Lazio: Two Celtic fans stabbed

first_imgTwo Celtic fans have been sent to hospital with stab wounds after they were attacked by Lazio ultras last night. ANSA reports the supporters, aged 35 and 52 respectively, were ambushed at an Irish pub in Rome and later treated at the Policlinico Umberto I. According to eyewitness Kevin McGuire on Twitter, the Celtic fans were “at the back of the bar minding our own business.” It is estimated around 9,000 supporters of the Scottish club have flocked to the Italian capital for the Europa League clash with Lazio this evening. The Aquile have long had a problem with ultras – and you can read about it here. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Celtic can confirm that 2 fans have been injured after being stabbed last night. Both are now in hospital and will receive every support from the Club and the British consulate in Rome. Again we would strongly advise supporters to closely follow all guidance issued by the Club. — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 7, 2019last_img read more

We’ll give our best against England: Pak coach

first_imgPakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis on Wednesday said that despite the match fixing scandal his team was focussed on performing well during the rest of the ongoing England tour.Speaking ahead of the practice game on Thursday, Younis admitted that it will be a challenge to overcome the current controversy.”I will try to gear the team up again and make sure that we deliver the best we can in the next few games. It is a big challenge and I’ll try to make the best of it,” Younis said.The match fixing controversy began during the last Test of the five-match series in England. The visitors are now scheduled to play two Twenty-20 and five One-day series against the hosts. The first match is scheduled on September 5.Test team captain Salman Butt along with pacers Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif are facing questioning by the Pakistan Cricket Board over the spot fixing allegations.last_img read more

Bangladesh ask BCCI to invite its team for Inida tour

first_imgAfter showing India in the Asia Cup what they are capable of, Bangladesh, the youngest Test nation, is asking the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) once again to invite its team for a full tour.A defiant Bangladesh stunned India by five wickets on Friday to stay alive in the tournament and win unqualified praise.Former Bangladesh ODI player Athar Ali Khan is among those who can’t understand why the BCCI has continuously ignored the neighbouring country and have never invited it to India to play a Test series even after 13 years of attaining Test status.”It’s a big surprise for me. Look at the ICC Future Tours Programme for Test nations. It says that Test-playing nations have to play bilateral series on homeand- away basis, but for some reason India has not hosted Bangladesh at all since 1999, when we got Test status,” Khan, a television commentator for the Asia Cup, told Mail Today.”I don’t know why India doesn’t want to host Bangladesh. We’ve hosted India quite a few times, and are more than willing to host anybody in the future. I think ICC needs to look into this matter very seriously. It’s a question of why they haven’t and the answer is best known to them.”There is a feeling that Bangladesh is an unglamorous team and that the BCCI, worth over `2,500 crore, would suffer a monetary “loss” if it played a Test series at home against them.Bangladesh started playing ODIs before Test matches, and in 21 years, they have toured India only twice, with the last visit coming 14 years ago for a tri-nation series, against Kenya and the hosts.advertisementAfter that successive BCCI regimes – including that of Jagmohan Dalmiya who became ICC president in 1997 with Bangladesh’s help – seem to have completely ignored Bangladesh.”I find no reason why India should not host Bangladesh, a Test-playing nation. I’ve my fingers crossed and would like to see Bangladesh touring India in the near future for a full series, including Test matches, ODIs and probably T20s,” hoped Khan, 50, who was a team member on both tours.”If that happens, it’d give the Indian public to see international cricketers who have made a mark for themselves, like Tamim Iqbal, who made back-to-back Test centuries against England in 2010, top all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan. They [BCCI officials] are depriving the Indian public of watching the Tamims and Shakibs. My humble request to the BCCI is to look into this matter and give us an opportunity to show our skills against the best in India.”Khan hoped that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) would also take up the issue with the BCCI soon. “I’m sure authorities with the BCB and the BCCI would be talking to create that opportunity.I am more than sure that whenever BCB officials will have an opportunity to meet BCCI members they would put in a request, rather ask ICC members as to why we aren’t playing in India.”qaiser.ali@mailtoday.inlast_img

HK coach lauds Standhardinger’s toughness: ‘He’s a brave guy’

