Nets Fire Coach, Reassign GM

first_imgBROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey.The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired.The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets had made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers.King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach.“It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching.”King worked hard to fulfill Prokhorov’s goal of winning a championship within five years of buying the team in 2010, making blockbuster trades that brought in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.Only Johnson remains, as the Nets decided to cut costs after at one point owning the largest payroll in league history. But they haven’t been competitive now and have little hope of a quick fix in the future, as their first-round pick next season goes to Boston as part of the payment from the deal that brought Pierce and Garnett in 2013.“At every step of the way, he has been aggressive in his quest to build a winning team and has been a key factor toward the Nets making the playoffs for each of the last three seasons,” Prokhorov said of King, who was in the last year of his contract.Prokhorov is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday.King has been criticized for making deals with no regard for future ramifications, starting with the 2011 trade with Utah for Williams, whose contract was bought out last summer with two years remaining. Another swap with Portland for Gerald Wallace cost the Nets the pick that turned into Damian Lillard, and they don’t control their own first-round choice until 2019 thanks to the trade with Boston.Hollins went 48-71 and, like predecessors Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo and Jason Kidd, didn’t last long in Brooklyn. The former Memphis Grizzlies coach got the Nets to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, but they dropped their first seven games in this one and haven’t won at home in a month.Those home struggles and a roster loaded with lesser names have created a big drop in interest in Brooklyn, where there have been empty seats all over the arena this season. It will be hard for the new regime to change much quickly, unless the Nets can score a big name in free agency.Prokhorov thanked the fans in his statement and said bright days are ahead.“We have learned a great deal during the past six years and our experiences will guide us for the future,” he said.BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mercedes: Formula One champion Nico Rosberg retires from racing

first_imgOn the day he is set to collect the trophy for winning his first drivers’ world championship, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg has announced that he is to retire from Formula One racing.“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion,” said Rosberg via social media. “Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it.“I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.”Rosberg, who won nine Grands Prix this year en route to the title, said he began contemplating his future at October’s Japanese round, and then made his decision within 24 hours of last weekend’s thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi, where he secured the podium finish he needed to become champion.“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion,” he continued.“On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life.“I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were (wife) Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from his management team), followed by (Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport) Toto (Wolff).”Source: Formula1.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Huge Win for Liverpool, Wenger Drops Sanchez, Pays Price

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England – Arsene Wenger chose one of the toughest periods of his Arsenal tenure to make one of his most reckless team selections.Dropping Alexis Sanchez, possibly the best player in the English Premier League, for an away game against Liverpool, a direct rival for a Champions League qualification place, may come to be a defining moment of a season that is starting to unravel for Arsenal.Wenger realized his error at halftime, throwing Sanchez on for the second half, but Liverpool was 2-0 ahead by then after goals by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and on its way to a 3-1 victory that lifted Juergen Klopp’s team above Arsenal and into third place.“A decision like that is not easy to make,” Wenger said, “but you have to stand up for it.”That Arsenal improved drastically with Sanchez on the field — he set up Danny Welbeck for Arsenal’s goal that made it 2-1 — will be all the more galling to Arsenal’s increasingly disgruntled fan base. It also provided more ammunition for the “Wenger Out” brigade, which is becoming all the more vocal as the long-serving manager weighs up whether to sign a new deal at the club.Wenger said Sanchez was left out because he wanted Arsenal to have a more physical and direct attacking style and it remains to be seen if there is anything more to the selection. Sanchez clearly wasn’t happy, giving Arsenal’s traveling supporters the briefest of waves at the final whistle before quickly disappearing down the tunnel and leaving the rest of his teammates on the field.Sanchez, the league’s joint-top scorer with 17, has demonstrated this season that he hates being substituted and not completing games. So imagine how he feels playing only 45 minutes.“He is a world-class player,” said Klopp, who probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw Arsenal’s team announcement.It was a huge win for Liverpool, only its second in eight games in 2017, and continued its brilliant record against the league’s top teams. Liverpool has won five and drawn four in nine games against the top six.Arsenal dropped to fifth and stayed above Manchester United only because Jose Mourinho’s team was held to 1-1 at home by 10-man Bournemouth.AFC Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings, left, and Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday March 4, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the central figure in an eventful match at Old Trafford, having a penalty saved and escaping a red card for elbowing Tyrone Mings in the head soon after the Bournemouth defender trod on Ibrahimovic’s head.Here’s a look at Saturday’s other matches:LEICESTER 3, HULL 1Helped by a piece of magic by Riyad Mahrez, the champions gained their second straight win since the ruthless firing of title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri.Reproducing his brilliance of last season when he was voted English soccer’s player of the year, Mahrez cut inside from the right wing, deceived Hull’s defense with three quick turns and a shimmy outside the area, before driving a right-foot shot inside the near post.That made it 2-1 in the 59th minute and an own-goal from Tom Huddlestone clinched Leicester’s come-from-behind win after Sam Clucas put Hull ahead in the 12th.By following up a 3-1 win over Liverpool, Leicester moved five points clear of the relegation zone.SWANSEA 3, BURNLEY 2Swansea recovered from conceding a goal through a case of mistaken identity by scoring a stoppage-time winner to join Leicester in pulling five points clear of the relegation zone.Referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty to Burnley for handball in the 19th minute, even though it was Burnley striker Sam Vokes who made contact as he stretched for a header. Andre Gray converted the spot kick to make it 1-1, canceling out Fernando Llorente’s 12th-minute goal.Gray’s second goal put Burnley 2-1 ahead in the 61st, only for Martin Olsson to equalize and Llorente to head home the winner in injury time.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0, CRYSTAL PALACE 2Sam Allardyce, a specialist at keeping teams in the league, is starting to work his magic at Crystal Palace.After a slow start to his tenure following his hiring in December, Allardyce guided Palace to a second straight win thanks to goals by Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.Palace is three points clear of the relegation zone.STOKE 2, MIDDLESBROUGH 0Marko Arnautovic scored two first-half goals to plunge Middlesbrough into the relegation zone.Middlesbrough is winless in 10 games dating to Dec. 17.WATFORD 3, SOUTHAMPTON 4Southampton rebounded from its loss to Man United in the League Cup final, with Nathan Redmond scoring twice and Manolo Gabbiadini striking a sixth goal in four gamesTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ronaldo Misses Penalty, Portugal Draws 1-1 with Iran

