Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele described his country’s historic first Olympic men’s football triumph as the “perfect ending” to the Rio Games. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)Pele played an integral role in three of Brazil’s five World Cup triumphs, but the nation had never tasted Olympic glory prior to Saturday’s final meeting with Germany at the Maracana Stadium. (Neymar leads Brazil to Olympic glory with maiden football Gold)Brazil’s captain Neymar scored from a free-kick as the match was undecided 1-1 after regulation time. He then sealed Brazil’s win converting the fifth penalty in a 5-4 shoot-out victory. (Neymar quits captaincy after leading Brazil to maiden Olympic Gold)”I have so many memories from Maracana, and today a new one was created. What a perfect ending to the Olympic games,” Pele tweeted after the win on Saturday.”Brazil showed excellence both on and off the field. #GOLD #BRA #Olympics,” the 75-year-old added.Success for the home nation prompted a huge outpouring of joy at the Maracana, with Neymar – member of the team that lost the 2012 Olympic final to Mexico – in tears after sealing the gold medal.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes they can bounce back from their 2-0 loss in New Zealand when they take on a new-look Australia in a three-Test series next month.”Australia are not a settled team, and they have made changes in the last (Test) match (against South Africa),” Misbah said in Lahore on Wednesday.”Their new players are familiar with their own conditions, but at the same time when someone comes new into Test matches, you have a chance to exploit it.”Australia avoided being whitewashed by South Africa as new caps Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, and Nic Maddinson won the day-night third Test in Adelaide last weekend.Misbah returned home after losing the first Test in Christchurch because of the death of his father-in-law. He would have missed the second Test in Hamilton anyway, because he was handed a one-match suspension for another slow over-rate. He will rejoin the team before the first day-night Test in Brisbane on Dec. 15.Pakistan’s top order struggled in seaming conditions in New Zealand. They lost nine wickets in the last session in Hamilton to lose by 138 runs.Only opener Sami Aslam and Babar Azam scored half-centuries in four Test innings. However, Pakistan kept faith in the same 16-man squad for the three Tests against Australia.”Conditions were difficult in New Zealand with plenty of grass on both wickets,” Misbah said. “But I believe wickets will be better in Australia, and this team has the capability to make a comeback.”Pakistan, who rose to No. 1 in the Test rankings, slipped to No. 4 after losing in New Zealand. But Misbah said Pakistan weren’t suddenly a bad team.advertisement”In one series, if your bowlers or batsmen do not perform, you can’t say it’s not a good team,” he said. “We have been taking 20 wickets (in a test match) in UAE, and I hope the players have learnt their lessons in New Zealand.”The 42-year-old Misbah, who has already quit ODIs and Twenty20s for Pakistan, has no immediate plans to quit Tests, and said as long as he stayed fit and the team needed him he will play on.”The team’s confidence level has come down with the recent performances in New Zealand. I am focusing on the Australian series and raising the level of the team and regaining the confidence of players.””I have said before, you don’t know what happens tomorrow, but I have no fitness problem and hope to play as long as I stay fit. If I felt the team still needs me and I stay fit, I will continue playing.”
In-form Mumbai Indians will look to exploiting their home conditions when they take on Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Sitting at the top with five wins in six matches, Mumbai will look for their sixth consecutive win in the ongoing edition as the home side seems superior to the visiting side on current form and paper.The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai had a nagging concern about the non-performance of their top-order — but it also clicked in the last match against Punjab.Mumbai’s middle-order batsmen, especially Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, have been in prime form.The bowling department seemed balanced as Mumbai have a bunch of experienced bowlers in their line-up.Veteran pacer Harbhajan Singh has been fantastic in the first six overs, while Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah have been consistent in the death overs. Mitchell McClenaghan has also provided the breakthroughs at the crucial moments.On the other hand, Delhi, who are currently at the fourth spot with two wins and three losses, lost their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) despite a good performance.Packed with young batsmen like Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi’s strength lies in their array of talented seam-bowling all-rounders.Bowlers like Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and Pat Cummins provide the depth and balance to the side. But the exciting team sometimes faces an absence of a pivot around which the team will bat.advertisementSo, in the clash, Delhi will be eyeing a win this time to regain their winning momentum.
