US Women’s Soccer Big TV Draw

first_imgNEW YORK — The U.S. opener has drawn the largest television audience on record for a Women’s World Cup group stage game.The Americans’ 3-1 win over Australia on June 8 averaged more than 3.3 million viewers on Fox Sports 1. The previous high was nearly 2.5 million in 1999 for the tournament in the U.S.Nielsen doesn’t have data on the 1991 Women’s Women Cup.Fox said the audience was more than triple the almost 1.1 million for the 2011 U.S. opener. That game started just before noon in the Eastern time zone with the tournament in Germany, while the June 8 match from Winnipeg was in prime time.The Stanley Cup Final Game 3, which started a half-hour later, averaged nearly 3.9 million viewers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Lions Devour The Jets, 23-3

first_imgDETROIT — Matthew Stafford threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, and rookie running back Ameer Abdullah ran for 67 yards — 45 on one play — to lift the Detroit Lions to a 23-3 preseason victory over the punchless New York Jets on Aug. 13.Stafford played only one possession. He threw for 57 yards, completing his only two pass attempts — both to Tate. The touchdown came on a throw over the middle, and Tate slipped between three defenders after the catch and ran to the end zone.“It was a good start,” Stafford said. “I thought the tempo was good. We were able to run the ball pretty well tonight, which was good to see.”Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Jets’ new starting quarterback, played one drive, going 2 of 3 for 16 yards and guiding New York to a field goal in coach Todd Bowles’ debut.New York’s offense sputtered in new coordinator Chan Gailey’s system, gaining just 123 yards — 67 rushing, 56 passing — and six first downs, compared to 428 yards and 26 first downs for Detroit.It’s been a tumultuous week for the Jets, who lost Geno Smith to a broken jaw when he was punched by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room Aug. 11.Enemkpali was cut shortly after. He was picked up on waivers by Buffalo, which is coached by Rex Ryan, who drafted the linebacker in the sixth round last year while with the Jets.“Rex is Rex. You all know him,” Jets guard Willie Colon said with a laugh. “Of course we’re not surprised that he picked up I.K.”Smith, who was having a solid camp, had surgery on his jaw Aug. 13 and is expected to miss 6-10 weeks.Although Stafford’s appearance was brief, Abdullah played a bit longer and impressed the Ford Field crowd with his seven carries. The highlight was his 45-yard run up the middle in the first quarter.“He’s just what he was in college,” Bowles said. “He’s about as quick as Barry Sanders. I’m not saying he is Barry Sanders, but he’s got that kind of quickness.”Abdullah, a second-round draft pick from Nebraska, could be a real asset to the Lions, who cut Reggie Bush in the offseason and were without injured RB Joique Bell. Abdullah got a nice cheer on his first carry of the game, and Lions fans had to like what they saw from him.“He’s got some talent,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “He can make you miss and he can run around you. We’ll see how much he does with power, but that’s probably not his forte, necessarily.”(NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Harvey Misses Trip for Doc Visit

first_imgJUPITER — New York Mets opening-day starter Matt Harvey did not travel with the rest of the team to Jupiter, Florida, on Monday because of what the team said was a “non-orthopedic doctor’s appointment.”Harvey was the lone Mets player not to make the trip. The entire squad usually goes on the road during the final week of spring training.Harvey returned last year from Tommy John surgery, performed in 2013 by Dr. James Andrews. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Curry, Short-Handed Warriors Knock Out Rockets in Game 6 (Vid)

