Dipa Karmakar to be felicitated in Tripura on Aug 22

first_imgAgartala, Aug 20 (PTI) Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed the medal in the Rio Olympics by a whisker, would be felicitated by the Tripura government on August 22. “Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Youth and Sports Affairs minister Sahid Choudhuri would felicitate Dipa Karmakar and her coach Bishweshwar Nandi on August 22 at Swami Vivekananda Maidan here,” Director of Youth and Sports Affairs Dulal Das said. In the felicitation programme, another famed gymnast of the state and Arjun awardee, Mantu Debnath and other sports personalities of the state would be present. PTI JOY CR BS AH PDlast_img read more

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Caught on camera: US women’s football goalkeeper Hope Solo in angry rant

first_imgUS women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo’s contract has been cancelled by the country’s Soccer Federation after her comments against the Swedish women’s team during the OlympicsThe Washington born goalkeeper has been playing at the top level for more than 15 years now and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. But, she showed some grave unprofessionalism after USA’s match against Sweden during the Olympics. As the ladies from USA were looking for their third Olympic Gold, they were beaten by the resolute women from Sweden on penalties 4-3 after a 1-1 draw in normal time in their quarterfinal match. A frustrated and  irritated Solo who was heckled by the locals for her Zika comments before the Games, called the Swedes ‘a bunch of cowards.’ Her comments forced the US governing body to suspend her for six months but after further consideration her contract has been terminated and that led to the goalkeeper’s distraught reaction. (Also read: US goalkeeper Hope Solo hit with six-month ban over ‘cowards’ comments at Olympics)Solo was clearly distraught after she her contract following an earlier suspension that was to last six months. The 35-year-old ran to meet her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens.Solo, who has two Olympic Gold medals and was part of the US team that won the World Cup, could not believe her luck and vented out her frustration even as the camera recorded her every move.”Six month suspension no pay, terminated contract effective immediately.” She went on to say in the video, “17 f—— years and it’s over,” she said.advertisementThe short video clip is part of a documentary titled “Keeping Score”, which Solo is shooting with other US players.Earlier, Solo grabbed eyeballs on social media after she denied to travel to Brazil for the Olympics citing fears regarding the dreaded Zika virus. But she changed her mind in May and decided to go on with the team but this time she posted pictures of different medicines and lotions that protect one from Zika. She also urged others to get their own if they travel to Brazil and this led to an outbreak and people trolling the keeper on social media and that reflected on field too when every touch of her in Brazil was booed by the Brazilians. She decided to ignore them and concentrate on her performance saying that she chooses not  to listen to them.Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio pic.twitter.com/y3d8hnuEjk Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 22, 2016However, Solo’s illustrious 17 year-old career struck an all-time low when the US Soccer Federation terminated the two time Olympic Gold medallist and World Cup winner’s contract for unacceptable behaviour, confirmed Sunil Gulati, the US Soccer President.Solo had earlier tweeted to express her disappointment after her contract was terminated.pic.twitter.com/z4lCvGnQDq Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 25, 2016Earlier today, Solo tweeted to say that she was resigning from the Seattle Reign to pave the way for the young and talented Haley Kopmeyer.pic.twitter.com/ogdYGQzniK Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 30, 2016last_img read more

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Exclusive: ICC CEO Dave Richardson exposes BCCI’s last bid to resist SC ordered reforms

