Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ SPAL Coach Leonardo Semplici was unhappy with Krzysztof Piatek and Ismael Bennacer after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Milan last night. Suso came off the bench to score the winner for Milan, but the result didn’t go down well with Semplici, who felt Piatek wrongly tried to con the referee into awarding a penalty and that Bennacer should have been sent off. “I’m angry because Milan deserved to win, but I’d like to watch back the goal and Piatek’s position, plus the possible second yellow for Bennacer,” said Semplici to Sky Sport after the match. The result left SPAL stranded in the relegation zone, with a missed opportunity to climb out of the bottom three. “We are small and of little interest to people, but we work hard to do what we need to, like everyone else. Maybe we would have lost anyway, but… “We have to look for improvements in various aspects of our game and we know what we need to do. “It did not go how we wanted, but we know our path and we’re convinced we will come through this complicated situation.” The Biancazzurri have a crucial game coming up against fellow strugglers Sampdoria on Monday.
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta claims there is “no more confusion” at the club following the arrival of Stefano Pioli. The Brazilian, who has struggled to recapture the form he showed towards the end of last season, did not hold back when asked about the differences between Pioli and predecessor Marco Giampaolo. “I believe that with [Stefano] Pioli the team is more at ease. Before, someone was not in the right position or someone else in a position they didn’t like. “If a player plays in a position they prefer then they play better, and this is happening now.” Giampaolo is known for not communicating greatly with his players. Indeed, Fabio Quagliarella revealed in September that the former Sampdoria Coach only spoke to him “five or six times in three years”. The ex-Empoli boss also had a strained relationship with Paqueta, urging him to be “less Brazilian” in his approach. “Pioli is more direct in asking us certain things, and this has made things better for us. “When you receive too much information, you get a bit confused, but with him everything is clear.” The 22-year-old has made eight appearances for the Rossoneri this term, providing one assist.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has asked Kevin Pietersen to stay away from suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi after the two were spotted before the first Test against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.According to a report published in The Telegraph, Pietersen was approached by ECB’s senior management after the second Test against pakistan at Edgbaston where he scored an innings of 80 runs.”Kevin Pietersen has been warned by the England and Wales Cricket Board against having more meetings with Lalit Modi, the defrocked former commissioner of the Indian Premier League, after they were seen together in London before the first Test with Pakistan at Trent Bridge,” the report said.In May, ECB chairman Giles Clarke had circulated an email warning county chairman and chief executives against meeting Modi until he is cleared by the BCCI displinary committee.When asked about his meeting with Modi, Pietersen, who will have met him while playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers in the IPL, told the ECB that he had simply hooked up with an old mate for a beer, the report said.
India opener Gautam Gambhir and newly-appointed vice-captain Virat Kohli scored centuries and put on 205 runs for the second wicket as India posted a big 304/3 against Sri Lanka during the second ODI of the Asia Cup in Mirpur on Tuesday. ScoreComing into bat after India lost Sachin Tendulkar cheaply and when the team total was 19, Virat Kohli raced to a quick-fire fifty before converting his 50 to hundred in Nuwan Kulasekara’s over.Kohli required just 114 ball for reach the milestone – his 10th in ODIs and also his second in a row against the Sri Lankan’s after the match-saving ton had helped India stay alive for two days in the tri-series Down Under.Gambhir wasn’t far behind as he needed just 116 balls to reach the mark and it came a delivery later in Kulasekara’s over. Like Kohli, this was Gambhir’s 10th ODI ton.Kohli, who has scored more than 3000 runs in ODIs also corssed 1000 runs against Sri Lanka. No wonder, he likes batting against the Lankans.
Post a good bowling performance, Bangalore looked a bit vulnerable at the start. Malinga was making the ball speak and RP Singh too gave him good support. Dwayne Smith dropped a catch when Gayle was 21 and that proved to be the turning point at the Wankhede Stadium. Score | PhotosAfter smashing three sixes off Ojha, he simply wrested the game from Mumbai’s hands. Kohli and Dilshan gave him good support. A 9 wicket win with two overs to spare is a big win and this will definetely boost the confidence of the Bangalore team. As far as Mumbai is concerned, nothing much they could do. They were completely outplayed.IPL 2012: MI vs RCB Live: RCB win by 9 wicketsMI 141/6 in 20 overs lost to RCB 142/1 in 18 overs (Gayle 82, Kohli 36)Gayle’s 82-run innings was decorated with 5 fours and 6 sixesDilshan: All three departments did really well. We took the early wickets. Murali is a great bowler. Sri Lanka is struggling after his retirement. I am still enjoying playing with him. Malinga was the main bowler, he has taken early wickets in every game. We did not want to give any wickets to Malinga. When you are batting with Gayle, it’s much easier. When he starts hitting, I try to give him the strike. Enjoy batting with him Handshakes all around. Gayle has single handedly won the game for Bangalore. With this win, Bangalore move to the fourth position and I daresay, looking firm favorites to finish in the top 2. 11:28 pm | 17.6 overs: Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli, SIX, finishes the game with a huge six. Tossed up on the middle, Virat Kohli comes down the track and hits it over the bowler’s head for another big six. Kohli looks at the dug out, pumps his fist to his heart. RCB win by 9 wickets advertisement10:55 pm | 11 overs: RCB are 76/1 at the stage. Good over there for RCB. Three sixes in a row by Chirs Gayle off Pragyan Ojha. One off a no-ball. Thre break-up 1-0-0-2-6-N6-6 10.6 Ojha to Gayle, SIX, is that the game? Tossed up well outside off, Gayle gets on the front foot and lofts it over the long off fielder, another big six for the big man. With that shot he brings up his sixth FIFTY of this year’s IPL! Splendid batting 10.6 Ojha to Gayle, no ball, SIX, this one is an easier full toss to hit, over the waist, Gayle flicks it to behind square for another big six. No ball called! 10.5 Ojha to Gayle, SIX, this was on the cards, bowling a full toss was just like sending out an invite with a betel leaf! Gayle stays in the crease and smashes it into the crowd over the deep midwicket boundary Captain Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease 10:44 pm | 8.3 overs; WICKET! Didn’t look like he was out! Strange he has been given caught out! Ojha to Dilshan, out Caught by Dinesh Karthik!! Tossed up on the pads, Dilshan looked to sweep and the ball lobbed off the pads to Karthik. He appealed for the catch and Bowden, after an eternity, raised the finger. Dilshan could not believe the decision, but he has to make his way back. Dilshan c Dinesh Karthik b Ojha 19(25) [4s-3] (RCB 48/1 in 8.3 overs)Dilshan has been given out. There was an appeal for LBW and caught behind. It’s a bit unclear. The ball has pitched on or just outside the leg stump, but there was no edge. He has been adjudged caught behind10:28 Pm | 5.3 overs: DROPPED! And it was Gayle, imagine! RP Singh to Gayle, 1 run, Smith drops Gayle! Full and outside off, Gayle looks to loft it over long off, gets a lot of height, but no distance, Smith gets under it at point and drops a sitter. It was swerving in the air, but you have got to take those 10: 27 pm | 5.2 overs: RP Singh to Gayle, SIX, flat six! Short and outside off, Gayle goes deep into the crease and pulls it over the boundary rope. Muscular shot! 10:15 pm | 3 overs: RCB are 8/0 at the stage with openers Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan in the middle.9:58 | 0.1 over: Malinga to Dilshan, no run9:56 | RCB INNINGS – Dilshan and Gayle are at the crease. Dilshan is on strike. Malinga will open the attackROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Target 142 in 20 oversKieron Pollard: Pretty much satisfied. We didn’t get a good start but that’s part of cricket. 142 will be challenging on this wicket, we’re in with a chance and we have to bowl well now. It’s more suited to bowlers this time, last game was an absolute belter but this one is helping the bowlers. My shoulder is fine, I’m okay to bowl and I can bowl my full quota of overs.advertisementMUMBAI INDIANS: 141/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 44) 9:42 pm | 19.6 overs: Good last over there for Mumbai as they post 141/6. MI’s West Indian recruit Kieron Pollard hit two big sixes in it as MI added 18 runs in the over off Vinay Kumar. The break-up – 2-1-6-6-2-1Mumbai have got to 140. Can Pollard make it 146?Harbhajan Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:20 pm | 15.5 overs: WICKET! Another one fails to read Murali! Muralitharan to Dwayne Smith, out Caught by Vinay Kumar!! Muralitharan has put a speed breaker on the Mumbai counter-attack in a space of 2 balls! Poor shot from Dwayne Smith though – this was the top spinner from Murali, Smith looks to slog across and hit it over the on side, gets a leading edge for a simple catch to point. Muralitharan on a hat-trick now. Dwayne Smith c Vinay Kumar b Muralitharan 2(3) (MI 100/6 in 15.5 overs)Kieron Pollard, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:19 pm | 15.4 overs: WICKET! And Murali gets rid of Karthik! Muralitharan to Dinesh Karthik, out Caught by Virat Kohli!! This was always coming. Karthik was looking to hit every ball and perishes. Flighted again, Karthik looks to loft it over long on but doesn’t get hold of it. Dinesh Karthik c Virat Kohli b Muralitharan 44(39) [4s-3 6s-1] (MI 100/5 in 15.4 overs)9:16 pm | 15 overs: MI are 95/4 at the stage with new man Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik in the middle. The run rate is 6.33 at the moment – a little better than what the Indians were posting in the initial overs. Still RCB enjoy the edge. It’s time Smith starts scoring briskly.Dwayne Smith, right handed bat, comes to the crease 9:12 pm | 13.6 overs: WICKET! Rayudu was looking to stabilize; sadly his effort comes a cropper in Harshal’s over. Harshal Patel to Rayudu, out Caught by Muralitharan!! Perishes trying to go for another big shot. Clever bowling though – bowls a back of hand slower one, Rayudu was down the track again but was deceived by the lack of pace, ends up checking his lofted shot and holes out to long off. Enter Dwayne Smith! Rayudu c Muralitharan b Harshal Patel 22(17) [4s-2] (MI 85/4 in 13.6 overs)Ambati Rayudu, right handed8:54 pm | 10 overs: RCB are 48/3 at the stage with Dinesh Karthik (13*) and Ambati Rayudu (3*) in the middle. MI have lost their top players – Sachin, Rohit, Franklin and are in trouble here. The run rate is a poor 4.80; clearly RCB have the edge.bat, comes to the crease 8:44 pm | 8.3 overs: WICKET! And Sachin walks off! Harshal Patel to Tendulkar, out Caught & Bowled!! The youngster has the final laugh! But wait. Is it a no ball? Nope. It’s a legal delivery and Sachin has to walk back. Good reply this from the bowler after being hit for four, bangs it short and gets it to rise on the body. Tendulkar c and b Harshal Patel 24(27) [4s-4] (MI 41/3 in 8.3 overs)advertisement8:20 pm | 4 overs: MI are 5/2 at the stage with Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik in the middle. Sachin has scored just 2 runs off 12 balls. This is brilliant bowling from RCB. They’ve maintained tight lines and have given nothing away. Sachin Tendulkar wants to get going but the bowlers aren’t allowing him to do that.Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:10 pm | 1.5 overs: WICKET! Another one goes back in a jiffy and MI are in trouble here. Vinay Kumar to Rohit Sharma, out Lbw!! Rohit Sharma is not happy with the decision but he has to walk back! That looked pretty plumb – no reasons to complain, he should instead be unhappy with his poor choice of strokeplay. Good bowling from Vinay though – maintains it straight and gets it to nip in, Rohit looks to play across the line and misses it completely. Impact in line and hitting him in front of middle. No reason to give that not out! Rohit Sharma lbw b Vinay Kumar 0(3) (MI 2/2 in 1.5 overs) Rohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease 8:06 pm | 1.2 overs: WICKET! Okay RCB gain control early… Franklin departs. Vinay Kumar to Franklin, out Caught by Zaheer!! Catching practice. He has timed it well but straight to the fielder. Short and just outside off, Franklin plays the upper cut, times it well but holes out to third man. This is already a good start for RCB, they have been tight and have already struck. Franklin c Zaheer b Vinay Kumar 1(6) (MI 1/1 in 1.2 overs)8:04 pm | 1 over: MI manage to score 1 in the first over off the innings. Zak kept things tight for Sachin Tendulkar, the single came off James Franklin’s bat.8:00 pm | TOSS – Franklin and Tendulkar are at the crease. Franklin is on strike. Zaheer will open the attackTeams Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, Muttiah Muralitharan Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Sachin Tendulkar, James Franklin, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, Harbhajan Singh(c), Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Pragyan OjhaHarbhajan: We would like to concentrate on good cricket and results will follow. We have been playing terrific cricket in the last week and we’ll look to continue. We have to be there and do our best, we’ve been fighting till the last ball in our games and that’s the way T20 goes. The wicket looks a bit damp, but I’m sure it will play well. Both the teams are good enough to win, may the best team win. Franklin, Pollard, Malinga and Smith are the foreigners. You can call the side Mumbai West Indians. Kohli: Love this stadium. Always enjoyed cricket at this ground, the atmosphere is brilliant. It’s a challenge and a learning curve for me to captain a side with so many experienced players. Playing in Mumbai against Mumbai is always big. We’ll just look to execute our plans and play well. Looks like there is something on the wicket early on and our fast bowlers will look to exploit that. Every game is a must win game for us, especially playing against a strong team like Mumbai. Loving the captaincy, I’m really enjoying it. Tiwary comes in for Pathan. Vinay returns. Gayle, Muralitharan, Dilshan and de Villiers are the foreigners. 7:30 pm | TOSS – Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and elected to field
Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper Naman Ojha has started to nestle in the team’s set-up after moving from Rajasthan Royals last season. Though he didn’t have a fruitful 2011 season, the Madhya Pradesh keeper has had a quiet but confident start in this edition.One of the reasons for it being the settled look the Delhi team is sporting after the inclusion of star batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene, which has seen the pressure being taken off the rest of the batsmen.”It has been a good start, winning two out of three games. Now our middle-order is stronger. Last season, we had concerns but with Mahela and KP, we have more confidence. In the middle of the 2011 season, things weren’t going my way. This season, I am enjoying it much more,” Naman told Mail Today on Thursday.The one development that has pleased the 28-year-old is that he has been given a chance to open the innings for now. However, batting with Sehwag poses its own set of problems.”I am getting to open, something which I enjoy a lot. Sometimes, while playing with Sehwag you feel inferior. Some of the shots he plays, you watch in awe. It gets difficult to hold yourself back while watching Viru paaji bat. But now I have learnt to not try to match him for shots,” he said.Having played under Shane Warne and now Sehwag, Naman said both skippers have a lot of flair in their leadership. “Sehwag doesn’t put any pressure on the players and tells us to express ourselves. Warne had many ideas and strategies; he would talk to the players. There are many similarities, but both have their own style,” he said.advertisementStanding behind the wickets to express pace bowlers like Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav and then switching to left-arm orthodox spinners like Roelof van der Merwe and Shahbaz Nadeem is a challenge which the Daredevils glovesman is relishing.”Morne and Umesh are express bowlers. To keep to them, you need a lot of concentration. van der Merwe and Nadeem are also very good spinners. It’s not so much about technique, but more about coping with it mentally and staying agile. I talked to Kiran More sir about keeping and discussed what I am doing right and wrong.”The keeper has already made his India debut – a forgettable ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe where India got walloped by the hosts and Sri Lanka – and learnt some harsh lessons in 2010.”In Zimbabwe, I learnt that you can’t take any team lightly and that any side can win a game on any day.”As with other wicket-keeper batsmen in the country, Naman knows that as long as Mahendra Singh Dhoni is operating, it is difficult to get a chance in the Indian team any time soon.”I am a batsman-keeper. I can open, play in the middle order, wherever. I am not concerned that the (India) captain is such a good keeper batsman. I am just concentrating on performing well for any team for which I play.”
For a Sikh, a turban (also known as the Dastaar, Pagri or Pagg) is an essential part of everyday life and a reaffirmation of their faith. This unique headgear (comprising a long unstitched cloth, wound around the head over an inner under-turban called patka) is quintessentially Sikh and is a,For a Sikh, a turban (also known as the Dastaar, Pagri or Pagg) is an essential part of everyday life and a reaffirmation of their faith. This unique headgear (comprising a long unstitched cloth, wound around the head over an inner under-turban called patka) is quintessentially Sikh and is a tradition that has survived the travails of time. Turban styles vary according to the region. Styles developed in Patiala, Kapurthala, Faridkot and Nabha are symbolic of these regions and their erstwhile royal traditions. Read on as we profile a few Sikhs who still sport these distinct turban styles with elan.Nok turban: Karan Singh Chhabra, 21, Model, MohaliPunjab’s only turbaned Sikh model, 21-year-old Karan Singh Chhabra views his turban as a sartorial statement. “Unlike most models, I am of a medium build and of average height. But people love my turbaned look on the ramp,” says Chhabra. Turbans on runways or fashion spreads are no longer seen as someone’s idea of comic relief, as Chhabra adds, “Sonny Singh Caberwal (the first Sikh Supermodel), Vikram Chatwal and JJ Wallaya have made the turban globally fashionable. It is riding atop a cool crest of acceptability in Hindi cinema, with heroes in Singh is King, Rocket Singh, Love Aaj Kal and Yamla, Pagla Deewana flaunting it.” Though influenced by the Malwa style, Karan has evolved his own variation. Talking about his style, he says, “I wrap my turban to a sharp frontal point, with the folds projecting out to form a Nok (sharp) look. The pieces of cloth are cut according to measurement and then sewn together to make it twice as wide, thus creating a double Patti or a Nok turban.”Namdhari style: Pritpal Singh, 41, Shopkeeper, MohaliThough 41-year-old Pritpal Singh has been running a Pagri centre (Pal Dupatta house) at Mohali for the last 25 years, he invariably ties a white, round Naamdhari which is a flat, coif-like turban. Known as the Sidhi Dastaar (straight turban), this turban is tied horizontally across the forehead, with the turban-bearer’s ears lying completely outside the turban. “It is the simplest among Sikh turbans as it does not require any lars (folds) or patka (under-turban). Though I prefer fabrics like mal-mal, rubia and full voile also work for me. Even the full voile or mal-mal we use for it doesn’t require any maya (starch). Which is why I can tie my turban within a few seconds, and that too, without looking into a mirror,” elaborates Pritpal.Nihang style: Paramjit Singh, 55, Agriculturist, SangrurParamjit Singh has been flaunting a distinct Nihang style of Bana (dress) and Dumaala (turban) since he was 11 years old. “This style of turban tying symbolises courage and fearlessness, explains Singh. Around 1690, Guru Gobind Singh had personally tied the huge, conical shaped Dumaalas (turbans) on the heads of his young sons Baba Ajit Singh and Baba Jujhar Singh. He sent them to the battlefield at Chamkaur Sahib wearing huge turbans (so that they looked older.) Since then, Nihangs (Amritdhari Sikh warriors) have been wearing huge, conical-shaped Dumaalas or Pharharas,” says Paramjit.Malwa style: Bhai Jujhar Singh, 58, Entrepreneur, NabhaThis turban symbolises pride and belief in the Sikh faith for Jujhar Singh, 58, from Nabha. “My family was initiated into Sikhism by the 6th Guru, Shri Hargobind Singh who bestowed the title of ‘Bhai Sahib’ on my ancestor Bhai Roop Chand Ji. Later, the tenth Guru entrusted him with the responsibility of organising Sikhs from the Malwa region and leading them under Banda Singh Bahadur,” says Jujhar, who has been sporting his turban for the last 48 years. Jujhar, even today, vividly remembers his Dastaarbandhi (turban-tying ceremony) at Bhaika Dyalpura, “The event was held in the local gurdwara amidst hymn recitals and in the congregation (sangat) of friends and neighbours.” This turban style is sported in bright shades of such as pink, red and navy as well as in maroon which is the official colour of Erstwhile Nabha.advertisement
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie “It” for his annual Halloween party.The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups After a night of connecting in costume, the Cavs, who host Indiana on Wednesday, didn’t hide their problems during their pre-practice discussion that coach Tyronn Lue described as a “long talk.”“Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” Lue said. “On the court we just gotta be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. Right now guys are not having fun.”There isn’t much to smile about.Following losses to Orlando, Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York in the past 10 days, the Cavs are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in defense and are giving up nearly 14 3-pointers per game. They’re coming off losses by a combined 41 points in their past two games, prompting Lue to say that James, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and others need to get in better shape.READ: Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lately, James and his Cavaliers teammates haven’t scared anyone on the floor.With four losses in their past five games, defensive issues, injuries and new players still trying to figure things out, the Cavs had a lengthy meeting on Tuesday before they practiced. It was a chance to clear the air and perhaps reset a season for a team that hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential.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 openingREAD: Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise “The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” Cleveland’s transition defense has been brutal, and Lue said some of that may be due to conditioning. He pushed the Cavs hard at both ends during Tuesday’s workout and noticed a change.“Watching us today, damn,” Lue said. “It’s a big difference. I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”James sprained his left ankle during Cleveland’s second practice in training camp and only played in one exhibition. Although he hasn’t shown any major decline in his game, the 32-year-old is not having the impact Lue needs James to have on the defensive end.It’s hard to ask him for more, but Lue has no choice.“Missing the whole training camp and getting hurt the second day of practice really set him back as far as being able to fly around and push the pace offensively and defensively fly around,” Lue said. “He’s trying to work himself back in shape, but the games are coming so fast and it’s hard to really do that. The best way to do that is by him playing more minutes and getting in game shape and we just got to go from there.”Lue knew this would take time. With Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jae Crowder among the new players on Cleveland’s roster this season, there were bound to be growing pains. Lue just didn’t expect them to hurt this much.However, Lue has confidence the group is beginning to gel.“They’ve been in winning situations,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. Today’s start of film and practice, I think guys are getting a clear understanding of what they need to do.”As the Cavs work out the kinks, they were able to relax at James’ party, which has become a social media must-see-event.Love shaved off his beard and endured a long makeup session to dress up as WWE wrestler Sting. Kyle Korver was the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went as pop lip-synching sensations Milli Vanilli. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “I think it was good for us,” Love said. “I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. We all get along, have fun, but I think in some odd way it will definitely help us.”At this point, it can’t hurt the Cavs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Federer beats Zverev to reach last four at ATP Finals There was a samba band in the away fans’ section and the visitors’ forward forays drew shrill cheers from their yellow-shirted compatriots in the stands, but Brazil’s football was all style and little substance.Jesus worked Hart with a near-post header from a Dani Alves cross 12 minutes in.Yet for all their back-heels and bravado, Brazil made few inroads, with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar twice ballooning shots high into the seating behind Hart’s goal.England worked Brazil goalkeeper Alisson only once before half-time and he had little trouble fielding a rasping drive from Marcus Rashford.Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had starred on his debut against Germany, would last only 34 minutes on his return to Wembley as injury obliged him to cede his place to Jesse Lingard.Brazil created their first clear chance early in the second period when Neymar’s pass freed Coutinho, only for the recalled Hart to block with his legs.Substitute Fernandinho went even closer with 14 minutes remaining, but after a surging run from halfway, his low 25-yard effort grazed the left-hand post.A spate of substitutions had the effect of opening up space in the England half, but still the hosts resisted.Ashley Young marked his return after four years in the international wilderness by sliding in to block from Willian seconds after coming on, while Hart stood up well to thwart Roberto Firmino from Neymar’s pass.Solanke, 20, might have claimed a famous winner at the death when Young’s deep cross from the left found him unmarked at the back post, but Alisson slid out bravely to block. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Southgate reflected with pride on his young team’s maturity, it was a case of back to the drawing board for Tite.Brazil have won 13 of their 17 games since he took charge in June 2016, but their failure to unsettle such green opponents raised questions about their prospects of a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia next year.“One team was proposing the game, trying to exert pressure in a high line and play with the ball,” Tite said.“The other team was defending more, playing more compact and waiting for a mistake to counter-attack.“In a match like this, we’ll have fewer opportunities. But although we had fewer opportunities than in other matches, we had the best ones. I can’t remember one or two chances for them that scared us.”ADVERTISEMENT For Gareth Southgate’s England, who were once again without stars such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling through injury, it was a second successive encouraging 0-0 draw following Friday’s stalemate with Germany.Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke’s appearance as a late substitute made him the sixth England player to have made his debut over the two games.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“In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it was up there with anything I’ve been involved in,” Southgate told ITV.“We’ve played the best two teams in the world and kept two clean sheets, which gives us something to build on.” MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View comments MOST READ Brazil’s Neymar takes the ball forward watched by England’s Joe Gomez, left, and England’s Eric Dier during the international friendly soccer match between England and Brazil at Wembley stadium in London, Britain, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Neymar and his Brazil colleagues were held to a frustrating goalless draw after a spirited display by a callow England team in Tuesday’s friendly match at Wembley Stadium.Brazil coach Tite was able to name a first-choice starting XI, but despite the presence of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho in the visitors’ line-up, they tested England goalkeeper Joe Hart only three times.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims
College of St. Benilde rode on a rousing rally to repulse Lyceum, 22-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13, 15-10, Thursday to claim a share of the lead in the 93rd women’s NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Klarisa Abriam and Rachel Anne Austero fired 18 and 16 points, respectively, while making crucial plays in the last three sets when St. Benilde, which routed Letran last week, 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, completed its dramatic comeback.It was a career effort for Abriam after she finished with eight in their team’s first win, while Austero duplicated her opening-day effort.Marites Pablo, younger sister of Premier Volleyball League MVP Myla, and Ranya Musa scattered 12 and 11 hits to help the cause.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Lady Blazers came out of a two-set hole before turning back the Lady Pirates for their second straight victory.“The girls just didn’t give up,” said CSB coach Arnold Laniog.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSan Beda collared both St. Benilde and defending champion Arellano at the helm with a 28-26, 25-18, 29-26 win over Perpetual Help in the other game.The Lady Altas turned to Maria Nezia Viray, who did most of the damage with 20 points. 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Fortuna storms ahead of Saso Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments
“For the Board, I hope we’ll all get along. If we won’t get a long, the PBA won’t work, so that’s what we want to do,” he said.The 56-year-old Marcial, who has served the league for more than three decades before his appointment, still couldn’t believe that the Board entrusted him such a huge responsibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I really thank the Board because it’s a huge honor that I never expected. A lot of people have wanted to get this job, but it fell on us. As hard as we tried to evade the job, it still ended up on us. So maybe, it’s God’s will. We’ll just do our best,” he said.Marcial’s earlier moves as the league’s officer-in-charge to start the 43rd season has been greatly praised in the boardroom and has been much appreciated by the fans. MOST READ He formed a five-man committee to tackle transactions between teams, allowed more physicality to be observed during the games, and has also extended the basketball superstars to the streets by making surprise visit to the barangays with PBA Homecourt.In his first act as a commissioner, Marcial has also solidified the league’s support to Gilas Pilipinas as he convinced the Board of Governors to allow all players to be made available for national team duty moving forward.The cordial executive, however, knows that the work is just getting started as he seeks to further improve the style of play in the PBA and to bring the league back to the fans.“We’re focusing on implementing changes in officiating. We want our product to be more appealing and to draw the league closer to the fans,” Marcial said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWillie Marcial, the longtime media bureau chief turned PBA commissioner, admitted that he was overwhelmed when he got the nod to lead Asia’s first pay-for-play league.But he vowed to try his earnest to fulfill his duties, starting by making sure the PBA Governors are on the same page anew following the PBA’s controversial chapter which led to the departure of former commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims NCAA volleyball: Arellano thinks fatigue big factor in San Beda’s surprise collapse Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.“It’s all coaching out there. You saw that, right?” Houston’s Mike D’Antoni said. “Chris Paul, James, you got those two guys, it’s one or the other. It’s unbelievable.”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 openingBoth teams made 16 3-pointers in an entertaining shootout between D’Antoni’s Rockets and the Nets of Kenny Atkinson, who assisted D’Antoni in New York and has the Nets trying to do some of the things Houston does on offense.But it’s one thing to be like the Rockets and another to beat them. Houston simply went to another gear when Brooklyn took the lead late in the third quarter and never stopped scoring long enough in the fourth to let the Nets get too close. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto “In the first half they were making shots. Second half, especially at the end of the third quarter, we had to lock down, get stops and push the lead ahead,” Harden said.DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points for the Nets and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points and nine assists. Brooklyn has lost seven of its last eight.“We never found a solution to stop them, obviously,” Atkinson said. “They made a lot of tough shots.”The Nets had an 84-80 lead when Dinwiddie hit from nearly 10 feet behind the arc with 3:38 remaining in the third. The Rockets charged back with 11 straight points, including two 3-pointers by Gerald Green, to go up 91-84.“We just started getting stops on defense,” Paul said. “All game long it seemed like they were just too comfortable, and they played well. I think you got to give them a lot of credit. They moved the ball well, and then we just locked in defensively, started making some shots.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Brooklyn ended the run with a pair of free throws but Paul then was fouled behind the line and made all three. He scored the final basket of the period to make it 96-86 when Nene freed him for a layup with a devastating pick on Caris LeVert, knocking him out of the game.TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon returned after missing 2½ games with low back stiffness, scoring 13 points. … D’Antoni said F Trevor Ariza (left hamstring strain) still had a little way to go before coming back, saying there was no timetable yet for his return.Nets: LeVert was being evaluated for a possible concussion. … Brooklyn remained without starting F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson because of a right groin strain. Quincy Acy, who had been starting in his place, was sidelined with a sprained right middle finger.HELPING HANDSThe Rockets’ star backcourt got plenty of help from Clint Capela (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Green (16 points). Also, the Rockets outscored the Nets by 17 points during Nene’s 14½ minutes on the court.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Miami on Wednesday.Nets: Visit Detroit on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Magic stun reeling Cavs as LeBron says he’s staying put Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — That’s 15,000 points for James Harden, with plenty more to come the way these Houston Rockets can run it up.Harden scored 36 points, reaching a milestone along the way, and the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
Pharrell Williams, who is famous for his fashion-forward-ness, took it a notch higher recently. The singer was spotted sporting a not-so-generous dose of eye-liner-for-men – the guy-liner – when he stepped out with wife Helen Lasichanh in Paris recently.Williams had earlier set fashion circles abuzz with his park ranger hat. And now, the ‘Happy’ hitmaker seems to be beginning a trend which involves lined eyes for men. He had earlier sported liner-rimmed eyes at the 2013 Met Ball. However, that event was a punk themed one, and Pharrell’s look was quite in tune with it.Pharrell WilliamsThis time around, The Voice coach rocked a blue hat and track jackets, and carried a clutch purse with a train on it. His guy-lined eyes, however, took the cake. Are thick-rimmed eyes the next to-do thing for men, a la Pharrell Williams, then? We guess only time will be able to tell that!
New Zealand clinched a 4-1 series victory over Sri Lanka by winning Sunday’s sixth game of the seven-match one-day series by 120 runs.Kane Williamson made 97, Ross Taylor 96 and Corey Anderson scored 40 and took 3 for 37 as New Zealand defended their total of 315 for 8, dismissing Sri Lanka for just 195 in 40.3 overs in a match laced with umpiring controversy.New Zealand’s strong form bodes well for the upcoming World Cup, which they co-host with Australia. Their six innings in the series so far, including the rained-out second match in Auckland, have contained four centuries by four different batsmen and five half-centuries by five different players.New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet in the opening World Cup match in Christchurch on February 14.Williamson and Taylor provided the foundation of the New Zealand innings with a partnership of 117 for the third wicket which lifted the home side to 176 for 3 and ended when Taylor ran out Williamson in the 35th over.Taylor atoned by going on to make a large score but also fell with a century in sight. New Zealand were on target for a score close to the 360 for 5 they achieved on the same pitch in the fifth match on Friday but the innings fizzled with three run outs.There was some early controversy when New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (28) had two let-offs: one when he was surprisingly given not out to an lbw appeal when the Decision Review System was out of order, and another when the TV umpire ruled an edged delivery had not carried to Kumar Sangakkara despite the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper appearing to get his gloves under the ball.advertisementGuptill fell soon after, given out caught behind on replay review after the field umpire initially said not out. Tillakaratne Dilshan (21) and stand-in captain Lahiru Thirimanne (29) gave Sri Lanka a slow but sound start in their run chase, putting on 56 in 13 overs for the first wicket.Kumar Sangakkara then took over the leadership role and scored 81 from 66 balls in an effort to propel Sri Lanka to a win which could keep alive chances of squaring the series. But he was party to two of the three run outs that blighted an innings that rapidly deteriorated from 146 for 3 to all out for 195.Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, returning to the side for his 284th one day international to overtake Stephen Fleming as New Zealand’s most-capped one-day player applied the brakes in the middle overs, bowling eight overs for 22 runs.Kyle Mills also returned to the New Zealand lineup after missing the previous matches in the series while recovering from injury. He bowled six overs for 29 runs. Anderson took the role of the wicket-taker and dismissed Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (9), Dimuth Karunaratne (9) and Thisara Perera (2) to enforce New Zealand’s claim to a series victory.”It was a thorough performance today against a very good Sri Lankan team,” New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. “The way we went about posting 315 and the partnerships we built along the way was very clinical and the bowlers did a very good job as well on a very true surface.”Sri Lanka’s third-straight loss to New Zealand may cause some concern with only one match remaining in the series in Wellington on Thursday and with the World Cup fast approaching.”Our concern is death bowling,” Thirimanne said. “We bowled 30 or 35 overs very well but the last 15 overs but we couldn’t get wickets and we also leaked runs.”Our fast bowlers don’t have much experience so it’s a learning curve for the younger bowlers and hopefully we can make it right in the World Cup.”
