Mumbai Indians star Jos Buttler reacts after 37-ball 77: Was desperate to kick-on

first_imgEnglishman Jos Buttler, whose 37-ball 77 helped Mumbai Indians gun down the steep 199-run target set by Kings XI Punjab, said the wicket was perfect for his kind of stroke play.Mumbai Indians rode on Buttler and young Nitish Rana to thrash KXIP by eight wickets in their Indian Premier League 2017 encounter in Indore on Thursday.Buttler’s innings, which was laced with seven fours and five huge sixes and Rana’s unbeaten 34-ball 62, comprising seven mammoth punches over the rope, outshone South African star Hashim Amla’s maiden T20 century for KXIP, as the visitors overhauled the massive target of 199, with more than four overs to spare.”Found really good touch in the tournament, been desperate to kick on, nice to put in a contribution. Striking the ball well, it’s a small ground and a fantastic wicket,” said Buttler, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match.”Luckily we won the toss, you’d think 200 was a really good score. I think today, chasing that kind of total was great for me because I could go from ball one without thinking.Buttler said it was a satisfying knock for him as he was desperate to get back among the runs.”I have put a lot of pressure on myself, trying too hard to score the runs. Today, when you’re chasing a big score, you can relax and play your shots. Keep a still base and do the rest,” he added.last_img read more

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Seven athletes selected at GAIL Indian Speedstar Season II

first_imgNew Delhi, May 10 (PTI) After a series of trials across the country, the Season II of GAIL Indian Speedstar culminated today with selection of 7 athletes, who will now be trained to compete in international athletic events. The grand finale of this grass root athletics program was held at Thyagaraj Sports Complex. Starting with over 1,13,000 aspirants initially, as many as 118 athletes had qualified trials at the zonal level from 107 districts of India before top 7 were selected from the national camp. PT USHA, who is one of the members of the National selection committee, said, “I am happy to be associated with GAIL Raftaar since the inaugural season, the initiative is providing support to young athletes in the under 14 and under 16 categories. This is a welcome move by GAIL in a sport where support is generally available only at the senior level or when one begins winning medals. “Looking at the level of talents available and the coaching and support facilities that are being made available to athletes, I am hopeful that our country will win a medal in athletic by the 2024 olympics.” PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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IPL 2017, Qualifier 2: We messed it up, says Gautam Gambhir after Kolkata Knight Riders campaign ends

first_imgGautam Gambhir was clearly not a happy man after Kolkata Knight Riders were knocked out by Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League Qualifier 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.Put in to bat, Kolkata crashed to the fourth-lowest total in IPL play-offs, thanks to Karn Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah’s magical spells.Karn Sharma equalled Anil Kumble’s record for best bowling figures in IPL play-offs when he finished with 4/16 from his four overs. Bumrah was also lethal with 3/16 while Mitchell Johnson, who replaced Mitchell McClenaghan in the match, picked up 2/28 and Lasith Malinga got 1/24.Gambhir said Kolkata missed the opportunities to finish in top two after topping the table in the beginning of the tournament.”Proud of the boys, we put everything we could. We did not take any short cuts and Mumbai was a better side today. But if you look back at things we could have finished in the top two. We had two opportunities. Once against Kings XI, we messed it and then again against Mumbai Indians. We made that kind of mistakes and a bad game like today haunted us bad,” Gambhir said at the post match presentation ceremony.Gambhir blamed poor batting after Kolkata were budled out for a paltry 107 in 18.5 overs. Kolkata were reduced to 31/5 in 7 overs before Suryakumar Yadav and Ishank Jaggi put up a small fight by adding 56 runs for the sixth wicket.”We discussed after the last game that we couldn’t get 160-170, we needed 140. Lost too many wickets early on. Jaggi and Surya got us to 107. That was still a decent effort. But 107 was never enough unless you can get the opposition all out,” Gambhir said.advertisementIn reply, Mumbai too were jolted early but Krunal Pandya (45 not out) held his nerves to guide his side home in 14.3 overs with six wickets in hand. Skipper Rohit Sharma (26) created history by becoming the first player to complete 3000 runs for Mumbai Indians in IPL.last_img read more

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Volkswagen-owned Vfl Wolfsburg faces cost cuts despite Bundesliga survival

first_imgVfl Wolfsburg, the soccer team owned by Volkswagen, faces cost cuts next season after retaining its place in Germany’s Bundesliga with victory in a playoff on Monday night.VW subsidises its local club Wolfsburg to the tune of about 90 million euros ($100 million) per season even as Europe’s biggest carmaker grapples with billions of charges for its diesel emissions scandal which broke in September 2015.Two sources at VW said on Tuesday the carmaker was planning to trim the budget for Wolfsburg in the next season which is due to start in the middle of August. They gave no details.”Management and the supervisory board’s executive committee will sit down and further analyse the season,” VW executive board member Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.”Then we will jointly take the decisions,” added Garcia Sanz, who is also head of the club’s supervisory board.Wolfsburg overcame local rivals Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 on aggregate in the playoff, a 1-0 win on Monday night helping to ensure their survival while Eintracht remain in the second tier.Wolfsburg finished third from bottom in the Bundesliga, a sign of how the team has declined since winning the German Cup in 2015 and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals in the following season.last_img read more

