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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot against John Millman of Australia during a final of Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — Novak Djokovic couldn’t have asked for a better tournament debut in Tokyo.Playing in the Japanese capital for the first time, Djokovic beat Australian qualifier John Millman 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Japan Open on Sunday, marking the 10th time the Serbian has lifted a trophy on his main draw debut at a tour-level event.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic now stands alone in third place on the ATP Tour this year with 46 tour-level wins, breaking a tie with Roger Federer. The only players ahead of him are Daniil Medvedev (54) and Rafael Nadal (48). The second set was even more dominant as Djokovic broke his opponent twice to go up 3-0 then held serve the rest of the way.Djokovic lost only four first-serve points and hit six aces.Djokovic retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the U.S. Open but has shown no lingering effects in Tokyo.“I didn’t know until one week before the start of this tournament that I would be here,” Djokovic said. “That’s when I made a decision with my team that I was ready to play.”The 32-year-old Serb is making a push to finish as year-end No. 1 for the sixth time, which would tie the mark held by Pete Sampras.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Tokong ‘no pressure’ carrying PH bid in Siargao International Surfing Cup Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The top-ranked Serb did not drop a set in his five matches at Ariake Colosseum with the closest set, 7-5, coming against home favorite Go Soeda in the second round. In his final three matches, against fifth-seeded Lucas Pouille, third-seeded David Goffin and Millman — all of whom have made a Grand Slam quarterfinal — Djokovic lost a total of 15 games.“I didn’t drop a set all week so I played fantastic tennis,” said Djokovic who will next play in Shanghai. “There are not many negatives here that I can point out so I’m going to Shanghai with great confidence and hope I can finish the year in style.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manSunday’s final followed a familiar pattern to his previous matches here with Djokovic breaking Millman to go up 3-1 in the first set with a perfectly placed forehand volley to the corner.“Obviously the key was to try to fight off the resistance early in the match because he didn’t have much to lose playing finals from qualifications,” Djokovic said. “He came out and played pretty well but I made that crucial break and I was serving very well which allowed me to get a set advantage.” Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more


first_imgGroup urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend PLAY LIST 01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Brady completed 20 of 36 passes, hitting Julian Edelman on eight of them for 78 yards and both TDs.New England capitalized on three first-quarter turnovers by Cleveland to take a 17-0 lead. Running back Nick Chubb had back-to-back fumbles and quarterback Baker Mayfield had an interception.The Patriots have now forced a league-high 25 turnovers this season.Safety and captain Devin McCourty said they now come into games expecting to force two or three turnovers.“It’s an awareness to hunt the football,” he said. “As a defense we all know that.”ADVERTISEMENT New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick was 39 years old when he coached the Cleveland Browns to a win over the New England Patriots in 1991 — his first as an NFL coach.As Belichick trotted toward the center of the field Sunday, his trademark cutoff hooded sweatshirt soaked in rain following the Patriots’ 27-13 win over the Browns, he did so as a member of a small, but elite group of coaches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Browns did trim New England’s lead to 17-10 early in the third quarter. But the Patriots struck right back on their next possession, using a 59-yard completion from Brady to James White to help set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Edelman.Chubb ran for 131 yards, and Mayfield finished 20 of 31 for 194 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots have now won 21 straight games against first- or second-year signal callers, the longest such streak in NFL history.Cleveland’s first-quarter turnovers came on three consecutive plays.After the Patriots took a 3-0 lead, Chubb took a handoff from Mayfield but had the ball inadvertently kicked out of his hands by left guard Joel Bitonio . It was scooped up by Dont’a Hightower and returned 26 yards for a touchdown.On the first play of the ensuing series after the Patriots’ kickoff landed out of bounds, Chubb got the ball again, this time getting around the edge and scampering 44 yards down the sideline.He appeared headed for a touchdown, but New England cornerback Jonathan Jones gave pursuit and hammered the ball from Chubb’s hands on the Patriots 4. It was recovered McCourty.Following a Patriots’ punt, the Browns’ next series ended when Lawrence Guy broke into the backfield and stepped in front of Mayfield’s shovel pass attempt to Jarvis Landry on the Cleveland 16 for his first-career interception.New England needed just two plays after the changeover for Brady to connect with Edelman for an 8-yard touchdown.