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Edward Kelly, Ramon Gonzales see action in ONE Beijing card

first_imgLATEST STORIES PSA: National athletes, coaches entitled to 20% discount Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Edward Kelly looks to get back on the winning track in ONE Championship but his road to a win won’t be as easy as he faces China’s Tang Kai in the Age of Dragons card on Nov. 16 at Cadillac Arena in Beijing.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments Becoming his own man Hexi, though, is determined to get his second straight win and improve on his humble 1-3 card.ONE flyweight kickboxing World champion Ilias Ennahachi of the Netherlands will defend his title against China’s Wang Wenfeng in the main event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Filipino bet Ramon Gonzales, meanwhile, looks to extend his winning streak in the flyweight division as he takes on Hexi Getu in the same fight card.Kelly (12-7), who fights for the famed Team Lakay stable, has lost two of his last three bouts and a win against Tang could once again jumpstart a title bid for the 155-lb championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceTang (8-2), however, is on a four-fight winning streak, all ending in stoppages.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGonzales (4-2), who’s made a name as one of the more technically sound fighters in the promotion, is looking for a fourth straight win with his three past victories all ending in submissions. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!last_img read more

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1911, Hamara Bajaj delayed as Shoojit unhappy with script

first_imgMumbai, Aug 24 (PTI) Director Shoojit Sircar says he was unhappy with the scripts of his upcoming films “1911” and “Hamara Bajaj”, hence they are delayed, however, not shelved. “1911”, which was announced more than a year ago, will star John Abraham. It is a period film on Mohun Bagans historic win against an English football club in 1911. John will play the reallife character of Shiv Das Bhaduri, who led Mohun Bagan in the historic IFA Shield final. “We are not happy with the script so we are still working on it. Its a sports film and it needs lot of work. Once its ready, John Abraham will announce it,” Shoojit told PTI. His another film, “Hamara Bajaj” with Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam, is also on hold. “The script was not to the satisfactory level so we are still working on it,” the “Piku” director said. Shoojit, meanwhile, is excited about his next release “Pink” starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. The film, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, is slated to release on September 16. PTI KKP KRK PSHlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli a miser and the angry young man of Indian team, reveals Yuvraj Singh

first_imgAll-rounder Yuvraj Singh is known for his six-hitting abilities, timing with the bat in hand and his mischievous nature off the field. Unlike most of the other Indian cricketers, Yuvraj is not very diplomatic and whenever he gets a chance to talk, he usually comes up with some epic stories about Indian and international cricketers. (No score is safe anymore in limited-overs cricket: Yuvraj to India Today)Yet again, Yuvraj got the opportunity to speak his heart out and the 34-year-old made full use of it revealing some of the biggest secrets in the Indian dressing room. In a recent interview with Radio Mirchi, Yuvraj spoke at length about the game of cricket, the YouWeCan foundation which he runs, his fight with cancer and revealed the biggest misers in the Indian cricket team. (Yuvraj Singh wants to play 2019 World Cup)WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE Our cricketers are treated like rockstars in the country and are some of the most sought after personalities in the entertainment industry. But you will be surprised to know that despite earning their astronomical salaries and sponsor endorsements, there are still a few who are the stingy misers, which includes the captain of the Test side.”It’s like this is yours and this is mine, you will pay for this one and I will pay for that one. You know, in our Punjabi culture, we don’t have that, if we are going out for eating something, then one person pays but some people are different and currently, Virat Kohli is the biggest miser. He is also the angry young man in the team,” Yuvraj told Radio Mirchi in a hilarious interview.advertisementYuvraj and Kohli are good friends off the field as well. (BCCI Photo)”PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I HAVE A FAMILY TO TAKE CARE OF”And he did not just stop with Kohli. The flamboyant left-hander also revealed that the senior Indian cricketers were big misers despite being rich and famous.”There have been many misers in our team, especially the seniors and I cannot reveal their names because this is a very sensitive issue,” he added.Fast-bowler Ashish Nehra was singled out by Yuvi,”Usually Ashish (Nehra) is very generous but he gets miserable at times. When he got married, he used to say, please try to understand, I have to manage my wife and kids, I cannot spend much. It’s not like they are misers in that sense but it’s just a fun banter between us like why aren’t you paying.”The ‘six-sixes’ man then turned to his former teammate and one of the greatest Indian pacers, Javagal Srinath, and revealed about how the now-retired cricketer treated Yuvi and Co. to dal chawal.”SRINATH TREATED US TO DAL-CHAWAL””Among the senior players Javagal Srinath was very generous. After playing so much of cricket with him, he finally gave us a dal chawal treat and we uploaded that picture on Twitter with a caption ‘thank you Srinath Ji, for the treat after 15 years,” which was obviously a friendly dig taken by Yuvi at Srinath.On a serious note Yuvraj was asked to pick his favourite captain and it doesn’t come as a surprise that he chose the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ instead of ‘Captain Cool’.”I started my career under Sourav Ganguly, he was the guy who put this team together and supported players like myself, Ashish, Sehwag, Zaheer, Harbhajan and he got this group together. So I think he is the best captain I’ve played under,” the soon-to-be-married Yuvraj said without having any second thoughts.Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar was also not spared as Yuvraj revealed what he wouldn’t dare say to the legendary cricketer ever again.”Once we jokingly called Sachin Tendulkar grandpa, as he had just completed 22 years in international cricket. Since then Sachin has been playing a lot of pranks on us as a revenge. He is very naughty so he always kept us on the backfoot after that incident.”last_img read more

