first_imgTendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.Tendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.”Instead of fathers drinking and smoking in the evenings, they should spend time with their family. That is more important. Get together, get closer to each other…enjoy that valuable time. Do not miss out on that opportunity,” he said.The batting maestro, who formally retired from cricket exactly on this day in 2013, expressed happiness over the transformation of the nondescript village since he adopted it.”All these developments have taken place. I remember when I came here last time, I said if you are able to stay together and achieve what we all want to achieve, I will pay another visit. I will indeed come here again,” he told the villagers.”Just now they announced that a 10-acre plot would be developed as a cricket stadium. I would only come (here) again if you include other sports also. And that is my promise. Along with cricket, I want other sports included there. And I will come for that inauguration,” Tendulkar said.”I am sure you guys will make the most of all those facilities and once again I congratulate the district Collector for promising to complete the phase-1 of this project in the next two months. From thereon, phase-2 will be completed in one year,” the MP said.Thanking the villagers for showing “truly remarkable” love and affection towards him, the cricket icon said, “I just hope and pray to God that you are happy and healthy. Make the best of these facilities. All the very best and let us keep Swachh Bharat.”advertisementHe also took a “selfie” with the cheering crowd in the backdrop.SPS Nellore district Collector Revu Mutyala Raju, Guduru MLA Sunil Kumar, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh Chairman P R Mohan and other officials were present on the occasion. PTI DBV DK GK SRY RDSlast_img read more


first_imgPatel said there has been a turnaround in the fortunes of Patel said there has been a turnaround in the fortunes of Indian football and this can be attributed to the emphasis placed on youth scouting, and the investment flowing into sectors such as grassroots development, infrastructure building and refurbishment. “There has been intense focus on these areas by the AIFF helped by the AFC. Corporates have started putting money into football over the last few years and this is starting to pay dividends,” he said. “The prime example is the historic run of three-year-old club Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup and the global appeal of the Indian Super League. Winning the Under-17 World Cup hosting rights has sparked the interest of the Indian government in the development of the sport. “Bengalurus historic feat of finishing as runner up in the AFC Cup and the fighting display of our Under-16 national team against traditional Asian powerhouses Saudi Arabia and UAE in Septembers AFC Under-16 Championships in Goa have illustrated that Indian football has begun to find its feet again,” said Patel. He said he was impressed by the passionate support shown by Indian expatriate community of Doha to Bengaluru FC during the AFC Cup final. “We believe Qatar are our natural partners in Asian football family and the AFC Cup final has illustrated this. Qatar has identified its Indian community as an important stakeholder of 2022 World Cup and more than 5,000 Indian expats were at the stadium to cheer Bengaluru FCs historic feat proving they are emotional stakeholders in Indian football as well.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Germany axed from 2017 Formula One calendar

first_imgGermany will have no Formula One Grand Prix next year, despite the dominance of Mercedes and the country’s new world champion Nico Rosberg, after the race was axed for financial reasons on Wednesday.While that move will dismay German fans, there was a more welcome change in the renamed Azerbaijan Grand Prix being pushed back to June 25 to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar classic.Races in Brazil and Canada, whose fate had also been left open on the draft calendar, were confirmed on the 20-round official version published by the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA).There were a record 21 races this year.Germany’s absence had been expected with the Nuerburgring unwilling to pay hosting fees and Hockenheim, which drew a mere 57,000-strong crowd this year, reluctant to lose money in successive seasons.Hockenheim, one of the best attended venues in seven times champion Michael Schumacher’s time, does have a contract for 2018 when the race is expected to return.Azerbaijan’s street race in Baku made its debut this year as the European Grand Prix but organisers had wanted to avoid a repeat of the clash with Le Mans and to remove the logistical challenge of a back-to-back race with Canada.The races in Austria and Britain are moved back a week to help fill the gap left by Germany, with those grands prix now taking place on July 9 and 16 respectively.Hungary switches to the July 30 slot that was earmarked for Germany.Mexico’s race is again paired with the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, at the end of October rather than with Brazil which stands on its own as the penultimate round in November.advertisementMalaysia is paired with Japan rather than neighbours Singapore, which remains in its usual slot after Italy. The draft calendar had envisaged Malaysia preceding Singapore.2017 CALENDAR:March 26 – Australia (Melbourne)April 9 – China (Shanghai)April 16 – BahrainApril 30 – Russia (Sochi)May 14 – Spain (Barcelona)May 28 – MonacoJune 11 – Canada (Montreal)June 25 – Azerbaijan (Baku)July 9 – Austria (Spielberg)July 16 – Britain (Silverstone)July 30 – Hungary (Budapest)Aug 27 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)Sept 3 – Italy (Monza)Sept 17 – SingaporeOct 1 – Malaysia (Sepang)Oct 8 – Japan (Suzuka)Oct 22 – U.S. (Austin)Oct 29 – Mexico (Mexico City)Nov 12 – Brazil (Sao Paulo)Nov 26 – Abu Dhabilast_img read more

