Rani Mukherjee, Zoya Akhtar awarded

first_imgActor Rani Mukherjee was adjudged the best female actor of Bollywood for the role of the no nonsense reporter in No One Killed Jessica and Zoya Akhtar the best director (Hindi) for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara at Eastern India’s premier entertainment awards.”It is a huge honour for me. This is the first award for me in this category. No director works alone. I owe this award to my cast and crew,” Akhtar said at the Boroplus Anandlok Purashkar Thursday evening.Asked by award show anchor Mir if she liked adventure sports like the three main characters in the film, Akhtar said “I am not much into adventure sports.”For me adventure lies in travelling the maximum number of countries,” the young director said of the film having friendship, love, coming-of-age and travel as its mainstay.The young film-maker also praised Kolkata for some of the country’s prolific story-tellers.Echoing her Mukherjee, whose portrayal of Meera as a strong, independent woman prodding the establishment to review the murder case of model-bartender Jessica, said “I am honoured to be awarded for the role in a film like Jessica in my favourite city.”Actor Kangana Ranaut received a special award, for her role in Tanu Weds Manu opposite Madhavan.”I will never forget I got an award for the film. It’s a very special day in my life, the Gangster and Fashion actor said.Last year’s IFFI golden peacock winner and recipient of national award for national integration Moner Manush, on balladeer Lalon Fakir in the 19th century, by Goutam Ghosh got the best film cap while Bengali superstar Prosenjit received the best actor award for his role as Lalon in the period film.advertisementThe best actor (female) in Bengali films went to Sohini Sengupta for her portrayal as an obsessed mother in Ichhe.”This honour goes to all those who have made the film, and the audience who have made Ichhe running successfully for over 50 days with houseful boards at theatres across Bengal,” Sengupta, a theatre personality, said.Upcoming Bengali singer Anupam Roy, who first created a sensation with his chartbuster song Amake Amar Mato Thakte Dao, received the best song of the year award for his number Bariye dao tomar haat in the film Chalo Paltai.Young director Raj Chakroborty got the best director (Bengali) award for the potboiler Shatru.The best film (Bengali) award went to another commercial film Paglu by Rajiv Kumar.The Anandalok Purashkar is in its 14th year of felicitating the best of the best on the silver screen, television and music.last_img read more

Warne burns bowling arm, doubtful for Big Bash

first_imgAustralian spin legend Shane Warne’s availability for the Big Bash league is now doubtful as he suffered burns on his bowling arm while cooking.The former leg-spinner posted images of his burnt hand on his Twitter site. The picture showed large blisters on three of his right-hand fingers with his little finger the worst affected. Warne would be playing for Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash league.”Not ideal preparation for practice match today – burning the bowling hand Get better quickly please, any suggestions-HELP,” Warne wrote on Twitter.Warne suffered the burns just days before he plays his first official game on Australian soil for nearly five years.Melbourne Stars chief Clint Cooper expected Warne to be fit for the team’s first match of the tournament, against the David Warner-led Sydney Thunder at the MCG here Saturday night.last_img read more

Poor payment and conditions mar University cricket

first_imgA member of the Indian cricket team gets Rs 700,000 per Test, Rs 400,000 per Oneday International, and Rs 200,000 per Twenty20 International. Besides this, the contracted players get Rs 1 crore, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh in the various grades per year.Now, here’s a huge contrast: university players who took part in the Rohinton Baria Trophy all-India tournament last month received a mere Rs 200 each as daily pocket allowance, from which they had to buy the breakfast, two meals, and also pay Rs 30 daily towards the bedding. As a bonus, they had to deal with the cold weather, mosquitoes, and dingy toilets at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), said the manager of a competing team.This is not all. University of Calcutta team that went to Banaras was so enraged with the train travel and the facilities at the BHU that the players lodged a protest with the West Bengal Governor as he is also the Chancellor of state universities, chairman of the BCCI’s Vizzy Trophy Committee Chitrak Mitra said at a recent meeting.It’s not known what the Governor’s reaction was, but the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), under whose aegis the tournament is played, said it won’t take any action as no one lodged a written complaint even as its officials admitted gross mismanagement during the tournament held last month.Bombay and Madras universities orally complained to the AIU about the poor living and playing conditions, including the use of obsolete matting pitches, absence of pitch covers, and intimidation of players/ team officials by locals who disrupted matches repeatedly.advertisementSurprisingly, AIU secretary general Arun Bajpai and deputy secretary Gurdeep Singh say that the BHU wouldn’t be punished. “We’ll see that these things are not repeated. The absolute freedom that universities enjoy in staging tournaments is partly responsible for this,” Bajpai told Mail Today. “I confess my ignorance about the conduct of sports tournaments as I’m new at it.”Asked if action would be taken against the BHU, Bajpai said no. “Some teams, including the Bombay University, complained to me orally during the Vizzy Trophy final in Mumbai recently. I told them to lodge a written complaint, but no one has so far,” said Gurdeep. “This is the age of the RTI. There’s a Grievance Redressal Committee that hears complaints.”The question, however, is: Should top AIU officials wait for written complaints when they are fully aware of the blatant mismanagement in organising tournaments and take suo-moto action against erring officials/ universities? “We found out that the BHU didn’t have the pitch covers due to which the turf pitches got wet after rains, and that some matches were played on matting wickets, prompting Bombay to complain,” said Gurdeep who, along with Bajpai, is a member of the Vizzy Trophy Committee. “Mitra last month said that the Bengal players complained to the West Bengal Governor that some of them didn’t get train berths and were lodged in poor conditions in cold weather.”last_img read more

25 power women and their inspiring stories

first_imgTheir passion for work, their excellence on the job and the change they have wrought has taken them to the top of their game. They are changing the rules every day. Meet 25 power women and their inspiring stories. Keep it real: Vidya Balan34, ActorBecause: She has toppled the all,Their passion for work, their excellence on the job and the change they have wrought has taken them to the top of their game. They are changing the rules every day. Meet 25 power women and their inspiring stories.Keep it real: Vidya Balan34, ActorBecause: She has toppled the all dominating hero, reducing him to a supporting role in a male dominated film industry. Because she transformed from Sabrina Lal in No One Killed Jessica (2011) to Silk in The Dirty Picture (2011), despite people telling her playing Silk wouldn’t be worthy of her. Because she pushed big dorky glasses over her nose, let her stomach hang out in rolls over her jeans and displayed enough cleavage to give item girls a complex, and the audience loved her through it all. Because she is doing it again, as a pregnant woman desperately searching for her missing husband in Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, and is already the toast of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ambitious Ferrari Ki Sawaari even though she appears for one item number, Mala Jao Dya. Because she has come a long way in accepting herself as she is, size zero or not.Through the looking glass: “The birth of my twin niece and nephew Ira and Rohan, my sister’s children, was the highlight of my year. Of course both No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture did well and I couldn’t have asked for anything more professionally.”Passion first: “I love listening to classical, Hindustani and Carnatic music. I am just passionate about everything. About reading, watching films, about people, places, my work, about my prayers, food, exercise.”advertisementThe social network: Kirthiga Reddy40, Director Online Operations, Head, Facebook IndiaBecause: She heads the India division of the world’s largest social network with over 800 million active users. Because since Facebook set up an office in the country in 2010, the user base went up from eight million to over 40 million people in less than two years. Because India is Facebook’s third-largest market and has an average growth rate of more than one million people per month. Because Facebook users represent the youngest and most attractive market segment in the country.Through the looking glass: 2011 was an important year for her as she strengthened Facebook’s operations in India, which included building a team, as well as making an outsized impact in the serving of global users, developers and advertisers.Culture first: “From hackathons to new traditions like Bollywood dancing, culture was the fabric that wove us together. Through our community initiatives we touched the lives of over 1,000 million students and we also leveraged Facebook to support NGOs like Olympic Gold Quest, which grooms the next league of Olympic champions.”On the Radar: She wants to maximise the Facebook India vision to drive global user, developer, and advertiser success through bold innovation, operational excellence and leadership. “My personal goals are to lead programmes to mentor the next generation of women leaders and trek to the Everest base camp,” she says.Show stopper: Ekta Kapoor36, Joint Managing Director, Balaji TelefimsBecause: 2011 was a banner year with five film releases, the most successful of which was the critical and commercial success The Dirty Picture, which grossed over Rs 114 crore. Because despite being written off in 2008 after the saas-bahu bubble burst, Kapoor came back with a bang with big screen releases like Love, Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai and Ragini MMS. Because her production house Balaji Telefilms had a sales turnover of Rs 151 crore in 2011. Because from gifting her favourite writers money to buy a car, to throwing chairs at her staff in rage, she plays the role of the larger than life diva with elan.Through the looking glass: “It’s all about adaptability,” says Kapoor, “I was a creative through and through, when my CEO told me to calm down and focus on what’s good for business.” Balaji’s latest TV offerings have matured in nature and are low on drama. “I sensed there was an audience for slice-of-life narratives, and luckily it’s struck a chord,” she adds, referring to Bade Achche Lagte Hain and Kya Hua Tera Wada, both aired on Sony.On the Radar: Her big-screen releases for 2012 are an interesting mix: the gripping crime drama Shoot Out At Wadala and a sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.The Lesson: Her formula is never play to the gallery-for either critical acclaim or box office success. “If you’re doing that, you’re doing it wrong,” she says.Fresh start: Renuka Ramnath50, CEO and Managing Director, Multiples Alternate Asset ManagementadvertisementBecause: As the head of ICICI Ventures, she was dubbed the queen of private equity for managing funds of around Rs 9,200 crore. Because she quit at the peak of her career in 2009 to start her own venture. Because her start-up is now a Rs 2,025 crore private equity fund, backed by top Indian and global institutional investors.Through the looking glass: “The feeling of building an institution and then coming out of it alone made me feel like a bird whose wings had been clipped. I was desperate to fly but couldn’t because I didn’t have my wings.”On the radar: “We are primarily eyeing mid-sized private companies where we can pick up majority stakes and our aim is make long-term growth investments,” says Ramnath. The firm is looking to build a portfolio of 12-15 companies over the next three years and close deals in the range of Rs 200-250 crore along with its investors.Moving on: Being an entrepreneur has its ups and downs. She likes the freedom since she can hire who she wants, pay them accordingly and chase deals she likes.Start-up star: Meena Ganesh48, CEO and Managing Director, Pearson Education ServicesBecause: Every time she sells a bright idea for a princely sum, she’s ready with the ‘next big thing’ in IT services. Because after the sale of Customer Asset, an international call centre to ICICI in 2002, she recently sold TutorVista, an online tutoring service she co-ran with husband Krishnan, to UK-based Pearson for a cool Rs 577 crore. Because under her, Pearson operates and manages 27 schools country-wide.One love: Ganeshandher husband married in their early 20s, and have learnt to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses when working together. “It doesn’t stop us from arguing though. But that’s what keeps things interesting,” she laughs.Class apart: Kareena Kapoor 32, ActorBecause: She’s second to no hero when it comes to her asking price or endorsements. Because she starred in the two biggest releases of 2011, Ra.One and Bodyguard, the latter being the biggest hit of the year and grossing over Rs 100 crore in its first week alone. Because despite being paired opposite the Khan power trio, she’s played her roles with trademark spunk, and refused to be overshadowed by the hero. Because after delivering duds like Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002), and LOC Kargil (2003), Kapoor has reinvented herself as the most versatile female lead in the industry. Because she’s one half of a celebrity couple that never give the shutterbugs a day off.Through the looking glass: Kapoor admits that she was never good at academics and films were always her first option.”I couldn’t have done anything else. There was no fallback,” she claims.On the radar: In 2012, Kapoor’s shedding her girl-next-door image to take up meatier roles, be it as a Pakistani spy in beau Saif Ali Khan’s home production Agent Vinod, a prostitute in Aamir Khan starrer Talaash or as Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine. She also has 14 brands to endorse and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s untitled project with Ranveer Singh.advertisementBuilding blocks: Pia Singh41, Wholetime Director, DLF Ltd.Because: She is the wholetime director of the largest real estate developer in India with a market capitalisation of Rs 45,000 crore. Because the group has a consolidated revenue of Rs 10,144 crore and a consolidated profit of Rs 1,640 crore in 2011. Because she brought the mall culture to the country by introducing top-of-the-line malls, which delivered superior value to the best of the national and international brands. Because under her leadership, DLF became the largest mall developers in the nation. Because she also helped set up the entertainment division of the company.Through the looking glass: She went on a sabbatical and spent the last two years tending to her children. “Exciting new avenues are being structured and planned, which will soon be executed,” she says.Wild child: When not working, one can find her trekking in the mountains. “It’s challenging and that is the reason I love it, it adds colour to my life,” she says.Movie buff: Her inclination towards films is not new. During her student days she pursued a short term filmmaking course at the New York University, after majoring in finance from the Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania, USA.Her own person: Kiran Rao38, FilmmakerBecause: Despite the luxe baggage of marrying a Bollywood A-lister, Rao has carved out a niche as one of India’s few mainstream female directors. Because in an industry where scripts are written for men, by men and directed by men, she’s created a space for unconventional plot-lines with her directorial debut, Dhobi Ghat (2010). Because the film was a critical success and considered for a nomination in the best non-English film category at the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. Because Rao as a producer, has thrown her weight behind neo-urban narratives like Taare Zameen Par (2007), Jaane Tu … Yaa Jaane Na (2008) and Delhi Belly (2011). Because her first solo production, Peepli Live (2010) was nominated in the World Cinema Competition at Sundance in 2010.Through the looking glass: Rao admits that films weren’t her first passion. It was a gradual process of appreciation, and once she’d decided on making them, she never looked back. “I resisted instincts that told me to tone it down, and thats what made making Dhobi Ghat such a rich, creative experience for me,” she says.Current passion: Motherhood. With husband Aamir, she welcomed their son, Azad Rao Khan, born via an IVF procedure in 2011.Revolutionary road: Kiran Bedi 63, Social ActivistBecause: She has stepped beyond the traditional role assigned to women and set a benchmark of courage for others. Because her stand against corruption put her at the forefront of the neo-nationalist anti-corruption movement in 2011. Because her drive for social justice goes beyond her uniform. Because she was India’s first female police officer.On the radar: “The year 2011 passed by fighting against corruption by way of an effective system in place which does not exist so far. 2012 would be a natural sequel to what was sown and invested during the time,” she says. Her focus in the days ahead is to prepare with Team Anna, a compelling ground for an effective Lokpal at the centre and Lokayuktas at the state level.Successful living: “Convictions, beliefs, value for time and for personal growth and constant contribution for others. These things drive and sustain me.”Through the looking glass: “When I look back, the fondest memory of my career in the Indian police service was when I conducted a meditation programme for prisoners at Tihar Jail in 1994. That set in motion everything that was to come later in life,” she says.The lesson: She outraged politicians with her public enactment of their hypocrisy. “I did not apologise for my actions. I believed in them.”The muse: Neha Kirpal31, Founder-director, India Art FairBecause: As founder-director of the four-year-old India Art Fair(IAF), she’s become the face of the contemporary art market in India. Because her vision paved the way for the entry of blue-chip galleries like White Cube, Hauser and Wirth and Lisson from the United Kingdom into the country, turning India into a hot global destination for artists and gallerists. Because from the time of its inception in 2008 the fair has attracted a total of 2,60,000 visitors, and the number of galleries exhibiting has grown from 34 to 91, with 50 per cent international participation. Because she finally broke even at IAF 2012, after three consecutive years of making losses where stalls did brisk business of upto Rs 3 crore per work of art. Because she had the courage to invest in this bold idea when art markets were crashing worldwide.Through the looking glass: Kirpal began in 2008 with a humble bank loan of Rs 60 lakh and a lot of criticism. “Nine out of ten people told me that an art fair in India would fail miserably. The success of the fair is validated by the fact that some of my biggest critics are now my most enthusiastic supporters,” she says.Inspiring artist: Kirpal admires the abstract work of Alwar Balasubramaniam. “I like the tease of the idea. The idea behind the art should tell a good story,” she says.Retail heaven: Ashni Biyani 26, Director, Future GroupBecause: She is the heir apparent to the Future group that is leading the retail revolution in the country, with a group capitalisation of Rs 5,900 crore. Because Big Bazaar now has 150 stores across 90 cities. Because she is managing the planned Rs 300 crore investment to open 30 more Big Bazaar centres by June 2012. Because she is in-charge of Future Ideas that helps come up with strategies to boost sales.Through the looking glass: In 2008, within two years of her joining, the retail market in India took a major hit. She remembers it as a difficult time, even though it prepared her for life ahead. “If you believe a problem is temporary, you come out of it stronger,” she says.Fashion forward: Her passion is handbags. Fendi and Birkin are her absolute favourites.The powerhouse: Shikha Sharma51, Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, Axis BankBecause: She heads India’s third largest private sector bank, and has recently been reappointed managing director for another three years. Because since she took charge in 2009, Axis Bank’s performance has been admirable with a reported profit of Rs 942 crore for the quarter ending June 2011, a 27 per cent increase year on year. Because she revolutionised the private insurance sector as the head of ICICI Prudential, crossing 2,00,000 policies within two years and earning a premium income of Rs 280 crore. Because after her exit from ICICI, Sharma came back twice as strong with Axis, commanding a pay package of over Rs 2 crore a year.On the radar: The focus is on investment in infrastructure, small businesses and retail. Sharma is keen on developing a model to target rural markets, which she calls the markets of the future.Through the looking glass: The turning point in Sharma’s career was when she was given the opportunity to lead ICICIs life insurance business in 2000.Sweet spot: Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to learn classical singing.In equal measure: Naina Lal Kidwai54, Executive Director and Country Head, HSBCBecause: She heads India’s division of HSBC with deposits of close to $12,000 million. Because despite the sovereign credit crisis in the Eurozone, under her leadership, the pretax profit rose by 22 per cent to $813 million in 2011. Because she was the first woman to enter the world of investment banking.Because she is the first woman vice president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Because she is a non-executive director on the board of Nestle and a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.On the radar: She is currently looking ahead to work on environmental aspects, and take the performance of HSBC India to another level.Successful living: “If you work with passion and enjoy what you are pursuing, you will find a solution to life,” she says.Work-life balance: People often told her about the difficulties of managing both a home and career. “But if I had stepped away, listening to that, it would have reflected on all women. My whole experience was to show how to do it,” she says.The write aesthetic: Chiki Sarkar34, Publisher, Penguin IndiaBecause: She heads the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent with over 200 titles every year and an active backlist of over 750 titles. Because at just 29, she was the editor-in-chief of Random House India. Because the Oxford educated Sarkar has an exquisite taste in literature, great networking skills and a fine sense of marketing.Through the looking glass: “I knew becoming publisher of Penguin would be a great move for me in every way but felt very emotional making the decision. Leaving Random House India was like leaving a baby. It was bittersweet,” she says.The rule book: Sarkar believes that there are four rules that every publisher ought to follow; be discerning, what you say no to is more important than what you say yes to. Edit the book properly, worry about how it looks and really care about your authors.The strategist: Aruna Jayanthi 49, CEO, Capgemini IndiaBecause: In 2011, Jayanthi was promoted to the rank of CEO for Capgemini India, whose global revenues for last year were an impressive $12 billion. Because at Capgemini India she was part of the core team that initiated the company’s off-shore capabilities. Because she moved quickly from being global head of delivery for outsourcing to being named CEO. In her new role, she manages and mentors a growing workforce of over 36,000 employees.On the radar: Jayanthi spends 25 per cent of her time in leadership initiatives. “The challenge initially was to convince clients of the off-shore business model. Now it’s about achieving scale of operations without losing out on the fundamental DNA of the organisation, on the quality,” she adds.Family ties: “I try and spend as much time as possible with my ten-year-old daughter Tara.”The frontrunner: Chanda Kochhar 51, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank LimitedBecause: She heads India’s largest private bank with total assets of Rs 4,062.34 billion and recorded a profit of Rs 51.51 billion in 2011. Because this year the bank expects to maintain its net interest margin (a measure of lending profitablity) at 2.6 per cent, at a time when most lenders have reported a drop because of a hike in RBI interest rates. Because besides being on the board of ICICI Bank, she is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry, US-India CEO Forum and is a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Because she topped the Fortune India list of most powerful women in business in 2011.Secret to success: Staying calm in difficult times and focusing on the task at hand. “My passion lies in the pursuit of excellence. Can I do it very well, better than others,” she says.Work life: Balance Kochhar has balanced her family life and hectic work schedule for three decades now. “You often feel as if you are walking a tightrope,” she admits.Penny wise: Chitra Ramakrishna46, Joint Managing Director, National Stock ExchangeBecause: She is one of the architects of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), which is amongst the world’s biggest and most efficiently run securities exchange boards. Because under her, the NSE has become a transparent market ecosystem that reaches out to more than 1,500 locations in the country. Because last year, the NSE made a profit of Rs 860 crore under her leadership. Because in 2011, she was a top contender for the spot of the next chief of UTI Mutual Fund, the fourth largest fund house in the industry.Behind the scenes: She believes in hiding behind her success. Always media shy, action, she says, speaks louder than words.Successful living: Honesty, she says, is the best policy. It works for her at both work and home.Mass appeal: Sneha Rajani41, Senior Executive VP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment TelevisionBecause: Ever since she became the business head of Sony Entertainment Television(SET) in 2011, she has repeated the success of the IPL on SET Max. Because Sony has moved from number four to its current number two position with gross rating points (GRP) of 227 as of February 2012, and beaten long term rival Colors. Because she has brought contemporary fiction shows back with a mature story line. Because under her leadership, SET earned Rs 200 crore in advertising revenues, almost double the income of 2010, from Kaun Banega Crorepati alone.Through the looking glass: “It was a gratifying year. After an extremely long wait, we saw a change in our flagship brand Sony. It was the most satisfying moment of my career.”On the radar: “We want to consolidate on what we have built and grow further.”In her blood: Deeksha Suri Murti 32, Executive Director, Lalit Suri Hospitality GroupBecause: She’s one-third of the power trio set to inherit The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, India’s largest privately owned hotel company which owns 16 luxury hotels and made a total profit of Rs 405 crore in 2011. Because despite the recession, the group hasn’t shied away from a phased investment of Rs 2,500 crore in the development of Lalit properties across the country over the next two years. Because Suri is spearheading the group’s entry into the mid-scale market of budget hotels with the new chain The Lalit Traveller in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.On the radar: “I am passionate about HR initiatives but I’m being groomed to understand every aspect of the business,” says Suri, who’s now spreading her wings to different sectors like revenue, sales, security and organisational development.Hot tip: She’s a fitness freak and walks everyday for an hour.Great expectations: Schauna Chauhan Saluja34, CEO, Parle AgroBecause: She heads the over Rs 1,500 crore FMCG giant Parle Agro. Because she has expanded her company’s global presence by exporting to 20 countries. Because last year she added Appy Fizz and Frooti successfully to that global portfolio. Because she understands innovation and used Twitter to manage the company’s inventory, also making Hippo snacks a success story. Because she refuses to stop until she lives her dream of making Parle the number one FMCG company in India.On the radar: “We have also started to aggressively expand globally. Countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa, Gulf nations and even some markets in Europe are part of our immediate global expansion plans. It goes without saying that the rest of the world is being targeted as well, at as aggressive a pace,” she says.Successful living: “As a leader my biggest strength is that I love what I do. I am a team player and work closely with my team towards achieving our business goals. Since my core area of focus is in operations, I have a keen eye for detailing. I believe in leading by example.”Role model: “I admire Warren Buffet because of his beliefs and his way of doing things. It’s not just for business but also society at large.”Brand value: Lynn De Souza 52, Chairman and CEO, Lintas Media GroupBecause: She heads one of the largest media agencies in the country which had a 17 per cent growth in revenue in 2011. Because she is one of the few women to head several industry bodies, storming into the male dominated AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India) as its vice president for the year 2010-2011. Because she plays a significant role in the media dynamics of the nation.Through the looking glass: The big stories for Lintas Media Group for 2011 have been retaining the Rs 300 crore Sony Electronics account in India, which moved to OMD, a global media agency, in the rest of Asia. The agency also got itself the HUL and Nokia outdoor business, by completing its acquisition of Aaren Initiative Outdoor. The company also won 23 new accounts, including four digital additions in 2011.Women first: On a personal note, Lynn has launched the Inter Public Group’s Women’s Leadership Network in India with an aim of improving gender balance in leadership levels in IPG companies.Animal lover: A qualified veterinary nurse, she started and now chairs the Goa Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She also manages a veterinary hospital and animal shelter in Goa.Power play: Nirupama Rao52, Ambassador of India, United States of AmericaBecause: She was the first woman full-term foreign secretary in India’s history. Because she has been given the task of transforming Indo-US ties. Because she is the diplomatic channel through which all agreements from outsourcing to counter-terrorism flow. Because she has served in key diplomatic assignments like China and Sri Lanka. Because she was also the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.Successful living: “Never let success or the impressions of it go to one’s head. Find solutions to the challenges that life throws your way and always strive to be your yourself,” she says.Top gear: Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri50, MD and President, NRB BearingsBecause: She heads NRB Bearings of net worth Rs 219 crore, which had a turnover of Rs 466 crore in 2011. Because she is the brain behind building in-house technology for auto parts. Because NRB designed the bearings for the dual clutch automatic transmission for the global launch of Ford Fiesta in 2011.Because NRB provides cutting edge products for the next generation of two-wheelers, automobiles and trucks for big fish like Volvo and Mercedes, apart from almost every Indian manufacturer.On the radar: Latest automobile engineering for the global launch of the next generation of Audis in 2014.”I’m confident of hitting Rs 1,000 crore within the next three years. By 2020, we’re targeting a billion dollar growth mark and we’re on track,” says Zaveri.Succesful living: High benchmarks help. “We target the best clients in the world first. And then we plan meticulously.” Despite losing two years to the recession, Zaveri continued on her business model of innovation instead of a cost reduction drive.Money wise: Archana Hingorani 45, CEO and Executive Director, IL&FS Investment Managers Limited (IIML)Because: She heads one of the oldest and largest private equity fund firms in the country. Because when she took over in 2005, IIML’s private equity was barely $300 million compared to $3.2 billion now. Because IIML manages funds of major Indian banks and institutions.Through the looking glass: “2011 was challenging for me as our business was affected by recession. It’s almost like the year did not exist because of the challenges we faced,” she says. But this taught her to plan meticulously and reach her goals as a fund manager.On the radar: This year will see her raising $500 million and planning exits from previous investments.Successful living: “Success is the ability to show results and use your team to deliver through consensus driven management.”Art of living: Kiran Nadar 60, Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of ArtBecause: She refused to be a trophy wife and became the face of philanthropy in the country instead. Because she heads the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), a free museum in Delhi which has created a site for confluence of art and not to earn quick commission. Because she has consistently worked towards educational reforms through Vidyagyan, an initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation to empower individuals, and the Shiv Nadar University (SNU). Because she works with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation that sponsors the education of poor Muslim girls in the most backward districts of Uttar Pradesh. Because she was named the hero of philanthropy among several others by Forbes Asia in 2010.On the radar: In the next two years, she is looking forward to an acquisition of space for a museum beyond KNMA. “We are looking forward to a joint venture with the government and are hopeful that the best works out for us,” she adds.Successful living: “My achievements in life have always had the force of determination behind them. They have never been half measures in life for me,” she says.Passion for life: Nadar is a national level bridge player and has even represented the country in tournaments abroad. She is also a keen sports enthusiast.last_img read more

World Chess Championships: Viswanathan Anand misses out on win by whisker

first_imgDisappointment was writ large on Viswanathan Anand’s face on Monday as he walked off the board knowing that he had missed a win in the third game of the World Chess Championships in Moscow. And that showed even when he faced the media after the match.Laconic in his answers, he was still pensive when he left the venue, ruing the missed opportunity. But Anand still had the knowledge that he had managed to gain a big psychological edge over challenger Boris Gelfand.Anand, while evaluating the difference between the first and the third game when Gelfand played the Gruenfeld on both occasions, said: “This time I was closer. I may have missed something.”The game was complicated at times, sharp and interesting on occasions, but in the end it was a draw with some winning chances for the Indian. Virtually everyone agreed that Anand missed a win by a whisker.So, the score is still even at 1.5-1.5, but the balance has clearly shifted in favour of Anand.But after two rather uneventful draws, Anand and Gelfand played a sharp and interesting game that had the sizeable crowd all excited at the Tretyakov Gallery on Monday. But in the end, the two agreed to a draw in 37 moves after just under four hours.It could have been a simple matter of Anand overlooking a winning sequence or maybe of not being able to fine comb his mental computer for that perfect move as he was somewhat short on time.advertisementWhen the two players agreed to the draw, Anand had just under four minutes and Gelfand just under eight.There was a time when no one would even look at Anand’s clock, for he would always be way ahead of his rivals in terms of time. But on Monday, for most part of the game, it was Gelfand who was faster.For the second time in as many games with black Gelfand opted for the Gruenfeld. Maybe that is what had Anand double checking, if only because his rival was persisting with something he has hardly ever played before.Even while running a bit short on time – though only comparatively Anand was clearly pushing for that first win, which could have given him a big advantage in such a short 12-game match.Early in the game, Anand made it clear he was now ready for even Gelfand’s Gruenfeld. But as things panned out, he may have needed just a wee bit time more.After the two had gone through 23 moves, there were just 34 minutes for Anand and 62 minutes for Gelfand.A little earlier, there were some who felt Anand’s 17. Bd4 was a move to ensure safety. But it was clear that Anand had some other ideas as things transpired.A win in the early stages could well spell disaster for the loser, because most experts believe that a 12-game match is too short for a world championships. Yet Gelfand has never played a long match – he won the right to play for the title after winning a six-game match over Alexander Grischuk last year. On the other hand, Anand has had a lot of experience in matchplay, having lost to Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in the past, but having beaten Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov in recent years.SCOREBOARD; GAME 3 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 e5 9. d5 c6 10. h4 cxd5 11. exd5 N8d7 12. h5 Nf6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Kb1 Rc8 16. Ka1 e4 17. Bd4 Na4 18. Nge2 Qa5 19. Nxe4 Qxd2 20. Nxf6+ Rxf6 21. Rxd2 Rf5 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. d6 Rfc5 24. Rd1 a5 25. Rh4 Rc2 26. b3 Nb2 27. Rb1 Nd3 28. Nd4 Rd2 29. Bxd3 Rxd3 30. Re1 Rd2 31. Kb1 Bf5+ 32. Nxf5+ gxf5 33. Re7+ Kg6 34. Rc7 Re8 35. Rh1 Ree2 36. d7 Rb2+ 37. Kc1 Rxa2 1/2-1/2last_img read more

Hornets storm back from 18 down, trounce Bucks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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’ 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 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Khris Middleton had 31 points, while John Henson and Eric Bledsoe each had 16 for the Bucks, who had beaten the Hornets the night before in Milwaukee. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play on the second night of the back-to-back because of right knee soreness.The Bucks led by one at halftime and appeared ready to break the game open after starting the second half on a 19-2 run.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 hostingBut Charlotte, which missed its first six shots from the field in the third quarter, stormed back to take the lead with 3:46 left in the game after Howard backed down Henson in the lane and scored on a 3-point play and Marvin Williams converted two free throws.The Bucks had a chance to tie it with 10 seconds left, but Middleton couldn’t get to the rim while guarded by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and had to settle for a fade-away 18-footer, which rimmed out. Michael Carter-Williams grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He converted both free throws to make it a two-possession game with 8.4 seconds left.center_img Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, right, drives against Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova, of Australia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APCHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Dwight Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Kemba Walker had 19 points and the Charlotte Hornets battled back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-106 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Treveon Graham and Frank Kaminsky each had 14 points as Charlotte’s bench shot 16 of 27 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Middleton knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with 6.4 seconds remaining, cutting the lead to 1. Walker, who had missed three of his previous five free throws, calmly stepped to the line and made two more free throws to push the lead to 3.Milwaukee didn’t take a timeout after Walkers made second free throw and Bledsoe missed 3-pointer from the left wing that would have tied the game. Walker added two more free throws to put it away.Antetokounmpo played against the Hornets in Milwaukee on Friday night and had 26 points and seven rebounds while playing 36 ½ minutes in Milwaukee’s 109-104 victory. But Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Antetokounmpo developed soreness in the knee after the game. Antetokounmpo entered the game second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.6 points per game.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads View commentslast_img read more

Can Lady Chiefs score title repeat?