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBANGKOK — Of all the things Christian Standhardinger brings to the table for Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club, coach Edu Torres lauded the Heritage Import’s toughness through the first three games in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.“The way he faces every game, he’s a brave guy. That’s impressive to me,” the Spanish mentor said.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Standhardinger delivers ‘out of this world’ performance for Hong Kong Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “I don’t want to talk about (the hype surrounding Standhardinger). I just want to talk about my guys, this game, and the next games,” he said.“The team is above anyone of us. And though we’re 3-0, all of us, we have to improve everything. All I can say is the guys work hard and I want to say hard work pays off.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Showcasing the Filipino grit and his no-nonsense approach, Standhardinger has been good as advertised as he leads the defending champions’ bid to repeat.On Friday, Hong Kong rose to 3-0 thanks to Standhardinger’s 40-point explosion in a 112-105 win over Mono Vampire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTorres is aware of the anticipation the Filipino fans have for Standhardinger, who was picked first by San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.But that’s the least of his concerns with Hong Kong focused on the ABL season. Malditas save PH from shutout View commentslast_img read more

PBA Season 43 Preview: Guiao optimistic as new recruits expected to bolster NLEX

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao likes what’s in store for his team in the coming PBA season.Guiao has his reasons for his bright outlook ahead of the 2018 Philippine Cup. The Road Warriors’ breakthrough campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup is one of those and so is the team’s offseason acquisitions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’m very optimistic,” he told INQUIRER.net. “Especially with the new additions.”“As long as we’re improving everyday in practice, we’re improving every conference, that’s what’s important for us.” After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NLEX improved leaps and bounds in the Governors’ Cup last season after finishing dead last in the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup where it registered a 2-9 card in each of the two conferences.The Road Warriors had a franchise-best start at 4-0 in the third conference and though they faltered midway en route to a quarterfinals exit, the team showed a lot of promise that Guiao hopes to finally be realized.“We’ve shown that we can contend with the high-caliber teams. We just need a little bit of time together and we will be okay.”Last season also witnessed the rise of Kevin Alas as one of the league’s rising stars. NLEX also added quality veterans in Larry Fonacier, Cyrus Baguio and JR Quiñahan, three players whom Guiao shared championships with back in his time with Red Bull and Rain or Shine.The Road Warriors bolstered their roster yet again in the offseason when they selected Kiefer Ravena as the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Boxing promoter trying to get Pacquiao to fight in Mexicocenter_img Ravena is one of the most celebrated collegiate players during his time with the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP. He also has vast experience playing in the international stage being a four-time Southeast Asian gold medalist and a young member of Gilas Pilipinaa.From a player with that resumé, Guiao expects nothing less from Ravena.“I know what I expect. I guess everybody knows what he can do so I’m no longer surprised with what he’s able to do for our team,” Guiao said. “And the good side is he’s going to get better and he’s going to be special in this league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Head Coach: Yeng GuiaoKey Players: Kevin Alas, Cyrus Baguio, JR Quiñahan, Asi TaulavaKey Additions: Kiefer Ravena, Michael MirandaKey Losses: Jonas Villanueva, Carlo LastimosaADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

Alyssa proud to see Kiefer thrive in PBA

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ .@ThirdyRavenaaa and @AlyssaValdez2 came here at the Philippine Arena to support @kieferravena this Christmas Day. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/6yFn8YPErB— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 25, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Alyssa Valdez couldn’t be more proud her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena, who is off to a torrid start in his PBA career.Valdez, the volleyball superstar, shared that she’s happy to see Ravena thrive in this new endeavor.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena relieved to just play vs Pringle with Romeo still out for GlobalPort “We’re all proud of Kiefer,” she said after Ravena led the Road Warriors to a 115-104 win over the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Monday.“I’m excited for him because I know that he’s waited to play in the PBA for so long, so we’re just really happy. He’s really working hard to be consistent on his performance in the PBA and Kief is very focused on what he wants to accomplish,” Valdez said. “He did so well and I’m excited on what he still can show in the coming games and in his PBA career. We’re just gonna be here to support him in his dream here in the PBA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ It also helps that the two can draw inspiration from one another, with both of them entering new chapters in their respective careers.Valdez has taken her talents overseas, playing for Attack Line in the Taiwan Volleyball League.“As of now, we’re really focusing on both of our careers. Kiefer is really doing a good job, and I hope I do the same in the countries that I might go to,” she said.And so far, the two have had nothing but good things coming their way.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View comments LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ravena is averaging 19.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 steals in his two games for the Road Warriors, while Valdez has made her Taiwanese club competitive before preparing to take her act back home next year with Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League.“We’re just really happy for each other. We hope that the blessings continue to flow. The challenges will always be there and I hope we overcome those together,” she said. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Bono earns praise for holding his own vs Fajardo