Lopetegui: Courtois? I’ll only speak of phenomenal Navas

first_imgJulen Lopetegui has refused to discuss the prospect of Thibaut Courtois arriving at Real Madrid and insists the club has complete faith in goalkeeper Keylor Navas.As reported by Goal, Belgium international Courtois has not reported for training with Chelsea this week amid intense speculation he is set to swap Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu.Speaking after his team’s 2-1 International Champions Cup win over Roma in New Jersey on Tuesday , new Madrid coach Lopetegui would not be drawn on the transfer rumours regarding the former Atletico Madrid loan star.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “As I’ve said, I don’t speak about players who do not belong to Real Madrid. I’ll only speak about the ones who are at Real Madrid and today is no different,” he said.”Did you see him today? Keylor is our goalkeeper. He’s here. There is no other goalkeeper we can talk about. Keylor, Kiko [Casilla], Luca [Zidane] and [Andriy] Lunin are the ones I can speak about.”Keylor is phenomenal. He’s been phenomenal all pre-season. He’s an extraordinary goalkeeper. He’s delighted to be with Real Madrid and we’re delighted to have him with us.”Goal understands that Chelsea will activate Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80 million (£71m/$92m) release clause as they look for a replacement for Courtois.The move would break the club’s transfer record, set last season when the Blues signed Alvaro Morata in an initial £58m ($75m) deal, potentially rising to £70m ($90m), from Real Madrid.It would also make Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, less than a month after Alisson made the £65m (€73m/$85m) move from Roma to Liverpool.last_img read more

AC Milan suffer record €126m annual losses

first_imgAC Milan have announced record losses of €126 million (£111m/$146m) for the 2017-18 financial year.The club’s latest statement shows a €53m (£46m/$61m) drop on the previous year and brings the club’s consolidated losses over the last 14 years to over €730m (£639m/$845m), with €460m (£403m/$533m) of that total accounted for in the last five years.  Milan published half-year accounts earlier this year which showed a six-month loss of only €22.3m (£19.5m/$25.8m) against €39.3m (£34.4m/$45.5m) for the same period 12 months earlier. 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! Since then, however, Milan have undergone a change in ownership, with US hedge fund Elliot assuming control of the club after Li Yonghong missed deadlines to repay the company loan fees he had taken to complete his takeover of the club from Silvio Berlusconi in 2016. The loan taken out by Li carried a double-digit interest rate, while figures show that expenses rose 22.3 per cent during the first and only full year of the Chinese businessman’s ownership.Since stepping in for Li, Elliot has made major changes to the senior management team, with Ivan Gazidis recently recruited from Arsenal to become Milan’s new Chief Executive. Club legends Paolo Maldini and Leonardo have also been brought in to work on player acquisition.The club went on a major spending spree during the most recent transfer window, shelling out more than €200m (£175m/$232m) on signing new players over the summer, although some of those payments are postponed until future years.Milan’s financial results for 2017-18 dwarf those of their cross-city rivals Inter, who recently revealed losses of €18m (£16m/$21m) for the same year.last_img read more

Tyson Fury maintains innocence before anti-doping hearing

first_imgFormer world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he’s innocent of doping charges and is being harassed by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD), before his hearing on Monday.Fury was charged with a doping offence by UKAD in June 2016. In August 2016, Fury’s legal team said the would sue UKAD over the allegations, because tests taken in March and May 2015 showed contradictory results.The 28-year-old Fury vacated his titles and his boxing license was suspended in October 2016 pending investigation after he admitted to consuming cocaine and dealing with mental health issues.”I’ve never taken a drug in my life,” he told The Daily Telegraph.”These people can say what they like but I’m suing them for what they have done to me … I have been tested 50 to 60 times, sometimes three times in a week, blood and urine. This went on from way before the Klitschko fight.”If I tested positive then why didn’t they ban me then? It never made any sense to me. I even had a meeting with them and they said I had nothing to worry about. Fifteen months later they say they are suspending my licence.”Fury traded barbs with current world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on social media during the build-up to and after Joshua’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko on April 29.Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, denied reports of a scheduled bout between the two, since Fury has yet to regain his license, and if he is found guilty on Monday, he could face a lengthy ban from the sport.Fury also said that he was being harassed by the UKAD, after they administered a random drugs test last Friday.advertisement”I was very shocked, Fury said. “But they said they had come here to give me a random drugs test. With all that is going on, they still expect me to be super nice to them, so I was.”I explained to them that … that I’ve been out of the ring for 18 months, but UKAD were insistent on testing me on Friday. Perhaps they wanted me to say ‘go away’, so they could give me an automatic ban. I let them test me, I said go ahead, because I have nothing to hide. But it’s like harassment.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli promises to ‘come back stronger’ next season after nightmarish IPL 2017 campaign