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Tata Steel organises hockey carnival with Australian coaches

first_imgBhubaneswar, Sep 23 (PTI) Twenty teams comprising 300 children including 150 girls displayed their skills in front of Australian coaches at Gomardih in Kutra block of Sundargarh district in Odisha during a hockey carnival organised by Tata Steel.Tata Steel in association with Hockey Australia, the governing body of hockey in Australia, has been conducting a grass-root hockey development programme Hooking2Hockey among school children since July 2016 around Gomardih of Sundargarh, the district which has produced some of the best known hockey players.The children aged between 7 to 10, 15 boys and 15 girls each from 10 schools, around Gomardih, where the steel major has its dolomite mine, were given a preliminary training by a 3-member team of Hockey Australia in July 2016.Ten coaches from the same schools who were also trained earlier by the Australian team, guided the students. The venue of the carnival organised yesterday wore a festive look as the youngsters clad in colourful jerseys clashed with each other. Finally tow teams, one each among the boys and the girls were declared as winners, a company release said. James Liggins, participation coordinator of Hockey Australia and his team mate Tom Winter supervised the matches among the children. The best performers will be further trained to help them get selected for joining Sports Hostel of Odisha government.The winning and runner up teams were felicitated by Sita Devi Majhi, Kutra block tehsildar, who appreciated the initiative. Commending Tata Steel for the programme, Tej Kumar Xesh, district sports officer, Sundergarh said guiding the children at such an early stage will help shape their skills in future.advertisementCaptain (retd) Amitabh, Head, Skill Development, Tata Steel, who has been coordinating the programme said the initiative is aimed to attract the youngsters towards hockey.Happy with the learning ability of the children, James Liggins of Hockey Australia said he is looking forward to further sharpening the skills of the young talent who will be selected for the next round of training, the release added. PTI SKN KHS KHS PSlast_img read more

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Hotstar to stream Kabaddi World Cup in 3D virtual reality

first_imgMumbai, Oct 6 (PTI) Leading video streaming platform Hotstar today said it will stream the upcoming Kabaddi World Cup in stereoscopic 3D Virtual Reality (VR), which will offer a panoramic view of the game.The Kabaddi World Cup games will be shot in stereoscopic 3D using two camera pods (in addition to the multi camera set up of the traditional production) including 12 cameras per pod, which allows for immersive production and stereoscopic capture, Hotstar said in a statement.The live VR stream for the Kabaddi World Cup will be available to fans in two formats — a personalised, 2D user-controlled experience for viewers without headsets, and in full stereoscopic, TrueVRTM for Google Cardboard and Gear VR headsets.”It is the first time VR content from a live event of this magnitude will be available on multiple headsets and mobile operating systems,” it said.Users of Samsung Gear VR will have access to the Hotstar app on the Oculus store.”Fans in India look to Hotstar to set the benchmark for video streaming and we are excited to bring a dramatic new live experience to sports fans,” Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan said.Teams from across the globe will participate in the event commencing tomorrow. PTI DS NSK BAL JMFlast_img read more

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Rio Olympics champion Eliud Kipchoge, Worknesh Degefa win titles at Delhi Half Marathon

first_imgRio Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya lived up to the expectations to win the mens title, while Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa captured the women’s title in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held here on Sunday. (Latest Sports stories)Kipchoge clocked 59.44 minutes, while Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia finished second with a timing of 59.48 minutes. Kenya’s Augustine Choge was third after finishing the race in 1.00.01 hour.In the women’s race, Degefa clocked an hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds to finish 10 seconds ahead of second-placed compatriot Ababel Yeshaneh.Kenyan Helah Kiprop claimed the third spot with a timing of an hour, eight minutes and 11 seconds.LAKSJMANAN, MONIKA BEST INDIANSG. Lakshmanan and Monika Athare emerged winners among the Indian men and women competitors respectively.Lakshmanan finished the race in one hour, four minutes and 37 seconds — one second ahead of second-placed Md. Yunus.Man Singh clocked one hour, four minutes and 40 seconds as the men’s race witnessed a closely-contested fight.Meanwhile, Monika timed one hour, 15 minutes and 34 seconds to be declared champion, while emerging runner Sanjeevani Jadhav was just a second late to be second.Swati Gadhave was a distant third with a timing of one hour, 17 minutes and 43 seconds.She conceded that she was low on confidence coming to the competition as her training was not perfect.last_img read more

