Germany coach Joachim Loew was satisfied with his side’s come from behind victory over Sweden at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Sochi on Saturday.Loew said it was calm thinking and patience that led the defending champions to a heart-stopping victory in a do-or-die clash.The world champions went a goal down after 32 minutes and although Marco Reus equalised three minutes into the second half their hopes of retaining the title were hanging by a thread until Toni Kroos popped up in the fifth minute of stoppage time to score a sensational winner.Loew said he knew Germany would find it hard to break down the Swedish defence but told his players at halftime to keep playing their usual brand of precision football.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”I told them to keep their calm in the next 45 minutes and to not start panicking and try to work long, high balls but to continue with short passes and go vertical to the wings and try to be incisive,” Loew told reporters.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”Something that I did appreciate was that we didn’t lose our nerve, we didn’t panic after going down. We kept a level head, we said we needed to keep passing and tire the Swedes out and open up spaces. And in the second half the pressure built up more and more,” he added.Germany repeat history after 20 years to escape early exit”We missed a couple of good chances but I appreciated the spirit of the team, we never lost hope of winning the match. The goal in stoppage time, there was bit of luck involved but it was also about believing in ourselves and powering on.”advertisementLoew, who led the Germans to glory in Brazil four years ago, paid particular tribute to Kroos, the midfielder whose mistake led to Sweden’s goal from Ola Toivonen.10-man Germany beat Sweden 2-1 to keep campaign aliveKroos kept plugging away and his goal at the German end of Sochi’s Fisht Stadium provoked delirious scenes from their fans and the bench.”I was very pleased for him,” Loew said. “He was obviously involved in the mistake with the Swedes scoring the first goal. It was an unfortunate incident but what he did very well was this free kick in the dying minutes.”Of course this was a thriller, full of emotions, a rollercoaster ride,” Loew added.World Cup, Day 10 Highlights: Boetang’s red card, Mexican magic continues”The last couple of minutes were full of drama but those matches exist in football. This is something that happens time and again and that is kind of the attractiveness for football fans that you have these matches.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Argentina must win and win handsomely against Nigeria if they are to save themselves from embarrassment at the FIFA World Cup 2018.Lionel Messi-led Argentina languish at the bottom of Group D after a draw and shocking defeat in their first two matches of the tournament.Argentina, the runners-up four years ago in Brazil, have struggled big time and have scored just once so far in two outings. Their only goal came during a stunning 1-1 draw against debutants Iceland last week.Messi has looked under enormous pressure and that has not helped their cause either.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMedia reports suggest that there could be a rift between the Argentina players and coach Jorge Sampaoli.Midfielder Javier Mascherano denied reports that a rift had opened between the players and coach following their 3-0 World Cup drubbing by Croatia, saying the relationship between the two sides was totally normal.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”The relationship with the coach is totally normal,” said Mascherano.”Obviously, if we feel uncomfortable about anything, we let him know….and that goes for the players on the bench as well as the ones on the field,” he said at a press conference in Moscow.Mascherano said he had played under eight national team coaches in his Argentina career and none of them had complained afterwards that the players had picked the team.”There are many myths about the team and about this generation,” he said.Watch: Argentina fans beat up Croatia supporter after World Cup shockadvertisementAt 34, Mascherano is one of the most experienced and influential players in the squad.His teammate Messi will again be under the spotlight and will have another shot at redemption in the crunch game for Argentina on Tuesday.However, Argentina great Pablo Zabaleta is convinced all is not well in the camp and added he was worried to see Messi “unhappy” and “stressed”.Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to Croatia”His body language was completely the opposite before the Croatia game on Thursday. To see Leo looking so stressed and unhappy at this World Cup was a real worry. He is my friend as well as my former team-mate and I felt really sorry for him. It is very unusual to see him like that, but it was a sign of what was going on in his head,” he wrote in his column for the BBC.”At times like these, there is a huge pressure on him because people expect too much, and for him to do everything for the national team.”I was not surprised he struggled, in what was a disastrous defeat for us. As a player myself, I know that if you go into a game and you don’t really enjoy it then it is very difficult to play well,” Zabaleta wrote.Zabaleta further said it was time for the Argentina players and the support staff to unite and work towards the welfare of the team.”I have not spoken to any of the Argentina players but I have heard the reports that the players wanted to get rid of him [Sampaoli].”Sampaoli makes a lot of changes to his teams as well as his tactics, and even from the outside I can see how that would affect the atmosphere around the squad.”But now is the time for unity and I think they all need to sit down together – players and manager – because this kind of situation is normal in football in tough moments after bad results. The players can listen to the manager – and they should also be able to express themselves about what they do not like from him. If that happens, the players could really turn up on Tuesday. They have to if they really want to go through,” he concluded.The two-time champions got a lifeline after Nigeria defeated Iceland 2-0. However, they must beat the African nation in their final Group D match on Tuesday to stand a chance of reaching the last 16.
