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first_imgFreestyle football world champion Liv Cooke has joined Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative.Common Goal is a charitable movement run by streetfootballworld that was launched with the support of the Manchester United attacker.Mata announced in an article for The Players’ Tribune that he was pledging one per cent of his salary to Common Goal, and called for other players to do the same. 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! The likes of Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa and Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini have all signed up, along with Manchester United great Eric Cantona.Cooke, the first British female professional football freestyler, has become the latest star to make the pledge, contributing to the rapidly growing football-based initiative tackling some of the world’s toughest social challenges.Common GoalA gifted young footballer, Cooke was part of the Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence before her promising potential career was cut short by injury.She found the art of freestyle football via YouTube and quickly turned her hand to it. In August 2017, she became the youngest football freestyle champion in history, winning the Super Ball final in Prague.On joining the initiative, she said: “One major thing I’ve learnt along the way is that football is more than just a game or a sport. Football can be a powerful force for good – used to tackle some of the world’s toughest social issues and make so many people’s lives better.Freestyle champion @LivCookefs has joined @juanmata8, England’s @Sio_Chamberlain, and the rest of the @CommonGoalOrg team to become the first freestyler to join the movement. pic.twitter.com/G6ogXuwI2y— Goal (@goal) 16 October 2018″I want to call freestylers from all over the world to come and join us, take the pledge, and help us make a difference.”Common Goal co-founder and CEO, Jurgen Griesbeck, added: “It is great to have Liv on board at Common Goal with us. She is a world champion and a pioneer in women’s freestyle football – she represents everything we are trying to do here.”I know she has a great passion to give back to those less fortunate, and I’m excited to work with her going forward.”last_img read more

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first_imgCaptain Misbah-ul-Haq became the first Pakistan batsman left stranded on an unbeaten 99 in a Test on Monday but the visitors still seized control of the first match against West Indies in Jamaica. (Scorecard)West Indies were reeling on 93 for four wickets in their second innings, still 28 runs behind Pakistan’s first-innings total of 407, at stumps on day four in Kingston.Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah took all four wickets in the second innings, leaving the West Indies a huge task to avoid defeat on the final day on Tuesday.Earlier, Misbah was denied his 11th career ton when number 11 Mohammad Abbas was adjudged lbw for 1 to end a valuable 34-run 10th-wicket stand.The 42-year-old Misbah, who will retire after the current three-Test series, is the sixth player to finish a Test on 99 not out and the first since South African Andrew Hall in 2003.Misbah’s disappointment at failing to get to his century would have been eased by the fact he helped his team to a first-innings lead of 121.Misbah patiently faced 223 balls to top-score for Pakistan, while three others also notched half-centuries, including Younis Khan (52), who on Sunday became the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 career Test runs.Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph were the pick of the West Indies bowlers, collecting three wickets apiece.Pakistan took command in the final session.A 50-run second-wicket partnership between Kieran Powell and Test newcomer Shimron Hetmyer seemed to set West Indies on the road to safety, but they were both dismissed in quick succession as Yasir weaved his magic.advertisementYasir then trapped Shai Hope plum lbw for 6 to end the day with figures of 4-33.last_img read more

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first_imgLG has built some amazing smartphones, and yet, every time you talk about the brand, the conversation would invariably drift towards the one and only Google Nexus 5 . Like that’s the only smartphone that it ever built. The Nexus 5 wasn’t perfect by all means, but, it still remains to be one of the best LG phones ever because it stuck to the basics. And, it got most of these basics right.The same isn’t true about LG’s non-Google endeavors. LG’s non-Google phones have largely been high on gimmicks, and low on practicality. Last year’s G5 is a classic example. The G5 was a phone straight out of the future. But it wasn’t quite there yet. Its main USP was its modularity. But it seemed more like a work in progress than a finished product. So, even though the G5 was way ahead of its time, it drifted into oblivion faster than LG would have anticipated.LG’s 2017 flagship, the G6, has been designed from scratch to correct the G5’s biggest shortcoming…practicality. But, at the same time, it doesn’t compromise with LG’s taste for mindless gimmicks. For the first time in a very long time, it seems, LG has finally found a way to balance the two. The company might have cut short its modular ambitions, but, one look at the G6 and it’s quite evident, it was a decision worth every penny.Built like a tankThe G4 was all-plastic. The G5 was all-metal but it oddly felt like plastic. The LG G6, unlike its predecessor phones, is carved out of glass and metal. And it feels solid. While the rear of the G6 is carved out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, the display on the front has a healthy dose of Gorilla Glass 3. The decision to employ different versions of Glass, although hard to understand, stems from the fact that both the versions respond to physical stress differently.advertisementWhile Gorilla Glass 5 has been designed to survive extreme drop stress, Gorilla Glass 3 focuses largely on scratch-resistance. Glass 3 is also a lot thinner in comparison to the next-generation Glass which makes it all the more suitable for displays. That’s just one opinion. Probably LG was looking to cut cost as well, you never know. What’s important, at the end of the day, is that the LG G6 is built like a tank. Gorilla Glass 5 or otherwise. The G6 is built to last long with bending resistant materials and shock-dispersing design, according to LG. It has passed Military-grade MIL-STD 810G tests which include 26 different angle drop tests from chest height, it claims. It’s quite reassuring, the G6. While its closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8 takes great pride in its gorgeous curves, the G6 takes a flat minimalist approach. LG’s phone is as flat as they come, and also it has sharp corners that are a little raised out so the phone could bear accidental drops and come out unscathed. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 doesn’t look like it could take a beating. LG’s phone is a lot more practical in comparison.LG doesn’t make slim phones. It doesn’t make light-weight phones either. The G6 is no different. I have been using the Galaxy S8 for a while now, and let’s just say, next to Samsung’s phone the G6 feels rather chunky, but, only marginally. It is as slim as Samsung’s phone though. The flat surface and sharp edges ensure it sticks to your hand and stays put, but then, the Galaxy S8 is an ergonomic marvel as well in spite of all those extra curves. It is super-glossy and a fingerprint magnet. But, so is the Galaxy S8. Only it takes me a lot longer to wipe LG’s phone. I really don’t like that, but, that’s a small price you pay for an all-glass and metal design. What really concerns me, however, is that the rear of the G6 is extremely prone to scratches. It may survive a fall or two, but, it will most definitely leave a mark.Button placement on-board the G6 is trademark LG. The power button is on the back. It’s also a fingerprint reader. It’s mostly fast and mostly accurate but there’s room for improvement.The dual-SIM card slot, meanwhile, lies on the right while the volume rocker lies on the left. The phone uses USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and comes with a mono speaker vent just adjacent to it. The phone is also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.Star performerThe LG G6 is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. While not exactly next-gen, the Snapdragon 821 inside the G6 when combined with LG’s Android 7.0 Nougat-based UX 6.0, doesn’t leave a lot to be desired unless of course you’re someone who’s hard pressed about paper specs and say, “a Snapdragon 835 would have been nicer.” You’re better off buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 in that case. The LG G6 isn’t the one for you.But, if you’re willing to give the G6 a chance, well, there’s not a lot really to complain about LG’s new phone as far as all-round performance is concerned. The G6 has absolutely no trouble