Mo Salah, Egyptian king and Liverpool star, scores on World Cup debut

first_imgMohamed Salah made the much-awaited World Cup debut against Russia on Tuesday but could not turn the fortunes of his side as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Egypt, having lost the first match to Uruguay 1-0, are now virtually knocked out of the tournament and Salah could do little to better a sloppy performance from the Pharaohs.After getting injured in Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Salah was forced to warm the bench during their first match loss.He started the second, must-win encounter on Tuesday, but the result out to be the same, in fact, worse.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile there were only glum faces of Egyptians all over the stadium, the only silver lining was the fact that Salah scored Egypt’s first goal at the World Cup since 1990.In the 72nd minute, Salah was brought down in the penalty area but the referee pointed to a free kick at the edge of the box. However, this is where Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came into play and showed that the challenge happened just within the box and it was given a penalty.Salah calmly converted from the spot to give Egypt some consolation. Mohamed Salah could score only a consolation goal as Egypt slumped to a 3-1 loss against Russia. (Reuters Photo)FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThis is only the third time Egypt are participating in the World Cup Finals and the last time they played at the tournament was 28 years ago in 1990.advertisementEgypt’s last goal at the World Cup, which came in 1990, was scored Magdi Abdelghani in their 1-1 draw against Netherlands. Incidentally, that was also a penalty.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia on brink of last 16, joy for Africa, history for SalahSalah hardly saw the ball in Egypt’s loss to Russia but every time he had the ball in a crucial area, it looked like he would make it count.He had two chances to score as well but the big man failed to find the net but he was eventually rewarded for being a constant threat in the box.Interestingly, he became the fourth straight Premier League Golden Boot winner to score at subsequent World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing EgyptLuis Suarez had scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, Didier Drogba had found the net once at the 2010 World Cup and Thierry Henry scored three goals for France at the 2006 World Cup.There were a lot of hopes and expectations resting on Salah, in regards to Egypt’s World Cup campaign and in the end, it proved to be too much.Salah still has a long way to go. If he continues to play the way he is, he will surely feature in the coming World Cups and there will have the chance to rectify and better his 2018 performance.On Tuesday, Salah mostly spent all his time on the right, waiting for the ball to come to him. What he did not realise was this was not Liverpool. For Egypt to create chances, he needs to work deeper, create chances and finish them too.He will learn what he has to from this and in fact, against Saudi Arabia, he will have a chance to shine through and one never knows, he may write another chapter in his already famous tale.last_img read more

Oppo looks to strengthen position in premium smartphone segment

first_imgBy Shruti Verma Khare Paris, Jun 20 (PTI) Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is looking to strengthen its presence in the premium smartphone space globally as it expands its operations in the European market, a top company official has said. The smartphone major unveiled here its flagship device ‘FindX’, priced at 999 euros (over Rs 78,000). Oppo ranks among the top five players in the Indian smartphone market in terms of shipment. FindX, which will compete with flagship devices from the stables of players like Apple, Samsung and Huawei, will be launched in the Indian market on July 12 and is expected to be available for sale from August. Oppo will announce the India pricing closer to the launch of the smartphone in the country. FindX also marks Oppo’s entry into the European market. Oppo, which at present operates in over 30 markets, including India, will enter the European market through operations in France, Italy, Spain and Netherlands. “France, Italy, Spain and Netherlands are the first four pilot countries for our European entry. After establishing presence here..we will gradually go to other countries,” Oppo vice president Anyi Jiang told reporters at the global launch of the device in Paris. As per research firm IDC, Oppo ranked third with 7.4 per cent share of India’s smartphone shipments after Xiaomi (30.3 per cent) and Samsung (25.1 per cent) in the January-March 2018 quarter. India is among the largest smartphone markets globally, and saw 30 million units being shipped in the first quarter of 2018. Oppo has also tied up with sports car maker Lamborghini to launch a special edition smartphone at 1,699 euros for the 512 GB variant with Super VOOC charging technology. This device, however, will be launched only in China and Europe.PTI SVK MKJ MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