Back from four consecutive losses, Delhi Daredevils are in a do-or-die situation when they take on struggling Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tie at the I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Sunday.With just two wins from seven games, Delhi are languishing at the bottom of the league table while Punjab have three wins from eight outings to be placed at sixth.Both Punjab and Delhi come into this match having been comprehensively beaten in their previous games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.The Zaheer Khan-led side, which boasts of a world class pace battery comprising the likes of the skipper himself, along with Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Corey Anderson failed to contain the onslaught from the KKR duo of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa on Friday.Batting first, Delhi posted a modest total of 160/6, thanks to opener Sanju Samson’s 38-ball 60 and Shreyas Iyer’s 47 off 34 balls before KKR rode on fine half centuries from Gambhir and Uthappa to tame the visitors by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens.Delhi’s middle order needs to step up to the occasion if they are to set a healthy total against a strong home batting line-up. A loss on Sunday will virtually bring the curtains down on Delhi’s campaign in IPL-10.On the other hand, after going down to Hyderabad by 26 runs on Friday, Punjab will hope to have back their in-form opener Hashim Amla, who missed the game with a hamstring injury.But the hosts can take a lot of heart from Shaun Marsh’s fighting spirit, who scored a valiant 84, studded with a range of shots. Punjab will also expect some runs from the willows of their captain Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan to put up a formidable score.advertisementIf the batting looks sorted, Punjab need to re-strategise on their bowling department, which looked toothless against Hyderabad. Maxwell will be hoping for a better show from the pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma besides his spin duo of Axar Patel and K.C. Cariappa against Delhi on Sunday.Teams:Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (Captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, K.C. Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T. Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia.Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (WK), C.V. Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Aditya Tare, Shashank Singh, Ankit Bawane, Navdeep Saini, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Sam Billings.
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami on Tuesday made a strong comeback from a long-term injury lay-off as he starred with the ball to orchestrate Delhi Daredevils’ six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.Delhi Daredevils snapped their five-match losing streak as they beat defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League 2017.Daredevils batsmen fired in unison as they chased down the target of 186 with five balls to spare. Corey Anderson top-scored with an unbeaten 41 from 24 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes as Daredevils (189/4) overhauled Hyderabad’s total of 185.3 in 19.1 overs.If Anderson was Delhi’s star with the bat, it was Shami who was their showman with the leather.Shami, who was playing just his third match of the season for the Delhi outfit, bagged two wickets for 36 runs in his quota of four overs.Put into bat, skipper David Warner (30) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) gave the visitors a flying start, putting on 53 runs before pacer Shami in his very second delivery cleaned up the Aussie.Daredevils looked in a spot of bother with both the left-handers going hammer and tongs, before Shami controlled the damage with a rip-roaring yorker, which saw Warner’s off-stump flying.Warner’s dismissal brought in the in-form Kane Williamson (24), who along with Dhawan added 22 runs before the first strategic time-out did the trick for Delhi, in the form of the Indian left-hander’s wicket.Shami then jolted the visitors with the crucial wicket of Williamson, who, after hitting one four and six, ended up top-edging it to Chris Morris at deep square leg.advertisementShami’s efforts saw him pip Anderson for the man-of-the-match award.”I am playing after a long time, and this performance will lift my confidence level. I was trying to back myself. It will be good for me and my team.”If you get injured that disturbs you mentally. When on field, I do not feel that much pressure,” Shami said.When asked to shed light on his strategy, Shami said: “In the T20 format, you don’t think about runs as a bowler. We just wanted to use the new ball well, not give too much pace. We felt it would be work for us to mix up our pace.”Shami also said that he had different plans for both Warner and Williamson.”I had different plans for both of them (Williamson and Warner)… whether the batsman moves around or stays still, I stick to my plan, and the rest of it comes down to luck.”Meanwhile, Delhi’s stand-in captain Karun Nair termed the victory as a “complete team performance”.”It was a complete team performance. Really glad to have a win here. I think the bowlers gave it all.Nair was also happy to finally get some runs under his belt.”Bit disappointed to get out after getting a start, but glad to get some runs finally and hoping to kick on from here,” he said.