first_imgSARANSK, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.It could have been worse if not for Ricardo Quaresma, who started for the first time in the tournament and scored his maiden World Cup goal with a shot that had about as much flare as any in the tournament.Portugal finished second in Group B after a 1-1 draw with Iran on Monday. The 2016 European champions will next face Uruguay on Saturday in the round of 16.“The conclusion and the most important thing is we’re going to continue playing,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “We had a strong opponent.”Quaresma became the only player other than Ronaldo to score for the Portuguese in three games in Russia. The 34-year-old midfielder also became Portugal’s oldest scorer in World Cup play by hitting a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area that went beyond the reach of diving Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.Ronaldo — who had scored all four Portugal goals in its first two games of Group B play — was denied on his penalty by Beiranvand’s dive toward the right post in the second half.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, bottom, is fouled by Iran’s Saeid Ezatolahi to give away a penalty, during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)“We were on top of the game until the penalty, and we didn’t make it. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s football,” Santos said. “We did what was expected and now we have to settle down and think about Uruguay.”Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty for Iran, which need to win to advance, but couldn’t break through a second time despite a furious charge in the waning minutes. The Mordovia arena momentarily vibrated from the sound of Iran fans’ roars when Mehdi Taremi hit the side of the net from 6 yards out.The penalty against Portugal was awarded after a video review showed a handball in the area. But although Iran coach Carolos Queiroz benefited from that review, he railed against the system for the second day in a row. In particular, he cited a decision to give Ronaldo a yellow card after his elbow struck Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in the second half.“Elbow is a red card in the rules,” Queiroz asserted in English, adding that there are no written exceptions for players named Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. “The decisions, they must be clear for everybody, for the people. Everybody agrees that VAR is not going well. That’s the reality. There are a lot of complaints.”Spain won Group B after its 2-2 draw with Morocco. Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.Spain will next face host Russia on Sunday in Moscow.LUCKY STRIKE?Quaresma had nine international goals in 78 previous appearances for Portugal. But his goal against Iran had all appeal of a Ronaldo strike. He sent the shot with the outside of his right foot spinning into the far corner near the end of the first half.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, centre reacts after failing to score a penalty as Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji reavts, left, during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Not bad for someone who had played little more than 20 minutes as a substitute in Portugal’s first two games. Ronaldo certainly looked impressed, wrapping his right arm around Quaresma’s shoulders as he roared and raised his left fist into the air.Quaresma declined an opportunity to boast when asked if he thought his goal was among the tournament’s best, saying what matters most is the squad’s success.“I was a bit lucky with the goal,” Quaresma said. “Most importantly, we fulfilled our objective and we’re looking forward to the next round.”Santos’s confidence that Quaresma was ready to influence the game not only was evident in his decision to start the veteran, but in the coach’s comment afterward.“I always take the decisions that are right for my team,” he said.QUIET CRISTIANORonaldo smiled confidently as he walked past reporters after the game, but avoided answering questions. He has now missed six of his last 14 penalty kicks, but he hasn’t been the only big star to miss one in this tournament. Messi also was denied in Argentina’s opening draw against Iceland.Ronaldo’s penalty was awarded after the use of video review following an apparent takedown of the Portugal forward by Saeid Ezatolahi in the area. The Iranian team, already aggrieved by the replay system overturning a goal against Spain, reacted angrily. Players swarmed Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres, who initially had waved play on after Ronaldo went down.DENIED AGAINIran has been to five World Cups — all since 1978 — but has yet to advance out of group play.Its players collapsed on the field at the final whistle, while Portugal’s somewhat muted celebration had the look of relief.After the match, Queiroz was asked if he was aware how proud Iran was of its team’s performance, which included a 1-0 victory over Morocco and a 1-0 loss to Spain.“I’m very proud,” Queiroz said. “We earned respect from people who had no idea that Iran could fight so well.”—By BRETT MARTEL , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tidy your wiring

