Indian badminton chief coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday said that he was proud of the fact that under his tutelage the country has won two consecutive medals in Olympics.Saina Nehwal won a bronze in London Olympics in 2012 and PV Sindhu bettered the colour of the medal after losing the women’s singles final to Carolina Marin of Spain at Rio on Friday. (I’ve done it, says Sindhu after winning Olympic Silver )”It’s a one in a lifetime or one in a million times or, for us, one in a billion times that somebody gets an opportunity to stand on that (medal) podium and for someone like me it was a part of the journey as well,” Gopichand told reporters.”I am very happy and grateful to God and very grateful to people who have supported this journey, who believed in us.”‘Gopi’, as he is fondly called, reminisced that he told Sindhu to soak in the moment that she has claimed the silver – and not get crestfallen by the defeat in the title clash. (Name a storm after PV Sindhu, says Kapil Dev )”She fought like hell. Immediately after the game, I told her, don’t think we have lost a match, but that we have won a medal. This I told her so that she doesn’t forget the effort she put in the last week,” Gopichand said.”It has done us all proud with the kind of effort she put in. We are happy and I wanted her to also feel the same way.”advertisementSaina was the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal in 2012 London Olympics.
India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati’s historic medals at the Rio Paralympics certainly came as a pleasant surprise for the whole country early on Saturday morning. And now the two athletes will be rewarded handsomely for their achievements on the biggest stage of them all.Thangavelu, who won the Gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event, will get a cash reward of Rs 75 lakh, while bronze medallist Bhati will receive Rs 30 lakh from the Sports Ministry of India. (Athletes bask in awards glory at Rashtrapati Bhawan)Under Sports Ministry’s Cash Award Scheme, Mariyappan will get 75 lac and Bhati 30 lac rupees. Congrats. Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) September 10, 2016India is elated! Congratulations to Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning a gold & Varun Singh Bhati for the bronze at the #Paralympics. #Rio2016 Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 10, 2016The Department of Sports MYAS had announced that the medallists from the Paralympics in Rio will be given cash awards at par with the medal winners of last month’s Olympic Games. (CRPF ropes in PV Sindhu as brand ambassador)”This cash award to the Paralympic medallists is at par with medallists of Olympics,” it added.GOI gives Rs.75 lakh for gold, 50 lakh for silver and 30 lakh for bronze to winning athletes in Paralympics at par with #Olympics. Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) September 6, 2016Govt. decides to give pocket allowance of US $ 100 per day to each athlete in the #Indian contingent. Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) September 6, 2016Interestingly, the medallists from the Olympic Games last month, shuttler PV Sindhu (silver) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (bronze), were showered with cash rewards and lands from various state governments after their return from Rio last month. (Life for PV Sindhu after Olympic Silver: Cash, cars and land)Sindhu has till now received more than Rs 10 crores as cash awards from three state governments along with a two acre land in Telangana and a BMW car from V Chamundeshwarnath, president of Hyderabad District Badminton Association. Sakshi has also earned in upwards of Rs 5 crores in cash rewards and incentives and was also gifted a BMW along with Sindhu. (Rio heroes honoured, Tendulkar presents BMW cars to athletes)advertisementNot only the medallists, but gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s vault final, was also showered with cash rewards and other incentives. Dipa’s coach BS Nandi and Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand were honoured with Dronacharya awards by the Indian government. (PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai receive Khel Ratna awards)It will now be interesting to see if the athletes who are representing India and making the country proud, like Thangavelu and Bhati did, will be treated in the same way by the state governments and politicians when they return home from Rio.