first_imgHOUSTON — After Stephen Curry bounced back from the first scoreless first half of his playoff career to score 33 points in the last two quarters and help the Golden State Warriors eliminate the Houston Rockets and advance to the Western Conference finals on Friday night, coach Steve Kerr stopped to talk with his star’s parents.He said he told Dell and Sonya Curry: “If that game didn’t personify Steph Curry, I don’t know what does.”Curry’s huge second half allowed the Warriors to overcome the absence of Kevin Durant and get the 118-113 win. He heard the chatter about how he’d struggled in this series entering this game and admitted that he was “pretty terrible” before halftime on Friday night.“A night like tonight doesn’t happen without belief in myself,” Curry said.Klay Thompson added 27 points to help two-time defending champion Golden State reach the conference finals for a franchise-record fifth straight year and eliminate Houston for the fourth time in five seasons. The Warriors did it with Durant sidelined by a calf injury sustained in the second half of their Game 5 victory.“That was an absolute grind,” Kerr said. “We’re thrilled to be moving on and excited to have this one in our review mirror.”James Harden led Houston with 35 points, and Chris Paul added 27.Harden’s layup got the Rockets within three with less than a minute to go, but Thompson made a 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds remaining to extend Golden State’s lead to 110-104.Gerald Green then missed a 3 for Houston and the Rockets were forced to foul Curry. He made both shots before Harden’s 3 got Houston within five at 112-107 with 24 seconds left.Playing with a dislocated finger on his left hand, Curry made two more free throws before P.J. Tucker hit a 3 for Houston. But two more free throws by Curry made it 116-110 with 12.3 seconds left and Harden dribbled it off his foot for the last of his six turnovers.“We’ve let a lot of opportunities slip away … if you don’t take advantage of opportunities you end up on the losing side,” Harden said.The Rockets failed to score for a big chunk of the fourth quarter and had to watch the Warriors celebrate a series victory on their home court for the second straight season after they won the conference finals in Houston last year. Harden was 11 of 25 from the field, going 6 of 15 from 3-point range, and 7 of 12 on free throws.“This one’s going to leave a mark,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “This is not something you just get over. This one hurts. We played our best and they played their best, and we didn’t knock them out. It was like a heavyweight fight. We didn’t land the blows to at least get back to Golden State.”Curry struggled early, failing to score in the first half for the first time in 102 career playoff games, and had just 10 points through three periods. But he got going in the fourth, scoring 23 points.“At halftime we’re tied and I had zero points, you’ve got to like that situation,” Curry said.There were questions entering the game about how the Warriors would weather the loss of Durant — and his more than 34 points a game. But they didn’t seem to miss a beat, getting 21 from Thompson in the first half before Curry closed it in the fourth.“When you’re missing one of the greatest players to ever play and the best scorer in the world, you can’t collectively make up for what he does,” Thompson said. “But you can step up in his absence and help out the point production.”The Rockets had a five-point lead to start the fourth and it was tied at 95 with about 7 ½ minutes to go after three points by Golden State’s Shaun Livingston.Harden and Curry exchanged baskets soon after that before both teams failed to score for the next 2 ½ minutes. Houston missed five shots in that stretch and the Warriors missed four before Kevon Looney made a layup to put Golden State on top 99-97 with just under four minutes left.A 3-pointer by Curry gave the Warriors a five-point lead before Harden ended a scoring drought by the Rockets of almost four minutes with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 102-100 with about 2 ½ remaining.Harden was called for a charge after that before Curry scored all of Golden State’s points in a 5-2 run that made it 107-102 with 90 seconds left.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant didn’t make the trip to Houston, remaining in the Bay Area to receive treatment for his injury. The Warriors said he’ll be re-evaluated next week. … The Warriors started Andrew Bogut for Durant and he had three rebounds and zero points. … C Damian Jones, who is out with a torn pectoral muscle, has been cleared for contact drills and could be available later in the playoffs if the Warriors advance.Rockets: Tucker had 15 points and has scored at least 10 points in eight of Houston’s last 11 games. … Clint Capela had with 10 points and 10 rebounds.THEY SAID ITKerr on the performance of Andre Iguodala, who made six 3-pointers and had 17 points: “That game was probably not winnable without Andre’s contribution. Andre just does so much for us on both ends of the floor.”UP NEXTThe Warriors move on to face the Denver-Portland winner with Game 1 scheduled for Tuesday night in Oakland.By: Kristie Rieken, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Simone Biles Sets All-Time Medal Record at Gymnastics Worlds

