AP CM, Jagan congratulate Sindhu on her silver medal

first_imgVijayawada, Aug 19 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy joined the nation in congratulating P V Sindhu on winning silver medal in badminton at the Rio Olympics.”By fighting relentlessly for the gold with commendable spirit, Sindhu stood as an inspiration for scores of Indian youth. We are proud that shes a Telugu girl,” Chandrababu said in a statement.He also complimented her coach and mentor Pullela Gopichand for propelling her to Olympic glory.In a separate statement, Jagan said, “Her fighting spirit would inspire the sports fraternity of the country and the Telugu speaking states in particular and would pave way for many achievements in future.”He also congratulated the parents of Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand on the occasion. PTI DBV NP AJR JMFlast_img

Reva University, Bangalore commences admission process for UG courses: Details

first_imgReva University, Bengaluru has released an admission notification inviting eligible, interested candidates to apply for its full time Bachelor of Technology (BTech), Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Computer Application(BCA), Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law(BA LLB), Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Law (BBA LLB) offered in the various specialisations for the academic session 2016.Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:BCA:  Those interested in applying should have passed PUC/class 12, with at least 45 per cent mark (40 per cent in case of candidate belonging to SC/ST category), from any recognised board/council or as equivalent.BTech: Those interested in applying should have passed in PUC/class 12 examination, with at least 45 per cent marks (40 per cent in case of candidate belonging to SC/ST category), of any board recognised by the respective state governments/central government/union territories or any other qualification recognised as equivalent thereof.The candidates should also possess a good score in REVA University Engineering Entrance Test (REVA EET) or any other equivalent examination conducted by recognised university.The details of all the other courses can be found on the website itself.(Read: Haryana State Sports Council Jobs 2016: Apply now) Selection procedure:A written test and an interview will be conducted for shortlisting and final selection of the candidates.How to apply:Interested, eligible candidates are required to download the application form from the official website. The form can also be obtained from the office of admissions, REVA University.advertisementImportant date:The last date for submission of application form is September 5.Read: Rural Development Department, Tripura hiring Block Resource Persons: Apply before Sep 13 For information on more courses and admissions, click here.last_img read more

Russia stripped of two Beijing Olympic medals for doping

first_imgRussia have been stripped of two medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in doping retests.The IOC says four Russians have been disqualified from the Beijing Games, including Maria Abakumova, who won silver in the women’s javelin, and Denis Alexeev, who helped Russia’s men’s 4×400-meter relay team win bronze.The IOC says distance runner Inga Abitova, who placed sixth in the women’s 10,000, also tested positive. Cyclist Ekaterina Gnidenko has been disqualified from two track events at the 2012 London Olympics after her sample from four years earlier tested positive.The IOC says all four cases involve the steroid turinabol.last_img

SPORT-AFC-U16 2 LAST

first_imgSaudi Arabia coach Mohammed Abdullahy A Alabdali said all Saudi Arabia coach Mohammed Abdullahy A Alabdali said all the teams except India, who will in any case be a part of the U-17 World Cup on the basis of being the hosts, would be under pressure to qualify. “India is the only team which is not under pressure among the other 16, as they have already qualified for the U-17 on the basis of being the hosts. All others need to give their best. We are playing against tough opponents,” the coach said. Champions and third-place finishers twice in the first five AFC U-16 Championships, Saudi Arabia had won the inaugural edition in 1985 and claimed a second title in 1988. Making their 10th appearance in this tournament, Saudi Arabia were crashed out of the last two editions at the group stage and hence are keen to get back their lost glory. “The expectation back at home is high and we need to win this tournament, which we won last in 1988. We have no problem playing any time as the weather is very pleasant.” Iran, too, are making their 10th appearance and have won the championship in 2008. They are one of the strong contenders to win the title. PTI MCS CM CMlast_img read more

