U-12 div 1 Football: Bombay Scottish, Cathedral & John Connon claim titles

first_imgTottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager In the boys final, Bombay Scottish struck a late winner through their captain Aadiv Das to snatch a 1-0 win against Don Bosco (Matunga) for the top honours. Later, in the girls title round, Cathedral managed a 2-1 win via the tie-breaker against Arya Vidya Mandir (Bandra–W). Riana Saraiya and Shloka Saxena were on target for Cathedral while only Anika Shetty converted for the Bandra school. Earlier, in a boys U-12 Div II final, Diamond Jubilee (Byculla) got the better of Ryan International (Chembur) by a solitary 1-0 margin. Salman Modi scored the winning goal. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Bombay Scottish (Mahim) and Cathedral & John Connon (Fort), both earned hard-fought wins to clinch the boys and girls U-12 Div I crowns respectively in the MSSA-organised inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Bombay Scottish boys with the U-12 Div I trophy yesterdayRelated Newslast_img read more

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EPL: Manchester City humiliate Chelsea with a 6-0 drubbing

first_imgLionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 England’s Raheem Sterling set for Kosovo comeback Sergio Aguero grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City scored four times inside 25 minutes to thrash Chelsea 6-0 and leapfrog Liverpool again to top spot in the Premier League on goal difference on Sunday. Aguero should have had even more than three as the Argentine missed a glorious early chance and hit the bar in the second-half in a humiliating afternoon for Maurizio Sarri’s men.Related News Raheem Sterling started and ended the scoring and Ilkay Gundogan also netted in the first quarter of the game as City ended what could have been a testing week with a trip to Everton in between the visits of Arsenal and Chelsea with maximum points. Jurgen Klopp’s men maintain the advantage of a game in hand, but handed a reprieve by Liverpool’s draws against Leicester and West Ham in recent weeks, City look determined to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League. Chelsea on the other hand slip to sixth with the scale of the defeat sure to raise further doubts over Sarri’s future. A 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last away game was Chelsea’s heaviest league defeat since 1996. And this was their worst loss in any competition since 1991 after failing to recover from Sterling’s fourth-minute opener. Eden Hazard went to sleep from Kevin de Bruyne’s quickly taken free-kick and Bernardo Silva had acres of space to cross for the England international to fire home. Pep Guardiola had described this match as a “final” for his side given that Chelsea had a week to prepare, while City ground out a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday. Guardiola fell to the floor in exasperation when Aguero somehow side-footed wide with his easiest chance of the game moments later. But the Catalan coach need not have worried that would prove a costly miss as Aguero made amends in stunning fashion by blasting into the top corner from 25 yards to double City’s after just 13 minutes. Aguero had a simple task to make it 3-0 six minutes later when he pounced on Ross Barkley’s slack header towards his own goal. And Gundogan’s shot from the edge of the area then had too much power for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to compound Chelsea’s woes. Such was the defensive collapse at the other end, Gonzalo Higuain had little chance to shine but the Argentine striker was unfortunate not to score his third goal in as many league starts for Chelsea when Ederson turned over his dipping volley five minutes before the break. That was as much of a response as Chelsea mustered, though, and it only got worse for Sarri’s chances of keeping his job in the second period. Aguero missed his first chance to seal a second hat-trick in two games when he headed against the crossbar. But when Sterling was too quick for Cesar Azpilicueta and chopped down by the Spaniard inside the area, Aguero coolly slotted home from the penalty spot to move level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the Premier League’s top scorer on 17 for the season. Even after Aguero went off to a standing ovation, City’s strength in depth shone through as Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and David Silva came off the bench. And Silva’s pass opened the visitors up again for the sixth as he picked out Oleksandr Zinchenko who crossed for Sterling to tap home. Manchester City lose appeal to CASlast_img read more

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Fernando Torres eyes coaching role after retirement

first_imgMSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Tokyo: Spanish World Cup winner Fernando Torres said Sunday his body could no longer cope with the physical demands of football after announcing his retirement from the game. But the 35-year-old, once one of the deadliest marksmen in the world, would not rule out a future in coaching. The former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker finished his career at Japanese club Sagan Tosu after joining the J-League side last year. “I have a high demand of myself – I always want to be honest and perform at the level I think I should,” said Torres, who scored Spain’s winning goal in the 2008 European championships and played a key role in their 2010 World Cup triumph. “Knowing my body and listening to my body, I think, especially mentally, that time (when I can’t perform at the top level) is not far and I wanted to end my career in a good way before that happens. “I always gave everything I had and I still will give in the next two months,” added Torres, whose last game will be against former Spain team mate Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe on August 23. Torres tweeted his retirement on Friday, saying: “After 18 exciting years, the time has come to put an end to my football career.” He left Atletico last summer to play in Japan after returning to his boyhood club in 2015 but has struggled with form and injuries.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Torres, dubbed “El Nino” during his heyday, played 334 times in total for Atletico, scoring 111 goals. He made 142 appearances for Liverpool, finding the net 81 times in his prime, before joining Chelsea where he scored 45 goals in 172 matches for the London club. Asked about the future, Torres told a news conference in Tokyo he would continue in an advisory role for Sagan, likely identifying Spanish youth players for the Kyushu club. He also did not rule out becoming a manager or coach back in Europe. “I just need time to spend with my family and think about my next step — I don’t know if it will be coaching or managing,” said Torres, who named his former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as the best he had ever played alongside. “I think I will study both things, and just wait for the call.” Torres also remains open to the idea of another emotional return to Atletico in the future, after earning his coaching badges. “When I was a kid, I got a calling to become a football player,” said Torres. “I’m sure this kind of calling comes too. You don’t have to look for them.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting worldlast_img read more

