The Nuggets, trailing by 13 after the first quarter, scored 15 straight points to start the second behind their bench players and moved in front for the first time in the game on Barton’s fastbreak 3-pointer 38-36 midway through the period. But Golden State came back to lead 60-55 at the half, scoring nine of the last 13 points in the final two minutes of the quarter capped by Thompson’s 3-pointer off a feed from Curry an instant before the halftime buzzer sounded.Golden State, showcasing its transition game and ball movement throughout the game, finished with 37 assists, including a game-high 11 by Curry.TIP-INSWarriors: G Shaun Livingston was inactive for the game as part of a designated rest day. … F Damian Jones, the Warriors’ first-round pick, is on assignment with the team’s G League squad in Santa Cruz and could be there for a awhile. “He’s going to spend a lot of time down there because there’s no point in him coming up here and sitting on the bench,” Coach Steve Kerr said prior to the game. “He needs to play. I could see bringing him up once in a while and giving him some playing time if we had an injury or something but for the most part he needs to play.”Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez remains sidelined because of a bout of mononucleosis. He has missed the past eight games. … Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was in attendance to see a pair of his former Spartan stars — Nuggets guard Gary Harris,who started 67 of his 68 career games under Izzo, and Warriors forward Draymond Green, a native of Saginaw, Mich. who helped the Spartans to two Final Four appearances.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Will Barton had 21 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets. None of Denver’s starters reached double figures in scoring.Up by five at halftime, the Warriors forced a decisive turn in the game with a 24-4 run to start the third, taking an 84-59 lead when Curry hit a fall-away 3-pointer from the baseline after poking the ball away from Mason Plumlee for a steal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Warriors finished with 43 points in the third — the most points allowed by the Nuggets in a period this season — and took a 103-76 lead into the fourth quarter. Durant had 13 of his points in the period and Curry added 12 in the same span, helping Golden State lead by as many as 29 points and outscore Denver by 22 points in the quarter.Both teams began to substitute freely early in the fourth quarter and the Warriors coasted to the victory. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets has his shot blocked by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center on November 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. AFPDENVER — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Golden State Warriors rode a big third quarter to a 127-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 15 points apiece for the Warriors. They have won six of their last seven, including all three during their just concluded trip.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
What ‘missteps’? “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”Woods was charged with driving under the influence after police in Jupiter, Florida, found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz about 2 a.m. May 29. Breath tests showed no presence of alcohol, but Woods told officers he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax. His arraignment has been delayed until Aug. 9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods could qualify for a diversion program in which the DUI charge is downgraded to reckless driving, which results in probation, fine and other conditions such as taking a DUI course. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Imports TNT X-factor 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Monday, May 29, 2017 still image taken from video provided by the Jupiter Police Department Tiger Woods steps off line during a field sobriety test after he was found sound asleep behind the wheel of his car partially on the road in Jupiter, Fla. (Jupiter Police Department via AP)JUPITER, Fla. — Tiger Woods is receiving help to manage his medications.“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” Woods said in a statement provided to The Associated Press on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ View comments
Officers also arrested Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict, Preciado said. She didn’t know if Walton has an attorney.Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.Randolph, a 16-year league veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Sacramento Kings in July. The Kings issued a statement Thursday saying the team was aware of the situation and would have no further comment at this time.The two-time NBA All-Star played for Michigan State University before being drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “The charges are false and misleading,” Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re looking at all options to resolve this matter.”Police on patrol observed a crowd drinking, smoking pot, blasting music and blocking streets at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts, Preciado said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOfficers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks.Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires. No officers were hurt. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Calisaan tows San Sebastian to rout of St. Benilde FILE – In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)Veteran NBA forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “This is just the beginning, we got long ways to go, hopefully we can sustain it in the late rounds,” said Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.The wins ushered Bautista and Marcial to the semifinals which assured the country at least bronze medal. But the reigning champions are here for the top honours.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 openingThe 24-year-old Fernandez, reigning 56kg champion, needed just over two minutes in the first round to stop Myanmar’s Maung Nge via knockout.Fernandez took down the shorter Nge with powerful head and body combinations that dismantled the Burmese fighter. But it was his right uppercut that caused Nge to lose footing and reach for the ropes. He was give standing count and when referee asked him if he can still go on, he shook his head.Eumir Felix Marcial capped the brilliant day for the Philippines with an easy decision win over hard-punching Nguyen Manh Cuong in the 75kg.“They really prepared well, all the fighters are ready and trained hard,” said Marcial in Filipino. He came here fresh from winning gold in Mongolia recently.The lefty got into heavy exchange with Cuong who bore the brunt of Marcial’s quick combinations.“I wasn’t using much of my jabbing hand, I don’t want to re-injure it,” said Marcial, whose left hand got injured and jeopardized his Olympic qualifying quest last year.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Mario Fernandez of the Philippines stops Maung Nge of Myanmar in the first round of their bantamweight preliminaries in the boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Philippine boxing delivered the expected punch Sunday as all three of its fighters qualified to the next round in the Southeast Asian Games at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center.Defending champions Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez and Eumir Felix Marcial overwhelmed their foes en route to the second round all in flashy, slam-bang fashion.ADVERTISEMENT Archer Tagle settles for silver in recurve event Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Bautista opened up the action with a masterful decision over hometown bet Abdul Salam Kasim in the 52kg division.The Binalbagan, Negros Occidental native peppered Kasim with a barrage of hits in the first round and appeared bent on finishing off the Malaysia early.“He was too eager to knock him out which I advised him not to because it’s dangerous,” said PH coach Elias Recaido.Good thing for Bautista, he coasted along in the third, throwing solid punches on the fly to keep Kasim at bay en route to win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 in January. AP FILE PHOTOUFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ return to glory was shortlived, as he reportedly tested positive for an anabolic steroid and would most likely receive yet another suspension.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games: PH volleybelles in semis, eye crucial win vs Vietnam The news comes less than a month after he reclaimed the title from fierce adversary Daniel Cormier via a brutal knockout. The former champion recently spoke to MMAFighting about Jones’ most recent debacle.“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” he told the news outlet. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.”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 openingThe US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) made the news public on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) but urged the public to “let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”Despite their differences, Cormier elected to let the investigation proceed before making his assumptions. “We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” he said.Still, the 38-year-old former Olympian can’t help but dwell on the disappointing results of their match last July.“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day,” he said. “I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.”He also expressed gratitude to the fans who stuck with him during his tough times. “Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ She also ended up in eighth in hoop with her 9.30 score, with Koi again topping the category.Orella stayed in eighth place in ball with her 11.10 points, while this time, Malaysia’s Izzah Amzan claimed the mint.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 openingShe finished her performance with an eighth place finish in ribbon, nabbing a score of 11.05, with Malaysian Amy Kwan Dict winning the gold. Gymnast Arielle Orella missed out on a podium finish in the apparatus finals of rhythmic gymnastics in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre Hall 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 20-year-old Orella wound up in seventh place in clubs with her 11.10 points, where Malaysian Koi Sie Yan won the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
LATEST STORIES San Miguel to play Bridgeman vs Rain or Shine, still awaiting arrival of Terrence Watson “It was more precaution. It’s all good. No problems there,” said Federer, who did not face a break point. “I’m not worried about it.”The state of the 36-year-old Federer’s physical condition has been a talking point throughout the tournament, because he tweaked his back during a match in August, interrupting his preparation for Flushing Meadows. Federer said he was worried about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny — and both of those contests went five sets.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 openingOn the bright side, the 19-time major champion also spent some time drawing a crowd by hitting in Central Park and has put together two straight-set wins in a row against opponents in their 30s.“I went from Tiafoe, then to the oldies, so that was good,” Federer joked. “Yeah, back to the ’80s.” That has had an effect on his two-handed backhand, to be sure, but the righty swing that produces massive forehands and serves is still intact — as Federer himself noted at his news conference and on Twitter.That was clear as del Potro shook off the effects of a fever and erased two set points while coming back from a big deficit to eliminated No. 6 Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4.When a reporter relayed to del Potro that Federer had spoken glowingly about him, del Potro responded: “Well, of course, I admire him, too. Everybody loves him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot against Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — The only bit of trouble for Roger Federer in his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open was when he felt the tightening of a muscle at the back of the top of his left leg.Federer asked for a medical timeout after the second set against No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, briefly let the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to get a quick massage from a trainer, and soon was right back at it, finishing off his 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side In the quarterfinals, he’ll face someone who turns 29 this month and whose presence does not conjure good memories for Federer at the U.S. Open: Juan Martin del Potro.Federer is a combined 44-0 against the first four men he’s played, and he is 16-5 against del Potro. But one of those defeats came in five sets in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer’s streak of five consecutive championships in New York.“Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again. Feel like I would probably win it somehow,” Federer said.“I just had all these chances in multiple moments. The only time when he was really better, in my opinion, was the fifth set,” he added. “Obviously that was good enough to beat me that day. It was a good match. A lot of back and forth. Crowd was really into it. Started in the day, finished in the night.”Del Potro has gone through plenty of health problems since then, including three operations on his left wrist that forced him to miss two years’ worth of Grand Slam tournaments until Wimbledon in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FILE PHOTO – The Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Mark Espejo and Manuel Sumanguid celebrate for bagging the championship after beating the NU Bulldogs for the UAAP 79th season Men’s Volleyball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Yesterday. (PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN)Ateneo continued its dominance in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference turning back University of the Philippines in straight sets, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blue Eagles improved to a league-best 5-0 while the Fighting Maroons languish at the seventh spot with a paltry 1-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Gian Glorioso put up a game-high 13 points to pace the Blue Eagles while Marck Espejo added 12.Ateneo practically put up a wall in front of the Maroons tallying up 14 scoring blocks and allowing just 23 UP spikes.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 openingIn the other game, De La Salle tripped San Beda in four sets, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16, 32-30.The Green Spikers are now at 3-2 while the Red Spikers are at 1-3. MOST READ Earl Gonzales had 16 points to lead La Salle while Jomaru Amagan and Mark Enciso combined for 21 points. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Macaraya says Fernandez has no right to call Calisaan a dirty player View comments
India has won 38 golds, 27 silvers and 35 bronzes in the Commonwealth Games 2010. In the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, India had scored 22 golds, 17 silvers and 11 bronzes. The 2010 medallists are given under: Shooting 14 golds1. Abhinav Bindra & Gagan Narang (Men’s 10m air rifle – pairs) 2. Anisa Sayyed & Rahi Sarnobat (Women’s 25m pistol – pairs)3. Anisa Sayyed (Women’s 25m pistol – singles)4. Omkar Singh (Men’s 50m pistol – singles)5. Gagan Narang (Men’s 10m air rifle – singles)6. Vijay Kumar & Gurpreet Singh (Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – pairs)7. Omkar Singh & Gurpreet Singh (Men’s 10m air pistol – pairs)8. Omkar Singh (Men’s 10m air pistol – singles)9. Gagan Narang & Imran Hassan Khan (Men’s 50m air rifle 3 position – pairs)10. Vijay Kumar (Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – singles)11. Vijay Kumar & Harpreet Singh (Men’s 25m centre fire pistol – pairs)12. Gagan Narang (Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions – singles) Wrestling 10 golds1. Ravinder Singh (Men’s Greco-Roman 60 kg)2. Anil Kumar (Men’s Greco-Roman 96 kg)3. Sanjay Kumar (Men’s Greco-Roman 74 kg)4. Rajender Kumar (Men’s Greco-Roman 55 kg)5. Geeta Singh Phogat (Women’s freestyle 55 kg)6. Alka Tomar (Women’s freestyle 59 kg)7. Anita Tomar (Women’s freestyle 67 kg)8. Narsingh Pancham Yadav (Men’s freestyle 74 kg)9. Yogeshwar Dutt (Men’s freestyle 60 kg)10. Sushil Kumar (Men’s freestyle 66 kg) Boxing 3 golds1. Suranjoy Singh (Men’s flyweight 52 kg)2. Manoj Kumar (Men’s light welterweight 64 kg)3. Paramjeet Samota (Men’s light super heavyweight +91 kg) Archery 3 golds1. Rahul Banerjee (Men’s recurve – singles)2. Deepika Kumari (Women’s recurve – singles)3. Deepika Kumari, Dola Banerjee & Bombayala Devi Laishram (Women’s recurve team) Weightlifting 2 golds1. Yumnam Renubala Chanu (Women’s 58kg)2. Katulu Ravi Kumar (Men’s 69kg) Athletics 2 golds1. Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji and Mandeep Kaur (Women’s 4x400m relay)2. Krishna Poonia (Women’s discus throw) Badminton 2 golds1. Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponappa (Women’s doubles)advertisement2. Saina Nehwal (Women’s singles) Table Tennis 1 gold1. Subhajit Saha & Achanta Sharath Kamal (Men’s doubles) Tennis 1 gold1. Somdev Devvarman
Paul Collingwood had a feeling England would wrap up another thumping Ashes victory over Australia on Thursday, so he thought it was the right time to tell his teammates he was retiring from Test cricket.His timing was almost perfect. England got within three wickets of an innings defeat of Australia on the penultimate day of the fifth Test in Sydney, and will have to return Friday to wrap it up for a 3-1 series win.It will be England’s first Test series victory in Australia since 1987. With all day to get three tail-enders out, the 34-year-old Collingwood doesn’t mind his Test career extending to another day.”In many ways it’s a sad moment but I honestly think it’s the right time,” he said. “This is what I have been playing cricket for – it’s to be in a position against Australia in Australia like this, and it’s going to be the perfect moment to bow out of Test cricket.”Collingwood has scored 4,259 runs in 68 Test matches at an average of 40 since his debut against Sri Lanka in 2003, but has struggled in the current Ashes series and scored only 83 runs. He said it was time for him to move aside for a younger player in the Test arena, although he’ll remain captain of England’s Twenty20 team and will continue to play one-day internationals.”I am happy with the contributions I’ve made to the England team in the Test format and there are a lot of youngsters coming through,” he said. “This team will progress without me and get better and better, so I am looking forward to tomorrow as my final farewell.”advertisementCollingwood has been involved in four Ashes campaigns, and won three of them – he received a civic honor for playing one Test in the 2005 Ashes series when England won the Ashes for the first time since 1987. His most successful Ashes series as an individual was in Australia four years ago, when he scored a career high 206 at Adelaide but England was swept 5-0.England won back the Ashes in 2009 and ensured it retained the old urn by winning the fourth Test at Melbourne last week.”To be involved with a great England team like it is at the moment with some special players and special characters, it’s a very proud place to be,” he said.Wicketkeeper Matt Prior praised Collingwood’s contribution to the team, saying it was as much his behind-the-scenes influence with the team as his solid batting and fielding that has been integral in lifting the self belief and harmony in the England squad.Collingwood, who guided England to the Twenty20 World Cup title last year, said the way the England squad had developed a culture of winning in recent seasons had been the highlight of his time in international cricket.A lack of runs had hastened his decision to quit the longest form of the game.”Obviously my form hasn’t helped. I am very realistic and at the same time there are some great young players coming through, but if I wanted to progress and if I wanted to stay in the England team I was going to have to work very hard on technical things and whether I’ve got the time and the ability to stay up with this team I am not too sure.”England Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris said Collingwood had been an outstanding contributor for England.”His performances have been admired and recognized by his teammates and England supporters over many years and his tireless commitment in the Test match arena will be something he will always be remembered for,” Morris said.Collingwood was out for 13 in England’s first innings in Sydney and could yet bat again at the SCG, with the last Ashes Test due to finish Friday.Collingwood has scored 10 centuries and also taken 17 wickets in Test cricket, including the vital wicket of Mike Hussey in this match. He has played 189 limited-overs internationals.
Delhi Polices crime branch sleuths with the seized laptops, cell phones, recording devices and note books after busting a betting racket.With due apologies to Australian cricket captain Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting, he is not the only punter playing in this World Cup. Seriously, there have always been punters in cricket and they never retire.Ever since the game evolved from the humble village of Humbledon in England, people have been wagering their money – from outcome of matches to something as strange as the colour of Bishan Singh Bedi’s turban. Bedi apparently used to change his turbans for each session of a Test match and the Aussies used to love betting on the colour he would choose for a particular session.That was when cricket was played by gentlemen in crisp flannels. Today, betting is a highrolling syndicate in the Western world and a similar big money spinning nefarious activity in our parts.The World Cup give this “vice” a frenzied lease of life, spawning crores of rupees on the sly. Since the law of the land does not agree to such activities, the police obviously swoop down on such rackets operating from decrepit houses in dark alleys with an assortment of modern high-tech communication gadgets. These fly by night operators thrive on the human instinct to make money and more money.Of late, the police have been hot on the heels of betting rackets across the country. In Delhi, they have busted three betting syndicates over the past three weeks.advertisementOn Sunday, inspector Arvind Kumar’s team arrested five punters – Kuldeep Jain (32), Suresh Chand Jain(42), Ajay Jain (34), Manoj Jain (39) and Avdhesh Sharma (44) – from a house on rent in East of Kailash, south-east Delhi. These five were not taking bets directly, but 32 bookies across the city were doing their job. They were offering Rs 1.60 for every rupee invested.The police said the punters use a computer software, Back and LayPro, to place the bets. The software can be downloaded from the internet or bought from Gaffar Market, the police added.A rented room often attracts the police. Hence, many syndicates have moved to cars and vans. “Cars are the safest place to run a betting racket. All you need is a laptop with WiFi, mobile phone, television and a notebook.The police have so far arrested 13 bookies in the Capital. Nine of them CUP CATCHES are property dealers. They confessed that were trying to cash in on the World Cup fever to make a quick buck.Down south, the betting mafia has made Karnataka its new hub for the World Cup. The police have busted rackets in five different locations across the state over the past 15 days – arresting more than 25 people in Bangalore, Bellary, and Belgaum.”We had clear information that the betting mafia has moved to Karnataka from Mumbai. They have formed a ring in the state. All the five gangs that we nabbed are interconnected,” a senior police officer said.What has appalled the police is the presence of armed guards from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar outside the houses of the betting gangs. “This is new to Bangalore. Armed guards are common in Mumbai. The Bangalore underworld does not rely on guards from other states,” the officer added.In Andhra Pradesh, the Vijayawada police on Sunday arrested five persons for betting on the India-England cricket match in Bangalore and seized Rs 2.10 lakh in cash, 12 mobile phones and a laptop.Here again, real estate dealers from Hyderabad were involved in the betting racket. Subba Raju, a punter and property dealer, said cricket betting has two categories: match betting and fancy betting.”Match betting is simple. In this, one can bet, for instance, on 40:42 when two favourite teams are playing. The bookie gets Rs 40,000 extra for every one lakh he bets on the first team if it wins the match. If the second team wins, he would lose Rs 42,000 for every one lakh straightaway.As the match progresses, the bookies can raise their stake, but the basic figure remains the same,” Raju explained.
Cricketer Anjum ChopraCricketer Anjum Chopra, 33, goes from one sport to another.From playing and then analysing cricket, she is now one of the 13 female participants on Khatron ke Khiladi 4, and will be paired opposite celebrity trainer Sandeep Sachdeva. But after having played for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team,Cricketer Anjum ChopraCricketer Anjum Chopra, 33, goes from one sport to another.From playing and then analysing cricket, she is now one of the 13 female participants on Khatron ke Khiladi 4, and will be paired opposite celebrity trainer Sandeep Sachdeva. But after having played for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team in six World Cups, however, the ultimate goal remains to win the women’s World Cup for her country, “I know the joy of winning a semi-final and the pain of losing a final.”The show is just a platform to raise awareness about the game.
Even as the US state department reiterated that Indian diplomat Debashish Biswas’s daughter Krittika, who recently sued New York City for illegally detaining her, did not enjoy diplomatic immunity, voices are being raised in the United States over the controversy involving the teenaged Indian schoolgirl.Leading Congressman Gary Ackerman has written a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Krittika issue. The letter comes ahead of Clinton’s visit to India on July 19.Ackerman’s letter might be the impetus needed to get Clinton sort out the issue before she reaches India. Krittika’s lawyer Ravi Batra had also earlier written to Clinton seeking her intervention. He had said that he was under pressure to withdraw the case.In his letter to Clinton, Ackerman writes: “I hope that somebody can take the time to remedy…. this injustice that has befallen this young girl and her fine diplomat family.”On the other side, US state department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday reiterated that Krittika had been allowed to contact her parents during the night she was detained and was released the next day.”As I’ve said before, as a family member of a consular officer at the Indian consulate in New York, she did not enjoy immunity from arrest from criminal or civil jurisdiction under international law. Certainly though, we value our partnership with India and we attach great importance to the presence of all Indian diplomatic and consular representatives in the United States. And we sympathise with Ms Biswas and her family,” Toner said in his latest clarification.advertisement”I think she was allowed to call her family and her father, who was the consul general, I believe. She was allowed to contact them,” he added.Krittika, whose father was the vice counsel at the Indian consulate in Manhattan, had been jailed by the New York Police Department for “cyber bullying”, a crime she had not committed, on February 8. She later sued the New York City authorities for $1.5 million.The teen had claimed that she had been ill-treated in prison after being arrested on charge of sending obscene emails to her teachers at Queens High School. She had alleged that she was not allowed to use the bathroom for a long-time when she was in custody.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Dashing opener Virender Sehwag’s availability will be the bone of contention when the national selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to select the Test squad for the cricket tour of England.While Sachin Tendulkar (rested from the ongoing tour of the West Indies), Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir (recovering from injuries) will be back to bolster the squad, there hasn’t yet been any concrete information about the status of Sehwag’s injured shoulder that underwent a surgery in May.A source close to Sehwag said that the opener may just struggle to get fit in time for the first Test as “he is yet to get back the desired strength in his shoulders.”The first Test starts from July 21 at the Lord’s. India are scheduled to play four Tests and five ODIs during the tour of England.”We have no information as of now on the status of Sehwag’s injury. We will only get to know once we are in Chennai. We have heard that Gautam and Zaheer are fit,” said a selector.There is speculation that selectors may just take a gamble by including Sehwag in the team and wait for him to get fit by the time the second Test starts in Nottingham from July 29.Asked about the poor show by Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund in the three innings so far, the selector retorted, “These two (Vijay and Mukund) are the best available replacements for Viru and Gauti. We don’t have too many options in opening. Only Parthiv can be another option.”advertisementParthiv is a certainty as a second wicketkeeper.If Sehwag fails to make it then Vijay, by sheer experience of having a longer stint in the team, may get another international lifeline.While the other places in the batting order are almost sealed after Raina’s back-to-back 50s, the extra middle-order batsman’s slot may be a three-way battle between Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and senior-pro Yuvraj Singh.While Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma have sealed their places after impressive show in the West Indies, the young Abhimanyu Mithun may have to battle it out with S Sreesanth for the fourth pacer’s slot.- With inputs from PTI
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TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion It’s not just the basketball that’s entertaining—what with all the pure athleticism and physical play between two teams—but also the verbal exchanges between head coaches Alex Compton and Chito Victolero.Alaska won Game 4 90-76 to tie the series at 2-2 in a heated game that prompted Compton to call out some of Hotshots for allegedly throwing punches at his players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“Jio [Jalalon] punched us, somebody punched Mike in the testicles, somebody punched Chris in the testicles, at what point is that going to be called? I don’t know,” said Compton during his post-game press conference Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Victolero, who accused Compton of calling the referees’ attention after Game 2, hit back saying the Alaska coach doesn’t have the right to make calls during the game. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Both players are only being physical, there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Victolero. “Still coaches cannot decide on what’s a foul. The referees are doing their jobs so I think they did a good job today. If we keep on complaining against the referees then there won’t be an end to this series.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MANILA, Philippines—The finals series between Magnolia and Alaska in the PBA Governors’ Cup has officially provided action from all fronts.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s just saying it, he’s not a referee, he’s a coach,” said Victolero in Filipino. “I think it’s beyond our control and the referees will decide what’s a foul, what’s a flagrant foul, and what’s not a flagrant foul.”There was no question that Game 4 was one physical matchup with Magnolia import Romeo Travis needing a couple of stitches near his right eye to close a wound he suffered when he drove to the basket in the third quarter.What made the fourth game of the series truly remarkable was the heated exchanges between Alaska guard Chris Banchero and Magnolia floor general Mark Barroca.The two went at it for much of the second half but it was Barroca who landed the decisive blow when replays showed he hit Banchero in the groin with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter.Victolero said there’s nothing wrong with being physical especially in a championship atmosphere like the one they’re in, but what he can’t accept is the constant complaining on the referees.ADVERTISEMENT Looking to snag best available talent, PBA coaches size up aspirants at Draft Combine SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It could’ve been a perfect sweep for Petron in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference if not for its four-set loss to F2 Logistics in Game 2.The Blaze Spikers held a 13-0 record up until that loss, but that defeat jolted the team to fix their ways and show what the defending champions are made of.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Magnolia back on top with PBA Governors’ Cup crown Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Petron had two days to figure it out, and it showed its might against the Cargo Movers in the Game 3 for the 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 sweet.“That was a wakeup call for us. We never thought of the sweep or that we didn’t lose a match because that’s not a good mindset,” said Reyes in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center. “It was a learning experience for us that we shouldn’t think of the conference sweep.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefReyes was also instrumental in Petron’s third set stand when she scored on back-to-back hits to give the Blaze Spikers a 19-16 buffer.The Blaze Spikers’ title win also moved them ahead of the Cargo Movers in the championship table with Petron owning four, the most in the league, while F2 has three. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Reyes said Game 3 itself was enough to show that the rivalry between the two teams is as strong as ever.The two teams did face each other four straight times in the finals and had two titles between them prior to meeting in the 2018 All-Filipino Conference championship round.“The rivalry is still there,” said Reyes who had nine points in Game 3. “You all saw how they fought. They didn’t want to lose and both teams came to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Kemba Walker. APCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker is preparing for his third NBA All-Star game — and his first as a starter — this weekend on his home court in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he once shouted “This is my city!” after a game-winning shot.The big question is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT The Hornets and owner Michael Jordan have something to think about, too.They have to decide whether to give the largest contract in franchise history — he can make $220 million over five years if he makes All-NBA; or $189 million over five years if he doesn’t — to a 6-foot-1 point guard if it means limiting other free agents the franchise can sign to make it a championship contender.“I sense Kemba is the kind of guy who just wants to trust in an organization — that we’re always trying to do the right thing,” said Mitch Kupchak, in his first season as the Hornets general manager. “I do know he likes Charlotte. I know he’s a loyal person. So I think those things bode well for us. But we’re a long way off.”The Hornets did not attempt to trade Walker last week, a sign they are confident he will re-sign.But ultimately, Kupchak said, the decision on whether Walker returns “is a question for Kemba, because really what he thinks is much more important than what I think.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DeMarcus Cousins hits winning free throws to lift Warriors past Heat Before the season, Walker said he didn’t want to play anywhere other than Charlotte, downplaying the notion he’d go looking for a so-called “super team.”“I don’t want to do that,” Walker said in September. “I want to create something special here in Charlotte, something that we have never had here before. I want to create some consistency. And I want to be a part of that.”Walker hasn’t changed his stance in the five months since, even as the Hornets continue to muddle around a .500 mark, just above the playoff cutline.BOSTON BICKERINGMaybe the Celtics could use a pep talk from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.Marcus Morris questioned the Celtics’ toughness after they surrendered leads of 28 points to the Clippers and 18 points to the Lakers on their home court, dropping them to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.“We are going to lose games, but if we don’t have no attitude and we don’t have no toughness it’s going to be a long season,” Morris told reporters, including NBA Sports.Morris went on to say it’s not been fun playing for the Celtics because they aren’t acting like a team.“I watch all of these other teams around the league and guys on the bench are up jumping on the court and looking like they are enjoying their teammates’ success, and they are playing together and playing to win,” Morris said. “When I look at us, I see a bunch of individuals.”Making matters worse, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right knee Saturday night and is listed as day-to-day. It’s not the same knee that caused Irving to miss the last 15 regular-season games and all of the playoffs last season. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The eight-year NBA veteran is set to become one of several All-Star free agents in July and will surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams.On the surface, it seems like Walker re-signing a long-term deal is a no-brainer — he has repeatedly stated his desire to continue playing for the Hornets, and the organization wants him back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut there are other factors at play.For the highly competitive Walker, he hasn’t much of a supporting cast and he’s only been to the playoffs twice in his previous seven seasons, losing both times to the Miami Heat in the first round. So the chance of going to an established winning team before too much of his career slips away could be luring. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES THAT’S CONVENIENTAs it works out, Stephen Curry and his younger brother Seth can share a cross-country flight back to Charlotte on Thursday for the NBA All-Star weekend. The Curry brothers face each other on Wednesday night when Seth’s Trail Blazers host older brother Stephen’s Warriors in Portland, Oregon.The Currys will be competing against each other in the 3-point shootout, which brings some added zest to a competition that includes Walker and defending champion Devin Booker and former champion Dirk Nowitzki.“I know he’ll want to beat me,” Stephen Curry said.Betonline.ag lists Stephen Curry as the heavy 11-4 favorite, followed by Booker, Buddy Hield and Seth Curry, who’ll compete in his first 3-point contest.ALL-STAR EVENTSThis is the first time the All-Star game will be held in Charlotte since 1991, when Michael Jordan was a playing in the game, not hosting it as an NBA owner.As usual, the game figures to attract plenty of celebrities.North Carolina native J. Cole headlines the halftime show Sunday, while Meek Mill will do pre-game introductions.Boxer Floyd Mayweather will host a celebrity go-kart challenge on Friday. Former NBA All-Star MVP Allen Iverson, who lives in Charlotte, is hosting a party, as are rappers Rick Ross, Doug E. Fresh and Deniro Farrar. There will also be a DJ performance by rapper Snoop Dogg. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Manchester United drops to Wolves for 3rd defeat in 4 games Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge PLAY LIST 01:42Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge01:43Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Trauma therapy Critics have long seen possible pitfalls of teaching self-defense to those who have been abused, including the risk of re-traumatizing victims by exposing them to close bodily contact.But similar initiatives around the world in recent years have won plaudits, including one by American Olympic judo athlete Kayla Harrison, herself a victim of abuse by her coach.Taekwondo black belt Lina Khalifeh, a Jordanian, has taught self-defense to thousands of women. Her work prompted a 2015 invite to the White House from then-US president Barack Obama.Ochoa says jiu-jitsu can help abuse survivors because it is a discipline where technique trumps size, noting her “five feet small” frame is effective even against much larger opponents.Also, the grappling aspect of the sport helps the act of touching another person feel normal again.“For somebody that has gone through that kind of trauma specifically, it makes you more comfortable with the right kind of contact… Contact that is not abusive,” she said.One of the most devastating and long-term impacts of sexual abuse is the destruction of victims’ self-worth, which can be a barrier for them taking on risks or challenges.She has seen it first-hand with her students, especially one girl who has thrown herself into training and then competition.Ochoa said.”When she competed, the heart is there. She wouldn’t give up. But what struck me is even after she would lose, she would say ‘It feels so good to fight.’” Meggie Ochoa believes lessons in sports and life often intertwine. INQUIRER PHOTO/DENISON DALUPANGAbandoned and sexually abused as a young girl, Angelica, like thousands of minors in the Philippines — a global blackspot for child abuse — struggled to cope with the horrors of her past, but a new campaign run by a sporting champion is giving her and other survivors fresh hope.Filipina martial arts star Meggie Ochoa is teaching self-defense to victims of sexual abuse in a bid to give them tools to better recover from such trauma, but also to better protect themselves in the future.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Children’s charities have branded the Philippines a key hub for both the live-streaming of child sex abuse and for sex tourism, estimating that 60,000-100,000 children are involved in prostitution rings.READ: Meggie Ochoa’s biggest fight vs child sexual violenceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Some of the kids that I’ve gotten to know… they saw themselves as worthless because of what they experienced. For me that’s so heartbreaking,” the jiu-jitsu world champion told AFP of her decision to launch advocacy campaign Fight to Protect.In just two years, she has taught hundreds of sex abuse survivors. She offers two courses — one for those who wish to learn the sport, and another focused purely on self-defense. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “Jiu-jitsu taught me to be disciplined, confident and to face my fears,” Angelica, now aged 15, told AFP.“I can face the problems I encountered before and I am now comfortable interacting with people,” she added.Poverty in a nation where tens of millions get by on less than $2 per day, as well as increased internet access and fluency in English, make the Philippines vulnerable to both online and real-world sexual predators.Parents abuse childrenAdvocacy and legal aid group International Justice Mission (IJM) says Philippine children are at risk of being forced into live streamed sex abuse, where pedophiles pay to direct so-called “shows” online.ADVERTISEMENT “Easy access to the web and money transfer services make the country a global hotspot for this problem,” said IJM, noting that it is often parents or family members that organize or even commit the abuse.Children’s charity Terre des Hommes drew attention to the problem using a computer-generated girl nicknamed “Sweetie” that hung out in chatrooms and was approached by about 20,000 people — mostly men — in a matter of weeks.READ: INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her ‘Fight to Protect’“It’s just horrible, not just sexual exploitation but also sexual abuse which is happening in the homes of many Filipino children. I was just so bothered,” Ochoa explained.“There’s so much that can be done. The sport actually gave me a voice,” the 28-year-old added.Competing in a relatively new sport for her basketball-mad country, Ochoa made history as the first Filipino to win a gold medal at the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation World Championships in Sweden last year.She is also a three-time world champion in another federation and a bronze medalist at the 2018 Asian Games.A figure of national sporting pride, Ochoa realized she could use her success to help others after reading about Karla Jacinto, a young Mexican girl who estimated she was raped 43,200 times.She was horrified to find there were likely many victims in the Philippines too.“Somehow part of me felt guilt,” Ochoa explained, adding: “I’m doing jiu-jitsu. I am pursuing my dream and yet this is happening.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Martin Nguyen is still the featherweight champ. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Martin Nguyen ended the night with his title wrested on his shoulder once again as he knocked Mongolia’s Narantungalag Jadambaa in their featherweight championship bout in the main event of the ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Nguyen first connected with a stiff leg kick that forced Jadambaa to limp up and that was when the champion decided to send a flying knee straight to the jaw of the Mongolian challenger, ending the fight 1:07 into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Back on top: Joshua Pacio regains ONE strawweight belt after KO of Yosuke Saruta Nguyen (12-3) also bounced back from his loss to Kevin Belingon in July of 2018 while Jadambaa (14-6) lost failed to get his winning streak to three fights after he beat Kazuki Tokudome and Edward Kelly in 2018. Both fighters were methodical in their approach at the start of the fight with neither one getting a clear advantage over the other. Nguyen then became the aggressor in the second round eventually sending Jadambaa to the cage wherein the champion finally connected the decisive blows. ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated 🎯 RIGHT ON TARGETMartin Nguyen clinches a scintillating flying knee knockout victory to retain the ONE Featherweight World Title! @MartinNguyenMMA #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/EF2ShIBQmm— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics It was another successful defense of the featherweight title for Nguyen, who once held two belts in two weight divisions but was forced to relinquish the lightweight strap last year. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