Motorola One Power is coming to India on September 24

first_imgAfter announcing the Moto G6 Plus earlier this month, Motorola is ready to bring yet another smartphone to India in just a few days. The company has announced via its official Twitter handle that the Motorola One Power will launch in India on September 24. The reason this is important is because the One Power is part of Motorola’s Android One lineup of phones that was announced a few weeks ago. This means the One Power will bring stock Android Oreo with guaranteed timely security updates from Google.When Motorola announced the Motorola One and Motorola One Power last month, the company had confirmed that the latter will be coming to India in October, but it seems the company isn’t ready to wait that long which is why it’s we’re getting the device on September 24 instead. At the time of its announcement, Motorola promised two major Android updates for the Motorola One phones, the first of which being Android 9 Pie, which will be released soon after the phones are launched and then Android Q in the future. This should appeal to long-time Motorola fans who have been a little disgruntled with the company’s speed at pushing out software updates.Motorola One Power specificationsThe Motorola One Power is bigger and more powerful that the Motorola One. It sports a tall 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. As far as design is concerned, the One Power comes with a notched display with a notch that’s almost as wide as the iPhone X. The back is likely made up of metal rather than glass. It also comes with a vertical dual camera setup and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.advertisementPowering the One Power is a Snapdragon 636 chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability. Motorola may announce a 6GB variant as well for the Indian market, but we can only know for sure during the launch event.As for the camera, the One Power comes with a 16MP + 5MP setup on the back and a 12-megapixel sensor on the front. It houses a larger 4,850mAh battery compared to the 3,500mAh battery inside the Motorola One. The phone supports TurboPower fast charging USB Type-C and a headphone jack.Pricing will be key with the Motorola One Power. The Moto G6 Plus was launched in India with a pretty surprising price tag of Rs 22,499. For the specs it provides, the G6 Plus will have a hard time trying to take on competitors in this segment like Poco F1. The company will likely be mindful to launch the Motorola One Power more competitively as we have Android One phones with similar specs like the Nokia 6.1 Plus at Rs 15,999. Notably, the Mi A2 with a Snapdragon 660 chipset and Android One also comes in at under Rs 20,000.ALSO READ: Can the Motorola One Power take on Nokia 6.1 Plus and Mi A2 in India?last_img read more

Lionel Messi out for 3 weeks with fractured forearm, will miss El Clasico

first_imgLionel Messi will miss the El Clasico next Sunday and will be out of action for about three weeks after he broke his right forearm during Barcelona’s 4-2 victory over Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday.Barcelona have important games lined up in the next three weeks, where they’ll take on Inter Milan midweek and then next month in Champions League and a weekend game against arch-rivals Real Madrid. He will miss at least two more matches apart from these three.Barcelona’s brilliant victory over Sevilla was marred by the horrific injury Messi suffered. Messi had scored in the 12th minute of the match but a few minutes later, he was trying to reclaim the ball when he ran into the back of Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez and fell.In an attempt to cushion his landing, Messi bent his right elbow badly. He immediately looked in excruciating pain and was treated by team doctors. They bandaged his elbow and the Argentine tried to continue but had to be eventually substituted in the 26th minute.”It’s a significant loss. We will notice his absence,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.[INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. #FuerzaLeo pic.twitter.com/kpNcspnfqoFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2018″We’ve played without him in the past. We will be prepared to overcome this.”Messi was taken to a clinic and the club said tests showed a “fracture of the radial bone.”advertisementMessi is the team’s leading scorer with seven goals in the league after nine matches. He was replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Saturday.”We’ll see how we will play without him,” Valverde said. “We will try to maintain our style.”Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said they have a good enough team to managed the matches without Messi.”We shouldn’t let Messi’s injury affect us,” Pique said. “We have a team good enough to do well in the matches that we have ahead.”The manager speaks. And so do @_nelsonsemedo_, @3gerardpique and @clement_lenglet #BarçaSevilla https://t.co/eQCVavSVGHFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2018After Messi’s departure from the pitch however, Barcelona struggled more than the scoreline showed. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make a pair of remarkable double-saves but the result was enough to give Valverde’s team a one-point lead over surprising Alaves.Sevilla, which had won four in a row in the league, including 3-0 against Real Madrid, dropped to third place, two points off the lead.Atletico Madrid, which drew at Villarreal 1-1, also was two back after nine matches.Real Madrid was four points behind Barcelona, in fifth place.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited’s Fast&Up Launches Promega, Omega-3 Rich Fish Oil Product