first_img Log in to Reply Log in to Reply I was told that back in the 1950s when a British Post Office technician had completed a telephone installation (unlike North America, the Post Office was responsible for telecommunications in most of the British influenced world), the foreman would check the wiring layout with a spirit level. Much later, in the 1990s I saw a technician wire a panel with a layout so orthogonal it was truly a work of art. With the cost of labour today (even before the 90s) wiring has become much more unruly, but whilst a bird’s nest may be OK in a prototype, production and maintenance must have a systematic and manageable wiring configuration. In order to produce low cost houses rapidly in South Africa, they have a standard house layout and then drop a pre-made wiring loom into a house shell from above and in a few hours the house is completely wired. Some of us actually do have to take our assembled boards and drop them into panels and interconnect them in the field. This discussion is for you.One of the earliest techniques of bundling wires together was to wrap the wires using a catgut-like twine. When trussed up tightly it looked good, but it wasn’t very flexible and more importantly, any change involved cutting the twine and then rewrapping. Cable ties are an extension of this idea although the sheer number of different types and colours of cable ties can boggle the mind. Take a look at Essentra’s e-catalog. It does help to use a cable tie tool to tension the cable ties. In one of my earlier blogs “Top 17 helpful hints for constructing electronic systems” I gave a hint that bears repeating. If you are going to cut a cable tie, cut the block with the locking mechanism. If you try and cut the band itself, there is an incredibly good chance you will cut one of the wires as well. One commenter pointed out an occasion where there was a thin fluid pipe in the bundle, and someone cut through it necessitating a complete rewire.I am not sure about recent vehicles (who looks under the hood these days), but spiral wrap was very common in automobiles at one time. Using a special tool, it is easy and quick to work, and can be combined with twine or cable ties. An alternative to the spiral wrap is “split corrugated loom tubing” and is easy to stuff the wire into the tube since it is split along its length.If you need liquid-tight sheathing there are alternatives, but you are going to need techniques to pull the wires through and the patience of a saint, or a wiring department or subcontractor. And if you really have the time, to make the project pretty you could fish your wires though a woven sleeve. You can even get it in silicone or fiberglass for high temperature applications.With the wire in looms you may want to attach them to a panel or some other surface. There are many ways to do this using cable mounts and latching clips as well as clamps. Feast your eyes on the selection that Richco provides and see how easy (sarcasm) it is to make a selection. And they are only one of many manufacturers.Figure 1: Cable loom with cable ties and self-adhesive mounts on the front panel (Source: Author) Figure 2: Flat cables held by flat cable mounts. (Source: Author) For projects where you want to hide your cables completely you can use surface raceways or so I am told. This is not dissimilar to the tubing used to carry household and industrial electrical wiring. It comes with T sections and corners. Sizing and cutting will require some accuracy and I expect some kind of automation for repeat orders.I am more familiar with ducting where the duct consists of a channel and a cover and the sides of the channel are fingered so that wire can be brought out of the ducting close to the point of contact. It is possible to use cable ties inside the duct, but not really necessary as the wires are hidden by the cover.Figure 3. Ducts with the wires feeding out to connect to nearby devices. Note the cable glands on the lower right. (Source: Author) Now if your loom is attached to a moving assembly there is the chain cable carrier system which is a flexible duct system. It would be nice to design something with this one day.You have to remember to cater for the fact that the cable must pass through the side of a panel and must be protected from chafing against the sharp metal edges. There is the simple grommet edging or from my perspective, the better option of strain relief (aka cable gland) so the any external tugging at the cable is not transmitted to the connections inside the box.And finally – labelling the wires. There are several systems for wiring labels. The more dated approach involved preprinted markers that cater for a particular wire diameter that you slip over the wire one marker at a time to build the identity. There are also self-adhesive pre-printed characters on cards that work in a similar and you have to stick each one in turn onto the wire. I really dislike this approach. More modern systems use printed adhesive tape á la the Brother P-Touch that allows any text and almost any length. Brady is probably the best known in this field.I have provided links above to individual suppliers for all the parts. There are many alternatives and substitutes, some of them direct replacements. Any electrical supplier will carry a full range. Did I leave anything out? Do you use any other techniques, or do you use any techniques at all. Let me know in the comments below.Editor’s Note: Do you have examples of particularly good or exceptionally bad wiring? If so, send Max Maxfield or Steve Evanczuk a photo (jpeg, please) with a one- or two-sentence description along with the source of the photo (as Source: xxx) – see examples above – and if it’s your own photo, just use your name as the source. antedeluvian says: “As a comment to his blog “Do They Know that “Analog” Makes Digital TV Possible?”n Schweber points out a link to good and bad examples of cabling:nnhttp://www.cablinginst antedeluvian says: “How’s this?n” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Continue Reading Previous Want to win a rugged hand-held oscilloscope?Next Embedding custom real-time processing in a multi-gigasample high-speed digitizer February 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm 2 thoughts on “Tidy your wiring” December 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Logic Technology: J-Testr RF, a new test solution for the IoT

first_imgEiger Design, an innovative supplier of functional circuit test solutions to the electronics test market, announced the launch of a new test solution for todays integrated RF devices (e.g. Bluetooth, LORA, WIFI) and other RF applications including ISM 433MHz.The J-Testr RF is a test solution designed specifically to test todays integrated RF devices for the IoT (Bluetooth, LORA, WIFI, etc.) and other RF applications (including ISM 433MHz). With a compact, space efficient footprint, competitive pricing, advanced features and flexibility the J-Testr RF enables large and small companies to effectively test their RF devices with confidence and significantly improve the quality of testing at the printed circuit board assembly stage.Integrating an ‘exchangeable’ high RF isolation chamber, with full fixture (bed of nails) capability, the device under test, and its measurements, are shielded from almost all environments. The J-Testr RF eliminates the need for special ‘low RF noise’ rooms within a production environment and provides high quality and repeatable measurements. Special consideration has been given to ease of integration with open access to the RF chamber plus intelligent cabling and connector layout, creating a simple and cost- effective test solution.RF instruments are integrated in such a way as to enable them to be controlled manually or automatically, via test sequencer software, that allows quick testing or debugging of devices with little or even no test software support. The RF instruments include digital displays at the user interface enabling the user to see the current RF signal measurement/outputs even during an automated test.Designed not only to test RF functions the J-Testr RF includes a fully integrated standard J-Testr system with all the stimulation signals present within non-RF function test systems, which allows the device to receive a full functional test without the need for another test stage. These standard functional test features allow the same test station to be used for non-RF devices using low-cost standard J-Testr exchangeable kits extending the return on investment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: connection between the real and digital worlds on show at electronica 2018Next Teledyne LeCroy rolls out new test tools for designers, test engineers, and educatorslast_img read more

KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav script India’s demolition over England in 1st T20I