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River president D’Onofrio sees ‘no reasons’ for stadium closure

first_imgRiver Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio is adamant that fans of his club should be allowed to attend Sunday’s Copa Libertadores final second leg match, despite the violence on Saturday that saw the match pushed back a day. Having tied 2-2 in the first leg, River and Boca were unable to take the field in the return match of this highly anticipated fixture on Saturday. Boca’s team coach was attacked by River fans outside the Monumental stadium , with two players requiring hospital treatment due to the injuries sustained.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The match was eventually suspended and rescheduled for Sunday at 5pm local time (8pm GMT), but the Buenos Aires government confirmed on Saturday a “preventative closure” that put the match in doubt. It now seems as though the match will go on as planned on Sunday, with River set to pay a fine to open the stadium again, and D’Onofrio does not believe it should be played behind closed doors.  “There are no reasons for the River stadium to be closed tomorrow. I can assure you that River is not responsible,” he told Fox . Despite his strong feelings that the match should be played in front of supporters on Sunday, D’Onofrio backed Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici and the decision to move the match back a day to give the visiting side time to recover. Angelici contended that his side were in no condition to play the match  after the attacks and his River counterpart says moving the match was the right thing to do. “It’s a shame that we had to go through this,” D’Onofrio said. “River said that we cannot play against a team that is going through an understandable psychological situation. We agreed with Daniel.”The 69-year-old was also appologetic to the supporters who made the trip to the match, only to have their plans ruined by the violence outside the stadium. “I feel bad, frustrated, tired,” he said. “I apologise to the fans.”My daughter lives in Italy, I have two granddaughters, they arrived today and fly back tomorrow. I have this situation at home, imagine all the ones that came from all over the country. “I said to CONMEBOL from the start that we could not play today. I’m not going to give up. I don’t want to win this way.”last_img read more

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Beheading of soldiers: Outraged India summons Pak envoy,

first_imgdemands action(Eds: Adding foreign office spokersperson briefing)New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) An “outraged” India today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and provided “enough evidence” on Pakistan armys involvement in the beheading of two Indian soldiers.It also demanded action against the perpetrators of the “barbaric act” on May 1 in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.Basit was summoned by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to convey Indias “outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers on May one, 2017 by Pakistani army personnel”, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.India also told Pakistan the killing of the soldiers was “a strong act of provocation” and in contravention of all norms of civilised conduct, he said.Baglay said it was significant that the attack was preceded by covering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector (in vicinity of village Battal).Blood samples collected from the site matched with the blood of the two Indian security personnel, he said, adding the “blood trail” shows that the perpetrators who entered the Indian side from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), returned from where they came from.However, he did not clarify whether the “blood samples and the blood trail” were of same person or different individuals.Asserting that India has “enough evidence” that the act was committed by the Pakistan army regulars who crossed the LoC, Baglay said this has been shared with the Pakistan high commissioner.Asked about the response of Basit, the spokesperson said, “Of course, the Pakistani envoy denied the involvement of his countrys army. However, he said he will convey the content of the demarche to his government.”advertisementPakistan had yesterday sought from India “actionable evidence” to back its claim on the issue.Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar were slain by Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) which sneaked 250 metres into Indian territory in Poonch disctrict of J&K.Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen A K Bhatt had yesterday conveyed to his Pakistan counterpart that such a “dastardly and inhuman act” was beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.On the future course of action, Baglay said he would not like to “speculate” on the steps that will be taken. “Wait and see what will be the steps,” he said.In a related development, 50 Pakistani students, who on a visit to India at the invitation of an NGO, were sent back after the ministry advised the organisation against hosting them at a time which was not “appropriate” in the aftermath of beheading of Indian soldiers.Asked about reports of visas being denied to Pakistan squash and wrestling teams, Baglay said the squash team was granted visas much before the event they were to participate in but they did not collect it.And as far as the Pakistan wrestlers were concerned, Sports Minister Vijay Goel has already spoken on the matter.Goel has said, “Terrorism and sports cant go along and Pakistan should understand that.”The two teams were scheduled to participate in Asian Championships here.Baglay also said that there is no let up in Indias efforts to isolate Pakistan on cross-border terrorism issue and referred to statements of several international leaders, who have emphasised on the need for a strong fight against the menace.”It an unfortunate reality in our region that cross- border terrorism continues to pose a grave threat to the peace and stability…and the international community agrees that it must be brought to an end,” he said.On why India was still continuing with the most favoured nation (MFN) status to Pakistan, the spokesperson said the MFN tag to Pakistan is an obligation for WTO members and all members have to extend it to each other.He also reiterated the ministrys position on holding talks under Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan nearly two months ago.On Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggestion of a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue and a Chinese media report that Beijing was ready to mediate, Bagley said there is “no ambiguity in our position (that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan) and this is very clearly known to our interlocutors”.Noting that the query was based on a Chinese state-run daily, Baglay said his advise to the media in China would be to refer to the position of the Chinese government which admits that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. PTI PYK SCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Asian Athletics Cships in Bhubaneswar to be biggest ever