first_imgVirat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore endured a disastrous campaign in the Indian Premier League this season. This came after RCB finished as runners-up in the 2016 edition of the cash-rich T20 league.Royal Challengers Bangalore were jolted before the tournament even got underway. Two of their key batsmen KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan were ruled out of the entire season with injuries. Injured captain Kohli and AB de Villiers were also sidelined for the first few games.Bangalore looked like an unsettled unit throughout the tournament, winning just three matches in 14 games. RCB finished with only seven points, their lowest in IPL history.Kohli, however, battled like a lone warrior top scoring with 308 runs with the help of four half-centuries. The batting heavy RCB failed to fire in unison with the poor form of Chris Gayle and De Villiers’ inconsistency hurting the team most.Kohli, who will most likely be retained by RCB in the 11th season, has promised to bounce back stronger next year.”Really humbled by all the love and support that we got this season. We will come back stronger next season,” Kohli tweeted after RCB finished at the bottom of the points table.Really humbled by all the love and support that we got this season. We will come back stronger next season. ?????? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 17 May 2017Kohli’s had struck a record 973 runs and hammered a record four centuries. (Read: The Royal failure)The 28-year-old batsman’s next assignment starts from June 4 when he returns on national duty to lead India in their title defence of the ICC Champions Trophy. India take on arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on Super Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Focused on Flamengo despite Real Madrid C.F. deal, says Vinicius Junior

first_imgTeenage sensation Vinicius Junior said he will not let the publicity surrounding his future move to Real Madrid affect his form for Brazilian club Flamengo.The Spanish giants this week agreed to sign Vinicius for 46 million euros, but the 16-year-old will remain at Flamengo until July 2019, reports Xinhua news agency.”I’m not thinking about that yet. Sometimes the thought of a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo or [Toni] Kroos comes to mind, but right now I’m only thinking about Flamengo. In one or two years from now I can think about Real Madrid, the forward told reporters here on Thursday.Vinicius was an unused substitute in Flamengo’s 2-1 victory over Atletico Goianiense in the Copa do Brasil on Wednesday.Flamengo coach Ze Ricardo was jeered by some fans late in the match for his decision not to use the star.”I said from the very start that we need to be calm. It was in the club’s planning to have him available in the Brazilian Serie A,” Ricardo said.”We will continue with that [way of thinking]. He has already shown that he is adapting and to watch a game from the bench is part of his maturing process,” he added.last_img read more

Indian women will bank on spinners in World Cup, says Mithali

first_imgMumbai, Jun 10 (PTI) Indian womens teams skipper, Mithali Raj, said today that the team would be banking on its spinners in the ICC World Cup, starting later this month, even though the event is being played in England and Wales and her team is armed with three medium pacers.”Honestly everybody prefers to have extra fast bowlers in the side. But India have always banked on spinners, irrespective of the wicket. Whether in Australia, South Africa (or elsewhere), spinners have done exceptionally well. The three fast bowlers have also been doing well in the past two series,” Mithali told reporters here on the eve of the teams departure.ICC Womens World Cup 2017 will held in England & Wales from June 24 – July 23.The first aim of the team, which has practised here in the Bandra-Kurla Complex of the Mumbai Cricket Association, in its quest to lift the Cup is to reach the semi-finals, said Mithali, who is the main batter.”We definitely want to win the World Cup. It is a great platform to show the kind of cricket the girls have been playing for the past couple of years,” said 34-year-old Mithali.”The format is different this time in this edition. Its a league cum knock out and is a long tour. I want the girls to take it one match at a time. Our first step would be to get into the semis,” said Mithali who, along with all rounder Jhulan Goswami (34), is the most experienced of the lot.advertisement”We are experienced players and we share our experience with the players. Now that it is the World Cup, a few seniors are aware of the pressure. We can be there for the juniors during the pressure situations. As senior players we can be around them,” she said.Rains have affected the conduct of the ongoing ICC mens Champions Trophy in England and could play spoil sport in the womens World Cup too.Asked about the weather being a factor, Mithali said in such situations the toss could become crucial.”Weather is definitely an important factor in English conditions. We will see and analyse weather report on a particular match day, whether there are chances of rain or not and accordingly chalk out team plan. Its early summer there and chances of rain are very much there, so toss is going to play a very important role.”We will see how we shuffle our batting order. And wickets are also important. But I am not able to say right now how we are going to prepare in those conditions. We already have witnessed (in the mens Champions Trophy) how teams are posting 300-plus targets in good sunlight conditions. We will also hope to get such days for our matches,” she said.Teams coach Tushar Arothe expressed happiness at the preparation of the unit and was of the opinion that the fielding has improved.”When I took over as a fielding coach in 2009 we started doing fielding drills regularly. Over a period of time they have improved. Against Bangladesh we won a couple of matches with our good fielding. Similarly in South Africa we took some brilliant catches as well as earned some wickets through run-outs. So I am hoping we will do well (in fielding) in the World Cup too”.The team will reach UK one week prior to the official warm-up matches. They will train at Loughborough MCC University and play a practise match against England women on June 13 before heading to Derbyshire for a camp.The team will be based in Derby and play two warm-up games against New Zealand (June 19) and Sri Lanka (June 21).Squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parveen, Smriti Mandhana. PTI NRB SSR NRBlast_img read more