OPPO 3

first_imgThe event began in Gurgaon with Ayushmann Khurrana meetingThe event began in Gurgaon with Ayushmann Khurrana meeting and greeting the audiences at the venue, post which he contributed to the painting of the wall along with the kids from the NGO. Ayushmann Khurrana also donated a cheque of INR 2 lakhs to VIDYA Integrated Development for Youth and Adults on behalf of OPPO. On this association Ayushmann Khurrana said, “It feels great to be associated with a social awareness activity and giving my contribution to the betterment of the society. OPPO is doing a great job with this initiative.”About OPPO:At OPPO we design, manufacture, and promote our own products, combining innovative technology with unique design, to ensure our customers always receive the best. After entering the mobile phone market in 2008, OPPO quickly expanded into overseas markets a year later.OPPO mobile phones are currently available in over 20 markets, with the brand already registered in 140 countries as of late 2015.OPPO is the official global partner of International Cricket Council (ICC) starting 2016 and has also entered into a three-year partnership with Football Club Barcelona, Spain. OPPO has Bollywood heartthrobs Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor as its South Asia Region brand ambassadors and Yuvraj Singh as its first sport ambassador. The leading smartphone brand made its entry into the Indian market in early 2014. OPPO Mobiles India Pvt. Ltd. currently has commercial presence in major cities and regions of India. With its growing presence, OPPO aims to provide beautifully designed phones and a flawless camera experience to the young consumers.advertisementBut OPPO doesnt stop there. Using our passion for design and commitment to new technologies, OPPO has made a big impact in the audio-visual market by offering world-renowned, premium Blu-ray players in the United States and across Europe. (MORE) PRNewswire DLlast_img read more

Gareth Southgate wants England manager job permanently: FA

first_imgEngland interim manager Gareth Southgate wants the job on a permanent basis, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said on Thursday.Southgate was in charge of the Under-21 side before taking the senior role for four matches following the sacking of Sam Allardyce.Under Southgate England beat Malta and Scotland in World Cup qualifiers and drew with Slovenia before a 2-2 friendly draw with Spain on Tuesday. (Also read: Spain fight back to snatch draw with England)”He’s (Southgate) made it clear over the last week that he’s convinced he wants the job. Clearly, his candidacy has become much stronger,” Glenn told Sky Sports.”We just need to weigh up the facts and take time to make the right decision. His candidacy is not just based on one or two matches, but because of what we’ve seen over the last couple of years.”When asked about interviewing other candidates, he said: “Potentially. Why would I say anything definite? It’s an interview process and we have to be discreet.”England captain Wayne Rooney apologised on Wednesday after he was pictured drinking at a wedding over the weekend following Friday’s victory over Scotland at Wembley.”Don’t make a drama out of it. We are having a proper investigation into what went on. It’s disappointing. It’s appropriate that he apologised,” Glenn said. (Also read: Gareth Southgate could reject offer of full-time England job)”It doesn’t set a great tone for the England captain. But I don’t want to over-dramatise it either. Were there FA staff involved? We’re establishing the facts.advertisement”Why on earth would you be doing that given there is a team agreement around alcohol consumption during camp? There would be questions asked for sure.”Glenn said he had no intention of speaking to Rooney’s Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who was reportedly unhappy about with the situation.last_img read more

Kluivert tells Roma: I came here to start

first_imgJustin Kluivert has told Roma that he wants to “become a starter”, with the Dutchman determined to work his way off the bench.The 19-year-old winger, who is the son of former Barcelona star Patrick, was a man in demand during the summer transfer window.His exploits after graduating out of a famed academy system at Ajax saw Europe’s top clubs falling over themselves in an effort to secure his signature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Kluivert eventually opted to further his development in Serie A, with the decision taken to avoid joining a truly elite club at this stage of his career.He has had to be patient since arriving in the Italian capital, with two appearances made as a substitute, but he has made it clear that he made a move with the intention of starting every week.Kluivert told Fox Sports: “I want to become a starter, I have joined Roma for just that.”My time has not yet arrived, but I have played several minutes and I’m happy. I’m also satisfied with the training sessions . Things are heading in the right direction.”My house is almost ready and everything is going as planned.“Everyone knew that the start in Rome would be difficult because they expect so much. At Ajax I was freer on the field, while here I have to play more centrally. I feel more and more comfortable though.”Despite having only seen 65 minutes of Serie A football so far, Kluivert does already have an assist to his name – having teed up Edin Dzeko during a 1-0 win over Torino on the opening weekend.last_img read more