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)MUMBAI, December 7, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited’s Fast&Up launched Promega, Omega -3 rich fatty acid fish oil. Promega has proven vital for improving the immune system, brain development and cognitive function. Accepted and promoted by many admired sports enthusiasts and nutritionists, Fast&Up Promega is making its mark among people who believe in fitness and active living as Omega -3 fatty acids are important for optimal health.Fast&Up Promega contains a high amount of EPA and DHA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid) with high bioavailability and no fishy aftertaste. DHA and EPA cannot be made by the body efficiently and therefore must be acquired through diet and Omega -3 supplementation. Fish oil is known to be one of the best sources of Omega -3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which are the essential nutrients required for fighting depression, anxiety and inflammation; improving eye health and mental disorders. It also helps in reducing Asthma and symptoms of ADHD in children; symptoms of metabolic syndrome; prevent cancer, fight age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Omega-3 fatty acid also contribute to positive performance and support maintenance of healthy life, improve bone and joint health, alleviate menstrual pain, improve sleep and also is good for skin.Consumption of Fast&Up Promega supplement with a high content of 1250 mg of Omega -3 rich fish oil in 60 soft gel capsules can help one safeguard body’s requirement of Omega -3 fatty acids. Fast&Up Promega is ideal for fitness enthusiasts, athletes and anyone with active lifestyle aiming for a healthy life. Focusing on the many benefits with Omega -3 fatty acids, Fast&Up Promega supplement is burpless and mercury free with better absorption and helps you get closer to your healthiest potential. 1-2 soft gel capsules daily will boost one’s active lifestyle.advertisementVijayaraghavan Venugopal, CEO, Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited said, “Promega is an Omega -3 fatty acid supplement and is used by fitness enthusiasts, health experts and anyone who believe in healthy and active living. It is known for benefiting you with good skin but actually, it benefits your overall health along with improving your immune system and brain development. Promega helps to increase oxygen delivery and allow maximal amount of oxygen-rich blood to reach our working muscle cells. Certainly, the role Omega -3 fatty acids play in the human body is really crucial.”About Fast&UpFast&Up is a Swiss brand that offers an interesting range of innovative, easy to use nutrition products, which has seen fast adoption in the sports fraternity. Besides a strong commitment to quality, this progressive sports nutrition brand has successfully brought novel and gel-based nutrition supplements to India. For more information, visit https://www.fastandup.in/.About AeronutrixAeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited is one of the fastest growing sport nutrition products company based out of Mumbai. Backed by innovative Swiss technology and effervescent science, Aeronutrix’ nutrition products promote Active Living and are favoured by sportspersons, health enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts who have chosen Healthy and Active Living. The company’s flagship OTC brand, ‘Fast&Up’ is the nutrition product of choice for many, including National and International athletes in various sports such as Cricket, Soccer, Kabaddi, Cycling and Marathon. Aeronutrix is a subsidiary of Fullife Healthcare, a healthcare management company that makes and markets a range of effervescent products in over 22 countries across the globe.Source: Aeronutrix Sports Products Private LimitedPWRPWRlast_img read more

Isha Ambani pre-wedding bash: Beyonce lands in Udaipur for live performance

first_imgIsha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s pre-wedding celebrations are on in full swing at The Oberoi Udaivilas and Lake Palace in Udaipur right now, as you read this.The star-studded bash saw almost all big names from Bollywood, politics, sports and business in attendance. The party was a grand success last night and the celebrations continue.Well, to add a lot of rock and pop to the grandest event of the year, American singing sensation Beyonce has arrived in Udaipur to perform live at the function.She was just spotted at the airport and is expected to perform live today.The functions in Udaipur were to take place from December 8 to 9. The wedding will take place at Mukesh and Nita Ambani’s Mumbai residence Antilia on December 12.Stay tuned for all juicy details of the grand celebrations.ALSO SEE | Isha Ambani pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur: See all inside pics and videosALSO SEE | Isha Ambani wedding celebrations kick off with Anna Seva in Udaipur. See picsALSO SEE: Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal wedding invite is as royal as it gets. Watch unboxing videoALSO SEE | Isha Ambani pre-wedding festivities: New pics from venueALSO WATCH: Isha and Anand’s regal wedding invitelast_img read more