Florentino Perez to remain as Real Madrid C.F. president until 2021

first_imgFlorentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline, the European champions announced in a statement on Monday.Perez, who began his second spell in 2009 and has overseen three Champions League wins in the last four years, has barely had to contend with any rivals for his post since the Liga club changed internal rules for presidential candidates in 2012.The alterations mean anyone aspiring to be president has to have been a member of Real for at least 20 years, compared to the old requirement of 10 years, and have a personal guarantee of over 75 million euros ($84.00 million) from a Spanish bank.The barriers saw off potential challengers in the last election in 2013 and no candidate has emerged in the 10-day period since the electoral process began on June 8, leaving construction magnate Perez, who turned 70 this year, a free run to his third successive mandate and fifth overall.Perez first became Real president in 2000, seeing off incumbent Lorenzo Sanz by promising to lure winger Luis Figo from bitter rivals Barcelona, which he quickly delivered on by bringing the Portuguese international to the Spanish capital for a then world record fee of 62 million euros.Perez’s expensive and ambitious ‘Galacticos’ project, which later brought the likes of Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, now Real’s manager, England’s David Beckham and Brazil’s Ronaldo to the club, had initial success but ended with the team floundering on the pitch, prompting his resignation in February 2006.advertisementThe Spaniard returned to the top role at the Santiago Bernabeu in elections in 2009 and picked up where he had left off by breaking the world transfer record twice in a week with the signings of Brazilian Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.His large-scale investment in the team did not yield a Liga title in his second term as president until 2012, with a first Champions League triumph in 12 years following in 2014.The club have proved shrewder in the transfer market in recent years, however, and last season’s Champions League and La Liga double was built on a robust squad, allowing coach Zidane to freely rotate his side while still winning domestic games, keeping his first choice team fit and fresh for European ties.Perez faced furious opposition from Real supporters following a harrowing 4-0 defeat at home to Barcelona in November 2015, although he eased tensions by appointing crowd favourite Zidane to succeed Rafa Benitez two months later.The Frenchman has won back-to-back Champions League titles in his 18 months in charge as well as snapping a five-year spell without the Liga title, lifting the pressure off Perez, whose position is now stronger than ever.last_img read more

FIFA Confederations Cup: Australia, Cameroon hopes hit after 1-1 draw

first_imgAustralia fought back to draw 1-1 with Cameroon in the Confederations Cup on Thursday, a result that further dents both countries’ hopes of progressing in the eight-team tournament in Russia.Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa put Cameroon ahead with the last touch of the first half, but a Mark Milligan penalty on the hour mark ensured a first point for both in Group B.Australia play Chile in Moscow on Sunday and Cameroon face Germany at the same time in Sochi in their final group games.Yet the chances of both the African and Asian champions finishing in the top two and progressing to the semi-finals look slim after they lost their opening encounters at the start of the week.The two countries, meeting for the first time, traded free kicks in the opening 20 minutes but it took until the 37th minute for either to create an opening.Australia keeper Matt Ryan was called into action after a smart one-two between Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo and striker Vincent Aboubakar allowed the former to fire at goal.The African champions ended the first half with a succession of corners and then opened the scoring with the last kick before the break.A long ball out of defence bounced over Aboubakar but Zambo Anguissa’s deft touch steered it past the on-rushing Ryan.The Olympique de Marseille midfielder, who spurned a call-up to play for Cameroon when they won the African Nations Cup in Gabon at the start of the year, missed out on a second in the first 10 minutes of the second half.advertisementAustralia levelled on the hour mark when Ernest Mabouka brought down Alex Gersbach to concede a penalty, after Serbian referee Milorad Mazic consulted the Video Assistant.Stand-in skipper Milligan stepped up and converted from the spot.Mabouka sought to make amends with a strong run down the right in the 65th minute before he teed up Aboubakar right in front of goal, but the burly striker lifted the ball over the crossbar.Aboubakar then headed over from a similar position with 12 minutes remaining.last_img read more

