first_imgMihail Aleksandrov stroked home from the penalty spot to Mihail Aleksandrov stroked home from the penalty spot to give the Bulgarians a shock lead in a very competitive-looking Group A. But the French stormed back with two goals from Kevin Gameiro — making his first international start in almost five years — in a convincing 4-1 win. “It was a perfect evening. We reacted well and then ran away with it,” Gameiro, back in favour at the age of 29, told TF1. I felt enormously proud and especially full of desire. Hard work pays off.” The Netherlands, who failed to make it to the Euros, top the group after they defeated Belarus 4-1 in Rotterdam. Quincy Promes grabbed a first-half brace for the Dutch. France travel to Amsterdam on Monday for a mouthwatering clash with the Netherlands. Under-achieving Belgium also enjoyed a fine home win, Eden Hazard scoring a beauty in the first period as they defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 to go top of Group H. European World Cup qualifying continues on Saturday, when England host minnows Malta at Wembley for interim manager Gareth Southgates first game in charge after the departure in disgrace of Sam Allardyce. AFP KHS KHSlast_img read more

D.Y. Patil Stadium ratified as venue for U-17 football World Cup

first_imgThe 23-member strong delegation comprising experts from world football governing body FIFA and the local organising committee ratified the D.Y. Patil Stadium as a venue for the U-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India next year.The stakeholders of the stadium had ensured the work was done to fulfil all compliance criteria for the final ratification, a release said.Tournament director Javier Ceppi was happy with the preparations at the venue and said, “Credit goes to the DY Patil group, they have been a fantastic partner into making a World Cup in Navi Mumbai a reality. The choice to ratify them as a venue was not hard, because this is a world class facility with world class owners. We hope that this is a great step to make football even bigger in Maharashtra.”The basis for the ratification of the Navi Mumbai venue not only focused on the main DY Patil Stadium and the training sites, but also took into account the interest that local authorities took throughout the process.Vijay Patil, president of D.Y. Patil Sports Academy, was present at the conference and was immensely proud at the prospect of hosting India’s first football World Cup in his stadium.He said, “I am delighted to know that Navi Mumbai is selected as the venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup. I wish to place on record deep appreciation for FIFA, AIFF and its president Mr Praful Patel, WIFA and all individuals who have worked hard to ensure this tournament is a huge success.”advertisementAlso present at the press conference was Western India Football Association (WIFA) CEO Henry Menezes.Particular attention was paid to the state of pitches and the four training sites that include D.Y. Patil Football Ground, D.Y. Patil Cricket Ground, Yeshwantrao Chavan Maidan, and Navi Mumbai Sports Association Ground, the release added.FIFA Project Lead for the U-17 World Cup Tracy Lu expressed her satisfaction with the progression of preparation at the venue. “We were here in February last time and we are really pleased with the progress made here. The initiative taken by the owners of the facility is incredible and we are proud to be associated with them.””They have invested a lot to modify the cricket facilities to suit the requirements of a FIFA U17 World Cup; also we are extremely happy with the exceptional work that has been put in here to get the training sites ready.”Navi Mumbai became the second venue to be approved after Kochi got the green light to host next year’s marquee youth tournament.The delegation will visit Goa on October 22.last_img read more

UP Assembly Elections: BJP gives a Dalit twist to cash ban

first_imgThe BJP plans to give BSP chief Mayawati a run for her money in winning Dalit votes in next year’s Uttar Pradesh polls as the ruling party at the Centre has linked the demonetisation move to Dr BR Ambedkar.The party is rallying people from the bottom rung of the social hierarchy behind the cash clampdown as well as enlisting their support for the elections through a unique message: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan is a realisation of none other than Dr Ambedkar’s dream who had proposed before anyone else that currency should be revised every 10 years.”It is a matter of shame that Babsaheb (Ambedkar) has so far been projected as only a sectional leader, that of Dalits,” said Dushyant Kumar Gautam, head of the BJP’s Scheduled Castes Morcha. “Contrary to this, he was a national visionary and that vision reflected in his writings. As an accomplished economist, he had proposed way back in 1923 that the Indian currency be changed and replaced every 10 years to tackle hoarding, black money and even inflation in his book ‘Problem of the Indian Rupee’.”Also Read: How Modi’s note ban has hit Uttar Pradesh election MAYAWATI’S DALIT FOLLOWINGMayawati has a near-devotional following among Dalits and her party will be a key challenger to the BJP that swept UP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. A repeat of that success would help Modi gain greater control in Rajya Sabha, making it easier to push through key reforms.Gautam claimed the Opposition is so baffled by demonetisation that it is hurting the sentiments of Dalits by opposing Ambedkar’s views. “We are going among the Dalits in UP during our Parivartan Yatras to tell them about this fact and educate them that this move benefits the most to them,” he added.advertisementDuring his research at London School of Economics (LSE), which later took the form of the book ‘Problem of the Rupee: Its Origin and Solution’ (History of Indian Currency and Banking), Ambedkar had proposed the solution to hoarding and black money.Also Read: Suicide, shock death, out of cash: How Modi’s surgical strike on black money has hit some people hardBJP USES AMBEDKAR CARDThe BJP is also highlighting that the Modi government has been proactive since it came to power to give Ambedkar the pride of place while the Congress regimes since Independence had relegated him to the background of their own leaders.”One can see the step-motherly behaviour of the Congress towards Babasaheb,” said Gautam. “It was the NDA that awarded Bharat Ratna to Babasaheb, not a Congress government. You must have come across museums in the name of Gandhis and Nehrus, but not one in the name of Babasaheb. We conserved the first museum dedicated to Babasaheb’s belongings and artefacts at Chicholi, 15km from Nagpur. PM Modi released two commemorative coins as part of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Ambedkar.””The BJP might claim that they are acting in line with the vision of Babasaheb as he would have written in his book, but they forgot the next line in the book. He also said that the methodology of the shift must be flawlessly perfect so that people are not put to difficulty,” said a senior BSP leader on condition of anonymity.Also read: Exposed: Banknote mafia profiting from currency crackdownTHE LEAFLETOn its part, the BJP has prepared a pamphlet that it is distributing in areas dominated by Dalits. The twopage pamphlet sports a picture of Ambedkar along with Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. “This government is dedicated to the poor, peasants, tribals and Dalits, exploited and deprived. This government is for their aspirations and it is our duty,” the pamphlet quotes Modi saying.The leaflet also depicts various pro-Dalit measures undertaken by the Centre. Modi had declared that five places related to Ambedkar would be revamped and had also given them the exalted stature of tirth, or pilgrimages. The five centres are Alipore Road House in Delhi where Ambedkar lived, his Mau house in MP, the village in Ratnagiri where Ambedkar’s parents lived, Indu Mills and the bungalow in London, where he stayed as a student.Modi declared November 26 as ‘Constitution Day’ when Babasaheb’s role as the framer of the Constitution is to be recognised. He is the first PM to visit ‘Chaitya Bhoomi’ last year.last_img read more