If you’re into phones and crazy tech, July will be just right for you. Not only will July mark the launch of some much awaited devices like the Xiaomi Mi A2, it will also set the stage for the future in two of the most futuristic devices the world of tech has ever seen, the Oppo Find X and the Vivo Nex S. Not to forget, if you’re someone banking on nostalgia, BlackBerry will have something to say as well, in the QWERTY-backed KEY2. Asus is meanwhile all set to launch its own take on the OnePlus 6, in the ZenFone 5Z.There will be many more launches of course, but, here are the top 5 that we’ve handpicked for you that should keep you excited. Also, here’s a word of advice: if you’ve been saving on buying a new phone, you might as well wait some more, just in case you’re not missing out on these cool phones.Asus ZenFone 5Z: July 4The Asus ZenFone 5Z is virtually identical to the iPhone X. Only it runs Android. The phone is carved out of glass and metal, and boasts of an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent that’s 6-7 per cent higher than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones. The phone is almost border-less, barring a notch up-top and a chin portion at the bottom. Asus says its notch is smaller than Apple’s.It has a 6.2-inch 1080p+ screen inside a 5.5-inch form-factor. And an unusual 19:9 aspect ratio that can be toned down — to 18:9 and 16:9 — via settings for specific apps to make best use of apps that don’t support it for now. The panel is LCD.advertisementThe ZenFone 5Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging — but sadly no wireless charging — and charges over Type-C. There are stereo speakers on-board, and the phone supports High-Resolution audio via compatible wired and wireless headphones.The ZenFone 5Z comes with a dual camera system consisting of a primary 12-megapixel sensor — a Sony IMX363 — with large 1.4um pixels, and large f/1.8 aperture, with dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis optical image stabilisation, and electronic image stabilisation for videos. The secondary camera, meanwhile, consists of an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor that assists in portrait photography or photos with shallow depth of field. On the front, the phone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.Oppo Find X: July 12The Find X is a phone straight out of the future. It is an all screen and no bezel phone. Or at least, the closest that it can get to realising this dream in the current scenario. The Find X achieves this by taking forward things that Vivo started with its recently launched X21, and adding all sorts of crazy to it, down to the T. The Find X, to begin with, has a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio.And how does it go about achieving such a ridiculous amount of screen real estate? Well, for one, it does not have a notch nor a prominent chin. The Find X, as crazy as it is, features an all-glass front and back. A completely clean front and back. There are no physical buttons. Or cameras. That’s right, the Find X does not ship with conventional cameras. Instead it features a motorised system that pops out every time you need the cameras, or face unlock. The system is similar to the pop-out system found on the Vivo Nex only in the case of the Find X, it involves both the front and rear cameras that sit nestled inside the glass sandwich and pop out only when you want them to.It is missing out on a trick or two though. The Find X does not have a fingerprint scanner and instead supports only 3D facial recognition. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.Rest of its spec-sheet is pretty high-end. The Find X comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p+ display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS and is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging. The phone sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP camera and another 20MP shooter. On the front, the Find X comes with a 25MP camera.advertisementVivo Nex S: July 19The Nex S is a phone with no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now, bested by only the Oppo Find X. It is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does now have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. It comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts.Elsewhere the Nex — the Nex S — sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21. The regular Nex A ships with a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.Hardware specs include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.BlackBerry KEY2: ETA: End of July-Early AugustNow, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry’s push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that’s in store.The BlackBerry KEY2 looks exactly like the KEYone, although a few changes that have been brought in, this year, should help improve ergonomics and hand-hold feel. This includes a more compact chassis and a re-positioned convenience key, that’s now located on the right along with the power and volume rocker.The USP of the KEY2, still remains to be, its full-scale physical QWERTY that lies in continuation with the touch screen. The QWERTY still supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press. The space bar still doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Only this time, the keys are up to 20 per cent larger so they should feel less cramped than the ones on-board the KEYone. BlackBerry is also introducing a new Speed Key that lets you use custom shortcuts from anywhere on the screen. On the KEYone, you could use them only from the home screen.Elsewhere, the BlackBerry KEY2 comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen with an unusual aspect ratio of 3:2. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB RAM. The phone comes with up t 128GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C.The KEY2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications: meaning that it’s also being pitched as the most secure Android smartphone in the world. The phone has “device security built in from the start,” according to the company, with tools like hardware root of trust and a secure bootloader, quite literally encrypting the phone to the T.advertisementMoving on, the KEY2 comes with a dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel camera (f/1.8 aperture) and a secondary 12-megapixel camera (f/2.6 aperture) for depth sensing and up to 2X optical zoom. There’s a dual tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording. On the front, the KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera.Xiaomi Mi A2: End of July-Early AugustXiaomi is gearing for a global product launch, and while it doesn’t say what’s in store, speculations are rife that the Mi A2 may soon be a reality. The company has now announced a new Mi Explorer program that will let select Mi fans travel to the global launch event for no cost, as well as gain exclusive access to the product, possibly the Mi A2. These Mi fans will possibly be the first to experience the device, that’s set to launch anywhere between July 23 and Jul 26.Since the Mi India social media handle has been at work here as well, it is obvious that it will have implications for the Indian market, and that it’s hinting at a global launch, there’s a very high possibility that the Mi A2 may just be in the offing. The Mi A1, to recall, was globally launched in India last year in September. Only this time, Xiaomi is switching places. This global unveiling will happen in Spain, which isn’t surprising since Europe seems to be Xiaomi’s next frontier after having successfully captured the Indian market.It must be noted though that the Mi A1 isn’t the only Xiaomi product that has been globally announced outside of China. There have been more, including the hard to get Redmi Note 5 Pro. But since the company just launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro, a Redmi Note 6 Pro, so early in the life-cycle is a little hard to fathom. Although, it can’t be negated altogether as well. Or, Xiaomi may launch something else entirely, you may never know. But it takes no genius to ascertain that most people would be vouching for the Mi A2, especially after the super popular phone that was the Mi A1.And Xiaomi already has the Mi 6X live and kicking in China and since the Mi 5X became the Mi A1 for the Indian market, it is anticipated that Xiaomi already has the necessary hardware ready. All it needs to now is to outfit it with Android One software, and we’ll be good to go.
India cricket captain Virat Kohli on Saturday responded to Sachin Tendulkar’s fitness kit-up challenge.The Delhi cricketer posted a video on Twitter where he could be seen “kitting up to play” the sport he loves – cricket.His tweet read: “@sachin_rt paaji, thanks for nominating me for the Fitness kit-up Challenge, I’m kitting up to play the sport I love. I nominate @parthiv9 to kit up and share videos of the same.@sachin_rt paaji, thanks for nominating me for the Fitness kit-up Challenge, I’m kitting up to play the sport I love. I nominate @parthiv9 to kit up and share videos of the same.#ComeOutAndPlay#KitUpChallenge#SportPlayingIndia#HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/hpHswbckGfVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 30, 2018Along with taking up the challenge, Kohli also nominated Parthiv Patel to take up the challenge.Badminton sensation PV Sindhu, who was also nominated for thee challenge by the Master Blaster responded with a video of her playing badminton on Twitter.Id like to thank @sachin_rt sir for nominating me for the Fitness kit-up Challenge, I’m kitting up to play the sport I love. I nominate @MangteC @Suriya_offl @WrestlerSushil to kit up and share videos of the same.#KitUpChallenge#SportPlayingIndia #HumFitTohIndiaFit pic.twitter.com/r6XvkxOPwJPvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) June 29, 2018She further nominated Mary Kom, Sushil Kumar and actor Suriya Sivakumar.After the Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s ‘Hum Fit Toh India Fit’ challenges, Tendulkar came up with the ‘kit-up challenge on Thursday.The legendary cricketer urged people to play the sport they love to stay fit. He also posted a video of himself getting ready to play cricket.advertisementI’m kitting up to go play the sport I love. Share a video of you playing the sport you love.I nominate, @SandeshJhingan, @imsardarsingh8, @imVkohli, @M_Raj03, @srikidambi, @Pvsindhu1, @yesmrinmoy & @NavaniRajan.@PMOIndia #HumFitTohIndiaFit #KitUpChallenge #SportPLAYINGIndia pic.twitter.com/ZySVUBQq5eSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 28, 2018Apart from Kohli and Sindhu, Tendulkar also nominated Mithali Raj, Vijender Singh, Sardar Singh and stalwart Kidambi Srikanth for the challenge.Kohli was earlier nominated for the fitness challenge by Rathore. Kohli responded by posting a video of him exercising and further nominated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the same. PM Modi then posted a video of him practicing Yoga, earlier this month.