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES “That’s already a thing of the past and we’re already looking at the future,” he said. “In fact, after this year, we have four or five recruits coming in and we expect them to really make a significant impact on the team right away.”Arellano, which will be coached by Obet Javier, will try to ride on its magical season last year when they defied the odds to dismantle a San Sebastian team that swept its way to the Finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments Slowed by bogeys, Saso shares first-round lead with Thais All eyes will be on the Arellano Lady Chiefs as they try to defend their volleyball crown. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETSan Sebastian begins NCAA mission with just nine players Arellano University opens defense of its NCAA women’s volleyball crown against Mapua while last season’s losing finalist San Sebastian begins it trek to dust off unfinished business when it begins a new era Thursday at Filoil Flying V Arena.The Lady Chiefs will parade a roster virtually untouched by graduation while the Lady Stags, who got swept in last season’s title series, start a new chapter in their history after three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones maxed out her eligibility.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Regine Anne Arocha, Necole Ebuen, Andrea Marzan and Jovielyn Prado are back for Arellano, which battles the Lady Cardinals at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Stags, meanwhile, will play the whole season with just nine players starting with the 12-noon duel with the Emilio Aguinaldo Lady Generals.SSC coach Roger Gorayeb, who is expected to rely heavily on veterans Alyssa Eroa, Vira May Guillema, Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion, however, remained confident of their chances.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 hosting“We’re still a fighting team but we have to avoid injuries,” said Gorayeb.Gorayeb also said they hadmoved on from last year’s heartbreak.last_img read more

Soyud finds confidence despite Adamson’s loss to Ateneo

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Late run pushes GlobalPort past Kia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Falcons bowed to the Lady Eagles, 25-18, 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-10, but it was in this drawback that Soyud regained her confidence.Soyud had her highest-scoring game of the season for the Lady Falcons with 19 points and she’s certain her performance has brought back the confidence she’s searched for after a dismal stretch this season.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“I know my confidence’s back, because I played really horribly the last few games,” said Soyud in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“At first I had all this doubt within me because I really played terribly the past games so I tried to build my confidence back up and try to contribute better for the team.” LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Eli Soyud still saw some positives after Adamson University’s five-setter loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Soyud, a one-time champion with De La Salle in Season 78, scored a total of 17 points in the four games prior to Adamson facing Ateneo.The opposite hitter said they just have to be more consistent in finishing matches after their loss to Ateneo saw their record drop to 2-3.“We really lack that consistency because the past games we’ve really performed poorly,” said Soyud whose team has now lost two straight. “We have to work it out as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe 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 View commentslast_img read more

HTC teases something huge is coming; could be One M9 Plus

first_imgWhile we are already pepped up about HTC’s March 1 event, the company has now notched up our anticipation by hinting something that was well until now subject of mere rumour. It’s confirmed that HTC will unveil its next flagship on March 1 at a pre-MWC 2015 event. However, the company has now dropped in a hint that the company may be planning to unveil another handset at the same vent, most likely the bigger variant of the One M9.HTC USA recently took to Twitter to tease the alleged handset rumoured to be called the One (M9) Plus. The tagline of the Tweet states the obvious, that “Something Huge is coming from HTC”. Is it the One M9 Plus? We are not sure yet, but it chances are it could be.Something HUGE is coming from HTC. Imagine [number][big thing] in space. And then [math term] that by [number]. #Madlib HTC USA (@HTCUSA) February 19, 2015Rumours about the alleged One (M9) Plus have been doing the rounds for quite a while now. Popular and notorious (now retired) tipster, @evleaks recently leaked a render of the alleged HTC One (M9) standing next to its bigger version, quite possibly the M9 Plus. Moreover, a new report doing the rounds (via GSMArena) recently leaked the Compubench benchmark results of two HTC devices, tipping specifications of the HTC One (M9) along with the rumoured One (M9) Plus. The report that quotes Techtastic cites two HTC handsets: the HTC OPAJ13 (One M9) and HTC 0PK71 (One M9 Plus).              advertisementAccording to the leak, the One M9 features a 5-inch full-HD display and is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage and sports a 20MP rear camera along with a 13MP front camera.Meanwhile, the HTC One M9, as per the report features a 5.1-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 chipset alongside 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage and sports a 20MP rear camera along with a 13MP front camera, just like the One M9.last_img read more

‘Rajmata is interested in education and social uplift’

first_imgPretty protestMs Shirley Joshua’s piece on what she calls “The Petticoat Protest” brings home certain tickling points. The protest by what is apparently a handful of that amusing tribe called society ladies, against Mr Desai’s remarks on women in Time magazine, is not just ridiculous but embarrassingly funny. In spite,Pretty protestMs Shirley Joshua’s piece on what she calls “The Petticoat Protest” brings home certain tickling points. The protest by what is apparently a handful of that amusing tribe called society ladies, against Mr Desai’s remarks on women in Time magazine, is not just ridiculous but embarrassingly funny.In spite of their central slogan “Women for Democracy, Democracy for Women” which looks impertinent and irrelevant in the context, their pretty protest in the heat and dust of Delhi hasn’t triggered off a crisis for Desai’s cabinet as they feared it would do.T.K. Harshan, CalcuttaRoyal misunderstandingI am writing to you regarding the interview with me you published in India Today. I should like to make it clear that during the final stages of the writing of A Princess Remembers I was in Tihar jail and it was for that reason that Santha Rama Rau was not able to send me the manuscript for corrections.And it was practically impossible for me to communicate with anyone and therefore she did not receive any of the letters that I wrote her with corrections. It would seem by reading the article that I did not like the work done by Santha Rama Rau on A Princess Remembers. I would also like to mention that I have since read the book and I think that Santha Rama Rau has done a wonderful job on it.Gayatri Devi, JaipurUnjust and unfairI refer to the interesting and topical Interview of the Fortnight “The Rajmata Remembers” in your issue dated April 16-30. The interview brings out the sordid reality of what seems to have been the politically motivated arrest of Rajmata Gayatri Devi.The Rajmata is interested in education and social uplift. She has “walked with kings yet not lost the common touch”. It would indeed be befitting if she is appointed as the Governor of one of our states so that she can carry on her philanthropic work in wider spheres.Bhim Krishnama, SecunderabadPerfect balanceThe balance between the readable pages and the advertisements is perfect; please don’t go the Illustrated Weekly way.Apurva S. Patel, BombayThe ‘BAD’ ADOne fails to understand why Doordarshan refused and ad for the April 16th issue of India Today. There was indeed nothing derogatory (even by implication) in the script and visuals presented. In fact, the cover story was an excellent example of objective and investigative reporting. Doordarshan has blatantly encroached into the freedom of the Press.I wonder why India Today left the matter at that when it should have been taken up (without prejudice) to the I & B Ministry. This act of Doordarshan shows that undesirable stooges of the erstwhile despotic government are allowed to destroy the principles of the government.M.N. Joy, TrivandrumThe weekly gapAs a sincere reader of your spicy India Today, I would suggest one more point, that is, make your newsmagazine as a regular weekly to cover all happenings from all walks of life. Your stress on some non-political subjects like “For Art’s Sake,” “Theatre and Cinema” are well arranged, but also reserve some matter from the south beneath those headings.V.S. Ranga Dev, MadrasAstigmatic criticismAfter reading the review on Gandhiji I think I prefer the myopia of a devotee any day to the astigmatism of a critic. Your reviewer’s dislike of “Hind Swaraj” was apparently shared by Mrs Gandhi’s regime: during the Emergency I couldn’t get hold of a copy anywhere in Delhi.Bhilbhai, New DelhiSuggestion boxI am a regular reader of India Today. It is interesting to read as it contains informative and educative features. But I have a few suggestions to make. I request you to include more articles on films and sports, as they are very scarce in your magazine. Include other features such as comics for children, a story and some contests such as a Quiz, Crossword etc. These features expand the quality of your magazine.Harold Rasquinha, BombayInviting commentsI’ve read with pleasure the article, Newspapers – Between the Lies (India Today, April 1-15). It invites comments. In that item you just ignored the name of a fearless Bombay weekly, Himmat, who vehemently protested against Press censorship and faced trial, filed by Maharashtra government, for the “objectionable” article it published on family planning.Subrato Sen Gupta, Rangaparaadvertisementlast_img read more

Michael Ferreira wins World Amateur Billiards title in Melbourne

first_imgFor Michael Ferreira who won the World Amateur Billiards title at Melbourne last fortnight, the road to the top has been frustrating in the extreme: eight trips to the world championships, including four finals, during which he knew that if only he could come to grips with himself he could,For Michael Ferreira who won the World Amateur Billiards title at Melbourne last fortnight, the road to the top has been frustrating in the extreme: eight trips to the world championships, including four finals, during which he knew that if only he could come to grips with himself he could be world champion. Ferreira’s failing was his inconsistency, costly lapses against “needle” opponents bringing about a loss in confidence and causing him to lose vital matches against “rabbits”.Another failing has been Ferreira’s style of play. He likes to play an open game which enabled exponents of percentage billiards like English bus driver Norman Dagley and Satish Mohan now settled in Australia to constantly frustrate his attempts at scaling the heights.And Bob Close of England, almost did it again at Melbourne this year in a cliff-hanger of an eight-hour final in which the Englishman led till the start of the final session. But Ferreira kept him cool this time, revealing a rare single-mindedness of purpose that saw him through.Wilson Jones, twice world champion who did much to mould Ferreira’s game in its formative years once said: “The trouble with Mike is that he is more concerned with statistics than titles.” This, of course, was no reflection on Ferreira’s ability in the dexterous top-table game, his positional play and fluent cueing. One critic had compared Ferreira’s world record of 627 points in the 1969 world championships to the “purring of a Rolls Royce”.Born in Bombay, the youngest of three children, Ferreira, who confesses to having been a “spoilt brat”, tried his hand at cricket, soccer, badminton, basketball, boxing, table tennis at St. Joseph’s school, Darjeeling. “You name it, I did it,” he said. He “gravitated” to billiards because three tables were available at school.advertisementWatching Wilson Jones in action for the first time in 1953 was a real eye-opener for young Ferreira. “It was a real revelation,” he said. “I never knew the game could be mastered to that extent: At that time I could never have dreamt of beating the great Wilson.” He beat Wilson in the Western India in 1966 in a “helluva close game”.Ferreira’s highest break in competition play is 629. His father, now 77, was a fairly good player in his days, consistently chalking up breaks in the ’90s. But his sternest critic is his mother. “The way the old dearie would criticize if I played badly,” he said.Ferreira – the world title after eight frustrationg attempts”It’s ego. The desire to shine. To be the best, fierce competitive drive that takes you to the top,” he explained. Unfortunately, “the all-consuming desire to win is lacking in today’s youth.”Ferreira discounts the importance of luck and maintains that it is ridiculous to blame kismet for one’s shortcomings. According to him, in the long run luck evens out. Yet he is mystified by the indefinable something, the rub of the green. “One has to be fortunate I guess, for one cannot win without a certain degree of luck. But to blame luck for your shortcomings is bloody silly,” he said.The Colgate Grand Prix Championships of India 1977, which Vijay Amritraj won earlier this month for the third time in four attempts, saw him pocket a cool US $8,750 in foreign exchange which was not a bad reward for a week’s work.Vijay Amritraj’s victory, who until the start of the tournament had earned 1,04,218 dollars during the current year gave the sizeable but partisan crowds plenty to shout about. But, the tennis served up was lacklustre with some ofthe “hot shots” who finally participated appearing to be strangely lackadaisical.Before that had come the all-too-familiar tale of last minute withdrawals of some of the “big” names. Originally, this year’s top card was Bill Scanlon, ranked 37th in the Association of Tennis Players rankings, the barometer of a player’s standing in world tennis.But the initial card did have depth and width, for as many as 19 players from among the top 100 had confirmed their entries. But as the curtain was about to go up, the roll-call of dropouts began to be read out. Fourteen opted out for reasons best known to themselves and to the bigwigs of the Asian circuit.Why does every Indian Open have to weather these shocks? Firstly, it has a one-star rating, that is, a prize money of just US $50,000 in comparison with a six-star’s US $175,000 haul. Secondly, India is part of the Asian circuit, facing the counter pull of such glamour spots as Hong Kong and Japan.advertisementApart from clashing datewise with the $1,50,000 Johannesburg tournament, it is sandwiched between two sectors of the lucrative Australian leg and comes at the fag end of the circuit when more often than not, the maximum 50 points that this low rating offers have little bearing on a players’ chances of qualifying for the Masters.The question being asked in many quarters is: should we continue to stay in the Grand Prix circuit, spend so much for so inadequate a return or should we divert our energies and resources to more profitable tennis avenues?Indian tennis officials are all for staying in the circuit. They defend the expenses involved saying that it builds spectator interest and gives our younger players experience against foreign competitors. Above all, these draw out the big sponsors who help foster the game in the country, which would not otherwise be the case. For the Bombay open, Colgate announced a two million dollar bonus and Air India and Godrej are committed to the 1978 open.But institutions, as Samuel Johnson said, should be judged by their results. One may well ask: since the inception of the Grand Prix, how many really talented youngsters have we produced, barring Ramesh Krishan, son of the great Ramanathan? If Grand Prix tournaments do so much for the standard of the game in a country how is it that India have never beaten New Zealand in a Davis Cup tie?The Indian tournament is said to be a US $50,000 event. In actual fact, it costs India US $100,000 if you consider the free hospitality and travel which is offered and which is often abused as was the case with at least one player who made no bones about the fact that he had entered this year’s Indian Open only to get a free ticket home from Taipei where he had last participated.All in all as things stand, the Grand Prix, although a good concept, is a waste of time, effort and precious money which can be infinitely better utilized for the promotion of the game in the country.last_img read more

It’s important to spend some time to review your overall financial situation than regret later

first_imgGaurav MashruwalaA huddle of players on the sports field in between a game, an annual body check-up or an off-site of senior corporate managers at the end of the year-all these are exercises to review the current state of affairs, and make changes if required.All strategies, systems and processes need,Gaurav MashruwalaA huddle of players on the sports field in between a game, an annual body check-up or an off-site of senior corporate managers at the end of the year-all these are exercises to review the current state of affairs, and make changes if required.All strategies, systems and processes need monitoring and reviewing. This is to assess effectiveness and make necessary modifications.All of us work hard throughout the year to create wealth for achieving our future financial commitments. Unfortunately, we never take stock of the situation. We don’t know whether we are on track to achieve those commitments or are just wandering about.It’s important to spend about two hours every quarter (eight hours in a year) to review our overall financial situation. At the end of the financial year, this may become a little more exhaustive exercise.”We had no idea that we had sufficient wealth to reach most of our financial goals, we have always lived in anxiety,” said a couple whose financial plan I helped review.There are many like them who are unnecessarily anxious. There are some who are more like vagabonds, wandering without clarity. Then there are some who pull up their socks and start getting focused. From feeling relieved after the review to preparing for a review and getting focused, different people go through different emotions. However, what is common to nearly all of them is that the review keeps them updated about the status of their financial affairs.Without getting into the nitty-gritty of the areas that need to be reviewed during quarterly and annual reviews, what should be kept in mind is to conduct a comprehensive review with focus on all four aspects of finances-income, expense, assets and liabilities.advertisementMany of us miss out on informing financial institutions about a change in address, revising bank details if we have changed the bank etc. These are not stray instances. A couple of thousands of crores of rupees are lying with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. This is accumulated funds of individual shareholders who did not encash their dividend warrants received from companies in which they had invested for seven years. If a shareholder does not encash the dividend warrant for seven years, then the company has to send that amount to the ministry. There are also a few other financial products on which if no claim is made by the investor, the amount needs to be deposited with the ministry.Invariably, these are investors who did not inform the financial institution/company where they had invested their hard-earned income of their address change. There are also instances where individuals missed out on updating their bank details. Therefore, even if they had given electronic clearance service mandate, they may have closed the bank account and also migrated to some other address and the financial institution was not able to contact them.Undertake all these activities while reviewing. Reviewing should be on financial aspects such as income, expenses, assets and liabilities. It also includes the administrative aspects. At the time of yearly review, put in place a strategy for the coming year. Take stock of funds requirements during the year. Plan how to generate those funds-from regular income or by liquidating assets.We work hard to create wealth and enjoy its fruits when needed. Imagine a situation when in needwe realise that the seeds we hadsown cannot be reaped because of our lack of foresight-a situation that isbest avoided. Gaurav Mashruwala is the Financial planner and founder, A Cutting Edge.last_img read more

LG G4 goes official in India for Rs 51,000

first_imgSouth Korean giant LG on Friday formally announced the launch of its flagship G4 handset in India. The LG G4 (dual SIM, dual LTE) smartphone is now available in India at a price of Rs.51,000.The LG G4 was initially launched in April. Meanwhile, the company had also started taking pre-orders for the device in India at the beginning of June.The flagship LG G4 has a 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution that roughly translates to 538ppi. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM.It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card slot. The dual SIM device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s custom UX 4.0 UI on top.The handset sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and LED flash. There is also an 8-megapixel front camera on-board.The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging technology.  The LG G4 will be available in handcrafted, genuine full grain leather and will come in three colors: brown, black and red.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal loss sends shockwaves round Wimbledon

first_imgThe untroubled advance of the heavy hitters at Wimbledon was spectacularly halted on Thursday when twice champion Rafa Nadal was bundled out by German qualifier Dustin Brown who played the match of his life.Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova all cruised into the third round with straight-sets victories as the tournament meandered serenely through its fourth balmy day.But the calm was shattered by the final match on Centre Court when Brown, a man until now best known for his unconventional approach and dread-locks, brought back memories of the golden summer Wimbledon evenings of wooden rackets as he combined relentless power with brave and ambitious creativity.Brown came out swinging and even when Nadal dug deep to level the match at one set all he did not hold back, going for his shots and harrying his illustrious opponent at every opportunity.Along with the power there was finesse which had the Centre Court crowd roaring their approval and Brown rattled through the final set to secure a fully deserved victory.”You have to play your A game against him,” said Brown, who also beat Nadal in their only previous meeting in Halle last year.”I’m fortunate I played him twice on grass, which is my favourite surface — I wouldn’t want to play him anywhere else. My game makes him not play his game. He doesn’t get in a rhythm.”Defeat continued Nadal’s wretched run at Wimbledon since he lost the 2011 final to Novak Djokovic.In successive years he has lost to players ranked 100, 135, 144 and now 102 without getting past the fourth round — a stunning decline for the 14-times grand slam winner who triumphed at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 and has been runner-up three times.advertisement”My motivation is to be back to that level but I don’t know if I can,” 10th seed Nadal said.”But I’ve played on the last day here five days and had the trophy back home twice, so it’s not bad.”EXPLOSIVE FINALEThe day’s explosive finale was in marked contrast to the early matches which went exactly to form.Murray led the way by polishing off Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 6-1 6-4 in 87 minutes with barely a misplaced shot.”In grand slams you have to try to conserve energy when you can really because the two weeks can be quite draining physically and mentally,” Murray told reporters.Federer was equally untroubled in a 6-4 6-2 6-2 mauling of American Sam Querrey.Seeking a record eighth Wimbledon singles title, the Swiss was on cruise control from the off.”So far so good,” Federer said. “Sometimes the feeling is good out there and today was definitely a good day.”I guess there’s also a little bit of relief that I’m also playing well at Wimbledon.”Possibly even more impressive was Kvitova, whose 6-2 6-0 demolition of Kurumi Nara meant the defending champion has dropped only three games in two matches.After four days of action the top four men’s seeds have yet to drop a set between them, with only two going as far as a tiebreak.last_img read more

India squad for Lanka tour on July 23, Harbhajan Singh may make cut

first_imgThe Indian squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka featuring three Tests would be selected on July 23 in New Delhi.”The meeting is scheduled on the 23rd in Delhi,” a Cricket Board source informed PTI when queried about the scheduled date and venue of the meeting.The full strength India squad, with Virat Kohli expected to be named as its captain, will be available for the tour, barring those who would be unavailable through injuries.The tour is slated to start with a three-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka Chairman’s XI, from August 6-8 at the R Premadasa Stadium. This would be followed by three Test matches with the games scheduled to be played at Galle (August 12-16), Tamil Union Oval (August 20-24) and SSC, Colombo (August 28 to September 1).This would be India’s first visit to Lanka for a Test series after five years. The two countries split a three-Test rubber 1-1 in 2010 on India’s previous tour to the Emerald Isle.last_img read more

Day 3 of Amazon India Couture Week presented ‘palettes of Persia’

first_imgDay 3 of the ongoing Amazon India Couture Week at Taj Palace hotel began on a spectacular and traditional note.Designer Anju Modi, who has been busy working on the costumes of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming flick Bajirao Mastani, which is about a Persian princess played by Deepika Padukone, took her muse to new heights at her show.Titled Kashish – an Urdu word which means attraction or yearning for something – the collection dedicates itself to the Sufi yearning for the Almighty as well as the bride’s yearning for her beloved. The capsule collection was a visual delight, comprising royal looking yet delicate lehengas, saris, angrakhas, duppatas, and shararas for women apart from achkans and pajamas for men in shades like pistachio, pastel pink, beige and gold sheen.”We’ve used pure silver foil and gold foil in the garments, which you put on your mithai or sweetmeats. That is why the colour is so rich in the garments. The technique, of course, is a trade secret you can’t know about but can enjoy,” Anju Modi said while speaking to Mail Today.Talking of her inspiration, she said, “I’ve been inspired by Persia and its art, which was also the theme of Bajirao Mastani. I found my muse in its miniature art, architecture, philosophy and painting. There is so much delicacy in their workmanship because their thoughts and philosophy are pure and the culture is in a deeply Sufi mode. They always yearn for the beloved, the Supreme. I’ve made the same happen for the bride through my designs because when the bride is getting married, it’s a supreme feeling for her.”advertisementThe fabrics are pure handloom, natural fibres, dupion, khadi, organza and chanderi. “All our Hindustani and desi cloths,” Modi shares.Speaking about her experience designing costumes for the movie, she shared, “costume designing has opened so many vistas to my thinking process because when we design for real people, it is the real thing that fashion designers are meant to do. But in movie costumes, you need to get into the character of one person – whether she’s sad or happy or dancing – then you think like her and that kind of colour or garment. So you’re basically living the life of the character for the length of a year because you’re thinking like her and designing for her. That’s a very beautiful experience and I’m lucky to have it in my life.”The designer had something special to say about Deepika Padukone. “At the moment my biggest muse is Deepika. She is so down to earth and straightforward. Being from a sports background, she comes on time and quickly does her exercises. She is a very sorted, talented and beautiful woman,” she said.last_img read more

The daughter of late actor Paul Walker sues Porsche over fatal crash

first_imgThe daughter of late actor Paul Walker, who died in the fiery crash of a Porsche sports car in California two years ago, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car company in Los Angeles on Monday, court records show.Meadow Walker claimed in the complaint that the automaker skimped on safety features for the vehicle, which could have either prevented the crash entirely or at least kept Walker alive.The late star with his daughter Meadow Walker. Picture courtesy: Twitter/lovepaulwalkerrPaul Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas, who lost control of the vehicle before it careened into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, killing both men in November 2013.Also read:Paul Walker’s daughter launches foundation in his nameThe suit said Porsche AG knew the car model had a “history of instability and control issues” and added that the seat belts were designed such that in a crash, the shoulder belt anchor would be pulled along with the rear engine compartment while the seat anchor would remain in place.”This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and twenty seconds later,” the filing said.”Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today,” the complaint added, citing the seat belt design and other issues.advertisementPorsche could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday. But attorneys for the German car company said in April that Rodas was to blame for the crash following a lawsuit filed by his widow against the company’s North American unit last year.Attorneys for the company had then denied that the car had any defects.Walker’s death at the age of 40 led to a temporary halt in production of Fast & Furious 7, the latest movie in the successful series about illegal street racing that helped popularize his career.Also read:Paul Walker’s 42nd birth anniversary: Some unknown facts that you must knowThe Los Angeles Times has reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol found that unsafe speeds were to blame for the crash, not mechanical problems. The newspaper said investigators made the determination after consulting with technicians from Porsche.last_img read more

Nicky Minaj calls out to Miley Cyrus at MTV VMA

first_imgIt was just one of the dramatic moments at the awards show. Nicki Minaj called Miley Cyrus out at the MTV Video Music Awards after the 22-year-old said in an interview that the rapper was being a poor sport about not receiving a nomination for video of the year.After collecting best hip-hop video for Anaconda on Sunday, Minaj told the audience: “And now back to this b—- that had a lot to say about me a lot in the press. Miley, what’s good?”Minaj’s microphone was cut off, and Cyrus fired back with “we all know how they manipulate” words during interviews, referencing a pre-VMAs interview in the New York Times.. Cyrus then stumbled over her words as she tried to read from cue cards about voting for the artist to watch award.”I lost this award in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever! Because it’s no big deal. It’s just an award and I persevered,” she yelled, appearing to look over at Minaj.Miley Cyrus opens MTV VMA dressed in her wackiest bestShe ended with: “Congratulations Nicki.”In the recent interview, Cyrus criticized Minaj for her “pop star war” with Swift that began in July. On the show, however, the rapper ended her issues with Swift and they joined forces onstage.After Minaj entertained the audience with her upbeat Trini Dem Girls, Swift joined the rapper during her performance of the The Night Is Still Young. Swift wore a bright red dress that mirrored Minaj’s ensemble. Swift then performed some of her hit, Bad Blood, as Minaj danced around her. They closed with a hug.advertisementNicki Minaj and Taylor Swift perform at the MTV VMA at the Microsoft Theater in LA. Picture courtesy: APSwift, the top nominee with 10, traded words with Minaj over Twitter when the VMA nominees were announced in July. Minaj, who had one of the most viewed videos of the year with “Anaconda,” is not up for video of the year, and she tweeted that slim women easily earn top nominations and said black female entertainers don’t get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. Swift thought the rapper was referring to her and they traded words online, but later apologized.Swift’s nominations include video of the year, best collaboration, song of summer and more. She won best pop video and female video.Cyrus is hosting the VMAs two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for Wrecking Ball. She took a selfie with people in the audience and asked them to yell: “Marijuana.””Ellen, you ain’t got nothing on this,” she said.Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk earned the first Moonman in the live telecast for best male video.”Uptown Funk forever! Thank you!” Mars yelled.The song is also up for video of the year, and will compete with Swift’s Bad Blood, Beyonce’s 7/11, Kendrick Lamar’s Alright and Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.last_img read more