first_imgImagine a cricket World Cup without two time former champions and the game’s biggest player India. That impossible scenario could very well become possible. In a bizarre turn of events, International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson has told India Today that the BCCI has requested for a letter against government interference and even threatening the Indian Board of suspension. (Lodha Panel sets December 15 deadline for BCCI to form Apex Council) While BCCI has denied asking for such a letter, critics are seeing this as a move to put pressure on the Indian authorities. (New deadlines, new delays, new setbacks for BCCI) On Saturday, BCCI president Anurag Thakur attacked the ICC on various issues and accused the world body of attempting to sideline the Indian Cricket Board. Now, ICC CEO Dave Richardson may just have revealed the reason why. If BCCI did make such a request, which the ICC turned down, then this would be seen as the Indian board’s last bid to resist the Supreme Court ordered reforms. Here are the excerpts of David Richardson’s exclusive interview with India Today’s consulting editor Boria Majumdar. Q: Is there any truth to the fact that the BCCI asked the ICC for a letter stating that the ICC will disaffiliate the BCCI if there is government interference?David Richardson, ICC CEO: “The President of the BCCI Mr Anurag Thakur did verbally request ICC Chairman to write a letter to the BCCI asking the BCCI to explain whether the recommendations of Lodha committee might constitute government interference. Mr. Manohar said that the ICC should not write such a letter unless the BCCI first writes to ICC requesting ICC to intervene, or that the ICC receives a letter from another of its members requesting it to do so, and no such letter has been received. I understand Mr. Manohar is reluctant to interfere in domestic affairs of a member country. He will not do so without being formally requested to do so by that member concerned, nor is he prepared to put ICC in a position where the ICC can be perceived as challenging the authority of the Supreme Court of India, without being formally requested to intervene and specially without the full consensus of the ICC board. Don’t forget that under the consequences of government interference it is possible for the suspension of the member board and nobody wants the BCCI to be suspended.” (ICC forced to withdraw two-tier Test proposal) Q: David now that you have revealed that the letter was mentioned and that the ICC did not give it at that point of time, if there is a written plea from the BCCI stating what is happening in India and that constitutes government interference or any outside interference, will you or the chairman or the ICC board issue such a letter?advertisementDavid Richardson, ICC CEO: “It is difficult to speculate you know, we don’t even know what specifically the BCCI will say in the letter. So I think you have to take these things step by step. If a letter is received then it has to be considered, it’s implications need to be considered because the implications could be serious and it needs to be considered by the ICC board in its entirety and then they can describe what needs to be done and whether any kind of letter needs to be written or what action needs to be taken.” (Two-tier Test scheme should have been shot down early: Anurag Thakur) Q: The BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in a newspaper interview has categorically denied asking the ICC to issue such a letter. It is becoming one’s word against another. It is David Richardson & Shashank Manohar’s word against perhaps Anurag Thakur & Ajay Shirke and it is not warranted. It is becoming ICC vs BCCI in that sense. Can you tell me on record if there were any witnesses when as you say the BCCI President requested for such a letter?David Richardson, ICC CEO: “Yes the other board members were present when BCCI made that request. Mr. Thakur has, as far as I can see, actually criticised the ICC for not sending that letter.” Earlier in a newspaper interview BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke denied making any such request to the ICC, saying that the BCCI has not requested any such letter. Ajay Shirke told Indian Express, “No, no, we have never asked for any such letter. Im not aware of the exact circumstances in which the entire board was suspended. What level of interferences, what kind of interferences – if they (ICC) are really such a fair and transparent organisation, (I want to know) whether they really have any definition about what constitutes government interferences? In absence of that, theres every room for a very subjective interpretation. What’s the degree of government interference and what kind of interferences – I’m not aware of that. The Lodha Committee has recommended the appointment of a watchdog – the CAG – at the BCCI and every state association. I’m not personally apprehensive. But we are a member of the ICC and theres no clarity regarding what tantamount to government interference. But the BCCI hasn’t asked for any letter or sent any in this regard.” The BCCI vs ICC tussle has left former World Cup winner and Lok Sabha member Kirti Azad fuming. Azad told India Today, “BCCI wants ICC to interfere but they will not write a letter as they know if they write a letter it will be contempt of court. Look at the audacity of these people where they say that Chief Justice TS Thakur should recuse himself of the review petition. As I have been saying, the BCCI considers itself above the law of the land. BCCI is a united in corruption alliance, so many people who lose elections come back in to important positions. Now they want to blackmail the ICC as India is one of the biggest contributors to the ICC fund. BCCI is trying to get the best of both worlds without compromising on their own position. BCCI is absolutely desperate. They are trying to use all muscle power and money power to get what they want.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Haryana forms committee for sports quota appointments

first_imgChandigarh, Oct 18 (PTI) Haryana Government today constituted a four-member sub-committee for sports quota appointments in the state. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today, an official spokesman said. The cabinet decided “to constitute a sub-committee to look into all aspects of giving employment to outstanding sportspersons under sports quota in the State”. The spokesman said the decision to constitute the sub-committee was taken to prevent any discrimination with the outstanding sportspersons and check delays. State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij will be the chairman of the sub-committee while the other members included Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Om Prakash Dhankar, Additional Chief Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs KK Khandelwal and Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Ram Niwas. PTI AKA CMlast_img read more

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NBA to start elite training academy in NCR

first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) The National Basketball Association (NBA) has planned to launch NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training centre in the National Capital Region (NCR), next April for the top men and women prospects from across the country. The academy, the first of its kind in the country and NBAs fifth elite training centre globally, will be fully funded by it, NBA announced at a media conference here today.”The NBA remains committed to growing the game in India, and the launch of NBA Academy India marks our most significant investment in basketball development in the market,” said NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations, Brooks Meek. “This academy will provide the top male and female prospects in India with world-class coaching and training, as well as academic support and an emphasis on life skills,” he added. NBA would conduct a national scouting programme beginning later this month to identify the inaugural pool of 24 elite prospects who will receive scholarships and training at NBA Academy India. The 24 prospects would be selected by next February.”NBA Academy India will help us identify and develop elite homegrown prospects and shape the next generation of national players,” said NBA India MD, Yannick Colaco. “Youth basketball players in India have had relatable figures to look up to in Sim Bhullar and Satnam Singh, and now NBA Academy India will give them a platform to prepare for the opportunity to develop into a professional-level prospect,” he added. The announcement of NBAs Indian academy follows the launch of academies in Hangzhou, Jinan and Urumqi, China in October 2016 and the planned launch of NBA Global Academy, the NBAs elite training centre, at Basketball Australias Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport. PTI SSR NRB SSC SSC BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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It wasn’t my day, says PV Sindhu after losing Hong Kong final