Dropping VVS Laxman from India ODI squad maybe was a mistake, admits Sourav Ganguly

first_imgVVS Laxman’s 281 led India to its greatest Test victory 17 years ago but it also saved the captaincy career of Sourav Ganguly, as admitted by the legendary cricketer himself.Shaken by the match-fixing scandal, Indian cricket was going through a turbulent time at the start of the 21st century when Ganguly took charge of the team.Trailing 0-1 after their loss in Mumbai, India were looking down the barrel and were asked to follow-on in the Kolkata Test but Laxman’s 281 and Rahul Dravid’s 180 in a 376-run fifth wicket partnership set the tone for an epic 171-run win.The win also halted the Steve Waugh-led side’s record 16 consecutive victories, giving a new direction to the Ganguly-led Team India.So when the Hyderabadi batsman chose to write his autobiography, ‘281 and Beyond’, the title of the book was a no-brainer.But Ganguly was a tad disappointed with the title, he said in a lighter vein.”I also texted him a month back but he didn’t reply,” Ganguly said at the Kolkata leg of the book launch.”I told him it was not the apt title… It should have been ‘281 and beyond and that saved Sourav Ganguly’s career’,” the former India captain said.”I strongly opposed the title because if he had not scored 281, we would have lost the Test and I would not have been captain again,” a modest Ganguly said.Despite having a successful career in Tests, Laxman’s limited overs career failed to take off as he played only 86 ODIs, and was dropped from the squad ahead of the 2003 ICC World Cup in South Africa.advertisementReflecting on the omission, Ganguly said “maybe it was a mistake”.”Laxman was a player who could have done well in all formats. In hindsight, maybe it was a mistake. As a captain, you take decisions and things happen which may not be right or wrong,” Ganguly said.Describing this as the darkest phase of his career, Laxman said he had actually contemplated quitting when he went for a vacation with his friends in the USA.”But then I realised, that I did not become a cricketer to play the World Cup but it was for the sport. I was being childish.”I told myself ‘I was among the lucky few who got this opportunity and I should not let it go’,” Laxman recalled.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Aaron Finch on Tim Paine’s banter with Rohit Sharma: He did not take the bait

first_imgIndia have so far dominated the Boxing Day Test but with Tim Paine behind the stumps, a bit of chatter and banter is never too far away. After needling Murali Vijay in Perth, Paine targeted Rohit Sharma and challenged him to hit Nathan Lyon for a six.Rohit, who had missed the second Test at Perth Stadium last week, was trying to settle down against some tight bowling when Tim Paine decided to have a bit of a chat with Aaron Finch to try and distract Rohit.However, Rohit remained undeterred and scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015. Incidentally, the last time Rohit had scored a Test fifty outside Asia was in Sydney back in January 2015.During a critical moment in the second day’s play, Paine told Finch, who was standing close in: “It’s a bit of a toss up between Royals and Indians for me. But if Rohit hits a six now, I’m changing to Mumbai.”Rohit Sharma leads Mumbai Indians while Ajinkya Rahane, who was at the other end, led Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 season.Rohit and Rahane added 62 for the fifth wicket and were instrumental in India’s eventual 443 for 7 declared. Aaron Finch walked out to face India’s pacers with Marcus Harris and the pair survived six hostile overs.Speaking to the media after the day’s play, Finch admitted Australia tried to distract Rohit but he did not fall for the bait.”We were just trying to have a bit of banter with Rohit. I asked Rohit if we brought mid on up if he’d take us on and go into IPL mode and he didn’t take the bait, unfortunately.advertisement”It was just a bit of good fun, a bit of banter. It was a long time out there,” Finch said.The series has been closely contested but plenty of attention has been drawn by Virat Kohli. The Australian media have questioned his behaviour on the field. Back home in India, not everybody is impressed with Kohli’s on-field behaviour. In fact, Sunil Gavaskar reckoned India started the sledging war and had to be prepared to cop some of it from the Aussies.In Perth, Paine had asked Murali Vijay how he could like Kohli as a bloke. Before the stump mic caught Paine’s banter, he had been involved in a heated verbal battle with Kohli and the duo almost collided with each other before the umpire intervened.Also Read | Admire Virat Kohli but he should behave with dignity: Naseeruddin Shah to India TodayAlso Read | Rohit Sharma hits 1st Test fifty outside Asia since 2015Also See:last_img read more

India vs Australia: Pujara’s mammoth 193 sixth highest score by an Asian in Australia