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DU admissions 2017: Registration commences from today for UG courses, important information

first_imgThe registration process for admission to the Delhi University’s undergraduate courses (UG) will finally be commencing today, on June 16 from 6 pm onwards. Admission to these courses will be through an entrance examination which will be a computer based online test and will be conducted in 18 cities. Following are the nine courses for which entrance exam will be conducted this year:Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)Bachelor of Business Administration (Financial Investment Analysis)BA (Hons) Business EconomicsBA (Hons) Humanities and Social SciencesBachelor of Elementary Education (BEl Ed)Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Health Education and Sports: BSc (PE, HE & S)’BA (Hons) Multimedia and Mass CommunicationBTech (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations)BA (Hons) MusicFor BA (Hons) Music, entrance examination will based on practical admission entrance test, which will be held in the Department of Music, Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007.(Read: Attention DU aspirants! First cut-off list for UG courses releasing on June 23, other important dates)1st cut-off list:The first cut-off list for admission to the undergraduate courses (UG) will be released by DU on June 23, as per the official notification released by the university website. Initially, the same was scheduled to get released on June 20. After the first cut-off list is announced on June 23 evening, admissions would begin the next day.Cut-offs release dates Registration fee details Documents to be carried at the time of admission:Class 10 board examination certificateClass 10 mark-sheetClass 12 mark-sheetClass 12 provisional certificate/original certificateCharacter certificate (recent)SC/ST certificate (In the name of the candidate issued by the competent authority)OBC (Non-creamy layer certificate (In the name of the candidate issued by competent authority)Transfer certificate from school/college as well as migration certificate from board/university are required from those students who have passed senior secondary exam from outside DelhiTwo passport size self attested photographScanned signatureSports certificate for last three yearsRead: DU Admissions 2017: St. Stephen’s releases first cut-off, 98.5 per cent for English and EconomicsadvertisementRead: IIT Hyderabad: Two new BTech courses to be introduced next yearlast_img read more

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Rameez Raja questions MS Dhoni’s Grade A contract, urges ICC to create ‘Test window’

first_imgIn a bid to preserve Test cricket, former Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to set aside a two-month window solely for Test matches.”I feel that the ICC has a decent plan in the shape of the World Test Championship,” Sport24 quoted Raja as saying after a committee meeting at Lord’s on Tuesday.”There should be a window for that and everything else should stop for a period of two months so the best players are available to play Test cricket,” he added.Raja, who is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Committee (MCC), fears that interest for Test cricket in Asia is “dwindling” partly because of the lucrative domestic T20 leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL).”It’s got to get better. In Asia, for example, because of poor Test match scheduling, the interest is dwindling,” said Raja.”When you go back home you are never sure if you are going to have a one-Test series, a two-Test series or whether you are going to have a Test series at all,” he added.The 54-year-old further called on the national governing bodies such as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play their parts in preserving the longest format of the game.”You have to acknowledge and respect the status of Test match cricket and it has to come from the cricket boards, in Asia specifically,” said Raja.”For example, MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from the BCCI, Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from PCB. It is under a lot of stress in Asia but if we have a properly planned Test match championship, that’s the way out of this, otherwise we will be struggling to put aside as much money as is available for the T20 leagues,” he insisted.advertisementMeanwhile, the MCC committee, which comprises of cricket legends like Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, Sourav Ganguly and Kumar Sangakkara, believes that Test matches should be reduced from five days to four days after it was suggested a shorter game might be more fan-friendly.”Last time we met, the committee was split, with some believing we should trial four-day Test matches,” said Mike Brearley, outgoing chairperson former England captain.”This time, most of us thought, looking at the fact that over half the matches that got results last year got results in the fifth day, that we didn’t want Test cricket to become more boring. So from a cricket point of view, we believe they should stay five days,” he added.The committee has also asked the ICC to try and get cricket included for the 2024 Olympics.”It is crucial to have cricket in the Olympics because the game will be introduced to many new parts of the world,” said Raja.”But for that to happen we have to present a unified front from cricket that we want to be included in the Games,” he added.The summer games would be held either in Paris or in Los Angeles,” he added.last_img read more