“They’re going to take advantage of stuff like that. That’s jut the kind of team they are,” Mayfield said. “This isn’t Nick Chubb’s fault. He’s going to be very hard on himself.”Cleveland finally found some traction in the second quarter on their sixth possession, capping a six-play, 54-yard drive with a 21-yard pass from Mayfield to Demetrius Harris. Air Yordan: Álvarez hits 2-run homer in Astros’ Game 5 win Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Tom Brady threw for 259 yards and two touchdown passes to help Belichick earn his 300th career victory in the Patriots’ win.Belichick sits behind only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324) on the NFL’s all-time list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Fortunately I didn’t play in any of those games,” Belichick said. “I was a part of those, but honestly, players win games in this league and I’ve been fortunate to coach a lot of great ones.”The Patriots improved to 8-0 for the third time in team history and the first time since 2015, when they started 10-0. The Browns have lost three straight games. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Cleveland’s three turnovers on three consecutive offensive plays marked the first time any team has done so since the Dolphins did it in Week 1 of the 2012 season against the Texans. It is only the seventh time it has been done since 2000.UP NEXTThe Browns visit Denver. The Patriots are at Baltimore. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The Browns made a handful of changes on both sides of the ball in hopes of ending a two-game losing streak to the Patriots.On offense Justin McCray made his first-career start left tackle in place of Greg Robinson. Starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams returned to the lineup on defense after missing the past four games with hamstring injuries.The Patriots tested both early on.On New England’s second drive of the game Phillip Dorsett beat Williams along the sideline and caught a 33-yard pass from Brady to get the Patriots into Browns territory.But after the Patriots extended the drive by converting on a fourth-and-7 on the Browns 33, Ward nearly intercepted Brady’s third-and-2 pass into the end zone intended for Dorsett. New England settled for a field goal.Brady said they are already looking to add to Belichick’s win total.“The only thing better than 300 is 301,” he said.STREAK BUSTERMayfield’s TD pass to Harris in the second quarter ended a 71-0 scoring streak by the Patriots. They scored the final 21 points in their win over the Giants on Oct. 10 and then shut out the Jets 33-0 last week.BAD COMPANY LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgMOST READ In Los Angeles, Paul George scored 37 points in his Clippers home debut, Lou Williams added 25, and Los Angeles led all the way in routing Atlanta.The anticipated first game with George and Kawhi Leonard in the lineup together didn’t happen when Leonard sat out with a left knee contusion. But the Clippers didn’t need both of their new superstars on a night when George tied his career high with six three-pointers.—APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Harden made 16 of those 41 shots, going 8-for-22 from three-point range. He was 9-of-11 on free throws.Ben McLemore scored 20 points. Undrafted rookie Chris Clemons scored a career-high 19 for- the Rockets, who broke open the game with a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter. Austin Rivers also had 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceKarl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves.In other games, it was Portland 121, San Antonio 116; LA Clippers 150, Atlanta 101; Milwaukee 102, Indiana 83; Dallas 110, Toronto 102; Miami 109, New Orleans 94; Brooklyn 117, Chicago 111 and Charlotee 103, New York 102. View comments MINNEAPOLIS—James Harden scored 49 points on a whopping 41 shots from the field, and the undermanned Houston Rockets won their seventh straight game, 125-105, over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.With Russell Westbrook resting, the Rockets needed Harden to shoulder an even bigger scoring load than usual. The 41 attempts are the most in his career, and the most in the NBA this season, surpassing the 37 Golden State’s D’Angelo Russell took in an overtime loss Nov. 8 in the same building in Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT TNT, SMB seek q’final bonus Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more


