first_imgResuming the debate, Channi again hit out at the Badals,Resuming the debate, Channi again hit out at the Badals, alleging that they only worked for their “own interest”, leading to heated exchanges between the ruling benches, led by Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha, and the Opposition MLAs.Intervening, senior Congress leader Lal Singh told the Speaker that opposition members should not be disturbed while debating on the no-confidence motion.”You are scared,” Channi said while pointing towards the Treasury benches.However, Valtoha and other Akali MLAs said they will not allow the proceedings of the House to run until Channi apologised for using “unparliamentary words”.Akali MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala, who was in the Speakers seat at that time, asked Channi not to make a personal attack.The House saw unruly scenes with both the ruling parties and opposition members raising slogans against each other.Wadala, who too was sporting an Akali Dal badge, was asked to remove it by the opposition members.However, he refused and said, “Tomorrow, you will ask me to remove my blue turban. I will not remove the badge. I am impartial.”In the meantime, Atwal came back and seeing the unruly scenes, said the opposition did not want the proceedings of the House to run smoothly.He then ordered a voice vote to be taken on the no-confidence motion which was defeated. Thereafter, he adjourned the House.After the motion fell through, Congress members rushed to the Well of the House and threw papers towards the Speakers chair. Channi even stood up on his seat and started raising slogans against the SAD-BJP combine. PTI CHS VJ RC SK RCadvertisementlast_img read more

VISION OLYMPICS 2020: Lets Win 20+ Medals for India in Tokyo

first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). VISION OLYMPICS 2020: Lets Win 20+ Medals for India in Tokyo 2020 OlympicsBANGALORE, Sept 20/PRNewswire/ — Mr. Imran Khan, a visionary entrepreneur, has founded Indias 1st online sports academy vision-olympics, under the aegis of Vision Olympics Foundation, a non-profit trust with a vision to win 20+ medals for India in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Here, more than 40 sports have been listed. By clicking on a few buttons any Indian athlete from any background can register for their choice of sport.Mr. Imran is putting his maximum efforts to set this vision for 130 billion Indians, as he believes India can make it possible when all Indians have 1 vision.To make it possible they are launching India Bike Rally on 5th November 2016 in 3 phases, where a team of bikers travel across India to spread awareness and to set this vision for India.1st phase – Bangalore to Delhi and Delhi to Bangalore Bike Rally will be launched on 5th November 2016 where they are covering Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, handigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Indore and Hyderabad.2nd Phase – 3 days South India Bike Rally covers Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum, and 3 days North India Bike Rally covers Srinagar, Shimla and Dehradun will be launched on 26th January 2017.(MORE) PRN AKGlast_img read more


first_imgIn the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is best-ranked from either side in third place with 876 points, just two points behind Englands Joe Root in a list led by Australia captain Steve Smith with 906 points. Indias Ajinkya Rahane is the other batsman in the series inside the top 10 in eighth position, while experienced New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (14th) and India captain Virat Kohli (16th) will be aiming to break into the top 10. India will be targeting to seize back the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings from arch rival Pakistan by winning the series against New Zealand. A 1-0 or 2-1 win will take India to 111 points but ahead of Pakistan on decimal points while a 2-0 win will see India clearly ahead at 113 points. A 3-0 win will move it to 115 points. New Zealand, which is currently on 95 points, will remain at seventh position with any of these margins with the maximum drop to 91 points in case it loses all three matches. A 1-1 series draw will result in India dropping to fourth position on 108 points and New Zealand rising to fifth spot on 97 points. If New Zealand is able to edge India by 1-0 or 2-1, it will move to fifth position at 100 points with India one slot ahead on fourth position with 104 points. New Zealand can overtake India to take fourth position only with an improbable 3-0 win. If India goes to the top of the rankings, it would be doing so for the third time this year and fourth overall. Apart from its short stay at the top in August, it was also top-ranked in January-February this year. Its longest stint at the number-one position was from November 2009 to August 2011. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