View comments LATEST STORIES Schauffele failed to birdie the par-5 15th and scrambled for pars the rest of the way for a 68. Dustin Johnson made three straight birdies late in the round, but he got going too late and had to settle for a 68 and a return to No. 1 in the world.Woods goes to No. 6, his first time inside the top 10 since the 2014 PGA Championship.Koepka, one of four players from the final two groups who hit into the water on No. 12, rallied with an eagle on the 13th, narrowly missed another eagle on the 15th and was the last player with a chance. His birdie putt on the 18th from just outside 10 feet missed, and he had to settle for a 70.“You want to play against the best to ever play,” Koepka said. “You want to go toe-to-toe with them. I can leave saying I gave it my all. He’s just good, man.”Woods finished at 13-under 275 and became, at 43, the oldest Masters champion since Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket at 46 in 1986. That has stood as Augusta’s defining moment for years.This one is sure to at least rival it.“This is definitely, probably one of the greatest comebacks I think anybody’s ever seen,” Koepka said.Koepka and Molinari had both faced Tigermania in the majors and held their own, Molinari at Carnoustie to win the British Open, Koepka last summer at Bellerive to win the PGA Championship. Molinari went 49 straight holes without a bogey, a streak that ended on the seventh hole. It was the double bogeys that cost him, and the Italian was gracious as ever in defeat.“I think I made a few new fans today with those double bogeys,” he said.Rain fell briefly, but it stayed away long enough for Woods to be presented his green jacket on the practice green, just like old times. He looked like a new man, making new memories.“Now I’m able to play golf again, and do it at an elite level again, which is something I’m just very blessed to be able to have that opportunity again,” Woods said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning.It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions Dinner, unsure he would ever play another round of golf. He had a fourth back surgery with hopes of simply playing with his two children, not chasing Jack Nicklaus in history.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And now it’s all pieced back together — his life, his back, even golf.A fallen hero, a crippled star, Woods is a Masters champion again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe won his fifth green jacket, his 15th major, but never with this much raw emotion. The most ferocious fist pump was when he walked off the 18th green, scooped up 10-year-old son Charlie, and embraced his mother and his 11-year-old daughter Sam.“For them to see what it’s like to have their dad win a major championship, I hope that’s something they will never forget,” Woods said. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Now the comeback is truly complete. And the race is on.“A big ‘well done’ from me to Tiger,” Nicklaus tweeted. “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!”Woods now is three short of the gold standard — 18 majors — set by Nicklaus.“I think 18 is a whole lot closer than people think,” Brooks Koepka said.Joe LaCava, the caddie who stayed with Woods even when he didn’t play for the better part of two years, said they have talked about the record.“We’re on 14 and I said, ‘Let’s get to 15.’ You can’t be on 14 and thinking about 18,” LaCava said. “But now we can start talking about 16. So we’re getting closer.”It was the first time Woods won a major when trailing going into the final round. Francesco Molinari, the 54-hole leader, was still up two shots heading into the heart of Amen Corner.And that’s when all hell broke loose.Molinari’s tee shot on the par-3 12th never had a chance, hitting the bank and tumbling into Rae’s Creek for double bogey. Until then, Molinari had never trailed in a round that began early in threesomes to finish ahead of storms.And then it seemed as though practically everyone had a chance, until Woods delivered the key shots at the big moment, just like the old days. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Painters go 2-0 up Who can ever forget this day?“It’s hard to really feel bad about how I played because I just witnessed history,” said Xander Schauffele, one of three players who finished second. “It was really cool coming down the stretch, all the historic holes, Tiger making the roars. I feel like I got full Masters experience.”The comeback goes beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience that watched memories turn into reality.It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters — no one had ever gone that long between green jackets. He had gone nearly 11 years since his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on a shattered left leg.This was bigger.ADVERTISEMENT Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie, delivering the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.He tapped in for bogey and a 2-under 70, and the celebration was on.“WOOOOOOO!!!” Woods screamed as he headed for the scoring room with chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” He had never hugged more people, everyone in his camp who stood by him through a public divorce, an embarrassing mug shot from his DUI arrest when he took a bad mix of painkillers and the four back surgeries, the most recent to fuse his lower spine“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple of years ago,” Woods said. “I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit. Couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything. … To have the opportunity to come back like this, it’s probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had for sure because of it.”President Donald Trump, who has played with Woods at his Florida course, had two tweets of congratulations. Fenway Park posted the news on the scoreboard.A comeback for the ages?It rates among the best because Woods has meant so much to so many in a sport he ruled for so long. Whether he can dominate it again is still to be determined. Woods needed some help to win this Masters. Six players had a share of the lead at some point on the back nine, and there was a five-way tie at the top when the final group was still on the 15th fairway.“You couldn’t have had more drama than we all had out there. And now I know why I’m balding,” Woods said. “This stuff is hard.”It didn’t look that way when he was younger, healthier and the most popular sporting figure in the world.Woods lost his impeccable image to a sex scandal, one of the swiftest and most shocking downfalls in sports. He lost his health to back problems. He went two years without even playing a major. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Thompson heads into Game 1 at Toronto on Thursday night averaging 19.1 points these playoffs, having scored 22.6 points per game in the five contests without Durant.Mental preparation off the court is a major reason Thompson no longer lets things fester or bring him down, such as a tough loss or bad outing. He has said that earlier in his career it was hard to let go after games.Now, he instead shrugs off a poor shooting performance with the simple notion of, “That’s the way the basketball gods can be.” Then, it’s back to work.Left off the All-NBA team? “Oh, I didn’t?” he replied when told he hadn’t made the cut.Thompson did allow himself a little eye roll in disbelief, before adding: “It is what it is. I can’t control it. Do I think there’s that many guards better than me in the league? No, but that’s the reason why we’re still playing. So, I don’t even want to get into it, honestly.”ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson hugs forward Jonas Jerebko at the end of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)OAKLAND, California— Klay Thompson craved a little calm.The Golden State guard needed something more to balance out his basketball routine, so he added meditation to help him get centered before games and better deal with the pressures of NBA life. Flip on some classical music or nature sounds and he’s ready to relax his mind.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too What’s it like to play Rafael Nadal at French Open? ‘Rough’ It takes consistent practice, just like that pretty jumper.“I try to go 30 minutes,” said Thompson, who is joined for some sessions by bulldog bestie, Rocco. “It’s hard. It’s very hard. An hour would be nice, but you’ve got to work up to that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThompson is in a good place right now, going to a fifth straight NBA Finals and chasing a three-peat with the Golden State Warriors.Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant sat out injured for the entire Western Conference finals, leaving Thompson and Splash Brother Stephen Curry to take on an even greater load on both ends. The more media shy, under-the-radar of Golden State’s sensational backcourt — Curry is a two-time MVP — a slumping Thompson once held his hand up near his face and uttered “I missed you” when he finally got on a roll again at Portland on Dec. 29.He credits meditation in part for how far he has come in handling everything as he wraps up his eighth NBA season.Thompson added meditation and visualization into his routine the last couple of years. This is the typically stoic guard who plunged into the Pacific Ocean in Southern California before Game 4 of the first round against the Clippers following a performance that wasn’t up to his “standards.” He went out and scored 32 after that with six 3-pointers, hitting his first seven shots.“The mind’s so powerful. Just try to train the mind to deal with adversity in situations that are unpleasant but make you better in the long run, that’s what I try to do,” Thompson said when asked how he got involved meditation. “Just a lot of reading on the internet and learning from coach (Steve) Kerr. Learned from Tony Robbins, too. It was cool talking to him last year. He had a great outlook on things. Just from veteran players. David West taught me a lot about that side of the game, the mental part.”Teammate Shaun Livingston can picture Thompson in a moment of complete serenity and peace — “100 percent, nothing would surprise me.”Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist who has worked closely with the Seattle Seahawks, NBA players, USA Volleyball and other Olympic athletes, applauds Thompson taking up meditation on his own.“So often we hold up world-leading athletes on a pedestal for their physical abilities, missing the deeper and extraordinary commitment they make toward pursuing their potential,” Gervais said. “There are only three things we can train as humans: our craft, our bodies, and our mind. World-class athletes don’t leave any of those up to chance — why should the rest of us?”When he had a couple of days off after the Warriors wrapped up the Western Conference finals, Thompson noted, “I wish it was sunny” before adding, “A little overcast, but it’s all good.”Sure is.Thompson found out in April he will have his college jersey retired by Washington State, too. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “Klay is always someone who everybody sort of marvels at his life, the simplicity of his life. He just needs a basketball and his dog, and that’s it. And we all laugh about it,” Kerr said. “But Klay is a lot deeper than people realize, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s meditating and he’s found ways to calm himself before games and keep himself going during the season.”The 29-year-old Thompson takes time the night before a game to think ahead. It doesn’t matter if he’s in the driveway or hanging out in his backyard with beloved Rocco — “just random,” he said.Sometimes he envisions each shot from a given spot on the floor that could present itself over the course of a game.“Andre Iguodala told me that Tiger Woods visualizes every single shot he shoots on 18 holes on the golf course, so if he can do that, that’s incredible,” Thompson said. “That’s so many golf swings. I try to do the same approach to basketball. I just try to visualize, get in my spots, what my opponent is going to do. Yeah, so when you come to the game, you’ve kind of seen it before.”He might go with some Mozart or Beethoven.“Try to put on classical Pandora or some nature sounds. Can’t listen to rap or hip-hop when I do it because then I just get distracted. Something pleasant in the background, it’s nice,” Thompson explained. “It’s a challenge. It’s much harder than working out. Especially for me, I’ve got like my mind racing. So it’s a good practice for me.”Kerr considers Thompson one of the most down-to-earth NBA superstars.“He’s a dream to coach. He’s zero maintenance,” Kerr said. “But he’ll surprise you with his depth. You may not think there’s a whole lot there, but there’s plenty there, he just sort of doesn’t let you in on it very often.”Thompson knows it’s not a perfect science to get his shot back on track after a poor outing. The meditation provides a focus.“I still will have bad days once in a while, but that’s just being human,” Thompson said. “It’s something I’ve incorporated in my routine for at least the past season, especially when I was going through that shooting slump. That really helped me. It’s just nice to manifest things. Kind of like speak into existence, just kind of think it into existence.” Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
“I know it’s two weeks potentially long, and I just need to be in my lockdown mentally, and just do things that have worked for me in the past.”Twelve months ago, Djokovic dropped out of the world’s top 20 after a shock quarter-final loss to Marco Cecchinato at Roland Garros and even pondered skipping Wimbledon, but he has instead reclaimed his place at the top of the game.He won his second Wimbledon last July and followed it up with back-to-back triumphs at the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.“It’s quite (a) different situation for me now than it was 12 months ago, obviously. Very different,” the 32-year-old added.A single break in the opening game of the match proved enough for Djokovic to take the first set, and the Serb raced through the second in under half an hour.ADVERTISEMENT The Serbian is one of only three men, along with Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have won four straight Slam tournaments, after his first, and so far only, French Open title in 2016.Now he can follow in Australian great Laver’s footsteps by achieving the feat twice with victory in the final in Paris on June 9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I put myself in a situation where I can actually make history of tennis again and obviously I have very high ambitions for this tournament,” said Djokovic.“It’s not a secret. But at the same time, it’s not the first time that I’m facing these kinds of circumstances. It’s not the first Grand Slam in my career. I have played so many. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The 22-year-old Hurkacz, who has claimed three wins over top-10 players this season, had no answer as Djokovic sealed a second-round spot after another dominant set on his first match point.“I’m focused, I’m determined, and sharp from the blocks. That’s what happened,” he said.“Even though I never played him (before), never faced him in (an) official match, I still felt he can be a great threat if I allow him to play his tennis.”Next up for Djokovic is Swiss world number 104 Henri Laaksonen for a place in the last 32.“I don’t know too much about him, to be honest. I never played against him, and I did watch him play maybe once or twice.“I’m going to have to do my homework and see what happens.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia’s Novak Djokovic flashes a thumbs up as he celebrates winning his first round match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)World number one Novak Djokovic said that he “can make history again” as he looks to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time, after easing into round two at the French Open on Monday.Djokovic laid down an early marker at Roland Garros, powering past promising Polish youngster Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Klay Thompson adds meditation to his mental preparation DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments
The lateral collateral ligament connects the end of the femur (thigh) to the top of the fibula (the thin bone that runs next to the shin bone). The lateral collateral ligament provides stability against varus stress. Varus stress is described as a pressure applied to the leg that tries to bend the lower leg sideways at the knee, toward the other leg. Activities such as skiing, football and soccer can all lead to this injury.Review Date:6/13/2010Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Dutee Chand is part of the Indian contingent that will be going to the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar which starts on September 27.When Qatar hosts a sports event, conversations invariably veer as to how the athletes can cope with the temperatures and conditions they will find there. The tiny middle eastern nation is known for its scorching summers, with temperatures often hitting 50 degrees celsius in the capital city of Doha.At the time the World Championships will be held, temperatures are expected to be hovering around 35 degrees Celsius but Dutee is not too worried about it.”The climate I will find there will be very similar to what is there in Bhubaneshwar. My event will be happening in the night and so I am preparing my body accordingly,” Dutee told IANS on the sidelines of an event for Fitness First.The 23-year-old sprinter, who entered the Worlds team by virtue of an invitation from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), will be taking part only in the 100m event in Doha.She has been training in her home state, Odisha, as opposed to the Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad which has been her training base for the past few years.In Bhubaneshwar, Dutee has been undergoing late evening training in an attempt to replicate the conditions she will find in Doha. “I have been training at around 9 p.m. because I think my event there should be happening at around 11.30 p.m. local time,” she said.Add to this the fact that Dutee has experience of running in Doha. She won a bronze in the 100m event of the Asian Athletics Championships that was held in the city in April this year.”The weather had suited me very well when I had gone there for the Asian championships so I don’t expect too much of a difference now,” she said.Dutee said that her primary objective is to match her best time of 11.24 seconds — a national record — but she also has an eye on the final.”The last time I had participated in the World Championships was in 2017 and there I was not able to reach the semi-finals. This time I have kept a target of either matching my best time or reaching the final,” she said.The ace sprinter has been in the news for developments in her life off the track as much as on it. She revealed in May that she has been in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her hometown.”She never comes to the track but she has been with me. She has been motivating me. It is important that a person be relaxed so as to be happy and she tries to do exactly that for me,” she said.Her decision to come out led to her being hailed as a trailblazer around the world. However, she has spoken about the repercussions of doing so within her family.”I am minding my business, they are minding their’s. I have to stay in the city because of my profession. There hasn’t been any problems for now,” she said. athleticsDohadutee chandiaaf First Published: September 22, 2019, 9:29 AM IST
AfghanistanFIFA 2022 World Cup QualifiersfootballIndia First Published: November 14, 2019, 10:17 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Dushanbe (Tajikistan): India escaped with a 1-1 draw after an injury-time goal saved them the blushes against lower-ranked Afghanistan in their FIFA World Cup Qualifier match on Thursday.The result meant the 106-ranked India remained winless in their qualifying campaign so far. When the visitors seemed headed for their second defeat, substitute Seiminlen Doungel (90+3) provided India with a lifeline, outjumping his markers to head one into the far post.Afghanistan had taken the lead through Zelfagar Nazary’s strike (45+1), putting India on the backfoot.India remained at the fourth position in Group E with three points from four matches, while Afghanistan continued to be on the third with four points.Starting the away game, being played in extremely cold conditions at the Central Republican Stadium, on a bright note, India conceded a goal in the first half’s injury time (45+1).Afghanistan went into lead after a fine move saw David Najem play a square ball to Zelfagar Nazary at the centre of the box, and the mid-fielder’s attempt breached the Indian defence before finding the back of the net.It wasn’t really a home match for Afghanistan either, but wins here against Cambodia and Bangladesh, followed by draws with Tajikistan and Jordan have given them much-needed confidence ahead of the clash against Igor Stimac’s 106-ranked India.And the 149-ranked Afghanistan carried that confidence into the game on a chilly evening when the temperature dropped to nine degree celsius.The hosts looked the better of the two sides in the first half and the goal, in the added time of first session, was not inappropriate.On and off, Afghanistan managed to put pressure on the Indian defence manned by Mandar Rao Desai, Adil Khan, Rahul Bheke and Pritam Kotal. With their enterprise, the likes of striker Ahmad Omran and mid-fielder Faysal Shayesteh kept India on their toes, forcing Bheke and Adil to make a few clearances in the first quarter.India looked to take on the opposition but they could not create any clear chances, and the couple of half chances in the opening minutes failed to test the Afghan custodian.There was a change straightaway for India after the break as Stimac substituted Mandar with Farukh Choudhary.The visitors showed urgency and looked desperate for an equaliser. They had a chance in the 58th minute but skipper Sunil Chhetri’s header off a cross from right back Pritam Kotal was saved by Azizi. At the other end, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made a diving save.While he will be disappointed to end the match in a stalemate, Stimac’s decision to bring in Doungel in place of Kotal paid dividends.Stimac made three changes to the line-up that drew against Bangladesh last month, starting with Kotal, Brandon Fernandes and and Pronay Halder in place of Anas Edathodika, Anirudh Thapa and Manvir Singh.
The Fifa World Cup trophyAdvertisement(photo credits: Getty Images)Every four years, a group of remarkable young footballers and legends aspire to make a name for themselves and hope to lift one of the most prestigious prize in world football: the FIFA World Cup trophy. Like every World Cup preceding it, this year will be no different as we will see a flock of new faces squaring off against one another in the field. So, without further ado here’s the list of players most likely to light up the tournament:10. Mohamed Salah (Egypt):The Egyptian National Team will be performing for the third time in 28 years and 25 year old Mohamed Salah is the one that they are relying upon the most. The Liverpool FC and national forward had a fantastic season in the Premier League with an astonishing statistics of 32 goals in 36 matches. He also played a pivotal role in lifting his team to the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final. However, in the final against Real Madrid, he injured his left shoulder in the 30th minute after a controversial physical tackle with Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos. The Egyptian FA stated that this would have no effect on his playing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and that Salah would still be named in the team’s final squad on 4 June.9. Paulo Dybala (Argentina): At only 23 years Paulo Dybala is one of the youngest players in the Argentine squad. Yet, at such a young age the Juventus forward has won the hearts of football fans all over the world. He has scored 22 goals in 33 matches for the 2017-18 Serie A season. His passing, dribbling and shooting technique is reminiscent of his football idol, Lionel Messi. While he still is under no circumstances in contention to be compared with Neymar Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, if he continues to perform like this, he will surely fit that category one day. Along with Messi, Dybala might just be the man that may help Argentina lift the World Cup.8. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium): Undoubtedly, Kevin De Bruyne is one of the key players in the Belgian squad. The 26 year old, Manchester City midfielder is one of the best modern day playmaker due to his finesse, wide range of passing and long-range shooting skills. While he was not at his absolute best in the current season, he did manage to score 8 goals in 37 different occasions with 16 assists. He was a part of the national squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 Brazil World Cup and the 2016 UEFA Euro in France. 7. Antoine Griezmann (France):27 year old French striker, Antoine Griezmann is one of the best assets for Les Bleus. The Atletico Madrid forward found the net 19 times in 32 different occasions in the 2017-18 season. Hailed as one of the best goalscorers of his generation by many, Griezmann might be the one that may help France win their second World Cup after 1998.6. Andres Iniesta (Spain):34 year old legend Andres Iniesta will be making his final World Cup appearance this year having already played his last match for FC Barcelona. Regarded by many football fans and pundits as one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time, his winning goal in the final against Netherlands helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup. Although, this is his final appearance for the national team he might help Spain bag their second World Cup victory.5. Toni Kroos (Germany): At 27 years old, it is surprising to know that Toni Kroos has won it all at both club level and the international level. Reigning world champions, Germany are one of the biggest favourites heading into the Russia World Cup and a second consecutive World Cup victory would mean matching Brazil’s feat of winning the competition in five different occasions. Playing a pivotal role in Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory its certain that he will once again rise to the occasion.4. Luis Suarez (Uruguay):The 30 year old Uruguayan is probably one of the best strikers in the world right now and he has proved his mettle in the English Premier League with Liverpool and then in La Liga with FC Barcelona. With a record of 25 goals in 33 matches in the current La Liga season, it proves that the Uruguay national team can count on him to be the powerhouse for their team.3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): At 33 years old, this might be the Real Madrid icon’s last chance to win the biggest prize in international football. In the summer of 2016, CR7 was able to guide his country to the first major title in its history, upon claiming the Euro Cup. The 4-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is regarded by many as the best player in the world, alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi, is expected to captain Portugal in his 4th World Cup participation as a player.2. Neymar (Brazil): Widely considered by many as one of the best players of his time along with Lionel Messi of Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, the 26 year old Brazilian forward is the biggest asset in Brazil’s arsenal. With 19 goals in 20 matches, the Paris Saint Germain striker will undoubtedly be one of the best performers in the tournament.1. Lionel Messi (Argentina):The 30 year old Argentine forward is considered by most as the best football player of his generation. While he has won all with his club, FC Barcelona, he has never managed to achieve that level of success in the national level. A maestro of the game who puts fear in the hearts of the defenses of the opponent, this might be his last chance to win it for his nation after coming so close in the 2014 World Cup.Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: 10 Underrated Players To Watch Out ForAlso Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Match Schedule in Indian Standard TimeAdvertisement
AdvertisementA day after its bombshell signing of LeBron James, Los Angeles agreed to a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo, ESPN reported Monday. The Lakers becomes Rajon’s sixth team. He will join a locker room filled with characters, as the Lakers also agreed to deals with JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson.ESPN, which first reported the agreement, said Rondo will make $9 million.Source: Rajon Rondo agrees to deal with Lakers.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018James and Rondo have gone head-to-head 54 times in their NBA careers, 25 of those coming in the playoffs — the last of those matchups in 2012, when James and the Miami Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to beat Rondo and the Boston Celtics on the way to the NBA title.With Rondo as a pass-first point guard without much of a shot, he’s a sensible backup to Lonzo Ball, unless he beats out LaVar Ball’s son for the job. Last year, the 32-year-old averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in 65 games with the Pelicans. Advertisement
LIVE Air France Boeing 777-200 carrying French National Team receives water salute at Paris https://t.co/Gm1V74Jxgx pic.twitter.com/CYsaLBEw5O— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) July 16, 2018 Congrats France fans, you’re waking up a champion today. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SK9tYDtzy5— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2018 Dear France, Congratulations on winning the #WorldCup. 80% of your team is African, cut out the racism and xenophobia. 50% of your team are Muslims, cut out the Islamophobia. Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice.— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) July 15, 2018 The France squad are well and truly basking in their World Cup glory! pic.twitter.com/e2tCWDfRA2— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) July 16, 2018 Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament — one of the best ever!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2018 En attendant #LesBleus @equipedefrance ! Ambiance sur le tarmac de @ParisAeroport ! @FFF Waiting for #AF4001 @AirFranceFR from SVO w/ @equipedefrance @FFF soon to be landing in #Paris #CDG ! #ParisVousAime pic.twitter.com/5iSbLNkQkG— Paris Aéroport ⭐️⭐️ (@ParisAeroport) July 16, 2018 🎉🎉🤩 #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/b5thjp9Btn— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018Something for the French to be really proud of…France forward Kylian Mbappe has donated his full #WorldCup earnings ($550,000) to a charity that gives sports opportunities to disabled and hospitalised children.WHAT A HERO! pic.twitter.com/jhMO5uKBHk— Team FA (@TeamFA) July 16, 2018 Nothing to see here.Apart from the President of France dabbing with Benjamin Mendy and Paul Pogba. pic.twitter.com/t3Zqfmic2T— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 16, 2018In other news…Croatian soccer team gets heroes’ welcome as they return home from their first trip to the World Cup finals. The team fell 4-2 to France. https://t.co/PBLZoYhoSG pic.twitter.com/PpXojezldw— ABC News (@ABC) July 16, 2018Read Also:-Football: Kaka talks about youngster, Kylian MbappeFootball : West Ham sign Lazio’s Felipe Anderson for a club record £42m. CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE ⭐⭐#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ouMN5PkMJl— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018 Mbappé wasn’t alive for France’s first FIFA World Cup title.Yesterday, he helped deliver Les Bleus’ second. pic.twitter.com/2gcR0dgayN— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 16, 2018 Eiffel Tower after Afro-France’s World Cup win pic.twitter.com/ItlU4wq9BJ— Avinash Gorakshakar (@AvinashGoraksha) July 16, 2018 Victorious French World Cup team to receive their country’s highest accolade, the Légion d’Honneur https://t.co/dbzCE4xgxd— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 16, 2018 AdvertisementThe French won the World Cup after 20 years to add a second cup to their tally, the first one going way back to 1998. France was one of the favourites but lower on the list of potential winners. They beat all odds and beat Croatia who had been wonderful throughout the tournament.Paul Pogba celebrates his goal.Since then Twitterati has been going crazy on the East Europeans winning the most coveted cup in Football that is every player’s dream. Popular people worldwide and media houses took to social media to congratulate the young side in their Cup triumph. Moreover, even the winners posted about their triumph.Papa et maman c’est pour vous 🙏🏾❤ mom and dad, it’s for you! @equipedefrance #fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/Gyh9lTfuL5— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 15, 2018 Steven Nzonzi had to ask the other France players to let N’Golo Kanté hold the trophy and take pictures, because Kante was too shy to ask himself. Man…Kante is something else, love him!!🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/YOpL6Kl2W8— Damian (@FootballFact101) July 16, 2018 What a scene in Paris! An epic sea of France fans await their FIFA #WorldCup champions. pic.twitter.com/TkN2fz1HY3— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 16, 2018 Advertisement
AdvertisementDaniel Hamilton has agreed on Wednesday with the Hawks on a one-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Hamilton spent last season with the Thunder on a two-way contract.Hamilton made his NBA debut this past season with the Thunder, appearing in six games while averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 assists in 4.7 minutes per game. In the G League, he averaged 16.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in 45 games last season. Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 guard who last season was on a two-way contract with the Thunder and its G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.He played for the Thunder during the Summer League in Las Vegas and averaged 7.8 points, eight rebounds and 6.6 assists in five games as he was primarily featured as a ball handler for the team.Free agent forward Daniel Hamilton has agreed to a one-year, guaranteed deal with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell ESPN. Hamilton, 22, was on a two-way contract with Oklahoma City last season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2018The former Connecticut guard was the 56th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Nuggets, who traded him to the Thunder on draft night for cash.Advertisement
Also Read:Boxing: Eleider Alvarez knocks out Sergey Kovalev to become new Light Heavyweight Champ Advertisement AdvertisementWBA Light-Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol wants to make a statement about the praise of his potential.Isaac Chilemba, who is almost out of boxing, has possibly made his last title appearance.This fight started off with the young champion showing that even at a disadvantage, he can execute his game-plan. Using feints and supreme footwork, he was able to get off first with big combinations.Chilemba was hurt in the second by a hook, but was able to weather the storm. The rest of the round (and also the fight) saw him take some hard shots and seem to be confused by the movement and angles of the champion.Chilemba had moments using the jab and countering, but continued fighting off the back foot too much; hindering his effectiveness and costing him rounds.By the championship rounds, Chilemba made the right adjustments and had Bivol backpedaling at times.However, the champion looked to be in cruise control as he was able to land the more significant punches.Although Bivol won virtually every round, some fans feel he could have done more.Leading up to this fight, Bivol expressed interest in unifying against Sergey Kovalev.
AdvertisementFormer England middle-order batsman walked out to the pitch for one last time after announcing his retirement from first-class cricket. Having been a vital cog in the England side during the early phases of the decade, the batsman has rescued England with several innings.Trott reminisced his career over a chat with Wisden Cricket Monthly, where he claimed that the test series victory over India was special. Trott played a huge part in the Nagpur test where he scored 143 runs on a challenging surface. The batsman stated:“Winning in India was special, especially against the team that we played – [Virender] Sehwag, [Sachin] Tendulkar, [MS] Dhoni, Harbhajan [Singh],” Trott said. “I always think India is the heartbeat of world cricket. England is the home but India is the ultimate Everest. To win there was a phenomenal effort,”.The 37-year-old also discussed his future, following the end of his career as a player. Trott said:“I have a feeling that what I went through is going to help me as a coach and will make me more aware of things. I will never forget how difficult the game is; I will always have empathy for cricketers and it’s why I struggle to criticise players without giving a positive option. That makes me think I want to make a difference as a coach.”Read Also:Asia Cup 2018: Shoaib Malik reveals how Pakistan can learn from the Indian cricket systemAsia Cup 2018- India vs. Afghanistan Review: Shahzad ton propels Afghanistan to a tie Advertisement
Hyundai Santa Fe line-up continues to dramatically improve for the 2017 model year. The improvements span everything from fresh exterior design and LED lighting signatures to additional infotainment, convenience and safety technologies and new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings.For 2017, in order to meet increased market demand, production of the two-row Santa Fe Sport model will be added to the Montgomery, Alabama manufacturing facility, alongside the Sonata and Elantra sedan models.ALSO READ:Five things we know of upcoming Hyundai i30 Moreover, Hyundai India will very soon bring the new generation Santa Fe to Indian shores.Engine:All Santa Fe powertrains now offer new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. The 2017 Santa Fe line-up continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers.The 2017 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-litre four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower or the more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. Also, the upcoming Santa Fe (three-row) uses a 3.3-litre Lambda II V6 engine, with 290 horsepower.Moreover, all new Santa Fe engines utilize high-pressure direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models. Active Cornering Control and a windshield wiper de-icer is also standard on AWD Santa Fe models.ALSO READ:Great India Drive in a Hyundai Creta- Part 1For the 2017 Santa Fe Sport model alone, nearly 350 individual parts have been updated, representing about 25 per cent of total Santa Fe Sport parts content.advertisementFeatures:The upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe features a Rearview Camera, automatic on/off headlights, remote keyless entry with alarm, bodycolor heated exterior power mirrors with driver’s blind spot mirror, LED headlight accents, daytime running lights, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free smartphone system.Moreover, it also comes with HID Xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, navigation and an updated 12-speaker Infinity Logic7 audio system which features QuantumLogic Surround and Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology are available.Steering:The new Hyundai Santa Fe models utilize an electric power steering system with a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering feel. The steering system also offers driver-selectable steering modes based on the Drive Mode selection of Sport, Eco and Normal settings.ALSO READ:Hyundai unveils SUV Tucson at Auto Expo 2016Safety:Standard safety equipment on the 2017 Santa Fe line-up includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).Color:The color options available are new nightfall blue for Santa Fe Sport and new storm blue for Santa Fe.