When Chelsea announced last April that Italian Antonio Conte would become their manager they knew they had signed a winner.Three titles in as many years with Juventus is hardly coincidence but even Roman Abramovich could not have expected the arrival to trigger such an instant change in fortune.Conte is the club’s fifth and most charismatic Italian manager. If you asked for the defining image of their season it would surely be of the controller on the sidelines – fists clenched, mouth wide open, knees bent and body taut with emotion – joyously celebrating one of their 76 goals that sealed a sixth top-tier English title.Conte galvanised a club still so traumatised by the painful departure of manager Jose Mourinho that they had forgotten their previous role as serial trophy gatherers under Abramovich.IT’S DONE! ??????#ChelseaChampions pic.twitter.com/OXe1kZPwvw- CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017Although this year’s champions will not match the 95 points accumulated by Mourinho’s 2004-05 title-winners, they need a point to beat the 87 achieved by the Mourinho mark II side of 2014-15, the last time Chelsea topped the Premier League.As an achievement, however, Conte’s ranks as one of the finest of the Abramovich era because this title was so unexpected. Out of the blue, in fact.When the season began, most critics assumed that the best team in Manchester would prove England’s finest and, by the end of September, little had happened to change that view.Chelsea’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal left Conte’s side eight points adrift of the early leaders, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.advertisementDefeat at The Emirates saw Conte pull off what many said was a masterstroke by switching to the 3-4-3 formation which laid the foundations for the title success.But, amid all the talk of tactical tweaking, it is easy to forget how easy it is to get these experiments wrong.WE DID IT AGAIN, WE DID IT AGAIN…… CHAMPIONS OF ENGLAND!!!!!! WE DID IT AGAIN!!!!!!! ???????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/5CEHgZdHPT- Cesc Fbregas Soler (@cesc4official) May 12, 2017A back three only works with hard-running midfielders, flying wing-backs and an error-free central defence. So Conte’s achievement was really to spot what was possible with the players he had.The transformation was remarkable. Nemanja Matic, whose career had been floundering, was instantly revived as N’golo Kante’s foil in midfield, outcast Victor Moses called up to take on new defensive duties as a wing back and multiple flapper David Luiz recast as Mr Dependable at the heart of the defence.Their team mates believed they could make the system work, with player-of-the-season Kante doing the dirty work and Eden Hazard enjoying his freedom to roam and score vital goals as Chelsea embarked on a 13-game winning streak that transformed them into title winners.FIRM AND FAIRWhen Conte was asked to take the tough decisions he did so, with apparent firmness and fairness. So Branislav Ivanovic, who had become a symbol of Chelsea’s decline, was sold and club stalwart John Terry forced to sit on the sidelines.Even Diego Costa, whose 20 goals turbo-charged the title push, was confronted when a lucrative January move to China was mooted.”I was clear with him,” Conte said when discussing what became reported as a training ground altercation. “I raised my voice and the player understood. Now everything is perfect.”His tough-talking strategy at training contrasted with the blandness of his public offerings, when any whiff of controversy was waved away with platitudes and Italian mis-speak.?????? pic.twitter.com/i9ZGzSsxwm- Gary Cahill (@GaryJCahill) May 12, 2017After the rancour under Mourinho last season, the effect was to return a sense of order to the club while others, notably Arsenal, acted out their own soap opera in full view of everyone.Chelsea set out to quietly accumulate points, never looking back after moving to the top of the table on Nov. 20.The absence of European football undoubtedly helped the title push, as did consistency of selection, with Conte able to name his recognised first team far more often than his rivals.While Guardiola chopped and changed at City, and Juergen Klopp and Mourinho counted the cost of injuries at Liverpool and Manchester United, Chelsea continued with their winning formula and stymied Tottenham’s late challenge.All the time, Conte, the serial title winner, was steering them home with a sense of inevitability.