All new BMW 5 Series unveiled; India launch in 2017

first_imgBMW finally took the wraps off the all new BMW 5 series and honestly, the new sedan looks absolutely stunning and we can’t wait to get our hands on this beauty when it comes to India next year. What’s new about the 2017 5-series is that the luxury sedan gets an improved turbo engine with a boost of almost 35 hp in the overall power from its predecessors. We tell you more about the all new BMW 5 series.Design:The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting with the kidney grille. The adaptive full LED headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option. With adaptive full LED headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille.2017 BMW 5 SeriesALSO READ:BMW Z4 is fun and interesting little carThe low-slung, expressive and width-accentuating design of the rear end points to the dynamic, direct handling of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. The rear lights reach deep into the sides of the car, creating a visual connection between its flanks and rear end. Cutting-edge LED bars enable a slim interpretation of the hallmark BMW “L” shape and underline the width of the new sedan. Another defining element of the rear end are the exhaust tailpipes, which are now arranged symmetrically on both sides on all model variants.2017 BMW 5 SeriesDimension:The all-new BMW 5 Series sedan remains the quintessential midsize sport sedan. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 30mm longer than the outgoing model 7.62 mm wider and 15.24mm taller. Its wheelbase measures 2974.34mm, an increase of 5mm.advertisementALSO READ: BMW Motorrad to unveil two new motorcycles at IntermotEngine:The all new BMW 5 series will come with two engine options- a new 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder inline engine in the BMW 530i supersedes the gasoline unit previously fitted in the BMW 528i. The turbocharged direct injection engine delivers its peak output of 248 hp and puts its maximum torque of 349Nm. The BMW 530i sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds (5.8 seconds with xDrive) and reaches a top speed of 209kmph.2017 BMW 5 SeriesThe range-topping engine for the time being can be found in the new BMW 540i and generates 335 hp. The 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder musters up a mighty 450Nm of torque. The BMW 540i sedan powers from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and top speed is electronically-limited to 209kmph.Features:ALSO READ:BMW to recall over 156K X3, X4 models over defects in child seats2017 BMW 5 Series The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), the new and improved Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go.Launch Date:2017 BMW 5 Series While the all new BMW 5 Series will have its Europe launch in February  2017, we can expect the luxury sedan to enter the Indian market sometime by April 2017.ALSO READ: Own a Merc or BMW? Then guard its monogramlast_img read more

Taiwan to export USD 500-mn textile products to India in 5 yrs

first_imgMumbai, Nov 24 (PTI) The Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) is bullish on domestic textile sector and is looking to export textiles products worth around USD 500 million to India in the next five years.”India is a very dynamic market with lot of potential and scope for Taiwanese companies. Our focus is to tap new business opportunities in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka where there is huge demand for innovative knit and woven textile products (performance & functional) like synthetic, fancy, functional etc as well as garment accessories,” Taiwan Textile Federation Overseas Market Development Sean Tsai said.Tsai said this on the sideline of buyer-seller meet here.”We aim to export around USD 500 million worth of functional textiles in the next five years to India. The bilateral trade between India and Taiwan has grown from USD 1.19 billion in 2001 to USD 6 billion in 2014,” Tsai added.For over 10 years, the TTF had been organising buyer-seller meet in India and has been quite successful in connecting and supplying our innovative and trendy textiles to the leading fashion garment exporters as well domestic brands in India, he added.Organised by the TTF and the Bureau of Foreign Trade and represented by Worldex India Exhibition & Promotion, Taiwan Textile Fair showcased Taiwans innovative and value-added yarns, fabrics, trimmings and clothing accessories were displayed to apparel exporters, fashion brands and labels, retailers, importers, distributors based in Mumbai.Taiwanese textile industry is known in the world for its innovative and high-quality products and are sourced by leading global brands for sports and active wear, outdoor wear, functional wear, formal wear, suiting and shirting by leading global brands such as such as DKNY, S. Oliver, C&A, Victorias Secret, GAP, Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein, H&M, Marks & Spencer, TESCOUK, Tommy Hilfiger etc.advertisementSome of the leading exporters and brands in India that are already sourcing from Taiwan include Shahi Exports, Gokaldas Images, Madura Garments, Wildcraft, Moxi Sports, and Proline India. PTI AP ARS ABI BASlast_img read more

What is Messi’s record against English teams?