first_imgIndia’s top-ranked women’s shuttler P.V. Sindhu was pleased with her performance at the Hong Kong Open despite losing in the final and insisted it was just not her day.Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 15-21, 17-21 in the final in Hong Kong on Sunday.”It was a good game overall. It was her day. I played well but she played well at the net, she didn’t make any mistakes. There were good rallies. I’m happy with my performance. It’s okay, I’ll go back and train hard. A bit upset, but overall it went well. I congratulate her for the win,” Sindhu said after the match.”I’ve played her many times. She’s a tricky player, has good strokes and deception. I was prepared for everything. But then one has to win and one has to lose. I was confident because of that. I played the final here. It was anybody’s game. It was her day, she played well.” (Heartbreak for PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma as they lose in Hong Kong Open final)Men’s World No.43 Sameer Verma also finished runners-up but said his maiden final appearance boosted his confidence. He will now target a place in the top 10.Verma, in his maiden Superseries final, lost to local Ng Ka Long Angus 14-21, 21-10, 11-21 in a 50-minute battle.”I am happy to reach final, didn’t expect to. While playing him, in second game I was ready to move him around the court. I got a bit tired in the third game after 11 points. Before the final, I was a bit nervous,” he said. (Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu enters semi-finals, Saina Nehwal crashes out)advertisement”I felt a bit of pressure today, but now now I’m confident of making the top 10. I felt tensed because it’s my first final. I talked to (brother) Saurabh yesterday.””I won the national title in April. I was very confident then of playing at top level. After nationals I got a shoulder injury and had to take a break of 2-3 months. It was a shoulder muscle tear. The shoulder injury affected me. After my comeback I played Thailand and Chinese Taipei,” he added.last_img read more

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Spain hit record low as England run riot in first half

first_imgSpain may have been flying high coming into their Nations League match against England, but the Three Lions brought them to a new low in the first half of the clash in Seville.The hosts entered play with three wins in three since their World Cup exit against Russia, including a victory over England at Wembley and a clattering of finalists Croatia 6-0 in their first two Nations League contests.Things looked set to continue after a 4-1 drubbing of Wales in a friendly last Thursday, but things turned around against England on Monday. 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! A brace from Raheem Sterling on either side of a Marcus Rashford goal saw the Three Lions jump out to a 3-0 advantage by the half on Spain.It is something that might have been unexpected because it has never been seen before – it was the first time Spain have ever conceded three goals at home in a competitive match, let alone in just one half. 3 – Spain have conceded three goals in a competitive home game for the first time ever. Confusion. pic.twitter.com/CnoWN9AvoL — OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 15, 2018 It has been a long time coming for England against Spain in an away match.The last player who found the back of the net for the Three Lions in Spain was Gary Lineker back in 1987, a wait over over 30 years for the visitors before Sterling finally broke through.It broke an goal drought for Sterling as well, and while it wasn’t anywhere near 31 years, the Manchester City striker will still no doubt be glad to put it behind him in such an emphatic fashion.Sterling had last found the back of the net for England in October 2015 against Estonia – an agonising stretch of 1102 days, spanning the 2016 Euros and the 2018 World Cup.Having enjoyed his 16th minute opener so much, Sterling added a tap-in 22 minutes later, to complete his first-ever brace for the Three Lions.It was also a night of firsts for Harry Kane, as the striker turned provider on both Sterling’s second and Rashford’s goal. It was Kane’s first two-assist game in an England shirt.But while England was buzzing in the first half, one of the hottest player in the world made his impact in the second 45.Paco Alcacer has been in form for both club and country of late, scoring in four straight games for Borussia Dortmund and Spain.10 – Paco Alcacer’s 10 shots on target this season (club + country):⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽Amazing. pic.twitter.com/1B0VJL471t — OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 15, 2018 The striker didn’t get the start against England, but came on in the 57th minute for Spain. And just moments later, he made it a fifth straight game with a goal to reduce the deficit to 3-1 and made it nine goals over that span.That strike meant Alcacer has scored with all of his last 10 shots on target.However, neither that goal, nor Sergio Ramos’ headed finish on the last kick of the game proved enough to erase the deficit, as England came away with a 3-2 victory and their first win in Spain since Lineker scored there in 1987.last_img read more

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Money vs history: The Super League vs UCL dilemma