Brazilian authorities have blocked assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties worth almost USD 50 million.A Sao Paulo federal court rejected an appeal from the Brazilian striker last week and started issuing warrants to freeze the assets worth 192 million reals (almost 50 million).Last year, Neymar, his family and related businesses were found guilty of evading 63 million reals in taxes (almost USD 16 million) between 2011 and 2013 when he was playing for Brazilian club Santos. He has denied any wrongdoing. (WATCH: Messi passes on penalty, serves up Suarez hat-trick) The 23-year-old Neymar used the jet to travel to Brazil for World Cup qualifying matches and holidays.Iagaro Jung Martins, an auditor with Brazil’s federal tax agency, told The Associated Press that Neymar isn’t likely to go to jail if he pays what regulators say he owes.”He can still appeal that decision, but it is a step forward,” Martins told the AP. “Nothing changed to what was in place last year: if he pays what he owes, the case is closed.Our legislation isn’t too harsh.”The assets seizure is the latest in a streak of bad news for the Brazilian star off the pitch.On Feb. 2 Neymar and his father were questioned for three hours in a Madrid court about the player’s transfer to Barcelona. The case was brought by Grupo Sonda, which invested in Neymar early in his career and was allegedly entitled to 40 percent of the total transfer amount.Barcelona maintains the deal cost the club 57.1 million euros (then 74 million). Santos officially received a payment of 17.1 million euros ( 18.5 million), with the remaining 40 million euros ( 55.5 million) going to a company owned by Neymar’s father, Neymar Santos.advertisementBut investigations in Spain later showed that Barcelona spent nearly 83.3 million euros ( 90 million) to acquire Neymar.Former and current Barcelona presidents and representatives of Santos were also questioned. The Brazilian club also claims to have been hurt by the transfers. All parties denied any wrongdoing.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for young Hardik Pandya, who held his nerve during the last few moments and executed the instructions brilliantly by not bowling a yorker to Shuvagato Hom, which could have turned into a full-toss.”There were quite a few stuff we were discussing, one thing was for sure, we did not want him (Hardik) to bowl a yorker. It had to be a back of a length, but how back of a length, that was the question.”You don’t want to bowl a wide. We were deciding out field and I think he executed really well. It’s nice to have plans but the plan only looks good when it is executed well,” Dhoni said at post-match presentation ceremony. (How Pandya’s sensational last over helped India clinch thriller )Dhoni did not reveal his mid-pitch conversations with veteran Ashish Nehra.”I don’t want to say everything but the decision was what length to bowl, what line to bowl. If you are going for yorkers, what is the field and also keep in mind about the strength of the yorker. And also I knew, once the 20th over starts, you can take all the time you want. I can’t be fined,” Dhoni said cheekily.Dhoni also was sympathetic for Bangladesh’s best finisher Mahmudullah.”Often it does, at times you look to finish it with the big shot. And if you think you have wickets in hand, you think others can finish it. And when you are batting well, you go for your shots. It’s a learning curve for Mahmudullah as it happens with all finishers. That’s what cricket is all about, If that had gone for a six, it was a great shot. Great courage. That’s what cricket is. A commentator can have a look later and say whether it was a bad shot or not,” Dhoni said with his tongue firmly in cheek. (India got out of jail against Bangladesh, says Steve Waugh )advertisementDhoni also praised Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled an unbelievable 19th over.”Bumrah bowled really well, the second over that he bowled, he was under pressure, with the field restrictions. It was a reflection of his misfield and the dropped catch, but he had to forget about what happened and that’s what we told. I feel he is somebody who is very good with the yorkers and he did very well.”There were two occasions when we had to make the game and instead of using our part-timers and we bowled our frontliners. It was a very good bowling effort.”Man of the Match Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that the team was very tense during the final few overs.”We’ve never really got together and worried so much. I don’t have anything left. I am drained after today’s game. I will just crash now. Credit to Jasprit in the manner he bowled. He had put down a catch, he went for 22 in 2 overs. He was down but Bumrah came back for us.”I probably gave him a cheeky idea to try a Mankading in the end. We might have taken flak, but why not. We have not probably batted well.”Ashwin also gave his insight to what went on during the last delivery bowled by Pandya.”Before that ball, everybody got together and decided what we wanted to do. My idea was to bowl a bouncer, I think that’s the toughest ball to hit for a lower-order batsman. He missed it and we won the game,” Ashwin said. (Totally drained, want to crash in my hotel room: Ashwin )On Dhoni taking off the right gloves, Ashwin said: “It made sense to run to the stumps. It could have ricocheted off had he thrown with gloves on. If we didn’t win, we could have had a Super Over and lost the match. I thought when Mushfiq hit that boundary, I thought they would nudge it around. But Hardik held his nerve. He had to bowl the last over, he and Nehra bowled really well. The other choice was Yuvraj.”After we made 146, we knew we had a task. It was a small ground. The thing that was spoken in the huddle was they could take off or they could commit hara-kiri. Mushfiq wanted to lap him, but that slog was the game that sealed it. Mahmudullah’s shot was the pressure and credit to Jadeja that was a brilliant catch. This is one of those games where it was very tricky.”Initially, it was all about bowling good balls, but once Tamim was dropped, I knew we were on the back foot. When I came back, it was a catch-22, I didn’t know whether to go for wickets or contain. When I am confused, I just go for a wickets. I have seen one close game that was 2007 World Cup. This was it. It was the closest game.”advertisementBangladesh captain Mahsrafe Mortaza said that they lost the match in the last three balls. (Top Twitter reactions on India’s sensational win )”We were on top till the last three balls, we could have taken singles. But anyways, bad luck. The last three balls, we lost three wickets, we needed only two runs off three balls,” Mashrafe says.”Specially today it is really disappointing. Overall we played well, except Pakistan. Today it is disappointing.”
Batting superstar Virat Kohli feared that India were virtually out of the ICC World T20 after the first 10 overs of their chase against Australia and has no idea how he and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to achieve the seemingly imposing target.”It virtually felt like you are out of the tournament at the end of 10 overs. To pull the game back after that along with MS Dhoni – I don’t know how we did it. Even out there in the middle, I didn’t know how this was happening. I am just grateful that I was able to do it for the team,” Kohli told BCCI.TV after scripting India’s memorable win.He spoke about how emotional he became once Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the winning boundary.”It was a pretty emotional feeling when I saw Dhoni hitting the winning runs. I don’t really know what to say.”That is the reason you play the sport. That is the feeling that you crave as a sportsperson. It is such a wonderful moment for your team. To see your teammates celebrate and get happy is a wonderful feeling,” added Kohli. (Kohli ushers in a new era, move over Tendulkar and Lara )By his own admission, he has ‘never played an innings’ in a situation where 39 were needed in last three overs.”I have never played an innings like that where we needed 39 off 3 overs and I have been able to pull it off with MS Dhoni batting at the other end,” Kohli said after his masterclass that took India into the semi-finals.advertisementKohli said that he had decided to target James Faulkner in the 18th over.”The thoughts, the pre-planning for the boundary just kept coming to me in my mind. I knew a hundred per cent that I had to target James Faulkner in the 18th over. I thought 3 overs and 39 runs, and one over has to be a big one at least close to 15 runs. We got bigger (19) than that. I think just before the 16th over, I thought if we don’t get too many boundaries, we might be struggling in the end because the pitch was not as flat.””The slower balls were holding up. It was very important to stay in the moment and pick your gaps. It was a quick outfield, so I knew if I could beat the fielder inside the ring, I would probably end up getting four runs.”The best part about having Dhoni at the other end is that he pushed for the twos.”I think what really helped was him (Dhoni) running those twos. The opposition panicked a bit because of that. They were unsettled because they knew we could run the runs as well and get 12 off one over without taking a risk. I think that is when the bowlers started thinking too much,” Kohli said.”Credit to MS Dhoni. He kept me calm and kept telling me – ‘Pick your areas, these many runs are left in these many balls’. He didn’t want me to get carried away or over excited. (Virat Kohli best batsman in the world, says Sunil Gavaskar )”He just kept telling me what are the areas I could pick and that just gave me assurance,” Kohli said.”If I was going to go towards covers, he would give me assurance again and I became confident. I think that is where communication and partnership helps. It was wonderful to pull the team out of that situation.”Kohli said that it is for the cricket lovers to decide where to put this Indian chase in the pecking order.”I don’t know where I would put this chase. It is up to the people to decide that. I enjoy playing every innings for my country. Hopefully, they think this is one of the better chases the Indian team has pulled off. Not just me, it is an effort by everyone. I scored 82; I didn’t score all the runs in the game. Others have contributed as well, so credit goes to them also.”
Nico Rosberg made it back-to-back wins to start the new Formula One season by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, capitalizing on a first-corner collision involving Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton and an engine failure which prevented Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel starting the race.Rosberg led throughout to win by 10.2 seconds at the Sakhir circuit from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton recovering from the collision with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and finishing third. It was the fifth straight win for Rosberg, dating back to last season, and his first in Bahrain.”The key was the start, I made a great getaway,” Rosberg said. “I tried to control the race, I was very, very happy with the day, awesome to get the win.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth and Romain Grosjean fifth in another encouraging performance by the new American-based Haas team. Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen was sixth and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat seventh, ahead of the Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, with McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne in 10th to take a point on his F1 debut.There was drama on the warm-up lap as smoke began pouring from the back of Vettel’s Ferrari and he immediately parked the car. It was the second reliability failure for Ferrari already this season after trouble struck Raikkonen in Australia.Pole-sitter Hamilton again got off to a poor start, like he did in Melbourne, as he adjusts to the new rule restricting drivers to a single clutch at the start. The Briton was running behind Rosberg at the first corner when Bottas made an ambitious move and collided with the right side of the Mercedes, dropping Hamilton down to seventh at the end of the first lap.advertisementBottas was blamed by stewards and was forced to do a pitlane drive-through penalty.With his chief rivals out of the equation, Rosberg sailed away up front, and had pushed his lead out to 8.5 seconds after six laps and more than 14 by the first round of pitstops for the top cars, beginning on lap 12.The top three matched tire strategy except for Hamilton being put onto the hardest-available medium compound for his middle stint while Rosberg and Raikkonen were on softs.Raikkonen has finished on the podium in Bahrain eight times without winning.”I had a bad start and after a few laps we were one straight behind Nico and it’s hard to recover from that,” Raikkonen said.Hamilton carried damage on the right side of the chassis throughout the race after the first-corner collision.”We still managed to get back up there,” Hamilton said. “I had so much damage on the car I could not keep up with Kimi.”
India’s hockey team claimed a 3-1 victory over Canada to move to the third spot in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Sunday.India, coming into the match with a 1-5 defeat against world champions Australia, caught a flying start with forward Nikkin Thimmiah scoring in the third minute. Keegan Pereira, however, made it 1-1 for Canada in the 23rd minute.Later drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh gave India the lead in the 41st minutes before forward Talwinder Singh sealed the game in India’s favour with just three minutes left on the clock.With this win, India have six points — two more than fourth-placed Canada. Australia are on top of the table with three wins from as many games — they thrashed Pakistan 4-0 earlier in the day. New Zealand, who saw off Japan 4-1, are second on the table with eight points from four matches.Rolant Oltmans’ India had been criticised for poor show in the two matches so far, albeit they have a young team, bereft of at least six settled players.However, on Sunday, they turned out in style, right from the push-back. A brilliant pass by Rupinder Pal Singh split the Canadian defence open to allow Ramandeep Singh who set up Nikkin for a simple tap in the third minute.Chinglensana Singh had another attempt — a superb reverse hit saved by the goalkeeper to ensure Canada went into the 150-second break just a goal down.The Canadians responded strongly in the second quarter, coming back and matching India strength for strength. Even the statistics showed that.advertisementCanada’s best showing came in the second quarter as they managed a massive seven circle penetrations, and 50 percent of the possession. Appropriately, they scored the equaliser with six minutes of the quarter remaining via Pereira. The two teams walked into half-time level at 1-1.Rudely awakened, India did not allow any such lapses in concentration in the second half as they came out looking to close the match strongly.Having not been awarded a single penalty corner in the first half, India managed to win one ten minutes into the third quarter and duly converted it in style. India’s young drag-flicker Harmanpreet scored his second goal of the tournament to give India the lead.India did not let up in the fourth quarter, controlling the possession and had seven circle penetrations in the final period. In contrast, Canada managed a solitary penetration in the entire period. Another penalty corner by India was saved smartly by Canada.The quarter saw a brilliant solo effort by captain Sardar Singh hit the post. Winning the ball in midfield, Sardar stormed down almost 50 yards before trying a reverse flick that hit the post and bounced back only to be cleared by the Canadian defence.Not too long later though, India ensured the result did not change after a Sardar cross, and a Chinglensana mishit, left Talwinder with the clearest of chances inside the box to extend India’s lead to 3-1 and ensured they took home the points.
(REOPENS DEL 47) (REOPENS DEL 47) Manan Vohra looks set to open with Vijay, despite their poor run last year. Kings XI also have the option of Shaun Marsh, who has been part of their set-up since the inception of the league. The spin department will have Axar Patel and Maxwell, who has often been considered a frontline option by Australia. Gurkeerat Singh, Swapnil Singh and K C Cariappa can provide the back up. Johnson, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Kyle Abbott will be the main pace bowlers but they need to start afresh in the gruelling IPL. Sandeep had missed the entire Indian domestic season in 2015-16 because of injury, while Mohit sustained one of his own during the Vijay Hazare Trophy and was subsequently ruled out of Indias limited-overs tour to Australia, the Asia Cup, and World T20. Johnson, who was retained in the squad, has not played competitive cricket since his international retirement last November. The Teams (From): Kings XI Punjab: David Miller (Capt.), Kyle Abbott, Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Pardeep Sahu, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Armaan Jaffer, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Nikhil Naik, Shardul Thakur Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt.), Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shivil Kaushik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Andrew Tye, Sarabjit Ladda, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi. Match Starts at 8 PM. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisement
From Lalit K JhaWashington, Apr 29 (PTI) A top US lawmaker has alleged that China was helping Pakistan with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and claimed that it was also engaged in bullying its neighbours in Asia.”They (China) are thieves. They steal our intellectual property. Cyber attacks, I believe theyre responsible for those, theyre bullying Asia, trying to make new sovereign territory in the South China Sea and then claim the area around it,” Congressman Ted Poe alleged during a Congressional hearing on Asia yesterday.”Theyre helping Pakistan with ICBMs, and then you get to human rights, theyre the worst offender I think in the world,” he alleged.”They persecute Christians and other religious minorities, and then they have this practice of putting people they dont like, like the Falun Gong, in prison and charging them with trumped-up political crimes and then harvesting their body organs and sell those on the marketplace,” he said.”Thats probably the worst type of crime in the world, in my opinion,” Poe said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Challenges and Opportunities in Asia.Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the committee but did not respond to the allegation of Poe that China is helping Pakistan with intercontinental ballistic missile.Earlier this week Poe and Congressman Mike Rogers in a letter to US Secretary of State, John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sought more information on report that China has enabled a Pakistani nuclear missile capability.advertisementRogers is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and Ted Poe is Chairman of Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade.In their letter Rogers and Poe referred to a recent research by well know Chinese military technology expert Richard Fisher who has noted the design similarities between the Shaheen III TEL (transporter erector launcher), the Sanjiang Special Vehicle Corporation of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) WS51200 TEL, and a Chinese provided TEL North Koreas new KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).This led Fisher to conclude, “CASIC has again enabled a Pakistani nuclear missile capability,” the two lawmakers wrote in their letter to Kerry, Carter and Clapper.”We are deeply concerned that the TEL displayed in Pakistan was acquired from China,” Rogers and Poe said in the two-page letter. (MORE) PTI LKJ DBS CPS
It was a must-win game for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The home team, green-clad, were put into bat by the high-flying Gujarat Lions. (IPL Full Coverage) RCB openers Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle were struggling to put bat to ball in the first four overs. Gujarat pacer Dhawal Kulkarni ended Gayle’s struggle at the crease in the fourth over and it looked like Brendon McCullum’s decision paid off. (Twitter reacts to ABD-Kohli masterclass) ABD show However, AB de Villiers, who came in at No. 3, didn’t take long to get to his brutal best at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. In the very first over, the South African deposited mystery spinner Shivil Kaushik into the deep extra-cover stands. It was just a back-foot punch but it had the wings to sail over the boundary ropes. De Villiers went on with his big-hitting routine smashing the experienced Pravin Tambe this time in the sixth over. RCB, who were struggling in the first four, looked on track at the end of the seventh over, 18 balls after De Villiers walked in.Cautious start Kohli was happy enough to play second fiddle in the initial stages of the innings. De Villiers got to his fifty in just 25 balls. McCullum was searching for answers, looking to stop the carnage. Jadeja tried to calm things down but he too was taken to the cleaners by a rampaging de Villiers in his last two overs. De Villiers went after Praveen Kumar in the sixteenth over and in no time moved from 77 to the three-figure mark. The South African batsman had struck the fastest IPL century of this season.advertisementShifting gears At the other end, Kohli, who was batting on 51 at the end of the 16th over, shifted gears and took on the helpless Gujarat Lions’ bowling line-up. And it took only 13 balls for Kohli to race to his century. Kohli perished just after becoming the first player to score three centuries in a single IPL season. De Villiers, who was on 129 off 52 balls, watched two dot balls being bowled from the other end as Watson tailed Kohli to the dressing room. Sure, De Villiers would have hated it. Kohli-ABD broke quite a few records today. Here are few of them… 248 is the second highest team total in IPL.The 229-run stand between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers is the highest ever stand in T20s.AB de Villiers recorded the fifth fastest century in the history of IPL.AB de Villiers, with 12 sixes, has hit the most number of sixes in an innings this season.Kohli (677) breaks Uthappa’s record (660) for most runs in a season by an opener.
Mumbai, May 16 (PTI) Japanese climbers dominated at the maiden Sports Climbing World Cup held in Navi Mumbai over the weekend, accounting for four of the six podium slots. Japanese national Kokoro Fujii finished first in the mens bouldering category, while his compatriot Miho Nonaka bagged the top honours in womens bouldering. This was the first time that the International Federation of Sports Climbings World Cup (IFSC) was hosted in the country, which has a very nascent climbing scene at present. Supported by an enthusiastic crowd that cheered at every move, Fujii completed three of the four routes, while Nonaka cleared two of the womens routes. Other podium finishers from Japan included Tomoa Narasaki (second in mens category) and Akiyo Noguchi (third in womens category). A total of 80 athletes from countries like the US, Canada, France, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea and Iran, among others competed for the top honours. It also included 18 Indians but none of them could qualify beyond the first round.Elimination rounds were held on Saturday and it was wrapped up yesterday with the semi-finals and finals. The routes became difficult with every round and there were a lot of overhangs that made the climbers defy gravity with sheer power that was appreciated by a cheering crowd.The world cup was organised by the city-based Girivihar Adventure Club and hosted by the apex Indian Mountaineering Foundation.Sports climbing is set to be included in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games and possibly in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well.”Climbing is a growing sport in the country and we would like to encourage more people to take up the sport and also come and watch such events. We will be looking to build on this platform,” Girivihars Franco Linhares said.advertisement”I know that it was not an easy journey but all credit to them (organisers) for pulling off a very well conducted world cup. I hope that this is only the beginning and we are able to bring many more such events to our country,” IFSC president Marco Maria Scolaris said. PTI AA BEN NRB AH AH
mountaineersKolkata, May 23 (PTI) West Bengal government is sending a team of officials to Nepal for co-ordinating the rescue operations of two mountaineers from the state, who had reportedly gone missing at Mount Everest.Trinamool Congress legislator and outgoing Sports, Housing and Youth Affairs minister Arup Biswas said a three-membered team led by S A Baba, Principal Secretary of youth affairs department, will leave from Kolkata tomorrow.He said that the body of another mountaineer Subash Paul, who had reached 8,849-metre summit on Saturday but collapsed while descending the Hillary Step ice wall, will be brought to the state and the government will extend all required support to his family.Biswas said the team will try to co-ordinate the rescue operations of both Paresh Nath and Goutam Ghosh, who have gone missing.The government has also started a control room in the state secretariat where the families of those missing can call, seeking information.West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi condoled the death of Pal saying, “He conquered highest peak of the world and died a heros death while returning. He will remain an inspiration to the adventure loving youth of West Bengal”.He also conveyed his heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and innumerable admirers. PTI NIK SUS RCB
Los Angeles, May 29 (PTI) WWE wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson shared his first look from the upcoming “Fast and Furious 8” movie.The 44-year-old “San Andreas” star took to Instagram and Facebook to reveal the look of his character- DSS Agent Luke Hobbs.The black-and-white photo shows Hobbs sporting a pointy goatee and a leather vest. “When you strip a man of all he has. All thats important to him. You force him to return to his roots and sometimes thats a very dangerous and twisted place.”If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way that got fans fired up and their blood pumping to see a new version of Hobbs and his “Daddys gotta go to work” mentality and set the table in a cool way for where the character goes in the future,” Johnson wrote in the caption.The actor joined the “Fast and Furious” franchise in “Fast Five” and has since appeared in subsequent films “Fast and Furious 6” and “Furious 7″.”Fast 8,” which is set to hit theaters on April 14, 2017, is currently filming, with part of the movie shooting on location in Cuba. F Gary Gray is directing the project. PTI SHD SHD
Kolkata, Jun 13 (PTI) Indian tennis legend Leander Paes Wimbledon mixed doubles winning racquets and Indias limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhonis keeping gloves and pads fetched Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively during a charity event organised by sports website xtratime.in. In fact Leanders racquets were bought by former India player and Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who termed the tennis player going for his seventh successive Olympics as an “inspiration for all sportspersons.” The auction was held to help die-hard Mohun Bagan fan Bapi Majhi, who is suffering from liver cancer and the family of deceased East Bengal supporter Alip Chakraborty. According to a release issued by the website, a total amount of Rs 14 lakh was collected which will be handed over to Majhi and Chakrabortys families. After buying the racquets, Manoj said:”At the age of 42, leander is still winning Grand Slams. His dedication and hardwork is an inspiration for all sportspersons. I love playing tennis during breaks and it would be nice to play with these racquets.” In fact Paes called up Manoj and also promised to meet him sometime later this year when he would be coming to Kolkata. City based film producer Namit Bajoria bought Peles autographed football for Rs 1.10 lakh. The other auctioned items like Indian football captain Sunil Chhetris jersey, cricketer Ajinkya Rahanes jersey were also bought at the auction. PTI KHS KHS
Karan Johar managed a coup when he managed to bring Deepika Padukone’s ex-boyfriends Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh on his show Koffee With Karan. Our already high anticipation went through the roof when Ranveer revealed at a press meet that he had a blast shooting with Ranbir and that their replies were ‘Befikre.’ALSO READ | Kareena on Deepika, Katrina’s relationship with Ranbir: None of them was a good girlfriend ALSO READ | Deepika-Katrina avoid each other again. Other times they were colder than AntarcticaALSO READ | Ranbir, Ranveer on Koffee With Karan: Will Deepika’s secrets be out in the open? As per tradition, shocking revelations were made on the show. According to a report on SpotboyE, when Ranbir was asked if he was heartbroken, he replied that he wasn’t. His six-year-long relationship with ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif recently ended, and the Kapoor scion seems to have moved on already.It is also said that Ranveer sportingly agreed when he was asked to imitate Katrina. A report in Filmfare says that he took a dig at Kat’s acting skills. RS said that Katrina maintains only one expression, which she uses to convey all emotions through all her films. Ex-boyfriend Ranbir couldn’t help but laugh at Ranveer’s observation.As reports of Katrina Kaif coming on Karan’s couch with ex-beau Salman are doing the rounds, it will be interesting to see how Kat responds to these jibes. She has maintained a dignified silence, but these jokes at her expense might just push her to retaliate. Let’s wait and watch.advertisement
Paul Pogba would be “the best player in the world” under Sir Alex Ferguson, says Michael Owen, with current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho failing the attacking talent in his squad.The man currently at the Old Trafford helm has enhanced his reputation down the years on the ability to build success from the back.A similar approach has been taken during his time in Manchester, although defensive frailties have started to creep in over recent weeks. 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! Issues across the field have contributed to a four-match winless run, with reports of disputes away from the pitch doing little to aid performances on it.World Cup winner Pogba is among those to have been dragged into a distracting series of rows, with the Frenchman considered to be failing to reach his potential as a result of having the wrong manager guiding him.Former United striker Owen told the Daily Star on the inconsistent midfielder: “I think he’s a great player, although I find it quite frustrating watching him. Considering his age he ought to know a lot more and play a lot more maturely than he does.“Consistency comes with maturity, but again there’s mitigating circumstances with the manager and things like that. Under Ferguson he would be the best player in the world.“He got the best out of players and would see the unbelievable talent. You look at the likes of Eric Cantona.“Even if he did something that everyone sees is wrong, Ferguson would still make a case and make allowances for players like that, because he realised how important they are.“Mourinho has a long list of players…you look at Mohammed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, players like that. Now Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.“There’s no question that they’ve been better in different teams and I think you could say that about a lot of his players. Mourinho has improved some players – but the majority of those are defenders.”Owen believes Mourinho must shoulder much of the blame for United’s current struggles, with big money having been spent bolstering the Red Devils’ ranks since he took the reins in 2016.The ex-England international added: “I’m convinced a manager has got so much importance to how the team plays.“It’s no coincidence that with United, it doesn’t matter who they sign.“I said at the time with Sanchez, he would be a far better player at Manchester City and it’s turned out to be correct. I’m convinced managers are hugely influential.“You could put an average player in Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp’s side and they would look world class because of how they play and who they play alongside.“Without naming names you could look at lots of players in those two teams who are only okay and all of a sudden people are calling them world beaters.“I could name half a dozen at Liverpool and City. In other teams they’d just appear like normal players -now they’re being discussed in world-class terms. That’s down to the style of management.”
Rank 1- MUKESH AMBANI59 | IndustrialistMR BIG BUSINESSBecause with the audacious capture of 12 per cent of India’s mobile telephony market in less than six months through Reliance Jio, the owner of India’s largest private sector company and the 24th richest man in the world, with a net worth of,Rank 1- MUKESH AMBANI59 | IndustrialistMR BIG BUSINESSBecause with the audacious capture of 12 per cent of India’s mobile telephony market in less than six months through Reliance Jio, the owner of India’s largest private sector company and the 24th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $29.7 billion (Rs 1.93 lakh crore), has started another revolution, this time in telecommunicationsBecause with revenues of $44.7 billion (nearly Rs 3 lakh crore) in 2015-16 and a net profit of Rs 27, 630 crore, its highest ever, the Reliance Industries behemoth encompasses the world’s largest petroleum refinery processing capacity, retail chain Reliance Fresh, with 3,300 stores, and the world’s largest integrated production facility of polyester fibreBecause he pumped in huge investments into his various businesses in 2016, taking the total investments announced in 2015-16 to Rs 1.12 lakh crore, the highest ever by a corporate in IndiaBecause he is a visionary. After becoming the czar of petrochemicals, he now aspires to be emperor of data with his humongous investmentMASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOMENTWhen 77 million of Jio’s 100 million subscribers signed up for Jio Prime, the paid service, after the end of the free offer period.WINDING DOWNReads late into the night, sometimes till 2 am. Devours spiritual as well as science and technology books. Orders them online.ART OF GIVINGWas third on the India philanthropy list with donations of Rs 303 crore in 2016, according to the March 2017 Hurun India Philanthropy List.FAVOURITE FOODIdli-sambar from the Mysore Cafe in Matunga, Mumbai. Also relishes street food.advertisementGENERATION NEXTAkash, 25, a graduate of Brown University, US, is chief of strategy at Jio, and is on the boards of both Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. His twin Isha, is a Yale University graduate, and is also on the boards of both Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. Anant, 22, studies at Brown University.Rank 2 – RATAN TATA79 | IndustrialistRex features: AFPRETURN OF THE JEDIBecause as chairman of Tata Trusts, which holds over 60 per cent stake in group holding company Tata Sons, he came out of retirement to effect a coup in September 2016, dramatically ousting then chairman Cyrus Mistry, first from the group’s helm and later from group companies on charges of non-performance.Because he has weathered all allegations levelled by Mistry and continues to be India’s most admired industrialist, advising Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a member on his Council on Trade and Industry, and top MNCs such as Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce and Temasek Holdings as a member on their international advisory boards.Because his trusted lieutenant N. Chandrasekaran is now at the helm of Tata Sons, which controls the $103 billion Tata business empire.Because he has been a champion of innovation, investing in 29 start-ups in less than two years after retirement, in areas as diverse as retail, transportation, finance and baby products, and is in talks with US-based Falcon Edge Capital to together put in Rs 650 crore into taxi aggregator Ola.FAN CLUBThough not a frequent tweeter, has 6.7 million followers on Twitter.FRIEND TO FOENusli Wadia, chairman of Bombay Dyeing and one-time friend, turned foe after he supported Mistry on the boards of two group companies.OLD BUDDYR. Venkataramanan, managing trustee of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.FAVOURITE CARHis red Ferrari California. Also has a Land Rover Freelander, Maserati Quattroporte, Cadillac XLR, Mercedes Benz 500 SL and Chrysler Sebring.Rank 3- KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA49 | IndustrialistPhoto: Rachit GoswamiIDEA NO. 1Because by leading the merger of Idea, his telecom business, with Vodafone India in a $23.2 billion (Rs 1.5 lakh crore) deal, he has created India’s largest mobile telephony company with over 395 million subscribers, 35 per cent market share, and 41 per cent slice of revenue.Because in the 22 years at the top, he has transformed the Aditya Birla Group into a formidable global conglomerate, with revenues of $41 billion (Rs 2.66 lakh crore) and a leading presence in aluminium, cement, viscose staple fibre, textiles, financial services and telecom.Because he paid $2.4 billion (Rs 15,600 crore) for the acquisition of Jaypee Group’s cement units in 2016, taking Aditya Birla Group’s cement business UltraTech closer to its target of 100 MT capacity, the largest in India.Because he merged Aditya Birla Nuvo with the cash-rich Grasim Industries to create an entity with Rs 60,000 crore in revenues, mixing conventional and new-age businesses-cement, chemicals and viscose staple fibre on the one hand and telecom, textiles and fertilisers on the other.MENTORING THE FUTUREWas named chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in October 2016.NEVER A DULL DAYComes to office on most Sundays to complete pending work.advertisementCAPTAIN COOLCalm demeanour in office, says has lost temper just three times at work.BEST HOLIDAY SPOTLondon, where the family travels together.GENERATION NEXTAnanya, 22, an Oxford University alumna, founded Svatantra Microfinance, which provides microfinance to rural women; Aryaman Vikram, 19, an avid cricketer and painter, donates money collected from his exhibitions to charity; Advaitesha, 13, is in school.Rank 4 GAUTAM ADANI54 | IndustrialistPhoto: Shailesh RavalPORT OF CALLBecause he is one of India’s most astute businessmen with an appetite for big risks. His latest, an audacious push in the global markets when companies are turning more conservative, is expanding one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia at $21.7 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore), and building a greenfield multi-purpose port near Kuala Lumpur.Because he’s still bullish on India when many private entrepreneurs are shying away, pledging Rs 49,000 crore investments in Gujarat in January 2017.RAGS TO RICHESCollege dropout, was diamond sorter in Mumbai before starting own brokerage.GREEN PUSHIndia’s largest power producer with over 11,000 MW capacity, plans to add 10,000 MW of renewable power, with solar projects in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan.GENERATION NEXTKaran, 29, is CEO of Adani Port & SEZ; Jeet, 19, is studying at University of Pennsylvania.Rank 5 – BABA RAMDEV51 | Power yogiPhoto: Bandeep SinghBecause he presides over the fastest-growing FMCG empire in the country, with revenues expected to spike from Rs 5,000 crore in 2015-2016. Over a thousand Patanjali products now reach millions of Indian households through 47,000 stores nationwide.Because he is one of India’s top advertisers in the TV/digital media space. In 2016, Patanjali ads averaged close to 20 hours of ad time every day.Because his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP has helped his Patanjali empire grow, with party chief ministers allotting land for his factories, research labs and educational institutes.Because in 2016, despite opposition from the bureaucracy and Opposition parties, the Maharashtra government allotted land to Baba Ramdev’s food park at 75 per cent discount.BLACK MONEY WARRIORAn early demonetisation advocate, the PM granted his wish in November 2016.OLD FAVOURITEStill has the Bajaj scooter he had as an Ayurveda products salesman.FIGHTING FITBeat Beijing Olympic silver medallist Andrey Stadnik 12-0 in a show bout, played football at an MPs vs actors match, exhibited yoga skills on TV show.GENERATION NEXT”At our acharyakulams, we are creating hundreds of Ramdevs,” he says Yoga guru.Rank 6- ANAND MAHINDRA61 | IndustrialistWHEEL OF FORTUNEBecause India’s most non-controversial and articulate businessman with 4.47 million Twitter followers overcame the Supreme Court ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi and fierce competition from MNCs in the SUV segment to launch 14 models in 2016.Because his Rs 1.15 lakh crore Mahindra Group has signed up with France’s Segnere to make airframes, will launch its eCitySmart car, the e2oPlus, and has invested in agriculture start-up MeraKisan.Because the maker of the Reva electric car plans to develop up to four affordable e-vehicles in India, an e-SUV and even e-buses by 2018 in line with the government’s alternative energy push.advertisementROLE MODELUS financial media firm Benzinga put him in top 10 global CEOs to follow on Twitter.CROWNING GLORYAppointed Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour in March 2016.TURNAROUND MOMENTIn 2016, SsangYong Motor, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, reported its first annual net profit in a decade of 58.1 billion Korean won.