Arsenal have signed Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Monday.Papastathopoulos, who has 79 caps for Greece, is new Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s third major signing of the summer following goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen and defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.”Arsenal is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League,” Papastathopoulos told the club’s website Arsenal.com. “It has a lot of fans and a very big history and I am very happy to be here to help the team.”British media reports said that the centre back had signed a three-year deal with the option for a further 12 months after finalising a move for a fee in the region of 16 million pounds ($21.01 million).Sokratis Papastathopoulos or Papa for short #SOKRATIS pic.twitter.com/O8RDrDYTeGArsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 2, 2018The 30-year-old, who won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup, will wear the number five shirt for Arsenal, the club said.”Sokratis, who will wear the number five shirt, has vast experience on the international stage, making 79 appearances for Greece,” Arsenal said.
In 2016, Sushant Singh Rajput brought the “untold story” of former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, alive on celluloid. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was lapped up by the audience and went on to hit a double century at the box office, earning over Rs 200 crore.According to the grapevine, the film is all set to return with a sequel, produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films. Sushant will reprise the role of the wicketkeeper-batsman. While MS Dhoni: The Untold Story ended with India lifting the World Cup 2011 trophy, the sequel will focus on Dhoni’s achievements after this victory.”There is the [Dhoni-led Chennai’s] thrilling win against Bangalore at the T20 [this year, that can be depicted in the film]. Apart from that, India’s steady run, up to the semi-finals, at the 2015 World Cup will find a place in the narrative,” an insider told a leading daily, adding that moments from his personal life, like the birth of his daughter Ziva, are also likely to be shown.As in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the second installment of the biopic will see “a fair share of involvement from Dhoni, particularly during the scripting process,” according to the source.But will the film (finally) show any of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s controversies?Even though critics praised MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, many felt that it was little more than a puff job, as it steered clear of venturing into any grey areas in the cricketer’s life.advertisementWhile the film shows MS Dhoni urging the selectors to drop Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman from the Indian team, it stops short of actually naming them. “We have to let these three go,” is all the audience hears. No names. No controversy. And if an odd member of the audience still disagreed, the dialogue “We are all servants and we are all doing national duty” ought to placate them.’NO GREY AREAS IN DHONI’S LIFE’Interestingly before MS Dhoni: The Untold Story released, Arun Pandey, producer of the film, had vociferously dismissed the idea of sugarcoating the story and told IndiaToday.in, “Ask Neeraj, when he came on board and how difficult he found to find the grey areas in Dhoni’s life. He was surprised that there was hardly any negativity in his life. He was appalled that he had to work so hard, talk to so many people, and he still couldn’t find any grey areas in MS Dhoni’s life.”2013 IPL SPOT-FIXINGMS Dhoni: The Untold Story ended with the Indian cricket team’s victory in the 2011 ICC World Cup, the sequel takes off from there. One major controversy that the makers cannot turn a blind eye to was the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL). Skeletons came tumbling out of the closet and three players of Rajasthan Royals – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – were arrested.The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team also came under the scanner. “Team principal” Gurunath Meiyappan was accused of having links with bookies and betting on matches of his own team – a charge tantamount to insider trading.INDIA CEMENTSIndia Cements, which owned the CSK franchise, distanced themselves from him and said in a statement, “Mr Meiyappan is neither the owner, nor the CEO/Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings. [He] is only one of the members (honorary) of the management team of the Chennai Super Kings.”Incidentally, India Cements is headed by Gurunath Meiyappan’s father-in-law and former BCCI president N Srinivasan. MS Dhoni was appointed as the vice-president (marketing) of the firm in 2012, a position he holds till date.He avoided answering any questions related to the scandal and it is more than likely that it will not find a place in his biopic, especially since it will have “a fair share of involvement from Dhoni, particularly during the scripting process”.RHITI SPORTS MANAGEMENTThe same year, while the cricketer was still the captain of Team India, he stirred up another storm. Fingers were pointed at his 15 per cent stake in Rhiti Sports Management, the company which managed him and three other players – Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha.As skipper, MS Dhoni had a say in selections, leading to a clear conflict of interest, as some of the players in the running were managed by a company in which he was a shareholder.Immediately, promoter of Rhiti Sports Management, Arun Pandey (yes, the same one who produced MS Dhoni: The Untold Story) clarified that MS Dhoni had a stake in the company only briefly and no longer had any business interest in it.advertisementDon’t be surprised if this controversy too does not end up in the sequel. Who cares about the grey areas, when you have MS Dhoni hitting six after six and saving the day?ALSO READ: MS Dhoni doesn’t take himself seriously and I don’t like that, says Sushant Singh RajputALSO WATCH: Sushant Singh Rajput on MS Dhoni, what he hates about him and his break-up
(Eds: Updating after making changes in intro)New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) In a bid to inspire the youth to aim for gold in the upcoming Asian Games and 2020 Olympics, India’s only individual Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra has released a video to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his historic gold-winning performance. The video, produced by JetSynthesys, captures the highlights of the ace shooter’s successful journey, becoming an icon in the world of sports. “You made me who I am. Now you inspire a billion others. I am cheering for the sportsmen and women of India to get our next #GoldforIndia #Olympics #TheGoldTurns10 #HappyBirthdayGold #Tokyo2020 #2YearstoGo,” Bindra tweeted. The 35-year-old, who has been appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s prestigious Athletes’ Commission, said support needs to be given to athletes not only when they become stars but when they work towards their goals. “What makes winning truly worth it, is the journey, the hard work, determination, sacrifices and perseverance. We have so much of budding talent in our country, I hope this video inspires many to follow suit and aim for Gold in both the Asian Games as well as the Olympics,” he added.”10 years ago, Abhinav began a revolution for Indian sportspersons to become champions of their sport. This video is more than just a tribute to Abhinavs efforts, it’s an inspiration to emerging young talent in India to focus on their goals and win #GoldForIndia in the years to come!” MD & CEO, JetSynthesys, said Rajan Navani. PTI APA ATKATKATKadvertisement