first_imgLionel Messi. For years, we have all speculated what would it be like to see a player of his talent come to England and play in the Premier League.Now it looks like that will never happen, and we are only treated to fleeting glimpses when he gets to run riot against the Premier League’s top sides in the Champions League.Messi put on a masterclass on Wednesday to down Tottenham, capping his performance with two calm finishes to score past his World Cup nemesis Hugo Lloris. 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! But how did Barcelona’s talisman perform on his previous visits to England, and against Premier League clubs home and away?Messi struggled during his early appearances against Premier League sides as it took him nine games against English clubs before he contributed to a goal – an assist for Andres Iniesta against Chelsea in the 2009 Semi-final.On top of this, when he makes the trip from Spain to England, he is nowhere near as prolific, compared to his overall record, scoring just six goals in 14 games played in England.His 10th appearance against an English club saw the Barca forward finally break his goal duck. Manchester United were his victims with a memorable header in the 2009 Champions League final in Rome.Since then, the Argentine has caught fire, scoring 19 in his next 17 appearances against Premier League opposition, including a spectacular hat-trick against Manchester City and a memorable four-goal haul against Arsenal. Messi is currently on a run of six consecutive games against English clubs where he has scored, which does not bode well for Spurs.Messi’s favourite English opponent is Arsenal. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been a constant thorn in the Gunners’ side, netting nine times in just six outings against the London club.Chelsea were a club Messi seemingly couldn’t get to grips with, failing to score in his first eight outings against the Blues. During this period, he also missed a penalty in the 2012 semi-final which cost his team a place in the final.When you talk about Messi’s goalscoring record against English clubs, a slow start really skews how good he actually has been. Overall his record stands at 29 appearances, 22 goals and six assists. No other country’s teams have suffered as much as England against the Argentine, as 28 total goal contributions additionally mark his best record in the European competition by nation.Messi’s record against English clubs. Team Appearances Goals Assists Arsenal 6 9 1 Chelsea 10 3 3 Liverpool 2 0 0 Man United 4 2 1 Man City 6 6 1 Tottenham 1 2 0last_img read more

UEFA ramps up women’s football funding by 50%

first_imgUEFA has announced it will increase the amount of funding it supplies towards women’s soccer in a bid to continue its rise in popularity.UEFA has committed to a 50 per cent increase in financial backing through its Women’s Football Development Programme (WFDP) – rising to a total of €150,000 (£131,000/$173,000) per year to each of its 55 member associations from 2020.The WFDP forms part of the UEFA HatTrick programme, which has been funded by revenues from European Championship competitions since 2004, allowing projects to be invested in from elite to grassroots levels of the game. 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! UEFA’s pledge comes in support of the #WhatIf campaign, an initiative launched five months ago by the organisation Women in Football, which strives to change attitudes towards women working in football.Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President, said: “The potential for women’s football is limitless and it is with this in mind Uefa has taken the step to increase the funding available to the national associations to help improve the women’s game across the continent.”Head of Women’s Soccer at UEFA, Nadine Kessler, added: “The pace of this sport’s growth is impressive, and our increasing investments clearly show how dedicated we are to accelerating this pace. We are getting ready to take on the next challenges and reach new heights.”Women’s soccer’s popularity is on the rise, with UEFA’s 2017 European Championship tournament bringing in a worldwide audience of 178 million viewers, as well as record attendance figures of over 240,000.last_img read more