first_imgDespite finishing a notch higher with a silver medal at Despite finishing a notch higher with a silver medal at the Olympics as compared to her senior colleague Saina Nehwal, who had bagged a bronze at the 2012 London Games, Sindhu stayed grounded and said, “Its a different comparison. She has also achieved a lot, and is senior to me. “Today I feel finally Ive achieved something in life. Its my dream, anybodys dream to win an Olympic medal. Ive done it. Everybody in top 20/30 are kind of equal and dont know what will happen as things may change anytime.” On whether she would turn this silver into a gold at 2020 Tokyo Games, Sindhu said: “Hopefully yes. I will really work hard for it.” With a new found confidence and ranking, which is set to improve, Sindhus next target is to win a Super Series. “I feel it would change a lot from now onwards. With more confidence I would go further and maybe I would win a Super Series.” Giving credit of her success to coach Pullela Gopichand, Sindhu said: “Ive really worked hard before coming. Ive been training hard and made so many sacrifices. Gopi sir has also sacrificed a lot. Hes been in court all throughout. Parents have also made so many sacrifices.” Going into the match, Sindhu said she never thought about Marins world number one status and wanted to play her natural game. “I had belief that I can do it in the second game but she played extremely well. I made simple errors and she won the match. I did not feel shes world number one. I thought its anybodys game and whoever does well would win it. Both of us played aggressively but she was better on the day.” PTI TAP CM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIn a thoroughly a one-sided series, the only minor blip In a thoroughly a one-sided series, the only minor blip could be the performance of opener Shikhar Dhawan who failed in the Kolkata Test and should be worried about his place in the side. Murali Vijay had a couple of half-centuries while Gautam Gambhir, coming back after two and half years, scored a half-century to increase selectorial dilemma. For New Zealand, opener Tom Latham scored three half-centuries in three matches and the only batsman to aggregate a total of 200 runs — something that Kohli scored in a single innings. With captain Kane Williamson not managing to negotiate Ashwin well with only 135 runs — one of his disappointing series in recent times, the New Zealand batting looked brittle. In bowling, the spinners led by Mitchell Santner (10 wickets) tried their best but against a quality batting line-up, they were expected to be found short. Trent Boult (10 wickets) bowled his heart out but there was little help from the other end as neither Matt Henry (6 wickets) nor Neil Wagner (5 wickets) had the expertise to bowl on Indian pitches. Boult did miss Tim Southee as his experience would have come in handy. PTI KHS CM CMlast_img read more


first_imgAustralia coach Darren Lehmann is to hold clear-the-air talks ahead of the one-day series against New Zealand after recalled all-rounder Glenn Maxwell criticised wicketkeeper Matt Wade.Maxwell said on Thursday that he had been disappointed at some of the decisions by Wade, his captain in the Victoria state side, to bat ahead of him in matches this year. (Also read: Pat Cummins returns to Australia’s one-day squad)”I think the wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you’re trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up,” Maxwell said on Thursday.When asked why Wade had batted ahead of him, Maxwell replied: “Because he’s captain, and he chooses the batting order.”Lehmann said he would speak to power-hitting Maxwell to try and resolve the issue.”Yeah, we will (speak about it),” Lehmann told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.”Obviously disappointed but we’ll work through those issues. It’s difficult but again we’ll work through it behind the scenes.”We’re confident they can work together.”Maxwell, who was dropped from the Australian team after failing to post any substantial scores in the previous 12 months, has said he would like to push for a recall to the Test side for next year’s tour of India. (Also read: Trent Boult set to return for ODI opener against Australia)His batting, however, had not even made him an option for the just completed third Test against South Africa, where Australia overhauled their side in an effort to shake them out of a slump, the coach said.advertisement”(He) hasn’t made a hundred for two years,” Lehmann added.”Are you going to pick a bloke who hasn’t made a hundred in two years?”Victoria batsman Rob Quiney had some blunt advice for his team mate Maxwell.”I think he just needs to lip it and just make some runs,” Quiney told EON Sports radio on Friday.last_img read more


first_imgIt is 10 minutes after full-time at the Allianz Stadium and, with the home fans long gone, the Manchester United supporters being held in the visiting section continue to revel in the moment.Then out comes a familiar, tall figure onto the playing surface. Marouane Fellaini has been asked to complete a warm-down routine having only featured in the final 15 minutes of the 2-1 win against Juventus.What follows is a mutual appreciation session as the Belgian is serenaded throughout his solo routine, with every single one of the travelling contingent all too aware of the key role he had played in United’s comeback victory. Fellaini, in return, gives the fans a clap and a wave. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! For so many Reds across the world, the midfielder remains the single greatest example of where the current Manchester United are going wrong. Nobody can imagine one of the United engine rooms of years gone by having a space for somebody as cumbersome and physical as Fellaini.And with every gripe about the way in which Jose Mourinho coaches United comes the point that Fellaini is used as a battering ram more often than a slicker, silkier attacker is employed to open up the opposition defence. But time and again the 30-year-old has delivered, with Wednesday in Turin just the latest case in point.