(Rs 329 crore)GENERATION NEXTAalika, 34, is a freelance writer; Divya, 30, is the creative director of Verve magazine.Rank 7- UDAY KOTAK58 | IndustrialistPhoto: Mandar DeodharSAFE DEPOSITBecause he picked up a 19.9 per cent stake in Airtel M-Commerce in February 2016, grew his company’s life insurance business over 50 per cent compared to a year ago, and has assets under management to over Rs 1 lakh.Because he made Kotak Mahindra the fourth largest private sector bank by acquiring ING Vysya in 2014, with revenues of Rs 9,513 crore in 2015-16.PROFITABLE MOVESold 1.5 per cent of his 30.3 per cent stake in his bank to two Canadian pension funds for around Rs 3,355 crore to comply with an RBI directive.FAMILY MATTERWas raised in a Gujarati Lohana joint family with 60 people sharing one kitchen-capitalism at work and socialism at home, as he’d call it.SOUND OF MUSICLoved playing the sitar until work robbed him of the time to do so..GENERATION NEXTJay, 27, is pursuing an MBA at Harvard University; Dhawal, 24, works on the mid-day meal programme at Kotak Education Foundation.Rank 8 – DILIP SHANGHVI61 | IndustrialistPhoto: ReutersRIGHT PRESCRIPTIONBecause his aggressive overseas acquisitions continue even as cross-border M&As are drying up, acquiring skin cancer drug Odomzo from Swiss giant Novartis for $175 million (nearly Rs 1,200 crore) in December 2016.Because he is the second-richest Indian after Mukesh Ambani, with a net worth of $14.7 billion (Rs 95,550 crore), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index March 2017, and his Sun Pharma is the world’s fifth-largest generics company.Because his perspectives on macroeconomic fundamentals are much sought after by the government and media alike.EXPANDING THE HORIZONHis Sun Oil and Natural Gas bought 33.3 per cent stake in the Hazira oil and gas field from Canada’s Niko Resources.REVERSE GEARWithdrew plans to launch a payments bank in May 2016, despite getting in-principle approval.GENERATION NEXTSon Aalok, 31, is a molecular biology graduate from the University of Michigan and heads the emerging markets division of the Sun-Ranbaxy combine; Daughter Vidhi, a Wharton graduate, works at Sun Pharma in the marketing division.Rank 9 – AZIM PREMJI71 | IndustrialistPhoto: ReutersA MIGHTY HEARTBecause India’s eighth richest Indian, with a net worth of $13.8 billion (Rs 89,700 crore), was at his most generous in 2016, donating Rs 27,514 crore through Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and the Azim Premji Trust.Because under him Wipro had a busy 2016, acquiring Florida tech insurance firm HealthPlan Services for $460 million (Rs 2,990 crore) and Brazilian firm InfoServer for $8.7 million (Rs 56 crore).MENTOR-IN-CHIEFFunds firms through Premji Invest; infused Rs 162 crore into Bengaluru venture ID Fresh Foods in January 2017.SMART SAVERFlies economy. Traded his modest Toyota for a second-hand Mercedes Benz from an employee.SWEATING IT OUTJogs daily, plays golf occasionally.GENERATION NEXTRishad, 40, is Wipro’s Chief Strategy Officer and member of the board; younger son Tariq is also at Wipro.Rank 10- N. CHANDRASEKARAN NEW53 | Chairman, Tata SonsPhoto: Vivan MehraTHE CHOSEN ONEBecause this Tata veteran with a 30-year-long stint was anointed seventh Chairman of the $103 billion (over Rs 7 lakh crore) Tata Group after Cyrus Mistry’s ouster, making him the first professional executive as well as the first non-Parsi to head the conglomerate.Because his seven years as chief executive of TCS took the company to its number one position, with a market capitalisation (value of the company’s traded shares) of over $70 billion (Rs 4.5 lakh crore) in March 2016, more than half the m-cap of the 29 publicly listed Tata companies put together.FIRST OFF THE BLOCKReached settlement with NTT Docomo for enforcement of $1.17 billion arbitration award.CHILDHOOD LESSONSBorn in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, used to walk three kilometres to school every day.FAST TRACKTook up running in mid-40s due to history of diabetes in family; is now an avid marathoner.Rank 11- VIRAT KOHLI28 | Indian Cricket CaptainPhoto: Rohit ChawlaWARRIOR PRINCEBecause his ability to assess situations and win matches for India, almost at will, makes him the most valuable player of the team. In 2016, Kohli averaged more than any other Indian batsman-75 in Tests, 92 in ODIs and a phenomenal 106 in T20s.Because he is the only Indian captain to win six consecutive Test series, the first batsman to slam four double hundreds in successive series. Between August 2015 and February 2017, Kohli was without a defeat in 19 Tests, the longest streak for any Indian captain.MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOVERs 110 crore endorsement deal with Puma. Endorsement fee Rs 5 crore a day is highest among Indian celebrities.FIRST CRUSHKarisma Kapoor; he is dating actor Anushka Sharma.THINK INKHe sports seven tattoos: a monastery, Lord Shiva in meditation, Test cap number 269, ODI cap number 175, parents’ name in Hindi, a Samurai and the zodiac sign of Scorpio.Rank 12- NANDAN NILEKANI/ NEW61 | Former chairman, UIDAINilotpal BaruahCHANGE AGENTBecause the government has made his brainchild, the Aadhaar card, mandatory for PAN cards and filing of income tax returns.Because the Narendra Modi government has made him a special invitee in the 13-member committee set up to promote digital payment systems.Because he is one of India’s most prolific angel investors, giving over $50 million to a dozen start-ups in just one year and committing to invest $25 million more.DID YOU KNOW?When Infosys went public in 1993, no one picked up the stock. Among the first people Nilekani tried to sell the Infy stock to was his IIT Bombay senior Jairam Ramesh.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Jahnavi, 27, is a trustee of Arghyam, a foundation providing grants with a focus on groundwater and sanitation, and a PhD student in public policy at Harvard University; son Nihar, 26, is a Yale University graduate.Rank 13- AMIT AGARWAL/NEW42 | Country Manager, Amazon IndiaPhoto: Twitter/@jonas1hrSHOPPING MASTERBecause he adopted a policy of lower costs, higher sales and fewer defects at Amazon India, selling through his platform 26 per cent of the $10.2 billion (over Rs 65,000 crore) worth of goods sold across all online platforms in India by May 2016.Because he was promoted to global senior vice-president just a year after being included in the senior leadership at Amazon.TWIST OF FATEWanted to become a primary school teacher and start his own school.HIGH POINTMountaineering, one reason he chose to join Amazon in Seattle in 1999.LOW POINTHad to apologise to Sushma Swaraj for Indian flag doormats being on sale on the portal.Rank 14 -SUNIL MITTAL59 | Founder-Chairman, Bharti EnterprisesRuben Sprich / ReutersSTILL IN THE RINGBecause he is the telecom czar of India, the chairman of what was till recently India’s largest mobile operator with a subscriber base of 270 million.Because he clearly wants to lead the big data revolution in India and give Reliance Jio stiff competition. A series of strategic acquisitions, such as Tikona Digital Networks, Telenor and Augere Wireless, have made Airtel the second company after Reliance Jio to have pan-India presence in the 2,300 Mhz band, which has the second-largest ecosystem of 4G devices.Because not only does he head the world’s third-largest telephony company but is also the first Indian to be elected the chairman of GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.NUMBERS GAMEAll his cars have the same number plate, 0023, after his date of birth, October 23.GENERATION NEXTEiesha, 33, runs a fashion investment fund; Kavin, 29, is founder and CEO of Hike Messenger, the world’s sixth largest mobile messaging application; twin Shravin works on an independent business venture.Rank 15- AMITABH BACHCHAN74 | ActorPhoto by: Bandeep SinghTHE GOLD STANDARDBecause he continues to command the screens for his talent, with scripts written around him. After his National Award-winning performance in Piku, Bachchan followed it up with another power-packed show in Pink.Because at 74, he is still courted by advertisers and trusted by audiences and is the face of over 10 brands.Because with 26.1 million followers on Twitter, second only to PM Modi, he cuts across as a positive figure who uses the platform to reminisce, congratulate and recommend rather than lament and create controversy.Because he has the government’s seal of approval. Whether it is promoting the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, family planning, polio vaccination or a tuberculosis-free India, he is the go-to face for the Centre’s welfare schemes, which he does pro bono.COMING SOONWorking with Aamir Khan for the first time in Thugs of Hindostan.GENERATION NEXTGrand-daughter Navya Naveli Nanda, 19, is a social media star in her own right for her busy Instagram feed; Agastya Nanda, 16, is studying in London; Aaradhya Bachchan, 5, the youngest of the Bachchans, is a student at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School.Rank 16- SHIV NADAR71 | Founder-chairman, HCL & Shiv Nadar FoundationTHE BENEFACTORBecause with total donations of Rs 630 crore in 2016, the Hurun Research Institute named him the most philanthropic Indian for 2016. Nadar, worth Rs 73,000 crore, gave away 27 per cent of his wealth, and was at number 5 in generosity in 2015.Because HCL, the country’s fourth largest software services firm, has grown beyond an IT company and represents excellence in education, nurtures artists and is a key driver for skilling and job creation at the grassroots.Because he has begun the reinvention of the struggling IT services sector and is creating high quality jobs for youth through an agreement with Andhra Pradesh-HCL will invest Rs 500 crore in the project.QUICK LEARNERPicked up English watching English films.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Roshni, 35, is executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise.Rank 17- RAHUL BHATIA61 | Group MD, Interglobe Enterprises.Photo: Shekhar GhoshAIR KINGBecause a net worth of $3.65 billion makes him the 38th richest in India. His airline, Indigo, completed a decade in 2016 and at a valuation of Rs 35,000 crore is the largest and most profitable airline in India.Because Indigo notched a 40 per cent market share and a 28 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger volumes, and will get a new aircraft every nine days till 2027.Because he was the first to tell Indian fliers that he respected their time and made on-time performance a key metric at Indigo.DID YOU KNOW?Travel wasn’t his first career choice. He wanted to set up a telecom venture with Nortel in the 1980s.WORK MANTRADelegate authority and work.GENERATION NEXTMadhav, 18, and Sumita, 15, both students.Rank 18- VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA43 | Founder-CEO, PaytmPhoto: Shekhar GhoshPAY AND PLAYBecause he is the pioneer of an idea that was once audacious but is today one of the defining pillars of the India growth story. The biggest beneficiary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise demonetisation, his company name is almost a verb now, synonymous with digital payments. With over 200 million users, Paytm has the deepest penetration in India.Because he was quick to spot a vacuum in his business and fix it. Even as money added to Paytm accounts grew at over 1,000 per cent, he realised the untapped opportunity in offline payments and increased their share to nearly 40 per cent from 1 per cent in the past one year.Because he isn’t capping his ambition at India alone. Paytm took its global leap this year with services in Canada.STRIKING A CHORDWants to set up a Sanskrit rock band, is a big fan of Coldplay.FAVOURITE QUOTE”Someday you are the pigeon and someday you are the statue”.Rank 19- ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA/ NEW61 | Chairman, State Bank of IndiaPhoto: Rachit GoswamiCREDIT CZARINABecause as head of the country’s largest bank, with a 22 per cent market share, she led the State Bank of India through the tumultuous demonetisation exercise, beginning November 8 last year.Because she oversaw the merger of five of SBI’s subsidiaries and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself, taking the bank to the global league of Top 50 with a balance-sheet size of Rs 41 lakh crore, 500 million customers, more than 22,500 branches and 58,000 ATMs.Because she is positioning SBI as ‘the banker to digital India’ by focusing on technology to improve the outreach of the 211-year-old bank.BIGGEST CHALLENGEFighting bad loans worth Rs 1.08 lakh crore till December 2016.HELPING HANDHusband Pritimoy Bhatta-charya manages home to aid the busy banker.TOP HONOURAmong 50 greatest leaders in the world in Fortune magazine, March 2017.Rank 20- SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY77 | PoliticianPhoto by: Bandeep SinghMASTER BLASTERBecause his Rajya Sabha nomination in April 2016, despite the opposition of several senior party leaders, signalled his strong Sangh connect. With 4 million Twitter followers, he sets the social media agenda for the right wing.Because his firepower is as unpredictable as it is deadly. Opposes the party line and targets BJP leaders, including Arun Jaitley, with the same intensity as the Congress’s P. Chidambaram. Was the first to oppose a second term for Raghuram Rajan as RBI governor.SWAMY’S TARGETS 2016-17 AND HIS NICKNAMES FOR THEMFormer RBI governor Raghuram Rajan (R3)Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (Shakuni)Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Shri 420)STUNNING U-TURNAIADMK chief V.K. Sasikala was jailed on February 14 this year based on a disproportionate assets case he had filed in 1996. But he supported her bid for chief minister after J. Jayalalithaa’s death.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Gitanjali Swamy, 46, is an IT professional; Suhasini Haidar, 44, is a journalist.Rank 21- VINOD RAI/ NEW68 | EnforcerPhoto: Rajwant RawatPRIME COUNSELBecause he’s the one-stop expert for both the political class and judiciary to enforce reforms. The Modi government made him chief of the Banks Board Bureau; the Supreme Court has him running the all-powerful cricket body, the BCCI, and the Indian Railways has made him member of its Kayakalp Council to recommend improvements.Because when the ex-CAG writes to the PM (in March) on the lack of action by banks on bad loans, even the finance ministry takes note of it.AT THE CREASEThe present BCCI chief was captain of his school cricket team.OLD SCHOOLFormer PM Manmohan Singh was one of his teachers at the Delhi School of Economics.DID YOU KNOW?After his wife died in 1990, he married the widow of a colleague. Rai has a son and two daughters.Rank 22 – UDAY SHANKAR55 | JournalistPhoto: Mandar DeodharHOT SHOTBecause he’s chairman and CEO of India’s largest entertainment network, Star India, which had a turnover of Rs 10,800 crore in 2015-16.Because Hotstar is the market leader among digital streaming platforms, with an estimated 200 million downloads of the app, and Star Sports, with its 10-channel bouquet, is the destination for the nation’s sporting needs.TECH CREDENTIALSHotstar is one of the first to embrace virtual reality (VR), with the Kabaddi World Cup games streamed in 360-degree perspective.PAST LIFETook time off to travel in eastern UP during the recent polls to gauge the mood of the people.FUTURE PERFECTNayi Soch, the new advertising campaign by Star India to usher in gender sensitivity, has Indian cricketers wearing their mother’s names on their jerseys and Aamir Khan as a shopkeeper who breaks gender stereotypes.Rank 23 – VINEET JAIN49 | Media TycoonPhoto: Mandar DeodharTIME OF HIS LIFEBecause notwithstanding the snub from the prime minister who pulled out of their global business summit, he heads the Times Group, India’s largest media house with the top-selling English daily, pink paper, the highest-rated English news channel, the biggest radio network and the most expansive digital network.Because despite losing their top anchor, news channel Times Now continues to be the leader in English news. They have also launched a second news channel, Mirror Now.Because he is the de facto boss of the Times Group, with brother Samir having mostly withdrawn from day-to-day activities.CRICKET WATCHTimes Internet has in-match digital video clip rights to all ICC events till 2019 for US, Canada.NON-CONFORMISTLives up to his profile, tweeting on controversial topics like demonetisation and the liquor ban.MILLENNIAL MOVEEntered into a partnership with Vice Media, the edgy US-Canadian company with a focus on youth content.OUT ON THE TOWNLikes to dine at Papaya, a pan-Asian restaurant in Mumbai; movie of the year: Lion.Rank 24 – ADITYA PURI66 | BankerPhoto: Rachit GoswamiNEW CURRENT ACCOUNTBecause this vocal commentator on financial matters runs India’s largest private sector bank, with income of Rs 41,589 crore in the nine months ended December 2016.Because he has headed HDFC Bank since 1994, overseen it reaching a nationwide distribution network of 4,555 branches in 2,597 cities/towns.Because HDFC Bank was adjudged India’s Most Valuable Brand for the third consecutive year in 2016 by WPP research agency Millward Brown. Rank 25 – ANIL AMBANI57 | IndustrialistPhoto: Reuters WIDE SPECTRUMBecause the merger of his Reliance Communication’s telecom business with rival Aircel will form the country’s fourth-largest mobile phone operator.Because he has buried the hatchet with brother Mukesh and collaborated on the latter’s Jio telecom venture by providing critical tower infrastructure.Because he is betting big on defence-Reliance Defence and Engineering has tied up with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to manufacture air-to-air missiles. He is targeting a business of Rs 2.85 lakh crore in the next 3-5 years.WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMMESold radio, TV businesses, power transmission assets, cements business to cut debt by Rs 7,000 crore.THINKING CAPInducted into advisory board of top global think-tank, The Atlantic Council, in March 2017.GENERATION NEXTSon Jai Anmol, 25, who works in Reliance Capital, is now on the company board. Jai Anshul, 21, is studying in New York University. Rank 26- BINNY BANSAL & SACHIN BANSAL35 | EntrepreneursSachin, left, and Binny Bansal (Photo: NILOTPAL BARUAH) RIGHT CLICKBecause e-tail giant Flipkart posted a 56 per cent growth in sales in 2015-16 despite the Amazon onslaught, at a time when other domestic firms such as Snapdeal struggled with soaring operational costs leading to massive layoffs.Because they bought rival eBay’s Indian operations as part of a Rs 9,000 crore deal that includes funds infusion from investors led by China’s Tencent.Because investors in Flipkart and rival Snapdeal are in talks for what could be the biggest merger in India’s $10 billion (Rs 65,000 crore) e-commerce sector.STEM THE BLEEDCurbing losses, which doubled to Rs 2,960 crore in 2015-16 is a challenge.FIRST CAREER CHOICESSachin wanted to be a pro gamer; Binny wanted to build computer games.FIRST INVESTMENTInvested Rs 4 lakh in business, of which Rs 1 lakh was spent on buying computers. Rank 27- SANJIV GOENKA / NEW55 | IndustrialistSanjiv Goenka (Photo: SUBIR HALDER) IN A SWEET SPOTBecause 2016 was a year of turnarounds and expansion for the Rs 17,000 crore RP-Sanjiv Goenka group. Retail business (Spencers) is in the black and power utility business CESC has expanded from Kolkata to Bikaner, Greater Noida, Kota and Bharatpur.Because he is the bridge between the government in Delhi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Always beside Banerjee at state meetings, he played a key role in her supporting the GST Bill. Rank 28- NITA AMBANI53 | EntrepreneurNita Ambani (Photo: RACHIT GOSWAMI) SPORTING DIVABecause she wields enormous influence in the Indian sports arena as owner of an IPL cricket team, as chairperson of the Indian Super League football and as the first Indian woman to be elected member of the International Olympic Committee.Because she is the moving spirit behind all philanthropic activities of the Reliance Foundation.Because invitations to parties at her plush Mumbai home Antilla are considered proof of arrival in Mumbai society and every Diwali, recipients can grade their social status according to the lavishness of the gift given.SUPERWOMAN MOMENTWhen over 205 million fans watched Indian Super League in its third season.RURAL CONNECTReliance Foundation Youth Sports reached 2 million children across 1,800 schools/ colleges in 2016.BOARD MATTERSIs on the board of Reliance Industries and EIH Ltd, the company behind the Oberoi luxury hotel chain. Rank 29- SALMAN KHAN51 | ActorSalman Khan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) BIG BROTHERBecause a Salman Khan release is now Bollywood’s most anticipated event. His sole release in 2016, Sultan, was the year’s biggest hit with Rs 300.6 crore in collections until Aamir Khan’s Dangal (December 23 release) surpassed it in January 2017.Because Khan paid Rs 44.5 crore in advance tax in 2016, the highest by any Bollywood actor.Because everybody wants a piece of him, literally, and can now buy it, with the Being Human apparel range growing to stores across 40 cities.Because he is everyone’s benefactor. His banner has the rights to remake the Korean film Ode to My Father, is producing an international film with Irrfan Khan and is collaborating with Karan Johar for a film with Akshay Kumar in the lead.COMING SOONTwo releases, Kabir Khan’s Tubelight and Ali A. Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai.FAVOURITE MEAL’Mixture’, a home-cooked dish that has rice, mutton, some salad, sweet and salty mango pickle all blended together.GENERATION NEXTHe doesn’t have a child of his own yet but his sister’s one-year-old, Ahil Sharma, is the apple of his uncle’s eye. Rank 30- S. GURUMURTHY68 | Chartered Accountant; Co-convenor, Swadeshi Jagran ManchS. Gurumurthy (Photo: JAISON G) SOUTHERN IMPACTBecause he endeared himself to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by being the first to welcome demonetisation unlike others in the RSS and Sangh parivar. BJP president Amit Shah is in constant touch to tap his thoughts on enlarging the party base across South India.Because the Chennai-based opinion-maker has taken charge of Thuglak as editor after Cho Ramaswamy’s death and is BJP’s advisor on Tamil Nadu politics. It is he who recommended that the party not interfere in the pro- and anti-Sasikala factional battle in the AIADMK. Rank 31- SUBHASH CHANDRA66 | Media tycoonSubash Chandra (Photo: CHANDRADEEP KUMAR) SHOW STOPPERBecause the Essel Group chief is the richest media baron in the country with a net worth of $2.7 billion (Rs 17,370 crore). In 2016, he also became a Rajya Sabha MP, with his influence extending beyond business to policy-making.Because in 2016, he acquired Anil Ambani’s radio and TV business for Rs 1,900 crore and merged his Dish TV with direct-to-home TV company Videocon d2h Ltd to create the largest Indian listed media firm by revenue. Rank 32- VISHAL SIKKA49 | Tech guruVishal Sikka THE DAREDEVILBecause he brought IT major Infosys back on its high growth trajectory from a period of slow growth and high attrition, with revenues up 17 per cent to Rs 62,441 crore in 2015-16; profits spiked to Rs 13,678 crore.Because he survived allegations of splurge and erosion in values from powerful co-founders such as N.R. Narayana Murthy, with the board supporting him. He has set a target of doubling revenues to $20 billion (Rs 1.3 lakh crore) by 2020.TOP DOLLARIndia’s highest paid IT executive’s annual salary is $11 million or Rs 74 crore.DIARY WRITERHis prolific blog, Timelessness, shares his views on a diverse range of topics.FAVOURITE BOOKHermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, as it had a big cultural impact in Germany, India and the US-“the three cultures that shaped who I am”. Rank 33- RAJAT SHARMA60 | Media tycoonRajat Sharma FRIENDLY CONNECTIONSBecause the chairman and editor-in-chief of popular news channel India TV has direct access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, thanks to his long friendship with the two. BJP president Amit Shah has him on speed dial.Because his talk show, Aap ki Adalat, running for 23 years now, is still one of the most watched programmes on Indian television.Because he is on the road to expansion with plans to enter the general entertainment genre. Negotiations are on with equity firm New Silk Route, which owns 9X MediaBecause from attending a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II to launch the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 to speaking at Harvard University and IIT Kanpur, he has emerged as an icon of inspiration.FIT FADA fitness fanatic, he rarely misses the gym, and doesn’t eat after 7 pm. Every year, he goes to an Austrian clinic to detox.RAGS TO RICHESHe used to live in a 100 square foot room in Delhi with nine relatives. There was no electricity and he would study at the Sabzi Mandi railway station under the lamplight.DID YOU KNOW?He became editor of the now-defunct Onlooker magazine at the age of 28.BUDDY-BUDDYNarendra Modi and Arun Jaitley address him as “Panditji”. Rank 34- RAJINIKANTH// NEW66 | ActorRajnikanth LEADER IN WAITINGBecause the BJP wants to tap his phenomenal popularity and fan base that steadily chants ‘thalaiva, thalaiva (leader, leader)’ every time he makes a public appearance and project him as a potential chief minister in Tamil Nadu post-Jayalalithaa.Because the prime minister requested that he shoot his next film, 2.0, in India in keeping with the Make in India campaign. The Enthiran sequel will release later this year.Because even a humanitarian exercise of him flagging off a housing scheme to rehabilitate Sri Lankan Tamils in Jaffna became political dynamite and had to be called off.GOLD STANDARDThis one-time Bengaluru bus conductor has eaten wafer-thin gold sheets with his meals given his faith in the Siddha system of medicine, yoga and meditation.GENERATION NEXTElder daughter Aishwarya, 35, is married to actor Dhanush; the younger, Soundarya, 32, is a director, producer and graphic designer in Tamil films. Rank 35-DR. NARESH TREHAN70 | Surgeon & entrepreneurDr. Naresh Trehan (Photo: YASIR IQBAL) THE GOOD DOCTORBecause as one of the most influential healthcare personalities, he is everywhere: from the Union health ministry’s Key Advisory Group to the National Skill Development Corporation; from the Export Promotion Council to the Healthcare Skill Sector Council and the Delhi government’s mohalla clinics.Because the serial institution-builder is determined to push high-end healthcare to areas that lack such facilities; creating Rs 1,000 crore hospitals along the lines of Medanta-The Medicity in Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Noida and Patna, apart from smaller facilities in Jharkhand and Indore.Because he has initiated the unique ‘One Heart Team’ concept at Medanta, a broad-based approach towards coronary artery disease management, built on consensus-a first in India.Because he is leading Medanta towards public service: from Mission TB Free Haryana to Mission Stop Dengue, the latter with active participation of Gurugram school students.GENERATION NEXTDaughters Sheyl and Shonan. Sheyl studied law at the Columbia Law School, US, and is a registered attorney; her husband Pankaj Sahni is COO, Medanta-The Medicity; Shonan did a master’s in architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, and is the founder and principal architect of the firm, Labwerk. Rank 36- P.V. SINDHU/NEW21 | Badminton playerPV Sindhu A BIG HITBecause she has proved that her Olympic silver at Rio was no flash in the pan. She has risen to No. 2 in the World Badminton Federation rankings.Because she has emerged as the most rewarded sportswoman, bagging a Rs 50-crore, three-year deal with sports management firm Baseline.Because the post-Olympic incentives she was offered include direct appointment to the state as an officer in the government after her playing years.IN THE FAMILYParents P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya represented Andhra Pradesh in volleyball.BEYOND BADMINTONSwimming is the only thing she likes, that too at the Gopichand Academy.THREE-TIME LUCKYShe has won the Macau Open three times in a row from 2013.HER OWN TALISMANUnlike many successful sportspersons, she does not believe in any talisman. Rank 37- AMIT JAIN/NEW40 | President, Uber India & South AsiaAmit Jain (Photo: VIVAN MEHRA) UBER COOLBecause he leads growth for the world’s most valuable start-up in one of its most strategic markets. India is in second place in the number of trips worldwide, with over 3 million weekly active riders and 200,000 weekly active drivers in 29 cities in three years. Uber nearly doubled its customer base in 2016.Because the $70 billion start-up chose Bengaluru as one of the two areas for R&D, as well as its first engineering centre in Asia in March 2016. Research on mapping and self-driving technologies is being driven out of India. He is also making a host of India-specific solutions.Because he leads growth for the world’s most valuable start-up in one of its most strategic markets. India is in second place in the number of trips worldwide, with over 3 million weekly active riders and 200,000 weekly active drivers in 29 cities in three years. Uber nearly doubled its customer base in 2016.Because the $70 billion start-up chose Bengaluru as one of the two areas for R&D, as well as its first engineering centre in Asia in March 2016. Research on mapping and self-driving technologies is being driven out of India. He is also making a host of India-specific solutions.TAXI, TAXI!Jain Ubers his way across town for meetings. Has a car for his family.TOTAL CONTROLIs obsessively organised and plays the santoor.COMRADE-IN-ARMSWife Priyanka, a PhD in social theory. His father, the hardest working person he knows, is his inspiration.FAVOURITE QUOTE”The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Rank 38- PRIYANKA CHOPRA34 | ActorPriyanka Chopra SERIAL WINNERBecause she is now a bona fide Hollywood star. From red carpet appearances to being cover girl of leading glossies; from hanging out with Meryl Streep backstage at the Golden Globes to winning two People’s Choice awards for Quantico, Chopra has in just two years become the eighth highest-paid TV actress in the world, with earnings of $11 million.Because from silencing her trolls with a picture of her armpits on Twitter (16 million followers) to sharing pictures of her Quantico co-stars and celebrities like Mick Jagger on Instagram (16.1 million), she is a social media queen.TALK CENTRALBeloved of US talk show hosts, she’s a hit with Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.COMING SOONHollywood debut as baddie Victoria Leeds in summer release Baywatch.PRIZED POSSESSIONA healing charms necklace belonging to her late father, Ashok Chopra. Rank 39-MAHENDRA MOHAN, SANJAY & SHAILESH GUPTA75,53,45 | Media ownersMahendra Mohan HINDI BARONSBecause as the owners of the largest-selling daily in India, Dainik Jagran, with a circulation of 4 million, they can reach Indians across the country. Little wonder that Prime Minister Modi often quotes their newspaper in Mann ki Baat.Because their company, Jagran Prakashan, registered operating revenues of Rs 2,106.5 crore in 2016, up by 19 per cent from Rs 1,769.7 crore in 2015-despite a stagnant market. Their music broadcast arm, under the Radio City brand, also had a successful initial public offering.THE PATRIARCHKanpur-based Mahendra Mohan is no longer a member of the Rajya Sabha but he still maintains a keen interest in parliamentary affairs.THE NEPHEWSanjay, based in Delhi, is the editor-in-chief of Dainik Jagran.Sanjay Gupta THE SONShailesh, based in Mumbai, is responsible for directing the group to new businesses.Shailesh Gupta Rank 40- SHAH RUKH KHAN51 | ActorShah Rukh Khan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) MULTI STARBecause he is the superstar who risks it all, whether it is taking on a supporting role in his home production Dear Zindagi, sharing the spotlight with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Raees or exploring the complex fan-star relationship in the underappreciated drama Fan.Because he gives back to the movie industry. Khan’s studio, Red Chillies Entertainment, is one of the leading visual effects providers in India, and is producing films which go beyond formulaic fare-from Dear Zindagi to the forthcoming Ittefaq.Because he is King Khan when it comes to public speaking. Is sought after for his oratory skills-the latest being Oxford University which wants him to deliver a speech offering his trademark mix of wise words and self-deprecating humour and charm overload.Because he is the highest-earning star in Bollywood. With $33 million (Rs 212 crore) earnings in 2016, Khan was the eighth highest-paid actor in the world.COMING SOONAn avid reader, Khan landed himself a guest appearance in sci-fi drama Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, based on the Douglas Adams novels; returns to the small screen to host TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, a new series on Star India; and next stars with Anushka Sharma in the Imtiaz Ali-directed globe-trotting romance.GENERATION NEXTThat Aryan, 19, is a future Bollywood actor is a foregone conclusion. Currently, Khan’s oldest child is studying filmmaking at the University of Southern California; Suhana, 16, recently caught eyeballs for giving a ditzy, melodramatic twist to Cinderella in a school play; AbRam, 3, makes sure he keeps his father’s fans entertained and awww-ed with his antics when he isn’t giving his father company at Mehboob Studios during promotions. Rank 41- RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR/NEW52 | EntrepreneurRajeev Chandrasekhar (Photo: M ZHAZO) ONE-MAN ARMYBecause he is among a handful of MPs who actively pursue causes to their conclusion, from armed forces pensions to mobilising citizens against Bengaluru’s steel flyover (now scrapped). His 943 Rajya Sabha questions over 11 years are twice the parliamentary average.Because the tie-up of his media firm Asianet News with Arnab Goswami’s forthcoming news channel Republic News is the talk of Lutyens’ Delhi.Because his September 2016 appointment as vice-chairman of the NDA’s Kerala unit acknowledges his key role in the BJP’s 2019 southern thrust.DEBT OF HONOURBought and refurbished a vintage Douglas DC3 ‘Dakota’ in the UK. Plans to gift the aircraft, the type his air force officer father once flew, to the IAF’s vintage squadron.GENERATION NEXTSon Ved, 18, and daughter Devika, 17. Rank 42- RAJIV BAJAJ/ NEW50 | IndustrialistRajiv Bajaj (Photo: Tsering Topgyal / AP) TOP GEARBecause he continues to give rivals Honda and Hero MotoCorp a good fight by focusing on the high-margin, premium two-wheeler segment with new launches and features, clocking a profit of Rs 3,930 crore on revenues of Rs 23,883 crore for the year ended 2015-16Because like his forthright father Rahul Bajaj, he likes to speak his mind, be it blaming demonetisation for affecting the sale of two-wheelers, saying the Supreme Court ban on BS-III vehicles was a blessing for the auto sector, or warning that ‘Made in India’ could turn ‘Mad in India’, going by the hurdles in launching a quadricycle in India.HEALING TOUCHBelieves in homeopathy and is a practitioner of Iyengar yoga, propagated by B.K.S. Iyengar.BEST BUDDIESChief technology officer Abraham Joseph, head of engineering Pradeep Shrivastava and president, business development, S. Ravikumar. Rank 43 – HARISH SALVE60 | LawyerHarish Salve (Photo:Bandeep Singh) MASTER OF STRATEGYBecause, at Rs 30 lakh a day, he is not just the highest-charging advocate in the country, but also among the top 10 most expensive lawyers in the world.Because with formidable expertise and experience in a range of jurisprudence-constitutional, commercial, taxation-and big-ticket arbitrations, he is the lead counsel on most significant and polarising legal debates of the day, be it Ratan Tata vs Cyrus Mistry, Centre vs NDTV, Daiichi vs Ranbaxy, Prashant Bhushan vs Reliance Jio Infocomm or interstate disputes on water or pollution.Because he was part of the team that successfully argued at the United Nations’ highest court against a bid by the Marshall Islands to sue India for violating nuclear disarmament obligations. Rank 44- AKSHAY KUMAR/ NEW49 | ActorAkshay Kumar (Photo: Milind Shelte) CITIZEN STARBecause he is the only actor after the three Khans to be a safe bet at the box office, and has also evolved as a spokesman for all the right causes. It doesn’t hurt that he has just received a National Award for his lead act in courtroom drama Rustom.Because Mr Prolific had three Rs 100 crore-plus hits in 2016 and is now placing his clout behind new filmmakers, from Raja Krishna Menon (Airlift) to Shree Narayan Singh (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha).Because he is one half of a most interesting couple in Bollywood-wife Twinkle being a force in her own right with her columns/books.LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Stays in the same Juhu Beach-facing building as Hrithik Roshan and Sajid Nadiadwala.COMING SOONSouthern debut, taking on Thalaivar in 2.0, and a role in Padman, wife Twinkle’s debut as producer.GENERATION NEXTAarav, 14, shares his father’s passion for martial arts, has a black belt in Kudo; Nitara, 4, has mum’s funnybones. Rank 45- KAMAL HAASAN/NEW62 | ActorKamal Hasan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) ACTOR WITH A MINDBecause unlike most movie stars, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, whether in favour of jallikattu ahead of Sankranti which culminated in the protests at Marina Beach, or using social media-where he has a legion of followers-to rail against politicians, especially after all the upheaval following J. Jayalalithaa’s death, leading Rajinikanth to call him the “angriest man I’ve ever met”.Because he has not allowed disruptions in his personal life, be it a multiple fracture and then a split with his long-term partner Gautami in the space of a year, to deter him.Because his 58-year-long association with the industry as actor, screenwriter, director and producer enables him today to experiment and innovate with remarkable ease.NO GODSA Tamil Brahmin by birth, he is a self-declared atheist.GENERATION NEXTDaughters Shruti, 31, and Akshara, 25, born to him and second wife Sarika. Both are actors. Rank 46- MANISH SABHARWAL/ NEW 47 | Chairman, TeamLease ServicesManish Sabharwal (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah) THE THINKERBecause he is a member of the National Skill Development Mission, the Central Advisory Board on Education and a state nominee on the Reserve Bank of India board. He is the only individual from the private sector whose article Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted.Because TeamLease, a Fortune 500 company, is on an acquisition spree, taking over firms such as ASAP Info Systems, Keystone Business Solutions and NichePro Technologies in the past year.Because the Centre consults him on labour reforms. He was the brain behind Rajasthan’s labour reforms under Vasundhara Raje.BOOK WORMHe reads a book every week and organises a two-hour-long authors’ evening at home every month.GENERATION NEXTSon Dhruv, 15, and daughter Noor, 12, both in school. Rank 47-AAMIR KHAN52 | ActorAamir Khan (Photo: Rachit Goswami) MASS APPEALBecause Dangal beat both demonetisation and #BoycottDangal on Twitter to emerge as Bollywood’s biggest film to date with a collection of Rs 386 crore, breaking the record set by another Aamir starrer, PK.Because his not-for-profit initiative Paani Foundation has been working with the Maharashtra government to educate villagers on watershed management.Because everybody loves Aamir. Be it his birthday bash or the success party for Dangal, the who’s who of Bollywood turns up to celebrate.ON BOARDAn avid collector of board games, his latest obsession is The Settlers of Catan.PARTY ANIMALThank Kunal Kapoor for telling us about Aamir having the drinking “capacity of a whale” and throwing the longest parties.GENERATION NEXTJunaid, 24, all set to follow papa into show business; Ira, 19, working with an ad film production house; and Azad, 5, studying at Dhirubhai Ambani International School. Rank 48- PRATHAP C. REDDY/ NEW84 | EntrepreneurPrathap C Reddy (Photo:Social mediaTwitter) DOCTOR YESBecause the founding patriarch and chairman of the four-decades-old Rs 6,000 crore Apollo Hospital Group was whom everyone in Tamil Nadu turned to as they prayed for the recovery of AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa.Because he has made it clear that the entry of the third generation into the family business will be based on merit than by virtue of inheritance. In February 2017, he set up a family constitution to avoid ambiguity on succession and structure at the group.FOREIGN STINTHe spent a decade as a doctor in the US and then another on his return in 1970 before launching Apollo as a 150-bed hospital in Chennai in 1983.GENERATION NEXTThe eldest, 59-year-old Preetha, will be the next executive chairperson, as per the family constitution, while she is currently, like the remaining three daughters, Suneeta, 57, Shobana, 55, and Sangita, 53, managing distinct divisions and business entities. Rank 49- PAWAN MUNJAL61 | CMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpPawan Munjal (Photo: Yasir Iqbal) RIDING HIGHBecause Hero MotoCorp sold 600,000 units in March alone, over double what its competitors sold. It also added Argentina to its global footprint in 35 countries, even as its global manufacturing facility in Colombia became operational in 2016.Because in the age of disruption, he has invested heavily in the future of technology. A Rs 850 crore state-of-the-art R&D centre in Jaipur employs over 500 engineers from India and across the world. He has also invested in e-mobility start-up Ather Energy and is exploring the two-wheeler taxi market through a possible alliance with Uber.THE OTHER DRIVEMakes it a point to play golf in the very early hours, irrespective of where in the world he is. Has appointed his golfing hero, Tiger Woods, as Hero’s Global Corporate Partner.GENERATION NEXTVasudha, 36, has built India’s premium chocolate brand, Choko-la; Supriya, 27, has her own fashion line; son Annuvrat, 22, is studying in the US. Rank 50- DEEPIKA PADUKONE31 | ActorDeepika Padukone (Photo: Bandeep Singh) LEADING LADYBecause she is now a global celebrity, beating contemporary Priyanka Chopra by making her Hollywood debut early this year in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. With $346.3 million worldwide collections, the action thriller is so far the fifth-highest grossing film of the year.Because she is the most coveted face among movie-makers and advertisers, currently endorsing 18 brands. No wonder she was recognised as the world’s 10th highest-paid actress of 2016 and paid the highest advance tax of Rs 10.25 crore among actresses.Because with 18 million followers on Twitter-more than POTUS-she is currently the most followed woman in India, ranking sixth overall, behind only Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and the three Khans of Bollywood.NO STRESSWhile shooting her Hollywood debut in Toronto, she learned to do her own laundry, even made her own scrambled eggs.FAVOURITE FOODBenne masala dosa and south Indian filter coffee.BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONHer parents’ home in Bengaluru.LAST TV SERIES WATCHEDThe Crown on Netflix.