Report: Belgium 1 Netherlands 1

first_imgArnaut Groeneveld’s first international goal helped Netherlands to a 1-1 friendly draw and brought Belgium’s run of four consecutive wins to an end.Roberto Martinez’s side had bounced back in style from their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to France – defeating England, Scotland, Iceland and Switzerland – but had to settle for a draw against their neighbours at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.The hosts had started brightly, taking a fifth-minute lead through Dries Mertens’ 16th international goal, but were pegged back in the 27th minute when Groeneveld – making his first start for Ronald Koeman’s side – slotted in from close range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Substitute Michy Batshuayi looked threatening during the second half, but was unable to find a goal that would have extended the Red Devils’ winning streak.Follow the leader leader leader !  @dries_mertens14 #REDTOGETHER 🇧🇪#BELNED pic.twitter.com/MfcUNVnIeJ— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 16, 2018Belgium started in ominous fashion and were soon ahead. Donny van de Beek’s headed clearance went only as far as Mertens, who cracked a stunning half-volley into Jasper Cillessen’s top-left corner from 15 yards.A stretching Romelu Lukaku headed over from Mertens’ cross soon after, while Simon Mignolet thwarted a clean-through Memphis Depay midway through the first half.Koeman’s side then took full advantage of Timothy Castagne’s wayward pass, Depay sliding across the face of goal for Groeneveld to slot under Mignolet from eight yards.Quincy Promes came agonisingly close to handing Koeman’s side the lead soon after, but his fizzing left-foot strike from 25 yards crashed back off the post, while Eden Hazard clipped just past the upright as the sides went into the interval level.Belgium’s Batshuayi – who replaced Lukaku at the break – and Youri Tielemans both flashed efforts wide of Cillessen’s right-hand post within minutes of the restart.The closing stages saw Mignolet paw away Nathan Ake’s header, before the lively Batshuayi almost won it at the other end late on, only for Cillessen to push away his instinctive effort, ensuring a share of the spoils. What does it mean: Belgium fade away after electric startAfter four wins on the spin and an early goal, it would not have been a surprise to see Belgium punish their visitors even further. Netherlands are rejuvenated, however, and – after a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Germany last week – demonstrated they are made of sterner stuff under Koeman.Depay delivers for DutchThe Lyon forward was full of his usual tricks and flicks but had the substance to back up his style. His pass for Groeneveld’s leveller was clinical and he was unlucky not to cap his sparkling display with a goal.Batshuayi blows his chanceBatshuayi looked lively during a second half disrupted by a raft of substitutions, but the Valencia striker will know that the only way to either displace or partner Lukaku in Belgium’s first-choice XI is to finish chances when they fall his way.What’s next?Both sides return to Nations League action in November. Belgium face Iceland and Switzerland in League A Group 2, while Koeman’s side take on World Cup winners France and then Germany in Group 1. read morelast_img read more

Pogba: No regrets over Man Utd return

first_imgPaul Pogba claims to have no regrets at having left Serie A champions Juventus to return to Manchester United in the summer of 2016.The France international became the most expensive player in world football when linking up with the Red Devils for a second time in an £89 million ($116m) deal.Having established himself as a global superstar during a productive four-year spell in Turin, big things were expected of the flamboyant midfielder back in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pogba has failed to win over his critics during struggles for consistency, sparking fresh rounds of speculation regarding his future, but he maintains that he is “very happy” in his current surroundings.He told reporters ahead of another reunion with Juve in the Champions League on Wednesday: “Choosing to come back to United, first of all, was my choice.“Juve were playing Champions League and Manchester were playing Europa. I don’t regret my choice.“I know Manchester in the last few years haven’t been at the top, but I came back to help the team and get them back to the top.“We have a lot goals. For me, it’s not changed, I don’t regret it at all. I’m very happy to come back to United and I’m sure we will come back to the best.”Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19Pogba was able to point to three trophies during his first season back in Manchester when questioned about his on-field form and off-field activity.United were, however, left empty-handed in 2017-18 and have stumbled out of the blocks this term to sit off the Premier League title pace and with vital points having slipped through their grasp in Europe.A reversal in fortune is being predicted by Pogba and the World Cup winner claims to be happy with what he has achieved on a personal level since re-signing for the Red Devils.“I think it’s gone well,” he added. “The first season we won three trophies. Second year we arrived second and went to the final of the FA Cup.“Personally I think it’s been good for me, good for the team, obviously we always expect more and better from ourselves but I think we are on the way. We always can do better, I am happy with my performances and what we achieved in two years.”Quizzed on whether he can help United to get their hands on more major silverware this term, with success demanded rather than longed for at Old Trafford, Pogba said: “Obviously we want to win trophies, that’s for sure.“The first year we won three trophies. This season is not finished yet, so we will see at the end.”last_img read more