“We had no Fellaini to change the direction of the game, like we do so many times,” complained Mourinho after the 1-0 home loss to Juventus for which the midfielder was unavailable due to injury. And after the return success, it was the same player’s impact which the manager believed had made all the difference.“Fellaini gave us an option to be alive again by playing direct, by bringing the game again to the last third, and being in the last third was giving us the chance to create situations like we did,” he said on Wednesday.“We start winning first balls in the air, Massimiliano [Allegri] had to react, had to bring in Andrea Barzagli. When he brings in Barzagli, Juan Cuadrado goes out, and their counter-attack is less dangerous because they are trying to control.”Marouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedIt is hardly the first time Fellaini has dragged Mourinho’s side over the finishing line, and the travelling United supporters needed no reminding of how important he can be as they prepare to head across town for the season’s first Manchester Derby against City on Sunday.To those who spent so long singing ‘Du du du, Marouane Fellaini’ in the emptying Allianz Stadium, Fellaini is the man who has sent them home happy on numerous occasions in recent times. They are the ones who follow United come what may, who get behind anyone donning the club’s colours regardless of whether they were for or against the team selection an hour before kick-off.They know that, for all the conflict over Fellaini’s merit, few can claim to give their all for the cause quite as readily and effectively as the former Everton man.Since Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford he has thrown Fellaini on as a substitute 42 times, and on 19 of those occasions United have been chasing the game – either drawing or losing – at the time of his entrance. They have gone on to win eight of those fixtures, and in both of the big man’s last two appearances he has entered the field with his side trailing and left it having influenced a come-from-behind win.In total, United have scored 25 goals after Fellaini’s introduction in the 42 appearances he has made off the bench, with Felli himself netting five of them, and have made a net gain of 13 points as a result. What’s more, he has been brought on 11 times under Mourinho with United drawing and they have gone on to win six of those games, making Fellaini odds-on to have a game-winning influence. Whatever the artistic merit of their play once they have such a threatening target to aim at, it cannot be considered an ineffective tactic.Jose Mourinho Marouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedToo many so-called United ‘supporters’ seem to want an ideal world scenario or nothing at all. They seemingly would rather lose than have to justify to rival fans why their favourite team has such a divisive character in the centre of their midfield. What is Fellaini’s big problem in the eyes of these supposed fans? That he is not Kevin De Bruyne? Well he is never going to be, but he can be a monumental difference-maker in his own way, and that is exactly what he has proven to be for the red side of Manchester.Those who have no appreciation for what Fellaini offers can have no right to claim to have United’s best interests at heart. Why all the groans and snipes across social media and internet forums the second his name appears on a team sheet when those at the game have no problem recognising his positive impact?Without the personality of a Paul Pogba or the ball control of Juan Mata, the searing pace of Marcus Rashford or the cool head of Anthony Martial, Fellaini will never be the fans’ favourite at Old Trafford. But he does deserve far more respect, all the same. He is, after all, as effective – and by extension, as important – as any other player in Mourinho’s squad.How many more times does he have to bail United out before he gets the support he deserves from the more global fan base? Will it take another Fellaini-inspired comeback win against Manchester City on Sunday to make the doubters accept that he does have a place in this squad after all?last_img read more


first_imgJuventus’s outstanding display to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League will have the rest of Europe running scared of the Old Lady, defender Leonardo Bonucci said on Wednesday.Juve served Barca a two-year-old dish of revenge for defeat in the 2015 Champions League final with a comprehensive 3-0 beating last week in Turin and followed it up by holding the Catalans to a goalless draw at the Nou Camp to reach the European Cup semi-finals for a 12th time. (Barcelona paid for mistakes in first leg: Luis Enrique)”It’s not about who we don’t want to face because none of the other teams want to face us. Juventus provoke fear in everyone else and now our objective is to reach the final,” Bonucci told reporters after helping shut out Barca’s usually prolific attack for a second game running.”We showed great unity and solidarity. We have belief in ourselves, because scoring three goals against Barcelona and keeping a clean sheet at the Nou Camp shows we are a great team. Now there are another