Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum asserted its dominance in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 97-74 decimation of Mapua to complete the first round sweep Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez anchored the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in their ninth straight win to remain unbeaten after the first round.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Wilson Baltazar also notched 12 markers built on two triples.Coach Topex Robinson said that as gratifying as the 9-0 run was, the battle is only halfway done as it braces for the tougher duels in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“As much as it’s ok, we still have nine more games to play and we have lots of things that we should work on, especially on our turnovers because it is still a problem for us,” he said.With Perez leading the charge, the Pirates jumped to a commanding 22-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, extending the lead to its biggest at 32, 78-46, with 1:49 left in the third period. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next That early pullaway allowed Lyceum to distribute minutes among its third stringers, with Jeffrey Santos and Spencer Pretta pouring nine points each in the victory.“We’ll take this win,” said Robinson after the Pirates finally played the Cardinals in a game which has been postponed twice due to inclement weather.“It’s nice to come off a long break with a win. We made the most of the time that has been given to us. It’s a time for us to work on some things, time for the players to reflect on the first few games that we played. We know we still have a lot of room for improvement if we want to be one of the elite teams in the NCAA.”Christian Buñag topped Mapua (1-7) with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while JB Raflores had 16 markers and eight boards in the defeat.To add to the Cardinals’ woes Kim Magboo hurt his knee late in the first quarter leaving Atoy Co with only eight players at his disposal in the tiff against the top seed.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:LYCEUM 97 – Perez 18, Baltazar 12, Santos 9, Pretta 9, Tansingco 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ayaay 5, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 3, Caduyac 2, Sinco 2, Serrano 1.MAPUA 74 – Buñag 17, Raflores 16, Nieles 13, Gabo 10, Aguirre 8, Victoria 4, Orquina 4, Magboo 2, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 22-8, 52-34, 80-51, 97-74. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

‘One more game’

first_imgGinebra will have the momentum to go for the kill, and Cone has hinted that he will prepare his boys to play just one more game.“Our mentality right now is we want to play just one more game,” Cone said after Game 5 of the best-of-seven series. Slaughter was the other big performer for Cone and showed why he is the Best Player of the Conference, finishing with 17 points, 16 rebounds and six swats.Meralco had only five blocks for the night.“I am looking forward to playing in a bigger game,” Slaughter said of Game 6, which will also be at Philippine Arena. “Whoever comes out hungrier for that game will get that game.”Meralco trailed by as many as 18 in the first half before coming back hard in the third period to lead a couple of times. But, like in Game 2, the Bolts suffered a power outage in the most critical time of the game, making just two Allen Durham free throws in a five-minute span.Durham has also been working double time in trying to keep the Bolts in this series, and whether he’s got more to give for two more games will ultimately determine whether Meralco finally breaks through in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games After five grueling games of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, and considering how he has worked himself ragged to help give Barangay Ginebra a 3-2 lead over Meralco, Justin Brownlee says he’s still got a lot left in the tank as the Gin Kings gun for the clincher on Wednesday night.“No, not at all,” the 6-foot-5 Brownlee said when asked if he was surprised that coach Tim Cone didn’t give him a breather in the second half of a tight 85-74 victory on Sunday before 36,455 fans at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I just have to be prepared,” Cone went on, before someone asked if he was ready to go the full 48 minutes—at least—in Game 6 where the Kings can sew up a repeat. “I’m ready to do whatever it takes for us to win a championship.”Brownlee played 46 total minutes in Game 5 and struggled throughout with the Meralco defense focusing on him hard.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 shutoutBut he delivered when needed by helping in the other aspects in the stretch, as he still finished with 20 points that went with 12 rebounds and five assists. Brownlee also had a night-high three steals—equaling the entire Meralco total—which resulted in a Greg Slaughter bucket that made it 81-70 going into the final 4:30.“Our job’s not done yet,” Brownlee said. Milliam posts rare PPS 3-title romp Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principleNational team head coach Chot Reyes can heave a sigh of relief as he begins the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations on Friday evening.Players like June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, and Von Pessumal of San Miguel, Japeth Aguilar and Kevin Ferrer of Ginebra, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon of Star, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, and LA Revilla and Russel Escoto of Kia have the greenlight to join the national team’s preparations for the Asian qualifiers.The Philippines is set to open its first round assignment against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before playing Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA governors may be at an impasse when it comes to the matters about the Commissioner’s office, but the teams remain united when it comes to the national team.The five teams supporting the extension of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said that they won’t allow the controversy to affect the league’s commitment to Smart Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In a joint statement released on Friday, San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia said they are still allowing their players to suit for national team duties for the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers as part of the PBA’s agreement with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All five teams composed of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star Hotshots, GlobalPort and Kia Picanto will continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions. We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“We reiterate that we are doing this to protect the league we all love, the game of basketball and the millions of fans who continue to support us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

Lions, Stags dispute 2nd finals seat

first_imgUnable to bag the top seeding at the end of the elimination round for the first time in 12 years, the Red Lions fight for the right to face unbeaten Lyceum in the best-of-three finals starting Friday.Standing in their way are the Stags who won a couple of knockout games in the stepladder semifinals to set up the duel with the Lions.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 Lions’ 16-2 record at the end of the elimination round would have been enough to seal top seeding last season, but with the emergence of the Pirates, the defending champions also lost their twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals.Both San Beda losses came against Lyceum, including a 105-107 overtime defeat that completed an 18-0 elimination round sweep for the Pirates last Oct. 19. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is what it is and now we just have to deal with San Sebastian,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose team swept the Stags in the elimination round. “We have to match their energy and limit everyone.” —CEDELF P. TUPAS Reigning champion San Beda hopes to come out sharp after a long break as it disputes the second finals berth against a streaking San Sebastian squad on Tuesday in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Echauz-led sailors conquer China Cup LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Popovich has ‘never’ seen an injury like Leonard’s

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion NBA: Paul George demands more ‘respect’ for his defensive prowess NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Luckily for the Spurs, Parker is doing a little better in his recovery from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered in the Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets and might be on his way to return “very soon.”“For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest,” the coach said of the French guard, who could suit up as early as late November.San Antonio is currently tied for third in the Western Conference at 11-7, with its last game ending in a loss to New Orleans, 107-90, on Thursday (Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “What’s really strange is that Tony has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible. I had never seen it before those guys,” he said.Leonard has not hit the court since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State. He came to training camp before the season in the team’s injured list.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 same ESPN report also cited that Leonard “needs to advance through a rehabilitation process that comprises several steps, including individual work followed by 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills, before he can get full clearance to return to the court,” something which the 26-year-old hasn’t gotten yet.“I keep saying sooner rather than later. It’s kind of like being a politician. It’s all baloney, doesn’t mean anything,” said Popovich. San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, left, is being helped by teammate Pau Gasol in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on May 14, 2017. Leonard hurt his ankle after landing on the foot of Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia. APAlmost a month into the new NBA season and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich still couldn’t wrap his head around the quadriceps tendinopathy injury that has been keeping his star swingman Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup.In a report of ESPN, Popovich admitted that he “never” seen an injury like Leonard’s. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has missed 17 games so far for the Spurs and doesn’t have a timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum gets reality check in first D-League game

first_imgPBA IMAGESPlaying in their first game in the PBA D-League, both CJ Perez and Jaycee Marcelino agreed that they are facing a brand new beast in the developmental ranks in this stint with Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.“The play in the D-League is really different from that of the NCAA,” said Perez, the NCAA Season 93 MVP, in Filipino after wrapping up his first game in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia Perez chimed in: “We just need to be tougher.” Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Marcelino also added: “We’re still finding our way. We’re facing veterans so it’s really a new challenge for us. Eventually, we’ll get our bearings back.”Zark’s Burger-Lyceum lost grip of the game late in the second quarter as Marinerong Pilipino jumped to a 47-35 halftime lead which extended to a 56-39 advantage early in the third quarter.Though Perez and Marcelino carried the Jawbreakers back in the game and got in within two numerous times in the last two minutes, they could not deliver the victory, losing to the Skippers, 94-92.Despite the opening day loss, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum is keeping its hopes up as it seeks to recover in its next assignment against Batangas-EAC on Tuesday.“We need to do extra work so that we could sustain what we did in Lyceum,” said Marcelino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Marcelino, the Season’s Rookie of the Year, couldn’t agree more.“In the NCAA, everybody is on our level. Here, we’re playing against veterans, so we can’t say that we can replicate what we did in the NCAA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutExpected to figure among the contenders this first conference, the Jawbreakers admitted that it still takes time before all of them adjust to the rigors of this new endeavor.“We’re still adjusting,” said Perez. “We just returned to practice and this was only our second game in the year, so we’re still confused at times on the floor.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

JRU star Alvarez captures NCAA MVP; Arellano players reap honors

first_imgPadda shows love for Lady Falcons’ veterans on Valentine’s Day MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alvarez’ rookie teammate Dolly Verzosa was named as the 2nd Best Outside Spiker.Lourdes Clemented from University of Perpetual Help was the league’s 1st Best Middle Blocker.San Sebastian also had three players take individual awards with Joyce Sta. Rita being named as the 2nd Best Middle Blocker, Alyss Eroa taking the Best Libero award, and Vira Guillema earning the Best Setter crown.Joebert Almodiel ruled the men’s division as he won the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and 1st Best Outside Spiker plums while representing the undefeated Altas.Joebert Almodiel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWarren Catipay and Jack Kalingking also took individual awards for Perpetual winning the Best Setter and Best Libero awards.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Shola Alvarez just added a major trophy in her mythos with Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Arellano’s Kevin Liberato and Christian Dela Paz were named as the 1st Best Middle Blocker and 2nd Best Outside Spiker, respectively.San Beda’s Mark Enciso won the Best Opposite Spiker while his teammate Limuel Patenio was the 2nd Best Middle Blocker.In the Juniors’ division, Perpetual’s Kirth Rosos was named the MVP while teammate Noel Kampton was the 1st Best Outside Spiker.College of St. Benilde’s Arnel Aguilar was the top rookie in the juniors’ division while Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Michael Imperial was the Best Setter and Colegio de San Juan de Letrans’ Raxel Catris was the Best Libero.Catris’ teammate John Lorenzo was the awarded the Best Opposite Spiker plum.Juvic Colonia of Lyceum was the 2nd Best Outside Hitter with Raliuz Cantos of Benilde taking the 1st Best Middle Blocker award and Arellano’s Gideon Guadalupe taking the 2nd Best Middle Blocker label. AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH JRU’s first captain to lead the Lady Bombers to the Final Four captured the MVP plum of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.Alvarez, who averaged 21.3 points a game, was the face of a JRU team that went 6-3 in the preliminaries and finished as the fourth seed in the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s all worth it,” said Alvarez who ended her collegiate career as, what JRU head coach Mia Tioseco said, the benchmark of all future Lady Bombers.Arellano University’s triangle of attack also took home hardware with Jovielyn Prado taking the 1st Best Outside Spiker award, Regine Arocha being named the Best Opposite Spiker, and Nicole Ebuen claiming the Rookie of the Year laurel. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

#KicksStalker: JR Smith has a pair of Nikes LeBron doesn’t own (yet)

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant That is if Smith is telling the truth. It’s hard to imagine for anyone to get a pair of Nikes ahead of its signature athletes, and yet JR Smith did just that.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 starsSmith on Saturday took to Instagram to boast a pair of LeBron XIVs even LeBron James is yet to receive.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES In a post Smith captioned, “Hello wold! (King James ain’t even got these),” the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard shared the picture of the red-and-white LeBron XIVs that he wore for a charity game in Hong Kong.Smith is in Hong Kong for a charity game Hall of Famer Yao Ming’s foundation organized.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Molde, Lady Maroons, put off-court frustrations at bay in time for games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH

first_imgPH salvages silver in women’s wushu event View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Samantha Kyle Catantan of the Philippines (R) competes with Singapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi during the women’s foil individual final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adek BERRYKUALA LUMPUR A pair of teenaged fencers gifted the Philippines a silver and bronze in the women’s fencing foil event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at MITEC Hall 6.Fifteen-year-old Samantha Kyle Catantan dropped a 15-7 decision to SIngapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi, 15-9, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ 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 Catantan, a two-time MVP awardee in the UAAP fighting for University of the East, barged into the semis along with 16-year-old teammate Maxine Isabel Esteban.Esteban also bowed to Berthi, 15-9, in the semis en route to the Singaporean’s gold medal triumph.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 openingCatantan bested Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan also of SIngapore, 15-14, in the semis. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

PH fights for gold in men’s squash

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Grueling flight worth it for Syquia after winning gold View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side They are up against Singapore’s Benedict Chan and Pang Ka Hoa who ousted Eris Setiavan and Ade Furkon of Indonesia, 2-0.The women’s team of Jemyca Aribado, Isabelle Gotuaco and Yvonne Alyssa Dalida bagged bronze after dropping a 2-1 decision to Shiela Sivakumar, Yeong Wai Yhann and Pamela Chua of Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine squash men’s team made the finals Monday, inching closer to a first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in recent years.The pair of Robert Andrew Garcia and Juan Rafael Yam edged Darren Rahul and ng Eain Yow of Malaysia, 2-0, to barge into the championship round which begins Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Eustaquio, two other Filipinos headline ONE: Total Victory

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eustaquio (9-5), who is fresh from his split decision victory against Anatpong Bunrad last May, seeks to continue his ascent in the flyweight rankings and inch closer to getting his shot on the gold.Akhmetov (23-1), meanwhile, is eyeing to bounce back after falling to Adriano Moraes last month and reclaim his belt.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 openingAlso representing the Philippines in the Jakarta card are strawweight Roy Doliguez and flyweight Ramon Gonzales.The 35-year-old Doliguez is looking to snap his three-match losing skid and once again showcase his striking prowess as he takes on former Shooto South American Strawweight Champion Yago Bryan of Brazil. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments ‘Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hitman MMA’s Gonzales, meanwhile, will bank on his karate background as he faces off against Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu of Mongolia.Other matches announced for the card are the flyweight bout between hometown bet Stefer Rahardian against Sim Bunsrun; the heavyweight clash between Alain Ngalani of Cameroon and Hideki Sekine of Japan; Indonesian martial artist Sunoto versus 19-year-old featherweight Thai Rithy of Cambodia; Indonesian Jeremy Meciaz against Hisyam Samsudin of Malaysia in another heavyweight bout; Liberian striker Jerome S. Paye versus former Thai boxing world champion Yodsanan Sityodtong; 24-year-old Adrian Matheis of Indonesia squaring off against the debuting Phat Soda of Cambodia; and bantamweights Riski Umar and Adi Nugroho lock horns in the undercard.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Geje Eustaquio declared the winner. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPGeje Eustaquio’s quest for glory takes him to Indonesia as he leads two other Filipinos in action at ONE: Total Victory on September 16 at Jakarta Convention Center.The 28-year-old from Team Lakay will wage war against former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan in the main event of what promises to be an action-packed card.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ross, San Miguel put clamps on Ginebra import Brownlee

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Desiderio walks the talk in UP’s last-second win over UST Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I was just taking the challenge,” shared Ross on Sunday. “He was really a prolific import. He puts his shirts on like I put my shorts on in the morning, so I just go out there and compete.”It may seem like a mismatch but the veteran guard showed he is the right man to slow down Brownlee, who was limited to just 14 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field.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 openingRoss, who had four steals, was also stellar on the offensive end with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.“We’re desperate for a win and Ginebra is playing great basketball, so I’m just happy that we’re able to pull this win out,” he said. “Everyone played well. We had a great game plan from coach and we’re able to squeak this one out.” Ross is also hopeful that wins like these can finally silence critics saying that San Miguel is in a disarray.“I don’t think anything was wrong with us. We lost two games by one point. It’s not like we’re getting blown out. The game against Alaska, we got blown out, but before that, games against NLEX and Star were decided by just one possession,” he said. “I felt like we’re not playing bad even though we’re at 3-3. We’re always one possession away.”Ross agreed that looking back, the Beermen made a mistake on replacing Wendell McKines with Terik Bridgeman.But with Terrence Watson now in the fold, he believes that San Miguel is back to its old dominant self as it seeks to make it to the top four and ultimately capture the Grand Slam.“When we changed imports, I guess you could say they made the wrong decision, but I felt we’re playing good enough to win games. We’re just not making plays at the end of the game. But now that we got an import that competes and fits in well with us, plus we’re getting healthy and coach is finding our way with our rotation, then we’re starting to play a little bit better which is causing us to win games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross and import Terrence Watson double teams Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESChris Ross may have given up four inches in defending Justin Brownlee, but at the end of the day, that huge height disparity was hardly a factor at all.Bringing in his scrappiness and grit, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounded the Ginebra import for the 42 minutes he spent on the floor to help San Miguel come away with a 107-103 victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rise of the independent woman

first_imgThey embody a fresh promise. They possess the enviable ability to face challenges. And they have the temperament to think out-of-the-box. A sense of achievement is integral to their raison d’etre. They do not follow any hand-me-down lineage, but use their ideas and initiatives to jump to the corner office. They are on the road to achieve their goals and enjoy unabashedly what they do. This Women’s Day, we raise a toast to these eclectic bunch of talented and focussed women, who know what they want. Simply Punjabi celebrates the different hues of this smart brigade.A star for the stars: Ana Singh A costume designer whose Midas touch has transformed many a Bollywood star’s looks and destiny.With more than 900 films firmly tucked under her Swarovski belt, stylist Ana Singh has dressed the biggest stars in the film industry.The costume designer’s Midas touch has transformed many a star’s looks (think Karisma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani and Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun). In fact, her two decades in the industry have run parallel to the evolution of costuming in Hindi cinema-from Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Saajan (1991), Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) and Ghulam (1998) to Yaadein (2001), Ajnabee (2001), Umrao Jaan (2006) and the most recent Veer. The first Bollywood designer to float her own design studio (1995), Singh pioneered the concept of a style consultancy for high-profile celebrities.”I am not the only creative one out here. I’m just one of them. But, yes, I’d say that my spectrum is diverse. I’ve done entertainers, realistic films and period films,” says the proud Punjabi.Bagging two national awards for costume design, for Muzaffar Ali’s Umrao Jaan and Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, Singh received The Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for her contribution to fashion research in Mission Kashmir. The creative genius is also the only designer to be conferred with Rashtriya Ekta Award (2002) for pioneering fashion in the Indian Film Industry. “If it’s about sheer numbers, it’s tough to beat my record. I’ve had my fair share of critical acclaim. It’s a wonderful feeling really. Nothing is more joyous than making your parents proud,” she gushes.A gold medalist from JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, in Textiles Culture, Design Content and Commercial Art, Singh has done a year’s training in pattern cutting and a course on nonstructured garments from Florence School of Fashion. “As India’s first Bollywood couturier, I pioneered my fraternity. But for retaining success, I need to constantly update my skills,” she adds. Five years back, she did a fabric structuring course in Florence, Italy. Now, she wants to do a refresher course in London. “I strongly believe in widening my knowledge base,” says the designer.Singh’s tryst with design began with retailing fashion through Glitterati, a fashion atelier. But destiny had bigger plans for her, “In those days, there were dresswalas but no designers. My label survived on the racks only for six months. Discouraged by the response, I designed the clothes for my first film Khatarnak (starring Sanjay Dutt and Anita Raaj). By the time that was over, I’d already begun to get good offers to design for movies.”Singh’s clothes in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, particularly, were remarkable in the way they filtered down to the streets, be it Madhuri Dixit’s red lace frock in the song Mausam ka jadu, the yellow dress of Maye ni Maye . “I’ve been doing regular western glamour for a long time, the kind I did for Pooja Bhatt, Raveena Tandon and Madhuri,” she says. But with the easy availability of luxury brands, she says it’s no more a difficult task. “So most Bollywood designers today just mix and match. But as a costumer, I want work that utilises my talent,” she says. Today she would prefer a film like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, wherein Ajay Devgan’s costumes formed an important part of the film’s overall fabric.”Not a big fan of fashion in commercial cinema these days, Singh is gravitating toward period films. “While film costumes are a catalyst to move a film’s story forward in most films, they occupy a centrality in period films,” she reasons. Singh, who was recently in news for designing Salman Khan’s Rs 1.2 crore armour in Veer, says, “I still don’t know why such hype was created. Media made it seem like it was for one set of armour, whereas it was six sets that had to be created,” laughs the media recluse. Besides synonymying B Town fashion at its best, Singh brings her unique genius to everything she does. From churning out 11,000 clothes for the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies at New Delhi to being the official designer for Femina Miss India for five years, Singh designed the personal wardrobe for Michael Jackson when he first visited India. “I was going mad.” She says it was a huge number of clothes for both occasions and far more challenging than the several wardrobes she’s done for Miss India, Miss Universe and Miss World. “I slogged 24×7, but it was a wonderful experience,” she says.Known for her signature print dresses (Christian art line) and her Swarovski encrusted accessories, Singh’s passionate about costume jewellery, “While working for bridal costumes, I always laid great emphasis on jewellery and accessories to complete the look. Soon compliments started pouring in and I was inspired to introduce a special line of custom-made costume jewellery,” she says. Rekha once walked into her store and bought the entire range of Mughal jewellery. She has also launched a costume jewellery line called ‘Just about Jewellery’. “It’s for the people who can’t afford expensive jewellery but want to look as though they can,” laughs Singh, adding, “I use only semi-precious stones, crystals and beads set in polished or treated silver. It has an awesome effect, without hitting the purse strings.”But the couturier rues the lack of style icons in today’s Bollywood. “We are suddenly becoming too casual in our dressing. Unfortunately, in the bargain, there are no style icons. Well, you do have stylish people but no style icons.” Her personal favourites are Hrithik Roshan (“He’s fab, as of today”), Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta. “There’s going to be no Aishwarya Rai for 200 hundred years. She inspires me to go beyond myself,” says Singh.Her favourite film stylist is Patricia Field (of the famous shocking red hair) responsible for turning the HBO’s Sex and the City friends Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda into international style icons. “I love the work that Patricia did on SATC…that’s very strong styling and for that I give her a thumbs up. She proved that style can sometimes win over substance,” she says. Anaita Shroff is one of her favourite Indian designers.The design maverick’s master work includes hand-painted accessory chests in devotion to legendary painter Raja Ravi Verma. And then, there’s her passion for body art, “It’s an ancient art that has roots in the tribal areas of Mexico and Rajasthan. I first flirted with this art in 1986, when I painted a falcon on Shroff’s macho torso for a magazine cover,” shares Singh.She believes in constant evolution. “Except for some wonderful moments I spend with my husband Jaiveer Singh, my father and my beautiful puppies, I’m raring to design most of the time. I love my frenzied fashion world madly. Maybe, I was born mad. But then, it’s good. Isn’t it?” asks the designer.Favourite filmsFor Singh, realistic films-Raincoat, Khakee, to Border and Refugee-brought out the best in her. She also loved creating the Lucknawi look in Umrao Jaan.Top designsVeer: Salman Khan’s shining bronze armour was a Singh creation.Mission Kashmir: Singh received the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for her fashion research for Preity Zinta’s look.Umrao Jaan: Aishwarya Rai’s famous costume and look were made by Singh, too.Hum Aapke Hain Kaun: The purple saree worn by Madhuri Dixit became a staple in every Indian woman’s bridal trousseau. Thanks to Singh.Grooming guru: Priyanka Khosla A globetrotter who endeavours to groom the youth for a smarter India.Flying sky high is a way of life for aviation connoisseur Priyanka Khosla, Managing Director and founder of Flying Cats, country’s top-notch aviation school. “I’ve always aspired to inject a scoop of glamour in the professional lives of my students. With interaviation, retail and tourism sectors buoying, my focus has been to train smart and well-groomed students in these areas,” shares the grooming guru,” says Khosla.Also, the penetration of career opportunities from the metros to smaller cities has been Priyanka’s forte. Today, her fashion school INIFD has a global presence and is the official knowledge partner to the prestigious Lakme Fashion Week (LFW). “Our students from small towns like Moga and Ludhiana are leading the LFW and other international fashion events,” smiles Khosla.Having graduated in Applied Arts and PGD in Fashion & Interior Design, Chandigarh-based Khosla is no stranger to the world of glamour, “I was quite the girl next-door,” she says, but with a passion to dress well and look different, she signed a few commercials. She adds, “Soon I shifted to choreography and directed shows featuring Preity Zinta, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta, Priynaka Chopra, besides mentoring several others. However, since the lady joined her husband Anil Khosla in his fashion education business almost a decade back, she felt the need for grooming fashion students. Today, she has trained over 25,000 students across the globe.From a shy, innocent girl who spent most of her childhood in a boarding school, to becoming a successful entrepreneur, a sensuous Priyanka today looks much younger than her age and is the role model for many. While she needs her fix of Coco, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cavali and Neeta Lulla for Indian formals, the charming and affable lady drives immense inspiration from Simi Grewal and Swami Vivekananda. This diva has her kitty full with many prestigious ventures and is constantly planning newer projects.Her favourite brands She needs her fix of Coco, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cavali and Neeta Lulla for Indian formals. She drives inspiration from Simi Grewal and Swami Vivekananda. She exercises regularly and is often mistaken as her daughter’s friend on parent-teacher meetings.Super planner: Divya Dhanda The woman who has exposed Punjab’s chi-chi set to luxury labelsShe orchestrates shopaholic dreams and makes luxury lineups come alive. As Punjabis get increasingly brand savvy and move beyond home-grown designers to embrace A-List international labels, 40-year-old Divya Dhanda is becoming a much sought after name among the region’s swish set. Organising glitzy trunk shows in cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar at frequent intervals, Dhanda has successfully brought world’s finest luxe labels at an affluent Punjabi’s doorstep.”A Punjabi’s penchant for everything lavishly flamboyant is unparalleled. Right now, with the growing international exposure and affluence, they are living it up with international luxury labels,” she says. Dhanda says many leading global luxury brand marketers have started taking our market seriously. However, Punjabis had to pack their shopping bags and head for the metros for luxury shopping earlier. Therefore, the concept of a one stop label event was guaranteed to succeed. “It’s basically about cutting down on travel time to grab global luxury,” muses a glamorous looking Dhanda, whose Trunk Shows are an amalgamation of world’s most renowned names in the luxury and fashion.Feeding the sheer love of fashion in Punjabi women since 2006, Dhanda has brought plump luxury labels Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Christie’s, Brioni, Aigner, Judith Leiber, Poleci, Just Cavalli, Kenzo and Valentino as well as Indian designers Malini Ramani, Gaurav Gupta, Shantanu-Nikhil, Mirari, Maheep Kapoor and Manish Malhotra to Punjab. “Luxury labels management is as much an art as science. The creative challenge here is to create a demand for something that is not really needed,” quips the immaculately dressed Event Coordinator.Coming from an army background, Dhanda grew up living and being schooled in various parts of the country. “This made me meet different people, make new friends and also absorb the exposure to various cities,” she says. Hence, her interpersonal skills were honed. She says she’d always been a creative child but her tryst with architecture enhanced her appreciation for the arts. She became an architect after completing her Bachelors in Architecture but could not pursue this career choice due to on-going riots at that time. The lady went on to join her husband’s bicycle business and as an export director, “My role involved travelling to various countries and exposure regarding the lack of luxury label availability in India. So, I thought of introducing luxury brands in the country,” she explains.However, organising trunk shows, store launches, art shows and promotional events for luxury brands is just one facet of this Ludhiana-based socialite’s personality. Balancing her love for luxury fashion with social responsibility; she regularly holds fund-raising events for Nirdosh School, which is run by the Inner Wheel Club. “My tryst with these kids began when I first visited a New Delhi-based NGO Akashay Paristham, and started organising fund-raising events on its lines in Ludhiana,” quips Dhanda whose multi stall exhibitions are part fundraisers for institutes looking after children with disability. The lady recently received a performance award from Inner Wheel Club at Ludhiana for contributing to NIRDOSH School for mentally challenged children.All in all, it’s been an exhilarating journey for Dhanda. Her trunk shows and exhibitions have garnered an overwhelming response. “An event is great if it makes all the people involved in it comfortable at the end of the day. It’s basically about constantly upgrading oneself, honing one’s leadership instincts to get jobs done and thinking out-of-thebox to get your brand the best possible exposure in the short span of time,” reasons Divya, who believes her greatest achievement has been putting together a consistent donation to the cause of disability in children.Having exposed Punjab’s chi-chi set to luxury labels, the lady’s herself an incorrigible branda-holic too, “I vouch for different brands for different things and occasions-while my faves are Rock and Republic, True Religion , j Brand for the wardrobe staple of Denims, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Bottega Veneta satiate my unending fascination for accessories. And of course, my all time favourite is the LBD from Dolce & Gabbana.” Swearing by hard work, discipline and the power of prayer, Dhanda’s daily routine involves around either yoga or gym during a day-break, sending kids to school, reading newspapers, taking care of her business events, social networking, reading and spending time with family. A glamorous socialite, and an ambitious entrepreneur, Dhanda is a fine cocktail of a bit of everything including a whole lot of brand-bling.Her brand brigade Dhanda worked on bringing plum luxury labels like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Christie’s, Brioni, Aigner, Judith Leiber, Poleci, Just Cavalli, Kenzo and Valentino as well as Indian designers Malini Ramani, Gaurav Gupta and Shantanu and Nikhil.The transformer: Puneet Nilibar From a sports buff to a designer, fashion completes her.For most Punjabis, her name synonymies sensuous silhouettes with feminine appeal. Engaged exclusively with the designer segment and the website of Nilibar- Ludhiana’s famous boutique chain of women’s designer wear and bridal trousseau-she is responsible for the 50-year-old chain’s growing global appeal. Having grown up in a Ludhina-based business family as a sports buff who loved swimming and skating, Nilibar never thought that she’d become a fashion entrepreneur, until of course, she got married in the famous family, “As a child,I always took keen interest in dressing up myself. And I nursed a strange fascination for fashion though never thought that it would become my profession,” says Nilibar. However, she believes, it was a stroke of destiny that she got married into the Nilibar family and dived headlong into designerwear as a profession. And today she is the brain behind nilibar.com, that has made shopping accessible to Punjabis. Be it your bridal trousseau or an outfit for a party, Nilibar’s collection is just a click away.Starting out with lehengas, dupattas, pure Pashmina shawls, and other dress materials, the store chain was the first in Punjab to stock ready-to-wear besides high-end designers like Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi, Suneet Verma, Manish Arora, Geisha designs and many more. “Besides introducing Punjabis to the concept of designer bridalwear, ours is the first store in Punjab to have the lowest and fixed prices, and believe it or not, we have never gone on sale. We just don’t need to,” says Nilibar. So what’s more, with their customised online alterations and global home delivery? Nilibar claims her store to be the hippest ethnic wear address for NRIs. “Our online sale is four times more than our on-store sales,” says Nilibar. She has contributed significantly in the label’s rising popularity, not just in Punjab and Delhi but also among NRIs based in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya and Canada.Fashion for the lovely lady translates into something that completes her as an individual and makes her stand out, “My favorite brands are Chanel, Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo,” says Nilibar. Among the Indian designers, she prefers to adorn Anamika’s clothes. “Her silhouttes occupy the maximum space in my closet,” shares the lady who cherishes her shandleir lace sari, her j brand jeans and the jamma shawl handed over to her by her granny. Though Nilibar counts creativity and persistence as the core qualities of a successful fashion designer, she exclaims that overcoming her complacency has been her biggest challenge. “My husband is the wind beneath my wings and has always been my driving force,” chirps the diva whose day begins with yoga and ends with her family and friends. A huge fan of Roxette and Lady Gaga, the fashionista loves holidaying at the lake district in the UK and the French Riveria.Her claim to fame Among the most popular destinations of ethnic wear in Punjab, Nilibar has been showcasing her new lines at A-list international events such as chairty show, The Graffiti Ball in 2008. That was when she became the talk of the town.Dessert diva: Vibha Pahwa The lady behind delicious bakes for gourmands across North India.She ate her first chocolate before she turned one, baked a chocolate cake at nine and battled troubled teens believing that there is no problem that a chocolate cake can’t fix. No wonder, dessert diva Vibha Pahwa became Punjab’s youngest chef while in her twenties. Currently based in Delhi, the business graduate and Pastry Chef from London-based Le Cordon Bleu, one of the world’s best French culinary schools, is the young lady behind vAnila, which sells artfully created, delicious bakes for gourmands across North.Hailing from Ludhiana’s famous Pahwa family of Avon Cycles, she became Punjab’s first-and only girl -to embark on a career as a pastry chef. Pahwa admits that baking for her is a genetic bug of sorts, “I grew up in Ludhiana in a big, happy joint family. My mom, aunts and older sisters would constantly be cooking and baking and that is when I started getting interested in baking. I just took it to the next level by learning it at professional schools and making a career out of it,” smiles Pahwa, a self-confessed chocoholic. She believes that it was her parents who let her nurture her dream. “I still remember how dad used to eat the hard-as-rusks cakes I baked as a child. He not just ate them, but appreciated them too,” laughs Pahwa. And it’s after her mom’s name Anila, that she has got this fabulous idea to name her brand vAnila. “Without my parents’ support I would not have developed authentic French-style patisseries for food aficionados in Punjab and Delhi,” she adds.Pahwa’s stint at popular eateries across the globe also helped her in her new venture, “I travel quite a bit. Besides acquiring the finer nuances of baking their local specialties, I’ve taken extensive sugar work classes for top chefs in London and USA,” she adds. She says “I especially learnt a lot from two awesome sugar artists, Jude and Fibian,” says the 30-year-old entrepreneur, who worked with a Mumbai-based lady Juhi before branching off on her own to set up her desserts label vanila.Pahwa insists that baking is a highly specialised art, “Not that my baking-journey was a cakewalk. Though, starting out in a highly competitive market like Delhi was exciting but also scary. I slogged day and night for three years,” says Pahwa. She says in the beginning there were dry spells and then with the response warming up suddenly, there were sleepless nights and dark circles. “But now, people know me in the market and my clients keep coming back for more. I’m getting orders from Delhi and entire Punjab and am finally happy with where I am,” shares Pahwa, whose just created a Facebook page and vAnila already has more than 1,000 fans.Often dubbed as the cake goddess who sells smiles, she is quite a pro at rustling up anything. “My USP is the sugar creations, or sugar paste and fondant work that I do for kids cakes, wedding novelty cakes and naughty cakes to designer handbags, shoe cakes and human character cakes,” chirps Pahwa, who spends long hours cooking up delicacies in her kitchen and feels amply rewarded when she sees a smile on people’s faces.Her signature dessertsNew York cheesecake, the French tea cake, pies, Arabic cakes, Choux pastry, ice cream cakes and tiramisu to delectable cup cakes, chocolate mousse or the chocolate mud cakes, luscious tarts and designer cookies.Brand Candy: Sudeepa Singh The actor and supermodel, who never wanted to sizzle the ramps.Telly buffs remember Sudeepa as the fit and fab model in Kellogg’s weight loss challenge advert, the naughty executive in the Virgin Mobile ad and the lovely face in an Aircel Digital TV ad. Hardly 23, this petite model from Amritsar has already endorsed popular brands like Images Bazaar, Tide, Mentos, Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Tele-shopping; besides having appeared in ads for Santoor, LIC, Amul ice cream and Emami. Having acted in Bollywood movie Action Replay starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai, Sudeepa has played the lead in Punjabi movies Yaaran Naal Baharan with Jimmy Shergill, Juhee Babbarr and Gurpreet Ghuggi, Kabaddi and more recently in just released Ek Noor.The lovely lass was spotted by Gyan Sahay, the director of photography of the 2004 Zee Antakshari TV competition, who persuaded her to participate in an upcoming music show on Zee. “I had always been a shy, studious and introvert person and never thought in my wildest dreams that I’ll be a model and actress. I had lived in Amritsar all my life. Being a topper throughout, I had plans to join the civil services. However, after having pursued my graduation from Shahzada Nand College, Amritsar, I participated in the music contest only because the initial auditions were happening in my home town,” informs Sudeepa.Sudeepa was noticed by Gajindra Singh, during the auditions of Aantakshri, “He told me to participate in the Zee Cine Stars ki Khoj talent contest, where young, upcoming artistes battled for a title that would place them in a new show on the Hindi general entertainment channel,” informs Singh. She landed up as the first runner-up and from here began her modelling and acting journey. Later on she went on to bag Kabhi to Nazar Milao for Sony TV in 2006 and Ardhangini for Zee TV in 2007. Commercials for Virgin mobile and Aircel followed and people started calling Singh the ad queen. Having appeared in music videos for Sardool Sikander, Giipy, Ravinder Grewal and Sarabjeet Cheema, Singh is currently endorsing Karbon Phone, PC jewellers and Reid and Taylor. And yet, the Amritsar kudi remains a simple girl at heart. “I owe everything to my parents and Babaji. Being a small town girl, adjusting to Mumbai life at 18 didn’t come easy,” says Singh. In Mumbai, days as a struggling actor made her learn a lot of things.”I didn’t know where to go or whom to meet. But God has been very kind and opportunities kept coming,” says the pretty model who’s currently the hot topic of discussion at most kitty parties, “Women want me to marry their sons, brothers or whoever is eligible bachelor in their family. They keep sending a list of eligible bachelors to my family,” laughs Singh who confesses getting goose bumps on being flooded with marriage proposals every now and then.The lady describes herself as a big foodie, “Hailing from Amritsar, I can’t resist Punjabi food. But I put on weight real fast, so am constantly on the go and stick to my gymming and yoga sessions. The eldest child of her parents, Sudeepa confesses being deeply spiritual, a workaholic and addicted to Mango, Diesel and Zara; besides her Facebook account, that is flooded with friend requests.Attributing her success to reality shows, her Babaji and lots of hard work, with a little bit of luck thrown in, Sandeepa confesses having a soft corner for television industry, “I respect television from the bottom of my heart. It is giving a better future to thousands of people…and the exposure it provides these days is absolutely awesome. It is only by being a part of a reality show, Zee India’s Best, that I became what I am today. Nobody knew me but reality show gave me recognition.”In her kitty She has endorsed varous big brands like Tide, Mentos, Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Tele-shopping; besides having appeared in ads for Santoor, LIC, Amul ice cream and Emami. Her recent achievement was a Aishwarya and Akshay starrer, Action Replay.Corporate trainer: Preeti Dhillon To escape the monotony of a 9-5 job, she has started her own corporate training company.This creative professional had been training entrepreneurs for nine years, when she decided to turn one herself. Having worked as the country head with the Asia’s leading education and human resource development company Global Talent Consultants, besides companies like American Express,Wiproand Hewitt Associates, 36-year-old Dhillon recently decided to set up her own training company EZnet consulting in 2010.”Though I’ve grown and learnt immensely working with these topnotch companies, I feel today’s active training firms are structured and more robotic in the delivery part. They bring light skinned people to add credentials to their workshops and create unnecessary hype,” says the Chandigarh-bred Punjabi pro with a decade’s experience in marketing communication, event and brand management and sales campaign management across multiple domains in different sectors and organisations. A vivid fan of the talent in India, Dhillon believes that Indian trainers have a better understanding of Indian culture and vast product knowledge, “As trainers, we should not just provide trainees their value for money but impart knowledge and confidence; and this is what my company aims to provide.” Dhillon feels that in today’s fast-paced competitive environment, unavailability of self tailored modules and industry specific trainings are a huge problem, “Students, executives and budding entrepreneurs identify the need of learning but can’t spare time to join any courses. Similarly, small to medium sized professional colleges and corporates have an amazing talent pool but do not have the budgets for an effective training department,” explains Dhillon, EZnet’s chief executive facilitator. That is the reason she works toward customised training modules for this segment that are cost and time-effective. Striving to develop organisations and individuals through motivational training, cultural integration, organisational designing and developing best workplace practices, EZnet consulting focuses on self-driven training practices to Punjab. “Right from the time when I mentored an OJT batch of about 40 employees for Spectramind Pvt. Ltd in 2003, I wanted to guide as many people to succeed which would lead to a bigger success of the organisation, state and eventually the country,” says Dhillon. Now she is finally at ease with that happening through EZnet. Dhillon is presently busy organising training programmes, workshops and internal sales enablement for the employees of th UK-based telecom giant.Her company’s tailor made modules have received immense positive response and now she’s busy training companies in Delhi and Amritsar. “I am currently working on collective training batches for Chandigarh,” says Dhillon. She has recently tied up with Bhutan Chamber of Commerce to impart training to professionals there. “I am excited about the fact that I will be meeting different people and it’s definitely going to be a good experience,” she adds. Dhillon has also tied up with Academy of Competence Exploration in Lucknow to train PGDMA batches with course materials that are industry specific. Having workedwith leaders like Padamshree Dr. Pritam Singh and Dr. Kiran Bedi, Dhillon draws inspiration from her late grandmother Dr. Prakash Kaur, the first woman minister of Punjab.She credits her exposure, however, to her childhood, “Since my father was in the army we travelled a lot and got acquainted with different cultures. During vacations at my grandmother’s home in Amritsar, there was a continuous flow of visitors from all walks of life extending support to her political career,” smiles Dhillon. All that turned her into a confident individual. Her greatest high, however, comes from training human resource and coming up with formulae she believes in.In her spare timeThe fitness buff also loves gardening, playing table tennis and practising yoga. But she strongly believes in digging deep into the logistics of training human resource and coming up with formulae she believes in.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Longest, darkest lunar eclipse of the century