The United Arab Emirates have been re-drawn into Group C of the football tournament at Asian Games 2018 after Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted a partial redraw following Iraq’s late withdrawal.After the redraw, UAE will face China, Timor Leste and Syria at the Games, starting August 10. This is the second time AFC had to conduct a redraw for the group phase of the competition after organisers had earlier not included the UAE and Palestine in the original selection.Iraq withdrawn their team slated to play the football tournament at the Asian Games in Jakarta and the withdrawal from the roster threw the opening phase of the tournament in turmoil.Iraq’s withdrawal had left Group C, containing China, Timor Leste and Syria, to just three teams.A source at the Iraq Football Association had initially denied reports the team would be removed from the competition and that the squad’s preparations were being finalised following the completion of a training camp in the northern city of Erbil.Earlier this week, football officials were reported to have been fired over their involvement in the selection of overage players for the nation’s under-16 team after they were stopped at passport control on their way to participate in a regional tournament.The football tournament at the Asian Games features teams comprising players aged 23 years of age and under, with coaches permitted to select three overage players.The competition begins on August 10, with the final to be played on September 1.ASIAN GAMES FOOTBALL DRAWGroup A: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Chinese Taipei, PalestineadvertisementGroup B: Thailand, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, QatarGroup C: United Arab Emirates, China, East Timor, SyriaGroup D: Japan, Vietnam, Pakistan, NepalGroup E: South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, BahrainGroup F: North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Myanmar(With Reuters inputs)
India had another fruitful day in track and field events as athletes returned with gold and silver medals after shuttler Saina Nehwal’s bronze beame the first individual badminton medal at the Asian Games for India in 36 years.Neeraj Chopra was undoubtedly the star of the day for India, after he became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal when he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m.Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.ASIAN GAMES 2018 – FULL COVERAGE | HIGHLIGHTS DAY 9Dharun Ayyasamy bagged silver in men’s 400 metre hurdles at the 2018 Asian Games while Sudha Singh won silver in women’s 3000 metre steeplechase on Monday in Jakarta. Neena Varakil also won silver in women’s long jump with a jump of 6.51. Chopra managed a personal best throw of 88.06 to win the top prize in javelin throw while China’s Liu Qizhen and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem came second and third with throws of 82.22 and 80.75 respectively.This was also India’s first-ever gold medal in javelin throw at the Asian Games and the first medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first javelin gold medal in Asian Games historyThe Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion completely dominated the competition as he bettered his own national record of 87.43 which he had come up with in Doha during the first leg of the Diamond League series in May. None of the competitors in the field had a 85-plus throw this seasonadvertisementDharun, who started way behind pulled back just in time and managed to trump Japan’s Takatoshi Abe at the last moment to finish second with a personal best timing of 48.96.Sudha clocked 9:40.03 minutes to finish behind Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi, who completed the race in 9:36.52 minutes.3 silver medals for Indian athletes on Day 9In women’s long jump, Varakil finished behind Vietnam’s Thi Thu Thao Bui, who jumped a seasonal best of 6.55 to win gold. China Xiaoling Xu finished third to bag bronze with a jump of 6.50.Saina Nehwal had to settle for the bronze after suffering a straight games defeat in her women’s single semi-final. The 28-year-old Indian lost 17-21, 14-21 to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan.Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-finalSaina’s bronze is the first individual badminton medal at the Asiad for India in 36 years. This is Saina’s first medal at the Asian Games as she was ousted in the quarter-final of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Hima Das won silver in the 400m finals with a time of 50.79 (AP Photo)Day 8: WRAPSprinters Muhammed Anas, Hima Das and Dutee Chand claimed silver medals after India earned two bronze medals in Bridge and another two silver in Equestrian.Hima Das wins silver in 400m with National RecordHima Das clinched the silver medal in the final of the 400m race and with a time of 50.79 in the final, broke the National Record again. Bahrain’s Salwa Naser produced a Games record timing of 50.09 seconds to finish ahead of 18-year-old Hima.Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverMuhammed Anas bagged silver in men’s 400m after he clocked in at 45.69 seconds. Qatar’s Abdalelah Hassan, who completed the race in 44.89 seconds as he fended off Anas, who has a personal best of 45.31 seconds. Dutee Chand clocked 11.32 seconds to win women’s 100m silver at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Dutee Chand clinched the silver medal in the women’s 100m final. Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds to earn the silver. The gold medal went to Edidiong Odiong of Bahrain, who clocked 11.30s while China’s Yongli Wei took the bronze, clocking 11.33s.Dutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m raceIndia earned two bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.India settle for two bronze medals in bridgeThe men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in EquestrianIndia’s Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal at the Equestrian Jumping Final and his valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event. Tajinderpal Singh broke the games record to win men’s shot put gold at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Day 7: WRAPTajinderpal Singh Toor won India’s first medal in athletics as he broke the Games Record and the National Record after all three squash players returned with bronze after losing in the respective semi-finals.advertisementTajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordThe 23-year-old Toor sent the iron ball to a national record distance of 20.75m to win his maiden Asian Games medal on the opening day of the athletics competition.India won three bronze medals in squash, which is the best ever performance in the singles squash event.Saurav Ghosal settles for bronzeTop seed Saurav Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China 12-10 13-11 6-11 6-11 6-11 in the men’s singles semifinals.Joshna Chinappa goes down fightingAs for the the Indian women, Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) to defending champion and former World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia.Dipika Pallikal settles for bronzeJoshana Chinappa went down 1-3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12) to another Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam.Day 6: WRAPIndia won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingIndian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.Rowing team wins fifth gold medal for IndiaIt was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.Rowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double Sculls Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in men’s doubles tennis (Reuters Photo)Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis. Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisThe next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.India women settle for silver in Kabaddi Heena Sidhu bagged bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.Bronze for Heena SidhuThe last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisDay 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.Ankita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.advertisement15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.