first_imgMOST READ Containing a behemoth like Fajardo is admittedly tall order, but Bono was still able make life difficult for the four-time PBA MVP while also making a good account of himself on the offensive end.Bono scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field in only 11 minutes.“You can’t stop June Mar. You just had to contain him. I’m just thankful for coach for giving me the opportunity,” said the former UAAP MVP.READ: Fajardo admits having a hard time vs BonoBono’s exemplary showing didn’t just garner praise from his own fort, but as well as from the opposing side as San Miguel coach Leo Austria also expressed glee with his former player’s performance.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Coach just told me to get ready. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that coach gave me and I did my best to help the team. You’ll never know when coach will call your number, so I’m just ready,” Bono said.Though the Bolts went on to lose, 97-103, Bono’s presence was a huge boost in making a game out of the duel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: Cabagnot, San Miguel weather Meralco comeback“I was happy with the way Ken played,” said Black. “He’s been hurt and he just came back to practice about a week ago, and he did pretty well tonight against June Mar. He did a pretty decent job of at least trying to push him out of the lane.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Blown leads cause for concern for SMB coach Austria PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — It pays to be prepared, and for Ken Bono, he seized the moment when coach Norman Black called his number to guard June Mar Fajardo on Wednesday.Though surprised at first, the former Adamson standout did the best he could to at least slow down Fajardo as he held the fort for the Meralco frontline against the San Miguel giant in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “I really congratulated him because I know what he can do. He’s one of the best shooters among big men and if he will focus on his conditioning, I think he will be given playing time,” Austria, who coached Bono at Adamson, said.The 33-year-old Bono hopes to get more opportunities to play.“Hopefully [I get to play more], but it depends on coach. I’m just ready every game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Michael Schumacher suffers head injury in skiing accident

first_imgHe suffered serious head injuries while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel, France In what appears to be a shocking news for the family and fans of Michael Schumacher, the Formula One legend has suffered a serious head injury while skiing in France on Sunday morning.The seven-time Formula One champion was skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel at the time of the incident, French media reported on Sunday.Schumacher was transported from the slopes to a hospital in Grenoble.No further information on the German’s injuries are yet available.Schumacher, a seven-time world champion, is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time, having won the most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions and races in a single season.He officially retired at the end of the 2012 season, having returned from a four-year break from the sport. He turned down the chance to drive for Lotus in the final two races of this year.last_img read more

Apple Watch: All you need to know in 10 points

first_img1. Steve Jobs’ successor, Tim Cook, hailed it as the most “personal device we have ever created.”Trivia: Cook unveiled Watch at the same place Jobs had unveiled the Macintosh: Flint Center.2. Apple Watch would be lonely without Siri, Apple’s proprietary voice-based technological assistant.Trivia: The voice of Siri is Susan Bennett, from Atlanta, Georgia, United States.3. Apple Watch is built on the new iOS 8 platform that was unveiled at Apple’s WWDC last year. With Handoff in iOS 8, a seamless transition will occur when switching tasks from, say, an iPhone and an iPad to the Watch.Trivia: The codename for iOS 8 was Okemo, after a ski resort in the US. Earlier versions have also been codenamed after tourist destinations.4. It will also support Apple Pay – the tech giant’s new virtual payment system aimed at replacing debit and credit cards. It will work with the three major payment networks: American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Trivia: Although not confirmed by Apple, banks and financial bodies will give a cut from Apple Pay payments to Apple.5. The watch has a throwback to the PTT (push-to-talk) days, with a walkie-talkie function available. It has a drawing pad, pulse monitor, calorie counter and activity tracker. It runs apps, takes dictation and interacts with the iPhone. Trivia: App developers were not given access to the HealthKit iCloud for storing user data for Apple’s fear of another hacking scandal after the nude photos of celebs were compromised.6. The watch has a gyroscope and an accelerometer that help in keeping track of fitness levels . It also uses GPS and Wi-Fi in the users’ iPhone to help track the distance.advertisement Trivia: The Health app measures Standing, Moving and Exercise data for the user.7. Costs of the Apple Watch will begin from $349. There is no fixed date for commercial release; just early 2015. It works with iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus.Trivia: Even though iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn’t feature sapphire displays, Watch does.8. Apple recognised the wearability quotient had to move past the geeks and innovators and early adopters; so they created an entire range of belt styles, which go well with the 2 sizes of the Watch: 38 mm and 42 mm.Trivia: The Watch will only ‘Wake’ when your wrist is within a set angular range, decided by you.9. Adding to the gamut of clasping and buckling options, the Watch will be up for grabs in three variants – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.Trivia: The Edition comes in 2 beautiful 18K gold shades – yellow and rose gold.10. The Watch has 2 physical hardware buttons: a push button and a rotatable crown for zooming in and out of the display and scrolling the screen up and down.last_img read more

