Cue sports league Cue Slam to finally take off in August

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 20 (PTI) After years of wait, India will finally stage a big ticket cue sports league in August. A senior official at Billiards and Snooker Federation of India confirmed to PTI that the league titled Cue Slam will finally take off next month. Both Indian, including 16-time World Champion Pankaj Advani, and foreign players will be part of the venture, tentatively scheduled from August 19 to 25. The official launch will take place in Hyderabad next week. Cue Slam was supposed to take place in 2015 but the initiative had to be shelved indefinitely. As per the original plan, it was to be a six week tournament with the presence of eight teams. However, BSFI in collaboration with Sportzlive is going ahead with a week long affair for now with five teams in fray. The organisers are keeping only 6 Red snooker and pool event for the inaugural edition, leaving billiards for future editions. When asked about his thoughts on the league finally taking off, Indian great Advani said: “It is finally happening and it is something that our wonderful sport needed.” “I have always felt that cue sports is a very spectator friendly sport and it should be shown on Indian television a lot more, so that it catches up with the popularity of other sports. “I hope the league will grow and become bigger and better with each passing year,” said Advani, who won the Asian snooker title with Malkit Singh Laxman Rawat earlier this month. The league should keep the fans engaged with each contest not expected to last more than 10 minutes. It will also be shown live on a leading sports channel. “Having our sport shown live on television is something I have been talking about for a while. The other leagues that have taken place in India are all shown live and because of that the sports popularity has grown significantly. “I am pretty confident a lot more people will start following our game with the league being shown on television,” Advani added. PTI BS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

John Terry makes Aston Villa debut in opening-day draw with Hull City

first_imgFormer England skipper John Terry began life after Chelsea by making his debut for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw against Hull City in the second-tier Championship on Saturday.The 36-year-old defender, who left Chelsea at the end of last season having played more than 700 games for the west London side, was named in Steve Bruce’s starting lineup at Villa Park and completed the 90 minutes.He could not celebrate a victory, however, as Hull’s Jarrod Bowen cancelled out an early strike from Gabby Agbonlahor.Middlesbrough began life back in England’s second tier in disappointing fashion as they lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.Leo Bonatini’s 33rd-minute goal was enough to earn Wolves the points and ruin Garry Monk’s first competitive game in charge of Boro who are one of the promotion favourites having been relegated from the Premier League last season.Wolves and Middlesbrough both invested heavily in players during the close season with Wolves spending around 15 million pounds ($19.55 million) on Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves and Boro a similar amount on Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga.It was Wolves, also under a new manager in former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who justified their pre-season billing.Bonatini, on loan from Al Hilal, pounced on a mistake by Boro defender Daniel Ayala to fire past keeper Darren Randolph who joined from West Ham United in the summer.Reading, beaten by Huddersfield Town in last season’s playoff final, went down 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers for whom Conor Washington scored twice.Fulham, another side fancied for promotion, were frustrated as they were held 1-1 at home by Norwich City after the visitors equalised late on through Nelson Oliveira.advertisementlast_img read more

1st Test: Stuart Broad shines as England rout West Indies inside three days

first_imgStuart Broad hogged the limelight in the dark as England routed a hopelessly outclassed West Indies in the landmark day-night Test match at Edgbaston, wrapping up victory by an innings and 209 runs on Saturday.Broad became the second most prolific wicket taker in English Test history, taking his 384th scalp on a remarkable day for the home attack as they shared around 19 wickets to put the visitors’ callow batting line-up to the sword.The paceman went past Ian Botham’s haul of 383 wickets while ripping the heart out of the visitors’ second innings to move to second on the England all-time list behind his strike partner James Anderson, who also enjoyed a big day.Watching in the Sky Sports commentary box amid an excited full-house enjoying the conclusion to the first day-night Test to be staged in England, Botham enthused: “It’s fantastic.”It would have been an anti-climax (for Broad) to do it in Leeds in (the second Test) with the atmosphere as great as it is here.”The great all-rounder then added with a laugh: “It just makes me feel bloody old!”On a cold, damp day, England had been, first, inspired by Anderson and Toby Roland-Jones as they forced the Windies to follow on, bowling them out for 168 by early in the post-lunch session in response to England’s mammoth 514 for eight declared.Anderson had led the charge with three wickets and a run-out. Then with the floodlights on and the pink ball wobbling around, captain Joe Root naturally invited the Windies to endure further nightmares.advertisementThis time Anderson and Roland-Jones, who had also taken two first-innings wickets, soon struck again before Broad stole the show as the Windies once more crumbled, this time being bowled out for 137.Having taken tea with four down in their second innings and already resigned to going one down in the three-Test series, Broad, watched in the crowd by his father, former England batsman Chris Broad, chose his moment to move from support act to main man.The hors d’oeuvre was two wickets in two balls, first trapping Roston Chase lbw and then having captain Jason Holder caught at slip by Alastair Cook, to equal Botham’s mark, only to be thwarted in his bid to be the first man ever to take three test hat-tricks by Kemar Roach’s straight bat.Then, he produced a beauty that nipped back to bowl Shane Dowrich, a fitting record-breaking delivery before he went on to finish with figures of 3-34.England’s all-time leading wicket taker Anderson and Roland-Jones, continuing the excellent start to his Test career, then finished the job, with the Middlesex bowler securing the final wicket as Ben Stokes snaffled Alzarri Joseph at slip.Only Jermaine Blackwood came out of the debacle with much credit for the West Indies with his laudable, counter-attacking 79 not out in the first innings amid the carnage.Anderson, who had set the ball rolling with the first wicket on Friday, continued where he left off after a false start when the players had to come off after just one ball because of rain.On the resumption, he produced a sharp, rearing delivery off a length that had Kyle Hope helplessly steering the ball to Stokes at gully to set the tone for the day.He also then ran out Kieran Powell, who had embarked on a calamitous quick single, with a direct hit before he got rid of Chase, inducing him to play on.Only Jamaican Blackwood, who struck two sixes and nine fours, stood firm with his 49-ball half-century, going on to his 79 off just 76 balls.Anderson finished with 3-34 off his 15 overs in the first innings with Roland-Jones and Broad both taking two wickets apiece.Cook, who won the man of the match award for his epic 10-hour 243 that had set up the win, said with a smile: “This is unbelievable for an old man like me. It’s always nice to win and contribute with a big score.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho suggests Juergen Klopp as much to blame for lacklustre draw