India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final to win their second World Cup titleThe tenth edition of the World Cup returned to the subcontinent after 15 years and was jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Pakistan, who were also scheduled to be a co-host, were stripped off their hosting rights following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.A total of fourteen teams took part, including ten full members(Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) and four associate members(Canada, Ireland, Kenya and Netherlands) of the ICC.Pakistan clearly dominated Group A with five wins alongside a rare defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the group stage. Sri Lanka, who won four games, finished second followed by Australia and New Zealand to make the quarter-finals.In Group B, South Africa clinched the top spot with five wins and just one loss. India managed to finish second with four wins alongside one loss and a tie. England and West Indies managed to finish third and fourth in the group to seal their quarter-finals berth.Though England managed to qualify for the knockout stage, their World Cup campaign was jolted by the shock losses to minnows Ireland and Bangladesh in the group stage. On one hand where Ireland pulled off a shock run-chase of a mammoth 327 runs(thanks to 63-ball 113 by Kevin O’Brien) against England, Bangladesh’s fiery bowling attack inflicted the second defeat on Andrew Strauss’ men.advertisementThe first quarter-final saw Shahid Afridi’s majestic spell of 4/30 reducing West Indies to a shambolic 112 runs and Pakistan chasing the paltry total under 21 overs. Riding on Yuvraj Singh’s all-round performance(2/44 & 57*), India knocked out defending champions Australia in the second quarter-final.South Africa looked set to seal their semi-finals berth after reducing New Zealand to a mere 221 runs in the third quarter-final. But, Jacob Oram(4/39) and Nathan McCullum(3/24) ensured the Proteas fell short by 49 runs. In the fourth quarter-final, Upul Tharanga(102) and Tillakaratne Dilshan(108) powered the Lankans to a 10-wicket win over England.Sri Lanka’s five-wicket win over New Zealand and India’s 29-run triumph over arch-rivals Pakistan in the semis ensured the progress of two Asian teams in the coveted final for the first time in the history of the World Cup. It was also the first time since the 1992 World Cup that the World Cup final did not feature Australia.MS Dhoni-led India were clearly the favourites to clinch the World title but Mahela Jayawardene(103) ensured Sri Lanka achieved a competitive total of 274/6 after batting first. In reply, India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar cheaply to Lasith Malinga. But, Gautam Gambhir(97) played the anchor role while skipper Dhoni(91) finished off the game in style.India clinched the World Cup title for the second time in the history of the tournament following their six-wicket win over the Lankans. It was also Sachin Tendulkar’s first World Cup win in six tournament appearances for India.Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was declared the Man of the Series for his 362 runs and 15 wickets in the tournament. Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi(21) and India’s Zaheer Khan(21) were the leading wicket-takers while Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan(500) turned out to be the top run-scorer in the tournament.
MGR’s Popularity I read with interest your report on M. G. Ramachandran. Many top leaders as well as the Tamil newspapers criticize him. But, he is the most popular man in Tamil Nadu. It is foolish to think that he has reached the top in the political firmament, simply because,MGR’s Popularity I read with interest your report on M. G. Ramachandran. Many top leaders as well as the Tamil newspapers criticize him. But, he is the most popular man in Tamil Nadu. It is foolish to think that he has reached the top in the political firmament, simply because he is a film star. He is sincere and earnest, and will be able to achieve something, given the time. Under the circumstances, it would be only fair to allow him a full term of six years before arriving at any conclusion about his achievements. Hassar S. P. Raman The “air of mystery and aura of secrecy” that surround this celluloid politician, and which seem to have impressed your correspondent very much, are essential for him to keep up his triple image of an actor, politician and philanthropist. He is known primarily through his films. The simple, illiterate people who see his films believe that he is a “hero” in real life too. And it is from such people that he gets 90 per cent of his votes.Madras J. Padma Sunil Sethi’s revelations of M. G. Ramachandran’s personal background (India Today, August 1-15) seem to be guesswork. MGR did not come from a poor Tamil family, as Sethi claims. His mother, Sathabhama (his studio ‘Sathya’ was named after her), belonged to a poor family of Vadakanyapuram in Palghat District in Kerala. He and his brother, M. G. Chakrapani. (also an actor), spent their childhood in Ceylon, where their father worked.advertisementWhen their father retired, they returned to their village. It was after the death of their father that the two brothers came to Madras. Then began MGR’s Tamil Nadu connection. New Delhi K. Mahendra Menon Rajneesh Clarified Two points in your report on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (India Today, August 1-15) and his ashram in Poona need clarification. First, Bhagwan Shree does not have a bank account, nor does the have anything to do with the ashram’s finances. All business is handled by the Rajneesh Foundation-a charitable trust established in 1974-to provide a platform from which Bhagwan Shree can work directly with large numbers of people.Secondly, not every new sanyasi is assigned therapy groups by Bhagwan Shree; it depends totally on the needs of the individual. For example, it is very unusual for Indian sanyasis to be assigned groups, because such techniques are alien to their social conditioning and culture.Poona Krishna Prem Minhaz Merchant has touched the core of controversy around Rajneesh in the first objective resume in any Indian publication about this superguru. As expected, lots of my friends have memorized the paragraph on therapy where Merchant quotes a 21-year-old German girl as saying that sex “just happens”, and they keep flinging it at me. I wish he had mentioned that only Europeans are allowed to go in for group therapy which is held in camera and non-participants are not even allowed to peek at what’s going on. Nairobi Kul Bhushan It was disconcerting to read the views of Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murtiji. They preach no religion. Their beliefs in acts of repression and achieving objectives through violent means are unheard of in the doctrines of the world’s greatest religions which are based on love, benevolence, piety, faith, peace, and non-violence.The tenets of these two spiritual leaders are in fact a negation of the eternal values of existence which have inspired men through the ages. Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murti’s spiritual values and ethical norms seem distorted. They see normal religious faiths through jaundiced eyes. Calcutta Bhaskar Sen This Sporting Life I fully agree with Shivnath Singh’s statement about money and fame not being in athletics (India Today, August 1-15). However, taking into account the glamour attached to any sport, athletics is far down on the list. Games like cricket and tennis in the country are played throughout the year.Our leading cricketers keep themselves busy with Test matches, while tennis players have their hands full with Wimbledon and other international tournaments in the USA. Athletics, on the other hand, is restricted to a few major meets like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics, all of which are held once every four years. Kerala Sanjai BanerjiAdvice To Swamy Subramaniam Swamy’s criticism of the Boothalingam report (India Today, August 1-15), makes interesting reading. In the 1880s, Major Powell submitted a settlement report on Alwar State. At the beginning of this century, Sir M. O’Dyer submitted another settlement report. He asked his second-in-command about his views on the report. The reply was that it was excellent, and much better than the former one. O’Dyer smiled and said that this was incorrect, because Major Powell created something out of nothing, whereas he only improved on the first report. His was, therefore, a second-hand report.advertisementOur advice to Swamy is that he should resurrect the Boothalingam report from the dustbin, and try to improve upon it, rather than describe it as “trash”.Jaipur R. Shivpuri Workings Of CBI The cover story “Emerging from the Shadows” (India Today, July 1-15) in which laurels have been showered on the working of the CBI, makes interesting reading. It will, however, be in the fitness of things if the records are put straight to enable your readers to know where this agency stands.The CBI initially established a reputation for fair investigation without resorting to false evidence. But, during the past decade or so, political pressures began influencing the organization. It is wrong to say that the CBI has now made a remarkable recovery. The facts are otherwise, and the CBI officials still dance to the tunes of politicians. Jaipur S. L. Talwar Foreign Cars You reported that the Mercedes (1977 Model 280 SE) has been bought by industry tycoon K. K. Birla and that “Birla is believed to have paid a Rs 2 lakh deposit to clinch the deal” (India Today, July 1-15).I would like to inform you that your story is incorrect and that no offer, direct or indirect, has been made by Birla for the car, not to speak of having paid a deposit of Rs 2 lakh “to clinch the deal”. Birla is content to ride in an Ambassador or some other car of moderate value rather than throw away over a million rupees, which is seven times the original price of the Mercedes. Calcutta K. L. Sharma, Secretary to K. K. Birla
Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar presented the Player of the Match and Player of the Series awards at the closing ceremony of the 2015 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Sunday.Australia defeated trans-Tasman rivals and co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets to clinch their fifth World Cup trophy.All-rounder James Faulkner was named the Player of the Match for his figures of 9-1-36-3. The pacer took the key wickets of Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson.Fast bowler Mitchell Starc etched his name in the record books as he was named Player of the Tournament for taking the most wickets, 22.Tendulkar, who was member of the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team, is the brand ambassador of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) showpiece event.
There is more than meets the eye. It is certainly applicable to George Clooney. First, it is hard to believe that he turned 54 yesterday, he certainly doesn’t look 54. Second, while most people admire his handsome self, the “sexiest man alive” has played a part in many notable films – switching roles among actor, director, writer and producer. In every aspect, George Clooney has been like wine, getting better with age.Here are a few interesting facts about the Ocean’s trilogy star you probably didn’t know:1. He is the first individual to get an Academy Award nomination in six different categories, for Writing and Original Screenplay, Directing, Performance in a Lead Role, Performance in a Supporting Role, Writing and Adapted Screenplay and Producer. He won two of the six, for a supporting role in Syriana and Best Motion Picture for Argo2. Clooney swore to never marry again after his first five-year marriage with actress Talia Balsman broke out in 1993. Breaking the vow, he married lawyer and activist Amal Alamuddin in 20143. Clooney was bet 10,000 US Dollars by Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman that he would have children by the age of 40 – he won. Although, he returned his winnings and bet double or nothing, raising the age to 504. Clooney was born in a very popular family. His mother, Nina Bruce, was a former beauty pageant queen and his father, Nick Clooney, was a former game show host and anchorman. Singers/actresses Rosemary Clooney and Betty Clooney were his aunts5. He was a very active sports player. He played basketball and baseball, and even tried out for baseball team Cincinnati Reds, although he couldn’t get a professional contract 6. Clooney once got in a fistfight with David. O Russell on the set of The Three Kings. It was a reaction of Russell yelling at extras out of frustrationadvertisement7. Besides being an iconic Hollywood figure, George Clooney has also done humanitarian work and been a political activist. He has been serving as the “United Nations Messengers for Peace” since 2008. He was even arrested once for civil disobedience during a protest at the Sudanese embassy in Washington8. He had a pet pig named Max for eighteen years9. He is a huge fan of South Park, and even requested a role in the series from the creator, Trey Parker. He played the role of the dog, Sparky.
Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu was stripped of her gold medal after positive doping resultThe Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Wednesday announced that they will return the Asian Games gold medal to Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu after her positive doping result was cancelled.The OCA disqualified Zhang and took back her gold medal after her sample showed the presence of banned substance Zeranol, two days after her victory on September 28, last year, reports Xinhua.”Because of these findings, the Olympic Council of Asia disqualified the athlete and withdrew her gold medal, in accordance with the applicable OCA Anti-Doping Regulations,” said OCA.Zhang filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in October 2014 and had the OCA’s decision overturned.”In April 2015, following further testing performed by independent specialists, the Olympic Council of Asia was informed that such testing had established that the presence of Zeranol was, as Ms. Zhang asserted, the consequence of the consumption of contaminated food, i.e. the consumption of the Mycotoxin Zearalenone, and that Ms. Zhang did not ingest the prohibited substance detected in her sample,” said OCA in the statement.”Based on this new information and supported by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Olympic Council of Asia recognises that Ms. Zhang did not return an Adverse Analytical Finding for the presence of Zeranol, nor therefore commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation during the 2014 Asian Games,” it said.”Accordingly, the Olympic Council of Asia will return the gold medal to Ms. Zhang.”
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt will run at the Diamond League meet in London on July 24.Also participating will be double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and women’s heptathlon gold winner Jessica Ennis-Hill, world record holder and London Olympics 800 metres champion David Rudisha and more than a dozen World or Olympic champions. The two-day meet is part of London’s Anniversary Games, reports Xinhua.”The opening night of the Anniversary Games has attracted the strongest field ever assembled for a single night of athletics, providing Londoners with another ‘I was there’ moment. The chance to see a living legend like Bolt is very rare and we are delighted to be able to welcome him to the reopening of the stadium where he so thrilled us all at the 2012 Games,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said on Friday.”It is a beginning of a new chapter for the stadium and there will be many more amazing nights to come. It is wonderful that we are starting in such style.”Bolt, considered to be one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, last competed individually in Britain at the 2013 Anniversary Games where he won the 100m in 9.85 seconds. The 100m and 200m world record holder and winner of eight world titles is looking forward to returning to the scene of his spectacular Olympic triumphs.”London is a special place where I love to compete and I am looking forward to the Anniversary Games on July 24. I have great memories of competing in the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2012 and in the previous Grand Prix meets in London,” Bolt said.advertisementThe event takes place just four weeks before the World Athletics Championships in Beijing and will be the final time the original London 2012 track is used before a new surface is laid for the London 2017 World Championships.British Athletics have secured the right to host athletics in the former Olympic Stadium for one month every year for the next 50 years from 2016.
DeoxyriboNucleic Acid (DNA) is one of the two types of nucleic acids present in our body. A DNA molecule is present in each and every cell of our body and contains the genetic code which tells the cells what proteins to make. In simple terms, DNA is what determines a person’s physical appearance and to a great extent, the person’s character. DNA is the very core of one’s genetic organisation, and it has been in the news lately.Ahead of Bihar assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bihar on July 25, 2015. During his visit, Modi made a comment on Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s DNA saying “There seems to be some problem in his DNA because the DNA of democracy is not like that. In a democracy, you give respect even to your political rivals,” and to that, Nitish Kumar has responded with a letter on Wednesday to PM Modi , stating, “I am a son of Bihar. My DNA is the similar as that of the people of Bihar .”The DNA of democracy and the DNA of descent maybe different ideas, but the two leaders invariably have the same “DNA of politics”.Humble beginnings Narendra Modi belongs to the Modh-Ghanchi-Teli community, considered among the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and says that he has worked at his family’s tea stall in Vadnagar, Mehsana district. His CV says he holds a post-graduate degree in political science.Narendra Modi Photo: Reuters Nitish Kumar, a Kurmi by caste, was born to a freedom fighter who left the Congress to join the then Janata Party when he was denied a party ticket. Nitish was an ordinary government employee with the Bihar State Electricity Board, but gave it up for a career in politics. Steady rise in politicsadvertisementWhile Modi rose within the BJP by organising LK Advani’s 1990 Ayodhya Rath Yatra and Murli Manohar Joshi’s 91-92 Ekta Yatra, Nitish learnt his early lessons under Jayaprakash Narayan and VP Singh to name a few. Nitish also claims to have imbibed socialist values from the teachings of Ram Manohar Lohia.Nitish Kumar became the Secretary-General of the Janata Dal in 1989. In 1995, Modi was elected the national secretary of BJP.First stint as Chief MinistersNitish Kumar was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1985, as an independent candidate, but his first stint as the Bihar CM was in 2000, though, only for a week due to lack of majority. Nitish Kumar Photo: ReutersConquering the reign Modi and Nitish are leaders bound to move forward in the direction they intend to, because whoever comes in their way will be slayed. Modi replaced his senior Keshubhai Patel as the Gujarat CM in 2001 after declining to be Patel’s deputy, saying he would only be responsible for Gujarat fully or not at all. When he took over the BJP’s central election campaign committee, he mercilessly sidelined his guru LK Advani as well.Nitish Kumar who is no different, overpowered his seniors, mainly his mentor Lalu Prasad Yadav, and became the most powerful man in his state.Development AgendaBoth Modi and Nitish are known for their self-professed focus on development in Gujarat and Bihar, respectively.Though Modi’s economic policies are credited with improving economic growth in Gujarat, his administration has also been criticised. Nitish became popular by implementing series of delayed developmental activities in Bihar.Mr Clean and Mr Clean Neither Modi nor Nitish are considered to be corrupt politicians.The LookNarendra Modi and Nitish Kumar sport a salt and pepper look with their grey hair and beard. They’re also found wearing similar attire, mostly khadi kurtas or shirts topped with a nehru jacket. Add to it the frameless spectacles, Modi and Nitish seem to be hinting at a very similar DNA.”I’m one amongst you” mantraWhen the Prime Minister uses it mostly to act secular and promote cordial relationships between various religions in the country, Nitish uses this mantra to please the people of his state who are mostly judged based on their descent.Dear leaders, whether or not we understand your DNA, we do understand the DNA of your politics, and we know the sad truth about the DNA of democracy in our country.
Despite FIFA ticket boast, most World Cup games not sold out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “The comment from the member is that it’s important that we inform all the participants that use of cannabis is prohibited by law in Japan,” Muto said.Cannabis is among banned substances listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency for athletes at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Muto said Japan would be strong in enforcing anti-doping measure at the games, which open next July.Japan bans cannabis, but it does have relatively lax anti-smoking rules that allow smoking in many Tokyo restaurants and bars.However, Tokyo Olympic organizers have enacted tougher anti-smoking rules for games venues. Smoking and the use of vaping devices will be banned at all indoor and outdoor Olympic and Paralympic venues, plus within all perimeter areas of the Tokyo Games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15Tokyo Olympics main stadium to be completed on time–officials00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Toshiro Muto, CEO of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, listens to questions from the media during a news conference Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Tokyo. Cannabis has been legalized in some parts of the world. But the chief executive of next year’s Tokyo Olympic reminded potential visitors to the games substances is against the law in Japan.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)TOKYO (AP) — The famous Olympic motto is Faster, Higher, Stronger. Next year in Tokyo, it could be shortened to only “Faster and Stronger.” Higher is out.That was part of a warning on Tuesday from Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cannabis has been legalized in some parts of the world, but Muto reminded potential visitors to the games that the substance is against the law in Japan.Muto said at a news conference that at least one member of the executive board brought up the issue at a meeting.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“There are countries and some regions around the world that have relaxed rules recently,” Muto said, speaking through an interpreter. “Unfortunately, the use of cannabis constitutes a violation of law and that needs to be thoroughly communicated.”Muto said the issue was not on the executive board’s formal agenda but came from a concerned member.
Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dimaunahan, whose team dropped to 5-2, said they don’t have a timetable on when Stepheson will be back and that his center’s health problems have been lingering even before the game against the Beermen. “Hats off to the guy, despite his condition he was still able to play that way,” said Dimaunahan. “He was a monster in his first six games. And I just want to thank him for helping our team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Blackwater had the unfortunate fate of facing a San Miguel team that finally clicked on the same day it lost import Alex Stepheson. ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport SMDC ‘Happynings’ at Grass Residences Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Stepheson was a monster for the Elite averaging 22.2 points, 22 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in his first six games and his presence was sorely missed against the Beermen, who had Charles Rhodes finish with 32 points, 19 rebounds, and six blocks. San Miguel, which won its first game after losing its opening couple of outings, also had four more players score in double figures with Marcio Lassiter lighting up from beyond the arc going for 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting from deep. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Elite head coach Aris Dimaunahan said his big man was having “health problems” that forced him to sit out the 127-106 loss against the Beermen in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup“He has health problems right now and he’s being checked. I hope he gets his health back in the coming days and help the team again,” said Dimaunahan in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “He has to recover first and hopefully he’ll be back in the next few games.”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. View comments
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after hurting his leg against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPKlay Thompson got hurt in a scary fall, left the floor — and came back to make free throws.Thompson took a very awkward landing and his knee bent abnormally when he was fouled on a drive. He left the floor during a time-out, but if he didn’t shoot the free throws he would have been ineligible to come back.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew So he emerged from the tunnel, took his free throws and made both. He then left the game a few seconds later, jogging to the locker room.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 MOST READ John Calipari signs $86 million, 10-year extension with Kentucky Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
MANILA, Philippines—Rachel Austero scored three straight points late as Sta. Lucia Realty turned back newcomer Marinerang Pilipina, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, Saturday night at the start of the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference.Austero’s scoring binge came from behind the net, blocking and tipping to cap the Lady Realtors searing comeback in the third set after trailing 23-20.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sta. Lucia imposed its offensive might, out-attacking Marinera, 17-14, in the opening set and 15-10 in the second frame.But Marinerang Pilipina provided a scare, coming just two points away from taking the third frame.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, logisticsFrom 23-22 Marinera lead, Austero came through with a block on Cesca Racraquin and then pushing the ball twice in a row to ice the match. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Red-hot Creamline torches BanKo Perlas for 5th straight win MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Gary Woodland denies history with US Open title at Pebble Beach Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong PLAY LIST 02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Now after starting the year by winning his first major since 2008 at the Masters, Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship last month and finished far out of the lead at the U.S. Open.He plans to take a few weeks off from competition before gearing up for a run at his 16th career major next month at the British Open, played on an unfamiliar course to him at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.“I’m looking forward to getting up there and taking a look at the golf course and trying to figure out,” Woods said. “I hope that my practice rounds are such that we get different winds, especially on a golf course that I’ve never played, and to get a different feel how it could play for the week. And definitely have to do my homework once I get there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Woods salvaged an otherwise disappointing weekend at Pebble Beach by birdieing six of his final 12 holes Sunday to finish the tournament at 2-under par, far behind the top contenders on a weekend made for low scores.Woods finally got in on the action after bogeys on four of the first six holes with an impressive turnaround that even he couldn’t explain.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 wish I would have known because I would have turned it around a little earlier than that, he said. “Again, got off to another crappy start and was able to fight it off. Turned back around and got it to under par for the week which is — normally it’s a good thing, but this week the guys are definitely taking to it.”The problem for Woods all weekend was his inability to take advantage of the scoring opportunities on the first seven holes at Pebble Beach. He played that stretch at 2-over par for the tournament and 4 over in the final two rounds. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The crowd was roaring, the birdies were dropping and Tiger Woods looked like his vintage self for the final 12 holes of the U.S. Open.The problem for Woods was what happened on the first 60 holes.ADVERTISEMENT Woods left his approach shots short on three of the early bogeys on Sunday and hit a tee shot into the rough at the par-3 fifth hole on the other. As he walked off the sixth green after his fourth bogey, Woods trudged toward the seventh tee, head down, seemingly defeated.But then he made a 15-footer for birdie at 7, hit an approach to 5 feet on 8 for another birdie and drained a 40-foot putt on 13, prompting a fan to yell, “The comeback has started!”While that might have been a bit of hyperbole, Woods hit another great approach shot on 16 to get back under par for the tournament and closed it out with another on 18 to the delight of the fans.“Just because I got off to a bad start doesn’t mean it’s over,” he said. “Keep grinding, keep playing. And I was able to turn my round around today as well as yesterday. So rounds that could have easily slipped away and kind of gone the other way pretty easily I was able it to turnaround.”The final round of 69 tied for Woods’ second-best closing round ever at a U.S. Open, behind only the 67 at Pebble Beach in 2000 when he had a record-setting 15-stroke win.ADVERTISEMENT
Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ The player is also being investigated for publishing images of his accuser on social media without her authorization.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Attorney Cosme Araujo said they “want to find the truth.”Speaking of his client’s emotional state, he said Trindade “doesn’t stop crying.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe AP doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in interviews with Brazilian television.Neymar denies the accusation. He testified to police last week. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:04BuCor chief confirms release of 3 Chiong sisters rape-slay convicts02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Brazil’s soccer player Neymar speaks to the press as he leaves a police station where he answered questions about rape allegations against him in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Neymar denies any wrongdoing. (AP)RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian model who accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel in May has testified to police in Sao Paulo a second time.Najila Trindade arrived Tuesday morning at the police station to continue her deposition with a new lawyer, the fourth to represent her since she filed charges against Neymar on May 31.ADVERTISEMENT Help is on the way Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The Argentine player underwent tests after the match, with organizers later confirming his withdrawal.Wimbledon starts on July 1.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, logisticsMilos Raonic, the sixth seed, returned from a back injury to fire down 24 aces in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marco Cecchinato.Rain washed out the entire day’s play on Tuesday and more showers Wednesday have prevented two first-round singles matches — Feliz Auger-Aliassime vs. Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios vs. Roberto Carbales Baena — from starting yet. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays a return to Denis Shapovalov of Canada during the Queens Club tennis tournament in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Juan Martin del Potro could be in doubt for Wimbledon after withdrawing from the Queen’s Club grass-court event because of a right knee injury on Wednesday.The 12th-ranked Del Potro beat Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-4 in the first round but finished the match with pain and swelling in his right knee after slipping near the net in the eighth game of the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Read Next View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tony Mitchell relieved as NLEX keeps playoff hopes alive with breakthrough win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This was a huge bounce back victory for Ateneo after a shock 77-74 loss in Game 2 against the Scorpions, who fielded just eight players.“We wanted to play better defense because we went a little bit away from our defensive system last game,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We wanted to get that back for today’s game.”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“The mental adjustment of course was coach Tab [Baldwin] always reminds us to be present each game and that we can’t look past this one.”Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo’s offense with 12 points with eight rebounds but struggled mightily on his shots hitting just 4-of-17 from the field. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Angelo Kouame backs up against a defender in the PBA D-League finals game on Thursday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo took a decisive 2-1 series lead with a commanding 67-52 victory over Centro Escolar University in the 2019 PBA D-League finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Despite a 25-minute rain delay, the Blue Eagles were able to weather out any disturbance with BJ Andrade’s three-pointer giving Ateneo a 63-39 lead midway through the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Angelo Kouame was big for the Blue Eagles with 10 points, seven rebounds, and nine blocks.Maodo Diouf led the Scorpions with 19 points and 20 rebounds.The Blue Eagles can claim the title on Game 4 Tuesday at the same venue.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Argentina’s Lionel Messi takes part in a practice session in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Friday, June 21, 2019. Argentina will face Qatar on June 23 in a Copa America Group B soccer match. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — At risk of elimination, Argentina plays Qatar on Sunday to try to survive at the Copa America. The Asian champion doesn’t seem afraid to send Lionel Messi’s team back home.Messi and Argentina, once more struggling in an international tournament, have no choice but to beat Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Yankees get key hits off Astros’ gloves for 8th straight win Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES But the signs are troubling no matter where the Argentines look.Messi is still isolated, teamwork is nonexistent, midfielders are easily distracted, putting more pressure on defenders, and interim and inexperienced coach Lionel Scaloni keeps testing new formations.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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Midfielders Leandro Paredes and Giovani Lo Celso should be joined either by Guido Rodriguez or Marcos Acuna.Argentina does have some experience in playing at the limit in matches like the one on Sunday.Last year in the World Cup, with Argentina on the brink of elimination, the team beat Nigeria 2-1 in dramatic fashion to advance to the knockout stage.Qatar is led by Spanish coach Felix Sanchez, who knows Messi from his days at Barcelona, and has delivered two impressive performances.They climbed back from a 2-0 deficit against Paraguay, and lost to Colombia to a goal scored minutes before the final whistle.“We arrived with chances of going through,” Sanchez said. “It will be tremendously difficult because of the Argentina potential everybody knows.” A win at Porto Alegre’s Arena do Gremio will not even guarantee for Argentina a quarterfinal berth, as it will have to wait for other results. The top two in each group and the two best to finish third advance.Colombia has already qualified as top of Group B after two wins, and will face Paraguay, which has two points. Argentina and Qatar have one point each, but Qatar is ahead on tiebreakers. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The last time Argentina crashed out of a Copa America group stage was in 1983.“It would be crazy not to advance when three teams are practically guaranteed in the next round,” Messi said drawing with Paraguay on Wednesday.But the five-time world player of the year says Argentina’s reality is different now.“We knew that it was not easy to come play Copa America, we were searching for a team, for a system,” Messi said. “Nowadays you don’t win because of the shirt anymore, and we have to do things well to get the three points.”There are still questions about Argentina’s starting lineup. Messi and Sergio Aguero are likely to play with Lautaro Martinez or Paulo Dybala, who has played zero minutes at the Copa America.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments
Venezuela, China loom large as Pompeo begins LatAm tour in Chile PLAY LIST 01:33Venezuela, China loom large as Pompeo begins LatAm tour in Chile01:04Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Brazil advanced as top of the group with seven points and will play on Thursday in Porto Alegre in the quarterfinals. Its adversary will be known on Monday. Paraguay, Japan and even Argentina are among the possible rivals in the next stage.Venezuela qualified in second place with five points. It will play on Friday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro against the second-placed team in Group B. Paraguay, Qatar and Argentina fight for that position on Sunday.Third-placed Peru can also advance, but it will need to wait for other results on Sunday and Monday.GROUP BWith Colombia through as group winner, the focus is on Argentina in last position with one point.ADVERTISEMENT Peru’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese fails to stop Brazil’s Willian scoring his side’s 5th goal during a Copa America Group A soccer match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Defending champion Chile and Colombia were joined by Brazil and Venezuela in the Copa America knockout stage on Saturday.Peru finished Group A in third place and will wait for other results before celebrating a spot in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Copa America guests still alive before final decisive games Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The third and last round of group matches started on Saturday.The top two in each group and the two best third-place finishers advance to the quarterfinals.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, logisticsHere is the situation after Saturday’s matches:GROUP A ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport To finish second, Lionel Messi’s team will need to beat Qatar in Porto Alegre on Sunday and hope Paraguay, with two points, doesn’t win against Colombia in Salvador. If Paraguay wins, Argentina will finish third.In that case, Argentina will hope Brazil beats Peru by more than two goals and that Japan doesn’t beat Ecuador on Monday in Belo Horizonte in Group C.If Argentina draws the Asian champion, it will cheer for Colombia to beat Paraguay by more than two goals, and that Japan and Ecuador draw as well.GROUP CChile, already qualified to the next stage with six points, and Uruguay, with four points, will play on Monday in Rio de Janeiro for top place in the group.Japan and Ecuador face off later and need to win to advance as one of the best third-place sides. To finish second, Japan needs to beat Ecuador and hope for Uruguay to lose.Ecuador can also go through if it scores its first three points against Japan, and Bolivia doesn’t beat Venezuela and Argentina draws with Qatar.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ
Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Kiefer Ravena back at Gilas practice after long layoff Only Gabe Norwood wasn’t able to attend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Gilas Pilipinas huddles at the start of practice. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Youngbloods CJ Perez and Robert Bolick as well as Stanley Pringle joined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday at Meralco Gym in Pasig.Perez and Bolick are the only PBA rookies part of the pool.ADVERTISEMENT The national team’s latest training session also marked the keenly-awaited return of Kiefer Ravena.Ravena made his first basketball appearance after being out for over a year due to a FIBA-imposed suspension.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, logisticsA total of 13 players showed up in practice as the country prepares for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China slated on August 31.June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barroca, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram and Raymond Almazan round out the attendees. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
“I woke up 12 hours before practice. Obviously, I am ecstatic just to be around coach Yeng (Guiao), the coaching staff and to expand my knowledge about the system and most importantly, to be around my teammates.”The former Ateneo star is also set to be back training with the NLEX Road Warriors on Tuesday.READ: Kiefer ‘most logical choice’ as Castro replacementRavena is expected to play a vital role for Gilas after being tapped by head coach Yeng Guiao as the replacement for Jayson Castro, who begged off from the 2019 Fiba World Cup duties Friday night.READ: Castro to skip 2019 FIBA World CupADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ravena, Paras weigh in on Gilas’ loss to Canada in Jones Cup PLAY LIST 01:48Ravena, Paras weigh in on Gilas’ loss to Canada in Jones Cup01:26Filipino fans in Taiwan give Ravena, Paras warm reception00:59Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kiefer Ravena warms up in his basketball return. Ravena, who was out for over a year, rejoined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Meralco Gym in Pasig. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena is back after being out for over a year. Ravena on Monday made his first basketball appearance since May 2018 after being suspended by FIBA for unknowingly taking a pregame supplement that contained banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The 25-year-old Ravena has been cleared to practice since his ineligibility period ends on August 24, 2019.READ: Kiefer Ravena out to show ‘tougher, wiser’ version in returnFEATURED 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, logisticsRavena, one of the best young players in the country today, rejoined Gilas Pilipinas in practice in time for the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China, which tips off on August 31.“I felt like a kid and you gave back my toy after taking it away from me for a long time. That’s exactly how I felt,” Ravena said in Filipino as he tried to put his basketball return into words after practice. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barty beats Goerges in Birmingham final to take No. 1 spot Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ SAN FRANCISCO — A former top Sacramento Kings executive was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for siphoning $13.4 million from the team.Jeffrey David, 44, the team’s former chief revenue officer, pleaded guilty in December to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Alex Cabagnot wants to try out for spot in Gilas team for SEA Games David diverted the sponsorship payments of five companies to a bank account he controlled from October 2012 through July 2016, using the money to buy and remodel Southern California beachfront properties, pay for a private jet membership and pay off credit card bills.“The brazen scheme involved forgeries, stolen corporate executive identities, money laundering and even instructing a former colleague to destroy evidence,” U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said in a statement. “Today’s sentence should deter others from committing substantial frauds such as this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDavid’s lawyer, Mark Reichel, disagreed with the sentence from U.S. District Judge William Shubb.“We see no appropriate purpose served by a sentence this lengthy,” Reichel wrote in an email, citing David’s “tremendous life work” before and after his crimes as cause for a reduced sentence. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction02:42PH 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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The Kings received back every single penny of the previously purloined money, and Mr. David worked very hard to make sure that happened. He is tremendously remorseful,” Reichel said.The Kings have received over $13.2 million in restitution to date, according to the Department of Justice.David is scheduled to begin his sentence on Aug. 20.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles ‘I know how to play’: Serena Williams says she’s ready for Wimbledon Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Leonard, who is from Los Angeles, is expected to receive offers from the Knicks, Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, who could unite him with LeBron James and Anthony Davis to create a superteam lineup like no other in the league.The Clippers could counter that with a Durant pairing and still offer the hometown and financial benefits as well as a strong young team and top coach in Glenn “Doc” Rivers.New York offers money and the chance to revive a moribund club in the NBA’s biggest market.Another possible contender is the Brooklyn Nets, although they reportedly are close to terms with Boston’s Kyrie Irving and are trying to pitch Durant on coming to Brooklyn.There is also the possibility that both Durant and Leonard remain where they are with maximum payout contracts despite opting out of prior deals. Durant could do so to rehab his injury in familiar surroundings with Golden State and Leonard could choose to chase a repeat crown with the same team that thrilled Toronto and Canada during its playoff run.ADVERTISEMENT Free agency begins Sunday and while deals can be agreed upon, none can be signed until next Saturday, a delay that produces numerous reports of agreements that teams cannot confirm, and ones that the player and team can back out of until signed and official, although such reversals are rare.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors warms up prior to Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPTwo-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Players Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are talking about becoming teammates, according to multiple reports on the eve of the start of free agency.ESPN and The Athletic websites each cited unnamed sources in reporting Durant and Leonard have discussed the possibility of each signing with the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine football chief PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Those clubs figure to have the money under NBA salary cap rules to afford the superstar duo, although other players and potential deals could scuttle the powerhouse combination.Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to this year’s NBA crown, beating Durant’s Golden State Warriors in the championship series. Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP in 2014 with San Antonio, which traded him to the Raptors last July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDurant, who had been MVP of the past two years’ NBA Finals, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in game five of this year’s finals and underwent surgery that is expected to sideline him for the entire 2019-20 campaign.Still, teams are expected to make him big offers even knowing he would need a year to complete rehabilitation and much of another to regain peak form, taking a chance he will return to his dominating ways. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments LATEST STORIES POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
‘Warrior for life’ Klay Thompson not leaving Golden State Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Based on the IOC-OCA memo, only positions left vacant will be filled through an election in an extraordinary general assembly to be witnessed by observers from the IOC and the OCA.“I welcome the IOC/OCA plan to send observers to ensure fair and transparent proceedings,” said Tolentino, also president of PhilCycling, the country’s governing body in the sport.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games 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 PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess FILE PHOTO – POC election committee officials Frank Elizalde (third from left) and lawyer Alberto Agra declare Ricky Vargas (right) and Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino (left) winners in Friday’s polls. Photo by Marc Anthony Reyes/INQUIRERPhilippine Olympic Committee chairman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino has suggested that the POC elections be held not later than July 18 to end the internal conflict hounding the organization.Tolentino, who formalized his resignation early Tuesday, said the vacuum created by those POC officials who resigned must be filled as soon as practical in accordance with the local Olympic body’s constitution and bylaws.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The July 5 election schedule that Tolentino earlier brought up won’t be possible anymore after the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia instructed the POC to set the stage for the proper conduct of the polls.“While I am amenable to a request for postponement if the IOC or OCA wishes it, elections cannot be held later than July 18 because the POC provisions mandate that the vacancy in the presidency must be filled within 30 days,” said Tolentino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFormer POC president Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post on June 18, leaving POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta to succeed Vargas in an acting capacity.Besides Vargas and Tolentino, POC board members Clint Aranas of archery and Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics have officially tendered their resignation. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ MOST READ View comments
Hello and welcome to the coverage from Day 3 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India in Galle.ScorecardIndia (2nd innings):7.6 overs (Stumps): Dinesh Chandimal with his unbeaten 162 has turned the table with SriLanka setting a tricky target of 176 to win for win with two daysremaining. India were 23 for 1 at stumps with Dhawan and nightwatchman Ishant at the crease, needing 153 more runs to win.4.3 overs: Out. Rangana Herath strikes early for Sri Lanka by trapping opener KL Rahul lbw for 5. India 14 for 1. Sri Lanka (2nd innings):82.2 overs: Third 10-wicket haul for Ashwin as he gets the last man Nuwan Pradeep and that left Chandimal stranded at 162. Sri Lanka all out for 367 and setting a target of 176 for win. 72.5 overs: Out. Mishra gets his third wicket as Rangana Herath falls for 1 caught in the slip by Rahane, who entered record books for becoming non-wicketkeeper to take eight catches in a Test match. Meanwhile at the other end Chandimal looking solid as ever. 68.3 overs: Out. Mubarak looking to nudge it to the offside gets an outside edge to Rahane in the slips and Harbhajan too gets a wicket. 58.5 overs: Dinesh Chandimal nudges to the off and sneaks a quick single to bring up his fourth Test hundred. Sri Lanka 266 for 6.57.6 overs (Tea): Sri Lanka have turned the table and by tea were 263 for 6 with a lead of 71 runs. Chandimal was unbeaten on 98 and Jehan Mubarak on 23 and would look to stretch the lead befond 150 and then we have a interesting contest on our hands. advertisementChandimal in his nineties now. 50.4 overs: Out. Ashwin, who was brought back into the attack, strikes immediately. Thirimmane edges a ball that bounced extra off the track and Rahane at 1st slip takes a brilliant low-catch. Sri Lanka 220 for 6.45.6 overs: India would have expected to wrap up Sri Lanka in the post-lunch session but Thirimanne and Chandimal have brought a complete change to the plot by stitching together an unbeaten 100-plus stand. Meanwhile the hosts have also taken the lead, which means India have to bat again. Chandimal 58, Thirimanne 38 with Sri Lanka 195 for 5.Even after this counterattacking display from the Sri Lankan’s, it is heartening to see Kohli persisting with fielders inside the ring. 40 overs: Harbhajan into the attack 39.3 overs: 50 from 48 balls for Dinesh Chandimal. Brilliant counterattacking batting from the Sri Lankan. But will it be of any use now? Ishant has been brought back to stop the run flow. Sri Lanka 171 for 5 150 comes up for Sri Lanka and they trail India’s score by 42 runs with five wickets in hand. Chandimal and Thirimanne are playing positive cricket here. The wicket keeper-batsman has counterattacked. Both these men have put on a decent partnership. Looking at the proceedings, India might have to bat again, albeit not for long . 29.6 overs (Lunch): That will be lunch on day three in Galle with India back on top after the spinners strikes by getting the key wickets of Sangakkara and Mathews. Sri Lanka offered a bit of resistance, thanks to the 87-run stand between Sangakkara and Mathews but after their dismissals India have wrested the initiative back. Sri Lanka were 108 for 5 at lunch trailing by 84 runs.25.6 overs: Out. Turn and bounce for Mishra that took Angelo Mathews by surprise by offering a simple catch to silly point. Sri Lanka are 5 down. 24.5 overs: Out. Ashwin finally strikes to give the much-needed breakthrough by dismissing Kumar Sangakkara for 40 caught brilliantly by Rahane in the slips. Sangakkara forged with Mathews a 87 runs stand. 21 overs: The Sangakkara, Mathews partnership has revived Sri Lanka and dashed Indian hopes of running through the side. Kohli now continuing with spinners from both ends with the hosts trailing by 113 runs. 14 overs: 10 runs off Aaron’s over, which included two boundaries. Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews are forging a fightback here in Galle and need their wickets soon to stand a chance of wrapping the Test today.4.1 overs: Out. Varun Aaron bounces out nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad (3) first ball of the day. Rahane complimented well by taking a brilliant catch in gully. Sri Lanka are three down. Day 2 round-up: Opener Shikhar Dhawan (134) and skipper Virat Kohli (103) struck fluent centuries to help India finish Day 2 with a 187-run lead over Sri Lanka at stumps. After skittling out the hosts for 183 on day one, thanks to an impressive six-wicket haul by offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, India were bowled out for 375 in the first innings following which Sri Lanka struggled at 5 for 2 in their second innings.Resuming at 128 for 2 on a sunny Thursday morning, overnight batsman Kohli and Dhawan found it difficult to score freely early on as Lankan pacers and spinners bowled in tandem. The visitors hit their first boundary only in the 13th over of the day. However, as the first hour of play progressed, the batsmen slowly settled down and took a vital 44-run first innings lead when the first session ended. Coming on to the field after lunch, India played on an aggressive note as skipper Kohli brought up his 10th Test century in style. Dhawan and Kohli looked settled for even bigger knocks but both fell in the second session, thus ending their 227-run third-wicket partnership.advertisementKohli was dismissed soon after he reached the three-figure-mark, going back to the pavilion with the score at 255. India received a double blow when incoming batsman Ajinkya Rahane was out for a duck on his fifth delivery with India at 257.Set batsman Dhawan and Ashwin (7) also fell soon after to give Sri Lanka something to cheer about before tea was called. The final session saw a see-saw battle between the two subcontinent teams. Couple of wickets fell as well as runs were scored by the visitors which ensured them a vital first innings lead with three days still to go.Harbhajan Singh (14) and Amit Mishra (10) fell victims to spinner Tharindu Kaushal as the Sri Lankan claimed his fourth wicket of the innings. Wriddhiman Saha (60) chipped in with a handy half-century to become the second Indian wicketkeeper after former India Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to score a 50-plus score in Sri Lanka.For the hosts, Kaushal (5 for 134) and Nuwan Pradeep (3 for 98) were the pick of the bowlers. In Sri Lanka’s second innings, they got off to the worst possible start, losing both openers – Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva – for ducks inside two overs. Ashwin and Mishra struck in successive overs to leave Lanka at 5 for 2 at stumps with a daunting task ahead of the hosts to save the Test with three days remaining.