first_imgKL Rahul’s second hundred and Kuldeep Yadav’s five-wicket haul scripted India’s emphatic eight-wicket win over England in the first T20I of a three-match series in Ireland. Virat Kohli also became the fastest to 2000 T20 International runs en route his knock of 20 not out.Chasing 160, India lost Shikhar Dhawan to David Willey in the first over of the innings. And in came Rahul, who has been in splendid form in the T20 format. In the IPL, he scored 659 runs for Kings XI Punjab before hammering a fluent 70 against Ireland in the second T20I in Dublin.Enthused by his sublime form, the Indian team management decided to promote Rahul at No.3 ahead of Kohli, who has made the position his own in limited-overs cricket. Rahul did not disappoint after a watchful start.In the company of Rohit Sharma, Rahul took the English bowlers to the cleaners. The duo was involved in a 123-run partnership for the second wicket and such was Rahul’s dominance that Rohit readily took the backseat.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSOver the course of the next hour-and-a-half, as another England team battled in far-away Russia for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals, India bullied Eoin Morgan’s England at home. There were shots played to each corner of the park as the dominant Indian crowd cheered on every four and six. And there were plenty of boundaries hit.Also read – Rahul joins Rohit with second T20I hundredRahul hit 10 fours and five sixes as he blazed away to a 53-ball hundred. Rohit was dismissed for 32 but by then the writing was on the wall for England. Kohli walked in and when he reached 8, he became the fourth male cricketer to breach the 2000-run mark in T20 Internationals.advertisementAlso read – Kohli fastest ever to reach 2000 T20I runsEarlier, Kuldeep wrecked havoc in England’s camp with figures of 5/24 off his four overs. The hosts had spent days dominating a second-string Australian team in five ODIs and a one-off T20I but they knew sterner tests awaited them against the Indians.Also read – Kuldeep 3rd Indian to grab five-wicket haul in T20IsTheir worst nightmare came true in the form of Kuldeep, who spun a web around the English batsmen.On a flat pitch at Manchester, England got off to a flier. Jason Roy blasted a quickfire 30, Jos Buttler continued to dominate and the hosts, fresh from their decimation of Australia, raced away to 50 before the fifth over was up.But Umesh Yadav, playing only his second T20I since his debut in 2012, beat Roy for pace, drawing first blood in a high-attrition battle.What a performance from KL Rahul! His unbeaten 101 guides India home after a spectacular bowling display from Kuldeep Yadav, who recorded figures of 5/24. Great performance from the tourists, and we look forward to the next T20i on Friday in Cardiff ! #ENGvIND (@ICC) July 3, 2018And that strike cleared the path for Kuldeep, who spun a web around the hapless English batsmen. Alex Hales tried to sweep but he had no idea what hit him (rather his timber). Eoin Morgan could not get to the pitch off the ball and ended up slicing it to Virat Kohli at deep midwicket in the 14th over.Two balls later, Kuldeep beat Jonny Baitstow by inviiting him to drive but he was nowhere near the pitch of the ball and MS Dhoni whipped the bails off in a flash. Next ball, Joe Root was all at sea with the exact delivery that got rid of Bairstow.Kuldeep was on a hat-trick and had he got there, that would have been his second in international cricket. But Moeen Ali survived.However, Kuldeep came back to bowl his last over and deceived a well-set Buttler with a googly as Kohli took the catch at long-on. He bettered his best bowling figures after that four-wicket haul against Ireland last week.In the last T20I between these two sides, Chahal had rocked Morgan’s men with figures of 6/25. This time, it was Kuldeep. Rest assured, England will have to face a lot more from these two wrist-spinners over the next fortnight.Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliant bowling effort (5/24) restricted England at 159/8 in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Old Trafford cricket ground here on Tuesday.With the hosts going at a decent pace, it was Kuldeep’s massacre which broke the English batting line-up and the spinner was well supported by pacer Umesh Yadav (2/20).advertisementPut into bat, England were off to a good start as openers Jason Roy (30) and Jos Buttler (69) forged a 50-run partnership for the first wicket in 4.5 overs before Umesh drew the first blood to send back Roy.Buttler was then joined by Alex Hales (8) and the duo partnered for a 45-run stand.Kuldeep sent back Hales in the 12th over and went on to destruct the opponents as he dismissed Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0), which left England reeling at 107/5 in 13.4 overs.Buttler got some support from unbeaten David Willey, who chipped in with 29 runs down the order, to help England reach a moderate total.Kuldeep, however, was in no mood to give any respite to the hosts as he once again scalped a wicket in his final over to send back Buttler, the lone English batsman to show some resistance.Brief Scores: England 159/8 (Jos Buttler 69, Jason Roy 30; Kuldeep Yadav 5/24) vs India.last_img read more

Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?

first_imgThree days after a nail-biting win over South Vietnam in the semi-finals of the Asian Games, the Indian football team was ready to play the big match against South Korea on September 4, 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. But with two defenders seriously injured and the goalkeeper down with flu, a win against a strong South Korean team looked like a distant dream. However, Indian coach Syed Abdul Rahim was not a man to give up on his team so soon.Ignoring their injuries, Jarnail Singh, Trilok Singh and Peter Thangaraj made it to the line-up for the finals and put up a splendid game. Within the first 20 minutes, PK Banerjee and Jarnail Singh scored two goals, thus providing the Indian team with a crucial lead. By the time the Korean team could break through the Indian defence, India was on its way to victory. The 90-minute match finished with a 2-1 win for India. The team, as well as the crowd, were euphoric.That was the magic of Syed Abdul Rahim and his boys.And now, 56 years after that glorious win, producer Boney Kapoor and actor Ajay Devgn are collaborating to bring the story of the golden era of Indian football to the big screen. The yet-to-be-titled project will trace the journey of Syed Abdul Rahim, under whose leadership the Indian football team won the Asian Games in 1951 and 1962.National Award-winning actor Ajay Devgn is stepping into the shoes of Syed to tell the story of this unsung hero who was responsible for taking Indian football to new heights and winning accolades for the country.advertisementElated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on Indias legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018″I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He’s an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home,” Boney told a leading daily.Directed by Amit Sharma, the film is set to go on floors early next year. But before that, take a look at the life of the man who put the Indian football team on the world map.WHO IS SYED ABDUL RAHIM?Born in Hyderabad in 1909, Syed learnt his trade during his growing-up years, and soon became a prominent figure in the footballing circuit in the city. But his true genius came to the fore when he took over the Hyderabad City Police team in the 1940s. His team went on to dominate the local and national scene for a long time, and he was soon noticed by the Indian football team and was appointed the head coach in 1950.The very next year, Syed led the team to a gold win at Asian Games 1951, thus proving his mettle.Back in those days, the Indian team preferred playing barefoot, and boots were never considered a necessity. However, after a massive defeat at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 owing to the harsh cold, Syed hit back with a bang. It was the last time that the team played without boots. Syed emerged as a better coach after the last defeat and groomed his team to win several international tournaments in the next few consecutive years. But India’s performance at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics grabbed more eyeballs than ever. After a stunning victory over Australia in the quarter-finals, the team made its way to the semi-finals. Though India lost to Yugoslavia, it is still considered one of India’s biggest achievements in football.Six years after the Melbourne Olympics, Syed got the team together for the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta. He was battling cancer at that time, but keeping his personal setbacks and players’ injuries aside, the coach guided his team towards the glorious win at the finals. His deteriorating health made him quit as the coach of Indian football team two months after the stellar victory.ALSO READ | Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay Devgnlast_img read more