Austria’s Dominic Thiem dumped seven-times champion Rafael Nadal out of the Italian Open 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semi-finals, but will have to wait to find out his opponent at the Foro Italico.The Austrian will face either world number two Novak Djokovic or Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, whose quarter-final was suspended till Saturday after rain halted play with the Serb leading del Potro 6-1, 1-2.Beaten twice by Nadal in the space of a month, in the Barcelona and Madrid Open finals, Thiem took his revenge by handing the 30-year-old Spaniard a first clay court defeat of the season in Rome.The upset, after one hour and 51 minutes, ended Nadal’s 17-match unbeaten run on clay.The aggressive eighth seed had Nadal rattled from the start and broke the Spaniard in the first and fifth games to go 5-1 up before Nadal fought back to 5-4.Thiem then broke for a 4-3 lead in the second set with successive backhand and forehand winners and held on to leave Nadal serving in vain to stay in the match. The Austrian clinched victory on his first matchpoint as Nadal hit wide.The Spaniard will now focus on the French Open, where he will be aiming for a 10th title at Roland Garros.Despite the loss to Thiem, Nadal’s current form makes him the favourite heading into the second Grand Slam of the year.”I’m very happy with how I played during these four weeks and now remains Roland Garros,” said Nadal.advertisementRising German star Alexander Zverev earlier reached the semi-finals with a 7-6(4), 6-1 defeat of world number six Milos Raonic.Zverev, 20, will face John Isner for a place in the final after the American beat Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(2).”It’s another stepping stone in my career,” Zverev told the ATP’s website. “I feel like I have played very well today. I returned very well.”So I’m happy to be in the semis and playing John tomorrow, who I know very well from our Saddlebrook (Florida) days. It’s going to be a great match.”
Midfielder Gareth Bale is enjoying life at Spanish champions Real Madrid and has committed his future to the club, the Welsh international said after the side’s Champions League triumph on Saturday.Bale, who joined Madrid in 2013, has scored 67 goals in 146 appearances and signed a contract extension in October to keep him at the club until 2022 but his future in Spain has been cast in doubt following a frustrating injury-riddled campaign.”We are winning trophies and I am happy. I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid,” Bale is quoted as saying by the BBC after Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the final in Cardiff.”My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing.”Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years marked Bale’s seventh trophy at the club but the 27-year-old remains hungry for more success.”It’s the reason why I came to Real Madrid — to win trophies. We’re enjoying winning them at the moment, so we’ll continue to do so,” Bale added.”Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn’t too bad.”I think we can get better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.”Saturday’s victory was made sweeter for Bale as he became just the sixth player to win a European final in his home town as well as the only Welshman to win the continent’s top trophy three times, surpassing Ryan Giggs and Joey Jones.”To play a final in your home city is incredible but to win it is even better, a great experience,” Bale said.advertisement
Bangladesh will meet defending champions India in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy and understandably, there is plenty of excitement in the country. Long the minnows of world cricket, Bangladesh have etched their name on the global map thanks to their spirited players and their enthusiastic fans.When the Tigers play cricket, Bangladesh comes to a standstill. They are vocal, they are opinionated and like other sports fans rooting for their countries in major sporting spectacles, they are passionate.ALSO WATCHHowever, often, very often, that passion spills over and edges on the border of obscenity.An image has started circulating on social media (obviously from a Bangladesh fan) which shows a tiger draped in a Bangladesh flag pouncing on a dog wearing an India flag.India Today has decided to produce an edited version of the image which is derogatory and insulting to the tri-colour.Bangladesh fan and even their players have been a bitter lot since the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Rohit Sharma’s stylish 137 and an aggressive 65 from Suresh Raina had helped India post 302/6 and Bangladesh responded with a mere 197, losing by a whopping 109 runs.However, the Bangladeshi fans, instead of celebrating a fabled moment in their cricketing history, chose to turn nasty and accused the authorities of siding up with India, then defending world champions and a powerhouse in world cricket. Bangladesh were convinced Rohit was out for 91 when he skied a waist-high full toss from Rubel Hossain and was caught at deep midwicket. However, the umpire ruled it a no-ball and TV replays later said it could have been a marginal call.advertisementBangladesh were convinced the world had got together to conspire against them but the truth is that Rohit added another 46 after that break and Bangladesh still lost by 109 runs. It would not have turned out any differently had Rohit walked back to the hut for 91, would it?But Bangladesh remain bitter to this day. So much so that a Bangladeshi newspaper posted a photo of Indian batsmen with their heads shaved and Mustafizur Rahman holding a barber’s knife, after the