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho rejected the idea that his team went to Liverpool for a point and said Saturday’s 0-0 Premier League draw reflected Juergen Klopp’s tactics as much as his own.United, who moved to 20 points from eight games, showed little ambition to attack and did not manage a single shot on goal in the second half but Mourinho said he had been waiting for Klopp’s side to open up in search of a win.Asked if a point was his target in the game, Mourinho said: “No, we came for three but in the second half we felt (it was) difficult to do that with the match, the dynamic as it was.”I was waiting for Juergen to change and go more attacking but he kept the three strong midfielders at all times, where he was having control because I had only (Ander) Herrera and (Nemanja) Matic,” said the United manager.Mourinho noted the absence of midfield options from the United bench, caused by injuries to Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, but also defended his approach by highlighting that he had brought on attacking players Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in the second half.”When I brought on Lingard and Rashford I was waiting for him (Klopp) to give me more space to counter but he didn’t give me. So I know that probably you think we were defensive and they were offensive — well, you are at home and you don’t move anything. I don’t know? I was waiting for that and he didn’t. I think he did well, honestly.advertisement”The game was never broken, they pressed high, they recovered the ball, so I think they were very good by the defensive point of view.”The only chance I had to change the direction of the game was to bring on players for one-on-one, players with speed and maybe they are going to change (the game), but they didn’t,” added Mourinho.However, the Portuguese manager seemed unconcerned that such a highly anticipated game had ended in a dull stalemate, which left Liverpool seven points behind United.”It depends on what is for you an entertaining game. One thing is an entertaining game for fans, another thing is an entertaining game for people who read football in a different way. That’s different.”For me, the second half was a bit of chess, but my opponent didn’t open the door for me to win the game.”last_img read more

FC Goa players yet to arrive, match against ATK to be delayed

first_imgKolkata, Jan 3 (PTI) A Navy fighter jet crash at the Dabolim airport today forced an unprecedented one-hour delay in the Indian Super League football clash between ATK and FC Goa here today.The home match of ATK was scheduled at 8pm but due to the unavoidable circumstances the kick off is delayed by a “minimum one hour”.”The match between ATK and FC Goa will be delayed for a minimum of one hour,” Football Sports Development Limited, the competition organisers, said in a release.An MiG-29 K fighter jet of the Navy overshot the runway and caught fire forcing the runway to be closed for operations for a brief period.It was another blow for the Gaurs arrival plan. They were to depart Goa yesterday but a technical snag in their aircraft had forced them to stay put there and take todays flight for Kolkata. Their flight was to depart from Dabolim at 10am today.As per their new plan, the Goans are slated to land around 8pm here and that means they will have to directly head towards the match venue.”A chartered flight from New Delhi will land in Goa around 5.30pm and then will take off for Kolkata,” an ISL official said.The travel time from Goa is around two hours and 30 minutes and there is high possibility that the match will be further delayed.The match was originally slated for December 31 but the organisers had to postpone the match as police refused to make the security arrangements on the New Years eve.advertisementIt remains to be seen how the Sergio Lobera-coached side tackle the situation as the Spaniard along with the team think tank had already criticised the move.”I dont find it just that the calendar changes with such a short notice period. We had a plan in place sporting-wise and logistically as well, with regard to the flights and stay. Changes like this can hurt the final standings of the league table,” the coach had said.”I find it surprising that they take decisions like this unilaterally without prior consultation with the teams.”This trip to Kolkata is followed by a match in Guwahati to play NorthEast United FC on January 6. The Gaurs will then return to Goa to take on Jamshedpur FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Margao on January 11, thereby completing a tiresome set of fixtures which will see FC Goa take to the field three times in nine days.FC Goa have slipped to fifth in the points table with 12 points from six matches after their loss to FC Pune City, their first home defeat of the season. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

