Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Brescia midfielder Daniele Dessena has reportedly avoided a double leg break but still faces around three months out with a fracture. There were fears Dessena had broken the fibia and tibula in his right leg after a nasty collision with Erick Pulgar during Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on Monday. However, Gazzetta dello Sport writes that while he did fracture the malleolus in his ankle, he did not sustain any serious damage and will not need surgery. The 31-year-old left the field on a stretcher and in tears as he risked suffering a similar injury to the tibia-fibula break that ruled him out for much of 2015-16. While he received an outpouring of support from several famous faces, teammate Mario Balotelli was furious the VAR did not review Pulgar’s tackle.
The governing council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is meeting in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the format for the tournament’s fourth edition. The council is discussing the number of matches that should be played. With IPL 4 having 10 teams instead of the earlier eight, a need to reduce the number of matches has been felt. After the addition of two teams, it had been said that the total number of matches would be increased from 60 to 94 on a home and away basis. However, the governing council is looking to decrease the number of matches to 62 or 74. But suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is not in favour of changing the format of the tournament. “Players make the IPL. That’s why we have the best talent. Take a survey and you will find out that most agree with the way it was conceived,” Modi said. On the issue of players’ pool, Modi said: “Any deviation will be done only to damage a highly successful league for and by vested interests. Clearly the way forward is all players in pool.” Taking a dig at Chennai Super Kings owner N. Srinivasan, he said: “This was as I said the core principle of the league and reaffirmed at the Bangkok workshop by seven teams, except the Chennai Super Kings.”
India started off poorly, but came back with a bang to beat England by a massive 126-run margin in the first ODI of the five-match series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Friday. Score | Photos Electing to bat, India lost early wickets before Suresh Raina (61) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (87 n.o.) revived the innings to propel the hosts to 300/7.In reply England could only manage to post 174 as the Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja and offie R Ahswin took six wicket wickets between to provide India with a triumphant start in the series.Chasing 301, England started off poorly with Craig Kieswetter falling to Praveen Kumar early in the innings. An away moving ball took the edge of the opener’s bat and skipper MS Dhoni did the rest behind the stumps. England lost their first wicket in the third over on 7.New man Kevin Pietersen too did not last long and threw his wicket, run out on the first ball of the 10th over and England were down to 40/2.Post that wicket, England captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott continued to bat with easy and gradually upped the tempo.Cook quickly went on to complete his half century with Trott going steady at the other end. The two were looking dangerous for India, but in the 23rd over spinner Ravindra Jadeja managed to break their 71-run third wicket stand.Jadeja pitched the ball on the leg of the left-hander and the batsman went for a big hit but ended up getting caught by Vinay Kumar in the deep. Cook fell for 60 hitting seven fours on the way and England lost their third wicket on 111.advertisementThere was more to come as in his next over Jadeja got rid of Trott on 26. He trapped him leg before and England were down to 120/4 in 24.4 overs.Soon the other spinner, R Ashwin joined the party. He tossed up the ball to Ravi Bopara and the batsman played it straight to the bowler. Bopara departed caught and bowled Ashwin on eight and India were clearly in command with the opposition team reeling on 124/5. The two spinners were proving be rather tough for the England side as Jadeja came around to send Jonathan Bairstow back to the pavilion with just two more runs added to the total.It seemed as if the two spinners were competing against each other, as R Ashwin scalped tail-ender Tim Bresnan cheaply with skipper Dhoni performing the final rites with his fine stumping. And England were down to 134/7 in 29.2 overs.Paceman Umesh Yadav got rid of Graeme Swann with a low-bounce ball that entered the batsman’s gate to crash against his stumps and England lost their eighth wicket on 148.Yadav then accounted for Samit Patel’s wicket with a similar sort of ball and Patel walked back, bowled on 16.The last man Jade Dernbach could only score a double before falling to Ashwin on the first ball of the 37th over as England were all out for 174 falling short by 126 runs.India innings Half-centuries by skipper MS Dhoni (87 not out) and Suresh Raina (61) helped India to 300. India captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. The current series between the two nations is being played under new ICC rules for ODIs.However, India didn’t get the kind of start that the skipper would have wanted with Parthiv Patel getting run out in the fourth over of the innings, albeit in a very unlucky fashion. A straight drive by Ajinkya Rahane off Steven Finn touched the fingers of the bowler before crashing into the stumps at the other end and Parthiv was short of his crease. India lost their first wicket on 17.The start could have been worse had Jonathan Trott, standing in the slips, not dropped a sitter from Rahane off Finn’s bowling in the second over.Post Parthiv’s fall, Rahane and Gautam Gambhir attempted a quick revival and soon the hosts were back on track with the two batsmen going steady on the Uppal stadium track.Just when things started to look good for India, England struck again to remove the other opener Rahane. A turner off Graeme Swann on the fourth ball over his very first over beat the batsman and before he could realise Craig Kieswetter had removed his bails. Rahane was stumped out on 15 and India lost their second wicket on 52/2 in 11.4 over.In the 18th over a slower full toss from Jade Drenbach left Gambhir guessing. He tried to hit it away, but failed and the ball trapped him leg before on 32. India were down to 79/3.advertisementLater Virat Kohli and left-hander Suresh Raina got on with a partnership (44 runs) that revived India’s hopes. But, the feature didn’t last for long as England part-time bowler Samit Patel got the man England wanted.Patel’s delivery that pitched after a long loop was played inside out by Kohli and Kevin Pietersen jumped high in the air to take a fine catch inches off the ropes. Kohli walked back on 37 and India were down to 123/4 in 28.5 overs.Finally, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni resurrected the India innings that was on a downslide. Soon the left-hander crossed the 50-run mark. But no sooner had he completed his half-century that a Finn delivery saw him through.He attempted to slog off a widesh ball and paid the price as Jonathan Bairstow took a diving catch at point. His 61 came off 55 balls and included five fours and two over the fence shots. India lost their fifth wicket in the 39th over when the score was 195.Skipper Dhoni continued to bat and thwart the English attack and in the process he too completed his half-century.However, Dhoni’s partner Ravindra Jadeja could not stay in the middle for long and was run out on 27. Jadeja’s cameo included two sixes. Tail-ender R Ashwin too ended up getting run out in a bid to increase the tempo in the penultimate over.Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 off 70 balls (10×4, 1×6) as India’s innings came to a close on 300/7.
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Smriti Mehra overcame anxiety on the final day to emerge victorious in the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Qutub Golf Course in New Delhi on Friday.Smriti, overnight second, fired a final-round four-under 68 to aggregate five-under 211 for a four-stroke victory over Neha Tripathi, who closed with a 71.Overnight leader Sharmila Nicollet had a nightmarish end to her campaign, and she ended in third spot after a dismal 74.Nalini Singh Siwatch (72) and Meghna Bal (77) finished fourth and fifth respectively.Smriti’s anxiety during the European Tour’s Indian Open last week made scoring difficult for her. Despite playing to her satisfaction, she could only manage 42nd position after scores of 72, 77 and 73. She discussed the problem with her mental coach Pradeep Aggarwal, who asked her to stay patient.Smriti implemented a few of his suggestions which paid dividends with her taking the title on Friday.”I played to my satisfaction but it was my mental aspect which made me inconsistent during the Indian Open. I talked to Pradeep Aggarwal and he told me to stay patient and take it one shot at a time. I hanged on to his words and got the results I wanted,” Smriti told Mail Today.She shot five birdies and a bogey in her 68 and clinched her fourth title of the season. With the victory, she also displaced Sharmila from the top of the Women Golf Association of India’s Order of Merit.”My aim is always to stay on top. We still have six tournaments to go and I will try to be as consistent as possible and maintain top position,” she said.advertisementStarting the day two strokes in front of Neha and one behind Sharmila, Smriti had a stuttering start as she made her only bogey on the fourth hole.She recovered immediately, picking up a birdie on the next and covered the front nine in 37 shots. Her game bloomed on the back nine, and she grabbed the sole lead on the 12th hole with a birdie.She consolidated her lead with back-to-back birdies on 15th and 16th and sealed the victory with another on the closing hole.Neha also flirted with the top position when she joined Sharmila in the lead with birdies on the second and fourth. She also caught up with Smriti after birdying 11th. But bogeys on ninth, 15th and 17th dented her chances.”It would have been great to win but I am content with second position given the kind of form I have gone through in the recent past,” Neha said.Overnight leader Sharmila started with a birdie but double bogeys (second and seventh) and bogeys (eighth, 14th and 15th) spoilt her round. She bounced back with an eagle (12th) and birdies on 16th and 17th, but that was only good enough for third spot.
Rajasthan needed some quick wickets to defend what was a moderate target. They got Jayawardene very early but could do nothing to stop the rampaging Sehwag during this 43rd match of IPL 5 at the Sawai Mansing Stadium in Jaipur. Score | PhotosSehwag was simply in brutal mood slamming the 2nd fastest fifty of the tournament, the fastest one for DD and his 5th fifty in a row. DD seem to be unbeatable at the moment though the exit of Pietersen will leave the team short of some aggression. Warner, though will be perhaps an ideal replacement. Things are fast going downhill for the brave boys from Jaipur and they need to pull up their socks if they are to keep their semis hopes alive. IPL 2012: RR vs DD Live: Delhi win by 6 wicketsRR 141/6 in 20 overs lost to Delhi 144/4 in 20 overs (Sehwag 73, KP 36)11:00 pm | 15.2 overs: Menaria to Naman Ojha, SIX, Comprehensive win for DD. This was tossed up just outside off, Naman Ojha gets a good stride forward and lifts the ball deep into the crowds at long off for a massive six. Delhi win by six wickets and now they are almost there into the playoffs.Naman Ojha, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:55 pm | 14.4 overs: WICKET! Oh ho Sehwag fails to carry his bat till the end. Brad Hogg to Sehwag, out Caught by Dravid!! Sehwag falls after a demo of T20 cricket. This was flighted on middle and spinning away, Sehwag looked to play the inside out scoop over cover, ends up slicing it off the outside edge towards Dravid at point. No celebrations in the RR camp though. Sehwag c Dravid b Brad Hogg 73(38) [4s-12 6s-1] advertisementYogesh Nagar, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:41 pm | 11.4 overs: WICKET! Taylor departs cheaply. Brad Hogg to Ross Taylor, out Caught by Goswami!! Ross’ misery seems to be never ending. This was short and just outside off, Ross Taylor looks to pull, only manages a top-edge that is well held by Naman Ojha running towards the bowler. Ross Taylor c Goswami b Brad Hogg 6(5) [4s-1] (DD 106/3 in 11.4 overs)Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:30 pm | 10.2 overs: WICKET! KP falls after a fine 36. Shane Watson to Pietersen, out Caught by Owais Shah!! The partnership has been broken. This was full and outside off, Pietersen looks to go back over the bowler’s head, does not get hold of the shot, ends up offering a simple catch to Shah at long off. Respite for Rajasthan, but has it come too late? Pietersen c Owais Shah b Shane Watson 36(34) [4s-3 6s-1] (DD 96/2 in 10.2 overs)10: 20 pm | 7.5 overs: Pankaj Singh to Sehwag, SIX, FIFTY for Sehwag, his 5th in a row, this was short and just outside off, Sehwag arcs back, opens the face of the bat and lifts it over third man for a maximum.10:15 pm | 6 overs: Delhi are 61/1 at the stage with captain Virender Sehwag (43*) and Kevin Pietersen (13*) in the middle. Delhi are going easy at the stage.Lalit Modi tweets: With Today’s win Delhi will likely guarantee there place in the PlayoffsSwitch-hit exponent Kevin Pietersen comes into bat9:47 pm | 0.3 overs: WICKET! Early dismissal there… Jayawardene hasn’t been in best of form this season. Chavan to Mahela Jayawardene, out Lbw!! Early strike by Chavan. This was tossed up on the middle and spins back in a touch, Mahela Jayawardene was caught in his crease as he went back, the ball stayed a touch low as well. The impact was on middle and would have crashed into the stumps. Mahela Jayawardene lbw b Chavan 0(3) (DD 0/1 in 0.3 overs)9:45 pm | Mahela Jayawardene and Sehwag are at the crease. Mahela Jayawardene is on strike. Chavan will open the attackLalit Modi tweets: Sehwag – likely to win back orange cap.DELHI DAREDEVILS: Target 142 in 20 oversRAJASTHAN ROYALS: 141/6 in 20 overs (Dravid 57, Rahane 42; Pawan Negi 4-18)After a rollicking start by Rahane and Dravid, Rajasthan were done in by a spell of left arm spin bowling by Negi. Rajasthan have themselevs to blame, as all four off those wickets came off short balls. Nothing to take away from the young man, he conceded just 18 runs, for which he needs to be applauded. Dravid tried to hold the innings together, but scoring quickly at the death is not his cup of tea. Morkel: It was a great comeback from us. It’s tough to score if wickets keep falling. Very happy for Negi, he’s been working hard in the nets. He made good use of this opportunity. I am happy with the bounce available on this wicket. The outfield is fast, we have got experience and firepower in our batting order and should chase it down advertisementAnkeet Chavan, left handed bat, comes to the crease 9:20 pm | 18.1 overs: WICKET! Great innings from Dravid comes to an end. Morne Morkel to Dravid, out Bowled!! Morkel picks up his first wicket! Length delivery on middle, Dravid looks to smash it over midwicket, gets an inside edge which hits the thigh pad and crashes into the off stump. Dravid departs after playing a fine hand! Dravid b Morne Morkel 57(43) [4s-7] (RR 128/6 in 18.1 overs)9:12 pm | 16.2 overs: Morkel to Dravid, FOUR, full ball is driven powerfully by Dravid, an inside-out hit as gets plenty of pace on it to beat a diving Pietersen at mid-off, that brings up his 50 as wellStrategic time out! Rajasthan are 95/5 at the stage and the RR has come down 7.30 an over.9 pm | 12.6 overs: WICKET! Another one in his bag – 4th. Pawan Negi to Menaria, out Caught by Pietersen!! Take a bow young man, 4-18. Flatter delivery on middle, Menaria looks to flick, gets a leading edge which lobs up to Pietersen at long on. He doesn’t drop such dollies. The team envelop the young left armer and congratulate him. Menaria c Pietersen b Pawan Negi 2(4) (RR 95/5 in 12.6 overs) Ashok Menaria, left handed bat, comes to the crease 8:56 pm | 12.2 overs: WICKET! That’s a third by Pawan. Pawan Negi to Hodge, out Caught by Sehwag!! This is Negi’s day. Shorter delivery outside off, it should have gone for a boundary, but Hodge cuts it uppishly and straight to Sehwag at point. Easy catch for the Delhi skipper, Rajasthan lose another foreign player. Hodge c Sehwag b Pawan Negi 1(2) (RR 93/4 in 12.2 overs)Brad Hodge, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:50 pm | 11.4 overs: WICKET! Yadav gets his first. Umesh Yadav to Owais Shah, out Caught by Naman Ojha!! Inspired bowling change by Sehwag. Length delivery on middle, Owais Shah gets across and looks to play it to fine leg, the ball lobs up off the glove behind the stumps. Naman Ojha gets under it and takes an easy catch. Rajasthan in a spot of bother! Owais Shah c Naman Ojha b Umesh Yadav 1(3) (RR 90/3 in 11.4 overs)Owais Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:45 pm | 10.5 overs: WICKET! Watson falls cheaply. Pawan Negi to Shane Watson, out Bowled!! Second wicket for Nadeem. Off stump goes for a walk. Slow and length delivery on the off stump, Shane Watson goes for a wild slog, across the line and misses it completely. The ball crashes into off stump. Shane Watson b Pawan Negi 8(9) [6s-1] (RR 87/2 in 10.5 overs)8:40 pm | 10 overs: RR are 80/1 at the stage with captain Dravid batting on 27 and new man Shane Watson on 8. The current run rate for Rajasthan Royals is a good 8 runs an over.Shane Watson, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:32 pm | 8.4 overs: WICKET! The first one goes down for Rajasthan and it’s dangerman Rahane. Pawan Negi to Rahane, out Caught by Sehwag!! End of Rahane. Flatter delivery on the middle stump, Rahane went for the reverse sweep, hit it uppishly towards Sehwag at point, who nonchalantly picks it up from thin air. Negi has given the break-through, Rahane departs after good stand. Rahane c Sehwag b Pawan Negi 42(32) [4s-7] (RR 71/1 in 8.4 overs)advertisement8:25 pm | 6 overs: RR are 56/0 at the stage with captain Rahul Dravid (18) and his opening wicket partner Ajinkya Rahane (36) batting strongly in the middle. The CRR is a heady 9.33 runs an over and it’s definitely going to rise.8:04 pm | 0.4 overs: Irfan Pathan to Rahane, FOUR, back of a length delivery swinging in from middle stump, Rahane swivels in the crease, smashes it towards backward square leg for the first boundary.8:00 pm | Dravid and Rahane are at the crease. Dravid is on strike. Irfan Pathan will open the attackTeams Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag(c), Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha(w), Morne Morkel, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Owais Shah, Brad Hodge, Shreevats Goswami(w), Ashok Menaria, Brad Hogg, Ankeet Chavan, Amit Singh, Pankaj SinghSehwag: We have played well in all the departments. Rajasthan is a very talented side and we need to play well. I always wanted to hit straight, but the bowlers are bowling a tight line in the tournament. We have a good team, Morkel and co have bowled well so far. I don’t mind bowling first on this wicket. We have won quite a few games chasing and we will go for it. Dravid: Last match was a tough loss, but the spirit in the team is good and we would like to get over with it quickly, Cooper is fractured unfortunately and will be out for 5 weeks. Watson comes back for us and that will be a big boost. The pitch is good for batting. We will bat first. It’s a strategy which works great for us. Watson comes in for Cooper. That’s the only change. 7:40 pm | TOSS – Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to bat
Asian Games gold medallist athlete Pinki Pramanik, accused of being a male and currently in judicial custody for alleged rape, underwent a gender determination test on Tuesday at a North 24 Parganas district hospital, police said.A seven-member medical board was constituted at the Barasat sub-divisional hospital where the athlete underwent the test. The report, in a sealed cover, will be placed before a court on Wednesday.Pramanik has also been referred to the government-run SSKM Hospital here for further tests.”A seven-member medical team conducted several tests on her, the reports of which in a sealed envelope will be sent to the court. There are some other important tests like chromosomal and hormonal blood tests which have to be conducted to determine Pinki’s sexuality,” Chief Medical Officer of North 24 Parganas district Sukanta Sil said.”As we don’t have the infrastructure to conduct such tests in the district hospital, we have referred the case to SSKM where these tests will be conducted tomorrow (Wednesday),” added Sil.The medical team supervised the proceedings in the presence of court officials.Pramanik was arrested late Thursday night and remanded to 14 days’ judicial custody by a court Friday after the athlete’s live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one, filed a police complaint accusing the athlete of being a male who repeatedly “raped and tortured” her.Subsequent to the arrest, Pramanik was taken to a private nursing home for a medical check-up where the test reports claimed that the former athlete was indeed a male.advertisementPramanik, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy.Pramanik, who retired from athletics three years ago, won gold in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.The Eastern Railway, with which the athlete is a ticket collector, on Sunday suspended Pramanik following her remand to judicial custody.
No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader But as usual, most focus will be on the 30-year-old Sharapova, who has struggled for top form and fitness since returning to tennis in April following her suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.She fell in the third round at the China Open to Halep, who will be confirmed as number one for the first time on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, 15th-ranked Garcia has been carrying a thigh injury and combined with her reaching Sunday’s final of the China Open, she could yet choose to skip Tianjin.Sharapova, now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, could hardly have a harder opponent.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 openingGarcia is in the form of her life, winning the Wuhan Open last weekend and later Sunday playing new number one Simona Halep in the final in Beijing.Also taking part in Tianjin, which is near the Chinese capital, is the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. 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 Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles match against Simona Halep of Romania in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Maria Sharapova’s stop-start comeback from a 15-month doping ban takes her to the Chinese city of Tianjin this week and a tough draw against France’s on-form Caroline Garcia.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one from Russia has been paired with top seed Garcia in her opener at the Tianjin Open, where she was granted a wildcard.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans
Harris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.ANOTHER BLOWOUTThe previous matchup between these teams wasn’t much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Clevelandnearly broke that mark Monday.A BREATHERCleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Everybody’s built different and if you’re one of the greats sometimes you’ve got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland still isn’t close to full strength. The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (right hip), Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert (left knee effusion) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain).Pistons: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Detroit’s six-game home winning streak was snapped. This was also the first time all season the Pistons lost the latter half of a back-to-back. They had been 3-0. … Andre Drummond moved into fifth place on the Pistons’ career list with 5,205 rebounds. Larry Foust had 5,200.UP NEXT James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit’s stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer.The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning,” James said. “They’ve been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that.”The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland’s reserves ended up outscoring Detroit’s 26-8 in the first half. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Cavaliers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc.“I’m not upset at our guys. I didn’t see our guys quitting or anything like that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We got a little bit shell shocked.”This had the feel of a big game before it started. Although there were still some empty seats at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons’ new home seemed closer to full than on previous nights, and the attendance was announced as a sellout. The team played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren’t able to keep up with Cleveland’s torrid shooting.“He definitely did set the tone,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “Made some really tough, contested shots — 3s. Got himself going, got his team going, and then they were able to just pretty much fuel off that.”It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. Channing Frye made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 46-28.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout 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 Irving’s 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to extend streak to 16 straight ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.“We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time,” James said. “That’s what happens when we don’t let up.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Can’t really tell you how, we just shot the ball badly,” said Baldwin, whose team went 3-of-10 in uncontested shots. “I thought we executed well in the first half.”And as Ateneo failed to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis, the Tamaraws had a field day.FEU shot 31-of-63 from the field for 49 percentand converted 8-of-19 from deep.The Tamaraws also went 28-of-60, 47 percent, on their contested shots.“The big issue was our defense, FEU’s confidence was really great,” said Baldwin. “Almost all of their shots were contested and I don’t think our contests had any sort of vigor to them.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 “Our defense seemed to lack the last 10 percent of effort that it needs to have an impact on a good offensive team and tonight FEU was a good offensive team. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I think our confidence kind of went down,” said Baldwin after a 80-67 loss to the Tamaraws Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I hate to see that because with young kids you don’t ever want to see their confidence erode a little bit.”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 openingAteneo shot 26-of-71 from the field good for 37 percent and nearly half of those attempts were 3-pointers.The Blue Eagles chucked up 32 attempts from long distance and made just 10, but what made things difficult for the top seed were missing open shots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo rarely saw its shots fall against Far Eastern University in their Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.What did go down was, as head coach Tab Baldwin said, the team’s collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
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 MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “He wants to do so much more and he can’t,” Brown said. “He just hasn’t practiced or, recently, played. There was a rhythm and a fluid side of his game that he was searching for.”Dario Saric scored 17 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and Ben Simmons scored 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight and nine of 10.Brown insisted his players haven’t been affected by the slump.“They understand the sky isn’t falling,” Brown said.Simmons echoed his coach’s assessment of the rotten run, which includes a triple-overtime loss against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing the previous three games because of a sore lower back.“It wasn’t feeling the best but I really wanted to play tonight,” Embiid said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEmbiid had 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, but the 76ers lost for the 18th time in 19 meetings with the Raptors.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he could tell Embiid, who got a technical foul late in the third, was frustrated at not being able to perform better. LATEST STORIES View comments Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan high fives fans as he comes off court after scoring 29 points in his team’s 102-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA basketball game. APTORONTO — Joel Embiid’s return wasn’t enough to get the Philadelphia 76ers out of their recent rut.DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 102-86 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their 10th straight home victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “A rough few games,” Simmons said. “We just need to get back on track. Once we get that game under out belts, we’ll be fine. There’s no reason to panic.”Delon Wright matched his season high with 14 points while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas each had 12 for the Raptors, who have won six straight overall and 12 of 13.Toronto is an NBA-best 12-1 at home and is 10-1 in December, second only to Golden State’s 10-0 mark this month.“I can see an air of confidence, especially here, and we’ve got to continue that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Embiid took Philadelphia’s first six shots of the game. He scored eight points in the opening quarter, but Ibaka had 13 for the Raptors. The teams were tied at 27 after the first.Ther 76ers made five of 15 field-goal attempts in the second and committed 10 turnovers that led to 15 Toronto points. Lowry and Valanciunas each scored eight points in the second, and the Raptors led 55-46 at halftime.DeRozan scored 16 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking an 81-63 lead into the fourth.“You blink and they go whack, whack,” Brown said. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Man United collapse allows City to go 13 points clear in EPL Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads
It is no longer a secret. In fact, India’s vulnerability in the closing stages of a hockey match is something that rivals bank on.And it has now become a habit for both the coach and the fans to hold their breath as the Indian hockey team tries to negotiate the final minutes of a match, they may be leading or even tied in.The last two games have once again established the Indian hockey team as ‘chokers’ in dying minutes. They conceded the winning goal to Belgium with about 12 seconds left on the clock and they did so again against England on Monday with 75 seconds left.Terry Walsh spoke of ‘crucial’ stages in the match and he could not have been referring to anything but the last few minutes when Indians seem most vulnerable. They seem to take their mind off the game and are virtually waiting for the hooter to go off. The ability to trap, to keep possession and play for last few seconds becomes a Herculean task for them.”We have lost the games in the crucial stages (meaning closing minutes) and I believe it is not something new. It has happened in the past but we need to get past that,” Walsh said.It has now become a problem of gigantic proportions. When asked if the fact they have been losing in ‘that stage’ is playing on their minds, Walsh said, “Probably.”It is something that Walsh has been working on. Before the team left for the Netherlands, he had talked about working on the psychological side of the players. He was quite clearly referring to ‘this’ aspect.advertisementMotivating a team after losing such games, as the ones against Belgium and England, is a tough ask for Walsh or for that matter, the skipper, Sardar Singh. But that is something they cannot give up on with matches coming up against Spain, Australia and Malaysia.After training on Tuesday morning, Walsh put up a brave face and said: “We are working on our strategy by analysing the mistakes made in the last two games and will try to change our game accordingly. These changes will also apply on rotation of players and goal scoring strategies. We are determined to give a great performance for the upcoming matches.”