pacer had rocked the tourists with some superb bowling in a historic series win for the hosts. That moment soured a great cricketing feat and showed just how far Bangladesh could carry their ‘grudge’.Photo Credit: Twitter But the Bangladeshis were convinced it was the whole world against them. And it did not stop there.A photoshopped image on social media ahead of the Asia Cup T20 final between Bangladesh and India showed Taskin Ahmed holding MS Dhoni’s severed head, causing serious anger among Indian fans. But Dhoni had the last laugh when a few lusty blows from his bat dashed Bangladesh’s hopes in the title clash, reducing a few locals at the stands to tears.Photo Credit: TwitterAfter dramatically beating New Zealand by 5 wickets to reach the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said “It’s a big thing for our cricket. It is an opportunity for us but I want to request everybody not to think we will go all the way to win the title.”Bangladesh have already played down their chances , attempting to rub off any pressure that they might have ahead of the semi-final with India.But a few of their players and journalists feel India will have extra support and reiterated their stance that the Men in Blue cheated during the World Cup quarterfinals two years ago. The players reportedly feel the pressure would be on India and that Bangladesh have already exceeded expectations by making it to the last-four.And of course, there’s more. Bangladesh want to target Yuvraj Singh because they feel he is the weakest fielder and their strategy of putting India under pressure is to pick up a couple of early wickets to make the rest of the batting line-up vulnerable.With India registering a sound 8-wicket victory over No. 1 ODI team South Africa, the Asian giants will go into the semi-final as firm favourites to win the game and make it to the final.The Bangladeshis seem to be rattled by India’s strength, depth and intensity.Bangladesh seem to have forgotten that other than their spirited performance against a weakened New Zealand team, there have been other factors that have helped them reach the semi-final whereas India have made it ahead riding purely on their own merit.Bangladesh lost to England by a whopping eight wickets in their first match of the Champions Trophy and they were on the verge of losing their second game to Australia but the rain Gods blessed them with a washout. In their must-win game against New Zealand, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah steadied Bangladesh’s ship after an early collapse and took the team to the semi-finals.advertisementIndia, on the other hand, started their Champions Trophy campaign with a resounding 124 run-win against arch-rivals Pakistan. However, a bad day in the office left them ruing a massive eight-wicket loss against Sri Lanka. In their do-or-die game against South Africa, India came out all guns blazing, absorbed every bit of the immense pressure and emerged triumphant.And don’t forget, India trounced Bangladesh by 240 runs at the Oval in the warm-up game ahead of the kick-start of Champions Trophy.Bangladesh will do well to remember that India thrive in such atmosphere, that their captain is always up for a good fight and the entire team likes to give it back as good as it gets. Still not convinced Bangladesh, go ask Australia.
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against Bangladesh due to an injury.Confirming the news, Australia’s team physio David Beakley said that Starc underwent scans following their Champions Trophy campaign which revealed that his previous stress fracture is yet to heal fully.”Mitchell was due to go for follow up scans after the Champions Trophy, as part of his recovery plan. These scans have indicated his previous stress fracture has still not fully healed to the extent we would like,” ESPNcricnfo quoted Beakley, as saying.”He will now undertake a period of rest from bowling with the aim to have him return for the one-day series in India in late September as he begins his build up to the Ashes,” he added.Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has been left out of the 13-man squad for the upcoming series despite guiding his side to a victory with his 12-wicket haul against India in Pune earlier this year.O’Keefe appeared in every match of Australia’s unsuccessful four-match series against India, but found himself in Cricket Australia’s bad books after he was fined and suspended by New South Wales for what were described as “highly inappropriate comments” at a Cricket NSW function.Reflecting on his omission, national selector Trevor Hohns said O’Keefe was dropped because “he did not maintain this level in the remaining matches of the series”.Ashton Agar has been picked as the second spinner alongside Nathan Lyon, while Usman Khawja has also been recalled after being axed for all four Tests in India.advertisementAustralia are slated to play a two-day tour game in Fatullah from August 22 before heading into the two Tests against Bangladesh from August 27 in Dhaka and September 4 in Chittagong.In October 2015, Australia had postponed their Test tour to Bangladesh after receiving advice from the federal government that there were “high risks” if they went ahead with the tour, and Australia also did not send a team to the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in early 2016.Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s head of security, had visited Bangladesh in October to monitor security arrangements.The Australia squad is as follows:Steven Smith (captain), David Warner (vice-capt), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matt Renshaw, Matthew Wade (wk).