Sona Polo team bags the Bhopal-Pataudi Polo Cup

first_imgSharmila Tagore (also right) presents the Bhopal-Pataudi Polo Cup to the Sona Polo team at the Jaipur Polo ground on Sunday.It turned out to be a memorable Sunday evening at the Jaipur Polo Ground here during the final of the SWP Productions Bhopal-Pataudi Polo Cup (8 goals). While the Pataudi family – Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor – was present in full force, many former cricketers including former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Mohammad Azharuddin also graced the occasion.The action on the field was intense as Sona Polo staved off a strong challenge from Jindal Panther to win by 9 goals to 6. For the winning team, Abhimanyu Pathak scored four goals while the seasoned Dhruvpal Godara contributed three.Sunjay Kapur gave Sona Polo a good start with two quick goals while Abhimanyu added another in the first chukker.Dhruvpal consolidated Sona Polo’s position with a goal at the start of the second chukker before Jindal Panther, who started with a goal advantage on handicap, came back strongly with two goals from Simran Shergill and a 40-yard penalty from Ricardo Nunes. Simran scored through a brilliant solo move after latching on to a pass from Nunes. It opened up the contest and soon, Jindal were breathing down Sona’s neck.The third chukker was all about Abhimanyu, who scored three goals. Not to be left behind, Simran added two for Jindal. The two experienced campaigners, Abhimanyu and Dhruvpal, formed a potent combination, but Jindal fought back hard as the score read 7 goals to 5 by the end of the chukker. Sona raised their level in the final chukker with Dhruvpal once again showing his class and scoring twice. Ricardo scored one goal to reduce the margin but Dhruvpal converted a 40-yard penalty and then scored a brilliant field goal to take his team home.advertisementWith the trophy instituted in the name of the Pataudi family, it was also an occasion to remember the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, former India cricket captain. “Kareena and I have flown all the way here to be part of the occasion. It is a very well organised and glamourous event,” said his son, Saif.Other cricketers present were Abbas Ali Baig, Atul Wassan and Surinder Khanna.last_img read more

Manohar Parrikar files Rajya Sabha nomination from UP

first_imgDefence Minister Manohar ParrikarA day after being inducted into the Union cabinet as defence minister, Manohar Parrikar on Monday filed his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh.Parrikar was accompanied by Union ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Kalraj Mishra, MP Jagdambika Pal and other senior BJP leaders.The biennial election for 10 Rajya Sabha seats from UP is slated for November 20.Rajya Sabha members whose term will be expiring on November 25 are Akhilesh Das, Avtar Singh Karimpuri, Brijlal Khabari, Brijesh Pathak, Raja Ram and Veer Singh (all BSP), Amar Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav (both SP), Kusum Rai (BJP) and Mohammad Adeeb (Congress).The ruling Samajwadi Party can win six seats and the BSP two based on their strength in the UP Assembly. BJP and Congress can get one each with support of other parties.Samajwadi Party has 231 members, while BJP has 41, BSP 80 and Congress 28 beside others in the 403-member House.While SP has fielded Ram Gopal Yadav, state cabinet minister Azam Khan’s wife Tazeen Fatima, Neeraj Shekhar, who is son of former prime minister Chandrashekhar, Ravi Prakash Verma, Javed Ali Khan and Chandrapal Singh Yadav, Congress has nominated PL Punia.BSP has fielded Raja Ram and Veer Singh.58-year-old Parrikar quit as Goa Chief Minister to join the Narendar Modi Cabinet and was entrusted with the Defence portfolio which was held by Arun Jaitley.last_img read more