first_imgA partial lunar eclipse that was observed in New Delhi on Thursday. A total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines.The moon’s bright white glow turned crimson brick red when it delved into the dark centre of the Earth’s shadow during the century’s longest and darkest lunar eclipse. The awesome spectacle of the moon being eclipsed was visible all over the country, including the national Capital.The full moon appeared much dimmer than usual, but sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere gave the lunar surface a deep reddish hue.”This was the century’s longest and darkest total lunar eclipse as the moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth,” Nehru Planetarium Director N. Rathnasree said.The total phase of the eclipse lasted 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000.The next such eclipse will take place in 2141.”The penumbral lunar eclipse began at 22:54:34 IST and will end at 04:30:45 IST,” Rathnasree said. The total lunar eclipse began at 00:52:30 IST and ended at 02:32:42 IST.As the earth came in between the sun and the moon, its shadow first began sweeping across the moon blocking out much of its bright light and as the shadow descended gently, the moon’s face turned red.A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the moon and sun in such a way that moon is hidden in the shadow cast by the Earth.”This can occur only when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned in a straight line,” C.B. Devgun from Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) said.advertisement”People living in eastern Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia were able to watch the entire eclipse, from beginning to end,” Arvind Paranjpye, scientific officer of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, said.”Thursday’s eclipse is also one of the darkest due to the ashes thrown into the Earth’s atmosphere by the recent eruption of Iceland’s most active volcano, Grimsvotn,” he said. An all night lunar eclipse ‘Moon Carnival’ was celebrated by sky enthusiasts in the Capital.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Anthony Davis’ 44 points, 18 rebounds help Pelicans top Thunder

first_img“He’s a great player; it takes a team to stop him,” guard Terrance Ferguson said. “We really didn’t focus on that tonight and we let our players go one-on-one against him.”Davis scored 18 of his points in the third quarter, when New Orleans went in front for good in a competitive game that included 12 ties, 17 lead changes and no lead larger than nine points.TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter by official David Guthrie for appearing to argue that a foul should have been called on his missed layup. … Westbrook blocked layup attempts by Pelicans rookie guard Frank Jackson twice. … Jerami Grant committed fouls off the ball twice in the first two minutes of the third quarter, at which point he had five fouls for the game and was subbed out. He did not return until 7:50 remained.Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic sat out after injuring his right ankle during Monday night’s loss at Boston. … Guard E’Twaun Moore also sat out with a strained muscle in his lower leg. … Combined, Mirotic and Moore have been averaging 31.4 points per game. … Randle has scored at least 20 points in six straight. … Darius Miller scored 10 points. … With Moore out, Jackson was recalled from the G League and scored eight points in 19 minutes off the bench.PAINT PROWESSDavis and Randle helped New Orleans outscore the Thunder 74-48 in the paint. Holiday also was able to score his share inside on dribble drives.“I’m getting in the paint, AD’s already in the paint and so is Ju’,” Holiday said. “To be able to stop that is pretty tough.”DEEP TROUBLEOklahoma City shot 48.3 percent, but missed 30 of 43 from 3-point range. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis dunks in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis smiled slightly and joked about his relative youth when the topic of his heavy workload came up.His nearly 40 minutes on the court against Oklahoma City was hardly an anomaly this season, but Davis isn’t ready to plead for more rest yet.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments 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. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Davis scored 44 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night.“Whatever coach needs me to do, the team needs me to do to win, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Davis, who has averaged about 37 minutes for a team that has played an NBA-high 30 games so far this season. “I’m 25 years old. So, ask me about five years from now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJrue Holiday had 20 points and 10 assists, and Julius Randle added 22 for New Orleans, which has alternated wins and losses in its past 10 games.“It was a big win for us,” Davis said. “We’ve got to put a string of wins together and of course it starts tonight. (Oklahoma City) was the No. 1 team in the West coming into tonight and a team that’s rolling. They’ve got a lot of great players on their team. We tried to make sure this game was about us and make sure we get back to what we do.” Paul George had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 24 points for Oklahoma City, which came in having won five of its previous six. Russell Westbrook had 20 points and four steals but did not appear as eager as usual to shoot, hitting 8 of 16 shots. Steven Adams also scored 20.New Orleans seemed in control, leading 116-109 with less than 1:20 left when consecutive turnovers led to five quick Thunder points. Westbrook scored on a fast break that he initiated by breaking up Holiday’s pass. Then another Westbrook steal during Holiday’s drive led to George’s fast-break layup as he was fouled.After Davis’ missed a driving floater, Oklahoma City had an unusual possession in which no player seemed inclined to shoot, and a series of passes led to Westbrook’s late-shot-clock 3 attempt, which rimmed out. Randle was fouled after his rebound, but missed two free throws to give the Thunder another chance.Westbrook again elected not to shoot, and Alex Abrines’ 3 for the lead rimmed out. Solomon Hill, who had eight points, came down with his seventh rebound and made both foul shots with less than a second left to seal the victory.Davis was dominant throughout, dunking seven times, including several times on crowd-pleasing alley-oops, to go with a 3 and an array of mid-range floaters and jumpers.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kings sizzle with 19 3-pointers to torch Timberwolves MOST READ “We really moved the ball well, and they really collapsed the paint with Davis, Randle, and (Cheick) Diallo,” Donovan said. “This really left us with a lot of good quality 3-point shots, and we didn’t make those at a high enough level.”QUOTABLE“It’s not like we depend on them to carry the load. They are the load. It’s who we’re going to go to,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said when asked about Davis, Randle and Holiday combining for 86 points.UP NEXTThunder: Visit Denver on Friday.Pelicans: Host Miami on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Dwyane Wade makes more New Orleans memories, Heat beat Pelicans

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) celebrates with center Bam Adebayo (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. The Heat won 102-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Dwyane Wade fondly remembers his dominant first game in New Orleans as an emerging college star with Marquette. He won’t forget what was likely his final performance as a pro in the Big Easy, either.Wade walked off the court to chants of “D-Wade! D-Wade!” from fans converging on the tunnel to the visitors’ locker room after his 19 points — highlighted by tough shots over Anthony Davis at the end of each half — helped the Miami Heat beat the Pelicans 102-96 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 12 rebounds in his matchup with Davis.Davis had 27 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, but curiously did not take his first shot of the second half until hitting a 3-pointer with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter.“Every time he got the ball they were running two guys at him. Once again, A.D. is not going to force shots,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He did what he was supposed to do and he had seven assists — probably could have easily had double figures. We did not make some (open) shots.”Both teams shot worse than 42 percent and Miami missed 25 3s, but the difference in the game was Miami’s rebounding. The Heat outrebounded the Pelicans 57-38, pulling down 22 offensive rebounds and converting them into 25 second-chance pointsTyler Johnson added 15 points off the bench for Miami, whose reserves outscored New Orleans’ bench 58-20.Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, but limped to the locker room with 6:49 to go after rolling his right ankle during a lost scrap for a rebound. Holiday had 22 points.TIP-INSHeat: Reserve wing player Derrick Jones Jr. scored 11 points in 21 minutes. … Guard Goran Dragic sat out for the fourth time in five games with right knee soreness. … Starting forward Justise Winslow left the game in the first half with right ankle soreness and did not return.Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic missed his second straight game with a right ankle injury. … Forward Darius Miller missed eight of nine shots, including seven of eight from 3-point range, where he normally hits 38 percent.MEMORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wade, who turns 37 in January and plans to retire after this season, said the efforts of fans around the country to see him play one last time is “definitely not lost on me.”So when a sore back sidelined him for Miami’s previous game at Memphis, he was determined to do what he could to loosen up in time to give it a go in New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I definitely understand the sacrifices people make to be at our games,” Wade said. “I just wanted to make sure tonight I was able to get out there. And then I started feeling pretty good as it went on, got a couple shots to fall and the rest is history.”Wade received an enthusiastic ovation when he first checked in and then made his first three 3-point attempts, the last of which he banked in with Davis guarding him closely in the final seconds of the first half. Wade stopped short of saying he meant to use the glass, but recalled thinking that was the only chance the shot had to fall when he released the ball over Davis’ long arms. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Wade said Marquette’s visit to Tulane in January 2003 was the first time he was aware of NBA scouts in attendance for one of his games. He scored 35 points in an 85-73 win. He returned to New Orleans that season for the Final Four in the Superdome. Then as an NBA rookie, his first playoff series was against New Orleans, which was then in the Eastern Conference, and Miami won that series.“I’ve had a lot of great moments here,” Wade said. “I was glad I was able to get out there today and kind of finish it off the last time being here.”UP NEXTHeat: Host Houston on Thursday night.Pelicans: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday night. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentscenter_img MOST READ “I decided to ask God to put it in for me — just prayed on it,” Wade said with a laugh.The Pelicans were as close as 96-90 after Davis’ 3 with 2:32 to go. But Miami, which led nearly the entire game — and by as much as 17 — squashed any hope of a late comeback with Wade’s driving floater over Davis to make it 100-92 with 51 seconds left.Wary of the pressure Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was putting on Heat ball handlers, Wade said he acted decisively to explode past Holiday toward the hoop.“And then when I got down there I saw the big fella coming, so the only chance I had to get the shot off, I had to throw it high, kind of like the 3, but just in the paint,” Wade said. “It was kind of the icing on the cake.”Josh Richardson scored 22 points for Miami, which closed out a six-game road swing with its fourth victory on the trip.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nuggets beat Raptors in matchup of conference leaders Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Joel Embiid’s herculean effort carries 76ers past Spurs

first_imgSimmons had 21 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Redick scored 19 points.DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points.Embiid went 13 of 28 from the floor and had two 3-pointers. Embiid, who had his NBA-best 33rd game this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, hit a 3 from the top of the arc and connected on the tying free throws the next time down to send the game into the fourth tied 96-all.“I told myself that I really needed to get going,” Embiid said. “For us to win, I had to show up. I did the best I could.”His best was good enough against the Spurs.The 76ers turned in the sequence of the half after Brewer’s 3 made it 51-48. Jonah Bolden blocked Aldridge twice on the same sequence and Simmons grabbed a loose ball off the second rejection. He took off and fed it to Bolden for a crowd-igniting dunk on the other end. Redick followed with a 3 for a 56-48 lead that had the four-point favorite Sixers rolling.“We had really good resolve anytime they made a run,” Shamet said.TIP-INSSpurs: Belinelli, a former 76er, got a nice ovation when he checked into the game.76ers: Simmons played with an upper respiratory infection. Embiid’s back has bothered him for some time — NBA broadcaster Charles Barkley ripped the Sixers’ decision to play Embiid in a recent win over Indiana — and there’s no telling when it may get better. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants CELEB SIGHTINGSRapper Biz Markie was in the house, and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and players Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins rang the ceremonial bell. Former Spur David Robinson spent several minutes signing autographs for Sixers fans.PALESTRA POWERThe Spurs held their shootaround at Philadelphia’s Palestra, the historic gym known as the basketball cathedral on Penn’s campus.“This is what you’re supposed to feel like when you play basketball,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “All these other arenas that we’re all in, they don’t do anything to your spirit. They don’t make you feel anything. You don’t fall in love.”NOVA NATIONVillanova’s Jay Wright will serve as an assistant coach under Popovich for Team USA.“He’s a helluva coach. He’s a helluva guy. End of story,” Popovich said. “He’s been pretty successful last time I checked.”HE SAID IT“He’s full of (expletive). That’s why I got rid of him. Kiss-(expletive).” — Popovich, on Brown saying Pop’s the greatest coach in NBA history. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Spurs blew their chances to win: Philadelphia had a shot-clock violation, but DeMar DeRozan had his shot blocked by Wilson Chandler.“I thought Wilson was maybe the main reason we won the game,” Brown said.Corey Brewer went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line for a 122-120 lead with 1.1 seconds left. San Antonio’s final shot at sending the game into overtime was denied when Ben Simmons broke up an inbound pass headed for Marco Belinelli, with DeRozan on the bench.“We couldn’t get one bucket to keep ahead and try to pull it out,” DeRozan said.The packed house of 20,339 went wild as the Sixers closed on a 10-0 run while playing without star guard Jimmy Butler (sprained right wrist).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 rankingcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Popovich gave his former assistant a playful shove on the sideline late in the game.UP NEXTThe Spurs play Saturday at New Orleans.The Sixers open a four-game trip Saturday at Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, celebrates after a dunk past San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid stretched his balky back each time he had a moment’s rest.Those vital health breaks were fleeting — Embiid gutted out nearly 40 minutes, showing again that the days of the All-Star center missing seasons and stretches of games with injuries have become a faded memory.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Embiid had 33 points and 19 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers used a pair of four-point plays in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-120 on Wednesday night.“He felt the responsibility to play,” coach Brett Brown said. “He’s starting to get older and feel the weight of the responsibility. He understands his role in all of this, the growth of all of this, the ownership of all of this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEmbiid, expected to be named an All-Star starter on Thursday, shook off LaMarcus Aldridge and scored 16 straight points that kept the Sixers in the game. Landry Shamet ended Embiid’s personal run with a four-point play late in the fourth that pulled the Sixers within one.After the Spurs nudged ahead, Shamet hit a 3 to make it a three-point game and JJ Redick gave the Sixers a 121-120 lead with 1 minute left after he converted Philadelphia’s second four-point play of the fourth. View commentslast_img read more

Painters frustrate Gin Kings

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more Mr. Nice Guy: Tiu at peace with decision to retire 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. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, Pangasinan—It wouldn’t be a typical heroic night for Gabe Norwood if he would shine on offense alone.After dropping two big long jumpers inside the final 2:14, Norwood came up with the biggest defensive play and led Rain or Shine to an 83-80 win over Barangay Ginebra in a Petron Saturday Special Game of the PBA Philippine Cup at Calasiao Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, defending four-time champion San Miguel Beer and surprising Columbian shoot for victories to strengthen their respective positions in the elimination round standings on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen have a two-game winning streak going and can add to TNT KaTropa’s woes in the 6:45 p.m. game, just after the Dyip try to assemble their first winning streak and win for the third time in four games in their tussle with struggling NLEX.The Texters will actually be coming off their first victory but will come into their clash with the Beermen short in manpower, with Troy Rosario expected to sit out another game.Columbian has made heads turn here after claiming NorthPort’s scalp on Friday, 110-100, and with the Road Warriors reeling from three straight defeats, the Dyip are given more than an even chance in their 4:30 p.m. confrontation.“I told my players that every game is important for us for us to gain respect [from the field],” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said after the Friday win.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img The national team’s best defensive player then snuffed out all of the Gin Kings’ hopes of turning the result around a few plays later when he snared the most critical offensive rebound that led to the Elasto Painters’ second straight win.Ginebra lost for the second consecutive night and dropped to 1-2 after not getting the benefit in two play reviews—the first on Norwood’s chase-down block on LA Tenorio which would have made it a one-point game, and the second when it was ruled that Tenorio touched the ball last in the ensuing jump ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRain or Shine got two unheralded big men in Norbert Torres and Mark Borboran leading all of its scorers with 12 coming off the bench, while Japeth Aguilar tossed in 19 to spearhead Ginebra.Maverick Ahanmisi was the only starter in twin digits for the Painters with 11. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

First picture of Tracy Morgan post car crash appears online

first_imgFirst photo of Tracy Morgan since the comedian got injured in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in early June has landed online.In the photo, the former star of ’30 Rock’ can be seen sitting in a wheel chair. The comedian looks thinner in the photo, reported New York Post.Tracy Morgan.Pic courtesy: Twitter The photo was taken after he was released from a physical rehabilitation center. Morgan, who was pictured sitting in a wheel chair, still had bandage wrapped on his left leg.He also sported a simple white T-shirt, a hat, shorts, white sneakers and a gold chain on his neck. A friend reportedly was seen unloading a walker to his home and a therapist was with him for 45 minutes.Back on June 7, the 45-year-old actor and some friends were in a limo when a Wal-Mart truck allegedly hit the car and caused chain reaction.Comedian James McNair was killed in the crash, while four other people were injured. Morgan, who suffered from “a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs,” was admitted to the rehab center on June 20.last_img read more

Godfrey Okumu: PVL, PSL titles give UP boost ahead of UAAP Season 81

first_imgFILE – UP Lady Maroons celebrate their latest title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines achieved a championship double during the offseason and head coach Godfrey Okumu said his team’s title haul before 2018 ended was a big boost for them in the coming UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Maroons were the champions in both the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and the Philippine Super Liga Collegiate Grand Slam, their first major titles in recent history.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, although, took the sweep in PVL, had to battle FEU for 10 sets while the Golden Tigresses whom they faced didn’t have Cherry Rondina with UST’s captain opting to focus on Petron’s campaign in the All-Filipino Conference.“The UAAP is the real one where everybody gets tested,” said Okumu, whose Lady Maroons finished with a 6-8 record tying Adamson University for the fifth seed in Season 80.“We played well during the offseason and the preparation tournaments but it was a good preparation for us mentally and it gave us a lot of boost mentally,” said Okumu.ADVERTISEMENT Bruce Morris recalls hitting longest shot in basketball history Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “There’s some confidence that’s been developed and they have a new discovery about themselves as players and we have confidence in playing,” said Okumu Monday at University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics.“We’re confident but not too over confident because we’re still not tested in the UAAP.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP swept Far Eastern University in the championship series of the PVL on September 12 before following it up with a one-game knockout win over University of Santo Tomas on December 20 to capture the PSL title.Although both of the Lady Maroons’ victories came against fellow UAAP schools, Okumu said the team has yet to face the full strength of their league-mates once Season 81 rolls around on Feb. 16. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Bulldogs sweep Tamaraws to retain UAAP men’s volleyball crown

first_imgNU Bulldogs keep UAAP crown. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University retained its throne after a sweep of Far Eastern University ending in an emphatic 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19 Game 2 win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball finals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bulldogs claimed their fourth overall volleyball title since winning the first one in Season 75 against, as fate had it, the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Fellow graduating Bulldog Madzlan Gampong had nine points while Rookie of the Year James Natividad had eight.Richard Solis had 18 points to lead FEU, which had four more players score in double digits.John Paul Bugaoan, Jude Garcia, Redi John Paler, and Peter Quiel had 11 points apiece.NU took Game 1 in four sets, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18.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 Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas carried NU in the clutch, scoring four of his team’s last five points including three straight kills to seal the win.“Of course I’m happy we’re the champions again, and I’m proud of our performance because it kept on improving until we got here in the finals,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin.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’m just ecstatic because of what we’ve achieved this year.”Bagunas, who was named Finals MVP, finished with a career-high 35 points, practically carrying NU on his back. Rory McIlroy likely to play in 2020 Olympics for Ireland Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Rome quarters with right hand injury