Dybala: I didn’t insult Mourinho

first_imgJuventus forward Paulo Dybala insists he “didn’t insult” Jose Mourinho after seeing the Manchester United manager taunt Bianconeri fans after a fiery Champions League clash.The Portuguese was in high spirits following a dramatic 2-1 victory for his side in Turin and revelled in making the home support aware of who had emerged victorious, as he cupped his ear towards the stands.His actions once again proved divisive, with former United favourites Paul Scholes and Gary Neville offer contrasting opinions on his antics, and a number of Juve players confronted him at the time. 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! Argentina international Dybala was among those to approach the United boss, along with Leonardo Bonucci, but he insists there was no war of words between the pair.He told Sky Sport Italia: “I just told him that there was no need to make that gesture.“There was no need to create more tension than there already was, sometimes you get insulted and it’s bad, but to create more tension than there already is…“I told him there was no need, I didn’t insult him. I just told him that and left.”Dybala had drawn a blank against United before Mourinho took centre stage, having previously netted the winner against the Red Devils in an initial European clash between two heavyweight outfits at Old Trafford.Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, JuventusCristiano Ronaldo recorded Juve’s solitary effort in their most recent outing, with the Portuguese disappointed to end up on the losing side against his former employers.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has starred for the Bianconeri after making a slow start to a spell in Italy and Dybala believes he can thrive alongside a modern day legend, if Massimiliano Allegri gives him the chance.He added: “The boss has given us a little more freedom to move around and I think that way we can do more damage to our opponents.“Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who moves to the left more, but he moves around a lot and in fact the goal I scored in Manchester came from his cross from the right.“When Mario [Mandzukic] plays he’s more of a reference point, and then there’s also Douglas and [Federico] Bernardeschi, so we have a lot of options in attack.“I think the coach definitely finds it difficult to put all of us in, because we’re playing really well and there’s a really good level in attack. I don’t think it’s easy for him.”last_img read more

Shane Bond backs Jasprit Bumrah’s inclusion for Champions Trophy

first_imgIndian Premier League’s table toppers Mumbai Indians’ death-over specialist Jasprit Bumrah should get the nod in India’s ICC Champions Trophy squad, feels the franchise’s bowling coach Shane Bond.”I will be surprised if he is not in it the squad. He will be a good bowler in all formats. At the moment he is a good ODI and T20 bowler,” the former New Zealand fast bowler said on Tuesday.Bumrah has been the go-to bowler to bowl at the death for MI this season due to the indifferent form of Sri Lanka’s sling-arm pacer Lasith Malinga.The 23-year-old bowler has taken 9 wickets in eight IPL games this season, the second-best for the team after New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan (12).The Ahmedabad-born cricketer had played for India in the team’s last ODI against England at Kolkata in January. In 11 ODIs, since his debut against Australia at Sydney in January, 2016, Bumrah has captured 22 wickets.Bond, who was among the fastest bowlers in his prime before injuries cut short his international career after just 18 Tests in which he scalped 87 wickets, was impressed with the current crop of Indian bowlers.”India have been playing their cricket at home. Ravichandra Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja are phenomenal in these conditions. But it has allowed the seam bowlers to come and make real impact and bowl quick. Umesh Yadav has developed as a bowler.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t played much and the benefits of his rest can be seen as his pace has come up again. So, when India play away from home, they have got a seam bowling attack which is going to be a handful, given the right conditions,” said the 41-year-old from Christchurch.advertisementBond also heaped praise on Hardik Pandya and said the Baroda allrounder, along with Bumrah, adds balance to the MI squad.”Bumrah is a world class white-ball bowler and his reputation as a death bowler. He does bowl good yorkers. We try him with Hardik, get them to use range of variations, because people know Bum’s yorkers are so good,” Bond said.Praising Pandya for his all-round skills, Bond felt his work load needed to be monitored as well.”Hardik is our quickest bowler along with Bumrah at the moment. I am really pleased with the way he is coming along and developing. He has got a lot on his plate. He’s a genuine all-rounder, so we have to be very careful about managing his bowling,” said Bond, who scalped 147 wickets in 82 ODIs.He was also pleased with the performance of MI bowlers, in the T20 League so far. “I am really happy with the performance of the bowling group, not just the quick bowlers. We are lucky that Harbhajan Singh and Krunal Pandya are also bowling well. Karn Sharma got a game last night and did well.”When we take the field, we are planned and have lot of good strategies in place. We have bowlers who are capable of going and delivering out there,” he saidHe was also satisfied that the MI bowlers had been able to restrict the opposition batsmen to scores of around 160 despite the rivals getting off to some good starts.last_img read more