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India coach Ravi Shastri to ask for and get his own support staff

first_imgWhile Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid have been appointed bowling and batting consultants for the Indian team, India Today can confirm that head coach Ravi Shastri will soon ask for his own support staff and will also be given the men of his choice.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE Shastri was appointed Team India coach on July 11 while the Cricket Advisory Committee also named Dravid in the support staff for overseas Test tours as a batting consultant. Zaheer was appointed the bowling coach on a full-time basis.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.But Zaheer, it is learnt, doesn’t want to do the job full time. Shastri is likely to ask for Bharat Arun to be named the bowling coach.This comes a day after Shastri spoke to India Today where he said that Dravid and Zaheer’s inputs will be invaluable to the team.”I think invaluable. The inputs from Dravid and Zaheer will be invaluable. Even when I was in charge of the team I had a chat with both these players and asked them to spend some time with the boys and share their experience. It’s invaluable. You need some fresh inputs and input always helps,” Shastri told India Today in an exclusive chat from London.Dravid will continue to coach the junior teams after accepting a two-year contract recently.Dravid and Zaheer worked together at Delhi Daredevils for two seasons where the former was the team mentor-cum-coach and the latter is the captain and the most senior player in the squad.advertisementShastri meanwhile, also said that he is yet to speak to India captain Virat Kohli about his alleged rift with Anil Kumble.”I’ve not spoken to him (Virat Kohli). I will speak to him. I don’t carry baggage, what happened in the past is not my problem. I will start afresh. Whatever I discuss with Virat will stay between him and me,” Shastri said.last_img read more

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Jeep Compass launched in India at Rs 14.95 lakh, variants explained

first_imgJeep has launched the all new Compass in India with the base model priced at Rs 14.95 lakh. The price goes all the way up to Rs 20.65 lakh for the top trim. The SUV is locally produced at Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant and here are the differences between the five trims.SportThe base model of the Compass is the Sport. It is available with both, a petrol and a diesel engine, albeit, only with a six-speed manual transmission. The Sport model gets a 5.0-inch U-Connect infotainment system in the centre. Along with that Dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control are some of the safety features present on the Sport trim of the Compass. Other than his, the Sport variant gets 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlamps, Power adjust and folding wing mirrors, four-wheel disc brakes and an electric parking brake. LongitudeApart from the features on the Sport trim, the Longitude trim comes with, Front cornering fog lamps, Rear fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, Keyless entry and go, Push button start, Rear parking sensors and a Dual-tone interior. The Longitude trim of the Compass is only available with the 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Longitude (O)The Longitude (O) variant of the Compass is also only offered with a diesel engine and a six-speed manual transmission. In addition to the features present on lower variants, it gets a 7.0-inch infotainment system from U-Connect, Dual zone climate control, roof rails, projector headlamps and a rear parcel tray. LimitedThe Limited trim of the Compass is available with both, petrol and diesel engines. The petrol is even available with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission in the Limited trim. Apart from that, its gets LED tail-lamps, Rear camera, Grey leather upholstery and steering, Door sill guards, SelecTerrain 4WD system, Dual front, side and curtain airbags.advertisement Limited (O)In the Limited (O) trim, Jeep is offering HID headlamps and a contrast black roof apart from all the features in other trims. Jeep has positioned the Compass brilliantly in the market and the pricing and features of all the trims is definitely going to interest a lot of buyers who did not think that a Jeep could fit into their budget.Also Read: Jeep Compass launched in India at Rs 14.95 lakhlast_img read more

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Shikhar Dhawan credits mental preparation for his outstanding form

first_imgIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan credited his mental preparation for his wondrous form which helped the visitors rout Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first One Day International match here on Sunday.Power-packed innings from Man of the Match Dhawan (132 in 90 balls) and skipper Virat Kohli (82 off 70) guided India to a comfortable victory. Both players forged a 197-run partnership for the second wicket.”Things have been going well for me and I’ve just been focussing on my processes. I have mental freedom and when you perform well, you have extra confidence. By the grace of God, things are going my way,” Dhawan said after the match.Skipper Virat Kohli also praised Dhawan for his innings and said the team wanted him to stay in the happy zone, which he is in now.”The last three months have been a great time for Dhawan and he’s cashing in on his purple patch. Hopefully he stays in this happy zone and we’ll make sure he stays there, because he will win you games as long he’s in it. Once he starts going, it’s very difficult to stop him,” Kohli said.It all went good for India in this match. After a little bit of punishment initially, their bowlers bounced back in style to restrict the hosts for 216 and then Dhawan and Kohli applied themselves perfectly to chase down the total with 21.1 overs (127 balls) remaining. This also helped them to record their biggest win, in terms of overs to spare, for a target of over 200.advertisementKohli also said that now the team is all set for the 2019 World Cup and now one can expect a lot of changes in the team.”Yes (we have our eyes set on 2019). You have to prepare 24 months in advance. We’re going to experiment and embrace that. You can (expect to) see a lot of changes,” Kohli said.last_img read more