The female lead in Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming Yash Raj film Fan is yet to be revealed but the Bollywood superstar says the movie is such that it does not require any big leading lady.The 48-year-old actor is currently shooting for the film and will be seen in a different avatar in the movie helmed by Band Baaja Baarat director Maneesh Sharma.”I have Fan with YRF and Maneesh. There are two girls in the film. It is a film where I don’t think you need a big lady star. It is cosy interesting, different film. It is one of the challenging films that I have done in 20 years. We are still discussing as to how we can take it ahead. It is a story of a fan of a movie star,” Shah Rukh told media.Shah Rukh Khan will be seen next in Happy New Year directed by Farah Khan.The actor has signed Rahul Dholakia’s next movie, Raees and Rohit Shetty’s next. He is also in talks for another movie but nothing has been finalised yet.”Raees it is a space I have never tried, it is a different film. Rahul Dholakia narrated the film to me and I liked it very much. They are cosy for me as an actor. Then I have Rohit’s film and another which I have not signed yet,” he said.Shah Rukh is gearing up for his Diwali release Happy New Year, which will see him reunite with his Main Hoon Naa and Om Shanti Om director Farah Khan.advertisementThe heist comedy also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Deepika Padukone, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah and will hit theatres on October 24.Shah Rukh, who has produced the film via his Red Chillies Entertainment, said he plans to expand his production house and is also open to venturing into the regional space.”We want to expand and plan to make three-five films a year may be with me or without me but not 10-12. We have started the process. The film has to have quality, essence then only we will make it. We want to take time and make good quality films,” the Chennai Express star said.”I want to make a Marathi film. Rohit and I were talking about it but nothing concrete has happened. It is a good space. Not just Marathi but any other language film,” he added.
Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera prepares to cross the finish line to win the Mumbai Marathon.Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men’s and women’s titles respectively and the top prize of USD 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.Abera, basically a 15 and 21-km runner, made his maiden marathon run a memorable one by leaving his rivals – including several Kenyans and compatriot Dereje Debele – in his wake at the 32-km mark to storm to the finish in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, 14 seconds slower than the course record, reported PTI.Debele was second in 2:10:31 while 2007 world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya finished third in 2:10:57.Mekash, who won last year after having come in second in 2013, left the rest of the field behind at the halfway mark to win the women’s competition in 2:30:00, slower than the 2:28:08 and 2:28:46 she had clocked last year and in 2013.Ethiopian women runners took the first seven slots.India’s seasoned track athlete O P Jaisha, running her maiden marathon, and steeplechaser Lalita Babar, last year’s fastest Indian woman finisher, took the eighth and ninth slots with Jaisha also breaking a 19-year-old national mark in the process.Jaisha clocked 2:37:29, thus bettering the age-old national mark of 2:38:10 set by Vally Satyabhama in Chennai in December 21, 1995.Lalita, the 3,000m steeplechase bronze medal winner at last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, clocked 2:38:21 while Sudha Singh finished 11th in 2:42.12 and all three Indian women thus qualified for the August World Championship in Beijing by dipping under the 2:44 cut-off mark set by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).advertisementAmong the Indian men, last year’s topper Karan Singh retained his position as the best finisher by clocking 2:21:35 to finish overall 11th.Arjun Pradhan – Karan’s teammate from the Army Sports Institute, Pune – took the 12th spot clocking 2:22:22.Bahadur Singh Dhoni was the third best among Indian men clocking 2:22:41, to finish 13th overall.Six-foot, 4-inch tall Abera took control of the men’s race after being in the leading bunch of 8-9 runners till the last 10 kms.Keeping his speed between 18-20 km per hour, the 22-year-old Ethiopian – who came into this event after taking part in a 15-km race in The Netherlands – stepped on the gas to lead the rest by a wide margin.He was on course to dip under the two-year-old course record of 2:09:32 on the Marine Drive stretch, but constantly looked behind to see who was closing the gap and this cost him precious seconds.”I wanted to break the course record in my first marathon but unfortunately could not do so,” said the Ethiopian who has run quite a few half marathons.The race saw a few Kenyans drop out due to rising temeperatures and after being hit by a stomach bug, according to Elite Athletes co-ordinator Jose Hermens.Women’s champion Mekash said that after the 35-km mark her calf and back started aching.”I run in three marathons in a year – in China, Mumbai and Paris,” said the 29-year-old Ethiopian whose personal best is 2:25:09 clocked while ending up fourth in 2013 in Paris.Asian Games medalist Kavita Raut of ONGC clinched the women’s half marathon, her fourth road race in two months after recovering from a stress fracture in her leg, by clocking 1:19:50.The corresponding men’s title was clinched by last year’s winner Indrajeet Patel in 1:08:09.Results:Full marathon: Overall: Men: 1. T Abera (Eth) 2:09:46, 2.D Debele (Eth) 2:10:31; 3. Luke Kibet (Ken) 2:10:57.Women: 1. D Mekash (Eth) 2:30:00, 2. Kumeshi Sichala (Eth) 2:30:56, 3. Marta Megra (Eth) 2:31:45.Indian: Men: 1. Karan Singh 2:21:35, 2. Arjun Pradhan 2:22:22, 3. Bahadur Singh Dhoni 2:22:41.Women: 1. O P Jaisha 2:37:29, 2. Lalita Babar 2:38:21, 3.Sudha Singh 2:42:12Half marathon: Men: 1. Indrajeet Patel 1:08:09, Atwa Bhagat 1:08:11, 3. Govind Singh 1:08:14.Women: 1. Kavita Raut 1:19:50, 2. Eve Bugler (Britain) 1:22:18, 3. Supriya Patil 1:26:48.
Forget ‘wearables’, and even ‘hearables’. The next big thing in mobile devices: ‘disappearables’.Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller – so small, some in the industry say, that no one will see them.Within five years, wearables like the Watch could be overtaken by hearables – devices with tiny chips and sensors that can fit inside your ear. They, in turn, could be superseded by disappearables – technology tucked inside your clothing, or even inside your body.”In five years, when we look back, everything we see (now) will absolutely be classified as toys, as the first very basic steps of getting this right,” says Nikolaj Hviid, the man behind smart earbuds called the Dash.Developed by Munich-based Bragi GmbH, the Dash is a wireless in-ear headphone that looks like a discreet hearing aid. Packed inside is a music player, 4 gigabytes of storage, a microphone to take phone calls – just nod your head to accept – and sensors that monitor your position, heart rate and body temperature.Nick Hunn, a consultant who lays claim to the term ‘hearables’, reckons the Dash is just the start. He predicts smartwatches will dominate wearable sales for the next three years, hearables will then overtake and, by 2020, will account for more than half of a $30 billion wearable device market.This rapid shift is being driven, he says, by a new generation of chipsets using Bluetooth wireless communication and using far less power than their predecessors. Designers now realize “the ear has potential beyond listening to music – it’s an ideal site for measuring a variety of vital signs,” Hunn wrote in a recent report.advertisementEYEBALL POWERA parallel revolution in sensors is making this possible.Kow Ping, whose Hong Kong company Well Being Digital Ltd provides algorithms and reference designs on wearable sensing to companies like Philips, Motorola, Haier and Parrot, says chipmakers have invested heavily in reducing the power consumption and size of sensors.An accelerometer, which measures things like position, motion and orientation, for example, is now 1 square millimeter. “A few years ago,” he says, “it was two or three times as big and two or three times less refined.”When they can harvest energy from the body’s heat or motion they’ll be even smaller, autonomous and ubiquitous.Andrew Sheehy of Generator Research calculates that, for example, the heat in a human eyeball could power a 5 milliwatt transmitter – more than enough, he says, to power a connection from a smart contact lens to a smartphone or other controlling device.And Ping’s company is working with a top Asian university to add sensors to a sports bra which could harvest energy from relative motion. In five years, he says, “there will be people building sensors into every existing wearable device or apparel.”BUTLER FEEDBACKBragi’s Hviid calls these ‘disappearables’. And while medical and fitness top the list of what these devices might measure, he and others are looking beyond that. A dozen sensors in your pants, he suggests, could advise on how to improve your posture or gait when trying to impress a suitor.”It’s more like a butler … they do some basic stuff that you really want, but there are deeper experiences in there,” Hviid says.Sheehy points beyond the personal, as parallel advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence “come together and lead to some remarkable use cases:” a politician’s contact lens, for example, might provide real-time feedback from a sample of voters, allowing for a speech to be tweaked on the fly.A lot of this technology is already here.Google is working with Novartis on a contact lens to measure glucose levels in tears. The healthcare group has also invested in Proteus Digital Health, a biotech start-up which promises edible embedded microchips, the size of a grain of sand, which are powered by stomach juices and transmit data via Bluetooth.”We’re looking at a major technological revolution of a similar magnitude to the mobile revolution,” says Sheehy.”VERY TRICKY”Not everyone agrees that disappearables are necessarily just around the corner. Wearables still need to gain widespread acceptance – remember Google Glass – and the technology still needs to finessed.While Bragi has raised more than $3 million from crowdfunding website Kickstarter and another $10 million from angel investors, Hviid says communication problems between the left and right earbuds have delayed launch of the Dash until September. It was originally due out late last year.advertisementPing’s company has been working since 2006 on wearables, and owns more than a dozen patents, but he says bringing all the technical parts together, understanding the consumer and mastering manufacturing pose a real challenge.”It’s very tricky,” he says.
Thailand’s leading retail and hotel operator Central Group has joined European property developer SIGNA to acquire the KaDeWe Group, which owns three luxury department stores in Germany.While the deal size was not disclosed, the acquisition will allow Central Group to hold 50.1 per cent stake in the KaDeWa Group and SIGNA will own the remaining 49.9 per cent. All three department stores, comprising KaDeWe, Oberpollinger and Alsterhaus, have been in operation for more than 100 years and been among well-known ones in the country.This move is in line with its strategy to expand its luxury retail business in Europe after it has earlier acquired La Rinascente Department Store in Italy and ILLUM Department Store in Denmark.”It’s been our honour to become a partner with one of the top property developers like SIGNA. This acquisition makes us become the third largest operator of luxury department stores in Europe, and we will use our expertise to improve all three department stores to be a must-to-visit for both local people and tourists,” said Central Group’s chief executive officer Tos Chirathivat.Central touch gives a facelift to German malls Currently, Central Group recognizes the revenue of around 600 million euro a year from La Rinascente and ILLUM. After this acquisition is completed, it expects that its revenue in Europe will jump to 800-900 million euro in 2015 and 1.2 billion euro in 2016.SIGNA has owned a many assets in Europe with total value of 6.5 billion euro. It also owns three retail businesses, which are Karstadt Warenhaus, Karstadt Sports and the KaDeWe Group, with more than 100 branches in Germany and the revenue of 3 billion euro a year approximately.advertisement
Posing with the trophy on the eve of a series is a customary event with the captains of the teams coming together for a photo opportunity. The same was planned before the ODI series starts at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.While India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was present on time for the commitment, his Bangladesh counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza was delayed as he was offering prayers. Mortaza arrived approximately 10 minutes late and while the event lasts only a couple of minutes with photographers clicking pictures, it got slightly stretched on Wednesday.”These things happen and isn’t something that is even worth discussing. Even the Indian players had visited a temple on Tuesday morning,” an official told Mail Today.Members of the Indian team along with Team Director Ravi Shastri had visited the Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka on Tuesday morning. The name means ‘Goddess of Dhaka’. After the destruction of the Ramna Kali Mandir in 1971, this temple is considered the most important place of worship for the Hindus in Bangladesh. Some of the players offered prayers while a few just looked around. It is also said that the city is named Dhaka after this temple.Speaking of the visit, a member of the contingent said that it was a great experience and the players enjoyed being a part of the morning prayers of the place.Interestingly, the holy month of Ramzan starts on Thursday and so will the three-match ODI series. It is considered a sacred time and Muslims across the world fast and pray during this month to remember the time when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed on the night of ‘Laylat Al Qadr’advertisement
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech’s management company has denied any talk of a deal with English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal by posting on Twitter.The 33-year-old is expected to put a halt to his 11-year-old Chelsea career and move to London rivals Arsenal having had to sit out much of last season due to the presence of Belgian international Thibaut Courtois, who stepped in as the regular Chelsea custodian.However, after reports indicated an announcement was imminent that Cech would join the Gunners, he took the unusual step of sharing a message posted by his management company – The Sports PR Company – on Twitter on Monday night. . @MailSport @LeeClayton_ as we told you, No transfer deal has been done yet for @PetrCech – as soon as any news @PetrCech will confirm. Sports PR Company (@SportsPRCompany) June 22, 2015 The tweet was retweeted by Peter Cech on Tuesday.
Argentina star player Lionel Messi has expressed the pain of losing the Copa America final after the football superstar faced criticism in his native Argentina.Messi finally posted on his facebook account late Monday having hidden his devastation at losing another major final since the 4-1 penalty shootout defeat by Chile on Saturday.”There’s nothing more painful in football than losing a final,” Messi said.”But I don’t want to leave it any longer to say thank you to everyone who has always supported us and continued to during the tough moments.”Messi, 28, has now lost one World Cup and two Copa America finals and still has to win a major international event despite his success with Barcelona.Argentina, beaten 1-0 by Germany in last year’s World Cup final, have now not won a major title for 22 years.Messi left the pitch ashen faced after the latest defeat and unconfirmed Spanish media reports said he turned down the player of the tournament trophy. The trophy was withdrawn before the presentation ceremony in Santiago.Messi and the other Argentine stars were criticised by the country’s media for their performance. Members of his family were also abused by Chilean fans at the match, according to Argentinian media.Some observers have warned that Messi could walk away from the national side.”One day this boy is going to get tired and will not want to come to play for the team,” former Argentine international Matias Almeyda, now coach of the Banfield club, told Fox Sports television.advertisement”He’s the best player in the world and he is not treated in the way he deserves,” Almeyda added.Messi had a brilliant season with the all-conquering Barcelona but Almeyda said “it is very difficult (for Argentine players) to repeat for the national team what they do for their clubs.
The investigation of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has revealed that charter bills of Bombardier Challeger 300 aircraft – used mostly by Lalit Modi with his family and friends, were paid by corporate companies from its pocket.Even the Government of Rajasthan was not spared. Out of three charter bills – used by Vasundhara Raje and others – one was paid by the Rajasthan Government and two remained outstanding.Exclusive copy of DRI’s showcause notice with Indiatoday.in, expose how on the instruction of Lalit Modi, the corporates/individuals and the government were paying the charter bills for the usage of Lalit Modi and his aircraft.Based on the passenger manifest and bills raised by GWPL, it appears that out of its total flying of 792 hours 50 minutes -a) 125 hours 45 minutes (16 pc) have been utilised for self use of Modi, his family members and friends and billed to Lalit Modi,b) 553 hours 10 minutes (70 pc) have been utilised for self use of Lalit Modi, his family members and friends, but billed to others,andc) 113 hours and 55 minutes (14 pc) have been shown as utilised for chartering to others.Investigation revealed that 86 per cent of the aircraft has been used mostly by Lalit Modi, and in these cases the Charter bills have been billed to different companies as per the instructions of Modi.According to Pradeep Thampi’s statement to DRI, there was no system or procedure as such for getting written requisition or email for charter in M/s GWPL. “Most of the chartering were done as per the oral directions of Lalit Modi, since GWPL was basically working under the direction of Modi. There was no written requisitions received for chartering”, Thampi stated.advertisementSome of these parties against whom the charter bills were raised as per the directions of Lalit Modi, are: Ansal Properties, Net Link Blue (Dubai based), Ananda Heritage, Renuka Calil, Percept Pictures, Aditya Chellaram, Pawan Goel, Ashok Kumar Goel, Zoom Communication, Global Sports Broadcast Services (Singapore based, linked to Zoom Communication), DNA Entertainment Network, Go Airlines Pvt Ltd, Gherzi Eastern Ltd and the Govt of Rajasthan.N Srinivasan in his statement to ED had given the name of Netlinkblue for paying Rs 3.5 crore to Golden Wings. Even Pradeep Thampi revealed all these corporate names before the ED officials while giving his statement last week.Harinder Singh, managing director, Percept Pictures denied paying the bill. He said, “I had been invited by Modi for Formula 1 event to Singapore. I had travelled with few other gentlemen in Modi’s aircraft, but why I was billed for it, I dont know. In fact, I returned back in Jet Airways flight, paying from my pocket. Therefore, we did not pay Rs 24 lakhs bill raised in the name of Percept Pictures.”In case of Government of Rajasthan, as per DRI’s showcause notice, between 11/9/2008 to 11/11/2008 – Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje and her team had travelled thrice – across the country in Lalit Modi’s aircraft. Specific details are:1) Travel Number 1Dates of flight:– 11/09/08 – Mumbai to Jaipur — 12/9/08 – Jaipur to Bangalore– 13/09/08 – Bangalore to Mumbai– 15/09/08 — Mumbai to Jaipur– 15/09/08 – Jaipur to MumbaiNumbers of Hours of Flight: 9.40 hrsTravellers– Vasundhara Raje– Omprakash Mathur– Prakash Chand– Venkatesh Sharma– Phoolsingh– Usha,– Arja Shridhar (related to KKR)All these dates – the invoice number was: GWPL/08-09/015Name of the party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanBill Amount: Rs 38,01,513 (Rs 38 lakh)Bill paid/outstanding: PAIDCategory of Usage (as per DRI analysis): Private use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.2) Travel number 2Dates of flights– 15/10/2008 – Mumbai to Jaipur– 16/10/08 – Jaipur to Guwahati– 16/10/08 – Guwahati to Kolkata– 18/10/08 – Kolkata to JaipurNumber of hours of flight; 9.45 hrsTravellers– Vasundhara Raje– Phool Singh– Harinder Singh– Dushywant Singh– Gopinath Munde– Dhana– Usha– Arja ShridharInvoice No: GWPL / 08-09/024Name of Party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanBill Amount : Rs 38,34,285 (Rs 38 lakhs)Bill Paid/Outstanding: OUTSTANDINGCategory of Usage (DRI analysis): Private Use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.3) Travel Number 3Date of flights– 9/11/08 Mumbai to Delhi– 9/11/08 Delhi to Jaipur– 10/11/08 – Jaipur to Cochin– 10/11/08 – Cochin to Tirupati– 11/11/08 – Tirupati to Delhi– 11/11/08 – Delhi to Jaipur– 11/11/08 – Jaipur to MumbaiNumber of hours of flight: 11.45 hrsTravellers:– Vasundhara Raje– Dushyant Singh– Niharika Raje– Hari Singh– Phool Singh– Usha– Uma– Arja ShridharInvoice Number: GWPL/08-09/029Bill Amount: Rs 46,20,805 (Rs 46 lakh)Name of Party to whom billed: Govt of Rajasthan, Dept of Civil Aviation, RajasthanadvertisementBill paid/Outstanding: OUTSTANDINGCategory of Usage (DRI analysis): Private use of Mr Modi, but billed to others.Every month, a statement showing the bills raised and position of payments, were handed over to Rohit Salian, manager (accounts) working at the office of K K Modi group companies, Mumbai. “GWPL never followed up with any of the parties for collection of outstanding amount as it was either Modi himself, or through Rohit Salian, that the outstanding payments were monitored for collection. As the entire affairs of GWPL were as per the directions of Modi, neither he or nor any other person from GWPL had taken any steps for collection of outstanding payments from the parties to whom the bills for charters were raised,” Thampi stated to DRI. Scrutiny of the lease agreement between GWPL and Peel Aviation revealed that the aircraft was leased to GWPL without any security deposit. Further probe of ledger, balance sheet and annual report of GWPL exposed that GWPL has only made payment of Rs 1,10,92,782 (out of Rs 10.78 crore) to Peel Aviation towards the lease amount. The remaining lease amount of Rs 9,75,00,000 is still outstanding. “Although this amount has been outstanding for a period of over three years and more now, still Peel Aviation never took any legal action against GWPL for recovery. It is indeed queer that the aircraft worth Rs 81.21 crore has been leased by a company based in Ireland to a company based India having no past relationship and continue to lease the aircraft even though there is no regular payment of lease amount, ” the DRI’ SCN stated.The lease agreement was terminated on 30/09/2010, apparently only after DRI initiated an enquiry on the import of the aircraft. The SCN concludes, “therefore, it appears that the so called lease was just a cover – part of overall, “management overview”, created by professionals/persons hired by Lalit Modi to import the impugned aircraft into India for his private use, but under cover of NSOP not to pay due customs duty.” Lalit Modi has not replied back to DRI’s showcause notice till now, whereas, the enforcement directorate is likely to issue summons to all corporate parties to know the reasons of making these payment in lakhs/crores to Golden Wings – on the directions of Lalit Modi.The aircraft is at present parked at Beggin Hills airport after it made its last trip to the United Kingdom on January 20, 2010.