Katsikaris New Greek Hoop Coach

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s basketball team will be coached by Fotis Katsikaris at the World Championship that will take place this summer in Spain from Aug. 30-Sept. 14.The Greek coach is taking over from Italian Andrea Trinchieri, the Hellenic Basketball Federation announced, with the announcement being delayed for a few months due to the problems in the termination of the Italian’s contract.“It goes without saying that this constitutes an honor for me, as well as a challenge,” stated Katsikaris. He was briefly the coach of the Russian national team but quit before taking it to any tournaments. He played with AEK in Greece and been associated with the Boston Celtics scouting team.The 47-year-old has previously coached AEK, Dynamo St Petersburg, Valencia, Aris and Bilbao Basket.The first problem he has to deal with is the threat by Olympiakos not to allow its players to participate in the Greece camp alleging that they do not enjoy full insurance cover by the federation.Greece, ranked fifth in the world, is in Group B, which includes the world’s third-ranked team, Argentina, along with the Philippines (34); Senegal, (41); Croatia (16); and Puerto Rico, (17).Greece’s best showing was at the 2006 tourney, where it stunned an NBA All-Star U.S. team in the semi-finals behind near-perfect shooting before being crushed by Spain in the final.Despite its high world ranking, Greece in 2013 failed to make the quarter-finals of the European championship where it played very poorly.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Judge Narrows Hernandez Murder Case

first_imgFALL RIVER, Mass. — Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister, a judge ruled Friday.Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He has also pleaded not guilty to the fatal shootings of two men in 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub.Prosecutors have said Hernandez may have showed Lloyd the spot where the double shooting allegedly took place, and suggested that was a possible motive for killing Lloyd. “I don’t think that it’s fair to say these things aren’t relevant,” said Assistant District Attorney William McCauley.But Judge E. Susan Garsh, after hearing arguments, said the prosecution’s theory is “clearly in the realm of speculation” and “does not comport with common sense.” She said there was no demonstrated link between the two crimes and disallowed the introduction of the 2012 homicides.Garsh also said she would not admit the final text messages sent by Lloyd to his sister, including one sent just minutes before he was shot to death at an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home.Prosecutors say Lloyd sent the messages while in a car with Hernandez and suggested they showed he had become fearful. One said “U saw who I’m with” and another indicated the person was “NFL,” referring to Hernandez, adding “just so u know.”McCauley suggested Hernandez stopped somewhere on the way to the spot Lloyd was killed, saying investigators found dirt in his car’s tires that didn’t match soil from the crime scene. The car, which had been in “pristine shape” when Lloyd was picked up, was later found to be scratched and the side mirror missing, he said.Defense lawyers called it “rank speculation” that the texts indicated fear and said they were inadmissible.Garsh said the texts did not suggest any hostility and that prosecutors didn’t meet the burden to prove Lloyd felt he was at an “imminent death.”Jury selection is scheduled to start Jan. 9. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft have been listed by prosecutors as possible witnesses.Garsh also ruled that prosecutors may not introduce the shooting of Alexander Bradley, a former associate of Hernandez. Bradley has filed a civil suit against Hernandez that says the ex-player shot him in the face in 2013 after an argument in Florida.Massachusetts prosecutors sought to admit a range of evidence related to the ex-player’s other alleged crimes or “bad acts,” including the Boston homicides, firearms found at Hernandez’s home or elsewhere and even a photograph obtained from the celebrity gossip website TMZ that depicts Hernandez holding a gun.His attorneys warned against compromising his right to a fair trial. “It is critical that this trial be about the murder of Odin Lloyd,” defense attorney James Sultan said.The judge allowed in some evidence relating to firearms, but disallowed the photograph.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Harvey Walks, Yanks Rout Mets, 11-2