whatsoever in dealing with tasks, both basic and hard-grinding. Graphical games are handled well, with no lag at all, even at maxed out settings. There would be instances when the phone would get hot — sometimes alarmingly — while say playing games, or video-recording, but it is also very quick to cool down which is nice.advertisementLG’s UX software may not be the best looking in the business — in fact it’s ugly and cluttered — but at least it’s well optimised with the available hardware. It’s smooth sailing 9 out of 10 times, but, if Samsung could design a whole new level of user experience for the Galaxy S8, I don’t see why LG can’t. It’s high time that it should. And maybe get rid of some bloat or unwanted apps along the way as well.Moving on, LG’s new phone gives you a spring board of apps and widgets spanning multiple home screens much like it is in the iPhone to begin with. There’s a way around LG’s approach to bring back the app drawer for those who like a more stock Android look and feel. That it can be done without deploying any third-party themes is a plus. You can either use the pre-installed EasyHome theme or download and install the Home 4.0 launcher from its app store. The same was true for last year’s G5 as well.Still, LG’s take on Android isn’t entirely a lost cause especially when you compare it with the UIs employed by certain Chinese OEMs who blindly follow the iPhone with no thought or logic. LG’s UX, save the no app drawer thing, is totally different from its peers in look as well as functionality. It may take some time getting used to initially but once you’re through that phase it’s pretty much a smooth ride. The software also offers a lot of customisation options, which should impress those who like to tailor-make the way their phone looks.The mono speaker setup on the G6 gets very loud, louder than most rival phones with little or no distortion at peak volume. The LG G6 India model also comes with a Hi-Fi quad DAC for enhanced audio via any wired headphones. That’s one standard every flagship phone must include, I dare say. It really improves the quality of sound without having you to invest in fancy pair of ear buds.advertisementLG’s 2017 flagship, the G6, has been designed from scratch to correct the G5’s biggest shortcoming… practicality. But, at the same time, it doesn’t compromise with LG’s taste for mindless gimmicks Phone calls made with the G6 are of excellent quality and we did not encounter any odd call drop issues with our review unit. The G6 supports dual-SIM and 4G LTE.The 3,300mAh battery inside the G6 is a significant improvement over the outgoing G5. Battery life is better, nay much better in comparison. It lasts longer than the Samsung Galaxy S8 which frankly speaking has pretty disappointing battery life. Most users with a more generalised usage should get at least one full day of usage on single charge. The G6, needless to say, also supports fast charging. The India model, doesn’t support wireless charging though.Camera (s) to brag aboutThe LG G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors — offering a 125-degree wide angle — with one working ‘specifically’ to offer the wider field of view. The rear camera system is further assisted with f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the G6 sports a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.In the LG G6, while one of the rear cameras has what you can call a regular lens, the other one has a wider lens. A wider lens means the phone’s rear snapper can cover a larger area with a distinct fish-eye effect on the edges. It kind of gives you a 3D-like panorama sweep of what you’re clicking without having you to move your phone in a certain manner. It shouldn’t be confused with an actual panorama shot though.Switching between the two lenses happens seamlessly with just a tap on a toggle that rests comfortably on the screen all the while that you have the camera app up and running. It’s actually quite fast to switch and is as fast to focus and shoot. In fact you never lose a breath while switching between the two lenses which makes the G6 all the more fun to play around with. Every time I took a regular picture, I made sure to click the same shot again with the wider lens just to see how things looked from a wider perspective. XPreviousNextAs for image quality, it’s fantastic especially in good light. Both the rear cameras boast of excellent dynamic range. Images clicked with them have no visible metering issues so that level of detail stays put on almost all occasions. The image quality of the wider lens toting camera is more or less in the same league as the regular, but it more than compensates for its hit-or-miss performance courtesy its wider scope.Unlike the G5, the G6 can stand toe to toe with the best in the business, when it comes to low-light photography. The G6 clicks pretty detailed — if a little over-sharpened — photos in tricky and low light situations making it one of the best flagship camera phones in the market right now.The front camera, is on the other hand, a forgettable affair.Now, the gimmicksThe USP of the G6 is apparently its ‘big screen that fits.’ The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio — an 83 per cent — than LG’s phone.The 5.7-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display of the G6 boasts of a 2,880×1,400 pixel resolution. Although there’s lots of screen it’s no match for the Galaxy S8’s super-punchy Super AMOLED display panel. Colours on-board the G6 appear muted in comparison. But, viewing angels are quite good, so is peak brightness.The G6, however, has one ace up its sleeve in the display department. It is the world’s first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs.Technically, Dolby Vision should entail in true to life colours and details at lower bit-rate and without compromising on battery life. Provided you have the content. Dolby Vision content is less for now, although, Netflix and Amazon Prime do offer a good catalog. But, because the LG G6 has an 18:9 aspect ratio — instead of the regular 16: 9 — a lot of that content (in fact all of it) is going to broadcast in letter-box format which means black bars on either side. Force to fit might result in frame rate issues and content chopping here and there.The G6 is LG’s best phone ever. In fact, it’s safe to say, that it’s among the best flagship Android phones in the market right nowContent suitable for the G6’s unusual aspect ratio is even lesser than content that supports Dolby Vision. The same is true for games as well. Web pages should work fine though. LG has a nifty way around the whole thing though. The G6 comes with something called as App Scaling that lets you manually adjust the screen size of downloaded apps. You can chose to run them in standard or full screen format. Then again, every app will respond differently since not all apps support 18:9 yet.The Full Vision display of the G6 when combined with LG’s Android Nougat-based UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side. The feature, which seems to be a gradual progression of Android Nougat’s split-screen multitasking capabilities, has been extended to the camera software as well. It’s cool, but again, not many apps outside LG’s stock support it yet.The camera app in the case of the LG G6, similarly, comes with a specialised Square mode that has been designed to make best use of the phone’s one-of-a-kind aspect ratio. It allows users to take a picture and then simultaneously review the same in a square — 1:1 — identical to the one offered by the view-finder.Should you buy it?The G6 is LG’s best phone ever. In fact, it’s safe to say, that it’s among the best flagship Android phones in the market right now. It may not look as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but, that’s not really what LG’s phone is going after. For the first time in a very long time, LG is chasing practicality. With the G6 it has achieved most of it. Without compromising on gimmicks.  