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jun 8 (PTI) More than 1000 athletes from 45 countries will take part in 42 disciplines in the Asian Athletics Championships to be held here from July 6-9, making it the biggest ever in the competitions history. The championships will also serve as a qualifying event for this years IAAF World Championships, to be held in London in August. The 22nd edition of the Asian Championships will see the largest contingent of athletes in the competitions history, with the double of 497 from 40 nations who took part in the last edition held in Wuhan, China in 2015, participating this time around. Earlier editions of the championships have been held in New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013), making Bhubaneswar the third Indian city to host the flagship athletics event in Asia. The Odisha capital was roped in as the host city after Ranchi pulled out at the last minute. The multi-purpose Kalinga Stadium, which will also host the Hockey World Cup next year, is being transformed to become a world-class track and field facility, meeting all the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards. Along with a newly-laid all-weather synthetic track equipped with floodlights, a state-of-the-art warm-up area has also been constructed to make it a world-class training facility in the span of a little over two months. The Government of Odisha has left no stone unturned to make this event a reality, putting together an Asian Athletics Championship in a record time of 90 days, highlighting the states commitment to promote sports, tourism and industry. Commenting on Bhubaneswar hosting the event, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “Asian Athletics Championships 2017 will offer great exposure to Odia athletes who will be competing with some of the best sportspersons in the world. This mega event will definitely help in raising the profile of the state in the field of sports.” Olympian Dutee Chand, who won 100m gold at the recently concluded Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Meet at Patiala, said: “Kalinga Stadium is my nursery. Im elated to see the Asian Athletics Championships held in Odisha. I will run on the tracks at the place where I started my career from.” PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Shock? Not to me, says new world 200m champion Ramil Guliyev

first_imgAmong the eight sprinters lined up at the start of the world 200 metres final and the 56,000 people in the crowd watching, only one man probably thought Ramil Guliyev would be the winner, and that was the Azerbaijani-born Turk himself.His faith was fully justified as 20.09 seconds later he crossed the line ahead of a host of favoured rivals to take the gold medal that had been the property of Usain Bolt since 2009.Wayde van Niekerk, seeking a 400/200m double had to settle for silver in 20.11, a thousandth of a second ahead of Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.The result was universally acclaimed as a shock but Guliyev, who became a Turkish citizen in 2011 and was cleared to represent his new country in 2013, was having none of it.”This is not a shock,” he said. “I have shown my best throughout this competition. I delivered my best race at the right time.”I was competing against some of the best athletes in the world, so it didn’t bother me that the attention was on them. Maybe at the next competition everyone will look at me instead.”They certainly will and they probably should have been looking a little closer this time.Whenever people questioned Bolt’s amazing times his supporters pointed to his remarkable performances as a teenager, particularly his junior 200m world record of 19.93.It would have been a tough quiz question before Thursday to name the second-fastest junior ever, but it was Guliyev, who posted 20.04 as a 19-year-old when representing Azerbaijan.advertisementLOST YEARSThose lost years when he battled with the sport’s officials to allow him to run for Turkey took him off the scene but when he came back he was not exactly tearing up trees.A collection of medals from the Mediterranean Games, the Summer Universiade and the Islamic Solidarity Games did not mark him down for glory and even his silver at last year’s European Championships came when most of the continent’s top talent had skipped the event to concentrate on the Rio Olympics.However, he reached last year’s Olympic final and has shown good form this season, taking gold at the European Team Championships and beating a decent field to win the Paris Diamond League meeting.Perhaps people should have taken more notice of his impressive run to win his semi-final heat on Wednesday, but instead the focus was on third-placed Van Niekerk and how he had struggled because of his 400m exertions, and on the remarkable exploits of Isaac Makwala.Those two were the centre of attention on Thursday, with the extra diversion for home fans of Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake in land one.But with all eyes elsewhere, Guliyev ran his own race and earned the ultimate prize.”I knew I came in the first three but wasn’t sure where,” he said, which was no surprise when two hundredths of a second divided the medallists.”It’s a dream for me and next it’s the Olympics, I hope that’s possible.”last_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: 20, Aug 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Muzaffarnagar: Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express train derailment(B +A) New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi birth anniversary(A+B) Mumbai: Lakme Fashion Week winter festive 2017(B+A) Bhopal: Amit Shah in Bhopal(A+B) Patna: Lalu flags off ‘Bhajpa Bhagao Desh Bachao’ campaigning vehicles(A) New Delhi: Raising funds for the tour(B) Kolkata: Selling statutes of Mother Teresa(A) Srinagar: Fruit vendors at Dal Lake(B) Kolkata: Making idols of Lord Ganesha(A) Mumbai: Making it to the Limca Book of Records(A+B) Mumbai: People using umbrellas during rains(B) Kolkata: Drying leather for rooftops(A) Jammu: All India Porter Union protest in Jammu(A) Lucknow: Rajnath inaugurating NIA complex in Lucknow(B) Mumbai: Emraan Hashmi(B) Mumbai: Arjun Kapoor(B) Mumbai: Rains in Mumbai(A) Darbhanga: Pappu Yadav visiting flood-affected village in Darbhanga(A) INTERNATIOAL Barcelona : Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia lay flowers at a memorial tribute(A+B) Kabul: Afghanistan’s Independence Day in Kabul (B) Chicago: Chicago Air & Water show(B) Beijing: Great wall of China(B+A) Boston : Counterprotesters hold signs at a “Free Speech” rally by conservative activists (B) Hong Kong : Thousands of protesters raise umbrellas(B) SPORTS Kuala Lumpur : Opening ceremony of South East Asian Games(B) Birmingham: Test match between England and West Indies, at Edgbaston (B) Dambulla: Virat Kohli with his Sri Lankan counterpart Upul Tharanga holds ODI trophy(B) Mumbai : 2nd edition of Mumbai Half Marathon(B) Dambulla: India VS Sri Lanka first ODI(B) PTI PHOTO GCS UPTO 112 ANBadvertisementlast_img read more