BJP accuses BJD of confining Asian sports meet to a coterie

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 2 (PTI) BJP leaders today accused the BJD regime in Odisha of trying to make political gains from the Asian Athletics Championship to be held here from July 6 and confining it to a coterie.”Odisha Government is confining the international sports event to its coterie,” senior BJP leader and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram alleged.He claimed that the BJD government was not allowing others to play any role in the run up to the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship.The BJP leader said that he has been invited to the event but might not attend it because of other engagements.BJP state unit general secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaiks photos were being used in advertisements of the athletics meet showed that BJD was trying to derive political mileage out of the mega event.Rejecting the allegations, states Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera said that leaders should refrain from politicising the issue.The international sport meet is a matter of pride for the state and all should rise above politics and work together to ensure success of the event, he said.Organised by the Asian Athletics Association, the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship will be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6 and 9. PTI SKN NNlast_img read more

Tyre maker CEAT to be title sponsor of Ultimate Table Tennis

first_imgMumbai, Jul 4 (PTI) Indias leading tyre manufacturing brand and flagship company of RPG Enterprises, CEAT, has come on board as the title sponsor of the inaugural edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) to be held later this month.With this new association, the league will be called CEAT UTT, said a media release from the company today.”Table tennis is a very dynamic sport and we are very happy to come on board as the title sponsor for Ultimate Table Tennis which has the potential to revolutionise the sport in India,” stated Anant Goenka, Managing Director, CEAT Ltd.Apart from the title sponsorship, CEAT would continue to help the players in different ways like they do with other Indian sports.”CEAT has been actively involved with various other sports in India for a while now and we are very grateful to them for coming on board as the title sponsor. This is another boost in our endeavour to bring about a revolution in table tennis and help the sport grow to greater echelons in India,” said Vita Dani, owner of UTT.UTT will commence on July 13 in Chennai, then will move to Delhi from July 21 leading to the two semi-finals and final to be held here from July 26-30.The league will have 24 of the best Indians as well as 24 world-class international players competing against one another through six clubs.Each club will have eight players ? four men and as many women – with an equal mix of overseas and Indian players, apart from a foreign and an Indian coach. PTI SSR RSY RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

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

first_imgNew Delhi: 10 July, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Patna: Lalu Prasad Yadav at Legislative party meeting (B+A) Patna: Heavy rains in Patna (B+A) Srinagar: LeT militant nabbed (B) Varanasi/Patna/Gurugram: Occasion of first Monday of Sawan month (B+A) Jammu: Annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine (A+B) Ahmedabad: Jaya Parvati Vrat festival in Ahmedabad (B) Ahmedabad/Kolkata: Protest and strike against GST (B) Agartala/Baramura: Demand for separate state in Agartala (B+A) Mumbai: NoFilterNeha season 2 (A+B) Jammu: PoK refugees shout slogans for their demands (B) New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal launches Delhi governments E-portal of RTI (B+A) Srinagar: IGP Munir Khan addressing a press conference (B) INTERNATIONAL Pamplona : Bullfight at the San Fermin Fiestas (B) Caracas : Anti-government protest (A) Mosul : Iraqi Special Forces soldiers celebrate (A) Ashcroft : Wildfire in Boston Flats near Ashcroft (A) London : A visitor looks up at Miquel Barcelos Gran Elefandret sculpture (A) Istanbul : World Petroleum Congress (B) Baghdad : Iraqis celebrate in Tahrir square (A) Herat:Teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House,practice(B) SPORTS London : Eng vs SA test match (B) Kingston : Ind vs WI T20 match (A+B) Tel Aviv : Rage Wrestling Mega Show (B) Mont du Chat/Chambery : Tour de France cycling race (B+A) San Diego : CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match (B) Bhubaneswar: Indian Medalists with CM Naveen Patnaik (B) PTI PHOTO HS DL DLlast_img read more