Also Read: LG G5 review: Just another star in the galaxyDuring my review of the Galaxy S8 I kept getting one question, like a lot. The Galaxy S8’s gorgeous, but, is it practical? Well, not really. Even more so because Samsung doesn’t include an accidental cover for the phone in question. The logical answer would be, if you fancy a good-looking bezel-less smartphone go buy the Galaxy S8, if however, you’re looking for a bezel-less phone that also happens to be built like a tank, go get yourself the G6.LG G67.5/10Good stuffBuilt like a tankBezel-less screenTop-notch performanceExcellent dual-camera systemBad stuffGeneric designLG’s UI feels clutteredNo stereo speakerlast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai Indians created history by winning the Indian Premier League for a record third time after they trumped Rising Pune Supergiant by one run in Hyderabad last week.Nobody gave them a chance at the half way point in the summit clash as they were defending a paltry 129 after a brilliant bowling performance from the Pune bowlers. But, riding on Rohit Sharma’s brilliant captaincy, Mumbai pulled off a brilliant heist to rob Pune off their maiden IPL title.At one point of the night, Steve Smith’s men were racing towards the target but they faltered once the Australian fell for a hard fought 51 in the last over. therefore, losing by just one run.Captaincy has actually been the highlight of this season, with some remarkable tactics up for display by the various captains across the eight franchises. From leading with the bat to being brilliant on the field, most of the teams rode on some dazzling captaincy and Mumbai’s surprising victory from the jaws of defeat once again showed how much of a difference a captain can make.So, here is a look at the top five captain’s from IPL 2017 and how they led their teams from the front:ROHIT SHARMA – MUMBAI INDIANSRohit became the first player to win the IPL four times. Once as a player and three times as a captain. He won his first title with Deccan Chargers and the other three with Mumbai Indians to eclipse Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the most successful captain. Dhoni had led Chennai Super Kings to the IPL title twice.advertisementThe stylish right-hander played some important knocks and scored 333 runs, hitting three fifties. His 24-ball 26 in the second qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders, played a crucial role in Mumbai’s qualification. MI lost early wickets in their chase of 108 and he along with Krunal Pandya steadied the ship before Krunal bagged the game for the eventual champions in the 15th over. Rohit also breached the 4000-run mark this season, becoming only the fifth player to do so.  Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and David Warner are the other four. While his batting might not have been as impressive as the yesteryears, his maturity as a captain and ability to think was one of the highlights of the season. It helped Mumbai Indians win 10 of their 14 group matches.Throughout this season, Mumbai looked a strong and settled group. Be it bowling or batting, they had a plan in place always and a fall-back plan too and the captain used them to perfection. Rohit’s bowling changes and field placements were brilliant. He made sure there was no easy run up for grabs and you earn them throughout the tournament and it was finally up for show in the final when Mumbai strangled Pune in their chase of 130.STEVE SMITH – RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTSteve Smith left India with his pride intact even after Rising Pune Supergiant went down in a thrilling IPL final against Mumbai Indians. He tried valiantly but his 51 was not enough to secure victory for RPS, who played their final IPL and won hearts across the nation.Smith, who was appointed Pune captain, in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, did a fantastic job for the franchise. He took Pune to the final in the second and (also their last year) in the IPL.Smith came into the IPL facing a tough challenge ahead of him. He had to turn the tide for a side that finished seventh last season. RPS bought Ben Stokes and big things were expected from him. The franchise lost a big player in Ravichandran Ashwin but they brought in Imran Tahir and that turned out to be a masterstroke going into the tournament. He had to handle some big names in Dhoni, Stokes, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis and he managed to do a fabulous job. As the tournament progressed, he worked well with Dhoni — forming an integral partnership with him, that made Pune’s fortunes and turned them into a confident team.The New South Wales batsman not only had the backing of the owners, who took a brave call ahead of the tournament but also the players, who only had good words to say about their captain.On a personal note as well, Smith had a decent tournament. He has amassed 472 runs in 15 matches so far at 42.90 with three half-centuries and is fifth on the list of highest run-getters this season.But a key part of his captaincy has been the immense trust he showed on the young Indian bowlers. Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur and the 17-year-old Washington Sundar were the architects of Pune’s success and a lot of credit should go to the Australian for sticking to them. Unadkat, finished as the second highest wicket taker in this year’s IPL with 24 wickets while Thakur and Sundar grabbed 11 and eight wickets respectively.advertisementHe almost took Pune to their maiden title as well but fell short in their chase of 11 in the last over after handing a catch to Ambati Rayudu of the bowling off Mitchell Johnson.GAUTAM GAMBHIR – KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERSHe is a veteran in every sense and has been performing for his team for the last six years. Gambhir has been a rock at the top of the order for KKR and a general on the field, marshalling his troops to perfection.The Delhi batsman led from the front with the bat, scoring 498 runs from 16 matches. He started the tournament with a brilliant 76* against the Gujarat Lions and kicked on from there. The 35-year-old had always been a great tactician and a master at playing mind games and putting pressure on the new batsmen. Nobody can forget what he did last season when MS Dhoni came into bat at the Eden Gardens — Before Dhoni could realise, he was surrounded with five fielders around the bat.This season was no different. His master stoke to push Sunil Narine up the order once Chris Lynn got injured was an instant hit and benefitted them greatly. Once Lynn was back, he dropped down the order, showing great team spirit — a highlight of his career.Kolkata might not have lifted their third title this season but Gambhir’s passion, dedication and thinking has not only won hearts yet again but also established the fact that he can be down but never out.DAVID WARNER – SUNRISERS HYDERABADWarner, who started his Indian summer on a low in the four-match Test series against India, showed everyone yet again why he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the shortest format of the game.The 30-year-old slammed 641 runs from 14 games and bagged the Orange Cap. This comes after a massive 848-run season last year, which was not enough to get him the honour, thanks to Virat Kohli’s monstrous 973 runs.The southpaw started off slowly but got back to his brutal self once the tournament progressed. He hit a 59-ball 126 against the Kolkata to put up a spectacle in an all important clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. He hit four fifties and a century in this season’s IPL.But just like his Australian captain, Warner’s captaincy on the field has been lauded more than his batting. Much like Smith, his faith on the Indian youngsters was instrumental in SRH’s eliminator run.Siddarth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj were the stars for Hyderabad as they kept troubling the batsmen with their pace and skiddy nature. He also used Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who again finished as the Purple Cap holder, with 26 wickets and young Rashid Khan to great effect.advertisementWarner-led Sunrisers were knocked out in the eliminators by KKR in a rain-curtailed match at Bengaluru but the spirit the squad showed has to be lauded.GLENN MAXWELL – KINGS XI PUNJABMaxwell has been the least impressive of the above lot. He has just scored 310 runs from 14 games for the franchise this year.He started off well, getting some explosive 30s and 40s but as the tournament progressed, he fizzled out, much like his team.’BigShow’ as he is called failed to put up a show when his team needed him the most. After Hashim Amla (420), their leading scorer left, playing 13 matches, the onus was on him to take Punjab to the qualifiers. People thought he will come up and deliver but Maxwell kept pushing himself down the order when his team needed him the most in their do or die match against the Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune. He came in at No. 6 and was out in the second ball, leaving Punjab reeling at 5/32.His poor show came in for criticism from their team mentor Virender Sehwag, who slammed Maxwell for showing little or no responsibility when the team needed the senior batsman to step up.Punjab did enjoy a late surge towards the end of tournament, almost managing to qualify for the eliminator but their dismal show against RPS, made sure they finish on fifth with 14 points on the table, capping off another disappointing season.last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has broken Atletico Madrid hearts and silenced fans of Napoli and Barcelona so few people would be surprised if he cements his reputation on the biggest stage in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus.Striking a balance between the glamour of David Beckham and the never-say-die warrior spirit of the late Juanito, central defender Ramos is Madrid’s spiritual leader, a colossal force in both boxes yet also prone to moments of madness.Ramos has threatened to cost his team almost as often as he has saved them, holding the record of 22 red cards at Real, almost double the tally of nearest challenger