first_imgHow do you define the greatness of a football club? Its age? Its wealth? The number of supporters? A big stadium? Lots of teams have those. When it comes to establishing the difference between the greats and the not-yet-greats it would appear to be a matter of trophies.Can a club be big if it has never won its own domestic championship? Probably not. Can a club be big if it has never won the Champions League? Arsenal would say yes. Atletico Madrid too. They’ve been there and bear the scars.It is certainly true that in order to truly capture the consciousness, a team needs to be competitive, memorable and brilliant when all the world is watching. 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! That is why, for all their spending power and all their titles accrued under Qatari leadership, Paris Saint-Germain still haven’t matched the lustre of Monaco on the European stage.Monaco have been to the final; they’ve given the game players like Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe. They were semi-finalists a couple of seasons ago and that team containing Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy is fondly recalled.That is why Red Star Belgrade’s victory against Liverpool this week was notable. It wasn’t portrayed as an upstart team bloodying the nose of a more storied rival. It was a team with history performing proudly in the European Cup. They have that trophy in their museum.That is one reason why the newly-mooted Super League is a risky idea. Players like money, sure, and it is largely what sustains the game. But try telling any kid growing up anywhere in Europe, or anywhere in the world for that matter, that a new-fangled competition is worth more than this one.Marcelo – the Real Madrid full-back who has won four Champions Leagues – has an outline of the trophy tattooed on his leg.The ex-AC Milan executive Adriano Galliani suggested piping the Champions League theme into his side’s dressing room before Serie A games to try and stimulate the players. He was only half joking.Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, Man CityThis competition means more than just money. It signifies class and pedigree. When a player or a team does it in the Champions League, it can truly be said that they have done it.The alleged involvement in that regard of Florentino Perez in the plans for a new breakaway league are surprising. The Real Madrid supremo would love more money for his club but, surely, he cannot be thinking of cleaving a 13-time champion team away from the competition that they are obsessed by?Real Madrid are defined by this trophy, more than anything else. Whatever plans Der Spiegel allege are being concocted over at Key Capital Partners and shared with Perez cannot match this.The sights and sounds of the Champions League are unique. For all its faults and foibles – whether that is too many squashes in the group stage or a suddenly-jarring lack of VAR – that is largely forgotten come late May or early June when the medals are doled out. This is what matters.And any club who have not won this competition should think carefully about whether or not they want to leave it. It’s one thing Real Madrid or Liverpool walking away but it’s another thing altogether if PSG or City do it. That’s quitting; they have yet to hit the heights required in the Champions League and to depart it would mean they never got up there.And for people like Pep Guardiola too – steeped in the culture of a club like Barcelona and a winner at Wembley in 1992 – this tournament makes them dream.Can you buy your way to greatness? That is what teams like City and PSG are attempting to do.UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules are not something to which Roman Abramovich had to adhere to when he began pouring Russian mineral wealth into Chelsea. City could argue that the club needed a running start, financially speaking, to instigate this current productive period they are enjoying.Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Real MadridRules appear to have been broken and a settlement reached. Besides, is it worse to put a billion or two into a football club – like Abu Dhabi has done – or take a billion or two out as is the case across town at the Glazer-run Manchester United?The response to that one could be gleaned quite easily with a quick chat to any fan in Manchester. “Sheikh Mansour, Manchester thanks you for 10 great years” reads one banner inside the Etihad Stadium. You’re unlikely to find a similar homage to the Glazers over at Old Trafford.But a great academy, a great first team, a worldwide “brand” are all add-ons to what truly matters. That is on-field success in the most important competitions. There is no point splitting off and joining a new one. That will never gain respect.What’s required is suffering, hardship and, ultimately, glory.City are looking good this year. They have outgrown the competition in the Premier League. Guardiola will go down as the most influential man to have set foot in English football by the time he leaves. You watch his teams and how they play and wonder what the hell kind of training the other teams are up to if this is now the standard.But he’s got to make that count in Europe. He has got to make the real big teams afraid. When Madrid or Bayern Munich – or Liverpool for that matter – face City in Europe they have a wealth of experience and success to draw upon. History and glory drip off the walls of their stadiums.City don’t yet have that no matter how many goals they put past Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stages.One day these players are going to have to stir themselves and realise that the step up is theirs to take alone. Nothing – not even all the oil wealth of Abu Dhabi – can purchase it. It is the one thing that cannot be bought; only earned.last_img read more

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With Rs 10,000 cashback on Amazon, LG G6 is this year’s cheapest flagship smartphone

first_imgThe LG G6 is a very important smartphone for LG after the critical and commercial drubbing received by the the LG G5. The smartphone, which was was launched in India a few days ago for Rs 51,999, faces tough competition in the country from the Samsung Galaxy S8, which comes with a similar bezel-less design.In order to attract customers over to their side, LG has tied up with Amazon for an extremely attractive launch offer. The company is offering a massive cashback of Rs 10,000 to customers who purchase the LG G6 from Amazon India via HDFC or SBI cards.There are two conditions though – the offer is only applicable for today and is only available to Amazon Prime members. The offer effectively reduces the cost of the smartphone from Rs 51,999 to Rs 41,999 – less than what the one year old Samsung Galaxy S7 is retailing for currently.Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone designThose who are interested in buying the LG G6 should head on over to Amazon and sign up for a Prime membership asap (there is a 30 day trial on offer as well). In addition to the cashback, there is also a Reliance Jio offer which gives LG G6 users an additional 10GB of data on every recharge of Rs 309 until March 2018. LG is also offering “EA special gifts” for 6 EA games such as Cookie Jam and Temple Run 2 worth Rs. 14,100.At Rs 41,999, the LG G6 makes for an incredibly compelling buy. LG has completely re-imagined the G6 from the ground up. The removable battery, modular design and the tacky plastic finish on the back panel of the LG G5 have all given way to a gorgeous glass and metal spectacle with a near bezel-less design.advertisementThe LG G6 comes with a 5.7′ Quad HD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a 3,300mAh battery, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and IP68 water/dust resistance.Additionally, the smartphone comes with a striking 18:9 Full Vision display (instead of the regular 16:9), Google Assistant on board, Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support for enhanced video and a striking screen to body ratio of 80%.On the imaging front, the LG G6 sports a dual camera array on the back with two 13MP sensors with one of them having a wide-angle lens with a 125-degree field of view. On the front there is a 5MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 100 degree field of view.Also Read: LG G6 quick review: A practical phone with thin bezelslast_img read more