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Can Hardik Pandya step up to the challenge as India eye overseas success?

first_imgThe comparisons with Kapil Dev may be premature only three matches into his Test career but all-rounder Hardik Pandya is already shaping up as a key man in India’s mission to conquer the world.Since the retirement of former captain Dev in 1994, India have been engaged in a perpetual search for an all-rounder who can bowl medium pace and score vital runs down the batting order.While the country has produced a plethora of spin-bowling all-rounders who suit their needs in Asian conditions, tours of Australia, England and South Africa have exposed the need for a batsman who can turn his arm to fast bowling.The likes of Irfan Pathan, who played 29 Tests from 2003 to 2008, and more recently Stuart Binny have auditioned for the role but neither were able to convincingly make it their own.At 23, Pandya is already a regular member of India’s limited-overs sides and eased into the longest format of the game during India’s recent 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka.There were understandable reservations about his red ball credentials given he had just played 17 first-class matches before his Test debut, with one five-wicket haul and no centuries.After his first Test series, though, Pandya was already being compared to some of cricket’s best all-rounders.While India’s head selector MSK Prasad believes Pandya has the talent to match even Dev’s considerable exploits, captain Virat Kohli preferred a comparison with the best fast-bowling all-rounder in the modern game.Reuters Photo “When you play away from home, an (all-rounder) gives you a lot of balance, and I think Hardik can be that guy going ahead, specially playing so much cricket away from home,” Kohli said in Sri Lanka.advertisement”If he grows in confidence – you see someone like Ben Stokes, what he does for England. Brings in great balance as an all-rounder. I see no reason why Hardik Pandya can’t become that for India.”With India preferring to play five batsmen in recent years, Pandya fulfilling his potential could be crucial to their continued success.While the Test team have been number one in the world rankings for much of the last year on the back of 14 wins in 18 matches, all but two of those have been played on the sub-continent.Next year presents an altogether different challenge with four Tests in January and February on the hard pitches of South Africa, where India have never won a series, followed by a five-match series on England’s greensward.India have had no lack of talented teams in the past but they have been notoriously bad tourists and Kohli is well aware that current crop must win away from home to be remembered as a great rather than a good Test side.The early signs for Pandya were highly promising, even if his first three Tests were played against a shambles of a Sri Lanka side.Batting at number eight in his first Test innings in Galle, Pandya scored 50 off 49 deliveries with five fours and three sixes.One wicket from his medium pace bowling followed in Sri Lanka’s first innings, which he backed up with a particularly hostile spell of short deliveries in the second.In his final innings of the series at Kandy, he struck his maiden Test hundred, going from one to 108 in a single session.The brutality of that 96-ball knock drew a comparison from India batting great Sunil Gavaskar with an Australian player whose suitability for Test cricket was also questioned early in his career.”It’s still early days but Pandya has proven that he has it in himself to succeed in Test cricket,” Gavaskar told the NDTV channel.”He is a bit like David Warner. I believe that Hardik will follow Warner’s footsteps and become a successful player in all three formats of the game.”last_img read more

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Double gold for India in Commonwealth Shooting Championship

first_img(Eds: Updating with more details)Brisbane, Nov 1 (PTI) India continued their strong showing at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, winning a gold each in the mens 10m air pistol and womens 10m air rifle events, respectively, here today.Indian pistol shooters pulled off a clean sweep in the 10m air pistol event with Shahzar Rizvi, Omkar Singh and Jitu Rai winning gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.In the womens 10m air rifle event, Pooja Ghatkar bagged a gold, while her countrymate Anjum Moudgil won the silver medal. The bronze in this event went to Martina Lindsay Veloso of Singapore. The third Indian in the final, Meghana Sajjanar, finished fifth.Youngster Rizvi finished ahead of established shooters Omkar and Jitu.The day started with Shahzar topping the 16-man qualification round with a score of 581. Omkar and Jitu followed him into the eight-man final with 576 and 571 respectively.The order did not change in the final, although Jitu led the trio briefly after the first series of five-shots with Omkar second and Shahzar in third.Omkar then led till the 18th shot before the youngster took control from the 20th shot. By the end of the allotted 24 shots, Shahzar ended with 240.7, while Omkar came second with 236, thanks to four out of his last six shots being in the 8s.Jitu won bronze with 214.1.In the womens 10m air rifle, Singapores star rifle shooter, Jasmine Xer, topped the qualification with 419.8 and her teammate, Martina Veloso shot 417.5 to finish second.Jasmines was a Commonwealth qualification record.advertisementMeghana, with 416.6, Pooja with 415.3 and Anjum with 414.1 qualified in third, fourth and sixth positions respectively.In the eight-woman final however, it was Anjum who started the strongest, leading the field after five shots. But Pooja soon showed her class, to take the lead after 10 shots and held on to win with a final score of 249.8.Anjum ended with 248.7 to win silver while Veloso won bronze with a score of 224.8. Meghana shot 183.8.Ghatkar is supported by the Gagan Narang Sports Foundation.In the mens Skeet, the Indian trio of Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Sheeraz Sheikh shot 119 each out of 125 in qualification to get into a shoot-off and qualify for the finals.Mairaj and Angad made it through to the six-man final to eventually finish fifth and sixth respectively.On the first day, India had won gold in the womens 10m air pistol through Heena Sidhu and a bronze in the mens 10m air rifle through Deepak Kumar. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