Fernando Hierro.His tally of dismissals is rarely pored over for long, though, such is his habit of getting Real out of jail.His most famous last-gasp strike was a 93rd minute equaliser in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico which led to Real’s extra-time triumph, while Sevilla, Barca, Deportivo La Coruna and Real Betis have been his unlucky victims this season.”Ramos represents the values of Real Madrid, the spirit of doing anything to win,” coach Zinedine Zidane has said.”For me those values are commitment, battling and fighting until the last minute. This club has taught me that and as our captain Sergio represents this. He’s a noble player.”SELF CONFIDENCERamos’s self confidence can be traced as far back as 2005 when he signed for a Real Madrid side containing Beckham, Luis Figo and Zidane for 27 million euros ($30.21 million), a record for a Spanish teenager, and said he wanted to captain the club.advertisementEven though he is one of Real’s highest paid players, and has a celebrity girlfriend in television presenter Pilar Rubio, Ramos likes to talk about his humble roots in the working class town of Camas outside Seville.Last month when the Champions League semi-final tie between Real and Atletico was being billed as the haves versus the have nots, Ramos took offence.”It seems like here we have grown up in Beverly Hills,” he said. “Here there are people from humble backgrounds too. The sacrifice you make is what fills you with the desire to win.”Ramos’s thirst for winning is insatiable, and at the Champions League final in Cardiff he will target an 18th major honour for club and country. He also has the chance to become the first player to score in three Champions League finals.The man who has built a reputation for late goals said he would rather have a night free of nerves, however.”We hope we can resolve the game before and that our fans don’t have heart attacks,” he said. “I want to enjoy it and not have to wait so long to win.”last_img read more

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first_imgVancouver has an amazing nightlife scene, with thriving nightclubs to laid back pubs and ultra-hip lounges, the city has plenty of options where night owls can get entertained until the wee hours. Whatever your music requirement is, you will find it all here, from live performances to local bands and international touring acts.The area around Davie Street in the West end is famous for its nightlife and has places which have an electrifying array of slots and games tables and entertainment options. Also, all over the city, there are captivating neighborhoods ready to offer night-time fun to those who plan to either sip a cocktail with friends, catch a live band playing or just want to dance the night away. Let’s take a look at the top 5 places in Vancouver to party. 1. Guilt & CoThis fantastic place is the perfect spot to party in Vancouver with a dark and intimate basement. Guilt & Co offers patrons a mind blowing live music scene and is perfect for catching up with old friends or making new. Whiskey lovers should definitely try their Holy Smoke cocktail which is made by combining Black Tea, Bulleit Bourbon and Laphroaig whiskey . The taste is as interesting as it sounds. Also, the Cabaret nights are something to lookout for!Address – 1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B2 2. Bar NoneThis bar is famous among the celebrities, and you never know when you can get a glimpse of your favorite star and a chance to get clicked with them! The music is mostly from the 40’s, hip-hop, dance and house music ; it’s advisable to get your table booked before showing up as the place is always full. Popular bands are scheduled now and then with ladies’ night and karaoke nights as their specialty.advertisementAddress- 1222 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC  3. The DiamondWith red-brick industrial walls and a scintillating chandelier at the center of the room, this night club has a mind-altering setting, which makes the atmosphere fancy and dark. It has a relaxed setting where one can sit and sip their favorite cocktail and enjoy watching the crowd grooving to the tunes of popular music. It also houses a “Happy Hour Bar” with all your favorite drinks from Barrel Aged Bourbon to 50-year-old scotch. Share a drink with your friends here while enjoying some of the best music the city has on offer!Address – 6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E7 4. Caprice Nightclub and Lounge This place was formerly a movie theatre and now a full-fledged multi-level entertainment venue that is jam packed all the time, and if you don’t have a reservation it’s impossible to get in. The main level houses a huge dance floor (a treat for those who are here to dance the night away!), a VIP area, an elevated DJ booth and a backlit bar. This nightclub is a hotspot every weekend which plays fantastic high-volume music, has a bar with all kinds of drinks available and an amazing fireplace setting to make the party much more amazing. The premium hospitality would surely make you come back!   Address – 967 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 5. Shark Club  Located inside the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, the club has a relaxed setting, provides a tranquil feeling to the guests and has big TV screens (with multiple satellite feeds) with some or the other game always going on. Taste the amazing grilled food and make friends while watching your favorite sport. Offering an exceptional sports bar experience, Shark Club is always high on energy, making it one of the best places in the city to catch up with friends or party like a local.Address- 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BCFind the best place to party in Yaletown on Mainland and Hamilton, in Gastown, and on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. Do book your travel plans well in advance, if you want to save with Cheap Flights. Also, to make your visit to Vancouver worth remembering and hassle-free, make sure you book your vacation through any of the popular travel websites like Yatra and more! Grab the best available deals and make the most of your trip to this popular Canadian city.Happy Partying!last_img read more

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first_imgFor the first time in their history, Bangladesh have reached the semi-finals of an ICC tournament.As England knocked out world champions Australia from the Champions Trophy last night winning the match by 40 runs (D/L method), Bangladesh progressed to the semi-finals with three points compared to Australia’s 2.Bangladesh had reached the quarter-finals when they eliminated England from the 2015 World Cup in Australia.Thanks to brilliant batting performances by Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah against New Zealand, Bangladesh chased down 266 runs to keep their hopes alive and needed Australia to lose to England.Australia had their first two matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh washed out and with just two points, they needed a win against England.Sixth-ranked Bangladesh advanced to the semi-finals with three points in Group A, one more than Australia. New Zealand had been knocked out of the tournament by Bangladesh on Friday as they finished with just one point from three games.The English will likely play either Pakistan or Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh set for a match against the winner of South Africa vs India at The Oval on Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI) Tata Steel today said it has bagged Jamshedpur franchise of Indian Super League (ISL) and will be part of ISL from the next season.Tata Steel will announce the names of members of the Jamshedpur team along with the squad and coaching staff in due course, the company said in a statement. The team logo and jersey will also be unveiled soon,it added. According to the statement, ISL organisers and Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) had invited bids for 10 cities in India, namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram.Jamshedpur was awarded to Tata/Tata Steel and it will participate in ISL, the statement said.Noting that the Tata group has a long association with sports, especially football, with the efficacious Tata Football Academy (TFA) in Jamshedpur, the statement said the TFA has been grooming exceptional players who have brought glory to the nation for the last 30 years. PTI BKS MKJlast_img read more