Former Indian medium pacer and current junior national chief selector Venkatesh Prasad has applied for the post of Indian cricket team’s head coach.Prasad, who played 33 Tests and 162 ODIs for India, is set to finish his three-year term as the junior India chief selector in September this year.He had worked in the capacity of the bowling coach in the past as well. Prasad was at helm for two years following his appointment ahead of the 2007 World Cup.The 47-year-old is the latest applicant after Ravi Shastri, who applied for the post on June 27.Shastri had also applied for the job in 2016 but legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble was chosen over him by Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).The head coach position has been vacant since Anil Kumble’s resignation following India’s 180-run defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval on June 18.Former Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag have all applied for the post.The last date for applying for the post of India head coach is July 9.The BCCI has already stated that Team India will get its new head coach before their tour to Sri Lanka beginning July 26.
Sonepat, Jul 24 (PTI) JSW Sports-owned Haryana Steelers today named local boy Surender Nada as captain for their maiden Pro Kabaddi League campaign that starts in Hyderabad on July 28. Nada will be assisted by another Haryana boy, Wazir Singh. The team has spent the last three weeks at a pre-season camp in Bellary, Karnataka and coach Ranbir Singh Khokhar said he was satisfied with the work his team has put in. “We have worked hard on technical, physical and tactical aspects as well as game situations and Im completely satisfied with the way things have turned out. “The coaching staff has spent time with every individual as well as the team on the whole and I can safely say that we are well prepared for this new season of the PKL,” said Khokhar. The PKL reaches Haryana on September 8 where the Rai School in Sonepat will turn into a fortress for the Steelers who take on reigning champions Patna Pirates in the first home game of the season. Nada said he was delighted at captaining the team. “Haryana has produced so many kabaddi players over the years and the sport has a fanatical following, which always left us wishing the state would have its own team in the PKL. It has finally happened this season and it is a great matter of pride that the coach and management have thought me worthy enough to lead the side,” said Nada. Arguably the best left corner defender in the country, Nada said he was confident that the Steelers home games would see good support. PTI SSC PDSadvertisement
Oppo F3 Rose Gold variant is now available in India at a price of Rs 19,990. The smartphone was launched in the country back in May this year and can be bought from Flipkart or at Oppo’s offline stores.”By launching the Oppo F3 Rose Gold Version, we aim to offer our Indian consumer an outstanding confluence of fashion and technology where exquisite design meets innovative camera technology. We have received a tremendous response for Oppo F3, especially from the younger audience. So, we decided to surprise them with a fashionable and trendier variant of the Oppo F3,” said Will Yang, brand director, Oppo India.While the phone comes in new colour but its specs and features remain the same. The Oppo F3 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass and comes with Corning Glass 5 protection on top. At the heart of it lies a MediaTek MT6750T chipset clocked at 1.5GHz speed paired with Mali T86-MP2 GPU and 4GB RAM. There is also a front-mounted fingerprint scanner in the phone.In terms of storage, the Oppo F3 comes with 64GB Internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s own Color UI 3.0 skin.Also Read: Oppo F3 review: Buy it for its superb selfie cameraThe Oppo F3 sports a 13MP rear camera with Dual PDAF, LED flash while there is a dual camera on the front- a 16MP sensor + 8MP sensor with wide angle view. Oppo says that the selfie camera detects if two or three people are in frame and automatically switches it to wide-angle mode. The smartphone is backed by a 3200mAh non-removable battery and supports Hybrid Dual SIM. The connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, MicroUSB and a 3.5mm headphone jack.advertisement
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid today said that the ICC’s new Code of Laws related to the thickness of bats to be restricted will have an impact on the game of cricket.Under the new rule, the thickness of bats will be restricted to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges in a bid to redress the balance between bat and ball.”Yes, it (change in bat size) will have an impact. The results of the games will show the affect. Though the change isn’t very drastic as only few players use bats which do not come under new rules. It is a good decision,” said Dravid.The former right-handed batsman, however, added that various factors come into play, besides the size of the willow, which influence the overall game.”It is also about the nature of the pitch and the size of the boundary that matter,” said Dravid at an event, which was held to commemorate Indian women’s skipper Mithali Raj and former captain Jhulan Goswami.The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced oodles of changes in the playing conditions, with one of them being related to the edge and thickness of a bat.Batsmen like David Warner will now be forced to change his bat so as to comply with the new rules.Asked whether he would look to coach the Indian women’s team in future, the current India A and U-19 coach opined that women already have the best support staff.During the event, Mithali Raj also shared experiences of her childhood days and her cricketing career.advertisementShe spoke about the advantages of having women’s IPL, saying: “Yes, it is a good idea. It will lead to having a big pool of players and will give a push to the domestic and international cricket.”Mithali, meanwhile, lamented that she and her teammates do not have any visuals of the finals of 2005 Women’s World Cup, where she led India against Belinda Clark’s Australia at Centurion, though in a losing cause.