Madhuri Dixit Nene has entered the fashion world with her Madz clothing line. The dancing diva of Bollywood says the range represents her style sense and her approach towards life at its best.The first line by the “Devdas” actress under her label is inspired by her online dance academy. Dance With Madhuri – DWM sports apparel line is designed keeping dancers and athletes in mind. It is the brainchild of Madhuri’s husband Sriram Nene, read a statement.The actress is also working on a personal offering – Timeless by Madhuri Dixit for Madz.”Madz and Timeless were two concepts which seemed to fit who I am. For Madz, we wanted to create a pret line of clothing that epitomised my approach to life: outstanding quality, great values, and good for everyone,” Madhuri said.The brand is about access to designs by Madhuri and art inspired by her experiences and learning on the sets of Bollywood, engineered by her team with each t-shirt narrating a story of the place.Madhuri’s husband, a doctor by profession, notes that the collection is perfect for workout, adding that there is more to come.”The DWM shirts are engineered to be great for dancing and workouts. We have used a combination of cotton and lycra. The goal is to make you look good and feel good while dancing/working out.”We are working on variety of workout apparel for dance and other activities including leggings, hip-hop pants, hoodies. Madz is all about looking good, feeling good and being part of something,” Sriram said.advertisement
Katie Ledecky, an 18 year old American swimmer broke her own World record accidentally on August 3, 2015. Katie Ledecky is known as a swimming prodigy and she broke the record without even trying.On Monday, Ledecky competed in a 1,500 metre freestyle preliminary round at Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Swimming Championship in Kazan, Russia where she won the race where she didn’t even try so hard.Some unknown facts you must know about the swimming prodigy:In high school, Katie Ledecky set American and US Open record in 500-yard freestyle and she also set the national high school record in 200-yardWhen Katie graduated from high school, she held Stone Ridge school record in every swimming competition category except 100-year breaststrokeAt the age of 15 years, 4 months and 10 days; Katie Ledecky became the youngest American participant at the 2012 Summer Olympic GamesIn the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Ledecky won the gold medal as she finished the race by more than four seconds. She became the second fastest to finish the race in the WorldIn 2012, she was awarded the Best Female Performer of the Year and the Breakout Performer of the Year at the Golden Goggle AwardsIn 2013 US National Championships, Ledecky won gold in 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500 metre freestyle and finished second in 200 metre freestyleIn 2013 World Championship Ledecky won gold in all formats which included 400 metre, 800 metre, 1500 metre and 4X200 metre relay and she even set two World recordsShe became the second woman to ever win the World Championship events. She became the World Champion for the first time and she set a new record of being the second fastest finisherIn 2013, Ledecky won FINA Trophy for Best Female Swimmer and was also named the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the YearIn 2014, Ledecky broke her own records and set new records. She broke her own record in 800 metre and 1500 metre swimming and she broke the World record for 1500 metre swimmingShe became the first woman after Janet Evans to hold records for 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500 metre freestyle swimmingIn 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championship, Ledecky won five gold medals and broke two World recordsIn 2014, she was named the World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the YearIn 2015 World Aquatic Championships, Katie Ledecky set a new World record for 1500 metre freestyle. advertisement
Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday bringing the curtains down on a decorated international career.Haddin missed the second Ashes Test at Lord’s due to personal reasons and was not in the playing 11 for the next Test. The New South Wales club cricketer Peter Nevill replaced him.Haddin joins pacer Ryan Harris, all-rounder Shane Watson, captain Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers who have all retired from international cricket since losing the Ashes earlier this summer.Congratulations to the retiring Brad Haddin on a wonderful career in Baggy Green. Story: http://t.co/nc9Z01s7Cy pic.twitter.com/DuvOF0Khh5& cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 9, 2015Brad Haddin has played 66 Tests, 126 ODIs and 34 T20Is for Australia. Though he retired from international cricket he will still continue to play in Big Bash League(Australian domestic T20 tournament) for Sydney Sixers.Australian legend Brett Lee also expressed his good wish for his former team mate post retirement.Congrats Hadds. A great career mate. Thanks for the safe hands buddy ???? @CricketAus& Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) September 9, 2015Haddin retired from ODI’s after the 2015 world cup, where Australia won the championship for the fifth time.
Director Brad Bird says the work on the sequel of 2004 hit animated comedy superhero film The Incredibles is going so well that it will release before Cars 3.While promoting the upcoming The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, Bird shared the update about The Incredibles 2, reported Aceshowbiz. He, however, added the two Pixar Animation Studios films do not have official release dates just yet.”In terms of the release date, we were originally – Incredibles was supposed to happen after Cars, and our wheels just happened to click a little earlier so they moved us up. Release dates are a little fluid when you’re making films so far in advance,” Bird explained.Scooby-Doo returns to big screen with a new animated movie The director said he had done a large portion of the initial script of The Incredibles 2.”I have the story arc. I’m probably three-quarters through the script, first pass through the script, but we’re already boarding parts of it. I’ve got a lot of people that worked on the first one working on it, so we’re all having a good time with it.”Bird, 57, continued by telling the reporter about strategies he had to work on the film, which is expected to arrive in the US in 2017.Six animation movies you must show your kids “Some films are tougher to come together and tough nuts to crack, and other ones comes together a little more quickly, and so I’m just going to work as fast as I can work well with a relatively small team because I like small teams better until you’ve got everything firmly figured out.”advertisementBird remained silent about the movie’s details and didn’t give any plot details.
New Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) Stressing on the importance of clean cricket, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said incidents like the showdown between Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary in a Ranji Trophy match should not take place and promised corrective measures. “Incidents like this should not take place in any sports. Each and every player playing the game should avoid indulging in such kind of acts. I had a word with game officials and asked them to look into the details of the incident,” said Thakur on the sidelines of a match played between Parliamentarians and Celebrities.”All corrective measures will be taken on the cricketers,” he added.Delhi Captain Gautam Gambhir had a heated exchange of words with his Bengal counterpart Manoj Tiwary during their Ranji match yesterday. The umpire had to step in to pacify the players.Gambhir was fined 70 percent of his match fees while Tiwary copped a penalty of 40 percent for the altercation during the third day of play. PTI MG PM PM
Sachin Tendulkar, whose team ‘Sachin’s Blasters’ lost in the first match of the All-Stars T20 series in New York on Saturday, said all the former cricketers who were taking part in the tournament were happy to be back at doing what they are best at.Addressing media in a post-match press conference, Tendulkar said, “For any sportsman the best thing one can do is to appreciate their performance and effort and that is what we all experienced today.”Also read: Ponting, Warne lead Warriors to winShane Warne, whose team won the first match, also voiced appreciation for the fans who had turned up to watch cricket in a baseball stadium. “We wanted to be competitive. There was some skillful batting and bowling and fielding out there. But we know they will come back hard in Houston. A lot of the guys have trained hard, they are proud people, they don’t want to be embarrassed and they were not today,” he said.While the match was played competitively, the camaraderie between the players was visible as they laughed and cheered each other during the game.The next match will be on November 11 in Houston, coinciding with the Indian festival of Diwali. Tendulkar said Houston will have a “big reason to celebrate” on the festival day.In Photos: Sachin Blasters vs Warne WarriorsBoth the teams took a lap of honour after the game, thanking and applauding the cheering fans who waved the national flags, banners and placards to honour the legends.advertisement’Sachin for President’ From banners that read ‘Sachin for President’, ‘Sachin is our God’ to ‘God Blessed America’, the fans had come fully prepared to cheer their cricket icons. Many of them had their faces painted with colours of their national flags and wearing cricket T-shirts representing their respective countries.Tendulkar said he hopes to make the series an annual event. For the matches in Houston and Los Angeles, Warne and Tendulkar said they would make some changes in the line-up and rotate the players as they want all the cricketers to participate in the series.Warne said some people had been sceptical on how the retired players will perform but “we didn’t take it easy, it was very competitive.”After the match, several fans waited outside the stadium, hoping to get a glimpse of their favourite stars. Sumit Modi, a software engineer living in Jersey City said it was an amazing experience for him to watch all the iconic players, whom an entire generation has grown up watching. “It was a dream for us to see so many players on the field,” he said.The fact that the players were retired did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.Karthik Parekh, a physical therapist, said, “as long as Sachin is on the field, it does not matter whether the players are retired or not. It is a dream to see Sachin.”
English club Manchester City’s defender Bacary Sagna has said he had tears in his eyes when Wembley Stadium paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks during France’s football friendly match against England.Both sets of supporters united to show support during Tuesday’s match, singing the French national anthem and holding up cards to represent the Tricolor flag before a minute’s silence was observed. England won the match 2-0.Reflecting on an emotional night, the French defender has vowed it was an occasion he will never forget, saying: “I am French and when something happens to the French people, it happens to me. Everything that happened on Friday will stay with us for a long time. Tomorrow, a week’s time, a year’s time – we will never forget what happened last Friday,” he was quoted as saying by the London-based talksport.com on Wednesday.”After everything that had happened, we had to keep holding our heads high. Despite all the difficult things that had happened, we were ready to fight, to give everything.””On Tuesday night, we wanted to win for the people of France. Unfortunately, we lost but it was more than about just a match. Although it can’t put a smile back on the faces of the French people, this was the least we could do: to try and give all we could in support of the families of the victims,” he added.Sagna said that the circumstances were so trying that it was difficult for his team-mates to concentrate and prepare on the match but it was essential to participate to send out a strong message to the world.advertisement”Honestly, it was hard to prepare. This was about more than just a football match. We were just a little part in a bigger show of strength. But we had trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating. We struggled to focus.””But, by playing, we were sending out a bigger message. Football is a big part of all our lives, and part of our society, but there are far more important things in life than football,” he concluded.
Following his team’s poor run in the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL), which has left them with almost no chance to qualify for the semi-finals, Mumbai City FC marque-player-cum-manager Nicolas Anelka admitted that he might not return to the tournament’s next season in 2016.The hopes of making it to the semis were all but shattered for hosts Mumbai after they played out a 1-1 draw against visitors Kerala Blasters FC on Thursday.Striker Antonio German scored the equaliser (89th minute) for Kerala, much to the surprise of the home crowd, after Spanish midfielder Juan Aguilera opened the scoring (25th) for the hosts.Also read: Kerala, Mumbai lose chances to qualify for the semifinals “Our target was to qualify for the semis this season and as we are not in a position to qualify. So I don’t think if I will return to ISL next season. But you have to speak to the owners for details about this,” Anelka said at the post-match press conference here.With the draw, Mumbai are struggling in the seventh position in the standings with 13 points from 12 games, having won three, drawn four and lost five.After being a player in season 1 for Mumbai, the French footballer took an added responsibility this season to manage the side, but with the current season coming to the end in a few days’ time, the 36-year-old believes it was a tough and difficult job for him altogether in ISL 2.”It was a difficult job for me this season. I don’t want to blame anyone else for this. It is hard when you pick fingers at anyone. We are all responsible for the loss,” he said.advertisementThe former Chelsea star striker pointed out that despite putting in their best effort in the pre-season, the team failed to perform and injuries were one of the main factors.”We can’t win by winning just a few matches. Minimum five to six matches must be won. We worked hard in the pre-season but couldn’t deliver in the matches. This time we had a talented squad but we couldn’t do well,” Anelka said.Mumbai, after drawing their last match at home, will travel to Chennai to face Chennaiyin FC on December 1.
Former India opener and DDCA’s working president Chetan Chauhan on Sunday said that the Feroz Shah Kotla track will be a “good Test match wicket” when the hosts play South Africa in the fourth and final match.Chauhan, who is also stadium in charge of Feroz Shah Kotla, had a meeting with chief curator Daljeet Singh where they had a discussion about the way forward.”It will not be a pacer-friendly green top wicket. During Delhi’s Ranji matches, wickets were pacer friendly but here it won’t be like that. But I can assure you that we will produce a good Test match wicket,” Chauhan said.Also read: Ravi Shastri flays pitch critics, puts blame on batsmen Asked if there was any suggestion from Daljeet, Chauhan said, “I had a meeting with Daljeet but it would not be fair on my part to divulge details of my discussion with Daljeet.”Asked if groundsmen will stop watering the main square in order to make it spin friendly, Chauhan laughed and said: “I won’t answer this one.”However the groundsmen under local curator Ankit Datta watered the strip. With forecast of foggy weather, a rank turner like Jamtha may not be prepared but it would be a wicket which is likely to offer turn from second day if not the first day.
SHARE SHARE EMAIL × cricket IPL 2019 COMMENT March 27, 2019 COMMENTS RCB’s Captain Virat Kohli along with Mumbai Indian’s Player Jasprit Bumrah and Yusuf Patan during the IPL Practice Session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru – The Hindu RCB’s Captain Virat Kohli along with Mumbai Indian’s Player Jasprit Bumrah and Yusuf Patan during the IPL Practice Session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru – The Hindu Published on Mumbai will also be boosted by the availability of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga. IPL With Jasprit Bumrah “ready and roaring” after an injury scare, Mumbai Indians would fancy their chances against an erratic Royal Challengers Bangalore when the two star-studded teams square off in the IPL on Thursday. The big sub-plot of the contest would be the world’s best ODI batsman — Virat Kohli — taking guard against the world’s best ODI bowler — Bumrah — in a format notorious for its unpredictability. Bumrah’s shoulder injury was a cause of concern for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai but India’s premier pacer seems to have recovered in time to be back in the fold.Both teams will be eager to register their first win of the IPL and the onus will be on Kohli and Rohit, both of who failed with the bat in their respective opening matches.Mumbai will also be boosted by the availability of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga.Malinga was on Tuesday released by Sri Lanka Cricket from the domestic Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament, slated from April 4 to 11. The SLC had made the tournament a trial for the World Cup squad selection, prompting Malinga to pull out of the IPL’s first leg initially.However, the SLC softened its stance, reasoning that the fast bowler will be bowling to better batsmen in the IPL.Mumbai will also heave a sigh of relief as Bumrah joined practice Wednesday during which he ran for 20 minutes and participated in catching drills. He also took to social media to state that he was “ready and roaring.” Bumrah suffered the shoulder injury after landing awkwardly while fielding during Sunday’s contest against Delhi Capitals.Yuvraj Singh will also be in focus after the 37-year-old started the season on a classy note hitting a sublime half-century against Delhi Capitals. While Mitchell McClenaghan will be eager to face the challenge of bowling to Kohli, AB De Villers and Shimron Hetmyer.RCB will expect its batsmen to put up a formidable total after they were bundled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs against the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the season. With power-hitters like Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Heymeyer in the team, that should not be an uphill task.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key man in the RCB bowling attack and will need the support of the other bowlers. Squads Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper).Royal Challenegers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), A. B. de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Kulwant Khejroliya, Moeen Ali, Md. Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshdeep Nath, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Devdutt Padikkal. sport SHARE
Ashwin also spoke about getting more comfortable with the Ashwin also spoke about getting more comfortable with the conditions as the series went on but added that they had played good cricket despite what the ODIs scoreline says. “I think now we feel a lot more comfortable coming here. It is great competition, the players come hard at us and we do quite enjoy it. But how many times we come back here, we need to adapt to different situations. We end up playing some cricket in India, go somewhere else and then come to Australia. So it takes a bit of time, and this tour was especially challenging because we landed in Perth, then had to adjust to different time zones going to Brisbane then Melbourne, so it took another week or so for us to completely get over jet lag. “These are the challenges an international cricketer faces, and coming to Australia has always been very challenging and we enjoy it. “We have played wonderful cricket. As I said, there has been a miscalculation of 20-30 runs and the margin has been one over, so that tells you what kind of cricket we have played. We have been able to match them at every aspect of the game. Its very unfair to say how the tour has gone and who has done better, I dont think that is right,” Ashwin signed off. PTI CN CM CM
Advertisement Advertisement The latest edition of SmackDown LIVE brought about an unlikely turn of events heading into Survivor Series. So instead of waiting for the climax, let’s dive straight into the main event:Daniel Bryan crowned new WWE ChampionIt happened once again. For the second consecutive year, the WWE Championship changed hands prior to Survivor Series as Daniel Bryan beat AJ Styles for his fourth title reign.It all started with a war of words between the two competitors that ultimately led to an all-out brawl before both had to be separated by WWE Officials. In an evenly contested match, Styles went to the top rope to land a Phenomenal Forearm however, Bryan, evaded it and instead, the former WWE Champion collided with the referee.Daniel took advantage of the situation and struck AJ with a low blow followed by a running knee and grabbed the pinfall victory. An unexpected heel turn from Bryan also resulted in him earning the opportunity to face Brock Lesnar in a Champion v Champion match this Sunday.Becky Lynch ruled out for Survivor SeriesThe invasion on the Monday Night RAW Women’s Division led to Becky Lynch suffering a broken nose in the carnage and consequently, it was confirmed this Tuesday night that the SmackDown Women’s Champion has not been cleared to compete at Survivor Series.Due to a broken face, #SDLive #WomensChampion @BeckyLynchWWE will be unable to compete this Sunday at #SurvivorSeries. pic.twitter.com/47Gwh2Xava— WWE (@WWE) November 14, 2018However, Lynch remained confident and insisted that she would still kick Rousey’s ass with a broken face. The Man then shifted her attention to picking her replacement for this Sunday and after overseeing every superstar of the SmackDown Women’s roster in the ring, Becky hand picked Charlotte Flair to face the RAW Women’s Champion.The two old bitter enemies put aside their past rivalries aside and stood united for the Blue brand as Charlotte will square up against Ronda Rousey in a dream match for the WWE Universe.Jeff Hardy vs Andrade Cien AlmasAndrade Cien Almas began strongly off the gates following a series of vicious attacks on his opponent. The Enigmatic Jeff Hardy, however, regrouped and got himself back in the match but couldn’t capitalize on his opportunity to finish the match.Almas too had his moments and was about to hit his signature Hammerlock DDT but Hardy countered it with the Twist of Fate and gave himself the opening to land the Swanton Bomb that secured him the win and also a spot as the final member of the SmackDown Survivor Series team.Rey Mysterio vs The MizRey Mysterio clashed against SmackDown Survivor Series team Captain The Miz with his place on the line. The Miz took the upper hand early on as he locked Mysterio in a submission move although in the latter stages, Rey was able to hit the 619 but Miz dodged the frog splash as he got his knees up and rolled him up for a two count.The A-Lister was frustrated which provided Mysterio with the chance to roll him up for the win and keep his spot on the SmackDown squad intact.The former WWE World Champion’s celebration was cut short as Randy Orton snuck up from behind but Mysterio was able to avoid The Viper’s attacks and instead, Orton flattened The Miz with an RKO.The Usos unveil SD Survivor Series Tag Team lineupThe Usos and The New Day will be joined by The Colons (Epico and Primo), Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and Sanity for their match against the RAW Tag Teams this Sunday at Survivor Series.The Bar and Big Show vs The New DayBoth teams had a string of near falls but with the match speeding up, Big Show’s presence was the defining point as he eliminated the threat of Xavier Woods.Kofi Kingston was left shorthanded and the numbers game caught up as Big Show landed a knockout punch to Kofi in mid-air and grabbed the W for his team.