first_imgSTUTTGART, Germany — Everyone counts Simone Biles’ medals except Simone Biles.Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor Sunday put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships.Biles won five gold medals this week. If she can repeat that at next year’s Olympics it would be a feat no female gymnast has managed at a single Games.But for Biles, it’s not about the statistics.“I can’t be more thrilled with the performance that I put out at this world championships,” she said. The medal record? “I’m not a number person.”Aged 22, she’s a hero to younger gymnasts who grew up watching her routines.“I’m second in the world after Simone Biles, and she’s obviously so amazing. And to be second is super crazy,” the 16-year-old U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee said after taking silver behind Biles in Sunday’s floor exercise. “I don’t know how she’s been doing this for so long.”Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States performs on the balance beam in the women’s apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Biles’ 24th medal came on the beam, breaking a tie for 23 with Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo.Biles scored 15.066 after a near-flawless routine, opting for a simpler dismount than the double-double she performed earlier in the championships.That dismount is a sore point for Biles, who introduced the double-double to competition this season and had the skill officially named after her at the worlds — there are four Biles skills now. She feels the International Gymnastics Federation didn’t reward it with a high enough difficulty rating.“It’s not worth the one-tenth (extra difficulty point). I’m sorry, it’s just not,” she said.When her score was announced, guaranteeing the medal record, Biles leaped up from her seat with a broad smile and punched the air.“I was really excited. I thought it was going to be at least a 14.8, 14.9, but to see 15, I was like, ‘Well, that’s pretty crazy,’ so I was very proud,” she said.China took silver and bronze with Liu Tingting on 14.433 and Li Shijia on 14.3, respectively.Biles won the floor exercise by a full point, scoring 15.133 despite a step out of bounds on one pass, and blew kisses to the audience after finishing her routine. Her U.S. teammate Lee won silver, her third medal of the championships, while Angelina Melnikova took bronze for Russia.Biles’ winning routine came after a long wait when Brazilian gymnast Flavia Saraiva requested an inquiry into her score, during which time Biles sat on the edge of the floor.Her earlier gold medals came in the team event Tuesday, the individual all-around Thursday and the vault Saturday.A fifth place on uneven bars Saturday ended Biles’ chances of winning a medal in all six events, which she did last year in her comeback world championships after a sabbatical in 2017.The uneven bars are historically Biles’ weakest event, though she still won a world silver in 2018, and two-time world champion Nina Derwael of Belgium is the strongest contender to stop a gold-medal sweep by Biles and the U.S. women’s team at the Olympics.Simone Biles of the United States, center and gold medal, Liu Tingting of China, left and silver medal, and Li Shijia of China, right and bronze medaL, listen to the national anthem during the award ceremony for the balance beam in the women’s apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Biles hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, so this week may have been her last at the world championships. Blowing kisses to the crowd wasn’t meant as a goodbye to the competition, she said.“It’s just a good floor routine, farewell to just the end of this world championship chapter here in Stuttgart,” she said.Of her 25 career world medals, 19 are gold, against 12 of 23 for Scherbo.Earlier, Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy won the men’s vault for his third gold medal of the championships. He’s the first European man to win the vault since 2010.Nagornyy scored an average 14.966 from his two vaults, beating his friend and Russian teammate Artur Dalaloyan into second place. The bronze went to Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov.The 38-year-old Romanian Marian Dragulescu, a four-time world champion, secured qualification for his fifth Olympics by placing fourth.Britain won its second gold of the championships as Joe Fraser scored 15 points to win on parallel bars. Ahmet Önder was second for Turkey, with Japan’s Kazuma Kaya third. Max Whitlock won Britain’s first gold medal Saturday on pommel horse.Arthur Mariano won gold for Brazil on the high bar, scoring 14.9 ahead of Tin Srbic for Croatia. Dalaloyan took the bronze to end the championships with four medals.By: James Ellingworth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

France vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 final prediction: Buyan the bear has a winner

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia is almost here and prediction for the match is in by Buyan, a male Siberian bear from the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk.Paul the octopus earned worldwide fame during the 2010 World Cup after correctly predicting eight matches of the tournament. Since then animals predicting results of World Cup games has become a sort of a ritual.During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, various animals including a camel, an elephant and a sea turtle were involved in making predictions.This World Cup, Achilles the cat, who lives in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum and Zabiyaka ,a goat from Samara have been among the animals that have tried to predict the outcome of the matches.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAnd now, Buyan has made a prediction for the final between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL, FRANCE vs CROATIA: LIVE UPDATESAccording to Buyan, Croatia are destined to make history as they will beat France to win their first World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: France’s road to the finalBuyan was given the options of two watermelons with flags of France and Croatia respectively and the bear opted for the Croatian watermelon. Buyan chose Croatia while attempting to predict the result of the World Cup final match between France and Croatia. (Reuters)While Buyan has predicted Croatia will win, France are heavy favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday.France are eyeing their second title while this is the first World Cup final for Croatia, whose previous best finish was third in 1998.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Croatia’s road to the finalCroatia, who came out with scathing replies after defeating England in the semi-final, might look for a 1998 revenge on Sunday.In the semi-final of 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s golden generation were up against France and two second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to the final, one that they went on to win.This time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capable of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.However, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experience of winning the World Cup as a player.Deschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.last_img read more