Insigne makes history with leveller against PSG

first_imgNapoli star Lorenzo Insigne made a history on Tuesday by becoming the first Italian player to score in five consecutive home Champions League matches. The 27-year-old struck past legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from the penalty spot to earn his side a 1-1 draw with PSG in Tuesday’s Champions League Group C clash. Juan Bernat’s goal had put visiting PSG in front on the stroke of half-time, but a terrible touch at the back from Thiago Silva led to Jose Callejon being knocked down in the box as he pounced on the loose ball.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Insigne made absolutely no mistake from the spot, driving his penalty into the lower corner of the goal to pull his side level, making a small bit of history along the way. 5 – Lorenzo Insigne is the first Italian player in Champions League history to score in five successive home matches in the competition. Poacher. pic.twitter.com/HGueNr5auF — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 6, 2018 Insigne has now scored five goals in his last six Champions League matches, having scored just four times in his previous 17 outings in the competition.While the Italian may be scoring the goals, Slovakian team-mate Marek Hamsik set an impressive mark of his own in the contest. The 31-year-old made his 512th appearance for the Italian side in all competitions, setting the record for the most in club history as he jumped past Giuseppe Bruscolotti.Hamsik made his first competitive appearance for the club in August 2007, with Napoli having just gained promotion to Serie A. The Italian club now sit second in Group C, despite being drawn with both PSG and Champions League runners-up Liverpool. They are also within touching distance of Juventus in Serie A despite the red-hot league start for Cristiano Ronaldo and company, who remain unbeaten through 11 league matches. Napoli return to Serie A action this weekend against Genoa ahead of the international break. They’ll make a return to Champions League action on November 25 with a match against a Red Star Belgrade side who pulled off a shock win over Liverpool on Tuesday.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Virat Kohli left fuming after golden duck

first_imgVirat Kohli couldn’t take his side home in what looked like a simple chase versus the Kolkata Knight Riders as the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper departed for a golden duck in the first over at the Eden Gardens.Chasing a mere total of 132 to win, Kohli chased down a wide ball from Nathan Coulter-Nile, handing an easy catch to Manish Pandey at second slip, who juggled at the first attempt but held onto to it at the second attempt.The 28-year-old however, looked visually upset after throwing his wicket away as he was seen pointing towards the sight screen and showing his discontent to the umpire and saying him something about people moving.Kohli left the field and was still angry at the dug out before he was seen going up into the dressing room.However, Kohli was seen to be calm and said that it was a not big deal in the post match interview to Mike Hussey.”The sightscreen is very small here, one guy got up as the bowler was loading up, that distracted me. Still it wasn’t a big deal. “The RCB captain has scored 160 runs including two fifties in four innings in this season after coming back from a shoulder injury that he picked up in Ranchi against Australia that kept him out of the initial few games of the season.last_img read more

Shuttler B. Sai Praneeth clinches title at Thailand Open Grand Prix

first_imgIndian shuttler B Sai Praneeth lifted his maiden Grand Prix gold title by posting a come- from-behind victory over Indonesian Jonatan Christie in the men’s singles final of the USD 1,20,000 Thailand Open here on Sunday.The third seeded Indian prevailed 17-21 21-18 21-19 over the fourth seeded Indonesian in a contest that lasted an hour and 11 minutes.This is Praneeth’s second consecutive title win, following the Singapore Open victory. He had reached the finals of Syed Modi International in January at Hyderabad, where he lost to Sameer Verma.Praneeth, ranked 24 in the world, did not have an ideal start in the final as he went down in the opening game.Podium tunggal putra #ThailandGPGPhoto : badmintonthaitoday pic.twitter.com/tuWbyyGCM5- Indonesia Badminton (@INA_Bminton) June 4, 2017″I was just focusing on the rallies. It was a difficult match. The rallies were going too long. But I tried to slowly and slowly build up and I am happy I could win. I thank everyone who supported me,” said Praneeth after the match.The Indonesian opened up a 3-0 lead but Praneeth soon caught up with him at 4-4 and it was a close battle till 7-7 before Christie broke free to maintain a slender edge.At one stage, the Indonesian shuttler was leading 14-11 but Praneeth kept breathing down his neck and made it 14-14 with three straight points.After another couple of close points, Christie found himself 18-17 up and quickly sealed off the opening game with three points on the trot.Making a brilliant comeback in the second game, Praneeth surged ahead 5-0 and then 9-3 but failed to maintain his huge lead as his opponent won six successive points to make it 9-9.Thereafter, it was a neck-and-neck battle till 15-15 before the Indian took a slight two-point lead at 17-15.Leading 17-16, Praneeth managed to bag three more points to move ahead 20-16. Although he wasted two game points, he eventually won it 21-18.In the decider, Christie broke away at 2-2 to open up a 7-2 lead and then to 8-3. However, the Indian slowly made his way up with five consecutive points to reduce the margin to 7 -8.Finally Praneeth caught up with him at 9-9 and what followed was a keenly contested affair with none of the shuttlers sparing an inch to each other.At 17-17, Praneeth won two crucial points to take a 19-17 lead but only to concede the advantage.Christie bagged the next two points to tie at 19-19.However, the Indian held on to his nerves to reel off two quick points to wrap up the match and the title in his favour.advertisementlast_img read more