Manika Batra and team finally board flight to Australia. What delayed them?

first_imgStar Indian table tennis players, including Commonwealth Games gold medallists Manika Batra, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran were stopped from flying for a tournament on Sunday.The ITTF World Tour Australian Open is set to begin on Monday and 17 players and officials of the Indian table tennis team were set to fly to Melbourne but only 10 of them could allegedly fly out.In a couple of tweets done by Batra, she explained that the table tennis players were supposed to fly for the tournament on Monday but were told that the flight was overbooked.She expressed her shock over the mismanagement and said that seven members of the team were still unable to get on the flight for the tournament.Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tomManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Contd- On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked &only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock.7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie.@Ra_THORe @PMOIndia Shocked at such mismanagement by @airindiainManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018However, Neelam Kapur, Director General of Sports Authority of India, immediately responded to Manika’s tweets and promised to look into the matter.Just an hour later, she responded to an enquiry from a Twitter user about the status of the matter saying, “The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight.”advertisementThe TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight. @manikabatra_TT Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018When questioned what action she is planning to take for the mismanagement that led to the problem in the first place, Kapur said, “The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40.”The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40. Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018Manika then took to Twitter to post a photograph of herself with a boarding pass in hand and thanked Kapur for the “prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight.”I would like to thank @NeelamKapur mam for the prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight. Finally got my boarding pass and flying soon. Thanks @Media_SAI @Ra_THORe sir @PMOIndia sir Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Manika and the table tennis players last played in the Korea Open, which took place last week.Sathiyan, who put up a fabulous show in the qualification, lost to Korea’s Lim Jong-hoon in the first round while Manika Batra and Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar and Pooja Sahasrabudhe lost in the first round of the women’s doubles.last_img read more

Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli at nets ahead of Lord’s Test

first_imgVirat Kohli and the Indian team are preparing to take on England in the second Test of the five-match series at Lords with as much practice as they can. Kohli was seen involved in intense practice sessions working on both his batting and fielding.Ahead of the second Test that begins on Thursday, Arjun Tendulkar was seen bowling to Kohli in the nets at Lords to help the captain prepare for fast and swinging bowling in English conditions.Kohli was the best batsman in the first Test at Edgbaston, scoring 200 runs for India and single-handedly kept India in the match with a crafty 149 in the first innings.However, it seems Kohli has taken Sachin Tendulkars advice and is not getting satisfied by the performance he has put so far and is working harder to be better come Thursday.Arjun, who is a left-arm medium pacer pretty much like Sam Curran, bowled to Virat Kohli to help him prepare for the Lord’s Test.#TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli gearing up for the 2nd Test match at @HomeOfCricket.#ENGvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018Also read – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestArjun recently made his first-class debut in the four-day Youth Test series in Sri Lanka.India U-19 defeated Sri Lanka in both the ‘Youth Tests’, as Arjun took his maiden wicket for India. He opened the bowling after India lost the toss in the first Test and took the wicket of RVPK Mishra in the third over of the match.advertisementIn the second innings he dismissed Nipun Malinga to finish off the match.He couldn’t make most of his opportunity with the bat as he was dismissed for a duck after facing eleven deliveries and didn’t bat in the second innings as India won the match by an innings and 21 runs.In the second Test he fared no better as he scored just 14 runs and picked up another wicket.After the Youth Tests, Arjun was not picked for Youth ODIs vs Sri Lanka and he decided to travel to London to enjoy his break. In London, he spent time with his good friends, among them is English cricketer Danielle Wyatt.Arjun caught up with Wyatt and posted a selfie with her on his Instagram account where the two can be seen having lunch. He captioned the photo “Nandos with Danielle Wyatt”.While Arjun is enjoying his vacation and turned up for some work at Lords, Kohli and Co. will be looking to level the Test series against England with the Lords Test.Kohli, while addressing the press conference on the eve of the Lord’s Test, said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down.Kohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match.”I don’t think anything [top order failure] should be judged so soon. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don’t take something as a pattern soon.”But when it comes to the wickets falling quickly, it more of a mental aspect than technical — like how you think about a situation after wicket falls. I think that matters a lot, you should have a clear plan of what you want to do in the next 30 deliveries and that plan more often than not, is not aggression. We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Army spirit comes to fore: Indian rowers sing redemption song with 3 medals