Alastair Cook scored his 33rd Test hundred on Monday in the fifth Test against India at The Oval to became the fifth player in the history to score a century on debut and in the last Test match.Before Cook, Greg Chappell, Reggie Duff, Mohammad Azharuddin and William Ponsford scored a century in the their debut and final Test matches.Australia’s Reggie Duff was the first one to achieve the feat in 1905. He scored 104 against England on his debut and a 146 against the same opposition at the Oval in his last Test match. Australia’s c was the second one to do so. He scored 110 against England in Sydney and 266 in his last Test against the Three Lions at The Oval.India vs England 5th Test Day 4: Live ScoreChappel scored 108 against England at Perth in his first Test and signed off with a 182 against Pakistan in Sydney while Azharuddin was the last one to do so before Cook, when he signed off with a 102 against South Africa in Bengaluru. He had scored 110 in Kolkata against England on his debut. Alastair Cook scored a century in the second innings of his debut Test in Nagpur (Reuters Photo)Cook much like the first two, achieved the feat against the same opposition. He started off his career with a 106 against India in Nagpur in the second innings after an impressive 60 in the first innings. Cook’s unbeaten knock of 104 from 243 balls in the second batting against the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble in tricky conditions was the beginning of a highly successful run.Also read – Alastair Cook touched by India’s gesture in farewell TestadvertisementHe scored 19 runs from two innings in the second Test and missed the third because of a stomach infection. But after that, Cook represented England in 159 straight Test matches — the most in the history of the sport.Cook has been out of form over the past two years but his retirement still came as a shock to many as he is only 33 and the decision would aggravate England’s opening issues. But he got over all that and as he came out to bat in his last Test match, he showed immense class and determination — a classic Cook for the watchers.Also read – Cook cried while informing England teammates of retirementA batsman so out of form in the last four matches, suddenly looked so sure and confident. There was no stopping Cook it seemed and he went on and on in his classic way. Batting on 71 off 189 balls in the first innings, Cook was all set for his 33rd Test ton but a little lapse in concentration saw him drag the ball onto his stumps from a Jasprit Bumrah delivery. Alastair Cook went past Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest scorer in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)In the second innings, he picked up right where he left off. Cook never looked like a man troubled or someone, who has struggled throughout the series. The man knew where his off-stump was and played the Indian seamers with ease in the fading sunlight and saw his team off to the day’s play being unbeaten on 46.The following day, he came out and reached his 58th Test fifty and saw off the important first session of the fourth day. He kept the scorecard ticking and finally went past Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest run-scorer in Test cricket. And, that was not it. He then went on and reached the three-figure mark…his 33rd time in Tests with a single as the throw went for a four off the bowling off Jadeja in the 70th over to leave his mark for one last time.The moment Alastair Cook reached his 33rd Test century in his last innings!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/6erwzLEIKR#ThankYouChef #EngvInd pic.twitter.com/qnobBrQdoAEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2018The landmark drew tears of joy from the man himself and a standing ovation from The Oval crowd, that perhaps were feeling sad to see one of their best walk away if not the best.Cook will finish as the fifth highest run-getter behind Sachin Tendulkar (15921), Ricky Ponting (13378), Jacques Kallis (13289) and Rahul Dravid (13288) in Test cricket. He surpassed Sangakkara, who had 12400 runs in whites for Sri Lanka.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss stepped down as the the Director of England Cricket after three and a half years in the role.Strauss will now take up a more flexible role in the England Cricket Board (ECB) and is will help Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison in the process of recruiting a full-time successor.Strauss’s resignation comes a few months after he stepped back from the position to support his wife Ruth in her fight against cancer.Andy Flower, who replaced Strauss, will continue in his interim capacity until December before the ECB announces a permanent replacement for Strauss.Speaking about his decision, Strauss said that 2019 is an extremely important year for English cricket and the man, who is in charge should have time for the job and support the board properly.”After three and a half incredible years with the ECB, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from my role as Director of England Cricket.”Next year is potentially the most important the game has had in this country, with the World Cup on home soil and a home Ashes series, and we have an incredible opportunity to do something special. It is vital that the Director of Cricket can give consistent guidance and support to England Cricket through this period,” Strauss was quoted as saying by a ECB press release.He also revealed the reason behind his decision to step down.”Taking time out this summer to support my wife and kids, as Ruth goes through treatment for cancer, has given me the chance to fully consider what’s right for England and what’s needed at home. The role in cricket requires total focus and commitment to deliver the best results, yet right now I need far more flexibility than could ever be possible in my position in order to support my family.advertisement”I will not be leaving the game completely initially helping Tom to shape the role for my successor, then supporting a range of other ECB projects but it’s important to see someone else in place for a crucial summer in 2019.”It has been hugely motivating and enjoyable to be working for the ECB and England Cricket,” Strauss said.Strauss thanked his colleagues for helping him throughout his tenure and wished everyone good luck.”Before taking on this incredible role, I had little appreciation of all the selfless work that goes on across the ECB and throughout domestic cricket to ensure we have winning England teams and that the game, as a whole, keeps growing.”I have been fortunate to be at the ECB at a time when ground-breaking progress has been made, giving cricket a platform to evolve and inspire for years to come. I would like to express my gratitude to Tom, Colin Graves and the leadership team for their commitment and support in helping to drive English cricket forward.”I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to all of those who I have had the pleasure to work with, both inside and outside of the ECB. Finally, I would like to wish Trevor, Paul, Joe, Eoin and all of those involved in the England teams all the very best in a historical year in 2019,” Strauss said.Chief Executive Officer of the ECB Tom Harrison also expressed his gratitude and thanked Strauss for handling his role so professionally.”I know that I speak for everyone at the ECB when I say that we’re very sad to see Andrew step down from the role and we all wish him and his family the very best.”He deserves huge respect for the way he has managed his role, fully supported Ruth and their boys and calmly considered this decision. And it’s hard to overestimate his contribution since joining us in May 2015,” Harrison said.”He is an exceptional talent and it is easy to see how he has made a success of each step in his career moving from dressing room, to captaincy, to commentary, to a key role in the governing body and all the while being the most popular of colleagues.”Andrew has brought enormous credibility, measured thinking, strong leadership and exceptional insight and we have been extremely fortunate to have worked so closely with him for the last three and a half years. He has improved the ways we work and set the direction for the men’s Test, One-Day and T20 teams.”But whilst Andrew leaves the post he is not lost to the ECB. He is uniquely placed to help us define the role and help recruit the right person to build on his exceptional work,” he added.advertisementCurrently, the English team is in Sri Lanka, where they will play five ODIs, one T20I and three Tests from October 5 to November 27.ECB confirmed that a full-time appointment will be made before England’s West Indies tour in the New Year.