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara played an epic knock of 193 in the Sydney Test against Australia to put India in good stead in the final match of the series. India, who are leading the four-match series 2-1, are chasing a first-ever Test series victory in Australia.Pujara’s 193 puts him on the sixth spot in the list of highest scores by an Asian batsman in Australia.He trails Sachin Tendulkar (241*), Rahul Dravid (233), Ravi Shastri (206), Azhar Ali (205*) and Virender Sehwag (195).Pujara has now faced 1257 (362 balls) deliveries in the series so far, surpassing Rahul Dravid (1203 balls) on top among Indians to have faced most deliveries in a series byu a touring batsman in Australia in the last 30 years.Nathan Lyon caught and bowled Pujara and took the fifth spot in the list of most caught and bowled dismissals in Test cricket.Muthiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble are the joint-leaders of the list with 35 dismissals.Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara scored his first 150 of the series this summer. He continued in complete zen mode he batted in throughout Thursday with a brilliant innings in Sydney on Day 2.Pujara began the day doing exactly what he had done early on Thursday as he negotiated the early deliveries with Australia trying to use bounce to pick up wickets.Finding good, confident shots occasionally, Pujara played through the period well and began opening up after 45 minutes or so and began hitting his stride.Hanuma Vihari on the other hand provided solid support to Pujara and played with a calm head and solid approach to keep India afloat.advertisementAnd, he just keeps on going. 151* for @cheteshwar1 now as #TeamIndia march to 328/4 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/CxRUl86XyNBCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019Pujara brought up his seventh 150+ score in Test cricket. The last time Pujara scored 150 runs in Test cricket was last year in July at Galle against Sri Lanka.At Galle, Pujara has scored 153 runs and he has already surpassed that score in Sydney.n Australia, Pujara has already crossed 400 runs this series. He has also gone past Sunil Gavaskar for balls faced in a single Test series in Australia.Ironically, Pujara had lost his place in the Test team after failing to deliver in Australia in 2014. That was the series of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith who headlined the cricket world with their scintillating hundreds.Four years later, Pujara has played a stellar role with his gritty and determined batting. Virat Kohli has scored one hundred as opposed to Pujara’s three. No other batsman apart from these two has scored a hundred in a series where two pitches have been rated average.Also Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machineAlso Read | Pujara joins Gavaskar and Kohli in elite list after Sydney hundredAlso Read | Why Cheteshwar Pujara reminds Michael Clarke of Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

Wake up New Zealand Cricket #MeToo banner seen during India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I

first_imgNew Zealand Cricket officials were once again left red-faced after another woman held up a banner protesting against Scott Kuggeleijn’s participation in the second T20 international between India and New Zealand on Friday.Scott Kuggeleijn, who was cleared of rape charges in 2017, bowled 3.5 overs in the match and also scored 2 runs as India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets to level the three-match series 1-1 in Auckland.But Kuggeleijn’s participation has led to protests, one of whom had held up a banner, which read “no means no”, in the first T20I in Wellington.Another woman was seen holding up a banner which read “Wake up, NZ Cricket, #MeToo”.New Zealand Cricket and Westpac Stadium had earlier apologised for removing a banner promoting sexual consent during the first match. The banner was confiscated and the woman was told she would get it back after the double-header.The message in the banner was directed at Scott Kuggeleijn, who was selected for the national side after a jury found him not guilty in a rape case two years ago.New Zealand cricket public relations officer, Richard Boock conceded the decision to remove the banner was an overreaction. However, he pointed out that the New Zealand Cricket and the Westpac Stadium officials had just followed the guidelines that prohibit targetting players with such banners.”We agree the course taken was an over-reaction and unnecessary, and the sign certainly wasn’t offensive,” Boock said, as quoted by the report.”The policy is a guideline only and is not written in stone. I think, on this occasion, we should have shown better judgment and exercised more discretion. We’ll be having a chat about it in our debrief with a view to making sure that doesn’t happen again, and we’re sorry.”advertisementKuggeleijn had faced trials in 2016 and 2017 after he was charged with rape in Hamilton in 2015. After a hung jury in the first trial, he was found not guilty of rape in the second despite the New Zealand cricketer conceding the woman in question had said no to sex.Also Read | We just waited for umpire’s decision: Khaleel Ahmed on Daryl Mitchell DRS controversyAlso Read | Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughingAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