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In an attempt to reach out to a larger audience of budding players, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is drawing up plans to provide basic and advanced modules of coaching through digital platforms.The project will include a cricket coaching mobile application and a customised website that will provide content covering all aspects of the game. It will be an extension of the programmes that are managed by the National Cricket Academy (NCA).The applications will cover the basics of cricket coaching methodologies and modern day requirements to enhance the strength and conditioning of an upcoming cricketer. Also read: Virat Kohli and Co. want Ravi Shastri and nobody else as coachCase studies to explain various scenarios and master-classes from former cricketers will be made available in the first phase. In addition, coaches from across the country can standardise the teaching methodologies that form the curriculum of the NCA. The BCCI will explore options to work with potential partners who will build and promote this initiative.
World No.2 shuttler Saina Nehwal created history by becoming the first Indian to enter the final of the badminton World Championships as the second seed defeated a stubborn Lindaweni Fanetri 21-17, 21-17 in a women’s singles semifinal here on Saturday.Olympic bronze medallist Saina prevailed in a 55-minute encounter against the world No.29 Indonesian. In the final on Sunday, the 25-year-old Indian will meet defending champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain, who overcame eight seeded South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-17, 15-21, 21-16 in one hour and 30 minutes. Saina holds a 3-1 advantage in career meetings against the world No.1.Going into the match, Saina was the heavy favourite but her opponent caught a very good start. Saina took some time to attain momentum as Fanetri held a 6-2 lead. But once the former World No.1 founder her rhythm, she seized the initiative and pushed her rival on the backfoot.Fanetri was forced to play catch up but remained close to Saina’s score at the Istora Senayan stadium. The Hyderabadi held a three-point lead at 14-11 but Fanetri kept coming back, equalising at 15-all. They were involved in a long rallies for the next two points.However, at 17-17, Saina utilised her experience and finished the game in her favour by taking three consecutive points. Saina’s deft net play played a key role in getting the better of the local talent of her same age.At the start of the second game, when the score read 2-1 in favour of strong favourite Saina, Fanetri suffered a knock to her heavily bandaged right knee after a fall but continued her fight. Urged on by a vociferous partisan crowd, Fanetri kept fighting on even though she seemed to be struggling in her movement on the court.advertisementAt the break, the second seeded Indian held a 11-10 lead at the break before Fanetri equalised. Saina grabbed three points at a stretch to make it 14-11 but Fanetri equalised at the same score with sharp drop shots.But Saina fought back for a 17-14 lead before her opponent employed two sharp smashes to make it 16-17. Saina got two more points before her opponent reduced the deficit to one at 18-17.However, Saina once again wrestled the key moments as she bagged three consecutive points to seal the game 21-17 and march into the final.
The 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its full support behind the hit series Empire, honored late Furious 7 star Paul Walker and paid homage to a respected elder: Britney Spears.The two-hour teen celebration, broadcast live Sunday night, kicked off with a victory lap for the weekend box-office hit Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube and the young stars of the N.W.A biopic, which earned an estimated USD 56.1 million over the weekend, welcomed the young crowd to Los Angeles’ Galen Center.Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel and Ludacris, of Furious 7 accept the choice movie: action/adventure award at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APChristopher Ludacris Bridges, the rapper and Furious 7 co-star, was one of three hosts, alongside Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and actor Josh Peck. Bridges’ film, one of year’s biggest big-screen hits, was one of the night’s top winners, winning best action movie and best actor in an action-adventure for the late Paul Walker.”Paul Walker is here in spirit with us,” said Vin Diesel, a star in the street racing franchise. He applauded a “special, special” teen in the crowd: Walker’s daughter Meadow.The Teen Choice Awards spread awards across movies, music, TV, fashion, sports and digital media, celebrating the favorites – from Channing Tatum to Wiz Khalifa to Stephen Curry – of one of media’s most powerful demographics.Britney Spears, winner of the choice style icon award poses in the press room with her niece Lexi and her sons Sean and Jayden James at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture Courtesy: APAs a pop star, Spears was a regular at the Teen Choice Awards, collecting its trademark trophies – surfboards – many times over the years, including its version of a lifetime achievement award in 2009.advertisementOn Sunday, Spears, her blonde hair partially dyed blue and purple, was honored for being a style icon. She dedicated the award to her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, and niece Lexie, who were in the audience.The Teen Choice Awards’ new reigning powerhouse, One Direction, landed eight awards, bringing their “lifetime” total to 23. The British boy band, currently on tour, accepted the awards in a taped video.The hip-hop drama Empire won breakout TV show and provided one of the show’s most memorable moments. While Jussie Smollett and Yazz performed You’re So Beautiful, a song from the series, the show’s Gabourey Sidibe made a surprise cameo, exuberantly dancing among the back-up dancers.Jussie Smollett and Gabourey Sidibe of the Empire cast perform at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APEllen DeGeneres won for best comedian. Adding a Teen Choice Award to her People’s Choice Award, DeGeneres requested awards from other age groups: the elderly and babies.Ellen DeGeneres accepts the choice comedian award at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APSeveral awards went to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, including best actor in a sci-fi or fantasy for Josh Hutcherson. He reflected on the end of the franchise, with this fall’s Mockingjay, Part 2, like a coming graduation.”Hunger Games has been a huge part of my life for almost five years now. It’s coming to an end and it’s really sad,” said Hutcherson. “So if we want to cry together, we can do that because it breaks my heart.”
With terror and investments high on his agenda for talks with the UAE leadership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday began his two-day trip to this strategic Gulf nation with a visit to the historic Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, the world’s third largest.Within hours of his arrival in the UAE capital for the visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in 34 years, Modi went around the mosque’s 180,000 sq ft courtyard which has an exquisite floral design. It is considered to be the largest example of marble mosaic in the world.Selfie diplomacyUAE culture minister Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and minister of state for foreign affairs Dr Anwar Gargash were present at the mosque and Modi took a selfie with them.The Prime Minister, wearing a kurta with a cream and red stole, spent about 40 minutes at the mosque, built at an estimated cost of USD 545 million, evincing interest at the imposing 82 domes in seven sizes located inside the worshipping place.”I am delighted to visit this magnificent place of worship, strikes with its size and beauty. It brings together requisite skills and creation from around the world and serves as a fine example of human achievement and unity. I am confident that it will be a symbol of peace, piety, harmony and inclusiveness that are inherent to the faith of Islam,” Modi wrote on the visitor’s book.”It will also serve to remind generations about the extraordinary vision of the late president of UAE his highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” he wrote.advertisementMany Indians had come to see Modi at the mosque.The Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, a key place of worship in the UAE, is known as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.The mosque is third largest in the world after the ones in Mecca and Madina in Saudi Arabia. It is named after the founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.The mosque, constructed from 1996 to 2007, can accommodate around 40,000 people.The Prime Minister was earlier warmly received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi along with his five brothers at the airport, in a departure from protocol. The last dignitary to be received by him was the King of Morocco in May this year.Soon after his arrival, Modi tweeted, “Hello UAE. I am very optimistic about this visit. I am confident the outcomes of the visit will boost India-UAE ties.” He also tweeted the message in Arabic.Modi said, “I deeply appreciate kind gesture of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who received me at the airport.” The Prime Minister was also accorded a ceremonial reception at the airport.UAE allots land for building templeThe UAE on Sunday decided to allot land for building a temple here, the first in the Emirati capital as Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began his two-day visit to the strategic Gulf nation.Modi thanked the UAE leadership for this “landmark” decision.While there are two temples in Dubai, one of Lord Shiva and another of Krishna, there is none in Abu Dhabi.”A long wait for the Indian community ends. On the occasion of PM’s visit, UAE Govt decides to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.”PM @narendramodi thanks UAE leadership for this landmark decision,” he said.There are nearly 2.6 million Indians in UAE which constitutes 30 per cent of the total population. Trade on agendaApart from seeking enhanced cooperation in energy and trade, Modi, during the visit, will reach out to investors to promote India as an attractive business destination.Visit’s focus on trade and investments is also reflected in the fact that Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is hosting a dinner in honour of the Prime Minister.ADIA has USD 800 billion sovereign funds and India is expected to woo it to attract investments in the infrastructure sector.India-UAE trade, valued at USD 180 million (Dirham 660.6 million) per annum in the 1970s, is today around USD 60 billion, making the UAE, India’s third largest trading partner for the year 2014-15 after China and the US.Modi also interacted with Indian workers at their camps I-CAD to know the problems they face and discussed ways Indian government can help them.The I-CAD Residential Labour Camp houses thousands of migrant labourers from the Indian subcontinent in an area spread over one square kilometre.advertisementAbout 2.6 million Indians constitute nearly 30 per cent of the population of this country.Notably, a large portion of the 2.6 million Indians in the UAE are from Bihar and many are Muslims.Security agencies of both nations had cleared a select group of 300 migrant workers to interact with Modi in a modest 20X40-metre sports hall on the premises. Much to the delight of the workers, Modi posed for group photographs.Soon after his arrival in the UAE, Modi tweeted, “Hello UAE. I am very optimistic about this visit. I am confident the outcomes of the visit will boost India-UAE ties.” He also tweeted the message in Arabic.Modi said, “I deeply appreciate kind gesture of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who received me at the airport.” The Prime Minister was also accorded a ceremonial reception at the airport.Hails UAE’s vision, skillMarvelling at the UAE’s spectacular achievements, Modi described the Gulf nation as a paradise built up in a desert with unmatched vision and remarkable skill.”I have always thought, how this paradise could come up in a desert? What vision! What remarkable skill!” Modi said of the country.Earlier, ahead of Modi’s trip, the UAE’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the Prime Minister’s maiden visit to the UAE provides a strategic opportunity to draw a new blueprint for taking bilateral ties forward, including in areas of counter-terrorism, defence and economy.”Our shared values and strong bilateral ties provide an important basis on which the UAE and India can elevate their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership,” he was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE provides an opportunity to chart a new course in our partnership for the 21st century. We look forward to a productive exchange of ideas covering a wide range of economic, political and security issues of mutual interest,” he said.Noting that his visit comes at a time when bilateral ties have never been warmer, he said: “The prime minister’s visit is of strategic significance in our bilateral relations and follows on the heels of growing diplomatic, economic, energy and defence cooperation between our two countries.”Asserting that terrorism poses a grave danger to humanity, Modi said all those countries who believe in humanity, must stand together without delay as it was extremely necessary to challenge the forces of terrorism.”As far as the Indian community is concerned, the languages that are spoken in India, are all spoken in the UAE! In a manner of speaking, the UAE is a ‘Mini India’. The way the two communities work together represents a special bond,” Modi, who will address a gathering of over 50,000 Indian expatriates in Dubai tomorrow, said.He said the Indian community was not only contributing to the progress and development of the host country, but also participating in the economic development of India through their remittances.”I have no doubt that with the overall economic reform programme in progress, they will find India an attractive, stable and secure destination for their investment and savings,” Modi added.advertisement
In her final tune-up tournament before the U.S. Open, Serena Williams put herself back on the winning track with a 7-5 6-3 win over Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday.Williams prevailed in 90 minutes and showed none of the rare struggles that dogged her during last week’s semi-final loss to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in Toronto.The defending Cincinnati champion, who will aim for a rare sweep of the four grand slam events at the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, broke Pironkova’s serve once in each set and then sealed the win in style with her 15th ace of the match.”There wasn’t anything really tactical in particular for me today, I always just try to play my game and be consistent and stay focussed,” Williams, who improved to 44-2 in 2015, said in a courtside interview.Also read: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams remain on topThe American world number one will meet Italian Karin Knapp in the third round. Knapp beat Russian Daria Gavrilova 6-4 6-1.Williams is skipping next week’s Connecticut Open in order to prepare for the U.S. Open, where she will look to earn her fifth consecutive grand slam singles title and fourth of 2015.”There’s definitely a lot of pressure … I would like to win the Open, probably more than anyone else,” said Williams.”Whether I do or not, I’m going to try win it this year or next year and just keep going for that. So, it’s not the end of the world.”advertisementIn other women’s action Romanian third seed Simona Halep beat Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 5-7 6-4 while Czech seventh seed Lucie Safarova advanced with a 6-4 7-5 win over American wild card Coco Vandeweghe.
German car-maker Audi says it’s planning to unveil an electric sport SUV concept with a range of over 310 miles (500 kilometres), well beyond the range of rival car-maker Tesla’s Model S and soon-to-launch Model X.ALSO READ: Tesla Autopilot 7.0 reaches select driversAudi says in a statement on Wednesday its as-yet unnamed electric SUV will begin production in 2018. It will unveil the vehicle at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, which opens to the press September 15.ALSO READ:Audi reveals concept car e-tron quattro’s sketchesTesla’s highly anticipated new Model X SUV, the company’s third vehicle, will begin shipping in a few weeks.ALSO READ:Audi to develop batteries for electric SUVs with Samsung SDI, LG ChemAudi, based in Ingolstadt, Germany, says its electric SUV will feature three electric motors powered by a large lithium-ion battery and will be its first large series electric car.
Despite losing the World Championships final in Jakarta on Sunday, ace Indian Saina Nehwal regained the top spot in women’s singles in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released on Thursday.BWF World Rankings – Womens Singles Top 10 pic.twitter.com/1iXivUZJ0u& Badminton Updates (@badindiaupdates) August 20, 2015 The 25-year-old Saina rose a place to overtake her conqueror in the summit clash, Carolina Marin of Spain, to once again be ranked No.1. The reigning World Champion dropped to No.2 while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying overtook reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China to be No.3.On the contrary, in spite of a quarterfinal finish last week, double World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu dropped a spot to be ranked No.14.Also read: Thought of quitting last yearAn early exit at the Worlds resulted in Kidambi Srikanth dropping a spot to No.4 in the men’s singles rankings as H.S. Prannoy retained the No.12 spot. However, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap jumped two places to be ranked No.8.Meanwhile, a quarterfinal finish in the Indonesian capital also helped Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa reach their career-best ranking of No.10 in women’s doubles. The 2011 World Championships bronze medallist have lately been in form, having won the Canada Open and reaching the final of the US Open.However, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy dropped five places to be at No.22 in men’s doubles rankings.
Spain forward Pedro has agreed to join English Premier League champions Chelsea from Barcelona, the clubs said on Thursday.Chelsea will pay 30 million euros ($33.54 million) for the player, three of which will be based on performance, the Spanish champions said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.es).Welcome to Chelsea, @_Pedro17_! #CFC pic.twitter.com/UGc6yYBQsxChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 20, 2015 The length of the contract was not revealed.”I am very happy to be here. I am very excited to start my adventure at Chelsea and I am here to keep winning titles,” Pedro told the club website (www.chelseafc.com).”Thanks to the club and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to put the blue shirt on.”Very happy, Im already Blue! Thank U all and specially @FCBarcelona for make possible to reach this point @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/fgERbDXLcJ Pedro Rodrguez (@_Pedro17_) August 20, 2015 A product of the Catalan club’s youth academy, Tenerife-born Pedro made his debut for the Spanish and European champions in a La Liga match against Real Murcia in 2008.The pacy 28-year-old cemented his place in the first team under coach Pep Guardiola and in 2009 became the first player to score in six different competitions in a calendar year as Barca swept the Champions League, Spanish league and Cup, Spanish and European Super Cup and Club World Cup titles.Known as “Pedrito” for his diminutive size, he made his first appearance for Spain in a warm-up game for the 2010 World Cup against Saudi Arabia and went on to help La Roja claim their debut global crown in South Africa.advertisementHe was also part of the successful Spain squad at Euro 2012 as Spain secured a second consecutive continental crown.Pedro no longer commanded a regular place in the Barca starting lineup following the arrival of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez last year.Coach Luis Enrique used him mainly as a substitute in 2014-15 and he came on in the Champions League final to set up Neymar to score the third goal in a 3-1 victory over Juventus.At Chelsea, he will join up with Spain colleagues Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, as well as Cesc Fabregas, with whom he played at Barca between 2011 and 2014.
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Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jackie Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shefali Shah, Ashutosh Rana, Kiran KumarDirection: Karan MalhotraRatings: (3.5/5)Making a sports-based film in India can work as a double-edged sword. If the audience here is allowed the luxury to see drama (melodrama, too) with just the exact amount of action and sport thrown in, the dish can turn out delectable. Oh, and did we mention the spicy ‘special song’?Karan Malhotra, whose 2013 Agneepath had shattered numerous box office records and Aguamenti-ed lachrymal glands, has now given us Akshay Kumar-Sidharth Malhotra’s Brothers. The remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior, this tale of estranged brothers David and Monty Fernandes is brilliantly brilliant in parts. And sags with the heaviness in others. Gavin O’Connor and Cliff Dorfman’s tale of Tommy and Brendan is given a Colaba twist.Old and ailing ex-streetfighter Garson Fernandes (Jackie Shroff) is released from jail, and his son Monty (Sidharth) receives him at the prison-gates. Garry (Garson) inquires about his elder son David (Akshay), who is conspicuous by his absence on his dad’s big day. And we realise that there’s hatred for David running deep in Monty’s veins. Flashbacks of his dead wife Maria (Shefali Shah) greet Garry once at their place. A long-drawn-scene-involving-innumerable-memories later, we’re given the preface to David and Monty’s story. In another part of town, David lives a happy life with his wife Jenny (Jacqueline) and daughter. This high-school physics teacher is an intriguing subject to his students, who don’t miss an opportunity delving into his ‘other’ side. David and Jenny try to make ends meet, with his daughter’s kidneys needing dialysis frequently. When he is sacked from his school, David re-enters the arena.advertisementALSO READ: Apart from sibling rivalry, Brothers has all forms of Mixed Martial Arts too Billionaire Peter Briganza (Kiran Kumar) gifts streetfighting a legal status by beginning R2F (Right 2 Fight), a two-day Mixed Martial Arts tournament. And much like O’Connor’s original, this winner-takes-it-all tourney has prize money of Rs 9 crore, which is the motivation for David. For Monty, it is his angst.Brothers has been touted as India’s first out-and-out MMA film, and it does justice to that claim. Post interval, the pace of the film peaks, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The need vs anger divide shines through after long, and after much drama (read: melodrama). The snooze-fest-y sepia-tinted sequences are a major drawback of the film. The ‘special song’ Mera Naam Mary again serves no purpose apart from making people drool over the uber-hot Kareena Kapoor Khan.Akshay and Sidharth’s fight sequences make jaws drop. The contact fighting scenes look brutally real, with the bloody faces and broken noses making you twitch more than once. Brothers achieves what it sets out to do: Portray MMA in all its glory (and goriness). That the two leads have worked their butts off in getting their moves right emerges through the film. Even though emotions, and not the fights, have been called the USP of the film, it is quite the opposite. The thoroughly enjoyable parts of Brothers are the ones inside the cage. Nothing else matters. And that Akshay and Sidharth emote well is the icing on the cake. Sidharth, though, looks like he’s straight out of the Ek Villain sets. His Goan accent, mannerisms, the angry-young-man act, et al is reminiscent of it.ALSO READ: What do you think is the secret behind Akshay Kumar’s hotness? Jackie Shroff is good at times and unbearably hammy at others. Jacqueline doesn’t have much room for anything apart from shedding tears, either out of happiness or sorrow. The supporting cast manages to get their parts right, with Ashutosh Rana’s Umesh, the Arjun in this Mahabharat, deserving a special mention.The fights don’t let anything else dominate the mind long after one exits the theatre, and kudos to Hemant Chaturvedi’s cinematography and Ajay-Atul’s background score for the same. Akiv Ali’s scissors go limp towards the end again, with the final scene dragging on more than what is necessary, but that’s forgivable.In one line: Akshay Kumar needs to do more of these high-action roles. And not necessarily the mindless action. Watch Brothers for the kicks, punches, grappling, chocking and the un-understandable MMA jargon. You’ll come out with the Akshay you want to see, hopefully. Welcome back to the cage, Khiladi Kumar!
The all new Volkswagen Polo GTI made its global debut at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015 on Friday. Volkswagen India will most likely launch its latest Polo in the country by the end of 2015. Volkswagen India have not yet made any announcements regarding the launch of the much-awaited Volkswagen Polo GTI. But with the Fiat Punto Evo Abarth on its way to the Indian market this festive season, its rival the Polo GTI is not much behind.The new Volkswagen Polo GTI will most likely come with a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing maximum power output of 188bhp and maximum torque of 320Nm, mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission, going from 0-100 km/hr in 6.7 seconds, reports say.ALSO READ:Reports: Volkswagen Polo GTI to launch soon in IndiaThe new Volkswagen Polo GTI comes in AWD with all new sports suspension and disc brakes. The car also comes with engine drag torque control, vehicle dynamics function XDS+ and electronic differential lock, say reports.According to reports, the Volkswagen Polo GTI will come via the CKD-route, reports say. Although, design-wise, the Polo GTI is similar to the previous model, but there are several major changes with the styling of the car. The Polo GTI will come with LED headlights, honeycomb mesh grille, red brake calipers, re-designed bumper and 17-inch alloy wheels.ALSO READ:Spied: Is the Polo GTI coming to India?Moreover, the interior of the new Volkswagen Polo GTI comes with sport seats, new upholstery with contrast red stitching, re-designed steering wheel and aluminium pedals, say reports.advertisement
Honda has unveiled its new seven-seater SUV, the BR-V. Honda revealed the car at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) and plans to start selling the car in Indonesia from this year only.The BR-V sports a squarish look from the front and features a chrome grille with projector headlamps. The car gets a big front bumper with a big air dam and also chrome-ringed fog lamps. A skid plate is also present in the front bumper.The rear of the car is inspired from Honda’s own Mobilio. Even from the sides the car looks like the Mobilio due to similar looking doors. The rear tail lamps look refreshing and are connected by a thin strip of LED lighting.The Indonesia spec BR-V sports the same 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine as seen on the City but it is mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT in the BR-V. A diesel version has not been announced yet but the car could get a diesel engine before heading to India next year.
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Make your brother-sister bond stronger by choosing the right rakhi colour according to your zodia sign. If your brother’s star sign is Aries, then you should choose a rakhi which is red in colour and if your brother is a Cancerian get a rakhi which is made of silk threads or pearls, says an expert.Madhu Kotiya, Spiritual Healer at indiatarot.com has shared tips for choosing the right coloured Rakhis and gifts.* Aries: You should choose a rakhi which is red, orange or yellow in colour. An Aries is generally a sport lover, so the best gift for him will be sport equipment.* Taurus: Opt for blue or silver coloured rakhi’s. While a Taurus man is as stubborn as a bull, he is also warm and open; hence the perfect gift for him will include a gourmet gift basket of delicious chocolates, plush pillows or cashmere blankets.* Gemini: Choose a rakhi which is green in colour. Since a Gemini is highly intelligent and talkative person, therefore, gift him something that would compliment his intelligence, such as a book or a journal or a unique picture frame.* Cancer: Buy a rakhi which is made of silk threads or pearls, because they are soft from inside. Similarly, they love something that will have a personal meaning, therefore any handmade thing, or something related to home will be a perfect gift for them.* Leo: your rakhi should be of Orange, Pink or Red colour. In terms of gifting, an eye-catching jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances or a grooming kit will be a perfect gift.advertisement* Virgo: A rakhi made of silk threads or green or white in colour should be your pick. The best gift for this organised sign will be a magazine basket, schedule-appointment journal or a nice watch.* Libra: For your Libra brother opt for a rakhi which is purple or turquoise in colour. Libra is a sign of balance and scale and they love beauty and sensuality, hence a basket filled with scented soaps, lotions and candles will be the ideal gift for them.* Scorpio: Red should be your colour. Scorpions are very discreet and extra sensual and concerned with their appearances, so a brand of perfume or a pair of designer shoes or sunglasses will be a perfect gift for them.* Sagittarian: You should go for a yellow coloured rakhi. Sagittarian is outspoken, therefore they will be honest about whether they liked the gift or not. To avoid such an embarrassment, gift him something related to adventure or an outdoor picnic.* Capricorn: If you have a Capricorn brother, then your rakhi should be pink in color. Capricorns are most ambitious zodiac sign, therefore anything related to status, job and success will be able to satiate your Capricorn brother.* Aquarius: Any Dark Coloured rakhi will do wonders for the strong bond with your brother. Any technical gadget will be the most apt gift for the brothers of this sign.* Pisces: White or Yellow coloured rakhi should be your choice for your Pisces brother. This sign is sensitive and compassionate therefore anything to do with luxury or beauty will be their ideal gift.
