break stride – that he isn’t that compelling a subject.The closest The Run comes to an arresting subplot is with the team’s greenhorn intern Kevin, fresh out of university, who finds himself under Farmer’s cosh for failing to secure decent enough media coverage. At one point, he muses that the Aussie press would find the story more compelling if his boss died. Watching him shuffle his battered sinews across four lanes of Mumbai traffic, this seems a distinct possibility.An unfulfilled note hangs over the whole enterprise. A meeting with Modi doesn’t come through. The postscript resentfully notes that Farmer has yet to be invited to participate in bilateral trade discussions. Kevin’s insight lingers: you have to ask if Farmer found a sharp enough way to communicate the meaning of this journey. Not in this film, which doesn’t go beyond platitudes about “dreams” and “bringing the two countries closer together”, or pry much into Farmer’s seemingly bottomless obstinacy. The Spirit of India isn’t even the most hardcore thing he’s done – that would be the Pole to Pole run in 2011. Still, saying it merits A for effort feels like an understatement.• The Run is released in the UK on 6 September. Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Facebook India Extreme sports reviews … 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. Facebook Topics Share on Messenger South and Central Asia Pinterest Share via Email Documentary films Share on Pinterest