ICC’s USD 400 million offer far less than what India deserve: Amitabh Choudhary

first_imgBCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said the USD 400 million offer given by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to India was “far less than what the country deserves”, seeing BCCI’s contribution to global cricket revenues.”Because it is far less than what India deserves fairly,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Choudhary as saying to a leading daily when asked why he did not agree to the settlement deal.The BCCI secretary contended that India contributed 70 percent of the global cricket revenue and, therefore, it was natural for India to get the lion’s share.”Why do you forget that a disproportionate share of revenues to cricket comes from India? It’s very easy and misleading to say that India is getting a disproportionate share,” he said.”The facts are that over 70 per cent of cricket’s revenue world over comes from the Indian market. That [the $293 million offered by the ICC] is not even close to the contribution that India makes,” he added.ALSO WATCH: To say India was to get USD 570 million is not true: Shashank Manohar to India TodayThe ICC on Thursday abolished the “Big Three system” and approved a new financial model after its meet in Dubai, under which the BCCI will receive 293 million dollars from 2016 to 2023. Previously, the board was drawing an amount of 570 million dollars due to its Big Three formula.This might not have gone down well with the Indian board as the new model eats into its share.ICC independent chairman Shashank Manohar had initially offered a compromise formula of an additional 100 million dollars, which would push the BCCI’s share to almost 400 million dollars.advertisementHowever, BCCI rejected this with a counter-offer under which it would still get its 570 million dollars but no other full member’s share would be reduced.Manohar, while presenting the finance model for the first time in February, had said the basic premise was to allow every member country to get an equitable share. BCCI had objected to this, saying it could not accept the finance model without any scientific basis.Choudhary further said that any decision on revoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) could only be taken by the BCCI, which has called for a special general body meeting (SGM) on May 7.With the new revenue model getting the nod, BCCI will now have to do with what they have in the eight-year cycle. The England Cricket Board received 143 million dollars while Zimbabwe Cricket received 94 million dollars.The remaining seven Full Members will receive 132 million dollars each. The Associate Members will receive a funding of 280 million dollars. This model was passed by a vote of 13 to 1.last_img read more

Students should focus on studies, let elders deal with bigger

first_imgissues: JK CMSrinagar, May 14 (PTI) The people of Jammu and Kashmir have to choose between peace and violence, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today as she asked students to focus on their education by letting the elders address bigger issues.”The people here need to decide…they need to think what they want and how they want it. (Whether) by pelting stones, by killing bright children like (young army officer) Ummer Fayaz or a bank employee or a youth working in police (who work hard for earning their livelihood) or by resorting to looting banks and weapons?”Are we not, God forbid, strangulating Kashmiriyat (by such acts)? I am hopeful that people here are fundamentally peace-loving and prefer brotherhood and would not forget the teachings of Kashmiriyat or co-existence with every religion,” she said.The chief minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in her home constituency of Anantnag in south Kashmir.On being asked about the student protests across the valley, Mehbooba said the students should focus on their education and leave the bigger issues to the elders.”They all are our children whether they study in schools or not. I think our children are intelligent and I have said it time and again that wherever our children go, whether in sports or education or KAS and IAS examinations or out of the country, they excel.”But unfortunately, I think someone has cast an evil eye on their intelligence, on the people of Kashmir and this beautiful valley. I feel the children should study and the bigger issues should be addressed by the elders,? she said.advertisementShe also appealed the parents and teachers to help the children focus on their studies.Incidentally, the chief minister had yesterday met 21-year-old football coach Afshan Ashiq. A photograph that captured her hurling stones in rage at policemen has become the new defining image of stone pelters in the valley.The PDP leader also raised the issue of corruption and how it takes a backseat when the valley witnesses law and order situation.”Corruption is a big issue. Unfortunately when the situation deteriorates here, all our attention shifts towards maintaining law and order. All other issues ? like of development and corruption ? remain somewhere behind,” she added. PTI SSB SRYlast_img read more

Asus ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) India launch set for today