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns the ball during her match against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Thursday, May, 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Italian Open quarterfinal due to a right hand injury on Friday.Osaka was scheduled to meet Kiki Bertens, who advanced to the semifinals via walkover.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport It wasn’t immediately clear how serious the injury was, or if it will affect Osaka’s status for the French Open, which starts in nine days.Osaka won two matches on Thursday after rain a day earlier backed up play.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Bidding wars on Twitter ensue as scalpers exploit demand for UAAP finals tickets View commentslast_img read more

BJP justifies, Congress condemns

first_imgCoimbatore, Sept 18 (PTI) Justifying Centres decision to discontinue postal stamps issued in memory of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, BJP leader and union minister of state Pon Radhakrishnan today said there was “politics in bringing out stamps in their names”. Replying to a question on Congress criticising the decision as politically motivated, Radhakrishnan told reporters here he said” there was politics in brining out stamps in their names. Meanwhile, addressing party workers at a demonstration to protest against the Centres decision, TNCC Presidentr, E V K S Elangovan condemned the Centre and said that tomorrow they will remove the portrait of Gandhiji from the Currency notes and instead “put Godses photographs, since a section wanted his statue to be erected.” Both Indira and Rajiv had sacrificed their lives for the nation and worked hard for the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden and farmers, he said. PTI NVM RClast_img read more

Didn’t Play According to the Rules: Yogeshwar Dutt Slams Umpiring Post Bajrang Punia’s Controversial Loss

first_img 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: Following Bajrang Punia’s controversial loss in the semi-finals of the World Wrestling Championships, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has questioned the umpiring standards at the ongoing event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhastan.On Thursday, Punia, World No.1 65 kg freestyle wrestler, lost his semi-final bout against local wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov in a rather controversial manner after securing the quota for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Punia, who lost on the basis of tie-breaker rules after getting locked at 9-9 with his Niyazbekov via criteria point — a four-point move, was seen pleading with the mat chairman to take appropriate action against the home wrestler for several fouls — including hitting on the face, pulling costume and delaying tactics.Punia was a victim of multiple fouls as Niyazbekov was warned but to no avail as he trailed 2-9 following a four-point move by Niyazbekov which was reviewed by the Indian grappler.”Anyone who saw the semi-final bout between Bajrang and Niyazbekov can clearly distinguish between right and wrong. Then why didn’t the umpires sitting there saw that? How could such a mistake take place in a big tournament like World Championships? Kazakhstan didn’t play according to the rules (sic.),” tweeted Dutt in Hindi on Thursday.बजरंग v/s नियाज़ (कजाखस्तान) का सेमीफाइनल मैच देखकर कोई भी सही या गलत में फर्क कर सकता है। फिर वहां बैठे अम्पायर को ये क्यूँ नही दिखा? इतने बड़े टूर्नामेंट में इतनी बड़ी लापरवाही? कजाखस्तान बहुत ही गलत तरीके से खेल रहा था ये सबने देखा।— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) September 19, 2019Former Olympic wrestler and Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ben Askren tweeted: “Daton got screwed! Bajrang got screwed.”Endorsing Dutt’s views, Askren said: “Dutt knows cheating when he sees it.”Apart from Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya also lost his semi-final bout 4-6 to Zavur Uguev of Russia in the 57-kg weight category. However, like Punia, he was also able to secure a berth for the Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang PuniacontroversyIndiaIndian Wrestling First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:09 AM ISTlast_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Dutee Chand, Jinson Johnson Eye Glory for India

first_imgDoha: World’s top athletes will aim to dish out a spirited show when the World Athletics Championship kicks-off from Friday. For India, the event hasn’t been too fruitful as only Anju Bobby George had managed a medal in long jump at the 2003 edition of the Games in Paris. However, a lot will be expected from ace sprinter Dutee Chand and middle-distance runner Jinson Johnson this time round.Dutee had a dream outing at the World University Championship where she bagged a gold following which the IAAF had invited her to join the Indian team. Dutee will once again feature in the 100 metre event and looking at her form in the recent past, a medal could be expected from her. India had also suffered a jolt when Neeraj Chopra and Hima Das had to skip the event due to injury. While javelin thrower Neeraj is not taking part as he has been doing light training since May, having undergone an elbow surgery, Hima pulled out due to a lower back injury after being named in the initial team.In Neeraj’s absence, all eyes will be on another javelin thrower Shivpal Singh while Annu Rani will lead in the women’s category of the discipline. Meanwhile, Tejaswin Shankar has also decided to give the event a miss, which is another blow for India.In such a scenario, Asian Games gold medalist Johnson is expected to bring some smiles on the Indians’ faces. He is currently training with his coach in USA. Long jumper M Sreeshankar, who has recovered from an injury, will also try to deliver his best. In the National Open Championship last year, Sreeshankar had registered a national record after a jump of 8.11 and 8.20 metre.In the 4×400m relay and mixed relay events, Mohammad Anas, Noh Nirmal, Alex Antony, Harsh Kumar, Amoj Jacob, KS Jeevan and Dharun Ayyasamy will lead the Indian challenge. On the other hand in shot put event, Tejinderpal Singh Toor, who had clinched gold in the Asian Games, can also be considered as a medal prospect for India. dutee chandJinson JohnsonTejinderpal Singh ToorWorld Athletics Championships First Published: September 26, 2019, 9:21 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.last_img read more

Keep Calm and Carry On, Mauricio Pochettino Tells Tottenham Hotspur Amid Slump

first_imgLondon: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino accepted he must bear the brunt of criticism for his side’s slump in form in 2019, but insisted things are not as bad for Spurs as a run of four wins in 17 games seems.Pochettino saw another opportunity to win the first trophy of his managerial career slip by with a shocking League Cup exit on penalties to fourth-tier Colchester after a 0-0 draw on Tuesday. Spurs have taken just eight points from their opening six Premier League games of the season to already fall 10 points behind leaders Liverpool, who also beat Pochettino’s men in the Champions League final in June.But after five seasons of progress and praise for their Argentine manager, there are fears that a lack of movement in and out during a number of transfer windows has allowed Tottenham to go stale.”That responsibility is mine, to create that dynamic for us all to be together and start to perform in the way that we want,” said Pochettino on Thursday.”I think during five years it was almost all praise for Tottenham, how we are, how we work in different ways, how nice the coach is, how nice the coaching staff are and the club is.”Now if we deserve to be criticised, we need to accept that. If we don’t get the result people expect then we need to accept the criticism.”The critics can make you realise that we maybe need to wake up in something, to evolve, to find different ways to evolve.”I am so relaxed because you cannot live forever in a happy world. Up and downs happen, that is life and especially in football.”Tottenham were unfortunate in losing 2-1 at Leicester last weekend as Serge Aurier’s goal that would have given the visitors a 2-0 lead at the King Power was controversially ruled out by a VAR review for Son Heung-min being adjudged to be millimetres offside.And Pochettino believes his side are currently not getting the results their performances deserve.”We’re not so far away. Our performances are not as bad as the feeling and atmosphere that we create. I’m sure we’ll start winning games and performing well,” he added.”The team is doing similar or better than last season in performances but the results are different.”I do not escape my responsibility. Our responsibility is to keep calm, to work hard, be right in our assessment and help the players perform. We have quality players who are going to perform, for sure.” 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. footballmauricio pochettinoTottenham Hotspur First Published: September 26, 2019, 11:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh-Kevin Pietersen’s Twitter Banter on Manchester United Will Leave You in Splits

first_img 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: Manchester United’s struggles have been one of the biggest talking points this Premier League season. The Old Trafford giants, who have won a record 20 English league titles, are languishing at 12th place in the Premier League table after winning just two and losing three of their first eight matches in the league this season.Cricketers have also gotten into the banter. Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh on Sunday tweeted: “Tough times don’t last! Tough men do !!! @ManUtd (sic.)” Former England captain Kevin Pietersen replied to the tweet saying, “No one in Manchester is tough!” banterKevin PietersenManchester UnitedPremier League First Published: October 8, 2019, 8:47 AM IST While Yuvraj tagged Manchester United in the tweet, Pietersen’s reply could be directed at both the Manchester giants.Manchester City, while not in as dire a state as their cross-town rivals, also lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and thus lost significant ground to Liverpool in the title race. City are now eight points behind the Anfield giants. No one in Manchester is tough!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) October 7, 2019last_img read more

Indian Super League 2019-20 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch ATK vs Hyderabad FC Telecast

first_imgThe Indian Super League 2019-20 will see a face-off between ATK and Hyderabad FC on Friday, October 25. The ISL 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC will be played at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. ATK, who lost their inaugural match to Kerala Blasters, will look to make things right for their side. Meanwhile, debutant Hyderabad FC, who will be playing their first-ever Indian Super League game, will eye to leave a mark. The Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC will start at 7:30 pm.Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Hyderabad coach Phil Brown said, “It’s a great game for us. Away from home, I couldn’t think of a better venue. It’s a fantastic city, Kolkata. And we are coming here to face a team that, history has proved, have played good football.” Meanwhile, ATK head coach Antonio Lopez Habas is expecting his side to earn fan’s support. “We need to earn the support of the fans. To be fair, I don’t just want to ask the fans to support us. The players on the pitch must prove it to the fans. Our chances of a win increase by 20 percent with the support of the fans. Without supporters, there is no football.”Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK Probable Line-up vs Hyderabad FC: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Pritam Kotal, Carl McHugh, Agustin Iniguez, Prabir Das, Pronay Halder, Jayesh Rane, Edu Garcia, Michael Soosairaj, David Williams, Roy KrishnaIndian Super League 2019-20 Hyderabad FC Probable Line-up vs ATK: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Matthew Kilgallon, Gurtej Singh, Rafael Gomez, Sahil Panwar, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Giles Barnes, Bobo, Marcelo Pereira, Robin SinghWhat time will the Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match start?The ISL 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. The match between the ATK vs Hyderabad FC FC will be at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match on TV?The ATK vs Hyderabad FC can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match on live streaming?The live streaming of ATK vs Hyderabad FC, Indian Super league 2019-20 will be available on Hotstar and Jio TV. 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. atkbengaluru fcchennaiyin fcfc goa First Published: October 25, 2019, 11:59 AM ISTlast_img read more

Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties to win League Cup

first_imgA week after letting in five goals, Willy Caballero made three saves in a penalty shootout against Liverpool to help Manchester City win the League Cup on Sunday and claim its fifth major trophy since 2011.Though the Argentine goalkeeper is second-choice behind Joe Hart in the Premier League and the Champions League, he has been a regular in the cup teams fielded by coach Manuel Pellegrini.And Pellegrini’s faith in the 34-year-old keeper was duly rewarded with a memorable display in the penalty shootout after the two sides had ground out a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley Stadium.Caballero stood firm during the shootout, opting not to second-guess which way the Liverpool players would send their penalties. His decision paid dividends as the spot-kicks of Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were all saved – and Yaya Toure went on score the final penalty to give City a 3-1 victory in the shootout.”I watched a lot of penalties last night with Joe (Hart) and my goalkeeper coach,” Caballero said. “I tried to make good decisions and fortunately God helped me a lot because it was a really, really good night for me.”Pellegrini held firm to his decision to give Caballero a final berth despite calls by some City fans to catapult England’s number one, Hart, into the side to face Liverpool.”I prefer to lose the title than to lose my words,” Pellegrini said.Caballero’s compatriot, City defender Pablo Zabaleta, backed the decision.”He was the hero of the day,” he said. “It was one of those moments where I think Willy deserved to be in goal today because he’d been playing in this competition from the beginning and it was a great way for him to finish today.”advertisementPellegrini, who is in his final months at City following the club’s announcement earlier in February that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is to join in the summer, heaped praise on both his goalkeepers.He said Caballero “deserved this moment” and that Hart’s demeanor over the decision showed him to be “a very good person” in addition to his traits as a top goalkeeper.Pellegrini faced a barrage of criticism a week ago when he put out an under-strength side in a fifth round FA Cup tie against Chelsea. Caballero featured in the subsequent 5-1 defeat, which came before a crucial week that also saw City travel to Ukraine to meet Dynamo Kiev in the first-leg of the Champions League’s round of 16, as well as the League Cup final against Liverpool.Having won 3-1 against Kiev and defeated Liverpool, Pellegrini felt his team selection against Chelsea had been justified.”I think that the decision I took last week was very important to win these two games,” he said after lifting City’s second League Cup in three years and the club’s fourth overall.It has also won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup once since the club was taken over by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, in 2008.Pellegrini could add more to City’s trophy cabinet this season. His team is still in the hunt for thePremier League title despite being nine points behind leader Leicester, and has a game in hand. City also looks set to make the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Dynamo Kiev.Next up for City is Liverpool again in a league fixture on Wednesday.Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp will look to see his team strike back quickly from the Wembley disappointment, though he conceded that his team felt “rubbish” after losing out in the final.”It was a great day until the last shot,” he said. “Only silly idiots stay on the floor … if we carry on and work really hard there is light at the end of the tunnel.”While City is enjoying the most successful period in its history, Liverpool is experiencing one of its most barren runs ever. Since 2006, when Liverpool won the FA Cup, it’s only added one trophy, the League Cup in 2012. Its defeat was its first in a major final on penalties. It had won its previous five.Liverpool started the sharper of the two sides but wasn’t able to engineer any notable chances during a drab first half.City started the second half brighter and took the lead in the 49th minute when Reds keeper Simon Mignolet failed to deal with a cross shot by Fernandinho. It should have been a routine save but the ball went straight through Mignolet.advertisementCoutinho equalized for Liverpool in the 83rd minute from close range after an effort by Lallana hit the post and rebounded neatly into the path of the Brazilian midfielder.Both sides had chances to take the lead in extra time and Divock Origi nearly won it for Liverpool in the 110th minute but his header from close range was beaten away by Caballero.Caballero’s day would not end with that save.last_img read more

Audi plans 12 refreshed, new vehicles by 2019

first_imgVolkswagen AG’s Audi of America luxury unit plans to unveil 12 updated and new vehicles in the United States over the next three years, the company said on Wednesday.Audi of America President Scott Keogh told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the New York International Auto Show that the new vehicles represent 80 per cent of current sales.”We are in essence going to replace our entire portfolio,” he said.ALSO READ:Audi R8 Spyder, Toyota Prius Prime, Mazda MX-5 RF previewed at NYIAS 2016Audi’s US sales jumped 11.1 per cent in 2015 to 202,202 vehicles, the first time the company topped 200,000 in the United States and ahead of its stated goal of hitting that figure by 2018. Keogh declined to state a new sales goal.”We had a record last year with the oldest portfolio in the luxury business,” he said.Audi is unveiling its R8 Spyder V10 coupe high-performance sports car at the show.Keogh thinks the luxury segment of the US auto market will continue to grow from the current 1.8 million vehicles a year to about 2 million in the next few years – 2 or 3 per cent growth a year.Audi sales are up 2.5 per cent in the United States so far this year.ALSO READ:Audi drops a teaser of new Audi Q2 crossover ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut”The fundamental dynamics as I see it are still generally good” for luxury US sales, he said, referring to credit access, the age of the vehicle fleet and low gasoline prices.advertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-SALMAN-LD REAX 2

first_img(REOPENS DEL 50) (REOPENS DEL 50) The 33-year-old Yogeshwar felt a sportsperson would have been more apt for the position. “Sportspersons like PT Usha and Milkha Singh strived hard for the nation during difficult times. But what has this ambassador done in sports. “What will happen by the appointment of an ambassador? If you had to do this drama, then why not appoint a sportsperson?” he asked. “The country needs medals, not sponsors.” Milkha too felt that the IOA has taken a wrong decision and should reconsider the move. “India has produced so many sportspersons who have given their sweat and blood for the country like PT Usha, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Ajit Pal and so many others. One of these could have been made a goodwill ambassador. What was the need to import a person from Bollywood?” he asked. Milkha, who won gold in 1958 and 1962 Asian Games, said the fact that no Indian sportsperson had been picked up as ambassador saddened him. “I want to make it clear that I am not against Salman Khan, but the decision of the IOA is wrong and the Government should intervene in the matter. This is for the first time I am seeing a Bollywood hero being made goodwill ambassador for Olympics. I want to ask has Bollywood ever made any sportsperson an ambassador for any of their mega event?” he said. “I want that the decision to name Salman Khan as ambassador should be revised,” he said. The sentiment was echoed by the likes of former hockey star Dhanraj Pillay. “I would like to see a sportsperson as brand ambassador. We have legendary players such as Milkha Singh, P T Usha, Abhinav Bindra. No doubt Salman is one of the best faces of Bollywood and whatever he says sells. But in sports I feel sportsperson should be ambassador,” Pillay said. MORE PTI PM SUN PMadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-IPL-RUSSELL 2 LAST

first_imgRussell said he did not mind batting in the death but Russell said he did not mind batting in the death but would like to get more overs in the middle. “At the end, I would really appreciate if I could get more time to bat. So be it, Im just happy to be a part of this team. Wherever the skipper needs me to go bat and bowl, I want to give 100 per cent. I cant complain.” “I dont have problem batting the last five overs. No 7 is good enough for a T20 game. Im a team man, I dont mind 160-170 with five overs to go. Even Im fine with 150 with five overs to go. That would give confidence to go from ball from one and try to get as much runs as possible for my team.” Russell further credited likes of head coach Jacques Kallis and bowling mentor Wasim Akram for his growth as a cricketer. “To be around with the likes of Jacques Kallis and Wasim Akram, teach me a few things about bowling. It helps me to hone my knowledge in terms of batting and bowling.” Russell has played for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash and Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League beside featuring for Jamaica Tallawahs back home in the Caribbean Premier League. “From playing in different parts of the world and in different tournaments. I try to learn as well. I look up to a lot more guys as key players. It gives me the confidence the way I perform at the moment. Im just happy to be a part of the IPL and doing well. Once people know I can hit sixes and take wickets bowling fast, I would bring smiles on fans face. I do my best for my team.” Asked about Sunil Narines omission as their ace spinner was replaced by Brad Hogg against KXIP, he said the Trinidadian is nursing a finger injury in his bowling hand. Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan came to see their match for the first time this season and Russell said the team co-owner had extended the team best wishes before the match. “He came to the team meeting, extended best wishes. Hes there to support us we win or lose. Its a good environment. Hes such a big motivator.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Tamil Nadu, where the chair has a caste

first_imgFour policemen look at me suspiciously. They want to know my credentials and why I want to meet Kausalya, the 19-year-old widow of Sankar, the Dalit youth who was hacked to death by a gang of hired killers with sickles in Udumalpet in Tiruppur district on March 13. Sankar, 22 died while Kausalya who belongs to the Thevar community, considered comparatively superior in the caste hierarchy, escaped with several injuries on the head. The gang was allegedly hired by Kausalya’s parents because they were opposed to their daughter’s marriage to a Dalit.Kausalya, a diminutive girl, keeps her head covered to hide the injury marks. After Sankar’s death, she chose to stay at her father-in-law’s home. Her two brothers-in-law, one of them in college and the younger one in school and Sankar’s grandmother live in the one-room home. “I cannot live without him. I feel very lonely without Sankar,” says Kausalya, giving me a glimpse into her world.Kausalya’s parents are in prison. In caste-obsessed Tamil Nadu, being jailed for taking revenge on a Dalit is considered a badge of honour. Kausalya, in her moments of loneliness, broods over the futility of honour killings and wonders if blood must have a caste group. “Parents should have the heart to let go. Why isn’t anyone thinking like that? By killing like this, what is achieved? Look at our case. Sankar was killed, I am here and my parents are in jail,” she laments.As I speak to Kausalya, one cop slithers close, eavesdrops, taking notes on what I ask and what she replies. The cops are here just in case, killers are hired again by another member of the family to finish unfinished business – to kill Kausalya. They have killed her spirit and zest for life, what more is there to kill, I wonder.advertisementIntercaste Marriage Helper AssociationBut if you thought such barbaric killing in broad daylight would put the fear of the sickle in the hearts of young boys and girls, Dalits and non-Dalits and stop them from falling in love, you are wrong. I am told about the existence of an organisation called the Intercaste Marriage Helper Association in Coimbatore. Since January 1 this year, it has helped 80 boys and girls from different castes to get married. It is a blink-and-miss wedding, the runaway groom and bride are asked to take an oath, exchange garlands, sign necessary documents along with witnesses and they are declared man and wife.The Association’s office is run by K Ramakrishnan, whose photographs with slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran and Periyar’s posters adorn the walls. I run into Manikandan who is about to get married to Prema, who is pursuing B.Sc in computer science. She tells me her parents objected because Manikankan is from a ‘lower’ caste and even complained to the police that Prema had run away from home with jewellery worth more than Rs 1 lakh. Manikandan admits he is scared that he could meet Sankar’s fate.Manikandan’s fear is understandable. Tamil Nadu is not the place for men and women, who dare to challenge the caste barrier. Dalit activist N Panneer Selvam says, “Half of those who do intercaste marriage run away from Tamil Nadu to stay safe and alive.”If they had not, they would have perhaps met the fate of 81 others who were killed in cases of honour killings in the last three years in Tamil Nadu. Each one of the murders was an attempt to show the Dalits their place. “If girl is from the upper caste and the boy is a Dalit, there will be a problem. If the girl is a Dalit, she is isolated within the family,” says K Ramakrishnan, President of the Intercaste Marriage helper association.Social boycott is a potent toolBut it is not as if every Dalit boy who marries a girl from a non-Dalit caste is killed. Social boycott is a potent tool used to kill emotionally. Shanti, a Brahmin girl married Ilaveni, a Dalit ten years ago. Her family shunned her. After she had two children, her mother came to visit her and was ostracised by the family as well. Now Shanti and Ilaveni take care of Shanti’s mother. “I faced many challenges. It’s now ten years.” says Shanti. “It’s definitely not wrong marrying a Dalit. I am, in fact, marrying a human, not an animal. These kind of family members who end up killing these people like animals must be punished.”The irony is that such caste discrimination and violence takes place in Tamil Nadu, the land of social reformer Periyar, who fought for a casteless society, from the late 1920s till his demise in 1973. Though Tamil Nadu was among the earliest states to witness an OBC-based movement, it would seem that the caste genie unleashed by the Dravidian movement is now out of control. In Tamil Nadu today, every caste group has a party. Political strength and the desire to show muscle leads to violence.advertisementIlaveni says, “The AIADMK or DMK say they are inspired by Periyar but I don’t think they have followed his principles or ideologies. If they had, such honor killings wouldn’t have taken place. Periyar wanted to eradicate caste system but these parties have forgotten what is important. Their priorities are misplaced.”Why love affairs are on the riseSC/STs form 20 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s population. With the number of Dalit boys pursuing higher education on the rise, interactions with girls from the intermediary castes, like the Gounders and the Thevars, have led to love affairs. Many alliances have ended in bloodshed. Like Ilavarasan who was killed for marrying a Vanniyar girl in Dharmapuri in 2013 and Gokulraj who was killed merely for speaking to a Gounder girl in Tiruchengode in 2015. Which is why S Balasundaram of the PUCL fumes, remembering what O Panneerselvam, the former Chief minister of Tamil Nadu said in the assembly.”One year back in the state assembly, O Panneerselvam said there is no honour killing in Tamil Nadu. More than 80 honour killings happened in Tamil Nadu but the government is not worried about it. In many cases, the police have registered not as murder but suicide,” says Balasundaram.The aggressors are the Gounders in the West, Thevars in the south and Vanniyars in North Tamil Nadu. All of them backward castes, politically powerful, occupying every step of the ladder in all the political parties in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, the chair tragically has become a caste.That also explains why when Sankar was killed, no major political party opened its mouth except for cursory platitudes over law and order. “Neither DMK chief Karunanidhi nor CM Jayalalithaa opened their mouth against the so-called honour killing rather the dishonour killing of Sankar because both of them are fearing the votes of Gounders and historically Dalits never voted in an en masse bloc. They always split into various factions but this intermediary caste generally to a large extent vote en masse and fearing the vote bank politics, these two leaders are keeping quiet. This is a very dangerous trend in the run up to the elections,” explains R Mani, political analyst.Modus operandi of Dalit boysA few years back, PMK leader Dr S Ramadoss, a Vanniyar, said that Dalit boys dress up like Romeos, to impress Vanniyar, Thevar and Gounder girls, most of who are economically affluent. It is an opinion many in the intermediary castes endorse. Like CK Nagaraj, founder of the Kongu Jana Nayaka Party, who is fighting this election in alliance with the BJP and is strongly opposed to intercaste marriages.advertisement”Follow her for a month or two. Make her fall in love. Take her away. She will either come with money or gold or her parents will be ready to pay any amount of money to take the girl back,” is how CK Nagaraj describes the modus operandi of the Dalit boys.At election time, such extreme views can cost votes. Hence the BJP chooses to be politically correct than sorry. Vanathi Srinivasan, the BJP candidate in Coimbatore says alliance partners have their own agenda and police and need not be endorsed by the BJP.Dalits complain that the political parties and the police force are dominated by the backward castes and they allege that deeprooted anti-Dalit sentiment reflects while handling cases of intercaste marriages and honour killings. They point out how a Gounder youth Yuvraj, the prime accused in the murder of Dalit youth Gokulraj, was allowed to surrender before the police, almost like a movie star.”When we go to the police station, nobody speaks to us with respect. They don’t address us properly, we are made to sit in one corner. Sometimes when I think about it, I hate living here in this state. I sometimes wish I could die. I have often felt sad for being born a Dalit,” rues Vadivelu, a Dalit in Coimbatore.To guard against the possibility of influential parents harming the couple, the police are roped in during the wedding. But that does little to assuage the feelings of deep insult that members of non-Dalit communities feel. Nagaraj calls such a match a “great insult”for the family.”They cannot walk outside on the street. If there is one more daughter, no one will to marry her,” he says.Even those not so well off, put a premium on caste honour. Muthuswamy Gounder, who works as a watchman at the Mariamman temple in Coimbatore, says if his son married a Dalit girl, he will cease to be a father to his son.”How can I feel happy if my son is ruined? I will feel angry only. But I will say to hell with them and not allow them into my home,” says Muthuswamy Gounder.Caste on their wristCaste is cast in stone in Tamil Nadu and people wear it on their sleeve. And in the case of school children in Tirunelveli, even on their wrist. Till November last year, the Thevars, Nadars, Yadavs sported red, yellow, blue and saffron wrist bands, while Dalits wore green, black or white. The intention was to identify the Dalits and make them internalise who they are. The Chief Education officer subsequently warned schools to stop the practise.In Coimbatore, I meet two motor mechanics – Senthil, a Dalit and Kanakraj, a Gounder. Friendship is a bond they share but they emphasise that they know the boundaries that caste has set for them. Senthil emphasises a Dalit boy marrying a Gounder girl is not right, inviting concurrence from Kanakraj who adds, “friendship is one thing but that is where we stop.”With all indications that Tamil Nadu could see a close contest, every vote is important. At the AIADMK office in Madathukulam constituency, I meet MLA C Shanmugavelu, who also served as Tamil Nadu’s Industry minister in 2011. The political grapevine suggests that he was not given the ticket this time because of the shoddy handling of Kausalya-Sankar case, which was highlighted by the national media, unlike other honour killings that get buried silently. Shanmugavelu denies his party despite being dominated by Thevars and Gounders, is anti-Dalit. At election time, he like all members of his ilk, sees communities as vote banks and says all Dalit votes come into his party’s kitty.Shanmugavelu is not off the mark. Dalits never had a strong political voice to represent them in Tamil Nadu so their votes scattered all over the place are mopped up by the two Dravidian parties, paying lip service to the Dalit cause.”They are focusing on being representatives of intermediate castes. They are not worried about Dalits as they feel Dalit votes can be bought,” says Balasundaram.Like Ponguttem, who lives a stone’s throw away from Kausalya’s home in the Dalit colony in Udumalpet. She says she feels bad for the young widow but at election time, free white goods win the battle over self-respect. “I have Amma mixie, Amma grinder and Amma fan. I am happy with all that. My vote also will go to Amma,” says Ponguttem.Mindset of slave and masterDalits admit the mindset is one of slave and master. Where there are demarcated spaces, especially on social occasions like temple festivals that are considered the most important part of the village calendar and Dalits have often demanded their right to enter these temples, their right to worship and take part in the temple festivals. The dominant OBCs in the same village have often opposed this.”The reason Dalits aren’t able to stand up against those upper caste members is that most of them own lands, we are coolie class, we can’t do anything against them. It’s the question of our earning and survival. We are struggling for half a meal a day,” says Selvan, a Dalit.Films reinforce caste equationsPopular Tamil films have reinforced the caste equations, deepening the fissures. For instance, the popular song `Potri Paadadi Penne’ in the 1992 superhit Tamil film `Thevar Magan’ starring Kamal Haasan, spoke about praising the land touched by Thevar’s feet. The caste chauvinism and machismo masquerading as entertainment even triggered caste clashes in college hostels at that time.Filmmaker Che Guvera says, “The Thevar community who were oppressing Dalits in south Tamil Nadu will force them to play the song ‘potri paadadi penne, thevar kaal adi manney’. Dalits were forced to play that song in their marriages and funerals to praise the Thevar. Even in funerals, they had to, they were so oppressed.”Analysts point out that reserved constituencies, that were meant to be a vehicle of Dalit emancipation … are anything but that. Senkotaiyan of the Dalit Liberation Party says, “In any reserved constituency in entire Tamil Nadu, whoever has got a seat, he must go to the upper castes and say – I will not speak anything against you, If you do any wrong to any Dalit, I will ensure there is no FIR filed. Whatever you say, I will follow, I will not go against you. Only then, will they get a vote from those upper community members.”Which is why there are voices of protest emerging. Roshan, a Dalit is contesting the election in Coimbatore, just to make a point that the scheduled castes now want to reclaim spaces outside their reserved constituencies. “If you give us tickets in reserved category seats, how does it matter? Give us tickets in general category seats and make us feel proud,” says the 37-year-old photographer.In March, just a day after Sankar was killed, a report was released that said Tiruppur was India’s number one city in terms of job coverage. That 44 per cent of Tiruppur’s population was employed, mostly in the textile units in the town. The timing of the report was most ironic and showed that economic opportunity and prosperity did little to kill the dark underbelly of caste violence. A case of two Indias in one Tamil Nadu. This even as textile unit owners said caste was not a factor when it came to employability.The flip side however is that with money came a sense of pride in one’s caste identity. Poet Sripathy Padmanabha suggests that people should not use the caste name as their surname.As Tamil Nadu goes to polls on May 16, the Dalits are watching the wheel of democracy turn once again. Yet another occasion when they realise that they are just an ordinary cog in the wheel, with no access to the levers of control. (With inputs from Pratiba Raman)last_img