US Open: Tough tests from the start for Roger Federer, Andy Murray

first_imgRoger Federer and Andy Murray, two of the hottest players on the US hardcourts during the run-up to the US Open, face difficult tests right from the start at the season’s final grand slam starting on Monday.Second seed Federer, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the Cincinnati final and is striving to add to his record 17 grand slam singles titles, plays 34th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.Third seeded Murray, who defeated Djokovic in the Montreal final, faces number 37 Nick Kyrgios, the talented 20-year-old Australian who is on ATP probation after making a crude personal remark to Stan Wawrinka on court in Montreal.Also read: Sharapova pulls out of US Open due to leg injury Federer has been brandishing an aggressive style of play, forcing the action and rushing in to half-volley weak second serves to forge an advantage.”My game is going very well. My volleying has been very good lately and very proactive going forward and I think my serve has been unbelievable lately,” said Federer.Federer, 34, who won five consecutive U.S. Open titles from 2004 but has not been back to the finals since 2009, holds Mayer in high regard.”I didn’t know he was unseeded. Total shock for me to see I was going to play him,” Federer said. “It’s really tough to be playing Leonardo Mayer.”Federer narrowly won their only previous meeting 7-5 3-6 7-6(7) last year in the second round of the Shanghai ATP Masters.”The Shanghai match was one of the toughest ones I’ve ever won in my career,” Federer said. “I like the power he has plus the serve, which makes him tough to control from the baseline.advertisement”He’s a challenge.”Also read: Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic top seeds for U.S. Open  Murray eliminated Kyrgios from the Australian and French Open this year in straight sets and holds a 4-0 mark against him, but the Scotsman respects the firepower of the mercurial 20 year old.Kyrgios faces a 28-day suspension and $25,000 fine if he steps out of line at an ATP event in the next six months, but the International Tennis Federation has said he would not be under such restrictions at the grand slam, which it runs.Murray said he did not expect Kyrgios to be affected by all the negative attention.”To be honest, I believe he likes playing on big stages. I would expect him to be ready for the match. He gets fired up for big matches,” said Murray.”Every match is a new match. He’s quite an unpredictable player.”Murray said he had some sympathy for Kyrgios, who has been harshly criticized since his slur against Wawrinka and the Swiss player’s girlfriend, Croatian teenager Donna Vekic.”He’s a young guy,” Murray said. “He made a mistake. All the guys here when they were 19 or 20 made mistakes. His was seen by millions. It’s unfortunate it happened. It was wrong.”last_img read more

Football transfers: Who signed whom

first_imgThere was the usual frenzy of last-minute deals as the Premier League brought the curtain down on another bumper European transfer window in which Manchester City again flexed their financial muscle as the continent’s top spenders.With Europe’s other major countries closing for transfer business on Monday, the English top flight hogged the limelight for an extra day, with City’s rivals Manchester United completing the biggest and most eyebrow-raising late deal.Also read: Madrid blame United for failed De Gea transfer The capture of Anthony Martial from Monaco for 36 million pounds ($55.12 million), labelled a panic-buy by sections of the British media, ensured Premier League clubs racked up a record spend of more than 860 million pounds.That comfortably surpassed last season’s record by more than 25 million pounds and reinforced the competition’s status as the leading league in terms of transfer spending in the window.The capture of Anthony Martial from Monaco for 36 million pounds was labelled a panic-buy by sections of the British media. (Reuters Photo)City, who have won their first four league games this season, led the way with an outlay of 150 million pounds, including the 50 million-pound capture of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg, and forward Raheem Sterling from Liverpool in a deal that could reach 49 million pounds.City were followed in the spending stakes by United who took their outlay past 100 million with Tuesday’s deal for 19-year-old French striker Martial, who followed Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger into Old Trafford.Liverpool were not far behind in the spending stakes, splashing out almost 80 million pounds, mainly on Christian Benteke from Aston Villa for 32.5 million and Hoffenheim’s Roberto Firmino for 28.5, offset by Sterling’s move to City.advertisementENGLISH DOMINATIONFuelled by the money from the Premier League’s increasingly lucrative broadcast deals, English clubs made six of the biggest seven signings in the window.Only Qatari-backed Paris St Germain punctuated the list of the biggest deals with the 63 million euros ($71.26 million) signing of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Manchester United.Some of Europe’s traditional powerhouses had quieter windows than many might have expected.Also read: City keep up perfect start, Chelsea, Liverpool slump at home Arturo Vidal’s 37 million euros move to Bayern Munich from Juventus was the high point of the Bundesliga champions’ spending while there was no ‘galactico’ signing for Real Madrid, seeking to wrestle the La Liga crown back from Barcelona.Madrid, under new coach Rafa Benitez, brought in Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan for 30 million euros in their biggest deal but failed to sign Manchester United’s Spain goalkeeper David De Gea before the window slammed shut.That failure, with the two clubs blaming each other for the administrative snarl up, will have likely handed a psychological fillip to Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona.The catalan club managed to pull off deals for attacking Turkey midfielder Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid and winger Spaniard Aleix Vidal from Sevilla despite being prevented from registering new players until January, meaning this pair will have to kick their heels for some months.In Italy, champions Juventus replaced the outgoing Carlos Tevez with another Argentine following the capture of forward Paulo Dybala from Palermo for 32 million euros.SOME RESTRAINTYet as cash flowed freely between clubs there was also some restraint shown by some of Europe’s biggest teams.Chelsea, traditionally among the game’s biggest spenders, tightened the purse strings with their biggest outlay being on Spanish forward Pedro from Barcelona for 30 million euros.Also read: Chelsea manager Mourinho compares Pedro to Maradona Having missed out on defensive target John Stones from Everton, the English champions recouped the vast majority of their transfer outlay through sales and loan fees.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is renowned for keeping his powder dry but, after spending big on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last two summer windows, his only spending was the 10 million pounds he paid for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.last_img read more

Right time to resume India-Pakistan cricket, says ICC president Zaheer Abbas

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas on Tuesday said the whole world wants to see India and Pakistan play and it was the right time to resume the cricketing ties between the two countries.”The whole world wants India and Pakistan to play. I hope the time will come and we will start playing cricket. Whole world is looking for the Indo-Pak series, no doubt about it,” Abbas, himself a former Pakistan cricketer and captain, told reporters here.”It’s not just Pakistan wants to play India. India should also want to play against Pakistan. And if they play, this is the right time to start. As CEO Dave (Richardson) said, everybody is looking forward to seeing India-Pakistan play. People want to see Indo-Pak first, Ashes second,” Abbas said.He said he was ready to contribute in whatever manner he can to help the two neighbours resume the series.”If there’s someone who I can see and convey the message, I will,” he said when asked if he would hold talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Also read: BCCI extends Ravi Shastri’s tenure as team director till 2016 World T20 Pakistan Cricket Board last week requested Abbas to exert his influence as the ICC president to persuade the Indian board to confirm the series in December.He also hoped that the BCCI would talk to the PCB to finalise the series proposed to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”When I played cricket for my country in ’69-70, I played against India after 18 years. So I hope it will start soon,” he added.advertisementZaheer is in Hyderabad at the invitation of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) for the prize distribution of All India Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup final being played between Hyderabad XI and India Cements here.The former Pakistan skipper, who was last here in 1997 to play against India Veterans, said Hyderabad has changed a lot.”Lot of changes in this place. It looks very beautiful. I have been noticing all the changes on my way here from the airport. Really enjoyed the traffic and the roads, your airport has become wonderful, looks like some place abroad. It’s beautiful,” he said.He said India’s new Test skipper Virat Kohli is doing very well.”I’m hoping he’ll become better. There should be aggression, why not. But the main thing is you need to beat somebody, not by talking but by performing on the field.”last_img read more


first_imgIn Kashmir region, the officials said 100 peddlers were In Kashmir region, the officials said 100 peddlers were arrested in Baramulla followed by 91 in pulwama, 67 in Kulgam, 55 in Anantnag, 37 in Shopian, 34 in Bandipora, 25 in Kupwara, 19 in Budgam and 15 in Ganderbal since last year. Similarly in Jammu region, 55 drug peddlers were arrested from Udhampur district followed by 51 in Reasi, 42 Ramban, 32 Kathua, 30 Rajouri, 28 Doda, 20 in Samba, 14 Poonch and 11 Kishtwar since 2014, the officials said. The officials said a number of steps have been taken to tackle the menace of narcotics use in the state. The measures include conduct of frequent raids and laying of nakas and surprise checks to nab the persons involved in smuggling of narcotic drugs and phychotropic substances, strict implementation of the NDPS act. The other measures include holding of police community public group meetings to brief the participants about the harmful effects of these drugs, launching of anti-drug drives and distribution of printing material to generate awareness amongst the public, the officials said. They said organising of anti-drug rallies, sports meets, youth clubs and gym centres have been established with internet facilities to channelise the energy of youth in positive and nation building activities as part of efforts to lean away the youth from drugs. In addition, four drug de-addiction centres have been established at Srinagar, Jammu, Anantnag and Baramulla by the police department where counselling and treatment is given to the addicted persons, they said. The officials said frequent joint operations in consultation with other agencies are also undertaken to destroy banned crops like Bhang and Poppy in the state. PTI MIJ NDC RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

Carmakers offer hefty festive discounts to boost sales

first_imgMarket leader Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is offering cash discounts, ranging from Rs 5,000 on its hatchback Celerio to Rs 35,000 on entry level Alto800.Besides, the carmaker is giving discounts on other models including Wagon R, Stingray and Dzire but no such offers are on recent launches like Ciaz.”Customers are already responding very positively to our current sales promotion schemes and booking is seeing an uptrend. For the forthcoming festive season the excitement has begun,” MSI Executive Director (M&S), RS Kalsi told PTI.The company has already introduced six festive and limited editions like Alto 800 Onam edition, WagonR Avance, Swift Glory, Alto K10 Urbano, he added.                “Many more festive models are in pipeline including automatic and SHVS (Hybrid). And of course, we will soon bring the premium hatchback Baleno to the Indian customers. Bookings for Baleno are due to open next week, after we share the information about the car,” Kalsi said.Rival Hyundai Motor is offering the maximum discount of Rs 37,000 on its entry level model Eon, followed by i10 and Grand i10 (Rs 27,000 each).The carmaker is also offering discount of up to Rs 28,000 on compact sedan Xcent and Rs 15,000 off on mid-size sedan Verna. There are no discounts on high selling models i20 and recently launched compact sports utility vehicle Creta.General Motors is offering exchange bonus of Rs 20,000 on Beat and Rs 30,000 exchange bonus on Cruze. It is further giving off on other models like Sail (hatchback and sedan), multi-purpose vehicle Enjoy and Tavera.advertisement”This is a great time to purchase Chevrolet cars, as customers will get the best value for their money along with complete piece of mind giving them a truly satisfying ownership experience,” General Motors India, President and Managing Director, Arvind Saxena said.Japanese car maker Nissan is also offering discounts adding up to Rs 25,000 on Datsun GO+ for orders booked in the month of October. It is also giving benefit worth Rs 22,000 on Datsun Go.”We are celebrating this festive season by offering special benefits to our customers and an attractively priced Datsun line-up for the Indian customers,” Nissan Motor India, Managing Director Arun Malhotra said.last_img read more


first_imgThe vision of JGU is to promote global courses, globalThe vision of JGU is to promote global courses, global programmes, global curriculum, global research, global collaborations, and global interaction through a global faculty.IIHEd is an independent research institute within JGU that will be focused on pursuing research and capacity building initiatives on different aspects of higher education in India and beyond, with the vision of contributing towards institution building for nation building.IIHEd will conduct research and offer advice on all aspects of higher education with a strong focus on curriculum development; pedagogical innovations; faculty engagement; faculty recruitment, retention and development; research and knowledge creation systems; promotion of scholarship and building research capacities; developing international collaborations; benchmarking and assessments of institutions; and for providing institutional support on law, policy and regulations relating to higher education.About Queen Mary University of London Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UKs leading universities, and one of the largest institutions in the University of London, with 20,260 students from more than 150 countries.A member of the Russell Group, we work across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by our research – in the most recent national assessment of the quality of research, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014). (MORE) BUS TLS TLSlast_img read more

Man arrested at Kylie’s mansion for attempted break-in

first_imgThe reality TV star was celebrating Christmas with her friends and family, when a man allegedly appeared at her security gate, raising an alarm immediately, reports tmz.com.Also read: When did this happen? Tyga is ‘devastated’ over split from Kylie Jenner As per sources, the man has been at her home at least 10 times in the past, but this time, he attempted to force his way into the Calabasas property. He is said to have been taken into custody, and placed on a psychiatric cell for now.Although it is not clear whether the 19-year-old was at home or not at the time this incident took place, the motive behind the attempted break-in is also unknown. Also read: 5 reasons why Kylie Jenner is morphing into Kim Kardashian Meanwhile, Kylie has also been seen flashing a big rock on her finger, igniting rumours that she is already engaged to her rapper boyfriend, Tyga.The pair was rumoured to have split briefly in November, around the time of Tyga’s 26th birthday, but during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Jenner confirmed that they are still together.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Its not only about elite talkathon at Davos

first_imgFrom Barun JhaDavos, Jan 19 (PTI) Home to the annual talkathon of the rich and powerful from across the world for over four decades, this Swiss resort town has its own history of being a place of eminence for medical tourism as also for winter sports.With the annual five-day powwow of business and global leaders beginning under the aegis of World Economic Forum (WEF), the small alpine town is buzzing with top CEOs and others who matter in black business suits and the police and army people in orange-and-blue dress posted to provide security for such a large-scale event.Still, the streets are not totally devoid of usual skiing enthusiasts and some tourists devouring the rich history of this small Swiss town on snow-capped Alps.Once famous for being a summer health resort, Davos has gradually emerged as a major winter sport hub on Alps, but its biggest claim to fame for the past four decades has been World Economic Forums Annual Meeting every January, beginning 1971.The Geneva-based WEF is hosting its 46th Annual Meeting here beginning today, wherein more than 2,500 leaders from across the world including 50 heads of government are expected to indulge in a high-profile talk fest for five days.To cover this global elite jamboree, there are nearly 1,000 journalists and support staff as well.While such a high-profile event leads to all hotels and rental apartments being occupied, the die-hard winter sport fans still throng this place as WEF week also means relatively smaller crowds in ski areas and on mountain cableways.advertisementThe only drawback for tourists is that they cannot stay within the town, which has less than 10 medium-sized hotels and about 40 small ones including near-by areas like Klosters and Dorf.Besides, the so-called WAGs (wives and girlfriends of those attending WEF meet) are also around in large numbers on ski circuits and at various tourist destinations of the town that comprises two big parallel roads and numerous connecting alleys.Davos history as a modern and popular holiday destination dates back to 150 years ago in 1865 when first winter guests arrived here. Till then, it was just a summer mountain health resort with a strong reputation for treatment of tuberculosis patients. (More) PTI BJ SOM ABKlast_img read more


first_imgBengaluru, Feb 6 (PTI) Following is the list of players Bengaluru, Feb 6 (PTI) Following is the list of players who were sold in the IPL auction here today. Rising Pune Supergiants Kevin Pietersen sold for Rs 3.5 crores Ishant Sharma sold for Rs 3.8 crores Irfan Pathan sold for Rs 1 crore Mitchell Marsh sold for Rs 4.8 crores RP Singh sold for Rs 30 lakhs Ankit Sharma sold for Rs 10 lakhs Rajat Bhatia sold for Rs 60 lakh Ishwar Pandey sold for Rs 20 lakh M Ashwin sold for Rs 4.5 crore Ankush Bains sold for Rs 10 lakh Peter Handscomb sold for Rs 30 lakh Thisara Perera sold for Rs 1 crore Baba Aparajith sold for Rs 10 lakh Deepak Chahar sold for Rs 10 lakh Ashok Dinda sold for Rs 50 lakh Scott Boland sold for Rs 50 lakh Adam Zampa sold for Rs 30 lakh Jaskaran Singh sold for Rs 10 lakh Gujarat Lions Dwayne Smith sold for Rs 2.3 crore Dale Steyn sold for Rs 2.3 crore Dinesh Karthik sold for Rs 2.3 crore Dhawal Kulkarni sold for Rs 2 crore Praveen Kumar sold for Rs 3.5 crore Paras Dogra sold for Rs 10 lakhs Ishan Kishan sold for Rs 35 lakhs Eklavya Dwivedi sold for Rs 1 crore Pradeep Sangwan sold for Rs 20 lakhs Pravin Tambe sold for Rs 20 lakhs Shivil Kaushik sold for Rs 10 lakhs Sarabjit Ladda sold for Rs 10 lakhs Aaron Finch sold for Rs 1 crore Umang Sharma sold for Rs 10 lakhs Andrew Tye sold for Rs 50 lakh Shadab Jakati sold for Rs 20 lakh Akshdeep Nath sold for Rs 10 lakh Jaydev Shah sold for Rs 20 lakh Amit Mishra sold for Rs 10 lakh. MORE PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea mock Jose Mourinho’s ‘three finger sign’ with a series of tweets

first_imgback at it with the mou salute— சுஜன் (@SujSta) October 28, 2018 Ross getting in on the Mourinho salute 😂😂😂😂— javed 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦊 (@javedbashir7) October 28, 2018 Advertisement Jose Mourinho showed three fingers for his three EPL titles to Chelsea fans on Saturday, now three fingers for his treble with Inter to Juve fans. What’s next, three fingers for three trophies with United?🤔 pic.twitter.com/eb2Iw6KeXg— David Kappel (@kappilinho) October 23, 2018 AdvertisementThe ‘three finger salute’ of Mourinho in question. Photo Credits: Getty ImagesChelsea fans over social media have reasons to believe that Chelsea’s official Twitter account has been taking sly digs at former gaffer Jose Mourinho.The supporters made their deduction after the Blues tweeted and re-tweeted posts in connection with the number three.The Manchester United manager returned to Stamford Bridge on 20th October and his side came away with a 2-2 draw.While the supporters at the stadium were making snide remarks towards Jose, the Portuguese rallied back by holding three fingers up to the crowd, referring to the number of Premier League titles he had won with the club.Since then, Chelsea FC has been uploading posts in relation to the number three. Prior to the weekend’s Burnley clash, the club tweeted a gif of Jorginho holding up three fingers with the caption “Three hours to go”.Three hours to go! ⏱#BURCHE pic.twitter.com/rpp2TOvTyc— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 28, 2018The Blues then uploaded a picture of Ross Barkley also holding up three fingers with the caption: “Ross Barkley is the first Englishman to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the Blues since Frank Lampard, back in 2013!”Ross Barkley is the first Englishman to score in three consecutive @PremierLeague games for the Blues since Frank Lampard, back in 2013! 👏 #BURCHE pic.twitter.com/5dcJarfh3S— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 28, 2018They also re-tweeted goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s tweet which says: “Great win today! 3 points and clean sheet! Come on @chelseafc”Great win today! 3 points and clean sheet! Come on @chelseafc pic.twitter.com/4xyZorXEyh— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) October 28, 2018Some Chelsea fans believe this is no coincidence, one tweeted: “Our account slyly taking the p*** out of Mourinho or…”Another posted: “Three hours to go? You know what 3 means? 3 titles more than every other manager together.”Oh no is getting worse than we 1st thought…first Jose. then @rubey_lcheek now we got @RBarkley8The 3 finger Jose salute is getting bigger after each game 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Gn3B7K4zPJ— Dean Harris (@DeanMrharris) October 28, 2018last_img read more

Rajkumar Tiwari, Special Olympics gold medallist, cleans dishes in restaurant to earn his living

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementRajkumar Tiwari had a torrid life fulfilling his dream of becoming an ice skater. He delivered newspapers in the morning and got a job in the jewelry store in the rest of day to cover expenses for his weekend training schedule.Image Credits: Hindustan TimesMany, including he himself, thought that his life would change once he bagged the gold medal at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013 in Pyeongyang in North Korea. However, it proved to be of no avail.Rajkumar cannot still pay for his travel expenditure and training regimes and has already missed two important ranking tournaments. He has taken up a cleaning job and washes utensils to make ends meet.“There are days when I have to skip training because I don’t earn enough money to pay Rs 500 fee per day for practicing at the rink. The upcoming championships are important to accumulate points and qualify for the World Championships. I need the government’s help urgently,” Rajkumar said in an exclusive interview to TOI.Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has promised to solve his financial problem once he takes time to meet him as he is eligible to receive government aid under the National Sports Development Fund.Right now, Rajkumar is surviving on crowdfunding but to go further government’s help is required.ALSO READ:Sprint sensation Hima Das travels 120km to strike a balance between Board Exams and traininglast_img read more

Bruh moment of 1st November 2019: Leganés’ beach ball training will leave you rolling…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@primevideosport)AdvertisementOne fixture on match day, six days of training. Must get very boring for the players of the beautiful game everyday. Same training ground, same drills. Is there any answer on how to jazz up the repetitive routine for the footballers? CD Leganés has the answer!Image Courtesy: Twitter(@primevideosport)The La Liga side from the outskirts of the Spanish capital have started a quirky training session for its players using a giant ball, to develop their perception during game, and the drill is a treat for amusement. Taking inspiration from the movie ‘dodgeball’ and its 5 D’s – ‘dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge’, the exercise will aim for the players to work on their positioning and consciousness while on field.A footage of the training was uploaded on Twitter by Amazon Prime Video Sport. Enjoy the clip below-Leganes taking their training sessions to another level 😂Who wants to have a go at this?🎥 @CDLeganes pic.twitter.com/1GR11q6q6V— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) October 31, 2019As you can see, the drill is pretty simple. In the center circle, the player has to gather four red pieces of fabric, placed on four training cones. In the meantime, others will kick three large blue balls at the player, who must avoid contact with them while collecting the fabrics. Very innovative.Los Pepineros suffered a huge 5-0 defeat in the hands of the Galacticos yesterday at Santiago Bernabéu, pitting them in the bottom of the table with just 5 points.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kohli – Rahane become most successful 4th wicket pair in Indian test history after…

first_imgAdvertisementIndian captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane created a unique record in tests while batting together in the middle on Day 2 in the D/N test in Kolkata. During the course of the innings, the pair recorded the second highest overall runs scored for the 4th wicket, adding 2763 runs in 42 innings.Now only the pair of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan stand in the way of Kohli and Rahane having notched up 3138 runs in 51 innings for the 4th wicket. The Indian pair moved to second spot overtaking the legendary batsmens Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.However in the course of the innings, Kolhi eventually lost his partner for a well made 51. But this didn’t stop the skipper as he went on to notch up the first hundred for an Indian in D/N tests.Kolhi’s century marked his 20th as captain and saw him surpass Ricky Ponting tally to move to second spot. South Africa’s Graeme Smith leads the pack with 25 centuries.Advertisementlast_img read more

Queens again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use LATEST STORIES Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics From holding a 12-11 edge in the third set, F2 delivered a backbreaking 6-0 burst capped by Ara Galang’s hit.Mau conquered all defenses thrown at her and finished with a game-high 19 points, with Kim Kianna Dy adding 13, highlighted by four blocks.Jovelyn Gonzaga, the hero of the HD Spikers’ magical run from fifth seeds to finalists, had nine points to lead her squad.It was not the ending that the HD Spikers hoped for, obviously, most especially after dethroning powerhouse Petron in two marathon five-setters in the Final Four.But it was that great effort in the semifinals that also helped doom Cignal, as most of its big guns fell silent in the title series, having had just a day’s rest before playing Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos’ chances in Foshan rest on the outside shotcenter_img What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos MOST READ Mau scores off Jovelyn Gonzaga. —SHERWIN VARDELEONComing out determined against a charged-up foe, F2 Logistics on Tuesday simply didn’t give Cignal a chance.Kalei Mau was an unrelenting offensive dynamo and the Cargo Movers’ defense was unforgiving till the very end as F2 scored a 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 ripping of the HD Spikers to sweep the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Finals before an animated crowd at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Unlike in the series opener where the Cargo Movers won the first two sets only to be dragged into a five-setter, Mau and the rest of her crew didn’t let this one slip and led the franchise to their fourth league championship overall and their second All-Filipino crown in three years.It was a lopsided ending very few saw coming, as the HD Spikers harped leading into the second game that they would be bouncing back hard after learning from their mistakes in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelInstead, the Cargo Movers didn’t budge an inch all match, as Mau spearheaded a charge that was dizzying, to say the least, resulting in the straight sets win.Fittingly, Mau drilled in the kill from the back row that put the weary HD Spikers out of their miseries and signaled the return of the Cargo Movers as queens of the league once again. Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu Majoy Baron and Ara Galang also played key roles in the title-clinching match as F2 won its first championship since the Invitational Conference last year.The 6-foot-2 Mau was hailed MVP and Best Scorer, with Baron named the second Best Middle Blocker.Cignal leader Rachel Anne Daquis was named first Best Outside Spiker.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Coleen must leave cheater Wayne Rooney, says ex-WAG Nicole

first_imgFormer WAG Nicole McLean has advised Coleen Rooney to leave her husband and former England captain Wayne after he was caught out on a boozy night out with a barmaid Vicki Rosiek. Nicole has told Coleen, 32, to leave Wayne in Washington DC where he plays in the Major Soccer League and move back to the United Kingdom with her children. Nicole briefly split from her footballer husband Tom Williams in 2014 after a video revealed he was out clubbing with a mystery girl.Related News Wayne Rooney with wife Coleen “If I were Coleen, I’d be up and gone. She must feel humiliated, especially as she has packed up her life and moved halfway across the world for this man. Coleen needs to spell out some consequences to Wayne or he will never change. Coleen needs to come back to the UK with her sons — she’s close to her family and needs their support now,” Nicole wrote in Closer magazine. “Leaving the States and moving away from Wayne will hit home that his bad behaviour has to stop once and for all,” wrote Nicole, who got back with her husband Tom following his scandal claiming it “helped their marriage and helped him realise what he stood to lose.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Rooney’s wife Coleen ready for legal battle with Vardy’s wife Rebekah over leaked stories Wayne Rooney and wife Coleen have seen it all – sex scandals, affairs, one night stands Footballer Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah: My husband doesn’t define who I amlast_img read more

Rock like an egyptian!