Amaravati a dream capital, will be an innovation hub: Naidu

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said the state’s new capital city Amaravati is a dream capital and will be an innovation hub.Assuring that Amaravati will be an altogether different city, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Naidu said it will comprise of nine cities — media city, sports city, government city, justice city, finance city, knowledge city, tourism city, electronics city and health city.The chief minister was addressing a workshop “Andhra Pradesh: The Emerging Hub of Indian Media”, organised by the Centre for Strategy and Leadership here.According to the state government, the media city will be the centre for cultural and heritage activities and developed with a long-term vision to host international events.Noting that Amaravati is a “dream capital”, Naidu said ultimately it will be the most liveable place, having electronic vehicles and self-sustained and green buildings with central cooling system.”Our hardships may have posed as obstacles, but haven’t allowed us to take our minds off our single-minded goal of developing our state. We have grown significantly at around 10-11% per annum with significant increase in per capita income,” said Naidu.In November 1956, a unified Telugu-speaking state of Andhra Pradesh came into being. In February 2014, Parliament bifurcated it to create two Telugu-speaking states: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.”Even yesterday we fought in Parliament on bifurcation pains and sufferings. As a matter of fact we moved no-confidence motion also,” Naidu said.Yesterday, the no-confidence motion moved by the TDP, a former BJP ally, against the Narendra Modi government was comprehensively defeated in the Lok Sabha.advertisementA total of 325 MPs opposed, while 126 MPs supported the no-trust motion after a marathon 12-hour debate. A total of 451 MPs were present and voted in the House and the majority mark required, with an effective strength of 534 MPs, came down to 226.”We are making Andhra Pradesh as an innovation valley”, Naidu said, adding that I want to promote innovations and for all the innovations, “Amaravati will be the centre, it will be the hub”.Amravati will be India’s first future city that will fuel the growth of the country, particularly southern parts of India. Amravati will compete with the world’s top global cities. It will be hub of all major activities in India, said Centre for Strategy and Leadership Director Vikas Sharma. PTI VRN VRN BALBALlast_img read more

SC revokes ‘one state, one vote’ policy, approves BCCI’s draft constitution

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday approved the draft constitution of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with some modifications and the Court’s three-judge bench, in its order, granted four weeks time to register the new modified constitution.Modifying its earlier order, the apex court granted full membership to Mumbai Cricket association, Vidarbha and Railways. The Court has also dumped the one state one vote policy for Maharashtra and Vidarbha.The apex court also granted membership to Saurashtra, Vadodara, Mumbai and Vidarbha cricket associations. The court also restored full BCCI membership of Railways, Services and Association of Universities, which were cancelled on recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel.The court also asked the state cricket associations to adopt BCCI’s constitution within a month of the order and intimate the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) regarding the same. It further warned state cricket associations that non-compliance to the order will invite actions.In its last hearing on July 5, the apex court had said that the one state one vote recommendation as well as the cooling off period recommendations by the Lodha Committee could be reconsidered.The three-judge panel comprising of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud had also made few changes in the cooling off period. As per the amendments, the cooling-off period for BCCI office bearers will be in place after two consecutive terms.A cooling-off period meant that a person holding a post in an association or in BCCI need not go through the cooling-off phase if applying for a different post in the organisation. However, nothing has been decided about as of now.advertisement”The Honourable judges heard our plea and made observations which has filled us with positivity. I feel now our (him and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry’s) position is vindicated,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary had told PTI after the July 5 hearing.His comments came in the wake of the Supreme Court’s observation that cooling off period does not seem necessary if the office-bearer is contesting for a different position.”What is the need of cooling off period when a person is not contesting for the same post?” asked CJI Dipak Misra.”The Lodha panel suggestion was that there should be a cooling off period between two consecutive terms for an office-bearer. After a tenure in a particular post of BCCI, the office-bearer may contest for some another post. There is no need for a cooling off period in between,” observed Justice D Y Chandrachud.It was acting secretary Amitabh and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry, who had worked alongside member units, to raise the objectionable clauses in Lodha Reforms, taking inputs from them.”We have to wait for the final order but I think there is a ray of hope for us that things will be in order. The Honourable court heard all our arguments on the objectionable clauses and we are grateful for that,” Chaudhary said.Asked whether the clause on cooling off period and the age-cap of 70 years would be done away with, Chaudhary, who has of late been at loggerheads with the Committee of Administrators, sarcastically said: “Why don’t you ask the COA as to what they think about today’s observations?”In the draft constitution submitted to the court, the eligibility for becoming a national selector has been set at 20 first-class matches.If accepted, it would mean Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda, who were removed from the senior selection panel, might come back. They had been removed for not being Test cricketers Jatin and Gagan have been paid their salary without any work as selectors can only be removed at the AGM. In case the whole panel is removed at the AGM, they won’t make a comebacklast_img read more