first_imgNEW YORK — There’s certainly one New York team elated about the limit on Matt Harvey’s innings — and it’s not the first-place Mets.Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia and the Yankees took advantage of Harvey’s early exit Sept. 20, beating the sloppy Mets 11-2 to tighten the AL East race just in time for a critical trip to Toronto.Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer after Beltran’s go-ahead double, and Sabathia (5-9) won for the first time since July 8 as the Yankees took two of three at Citi Field to win both Subway Series this season.The Yankees, who lead the wild-card standings, moved within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Blue Jays heading into their three-game set beginning the night of Sept. 21. “I think you want a chance. That’s all you can ask for in this game,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.The only bad news for the Bronx Bombers: Masahiro Tanaka won’t make his scheduled start in the series because of a strained right hamstring.Harvey looks fully healthy, but was pulled after five scoreless innings. The Mets are curbing his workload down the stretch even as they try to close out an NL East championship — and attending to both details became difficult after the game.“The last thing I ever want to do, especially in a close game like that, is come out,” said Harvey, scheduled for two more (probably abbreviated) starts during the regular season. “I’m going to be ready for my next start, whenever it is.”The loss reduced the Mets’ lead to six games over Washington with 13 to play.Harvey’s previous turn was skipped after he got tagged by the Nationals on Sept. 8. Pitching for the first time in 12 days, the right-hander yielded only an infield single and struck out seven.Six relievers followed Harvey to the mound, and none were particularly effective. “It was extremely hard to take him out there,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “Couldn’t have set it up any worse than it was.”Once the Mets went to the soft part of their bullpen, the Yankees quickly erased a 1-0 deficit. Two of the Mets’ four errors helped the Yankees score five runs — four unearned — off Hansel Robles (4-3) in the sixth.Beltran hit a two-run double, and Ackley’s drive made it 5-1.Greg Bird added a three-run homer in a five-run eighth, long after Girardi was ejected by third base umpire John Hirschbeck for arguing a checked-swing strike.Girardi went nose-to-nose with Hirschbeck on the field, but didn’t realize he’d been tossed until Hirschbeck asked Girardi what he was still doing in the dugout an inning later.Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits for the Yankees. “It’s huge for us,” Beltran said. “They’re in first place. We’re trying to get there. It was a very meaningful ballgame.”Harvey has thrown 176 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, and agent Scott Boras has said doctors don’t want the 26-year-old ace to surpass 180 — although Harvey says he would be available for the playoffs.“We’ll stay with the plan for right now until we see where we are at the end of the month,” Collins said.Harvey got a normal reception in his first home start since the ruckus about his innings limit drew an avalanche of criticism early this month. After he was removed, he sat on the bench and lowered his head, nodding during a chat with Collins.“It’s hard for me to get it, because I am, at heart, the old-school guy,” Collins said. “But I understand where it’s coming from. Therefore, you adjust to it. Because I’ve said before, there’s a lot of things in our game today I don’t necessarily agree with. You adjust to it or get out. So I’m adjusting to it. I might get out here pretty soon, but I’m going to adjust to it right now.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Get Cofield for More Defense

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The Giants reached back to their Super Bowl championship season of 2007 Thursday with the signing of defensive tackle Barry Cofield.Cofield, drafted in the fourth round (124th overall) out of Northwestern in 2006, played for Tom Coughlin until Cofield left for Washington as a free agent in 2011. In five years with the Giants, he missed only one game, in 2008, and started all but two.“He brings a veteran presence and brings a guy who’s very aware of the way we play,” Coughlin said. “He’s a guy in excellent condition and will really help us down the stretch.”Cofield, 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, is expected to bulk up the middle of a run defense that allows a 16th-ranked 110.2 yards per game. He took the roster spot vacated by the release Wednesday of safety Brandon Meriweather. But ostensibly, he will provide insurance in case current starting DT Markus Kuhn fails to recover from the knee injury he suffered Monday night in Miami.A high ankle sprain last season sidelined Cofield until Nov. 11. He played in eight games in 2014, with three starts. Washington released him Feb. 27, and Cofield had been out of the league since.New York’s overall defensive line picture was also thinned by last week’s release of third-year veteran Damontre Moore.ERNIE PALLADINO, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MEN: DIN rail concept based on robust individual components

first_img Continue Reading Previous Octavo introduces complete 1GHz computer in a 27 mm packageNext Swirling down the rabbit hole DIN-Rail is a new modular concept from MEN. The system is based on robust individual components which can be combined in flexible built-to-order configurations. The DIN rail modules are suitable – thanks to medium CPU and low power dissipation – for a variety of applications in the mobile and industrial market.The DIN rail concept is designed for flexible configuration of module combinations and is suitable for embedded IoT applications in various markets. The range of individual modules includes a CPU module, a power supply unit and various expansion modules for wireless communication and storage. In the modular system, the data transfer between the individual modules as well as the power supply of the individual components takes place via the expansion connectors standardized by MEN. The concept specifications include housing dimensions, mounting, cooling and IP protection. In addition, expansion connectors and their pin assignments are defined.The MC50M is the current basic module of the DIN-Rail family and is based on Intel’s Atom E3900 series with low power dissipation and scalability in power and memory. The simple integration of ready-made expansion modules enables application-specific configurations to be created and delivered in a short time. The expansion modules have interfaces such as MVB, CAN, binary and analog I/Os as well as the wireless functions LTE Advanced, WLAN and GNSS. A removable shuttle with one or two 2.5” SATA hard disks can expand the DIN rail system for storage-intensive applications. A wide-range power supply can be integrated if a nominal power consumption of 24 V DC to 110 V DC is required (EN 50155). DIN rail mounting (35 mm) is standard. Wall and 19” rack mounting is possible with the aid of adaptation brackets.The CPU module is qualified for use onboard rail vehicles, for wayside applications and for road vehicles (ECE R10). Long-term availability of at least 15 years from product launch minimizes life cycle management. The components of the DIN-Rail family support the temperature range -40 to +70°C according to the railway standard EN 50155 (class OT4, ST1) with internal conduction cooling.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Wimbledon: Wozniacki crashes out as Pliskova, Serena, Venus advance