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FIH disowns Narinder Batra’s comment on Sardar Singh affair

first_imgThe International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday distanced itself from its chief Narinder Batra’s criticism of the UK police for summoning former India captain Sardar Singh in connection with an year-old sexual assault case.Batra was angered by the fact that the local police decided to summon Sardar to Leeds right in the middle of the Champions Trophy which is currently underway here.”The International Hockey Federation is aware of recent comments made by FIH President Narinder Dhruv Batra via his personal social media channels. The FIH would like to emphasise that these comments were the personal thoughts of Dr Batra and not representative of the views of the FIH,” the FIH said in a statement.”The FIH would like to apologise for any offence that these comments may have caused. At the request of FIH, these comments have now been deleted and the matter will be reviewed internally in line with our governance processes.”Earlier, an angry Batra had taken a dig at the British government on social media.”England is a country which is a safe haven for all fraudsters who have run away from India and agree to invest in England,” Batra had posted on Facebook in a rather obvious reference to fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya.”I would love to see the reaction of England and world media if in India the England players are called to police stations. Request the Indian media to get the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission in UK involved,” the post added.advertisementThe Facebook post was later deleted.Last year, British-Indian women’s hockey player Ashpal Bhogal had accused Sardar of sexual assault. Ashpal, who claimed to be Sardar’s fiancee, had alleged that the India team star had assaulted her both in India and the UK.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams reaches ninth final, to face Garbine Muguruza

first_imgVenus Williams reached her ninth Wimbledon final and first since 2009, turning in her latest display of gutsy serving to beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday.At 37, Williams is the oldest finalist at the All England Club since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.She also stopped Konta’s bid to become the first woman from Britain in 40 years to win Wimbledon.Williams will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam singles trophy overall. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title. A year later, she lost to Serena.In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments. But she kept on going, and lately has returned to winning.Her resurgence began in earnest at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made it to the semifinals before losing. Then, at the Australian Open this January, Williams appeared in the final, where she lost to — yes, you guessed it — her sister.On Saturday, the 10th-seeded American will participate in her second Grand Slam final of the season, this time against 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.In Thursday’s opening semifinal, Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in just over an hour.Williams’ semifinal was more competitive, at least at the outset. Indeed, it was Konta who had the first chance to nose ahead, standing a point from serving from the opening set when it was 4-all and Williams was serving down 15-40.advertisementWilliams erased the first break point with a backhand winner down the line, and the second with a 106 mph (171 kph) second serve that went right at Konta’s body. It was a risky strategy, going for so much pace on a second serve, but it worked. That opened a run in which Williams collected 12 of 13 points and seized control.Reuters PhotoShe wouldn’t face another break point the rest of the way. Konta played quite well, especially early, and hit six aces — three in a single game — before Williams had one. By the finish, Konta had produced more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court crowd.Williams, though, has so much more experience in these circumstances, and it showed down the stretch. This was her 10th semifinal in 20 Wimbledon appearances; Konta had never been past the second round at the grass-court tournament before this year.There was also a meaningful gap in the track records of the other semifinals, and it made a difference right away. Muguruza won 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 5-0 lead, before Rybarikova at last managed to win a solitary game, 26 minutes into the match.That, though, was followed by another five-game run by Muguruza.Even though Rybarikova entered having won 18 of her past 19 grass-court matches, mostly at lower-level tournaments, she suddenly looked a lot more like someone whose career record at Wimbledon before last week was 2-9.A lot of that certainly had to do with Muguruza, who was terrific. Her serves came swiftly and at hard-to-handle angles. Her groundstrokes were flat and powerful. Her net approaches were well-timed, her volleys on-target.She faced only one break point, saving it. She earned 12 on Rybarikova’s serve, converting five. She won the point on 19 of 25 trips to the net. And she accumulated a 22-8 edge in winners.That earned the 23-year-old Muguruza a berth in her third career Grand Slam final, second at the All England Club. She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her for the trophy at the French Open last year.last_img read more