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

first_imgNew Delhi: 13 SEPT, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALMumbai/Jaipur/Bhubanesawar/Karad:’Ganesh Chaturthi’festival (B+A)Jammu:Militant attack in Jammu(A+B)NewDelhi:Green corridor provided between IGI and AIIMS(B)New Delhi:Pulitzer Prize-winner, photographer Nick Ut(B)New Delhi:Secondary Steel Sector Conclave(A+B)New Delhi:Rahul Gandhi and Sri Lankan formerPresident Mahinda Rajapaks(B)New Delhi:Rahul addresses media(B+A)New Delhi:Congress party’s press conference onMallya’s allegations(A+B)INERNATIONALHanoi : World Economic Forum on ASEAN(B)Khan al-Ahmar :Israeli forces have dismantled fivecorrugated(B)New York:Fashion Week in New York(A+B)Toronto : Toronto International Film Festival(A)Choco: National Liberation Army, ELN, in a village(A)Grand Rapids:Mike Pence, Karen Pence Ford InternationalAirport(A)Topsail Beach/North Topsail Beach/ NOAA satelliteimage:Hurricane Florence moving towardthe east coast(A+B)Salt Lake City:Austin Boutain court hearing(B)New York: “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama(B)Cupertino: An event to announce new products(B+A)Accra:International Conference Center in Ghana(B)New York:Miss America 2019 Nia visits the ObservationDeck of the Empire State Building(B)Vladivostok: Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok(B+A)Bakersfield: A gunman killed five people, includinghis wife(B)Yokohama:Naomi Osaka attends a Press conference(B)New York:Cynthia Nixon and congressional candidateAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez greet voters(B)Hengyang: The SUV crashed into a crowd at a publicadvertisementsquare(A)Tsugol:military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia(B)SPORTSAsheville: FEI World Equestrian Games(B)Galle: women’s one day international cricket matchin Galle(B)Singapore:Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore(B)PTI PHOTO GCS DLDLlast_img read more

Compound archery coach dropped from Dronacharya award list for past indiscipline

first_imgNational compound archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja’s named was dropped from the Dronacharya award recommendation list for past indiscipline.In 2015, Teja had travelled with the Indian team as chief coach for the World University Games.The team, which was not sent by the government, had missed out on the bronze medal match due to change in timing, of which none of the archery contingent members was aware.The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) too had slapped a three-year ban on him while Archery Association of India (AAI) had imposed a one-year ban.”There was a case of indiscipline against him and a ban was imposed on him by national federation AAI. So, his name has been removed from the list. A case of indiscipline against a coach is something we can’t ignore,” a ministry source told PTI.@capt_amarinder Respected CM sir , kindly support me ## totally injustice ## Singh Teja (@tejacoach) September 20, 2018Teja said he had been wronged in this case since he was not at fault for the incident for which he was punished.”This is gross injustice. I will knock the doors of the Prime Minister and the President and will also go to court,” Teja told PTI reacting to the development.”The AIU had reduced the ban to one and a half years because they also found out that I was not at fault. It was not deliberate and was an unfortunate incident. The chef de mission knew about the change in timings but he did not inform us. It was not even an event sanctioned by the government and I had gone by spending from my own pocket.advertisement”And I had also completed the one-year ban of AAI. When I have completed the punishment, will that incident be dragged till my life? If I am wrong why I was sent to Asian Games as India coach? What about my achievements after 2015, will they not be considered? This is really disheartening,” Teja fumed.”There are a few people who are out there who want to harm my reputation. Ask the archers who have trained with me. Ask what impact I had made on their training methods. Let there be a probe to find out if I have been wronged in this case,” Teja, who is a national coach since 2015, said.Teja had travelled to Jakarta for Asian Games with the national compound team as head coach.Top archer Abhishek Verma too expressed his disappointment at the ministry’s move.”Dear sir, shocked that top archery coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja is being punished for no fault of his. The man who has scripted the success of Indian archery. Justice for Dronacharya. At least,” tweeted Verma.Sir,shocked that top archery coach JiwanjotSingh is being punished for no fault of his.The man who has scripted the success of Indian Archery.justice for Dronacharya.Atleast he should be given one hearing if there was a complaint.@narendramodi @Ra_THORe @tejacoach @YASMinistry Verma (@archer_abhishek) September 19, 2018(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Fernando Alonso’s departure is a big loss for Formula One: Carlos Sainz

first_imgTwo-time world champion Fernando Alonso is set to depart from Formula One at the end of the season and his fellow-Spaniard Carlos Sainz feels it does not reflect very well on the sport.37-year-old Alonso has not won a race since 2013 and has endured four frustrating years. The last time Alonso won a race was in 2013 with Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix.Alonso shifted from Ferrari back to McLaren in 2015 and 2014 was the last year when Alonso featured on the podium, finishing third at the Chinese Grand Prix.Despite having painful four years from 2015-2018 when Alonso has not won a single title, he is still regarded as one of the quickest drivers and ranks among the greats.”The fact that he is leaving I think is a big loss for Formula One,” Sainz, the Renault driver who is taking Alonso’s place at McLaren next year, told reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix.”It is something for Formula One and everyone to consider why one of the best drivers is leaving, and why we cannot have a bit more competitive grid where many drivers can fight for wins or for podiums.”Since the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid power units were introduced in 2014, only three teams have won races — Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.Force India’s Mexican Sergio Perez is the only driver from outside those top three teams to stand on the podium in 18 races so far this year.Last year, Williams’ Canadian Lance Stroll was the only non-Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull driver to claim a top three finish.advertisementAlonso, who won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006, is also competing in the World Endurance Championship with Toyota and won the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race this year.The Spaniard, a Monaco Grand Prix winner, needs to win the Indianapolis 500 to become only the second driver after the late Briton Graham Hill to complete the so-called ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.He competed at Indianapolis last year and led before his car’s engine expired.Sainz, 24, said Alonso had been a major influence on his career.”To manage to compete against him in the last four years has been a dream come true,” Sainz said.Formula One’s owners Liberty Media want to see the sport become more competitive and are working with teams and governing body on changes to help make that happen.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi X with in-display fingerprint sensor launch teased for February 15