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma(Eds: Incorporating all results and quotes) Palembang, Aug 24 (PTI) The Indian rowing contingent redeemed itself by winning three medals, including a historic gold in quadruple sculls, on the final day of the competition at the 18th Asian Games here. The rowers had to overcome an unexpected and disastrous outing yesterday, when they were in contention for four medals, to ensure that India doesn’t return home empty handed from the Jakabaring lake. All Armymen, most of them from humble background, fought with the never-say-die spirit that soldiers are best known for. They pushed their boats as if there was no tomorrow. “Yesterday we had a bad day but soldiers never give up. I told my teammates that we will go for the gold and we will give it all. It was about karo ya maro (do or die). And we did it,” Sawarn Singh, senior most member of the gold-winning quadruple sculls team, told PTI. He not only pushed himself to the limit but his words of encouragement fired up his teammates, including Dattu Baban Bhokanal, who had given up midway into his single sculls race yesterday after starting as the favourite. The other members of the triumphant team were Sukhmeet Singh, who like Sawarn is from Mansa district in Punab, and Om Prakash. Like Bhokanal, Sawarn and Prakash also suffered a heartbreak yesterday, missing out on the bronze in the men’s double sculls. But all of them were able to turn it around in less than 24 hours.advertisement Dushyant Chauhan, bronze medallist in lightweight single sculls at Incheon, defended his third place in the event. Courtesy Bhagwan Singh and Rohit Kumar, India won another bronze in men’s lightweight double sculls. Bhagwan is a son of a truck driver who had to quit journalism in the second year and join Indian Army due to financial issues. Dushyant, who is now an experienced rower, gave his all quite literally. The energy sapping dash in the final 500 metres led to him being carried on a stretcher to the medical centre. He was so drained out that he could not stand properly during the medal ceremony. Minutes later he threw up, prompting the doctors to rush him to the medical centre. “I pushed as if it was the last race of my life. That was the only thing in the mind. May be I pushed a bit too hard but it was worth it. I had a bad cold and throat in the run up to the event, that also affected me a lot during the race. I was gone,” said Dushyant, who had not eaten much in the morning ahead of the race as they all have to maintain weight (72kg). “I just had two breads and an apple. It was very hot also. That is why I was completely dehydrated,” added the 25-year-old who lives in Gurgaon. In the quadruple sculls, it was a lot more than just a race for the experienced Bhokanal and Sawarn. Bhokanal had to win it for his late mother while Sawarn had to do it to know if he still had gas left in the tank. The 28-year-old had almost quit the sport, having suffered a slip disc following his bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games. He only made a comeback last year due to the constant encouragement from chief coach Ismail Baig. “I never thought that I could come back and win a medal for the country again. The federation took care of me, sent me to Chennai for my back treatment. I am thankful to them,” said Sawarn. The quadruple sculls squad changed its tactics after the dismal show yesterday. “We were in the front in the first 1000m yesterday but were chased down at the end. Today we made ensure we were steady in the first half and then accelerated in the final 500 metres,” Sawarn added. The move did pay off as Sawarn and Co won the race by close to three seconds. Indonesia and Thailand won the silver and bronze respectively. The gold was also India’s second at the Asian Games rowing, the first being Bajrang Lal Thakkar’s in 2010. PTI BS AHlast_img read more

Himachal hikes award money for medal winners in int’l sporting events

first_imgShimla, Aug 24 (PTI) The Himachal Pradesh government has increased the award money for medal winners from the state in the Olympics, Commonwealth and the Asian games, Sports Minister Govind Singh said in the Assembly today.He was replying to a question by BJP MLA Narendra Bragta during Question Hour on the second day of the ongoing Monsoon session.Singh said sportspersons hailing from the state who won gold at the Olympics would now get Rs 2 crore, up from Rs 1 crore.Similarly, silver and bronze medal winners in the Olympics would now get Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively, he added.The minister added that the award money for gold, silver and bronze medal winners in Commonwealth and Asian games were increased to Rs 20 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 6 lakh respectively.Asked about the progress of the construction work of a synthetic track in Saraswati Nagar, Singh said the same would be completed within two years. PTI DJI IJTlast_img read more

Didn’t realise was flanked by Chinese and Pakistani athletes on victory podium: Neeraj Chopra

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) It was quite a moment at the Asian Games when Indian gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra stood flanked by a Chinese and a Pakistani on the podium but ask the star javelin thrower about it and he says it didn’t even strike him as he was consumed by the national anthem. Chopra broke the national record with a throw of 88.06m, while China’s Liu Qizhen (82.22m) and bronze to Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem (80.75m) were distant second and third respectively in Jakarta. At the medal ceremony, it made for a moment given the often volatile diplomatic dynamics between the three countries. The picture of Chopra shaking hands with Nadeem on the podium went viral on social media with tennis star Sania Mirza tweeting that it showed why sports is the “best education you can provide your child with.” “Teaches you sportsmanship, equality, respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too,” she said. Chopra said during the ceremony, he was only focussed on the national anthem. “I did not realise (at that moment) that I was standing with them. Seeing the tri-colour and with the rendering of the national anthem, I was becoming emotional, remembering the struggle and hard work I have done to reach to this stage,” Chopra told PTI from Czech Republic, where he is training. The 20-year-old became the first Indian to win a javelin throw gold in the Asian Games, adding another feather to his cap after the top finish at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in a phenomenal season.advertisement He, however, hastened to add that sports should unite people rather than generating “hatred”. “Sports always teaches us to unite people, to be good towards your competitors. Sports is not meant to show hatred to others,” he said. Nadeem had later claimed that Chopra was not particularly forthcoming when he tried to reach out to him through whatsapp messages. Asked about this, Chopra said, “I am not aware of any face to face approach from him (Nadeem). If somebody tries to speak or wants to ask something behind my back, I would not know. If he had sent some messages on my phone, I would not know. I don’t see so many messages.” The 88.06m throw in Jakarta has taken him closer to his aim of going beyond the magical 90m mark but Chopra said the gold medal is as significant as the one he fetched in the Gold Coast CWG. “I cannot choose between the two, both are significant and I am happy about that. The CWG effort was also a national record of that time, it was more than my junior world record throw for the first time and also the first gold of a major multi-sporting event. “In Jakarta, it was a bigger throw of over 88m and I am really happy to have done that distance. But I will not choose one over the other.” In the prestigious Diamond League Final in Zurich where he competed three days after the Asian Games campaign, Chopra missed the bronze by a whisker as reigning Olympic champion Thomas Roehler of Germany pipped him by a mere three centimeters with his final throw. “I was about to win the bronze as I was third till the final round but Roehler pushed me down to fourth with his last throw. He is an Olympic champion and a big shot in javelin world,” said Chopra who had a best throw of 85.73m. “It’s all right, I will work harder and try to win next time. I was competing with the best in the world and I am satisfied with that fourth-place finish. “I am happy that I have been consistent the whole season, throwing over 85m in almost all events. I will now work harder to improve my performance,” said Chopra, who will wind up his international season after taking part in the IAAF Continental Cup at Ostrava in Czech Republic on September 8 and 9. He will compete along with six other Indians, as part of Asia-Pacific team. Europe, Americas and Africa are the other teams. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