Cheteshwar Pujara comes with the reputation of a good Test cricketer, according to former opener Virender Sehwag, who hoped that the Indian batting mainstay improves his skills in T20 cricket and gets picked by an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise in the next season.Labelled as a ‘Test match specialist’, Pujara didn’t find takers in IPL for the third successive year when he went unsold at the player’s auction this season.Replying to a question which sought to draw parallels between Hashim Amla and Pujara, Sehwag said, “Amla knows how to adapt to different formats, he knows how to play in what situation. As far as Pujara is concerned, he played for us but may be the hopes we had from him he did not come up to that expectations.”But this happens when you play only one format, it becomes difficult to play in other format. Pujara’s reputation is that of a wonderful Test batsman and not T20. Hope in coming years, he will improve his skills for the shorter format and hope he gets picked by some team next year.”Pujara last took part in the IPL in 2014 where he played for the Kings XI Punjab. He has also featured for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore but never could manage to seal his place.Sehwag, who is the head coach of Kings XI Punjab, heaped praise on Amla, describing him as an asset. “Amla is among top five to six batsmen in world cricket. He is an asset. He is talking to youngsters like Manan Vohra and results are coming. He is a nice person and a great player,” he said.advertisementSehwag, who was addressing a news conference ahead of his side’s clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, advised the youngsters to play their natural game and learn from experienced cricketers but never copy them.Asked what is his advice to youngsters who want to bat like him or KXIP skipper Glenn Maxwell, Sehwag replied, “I tell them only one thing, Manan Vohra can bat like Manan Vohra and not like Virender Sehwag or Maxwell. Youngsters should know about their strengths as also their weaknesses. When you know that it becomes easy for you to bat or bowl.”I also wanted to become Sachin Tendulkar, but I quickly realised that I cannot become like him and cannot give performance the way he did or play shots as him. I had to create my own image and I played what was natural for me.”This is the advice I give the youngsters. I tell them that you can learn from other players, but you cannot copy them. Be what you are, this is what I tell them,” said Sehwag, who played 104 Tests and 251 ODIs for India.Asked how he grooms young Indian players, Sehwag said, “I tell them people will give them advice, but their job is to take the best advice and adapt the same in their batting or bowling. In our country, everyone gives advice but player should take what suits him as an individual.”I speak to players and tell them to be mentally tough because one can improve skills, but to be mentally strong it takes years for that. And when one becomes mentally tough, it helps your self-confidence and self-belief,” he said.KXIP has won just three games out of seven so far and their next match is against defending champions Hyderabad and Sehwag said that all upcoming matches are going to be crucial for the team.”Out of remaining seven matches we will have to win 4-5, only then can we qualify for the playoffs. What is more important than win is the process to achieve that, which is playing good cricket in all departments. In last match, we showed that,” he said.”What sometimes happens in a long tournament is that you seldom tend to give a consistent performance, but when your bowlers perform and batting unit clicks, then win becomes easy.”With Punjab boasting of players like Maxwell, Amla, David Miller, Shaun Marsh and Manan Vohra in the side, Sehwag said batting is his team’s strength.”I feel among the batting lot we depend on our foreign players. Even if two out of the four foreign players perform, we tend to be in good position,” he said.Asked if KXIP’s failure to win the title so far affects his players, Sehwag said: “When we meet, we talk that we have to win the championship. The goal can be achieved in only one way, which is performance.advertisement”My responsibility is to create an environment in which a player gives his best performance. I can create such environment in the dressing room and in the team, but I cannot go out and perform for them,” he said.
Mandeep Singh struck a hat-trick as India staged a strong comeback to beat Japan 4-3 in a league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Wednesday.Mandeep Singh struck in the 45th, 51st and 58th minutes after defender Rupinder Pal Singh (sixth minute) had powered home a penalty corner to hand an early lead to India.Japan fought back through Kazuma Murata (10th minute), Heita Yoshihara (43rd minute) and Genki Mitani (45th minute).Mandeep thus became the third player to score a hat-trick in the tournament after the Australian pair of Trent Mitton and Tom Craig.India now have seven points from four matches. They had started their campaign with a 2-2 draw with title contenders Britain in the opening match of the tournament.They had then defeated New Zealand 3-1 before going down by a similar margin to favourites Australia on Tuesday.India will now take on hosts Malaysia in their last match of the league stage on Friday.It was a fast paced match which saw an aggressive India enjoy the bigger share of ball possession while Japan relied on speedy counter-attacks.To their credit, the spirited Japanese took the lead twice but the Indians did well to stage comebacks on both occasions.Despite being the higher rated team, the Indians struggled to contain their opponents and their defence was repeatedly caught on the wrong foot by the fast counter-attacks by the Japanese.Indian coach Roelant Oltmans will also be worried by the poor penalty corner conversion rate. The Indians got five penalty corners and barring the first one, the rest were wasted.There was plenty of action in the first 15 minutes with India putting Japan on the backfoot by constantly attacking them and making space in the penalty circle.It was Rupinder who showed innovative dribbling skills to penetrate the circle and take a shot at the goal in the initial minutes of the first quarter but he was slightly off target with the shot going wide. But he made up almost immediately when Talwinder Singh — who was playing his 50th international match — won India their first penalty corner. Rupinder improvised on the injunction by Sardar Singh to fire the ball into the top left of the goal giving Japan goalkeeper Suguro Shimmoto little chance to react.But Japan were quick to hit back when Masaki Ohashi set up their first goal with a square pass to Murata who deflected the ball past Indian custodian Akash Chikte. India had an opportunity to regain the lead when they won a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the first quarter. But Harmanpreet Singh’s flick rebounded off a Japan defender. Though Affan Yousuf found the rebound and took a shot on goal, his attempt went wide. India dominated ball possession to keep the pressure on Japan in the second quarter. Though they won a penalty corner in the 26th minute, Rupinder’s flick went wide.India were quick to get off the block in the third quarter. Rupinder did well to assist forward S.V. Sunil who made space in the circle to attempt a field goal. But the Japanese defenders made the task tough for the experienced Sunil who couldn’t make a strong enough connect to the ball. Heita Yoshihara was the hero of the third quarter for Japan as he came up with a speedy dribble to carry the ball from the half way line and beat Indian defender Gurinder Singh to score a sensational goal at the far post to give Japan a 2-1 lead.But India equalised when Mandeep claimed a dramatic goal when he touched the ball assisted by Harmanpreet Singh to deflect it into the post. Japan reclaimed the lead in the final minute of the third quarter when they again beat the Indian defenders and Mitani found the target.India won a crucial penalty corner in the 46th minute, but Japan goalkeeper Suguro Shimmoto did well to pad away a fiercely struck dragflick by Rupinder. However, the Indians held their nerve, came up with good counter attacking skills and fought back to level terms for the second time in the match when Mandeep scored his second goal with a perfect deflection of Talwinder’s assist from the baseline. Mandeep won a penalty corner soon after Sardar Singh showcased brilliant dribbling skills to find space in the circle. However, defender Harmanpreet Singh fired wide from back-to-back penalty corners.The final few minutes saw tense, end to end action with both teams keeping up a frenetic pace. But Mandeep clinched the issue for India with a fierce reverse hit after an assist by Rupinder.advertisementadvertisement
Force India, who use Mercedes engines, would be against the German manufacturer helping Honda to improve their Formula One power units, the team’s deputy principal Bob Fernley said on Friday.Media reports last month suggested that Mercedes, whose works team have been world champions for the past three years, had discussions with Honda about providing consultancy assistance.Joint ventures between manufacturers are common in the auto industry.Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff, who is also a team shareholder, initially refused to comment but then told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix that “we’re not doing anything for Honda”.However, he left the door open by saying that was “the current status quo”.”Unless that situation changes, I don’t want to contribute to rumours out there that are false and that I think are damaging for Honda and create hardened standpoints from teams or other stakeholders. We’ll see what happens,” he added.Fernley, sitting alongside at the regular Friday news conference, said his team would take a dim view of any cooperation.”As a team that is not only paying for its engines but contributed to the development, I would certainly be very negative towards sharing that technology with another team that is a competitor of ours,” he said.Force India finished a best ever fourth overall last season while former champions McLaren, the only team currently partnered with Honda who are due also to supply Swiss-based Sauber next year, were sixth.McLaren have had a nightmare season so far, failing to score a point and with double world champion Fernando Alonso unable to start in Russia two weeks ago due to engine problems.advertisementHis car broke down again on Friday at his home race with an oil leak and the Spaniard was slowest of all in the afternoon session.Wolff said Honda was an important part of Formula One and he was sure the Japanese manufacturer would get to where they expected to be eventually.
To Rafa Nadal’s extraordinary list of achievements in Paris, the nine-times French Open champion might well add ‘Master of Understatement’.”I think I played a good match,” the Spaniard offered, almost as a question, when asked about his form in thrashing Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.There would be few in the Roland Garros crowds on Wednesday who would disagree with that analysis – least of all Dutchman Haase, who appeared shell-shocked at the end.”I think I did a lot of things well this afternoon,” Nadal added, with almost comedic understatement.Nadal was irresistible. Pummelling the ball with such force that it appeared distorted into an oval shape at times, he was able to toy with his opponent until ready to finish him off.The hour spent drilling forehand after forehand on the main showcourt in the morning before fans were admitted had been time well spent.”I felt I had things pretty much under control, that I could change the direction the ball went in,” the fourth seed said.”I didn’t really think about it too hard, because when you think about it too hard, you can’t act anymore.”So I tried not to think about it too much, and it went well.”Certainly Nadal seemed to be enjoying himself in warm Parisian sunshine, the conditions suiting his game and giving his groundstrokes a little extra zip.”It’s true that if sun there, between 18 and 25 degrees, normally is good for me, because the ball flies and we have good bounces on my forehand, especially,” the 30-year-old said.advertisementNadal, who next plays Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, deflected any talk about his uncle, Toni, stepping down as his coach.Nadal’s old friend and former Roland Garros winner Carlos Moya, and former tennis pro Francisco Roig, will take on the full-time duties of coaching the player, while Toni takes a back seat.”Toni is the most important person in my tennis career without a doubt. So a lot of things that I achieved are because he was there since I was three-years-old, helping,” Nadal said.”I’m here to play a tennis tournament. An important event for me. I cannot be thinking if Toni is leaving or not leaving.”Toni take his position. He’s free to do what is good for him. I am happy that he will be involved in the (Rafael Nadal tennis) academy more than ever, that’s good for kids, and that’s all good for the academy.”He’s free to do whatever he wants. So is something that I don’t think about, no? He’s my uncle, I say hundred of times, but he’s my uncle more than my coach. He’s always free to come wherever he wants.”
Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for two matches due to his team’s slow over rate in Saturday’s Champions Trophy game against South Africa, the International Cricket Council said.Sri Lanka completed their 50 overs more than half an hour behind schedule during the 96-run defeat by the South Africans at The Oval.”Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC said in a statement.Tharanga, deputising as captain for the injured Angelo Mathews, will miss Sri Lanka’s remaining Group B matches against India and Pakistan.
Bhubaneswar, June 28 (PTI) Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today said he will create sand sculptures highlighting Odisha?s rich culture during the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held here next month.Sand arts, to be carved out in the premises of Kalinga Stadium before the inauguration of the mega event on July 5, would seek to promote the rich cultural heritage of the state, Pattnaik said.Sudarsan has planned to create a miniature of the Sun Temple of Konarak, a world heritage monument. Around nine tonnes of sand would be used to create all these sculptures, said the artist.”Around four days will be required to complete the entire work. The objective is to make the participants in the international sport event aware of Odishas rich culture,” said Sudarsan, who has participated in more than 50 sand art championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country.Over 1000 athletes and delegates from 45 countries are slated to take part in the event which is scheduled to conclude on July 9.Sudarsan has created many sand sculptures in different international sport events like Doha Asian games, Delhi Commonwealth games and cricket World Cup in London.The government has also taken steps for showcasing different facets of rich and diverse Odishas culture at the sport event to attract people and athletes taking part in the championship. PTI SKN CR LNS
Roger Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday in his quest of conquering a record eighth Wimbledon title.Cilic, on the other hand, is playing his first Wimbledon final and will be looking to notch up only his second Grand Slam victory.Along with chasing his eight title at the All England Club, Federer will also be aiming to become the oldest player to win the Wimbledon in the Open Era. If Federer manages to win on Sunday, he will rise to world No. 3 in the ATP rankings, behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal but if Cilic wins, he will go above Federer to capture the fifth spot, his first time in the top-5.Federer and Cilic have both had a dominating and strong campaign and while the Swiss has not yet dropped a single set, Cilic has fought off tough challenges from Nadal-conqueror Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey on his road to the final.Federer leads the head-to-head record 6-1 against Cilic and the Wimbledon men’s singles final will be only their fourth Grand Slam meeting. Of these four meetings, Cilic has beaten Federer only once when he went on to win the US Open in 2014.Federer and Cilic faced off just last year at Wimbledon where Federer staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to outlast Cilic.This Wimbledon, the statistics for both the finalists have been as follows.Image Credit: APGoing by the statistics, Cilic clearly possesses big serves but Federer has fended off a similar challenge before against Milos Raonic, who is also known for his big serves.advertisementOn the other hand, Cilic is guilty of more double faults than Federer and the Swiss remains way ahead in terms of his saved break points. Federer has shown exceptional resilience; Including the break points he saved in the semi-final against Tomas Berdych where he shot four straight aces to save two break points and win the game.In all the other areas, Cilic is neck-and-neck with Federer but the seven-time Wimbledon champion may come fresher into the final considering he has spent 4 hours and 72 minutes less on court than the Croatian.Federer has reached the final winning each of his last seven games in straight sets whereas Cilic dropped two against Gilles Muller in the quarter-final and one against Sam Querrey in the semi-final. ROUNDS ROGER FEDERER MARIN CILICFIRST beat A. Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-0 beat P. Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-3SECOND beat D. Lajovic 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 beat F. Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 7-5THIRD beat M. Zverev 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 beat S. Johnson 6-4, 7-6, 6-4FOURTH beat G. Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 beat R. Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2QUARTERS beat M. Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 beat G. Muller 3-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1SEMIS beat T. Berdych 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 beat S. Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5Federer and Cilic’ last Wimbledon meeting ended with Federer winning 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and the Swiss maestro will look to pull off another win, albiet in an easier manner, to win his fifth title and second Grand Slam of the year 2017.
A day after Sri Lanka’s test captain Dinesh Chandimal apologised for a 3-0 series whitewash against India, limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga has asked fans for patience ahead of their upcoming ODIs and Twenty20 matches.Sri Lanka failed to challenge the world’s top-ranked Test side during the three-match series and the gulf in quality between the two sides was clearly visible.They also suffered their maiden one-day international series loss to Zimbabwe last month, prompting long-serving captain Angelo Mathews to step down.Sri Lanka next play five ODIs and a Twenty20 against the Virat Kohli-led India, starting on Sunday, which will be Tharanga’s first as full-time captain.”Every team goes through a rough patch,” Tharanga said in a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket. “This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are.”Sri Lanka dominated in all three formats for a good 18 years – don’t forget this now when we are going through a rough patch.”The 32-year-old said the 1996 World Cup winners had already identified areas for improvement.”These areas are being taken care of, and we are seeing the results behind the scenes – however it will take a little more time for it to be seen externally, so please have patience, and most importantly have faith,” Tharanga said.Sri Lanka have recalled all-rounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana to their limited-overs squad and Tharanga was confident of defeating India.”Sri Lanka have always been stronger in our white-ball format, and I am confident that we will come out strong and beat India,” he said.advertisement”We have the talent, we have the skill. We have been putting in the hard work, we just need the spirit, and for that we need your support too.”Squad:Upul Tharanga (captain), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.
Chennai, Aug 29 (PTI): German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz today said that levy of cess might see prices of its vehicles go back to what was prevalent before implementation of Goods and Services Tax. Mercedes Benz India, Managing Director, Roland Folger, said that the situation may go back to “square one” due to levy of cess for large cars and Sports Utility vehicles if government does not intervene. He was speaking to reporters after inaugurating the companys first AMG Performance Centre here, the seventh in the country. To a query, he said that after GST was implemented,prices (of Mercedes Benz cars) went down. “Then we had cess.It is still an ordinance. It may be back to square one (if cess is levied). The price may go what was (prevailing) before GST”, he said. Under the GST regime, large cars with engine capacity of greater than 1,500 cc and SUVs with length of more than four metres and engine greater than 1,500 cc attracts cess of 15 per cent in addition to the top tax rate of 28 per cent. The overall tax incidence on locally-assembled luxury cars had come down from around 55 per cent earlier to 43 per cent in the GST regime. Last month, Folger had sought lower taxes on luxury cars in India, saying the move would help in job creation as well as increase tax collection from the segment. “We have seen in India that if on the one hand something is given, then on the other hand something is taken back”, Folger had said. Referring to the companys AMG Performance Centre, he said “We are proud to inaugurate our first AMG Performance in your city today. 2017 is a year of celebration for us. Mercedes Benz has completed 50 years.. We believe the AMG Performance cars will increase volumes”. In the January-June period, the company sold 7,171 units, a growth of 8.7 per cent over the 6,597 units it sold during the same period last year. Mercedes Benz had reported its best ever quarterly sales at 3,521 units in April-June 2017 period, up from 2,975 units during same period of last year. The company had sold 13,231 units in 2016. PTI VIJ APR APRadvertisement
Jammu, Oct 10 (PTI) Over 450 people have been arrested for drug trafficking in Jammu province till August this year under measures taken to curb the growing menace, Inspector General of Police S D Singh Jamwal said.A large haul of narcotic substances, including charas, brown sugar and heroine, were seized during the drive which is going on in full strength in the area, Jamwal told PTI.He said 379 cases were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act during the same period. The number of such cases registered in 2016 was 377 and in 2015 was 275.Among these 379 cases this year, the charge sheet has been filed in 210 cases. 168 cases are still under investigation and one case has not admitted, Jamwal said.”A total of 453 persons were arrested under the NDPS Act till August end against 511 in 2016 and 307 in 2015,” he said.During the same period, 568.94 kg of marijuana was seized, five times more than the seizure made during this period last year. The quantity of charas recovered in 2015 was 24.3 kg which reached 107 kg in 2016.The seized poppy straw recorded a remarkable increase at 5610 kg, which was 3268 kg in 2016 and 1846 kg in 2015, Jamwal said.There was a significant drop in the amount of brown sugar seized. Last year, 13.1 kg was seized and it came down to 1.306 kg. In 2015, police had seized 4.4 kg of brown sugar till August.Similarly, 39.315 kg heroin was seized till August this year against 64.143 kg in 2016 and 14.953 kg in 2015 for the same period.The other recoveries made from the arrested persons, included smack, opium, ganja and banned capsules and tablets, he said.advertisementJamwal said the police has taken a number of measures to curb drug menace in the province and was planning to acquire 1.5 acres of land at Samba district to construct a state-of- the-art drug de-addiction centre.A drug de-addiction centre has already been established at Gulshan ground here and in Kathua, Rajouri and Udhampur, he said.”A number of youth clubs have also been established across Jammu region under civic action programme to engage youths in sports activities to divert their attention from drugs,” he said.The police is patrolling around educational institutions to check drug use.Anti-drug drives are also launched frequently with the participation of students from schools and colleges along with social organisations to ensure public cooperation with law enforcing agencies.The police is also organising meetings with the civil society at district and tehsil headquarters regularly. PTI TAS NKS AAR
Former India opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday hoped that Delhi will produce many more stars to have more gates of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium named after them.Inaugurating the Virender Sehwag Gate at the Feroz Shah Kotla here, the right-hander said it was a huge honour to have a gate named after him at the ground where he started his journey to become a great cricketer.The Gate No.3 of the stadium was dedicated to the star batsman.”It’s an honour to have a gate named after me at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. I remember when I started off I used to daily cross this gate and now it has my name,” Sehwag told reporters here.Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc and #TeamIndia members congratulate @virendersehwag after the gate at Feroz Shah Kotla was named after him. pic.twitter.com/bveVvQtUrP- BCCI (@BCCI) October 31, 2017However, there was a major blunder on the banner adorning the gate. It said Sehwag was the “only Indian to score a triple century in Test cricket.” That was true up until December 2016 when Karun Nair became the second Indian to score a triple hundred in Tests.Sehwag, of course, remains the only Indian to score two Test triple hundreds and could have had a third had he not fallen agonizingly short against Sri Lanka.Thanking the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the cricketer-turned-commentator said: “There will be many more cricketers from this state who will have stands, gates, pavilions named after them but I am glad that I am the first one. I feel very fortunate and would like to thank the DDCA for this honour.”advertisementMadan Lal, head of the DDCA cricket affairs committee, hailed Sehwag’s contribution to Indian cricket.”Sehwag changed the way the game was played in India. Earlier we used to score 240-250 runs in a day, but after he came 350-360 became possible. He was a major reason why India won so many matches,” he said.https://t.co/65dpspkzJ7- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 31, 2017
The Narendra Modi government is mulling to give a huge push to sporting culture in the country. Union Minister Sports and Youth Affairs Rajyavardhan Rathore today said that the government would soon be launching Khelo India programme.Rathore said that Khelo India programme would be launched at the national level. “Khelo India is going to be a broad-based sports programme. A scheme has been made to boost investment not only on pure infrastructure like stadiums but also on soft infrastructure,” Rathore said.He said under the present set up players show their skills at school level and if they perform well they are sent to regional level and then to national level. “But, many parents face the problem of financing the sports activity,” Rathore said.”Now, we will organise a national level event, which will be broadcast live for six days. All the players will be provided accommodation in 3-star hotels. All the players will be drawn from school level competition,” Rathore said.He further said, “After the Khelo India’s inaugural event, we will select 1,000 players. For these players, sponsorship is major problem. The government of India will be their sponsors. We will provide Rs 5 lakh to all these players for eight years.””Every year we will be adding 1,000 more players to the pool. We will have a bunch of 5,000 players in five years who will be getting sponsorship from the government. We have earmarked Rs 250 crore for this purpose,” Rathore said.Besides, Rahtore, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also participated in the discussion at Agenda Aaj Tak. Rijiju said that the sport ministry should focus on promoting sporting culture in the country.advertisementHe also spoke on the importance of fitness. Rijiju said, if you are physically fit you can be mentally sound. “Being a minister is a matter of luck, but being fit is a choice that no one can deprive me of,” said Rijiju, who is known to work out at gym for hours to keep him fit.
Benevento, beaten in their first 14 Serie A matches, grabbed their first-ever top flight point in extraordinary style on Sunday when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored with a flying header deep into stoppage time to give them a 2-2 draw with AC Milan.The result was another deep embarrassment to big-spending AC Milan who were playing their first match under new coach Gennaro Gattuso, their fiery former midfielder, after sacking Vincenzo Montella on Monday.Milan, who spent over 200 million euros ($237.78 million) in the summer transfer market compared to Benevento’s total of 20 million, twice led but were pegged back after Alessio Romagnoli was sent off for a second booking in the 75th minute.Brignoli went up to join the attack after his side won a free kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time and, as Danilo Cataldi whipped the ball in, he met it with a flying header into the bottom corner of the net to spark wild scenes at the modest Stadio Ciro Vigorito.The 26-year-old became the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.”There was nothing to lose. I just closed my eyes and jumped. It was a goalkeeper’s goal, not a forward’s goal,” he said.Serie A debutants Benevento should have gone ahead just after the half hour but Vittorio Parigini sent a free header wide from Marco D’Alessandro’s cross.Instead, they found themselves a goal behind when Giacomo Bonaventura headed in at the far post after Benevento missed several chances to clear the danger.advertisementGeorge Puscas snapped up a rebound to give Benevento an equaliser five minutes after halftime but, as so often this season, they undid the good work by quickly conceding another, Nikola Kalinic scoring after being allowed a free header.Milan, however, handed the initiative to Benevento as the pressure grew after Romagnoli was harshly sent off for a tackle on Gaetano Letizia, even though no contact seemed to be made.The hosts attacked desperately but were finally rewarded with Brignoli’s stunning effort on a memorable afternoon.”We have a long way to go and a lot to improve,” said Gattuso. “We are licking our wounds today, will work to improve the fitness levels and mentality, but I cannot reproach my players for anything today.
Multiple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt has described the unveiling of his statue in front of Kingston’s National Stadium as one of the greatest moments of his career.The statue, commissioned by the Jamaican government and revealed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, stands in front of the place where 15 years ago Bolt won the junior championships to announce himself to the world.”For me this is up there, it can’t be doubted that this is one of the greatest moments in my career,” Bolt told Reuters after the unveiling on Sunday.”Having a statue in the National Stadium where it all began; there are no words, I am just happy and really excited about this.”The statue was sculpted by Jamaican artist Basil Watson and features the 31-year-old in his trademark ‘lightning bolt’ pose, seen many times over the years as he set world records in the 100 and 200 metres, winning 11 world and eight Olympic golds.”It was all worth it: the losses, the injuries, everything I’ve been through, it’s all worth it,” said Bolt, who signed off his stellar career with bronze in the 100m at the world championships in London earlier this year.”It’s a wonderful thing to look back and see what your career has brought you. I’m very happy and proud of myself for the work. It’s just a good time and I am in a good place.”Holness has previously said that Bolt’s performances over the years has elevated the status of Jamaican sport.”I have always aimed to make my country proud and to put my country in the best light possible so for the Prime Minster to say that it showed that my work paid off and it’s something that I am happy about,” Bolt added. “In any way that I can continue doing that, it would be great.”advertisementBolt was stripped of one of his nine Olympic gold medals when his former 4x100m relay team mate Nesta Carter retroactively tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Carter has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision resulting from the doping test.Bolt, the only sprinter to win the 100m, 200m and 4×100 relay titles at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012, 2016) until Carter’s test result, was not losing any sleep over the medal missing from his glittering collection.”I haven’t really been following it (the appeal). I’m just waiting on the time for them to say what is what. I’m just focusing on which direction I want my career to go,” he said.