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LG V30 spotted on GeekBench with Snapdragon 835 processor, Android Nougat and more

first_imgBack in May, Google confirmed LG’s next flagship phone with come with Daydream support out-of-the-box and an OLED screen. Rumours hint that LG V30 (the successor of the last year’s LG V20) could be the company’s next flagship phone. Reports are also such that LG could launch the smartphone the V30 sometime around the month of September. Although the launch timeline is just a rumour for the time being, but what can be assured is that LG V30 launch is nearing as the smartphone has now been spotted on GeekBench.The GeekBench listing reveals almost the complete specs of the upcoming LG V30. The listing hints that the smartphone may come with the latest Android Nougat OS (version 7.1.2) and powered by Qulacomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. Being said that, LG V30 could be the first ever smartphone by then company to feature the latest processor. There are also reports that LG is also working on the successor the LG G6, aka LG G7, and rumours hint that the flagship phone may be powered by Snapdragon 835 also.Just a week ago, Onleaks posted some images of a smartphone, which is supposedly of the LG V30. The renders reveal that the upcoming flagship phone by LG – the LG V30 is going to sport dual cameras on the back, which is already seen on several LG phones already. The two cameras at the back sits horizontally, below which is the fingerprint sensor.Also Read: LG V30 renders leak, shows horizontally placed dual camares at the backadvertisementLooking at the renders, it can be assumed that the LG V30 could possible come with a display screen of 6-inchs. The images further show the phone lock button at the right panel, which indicates that the volume rockers will sit on the left edges. The smartphone looks pretty much sleek in design, and fits a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top edge of the handset.The alleged LG V30 is also rumoured to come with wireless charging support and OLED display, suggests some previously leaked rumours. A recent report from Korea citing industry sources states, “Most OLED screens produced at LG Display’s Gumi E5 plant in the second half will be used for its sister firm LG Electronics’ smartphones, starting with the V30.”Apart from the LG V30, the company is reportedly working hard on the successor of this year’s LG G6. The LG G7. Rumours are that Qualcomm and LG are in talks to incorporate the latest Snapdragon 845 processor in the LG G7. According to Aju Business Daily an industry official says, “The adoption of the Snapdragon 845 for LG’s next flagship phone seems inevitable, considering the emerging virtual reality and augmented reality solutions require more powerful data processing capability.”last_img read more

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Olivier Giroud scorpion kick shortlisted for FIFA Puskas Award

first_imgOlivier Giroud’s scorpion kick strike for Arsenal against Crystal Palace last season was shortlisted for FIFA’s goal of the year award on Monday, alongside efforts from Venezuelan teenager Deyna Castellanos and goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.Giroud scored with an improvised volley in the Premier League match on Jan. 1, producing an acrobatic flick with his left heel to convert Alexis Sanchez’s cross into the net off the crossbar while tumbling forward.Arsenal won the match 2-0 and Giroud, who admitted afterwards that he had a bit of luck with his connection, said it was the best goal he had ever scored.The 31-year-old is the seventh Frenchman to be nominated for the award but the first to make the final shortlist of three, world soccer’s governing body said on its website. (www.fifa.com)Castellanos is the second Venezuelan woman in successive years to make the final three and was nominated for her strike from the halfway line against Cameroon at the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan last year.The 18-year-old follows in the footsteps of compatriot Daniuska Rodriguez, whose goal made the final three for last year’s award but lost out to Malaysian Mohd Faiz Subri’s spectacular 35-metre, swerving free-kick.South Africa’s Masuluke is the first goalkeeper as well as the first player from Africa to make it to the final three for his last minute bicycle-kick equaliser for Baroka FC against Orlando Pirates last year.The winner of the award, named after the late Hungary captain Ferenc Puskas, will be decided by the public and announced at FIFA’s annual player of the year ceremony in London on Oct. 23.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ashish Nehra set to retire from international cricket on November 1

first_imgAshish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.With ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.It is understood that Nehra won’t play even in the Indian Premier League’s next season. Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country.He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.”Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it’s the right time to move on,” the senior official told PTI today.Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 International series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are form bowlers and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue.”Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds and Ashish said that the pair should continue. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 International at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official said.advertisementThe Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled.last_img read more

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Essential phone gets $200 price cut, price drops from $699 to $499

first_imgEssential smartphone has received a price cut of $200, lowering its price to $499(Approx Rs 32,443). Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone was launched in August this year and it has been only two months that the company began its shipment.”And to thank our early supporters who already own an Essential Phone, we’re offering a $200 friends & family code to use on our website towards Essential 360 Camera or another Essential Phone,” said Niccola de Masi, the president of Essential.The Essential smartphone at the new reduced price expects to compete against the high-end phones like the iPhone X and Google Pixel XL 2. There are also reports that despite coming with striking features and design, the phone did not receive a good response in terms of sales.  BayStreet  Research, a firm that analyses and predicts the growth and shipment of smartphones and other gadgets, states that only 5000 units of Essential phones have been sold in US. Sprint is the only carrier from where you can get an Essential phone in US.Also Read: Andy Rubin’s Essential phone: Full specs, top features and everything you need to knowThe company has announced an offer for its early buyers too. The offer is valid only till December 17, 2017 where buyers will get $200 friends and family credit. Customers have to sign up on the Essential  page using their phone’s IMEI number, serial number and the email ID used at the time of the purchase of the phone. The code can be applied for Essential smartphone or a module.advertisementEssential is an Android-based phone from Essential, designed by Android’s co-creator Andy Rubin. Sporting a titanium and ceramic body, the smartphone features an  5.7-inch LTPS edge-to-edge display and dons a dual camera set up on the rear. The phone is powered by a 2.45 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. There’s 128 GB internal storage that’s non-expandable. The phone is backed by a 3040mAh battery with fast-charge support. The phone was launched at $699.last_img read more