MPs speak against encroachment by judiciary

first_imgNew Delhi, May 13 (PTI) As Rajya Sabha bade farewell to 53 retiring members, the House saw voices against the alleged “encroachment” by judiciary on the rights of legislature, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley pressing the need for preserving the supremacy of Parliament in the making of law and budgets. “This House (Rajya Sabha) and the Lok Sabha has the primacy in law-making and budget-making. Law-making and budget-making cannot be decided by any third party,” Jaitley said, in an apparent reference to the judiciary. “If the right to law-making and budget-making goes out of here, it will weaken the parliamentary democracy as well as democracy itself,” the Leader of the Upper House warned. He said the “seriousness” of this issue has to be considered by all segments of the society. “I believe that the maturity of insititutions in the country will one day decide the way forward keeping the logic of Constitution-makers in mind,” the Minister said. The comments came just two days after he made some scathing remarks in the House against the judiciary, saying it was “step by step, brick by brick” encroaching upon the legislature. His remarks had come after the Supreme Court had directed the government to set up an additional fund, besides the NDRF and SDRF, for drought mitigation. Jaitleys views were echoed by some other members in the Rajya Sabha. Samajwadi party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said Parliament members are concerned over “encroachment” on legislatures rights by judiciary. Constitution, he said, has given Parliament the right to legislate laws and make budget. “If that is done by the judiciary, what is the relevance of Parliament,” the retiring member wondered and said the issue should be discussed during the next Monsoon session. Parliamentary honour, strength and supremacy has to be maintained, he said. “Constitution has drawn clear lines.” BSP chief Mayawati, an arch rival of Samajwadi Party, also raked up the issue and said “we should act unitedly, especially on important issues” and rise above political affiliations. “We would have to look within” why judiciary is taking advantage, she said. Senior SAD leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa made a case for special session of Parliament to discuss judical reforms. (MORE) PTI SAP NKD ANZ AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Hashim Amla feeling at ease with T20s thanks to maiden IPL season

first_imgKings XI Punjab opener Hashim Amla feels he is more comfortable with the T20 format now after playing in his maiden Indian Premier League season and said that there is no reason why conventional batsmen like him can’t be successful in the shortest format.Amla was branded as a Test specialist early on in his career but 12 years after making his international debut, he is a valuable asset for the team across all formats. To add to that, his recent run of form in T20s has clearly shown how well he has adjusted to the slam bang version of the game.’Basics remain the same in T20s'”There has been a lot of T20 cricket of late and that helps. Yes you do try to hit a few, innovate but the basics remain the same,” said Amla, who was roped in as a late replacement for Shaun Marsh at Kings XI.He feels the T20 format is not just for power hitters, something well illustrated by Indian star Virat Kohli, who yesterday broke the record for the highest-runs scored in an IPL season including an unprecedented three centuries.’T20s not always about power-hitting'”Everyone has a different approach but the basics remain the same. Everyone is trying to get better. You have players who have more power and there are players, who play according to the situation. Power hitting or any other way, you have to get the job done.”Initially (as a conventional batsman) it does take a little bit of time but with so much cricket happening in all formats, it has allowed us the opportunity to adjust as quickly as possible,” explained 33-year-old.advertisementSouth Africa did not have a memorable World T20 but Amla ended the tournament with couple of half centuries. He has carried that form into his maiden IPL and in the team’s last outing, smashed 96 off 56 balls, albeit in a losing cause.Though his team is already out of the tournament, Amla wants to make the most of his debut IPL season.’Always wanted to play in IPL’Was he hurt at not being given the opportunity to play in IPL all these years?”I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. This year was a blessing in disguise. I got to spend a month at home after the World T20. I had always wanted to play in the IPL but there were always other things to do.”It was nice to get a month with the family. We (South Africa) have the tour to West Indies coming up. Hopefully, I will get some runs under my belt before the international season begins,” added Amla, who stepped down as Test captain in January to focus more on his game.last_img read more

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first_imgNow ranked 57th in the World and 91st in the FedEX Cup Now ranked 57th in the World and 91st in the FedEX Cup rankings on the PGA Tour, Lahiri has had a fair rookie season so far with 13 cuts in 16 starts in the wrap-around 2016 season. However, he has mostly finished in the 20s, 30s and 40s and has had just one Top-10 at Dean& Deluca recently. He was Tied-28 at CareerBuilder and then two WGC events, and also T-21 at CIMB Classic in November 2015, but which is counted towards 2016 PGA season. Lahiri has not missed a cut in last six starts, including Masters and four of his rounds have been 66 or under. He has great starts at times, but he has not been able to build on it and often putting has been a letdown. PTI Cor ATK ATKlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Croatia score late to stun Spain 2-1 and win group

first_imgIvan Perisic scored in the 87th minute as Croatia stunned Spain in a 2-1 comeback victory Tuesday to finish top of Group D at the European Championship.His winning goal gave Croatia its first victory over in 22 years and ended Spain’s unbeaten run at a European Championship that stretched back to 2004. Defeat means that Spain will now meet Italy in the round of 16 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Croatia will play one of the third-place teams in the northern French city of Lens.It had all started so well for Spain, when striker Alvaro Morata put his side ahead in the seventh minute, redirecting the ball into the net after a shot by midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Spain playmaker David Silva had split open the Croatia defense with a through-ball to create the chance.Nikola Kalinic equalized just before halftime with a nice back-heel flick that beat Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at the near post after Perisic delivered the cross from the left. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Spain had a chance to retake the lead, but defender Sergio Ramos saw his penalty saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the 72nd minute.It proved to be a costly miss when Perisic fired in the winner with a few minutes left in the match. Perisic scored with a low left-foot shot, beating Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post to finish off a fast counter attack.Both teams had entered the match at the Stade the Boardeaux guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. However, both teams wanted to win especially as the runner-up in the group meets Italy.advertisementCroatia’s surprise victory came despite playing without star midfielder Luka Modric and forward Mario Mandzukic, both out with muscle injuries.Spain was at full strength despite having already qualified, playing with the same 11 that won its first two group games.The result ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten streak at the European Championship over two tournaments. It also ended the team’s run of seven straight games without conceding a goal. The last time it had conceded was in a 1-1 draw against Italy in its first match in the 2012 tournament, 734 minutes ago.Croatia hadn’t beaten Spain since a 2-0 result in friendly in Valencia in 1994. The teams had also met in the final group game at Euro 2012, when La Roja ran out 1-0 winners.last_img read more

Batsmen have improved more than bowlers in T20s, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgThe Twenty20 format of the game has gone through lot of transformation in the last decade with batsmen showing marked improvement compared to the bowlers, feels former India captain Rahul Dravid. (England to begin three-month tour of India from November 9)Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Dravid said that there is a marked change in the skills level of players with the T20 coming in. (Ashwin, Jadeja shine for India in second warm-up match)”You know from my experience, I think the batsmen have may be – are slightly ahead of the bowlers in terms of the way their skills have improved over the last 9, 10, 11 years in T20 cricket but the bowlers are slowly catching up,” Dravid said.However, Dravid was quick to elucidate on the difficulties bowlers face in the shortest format.LIMITATIONS FOR BOWLERS”I think the very nature of bowling is such that you’re limited physically by the amount you can do. It’s not that you can go on… You can’t obviously go on bowling for two hours, two and a half hours, three hours, right every day because you’re going to get injured or you’re going to break down at some time,” he explained.”So, the opportunities for bowlers to work on their skills is limited physically, by the physical demands and the nature of the job that they are doing. Whereas batsmen I think have a little bit of a leeway because they are able to push themselves physically and practice a lot more than say bowlers do.”advertisementEQUAL BATTLEDravid said it would be quite a task to ensure that the battle between bat and ball is an equal one in T20 cricket.”I think T20 cricket is only going to get you know bigger and bigger. I think we need to be a bit careful that we maintain, still maintain the balance between bat and ball. I see that as one of the major challenges of T20 cricket.”What we don’t want in time is to become – every score to become a 200 plus score where we are always seeing power hitting skills,” Dravid said.”We want somebody to, even if it’s for two overs, you want somebody to negotiate a difficult spell, you want someone – to see someone’s ability against the turning ball and how he negotiates that and how he’s still able to score at seven-eight runs an over against a good spinner on a track that assists the spinner as well.”So, I think we need that balance. I think otherwise you know you just might put up bowling machines and see who hits it further. I see that as a major challenge,” he added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Taking a set from Thais fans hope of PH volleybelles

first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiefer fuels NLEX victory Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Philippine team standouts Majoy Baron and Eya Laure said winning a set against Thailand is like winning the match already.But both players, who were two of the bright spots in Saturday’s 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 loss to Thailand in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix here, agreed that the team has a lot to build on after taking a set from the regional powerhouse, which played their top standouts.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “When we won the set we were jumping for joy like we won the match. Because it was the key players of Thailand out there and not the bench players,” said the 24-year-old Baron.“That means that with a longer preparation, we can make it,” added Baron, who was with Laure on the floor during the set win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The big crowd at Terminal 21 Mall fell silent as the Philippines took control of the third set.“We really practiced [for this game],” said Laure, who is the youngest team member at 20. “We worked on our service receives and blocking.” But the most important thing that Laure saw was “we now have teamwork. Our training camp in Bangkok is paying off.”The Philippines suffered its second straight loss after dropping a five-setter to Indonesia. It will gun for a victory against Vietnam on Sunday.Thai coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul was seen berating the players on the bench after losing a set to the Filipino squad.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Philippines shows promise despite losses to Indonesia, Thailand in Asean Grand Prix

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Head coach Shaq delos Santo said he is thankful of the outcome because its showed team’s character which is essential in its quest to medal in the coming Southeast Asian Games.“The coaching staff is very proud of the players because they gave everything they got,” he said. “We just fell short. We need this kind of exposure and finally to get get completed.”The Philippines missed the services of key players Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes who are recuperating from minor injuries and will join the team in the coming training camps.Mau also felt that the team was coming in hot because of the short time they were allowed to warm up inside the busy Terminal 21Mall courts.“I thought we didn’t really got off to a good start for the game. We’ re actually starting to with a super crunchtime of a warm up,” said Mau. “I didn’t actually got to to my pre-game ritual, every thing was kinda off from the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT She added: “And the girls, we just didn’t have the energy going into the match. So I think the next game we gotta change that if they’re gonna give us a little bit of time to warm up or we probably gotta do that on our own before we get here.”The Philippines went on to drop its second game in a row but the team went down swinging before yielding a 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 loss to perennial Southeast Asian Games champion Thailand Saturday afternoon.Mau paced the Filipinas anew with 12 points  against the Thais.The Nationals hope to end their campaign on a winning note against Vietnam on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fun & Games: Noah Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt MOST READ View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own mancenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Members of the women’s volleyball team head back to the bench after the loss to Indonesia. —MARC ANTHONY REYESNAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Finally, after all the hoopla involving its formation, the Philippine women’s volleyball team got to know how it stood in the scheme of things.Its heart-breaking five-set defeat at the hands of Indonesia, 25-21, 26-28, 12-25, 25-18, 15-9, in Friday’s Asean Grand Prix opener gave a glimpse of what the much-followed squad is capable of doing.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “You know we are a strong team, we have our definite strengths and weaknesses so we were able to get through and show what we are made of and what we can do well,” said top spiker Kalei Mau.“But you know it’s not how you started, it’s how you finished so I thought, obviously Indonesia wanted it more,” added the FIl-American open hitter, who scored 15 points versus Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40For starting libero Dawn Macandili, the game revealed how little they know each other on court.“They (Indonesia) are not that tough, but I think we need to develop chemistry on the court,” said Macandili. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Zion Williamson excites NBA like no rookie since LeBron James

first_imgMOST READ NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 11: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after a game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on October 11, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFPZion Williamson has excited NBA fans like no rookie since LeBron James, but knee injuries before his debut have also brought worries about the New Orleans Pelicans teen star.An incredible pre-season run saw Williamson average 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game in four games for the Pelicans, sinking a staggering 71 percent of his shots and dominating inside.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s a monster,” New York Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “He’s a beast. He’s just going to continue to get better and better. We understand that kid is a heck of a player.”But the 19-year-old US forward’s size — 6-foot-7 (2.00m) and 285 pounds (129kg) — combined with his high-leaping heroics as well as speed and power, has many worrying that nagging knee injuries will continue and worsen unless he loses weight and improves his fitness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He’s carrying so much weight. He’s so athletic. I think he’s going to have to lose a little bit more weight,” says retired NBA star and television analyst Paul Pierce.Williamson will miss the Pelicans’ NBA season opener Tuesday at Toronto and at least a couple of weeks as a result of a right knee injury suffered in a pre-season game. It’s the same knee he famously sprained in college when his Nike shoe exploded during a game. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The shoemaker’s stock fell $1.1 billion the next day but Williamson’s stock has been rising since he turned high school stardom into a one-season run at Duke University — where he averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocked shots a game.His 68 percent accuracy rate was the best ever for a freshman in major US college basketball.“He’s too big, too strong. He’s going to continue to do that hopefully over his whole career,” said New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett, formerly Williamson’s roommate at Duke.It was enough to convince the Pelicans to select Williamson with the top pick in June’s NBA Draft and trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for young supporting talent that figures to blend well with Williamson.“For me to be selected number one, I can’t dream it no better than that,” Williamson said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I think we can build something. I see myself trying to step into a leadership role. I have to understand my teammates and understand where their heads are. It’s a matter of us coming together, making the same goals and just willing to win, and I think we can do something special.”– ‘I’ll adjust very well’ –Williamson played only nine minutes in the Vegas Summer League before he banged left knees in a collision and was benched for the remainder of the get-acquainted NBA games.“The physicality is a little bit different. There are more players that are a lot stronger, so you have to find more skilled ways to score,” Williamson said.“But I feel like with my size, it’s not going to be that big of an adjustment. I feel like I’ll adjust very well.”There are plenty of other lifestyle changes in the NBA, the travel and longer schedule as well as faster and more physical rivals.“It’s just a different lifestyle,” he said. “The grind is different. You always have to find different ways to stay ahead of your opponent.”That has proven troublesome for the Pelicans in past years. New Orleans went 33-49 last season and the team has won only two playoff series since starting in 2002, never going past the second round of the post-season.NBA general managers, however, predicted Williamson will be the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year with 68 percent support.“I’m a Zion believer and whatever he does I’ll be right behind him 100 percent,” said Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker. “If he wants to shoot wide open threes and knock it down, then by all means keep doing that. It’s only going to make him harder to guard and the team better.” This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man LeBron, Kawhi co-star in ‘Battle for Los Angeles’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Wrestler Sakshi Malik to get Rs 2.5 crore from Haryana government

first_imgWrestler Sakshi Malik will get a reward of Rs 2.5 crore from the Haryana government for her bronze medal winning feat which got India its first medal in the Rio Olympics.Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij, who is in Rio and witnessed the bronze medal match, congratulated Sakshi for winning the country its first medal.Vij said that the Haryana government would honour Sakshi Malik with a cash award of Rs 2.5 crore as per its sports policy. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)Sakshi is also likely to be offered a job by the state government.”She has made the state and country proud. I hope that other sportspersons of the state would also prove their mettle in the coming events by winning medals,” Vij said on Thursday. (Also read: Rio 2016 medallist Sakshi Malik took up sports because she wanted to fly in an airplane)Sakshi emerged as the first Indian woman wrestler to bag an Olympic medal by clinching bronze in the 58-kg category of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling.The gritty wrestler is from Haryana’s Rohtak district.last_img read more

KCR announces Rs 50 lakh reward to Dipa Karmakar

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 21 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today announced cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in womens vault Gymnastics event at the Rio Olympics.”Exceptional performance by girls in the Rio Olympics is inspiring. There is a need to encourage girls in all fields and entire nation should support them in their endeavour,” KCR was quoted as saying in a release from the Chief Ministers Office.In the Olympics, Dipa, from the north eastern state of Tripura, had ended up just outside a medal bracket with 15.066 points after putting on a superb display in the eight-woman vault final held earlier this month.The Telangana government had yesterday decided to give cash reward of Rs 1 crore to grappler Sakshi Malik, who won bronze at the quadrennial sports event. PTI VVK NRB RGlast_img read more

Mourinho and Guardiola renew rivalry in battle of Manchester

first_imgMore than half of the world’s football lovers would say that the English Premier League is the best football  league in the whole world. While, one might argue that the La Liga is the finest with Real Madrid winning the Champions League twice and Atletico making the finals on both occasions, the fact that, the EPL is the most watched, celebrated and entertaining can’t be denied.  Premier League may-not have a Lionel Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo but the uncertainty of the league, managers at display and best  players coming in, it beats all the other leagues by a mile in terms of sheer craze and swagger.There’s no doubt that the Premier League this season is going to be the more exciting and challenging than ever before but one thing that will stand out amidst all the glitterati is the ‘Battle of Manchester’ . There are two new Manchester coaches in each half. Jose Mourinho in the Red and Pep Guardiola in the Blue and add the joker in the pack, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to that. Box office.  It might be the ‘Manchester Derby’  but when these two managers go head to head it has ‘El Classico’ written all over it. (Manchester derby set to ignite Premier League season)Manchester United unveiled Jose Mourinho and City unveiled Pep a day before and both didn’t shy down from making headline statements. While Pep said that it’s better to play the play-offs for the Champions League than not play at all, Jose straight away gunned down the Gunners manager indirectly when he was asked if he had a point to prove after a disastrous season with Chelsea. He also warned Guardiola indirectly saying that unlike Spain, it’s not a two horse race in the Premier League and concentrating on a particular team or ‘enemy’ is suicidal. BROTHERS IN ARMSadvertisementThe two met 20 years ago when Jose was a coach under Bryan Robson and Pep, one of the many young stars in the Barcelona team. The two bonded well as Jose identified with Pep’s reading of the game and brilliance. It went on under Louis Van Gaal as well untill Jose left Barca around the turn of the century. Pep stayed on. Both have come a long way since then. While Jose became ‘The Special One’ with all his success and arrogance, Pep succeeded Frank Rijkaard after serving as the Barcelona B coach for a year in 2008. (Ibrahimovic makes instant impact as Manchester United thrash Galatasaray 5-2)ENTER ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVICOne of Pep’s big signings was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and after working with Jose for one year, the Swede left Inter Milan for Barcelona in a deal that took the high scoring Samuel Eto’o to the other side. A move that was condemned by many as Eto’o was scoring regularly for Barcelona but Pep sold him because he was outspoken and that didn’t suit Guardiola. Zlatan started off well for Barcelona scoring 14 goals in 11 matches but soon the goals dried up and he started playing second fiddle to the rising Lionel Messi. He was often played on the wings and that didn’t go down well with the Swede. The goal ratio worsened in the coming months and Guardiola was heard of giving cold shoulders to Zlatan. That was it. Being the flamboyant character he is, he spoke about Pep openly and the crack in the relationship was out in the open. Finally, Zlatan moved on in 2011 when he joined Milan on loan first and then permanently next season. Ibrahimovic later came out and called Pep a good a manager but a  ‘spineless coward’ in his autobiography for his treatment of the big man from Sweden. With four goals from four games, the big Swede will be raring to go when he comes up against Guardiola’s City.FRIENDS TURN FOESThe two crossed paths again when Jose took over Real Madrid from Manuel Pellgerini  in 2010. In the meantime, Pep was thriving at Barcelona for the past two years with the Spanish side dominating world football. As per statistics, Pep has got the better of Jose. Out of 16 meetings, the Spaniard has won seven times while the Portuguese managed six wins. The rest were draws. While Jose’s Real finished second to Pep’s armada, with Barcelona winning three titles in a row,  the on field fights and battles started heating up. But, it reached a all new level when Jose pointed out that all referees support Barcelona at a press conference and Pep followed up by saying that Jose’s nagging is increasing each day. The two teams faced off and things got uglier on the pitch as well but Jose got the better of Pep finally when Madrid won the La Liga in 2011 with record points and Pep decided to take a year off from coaching. He said, he was tired but it was believed that the spat with Jose over the past few seasons drained him completely. The rivalry continued when both came face to face again in 2013 with Pep as the coach of Bayern and Jose taking over at Chelsea. Bayern however got the better of Chelsea in penalties and Pep lifted the UEFA Super Cup. Jose was not impressed but Pep had the last laugh.advertisementJOSE VS PEP – CHAPTER 2It has been three years  and Pep has seven trophies with Bayern while Jose has won two and has been sacked once again. The two are going to resume their rivalry again in the best league of the world. While Pep can say that he has got the better of Jose, he shouldn’t forget that he is facing a double whammy. A determined Jose to get back to the top and a vengeful Ibrahimovic. Mino Riola, Zlatan’s agent has already voiced his opinion about Zlatan seeking revenge over Pep and add to that Jose’s determination, Pep has a lot to worry about his cross town rivals. The soft dig, the confident attitude and glorious past will all go for a toss for Pep  when Manchester City meets a hurt, determined and new look Manchester United in the Premier League. The Pep factor may well spur the United duo of Mourinho and Ibrahimovic to work harder and win trophies and return to the Champions League once again. September 10, 2016, Old Trafford will see the biggest rivalry return and that day, Manchester will see much more than the two teams fighting it out for the bragging rights.However, with City missing their main man and United’s nightmare over the years, Sergio Aguero , who is suspended due to an elbow on Winston Reid in their last match against West Ham, United will have an advantage over their cross city rivals when they take the field. Both City and United have spent over a 100 million this summer and they have got a fantastic squads to choose from. As United splashed world record cash on Pogba, City went out and got nine players from the market, giving no manager an excuse for failure as both the clubs will look to take the early advantage over the other.The stage is set, the stakes are high, the Paul Pogba’s and Nolito’s are also there for show. As the two teams who are tied on nine points each and full on confidence take the field tomorrow, this new era of Manchester rivalry will be officially underway at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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first_imgSharing a case study at Apollo, Vohra says, “Social mediaSharing a case study at Apollo, Vohra says, “Social media is also triggering relationship breakdown in many cases. A 17- year-old girl came to us after she was harassed by her ex- boyfriend over Facebook. So much so that the girls family had to file a police complaint against the boy, who has become obsessed with her.”He says besides triggering anxiety, depression and self- destructing tendencies, social media platforms have also led to people suffering from “body dysmorphic disorder”.”So we had a 21-year-old girl who was brought to us, who insisted that her nose was imperfect and tried rhinoplasty despite the fact it was alright. Constant bombardment of images on social media, peer pressure and selfie-culture has engendered this narcissistic behaviour that borders on psychological disorders,” Vohra says.Ganga Ram Hospitals Kumar says she gets “cases where young people especially adolescents come to me complaining they have suicidal tendencies and ask what they should do. After going through their history, one realises that many of them had some sort of harassment or bullying on social media.”A 24-year-old Delhi-based professional, who did not wish to be identified, says, “There is this culture of unwanted tagging with nasty posts on Facebook and trolling on Twitter that the social media culture has spawned. I myself have been its victim, so I know.”Though I think social media is a tool to network and be in touch with people who are far off, but excessive use of it is affecting people in a bad way.”advertisementVohra says “social media also has become a platform for catharsis for the youth.”It is an open and free forum, and many of them see this virtual place where they can let out their pent-up emotions or rent anger. Many also post suicide notes on Facebook before claiming their lives, so, it has both pros and cons. And one has to use it judiciously.”Sagar at AIIMS says, the only way forward is to educate the youth when they are in school. “Just like we do it for cigarettes and alcohol use, I think there should be an education and counselling programme in schools for social media too. Since, we are living in a digital era, we cannot say we should divorce ourselves from social media, but we can learn to adapt it the right way.”The World Mental Health Day theme by the UN this year is –Dignity in Mental Health — Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All.”Social media has taken over real socialisation. Playgrounds are shrinking and children are more into internet gaming then outdoor sports which is a cause of concern… Majority of mental health patients dont seek treatment, just about 10-15 per cent do. That is mostly because of the stigma attached to it,” Sagar says. PTI KND ZMN RCJlast_img read more

Omar Abdullah subjected to secondary immigration check in US

first_imgNew York, Oct 16 (PTI) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had to spend two hours at the airport upon his arrival here as US authorities subjected him to “random secondary immigration check”.However, 46-year-old Omar took it sportingly and said that this happens every time he visited the US.He also said the random checks are growing “tiresome now”.In a series of tweets from the airport, Omar said that he was subjected to another “random” secondary immigration check upon landing in the US.”Thrice in three visits, the randomness is growing tiresome now,” he said.”I just spent TWO hours in a holding area and this happens EVERY time. Unlike @iamsrk I dont even catch Pokemon to pass the time,” he said.Omar is in New York to speak at an event organised by the New York University.He tweeted “Im here to speak at an event organised by NYU but I almost wish Id stayed at home instead. Ah well, thats two hours well & truly wasted!!” PTI SKL NSAlast_img read more

PM Modi offers prayers at Anandpur Sahib gurudwara

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi today offered prayers at Gurdwara Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur, Punjab.Sporting a saffron headgear, Modi was presented a ‘siropa’ or robe of honour by the Sikh priests at the historic gurdwara, the second holiest of Sikh shrines after Amritsar’s Golden Temple.The 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh, founded the Khalsa Panth (religion of the pure) at Takht Keshgarh Sahib, 85 km from Chandigarh, in present day Ropar district of Punjab on April 13, 1699.The Prime Minister later participated in a public function to mark the celebration of the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.last_img read more

Who will England, Scotland, Wales & NI play in Nations League?

first_imgInternational football in Europe is changing and the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which gets under way this September, marks the beginning of a whole new era.A total of 55 teams from across the continent will take part in the venture, which seeks inject fresh impetus into the international game by making meaningless friendlies a thing of the past.The structure of the competition may seem complicated – see our explainer here – but it will all become very familiar this autumn. 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! With first games set to get started in just over a month’s time, Goal takes a look at the teams awaiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Who are England’s UEFA Nations League opponents?England are in the top division of the Nations League – League A – and they have been drawn in Group 4 alongside Spain and World Cup finalists Croatia .Gareth Southgate’s side get things started on September 8 at Wembley Stadium against Spain. The following month, they have an away double-header, with a game against Croatia in Rijeka on October 12 and another encounter with La Furia Roja in Seville taking place three days later.The Three Lions conclude their Group 4 campaign at home with a return game against Luka Modric and Co. at Wembley on November 18.Since they are in the top league, England have a chance of winning the competition, with each of the group winners in League A progressing to the ‘final four’ stage.However, should they finish bottom of the group, they will be relegated to League B.England 2018-19 Nations League fixtures: Date Match Time (UK) Sep 8 England vs Spain 19:45 Oct 12 Croatia vs England 19:45 Oct 15 Spain vs England 19:45 Nov 18 England vs Croatia 19:45 Who are Scotland’s UEFA Nations League opponents?Andrew Robertson Scotland 2018Scotland are in League C of the Nations League, which means, out of all the British teams involved, they are the lowest ranked.They were drawn in Group 1, which is the only three-team group in the section, alongside Albania and Israel .Alex McLeish will lead his country into battle for the first time in the competition when they host Albania at Hampden Park on September 10.A trip to Haifa to play Israel follows on October 11 before a double-header of games the next month, with Albania away on November 17 and Israel at home three days later.Promotion to League B is the prize for topping the group, while finishing bottom will result in relegation to League D – the absolute lowest division.Scotland 2018-19 Nations League fixtures: Date Match Time (UK) Sep 10 Scotland vs Albania 19:45 Oct 11 Israel vs Scotland 19:45 Nov 17 Albania vs Scotland 19:45 Nov 20 Scotland vs Israel 19:45 Who are Wales’ UEFA Nations League opponents?Gareth Bale WalesWales’ inaugural Nations League adventure remarkably sees them renew acquaintance with the Republic of Ireland and Denmark, who were also their opponents in the qualification phase for World Cup 2018.Ryan Giggs’ side are in the second tier of the competition – League B – and they were drawn into Group 4. Unlike the rest of the British representatives, Wales kick things off in September with two games.First up, the host Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6 and then they travel to Aarhus to face the Danes on September 9.On October 16 they make the short trip to Dublin to take on the Boys in Green before concluding matters at home to Denmark on November 16.Wales 2018-19 Nations League fixtures: Date Match Time (UK) Sep 6 Wales vs Republic of Ireland 19:45 Sep 9 Denmark vs Wales 17:00 Oct 16 Republic of Ireland vs Wales 19:45 Nov 16 Wales vs Denmark 19:45 Who are Northern Ireland’s UEFA Nations League opponents?Jonny Evans Northern Ireland 2017Northern Ireland are in League B of the Nations League and they will come up against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Austria in Group 3 of that particular section.The first game for Michael O’Neill’s team is scheduled to take place on September 8 at Windsor Park in Belfast, with Bosnia & Herzegovina providing the opposition.The following month they have two away games, with a clash against Austria in Vienna on October 12 and their second meeting with the Bosnians taking place in Sarajevo on October 15.Northern Ireland conclude their Group 3 campaign at home to Austria on November 18.While they cannot win the competition, they can earn promotion to League A by topping the group, but they will be relegated to League C should they finish bottom.Northern Ireland 2018-19 Nations League fixtures: Date Match Time (UK) Sep 8 Northern Ireland vs Bosnia & Herzegovina 2pm Oct 12 Austria vs Northern Ireland 7:45pm Oct 15 Bosnia & Herzegovina v Northern Ireland 7:45pm Nov 18 Northern Ireland vs Austria 5pmlast_img read more