Biopic on Dutee Chand on the cards

first_imgBe it MS Dhoni, Mary Kom or Milkha Singh, sports personalities and their journeys have always fascinated Bollywood. (Latest Sports stories)In the pipeline is another captivating story that is likely to hit the silver screen soon.Indian sprinter Dutee Chand’s fight against hyperandrogenism (excess of male hormones) to compete at the Olympics has attracted Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, who brought the story of legendary runner Milkha Singh on silver screen.In fact, Mehra approached Dutee and her coach N Ramesh through Rupinder Singh, a renowned athletics commentator before the Olympics.”At that time, we were too focused on the Olympics, so obviously we couldn’t divert our attention on anything else,” Ramesh told India Today.The Sports Authority of India (SAI) had conducted tests on Dutee on a request from the Athletics Federation of India in June, 2014. The tests revealed high androgen (male hormone) levels, but later, the SAI decided to challenge the IAAF regulation before the CAS.In July 2015, Dutee won a landmark decision when the CAS upheld Dutee’s appeal against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rule, which had declared her ineligible to compete as a female under its hyperandrogenism clause.Since 2015, Dutee has been training in Hyderabad at the Gachibowli Stadium, close to where Pullela Gopichand trains many of India’s top shuttlers, including PV Sindhu.The movie makers are now in touch with a Bangalore-based sports management company who are negotiating the terms on behalf of Dutee. It is at Gopichand’s advise that sports management company  came into the picture.advertisementRecently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was emailed by the movie makers, which is yet to be signed but sources close to Dutee have confirmed that they are very much interested in showcasing the Olympian’s life on the big screen.”We are too naive and there are too many technicalities involved in such cases. We are training here day in and day out and don’t want to get into all this. Dutee has been an inspiration to many and obviously, people should know about her and her fight,” Ramesh added.It has also been learnt that a biopic on Sindhu is also being planned. A popular production house has already been in touch with Gopichand and Sindhu for the movie.last_img read more

Fantasy: Premier League TotW

first_imgThe Premier League is back in a big way, but some it’s biggest stars weren’t. In fact, only one of the top 10 most-owned players in the Goal game was even involved in a goal (Salah) – which is is why we advise to find value for your team and not to always rely on your heaviest hitters.Also, following a trend from last season, defenders are offering fantastic value boasting six of the 10 highest scoring players this week. Only one forward made the cut this week and to see who that was, just keep reading.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowin 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! GK: Wayne Hennessey – Crystal Palace – 1 Game, 6 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 Points DF: Jeffrey Schlupp – Crystal Palace – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 Points Coming in at just 0.68 per cent owned, it was Jeffrey Schlupp who was our Player of the Week in the first round of the Premier League season. He looks a good early out-of-position option as he played this match on the wing despite being listed a defender. That allowed him to be the only “defender” to both score and pick up a clean sheet. Next week’s matchup against Liverpool is a bit scary, but if he can hold onto his spot in the starting XI he may be worth owning in future.DF: Benjamin Mendy – Manchester City – 1 Game, 2 Assists, 1 Clean Sheet = 13 Points HD Benjamin MendyDF: Jose Holebas – Watford – 1 Game, 2 Assists, 1 Clean Sheet = 13 Points DF: Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 Points DF: Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 Points Robertson had a lot of Fantasy buzz heading into the season, and he backed it up well in MW1. His assist was a fantastic curled low cross to Salah which confirmed that the Scottish left back will continue to get forward and be a creative force this season. With improvements made in front of and behind the defence, Liverpool should concede fewer goals and pick up more clean sheets in 2018-19. As for Robertson, he’s starting to edge into must-own territory.Naby Keita Sadio Mane LiverpoolMF: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 Points The big question coming into week one was if it was worth paying a premium for Salah, and then Mane pops up and steals his thunder. After the fact, it seems we always should have known that the Senegalese winger would have a big day considering he had scored in Liverpool’s last two opening fixtures as well. Most people already have three of Jurgen Klopp’s men in their team but, if you don’t for some reason, Mane looks a fantastic buy.MF: Roberto Pereyra – Watford – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 Points MF: Ruben Neves – Wolves – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 Points Paul Pogba Man Utd 2018-19MF: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 Points FWD: Richarlison – Everton – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points It was very rewarding to see Richarlison put in this kind of performance, having advocated for him for the last month or so. His first goal was a little lucky but the second was an exquisite curling effort that confirmed that he’s found his shooting boots once more. The Brazilian did pick up a calf injury during the match which dims things a little bit for his owners but he delivered in a big way this week so his ownership may still rise before week two. goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rooney: I felt ’embarrassed’ at Man Utd