Rory McIlroy hits back after accused of being ‘bored’ by Steve Elkington

first_imgRory McIlroy and Steve Elkington engaged in a social media spat after the Australian took a potshot at the world number two who missed the cut at the U.S. Open on Friday.Elkington, the 1995 PGA Championship winner, suggested that McIlroy had lost interest in adding to his collection of four major championships.”Rory is so bored playiing golf…without Tiger the threshold is prolly 4 majors with 100mill in bank,” Elkington wrote on Twitter.”Nobody more gifted than Rory… Hes so bored playing golf on tour,” Texas-based Australian Elkington wrote in a separate tweet.McIlroy was not amused.”More like 200mil… not bad for a ‘bored’ 28 year old… plenty more where that came from,” replied the Northern Irishman.Elkington said Jack Nicklaus never discussed his earnings, to which McIlroy called out the Australian’s spelling and wrote “That’s why jack designed 100’s of golf courses… and it’s knew… mustn’t have taught grammar in the 50’s.”The exchange came after McIlroy struggled to avoid the brutal Erin Hills rough in a shocking first-round 78 en route to an early exit from the year’s second major.For the first time since 1974, four players head into the weekend tied atop the leaderboard, with Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman and English duo Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood locked at seven-under 137.That foursome does not quite roll off the tongue like the 1974 gang of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd and eventual winner Hale Irwin, but nevertheless.Rain started falling a couple of hours after the end of the second round on Friday night, and with thunderstorms likely on Saturday afternoon, chances are the course will not be firm and fiery.advertisementThe wind is also forecast to be light all day, so birdies should again be plentiful.But the long fescue rough remains a severe punishment for wildly inaccuracy, so precision off the tee will remain of paramount importance, no matter what the conditions.Webb Simpson, the 2012 champion, and fellow American Tyler Light will be the Saturday dew sweepers, teeing off at 8.26 a.m. Central (1336 GMT), with the final pairing of Casey and Harman out at 2.29 p.m. Central (1929 GMT).last_img read more

The end of sporting heroes: Where are the John McEnroes and the Diego Maradonas?