‘Emery must stop Ozil switching off’

first_imgMesut Ozil is set to pose Unai Emery with one of his biggest challenges at Arsenal manager, says Alan Smith, with the enigmatic playmaker having a tendency to switch off.There has never been any doubting the German’s ability, with the 29-year-old having tasted trophy triumphs with Real Madrid and the Gunners and World Cup glory with his country.He has, however, faced plenty of criticism throughout his career, with it often suggested that Ozil can go missing when the chips are down and he is not granted freedom to express himself. 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! Emery will be desperate to find consistency in a key man this season, with a positive relationship between player and coach required if the pair are to deliver collective success.Former Gunners striker Smith told the Express on that battle: “For me, this is a relationship that could go one of two ways – whether Ozil responds to Emery or whether he doesn’t.“There have been times in recent years when Ozil seems to have switched off and lost the ball, and the team have lost the ball and the team have suffered.“It’s going to be fascinating how Emery deals with that. Ozil is a player who signed for fortunes and he is expected to play.“That is going to be one of the most interesting things to watch. How is Ozil going to fit in with the new regime?“He has had a turbulent summer with all that went on, then the World Cup, which was a disaster for Germany.“He needs to settle down now. I’m sure he will be desperate to do well. And Arsenal need him. He is one of the key creative players. On his day, there are not many like him in the Premier League.“Emery has to get hold of Ozil, try to get the best out of him, get him on board.”Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2018-19Ozil committed to a new contract with Arsenal last season under Arsene Wenger, with the club now welcoming in a new era after bidding farewell to a long-serving boss after 22 years.“It was obvious that there needed to be change this summer at Arsenal,” said Smith.“The place had grown stale. Now the fans are going into the new season with optimism and that is a difference this year. Everyone is intrigued about how it is going to go.“To an extent, Emery came out of nowhere. He was not on the original shortlist. His track record at Sevilla though was very good and he had far more experience than Mikel Arteta.“Emery is a Basque and they are a tough people. He will be a taskmaster. Chalk and cheese really to Wenger. The pre-season training will have been hard for the players. They will have found that out by now.”He added: “I think Arsenal will be more organised this year, tougher at the back. But it will take time to get used to what Emery wants.“Arsenal will score goals – they have the players for that. But the key is in defence. There was a lack of accountability in the team last season and the same players kept getting picked. It drove everybody mad. They have to be more difficult to break down this season, more solid.”last_img read more

Shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth advance in Singapore Open

first_imgStar shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth registered contrasting wins in their respective categories to enter the second round of the Singapore Open Superseries badminton tournament here on Wednesday.The fifth seeded Sindhu, who was up against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in her first round match in the women’s singles category, lost the first game before staging a superb comeback to win 10-21, 21-15, 22-20 in 62 minutes.Nozomi was off to a good start in the opening game, wining two consecutive points before the Indian equalised.The two opponents continued to fight neck and neck before the Japanese took six points on the trot to open up a commanding 17-10 lead and went on to take the first game.The second game also saw an intense battle in the early stages. With the scores locked at 6-6, Sindhu racked up nine back to back points to lead 15-6.Although Nozomi tried to stage a fightback, she could not prevent Sindhu from taking the game.The third game also saw a pitched battle. Although Sindhu won seven consecutive points to lead 16-8, Nozomi fought back to draw level at 20-20.Sindhu however, took the next two points to seal the game and the match.Srikanth on the other hand, had a much easier day in office as he beat Kenta Nishimoto of Japan in straight games in the opening round of the men’s singles.The Indian dominated proceedings from the start to register a comfortable 21-12, 21-11 win in 32 minutes.advertisementNishimoto gave a tough fight in the early stages of the first game before the Indian opened up a 7-4 lead and never looked back from there.Srikanth enjoyed a superb start to the second game, taking a 6-0 lead early on and continued to hold the upper hand throughout.Among other Indians in the fray, B. Sai Praneeth defeated Emil Holst of Denmark 17-21, 21-7, 21-9 in 64 minutes in the men’s singles.The women’s singles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy also entered the second round with a 21-19, 21-19 win over the Malaysian duo of Yin Loo Yim and Yap Cheng Wen.The rest of the Indians had to face disappointment however, as Ajay Jayaram, Sourabh Verma, Sameer Verma (men’s singles), M.R. Arjun and Ramchandran Shlok (men’s doubles), Sanjana Santhosh and Arathi Sunil (women’s doubles) and Manu Attri, B. Sumeeth (men’s doubles) crashed out of the first round.last_img read more

Team India leaves for West Indies, Anil Kumble stays back for ICC meet

first_imgIndia head coach Anil Kumble did not accompany the cricket team, which left on Tuesday for West Indies for the limited-overs series.It was reported that Kumble didn’t board the flight from England to West Indies, where India will be playing five ODIs and one T20 international beginning June 23.However, a BCCI source later confirmed that Kumble has stayed back in London to attend the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting scheduled to be held in London and will later join the team in West Indies.It is also reported that the entire Indian team, barring Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, have left for the Caribbean Islands.Earlier on Monday, reports claimed that skipper Virat Kohli has conveyed “strong reservations” over Kumble continuing as coach to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).It is reported that the three-member CAC, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, is willing to retain the incumbent legendary leg-spinner for the post.last_img read more

Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput has long-term vision for Test cricket

first_imgWhile Afghanistan celebrate their lofty status as a Test-playing nation, far away in Mumbai, head coach Lalchand Rajput is busy plotting how to instill a five-day temperament into a team more attuned to the hard-hitting nature of limited-overs cricket.In a historic decision on Thursday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) granted Afghanistan and Ireland full membership, putting them in an elite group of 12 sides permitted to compete in the longest form of the game.Cricket gained popularity in Afghanistan when refugees residing in Pakistan after fleeing a homeland ravaged by the Soviet-Afghan War took the sport home with them in the 1990s.They first played among the sport’s minnows until gaining one-day international status seven years ago, and in June 2013, the ICC granted Afghanistan associate membership, the second tier behind the Test-playing countries.”It’s a great achievement for them. Every country would like to be called as a Test-playing country,” former India cricketer Rajput told Reuters in an interview.”They have been working hard for the last couple of years. And this is the reward which they got after consistently performing, especially the last year has been very good.”We started beating Test sides, we beat Zimbabwe, we beat Ireland. It’s a big thing for the sport in Afghanistan and its people. They are so passionate about cricket there.”A former Mumbai batsman with a first-class average of close to 50, Rajput was manager of the India team that won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007.In June last year, he was named head coach of Afghanistan, replacing former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.advertisement”Everybody was keenly waiting for this ICC meeting to happen,” Rajput, who played two Tests and four ODIs for India, said on Friday.”They were all very excited that now they will all be called Test players. Every cricketer’s dream is to be a Test cricketer, that’s the real test. This is a big, big thing for them.”Having already played in multiple World Twenty20 events, the Asian side made a stellar debut in the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.They have also been impressive in the Intercontinental Cup, a first-class competition for associate members.BIG HUNDREDS”This is a big challenge. Being from Mumbai, we know this attitude of ‘khadoos’ (stubbornness) in the region’s cricketers and that has to be imbibed in the Afghanistan players,” the 55-year-old Rajput added.”Because you have to have a price on your wicket, you can’t throw your wicket easily. Plus the temperamental aspect, the mental toughness you know. And playing big innings, that’s very, very important.”Rajput feels the Afghan players are natural hard hitters of the ball and his job is to make them understand the need to spend more time in the middle instead of chasing quick runs.”In the Intercontinental Cup we used to get out early, the maximum score used to be 250-300. But this year, we played against Ireland and you will be surprised we got over 500 runs for eight wickets declared,” he said.”The captain (Asghar Stanikzai) got 145 and another guy got a hundred. So they are getting into the mode of scoring big hundreds. Slowly and steadily we will be there, we will improve.”I can’t change it overnight, it will take some time. But we are going in that direction.”Turning to matters with the ball, 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan looks a real prospect and he recently took 7/18 in a one-dayer against West Indies after a strong showing in the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament.Former captain and off-spinner Mohammad Nabi also gained exposure to the world’s top batsmen as Rashid’s team mate at the IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise.”We have the bowling. But yes, we have to look at options as well because in Test cricket you require people to take 20 wickets,” the coach added.”In one-day cricket you have to bowl tight. So the mindset has to be to take wickets rather than bowling tight.”We have got one more left-arm wrist-spinner. I watched him playing for the under-19s and said ‘I want him’.”Slowly I will make him play four-day games and give him confidence so that he gets better and plays the one-day format consistently. Just like Rashid, he is also a wicket-taking bowler.”last_img read more

Papua New Guinea appoint Jason Gillespie as interim coach

first_imgFormer Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has been named the interim coach of Papua New Guinea (PNG), as the burgeoning cricketing nation is all set to push for 2019 World Cup qualification.Earlier this week, Cricket Papua New Guinea chief executive Greg Campbell had confirmed that Gillespie, who was initially appointed as a consultant on a one-year term, will take over from former New Zealand off-spinner Dipak Patel on an interim basis.Gillespie’s decision to rule out taking on the PNG job on full-time basis came due to his commitments with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL).Following the appointment, the 42-year-old said, “I have never been to PNG before. I’m going to go up at the end of the month for a meet and greet, meet the players and staff and get to know everyone. I’m just excited to see how these guys go about their work. I’ve heard a lot of very good things.””Papua New Guinea played against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi in the preseason and I spoke to a few of my friends at Yorkshire and they said the PNG guys were fantastic,” cricket.com.au quoted Gillespie as saying.After Australia A’s tour to South Africa got cancelled due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Gillespie, who is also the head coach of the A side, is now free to join the PNG squad in Port Moresby later this month.PNG is all set to play a series of matches Down Under against the Australian Indigenous team and Queensland XI, before hosting Scotland for two matches in October as a part of their push for 2019 World Cup qualification.advertisementlast_img read more

Impressive Inter Milan continue revival with win over Chelsea

first_imgInter Milan continued their revival under new coach Luciano Spalletti with an assured display in a 2-1 victory over English champions Chelsea to win the International Champions Cup Singapore tournament on Saturday.Two days after the Italian side beat Bayern Munich 2-0 at the same venue, Stevan Jovetic and Ivan Perisic put Inter into a commanding lead before a bizarre own goal from Geoffrey Kondogbia gave Chelsea hope of a late recovery.Former Roma coach Spalletti joined Inter last month and the charismatic Italian has already instilled a steely resolve in his players, who followed up last week’s win over Lyon in China with a brace of impressive victories in Singapore’s National Stadium.Manager Antonio Conte sent out arguably Chelsea’s strongest lineup from the squad available on the tour, with record signing Alvaro Morata handed a debut start on the left side of a front-three, alongside Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi and Brazilian Willian.Spalletti rested Martins Eder, who scored both goals in the victory over Bayern, and gave former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic the central striking role in a 4-2-3-1 formation.Both sides started on the front foot, probing for openings in early exchanges, and Inter forged the first chance in the second minute when Antonio Candreva beat the offside trap but was denied by a fantastic stop from keeper Thibaut Courtois.The London side were on top for most of the first period, but found themselves a goal down on the stroke of half-time when Cesar Azpilicueta was harshly adjudged to have brought down Jovetic in the area. Although Courtois saved his penalty, the Montenegrin blasted home the rebound.advertisement”We are improving day by day and we want to continue this going into the new season,” Inter captain Miranda said in a pitch-side interview.Both sides pressed for openings following the interval and a moment of brilliance from Ivan Perisic made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute when the coveted Croatian winger broke down the left and drilled a crisp low shot underneath the Belgian keeper.As the contest drifted and both coaches made a raft of changes in the second half, Morata was withdrawn after 65 minutes, the Spaniard unable to really impose himself on the match and still looking short of fitness.Inter were firmly in control until an amazing own goal gifted Chelsea a way back into the match in the 74th minute when Geoffrey Kondogbia inexplicably lofted an overhit back pass over Daniele Padelli from near the halfway line.Chelsea were revived by the shock reprieve and launched wave after wave of attack in the closing minutes. After Batshuayi was denied an equaliser for offside, a desperate Inter managed to cling on for their third consecutive win of their Asia tour.last_img read more

Evening newswrap August 2, 2017

first_imgNo troop withdrawal at Doklam, says India as it rejects China’s claims Government sources said the Indian forces continue to stand, as earlier, against the Chinese troops.Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘son of a b***h’ over nuclear ambitionsPhilippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un ‘son of a b***h’ over nuclear ambitionsImtiaz Ali on his first meeting with Shah Rukh: He had a drunk girl hanging on to himImtiaz Ali recalled his first meeting with Shah Rukh Khan in London in an interview.Dhawan or Mukund will have to make way for KL Rahul: KohliIndia and Sri Lanka will square off in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo from Thursday.last_img read more

It’s been a pleasure playing in front of amazing Kolkata crowd: Jadon Sancho

first_imgSoon after leaving the England U-17 squad for club commitments, star attacking midfielder Jadon Sancho said it was a “pleasure” playing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in front of big crowds at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.”I just wanna say a Big Thank you to Kolkata for the support, it’s been a pleasure playing in front of such amazing crowd! Come on England!,” Sancho wrote on his Twitter handle.Playing down the left channel with his shimmies cutting inside and teeing up teammates with exquisite passes and at times weaving past defenders, Sancho has been a crowd favourite from the very first day when England took on Chile.In all three of England’s group matches, attendance has been over 40,000 at the colossal venue with chants of “Sancho Sancho” frequenting the stands.The 17-year old Borussia Dortmund player scored a brace in that game as England won 4-0 following it up with another stellar display against Mexico where he netted another from the spot.Sancho played a part in the Young Lions’ final 4-0 triumph over Iraq before having to leave Indian shores to join his employers in Germany.The former Watford and Manchester City player was withdrawn before England’s final training session ahead of their Round of 16 game against Japan.Sancho said his farewell to the squad on Sunday evening before leaving the team’s base in Kolkata and heading to Cyprus where Dortmund play APOEL in the Champions League on Tuesday.”People enjoyed seeing him play and it’s a disappointment for him because he very much enjoyed his time in India and relished the chance to play in a World Cup. He loves playing for England and this team in particular so it’s sad to see him go.advertisement”I can only imagine Dortmund want him back to play in their first team at the weekend and I assume he will be starting for them, because I can’t think of a reason why you would take a player away from a World Cup,” coach Steve Cooper had said at the pre-match press conference on Monday.last_img read more

Stalin to reprise his Namakku Naame programme in TN

first_imgChennai, Oct 20 (PTI) In a rerun of his Namakku Naame programme, DMK working president M K Stalin today said he will embark on a month-long outreach campaign across Tamil Nadu from November to highlight the “failings” of the AIADMK regime.The Leader of Opposition in the assembly, who intensified his attack on the incumbent regime following dengue deaths in the state, said the campaign was needed to tell the people how the “horse-trading” regime was bowing to the Centre.”Not only for local body, assembly and parliamentary polls, the campaign is also good for the partys growth,” he told reporters after chairing the partys district secretaries meet here.The campaign will begin in the first week of November and conclude in December, Stalin said, adding the itinerary will be announced in four to five days after discussions with district secretaries.Stalins announcement on the state-wide campaign comes against the backdrop of his recent remarks that assembly polls could be held even before local body elections.In view of the factional feud in the ruling AIADMK between the Chief Minister K Palaniswami-led camp and T T V Dhinakaran group, opposition parties have accused them of hankering after power while questioning the governments stability.As regards local body polls which were due last October, the Madras High Court had recently issued notices to State Election Commissioner M Malik Feroze Khan and secretary T S Rajasekar on a contempt of court application filed by the DMK.The plea was filed for not complying with the courts September 4 order to issue notification for the local body polls by September 18 and complete the entire election process by November 17.advertisementIn 2015, Stalin had launched his “Namakku Naame Vidiyal Meetpu Payanam” (We for ourselves, journey to retrieve dawn) campaign by going in for a complete image makeover.Seeking to mould public opinion in his partys favour and target then chief minister Jayalalithaa over her “inaccessibility,” he freely interacted with people.Sporting bright formal outfits and sunglasses, Stalin hopped on to a scooter or a bicycle, and met people in buses, trains and other public places. In a departure from the past, he had tea and food in roadside stalls with commoners.Though the AIADMK made fun of his campaign, saying “he does not remove his sunglasses even in the dark,” his campaign helped propel the DMK to emerge as a strong opposition party with 89 MLAs, though it could not wrest power.The DMK leader held events like “Pesalam Vanga” (Come Let us Talk) in 2015, similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modis “Chai pe Charcha”, with the people of his constituency Kolathur.On the district secretaries meet, Stalin said a resolution was adopted urging the central and state governments to declare a “health emergency” in view of continuing dengue deaths and take steps on a war-footing.Another resolution was passed condemning the state government for giving away the states rights on a platter, he said.One more resolution was adopted urging the state government to hold local body elections immediately and address the issues faced by the people, the DMK leader added. PTI VGN SS BN SRYlast_img read more

Visa issues force cancellation of boxers US training trip

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 26 (PTI) The Indian boxers first planned training trip to the USA has been cancelled owing to visa related complications.Seven Indian male boxers were to travel to the USA for a 10-day training at the acclaimed Michael Johnson Performance Centre in Texas early next month. However, the trip has been put of for now after visas did not come through in time.”The Sports Authority of India had cleared everything but we realised that we wont get the visas in time. So the trip had to be cancelled. Tremendous disappointment but hopefully we can plan it later,” Indias High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.The squad picked for the trip comprised those who participated at this years World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.So, Hamburg bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg), three-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg), former CWG gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (69kg), Amit Panghal (49kg), Kavinder Bisht (52kg), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) had been selected.The Michael Johnson Performance center is much sought after among top athletes and specialises in performance training, physical therapy, bio-mechanical assessments and nutrition consultation. PTI PM SSC SSClast_img read more

Phils Rough Up Colon, Mets, 7-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Marlon Byrd enjoyed his birthday so much that he wants to celebrate it again.Byrd homered against his former team on the day he turned 37, Ryan Howard drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 7-2 Aug. 30.“I’m going to stay 36 for a while. Can I do that?” Byrd said after setting a career high with his 25th homer of the season. “Move to another country and come back with a different name.”While many of Philadelphia’s veterans would probably love to reverse the aging process, the Phillies certainly looked young again — at least for one night.Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh inning to win his third straight decision since joining the last-place Phillies, who won for the seventh time in nine games. They batted around in the sixth, scoring five runs off Bartolo Colon on seven hits — all singles.“I didn’t do anything different,” Colon said through a translator. “I made the adjustments and made some good pitches, but they still put it in play.”Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley singled to start the outburst, loading the bases for Howard. The big slugger lined yet another single to right field, driving in two for a 3-0 lead.One out later, Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz added RBI singles to chase Colon.Cody Asche greeted Buddy Carlyle with another run-scoring single before Philadelphia was finally retired in a half-inning that took just short of 20 minutes.It has not been an easy couple of weeks for Colon (12-11), who left the Mets twice recently, the first time to be by his ailing mother’s side and the second to attend her funeral in the Dominican Republic.Still the subject of trade speculation, Colon gave up Byrd’s leadoff homer into the Phillies’ bullpen in the fifth. He appeared to tire in the sixth, and lost for the first time in four starts against the Phillies this season.“I just think we had some better looks at him,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said. “I would imagine the guys made some adjustments from the other games that he pitched against us.”Philadelphia banged out 12 hits to back another solid performance from Williams (3-0), who gave up two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. Facing the Mets for the first time since 2007 with Washington, the 32-year-old journeyman from Hawaii was virtually untouchable for the first six innings.Williams, who is 5-5 overall this year, has enjoyed a resurgence since he was picked up off waivers from Texas this month. Pitching for his third team this season, the right-hander has a 2.03 ERA in four starts with the Phillies.In fact, he hasn’t felt this good as a starter since his rookie year in 2003.“Those first two years in San Francisco I felt like I was in a really good groove, and then after that I kind of lost myself,” Williams said. “Now I’m back to where I need to be as myself.”Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera singled in a two-run seventh for his first major league hit. Wilmer Flores had an RBI single, but Antonio Bastardo left the bases loaded by striking out Curtis Granderson.(SCOTT ORGERA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers Finish Off Panthers, 6-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Sloppy at the start, strong at the finish. That has been the New York Rangers’ winning formula the past two games, yet they know they need to change the plan — and soon.After a two-game post All-Star break skid, in which the Rangers scored a total of one goal, New York has regained its offensive mojo.The Rangers followed up Saturday’s win over Carolina with a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Feb. 2.In both games, the third period was their best. But if they start slowly when powerhouse Boston comes to town on Feb. 3, the game could be out of reach by the time the final 20 minutes roll around.“We are getting to that point in the season where we’ve got to be desperate for points,” said Rick Nash, who scored two goals to reach 31 for the season and move back into a tie for the NHL lead. “Playing in the third, we didn’t have as many turnovers as we did in the first two periods.”It is no coincidence that the Rangers’ offense has rebounded the past two games when Nash has scored three goals. But they have spread it around, too. Mats Zuccarello scored his first goal in 11 games during New York’s decisive three-goal third period.“I can feel pressure from everyone around to score some goals, so obviously I’d like to score some more,” he said.Dan Boyle scored a deflected goal 8:10 into the third to make it 4-3, and Nash and Zuccarello added insurance tallies.Boyle flipped the puck from the left point, and it hit the stick of veteran Florida defenseman Willie Mitchell and bounded past surprised goalie Roberto Luongo. Zuccarello made it 5-3 with 4:02 left.Carl Hagelin was stopped by Luongo on a penalty shot with 3:19 remaining to keep it a two-goal game, but Nash scored into an empty net at 18:07.The Panthers held a 1-0 lead in the first and dug out of a 3-1 hole in the second, yet fell to 1-6-1 in their past eight.“Every game is must win for us,” forward Nick Bjugstad said. “We can’t afford any nights off. That was an unfortunate bounce.”Kevin Hayes and Marc Staal added goals for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for his 334th victory, 20th best in NHL history.Aleksander Barkov, Dave Bolland and Brandon Pirri had Panthers goals. Brad Boyes added two assists, and Luongo made 32 saves. The Panthers will finish their three-game trip to the New York area against the Islanders on Tuesday.“We just can let games like this one get away against teams we are chasing,” Bolland said. “We need momentum, and we had it tonight.”After Hayes and Staal gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the second, the play shifted back to the Panthers. Lundqvist briefly stemmed the tide when he denied Jonathan Huberdeau, who came in alone, but he couldn’t hold off Florida for long.Bolland cut the deficit to 3-2 with 7:09 left in the second after he put the puck off the crossbar. The rebound came back to him, and he batted it in for his second goal.Then, during a power play, Bolland sent a hard pass from the goal line out front to Pirri, who dropped to a knee and fired in his seventh — and fourth in five games — with 4:30 remaining.“Even though they came back and they tied it up in the second period, when the game was on the line in the third, I thought we played our best period,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.New York seemed to be in control after getting even on Nash’s first-period goal and then grabbing a two-goal edge when Hayes and Staal scored 6:37 apart.Hayes gave the Rangers their first lead at 2:51 of the second on the power play when Zuccarello sent a pass from the left circle to Hayes for a one-timer from the slot that produced his seventh goal. This one came as his older brother Jimmy — a Panthers forward — watched from the Florida bench.Staal, who played against his brothers Eric and Jordan in New York’s 4-1 win over Carolina, waited with the puck above the right circle and snapped a wrist shot past Luongo at 9:28 for his third.Nash’s first goal gave him his first 30-goal season with New York and eighth in 12 NHL seasons.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Big European Week for Greek Soccer

first_imgGreek soccer teams went 3-for-3 in European league play this week after PAOK and Atromitos won on July 30, a day after Panathinaikos beat Bruges.The Greek clubs strengthened their position in group play in the Champions League qualifiers where Greece has a poor record.PAOK, playing with 10 men most of the way at home against the Slovakian team Spartak Trnava but was able to eke out a 1-0 win in the first leg of its third qualifying round tie.Miguel Vitor was bounced only two minutes into the game but PAOK, from Thessaloniki, scored eight minutes from the end on a shot from Lucas Perez, off a pass from Yiannis Mystakidis.Atromitos, which plays in the western Athens neighborhood of Peristeri, pounded AIK Solna, 3-1 in Sweden in an impressive offensive display.Atromitos jumped out front 2-0 in the first 15 minutes on goals from Stefano Napoleoni and Marcelinho.AIK then was awarded two penalty shots and scored on one from Henok Goitom in the 70th minutes after a first penalty shot by Englishman Kevin Pavey was stopped by Atromitos goalie Andrei Gorbunov in the 49th.Atromitos finished it off when Javier Umbides scored after a penalty was called on Noah Sonko Sundberg, putting it away. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos works overtime to down Efes

first_imgPanathinaikos Athens survived some high drama at the end of the fourth quarter before rallying to beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 92-81 in overtime on Friday night in the Greek capital. Efes won the first meeting against Panathinaikos in double-overtime earlier this season, and in this game Efes was up 67-70 with 7 seconds to go. But Mike James drew a foul while in a shooting motion behind the three-point arc, and went on to make 3 of 3 free throws with 4 seconds left in regulation time, forcing the extra session. In overtime, Panathinaikos dominated and raced away to a victory that boosted the Greens to a 10-7 record, while Efes dropped to 8-9. Since both head-to-head matches of these two teams ended in overtime, neither team holds a tie-break advantage if they finish with the same record at the end of the regular season. K.C. Rivers starred with 23 points on 5-for-10 three-point shooting. Alessandro Gentile scored 13 of his 15 points in the first quarter; Mike James and Ioannis Bourousis had 14 points apiece; and Kenny Gabriel had 10 points in victory. Thomas Heurtel had 15 points for Efes, Jayson Granger netted 14, and Derrick Brown 12 points. Tyler Honeycutt collected 11 points and 12 rebounds, and DeShaun Thomas also scored 11 in defeat.Panathinaikos started solid defensively, as Efes needed six trips down the floor to start its scoring. But the visitors scored 7 in a row with Granger’s three-point play making it 5-7. However, Panathinaikos was in control, thanks to grabbing 5 offensive boards and to Gentile scoring 13 first quarter points. Gentile’s long jumper and a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions made it 16-9, before Nick Calathes set up a buzzer-beating triple from Rivers that gave the hosts a 21-13 advantage after one quarter. Rivers and Bourousis scored inside to open up a 25-13 lead in the second, but back-to-back threes from Thomas and a floater by Heurtel helped cut the difference to 27-23. Rivers hit a transition triple, before Antonis Fotsis and Demetris Nichols each hit from downtown, too, extending the Panathinaikos lead to 38-25. Efes scored the final 7 points of the half, cutting the deficit to 38-32 at halftime. Cedi Osman opened third quarter with a triple that cut it further. Calathes and Gentile gave Panathinaikos more breathing room, and a jumper by Mike James made it 48-41. Back-to-back threes from Granger and Brown got Efes within 48-47 before Heurtel’s driving layup capped a 0-9 run late in the third, giving Efes the lead. Bourousis forced a tip-in to tie it at 50-50, a score that stood after 30 minutes. The teams traded blows in the final quarter of the regulation time. James made a high-arching floater to make it 58-55, but Brown drove for a big one-handed slam to put Efes in front, 60-61. In the final 70 seconds, Rivers and Heurtel traded three-pointers, and Efes looked as though it has control of the game. Brown made a pair of foul shots to make it 67-70 with 7 seconds on the clock, but James drew a personal foul and 3 free throws, making them all with 4 seconds to go, forcing overtime. In the extra session it was all Panathinaikos, as the visitors were held without a field goal for the first 4 and a half minutes. Meanwhile, Bourousis, Rivers and Gabriel opened a 82-72 lead, and the hosts closed out the game.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