first_imgWayne Rooney has explained how he felt “embarrassed” in his final years at Manchester United and was left with little choice but to leave the club.Rooney spent 13 years at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2017, becoming the club’s record goalscorer in the process.But the striker, who made his 120th and final appearance for England in a 3-0 friendly win against the United States on Thursday, revealed how he knew his United career was coming to an end when he felt reluctant to lift the EFL Cup trophy having been an unused substitute in the 2017 final. 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! “There are times when you doubt yourself as a player, you think: ‘Am I good enough?'” Rooney told Sky Sports .”The time Jose Mourinho left me out of the Manchester United team. There are moments when you do doubt yourself, I believe I was good enough to get back in the team, but I never really got that opportunity.”I came on for one minute in the Europa League final, I was about to come on against Southampton in the League Cup final, and in those moments it was embarrassing.”It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed, I thought: ‘I can’t keep doing this,’ as hard as it was to leave Man United.”In the Southampton game, Mourinho came to me and said: ‘I want you to lift the trophy.’ “I was like: ‘Well, I didn’t even play in the game.’ “He was persistent with it, and I literally lifted it and moved it on! I just knew… what was I doing? I need to move on and go somewhere else.”Thanks to all the @England fans for your support tonight and over the years, appreciate it all. A journey I’ll never forget — Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 15, 2018 It wasn’t the first time Rooney, now playing with D.C. United in Major League Soccer, had experienced a dip in confidence.Despite collecting five Premier League titles and the Champions League among an enviable haul of silverware, Rooney detailed how it took then-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice to get him back on track during a rough spell in the 2006-07 season. “I think there are periods throughout my career where you do lack a bit in confidence, where you doubt yourself at times. I think there was a time at Manchester United [2006/07 season] where I was scoring goals, and then for some reason I couldn’t score,” Rooney said.”You’re down, because I love football, love playing football, and after the games I’d go home and watch the games back, to try and see where I’ve gone wrong in certain moments, and I couldn’t work it out. It was so frustrating.”I couldn’t work out why I wasn’t scoring, why I wasn’t playing as well. Then you end up trying harder, it becomes worse, you feel like you’re just stuck.”I always remember Sir Alex Ferguson pulling me into his office, and he said: ‘Listen, you’re trying too hard, just keep the game simple. Get the ball, lay it off, get in the box. Your chance will come, you will score and you’ll continue to score.’ “That’s what I did the next game, got the ball, played one or two touch, and I think I scored a hat-trick against Bolton away. I remember sitting there thinking: ‘It can’t be that simple!’ That’s always stuck me when I’ve gone through difficult moments.”last_img read more

Black Friday 2018: The best bargain deals from the summer window

first_imgThe European transfer window threw up a high number of bargain deals during the summer, from Wayne Rooney’s move to DC United and Matteo Guendouzi’s switch to Arsenal from Lorient.Everton managed to conclude some great business , bringing in several new players including Bernard on a free transfer, and Wolves have adjusted to life quickly in England’s top flight with the likes of Joao Moutinho and Pui Patricio being drafted in to bolster Nuno Espírito Santo’s squad.Outside of the Premier League,  Krzysztof Piatek has been banging the goals in for fun since joining Genoa in Serie A , while Johnathan Bamba has been a midfield talisman for Lille since his transfer across Ligue 1 from Saint Ettiene. 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! In Germany, Axel Witsel has helped drive Borussia Dortmund into top spot in the Bundesliga and in La Liga Rodri has made the seamless transition from Villarreal to Atletico Madrid.Goal  has compiled a full 30-man list containing the best bargain buys of the summer window, all of whom have managed to have a big impact over the first few months of the 2018-19 campaign.last_img read more

Bhuvneshwar Kumar survives Manan Vohra onslaught to grab maiden five-wicket haul

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 5 runs in a thrilling contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Monday. (Scorecard)Fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again delivered the goods as he has done all throughout this season by picking up his maiden five-wicket haul as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by 9 runs in a thrilling match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Monday.Batting first the hosts posted 159/6 on the board with captain David Warner top-scoring with an unbeaten 70. Bhuvi then ran through the Punjab batting lineup, picking up the wickets of Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa. (SRH vs KXIP, IPL 2017: Match Highlights)Vohra’s wicket was the most crucial one for SRH as he was batting superbly on 95 and was fighting a lone war in the middle with Punjab needing 16 off 12 balls. But an outstanding yorker from Bhuvneshwar caught Vohra plumb in front in the penultimate over to turn the tide in Hyderabad’s favour.”T20 is a format where you expect the unexpected and Manan almost took the game away from us. Athletes always talk about believing in themselves and that’s what I did in the 19th over.”I’ve overcome that pressure because I’ve done this job for SRH for last three years. I knew I had to bowl the 19th over, the match-defining over. I believed in myself,” Bhuvneshwar said, after being adjudged Man of the Match at the post-match presentation ceremony.Bhuvneshwar, who already holds the purple cap, consolidated his position at the top of the bowler’s list and now has 15 wickets in five matches at a staggering average of 7.20 with tonight’s performance (5/19) being his best so far.advertisementBhuvi’s teammate Rashid Khan, who took two wickets in this match, is second on the list with 9 scalps in five matches followed by Delhi Daredevils all-rounder Chris Morris (8 wickets).Bhuvneshwar was the purple cap holder last season as well as he finished with 23 wickets in 17 matches at 21.30 with one four-wicket haul.last_img read more