Virat Kohli finally roared back to form with his 13th Test century on Saturday. Kohli played a chanceless knock on the first day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in front of the newly-built and packed Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. (Scorecard | Day 1 Blog)Kohli also became the first centurion in the three-match series which saw the highest score of 87 by fellow Indian middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.Kohli came to the crease after India were 60/2 in the first session of the day. Kohli was involved in a 40-run stand for the third wicket with Pujara before the latter fell for 41.He was then joined by Ajinkya Rahane and the duo dominated the New Zealand bowling attack and added over hundred runs for the fourth wicket.The 27-year-old timed his knock to perfection and played scintillating shots as he scored his first ton in India as captain.Kohli’s last hundred came when he slammed his maiden double ton in the West Indies in July. He has since struggled with scores of 44, 3, 4, 9, 18, 9, 45. He averaged 18.85 in his last seven innings, since his 200 in Antigua.Interestingly, this was Kohli’s first Test century in more than three years in India. He last reached the milestone in India when he hit 107 against Australia on February 22, 2013.Most runs as captain of India: CAPTAIN MATCHES RUNS HIGHEST AVERAGE 100s MS Dhoni 60 3454 224 40.63 5 Sunil Gavaskar 47 3449 205 50.72 11 Mohammad Azharuddin 47 2856 192 43.93 9 Sourav Ganguly 49 2561 144 37.66 5 Tiger Pataudi 40 2424 203* 34.14 5 Sachin Tendulkar 25 2054 217 51.35 7 Rahul Dravid 25 1736 14644.51 4 Kapil Dev 34 1364 163 31.72 3 Virat Kohli 17 1331 200 53.12 6Most Test 100s as captain (India): 100s CAPTAIN MATCHES INNINGS INNINGS/100 11 Sunil Gavaskar 47 74 6.73 9 Mohammad Azharuddin 47 68 7.56 7 Sachin Tendulkar 25 43 6.14 6 Virat Kohli 17 26 4.33 5 Tiger Pataudi 40 73 14.60 5 Sourav Ganguly 49 75 15.00 5 MS Dhoni 60 96 19.20 4 Rahul Dravid 25 45 11.25 3 Kapil Dev 34 48 16.00(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)advertisement
Singer Rihanna’s ever-changing looks have become synonymous with her style. Her fashion sense is fierce and she does not abide by any rules–just the things that make her so kick*ss.From starting a crazy, uneven hair trend with Umbrella to making red hair sexy again–Rihanna has been the torchbearer for hair games for women all over the world.Her latest hair style, however, has us standing up for a round of applause. The 28-year-old’s new crowning glory is what we call dreadlocks.The singer also posted pictures of her new hairdo on Instagram and captioned it ‘Buffalo Solder’–after the iconic Bob Marley song.Also Read: A fan threw her bra at Rihanna, and RiRi’s response was EPIC This is not the first time that Rihanna has been seen with dreadlocks. She carried the look for the first time in 2012 when she appeared on American Idol. The only thing that’s different is that the dreadlocks are far longer this time.Dreadlocks can be rooted back to the Rastafari tradition, though the trend made its way to pop culture through Bob Marley; his dreadlocks were his unique style statement back then. In the present times, a lot of celebs have been sporting this look. This unique and intricate hairdo garners attention from almost everyone.Though there is no “right” way to wear the dread, Rihanna is doing a darn nice job at it!
Australia batsman Usman Khawaja could find himself opening against South Africa’s formidable pace attack in the first test in Perth on November 3, just months after being dropped during a poor tour of Sri Lanka.Khawaja has played most of his cricket at number three for Australia but could end up at the top of the order for the test at the WACA after Shaun Marsh suffered a hamstring strain.”I think you can look at him (Khawaja) as a one, two or three,” Australia coach Darren Lehmann told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday. “It depends on the make-up of the side.” “At the end of the day the captain will decide where the batting order lies and well just give him the side we think is the best prepared and the best team to win that particular game.” (Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja ease Australia to win over Ireland)At three, Khawaja enjoyed a prolific home summer against New Zealand and West Indies, smashing a century in three tests and adding a fourth ton on tour in New Zealand in February.The stylish left-hander’s form deserted him on the flat wickets in Sri Lanka, however, where he managed only 55 runs from four innings before being omitted for the third test in Colombo in August.Khawaja will hope for a good knock captaining Queensland in the final of a local one-day tournament on Sunday, having had little time out in the middle recently. (Australia reward consistent Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges with central contracts)advertisementHe scored an unbeaten 82 in a one-dayer against Ireland in South Africa but was unused in the ODI series against the hosts, who swept an under-strength Australia 5-0.”I felt like I was seeing the ball well all throughout South Africa and still feel like I’m seeing the ball well,” he said.”Even in Sri Lanka where I didn’t score a lot of runs, I didn’t feel horrible.”He will have only a day’s break before leading Queensland in the domestic Sheffield Shield, the only chance to get reacquainted with the longer format before the Perth test. (ICC World T20: Usman Khawaja guides Australia to win over Bangladesh)Khawaja questioned the scheduling of the South Africa one-day tour right before the Australian domestic summer, which will see a number of test players scramble to compete in four different tournaments in just over three weeks.”I found it really bizarre that we played that one-day series before a big test series,” he said.”That’s how international cricket is going these days. There is no break.”