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England boss wants improvement after 5-3 win over Kosovo

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate insists his side must improve on “obvious” defensive errors after being bailed out by another devastating attacking display in a thrilling 5-3 win over Kosovo in Southampton. Jadon Sancho scored his first international goals and Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling were also on target as Southgate’s men took their tally to 19 goals in four Euro 2020 qualifiers. However, the good work of the front three was nearly undone by mistakes from centre-backs Michael Keane and Harry Maguire, as England conceded three goals at home in a qualifier for the first time in 12 years. “A bizarre game,” said Southgate. “There were obvious poor errors for goals but I’m really pleased with the composure we showed. “We had devastating attacking play throughout and we used the ball well. “The outstanding parts of our play were obvious. The errors were obvious.” Kosovo had been on a 15-game unbeaten run stretching back two years and were given the start to spark dreams of a monumental shock for a nation only given FIFA membership three years ago. Just 35 seconds in, a misplaced pass by Keane allowed Valon Berisha to fire past Jordan Pickford and give the visitors the lead. England bounced back in emphatic fashion. It was another demonstration of the pace and firepower that will make the Three Lions among the favourites for Euro 2020 once the formality of mathematically securing their place at next summer’s showpiece is out of the way.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final The World Cup semi-finalists moved three points clear at the top of Group A ahead of the Czech Republic, who won, 3-0, in Montenegro. Kosovo dropped to third, four points behind. England have a game in hand on all four sides below them. Sterling was in scintillating form, but the Manchester City winger scored his sixth goal in his last six international caps was in unusual fashion, with a towering header from close range. Sterling then turned provider with a dangerous dart into the Kosovar half before teeing up Kane to drill low past Aro Muric. EmbarrassedSancho’s low cross was then turned into his own net by Mergim Vojvoda and the Standard Liege right-back was further embarrassed as England struck twice more before half-time. Sterling was too quick for the Kosovo defence as he cut in from the left before playing a perfectly weighted pass for Sancho to fire in at the near post for his first goal for his country. A minute later, the 19-year-old had a second, again thanks to unselfish play from Sterling after leaving Vojvoda in his wake. “I’m delighted to score my first goal for England,” said Sancho. “It was a crazy game. Five goals and I’m just happy to get two of them.” Yet, for all England’s thrilling attacking play, there were concerns for Southgate over their defending as the hosts let Kosovo back into the game early in the second-half. Berisha produced a second cool finish after Keane was caught under a cross from the right. Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender after an £80 million move from Leicester to Manchester United last month, then clumsily brought down Vedat Muriqi inside the area. Muriqi dismissed Berisha’s plea to take the spot-kick with the chance to complete a famous hat-trick and the Fenerbahce striker was relieved as Pickford just did not get a strong enough hand to save his penalty. At the other end, Manchester City goalkeeper Muric produced some heroics as he saved Kane’s powerful penalty and only the post denied Sterling a sixth, but England had already done enough to move another step closer to Euro 2020. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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Happy Birthday to Us: Glassdoor turns One with 225,000+ Reviews in the Door; Workplace Tra…

first_imgFirst we want to thank you. We’re celebrating our first anniversary since launching the public beta version of Glassdoor.com one year ago today, and we could not have gotten this far without your contributions and insight. Together, we’ve broken down age-old barriers and opened the door on company compensation and the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work at a specific company doing a specific job.It’s certainly been an interesting year to launch a business – especially as so many businesses have gone through significant transformations. Based on the regular feedback we receive from our members, it seems Glassdoor arrived just in time; the ripple effects of the economy mean people need information more than ever to make better decisions about their careers. The face of business has been unquestionably altered due to the recession and, as we work together in today’s global community, it is vital that we adapt and improve along with a changing job market.It has been nothing short of fascinating to watch and read all the content pouring into Glassdoor throughout the past 12 months. As it stands today, we have more than 225,000 salary reports, and company and interview reviews for 26,000 companies in 100 countries, and 7500 percent growth in terms of reviews from this date last year.  And it’s important to note that reviews on the site come from every industry, including retail, finance, health care, consulting, media and other business services, as well as technology, proving that this type of information is vital and necessary in today’s economy.  Here are some of the companies that have some of the most content on our site today: PricewaterhouseCoopers3.6Sam DiPiazza Jr.5382.7 Glassdoor Report: Top 10 Companies w/ Most Reviews Apple3.8Steve Jobs9132.9 Deloitte3.4Jim Quigley52103.1 CompanyCompanyRatingCEOCEO ApprovalRating (%)CEO DisapprovalRating (%)Interview DifficultyRating IBM3.2Samuel J. Palmisano40332.8 Intel3.5Paul S. Otellini62153.5 Oracle3.2Larry Ellison63133.1 Some other constructive and candid items we have been able to capture as the site has grown include observations on:How CEO approval ratings may be an indicator of job tenure as seen in our CEO Watch ListWhat companies have employees most concerned over layoffsWhat companies are considered the Best Places to Work according to employeesAnd, some of the hardest and easiest interview questions by companyAnd this is just the tip of the iceberg!Stay tuned for more information and transparency as we enter our second year. As a site that is built around employee-generated content, we need your help to be effective in providing the tools, resources and information that helps you most. Share your comments below about what you think of Glassdoor, what you’d like to see in the years to come and what you think would be helpful in improving your career or getting that dream job.Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and Co-Founder Bank of America3.2Ken Lewis52222.7 Hewlett-Packard2.7Mark Hurd38413.1 Microsoft3.7Steve Ballmer42323.5 Accenture3.4Bill Green5982.9 For anything you may have missed or for more updates and news, here are a few quick links to help you tap into the Glassdoor community:·Company Reviews·Salary Reports·Interview Questions & Reviews·Glassdoor Blog: Get updates on relevant news items, product announcements and other juicy workplace, salary and interview insights·Glassdoor News: Includes details about new products, sections and surveys·More about Glassdoor·Glassdoor Team·Glassdoor Twitter·Glassdoor Facebook Pagelast_img read more