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first_imgFormer India captain and currently member of the cricket advisory committee Sourav Ganguly said he was aware of whatever has transpired as far as the Virat Kohli – Anil Kumble fiasco but added it would not be fair for him to comment in public.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are part of the CAC which had appointed Kumble India coach in 2016 for a one-year term. Despite a terrific track record, Kumble stepped down after India finished runners-up in the Champions Trophy following a rift with Kohli. (Virat Kohli reacts to Anil Kumble resignation: Respect his decision to step down )Kumble, it was said, was overbearing, headmasterly and intimidating. This did not go down well with the players. And then the coach shouted at the team after their defeat against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final. That reportedly ended all hopes of reconciliation. (COA chief Vinod Rai needs to play an active role, CAC member Sourav Ganguly tells India Today)Ganguly, speaking exclusively to India Today, said he had high regard for both Kumble and Kohli but understandably did not want to dwell further on the issue in public.”Quitting as coach was Kumble’s personal decision. I have spoken to both Virat and Anil. I am aware of everything but it would not be fair for me to say anything in public because I am part of the CAC,” Ganguly told India Today.”This is all confidential information and I don’t like talking about it in the media. What the country thinks, we have been reading about it in the media,” said Ganguly.advertisementGanguly, one of India’s most successful captains did not rate Kumble the coach individually because cricket, he said, was a team sport. (Things must have gone out of hand badly for Anil Kumble to resign: Mohammad Azharuddin to India Today)”It’s the team which is rated, which includes the coach and captain. Cricket is a team sport. You win it or lose it together. Under Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, the team had done well. It is difficult for me to say anything because I am not part of the dressing room,” he said.Kumble stepped down from his post despite the firm backing of Ganguly, Tendulkar and Laxman. After putting in his papers, Kumble issued a statement to say he had resigned because Kohli did not approve of his style of coaching.”I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” Kumble wrote on Tuesday in a statement.Kohli, who is currently in the West Indies for India’s short limited-overs tour, on Thursday, deleted a tweet he had put out in June 2016, welcoming Kumble as coach.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile there still may be some time left for the launch of the Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy Note 8, the rumours and leaks around it just won’t stop pouring in. The device has been subjected to numerous leaks in recent past days and a fresh leaked render has once again surfaced online.According to the images leaked by Slashleaks, the alleged Galaxy Note 8 is seen without any bezels on side and instead sports an S8-like infinity display. Previous rumours suggest that the upcoming Note 8 may feature a 6.3-inch display screen with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Further, the phone in the leaked image is seen flaunting thin bezels at the top and bottom. Also there are no slits for the earpiece grille in the image. As rumoured in the past also, the physical home button is seen missing in the picture.The leaked render also shows off a power button on the right edge while the left edge holds two buttons- one could be the volume rocker while the other possibly could be the Bixby button.There are rumours that the South Korean tech giant may announce the smartphone sometime around September. Here are some of the other important  features of the Galaxy Note 8 that have been leaked or rumoured so far.4K infinity display: Note 8 is purported  to come with a 6.3 inch 4K display curved on two sides and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This means that the resolution may be somewhere close to 2160p. The 4K display was recently seen in Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumour roundup: Dual camera, curved 4K display and no physical home buttonDual camera: If rumours are to be believed then the Note 8 may come with dual cameras on the rear making it the first Samsung device to come with dual cameras.  The phablet is expected to come with 12MP wide-angle CIS dual camera and a 13MP telephoto CIS. There are also talks that the device could come with 3X optical zoom, dual 6P lenses and  a 5-axis optical image stabilization.Optical Fingerprint scanner:  A feature that is also rumoured to come with iPhone 8, optical fingerprint scanner allows for the sensor to be placed beneath the glass or display and yet detect the fingerprint. There are rumours that the Galaxy Note 8 could come with front-mounted optical fingerprint scanner.Android 7.1.1. and Android O: Since the Note 8 is rumoured to debut in September, it is obvious that the device would run Android 7.1.1.  and Android O.  This means that the phablet could run the same OS as seen in Galaxy S8 and S8+.Not much is known about the inner hardware but rumours are that the phone could come with Exynos 8895 for Asian markets and Snapdragon 835 for the US. Also, you can expect 6GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage in the device.last_img read more

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first_imgJust when you thought that leaks and rumours of a Samsung phone would die out, at least for few months after the much-awaited Note 8 launch,  a new Samsung has been spotted online. This time it is the Galaxy J7+. And this again is expected to be a dual camera smartphone.The promotional images of the Samsung Galaxy J7+ have been spotted online in Thailand. According to the leaked images, the phone in question will come with dual camera including a 13MP f/1.7 primary sensor and  5MP f/1.9 secondary sensor. The two cameras are aligned vertically along with the LED flash.  The image also reveals that the dual camera will offer Live Focus portrait mode. Further, the phone could will come with a 16MP shooter with LED flash.The image also give us a peak into the specs of the phone like the device would sport a 5.5-inch full HD display and run on Android Nougat. The phone could flaunt a metal unibody design and be powered by 2.39GHz octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM. The phone is expected to  have 32GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The new Galaxy J7+ will be backed by a 3,000mAh battery. Expect three colours of the phone-  Pink, Black and Gold.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched with 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity display, Bixby & dual 12MP camerasDesign wise, the image shows off a black colour device with thick bezels on the top and bottom. There are thin, almost no bezels on the side.  A physical home button is placed in the middle of the lower bezel and it is expected to also double as the fingerprint scanner. The Samsung Galaxy J7 + is also rumoured to come with Bixby support and facial recognition which were also seen in the recently launched Galaxy Note 8.  While the Note 8 is a high-end premium phone unveiled by the company, the J series is budget phone segment by Samsung including phones under Rs 20,000. However, no J-series phone until now have come with facial recognition or Bixby support and if these leaked images are to be trusted then the J7+ would be the first J series phone to come with these features. This also leads to another speculation that Samsung may not price this phone under Rs 20,000.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgIndia won their third Asia Cup title with a clinical 2-1 victory over Malaysia as Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay scored for India in Dhaka on Sunday.India had previously appeared in seven Asia Cup finals but had won on only two occasions in 2003 and 2007 consecutively.India had thrashed Malaysia 6-2 earlier in the Super 4s match but they proved to be a far more difficult opponent in the final.CHAMPIONS! India clinch the coveted #HeroAsiaCup 2017 (Men) crown with a thrilling win over Malaysia on 22nd Oct.#INDvMAS #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/iQde0JKZG3- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017India scored as early as the third minute through Ramandeep Singh who scored off an SV Sunil pass in two attempts. Indian strikers showed good movement and Sunil raced on the right flank and passed towards Ramandeep, who took two touches to find the back of the net.#ICYMI: @ramandeep_31’s splendid finish to open the scoring in this grand finale!#INDvMAS #HeroAsiaCup pic.twitter.com/bKX54ZXRo4- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017Thereafter, Malaysia starting putting some pressure on the Indian defence but the latter looked hardly troubled. Despite multiple penetrations and a penalty corner, Malaysia failed to convert any of their attacking forays.Sunil looked at his best in the first quarter and he made multiple runs on the right flank to put India in good positions but there didn’t come a decisive strike.The second quarter began with India beginning to take more control of the match but Malaysia had the big chance first. Malaysia played a defence splitting pass into the middle but even with two positioned strikers at the far post, none could get the final touch.advertisementA slew of attacks from India followed and in the 29th minute, Lalit Upadhyay found the net off a great move inititated by Akashdeep Singh.29′ GOAL!!! ????2?