first_imgAustralian Open Caroline Wozniacki suffered yet another early exit when she lost in the second round to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 after being bothered by a swarm of flying insects in the second set.Wozniacki has never been past the round of 16 at Wimbledon, and this is the fourth time in seven years she has lost in the first or second round.The second-seeded Dane saved four match points at 5-3 in the final set before breaking back to level the match. But she was broken again in the last game.Organizers used bug spray after Wozniacki complained to the chair umpire about the insects.She is the fifth of the top eight women seeds to lose before the third round. SERENA EASES PAST TOMOVASeven-times champion Serena Williams moved up a gear to beat Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1 6-4 to also reach the third round.The 36-year-old American barely broke sweat in a one-sided first set but was tested by the world number 135 in the second without ever looking troubled.While the Centre Court crowd clearly appreciated the sight of Williams in full flow they took a shine to the plucky Tomova who battled hard to make a match of it.Even ultimate warrior Williams applauded a couple of her opponent’s winners late in the second set before completing victory in 66 minutes.The 25th seed will face the winner of the match that followed her on Centre Court between Germany’s Tatjana Maria and France’s Kristina Mladenovic.advertisement”It was better than my first round and I’m happy that I’m going in the right direction,” Williams, who took her winning streak at Wimbledon to 16 matches, said on court. BATTLE OF FORMER NUMBER ONESSeventh seed Karolina Pliskova won a battle of former world number ones as she beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time on Wednesday.Big-serving Czech Pliskova reached the top of the rankings a year ago at Wimbledon despite losing in the second round — the fifth year in succession she had lasted only two matches.From the moment Azarenka dropped serve with a loose error in the third game, Pliskova always looked likely to break that sequence against the Belarussian who is still trying to rediscover her past form after returning from having a baby.Azarenka tried to fire herself up when she resisted some pressure to hold serve at the start of the second set.But Pliskova broke for a 5-3 lead and was then helped by two Azarenka double faults that brought groans from the sedate crowd who had been hoping for something more exciting.”I think I was pretty solid today, I think I was really strong on my serve which was really important,” the 26-year-old Pliskova said after walking off court.”Very happy with my victory as it is the first time I am in the third round here. The last few years I was waiting for a good result and it still didn’t come, maybe this year is the time; I am feeling great.”She will play Romanian 28th seed Mihaela Buzarnescu next. VENUS THROUGH AFTER SLOW STARTFive-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams dropped her opening service game and lost the first set before finding her rhythm to beat qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1 in the second round on Wednesday.The 38-year-old American brought her experience to bear from the second set to seal a comfortable win in her first meeting with the Romanian.”It’s just credit to her, she played very well and took advantage, you have to at these championships,” Venus said of Dulgheru’s first-set performance.”It’s not easy to play someone you havent played, and Im sure shes seen me play a lot, so she was extremely competitive,” she added.Dulgheru, world number 141, came out fighting in the deciding set, won her serve and had two break points for the second game, only for Venus to save both and hold.Asked about her improved performance from the second set and whether it confirmed her form as she seeks a second consecutive final and sixth title, she said: “It’s just about winning a match, whether it’s your best (tennis) or not doesn’t matter.” KEYS BEATS KUMKHUM IN STRAIGHT SETSMadison Keys of the United States defeated Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday in the second round of Wimbledon.The 23-year-old World No.11 took one hour and 16 minutes to secure her spot in the Grand Slam tournament’s third round for the fifth time in her career against her World No.91 opponent.advertisementKeys is set to play Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina, world No. 120, who came from behind to pull off an upset win over world No. 51 Sorana Cirstea of Romania 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.Elsewhere at Wimbledon, world No. 55 Donna Vekic of Croatia qualified for the third round after beating Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 7-5, 6-4.(With inputs from AP, Reuters and IANS)last_img read more

Kareena Kapoor Khan breaks white monotony with a pop of pink. See pics

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan never fails to impress us all with her classy sartorial choices.When it comes to fashion, the actress always keeps it simple, chic and elegant.Recently too, the diva sported a gorgeous look for an ad shoot, and we need not tell you that it was just perfect. Photo: Instagram/therealkareenakapoorKareena wore a white-on-white outfit for the shoot and we are absolutely enchanted by her beauty.The diva wore an off-shoulder button-down shirt with front-knot detailing at the waist, and paired it with a white midi skirt with intricate frills. Photo: InstagramKareena added a pop of colour to her outfit by wearing stilettos in bubblegum pink colour.She completed her look with pink hued lips, hoop earrings, minimal make-up and tied her hair in a messy, loose ponytail.Kareena was styled by celebrity stylist Lakshmi Lehr for this shoot. Her make-up was done by Lubna Rafiq, and hair was done by celebrity hairstylist Gabriel Georgiou.ALSO READ: Kareena Kapoor Khan is a ray of sunshine in this yellow skirt-blouseALSO WATCH: Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan talk about films, family and feminismlast_img read more