N.Y. Greek American’s Announcement to the Greek-American Community

first_imgNEW YORK – The board of directors of the “N.Y. Greek American” issued the following statement directed to the Greek-American community concerning the selling of the soccer club’s building.Follows the announcement:JUNE 2018 Dear Greeks of America,We believe that, almost everyone knows about our Association building (25-33 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY), which was bought by our old members (most no longer living) to house the “N.Y. Greek American” Soccer Club and covering its financial needs from the Club’s net income and from the rents of the two apartments in the building. The old ones had also predicted that when there was no “N.Y. Greek American” the building would go to the Greek nursing home facility St. Michael’s Home, Yonkers, NY.However, today’s “trustees” (25-33 Astoria Bulevard Corporation), the company that the old ones had set up to manage and protect (…) the building, after they had introduced their own “new” members to the company, because many old members had died and thus acquired the majority of the members, voted to have the right to sell the building and, in addition, to have the right and to sell it to “themselves and others.” As it was finally done! Our building, the source of our income, has now been sold to one of the trustees – the “trustworthy” (assumed…) and the son of another trustee!Our Athletic Club “N.Y. Greek American” has now lost its roof and its source of revenue! Not only that, but eight years before the building was sold, the trustees did not give Greek American ANY of the club’s income and apartment rentals, with the false reasoning that… “N.Y. Greek American… no longer existed.”In the eight years that the “Confident …” argued that … “Greek America no longer existed,” not only did it EXIST but was also five years in the finals of the US Amateur Soccer Federation and in 2014 WON THE TITLE! In addition, during those years, it won three times the COSMOPOLITAN SOCCER LEAGUE, the best and most historic Football Federation of New York – the former German American League! In addition, during those eight years that they said that “we did not exist,” we, apart from our first championship team we also have a reserve team and over 30 veterans teams!There has been a lot of writing over the years about the subject of the building, which “N.Y. Greek America” lost, but also about the “trustees” and masters, those responsible for “N.Y. Greek American” losing its building, its roof, and property! Nevertheless, it has never been written, so far, who are these “trustees” and “trustworthy”…In our announcement, we will first reveal their names!PAVLOS BETZIOS, old footballer of the substitution team of “N.Y. Greek America” and then an important player of the Association for many years and knowledgeable of his history. First started the campaign that “N.Y. Greek America” no longer had any reason to exist and that he had to end his activity and give his building to the Nursing Home, which was strongly opposed by the living members of the club, first with George Lazaridis.GEORGIOS LAZARIDIS, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of 25-33 Astoria Bulevard Corporation. Former soccer player for New Greece and NY Atlas, NY Atlas agent, and after “N.Y. Greek American,” who initially reacted strongly to the sale. Eventually, however, he himself and members of his family were the buyers of the building.IOANNIS MANIS, NY Atlas agent – one of the two buyers.ALEKOS AMANATIDIS, agent of “N.Y. Greek American” for many years.CONSTANTINOS GIGOS, former soccer player of the Group A N.Y. Greek American.STEVE IEROM, footballer of the junior team of “N.Y. Greek American” in the 1960s and later “N.Y. Greek American.”DIMITRIOS MAGGANAS, former soccer player of the 1st team of “N.Y. Greek American” and leader.DAMIANOS NANOS, former soccer player of the 1st team of “N.Y. Greek American.”PRAXITELES XYLAS, former agent of “N.Y. Greek American” with respectable contribution for many years.PANAGIOTIS TAGIOS, former soccer player of the 1st team of “N.Y. Greek American.”DIMITRIOS TERTIS, former soccer player of the 1st and 2nd group of “N.Y. Greek American.”By decision of all the above trustees – “trusted…” our building has already been SOLD to Mr. IOANNIS MANI and KYRIAKOS LAZARIDIS oldest player of the “Ν.Υ. Greek American” and a member of the Board of Directors, for a while, also the president of “trustees” GEORGE LAZARIDIS, instead of $1,200,000 (one million two hundred thousand dollars), only half (approximately) was given to the Nursing Home.The “N.Y. Greek American” did not even get a penny! Detailed review of the sale of our building, WAS NEVER GIVEN!RESALE!And while they were saying and asserting… “confident” that our building would be at our disposal even for ten years after the sale (with this false certificate they deceived some of the other trustees to agree to “Instead, in just a few months, buyers resell it – already in a contract…” – with an Italian owner and other real estate at Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY, with an amount of $2.5 million (two and a half million dollars), i.e. with a profit of $1.3 million in only a few months!DECISION! Based on all of the above, the Board of Directors of our Association “N.Y. GREEK AMERICAN” HAS DECIDED THAT ALL OF THE ABOVE-MENTIONED FIRST TRUSTEES,PAUL BETZIOS, GEORGIOS LAZARIDIS, JOHN MANI, ALEKOS AMANATIDIS, CONSTANTINOS GIGOS, STEVE IEROM, DIMITRIOS MAGGANAS, DAMIANOS NANOS, PRAXITELIS XYLAS, PANAGIOTIS TAGIOS, DIMITRIOS TERTIS plus the other buyers of the building KYRIAKOS LAZARIDIS, KOSTAS MALLIOS ARE “BANNED FOR LIFE” from the course and history of the Athletic Association “N.Y. Greek American,” and they will not be accepted again in the “N.Y. Greek American” Athletic Club as long as they live!!!HISTORY CONTINUES!The Family Athletic Association “N.Y. GREEK AMERICAN” has existed since 1946!It has existed in all the past eight years in which the “trustworthy” have spread the falsehood (!) that it did not…IT DOES EXIST AND IT CONTINUES!!!We are already looking for another location in Astoria to transfer and store the MANY Cups of Glory and Majesty that we have won all over America throughout all these decades, plus our framed photographs that still decorate the walls of the already sold and… re-sold building.WE ARE CERTAIN that the Greek Community WILL STAND BY OUR SIDE and help us again-STAND ON OUR OWN TWO FEET.The Family Athletic Association “N.Y. GREEK AMERICAN” HAS GLORIFIED the Greek Community for the past 72 years, longer than many other Greek organizations. It is part of the History of the Greeks of America.THE COMMUNITY WILL AGAIN STAND ON THE SIDE OF “N.Y. GREEK AMERICAN”FOR A NEW PATH TO GLORY AND GREATNESS FOR HELLENISM IN AMERICA.Sincerely,THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF “N.Y. 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PSG Coach: Signing Griezmann Is “Not Realistic”

first_imgPARIS — Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel says signing Antoine Griezmann is not a “realistic” goal as the French champion is looking to bolster its defense.The France striker announced this week he is leaving Atletico Madrid but has yet to reveal where he’s going.With Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani in the squad, PSG does not need more firepower. Tuchel, who complained this season about a lack of depth in his team, is looking to hire defenders to improve a squad desperately seeking Champions League success.“Griezmann can play with every team in the world. It would please any coach, but right now it’s not realistic (for PSG),” Tuchel said on Friday.“We are looking for players with certain profiles, it must be realistic. We need defensive profiles and we have to start with that.”PSG sealed a sixth French league title in seven years but failed to defend its French Cup and French League Cup crowns. Tuchel’s team was also eliminated in the Champions League last 16 for the third straight year.“We need to improve a certain number of things for next season,” Tuchel said. “We need to create a team with more reliable players, more players with the capacity to play a lot of games at this level.”PSG has been hit by an avalanche of injuries since January, with key players including Neymar, Thiago Silva, Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Cavani and Di Maria all forced out at some point.“We know very, very well how to create performance, this is what matters the most. We need more defensive players, and to change our style and mentality. But not too much. It is mandatory if we want to improve,” Tuchel said ahead of PSG’s last home game on Saturday against Dijon.A World Cup winner with France, Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the side win last year’s Europa League, along with one Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He has been widely linked with a move to Barcelona.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Safeguarding boot code and other critical data: how little-known data protection settings in NOR Flash can help improve system reliability

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech upgrades industrial motherboards with 8th gen Intel Core processorsNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Ten This article describes a number of features of the operation of SpiFlash NOR Flash memories from Winbond which may be used to protect critical data. These protection features help designers to avoid the risk that their system will be disabled because of bit errors caused by noise, or because a host SoC mistakenly overwrites critical data. By Ken Lin, Deputy Director of Flash Memory Technical Marketing and Application Engineering, Winbond Electronics Corporation, www.winbond.comSPI NOR Flash is the electronics design engineer’s favourite memory type for low-density, high-reliability storage of application code and data in embedded systems with a storage requirement of up to 512Mbits.To facilitate broad adoption across the industry, NOR Flash memory technology follows certain standards, for instance governing the serial interface to a host microcontroller or SoC. One of these standard features is the way in which NOR Flash allows the system designer to configure protection of stored data. Protection may be applied to a specified fraction of the entire memory array in which mission-critical data is stored: most often, this is boot code, since if boot code were impaired or lost, the entire system would be disabled.Protection helps to ensure that data in protected blocks is not corrupted, for instance by noise, or mistakenly erased and overwritten by a faulty operation implemented by the host system. If an Erase or Program command specifies a memory region that contains a protected block, this command will be ignored. In other words, protected blocks are tagged as Read-only memory.The way in which the standard approach to data protection was implemented many years ago in NOR Flash has more recently, however, begun to constrain designers’ flexibility in their use of the higher-density memory devices available today. This has prompted Winbond to introduce new, proprietary extensions to the standard protection functions to give more control over the block size and the operation of the protection function. This article describes the reason for introducing these new features, and outlines their uses for system designers who use NOR Flash memory.Increase in protected block sizes When the data protection function was created many years ago, NOR Flash memory densities were much smaller than they are today. At that time, just three Block Protection (BP) bits in the Flash IC’s status register were enough to specify the portion of the total memory array that needed to be protected. In a Winbond NOR Flash memory device’s datasheet, these status register bits are shown as BP0, BP1 and BP2. These three bits give eight options for selecting the size of the protected region, from as little as 1/64th of the array to as much as ½.Fig. 1: The BPx bits in the status register of a NOR Flash device allow the user to specify the size of the protected region. (Source: Winbond W25Q128JV datasheet) So the maximum granularity available to the user is 1/64th of the total array. The problem today is that embedded systems require more storage than before, and Flash memory manufacturers have responded by providing products with larger memory capacity. The Winbond W25Q128JV, for instance, is a 128Mbit memory: a 1/64th portion is 2Mbits. But what if the system designer only needs to apply protection to boot code, and not to any other code or data? And the boot code is just 50kbits?In this case, a protected region of 2Mbits would store just 50kbits of code, and so – because the region has Program and Erase protection – most of the protected block will remain empty.Now Winbond has introduced a new feature to solve this problem: it is the ‘SEC’ status register bit shown at the far left in Figure 1. This SEC bit allows the designer to specify protection at the sector rather than the block level. As Figure 2 shows, this divides the array into portions as small as 1/4096th – 32kbits in the W25Q128JV part, for instance. This gives the designer the flexibility to protect very small pieces of critical code, such as boot code, while leaving almost all of the memory array free of Program/Erase protection and available for storage of any other code and data.Fig. 2: The SEC register bit enables protection to be specified at the sector level. (Source: Winbond W25Q128JV datasheet) Figure 2 also shows, highlighted in yellow, another feature introduced by Winbond: the TB (Top/Bottom) register bit. By default (TB=0), the allocation of block or sector protection starts at the bottom of the memory array of addresses. This is because most CPUs boot from the bottom of the array, so the protected region holding boot code should be located at the bottom for the fastest operation and the most efficient use of main memory.Intel CPUs, however, boot from the top. So with the TB bit, Winbond gives users of Intel devices the option to allocate memory addresses at the top of the array for block or sector protection, by configuring TB=1 in the status register.Applying block protection to almost an entire array In standard NOR Flash memory ICs, the option to configure blocks for Program/Erase protection starts with the smallest 1/64th increment, and enables protection for up to half of the array, as shown in Figure 2. In some applications, however, the requirement for storage of user data is nil or almost nil, and nearly all the memory array is occupied by boot and fixed application code. An example of such an application is a TV remote control: here, only a small amount of unprotected memory space is required for infrequent end-user configuration settings (for instance to pair the remote control to a new media device). Nearly all the memory space is for application code, which will not change and so benefits from Program/Erase protection.A status register bit provided by Winbond meets this application requirement. It is the Complement (CMP) bit: this reverses the protection setting asserted by the BP and SEC bits. If the BP bits are configured to protect a 1/64th portion of the memory array with the default setting of CMP=0, when CMP=1 protection will be applied to a 63/64th portion of the array, and only 1/64th will remain unprotected.Reinforced protection with hardware lock on status register settings To provide additional confidence in the protection of critical data such as boot code, a NOR Flash memory IC can apply a hardware lock to the block/sector protection firmware (register) settings. This is achieved via the WP pin (see Figure 3). The status of the WP pin is controlled with the SRP (Status Register Protect) register bit.Fig. 3: pin assignments on the W25Q128JV SOIC package, showing the Write Protect (WP) pin. (Source: W25Q128JV datasheet) Some users might be familiar with the WP pin in parallel Flash devices, which has a simple Write Protect function. The function of the WP pin in serial NOR Flash devices is different: it protects the register settings that configure the Program/Erase protection of blocks and sectors via the BP and SEC register bits. Once the BP and SEC settings are made and the WP pin is asserted (WP=Low), no change to the BP and SEC settings may be made without pulling the WP pin High.The ultimate protection of critical data Users of serial NOR Flash devices such as the Winbond SpiFlash® series of products can guarantee that protected regions will never be programmed or erased after shipment from the factory – effectively turning protected blocks into one-time programmable (OTP) memory space.This is achieved by applying a permanent lock to the block and sector protection register settings. The so called Active Permanent Lock can be applied with the SRL (Status Register Lock) register bit. This permanently, irrevocably locks the data in protected blocks. If a bug is found in protected code in future, or an important security update needs to be applied in the field, it cannot be done if the Active Permanent Lock has been implemented. This is a serious consequence, and so Winbond requires a special instruction sequence to be followed to implement Active Permanent Lock, which is only available by application to Winbond – the instructions are not listed in the datasheet.For most users, a better option is the Power Supply Lock-Down function: this has the same effect of locking the status register settings when the device is active, but each time the device is powered down the status register lock is lifted. This leaves a window open to change the register settings every time the device is powered on before the Power Supply Lock-Down is implemented again.Enhanced data protection with advanced Flash features This article has described a number of features of the operation of SpiFlash NOR Flash memories from Winbond which may be used to protect critical data. These protection features help designers to avoid the risk that their system will be disabled because of bit errors caused by noise, or because a host SoC mistakenly overwrites critical data.The range of options for protecting data, and for locking the protection settings, is not necessarily well known even by long-standing users of NOR Flash memory devices. System designers can take advantage of them to improve the reliability of their products’ field operation, simply by using the full array of register settings provided by Winbond in SpiFlash NOR Flash devices.Please contact if you have any further questions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

SPO-MUMBAI-SAMANT

first_imgWill focus on building right attitude in players: SamantMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Newly appointed coach of seniorMumbai cricket team Vinayak Samant is keen to develop theright attitude in players who will, in turn, decide on hissuccess as a coach.The 46-year-old former Mumbai wicket-keeper-batsmanVinayak Samant pipped ex-India off-spinner Ramesh Powar andformer Rajasthan cricketer Pradeep Sundaram, who were in therace, for the post.”It is a tough responsibility. Sometimes the approachof our players is wrong and as a coach my focus will be toensure that the approach or attitude is not wrong,” Samanttold PTI today.Mumbai have won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41times, the last being in 2016.Samant, a First Class veteran, represented Mumbai andTripura during his cricketing career.”Obviously, a coach alone can’t do anything andplayers contribute to it. My success is in their (players)hands and it is important for me to co-ordinate with them.”It is important to be in their comfort zone and thatplayers have faith in me. Many players know me, so it will beeasy for me. But still it is challenging,” he said.”For two years we (Mumbai) have not been able to win(the Ranji Trophy), so this year there will be a little bitextra pressure on me (to win),” added Samant.According to Samant, the process is important and ifthat goes well, the outcome will also be good.Under Samant’s coaching, Mumbai U-23 had won the CKNayudu Trophy.advertisementAsked how will that stint be helpful, Samant said itwas all about confidence.”In cricket or in any sports it is all aboutconfidence. If you are confident, then all roads open.”For gaining confidence, it is important to practise.And the confidence which the players will gain from practiseis important.” PTI NRB SSRRSY RSY RSYlast_img read more

David Hasselhoff to get married this month

first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 16 (PTI) “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff has revealed he and fiancee Hayley Roberts will be tying the knot on July 31. The 65-year-old actor, who has been engaged to Roberts for almost two years, will exchange wedding vows in an intimate ceremony in Italy. “We’re gonna get married on the 31st, you know, in Italy. My birthday is on Tuesday and then we shoot out to the UK and a few places and then we’re gonna get married, but a very small wedding with her family from Wales in Puglia, which is southern Italy.”And then from there we’re going to go to the Maldives and we’ll stay underwater for about two weeks,” Hasselholf told Entertainment Tonight.The actor, who has daughters Taylor, 28, and Hayley, 25, with second ex-wife Pamela Bach, is already sporting a wedding band as the jewellery has special significance for him.”This ring that I’ve got is really special. It’s my mom and dad’s and I wear it for luck and I wear it for remembrance and so I thought, you know, it’s nice I don’t have to go out and get another ring. I’ll just keep this one,” he said. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more

Time for Virat Kohli to show he can score runs in England: Glenn McGrath

first_imgVirat Kohli endured a horrific series the last time India toured England in 2014. In ten innings the Indian captain could only manage 134 runs at a disappointing average of 13.50 as he was continuously troubled by the English swing bowlers.However, since then Kohli has transformed himself into a force which has become the bowlers’ nightmare. In 37 Tests since the disastrous 2014 tour, Kohli has played 37 Tests and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. During this period, Kohli has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties.And former Australian great Glenn McGrath said it’s time for Kohli to score runs in England as India aim to win their first series in England since 2007.”For Virat, he has done everywhere else, but in England… He is a quality player without a doubt, a class act, has got all the shots. He is quite aggressive and not a timid player. It is time he shows that he can score runs in English conditions too,” McGrath said.”It is a little bit tougher with the ball moving around. Australia used to be quick, bouncy whereas in England it is seam movement. If he can adapt and adjust to the conditions, he can score. When he is playing well he is as good as anyone going around.”Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 TestsIn 2014, English bowlers exploited Kohli’s weakness of chasing deliveries outside off stump as he was caught behind stumps 6 out of 10 innings. The Indian batsman was seen helpless against the swing bowling of James Anderson as the pacer dismissed him four times in 10 innings.advertisementMcGrath feels how Indian batsmen will have to “get on top” of the swing and seam of the seasoned Anderson to brighten India’s chances in the series.”Anderson is going to be a big player. It is how the Indian batsmen face his swing and bowling in English conditions. If they can get on top of Anderson, that is going to make a big difference for them. I think for them he is definitely going to be the key,” McGrath said.The Australian, who is director of coaching at MRF Pace Foundation, said though the Indian bowlers have been doing well in recent times, batting remains their strength.”It is going to be interesting. I think India started really well in England, obviously it is in the ODIs and T20s. The batting line-up has always been their strength. Just heard about injuries to (Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar). So it will be interesting to see their bowling line-up, to see who comes in and takes the load.England 2104 to England 2018: India make big strides in Test cricket”In recent times they have been bowling really well. Injuries do happen, it is going to make it a little tougher. But their strength is their batting,” he added.He said though the spinners have done well for India and would have a role to play in England, the fast bowlers would be crucial.”Spinners have done well for India. Shane Warne loved bowling there. He always said if it seamed, it will turn. In English conditions it does seam a bit and Warne has had success there. India is going to need their bowlers, their spinners firing if they have to win the series.”McGrath said not having Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah weakens India’s bowling attack.”Having two spinners in the line-up, if that is going to be the best bowling attack it is fine. I am interested to see who are bowlers that they have. (Umesh) Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, who’s your backup quicks going in.”With Bhuvi and Bumrah out, it creates a bit of a hole. The first Test is going to be pretty important.”India vs England: Will India’s top-order overcome old issues in Test series?McGrath spoke about the difference Ishant Sharma’s experience could make.”He (Ishant) has got a lot of experience. And, that sort of makes a big difference when you know how to get wickets. He is not probably bowling as quick as when he first started. Have to see if he has the same wicket-taking potential as what he had when he first started. Yadav has got a bit of pace. They need him for the whole series.”… Obviously spinners are always pretty handy. But medium-pacers and quick bowlers in England, if you bowl well, with the Duke ball and in those conditions, it is going to be…” he added.last_img read more

Terror-hit athletes from Afghanistan appeal to India: Help us like you helped our cricketers

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma and Amanpreet Singh Palembang/Jakarta, Aug 16 (PTI) On reaching Indonesia for the Asian Games, hearts in their mouths after a brush with American war tanks on way to Kabul airport, Afghanistan’s athletes requested India to help them the way it helped their cricket. As they headed towards the airport, a 100-odd Afghani athletes saw American war tanks approach their Asian Games-bound Contingent bus. Much to their relief, they were just asked to make way for the tanks. Three out of those athletes, who watched blasts rock Kabul yesterday, are 100m specialists Abdul Wahab Zahiri and Kamia Yousufi, who competed at Rio Olympics, and sprinter Sadia Bromand. The relief was palpable on the face of Zahiri as he spoke to PTI, reliving the scary experience at home. “You won’t understand how we felt when we saw the American tanks. We constantly live in terror. But we want to live a peaceful life. We want to achieve our dreams, make our country proud,” said Zahiri. They have seen how cricket has flourished in the Taliban-hit country with significant help from India. How Rashid Khan has gained the status of a super star after appearing in the IPL along with other cricketers from his country. The non-cricket athletes are also looking towards India for help, to live their dreams. Zahiri made an honest appeal to the Indian authorities: Help us the way you have helped Afghanistan cricket. While Zahiri developed a liking for the sport while studying in the Lahore University, Yousufi chased her dream in her birthplace Iran.advertisement “When it comes to talent, Afghanistan has that in abundance. We just need support. When we left Kabul yesterday, there was a blast. There is a blast almost every day. That sums up our story but we still continue to train and work hard,” Zahiri said. Zahiri claimed to have met star Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan in Lahore six years ago and said if athletes gets the same support from India that Afghanistan cricketers have got, they could go a long way. “I just trained for a month and showed up here. I want to train in India in the long-run so that I can improve my timings. I have written to Athletics Federation of India many times, most recently in 2015, but have not got a response yet,” said Zahiri, whose personal best in 100m is 11.56 seconds, achieved at the Rio Olympics. He revealed that each athlete got approximately Rs 28,000 for the entire duration of the Games. “My shoes only come for Rs 6,000. What do I do with this little amount? I am just continuing running because of my brother’s support. Else I would not have been able to survive,” said the 26-year-old, who himself has two kids. He hoped other sports too grow like cricket in Afghanistan. “Cricket has become so big in very little time.” There is no doubting the talent of Afghan cricketers but their skill would not be on full display if not for help from the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), which allocated them a home ground in Greater Noida and Dehradun. Their players, headlined by Rashid, are regulars in the IPL. Like Zahiri, Olympian Kamia too competed at Rio Games and now wants to train in India. “I cannot train in Afghanistan because of safety reasons. Training in India would give me the right kind of exposure. Hope something can be worked out. It is very tough to be a sportsperson in Afghanistan,” Kamia, who wears a hijab while training, said. Another athlete Sadia, who went to Rio as Kamia’s coach has similar aspirations. “It will be a big relief if we are to train without worrying about our safety in Afghanistan,” she said. PTI AT BSAHlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Rowing team wins fifth gold medal for India

first_imgThe Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final on Friday to add the third medal for the country on day 6 at the Asian Games.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Indonesia bagged the silver medal with a time of 6:20.58 while Thailand took the bronze with a time of 6:22.41.Asian Games 2018 Day 6 Live UpdatesThis was India’s first gold in rowing and the fifth overall. The medal helped India jump one spot to be placed 9th on the medals tally.India has 21 medals in total at the moment – 5 gold, 4 silver and 12 bronze.The rowing gold was also the country’s third of the day and third in the sport as well.Earlier, Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls final.Dushyant finished third with a time of 7:18.76 to clinch the first medal for India on day 6.The team of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh then added another bronze in the tally as they finished third in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final.Rohit and Bhagwan finished with a time of 7:04.61 as Japan’s Masayuki Miyaura and Masahiro Takeda clinched the gold medal while Byunghoon and Minhyuk Lee of South Korea clinched the silver medal.The rowers have improved a lot on their performance on Friday after missing out on five medals on day 5.last_img read more

Daniel Cousin announced as Gabon coach after Pierre Aubame rejects job

first_imgFormer Hull City and Rangers striker Daniel Cousin has been announced has the new Gabon coach after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father turned down the job.Cousin’s appointment has been confirmed by the Gabon Football Federation (FEGAFOOT), who were last week heavily criticised for Aubameyang for the appoitment of his father Pierre Aubame as co-coach alongside CousinArsenal’s Aubymeyang heavily criticised the football federation after they appointed his father as the coach without his affirmation. Auba came out and said that his father was ill and did not want the job anyway, which led to an embarrassing situation for the FEGAFOOT.Aubameyang, the 2015 African Footballer of the Year, said the original announcement was “another example of the federation’s amateurism” but FEGAFOOT said they were pressured into it by the sports minister, without explaining why.Aubame also captained the national team, was among Gabon’s first exports to French league football and has previously served as an assistant coach with the Gabon team.Cousin replaces former Spain manager Juan Antonio Camacho, who was fired after winning just two matches in his two year spell as Gabon coach.Cousin takes charge for the first time when Gabon face South Sudan in Libreville on Oct. 12 and the same opposition in Juba four days later, needing all six points to revive their hopes of qualifying for next year’s African Nations Cup finals.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

The 3rd HCL International Junior Squash Concludes

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)NOIDA, India, October 8, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Rutvik Rau won the U-19 category for BoysAnanya Dabke and Tejas Chawla won the U-17 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyAasya Patel and Paarth Ambani won the U-15 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyChitrangada Goel and Ansh Tripathi won the U-13 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyAnahat Singh and Gurveer Singh won the U-11 category for Girls and Boys, respectivelyHCL, a leading global conglomerate, today announced the successful conclusion of the 3rd HCL International Junior Squash Championship. A Silver event under the Asian Squash Federation (ASF) calendar, rated five star by the Squash Racket Federation of India (SRFI), this International Junior Squash Championship is HCL’s annual flagship Squash tournament. Hosted at the Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida, the 5-day championship is one of the highest-level tournaments in India. The winners of the Championship were felicitated by Asian Games silver medallist, Mr. Deepak Kumar with a total prize purse of approximately Rs. 6 lacs across all categories.(Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/765466/HCL_International_Junior_Squash.jpg )The top players will receive ranking points for the matches played during this tournament, which will add up to their Asian rankings in the relevant age group. The Championship, which saw a participation from 372 players, was organised under the aegis of The Squash Racket Federation of India and the Uttar Pradesh Squash Rackets Association to promote the sport at a competitive level.advertisementSundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation, said, “I would like to congratulate all the winners and participants for the great performance they have displayed over the last five days. This was HCL’s third initiative in a row to promote junior squash in the country and the growing participation every year is very encouraging. We will continue to build on this initiative to provide a serious platform to young upcoming players in the country.”Harish Prasad, National Squash Development Officer at Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI), said, “It was a great experience to see these young players battle each other for the title. We saw tremendous enthusiasm amongst the young players and foresee a bright future for Indian Squash. The support that HCL is extending towards the sport is commendable and we should now start working at the grassroot level to identify more such talented players and give them opportunities like this.”Deepak Kumar, Asian Games Silver Medallist and the Guest of Honour of the ceremony, said, “It’s heartening to see the performance of these young players. Initiatives and tournaments like this are important to ensure that India players are trained better to compete at international platforms. I congratulate all the winners and also encourage the other participants to keep up the sporting spirit.”The Championship was played in a knockout format followed by play-offs of the top 8 positions in all categories. The details of the winners and runners up are as follows:CategoryBU19BU17GU17BU15GU15BU13GU13BU11GU11RutvikTejasAnanyaPaarthAasyaAnshChitrangadaGurveer AnahatWinnerRauChawlaDabkeAmbaniPatelTripathiGoelSinghSinghSankalp Karata AmiraJehUditiRohanKhushbooPriyaan UnnatiRunner-up AnandDasmah SinghPandole Mishra AryaThakker TripathiapatraGondiAbout HCLFounded in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL Enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises three companies – HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies and HCL Healthcare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over US $8 billion with more than 1,24,000 employees from 140 nationalities operating across 41 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India. For further information, visit http://www.hcl.com.Source: HCLPWRPWRlast_img read more

Arnaut Groeneveld’s equaliser rescues Netherlands against Belgium in friendly

first_imgArnaut Groeneveld scored his first international goal to help Netherlands play out a 1-1 draw against Belgium in a friendly at the King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday.Dries Mertens volleyed an excellent opener for Belgium after five minutes, but the young Dutch side grew into the game and were level before the break thanks to Groeneveld.It was the first draw in 13 matches for Belgium, who had won 11 of their previous 12 games, the only blemish being the World Cup semi-final loss to eventual champions France in July.It was also a second positive result in four days for the rejuvenated Netherlands, who beat Germany 3-0 in the Nations League on Saturday and showed more signs of progression under coach Ronald Koeman as they came close to another victory.Belgium took the early lead when Eden Hazard’s mazy run into the penalty area saw the ball eventually fall for Mertens, whose powerfully volley crashed into the corner of the net.Mertens almost turned provider shortly afterwards when his cross was headed over the bar by striker Romelu Lukaku, while at the other end Memphis Depay only had Simon Mignolet to beat but fired straight at the Belgium goalkeeper.The Dutch were level after 27 minutes when an incisive breakaway saw Depay provide a low cross for unmarked Groeneveld to score his first Dutch goal in his second international.The visitors had seized the momentum and were unlucky not to take the lead when Quincy Promes struck the post with a shot from the edge of the box, although Hazard should have scored for the hosts soon after when he fired wide from 10 metres.advertisementBelgium coach Roberto Martinez withdrew Hazard, Lukaku and Mertens at halftime and one of the replacements, forward Michy Batshuayi, had two chances just after the break but shot wide and had a header saved by goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.The second period lacked the intensity of the first as both teams tired but Dutch defender Nathan Ake forced an excellent save from Mignolet with a header from a corner, while Pablo Rosario also missed a headed chance for the visitors.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Tata Harrier SUV slated for December launch, here is all you need to know

first_imgTata Motors has been readying itself for one of its biggest ever and most awaited launch of the year, the Harrier SUV or the H5X as it was previously known. According to dealer sources, the Harrier will make its official production-spec debut during the first week of December. However, it is still a question mark on the price announcement as of yet.Tata officially started taking in bookings for the upcoming Harrier SUV a few weeks back. The SUV first made its Indian debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. The booking amount is Rs 30,000 and refundable. The bookings can also production-spec on the newly launched Tata Harrier’s website.The Tata Harrier has been close on the heels of becoming one of the most awaited cars this year since its Indian debut at the 2018 Auto Expo held in February 2018.The Harrier will be built on the Omega platform which is a derivative of the L550 platform from the stables of Jaguar Land Rover for the Discovery Sport. This means the Harrier is slated to use the parts bin of the Discovery Sport which includes floor panels, all-independent suspension, and steering gear. However, steel will aluminum to optimize cost.The Harrier is also slated to share the wheelbase from the Discovery Sport which is 2,741mm and will be 4×4 capable like the Discovery Sport and will come with a proper 4×4 drivetrain.The best part yet, Tata designers have stated that the final production model will be very much similar to the concept model. We can say this considering the teaser image of the Harrier SUV showed high-set headlamps with LED DRLs. Other styling similarities include wheel arches, front and rear armrests, slim headlamps which are in accordance with their Impact Design 2.0 language.advertisementThe Harrier is expected to be powered by a Kryotec, 140bhp, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine with a 4-wheel drive system which will be developed by Tata. The powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a Hyundai sourced 6-speed automatic. The engine will get multiple drive modes which are already available on Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq line of engines.Interior wise, the Harrier will feature front and rear AC vents, sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, electric seats with memory function, parking sensors, and reverse camera.last_img read more