FC Pune City prevailed 4-3 over league leaders Delhi Dynamos to boost their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) here on Friday.FC Pune City were down by a Kean Lewis (44th minute) goal in the first session but turned the match around in the second session with goals from Anibal Rodriguez (55th and 63rd), Mohammed Sissoko (62nd) and Lenny Rodrigues (90th).Delhi Dynamos remained in contention with an own goal from Eduardo Ferreira (79th) and a goal from Malsawmzuala (90th) till the very end at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium. (Also read: ISL: Late Iain Hume goal secures Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 draw against NorthEast United)The victory took Pune City to the fourth spot with 15 points from 11 matches, just two less than Delhi Dynamos who could have sealed their place in the play-offs with three points here.Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata, both out of the top four now, can move on top with victories on Saturday, while NorthEast United FC (11 points) and FC Goa (11 points) are still in the competition with three matches left to be played.In an exciting contest, Delhi goalkeeper Soren Porei was the hero for his team in the first 45 minutes after stopping a penalty from Mohammed Sissoko and blocking Momar Ndoye twice in a one-on-one situation.Pune City had better control and should have taken the lead when Anibal was brought down inside the danger zone and the referee awarded a penalty. But marquee player Sissoko ended up with a poor penalty which Porei saved by guessing correctly and diving to his left.advertisementThe miss proved costly for Pune as they conceded a goal close to half time. Marcelinho’s back-heel from just outside the box released Emerson Gomes de Moura (Memo) whose ball inside the box saw Kean Lewis find space and time to slot it inside the net in the 44th minute.The goal was the 400th in the ISL and gave Delhi confidence that they can qualify for the semi-finals with three matches in hand but Pune struck in the 55th minute. A free kick from Jonatan Lucca found Anibal who rose high over two defenders and headed it into the far post.Seven minutes later, Pune City were ahead when Sissoko made amends for his poor penalty and slotted home from inside the box from another free kick.Pune appeared to wrap up the game only a minute later as Anibal capitalised on a blunder from Delhi Dynamos. Goalkeeper Porei threw the ball away to Ruben Gonzalez who could not control it. Anibal picked it up and beat the goalkeeper at the near post with a powerful strike.Florent Malouda had a hand in the second goal for Delhi as his shot across the goal hit defender Eduardo and sailed into the goal in the 79th minute. Any chance of a comeback was snuffed out by Pune midfielder Lenny Rodrigues when he finished a pass from Lucca in the last minute of play.Malsawmzuala did manage to pull another goal back for Delhi in added time but there was no more time for the equaliser as the visitors lost 3-4.
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara shared a century stand as India made a strong start in their reply to England’s total of 400 on the second day of the fourth test at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.Vijay was unbeaten on 70 and Pujara on 47 not out with India on 146 for one at the close, still 254 runs behind. (Scorecard)The right-handed pair added 107 runs for the second wicket after Lokesh Rahul had fallen following an opening stand of 39 with Vijay.England captain Alastair Cook introduced spin from both ends after seven overs and there was considerable turn on offer for Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. (Ravichandran Ashwin shatters records with 23rd five-wicket haul)Rahul hit four crisp boundaries in his 24 before off-spinner Moeen breached his defences to bowl him.Vijay twice mis-hit Rashid but the ball landed safely beyond the reach of the fielders on both occasions. The opener hit the leg-spinner for six over the long-off boundary.Pujara looked solid and hit some sublime boundaries off the back foot against the England fast bowlers. (Mumbai Test, Day 2: How it happened)Earlier, Jos Buttler made 76 to guide the touring side, trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, to a strong total before they were all out 25 minutes after lunch.India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completed figures of six for 112 for his 23rd five-wicket haul and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took the other four wickets.Resuming on 288 for five, England lost Ben Stokes for 31 in the third over to Ashwin, who had picked up four wickets on Thursday.advertisementThe umpire turned down the appeal for catch against Stokes but India managed to overturn the decision on review with the batsman leaving the field making his displeasure evident. (Umpire Paul Reiffel to miss rest of Mumbai Test following concussion)Jadeja dismissed Chris Woakes and Rashid cheaply to boost India’s chances of keeping England’s total to under 350.But Buttler and number 10 Jake Ball, playing his first match of the series and second overall, frustrated India with a partnership of 54 for the ninth wicket.Ashwin broke the stand when Ball, who was on nought when India captain Virat Kohli dropped a sharp chance at slip off Jadeja, was caught behind.Buttler repeatedly used the reverse sweep against Jadeja and hit six boundaries and a big six off Ashwin before Jadeja bowled him as he attempted another big shot.