-0?????A perfect deflection by @lalithockey as India doubles their advantage.#HeroAsiaCup #INDvMAS- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017The third quarter began with both teams pushing for goals. India showed flair and made good attacking moves but Malaysia remained solid and managed to keep India at bay.Lalit missed a beautiful chance when he failed to fire into an open goal after a good passage of play from India.Despite some attacking display, the third quarter remained goalless and India maintained their two-goal cushion.Malaysia accelerated in the fourth quarter and put up some organised play, the result of which they got in the 50th minute.Shahril Saabah managed to get one back for Malaysia after some compact and calm play by the team.50′ Goal!! ????2?-1?????Malaysia back into the game with a FG from Shahril Saabah.#HeroAsiaCup #INDvMAS- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2017Malaysia maintained the pressure on India thereafter but despite repeated forays, India held strong at the back and managed to hold on to the lead.As the final whistle blew, India were crowned the new Asia Cup champions.India had reached the final crushing Pakistan 4-0 in their Super 4s match on Saturday with Satbir Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Gurjant Singh getting their names on the scoresheet.On the other hand, Malaysia made it to the final with a 1-1 draw against South Korea.India had a brilliant tournament as they thrashed Japan, Bangladesh and Pakistan with a 1-1 draw against South Korea in their first Super 4s match being the only blip.last_img read more

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first_imgHe is one of the big achievers as well as newsmakers to come from New Zealand for a career now spanning more than a decade.Despite making news for losing captaincy to former skipper Brendon McCullum and sharing an uncomfortable relationship with coach Mike Hesson, many overlook the fact that Ross Taylor averages 45 in both limited overs and Test cricket. Its no mean feat for underachieving Black Caps outfits over the years.The 33-year-old middle order star has played for four franchises in the IPL including Royal Challengers Bangalore, at a time when Virat Kohli wasn’t the standout player he is today.Taylor in an exclusive interview to India Today opens up on Virat’s transformation from a young batting star to being one of the world’s best. He also candidly admits New Zealand will have to be at their very best to just compete against the current Indian limited overs outfit in the upcoming series. Excerpts…Q. It’s festive season in India these days. Do you think New Zealand can spoil the Indian party?A. You try to win everything you play. But we know it will be tough. We play them a lot but India is always very good at home. We will have to be at our best to compete.Q. I have always wondered what it is like for a Kiwi to play in India against India. Must be quite lonely unlike in the IPL where you have enough support home and away..A. India is a unique place to play and a place I have always enjoyed. Indian crowds are knowledgeable and they love the game. Players have had enough IPL games now to have a following. I have played for four different teams. The Indian crowds will try their best to enjoy good cricket.advertisementQ. It must feel good to get some runs under your belt with the hundred you got in the practice game..A. Practice game or whatever, it’s good to spend some time out there. Its been quite cold back home and to come in the heat and humidity here has affected the players a little bit. But hopefully the two hit outs will prepare us well. Wankhede is a lovely stadium to play cricket in and the team is looking forward to that.Q. You will play some high quality spin in the one day series. Particularly the way the Indian wrist spinners got going against Australia, last?A. Anytime you play India, spin will be a big factor. The way they play our spinners and the way we have to combat their spin. We have had a good hit out. Nadeem and Karn Sharma also put us under pressure at numerous times and the way we go against spin, will go a long way in knowing how we go in this series.Q. The team would have kept an eye on the India Australia series..A. You need to. But a lot of time you play here, the conditions vary from city to city. Some will turn a little bit and some will turn from ball one. We will have to assess and play according.Q. For India its not spin alone that’s doing well. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah with the new ball and at the death and Hardik Pandya to support makes a impressive attack here..A. The whole balance of the Indian side is impressive. Fast bowlers with Bhuvi swinging it early and also Bumrah. Hardik is turning himself into a world class all rounder. We know we have to be at top of our game. Their batting line up as well, our bowlers will have to be at their best. But it was a good series here last time, we lost 3-2. We have fond memories here and hopefully we can get one better.Q. You have never been shy of playing the horizontal bat shot. You would want to use the slog sweep against spin?A. I made a name for myself playing the slog sweep in IPL for Bangalore. It may not be my best shot. In saying that when it comes off and goes for a six, it’s enjoyable. Fingers crossed it works.Q. You played with Virat Kohli for RCB at the start of the IPL. What’s your take on his transformation from where he was just another batsman to being one of the best today?A. Look I have enjoyed watching Virat grow and have followed his progress from the young player of 2008 for RCB to the player he is now. Him and Williamson are very similar. Batsmen who ask questions at a very young age and you can see the class at very young age.advertisementTo see him where he is today and the consistency he has and now with the added responsibility of captaining the country that he has taken with both hands. I am sure for the next however long he wants to play, he will be one of the best players of all time to have played the game. Which is high praise for a player of his age.Q. One thing that’s hasn’t changed about him is his attitude and aggression..A. At the end of the day, when you play the game you have to be true to yourself. And I love his aggression which rubs off on other players and as opposition you know you are in a contest when you play against him. I don’t think it will change with Virat until the time he does retire. He is a fantastic player to watch and one has to be always competitive against him.Q. Talking about you, it would feel good to have someone like Kane Williamson coming alone to take the pressure of you. You were the captain a few years ago and had a lot on your plate..A. In a way for me it’s now trying to take as much responsibility off Kane . He is a world class player in his own right and captain ship can sometimes affect players. So myself Guptill and Latham have to try and take pressure of Kane so he can do his main skill and score runs and win games for us.Q. Is the team confident they can pull off anything special in this short one day and T20 series? Any predictions? A. You don’t make too many predictions against India. We know we will have to be at our best to compete. If we can master our skills and execute our game plans we can hopefully put this very good Indian side under some pressure and you never know from there.Q.  Let’s close this with some quick-fire t20 questions. I will throw in some names and wait for your response..A. Martin Crowe — mentor and a massive influenceMartin Guptill  — a good friend and team mate. He just needs a hair cut, it’s too bright for me.Brendon McCullum — swashbuckling opener, a very good captain and has taken his team forward. Just speaks too much sometimes.Mike Hesson — short and very good coach. played a big part in evolution of this side.IPL — Great to be a part of and thoroughly enjoyed being part of four different sides.Retirement — not far away.last_img read more