Indian Open Boxing Tournament 2019: Even Mary Kom’s Nepalese opponent was humble in her loss AdvertisementChungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte marched into her seventh World Boxing Championships final after defeating North Korea’s Hyang Mi Kim 5-0 in the 48kg category via unanimous decision at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi. She will cross swords with Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final on Saturday.Mary Kom is one step closer to win her sixth World Championships goldMary Kom’s years of experience came handy in the final round as she goaded Hanna to make mistakes and capitalized on it. In the next two rounds, Magnificient Mary’s wit prevailed again as she broke her opponent’s cadence and wrenched the tempo of the game in her favor.Mary’s astute feet movement, coupled with left jabs and right blows left her opponent flabbergasted and no chance of recovery whatsoever. The judges were highly impressed with Mary’s performance and awarded the five-time World Champion a 5-0 win.Later in the day, India’s Lovlina Borgohain lost to Nien-chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-0 in the 69kg category at the semi-finals. As a result, she had to settle for bronze in her maiden World Championships expedition.Tomorrow, Simranjeet Kaur and Sonia will be in action in their semi-final bout against China’s Dan Dou and North Korea’s Son Hwa Jo respectively. Both of them have guaranteed themselves a bronze medal in the biennial extravaganza.Advertisement
Advertisement AdvertisementPortugal based Sporting Lisbon eye Liverpool’s youngster Rafael Camacho on loan for the remainder of the season. Camacho, 18, was an academy graduate at Sporting previously and now the Portuguese capital comes inquiring about their former player in lieu of acquiring the youngster’s services in the coming transfer window in January.Camacho has made excellent progress since being promoted to train at Melwood on a permanent basis and impressed during the Reds’ pre-season tour of America. The Portuguese youngster also has been one of the standout performers in the club’s UEFA Youth League campaign, and while seeing no play under Klopp this season, being an unused sub thrice, however, Camacho might be on his way out of Anfield in January.The Primeira Liga side have approached the youngster and the factor of again playing in his home, for his home club might be a very deciding factor in the loan deal. Camacho joined the Reds’ academy back in 2016 following a successful trial, with midfield – both defensive and attacking – being a preference. Prior to his arrival at Liverpool, Camacho spent a couple of years in Manchester at Manchester City after making Sporting Lisbon’s academy’s exit.So far for Liverpool’s youth team, Camacho has scored seven times in fifteen appearances in all competitions and assisted eight, with four goals and three assists out of those coming from six of his UEFA Youth League appearances alone.Read also:-Football: Guardiola issues title pressure warning to Liverpool
AdvertisementIBF, WBO, WBA, WBC undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields is coming off of an impressive unanimous decision victory over undefeated Christina Hammer last weekend at the Broadwalk Hall in Atlantic City.Ever since that victory she has been extremely confident and has said that no female fighter can beat her. She went on to say that she can even beat Male boxers. She specifically told TMZ that she can beat WBA welterweight champion and WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman and can also give former middleweight champion of the world Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin a run for his money.“I spar with men. I drop men. I bust [men’s noses]. I beat men up all the time,” Shields said to TMZ Sports.“If I was to say which is the guy, I think I could beat — I think I could beat up Keith Thurman. I really do. I think I could beat up Keith Thurman, even though they’re like ‘oh, he beat Shawn Porter.’ I think I can beat Shawn Porter too, you know, skill-wise and just strength-wise. I think they may be stronger than me but their boxing ability isn’t like mine.”“GGG, he’s older now, but I could give GGG a run for his money.”She then explained the reason behind why she could beat Golovkin and said that power isn’t everything in Boxing and that she has a great defence. “You know what? Power for power isn’t a question because what is boxing? Boxing’s the sweet science. It’s not about strength. It’s not about strength because people were saying Christina Hammer was stronger than me…but did you not see the head movement that I had during the fight? See the defense, the offense, the traps I set?“If I was to get in with a man I would do a lot more of that, and I do have some power. I do have some power. I’m not gonna say I’m stronger than them but if I set up the right shot, with the right timing…”ALSO READ:Gennady Golovkin sues his managers for ₹25 Crore ($3.5 Million) Advertisement
AdvertisementLiverpool won their 6th Champions League trophy on Saturday , engineered by Jurgen Klopp. Since the German’s arrival , Liverpool have improved their squad significantly and have been expressive on the pitch in their high pressing and direct brand of football. Klopp’s six year regime at Anfield finally bore fruit as Liverpool finally won a major trophy.Liverpool have been serious challengers for the title now for quite some years now and are the favourites alongisde City for the coming season’s Premier League trophy. Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Sir Alex Ferguson had predicted this rise of Liverpool FC under Klopp well before as he writes in his column at the telegraph :“I can recall the moment when I became genuinely excited about what Jurgen Klopp would bring to Liverpool. It was not just his work in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, thrilling as that was. Nor was it that his natural enthusiasm and personality was so perfect for Anfield, which he demonstrated upon arrival. There is more to being a great manager than charm and personality,” Carragher wrote, before adding:“The true endorsement came on a visit to Old Trafford a couple of years ago. I was invited to play in Michael Carrick’s testimonial and had the chance to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson. I had read Fergie’s complimentary remarks about the Liverpool manager, so wanted to hear more. “He’s got something about him. He is very confident,” Sir Alex told me.”“There was a look of genuine admiration for Klopp, accompanied by that added hint of concern, telling me all I needed. “If Fergie is worried, this guy must be the real deal,” I thought,” Carragher wrote.Advertisement
BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Friday conceded that the current crisis facing the Board is not in the best interest of cricketers but the body will have to keep everything on hold till Supreme Court gives it’s verdict on January 3.”We know the current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers but the matter is sub-judice. We are in problem and we need to wait till January 3,” Thakur told mediapersons on the sidelines of a promotional event for the upcoming Pro Wrestling League.He was referring to the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee’s recommendations on administrative reform in the BCCI, which the Board has not been able to implement as yet. (BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Supreme Court’s final hearing today)He took a dig at former cricketers about being critical of BCCI administration.”The BCCI has created its own infrastructure without taking a single penny from the government. Yet some former cricketers, not all, speak against us,” said Thakur. (Lodha committee not giving us time for last two months: Anurag Thakur)When asked why BCCI can’t have one lakh coaches for 1 lakh village panchayats, he sarcastically remarked: “We have a lot of money but we can’t spend it. We need permission for it.”He was referring to Supreme Court directive of stifling of funds for the Board.He also took a dig at ICC for not including India in the Working group. (Supreme Court to BCCI chief Anurag Thakur: Apologise or go to jail for perjury)”I was there at the meeting and every member felt that for a stronger cricket world, one needs BCCI. If anyone thinks that they can work without BCCI, they should know global cricket needs BCCI,” he said.advertisementHe also raised questions about how Indian captain Virat Kohli was ignored in the ICC’s Test team of the Year. (Supreme Court adjourns hearing in BCCI vs Lodha Committee case)”ICC should look into the matter as India is No.1 Test team. But I am happy that Ashwin has been adjudged Test Cricketer of the Year.”
Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal is now the only Indian film to have grossed above Rs 375 crore from within the country.Dangal’s current box-office collection, as of Friday, stands at Rs 376.14 crore. It is only followed by PK whose domestic box-office collection is Rs 340.80 crore.Here are the benchmarks Dangal crossed since its day of release (December 23):Rs 50 crore earned on Day 2 (Dec 24)Rs 100 crore … Day 3 (Dec 25)Rs 150 crore … Day 5 (Dec 27)Rs 200 crore … Day 8 (Dec 30)Rs 250 crore … Day 10 (Jan 1)Rs 300 crore … Day 13 (Jan 4)Rs 350 crore … Day 19 (Jan 10)Rs 375 crore … Day 29 (Jan 19)However, Dangal’s worldwide box-office collection is still behind that of PK’s. While Dangal has earned around Rs 721.14 crore so far, PK’s worldwide box-office collection is Rs 792 crore.MOVIE REVIEW: DangalALSO WATCH: What worked and what didn’t in Aamir’s DangalAamir Khan’s Dangal has got rave reviews all over and has been praised for its writing, direction, screenplay, acting and music.Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is based on the struggle of real-life wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters Geeta Kumari and Babita Phogat to become world-class champions.The actors playing Geeta and Babita (Zaira Wasim/Fatima Sana Shaikh and Suhani Bhatnagar/Sanya Malhotra) have been praised for how well they portrayed their characters after undergoing rigorous training.Aamir Khan will soon be seen in the 2017 film Secret Superstar where he stars in a small cameo. Zaira Wasim plays the protagonist in it.
India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the upcoming T20 international series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday.The decision has been taken to reduce the workload on India’s first-choice spinners who have been playing cricket non-stop for the past year and a half. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Parvez Rasool have been added to the squad as replacements.”The All-India Senior Selection committee in consultation with Team India management has decided to rest spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from the Paytm T20I series against England. Amit Mishra and Parvez Rasool will replace Ashwin and Jadeja, with the first match to be played on January 26th at Kanpur,” the BCCI press release said.Ashwin had an ODI series to forget against England as he picked up just three wickets from as many games. He went wicketless in the first and the final match. Jadeja on the other hand, chipped in with four wickets and provided crucial breakthroughs for India in a high-scoring series where all three matches saw scores both teams score over 300 runs.Ashwin though, was at his terrific best in the preceding Test series against England last year in which he picked up 28 wickets from four games at 30.25 and finished as the highest wicket-taker from either side. Jadeja got 26 wickets in the series at 25.84.The three-match T20I series begins with the first match in Kanpur on January 26. The next two matches will be played in Nagpur and Bangalore on January 29 and February 1 respectively.advertisement
Republican Donald Trump has now officially become the President of the United States after his Inaugration Day on January 20, 2017. Henceforth, his wife Melania Trump will now be called the First Lady. Melania Trump is the first foreign-born First Lady since 19th century. Before her, it was John Quincy Adams’ wife Louisa, First Lady from the year 1825 to 1829.Although, Donald Trump is quite famous for his flamboyant attitude and tweets. Similarly, his wife Melania is too matching his pace and making headlines ever since he decided to run for becoming the 45th President of the United States.Communist Yogoslavian rootsShe was born in Sevnica, Yugoslavia now in Slovenia. Her original name was Melanija Knavs but she stuck to her model alias, MelaniaKnauss. Melania is the daughter of Viktor Knavs, who was a Communist Party member & managed car dealerships, and Amalija Ulnik, a pattern maker at a textile factory. Born on April 26, in 1970, she is 46 years old which makes it to a 24 year age gap with Donald Trump, who is 70. Modelling career She began modelling at the age of 16 under the name MelaniaKnauss. Acclaimed photographer Stane Jerko invited her for a trial photoshoot as he liked her look. She was under the spotlight soon after that photoshoot which made her grab a contract with Italian model agency ID at the age of 18. She later on worked in Paris.She has graced the catwalks and magazines around the world including a controversial shoot on Trump’s customised Boeing 727 featuring Melania wearing nothing more than handcuffs.advertisementMelania told in her GQ interview: “My mom was in the fashion business. I was five years old when I did my first catwalk and did commercials at 16. I went professional after my studies. My mum loved fashion. We loved to travel and go to Italy and Paris. A lot of people say I am using all the procedures for my face. I didn’tdo anything. I live a healthy life, I take care of my skin and my body.I’m against Botox, I’m against injections; I think it’s damaging yourface, damaging your nerves. It’s all me. I will age gracefully, as mymom does.”Melania also runs a jewellery business. She once joked in an interview that after taking care of her son and running the business, her husband is her third job. The Trump effect Melania met Trump in 1998 when she was 28 years old. Apparently, during a party thrown by Zampolli at the Kit Kat Club in Manhattan. Trump’s ‘plus one’ for the party was Norwegian cosmetics heiress Celina Midelfart. He actually asked for Melania’s number after he saw her at the party but apparently she refused to divulge that Trump already came with a date. She took Trump’s number, though.She said in an interview, “If I give him my number, I’m just one of the women he calls. I wanted to see what his intention is. It tells you a lot from the man what kind of number he gives you. He gave me all of his numbers.”After seeing each other for a while, they actually broke up for a few months when Trump said that he might run for the US President in the year 2000. Trump, who was married twice before, proposed Melania at the Costume Institute Gala in New York. The couple got married in January 2005 at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida.Her engagement ring was a 2 million USD Graff diamond and a dress made by British designer John Galliano which was priced 1,40,000GBP.Their reception was attended by former President Bill Clinton and Trump’s current political nemesis Hillary Clinton. The kidsMelania and Donald’s only child, Barron William Trump was born in the year 2006. She is also a stepmother to Donald Jr who is 38, Ivanka who is 35, Eric who is 32. The three kids were fromTrump’s first marriage to Ivana. She is also a stepmother to Tiffany, who is 22, from Trump’s second wifeMarla Maples.Barron Trump is fluent in Slovenian besides English and reportedly had his own floor of the Trumps apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan as an infant. Melania sometimes calls him by his nickname ‘Mini-Donald’. Melania as First LadyIn the year 2000, when Trump was toying with the idea of running for the office, Melania said that, “I would be very traditional as a First Lady, like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy.”Melania is currently staying at home in New York instead of East Wing in White House with Donald Trump. She is ensuring a stable education for their son Barron who is currently in fourth grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. It is still unclear whether she will be staying in New York until the end of this year or till he finishes school.advertisementWhile she is in New York for sometime, Trump’s daughter Ivanka will be taking up some of the duties of the First Lady. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section. To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]
Home grown manufacturer Lava launched India’s first VoLTE-ready feature phone, aka the 4G Connect M1, on Monday. The Lava 4G Connect M1, which is also interestingly the cheapest Reliance Jio supporting phone in the country, will be available for buying from retail stores and multi-brand outlets across India in a few weeks’ time at a price of Rs 3,333, the company announced. The 4G Connect M1 combines the experience of a smartphone and the durability, affordability and battery back-up of a feature phone, according to Lava. The feature phone also supports 2G voice calling and EDGE connectivity in addition to 4G LTE.”The launch of this smart feature phone, we believe, will create possibilities for users as they will now be able to consume digital content and even do digital transactions. Furthermore, a sizeable segment of feature phone users in India who use their phone to only make calls will now be able to access the internet; to their advantage; and that too at affordable price,” Gaurav Nigam, who is head of product at Lava International said in a statement.The Lava 4G Connect M1 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) clubbed with 512MB of RAM. It sports a polycarbonate body and comes pre-loaded with Facebook Lite as well as other messaging applications. The feature phone further sports a VGA camera on the rear and is backed by a 1,750mAh battery.There have been ongoing reports that Reliance Jio is silently working on a Rs 999 feature phone that would support 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity. This feature phone, would apparently, be harbinger of Jio’s 4G services that are touted as being one of the most affordable, not only in India, but globally as well. While there is still no clarity on whether Jio is, in fact, working on such a phone, phones like the 4G Connect M1 mark an interesting chapter for 4G services in particular. This is because many people still use feature phones in India, and all of them do not support 4G LTE, for the time being. advertisementAlso Read: Rs 999 Jio phone, if it exists, doesn’t make any sense
Russia’s Mariya Savinova-Farnosova has been stripped of her 800m London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday imposed a four-year ban saying there was “clear evidence” she used performance-enhancing drugs.She is the latest in a growing list of Russian athletes to have past Olympic medals taken away over doping, as the nation struggles to overcome its most widespread doping scandal ever.The retroactive four-year penalty starts from Aug. 24, 2015, but CAS also disqualified all Savinova’s results from July 26, 2010, to Aug. 19, 2013, thereby stripping her of her 2011 world championships gold, 2013 world silver and 2010 European gold.The athlete has 45 days to consider whether to appeal the CAS decision.The case against her was initiated by the world athletics federation IAAF, which has also maintained a ban on Russian track and field athletes over the country’s doping affair.South Africa’s double silver medallist Caster Semenya is now in line to be promoted to gold in both the 2012 Olympics and 2011 world championships.The 31-year-old Savinova was among the athletes that a commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended be banned for life in 2015.Russian Ekaterina Poistogova had finished third in the race at the London Games, but she is also on the list of athletes WADA is recommending a lifetime ban for.Pamela Jelimo of Kenya was fourth and is now in contention for a medal. Jelimo had won gold in Beijing four years earlier.”On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport, Mariya Savinova-Farnosova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 through to 19 August 2013,” CAS said.advertisementIt took the action as the decision-making authority while Russia’s athletics federation remains banned over the country’s state-backed doping scandal.Almost the entire track and field team of Russia were banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics.More than 100 athletes have so far tested positive in re-tests of samples taken during the London and Beijing 2008 Olympics conducted by the International Olympic Committee. Russia has the most positive re-tests per nation.
“This is my first national level gold medal after 2014 “This is my first national level gold medal after 2014 and I am very happy to have won the race. I have not won an international medal till now and I hope I can do it at the Asian Championships in Japan next month,” said Irfan, who had finished fifth at the 2014 Asian Games. “I am hoping that I can time below one hour 20 minutes and that can fetch me a medal even in the World Championships. In 20km race walk, the competition is very tough at the Asian level. Most of the top competitors in the world are from Asia.” Irfan received a winners prize money of Rs 50,000 while Devender and Ganapati received Rs 30,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively. In national record holder Khushbeers absence, Priyanka (ONGC) won the womens 20km event in one hour 37 minutes and 58.32 seconds. The silver and bronze went to Railways athletes Shanti Kumari and Rani Yadav respectively in 1:38:38.70 and 1:38:51.30. None, however, could qualify for the World Championships among the womens 20km race walkers. Priyanka got the winners cheque of Rs 50,000 while Kumari and Yadav received Rs 30,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively. Contrary to speculation that the National Anti-Doping Agency may not come to take samples from the athletes for dope testing, a team came and did its job. PTI PDS CM CM
2010 – Test debut. 2012 – Second Test. 2014 – Third Test. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha had to wait for almost two years to play each of his second and third Tests. (Kohli on Test series against Australia: Not bothered about the opposition)Saha had long led the life of a reserve wicketkeeper (both in domestic and national teams) despite being the best in the business and is a perfect example of why being the best was not always good enough. (Virat Kohli won his battles against Joe Root, can he trump Steve Smith?)To enter the Bengal side, Saha had to wait for Deep Dasgupta’s exit and to get into the national side, he had to bid his time behind the shadows of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Five India vs Australia controversies that shook the cricketing world)The diminutive 32-year-old made his first-class debut in 2007 and didn’t waste any time to mark his presence. He became the 15th Bengal player to score a hundred on Ranji debut. But while things were falling in place for Saha in the domestic circuit, a national reckoning was far-fetched. (Aussies just don’t have the arsenal to walk the ‘sledging’ talk)The big day, however, came in 2010. A last-minute injury to Rohit Sharma handed Saha a Test debut against South Africa in Nagpur. It took him another two years to play his next match in whites. And that too was fortuitously – a result of captain and regular wicketkeeper Dhoni’s suspension for slow over rate against Australia in Adelaide, 2012. (India would treat Australia like any other team, says Kumble)advertisementIt was only in December 2014 in Australia that the doors of the Test team were opened for Saha following Dhoni’s sudden retirement from the longest format of the game. (Tendulkar vs Australia or Kohli-Australia: Which rivalry is more fun?)Since then, Saha has featured regularly in the national Test team and is probably one of the three indispensable members of the Virat Kohli-led side after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.WATCH FULL VIDEO HERESaha, an owner of one of the safest pair of hands, ticks off most of the boxes for Kohli. He has a sound knowledge of his craft, is gutsy and courageous. (Tendulkar a legend but hard to look past Kohli: Chris Woakes)However, Saha’s journey from the reserve benches to the core of the national Test side was nothing short of a long test of strength and mental preparedness. (Sledging Virat Kohli will hurt Australia: David Warner)In an exclusive tete-a-tete with IndiaToday.in, the soft-spoken, easy-going Saha revealed what kept him going during those long waiting periods, and why he feels that it is a challenge to play in Kohli’s No.1 Test team.BCCI PhotoExcerpts:Question: Your journey in Indian cricket has always seen long waiting periods, be it the domestic or the national teams. What did you do waiting for all those years to suddenly making an impact after MS Dhoni left?Wriddhiman Saha: I was always focused on my game. Since my childhood, I have always looked to keep myself prepared for the match at any point of time so that whenever I got a chance to play, I should be able to perform. Whether I had the chance to play or not, I always kept myself prepared. I have always been mentally strong. (Virat Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Steve Smith’s men)Q:How would you describe Kohli’s impact on your performance and on the team, overall?Saha: Virat Kohli always stays positive. Whenever he talks to the players, he always creates a positive environment in the team. Obviously, it is a challenge to play in the team because it is a matter of winning or losing. Personally, I love this challenge and I like the way how Kohli remains positive under any circumstances. Winning or losing is a part and parcel of the game but if you stay positive, you have maximum chances of winning. (Steve Smith’s men weakest Australian side to tour India, says Harbhajan Singh)Q: What makes Kohli’s team so special where players thrive under any circumstances?Saha: Right now our team environment is very positive and that’s our plus point. We always back each other despite the performances. One can endure a bad day on the field but we always support and motivate each other. When someone performs well, we all take pride in that and when someone has a bad day, we try to back him to perform better. This is the kind of team environment we have at the moment. This is basically due to the fact that all the players are in similar stages of their careers. Overall, this environment is a big bonus for all of us. The coach and team management are also very supportive and they always tell us to play according to our style. (Australia just don’t have the arsenal to walk the ‘sledging’ talk)advertisementQ: You are regarded as the best wicketkeeper in the country. However, keeping wickets to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in Indian conditions is not an easy task. What kind of challenges do you face?Saha: It feels great to keep wickets to two of the top spinners of the world (Ashwin and Jadeja). You have to stay alert and you can never lose your focus. There’s never a place for relaxation on the field. You have to be always ready. It is a challenge that I enjoy. I never premeditate while keeping. I always take it ball by ball and enjoy my work as I feel that if I enjoy it, it will help me perform better.Q: How do you asses India’s use of the Decision Review System? Take us through the on-field actions when Kohli decides to review the original decision.Saha: We have been told to give our views whenever the captain decides to go for the Decision Review System. There’s no pressure on us. We have been told to give our direct views on it. We can be right or wrong, but that’s not a factor.
Fans who turned up to watch a MS Dhoni special returned disappointed even as Jharkhand cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Services for their second victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Tuesday.Chasing a stiff 277, Jharkhand did not require services of their captain as Saurabh Tiwary (102 not out off 103 balls; 3×4, 6×6) and Ishank Jaggi (116 not out off 92 balls; 10×4, 4×6) put together an unbroken 214-run partnership to script a fluent chase with 22 balls to spare.He may not have played a role with the bat but Dhoni’s tips during the drinks break played a big role in their win, Jaggi later revealed.”Mahi bhai advised us to play in a calm and composed manner. He told us, ‘If you play with patience runs will come. It’s about staying there and finishing the game’,” Jaggi said.The left-hander Tiwary added: “We played without any pressure well aware of the fact that MS comes next.”Jharkhand had a shaky build-up and were reduced to 65/3 inside 17 overs but poor fielding from Services let the duo build on a firm stand. Yet to open his account, Tiwary was dropped at mid-off by Shakti Malviya off Poonam Poonia, while Jaggi got a reprieve on 25.At 107/3 midway into their innings, the match tilted heavily in favour of Services with required run rate going past six.It was an ideal situation for the ‘finisher’ Dhoni as the crowd kept on shouting his name in anticipation but Tiwary and Jaggi did not take a step wrong and complemented each other in their solid left-right combination.advertisement’SAURABH TIWARY HAI HAI’They kept rotating strikes and got an odd boundary or six in every over providing a calm assurance in the dressing room as the crowd started to become frustrated and shouted ‘Saurabh Tiwary Hai Hai’.Tiwary however took it in a positive spirit and said: “We must understand that they’re emotional as Mahi bhai never played here..Being a professional I did not mind. We were subjected to much more sledging on the field.”Having slowly built their innings, the duo took charge of the show and Jaggi completed his sixth List A century in 82 balls with a boundary in the 42nd over, while Tiwary followed suit reaching his second List A hundred in 100 balls.Having trolled by the crowd in his exquisite knock, Tiwary later acknowledged his hundred to the crowd gesturing that ‘keep shouting’.But Dhoni returned on the field during the customary handshake after the win and walked midway on to the boundary rope near the spectators and waved at them.Thousands gathered outside the venue unable to enter, while a few hundreds managed to get in with passes, while rooftops of the residential buildings and a school surrounding the stadium wore a packed look since 9 am in a never-before atmosphere.But the only action they could have of Dhoni was his two run-outs and a caught-behind dismissal on a flat deck of Bengal Cricket Academy in the small industrial township of Kalyani about 50 kilometres from Kolkata.Earlier Services could not capitalise on a solid 104-run opening partnership between Gaurav Kochar (50) and Nakul Verma (48) to be restricted for 276/9.Fresh from his 124 against Saurashtra here two days ago, Verma missed a half-century narrowly when Vikash Singh gave the first breakthrough of the day in the 20th over.Dhoni produced a spectacular runout to dismiss Abhijit Salvi (31) before his caught behind claimed the skipper Soumya Swain’s wicket for 12 to reduce them to 158/4 in 32nd over. Salvi played on the legside for a single but Dhoni was quick to gather the ball and hit the stumps directly at the opposite end.But it was Shamser Yadav and Rahul Singh who added a quick 84-run for the fifth wicket from 13.2 overs to prop the lower order. But another collapse followed with Dhoni effecting a second run out to restrict the total.SCORESAt Bengal Cricket Academy, Kalyani: Services 276/9; 50 overs (Shamsher Yadav 54 not out, Gaurav Kochar 50, Nakul Verma 48, Rahul Singh 40; Shahbaz Nadeem 3/52) lost to Jharkhand 279/3; 46.2 overs (Ishank Jaggi 116 not out, Saurabh Tiwary 102 not out) by seven wickets.At Eden Gardens: Karnataka 201; 47.1 overs (Mayank Agarwal 89; Kushang Patel 4/36, Chirag Jani 3/40) beat Saurashtra 128; 36.2 overs (Ronit More 4/20, Prasidh Krishna 2/19, Stuart Binny 2/37) by 73 runs.At Jadavpur University second campus, Saltlake: Chhattisgarh 235/9; 50 overs (Abhimanyu Chauhan 90 not out, Amandeep Khare 57; Mohammed Mudhasir 6/33) beat Jammu and Kashmir 231; 48.2 overs (Punit Bisht 68, Parvez Rasool 51; Pankaj Rao 4/35, Sumit Ruikar 2/33) by four runs.