Manchester United have some “big decisions” to make when it comes to Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba and an underperforming squad, says Rio Ferdinand.The Red Devils saw a difficult transfer window over the summer which set the tone for what was to come.Inconsistency and talk of in-house squabbling continues to hold them back, with a 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday seeing 13-time champions hit a new low in the Premier League era. 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! More serious questions are now being asked of Mourinho and his working relationship with Pogba and Co, with Ferdinand of the opinion that change may be required in order to put things right.The former United defender told BT Sport: “There’s some big decisions to be made at Manchester United. I’m sure there’s going to be conversations at [board] level.”The manager, the squad, how they’re going to take this club forward. The basics aren’t being done.”I believe the powers that be at this football club have a decision to make. Someone has to make a decision right now, either someone goes. Something has got to give.”He added on a disappointing display at the London Stadium which saw United struggle throughout: “As a football player, part of your DNA without question is hard work, effort and today I didn’t see that. I didn’t see people getting up against people, making it difficult for them.“You come to place like West Ham, you’ve got to put them under pressure, you don’t let them have time on the ball. Chelsea came here last week and had 70 per cent of the possession, one player [Jorginho] got 180 passes. Man Untied might not have had 180 passes between all of the players on the pitch, especially in the opponent’s half.“I don’t see them having two or three passes in succession. That’s criminal almost.“You’ve got to work hard. You have that shirt on your back, you’ve got to keep it from anyone else. I don’t see enough players working hard to say to the manager ‘this is my place in the team and I’m going to stay here’.“Before we talk about what happened in the week, about formations, you’ve got to work hard and they didn’t. That’s the most disappointing thing for me.”Paul Scholes echoed the thoughts of his former United team-mate, with another Old Trafford legend seeing worrying signs from a club enduring an alarming slump.“That’s probably as bad as you’ll see from a United team for quite some time,” he said.“We spoke about attitude before the game, it’s been questioned the last three or four weeks, and I think today it has to be questioned again. I think the hunger, desire for the game, to go and get against people just wasn’t there.“But on the other hand you have to give West Ham credit, I thought they were excellent. I thought [Mark] Noble and [Declan] Rice in midfield were fantastic. I think the front three, especially [Marko] Arnautovic, you contrast their movement, their pace, their speed [with United], it’s a different story.”
Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac praised his team’s performance in the largely forgettable 2-0 Champions League win over AEK Athens.Hosts AEK frustrated the Bundesliga champions for the first hour in the Greek capital but two goals in as many minutes from Javi Martinez and Robert Lewandowski sealed the points on Tuesday.Kovac found his position under scrutiny after heading into the October international break on the back of four winless games but the Champions League win followed a 3-1 weekend triumph at Wolfsburg. 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! As such, the former Croatia international was keen to accentuate the positive.”We played very, very well,” he told reporters. “We had a lot of the ball, we dominated our opponents”We created two to three very good chances in the first half but couldn’t reward ourselves with a goal.”It was a tricky game, a test of our patience. The opening goal was the key. I’m very happy with the way we played and ground out the result away from home.”Niko #Kovac: “It was a tricky game, a test of our patience. The opening goal was the key.”#UCL #AEKFCB 0-2 pic.twitter.com/B9sAPqvba2— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 23, 2018AEK defender Vasilis Lampropoulos was proud of his team’s endeavours.”We have put in a huge effort over many years in order to be able to play against such rivals,” he said, as quoted by UEFA.com.”We are going through a transitional season. We qualified for the UEFA Champions League after 12 years.”Now our aim is to remain at the top in Greece and become regulars in the competition.”Bayern’s next Champions League fixture comes against AEK once again on November 7 while the German side returns to league play on Saturday against Mainz.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hailed his defensive midfielders, Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian, for a “special performance” after the 2-0 Premier League win over his former club Chelsea on Sunday opened up the title race.”I think it was a special performance because it was a special opponent, the leaders, the way they play. I think we played really well, a very solid performance,” said Mourinho.”We gave them double problems — problems when we had the ball and problems when we recovered the ball because we were really sharp and fast and aggressive in our transitions. I am very happy,” he said after the victory at Old Trafford.Mourinho added that the key to beating Chelsea, whose lead over second-placed London rivals Tottenham Hotspur is just four points, was eliminating the threat they posed through Eden Hazard and Pedro working behind Diego Costa and also their effectiveness in wide positions on the counter-attack.Spanaird