No place for record-breaking athletes in Indian squad for Pakistan National Games

first_imgThe tiny South Indian state of Kerala is fast proving to be an athletic paradise. The 18th Inter-State Athletic Meet ended in a blaze of glory for its representatives as they aggregated 157 points to claim the overall championship for the third time in a row. The achievement at Hissar,The tiny South Indian state of Kerala is fast proving to be an athletic paradise. The 18th Inter-State Athletic Meet ended in a blaze of glory for its representatives as they aggregated 157 points to claim the overall championship for the third time in a row. The achievement at Hissar this year was the third leg of the hat-trick that had begun at Quilon in 1978, and gathered momentum at Hyderabad last year. Kerala had also won the championship in 1972 at Kottayam.Quite a few groans could be heard at the Nehru Stadium as local favourites Punjab narrowly failed to dislodge Kerala from the top spot. In a needle finish, Punjab logged just six points fewer, to finish runners-up. And in the ultimate analysis, it was the high number of outright victories – gold medals – by a few outstanding Kerala athletes that turned the tide in their favour. Punjab bagged as many as 45 medals, a tally that was 5 medals more than Kerala’s, but the southern state’s 19 golds weighed heavily in the balance against Punjab’s 16.Two national marks fell during the course of the championships, while 20 meet records were obliterated. And all this on a sub-standard track, that had most athletes grumbling bitterly. The credit for lowering the national marks went to Phool Kumar of Bihar who pitch-forked himself to a new high in the pole vault; and Haryana’s debutante Jagwanti Ahlawat, who raced ahead of the field to beat by a clear 10.4 seconds, the 3,000 metres national mark set at Jamshedpur last year by Mary Thomas. It was indeed ironical that the only woman to break a national mark could not find a place in India’s squad for the Pakistan National Games in Karachi in March.Jagwanti was not the only athlete to suffer at the hands of the officials of the Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI), who made the selection of the 18-member team in an arbitrary and off-hand manner.Pretexts: Prominent among the names missing were those of Jagwanti and India’s sprint queen, Rita Sen. While the excuse given for dropping the Haryana distance runner was that she would not stand a chance against the powerful Chinese athletes who would be competing at Karachi, the reason for axing Rita has surprised sports enthusiasts. Rita creditably finished the 100 metres on the crumbling clay track in 12.1 seconds, just ahead of Kerala schoolgirl, 15-year-old P.T. Usha. The Bengali athlete pulled a muscle while running in the 400 metres, and was advised by her coach Kamaljit Sandhu to pull out of the 200 metres.It was a bitter pill for the in-form Rita to swallow, though the girl chosen in her place, P.T. Usha, is a tremendously promising runner, and should benefit from international experience. She was well above the general standard in the Under-16 category, almost contemptuously torpedoing three meet records.India’s fastest man to date, Gnanasekharan finally met his Waterloo. The ageing Tamil Nadu sprinter, who had come back from the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games with a silver medal, was beaten to second position by Maharashtra’s Inter-University champion, Adil Sumariwalla. Gnanasekharan’s bogey has always been his starling trouble. Adil was off from the block like a shot, those initial two strides helping him pip his more famed adversary at the post.Asiad golden girl Geeta Zutshi is on the mend again after almost a year of poor performances. She set about determinedly to obliterate the 1, 500 metres meet record. and maintained that she could have done better on a decent track. India has also found a successor to the tiny barefoot distance runner Shivnath Singh. Shivnath, who had bagged a gold and silver at the 1974 Teheran Asiad, was beaten into second place by Inder Singh by a hair’s breadth. These athletes should do their country proud at Karachi.advertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi not sure about his future at Barcelona