first_imgMohamed Salah withdraws from Egypt squad after aggravating ankle injury CL: Genk banking on star striker Mbwana Ally Samatta against Liverpool Champions League: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain brace as Liverpool defeat Genk 4-1 Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium. Record seven-time champions Egypt rode their luck at times as DR Congo twice struck the crossbar in the first half but the Group A leaders held firm to join Nigeria as the first teams through to the knockout phase. Egypt overcame the distraction of Amr Warda being banished from the squad earlier in the day over mounting sexual harassment allegations. The claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms. Multiple women posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments. “I think the team is strong and the squad is strong but we are not happy to lose a member of our family,” said coach Javier Aguirre. “The team focused more on our match and played the 90 minutes in a serious manner. I don’t think the Egyptian team will be affected by the absence of anyone.” Mexican Aguirre fielded the same side that defeated Zimbabwe 1-0, with centre-back Ahmed Hegazy sporting a mask after breaking his nose in the opening game of the tournament. Salah was guilty of missing a hatful of chances in the curtain-raiser and this season’s Premier League joint top scorer again threatened inside five minutes here when an interception broke his way only for the Egyptian to skew wide under pressure. After four days of small crowds, another capacity 75,000 crowd turned out to cheer on the hosts in the capital, but they were nearly silenced when Marcel Tisserand slammed against the bar at a corner.Related News Salah takes overDR Congo came to Egypt as one of the most unpredictable qualifiers having finished third in 2015 only to make a timid quarter-final exit two years ago, and they fell behind for the second straight game as Elmohamady forced home after the ball fell kindly to him following an aerial challenge with Christian Luyindama. Having created the opener with his vicious right-wing cross, Salah then stung the palms of Ley Matampi with a powerful 25-yard free-kick. Egypt would be rescued by the woodwork once more though when a deep cross was nodded back across goal by Bokadi Bope and Jonathan Bolingi’s looping header bounced back off the bar. With his side riding their luck, Salah rose to the occasion and settled Egyptian nerves two minutes before half-time with a typically brilliant finish. Played into space down the right by Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Salah skipped inside Tisserand and ripped a crisp low drive inside Matampi’s near post to cue a volcanic eruption from the masses of delirious Egyptian supporters. Mohamed El Shenawy produced an excellent sprawling second-half save to claw out a Jacques Maghoma header, but despite an improvement on a horror first outing, DR Congo now know they must beat Zimbabwe in their final game in order to possibly advance as one of the four best third-place finishers. “The feelings are mixed when you play such a match. Unfortunately we lost so the feeling is one of hurt, particularly for my players. They gave a lot and fought hard but didn’t get the result,” said DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge, whose side fell 2-0 to Uganda in their opening match. “We’ve got one match left against Zimbabwe and we can hope for third place. We’re going to fight until the end.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more


first_imgChina faced a piquant situation as the PCA tribunal completely struck down its claims over 90 per cent of the South China Sea based on historic rights and upheld the Philippines maritime right to have Exclusive Economic Zone.For decades China, which boycotted the tribunal questioning its legality, has been asserting that the islands and reefs in the South China Sea were discovered 2,000 years ago and administered by its emperors.But its claims came into conflict with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan as they have exclusive economic zones provided by UNCLOS which Beijing declined to recognise.Testifying before the same committee, Colin Willett, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Multilateral Affairs Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, also praised India for peacefully resolving its maritime dispute with Bangladesh.”The region abounds with examples of neighbours finding peaceful ways to resolve difference over overlapping maritime zones.”Indonesias and the Philippines successful conclusion of negotiations to delimit the boundary between their respective exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and Indias and Bangladeshs acceptance of the decision from an arbitral tribunal with regard to their overlapping EEZ in the Bay of Bengal are just a couple that come to mind,” he said. PTI KJV KUNlast_img read more


first_imgHopeful of GST Bill passage in this session : MeghwalNew Delhi, Jul 20 (PTI) Banking on support from regional parties for passage of the GST Bill, Government today expressed hope that the Rajya Sabha will clear the indirect tax reform by first week of August.Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said the Congress demand for capping the GST rate in Constitution is “not very practical”, but the government is making a lot of effort to build consensus on the Goods and Services Tax (GST).”Government is making a lot of effort to build consensus on GST Bill. There are many Chief Ministers – UP, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar – they all want GST to come fast… We hope that Rajya Sabha will be able to pass the GST Bill in the next (rpt) next or third week of (monsoon session of) Parliament,” Meghwal said on the sidelines of an Assocham event.The Monsoon Session of Parliament began on July 18 and ends on August 12.Meghwal said when Congress drafted the GST Bill, it did not cap the GST rate in Constitutional amendment bill and their demand now is only an after thought. “We think we will reach a solution soon”.The Congress, which originally mooted the GST in 2009 to replace all indirect taxes, has been demanding that the overall rate be capped at 18 per cent and scrapping of an additional 1 per cent tax designed to compensate manufacturing states that fear losing revenue.GST Bill, which intends to convert 29 states into a single market through a new indirect tax regime, was earlier planned to be introduced from April 1 this year, but the deadline was missed as the Bill to roll it out remains in a limbo in the Opposition-dominated Rajya Sabha.advertisementInformation & Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the government is continuously engaging with different parties to build consensus on GST.”At the end of the day we want to get the GST passage through consensus. Although we feel as of now the adequate numbers are there very much, we would like to see the House approves it unanimously,” he said.Naidu said the biggest beneficiaries of GST will be the states, and the chief ministers want it to be passed at the earliest.”The signals I am getting from all sides is positive. I hope the GST Bill will be passed during this session itself,” he added.The government has agreed to a five-hour debate on the GST Bill in the Rajya Sabha in the current session. Regional party JDU has already expressed support for the legislation.The Bill, which will help create a single national sales tax to replace several state and central levies, has already been approved by the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Upper House. PTI JD ANUlast_img read more

Antigua Test: Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav put India in control as West Indies follow-on

first_imgIndia took complete control of the first test after dismissing West Indies for 243 on Saturday and forcing the hosts to follow on. (Scorecard)Having started the third day on 30-1 – 536 runs behind India’s massive 566-8 – West Indies’ first innings never gained any purposeful momentum, losing wickets at regular intervals in a disappointing display. (As it happened: India vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 3)The standout performance came from Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored a determined 74 whilst his teammates were regularly dismissed. Shane Dowrich (57) and captain Jason Holder (36) weren’t able to build on promising starts. (Also read: Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami stick to basics, wreak havoc in Antigua) Following on, West Indies reached 21-1 at stumps in its second innings from the final 13 overs, Brathwaite falling for just 2 as he was unable to reproduce his first-innings form. Ishant Sharma took the wicket, trapping Brathwaite leg before wicket. (Also read: Mohammed Shami joint fastest Indian pacer to reach 50 Test wickets)The hosts now trail India by 302 runs with two days of play left.Earlier, India’s pace attack played a key role in destroying West Indies’ first innings. Mohammed Shami blitzed through West Indies’ middle order, taking 4-66. Fellow paceman Umesh Yadav was then able to tear through much of the rest of the batting line-up, taking the key wicket of Brathwaite and ending with 4-41.Leg-spinner Amit Mishra also got in on the act, taking the last wicket of the innings to leave him with figures of 2-43.Captain Virat Kohli hit 200 in India’s first innings, whilst Ravichandran Ashwin (113) and Shikhar Dhawan (84) helped to give the tourists a formidable total.advertisementlast_img read more

Edgbaston Test: England destroy Pakistan to take series lead

first_imgSuperb pace bowling, immaculate catching and astute captaincy combined to forge a thrilling final-day victory for England, who dismissed Pakistan for 201 to win the third Test by 141 runs and go 2-1 up in the series.England refused to be cowed by a 103-run first-innings deficit, building a 343-run lead when they batted again and then destroying the tourists with an immaculate performance in the field that saw six wickets tumble between lunch and tea.Pakistan’s most determined resistance came in the final session when a last-wicket stand of 50 between Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali frustrated England as the overs ticked down and play entered the final hour.But, on 36, Sohail drove a flighted delivery from Moeen Ali straight back at the bowler, who safely clung on to a catch that sparked wild celebrations among Alastair Cook’s side.With a rare sense of symmetry, each of England’s five bowlers took two wickets although it required a devastating spell by Steve Finn and Chris Woakes, which yielded four wickets for just one run, to open up the innings.Finn, who has faced criticism for his performances this summer, led the way by taking the vital wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq – his first wicket in 414 balls this series – and Sami Aslam. The opener had led the fight with a determined 70, his second half-century of the game.At the other end, Woakes proved equally lethal, trapping Asad Shafiq without scoring and then having Sarfraz Ahmed well caught by Joe Root in the slips for another duck. That wicket was Woakes’ 23rd of a prolific series.advertisementEarlier, Stuart Broad struck the first blow, removing opener Mohammad Hafeez for two while Moeen accounted for first-innings centurion Azhar Ali for 38 with a deceptive delivery that was edged to Cook at slip.Jimmy Anderson also weighed in, having Younus Khan caught behind on four and then removing Yasir Shah for seven just after tea.The result vindicated Cook’s strategy of batting on in the morning when England extended their second innings to 445 for six.The final Test in the four-match series is at the Oval on August 12.last_img read more

How To Interpret A Job Rejection Letter

first_imgCurrently, there are six applicants for every open job in the American economy. The jobs we’ve lost are going to take a while to come back. The most important implication is that you are going to get six times as many rejection letters in your search for work.That means that you must get good at reading rejection letters.Even though it feels like the letters say, “You weren’t very impressive,” or “You failed to meet our expectations” or “You just weren’t good enough” or “What an ugly suit you wore to the interview” or some other denigration, the truth is that there is nothing personal about a rejection letter. Nothing. Personal.Nothing at all.Maybe even less than that.Rejection letters make a banal attempt to appear sincere. They always fail.Let’s take a look at a sample rejection letter:[table id=18 /]Perhaps you’ve read about the so-called Black Hole of Resumes – This is occurs when your application and resume seem to disappear into some online abyss in which you never receive a response or confirmation. Part of the problem is that the human beings at the other end of the tunnel are nauseated by the routine practice of having to send you an insincere piece of doublespeak like this.A more honest and authentic rejection letter might read.“Dear John,The company wants us to send plainspoken rejection letters so that our applicants will feel some love. It kind of reminds me of my Mom just after Christmas when I had to send Aunt Jane a thank-you note for the presents that should have gone to my much younger siblings.To tell you the truth, John, I can’t exactly remember which one of the applicants you were. I see about 350 candidates each month for about ten minutes.Most of them could do any of the jobs here at the company but we simply can’t hire them all. My bet is that you were as good as or better than the other candidates. But, the hiring manager liked one of the other choices more. It probably had more to do with chemistry or how much the hiring manager had to drink the night before.At any rate, I’d really like to persuade you that I had the time and energy to sincerely wish you well. But, since we had less time together than the guy I shared a cross-town cab with, it would be a sham.I hope you find work soon. My wife would be all over me if I was looking for work. I hope someone close isn’t picking on you.So, John – now I’ve spent more time rejecting you than I spent talking to you. I’ll never understand these policies.Yours.”https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/circumvent-resume-black-hole/last_img read more

Glassdoor.com – Not Just for the Americans

first_imgOver the past week we’ve seen incredible interest from users outside of the United States, with more than 40% of this week’s site traffic coming from our international users.  This response and all the feedback we have received from across the world has been overwhelmingly positive, so we wanted to say thanks – merci – danke – and much more to everyone for helping us make Glassdoor more relevant to all users, regardless of where you work.It has become clear to us that workers everywhere are curious about what it’s really like on the inside and what it means to be fairly paid. And although discussion of salaries in many countries is considered a taboo subject, it seems like Glassdoor’s anonymous set-up might be just the thing to open up the exchange of information about jobs and the workplace.As of today the top 10 countries represented in the Glassdoor community are:United StatesCanadaUnited KingdomIndiaAustraliaFranceGermanyIrelandChinaJapanFrom that list it sure looks like Glassdoor’s concept is universal and that this “give-to-get” model is not limited to just one culture and one country.  So now that we’ve stepped up the site’s capabilities to meet the needs of our international user base, we’re looking forward to watching how this list will change over time.  Stay tuned.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao takes political time out to return to ring

first_imgSenator Manny Pacquiao takes a brief break from politics to challenge Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday.After claiming a unanimous decision over Tim Bradley in their rubber match in April, Pacquiao said he was heading into retirement from boxing and focusing on his political career.Pacquiao, 37, won his May election to the senate in the Philippines but decided on another challenge in the ring and found it against Vargas, who is 10 years younger and enjoys a 4 1/2 inch height advantage and 4-inch advantage in reach.Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Senator Pacquiao (58-6-2) is vying to become a three-time WBO welterweight champion.”I feel I still have a lot to prove. I am not done with boxing. I will continue to keep fighting as long as I love boxing and boxing still loves me,” Pacquiao said during the run-up to the bout. “I do not feel old.””I am fighting for history. I was the first sitting congressman to win a world title. I want to be the first senator to become world champion.” (Manny Pacquiao to make ring return against Jessie Vargas: Reports)Pacquiao believes he is ready despite his divided focus.”It took discipline to manage my time effectively … to balance my training camp and my senatorial duties,” Pacquiao said. “Every day I was able to get in all my training.””I ran every morning and did my strength and conditioning. I worked with Freddie (trainer Roach) every evening at the gym after work. Between the two ‘jobs’ I was averaging 14-hour workdays.”advertisementVargas is making the first defence of the title he won in March with a ninth-round stoppage of fellow American Sadam Ali and believes beating boxing legend Pacquiao would put him on another level.”It would definitely put me on the world-wide stage, make me that boxing star that I have been looking forward to being,” said Vargas (27-1). (Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley in farewell fight)”The only fighters to beat Manny Pacquiao have become legends themselves. So I plan to become one of the few to beat Manny Pacquiao.”last_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin wins ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016

first_imgIndian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been awarded with both the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award for the year 2016. He is also the only Indian cricketer in ICC’s Test Team of the Year for 2016. Here is what Ashwin said after receiving the two awards: ICC Cricketer of the Year @ashwinravi99 says thanks after winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and Test Cricketer of the Year #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/B3eW9ZIEZs ICC (@ICC) 22 December 2016  Ashwin’s 2016 stats: Take a look at the stats behind @ashwinravi99’s year that saw him named ICC Cricketer of the Year #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/M6znRaQrIv ICC (@ICC) 22 December 2016  Some facts about the explosive bowler:Ravichandran Ashwin was presented with the Arjuna Award on August 7, 2015 by the Indian Sports Minister, Sarbananda SonowalAshwin was also awarded with Polly Umrigar Award, in 2013Ravindra Ashwin, became the fastest Indian bowler to reach the milestone of both 50 and 100 test wickets. Moreover, he also became the fifth fastest bowler in the world to reach 100 wicketsAshwin became the first Indian cricketer to make a century and take five wickets in the same test matchRavindra Ashwin has taken a five wickets 10 times in test matches Image Courtesy: ICC Ashwin has taken 10 wickets in a test match, twiceAshwin, along with Rohit Sharma holds the record for the highest 7th wicket partnership in tests in India, with a score of 280  runsDue to his achievements in both batting and bowling, Ashwin plays a role as an all-rounder as wellAshwin shares the record of the fastest player to reach 5000 runs and 50 wickets along with Ian Botham and Jack Gregory. advertisementInterested 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 education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Diego Costa praises manager Antonio Conte for Chelsea turnaround

first_imgChelsea striker Diego Costa has credited manager Antonio Conte for the side’s record-equalling run of 13 consecutive victories that has propelled them to the top of the Premier League table.Chelsea, who finished 10th in the league last season, are five points clear at the top and Costa believes the change in the fortunes of the club is down to the Italian manager’s close relationship with the squad. (Also read: Chelsea extend lead at the top, Manchester United leave it late)”The manager has come, he’s applied his ideas, and things are going well,” the 28-year-old striker told the British media.”The truth is the manager is good with the players, every time making more jokes with the players.”That’s good for us, to have a manager who is not just a boss, but like a person we can talk with, someone whose support we can count on in difficult moments.”Costa, who is the league’s top scorer with 14 goals this season, said he was close to leaving the London club for Atletico Madrid before the start of the season.”I had the possibility to go to Atletico because of a few things – the family, the life I have there – but not because of Chelsea,” he said.”Here there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m here very happy, I’m very content.”There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but, well, it wasn’t to be and I continue (to be) happy here.”advertisementChelsea visit fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday before hosting League One outfit Peterborough United in the FA Cup third-round on Sunday.last_img read more

Border blasts Renshaw for retiring midway

first_imgSydney, Feb 23 (PTI) Former captain Allan Border has slammed Matt Renshaw for retiring midway through his innings due to a “stomach bug” and feels the young Australian opener had to be “half dead” to be back in the dressing room on day one of the first Test against India here today. Renshaw chatted with umpires right after the opening stand of 82 runs ended with the fall of David Warner. He then had a conversation with incoming batsman Steve Smith and following the hand signals towards the dressing room, the southpaw was confirmed to be “retired hurt”. However, Renshaws approach did not go down well with Border. The opener came back into the middle and ended with a fighting 68 in his first ever Test match in Asia. “I hope hes lying on the table in there half dead,” Border told Fox Sports. “Otherwise, as captain, I would not be happy. I dont think Ive ever seen that before. Hes obviously just got an upset stomach to some degree and he was probably trying to use the situation where David Warner had just been dismissed to race off the ground and go to the toilet. “What happened in the ensuring time there, I cant ever think of a situation like that thats happened before where someones gone off because theyre a bit ill,” Border was not at all sympathetic. “If David Warner hadnt got out then he wouldnt have even thought about it. Its a bit of an odd situation. He probably thought he had time to race off the ground and get back on while the new batsman was coming out to the crease. “I can tell you what, if Shaun Marsh was dismissed in those last 15 minutes I wouldve been ropeable as captain,” Border added. PTI BS KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Netflix is taking India very seriously and Reliance Jio has a lot to do with it

first_img“India is hugely important for Netflix in the long term because it’s one of the strongest Internet markets (in the world) and Internet TV is the future,” company co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings said while speaking with reporters here in the national capital. Hastings, who is on his maiden trip to India, reiterated that Netflix is taking India very seriously, and that Reliance Jio has a lot to do with its (current) success rate in the country.Also Read: Netflix plays big on India, offers OTT via top d2h, mobile platforms “We’re seeing Internet data costs — from 20 years ago to now — continuing to drop. Of course with Reliance Jio, no one has (d) ever seen a free mobile network that cost 20 billion dollars to build. It’s one of the more extraordinary things anywhere in the world. We are excited to be part of that because the viewing of our shows has gone up a lot on the Jio network.”India is a land of immense opportunity for NetflixThe next 10 to 20 years around the world will be a time of great change with the expansion of Internet TV, according to Hastings. India would be a critical market “because there are (already) over 300 million mobile broadband users here” and each one of them is a potential subscriber. For your reference, Netflix currently has just over 94 million subscribers globally and nearly 40 million is based outside the US.”India is one of the top three markets for Netflix in terms of mobile usage. In fact, it’s stronger than all of the other Asian nations.”advertisementNetflix started off (in India) almost a year ago with its cult international originals Narcos and Orange is the New Black. They’ve been very popular in India even as the online video streaming service continues to expand and add local content. “Our titles have now doubled from when we started a year ago and we are going to double that again next year,” Hastings added.Clearly, Netflix is here for the long term which is why it’s opening an office in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai On Monday, Netflix announced strategic partnerships with three major companies — Airtel, Videocon d2h and Vodafone — in India to make its content easily accessible to consumers across direct-to-home and mobile platforms throughout the country. “We’re focused on the set-top box with them (Airtel and Videocon d2h) on integrating our app so that the device attached to the TV has Netflix on it so they can stream directly to the TV. In the case of Vodafone, it’s a mobile partnership for pre-paid customers who will be able to pay for their Netflix subscriptions via their monthly bill.”In a bid to make Netflix easily available to subscribers (wherever Internet is available) the company is open to more partnerships which is why “we will not be exclusive to Airtel, Videocon d2h and Vodafone.””You’ll see us do more partnerships both with mobile and STBs to make it easier (to reach out to us). Particularly on the billing side, as you know, the online payments platform is something that is emerging very rapidly. Now there are a lot of new alternatives coming so we are participating in all of that,” Hastings explained.Netflix is expensive for a reasonSpeaking of which, Netflix is still quite expensive a service when compared with rival platforms like the recently launched Amazon Prime and India’s go-to service for live sports, that is, Hotstar. Prices start at Rs 500 for basic and go all the way to Rs 800 for its premium package that lets you simultaneously watch content on as many as four different screens. And that’s Rs 500/Rs 800 every month post the free one month trial period. “We are aware that if we’re going to get to all the 300 million mobile users (in India) then we will have to figure out some other payment plans, weekly and things like that.”It’s not happening anytime soon though. “For the top 10 per cent, however, we think that our current model is working very well. We’ve seen strong growth and our main focus is adding more content. We really want to be a content solution where you can get almost all that you want to view in one place. We are really focused on improving the content over the next several years rather than changing the prices. Eventually, in the long run, when the Internet matures and more people come online then we may look at other things,” he added.advertisementBut, the company is open to exploring new payments platforms. “With demonetisation, there has been a rapid acceleration (in stuff like mobile payments) so we are looking at seeing who’s emerging as the new payments platform that’s great for us to work with,” Hastings said.Clearly, Netflix is here for the long term which is why it’s opening an office in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai. “We’ve been really investing out of our Singapore office and Los Angeles and in the near future as soon as we can get all the permits we’ll open our office in Mumbai. So there will be job openings soon.” Over the course of several years, it is looking to hire as many as 50 people, although Hastings did not divulge further details.A number of initiatives launched by Netflix, in recent times, seem to indicate that the company isn’t just focusing on offering premium content, but it is also working on the technology side of things so more people — especially in emerging markets like India — can access it without being overburdened by hefty data charges.”In MWC we announced new video formats. Streaming to a mobile phone it took one and a half megabits and then over the years, we’ve improved that to one megabit to half a megabit which is 500 kilobits. We are now down to 200 kilobits. We announced that we’re working on 100 kilobits.”At the current 200 kilobits rate, “you get a great picture on a 4 or 5-inch screen and you can watch 25 hours of content in 1GB data. So, it doesn’t eat up your whole data plan.”Also, Netflix has implemented downloading very similar to YouTube, so subscribers can simply click on the titles and download them on Wi-Fi and then watch them offline later.Netflix is just one part of the puzzleIn spite of all the interest and all the potential, Netflix is (still) and will only focus on what it does best: movies and TV shows. Which is why it would never venture into live sports.”What’s unique about Netflix is that that we’ve got these international originals combined with great local talent. We are very happy of course to be partnered with Shah Rukh Khan; his next three years of movies will be exclusive on Netflix. We’ve got Sacred Games coming and the great thing about it is that we think that it would be very popular in India but also around the world. We want to make that franchise a great global success like Narcos in a way.”Also Read: Airtel provides fastest internet in India, but barely: Netflix data Amazon Prime and Hotstar are equally awesome if not better, according to Hastings. “It’s not like a mobile phone where you chose one or the other network. There’s content on many of these services. We want to be so strong that we are in the top five so that we are one of those apps on your phone.”Netflix’s special positioning is really around the premium content. For everything else, there’s Amazon Prime and Hotstar.advertisementlast_img read more

Lotus unveils lightest ever Elise, calls it the Sprint

first_imgPride of place in the latest Elise line-up is the new Sprint edition, capturing the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg. Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, as well as the Elise’s distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles. Benefitting the range as a whole, all new Elise editions receive the car’s new look and new interior options, and every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 variants.Also Read:Tesla to discontinue lower variants of Model S sedan from April 16In the biggest weight cut to the car since the introduction of the first-generation Elise, Lotus has returned to its roots by employing the same intense engineering strategy as used on its most recent models. The Sprint edition of the Lotus Elise has removed 41 kg from the previous model, to reach a benchmark dry weight of just 798 kg. Focusing on driver involvement, to provide an immersive experience, the new Elise reaffirms the company’s leading position in automotive engineering. A benchmark in purity and balance, the Elise is a favourite amongst drivers and enthusiasts, and to date nearly 33,000 examples have been hand built at Lotus’ famous Hethel factory. Distilled from the very essence of the company’s heritage, the Elise carries Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s vision of efficient engineering into the future and arrives as the company continues its return to form with its strongest ever line-up of vehicles.advertisementAlso Read:Supreme Court seeks details of unsold BS-III inventory from automakersIntegrating a new front and rear aesthetic with Lotus’ established design language, this latest Elise also receives a wide range of cabin enhancements – including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism first introduced on the Lotus Exige Sport 350. The Sprint is available in both the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated and 1.8-litre supercharged versions. Delivering an exciting mid-point in the range, it broadens the car’s appeal by including lightweight and carbon components as standard. Speaking of the new car Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc. said, “Once again, the Elise continues to redefine what is possible in terms of adding lightness to a sports car. Whilst other manufacturers try to keep pace with Lotus’ weight reduction achievements, we’ve raised the bar beyond their reach. An agile, lightweight sports car does not weigh just over a tonne. It should weigh substantially less and, it is a fantastic achievement from Lotus in ensuring that the fully type approved new Elise now dips below the 800 kg barrier.”Also Read:All new Triumph Bobber to launch in India next monthJean-Marc Gales continued, “Enhanced by less weight, the Elise now provides even more driving purity, greater agility and higher all-round performance. As we say at Hethel: less weight equals more Lotus.”last_img read more

Germany’s Lukas Podolski crowns farewell with stunning winner over England

first_imgGermany’s Lukas Podolski capped his international swansong with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.Podolski, who captained the team for the first time, could not have hoped for a more fitting finale to his 13-year Germany career, as he thundered in the winner in the 69th minute to take his goal tally to 49 in 130 international matches.The 31-year-old’s goal ensured an enterprising England suffered a bitter defeat having looked sharper than their hosts for much of the game and hit the woodwork in the first half.”It’s like a movie, the way it happened today. We win and I score the winning goal,” a beaming Podolski told reporters.”God or whoever gave me a left foot and it has served me well over the years.”England, who top World Cup qualifying Group F, host Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday while Germany, five points clear at the top of Group C, travel to Azerbaijan.Germany were without several key players, including Manuel Neuer, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil, with coach Joachim Loew forced to make changes.With youngsters Timo Werner, Julian Brandt and Leroy Sane starting, the Germans struggled to find their feet and England had good chances to open the scoring through Jamie Vardy and Michael Keane, on his international debut.Their biggest came after 30 minutes when Adam Lallana took advantage of a Joshua Kimmich mistake to charge through but, with only Marc Andre ter Stegen to beat, his low, angled shot bounced off the post.advertisementThe keeper came to Germany’s rescue just before halftime, blocking a Dele Alli shot, with England looking promising in Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge since being appointed full-time manager in November.The coach deployed an experimental three-man defence and it worked wonders for more than an hour as the Germans were resigned to trying their luck with long-range shots with little success.The visitors could not maintain their pressing game and pace into the second half before Podolski drilled home a shot from 25 metres out with his famed left foot to give keeper Joe Hart no chance.”If you’re looking at chances we had the better chances it’s as simple as that,” England captain Gary Cahill said. “We will look back and reflect and if we take our chances, we win that game.””It’s a learning curve. We played well today, especially first half.”The Germans, who set a national record with their seventh consecutive clean sheet, also gained revenge for a 3-2 loss to England almost a year ago to the day.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman slams ‘crazy’ Liverpool antics after feisty derby

first_imgRonald Koeman has complained about “crazy” behaviour from Liverpool’s bench during his side’s 3-1 loss in a feisty Merseyside derby on Saturday, with the Everton coach accusing his counterparts of attempting to influence the referee. (Also Read: Philippe Coutinho stars as Liverpool beats Everton 3-1 in Premier League derby)Premier League games between Liverpool and Everton have produced 21 red cards, more than any other fixture, and while no one was sent off in the 228th meeting, it was a hot-blooded clash punctuated by gutsy tackling and flashpoints.Koeman was particularly unhappy with the behaviour of the Liverpool bench following a high tackle by Ross Barkley on Dejan Lovren in the 39th minute, where the England midfielder was fortunate to escape with a yellow card.”Tackles are part of football,” Koeman told Sky Sports. “It’s all about football, but we don’t make a show from the bench like Liverpool.”It’s football – a hard and fair game,” he added. “I don’t like coaches from the bench the whole time shouting to referees and linesmen, making a big show about tackles.”They were crazy, they didn’t need the physio on the pitch,” Koeman added. “It’s a man’s sport.”Three Everton players were booked as goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi sealed all three points for Liverpool, while the home side only received one yellow card, when Emre Can fouled Idrissa Gueye.”I’m still a kind of a guest in this country, how can I decide what is OK and what is not OK?” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said when asked about whether Barkley’s tackle on Lovren deserved a red card.advertisement”My opinion is that the players should leave the pitch healthy and fit but not injured,” he added. “It’s not my job to judge it. If you saw something – say it. If not, be quiet.”Liverpool lost Mane to injury in the 57th minute after the goalscorer limped off following a collision with Leighton Baines.”I don’t like creating stories,” Klopp said while refusing to comment on Koeman’s accusations. “Our responsibility is to cool things down.”The win helped Liverpool consolidate their grip on the Champions League places as they moved provisionally up to third on 59 points. Everton remained in seventh on 50.last_img read more

Nonprofit Spotlight: June

first_imgAcross the country and around the globe our nonprofit partners are changing the world every day. Our Nonprofit of the Week series helps us spotlight the great things these organizations are doing to serve their mission. Take a look at how this month’s featured organizations are improving their communities:Maryland Zoo in Baltimore isn’t just a place to come and visit lion cubs Zuri, Leia, and Luke, and a growing community of African penguins—it’s an organization working hard on behalf of wildlife and wild places worldwide. By focusing on participating in global wildlife conservation efforts and creating dynamic educational opportunities in Baltimore, the Maryland Zoo is working hard on behalf of wildlife and wild places worldwide. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley provides a home away from home for the families of children receiving critical medical treatment at local hospitals. By creating a place of community and respite the RMHC of the Ohio Valley truly cares for families in times of crisis. Families First of the Greater Seacoast is a community health center offering high-quality care for all members of New Hampshire’s Seacoast, regardless of their ability to pay. For the past 30 years Families First has been expanding their mission and services to create a healthier and happier community. Join us in celebrating and thanking these amazing causes!last_img read more