Indian casinos across US wary of betting on sports books

first_imgLas Vegas, Dec 26 (AP) Two dozen large-screen TVs showing football and other sports line the walls. There’s beer on tap, bar top seating and leather chairs. Chicken wings are on the menu. And at this American Indian casino in the heart of college-football mad Mississippi, you can legally bet on the games.The sports book owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is the first to open on tribal lands outside of Nevada following a US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, a no-brainer business decision given the sports fans among its gambling clientele.”We are basically two hours from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and then, we are just an hour from Mississippi State. We have Ole Miss just to the north of that, and we have Southern Miss they’re not SEC, but they are a player. We are not that far from Louisiana,” said Neal Atkinson, the tribe’s director of gaming.The book at Pearl River Resort is packed every college football Saturday, but remains an outlier months after the high court opened the door for expanded sports gambling across the United States by striking down a federal ban.Tribes enthusiastically welcomed the decision in May but since then, the regulatory challenges and low-margin nature of the business have sunk in.Few Indian casinos have an enviable location like the Choctaw and many need state approval to add sports betting to their offerings.Indian casinos started small three decades ago, but they have grown to be an annual USD 32.4 billion segment of the US gambling industry.advertisementThe roughly 475 casinos operated by nearly 240 tribes create jobs for tribal members and profits that help pay a variety of services, including health care and housing.Some casinos only have games like bingo or pull tabs that don’t need state approval. But the majority of them also have state-authorized slot machines, blackjack and other table games, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission.Many tribes share a portion of casino profits with state governments in exchange for exclusive rights to conduct gambling operations within their states.To offer sports betting, the majority of tribes would have to renegotiate compacts that vary widely in cycles and the issues covered, though some tribes believe their existing agreements already give them the right to offer the new wagers.”There’s a broad spectrum in Indian Country covering two extremes: Tribal nations that would not benefit at all, and on the other end, tribal nations that would significantly benefit,” commission chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri said.”Those are largely business decisions that each tribe will have to make given its own economic landscape and its unique market realities.”Some federal lawmakers have also proposed regulating sports gambling more widely, adding yet another layer to a complex debate already involving commercial casinos and lotteries, plus sports leagues themselves.So far, only the Santa Ana Pueblo near Albuquerque, New Mexico, has followed the Choctaw’s effort into sports gambling. Neither tribe was required to obtain additional state approvals.Contrary to popular belief, sports betting is a low-profit business that requires highly skilled employees. In Nevada, sportsbooks last year contributed only 2.4 per cent of the gambling revenue of casinos statewide dwarfed by the proceeds from table games and slots.The limited payoff has tribal casinos balancing the allure of a Las Vegas-style amenity with the risks of opening compacts for negotiations.”Tribal leadership is extremely protective of what they have because it’s meant so much to us, and there’s always a risk of upsetting the apple cart,” Washington State Gambling Commission member Chris Stearns said.”Is this going to help us? Is this going to hurt us? That’s really at the heart of why you see Indian tribes gently venturing into sports betting…In a lot of states, tribes write a check out to the state in exchange for exclusivity.So, any time there’s a new gambling product, and you ask the state to authorize it, there is a risk the state will say ‘Sure, but it is going to cost you.'”The only sports book in New Mexico, inside the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, began taking wagers in October. It offers bets on professional and college sports, but not for games involving two public in-state universities.In Washington state, all casinos are tribally operated. Changing the state’s laws to allow betting on sports would require a 60 per cent super-majority vote in the legislature or a ballot initiative. Only then could sports betting be added to a tribal-state compact.In California, where tribes have exclusivity on casino-style gambling, voters would have to approve a change to the state constitution.advertisementCasinos are operated on and off reservations in South Dakota. Before the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe can try to to edge out its nearest competition across the state line in Iowa, South Dakota’s constitution will have to be amended through a public vote.The legislature could choose to put the question before voters or supporters could gather enough signatures to add the measure to the 2020 ballot. If the measure passes, it would open the opportunity for tribes to negotiate their compacts with the state.Tribal councilman Kenny Weston said a sports book could attract new patrons who may also choose to play games already offered and spend nights at the hotel for big sporting events, like MMA fights.”Normally, with the brick-and-mortar casino like we have, we attract a lot of older crowds and retired people,” Weston said. “I think with sports betting we can bring a different age demographic and different people…and have the opportunity to do the same that they do in Vegas.” (AP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughing

first_img2nd T20I Brief Score – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level the three-match series. Rohit 50, Pant 40 not out. Full ScorecardKhaleel Ahmed is only 21-years-old and he has played only 16 internationals for India – 8 ODIs and 8 T20Is. So when he was sent out to address the mandatory post-match press conference by the Indian team, he had every reason to be a little nervous. But to Khaleel’s credit, he handled most questions like a seasoned pro. Most. Almost.Khaleel, who had bled 48 runs off his four overs in the first T20I in Wellington, bounced back brilliantly in Auckland. He bowled the right lengths and returned figures of 2 for 27 off his 4 overs. And when the journalists asked him about India’s plans to avoid bowling short, Khaleel was able to tell them why: the ground was small and there wasn’t much swing. He was happy to execute his plans well.Khaleel also said he was excited to play overseas. “It is a little tough in New Zealand running against the wind but a good experience nonetheless.”Khaleel Ahmed was also thrilled with the support for the Indian team in Auckland. India’s fans far outnumbered New Zealand’s and even Nathan McCullum felt like he was back in India.But Khaleel Ahmed was stumped with a question that many would have expected him to deal rather well. Asked by a scribe if the Indian team was missing Virat Kohli, Khaleel was flummoxed. At first, he laughed, then began to answer before giving up: “Don’t ask… Next question please.”And Khaleel went on to explain India’s stance on the controversial DRS decision that cost Daryl Mitchell his wicket in the last over of the power play.advertisementMaybe Khaleel thought the question on Kohli was banal.Virat Kohli was rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series. So far, India have played four matches without their regular captain: two have resulted in record defeats while the other two saw India win by huge margins.Also Read | We did not win the series but we learnt a lot: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Nathan McCullum overwhelmed by Eden Park atmosphere: Felt like I was in IndiaAlso Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso See:last_img read more

Jersey review by Baahubali man SS Rajamouli: Nani Babu, just loved you anthe

first_imgNani’s recently-released film Jersey is receiving huge applause from audience and critics. Many celebs have come forward to give a thumbs up to both the debutant director Gowtham Tinnanuri and the film’s hero Nani.SS Rajamouli, who never shies away from appreciating good work, took to Twitter to share his views about Jersey. He said that everyone who is involved in the film can be proud of it.The director wrote, “Heart warming and joyful.. #Jersey is full of superbly written, crafted and Directed scenes… Well done Gowtam Tinnanuri… A film which everyone involved can be proud of.. Nani “Babu”… Just love you anthe.. (sic).”Earlier, Allu Arjun and Jr NTR also took to Twitter to praise Nani and the film.Bro @NameisNani , you have hit the ball out of the park with a stellar performance! Brilliant, Brilliant, BRILLIANT ! I will cherish your performance for a long time to come and I am super proud of you #JerseyJr NTR (@tarak9999) April 19, 2019Just watched JERSEY. Brilliant heart touching film. I loved every aspect of it. Congratulations to the entire team. @NameisNani you rocked the show , your best film & best best performance by far. All artists & technicians did a splendid job. @ShraddhaSrinath @anirudhofficialAllu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 19, 2019nailed it . Last and most imp. the captain Gowtham Tinnanuri . Splendid work . Steady & Bold . Such a sweet film. Movie lovers …its a Must watch.Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 19, 2019#JERSEY is a wonderful sports drama, @NameisNani gari honest performance really touching & takes the film to next level. Dir @gowtam19 is genuine in every frame of the film @anirudhofficial BGM is brilliant ,Congratulations to my friends @vamsi84 @SitharaEnts for the success pic.twitter.com/wa79naIQ2hadvertisementMaruthi director (@DirectorMaruthi) April 19, 2019#JERSEY will be celebrated and it will be remembered. The film stays with me. In love with@Nameisnani’s performance. Brilliantly done @gowtam19 & @ShraddhaSrinath is a class act. Congratulations allSudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) April 19, 2019Heartful congratulations to @NameisNani and @gowtam19 for a beautiful emotion driven film! Cheers to the entire team of #Jersey A must watch indeed… pic.twitter.com/4fXJ2kIbRiMM* (@HeroManoj1) April 19, 2019India Today reviewer Janani K wrote, “Jersey is a film that celebrates the gift of life and teaches us to take life with a pinch of salt. It will move you, inspire you and make you look at your own life in a different way.”The film, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, traces the life of an aged cricketer who tries to prove his worth. The sports-drama stars Nani, Shraddha Srinath and Sathyaraj in the lead roles.Several critics call Jersey the best Telugu film that has released so far in 2019. The box office collection of the film will be a testament to the statement.MOVIE REVIEW: JERSEYALSO SEE | Priya Varrier and Roshan Abdul get cosy in a car for photoshootALSO WATCH | Scripts are decided depending upon the audience: Actor Nanilast_img read more

Would have been dropped a long time ago in my previous team: Shane Watson

first_imgShane Watson couldn’t thank Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Stephen Fleming enough after ending his prolonged slump in form, saying he would have been “dropped a long time ago” in his previous franchise.He had gone without a fifty in his first 10 innings of the ongoing Indian Premier League before striking 96 off 53 balls on Tuesday night to guide Chennai Super Kings to a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.”I can’t thank Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni enough for their belief in me. Just about every other team I’ve been in… for me to miss out on not scoring runs for long as I had throughout the tournament, if I had been in a previous team I would have been dropped a long time ago,” Watson said.Thanks to Watson’s knock, CSK chased down a target of 176 with six wickets to spare.”… So, for Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni in particular to keep the faith in me and knowing that I had a really good innings in me it was great,” the 37-year old Watson told reporters.”For me personally, knowing that I had come off from the PSL and coming into this I was flying high and then things didn’t go my way. I lost a bit of rhythm in my batting.”So, for them to keep faith in me I really appreciate it. In the end, you need a bit of luck going your way as well. Bhuvi worked me over in the first couple of overs in particular and you need those little bits of luck,” he added.advertisementThe strongly built batsman who hammered leg-spinner Rashid Khan for quite a few runs, said the Afghan is one of the best in this format.The Australian was effusive in his praise of compatriot and SRH opener David Warner, who has been in tremendous form this IPL.”I really don’t sort of remember for the last four-five years a tournament where Warner hasn’t scored a hell lot of runs. He’s a world-class player.”It’s very sad the events that happened which made him miss 12 months of international cricket but Australia are going to be very lucky to have him coming back into the team because he’s a match-winner and a world-class batsman,” Watson added.SRH all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan praised Watson’s batting which took the game away from his team.”Well the first plan was to get him out because we know how dangerous he is. Once he takes his time in the crease for five-six overs, it gets very difficult to get him out.”And the power that he’s got, he can easily clear boundaries. Even his miss-hits go for six. We knew the danger he can produce against us. So the plan was to get him out but we couldn’t do that. And once he was set, he just took the bowlers on.”The Bangladesh cricketer said Watson struggled in the initial overs but the team knew once he settled he could make up for that with his big hits.”I think he was struggling a bit in the first four-five overs when the ball was moving a bit but we always knew that unless he gets out it will get very difficult because once he gets settled, he can make up for those balls (he takes to settle down) easily by hitting four-five sixes.Also Read | Way Shane Watson batted we couldn’t really do much: Bhuvneshwar Kumar after CSK beat SRHAlso Read | IPL 2019: I was due, says Shane Watson after classy 96 vs Sunrisers Hyderabadlast_img read more

Hardik Pandya is unrecognisable in throwback photo from 2011 World Cup celebration

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya is gearing up for his maiden appearance in a 50-over World Cup. Hardik was picked up as the first-choice all-rounder in India’s 15-man squad for the quadrennial global cricket tournament, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Hardik who reached England along with Virat Kohli’s Team India earlier this week took to social media to share a photograph of his young self from 2011. Hardik, arguably unrecognisable, can be seen celebrating India’s World Cup triumph from that year.Hardik can be seen “celebrating and cheering” for MS Dhoni-led side along with his friends.Cut to 2019, Hardik is seen posing with MS Dhoni, the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. Dhoni, 38, is India’s first-choice wicketkeeper at World Cup 2019.”From cheering and celebrating India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 to representing #TeamIndia in World Cup 2019, it has been a dream come true,” Hardik wrote as caption for the throwback photograph.From cheering and celebrating India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 to representing #TeamIndia in World Cup 2019, it has been a dream come true #cwc19 pic.twitter.com/6fDyB29y5rhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 24, 2019Hardik Pandya made his international debut in January 2016 during India’s tour of Australia. The 25-year-old all-rounder grabbed eyeballs with his performance for Mumbai Indians in his maiden Indian Premier League season in 2015.Hardik went on to shine in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in 2016. He top-scored for Baroda with 377 runs in just 10 matches.Hardik has never looked back from there as he has been one of the mainstays in India’s limited-overs squads. Hardik suffered a major setback earlier this year when he was suspended over controversial comments he had made during a popular television show in January.advertisementHowever, Hardik Pandya managed to make a strong comeback after his return from suspension. The Mumbai Indians star smashed 402 runs at a staggering strike rate of over 190 and played a crucial role in MI’s title-winning run in Indian Premier League 2019.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Unperturbed by chatter, Dinesh Karthik ready to deliver for IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan suffers finger injury ahead of Australia warm-up gameAlso See:last_img read more

MPSC State Services Prelims 2019 result released, check at mpsc.gov.in

first_imgMPSC State Services Prelims 2019 result: The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has announced the results of State Service preliminary exam 2019. The candidates who have appeared for the preliminary examination for the Maharashtra 2019 State Service Examination can check their result on the official website, the link for which is mpsc.gov.in. The candidates who have cleared the exam are now eligible to appear for the Main exam which is going to be held in July 2019.The State Service preliminary examination was held on February 17, 2019. A total of 7,040 candidates have cleared the MPSC prelims exam.MPSC State Services Prelims 2019 result: How to check Step 1: Visit the MPSC official website (mpsc.gov.in).Step 2: Click on the link to check the MPSC 2019 State Service result.Step 3: A PDF will appear.Step 4: Open the PDF and check result, district-wise roll numbers of all the successful candidates is there.Note: Apart from the result, the candidate can also check information about the category-wise cut-off marks for the exam.MPSC State Services Prelims 2019: Main exam dateThe MPSC Main exam is scheduled to be conducted on July 13, July 14, and July 15, 2019.MPSC State Services Prelims 2019: Cut off marks for different categoryThe Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MBPSC) has also released the cut off marks for different category candidates in the examination. The cut off marks for the different categories are as following:For general category candidates is 197For female candidates it is 180For sports persons it is 143For orphan it is 140READ: Uttarakhand Board 10th, 12th Results to be out on this date: Check details hereadvertisementREAD:DU Admission 2019 for UG courses: List of documents required for Delhi University admissionslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Funny reactions after Sania Mirza congratulates Pakistan’s thrilling win

first_imgIndian tennis star Sania Mirza was at the receiving end of some trolls once again after she congratulated the Pakistan cricket team on their thumping win against England in World Cup 2019 on Monday.Pakistan stunned hosts England by 14 runs in Nottingham to register their first win of the tournament. The win ended Pakistan’s 11-match losing streak in ODIs which also included the 4-0 series defeat against England just before the World Cup commenced on May 30.Sania Mirza, who is married to all-rounder Shoaib Malik, took to social media to congratulate Pakistan team.”How can you not love sport ?! Amazing and most unpredictable .there are no favorites’.. you are only as good or as bad depending on how you play on that given day.. period!!How can you not love sport ?! Amazing and most unpredictable .there are no favorites’.. you are only as good or as bad depending on how you play on that given day.. period!! the @cricketworldcup has come alive!!Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 3, 2019″Congratulations to Team Pakistan on bouncing back the way they did and being as unpredictable like it always is !!! @cricketworldcup got more interesting than it already was,” Sania Mirza tweeted after the game.Congratulations to Team Pakistan on bouncing back the way they did and being as unpredictable like it always is !!! @cricketworldcup got more interesting than it already wasSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 3, 2019Pakistan had suffered a crushing defeat in their first match of the tournament against the West Indies but they bounced back in style to beat the tournament favourites England by outclassing them in all three departments.advertisementPakistan rode on half-centuries from Mohammad Hafeez (84), Babar Azam (63) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55) to post 348 for 8 after being put into bat.The bowlers then stepped up to the occasion and restricted England to 334 for 9 in 50 overs with Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan causing most of the damage for Pakistan.Wahab finished with 3 wickets for 82 runs from 10 overs while Amir and Shadab bagged two wickets each. Hafeez and Shoaib Malik also contributed with a wicket each.Wishes poured in for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team on social media with Sania Mirza leading the way. But some fans, presumably Indians, replied on her tweet asking her who she would support on June 16 when India take on Pakistan in Manchester.Vishal Kumar (@aslivishals) June 4, 2019India ke saath abhi game baki hai @MirzaSania jiiiiiJai hindLove you IndiaSatish Dandinnavar (@SDandinnavar) June 4, 2019bechari Saniya jeBut jeetega to …………Sahi m pyaar andha hota hAana vs Pak ka mach dekhneBahut maza aayegaVivek Gupta (@VivekGu64865018) June 4, 2019Bhai ko sedha sedha congrats bhi nhi ker sakti bechari…. yeh zulam modi ji… !!!Shehzad Ul Haq (@Shehzad_Ulhaq) June 4, 2019Thank you for your Congratulations on Pakistan match. You have a wonderful and unique way of saying it. Best wishes for India.Zeeshan Saleem (@ZeeshanSaleem70) June 3, 2019A fan even suggested that no matter how well Pakistan perform up until June 16, they won’t be able to defeat India. India have a 6-0 record against Pakistan, having never lost in a World Cup match against their arch-rivals.Also Read | Mohammad Hafeez on Pakistan’s unpredictable tag: We don’t pay much heed to what people sayAlso Read | Everyone believed we can do it: Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan stun EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan upset England in high-scoring thrillerAlso Read | Shahid Afridi fully confident that Pakistan will win World Cup 2019last_img read more

World Cup 2019: The middle order needs to take more responsibility, says Karunaratne

first_imgSri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne feels the middle-order has to take more responsibility in the remaining games of the World Cup after suffering heavy collapses in their opening two matches.Sri Lanka suffered a thumping 10-wicket loss to New Zealand in their opening match of World Cup before they managed to prevail over Afghanistan by 34 runs in their second outing.However, the Sri Lankan middle-order failed to fire in both the games.”If we make a good start to the innings then we can keep that momentum going. If you take the last couple of games, we couldn’t capitalise on the starts we made.Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 136 against the Black Caps despite Karunaratne’s unbeaten 52, and then they crumbled from 144/1 to 201 all out against Afghanistan on the same pitch.”We need those middle order contributions and I think that’s the key for us as a batting line-up. Other than that, I think as a group we’re doing really good,” Karunaratne was quoted as saying by ICC media.The match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was called off without a ball being bowled because of persistent rain at the Bristol County Ground on Friday.The no-result meant the points were shared between the teams, pushing Sri Lanka and Pakistan into third and fourth place, respectively, in the table.”We all came here to play cricket so it’s not good that we didn’t get to play. We’re really disappointed as a team but we’ll look ahead to the next game.advertisement”We won our last game against Afghanistan and while we may lose some matches along the way during the World Cup, we always give a lot of fight and that’s all we want,” said the skipper.Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, are now looking ahead to their clash against Bangladesh here on June 11.”We want to compete with the other teams. We did really well against Afghanistan to get the win and I want us to take that confidence into the rest of the matches, starting with Bangladesh,” said Karunaratne.Also Read | There are no real shock defeats in World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting warns Australia of bouncers against India at OvalAlso Seelast_img read more

IOWANS BID FAREWELL TO GOVERNOR ROBERT RAY

first_imgFormer Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray was remembered at his funeral as a public servant and humanitarian.Family, friends and Iowa leaders gathered Friday for Ray’s funeral at the First Christian Church in Des Moines.Ken Quinn, a former aide to Governor Ray, spoke of Ray’s work in welcoming refugees from Southeast Asia to Iowa.Quinn accompanied Ray to a refugee camp on Thailand’s border.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/RRAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………miles away. ;20Scott Raecker, a family friend who is director of the Ray Center at Drake University, delivered one of three eulogies.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/RRAY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..family and friends. :22The service ended with the congregation applauding the organist’s rendition of Ray’s campaign theme song: “Step to the Rear and Let a Winner Lead the Way.”Ray died Sunday at age 89. He served five terms as Iowa’s governor from 1969 to 1983.Ray will be buried at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.Photos courtesy Drake University———————last_img read more

Clement thrilled with Rangers’ survival

first_imgNPFL Clement thrilled with Enugu Rangers’ NPFL survival Kolade Oni 09:27 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bobby Clement - Enugu Rangers Sunday Braimoh/Shengolpixs NPFL Enugu Rangers Remo Stars v Enugu Rangers Remo Stars The Flying Antelopes’ forward has expressed his excitement at the confirmation of their stay in the topflight after Remo tie win Enugu Rangers’ striker, Bobby Clement his delighted that the Flying Antelopes have sealed their topflight status after their first away win against Remo Stars after a turbulent season.The Flying Antelopes’ players and officials were highly praised last season after they won the league title but the team went from good to worse barely a season thereafter as they exited the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederation Cup which they were later demoted to at the early stages and their form in the league then too was very abysmal.But Clement who made goal scoring return to the team after some time on the sideline said that their road win in Shagamu against the Sky Blue Stars has given Rangers’ players the motivational push to approach their remaining two games without the additional pressure of still being scrutinized over their status in the elite division at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “I am happy to return to the team with a win. I am also elated that I was able to score the two goals. It was our first away win and to be part of it is really awesome. We can now approach our final two games with more conviction that we can finish more than we are currently,” Clement told Goal.“It has been a near season to forget but we thank God that we have been able to weather the storm and are poised to end the season well above the relegation zone. We have really endured a lot of challenging circumstances but we still stand tall.“Remo gave us a tough time but we used our experience and the fact that we were aware that a win would boost our chances of remaining in the topflight to secure the three points at the end of the match.”last_img read more

Report: Juventus 1 Lazio 2

first_imgJuventus 1 Lazio 2: Immobile condemns champions to rare home defeat Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 02:01 10/15/17 Strakosha - cropped Getty Images Juventus lost at home in Serie A for the first time in over two years as Ciro Immobile scored twice in a 2-1 Lazio success. Ciro Immobile struck twice and Paulo Dybala missed a penalty for the second Serie A game in succession as Lazio won 2-1 to hand Juventus a first home league defeat in 42 games.Dybala’s spot-kick woe came deep in stoppage time after referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni had used the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system to rightly award Juve the chance to claim a point following a reckless challenge from Patric on Federico Bernardeschi.But Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha dived low to his right to push Dybala’s effort away before the final whistle went to condemn the Bianconeri to a first home defeat in Serie A since August 2015. 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Juve’s dominance at the Allianz Stadium has been one of the cornerstones of their six successive Serie A titles, but a growing sense that their Scudetto monopoly could be under serious threat will only increase after this eye-catching result.The hosts had won their last six league meetings with Lazio to nil, and were on a revenge mission after their stunning stoppage-time defeat to Simone Inzaghi’s side in the Supercoppa Italiana.Douglas Costa opened his Juventus account, while Gonzalo Higuain bizarrely and inadvertently hit the bar from a yard out as Massimiliano Allegri’s men dominated the opening half.But Lazio had designs on upsetting the champions once again and former Juve youngster Immobile struck twice inside seven minutes after the break to turn the game on its head and put the visitors on course for their first league win over Juve in 14 years.Both goals came as a result of creaking defensive play between Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli and, having spurned a two-goal lead against Atalanta last time out – a game in which Dybala was foiled from 12 yards to snatch a win – questions may be asked of Allegri as Napoli’s spectacular start to the season ramps up the pressure.97′ #STRAKOSHA !!!!!!!!!! LA PARATA DEL NOSTRO NUMERO !!!!!!! #JuveLazio — S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) October 14, 2017 Allegri had opted to bench Dybala, despite the Bianconeri star failing to play a minute for Argentina during the international break, with Costa and Mario Mandzukic flanking Higuain in attack.With five Lazio players strung in front of a back three, chances were at a premium for the hosts, but they converted their first clear-cut opportunity.Sami Khedira’s snapshot drew a fine save from Strakosha, only for Costa to snaffle the rebound – the goal upheld by VAR after replays showed Bastos had played him onside on the far side.Strakosha denied Khedira more decisively with 10 minutes to play in the opening half, palming the German’s blistering 30-yarder around the post.The Allianz Stadium was collectively astonished when the score remained at 1-0 soon after when Higuain charged down Strakosha’s clearance from no more than a yard out, only to see the ball incredibly rebound clear off the crossbar.Lazio reached the interval having shown little sign of breaking their drought against the champions, but they pulled level just two minutes into the second half, Immobile curling beyond Buffon after he pulled away from Barzagli to latch onto Luis Alberto’s pass.Strakosha denied Higuain one-on-one as the striker’s luckless game continued and Lazio stunned the home crowd soon after, Immobile again splitting the defence and rounding Gianluigi Buffon, who could only trip the striker.Immobile picked himself up to send Buffon the wrong way and put the rarest of wins in the minds of Lazio fans.15 – C. Immobile has scored 15 goals this season in all club comps – currently the best tally for a player of the top-5 Euro leagues. Bomber— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 14, 2017 Allegri called for Dybala as Juve’s attempts to get back into the game came to nought and he was soon in the thick of the action, seeing a cross to fellow substitute Bernadeschi just hooked clear by Stefan Radu.Dybala was denied by the post with a fizzing half-volley in the first minute of stoppage time, but looked set to be the hero when substitute Patric suffered a brain freeze with time almost up.With the stage set, Dybala fluffed his lines again, Strakosha denying the South American to move Inzaghi’s men level in the table with Juventus, who now look on anxiously as Napoli look to extend their advantage at the top against Roma.Key Opta stats:- 783 days have passed since Juventus’ previous defeat at home in all competitions (Aug 23rd 2015 v Udinese): since then, 57 games on home soil without losing (50 wins, 7 draws).- Lazio’s last win away to Juventus in Serie A was in December 2002: since then, 10 defeats and three draws in 13 league matches in Turin.- The last player to score a brace away to Juventus in Serie A was Sulley Muntari in October 2013.- Juventus conceded two goals in a home league game for the first time since April 2015 (vs Fiorentina).- Lazio have scored 21 goals so far: only in 1942/43 had they netted so many goals after the first eight Serie A games.- Paulo Dybala has failed to score two consecutive penalties after he had converted all his previous penalty kicks in Serie A (13 out of 13).- Gonzalo Higuain has failed to score in three consecutive home league appearances for the first time since January 2015.  read morelast_img read more

Pillars release Najare, Balogun, four others

first_imgNPFL Kano Pillars release Musa Najare, Kabir Balogun, four others Kolade Oni Last updated 2 years ago 00:57 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Enyimba vs Kano Pillars Jimoh Isiaka@Shengolpixs NPFL Kano Pillars The former Nigerian topflight champions have chalked some key players off their squad after they endured an unimpressive 2016-17 campaign Kano Pillars have released six players ahead of the 2017-18 season, with another six demoted to the junior side.Mohammed Jiya, Musa Najare, Kabir Balogun, Saheed Mubarak and the duo of Bala Zakka and Adamu Mohammed – laid off for disciplinary issues – were asked to look for another club.Coach of the Kano outfit, Ahmed Garba says the players affected were told to go for various reasons ranging from indiscipline and low productivity. He adds that the players demoted to the feeder team will be properly monitored with a view of restoring them back to the main side. 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. “We have retained 22 players and have asked six to find other clubs. We also told another six to go back to the feeder team because they have dropped in form,” Garba told Goal.”They will be examined again and will be brought back if there are significant changes. We want to improve better than we did last season.“We dropped 10 of the 12 for low productivity while [Bala Zakka and Adamu Mohammed] were told to go because they have become bad influence on other players due to their lack of discipline,” he continued.”They are very good players that we would have retained but we can’t compromise overall team unity.“We started training last week and we shall continue with the first phase until we notice that our players have regained match fitness. We are going to move to the next phase not long thereafter,” he concluded.Last season, Kano Pillars finished eighth in the Nigeria Professional Football League after they garnered 54 points from 38 games.The Muazu Babangida-led management have retained the services of the technical crew headed by Ibrahim Musa while negotiations are in progress towards securing replacements for players that are off Sai Masu Gida’s books.last_img read more