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first_imgMercedes won the Formula One constructors’ title for the fourth year in a row on Sunday but Lewis Hamilton was made to wait despite cruising to a U.S. Grand Prix victory at one of his favourite circuits.Hamilton, presented with the winner’s trophy by former U.S. president Bill Clinton, now looks sure to finish off the job and become Britain’s first four times world champion in Mexico next weekend.The Mercedes driver’s fifth victory in six years at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas extended his lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, to 66 points.There are a maximum of 75 points still to be won from the three races remaining.Win the Constructors’ Championship… Celebrate!!! pic.twitter.com/n9D7PKDg0u- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 23, 2017″I love this track, I think this track is now my favourite to be honest,” said Hamilton, interviewed by Usain Bolt on the podium and joining the Olympic sprint champion’s signature victory pose.”A big congratulations to the team. They work so hard back at the factory and here.”The victory was the 62nd of Hamilton’s career and his ninth of the season.4 years in a row!! I’m so proud of our Teams achievement today!#4TheTeam #Champions #StillWeRise #USGP @MercedesAMGF1 pic.twitter.com/AuYpHqs7GL- Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 23, 2017Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took third, despite finishing fourth at the flag, after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen — who had passed the Finn with a great overtaking move — was hit with a five second post-race penalty that dropped him to fourth.advertisementAP Photo”It is an appalling decision. They have robbed all of the fans here,” raged Red Bull principal Christian Horner as Verstappen left the pre-podium room.”It was a great grand prix and they have screwed it up.”???!!! #USGP ??º?? #F1 pic.twitter.com/f3YH8OETC1- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 22, 2017Hamilton had started on pole position, waved away for the formation lap by Bolt after an extended pre-race presentation reflecting the sport’s new U.S. ownership and desire to jazz things up.Celebrity boxing title fight announcer Michael Buffer gave his long and resonant call of ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’, after announcing the drivers to the crowd one by one, and the battle was on.But it was Vettel who struck the first blow from second place on the grid, beating Hamilton into the first corner as the Briton moved across and squeezed him as tight as he could without making contact.Six laps later and Hamilton was back in front and this time he stayed there.”At the start it was looking good, we got past Lewis, but we had to realise we couldn’t go at his pace,” said Vettel.HAM: “I know a lot of you would like to drive an F1 car. I can tell you that it’s the best feeling in the world” #USGP ??º?? pic.twitter.com/qHzyde6lAa- Formula 1 (@F1) October 22, 2017″We were then in no-man’s land and were not quite sure. We decided to pit again, with a fresh set of tyres, and it was a bit more exciting but overall it was not the result we needed.”The German dropped down to fourth after his second stop but passed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas with five laps to go and team mate Raikkonen obligingly let him pass.HAM: “Since 2012 this crowd has been growing year-on-year. I think this track is now my favourite” #USGP ??º?? pic.twitter.com/83qxZKD6DW- Formula 1 (@F1) October 22, 2017Bottas finished fifth with French driver Esteban Ocon sixth for Force India and Carlos Sainz, on his Renault debut after leaving Toro Rosso, seventh.Mexican Sergio Perez was eighth for Force India with Brazilian Felipe Massa ninth in a Williams and Russian Daniil Kvyat taking a point for Toro Rosso.last_img read more

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first_imgParis St Germain went a provisional seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after Edinson Cavani’s first-half double and a Dante own goal after the break secured a 3-0 home win over Nice in an entertaining clash on Friday.The result left PSG in the driving seat with 29 points from 11 games, though second-placed champions AS Monaco can reduce the gap when they visit Girondins Bordeaux on Saturday.Nice, who finished third last season, stayed 14th with 10 points after their fourth successive league defeat.PSG were unfazed by the absence of their suspended Brazil forward Neymar, who was sent off in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Olympique Marseille, as Angel Di Maria made the most of a rare start in the wake of strong competition up front.The Argentine winger set up both of Cavani’s goals, having whipped in a third-minute free kick from the left which the Uruguay hitman superbly headed home at the near post.The pair combined again in the 31st as Di Maria carved open the visiting defence with a perfectly weighed pass and Cavani tucked the ball into an empty net after beating the offside trap and rounding goalkeeper Walter Benitez.Benitez made two good saves in the first half, keeping out easy chances for Cavani and Di Maria to prevent Nice from falling further behind in a lop-sided contest.He was powerless, however, when centre back Dante put the ball into his own net after Cavani headed a teasing cross from the left back into the six-yard box.advertisementKylian Mbappe then hit the outside of the post after a dazzling solo run as PSG kept their foot on the gas, with Nice hardly able to get into the opposition half.Cavani was given a standing ovation by the home fans when he was substituted for Lucas Moura in the 85th minute and Neymar also applauded his team mate from the VIP box.last_img read more

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first_imgTottenham Hotspur now belong with the best in Europe after their 3-1 demolition of Champions League holders Real Madrid at Wembley, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Wednesday.Two goals from Dele Alli and one from Christian Eriksen booked Tottenham’s place in the last 16 of the competition, having baled out in the group phase last season.Twelve-times winners Real had been beaten only once in 22 European ties and had not lost any of their previous 30 group games, but could not live with Pochettino’s dynamic Spurs side.”These games have made us more visible around Europe,” Pochettino, whose side gained a 1-1 draw in the Group H clash in the Bernabeu two weeks ago, told reporters.What a night, under the lights, in the @ChampionsLeague. ?? #COYS pic.twitter.com/Ki57MI0Lf7- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2017″We’ve qualified and we’re where we want to be. We’re in the next round of the Champions League.”The most exciting thing – what motivates me the most – is that we keep going as a group and this club can achieve important things. You’ve seen today that Tottenham is a big team. We are starting to believe in our potential and that we can compete on a physical and mental level wit the top teams. Reuters Photo”We now belong with the best in England and Europe.”Pochettino set his team up to attack a vulnerable Real side who have suffered their worst domestic start for five years.It paid handsome dividends as they soared into a 3-0 lead midway through the second half before Christiano Ronaldo’s goal set up a nervy final 10 minutes.advertisementAlli, suspended for Tottenham’s opening three games in the competition this season after being sent off against Gent in the Europa League last season, was the pick of Tottenham’s players, although Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane ran him close.”It was a fantastic display by us. We knew if we stuck to our gameplan and were solid at back then we’d get chances,” Alli said. “I wasn’t surprised we dominated. We don’t want to just compete with these teams we want to beat them.”??? The thoughts of Mauricio after a night to remember in the @ChampionsLeague. #COYS pic.twitter.com/5KigfGzLnH- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2017Pochettino said Alli, the first Englishman to score a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League since Steven Gerrard for Liverpool in 2009, was getting back to his best after a relatively quiet start to the campaign.”I think it was a great opportunity for Dele to show his quality,” Pochettino said. “It was a big motivation for him to play. He scored twice and nearly had a hat-trick.”I’ve felt he is getting better and better every day. We need him at his best to achieve the things we want to achieve.”Pochettino played down suggestions Wednesday’s result was his best in his three and a bit seasons in charge.”Right now we are very proud of this match but it will mean nothing at the end of the season if we haven’t won a trophy,” he said. “I was just as happy when we beat Liverpool and Bournemouth. I’m relaxed and calm and now I’m just thinking about Crystal Palace on Sunday at midday.”last_img read more