Herrera, who got the second goal after 49 minutes following Marcus Rashford’s early opener, did a masterful job man-marking Hazard while Italian Darmian kept Pedro quiet, with the result that Chelsea did not manage a single shot on target.”Maybe it is difficult for some managers to find Ander Herrera to do the job he did today. Maybe it is difficult for some to find Matteo Darmian to play the role he played.”I want to say I was convinced even before (the defeat by Chelsea in February’s FA) Cup match that controlling the two players that play behind Diego (Costa) and controlling the full-backs, because they go really deep with two wide men, would create lots of problems and I repeat the same,” said Mourinho.advertisement”They are phenomenal in (the) counter-attack. When they tried to play counter-attack we were always in control of these two link positions,” he added.The win extends fifth-placed United’s unbeaten league run to 22 games and keeps them in the hunt for a Champions League spot with Mourinho seeing signs of progress from his squad.”Normally you win the title if you are 22 matches unbeaten and we are struggling to finish top four,” he said, with United four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with a game in hand.”Everybody knows why – it is because we drew too many matches at home and we are paying the price. But it is a great feeling to know it is difficult for us to lose a match. We fight until the end.”We need a little more quality and different qualities in some positions to make the squad stronger, but in terms of character and the human side I have one of the best groups ever,” said the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ lethal weapon Sunil Narine said he surprised himself after slamming a 15-ball fifty to score the joint-fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League as Kolkata hammered Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday.”Yes, I’m very surprised. Definitely was not expecting something like this,” Narine said after receiving his Man of the Match award.Narine stitched a 105-run partnership with Chris Lynn, who returned from a shoulder injury, up top where Lynn also hit a quickfire 21-ball fifty. Narine said Lynn helped him back himself and asked him to just score off the bad balls.”Lynny just said, keep your eyes on the ball, maintain your focus and swing through the line. I try to keep it simple and back my ability.”Narine impressed with his all-round performance against Bangalore as he bowled out the mighty AB de Villiers right after the South African had smashed him for a boundary.”That wicket was key and pulled them back a bit so I’m happy about that.”Narine commended the team effort put up by Kolkata and hoped that he’ll live up to the expectations in the future.”I’ll hopefully get used to the expectations but it really was a team effort. Bowlers stuck to their plans. Umesh’s was a key performance too.”With the win, Kolkata Knight Riders have pipped Rising Pune Supergiant to the second spot on the points table with 16 points and a net run rate of +0.858.Kolkata will next face Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on May 9.advertisement
Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 6(PTI) The Kerala government has made it mandatory for all schools in the state to utilise Sampoorna software for recording details of students from class 1 to 12.The software, developed by IT@School, entirely on a FOSS platform, is a one-stop source for all details of students, such as Transfer Certificate, various reports, entry forms- to name a few.The state government has directed all schools in the state, including government and aided, CBSE, ICSE, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Recognised Un-Aided schools to capture complete details of their students only through Sampoorna.It is expected to cover 50 lakh students from 15,000 schools in this portal this month, an official release said.Currently, different sections under the Education Department as well as other agencies and departments collect the same data from schools in different formats either online or offline, which often creates confusion at various levels.By making Sampoorna mandatory, now there will only be a single form of data acquisition for all schools in the state, it said.This also paves way for a complete digital data collection mechanism in Education Department, eventually creating a paper-less environment.Sampoorna would be enhanced with details required for other institutions also such as Pareeksha Bhavan, SSA, RMSA and Statistics Wing.The government order also directs the Educational Directorates to issue periodic instructions for ensuring the authenticity of data captured in Sampoorna.The new software is equipped to provide a multitude of student, details such as Admission Register, Transfer Certificate, different reports of students including Progress Reports, list generation for various Scholarships, Promotion list preparation, Preparation of A-list for SSLC examination, Entry forms for Sports, Games and Kalosavam etc and even for issue of Identity Card for Students, it added.advertisementThe unique application was launched by IT@School in 2010 as part itse-Governance initiatives.In 2012, a major milestone in e-Governance in Kerala was achieved when, for a first time,Head Masters of Schools were given authority to update the students details such as Name, Religion and Date of Birth, which till then was only authorised to a DEO (District Educational Officer) and AEO (Assistance Educational Officer).”On the background of the General Education Rejuvenation Mission, being carried out in the State, we would raise the bar high for Sampoorna, where it is possible to assess the learning progress of a student right from their admission in the 1st standard and even to discover their talents,” Executive Director of IT@School Project, K Anvar Sadath said.In addition to student details, Sampoorna would also capture the details of teachers and non-teaching staff of every school, thereby making it a Comprehensive School Management Software.Detailed information on school facilities such as infrastructure, equipments, furnitures, sanitation facilities etc would also be incorporated in Sampoorna this year itself.The software would be enhanced to include the attendance details of students in addition to their learning progress and evaluation of their learning based activities which the teachers, parents and even public could make good use of, the release said. PTI UD ROH
Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has called on Team India, who are on a high after their thumping 124-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener, to not get complacent against Sri Lanka in their Thursday’s fixture.The Men in Blue would be brimming with confidence after they thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L method) at Edgbaston on Sunday and would go into their match against Sri Lanka at the Oval to be played on Thursday as clear favourites. (Also Read: Virat Kohli happy to see opposition intimidated by Indian bowling)On the other hand, Sri Lanka find themselves in a do-or-die situation after being thrashed by South Africa in their opening match. (Also Read: Virat Kohli proud of “trusting, transparent” dressing-room)”The Men in Blue should also be wary of the complacency factor. On a high after the 124-run win over Pakistan, Virat Kohli and his side must not let the intensity levels down. India just needs to get the basics right. I expect the top order as well as Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to take off from where they left in Birmingham,” Singh wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC). (Also Read: Virat Kohli reveals why Mohammed Shami didn’t play vs Pakistan)”Given the form that India is in, it is likely to emerge winner even if it plays to 70 per-cent potential. But let’s just hope the players give it their all,” he added.Stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga would not be playing against India and the veteran off-spinner feels his absence will hurt the islanders the most.advertisement”To lose a player to suspension is a setback in itself. When the said player happens to be your captain, the team’s misery only gets compounded. Upul Tharanga’s two-game suspension for over-rate offences is bound to hurt the team as it prepares to take on a pumped-up India at The Oval in London on Thursday,” said Singh.”The islanders do not boast a great team, and Tharanga’s absence will hurt them immensely. With first-choice captain Angelo Mathews injured, it was left to Tharanga to stand in for him but now he has left a void. Let’s not forget the upcoming game is extremely crucial from Sri Lanka’s point of view because the team has already lost to South Africa and faces a must-win situation against the defending champion,” he added.The 36-year-old opined that if Rain Gods keep away from the game and the encounters turns out to be a full 50-over game then Sri Lanka would not be able to trouble India.”If it ends up being a 50-overs-a-side game, then I don’t see Sri Lanka troubling India at all,” he said.”However, if the match is reduced to a 20-20 or a 30-overs-a-side game due to the vagaries of the weather, then the match could go either way. Needless to say, dealing with the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method is not easy,” he added.
Xiaomi unveiled the successor of its 6.44-inch super-sized Mi Max phablet in May, and called it — Mi Max 2. The phablet was originally launched in only one colour variant — gold. Now, the Chinese smartphone maker brings a new matte black colour Xiaomi Mi Max 2. The matte black colour is available only in the Hong Kong market for the time being and boast the similar specifications and price like the gold variant.To recall, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was launched at a price tag of HKD 1,899, which estimates roughly around Rs. 15,685. In terms of the specifications, the device comes with a massive 6.44-inch full-HD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. Mi MAx 2 runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 7.0 Nougat and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 5300mAh battery Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was launched in two varaints, one with 64GB of internal storage capacity, while the second variant features a 128GB of built-in storage. However, this is only for the gold variant. The new matte black variant will come with 64GB storage only. The device further houses a massive 5300mAh battery and is coupled with Quick Charge 3.0 support, and connectivity options like — 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. On the optics front, the Mi Max 2 features a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, which comes with PDAF support and dual-LED flash. While on the front, the Mi Max 2 sports a 5-megapixel camera for clicking selfies.advertisementThere are no words as to when Xiaomi might bring the Mi Max 2 to the Indian market. However, Xiaomi India VP and MD — Manu Kumar Jain has been hinting that the company is planning to bring a new device to India in the month of July, and rumours suggest that it could be the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. This is because, source close to India Today Tech confirmed that Xiaomi will not bring Mi 6 to the Indian market, hence, it is the Mi Max 2 that may come to India next month.