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Leaving Your Job In A Huff Or A Puff? Don’t!

first_imgSteven Slater, a Jet Blue Flight Attendant decided that on the day he quit the company (and apparently his occupation because I doubt another airline will hire him after his escapade) he would do it in a “huff”!  Anyone of us has been in a situation, or had a day, when we felt like we were about to boil over and would liked to have done nothing other than storm out the door and never look back.  I can think of many, many reasons why that is not a good idea, not the least of which is that these stories will hang around for a long, long time. And in these days of social media, maybe forever. Mr. Slater’s story will stay with him and he will, unless he does not need to work again, have to recant the story and defend himself, his judgment, and his decision making for many years to come.I once had a person who was to come to work for me and who was highly anticipated.  It was Monday morning, the day he was to arrive on the job. He was being transferred from another facility within the company to the plant where I was the HR Manager. He was to be my #2 person as an HR Administrator and after weeks of discussion with him, I had prepared the team and various employees for his arrival.  We were all set up for a meet-and-greet with the management team at 9:00 a.m.  Coffee and pastries had been ordered, schedules cleared. Nine that morning came and went and there was no Bob. This was in the pre-cell phone and PDA era so there was no way to know where Bob was. Concern turned to anxiety and worry about what had happened. A few hours later I got a call from someone in the relocation department that Bob had decided to take another job, with another company. He had just called the relocation department to make us aware of it by telling them they needed to re-route his household goods that were being shipped to my job location, the location he had just abandoned.  Bob didn’t leave in a huff like Steven Slater, but he certainly left in a “puff” with a cloud that stayed with him. His story is infamous among those who knew him and were involved in this situation. I also suspect that the world is small and viral enough that he has had to explain the situation to others a few times when asked about it.We all have our moments, but how we leave a job sticks with us and becomes part of our career story. The best ending to any job change is the story of how we worked hard to the last hour, how we left finishing all that could be finished and that everyone was sorry to see us go.The fewer huffs and the less puffs, the better.last_img read more

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Xolo Era 2 smartphone to go on company’s first flash sale tomorrow

first_imgDomestic smartphone maker Xolo will have its first flash sale for Era 2 smartphone on Wednesday. The sale is Snapdeal exclusive and will start at 10 am. According to the company, the registration opened on October 21 and so far the phone has received almost 1 lakh entries.The Xolo Era 2 was launched recently  at a price of Rs 4,499. The phone supports 4G VoLTE and comes with a battery size of 2350mAh.The sports a 5-inch display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB DDR3 RAM. The phone  offers 8GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The phone also comes with Jio Preview offer which gives unlimited 4G data and VoLTE calls.Also Read: Xolo Q600s smartphone launched at Rs 7,499On the camera front, the Era 2 comes with a 5-megapixel camera on both rear and front.  The rear camera is equipped with f/2.0 aperture, 4P largan lens, LED Flash and Big Pixel technology (1.4 Micron Pixel) Additionally, the phone comes with Smart Camera which packs multiple features like Quick Camera, Live Photos, Beauty Mode, Burst Mode, Time-Lapse and Slow-Motion. Other features in the phone include Audio Note, Smart Screenshot, Smart Awake, Assistant Cast screen, LED flash for call and Flip to mute for alarms and calls. The phone is available in three colours- Black, Nile Blue & Pyramid Gold.last_img read more

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Bengaluru FC seek history, take on Iraqi side in AFC Cup final