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1,00,000th Datsun car rolls out from Chennai facility

first_imgMumbai, Nov 9 (PTI) Datsun, the sister brand of Japanese auto major Nissan Motor, today rolled out its 1,00,000th car, a redi-GO 1.0L, from the Chennai manufacturing facility.The Datsun currently accounts for more than half of the total sales of Nissan Motor in India.The Renault Nissan Automotive facility at Oragadam near Chennai is a joint venture between French auto maker Renault and Nissan Motor. It has an installed capacity of producing 4.80 lakh units.The landmark moment was celebrated in the presence of Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd managing director Jerome Saigot and Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt chief executive officer Colin MacDonald.”The 1,00,000th roll out of Datsun is a strong testimony of customer acceptance and their confidence towards our brand, products and value based offerings.”On behalf of the Datsun India team, I would like to thank all our customers and dealer partners for the commitment towards our brand,” Saigot said.Since the launch of the Datsun redi-GO in June 2016, Datsun India has offered three refreshed variants — redi-GO Sport, redi-GO 1.0L and redi-GO 1.0L Gold — so far.”We are very confident that the future is bright and exciting for the Datsun brand in India. We are confident that our challenger brand positioning, unique product differentiation and best in class cost of ownership will continue to drive the customer?s owning and experiencing our products,” Saigot added.Besides Datsun models, the facility also produces Nissans sedan Sunny, SUV Terrano and B segment hatchback Micra. PTI IAS RSYadvertisementlast_img read more

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1st ODI: Sri Lanka thrash India by seven wickets in series opener

first_imgSri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal helped them steamroll India by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday.The 30-year-old claimed four wickets for 13 runs in his impeccable 10 overs, which included four maidens, as the tourists bundled out India for 112 in 38.2 overs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.India were reeling at 29-7 in the 17th over before Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a belligerent 65, with the former captain contributing more than half of the team total.Sri Lanka’s top order were not completely convincing against the moving ball but Upul Tharanga’s breezy 49 helped them chase down the small target with nearly 30 overs to spare and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.1-0 up in the series! Sri Lanka chase down their winning total of 113 to cruise to a seven wicket victory!Scorecard: https://t.co/rfW6hwUA0M #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/nyQi4DJ8wc- ICC (@ICC) December 10, 2017Smarting from their 1-0 loss in the preceding test series, Sri Lanka opted to field against an Indian team led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested ahead of the team’s imminent tour of South Africa.India got off to a terrible start losing Shikhar Dhawan, one of their five scoreless batsmen in the match, in the second over which triggered a spectacular collapse.Angelo Mathews, an all-rounder who has been reduced by injury to an occasional bowler, dismissed Dhawan leg-before and Lakmal sent back Sharma caught behind for two in the fifth.advertisementSri Lanka won by 7 wickets with 176 balls remaining against India. Much needed victory from our lions. #RoarLionsRoar #ApeKollo #WeBelieve pic.twitter.com/p7dEheGnCA- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) December 10, 2017On both occasions, Sri Lanka used the review option to overturn the original not out decisions.The double blow completely unhinged India, who lost the top half of their batting order to score their first 16 runs.Dhoni combined with number nine Kuldeep Yadav (19) to help India first go past the record for lowest ODI total of 35 — by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in a 2004 match in Harare — and then their own lowest total of 54 against the Sri Lankans.Dhoni hit 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes but India still ended up with a total which Sri Lanka overcame without breaking a sweat.Mohali hosts the second ODI on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Flipkart announces New Pinch Days sale, big discounts on Lenovo K8 Plus, Mi Mix 2, Galaxy phones and more