first_imgThere have been reports of Lionel Messi being not happy at Barcelona. (AP Photo)Barcelona forward Lionel Messi raised eyebrows when he said in passing on Monday that he did not know where he would be next year.Messi was asked during a press conference ahead of the Ballon D’Or Player of the Year ceremony if he wanted to finish his career at Barcelona or at Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys in his hometown of Rosario.”I’m not sure what’s going to happen, whether I’d go to Newell’s,” he said. “I don’t know where I’ll be next year although I’ve always said I want to end my career at Barcelona but…nobody knows what the future holds.” Messi said on Sunday night that he had denied asking for coach Luis Enrique to be replaced or that he is seeking an exit from his boyhood club.”I haven’t asked for anything to stay here because I have never wanted to go anywhere else,” Messi told Barca’s TV channel after Sunday’s 3-1 La Liga win over champions Atletico Madrid.The Argentina and Barcelona captain was responding for the first time to widespread reports of a falling out with Luis Enrique, who took over from Messi’s compatriot Gerardo Martino at the end of last season.last_img read more

Wimbledon: Top-seeded Djokovic beats Anderson to reach quarterfinals

first_imgNovak Djokovic survived a one-set shootout with big-serving Kevin Anderson on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals and keep up his bid for a third Wimbledon title.The top-ranked Djokovic beat the 14th-seeded South African 7-5 in the fifth set on Court 1 to complete a match that had been suspended by darkness at two sets apiece.It took 45 minutes of play Tuesday for Djokovic to advance to his 25th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 victory. He will next face Croatia’s Marin Cilic, a player he has beaten in all 12 of their previous matches.”I was two sets down. To come back and win in five definitely gives me great satisfaction and confidence for the next challenge,” Djokovic said. “It was frustrating at times, especially today, but I managed to go through, and that’s what matters.”Djokovic struggled throughout the match in trying to tame the 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson’s huge serve, but broke him to go up 6-5 in the fifth set to set up his victory.”Kevin served exceptionally well,” Djokovic said. “I find that this was one of the most difficult matches I’ve played at Wimbledon, maybe in my career. At times, I was really helpless with my return.”Anderson finished with 40 aces, including three in the first game of the fifth set and eight overall in the decider.But it was two consecutive double-faults by Anderson that proved crucial, leaving him 15-40 down in the 11th game. Djokovic took advantage on the first break point, hitting a forehand return that dropped sharply at Anderson’s feet and forced an error.advertisementDjokovic served out the match in the next game, helped by two return errors from Anderson.”The couple double-faults didn’t help my cause in the end,” Anderson said. “Had a couple small opportunities in that last game at love-30. I missed a couple second serve returns. Small margins make a difference in a match like that.”With the loss, Anderson became the first player in the Open era to reach the fourth round at Grand Slam tournaments seven times without ever advancing to the quarterfinals.”Coming into this week, it was definitely my goal to progress further than I have at the Slams,” Anderson said. “Been in the Round of 16 a few times. Came a lot closer this time than I have in the past. But just wasn’t close enough.”Djokovic’s win completed the men’s quarterfinal lineup.In the other matches Wednesday, seven-time champion Roger Federer will play No. 12 Gilles Simon, 2013 champion Andy Murray will face Vasek Pospisil, and French Open winner Stan Wawrinka will be up against No. 21 Richard Gasquet.last_img read more

BCCI sets up advisory committee to appoint coach Duncan Fletcher’s successor; players want Ravi Shastri in control