first_imgDoha, Nov 4 (PTI) History beckons trailblazers Bengaluru FC as they lock horns with Air Force Club of Iraq in the summit clash of AFC Cup here tomorrow, aiming to become the first Indian football club to clinch a continental title. Bengaluru FC have already created history by becoming the first Indian club to qualify for the final of a continental tournament after they defeated defending champions Johor Darul Tazim in the semifinals on 4-2 aggregate last month. Before this, the farthest an Indian club had advanced in a continental tournament was the two AFC Cup semifinal appearances by Dempo in 2008 and East Bengal in 2013. But a bigger glory, which will be unprecedented in the annals of Indian football history, awaits Bengaluru as they prepare to clash with the Iraqi side, which, just like the Indian club, is also playing in its maiden AFC Cup final, at the Qatar Sports Club Stadium. No football team from India, a laggard in the international arena, has won an Asian level title since the national side bagged the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games gold. East Bengal won the first ASEAN Championship in Indonesia in 2003, beating Thai club BEC Tero Sasana 3-1 in the final. But that was a tournament competed by 10 sides from South East Asian countries plus East Bengal representing India as an invitational team. It will be a remarkable achievement for Bengaluru, owned by JSW Steel, if they win the AFC Cup title in just the third year of their inception. Bengaluru won the 2013-14 I-League title in their debut appearance. They finished second in 2014-15 season and then reclaimed the title this year. In between, they won the Federation Cup in 2015. The Bengaluru-based side, coached by Albert Roca, a former assistant coach at FC Barcelona, have been in superb form in the tournament winning six times, losing thrice and drawing twice. They are also expected to get the homelike feeling here as a large number of Indian expatriates settled in Qatar will be rooting for them. Many people had not given a chance to Bengaluru when they took on Johor in the semifinals as the Malaysian side had beaten them twice in the group stage. But Bengaluru staked their claim for glory by earning a 1-1 away draw in the first leg of the semifinals before a 3-1 victory in the second at home. Bengaluru players, led by India captain Sunil Chhetri, will have the extra motivation to chase history tomorrow but they will have to play out of their skin against a top class Iraqi side which have at least four national team players and have won eight out of 11 matches in the tournament. They drew twice and lost once. Air Force Club have scored 26 goals in 11 matches so far in their campaign with 15 coming from their rampaging striker Hammadi Ahmed Abdullah, a national team player. “We have to fight hard and lift our level on Saturday because its the final of the AFC Cup competition. We will look to reduce our mistakes, and — although we must respect our opponents — we must focus very strongly in the game,” said Ahmed. PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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4 killed as car falls into gorge

first_imgNainital, Nov 30 (PTI) Four youths from Delhi were killed when the car they were travelling in fell into a 600-mt deep gorge in the wee hours here today.The mishap occurred along Nainital-Almora road at around 2 AM, killing all occupants of the vehicle on the spot, SSP Nainital Janmejay Khanduri said.The Eco Sports car fell into the 600-mt deep gorge and was smashed to pieces, he said.It took the rescue team several hours to recover the bodies with the help of villagers because of the difficult terrain.The deceased, all in their early twenties, have been identified as Rahul Chaudhary, Anshul Chaudhary, Chinku Chaudhary and Rohit Sethi, the SSP said.They are all residents of Burari in Delhi. PTI CORR ALM AQS AQSlast_img

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Russia’s athletics ban to run into 2017

first_imgRussia’s athletics ban will run into 2017 and may include the August world championships after a Task Force monitoring the nation’s anti-doping programme refused on Thursday to put any dates on a “road map” for a return.Rune Andersen, the Norwegian heading the independent Task Force, reported to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council that there had been areas of progress but many issues still needed clarifying in the new year.IAAF president Sebastian Coe said the Council felt “comforted” the changes had come about as a result of the decision to ban the Russians but recognised that athletics still had work to do to regain the trust of the public.”This is a pretty important week in the history of our sport,” said Coe who will present a series of radical governance reforms to a special Congress meeting on Saturday.”I do not want this sport to return to the grotesque stories that even over the last few days weve been waking up to,” he added, in reference to recent allegations of more corruption in the organisation under its previous leadership.The Russian Federation (RUSAF) was banned in November 2015 after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe exposed state-sponsored doping on a massive scale.The suspension was upheld earlier this year, ruling almost all Russian track and field athletes out of the Rio Olympics.On Thursday, Andersen indicated there was a chink of light for the country, one of the super-powers of athletics.”RUSAF has made further progress since June including anti-doping education modules and securing the co-operation of the Russian criminal authorities and parliament in criminalising the supply of doping products,” he told a news conference.advertisement”But one of the key remaining issues is how to demonstrate the IAAF and RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping) will be able to carry out testing without interference which is a key part of their reinstatement.McLAREN REPORT”The Task Force will go to Moscow in January to assess the response to part two of the McLaren report on Dec. 9 and to monitor progress.”Richard McLaren, co-author of the independent WADA report, is due to release the second part of his findings in London next week.Andersen said the Task Force would report back to Council in February when it hoped to “identify a clear road map” for Russia’s return.However, he declined to give any further likely timeframe and it appears unlikely the nation will be in the frame for the European indoor championships in Belgrade in March.Earlier on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin used his state of the nation address to say he thought effective measures would be in place early in the new year.”I am sure the so-called doping scandal will allow us to create the most advanced system of righting this evil in Russia,” Putin said.”I assume the national programme of counter-acting doping will be ready as early as the beginning of next year.”On Friday, the IAAF will announce the winners of the male and female athlete of the year awards while Saturday’s Congress is to discuss and almost certainly improve Coe’s radical shakeup of the organisation.Those changes, geared towards making the IAAF more accountable and transparent and establishing an independent integrity unit, will be debated against a backdrop of more allegations of massive corruption by Coe’s predecessor Lamine Diack and his son Papa Massata Diack.Both men are being investigated by French prosecutors for alleged corruption and money-laundering and have been accused of accepting bribes to cover up positive doping tests and influencing the award of hosting rights for major events.last_img read more