Kashyap, Dani out of China Masters, Indias campaign ends

first_img(Eds: Adding details of another match involving India) Changzhou (China), Apr 20 (PTI) Indias campaign at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold ended today after Parupalli Kashyap and Harsheel Dani bowed out in the mens singles pre- quarterfinals of the USD 150,000 event. Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion shuttler Kashyap fought hard before going down 10-21 22-20 13-21 to former World No. 6 and third seed Qiao Bin of China in a contest that lasted an hour and 16 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center here. Meanwhile, Dani lost 21-17 21-18 to another Chinese, Fleixiang Sun in 33 minutes. The tournament was Kashyaps return to competitive badminton after recovering from a shoulder injury. He had suffered the injury during the Premier Badminton League (PBL) in January. Indias campaign in womens singles has already ended with the ouster of Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli. PTI AH CM CMlast_img read more

Percentage of consumers watching shows on TV drops: survey

first_imgMumbai, Apr 25 (PTI) There has been a significant dip in the number of consumers watching shows on TV to 23 per cent from 52 per cent over the past year as they prefer to view it on laptops and smartphones, says a survey.”Consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on devices such as laptop and desktop personal computers and smartphones,” according to an online survey of 26,000 consumers across 26 countries, conducted by Accenture.”More than 4 in 10 consumers (42 per cent) said they would rather view TV shows on a laptop or desktop, up from 32 per cent in the last years survey,” as per the report.Nearly 13 per cent said they prefer watching TV shows on their smartphones, compared to 10 per cent last year.”The decline in TV viewing over the past year tracks with a four-year trend. As recently as 2014, the survey revealed that nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of consumers preferred the TV set for viewing shows,” it said.The most recent findings show that only one in five consumers (19 per cent) now prefer to watch sports games on their TVs, down from 38 per cent in the prior-year survey.The report indicates a steep decline over the past year in the percentage of consumers from India who prefer to watch shows on TV sets. That number dropped 78 per cent, from 47 per cent to 10 per cent.In the US, the number fell 57 per cent (from 59 per cent to 25 per cent), and in the UK it dropped 55 per cent (from 56 per cent to 25 per cent), the survey said.advertisement”Over the past one year we have seen a surge in the launch of over-the-top services, both by global and Indian media, and entertainment companies,” Accenture India Managing Director Aditya Chaudhuri said.”The ever increasing penetration of the internet mainly through mobile, backed by WiFi and broadband has helped this wave,” he said.Chaudhuri said along with the internet penetration, high-quality content has enticed the Indian consumers to view varied content, both live broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD), on different devices.”While the consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on laptops and desktops, the smartphone is becoming the preferred device for watching short video clips,” he said.In the survey, more than one-third of consumers said they would rather view these clips on their mobile handsets, a substantial increase from 28 per cent last year.In contrast, the number of consumers who said they would rather watch video clips on their laptops and desktops dropped slightly, from 47 per cent to 44 percent over the last year.The number of consumers who said they prefer to view these clips on their TV sets dropped even more, from 16 per cent to only 5 per cent, the survey added. PTI PSK GK SNKlast_img read more

Football fanatics, this is why you should stand up and applaud Aizawl FC’s I-League triumph

first_imgSuccess isn’t  new or unknown for the men from the “land of the hill”, culminating in Sunday’s I-league glory. Aizawl FC became the first team from the Northeast to win the national league, the third champion in the last three years.Aizawl FC made their debut in the I-League only in 2016, after winning the second division with a stellar record.  They had collected maximum points in every game , barring three – losing two and drawing one, which is a record.In the record breaking season, they couldn’t boast of a strong defence, conceding 20 goals in just 14 matches, but their prowess  in front of goal as they helped them have a positive goal difference of 25 at the end of season.But, as history would have it, their maiden season in the I-league, didn’t go according to plan as they ended up being relegated. They had replaced title-winning coach Hmingthana Zadeng with Spanish coach Manuel Retamero Fraile,  who also left mid season and K. Malsawmkima took over the reins of the team, A move in hind-sight which did not yield the warranted results.They finished eight in the nine-team tournament and won just four of their 16 games, Aizawl FC were relegation bound, but as fate would have it Sporting Club de Goa and Salgaocar withdrew from the I-League, opening the door for them.   A disappointing run in the league was soon forgotten by the Aizawl faithful’s, as they managed to find form and grit, reaching the final of the Federation Cup. They lost 5-0.advertisementAizawl FC roped in Khalid Jamil, who is turn, brought Ashutosh Mehta and Jayesh Rane with him. Jamil  had accused of being a defensive minded manger and had been removed as Mumbai FC’s manager at the start of the season.  Khalid Jamil was born in Kuwait but moved to India to pursue a career in football in his parent’s country.  He hopped between Mahindra United and Air India and went into early retirement after suffering multiple injuries throughout his playing career.  He joined Mumbai FC in 2007 but didn’t make a single appearance for them in two years, finally going into management with the team from Cooperage ground in 2009.The stars finally aligned for Aizawl FC, this season.  A marriage between the endless reserves of energy from the Mizoram and Jamil’s tactical flair, made sure Indian football got their first winner from the Northeast.  Aizawl won nine of their 14 games, losing just two and drawing three. The result, the lowest number of goals conceded by the team in red and white in their last three season and most of their 19 goals scored coming in the second half, proving the teams ability to tire out teams.  Aizawl’s victory may be a fairy tale, but the real struggle begins now.They have the huge task of representing India in the 2017 Asian Champions League qualifier, but more importantly holding onto the players that made history.Only time will tell, what future holds for Aizawl FC.last_img read more