first_imgAsus will launch a new smartphone called the Asus ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) in India today. The launch event is set to happen in New Delhi at 1 PM. To recall, the smartphone was initially launched back in February this year and is said to target on the selfie enthusiasts as the Asus ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) comes packed with real-time beautification camera.Asus a few days ago sent out a press invite for today’s event which along with the event date mentions #GoLive, which tips the imminent launch of the ZenFone live in India today. As mentioned earlier, the highlight of the ZenFone live is its beautification camera, which is a live-streaming app which enables the users to not only capture beautiful selfie but also removes blemishes in real-time.Furthermore, the smartphone also comes packed with inbuilt MEMS microphones that come with the ability to detect and eliminate unnecessary background noise delivering a noise free musical experience to the users.Also Read: Asus ZenFone Go (ZB552KL) with 5.5-inch display goes on sale today exclusively on AmazonIn terms of specification, the Asus ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with 720×1280 pixels resolution and runs on ZenUI 3.5 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Further, the smartphone will pack a screen-to-body ratio of 75 percent.ZenFone Live is expected to be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. Further, the device will be announced with two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB internal storage, like it was initially announced back in February. The storage space is said to further expand up to 128GB via a microSD card.advertisementOn the camera front, the Asus ZenFone Live will feature a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and which is also expected to come with several other features like — f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, and LED flash. On the front, the smartphone is said to sport a 5-megapixel selfie snapper which comes along with f/2.2 aperture, 1.4-micron pixel size, and soft light LED flash. Further, the front camera also comes along with several other camera modes like — low Light, manual mode, night and selfie. Further, the ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) will come packed with a 2650mAh non-removable battery which is expected to deliver decent battery backup.last_img read more

Roger Federer seeks to reignite comeback bid after Stuttgart stumble

first_imgAfter his comeback was cut short by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart last week, Roger Federer is eager to get a win under his belt in the opening round of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle as the Swiss gears up for another tilt at Wimbledon.Federer, who was stunned 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 by 302nd ranked German Haas, faces Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun in his opening game in Halle, a tournament the 18-times grand slam champion has won eight times.”A comeback is never simple, especially on grass where margins are so slim,” Federer, who sat out the entire claycourt season to prepare his bid for an eighth Wimbledon crown, was quoted as saying by the ATP website. (www.atpworldtour.com)”It’s important for me, especially after the Stuttgart week, to come here and make sure I win my first-round match and get going … The history I have here, having come and played well so often, definitely should help me to play good tennis this week.”I want to take the right decisions on the tennis court. I don’t want to question myself too much. I’ll have the right focus and mindset, that point-by-point mentality.”Federer had no regrets about missing the French Open to focus on Wimbledon but said it was a move he was unlikely to repeat.”It was a decision that was taken within a couple of days,” Federer added. “For a long time the schedule was to play Paris but all of a sudden I just felt that I wouldn’t be comfortable doing it.advertisement”I didn’t want to compromise the goal of the grasscourt season, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and beyond … But it’s not a trend that I might follow in the future. I don’t know what the future holds. This was just a one-off decision.”last_img read more

Oly preparations sportpersons to be given scholarships: Goel

first_imgAizawl, Jun 27 (PTI) Union Sports minister Vijay Goel today said as part of Olympics preparations 1000 sportpersons would be provided scholarships during the next eight years.1000 sportpersons would be provided Rs 5 lakh scholarship each as part of the preparations for the Olympics in 2020, 2024 and 2028, Goel told reporters here.The Union Sports minister said training would be provided to Mizo youths who excelled in sports.If good training facilities were not available inside the state, they would be trained in other states.He said the National Sports University would soon be established in neighbouring Manipur. Goel had yesterday announced that a Football Academy would be set up at the Mizoram Football Association (MFA) football ground in Sairang village near Aizawl. He said that the Football Academy would be set up in view of the recent excellent performances of Mizoram teams in national lever football tournaments. PTI HCV RGlast_img read more

We weren’t allowed to play cricket with boys because culture was different, says Pakistan captain Sana Mir