Chris Gayle will not be a part of the Windies’s squad for the three-match T20I series in India as “he has declined selection” while Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard are back in international cricket.West Indies announced their squad for the five-match ODI series and T20I series against India on Monday. The ODI team does not bear a stark contrast to the Windies Test squad even as three young players have been selected for Windies’s white-ball cricket.Andre Russell does not feature in the ODI squad and according to the release by Windies Cricket, he has been ruled out due to injury while Alzarri Joseph, who has been named in the ODI squad, will undergo a fitness test before leaving for India.Jason Holder will captain the Windies in the ODI series while Carlos Brathwaite will captain the team for the T20I series against India.Courtney Brownie, Chairman of the Selection Panel, explained the selections adding that ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup, they are looking to give youngsters a chance to showcase their skills.”As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming tour of India provides a great opportunity to expose some of our young talent. Opener, Chandrapul Hemraj, all-rounder Fabian Allen and fast bowler Oshane Thomas will get their opportunity to showcase their skills, along with Sunil Ambris, who is returning to the fold,” Brownie said.”We will be without our stalwart, Chris Gayle for this Indian tour and the next tour against Bangladesh as he has declined selection at this time, however, he has made himself available for the selection for the visit of England to the Caribbean and the CWC in 2019,” Brownie added.advertisementBrownie also welcomed Bravo and Pollard back in the squad while adding that looking ahead to World T20 in 2020, they want to invest in young players and built a team out of the young energy.”With the 2020 ICC World T20 two years away and the limited amount of T20 Internationals within the next year, the panel believes at this juncture it is time to invest in the young players that have emerged over the last two years from WINDIES A and B teams, along with 2018 CPL.”The panel believes that this new group of cricketers, in addition to their cricketing skills, will have the athleticism needed to improve our fielding, which will be vital to our success.”The team will continue to retain some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group. We wish the team every success on a challenging assignment in India and, offer our congratulations to the players making their international debuts and welcome back Darren Bravo and Kieran Pollard to international cricket.”Johnny Grave, Chief Executive Officer of the Windies, also explained the reason behind announcing the squad so early, saying they had to arrange for travel and visas.”The team will have a camp before the start of the ODI series in Guwahati, so we had to select the squad before the start of the Super50 Cup, in order to organize flights and visas. With the CPL finishing last month, there was no reason to delay announcing the T20 squad.”Here is the Windies squad for ODI series vs India:Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane ThomasFollowing is the T20I squad of Windies for series vs India:Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas
Manacor (Spain), Oct 23 (IANS) Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal, currently world No.1, announced on Tuesday that he will open a branch of his tennis academy at a resort hotel in Mexico next month, which will be his academy’s first expansion abroad.Set to be located in a tourist complex on the Caribbean coast near the city of Cancun, the venture will be a branch of the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre located in Manacor, Nadal’s hometown on the Balearic island of Mallorca, reports Efe.”It is our first expansion outside (Manacor) and for all of us and for me it is a reason for satisfaction and pride,” Nadal said during a press conference at his academy.The Mexican centre is to consist of eight tennis courts, one padel court, a gym and a museum at a hotel owned by the Palladium Hotel Group, whose CEO Abel Matutes Prats is also from the Balearic islands.Nadal announced the opening of the new branch alongside Matutes, as well as Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, his current coach, Carlos Moya, his father, Sebastian Nadal and other figures responsible for the operation of his academy.Nadal explained that running the academy “has been very important work, but as I always say, everything is improvable. It is not easy to manage the lives of 120 young people who trust us to improve not only their tennis level, but also personal level with studies that are demanding,” Nadal added.Nadal said he plans to reappear next week at the Paris Masters tennis tournament, once he overcomes his right knee injury that forced him to retire in the US Open semi-finals against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro on September 7.–IANStri/bgadvertisement
Virat Kohli makes news, on and off the field. The latest incident, where an innocent fan has been asked to “Leave India” comes as a bolt from the blue. One is not sure what the provocation was behind the Indian captain reacting in such a terse manner.It is well known when you are a celebrity, there is nothing called a private life. In all these years, Kohli must have realised, whether he is inside the cricket stadium or at a restaurant or at the airport, he is a huge public figure.For someone who has had his way with matters relating to cricket, including the ouster of coach Anil Kumble, Kohli has been lucky. To say that he is lucky as a batsman would be uncharitable as his grammar of batting is something which few can copy. For sheer dexterity, defiance, and audacity, he has been like the proverbial Bull in a China shop.Sadly, when it came to remarks from a fan, who Kohli was answering in a purported video, the “Leave India” comment has caused a huge uproar. Coming a few days before Deepawali, this was very upsetting for millions of his fans around the globe.Kohli has been trolled on Twitter and his attempts at making peace have not been very fruitful. The problem with fans is they are very emotional. When Kohli soars, so do the fans. When Kohli is going through a bad phase, his fans still back him, not mock him.Kohli should know all this. To say that an innocent fan must quit his own country was not foolish, it was stupid. One is not sure who handles his Twitter account. There are many instances when superstars hire professionals to deal with such things. One gets an impression Kohli himself is using his Twitter account so he should not have wasted time in sending a sorry note earlier.advertisementThe relation between a superstar and his fans is an intense one. In most instances, the fan does not even get to see his idol regularly. The darshan, so to say, is in own space. In the old days, fans would cut photos from newspapers and magazines and then stick it on the wall.These days, when high-end gizmos are there in plenty, fans look at Kohli on phones, laptops, and so on much more frequently. It’s no exaggeration to state they spend so much time tracking what all Kohli does in his daily life. His marriage with Bollywood star Anushka Sharma has given him added responsibility and as a leader of sorts for many Indians, he is constantly under the scanner.Just sample this, Kohli’s fitness regime and his vegan diet is also a fad. People may not be able to bat like Kohli, but they can certainly imitate his facial contours beard, intense looks and style quotient. Kohli, too, needs to know he owes his fans as much as he owes his sponsors.There are any number of high-end products he is endorsing and this brings him the megabucks. Kohli should not forget it’s the end user whom the advertisers are aiming at. From the car he possesses to shoes he endorses, there is multi-billion figure attached with each of these Kohli deals.For someone who grew up in west Delhi, the streak of arrogance was always there in Kohli. Nobody minded it, as other Delhi cricketers before him also had that swagger. Just that this time, it’s gone beyond the limits of tolerance. Kohli has himself said he has been a fan of AB de Villiers.Nobody has criticised him for that as there is no dearth of Indian celebrity cricketers who are still idolised in the world today. Kohli may have again been a bit odd earlier in his observations that he is a fan of German tennis star Angelique Kerber.One does not need to go too far to actually find out what is the relationship between a superstar and fans. In Hollywood or Bollywood, despite the famous actors and actresses moving away from arc lights, they still have a huge fan base.Kohli launched his app recently and as a commercial venture, it will be a huge hit. The man who turned 30 recently need to understand just as he has brought about a certain maturity in his own batting, he needs to be very careful while dealing with questions, comments from his army of fans.One bad shot has caused him great anguish. He needs to take fresh guard and cut out the aggression, at least while dealing with millions of humans who love him so dearly.advertisement