How Fundraising with Spreadsheets Got Me Fired

first_imgRenewed DonorsMade a gift in the current fiscal yearSecond gift, upgrade/special program appeal Current DonorsMade a gift in the last fiscal year, but not yet in the current yearLast gift amount + 50% more; or recurring/monthly giving program enrollment Earlier in my career, I was terminated after a spectacular overestimation of my abilities.Armed with a tone-deaf, supreme confidence that I could make great things happen, but for a new tagline and a new brochure, I not only created barriers for 2,000 donors who gave a combined $400,000 each year to give again, but I spent $55,000 more than budgeted to produce the worst possible results during the best possible time for fundraising—and made all of these decisions, relying on roughly seven different spreadsheets of names, gift dates and gift amounts.Consequently, and without much warning nor surprise, I got fired. I was certain, though, I was leaving an organization that didn’t understand me or fundraising, but at the time (and as a young, early 20-something), neither did I. Like many new-to-fundraising professionals, I had more passion than expertise; I had more hubris than self-awareness; and had more “I tried to say” than “I tried to understand.”I also had more ideas than organized data.Since that time, I have learned a great deal, but see many, talented fundraising professionals making the same unnecessary mistakes I did. While I do have genuine empathy for passionate people who try to help and fail (or succeed too slowly), I also see the great cost it has for each nonprofit organization, most of whom could not sustain a mistake of $5,000, let alone $55,000.Within the nonprofit sector, there is a widely known—and not yet wholly addressed—dysfunction in the fundraising profession: We quit or get fired after a comparatively record short amount of time—just 277 days, on average.The first no-nonsense assessment of this dysfunction came from the study UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising.  A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders.For its part, the report quantifies much of what the sector has long known, but fails to accept and address: We have to create the conditions for fundraising success before we can demand it, let alone budget it. In last fifteen years, though, I have worked with more than 200 professional fundraisers and their boards, executive directors and see what we need to understand, embrace, and commit to action.Data, not opinions or “hunchery,” creates results.You were hired because you are creative, tenacious and care deeply about the cause you will leverage inspire your community to give. You have great ideas, but they should be considered only in the context of what has been tried before at the organization, why it worked or didn’t work, and what your donors are telling you based upon when they gave, how much and for what reasons. Without that these basic data elements, there is a high probably you won’t success as planned—or at least in the time you’re allotting and/or needed to achieve success.Data is power and power for fundraisers is know who to ask for how much and when. It’s difficult to do this when you are fundraising with spreadsheets. However, start with the basics and make sure, if you are not yet using donor management software, you work those spreadsheets to do what I call Gift-Level Recency Segmentation: Non-DonorsProspects for whom you have a mailing or email address, but have not ever yet made a giftFirst gift, flat amount of $25-$40 for a special program Event DonorsAttended an event in the current fiscal year, but has not made an annual giftFirst gift, flat amount of $25-$40 for a special programcenter_img Lapsed DonorsMade a gift two years ago, or prior, but not since or in the current fiscal yearLast gift amount, special program appeal SegmentAttributesTarget Ask Amount If you can create simple segmentation as shown in the chart above, you have a much greater chance of increasing donor retention, renewing current donors and converting event attendees into annual donors. The right donor management software will make your life much easier—it will make this process go smoothly, it will be more accurate and it will allow you to spend time fundraising, instead of “spreadsheeting” behind a desk when you are scrambling for time to get it all done.last_img read more

Klopp says Solskjaer will get Man Utd job

first_imgJurgen Klopp has backed the claims of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to a permanent post at Manchester United, with the Liverpool boss saying “there is no doubt he will be the manager next year”.Upon inheriting the reins at Old Trafford from Jose Mourinho, a man currently filling an interim post with the Red Devils has overseen a nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and 11 victories from 13 games across all competitions.Klopp has said of his coaching counterpart ahead of the rekindling of old rivalries on Sunday: “It must be one of the best records ever, mustn’t it? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I’m really happy for him. It’s not the best news for us but for all Manchester United fans it’s brilliant.“They’ve brought in all the things Sir Alex Ferguson stood for with all the new things in football.“That makes them a threat again. They are really back on track. Good for them.“We all needed luck in our managerial careers.“When I went from Mainz to Dortmund people said I had no international experience. It was true.“Normally you would not make a move from Norway to Manchester United. That is clear. But he’s shown his qualities.“He has the quality and the luck in the right moment. Now he’s in charge and there is no doubt he will be the manager next year as well. That is clear.“Can you imagine if they brought in a new manager? He deserves that 100%.”Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolUnited are not a serious threat to Liverpool’s title claims this season, with Solskjaer having been left with too much to do in that race.He has, however, lifted the Red Devils back into the top four and through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Victory over arch-rivals on home soil this weekend would help to cement a standing among the Champions League spots heading towards 2019-20.Liverpool, though, know that a positive result of any kind will be enough to send them back to the Premier League summit.Klopp has been charged with the task of delivering a first title triumph in 29 years, while the Reds are also hoping to enjoy another positive run through European competition.They remain very much in a last-16 clash with Bayern Munich, having played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of that tie at Anfield, while United have a continental mountain to climb in their meeting with Paris Saint-Germain after suffering a 2-0 defeat to the Ligue 1 champions. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Casemiro: Solari similar to Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Casemiro compared Santiago Solari’s approach to that of former coach Zinedine Zidane.Solari took over at the Santiago Bernabeu in October last year, but is under pressure amid Madrid’s struggles, the club having lost three of their past four games.However, Casemiro feels the Argentinian can be compared to Zidane, who resigned at the end of last season after guiding Madrid to three Champions League titles and a LaLiga crown. 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! “It would be unfair to single out one coach,” he told Esporte Interativo.”[Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti, Zidane, Rafa Benitez… each one had their own important characteristics.”With Zidane he had a lot of relationships with the players, a father-son relationship. Like a friend.”Solari does the same, he is being fair to everyone.”Looking for a return to form, Madrid host Ajax on Tuesday, holding a 2-1 aggregate lead in the Champions League last-16 tie. We’ve had NINE different goalscorers in the Champions League this season – more than any other team! #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/YyWu5j7gON— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) March 4, 2019Casemiro said it was natural for teams to endure tough periods, but the Brazil international wants success.”It’s normal for a team to have low moments. We’re growing now,” he said.”Now comes the most important thing [the Champions League]. We have tough opponents and we’re focused on winning all of the trophies, but it’s hard.”last_img read more

How to start a business with $100 and dominate the world

first_imgA decade ago, writer and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau made a promise to himself: visit every country in the world by age 35.He didn’t know how he would do it. He didn’t have a million dollars just lying around.But this year, he completed his goal, visiting 193 countries (some twice). And he continues to go to 25+ countries a year.Chris’ unconventional life is possible because he refused to follow someone else’s rules for success. He envisioned the kind of life he wanted and made it happen. He’s now the author of two bestselling books, The Art of Non-Conformity and The $100 Startup, and the founder of the World Domination Summit.Chris has achieved his own version of success without ever holding what he calls a “real job.” Lucky for us, he devotes his time to telling others how they can do the same.The very small business revolutionChris is a master of “microbusiness”: small, small businesses that don’t require much startup capital, and most of which run themselves.The microbusiness isn’t new. “I used to live in West Africa, where once you leave the city and head to the village, almost everyone is an entrepreneur one way or another,” Chris says. “People are responsible for their well-being without relying on a formal marketplace.”Americans have long grown accustomed to a formal marketplace, and this may cause us to think entrepreneurship requires big capital, earth-shattering ideas, and a business school degree.Thankfully, technology is breaking these conceptions. “Along with the widespread adoption of e-commerce and the low cost requirements to test out an idea, this trend allows hundreds of thousands of people to create their freedom by establishing a microbusiness,” Chris says. “I shouldn’t call it a trend. It’s here to stay! That’s why it’s a revolution.”Addicted to FreedomOnce Chris got a taste of what it was like to live free, there was no turning back.“Many of the people we studied for [The $100 Startup], out of a subset of thousands, said that freedom and independence were their main motivations for striking out on their own,” Chris says.“They wanted to make a good living doing something they loved—and the prospects of that reality were very enticing. Once you achieve freedom, if only for a while, it’s hard to go back to the alternative.”This doesn’t mean “freedom” as in “freedom from working hard” or “freedom from struggle.” Starting a microbusiness and making your life the way you want it is still a lot of work.The accidental entrepreneurChris’ story has inspired thousands of new entrepreneurs, but it holds a special meaning for “accidental entrepreneurs” — people who got laid off during the Great Recession, and have been unwilling or unable to go back to “traditional” work.What would Chris say to someone who just got laid off? “Congratulations: you’re in a good place. The future is bright.”That doesn’t mean it isn’t scary and terrible to get laid off. But Chris argues that the real “security” we’re looking for can’t be about a job or a company or a status, and the only long-term success is the success you build on your own terms. “Many of those accidental entrepreneurs I talked with said things like, ‘You know, I’m really glad I was laid off. It was scary at first, but then it turned into the best thing that ever happened to me.’”In The $100 Startup, Chris relates the story of a husband and father who got laid off, couldn’t find a new job, and ended up buying wholesale mattresses. This simple idea way outside of his previous work experience developed into a fulfilling job that sustained his family. Again, his story highlights that it’s less about big startup capital, more about keeping an open mind and a willingness to take risks.To hear more than a dozen stories of people who started microbusinesses after getting laid off, check out The $100 Startup. And for more inspiration from Chris and other microentrepreneurs, visit The Art of Non-Conformity, or check out the extraorinarily popular, sold-out-5-months-in-advance World Domination Summit in Portland, OR.Freelancers Union is visiting Chris’ home turf this Thursday, November 21 for our first Freelance 360 panel workshop on work/life balance. If you’re a native Portlander, come say hello!last_img read more

Are you underestimating the time you spend on a project?

first_imgOy, fellow freelancers. When I began working as a freelancer, I was terrible at this key skill: estimating the time spent on a project. I’d tell clients my hourly rate, and they’d respond with some variation of:“Great. And how long do you estimate [this project] will take?”At which point, I would swear and despairingly flop around and arbitrarily estimate somewhere between .01 – 1,000,000 hours and hope that I was somehow accurate. I continually underestimated my time, which resulted in money lost – and lots of frustration for me.Fortunately, after a couple of years, I learned how to do time estimates more accurately. I created a simple system that helped me estimate accurately for even the newest gigs. I present it for you here in the most fun, least-boring way possible: as a sort of silly dance!**Work with me!The Super-Nerdy But Sorta-Fun Project Time Estimation DanceBreak it Down(break it down, break it down, break it down now)Alright, ladies and gentleman. Take your project and break it down into very simple steps. What’s the first thing you’ll need to do? The second? Don’t be afraid to go really granular – will you need to get approval for each step? Will you need to spend time conference calling or emailing team members? How many edits will you do? Write them all down in order, and don’t worry about time yet, we’re just outlining procedure. Just go with the flow, baby.Put It Together(Untz, untz, untz. Now you’ve got the beats; make the combination.)Next to each step, write down how long you think it will take. Be generous with yourself here – yes, you maybe CAN accurately edit a ten-page document in ten minutes, but that’s probably the fastest you’re going to go. Pick somewhere between your fastest time and your slowest time; a nice comfortable honest medium. Don’t worry about your final time estimation yet.Once you’ve written down all your micro-times, add it together; that’s your initial macro-project estimation number… but wait! You’ve still got moves!Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberGive it Some Wiggle(It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.)Okay. You’ve got your initial estimate. Now add in a little bit of extra wiggle room – this is your “pillow” in case you hit any snags. Is the client especially demanding or picky? Add in extra editing time. Is it a new kind of gig, one that you’ve never done before? Add in a little “learning curve” period. Will you have to do research? Make sure you’ve given yourself the space to go down a few rabbit holes.While adding in some moderate swing time can feel scary – what if you go too far, your conscience screams – it’s actually doing both you AND your clients a favor. That ensures that if you run into one of life’s inevitable snags, you’ll remain calm and collected – it’s just a minor improvisation on the rhythm.Now it’s time for the big finale!Look over your whole number – make sure you that you didn’t leave anything out – and deliver with a big smile (jazz hands optional).If you’ve been chronically underestimating your time, you may be surprised by your outcome! But I ask you to consider this; most freelancers underestimate their time rather than overestimate – **because we have pressure from clients to be efficient, we’re predisposed to underrate expenditure. **When I started doing this kind of estimate, I was sure that my clients would balk when I sent calculations that were not based on my absolute fastest times possible. Instead, I got complete composure in response; I can honestly say I have never had a shocked or perturbed reply to a project fee based on this kind of time estimate. My “medium speed”, it turns out, is still pretty fast – and I bet yours is, too.So go on and dance, dance, you freelance fool, to your own drummer; odds are the beat is just about right!****So, so nerdy, I am. But dancing made it more fun, right?How do you estimate the time you spend on a project? Let us know in the comments!Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir will be declared ODF soon: Jitendra Singh

first_imgJammu, Oct 2 (PTI) Union minister Jitendra Singh has said Jammu and Kashmir would soon be declared open defecation free (ODF).The Minister of State declared Hambal-A village in Doda district of the state open defecation free (ODF) yesterday. The village in Khalleni block has been adopted by the minister under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana scheme.Singh complimented the people of Hambal-A village for the significant achievement and hailed the relentless campaign by various departments, and the enthusiastic response and contribution extended by the locals.He also expressed optimism that the whole Jammu and Kashmir would achieve the feat soon.The MoS counted the achievements and initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with respect to J&K and lauded the cooperation being extended by the people on this account.”People are the real judge of the working and achievements of the government besides being equal stakeholders in the growth and development of their respective areas,” he asserted while emphasising the role of public in effective implementation of government programmes.Spelling out the government accomplishments in different sectors, Singh highlighted the setting up of AIIMS, IIMs, IITs, construction of Khalleni Sudh Mahadev Road and Rs 3,600 crore-worth Chattergala tunnel, sanction of Express Corridor from Delhi-Jammu-Katra, cleaning of Devika river under the National River Conservation Project, Bio Tech park at Udhampur as some of major initiatives in this regard.Responding to several demands raised by people, the Union minister said Hambal-A village would soon get a bank, an ATM facility, public health centre, upgraded higher secondary school, sports ground and an ambulance.advertisementHe also informed his audience that Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned for construction of four lanes and drains in Hambal village, besides more solar lights would be provided to the villagers soon.Singh asked the deputy commissioner to formulate a comprehensive project proposal under centrally sponsored Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for establishment of a degree college in the district.He also exhorted the youth to raise awareness about government schemes envisaging socio-economic empowerment of under privileged segments of the society. PTI TAS SRYlast_img read more

ISL: FC Goa pip Chennaiyin FC in 5-goal thriller

first_imgFC Goa saw off a stirring fightback from Chennaiyin FC as they won 3-2 in their opening match of the fourth Indian Super League (ISL) here on Sunday.Goals from Ferran Corominas Telechea (25th minute), Manuel Lanzarote Bruno (29th), Mandar Rao Desai (39th) exposed Chennaiyin’s weaknesses in their defensive structure in the first half.Down 0-3 at half-time, Chennayin came roaring back as Spanish Inigo Calderon’s free-kick was poorly handled by Goan custodian Laxmikant Kattiani in the 70th minute.Raphael Augusto converted a penalty 13 minutes later to give some nervous moments to Goa but the visiting outfit managed to seal a close win.The first two matches of this ISL season went goalless and at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, the two teams didn’t have signs of ending the drought at the beginning. Both the teams were sluggish and it took 19 minutes for Goa to show their intent.There you have it! The first goal of this #HeroISL season.#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/tu5IaG5Qvy- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Telechea nicely set-up Brandon Fernandes with only the keeper to beat but the latter went for power instead of accuracy and hit it over. These two players then led a superb counter-attack following a corner for the hosts in the 25th minute before Telechea drove to the low right corner of Karanjit Singh’s goal.Four minutes later, the Chennaiyin goalkeeper was tested again. He denied Telechea before diving forward to stop Mandar Rao Desai on the left but Bruno grabbed the rebound and sent in a lob that hit the underneath of the cross-bar and went in, silencing the home crowd of 18,200.advertisementLanzarote ??#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/5hqNhMbJ2t- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Despite trailing 0-2, Chennaiyin didn’t correct the chinks in their defensive organisation. When they went ahead, they left a lot of spaces which exposed them to counter-attacks. Goa came up with another counter-attack and the hosts conceded their third goal in the 39th minute as Bruno turned assist-maker for Desai, who rolled the ball past Karanjit.Brandon continued to be impressive. He could have scored the fourth goal but he fired a crispy free-kick which went inches above the goal ost before half-time..@mandar17dessai with acres of space to finish superbly.#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/m14jyp14PK- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Chennaiyin came into the second half making two changes, bringing in Bikramjit Singh and Gregory Nelson in place of Slovenian forward Rene Mihelic and L. Dhanachandra Singh respectively.Kattimani completely misjudges the bounce on this Inigo Calderon free-kick.#CHEGOA #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/n6h7WuVXU0- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Nelson made instant impact, although he was denied by the side-bar in the opening minute. Jeje Lalpekhlua too will consider it unlucky after being denied by the woodwork. With these two chances, Chennaiyin made a fresh start and upped the ante against Goa, who were having a 3-0 cushion.Chennaiyin made some desperate attempts but the visitors held on, quite intent on preserving their lead.Augusto stepped up .. and there was never going to be any doubt.#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/PAr2e3f31M- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017The hosts pounced on the defensive mindset of the visitors and Jeje was brought down inside the box, earning a penalty which was converted by Brazilian midfielder Augusto.In the final few minutes, Chennaiyin used all their firepower but Goa held on for the 3-2 win and pocket three points.last_img read more

India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli 2nd Indian to score 400 runs in bilateral ODI series

first_imgVirat Kohli crossed the 400-run mark in the ongoing series against South Africa to become only the second Indian batsman after Rohit Sharma to reach the landmark in a bilateral ODI series.Kohli was run out for 36 from 54 balls in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth after South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first. He currently aggregates 429 runs in five matches in the series at an average of 143 with two hundreds and one half-century.Rohit currently holds the record for the most runs scored by a batsmen in a bilateral series. The Hitman had slammed 491 runs in six ODIs in the home series against Australia in 2013-14.It was the same series in which he smashed his first double hundred in ODIs in Bengaluru.Incidentally, Kohli was also the leading run-scorer in the three-Test series that preceded the ODIs – the Indian captain had amassed 286 runs including a classy 153.Kohli and Rohit were involved in a 105-run partnership for the second wicket in the 5th ODI before a terrible mix-up between the two resulted in the captain’s wicket. It was the seventh run out between the captain and the vice-captain in the 50-over format.Rohit went on to score his 17th hundred (115 off 126 balls) to help India post 274/7 in 50 overs after being put into bat. South Africa in reply got bowled out for 201 to hand India a 73-run victory. India thus, secured the series 4-1 with one match remaining.The 29-year-old Indian captain, after only a decade in international cricket, is already the fifth-highest scorer for his country in ODIs. He is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.advertisementTendulkar leads the list with 18426 runs in 463 matches followed by Sourav Ganguly (11221), Rahul Dravid (10768) and MS Dhoni (9780).Overall, Kohli is placed 16th in the world with South Africa’s AB de Villiers just ahead of him with 9515 runs in 226 ODIs.The Delhi batsman’s 36-run knock took his tally of runs to 9459 runs in 207 ODIs at an average of 57.32 with 34 hundreds and 46 fifties.Kohli has been in sensational form since 2016, hammering hundreds at will across formats. He has been particularly brilliant in ODIs and finished 2017 as the highest scorer in the format with 1460 runs and six hundreds.The run-machine has been on a record-breaking spree and has already slammed 55 international hundreds. Kohli has 34 hundreds in ODIs and is second in the list of most century makers behind Tendulkar, who had scored 49 hundreds.last_img read more

Porsche races to Geneva in its 2019 911 GT3 RS

first_imgThe current GT3 RS is out in the open and immediately we have a problem. The current gen GT3 has almost the same power from the 4.0-litre flat-six churning about 490 odd horses. Thankfully, Porsche has understood the issue and has come out with a refreshed GT3 RS.The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is now the most powerful 911 in the lineup. Under the hood is nothing new, or so it looked. It still has the same 4.0-litre flat-six naturally aspirated motor but now it belts out a whopping 520 horses with 346 pound-feet of torque.The 2019 GT3 RS will also beat the current GT3 RS in the 0-62mph race by 0.1 sec. Top speed is 193mph and transmission is the standard dual-clutch PDK transmission which is the only one available for the GT3 RS. The chassis also gets minor tweaks with minor tuning given to the rear-axle steering for better performance. Porsche has also added a new set of helper springs on the front axle to go along with the ones which are already present. Brakes are cast iron, but track enthusiasts can opt for carbon-ceramic discs.We can see Porsche did not bother itself with many changes when it shifted from the 991 generation to the 991.2 refresh, but there are slight changes in the latest GT3 RS. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 991.2 now gets notched taillights and NACA ducts on the hood. Borrowed from the GT2 RS, the ducts help improve brake cooling. The interior is also in line with the refreshments, meaning very little changes. You get racing bucket seats with carbon fibre backrests, the door gets vinyl loops instead of regular handles, lesser sound insulation (weight reduction), no rear seats, and the signature 12’0 clock stripe on the steering wheel.advertisementEven though the 911 GT3 RS is rear engined, because of the dynamics and dimensions of the car, the engine sits on top of the rear axle and hence is like a mid-mounted rear wheel drive sports car. This translates into the mammoth grip on the track whilst accelerating to 100kmph in just 3 seconds. Yeah, we sure want to pop some eyeballs!last_img read more

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup: Wasteful India held 1-1 by England

first_imgIndia wasted a number of chances to win the game and eventually had to settle for a 1-1 draw against England in their second match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on Sunday.India, however, managed their first point after losing their tournament opener 2-3 against Olympic champions Argentina.Young Shilanand Larka (14th minute) scored his first international goal in the dying minutes of the first quarter to give India the lead, which the men in blue maintained till the 53rd minute, when Mark Gleghorne converted a penalty stroke.By virtue of this draw, last year’s bronze medallist India are now placed fourth in the table in the six-team tournament. The Indians, who have fielded a young and inexperienced team in the tournament under Sardar Singh’s leadership, only had themselves to blame as they wasted as many as nine penalty corners besides a few great scoring chances from the field.India were slow to get off the blocks as England put pressure on the rival citadel with continuous raids upfront. But India took the lead against the run of play a minute before the first quarter when Shilanand pounced on a rebound after Talwinder Singh’s initial shot was saved by England goalkeeper Harry Gibson.The Indians, however, were on top in the second quarter and earned as many as eight penalty corners with close succession, but the dragflcik battery of Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas failed to breach the England defense led by goalkeeper George Pinner, who replaced Gibson.advertisementThe third quarter witnessed a midfield slugfest between both the sides as England pressed hard for the equaliser and in the process secured a penalty corner, which was wasted. The Indians secured their ninth and final penalty corner in the 48th minute but as has been the story in the match, they failed to utilise the opportunity and it eventually proved costly for Sjoerd Marijne and his team.Seven minutes from the final hooter, England were awarded a penalty stroke for a stick infringement inside the Indian circle and Gleghorne stepped up to convert the chance with ease past goalie Krishan B Pathak.Thereafter, both the teams tried hard to find a winner but failed in their efforts. After a rest day on Monday, India will next play world no.1 Australia on Tuesday, while England will be up against Ireland.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

‘Why deny Shami chance to play IPL when Stokes can play despite affray charge’

first_imgIndian fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s cricket career hangs in the balance facing a Kolkata police FIR and corruption investigations by BCCI’s Anti-Corruption United (ACU) following an ugly dispute with his wife Hasin Jahan and charges levelled against him.But not everyone inside the BCCI is convinced they should have gone into a private enquiry on the basis of an audio recording while the police investigations are still on.At an IPL Governing council meeting in Mumbai on Friday, a BCCI official questioned the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) decision to withhold Shami’s central contract and leave his Indian Premier League future in doubt while England all-rounder Ben Stokes, facing affray charges back home, was being allowed to play.Mohammed Shami meets BCCI’s Anti-Corruption unitThe star all-rounder has pleaded not guilty before a Bristol Magistrate Court over charges of affray following an incident of alleged street brawl in September last year.Mohammed Shami-Hasin Jahan controversy: A timeline of events”How can the BCCI justify allowing Ben Stokes to play the IPL despite the charges while Shami’s contract is withheld?,” an official spoke during the meet.Stokes is currently with the English touring party in New Zealand and the ECB will only investigate the matter once the legal trial concludes.The BCCI’s defence was that Stokes’ issue was a seperate one and even in Shami’s case they were only investigating if he is guilty of any cricketing corruption.Shami says all hopes of re-uniting with wife Hasin Jahan are overAs Shami waits to know if he will get to earn his Rs 3 crore pay-check from Delhi Daredevils this year, Stokes who bagged a whopping Rs 12.5 crore from Rajasthan Royals at the auction, will play in the IPL this season.advertisementAnother BCCI oficial also opined in the meeting that “CoA acted in haste and against precedent”.He cited the example of former India cricketer Navjot Sidhu of how the then BCCI did not interfere with his cricket’, when faced with charge of culpible homicide not amounting to murder, over an alleged road rage incident in the late eighties.Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, also part of the IPL Governing council, has gone on record calling the Shami issue “a personal dispute that has nothing to do with his cricket”.last_img read more

Kagiso Rabada’s appeal to be heard on Monday

first_imgKagiso Rabada’s appeal against the two-match ban levied upon him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be heard on Monday.ICC, on Friday, confirmed that Rabada’s appeal against the Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct will be heard ahead of the third Test between South Africa and Australia, which will begin on Thursday.”Michael Heron QC of New Zealand has been appointed as the Judicial Commissioner for the hearing, which will be held via video conference. Heron will then have 48 hours to arrive at a decision,” the ICC said in a statement.Rabada was suspended for the remaining two matches of the ongoing four-Test series against Australia after being handed three demerit points and a 50 per cent fine by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe for an inappropriate and deliberate shoulder contact with Australia captain Steve Smith on the opening day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth. (Kagiso Rabada’s contact with Steve Smith was very, very minimal: Faf du Plessis)The conduct breach took Rabada’s demerit points to the threshold of eight points leading to the suspension.He was subsequently handed another demerit point for a send-off given to David Warner in Australia’s second innings, taking his total demerit points to nine.Although there was contact made with Smith, Rabada maintains that it was accidental and at the time he was not even aware he had brushed against his opponent.”If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn’t have gone to contest (the charge),” Rabada told reporters after the game. “I didn’t even feel contact in that moment because I was so pumped up.”advertisementSmith has suggested the Australian team wanted Rabada to play the remainder of the series as the seamer rose to the top of the test bowling rankings following his performance in Port Elizabeth.Rabada is the fifth player to be punished by the ICC in what has been a tempestuous Test series so far along with Australians David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh, and South African Quinton de Kock.(With inputs from IANS and Reuters)last_img read more

Chennai Super Kings like family, happy to be back: Dwayne Bravo

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will return to the Chennai Super Kings in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League and said it was like coming back home for him.CSK bagged the services of Bravo for a whopping Rs 6.40 crore at the IPL auction in January this year by using the Right to Match card.”Coming back to CSK is like coming back home for me. We missed the IPL for the last two years. I was following the auction from Australia and I was hoping and praying that I would be picked by CSK. I’m very thankful to the management for showing a lot of faith in me,” Bravo told reporters at a promotional event in Chennai.Have you ever seen MS Dhoni play anything else other than cricket? WatchBravo, who plays for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, says that he is mentally and physically ready to perform at his best for CSK again.”I enjoyed a good period of rest after playing in the Big Bash just to keep myself physically and mentally prepared to give my best to CSK. I enjoy my time in Chennai,” he added.IPL 2018: MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma will be only captains to attend opening ceremonyHeaping praise on CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Bravo said, “It is led by the best captain in the world. For me personally, CSK has done a lot and I would want to entertain the Yellow Army.”I’m not under any pressure. This is the most experienced squad that we have. We have guys like Shane Watson, Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni. As ‘captain cool’ Dhoni keeps saying, pressure is something we have to embrace. I’m excited to work with the local young talent, especially the fast bowlers. I’m happy to be a part of very talented and also an experienced group.”advertisementAsked why West Indies cricketers do well in T20 leagues across the world, Bravo said the West Indies players fancy themselves in the shortest format.”West Indian players fancy ourselves in the shortest format of the game. We play the game with the right spirit, attitude and flamboyance. We are natural entertainers and enjoy playing in these competitions. It is not just about playing tournaments but winning them as well.”West Indies recently beat Scotland to qualify for next year’s ICC World Cup in England and Bravo congratulated the young team and also hoped to play for the national team in the mega event.”First of all, congrats to the team for qualifying. I am happy for the guys. World Cup without the West Indies… I mean there is FIFA World Cup without Italy. These things are possible. No one team or one country are guaranteed anything.”It is a young team. The cricketing world loves to see West Indies and love to see West Indies competing with the best. I wish them all the best. Hopefully, I would get to play in the World Cup as well,” added the 34-year-old former skipper.India’s Test opener Murali Vijay was also present at the event with Bravo and he too expressed his happiness at returning to play for CSK once again.”It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m happy to be back with CSK. The brand of cricket we seem to have been playing before was unique,” said the ‘Monk’.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Windies aim to settle scores with Afghanistan in final

first_imgHarare, Mar 24 (PTI) The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will have new winners tomorrow when number one seeds the West Indies and second-seeded Afghanistan face each other in the final at the Harare Sports Club. This is the Windies maiden appearance in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier after they failed to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by finishing outside the top eight on the ICC ODI Team Rankings at the September 30, 2017 cut-off. Afghanistan played in the qualifiers in 2009 in South Africa and finished fifth, but did not compete in the 2014 qualifier after having progressed to the 2015 World Cup by virtue of finishing second to Ireland in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. Tomorrows winners will join Sri Lanka (1979), Zimbabwe (1982, 1986 and 1990), United Arab Emirates (1994), Bangladesh (1997), Netherlands (2001), Scotland (2005 and 2014) and Ireland (2009) to lift the silverware of one of the most competitive and keenly-contested tournaments on the cricket calendar. Both the Windies and Afghanistan have already qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be staged in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, but tomorrows final is expected to be another cut-throat match for a number of reasons. The Windies, two-time former world champions, are yet to beat Afghanistan in this tournament, having lost their warm-up match by 29 runs after Dawlat Zadrans hat-trick. In the Super Six encounter, Afghanistan prevailed over the Caribbean side by three wickets following Mujeeb Rahmans three for 33 and Rahmat Shahs 68. Rashid Khan, the world number-one ranked bowler, is just one wicket away from becoming the fastest to 100 wickets. He presently has 99 wickets from 43 ODIs, while Mitchell Starc achieved the 100-wicket milestone in his 52nd ODI.advertisement On a head to head, Afghanistan lead the Windies 2-1, while their one match in St Lucia was a no-result. Looking ahead to the final, the Windies captain Jason Holder said: “Obviously, it is a good opportunity to win the tournament. We felt we have done some really good things so far, we have obviously qualified for the World Cup, which was our first priority and obviously, coming into the final, it means a lot to us to finish off the tournament well and win it.” Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai said tomorrows match will be the biggest for his country and his side was looking forward to it. “A final against the Windies, a side we all followed as young kids. I dont think it can get any bigger for Afghanistan,” he said. “For Afghanistan, the World Cup qualifier is a mini-World Cup and having now qualified for the World Cup, the target is to win this trophy and take it back to Kabul. The people of Afghanistan want to see this trophy in Afghanistan and we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to fulfil their wishes,” he added. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