Badminton Nationals: PV Sindhu storms into semis, Saina Nehwal reaches quarters

first_imgOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu sailed into the last four stage, while former world number one Saina Nehwal dispatched Shruti Mandada to reach the quarter-finals of the women’s singles at the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship in New Delhi on Thursday.Nagpur’s Vaishnavi Bhale and Ashmita Chaliha of Assam also showed superb resilience to book their maiden semifinal spots on a dramatic day.On a day when three pre-quarterfinals were postponed due to uneven court surface at the Assam Badminton Academy, Sindhu went about her business as usual, beating Riya Mookerjee 21-16 21-7 in 28 minutes to progress to the semifinals.The top seed from Hyderabad, a former champion, had opened her campaign with a 21-11 21-13 win over Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod in the morning.Saina meanwhile, took just under half-an-hour to register a 21-11, 21-10 win against Mandada. She will next play Neha Pandit in her quarters fixture.Vaishnavi, who had won the All India ranking tournament 2015 and finished runners-up at 2016, dug deep to eke out a hard-fought 19-21 22-20 21-11 win over third seed Shriyanshi Pardeshi.The maximum cheer was reserved for local sensation Ashmita, who kept her cool in two successive thrillers to set up a semifinal clash against Sindhu.The 19-year-old left-handed sensation from Assam, who claimed her first two senior international titles at the Dubai International Challenge and Tata Open International Challenge last year, showed great rearguard action to secure a 16-21 21-17 21-19 win over Aakarshi Kashyap in the quarters.The fourth seeded Assamese girl had earlier defeated Vaidehi Choudhari 21-13 15-21 21-12 in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementIn men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and Kaushal Dharmamer progressed to the last four with straight game wins over their respective opponents.While Lakshya beat Aryamann Tandon 21-14 21-10, Harsheel Dani’s superb run was cut short by Kaushal, who notched up a 21-11 21-19 to make his maiden semifinal spot at the tournament.Earlier in the day, top seed Sameer Verma conceded a men’s singles encounter against Aryamann Tandon midway at 21-16 1-8 after aggravating a achilles heel problem.After that match, Saina took the court against Shruti Mundada in the pre-quarters but after having a look at the surface she made it clear that she won’t risk playing on that “uneven” court with the All England Championship round the corner.BAI secretary (events) Omar Rashid then postponed the three pre-quarterfinal matches, involving Saina, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth, to the evening session after consulting the players.The organisers then prepared a fresh court on a thick wooden plank on the cement flooring at the TRP indoor stadium for Saina and Kashyap’s pre-quarterfinals matches, while second seed Praneeth preferred to play at the adjacent court at the Assam Badminton Academy.Earlier, Sourabh defeated Kartik Jindal 21-8 21-15, Lakshya brushed aside Ansal Yadav 21-11 21-8 and Harsheel stunned fourth seed and 2018 SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey 21-15 21-17.In men’s doubles, top seeds Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran defeated Rohan Kapoor and Saurabh Sharma 21-11 21-18 to enter the semifinals, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty got the better off veteran pair of Rupesh Kumar and V Diju 21-8 18-21 22-20 to make it to the last four stage.Arun George and Sanyam Shukla and Krishna Prasad G and Dhruv Kapila also advanced to the semifinals.Like last year, the players ranked within top 50 in the BWF ranking and top shuttlers in the BAI ranking, filled up the top eight places, who were given direct entry in the singles pre-quarterfinals after a super draw was conducted on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Ragini MMS Returns star Karishma Sharma looks breathtaking in latest photo shoot. See pics

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World Cup 1983: India pull off a huge upset to end West Indies’ dominance