Happy Birthday Brian Lara: ‘Not just a great friend but one of the greatest cricketers too’

first_imgBrian Charles Lara, popularly known as Brian Lara, one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket is celebrating his 48th birthday today.Brian Lara is a cricketing icon and as many have time and again said it, at his best he slayed the best bowling attacks in the world with utmost ease. If Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drives was a thing of beauty, Lara’s pull shot was extraordinary.In his glittering career where Lara played 131 Tests and 299 ODIs, he scored 11,953 and 10,405 runs respectively. Lara is also the record holder of the highest individual score in Test innings with his 400* against England at Antigua in 2004. He also has the highest individual runs in first-class cricket after scoring 501* for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, this being the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.Lara retired from all forms of international cricket after playing for West Indies against England on April 21, 2007.Post his retirement, Lara also forayed into golf and also won many tournaments there.On his birthday, Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to celebrate the birthday of his dear friend and cricket icon Brian Lara.One of my dearest friends celebrates his b’day today. Not just a great friend but one of the greatest cricketers too. Happy b’day @BrianLara sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 2, 2017Happy Birthday to the legendary Windies batsman who holds the record for the highest Test (400*) and first-class (501*) scores, @BrianLara! ICC (@ICC) May 2, 2017last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Sarfraz Ahmed credits bowlers after Pakistan knock England out

first_imgPakistan came out guns blazing to knock the tournament favourites England out in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday.Opting to field first, Pakistan pacers bowled with precision to bundle out England for a below par 211 in 49.5 overs. Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers with three for 35 and was also adjudged the Man of the Match. Fellow pacers Junaid Khan and debutant Rumman Raees also chipped in with two wickets apiece.In reply, Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) toyed with he English attack and put up a solid 118-run opening stand as Pakistan raced to the target in only 37.1 overs with eight wickets in hand .”Credit goes to the bowlers and then the batsmen finished really well. Rumman bowled very well today. We decided to adapt to conditions, we knew if we could restrict them to 250-60, we could chase it,” Sarfraz said at the post match presentation ceremony.Sarfraz also had a special word of praise for Hasan, whose bowling performance fired Pakistan into their first-ever Champions Trophy final.”He (Hasan Ali) is very energetic and he is bowling well. If he takes wickets for us in the final that will help us for sure,” he added.Pakistan had started their campaign on a demoralising note when India thrashed them by 124 runs at Edgbaston. However, they then stunned world No.1 South Africa by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern scoring method before Sarfraz’s heroics against Sri Lanka helped them advanced to the semi-finals.The Pakistan skipper thanked team management for boosting their morale.advertisement”After the India game, the credit goes to the team management how they boosted us. Every game was a knockout game. Today as well they told us to not think about the match and just play the natural game. That helped us,” he said.Pakistan await the winners of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh in the summit clash on Super Sunday.”Both teams are playing really well, all the best to them (India and Bangladesh),” he concluded.last_img read more

Shuttler PV Sindhu in this black dress deserves all your attention

first_imgPV Sindhu, the first Indian female badminton player to win an Olympic silver medal, is quite the fashionista in her unique way. No, she doesn’t post airport looks or event attires every day, but every time she walks her way to a glittery platform, she adds shine to it.A case in point is the ensemble she was recently spotted in. The Indian badminton queen was honoured at the recent Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year awards, where a cover of the magazine featuring her was also unveiled.Photo: Yogen Shah While Sindhu was clearly the star at this event, what caught our eyes was that black dress. The sequined sheer dress with self stripes was perfect for the evening. The shimmer in the dress added just the right amount of glamour.Also Read: What ace shuttler PV Sindhu does to stay fit might mould your health Also Read: You were going to miss how gorgeous PV Sindhu looks in this shimmery gown Paired with open-toed, black sandals and statement drop-down earrings, the dress accentuated the 22-year-old’s toned body. With barely any makeup on–apart from the maroon lip colour, kohl-lined eyes, and maybe a touch of blush–Sindhu looked like the epitome of summer night perfection in this ensemble.Picture courtesy: Instagram/pvsindhu1 The black nail paint on her fingers and toes might not be clearly visible, but we love this touch of Goth. And while we hope Sindhu continues to win glory for India again and again, we can’t help but wish she’d make more of these very fashionable appearances as well.advertisementlast_img read more