first_imgAfter Big Shopping Days sale, Flipkart is now gearing up to organise a three-days’ New Pinch Days sale on its website. The sale will start from December 15 and go on till December 17. The e-commerce company will offers discounts on phones like Lenovo K8 Plus, Galaxy On5, Galaxy J3 Pro and other Galaxy phones. The New Pinch Days Sale will also cover electronics, kitchen appliances, fashion apparels, home and furniture. Pixel 2, OnePlus 5T are also seen on the sale’s sneak peak page.Flipkart  has also teased a ‘Hero offer of the year’ on the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt, 64GB model. The company has asked to guess the new price of the phone to win a free Galaxy On Nxt. There’s 10 per cent instant discount for shoppers using HDFC debit and credit cards.  There’s a banner in the top section of the page that reads ‘massive discounts to celebrate the new year’ beside the images of the Mi A1 and a Vivo phone.The company through its sneak peak page informs that there would up to 80 per cent off on all these sections. There are no cost EMI and exchange offers across all categories. There will also be contests like Bid & win, Celeb Diaries and Spend to enter.While some of the offers on Flipkart have still not been made public, here are some of the top discounted phones seen on the sale’s sneak peak page:1.  Galaxy J3 Pro, 2GB at Rs 6,990: Originally priced at Rs 8,490, the Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro will sell at Rs 6,990 during the sale. Equipped with S Bike mode, the J3 Pro was launched last year in April. The phone features a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.advertisement2. Galaxy On5 at Rs 6,490: Samsung Galaxy On5 will sell at Rs 6,490 during the sale. The phone sells at Rs 6,490 on other days. Launched in 2015, the Galaxy On5 5 is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor and comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The phone runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2600mAh removable battery.3. Galaxy On Max , 4GB at Rs 14,900: Samsung Galaxy OnMax will be available at Rs 14,900 during the Flipkart New Pinch Days sale. The device originally costs Rs 16,900. Launched in July 2017, the Galaxy On Max is powered by a 1.69GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK P25 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android Nougat and comes supports dual SIM.4. Lenovo K8 Plus at Rs 8,999: Launched this year in September at Rs 10,999, the Lenovo K8 Plus will witness a price cut of Rs 2000, lowering the selling price to Rs 8,999. The phone features a 5.2-inch display, powered by 2.5GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and backed by a 4000mAh battery.  Also Read: Xiaomi Mi A1 gets Rs 1000 price cut, is now best phone to buy under Rs 15,000 for most people5. Oppo F3 Plus, 6GB at Rs 17,990: The Oppo F3 Plus will set at Rs 17,990 against its original price of Rs 22,990. There will also be an extra Rs 5000 off exchange, meaning you can get the phone at Rs 12,990. The Oppo F3 Plus is powered by 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery and runs Android 6.0.6. Honor 9i, 4GB RAM at Rs 17,999: Honor 9i, the phone with four cameras on other days costs Rs 19,999. However the phone will be available at Rs 17,999 during the New Pinch Days sale. The phone comes with dual rear cameras and dual front cameras.7. Moto X4, 4GB RAM at Rs 20,999: Powered by Snapdragon 630, the Moto X4 will sell at Rs 20,999 during the sale. The actual price of the phone is Rs 22,999.8. Moto Z2 Play, 4GB RAM at Rs 24,999: The Moto Z2 Play will receive a price cut of Rs 3000 and will sell at Rs 24,999 during the sale. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 626 and features a 5.5-inch fullHD display.9. Mi Mix 2, 6GB at Rs 32,999: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will be available at Rs 32,999 during the sale. The phone sells at Rs 37,999 on other days. The phone sports a 5.99-inch display and is powered by Snapdragon 835.10. HTC U11 at Rs 44,999: The HTC’s squeezable phone U11 will be available at Rs 44,999 during the sale. The phone originally costs Rs 53,990 on other days.last_img read more

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Panathinaikos Rips Armani, 73-57

first_imgATHENS – Panathinaikos’ hoopsters, growing in confidence, have advanced into the second group stage of the Euroleague after a 73-57 home pounding of Armani Milano, setting the stage for upcoming contests that will likely prove to be tougher.Panathinaikos, coming off an improving performance in the Greek domestic league, ran away with this one from beginning to end and never trailed, delighting some 15,000 fans in the Olympic Sports Hall, a bigger turnout than in games earlier in the year as the team struggled.The Greens led 20-14 after one period and 38-31 at the half but the game wasn’t as close as the score. In the second half, strong rebounding and a tight defense choked the Italians hopes as the winners led by 20 at the end of the third, 62-42, removing any doubt about the outcome.Stephane Lasme, from Gabon, again led Panathinaikos, this time with 11 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and displaying an unrelenting passion that the team had lacked.James “Airlines” Gist, out of the University of Maryland, was the top scorer for the Greens with 12 points while Roko Ukic added 11 and Captain Dimitris Diamantidis equaled his personal record with 11 assists.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Phelps Sorry Again For DUI Arrest