IOA arranges accreditation for Sainas father after her pull-out threat

first_imgGold Coast, Apr 3 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association was today forced to get an official accreditation for Saina Nehwals father Harvir Singh after the star shuttler in an angry missive had threatened to pull out of the Commonwealth Games. The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrote a letter to a senior IOA office-bearer currently in Gold Coast where she had said that if her fathers name is not cleared as “an official”, she will not take part in the quadrennial extravaganza. “I msgd u and tried to call u but u didnt pick up the call but there is so much issue going on with my father…if his accreditation is no (sic) cleared as an official I am not going to play the matches,” Saina wrote in her letter addressed to the IOA. An official in the IOA confirmed that Saina had indeed written a letter. “Its our duty to help the sportspersons. They should focus on winning medals. Yes, Saina had written to a senior official. But we dont want to make an issue out of it. As it is, we have solved her problem. We wouldnt like to comment on the tone and tenor of the letter,” a senior IOA official told PTI today. India contingents Chef-de-Mission Vikram Sisodiya said: “I didnt receive any letter from her. She only told me about the problem and asked if anything could be done to sort out the issue.” The Sports Ministry had stated that parents of Saina and Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu will be travelling to the Gold Coast Games at no costs to the government and were cleared to be part of the Indian contingent.advertisement Saina in a series of tweets yesterday expressed her frustration “Surprise to see that when we started from India for Commonwealth Games 2018 my father was confirmed as the team official and I paid the whole amount for that but when we came to the games village … his name was cut from team official category .. and he cant even stay with me,” Saina wrote on her twitter handle. The IOA on their part however made it clear that they had repeatedly conveyed to Badminton Association of India (BAI) that payment for extra official doesnt include bed in the Games Village. “Dear @NSaina , Mr. Harvir Singh is an accredited Extra Official! As stated in the CDM Manual of Gold Coast 2018 CWG and repeatedly conveyed to BAI, the payment for accreditation of Extra Official does not include bed in the Games Village.” Along with the tweet, the IOA also attached a picture of an official document which stated “the ETO service charge for an extra Team Official… does not include a travel grant or bed in the CGV.” Sainas father Harvir Singh and PV Sindhus mother Vijaya are among the 15 individuals who, despite being cleared to be part of the Indian contingent, are not funded by the government for their travel, stay and other expenses. PTI KHS PM PDS KHS PDS PDSlast_img read more

BMW begins manufacturing next-gen X3 SUV at Chennai plant

first_imgBMW has started the manufacturing of its upcoming SUV X3 at its Chennai assembling plant. The third-gen X3 is all set to be launched on 19th April 2018 in India. The X3 has been one of BMW’s best-selling models globally with over 1.5 million units of the X3 across the globe in the last 14 years.The X3 will be offered in only diesel variants in India, xDrive 20d with 188bhp, and xDrive 30d which belts out 262bhp. Both engines will be mated to BMW’s 8-speed Steptronic transmission which has also been updated as well.Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India stated, “The all-new BMW X3 is now set to continue the success story, with even more striking and dynamic styling and a luxurious interior. Like all members of the successful X family, it combines outstanding ride quality on all terrains with unlimited everyday practicality. I would like to congratulate BMW Group Plant Chennai team for achieving this important milestone and we are extremely proud of the smooth start of production of the all-new BMW X3.”The BMW X3 is expected to be priced between Rs 50-60 lakh and will lock horns with the Mercedes Benz GLC, Volvo XC50, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, and the Audi Q5 once its launched.last_img read more

CWG 2018: Tejaswini wins Gold in Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, Anjum gets Silver

first_imgTejaswini Sawant and Anjum Moudgil completed a one-two in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, bagging the gold and silver medal, respectively, at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Friday.Sawant broke the Games record with the score of 457.9 to win the Gold while Moudgil scooped the silver medal after shooting a total score of 455.7.After the Gold and Silver from Sawant and Moudgil, India’s shooting medal tally has gone up 14 medals while the total number of medal count goes up to 33 (15 Gold, 8 Silver and 10 Bronze).On Wednesday, Sawant had claimed the silver medal in Women’s 50m Rifle Prone event.CWG 2018 MEDALS TALLYCWG 2018 FULL COVERAGECWG 2018 LIVE BLOGSawant had qualified for the Final of Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions with a qualification score of 582-31x while Moudgil had created a CWG Qualification record with a total of 589-32x points.Much on the lines of expectations, India have put up a brilliant show in the shooting arena. With 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze in shooting, they have led India in terms of the number of medals.Apart from Sawant, who picked up the gold medal today, Jitu Rai (Men’s 10m Air Pistol), Manu Bhaker (Women’s 10m Air Pistol), Heena Sidhu (Women’s 25m Air Pistol) and Shreyasi Singh (Women’s Double Trap) have been the Indian shooter to win the yellow metal.Earlier on the day, Mausam Khatri assured India of at least a silver medal after reaching the final of the 97kg Freestyle wrestling event. Bajrang Punia also qualified for the final and will wrestle for Gold.advertisementAmong women, Pooja Dhanda and Divya Kakran qualified for the semi-finals of Women’s Freestyle 57kg and Women’s 68kg, respectively.India’s Achanta Sharath Kamal and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan, and Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty have qualified for the men’s doubles semi-finals in table tennis.While Manika Batra and Mouma Das have reached the final of women’s doubles. Mouma, along with Sharath Kamal, has also reached the semi-final of mixed doublesShooters Anish and Neeraj Kumar qualified for men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol finals. The finals will take place later in the day.Neeraj Chopra and Vipin Kashana qualified for the final of the men’s Javelin Throw.last_img read more

ISSF World Cup: Sheeraz Sheikh best-placed Indian in mens skeet

first_imgChangwon (South Korea), Apr 28 (PTI) Sheeraz Sheikh shot 49 out of 50 and was the best-placed Indian shooter at 11th position with three more qualification rounds to go in the mens skeet event of the ISSF World Cup here today. The remaining qualification rounds will be followed by the six-man final tomorrow. 81 shooters are in the fray. Two other Indians in the event — Smit Singh and Angad Bajwa — shot scores of 48 and 47 to lie 23rd and 34th positions respectively. On the penultimate day of competitions, American shooting legend Kimberly Rhode won the womens skeet gold. It was her 17th World Cup stage career gold and she won it with a world record to boot, shooting 58 out of 60 targets in the final. USAs Rhode is a three-time Olympic champion and a former world champion. Indias Saniya Sheikh registered a 22nd-place finish in the event with a score of 111 in qualification out of a possible 125. Ganemat Shekhon shot 102 to finish 52nd while Maheshwari Chauhan ended at 54th spot with a score of 101. China and Russia continued to dominate the competition, accounting for seven of the 14 gold medals won so far with the remaining seven being distributed equally among hosts Korea, Australia, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, Belarus and the USA. Of the 42 total medals, the two sporting giants have won 12 between them. India are in 11th place with Shahzar Rizvi winning silver in the mens 10m air pistol earlier in the competition. PTI AH PDS PDSlast_img read more


first_imgShaws technique is just like Tendulkars: Mark WaughMumbai, May 3 (PTI) Legendary Australian batsman Mark Waugh thinks that the technique of young batsman Prithvi Shaw is similar to that of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.”The first thing you notice is his technique, its very similar to Sachin Tendulkars,” Waugh, a Star Sports Select Dugout expert, was quoted as saying in a media release.”His grip, his stance, he stays very still at the crease and plays all his shots around the wicket. He plays the ball quite late and is quite punchy in his stroke play and has an excellent base to play any shot from any bowler. Hes just so much like Sachin Tendulkar,” added Waugh, who played 128 Tests for Australia and scored 8,029 runs.Mumbais Shaw, who plays for Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing Indian Premier League, has scored 140 runs at a strike rate of 166.66 in the four games he has played so far.Shaw, who is just over 18, hit a maiden half-century in his second match of the IPL and the knock made him the joint-youngest cricketer to record a half-century in the cash-rich cricket tournament.The Daredevils are currently languishing at the sixth spot having won only three of their nine games. PTI NRB NRB NRBlast_img read more

IPL 2018, KKR vs CSK: Chennai look to consolidate top spot vs KKR

first_imgChennai Super Kings will look to move a step closer to confirming their play-offs berth in the Indian Premier League when the take on fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.Back in the IPL after a two-year hiatus, the M.S. Dhoni-led outfit have till now won six games out of eight and just lost two.IPL Live Streaming KKR vs CSK: Watch IPL match number 32 on Mobile, Desktop, TV via Hotstar, Jio TV, Airtel, Hotstar.com, Star SportsDhoni has led from the front, playing some blistering knocks including a 22-ball 51 in the last game against Delhi Daredevils which CSK won by 13 runs.The star former India captain has looked every inch like his old self with 286 runs in eight matches at 71.50.Dhoni rolled back the years with his 44-ball 79 against Kings XI Punjab, showcasing some of his trademark shots and showing glimpses of the flair which made him one of the best finishers of limited-overs cricket.Though CSK lost that game, they never looked like a team struggling to get going in this competition.Besides Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu has been superb with the bat as well, amassing 370 runs at 46.25. In the last four matches, Rayudu has scores of 41, 46, 82 and 79.Veteran Australian opener Shane Watson has looked good too with a century to his name against Rajasthan Royals, a team he won the inaugural IPL with in 2008.Watson’s 40-ball 78 in the last encounter underlined the fact that his big-hitting skills are still in the right place despite being on the wrong side of 30 and along with South African skipper Faf Du Plessis, they make a deadly combination at the top.advertisementDu Plessis’ compatriot Lungi Ngidi has added teeth to CSK’s pace battery after returning to the fold following the demise of his father which had forced the 22-year-old to rush home.Ngidi played for the first time in CSK colours against Delhi and returned figures of 1/26. Besides Ngidi, the likes of Harbhajan Singh, and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo have also done well in games, giving the team an overall stability.Coming to the hosts, KKR registered a morale-boosting six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last game on the road.After a harrowing 55-run loss against Delhi, Chris Lynn starred for Dinesh Karthik’s KKR with an unbeaten 52-ball 62 as wrist spinners Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav also looked good.KKR are fourth in the table with four wins and the same number of losses. They have looked good in patches so far and against a formidable side in CSK, the men in purple will have their task cut out.KKR’s consistent performer Nitish Rana got injured in the last game and had to be retired hurt for 15.A lot will once again rest on West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell who has been KKR’s go-to-man this season. Kuldeep and Piyush will have to weave their magic with the ball to restrict Chennai and look for early wickets along with mystery spinner Sunil Narine.In their last meeting, CSK won a humdinger by five wickets with one ball to spare.KKR don’t have a good track record against CSK, losing 12 times out of a possible 19.Teams (from):KKR: Dinesh Karthik (C/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.CSK: MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Lungisani Ngidi, K.M. Asif, N. Jagadeesan, Kanishk Seth, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Champions League final: Ronaldo consoles Mo Salah as he walks off injured

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo was seen consoling Mohamed Salah as the Egyptian left the field after dislocating his shoulder during the Champions League final in Kiev.This was the Liverpool talisman’s first appearance in a Champions League final and it ended in tears as the Egyptian international was forced off with a suspected shoulder injury in the 31st minute of Saturday’s final against Real Madrid.Salah, who scored 44 goals in all competitions for Juergen Klopp’s side this season, took a tumble following a challenge from Real captain Sergio Ramos and required treatment on the pitch although he came back on moments later.Salah, who will carry Egypt’s hopes at next month’s World Cup in Russia, then crumbled to the ground for a second time and was seen crying when he got up and then left the field to be replaced by Liverpool’s England international Adam Lallana.The Madrid side were also forced to make a change in the first half shortly after Salah went off when defender Dani Carvajal injured himself as he attempted a backheel.The Spain international was also seen crying as he left the pitch to be replaced by Nacho in the 37th minute.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

CAS agrees it was mother’s cooking, but still increases Errani’s ban

first_img\R Lausanne, Jun 11 (AFP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport said today that it accepted tennis player Sara Errani had not meant to take a banned drug, but still added eight months to her ban. The Italian, a Roland Garros finalist in 2012, was suspended for two months in August 2017 by an independent tribunal of the Italian Tennis Federation after she failed an out-of-competition test, administered at her family home, last February. Errani said she had consumed letrozole, which can have a “marginal” anabolic effect and mask the use of testosterone, unknowingly when her mother’s cancer medication somehow found its way into a family meal. After the original ruling, both Errani, who wanted the ban overturned, and the Italian anti-doping agency, who wanted it increased, launched appeals. On Monday, CAS issued a statement saying it accepted that the letrozole “was medication taken by her mother that found its way into the family meal prepared by the athlete’s mother and eaten by the entire family”. CAS said that Errani had to be held responsible for her mother’s mistake and while this amounted to a “light degree of fault”, increased her ban to 10 months. The two months that Errani served last year are deducted from that total. Errani was ranked 74th in the world before Roland Garros where she was eliminated in the first round by Alize Cornet of France on May 17. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

India vs Afghanistan: India first Asian team to win a Test in 2 days

first_imgIndia beat Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs on Friday to register its first-ever two-day win and the biggest innings victory in Test cricket. It was also the first time an Asian team managed to win a Test inside two days.Batting against the world-class Indian bowling lineup was always going to be Afghanistan’s biggest challenge but there was hardly any competition between bat and ball on Day 2 as India bowled out the Test debutants twice in two sessions in Bengaluru.Following on in the second innings, Afghanistan were skittled out for 103 runs in 38.4 overs in the third session with Ravindra Jadeja (4/17) and Umesh Yadav (3/26) being the star performers in the third innings while Ishant Sharma picked up two wickets.Captain Asghar Stanikzai (25) and Hashmitullah Shahidi (36 not out) were the only two batsmen who managed to score more than 20 runs for Afghanistan.Game! Set! Match!#TheHistoricFirst #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/wjlmCYapuVBCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2018The visitors were earlier bowled out for 109 in their first innings and trailed by 365 runs in the second session as Ajinkya Rahane decided to enforce follow-on.A good bowling effort from star off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja and Ishant helped India bowl out Afghanistan in just 27.5 overs, the lowest total at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here.It was also the least number of overs that a team has batted an innings of their inaugural Test.Ashwin scalped 4 wickets for 27 runs while Jadeja and Ishant picked up two wickets each to dismiss the visitors inside a session. For Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi (24) was the highest scorer.advertisementIt all started with Hardik Pandya, when the 24-year-old displayed brilliant fielding to get rid of opener Mohammad Shahzad (14) in the fourth over. Ishant and Umesh then came in the picture when the duo picked up a couple of peaches.Ishant clean bowled Javed Ahmadi (1) in the very next over and after three overs, Umesh dismissed Rahmat Shah (14) to make it 35/3 in 8.2 overs.Wicketkeeper batsman Afsar Zazai (6) was also dismissed in the next over by Ishant.Skipper Asghar Stanikzai (11) then came in the middle and it seemed that the regular fall of wickets will stop but Indian spinners — Jadeja and Ashwin– had some other plans.Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi (24), Rashid Khan (7), Yamin Ahmadzai (0) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (15) were packed up by the spinning duo in no time. The spin twins bagged six wickets between them to bring Afghanistan’s downfall.Nabi was the only batsman to show some application and composure, while the rest surrendered meekly to the quality of the Indian attack.Earlier, India folded up for a substantial 474 in their first innings after Afghanistan cleaned up the remaining four wickets at the stroke of lunch.India managed to add 127 runs to their overnight total of 347/6, thanks to a brilliant half century from all-rounder Pandya (71) coupled with some cameos from the tailenders.Brief Scores: India (474) beat Afghanistan (109 & 103) by an innings and 262 runs. Ravindra Jadeja 4/17, Umesh Yadav 3/26, Ishant Sharma 2/17last_img read more

Guide to better living

first_imgCity psychometricMapping the personalities of cities travellers love to visitNandini Asavari Bharadwaj, BengaluruEvery city, quite like every human I know, has a personality that guides its behaviour and your experience of it. Based on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) some cities could be INFPs (introversion, intuition, feeling, perception) or ENTJs (extroversion,,City psychometricMapping the personalities of cities travellers love to visitNandini Asavari Bharadwaj, BengaluruEvery city, quite like every human I know, has a personality that guides its behaviour and your experience of it. Based on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) some cities could be INFPs (introversion, intuition, feeling, perception) or ENTJs (extroversion, intuition, thinking, perception) some expressive, some “aggro af ” or some, type B. I love discovering what gives a city its identity.IstanbulYou know those people who are just so interesting that you become greedy to learn more about them? Meet Istanbul.Istanbul has lived well and continues to, with a youthful energy most millennial cities could only dream of. Binge on mezze in Beyoglu, visit third century monuments across the Bosporous, sip a power-packed coffee in Karakoy and eat pistachio ice-cream, all in one day. It feels like its seen and done it all but it’s still there having a great time. Istanbul can do this by being incredibly unique. She doesn’t feel like a mix of east and west, it’s both. It’s not European or Asian, it’s both. And it’s not old or new, it’s both. It feels good about who it is and unapologetic about what its influences are. Get to know Istanbul, the Turkish cool cat who never goes out of style.MelbourneYou know those people who have a cool confidence paired surprisingly with a sparkling warmth? Meet Melbourne.Melbourne’s balance is everywhere. It’s in the laneways, in the top knots of the baristas, in the ties of the consultants and the grain bowls. Melbourne is easy to get to know and easier to fall in love with. Great cities of the world often make you admire them from a slight distance as you can never truly assimilate. You can visit Paris a thousand times, but can you ever feel like a Parisian? Melbourne is a great exception. Walk alongside its residents and discover real neighbourhoods and espresso in Carlton and Lygon Street. Have a spag bol at Pelligrinis, visit Victoria night market and blend in like a frothy flat white. Get to know Melbourne, that loveable hipster from down under.advertisementRomeYou know those people that you’ve heard about for so long because of their formidable stature? Meet Rome. Rome has seen glory, empire and now selfie sticks over 28 centuries. Her secret is her ability to adapt. Every Roman tour guide loves to say that Rome is like lasagna. With every dynasty change or conquest, Rome was rebuilt. Here is a delicious metaphor for a persevering spirit. Forge ahead and build with what you were and what you want to be. But don’t be intimidated. In spite of the maddening crowds and fridge magnets, Rome still wants you to be there. Through the buzzing Trastevere and Trevi Fountain. In her views from Palantine Hill and tales of conquests at the Colosseum. In her Cacio e Pepe and Amatriciana sauces. Carve out a piece of Romano for yourself. She wants you to do that. Get to know Rome, the true Caesar of them all.The writer has been travelling full time for the last 7 months, mostly alone and completely inspired.Roll, Wrap and GoDitch high calorie fast food and shift to nutrient-packed quick to make snacks.Kavita Devgan, Nutritionist, DelhiIllustration:Siddhant JumdeWraps and rolls are versatile. They are convenient, easy to carry, non-messy, and perfect to add different, often missed out ingredients such as multiple veggies, fruits, herbs and seasonings. High in fibre, they are smart ways to combine carbohydrates and proteins to ensure the benefits of both. No wonder then that they are part of every cuisine around the world, from Indian kathi rolls, to Mexican burritos, from Turkish shawarmas to Vietnamese cold spring rolls.Avocado Salsa Delight300 calories per serving Heat 1tsp oil, add 1/2 spring onion, thinly sliced; cook until tender. Add 1/4 cup sweet corn and cook till done. Now add 1/2 avocado, peeled, cut into small pieces and stop till it softens a bit. Season with 1 tsp lime juice, salt and pepper. Add 1 tbsp salsa and mix. Place the mixture on a wheat roti, fold over and secure with toothpick. Put in same pan, heat through wraps until lightly browned. Serve with some salsa on the side.Eat it for: Lots of potassium, heart healthy fats (MUFA) and fibre from avocado and lutein and zeaxanthin.Corn and Cheese Wraps330 calories per serving Roast 1 medium corn on the flame until done. Transfer to plate; set aside until cool enough to handle. When cool, cut kernels from cobs. Mix 20 g feta cheese, 20 g salsa, 1 chopped spring onion, and corn on the roti. Place the mix on a roti, fold roti over filling (secure with a toothpick). Grill the roti wraps in oven pre-heated at 180 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Celsius), turning once, until they are browned on both sides, for one to two minutes. Toss a few leaves of torn lettuce leaves with 1 tsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp vinegar, pepper, and salt to taste. Serve roti wraps with salad.advertisementLoaded with: Antioxidants, fibre, protein, calcium, and vitamin B, especially thiamin (our brain’s health depends on it), niacin (helps lower bad cholesterol levels), and folic acid (for production of red blood cells).Chicken and Sesame Wraps360 calories per serving Toss 200 g cubed chicken breast with oregano, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add chicken to pan where 1 tsp oil has been heated and cook until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to plate, cover with foil to keep warm. To make tahini sauce, whisk 1 tbsp sesame seed paste, a little water, 1 tbsp yoghurt, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 crushed garlic clove in a bowl. Add a pinch of chilli flakes, salt, and pepper to taste. Take a roti, fill with a few torn leaves of lettuce, a few slices of cucumber and tomato, cooked chicken mix, and 1 sliced spring onion. Top with tahini sauce. Serve with mustard sauce.Healthy bites: Because of high quality protein from chicken and lots of calcium and cholesterol-lowering phytosterols from sesame.Beet Salad Roll250 calories per serving Wrap 150 g beets in tin foil and roast until tender. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool. Slice into thin rounds. Place in a bowl, add 100 g cherry tomatoes, sliced in half. Top with a crumbling of 50 g feta cheese and a few mint leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on a roti and roll.Good for: Keeping the blood pressure stable and also for delivering the antiinflammatory antioxidant betaine that keeps cholesterol levels in check.Vegan Lettuce Roll200 calories per serving Whisk together 1 tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce), 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 tbsp vinegar, 1/2 tsp each of ginger and garlic to make the sauce. Keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan, add julians of carrot, yellow capsicum, and spring onion, add sauce, simmer and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until veggies are cooked. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 tbsp each halved dry roasted peanuts and cashews. Let the mix cool and then scoop into two large lettuce leaves. Sprinkle salt and red pepper flakes, roll up and dig in.Have when: You want a gluten and carbohydrate free vegan meal. There is enough fibre, good fat and protein in this low calorie roll.Power your meals1. Fortify regular wholemeal flour (atta) with extra nutrients; add 10 to 20 per cent gram flour (besan) or soya flour.2. Keep switching the grains. Eat different grains such as wholewheat, amaranth, corn, ragi, bajra, nachni and sattu to get a wider variety of nutrients.advertisement3. Get experimental with wraps and use tacos, pita bread, tortillas and lettuce wraps.4. Always include a lean source of protein such as cooked chicken breast, turkey breast, tofu, canned tuna, egg or legumes and beans.5. Fill up on vegetables. Eating more vegetables can help you lose weight because they are low in calories and high in fibre and loaded with antioxidants.6. Be creative. Leftovers can be healthy, low-calorie fillings or lunch wraps.7. Keep the wrap size small to keep a check on calories.Fully polishedGroom yourself with these latest launches.Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, price Rs 2,750Moroccanoil Blow-dry Concentrate, price Rs 1,819Heliocare 360 Fluid Cream, price Rs 2,350 for 50 mlSova Jatamansi Root and Indian Rose Shampoo, price Rs 1,250Huda Beauty #Fauxfilter Foundation, available at Nykaa.com, price on requestDior Poison Girl Unexpected Perfume, Price Rs 6,100 for 50 mlKiko Milano Lip Me Lots Lipstick, price Rs 890Embrace yourselfSeven women-centric events to look out for.Lead your wayWork on your weak points and enhance strengths as the Women in Leadership Workshop by Evento offers tips on how to create action plans and overcome barriers. Interact with role models and enhance selfmotivation, communication and relationship-building skills.Where:Target HR, Public Utility Building, MG Road, Bengaluru, When: March 31, 9 am onwardsFor the shopaholicIndulge yourself as you participate in the Secrets of Women exhibition by Shenaro Lifestyle. Take your pick and check out luxury options ranging from clothes and cosmetics to home decor.Where: Hotel Courtyard Marriott, Gurugram, When: April 7, 11 am onwardsBe light as the featherFly Like A Girl, an all women’s paragliding event invites you to discover the real you. Experience fun, adventure and sports, enjoy the outdoors and spend some time on self-reflection with life-coaching sessions. Rediscover yourself to reclaim your space.Where: Unhotel, Bhimtal, When: March 24, 10 am onwardsDivine feminineAwaken your inner goddess with tantra practices at the ‘Tantra Goddess Workshop – Return of the Goddess’. Tap into your inner beauty and connect with yourself. With immense positivity through healing, learn partner techniques with meditation and self-reflexivity.Where: 7, Tropical Drive, MG Road, Ghitorni, Delhi, When: April 7, 9.30 am onwardsFor singles to mingleFind your love connection with Life of Lines’ ‘Speed Date Singles’ open to all single women. Chat with eight eligible singles in eight minutes to score them. Get in touch with your matches anonymously and enjoy an evening full of excitement.Where: Acropolis Mall, Kolkata, When: March 25Be in the rightSree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College and National Commission for Women brings you a platform to be mindful of gender discrimination and violence against women. A two-day national seminar with paper presentations engages with women’s issues in and beyond the Indian context.Where: Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, When: March 23-24Run for a causeTo raise hats to women who predominantly run our lives, Soles of Thane District bring you ‘RunRaagini’. Women, who are always on their toes can help raise funds for underprivileged runners. Bring out the warrior in you.Where: KDMC Sports Complex Dombivli East, Mumbai, When: April 8, 5.30 am onwardslast_img read more