Mithali Raj’s heartbreak in World Cup finals continues after India go down by 9 runs

first_imgMithali Raj’s heartbreak continued as India lost to England by nine runs in the final of the Women’s World Cup at Lord’s on Sunday. She was the captain of the Indian team that lost to Australia in the final of the Women’s World Cup back in 2005 at Centurion as well.Ahead of the big final, Mithali had said that she wanted to go a step further and lift the Cup this time.”It’s been seven years since we qualified for the final and 12 years since we reached the final. So, the girls want to do well. 2005 we were runners-up and this time I want to go one step further,” said the Indian captain.But her poor luck continued. Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were the only players from the 2005 team and both sounded positive about a victory after the English were restricted to 228/7 from their 50 overs and India were on course for a victory after a flying start.But, England pulled off a remarkable comeback to bowl India out for 219 and lift their fourth World Cup.GOOD TOURNAMENT FOR THE VETERANSMithali and Jhulan both stood up in the tournament. While Mithali finished as the second highest run-getter with 409 from nine games in the tournament, Goswami picked up 10 wickets in this year’s edition. Although Mithali missed out in the final, Goswami did not. She came up with an inspiring performance in the final to help India restrict England 228/7.Meanwhile, the India captain was the most consistent player of the tournament. She got runs in most of the matches and led the team brilliantly and showed great calmness under pressure. The 34-year-old stood up and hammered a century against New Zealand in a must-win game for India and also played an important knock of 36 against Australia in the semis. She formed an important partnership with Harmanpreet Kaur to stabilise the innings before the all-rounder smashed her way to a 115-ball 171*.advertisementOn a personal note, Mithali became the first woman to score seven consecutive fifties in One-Day Internationals. Not only that, she is currently the highest run scorer in ODIs with 6190 runs from 186 matches and averages a whopping 51.58. She has hit six centuries and 49 half-centuries.last_img read more

Tests or ODIs, Michael Clarke feels India are always tough to beat at home

first_imgMichael Clarke visits India more often now than he did during his playing days as an Australia cricketer. But significantly, the former Aussie captain has perfected the art of ducking under the bouncer with the microphone in hand.When asked to pick one of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in his side, he chose both. On being asked to rate the better captain between Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, he appraised them equally. His favourite Indian cricketer is Sachin Tendulkar.The only time he let his guard down was when the mics were switched off. He tried his hand at making pani puri and played a little gilli danda while promoting a TV show.Time for some burning cricket questions and the filter was in action again. Can the current Indian side win away from home and stay No.1 in Tests? “India is doing extremely well winning home and away and led very well by Virat Kohli. So if they keep playing good cricket, they will continue to be the no.1 team in the world,” pat came the reply.A more considered evaluation finally happened when questioned if Australia had it in them to beat India on turning tracks, next month. Smothering the spin of the question, he replied, “ODI cricket is a lot different from Test cricket, so I would imagine the wickets would be very good. I think we will see some entertaining cricket.””Hopefully, the Aussies can perform well and win. But it is going to be tough. India is always good in their backyard,” Clarke finished with a non committal reply.advertisementlast_img read more