Way up in the sky, there are unimaginably beautiful phenomena. One of those breathtaking phenomena on our favourite gas giant, Jupiter, was captured by NASA three days ago. It has left us starry-eyed; your reaction is for you to decide.Read: Juno completes one year in Jupiter orbit: Here’s what the NASA spacecraft found so farThe swirling Jovian clouds We have seen views of the stunning planet Jupiter before, but this view is taken from an angle of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere that is never seen beforeRead: Jupiter is the largest and the oldest planet in solar system: StudyHigh above Jupiter’s clouds, colourful and definitely turbulent clouds caught the attention of the recent December 16 flyby by Juno spacecraftThese Jovian clouds were shot from a distant vantage point lying a little more than 1 Earth diameter — about 13,345 km — from JunoRead: NASA’s Juno about to enter Jupiter: Know about the spacecraft and the giant planetHowever, what is fascinating is that it looks like a close-up shot!Further, the image was captured at 12:43 pm EST, at a latitude of 48.9 degreesJovian clouds above Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft/ NASAThe photograph highlights the beauty of Jupiter’s clouds and their tumultuous nature with stunning bluish hues The planet fills the entire image with its dark side making way just on the upper-right cornerRead: Juno sends first image of Jupiter upon arrival: See it hereJupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of the terminator (where daylight fades to night) in the upper right corner, and no visible limb (the curved edge of the planet) JunoCam imageradvertisementJunoCam imager effects The whole image looks like a beautiful oil painting, much like other snapshots of the planet. However, the clouds swirling over the gas giant don’t actually sport these hues. As Space.com reports, this is an effect which occurs after the raw image, taken by Juno’s JunoCam imager, is processed and colour-enhanced.Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.Read: Venus and Jupiter conjunction : Some FactsInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Manchester United are optimistic ahead of a crucial period of fixtures as they are close to finding their best form, midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday’s top of the table showdown against Premier League leaders Manchester City.United beat top four contenders Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday, thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia along with a brilliant performance from goalkeeper David De Gea, to record their fourth consecutive league win.”We are going to find our best moment very soon,” Herrera told the club’s website. (www.manutd.com) “We are second and chasing to be top of the table.”It was a fantastic result (at Arsenal) with some great performances. David was amazing, and we were clinical in the first half, with two chances in the first 15 minutes and two goals.”Jesse is on fire now, Paul (Pogba) as well, it’s a pity he got a red card. Romelu (Lukaku) didn’t score but he helped us a lot. The centre-backs — Victor (Lindelof) is in fantastic form right now. So we are optimistic of course.”City are in dominant form and look almost unstoppable as they aim to extend their 20-game winning streak across all competitions along with their eight-point lead.United play their final Champions League group match against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday and Herrera says the team are fully focused on sealing progression to the knockout stages rather than Sunday’s crucial league encounter.”I’m not thinking about Sunday, now it’s about CSKA. We are not qualified yet so we don’t think about City yet,” Herrera added.advertisement
SOCHI, Russia — Through 17 years of grueling practices, of defeats and victories, Meryl Davis and Charlie White insist they’ve never considered parting ways.A perfect pairing, they were nearly flawless at the Sochi Olympics, and they became the first Americans to win an ice dance gold medal.“The closest we came to breaking up, I can’t pinpoint one because there hasn’t been one,” Davis, 27, said. “Certainly there have been struggles. It hasn’t been easy to get where we are. … It’s a partnership which I couldn’t have asked for more.“Charlie and I are very different. We used those difference to balance it out. There has never been a moment of doubt.”Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 champions, took silver, while bronze went to Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov.Davis and White won silver in Vancouver, but in the four years since they have overtaken the Canadians, their training partners in Detroit under Russian coach Marina Zoueva.The reigning world champs scored 116.63 points in the free dance to finish with 195.52, 4.53 ahead of Virtue and Moir.“No athletes like it to sit in this position,” Moir said. “We came here to win the competition. But it’s easier when we see them and know how hard these guys work.”When their program to Sheherazade ended with White on a knee, Davis rested her head on his back in exhausted elation. The two started skating together in 1997 in Michigan, and on the biggest day of their career, they performed just as they had visualized it.