first_imgXiaomi is expected to launch several Redmi and Mi phones in February. The company recently launched its first phone under the now “independent” Redmi brand aka the Redmi Note 7 in China. In February Xiaomi reportedly plans to launch the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Go, the Mi 9 and also the company’s first foldable phone could be showcased. A newly leaked teaser poster now reveals that Xiaomi is preparing to launch a new phone called the Redmi X on February 15.As reported by a website named Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the launch date of the Redmi X, but the leaked poster which almost looks like an official one suggests February 15 launch. The poster doesn’t reveal many details about the Redmi X but it suggests a very interesting piece of news for the Mi Fans.The poster reveals that the upcoming Redmi X will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Having said that this will be the first Redmi phone to sport such a option for unlocking the device. Until now we have seen Xiaomi using the in-display fingerprint sensor technology only for its flagship level phones and not any of the pocket friendly Redmi phones.Looks like Redmi X will be different and may not be a very affordable smartphone. Most Redmi phones known for the great value that they offer for the money, Redmi X could be an exception. The Redmi X may not be as expensive as the flagships but also may not be as affordable as most Redmi phones. Rumours suggest that the Redmi X could be powered by Snapdragon 710 chipset.At the launch of the Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi officially confirmed that the company will be launching the Redmi Note 7 Pro in February. This is why some rumours hint that the Redmi X could actually be the Redmi Note 7 Pto. There’s no official information about the Redmi X or the Redmi Note 7 Pro from Xiaomi yet.Meanwhile, Xiaomi has announced the coming of Redmi Note 7 to India very soon. The company has officially teased the India launch of Redmi Note 7 and says that the phone will turn the industry upside down.ALSO READ | Mi 9 launch may have been teased for Feb 19, Xiaomi’s foldable phone also expectedALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 used as chopping board, crushes watermelon into pieces in latest durability testsALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6, and Poco F1 India price get discountedlast_img read more

Indian women’s hockey team stuns Ireland in friendly in Spain

first_imgIndian women’s hockey team dished out a spirited performance to notch up a stunning 3-0 victory against World cup silver medallists Ireland in their second and final friendly to end their tour of Spain on a high in Murcia on Sunday.India had drawn the first match 1-1 against Ireland on Saturday.India’s attacking prowess stretched the Irish defenders right from the start as the forwardline made potential forays into the striking circle.Navjot Kaur found the first breakthrough for India when she converted a splendid field goal in the 13th minute to help India take a 1-0 lead.An Indian infringement in the second quarter saw Ireland being awarded a PC but it was well-saved by India’s defence.In the 26th minute, a timely assist by the experienced Deep Grace Ekka helped Reena Khokar double India’s lead to 2-0 ahead of the 10-minute half-time break.India continued to keep up a discipline structure but in the melee gave away a PC to Ireland only minutes into the third quarter. But India’s strong defence kept an Irish goal at bay.The final quarter saw India set up a powerful attack that fetched them a PC which was well-converted by Gurjit Kaur who was the highest goal scorer for India in this tour.”I am proud of the team because playing six matches in nine days can be very difficult and the last two matches we have played without our skipper Rani who has a shoulder strain,” said an elated Sjoerd Marijne, Chief coach of the Indian women’s hockey team.advertisement”Today we were particularly good as we controlled the whole match and had them in our circle only six times. We have played good structure, with good disciplined hockey.”One of the things we have improved in this tour is personal leadership and taking responsibility. I am not only seeing the score, it’s good to win 3-0 but I am happy with individual performances.”Also Watch:last_img read more