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Pakistani designer dresses school-going child as bride, leaves his audience stunned

first_imgA Pakistani designer is using his own unique way to raise awareness against child marriage.Designer Ali Xeeshan used his show at the HUM Bridal Couture Week to knock at peoples’ conscience. In defiance of child marriage, he chose to have a child as a showstopper, who sported what is known as the ‘Bridal Uniform’. This thoughtful initiative was a show-stealer. The costume itself spoke volumes for the young girls who are deprived of education and are married off at an early age.The motto of the show in Pakistan was ‘fashion for cause’. The showstopper was dressed in a school uniform paired with bridal jewellery, carrying a school bag with the word ‘Power’ on it.The campaign was in collaboration with UN Women Pakistan.”After several brides walked the HUM Bridal Couture Week ramp, a girl appeared wearing a school uniform embellished with bridal motifs; symbolising the unfortunate trade-off when a child is deprived of her right to an education, and is instead married. Sign the petition and raise your voice to put an end to #childmarriages,” said UN Women Pakistan in an Instagram post.advertisementThe #BridalUniform Campaign has been started by UN Women Pakistan. It aims at throwing light on the long-term implications of child marriage.Supporting the same, a petition has been signed by many Pakistani celebrities, including singer Momina Mustehsan, actor Adnan Siddiqui, and actor Mahira Khan.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly bless Virat Kohli at his Mumbai wedding reception

first_imgSachin Tendulkar graced Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding reception in Mumbai at the St Regis on Tuesday. The Master Blaster was accompanied by wife Anjali and daughter Sara.There was another honoured guest as Kohli and Anushka looked resplendent on what was a special evening. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also reached the Mumbai hotel to participate in the newly-married couple’s celebrations.Tendulkar was seen wearing a navy-blue suit while Anjali was looking gorgeous in a gold embroided pink suit. Sara wore a cream coloured dress at the reception held at St Regis’ Astor Ballroom in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. Ganguly, Tendulkar’s opening partner of many years, was also in attendance and joined the likes of Anil Kumble, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sandeep Patil and India coach Ravi Shastri.Kohli has often been compared with Tendulkar but the 29-year-old Delhi dasher has said it was not fair to the Little Master as he is in a league of his own. However, despite his modesty, it is certain Kohli will one day overtake Tendulkar’s ODI hundreds.Tendulkar finished a glittering ODI career with 49 hundreds while Kohli has already racked up 32. As a chaser in ODIs, Kohli already has more hundreds than his idol.Ganguly, who was nearing the end of his illustrious career by the time Kohli first appeared for India, also blessed the couple. He is the one who believes Kohli will one day break Tendulkar’s ODI records.In fact, many experts have also said Kohli’s captaincy style is very similar to the way Ganguly led India with aggression and passion in his time.advertisementSeveral of Kohli’s Indian teammates were also in attendance – Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jajdea, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah were there as were Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra were all part of a dream collection of cricketers.Kohli, who had a fantastic 2017 with 2818 runs in international cricket, tied the knot with Anushka in Tuscany in a private ceremony. The pair then went on a holiday to Finland reportedly before returing to India. They then threw a party at Delhi on December 21 for close family members and other guests. The ceremony was attended by Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir among others.Kohli and Anushka will now fly to South Africa along with the Indian team for the South Africa tour. The duo will spend New Year’s eve together and then the actor will return to Mumbai for her film commitments. Kohli on the other hand will lead Team India in the three-match Test series starting on January 5 at Newlands. The Test series will be followed by six ODIs and three T20Is.last_img read more

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What it takes to look like Virat Kohli: Strict diet, intense workout and NO butter chicken