Virat Kohli remains on top, Prithvi Shaw enters ICC Test rankings at 73rd spot

first_imgVirat Kohli maintained his top spot at the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after scoring 139 runs in India’s innings and 272 run-win over West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot.Kohli reached 936 points and is now just one point shy of his highest rating point of 937. Kohli had achieved his highest rating points after scoring 46 and 58 in the two innings against England in the Southampton Test.Ravindra Jadeja, who scored a 100 not out in the Rajkot Test has moved up six places to be world No.51 among Test batsmen. Jadeja also picked four wickets in the first Test against the Windies which propelled him to within three points of Shakib Al Hasan, who tops the list of Test all-rounders.Kuldeep Yadav, who spun a web around West Indies in the Rajkot Test picking six wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings, moved up 16 places to the 52nd position in the bowlers list.Also read – Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah maintain top spots in ICC ODI rankingsNew entry into India’s Test setup, Prithvi Shaw entered the list of Test batsmen at the 73rd spot after a fine century on his debut in the Rajkot Test.West Indies’s Roston Chase has moved up four places to 41st position and Kieran Powell has advanced five slots to 54th position.Meanwhile, Australia opener Usman Khawaja has moved into the top 10 for the first time, after his dogged century helped his side salvage a draw against Pakistan.Khawaja, who struck 85 and 141 to claim the player-of-the-match award on Thursday, advanced nine places when he attained a career-best 747 rating points. He had a previous best ranking of 11th in January 2017.advertisementAustralia captain Tim Paine is another Australia batsman to move up in the rankings. His unbeaten 61 in the second innings against Pakistan in the Dubai Test took him up two slots to 49.Also read – Another pitch invasion as fan breaches security to click selfie with Virat KohliFor Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez has re-entered the rankings at 45th place after marking his return to Test cricket with a century. Asad Shafiq (up five places to 20th), Harris Sohail (up 17 slots to 57th) and Imam-ul-Haq (up 22 places to 88th) are the others to make headway among batsmen.Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has gained eight places to reach a career-best 13th position after finishing with seven wickets in the match.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Usain Bolt surprised with drug test notice in Australia

first_imgUsain Bolt was shocked at receiving a notice for a drug test in Australia and expressed the same through an Instagram story on Monday. Bolt chuckled at the fact that he had to give a drug test even though he was not a professional footballer.Bolt is currently in Sydney trying to pursue a professional career in football and is on trials with Central Coast Mariners.Bolt shared the news of the drug test notice with his fans on social media and informed that he was told he will have to take a drug test despite not pursuing any professional sport because he was an “elite athlete”.”So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said in his Instagram story and zoomed in on the notice.Bolt appears to have received the notice from Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Football Federation Australia, where an out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — is demanded.”How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” Bolt added.”So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then,” Bolt further said.Bolt had scored his first two goals for Mariners just three days ago when he got his first start for the club in a friendly match against Macarthur South West United.advertisementBolt announced himself in the footballing circuit with a brace against South West United. In the 55th minute, Bolt received a ball close to the six-yard box but despite pressure from the defender, he held his ground and netted in a low strike to score his debut goal. He also performed his trademark celebration after scoring his first.Here it is, @usainbolt, the footballer, scores his maiden Mariners goal. What a moment! Don’t think limits! #SWSvCCM #CCMFC @FOXFOOTBALL Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018Just a little 10 minutes later, Bolt’s constant pressing yielded results for him when he was right in front of the goal to make the best of a confusion and collision between South West United’s defender and goalkeeper.Bolt made his first appearance for the Mariners on August 31 and then played an entire second half on September 19 against North Shore Mariners, where he alternated between left wing and forward position.Soon after retiring from his sprinting career, Bolt had made it public that he was looking to have a professional career in football. After a few months of training at Borussia Dortmund, Bolt shifted to Mariners in Australia to live his footballing career.last_img read more

Jamshedpur beat Chennaiyin 3-1 in ISL

first_imgJamshedpur, Nov 25 (PTI) Hosts Jamshedpur FC inflicted a 3-1 loss on defending champions Chennaiyin FC in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter here on Sunday. Pablo Morgado fired Jamshedpur into the lead (14th minute) before Carlos Calvo doubled their advantage (29th). Raphael Augusto pulled one back in the second half (68th) before Mario Arques (72nd) restored the two-goal lead and ensured all three points for the home side. Cesar Ferrando’s men have now climbed to third spot on the points table while Chennaiyin remain ninth. It was Jamshedpur who saw more of the ball in the initial stages at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. They were rewarded in the 14th minute with a delightful strike by Morgado. A free-kick by Carlos Calvo was headed by Mailson Alves and the ball reached to Morgado, who whacked the ball into the back of the net from 30 yards, giving Karanjit Singh no chance whatsoever. They had another chance when Arques headed over from a corner as he was allowed a free header inside the box. Jamshedpur earned a penalty in the 28th minute when Sumeet Passi was brought down inside the box by Jerry Lalrinzuala. This was after Michael Soosairaj’s right footed shot was punched by Karanjit only for Passi to be fouled. Calvo successfully converted from the spot to make it 2-0 for the home team. The visitors never really tested Subrata Paul in goal as Jamshedpur totally dominated the proceedings. In the second half, John Gregory made a change, bringing in Nondomba Singh for Jerry. The first opportunity of the second period came to Passi as he broke the offside trap and got into a one-on-one situation but his effort was just about kept out by Karanjit.advertisement Although Chennaiyin improved their ball retention in the second half, they struggled to carve open the Jamshedpur defence. Gregory eventually threw caution to the winds and introduced Carlos Salom to replace Inigo Calderon. Just after the hour mark, Nelson was brought down inside the box by a combination of Bikash Jairu and Raju Gaikwad and the referee pointed at the spot. Raphael Augusto sent Paul the wrong way to pull one back. Tim Cahill should have added his name on the scoresheet in the 70th minute when his shot was blocked by Eli Sabia for a corner. From the ensuing flag-kick, Arques’ header saw Karanjit fumble and allow the ball to sneak into his own net. Though Thoi Singh had a late chance to pull a goal back, Paul was up to the task as the hosts coasted to their third win of the season. PTI ATKATKlast_img read more