Lessons from Thailand: Mobilizing Investment in Energy Efficiency

first_imgIt responded by passing a law in 1992 that set energy efficiency standards for industry and established an Energy Conservation Promotion Fund, which raised funds for energy efficiency projects by taxing petroleum products. The government also introduced a demand-side management plan, using about $40 million in climate finance from the Global Environment Facility (an international climate fund) and the Australian and Japanese governments. This plan included public awareness campaigns, setting energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, and demand-side planning to better manage the timing of consumer energy use.The state energy generation utility successfully implemented the demand-side management plan, with impressive results: The utility achieved 15,700 gigawatt hours of energy savings by 2012, exceeding its own energy-savings targets. Key to the plan’s success was the fact that it was designed in close coordination with the private sector, carefully tailored to the Thai context, and widely disseminated through public awareness campaigns, resulting in strong support from industry and the public. Furthermore, the utility underwent considerable staff expansion and training to build its capacity to effectively implement the plan.Financing Low-Carbon Projects in ThailandWhile the demand-side management plan yielded positive results, an important barrier remained: Thailand’s local banks had a limited understanding of energy efficiency projects, making it challenging for potential developers to access financing for such projects.The Thai government took action by establishing an Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund in 2002, offering credit lines—initially at no interest—to local banks so that they could provide loans for energy efficiency projects. The Revolving Fund made commercial banks more familiar with energy efficiency projects, and by 2010, it had financed projects worth a total investment of $453 million, resulting in energy cost savings in the region of $154 million each year.The financial incentives to banks, combined with the enhanced awareness of energy efficiency, were key to the success of the Revolving Fund. Another critical factor was that the government had a reliable source of funding from the Energy Conservation Promotion Fund to invest in the Revolving Fund, so it did not need to rely on international support.What Can We Learn from Thailand?Thailand has been able to transition smoothly from readiness activities—such as capacity-building, awareness-raising, and demonstration—to large-scale investments. It is now embarking on a 20-year energy efficiency development plan funded through the Energy Conservation Promotion Fund, which aims to reduce the country’s overall energy consumption by 20 percent by 2030.Other countries can learn from Thailand’s experience of combining strong national leadership with strategic use of climate finance for carefully targeted readiness activities. However, building an enabling environment for investment in clean energy is an ongoing process. As Thailand moves forward with its 20-year plan, it must continue undertaking readiness activities—such as training programs to address remaining skill gaps— to ensure it has the right conditions in place to scale up clean energy development.LEARN MORE: Find out how other developing nations are boosting investments in clean energy through our ongoing blog series, Mobilizing Clean Energy Finance. Or, download WRI’s publication, Mobilizing Climate Investment: The Role of International Climate Finance in Creating Readiness for Scaled Up, Low-Carbon Energy Upcoming Climate Finance WorkshopThe upcoming Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership Workshop on Climate Finance in Manila, Philippines, will convene a wide range of public and private sector representatives to discuss ways to scale-up climate financing and provide new and innovative business opportunities for green growth. Developing countries will need about $531 billion of additional investments in clean energy technologies every year in order to limit global temperature rise to 2° C above pre-industrial levels, thus preventing climate change’s worst impacts. To attract investments on the scale required, developing country governments, with support from developed countries, must undertake “readiness” activities that will encourage public and private sector investors to put their money into climate-friendly projects.WRI’s six-part blog series, Mobilizing Clean Energy Finance, highlights individual developing countries’ experiences in scaling up investments in clean energy and explores the role climate finance plays in addressing investment barriers. The cases draw on WRI’s recent report, Mobilizing Climate Investment.The development of Thailand’s energy efficiency sector is an interesting case study. It demonstrates how strong government leadership combined with strategic support from international climate finance can drive the transition toward an energy-efficient economy.In the early 1990s, Thailand’s economy was growing rapidly at 10 percent per year; the power sector was growing even faster. The government recognized that conserving energy would provide a low-cost way to meet its citizens’ rising demand for energy.last_img read more


first_imgNebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is in Canada, kicking off the state’s first official trade mission to our northern neighbor.During the five-day trip, Nebraska delegates will meet with government, agricultural, and manufacturing officials in Toronto and Ottawa.Later in the week, delegates will participate in a roundtable discussion with the U.S. Consul General for Toronto, as well as attend a reception and meal hosted by the Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs.Beef products are Nebraska’s number one agricultural export to Canada, totaling $138.2 million dollars in 2015.Pork is the state’s third highest ag export to Canada, at with $61.3 million dollars.Canadian and Nebraska business leaders will participate in a NAFTA Workshop to discuss and learn more about Canadian food regulations and the implications the Canadian Safe Food Act has for both Canadian and U.S. companies.last_img read more

From The Other Side

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMII had a great time joining Matt Hofeld and the fellas over at Crimson and Cream Machine on their weekly podcast. Matt and I also traded some Q&A about what we can expect to see tomorrow night, enjoy:Kyle: Why should fans expect this year to be any different than the last eight?Matt: There are a lot of OU fans who expect the outcome every year to be the same it has been for the last eight. However, this has been a year in which streaks have been snapped for OU, First it was the nation’s longest home winning streak, then it was a 20-0 winning streak against Baylor. Is Bedlam next?There are so many things that have not gone Oklahoma’s way this season ranging from injuries, to defensive breakdowns to coaching decisions. It seems like the perfect storm could be brewing in Stillwater.Kyle: How much has Ryan Broyles’ injury affected Landry Jones?Matt: It has affected the entire offense and not just Jones. He was everything from the inspirational leader to the go-to guy. He was the one opposing defenses game planned around. Since his injury against A&M there hasn’t been another player step up to take on his role and the offense has reflected that. Jones has now gone two complete games without throwing a touchdown pass.Kyle: Who is the offensive playmaker OSU fans have never heard of that could have an impact on Saturday’s game?Matt: That’s a good question. With the injuries to Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley there are guys like Dejuan Miller and Brandon Williams who have to step in and become offensive weapons. That said, look for Trey Franks to possibly be a play maker and a difference Saturday night. He’s a kid who hasn’t received a ton of touches this season but has blazing speed and can do a lot of things with the ball in space. They like to use him on jet sweeps and reverses as well as in general passing routes. Kyle: Is the Cotton Bowl a bad season for either of these teams?Matt: I’m going to go ahead and say yes. Obviously the Cotton Bowl means you’ve had a successful season but they expectations for both teams going into this season were much higher than that. Oklahoma was the preseason #1 team in the nation and pegged by just about everyone to win the Big XII and play for the BCS championship. OSU entered the season as a conference contender and went into the Bedlam game firmly in the driver’s seat. For either of these teams to be in the Cotton Bowl would mean that they didn’t live up to the expectations.Kyle: Is this game a letdown since the morning of the OU Tech game both teams were staring at 11-0?Matt: I think in a way yes. It goes back to the answer to the previous question. Both teams were poised to make this the biggest Bedlam game of all-time and it just didn’t pan out on either side. However, this game being the Big XII championship game is a pretty good consolation.Kyle: Score prediction.Matt: I’ve got to be completely honest with you and say that I’m extremely nervous about this game. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the OSU ends Oklahoma’s winning streak just because that’s the kind of season it has been. However, I do run an OU blog which makes me an absolute optimist and homer so I’m going with 35-34 Oklahoma.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

VIDEO: Emmanuel Ogbah Preparing for NFL Combine

first_imgIf 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! The NFL combine is just weeks away, and you better believe Emmanuel Ogbah is putting in that work and preparation to make sure he stands out for testing and the scouts on hand. Ogbah signed with the prestigious Drew Rosenhaus sports agenct for NFL draft representation, and has spent much of his time training in Miami.Apparently someone has been taping his workouts, and Ogbah himself took to snapchat to show everyone his progress through the videos. Check it out:last_img read more

Five Thoughts On Iowa State’s 58-50 Win Over Oklahoma State

first_img#okstate’s shooting chart on non-layups in the second half on Monday night is something else. pic.twitter.com/MaJ4na6RZo— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) March 1, 20163. Which of these more accurately sums up the season?This is embarrassing: pic.twitter.com/Op6mEETPN2— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) March 1, 2016 BOX SCOREIowa State downed Oklahoma State 58-50 on a half staff Monday for the Pokes tonight in Hilton. Georges Niang and Abdel Nader combined for 36 points on senior night against eight scholarship players for the Pokes.Nobody reached double digits for the Cowboys who shot 32 percent from the field and 15 percent from three. Jeff Newberry had 9-7. Tyree Griffin had 7-4-5-1. Chris Olivier chipped in 8-6-2-1. Five (very brief) thoughts on the evening.1. The wrong injuries crushIf Mitch Solomon or Joe Burton is hurt, so what? I mean, it’s not great. But it doesn’t kill you. On Monday, OSU was missing Jawun Evans (shoulder), Phil Forte (elbow), Jeffrey Carroll (sick) and Leyton Hammonds (finger). That’s an average of 48 points per game. And you only score 68.That’s not an excuse for Ford (get more guys), but rather the context through which we have to view tonight’s game. Iowa State wins that tilt 999 times out of 1,000. And in the other one Mitch Solomon turns into Brad Lohaus in NBA Jam and hits 20 threes and mysteriously retires to a Caribbean island afterwards.2. The offense, what can you say?I mean that literally. What do you think Travis Ford says in the locker room about the offense without Jawun Evans, Phil Forte, Jeffrey Carroll and Leyton Hammonds? Like, does he just say, “good luck dudes … good luck getting to 50!” Because sometimes it feels like that would be more effective than whatever it is he actually tells them.OSU made three non-layups in the second half (see below). It shot 15 percent from three. It had Mitch Solomon taking fadeaway threes. It airballed two threes on the same possession! .@CycloneMBB’s Abdel Nader with a monster dunk in the second half. #Cyclones pic.twitter.com/Vnb9oWCHIj— Kelsey Kremer (@kelsey_kremer) March 1, 20164. Oklahoma State actually played pretty good DEither that or Iowa State just missed an abnormal number of threes. OSU held ISU to 43 percent from the field and 26 percent from three in a matchup zone for most of the night (which was nice).The 10:40 stretch from the end of the first half until six minutes into the second half where OSU scored three points ended up being the dagger on a night where you had a real chance to steal one in Hilton.FINAL: Iowa State 58, #OKState 50. OSU holds Iowa State to its fewest point total since Niang was a freshman, but still loses.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) March 1, 20165. Eight years of Travis FordEight years into the Travis Ford era, and this is his conference road record.2009: 3-52010: 2-62011: 0-82012: 1-82013: 5-42014: 2-72015: 2-72016: 0-9Total: 15-54Not sure what to do with that at this point. But if you’re good with that in conference play then it might be time to reevaluate what your expectation of this program actually is.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment. If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

VOTE: Who Will End Up As OSU’s 2016 Backup QB?

first_imgI’ve written a few of my thoughts about who will back up Mason Rudolph this fall, but now it’s time to get yours. Who do you think Mike Gundy will end up choosing to be QB2 going into the Southeastern Louisiana game?Choose below and include your thoughts in the comments. I’ll post the results later this week.[poll id=”21″]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

USA calls veteran squad for qualifiers

first_imgUnited States Gonzalez, Johnson among veteran U.S. squad called up for September World Cup qualifiers Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 05:31 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Omar Gonzalez USA El Salvador Gold Cup Patrick Smith United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Costa Rica Costa Rica Both veterans are back just in time for some big USMNT qualifiers, despite having dealt with recent injuries that had kept them sidelined A rash of injuries to the U.S. national team’s defender pool threatened to wreak havoc on Bruce Arena’s selections for the September World Cup qualifiers, but at least one key figure has recovered to help give the U.S. defense a boost.Omar Gonzalez joins a veteran-laden 26-man squad called in by Arena for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras. His return from injury comes just in time to have him available to help deal with the injury absence of John Brooks.There were no real surprises in the squad, with 23 of the 26 players Arena summoned having been called in for last June’s qualifiers. Eric Lichaj, Cristian Roldan and Chris Wondolowski are the only players on the squad who didn’t take part in the June qualifiers, with Wondolowski being the lone call-up not to take part in either the June qualifiers or the Gold Cup. A total of 18 members of the squad were a part of the team’s Gold Cup championship run in July. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Borussia Dortmund standout Christian Pulisic headlines an attack that features red-hot Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, as well as Gold Cup hero Jordan Morris. U.S. captain Michael Bradley is back after a summer that saw him score against Mexico and win the Golden Ball at the Gold Cup.The U.S. defense will be without two regular starters, with Brooks being joined on the shelf by DeAndre Yedlin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Gonzalez gives Arena another option to start alongside Geoff Cameron in central defense, along with left center back options Tim Ream and Matt Besler. Graham Zusi and Erich Lichaj will be in contention to start at right back, with Lichaj getting the call-up over Timmy Chandler.Fabian Johnson also recovered from a recent injury just in time to be included. The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder had recently missed action with his club due to a back injury, but played 10 minutes in Monchengladbach’s recent 2-2 draw against FC Augsburg to earn his return to the national team.The U.S. heads into the September qualifiers in third place in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, with eight points, and can move into a tie for second place with a win against Costa Rica on Friday at Red Bull Arena. The Americans will then travel to Honduras to face the Catrachos on Sept. 5. Honduras is in fifth place in the Hex, three points behind the U.S., with a trip to face Trinidad & Tobago looming on Friday.Here is the 26-man squad Arena has called in for September’s World Cup qualifiers:GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER)last_img read more

England underwhelming despite 4-0 win

first_imgWorld Cup The sky is blue, water is wet, England are underwhelming – same old, same old from Southgate’s side despite 4-0 win Kris Voakes Last updated 2 years ago 04:48 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) HD Harry Kane England Malta ANDREAS SOLARO World Cup Malta v England Malta England WC Qualification Europe The victory in Valletta kept England at the top of Group F but there was no sign that they are actually making too much progress COMMENT Were in not for the fact that England have cultivated a long history of embarrassing showings in their 145 years of playing international football, Friday’s unconvincing 4-0 win over Malta might have been shaping up at one stage to be one of their more inept performances. Instead, it simply gives Gareth Southgate further food for thought as he looks to build something – anything – out of his current crop of Three Lions.Nobody is foolish enough anymore to believe that England are well positioned to challenge for the World Cup. Such delusions of grandeur were dispensed with en masse when Fabio Capello’s outfit were summarily dumped out of the 2010 tournament by Germany, with recent finals campaigns having been approached with a more laissez-faire attitude by the majority of supporters.But even amidst the backdrop of the lowered expectations surrounding the England team these days, Friday’s performance was severely lacking. Sure, Malta have never been known to take up the role of whipping boys even when they have failed to claim qualification points in years gone by, but there is a good reason why they are ranked 190th out of 211 in international football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Raheem Sterling England Malta 090117And for far too long in Valletta, England did little to threaten their hosts despite dominating possession. With Southgate having opted to screen his back four with both Jordan Henderson and Jake Livermore against a side whose lone striker’s average position over the 90 minutes was practically on the halfway line, there always looked likely to be a disconnect between England’s aims and their formation.After a dreadful first-half performance which had the travelling fans barracking their side and singing instead for retired former skipper Wayne Rooney for long spells, the introduction at the break of Marcus Rashford in place of the ineffective Raheem Sterling at least sparked a renewed verve of sorts.With the Manchester United wide man more willing to run at defenders, England finally made an opening and Dele Alli teed up Harry Kane to fire home an angled shot. From there on in, both sides appeared happy enough to take the 1-0 scoreline until Ryan Bertrand’s 86th-minute speculator from some distance somehow beat keeper Andrew Hogg. Danny Welbeck added another in injury time from a Kane cross, then the number nine added another soon after while Malta’s players chased him at half-pace in the hope he would kick the ball out as an opponent laid on the floor.Gareth Southgate England vs Malta 081016But despite the one-sided nature of the final scoreline, whatever hope some might have had of England having a relatively successful time of it in Russia next summer will not have been increased on the strength of this showing. Indeed, if this kind of lifeless, tentative performance is repeated at Wembley on Monday against second-placed Slovakia then England could well find themselves playing catch-up in Group F before long.Perhaps it is no great surprise given the upheaval which has taken place within the setup over the 14 months since that ignominious loss to Iceland at Euro 2016, but England look as unlikely as they ever have of becoming a challenger at a major tournament any time soon.last_img read more

Cazorla not in Arsenal PL squad

first_imgArsenal Cazorla to be missing until at least January, but Wilshere makes Arsenal squad Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 22:07 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jack Wilshere Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The injured Spaniard has been left out of Arsene Wenger’s Premier League selection, but a fit-again England international is included Jack Wilshere has been named in Arsenal’s Premier League squad, but injured midfielder Santi Cazorla was left out.Arsene Wenger indicated Wilshere would be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium in the transfer window if Arsenal received a suitable offer.Arsenal 9/1 to beat Bournemouth 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But with no deal completed before Thursday’s deadline, Wilshere – sent off in an Under-23 match against Manchester City last month – has been included in the 25-man squad submitted to the Premier League.Cazorla, who is in the final year of his Arsenal contract and has not played since October 2016 due to injury, has posted regular upbeat updates on social media about his ongoing rehabilitation.But with the Spain midfielder’s return to action seemingly some time away, Arsenal opted not to name him in their Premier League squad and he will now not be available to play a league game until at least January.Calum Chambers is included in the squad after Arsenal reportedly rejected bids for the versatile defender from Leicester City, while out of favour full-back Mathieu Debuchy also made the list. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Klopp: I’ll go if we can’t compete

first_imgLiverpool Klopp: When I don’t think Liverpool can compete, I’ll go Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:25 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Liverpool v Manchester United Manchester United Premier League The Liverpool boss believes his side can compete with the best the Premier League has to offer, including big-spending rivals Manchester United Jurgen Klopp is steadfast in his belief that his Liverpool side can remain a competitive side in the Premier League over the long haul. The Reds sit sixth in the league heading into Saturday’s clash with second-placed Manchester United at Anfield, but could close the gap on their rivals to four points with a win at home. The idea has been floated that, under Jose Mourinho and with the massive amount of investment United have made under his watch, a gap is once again opening up between the two most successful clubs in the country’s history.  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. Liverpool 7/4 to beat Man UtdBut Klopp does not believe that his club will be left behind and claims that if he ever feels that way, he’ll head for the exit. “In the moment when I think we cannot be successful — and there is only consolation — I go,” Klopp told reporters. “Why should I be here as some kind of caretaker until the world creates a manager who can be more successful? That makes no sense. I am really convinced. “Other managers have different ways to do it. Other clubs have different ways to do it. We have our way. I don’t think I’m the perfect manager. I only think I’m the perfect fit for this club and I feel already much more responsible than maybe I should.  “If your neighbour has a better situation — he’s got one more car, he gets to go on one extra holiday — does it mean you can’t enjoy your own situation? It’s about us being happy, not others. Can we dominate them for the next 20 years without spending the same amount of money? Probably not.”But can we still be there? Yes, of course. And we want to force this. We want to be consistent, constant at our high level and improve it. Even when we lose a player in the future we want to bring in other players. That’s the benefit of a long-term project.”  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Hazard confident injury issues are in the past

first_imgChelsea Hazard confident injury issues are in the past at Chelsea Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 18:15 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Eden Hazard Premier League The Belgium international is now focused on the present and future are shaking off the ankle complaint which delayed his start to the season Eden Hazard believes he is fully recovered from ankle surgery and is now focused on the present and future at Chelsea.The Belgium international saw his start to the 2017-18 campaign delayed after being forced under the knife.Chelsea 13/8 to beat Roma Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He underwent surgery in July, leading to him missing a Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and the opening three games of Chelsea’s Premier League title defence.Hazard was eased back into the fold by Antonio Conte once back to fitness, and the 26-year-old feels he is now firing on all cylinders once more after netting an important winner against Bournemouth in his most recent outing.Asked by Chelsea TV whether his fitness issues are now behind him, Hazard said: “Yeah for sure, definitely.“I’m training hard, the injury is the past. I’m fully ready for the next game, I just want to play.Eden Hazard Chelsea“A big week is coming, so it was important also for the confidence to stay high, after the game against Watford, to win at Bournemouth.”We are full of confidence now, two big games in Champions League and Premier League. And we are ready to play both.”Chelsea will need Hazard to be at his talismanic best in their next two outings as they prepare to take in tough tests at home and abroad.A Champions League clash away at Roma lies in store on Tuesday, before the Blues return to domestic competition on Sunday with a visit from fellow title hopefuls Manchester United.Heading into the next international break with momentum building is crucial for Conte’s side, as they have fallen nine points adrift in the battle for Premier League supremacy.They also have further tests awaiting once their players return from duty with their respective countries, with three successive away games set to take them to West Brom, Qarabag and Liverpool.last_img read more

Guardado in charge & more thoughts from El Tri’s win

first_imgMexico Guardado provides security blanket: Five Thoughts from Mexico’s win over Poland Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 03:27 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Guardado Mexico Adam Nurkiewicz Mexico World Cup Poland v Mexico Poland Friendlies The veteran midfielder had a phenomenal performance Monday and is helping younger players grow in confidence. Goal reviews the friendly It was a successful trip to Europe for the Mexico national team, which drew Belgium 3-3 on Friday and topped Poland 1-0 on Monday.These are the kinds of matches that Mexico needs ahead of the World Cup. After clearly arriving to the Confederations Cup outside the top tier, El Tri has to continue improving and learning going forward.Mexico 80/1 to win World Cup 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 “There are a lot of lessons, not only things to improve as a team or as a group but also how to go into these types of games,” Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio said after the win. “That includes playing as a visitor against fans supporting the other teams. When we play friendlies in the United States, we’re always the home team. So apart from what I could say individually to each player I think as a collective we’ve had a lot of great lessons.”Let’s look at five of those lessons from the match against Poland:Safety comes from GuardadoAndres Guardado MexicoAndres Guardado was excellent in midfield Monday, providing plenty of ideas going forward and stopping Poland’s attacks in the middle. More significantly was the security-blanket type position he accepted. Things could’ve gone wrong with Guardado playing between two players without much experience at the international level in the positions they were playing Monday. Jesus Gallardo almost always had Guardado as an outlet when he got stuck with the ball as the left wing back, while defensive midfielder Diego Reyes was able to lean on Guardado as he did in the match against Belgium.It’s the latest building block in a career resurgence for the 31-year-old Guardado, who may begin to get more attention as a veteran presence if Rafa Marquez’s absence continues. This is a player who should surpass 150 international caps next season and has played a huge part for Real Betis since returning to La Liga this summer. Guardado was clearly pleased to be facing two teams ranked in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings and hopes for more tests in the build-up to the World Cup.”I think we have to keep looking for teams at that level so we can show we can compete against any team at the World Cup and also to show that Mexico has a good level, that we have good soccer, we have good players, that we’re going to go to the World Cup and really compete and try to have a historic World Cup as we want to,” he said after the Poland game.Locker-room leadership will be important at Russia, but Guardado turned in two performances of the highest quality during this November window, and clearly his presence on the field gives his younger teammates comfort and confidence. Gallardo giving optionsJesus Gallardo MexicoJesus Gallardo could be another experiment for which Juan Carlos Osorio’s critics ridicule him, but the decision to try the Pumas winger at left back is turning into one of the better decisions the manager has made with his squad. The knock on Gallardo is that his defensive showings haven’t yet indicated that he could be an option against a top-quality team of the level Mexico will face at the World Cup. One performance isn’t quite enough to change that, but the 23-year-old was serviceable against Poland both as a wing back for the first hour and as an outright left back as he was one of five El Tri players to go the full 90 in the friendly.If Gallardo can become a true option on the left side not only against CONCACAF teams in the Gold Cup but also against big-time international sides like the ones Mexico met this month, the right back problem could be solved. Wait, what? But Gallardo is a left back, right?True, but since his arrival as Mexico coach, Osorio has enjoyed putting one of El Tri’s top left-back options, Miguel Layun, on the right side — and the few minutes Layun is seeing with Porto are coming at right back this season. Pumas’ situation is unclear, but it’s not unthinkable Gallardo will get left-back reps at the club level during the Clausura. Layun still will be a first choice on the left, but when the time comes for a five-man back line, the one Mexico played Monday didn’t function poorly at all — much of that is thanks to the flexibility Gallardo offered.Peralta doesn’t need a handoutOribe Peralta MexicoWhen the starting XI was announced an hour before the match, a certain segment of the Mexican press and fan base was upset. Rather than playing forward Oribe Peralta up top, Osorio opted to partner Javier Aquino with Raul Jimenez. Many called it a “lack of respect” for Peralta to call him in for the friendly matches and decline to start him in either game. The criticism has largely subsided after Aquino set up the winning goal and Peralta saw a full half of action, entering at the break.The controversy is manufactured at best. Peralta isn’t a better forward than Jimenez and wouldn’t partner well with him, as the two have similar playing styles. Not only that, but Peralta doesn’t need anyone to defend his honor. For several years, he’s been the best Mexican striker in the domestic league, and that’s still where he stands. The 33-year-old knows and understands his role with the national team. He can earn more time by showing he’s better than the other forwards on the field. He hasn’t done that, but is still a good option off the bench for El Tri. The idea that a manager doesn’t respect a player because he called him in but didn’t start him is a silly one.Decent day for JimenezRaul Jimenez MexicoRaul Jimenez scored the winning goal for Mexico, getting a bit of luck to have the ball fall to his feet in the 13th minute but showing pure skill to finish it off and give Mexico the lead.#TriTDN¡Aquí el Gol de Jiménez y así se abre el marcador! pic.twitter.com/LNepRhoaya— TDN (@tdn_twit) November 13, 2017″One of our goals is to learn how to play with the lead,” Osorio said. “I think the goal came in the 13th minute so we played almost 78 minutes with the lead and creating other opportunities. That makes us very satisfied.”The problem for Jimenez is the same as it always has been. He’s playing on a team with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and Chicharito shows no signs of losing his vicegrip on the starting center forward spot. Jimenez played on the wing earlier in Osorio’s tenure, but with Hirving Lozano emerging as a star and other players like Carlos Vela, Jesus Corona and Javier Aquino also filling the role better than Jimenez, finding playing time could be tough.If there’s an injury or suspension, though, Jimenez seems ready to come in — despite his lack of minutes with Benfica.”It’s what you have to do. That’s what I do on the field,” Jimenez said of scoring his goal. “Fortunately, I was able to do it and luckily we were able to come away with the victory.”Araujo ready for step up Nestor Araujo MexicoThe plan likely was to give Araujo some rest after a long, trying shift in Belgium. He performed better than his defensive teammates, including Hector Moreno, and started on the bench. Plans changed when Carlos Salcedo went down with an apparent groin injury and the Santos Laguna defender came on for the second half of the match.It was another good game for Araujo, who is one of the players Osorio highlighted when he came to Mexico and has seen his role grow ever since. He’ll need to keep improving. Araujo is almost guaranteed to see at least one start in Russia, but while he’s improving with his man marking and understanding of the system, El Tri still need more performances like the one Monday out of their defenders.Exactly where he’ll do that growth isn’t clear. There were rumors this offseason that Araujo was Bundesliga bound, but he’s stayed with Santos. Maybe opportunities will come, but what Mexico does not need is another defender sitting on a bench in Europe. Araujo is ready to take the next step, but the 26-year-old may be best served doing so this summer rather than forcing through a move and falling out of favor this summer.last_img read more

WATCH: Rooney scores from his own half

first_imgWayne Rooney VIDEO: Wayne Rooney scores screamer from his own half Allen Ramsey Last updated 1 year ago 06:03 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wayne Rooney Everton West Ham Premier League Jan Kruger Everton v West Ham United Premier League Everton West Ham United Videos The former Manchester United star had a day to remember, netting a hat-trick for Everton, with the third coming from his own side of the field Wayne Rooney has netted another stunner against West Ham!The former England and Manchester United star had a day to remember for boyhood club Everton, netting a hat-trick in a 4-0 thumping of West Ham, a team Rooney has tortured over the course of his career, having scored more goals against the Hammers in the Premier League than any other player. Wednesday’s hat-trick was rare in many ways. 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 First off, Rooney had gone 2272 days since last netting three goals in a game, a run that reaches all the way back to 2011 and is the longest gap ever between two hat-tricks in Premier League history. But it was the third goal that really made it special. West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart was forced to come outside his box in a sweeper role, sliding to clear the danger for his side. Or at least that’s what he thought. Instead, the ball rapidly found the feet of Rooney on the other side of the halfway line and the 32-year-old, seeing a chance for the spectacular, hit a brilliantly driven shot that flew over Hart and his defence to find the net. ROONEY! FROM HIS OWN HALF! pic.twitter.com/1TwTF2ipvM— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) November 29, 2017As you might expect, the praise for Rooney’s latest bit of magic poured in on social media. Not many in world football who could do that. 👏🏻— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) November 29, 2017Second time he has done that v West Ham, this was one was better than the one for Man Utd at Upton Park— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) November 29, 2017Ohmy Wazzzaaaaa 🙉🙉🙉 @btsportfootball— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 29, 2017.@WayneRooney hat-trick!!! And what a goal. Against the manager who gave him his debut— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) November 29, 2017The win created a bit of space for Rooney and Everton, who came in to the match just two points clear of West Ham and the bottom three, but leave having created a five-point gap.last_img read more