After launching the Z2 Play both in the global and Indian market, Motorola is now working on announcing another Z series phone called the Moto Z2. Anticipations about the upcoming handset are rising every passing day and now the device have been reportedly spotted on GFXBench. Motorola is also planning to launch Moto E4 in India next week, sources confirmed it to India Today Tech.The GFXBench listing reveals that Moto Z2 will come with a 5.5-inch QHD display. Not only that, it also hints that the upcoming Motorola handset will be powered by the Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, the GeekBench listing leaked earlier also showed the similar details about the handset. To recall, Moto Z2 Play is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor clocked at 2.2GHz. The benchmark website further also highlights that the upcoming Moto Z2 may run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and will be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage memory. While on the optics front, the device is said to features 11-megapixel camera on the rear side, while on the front will sport a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.Also Read: Moto E4 Plus India launch set for next weekBefore hitting the GFXBench, the device also appeared on GeekBench.The GeekBench listing almost similar details as the GFXBench. It revealed that the smartphone will come with a model number XTI650 and will bepowered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, run on latest Android Nougat operatingsystem, that’s exactly what the new GFXBench listing also revealed.advertisementFurthermore, renders of the Moto Z2 have also been making rounds on the web lately. The leaked renders hinted that Moto Z2 will boast a similar design language as the recently launched Moto C and C Plus and will come in glossy black colour option. Furthermore, it also revealed that the upcoming Motorola phone will come with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and a front-facing dual LED flash as well.Motorola is also going to launch the Moto E4 in India next week, sources confirmed it to India Today Tech. The smartphone was launched in the US earlier this month at Rs $179.99 (roughly Rs.11,600), and is mostly likely to hit the Indian shores at a similar price tag. In terms of specifications, Moto E4 comes packed with a 5.5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution and will be powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. In terms of the camera set-up, the handset features a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.
Tennis star Venus Williams caused a car crash earlier this month that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle, according to a police report released Thursday.Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams ran a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV, causing a June 9 crash that injured 78-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Barson’s wife, Linda, crashed into the side of Williams’ SUV. Linda Barson told investigators that she was approaching the intersection when her light turned green and that she was unable to stop in time. Linda Barson suffered unspecified moderate injuries. Williams, who turned 37 on June 17, was not hurt.She told investigators she had entered the six-lane intersection on a green light but had been forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of her. She said she did not see the Barsons’ car when she crossed into their lanes.Palm Beach Gardens Maj. Paul Rogers says the crash remains under investigation. Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach Gardens, has not been cited or charged. The report says she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.Williams’ attorney Malcolm Cunningham said in a statement that Williams expressed “her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”Michael Steinger, the attorney for Linda Barson, had no immediate comment.Venus Williams, the older sister of tennis star Serena Williams, has won seven Grand Slam titles, including five at her favourite tournament, Wimbledon.advertisementShe revealed in 2011 that she’d been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease.Her ranking fell outside the top 100 as she coped with her illness and injuries, and from 2011 to 2014, she only advanced past the third round at a major once.Early round losses continued to mount for Williams and questions about retirement came up time and again. Those questions are still asked, but she had a career renaissance, and in January reached the finals of the Australian Open, where she lost to her sister.The crash was first reported by TMZ.