NEW YORK — The most comforting sight for New York Mets pitchers is Juan Lagares galloping around the outfield.Lagares hit a two-run homer and ran down one ball after another in center, sending Dillon Gee and the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 26.Gee stopped the longest losing streak of his career at five games, outpitching Alex Wood in the opener of a three-game series. Lagares, one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, scurried from gap to gap and finished with seven putouts.“That’s Lagares, man,” Gee said. “We expect that from him now. Unbelievable center fielder. Makes great plays. … I’d be hard-pressed to find anybody better. He’s unbelievable. He’s fun to watch.”One of Lagares’ grabs was spectacular — he robbed Wood of a base hit with a diving, tumbling grab in shallow center to end the third inning. Lagares also began the game by running a long way to track down consecutive fly balls, and he made all three putouts in the sixth.“I’ll tell you what: Everybody’s impressed — I’m not. I’ve been playing with him since ’09. I know what he can do,” New York infielder Wilmer Flores said. “Any pitcher would want him in center field.”With the Mets minus ailing David Wright and Daniel Murphy, it was Lagares who carried the load on this night. So he was asked if he was happier about his performance at the plate or in the field? “I think I liked both,” Lagares said with a grin.Right in the thick of a crowded NL wild-card race, the Braves have totaled only five runs while dropping three straight after a 7-1 stretch.Streaking slugger Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. “He’s really swinging the bat really well. We’ve got to get some people on in front of him,” Manager Fredi Gonzalez said.Backed by three double plays, a clean-shaven Gee (5-6) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He entered 0-5 with a 5.71 ERA in seven starts since beating the Braves 4-1 on July 9 in his first outing after nearly two months on the disabled list with a strained right lat.New York turned four double plays in all. “It just killed us, really,” Gonzalez said.Gee was lifted after Tommy La Stella’s run-scoring single made it 3-2. Jeurys Familia got four outs, and Jenrry Mejia pitched a one-hit ninth for his 19th save in 22 tries.Mejia leaped off the mound with both arms raised after throwing a called third strike past Evan Gattis to end it.Wood (9-10) retired his final 12 batters after Lagares’ homer in the fourth. The left-hander struck out six and walked one in seven innings. He yielded two earned runs or fewer in each of his previous five starts.Ruben Tejada hit an RBI single in the second, two batters after Lagares singled. Atlanta tied it on consecutive doubles by Freddie Freeman and Upton with two outs in the fourth.Travis d’Arnaud doubled to open the bottom half and Lagares drove Wood’s full-count changeup to left field for his fourth home run — his second in three games after going more than three months without one.“It was just a really bad pitch to that guy,” Wood said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PIRAEUS – Greek power Olympiacos surprised Spanish hoop giant Barcelona, gaining a 73-71 win to move closer toward the Eurloeague final four.The Reds now lead 2-1 in the best-of-five series and showed ability to hang tough against one of Europe’s other great teams, before a packed house at home in Peace and Friendship Stadium.Giorgos Printezis led the way with 19 points as Olympiacos overcame a 26-23 first period deficit to take a 44-36 lead at the half before Barcelona started coming back and even led, 60-59. A desperation three-point heave at the buzzer by Alex Abrines didn’t hit for Barcelona.Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis had 15 points and eight assists, showing his old form.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Solid Sands and UPMEM SAS announced that UPMEM has acquired a SuperTest license to test and validate the compiler for its memory-embedded general-purpose processor. UPMEM’s processing-in-memory technology is designed to speed up big-data analytics by a factor of 20 or more while also reducing power consumption, making it highly attractive for high-throughput data-intensive applications, such as human genome sequencing/mapping or string searching on compressed document databases. UPMEM will use SuperTest to test and validate the LLVM compiler it is developing for its unique embedded processor architecture.When executing high-throughput data-intensive applications such as genome analysis or string searching, conventional hardware architectures require large amounts of data to be moved from system memory into on-chip cache, consuming a considerable amount of time and power. UPMEM’s processing-in-memory technology shifts the highly repetitive tasks typical of these applications into a programmable processor embedded within the system memory DRAM chips. Application developers can continue to write their programs in C or C++, with appropriately compiled executable code segments loaded to these embedded processors at run-time. In tests, UPMEM’s processing-in-memory solutions have been shown to increase the execution speed of many applications by a factor of 20 or more.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Green Hills: secure virtualization for NXP i.MX 8 and 8X applications processorsNext Murata launch ultra-compact highly integrated LoRa gateway module
Dubai, Jun 22 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said indigenous sport kabaddi has got all the ingredients to become an Olympic sport.Unveiling the first edition of Kabaddi Masters Dubai, Rathore said: Hopefully kabaddi will very soon become a global sport and we will see it emerge as a strong contender for an Olympic sport.The nine-day six-nation meet has participation from football-crazy Latin American nation Argentina who are competing at the international level only second time after the 2016 World Cup in Ahmedabad.Kenya are also making their international debut here.Kabaddi has got all the qualities to become an Olympic sport. It has got speed, agility, power and teamwork. Hopefully when kabaddi comes to Olympics we will clinch the first gold medal, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist said. PTI TAP BS BSBS
Samsung on Wednesday announced the launch of its new mid-range phone, the Galaxy On8 (2018). New might be a relative term because the Galaxy On8 is essentially a repackaged Galaxy J8 that was launched in India a few weeks ago. The Galaxy On8 on that front brings a similar design language and internal specs as the J8. The only major difference between the two is with regards to the pricing.Much like every other Galaxy On-series phone, the Galaxy On8 has been launched as an online-only device with Flipkart being the exclusive platform alongside Samsung’s official website. This is another difference from the Galaxy J8 which is not only available online but can be found offline as well. Like the Galaxy J8, the Galaxy ON8 also highlights a tall AMOLED display and a dual camera setup, among other things. Here’s all that you need to know.Full specsDisplay: The Galaxy On8 brings a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratioProcessor: The new Galaxy On8 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipsetRAM: The phone will be offered with 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The Galaxy On8 will be offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 256GBRear camera: The device bears a dual rear camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture.Front camera: Up front, the Galaxy On8 sports a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture.Battery: The Galaxy On8 houses a 3,500mAh battery packadvertisementSoftware: The phone will run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-boxKey features– The biggest highlight of the Galaxy On8 is that it brings a tall 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Samsung’s Infinity Display that was once seen on flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones are slowly trickling down to the affordable segment. The display promises sharp and vibrant colours along with an immersive viewing experience thanks to narrow bezels and a tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio.– The other big USP of the Galaxy On8 is its dual rear camera setup. Dual cameras have become a staple feature in in smartphones and Samsung has typically delivered impressive optics, especially on its high-end flagships. The Galaxy On8 should impress consumers as well thanks to a wide f/1.7 aperture that will allow for brighter photos, especially in low-light conditions. The 16MP front camera also promises some crispy and detailed selfies.– The dual cameras also get a Live Focus feature that allows you to play with the blur effect and adjust the intensity of background blur. You can also change the blur settings after taking a picture. Additionally, Samsung also brings features like Portrait Dolly that delivers a moving GIF image with zoom movements in the background.– The Galaxy On8 comes with a couple of ‘Make for India’ features as well such as Chat Over Video and Samsung Mall. The former allows you to video chat and text at the same time while the later is an AI-based feature that lets you shop by clicking a picture of the object and finding relevant information on e-commerce platforms.Samsung Galaxy On8 India price and availabilityThe Galaxy On8 is priced at Rs 16,990 and will be available online via Flipkart and Samsung’s e-store starting August 6. Launch offers include No Cost EMI, Special Data Offers and more to consumers on buying the Samsung Galaxy On8 on Flipkart.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel sped away from first corner carnage to celebrate a commanding Belgian Grand Prix victory on Sunday and trim Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One lead to 17 points with eight races remaining.Hamilton, last year’s winner in Belgium, started from pole position but finished second for Mercedes while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen gave his army of Dutch fans something to cheer with third place.In the battle of four times world champions, Hamilton now has 231 points to Vettel’s 214.”I had a great start, I’m not sure Lewis saw me as he pushed me to the left in the first lap, but after last year I ended up short, and this year it was the other way around,” said Vettel of his decisive pass on Hamilton.”As soon as I was ahead I relaxed. I had a good restart after the safety car, and after that it was a very smooth race,” he added.Lap 1, Turn 1 – all the angles #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/mo3dGx5Zi0Formula 1 (@F1) August 26, 2018The start provided most of the afternoon’s excitement, with Fernando Alonso’s McLaren flying over Charles Leclerc’s Sauber at the La Source hairpin after being rammed by Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.All three retired as the safety car was deployed for four laps but Leclerc had reason to thank the ‘halo’ head protection system — introduced this season — for allowing him to step away unscathed.Television close-up images after the race showed the structure heavily marked by the impact.”The Halo was a very good thing to have today. I think for him, it helped,” commented Spaniard Alonso, who will be leaving Formula One at the end of the season.advertisementFerrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, a four times winner in Belgium, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also collided at the start and retired after pitting, the Finn having to wait for his 100th career podium.At the front, Vettel swiftly seized the lead from Hamilton down the Kemmel straight on the opening lap and never looked back, taking the chequered flag 11.0 seconds clear of Hamilton.That winning feelingWin number 5 for Vettel in 2018#BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/Rt8m032rtvFormula 1 (@F1) August 26, 2018″He drove past me like I wasn’t even there on the straight,” said Hamilton, who was quick to shake his rival’s hand and offer congratulations.”They have got a few trick things going on in the car,” he added. “I did what I could, we did what we could so we have to keep working.”It was the German’s fifth win of the campaign, matching his British rival, and 52nd of his career — one more than the great four times champion Alain Prost managed.A dominant victory for Sebastian Vettel in Spa!Both @ForceIndiaF1’s in the top 10 #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/rqaNIw0kHYFormula 1 (@F1) August 26, 2018Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas finished fourth, and set the fastest lap, after starting 17th.Force India began their existence under new ownership with a haul of points that lifted them immediately off the bottom of the standings.The team, who had started with all their constructors’ points taken away following confirmation as a new mid-season entry, had Mexican Sergio Perez fifth and Frenchman Esteban Ocon sixth.Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were seventh and eighth, with France’s Pierre Gasly ninth for Toro Rosso and Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson 10th for Sauber.McLaren’s Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne was last in his home race.
Akashdeep Singh scored six goals as defending champions India thrashed Sri Lanka 20-0 to remain unbeaten in the group stages at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. India, who already qualified for the semi-finals, will take on Malaysia in the last-four encounter on Thursday.India scored a total of 76 goals and conceded only three goals in five matches at the group stages to top Pool A with 15 points.Rupinder Pal Singh scored a hat-trick once again to take his tally of goals to 12 in this edition of the Asian Games.It was always going to be a cakewalk for world No. 5 India against Sri Lanka, ranked 38th and it turned out to be so as the title holders toyed with the rival defence to score goals at will.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSAkashdeep Singh (9th, 11th, 17th, 22nd, 32nd, 42nd minutes) scored six goals while Rupinder Pal Singh (1st, 52, 53rd), playing his 200th international match, Harmanpreet Singh (5th, 21st, 33rd) and Mandeep Singh (35th, 43rd, 59th) struck thrice each as India completely dismantled the Sri Lankan defence from start to finish.Lalit Upadhyay scored a brace (57th, 58th) while Vivek Sagar Prasad (31st), Amit Rohidas (38th) and Dilpreet Singh (53rd) scored a goal each.ASIAN GAMES DAY 10 LIVE UPDATESHaving already secured their place in the semi-finals, the match against Sri Lanka was an inconsequential encounter for the Indians but they came out full steam to decimate the islanders.Such was India’s domination was that the Lankans failed to register a single shot at the Indian goal, leave aside earning any penalty corners.advertisementThe Indians, on the other hand, had 46 shots at the Lankan goal and found the target on 20 occasions.Also Read: India men’s hockey team scores 76 goals in group stageThe Indians scored 12 field goals, seven from penalty corners and one from penalty stroke.Such was India’s confidence that they withdrew their goalkeeper 1 minutes from the hooter for an extra field player and the move bore fruit as they scored six goals in that period.Meanwhile, last edition’s bronze medallist India will face reigning silver medallist China in the semifinals of the women’s hockey competition while title holders Korea will take on Japan.(With inputs from PTI)
England openers survived a tricky period of play at the end of Day 2 to take the team to 6 for no loss at stumps in their second innings after India posted 273 in their first innings to take a lead of 27 runs in the fourth Test at Southampton.Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 132 lit up the second day’s play as the right-hander helped India go past England’s first innings score of 246 with his 15th Test hundred and the first on English soil.Along with skipper Virat Kohli (46), Pujara stitched together 92-run third wicket stand to lay the foundation.India vs England 4th Test Day 2 HighlightsThe Saurashtra cricketer then batted superbly with the tail-enders, adding 32 runs for the ninth-wicket with Ishant Sharma (14) and 46 runs for the final wicket with Jasprit Bumrah, who scored just 6 runs in the partnership, to lead India’s reply.Pujara, who was dropped from the first Test at Edgbaston, answered his critics in style at the Ageas Bowl as he played out a whopping 257 deliveries and spent over 350 minutes at the crease to grind out just his second hundred outside Asia.Cheteshwar Pujara wages lone battle with maiden Test hundred in EnglandA hard fought CENTURY for @cheteshwar1.This is his 1st century in England, 5th against England and 15th overall in Tests.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/S1TzJp2iA6BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018The knock also saw him jump to second on the list of highest run-scorers in the series behind Kohli. Pujara now has 236 runs in 5 innings with one century and a fifty while Kohli leads the list with 486 runs in 7 innings with two tons and as many half-centuries.advertisementIndia vs England 4th Test Day 2 at Rose Bowl: As it happenedKohli added 46 valuable runs to the Indian total on day 2 before England off-spinner Moeen Ali triggered a middle-order collapse by picking up 5 wickets for 63 runs in 16 overs. During the knock, Kohli also went past 6000 runs in Test cricket to become the second-fastest Indian to reach the landmark.Ali got rid of Rishabh Pant (0), Hardik Pandya (4), R Ashwin (1), Mohammed Shami (0) and Ishant Sharma (14) as India collapsed from 181 for 5 to 227 for 9 before Pujara and Bumrah took India past England’s first innings total.Stuart Broad got 3 wickets while Ben Stokes and Sam Curran grabbed a wicket each for the hosts.India got bowled out with a lead of 27 runs giving England just 4 overs to play before stumps.Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings survived the two overs each from Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah to bring an end to the day’s play.That’s Stumps on Day 2 of the 4th Test.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/3QzS3ogq4PBCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018Earlier, starting from overnight 19 for no loss, Dhawan and Rahul made a sedate start. The duo were watchful for any hint of lateral movement, similar to what the Indian pacers generated on the first morning of the match.James Anderson (0-37) didn’t find much movement, while Stuart Broad (2-34) did hit on a troubling length to the left-handed Dhawan whenever he pitched the ball up.Broad struck in the fourth over of the morning, trapping Rahul lbw in the eighth over of the innings. The batsman opted for DRS, but the decision stayed in England’s favour.The pacer had another appeal against Dhawan turned down, this time for caught behind in the 14th over, and even on DRS, the batsman benefitted as the ball only clipped his thigh pad.Bowling a lengthy first spell this morning, Broad finally got a second reward for his efforts as he continued to tease Dhawan outside the off-stump. Finally, the edge came in the 18th over, with the batsman caught behind immediately after India crossed 50.It brought Pujara and Kohli together at the crease, and thanks to the latter, the Indian run-rate picked up once again. Kohli hit four fours during his 40-ball stay thus far, and in doing so crossed 6000 runs in Test cricket, the second-quickest Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach the mark.England’s desperation could be seen in that they put both spinner Adil Rashid (0-5) and Moeen Ali (0-0) into the attack just before lunch. Sam Curran (0-16) had earlier toiled hard but in vain, and even Keaton Jennings (0-4) was tried for two overs.Pujara and Kohli though settled down for what should be a lengthy Indian innings in helpful batting conditions, as the score crossed 100 at the stroke of lunch.The Indian pacers rattled England and reduced them to 86 for six, before Sam Curran’s second Test half-century helped them post 246 runs in the first innings.advertisementEngland lead the five-match series 2-1, after winning the first two Tests at Birmingham and Lord’s, with India pulling one back with victory in Nottingham.(With PTI inputs)
Kuldeep Yadav registered his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket during the first Test between India and West Indies in Rajkot on Saturday. After West Indies were asked to follow-on by India, Kuldeep dominated the Windies completely.Ravichandran Ashwin picked the first wicket of the West Indies’s second innings in Kraigg Braithwaite. Since then though, it was Kuldeep who took over and absolutely ran through the Windies batting line-up.Kuldeep also became only the second Asian chinaman after Sri Lankan Lakshan Sandakan to pick a five-wicket haul in the traditional format of the game.In his fourth over, Shai Hope was Kuldeep’s first victim when he trapped him leg before wicket (lbw). Post that Kuldeep hardly let any batsman settle as he sent Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell home.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | ScorecardThe biggest two wickets of them all were of Roston Chase (20), who had scored a half century in the first innings and that of Powell (83), who was his fifth victim, as he was the only Windies player who looked settled.Here’s a look at all of Kuldeep’s five wickets:18.6 overs – Kuldeep to Hope, OUT! The 47-run stand is broken. Kuldeep Yadav it is and he gets his second of the match. Leg spinner pitched outside off, Hope goes onto his back foot and looks to work this to the on side. Gets beaten by the turn and is struck on his back leg. The Indians appeal and up goes the finger. This will give Yadav a lot of confidence.advertisement22.1 overs – Kuldeep to Hetmyer, OUT! Another one bites the dust. The Windies are wasting the decent start. They were 79/1 and now find themselves 97/3. They are playing positive cricket but are losing wickets. Kuldeep tosses this one on middle and leg, Hetmyer looks to goes on side but gets gets a leading edge towards point where Rahul takes a good low catch.22.4 overs – Kuldeep to Ambris, OUT! Stumped! Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear. What on earth is happening? Poor Windies. This bloke has faced just 2 balls and he is jumped out on his third. Not even to the pitch of the ball. Misses. Pant doesn’t. Ambris tries to go back but he is heading back to the dressing room instead. Pant is way too quick. He might have struggled to take catches but stumpings have been brilliant.29.3 overs – Kuldeep to Chase, OUT! Half the side down. Seems like someone has told them to get these runs today itself. Another loose shot. Full and outside off, Chase leans to drive but does not bother to keep it down. Lady Luck does not bother to keep him on the field. Straightforward catch to Ashwin at cover. Kuldeep cannot control his laughter. This is silly cricket.35.4 overs – Kuldeep to Powell, OUT! Edged and taken! MAIDEN TEST FIFER FOR KULDEEP! Number 6 is down and this one is of the set batsman – Powell. A beautiful ball. After the long hop on the previous ball, Kuldeep bowls this much fuller and the line is on the stumps. Kieran presses forward to defend but the ball spins away and goes straight off the face of the bat. Where? To the debutant standing at silly point. Prithvi Shaw is alert and takes it well. Fine knock from Powell, deserved a century.Earlier, India had managed to bowl Windies all out for a mere score of 181 in the first innings. Having put up a massive total of 649/9 themselves, India bowled business-like as Ashwin returned with figures of 4/37 and Mohammed Shami picked two wickets while Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja picked a wicket each.With Windies still trailing by 468 runs, India captain Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on. While Windies did start with some intent, especially Powell showing solidity but it was only a matter of time before Kuldeep came and ran through them five.
Fakhar Zaman smashed run-a-ball 88 and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (4-38) grabbed his second successive four-wicket haul in Pakistan’s six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second one-day international on Friday.Left-handed Zaman hit 11 boundaries in his aggressive half century and Babar Azam notched 46 off 50 balls as Pakistan raced to 212-4 in 40.3 overs to level the three-match series.Mohammad Hafeez stayed unbeaten on 27 and raised Pakistan’s victory with a crisp boundary off Tim Southee.Pakistan’s other left-handed opener, Imam-ul-Haq, was rushed to a hospital for precautionary tests after he was hit on the grille by Lockie Ferguson’s sharp bouncer before Pakistan built its victory around Zaman and Azam’s century stand.Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Twitter that Imam’s scans were clear. He joined the team but will remain under observation.Ferguson took 3-60, but New Zealand’s hat-trick hero in the first game, Trent Boult, returned wicketless conceding as many runs off his 10 overs.Earlier, New Zealand was restricted to 209-9 with Ross Taylor scoring a fighting unbeaten 86 off 120 balls for his second half century in a row in the series.Afridi bowled intelligently upfront when he had free scoring Colin Munro (13) caught at mid-off in his first over.Captain Kane Williamson, who won the toss and elected to bat, was unlucky to get run out when Afridi got finger tips off George Worker’s hard drive and the ball smashed onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Williamson out of his crease.Worker struggled for his 50-ball knock of 28 before he played all around to off-spinner Hafeez and was clean bowled while Afridi made its 4-73 by clean bowling Tom Latham off a sharp yorker.advertisementTaylor and Henry Nicholls (33) tried to rebuild the innings with 75-run stand, but Pakistan never allowed New Zealand to score freely with leg-spinner Shadab Khan conceding just 25 runs off his 10 overs for the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme.Pakistan’s most expensive fast bowler, Hasan Ali (2-59), returned and had Nicholls bowled in the 38th over before Afridi snapped two more wickets to restrict New Zealand.Imam and Zaman were hardly troubled by New Zealand’s pace until Ferguson’s sharp rising delivery forced Imam to retire hurt on 16.Imam tried to pull Ferguson in the 13th over at the total of 54. He was beaten for pace and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance. But Zaman and Azam continued to score freely against both pace and spin and took the total to 155.Ferguson dismissed both batsmen in the 29th over when Zaman skied a catch to Ish Sodhi, and Zaman followed when his upper cut was caught well on the edge of the boundary line at third man.Nicholls was back in action at forward short leg when Shoaib Malik’s hard pull ballooned off the fielder’s left shoulder and Sodhi grabbed the diving catch.Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off leg-spinner Sodhi with Pakistan needing only six runs for victory as Pakistan leveled the series with more than nine overs to spare.
Aizawl, Dec 15 (PTI) Portfolios were allotted to the 12 members of the Mizoram council of ministers on Saturday. Chief Minister Zoramthanga will hold charge of finance, political and cabinet, planning and program implementation, general administration, vigilance, public works and horticulture departments, a government notification here said. Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia was allotted public health engineering, urban development and poverty alleviation, animal husbandry and veterinary and department of personnel and administrative reforms. R Lalthangliana was allocated health and family welfare, higher and technical education and commerce and industries departments, the notification said. Former speaker Lalchamliana was given home, taxation and disaster management and rehabilitation departments while R Lalzirliana was allotted power and electricity, art and culture, land resources, soil and water conservation and district council affairs departments, it said. C Lalrinsanga was allocated agriculture, irrigation and water resources and cooperation departments. Other than the five cabinet ministers, six ministers of state were also sworn-in. K Lalrinliana was given food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, local administration and fisheries departments while Lalchhandama Ralte was allocated school education, labour, employment and skill development, entrepreneurship and printing and stationery departments, the notification said. Lalruatkima was given rural development, land revenue and settlement and information and public relations and K Beichhua got social welfare, excise and narcotics and sericulture departments. T J Lalnuntluanga, a first time legislator and advocate who defeated former chief minister Lal Thanhawla in Champhai South seat, was allotted law and judicial, parliamentary affairs, transport and environment and forests departments, it said. Robert Romawia Royte, another first-timer and president of the Aizawl Football Club (ACF) which bagged the prestigious I-League trophy in 2016, was allocated sports and youth services, tourism and information and communication departments, the notification said.advertisement Election to the 40-member Mizoram assembly had taken place on November 28 and Mizo National Front had won 26 seats. The Congress, which had been in power for the past two terms, was routed in the state, winning just five seats. PTI HCV KK KK INDIND
Sarita shocked World Championships bronze medallist and favourite Pooja Dhanda in a close bout to keep UP Dangal alive for a place in the semi-finals of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) with convincing win over MP Yodha, in Greater Noida on Friday.It was Georgi Sakandelidze of Qatar who put the UP team 3-2 ahead in the tie with a dominating 16-1 win over the young Akash Antil in the 125kg super heavy weight category.After that Sarita, who has shown mark improvement with every bout in the league this season, did not let Pooja make another of her famous comebacks to win the women’s 57kg bout 6-5 and seal the tie.Jitender put the icing on the cake for UP Dangal by completely dominating Vasil Mikhailov in the inconsequential men’s 74kg bout 7-2.Earlier, European champion Haji Aliyev came back from a two-point deficit early in the first round to beat UP Dangal’s Pankaj Rana by a huge 18-2 margin to give the debutants a head start.In the next bout, UP Dangal’s Epp Mae of Estonia defeated Colombian Andrea Olaya by a pin fall.Sandeep Tomar made it 2-0 for MP Yodha winning the next bout with a takedown on the counter attack against Rahul 5-1 after an intense tussle in the men’s 57kg category.After encountering a reverse against Pinki in an earlier round, world and European champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of UP kept her guard intact in this one and defeated Ritu Phogat 8-3.
The Galaxy S10 is one of the most anticipated flagships of 2019, which means it is also one of the most leaked smartphones this year. Ahead of its unveiling on February 20, the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e have been subjected to numerous leaks that have included alleged official renders, live images and specs. It’s pretty clear now that these phones are bringing punch-hole displays and that two of them will come with triple cameras. But if you are looking for further confirmation, we have accumulated a bunch of fresh live images and renders that surfaced on the internet this week.The first set of live hands-on images of the Galaxy S10 this week comes via a Twitter handle, called SaudiAndroid, which posted four images Galaxy S10 and S10+. The images show off both the front and back of the phone and are in line with what past reports have told us. Both the phones will offer tall curved displays with a cutout on the top right corner. The Galaxy S10 gets a small circular hole to house a single selfie camera, while the S10+ gets a pill-shaped hole to house dual selfie cameras. We also see the in-display fingerprint sensor icon on the bottom of the screen. The rear panel on both the Galaxy S10 and S10+ are made up of glass and we see a horizontal triple camera system with an LED flash and heart rate sensor. The Galaxy S10e will come with dual rear cameras in a similar horizontal alignment.advertisementIf the live images weren’t clear enough, Winfuture.de writer Roland Quandt posted a bunch of high resolution renders of the Galaxy S10 lineup, giving a clean and clear look at what the phones will look like. Additionally, Quandt’s renders suggest the Galaxy S10 and S10+ will come in black, white and green colours. The Galaxy S10+ will also come in a Ceramic Black colour, which is likely for to the top-most variant with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. Quandt also posted renders of the Galaxy S10e, which is supposedly the iPhone XR of the Galaxy S10 lineup. The Galaxy S10e will mostly get the same hardware and design, but with some differences here and there. For one thing, it is said to come with a flat Infinity-O AMOLED display. It will get a hole-punch cutout similar to the regular Galaxy S10 i.e on the top right corner. The bezels around the display are said to be more visible than the other the phones (much like the bezels on the iPhone XR). The Galaxy S10e will see the fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button rather than under the display. It will sport the smallest display among the three phones at 5.8 inches. The Galaxy S10 will come with a 6.1-inch screen, while the S10+ will get a 6.4-inch display. The S10e will also get a small 3,100mAh battery in comparison to the S10 and S10+ which will come with 3,400mAh and 4,100mAh capacities, respectively. Apart from the black, green and white colours, the Galaxy S10e is also said to come in yellow as well. Lastly, we have what seems to be an official marketing image of the Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones. The earbuds are placed in the case with the case resting on the back of the Galaxy S10, which also seems to confirm the rumour that the Galaxy S10 will support reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy Buds are said to cost EUR 149 (approx Rs 12,000) and will look to take on Apple’s AirPods. The company will likely announce the new Galaxy Buds along with the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Sport smartwatch on February 20 at Unpacked 2019.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e can be pre-booked starting February 21ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 passes FCC certification, reveals 9W reverse wireless charging support, Wi-Fi 6
Islamabad United take on Multan Sultans in the fourth match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What time does the match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans start?The match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans starts at 5:00 PM IST on February 16, Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the match between Islamabad United and Multan SultansLive Streaming on?DSport will telecast the match. Airtel TV will live stream Islamabad United and Multan Sultans match.Where will the Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans match be played?The T20 match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans match live?The match will be shown in DSport network and can also be streamed on Airtel TV.Where can I check the online live updates of the Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans T20 match?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads of Islamabad United and Multan Sultans?Islamabad United: Luke Ronchi(w), Rizwan Hussain, Cameron Delport, Philip Salt, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Samit Patel, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami(c), Waqas Maqsood, Sahibzada Farhan, Muhammad Musa, Zafar Gohar, Rumman Raees, Ian Bell, Nasir Nawaz, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad ButtMultan Sultans: Shan Masood, Tom Moores(w), Laurie Evans, Shoaib Malik(c), Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Chris Green, Mohammad Ilyas, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Siddiq, Muhammad Junaid, Mohammad Abbas, Johnson Charles, Mohammad Irfan, Nauman Ali, Ali Shafiq, Shakeel Ansaradvertisement
While Lasith Malinga was enjoying his Mumbai Indians teammate Hardik Pandya take the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers to the cleaners on Monday, it seems the Sri Lanka pacer was also wondering how to stop the India big-hitter at the 2019 World Cup.Hardik Pandya was at his brutal best on Monday in Mumbai’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 clash against Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium. Chasing 172, Rohit Sharma’s men lost a bit of momentum towards the middle overs but Hardik made sure Mumbai clinched two points with a 16-ball 37, including two sixes and five boundaries.Mumbai had needed 22 runs in the final over when RCB skipper Virat Kohli brought in left-arm spinner Pawan Negi into the attack. Sensing an opportunity, Hardik took the attack to Negi and helped MI finish the match with an over to spare.Hardik smashed 22 runs in the 19th over, hitting Negi for two sixes and a boundary to send the Wankhede crowd into a tizzy on Monday.”How good for him. I am really scared to bowl to him at the World Cup. If I play against him, I will be scared because we know he is in a really good touch now. Yes, I think we have to restrict him and if we can get an early wicket, I will do that,” Lasith Malinga told Mumbai Indians on Monday.”I am scared to bowl to @hardikpandya7 at the World Cup.” – Lasith Malinga#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvRCB #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/wMy3JGnh9SMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 16, 2019Hardik has been in fine form in IPL 2019. Playing the finisher’s role to perfection, The all-rounder has smashed 186 runs at 46.50 from just eight innings. He has been striking at a stunning rate of 191.75 for Mumbai Indians.advertisementLasith Malinga also shone with the ball against RCB on Monday. After returning to the playing XI, the Sri Lanka great helped MI restrict RCB to 171 despite AB de Villiers smashing a 51-ball 71.Malinga picked up three wickets, including the big scalp of AB de Villiers in the final over, and finished with figures of 4 for 31 from his four-over quota.Eventually, Malinga bagged the Man of the Match award. Speaking after MI’s win, Malinga said: “It’s been tough for me in the last couple of weeks, because I had to go back to Sri Lanka to play domestic cricket. But I realized whenever I play I got to give my 100 percent and today I did my best and we won the game. We have to prepare mentally for this kind of a tournament. Skill-wise you obviously know what to do.”Also Read | Time away from the game is helping me now, says World Cup-bound Hardik PandyaAlso Read | RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso See:
On Wednesday morning, Akshay Kumar indulged in a one-of-its-kind conversation with the Prime Minister of India. It’s not every day that a Bollywood actor gets to have a “candid” chat with PM Narendra Modi, but Akshay Kumar got that rare opportunity. From PM Modi’s social media presence to his favourite Bollywood film, the two discussed a variety of subjects in their “completely non-political” interaction. Even Amitabh Bachchan couldn’t help but laud Akshay Kumar for the interview with PM Narendra Modi.During the interaction with Khiladi Kumar, PM Modi was asked about his favourite Bollywood films. To which, he replied, “I used to watch movies at a cinema hall in my village during childhood. I remember watching a movie [Paa] with Amitabh Bachchan when I was Gujarat CM. I also watched A Wednesday with Anupam Ji…it is based on the issue of terrorism.”Soon, Big B took to Twitter to recall the experience of watching Paa with PM Modi. The 76-year-old actor called it an unusual experience. He also praised Akshay Kumar for conducting the interview with so much dignity and respect.Bachchan wrote, “… an unusual and first experience .. the PM being interviewed by a Film fraternity star, Akshay Kumar .. dignity, respect, regard. (sic)”… an unusual and first experience .. the PM being interviewed by a Film fraternity star, Akshay Kumar .. dignity , respect , regard ..???? https://t.co/KLE22bX2MiAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 24, 2019Anupam Kher also took to Twitter to thank the Prime Minister for recounting their experience of watching A Wednesday.advertisementKher wrote, “Hon. PM @narendramodi ji!! I remember when in August, 2008 you Sir as the CM of Gujarat watched our film #AWednesday. Your thoughts on terrorism were the same as they are now. I feel humbled that ours was the last film you have seen the last 11years.”Hon. PM @narendramodi ji!! I remember when in August, 2008 you Sir as the CM of Gujarat watched our film #AWednesday. Your thoughts on terrorism were the same as they are now. I feel humbled that ours was the last film you have seen the last 11years. https://t.co/SoWRVsl55GAnupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) April 25, 2019During his interview, PM Modi told Khiladi Kumar that his wife Twinkle Khanna often lashes out at him on Twitter. He said, “Main aapka bhi Twitter dekhta hoon aur Twinkle Khanna ji ka Twitter dekhta hoon. Kabhi Kabhi toh mujhe lagta hai ki vo mere upar gussa nikaalti hai Twitter pe, toh uske kaaran aapke parivaarik jeevan mein badi shaanti rehti hogi. Unka pura gussa mujpe nikal jaata hoga isliye aapko araam rehta hoga. Toh is prakaar se main aapke kaam aaya hoon (laughs).”In a recent interview to Hindustan Times, Akshay revealed that “he did not know where to look”, when PM Modi had made the lighthearted dig at Twinkle. “I did not know where to look. I was stumped by his wit, and the very sporting manner in which he said it. I didn’t know what to reply. I could only laugh embarrassingly and I thought to myself ek taraf biwi, ek taraf desh ka Pradhan Mantri. Both have powerful portfolios in my life. It’s best to stay quiet.”Akshay Kumar’s interview with PM Narendra Modi was completely ‘non-political’ and dealt with a range of topics from the Prime Minister’s love for mangoes to how Mamata Didi (Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal) sends him kurtas and Bengali sweets.ALSO READ | PM Narendra Modi tells Akshay Kumar: Twinkle ji ka poora gussa mujhpe nikal jaata hai Twitter peALSO READ | Akshay Kumar reacts to PM Narendra Modi’s comment on Twinkle Khanna: I did not know where to lookALSO WATCH | PM Modi has non-political chat with actor Akshay Kumar at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg
After 14 points in their kitty from 11 games, Delhi Capitals need just one more win from their remaining three games to seal a play-off berth in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but skipper Shreyas Iyer on Saturday said that his sole focus will be to win at least two of them.Delhi is set to host the bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday and Iyer made it clear that despite their opponents poor show, his side will not take the Virat Kohli-led side lightly. Bangalore has managed to win just four of their 11 games and have to win all of their games from here to keep their play-off hopes alive.Speaking on the eve of the contest a confident Iyer, whose team is on the verge of making it to the next stage, said: “The job is still half done as we need to win at least one of the remaining three games. But our main aim is to win at least two games and that would be the benchmark we want to set for ourselves. Currently we are in a very positive frame of mind and hoping for a victory tomorrow.”When asked about the wicket factor, Iyer said it would be an advantage for his side as the pitch at Ferozshah Kotla and Chepauk stadium, where Delhi will take on hosts Chennai Super Kings on May 1, is of a similar nature.”We are aware of the wicket and have a fair idea how it is playing. In all our remaining games (two in Kotla and one in Chennai), the wicket is quite same and that is something like a blessing in disguise in the current situation,” he opined.advertisementIyer said that with many players leaving the league mid-way for their respective countries to prepare for the World Cup, starting May 30, it will give them an upper hand against Bangalore as their star all-rounder Moeen Ali has gone back to England.”On a wicket like this, it would be an advantage for us as Moeen Ali will not be there in Bangalore’s team and we will try to fully utilise it,” Iyer said.The Delhi skipper however said that he had no idea whether pacer Kasigo Rabada would leave for national duty or not.Iyer added that despite being comfortably placed in the top four on the points table, his team takes every game as a do-or-die affair.”It would be a do-or-die game for them (Bangalore) but we also play every match as a do-or-die one and think we are the underdogs. Ricky (Ponting) has always asked us to go in any match as the underdogs and I believe that gets the best out of everyone. We believe in each other’s success and enjoy it so everything has gone well for us,” the Delhi skipper said.Also Read | Learnt the importance of discipline from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: Rishabh Pant
West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has praised Rajasthan Royal’s leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal after he took a hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture which was abandoned due to rain.Gopal had dismissed the likes of RCB skipper Virat Kohli (25 off 7), AB de Villers (10 off 4) and Marcus Stoinis (0) to apply the brakes on a fine start by Bangalore and reduce them to 62-7 in the rain-hit five-overs match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday night.Brathwaite, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL, took to Twitter and said, “Take a bow Gopal, you won’t get much better hat-tricks than that.”Take a Bow Gopal , you won’t get much better Hattricks than thatCarlos Brathwaite (@TridentSportsX) April 30, 2019The hat-trick, however, couldn’t help Rajasthan snatch a victory and take home the much-needed two points as the match ended without any result after the rain came calling again.Chasing a 63-run target, the visitors were at 41/1 in 3.2 overs when the rain came again and the match had to be abandoned.Both the teams had to share the points after the result. The result also meant RCB are now officially out of the tournament. Whereas, Rajasthan with 11 points, will have to win their final encounter at any cost and also hope for favourable results in other matches in order to make it to the playoffs.Rajasthan will next lock horns with Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. RCB, meanwhile, will play their last match of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad later the same day.advertisementAlso Read | Feels good to take those wickets: Shreyas Gopal after maiden IPL hat-trick vs RCBAlso Read | Thank you Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith bids goodbye to IPL 2019
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has heaped rich praise on Eoin Morgan’s side, likening them to the “great Aussie side” of the early 2000s.England have been a dominant force in ODI cricket ever since they came up with a complete rejig after the 2015 World Cup wherein they were knocked out in the group stages after just 2 wins from 4 matches.Under Eoin Morgan, England have transformed into a powerhouse in ODI cricket. Having scored 11 300-plus scores since the 2015 World Cup, England have been boxing out oppositions with their batting might.Even without Alex Hales, who has been dropped from the World Cup squad after a failed drug test, England have a strong top-order with Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy featuring in it.With Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Joe Denly in the middle-order, England are firm favourites to win their maiden World Cup title, this year at home.Talking up Eoin Morgan’s side, Kevin Pietersen wrote on Twitter: This England ODI side is like that great Aussie side…if Hayden didn’t get you, then Ponting would & if they missed out, Gilchrist would. This England team, the same, Roy, Bairstow, Buttler etc SOOOOO good!”This England ODI side is like that great Aussie side…if Hayden didn’t get you, then Ponting would & if they missed out, Gilchrist would.This England team, the same, Roy, Bairstow, Buttler etc…SOOOOO good!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) May 15, 2019Pietersen’s comments came after England made light work of a 349-run target against Pakistan in the third ODI of a five-match series in Bristol on Tuesday.advertisementJonny Bairstow and Alex Hales added a 150-plus opening stand in no time and England built on it wonderfully well to gun down the target in just 44.5 overs.Jonny Baitsow smashed 128 from just 93 balls to make sure England sealed an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.England had won the 2nd ODI against Pakistan on May 11 after posting 373 runs on the board in 50 overs. Jos Buttler smashed 110 from just 55 balls, hitting 9 sixes and 6 boundaries to bat Pakistan out of the contest.Also Read | Vijay Shankar on No. 4 role at World Cup 2019: Team management’s trust most important thingAlso Read | For MS Dhoni, Team India is above everything else: Virat KohliAlso Read | Jonny Bairstow talks up IPL experience after demolishing Pakistan attack in 3rd ODIAlso See:
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has slammed Zaira Wasim’s decision to quit films because it “threatened” her relationship with her religion.Taslima took to Twitter to write, “Oh My Goosebumps! Bollywood’s talented actress Zaria Wasim now wants to quit acting because she thinks her acting career almost destroyed her faith in Allah. What a moronic decision! So many talents in Muslim community are forced to go under the darkness of the burqa.” Earlier this morning, Zaira announced on her social media accounts that she was dissociating with film industry because it “consistently interfered with my imaan”. She also said that “no amount of success, fame, authority or wealth is worth trading or losing your peace or the light of your imaan for”.”I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this identity i.e. my line of work. For a very long time now it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else. As I had just started to explore and make sense of the things to which I dedicated my time, efforts and emotions and tried to grab hold of a new lifestyle, it was only for me to realise that though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here,” she wrote.”This field indeed brought a lot of love, support, and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of imaan. While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened,” she added.advertisementZaira, who made her Bollywood debut in 2016 with Nitesh Tiwari’s sports drama Dangal, won a National Award for her performance. Her next release is Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink, which also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.ALSO WATCH | Omar Abdullah on Zaira Wasim quitting films: Who are any of us to question her choices?ALSO READ | Dangal star Zaira Wasim quits films: My relationship with my religion was threatenedALSO READ | Aamir Khan calls Zaira Wasim his role model, asks people to leave her aloneALSO READ | A fan wanted to take selfies with Zaira Wasim. You can’t guess what happened nextALSO WATCH | Exclusive: Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim open up on their Secret Superstar journey
THE TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULED FRIDAY AT SIOUX CITY’S BACON CREEK PARK HAS BEEN POSTPONED.THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS LOW TEMPERATURES COULD CAUSE THE LAKE TO FREEZE AND CREATE UNSAFE ICE AND FISHING CONDITIONS.THE STOCKING WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
Mike Gundy’s Cowboys laid a beatdown on an overmatched opponent in South Alabama on Friday evening, moving to 2-0 against the spread in Vegas this season with a 44-7 win and near shutout from the defense.With OSU’s first Power 5 opponent looming on Saturday, here’s everything you need to know before you lay money down on the Cowboys’ second road game of the season at Pittsburgh.Against the spread in 2017• OSU: 2-0 — It’s never a great feeling laying 27.5 points on the road, even if it’s a Sun Belt opponent. But OSU cleared the hurdle with ease Friday to remain undefeated against the spread this season.Against Pitt, OSU opened as an 11.5 point favorite and that line has since risen to 14 on Bovada.• Pitt: 0-1-1 — Pitt hasn’t won against the spread thus far, having endured a closer-than-expected opener against Youngstown State (who covered) and getting a push against Penn State this weekend by losing by 19 points with a spread of 19.Advice: Take OSU and give the points. Against Penn State, Pitt struggled mightily on offense. I think Rudolph and the Pokes will run laps around the Panthers, who simply won’t have the man power to keep pace. So long as the line stays under 20, it’s fair game to me.Straight up in 2017• OSU: 2-0 — Tulsa and S. Alabama were no match for the Pokes, who have handled their opponents with an average margin of victory this season at 36.• Pitt: 1-1 — The Panthers barely beat a middling Youngstown State team, and lost pretty handily to Penn State.Advice: Take OSU straight up, without question. Pokes roll.Over/Under• OSU: The Pokes and Tulsa hit the over, but OSU and South Alabama combined for just 51 points Friday — 17 points short of the line.• Pitt: Under is the way to be for Pitt, which has gone under by a combined 33 points in 2 games.Advice: The over/under is set at 65.5. Take the over. OSU might hit the over on offense alone!Bonus picks• Take Duke -13.5 vs. Baylor: Baylor just lost by 7 points to UTSA. Against a Power 5 opponent, I’m fearful (yet somewhat excited) to see what an ACC team like Duke can draw up against the Bears. So take Duke -13.5, because I think this could get ugly. Plus, Duke is 2-0 against the spread and won by double digits as an underdog this past weekend. Oh, and this one’s in Durham.• #RollTide with Bama as a 27.5-point home favorite over Colorado State. Against Fresno State this weekend, Saban’s squad allowed 10 points — even more than Florida State scored in Week 1! I can see Saban overhauling his defense entirely because of this development (kidding, I think), and CSU will be all the worse for it.• Hook the Horns vs. USC — Tom Herman’s squad is 17-point road dogs against the fourth-ranked Trojans. Yeah, the Maryland game was a stinker. And no, I don’t think Texas is back. But I do believe Texas will keep it within 17 with maybe a little backdoor cover action in garbage time …Happy betting, folks. May the odds be ever in your favor.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!