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Volvo launches facelifted V40 and V40 Cross Country in India

first_imgSwedish carmaker Volvo has updated the V40 and V40 Cross Country by giving both the cars a facelift. The new models were launched at an event in Kochi.The 2017 models are available in three variants, namely the V40 D3 R-Design (Rs 28.53 lakh, Ex-showroom Delhi), V40 CC D3 Inscription (Rs 29.4 lakh, Ex-showroom Delhi) and V40 CC T4 Momentum (Rs 27.2 lakh, Ex-showroom Delhi).Also Read:Volvo 90 Series cars receive safety, powertrain, connectivity updatesThe major changes to the new models are merely cosmetic and not mechanical in nature. The headlights have been updated and the new V40 sports the Thor’s Hammer headlights that are present on the XC90 and S90. The interiors have also been updated and the new car features the same large touchscreen infotainment system that is present on the XC90 and S90, again.The engine underneath the bonnet of the V40 and V40 Cross Country is the same 2.0-litre diesel that churns out 149bhp and 320Nm of torque which is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. All the power is sent to the front wheels.Also Read:Volvo launches flagship sedan S90 in India at Rs 53.5 lakhVolvo Auto India’s MD Tom von Bonsdorff commented, “The launch of V40 and V40 Cross Country today along with the new 3S facility in the heart of Kochi emphasises our commitment to garner a 10 percent segment share in the medium term. The car was well received when we launched the Cross Country in mid 2013 and the V40 in June 2015.”last_img read more

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SPORT-ENG-LD PRACTICE 2 LAST

first_imgFor England, hammered 0-4 in the Test series, a welcome For England, hammered 0-4 in the Test series, a welcome Christmas break would have certainly helped as nine of the Test team members are set to comeback for the six-match limited overs series. The entire team, barring key batsman Joe Root, had a three-hour training session this morning in cooler confines of the Brabourne Stadium. Nine members of the vanquished Test squad have returned to play under Morgan who was himself not part of the defeated team led by Alastair Cook who is, in turn, not part of the ODI and T20 party. Root, who has stayed back for the birth of his first child, is expected to join the squad here on January 12, the day the visitors will play their second warm-up game against an India A squad to be held by the fit-again Ajinkya Rahane. “Root is set to join the team on Thursday and travel with the team to Pune (venue of the first of three ODIs on January 15). He would certainly like to play that game if selected,” said a visiting team source after the practice session. India A (first match): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Siddharth Kaul. England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey and Chris Woakes. PTI SSR KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Lionel Messi collects another record as Barcelona sink Athletic Bilbao

first_imgLa Liga champions Barcelona stayed on the heels of leaders Real Madrid by coasting to a 3-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday as Lionel Messi became the club’s top scorer from free kicks.Paco Alcacer scored his first league goal since joining from Valencia last year by turning in a pass from Neymar in the 18th minute while Messi whipped in an angled strike in the 40th, his 27th goal from a free kick for Barca.Aleix Vidal scored the most impressive goal of the game by finishing off an audacious solo run in the 67th minute.Barca stayed second in the standings, moving one point behind Real Madrid having played two games more. The leaders were due to visit Celta Vigo on Sunday but the game was postponed after the Balaidos stadium roof was damaged by storms.Third-placed Sevilla visit Las Palmas on Sunday.Fernando Torres made the most of a rare start by scoring both goals as Atletico Madrid beat neighbours Leganes 2-0 on Saturday.Torres, who made his debut for Atletico against Leganes back in 2001, looked lively throughout the game. He could have scored as early as the second minute when he came charging at goal on the counter-attack but his attempted chip missed the target.He won a penalty in the 14th minute and followed up on the rebound to put the hosts in charge after Antoine Griezmann saw his spot kick repelled by goalkeeper Iago Herrerin.Torres scored his second goal in the 51st minute, beating the offside trap and latching on to a through ball before calmly lifting it over Herrerin. Atletico are fourth in the standings on 39 points.advertisementValencia were thrashed 4-0 at home by tiny Eibar, Voro’s side suffering a second straight defeat after their troubles had been temporarily eased by two consecutive wins. Valencia are 16th on 19 points, six above Sporting Gijon who occupy the final spot in the relegation zone. Eibar move up to seventh on 32 points.Espanyol are also on 32 points, in eighth position, after winning 1-0 at Malaga, their third consecutive league win.In Barcelona, coach Luis Enrique made six changes to the team that beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final first leg, resting top scorer Luis Suarez, and it looked a risky move as Athletic made a bold start.Raul Garcia struck the post early on, after Inaki Williams dispossessed Vidal, while Williams headed just beyond the post soon after as Barca again lacked control without injured midfielders Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.However, they took the lead when Neymar cut inside from the left and held off four opponents to serve up the ball for Alcacer to finally score a league goal for Barca in his 11th appearance.Athletic continued to cause problems but the Catalans doubled their advantage before the break when Messi smashed the ball from the right-hand side of the area straight past Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. The goal moved him ahead of Ronald Koeman as the club’s top set-piece specialist with 27 goals from free kicks in all competitions.Early in the second half, Barca midfielder Rafinha was forced off with a bleeding head after colliding with his goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Pique was taken off with a suspected hamstring strain.Messi was substituted in the 64th minute but the Argentine maestro was soon all smiles as he watched Vidal race towards goal on the counter, flicking the ball over a defender before arrowing the ball into the far corner for the third.”Athletic are always difficult opponents and although at times we were imprecise it’s been a very positive day for us,” Luis Enrique told reporters.”If we want to win all three competitions this season we have to use the whole squad and today the players who play less often showed their worth.”last_img read more