PM Modi hails AIADMK merger, assures all help to Tamil Nadu government

first_imgAfter months of confusion, two warring factions of the AIADMK have merged. Soon after shaking hands with CM E Palaniswami at AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, O Panneerselvam announced that party general secretary VK Sasikala would be removed from the post. Panneerselvam later took oath as the Deputy CM. He will also hold Finance and Housing portfolios.WATCH LIVE Palaniswami said Paneerselvam will be AIADMK’s coordinator while he will be the joint coordinator.LATEST UPDATES: Chennai: MLAs supporting TTV Dinakaran pay tributes to former CM Jayalalithaa at her Marina Beach memorial #AIADMKMerger ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017PM Modi hails AIADMK merger, tweets, “I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today. I hope Tamil Nadu scales newer heights of progress in the years to come. Centre assures all possible support to Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & Deputy CM Thiru O Panneerselvam for the growth of Tamil Nadu.”O Panneerselvam takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister. E Palaniswami announces new coordinating committee to guide the party and government. OPS to be the principal coordinator. Chennai: CM E.Palaniswami & O.Panneerselvam pay tributes to former CM Jayalalithaa at her Marina Beach memorial #AIADMKMerger ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017AIADMK general council to meet to formally decided on Sasikala’s position in the party.Sasikala will be removed from AIADMK, says Panneerselvam. Panneerselvam to be Deputy CM. He will also get Finance and Housing portofolios; K Pandiarajan: Tamil language and culture, and Archaeology; Udumalai Radhakrishnan: Animal Husbandry; Balakrishna Reddy: Sports and Youth Welfare; CV Shanmugam: Mines and Minerals along with Law and Prison Affairs.We will fulfill Amma’s dream and win back two leaves symbol too, says E PalaniswamiWe have decided to work for the party together. I will work as a worker of the party: PanneerselvamWe have one mother, we are one AIADMK. We are one family, says OPS.EPS, OPS shake hands marking the merger of the two AIADMK factions.”Tamil people have had gandhi cap, saffron cap, Kashmir cap and now a clown cap. Is this enough or do you want? Enjoy Tamils,” tweets superstar Kamal Haasan.Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan reaches Raj Bhavan to discuss AIADMK merger and Cabinet reshuffle. Panneerselvam’s swearing-in likely at 5pm.Both EPS, OPS have reached AIADMK party headquarters in Chennai.Panneerselvam likely to be sworn-in as Deputy CM later in the evening today.The issue of Sasikala has been kept on the backburner for now.Both the factions have decided to leave it to the Election Commission to decide on the General Secretary post.All demands have been met,we are happy with everything.Heading to party office, expect good news: S Semallai, #AIADMK leader (OPS faction)advertisement- ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017EPS reaches AIADMK party headquarters.Started to #AIADMK HQ. #AIADMKMerger- O Panneerselvam (@OfficeOfOPS) August 21, 2017Panneerselvam is expected to visit AIADMK headquarters later today.Sources say EPS is hesitant to remove Sasikala from AIADMK.  On the other hand OPS is firm on his demand for Sasikala’s removal.CM Palaniswami has cancelled his plan to go to AIADMK headquartersGovernor C Vidyasagar Rao arrives in Chennai.Sources say Panneerselvam has a last minute demand. Paneerselvam has said he will go to the AIADMK headquarters only after ouster of VK Sasikala. OPS camp says EPS faction is hesitating to remove Sasikala from general secretary’s post.Blow to Dinakaram ahead of AIADMK merger. Only 13 MLAs with Dinakaran.He had earlier claimed support of 20. legislators. Paneerselvam likely to visit AIADMK headquarters later today.Both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are likely to fly to Delhi tonight.Tamil Nadu: Amid #AIADMKMerger speculations, party MLAs and workers reach party headquarter in Chennai. ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017BJP president Amit Shah has cancelled his Chennai visit. He was to visit Tamil Nadu from 22-24 August.India Today has accessed EPS-OPS camps merger plan. According to the deal, Panneerselvam is likely to take oath as the Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu at 4pm today. He will also get PWD.Other members of OPS camp – Mafoi, Semmalai – also to be inducted in the Cabinet.Dinakaran has claimed to have support of 20 MLAs in the 234-seat Tamil Nadu Assembly.OPS to be made guiding working president of AIADMK. Both the factions agree to limit Sasikala’s role in AIADMK.Ahead of the formalisation of the deal, the Palaniswami camp is likely to make an announcement in respect of party chief V K Sasikala since the Panneerselvam faction is firm on a ‘formal expulsion’ of the jailed leader.advertisementIn a resolution on August 10, the chief minister’s camp had already delegitimised Deputy general Secretary and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran setting the stage for a merger.Though the merger appears imminent, the faction led by Dinakaran yesterday had flayed the merger attempt as a drama.The deputy general secretary’s faction said their leader ‘has the ability to put a full stop’ to whatever decision that could be taken related to a merger.ALSO READ:  AIADMK merger: Talks on reunion moved a step forward, says O PanneerselvamDid Bengaluru jail officials allow Sasikala a day out of prison? Video suggests soEndgame near for Sasikala, Dinakaran as Palaniswami orders judicial probe into Jayalalithaa deathWATCH: AIADMK merger: O Panneerselvam takes oath as Deputy CM of Tamil Nadulast_img read more

Renault to expand mobile workshops by March 2018: CEO

first_imgChennai, Oct 11 (PTI) French auto major Renault would provide mobile workshops for customers living in far off places and plans to expand the service to 76 locations by next year, a top official said here today. The company planned to have 320 dealerships by the end of 2017 and expand the workshops to 76 by March 2018, Renault India, Country CEO and Managing Director, Sumit Sawhney said. “We will be expanding it to 76 places by March 2018. Currently, it (mobile workshops) is 46. These mobile workshops will cater to customers at their respective place itself instead of customers travelling long distances”, he said. Sawhney was speaking to reporters after launching the companys premium Sports Utility Vehicle CAPTUR here. Elaborating, he said, if a customer is staying 70 km away from Chennai and if there is no service centre nearby, he can download the “My Renault App” available in Android and iOS platforms and book an appointment to get the vehicle serviced. “Through the booking, engineers will come to the place of customer and service the vehicle”, he said. To a query on sales, Sawhney said he was confident that the company would clock more than one lakh units this year. “Last year, we sold more than one lakh units. This year also we will be crossing over one lakh (units)”, he said. On when the new CAPTUR would hit the roads, he said it was expected to be commercially launched by end of this month or by the first week of November. “Our plant capacity is flexible and we can change the production according to the demand. Current capacity utilisation is about 65 per cent”, he said. Currently, Renault sells popular hatchback KWID, SUV Duster and Multi Purpose Vehicle Lodgy. The company, in association with Nissan, has a manufacturing facility at Oragadam near Chennai with an installed capacity of producing 4.80 lakh units. PTI VIJ APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Australia 3rd T20I, Highlights: How wet outfield played spoilsport in series decider