By Radhika Sharma Panaji, Nov 28 (PTI) Veteran screenwriter Salim Khan was honoured for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema at the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Wednesday in what was largely a bland ceremony.Producer-actor Arbaaz Khan, son of Salim Khan, accepted the IFFI Special Award on behalf of his father.Khan, one half of Bollywood’s popular writing duo Salim-Javed credited for films such as “Zanjeer”, “Sholay” and “Deewar” among others, marked his presence via a text message which was read by Arbaaz, who attended the event with rumoured girlfriend Giorgia Andriani.”I want to thank IFFI, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India for honouring me with Indian Personality for Lifetime Contribution to Indian cinema. I dedicate this award to Indore, my birthplace and Mumbai my workplace, the film industry which has given me everything.”I would so like to thank Mr Javed Akhtar without whose contribution it would not have been possible,” Salim Khan said in the message.In the valedictorian ceremony, Sergei Loznitsa-directed film “Donbass” won the biggest award of the evening, Golden Peacock.Lijo Jose Pellissery scored Silver Peacock for Best Direction for “Ee Maa Yove” while Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) went to Anastasiia Pustovit for “When the Trees Fall”. Chemban Vinod won Silver Peacock for Beat Actor (Male) “Ee Maa Yove”.Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall bagged Special Mention (Acting) for “Night Comes On”.Praveen Morchhale’s “Walking with the Wind” won the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award and “Los Silencios” bagged a special mention in the category.advertisementCentenary Award for Best Debut Film of a Director was given to Alberto Montreal for “Respeto”.”Aga”, directed by Milko Lazarov, won special jury award in the segment, whereas “Volcano” and “To-Let” received special mention.Vijai Sardesai, Minister for Town & Country Planning, Government of Goa, said people compare Cannes to IFFI and they plan to make Goa the “Cannes of Asia”.”They say Cannes is about freedom and IFFI is about red tapism. We will make amends next year… It will be a jewel in the crown of India,” Sardesai said.The minister also paid tributes to Italian filmmaker Bernando Bertolucci, who passed away at the age of 77 on Monday.KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Govt. of India, talked about how he went from a child who would buy a 25 paisa ticket to watch a film in his village to a “Union minister in honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government”.Without naming Aamir Khan, the Union minister said it was through power of films (like “Dangal”) that the Bollywood actor had become the second most influential Indian in China after PM Modi.”I don’t know if anywhere in the world films are made on sanitary pads and toilets…” he said.Alphons added, “There are a lot of people who have sacrificed their lives for this country. There are a lot of ideas for filmmakers to make realistic films.”The daring dance act by XIX group on songs such as “Gajanana” and “Malhari” in the beginning set a tone to the event, which could not maintain its momentum.A romantic medley by Vipin Aneja did little to lift the spirits. The event was hosted by Sophie Choudry and Arjan Bajwa.This year country of focus was Israel and state of focus was Jharkhand.Also present were Anil Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Diana Penty, Rakulpreet Singh, Kabir Bedi, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari, among other stars and politicians.Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, urged people, via a video message, to be in Goa next year for its 50th edition.The movie extravaganza, that screened 212 films from 68 countries in the last eight days, was declared closed with a promise of meeting next year in Goa for the golden jubilee celebrations. PTI RDS BKBK
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If one is missing, the others cannot progress.advertisementFittingly named Shower For Good, consumers who buy a GENIE Hand Shower will be able to enjoy a great shower experience and at the same time help children live healthier lives through access to basic sanitation.As part of the LIXIL Group, American Standard brand aims to sell 1000 units of GENIE Hand Shower in each of the 4 participating countriesIndia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand – at the Shower For Good benefit sale, with all proceeds going towards the LIXIL-UNICEF Make A Splash program. In India, all proceeds will go towards the UNICEF India WASH program. Whats more, GENIE Hand Showers will be sold at a specially discounted price.In India, Shower For Good uses the holiday season as a fitting backdrop for the benefit sale. The public and invited guests at the Imagica Theme Park in Mumbai will be engaged through entertaining games as the benefit sale manned by volunteer student organizations from top universities in the country race to deliver all 1000 GENIE Hand Showers to the sales finish line, ensuring the donation of all proceeds to LIXIL-UNICEF Make A Splash program.Placing comfort, hygiene and aesthetics at its forefront, the award-winning GENIE Hand Shower boasts better water pressure performance because of an especially designed water channel and 120 micro spray holes that ensure a robust water flow, even under a low pressure. In addition, users can also look forward to a visibly clean shower experience. Sporting a rarely seen translucent shower face, GENIE Hand Showeris also revolutionary in its product design that prompts users to clean the slime and mineral deposits to ensure they are getting clean water for their shower session even after long-time use.With your support, the benefits of a great shower can extend not just to you and your family, but to a child whose life may be changed for good. The Shower For Good event will help give disadvantaged children access to an appropriate toilet. Toilets are proven to help boost childrens survival rates, make communities healthier and more productive, and even improve a childs chances of attending school.By 2021, the UNICEF India WASH program will have contributed to global efforts to improve basic sanitation for 250 million people around the world. UNICEF and LIXIL, together with the help of its consumers and customers are improving sanitation around the world, one toilet at a time.To know more, visit https://www.lixil.com/en/makeasplash/#join and make a pledge to purchase GENIE Hand Shower on Dec. 15, 2018.About American StandardAs one of the most iconic brands in sanitary wares, American Standard has earned the trust of its customers by constantly delivering style, quality and reliability to their bathrooms. Today, backed by more than 140 years of pioneering legacy, American Standard continues to raise the bar in delivering dependable bathroom solutions that combine thoughtful designs and innovative technologies to create inviting bathroom sanctuaries offering ultimate comfort and performance to its customers.advertisementAbout LIXILLIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve every day, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology and innovate to make high-quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry-leading brands, including LIXIL, GROHE, American Standard, INAX, and TOSTEM. Over 70,000 colleagues operating in 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day.LIXIL Group Corporation (TSE Code: 5938) is the listed holding company for LIXILs portfolio of businesses.PWRPWR