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England captain Joe Root ready to be sledged by Australia over Ben Stokes

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root said his team are prepared to be sledged by Australia during the Ashes series, especially over Ben Stokes’ absence in the touring squad.All-rounder Stokes was arrested last month after an incident on a night out in Bristol following a one-day international, and released without charge, but remains under police investigation.England arrived in Perth on Sunday without the suspended Stokes, who could join up with his team mates later on but Root suggested the hosts would not let his men forget about the reasons behind their vice-captain’s absence.”Potentially they might (sledge us about Stokes),” Root told a news conference. “But Ashes cricket – there’s always an edge of psychological banter.”Once you’ve played in a few, you know what to expect and you know how it goes leading up to the games. I’m sure there will be plenty of banter flying around on and off the field.”That’s something you’ve got to cherish and relish and be able to look back on at the end of your career and say, ‘I gave it my best shot, and I enjoyed it’.”Stokes is a vital part of the team and key to England’s hopes of avoiding a repeat of a humiliating 5-0 whitewash on their last trip to Australia four years ago.”We’ve got to plan as if he’s not going to be here and give ourselves the best chance.”England begin their preparations for the series with a two-day tour match against Western Australia XI at the WACA starting on Saturday.advertisementThey will then take on Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide and Townsville before the first test starts on November 23 in Brisbane.last_img read more

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Premier League: Manchester United settle for 3rd straight draw, Romelu Lukaku stretchered off

first_imgManchester United’s frustrating run during the festive period continued as they settled for their third straight draw to drop further behind in the Premier League title chase.Mourinho was under scrutiny for the first time this season after Southampton walked away with a point from Old Trafford on Sunday.A lackluster drew 0-0 with the Saints to slip to third place in the league and fall 14 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, who play Crystal Palace on New Year’s eve.ALSO WATCHThe attitude around the stadium after the final whistle was negative as fans booed off the ground an former players questioned the players’ ability to perform under crunch situations and Mourinho’s ability to get the best out of them.Troublingly for the Portuguese coach, United also has a striker shortage in the immediate future after Romelu Lukaku was carried off on a stretcher after a clash of heads in the first half against Southampton. Mourinho later said back-up striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be out for a month with a knee injury.The boss has revealed that @Ibra_official will be out of action for #MUFC for one month. pic.twitter.com/qrb60A3tU4- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2017Mourinho’s post-match press conference was typical Jose as he kept focussing on referee Craig Pawson’s decision to not award a penalty for a handball against Southampton defender Maya Yoshida. The air was tense and you could sense pressure building on the Special One.The pressure is ramping up on United and Mourinho ahead of a match against Everton on Monday. United’s other results over Christmas are 2-2 draws against Leicester and Burnley. While they conceded a 95th minute late equaliser against the former, they came back from being 2-0 behind against the latter to earn a point. With 14 points away from the top, United’s main task might now be holding onto a place in the top four with Liverpool three points back in fourth.advertisement”We have to bounce back, we have to wake up and get back to winning.”#MUFC’s Paul Pogba speaks to #MUTV following tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/SYHunzZFxr- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2017And United’s record signing Paul Pogba was perhaps the first one to admit about the pressure after Saturday’s result.”The pressure is coming from behind,” United midfielder Paul Pogba said, “but we have to forget about everyone else and focus on ourselves.”United took a while to regroup after losing Lukaku and struggled to open up a visiting defense that produced an embarrassing display in conceding five goals against Tottenham four days earlier.Lukaku fell to the ground when Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt’s head went into the back of the striker’s head in an aerial challenge. After a break of at least five minutes, Lukaku was carried off to applause from both sets of fans.Jose Mourinho has provided an update on Romelu Lukaku’s injury: https://t.co/PSRj5Ykbjj pic.twitter.com/7Ro6buMB6v- Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2017″When you see a player leave the pitch like he did, it is usually two games at least,” Mourinho said.Marcus Rashford was sent on as a replacement but his final ball proved as poor as his teammates, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan — back in the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 5 — having a poor game.On the occasion Mkhitaryan did deliver a good cross, Jesse Lingard headed narrowly wide. Lingard was then livid after flicking the ball up and seeing it strike the arm of Yoshida, only for the referee to say play on.At the other end, James Ward-Prowse forced David de Gea into a save from a free kick and an unmarked Hoedt headed wide following a corner. Shane Long looked set to end a goal drought stretching back to February early in the second half, but De Gea saved with his feet.In the final stages, Pogba tapped the ball into the net from close range after a goalmouth scramble, but the flag was raised for offside. If Pogba hadn’t applied the touch, the ball might have been heading in anyway.”That is not United,” former United midfielder Gordon Hill tweeted after the match. “I don’t care what people say. Horrible.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Cape Town: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 2 PM today