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first_imgThey were inseparable during their eight seasons for the Chennai Super Kings but Suresh Raina will now be plotting Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s downfall when Team Rajkot will face Team Pune in the ninth edition of IPL.Asked about his feelings, Raina said they would be competitive but at the same time would not lack “sportsman spirit” when pitted against his former IPL captain.For the dashing left-hander, familiarity with Rajkot conditions will be an asset.”I am very much familiar with the condition of Rajkot as I have played many matches in junior category like U-16 and U-19,” the 29-year-old left-handed batsman said.When asked about his India and CSK teammate Ravindra Jadeja, who has also been picked up by Rajkot, Raina said,”Jadeja is a local boy. Both of us are familiar with conditions here and we will use this to our advantage”.The next edition of the IPL will be held from April 9 to May 29 with the opening and the final match in Mumbai.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was fined Rs 52.24 crore by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday for misusing its dominant position and anti-competitive practices in awarding broadcast rights for the Indian Premier League.The Competition Commission of India (CCI) accused BCCI in its order of anti-competitive conduct in assuring broadcasters that it would not sanction any other domestic T20 league.”We will legally understand it (the CCI order), examine it and if need be, we will appeal against it in the court,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told television news agency ANI.The BCCI’s guarantee to not “organise, sanction, recognise, or support another professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to IPL, for a sustained period of 10 years” was against competition guidelines, the regulator said.”CCI held that the impugned restriction had no nexus to the legitimate interest of cricket in the country,” it said in a statement.”Rather, the restriction was pursued to enhance the commercial interest of the bidders of IPL broadcasting rights and the consideration in turn received by BCCI.”The CCI directed the board not to place blanket restrictions on and clarify the rules applicable for the organisation of the professional domestic cricket league or events by both BCCI members and non-members.The regulator called on the BCCI to file a report to the Commission on their compliance within 60 days of their receipt of the CCI order, the statement said.In 2013, the CCI passed an order imposing the same financial penalty on the BCCI, but it was set aside after the cricket board appealed against the sanctions at the Competition Appellate Tribunal.advertisementThe CCI then conducted a detailed investigation by its director general and concluded that the BCCI’s actions were anti-competitive.The franchise-based IPL competition began in 2008 with eight teams and owners including India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and Bollywood actors.In September Star India, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, bid 163.48 billion rupees ($2.54 billion) for the television and digital rights of the IPL for a five-year period from 2018 to 2022.last_img read more

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first_imgVirat Kohli’s Team India are on a rampaging form making huge strides in the world of cricket since past two years.From Ravi Shastri’s first stint and Anil Kumble’s one-year tenure to the return of Shastri, India have registered eight successive Test series wins.Along with eyeing a series victory in the upcoming Delhi Test match against Sri Lanka, India are also looking to level Australia’s record of nine consecutive Test series wins.Even if India get the record, it is after after the record that their real challenge would start.With the Indian team scheduled to play four big series outside the sub continent in South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand and the 2019 World Cup in England in the next year and a half, this phase is what could possibly define the legacy Virat Kohli’s Team India.The man who showed India the way to win overseas, former captain Sourav Ganguly thinks success in these upcoming overseas tours is not just a dream.”Overseas is the real challenge. And I think this team can win. They have the fast bowlers and the ability to take 20 wickets. I hope in the next 15 months, India will come good. I think India will do well overseas under Kohli. Virat Kohli has the hunger to win overseas and that matters a lot,” Ganguly told India Today.India’s away season will kick off early next year with a three-match Test series against South Africa — a place that has its own demons for India. Ganguly fondly remembers the Johannesburg Test of 2006, the only Test India have won in South Africa and never have they won a Test series there. However, he refuses to get into comparisons between that side and the current one.advertisement”This team is balanced. I don’t know more or less as compared to teams we went to South Africa with. Players come from different generations but I hope Indian bowlers get 20 wickets. That will be crucial because it won’t turn there,” he said. Selectors are due to pick the squad for the South Africa series next week and Ganguly reckons India should only go in with three spinners.”It depends on the captain. If he wants to take three spinners, they will need an extra keeper as well. If I was Virat Kohli, my thinking would be to ask myself which spinner I want to play in the first Test. Because you won’t play two spinners in the eleven. If Virat thinks Kuldeep will play then take him. If your thinking is Ashwin, Jadeja then Kuldeep, might as well take 5 fast bowlers,” he opined.The former skipper is unhappy about the lack of practice games for the team before the Tests even though the team is trying to make up by playing on greener wickets in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.”One practice game is not ideal. I always think when we go to South Africa, England, Australia, you need two or three practice games. We should have focused on this more. But that’s how it is now. Will have to make do,” he said. “The earlier they acclimatise, it will help them do well,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are officially a married couple now. The two tied the knot at Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, South of Italy. The couple has been a favourite of the masses and has dominated headlines ever since they started dating back in 2013.Both Kohli and Anushka came out on their Twitter handles and shared pictures of their wedding with their fans. They openly confessed love for each other and sought blessings from their fans.The Indian captain tweeted a photo of their ‘varmala’ ceremony and captioned it, “Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey.”Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/aobTUwMNAK- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 11, 2017Anushka Sharma, for the first time, came out and spoke of her relationship with Kohli by tweeting a message of their wedding ceremony with the same message.Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/Scobdiqk7ladvertisement- Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) December 11, 2017In the past, Kohli had often said how Anushka had made him a more matured person and has lauded her presence in his life. The two started dating after meeting during the shooting of an advertisement. Kohli, has since been virtually unstoppable.Kohli has hammered 19 ODI hundreds and 17 Test hundreds since 2013. That means 36 of his 52 international hundreds have been scored since the time he met Anushka.The Kohli-Anushka reception in New Delhi is all set to take place on December 21 at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave at 8.30pm. Kohli has been on fire as captain, leading his team to the top of the ICC Test rankings.Kohli had asked for a short break from the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and said the packed scheduled over the last two years had taken a toll.After defeating Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series, Virat Kohli asked for a break from international cricket before the challenging South Africa tour starting January 5. “I am not a robot,” he had said on the issue of Indian cricketers playing non-stop cricket.The cricketing fraternity took to Twitter to congratulate the newly-married couple.Congratulations to the lovely couple! God bless???????? @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma https://t.co/VAY7Jy7byV- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 11, 2017Jug jug jeeve eh sohni Jodi ..@imVkohli @AnushkaSharma rab hamesha khush rakhe?????? pic.twitter.com/Xnb3APjpTa- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 11, 2017Wishing @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma all the best in the new innings of their life #viratanushka #congrats- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) December 11, 2017Happy married life both of you @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma have a wonderful life ahead may god bless u both with lots of happiness- Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) December 11, 2017Congratulations @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma on your wedding. May God Bless you two and give you happiness and a rewarding married life.- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 11, 2017Heartiest congratulations to this lovely pair. Wishing the couple a very happy married life. https://t.co/d1gd5vCkiw- BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2017Shaadi Mubarak, @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma May God bless you both with lots of happiness. ??????- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 11, 2017Congratulations @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma. Wish you both all the happiness and a long married life! pic.twitter.com/bgD2TPA9dl- Parvinder Awana (@ParvinderAwana) December 11, 2017last_img read more

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