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Decision Review System: India get 17 out of 55 calls right under Virat Kohli’s captaincy

first_imgHe may have been a vocal advocate of Decision Review System (DRS) but Indian captain Virat Kohli’s dismal success ratio indicates that calling for referrals is not exactly his ‘calling card’. (Never challenge Kohli, he will come good in Bengaluru: Harbhajan to India Today)The five-match England series against India was start of India using Decision Review System — something they had strong reservations during Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s era under N Srinivasan’s regime.But in the seven Test matches since the start of DRS usage, India have got only 17 correct decisions out of the 55 referrals that they have taken. This comprise both batting and fielding statistic and the success percentage comes to a mere 30.9 percent. (Australia didn’t deserve underdogs tag: Nayan Mongia)In a few cases, it has been act of desperation bordering on selfishness as it has been the case with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul wasting two reviews within first six overs during the Pune Test. (Australia sketching, India trekking to recuperate after Pune Test)It didn’t matter as Indians were outplayed fair and square by the Australians but it could have cost dearly had someone like Virat Kohli played a big innings and then got a raw deal.The problem with India has been more to do with referrals while fielding where they have got only 10 correct out of 42 that they have taken in seven Test matches. While batting it has been slightly better with 7 successful reviews out of 13 taken. (India hope Pune rout acts as a wake-up call)advertisementWhile the final call for a fielding team’s DRS rests with the captain, it is the close in fielders who have fluffed their lines including wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who have not been able to get their concepts right about umpire’s call.Normally an umpire’s call is very rarely reversed in case of lbw referrals.Wriddhiman has been a fabulous keeper for India but probably has not been able to assert his authority when Virat is needed to take a final call. He once got it right in Hyderabad when the skipper was batting 180 plus and took his suggestion after being adjudged leg-before off Mehedi Hasan Miraz.Wriddhiman had then felt that Kohli’s long stride while defending means that the off-break may be missing leg. It turned out to be correct and the skipper got his world record fourth double hundred. (Time to be a good friend to Team India and support Kohli’s men: Sehwag)But behind the stumps, not always Wriddhiman’s suggestions have been correct.BETTER UNDERSTANDINGFormer India wicketkeeeper Deep Dasgupta, who is now an analyst feels that one should get it clear that DRS is there to help the umpires get it rather than other way round.”DRS should be strictly used for howlers. And it is a tool to help umpires be as accurate as possible. For me an umpire’s call should only be challenged in case of leg before if a player is absolutely sanguine that he has had an inside edge onto the pads,” Dasgupta told PTI on Monday.”Every batsman knows if he has had an edge or not. So if anyone thinks that ball tracker will help him, he should get the concept right. As far as fielding team’s referrals are concerned, the wicketkeeper should be the DRS captain. He should be assertive enough if need be to tell the skipper that don’t go for it. The keeper’s conviction makes it easier for the skipper,” Dasgupta added.In Pune, on a turning pitch, India wasted all 4 reviews while fielding and got one correct out of the three while batting. So it was one out of seven referrals. Only thrice have they have got more than 2 referrals correct in a single Test match.Against England at Visakhapatnam, hosts had 3 out of 9 correct referrals and 3 out of 10 in Chennai. The Bangladesh match at Hyderabad was shade better with 5 out of 11 correct calls.last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Ishank Jaggi included in auction pool after Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 show

first_imgJharkhand right-hander Ishank Jaggi has been included in the auction pool as one of the late entrants after a string of good performances in the final leg of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. (IPL 2017: RCB, SRH to kick start season 10 on April 5)Jaggi was not kept in pruned list of 351 players that BCCI announced after consultation with the franchises.But scores of 51* off 37 balls vs Central Zone, 90 off 51 balls against South Zone and 58 off 34 balls against West Zone forced the franchises to do a rethink and include him in the pool. His base price is Rs 10 lakh. (Ishant, Morgan in top base price bracket in IPL 2017 auction)Some of the other late entrants are former India U-19 pacer Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Kshitij Sharma to name a few.last_img

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Steve Waugh sees himself and Ricky Ponting in Virat Kohli’s captaincy