two steps to go.”This side deserves praise for how we approache every game, whether we’re playing Barcelona or Pescara,” added the Italy defender, whose side have conceded two goals in 10 games in the Champions League this campaign.”This is another step for our growth and now every opponent will worry about facing Juventus.”Juve have monopolised their domestic league since 2011-12 and are on course for a sixth consecutive Serie A crown this season although they have a comparatively poor record in continental competitions, winning Europe’s biggest prize twice, in 1985 and 1996.advertisementCaptain Gianluigi Buffon hopes the comprehensive win over five-times European champions Barcelona is a sign his side are ready to take the next step.”We started growing a few years ago and we need to continue on it,” added the goalkeeper.”It can’t just stop or plateau after this victory. It’s down to us now, our destiny is in our own hands. When it comes down to who wins the trophy, fate has a hand in that too.”last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi, May 2 (PTI) The students of the city schools will now be able to use the facilities at concessional rates at the Delhi Development Authoritys sports complexes.”Students need to just show their identity cards and they can use the facilities at our sports complexes at one-third of the entry fee. The timing would be from 10AM to 4PM,” a senior DDA official said.As per the DDA, students who have excelled in sports by representing at state or national level will be permitted to use the facilities free of cost.”There is a 10 per cent quota for the students belonging to economically weaker section (EWS) category for availing of free sports coaching facilities at the sports complexes,” the official said.The desirous candidates should apply along with the EWS certificates issued by the competent authority to the Secretary of DDA Sports Complex for selection.The official further said that proficient sports persons will also be considered for providing coaching and also for scholarships.”Schools in the vicinity may also book the sports facilities between 10AM to 4PM. Students may also benefit by joining coaching and training camps at our complexes during the summer vacations,” he added.DDA has 15 sports complexes and two golf courses located in various zone of Delhi. PTI KND SMJlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai, May 4 (PTI) The CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rahul Johri, today launched the new Indian team jersey with official team sponsors Oppos name on the shirts front here, in the presence of some top officials of the Chinese mobile phone firm.The Indian men cricketers are to sport the new blue jersey during the ICC Champions Trophy tournament starting in England on June 1.”India is the worlds no. 1 ranked team and Oppos faith in us shows their commitment to cricket as a whole and India, in particular,” said Johri at the launch of the jersey along with the mobile firms new product Selfie Expert F3.”I am confident we will work together to help cricket grow. Its a perfect marriage,” he added.Oppo and the BCCI had signed a five-year team sponsorship deal worth Rs 1,079 crore which was announced by the Board on March 7 with the contract commencing on April 1.”Oppo put in a record bid of Rs 1,079 crore for five years. This is almost five times the previous bid (Star Indias). The second highest bid was from Vivo which was 768 crore,” Johri had said on March 7.Diana Edulji, a member of the Supreme Court-mandated BCCIs Committee of Administrators, was among those present at the jersey launch along with two of the Boards General Managers – Prof. Ratnakar Shetty and Dr M V Sridhar. PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more


first_imgThe India U-17 football team went down 0-3 to Portuguese club SL Benfica in a friendly match as part of their their .Luis Pinheiro (26th minute), Umero Embalo (51st) and Matos (70th) hit the target for the hosts.The young colts went down to Benfica last night. #ColtsInEurope #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/jWkTAeR9Mz- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 6, 2017The match was part of the exposure trip to Europe for the Indian boys who will take part in the U-17 World Cup later this year.The Indians had claimed a 2-2 draw against the same club on April 27.The Indian boys started on a positive note and came very close to scoring in the first 15 minutes.Sanjeev put in an accurate pass for Aniket but the striker narrowly missed the target.Just before the half-hour mark, the hosts drew first blood from a well-taken corner. Luis Pinheiro collected the long ball and rattled the back of the net to put his team in the driver’s seat.For India, Amarjit played a long ball down the right flank but Komal, having received it, couldn’t penetrate the gutsy Benfica defence line. On the rebound, Aniket tried his luck but the Benfica goalkeeper had no problem collecting the ball.Five minutes before the break, Rahul dribbled past several Benfica defenders but his long-ranger sailed over the crossbar.Benfica doubled the lead just six minutes into the second half when Umero Embalo’s shot got a heavy deflection off Rahul and hit the back of the net.advertisementMatos netted the third goal for the hosts in the 70th minute to add to the visitors’ woes.last_img read more