Liga MX clubs reap rewards of standing by managers

first_imgLiga MX Tigres and Monterrey reaping rewards of standing by managers Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 02:50 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Mohamed Monterrey Ricardo Tuca Ferretti Tigres Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Tigres UANL v Monterrey Monterrey Tigres UANL Tuca Ferretti is the longest-serving active manager while Antonio Mohamed isn’t far behind. Consistency has served the city’s clubs well MONTERREY, Mexico — Longevity is a rarity for Liga MX coaches. When the ball begins rolling Thursday in the first leg of the final, Tigres coach Tuca Ferretti will be celebrating his seventh year, 200th day of his third stint in charge at Tigres. In the other technical area, Antonio Mohamed is nearing his third year as manager of Rayados – a mark that hardly challenge’s Tuca’s for the league lead but puts him third.That a manager who has been with a club for just three years is the third-longest standing is a clear indication of just how cutthroat the job can be for managers in Mexico. One bad tournament will lead to calls for your job. Sometimes, managers say, ‘Forget about the pressure,’ and move on to another project rather than staying and dealing with the tough environment. 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 Ferretti and Mohamed have faced pressure, too. There was the 2016 Clausura when Tigres fans frustrated by their club falling to win the CONCACAF Champions League final and nearly missing out on the playoffs only for Monterrey to send them out of the first round. Tigres returned the favor earlier this year, ending Monterrey’s Clausura at the quarterfinal round with an emphatic 6-1 aggregate victory. That included a 2-0 win in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer that still stands as Monterrey’s last home defeat.Watch LIga MX live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Tuca Ferretti Tigres Liga MX 08142016Those aren’t the only situations where the pundits around oversized tables or fans in the bars have chatted about the possibility that one of the managers is on their way out. Even after superb seasons, players were asked Wednesday if a loss in this series, with passions high ahead of the first final between the city’s clubs, could result in firings.”It’s not our decision, but Tuca’s importance to the club can’t be gauged by this game, no matter what happens,” Tigres center back Juninho said. “The directors make the final decision but we’re hoping to have Tuca for a long time. He’s the most skilled manager in all of Mexico.”The managers don’t look to be going anywhere soon. Ferretti recently announced he’s signed an extension to stay with Tigres several more years. Mohamed renewed his deal in the spring – during the aforementioned difficult period for the club. What the directors of the Monterrey clubs seem to have figured out that still is escaping teams is that sticking with their guy is a good gambit. National team managers talk about projects and needing time to develop a style of play. That happens more quickly at the club level where coaches work with players daily, but there still has to be some room for adjustment and growth. Ferretti has a long track record while the younger Mohamed can point to the trophies won at each of his previous stops in Liga MX. That buys cachet, sure. Even so, these clubs have been more faithful to their coaches than most, even though there have been lows as well as highs.That they live and work in the same city and both have their clubs in the final after getting support from ownership are the only obvious similarities between the two coaches. Mohamed is 16 years Ferretti’s junior and it shows with his sharp dressing on the touchline, while Ferretti dons whatever pullover has the club logo on it. Ferretti is a gentlemen among gentlemen, taking questions from females first in news conferences and offering life advice along with his tactical thoughts. He’s also a miscreant among miscreants, pulling off oft-hilarious tricks like hiding behind a bench after getting sent off or going off on a post-match rant after a bad match, knowing it will draw the headlines.Antonio Mohamed MonterreyTheir on-field style also is much different, though to their credit they’ve both found something that has worked for their team. Neither club is playing a representation of what the managers were known for as recently as two tournaments ago, with both adapting to the players they have and changes in the game at large. Mohamed has reigned in the attacking style that won him a title with Club Tijuana but nearly had his defenders keeling over from exhaustion as fullbacks essentially played as wingers and center backs played as do-it-all defenders. His teams now are more likely to stay planted before bursting forward for a counterattack or allowing the star trident up top to work. Tigres were known as a defensive team that will knock the ball around and keep possession but may not do anything with it. Andre-Pierre Gignac began to chip away at that when he arrived in 2015. More attacking firepower arrived after the Frenchman, and now Tigres are even conceding possession to their opponents on occasion.They’ve done what’s good for their clubs and their clubs have rewarded that with job security. It’s good for the teams, good for Liga MX and good for TV. Thanks in no small part to the clubs in La Sultana del Norte exhibiting patience too rarely seen in Liga MX, we have an incredibly compelling final.last_img read more

Game changers: Rio Ferdinand and the stars who swapped sports

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Rio Ferdinand features Share on Pinterest Boxing Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on WhatsApp When former footballer Paolo Maldini bowed out of his nascent tennis career after a solitary chastening afternoon on clay, he summed up the difficulties with the elegance of a man more used to taking effortless command of the defences of Italy and AC Milan.“It was like writing a poem after studying years of maths,” Maldini said after suffering a 6-1, 6-1 doubles defeat at the Aspria Tennis Cup in June.Rio Ferdinand, backed by Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” campaign, is now attempting a similar feat by jumping from the football pitch to the boxing ring. He joins a formidable list of sporting converts.Ferdinand’s promoters have previous: Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton was, like the ex-England and Manchester United defender, little more than two years out of her old vocation when she was encouraged by Betfair to swap one saddle for another, training for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and finishing fifth in the 2016 Foxhunter Chase.Pendleton said that was probably a greater achievement than two Olympic gold medals, but she did, at least, have skills that clearly transferred between the disciplines. It was harder to say the same for Ian Botham, the most high profile among a stream of multi-taskers between football and cricket, although 11 Football League appearances for Scunthorpe United while on Somerset’s books came via the kind of juggling act few have dared to attempt since.Michael Jordan’s baseball cameo with the Birmingham Barons in 1994, during his first retirement from NBA, proved it was possible to flit between sports with a clear head, and nobody would mock the two All-Ireland titles Kevin Moran won in Gaelic football directly before joining Manchester United. Heather Moyse, the Canada rugby international and inductee to the World Rugby Hall of Fame, arguably trumps the lot: she also won two Winter Olympic golds in the two-woman bobsleigh and has competed as a track cyclist.But if Ferdinand seeks analogues, he could look to the pastime that has newly fostered him. There may be lessons to take from Andrew Flintoff, whose one bout brought a mucky victory over Richard Dawson that was branded a “circus”. More optimistically, there is Curtis Woodhouse, a decent enough footballer who became British light-welterweight champion in 2014 and fought 30 times overall.Will Ferdinand evince that kind of staying power? “People like Maldini are my inspiration,” the cultured centre-back once said; it might serve him well, this time, not to follow his idol’s example too closely. Betfair Share on Twitter Topics Shortcuts Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic denies calling for boycott of next year’s Australian Open

first_imgShare on Facebook Australian Open Share on Pinterest Read more Since you’re here… Novak Djokovic Tennis The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Support The Guardian Reuse this content Andy Murray’s mother, Judy, replied: “Totally agree. What about an umbrella union that represents men and women? That would give the players a much stronger voice to challenge the Slams and the joint ATP/WTA events. Better together.”Djokovic, by accident more than design, has thus pitched the argument into a miasma that will do little to quell rumours – especially when there were an estimated 150 players in the room on Friday. At least one leading player close to discussions laughed when told of Djokovic’s response, one that left open too many avenues of speculation – as well as the possibility, privately or publicly, of denial by players who were there.“I know that you guys are trying to take this forward several steps,” Djokovic said. “Obviously you’re talking about union, you’re talking about boycott, you’re talking about radical decisions … so we can get financial compensations the way we deserve. But there [were] no talks about that.”Just “certain topics” then: topics that invited a furious off-the-record response by administrators who clearly felt that Djokovic was taking discussions to a volatile level.For now, there is calm. It is unlikely the revolution will flare again soon. But there is underlying unrest that neither side can ignore. If Djokovic has achieved anything, however clumsily, he has pulled the curtain back and let a little light in – before quickly drawing it closed again. Share on Messenger Australian Open 2018 Australia sport Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer safely through at Australian Open Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn The assertions were a good deal harder to confirm than the score by which he beat the outclassed the American Donald Young on day two of an intriguing tournament: 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. The injured elbow that has kept him off the tour for six months is, thankfully, back to full working order. He remains a threat on court – and off, perhaps.“Some of you have written a story that has been a little bit exaggerated,” Djokovic said. “You’ve taken things out of context. I saw that you’ve portrayed me as someone who is very greedy, asks for more money and wants to boycott.”This, no doubt, was a reference to the fact he lives in tax-free Monte Carlo and was the first player to earn more than $100m in prize money, in 2016 – yet had apparently given little weight to a promise by the Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley, that he would double prize money here to $100m within six years.“I respect your freedom and decisions to do that,” Djokovic said. “But not much of what you have [written] is true. What happened is that we just wanted to talk about certain topics. I don’t think there is anything unhealthy about that.”Those certain topics represent a serious rearrangement of power in the game. And they have their advocates. Andy Roddick, the former slam winner and advocate for more equable distribution of prize money in the game, referenced the players’ involvement in the ATP – who also act for tournament directors – when he tweeted about a new players’ union: “It’s been a good idea for a long time 🙂 Impossible for an entity to represent both sides of a negotiation. I’m amazed it’s not talked about more …” Share on WhatsApp Topics Revolutions, when ill-conceived, can die as quickly as they are born. And Novak Djokovic, who has seen his share of political turmoil, was compelled to move with all the nimbleness of thought and foot he showed in an impressive comeback a couple of hours earlier on court here on Tuesday to kill the insurrection that sources insist he is attempting to start.Denying point-blank that he has agitated for a boycott of the Australian Open next year, a breakaway union or an end to equal pay for men and women in majors, the Serb was adamant that media versions of his message to a mandated players’ meeting on Friday night misrepresented his views. He also denied there was a lawyer present, drafted in to advise the meeting on the niceties of Australian labour laws. Share via Email newslast_img read more

Giro d’Italia: Sam Bennett bursts to stage win as Simon Yates stays in pink

first_imgTopics Simon Yates Twitter Share on Facebook … 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. news Since you’re here… Pinterest Cycling Share on Pinterest Giro d’Italia Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Sam Bennett timed his sprint to perfection to win the seventh stage of the Giro d’Italia, while Simon Yates remained in the overall lead as the race arrived on the Italian mainland on Friday.Bennett was the last to launch his sprint but the Irish rider managed to edge out Elia Viviani, who had won two of the opening three stages and claim his first win in a Grand Tour.Niccolo Bonifazio was third in the bunch sprint at the end of the flat 159km (99 mile) route along the Calabrian coast from Pizzo to Praia a Mare.“I’m really happy with that,” said Bennett, who had finished third in each of Viviani’s wins so far in the race. “I tried so hard the other days to get the win but never seemed to get the timing right.“It was very hard to get Viviani’s wheel, everyone wanted that wheel and we had to fight for it. At one point I thought we’d left it too late but the timing was right and I could use my power to get an advantage. The team did a fantastic job and I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this point.” Joy for Sam Bennett. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA Share via Email Facebook Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on Twitter There was an early break of three riders. The peloton allowed Davide Ballerini, Markel Irizar and Maxim Belkov an advantage of more than four minutes before it began to reel them in. They were caught with 14km remaining as the peloton powered to the sprint finish and victory for Bennett and his Bora-Hansgrohe team.The general classification was unchanged and Yates, who won the young rider classification at last year’s Tour de France, retained his 16 second advantage over the defending champion, Tom Dumoulin.Yates’ Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves remained third overall, 26 seconds behind the 25-year-old.The four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome is eighth, one minute and 10 seconds back.Saturday’s eighth stage sees the second mountain finish at the end of a 209km stage from Praia a Mare to Montevergine.Overall standings1 Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott; 2 Tom Dumoulin (Neth) Team Sunweb, at 16s; 3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott, at 26s; 4 Domenico Pozzovivo (It) Bahrain-Merida, at 43s; 5 Thibaut Pinot (Fr) Groupama-FDJ, at 45s; 6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team, at 53s; 7 Pello Bilbao (Sp) Astana Pro Team, at 1-03; 8 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, at 1-10; 9 George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 1-11; 10 Fabio Aru (It) UAE Team Emirates, at 1-12 Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

How Russia 2018 saw claustrophobic football crowd tiki-taka off world stage

first_imgSign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Spain Share on Facebook The last time France won the World Cup, in 1998, they brought cross-culturalism – which in football is an augmented reality – into the media spotlight. Winners again, they were one of three semi-finalists who had significant numbers of players with a mixed heritage, sons or grandsons of immigrants. That mix, that blend, is to football what poverty always was too: proof that the game itself discriminates according to a player’s worth on the pitch, not his social status – a true meritocracy. The fact that the marginalised continue to find paradise in a game that’s ever more conditioned by money is not insignificant. Kylian Mbappé the top ticket in French collection of bottomless talent France Tiki-taka needs to be taken to the workshop and checked for malfunctions in order to prevent it becoming an act of impotence and pointlessness that commits the worst sin of all: to bore. The best mechanic to fine-tune the engine and tighten the screws had a significant influence on Spain winning the World Cup in South Africa from Barcelona and had an influence too on Germany winning the last World Cup from Munich. He lives in Manchester, he’s a little bit mad and his name is Pep Guardiola. If we are awaiting a way of revitalising this style with a creative energy that can see that football reborn, that’s where it will come from. It would suit England too, as they begin to walk a path that is promising. To reach its end, you need an almost fanatical faith in possession as a dogma. That’s why a madman matters.What the World Cup in Russia did was consecrate the middle way. Teams that do not seek to dominate for 90 minutes, nor dig in and wait deep – the tactic we came to know as “the bat”, everyone hanging from their own crossbar. That particularly miserable approach seems to have disappeared but so too does a sense of grandiosity – a determination to pursue values, a vision, to the last.Pragmatic, eclectic teams won, teams that opened and closed like an accordion, driven by the effort of everyone. Teams that felt more comfortable counterattacking and that made set plays – as exciting as dancing with your sibling – a critical element of their game. Teams so pragmatic as to take off an attacker to put on a midfielder (or a defender) as soon as they led, and to do the opposite as soon as they trailed. Colombia were the best example against England. They started with three defensive midfielders and one striker and finished, better, with three strikers and one defensive midfielder. It is a relative conquest because the perspectives on this phenomenon continue to carry the same prejudices as ever. When Brazil failed to win the tournament in 1950, the narrative that won out was one that attributed that to the supposed impurity of their race. Eight years later, Didi, Garrincha, Pelé and company brilliantly won the World Cup in Sweden – in what was, you can only assume, proof that race could be purified in record time. Nowadays, depending on the score and depending too on who is talking, much the same things are said (or thought).There is another, more telling message contained within the current sociological and cultural composition of national teams. This is a more purely footballing one. There was a time in which the way football was played was similar in some way to the place it was played. The theory held that we played as we were, and it found literary expression in Pasolini to whom we turned to hear him talk about the poetic football of South America and the prosaic football of Europe.As globalisation imposes itself, in football too people and ideas are ever more mixed, identities fragmented. And yet within that, identities survive and shift: to take just the famous example, no one can deny that Pep Guardiola’s teams play in verse, Diego Simeone’s in prose. I have no objection to that. I seek only to underline that football continues to reflect social pulses, heartbeats: there are tendencies here too. There are changes and challenges upon ideas and ideals. Nothing is inalterable.Let’s take that idea on to the field of play, because there the pitches of Russia showed no respect for even the slightest glimmer of greatness, whether that’s national teams, players or dominant ideas. It didn’t care that Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain departed to the thunderous noise that surprises always provoke, opening up furious, bloody debate upon their return home. Twitter Share on Pinterest Pinterest In Russia that virtue became a vice and tiki-taka became a caricature of itself. The objective became to pass the ball, ignoring the existence of the goalposts. Like a writer with a perfect command of language who forgets what it is he wants to say. The ball, used with creativity, guile and ingenuity, serves to distract and to clear the path towards the opposition’s goal. That requires criteria – an understanding of what it is you are trying to achieve – and it requires the ball to circulate quickly, in order to be able to reach the final 30 metres of the pitch with some advantage. From there, to unbalance and overcome the opposition, you need the same tools as ever: dribbling, a one-two, imagination, precision to deliver a pass inside and aggression in all its manifestations – speed, ambition, determination.None of that happened in Russia, where tiki-taka became “tiki-tiki”, turning Spain (71.3% of the ball) and Germany (67.3%) into the victims of teams that accepted they were far smaller and played to resist, waiting with 10 men inside their own half. This World Cup showed that for domination to be victorious, it requires bravery and confidence – precisely what Germany lacked, and Spain even more so. They were more concerned with not losing the ball – playing tedious passes to feet in an attempt to avoid their opponents’ counterattacks – than with making their moves dangerous, accepting and embracing risk, giving their moves the daring football has always had.I despise the notion of winning at all costs and any way you can, so let’s not even get on to the notion of not losing at all costs and any way you can. And yet even with those reservations over the ugliness and mean-spiritedness that always threatens football, it is to their great honour that national teams who are manifestly inferior rebel against the great powers with heroic effort and endeavour. We should appreciate that. That’s football too. And yet ultimately Russia 2018 did not rescue from defeat those who – like Sweden, Iceland, and Russia themselves – sought an antidote to tiki-taka in a defensive, reactive way of playing that offered little real joy. On the same day, the two Napoleonic leaders of world football were eliminated at a stroke – goodbye to Messi and Ronaldo – and the World Cup didn’t care that their departure left a sense of emptiness among football lovers. The greatest act of disdain for the established order, though, was the merciless way Russia 2018 swept aside Germany and Spain, the previous two winners of the World Cup and also, more even than that, representatives of a way of being, an identity, that revolutionised the game, imposing an abusive domination of the ball over the last decade.We came to the World Cup to enjoy it, to feel the excitement and embrace the emotion, to analyse the tendencies too, but the abrupt end that befell Germany and Spain left us disconcerted because it endangers something seemingly so significant as the tiki-taka style that conquered the last two World Cups and became a footballing yardstick by which the game was measured. This beautiful, winning style left mediocrity exposed but it always had its detractors and now they are dancing upon its grave. They would be mistaken to believe it is definitively buried, but those of us who adhered to an ideal which made the ball the heart of the game, the focal point of everything, would be even more mistaken to overlook its excesses and flaws.Talent serves to make a virtue of vice. Players with natural deficiencies, those who lack the qualities others boast, find original means to hide their defects and thus, through embracing those deficiencies, they dazzle and often dominate. Players such as Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Philipp Lahm and Toni Kroos escaped from the obsession with physique and tactics, from the place where football was heading, to where – judging by what we have seen in Russia – it seeks to return. Instead, through exquisite technique in control and passing, an unusual intelligence and understanding of the game, they came to dominate – to impose their superiority and even, eventually, to abuse it. It is true that they did so with more possession than goals but their opponents regretted becoming footballers when they spent the entire game running after the ball. And at the end of it, it was the owners of the ball who lifted the trophy. Share on WhatsApp Football tactics World Cup 2018: France celebrations continue and tournament memories – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Germany World Cup World Cup 2018 Read more Topics Read more Much of the football was somewhat claustrophobic, and very physical. The lack of space obliges teams to play faster than many players are capable of doing. But that isn’t something you fix by running more; rather, you fix it by improving your technique. From now on, anyone who does not have technique at speed will struggle to survive at the highest level. The majority of games were close, exhibiting a tremendous tactical awareness – the collective way ahead of the individual. They also showed levels of effort that was genuinely moving (even the stars were generous with their sweat), and, let’s be honest, a considerable dose of cunning and sneakiness. Pragmatism must take advantage of everything it finds in its path in order to prosper.It is worth analysing a coming problem here: as the penalty areas become patrolled, and controlled, by the VAR – and in the area, the sentences are practically jail terms – fouls will become preventative instead. They will be committed in the demilitarised zones of the pitch unwatched by the cameras, that territory where VAR does not patrol and referees are more permissive. There will be more of those fouls that tend to get called “tactical” or, with even greater cynicism, “intelligent”. As football is continuous, a game that flows, it is worth asking how many goals are lost somewhere in the middle of the pitch as a result of these absolutely unsporting interruptions.As the World Cup brought us this refereeing revolution, it is worth reminding the judicial police who manage the VAR and the referees who abdicate responsibility, handing it instead to the men sitting before video screens, that their job remains the same as it always was: to protect the game and not become accomplices of the cheats and cynics who think they’re smart. It is a reminder, a warning, that it may be worth extending even more forcefully to the players and coaches so that they care for this wonderful game, playing it without cheating and, where possible, honouring it with beauty.Honour, then, to France who raised the trophy and in doing so, like every winner, laid a path that sets a trend that will last until the next World Cup. 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NFL round-up: Bears blaze Bucs but Eifert’s horror injury mars Bengals win

first_imgNFL Mitchell Trubisky threw a career-high six touchdown passes and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears pounded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 on Sunday. The Bears won their third straight with Trubisky delivering the sort of breakout performance general manager Ryan Pace envisioned when he traded up a spot to draft the prized quarterback with the No2 overall pick last year.He finished one TD pass shy of a franchise mark set by Sid Luckman against the New York Giants in 1943. The Bears also racked up 483 yards, nearly matching their record of 488 in that same game, on the way to their highest point total since 51-20 victory over Tennessee in 2012.The defense did its part, harassing Ryan Fitzpatrick before Jameis Winston took over to start the second half. And the Bears won their third straight, matching their longest run since a 3-0 start in 2013. Trubisky had never thrown for more than two touchdowns in a game. But he threw for five in the first half alone as Chicago grabbed a 38-3 lead.In the day’s later kick-offs, the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders beat the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns respectively. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas fractured his leg during Sunday’s game, and appeared to give the middle finger to the Seattle sideline as he left the field. Thomas has been in a contract dispute with his team this season.Miami Dolphins 7-38 New England PatriotsTom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and the New England Patriots handed Miami their first loss of the season in a 38-7 rout.It denied the Dolphins their first 4-0 start since Hall of Fame coach Don Shula’s last season in 1995. Brady improved to 15-1 as a starter against Miami.But New England lost one of its best players in the process. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of Brady’s favorite targets, left the game in the third quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return. It put a slight damper on an afternoon in which New England showed the kind of consistency on both sides of the ball that had been missing in back-to-back losses to Jacksonville and Detroit. Since 2002, the Patriots are 7-0 after back-to-back losses.Houston Texans 37-34 Indianapolis ColtsKa’imi Fairbairn took advantage of his second chance on a 37-yard field goal attempt, making it as time expired in overtime to give the Houston Texans a 37-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.He had missed the first kick wide left just after Indy called timeout. Houston (1-3) ended the league’s losing streak at nine games with its first victory since 19 November.The Colts threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-four from their own 43, giving the ball back to Houston with 24 seconds to go. Deshaun Watson then connected with DeAndre Hopkins on a 24-yard pass to set up the winning kick.It’s the third time in four weeks Indy (1-3) has come up short in the closing minutes. The loss spoiled Adam Vinatieri’s record-breaking day. The 45-year-old kicker became the league’s career leader in field goals when he made a 42-yarder with 2 seconds left in the first half and he extended the mark to 567 with a 44-yarder to give the Colts a 34-31 lead in overtime.Cincinnati Bengals 37-36 Atlanta Falcons Share on LinkedIn Facebook news New England Patriots Chicago Bears Andy Dalton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to AJ Green with seven seconds remaining, lifting the Cincinnati Bengals to a 37-36 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Dalton moved the Bengals 75 yards in about four minutes. He completed two passes on fourth down to Tyler Boyd, who had 11 catches for 100 yards, to keep the drive alive.Green, the former University of Georgia star making his first return to the state of Georgia, made a diving catch in the right side of the end zone to cap the drive. He had four catches for 78 yards. Giovani Bernard ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (3-1).Matt Ryan continued his resurgence by throwing three scoring passes, including two to rookie Calvin Ridley, for the Falcons. As was the case last week, when he had his first career game with five touchdown passes in a loss to New Orleans, Ryan had too little support from an injury-depleted defense.The game was marred by a gruesome injury to Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, who was carted off the field in clear distress.Buffalo Bills 0-22 Green Bay PackersAaron Rodgers and Jimmy Graham connected on their first touchdown pass of the year, and the Green Bay Packers put together their most complete defensive effort of the season in a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills.Aaron Jones added 65 yards and a score on 11 carries for the Packers, who slowed in the second half after a fast start on offense. The defense didn’t let up against the Bills. Green Bay (2-1-1) posted its first shutout since a 9-0 win over the Jets in 2010. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen accounted for three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble late in the fourth quarter that stood on review. He was 16 of 33 for 151 yards.Detroit Lions 24-26 Dallas CowboysBrett Maher kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. Maher’s fourth field goal was set up by Dak Prescott’s 34-yard completion to running back Ezekiel Elliott on a deep throw after Matthew Stafford had put the Lions in front with a 38-yard touchdown to Golden Tate, their second TD connection of the day.Elliott had a career-high 240 all-purpose yards, with 152 yards rushing and 88 receiving. The best offensive day of the season for a previously struggling Dallas offense spoiled Stafford’s homecoming again, with his third straight loss at the home of the Cowboys (2-2). The former Dallas-area high school star threw for 307 yards.Philadelphia Eagles 23-26 Tennessee TitansMarcus Mariota hit Corey Davis with a 10-yard touchdown pass just before the end of overtime, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 for their best start since 2013.The Titans trailed by 14 in the third quarter before rallying for the lead. They also trailed 23-20 in overtime before coming back again behind Mariota, who in his first start since being knocked out of the season opener with an injured elbow threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a score.On the game-winning drive, the Titans converted three fourth downs, one by penalty. Mariota hit Taywan Taylor with a 19-yarder on fourth-and-15, and Mariota found a wide-open Dion Lewis on fourth-and-2 for a 17-yard gain. Facing third-and-goal and the clock running out, Mariota found Davis for the receiver’s first TD catch in the regular season.New York Jets 12-31 Jacksonville JaguarsBlake Bortles threw two touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Donte Moncrief, and the Jacksonville Jaguars used a dominant defensive performance to handle the New York Jets 31-12.Bortles ended up with a career-high 388 yards passing, topping 375 yards for the second time in three games. He found TJ Yeldon wide open for a 31-yard score in the second quarter and then beat a blitz with the deep pass to Moncrief down the sideline.The pass to Moncrief was Jacksonville’s lone offensive highlight in an ugly second half. The Jaguars (3-1) had three turnovers that led to nine points for the Jets (1-3), who have dropped three straight. Jets rookie Sam Darnold was harassed early and often, getting sacked three times and nearly throwing three interceptions. Tashaun Gipson’s pick was overturned by a holding penalty on the other side of the field, and Pro Bowl cornerbacks AJ Bouye and Jalen Ramsey each dropped interceptions that would have ended New York’s scoring drives. Share on Facebook Topics Share on WhatsApp … 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. US sports Since you’re here… Tyler Eifert is carted off the field after sustaining a serious leg injury. Photograph: John Bazemore/AP Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Twitter Share via Email Reuse this content Pinterest Share on Messenger Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengalslast_img read more

Pastore exit won’t be blocked by PSG

first_imgTransfers PSG poised to reluctantly pave the way for Pastore to join Inter Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:09 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Pastore PSG TFC LIGUE 1 20082017 Getty Transfers Internazionale Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Serie A PSG Ligue 1 The Argentine playmaker is eager to find regular football and his current club are prepared to sanction a move as interest from Serie A builds Paris Saint-Germain remain reluctant to part with Javier Pastore but will sanction a transfer if the terms are right, claims his agent.The Argentine playmaker has been linked with a move away from Parc des Princes for some time now amid fierce competition for places.PSG have continued to bolster their attacking ranks in recent windows, with the likes of Julian Draxler, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe joining Angel di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura in the French capital. 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 Allowing some of those short on game time to head elsewhere is now an option being considered, with former Palermo star Pastore being heavily linked with a return to Italy at Inter.The 28-year-old’s representative has suggested that a deal could be done, with Marcelo Simonian telling Sky Sport: “In theory, the player is not for sale, but PSG will not oppose a solution which makes everybody happy.”Inter are prepared to test PSG’s resolve, with the Serie A heavyweights ready to make an approach.They are hoping to reach an agreement which will take Pastore to the San Siro on an initial loan agreement which includes the option to complete a permanent transfer in the summer.A deal such as that would allow the South American to get back up to speed before committing to a long-term contract.Pastore, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham, has been restricted to just 17 appearances at PSG this season, with only eight starts made in Ligue 1.He recently told reporters on the need for him to find minutes elsewhere: “I am very happy in Paris, but I haven’t made any decisions yet. All I want is to play more regularly so I can go to the World Cup. Not being in the tournament because I stayed here and didn’t play would be very painful for my career.”Pastore has been with the French giants since 2011, having been one of the first high-profile additions made following the arrival of Qatari investment at Parc des Princes.last_img read more

Last time they met – Men’s Open

first_imgAustralia won eight of the nine divisions at the 2015 Touch World Cup, however no game was more domineering than the Men’s Open victory. Australia defeated New Zealand in the final 11-2 at C.ex Coffs International Stadium with the highest winning margin in the history of the Men’s Open division at the Touch World Cup.It took the Australian team five minutes to stamp their authority on the game as they jumped to a 3-0 lead. Peter Norman seemed to be in everything, scoring four touchdowns and setting up several other touchdowns throughout the game.  By half-time, the Australians lead by five touchdowns, 6-1. It only took 20 seconds of the second half for the home nation to score their seventh touchdown. New Zealand’s Ruamai Erueti scored a few minutes later to give his side a glimmer of hope but was soon dashed when Norman scored his third, followed by Scott Buckley’s second.Dylan Hennessey’s tap-on then found the hands of Matthew Prowse who strolled over the line while Norman scored his fourth touchdown minutes later, securing the 11-2 defeat and the World Cup title. Australia captain Steve Roberts said the win was a huge one for his team.“It was on the back of a solid defence. We were always going to score tries, we have too much strike power across the park. Defence was the key and it certainly delivered for us,” Roberts said.  Roberts was adamant that he couldn’t pick one standout individual. “Everyone did their role. Tony Trad, our coach, ticks all the boxes and he makes sure everyone knows their role in the team. Everyone did it and we got the result,” Roberts said.AUSTRALIA 11 (Peter Norman 4, Jonathan Palau 2, Scott Buckley 2, Matthew Prowse 2, Robert Nakhla touchdowns) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2 (Michael Cavanagh, Ruamai Erueti touchdowns).Player of the final: Stuart Brierty (Australia). Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series for all of the latest news and information:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#transtasman2016)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausFind us on Snapchat – ‘TFAofficial’Related LinksLast time they metlast_img read more