first_imgMichael Phelps’ comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool.The Olympic champion was arrested for the second time on DUI charges early Sept. 30th in his hometown of Baltimore, another embarrassment for a swimmer who came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the Rio Games.Phelps issued an apology that sounded very familiar to the ones he made after a drunken-driving arrest a decade ago, as well as when a British tabloid published a photograph in 2009 that showed him using a marijuana pipe.“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility,” Phelps said in a statement. “I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”Maryland Transportation Authority police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was caught speeding and failed field sobriety tests.The arrest came about a month after the 29-year-old Phelps won three golds and two silvers at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, setting himself up to compete at next summer’s world championships and at Rio in 2016.It’s too early to say if Phelps might face sanctions from USA Swimming, which took no action after his 2004 arrest but suspended him from competition for three months over the pot picture.“The news regarding Michael Phelps and his actions are disappointing and unquestionably serious,” the national governing body said in a statement. “We expect our athletes to conduct themselves responsibly in and out of the pool.”The U.S. Olympic Committee had a similar reaction. CEO Scott Blackmun said the organization was “surprised” by Phelps’ arrest and “disappointed on a number of fronts.”Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.If convicted on the DUI charge, he would face a maximum penalty of a year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of his driver’s license for six months. Under Maryland law, the latest case is not considered a second offense because his first DUI conviction occurred more than five years ago.Phelps could face the wrath of his sponsors, though there was no immediate word of any company planning to drop him.“It’s too early to tell,” said Don Rockwell, the CEO of Phelps’ new swimsuit sponsor, California-based Aqua Sphere. “For the most part, we’re supportive. We just need to wait and see what happens. This is not a deal-breaker for us, unless we find out something else that happened.”Phelps also has deals with Subway, Under Armour, Omega and Master Spas.In early August, Phelps announced he was ending his long relationship with Speedo to sign the deal with Aqua Sphere. Just last week, according to Rockwell, company officials were in Baltimore working with Phelps on the sizing of his new suit, which he can begin wearing at meets starting Jan. 1.First, he must deal with a more serious issue.A Maryland Transportation Authority police officer was using radar about 1:40 a.m. when Phelps’ white 2014 Land Rover came through the tunnel at 84 mph in a 45-mph zone, the agency said in a statement.The officer stopped Phelps just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.“Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence,” the statement said. “He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests.”Kelly Melhem, a spokesperson for the transportation agency, said department vehicles are equipped with in-car video recording devices. Officials were trying to determine if there was footage of Phelps’ arrest, which could be used as evidence if the case goes to trial.The statement said Phelps was cooperative during his arrest. He was taken to an authority station and later released.After the London Olympics two years ago, Phelps followed through on his long-stated plan to retire, having won twice as many golds as anyone else and 22 medals overall.Phelps returned to competition in April and set his sights on competing at the Rio Games, which would be his fifth Olympics.His first DUI arrest came in 2004 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Phelps received 18 months’ probation, a $250 fine and was required to deliver a presentation on alcohol awareness to students at three high schools.“I recognize the seriousness of this mistake,” he said at the time. “I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”Phelps wasn’t charged after the picture came to light of him using a marijuana pipe at a party in South Carolina. He did accept the suspension from USA Swimming for what he called “bad judgment” and “a mistake I won’t make again.”One of his major sponsors, Kellogg Co., dropped him almost immediately. Subway stayed with him and remains one of his biggest backers.Phelps’ comeback is going well. “We accomplished everything we wanted to,” he said after the Pan Pacs. “We were able to find out some of the things I need to improve on over the next year, and things I want to improve on.”His biggest issue at the moment is outside the pool.___By Paul Newberry, AP National Writer. 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Panathinaikos Boots OFI, 3-2

first_imgATHENS — Nikos Karelis scored twice as Panathinaikos came from behind to beat host OFI 3-2 in the Greek league on Feb. 15.Danijel Pranjic also scored for second-place Panathinaikos, which stayed six points behind Olympiakos. The leader beat Ergotelis 3-0 on Feb. 14.Third-place PAOK lost 4-0 at Atromitos, and is now five points behind Panathinaikos.Also, Kerkyra beat Kalloni 2-0 and Veria won 2-0 at Levadiakos.Karelis opened the scoring in the second minute from close range, but OFI led 2-1 at halftime through Manolis Moniakis’ free kick in the 27th and Giorgi Merebashvili’s penalty in the 44th.Pranjic equalized in the 48th when his long-range shot was deflected by a defender into the net. Karelis scored the winner in the 75th with a low drive from near the penalty spot.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Judge Belittles NFL Brady Probe