Wijnaldum admits to defensive difficulties

first_imgLiverpool Wijnaldum admits to defensive difficulties after shock Klopp selection Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool Getty Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The Dutchman was moved out of a regular role in midfield to help provide cover at the back as the Reds saw their options depleted by illness Georginio Wijnaldum admits his selection in Liverpool’s defensive unit at Brighton was as much of a shock to him as everybody else.The Dutchman is usually deployed in a midfield role by the Reds, having made his name in the middle of the park.Jurgen Klopp was, however, to see his options depleted by illness ahead of a Premier League trip to the Amex Stadium. 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 That forced the German coach into a tactical rethink and left Wijnaldum having to learn on the job as he joined Dejan Lovren and fellow midfielder Emre Can in a three-man back line.The 27-year-old told reporters after helping Liverpool to a 5-1 win: “It was difficult, especially the first half because I have never played there, but the manager was running out of options with players who were sick. So Emre and I, we had to play there.“For Emre it wasn’t that different because he has played there before, but for me it was difficult because you need to know when to close spaces. Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool defence shock“The first half was really difficult, but the second half was good.”We were training a day before the game, [Klopp] didn’t tell me, he just picked the team and he told me I was at the back. “He picked the first XI and told I me I was at the back. Normally I am a player who can play in different positions, but never in defence. “The manager was running out of options and he picked me and Emre. It was really hard in the first because I didn’t know what to do every time.”Klopp believes his shock selection against Brighton actually worked in Liverpool’s favour, as it helped to keep everybody on their toes.He said: “Our line-up surprised everybody. It’s a good moment that we can do things like this. They adapted and did the job. We need to adapt with plenty of different systems – that’s how it should be.”While their makeshift side proved too strong for Brighton, Liverpool will be hoping to have everybody back in contention this week as they prepare for a Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow and a derby date with Everton. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Borg/McEnroe review – needle-free account of celebrated on-court duel never breaks a sweat

first_imgThis tennis film feels like a two-hour baseline rally, and it’s not just the rackets that are made of wood. It is all about the allegedly fascinating psychological face-off between supercool Swede Björn Borg and the superbrat challenger from New York, John McEnroe – played respectively by Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LaBeouf. It culminates in their first, titanic Wimbledon confrontation in the 1980 final. That really was an unbearably tense contest, but at the end of this film my nails remained salon-fresh. The awful truth was that for all their rivalry and wildly different styles, there wasn’t any needle between these two men personally, no tension, nothing outside the tennis court for us to get excited about.Really, almost any other pairing of characters from this film would have been more interesting: there is McEnroe/Peter Fleming, his compatriot player and supposed friend on whom John might have played nasty gamesmanship tricks in the changing room. There’s McEnroe/McEnroe Sr, the demanding dad and professional lawyer who drove him hard. And there’s Borg/Lennart Bergelin, the coach and mentor played by Stellan Skårsgard with a perpetual look of priestly sorrow. Duels or sporting contests or grudge matches of any sort can make successful cinema: there was Rush, about racing drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and of course Frost/Nixon about the famous interview. Audiences have yet to see the forthcoming Battle of the Sexes, with Emma Stone and Steve Carell as tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, fighting to see whether men’s or women’s tennis is better. However that comes out, it’s a tennis film which has the advantage of being about something other than tennis. As far as this goes, Borg and McEnroe have all the bromance chemistry of Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst in the notorious romcom Wimbledon. It feels like someone’s been over-diluting the Robinson’s Barley Water.•Borg/McEnroe was screened at the Toronto film festival and is released 22 September in the UK. reviews Festivals Share on WhatsApp John McEnroe Share on Pinterest Well, LaBeouf is good casting – really, the only possible casting – and he channels McEnroe’s simmering resentment and winner-rage plausibly enough. (I wonder if there were any real-estate moguls in New York around that time for him to model himself on?) As for Borg, Gudnason is certainly an eerie lookalike. But his performance seems set on showing us that underneath that bland, slightly dull exterior there was a … well, let’s just say he seems the complete master of his personality. Borg suppressed his temper to become a great tennis player; but then McEnroe did the opposite and he’s a great player too. So what’s the life lesson here? What’s the point? They’re both great players, great guys, and there’s a kind of self-cancelling evenness at work. The sweatband remains dry. Toronto film festival 2017 Support The Guardian Shia LaBeouf Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Twitter Facebook Game, set and movie: what makes a winning tennis film? Share on Twitter Pinterest Topics The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Wimbledon Share on LinkedIn Toronto film festival Read more Share via Email Bergelin was Borg’s tough trainer from when he was a teenager, the man who beat out of the young Swede precisely that kind of immature tantrum for which McEnroe later became notorious: telling him to focus his energies on the game. Borg’s real-life son Leo plays the young star between nine and 12 years old. There is one startling scene where the later-teen Borg, after a stern rebuke, storms off into some remote Swedish woodland for a dark-twilight-of the-tennis-soul, raging at the game and at himself, smashing away at the splintering bark with his racket. This scene may have been inspired by Andy Samberg in the comedy Hot Rod, doing his famous cathartic dance in the forest.Actually, the film does show the adult Borg getting cross with Bergelin, even firing him. But it’s so banal, you wonder if anything has happened at all. “You’re acting like a baby, treating the people who care for you like dirt!” shouts Lennart. Is he? I must have missed that. All I could see was him being bland. You find yourself waiting for something to happen that isn’t a tennis match, and the tennis itself conforms to the rule that tennis on film isn’t exciting. 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Texans players kneel during anthem after team owner calls them ‘inmates’

first_img Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Players have been kneeling before and during the national anthem this season as a protest against racial injustice in the United States. About 40 of the Texans, a majority of the team, did so on Sunday before their game against the Seattle Seahawks, apparently in response to McNair. Some of their team-mates chose to stand. A number of Seahawks players also knelt, as they have done throughout the season.“I’m never going to force anybody to do anything that they don’t feel comfortable with. I think we all felt the same way on Friday [after McNair’s comments],” Texans guard Duane Brown said after the game. “And as far as the demonstration went, some people didn’t feel quite comfortable doing it, some people did. But we all supported each other, and that was what was important. I don’t think anyone looks at anyone differently for what they stood for or didn’t stand for.”ESPN reported that McNair’s comments at a meeting last week between owners, team executives and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, “stunned some in the room”.“After the owners finished, Troy Vincent [NFL executive vice-president of football operations] stood up,” the article said. “He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as ‘inmates’. Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL – during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word – he never felt like an ‘inmate’.”McNair reportedly apologized to Vincent later, “saying that he felt horrible and that his words weren’t meant to be taken literally”. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Pinterest news The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened Topics Share via Email Houston Texans Play VideoPlayCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenMuteThis is a modal window. Share on WhatsAppcenter_img US sports NFL NFL Week Eight: Seahawks win thriller over Texans … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Houston Texans players have staged a protest against their team’s owner, Bob McNair, after he said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” when speaking about the NFL protest movement. Read more In an official statement, McNair said: “I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”On Friday, the Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was an unexpected no-show at practice. The head coach, Bill O’Brien, declined to address whether it was related to McNair’s controversial comments.McNair, an energy and real estate magnate who is estimated to be worth $3.5bn, backed Donald Trump for president – giving a Super Pac $2m in 2016 – and then donated $1m to Trump’s inauguration committee. The US president is a vocal critic of the NFL protest movement. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said in September.The protest movement is becoming an increasing worry for NFL owners, some of whom believe it is hitting the league’s bottom line. The league’s television ratings are down this season, although it is not clear whether this is directly linked to the protests, as TV sports audiences have fallen across America. The Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, has said he would bench any player who knelt during the anthem and has said sponsors have told him they are worried about the protests putting off customers. “There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests,” Jones said last week. Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Juventus thrash Milan 4-0 to seal record 13th Coppa Italia victory

first_imgShare on Pinterest Juventus won the Coppa Italia for the fourth year running and a record 13th time with a crushing 4-0 victory over Milan, who suffered a second-half meltdown in the final on Wednesday.Medhi Benatia, the central defender, struck twice for Juventus and Douglas Costa was also on target on an unhappy evening for the Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was at fault for the second and third goals. An own goal by the substitute Nikola Kalinic completed a calamitous defensive display by Milan. Share on Twitter Juventus, who became the first team to win the competition without conceding a goal, are almost certain to add this year’s Serie A title to their trophy cabinet and complete a fourth successive double.The Turin side are six points clear of Napoli with two games to play and their goal difference is better by 16. “The lads played an extraordinary game and deserved this win, taking nothing away from Milan, who had a good first half,” the Juve coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said.His counterpart, Gennaro Gattuso, who had been hoping to lead Milan to their first trophy since 2011, said his team had played better until the first goal. “That’s football,” he said. “Juventus barely troubled us for the first 56 minutes apart from a [Mario] Mandzukic header. But we paid for our mistakes. I feel bad that we brought 35,000 people here to watch us lose like this.”After an even first half with few clear chances, the game changed completely in the second half and was effectively settled in a 10-minute spell.Donnarumma got down low to his right to make a superb save from Paulo Dybala’s rasping drive but that was as good as it got for the 19-year-old. From the resulting corner, Benatia got away from his marker and stooped to head Juve in front after 56 minutes.Five minutes later, Donnarumma allowed a low shot from Costa to slip through his hands and into the net, and the hapless goalkeeper then failed to hold a header, allowing Benatia to snap up the rebound.Milan, who like Juventus had not conceded on the way to the final, brought on Kalinic but the Croat striker scored at the wrong end, heading in a corner at the near post under no real pressure in the 76th minute. Topics Share via Email Milan Reuse this content Huddersfield seal Premier League survival and dent Chelsea’s ambitionscenter_img Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Juventus news Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Serbia 2018 World Cup team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

first_imgSerbia Share on LinkedIn Read more Twitter Share on Pinterest features Eight years on from a poor World Cup in South Africa in which they finished bottom of Group D, Serbia aim to ignore the similarities with that 2010 campaign – once again they won their qualifying group – and put in a mentally stronger and and more tactically astute display.The early signs do not offer the expected level of promise, however. Serbia seemed on course to reach Russia as comprehensive Group D winners in front of Wales and Republic of Ireland but a series of poor displays towards the end of the qualification campaign, equally poor player selection and a lack of tactical versatility from Slavoljub Muslin saw the experienced manager blamed, sacked and replaced by his assistant, Krstajic, despite Serbia qualifying as group winners.In an effort to distance himself from Muslin and his mentor’s fall, Krstajic introduced a number of tactical tweaks and called up the Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose untamed personality did not seem to fit with Muslin’s tranquil nature.Krstajic, a former Werder Bremen defender, had no such dilemmas about including the 23-year-old. “Our best players will always have a place in my team,” he said. “Sergej Milinkovic-Savic proved he can be counted on for the future and is bound to become the backbone of this squad.” Pinterest Topics World Cup 2018 World Cup 2018: Guardian Experts’ Network Which player is going to surprise everyone at the 2018 Fifa World Cup? Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has surprised everyone this season in Serie A, putting in one commanding display after another for Lazio. The 23-year-old dictates the play similarly to Paul Pogba – and has been linked with a move to Manchester United – but is also capable of playing further forward, just off the striker.Which player is likely to disappoint?Dusan Tadic. He must have been affected by some of the negativity surrounding him at Southampton this season and it could disrupt his flow at the World Cup. Tadic played a vital role in helping Serbia reach Russia but the creative midfielder is likely to be pushed further to the right as Krstajic looks to accommodate Milinkovic-Savic. This could easily be a blow to his confidence.What is the realistic aim for Serbia at the 2018 Fifa World Cup and why?The Serbian public tends to harbour bloated expectations about the national team’s chances. Traditionally the country has had high-class individuals who have displayed a chronic lack of togetherness at major competitions. Players and fans consider qualifying for the knockout stage behind Brazil a minimum, and elimination at the last-16 stage might be publicly perceived as a huge underachievement.Milos Markovic writes for Sportske.net.Follow him on Twitter here. Vladimir Stojkovic: Serbia’s prickly partisan trying to forget his ‘ugly past’center_img Reuse this content Share on Facebook World Cup Share on Twitter Share via Email This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.Serbia return to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the 2014 tournament. The nation is hoping that Mladen Krstajic’s star-studded squad can overcome a chronic mental fragility which has held them back in the past. Facebook With The Sergeant – as they call him in Italy – in a pivotal midfield position, Krstajic embarked on an Asian tour in November 2017 to prove that the Lazio man could be trusted to play alongside Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic and the Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic. Milinkovic-Savic’s assist for Adem Ljajic – another one of Muslin’s disputed selection choices – in a 1-1 draw against South Korea was deemed more than enough proof that he will have an important role to play in Russia.Steering away from the 3-4-3 formation Muslin relied on for the most part of the qualifiers, Krstajic implemented the biggest change in defence. Regarded as the strongest part of Serbia’s team – along with the burgeoning midfield – a backline including Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov was expected to help forge an impressive wall in front of the goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic. But Krstajic has shaken things up by introducing a 4-2-3-1 system and made Kolarov his captain, which raised a few eyebrows after Ivanovic was stripped of the armband.The striker is the one part of the team Krstajic will not be altering, with Aleksandar Mitrovic hitting swashbuckling form during his loan at Fulham. The Newcastle reject has come a long way in a matter of months since moving to London and could be Serbia’s biggest fear factor in Russia. He could be the player who glues together all the parts of the puzzle and provides the guts up front that Serbia have been sorely missing on the biggest stage.Probable starting XI Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Serbia probable starting XIlast_img read more

USA men could be rugby world champions this weekend – no, really

first_imgfeatures Major League Rugby expands, carefully – is the Premiership watching? Facebook Perry Baker speaks to HSBC. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp US sports Rugby sevens Sportblog Twitter Share on Twitter Support The Guardian New challenges are looming. Friday himself told the Guardian the Olympics will likely be the final challenge for many in his squad. Veterans including Baker, at 32 a double world player of the year, have worked brutally hard for six seasons in a punishing sport for scant financial reward. What’s more, the American landscape is changing, with new opportunities emerging.“This pool of talent will be hit hard,” Lewis wrote, “by the success of the 15-a-side Major League Rugby competition, which in its rapid expansion to 12 teams is practically hoovering up players.“This will force the Eagles to cultivate younger and younger talent, with the booming collegiate game becoming critical. Fortunately the college game can afford the coaches and hopefully will pick up the slack, to ensure 2019 becomes the norm rather than the exception.”As the Eagles go for glory in Paris, many who hope to follow them will be on show at the Talen Energy Stadium near Philadelphia, at the 10th annual Collegiate Rugby Championships. Last year’s CRC MVP, former wrestler Ben Broselle, went from UCLA into Friday’s squad. Students of sevens watching the world title decider in Paris would do well to keep an eye on events in Chester, PA as well. Share on Pinterest Highlighting “the volume of sevens played in this country, in a typical season at least three times more than traditional countries”, Lewis heralded “a robust club competition” and said ‘solid pathway programs such as the Northeast Academy” – which he helped create – “and Tiger Rugby [have] ensured a steady flow of raw material to Friday’s fun factory”. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Let that sink in. The notion that America would dominate world rugby union if it only tried has become a tired cliché. But a world champion team from America? Ahead of the Olympic champions? That would be utterly new.Fiji have won four tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series this season to the USA’s one but the Americans have reached the semi-finals at every event. In Vegas, which the USA won, and in Dubai, which New Zealand won, Fiji did not do that. It can happen.Tournament winners get 22 points, runners-up 19 and so on down a scale to the 15th and 16th teams who get a single point each. In London last week, Fiji won the cup and the US were third. That left the Fijians with 164 series points, the Americans 162. New Zealand are next with 143 points, which means they could surpass the Eagles and tie Fiji but in all likelihood will not. Between the top two the permutations are many, including a few ways to tie, but for the Americans the simple target remains: three more points than Fiji.It will be satisfying to World Rugby that at the end of a 10-tournament season, Paris could produce a winner-takes-all final. If that happens, and if Perry Baker gets the better of Jerry Tuwai, the USA will take the world title by 184 points to 183.On Thursday, the day he was appointed head coach of a Jamaica men’s team aiming to beat Canada and join the US at the 2020 Olympics, Steve Lewis sent the Guardian his thoughts on the matter.A loquacious Scot based in New York and known to all as the Lizard, Lewis works with men’s and women’s sevens teams across America and was recently named US senior club coach of the year. Saying this year is “truly American sevens’ annus mirabilis”, he offered a timely reminder that the women’s Eagles are also “ranked No2 in the world”. Topics Pinterest Share via Email Rugby union Read more Share on LinkedIn If the USA men’s sevens team earns three more points than Fiji in Paris this weekend, they will be crowned world champions. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more The women’s series finale is in Biarritz on 15 and 16 June. Alev Kelter, Naya Tapper and co are unlikely to overhaul New Zealand for the title but they need only step on to the field to earn a point and qualify for Tokyo. The men got there last week.“This success has not been overnight,” Lewis wrote. “The men, coached by the ebullient Mike Friday, have improved steadily before this, their breakout year, where they have demonstrated an astonishing consistency in nine straight tournaments.“Their team, led by Madison Hughes, is now one of the most experienced on the circuit and sees a group of players hitting their individual and collective peaks. Ben Pinkelman, Danny Barrett and Stephen Tomasin up front, Martin Iosefo and Folau Niua in midfield and the twin terrors, the pacy superstars Baker and Carlin Isles, in the wide channels.”This “golden generation”, as Lewis called it, is coached by Friday and two other England sevens veterans, Phil Greening and Tony Roques.Before this year, the Eagles’ highest finish on the world series was fifth in 2017, a year after they finished ninth at the Rio Olympics. They fell back to sixth in 2018 but Lewis said their subsequent surge was very far from a fluke. ‘We were attracted by the aggression’: how rugby rescues lives in America USA rugby union team Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema hits four in Champions League win at Slavia Prague

first_img Charlyn Corral gives Atlético Madrid upper hand against Manchester City Kim Little’s penalty made it 5-0 before Katerina Svitkova and Mia Persson cut Arsenal’s lead with late goals.Glasgow City won 2-0 at Brøndby while Lyon, the European champions, won 4-0 at Fortuna Hjørring with Ada Hegerberg and Eugénie Le Sommer both scoring twice.Bayern Munich scored five without reply at BIIK Kazygurt while Wolfsburg hit FC Twente for six. Vivianne Miedema hit four goals in a 5-2 win at Slavia Prague to put Arsenal on the verge of the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.The Netherlands striker had a hat-trick inside 39 minutes and added a fourth after half-time. Share on Messenger Topics Arsenal Women Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsApp Women’s football Share on Twitter Reuse this content Women’s Champions League Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest newslast_img read more

Toronto reportedly line up huge deal to lure Sonny Bill Williams back to rugby league

first_imgnews Sonny Bill Williams Ambitious Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack have reportedly made a $9m play to lure Sonny Bill Williams back to the 13-a-side game. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 34-year-old superstar is weighing up a two-year deal.Williams is contracted to New Zealand rugby until the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan – with the All Blacks preparing to face Wales on Friday in the third-place playoff. Share on Pinterest Topics Australia sport Support The Guardian Super League Share via Email Share on Messenger Rugby league He came off the bench in the All Blacks’ semi-final defeat to England on Saturday.It is believed that a host of rugby clubs have already made a play for Williams while back-to-back NRL premiers Sydney Roosters appear to be priced out of the race for the services of their former back-rower.The Wolfpack were established in 2016 and will be the first North American team to compete in the Super League after they won promotion to the top-tier via the Million Pound Game on 5 October.They are funded by Australian mining and resources billionaire David Argyle, who has previously revealed his interest in snaring Williams as their marquee signing.Toronto coach Brian McDermott told the PA news agency earlier this month that they wanted to bring in a David Beckham-type player to raise their profile, much like the former footballer did for Los Angeles Galaxy and the MLS, and that Williams fits the bill.“Our club would want to have a name that’s absolutely international that everybody would recognise and help the profile of our game, very much like David Beckham did for Major League Soccer,” McDermott said.“We are in discussions but nothing is finalised or confirmed,” the Toronto chairman Bob Hunter added.center_img Toronto Wolfpack Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Toronto Wolfpack claim Sonny Bill Williams interested in joining club Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Man Utd January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Mata has no plans to leave Man Utd Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:44 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Mata happy at Man UtdJuan Mata is happy at Manchester United and has no plans to leave the club at the end of the season, reports Superdeporte .United have yet to exercise their 12-month option to extend Mata’s contract and the Spaniard is free to discuss a deal with clubs outside of England.The 29-year-old has been linked with a return to former club Valencia amid concerns for his place in the team ahead of Alexis Sanchez’s impending arrival, but the playmaker intends to spend at least another year at Old Trafford. 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 Arsenal make Smalling enquiryChris Smalling, Manchester United, 17/18Arsenal have made an enquiry about signing Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, claims The Gambling Times .Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new centre-half and fears missing out to Manchester City on a deal for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.If that proves to be the case, Wenger plans a move for Evans’ former United team-mate Smalling once the swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been completed.West Ham watch DendonckerLeander Dendoncker Anderlecht 2017West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce watched Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker against Genk on Sunday, reports Het Laatste Nieuws .Dendoncker played as a centre-back in the game, but Hammers boss David Moyes views the 22-year-old as someone who will play in midfield.Manchester United have held a long-standing interest in Dendoncker, with Anderlecht recently insisting only an ‘insane’ bid will persuade them to sell in the January transfer window.’Alexis snubbed City because United are miles bigger’Alexis Sanchez, ArsenalArsenal star Alexis Sanchez has opted for Manchester United over Manchester City because the Red Devils are “miles bigger” than the runaway Premier League leaders, according to Paul Ince.Sanchez is joined United having snubbed Pep Guardiola and City , although some past players and pundits have claimed the Chilean’s decision is based on money .However, former United midfielder Ince insisted City simply cannot compete with the history of their rivals – the 20-time English champions.Read the full story on Goal right here! Wenger: Alexis left for moneyAlexis Sanchez Arsene Wenger Arsenal BournemouthArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed they had “no chance” of keeping Alexis Sanchez and suggested the forward is chasing money by joining Manchester United.The 29-year-old finalised his move to Old Trafford after undergoing a medical on Sunday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Gunners in a straight swap deal.Read the full story here! Real Madrid could go after De GeaDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedManchester United will be worried after Kepa Arrizabalaga rejected Real Madrid , extending the La Liga club’s search for a new goalkeeper, claims the Mirror .With the Athletic Bilbao star passing on Los Blancos, the Spanish giants could once again target Man Utd’s No.1 David De Gea.De Gea has yet to sign a new deal with the Red Devils with one year remaining on his current contract.last_img read more

Transfer latest: Bale to snub Man Utd after Lopetegui arrival

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Bale to snub Man Utd & fight for Madrid place under Lopetegui Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gareth Bale, Real Madrid Getty Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Bale to fight for Madrid spot under LopeteguiGareth Bale has decided to stay at Real Madrid and earn his spot in the team under new coach Julen Lopetegui, ESPN claims.Bale has been heavily linked to a return to the Premier League amid his recent struggles and even suggested after the Champions League final that he could be on the way out of the Spanish capital this summer.However, the attacker has a new optimism about his future at Madrid and is hoping to make an impression under the new coach instead of leaving. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Barca eye Eriksen and step up De Jong pursuit Barcelona are preparing to ramp up their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the wake of Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid.The Frenchman’s announcement has forced the Camp Nou outfit to reassess their targets and they will look to bolster the midfield while Philippe Coutinho moves into attack.Barca will turn De Jong from a long-term target to an immediate priority and will be keeping an eye on Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.Read the full story on Goal!Real Madrid sign RodrygoReal Madrid will sign 17-year-old winger Rodrygo after agreeing a €45 million (£39.3m/$52.2m) deal with Santos.The Brazil Under 17 international will spend another year at the Serie A side before moving to Spain in July 2019.Read the full story hereFavili completes Juventus returnJuventus have completed the €7.5 million (£7m/$9m) signing of Andrea Favilli from Ascoli.The 21-year-old striker spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Juventus, impressing in the youth system while he made just one first-team appearance.The forward signed a five-year deal with the Bianconeri.Read more hereRugani agent dismisses Chelsea talk Daniele Rugani’s agent has dismissed reports that the Juventus defender is in talks over a potential move to Chelsea.It has been claimed that Rugani could reunite with his former Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, should the ex-Napoli boss replace Antonio Conte this summer.But his representative, David Torchia, says there have been no talks over a move, saying: “I know that nobody will believe me, but I met with [sporting director] Fabio Paratici because it was already scheduled. I didn’t know there was going to be this storm the day before. We talked about how to improve the player and what to do going forward, but we didn’t set up any negotiations.”Click here to read the full storyLeeds appoint BielsaMarcelo Bielsa has been appointed Leeds United manager.The former Argentina, Marseille and Athletic Club boss has signed a two-year deal with the Championship team.Read more hereReal Madrid ready €50m Alisson bidReal Madrid are set to make a €50 million (£43.7m/$58m) offer for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, Sky Italia reports.The European champions turned their attention from David de Gea to the Brazilian earlier this year and have been persuaded to make a move for him.Roma, however, are said to be demanding double Madrid’s offer for a goalkeeper they would rather not sell.Barcelona monitor GundoganBarcelona have identified Ilkay Gundogan as a replacement for Andres Iniesta, according to Bild.The Manchester City midfielder revealed last year that he came close to joining the Catalan side, but the club have made contact with his agents once again.Chelsea ready to pay Sarri fee Chelsea are edging closer to appointing Maurizio Sarri as new coach after reaching an agreement with Napoli, claims La Gazzetta dello Sport.The Blues had named the Italian as their ideal candidate to replace Antonio Conte and the deal seemed inevitable when Carlo Ancelotti was appointed the new Partenopei coach.Sarri, however, has not been released from his contract as Chelsea were unwilling to pay the €8 million (£7m/$9m) Napoli demanded in compensation. However, the Italians are lowering their asking price, which will clear Sarri up to move to London.Napoli turn to Keylor NavasNapoli are prepared to snap up Keylor Navas from Real Madrid, Corriere dello Sport says.Madrid are determined to land a new goalkeeper, with Roma star Alisson their top target, which could see Navas shoved out.Looking for a replacement for Pepe Reina, Napoli are the team leading the chase to sign the Costa Rican.Chelsea reject Arsenal’s £17m Luiz bidChelsea have turned down Arsenal’s offer of £17 million (€20m/$23m) for defender David Luiz, reports Le10Sport.The Gunners are targeting defensive reinforcements in the summer, and the 31-year-old Blues defender could fit the bill after he fell out of favour at Stamford Bridge last season. Arsenal have yet to return with an improved option for the Brazilian. Griezmann announces Atletico stayAtletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he will stay at the club, despite interest from Barcelona.In a televised announcement, the 27-year-old France international ended intense speculation over his future by declaring his intention to remain at the Wanda Metropolitano. Read the full story on Goal! Chelsea make €30m Rugani offerChelsea have made a bid of €30 million (£26m/$35m) for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, reports Calciomercato.com.The 23-year-old is highly rated, but has struggled for playing time in recent seasons behind established veterans.Chelsea’s interest could also be a sign the club is nearing an agreement with Maurizio Sarri, with the former Napoli boss a longtime admirer of Rugani. Gotze eyes Premier League moveBorussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze wants to move to England this summer, reports the Mirror . The 26-year-old is looking to jumpstart his career after he failed to make Germany’s World Cup squad this summer. Arsenal, Everton, West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle are all interested in Gotze, who could cost around £18 million (€21m/$24m). Bale’s future depends on Lopetegui’s planGareth Bale will make a decision on his Real Madrid future after determining manager Julen Lopetegui’s plans for him, reports The Times. The Wales star reiterated his desire for more playing time after his match-winning performance in the Champions League final, with several Premier League clubs rumoured to be interested. Bale’s representative, Jonathan Barnett, will meet Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this month to figure out the new manager’s vision. Man Utd not looking to sell Martial Anthony Martial is in Manchester United’s plans for 2018-19 and the club aren’t looking to sell him, according to Sky Sports News. The 22-year-old’s agent declared on Wednesday that his client is looking to leave Old Trafford following a season in which his playing time diminished.Tottenham are credited with a firm interest in the France international, who missed out on his country’s World Cup squad this summer. West Ham close in on triple swoopWest Ham are nearing the signings of Felipe Anderson from Lazio and Swansea duo Lukasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson, reports the Mirror . Talks are in an advanced stage over the transfer of Brazilian midfielder Anderson, who would cost around £27 million (€31m/$36m). The Hammers are also set to pay around the same amount for both 33-year-old goalkeeper Fabianski and 24-year-old defender Mawson. Juventus interested in Van Aanholt Juventus are looking at Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt as a possible replacement for Alex Sandro, reports The Sun. With Manchester United maintaining a longstanding interest in Alex Sandro, the Serie A club are drawing up a list of replacements should the Brazilian depart. And Palace’s Dutch international could fit the bill, with Juve prepared to offer £25 million (€29m/$33m) for the 27-year-old. Seri in talks with Napoli Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri’s agent is in talks with Napoli over a transfer, according to  CalcioNapoli24 .With Jorginho close to leaving the Serie A runners-up, the 26-year-old could slot in for the Italy international in central midfield. Arsenal and Chelsea are among a host of teams that have been linked with the Ivory Coast international. West Ham could target SmallingWest Ham are monitoring Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United, according to Metro . With United looking to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham, the club could be left with a surplus of options at centre-back. And the Hammers are ready to take advantage by making a move for the 28-year-old, who missed out on England’s World Cup squad. Newcastle want £20m for MitrovicNewcastle will sell Aleksandar Mitrovic should they receive a bid of £20 million (€23m/$27m), reports Sky Sports News. The striker was a hit on loan at Fulham in the second half of last season, scoring 12 goals in 20 matches to help the Cottagers reach the Premier League. Fulham have been tipped to make a permanent move for the 23-year-old Serbia international, who has two years left on his contract.Bielsa signs contract with LeedsMarcelo Bielsa has signed a deal with Leeds United to become the Championship club’s new head coach, according to the Buenos Aires Times. The 62-year-old has previously managed Argentina and Chile, as well as Athletic, Marseille and most recently Lille.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgPlease see the below communication from BSc for more information.    This stock and plenty more.All gotta go to make room for the new BSC Sports Wear RangeThe only real solution is to clear out some gear to make way for the new stock. Our loss, your gain!We haven’t decided yet exactly what we will do but there’s a fair chance the triathlon, multi sport and cycling stock may need to go. What’s a fair price to get it moving? 40% off or more? What about half price?Anyway, keep a look out for another email early next week, we should have something good worked out by then. For some time now we have been working on a new BSC Sports Wear Range that is due in the warehouse real soon. But, the trouble is we don’t have any space for it and we sure cant leave it out in the car park. Greg YoungBody Science Director TWITTER Follow us on Twitter | Twitter.com/BodyScience | Twitter.com/BodyforwomenFACEBOOK Become a fan of Facebook | Facebook.com/BodyScienceBody Science International Pty LtdSALES MARKETING : Level 4, Link Tower 7-9 Kent Street Mascot NSW 2020T 1300 BODYSCIENCE | F 1800 BODYSCIENCE | E direct@bodyscience.com.au| W BodyScience.com.auADMINISTRATION : PO BOX 2070 Burleigh BC QLD 4220SPORTSWEAR: 4/24-30 Dover Street, Burleigh QLD 4220This message is intended solely for the use of the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying or distribution of the message is prohibited and may be unlawful.P PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAILlast_img read more