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘We need Cristiano’ – Real Madrid stars on goalscoring struggles without Ronaldo Last updated 2 years ago 16:09 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(38) Denis Doyle Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The reigning La Liga champions have lacked firepower while their talismanic forward serves a ban and are looking forward to welcoming him back Real Madrid players are lining up to concede how much they rely upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals following Saturday’s draw with Levante.The reigning La Liga champions are currently unable to call upon the services of their talismanic forward as he serves a five-match ban for collecting a red card and shoving the referee during a Super Cup clash with Barcelona in August.Madrid 5/1 to beat APOEL 4-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ronaldo still has one game left on that suspension, meaning that he will sit out a trip to Real Sociedad on September 17.That could spell further bad news for Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have collected just one victory from their opening three league games this season – with a 1-1 draw at home to Levante seeing them drop vital points as they once again failed to spark in the final third.Theo Hernandez told reporters after that contest: “We tried hard throughout and our intensity was there as always but we just couldn’t make the most of our chances.”Maybe we did lack a little spark but we gave everything. We do need Cristiano to score goals but we don’t necessarily need a No. 9. The squad will continue as it is.”Marcos Llorente added: “This wasn’t the kind of game we were expecting but what would be most worrying for us would be if we didn’t create many chances.”These things happen and we must keep working. It is clear that in this team, he [Ronaldo] is very important and has an ability to score incredible goals.”It would have been good to have him but those who did play tried their best throughout.”With Ronaldo missing, Zidane started with Lucas, Marco Asensio and Marcelo supporting frontman Karim Benzema.The Frenchman was, however, to limp out of the action after 28 minutes, with Gareth Bale failing to provide inspiration when replacing him off the bench.Madrid’s lack of striking options is now being exposed, with the club having opted against bringing in a replacement for Alvaro Morata this summer after offloading the Spain international to Chelsea for £70 million.Ronaldo’s return will be key to their efforts this season, with the club’s all-time leading goalscorer having netted 407 times in 396 appearances to date.
Premier League Bournemouth vs Brighton: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 21:18 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion The pressure is mounting on Eddie Howe to put some points on the board but his team face a tricky task in the form of the Seagulls Bournemouth will look to record their first win of the 2017-18 Premier League season when they welcome Brighton to the Vitality Stadium on Friday evening.The Cherries have endured a difficult start to the new campaign and find themselves second from bottom in the table after four losses in their opening four games.Newly promoted Brighton, on the other hand, got their first win under their belts last week when they defeated West Brom and they will be eager to build on that. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Game Bournemouth vs Brighton Date Friday, September 15 Time 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League as well as being available to stream online via the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go In the US, viewers can watch live on television on NBCSN, or else they can stream the game live online through the NBC Sports app. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Bournemouth players Goalkeepers Boruc, Ramsdale, Begovic, Federici Defenders Francis, S. Cook, Ake, B. Smith, A. Smith, Mings, Wiggins, Daniels Midfielders Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Arter, L. Cook, Stanislas, Hyndman, Mahoney, Fraser, Ibe Forwards Afobe, Wilson, King, Defoe, Mousset Callum Wilson will definitely miss out as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury, while the game comes too early for Junior Stanislas, who has, nevertheless, returned to training.Ryan Fraser was taken off with a knock in last week’s defeat to Arsenal and the midfielder may sit out this game as a precaution.Potential starting XI: Begovic; Mings, Ake, S. Cook; Daniels, A. Smith, Ibe, Arter, Gosling; Defoe, King. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Maenpaa, Krul Defenders Bruno, Bong, Hunemeier, Dunk, Goldson, Duffy, Rosenior, Suttner, Mateju, Schelotto Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Skalak, Knockaert, Gross, Sidwell, Murphy, Izquierdo, March, Propper Forwards Baldock, Hemed, Murray, Brown, Ahannach A number of players are fitness concerns for Brighton with Steve Sidwell, Gaetan Bong and Sam Baldock all injured. Beram Kayal and Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown are also recovering from injuries.Potential starting XI: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Stephens, Gross, Propper, March, Knockaert; Hemed.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Bournemouth are favourites to win according to dabblebet, with odds of 23/20 attached to the Cherries. Brighton are 5/2 to record an away victory, with a draw priced at 12/5.Click here to check out all the available markets for the game, including first goalscorer and more.GAME PREVIEW Eddie Howe steered Bournemouth to their highest ever finish last season, but the Cherries boss has been unable to inspire his troops this term.Having finished ninth last season, ahead of the likes of West Ham and Leicester City, the expectation was that Howe would continue to guide the club on an upward trajectory.Four games into the new campaign, however, and things are looking precarious; his team have only scored one goal – against Manchester City – and the dismissal of Frank de Boer from fellow strugglers Crystal Palace earlier this week brings the clash against Brighton into keener focus for the 39-year-old.Brighton, in contrast, look to be settling into the division after two losses in their opening games and Chris Hughton’s men come into the fixture on a three-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.With new signings such as Pascal Gross, Davy Propper and Matt Ryan gelling with the new team-mates, and the likes of Anthony Knockaert returning to full fitness, the Seagulls will be no easy task for Howe’s side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Carlos Tevez ‘French media distorted his words’ – Shanghai Shenhua defend Tevez after Chinese football dig Goal Last updated 2 years ago 13:45 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chandan Khanna Shanghai Shenhua Premier League Shanghai Shenhua v Guangzhou R&F Guangzhou R&F CSL After the striker had seemingly slammed Chinese players and the level of play in the country, his club came out strongly in his defence Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua has come out strongly in defence of Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who was quoted as saying that Chinese players are “not good” and “won’t be able to compete in 50 years”.The former Manchester City and Manchester United forward was already coming under fire in China before his latest interview, with Shanghai Shenhua chairman Wu Xiaohui recently admiting that the big-money signing hadn’t lived up to expectations. However, despite the seemingly negative tone of the quotes, the club has now come out strongly to back their star man, claiming that the comments to SFR Sport have been taken out of context. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “The language used by the French media is misleading and cynical, which distorted the meaning of Tevez’s words,” Shanghai Shenhua noted in a press release.“Tevez said he had not watched the video footage of the interview and its subtitles yet, but the headline led us to believe that the interview is being exaggerated and blown out of proportion.“Tevez’s comments were taken grossly out of context. He has clarified to the club that he has no intention of disparaging Chinese football and Chinese players.“Tevez was just attempting to paint a realistic picture of the current state of Chinese football. He also hopes for a better future for Chinese football.”Despite boasting a strikeforce of Tevez and former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins, Shanghai Shenhua currently sit more than 30 points off the leaders in the CSL were hammered 6-1 by Shanghai SIPG in their last game.
Lithuania 0 England 1: Kane penalty enough as Three Lions finish campaign unbeaten Ryan Benson 01:57 10/9/17 Getty Images England claimed an underwhelming 1-0 win in Lithuania on Sunday, as Gareth Southgate’s men wrapped up World Cup qualifying unbeaten. Harry Kane continued his stunning goalscoring form as England beat Lithuania 1-0 in Vilnius on Sunday to ensure the Three Lions finished their successful World Cup qualification campaign unbeaten.Harry Winks and Harry Maguire both impressed on their debuts, but it was Kane who made the difference with a first-half penalty as England claimed the three points, three days after securing their passage to Russia with victory over Slovenia.It took England a while to get going and they barely deserved the lead when Kane opened the scoring with his 15th goal in 10 games for club and country just before the half-hour mark after Dele Alli won the visitors a penalty. 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. The goal began a period of England control which extended into the second half, but they were almost pegged back soon after the break when Jack Butland had to be at his best to prevent Michael Keane from putting through his own net.England’s intensity seemed to drop after the hour, with goal-scoring chances infrequent at both ends of the pitch.And, with neither side having anything but pride to play for, the match petered out towards the end, with England doing just about enough to secure a rather tepid win.England were able to enjoy the luxury of knowing that their participation in Russia next year would not be affected by proceedings in Vilnius, but the certainty that provided did not result in them playing with extra freedom during the early exchanges.The first chance of the match fell to Lithuania, as Darvydas Sernas sent a first-time flick just wide of the left-hand post 11 minutes in.England had to wait another 14 minutes for their first opportunity and it fell to the wrong man, as Keane hit a half-volley wide from 16 yards.The breakthrough arrived soon after, however, as Kane slammed a penalty in off the left-hand post after Alli was brought down by Linas Klimavicius.15 – Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions for club and country. Flourishing. pic.twitter.com/umy4kBorGm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 8, 2017England began to click after the goal and Marcus Rashford almost added another six minutes before the break, taking on the left-back before cutting in and seeing a left-footed effort palmed away by Ernestas Setkus.The away side remained the dominant force after the break, but they were almost caught out in the 55th minute, Butland coming to the rescue with a fine save to prevent Keane turning in Fedor Cernych’s cross.Lithuania crafted another chance just after the hour mark – Sernas blasting over from 20 yards after a lovely flowing move on the right flank.A rare second-half opportunity presented itself to England 22 minutes from the end, but Setkus did well to push Aaron Cresswell’s header away from the top corner.Lithuania substitute Deivydas Matulevicius probably should have rescued a point late on when he latched on to a clever ball in behind the England defence, but Butland was equal to his effort as Southgate’s men held on to claim victory. read more
Napoli 2 AC Milan 1: Insigne stars after Italy snub as leaders move four points clear Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:44 11/19/17 Getty Images Napoli beat AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday to move four points clear of Serie A champions Juventus, Italy star Lorenzo Insigne scoring the opener. Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski scored as Napoli beat AC Milan 2-1 at the San Paolo on Saturday to move four points clear at the top of the Serie A table.Insigne was an unused substitute as Italy were beaten by Sweden in their World Cup play-off during the international break and he was on a mission to prove Gian Piero Ventura wrong.Ventura was berated by Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi for not turning to Insigne during the Azzurri’s 1-0 aggregate loss, the coach paying for the defeat by losing his job. 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 And Insigne was on target as Napoli took the lead after 33 minutes thanks to a video assistant referee referral showing the forward was just onside when he ran on to Jorginho’s terrific pass to score.While Milan put the hosts under pressure in the second half, Napoli wrapped up the points when a sublime Dries Mertens pass sent Zielinski clear to nutmeg Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Alessio Romagnoli’s injury-time effort a mere consolation.Though the win sees unbeaten Napoli stretch their advantage over champions Juventus – who are in action at Sampdoria on Sunday – Milan stay four points adrift of the European places in seventh after suffering a sixth league defeat of the campaign.#Insigne #NapoliMilan 1-0 #SerieATIM pic.twitter.com/JAKPnKanQl— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 18, 2017Jorginho smashed an early effort over the crossbar for the hosts before Donnarumma made a smart near-post save after 13 minutes when Insigne floated a cross on to the head of Jose Callejon as the league leaders dominated the early exchanges. Suso lashed Milan’s first effort wildly off target before a more accurate strike from the playmaker called Pepe Reina into action for the first time.Allan and Marek Hamsik both hit decent openings straight at Donnarumma, but Napoli’s profligacy did not stop them breaking the deadlock, Insigne scoring his fifth goal in as many appearances against Milan.6 – Lorenzo Insigne has netted 6 goals in 10 Serie A matches against AC Milan – at least two more than against any other side. Inspired. #NapoliMilan— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 18, 2017Jorginho sent his fellow Italy international through on goal to beat Donnarumma with a smart lofted finish, the officials initially disallowing Insigne’s strike before a video replay showed Romagnoli was playing him marginally onside.Insigne went close to adding a second on the brink of half-time, but Donnarumma sprang high to his left to parry the shot away.And the same pattern of play continued after the interval, the teenager denying Mertens and Hamsik in quick succession as Napoli sought a second goal.A bright spell of Milan pressure yielded no clear chances, Leonardo Bonucci showing his frustration by shooting off target from the halfway line.Perhaps inevitably, Napoli put the game to bed with a trademark counter-attack after 72 minutes.Mertens sent Zielinski clear with a superb turn and pass, the Poland international rifling a first-time left-footed strike through the legs of an exposed Donnarumma.Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Kalinic forced saves from Reina as a desperate Milan rallied and the visitors scored a consolation in stoppage time.For once Napoli switched off at the back and Romagnoli smashed in a superb strike, but Maurizio Sarri’s side held on to extend their unbeaten run to 25 Serie A games. Key Opta stats:- Lorenzo Insigne has netted 6 goals in 10 Serie A matches against AC Milan – at least two more than against any other side.- Napoli have won five of their last six league matches against AC Milan (D1 L0).- AC Milan are only the second team to have had no touches in the opposition box in the first half of a Serie A game this season (after Benevento, who failed to do so against Napoli and Juventus).- Gianluigi Donnarumma had eight saves tonight, his best tally in a competitive game for AC Milan this season.- Zielinski’s goal was the 100th conceded by Donnarumma in 92 appearances for AC Milan in all competitions. read more
Neymar Neymar earns the same salary at PSG as every woman in top seven leagues combined Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Neymar PSG Ligue 1 The Brazilian superstar’s lucrative wage following a record-breaking €222 million transfer further highlights the gender gap which exits in sport Neymar’s lucrative salary at Paris Saint-Germain matches the combined earnings of performers across the top seven leagues in the women’s game, a new study has revealed.Sporting Intelligence have published their annual salary survey looking into the wages of leading teams and individuals across the sporting spectrum.Neymar 6/1 to be CL top scorer 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 Their findings help to highlight the inequality which exists between the male and female games, particularly in football.Looking into the employment status and pay of thousands of athletes around the world, Sporting Intelligence have shown how far ahead the likes of Neymar are when it comes to generating the most money.Having completed a record-breaking €222 million transfer from Barcelona to PSG over the summer, the Brazilian is reportedly set to earn £32.9 million over the course of the 2017-18 campaign.That figure is purely what he will pull in from his playing contract and does not take into account the millions he receives from commercial deals.It is, however, still enough to see him earn almost exactly the same as 1,693 female players turning out in France, Germany, England, the United States, Sweden, Australia and Mexico combined.While PSG sit fifth on the list of the world’s highest-paying sports teams, with an average annual salary of over £6.4m and with only Barcelona above them in footballing terms, Lyon top the women’s list at just £145,000-a-year. Team Division Average annual salary Oklahoma City Thunder NBA £7,150,388 Cleveland Cavaliars NBA £6,919,714 Golden State Warriors NBA £6,877,528 Barcelona La Liga £6,597,500 Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 £6,472,355 In England, those in the FA Women’s Super League receive an average salary of £26,752 compared to the £2.64m paid to their male equivalents.The figures make for startling viewing and Ruth Holdaway, chief executive of the Women In Sport charity, believes it is down to the respective governing bodies of sports across the globe to address the issue.She said in The Guardian: “We’d love to see more governing bodies valuing their female athletes the same as their male athletes.“It’s not just about equal pay; it’s about the message that sends out about how much women are valued.“In tennis, the commitment to equal pay at Wimbledon is a good example of a sporting body realising that while the men’s and women’s game are different the players put in the same amount of effort and are all playing at the height of their abilities.”Football is a long way short of equality at present, with Neymar’s riches just one example of the gulf which continues to exist in the gender gap.
Manchester City Man City’s celebrations? You should hear Burnley, says Rooney Dom Farrell 21:58 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley Manchester United Burnley Premier League Sean Dyche’s side are “deafening” according to the former England captain, who would not be drawn to criticise Pep Guardiola’s side Manchester City’s dressing room celebrations are nothing compared to the din created by Premier League surprise-package Burnley, according to Wayne Rooney.City chalked up their 16th consecutive Premier League win by thumping Tottenham 4-1 on Saturday, moving 14 points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table, and pictures of buoyant dressing room celebrations shared on social media by players were a familiar post-match feature.Last weekend, Pep Guardiola’s men triumphed 2-1 at Old Trafford – a match that was partly overshadowed by an alleged incident in the tunnel involving players from both teams. 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 United boss Jose Mourinho was reported to have caused the flashpoint by complaining about City playing music loudly and showing what he perceived to be a lack of respect.Former Red Devils favourite Rooney told talkSPORT he has no problems with accounts of City’s celebrations and insists they pale next to Burnley.Sean Dyche’s men edged up to fifth in the table following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion and Rooney, whose Everton lost at home to the Clarets earlier this season, says they do not go about their business quietly before or after a match.”If you’ve played Burnley over the last few years, they must have a big music system because the noise coming out of their dressing room before and after games is incredible. It’s deafening,” Rooney explained.”So, I think if City win the derby at Old Trafford, for me they’re entitled to celebrate because it’s a big game”Do it in a respectful manner but I think playing music in your dressing room is fair enough.” Events at Old Trafford brought to mind the infamous ‘Pizzagate’ match at Old Trafford, where Rooney’s game-sealing goal in a 2-0 win over Arsennal preceded a post-match fracas where Cesc Fabregas threw a slice at Alex Ferguson.”In all the years I’ve played we had that one incident against Arsenal where it kicked off and then there’s been little instances of pushing and shoving,” Rooney added.”Obviously I don’t know what happened exactly [at the Manchester derby].”
1) Football: World Cup Russia 14 June – 15 July Manchester Arena 17 FebruaryThe semi-final of the eight-man elimination World Boxing Super Series sold out in seven minutes. It’s 2018’s most talked-about fight so far – but that’s only until two other fighters have their schedules firmed up. Anthony Joshua’s expected heavyweight unification bout with the WBO holder, Joseph Parker, is likely to be in March, while Tyson Fury, cleared to box after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban, also has his sights on a lucrative Joshua encounter. He hit 27 stone during his enforced absence but Fury’s feeling confident. “Someone labelled us the four heavyweight kings – myself, Joshua, Parker and Deontay Wilder,” he says. “I label it ‘three peasants and a king’. There’s only one king of the division and that’s me.”9) Athletics: London Marathon Central London 22 AprilExpect Mobots. Britain’s new dedicated road runner makes his first attempt over 26.2 miles since 2014, and will collect a six-figure appearance fee in the process, thanks to the public thirst for a first home winner since Paula Radcliffe in 2005. It won’t be a Farah procession, though – big name rivals include the 33-year-old Kenyan Olympic champion, Eliud Kipchoge, who was only eight seconds off Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2hr 2min 57sec in 2016. Farah’s warm-up events include a new race in London on 4 March, The Big Half, a half-marathon starting near Tower Bridge and finishing at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, via a loop through Docklands around Canary Wharf. He’ll be up against Britain’s second-fastest half-marathon runner, the 25-year-old Scot Callum Hawkins. “I love testing myself against the very best in the world,” says Hawkins, “and they don’t come any better than Mo.” 3) Cricket: Australia in England 13-27 JuneIt’s not the Ashes but it’s a decent alternative for England after a bruising few months – Australia arriving next summer for five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 as part of a busy England schedule in the buildup to hosting 2019’s Cricket World Cup. Also on England’s agenda: meetings with Pakistan and Scotland, and India arriving for a five-match Test series for only the second time since 1959. India’s visit starts in July with a three-match Twenty20 series, followed by three one-day internationals and the Tests at Edgbaston, Lord’s, Trent Bridge, the Ageas Bowl and The Oval.4) Winter Olympics Pyeongchang, South Korea 9-25 FebruaryBesides the Russian doping ban, the @realDonaldTrump factor and the fears that conditions will be too cold for spectators to handle (the £44.1m main stadium has no roof, leading to six fans at a recent concert there suffering hypothermia) – there’s a feeling the Winter Games should produce some old-fashioned upbeat stories, too. Chief among them is Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team, who need to maintain their top-40 ranking until 14 January to seal their nation’s first Winter Olympics appearance. There’s talk of film rights and they’ve already made one appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Ellen-fan Ngozi Onwumere telling the production team: “I hope you have an emergency room close by because when I meet Ellen … My heart … I might scream occasionally.” Also hoping to make headlines are the talented Team GB, with “10 to 12 realistic medal prospects”. They won four at Sochi 2014. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Topics Facebook Read more Winter Olympics 2018 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter Twitter Twitter Reuse this content Pinterest Fifa removed investigator on trail of Russia World Cup chief Vitaly Mutko Pinterest The Observer Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share via Email Twitter Adam Yates: ‘It looks as challenging as ever.’ Photograph: Corbis/Getty Images Pinterest George Groves questions Chris Eubank Jr’s pedigree after ‘old man’ taunts Facebook Andy Murray, returning from injury. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images Commonwealth Games Since you’re here… Read more Pinterest Uefa unveils format for new Nations League to start in September 2018 Fifa’s Gianni Infantino and Russia’s Vladimir Putin: ‘a big and friendly football family’. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/TASS Tennis Twitter 10) Formula One: French Grand Prix Le Castellet 24 JuneA notable race for two reasons: it’s the first French GP for 10 years and it’s the first of a triple header: three grands prix on consecutive weekends. After France, the teams race at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on 1 July, then at Silverstone on 8 July. It means a total of five races in six weekends up to 29 July, before the month-long summer break. Other developments next season: Germany returns to the 21-race calendar; Malaysia drops out; changes have been made to improve the power unit penalty system; cars are expected to be two seconds faster per lap according to simulation data analysis; and there’s a new logo: three squat red stripes replacing the old black and red symbol. Officials say it will bring “excitement and fresh energy”; Sebastian Vettel says: “I liked the old one better.”11) Rugby union: Six Nations 3 February – 17 MarchA big opportunity for the back-to-back winners England, who could become the first nation to win three in a row. The tournament opens on 3 February with Wales versus Scotland at the Principality Stadium, France versus Ireland at the Stade de France and Italy versus England at the Stadio Olimpico. The Women’s Six Nations runs in parallel: the defending champions, England, starting against Italy at Stadio Mirabello in Reggio Emilia on 4 February. The men’s event looks particularly compelling – the Wales centre Scott Williams predicting “the toughest Six Nations to date … everyone’s playing well. Scotland especially have shown the way they want to play.” Wales will be without Sam Warburton, though, as the Lions captain recovers from knee surgery. Later in the year come the autumn internationals, including England versus the All Blacks on 10 November, as teams tune up for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.12) Football: Premier League TV rights Late FebruarySounds dry – but it’s a defining moment for Premier League suits: the size of the next TV deal defining how much they can blow on transfers, wages, executive emoluments, hospitality suite refits and agents’ fees. Oh, and on grassroots contributions, of course. Next year’s three-year contract should top the record £5.136bn deal struck with Sky and BT in 2015 – potentially by a vast amount if Amazon or Facebook join the bidding – and will change the fixture structure, too, with one package of matches on offer including eight games in a new 7.45pm slot on Saturdays. A treat for away fans. That change won’t come in until 2019-20 but elevated club spending will begin the moment the deal is confirmed. Expect many more “£50m for Kyle Walker?” moments.13) Football: the new White Hart Lane Share on LinkedIn Mo Farah: centre stage in April. Photograph: Hugh Routledge/Rex/Shutterstock Read more Big day out: Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn tee off from the Eiffel Tower. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images Winter Olympics 5) Athletics: Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 4-15 AprilEngland – aiming to defend their place above the hosts on top of the medal table – aren’t going under-equipped: 400 competitors and 250 support staff across 18 sports are the largest team to represent the country at an overseas sporting event. “It’s not cheap,” admits a spokesman. The 75-strong athletics team includes the 2012 Olympic long jump champion, Greg Rutherford, the 100m and 4x100m Commonwealth silver medallist Adam Gemili, the heptathlete and high jumper Katarina Johnson-Thompson and the British 100m record holder, Dina Asher-Smith, who says: “We’ve got so many medal contenders we could sweep events. Having the Commonwealth Games so early in the season really pushes you on: there’s no excuse not to do every single rep and every single step.” 70 nations are competing, with beach volleyball and women’s rugby sevens included for the first time.6) Golf: Ryder CupLe Golf National, Paris 28-30 SeptemberThe only other time the Ryder Cup was played on the continent – Valderrama in 1997 – Europe won. The odds are against a repeat this time, though the hosts have plenty of strong selection options, including the English rookies Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton. The year-long PR countdown began in October: organisers putting the captains, Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk, on a platform high up the Eiffel Tower and having them fire balls down into the Champs de Mars below – recreating Arnold Palmer’s 1976 set-piece. Furyk enjoyed it. “We started at the Golf National, had dinner at the Palace of Versailles, went to the president’s for breakfast and now we’re hitting shots off the Eiffel Tower. I just can’t imagine a better two days.” Twitter What to expect from part one of Fifa’s Ethics World Cup double header? Russia 2018 has ticked all the boxes so far: disputes over alleged corruption, human rights abuse, unchecked domestic racism, homophobia and fan violence – while the tournament organiser, Vitaly Mutko, ended 2017 being accused by the IOC of leading “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport” via state-sponsored doping, and stepped down. He denies wrongdoing. It’s a lot for Qatar 2022 to live up to. Vladimir Putin says overseas media should lay off and report the bigger picture. “We will bring closer the big and friendly football family – the family that values sports, friendship and fair competition.”The matches should have a familiar feel, too: Germany and Brazil favourites; England trying to handle the impossible pressure of an easy-on-paper group; and Iceland making their debut, ready to humiliate anyone who takes them lightly. They start against Argentina in Group D. “When you think of a World Cup you think of Argentina and Brazil,” says their coach, Heimir Hallgrimsson. “So for us, this is a little bit romantic.” Hugh Bowman riding Winx. Photograph: Jason McCawley/Getty Images for The ATC 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. 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What odds, then, on City beating that date by seven days next year – sealing the title at home to United on 7 April? Either way, members of Manchester City’s Tunnel Club will want value for money at the first Manchester derby in the league since the milk flew at Old Trafford.Among other big days to watch out for in domestic football next year:• The top-flight’s final day on 13 May, which, as it stands now, could feature a potential multi-club relegation battle. Fixtures include Swansea v Stoke, Palace v West Brom, West Ham v Everton and Newcastle v Chelsea. • The conclusion of Sunderland’s battle to avoid having to host League One football at the ninth-largest stadium in England. • National League South drama – with three points currently separating the top six. • And the Carabao Cup final on 25 February – a chance to reflect on, and give thanks for, seven months of engaging ball-draw farce.8) Boxing: Groves v Eubank Jr Facebook Pinterest View gallery 2) Tennis: Australian Open Melbourne Park 15-28 JanuaryPlenty to look forward to in Australia: the return of Serena Williams four months after giving birth; the chance of her facing Maria Sharapova, who commented on Williams’s “thick arms and thick legs” in her 2017 memoir; the prospect of top men’s talent including Andy Murray returning from injury to stop Roger Federer winning a 20th grand slam; and some rule changes. Among the innovations: a new Bernard Tomic-inspired rule which fines players who retire or perform “below professional standards”, and more trials for the 25-second shot clock, designed to discourage slow serving. Federer, who turns 37 in 2018, isn’t a fan. “If you want a great show, it’s not possible with the shot clock. If you don’t, of course it’s a great improvement.” Facebook Tottenham’s new stadium: the changing face of White Hart Lane – in pictures 11 AugustBarring snags, Tottenham’s £800m new ground should be done by day one of 2018-19. “At the moment it’s on track,” says their executive director, Donna-Maria Cullen. “There’s nothing to tell us otherwise, though I don’t have a crystal ball.” When finished it will be London’s biggest club ground with 61,559 seats, even after Arsenal add 780 to the Emirates by 2019. Features include a retractable turf pitch above an artificial surface used for NFL games; a single-tier south stand of 17,500 seats; a Tunnel Club for watching players hawk and spit; and, in theory, a better-than-average atmosphere for a new-build, with the front row five metres from the pitch, compared with 20 metres at the London Stadium. As of now, it remains nameless, with rights yet to be sold.14) Cycling: Tour de France Starts Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, 7-29 JulyChris Froome will dominate coverage come what may – he insists he’ll clear his name after September’s failed drugs test. But also watch out for Britain’s Adam Yates, there with team Mitchelton-Scott (formerly Orica-Scott). Yates (pictured) finished fourth in the 2016 race, securing the white jersey for the best young rider, and is tipped to impress again. “The course looks as challenging as ever,” he says, “especially stage nine over the cobbles from Arras to Roubaix. But I’ll have a strong team around me.” Also next year is the four-day Tour de Yorkshire – the legacy of Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 – from 3-6 May, which also features a two-day women’s race. Mark Cavendish plans to be there: “When you see the people of Yorkshire line the road it gives you goosebumps.” 15) Hockey: Women’s World Cup Olympic Park, London 21 July – 5 AugustSix years after London 2012, a chance to recapture that summer’s life-affirming spirit. England’s pool and potential knockout matches at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – on the site of 2012’s Eton Manor Paralympic venue – sold out in September but seats for other games are on general sale via hockeyworldcup.seetickets.com: under‑18s’ seats starting at £1. England, beaten 1-0 by South Korea in the bronze-medal match of the Women’s Hockey World League Final in November, open up against India. “Playing in London is electric, it’s our home, our fortress,” says the captain, Alex Danson. “It’s a tournament everyone will remember for a very long time.”16) Multi-sport: European Championships UK & Germany 2-12 AugustAn inaugural event but not really brand new. The European Championships format – unrelated to the European Games – groups together existing championships of various top sports every four years. The 2018 event involves Berlin hosting the European Athletics Championships while Glasgow stages the aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, plus the new Golf European Team Championships at Gleneagles. Glasgow’s plans include a cultural festival in George Square, while mascot duties come from the dead-eyed, commercially minded tweeting seal Bonnie, @GLA2018Mascot: “Looking for the perfect gift for your little loved one? Look how cuddly I am! Don’t miss out pals, limited availability, pre-order me today.”17) Football: Nations League Europe From 6 September Athletics Nigeria’s Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Support The Guardian Sport Facebook Another new format – but this one rather more dense. In short, it’s Uefa’s plan to scrap most friendlies by splitting all 55 Uefa nations into four leagues: 12 in Leagues A and B, 15 in C and 16 in D, based on coefficient rankings. That, though, isn’t the half of it. At the draw next month, each of the four leagues will be split into four mini-groups of three or four teams, who’ll play each other home and away from 6 September. There’s promotion and relegation, and a June 2019 knockout among League A mini-group winners to establish a champion.But the tournament’s dark heart is the way it links in to Euro 2020 – giving four sides who fail to qualify via the usual, separate process a controversial second chance. Each league has one Euro 2020 place up for grabs, which will go to the winner of internal play-offs between the best-ranked unqualified sides in each of the four mini-groups. That has implications. Among them:• A troubled League A team could lose all their Euro 2020 qualifiers and all their Nations League games, and still qualify via the League A play-off. • If all 12 teams in League A qualify via the usual route, the League A play-off would be contested by League B teams. • And at least one League D minnow is set for a very special summer in two years’ time. Uefa deny it’s absurd: “This is the magic of football. We’re keeping the dream alive for all.”18) Horse racing: Royal Ascot 19-23 JuneThere’s one big focus in racing next year: whether or not the star Australian race mare Winx, second in the World’s Best Racehorse rankings, will arrive for a summer cameo. Her part-owner Peter Tighe said last month they would make “a good, well-judged decision … it’s a huge temptation to take on the world”. If it happens, it’ll cause a stir similar to Black Caviar’s arrival in 2012 – “The Wonder from Down Under” living up to her reputation, just, by sealing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, despite the jockey Luke Nolen easing down prematurely. “I made an error that every apprentice is taught to avoid,” he said. “I tried to let her coast home but her big engine shut down and I shat myself. But she still won it. That’s the bloody story.” Share on Facebook