first_imgFormer Australia captain Steve Waugh on Thursday said he can see elements of himself and Ricky Ponting in Virat Kohli’s captaincy.Praising Kohli’s aggressive style of captaincy, Waugh said the 28-year-old was the “new face of India”. (Is Kohli the most hated sportsperson in world? No way, tells Michael Clarke to India Today)”He’s obviously a very aggressive captain, he encourages a lot of talk amongst his troops and he’s got positive body language,” Waugh was quoted as saying by the cricket.com.au.WATCH FULL MICHAEL CLARKE’S INTERVIEW HERE”And they’re all the traits that I liked in my sides. I always believed the way you carry yourself is important, that you give off positive vibes to each other and the opposition sort of sense that ‘this is a team that’s really together’. (Virat Kohli a great leader, Team India fully supports him: Cheteshwar Pujara)”Virat Kohli certainly does that. His players play for him, which is a great sign for a captain. (India vs Australia 2017 reminds me of Ashes 2005: Michael Clarke to India Today)”Ricky Ponting was a similar type of player; he’d roll his sleeves up, get stuck in, he’d go into bat pad if he needed to and led by example. And Virat Kohli certainly does that,” Waugh said. (Comparing Virat Kohli to Donald Trump? What a load of shit is that: Michael Clarke to India Today)In a comparison of players to have captained their country in 25 Tests or more, Kohli ranks third (in terms of winning percentage) behind Waugh and Ponting.advertisementKohli has lost just three of the 26 Tests he has been charge of the Indian team. (Australia shattered because India are giving it back: Chetan Chauhan to Aaj Tak)Waugh leads the list with a winning percentage of 71.92, while Ponting is second with 62.33 per cent. Kohli, meanwhile, has a winning percentage of 61.53.”There’s probably elements of Ricky and myself in his captaincy, but having said that he’s his own man,” Waugh said.”He’s the new face of India, he can get in your face, he’s aggressive, he’s positive, and he leads in a certain way so the other guys know how he wants the team to play.”I’m glad he’s got a bit of me in his captaincy,” Waugh said.The Indian captain has been at the centrestage of the ongoing four-Test Border Gavaskar Test series between India and Australia.Kohli has yet again managed to get under the skin of the Aussie cricketers with his aggressive attitude in the series. (Virat Kohli alleges Australia of disrespecting team physio Patrick Farhart)He has drawn the ire of the Australian media after he rubbished Steve Smith’s brain fade claims during the DRS row in Bengaluru and pointed out that the visitors may have looked at the dressing room to seek unfair assistance with referrals.While one newspaper report even accused Kohli of hitting an Australian official with a Getorade bottle, another compared him to US President Donald Trump. “Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport,” read an article in The Daily Telegraph. “The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one – not even the ICC or his own board – holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news.The article further said: “Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face.”Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, an India Today expert for the India-Australia series had called the comparison a “load of shit.””Comparing Virat Kohli with Donald Trump – what a load of shit s that. What Virat did, even Smith would have. I could just laugh about the Trump thing (comparison). I find it quite funny and am sure Virat will also find it quite funny,” Clarke told India Today.”Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him.”I always somehow find an Australian in him the way he plays and I absolutely love how he accepts challenges. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him but Virat shouldn’t be bothered,” Clarke said.last_img read more

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Jamai Raja actress Nia Sharma will be seen on this show next

first_imgAs per reports TV actress Nia Sharma aka Roshni of Jamai Raja will soon be back on TV as a contestant in adventure-stunt reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi. Nia’s web series Twisted will be premiering this Thursday on Youtube. Currently she is holidaying in Manali. Before Manali, Nia was vacationing in beautiful locales of Maldives, where she tried adventure water sports like flyboarding and jet skiing. Looks like she has already started prepping up for the show.  Karan Wahi has also been approached for Khatron Ke Khiladi. Picture courtesy: Instagram/imkaranwahiThere have also been reports of actor Karan Wahi being roped in as one of the contestants on the show. He said to DNA, “I have been approached, and talks are on.” Karan is currently hosting Indian Idol along with Paritosh Tripathi. Last season of Khatron Ke Khiladi was hosted by Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor but director Rohit Shetty will back as the host of the show for this season.This year, the show will shot in Spain and will replace Rising Star. The shooting of the show will being in a month’s time.last_img read more

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Naam Shabana star Taapsee Pannu: I have lost films down South for being too fair

first_imgIf there’s one thing that stands out in the Naam Shabana trailers, it’s Taapsee Pannu’s badass fighting skills. Taapsee and Akshay Kumar have been creating awareness about self-defence and even made a video urging women to learn to protect themselves and demonstrating techniques for the same. Has Taapsee ever had to use such techniques in real life? She tells IndiaToday.in, “Thankfully, since the time I have learnt it, no. I guess no one wants to take on me after that (laughs). But in school and college, there have been instances where I wish I knew how to defend myself.”Don’t just freeze…ACT & REACT coz ur biggest weapon is with YOU! Watch, learn & show your move with #KohniMaar! Kya pata kab kaam aa jaye pic.twitter.com/ugDEtRvouz- Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 6, 2017Taapsee tells us that unlike her onscreen persona Shabana, she “hates to hit people.” In fact, she says that she does not relate to her character on any level. “She is a very composed and a controlled person. I am very expressive and hyperactive. She can read between the lines and has a strong sixth sense. I’m very gullible, I take everything at face value,” the actor elaborates.The toughest part of getting into Shabana’s shoes was not the physical aspect of it, contrary to what people think. “I have always been inclined towards sports. What really took a toll on me was the mental bit of it. To give each shot keeping in mind all the characteristics of this girl, who is completely opposite to me, was pretty taxing,” Taapsee reveals.advertisementAnd after back-to-back “intense” films, she is going to take a break and do a fun, glamourous role in Judwaa 2. “After Pink, I decided I won’t shoot a hardcore, intense film. But I started shooting for Naam Shabana just two days after Pink. It has been too intense, it is high time I relax a bit. It’s good that Judwaa 2 came my way. I’m going to dance, wear fancy clothes and all of that,” she says, looking almost relieved.Taapsee is one of those actors who put their foot down and refuse to endorse fairness creams. She earnestly tells us, “I have never used a fairness cream in my life. I don’t think being fair in any way superior to any other colour. And when I started working, I found that being fair has actually backfired for me. I have lost a few films because I’m too fair. Especially down South (she has done several Tamil and Telugu films), they don’t relate this complexion to a girl-next-door. This is something that has not worked for me, so why will I endorse it?”She also appeared in a video alongside Swara Bhaskar about how much cleavage is appropriate. Has Taapsee ever been slut-shamed? “Not to my face, because I can pretty much rip a person apart if that happens. But behind my back, I’m sure people do talk, but that’s how the society is. Just because a female does not walk by the conventional rules, people like to call her by different names like sl*t or b*tch or wh*re or whatever,” the Baby actor says, advising women to make use of the block option if this happens online.”It’s not worth your time and effort attending to such people. They are doing this only to get your attention. And by giving them the attention, you are fulfilling their agenda,” she signs off.ALSO READ | Taapsee Pannu EXCLUSIVE: Proud of my relationship status and the person I’m with ALSO READ: Is Taapsee upset with Varun for using nepotism to favour Jacqueline? She responds ALSO WATCH: Before Naam Shabana, Taapsee Pannu has some work for youlast_img read more