first_imgIndia will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 1st Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town on SonyLIV from 2:00 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Match summary:Rain played spoilsport for the entire day and no play was possible on the third day of the series opener between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday.The decision was made soon after the second session was washed out as the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening.However, the good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.There will be moisture developing under the surface as it has been covered for so long. South Africa would have probably thought of batting long and then give a big target to India. Now, with two days left and the pitch becoming a little soft, that plan would have got a setback.Strangely, there will be no early start over the remaining two days. Play will begin at 14.00 IST but 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on both days with a 15 minute extension in each session.South Africa were set to resume their second innings on 65 for two, a lead of 142 on what is a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance to the seamers.Hashim Amla (four) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (two) are the not out batsmen who will now wait until Monday to resume their innings, with no rain forecast for the remainder of the game.advertisementSouth Africa were bowled out for 286 in their first innings, before restricting India to 209 in reply.The home side have confirmed that fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the remainder of the Test, and possibly the series, with a heel injury, leaving them with three seamers with which to bowl India out in the second innings if they are to win the match.The top two ranked teams are meeting in a three-Test series this month with matches in Pretoria and Johannesburg to come.last_img read more

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Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls 2018: Apply now

first_imgInternshala has announced its annual scholarship, Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls 2018. The scholarship is meant to help advance one girl’s career in her chosen field.Eligibility criteriaAny Indian girl studying in college, between the ages of 17 to 23years (as of December 31, 2016), i.e. born between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 1999, with a career objective is eligible to apply.Scholarship amountThe scholarship is a one-time reward of INR 25,000 and is meant to advancethe girl’s career in some way — be it an allowance for pursuing aninternship or undertaking a project in the chosen field, payment towards a specialized training program, special equipment etc.About Internshala:Internshala was founded on December 29, 2010 and its second anniversary coincided with the sad demise of Nirbhaya. To appreciate the efforts of girl students, Internshala instituted the scholarship to recognise a girl who has fought against odds to pursue a career of her dreams in any field (Academics, Sports, and Arts etc).Important date: The last date for students to apply is January 15, 2018.Read: First customized online course launched in IIM Bangalore for women entrepreneursRead: CAT Results declared: IIM Lucknow releases admission criteria, other detailsFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Gay Sam Shoots For NFL

first_imgTolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation.Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country on Feb. 9 and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport.“I just want to go to the team who drafts me,” Sam told ESPN in an interview that aired Sunday, “because that team knows about me, knows that I’m gay, and also knows that I work hard. That’s the team I want to go to.”Nobody has ever done this before.In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam said publicly for the first time that he was gay. He said he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.Sam will participate in the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis and is projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.“Hopefully it will be the same like my locker room,” he told ESPN. “It’s a workplace. If you’ve ever been in a Division I or pro locker room, it’s a business place. You want to act professional.”Sam received much public support Sunday night from people throughout the world of sports.“I can’t wait to cheer for whatever lucky team that drafts @MikeSamFootball. Personally I hope he goes to my favorite team. The @Colts” tweeted Jason Collins, the pro basketball player who said publicly last season that he is gay.There also were words of caution.Offensive lineman Frank Garcia, who played nine seasons (1995-2003) in the NFL with the Panthers, Rams and Cardinals, said Sam could face “huge challenges” in the league.Garcia was teammates and good friends with defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo, who announced he was gay on HBO’s Real Sports in 2002 — three years after he left the NFL.Garcia said although he and Tuaolo regularly hung out as teammates in Carolina in 1999, Tuaolo never once let on that he was gay.“I think a lot of guys in the NFL are going to say they will accept it, but there are a lot of guys who won’t,” said Garcia, now a sports radio show host with WFNZ-AM in Charlotte.“The reality is Michael Sam is going to open himself up to a lot of criticism and a lot of challenges. Those are challenges most gay people have to go through, but when you are dealing with alpha males and some meatheads in an NFL locker room it’s amplified. And there are some guys who have strong religious beliefs, too, so he’s going to be judged. He’s going to face some things that are going to be very difficult to overcome.”The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19). He was the SEC defensive player of the year.There have been a few NFL players who have come out after their playing days, including Kwame Harris and Dave Kopay.Collins, a 35-year-old backup center, came out after last season when he was a free agent and was not signed this season. MLS star and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers also came out a year ago. “His courage will inspire millions to live their truth,” Rogers tweeted about Sam.Division III Willamette kicker Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman, said last month he was bisexual.“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” the NFL said in statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”Sam’s announcement comes at a time gay rights and sports have collided at the Olympics in Sochi. Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law has received much attention, and criticism, because of the games.“By rewriting the script for countless young athletes, Michael has demonstrated the leadership that, along with his impressive skills on the field, makes him a natural fit for the NFL,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President of GLAAD, a leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization.“With acceptance of LGBT people rising across our coasts — in our schools, churches, and workplaces — it’s clear that America is ready for an openly gay football star.”The NFL’s sexual orientation, anti-discrimination and harassment policy states:“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation. This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him.“Examples: Do you like women or men? How well do you do with the ladies? Do you have a girlfriend?”Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams tweeted: “I could care less about a man’s sexual preference! i care about winning games and being respectful in the locker room!”Williams’ teammate, cornerback Drayton Florence, posted on his Twitter account: “No comment but it can be a distraction in the locker room. At least he’s open with it much respect!”___By Ralph D. Russo, AP College Football Writer. AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C., contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mets Split Twinbill With D-Backs