first_imgAhead of the high-profile encounter against India at the ICC Women’s World Cup, Pakistan women’s team is looking to take inspiration from the men’s team which won the ICC Champions Trophy by beating Virat Kohli’s side in the final last month. India and Pakistan clash on Sunday at Derby.Pakistan women’s cricket has grown over the years however they remain an “unpredictable team” and can spring a “surprise” in any game. Pakistan have not had the best of the start to the Women’s World Cup in England with defeats against South Africa and England in their first two matches.On Sunday the Sana Mir-led team takes on a high-flying Mithali Raj’s girls, who have been in a red hot form with comfortable victories over the favourites England and West Indies.”We were not allowed to play on the roads with the boys because the culture was quite different. People would ask why a girl is playing cricket. In the last five-six years, I have seen massive change in the perception, massive change in the number of girls participating on the streets and in the ground,” Sana Mir told ICC.Sana Mir said Pakistan’s victory at the Champions Trophy is a morale booster.”It’s a morale booster for all Pakistanis. We have been struggling with getting international cricket back home, we have been struggling at big tournaments and I think winning the Champions Trophy is a huge morale booster for the nation and we are all very proud of the way the boys have played,” she said.advertisementPakistan batter Nain Abidi said the whole nation is backing the women’s team and also thanked Pakistan Cricket Board for its help.”The whole nation is now backing us and following us. Lot of people are now aware of women’s cricket. There are lot of people who are following us on social media. We got a lot of messages form the men’s team. They are saying that now it’s yor turn to do it,” Nain Abidi said.”The Pakistan Cricket Board is helping us all the way. Even though we are not winning matches and tournaments, they continue to back us because they know we are talented, skillful and have the potential to o well.In the history of women’s One-Day Internationals (ODI), India have faced Pakistan seven times and won on all occasions.”We were not allowed to play cricket with the boys because the culture was different.”Pakistan, and women’s cricket, has come a long way. pic.twitter.com/ZcGDMK3qR4- ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2017last_img read more

We hold an upper hand against South Africa, says India’s Veda Krishnamurthy

first_imgIndia’s Veda Krishnamurthy is confident her side can keep up its perfect record at the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup when it takes on South Africa at Grace Road on Saturday.Having already beaten England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, victory against South Africa would see India progress to the semi-finals.And Krishnamurthy believes India hold the upper hand against South Africa and knows its strengths and weaknesses with the white ball.She said: “We’re quite confident for the game against South Africa because in the last four or five games we have played against them we have done well. We are aware of their team, we know what combinations and players are there, so we can play according to our strengths.””We played them a couple of months back so we know their strengths and weaknesses, so we will be working towards them.””We are more compact than them, because individually, South Africa are very good, but when it comes to collective performance, they really depend on their main players to do well,” he added.South Africa, who are currently sitting fifth in the table with two wins, a defeat and a washout, is looking to bounce back after losing to England after the host spanked the fifth highest score in World Cup history to win by 68 runs.But captain Dane van Niekerk believes her bowlers can reproduce the team’s stunning form that saw South Africa bowl the West Indies out for 48 in Leicester.She said, “Our bowlers don’t like getting hit like that, I am sure they will come back firing even stronger so I’m excited to see what they will do in the next few days and how they are going to go about their work.”advertisement”It doesn’t mean their skills have gone away in just one game, and it doesn’t mean the West Indies game was a fluke. We are a good bowling side, every team in the world has had days like this. We’re going back to Leicester where it’s going to be a lot different conditions-wise. We’ll go back to what we know and try and hit our lengths. We need to have a plan and execute our plans,” she said.”India are a brilliant batting side, they have a lot of spinners and they are on a high. They are playing really good cricket at the moment and they are the ones to beat.””They had a bit of a stumble against Pakistan but they won that game convincingly. We’re lucky that we’ve played them a few times recently so everything is still fresh in the memories. None of the games we have played against them have been runaway games. It’s been really good cricket so I’m excited to take them on,” she added.Squads:South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty. Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt, Odine KirstenIndia:Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smrti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Poonam, Nuzhat Parween, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma, Smriti Mandhana.last_img read more