first_imgVirat Kohli leads the Indian team from the front, be it with the bat or in the field. And when it comes to fitness, the Indian captain just keeps on raising the bar.Undoubtedly, Kohli is one of the fittest athletes around and being the youth icon that he is, people look upto him and he has been setting fitness goals not only for the masses but also for other professional athletes around the world.After the winning the Panasonic Open, golfer Shiv Kapur conceded he took inspiration from the attitude and fitness of the Indian cricket captain.Kapur even wants to follow Kohli’s footsteps and pass the Yo-Yo endurance test.While Kohli is an icon today, he was not as fit when he started his career. In fact, in the early years of his career, he was a little chubby but his skills with the bat was what brought him into notice.However, the demands of the modern day game are greater than ever and Kohli realised that he needed to be fit to stay in the game and be the best in the field and as they say, the rest is history.I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.?? #TeamIndia #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/HZGwdNclGg- BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2017Kohli conceded on ‘Breakfast with Champions’ that he hasn’t eaten butter chicken and naan for four years. In fact, he revealed his ultimate cheat meal would be Chole Bhature at Rajouri Garden but for him, such cravings do not get in the way of attaining cricketing immortality.advertisementKohli discussed how it was a pain in the beginning but he is now proud of his diet and it has become his second nature.It takes years of hard work to get into the kind of shape that Kohli exhibits. He revealed how he spends two sessions and four hours in the gym during off season and at least one and a half hours every day.WHAT KOHLI EATSAlong with the exercising and gym, it is his diet that if followed can reap results within a few years.”I have a set breakfast. I eat an omelette, three egg whites, one whole egg. The spinach black pepper and cheese, some grilled bacon or smoked salmon along with it. I eat papaya or dragon fruit if it’s available or watermelon. I eat decent amount of cheese for good fats. I carry my own butters and I get gluten free bread from the hotels…so I apply on that. Then a nice big pot of green tea with lemon, I drink three to four cups of that,” said the Indian captain.Lunch and dinner comprise of grilled chicken, fish and veggies. He said he increases the consumption of red meat when he needs to put on a bit of muscle.”When our trainer Mr. Basu tells me to put on a bit of muscle then I increase red meat. Otherwise generally for lunch it’s grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, spinach and veggies and for dinner it’s seafood,” said the 29-year-old.So the day you decide to get a physique like Kohli, indulgence is a big no. Some healthy food — heavy breakfast, selected healthy products — and exercising without fail, the results will be for all to see.How many one handed push ups can you do? ?? #TrainToLive #LiveToTrain ?? pic.twitter.com/gnQEk7cdiE- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2017Never stop working hard. ??Make everyday count! ??? pic.twitter.com/EVYp2mx6L2- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 28, 2017last_img read more

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Brawling Greek Soccer Suspended Over Violence

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s brawl-filled,  hooligan-overrun professional leagues were suspended Feb. 25 because of ongoing violence – including team Presidents attacking each other – marring the sport already tainted by match-fixing and attacks on referees.Deputy Minister for Sport Stavros Kontonis asked for the league to stop play – it had been suspended earlier this year after a referee was savagely beaten in front of his home.He called on the league officials – who are brawling and accusing each other of instigating violence – to stop it although similar appeals have always fallen on deaf ears with so much trouble and fans attacking each other that games are often played either in empty stadia or with the a visiting club’s supporters being barred from attending.’Unlike American sports where fans sit where they want, they have to be segregated in Greece to keep them from attacking each other and earlier this season a fan in Crete was beaten to death. But the lucrative games are still allowed to go on.Kontonis got the approval of Radical Left SYRIZA leader, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, to halt the sport indefinitely in the wake of police battling Panathinaikos fans in that team’s 2-1 win over arch-enemy Olympiakos on Feb. 22, followed by an altercation between the team Presidents in a a Super League meeting on Feb. 24.There was also a brawl in a Larissa vs. Olympiakos Volou game that critics said is out of control and overrun with violence, scandal and fixed games.Kontonis on Feb. 25 held a meeting with representatives of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), the Super League and the Football League and told them of the decision to suspend all games until the violence ends, although it never has.There have already been two weekends without soccer action this season, the first due to the killing of a fan in a third division game and the second owing to the attack on a referee official that had him seriously injured.Police had to use tear gas and Panathinaikos fans invaded the pitch during a game against Olympiakos – whose fans were barred from attending – and the Presidents of the two teams battled in a meeting,There was a brawl at the Feb. 24 Super League board meeting, which was halted when Panathinaikos Vice President Vassilis Constantinou was allegedly struck by a security guard during an argument between the Olympiakos and Panathinaikos Chairmen.“There is no reason to hide that an incident happened and that is why I interrupted the meeting,» said Super League President Giorgos Borovilos. “I will not say much and I don’t want to take sides.”Borovilos continued: “What happened takes us back. We have many problems to solve in Greek soccer, but not with such actions.”There is plenty of bad blood between  Panathinaikos President Yiannis Alafouzos and Olympiakos President Vangelis Marinakis who have swapped allegations that each instigated violence on and off the field.Alafouzos said that, “We were assaulted. Mr. Marinakis threw a glass of water at me and then his bodyguard threw a punch at Mr. Constantinou. I cannot believe that a board of the Super League had such violence,” Alafouzos said.The incident came after both Alafouzos and Marinakis swore at each other, continuing the war of words between the two clubs two days after the game won by Panathinaikos in an violence-marred match in Athens 2-1.Olympiakos did not issue a statement about the incident.Before the game between teams whose fans literally hate each other, Marinakis was bombared with flares, firecrackers and other objects fans bring to games, but wasn’t hit.Just before the start of the second half, a flare hurled by a spectator hit Olympiakos’s Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami in the shoulder but the game continued after a brief delay although it was out of control.At one point a chair was thrown at Olympiakos’ Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira, narrowly missing him. A group of some 50 Panathinaikos fans then ran onto the pitch to chase him away after he gestured at them.The supporters only returned to their seats once riot police appeared using tear gas to restore order. Two people were slightly injured during the scuffles which lasted five minutes, media reports said, but the game went on.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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