first_imgEngland hosted the World Cup for a third successive time in 1983, but the winners in this edition weren’t the same. After two triumphant journeys in the first two editions of the World Cup, West Indies’ dominance came to a screeching halt in the 1983 final at the hands of surprise finalists in what’s still considered one of cricket’s biggest upsets of all time. The West Indies were clear favourites and it was Zimbabwe’s maiden appearance in the event, replacing Canada from the previous edition as one of the eight countries pooled into two groups of four, competing for the cup.The tournament started with shock results and characteristically culminated in one of the biggest surprises in the annals of cricket. Debutants Zimbabwe took everyone by surprise after beating Australia by 13 runs, while India raised a few eyebrows with a 34-run victory over West Indies. Yashpal Sharma scored 89 as the Indians made 260 in 60 overs and successfully defended the total thanks to some inspired bowling from Roger Binny, who dismissed Sir Vivian Richards, skipper Clive Llyod and the dangerous Jeffrey Dujon.West Indies though weren’t down in the dumps for too long and bounced back in a manner befitting champions. After setting a target of 253 for Australia to chase, a young Winston Davis ran through the Aussie batting line-up for the Windies and registered what was the best bowling figures in World Cup history at the time. An already memorable World Cup then got even more unforgettable when Sri Lanka beat New Zealand for their first-ever win in ODIs.advertisementAnother spectacular contest from this World Cup that stands out also happens to feature one of the best ODI innings ever played. Even though there’s not much, if any footage of Kapil Dev’s 175 against Zimbabwe due to a strike by BBC; it’s still considered one of the best knocks ever played by those who were lucky enough to witness it. Walking in at 9 for 4, Kapil’s rescue act has become a part of World Cup folklore. His 138-ball 175 featured 16 fours as well as six maximums and was ahead of its time, especially when you look at his strike rate of 126.81.While the numbers make for good reading, the importance of the knock cannot be undermined by it. Despite being 9 for 4 when the skipper walked, India played their 60 overs and finished on 266 as Kapil anchored the innings brilliantly with the lower order. A collective bowling effort ensured a 31-run win for India, but it was Kapil’s innings that made the difference on the day and perhaps even set in motion the sequence of improbable events that followed.After the euphoria of beating Zimbabwe had been subsided with the realization of a semi-final date against England, a confident Indian side restricted the hosts to 213 and chased down the total with 6 wickets and 32 balls to spare. The other semi-final saw the indomitable West Indies beat Pakistan by 8 wickets to make it a hat-trick of final appearances. India’s win over West Indies earlier in the tournament was a source of hope for the underdogs, but not many were optimistic.While the general consensus was India beating the Windies again was highly unlikely, a few looked at the earlier result as a source of inspiration. That hope though was severely dampened as India were bundled out for 183 after losing the toss and batting first. However, what was to follow wasn’t envisioned by anyone as India’s bowlers changed the script and dismissed the mighty West Indians for just 140. West Indies’ dominance had come to an end, but it was an even more seismic event in the landscape of Indian sport as Kapil and his boys’ achievement reverberated across the nation and revolutionized cricket in the country for years to come.Also Read | World Cup 1979: West Indies continue their dominance with consecutive World Cup triumphsAlso Read | World Cup 1975: The birth of World Cups and West Indies’ dominanceAlso Read | World Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at homeAlso Seelast_img read more

Gianluigi Buffon returns to Juventus after year at PSG

first_imgGoalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, one of the biggest names in Italian soccer over the past two decades, has returned to champions Juventus for another season after a year at French club Paris St Germain.The 41-year-old has made 640 appearances in Serie A, within striking distance of the 647-game record of AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini.He was originally planning to retire last year but decided to play on and joined the French club, making 17 league appearances.Buffon began his career at Parma before moving to the Turin club in 2001. He has won 9 Serie A titles with Juventus and last season he added the French League 1 one to his trophy collection.The Juventus veteran, capped by Italy 176 times, was also part of the national squad which won the 2006 World Cup. However, he has never managed to bring the Champions League trophy home.Italian media reported that Buffon will not replace Wojciech Szczesny as first-choice goalkeeper for Juventus but serve as a back-up.”Probably each of us hoped, and in the end, knew that the ties that bound us for so many years were not destined to break. And that was the case,” the club said in a statement.Also Read | Netherlands top Sweden 1-0, to face US in Women’s WC finalAlso Read | Former Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben retires from footballAlso Seelast_img read more