Fergal O’Brien ended 2017 by saddling the first Grade One winner of his training career, underlining his yard’s reputation as one of the most able and upwardly mobile in jumps racing, and though he has yet to saddle a winner this year, O’Brien will hope to take a hand in at least one of this weekend’s feature events.Barney Dwan, the early favourite for the Listed Hampton Novice Chase at Warwick on Saturday, is now an unlikely runner since the ground is expected to be too testing for last year’s Pertemps Final runner-up. I Shot The Sheriff, however, will head for the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton Park as a very live outsider, despite being pulled up on his first start for the yard at Newbury in December. Share on Messenger Read more Share on LinkedIn Catterick 12.30 Turning Gold 1.00 Chu Chu Percy 1.30 Un Prophete (nap) 2.05 Hear No Evil 2.35 Gonalston Cloud (nb) 3.10 Pokora Du Lys 3.45 NendrumChelmsford 5.55 Ross Raith Rover 6.30 Arnarson 7.00 Hairdryer 7.30 Spiritofmintoul 8.00 Arcadian Sea 8.30 Mercury 9.00 Black TruffleLeicester 12.45 Not AnotherMuddle 1.15 Ballyrock 1.45 Acting Lass 2.20 Canyouringmeback 2.50 Fields Of Glory 3.25 Du SoleilNewcastle 1.55 Artful Rogue 2.25 Esspeegee 3.00 Theglasgowwarrior 3.35 Battle Lines 4.05 Jellmood 4.35 Aleef 5.05 Native Appeal Eight people accused of doping horses before races in Victoria Was this helpful? Read more Share via Email Hide Barney Dwan had been quoted as the 13-8 favourite for Saturday’s race by Paddy Power, ahead of Anthony Honeyball’s Fountains Windfall, who fell four out when apparently in command in the Kauto Star Novice Chase on Boxing Day. Fountains Windfall is also likely to miss Saturday’s race owing to the ground, and will run instead in a novice handicap event at Kempton Park, as Honeyball attempts to get his novice season back on track after two recent falls.“It’s not really what I’d have envisaged after running in the [Grade One] Kauto Star, testing his handicap mark at this stage of the season, but win, lose or draw, it’s important to get him around,” Honeyball said on Wednesday. “It’s a smallish field and a reasonably valuable race, the course and distance will suit him and he’ll get better ground.“Miss Parfois will run in the race at Warwick. This is her time of the year and her ground, and it’s in the spring that the likes of Windfall come into their own.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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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. Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Topics Quick guide Racing tips for Thursday 11 January Horse racing Horse racing tips I Shot The Sheriff turned 11 on 1 January, but has made only 13 starts in his career and was thought worthy of a start in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013. A nomadic career has seen him trained by Warren Greatrex, David Pipe and more recently Tony Martin in Ireland, before a switch to O’Brien over the summer.While the bare form of I Shot The Sheriff’s only run this season is not encouraging, he travelled noticeably well for much of the race and O’Brien has an obvious explanation for Paddy Brennan’s decision to pull him up.“He’s very lightly raced because he’s been very fragile,” the trainer said, “and we thought he’d gone wrong at Newbury after running a very good race. Turning into the straight, he looked like the winner but, as he landed over the first hurdle in the straight, he’d kicked off a shoe somewhere and the toe-clip had gone into his foot.“As he landed over it, Paddy thought he’d gone wrong, but in fact, he’d stood on his shoe. I think it will be a nice type of race for him, they’ll go quick and he’ll be able to sit in and hopefully travel well like he did at Newbury. We’re very happy with him. He’s in good form and he worked well this morning, so we’re hopeful.”Barney Dwan, who was less than four lengths away from giving O’Brien his first Cheltenham Festival winner back in March, would have been sure to line up for Warwick’s valuable novice event on Saturday given better ground, but O’Brien feels it will be better to steer the eight-year-old around what could be a hard race.“It’s unlikely he’ll run, but only because of the ground,” O’Brien said. “We ran him once on heavy ground at Exeter and Noel Fehily said he didn’t like it, so I think it’s pointless going again. It’s the right race for him apart from that, but when it’s heavy at Warwick, it can be horrendous. I’ll speak to the owners but it wouldn’t be my choice to run him.” The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage news Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Show
FA Cup Share on Messenger Read more So that’s one theory. Another is that for a man renowned for his functional qualities, Giroud is a dab hand at scoring exceptional goals. There’s the scorpion kick of course, scored last year for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, his movement like that of a man who had miscalculated a cartwheel in the most glorious fashion. But there have been others too. He has scored backheeled front‑post flicks for both club and country. He has a knack for setting himself up for a scissor-kick. Give him the space and he will also larrup a drive in off the bar from 25 yards, no questions asked.Last weekend Giroud was the active agent as Chelsea clawed their way back from two goals down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League. In that game the substitute embodied all the qualities Antonio Conte venerates but were so lacking in his team-mates; strength, determination, full-blooded commitment. In midweek against Burnley Giroud was given a starting role, alongside his striking rival Álvaro Morata. This weekend, he started alone up front with Hazard and Willian buzzing around him.An FA Cup winner in two of the past three seasons, Giroud has won all 10 of his club appearances at Wembley. He jokes that the national stadium is “my garden” and he played the first half like a man determined to do some landscaping.A team that thrives on the counterattack does not suit Giroud’s natural game and what impact he made in the opening 45 minutes he had to carve out for himself. He flashed a Hazard cutback around the near post in the 25th minute. He won a corner through persistent pressing. In the 39th minute he took a looping cross from César Azpilicueta and tried first to backheel it into the net and then, when the ball simply span up in the air, smashed it just wide with that scissor-kick of his.So the Giroud of the first half was that which you expect. The Giroud that began the second half was not. It helped that he got himself close to Hazard; the Belgian, playing near to his best, knew just where his forward was lurking. But after Hazard poked Giroud the ball few would have anticipated the balance, guile and, ultimately, follow through that led him to turn the ball home.There was a worrying moment for the Chelsea No 18 just before the hour when Oriel Romeu left something on him in a sliding challenge. Giroud’s left leg was caught under Romeu’s right and quivered as the Spaniard put his weight through it. His team-mates surrounded him in concern. Giroud moved to Chelsea to try and save his place in the French squad at this summer’s World Cup and for a minute it looked like the dream was going up in smoke.But Giroud struggled to his feet and played on. He was substituted with 10 minutes of the match remaining. At full time he hobbled off the bench again in his flip-flops to milk the applause of the crowd. Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembélé et al will all hope to star for Les Bleus this summer, but it seems unlikely that Didier Deschamps will not select Giroud too. Here, in his garden, he reminded everyone that his particular set of skills is not entirely common, and effective more often than you would think. Share on Pinterest Chelsea Olivier Giroud dances past Saints to send Chelsea into FA Cup final Share on WhatsApp Southampton features Mind transfer, that seemed the best explanation. In the moment Olivier Giroud cracked open this FA Cup semi-final for Chelsea, he must have temporarily swapped brains with Eden Hazard.That would explain how the 6ft 3in Frenchman was able to dance through a compact Southampton defence like a man a whole foot shorter; first inside then outside, keeping his balance after being tripped, before adjusting his feet to poke the ball into the goal. As soon as the net rippled, the brains must also have switched back, allowing Giroud to celebrate in the chest-out, peacocking fashion he has made his own. Sportblog Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics Share on LinkedIn
Tottenham Hotspur Pochettino says Spurs can beat Barcelona and make knockout round Paris Saint-Germain Did Emery ever explain why he overlooked him? “No,” Lucas replied. “I need to respect the decision of the coach. I know that it’s difficult for him because he needs to choose 11 players to play. I don’t like to look behind. I like to look forward to what I can do, what I can win.“I have nothing against Unai. I respect him, he is a very good coach. Sometimes it happens. I don’t know why. I cannot explain to you. But now I am happy here. It’s a new chapter in my life, a new challenge.”Lucas said it was difficult for him to speak about his former coach when asked about Emery’s playing style, but he was more forthcoming about what he felt he could achieve at Spurs.The club sit third in the Premier League, five points behind the leaders, Manchester City, and confidence is high after a run of six consecutive wins in all competitions, the most recent on Wednesday in the Champions League against Internazionale. Spurs would ensure qualification to the last 16 if they beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou on 11 December.“I really believe in this club and I really believe that we can win the Premier League,” Lucas said. “We can win trophies this season. I am here to help and to make history. It’s very, very difficult, I know. But Leicester won the Premier League, so I think we are very good and we can do this.“In football, we never know what will happen. That’s why it’s so beautiful. We need to believe, work hard and enjoy each opportunity that we have.” Arsenal Share on Pinterest Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter European club football Read more Unai Emery Share via Email Read more Then, everything changed. Emery had to accommodate Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, who had joined PSG in the summer of last year, but it was still remarkable to see how Lucas’s opportunities dried up. Between July and January – when he completed a £25m move to Spurs – Lucas played six times, each as a substitute. In total, he was on the field for 80 minutes.The Brazilian is careful to say the right things about Emery, who is now in charge at Arsenal, but their personal history frames one of the many subplots to Sunday’s derby at the Emirates Stadium.The bottom line is that Emery was the manager who forced Lucas out of PSG, where he had played since a €45m (£40m) transfer from São Paulo in January 2013, winning four league titles, three French cups and four league cups. How could he not want to prove his worth to him?Lucas was asked the question. Did he want to show Emery that he had the quality to thrive at a big club? “I try to show it – him – at Spurs,” he replied, getting the point across despite a rare tangle to his impressive English. “I forget the last five or six months that I had at PSG. And I like to think about the four years when I was very happy there and I won a lot of trophies. The last year was to learn and to grow up. Now I am a more experienced player and more strong.” Lucas, now 26, talks a good deal about personal happiness and how content he is at Tottenham after a difficult first few months last season. This time out, he has not only contributed five goals in all competitions but he has thrilled with his pace and dribbling. The contrast to his final season at PSG, which he discussed with ESPN Brazil in August, is plain.“It was very hard, the worst seven months of my life,” he said. “I came from a very good season, I was second top scorer of the team, only behind Cavani. The following season I wasn’t even called up. I used to go to practice, I wasn’t even in the game. I used to go back home. But I kept working hard. And God gave me the best gift of life, my son [in November 2017].” Topics Lucas Moura has described it as the worst seven months of his life and even now the speed of his descent from hero to zero under Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain feels mystifying.The Tottenham winger was an established PSG player when Emery came to the club for the 2016-17 season and he would make 53 appearances in all competitions for him, getting 19 goals – a career high and second only to Edinson Cavani in the club’s scoring charts. Unai Emery says Arsenal lost their way under Arsène Wenger features Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Lucas Moura takes on Daniele Padelli of Internazionale during Tottenham’s 1-0 victory in the Champions League. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content
But the Raiders’ faithful didn’t have to wait long in the second half to get back on their feet for Wighton after the five-eighth scored a brilliant individual try. Souths fullback Adam Doueihi could not take a bomb and Wighton scooped up the loose ball before dropping it onto his foot and and scoring in the corner. Croker’s sideline conversion hit the upright in the 45th minute. Papalii was put on report for contact with his shoulder to the head of Doueihi in the 50th minute but will be confident of playing in the decider. Souths threw everything at Canberra, having all the ball in the second half, but the defence was equal to the challenge.The Raiders finally managed to get some ball and were on the attack in the 70th minute when Reynolds intercepted and ran 60 metres before Nicoll-Klokstad chased him down, but was binned for holding on too long.Doueihi knocked on in the 74th minute before Papalii powered his way over from 10 metres out to send the crowd wild. Graham scored a consolation try in the final minute but the Raiders will face Melbourne or the Sydney Roosters in the grand final. Canberra are into their first NRL grand final in 25 years after beating South Sydney 16-10, despite being a man down for the final 10 minutes. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad was sin-binned for a professional foul in the 70th minute, but the Raiders rallied before Josh Papalii burst through to score the match-winning try in front of a record crowd at GIO Stadium.The victory means coach Ricky Stuart has taken Canberra to their first grand final since helping the Green Machine to their last premiership as a player in 1994. The Raiders’ season has been defined by defence and, for their biggest home crowd in club history, they again stood strong. Three times in the first half, the Rabbitohs looked certain to score and were denied as the Canberra wall could not be penetrated. Share on WhatsApp NRL Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Rugby league Souths crossed first through Alex Johnston but the pass from Campbell Graham was ruled to have come off the ground while he was being tackled and the try was disallowed. Canberra co-captain Josh Hodgson orchestrated the opening try from start to finish. Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett said they were prepared for one-on-one strips but they could not stop Hodgson pick-pocketing Ethan Lowe in the 13th minute. A few plays later, Hodgson grubbered through and, when Corey Allan tried to escape the in-goal, Hodgson made the tackle which forced the ball free and Jarrod Croker pounced to score. Croker converted but, five minutes later, he lined up a penalty almost in front and 30 metres out but hooked it wide to keep the score 6-0. Souths earned an attacking scrum in the 26th minute and Dylan Walker burst through, looking certain to score, only to get stripped on the line by Hodgson. But the Rabbitohs would not be denied from their next scrum set piece when the ball moved through the hands before Dane Gagai cut through to score in the corner. Reynolds slotted the sideline conversion to lock up the scores in the 30th minute.Souths were gifted the ball back just minutes later. Damien Cook darted out of dummy-half and found Teita Tatola who looked to have scored between the posts but was ruled short. The half ended with the crowd of 26,567 in raptures as Jack Wighton raced 50m downfield but was pulled down by Gagai. Australia sport Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Al Jazira v Al Wahda Al Wahda thrash Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi Derby Mohammed Fayad 20:01 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Al Jazira v Al Wahda Arabian Gulf League Al Jazira Al Wahda The Maroon fire up the title race After the game was postponed from early December due to Al Jazira’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup, Al Wahda managed to thrash their Abu Dhabi rivals 4-2 during the 11th matchweek of the UAE Arabian Gulf League at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.Sebastian Tagliabue was the star of the outing with a hat-trick against the defending AGL champions to cut their title hopes short and push them back into fifth place with 16 points, while Al Wahda moved very close to joint league leaders Al Wasl and Al Ain, with 23 points. 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 Al Jazira started off the match in quick fashion and attempted to cause damage to Al Wahda early on but young goalkeeper Mohammed Al Shamsi held on for a good 43 minutes, saving shots here and there, before Balazs Dszudszak’s cross found Sebastian Tagliabue to tap in the opener.In the second half, Al Wahda continued to take advantage of Al Jazira’s high defensive line when a through pass found Tagliabue to finish past Khaled Al Senaani in the 51st minute. Chang Woo Rim found Tagliabue in the same way Dszudszak did in the first goal, with a left sided cross for the Argentinian to tap in just 20 minutes later.The low crosses once again hurt Al Jazira, with the third of its kind being scored in this match when Mohamed Alakberi scored the fourth of night in the 83rd minute.This led to an Al Jazira attempted comeback when a powerful header by Ahmed Al Attas in the 89th minute was sent into the far corner to make it 4-1. Romarinho added the second during injury time after a slick through pass from Mbark Boussoufa, but the match ended just seconds later to ensure Al Wahda went home with a valuable 3 points.
Transfers ‘The chances of me leaving are slim’ – Kluivert plays down Manchester United rumours Robin Bairner 16:06 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Newcastle United v Manchester United Ajax Eredivisie Premier League The teenager has hinted that he feels a move straight to Old Trafford could be too big a jump Ajax starlet Justin Kluivert has played down reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.The forward has been touted for great things after an exciting start to life in the Eredivisie, where he has scored five times in 17 outings this season.News broke over the weekend that the 18-year-old would make a move worth £10 million to Old Trafford in the summer, yet the Netherlands Under-21 international has dismissed those claims. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The chances of me leaving are slim,” he told Voetbal Inside. “I haven’t spoken to Jose Mourinho myself. I know as much as you do.“Rumours are always there, but Manchester United has never come up and I don’t think it’s a logical step. “A few more years at Ajax? Who knows, we’ll see.”Kluivert, who is the son of Netherlands great Patrick, played on Sunday as Ajax defeated NAC Breda 3-1 at the Amsterdam ArenA. He created the equaliser for Donny van de Beek as the home side came from behind to win.He has previously said that he hopes he can emulate his father by going all the way to the top of the game.Ajax lie second in the Eredivisie, seven points behind leaders PSV.
Transfers Zidane rubbishes Isco exit rumours amid Chelsea links: I want him here for life! Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 21:55 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Real Madrid Primera División Premier League Isco Zinédine Zidane The midfield playmaker has been linked with a move to the Premier League but the Frenchman insists he is going nowhere in the summer Zinedine Zidane wants Isco at Real Madrid for “his whole life” and insists claims the player could leave at the end of this season are false.Spain playmaker Isco dazzled at the end of last season, starring as Zidane’s side collected Champions League and La Liga titles.But as their title defence has stumbled domestically this term, the 25-year-old has found starts harder to come by. 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 Isco was an unused substitute as Madrid slumped to a 3-0 Clasico loss against Barcelona before Christmas, while last weekend’s goalscoring contribution to the 2-2 draw at Levante also came from the bench.The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with a move for the former Malaga man but speaking ahead of Saturday’s match against Real Sociedad, Madrid’s head coach categorically denied he could leave.”I’m glad you’ve asked me. I was asked before [during the January transfer window] why weren’t we going to sign anyone,” Zidane told reporters.”I said I’ve always believed in my team and I will do until the very end. When I start something I get involved, I believe where I’m going, what I should be doing and I back the people I’m working with.”Isco’s one of them. He a very good footballer. He’s proven that in the past and will do that again”I want Isco [in my team] and I want him to spend his whole life here.”It’s a lie that I want Isco to be sold in the summer. Hopefully we won’t hear any more of this.”66 – Isco Alarcon has played more La Liga games than any other Real Madrid player under Zinedine Zidane (44 starts, 17 goals and 16 assists). Essential. pic.twitter.com/deIrAx7wqh — OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 7, 2018 Nevertheless, Zidane was keen to point out that his backing for Isco did not mean a guaranteed run of starts, given the competition for places in his Madrid squad.”There’s 25 of us. Everyone is important,” he said. “I get asked this question by you, by somebody else – why Isco? Why [Marco] Asensio?”The most important thing for me is the team. Isco won’t play every game between now and the end of the season but he’s part of the squad.”I have to pick a team. There are many games.”I get asked about Isco and I’m pretty sure I’ll get asked about Asensio and [Dani] Ceballos and players who might play less than their team-mates”These questions are common. I’m the one with a tough decision to make.”Isco has started 14 games and come on four more times in La Liga this season, scoring five times, and started all but one of their Champions League group games.
Transfers Buffon would be happy to make PSG move – agent Robin Bairner 15:03 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers PSG Juventus v Hellas Verona Caen v PSG Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 The prospect of the veteran goalkeeper making a move to the Ligue 1 side is one that appears to be increasing Gianluigi Buffon’s agent has dropped the greatest suggestion yet that the veteran goalkeeper will move to Paris Saint-Germain next season.The Juventus and Italy legend announced earlier this month that he would leave Juventus at the end of the season and had an emotional send off with the Turin club as he helped them to a seventh successive Serie A title.He had been expected to retire from football but instead kept the door open for another move at the age of 40, having only previously turned out for Parma and Juve, although he did confirm that he would not move to another side in his homeland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now PSG, meanwhile, have offered him terms for the next two seasons and the shot-stopper’s agent, Silvano Martina, has confirmed it is a move that would be of interest.“We would be happy if Gigi came to Paris next season,” the representative told Le Parisien.Indications in Italy suggest that a deal is as good as done.“I hope he does well at PSG,” Lapo Elkann, heir to the Agnelli family that owns Juventus told Gazzetta dello Sport. “It’s a choice I respect. I hope we meet again in the Champions League final.”Current PSG No.1 Alphonse Areola, meanwhile, has been linked with a move away from the club as a consequence. Napoli are thought to be particularly interested in the 25-year-old, who will travel with France’s World Cup squad to Russia in the summer as the No.3 behind Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda.
In this edition, we look back at the National Championships held between 1994 through to the beginning of the National Touch League in 1997, as well as the All Stars of Touch teams selected from the events. New South Wales clinched the Men’s Open title at the 1994 National Championships in Southport 3-2 following a controversial extra-time touchdown. The Gold Coast Bulletin had the following to say about the game:“The extra time period was less than a minute old when Wayne Bambury scored a touchdown despite calls from the Queensland camp that he had been touched before they forced the ball down.”“Ironically, Queensland also lost to New South Wales in drop-off situations in the Women’s Open and the Mixed Open finals.”New South Wales defeated Queensland in the Women’s Open 3-2, while they won the Mixed Open 4-3. New South Wales were also victorious in the Women’s 30’s division, winning 4-2, while Queensland won their only title in the Men’s 35’s division by one touchdown, 3-2. The 1994 National Championships also hosted four non-national events, with the Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, Men’s 20’s and Women’s 20’s divisions being added to the line up. New South Wales defeated Queensland by one touchdown in the Men’s 40’s division, and also got a win in the Men’s 45’s division, 5-2. Queensland also got two wins in the non-national events, winning the Men’s 20’s 6-0, as well as the Women’s 20’s division by one touchdown, both against New South Wales. Queensland hit back at home in 1995, walking away with the Champion State National Title, defeating arch rivals New South Wales. The 14th National Championships were played at Owen Park, Southport in October 1995, and the home side did their state proud. Like in recent years, there was almost nothing separating Queensland and New South Wales, with both the Men’s and Women’s finals being decided by a drop off. In the Women’s division, Queensland led 3-2 with minutes remaining before New South Wales’ Captain Katrina Maher scored a touchdown to level the game and send it into extra time. New South Wales’ Jody English scored after nine minutes to take the lead for the first time in the game and the National Championships title. In the Men’s division, the game went to a drop off between New South Wales and Queensland following a close encounter for the 40 minute duration. Both teams scored one touchdown in the first half, while neither managed to score in the second half, sending the game into extra time. Queensland’s Bob Brindell scored the winning touchdown to end New South Wales’ three year reign of the title. In the Mixed Open division, New South Wales proved too strong for Queensland, winning 4-1, while they also took out the Women’s 30’s and Men’s 20’s division by one touchdown. Queensland also won the Men’s 30’s and 40’s divisions as well as the Women’s 20’s division to take out the Champion State title. In 1996, the National Championships was not played for the Open divisions, while the Senior divisions were still contested. There were several changes, with the New South Wales and Queensland’s Open sides competing in the first State of Origin, while the emerging states and territories were given a tournament of their own. The Southern Cross National Open Championships were held in Torrensville, South Australia and played host to teams from Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Defence Force. In the National Championships, New South Wales and Queensland were quite evenly matched. New South Wales won the Men’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Men’s 45’s divisions, while Queensland won the Mixed Juniors and Men’s 35’s. The two states also drew in the Women’s 30’s and Men’s 40’s divisions. The National Touch League was implemented in 1997 to replace the old National Championships. Instead of concentrating Australia’s representative talent into two powerhouse teams, it was decided to divide the 240,000 strong Australian Market into 12 competitive sides. It was hoped at the time that this process would also establish a strong national club structure. The tournament finals were broadcast on WIN, NBN and Optusvision, while NBN the host broadcaster also ran 50 television commercials to promote the event. In the Men’s Open division, the Sydney Scorpions and the Brisbane Cobras met in the final, and after trailing 3-1, the Cobras hit back to level the game at 3-all at full time. The deadlock was broken when Scorpions player Shane Fredrickson scored to win the first NTL title. He was also named Player of the Final, while Gavin McDonald was named Player of the Series. In the Women’s Open final, the Sydney Mets dominated the first half of the game against the Cobras, and were unlucky not to go to the half time break with more than a 1-0 lead. The Cobras hit back in the second half however, and scored two quick touchdowns to take out a 2-1 victory. The Cobras’ Catherine Barr was given the Player of the Final accolade while the Gold Coast’s Sharyn Williams was voted Player of the Series. The Mixed Open final saw the Sydney Rebels tough it out against the Brisbane Cobras. The game was deadlocked at 5-all before the Rebel’s Darren Shelley scored two quick touchdowns to take the inaugural title 7-5. Shelley was rewarded for his dominant performance, being named Player of the Final, while the Cobras’ Dione Williams was named as the Player of the Series. The National Touch League continues to this day, and the 2010 X-Blades NTL will see a record 146 teams compete across 14 divisions in Caloundra. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia and National Touch League websites for all the latest information regarding the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League. 1994 All-Stars of Touch Leesa Johnston (QLD), Steve Hughes (ACT), Ron Chilby (NSW), Mark Scott (NSW), Darren Shelley (NSW), Michael McGovern (ACT), Lynette Hardy (NSW), Swain Rovelli (QLD), Steve Golding (NSW), Trevor McPhillips (QLD), Ray Wilson (NSW), Wayne Clifford (NSW), Gai Taylor (NSW), Donna Hollingsworth (NSW). Coach of the Year: Greg Newman (NSW), Manager of the Year: Kathie O’Brien (QLD), Referee of the Year: Niki Ward (QLD), Official of the Year: Dick Fairbairn (NSW – ATA Life Member).1995 All Stars of Touch Robert Brindell (QLD), Kevin Feldman (QLD), Tony Howard (NSW), Leesa Johnston (QLD), Katrina Maher (NSW), Mark Scott (NSW), Stacey Gregory (NSW), Steve Tomlin (TAS), Scott Lewis (NT), Louise Mumford (WA), Tanya Mitchell (WA), Kelly Pickering (SA), Trent McDonald (QLD), Natalie Wilkinson (QLD).Coach of the Year: Keith Harris-Walker (WA), Manager of the Year: Ken Crawford (NSW), Referee of the Year: Rick Borg (QLD), Official of the Year: Ian Stanley (NSW – TIP Director).1996 All Stars of Touch Margie Allen (QLD), Scott Notley (QLD), Judy Malcolm (NSW), Gary Simons (NSW), Rob Pratt (QLD), Kieran Gavin (NSW), Maurice Stewart (NSW), Kerry Norman (QLD), Donna O’Connor (NSW), Craig Madders (QLD), Giselle Tirado (NSW), Jody English (NSW), Neil Ward (QLD), Robert Brindell (QLD). Coach of the Year: Colin Jenkinson (QLD), Manager of the Year: Karama Doreset (WA), Referee of the Year: Gary Mournehis (NSW), Official of the Year: Dr Paul Webb (ATA – Life Member).Touch Football Australia is calling on the Touch Community far and wide to celebrate 30 years of National Championships. Have you booked your tickets to the 30 Year Celebration Breakfast to be held on Sunday, 14 March, the day after the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League? Call Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to book your seat.
Approximately 3000 players will be competing across 17 divisions at the event, ranging from Under 20’s to the Men’s 50’s division. Teams from 50 affiliates across New South Wales will compete in the three day event. The Eastern Suburbs Roosters will be hoping to claim back-to-back Champion Affiliate status at this year’s event, after winning three titles in 2010. After winning their first Vawdon Cup title in 10 years in early November, Easts Roosters will be hopeful of gaining the Men’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in Port Macquarie. With Australian World Cup champions Terry Deegan (Men’s) and Jamie Chan (Mixed), as well as several New Zealand World Cup representatives in Ed Burrell, Dean Williams and Cain Rangi, the side is full of star players, and will be hard to beat.Easts’ edged out the Penrith Panthers in the Vawdon Cup final by two touchdowns and the Panthers will be keen to go one better at the State Cup. With a trio of Australian World Cup representatives in Nick Good, Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley, the Panthers will be another team to watch out for. The Hornsby Lions, will be vying for their third consecutive State Cup title, and with New South Wales Touch Association’s Coach of the Year, Terry Cooper, at the helm, the Lions will once again be an exciting team to watch. Last year’s State Cup runners up, Wests Magpies, will again be in the mix this year, and will field a strong team. Australian representatives Anthony Ziade (Men’s), Daniel Rushworth, Roy Prasad (Mixed) and Michael Jacono (Men’s 30’s) will again lead the side, and will be hoping to do one better in 2011 following their one touchdown loss to Hornsby in last year’s State Cup final. The experience of the Canterbury Bulldogs means that they should be around on finals day, with recent Vawdon Cup Boland Medal winner for Player of the Season, Steve Roberts, in the line-up as well as his fellow Australian Men’s Open teammates Stuart Brierty, Matt Prowse and Mat Bird. After a strong Vawdon Cup campaign, the Parramatta Eels will also be a team to watch out for, with Australian Mixed Open World Cup champions, Troy Malcolm and Dylan Thompson, in the line-up. The Wollongong Devils will be hoping that they can achieve the Women’s Open Vawdon Cup/State Cup double in 2011, after coming very close in 2010. After winning the 2010 Vawdon Cup, the Devils were beaten in a drop-off by the Canterbury Bulldogs in last year’s final, before an undefeated Vawdon Cup season saw the Devils beat the Bulldogs in the Vawdon Cup final in early November. Australian Women’s Open representative and recent Vawdon Cup Karen Smith Medal winner for Player of the Season, Nicole Beck, will not play at the State Cup due to an ankle operation, and will be missed by the Devils. The State Cup will be a good challenge for the side, which will look to the experience of co-captains Jess McCall and Cara Zaremski, while there are many talented youngsters in the Devils’ line up including Australian Youth representatives Bianca Mounsey and Sam Hammond. Canterbury will be aiming for their sixth straight State Cup title in 2011, and will be hard to beat with Australian Women’s Open captain Louise Winchester leading the team, while her sister Claire, and Kelly Woods will also be players to watch. Port Macquarie will be fielding a team in the Women’s Open division in 2011, with plenty of impressive young players to debut in this division. Australian 18’s Girls representative, Simone Smith, will join her Elite Eight New South Wales Country Mavericks teammates Kelly Pepper, Ash Alcorn and Australian Mixed Open World Cup champion, Kylie Hilder, in the side, while talented sisters Kate and Laura Coleman will also be looking to impress in front of a home crowd. The Manly Sea Eagles and Penrith Panthers are two teams full of young talent, and will be looking to continue on from their impressive Vawdon Cup seasons at the State Cup.Round games will be played on Friday and Saturday, before finals are contested on Sunday.New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) General Manager, Dean Russell, used Thursday’s New South Wales State Cup media launch to announce that Port Macquarie will host the next five State Cup events following the 2011 tournament.With the State Cup currently in its 23rd consecutive year with Port Macquarie as host, the city will continue to host the event from 2012 to 2016 commencing with next year’s event on December 7-9.To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 New South Wales State Cup, please visit the following websites: www.nswtouch.com.auwww.statecup.sportingpulse.net NSWTA’s social media pages will also be updated regularly throughout the event, and you can find out everything you need to know by ‘liking’ or ‘following’ these pages:www.twitter.com/nsw_touch http://www.facebook.com/pages/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714