first_imgCristiano Ronaldo understandably took the accolades as his two goals helped to fire Real Madrid to a 12th European Cup but fundamental to their triumph over Juventus on Saturday was midfielder Luka Modric.Madrid ran out 4-1 winners in the final at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium but endured a tough first half with Juventus dominating the play until Croatian Modric took control of the game.The score was at 1-1 after Ronaldo had netted against the run of play and Mario Mandzukic had equalised but Juventus were creating the better chances and Gianluigi Buffon’s net had otherwise gone untroubled.However, with Modric’s steadying influence increasing, the tide turned in favour of Zinedine Zidane’s side and they stormed to victory, firing more goals past Buffon than the three he had conceded in the rest of the tournament.Gareth Bale, like Modric a former Tottenham player, had been the focus of the build-up to the game but Modric proved crucial to Madrid’s successful defence of the title.”The first half was even. Juventus came out strong. We didn’t have possession,” Zidane told reporters.”The second half was better. I told them to continue with what we were doing but putting more pressure on them and playing with more width.”With Madrid playing a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield and featuring no traditional wingers, the onus fell on Modric and Toni Kroos to occupy wider spaces.Modric created Ronaldo’s second goal from the right wing, elegantly skipping towards the byline before pulling back the ball for Ronaldo to smash home and effectively kill the game.advertisementBeyond his assist, the 31-year-old’s elegance on the ball, his eye for a pass and capacity for making the right decisions, helped to open up angles for Real Madrid to hit Juventus time after time on the break.”(Zidane) said that we need to be more aggressive, to not allow Juve to keep the ball easily like they did in the first half after our goal,” Modric told reporters.”We feel we are an amazing team and need to just keep doing what we are doing because I think we can win many more titles in the future.”While Ronaldo is the man who applies the killer blow, Modricis the team’s strategist, quietly working to create avenues and openings for Madrid to capitalise on.Modric created his own piece of history too, becoming the first Croatian to win the competition three times, moving ahead of former AC Milan defender Dario Simic, who lifted the cup in 2003 and 2007.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to departed sitting members – Forest and Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave and MP Palvai Govardhan Reddy.After the national anthem was played to mark the beginning of the monsoon session of Parliament today, Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioned the passing away of the two sitting members and six former members since the last session.”In passing away of Anil Madhav Dave, the country has lost a champion of environment protection, a distinguished parliamentarian and an able administrator,” he said.Ansari noted that Dave was a social worker who strove for conservation of the Narmada river.Dave, 60, passed away on May 18.He represented Madhya Pradesh in the upper house for three terms – from August 2009 to January 2010, June 2010 to June 2016 and from June 2016 till his demise.Ansari said Palvai Govardhan Reddy, who represented Andhra Pradesh in Rajya Sabha from April 2012 to June 2014 and Telangana from June 2014 till his demise on June 9 at the age of 79 years, was a distinguished parliamentarian and a dedicated social worker.Former member Akhilesh Das Gupta, an educationist, businessman and sports administrator, died on April 12 at the age of 56.Gupta represented Uttar Pradesh for three terms in Rajya Sabha and was a minister of state for steel in the UPA government from 2006 to 2008.”The country has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, an able administrator and a sport enthusiast,” Ansari said.Former minister and Telugu film personality Dasari Narayana Rao, who was Rajya Sabha member from April 2000 to April 2006 and then again from April 2006 to April 2012, passed away on May 30 at the age of 70.advertisementPN Sukul died on May 20 at the age of 85 while Era Sezhiyan on June 6 at the age of 94 years. Nominated member C Narayana Reddy died on June 12 at the age of 85 and U K Lakshmana Gowda, 97, on July 7.Ansari said the House deeply mourns the passing away of its sitting and past members. Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to the memory of the departed.The House also mourned the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in a “dastardly” terrorist attack on July 10.Ansari said no words are strong enough to condemn the barbaric, cowardly and senseless act of violence.He said the occasion calls for reiterating the resolve to fight terrorism.The House also mourned the death of several persons in torrential rains and floods in several parts of the country including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand in June and July.The loss of innocent lives is indeed heart rending and unfortunate, he said.Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in these incidents.Thereafter, Ansari adjourned the house till tomorrow as a “as a mark of respect to Dave and Reddy”. PTI ANZ RTlast_img read more