West Indies announce squad for two-Test series against India

first_imgEight months after a nightmare debut Test series, opening batsman Sunil Ambris returns to the West Indies squad for their two Tests in India in October.He has been included after recovering from a left forearm fracture incurred in New Zealand late last year, which ended a torrid series for Ambris.After suffering a golden duck (hit wicket) on debut, he was out in the same manner in the second Test.Ambris was then struck on the arm in the second innings and retired hurt.Left-arm orthodox spin bowler Jomel Warrican has also been named for the India tour.Warrican will provide a second slow bowling option alongside leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo as the visitors seek to end a poor recent record in India.They have not won a Test there since 1994.Warrican, a 26-year-old from St. Vincent who is also handy with the bat, has played four Tests, most recently in early 2016.The Windies are coming off a moderately successful home stint. They drew a three-Test series with Sri Lanka 1-1, before thumping Bangladesh in two Tests.The first Test against India will be held in Rajkot from Oct. 4-8, with the second in Hyderabad from Oct. 12-16.West Indies squad:Jason Holder (captain)Sunil AmbrisDevendra BishooKraigg BrathwaiteRoston ChaseShane DowrichShannon GabrielJahmar HamiltonShimron HetmyerShai HopeAlzarri JosephKeemo PaulKieran PowellKemar RoachJomel WarricanWest Indies will be in India for almost seven weeks starting September 26. They will compete against India in 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s.advertisementThe schedule for the tour:1st Test October 4 8 Rajkot2nd Test October 12 16 Hyderabad1st ODI October 21 Guwahati2nd ODI October 24 Indore3rd ODI October 27 Pune4th ODI October 29 Mumbai5th ODI November 1 Trivanthapuram1st T20I November 4 Kolkata2nd T20I November 6 Kanpur-Lucknow3rd T20I November 11 ChennaiWest Indies and India have played 94 Tests against each other since 1948. West Indies has won 30, lost 28 and drawn 46 matches.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Nokia 5.1 Plus price in India to be revealed today, will be Flipkart exclusive

first_imgHMD Global will be announcing the India price and availability of the Nokia 5.1 Plus today at 2pm. The phone was first announced alongside the Nokia 6.1 Plus last month, but at the time the company did not reveal the pricing of the 5.1 Plus. HMD is touting the Nokia 5.1 Plus as a gaming phone on account of it being powered by a pretty powerful Helio P60 mid-range processor. The phone will be available on Flipkart and we expect a flash sale model similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus.The Nokia 6.1 Plus has seen a pretty strong response in India with units going out of stock within minutes in the three flash sales so far. The Nokia 5.1 Plus offers a pretty similar design language and software and we expect the response to be similar. The Nokia 5.1 Plus will be priced lower than the 6.1 Plus, perhaps somewhere around Rs 13,000 given the specs on offer, which would help it compete against the likes of the Realme 1 and Redmi 6 Pro.The Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch HD+ edge-to-edge display with a notch cutout and 19:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a compact form factor that’s lightweight and easy to use with one hand, based on our initial impressions. The phone comes with 2.5D curved glass panel on the back and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. As an Android One phone, the Nokia 5.1 Plus runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo with a promise of monthly Android security updates.ALSO READ: Nokia 5.1 Plus quick review: If priced right, would be worth your attentionadvertisementPowering the Nokia 5.1 Plus is a 1.8GHz Helio P60 chipset which will be offered with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with support for expandability via a microSD card. It supports a hybrid dual SIM slot (nano + micro SIM/microSD), USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The 5.1 Plus also comes with a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 13MP + 5MP configuration with LED flash. Up front, the phone comes with an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The handset also houses a 3,060mAh battery similar to the 6.1 Plus.last_img read more

Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgThe Virat Kohli-Tim Paine exchanges during the Perth Test match may not have had any adverse affect on the seasoned Indian team. But they certainly got the Aussies going.Did Virat miss a trick in engaging Tim Paine’s Australia into verbals? It was the Indian captain who first poked his counterpart on the batting crease that it could be 2-0 if they messed it up.Paine responded by reminding Kohli who had to bat last. Given the match result, Kohli would admit his team could not walk the talk.Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar thinks Kohli will have to factor in many aspects before initiating a go at the Aussies in the future.”There are some people who play with a certain attitude that comes naturally to them. But when you come with a confrontationist attitude, you also have to see if it affects your teammates,” he told India Today.The Australian team has been under more scrutiny than ever before following their internal culture review report after the ball-tampering scandal.While exchanges may have come from either side, cameras showed that Kohli was in the thick of the action.Gavaskar compared Kohli’s on-field persona to Javed Miandad.”There are some players like Miandad who would want fielders to speak to him. If you are silent, he would lose his tempo. He would look for a confrontation. So we would all be silent when he was batting. If we spoke we would be inviting a hundred against us. So each one has his style,” he said.advertisement”But because Javed likes a confrontation does not mean, other members in your team also want it.”So while with Kohli, he would be motivated by getting verbal, it may not work with other players of the side. This is one thing he has to bear in mind, if what I am doing affects my team,” he observed.Gavaskar had earlier said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.”Tim Paine is not in the Indian dressing room.. So how does he know Vijay does not like Kohli?,” Gavaskar told India Today.”These are the kind of things which are called gamesmanship. We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it.”In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar slams Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour after spat with PaineAlso Read | Mohammed Shami on Kohli-Paine spat: Can’t mind these things too muchAlso Read | You seriously cannot like Virat Kohli as a bloke: Tim Paine tells Murali Vijaylast_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City return to winning ways, Chelsea beat Crystal Palace

first_imgManchester City bounced back from two consecutive defeats to beat Southampton 3-1 on Sunday and cut the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points before the top two meet on Thursday.Pep Guardiola’s champions needed to regain their footing after stumbling against Crystal Palace and Leicester, and did so with strikes from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and James Ward-Prowse’s own goal at St. Mary’s.Charlie Austin should have put Southampton ahead but miscontrolled the ball after being played in on goal and City immediately took advantage, with Bernardo Silva teeing up David Silva to slot home unmarked in the 10th minute.Alex McCarthy made a good save to keep out Aguero from point-blank range after good work by Sterling and City were made to pay for their profligacy when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg slammed home after robbing Oleksandr Zinchenko.City regained the lead when Sterling’s cut-back deflected against Ward-Prowse and in after 45 minutes and Aguero headed home another from Zinchenko’s cross in the third minute of first-half stoppage time.McCarthy made good saves to deny Sterling and Mahrez after the break, while Aguero hit the crossbar and Hojbjerg was sent off for a rash tackle on Fernandinho.City’s Brazilian defensive midfielder returned to the side after missing three matches with a thigh injury and added security in the City defence but missed chances, particularly from Mahrez, prevented them from adding to their tally.Defeat left Southampton 17th in the table on 15 points, the same as 18th placed Burnley, who beat West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday.advertisementKANTE STARS IN CHELSEA WINChelsea kept up their pursuit of the Premier League’s top three clubs with a 1-0 win away to London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday, thanks to a strike by N’Golo Kante early in the second half.Chelsea had to work hard to break down Palace who had taken seven points in their previous three matches, including a shock win over champions Manchester City, but seemed content to allow their visitors most of the possession.After a sterile first 35 minutes, Willian smacked the post with a swinging free kick and Ross Barkley hit the same upright soon afterwards with an acrobatic overhead effort.Kante broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when his darting run into the Palace penalty area was spotted by defender David Luiz who fed the France World Cup winner to score from close range.Palace substitute Connor Wickham spurned the hosts’ best chance of the game when he toe-punted a shot over the bar in the dying minutes.Chelsea remain in fourth place in the Premier League, one point behind Manchester City who were playing later on Sunday and two points adrift of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but 11 behind leaders Liverpool. Crystal Palace remain in 14th spot.The win also gave Chelsea an important five-point cushion over Arsenal, their nearest challengers for the fourth Champions League spot who were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool on Saturday.Also Watch:last_img read more

Michigan family of 5 killed in wrong-way crash in Kentucky

first_imgAuthorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.Lexington police said in a statement that a southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family’s sport utility vehicle at 2.30 am Sunday. The statement says the SUV caught fire. All five occupants died, along with the pickup’s driver.The Fayette County coroner’s office says the family from Northville, Michigan, was returning from a vacation in Florida.A coroner’s statement identified them as 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas.The pickup’s driver was identified as 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown. The crash remains under investigation.Also Read | 2 people killed in Meghalaya as another coal mine collapses, 15 trapped remain untracedAlso Watch | 7 Sabarimala pilgrims killed in road accident in Tamil Nadulast_img read more