ISL: Udanta Singh strike helps Bengaluru FC beat Delhi Dynamos

first_imgUdanta Singh scored minutes before time to help Bengaluru FC maintain their unbeaten streak in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season.Udanta netted in the 87th minute to help Bengaluru FCs script a 1-0 win over Delhi Dynamos at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.Udanta paid a perfect tribute to his idol Sunil Chhetri on the occasion of his captain’s 150th game for the club.After surviving an onslaught from Delhi Dynamos, Udanta Singh notched the winner to win it for captain Chhetri.Playing their seventh game of the season, Bengaluru FC are now on the top of the ISL table with 19 points, while it seems all but over for the Dynamos as they remain rooted at the bottom after 9 games, yet to register a clear win to their account.Bengaluru FC started with four foreigners in the absence of the injured Miku and suspended Dimas Delgado. Erik Paartalu recovered in time to be named on the bench.The first opportunity fell for the home team when Chhetri latched onto a long ball, however, Pritam Kotal recovered well to cover him off with the advancing Albino Gomes clearing the ball.Gurpreet Sandhu was called into action in the 15th minute when he parried a shot from Adria Carmona after Lallianzuala Chhangte foxed Rino Anto to set up the chance.In the 27th minute, Nandhakumar went on a great run down the right after some good build-up play. However, the final pass to Andrija Kaluderovic saw the striker slam the shot wide.advertisementJust after the half-hour mark, Chhangte broke the offside trap and was in a one-on-one situation. However, Gurpreet came off his line and blocked the effort.Rino Anto once again played Delhi onside and this time the ball fell for Nandhakumar whose shot was deflected for a corner by Juanan.Nandhakumar was once again through on goal and his left-footed shot was just about kept out by Gurpreet.After Delhi had the better of the chances in the first half, Bengaluru fashioned the first chance of the second. Udanta was set free on the right wing and the winger squared the ball for Chhetri inside the box. But the 34-year-old scuffed his attempted shot wide.Delhi strove hard to get an equaliser. However lack of cutting edge in the attacking third meant their moves broke down. Bengaluru brought on Erik Paartalu as they searched for some solidity in midfield.The Blues had a great chance to score in the 70th minute when Udanta took advantage of a confusion in the Delhi defence to play Xisco Hernandez through on goal with a good lob. But the Spaniard’s first-time shot was straight at Albino.Three minutes later, Delhi’s finishing woes were on show as Kaluderovic headed over from close range after getting on the end of a corner from Rene Mihelic.With four minutes of regulation time left, Bengaluru found themselves in the lead after a mix-up in the Delhi defence. A loose ball after a Bengaluru move broke down wasn’t cleared properly.It finally fell to Udanta, who saw a stinging grounder go in off the post after taking a deflection off Marti Crespi.The Blues would see out the game with ease and notch their sixth win in seven games.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is ready for new adventures. Her family cannot keep calm

first_imgMiss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is finally coming back to her homeland, India, after crowning her successor in Sanya, China.The Miss World 2018 finale took place at Sanya City Arena on December 8 and Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the crown.The month-long pageant saw Manushi going around attending different events with all the contestants and sharing her experience with them.Now that the pageant is over and the new Miss World has been crowned, it’s time for our queen to come back home and she is very excited.She posted a picture on Instagram and the caption was heartwarming. Take a look:Manushi wore a very sexy yet comfy outfit for her journey back home. She was in a snug hoodie dress and sports shoes which he paired with cat-eye sunglasses.Manushi is a part of Beauty With A Purpose project and we are sure she will indulge more in her menstrual hygiene campaign now that she has passed on the baton of her Miss World duties to Vanessa Ponce.ALSO SEE | The answer that won Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon the Miss World 2018 crownALSO WATCH | Throwback: Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar has been crowned Miss World 2017advertisementlast_img read more

Team seeks new chapter in its history, says Real Madrid coach

first_imgAbu Dhabi, Dec 21 (IANS) Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari said on Friday that the Spanish powerhouse intend to win the 2018 Club World Cup to add another chapter of success to their history full of trophies.Real Madrid is set to meet Al-Ain on their home turf for the tournament’s final match to be held at Zayed Sports City Stadium in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi on Saturday, reports Efe.”You cannot rest on your trophies, but you cannot forget them, and tomorrow we will try to take another step in history,” Solari said at a press conference on the eve of the highly anticipated duel.The Argentine coach added that because Madrid has regularly won titles, the team has not been valued fairly for what it has achieved.Solari referred to the fact that Real Madrid is the three-time UEFA Champions League defending champion, having won it four times in the last five years, while a third consecutive Club World Cup trophy could be in sight.”It is part of our way of being as a club to always look to the next,” Solari said. “But that is not the reason why one should stop looking at the excellence of what was achieved in the past.”The Madrid coach said he was not surprised that Al-Ain had reached the final of the tournament, although he did say he had expected Argentina’s River Plate to have made it to the showdown.–IANSgau/bglast_img read more

Hundreds take to Beirut streets over corruption

first_imgBeirut, Dec 23 (AFP) Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday in Beirut to protest rampant corruption and poor living conditions, as anger mounts over political deadlock that has left the country without a government since May.People marched to the prime minister’s office in central Beirut to demonstrate against Lebanon’s fractious political class, widespread graft and failing public services.Some protesters sported the iconic yellow vests worn by anti-government protesters in France, adorned with a cedar tree — Lebanon’s national symbol.”There is corruption and theft of state funds,” 43-year-old Hana told AFP.”We are governed by a political class of corrupt thieves who rule with sectarian fanaticism,” she said.Parliamentary polls in May gave Saad Hariri a new term as prime minister, but seven months on, debate still drags on over ministerial portfolios.Demonstrators demanded what they called their “most basic rights”, including a reintroduction of housing loans stalled for nearly a year and more access to healthcare, water and electricity.They were met by security forces who erected a cordon in the city centre.Dozens also demonstrated in the northern city of Tripoli and in Nabatiyeh in the south.The protests came after hundreds took part in demonstrations led by Lebanon’s Communist Party last Sunday.Lebanon’s economy is on the brink of collapse and France warned this month that the country could soon miss out on a much-needed aid programme agreed in Paris earlier this year if the political deadlock continues.(AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more