first_imgReading these vastly different memoirs by John McEnroe and Diego Maradona is a reminder that sport once meant something more than money. This is not to say, as old farts always do, that ‘things were better in my day’. The feats of today’s athletes are as thrilling as they always,Reading these vastly different memoirs by John McEnroe and Diego Maradona is a reminder that sport once meant something more than money. This is not to say, as old farts always do, that ‘things were better in my day’. The feats of today’s athletes are as thrilling as they always have been. But sport, for all its omnipresence, has lost its resonance and its influence on wider culture beyond the generating of commerce. Money has reduced our greatest games to a series of bloodless transactions. And so we have the athletes to match. Their talent corralled and coerced into selling products, they’re now primped and varnished creatures whose every word is scripted and every gesture sponsored.At the highest levels, athletes appear stripped of complexity. No longer allowed to say anything political, or to indicate any interest in anything outside the narrow confines of their particular sport and commercial interests. Take Roger Federer, whose gossamer game, a bewitching mix of sinewy strength and frailty, was reduced by Nike each Wimbledon for years to a farcical embodiment of tennis ‘tradition’. Federer was trotted out as some sort of Lord Fauntleroy character, a symbol, in his cream blazer, of the game’s aristocratic pretensions, its clubby snobbery. The timelessness of Federer’s strokes, their aesthetic appeal is translated, in the crude language of advertising, into burnished bourgeois stolidity.McEnroe’s game was almost as sublime as Federer’s, his touch almost as soft. But where Federer, like Bjorn Borg before him, had to rein in his anger, suppress his competitive desire, McEnroe let it spiral into baroque outbursts, ever more extravagant demonstrations of how to lose your s**t on a tennis court. McEnroe likes to think of himself as a rebel, an affront to tennis’s prissiness. Like Jimmy Connors, who brought a gleeful vulgarity to proceedings, McEnroe refused to buy into Wimbledon’s stuffy self-mythologising.advertisementIt’s great that all of McEnroe’s piss and vinegar, the punk insolence of his playing prime, hasn’t curdled into misanthropy. But did it have to dwindle into shtick? But Seriously, a second volume of autobiographical maunderings, is depressing because it is so dull. McEnroe takes us through his post-tennis misadventures in light entertainment and his friendships with a variety of musicians, from Keith Richards to Chrissy Hynde. Neither his name-dropping nor his banal anecdotes serve to amuse, enlighten, or spark an ember of interest. And each yarn is concluded with an exclamatory declaration of the obvious: Who would have thought that John McEnroe would turn into a thundering bore?Thank God, then, for Diego Armando Maradona. Touched By God is his memoir of the 1986 World Cup. Stranded in Dubai, in self-imposed exile, “sitting here in front of one of the many television sets I have in my house in Palm Jumeirah”, Maradona watches every one of Argentina’s games in Mexico. As he watches himself on the pitch where he was the team’s life force, its animating spirit, he recalls how he transformed his country, sunk in post-Falklands War gloom, into world champions and became “the happiest man in the world”. It’s a fantastic story and Maradona’s charisma, unlike McEnroe’s, is intact. He remains crazy, a spiritual outlaw.Those goals against England, of course, are what everyone remembers. The first, when he jumped higher than Peter Shilton, the much taller England goalkeeper, to fist the ball home; the second routinely voted the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup, in which Maradona left a trail of flat-footed English defenders puffing in his wake like comedy cops and Shilton sprawled inelegantly on the turf. In later life, I’ve grown to love the controversial first even more than the unimpeachable second. The second confirmed what everyone already knew-Maradona was the best player on the planet. The first, though, was a gesture of contempt, a refusal to play the game by the rules. It made Maradona a Third World hero, beloved in Bangladesh as much as he was in Buenos Aires for making the English look both stupid and impotent. What Maradona did in 1986 has no equal. Not even Pele so dominated a single World Cup that all other players, all other countries became the backdrop for a one-man drama.Maradona remains glorious. Totemic. Only Muhammad Ali had the same effect on his people. Contemporary athletes are anodyne by comparison, their characters stunted. Where once they represented people, they now shill for big business.last_img read more

Aamir Khans spends last day in Rome with family

first_imgMumbai, Jul 22 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan took time off from his shooting schedule of “Thugs of Hindostan” to spend some quality time with his family.The 52-year-old actor, who was in Malta to film the first schedule of the Yash Raj Films project, flew to Rome for a vacation.He posted two pictures on Twitter. In the first photograph Aamir posed for a selfie with wife Kiran Rao and in the second picture the couple were seen with their son Azad.In the pictures, Aamir was seen sporting the movies look. The actor has got his ears and nose pierced for his role.Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharaya, “Thugs of Hindostan” also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh. PTI SHD SHDlast_img

Real Madrid C.F. edge MLS All-Stars to salvage disappointing tour

first_imgReal Madrid ended a frustrating pre-season tour of the U.S. on a winning note as the Champions League winners beat a Major League Soccer All-Stars side 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Chicago on Wednesday.The Spanish champions took control of the shootout after the MLS side missed their first two spot kicks, with Real keeper Luca Zidane saving Dom Dwyer’s effort before Giovani Dos Santos rattled the bar.Mateo Kovacic calmly slotted home his effort to put Madrid on the brink of victory before left back Marcelo sealed the contest by burying his penalty into the left corner past substitute goalie Stefan Frei in front of 61,000 spectators.Real Madrid had lost to Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona in their first three games of the tour and without FIFA player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, found it difficult to find a way past starting goalkeeper Tim Howard.The visitors finally broke through on the hour mark when 20-year-old prospect Borja Mayoral’s deflected blast nestled into the right corner but Dwyer pounced on a rebound to equalise with three minutes remaining, sending the contest into a shootout.”It was important to go back with the sensation of having won, but of course now we’re going to look forward to the UEFA Super Cup which is an important game coming up,” Mayoral said after being awarded the game’s Most Valuable Player trophy.Real Madrid will face Europa League winners Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8 in Macedonia.advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea rejects blaze a trail through Premier League