Hello and welcome to the coverage from Day 4 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo.ScorecardSri Lanka (2nd innings):20.6 overs (Stumps): That will be all for today and the spotlight being on Kumar Sangakkara, who played his last Test innings before getting out for 18. Sri Lanka were 72 for 2 at stumps chasing 413. 8.5 overs: Sangakkara is gone and Ashwin the wicket-taker. The ball turns and trying to defend, Sangakkara gets an outside edge to Vijay in the slips. The 15-year career comes to an end as the legend makes the long walk back to the pavilion and all the Indian players walking up to him. Kumar Sangakkara makes his way out for his final appearance in Tests, the entire P Sara Oval on their feet. The Indian players and umpires too line up for a guard of honour. 2.4 overs: Out. Full-toss from Ashwin and Kaushal Silva flicks it to Stuart Binny at short midwicket. Soft dismissal. India (2nd Innings):90.6 overs: India have declared at 325 for 8 and have given Sri Lanka a target of 413 to win. Rahane scored 126 and for Sri Lanka, Dhammika Prasad finished with 4 wickets. 82.1 overs: Out. Dhammika Prasad strikes first ball after tea as Stuart Binny pokes one to second slip for a comfortable catch. 81.6 overs (Tea): Riding on Rahane’s fourth Test hundred, India have taken a 370 runs lead. At tea, India were 283 for 5 with Stuart Binny and Ashwin at the crease. 76.2 overs: Out. Rahane falls trying to up the ante. Looking to play inside out to Kaushal, Rahane gets an edge to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal. The lead now goes past 350. advertisement66.3 overs: Rahane tucks to the fine leg and gets to his fourth Test hundred. The right-handed batsman took some time but an excellent hundred at No. 3 to anchor India’s second innings. 55.6 overs (Lunch): That will be all for the first session in the day with India taking a healthy lead of 266 runs. India started in the morning positively and the second wicket stand between Rahane and Vijay took the lead past 250. However, Kohli couldn’t last long and fell to Kaushal for 10 but Rahane has managed to hold to his end well with an unbeaten 82. 52.5 overs: Out. Kohli rocks back into the crease to defend a straight delivery from Kaushal but gets trapped infront of the wickets. Second lbw dismissal for Kaushal this morning. India 172 for 3.50.6 overs: Maiden over from Kaushal and the first one this morning but India on the right track with now a lead of 253. Ajinkya Rahane batting on 73 and Kohli on 8. 44.5 overs: Out. Kaushal finally with the breakthrough by trapping Vijay lbw for 82 and breaks the 140-run partnership. Ball pitches on middle stump and Vijay looking to sweep completely misses. India 143 for 2. 38.5 overs: Four. Rahane gets on to his knees and reverse sweeps Kashal for a boundary, also brings up his 8th Test half-century. With Vijay, he has stitched together an unbeaten 100-plus partnership. 35.1 overs: Murali Vijay notches up his half-century, his 11th in Tests. Both the overnight batsmen have come out with a positive frame of mind and are looking to keep the scoreboard ticking. Day 3 round-up: Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane survived some torrid bowling as India battled to 70 for 1 at stumps in their second innings on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval.Despite being forced on the defensive by some incisive Lankan bowling, Vijay (39 not out) and Rahane (28 not out) ensured that India had accumulated a lead of 157 runs by the close of the day’s play. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 306 in their first innings, conceding a 87-run lead.The visitors’ second essay was off to a rocky start when Lankan speedster Dhammika Prasad outfoxed KL Rahul with an incoming delivery in the very first over. The ball slipped through the gap between bat and pad before crashing onto the stumps.Prasad continued to trouble the Indian batsmen along with fellow pacer Dushmantha Chameera and the spin duo of Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal. But Vijay and Rahane survived a couple of close calls to ensure that the visitors did not lose any more wickets till the end.For the hosts, Prasad was the most successful bowler on the day with figures of 1 for 12. The 32-year-old right-armer stuck to a tight line and length and managed to extract appreciable movement off the pitch.Earlier, legspinner Amit Mishra picked up four wickets as the Indian bowlers sliced through Sri Lanka’s lower order. The hosts lost their last seven wickets for 65 runs.advertisementThe visitors dismissed the last three Lankan batsmen within five overs after tea to clinch a first innings lead of 87 runs. Mishra returned with figures of 4 for 43 while Ishant (2 for 68), offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2 for 76), Stuart Binny (1 for 44) and Umesh Yadav (1 for 67) were also among the wickets.
Cricket fraternity has given Kumar Sangakkara a grand farewell. The retiring legend has received a lot of praise after his final Test innings on Sunday.The latest to join the list is the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has penned a congratulatory message for Sangakkara.Also read: Tendulkar welcomes Sangakkara to the club of the retired “It’s been an absolute pleasure knowing you as a person first and no words can explain your great cricketing achievements. You have inspired so many people and shown them the way. Lucky to have played in the same era as you. Thanks for everything. God bless you and your family and wish you the best in life ahead,” the message read.Here’s a pic of #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli’s message to @KumarSanga2 #ThankYouSanga pic.twitter.com/iMKOHKd99P BCCI (@BCCI) August 24, 2015The Indian team has shown appreciation by giving guard of honour to Sangakkara in his last two Test innings. The Sri Lankan veteran was dismissed in his final innings for 18.
“I have so many people to thank here,” Sangakkara said in his farewell speech as he retired from International cricket. He bid world cricket adieu with the modesty and dignity that he had brought along. A legendary batsman and one of the best wicket keepers in the history of the game, Sanga has always been known for his humility and tenacity. The Sri Lankan cricketer received a standing ovation at P Sara Oval as he walked towards the pavilion for the last time. The Indian team also felicitated Sanga with a guard of honour before the start of the day’s play.Though his swansong innings was not at par with his best performances, Sangakkara has achieved more than enough to be remembered forever by cricket lovers.Let’s take a look at the records he has in his kitty, both as a batsman and a keeper:First Sri Lankan cricketer to get past 14,000 runsHe became the first batsman in ODI history to hit four consecutive centuries at the 2015 World Cup and has averaged 86.20 with a strike-rate of 102.86 in ODIs this yearHe is the fastest batsman to get 8,000, 9,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs in 152, 172, 208 and 224 matches, respectivelyHighest partnership for any wicket: 624 for the third wicket by Kumara Sangakkara (287) and Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006 Most partnership runs for third wicket: Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene (scored 5,890 runs)Most runs in cricket in all formats of the game in a calendar year – Sangakkara scored 2868 runs in year 2014 1,493 in tests, 1,256 in ODIs and 119 T20 InternationalsIn his Test match career he scored 38 centuries and 52 half-centuries from 134 matchesSangakkara also holds the most number of double tons with 11 in modern test cricket, second only to Sir Donald Bradman’s 12advertisement Sangakkara is second only to Indian Sachin Tendulkar, where Sangakkara scored 28,016 international runs and Tendulkar has scored 34,357 international runsAs a wicketkeeper, Sangakkara holds the record of most dismissals in ODI with 482 dismissals including 383 catches and 99 stumpingsHe also holds the record of the most dismissals in World Cup matches with 54.
The toast of Indian golf after his historic performance at the PGA championships, Anirban Lahiri says he is no longer intimidated by even the best in the world as his self belief has grown exponentially.Lahiri posted the best ever finish by an Indian at a Major with his top-five finish at Whistling Straits, bettering the ninth place finish of Jeev Milkha Singh in 2008 at the same elite event.”To play at a Major requires tremendous self belief. That has grown and grown and now when I go and play with the best in the field, I am not intimidated, I am not overwhelmed, I am not scared. I believe when I am out there, I can beat anyone that I am playing,” Lahiri told PTI in an exclusive chat.”The stars aligned up at the right time for me. You work hard and you have to be patient, persevere. And it’s important to play at big events with confidence, that you can be out there and beat the best,” Lahiri, who dreams of winning a Major title soon, added.Lahiri has shown remarkable improvement in his game of late and it reflected in his performance when he won the Malaysian Open and Indian Open, both co-sanctioned by the European tour, early this year.”The biggest difference this time was my self belief, it has grown a lot, exponentially over the last 18 months.”Ask him how this self belief has come and Lahiri says one must have an insatiable hunger to get better for good results.advertisement”Everytime you win, it contributes but it’s about getting better. The goal has to be to become a better golfer. Drive the ball better, chip better, putt better. Think when you are on a golf course, have strategies.”If you can improve, your quality as a golfer will reflect in your game. Ultimately you have to shoot five or six under or make birdies. If you can make birdies that’s all what matters, it does not matter who you are playing with or where you are playing,” Lahiri, who trains at Eagleton golf resort in Bangalore with coach Vijay Divecha.
The Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (TNPESU), Chennai has invited applications from interested and eligible candidates for its distance Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), lateral entry to B.Sc, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Science (M.Sc) and lateral entry to M.Sc programmes.Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:The candidates applying for Lateral Entry B.Sc Programme should have passed Class 12 or they should have acquired any 2 years ITI/diploma or equivalent.The candidates applying for M.Sc Programme should have done their graduation, having obtained at least 50 percent marks (10 plus 2 plus 3).The candidates applying for Lateral Entry M.Sc Programme should have done their graduation having obtained at least 50 percent marks (10 plus 2 plus 3) and same course in PG Diploma courses or equivalent.The candidates who have appeared for final year/semester examinations and are waiting for the results can also apply.How to applyThe candidates are required to apply online for these courses. Application forms can also be obtained in person from DDE/study centre/by post /from the university.Important datesLast date to fill the online application forms: December 31About Tamil Nadu Sports UniversityThe university was established in 2004 and has been set up exclusively for Physical Education and Sports. Currently, the university has three faculties, five departments and ten affiliated colleges. Further, the university now offers select Physical Education and allied courses, through collaborative programme and distance education stream also.
Playboy magazine released its list of “America’s 25 Sexiest Cities,” as featured in its September 2015 issue. New York took the list’s top spot, and was described by the magazine as a city where “the people are hot, the sex is prime quality and the frequency is high, averaging 138 times per year.” NYC was also recognised for having “the best and most nightlife” of the ranked cities, and for having “a touch of the forbidden.” In the magazine’s survey of the top five cities, New York respondents were the most interested in kink, with nearly two thirds open to experimentation and almost a quarter into BDSM.Playboy’s list was determined by results from two customised polls conducted exclusively for the magazine and other metrics such as “hot locals, cool nightlife, a great setting and an undercurrent of desire.” Survey results voted Detroit the “unsexiest city in America.”Here is the list of America’s 10 Sexiest Cities.Philadelphia ranked lowest in sexual frequency but highest in sexual satisfaction1. NEW YORK: What makes New York the sexiest city in America? It has the best and most nightlife with thousands of bars, clubs and restaurants in walkable neighbourhoods linked by a dense web of subways, Ubers and taxis, making the possibility of frequent and convenient assignations likelier than anywhere else. The people are hot, the sex is prime quality and the frequency is high, averaging 138 times per year. It also has a touch of the forbidden: New York respondents were the most interested in kink, with nearly two thirds of them open to experimentation and almost a quarter into BDSM.advertisement2. LOS ANGELES: Its reputation for beaches, blondes and sun is tough to beat. What half a million Angelenos are into is cheating. The adultery website Ashley Madison notes that the city’s favourite hideaway for assignations is not the hip Ace Hotel downtown or the discreet L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills. It’s the unassuming Holiday Inn on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.3. CHICAGO: This muscular, cold-weather, sports-crazy city may seem a surprising pick, but there’s more to Chicago than great architecture, major museums and da Bears. Its walkable neighbourhoods amp up the sexy quotient, attracting young professionals who seek same in restaurants, dives, blues joints, shops and galleries. At one time Chicago was a major stop on the burlesque circuit, and you can still take in feathers-and-fans acts at nearly a dozen venues, including the Kiss Kiss Cabaret and Naked Girls Reading.4. MIAMI: It’s no surprise the south Florida hot spot and its steamy sidekick South Beach enjoy the most sex by far among our top five cities – 160 encounters a year. And the good news gets even better for this good-looking crowd of party fauna: According to a poll, Miamians have the longest sex sessions (35 minutes). Miami residents are also most likely to have had sex with a colleague.Playboy’s list was determined by results from two customised polls conducted exclusively for the magazine5. SAN FRANCISCO: A drop-dead gorgeous setting, abundant and varied nightlife and urban sophistication all factor into San Francisco’s seriously sexy scores. Densely populated and pedestrian-and bike-friendly, it also has the fittest population in the country. As for the dating market, good news, ladies: The city is home to 116 single men for every 100 single women. Playboy survey shows San Francisco has the highest frequency of orgasms.6. LAS VEGAS: Gambling, showgirls, countless hotel beds, strip joints, topless pools, swinger hangouts, adult stage shows, an anything-goes attitude – come to think of it, even the word Strip says “sexy.” No wonder Vegas is in the top 10.7. PORTLAND: It’s only fitting that OkCupid members in this slacker-friendly city list casual sex as a profile option more often than members in any other city in America. Also, per capita, Portland has more strip clubs and bars with happy hours than all other cities on the list.8. DALLAS: Residents here have less sex (104 times a year) than residents of any other burg except Philadelphia in Trojan’s 10-city roundup. But at 39 minutes, Big D denizens last longer than other American lovers, even if 47 per cent of them fake orgasms – more than in any other U.S. city. If you’re in the market for sex on the side, Ashley Madison claims Dallas has the youngest mistresses, with an average age of 28. 9. PHILADELPHIA: Sometimes less is more: In Trojan’s survey of 10 top markets, Philly ranked lowest in sexual frequency (99 times per year) and highest in sexual satisfaction (82 per cent).10. AUSTIN: A recent Men’s Health survey named it the most sex-happy city in America, based on condom and sex-toy sales, birth rates and instances of STDs.advertisement
New Zealand-based model-turned-actor Latha Hegde is set to make her debut in Tollywood. The model will play the lead in the Telugu remake of Tamil hit film Maan Karate.ALSO READ: Suriya is not just playing a cameo in Pasanga 2, but a 40-minute role in Pandiraj’s next Director Kumar Nagendra, who is all praise for the newcomer, saw her profile and instantly auditioned Latha for the role. “I came across her profile through a casting agency. We liked it and she was instantly brought to India and was auditioned. She’s already shot for over a month for the project. We’ve even shot two songs with Latha, and I’m really impressed with her work,” film’s director Kumar Nagendra told IANS.Latha is currently in Hyderabad shooting for the film. The role was played by Hansika Motwani in the original Tamil version. Latha will romance Nara Rohit in this sports comedy, which also stars Kabir Duhan Singh.ALSO READ: Siddharth donning producer hat for the second time for his upcoming film Jil Jung Juck Maan Karate was one of the biggest Tamil hits of 2014. The film’s story was penned by AR Murugadoss. The remake will be produced by Ashok and Nagarjuna, who earlier produced Telugu film Joru, which was also helmed by Kumar Nagendra.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has expressed dismay and surprise of veteran batsman Younis Khan’s decision to retire from one-day cricket, and said he felt that the latter was not taking the right time in calling it quits.Also read: Younis Khan retires from one-day cricket Younis had earlier announced that he would retire from the ODIs after the opening match against England at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.Praising Younis for his contributions to the game so far, Shahryar said that the former has been performing well, which is why he was selected to represent Pakistan in ODIs again.Pakistan’s chief selector Haroon Rashid said Younis was chosen for the ODI squad keeping in mind that he would help the side in its future assignments.Rashid said the selectors picked the 37-year-old hoping that he would stabilise the batting line-up, and added that the player had never discussed his retirement plans with the selection committee.The 37-year-old veteran batsman, who played 264 matches in his 15-year-long career, has scored 7240 till now, including seven hundreds and 48 fifties. He is also the sixth highest run-getter for Pakistan in ODIs.The Pakistan stalwart had overtaken Javed Miandad as the highest run-scorer for his nation in Tests last month.
India’s Rohan Bopanna and Romanian Florin Mergea entered the semi-finals of the prestigious $7 million ATP World Tour Finals despite going down to Italian pairing of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli in their men’s doubles third match of the round robin encounter here on Thursday.The fifth seeds Fognini-Bolelli completed their campaign with a 6-1, 1-6, 10-5 victory in 61 minutes over eighth seeds Bopanna and Mergea, who were already assured of topping Group Ashe/Smith at The O2 Arena here.Bopanna dropped his serve to love in the opening game, which proved to be enough for the Italians to seal the first set in 31 minutes.Bopanna and Mergea responded immediately, taking a 3-0 lead in the second set and broke Fognini once more for a 5-1 advantage. Mergea took the encounter to a match tie-break on their third set point opportunity, closing out to 30.Fognini and Bolelli, having lost their first two group matches, broke into a 5/1 lead in the match tie-break and went on to record their 26th match win of the season, which included lifted the Australian Open title.Bopanna and Mergea, 2-1 overall in round-robin play, will now prepare for Saturday’s semi-finals against the Group Fleming/McEnroe runners-up.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vijai Vardhan said thatSpeaking on the occasion, Mr. Vijai Vardhan said that three workshops will be organized with Vice Chancellors, Registrars, eminent academics, NGOs, media and other stakeholders over next three months.Professor Raj Kumar stated that the State Higher Education Plan will be drafted through a consultative, participatory and collective exercise. He observed that for the success of Digital India, Make in India, Smart City campaigns, drastic improvements in the quality of higher education are required. Professor Kumar observed that Haryana has a great opportunity to contribute to the cause of higher education. The future of Haryana and to a larger extent India will depend on our ability to harness the demographic dividend and the responsibility to educate the youth.IIHEd based in JGU conducts research and offers advice on all aspects of higher education with a strong focus on curriculum development; pedagogical innovations; faculty engagement; faculty recruitment, retention and development; research and knowledge creation systems; promotion of scholarship and building research capacities; developing international collaborations; benchmarking and assessments of institutions; and for providing institutional support on law, policy and regulations relating to higher education. IIHEd is an independent research institute within the JGU that will be focused on pursuing research and capacity building initiatives on different aspects of higher education in India and beyond. The vision of IIHEd is to contribute towards institution building for nation building. MORE BUSINESSWIRE PS
“Sindhu also has done reasonably well,. She could have “Sindhu also has done reasonably well,. She could have been a little more consistent and also came off an injury. But she is still very young and will gain with more experience. She will be more consistent,” said Prakash. He also advised all the players to be more choosy in picking the tournaments to figure in and ensure proper rest in between events.”I hope all Indian players would be more choosy in picking their tournaments and have rest between tournaments. Like I keep saying, the key would be to remain injury free. For that good planning is necessary.”If you choose your top tournaments carefully, you will perform better, remain injury free and ultimately will improve your ranking,” he explained. PTI SSR NRB AH AH
India has 189 lighthouses dotting its 7,517-km vast coast India has 189 lighthouses dotting its 7,517-km vast coast line, including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea. The identified lighthouses are in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar. Steeped in rich maritime heritage, each lighthouse has its own story to tell and has tremendous tourism potential to be tapped. Land adjacent to these lighthouses may have hotels, resorts, viewing galleries, maritime museums and heritage museums, adventure sports facilities, thematic restaurants, souvenir shops, LASER shows, spa and rejuvenation centres, amphitheatres and allied tourism facilities to attract tourists, the Minister said. Globally, lighthouses tend to attract tourists with their scenic and serene surroundings and rich maritime heritage.Another important focus area in the new year would be the Sagarmala Project, which is aimed at port-led development in coastal areas, Gadkari said, while adding the project will give a major boost to the Indian economy. The government has lined up about Rs 70,000 crore for its 12 major ports only, he said.”Ports play a pivotal role in boosting the countrys economic growth. Logistic cost has to be reduced. Our logistic cost is thrice than Chinas. We are not able to compete with global markets,” he added. Gadkari further said that ports will play huge role in double digit GDP target and port, shipping and highways sector will very soon add 2 per cent to the countrys GDP.advertisementGadkari said tenders for development of 16 such projects have already been floated and the government is looking at promoting export of exotic variety of fishes, roping in local youth in projects through skill development.He said 13 states and union territories were involved in Sagarmala initiative which will be implemented across Indias 7,500 kms coastline. At the same time the government has already started a strict monitoring of all the projects to ensure their timely completion. Shipping Secretary Kumar said there the cargo growth rate has doubled from 4 per cent in 2013-14 to 8 per cent in 2014-15. “Major Ports added additional capacity of 71 MTPA in 2014-15 which is the highest in any particular year so far. This was achieved by close monitoring of the on-going projects,” he said.”The Cargo handling capacity of Major Ports in March 2015 was 871.52 Million Tonnes. This is a result of strengthening of infrastructure in Major Ports for handling coastal cargo. A new scheme to provide financial assistance to Major Ports to set up exclusive coastal berths is under implementation. Wherever feasible, green channel facilities have been put in place for coastal cargo,” he said.To focus on improving the last mile connectivity to ports, a new Special Purpose Vehicle is being formed with equity contribution from all Major Ports and Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd, he added. Similarly, an SPV to take up strategic port development overseas has been formed under the name Indian Ports Global Limited, Kumar said adding this SPV will take up development of Chabahar Port in Iran to begin with.India has 12 major ports — Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) — that handle approximately 61 per cent of the countrys total cargo traffic. PTI NAM ANZ BJ
New Zealand were paying close attention to the Saxton Oval wicket on New Year’s Day amid suggestions it could offer spin for Saturday’s crucial fourth one-dayer against Sri Lanka.Another win to Sri Lanka would level the series at two wins apiece and turn the fifth and final game into the decider.A key piece of intelligence New Zealand took from the third match at Nelson’s Saxton Oval on Thursday was a sign the pitch is starting to take turn.They were thoroughly outplayed in that match with Sri Lanka bettering their 276-run total for the loss of only two wickets against New Zealand’s predominantly pace attack.The New Zealand bowling line-up is already destined for a shake-up with Tim Southee ruled out with an injured left foot, earning a recall for Matt Henry who took four wickets in each of the first two matches.But consideration is also being given to dropping one of the quick bowlers in favour of pairing the leg-break option of Ish Sodhi with the left-arm spin of Mitchell Santner.Santner, who went for a wicketless 59 off his 10 overs in Nelson, said the pitch flattened out during the day with a suggestion of spin.”It’s starting to turn a little bit so the spinners might get more of a crack,” he said, but added: “It’s still going to be a good batting surface so pushing that 300 mark could be a competitive score.”Kane Williamson, standing in as captain while Brendon McCullum recovers from a sore back, confirmed the two-spinner option was under discussion.advertisement”You assess the wicket and you look at the squad and pick the team that best suits the conditions. Naturally they (spinners) will come into a chance to play in the next one.”Williamson was not impressed with the way Southee, Adam Milne and Doug Bracewell set about defending New Zealand’s 276 total.”We didn’t bowl particularly well in that first 10 which didn’t help our cause. We would all admit we were off the mark there and they batted very well.”Tillakaratne Dilshan and Danushka Gunathilaka cracked 83 off the first 10 overs with Dilshan going on to make 91 and Gunathilaka 65.Lahiru Thirimanne was not out 87 when Sri Lanka reached their target with 22 balls to spare.Thursday was not a good day for Williamson as he watched his side crumble in the face of a rejuvenated Sri Lankan unit he also lost his place at the head of the world Test batting rankings to Australian skipper Steve Smith.Smith leaped from fourth to first following scores of 134 not out and 70 not out in the Boxing Day Test against the West Indies, which Australia won by 177 runs.
Former Indian and Tamil Nadu cricketer VB Chandrasekhar at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. (file Photo) – THE HINDU COMMENTS August 16, 2019 COMMENT Published on SHARE 0 death × Former Indian and Tamil Nadu cricketer VB Chandrasekhar at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. (file Photo) – THE HINDU cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL people Former India opener and national selector VB Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai on Thursday following a massive cardiac arrest.The dashing Tamil Nadu right-hander of yesteryears, who was only six days short of his 58th birthday, is survived by his wife and two daughters.Chandrasekhar played 7 ODIs between 1988 and 1990, scoring only 88 runs, but at the domestic level he was prolific for a few seasons, aggregating 4,999 runs in 81 games with a highest score of 237 not out.A qualified engineer, Chandrasekhar made his first-class debut at the age of 25 and played in a formidable Tamil Nadu team, which comprised WV Raman, Diwakar Vasu, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Bharath Arun.Till a few seasons back, he held the record for the fastest hundred in the Ranji Trophy — a 56-ball ton for Tamil Nadu against Rest of India in an Irani Cup game — that brought him into national reckoning.Unfortunately, his technique was found out during a tri-series in New Zealand in 1990, ensuring that he never played for India again.An astute reader of the game, he was later a national selector when Greg Chappell was the coach and in his later years also did commentary in domestic cricket.“I have done two years of commentary with him and I can vouch that I became better simply interacting with him. His game reading, grip on technical aspects was mind blowing and it is memory I would always cherish,” former India stumper Deep Dasgupta told PTI.“His passion was unmatched and I know he used to spend a lot from his own pocket in a running a team in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) known as VB Kanchi Veerans. It will take some time for this tragic news to sink in,” said Dasgupta.India and Chennai Super Kings player Suresh Raina condoled the death of Chandrasekhar.“Extremely sad & shocked to hear about the passing away of VB Chandrasekhar sir. His consistent efforts made it possible to set the right foundation of the CSK team. He always encouraged & believed in us since very beginning. My deepest condolences to the family,” Raina tweeted.India and CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also expressed his sadness.“Very shocking to hear VB Chandrashekhar indian cricketer is no more.. very sad news .. very young to go.. rest in peace VB.. Big lose. condolences to the family,” Harbhajan wrote on his twitter handle.Former India opener Aakash Chopra expressed shock at Chandrasekhar’s death.“Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of V B Chandrasekhar. Was only 57. Went away too soon. Thoughts with the family….heartfelt condolences. R.I.P.,” he tweeted.
New Delhi, Jan 28 (PTI) BJP today declared Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal its chief ministerial candidate for the Assam assembly polls, making a departure from its usual practice of not naming a leader for state elections.The BJP parliamentary board made the decision in an hour-long meeting attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, its general secretary J P Nadda told reporters.”The people of Assam know Sarbananda Sonowal as a national hero. The parliamentary board has decided that the party will fight the Assam polls in his leadership…BJP is going to form its government in Assam,” Nadda, accompanied by partys national secretary Shrikant Sharma, said.The decision reflects a strategic shift in the partys approach to contesting state assembly elections after ignoring state leadership and excessive focus on central leaders was blamed by many for its debacle in Bihar polls.Barring the Delhi assembly polls, during which it had inducted Kiran Bedi into the party at the last minute and made her the chief ministerial candidate, BJP has not named a leader for state elections and instead sought votes in Modis name after he emerged as its preeminent leader and Shah took over as its president.Asked if the party will name chief ministerial candidates for other poll-bound states as well, Nadda said the issue was deliberated upon today and a decision will be taken later.Sonowal (53) currently holds independent charge of Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry. Sonowal was All Assam Students Union president and AGP leader before joining BJP in 2011. He headed the partys Assam unit before he was made a Minister in the Narendra Modi government.advertisementHe was appointed Assam BJP chief in November.Among the five states going to polls in a few months, Assam offers the best hope to the saffron outfit after it emerged as the single largest party there during the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.In the meeting, the board led by Modi felicitated Shah following his election as the party president for a fresh term with the prime minister hoping that he will lead it to more successes in the future. More PTI KR SK
AdvertisementManchester United were defeated by Barcelona at Old Trafford in the first leg of the Champions League quarter final with a margin of 1-0. The Catalan Giants would certainly be hopeful to qualify to the semis in the Champions League this season. Lionel Messi suffered an injury scare in this match; but thankfully nothing much happened to him after the challenge of Chris Smalling.Barcelona took the lead at the first half of the match with an own goal of Luke Shaw at the 12th minute of the match. Sergio Busquets was shown an yellow card at the 17th minute of the match. Luke Shaw was also booked two minutes later in the game. The first half ended with a scoreline of 1-0 in favour of Barcelona.Arturo Vidal replaced Phillipe Coutinho in the second half of the match. Sergio Roberto also came in place of Arthur. Anthony Martial was subbed in place Romelu Lukaku for the home side. However, the substitutions were not impactful for both the sides. Arturo Vidal was booked at the 72nd minute of the match. Both sides created enough opportunities. However, they were not clinical in the attacking third. The match ended with a scoreline of 1-0 in favour of Barcelona.Wolfsburg, Bayern, Juventus and now Atletico – CL Masterclasses nothing new for Cristiano Advertisement
Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Indian ExpressAdvertisement19-year-old Rameshwar Gurjar from Madhya Pradesh was the talk of the town after his video of completing a 100-metre lap in “11 seconds” went viral last week.Image Courtesy: The Indian ExpressGurjar is currently very optimistic and has expressed his desire of breaking Usain Bolt’s world record if he gets proper training. After watching the video, state Sports Minister Jitu Patwari had invited him to Bhopal last week.“Usain Bolt made a world record of 9.58 seconds for the 100 metres race. I am hopeful of breaking it after getting facilities and proper training,” said Gurjar.Gurjar also went on to reveal that he had been practicing 100m for the past six months after failing to make the cut into the Indian Army due to lack of height.“I was completing 100-metre race in little over 12 seconds (earlier), but brought down the time to 11 seconds after practising for six months,” he said.Gurjar is expected to give a trial and tests at the MP State Sports Academy and MP sports minister Patwari has assured to provide training and other facilities to him.“The rural talent will be selected through state Olympics and they will be provided all essential facilities in the Sports Academy. Apart from this, players will be identified through sports competitions in schools in coordination with the School Education Department,” said Patwari.Gurjar’s video has become viral on the social media platforms and it caught the eye of BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, who on Saturday assured to offer support to the runner.Also Read:Hima Das and Muhammed Anas clinch gold in Czech Republic
AdvertisementFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly acknowledged the Kapil Dev led Cricket Advisory Committee’s decision to reappoint Ravi Shastri as the head coach of Indian cricket team till the 2021 T20 World Cup, saying that the right decision was made. Ganguly himself was a former member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that picked Anil Kumble ahead of Ravi Shastri as coach in 2016, but tensions brewed in the dressing room just after a year which forced the legendary leg-spinner to quit.The former Indian skipper was previously involved in a spat with Ravi Shastri when he was leading the committee last time around. However, this time it seems that Ganguly is quite content with Shastri’s reappointment and declared that he is the right choice among other applicants. The current Indian coach was a forerunner for the job while other heavyweights like Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh had also applied. In an interview with Sportstar, Ganguly was asked whether the board had made the right choice to rehire Shastri, considering India haven’t been able to win an ICC tournament during his tenure. To which he replied,“No, I think they have done well by giving Ravi a couple of years extension and I hope he does well,”He also wished Shastri good luck and hopes that the current India coach will repay the faith shown on him by leading India all the way through in the upcoming two T20 World Cups in 2020 and in 2021.“Hopefully now India can now go all the way in the two tournaments that are coming up (the T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021),” said Ganguly.Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisementIn the latest episode of the ongoing verbal clash between the Manchester United legend Gary Neville and the recently departed Romelu Lukaku, the Englishman has revealed that he’s ‘delighted’ on the Belgian leaving Old Trafford.Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesLukaku, who joined Serie A giants Inter Milan last month, was targeted by Neville, currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports, where the attacker was deprecated of being ‘overweight’ and ‘unprofessional’.The 26 year old came up with an answer after 3 weeks: “Don’t question my professionalism. I live for this game. I am at home all the time. I try to do everything to improve.”Following this, the former England skipper has added a recent comment on the ongoing tussle of words, stating on Twitter that no player has a place at the Theater of Dreams who think themselves to be “bigger than club.”Here’s the tweet below-I’m hearing you. I’m delighted he’s left . I won’t be happy till everyone single one of them that think they are better and bigger than the club and don’t want to be here are gone ! Nothing at all about his nationality or him not being a good player .He will always score goals . https://t.co/Ro11KH15oX— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 1, 2019Lukaku joined the Nerazzuri in early August for €80 million, in addition to a five year contract at a wage of £300,000 per week.It is now to be seen how the Belgian international comes up with an answer to this, or even if he does.Inter are currently second in the Italian league table and will face Cagliari in the upcoming away fixture at Sardegna Arena.Advertisement
Advertisement AdvertisementArsenal have lacked serious leadership in the dressing for a long while now. Even when Laurent Koscielny was there, the leadership lacked many crucial aspects on and off the pitch. A recent interview with club captain Granit Xhaka is testimony that not much has improved at Emirates over the years.Xhaka in the following interview implies that eventhough he gave away a penalty, it was because of the forwards who failed to take the chances because of which Arsenal were unable to get the win.It is not only unprecedented but also peculiar of a captain shifting the blame to other players in the squad. Much more peculiar when a blatant penalty was given away by the captain himself.Watch the interview here :Xhaka indirectly blaming our strikers for costing us the NLD. This guy is our captain btw pic.twitter.com/6SVGqpOdyq— 🅿️1⃣ (@P1AFC) September 4, 2019
Advertisement AdvertisementRohit Sharma, the newly selected opener for India in Tests, had a fantastic first day at the office in the first Test against South Africa. The ODI opener went on to score a superb fifty on Day 1 of the Visakhapatnam Test. And with his 11th fifty in Test cricket, he equalled Indian legend Rahul Dravid’s record for the most number of consecutive fifty-plus scores in Tests at home.While Dravid had hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores between 1997 and 1998, Rohit Sharma has scored 6 successive hundreds at home between 2016 and 2019. The Mumbai Indians captain was selected ahead of KL Rahul for the no.1 spot as his usual middle-order position was already booked by Hanuma Vihari who had a wonderful outing in West Indies earlier this year.Last week in the practice match between Board President’s XI and South Africa at Vizianagaram, Sharma couldn’t open his account and was dismissed for a duck, raising some questions among the critics. However, all of them were silenced today through his sublime century against the likes of the Protea seamers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.He waited patiently during the crucial first hour and started firing all guns out once South Africa introduced spinners. Him and Mayank Agarwal raced to fifty within the first session and built a solid 100 plus partnership for the opening wicket.Even though rain stopped the first days play unexpectedly, India are in firm control with 202 on the scoreboard. Rohit Sharma is batting on 115 and his partner Agarwal is unbeaten at 84.
Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC According to the report, Fiba personnel approached Gilas trainer Dexter Aseron and handed him two envelopes and in it were two names who would be randomly tested—Ravena and center June Mar Fajardo.“I expected it,” Ravena said in the report. “At least once, I knew I’d be tested here, but I welcome it. It’s also a chance for me to put everything behind.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“I made a mistake and learned my lesson. Now I know for sure what the result of that test will be.”Ravena’s first official basketball game was in Gilas’ 85-75 loss to the Adelaide 36ers in a tuneup game on Sunday. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas Pilipinas guard Kiefer Ravena underwent a drug test that Fiba ordered a day after the Nationals arrived in China for the 2019 World Cup, a report from ESPN5 said.It was a curious episode for Ravena, who recently finished an 18-month suspension for violating the World Anti-Doping Agency’s protocols back in May 2018. But the 25-year-old fully expected that he would be tested ahead of the tournament that will tip off on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Blazers back on track as Gutang leads the way View comments
Barca leave it late to sneak past Leganes Zinedine Zidane urges fans to back Gareth Bale Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Zinedine Zidane said he never had any doubts about returning to Real Madrid after he replaced the sacked Santiago Solari as coach on Monday. “When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go,” Zidane said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu. “I could not say no, I never had any doubts about going back.” Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.Related News Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March. But Zidane coming back, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph. “I left because a change was needed at the end of last season, for the good of everyone, after winning so much,” Zidane said. “I returned because the president called me. I love him and I love this club, so here I am.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever
Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Barca leave it late to sneak past Leganes Buenos Aires: Argentina star Lionel Messi was banned from playing for his national team for three months and fined $50,000 on Friday by CONMEBOL after he heavily criticised the South American football governing body during the Copa America tournament. The Barcelona forward had accused CONMEBOL of “corruption” after he was sent off against Chile during the third-place play-off during the tournament in Brazil, which ended last month.Related News Messi was angered by two incidents during the June-July Copa hosted by bitter rivals Brazil. Argentina were denied two penalty claims in their 2-0 semi-final defeat to the hosts, after which Messi claimed Brazil were “managing a lot in CONMEBOL these days.” And when he was harshly dismissed in the next game, which Argentina went on to win 2-1, he couldn’t contain his anger. “Corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying the football and they’re ruining it a bit,” Messi said. He was given his marching orders after a first-half scuffle with Chile captain Gary Medel in which television pictures suggested he’d done little wrong. The CONMEBOL statement on its website didn’t specify why Messi was being punished but said it was related to articles 7.1 and 7.2 of its disciplinary regulations. One such clause refers to “offensive, insulting behavior or making defamatory protests of any kind.” Another clause mentions “breaching the decisions, directives or orders of the judicial bodies.” The ban means Messi will miss a handful of friendly matches as Argentina’s next competitive fixture is not until qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that begins in March. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever
New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association is not going to abide by Sports Ministrys direction to reply to the show cause notice on the controversial elevation of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents as it will first consult its parent international body, a top official said today. The IOA has been given time till tomorrow to reply to the show-cause issued by the ministry after scam-tainted Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOAs Annual General Meeting in Chennai on December 27. “The IOA president is out of the country, he is in New Zealand. We are not replying tomorrow on the show-cause,” the official told PTI. “Moreover, we cannot directly reply to a show-cause notice like this. Under Olympic Charter, the IOA enjoys autonomy and independence from government interference. We will first consult with the IOC on this notice before thinking of replying,” he said. “Normally, we would not have replied on such a notice because we are an autonomous body established under Olympic Charter. We may reply but that may happen after consultation with the IOC,” the official added. The elevation of Kalmadi and Chautala kicked up a storm and stunned the Indian sports fraternity. Under intense pressure from various quarters, Kalmadi chose to step aside yesterday. But Chautala refused to follow suit though he said that he was ready to relinquish the post only if the International Olympic Committee has reservations about it. He asked IOA President N Ramachandran to discuss the matter with the IOC. Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that it will severe ties with the IOA if the decision is not overturned. “Charges have been framed by court against Shri Suresh Kalmadi and Shri Abhay Singh Chautala. In the GBM of IOA held on 27-12-2016 at Chennai, a resolution was passed to appoint Shri Kalmadi and Shri Chautala as Life Presidents. Therefore, persons who cannot contest elections for any post in the IOA have been appointed as Life President of IOA, which in spirit is violative of both IOCs conditionalities and IOAs own constitution,” the ministry said in the notice. “In view of the above, the IOA is asked to show cause as to why IOA should continue to be recognised as the NOC and government support/assistance of all nature should not be stopped when it has failed to conform to the basic principles of ethics and good governance, violated the directive of the IOC and violated its own rules and thus has adversely impacted the standing and prestige of the country. “Your reply should reach the office of the undersigned latest by 17.00hrs of 30 December 2016, failing which it would be construed that you have nothing to say in the matter and action will be taken accordingly,” the notice said. PTI PDS AH AHadvertisement
Bangkok, Jan 11 (PTI) Seventeen-year-old amateur golfer Arjun Prasad shot a fine six-under 66 to get off to a great start in the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage presented by Sports Authority of Thailand, here today. Prasad, winner of the Faldo Series Grand Final in China, is part of a strong 16-man contingent from India, which is hoping to grab some Tour cards at the Q-School. Prasad, who is due to appear in his High School examinations next week, is two shots behind leader, American William Cannon who fired a sparking eight-under-par 64 to share the lead with Australias Todd Sinnot. Prasad, who was seven-under with seven bridies through 16 holes, dropped his only bogey of the day on 17th and then finished at 66. Prasad said his idol is Asian Tour honorary member Jeev Milkha Singh. “Its a good morale booster for me. I played some solid golf today and didnt make too much mistakes. I followed my game plan closely. This is my second week in Thailand and its getting pretty tiring already. My high school exams are next week and Im making a big sacrifice by being here,” he said. “Ive been playing golf for the last eight years and I won the Faldo Series Asia Grand Finals in China last year. My golf career has been good so far. I plan to turn professional if I can earn my Asian Tour card this week. I always look up to Jeev Sir as my inspiration from the very start. “He has been a great role model and I hope to emulate his success one day.” Apart from Prasad, who is tied 11th on a tight leaderboard, Khalin Joshi, Abhijit Chadha, M Dharma and Manu Gandas carded 67 each to be tied 19th alongside former two-time PGA Tour winner, Daniel Chopra. Ajeetesh Sandhu, Honey Baisoya and Sujjan Singh shot 68 each to be tied 48th. Other Indians were Ashok Kumar (69 and tied 70th), Aman Raj (70), Veer Ahlawat (71), Gaurav Pratap Singh (71), Udayan Mane (71), C Muniyappa (72) and Deepender Kullar (75). The top-35 players and ties from the field of 222 will earn playing rights on the regions premier Tour in 2017. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisement
England batsman Joe Root will not be available to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) this year as he is eager to spend time at home with his newborn son, the 26-year-old has said. (Root and Kohli are the best right now, says Ian Botham)One of the most sought-after batsmen of his era, Root has been reportedly been contacted by several franchises of the cash-rich Twenty20 league beginning on April 5. (Root and Kohli after 50 Tests: Who has the better stats?)”It is a shame because there is a really good window in the international calendar to play. But looking at the schedule, especially next winter, I am going to be away for long periods,” Root told British media.”This will be a great opportunity to spend time at home and watch (son) Alfred grow up a little bit. A lot of great things would come from the IPL, a lot of great experiences and I am sure it would help to improve my game.”But at the moment being at home is my priority and I want to make sure I do not miss out on that. It is quite tough being away in these early days so it will be nice to catch up.”Root made 78 in England’s three-wicket loss in Sunday’s first one-dayer against India. Cuttack hosts the second and penultimate match of the series on Thursday.
In Tiruchirappalli, a loadman attempted to commit self-immolation during a demonstration organised to press for conducting jallikattu. Police said they foiled the suicide bid and arrested the man. In Pothamettupatti village in the district, jallikattu was organised with 15 bulls being let into the ground and several youths taking part in the event. However, police said the bulls were just let out freely and there was no taming sport at all. PTI CORR SSN VS VS
Mumbai, Jan 18 (PTI) Andre Agassi today heaped praise on Roger Federer, saying the Swiss Master makes it so easy on a tennis court, which often pisses him off. “I cannot believe how easy he (Federer) makes it look. It pisses me off that he just makes it look so easy. Its a great generation of tennis. One that takes decades and makes it into one generation that everybody should be grateful to be able to watch,” the eight-time Grand Slam winner told Harsha Bhogle during an interaction at an event here today. The Olympic gold medallist also said that Federer was arguably the greatest tennis player ever because of what he could do on any surface. “Youre looking at arguably the greatest ever because of what he could do on every surface. He (Federer) could beat the best from the back of the court. He had Plan A, B, C, D. And he never usually got to Plan C or D. Occasionally hed go to Plan B. So this is just somebody incredibly special. “But hes also dealing with two other guys that you can argue are at the top of the history of our sport, with Djokovic and Nadal,” Agassi. Agassi said that “I woke up one day and I had this dream I was Pete Sampras, so I immediately went back to sleep. Sorry I cant help it (about the jibes Ive thrown against Sampras)”. “The game has changed dramatically for so many reasons and when people ask how does your game match up, let me remove all doubts, it does not. Its not only about the athlete and the power but also about the spins. If you change the spins in the game, you change the dimensions, you change the rules of engagement, you change how you grow up and how you make decisions on a tennis court and it really changes how you approach the game,” said Agassi. “The top few guys now, they play a different game than what I played,” Agassi said when asked whether the game has changed since the time he left tennis. PTI NRB PDS ATadvertisement
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators’ (COA) move to relieve the staff of former BCCI President and Secretary has led BCCI media manager Nishant Arora to quit.The COA last week decided to shut down the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office in New Delhi set up by former President Anurag Thakur. and with Arora employed by Thakur, his time was definitely up. (Also read: Ex-BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s staff set to be removed)Arora, who served for 18 months, tendered his resignation on Sunday evening after he was offered a shift to the BCCI cricket centre in Mumbai following the closure of the Delhi office.Talking to IANS on his resignation, Arora said he was offered to shift his base from Delhi. This prompted him to quit.”I have a young family and didn’t want to move to Mumbai,” he said.His resignation comes after both Thakur’s and Shirke’s removal by the apex court for failing to implement the Justice R.M. Lodha committee recommendations.The court then appointed a four-member committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai to oversee the daily operations of the cricket board.The panel includes former India women’s team captain Diana Edulji, historian Ramachandra Guha and IDFC chief Vikram Limaye.
Karachi, Feb 10 (PTI) In a shocking turn of events, Pakistan cricketers Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were today provisionally suspended by the PCB on corruption charges and sent back home from Dubai, where they were competing in the Pakistan Super League T20. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the two players had been suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the PSL which kicked off Thursday. Opener, Sharjeel recently toured New Zealand and Australia with the Pakistan team and is the only player to have scored a century in the PSL eliminator last year. Both the players were representing defending champions, Islamabad United in the ongoing PSL. While Khalid didnt play in the opening match, Sharjeel fell cheaply leg before wicket. The PCB said that Sharjeel and Khalid will remain suspended from all cricket as the PCB, supported by the International Cricket Council (ICC), continues is rigorous and wide-ranging investigation as part of a collective efforts to protect the integrity of the sport. “It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, however this investigation is a clear demonstration of our determination to drive corruption out of the sport,” Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PSL said. “We will not tolerate any form of corrupt activity and as this investigation proceeds we will not hesitate to take further decisive action as appropriate,” he said. “The investigation of the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit, backed by the ICC ACU, has been effective in dealing with this case to date and we will continue to work in the closest collaboration as the investigation proceeds,” Sethi added. He said the PCB is absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing anyone who would seek to damage the integrity of our sport. This is not the first time that Pakistani players have been involved in fixing issues as in 2010 Muhammad Aamir, Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif were banned for five years for spot fixing during the England tour. Three years back Test leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board for spot fixing in county cricket. Left-arm pacer, Aamir has returned to the Pakistan team after completing his five-year ban in 2015. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisement
Chandigarh, Feb 21 (PTI) Stage is all set for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) annual awards ceremony to be held here on February 23, an event which will recognise and honour the best players, goalkeepers, rising stars, coaches and umpires of the game. The awards will be given away in a formal ceremony for the first time, in which the FIH, in partnership with Hockey India, will announce the winners of the Hockey Stars Awards 2016. Inspirational Indian mens team captain P R Sreejesh and fast-rising drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh are the two Indians in contention for different honours. While Sreejesh is in the running for FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, the 18-year-old Harmanpreet is in fray for the Rising Star of the Year trophy. Sreejesh had led India to the Asian Champions Trophy crown and a silver medal at the Champions Trophy last year. Drag-flicker Harmanpreet, on the other hand, played a key role in the junior teams World Cup triumph in Lucknow last year. Although the FIH Hockey Stars Awards have been presented for a number of years to winners across the world, this first Awards ceremony marks a key milestone. The ceremony celebrate the success of all nominated candidates, providing an opportunity to reflect on what was a truly remarkable year for hockey, the FIH said in a recent statement. The entire ceremony will be livestreamed via FIHs YouTube channel. “This Awards ceremony is yet another example of hockey increasing the degree of professionalism across all levels of the sport, a key component of the FIHs 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy,” FIH president Narinder Batra said earlier. FIH Player of the Year: Women: Alex Danson (GBR); Carla Rebecchi (ARG); Kate Richardson-Walsh (GBR); Naomi van As (NED); Stacey Michelsen (NZL). Men: Gonzalo Peillat (ARG); John-John Dohmen (BEL); Moritz Fürste (GER); Pedro Ibarra (ARG); Tobias Hauke (GER). FIH Goalkeeper of the Year Women: Belen Succi (ARG); Jackie Briggs (USA); Joyce Sombroek (NED); Kristina Reynolds (GER); Maddie Hinch (GBR). Men: David Harte (IRL); Jaap Stockmann (NED); Juan Vivaldi (ARG); PR Sreejesh (IND); Vincent Vanasch (BEL). FIH Rising Star of the Year (Players Under-23) Women: Florencia Habif (ARG); Kathryn Slattery (AUS); Lily Owsley (GBR); Maria Granatto (ARG); Nike Lorenz (GER). Men: Arthur van Doren (BEL); Christopher Rühr (GER); Harmanpreet Singh (IND); Jorrit Croon (NED); Timm Herzbruch (GER). FIH Coach of the Year Women: Alyson Annan (AUS); Janneke Schopman (USA); Karen Brown (GBR). Men: Carlos Retegui (ARG); Danny Kerry (GBR); Shane McLeod (NZL). PTI SUN SSC SSCadvertisement
Mumbai, Mar 6 (PTI) Nine-year-old Aryaman Singh from Pune has set a new Junior Golf record in the country, by topping the Order of Merit for three consecutive years. Singh, who started playing golf at the age of three and took part in his first tournament at five, won every tournament in the Indian Golf Union (IGU), West Zone. The Pune boy created a new junior record winning the IGU – West Zone Order of Merit for 2014, 2015 and 2016. His winning streak has now extended to 1,096 days. Speaking to reporters here, Aryaman said he liked golf over other sports and hence started playing the game. “I practice 3 to 4 days in a week and 2-2.5 hours a day. (Playing) Golf is fun, interesting and challenging,” quipped Aryaman. It was his father Rohit, who took him to a golf camp in Pune and then the boy evinced interest in the game. Aryaman wishes to play his first major tournament in seven years time at the age of 16. Asked what is his aim, pat comes the reply, “I want to break Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors (major championships)”. He has been working with the best coaches across the globe. The boy works with Justin Parsons, Director of Instruction at the Dubai-based Butch Harmon School of Gulf. He also works with Mark Roe and Dave Stockton, two of the best shot-game coaches. PTI NRB ATK ATK
Sourav Ganguly said he wasn’t half of what Virat Kohli is on the field as a captain and crowd energiser soon after India’s fantastic come-from-behind victory over Australia in the Bengaluru Test to draw level in the four-match series. (Scorecard)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia had been crushed in Pune by 333 runs and they were mostly lagging behind in the second Test. Kohli has so far only garnered 40 runs from four innings but he led his side admirably as India defended 188 against a power-packed Australian line-up.Kohli often draws comparisons with Ganguly for his sheer aggression and passion on the field. However, the Dada of Indian cricket said the current Indian Test captain has taken it one step further with his brilliant batting, fielding and his ability to marshall the crowd. (Bengaluru Test: Ravichandran Ashwin’s 6/41 seals sensational victory for India)”I was not half of what Kohli is on the field. He has just taken it one step further. I love watching him on the ground,” Ganguly told India Today. “But he has got to be careful. He has got to get the balance in terms of batting and captaincy.”However, Ganguly also had a word of caution for Kohli, who does not shy away from a verbal joust on the field. In Bengaluru, Kohli taunted Matt Renshaw over the toilet incident and gave Steve Smith a send-off after he sought help from the dressing room over a referral. (Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tries to cheat)”He (Kohli) has got to stay off the match referee’s radar. Someone is going to pounce on him soon like they used to be with me,” Ganguly said.advertisementGanguly suggested the banter and the sledging should not be taken too far and all animosity be left on the field: “Let’s just enjoy the banter between the players and not take it too far”. (Ravichandran Ashwin concedes he was trying too hard after storming back to form)A few former Australian cricketers have been harsh on Kohli after the sledge-fest that dominated proceedings on Saturday. Ian Healy even said he was losing respect for Kohli while Mark Waugh said the captain’s negativity was rubbing off on the entire team. (Ravichandran Ashwin takes revenge on Mitchell Starc, pockets 6/41)”It does not matter what Healy and Mark said. I played with them and saw how they reacted on the cricket field. I am sure Kohli would not care too much either,” Ganguly said.
Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 8 (PTI) Deposits and disbursement of loans in co-operative banks in Kerala dipped during the post-demonetisation period, State Minister for Tourism and Cooperation Kadakampally Surendran said in the assembly today. However, he said any drop out of customers from cooperative banks have not come to the notice of the government. Replying during Question Hour, Surendran said said there was a drop of nearly 30 per cent in loan disbursement and deposits after demonetisation of Rs.1000 and Rs.500 notes in November last. Surendran, also the Minister for Tourism, said the state had been able to achieve success in adventure tourism sector. A Kerala Adventure Tourism Society had been formed for the promotion of Thenmala Adventure park and adventure tourism in the state, he said. Government could kick start several adventure sports like International mountain bike race, Malabar river festival, Scuba diving and Paragliding, he said. In another submission, Finance Minister T M Thomas Isacc informed the assembly that government would take steps to reconstitute coir cooperatives. The government would provide working capital for the cooperatives directly, he said. Coir would be procured by cooperatives and funds for the same would be disbursed at the time of procurement itself, he said adding an amount of Rs.70 crore has been earmarked for this. PTI JRK VS DK
Uncapped Indian players had a field day at the Indian Premier League 2017 players auction with little-known Tamil Nadu left-arm seamer T Natarajan going for Rs 3 crore ($448,000) to Kings XI Punjab, a 30-fold hike over his base price of Rs 10 lakh. (IPL 2017 AUCTION: KEY HIGHLIGHTS)Rajasthan’s left-arm pacer Aniket Chaudhary, who has been a net bowler with the Indian Test squad for some time, also bagged a cool Rs 2 crore ($298,000) deal from RCB.CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOKarnataka’s young off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham got a Rs 2 crore ($298,000) winning bid from Mumbai Indians. (How the teams stack up after the auction)Rookie Hyderabad fast bowler Mohammed Siraj bagged a massive deal of Rs. 2.6 crore from Sunrisers Hyderabad. Siraj, who starred for Hyderabad in the last Ranji Trophy season with 41 wickets, finished as Sunrisers’ second most expensive buy after Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.India discards Varun Aaron fetched Rs 2.8 crore ($418,000) from Kings XI Punjab while leg-spinner Karn Sharma was bought for Rs 3.2 crore ($477,000) from Mumbai Indians.For left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, it was another hefty pay day as he bagged a Rs one crore deal from RCB starting at a base price of Rs 30 lakh. (Tymal Mills happy to be on the same side with Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers)It was definitely a significant dip from last year when Negi’s Rs 8.5 crore deal with Delhi Daredevils had surprised the cricket world. However, being an Indian player proved to be his advantage.But there was heartbreak for senior Test players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma who went unsold at their base prices of Rs 50 lakh and Rs 2 crore, respectively. (Stokes hits jackpot in historic Indian Premier League player bid)advertisementVeteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who had a base price of Rs. 50 lakh, too failed to grab a deal and remained unsold.The day certainly turned out to be a good one for the England players with Stokes hogging the limelight but speedster Tymal Mills wasn’t far behind. Both Stokes and Mills ended up entered the million-dollar bracket with the former fetching $2.16 million and the latter going for $1.8 million. (Happy for myself and Rashid Khan, says Mohammad Nabi after SRH bag Afghan players)Stokes became the most expensive foreign player ever in IPL history and second highest overall.
I’m speaking this afternoon to a group of executive transition leadership folks who wanted help thinking about how to market their services.I was asked to share some general thoughts on marketing. I’m going to share here what I’ll say, because like these folks, you probably struggle from time to time on how to take a complex idea and make it instantly compelling to your audience. These classics are probably useful to you as a nonprofit marketer.Here’s what I’m going to say:1. First, tackle positioning – ie the marketing sweet spot.That’s the intersection between:-What your organization focuses upon (which is hopefully what you’re good at)-What you do better than anyone else (what is completely unique about you)-What your audience cares aboutIf you know me, you know this Venn diagram, which has appeared here before. It is SO IMPORTANT, because we tend to spend too much time ensconced in the righthand circle. We trumpet our merits and call it marketing. It’s not. Our audience members may not care about those merits, or they may feel they are getting what they want from their status quo approaches (or inaction).Marketing takes into account competition (the lower circle) and the audience’s interests (the lefthand circle). It defines a good position in the marketplace as the INTERSECTION of all three areas.This diagram is based on the work of some branding folks and Jim Collins’ hedgehog concept.2. Second, turn that positioning into messages.The best messages directly address the following:Why people should careWhat specific action you’re asking people to takeWhat personally relevant reward they’ll get in exchange for taking that actionWhy taking that action is better than what they are doing now (the competition)Why they should take action now (as opposed to later or never – there needs to be a sense of urgency)Who claims all this is true (you need a trusted messenger)You want your audience to engage with you and think:I want to do this right now! If I (take the action you’re asking), I will get (this great benefit you’re offering) which will be far preferable to (whatever I’m doing now) because (a trusted person told me so).If you’re not getting that outcome, you’ve got a positioning problem and a messaging problem.
When someone signs up to receive emails from you, what’s the first thing you send? Do you just add them to your e-newsletter distribution? Or do you actually welcome them?Don’t neglect the most important emails – the first ones you send! My colleagues Allison Schwalm and Caryn Stein have created a nifty mini-guide (free with registration) that provides all the details on how to do this right. Read the whole guide here, and remember their advice:A welcome series is a sequence of 2-3 simple, personal email messages (a plus if you’re able to automate them!) that a constituent receives over the course of their first few weeks on your email list, educating them about your organization, its programs, and ways to get involved and stay connected. Executed thoughtfully, a welcome series can help you give new constituent relationships the personal attention they need (before asking for donations to your organization) without a huge resource commitment.Include:A personal greeting from the voice of your organization: This could be your organization’s Executive Director, a staff member that works in your development department or a celebrity spokesperson. (Quick tip: Tread lightly with your spokesperson. Constituents want to talk to someone that relates to them on an ongoing basis not just a talking head.) This email will highlight the state of your organization and will educate the new constituents about what your organization does and the people or community that you serve. Focus on educating your new constituents and reminding them what they signed up for. Reinforce benefits and set expectations about what your constituents will receive and how often. Highlight specific ways your constituents can get involved: Have really great programs geared toward families? Looking for volunteers for your homeless ministry? Planning a gala dinner and recruiting committee members? In your second welcome message, place emphasis on educating newcomers on ways to get involved or highlighting the value of being a supporter. Mentioning upcoming events will also give new constituents a chance to meet your staff in person and will likely increase their level of involvement with your organization. Provide other ways to engage with your organization: Tell them about the ways they can connect with your staff through Facebook or Twitter (Want to learn more about engaging donors with these tools? Check out the also free guide: Woo and Wow Your Donors with Social Media). Do you post great videos that are super sharable? Include a link to Your YouTube channel. This is great advice for getting started. For more, check out the full mini-guide here. Or check out the on-demand webinar on the topic here.
Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving. —Henry RossoBack in the early 2000s, my husband and I lived in London for a few years. During one memorable job interview, a very clueless (okay, uninformed) interviewer asked me rather abruptly, “What’s the difference between you and someone on the street shaking a tin cup?” It’s okay to cringe. I did. Rather, I think I did either before or after I picked up my chin from the table in shock. It took me about a second to compose myself before I embarked on a long reply about the strategy and relationship-building skills that I would bring. Fundraising to him was perceived as unpleasant (I am reading between the lines of his question!) and begging (how else do you describe shaking a cup for money?). It was random, unpleasant, and certainly involved little to no contact between fundraiser and donor.What this interviewer didn’t understand is that as fundraisers, we aren’t just asking people for money. That’s certainly a major job responsibility, but there’s a lot more to what we do. We are relationship architects between our organizations and the donors who currently or, we hope, will eventually support us. This is true across all kinds of fundraising—annual funds, online/mobile giving, individual and institutional major gifts, events, planned gifts. Our goal is to create two-way conversations that are not transactional and circular exchanges of asking and receiving money. We know this isn’t sustainable in the long term. How do we shift our approach to our donors? Let’s start by looking what giving does for the donor—an important starting point to becoming “donor-centric.”Research has found that giving has a positive psychological effect on donors. Three different studies I’ve come across all concluded that there’s a correlation between a person’s charitable giving behaviors and their level of happiness. Arthur Brooks found patterns in his research of charitable giving that seemed to suggest that donors become wealthier after making their philanthropic gifts. All three research studies consistently showed that people who gave money charitably said they were “very happy” versus nongivers who reported lower percentages of happiness. Similar statistics are related to volunteering as well. Wow! Giving and volunteering make donors feel healthier and wealthier and give them a greater sense of empowerment and purpose.This means that fundraising—both asking and receiving—can actually be a pleasant and happy experience. So, why does fundraising sometimes seem so hard? Donors want to give their money away, right? The answer may lie in how we’re talking to them.Step 1 is “the why”: understanding the philosophy that drives your donor.Several months ago, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published an article that caught me eye called “What Donors Want to Hear Before a Fundraiser Seeks a Big Gift.” Interestingly, it wasn’t about sharing strategies and metrics of an organization’s work—getting to that “impact” and “effectiveness” we know is important. The article reported that time and again, donors felt like fundraisers didn’t stop to learn about them—their philanthropic dreams and intentions, factors that influence their giving patterns (income, family responsibilities, other charitable commitments, etc.). Equally as important, major donors didn’t feel like organizations didn’t view them as partners—as co-investors in their success. That’s key. How many times have we as organizations felt hesitant to “involve” our major prospects by “sharing too much” with donors about our dreams, challenges, and solution ideas because we don’t feel they have programmatic expertise and will only start to “meddle”? So, before we launch our pitch or make our ask, think about how well do we know what drives our donors to invest in us?Step 2 is what I call “the what”: positioning your mission, vision, and work in a way that demonstrates results and change.Donors of all kinds, whether high net worth individuals, annual fund donors, foundations, or corporations, are driven by a sense of wanting to make a difference. They are giving through an organization to solve a societal issue that is important to them. That’s why impact and effectiveness are key data points that donors are watching. Donors simply want to be sure their gift of whatever size is helping to move the needle toward solving a problem—greater access to education, an end to homelessness, a reduction in hunger, stronger community resilience, and so on. It’s like choosing a stock to buy: You want the one that’s performing the best. But in this case, social change is the “profit” that all philanthropists are measuring, and the organization that demonstrates the biggest results and potential for results are the high-performing stock.Next time, I’ll address Step 3, “the how” of crafting meaningful major gift conversations that engage and inspire your donors.
Tottenham kick-off their FA Cup campaign with a tricky third round tie against League Two Tranmere at Prenton Park on Friday.The trip to Merseyside marks the start of a hectic few weeks for Mauricio Pochettino’s side that also includes a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea as well as a home clash with Manchester United in the Premier League.It’s set to be a memorable occasion for Tranmere, who were promoted from the National League last season and reached the quarter-finals of the competition as recently as 2004. 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! Game Tranmere v Tottenham Date Friday, January 4 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed live on ESPN+ US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Tranmere players Goalkeepers Davies, George, Pilling, Wharton, Passant Defenders Buxton, Ridehalgh, Sutton, McNulty, Monthe, Caprice, Ellis, Gumbs, Bakayogo Midfielders Tollitt, Harris, McCullough, Smith Gilmour, Williams, Banks, Cole, Nugent, Devine, Wallisson Forwards Jennings, Mullin, Norwood, Akammadu, Stockton Midfielder Ollie Banks is available again to Tranmere after hernia surgery and could go straight into the starting XI for this encounter, but Dylan Mottley-Henry is missing due to a hamstring injury.There are doubts over Ritchie Sutton while goalkeeper Shamal George has returned to Liverpool following the end of his loan period.Possible Tranmere starting XI: Davies; Buxton, Ellis, Monthe; Caprice, Banks, McCullough, Ridehalgh; Smith, Norwood, Jennings Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Tottenham are troubled by a string of injury issues, though the likelihood is that Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier – the regulars they are without – would not have played in this match in any case. Victor Wanyama is a couple of weeks away from training, following two months on the sidelines, while Erik Lamela is also missing and there are doubts over Serge Aurier, too.Son Heung-Min is away on international duty.Mauricio Pochettino is liable to rotate heavily for this encounter, so an unfamiliar starting XI is virtually certain.Possible Tottenham starting XI: Gazzaniga; Walker-Peters, Foyth, Maghoma, Davies; Skipp, Amos; Lucas, Alli, Nkoudou; LlorenteBetting & Match Odds Tottenham are unsurprisingly heavy 1/5 favourites to progress through to the fourth round according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 13/2. A shock win for Tranmere is priced at a hefty 16/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he would have been sacked by now had he prioritised the domestic cup competitions over the Premier League and Champions League.One of the few criticisms of Pochettino’s reign has been the failure to land a major trophy, despite leading the side to a trio of top-three Premier League finishes and regular Champions League participation during his four-and-a-half years in charge.However, the former Southampton boss is unrepentant about placing the domestic cups low on his priority list, suggesting his job would be on the line if Premier League progress had been hindered due to cup distractions.“If my ambition in Tottenham is only to win the Carabao Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect for that, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham,” he said.“I don’t know how we’ve finished in the last three seasons, but if we just won the FA Cup, I don’t know if chairman Daniel Levy would have much patience with me or would say: ‘OK, you’re 10th in the Premier League, I’ll keep you and give you a new contract.’ I don’t believe that.”Indeed, the Argentine questioned the difference that winning such a competition would make for his side.“Of course we want to win a trophy but that doesn’t mean it’s going to put Tottenham on a different level,” he argued. “What puts you in a different level is if you win the Premier League and you’re capable of challenging every season for the Premier League, and if you play Champions League and you really believe and you’re a real contender one day to win the Champions League. That’s my objective in Tottenham.”For Tranmere, the game marks a significant milestone in their revival after the low of relegation to the National League four years ago. They regained their Football League status via the play-offs last May and currently find themselves just three points outside the play-off places in League Two.It will also bring back memories of the team’s memorable cup runs during the early 2000s, when they reached the FA Cup quarter-finals three times in four years as well as the League Cup final in 2000.”It’s about the whole of the football club showing the whole football world that Tranmere is still here,” said Tranmere boss Micky Mellon.”We disappeared off the Football League radar for a while and when you have three years out of the league you can lose generations of fans. You can stop being a big football club. But we have seen in the last few years with trips to Wembley, occasions like this and the promotion battles that Tranmere is still here. It still has a fan base that, when called upon, can sell out in three hours.“It has unbelievable potential and it is up to us as a football business to make sure that we keep the momentum going forward. Friday night will help that.”