Berlin, Dec 11 (AFP) Resurgent Bayern Munich head to Ajax for Wednesday’s Champions League group showdown with clear winners and losers among the star-studded squad after Niko Kovac’s decision to end rotation. “We want to keep going,” said Leon Goretzka, now a firm fixture in central midfield alongside Joshua Kimmich with Bayern having won their last three games after Saturday’s 3-0 league home win over Nuremberg. “Now we travel to Amsterdam and want to finish first in the group – that’s important for us.” Bayern need just a point at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena to win Group E with the Bavarian giants currently top of the table, two points ahead of their Dutch rivals, and both teams already into the last 16. A 5-1 thrashing of Benfica at the Allianz Arena a fortnight ago, with Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben both scoring twice, signified an end to the poor results of October and November which also saw Bayern slide down the Bundesliga table. Bayern have now clawed their way back up to third in the league and coach Kovac has taken a gamble by ditching rotation, risking ruffled egos with stars left on the bench. “The rhythm is there, the boys are in the flow – that’s why we don’t want to change anything,” explained Kovac. His decision has significant winners and losers. World Cup winners – Germany defender Mats Hummels, and Spain midfielder Javi Martinez – languished on the bench against Nuremberg alongside Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches. Martinez and Sanches find their path blocked by Kimmich and Goretzka, both 23, who each hit the woodwork against Nuremberg.advertisement “Both have a very good understanding of football and read the game well,” said Kovac, at the helm at Bayern since July. “They get on well off the pitch and are in the national team together. “It’s an axis that’s really fun right now – not only for those two, but the whole team in the last three games.” However, Hummels looked like he was having anything but ‘fun’, storming through the mixed zone after Saturday’s win without a word as Jerome Boateng and Niklas Suele are now established as Kovac’s centre-backs. Disgruntled stars watching from Bayern’s bench has caused problems for Kovac’s predecessors and Robben’s imminent return from a thigh injury threatens Serge Gnabry’s place on the right wing. Thiago Alcantara, a second-half replacement on Saturday who is returning to fitness after a knee injury, threatens to break up Kimmich and Goretzka’s partnership in central midfield. However, Kovac’s decision has reaped dividends in attack with striker Robert Lewandowski scoring four goals in his last three games, supported by Thomas Mueller who is revelling in the attacking midfield role. “At the start (of the season), we rotated as the coach tried to find the right team,” said director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic. “Perhaps it was too much and some players didn’t know where they fitted in. “In the last few games, Niko hasn’t done that and the team looks good.” (AFP) ATKATK
Juergen Klopp said his Liverpool side may need to surpass Manchester City’s record points total to win the Premier League after a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday guaranteed them top spot at Christmas.Goals by Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were enough to take Liverpool four points clear of champions Manchester City who face Crystal Palace on Saturday.Liverpool, who have topped the Premier League table on three previous occasions without winning the title, have 48 points from 18 games and only two teams — Chelsea in 2005-06 and City last season — have had more points at that stage.City won the title last season with a record 100 points but such has been the pace at the top this season that Klopp believes even more might be needed this time.”Everybody asks me about the situation, first in the table and all that stuff and that the last four times a team was first in the table at Christmas they won the league, but was it ever such a tight race?” Klopp said.”So far it looks like a really special season, 48 points before Christmas is crazy.”But there are other teams. Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, they will probably win, then they will have 40-something points, nobody is dropping points from one down to five.”You will probably need 105 to be champions, you don’t know!” he added.Tottenham Hotspur, in third place, have 39 points ahead of this weekend’s clash with Everton, while fourth-placed Chelsea are on 37 before their home clash with Leicester City.advertisementLiverpool’s title challenge has been built on a rock-solid defence which has been breached only seven times in the League so far this season with Van Dijk outstanding.The Dutchman even proved effective at the other end of the pitch on a rainy night in the Midlands as he scored his first Premier League goal to double Liverpool’s lead.”I’m more happy that I’m keeping clean sheets with my team and winning games,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com.”Obviously scoring a goal is a bonus and obviously a very proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on winning games.”
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspension for their sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan has been lifted pending appointment of an ombudsman. Pandya is likely to join the Indian team in New Zealand after an interim relief.A press release from the Board of Control for Cricket in India said: “The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman.”There was a furor on social media after Koffee with Karan aired on January 6.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya had boasted on the episode.Pandya had apolgised to his fans on social media and even said sorry to his teams. He replied to a show cause notice by CoA but that did not cut much ice with the administrators.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home from the tour of Australia after their sexist comments shocked India. Harbhajan Singh blasted the duo and said they had harmed the reputation of the Indian crickete fraternity. One of India’s greatest match-winners, Harbhajan said he would not want to be travel in the same team bus with either Pandya or Rahul.advertisement”Their reputation was at stake, they have lost the trust of their teammates. If he comes and stands next to you at a party, would you like to stand next to him? I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus.. how would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle? That’s not right,” Harbhajan had told India Today.”It’s actually hurting us. He is bringing everyone’s reputation on the stake, including Sachin Tendulkar’s and all that of these great players who have played for the country for more than 20 years.”He’s talking about using other teammates’ room. ‘C’mon man what are you talking about? You have been in the team for only one year. What do you know about the team?'”We never created this kind of culture…party till 5 and come to play the next day. ‘You’re here to play cricket not to do this kind of stuff. When you have free time, you can enjoy, do what you want to do.”Also Watch | Wait extends for Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul as Supreme Court adjourns BCCI-CoA hearing Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timeline