Your future is as bright as your faith: Ravi Shastri after India’s 500th ODI win

first_imgBrief scores – India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54), Shankar (2/15). Highlights | Match Report | ScorecardIndia registered their 500th one day international win on Tuesday, beating Australia in the second ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. Incidentally India became the second team after Australia to reach the landmark.The win impressed Team India coach Ravi Shastri, as he took to social media to congratulate the Indian men’s cricket team.”Your future is as bright as your faith,” Ravi Shastri posted on social media.Your future is as bright as your faith – #500thODIwin #INDvAUS #TeamIndia Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) March 5, 2019India as a cricketing nation took 45 years to register 500 ODI wins having played their first game in the format against England at Leeds on July 13, 1974 in the Prudential Trophy. The Indian men’s cricket team has featured in 963 ODIs till date.India’s first ODI win had come under captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan against East Africa in the inaugural Cricket World Cup at Leeds on June 11 in 1975. The 100th win had was registered against South Africa in 1993 while the remaining four milestone wins came in the new millennium.The 200th ODI win was an 8-wicket victory over Kenya in the 2000 in Nairobi, while the 300th ODI win was registered against West Indies in 2007 when they beat them by 20 runs in Cuttack. India’s 400th ODI win was over Sri Lanka, by 6 wickets, in Colombo in the year 2012.A huge achievement for the team and I couldn’t be more excited to have been a part of this! #500th bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) March 5, 2019Stellar performances, exceptional teamwork! Kohli (@imVkohli) March 5, 2019India have a win to loss ratio of 1.207 in their 963 matches – 500 wins and 414 loses. Australia on the other, the first team to win 500 ODIs, have played 924 matches and won a total of 558 matches and lost 323 with a win to loss ratio of 1.727.South Africa though have the highest win to loss ratio, with 1.780, having won 374 matches and losing 210 out of 606 matches. The third highest number of ODI wins is India’s arch-rivals Pakistan, who have 479 victories having played 907 ODI and losing 401.Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front, scoring his 40th ODI century as Vijay Shankar took two wickets in the last over of the match to give India a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Chasing a target of 251 runs, Australia were dismissed for 242 runs in 49.3 overs as Kuldeep Yadav picked up 3 wickets for 54 runs from his 10 overs along with Jarprit Bumrah, who claimed two wickets.Also Read | Not thinking about World Cup: Vijay Shankar after helping India win 2nd ODI vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli full of praise for Vijay Shankar: Showed a lot of mental characterlast_img read more

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina clicked with ‘sons of the soil’ ahead of MI clash

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his depute Suresh Raina on Wednesday posed for a special picture with the ground staff at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai ahead of their match against the home team in the Indian Premier League.Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Mumbai Indians bowling coach Zaheer Khan were also part of the picture which was posted by Chennai Super Kings on social media.”With the sons of soil! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #MIvCSK,” CSK captioned the post.With the sons of soil! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #MIvCSK Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 2, 2019Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will lock horns at the Wankhede on Wednesday. CSK is the only unbeaten team in the tournament this season with 3 wins in three matches while Mumbai Indians have won just one out of their three games.On the morrow, Super Kings will hold the edge with Dhoni in rollicking form. The 37-year old former India captain hit a 46-ball 75 in their last game against Rajasthan Royals to singlehandedly lift his team from 27/3 to 175/5 at home.Chasing 176 for victory, Royals could not match up to Super Kings’ death bowling and Dhoni’s shrewd captaincy.Called the ‘Daddy’s Army’ for a host of over the hill cricketers in their arsenal, Super Kings have defied all odds to win the title last season and have continued their form this year in the opening exchanges.Mumbai Indians on the other hand, are over-dependent on openers Rohit and South African Quinton de Kock. The others have failed to get runs and need to step up.advertisementOn Wednesday, Mumbai will have the services of new recruit, West Indian fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, and can also play all rounder Ben Cutting in place of the Lasith Malinga who has looked lacklustre.In the spin department, Chennai have the edge too, with South African Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja doing the job well after the power play.Also Read | Pakistan bans IPL 2019 broadcast, says India ‘harming’ cricket in the countryAlso Read | IPL 2019: Gracia Raina and Hinaya Singh bond as MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina look onAlso Read | When Dhoni bats, it is difficult for bowlers: RR skipper Ajinkya Rahanelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Unpredictable Pakistan face Sri Lanka challenge

first_imgBuoyed by their comprehensive win over tournament favorites England, Pakistan will look to carry on the momentum when they take on Sri Lanka in their third World Cup game at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday.Both the teams, who were outplayed in their opening games, won their second games and made sure their fans don’t lose hope. While Pakistan was more convincing in their win against England, Sri Lanka was a bit rusty, especially in the batting department where they suffered a horrific batting collapse and almost surrendered before underdogs Afghanistan.It was only their pacers, especially Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga, who brought them back into the match and helped them register a narrow 34-run win in a match that was cut down to 41-overs affair due to rain.Pakistan, who were bundled out for 105 against West Indies, made a terrific turnaround against Eoin Morgan and boys as they first scored 348 and then successfully defended it on a batting-friendly Nottingham pitch in their second game. And thus, they would be the more confident side going into Friday’s match.Squads:Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanSri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey VandersayadvertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fastest captain from sub-continent to 50 ODI winsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Batsmen are clueless against Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliAlso Seelast_img read more