Angelique Kerber displayed her grit and vaunted fitness as she battled back to beat France’s Pauline Parmentier 7-5 3-6 7-5 in scorching heat on Monday to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.Kerber was joined in the round of 16 by Venus Williams. The 36-year-old American, who was forced to saved three match points in her opening victory, faced no such drama on Monday with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.Kerber, who will reclaim the world number one ranking next week, won the first set by taking the last three games after facing set point, and was a point from trailing 5-2 in the third set before surging to victory.”It was a tough match and a high-level match from both of us,” the second-seeded German said on court after her two-hour, 33-minute victory. “Pauline played unbelievably from the first ball, and we both battled until the end.”Kerber persevered despite Parmentier saving 13 break points in the match.”She is a really tricky opponent,” the German said. “She played a lot of spin, especially from the forehand side.”I’d had great practices in the last few months so I’m ready to stay on court for three hours.”Next up for Kerber will be 14th-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina, who recovered from a bout with dizziness to beat 25th seed Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4 1-6 6-4.Fourth seed Simona Halep met a different fate against her French opponent, as 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic registered a 6-3 6-3 win to reach the fourth round.advertisementMladenovic, riding a positive wave after notching her maiden WTA title at St. Petersburg and reaching another final at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, maintained her form against a rusty Halep.The Romanian, playing her first event in five weeks due to a knee injury, fell in one hour 42 minutes.
The ongoing Border-Gavaskar series is in its final leg with the deciding Test match to be played in Dharamsala from March 25. Both teams have one win under their belt and will be going all out in the final match. With the kind of buzz this series has already generated, cricket lovers are eagerly waiting for the first ball to be bowled on Saturday. (Not sure Virat Kohli knows how to spell ‘sorry’: Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland)WATCH FULL CLARKE INTERVIEW HEREBut cricket has not been the only talking point this time. Rarely has a cricket series between India and Australia been so intense post 2008 when India travelled Down Under and played out probably the most thrilling and controversial contests in international cricket. (Virat Kohli a great leader, Team India fully supports him: Cheteshwar Pujara)The 2-0 scoreline barely does justice to the fact that India competed hard and gave it back to the Aussies whenever they were provoked with the infamous ‘monkeygate scandal’ being the lowest point for both teams. (Australia shattered because India are giving it back: Chetan Chauhan to Aaj Tak)Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who played an integral part in that series nine years ago, is now keenly following the action from the sidelines as a commentator and cricket expert, as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith’s men battle for the trophy here in India. (Virat Kohli alleges Australia of disrespecting team physio Patrick Farhart)Apart from the outstanding quality of cricket from both sides, Smith’s team along with the Australian cricket board and a section of the media there, has been targeting the Indian captain with some bizarre allegations and uncalled for verbal volleys. Kohli on his part, has given it back to the Aussies in his own way and stood up for what he feels is right – be it for the DRS controversy or speaking out against the Australian team for disrespecting India physio Patrick Farhart.advertisementClarke, who has seen and done it all, was left bewildered when an Australian daily compared Kohli to US president Donald Trump and called the comparison a “load of shit.””Comparing Virat Kohli with Donald Trump – what a load of shit s that. What Virat did, even Smith would have. I could just laugh about the Trump thing (comparison). I find it quite funny and am sure Virat will also find it quite funny,” Clarke told India Today.”Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him.”Clarke then went on to say that this series has been absolutely terrific with some outstanding cricket being played over the past one month and compared it to the 2005 Ashes series, which is rated as the greatest Ashes ever played.”This is just getting out of control. I understand how the world works, the Australian media wants to see their team do well and same goes for the Indian press. But the cricket has been unbelievable. This has been one of the best Test series that I can think of. It reminds me a lot of the 2005 Ashes series with both teams fighting hard on the field.”You’ll see at the end of this series, Virat Kohli will shake hands with Steve Smith and they’ll be good friends once again. They’ll go to the bar or the IPL and they will be completely fine,” he added.
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu set up a mouth-watering summit clash with Olympic champion Carolina Marin after a hard-fought win over World No 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals of the India Super Series, here today.Cheered on by a sizable crowd at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, Sindhu dished out a superb game of badminton to outwit second seeded Hyun 21-18 14-21 21-14 in a battle of nerves where fortunes fluctuated frequently.The fans will get a chance to witness an exciting finale, which will be a rematch of the Olympic final which was watched by millions of fans across the globe.Earlier, two-time World Champion Marin of Spain defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, seeded fourth, 21-16 21-14 in an easy contest to reach the finals.Coming into the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record, Sindhu displayed nerves of steel as she produced some scintillating low lifts and dominated the nets to see off her opponent.
Premier League leaders Chelsea are focused on getting results in their remaining nine games as they fight for the title, instead of dwelling on Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, manager Antonio Conte said.Chelsea suffered their second loss in 10 league games, and their first home defeat in the league since September. The loss cut their lead at the top of the table to seven points after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur defeated Burnley 2-0.”There are nine games to play and we have to think step by step,” Conte told British media.”At the end (of the season), if we deserve to win the title, we will be very happy…When you lose this type of game, in your mind you try to apply a lot of questions. But it’s very difficult to find a reply to this result.”Chelsea host fourth-placed Manchester City on Wednesday. Their last home win against the Manchester side in the league was in 2013.”They (Man City) have a really strong squad but I think it’s right to think about ourselves, to go game by game,” the Italian manager said. “In England, every game is very tough, whether the name of your opponent is City or another team.”City drew 2-2 against sixth-placed Arsenal on Sunday and will be hoping to end their three-game winless streak at Stamford Bridge.
Hyderabad, Apr 8 (PTI) The five pillars of the new education policy will be accessibility, equity, quality, affordability and accountability, Union HRD MinisterPrakash Javadekar said here today.”All these five pillars are important for new education policy. We need to add value education, sport activity, yoga. Yoga is our own narrative which has been accepted across the world. Now there is Samata day also. Ambedkar Jayanti also (being observed) by United Nations,” he said, speaking at silver jubilee celebrations of Pragna Bharati, tonight.The Centres draft education policy was released last year.Stressing on the importance of innovation, he said innovation is changing lives fast and it can ensure sustainable way of prosperity.The Centre has come up with Uchtar Avishkar Yojana to promote innovation and also organised a hackathon, he said.Government is making efforts to set up 20 world-class universities in the country, ten each in private and public sector, Javadekar said.The government is also launching Global Research Interactive Network (GRIN) programme, which will provide scholarship and opportunity to students to work with reputed foreign laboratories and enjoy the liberty of returning to India to continue with research, he said.The HRD Minister also said the government has started the higher education finance agency.An amount of Rs20,000 cores would be raised in next one and half years. The amount would be spent to create research and academic infrastructure in the best institutes so that the best of the students stay back in the country, he said.Javadekar said he sought a “positive Indology” to replace a “divisive agenda with which people are working on Indology”.advertisement”Indology, Indian studies is suffering world over because its a divisive agenda with which people are working on Indology. I found that I have ICSSR, ICHR, ICPR, then there is ASI in Culture ministry, then Indira Gandhi institute in Culture ministry and ICCR.”I said you create a positive Indology. Because, there only this negative narrative and divisive narrative of Indology. Thats wrong interpretation. Its united country and will remain united. Thats the real narrative which must preserve,” he said.The NDA government is moving ahead with the agenda of making India prosperous that involves all, he said.Meanwhile, Javadekar visited Bhongir in Telangana earlier in the day and addressed BJP functionaries.Asserting that the victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh polls is vote for development, he dismissed the doubts expressed about functioning of EVMs by BSP chief Mayawati. PTI SJR NRB RCJ
Since I work at Network for Good, I have access to all kinds of nifty data on giving. We process donations for tens of thousands of nonprofits via their websites and partners like Crowdrise and YourCause. So I was interested to see if the big push to encourage giving earlier this week – the first ever GivingTuesday “national day of giving” – yielded results.The early answer seems to be yes, it prompted giving.When we compared overall giving on GivingTuesday this year to giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving last year, we found donations more than doubled. Since Network for Good has been growing all year, we also looked at giving this past Monday compared to Tuesday to get a sense of what growth was attributable to GivingTuesday. We found donations on Tuesday were 55% higher than Monday.Blackbaud is showing a bump as well – 53% on GivingTuesday this year vs. the same Tuesday last year.To me, this just underlines the power of several things in fundraising:1. A sense of urgency: Naming a day after giving and urging action that particular day seems to have worked for many charities. Nonprofits that added matching donations into the mix did even better.2. Social norms: Creating an impression that many other people are taking action is effective.3. Seasonality: November and December are the easiest times to get people to donate. People are in spending and giving mode. I don’t think the day would have been as effective were it in January.Did your organization invite donations on Tuesday? What were your results?
Chelsea host Leicester City in their final match before Christmas on Saturday as they aim to further cement their place in the top four.Maurizio Sarri’s side were boosted by their qualification for the Carabao Cup semi-finals in midweek, with a late goal from Eden Hazard enough to see off Bournemouth in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.The Blues bounced back from the disappointment of an away loss to Wolves earlier this month by winning their last two league encounters against Manchester City and Brighton. 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! Leicester were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, however, after losing to Pep Guardiola’s Man City on penalties.The Foxes have failed to win any of their last three league matches and fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Crystal Palace last weekend, a result which saw them slip to 12th in the table.The last Premier League encounter between these two sides at Stamford Bridge ended in a 0-0 draw last January. Game Chelsea vs Leicester Date Saturday, December 22 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. 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UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green Defenders Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Ampadu, Emerson Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic Forwards Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Morata Eden Hazard continues in a central striking role for Chelsea after picking up one goal and three assists in his last two appearances in that position.Centre-back Andreas Christensen was forced off with a hamstring injury against Bournemouth and Maurizio Sarri instead picks David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger at centre-back.Alvaro Morata has returned to training after recovering from a twisted knee, but he is not even on the bench.Possible Chelsea starting XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian. Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud. Position Leicester players Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic Defenders Simpson, Pereira, Morgan, Soyuncu, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Fuchs Midfielders Iborra, Silva, Mendy, Ndidi, Choudhury, Albrighton, Maddison, Diabate, Gray, Ghezzal Forwards Vardy, Okazaki, Ihenacho Jamie Vardy returns to the Leicester XI having been rested against Manchester City in midweek.There had been concerns over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and Wilfred Ndidi, who are both struggling with knee injuries and are likely to face late fitness tests, but both are deemed fit to start.Matty James and Daniel Amartey remain out.Possible Leicester starting XI: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudhury, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton; Maddison; Vardy. Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Evans, Iborra, Gray, Okazaki, Iheanacho.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea’s odds of winning are priced at 1/3 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 9/2. A win for Leicester is priced at 10/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview A win for Chelsea here would see them leapfog Spurs into third place for at least a day, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side not playing until Sunday.It would also be a great boost for Sarri’s side to cement their spot in the top four for Christmas, with the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League set to intensify during the second half of the season.There are also signs that star man Hazard is approaching his best form again after various injury issues in recent weeks. When asked whether he felt playing the Belgian as a forward could be a long-term solution, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I was sure about City in that position we could do a good match. Against Brighton I started to see this situation in different matches.”Now I want to see it against a team very compact, in low density. We have to see.”Claude Puel will know that his side must pick up some positive results over the festive period to avoid speculation over his own future at the club.It’s been a difficult season for the Foxes on and off the pitch, but with just one win in their last eight matches, Leicester will know that points on the board are a must over the coming weeks. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Photo by wsssstI’ve yet to meet a freelancer who was paid on time, every time.But whose fault is it? Is it the people or is it the system? Here are the most common culprits of late payments:1. “The project still needs to be approved by the higher-ups.”Often invoices can’t be paid until the project is approved — and the approvals process can last weeks or more, which puts your invoice on hold. In this case, a late fee clause in your contract can mean the difference between your project wallowing away in the back office and reaching the top of a budget-conscious boss’s desk.2. “I have nothing to do with that. I already submitted to accounting.”The truth is that in difficult financial times, accounting departments are often advised by higher-ups to put freelancers on a ninety-day payment cycle, treating them like any account receivable. But unlike those other large vendors, freelancers don’t have the same cash flow cushion.Finding someone to talk to in the accounting department will be invaluable. If that fails and you don’t want to work with this client again, consider going up the ladder and contacting a few directors or presidents.3. “X person got fired, so things are pretty crazy here.”Again, find someone in accounting or go up the chain of command. Make it clear to your new point-of-contact that it’s not right that their disorder should affect your finances.4. “We only pay contractors once a quarter.”This is sometimes the case with large institutions. You should know this from the start of the contract so that you can prepare in advance. If it’s a smaller organization, you may be able to negotiate on this when drawing up your contract.5. “We went way off budget, so this is going to take some time.”This is the time to suggest a payment plan. The truth is, you’re probably going to get shoved to the bottom of their pile (because you’re small), but if you negotiate to get at least a little at a time, you’re more likely to get paid.So…how do I get paid?Prevent (many but not all) problems before they start:8 Contract provisions every freelancer should knowGet paid what you’re worthUse our free Contract Creator to draw up a contractDo you know your freelance rights?After a problem:What to do when a client doesn’t pay: 10 rules to live byShare how terrible the client was on Client Scorecard so other freelancers don’t have to deal with them.Freelancers, share your tips for getting paid. What works and what doesn’t?
Midfielder Eden Hazard must continue to be decisive on the pitch and exploit the talent he is blessed with to become one of the game’s greats, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said.The Belgian has made just three substitute appearances in the league since returning from an ankle fracture sustained on international duty in June but impressed in the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in midweek.Conte, who could hand Hazard his first league start in the home game against Manchester City on Saturday, said the 26-year-old had a big chance to reiterate his importance to the team.”In every game he finds a way to be decisive, to score or make an assist for his team mates, I love this about him and that’s what I ask of him,” Conte told the club’s website (www.chelseafc.com).”We need a player with his talent and it’s important for a coach to ask him to be decisive. God gave him this talent and he must exploit it. It’s my job to push him to be decisive.”The Italian said Hazard was different to attackers such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, who were more relentless in their pursuit of goals.”Sometimes with Eden, if he scores one goal he’s happy and if there is another situation he prefers to make an assist, not to score a second. With Ronaldo, he scores one goal and wants to score twice, three times, the same with Messi,” he said.”I don’t think selfish is the right word because I don’t like selfish players. I like players who think for the team, not themselves,” he added.advertisement”Eden is not selfish, he’s a player who loves to play football, he enjoys playing football. I like his behaviour and his attitude but in every game he must be decisive.”With Chelsea back in the Champions League, Conte said Hazard also had the opportunity to test himself against the best.”Eden is a top player and I think this season he has a big opportunity because we are playing in the Champions League and, together with the Premier League, it’s important to show you are a top player and you can compete to be the best.”
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s ‘Jaddu’s Food Field’ was raided by the food department of Rajkot Municipal Corporation on Friday.Apart from Jadeja’s restaurant, three other eateries, including a McDonald’s outlet was raided.Jadeja’s sister Naina, who looks after the restaurant, said that they used to preserve cooked food but from now on, they’ll destroy everything cooked on the same night.”Yes we had some quantity of boiled and cooked food. Only a few pieces of bread had gone stale. We used to preserve cooked food, but now we will ensure it is destroyed the same night,” Naina said.Naina added they didn’t find a crusher in the market but they’ll surely arrange for one now.”Also, we did not have a crusher. We could not find it in the market, but will make arrangements now. The food colours were meant to be used only for vegetable carvings and not in food.”According to reports, a total of 212 kg of food was discovered to be of poor quality while some did not have an expiry date. Fungus-induced bakery products and stale vegetables were also found in the restaurant.Along with Jadeja’s outlet, the other restaurants were also found guilty and have been warned. All the them have been issued a notice of four days to rectify their act and act according to the rules.Some reports claimed that Jadeja’s outlet had stored food in the freezer for a long period of time, which is why the food got stale.Jadeja is currently preparing for the ongoing Ranji Trophy as he wasn’t included in Team India’s T20I squad against Australia.advertisement
India inched closer to a quarter-final berth of the ICC Under-19 World Cup by defeating Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on Tuesday.Anukul Roy grabbed 5/14 as PNG were bowled out for 64 in 21.5 overs. India chased down the target in 8 overs thanks to Prithvi Shaw’s super-aggressive 57 not out.WATCHThe victory means India are all but through to the knockouts – on Sunday, they had defeated Australia by 100 runs.India won the toss and decided to bowl, as the bowlers responded by bowling Papua New Guinea out for a paltry 64 in just 21.5 overs. Left-arm spinner Anukul Roy led the charge with figures of 5/14, showing that the Indian attack is more than just sheer pace, something that came to the fore against Australia in their tournament opener.The pacers, Shivam Mavi (2 wickets) and Kamlesh Nagarkoti (1 wicket), who started things off , reduced Papua New Guinea to 40/3, opening the door for the Indian spinners to wreck havoc. Anukul Roy came on in the 10 over, and by the time he as done with his fifth, PNG were reduced to 62-6, with taking two off those. Anukul Roy claimed his career best figures, as the PNG batters fell like nine-pins, self-destructing in their attempt to post a challenge.India could have been chasing a far lower total had it not been for a few dropped catches. But, as it turned out, Shaw and his fellow opener Manjot Kalra, walked out to bat, and by the time PNG finished their eighth over, India had strolled to a comfortable 10-wicket victory.advertisement Prithvi Shaw scored 57 out of India’s 67 runs.Kalra was more than happy to take a back seat with his run-a-ball 9 as his captain went on the rampage. The chase was a mere formality, but the way Shaw went about his business, enjoying himself, throughout his 39-balls stay, with 12 strokes to the boundary, was a sight to behold. He was let off the hook on 33, when Ovia Sam dropped a difficult chance running back.Handshakes, hugs and high fives all around for India U19s after a dominant display against PNG! #U19CWC pic.twitter.com/mOeD3cO7Y1— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 16, 2018India next face Zimbabwe in their last group B game on January 19 at Bay Oval in Tauranga.
India beat Pakistan by two wickets to retain title at the Blind Cricket World Cup after playing out a thrilling final at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday.India, who remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, chased down the target of 309 inside 39 overs to win the trophy. Sunil Ramesh (93) and Ajay Reddy (62) top-scored for India.WATCHThe victory on Saturday comes after India’s T20 Blind World Cup victory last year. Even then, India had defeated Pakistan in the final to successfully defend their title.Moments of tear and joy. This is what defines a sportsman!!#worldchampions #TheOtherMenInBlue #INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/d8iCUBeOxr— Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) (@blind_cricket) January 20, 2018Pakistan made 308-8 off 40 overs after India won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first. Badar Munir top scored for Pakistan with 57, while Riasat Khan and Nisar Ali added 48 and 47 runs respectively.India reached the final of the tournament after defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets, while Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 156 runs to book a place in the final.India had already beaten their arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in their group match earlier in the tournament.
Roger Federer entered another record book as he became the most decorated Laureus Awards winner after winning both the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year in Monaco.Federer had an incredible 2017 where he came back from a six-month injury layoff in 2016 and won the Australian Open after an epic five-setter against Rafael Nadal. He went on to win the Indian Wells, Miami Open, Halle Open, his eighth Wimbledon title and Shanghai Masters last year. He began 2018 with his Australian Open title defence before becoming the oldest world No.1 at Rotterdam Open.ALSO WATCHDespite Nadal having his own incredible comeback last year, where he ended the year as the world No.1, injuries have marred the beginning of this year for him. Federer received his award and gave a “shoutout” to Nadal and thanked him for making the Swiss a better player.”I just want to give a shoutout to him (Rafael Nadal). He had an unbelievale year himself. We had a great battle and it’s because of him, a guy like him I feel I have become a better player as well. He could very well be here as well tonight standing here with this award. He’s an incredible player, incredible friend, incredible athlete. So just like to give a shoutout to him,” Federer said after receiving the award.Federer and Nadal have been on-court rivals for a decade now but the off-court friendship is as famous as their tennis battles. In the inaugural Laver Cup last year, Nadal and Federer also teamed up to play a men’s doubles match for Team Europe and won the match.advertisementFederer won his fifth and sixth Laureus statuettes to become the most decorated winner in the awards’ history.”I’d like to thank all my coaches for giving me the chance to be here tonight, from the junior days to all the way tonight. It’s an absolute privilege to take this award from the Laureus Academy.”I still feel I got injected with a lot of young injury through my injury actually and my four kids, who I love so much and can’t thank enough for making life on tours so fun really. My wife, my parents, they are amazing.”Another tennis player, Serena Williams of the US, won the Sportswoman of the Year Award following her 23rd Grand Slam title at Australian Open 2017.With five Laureus statuettes in hand, Williams, is now the most decorated female Laureus Awards winner.Italian football legend Francesco Totti received the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award for his 22-year contribution to Roma.He also joined Wales manager Ryan Giggs as the newest members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
OnePlus 5T is a little over three months old now, and despite its relative new-ness, it’s almost time for its cycle to end. With rumours of the next OnePlus picking up, it looks like we’re just a couple of months away from its launch. OnePlus still hasn’t confirmed the existence of the phone or its name, but even money says it could be called the OnePlus 6. The smartphone is expected to bring a new look and pack updated hardware compared to the OnePlus 5T.There have been a few rumours regarding the OnePlus 6 doing the rounds. Most notable of them being that the smartphone could sport a display notch much like the iPhone X and a bunch of other Android smartphones since. Other than that, the OnePlus 6 will pack in some hardware to keep the phone on the same playing field as other flagship smartphones this year. Since we still have a few months to go, some these rumours are still sketchy and should be taken with a pinch of salt. So here’s what we know so far.– The OnePlus 5T sports an 18:9 display, and the OnePlus 6 is expected to push the display wider. With notches unexpectedly becoming the new trend in the Android world, the OnePlus 6 is also expected to sport an iPhone X-like notch as per recent leaked images. This will likely allow for a wider 19:9 aspect ratio.– With Google’s upcoming Android P being redesigned to support the notch, Android OEMs like OnePlus will be keen on introducing the forehead. The biggest hint of the OnePlus 6 getting the notch comes courtesy the Oppo R15, which was recently launched with a notch as well. Since the OnePlus 5 shares design traits similar to the Oppo R11, one assumes the OnePlus 6 will also borrow some of the design cues from the R15 .advertisement– The notch has not been met with widespread acceptance. OnePlus, which is known for listening to its consumers needs, may launch a very divise phone with the OnePlus 6. This is perhaps why the company will look to balance things out by retaining the headphone jack.– OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei last week conducted a poll, asking users to vote whether they like the headphone jack or not. Much like the poll conducted in 2016 and last year, the results were largely in favour of the headphone jack, which suggests that the OnePlus 6 will come with the port.– You can also expect a dual rear camera and a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the upcoming OnePlus 6. Based on the leaked images so far, the rear cameras will be placed vertically on the centre above the fingerprint sensor rather than on the top left corner as seen on the OnePlus 5/5T. But you should take these early leaked images with a pinch of salt.– Not much is known about the camera configuration on the OnePlus 6, but the company will be expected to make some improvements over the dual rear camera setup on the OnePlus 5T. The cameras on the 5T have been lauded for produces good low-light shots, but there have been some issues regarding lack of detail and oil painting effects in some conditions, which OnePlus will look to iron out with the next flagship.– Like most flagship smartphones this year, the OnePlus 6 is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. You can also expect 6GB and 8GB of RAM options much like the OnePlus 5T with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage, respectively.ALSO READ: OnePlus 5T after three months: Android Oreo makes it a better flagship phone– If recent AnTuTu benchmarks are anything to go by, the OnePlus 6 will be a powerhouse performer. The smartphone scored around 2,76,510 in AnTuTu, beating every other Android smartphone currently in the market. Benchmarks don’t reveal the entire picture, but it does give us an idea as to what the SD845 chip will offer.– The upcoming OnePlus smartphone is expected to run close to stock Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. You can also expect Dash Charge and dual-SIM support as well.– Sources close to XDA-Developers last week claimed that the OnePlus 6 will be the first for the company to offer Cat.16 Gigabit LTE connectivity, which means it will be the fastest OnePlus device in terms of data throughput.– OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau confirmed earlier that the next OnePlus flagship will launch in Q2 2018, suggesting that we could see a launch before the end of June.