first_imgNEW YORK — A Federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Aug. 12, demanding to know what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling the drama of the controversy.“What is the direct evidence that implicates Mr. Brady?” Judge Richard M. Berman repeatedly asked NFL lawyer Daniel L. Nash at the first hearing in the civil case in Manhattan Federal Court as Brady and Commissioner Roger Goodell looked on.Nash responded there was “considerable evidence Mr. Brady clearly knew about this,” including records of text messages and phone calls between the quarterback and one of two Patriots employees implicated in the scandal known as “Deflategate.”But he also said there was no “smoking gun” showing Brady had direct knowledge that the balls were underinflated for the first half of the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game Jan. 18.Brady and Goodell didn’t speak during the hearing, except to introduce themselves to Berman. Brady, his head lowered, looked dour throughout a hearing that lasted about 1 hour, 20 minutes.Immediately afterward, Brady smiled slightly as he signed sketches for two court artists. Berman then met individually with each side for more settlement discussions in private. The talks continued for several hours into the afternoon.Two weeks ago, the NFL asked Berman to declare that its punishment of Brady was properly carried out.The players’ union countersued, asking him to nullify the suspension. The judge has signaled from the start that he wants the parties to reach a swift settlement.Berman called it “ironic or not” that Brady’s statistics were better in the second half of the AFC championship game, after the balls were re-inflated. “You might say (Brady) got no better advantage from the under-inflation,” the judge said.At one point, the judge also seemed to try to defuse the controversy, saying: “This Deflategate. I’m not sure where the ‘gate’ comes from.”When the union got its chance to argue, the judge asked attorney Jeffrey L. Kessler why one of the Patriots employees would deflate balls without Brady’s knowledge.Kessler said the union does not believe the balls were deflated but, if they were, the employee did it on his own because he “thought it would be good for his quarterback.”The judge also questioned why Brady destroyed his cellphone in the midst of the inquiry — a move that the league argues was further proof of his deception.Kessler claimed that the quarterback got rid of the phone on the advice of his agent to protect his privacy but had otherwise cooperated with the inquiry.However, in hindsight, “You’re right, it could have been done a different way,” the lawyer said of the phone.Both sides are scheduled to return to court next week.As Goodell arrived at the courthouse, he was greeted by a smattering of boos as he walked inside. Four minutes later, Brady arrived flanked by four security guards. Both men went through a security sweep like everyone else going to court.Dozens of fans and journalists waited for two of the NFL’s most famous faces at the front entrance of the courthouse, including some fans wearing deflated football hats they were hoping to sell.Goodell suspended Brady after concluding he “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to support a scheme in which a Patriots employee deflated balls on game day. Brady insists he knew nothing about it.In a July 28 decision upholding the suspension, Goodell heavily criticized Brady for having an aide destroy a cellphone containing nearly 10,000 text messages from a four-month stretch including the AFC championship game.He accused him of obstructing the NFL probe about a controversy that represented “conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football.”In court documents, the union’s lawyers said the suspension was unfair and violated the labor contract and complained that it would cause irreparable harm to Brady by forcing him to miss games.They called a June appeal hearing before Goodell “a Kangaroo ourt proceeding, bereft of fundamentally fair procedures.”___By Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister. AP Writer Jake Pearson and AP Sports Writer Jimmy Golen in Boston contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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NFL Suspends Giants’ Beckham

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Losing control during a Dec. 20 loss to the Panthers will cost Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. one game.The NFL suspended Beckham for next weekend’s visit to Minnesota for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. The league cited “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.”Beckham appealed the decision. His case will be heard by either James Thrash or Derrick Brooks, the hearing officers jointly appointed by the NFL and the players’ union.Without Beckham, the Giants (6-8) would be missing their best offensive weapon as they try to stay alive in the NFC East race.Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman tangled from the beginning of the Panthers’ 38-35 victory. At one point, Beckham delivered a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman while blocking.There was plenty of pushing, shoving, swinging, wrestling, late hits and trash talking between them.Beckham, the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year, has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, tied for the league lead. He has a base salary of $893,000 and would lose $55,813 for being suspended for one game.The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, who ruled that Beckham’s actions placed his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.“At numerous times during (Sunday’s) game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk . and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected,” Hanks said in a letter to Beckham.Hanks specifically pointed to a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent (Norman); lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet; and forcibly struck the defenseless player’s head.This “blindside block” was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable, the NFL’s statement said.The conduct of other players in the game is being reviewed by the NFL for potential fines.If the suspension is upheld, Beckham would not be permitted this week to be at the Giants’ practice facility. He would be barred from team meetings, attending or watching practices; attending the Dec. 27 game; or having contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation.He would be reinstated Dec. 28.After the Dec. 20 game, Beckham refused to discuss his run-ins with Norman. There was no media availability with Beckham on Dec. 21.Asked about the personal fouls, he said, “You never want to hurt your team like that. I have learned it all throughout my life you know, always second man gets called, always that it is just unfortunate. You go back and watch the film tomorrow and you learn from it.”Norman was infuriated by the helmet-to-helmet hit and called for the league to look at Beckham’s play.“He was 15 yards down the field and went straight for my head. It was just crazy, man,” Norman said.“He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman added of Beckham, who finished with six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown and also dropped a sure TD pass in the first quarter.___By Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributedlast_img read more

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