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Mel C felt uncomfortable with her Sport Spice persona

first_imgLondon, Apr 2 (PTI) Singer Mel C says she felt “really uncomfortable” with her Sport Spice persona in the Spice Girls as it was untrue to her real self.The 43-year-old singer, whose real name is Melanie Jayne Chisholm, says the perception of her being a “bolshy, mouthy and aggressive” female was wrong, reported Female First.”In the band, there was power in numbers and we egged one another on. As Sporty Spice, I felt I was portrayed as being quite bolshy, mouthy and aggressive and that has never been me. I felt really uncomfortable with this portrayal.”When youre in your early 20s, you are trying to figure out who you are anyway. I hate confrontation and, in the band, I was the diplomat. Ive always been very low key and put up with stuff. I just got to a point where I realised it wasnt serving me well. I had to take responsibility for myself,” she says. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

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IPL 2017: Afghanistan pioneer Rashid Khan longs for long form

first_imgRashid Khan is the first Afghan to play in the IPL and while he is enjoying his time in the limelight he has not lost sight of his long-term goals.”The target is – I should play test cricket for my country,” the 18-year-old told Reuters in a telephone interview before the game against Gujarat. “That’s my main target, to be called a test cricketer.” (Also read: Rashid Khan turning out to be the X-factor in IPL 2017)Afghanistan are knocking on the door of Test cricket after beating Ireland in last month’s ICC Intercontinental Cup and Rashid said it would be “wonderful” to play a five-day match.Associate teams do not play Test cricket but Afghanistan’s steady progress has boosted their chances of joining ‘Full Members’ like India and Australia in that elite club. (Also read: IPL 2017: Rashid Khan is superstar in the making, says David Warner)For now though, Rashid has to be content with the shorter forms of the game.He says he is using his time in the IPL to learn from elite players, pick the brains of top coaches and get used to performing in front of huge crowds. (Also read: IPL 2017: Rashid Khan, David Warner power Sunrisers Hyderabad to 9-wicket win vs Gujarat Lions)”It’s been a wonderful experience, playing with big names like (David) Warner, Yuvraj (Singh), Kane Williamson. We’ve one of the best coaching staff that includes Tom Moody and (Muttiah) Muralitharan. It changes your game,” he added.”To be part of such a wonderful team also shows that I’ve something and I’m capable of giving.”advertisementRashid impressed immediately against Royal Challengers Bangalore, claiming two wickets, and his googly is so well camouflaged that even Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch could not read it in the match against Gujarat.But he would never have had the chance to shine without Hyderabad’s gamble in the February 20 auction, in which even Imran Tahir, who tops both the one-day and Twenty20 bowling rankings, went unsold.AUCTION SURPRISERashid was touring Zimbabwe with the Afghanistan team when he received a call from his family early one morning asking him to follow the auction.”I woke up and was watching the auction. Imran Tahir’s name came and went. I was a little bit tense and was thinking if he was not taken then how would I be?”It was wonderful to be part of an IPL team. You can’t express that feeling,” he said.South Africa leg-spinner Tahir later joined Pune as a replacement and is the joint highest wicket-taker with Rashid after Sunday’s matches.Hyderabad also signed Rashid’s Afghan team mate Mohammad Nabi, though for a more modest three million rupees.Rashid said his IPL stint would inspire similar dreams in Afghanistan where he and his team mates had to overcome a lack of facilities to make an impression.”It means a lot for Afghanistan cricket. It’s a big thing for a player from an associate member to play in such a big event like IPL,” he said.”It’s a wonderful message to all the players in Afghanistan — that if you work hard and perform well, you can achieve any target.”England’s Ben Stokes was the biggest winner at the auction with Rising Pune Supergiants paying him a staggering 145 million rupees, and while Rashid remains quietly confident of justifying his own price tag he has not decided how he will spend the money.”I have nothing in my mind. I’ve been playing non-stop cricket for the last three months.”I have not been to home for a long time. Once I’m free, get some time and go home, I’d discuss with family and decide what to do with it.”last_img read more

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