David Luiz says that Maurizio Sarri has the backing of the Chelsea dressing room amid rumours of discontent after recent high-profile away defeats.The 31-year-old started in the 2-1 away win against Malmo in the Europa League on Thursday night, as the Blues got back to winning ways after a 6-0 drubbing away to Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend.The defeat was Chelsea’s worst in 28 years and added to growing concern that Sarri is not getting his footballing ideas across to his squad. 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! Luiz is, however, convinced that the Blues still have a bright future under the Italian boss and that in various team meetings over recent days and weeks, no one has stood up to say they don’t believe in him anymore.”Yes, [we have an] amazing future,” the Brazilian said of Chelsea under Sarri. “We have had many meetings already asking that if someone doesn’t believe, they can say. Nobody said anything. It’s because everyone believes.”The most important thing is for us to keep our philosophy, to believe in what we are doing. We did that against Malmo; we were trying to play from the beginning to the end.”We are doing what he wants us to do and we are trying to improve. It is part of the process. We lost against maybe the best team in the world in Manchester City. They were better than us from the beginning to the end. We lost a few matches because it is part of the process.”The teams that are at the top of the table now are ones with managers who have been there for more than three years. There is a big difference when you have already understood everything; it is much easier to play football. I think we are in the right way to still improve and become a fantastic team.”This is normal. I have played in big clubs for many, many years. When you win it is good, but when you lose nobody is going to be happy, and the pressure is going to be there. We are working together and we work for them [the fans].“We will try to make them happy and we will do everything we can to try to make them happy. I think we have to be positive and think about what we can do now because the past is the past – we cannot change it. We have to do things that we can do now.”Malmo’s aggressive and hard-working approach caused Chelsea problems in the last-32 first-leg clash, but the result looks a difficult one for the Swedes to overturn in the second leg next week.Ross Barkley opened the scoring before Olivier Giroud added a second with a backheeled finish and, despite Anders Christiansen scoring late on after a piece of sloppy play at the back, Luiz is still happy with the result.”Yes it was important, to put our minds on our goals for the season,” Luiz added. “We did a great game against a difficult team and it is never easy to play here. It was a great atmosphere. The other team were great physically and tactically.”They fought to the end but we controlled the game. We could have scored more but they were dangerous sometimes. We still won and that is what we came for. It is never good to concede a goal; it is part of our job not to concede just as it is part of our job to score.”It was still a positive night because we won, but it will be tough at Stamford Bridge.”Manchester United are Chelsea’s next opponents in the FA Cup on Monday, with Tottenham in the league and Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final also on the fixture list in February.Chelsea dropped below United in the Premier League after the 6-0 defeat to Man City, and Luiz is anticipating a difficult test on Monday night.”Even before [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over] they were a great team, with a great manager,” the Brazilian said.”[Jose] Mourinho tried to do everything for the best of Manchester United but they decided to change. Solskjaer has come in and he is doing amazing. He is a great coach but he also has great players.”
Thomas Tuchel retains the “trust” of Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi despite crashing out of the Champions League in spectacular fashion to Manchester United.The last-16 stage of that competition is proving to be a tricky hurdle for the Ligue 1 giants, with an early tumble taken in three successive seasons.It appeared heading into a midweek meeting with United that a quarter-final spot was PSG’s for the taking, with a 2-0 advantage held from an initial clash at Old Trafford. 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! The French title holders were, however, to suffer a shock 3-1 defeat on home soil and see their European dreams dashed for another year.Tuchel, who has a star-studded squad at his disposal, has seen questions of his role asked on the back of a humbling exit, but he has the backing of those above him.Al-Khelaifi told reporters when quizzed on the man at the helm: “I trust Thomas.”This is not the time for decisions. Decisions require a cool head. We trust him.”We need to calm down right now and see what the coach wants – that is very important. We are very disappointed with the result and performance. I do not understand.”We played great at Old Trafford, then we return home and gift them two goals. Honestly, I do not understand that performance in front of our own fans.”The season is not over. It is a big disappointment, but we still have Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France – we cannot say that this season is now over.”PSG rather shot themselves in the foot against United, with two defensive errors allowing Romelu Lukaku to net twice for the visitors inside the opening half-an-hour.Al-Khelaifi concedes that Tuchel’s side looked nervous.While they were able to briefly level after seeing Lukaku open the scoring via Juan Bernat’s third goal of the competition, they struggled to produce an attacking spark and eventually fell to a VAR-assisted stoppage-time penalty from Marcus Rashford.”It is a shock for everyone,” added Al-Khelaifi.”It is serious. Football is not maths – it is not one plus one equals two. After we conceded the first goal, I felt doubt creeping in.”
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Home-grown smartphone manufacturer Micromax has announced that it has sold 2 million units of Bharat 2 smartphones since its launch on April 4. The 4G VoLTE enabled Bharat 2 smartphone costs Rs 3,499 and can be bought via offline and online channels. The company had previously also announced that it sold 5 lakh smartphones in 50 days of its launch. The company is also working on expanding the Bharat-Series with 3 new smartphones- Bharat-2 plus, Bharat-3 and Bharat-4, which will all be available in the offline retail stores within the next fortnight.” There are more than 400 million feature phone users who are waiting to move to smartphones that give the experience without straining their budgets. The exception acceptance of Bharat-2 is a testimony of our vision and also goes to prove that there is a huge appetite for budget VoLTE smartphones amongst the Indian telecom subscriber. Hence, we are further working towards fulfilling the need gap for our consumers and with the expansion of Bharat -series we believe that we will truly drive the next phase of smartphone adoption in the country, ” said Rahul Sharma, co-founder Micromax Informatics.Also Read: Micromax Bharat 2 with 4G VoLTE launched in India for Rs 3,499The Micromax Bharat 2 is a budget phone launched in April 2017. The smartphone sports a 4-inch touch screen display with a 480X800 pixels of resolution. The smartphone is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Speadtrum SC9832 processor paired with 512MB RAM. The phone packs in 4GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.In terms of photography, the phone features a 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera. The dual SIM Micromax Bharat 2 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 1300mAh non removable battery. The connectivity options include- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G , and GPS.advertisementThough the specs of the phone may not sound much appealing to the buyers, but Micromax Bharat 2 remains one of the cheapest offerings to come with 4G VoLTE support and along with WiFi and GPS functionalities. The phone could give a tough fight to the yet-to-be shipped Reliance Jio’s JioPhone and the Idea’s feature phone which is in the pipeline.
Little more than a year has gone by since Tite took over as coach of a Brazil side still reeling from embarrassing exits in the World Cup and Copa America but in that short time he has transformed the team into favourites for Russia 2018.No one could have imagined just how influential the former Corinthians coach would be but nine wins in 10 World Cup qualifiers are just reward for a return to the form that won them a record five World Cup titles.”There is no questioning the enormous quality of Brazil’s players, Tite and backroom staff,” the normally cautious former World Cup winner Tostao wrote before the final two qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile. “The team is ready.”Tite retained several players who had misfired under Luiz Felipe Scolari during the 2014 World Cup and his successor Dunga but he transformed their front line with the introduction of attack-minded youngsters Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus.In midfield he recalled Paulinho and Renato Augusto, his former charges at Corinthians.With Real Madrid’s Casemiro an automatic choice to anchor the team and Neymar still the undisputed talisman, the side is settled and there are no major disagreements over the first 11 for the first time in years.Photo Credit: Reuters Tite’s task between now and next June is mostly deciding who will support those leading men.The problem, if there is one, comes with Brazil’s almost customary over-confidence. They are the only side to play in every World Cup and even after their 7-1 hammering by Germany in the 2014 semi-finals on home soil, they believe they are special.advertisementJust as in 2006, when Brazil sailed through the qualifiers with players like Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho and Adriano, they go to Russia as one of the clear favourites.But Brazil were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by France and over confidence was one of the reasons cited.Tite is a master of playing down expectations and — crucially in a nation that famously has 200 million coaches — he commands the respect of both players and press.That has given him an authority that few Brazil managers this century have enjoyed and he has used it to warn their outstanding form is no guarantee of success.”We are at a stage of strengthening, consolidating and growing,” he said when announcing his squad for this week’s games.”We’re not in the comfort zone stage but rather a confidence zone stage.”
The Motion, launched by BlackBerry at the Technology Week conference in Dubai over the weekend, has a lot in common with the KEYone. It shares a more or less similar design language, the same hardware internals including what could be very similar cameras, the same pure and mostly unadulterated software experience with BlackBerry’s DTEK security suite, and an almost similarly sized battery with fast charging. It doesn’t ship with the KEYone’s hallmark keyboard however, and quite understandably then, misses out on the KEYone’s sort of old-school retro charm.Let’s take a quick look at the KEYone. It comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p screen with an unusal 3:2 aspect ratio and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The variant that is sold in India comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,505mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 (50 per cent charge in roughly 36 minutes).The dual-SIM KEYone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications.Moving on, the KEYone comes with a 12-megapixel camera — with a Sony IMX378 sensor — on the rear with f/2.0 “Large Pixel” similar to the one on-board the Google Pixel. The rear camera can record 4K videos. On the front, the KEYone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.The USP of the BlackBerry KEYone is however its full-scale physical QWERTY. Unlike the Priv (BlackBerry’s last QWERTY phone) however, the KEYone features the physical keyboard in continuation with the touch screen. The design is old-school BlackBerry, which suggests that the phone might have been on the company’s mind long before it hung its boots.advertisementThe QWERTY, just like it was in the Priv, supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also over 50 app shortcuts. The space bar, meanwhile, gets a new fingerprint scanner up-top. The phone also comes with touch-based navigation keys. On the back, the KEYone sports a rugged material on top of metal. The BlackBerry logo graces the middle while a huge camera module with a dual-LED flash next to it, sits at the top. The module, however, sits flush into the body.On the right, the phone comes with a convenience key that allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The volume rocker also lies on the right. On the left lies the power button. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and speaker cut-outs on either side.Let’s take a quick look at the Motion now. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and DragonTrail Glass on top. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The variant launched for now comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.The Motion runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications.Moving on, the Motion also comes with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and a dual-tone LED flash. The rear camera can record 4K videos. On the front, the Motion comes with an 8-megapixel camera.The phone comes with a convenience key that allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and a front-mounted home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner.The Motion may be a poor man’s KEYone for all we know, but, it gets full marks for the durability aspect something that even the much popular KEYone falters at. The Motion not only ships with a bigger battery, it is also IP67 certification for splash resistance. The Motion will be available in select markets at a price of $460 which roughly translates to Rs 30,041. The KEYone meanwhile sells in India for Rs 39,990.
Huawei sub-brand Honor has been quite busy launching smartphones in quick succession. After the Honor View 10 made its way to the Indian market only recently, the company has now launched the Honor 9 Lite in the country. Priced starting at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB variant, the Honor 9 Lite is placed just below the Honor 7X.Honor has been launching some stellar phones in recent times that have been praised for their design language and hardware at an affordable price. The Honor 9 Lite is another such smartphone as it promises a compact and sleek design with an 18:9 display, four cameras and Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, among other things. Here’s everything you need to know.Key specsProcessor: The Honor 9 Lite is powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processorRAM: The phone is offered in a choice of 3GB or 4GB of RAMInternal storage: It comes with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage depending on the RAM option, and is expandable via microSD cardScreen: The smartphone sports a 5.65-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160) displayRear camera: The Honor 9 Lite features a dual rear camera setup that comprises a 13-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel sensorFront camera: The handset sports a similar 13+2MP dual camera configuration on the front as wellSoftware: The smartphone runs on EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-boxBattery: It houses a 3000mAh battery which Honor says will deliver a standby time of 24 days and talk time of up to 20 hoursSpecial features– The Honor 9 Lite highlights a compact form factor that features glass on both sides. As edge-to-edge displays trickle down to the lower end of the price segment, the Honor 8 Lite, much like the Honor 7X, looks to be an attractive offering in the lower mid-range segment.advertisement– One of the biggest draws of the Honor 9 Lite is that it comes with four cameras – two on the front and two on the back. Both the front and back cameras support bokeh shots and look to provide more detail and light with every photograph.– The other big highlight is that the Honor 9 Lite ships with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, which not a lot of brands can brag about in this price segment. The Oreo software comes via EMUI 8.0.– Honor India as also announced two features that will come to the Honor 9 Lite via OTA updates. The first is the Honor Ride Mode, which will allow the user to drive safely without being distracted by notifications and calls. The second feature is the ability to use the fingerprint sensor to pay via Paytm.ALSO READ: Honor 9 Lite review: A solid, compact budget smartphoneIndia price and availabilityThe Honor 9 Lite is priced starting at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB + 32GB option and Rs 14,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The starting price, the handset will be going up against the Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4 to name a few. The Honor 9 Lite will be available through a flash sale starting 12am on January 21 exclusively on Flipkart. It will be offered in Sapphire Blue, Glacier Grey and Midnight Black colours. Customers can avail instant cash back of 10 percent on purchasing the Honor 9 Lite with Citi Bank credit and debit cards.
With a massive 222-member contingent, India will aim to showcase its status as a rising sports power with an expected rich medal haul when the 21st Commonwealth Games begin here on Wednesday.India had collected 64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver, 19 bronze) in the previous CWG held in Glasgow and the country will expect to better that performance at Gold Coast. Getting 101 medals in the New Delhi remains a tipping point for India in the CWG but since that took place at home, that mark will be lofty for the Indian contingent.The bulk of India’s medals in the past editions of the CWG have come from shooters, wrestlers, weightlifters and boxers and this time competitors under these four disciplines will look to continue their impressive record.After them, disciplines like squash, badminton and athletics will look to get to the top of the podium. Moreover, surprising performances in gymnastics and cycling are also expected.pic.twitter.com/qPR5kmZwPZAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) March 26, 2018In shooting, India got 17 medals at Glasgow. In Gold Coast, India has a 27-member shooting team and several of the members are World Cup medallists. Some of the high profile and in-form shooters are Jitu Rai (50m pistol), Ravi Kumar (10m air rifle), Olympic 2012 medallist Gagan Narang (50m rifle prone), Anish Bhanwala (25m rapid fire pistol), Heena Sidhu, Manu Bhaker (both 10m air pistol), Mehuli Ghosh, Apurvi Chandela (both 10m air rifle), Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant (both 50m rifle 3positions) and Shreyasi Singh (double trap).In weightlifting, high expectations are from reigning world champion S. Mirabai Chanu (-48kg) and Satish Shivalingam (-77kg). Apart from the duo, medal hopefuls are K. Sanchita Chanu (-53kg), Deepak Lather (-69kg), Saraswati Rout (-58kg), Punam Yadav (-69kg).advertisementFurther lining up the medals are wrestlers, spearheaded by two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar (-74kg) and 2016 Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik (-62kg). India has a powerful wrestling team and other key grapplers include Bajrang Punia (-65kg), Rahul Aware (-57kg), Mausam Khatri (-97kg), Babita Kumari (-53kg), Pooja Dhanda (-57kg) and Vinesh Phogat (-50kg).Among the boxers, Manoj Kumar (69kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg), five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom (48kg), Pinki Rani (51kg), L. Sarita Devi (60kg) and Lovlina Borgoahin (69kg). For Mary Kom and Sarita, this will be their last CWG campaign and they will look to end it on a high.The #Indian Contingent checked into the CWG Games Village in @GC2018 on Tuesday morning. All the boxers and support staff proudly pose with the Indian National Flag. #PunchMeinHaiDum #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/1401XFfQTUBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) March 27, 2018In athletics, among the 28 competitors, star javelin thrower and Asian champion Neeraj Chopra and 2014 Games’ silver medal-winning discus thrower Seema Punia have proved to be counted as confident medal hopefuls. Three-time CWG medal-winning discus thrower Seema Antil will need to again prove that she still has the hunger and power to earn India a medal here. M.R. Poovamma, Jauna Murmu and Hima Das and Sonia Baishya — part of 4X400m relay team — will need to pull of their very best to get a place on the podium.India also has high hopes from the badminton team, which includes Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu. In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy are also medal prospects. In the mixed team event, India had failed in Glasgow and this time, riding on the singles superstars, India will aim for a podium finish.3 #DaysToGo!Thank you @GC2018 for the the lively welcome and the amazing performance you put together for us! #TeamIndia cherishes your warm hospitality and we’re all set to #SHARETHEDREAM #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames! @thecgf pic.twitter.com/3dTJDxUGFXIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 2, 2018India’s men’s hockey team won two silver medals in the past two CWGs, losing to Australia in the finals, and this time, the reigning Asian champions will aim to bag the yellow metal. The women’s team which competed in the 2010 and 2014 without medals, will have a strong chance to finish on the podium.In squash, expectations will be high on Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Sandhu. Dipika and Joshana will look to defend their doubles title.In table tennis, Achanta Sharath Kamala will lead the Indian campaign. This Indian squad has already been hit by the ban on Soumyajit Ghosh, who is facing allegations of rape in Bengal. Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty, G. Sathiyan, Manika Batra, Mouma Das and Pooja Sahasreebudhe will compete in the singles, doubles and the team events.advertisementIn cycling, the pairing of Deborah Herold and Allena Reji is expected to bring a medal in the women’s time trial.In gymnastics, India has shown in the past few years that it can throw surprises in the big events like Dipa Karmakar in the Olympics and Aruna Budda Reddy in World Cup 2018. Though Dipa won’t be at the Gold Coast due to a knee injury, Aruna will aim to continue her rise to fame which started since the day she won a medal at the World Cup. 2010 surprising medallist Ashish Kumar is also there but in recent times, he has faded away and needs to rise to the occassion in his bid to get a medal here. Indian contingent at Gold Coast (Twitter Photo)Now let’s take a look at the top 5 biggest medal hopes for India:PV Sindhu (Badminton)The ace Indian shuttler is an overwhelming favourite to clinch gold in the womens singles events. In her previous appearance in 2014 as an 18-year-old, Sindhu won the bronze medal. Since then the Hyderabad athlete has improved leaps and bounds.The current World No. 3 in last four years has emerged as one of the best players on the tour. In this period, Sindhu won the Indian Open, China Open and Korean Open titles, which was capped by the silver at 2016 Rio Olympics.Her biggest competition will be Canadas Michelle Li and Scotlands Kirsty Gilmour – they won the gold and silver medal respectively in 2014.Kidambi Srikanth (Badminton)Along with Sindhu, Srikanth is another badminton player who has captured the imagination of the fans across the globe. Only 25, Srikanth seems to have hit his peak.In 2017, Srikanth won an unprecedented four Superseries titles – Indonesia Open, Australian Open, Denmark Open and French Open – and also reached the second position in world rankings.Srikanth also has the extra motivation to win gold as he would be defending it on behalf of fellow Indian Parupalli Kashyap who won the yellow metal at Glasgow.Neeraj Chopra (Javelin)Only 20, javelin thrower Neeraj is one of Indias biggest hope for gold at 2018 Games. The Haryana athlete first made headlines in 2016 with his stunning effort of 86.48m a junior world record – at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships to win gold.He continued his good form in 2017 by winning gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championship. He broke the mens javelin meet record with an effort of 85.23 meters.MC Mary Kom (Boxing)While many wrote her off as she is in the twilight of her career, Mary Kom returned last year to regain the Asian Boxing Championships title.The Manipuri boxer is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion and the only woman boxer to win a medal in each of six world championships. The 35-year-old is not an overwhelming favourite for the yellow metal but if history has taught us anything, you can never put Mary Kom down.advertisementAlso, its a golden opportunity for the veteran to bid goodbye to her career on a golden note.Jitu Rai (Shooting)Another big medal prospect for India is the experienced pistol shooter Jitu Rai. The 30-year-old is entering the competition on the back of a successful 2017, where he won four gold medals and two bronze at ISSF events.Jitu will be competing in the 50m pistol and 10m air pistol event. He won gold in 50m pistol event in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The 2018 Games is also a golden opportunity for Jitu to put the horrors of 2016 Olympics behind him, where he had a disappointing run despite being one of the favourites.(With IANS inputs)
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Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced each other in a crunch clash for either side on Monday in Indore but ahead of that, Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra hogged the limelight away from the playing XI.Yuvraj is representing KXIP this season but was not part of the playing XI. On the other hand, Nehra is the bowling coach of Virat Kohli-led RCB. Even as the two teams got ready to go head to head and battle it out on the field, Yuvraj and Nehra decided to have their bonding session.In a video post by the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Instagram, Yuvraj and Nehra can be seen dancing and doing a couple of synchronised steps during the team’s practice sessions ahead of the toss.(MATCH REPORT | MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)Yuvraj, in the KXIP jersey, and Nehra, in the RCB jersey, shook their feet without worrying about the results of the upcoming game.That moment when two close buddies greet each other @YUVSTRONG12 #KXIPvRCB #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/cSoRgjeZZuIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 2018Yuvraj and Nehra have been friends since their early days of playing cricket. While Nehra played his first Test for India in 1999, Yuvraj made his debut for the Indian cricket team in the next year itself.Nehra and Yuvraj were both part of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team. While Yuvraj was the man of the tournament, Nehra bowled brilliantly in the semi-finals but unfortunately got injured and missed the final.Nehra retired from playing cricket late last year after playing his final ODI for India against New Zealand at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi and India won that match.advertisementFollowing Nehra’s retirement, Yuvraj Singh had written a long tribute for him on Facebook speaking much about his jovial nature and temperament.In the lengthy post, Yuvraj said, “Agar aap Ashish Nehra k saath ho to aap ka din kharaab nahin jaa sakta (If you are with Ashish Nehra, you will never have a bad day)…NO CHANCE. Wo banda aap ko hassa-hassa k gira dega (He will make your stomach hurt with laughter). I have never told him this but secretly I have drawn inspiration from him.”Yuvraj had added in the post that “I used to think that if this guy at the age of 38, with all his injuries and surgeries can bowl fast then why can’t I bat at 36. Frankly this is what is keeping me going even today.”Yuvraj and Nehra first interacted during the former’s U-19 days and have struck a cord with each other ever since.While the two smiled and danced ahead of the IPL match on Monday, only Nehra rejoiced after the match as RCB thrashed KXIP by 10 wickets to keep their hopes alive.
England humbled Pakistan on the third day of the 2nd Test with an emphatic innings and 55-run victory in the second and final Test on Sunday, to draw the two-match series 1-1.England, which got a meaningful first innings lead of 189 runs, bundled out Pakistan for 134 before tea on the third day. It was a remarkable turnaround of form from England, which lost the first Test at Lord’s by nine wickets inside four days.Stuart Broad (3-28) and offspinner Dominic Bess (3-33) both snapped up three wickets while Pakistan’s top order was rattled by the experienced James Anderson (2-35).Earlier, Jos Buttler led the charge to the hosts’ big lead with an unbeaten 80 off 101 balls as England added a brisk 61 to its overnight 302-7 inside the first hour before it was bowled out for 363.Pakistan paid a heavy price for dropping Buttler on 4 on the second day and his knock gave England an opportunity to put Pakistan’s inexperienced batting lineup under pressure.Buttler finally ran out of partners after hitting 11 fours and two sixes when last man Anderson was caught in the slips.Seamer Faheem Ashraf took 3-60 while the other three fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (2-72), Mohammad Abbas (2-78) and Hasan Ali (2-82) shared six wickets among them.Anderson used favorable bowling conditions effectively with his twin strikes before lunch as Pakistan wobbled at 48-3.Anderson uprooted Azhar Ali’s (11) middle stump before Bess took a splendid one handed diving catch at short mid off to dismiss Haris Sohail (8).And just before the first session ended, England successfully went for a caught behind review against Asad Shafiq (5) as the replays showed Broad’s delivery had grazed the batsman’s glove to give wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow a leg side catch.advertisementPakistan’s struggle continued in the second session as Bess claimed three wickets while Sam Curran celebrated his 20th birthday with the wicket of Shadab Khan.Young Imam-ul-Haq (34) and Usman Salahuddin (33) added 42 runs in a fourth-wicket stand before Pakistan lost its last seven wickets for 50 runs.Bess broke the stand in his first over when he had Imam leg before wicket and then Ashraf spooned a dolly catch at backward point off a top edge.Bess changed ends and ended Usman’s resistance before Broad finished off the match with the last two wickets.Meanwhile, injured all-rounder Ben Stokes was ruled out of next weekend’s one-day international against Scotland and the start of the five-match ODI series against Australia.Stokes missed the second Test against Pakistan due to a hamstring tear and will be replaced by Dawid Malan for the ODI against Scotland.In Stokes’ absence, Sam Billings has been added to England’s squad for the early part of the ODI series against Australia.(With inputs from AP)
Diego Costa came to Spain’s rescue once again on Thursday as his goal against Iran helped Spain register their first win in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.Costa netted for the third time in this tournament in the 54th minute which remained the only goal in the match with Spain producing yet another unconvincing display after the 3-3 draw against Portugal in their opening match.The veteran forward notched his third goal in two games when Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance bounced off the Spaniard’s leg and into the net in the 54th minute.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAfter a match played out to a deafening blare from vuvuzela horns from a huge army of Iranian fans, Spain will feel relieved to have emerged with maximum points.Iran were brilliant in defence for much of the night but also made a number of telling incursions.Spain’s Costa furious with Iran’s play-acting and time-wasting tacticsA goal by Saeid Ezatolahi was ruled out offside after being reviewed by the video assistant referee (VAR), while Karim Ansarifard had earlier hammered into the side netting.”We showed that we were ready to suffer and ready to compete. I felt we deserved a better result. There’s no doubt Spain play wonderful, stylish football but I thought we deserved more for the way we played.”But congratulations to Fernando Hierro and Spain. We will learn a lot from this game. If you think of it like tennis, we had one match point today and we will have another against Portugal. Everything is still open. We are still alive and still dreaming,” Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said after the match.advertisementWorld Cup 2018, Day 7 Highlights: 1-0 scorelines dominate as POR, URU, ESP winQueiroz had rung in the changes, dropping captain Masoud Shojaei and forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh to the bench, while recalling holding midfielder Ezatolahi from suspension and promoting Mehdi Taremi.The expectation that they would play well back was unfounded, however, even if they kept their shape superbly, restricting Spain to a handful of chances in the first half.Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed very high and had to be patient.The 2010 World Cup champions were almost caught against the run of the play when Karim Ansarifard unleashed a powerful strike that ended up in the side-netting following a long thrown in.Trailing in the second half, Iran nearly equalized when Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal was ruled out on video review.Iran continued to push hard and managed to challenge with some fast counterattacks.Spain was lucky not to concede toward the end as Mehdi Taremi connected with a cross from Ansarifard but his header from close range went over the crossbar.(With AP inputs)
A 90th-minute goal by Xherdan Shaqiri secured Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Serbia in a blistering-paced World Cup Group E match in Kaliningrad on Friday, putting them in a strong position to go through to the knockout round.Shaqiri latched on to a pass in his own half with Serbia’s players pushed up and carried the ball forward before slotting it past Vladimir Stojkovic.Aleksandar Mitrovic had given Serbia a dream start when he rose and headed a floating Dusan Tadic cross firmly past Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer five minutes into the game.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESerbia dominated the first half but Switzerland stormed back after the break. Granit Xhaka equalised when he picked up a rebound outside the penalty box and rifled it home in the 52nd minute.Switzerland’s victory left the group open, with them and Brazil on four points and Serbia on three. But the Swiss face an easier task with their last match against Costa Rica, who are already out.Neymar sets record with late goalNeymar scored at 96 minute and 49 seconds as Brazil defeated Costa Rica 2-0. It is the latest recorded stoppage time goal in a World Cup since 1966.Neymar scored with practically the last kick of the match, volleying home Douglas Costa’s square ball following a quick counter-attack as Costa Rica pushed for an equaliser. It was Brazil’s second stoppage time goal in the match after Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 91st minute.Neymar’s goal was also his 56th for Brazil, which helped him overtake Romario, to become third highest goal scorer for Brazil behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77).advertisementBrazil’s win over Costa Rica also meant that they have now won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two countries. The only loss came in a friendly back in 1960.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLECosta Rica bow out of World CupCosta Rica became the fifth team to crash out of this year’s World Cup after losing to Brazil.Before Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Peru and Morocco have been eliminated from this year’s World Cup.Musa’s record breaking brace gives Nigeria vital winAhmed Musa scored a brace to help Nigeria keep their World Cup hopes alive as the African nation beat Iceland 2-0 at the Volgograd Arena.The opening goal saw him pluck the ball out of the air with his first touch before blasting it home. The second goal came in the 75th minute, when after a break down the wing, Musa cut inside and waltzed around the goalkeeper before firing the ball into the net.Musa has now scored four World Cup goals for the African nation, at least twice as many as any other player in Nigeria’s history. He is now the third highest goal scorer for Africa in the history of the tournament behind Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan (6) and Roger Milla (5) of Cameroon. Nigeria goalie Francis Uzoho also became the second youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at a World Cup at 19 years and 237 days. Li Chan-Myong at 19 years and 198 days is the youngest to keep a clean sheet. He achieved the feat for North Korea in their match against ItalyVAR’s penalty decisions continue to grab headlinesVideo Assistant Referee (VAR) yet again grabbed eyeballs when it granted Iceland a penalty during their match versus Nigeria.Finnbogason was brought down inside the box by Ebuehi in the 81st minute of the match but the referred refused to award a penalty. However, after requests, the referee asked for a review. Which made him to change his mind.World Cup 2018: We can beat Croatia to reach knockouts, says Iceland coachSigurdsson, a seasoned campaigner was up against Nigeria’s young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. With Iceland down by two goals, it was the perfect opportunity for the tiny nation to score and then make a late charge to equalise towards the end of the game. But, the veteran failed to keep his nerves and blasted the ball over the crossbar. Sygurdsson’s penalty miss also meant that Iceland became the first team in this year’s World Cup to both save an opposition penalty and miss a penalty themselves.A separate incident also took place in the Brazil versus Costa Rica match, where Neymar was awarded a penalty after he was obstructed in the box. However, the referee decided to reverse his decision after watching the replay.
\R Yekaterinburg (Russia), Jul 14 (AP) The massive scaffolding seating structures soaring out of each end of Yekaterinburg Arena were built to show Russia was serious about saving money. At the end of the World Cup, the temporary stands symbolize the problems with the tournament’s legacy.The stands were mocked on social media as fans sitting in those sections were exposed to the elements and looked as if they were watching from a different stadium entirely. No matter. It was fiscally responsible: The seating could be dismantled after the World Cup to save on stadium maintenance, its components donated to smaller local venues.But now regional officials say they don’t yet have a plan to remove the stands, or the funds to do it, and are asking Moscow to help.The stadium used to host soccer and other sports like track and field, but after World Cup renovations it’s only suitable for soccer. It costs up to 367 million rubles ($5.9 million) a year to maintain.”Just by football you cannot make money at this stadium. It will never pay off by football matches only,” Deputy Governor Sergei Shvindt told The Associated Press. He hopes concerts and shows will eventually cover, or at least reduce, the shortfall.After reaching the quarterfinals, Russia may have newfound confidence on the soccer field. Its cities, though, could end up burdened with costly arenas.The Yekaterinburg Arena cost 12.7 billion rubles ($203 million) to renovate for the World Cup, and the head of the Ural Yekaterinburg football club, which is due to play there after the World Cup, has told local media it will cost 1 billion rubles ($16 million) to remove the extra stands.advertisementMaintenance costs for other stadiums have soared, too, and local officials are pleading for help from the federal government.The stadium in Samara appears the most expensive at around $8 million a year, according to an estimate acting governor Alexander Fetisov gave the state news agency Tass.The Russian government remains tight-lipped on how stadiums will be maintained, but World Cup organizing committee chairman Arkady Dvorkovich said Wednesday that Russia must keep spending to avoid a repeat of 2014 host Brazil’s under-used, poorly maintained and loss-making stadiums.”You can’t throw the stadiums away. You have to work on them every day and be responsible with them,” he said, “and sadly in Brazil they didn’t have the resources to do that at several stadiums.” Volgograd’s stadium cost around $276 million – or $69 million per World Cup game it hosted. The capacity of 45,000 is nearly 12 times greater than the average crowd for club team Rotor Volgograd’s games last season.Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi and Kaliningrad face similar problems in a country which has Europe’s biggest population but crowds at its top-level soccer games barely average more than the main Belgium league. Of the 12 World Cup stadiums, just six will host Premier League games next season.Russia hopes its new arenas will attract people who don’t usually go to soccer games, but have been inspired by the World Cup. However, they’ll arrive with high expectations.”The World Cup’s role is to set a new standard,” economist Konstantin Sonin said.”People who’ve come to the stadium during the World Cup will expect much more in the future at the stadium than it was before. It’s the most important thing for Russian football because the top European leagues which make huge money on TV rights and fans at games have all come through this gentrification stage.” Dvorkovich argues that “people will come to the stadium if the team’s at least struggling to play beautiful football. To improve the quality of the soccer, though, the government will have to pay for that beautiful football.Most Russian clubs are funded by regional governments or state-owned companies. Spending big on transfer fees might draw fans to the stadium but risks a backlash from taxpayers if players make millions from public money.Few Russian clubs publish even basic financial data, but privately run Spartak Moscow shows the scale of the problem.Spartak is Russia’s biggest and best supported club but in the 2016-17 season it made just 579.4 million ($9.25 million) from ticket sales, barely a dent in players’ wages. TV rights for Russian competitions are among the least valuable of any large European country.The Russian government is hoping for a broad economic boost from the World Cup thanks to extra tourism and the spending on new infrastructure. The size of that boost is disputed.Dvorkovich’s organizing committee presented a report predicting the economic impact could exceed $30 billion on spending of at least 683 billion rubles ($10.9 billion), but economists say it will be hard to separate the World Cup’s impact from other factors.advertisementFor the government, prestige and a chance to rebrand Russia could be most valuable of all.Negative stereotypes “simply collapsed” during the tournament, President Vladimir Putin said last week. “People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country that is welcoming to those who come here.” (AP) APAAPA
A new ChinaFAQs fact sheet explains China’s carbon intensity target.This post originally appeared on ChinaFAQs.orgDownload the fact sheetIn late November 2009, China announced its intention to reduce the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions within the Chinese economy by 40-45% by 2020, as compared with a 2005 baseline. China then reported this goal to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat on January 28, 2010.This announcement, coming on the heels of the United States’ announced pledge of a 17% reduction in absolute greenhouse gas emissions between 2005 and 2020, garnered a great deal of attention within both the US and internationally, with experts weighing in with both approval and doubts about China’s ambition.To enhance understanding of China’s commitment, we provide answers to the major questions related to the Chinese carbon intensity target below:What is a carbon intensity goal?What is the baseline for China’s carbon intensity goal?What is the purpose of a carbon intensity goal?What does this carbon intensity goal mean for absolute emissions?Is China’s target a sufficient challenge?How will China and the rest of the world track and report on progress toward meeting this goal?Download the fact sheet here.