No hooray in Bolts last hurrah! winner Gatlin booed

first_img(Eds: Adding more inputs, Bolt and Gatlin quotes) By Philem Dipak Singh London, Aug 6 (PTI) The immortalised Usain Bolt left the scene a mortal after all. When the world was about to exhaust its stock of superlatives of all manner to adorn the Jamaican sprint king, athletics greatest pantomime villain, Justin Gatlin, came to its rescue by gatecrashing Bolts farewell competitive dash in 100m. At the end of one of the most anticipated World Championships 100m final, the scoreboard at the Olympic Stadium flashed that Gatlin had taken gold in 9.92sec ? 0.02 clear of American Christian Coleman, who took silver, and Bolt who claimed bronze a further 0.01sec behind. Albeit a bit late, it was a sort of proof that Bolt, who have produced superhuman feats that the world had come to take for granted, is, human after all, having once prompting scientists to claim, after studies, that he ran faster than a speeding bullet train. At the end of it, Gatlin won, was booed; Bolt did not lose: chants of Usain Bolt Usain Bolt reverberated across the stadium as he quit a sport in peril for long. Running in his last individual competitive race, the 30- year-old Bolt could not recover from a poor start as he crossed the finishing line in 9.95 seconds, to the stunning silence of a full capacity stadium on the second day of the competitions. Bolt, who is expected to be part of the Jamaican defence of the 4x100m relay title on August 12, was the second worse off the blocks in the eight-man field at 0.183 seconds while Coleman had the best at 0.123 seconds and Gatlin second best at 0.123 seconds. The towering Bolt was unusually too far behind Gatlin and Coleman. He never had a great start throughout his illustrious career, but athletics fans around the world got used to watching him close in on the more explosive starters before pulling away from them race after race for nearly a decade. But this time, in his farewell race, the moment of blinding light was missing. It was not a perfect ending for Bolt, the greatest sprinter of all time, at a venue where he had won three gold medals in the 2012 Olympics as Gatlin tore apart his farewell script. The 35-year-old American, who was banned twice early in his career for doping offences, is not among the fans favourites. Bolt had never previously lost a World Championships 100m final he had started, with the only blemish being his false start in Daegu in 2011. As he got beaten, the facial expression told everything and he was seen gesturing to the crowd that he could not win this time. Once the timings flashed at the giant scoreboard, he regained his composure and clapped towards the crowd. He hugged Gatlin, Coleman, and then headed for a lap of honour to thank the crowd. “This place is wonderful and I appreciate this crowd so much. It is just one of those things. Thank you to London for all your love and appreciation,” Bolt said. “It (the atmosphere) was wonderful. I knew they would come out. Im just disappointed I couldnt do better for them but thats how it goes sometimes. The support has been outstanding throughout the years.” Talking about the poor start, Bolt said, “My start is killing me. Normally it gets better during the rounds but it didnt come together. And that is what killed me. I felt it was there. “It was rough. A little bit stressed. But I came out like at any other championships and I did my best. Thanks for the support. I could never expect this from any other crowd. They are what pushed me to do my best.” Despite struggling for fitness and form in his valedictory season, Bolt had still been favourite to secure his 20th global gold. He has already won eight Olympic and 11 World Championships gold. He has been grappling with a back problem this season and had run sub-10 second only once this year before London — in the Monaco leg of Diamond League Meeting series on July 21. Gatlin was booed all through the championships — in the heat, in the semifinal and again in the final, his doping past making him the villain of a troubled sport. But, after taking his revenge on Bolt in a spectacular fashion, he, for once, put a finger to his lips. Bolt took a lap of honour with crowd chanting Usain Bolt! Usain Bolt! while Gatlin lied down the track. The American seemed to be laughing and crying at the same time. After removing the running shoes, he draped himself with the American flag and quietly disappeared. Gatlin, Olympic 100m champion in 2004 and double world champion in 2005, had served two doping bans. After his second positive test, for testosterone in 2006, he avoided a life ban after cooperating with the authorities, accepting an eight- year suspension that was reduced to four on appeal. “Its just so surreal right now – I jumped in the crowd and went wild. Usain has accomplished so much in our sport and inspired others like Coleman to come out and compete in the championships. Usain said congratulations, you deserve it. And thats from the man himself. He knows how hard I work. Tonight was all about the W (win) and I managed to sneak it.” On the booing he has faced during the competition, Gatlin said, “Its not about the crowd. I tuned it out through the rounds and stayed the course. I kept my energy through the semis and came to the final to do what I do. “The people who love me, theyre cheering for me. Theyre at home cheering for me and my coaching manager is cheering for me, and thats what Ive been focusing on. I thought of all the things I would do if I won, and I didnt do any of that. “It was almost like 2004 all over again (for my Olympic title). I won by a little margin, and to be able to come across the line is amazing.” On Bolt, he said, “Were rivals on the track and weve had a rivalry on the track throughout the years but in the warm-up area we were joking and having a good time and he said to me congratulations, you work hard for this, and you dont deserve all these boos. “So I think for all that and inspiring throughout my career hes an amazing man.” PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Nov 17, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Kolkata: Child wearing woolen clothes (A) Chittorgarh: Chittorgarh entry gate closed (B) Jammu: Cold Winter Weather (A) Patna: All India Co-operative Week in Patna (B) Mumbai: Shilpa Shetty during the Road to GES 2017 (A) New Delhi: Sushma Swaraj meets Jean-Yves Le Drian (A+B) New Delhi: A.R. Rahman launches 7UP Thamizh Naattin Kural, a music platform for youth (A+B) New Delhi: Showcasing live 5G demos (B+A) INTERNATIONAL Vatican City: Pope Francis shakes hands with a volunteer (A) Washington:President Donald Trump arrives on Capitol Hill(A) Kathmandu: Bala Chaturdashi festival (B) West Chester: A massive fire burns (B) Las Vegas: 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards (B) Tokyo: PM Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech (B) Buenos Aires: Photojournalists rallied outside the government building (B) Santiago: A balloon seller walks past people on their way to the closing rally (B) Mandra: A major flash flood in Mandra (B) Rio de Janeiro: A woman poses for a selfie with the carcass of a humpback whale (B) Berlin: 69th Bambi Award Ceremony (B) SPORTS Montreal: IBF light heavyweight world title (A) Kolkata: Ind vs SL test match (B+A) Coffs Harbour: Belgians Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul race (B) Guwahati: Ranji Cricket test match (B) PTI PHOTO HS DL OSSlast_img read more