first_imgAs Chelsea ponder the nine points separating them from runaway leaders Manchester City, they must wonder how different the table might look had former cast-offs Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah still been in their team.This season’s standout players both exited Stamford Bridge after frustrating periods under former manager Jose Mourinho, who recognised but failed to realise their potential.De Bruyne and Salah each refocused their careers elsewhere in Europe before arriving back in the Premier League bristling with intent – at City and Liverpool respectively.De Bruyne, in particular, has been instrumental in City’s astonishing start to a season in which they have scored 52 goals in all competitions.The Belgian is no one-season wonder, however, and over the past five years only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has recorded more assists in Europe’s top five leagues, with De Bruyne’s performances at City turbo-charged by Pep Guardiola’s arrival as manager.On Saturday, he scored City’s opener in the 3-1 win over Arsenal, exchanging passes with Fernandinho before unleashing an angled drive into the bottom corner.De Bruyne’s performances make Mourinho’s decision to ditch him from Chelsea after just 33 games in two years all the more questionable, although the Portuguese insisted he had his reasons.”He was not training very well. He was saying: ‘I can’t give you more. This is just my way’,” said Mourinho when asked about the departure.Salah received even less of a chance at Chelsea after arriving from Basel soon after De Bruyne left Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg in January, 2014.advertisementThe Egyptian failed to make an impact in 12 months under Mourinho, moving to Fiorentina on loan as a makeweight in a deal in which Juan Cuadrado, another soon-to-be Chelsea misfit, headed the other way.Salah’s switch proved the making of him and, after arriving at Anfield via Roma, the 25-year-old’s impact this season has been great. On Saturday he scored his 11th and 12th goals in 17 games, the best striking record by anyone at the club since Michael Owen in 2001-02, who also reached his 12-goal mark on November 4 that season.STRIKING GREATReuters PhotoNot surprisingly, Salah’s rich scoring seam is delighting manager Juergen Klopp.”I didn’t think if he can score 12 goals or whatever in 17 games,” the Liverpool coach said. “But I hope he’s not finished now!”Owen ended with 28 goals in 43 appearances in 2002 and Salah, who needs just three more to beat last season’s Liverpool top scorer, Philippe Coutinho, could yet join another Reds great, Luis Suarez, as one of the few strikers to notch 30 goals in a season.There is little doubt the presence of De Bruyne and Salah in Chelsea’s ranks would have improved their early results this season.But perhaps both needed the disappointment of their Chelsea rejections to reach their current heights.Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah is another who quit the club this year only to be rewarded with an England call-up. Tammy Abraham, on loan at Swansea City, also made national manager Gareth Southgate’s squad after failing to break through at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is insistent that under his regime, all the club’s young talent has a pathway to the first team and points to his own record as Juventus manager where he nurtured Paul Pogba, who is now playing under Mourinho at Manchester United.But for all Conte’s fine words, it is clear that De Bruyne and Salah were allowed to slip through the net at Chelsea, a mistake so costly it may stop the champions from successfully defending their title.last_img read more

Bad Year Ending, Mets Split With Nats

first_imgWASHINGTON — A series that began with contract extensions for New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson and Manager Terry Collins ended with another frustrating losing season confirmed.Gio Gonzalez struck out a career-high 12 and allowed just one hit through seven innings as the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 3-0 for a split of their day-night doubleheader Sept 25.“I’ve seen a lot of him,” Collins said of Gonzalez. “That’s as good as I’ve seen him.”In the first game, Matt den Dekker singled home the go-ahead run off Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning to help the Mets to a 7-4 victory.Curtis Granderson singled three times and drove in three runs, and Wilmer Flores also singled three times and drove in an insurance run as New York got 15 hits.Those hits disappeared in the nightcap as Gonzalez (10-10) did more than enough against Zack Wheeler (11-11), who allowed three runs over five innings.Drew Storen pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save. That sealed a loss that is New York’s 82nd, guaranteeing a sixth straight losing season. And Collins, who the Mets announced Sept. 23d would be returning in 2015, admitted snapping that streak was a definite goal this season.“It was one of the things we were looking forward to, especially the way we’ve played last month,” said Collins, whose club is 40-34 since July 4. “We were making a comeback, but now we are just worried about finishing strong.”The NL East champion Nationals did their damage off Wheeler in the fourth on a fielder’s choice, a passed ball, and one of three singles by Anthony Rendon.“They hit one ball hard the whole night,” said Wheeler, who allowed four hits and three walks. “It was just one of those games where they were finding holes and they were dropping in. It’s not the way I wanted to go out this year.”Alderson received a contract extension Tuesday through 2017 as an endorsement of the Mets’ rebuilding project. That they can still finish in second place in the NL East is some testament to their progress.The Mets have twice assembled streaks of seven straight losing years since their inception in 1962.Granderson had one of only three Mets hits in the nightcap as he continues a hot September after struggling for much of his first season in Queens. He’s now 10 for his last 24, and has eight multihit games this month.“I’m just getting hits,” said Granderson. “I really wish it was more complicated than that, but sometimes you find a little bit of grass or a couple of holes here or there. That’s really it.”In the opener, Carlos Torres (8-5) pitched the seventh and Jenrry Mejia worked the ninth for his 28th save.Washington’s Blake Treinen allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 1-3 innings, the shortest of his seven spot starts this season, while New York’s Dillon Gee gave up four runs on nine hits over five in his shortest outing since July 24.Clippard (7-4) allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning.Granderson opened New York’s scoring in the first with a single off Treinen, and drove in two more in a three-run fifth off reliever Xavier Cedeno.The Nationals responded for three runs in the bottom of the inning. But then, the Mets got to the usually reliable Clippard.Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch to lead off. Juan Centeno reached on a fielder’s choice that retired Tejada, stole second, and scored on den Dekker’s single. Den Dekker reached second on the throw and scored from there on Flores’ infield single.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