World Cup: Virat Kohli’s gesture towards Steve Smith terrific, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar lauded Virat Kohli after the India captain stopped a section of The Oval crowd from booing Australia batsman Steve Smith on Sunday. India went on to beat Australia by 36 runs in a high-scoring World Cup 2019 match but Kohli’s gesture won hearts across the cricket fraternity.Steve Smith along with David Warner had been banned for a year for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in 2018. In England, both Smith and Warner have faced a tough time from crowds. On Sunday, while Smith was fielding near the boundary, a few fans booed and jeered at him.Virat Kohli, who was batting at that moment, asked the crowd to stop the booing and instead applaud Steve Smith.Like Darren Lehmann, the former Australia coach, Sunil Gavaskar felt it was fine act of sportsmanship by Virat Kohli.”The incident was bang in the middle of the match. The match situation was such that he (Kohli) could have been forgiven for thinking of the bigger picture. Smith personally did not do anything. He said he was unaware of what had happened and had to face the consequences. That was terrific from Virat. That’s what sportsman’s spirit is all about,” Gavaskar told India Today.Speaking to the media after the match, Virat Kohli said he even apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of the crowd.”Just because there’s so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion.advertisement”He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it, either.”So I just felt for him, and I told him, I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that’s not acceptable,” Kohli said.Also Read | World T20 final vs Sri Lanka in 2014 worst day of my career: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Don’t want to say anything about Yo-Yo tests but my time will come: Yuvraj Singhlast_img read more

India vs England Live Cricket Match Streaming: Watch ENG vs IND Live Match on Star Sports and DD Sports

first_imgEngland plays India at Edgbaston on Sunday with the Cricket World Cup hosts unexpectedly fighting for survival in a tournament they started as favorites to win.For second-place India, it’s simple. Win in Birmingham and Virat Kohli’s team joins Australia in the semifinals.For fifth-place England, Eoin Morgan’s team likely needs to beat India which no team has done so far and also defeat 2015 finalist New Zealand in its last group game on Wednesday to advance. Two wins in two games and England will be through.A loss, however, takes England’s fate out of its own hands and opens the door to fourth-place Pakistan, which is a point ahead of England but has played one more game, and sixth-place Bangladesh, which is a point behind England.England likes playing at Edgbaston – it has won its last three ODIs there – and it last lost at the venue in 2014, against India.Kohli also likes playing at Edgbaston, judging by his performances. He has been dismissed just once before in five previous innings there. His scores include 96 not out, 81 not out and 43.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 match India vs England on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between India vs England be played?The World Cup 2019 match India vs England is being played at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham from 3 PM IST on Sunday, June 30.advertisementWhere can I watch the World Cup 2019 match India vs England live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match India vs England?You can follow our coverage here – are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match India vs England?India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, M.S. Dhoni, K.L. Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh PantEngland: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.Also Read | India vs England Live Score, World Cup 2019Also Read | India vs England, Weather Updates: Will rain play spoilsport in Birmingham?Also Read | Won’t be surprised if England score 400 vs India, says Alastair CookAlso Read | Pakistan fans cheering on India to beat Englandlast_img read more

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-final

first_imgIndia’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Headingley helped them top the points table ahead of Australia, as former defending champions were handed a 10-run defeat by South Africa in their last group match.England and New Zealand had finished at third and fourth position on the points table and will be facing the top two teams in two semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 and Birmingham on July 11 respectively.According to the World Cup 2019 format, India (top-ranked team) will take on New Zealand (fourth-placed team) in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on July 9.New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-final.India have been ruthless under the leadership of Virat Kohli whereas Kane Williamson has led New Zealand from the front throughout the tournament.The clash between Men in Blue and the Black Caps shares eerie similarities with 2008’s U-19 World Cup semi-finals. During the U-19 World Cup semi-final, the two teams that faced off against each other were India and New Zealand.Well, the current captains of both teams Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, who rose through the ranks of Under 19 cricket, led the two sides during the 2008 U-19 semi-finals.Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee also participated in the U-19 semis. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who helped India trump New Zealand by 3 wickets with an all-round man of the match performance, had accounted for the important wicket of Kane Williamson.advertisementRohit Sharma, who has been in supreme form during the World Cup, was representing India in 2008 Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series. Rohit had scored 235 runs in 10 innings with an average of 33.57 in that series.It will be interesting to see if Virat Kohli can inspire his brigade to a win when India takes on Kane Williamson led New Zealand in the first semi-finals of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on July 9.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma playing big brother role in opening partnership with KL Rahul, says Aakash ChopraAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stageAlso See:last_img read more