Indian youngsters chance to shine at big stage

first_imgBy Amanpreet SinghPune, Dec 31 (PTI) Indian youngsters, led by Yuki Bhambri, will look to exploit the familiar home conditions and start the new season on a high even as Wimbledon finalist and world number six Marin Cilic will start as favourite at the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra, beginning here tomorrow.It will be easier said than done for the home players since there cant be drastic progress in their game overnight but Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan did enjoy stupendous success against top players in 2017, raising hopes of a strong show here.Only these two Indians are featuring in the singles draw at the event, which moved out of Chennai due to financial issues. Much more is expected from the doubles draw, which will have four Indian pairs competing.Bhambri has enjoyed an unbeaten run on tennis courts at Balewadi Sports Complex since October 2015. The 25-year-old has won 10 matches here on the trot, pocketing two Challenger titles but the level of opponents will be completely different at the ATP 250 event, which will have five top-50 players.The Delhi player could not have asked for an easier draw as he opens his 2018 campaign against local boy Arjun Kadhe, who has returned to professional circuit only this year after completing graduation degree from University of Oklahoma and is ranked below 600.For long, India has been looking for a singles player who can compete at the big stage and inspire new generations. When Bhambri won the 2009 junior Australian Open and was ranked world number one, a lot of expectations were riding on him. But those expectations did not materialise.advertisementHe has the game and did his bit but lack of support coupled with injuries marred his progress. Bhambri is Indias number one tennis players but he is still without a regular coach, who would travel with him on Tour.Nevertheless, Bhambri on his own has managed to break the top-100 barrier and will carry home hopes, irrespective of the tough field. Going by recent form and fitness, he is expected to reach at least quarterfinals and may have to face World No. 81 Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France after getting past Kadhe.Ramkumar, who shocked World No. 8 Dominic Thiem at Antalya Open, has been drawn against Spains Carballes Baena, the World No. 108, in his opening round. The gritty Chennai player will run into Cilic, if he crosses the first hurdle. Its time that Ramkumar, who is aggressive and has a fearsome inside-out forehand, makes his presence felt at the biggest tennis event in India.Mere doing well on the Challenger circuit will not take him to Grand Slams. He has shown promise but perhaps needs to have more faith in his talent. A win over a player of the caliber of Thiem would not have come if he did not have it in him. With that win, the mental barrier has been broken and it must be taken forward. He has got tremendous support from TNTA, which has taken care of his training in Spain.It remains to be seen if Sumit Nagal and Prajnesh Gunneswaran join these two compatriots in the main draw. They need one win each to make it to the main draw.Cilic, who suffered a shock second round loss in the last edition in Chennai, did not end the season on a great note, losing all three matches at season-ending finale in London but had ended a runner-up to Roger Federer at the Wimbledon.The six feet six inches Croat has beaten most of the players in the field, including defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut, in 2017 and, barring an upset, he is unlikely to be challenged much before the semifinal stage.He managed to win only one title on the Tour — Istanbul Cup — out of three finals in 2017 and it is the easiest of draw for him to win a trophy at the start of the season.Bautista-Agut, the world number 20, will be under pressure to defend his points even as he is the only player in the singles draw to have won two titles in 2017 season — Chennai and Winston Salem Open.Another hot contender will be US Open finalist and second seed Kevin Anderson, the world number 14 from South Africa.He had a breakthrough performance at the last Grand Slam of the season, losing to the great Rafael Nadal in the final. He had also ended a runner-up at the Citi Open, where he lost the trophy to world number eight Alexander Zverev of Germany.Apart from these three, the other top-50 players in the draw are Benoit Paire (41) and Robin Haase (42).advertisementIndia will have a lot of interest in doubles where nine players are in fray. Legendary Leander Paes and his partner Purav Raja have been pitted against defending champions Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. Its match which could easily been reserved for a final, due to obvious reasons.Paes, at 44, is not winning much on the ATP World Tour, but the sheer passion for the game is still driving him. There is a strong possibility that it would be one of the last times that fans will see him play at home since there are not many events India is hosting these days.Had it not been for timely effort of MSLTA, India would have lost the only ATP World Tour event it hosts. PTI AT PDS PDSlast_img read more