Browse the presentationListen to the audioTwitter archiveWatch the videoRead the full transcriptMedia advisoryThis year, the issues included:Energy in a Policy Vacuum: The United States must make a range of energy choices in what is essentially a policy vacuum, given the lack of climate legislation. What decisions will businesses, especially utilities, make? And what role will the EPA play?Food, Fuel, Water, and Land: Rising demand for biofuels, food, and water will increase pressure at the agricultural-forest frontier. Will this lead to an emerging emphasis on food efficiency and the use of degraded lands, rather than virgin forest, for agricultural expansion?Electric Vehicles and Mobility: In 2011, a slew of electric cars will hit the U.S. and global markets. How will this transition take place, and what will the environmental benefit actually be? And how will innovations like high speed rail and bus rapid transit help rapidly growing economies like India, China and Brazil tackle their congestion and traffic problems?International Climate Action – Post COP-16: While there was modest success at the climate talks late last year, the response to climate change is expanding outside the UNFCCC negotiations to become a very significant part of development planning globally. What next steps will China, India, Brazil, and other developing countries take? And how far can the United States go towards meeting its own commitments?Political/Business Gap on Climate: While many members of the U.S. Congress seem to be increasingly hostile to climate action, companies are putting more emphasis than ever on being green. Why is it that the politics seems to be going one way while corporations and consumers seem to be going another?Video[vimeo 18507677]Powerpoint Presentation[slideshare id=__ss_6466705&doc=wri-jonathanlash-environmentalstoriestowatch2011-110106072930-phpapp02]Audio[mp3player stories_to_watch-2011.mp3]Twitter Archive<a href=”https://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=3bc1147a6c”>WRI Environmental Stories to Watch 2011</a>TranscriptJONATHAN LASH: Thank you all for joining us. It’s a pleasure to be with you this January morning.Before I get started, I did want to just recognize one dear, old friend who’s joined us this morning, my friend Dr. Tom Lovejoy. Tom is a world-leading ecologist, and I think has taught more people about the importance of the Amazon than any other five people in the world. Tom, it’s really great to have you with us this morning.So before looking ahead to 2011, it’s worth a quick look back at 2010. It was a tough year for the environment and a tough year for environmentalists, especially in the US. You all know that it was probably the hottest year in recorded history. This charts the number of locations that recorded the hottest temperatures ever recorded. It was marked by an enormous range of damages from natural disasters.This is a story about one insurance company’s totaling of the efforts. And many of these disasters were at least in line with what climate scientists are predicting with warming. A hundred-square-mile sheet of ice broke off Greenland early in the year. There was unprecedented heat in Russia and fires all across Siberia, at the same time that much of Pakistan was under water.And there were a series of tragedies that occurred at the extractive interface where human kind if going in its ever-greater effort to find fossil fuels – the Massey coal mine disaster and, of course, the Deepwater Horizon spill.But maybe the most important event of the year, from a US environmentalist’s point of view, was the failure of Congress to act on global warming legislation. And that really leads directly to the first story I wanted to talk about – the range of energy changes that the nation will be making in what is essentially a policy vacuum.The energy economy in 2010 was a little less than 10% of the whole US economy by value. And as the US economy recovers and energy demand increases in the US, both companies and energy producers face a range of important choices. Those are especially tough for utilities trying to decide how to make $100 million/billion investments in capital stock that will be functional for 20 to 50 years.And there are a number of drivers of change that they’re trying to respond to. The price of coal is going up, both because of global demand, and now because of the floods in Queensland. The price of gas is dropping; and you all are following the story of the increasing belief that we will see vast supplies of unconventional gas entering the US supply chain. Federal regulation is uncertain; I’ll get to that a little later. And there are enormous variations in state regulation of energy production and state policies are shifting.So the result is enormously difficult choices for utility investors trying to understand what costs will be over the coming decades. What we have seen, because of the slowdown in policy in the US, is we’re lagging far behind now in terms of clean energy investments, and the clean energy sector appears to be slowing down. As a result, there’s been some withdrawal of funds from clean energy investment funds. And recent reports suggest that the shares of stock in publicly traded clean energy investment funds are falling. There have been cancellations of coal-fired power plants. There have been cancellations of planned new nuclear units.So 2011 is going to be a year to watch which way all of this goes. And here are some things that you might particularly focus on:In the next several months, the CEOs or CFOs of utility companies will be doing their outlook briefings for Wall Street investors. In most cases, you are invited to join those calls, and they will talk about their plans. And my guess is, you will hear them talk a lot more about gas and probably wind than you will about coal. In fact, I think you will see a surprising surge of investment in wind, as well as in gas.You can look at decisions that regulators make about whether they’re willing to approve long-term gas supply contracts. Ever since the deregulation of natural gas prices in the US caused a certain amount of chaos in US markets, there have been very few long-term natural gas contracts. Utilities are pushing those again now for obvious reasons.You can look at whether other states follow Colorado with its Clean Power Act, or North Carolina with its Clean Power Act, both of which have led to conversions of power plants from coal to gas and rising levels of renewables. Or Massachusetts with its new requirements for long-term contracts with renewables producers.You can look at whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission endorses the efforts of those trying to build new transmission lines to get renewable power to the market to distribute those costs broadly across utility customers.You can look at whether Senator Lugar reintroduces his Energy Efficiency and Clean Power Bill, and whether it has a broad range of Republican sponsors. That would be the clearest indication that there was some possibility of policy initiatives in the current Congress.And finally, of course, you all are already watching the story at EPA. It’s been very much a front-page story in the last few weeks. In the pipeline at EPA are rules dealing with emissions of greenhouse gases, so-called conventional air pollutants, water discharges from power plants, and ash disposal.In moving ahead with those regulations, EPA is doing the job that was assigned to it by Congress under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances and RCRA, as instructed by a score of outstanding court decisions. This is not an area in which EPA has broad flexibility to move or not to move. In fact, at the current time, the only requirement that has taken effect is not a requirement in a new rule; it is a Best Available Control Technology requirement for large, new facilities that stems directly from the Clean Air Act, not from a new rule.So as you listen to the debate about the EPA overreaching and the flood of regulation, you have to understand there actually isn’t any yet.This slide gives you a picture of EPA’s plans to deal with some of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the US economy – transportation, electric power and industry. It is the utility sector that will come under these requirements soonest, if EPA moves forward.And the Best Available Control Technology, or BACT, requirement will be administered by the states, because that authority’s delegated by EPA. All of the states have agreed to move forward with that, except Texas.My colleague, Franz Litz, is sitting back there nodding yes, because he’s instructed me on all this. And I think I got it all right, Franz. And if I didn’t, he’ll correct me. Or answer your more detailed questions.My view of this is the EPA is doing everything it possibly can to proceed reasonably and pragmatically to answer a set of questions that have to be answered and create huge and very expensive uncertainty that will be an obstacle to economic growth if the questions aren’t answered. I mean, I have to put my spin out here; I am an environmentalist and follow this fairly closely.And there are some companies, including some utilities, that strongly agree. You’ve seen Exelon and Pacific Gas & Electric out in public, in the Wall Street Journal, talking about these issues. But of course, you know there is a thunderous chorus from much of industry demanding that these regulations be blocked, and it seems a certainty that the House at least will vote a series of different kinds of measures designed to either strip EPA of authority to move ahead, or slow it in moving ahead.So there is a Congressional Review Act that enables them to take up a resolution to disapprove rules, if rules are promulgated. But none of these rules have been promulgated yet.There are opportunities in the Continuing Resolution and Appropriations Acts to attach legislation forbidding EPA to move forward. There will be opportunities to attach such legislation to multiple important decisions of the Congress.I don’t know what’s going to happen to those when they get to the Senate, if any will get to the White House, and, if they do, what the White House will do. It will surely depend on the context, and everybody’s going to be watching that anyway.So let me just suggest one thing: If six months from now there has not been any significant change in EPA’s authority to move ahead, and this is still moving, you should watch for initiatives by the utility industry to get these questions answered, to either get legislation through this Congress or find a way to reach an agreed-upon settlement with the EPA.So, from energy choices to food, fuel, water and land tensions, which are going to reemerge with a vengeance this year. You remember a few years ago when the story was all about biofuels driving up food prices. We’re going to see that story again. This particular issue was sort of an ode to the complexity of reality. The food story is not a simple story.Food prices are going up. They’ve been going up for some months now. Farmers are happy. It is not yet having a significant impact politically, but last time around, a few years ago, before the recession, there were food riots all over the world because of the cost of basic commodities. This is in part driven by oil prices going up. There’s a close tie between energy and food. But that is by no means the whole story.We live in a world with a growing population, and global economic growth has been restored. As population grows and the people in the world reach a higher standard of living, the demand for meat grows. As you know, every pound of beef requires many pounds of grain or soy to produce. So as human wellbeing improves, the demand for agricultural products expands.At the same time, the demand for biofuels, biodiesel and ethanol, corn-based ethanol, is rapidly expanding. That went on right through the economic recession, and is continuing. Those are products produced on the same land, by the same farmers who would otherwise be producing feed and food.And this tendency is exacerbated by the kinds of climate events that we’re seeing all over the world. So floods, droughts, storms disrupt agricultural supplies; that has a significant effect in 2007/2008.Generally historically, the way we have increased food production as population and wealth increased was to add fertilizer. This is a projection of future fertilizer use: The purple line is what one would expect as business is usual with expected food growth. The dotted line represents a set of policy changes that might somewhat reduce that demand. This is an important factor in a number of agricultural/environmental tensions, which I’ll get to in a moment.The second measure that has been taken to expand agricultural production historically has generally been to add water.Add fertilizer, add water; you can get more food out of the same piece of land. So what you see here is very little increase in total land under cultivation while we’ve had a massive increase in actual food production.But we may be seeing that change.So issue number one coming out of this, we already have high levels of surface water pollution, high enough to be significantly destructive of productivity and at high economic cost across the world, largely from agricultural nutrients.And we’re also seeing conflicts over water availability growing worldwide. The number of people subject to water scarcity – having on the average less water than is deemed necessary for basic survival – has doubled in the last 20 years.All of that, I think, is going to lead to significant new land use conflicts. Just at the point where we have an agreement coming out of Cancun on forest preservation, we’re going to see increased pressure at the agricultural forest frontier.In Indonesia, for example, there’s just a sharp rise in very profitable palm oil production, which is both for food and for biodiesel. In Brazil, there’s a sharp rise in both cattle and soy production; again, pushing on the Amazon frontier.This will be a year in which the commitments of countries like Brazil and Indonesia to reduce deforestation come up against the pressures created by the demand for biofuels for meat and for food. And I think that you can look for increased pressure on both the companies that produce biofuels – for instance, palm oil producers, who are already responding to pressures to make their activities more sustainable – and increased pressures on food producers, particularly meat importers, to find ways to produce at the frontier without destruction of forests.So Tom could tell us more about this, but there have been some significant agreements by some of the major multinational companies who are meat producers in Brazil to stay away from the use of land that has been just cut from the forest.There’s one other very interesting new factor here. You know how in the 1970s, as energy prices went up, there began to be an emphasis on energy efficiency. And we’ve had a sort of 40-year discussion about how much you could get the same services for less energy. It’s still going on; it’s still the best opportunity.Well, the same is true of food. The estimates for the United States, I think, are that 40% of food is wasted. I think we’re going to see an emerging emphasis on food efficiency. And I think we’re going to see an emerging emphasis on the use of degraded lands, rather than virgin forest, for agricultural expansion, which will reflect new technology. There’s about a billion acres of degraded forestland that would be used for agriculture to protect the Amazon and the Indonesian forests.Energy choices, energy fuel, water, land choices. The next is about mobility. I love this story.During 2011, something like 20 to 25 new all-electric vehicles or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles are going to hit the US market. GE, Hertz, Enterprise, numerous companies and the Government Services Agency have all announced in advance that they will make very large-scale fleet purchases of EVs during the coming year. GE has committed to 25,000 EVs; basically, their whole sales force will be driving electric vehicles.And Americans are going to have their first large-scale experience with what many people think will be the car of the future, and will encounter some important issues. For instance, because there haven’t been electric vehicles, we don’t have high-speed charging stations at every service station yet. So there’ll be real issues as people begin to demand that the transition is made so that they can use their new Leaf or their new Coda as they please.We will get to see whether people are concerned that the range for existing pure electric vehicles is limited, or whether in fact most of us spend most of our time driving short distances, and people are looking for an electric vehicle to serve that need. That will drive the shift between a plug-in hybrid and a pure electric.As you see from the prices on these cars, they all cost close to twice what an equivalent internal combustion-driven car would cost. We’ll see whether consumers decide that the annual savings and the other benefits of these vehicles are sufficient to make it worth purchasing them, and how quickly the fleet purchases drive down the prices.So if you were to drive one of these vehicles at current gasoline prices, you’d – depending on your driving habits, obviously – save something close to $1,000 a year. You wouldn’t pay yourself back for the difference in cost, not at current gasoline prices, not at these purchase prices. But you’d get a significant benefit.There also are interesting questions about the degree of environmental benefit from shifting to electric vehicles. If you drive an electric vehicle in an area, most of whose electricity comes from coal, you get about a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions. If the mix goes to gas, you’ll get much higher reductions in CO2 emissions. That’s going to be an important challenge for you as policymakers; for instance, as EPA makes the decision about how it’s trying to shift the US fleet in the future.So the advent of electric vehicles is one issue. It will also be a global issue. The Chinese are trying to put a million of these on the road in the next couple of years. They have subsidies for buyers that are much larger than US subsidies, as does Europe.But the other, second issue about mobility can’t be solved by electric vehicles. Congestion is the same whether your car burns gasoline or runs off a battery. Safety issues are the same whatever kind of vehicle. And for rapidly growing economies like India, China and Brazil, this is becoming an issue of intense importance.China has made a very interesting call on this. Their intercity air transit is already totally jammed, and the demand for mobility is steadily rising. In 2011, or more probably in 2012, China will reach the point, after four years of working on a high-speed rail, where they have more miles of high-speed rail in China than all the rest of the world combined. They are going to invest $120 billion in the next two years. The trains are now traveling at over 200 miles an hour, and within another year or two will be traveling at over 300 miles an hour, thereby completely eliminating all the benefits of air travel for less than a 1,000-mile trip.These are spectacular new technologies. And a key issue that’s emerging here is the Chinese are making such a massive investment that they’re going to dominate the technology in this, and they will be the world’s suppliers of high-speed rail. While they’re investing over $120 billion, we’re mostly canceling the plans that had been made for high-speed rail and investing a few billion dollars out the stimulus.So this is intercity transit. There’s also the question of within-city transportation. I don’t know if you get to travel very much in developing country megacities, but movement is a major challenge. In Washington, you can schedule six meetings a day and actually imagine that you could do it. In Sao Paulo or Mumbai, two is the absolute maximum, because it’s so difficult to move around.I just wanted to talk about one trend and brag a little bit. This is my one advertisement for WRI. We have a Sustainable Transport Center that has been a catalyst for the development of what I see as a solution that’s just going to explode in the coming years – rapid transit buses traveling on dedicated lanes on a schedule, moving huge numbers of people. We are a think tank. We’re an analytical organization, but this little Center has already moved over a billion of people, saving them 350 million hours of transit time and avoiding huge amounts of pollution.Bus rapid transit is cheap. It can be implemented fast. And we’re going to see it expanding rapidly because developing country megacities just need to do something immediately, the jam is so bad.That is particularly going to be true of Brazil. Brazil is glad to be the host for the Rio Plus 20 meetings in 2012, the World Cup, and the Olympics; the World Cup in multiple venues.It is absolutely essentially that Brazil solve transportation problems in order to entertain those events. The last time I headed for the airport from downtown Sao Paulo, the trip, which is less than 17 miles, took close to three hours.And Brazil, in fact, has a massive investment plan under way. This will be an interesting challenge for the new president Dilma, a huge infrastructure challenge. They plan to build 500 kilometers of bus rapid transit, 27 kilometers of light rail, 48 kilometers of monorail, and a high-speed rail link between Rio and Sao Paulo in the next two years.Will it happen, Tom? If you were under the illusion that China might be moving quickly, and maybe India, but Brazil wasn’t, it’s wrong. There’s just going to be an explosion of change around all of this. And transit is going to be a symbol of it as they develop these new facilities.So 2010 ended with an environmental success, a modest one, the agreement in Cancun. I wanted to talk a little bit about a couple things to look for coming out of the Cancun meetings, and then say why I actually think that’s not where the action is.I refer to Cancun as “Copencun”, because I think that it essentially finished the business that was done at Copenhagen. The world accepted what was done at Copenhagen and ratified it in Cancun. The targets that had been included in the Copenhagen Declaration were legitimized in an agreement at Cancun. They’ve become part of the Framework Convention, and the follow-up on those targets will be under the Framework Convention.There was an agreement about transparency and reporting that was a very important step forward. There was an agreement about funding. There was an agreement about forests. If anybody has questions, we can talk more about this, but you all covered it a month, so I’m not going to spend a lot of time on it.It was very important not to fail in Cancun. A failure could have obstructed action. But the success isn’t going to drive action. It’s the other way around; the action drove the success. The action is at the national level and the sectoral level.So some things to look for. Well, I’ve listed some of the decisions that still need to be made following up on Cancun, but I think the bigger things are not up on that.First, there’s the question of whether Europe decides to up its target from 20% to 30% reduction. That issue is very much alive and will be resolved soon in a difficult time for Europe economically.But much more interesting is what’s happening in China, India, Brazil, and in fact in the poorest countries in the world. China’s 12th Five-Year Plan is full of powerful commitments for reduced carbon intensity, improved energy efficiency, changed technologies. They will reduce by six billion tons from business as usual.They have not only massive renewables investment, they have a very strong renewables law that requires utilities to buy clean energy, which they are enforcing. I talked about their investment in high-speed rail. They’re making massive investments in smart grids so they can move their renewable power around the country.They have a huge building energy efficiency plan, which will be expanded in the 12th Five-Year Plan. They’ve made a commitment at the regional and local level to greater transparency, so the government can better track compliance with the 12th Five-Year Plan, which is quite remarkable in a society which doesn’t make data publicly available. And the Party Congress was full of clear commitments to reduce carbon intensity.What’s said in Congress here isn’t necessarily a way to tell what the future of the country is, but the dialogue in the Chinese Communist Party Congress is much more controlled. And when the country that has, for 20 years, put absolute, total emphasis on growth and development begins to talk about a kind of growth, low carbon growth, it’s a very significant shift.India was an interesting player at Cancun, some people would say rescued the Cancun Agreement by advocating the notion that developing, as well as developed, countries should make commitments. But that reflects what India is doing domestically. India has adopted a coal tax. The funds are being used to be part of a 20-gigawatt commitment to renewables. They have an energy efficiency trading scheme; essentially a cap and trade scheme, and set of other clean energy incentives.I talked a little bit about Brazil. Dilma, in her inaugural address, committed to continuing the strong environmental policies and climate commitments of her predecessor, a very interesting move for someone who was perceived as not very interested in the green agenda. This is a very strongly populist politician who had been one of the advocates against the green agenda within the previous administration. But you’ll recall in the elections, the Green Party candidate got 20% of the vote. And I think that got the president’s attention.Brazil is the only developing country that’s made a commitment to an absolute cap, 2.1 billion tons per year. They have a large-scale energy efficiency program. They have the best biofuels program in the world, sugar cane ethanol. There will be breakthroughs probably in this year in terms of the capacity to produce ethanol from sugar cane, improved sugar cane.Sao Paulo’s state, which is 30% of the Brazilian economy, has a statute that was enacted last year based on the California commitment, which commits them to major reductions in technology shifts. In fact, the company Johnson Controls, which sells a lot of energy efficiency materials, did a worldwide survey and found business executives outside the United States, in the developing world, twice as likely to say they would make major investments in energy efficiency in the next year as those in the US.Okay, that’s China, India and Brazil. One more observation about this. Every five years, the World Bank’s client countries submit development strategies. In 2005, those countries submitted their development strategies and 15% of them mentioned climate change. In 2010, they submitted the strategies and 81% put climate change as one of the top three priorities.This is an issue that has moved outside the negotiations among environment ministers to become a very significant part of development planning globally. Those countries, those poorest countries, are in fact where some of the most rapid economic growth is taking place, and they see it as a necessity to deal with climate issues.Which brings us to the other outstanding issue to watch about the follow-up on Cancun, the one country that everybody thinks probably will not meet its commitments, the US. WRI did a study – Some of you have seen it. Are there copies in the back? There are copies in the back, yes – of all of the existing authorities that the federal government and state governments have to reduce emissions over the next ten years, and how much could be achieved under those.I’m not going to go into a detailed discussion. Franz is one of the authors of that study. He’d be happy to talk to anybody who’d like more information. I would just point out, how far we get with that depends not only on whether the Congress tries to block EPA action, but how far the Administration decides to go, because it’s not just about EPA. It’s about EPA, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture.If there is a government-wide push to meet the President’s 17% commitment, which was reiterated by our negotiators in Cancun, it is possible to do that. If there is not a government-wide push, the US will be one of the countries that does not fulfill its commitments.One last set of comments. This is really a perplexity. It’s a question to watch. It’s absolutely clear that the rhetoric in the 2008 (sic) Congressional elections was pretty anti-environmental, and especially anti-climate and anti-cap and trade. That’s the received wisdom out of the election.But we’re seeing companies pumping money into green advertising. There was one just this morning, I found it in my Times. This is a Panasonic ad. So what’s going on here? This is GE; GE’s been at it for six years now, with ecoimagination. Caterpillar. Nike. Why is that the politics is going one way and the corporate advertising and the corporate commitments are going another?I’ve asked a number of business executives, and it is certainly clear that they continue to get in their consumer surveys strong indications that their customers care about whether the company is environmentally sensitive and whether the products are environmentally preferable. Not necessarily that they’ll spend twice as much, but they care. So companies are investing real money in positioning themselves as green.Secondly, I think there’s another phenomenon, and I’ll end with this. There are a number of companies we’ve worked with over the last five years who are very strong advocates of the need for energy policy and greenhouse gas reduction. And they’re looking up and they’re saying, “The government should have done this. We thought the government was going to do this. It isn’t going to. Now we have to figure out what we’re going to do on our own.”That’s something to watch: What do they do in the coming year? Not in terms of policy, not what do they advocate in Washington, but what do they actually do in the coming year?Thank you all very much. Let’s go to questions. Yes?ED FELKER: Hi, I’m Ed Felker with Energy/Guardian. Could you talk about the future of the Climate Action Partnership? Do they have a role in this town anymore? Or is it more a state and, as you say, an individual company issue?JONATHAN LASH: The United States Climate Action Partnership was formed four years ago by a set of companies and environmental groups who coalesced around the notion that it was essential that the US enact economy-wide, mandatory legislation to reduce greenhouse gases, and ultimately agreed that cap and trade was the right way to proceed.We were very actively engaged in the debates in 2008/2009/2010. Obviously, the legislation didn’t pass, and it’s not going to pass this year, or next year.USCAP met recently. The members have agreed that they continue to be committed to that set of principles, the notion that we need mandatory, economy-wide legislation to move ahead, not only for environmental reasons, but, much more importantly, for competitiveness and economic reasons, that the kind of partnership we have can be useful, and we’ve agreed to keep USCAP in existence for the time being and reassess what’s going to be possible.ZULIMA PALACIO: Zulima Palacio, Voice of America Television. I wonder if you left, I think, an important factor to watch around the world, which is called population, did you leave it out on purpose? Because I think it’s quite important. How do you see the factor of population playing a role here?JONATHAN LASH: So I did mention it in terms of the food/fuel/land/water issue. It’s a fundamental driver. I didn’t talk about it because I don’t see a particular story to watch about it in the current year. Of course, the expansion of population, with the expansion of economies is what creates the demands that cause the problems that environmentalists try to address. But I didn’t see the hook for this particular year around that issue.JEFF JOHNSON: Jeff Johnson, with Chemical Engineering News. You mentioned earlier, when you were talking about Congress, you said if Congress didn’t come up with some sort of an action dealing with climate change over the next six months, utilities were going to – I guess that’s what you meant – were going to ask for that. I’m just kind of curious, if you would elaborate a little bit on that.But also, are there other areas that, despite the posturing that’s going on now in the House and inaction, confusion on the part of the Senate right now, what other issues like that might come to the fore, despite the fights in Congress?JONATHAN LASH: So what I said was, after the question of whether Congress is going to block EPA action plays out, and people have a clearer idea of where we’re going, if there hasn’t been a significant change, utilities have an urgent need for certainty. They need answers to the question of, what’s the future cost of CO2 emissions, what are the regulations going to be for conventional pollutants, and so forth, and therefore, have an interest in having Congress address that question. I wouldn’t say that’s highly probable, but I think it’s something to watch for. I know that there have been discussions of under what circumstances they might seek legislation.Your broader question, I do think there is a possibility, not a large one, that a bill like the one Senator Lugar introduced in the last Congress might move, that deals with a broad range of energy efficiency issues. There’s huge potential for economic savings with energy efficiency investments, and the number of structural obstacles to that taking place. So I could imagine a debate on that issue.I know there are a number of advocates for some kind of clean energy standard that would either create incentives for, or require a percent of electricity come from non-carbon sources. I think that’s a more difficult possibility at the current time. But the most likely outcome is nothing.LISA FRIEDMAN: Hi, I’m Lisa Friedman from ClimateWire. I have a question on the international stuff. When we came back from Copenhagen last year, there was a lot of talk, and at your beginning-of-the-year talk as well, about the C5, about Brazil, India, China, South Africa, the basic group, and how they acted as a negotiating force. And I’m wondering, outside of the individual actions that are happening in some of the countries that you talked about, how did you see this group play out as a negotiating group on the global stage since Copenhagen and going forward? Are they still the force to be reckoned with that you kind of described this time last year?JONATHAN LASH: Let me make a couple of comments and then ask Jennifer to add something.First, I think it is remarkable that the outcome tracked as closely to what the US was hoping for as it did. Todd Stern and Jonathan Pershing played a hand of ones and twos, and managed to win pretty big. They should really be congratulated for that.But that was possible because of the rule that China, India, Brazil, in particular, played. China appears to have come to Cancun – I hope you will correct me; Jennifer was there, I was not – but they appear to have come determined not to be blamed for a failure. Jairam Ramesh came prepared to take significant risks to create success. Brazil was very interested in keeping this issue moving. And I think those three made a huge difference in what was possible.Jennifer, anything to add?JENNIFER MORGAN: I would agree with that. I think the additional factor that occurred over the year though was, with those actors, the C5 moving, and then the Cartagena Dialogue, which was a group of smaller developing countries – Colombia, Costa Rica, even small island nations – working with Europe, and Australia – which is another country to watch, because they’re going to be maybe putting their target up a bit more as well – to create a coalition of the willing, so to speak, within the negotiations, to basically operationalize the Copenhagen Accord.JONATHAN LASH: I haven’t been looking over to this side. Further questions? All the way in the back.KATE SHEPPARD: Kate Sheppard from Mother Jones Magazine. Also going back to the international front, how much of an issue, do you think, Cancun, Kyoto continue to be a huge issue, they didn’t really answer that question, they pushed it off till next year, it’s not going to get any easier? How much of an issue is that going to be going forward in the international conversation? The US role it would be interesting to draw upon as well since they keep saying, “We had nothing to do with Kyoto,” which is clearly not the case.JONATHAN LASH: I’d better let Jennifer take that, because I’m likely to say something I shouldn’t.JENNIFER MORGAN: Jennifer Morgan. I think it’s going to continue. The Kyoto Protocol and the future of it is going to continue to be a major issue in the negotiations. But I think things have gotten much harder, rather than easier. And I think if you watch the developments of what is occurring in Japan and Russia and their stances on it in Cancun, you see that the will is not building; it’s rather receding on the Kyoto side.I think that the real question looks to both Europe and Australia as two major kind of players in that, to see if they want to continue. But it’ll continue to be a conflict moving forward.JONATHAN LASH: An unresolved issue.ALAN SCHLAIFER: Alan Schlaifer with the Wharton Club Green Business Summit. One of the areas that you haven’t dealt with that might have a tremendous impact in reducing pollution, congestion, energy use is telework in the United States and abroad. What do you see as the potential? How can it best made to be consistent with workplace needs now and in the future?JONATHAN LASH: I’m not an expert, but I do see companies increasingly adopting flexible telework policies, in part because it just is so difficult for their workforces to live close to where they end up. They travel so much, so flexibility adds to productivity.We certainly, WRI increasingly uses that. And as organizations are globalized, it’s inevitable that you rely on different forms of communication anyway.But in terms of the numbers, I haven’t tracked the numbers. Maybe you have, and I don’t know whether that’s becoming a significant factor in reducing vehicle-miles-traveled. There’s nothing that reduces emissions faster in the US than reducing vehicle-miles-traveled.RAPHAEL ISAAC: Raphael Isaac. I’m an independent consultant in transportation and energy issues. I have just a couple quick questions. You talked a lot about BRT becoming more common and having a strong role in developing countries’ megacities. I’m wondering what you see, if you see that potentially happening here in the US, or if you see potential obstacles to BRT. That’s my first question.My second question was, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal, I think in November, some policy folks over in California, and they were saying that, at least in the US, one issue is that maybe the government, both at the federal and state levels, is investing primarily in the current technologies and incentives for companies to build on those, and not enough on research for improving the technologies so that the technologies can become less dependent on these incentives. I’m wondering kind of what your, if any, input on how you feel about that.JONATHAN LASH: Let me respond to the second question, and I have two of my colleagues from EMBARQ sitting right behind you, who I’ll ask to respond to the first.That’s why carbon price would be a great measure, whether through the direct imposition of a price, or through cap and trade, because then it leaves it up to investors to decide which technologies are going to provide the best opportunity to reduce carbon in the future.I actually think the investments that were part of the Stimulus Bill were pretty well distributed between current development and future investment in future technologies. But there are some problems that need to be solved now, like the grid. We have a grid that just won’t support full clean energy development, and it’s important to invest in changing it.Aileen or Marissa, do you want to–? Introduce yourself first and then–AILEEN CARRIGAN: My name is Aileen Carrigan and I’m a transportation planner with EMBARQ, which is the sustainable transportation group at WRI.It’s a great question about BRT in the US. Most of EMBARQ’s work is outside of the US, and we’ve been involved in a lot of the successful BRT projects in South America, and increasingly in Asia. And it’s a question we get a lot – is it feasible to implement BRT in the US? And I think that there have been some successes already. New York City’s just opened a rapid, we could say BRT-lite system in New York City. LA has the Silver Line [Orange Line]. Cleveland has the Healthline. So there are smaller-scale BRT systems already.I think there will continue to be a dialogue here in the US. I think one of the challenges is getting the US audience to understand the full benefits of BRT, and that it’s possible to move a high capacity of passengers with a bus-based system, as opposed to a rail system.The most famous system in Bogota moves 1.6 million passengers a day. Whereas, I believe Washington’s Metro moves just over a million passengers a day. So it’s very possible to move those volumes of people with buses.And I think the critical question is not BRT versus a rail system. I think where cities are short on capital funds, it becomes BRT versus no transport investment at all.So I think those are important questions and difficult questions that the US is facing. But there is some movement in that area now.JONATHAN LASH: I have to say, I was not a BRT believer when we started working on this. And one of the first projects we got involved with is Avenida de los Insurgentes in Mexico City, which is one the longest, largest avenues in any major city in the world.The notion that you were going to clear traffic out of two lanes of Avenida de los Insurgentes and move scheduled buses up and down it just seemed far-fetched to me. But it’s running. It’s moving, how many passengers a day, Aileen, do you know?AILEEN CARRIGAN: 450,000 passengers. [Note: this is the number of passengers Mexico’s entire BRT system moves per day.]JONATHAN LASH: And these are people who were spending four hours getting to and from work, and how it’s a half-hour trip. And it costs a tiny fraction of what a subway costs, can be built in a tiny fraction of the time, which is why I’ve become a believer. It’s a solution that mayors can implement during their term.I’ll take two more questions.CATHY CASH: Cathy Cash with Platts Electricity Publications. Just revisiting the potential for action on Capitol Hill, if Congress is, as expected, unlikely to act on climate legislation for the next couple years, and they also do not get the support to block EPA going forward on regulations, can EPA give the power sector the certainty it needs on carbon prices?JONATHAN LASH: This is the question I’ve been waiting to toss to Franz, who is an expert. I think that’s exactly what EPA’s going about doing. The question is, can they do it in an adequately flexible way. And do you want to talk about that, Franz?FRANZ LITZ: Sure, happy to. The administrator of EPA has said what she’d like to do, and not just in the power sector, but in sector by sector, is attempt to create that kind of certainty. And so, early this year, we will have, by mid-spring, new, what are called map[?] standards, toxics from power plants. We have new regulations for conventional pollutants affecting power plants. And so, part of that regulatory certainty angle is to address all of the various regulatory burdens that the power sector will face together.I think Jonathan’s point that you might see utilities come back to Congress is a good one, because it’s not as clean and neat and simple as you might get from Congressional action. And so, that’s a key issue to watch.And the role of states is a key issue, because the Clean Air Act, in particular, is a state/federal balancing and partnership. And so, there’s necessarily in that mix some differences across the states. Which, of course, if you’re a utility that operates across multiple states, you’d rather see uniformity nationwide. Which is one of the reasons why Jonathan’s point about watching utilities to see if they’ll [1:02:28] to ask for uniformity is very much on point.MARC GUNTHER: I have sort of a nitpicky question and then a general one. The nitpicky one is, on your slide about projected emissions under different scenarios, I see a gap between what you call the go-getter scenario and the 17% reduction. And I thought you had said if the government acts aggressively, you could get to the 17%.JONATHAN LASH: I was hoping nobody was going to notice that, but I can answer the question.MARC GUNTHER: Okay, and it relates to the second questions, which is, on your most optimistic day, what is the path that you see to getting emissions reductions that scientists say would be prudent? Like what’s your best case scenario for getting to where we need to go?JONATHAN LASH: I want to get to the chart first. There it is. What we looked at were existing authorities on which there is clear peer-reviewed data on what kind of reductions you can get. So there were a lot of things that we didn’t even look at to get this scenario.We didn’t look at what the Department of Agriculture or Interior could do with land use, because we didn’t have peer-reviewed data, so there was just no way to give you a legitimate estimate. But if they push hard, they can make a significant different there. That’s why I believe that extra 3% could be achieved.But your other, bigger question, that’s one we obviously agonize about all the time, because the science says that we should be doing way more than what was agreed to in Copenhagen, and then essentially legitimized in Cancun.And my premise has always been that once we begin the process of decarbonization, there will be business and economic incentives that essentially create a competition among countries to be the producers of those technologies. And that competition will start what is essentially an avalanche of a shift. So it’ll go much faster than required, driven by factors other than policy. But policy is necessary is to get it started.So I think one of the most interesting phenomena is China is moving so far into the lead in competition a number of clean energy technologies that we don’t have to worry as much about whether they’ll really keep their commitments because they have a commercial drive to do it. This is what they’re selling to the world.I think that phenomena can happen more broadly. And frankly, it’s the reluctance of the US that’s the biggest restraint right now.But this is going to look different in 2020.END WRI President Jonathan Lash previews the key environmental issues to watch in 2011. On January 6th, journalists gathered at the National Press Club for WRI President Jonathan Lash’s 8th annual “Stories to Watch” presentation. The briefing previewed key environmental issues that will likely emerge throughout 2011. Our resources from the event, including audio and video, are below. Jonathan Lash on E&E TV, summarizes the Stories To Watch in 2011.