first_imgThe Indian batsmen cashed in on a flat track at the Galle International stadium and made the Sri Lankan bowlers toil hard throughout day 1 after winning the toss and opting to bat in the first Test on Wednesday.Centuries from opener Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujara (144 not out) helped India reach 399/3 at stumps with Ajinkya Rahane also batting on 39.India rode on a 253-run second wicket effort between Dhawan and Pujara to surpass the highest ever first day’s total of 351 runs in Sri Lanka.Later, Pujara and Rahane added another 113 runs for the fourth-wicket to take the visitors to their second ever highest opening day’s total.Abhinav Mukund (12) and captain Virat Kohli (3) were the only two batsmen who failed to get going on a pitch which had no assistance whatsoever for the bowlers – pacers or spinners.As a result, India broke quite a few records during the day. Here’s a look at the numbers from the first day’s play.- 190 is the highest individual score for Shikhar Dhawan after the 187 he scored in his maiden Test innings against Australia in Mohali in March 2013.- 399/3 is India’s highest total on Day 1 of an away Test. Previous best was 375/9 vs New Zealand at Wellington in 2009.- This is also India’s third highest score on Day 1 of a Test match, home or away, and also the highest for any side vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.- This is only the third instance when India have opened the innings with two left-handers – Dhawan and Mukund after Gautam Gambhir-Irfan Pathan (2005) and Gambhir-Mukund (2011).advertisement- The unlikely pair of Abhinav Mukund & Shikhar Dhawan is India’s 152nd opening pair in their Test history.- Most runs in a session by an Indian batsmen – 133 by Virender Sehwag vs Sri Lanka (Mumbai, 2009), 126 by Shikhar Dhawan vs Sri Lanka (in this match) and 121 by VVS Laxman vs Australia (Sydney, 2000)- Two Indians scoring centuries on Day 1 of an away Test: Sadagoppan Ramesh & Rahul Dravid vs Sri Lanka in 1999, Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag vs South Africa in 2001, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara vs Sri Lanka in this match.last_img read more


first_imgIn our super-busy lives, it’s almost impossible to find sufficient time to work out, and stay fit. While it’s an ordeal for most of us, some tinsel-towners have been observed to be extremely dedicated towards staying fit.As difficult as it is to hit the gym every day, it’s even harder to be stylish while at it–but not for our B-town divas. If the monotony that comes with slipping into those basic yoga pants is demotivating you, then these sexy yoga pants should be on your shopping list, that is, if you can afford them.Kareena KapoorAfter giving us major pregnancy-dressing goals, Kareena is back in shape to woo us with her looks all over again. Though the actress has regained her lean figure, she doesn’t take her fitness for granted, and works out regularly. Often spotted outside her gym, Kareena has got a really cool collection of printed yoga pants that can totally jazz up one’s workout look. These pants can be a relief from the drudgery that comes with basic, black gym wear.Photo: PinterestPhoto: Pinterest Malaika Arora Hole-patterned clothes have been in vogue for quite some time now, but Malaika Arora has taken this trend to a whole new level of awesome by sporting it on her yoga pants. The Bollywood bombshell was seen sporting a pair of black yoga pants with symmetric holes on it that looked just so hot.Photo: Yogen Shah Huma QureshiActress Huma Qureshi’s yoga pants are the sexiest we’ve seen so far. The black, sheer yoga pants have a touch of sensuality about them, however, one has to be careful while working out in them, since the delicate fabric is easily damageable.advertisementPhoto: Yogen Shah Neha DhupiaWe have to admit that Neha Dhupia’s lace-up workout attire is really trendy. Basic towards the waistline and trendy towards the bottom, it’s a perfect pick for anyone who wants to keep it subtle without making it look boring.Photo: Yogen Shahlast_img read more


first_imgSouth Africa have been boosted by the return of fit-again Chris Morris for the first Test against India starting January 5 at Newlands in Cape Town.South Africa have also included captain Faf du Plessis and pacer Dale Steyn in the 15-man squad after both missed the historic four-day day-night Test against Zimbabwe earlier this week. Both Du Plessis and Steyn were laid low by flu this week.Pace bowler Chris Morris has been restored to South Africa’s squad after recovering from a groin injury. Morris replaces Duanne Olivier in the squad for the Test, which starts next Friday.There is also a return for Quinton de Kock, who hurt his hamstring in the Boxing Day Test and was unable to keep wicket in Zimbabwe’s two innings.The Proteas will assemble in Cape Town on January 2 to begin preparations for the first Test of the three-match series.South Africa won by an innings and 120 runs inside two days at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and now meet India over three Tests in January.Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCHlast_img read more