Shillong, Mar 25 (PTI) Bembem Devi, the face of Indian womens football for the past couple of decades, today said Eastern Sporting Unions performances will speak for themselves as the defending champions look to take home the crown that they earned last year when the Hero Indian Womens League gets underway here tomorrow. ?We are the defending champions and our aim is to take back home what we earned last year,” said Bembem, who coaches Eastern Sporting Union. ?Being the defending champions, there is always an added pressure on you. The weight of expectations can be overwhelming. But if we as a team are not confident enough in our abilities then there is no point in taking the field. ?There is absolutely no alternative to not believing in yourself and playing like champions,” she added. Bembem said they are not waiting on their past laurels. ?Well some of the players played at the Senior NFC and they learnt that you cant take anything for granted in football. This year we have brought in a few players and are not just resting on our previous achievements. ?Just wait for us to take the field and our performances will speak for themselves.? The IWL had seen a reach of 8.8 million on Facebook last year, even the Qualifiers for Season 2 in Kohlapur had generated sizeable interest. Bembem said: ?The interest in Womens Football and football in general is growing in India. And if we can showcase good football, this interest will grow even further.advertisement ?It would be even better if existing teams in the top tiers take interest in having their own Womens team. I want to thank Gokulam Kerala FC from the bottom of my heart for taking active interest in the womens game,? the Arjuna Award winner added. The IWL was held in Delhi last year and this time it finds home in Shillong in the North East and Bembem is excited about it. ?We all know how passionate the North East is about football. We can expect good crowds to come in and support us?, said the hopeful Coach. Recent times have seen new power centres come up with Tamil Nadu winning the Senior Womens National Football Championship and Chandigarh coming on top in the Sub-Junior Girls National Football Championship. Both times, it was Manipur who came up short. ?It is actually good that new teams are winning at the national level. It shows how the game is spreading in different parts of the country,? Bembem said. ?I want to congratulate Tamil Nadu for the super display in Cuttack and also the AIFF for the work they have done at the grassroot level across the country.? PTI ATK ATK
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Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have set up a blockbuster women’s singles final after winning their respective semi-finals on the last day of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Kidambi Srikanth will also take on Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final tomorrow.Other than that, India will be involved in six medal matches overall on the last day of the event.(Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 10: Medals Tally)On Day 10, Satish Kumar bagged India’s last medal on Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games when he got a Silver after losing to England’s Frazer Clarke in the men’s +91kg boxing final.His Silver helped India finish with 59 medals on the penultimate day of CWG 2018 — 25 Gold, 16 Silver and 18 Bronze.India are now third in the medals tally. Australia are on top of the table 72 Gold, 55 Silver and 57 Bronze while England are second with 40 Gold, 38 Silver and 41 Bronze.(CWG 2018: India win 17 medals including 8 Gold on penultimate day)Before Satish, Vikas Krishan clinched India’s 25 Gold medal in the Men’s 75kg category beating Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue of Cameroon.Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty clinched Bronze in the Men’s Doubles, defeating Singapore’s Yew En Koen Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh 11-5 11-6 12-10.Manika Batra won a historic Gold in women’s singles table tennis after defeating Singapore’s Mengyu Yu 4-0. Her Gold is the first ever for an Indian woman in women’s singles.Mary Kom bagged Gold in women’s boxing after beating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final. Gaurav Solanki also won Gold while Amit and Manish Kaushik settled for Silver.advertisementShooter Sanjeev Rajput set a new Games record and won Gold in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions.Neeraj Chopra bagged Gold in the men’s Javelin Throw. Chopra threw 86.47 metre for his season’s best attempt. Vipin Kashana finished 5th.Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sumit won gold medals in women’s Freestyle 50kg Nordic and men’s Freestyle 125kg Nordic, respectively. On the other hand, Sakshi Malik and Somveer won Bronze in women’s Freestyle 62kg Nordic and men’s freestyle 86kg categories, respectively.Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran settled for silver after they lost 2-3 (5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11) in the men’s doubles final to England’s Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall.India’s mixed doubles pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra will play Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das for bronze medal after losing in the semi-finals. Sathiyan and Manika lost to England’s Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho in a thrilling match.Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das had earlier suffered defeat to Gao Ning and Yu Mengyu of Singapore.India’s Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will play for gold medal after reaching the men’s doubles final.Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy won a Bronze in women’s doubles after they beat Australian pair of Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville. HS Prannoy lost to England’s Rajiv Ouseph in the bronze medal match.Following is India’s schedule on Day 11 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast:BADMINTON:Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu: Women’s Singles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (TBD)Srikanth Kidambi vs Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia): Men’s Singles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (TBD)India (Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrashekhar Reddy) vs England (Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge): Men’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCHSQUASH:India (Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal) vs New Zealand (Joelle Kings, Amanda Landers-Murphy): Women’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (07.30 IST)TABLE TENNIS:India (Mouma Das, Achanta Sharath Kamal) vs India (Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran): Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal match (05.00 IST)Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Samuel Walker (England): Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match (07.00 IST)
Rajasthan Royals will look to continue their winning run when they taken on Kolkata Knight Riders at home in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday. On the other hand, Kolkata have the opportunity to move to the top position in the league table with a win.After losing the season opener Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royals have turned it around with back-to-back wins. They beat Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs in a rain-truncated encounter and then travelled away to post a convincing 19-run victory over star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore.The undisputed star of the game was Sanju Samson who hit a blistering 45-ball 92 and Royals would expect him to fire again. They were able to iron out few of their flaws. Royals’ batting clicked with Samson leading the charge and skipper Ajinkya Rahane too making a useful contribution. Their bowling too could sustain the pressure of onslaught by big hitters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. If Kolkata Knight Riders win, they will go on top of the points table. (BCCI)Kolkata began their campaign with a big win against RCB but then lost two games on trot against Chennai Super Kings and SRH. They pulled their campaign back on track with a comprehensive 71-run win gainst DD.The star of the match were Nitish Rana and Nitish Rana, besides them, KKR also boast match winners like Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik. Eventhough RR are playing at home, they will be wary of KKR’s firepower and depth.advertisementTheir bowling too has the right balance with the deceptive Narine, the current purple cap holder in the tournament. Wily old horse Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav are capable of weaving a web around any batting side.Pacer Shivam Mavi, who rose to stardom during the recent U-19 World Cup, and Russell provide the medium pace variety to KKR. However, the tight schedule of the tournament has left KKR so drained that they have preferred to rest today instead of holding a practice session.The pink city, after a two and half hour rain interruption in the previous match, is under a dry and hot spell. The wicket here is a sporting one but a little bit of dryness would help the KKR spin department.Squads:Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C and WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran.
A day before Supreme Court’s hearing on implementation of constitutional reforms, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Thursday informed that 12 out of the 37 state units (including North Eastern States) have submitted a common four-point suggestion to amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium.During the last SC hearing on May 1, the three-member bench headed by CJI Deepak Mishra had instructed all the affiliated units of BCCI to file their suggestions with regards to clauses which they are finding practically difficult to implement.Accordingly, 12 affiliated units — Andhra, Assam, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Railways, Tripura, Universities, Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha — have submitted their suggestions to the amicus curiae and they have reached a common ground.”The four points that the affiliated units want to be reconsidered are – one state one vote’, cooling-off period (after every three years), constitution of apex council, distribution of power and functions between elected representatives and professionals,” Choudhary told at hurriedly organised media conference.Contrary to perceptions that he did not show enough will to implement the reforms, Choudhary said that he has been constantly working with the state associations to reach a common ground.”I made an initiative to get in touch with state associations to work further. As many as 12 full members have come around to that view. Their agreement to the subject is in writing. They have also said in their letter of agreement that the matter may finally be brought to the notice of SC.”On May 1, the court itself directed any further suggestions be handed over to amicus curiae. I made sure my suggestions reached the amicus curiae.”advertisementThe acting secretary Choudhary’s media briefing today was even more significant as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in its seventh status report had sought his removal along with two of his colleagues — acting president CK Khanna and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry.Interestingly, though, in an earlier status report (fourth), CoA had praised the former Jharkhand top cop for trying to bring the units around in incorporating the Lodha reforms in the new constitution.Asked as to why the CoA termed him a hindrance, Choudhary said: “The hindrance that you are talking about is non-existent. Had there been a hindrance on my part, I wouldn’t have been able to bring to you written commitment (of implementation of Lodha reforms) of 12 members. Majority in the board will go with this template.”Choudhary today made it clear that he has done his bit in trying to ensure that affiliated units implement all reforms which are practicable.”This process of reforms has been on from January 2017. The court had asked the office bearers (president, secretary and treasurer) to place an undertaking, stating their complete commitment (in implementing Lodha Reforms) within four weeks. All the three of us gave our undertaking in black and white,” Choudhary said.”After the general body meetings of BCCI, the SC also desired that the office-bearers put their suggestions on the draft constitution on record. We put our suggestions on record. I did so on October 12, 2017, and that is still awaiting adjudication.”Choudhary also explained some of the practical difficulties including that of a cooling off period of three years after every term as an office bearer.”If you look at the suggestion of cooling off period after every term, then you will have new faces after every three years and there will be no continuity,” he said.One of the massive bone of contentions is the distribution of powers between professional appointees (CEO, CFO) and elected office bearers. With CEO Rahul Johri being entrusted with the power to take all policy decisions, the office bearers under CoA regime have been rendered ineffective.”There are many aspects which require approvals on important issues which may impact the finances and the policies of the board, which is what the scheme suggests. There has to be some provisions about the decisions that will be taken by professional appointees.”About the formation of apex council, Choudhary said,”The apex council has provision for only one member representative from state units. India being such a huge country geographically, we have suggested that if at least one representative from each of the six zones (including North East) are included in it.”On suggestions of going back to national panel of five selectors from the present three, Choudhary said: “Yes, there is a suggestion considering the number of matches being played but if you see, we are doing fine with three,” he concluded.(With PTI inputs)
Mini has launched the 2018 Cooper facelift in the Indian market with prices starting at Rs 29.70 lakh to Rs 37.10 lakh, depending on body style and engine on offer. Mini had revealed the facelifted Cooper model at its international debut in January this year.Similar to the previous model, the 2018 Cooper is available in three-door, five-door and convertible body styles. The three-door Cooper can be availed in both petrol and diesel variants. The five-door variant is only available in diesel, while the convertible only gets the petrol model.On the design part, the facelifted Cooper now gets front and rear LED lights as standard, with matrix LED high beams offered as an option. On the rear, the LED headlamps feature a unique Union Jack design, which was first seen on the 2017 Mini Electric Concept. There are three exterior colours – Emerald Grey metallic, Starlit Blue metallic, and Solaris Orange metallic. Also, the petrol models get an optional exterior piano-black finish instead of chrome around the headlights, tail-lights, and radiator grille.On the interior, the facelift now gets a new three-spoke steering wheel which also gets multi-function buttons, sports seats, brown leather upholstery and piano black finish on the doors and centre console. The Cooper gets an optional sunroof, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and Mini Wired Pack which includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, Mini’s connected apps, wireless charging, two USB ports and an added 20Gb of internal storage and compatibility for Apple CarPlay with a 360W Harmon Kardon 12-speaker system and an eight-channel amplifier.advertisementThe new Mini Cooper is powered by the same earlier 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine found on the Cooper S, belting out 192bhp and 280Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which can be availed with the addition of steering-mounted paddleshifters. The diesel variant is powered by the earlier 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, turbo-cylinder which makes 114bhp and 270Nm of torque. The transmission is unchanged and is the same as the earlier one, a 6-speed automatic transmission.The engines also get three driving modes – Standard, Green, and Sport. In the safety side, all the models get dual-front airbags, brake assist, three-point safety seat belts, stability control, crash sensor, ABS, Cornering brake Control and run-flat tyres.
\R Buenos Aires, June 30 (AFP) Argentine legend Diego Maradona is a controversial idol, worshipped as a god for his World Cup-winning exploits but whose life of excess has left a tormented public back home torn between veneration and derision. The 57-year-old hit the headlines in Russia this week when he was filmed making two-handed middle-finger gestures to fans during Argentina’s narrow win over Nigeria in their final World Cup pool game. How to take his attention-grabbing outbursts is a recurring theme back home in Argentina. “He thinks that the love that Argentines lavish on him is so great that when he behaves badly we’ll look the other way,” said 55-year-old businessman Bruno Sollner. Daniel Carballo, 56, agreed that Maradona “is not an example, at least not for me and most of my friends and my family, no.” “There are things that are not acceptable, but well, he’s like that,” Carballo added. Other South Americans tend to perceive Argentines as arrogant, and Maradona’s cockiness and public anguish seem to personify a nation’s suffering at its team’s stuttering performance in Russia. “He is arrogant, he gets out of control because of arrogance,” said Sollner. Maradona got adoration for his goals against England in the 1986 World Cup, both the cheat goal he scored with his hand — he called it the “Hand of God” — and another, when he danced past five English players to score what is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest goals of all time. In Buenos Aires that day, he became a god. It was almost as if he had avenged with a football Argentina’s painful defeat in the Falklands War against Britain four years earlier.advertisement – Idol of a new generation – ============================ Irreverent, charismatic and provocative, Maradona remains an idol in Argentina, even for a generation too young to have seen him play, when his name became synonymous with footballing genius. Paula Garcia Paz, a teacher, was six when Maradona lifted the World Cup in 1986. “I’ll never forget it, that goal against England is something so memorable for Argentines,” she said. Sollner said “we love him because he has stood up to the powerful, because on the pitch he never gave up, and you can see how much defeat hurts him. “That devotion for a soccer fan is vital, it’s called sweating for the shirt,” he added. The antics at the World Cup have been amusing and disturbing by turns, but for Argentines a distracting sideshow to the main event on the pitch. Carried out of his seat in the VIP box after the match, he was forced to deny rumors he had been hospitalized, saying the next day that he was “very alive.” “In Russia he’s caused a stir, he’s a guy who retired decades ago and who won things 30 years ago, but if he sneezes. we’re all on tenterhooks, waiting. That’s unique. That’s Maradona,” said Sollner. – Diego, to the Nth degree – ============================ Those who know Maradona describe him as having an explosive personality while keeping his feet on the ground, despite having reached a sporting Olympus. “Diego was a kid in the slum, with a kite, on which he wrote the name Maradona. He started to run and the kite took flight, but he stayed on the ground,” is how biographer Guillermo Blanco puts it. Blanco said Maradona “just like everyone else has goodness, badness, ego, solidarity… but when he does something, he’s unlike others who are considered ‘balanced.’ He does it to the Nth degree.” Angry with his daughters, in a legal battle with his ex-wife, scammed by a relative or banned for doping at the 1994 World Cup, Maradona’s turbulent front-page life makes him a figure of pity for many Argentines, particularly the middle class. They still deride him for flaunting his friendships with late leftist leaders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. He insists he no longer takes cocaine, a habit that began in his heyday with Italian team Napoli, but his behavior during the Nigeria match has given rise to some concern. “He needs to continue getting attention like in former times, but by giving an even worse example,” said Laura Orsi. “He is an icon of another time, but he erased all the glory with his behaviour: drugs, alcohol and fame went to his head,” said the 56-year-old systems analyst. – More than Messi – =================== There are inevitable comparisons between Maradona and Lionel Messi, but until the younger man wins a World Cup, Maradona remains a cut above for most Argentines.advertisement “Messi is a phenomenon, but the world of football, until now, has not seen a player like Maradona,” his old teammate Claudia Caniggia said recently. Another contemporary, Julio Olarticoechea, agreed: “Seeing him, not only in games, but in training, was something else. Diego was magic. That’s the word.” “Messi still hasn’t managed to give us the happiness Diego did,” said Garcia Paz, the teacher. “He thought he was a god and made many mistakes, but I know that the day he leaves this world, Argentina will be paralyzed.” (AFP) AHAH
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of lifting the World Cup came to an unfortunate end on Saturday as his team lost 2-1 in the round of 16 against Uruguay in Sochi.The superstar footballer, who scored four goals in the tournament, failed to find the back of the net in the decisive game as Edinson Cavani’s brace saw Uruguay reach the quarterfinals where they will meet France.Ronaldo however, is proud of the way his team played in the World Cup and feels that his team should leave Russia with their heads held high.World Cup 2018: Edinson Cavani brace sends Ronaldo’s Portugal crashing out”We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-final. I think we played a good game and maybe we deserved more, but in football, the ones that score the most goals win and they scored two, so congratulations,” Marca.com quoted Ronaldo, as saying.Not a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exit”We leave with our heads held high. As the captain of Portugal, I know how hard we have worked and we must be proud of the team,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dreamThe Real Madrid playmaker further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future.World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow out”We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things,” he said.advertisement”This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united. I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength,” he added.World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo’s class act in defeat wins heartsCavani scored in the seventh minute and then again in the 62nd minute to seal victory for the South Americans.It was a dream start to the match for Uruguay. Luis Suarez produced a pinpoint cross from the left and Cavani evaded the Portugal defence to power home a header at the far post.World Cup 2018: Coach Oscar Tabarez hails Uruguay’s mental strengthPepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.Ronaldo could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.Earlier, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the “greatest of all time.”There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.Uruguay will play France on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Ahead of COP17 in Durban, WRI and UNEP, with the support of the Government of Ireland, released an analysis that seeks to answer this question. The paper reviews proposals from governments, academics, and NGOs on the design of the “climate regime” – the set of institutions at the international, national, and sub-national level involved in addressing climate change. While we did not endorse or rank proposals, we reviewed them based on the criteria of adequacy, equity, and implementation.WRI and UNEP hosted two initial events in Dublin and Washington D.C. to discuss how to turn some of these ideas into action.A recurring theme among the panelists’ presentations was that despite important advances, pledges put forward by Parties to the UNFCCC to date remain insufficient to ensure the worst effects of climate change are avoided.Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community, and Local Government for the government of Ireland, reaffirmed that there is no real alternative to the UNFCCC process, but that Parties have thus far failed to invest the ambition that is required in their pledges under the Convention. Nick Nuttall, spokesperson for UNEP, argued that the time has come for an “all hands on deck” approach, and that the paper provides an excellent overview of the rich landscape of ideas inside and outside of the UNFCCC that can provide pathways to boost such ambition globally. Professor John Sweeney from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, highlighted the importance of the paper in outlining alternative trajectories and complementary pathways that can be leveraged to encourage international climate mitigation.In Washington, D.C., Amy Fraenkel, Director, UNEP Regional Office for North America, spoke of the need for countries to consider all options available, and drew particular attention to the advances that can be made sub-nationally at the city or state level, where well-planned climate policies can benefit the economy, citizen livelihood, and public well-being. Jennifer Morgan, the Director of WRI’s Climate and Energy Program noted that two visions of the climate regime were in opposition and that the decisions in Durban would likely determine the future of the regime and lead us either towards a top-down or a bottom-up system. Maria del Socorro Flores Liera (from the Government of Mexico but speaking in her personal capacity) drew upon her extensive experience with the UNFCCC process to address the harsh political realities that go hand-in-hand with the negotiations. She pointed out that climate change is more than an environmental problem, and requires the cooperation of a diverse range of actors across economic interests. Despite difficult political realities, she noted that there appears to be change happening on the ground and that countries were developing and implementing concrete actions.During the discussion, participants discussed ways to catalyze the action that is happening on the ground, for example by helping people and governments realize that the costs of inaction outweigh those of immediate and ambitious climate policy implementation.In sum, many institutions and actors can play a part in the broader climate regime. The proposals reviewed in the paper show that we can take an all-hands-on-deck approach in which the UNFCCC and other actors work in tandem based on their respective strengths. We need to move the conversation from ‘we are not doing enough’ to ‘how can we do more collectively’. These options take us one step closer, and negotiators in Durban can begin to consider and act upon them.Options identified in the reviewOptions under the UNFCCC to Increase Ambition: Within the UNFCCC, new approaches could involve reducing the emissions of additional greenhouse gases, including additional sectors, and strengthening accounting rules for emissions and emission reductions. Utilizing tools within the UNFCCC can be beneficial because they minimize duplication and implementation costs while facilitating trust-building. However, other complementary options should also be considered.Options outside the UNFCCC to Increase Ambition: Beyond the UNFCCC process, approaches include multilateral, plurilateral, bilateral, and domestic strategies. These approaches could mobilize actors around shared interests like development, trade, human rights, and energy or food security. While new strategies can generate greater ambition, care should be taken not to undermine existing processes or create inefficiencies.Sharing the Mitigation Effort Under the UNFCCC: Various proposals could be used to allocate responsibility to bridge the gap between the current level of effort to reduce GHG emissions and the scientific recommendations. Possible approaches include dividing mitigation efforts based on countries’ capacity or based on countries’ contribution to the problem. Setting a global carbon budget would help ensure that the climate regime meets the adequacy standard, but it could be difficult to implement new allocations for emission obligations.The Role of Various Actors in Tracking Country Performance on Mitigation: Monitoring progress made by countries individually and in aggregate is an essential function of the climate regime. Harmonized accounting, reporting, and verification standards are fundamental to track such progress. Two options are to use tools within the UNFCCC or outside the UNFCCC. The paper discusses both options in detail.The Legal Form of a Future Climate Agreement: The issue of legally binding commitments is central to the debates ahead of Durban. The paper presents multiple options for climate negotiators: to proceed without new, legally-binding commitments; to commit to achieving new, legally-binding commitments immediately; or to strengthen the components of legal character over time to achieve new, legally-binding commitments as soon as possible. Join us for the launch of Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches in DurbanWHEN: Friday, Dec 9, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm WHERE: EU Pavilion WHAT: Launch at COP-17 in DurbanThe launch will focus in particular on two of the issues reviewed in the paper: options to increase ambition and the legal form of the climate agreement.Noel Casserly, Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Government of IrelandKaveh Zahedi, United Nations Environment ProgrammeJennifer Morgan, World Resources InstituteRemi Moncel, World Resources InstituteSrinivas Krishnaswamy, Vasudha Foundation IndiaJohn Sweeney, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (invited)Snacks and refreshments availableFor more information, contact Remi Moncel ([email protected]) or Kaveh Zahedi ([email protected]) This post was written in collaboration with Kevin McCall.Despite the urgency of the climate challenge, emissions are still on the rise, and countries’ pledges to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions still fall short, in aggregate, of what science suggests is necessary.So what more can we do to bridge this ambition gap?