first_imgNEW YORK — When told he was going to start the makeup of a May 23 rainout, Daisuke Matsuzaka said he was certain he could go deep into the game, throw maybe 100 pitches, even though he’s spent this season in the bullpen.He never mentioned anything about his hitting.The 33-year-old right-hander had success with both on May 25, pitching six solid innings and helping the offense-starved Mets with an RBI single as New York salvaged a doubleheader split with a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.“I’m pretty confident in my hitting so I just wanted to get a hit and get a run in,” the .185 career hitter coming in said through a translator. “I wanted to pitch as deep into the game as I could and today I was able — that was the least I could’ve done.”Bobby Abreu added a run-scoring double in a rare chance to play because Eric Young Jr. was held out with a tight right hamstring. He will be examined by a doctor before the Mets decide if the speedy outfielder needs to go on the disabled list.Outfielder Matt den Dekker is on his way to New York from Triple-A Las Vegas in case Young goes on the DL.The Diamondbacks used a miscue by Daniel Murphy in the ninth and turned a season high-tying five double plays for a 2-1 victory in the opener.Anthony Recker had a career high four hits. Pinch-hitter Ruben Tejada hit a tiebreaking single off Triple-A Reno callup Zeke Spruill (0-1) in the sixth inning for the Mets, who have won just three of 11 games.“We realize we’re not hitting, we’re not scoring runs. When you can win a game, when you can get a big hit — Ruben had a tremendous big hit for us — it’s a lift,” Manager Terry Collins said. “It’s nice to go into the next series with a W.”Murphy added an RBI single in the eighth for New York. Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth for his third save after getting the loss in the opener. It’s the first time the converted starter pitched twice in a day and he is finally feeling like a closer.“Right now I feel pretty good. Let’s see how I feel (Monday),” he said. “It’s unbelievable.”The 33-year-old Matsuzaka (2-0) made 123 starts and one relief appearance in seven big league seasons before being called up by the Mets in mid-April.The longest of his 14 relief outings this season was 3 2-3 innings and 56 pitches. But he threw 98 pitched and allowed only three hits.Other than a three-batter sequence in the second when Aaron Hill led off with a single, Martin Prado got a favorable carom for an RBI triple and Cody Ross followed with a run-scoring groundout, Matsuzka was sharp. He struck out six, walked one and hit a batter.Matsuzaka got a run back for the Mets when he sent a broken-bat flare into left field in the second inning.“It tells you the kind of heart he’s got,” Collins said of Matsuzaka. “He knows we needed help.”After Lucas Duda and Chris Young each stranded six runners and grounded into a combined three double plays in the first game, Collins mixed up a lineup that was 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the opener. They were 4-for-13 in the late game.The 40-year-old Abreu was making only his sixth start since coming up five weeks ago and he had two hits, driving in the tying run in the fifth with a double off Spruill, the Diamondbacks’ 26th man for the twin-bill.Tejada hit for Matsuzaka in the bottom of the sixth and had an RBI single.Spruill gave up 10 hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. “He did well for us. … He gave us a chance to win,” Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson said. “But we could mount no offense at all.”In the opener, the Diamondbacks broke a 1-all tie when Murphy dropped a throw at second base from David Wright, trying for an inning-ending forceout in the ninth.A.J. Pollock, who doubled off Mejia (4-1), scored when Murphy dropped Wright’s force attempt at second base on Chris Owings’ grounder to third base.Owings homered off Rafael Montero and Wright had an RBI single off Bronson Arroyo, both runs coming in the first.Addison Reed earned his 14th save.Montero and Arroyo impressed with differing styles. The 23-year-old Montero used a 91-92 mph fastball to strikeout 10 in his third big league start. The high-kicking, slow-pitching Arroyo induced four double plays — including inning-ending turns in the second, third and fourth innings to keep the game tied.Duda had the double play that hurt the most. With first and third, he hit a sharp grounder off Evan Marshall (2-0) to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who threw home. Catcher Miguel Montero made a perfect relay back to Goldschmidt at first base.Gibson said he lifted Arroyo after six innings because the 37-year-old right-hander had a tender elbow. “I’ll be fine. I’ll make my next start,” Arroyo said. “There’s times when you’re grinding through (stuff).”Hill had to leave the finale a couple of innings after he fouled a ball off his left ankle.“It blew up pretty big on him, the top of his ankle, so I had to get him out of there,” Gibson said. “I think it’ll be OK, but it’s pretty swollen up; he couldn’t hit.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mets Whitewash Braves, 5-0