“That in itself justified 17 years of hard work,” White, 26, said.The music swelling over the final minute of the program, their feet were in nonstop motion, yet every step was intricately choreographed. Their lifts were a blur as White spun across the ice with Davis held aloft, their movements and expressions still fierce despite the draining demands of the performance.As they told the story of the Persian king and the woman who enchants him, White was regal in purple velvet, Davis beguiling in a lavender dress with jewels shimmering on her midriff.They now have one medal of each color after winning bronze in the new team event in Sochi, the first American figure skaters to own three.Virtue and Moir had become the first North American ice dance gold medalists at their home Olympics in Vancouver. Their free dance to Russian classical music told the story of their own partnership, which also stretches back to 1997.In a performance at times tender and at others triumphant, Moir kissed her hand at the start and again throughout the program.“I think there is relief,” Moir said. “It has been a journey to get here since 2010, a lot of sleepless nights to get to the Olympic Games. If I could only have been that 22-year-old at Vancouver.“The reason we stayed in is we wanted a different journey. Now, the pressures of this game are just melting away.”Ilinykh and Katsalapov were just ninth at last year’s world championships but are now the latest Olympic ice dance medalists from Russia, finishing 7.51 points behind the Canadians.She’s only 19; he’s 22. The home fans started cheering when the first few notes of Swan Lake played for their free dance, and they were roaring when it ended with Katsalapov collapsed on his knees and Ilinykh weeping.“The program builds and builds and builds,” Katsalapov said through a translator, “and the audience gave us energy to keep building it more and more.”France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat were fourth, 6.26 points out of bronze. The other U.S. teams, Madison Chock and Evan Bates and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, finished eighth and ninth.Russia has won 18 of 33 medals in ice dance’s Olympic history, but now North Americans own two straight golds. Virtue and Moir have said they’ll likely retire. For Davis and White, talk of the future can wait until this historic victory starts feeling real.“We wanted to fight for the best performance we could give and we did that. You dream of this for so long, work so hard, and they worked hard, too,” White said, referring to Virtue and Moir. “They always have been with us, pushing us, and we couldn’t have done it without them.”(Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
A weakened Panathinaikos was crushed, 83-65, to Spanish power Real Madrid in Euroleague group play, the second loss in four games for the Greek team.It was a rout from the beginning with the Madrid team up 39-29 at the half although the Greens closed to within four in the third period before the Spaniards went on a run to close it out without much of a challenge after that, running its lead to 81-59 before the finish.Esteban Batista was the top scorer for Panathinaikos with 15 points while AJ Slaughter had 12.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TAMPA, Fla. — Masahiro Tanaka is staying away from one pitch and working on another.Tanaka allowed three runs and four hits while pitching into the fifth inning March 25 for the New York Yankees in a 7-2 loss to the rival Mets.The Japanese ace is not using his higher speed four-seam fastball and instead is focusing on a slower two-seam sinker.“A lot of the four-seamers had been hit hard last year,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I’m not a pitcher that throws 95 every single pitch.”Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka is trying to improve his game.“I think there’s room for both,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you get some quick outs with sinkers. There’s more movement.”After allowing an unearned run in the first, Tanaka gave up a solo homer to John Mayberry, Jr. in the fourth The third run charged to Tanaka came when struggling closer candidate Dellin Betances gave up Juan Lagares’ two-run shot during the fifth.Tanaka struck out seven and walked one in 4 2-3 innings. The Yankees’ expected opening-day starter, against Toronto on April 6, was coming off two starts where the he had given up two hits over 5 2-3 shutout innings.“I think I was able to get into the game a little bit more, the intensity of the game,” Tanaka said.Alex Rodriguez grounded a single to left in three at-bats as the designated hitter for the Yankees, and is hitting .290 (9-for-31).New York General Manager Brian Cashman said before the game that Rodriguez has pushed himself into full-time DH consideration. A-Rod, who turns 40 in July, missed last season serving a drug suspension.“We still have 10 days to go and obviously that feels good, but I have a lot of work to do,” Rodriguez said. “I think I’m getting better. It’s still a process moving forward the next 10 days.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shares