Bayern Munich, record German football champions, are hoping for the “Robben effect” after Colombian forward James Rodriguez on Thursday joined the club on loan from Real Madrid for two seasons. Like James, Robben, who joined Bayern in 2009, was unhappy on the bench in Spain’s capital, but while in Munich developed into one of Europe’s best in the following years.Head coach Carlo Ancelotti is convinced that James will improve Bayern’s quality. The Italian expects the 26-year-old to return to top form in Munich after Real coach Zinedine Zidane ignored him in previous months. He even was excluded from the squad for the recent Champions League final, reports Xinhua news agency.While the James deal could cost Bayern up to 48 million euros ($55 million), the club wants to benefit from the Colombian’s good worldwide reputation. The new player will attract more fans, said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, especially in South America and China.James was one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The move to Bayern has already generated enormous interest in the Bavarian club, which announced that social media and homepage hits have risen significantly as Bayern spoke about figures in the hundreds of thousands. Rummenigge said James would have an outstanding effect on the club’s international image.James himself is said to have earned over 16 million euros ($18.33 million) on his social media platform as one of the most popular figures in international football. Only superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi and Neymar (Barcelona) can beat Rodriguez when it comes to follower figures on social media channels. A total of 32.1 million are said to follow him only on Instagram. In comparison, Bayern Munich spearhead Robert Lewandowski has only 9.9 million followers. In Madrid, James’s shirt was the top seller.advertisementBut James is not only a blessing for Bayern’s marketing managers but for Bayern coach Ancelotti as well. The Italian star coach has long expressed his wishes of signing him. Now, Rummenigge has called the deal a bargain as international transfer fees have exploded. For the two-year loan period, Bayern will pay 10 million euros ($11.46). The additional three years (should the German club decide to keep James) will cost an additional 38 million euros ($43 million). Real Madrid paid $80 million when signing Rodriguez in 2014. Only 23 at the time, he had already won the trophy for the top scorer at the World Cup (with six goals). After the World Cup, Rodriguez had turned into an international superstar.Despite the high price tag of Bayern’s recent investments (including Corentin Tolisso for $47 million from Olympique Lyon), Rummenigge said James might not be the last new signing this summer.Joerg Wacker, Bayern’s director of international strategy, called James a dream from a merchandising point of view. The former Monaco and Porto star is another cornerstone in Bayern Munich’s attempt to gain lost ground in the global race contested by the top international clubs. Wacker said internationalization was a must for football clubs if they want to remain a part of the world’s elite for the long term.Fans and club officials in Munich are pleased with Bayern’s latest addition, as is Ancelotti. Both coach and James have best memories when working together at Real Madrid in the 2014/2015 season. Ancelotti was impressed by James’ skills, so much so that he picked the player 46 times. The coach has kept an eye on him ever since.James will likely increase competition among the midfielders and strikers in Munich, and the deal puts Ancelotti under additional pressure. More than ever, the Italian will have to deliver titles and keep his squad of stars happy. Reports say not all in Munich’s squad are pleased about Ancelotti’s excitement regarding the James deal.Stars like Thiago Alacantara, Arturo Vidal, Tolisso, Franck Ribery, Robben, Thomas Mueller, Renato Sanches, Kingsley Coman and Sebastian Rudy will battle for a place in the starting eleven. As James is not a man for the flanks, the Colombian will almost certainly play in central midfield, most likely behind Lewandowski in a 4-2-3-1 system. For Thiago, that means he will have to move further back and for Mueller, he could well have to content himself with a place on the bench.
Mumbai, Jul 25 (PTI) Aiming to help grow the sport in India, Premier Futsal has collaborated with a leading futsal company in the world, Proneo Sport, ahead of the second season. It also welcomed St. Agnelo VNCT as the team owners of Chennai 5s after announcing a three-year association with Ronaldinho and the Mumbai 5s team owners last week. One of the leading real-estate developers in India, St. Agnelo VNCT will aim to promote the sport in Chennai by providing the right guidance and platform to the youth. Vimala Rani Britto, vice-chairman, Premier Futsal, said, “We are happy to associate with St. Agnelo VNCT as the Chennai team owners for Season 2. With a mission to grow the sport in India, Premier Futsal is dedicated to engage with todays youth by encouraging their participation in the sport by enabling them with right direction and guidance.” Agnelorajesh Athaide of St. Agnelo VNCT said, “The inaugural year of Premier Futsal witnessed a huge fan following across both genders, making its way as a leading sport league in India.” Proneo Sports, the company that specialises in managing professional sports players, will assist in promoting the sport in India. PTI AH AH
England bowling coach Ottis Gibson is South Africa’s preferred choice as new head coach, the Proteas’ Test captain Faf du Plessis said on Thursday.Du Plessis made the announcement, which followed media speculation in both countries, at a press conference on the team’s return home from England, where Gibson helped mastermind the hosts’ 3-1 Test series win.Incumbent Russell Domingo’s contract will expire next month and although he had reapplied for the job, according to Du Plessis he is not the favourite to get it.Cricket South Africa (CSA) convened a selection panel including former national team coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons to identify an individual to take the team forward.”It’s been told to us that the decision has been made by the coaching panel,” Du Plessis told reporters.”They’ve chosen Ottis Gibson as their recommendation and now …the board decides whether they want to use that recommendation or not.”Du Plessis said he had already done extensive homework on his potential new coach.”For me it was important, because I don’t know Ottis, to try and find something out about him,” he said.”I spoke to a few of the West Indian players because he was their coach and then I spoke to the English guys about their thoughts on him.”There were one or two differences in opinion, but the comments were positive.”Barbadian Gibson was coach of West Indies between 2010 and 2014 before rejoining England and taking up his previous role as bowling specialist.