A Lyons, Nebraska man has been sentenced for defrauding banks in Iowa and Nebraska.U.S. District Court records say 32-year-old Joshua Huffman was given three months behind bars and five years of supervised release.He also was told at an Omaha hearing to pay restitution to Washington County Bank in Blair and United Bank of Iowa in Ida Grove.Prosecutors say Huffman gave false and fraudulent financial statements to the banks to obtain loans for his farming operation from December 2014 through May 2015.He defaulted on the loans, so United Bank of Iowa suffered a loss of about $320,000, and Washington County Bank suffered a loss of almost $14,000.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! https://twitter.com/bteague12/status/383964142492598275Todays unis. #okstate pic.twitter.com/2Mcjb1KFp5— Oklahoman Photo Dept (@NewsOKPhoto) September 28, 2013I have to admit, at first I didn’t like it very much — it looks plastic-y, almost like they got it at Toys-R-Us — but from far away on the white jersey and black pants, it looks solid.I love the stripe down the middle and the black face mask.Also, this…not sure why we’re pumping Phantom Pete so hard.https://twitter.com/okc_dave/status/383968526165237761They should have looked like this…Here’s what the new #okstate helmet should have been – pic.twitter.com/SHJE3rp5Tx— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 28, 2013
Kendall Hunter – 20071076966.54101371 RB – YearCarriesYardsAVGTDsReceptionsRec YdsRec TD Jeff Carr – 2015361423.9111242 Herschel Sims – 2011312427.821-1– Michael Roberts – 200815422.80––– With the news that Justice Hill could legitimately start coming out recently, we have been thinking a lot about how this running back situation is going to play out this season. Apparently a lot of you have as well. Reader Jon Jester sent me a terrific email breaking down all the freshman RBs who have played in recent memory. Here’s his email with commentary and a pretty chart.You guys keep the great emails coming!I promise I think about more than just the RB mayhem in Stillwater, but i found some stats on former freshman RBs at OSU in recent years and felt like I would pass them on. I guess our ultimate question is: Where will Justice Hill fit into this a year from now? Corey Bennett – 201212917.61––– Keith Toston – 20061066316.0610922 Caleb Muncrief – 201214574.11––– Rennie Childs – 2013411894.614490 Jeremy Smith – 20091516010.71––– Desmond Roland – 201117955.60––– *Ed. note: Chart has been updated to reflect the fact that Dantrell Savage and Beau Johnson were not freshmen. I have added in Herschel Sims and Caleb Muncrief. Apologies for the mistake earlier. You can check it against all the RBs from the Mike Gundy era here.A few thoughts on this.• Can you imagine a freshman and a juco transfer getting 100+ carries in the same season like what happened in 2006 with Toston and Savage? Holy smokes, OSU has come a long way in just a decade.• I’ve thought following their freshman years, respectively, that Carr and Childs had great years as freshman, and then I look at what Hunter/Toston/Randle did and I get all nostalgic about feeling what that was like to have a freshman have a season like that and know that we have three more years of that dude running the football for us.• Modern day OSU RBs have to wait for their shot behind the older guys which can be a good thing because it shows progression from guys that have been in the system (right?)• Joe Randle with almost equal totals of rushing and receiving yards, but he had 50 less receptions than carries. HB slip screen in its heyday.• Jeff Carr got in the end zone the most as a freshman RB since… Joe Randle.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Joe Aska – 2011362.00––– Julius Crosslin – 200417714.212260 Joseph Randle – 2010824525.52374271
Warning: This won’t be pretty. After diving into the drive charts of Oklahoma State’s first three games, this one will look more like the first college english paper I turned in. Marred with red ink and not worth re-reading.OSU Drive ChartThose first six drives are … not good. Also, I was speaking metaphorically about the red ink, but this chart proves that it was literal as well. Three interceptions in the second half when you’re trying to overtake one of the better defenses in the league is not going to get it done.OSU’s Pertinent NumbersPoints per drive (offense): 2.58Points per drive (defense): 3.38Yards per play: 6.8Third-down conversions: 7/14 (50%)Average starting field position: own 26-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 4/4Points off turnovers: 0Time of possession: 20:56Gundy said after the game that they normally don’t care much about time of possession, but it did matter on Saturday since TCU ran 85 plays. OSU didn’t force a three and out until 7:25 left in the game. Interestingly, TCU’s last four drives were all three plays. Unfortunately, one of them ended with a touchdown.People will point to the defense, and 3.38 points per drive given up is not good. But 2.58 points per drive on offense is also far below what the Pokes should be averaging against TCU.Lastly, OSU usually does a great job on special teams and gains an advantage in average starting field position. This week? Not so much.Now let’s look at TCU’s drive charts.TCU Drive ChartIn its first eight real drives, TCU scored seven times and had one turnover. You’re not going to beat Texas Hindu University if that’s what you’re doing on defense. Look at those drives, too. Twelve plays to start, then 14, then seven, then nine. That’s 42 plays halfway through the second quarter. Oklahoma State could up its scholarship ratio to 60-25 in favor of the defense, and you still wouldn’t be able to keep enough guys fresh.Pitt’s Pertinent NumbersPoints per drive (offense): 3.38Points per drive (defense): 2.58Yards per play: 5.5Third-down conversions: 11/19 (58%)Average starting field position: own 33-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 6/6Points off turnovers: 14Time of possession: 39:04There is a lot going on here. The points off turnovers pops. So do the third-down conversions. So does the average starting field position as well as the time of possession. The bigger question than “how did OSU get torched at home by a 2-TD dog,” as I look at the numbers, is “how were they within one possession with three minutes left in the game?”I was pretty critical of Kenny Hill in my 10 Thoughts, and I still don’t think he’s a very good college QB. But hats off to him for lighting up an OSU defense that seemed to be asking for somebody to light it up. OSU has to be better with its pass rush if they want to be competitive in the Big 12.“They do a good job of spreading you out to create seams,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “But it’s stuff we face against our guys all the time. I think you’re going to find probably that it was a missed tackle here or there. I know a couple times a D-lineman gets out of his gap. We didn’t play disciplined today.“We as coaches, and me specifically, have to say, ‘hey we all own this, and we’re all going to get a chance next week to get a lot better.’”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
UEFA Champions League Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Chelsea Atlético Madrid The reigning Premier League champions will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run in the Spanish capital, but face a stern test of their credentials Chelsea will return to European action on Wednesday when they face La Liga heavyweights Atletico Madrid in the first Champions League game to be played at Wanda Metropolitano.The Blues cruised to a 6-0 victory over Qarabag in their opening fixture but are likely to find the going a little tougher on Spanish soil as they seek to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions.Atletico were held 1-1 by Roma in their first continental outing of the campaign so will be looking to kick-start their bid for a top-two finish in Group C. 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. Game Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, September 27 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2, as well as being available to stream live on the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, viewers can watch the game live on television on FOX Sports Net and it will also be available to stream online using FOX Sports GO or the FOX Soccer Match Pass. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports Net FOX Sports GO / Match Pass SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Atletico Madrid players Goalkeepers Oblak, Moya Defenders Godin, Luis, Savic, Lucas, Juanfran, Gimenez Midfielders Parteey, Koke, Saul, Carrasco, Gabi, Gaitan Forwards Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Vietto Juanfran and Diego Godin were rested for a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the weekend, but should come back into Diego Simeone’s side.Thomas Partey is also pushing for a recall to the starting XI and could replace Yannick Carrasco, who was among the goals on Saturday.Fernando Torres and Filipe Luis will both be hoping to see minutes against their former club.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis; Saul, Gabi, Partey, Koke; Griezmann, Vietto. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Clarke-Salter Midfielders Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Scott Forwards Morata, Batshuayi Thibaut Courtois has been cleared to face his former loan club after landing heavily during a Premier League victory over Stoke on Saturday.David Luiz is serving a domestic ban and nursing a broken wrist, but he could figure alongside Gary Cahill as Danny Drinkwater is the only Blues star definitely ruled out.Eden Hazard is likely to be handed a starting berth after being eased back into the fold following his return from injury.Potential starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Hazard, Pedro, Morata.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Chelsea are 13/5 outsiders to emerge victorious on Spanish soil, according to dabblebet, with hosts Atletico Madrid rated at 11/10 to claim all three points. A draw is priced at 11/5.In-form Alvaro Morata is the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard 15/2 and Pedro 10/1. Unsurprisingly, Atletico star Antoine Griezmann heads the overall market at 10/3, with former Blues striker Fernando Torres available at 5/1.Click here to see all the available markets and related odds for the game.GAME PREVIEW After opening the defence of their Premier League title with a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley, Chelsea have got themselves firmly back on track at home and abroad.In their seven outings since that surprise setback, Antonio Conte’s side have collected six victories – with a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal in the Premier League the only blot on their copybook.They marked their return to Champions League competition with a resounding six-goal mauling of Qarabag, with five-goal and four-goal showings taken in on a domestic stage since then (against Nottingham Forest and Stoke City).The Blues have players performing at the peak of their powers, with Alvaro Morata grabbing a hat-trick against Stoke on Saturday to take him onto six goals from just seven appearances this season.He has helped to fill the void created by the absence of Diego Costa, with the Blues’ top marksman from 2016-17 likely to be in attendance at Wanda Metropolitano after finally getting his wish and seeing a £57 million return to Atletico sanctioned.
Arsenal ‘It feels like a different team’ – Wenger claims Arsenal are more united since Liverpool loss Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 08:42 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Gunners have come together after the transfer window shut, much to the delight of their manager Manager Arsene Wenger said Arsenal are more united since the transfer window closed at the start of September as the Londoners look to extend their unbeaten streak to four matches.It was a turbulent time for Arsenal before the transfer window shut following a 4-0 rout at Premier League rivals Liverpool amid uncertainty over Alexis Sanchez’s future.Brighton 11/1 to beat Arsenal 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. Sanchez was tipped to join Manchester City but the Chilean star stayed at the Emirates Stadium, though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs moved on.”It feels like a different team. You see the way we play football,” Wenger said ahead of Sunday’s hosting of Brighton and Hove Albion.”You need to have a united group to do that. The weight of the transfer market was much heavier than internationals.”I put [our improvement] down to the fact that we realised what we produced was not good enough. But that was a special day for us: it was just before the transfer window closed and just before an international break.”Overall we stayed united and responded on the pitch.”Arsenal are seventh in the standings, nine points adrift of City and Manchester United.
U17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: What is USMNT Under-17’s weakness which India can target? Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 05:27 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Bregman U17 World Cup India U17 v United States U17 India U17 United States U17 Goal looks at the probable chinks in the armour of the USMNT Under-17 team who shall face India on Friday… India face the USA test on Friday in their opening Group A game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.USA coach John Hackworth in an exclusive interview to Goal has claimed that his side go into the game as favourites and are expected to progress into the knockout rounds of the competition.India coach Luis Norton de Matos would hope that his boys take his lessons in organization to heart and do not get jittery when they take the field for the very first time in a packed stadium. 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. There will at least be one chance coming towards India’s way or there is a possibility of someone committing a horrible error which India needs to capitalize upon. Can India make the most of the half chances?Every team in the world has certain areas which can be targeted upon. This USMNT Under-17 team is no different.Goal USA’s chief correspondent Ives Gallarcep pointed that USMNT U-17’s Achilles heel could be the central defence. The reason being that both James Sands and Chris Durkin are not centre-backs by trade.Sands is New York City FC’s first homegrown player and is a highly regarded prospect by coach Patrick Vieira. However, he is more of a right-back and defensive midfielder at the club level as opposed to being a central defender. Another point to note is that although he is very technical, he isn’t a big defender.Chris Durkin is among the taller players in the USMNT U-17 squad. He is a defensive midfielder but has been asked to operate as a central defender due to injuries. The 16-year-old is already part of D.C.United’s squad in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Although a highly regarded prospect and being scouted by several clubs in Europe, he isn’t a natural central defender.Having two players who aren’t central defenders fill in the crucial role could prove to be an area of concern for coach John Hackworth. USMNT U-17 could face problems if they come up against big strikers, something which Matos would take note of.
Milan VIDEO: Goalkeeper heads historic injury-time equaliser to devastate AC Milan and Gattuso Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Milan Serie A Benevento v Milan Benevento The Rossoneri’s first outing under their new manager ended in spectacular fashion, dropping two points as a result of a headed leveller in added time Gennaro Gattuso’s first game in charge of AC Milan ended with Benevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scoring a 95th-minute equaliser to earn the home side their first ever Serie A point.Milan winger Giacomo Bonaventura opened the scoring for Milan in the first half before the hosts struck back through George Puscas.Nikola Kalinic then restored Milan’s goal advantage with a header, capitalising on the home side’s struggle to clear the ball from a corner, but it would be the Benevento goalkeeper who had the final say. 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 Deep into the five minutes of stoppage time added onto the end of the game, a free-kick from Danilo Cataldi was met by the head of Brignoli who had been sent into the opposing penalty area to attack the set-piece.Gianluigi Donnarumma was unable to attempt a save, such was the nature of the header, leaving Benevento to steal a 2-2 draw and record their first point of the season.ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE, WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL…INJURY TIME, GOALKEEPER DIVING HEADER EQUALISERSensational drama at Benevento pic.twitter.com/3q7qVYbvYU — BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) December 3, 2017 “It’s such a strong feeling, indescribable,” Brignoli told Sky Sport Italia. “I dedicate the goal to all the fans who are living a dream that they hoped would have gone better.”They [the coaches] told me to go up, that there was nothing to lose. I went to jump, closed my eyes and dived more like a goalkeeper than a striker.”We’ve lost so many games unfairly at the end, even against Juventus. For once, after three months of sacrifice by everyone, it’s nice to be able to celebrate.”This draw is for everyone and it would be selfish to talk only about me.”Before Sunday’s meeting with Milan at Stadio Ciro Vigorito, Benevento had failed to pick up a single point from 14 league outings and sat firmly at the bottom of the Italian top flight following their promotion from Serie B last season.Prior to Brignoli’s effort, the last goalkeeper to score a goal in Serie A had been Massimo Taibi in Reggina v Udinese, in April 2001.
Share via Email There is no debate over Europe in rugby union. Everyone wants to be in and for the British teams who fail to make the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, the tournament will end in Brexit tears. The debate over exit strategies will revolve around how to get out of trouble against Saracens, who are aiming to emulate Toulon by winning the tournament for a third successive season. Mark McCall’s side start next Sunday against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, a ground where they have not lost in the Premiership since 2013, and they will arrive armed with the boost of a 55-point haul against the Saints at Twickenham last month.In the first round last season Saracens stunned Toulon with their pace, power and precision at the Stade Félix Mayol and inflicted a first home defeat in the competition on the team they had succeeded as champions the season before. For all the talk at the tournament launches about the need to win at home and pick up at least a bonus point away, Saracens have learned the value of a fast start.It has not been lost on the Premiership champions, Exeter, as they prepare for their fifth European Cup campaign. They have won their opening match only once and their record in the second round is the same. A year ago they suffered a humbling 35-8 defeat by Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park, a reverse that came in the middle of a run of five matches in all competitions without a win and proved defining.Rob Baxter, now the Chiefs’ director of rugby, says: “What I hope we have learned from previous European experiences and playing in big games in the last couple of seasons is that we have to make it about ourselves in the early rounds and play the way we play, not think we have to change something massively. 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If we had played Exeter rugby, we would have won.“In earlier times there was an element of putting the Premiership before Europe but we are now at the point where, if what we do is good enough to beat Wasps and Saracens in the Premiership play-offs, it should be pretty successful in Europe. We do not need to find a miracle off-load or chip and chase to create something. We have to do what we do and do it very well. A great marker of that are Saracens. They have an innate confidence and they are effective across competitions. We will talk about what we want to achieve in the first round and then the second. After that what will be will be.”Exeter’s first match is at home to Glasgow, the Pro14 side who, after the opening month of the season, were the only unbeaten side in Europe’s three major leagues, and their second is at Montpellier, the free-spending Top 14 leaders who have scored 182 points in their four home league matches this season.If the Champions Cup this decade has been about teams defending the title – Leinster and Saracens once and Toulon twice since Toulouse’s success in 2009-10 – teams such as Glasgow, Exeter, Montpellier and Scarlets, who have never reached the final, have been made stronger by failure in a tournament that now offers little in the way of refuge.Italy’s flag has flown at half-mast in the tournament’s 22 years but from next season the 20 contenders will be decided on league position, not nationality. As the Pro14’s two conferences stood at the start of this weekend, Zebre would qualify; they, like Treviso – who are in a group with Bath, Toulon and Scarlets – have won two of their opening five matches.The two Italian sides are made up largely of home players, with journeymen foreigners having been told to look for a pay packet elsewhere. It is part of Conor O’Shea’s revolution in the country: Treviso last month ended Richard Cockerill’s Scottish honeymoon by winning in Edinburgh and Zebre last weekend halted Ulster’s unbeaten start to the campaign. The stirrings are hardly enough to suggest European conquest but Bath would be rash to be writing out a slip for a winning bonus before they face Treviso at The Rec next Saturday, six days before a Friday night trip to Llanelli.Matt Garvey, the Bath captain, says: “We have this season won at Leicester and Wasps but lost at home to Newcastle having beaten Saracens. Consistency comes down to the mental side. It is easy getting up for Saracens and as individuals we have to prepare the same way for every game, spending hours on analysis. Against what you perceive as a lesser club, not that there are any, did you spend the same amount of time or leave it to someone else to tell you what they did? On paper you cannot compare Treviso and Toulon but the challenge for us as players is not to look at where Treviso have been recently but to remember there are no easy games and that we cannot afford to slip up on Saturday.”Bath are one of 11 former winners of the cup and one of five English clubs to prevail, along with three from France and three from Ireland. Scotland has barely made a ripple and neither has Wales since regional rugby was introduced in 2003. But, with the New Zealander Dave Rennie following Gregor Townsend at Glasgow and Scarlets flourishing under the New Zealander Wayne Pivac, the knockout stage is an attainable target, although Ospreys are struggling.If Exeter’s pool, which includes Leinster, looks the most competitive with all four teams going into the weekend in play-off positions, Saracens’ group contains the French champions, Clermont – who slumped to ninth in the Top 14 last weekend after losing at Castres – and Ospreys, who went into Saturday night’s derby against Scarlets joint bottom of their Pro14 conference, with Cardiff Blues.Europe, though, is about more than league form. It is for some a step into the unknown, new opponents and venues, although Leicester are grouped with Racing 92, the 2016 finalists who are showing signs of wear and tear, and Munster.Analysis goes only so far and so does money, with the European club with the biggest playing budget, Toulouse, in the Challenge Cup. It is, as Saracens have found and Exeter are striving for, about being who you are, not what you perceive you ought to be.Guide to the poolsPool 1 Harlequins, La Rochelle, Ulster, WaspsUlster’s winning start to the season came to an unexpected halt at Zebre last weekend but they look equipped to make more of an impact than last season when they lost their last three pool matches. La Rochelle, who finished first in the Top 14 table in 2016-17, have been in rampant form at home, putting 50 points on both Clermont Auvergne and Oyonnax. Wasps have advanced to the knockout stage for the last two years but they have started the Premiership season poorly while Harlequins continue to struggle to back up results. Table toppers Wasps Pool 2 Clermont Auvergne, Northampton, Ospreys, SaracensSaracens are looking to emulate Toulon’s feat from 2013-15 of winning the trophy three years in a row but they are grouped with the last team to defeat them in the tournament, Clermont Auvergne, and Northampton, who have rallied after being well beaten by Saracens on the opening day of the Premiership season at Twickenham. Clermont are in the bottom half of the Top 14, without a win away from home, while Ospreys are joint bottom of their Pro14 conference. Table toppers SaracensPool 3 Exeter, Glasgow, Leinster, MontpellierThe most intriguing of the groups pits the Premiership champions against Montpellier, who led the Top 14 going into this weekend; Glasgow, who headed their Pro14 conference; and Leinster, who are two points behind Scarlets in their conference and are the only one of the four with European pedigree, having won the tournament three times. Exeter have tended to start their European campaigns slowly but, in a pool where away victories will be precious, they have to start in step at home to Glasgow. Table toppers LeinsterPool 4 Castres, Leicester, Munster, Racing 92Leicester were pooled with Racing 92 and Munster last season as they lost all three away matches while scoring 16 points and conceding 114. Castres may offer some relief: in 13 European Cup campaigns they have only once reached the knockout stage and not since 2005 have they recorded more victories than defeats. Racing have declined from the side that reached the final in 2016 and won the Top 14. Munster, beaten by Saracens in last season’s semi-finals, are growing in experience. Table toppers MunsterPool 5 Bath, Scarlets, Toulon, TrevisoThe presence of an Italian side invariably means a knockout place for the team that finishes second in the group but Treviso have won at Edinburgh and at home to Ospreys this season, so Bath cannot assume they will bank five points next Saturday. Toulon are not the force they were but still rarely lose at the Stade Félix Mayol, while Bath remain fickle, losing at home to Newcastle one week and winning at Wasps the next. Scarlets, who won the Pro12 last season, play with flair and have learned how to win away. Table toppers Scarlets Share on Messenger Share on Twitter
Twitter Uefa members rail against Gianni Infantino’s plan for new Club World Cup Gianni Infantino Fifa report favours North America’s 2026 World Cup bid over ‘high risk’ Morocco Facebook Pinterest Read more If you want to update your “Where are they now?” files, you may care to know that Jeffrey Webb in fact pleaded guilty three years ago to racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies in relation to his role as a Fifa vice‑president – but has now received no fewer than six deferments of his sentencing date.The seventh attempt at judicial closure is due to take place in September, though the form book suggests you might want to avoid buying a hat until you are sure. Until then Webb remains free on bail in the United States, presumably distraught at not being able to make it back to his native Cayman Islands, where he is separately facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the government in connection with a hospital scandal.As a legacy project, meanwhile, it is just possible his anti-racism initiative was shuttered too early. “I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision but unfortunately I am not,” the task force member Osasu Obayiuwana said at the time of its demise. “The problem of racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical one, which needs continuous attention. I personally think there remained a lot of very serious work for the task force to have done – the 2018 World Cup in Russia being one such matter. But it is evident the Fifa administration takes a different position.” Gianni Infantino has promised a hardline approach to racism, while Fifa fined Russia £22,500 over abuse of France’s black players and England £16,000 over a youth player sipping an off-brand energy drink. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA Share on WhatsApp It is almost two years since Fifa wound up its anti‑racism task force, declaring it had “completely” fulfilled its mission and was therefore dissolved. That a banana should have been thrown on to a Russian pitch eight minutes into a Champions League game a mere three days after this dissolution was obviously unfortunate; that the banana should have remained there until the 15th minute arguably began to look like carelessness.Ditto news that racist and homophobic chants have become more common in Russia in the season building up to the coming World Cup, according to a joint report by the antidiscrimination network Fare and the Moscow‑based Sova Centre.As for the reasons given for the disbandment of Fifa’s anti-racism task force back in 2016, they are perhaps no more shameless than the governing body’s excuses in other departments. It is probably less embarrassing to suggest you have no more worlds of tolerance to conquer than it is to concede that the father of this particular programme is otherwise detained, in this case helping the FBI with its Fifa-related inquiries. In fact, the Fifa administration’s position was that racism would simply not happen at the forthcoming tournament. “This is a very high priority,” explained the president, Gianni Infantino, last year, “and we will make sure no incidents will happen.” How? By taking “a hardline approach”.To this end we were privileged to receive another lesson in Fifanomics recently, with news that a £22,500 fine was imposed on Russia after their fans racially abused France players during a pre-World Cup friendly – a number not exactly dwarfing the £16,000 the FA was required to shell out when an off-brand energy drink was sipped by an England player in the dugout during the Under-20 World Cup last year.What a long way we have not come since 2004, when Fifa’s fine for Spanish fans’ racist chanting during a friendly against England was precisely half the financial penalty it imposed on Cameroon for wearing the wrong kit in the Africa Cup of Nations that same year.According to a Times report this week, several England players are “dismayed” by the sliding scale of racism/energy drink-related offences, fearing it might mean a certain softness on any incidents of racism once the World Cup gets under way next week. To which the most sensible response is sadly: prepare for just this sort of disappointment. Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Topics Reuse this content Thus a timeworn performance will be staged in Russia. Every day someone from Fifa will be wheeled out to answer journalists’ inquiries about incidents that have taken place and every day the “product” – football – will happily provide the best possible distraction from things Fifa has no intention of dealing with, along with other manageable diversionary rows, such as those over VAR.Fifa cares infinitely more about things such as ambush marketing and infringement of its trademarks than it does about revenue irrelevances such as racism or homophobia. For all the slogans and all his affectations the new boss is just the same as the old boss. comment World Cup 2018 Share on Facebook Fifa Share on Pinterest The plain fact is that once these sort of mega-events are under way in host countries with questionable records on human rights or discrimination, the governing bodies are usually reminded of their place – which is to shut up, take the obscene amounts of money and run. It became embarrassing to watch the International Olympic Committee try to get through its daily press conference during the 2008 Beijing Games, its representatives squirming as they were questioned about various Olympics-related human-rights abuses, the sentencing of elderly Chinese protesters to hard labour and so on.But the governing bodies are hardly going to halt an Olympics or a World Cup. All broken promises are beyond their control – even though, of course, they knew precisely what they were signing up for when they were typically “given assurances”. Assurances, ashmurances. This stuff comes from the top and it is hardly as if Vladimir Putin is going to find racist or homophobic behaviour an embarrassment, unless he has spent years enshrining them in Russian policy by accident. Sportblog Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.