first_imgDuncan Fletcher’s stint as Team India head coach ended with the World Cup in March, but five months down the line, there is no word on who will succeed the Zimbabwean.India’s coaching staff await contract extension The BCCI is happy passing the buck to the Cricket Advisory Committee every time the likes of secretary Anurag Thakur and president Jagmohan Dalmiya are questioned on the inordinate delay in the appointment. But the real reason for the absence of a full-time coach is the players’ insistence on having Ravi Shastri at the helm as Team Director till next year’s ICC World T20.The BCCI appointed the threemember advisory panel – comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman – on June 1 and announced that the three legends will pick the next chief coach of Team India. But more than two months later, the committee is yet to recommend their choice. And a senior BCCI official said that unless an agreement is reached with the players, it is highly unlikely that a name will be announced.”The players want Shastri at the helm of affairs and are happy with the current set-up where Sanjay Bangar, R. Sreedhar and Bharat Arun work under him. In this scenario, it is highly unlikely that a new name will be announced as coach. I don’t see that happening any time soon. Maybe after the World T20, things could change and an appointment could be made,” he told MAIL TODAY.Thakur had said on several occasions that a new coach was on the verge of being named, before adding that the threemember committee would soon meet to decide on the matter.advertisement”The three-member cricket committee, which includes big names like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, has been entrusted with the job of suggesting names for the post of chief coach. BCCI will wait for their suggestions. As of now, Shastri has been the given the charge of the team till the Sri Lanka series. We will probably take a call on the coaching staff before the South Africa series begins in October,” Thakur said recently.”If the cricket committee suggests the name of a coach, the Board will pursue it and do the needful. Till then, the current arrangement would continue.” he added, keeping the doors open for a postponement in the appointment.Test skipper Virat Kohli has made no secret about the fact that he wants Shastri to give his young team direction.”He is the most amazing person to have around this team right now because it is a young unit and the kind of confidence he gives. He has authority; when he speaks, people respect him. There is no talk just for the sake of it. He is sensible and something that gives you a lot of confidence and a lot of assurance. That is what you need as young players,” Kohli said.Even ODI and T20 skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni echoes Kohli’s sentiments. “Ultimately, it is the individuals that go out and adapt and do what is required. We have enough people in the support staff to take care of us. And even if the position of the coach is vacant for some time, it is okay. Don’t put just anybody there just because the post is vacant,” he said.Even though the two skippers differ in their leadership styles, it seems they aren’t willing to have anyone else but Shastri at the helm for the time being.last_img read more

Motorola’s shatterproof Droid Turbo 2 is codenamed Bounce, specifications leaked

first_imgThe original Motorola Droid Turbo – called Moto Turbo in India – was a tough cookie. Its successor, the alleged Droid Turbo 2 is expected to take things forward by sporting an unbreakable display. A new report now confirms that the alleged Droid Turbo 2, code-named Bounce will indeed be ‘shatterproof’.Also Read: Motorola Droid Turbo successor benchmarked, Snapdragon 810 in pipeline Fresh from the launch of the Moto X Play (and the Moto X Style), Motorola may be looking to launch the alleged Droid Turbo 2 sometime in December, 2015, suggests serial tipster @upleaks. Motorola Bounce: 5.43″ QHD, MSM8994, 32or64GB/3GB, 21MP/5MP, 3760mAh, Shatterproof, December. pic.twitter.com/A9kpCIiRfH upleaks (@upleaks) August 31, 2015More importantly, the leak tips some rear specifications of the alleged device which are in line with earlier rumours of the Droid Turbo 2, pointing out that the Bounce may be ‘the device’. The leak also reveals what possibly looks like an early press render of the ‘Bounce’. As per the render, the back of the phone looks a lot like the Moto X Play. The sides however have a distinct edge, in that they seem to sport a rubberised finish for added protection (hence the name Bounce, maybe!).Also Read: Motorola Moto Turbo review On the front, the Bounce seems to sport on-screen navigation keys as against the Droid Turbo that featured physical capacitive keys.As for the specifications, the new leak suggests that the Motorola Bounce will have a 5.43-inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 processor with 3GB RAM under the hood.advertisementThe Bounce will reportedly sport a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It will reportedly come in 32GB and 64GB internal memory options and will be backed by a 3,760mAh battery.Also Read: Leaked image of the new Moto 360 in all its glory Earlier in June, the next generation Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone with a model number of XT1585 was spotted on the benchmarking site GFXBench.last_img read more

Gogoi announces financial assistance to Kalpana Lajmi

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 16 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today announced Rs One lakh assistance to filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who is keeping unwell. 61-year-old Lajmi, who was the companion to late Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Bhupen Hazarika, was recently admitted to a Mumbai hospital with complaints of kidney ailments. Gogoi, in a statement, announced the financial assistance to her from Chief Ministers Relief Fund. The Chief Minister also wished her quick recovery and a ealthy life. PTI DG KK NDS KKBlast_img