Dans le cadre de la première réunion du Conseil du Fonds Vert pour le Climat (GCF) à venir, deux groupes régionaux – Asie/Pacifique et Amérique Latine/Caraïbes – devraient encore désigner leurs membres auprès du Conseil de Direction du GCF. Négocié au cours des deux dernières années, le GCF aura pour but de fournir aux pays en développement des financements substantiels en vue de lutter contre le changement climatique. La désignation de ces membres du Conseil de Direction est une condition essentielle au lancement opérationnel de ce Fonds « instrument central du financement sur les changements climatiques ».Début 2012, World Institute (WRI) et Climate Analytics ont facilité la tenue d’une réunion des représentants des pays potentiellement membres du Conseil de Direction, ainsi que ceux impliqués dans la conception du GCF à New York (voir note sommaire, en anglais). Les participants ont échangé idées et perspectives sur le programme de travail du Conseil de Direction en 2012 et sur les priorités à aborder lors de sa première session. En plus des questions administratives d’ordre général – telles que la sélection du pays d’accueil et la mise en place d’un Secrétariat – le Conseil devra s’atteler en 2012 aux tâches suivantes:Déterminer la stratégie du Fonds et son mode de financement – comment le Fonds va-t-il recevoir et octroyer les financements? Le Conseil de Direction devra déterminer comment et quand les pays développés (et autres pays intéressés) pourront abonder le GCF. Il devra également déterminer les modalités d’octroi de financement aux divers acteurs économiques – gouvernements, institutions financières, entreprises, communautés et individus – afin de les inciter à promouvoir des investissements qui ne nuisent pas au climat.Définir les règles de fonctionnement du Fonds – comment accéder aux financements du GCF et en attribuer les ressources ? comment mobiliser des investissements supplémentaires dans le secteur privé ? Le Conseil de Direction devra définir les critères d’accès aux ressources du Fonds, y compris les options permettant aux pays en développement d’accéder ‘directement’ à ses financements, au-delà de ceux fournis par les banques de développement multilatérales et les agences des Nations Unies. Le Conseil de Direction devra également s’accorder sur les modalités d’affectation des fonds en fonction de critères tels que l’objectif thématique, le secteur d’activité et le pays, afin de fournir les assurances nécessaires aux investissements à long terme, tout en incitant des actions ambitieuses, et en mobilisant les ressources des gouvernements et du secteur privé.Définir les règles de responsabilité sociale et environnementale – comment assurer une gestion financière saine, éviter ou remédier aux impacts environnementaux et sociaux négatifs, promouvoir la transparence et la participation dans la gestion du Fonds? La définition de ces règles pour les institutions des pays en développement et le secteur privé est un exercice particulièrement difficile. Le Conseil de Direction devra s’assurer que les garanties de responsabilité sociale et environnementale sont en place dans les pays en développement, et que les règles concernant les entités privées sont également consolidées.Des progrès sont possibles sur ces sujets durant la phase actuelle de conception du Fonds. Les pays en développement peuvent se préparer à recevoir des fonds en intégrant les préoccupations liées aux changements climatiques dans leurs politiques et programmes de développement, en identifiant les domaines prioritaires nécessitant une assistance, en renforçant leurs institutions et en consolidant leurs systèmes de gestion. De leur côté, les pays développés peuvent soutenir les efforts des pays en développement afin que les ressources supplémentaires mobilisées puissent être affectées de manière plus efficace une fois le GCF entièrement opérationnel.Les premières actions du Conseil de Direction, sitôt établi, devront permettre de finaliser le montage institutionnel du Fonds et de le rendre opérationnel au plus vite. Le Conseil de Direction se devra également d’être pragmatique en assurant un juste équilibre entre les priorités et les intérêts multiples sans ralentir la mise en place du Fonds ni en réduire l’efficacité. Le Conseil de Direction doit réaliser des progrès significatifs avant la prochaine réunion ministérielle sur les changements climatiques à Doha fin 2012 afin de susciter la confiance et attirer des financements suffisants pour que le Fonds contribue à des changements structurels d’échelle mondiale. Les pays qui empêchent encore la tenue de la première réunion du Conseil de Direction, faute d’avoir désigné leurs membres auprès du Conseil, doivent rapidement trouver un accord et permette au Fonds d’aller de l’avant.
India skipper Virat Kohli Friday said he won’t mind sitting out one or two IPL matches to stay fit and fresh for the ICC World Cup, putting the onus on his United Kingdom-bound players to manage their workload.”Yes.. that’s a big possibility. Why not?,” Kohli said when asked if he could sit out a match or two to avoid burnout.”It’s a personal responsibility. It is up to the players to give information on any niggle to the concerned people as soon as possible and work as per plan,” he said.Kohli was speaking on the eve of the Indian Premier League opener between his team Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.”We have told the players to be smart about how they feel on a particular day and then reporting to the physios. If he’s told not to play, then he has to respect that.”With the IPL, which begins Saturday, culminating days before the World Cup, there has been a lot of talk about managing the workload of the players during the next two months.Asked if the workload issue will affect the league, the RCB captain said it will depend on how the players strike a balance.”At the end of the day, I am very motivated to start tomorrow personally. I don’t know how competitive or how relaxed Indian players are going to be during the IPL. Every professional knows how to maintain a balance. Eventually you are playing for a franchise and they have trusted you to do a job for them.advertisement”Till the time you play, you have to give 120 per cent. when you don’t play, you don’t. I don’t believe in playing 75-80 per cent. That’s the mindset I carry. I am sure the guys are going to be smart about it. They are going to choose wisely through the tournament. It is not forced on them. They said we are going to be careful,” he added.Kohli said the talent of his team’s domestic players would be on display when RCB takes on CSK.”Not many people are aware of the strengths of some of the Indian guys we possess in our team. And that’s one area we want to focus on. In the past, the focus was always been on getting strong overseas players,” he said.”This time around, guys from the domestic circuit are really confident. Tomorrow you will see the kind of bowling options and depth we carry.RCB haven’t beaten CSK since 2014 but Kohli made it clear that he doesn’t believe in rivalries and head-to-head records.”I don’t believe in head to head and rivalries. In T20 it is anyone’s game really. Some teams we have done really well against. Some teams like CSK we haven’t won in the last six games,” he said.”It is no like you focus only on playing those teams and not focus on teams you have lost against. Opposition this year doesn’t matter for us. It is the vision we have and kind of cricket we want to play as a side and we will focus on that,” he added.Also Read | I don’t care about being judged for not winning the IPL, says Virat KohliAlso Read | One man doesn’t win the IPL: Fleming disagrees with Gambhir’s comment on Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSK
A Nationally touring exhibition of Chinese folk art entitled “Vibrant Bounty” is the latest new exhibition on display at the Sioux City Public Museum.Museum Curator Matt Anderson says the art comes from an area that shares the unique Loess Hills landforms with western Iowa :Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CHINAART.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……a farming region. :19Anderson says the exhibition includes paintings and other artifacts that showcases the agricultural emphasis of the region.:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CHINAART2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….some clothing. :12The exhibit will be on display through August 6th
It’s officially football season. There’s less than 40 days until opening kickoff. Mike Gundy’s tweeting about the first practice of fall camp. And the man KP has the 2016 football preview up and running.With players reporting on Monday and the first practice set for Tuesday (Yes, next Tuesday!), here are five storylines to watch as we prepare for the 2016 season.5. Mike Gundy’s HairI’m all in on the Gundy Mullet. It’s flashy, strange, and slightly arrogant — everything you would expect from a former college quarterback who doesn’t giveth a rip about your opinion. It got quite a bit of play at Big 12 media days, but if it continues, this could be something OSU could play to it’s advantage to gain national attention both in the media and in recruiting. It sounds strange, but the more attention on the second largest school in the state, the better. No matter how it comes.4. Freshman emergingOklahoma State returns a pretty experienced veteran group on both sides of the ball. But there are positions I will definitely be keeping an eye on as fall camp unfolds, as there are several intriguing and talented freshman who I think could make an impact. Don’t be surprised to hear some whispers of good things coming from wide receiver Dillon Stoner, running back Justice Hill, cornerback Madre Harper, and quarterback Keondre Wudtee. If I’m taking bets, I think all four will see the field as true freshman.3. Who stands out in a crowded stable of running backsWith the veteran presence of Barry J. Sanders officially on campus, is he primed to take over a starting role and unseat returning starter Chris Carson or Rennie Childs? Or will Chris Carson, with a full year under his belt and the learning curve presumably shortened, grab the reigns at No. 1? That’s my pick for the moment. Behind him, there will be tons of talent vying for playing time with Barry J., Rennie Childs, Jeff Carr, Jakeem Johnson and Justice Hill all in the fold. As fall approaches, we’ll know a lot more about who is in line to get serious playing time, and who may be falling down the depth chart.2. Junior college players transitioningOSU has several JUCO guys coming in who will make an immediate impact, and some who may have a large learning curve. Guys who I think will play right away are defensive tackle DeQuinton Osborne, offensive guard Larry Williams, and defensive end Tralund Webber, who I think will be more of a rotational player. Beyond them, offensive tackle Shane Richards is on campus, and cornerback Malik Kearse is as well. Both will be at the least quality backups at their respective positions.1. Who will be the backup quarterback?When the Oil Baron emerges behind QB1 in September, I’m going to look like a complete idiot. But I have all my chips pushed into the middle for Keondre Wudtee, and the fact that the No. 2 position is still open after having Cornelius and Kolar all spring competing says a lot about how confident they are with their current options. Cornelius, Kolar, Wudtee, and Burns all seem to be contending for the No. 2 spot, and I would suspect given Wudtee’s unique skill set as a dual-threat, he could be the guy going into the fall.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Arsenal Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Lauren gives three reasons why Wenger’s side won’t win title Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 08:05 4/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) BEN STANSALL Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners have enjoyed a welcome return to form of late, but their former full-back still believes that they will fall short in Premier League bid Arsenal will not win the Premier League title as they are still lacking in three key areas, according to ‘Invincibles’ star Lauren.The Gunners have enjoyed a welcome return to form over recent weeks, going unbeaten through their last seven fixtures in all competitions – a run which has included six victories.Arsenal 33/1 to win PL with dabblebet 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. Arsene Wenger’s side have moved to within six points of the summit in the English top-flight as a result, with confidence and belief returning around Emirates Stadium.Lauren, though, believes that his former club will once again fall short in the battle for domestic supremacy, stretching their wait for the crown to 14 years.The two-time title winner, and member of Arsenal’s famed class of 2003-04, told the Mirror Football podcast when asked to state the reasons why the Gunners will miss out: “The first is that he [Wenger] doesn’t have those seven or eight players who are fighting for him.”The second factor is that there are so many teams looking to win the league – five or six of them.“And the third factor is that – with all my respect – we miss something in the dressing room. We miss something that drives teams to win and challenge for the Premier League – some leadership from inside.”Nowadays, people are not fighting for the solution, they are not fighting for the flag, fighting for the whole institution. I’m talking about people in general, not just Arsenal. People are more selfish and looking more for individual success, rather than whole club.”Lauren has also suggested that Wenger’s mentality has changed since he last led Arsenal to the title, with there now an element of fear in his tactical approach.The former Cameroon international said: “Wenger is the kind of manager who is not looking at individuals. He looks at the team.”We all make mistakes, but when he talked about errors, he was looking at the whole side. That was a key issue in our time – if someone had a bad day, we didn’t focus on that player.”I don’t know what other managers did, but he always emphasised we had to take care of decision making. As a defender, people talk about how bad the back four might be – but if the whole team defend in the right way, it’s easier for the back four. He wanted us to work together.”Lauren added: “This year, he’s changed that [worrying about opponents].”Now he’s taking more care about the opposition. After 18, 19 years of playing 4-4-2, now he’s playing three at the back. That means he’s worried about what other people are doing.”Arsenal will return to action after the international break with a trip to Watford on October 14. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool Frustrated Coutinho annoyed by ‘preventable’ goals leaked against Tottenham Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 15:48 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Premier League Philippe Coutinho Spurs thumped Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley, leaving the Brazil international, who has been courted by Barcelona, frustrated at his side’s display Philippe Coutinho believes that Liverpool were the architects of their own downfall in their 4-1 thrashing at Tottenham on Sunday.Two goals from Harry Kane, as well as strikes from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, gave Spurs a comfortable victory over the Reds at Wembley, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side racing into a 2-0 lead within 13 minutes.Liverpool 11/8 for top four finish 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 Coutinho, who has been tracked by Barcelona and is likely to again be a transfer target next summer , was frustrated with his side’s performance and insists that every one of Spurs’ goals were preventable.”The goals were goals that could have been prevented,” he told ESPN Brasil .”It started out wide and we end up conceding one of those goals the manager speaks about.”He speaks a lot about this – we’ve conceded a lot of goals like this. And obviously in attack we were unable to score the goals necessary to draw or turn around the game.”We were in the game during the first half then the goal we conceded made everything worse.”Defender Dejan Lovren was substituted after half an hour, with many pinning the blame for Spurs’ first two goals on the Croatian.However, Coutinho believes it is not just the defence’s responsibility to keep a clean sheet.”The first goal started in a wide position where everyone is involved in defending, not just the players right at the back,” he added.”We have to improve this as quickly as possible in order to win games and fight more. With difficult games like this one, we know it’s these things that decide them.”So we need to concentrate more to deal with balls like this.”The first goal was scored after four minutes and the second one after 12 or 13. It’s difficult to play away from home against a strong team when you start like that.”We have to work hard. Those passages of play, those set pieces from wide positions. We have to concentrate more to deal with them.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsenal Dani Alves digs Arsenal: Barcelona loved playing against them! Goal Last updated 2 years ago 19:14 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Gettyimages Arsenal Barcelona Premier League UEFA Champions League Primera División The 34-year-old Brazilian admits the Catalan giants had control over their north London opponents during Pep Guardiola’s time in charge Dani Alves says Barcelona enjoyed facing Arsenal in the Champions League during his time at Camp Nou because they “dominated” the Gunners.Barcelona eliminated the Premier League side from the knockout rounds of the competition twice in a row during Pep Guardiola’s spell in charge before a 5-1 aggregate win over them in the last-16 in 2015-16.Arsenal 6/1 to win Europa League 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 Arsene Wenger’s side did not pick up a win in any of those games as Barca dominated Europe and Spain and Alves admits they were a side they liked coming up against.”Well, we definitely liked to face Arsenal,” he told FourFourTwo when asked which English sides they relished being drawn with.“They had a similar football style to ours, and this sometimes helped to facilitate our way of playing.“We were drawn against them several times with a positive outcome. They were a team we dominated and had a control over. Every time we faced Arsenal, we’d have a good result or good performance.”With Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves playing starring roles, Guardiola’s Barcelona team are hailed as one of the best the global game has ever seen, and the Brazilian admits they were incredible as a unit.“Talking to several football experts, they haven’t seen another team as incredible as that Barcelona,” the full-back, now at Paris Saint-Germain, explains. “These are people who’ve been following the game for a long time and they say they’ve never seen such a thing.”We represented the definition of a collective game. We ate, drank and breathed football, so moments like winning the Champions League were rewards for all our efforts.”Alves won six Spanish league titles and three Champions League crowns during his time at Barca before moving on to Juventus and PSG.The 34-year-old now plays with former Barcelona team-mate and current Brazil colleague Neymar at Parc des Princes, where the duo have enjoyed a great start to the season under Unai Emery.
MLS Toronto FC and Columbus play out cagey scoreless draw Goal Last updated 1 year ago 11:07 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Trevor Ruszkowski MLS Columbus Crew v Toronto Toronto Columbus Crew Neither side could find the breakthrough in Columbus, leaving all to play for in the second leg Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew played out a tense 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Eastern Conference final at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. The first half was a tight affair, with both teams feeling each other out and neither interested in throwing many men forward. Playing without suspended stars Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto understandably struggled to get much going in the attacking third, instead focusing largely on containing the Crew. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The home side started to step on the gas more in the second half, but didn’t really test Alex Bono on the TFC goal until late in the match. Harrison Afful had a point-blank opportunity after a poor Drew Moor clearance but Bono was up to the challenge, making a sharp reflex save to preserve the scoreless draw. Alex Bono with the point-blank save. #CLBvTOR pic.twitter.com/8hZxDlhv54 — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 22, 2017 The two teams will reconvene in Toronto on Nov. 29 for the second leg.
Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Maria Pepe is not a household name, but hundreds of thousands of girls around the country have her to thank for the right to play baseball. This weekend, over 140 girls from the Northeastern United States have gathered in Edgewater, New Jersey, for the east coast’s first ever all-girls baseball tournament. That this is possible is due, in large part, to a 12-year-old girl who was told she was not allowed to play Little League ball and was brave enough to fight back.In 1972, Maria Pepe decided to try out for a new Little League team with her friends in Hoboken, New Jersey. She’d grown up playing ball in the streets with the boys in her neighborhood and so, when the Hoboken Young Democrats held a tryout, it seemed only natural that Pepe would show up. “My friends all went in and signed their name and I stood at the door but my coach came out – his name was Jimmy Farina – and he asked why I wasn’t signing up,” Pepe told the BBC World Service in a July 2018 interview (Pepe declined to be interviewed for this story). “I looked at him and said, ‘You think you would take a chance and let me sign up? My name’s Maria.’ And he said, ‘Can you play? And I was like, ‘Yeah,’ there’s no question I could play.”Pepe made the first cut, and then the second. A 10 May 1972 article from the Daily News noted that Pepe batted over .300 in her first two games with the team. The Bridgewater (New Jersey) Courier-News observed, “Maria … played right field and third base for the team when she wasn’t at her primary position – the pitcher’s mound” and “her fastball is rated at least equal to her teammates”. But word had gotten back to Little League headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and they were not happy. After Kathryn ‘Tubby’ Johnston played one season of Little League in 1950, the rules were changed to state that girls were “not eligible under any circumstances”. The league threatened to pull the city of Hoboken’s charter – jeopardizing hundreds of boys’ access to baseball – if Pepe wasn’t removed from the team. US sports Share on Pinterest features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Baseball Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Twitter Her coaches were some of her biggest advocates. “She plays for us because she is a good hitter and an outstanding fielder,” the Young Democrats’ manager, Carmine Ronga, told the Daily News. “If the national office says drop her or lose Little League baseball in Hoboken, we’ll drop her, but it would be unfair.” But after three games, that’s just what they had to do. Pepe says that she was offered the opportunity to be the team’s scorekeeper, which she did for one game but she told the BBC that “being out of the uniform and just keeping score was so extremely frustrating that I knew I couldn’t do that anymore.”Pepe’s story caught the attention of the National Organization for Women (Now), who filed a gender discrimination lawsuit on her behalf. Little League brought in experts to testify why girls should be excluded from playing baseball with boys. Creighton Hale, a physiologist and executive of Little League, Inc., testified that a study from Japan showed that “female bones can take less twisting, less weight before being crushed and bend less before snapping” and “male muscles are stronger, men have a quicker reaction time and move quicker,” according to The Central New Jersey Home News. Creighton went on to conclude that “a girl batter standing 46 feet from the pitcher – the distance from the plate to the mound in little league baseball – would be slower in getting away from a beanball than a boy” and an injury to the face would be “disastrous” for girls from “a cosmetic point of view”. There were arguments speculating about the problems that would arise if a girl was injured and her pants had to be taken off on the field; speculation about the risk of a woman developing breast cancer from “being tagged out on the boobs”. “None of this stuff seemed to matter to me… yet these were the arguments,” Pepe told the BBC. “I just kept saying, ‘Mom maybe the judge will ask me to come and show I could play,’ like that was all that mattered to me.”For Pepe, it was a lot to handle. Despite the fact that she was “a mentally strong” kid, she “did have some hurt deep down inside”. She said she would run home every day after school to find out if a verdict had been reached, and would pore over the day’s newspaper to read about progress in the case. “It was a tough experience as a child, trying to understand it all and thinking there was something wrong with me, they’re telling me I shouldn’t play ball,” she said. “And it was hard. Those things are hard to digest when you’re 11.” By the time the ruling came back, in 1974, Pepe was too old to play in Little League. But it was good news for all the girls who would come after her. The judge ruled in favor of Pepe, saying, “the institution of Little League is as American as the hot dog and the apple pie and that part of Americana should not be withheld from girls”. Twenty similar lawsuits followed, and Little League amended their charter to make their rules and regulations non-gender specific.Today, over 100,000 girls play youth baseball and at least 15 have made it to the Little League World Series. Baseball for All, a nonprofit that aims to support and grow the future of women’s baseball, was founded in 2010 and held their first national tournament in 2015. The inaugural BFA Maria Pepe Baseball Series honors the girl who made it all possible. “Girls can play baseball today because Maria Pepe stood up for their right to play,” said Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball For All and the first woman to coach for a Major League Baseball organization.While BFA has been at the forefront of advocating for girls to play baseball, the rest of the baseball world is beginning to catch up. In 2015, Major League Baseball hosted its first Trailblazer Series, an all-girls tournament. This year, they added an all-girls Breakthrough Series and are working on other projects. “It’s extremely important to baseball to the [MLB] commissioner that all young people have an opportunity to play our game if they choose to,” says Tony Reagins, the executive vice president of baseball and softball development at Major League Baseball. “With each event we put on the interest has grown.”However much progress there has been since Pepe played, girls still face an uphill battle to play hardball. Many of the girls persevere through pressure to switch to softball, exclusion from all-star teams, heckling and verbal abuse, and more sinister things. Earlier this year, a New Hampshire girl made headlines when it leaked that youth baseball coaches planned to tell their pitchers to throw at her head until she quit. Luckily, there is a network of all-girls baseball teams cropping up to provide a supportive playing environment. The Boston Slammers, who have several all-girls teams, reached out to the player’s family after seeing the news reports, and she now plays with the Slammers 11U (11-and-under) team.Reagins says that MLB is committed to continuing to support the growth of the girls game, which will involve a culture shift and ensuring that everybody – coaches, parents, other players – receives the message that baseball isn’t just for boys. “What my message would be going forward is we encourage every young lady who wants to play our game to go out and play, play Little League whether it’s with boys or other girls, follow your dreams,” he says.The Slammers are one of the teams traveling to New Jersey this weekend for the inaugural Maria Pepe Baseball Series. It’s one of many honors that Pepe has received in her home state since she fought for the right of girls across the country to play the game they love. The batting cages at the field where she played in Hoboken have been named after her. And in 2004, she was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the court ruling.When she arrived at the tournament, she met Creighton Hale for the first time, the man whose name she’d known only as the person testifying against her in court all those years ago. “He shook my hand and he said, ‘I want you to know my granddaughter plays.’ I think it was his way of saying he had come full circle. And it was like a healing moment,” Pepe told the BBC. “I feel like I get to play forever through all the girls who play today.” Read more Serena Williams has to rise above stereotypes whether she’s right or wrong Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Messenger
Bournemouth 2 Newcastle United 2: Hosts in thrilling fightback after Gayle double Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 2/25/18 Getty Images A Dwight Gayle double was cancelled out by a late Bournemouth comeback as the hosts drew with relegation rivals Newcastle United. Dan Gosling completed a dramatic late comeback as Bournemouth came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with relegation rivals Newcastle United.Rafael Benitez’s side travelled to the Vitality Stadium after a shock 1-0 victory over Manchester United last time out, and looked like making it back-to-back Premier League wins after Dwight Gayle twice pounced on poor goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic.After allowing Gayle to beat him to a low delivery for the 17th-minute opener, Begovic enabled the former Crystal Palace striker to double his tally on the stroke of half-time as he let another cross slip under him. 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 Bournemouth pushed to find a way back into the game, and a lifeline arrived courtesy of a fantastic long-range effort from Adam Smith 10 minutes from time.And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake’s ball into the box.Newcastle did cling on for a draw but missed a chance to go four points clear of the drop. The Magpies are two clear of the bottom three with Bournemouth three further ahead of them, a run of just one defeat in eight top-flight games cold comfort for Benitez after the late setback.A point apiece, as the Cherries come back from 2-0 down… #BOUNEW | #afcb pic.twitter.com/RHoVdoQo8S— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) February 24, 2018It took 10 minutes for either goalkeeper to be forced into a save as Martin Dubravka, coming off an impressive debut against Jose Mourinho’s men, sprung to his left to parry Callum Wilson’s effort on the turn.But, after Kenedy had fired over with a pair of long-range efforts, Newcastle took the lead with a well-worked move.Jonjo Shelvey played a brilliant ball down the right for Matt Ritchie, whose low cross eventually fell to Gayle as he won a challenge with Begovic before nonchalantly backheeling the ball into the empty net.Ritchie then curled wide from 25 yards out as Newcastle continued in the ascendancy.Junior Stanislas and Gosling both lashed volleys over before Newcastle, having struggled to retain possession in the closing stages of the first half, doubled their advantage against the run of play.Paul Dummett’s cross to the far post was met by Ayoze Perez, the Spaniard’s pull back going through the legs of Begovic and finding Gayle, who was presented with another tap-in.28 – Dwight Gayle has now netted 28 league goals since the start of last season, more than twice as many as any other player for Newcastle (Matt Ritchie next on 13). Sharp. pic.twitter.com/BVQ59TxqwN — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 Bournemouth had a penalty claim waved away by Roger East in the opening stages of the second half after Jamaal Lascelles collided with Ryan Fraser.Perez and Shelvey spurned gilt-edged chances to make it three either side of a fine Dubravka save from Steve Cook, and those wasted opportunities ultimately proved costly as Smith fired a stunning strike in off the bar before Gosling struck with a confident side-foot finish as a previously composed Newcastle defence crumbled.There was still time for Bournemouth to pull off a remarkable turnaround but Newcastle did at least save a point, yet they still have plenty of work to do to preserve their top-flight status.Key Opta Stats:- Bournemouth have picked up 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, a joint-high along with Everton.- Newcastle failed to win a Premier League game after being two goals up at half-time for the first time since February 2012 (2-2 v Wolves).- Bournemouth have gone eight Premier League home games without a clean sheet, their longest-ever run without a shutout at the Vitality Stadium in the competition.- Newcastle bagged two first-half goals away from home for the first time in the Premier League since March 2014 against Hull.- Dwight Gayle ended a run of 11 Premier League appearances without a goal, via his first Premier League double since May 2016. read more
17 Year-old Adam O Keefe can appreciate the skills and longevity of many of the competitors at the 2007 National Touch League (NTL) Senior tournament, a lot better than most.Adam is a Level 4 referee whose father Phil is a member of the 2007 Mets Men’s 50s Team competing at the NTL.Adam and fellow whistleblower 16 year-old Tom Ralph, stand out with their fresh faces, wide eyes, and youthful enthusiasm – a complete contrast to the environment that they are operating in over the next four days.The air reeks of maturity, life experience, and a familiarity and respect forged from many years of battle on touch fields around the nation. There are firm friendships and fierce rivalries everywhere you look that provide an insight into the proud history of our game as well as the passion that burns brightly still in the hearts and minds of the veterans of our sport.The legs might be a bit slower, the recoveries might take a bit longer, the sub box rules might have a few of our golden oldies searching for an instruction manual (like the rest of us!) – but the brain, guile, skill level, and the determination and will to win is firmly in check.These players are masters of their game, and after a lifetime of competing they have earned the title, a fact not lost on young Adam O‘Keefe.“It’s great to be here. To be refereeing my first Adult NTL is a big deal. I reckon seeing my Dad still running around is fantastic and to see all these other people enjoying running around and achieving things makes me see how much you can get out of yourself no matter how old or young you are. It’s inspirational. I’m having a ball.” Adam said.It’s ironic that the Year 12 Loyola Catholic School student talks about being inspired by others.The quietly spoken, unassuming, and ever smiling young man can lay claim to some pretty inspiring qualities himself.When Adam was seven he was diagnosed with leukemia.The Penrith youngster waged a courageous three-year fight with the insidious condition and after several health scares and a difficult battle to regain full health, used refereeing to springboard himself back into normal life.“Dad played at Penrith and it was a way of getting fit and being involved so I started refereeing and found that it was a lot of fun. Guys like Steve Ryan (Level 6) and Tony Doyle (Level 4) were really encouraging and have helped me out so much. I’d love to be a Level 6 someday and get to referee at International level. That would be the ultimate.” Adam enthused.Adam referees twice a week in the Adult competitions in Penrith and in recent years has attended the New South Wales Junior and Open State Cups, the 18 Years National Touch League, and the Regional championships, and admits refereeing is his passion.“I guess after being so sick, you do learn to appreciate every opportunity you get. I appreciate that I can run around – that I’m fit and healthy – that I’ll now be able to live to be as old as my Dad and participate in Touch. I really look up to top referees like Dave Baggio and Luke Mc Kenzie who make it look easy and I hope with hard work and by getting more experience I can get there too.” Adam said.Adam plays cricket and baseball as well and is a very good student who is eyeing a career in physiotherapy down the track.For now though, his goals are simple.“I just want to go for it everyday. Live each day to its full and get everything out of myself, I’d love to be running around like the guys who are participating here when I’m their age. That’s a pretty cool achievement.” Adam mused.I dare say some of the guys running around would think Adam’s participation in this tournament is a pretty cool achievement in itself.
Are you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Competition and Events Coordinator based in our ACT branch office, Canberra. Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm AEDST on Wednesday, 15 January 2014. Please find attached the Position Description. For further information or to lodge your application, please email [email protected] Related Filessops_competitions_and_events_oct_2012-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacant
NRL Touch Football (NRLTF) and the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline, AirAsia announced a new partnership that will see the airline become the Official Airline Partner of NRL Touch Football in Australia.As part of the deal, the airline will proudly carry the Australian Youth Touch Football teams to and from Kuala Lumpur for the upcoming Youth Touch World Cup in August.NRLTF Chief Executive Steve Mitchell said, “We’re very excited to welcome AirAsia to the touch football family.“AirAsia is a renowned global brand and a world leader in their category. It’s an exciting time to be working with them as they develop their brand in Australia,” he said.“This partnership is particularly significant for our Australian youth teams, solidifying our quest to make the sport more affordable for participants and their families.”AirAsia X Group Head of Commercial Barry Klipp said, “AirAsia and AirAsia X are pleased to welcome NRL Touch Football to our ever-growing list of #DARETODREAM sporting partnerships.“AirAsia is an airline that believes in helping people achieve their dreams, and like sport is driven through hard work and determination. To inspire and enable these young Australians to discover their full potential as part of the Youth Touch World Cup in August this year is fantastic.“We look forward to welcoming the Australian youth teams on-board next month for the Youth World Cup.”AirAsia operates more than 60 services per week from Australia to its hub in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, with onward connections to more than 130 destinations across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the US. AirAsia also operates the only wide-body A330 service between the Gold Coast and Auckland daily.About AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers, services an extensive network of over 130 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 500 million guests and has grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best LowCost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards ten times in a row from 2009 to 2018. AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it also beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World’s Leading Inflight Service. To book your airfares for the World Cup or your next holiday, visit www.airasia.com