first_imgThe third and final Twenty20 international between India and Australia has been abandoned without a ball being bowled due to wet outfield. The series ends tied 1-1.The 3rd T20I against Australia has been called off due to a wet outfield. The series is drawn 1-1 #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 201720.21 IST: THAT’S IT! The match has been called off due to wet outfield. India and Australia share the trophy.19.40 IST: The covers are coming on just moments before the scheduled inspection. The wait gets longer.Ground staff working very hard to try and sort out the outfield. Fingers crossed #INDvAUS (@CricketAus) October 13, 2017And we’ll have another outfield inspection in around 25 mins, at 7.45pm local #INDvAUS- (@CricketAus) October 13, 201719.18 IST: No toss yet, Umpires to inspect pitch at 19.45 IST. The outfield is still quite wet. Virat Kohli and David Warner are having a chat with with match officials.The toss has been delayed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Next inspection at 7 PM IST. #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 201718.20 IST: Toss has been delayed due to wet outfield. Next inspection at 19.00 IST.Take a look at the pitch for the 3rd and final T20I against Australia at Hyderabad. What’s your prediction? #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2017Welcome to the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad for the 3rd #INDvAUS T20! Who’s your tip to take out the series decider? (@CricketAus) October 13, 2017ODI series won, now time to clinch the T20I series. #TeamIndia are off to the stadium for the third and final match. #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2017India will be itching to bounce back from the thrashing they received in Guwahati when they take on an edgy but resilient Australia in the series-deciding third and final T20I today.Rain may play spoilsport in the match with weather forecast indicating possibility of light to moderate rain in Hyderabad.The city has been receiving good rainfall almost on a daily basis for about a week, throwing normal life out of gear. Arrangements have been made at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium, the venue of the match, to ensure that the match is held without any problem.Curator YL Chandrasekhar said the recent rain has not affected the wicket.However, the outfield was affected a bit and some fans were being used to dry the affected area. The T20I series is locked 1-1 after Australia defeated India by eight wickets in the second match at Guwahati on October 10.A bit of fun and laughter followed by an intense nets session. #TeamIndia gear up for the final T20I tomorrow in Hyderabad. #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is usually good for batting and fans will be expecting a run feast after the low-scoring affair on a damp pitch in Guwahati.Though it has been a regular venue in the IPL, it will be the first time that a T20 International will be played here.How is that for accuracy from @hardikpandya7? Was asked to target the marker and he nails it. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017TeamsIndia: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul and Axar Patel.Australia: David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Rain may play spoilsport in first ODI at Dharamsala

first_imgThe opening One-day International (ODI) between and Sri Lanka in Himachal Pradesh’s picturesque stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday has come threat with the local weather bureau on Friday forecasting widespread rain and snow in the state.An active western disturbance is likely to affect northwest India on December 10 with peak activity on the two subsequent days, Manmohan Singh, director of the Meteorological Office in Shimla, told IANS.”Isolated heavy rain and snowfall very likely to occur over Himachal Pradesh on December 11 and 12 and scattered activity on December 13,” he said.You cannot keep @hardikpandya7 @akshar2026 and @Jaspritbumrah93 away for too long. They are back and ready to go. #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The HPCA is, however, not worried about the Met Office forecasts.”Our groundsmen are fully prepared to handle any situation owing to the rainfall. We even have three super soppers to mop up the ground,” Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) media manager Mohit Sood told IANS.The beautiful Dhauladhar range can be a pleasant distraction but you must keep your eyes on the ball. #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The HPCA stadium is situated at an altitude of 4,000 feet in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar ranges that are already wrapped in a thick blanket of snow.It became a part of the international cricket map in 2005, when it hosted a warm-up tie between the touring Pakistan team and the Indian Board President’s XI..@sidkaul22 on his reaction when he got the India call up ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017last_img read more