Share via Email Reuse this content World Cup Read more Twitter Topics comment Marco Materazzi’s towering header beats Fabien Barthez in Berlin. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Pinterest Facebook And to those players (and managers) who want to win the World Cup – in my opinion – they must know one rule by heart: those who do not play are more important than those who do.Each day it’s fundamental that everyone feels involved, even those who won’t be part of the starting lineup the following match. This is what it means to be a team. Italy won the World Cup in 2006 because those who played and those who didn’t were on the same level; there was never a problem, everyone was ready to sell their soul for the jersey whenever needed – it didn’t matter if you were the star player or not. Everyone, and I mean everyone.This type of spirit allows a team to get stronger; in the summer of 2006 the famous Calciopoli scandal happened. The entire public opinion, and all of the press wanted to see Fabio Cannavaro excluded for this reason. Cannavaro was our captain, and the captain is untouchable, so we defended him, respected him and we came out of it stronger.Family also plays an important role: the wives and girlfriends were all together in another hotel, like they were on a retreat. This also shows unity, it allowed us to see them always the day after a match. They didn’t go shopping, they weren’t the stereotypical Wags: they brought our kids to play at the park. This is how a group at a World Cup is formed, with things off the pitch just as important. Pinterest Facebook What next for Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup? The team must be united. That is more important than any individual sporting ability. It is fundamental for everyone to be focused on the objective, to win the World Cup, and in 2006 we were. We were also a group of friends – more than just a collection of footballers – and that helped us enormously.Nothing could get to us. We were always stronger than any obstacle. For two years we had pushed forward together with this same group of players. We knew each other so well, during training and during matches, but also on a human level. We felt very strong together. We were confident we could achieve this great dream. The entire country had. World Cup stunning moments: Italy shocked by South Korea in 2002 Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook On the pitch the athletic preparation that precedes the World Cup is fundamental. You have to arrive in good shape. You play every four days so you must be in perfect condition. After the matches there’s a light workout, then you have one or two practices at most and you return to the pitch. There’s no time off.Knowing how to manage the moments as you get closer to the big matches is fundamental: everyone lives them in their own way. I would use my PlayStation! I would be alone in my room but we also got together as a group. The day of the final Italy-France, at 5.30pm, after the afternoon snack, a few hours before the match … I was in my room on the PlayStation with Francesco Totti and Vincenzo Iaquinta – that says it all.At a World Cup you don’t have time to celebrate after each win – perhaps you can in the quarter‑finals and semi-finals – because you can only look forward and the secret is to stay focused. After we beat Germany in Dortmund we were happy but we were already thinking of France. That’s a winning mentality. Fabio Cannavaro holds the trophy aloft. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Then there’s the manager. Being brave is a fundamental attribute of a winning manager at a World Cup. Marcello Lippi, the coach of our team in 2006, was that way: he made tough decisions and that changed the matches. If you have personality and courage, then the great champions also listen to you and respect you.From the mental aspect my advice is never to get discouraged. Among the unforgettable moments for me is, of course, the goal against France in the final … but just a few minutes before, I conceded a penalty. I can still remember that disappointment today, you feel bad inside. I was just hoping Zinedine Zidane would miss it. It didn’t go that way but I told myself not to give up and destiny gifted me that unforgettable goal.The main mental image I have from my World Cup is when Gigi Riva, the former Cagliari striker, a legend of Italian football who scored 35 goals in 42 matches for the national team, told me: “Marco, I would exchange 100 goals of mine for the one you scored.” Only then did I understand the importance of what I did. There I saw the magnitude of an extraordinary group. The World Cup can be won only by a group, like that fantastic Italy team.Interview by Fabrizio Romano Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 Twitter Share on Pinterest Italy Share on Messenger Winning a World Cup is the best feeling that a footballer can experience. It is something I – and so many people – dreamed about as a child and actually to do it is an incredible emotion that stays with you for the rest of your life.Clearly winning the World Cup is not very easy. Only 20 teams have done it so far and I can count myself lucky to be among those few people in the world who have had that feeling.So, how did we do it in 2006? There are several reasons but there is one main aspect of our triumph that is absolutely key: we fought for each other in Germany; we were a proper team. The togetherness of the group is the secret.
Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Motor sport Since you’re here… Mere numbers do not tell the full story quite as clearly as his racecraft does. In Baku he took places at the start, then made Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll look sluggish as he passed them at a restart, before defending his place against Fernando Alonso. It was the race of a driver who had found his feet in a new formula remarkably swiftly and another outstanding meeting in Spain followed.Since which the talk of him moving to Ferrari gathered more and more momentum, an additional weight he has handled with aplomb. Open and straightforward in person, he is given to considering answers to ensure what he says is of import, reflecting a character that is constantly looking for ways to improve. This ability to exercise self-analysis will stand him in good stead when steps into the spotlight next season.When he does so, Leclerc will immediately be in the mix with Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in a car proven to be well-balanced and quick. Ferrari believe he is ready to do so and F1 will be all the better for their faith in him. Support The Guardian Sportblog Throwing young talent into the heat of the battle at the very front of the Formula One grid is a bold move. For Ferrari, who have chosen to do just that by promoting the 20-year-old rookie Charles Leclerc to the team for next season, it is also out of character, given their usually more conservative approach to appointing drivers. Yet the Scuderia are far from taking a chance with Leclerc, one of the most exciting talents in the sport, who has proved he has the attributes to partner Sebastian Vettel in the most prestigious drive in motor racing.Last season, on his way to a dominant title win in F2, Leclerc told me at the Hungaroring it was still a dream to make it to F1. He did not have to wait long and now drives for Sauber. Before this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, his home race, he said it was “a dream” to one day drive the red cars. In 2019 his remarkable and almost unprecedented fulfilment of all these aspirations will be complete as he joins Ferrari, to replace Kimi Räikkönen.This was sooner than expected, despite his talent. He is the youngest driver to have been appointed by Ferrari since Ricardo Rodríguez entered the Italian Grand Prix for the Scuderia in 1961. More noticeably, he is the least experienced driver they have appointed since Enzo Ferrari opted to give Gilles Villeneuve a shot in one of his cars at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1977. Villeneuve had only one race to his name; Leclerc will take his seat with just one season under his belt. Formula One 2018 Ferrari Reuse this content Topics Formula One Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Facebook Share via Email Marcus Ericsson (right) blows out the candles of a cake celebrating his 28th birthday, held by Charles Leclerc. The younger man has out-qualified his Sauber teammate by 10 races to three. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP … 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. When the season opened this was far from a foregone conclusion. Sauber brought an aggressive new design this season. A rookie year is tough enough in a tried and tested ride but their car was a handful to drive as they began to understand the package and attempt to unlock its potential. A spin at the third round in China was chastening for Leclerc.He reacted with complete professionalism and went back to the team to work through ways he and the car could develop together. What followed caught Marchionne and everyone else’s attention. At the next round in Baku he was sixth. Four more points finishes from the following five races ensued. Over fastest lap pace the Sauber is the second slowest car on the grid, yet Leclerc has put it into Q3 three times and out-qualified his vastly more experienced team-mate, Marcus Ericsson, 11 times to three. Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Charles Leclerc to replace Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari ring changes comment Ferrari brought him into their young driver academy in 2016 and were clearly aware then of his potential. At the Hungaroring last year, although he was driving in F2 for Prema, a representative of the Scuderia had to be present when he was interviewed, so protective were they of their protege. Their nurturing has worked well, if coming to fruition possibly sooner than expected.Crucially Leclerc had put in the performances this season to impress the late Sergio Marchionne, the former Ferrari chairman who wanted him in the car in 2019; the team have honoured his intentions. Sebastian Vettel has questions to answer as he lets slip a great chance Share on Twitter Read more Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterest Giles Richards Yet there is no sense that this unusual shift in policy is anything but calculated on Leclerc’s obvious talent. It would have been easy to maintain Räikkönen for one more season and for Leclerc to remain at Sauber. Ferrari have made a bold move but it is one the Monégasque driver deserves.He is calm, assured and mature beyond his years. Leclerc dealt with both the death of his godfather, Jules Bianchi, in 2015 and his father last year with remarkable composure. Before this season began he was honest about the scale of task that lay ahead and has since proved able to adapt and learn with alacrity.
Refugees Share on LinkedIn Sara Mardini has settled in Germany, but returned to Greece to volunteer with a search and rescue team. Photograph: Helena Smith Share on Facebook Pinterest Reuse this content Yet the drama swirling around Sara has dominated headlines. To her friends, Mardini is selflessly dedicated to doing good. “I am a card with two faces,” she says, rolling a cigarette between painted fingernails. “I have experienced being inside and outside the boat, I am a rescuer and a refugee. Every single boat I have ever helped, I have felt in my bones.”But for others, Lesbos is at the centre of a murky underworld of people-smuggling. Local officials and police claim that, of all the philanthropic organisations working on the island, the Greek ERCI has aroused most suspicion in tracking migrant arrivals and – according to one police report – bringing people illegally ashore.The group, which has been credited with rescuing hundreds of people at sea, has now ceased operations. Organisations that rescue migrants have come under fire with some claiming they are a “pull factor” for migrants in regions at the frontline of the migration crisis.Sara Mardini shows little anger over what has happened to her. Her months behind bars have made her want to help improve conditions in Greece’s toughest prison.“I will keep in touch with people there – the guards, the prison manager. They were all very lovely. You could see they could feel our pain,” she says. “I am not usually an emotional person. I have learned how to deal with hard emotions … the only thing I do know, however, is that none of us [in ERCI] has done anything illegal. We have very strict rules that we have always followed.”She will spend the next few months doing what she had intended to do before her arrest at Lesbos airport in August: studying at the liberal arts school in Berlin where she has been accepted on scholarship.But the fresh-faced student also has a message. 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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. Sara Mardini is in a chipper mood. Freedom, the Syrian readily acknowledges, is a precious thing. For each of the 107 days she spent behind bars in Athens’ high-security Korydallos jail, she clung on to the hope that a trial would prove her innocence.“There were times when I’d say, ‘I can’t do this any more’,” the refugee-turned rescue worker said shortly after her release this month. “My heart was very heavy.”Mardini, a former competitive swimmer, made international headlines along with her sister Yusra after the pair jumped into the sea and towed a sinking dinghy for three hours through the turbulent waters of the Aegean, saving the lives of 18 fellow passengers onboard. She was arrested in August along with three other charity workers on charges of people-smuggling, spying, violation of state secrecy laws and money laundering.By the time a guard broke the news that she was to be freed, Mardini was so mentally and physically exhausted she was unable to leave her bed.“In jail you are a ball of emotion,” she says. “A phone call from someone outside could blow my brain. And then suddenly on a day when I am feeling really bad, when my body seems to have stopped responding and I can’t even lift my little finger, I am told, ‘You will be freed [on bail].’ And all I feel is shock. Shock at everything really.”At 23, Mardini is now the face of humanitarianism under fire. Coming three years after her own dramatic landing on the island of Lesbos, her arrest, the charges against her and her long incarceration pending trial caused international outrage. She is the most high-profile victim of what humanitarian operations have said is the criminalisation of volunteers for charities and aid groups detained across Europe. On 5 December she was finally freed after her lawyers posted a €5,000 (£4,450) bail.While she was locked up, Mardini says she meditated, exercised, attended art classes and spent a lot of time sleeping, in the hope of blocking out what she remains acutely aware of: under Greek law the crimes she was charged with carry penalties of up to 25 years in prison.“I want this to go to trial, I want my freedom back,” she says. Mardini, who has settled in Germany, returned to Lesbos to work as a search and rescue volunteer with the Emergency Response Centre International, a Greek NGO. “I think we will know all the truth when it gets to trial and I won’t feel free until I am over with it, until I hear I am innocent.”The Mardini sisters were among a group of 20 Syrians making the treacherous sea crossing in a small dinghy from Turkey to Greece in August 2015, when their dinghy began taking in water, and the siblings, both competitive swimmers, jumped overboard to haul and push the boat, reaching Lesbos more than three hours later.Yusra, who has since become a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, went on to participate as a refugee team member in the 2016 Rio Olympic games and the sisters are the subject of an upcoming film. “People should never be afraid of what they don’t know,” she says. “I worry about conflicts not only in Syria, in Africa, Afghanistan, in so many places. Refugees will keep on coming and yet they are not only refugees, they are doctors, engineers, teachers, they can help in Europe too.”Is she upset her that, in the wake of her own ordeal, volunteers reportedly started leaving Lesbos?“Volunteers won’t have it easy,” she says. “They will feel discouraged, but they should know that when they make someone happy, when they make someone smile, it really does mean the world to a person who has lost everything.” Migration Migration and development Syria Yusra Mardini competes in a Women’s 100m Butterfly race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as part of the Refugee Team. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Support The Guardian Topics Share on Pinterest Share via Email
Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on Twitter “I don’t know, you will have to ask him,” said the All Blacks attack coach, Ian Foster, when asked how Farrell managed to find ways of stalling New Zealand’s turbo-charged engine. “He does a job based on what he sees and so do we. We are assuming based on past behaviour that they will come up with a plan that they think is good enough to beat us. Will that involve some special plays? Probably.”Make that definitely. “We have some new stuff that we have not done before,” the Ireland prop Cian Healy said. “We have beaten them a couple of times in the last few years but this is a World Cup quarter-final. It is different.” Asked if it was the biggest match of his career, he replied: “Definitely. It is a do-or-die game. We all understand that.”It took Ireland 111 years to defeat the All Blacks but they have won two of their past three Tests against a side aiming to win a third successive World Cup. Their coach, Joe Schmidt, who is standing down after the tournament, came up with a set-piece play last November that the New Zealander had borrowed from the All Blacks and does not want this phase of his career to be ended by his compatriots.“I am sure Ireland will be primed and ready,” Foster said. “We were beaten by a good team last November, but that was a different time, a different place. Is it relevant? We don’t get stuck in the past: it is more about the excitement of the challenges in front of us. This is a week we have been preparing for a long time. It is where you really test yourself.”Ireland suffered a blow this week when their centre Bundee Aki was suspended for three weeks after being sent off last week against Samoa for a high tackle. They are waiting for the written report from the disciplinary panel before deciding whether to appeal, but on past precedent this tournament their chance of success would be remote. Rugby World Cup 2019 Read more Preparing to face New Zealand tends to keep defence coaches up all night. Since the last World Cup, the holders have scored 267 tries in 49 Tests, armed with attacking invention only Japan are able to rival.The All Blacks have failed to score a try in only two of those games, against the 2017 British & Irish Lions in the second Test and in Dublin last November when Ireland defeated them 16-9. The common denominator was Ireland’s Andy Farrell, the defence coach jettisoned by England after the 2015 World Cup, who is again plotting the downfall this weekend of a side last defeated at a Rugby World Cup in the 2007 quarter-final against France. … 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. 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New Zealand rugby union team Ireland rugby union team Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup Topics Share via Email Rugby union Share on Facebook Homeward bound: The lesser known lights who shone in World Cup pool stages Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp news “Bundee is nowhere near a dirty player and he was upset about the decision, rightfully so,” said the Ireland forwards coach, Simon Easterby. “Until we have seen the report and know how the panel came to that decision, we cannot make any further comment while preparing for the match on the basis that he will to be available.”Easterby said that the key to success in their first World Cup meeting against New Zealand since 1995, when Jonah Lomu announced himself on the world stage with two tries in Johannesburg, would again be defence against a side adept at the counter-attack that is averaging 5.4 tries a match in the last four years.“We will need to be on the money without the ball,” said Easterby. “They have so many threats across the park that you cannot switch off for a minute. We cannot afford to give them any soft turnover opportunities and will have to be fully on our game.” Reuse this content
Transfers Chelsea target Richarlison refuses to rule out move away from Watford Alex Fisher 23:38 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Watford v Everton Watford Premier League Plenty of big Premier League sides have been linked with the Brazilian, but the forward claims he is happy with the Hornets Richarlison has not ruled out a move away from Watford but the Brazilian insists he remains fully focused on life at Vicarage Road.The forward swapped Rio de Janeiro for Watford in July after the Hornets agreed an £11.5 million deal with Fluminense.He quickly adapted to the Premier League with five goals in the first half of the season, and he has been an ever-present under both Marco Silva and Javi Gracia. 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 His performances have reportedly attracted the attention of league rivals Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea, whose alleged interest could spark a bidding war for the 20-year-old.Richarlison remains focused on Watford for now, though, with the forward deferring to his representatives.”In the future you never know but I leave all things like that up to my agents,” he told the London Evening Standard.”At the moment my head is completely in Watford. “I am not thinking about anything else and I want to help the team get as far as possible in the league. “That is my objective, that is my focus and nothing else.”Remaining in England is definitely a top priority for the youngster. “I want to play in this country for as long as possible,” Richarlison added. “It is a great league and has been a great experience for me. I want to improve and playing in England can help me do that.”
UEFA Champions League ‘No Liverpool player would make Real Madrid’s team’ – Del Bosque Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 18:43 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(48) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool The former Blancos manager is supremely confident his old team will beat Jurgen Klopp’s men in this weekend’s Champions League final Former Real Madrid manager Vicente Del Bosque insists that no Liverpool player would get into Los Blancos’ team as the two sides prepare to face off in this weekend’s Champions League final.The Reds defeated Roma to reach the showpiece in Kiev, while Real overcame Bayern Munich in the last four .Both sides have been in exciting, swashbuckling form in Europe, with the Reds scoring 17 goals in just six knockout fixtures, and Real hitting 13. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Mohamed Salah has inspired Liverpool’s superb run to the final, scoring 10 goals in 12 appearances in Europe’s premier club competition, but Del Bosque does not believe the Egypt international would make Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI.Indeed, the 67-year-old, who won the Champions League and La Liga twice apiece during his reign at Santiago Bernabeu, believes the final could be something of a rout.”Real Madrid have a great squad, and it’s the best club in Europe right now,” Del Bosque told Spanish outlet COPE .“They have to ratify that on Saturday. Real Madrid will beat Liverpool 4-1.“I cannot find a single Liverpool player that improves Real Madrid, [not even] Salah.”[Gareth] Bale and [Karim] Benzema are very good. “Benzema is a great player too, sometimes [he can go] cold, but he has given an extraordinary performance, and Cristiano Ronaldo makes them all better.”Del Bosque also won the World Cup and the European Championships with Spain in 2010 and 2012 respectively.Liverpool prepared for this weekend’s final with a 4-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season, two weekends ago, while a rotated Real XI drew 2-2 with Villarreal on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool ‘No way Klopp will be tempted by Real Madrid’ – Liverpool boss tipped to stay put Chris Burton 19:47 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Reds boss has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane, but Christian Purslow thinks he’ll remain at Anfield Jurgen Klopp is being backed to remain at Liverpool by former Reds director Christian Purslow, with him claiming there is “no way” the German will be tempted by Real Madrid .The German tactician is among those to have been mooted as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu following the shock resignation of a three-time Champions League winner.Klopp was on the receiving end of the last of those triumphs , with Liverpool suffering a 3-1 defeat in Kiev following an error-strewn display from goalkeeper Loris Karius. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Reds had, however, performed admirably in reaching that stage and, with further additions already being made at Anfield , are looking to the future with optimism and excitement.Purslow believes that will be enough to keep Klopp in his current post, with Liverpool’s former managing director telling Sky Sports : “The key difference I think for the last five, 10, 15, 20 years, is the sheer amount of wealth in the Premier League means there’s no economic reason for those managers to move to Real Madrid.”It boils down to prestige, trophies and where they see the potential of their current situation.”There is no way I think Jurgen Klopp is going to be tempted to move given the season he’s just come off.”While confident that his former employers on Merseyside can retain the services of their highly-rated manager, Purslow fears Tottenham may face more of a struggle if Madrid decide to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino.He added: “I’m less certain about Pochettino. I saw his comments and he didn’t exactly dismiss it.”He’s got a long-term contract – well done Daniel Levy. It would cost Madrid a huge amount of money to sign Pochettino, to break that contract.”But I think if they offer Spurs £50 million and he wanted to go, stranger things have happened in football.”Pochettino has provided mixed messages when quizzed on his links to Madrid , with claims that he is happy in north London after penning fresh terms countered by admittance that anything can happen in the future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web