ISL wrap: ATK grab first win of season, Bengaluru FC lost to Chennaiyin FC

first_imgLate goalkeeping heroics of Debjit Majumder earned ATK their first win the season as they beat Mumbai City FC 1-0 at the Mumbai Sports Arena on Sunday.Robin Singh’s 54th minute goal turned out to be the winner in the match as the defending champions broke the shackles to climb to the eighth spot in the table.Mumbai City FC had come into the game hoping to take all three points to leapfrog local rivals FC Pune City into the top four position in the ISL table but ATK had other plans.With the win, ATK have now pushed NorthEast United and Delhi Dynamos to the ninth and last place respectively..@WorldATK got their #HeroISL season up and running with a hard-earned win against @MumbaiCityFC!More videos: #LetsFootball #MUMKOL Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 17, 2017In the first half, Mumbai City No.1 Amrinder Singh had to make a couple of smart saves to keep ATK attackers at bay. In the 37th minute of the game, Alexandre Guimaraes’ side had earned a corner but ATK defended their line well and it almost resulted in a goal at the other end. Zequinha made a bursting run from his own half and forced Singh to make a save at his near post.The Portuguese winger gave Mumbai City defenders a torrid time the entire night. Mumbai defender Mehraj-Ud-Din Wadoo, who was playing right-back, was finding it really hard to deal with Zequinha’s raw pace.advertisementThe second half began much like the first one. The Mumbai City FC goalkeeper was again called into action five minutes after the restart. This time it was Robbie Keane’s turn to test Singh. In the 54th minute, ATK finally had their goal and it was Zequinha who created the opening. After another purposeful run down the wing, the Portuguese sent in a cross into the Mumbai box which was turned in to the goal by Robin Singh at near-post.Zequinha whipped in an inviting cross, and @robin_singh_23 got the deftest of touches to give @WorldATK the lead. #LetsFootball #MUMKOL Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 17, 2017Stung by the goal, Mumbai City FC responded well. Everton Santos’s cross in the 66th minute found Balwant Singh at the far post. The striker’s header was only parried by ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder which resulted in a melee inside the box. Alas, Mumbai failed to do anything significant.In added time, Guimaraes’s side had a glorious opportunity to snatch a late draw but ATK goalkeeper Majumder came up with a heroic save to deny the home side. Achille Emana’s drilled cross was parried by Majumder into the path of Pranjal Bhumij at the far post. The winger went for goal but Majumder got up in time to cap a fine save.Debjit pulled off a stunning double save here!Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #MUMKOL #LetsFootball Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 17, 2017CHENNAYIN GRAB LATE WINNER TO DOWN BENGALURU FC AT FORTRESSDhanpal Ganesh grabbed dramatic winner with just two minutes left on the clock as Chennaiyin FC beat hosts Bengaluru FC 2-1 at the Sree Kanteevara Stadium on Sunday.Photo Credit: ISL Ganesh’s winner silenced the Fortess that kept buzzing throughout the game.In a match that was billed as a ‘Southern Derby’ with both coaches making it clear that there was an added motivation to win this one, Jeje Lalpekhlua provided Chennaiyin FC with the lead in the fifth minute.It stayed that way till the end of the first half but Bengaluru FC, who have scored most of their goals in the second session, got the equaliser in the 85th minute.With five minutes still left to be played, Bengaluru FC fancied their chances of even securing the winner but the much-celebrated match-winner came at the other end as Ganesh headed home in the 88th minute.It was a dramatic end to an scintillating clash that took Chennaiyin to 12 points from six matches, the same as Bengaluru FC and FC Goa, who have a match in hand. Chennaiyin FC, however, are placed third with an inferior goal difference.Drama, goals and so much more in Bengaluru as @ChennaiyinFC grabbed the three points with an exciting win over @bengalurufc!More videos: #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #BENCHE Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 17, 2017John Gregory’s side put up a commendable team performance, although it was a great defensive display from players like captain Henrique Sereno, Mailson Alves, Inigo Calderon and Dhanpal Ganesh which helped them hand Bengaluru FC their first defeat at home this season.advertisementChennaiyin FC were also helped by an early goal, scored by their top Indian goal-scorer, Jeje. It came in slightly lucky circumstances as Lenny Rodrigues’s clearance deflected off Chhetri and landed right in front of Jeje who did well to slam it past goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.The ball falls kindly for @jejefanai – who buries it! #LetsFootball #BENCHE Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 17, 2017Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca made six changes to his side as he rested Juanan, Subhasish Bose, Udanta Singh, Erik Paartalu and Braulio Nobrega along with goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte and it showed in their performance as they could not impose themselves on the opposition. Even their highest goalscorer, Miku, who scored in the last four matches, was kept quiet throughout.It was only in the second session that Bengaluru showed more urgency, and with Udanta on the field, chances came thick and fast. Captain Chhetri missed from close range early in the second half but more than made up for that miss with a superb equaliser in the 85th minute. Left unmarked, Chhetri simply picked up a pass from Toni Dovale and gave Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh no chance with his half-volley.A rocket of a volley from @chetrisunil11 brought @bengalurufc level! #LetsFootball #BENCHE Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 17, 2017Chhetri appeared to have rescued a crucial point and saved Bengaluru’s proud home record at the Fortress. However, Dhanpal Ganesh silenced the crowd in the 88th minute when he rose high to meet a corner from Rene Mihelic.last_img read more

Alex Rodriguez is Booed in Washington, Ks 3 Times But Yanks Win 4-3

first_imgWASHINGTON — Booed before each at-bat, Alex Rodriguez struck out swinging all three times up as the designated hitter Saturday during the New York Yankees’ 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in the exhibition finale for both clubs.Rodriguez, a three-time AL MVP, is returning from a season-long drug suspension. He fanned on third-strike curveballs from Doug Fister in the third and fifth innings, and from Craig Stammen in the seventh.Washington closer Drew Storen, recovering from a blister on his right foot, got just one out in the eighth, allowing a double by Didi Gregorius — Derek Jeter’s replacement at shortstop — and Chris Young’s go-ahead, two-run homer.Fister went six innings, giving up Stephen Drew’s two-run homer.Washington scored three runs off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi in the first.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more