As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

first_imgAfter New Zealand lost the epic World Cup 2019 final against England on Sunday, there has been a buzz all around the cricket world with people going at lengths talking about one of the best ODIs of all time. New Zealand fans who were following the game from back home had to stay awake all night as the match reached its conclusion in the wee hours on Monday.Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern too wasn’t unaffected as she praised her team for putting up the kind of fight on the sport’s biggest stage. While posting an image from the game on her Instagram account Ardern also joked that her country must have aged a year watching the thrilling Super Over.”That was undeniably an incredible game. I think as a nation we all aged a year in that super over. Congratulations to England. And to the Black Caps, I feel nothing but pride. What a team,” wrote Arden on Instagram.Notably, The Queen of England also had a message for the new World Champions congratulating the team on their maiden World Cup victory.”Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final. I also extend my commiserations to the runners-up New Zealand, who competed so admirably in today’s contest and throughout the tournament,” said the message posted on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.advertisementA message from Her Majesty The Queen:Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final. (1/2) #CricketWorldCup pic.twitter.com/FEKsFFe40sThe Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 14, 2019Earlier, New Zealand did everything right but they were gutted after England won the 2019 Cricket World Cup despite a tied final and a tied Super Over at Lord’s on Sunday. England were crowned new ODI champions after they finished with more boundaries than New Zealand.Also Read | Furore over ICC’s Super Over rule for World Cup final: Gambhir, Rohit and Yuvraj raise questionsAlso Read | Clear mistake: Former umpire Simon Taufel gives his verdict on overthrow controversy in World Cup finallast_img read more

Ravi Shastri would never have made it under current BCCI coaching eligibility norms

first_imgThere has been a lot of curiosity around the eligibility criteria laid down by BCCI for the Indian head coach position as opposed to the last time the post was advertised.Interestingly, current coach Ravi Shastri, who remains a strong contender to get the job again, would never have qualified if the ‘prior coaching experience’ norms were adhered to when he was named Team Director in 2014.The new coaching advertisement seeks applicants who have been ‘head coach of a full member Test playing nation for a minimum period of two years or head coach of an associate member/IPL or equivalent international leagues/first class teams/national A teams for a minimum three years’.Shastri, who played for India from 1982 till 1992, had been working as a cricket broadcaster after his retirement and had no prior coaching experience at the time, except a series in Bangladesh in 2007 with the Indian team.The then-BCCI dispensation during the N Srinivasan era drafted Ravi Shastri in as team director mid-way through the tour of England in August 2014 even when Duncan Fletcher was the coach and World Cup 2015 was around the corner.Ravi Shastri remained team director till June 2016 until India lost in the World T20 semi-finals before being reappointed as head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble was removed following his differences with captain Virat Kohli.The Shastri-Kohli combine has helped India climb the top of the Test rankings with a historic series triumph in Australia. However, under Shastri, India have failed to get past the semi-finals at World Cup 2015, World T20 2016 and World Cup 2019. Shastri is also an automatic contender for the head coach post advertised for a two-year term.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli set to travel to West Indies for T20Is, ODIs and TestsAlso Read | Kapil Dev-led CAC favourites to pick Indian team coachAlso Read | BCCI’s new Cricket Advisory Committee to pick Team India head coachlast_img read more

PALMER HONORED WITH DEMING BUSINESS AWARD

first_imgSioux City businessman Doug Palmer was honored at the 33rd Annual Siouxland Chamber Annual Dinner Thursday evening.Palmer was presented the W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, recognizing his decades of initiatives and business excellence, as well as his countless volunteer contributions to the Siouxland community.Palmer has served as CEO of Tegra Corporation, the parent company of Big Soo Terminal and Sioux Rubber and Urethane, for 35 years.Additionally, he has an ownership interest and advisory role in Palmer Candy and Lite Form Technologies.He has also served on the Board of Directors of Security National Bank for many years.Photo by Siouxland Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

MISSING VALENS MEMORABILIA RECOVERED

first_imgPublicity photo donated to the Rock Hall Archives Heirlooms from the family of fallen rock-n-roll star Ritchie Valens that were stolen during the Winter Dance Party in Clear Lake earlier this month have been recovered –but who took them remains a mystery.Jesse Stewart reports:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/VALENS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….dot org. ;26The case remains under investigation.last_img

HEBERT ENTERS ALFORD PLEA

first_imgAn Akron, Iowa woman accused of lying about killing her husband has entered a plea.Plymouth County District Court records say 35-year-old Becky Hebert entered a written Alford plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of interference with official acts.In an Alford plea, a person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.She’d originally been charged with second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2017, shooting death of 40-year-old Jeremy Hebert.The charge was dismissed just weeks later.Deputies reported that she said numerous times that she’d shot her husband – statements that they later concluded were lies.Her sentencing has not been scheduled.No other arrests for the slaying have been reported.last_img read more