A 911 Ad Rattles Super Bowl Air

first_imgNo celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying “No more.” This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house.The Super Bowl commercial by No More, the group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, is a stark contrast to ads in recent months bringing attention to the issue that has become central for the NFL since Ray Rice was suspended for punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.The new ad has become a topic for discussion around the Super Bowl.American Idol winner Jordan Sparks, daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, said what the NFL has gone through with domestic violence has helped publicize where women can call for help or find a safe haven. Sparks said it’s great that people aren’t being silent about domestic violence anymore.“So it’s unfortunate all the way around for whomever is involved in those sorts of things and for the teams having to deal with the media and all of those different things,” Sparks said. “But at the same time for other domestic violence victims to know they can speak up that’s all that’s important, that’s all that matters.”In the ad, the 911 call is a reenactment inspired by true stories of women using the tactic of disguising their calls while reaching out for help. No actors are seen in the stark ad; video shows only a house where a hole has been smashed in a wall, with books and photos knocked to the floor.The ad concludes with the phrase: “When it’s hard to talk, it’s up to us to listen.” It had already more than 482,000 views on YouTube by Jan. 29.The ad will air Feb. 1 just after the second quarter between Seattle and New England. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said it can only help by bringing more attention to the issue.“I think anytime you talk about domestic violence it is going to have a meaningful effect, you want to eliminate that as part of society,” Sherman said.Seattle linebacker Heath Farwell said the ad is key to better communication.“Guys realizing this (is) an issue, and you know it’s not just football, it’s across this county, these are the issues we have to address and to get better at,” Farwell said.Domestic violence has been a critical issue for the NFL for nearly a year since Ray Rice was arrested Feb. 15 over an altercation at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino. The Baltimore running back initially was suspended two games, then indefinitely after video from inside an elevator surfaced showing him hitting his now wife, Janay.An arbitrator threw out the indefinite suspension in December. He was released by the Ravens and has not signed with another team.NFL players have been featured in ads from No More since October airing weekly.Patriots coach Bill Belichick said New England supports the league’s efforts against domestic violence. Belichick said it has been a priority for New England owner Robert Kraft since he was hired.The Patriots gave up their draft rights to defensive tackle Christian Peter a week after taking him in the fifth round in 1996 because of questions about his history with women.“So it’s always been that way for us, for our organization, and obviously we support everything in that area,” Belichick said. “But what the league decides to do relative to things like that, you know, it’s not really my pay grade.”(TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chelsea Recovers from Opening-round Loss to Beat Tottenham

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Marcos Alonso’s double reignited Chelsea’s title defense by securing a 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris blundered to enable the champions to recover from its opening weekend loss.It was a gloomy start to Tottenham’s temporary residency at Wembley Stadium after going unbeaten throughout its final season at White Hart Lane before it was demolished to make way for a new venue.Tottenham had been well placed to salvage a draw when Alonso’s first-half free kick was canceled out by Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi inadvertently heading the ball into his own net in the 82nd minute just after coming off the bench.But within six minutes Chelsea was back in front and Batshuayi’s blushes were spared. Lloris threw the ball out to Victor Wanyama and Pedro Rodriguez disposed the Tottenham midfielder. The ball was then thread through for Alonso, whose shot squirmed under the normally reliable Lloris in the Tottenham goal.Last season’s top two now have a win apiece after Tottenham opened the season with a victory over Newcastle last Sunday. Chelsea was left demoralized after it opened its title defense by losing at home to Burnley.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more