first_imgATLANTA — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the Atlanta Braves are running out of time and patience.“You’ve got to take it one at-bat at a time, one play at a time and hope for the best,” Simmons said after getting three of the Braves’ five hits in a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sept. 19.“But it’s really frustrating right now,” he added.With their offensive woes showing no signs of a turnaround, the Braves were beaten by Zack Wheeler and the Mets.Atlanta dropped seven games behind Pittsburgh, a 4-2 winner over Milwaukee, in the NL wild-card race. Any combination of three Pirates wins or Braves losses will eliminate the Atlanta from playoff contention.The Braves dropped to 8-50 when scoring two runs or fewer.Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, and Wheeler pitched six scoreless innings for the Mets. Pittsburgh’s victory eliminated New York from postseason contention.The Braves, losers of six of seven, dropped to 4-12 this month. They won the NL East last year, but were eliminated from the division race on Sept. 16 when Washington celebrated at Turner Field.“You’ve got to keep playing and keep hanging on,” Manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “(The players) know, and I don’t think you need to remind anybody what’s at stake and what we could accomplish if we start winning games and start swinging the bats.”Wheeler (11-10) allowed five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. The Georgia native improved to 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA in 13 road starts, dating to May 29.Wheeler worked out of a jam in the fifth inning. He gave up a two-out double to Simmons and walked Freddie Freeman before striking out Justin Upton with a pitch in the dirt.“I got in a lot of deep counts but I did make the pitches when I had to,” Wheeler said. “I had to really bear down and really go after them. That’s a tough lineup right there.”Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 and scored on Duda’s homer in the sixth. Murphy was hitting just .188 in 32 at-bats since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 9.Julio Teheran (13-13) pitched out of trouble in the fifth when Dilson Herrera popped up with runners on first and third, and Wheeler struck out.After Murphy’s ground-rule double in the sixth, Duda hit a low breaking ball into the right-field seats for his 28th homer, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. Duda had struck out in his previous two at-bats.Teheran gave up seven hits, two runs and struck out six in seven innings. He dropped to 0-4 with a 2.67 ERA in September.“I made just one mistake that cost me two runs and cost us the game,” Teheran said. “That’s part of the luck that I have. You try not to let it affect you, but it’s kind of difficult for us right now.”Carlos Torres pitched the seventh, Jeurys Familia worked the eighth, and Buddy Carlyle finished in the ninth for New York.In the ninth, Herrera drew a bases-loaded walk from Jordan Walden to make it 3-0, and Eric Young Jr. added a two-run single off Luis Avilan for a 5-0 lead.(GEORGE HENRY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nash Leads Rangers Past Blues, 3-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. LOUIS — Rick Nash was unaware of his impressive numbers against the Blues before the Oct. 9th season opener.The New York Rangers’ left wing had another big game in St. Louis, scoring the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to finish with three points in a 3-2 victory.“I didn’t know I had success against them,” said Nash, who has 23 goals and 43 points in 51 regular-season games against the Blues. “It seems like it is one of the toughest places to play. Being in Columbus so long, it was such a tough building to come into and have success. Too bad we don’t play them more.”Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Martin St. Louis added two assists for the Eastern Conference champions, who announced after the game that new defenseman Dan Boyle will miss four to six weeks after breaking his hand blocking a shot during his Rangers debut.Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves.“It’s not easy to come in here and beat this team,” Lundqvist said. “They are always good at home. Physical team. Smart team. They made a couple of mistakes in their own end which we took advantage of. They kept coming hard in the third but we responded pretty well.”Jaden Schwartz led the Blues with a goal and an assist. Paul Stastny also scored in his St. Louis debut and Brian Elliott stopped 22 shots.After a fortunate carom off the glass, Nash scored the go-ahead goal with 1:50 remaining off a behind-the-back pass from St. Louis in front of the net.“I saw it right away, saw it hit the glass seam and fire back,” Nash said. “I was yelling at Marty that it stayed in the zone. It was unbelievable. It was a great play by him.”Elliott said he saw where the puck bounced.“I knew exactly where it was,” he said. “You’re in between trying to tell your guys and not tell their guys, so you’re just hoping your guys see it and come back and just be ready for it. (St. Louis) made a pretty slick play to settle it down and get it across crease there for their goal.”New York opened the scoring 4:01 into the first period on Nash’s low shot from the slot off a Blues turnover in the defensive zone. Kreider was credited with the assist.Schwartz tied it 1:32 into the third period when he chipped a rebound over Lundqvist after a long shot from beyond the right circle by David Backes. Alex Pietrangelo also got an assist.Kreider put the Rangers ahead 2-1 with a breakaway goal, assisted by Nash and Marc Staal, with 13:30 remaining.St. Louis tied it again with 9:18 left in the third when Stastny scored on a goal that was originally credited to Vladimir Tarasenko. Instead, the assists went to Tarasenko and Schwartz.It was the first point with the Blues for Stastny, a St. Louis native who signed a $28 million, four-year deal as a free agent this past offseason after playing his first eight seasons in Colorado. He became the third family member to play for the Blues, following his father, Peter, and brother, Yan.(NATE LATSCH)last_img read more

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