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic beats Medvedev to set up last-8 tie vs Nishikori

first_imgNovak Djokovic stayed on course for a sevent Australian Open crown after his nervy win over Daniil Medvedev in the pre-quarterfinals at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.Djokovic battled past Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals where he will face Kei Nishikori, who survived a scare to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6.Nishikori was extremely wasteful in the early part of the match, which cost him a lot of energy eventually.”Since I guess my opponent is watching, I’m feeling fantastic….I’ve never been fresher in my life!”Always the gamesman, @DjokerNole #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The night after Roger Federer was stunned by Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas, there was another sniff of an upset at Rod Laver Arena as 22-year-old Medvedev rocked the Serb with a furious assault of power hitting.What a battle.@DjokerNole is made to work, but he’s always up for the fight. #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Even after a loss, @DaniilMedwed still has time to crack a joke with his victorious opponent @DjokerNole #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Yet the Russian wearied in the constant attrition, and top seed Djokovic cruised to victory, having passed easily his biggest test at the tournament.The world number one will continue his bid for a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles and a record seventh at Melbourne Park against eighth seed Kei Nishikori.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for February 21, 2019

first_imgARIESInception of new business ventures is favorable today! A new approach to an old problem can be the ultimate solution. It’s a good time to make changes at home and at work to bring fresh energy. Your social life is enviable as you make new connections. Lucky number 15. Colour pure white. TAURUSThe Prince of Swords brings energy and a purely intellectual element in your life. You are full of brilliant ideas in projects. Beware of your elusive and elastic mind that tends to support various and contradictory opinions. Be guided by your intuition. Lucky number 15. Colour blue. GEMINIUnexpected happenings are on the cards. A mystical experience gives you a sense of wonder. A professional collaboration comes together just when you have given up all hope of it. Things generally turn round in a positive direction as breakthroughs are affected. Lucky number 6. Colour ebony. CANCERPersonal relationships are enhanced through love and positive attitudes. Creative aptitudes are expressed in happy pastimes. An important trip is in the pipeline. You may take on fitness programs. You are likely to go off on a shopping spree and blow your budget. Lucky number 1. Colour red. LEOYou may have mixed feelings about life, as you are a success in some areas and a failure in others, according to your perception at this moment. It is best not to make judgments but go along with your nature and do the best you can with situations at home and work. Lucky number 7. Colour red. advertisementVIRGOYou are motivated and make dynamic and progressive changes at work today. Business trends take you towards the fast and risky lane to achieve phenomenal results. Love and romance in a relationship lead to promise. Be ready to offer praise wherever deserved. Lucky number 9. Colour rust. LIBRAThe Sun shines on you, bringing happiness, fulfillment and success. A socially scintillating day; you meet personalities and make exciting new associations. Friends and family enjoy your hospitality. Media exposure can be interesting. Visitors may be expected. Lucky number 19. Colour yellow. SCORPIOGood luck attends material matters. Established business concerns flourish and partnerships probably expand into triangular collaborations. You should build on reserves, and strengthen your financial situation as well as position in controlling business. Lucky number 9. Colour green. SAGITTARIUSYou are sensitive and affected by surrounding influences, reflecting others and expressing their opinions. It’s best to be original, independent and individualistic at this point. Professional and personal situations demand your personal attention. Lucky number 17. Colour sea blue. CAPRICORNYou can see that the old is destroyed but the new is yet to take shape so take a little time to look within for answers and make new beginnings. There might be manipulative people around you who want to influence you but its best to make your own decision. Lucky number 20. Colour blue. AQUARIUSInner balance brings equilibrium in your partnerships. You spend time in a creative pursuit and find it satisfying. Sporting activity keeps you on top of things. A special work assignment proves exciting. Your social life is busy as new connections are made. Lucky number 8. Colour blue. PISCESEnjoy every moment, whatever it brings – the peak and the valley without getting addicted to it. This is a good time to attempt difficult tasks and connect with people. You get the rewards of all the efforts you have been putting in to your business now. Lucky number 6. Colour pink.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar, marathoners raise Rs 15 lakh for Pulwama martyrs’ families in Delhi

first_imgCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday joined thousands of runners in the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon and raised Rs 15 lakh for family members of the Pulwama terror attack martyrs.Before the start of each of the four races at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Tendulkar did 10 push-ups as part of the #KeepMoving Push-up Challenge and urged the runners to join him in the exercise.”Whatever will be the fund that we receive from here, it will all be donated for a good cause, a bigger cause. It will be donated to the families of the martyrs. I am sure you understand the feelings and hope everyone joins us in this movement,” Tendulkar said.At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, the deadliest in three decades.Thousands of runners took part in the four races — 42.195km long full marathon (2000), 21.095km half marathon (6000), 10km run (5500) and 5km Swachch Bharat Run (4500).Seeing the big turnout, Tendulkar said, “I am especially delighted to see so many children participating. It is a very big step in life to participate in a marathon and not to be intimidated by seeing so many adults around. You are the next generation who will take over the reins of our nation.”The whole dream is to transform India from a sports loving nation into a sports playing nation for a healthy active lifestyle. And if children are starting from here, things are going to be better and better.advertisement”So well done Delhi, keep up your energy to run in the marathon. It is fantastic that you all are here with so much enthusiasm and energy.”Tendulkar, the Brand Ambassador of IDBI Federal Life Insurance, flagged off the marathon at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Also Read | Want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket: CoA chief Vinod Rai to India TodayAlso Read | Will soon decide on removal of Pakistan cricketers photos from Eden Gardens: GangulyAlso Read | BCCI will be shown security plans for World Cup, says ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decidelast_img read more