Virat Kohli and Co. unwind after Team India’s historic win in Colombo

first_imgIndia demolished Sri Lanka in the Colombo Test to take an unbeatable lead in the three-match series on Sunday. And like in Galle, they did it with more than a day to spare.And when the boys have time on their hands, what do they do? They chill by the pool! On Monday, which would have been day five of the second Test had Sri Lanka shown more spunk and fight.India had piled on a massive 622/9 in the first innings and R Ashwin’s 26th five-for had given the world number one tourists a 439-run lead. Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on but Sri Lanka put up a strong resistance in their second gig, thanks to hundreds from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis.Both men scored hundreds and gave Sri Lanka a bit of respectability against the most dominant Test team in the world. However, the pitch still offered plenty of turn and bounce and it was only a matter of time before Ravindra Jadeja turned on the magic and completed a well-deserved five-wicket haul to give India their first innings win in Sri Lanka.Soon after the demolition job, the Indian cricketers were seen chilling.While Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli posed for a “Friendship Day” picture, the Indian skipper additionally posted an image of him with the Great Khali – not often do you see the world’s most consistent batsman towered by someone – on this occassion he certainly was.And Team India finally hit the pool again to recuperate from the grinds of a Test match.advertisementJadeja has been suspended for the third and final Test for breaching the ICC code of conduct but that did not hamper the mood of a team which is on a high.It was Great to meet The Great Khali, what a guy!  pic.twitter.com/FoUhHMWFcX- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 6, 2017Teda hai par mera hai.. Wish you all a very happy friendship day.. Have great fun and full masti @imVkohli @cheteshwar1 pic.twitter.com/krqtM3E4t8- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 6, 20172-0 #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/10V1xaOEig- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2017last_img read more

India vs Australia 3rd T20I called off due to wet outfield, series ends 1-1

first_imgThe India-Australia Twenty20 international series was drawn after the third match was abandoned because of a wet outfield on Friday.The umpires decided the outfield at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium was unfit for play within an hour of the scheduled start of play, much to the disappointment of the 30,000-strong crowd.India won the first T20 and Australia the second.Earlier, India won the five-match one-day international series 4-1.With no play possible in the third T20I in Hyderabad, the two captains @imVkohli and @davidwarner31 share the @Paytm Trophy. pic.twitter.com/Jq33HqEysJ- BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2017Australia head home to prepare for the Ashes, with the first Test in Brisbane starting on November 23.AP PhotoIndia, meanwhile, await the arrival of New Zealand for three ODIs and three T20s over the next three weeks. The first ODI will be in Mumbai on October 22.AP Photolast_img read more

Kimi Raikkonen refuses to give up on Ferrari’s 2017 Formula One season

first_imgFinish driver Kimi Raikkonen has insisted that Ferrari would continue to push until the last lap of the last race despite losing significant points to Mercedes in the Formula One drivers’ championship.Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel is currently standing 59 points behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who could pick up his fourth World Championship title if he manages to win this weeks’ Austin Grand Prix or Vettel finishes at sixth position or lower.It’s been a nightmare few weeks in the title race for Sebastian VettelAnd they’ve been a dream for @LewisHamilton #F1 #F1FastFact pic.twitter.com/rEWczcEsjS- Formula 1 (@F1) October 14, 2017However, Raikkonen refused to give up on Ferrari’s season and stressed that his team is still capable of clinching victories in remaining four races.”Any of them, as long as we do everything as well as possible. It’s a bit unknown, the tracks are different from each other. So we go every weekend, start from zero and do the best that we can and avoid the issues and mistakes,” Sport24 quoted Raikkonen as saying.Besides drivers’ championship, Ferrari also trail Mercedes by 145 points for the constructors’ title, but the Finish driver is adamant that Ferrari still have the potential to push for victory.”I don’t know what is going to happen, nobody knows. But I know we are going to push until the last lap in the last race and see where we end up. It hasn’t been the greatest races lately but I think we have the speed when they put things in the right place – that is at least something positive,” he concluded.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli allows me to bowl with a free mind, says Axar Patel

first_imgOn the eve of the second T20 International against New Zealand here, left-arm spinner Axar Patel on Friday said he doesn’t talk much to head coach Ravi Shastri on his bowling technique and revealed that the former India all-rounder only asks him to bowl stump to stump.Axar felt his style of bowling is quite different from Shastri, who was a left-arm spinner himself during his playing days.”I do not talk to him (Ravi) too much as he knows my bowling style is quite different, as compared to him. He does not suggest too many changes,” the Gujarat spinner told reporters in the pre-match press conference.”He says, you know you have come into the Indian team after having performed well, so just continue doing the same.”He also often talks about the need to know about how to bowl in different pressure situations. He does not give me major advice, but asks me to bowl stump to stump,” he added.Commenting on the role of spinners in the side, which also includes the wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar said: “Wrist spinners can attack because they get more spin from the surface and it can be any surface. Their role is mostly to attack and take wickets in the middle overs.””Finger spinner’s role is to contain things. If there is no partnership, pressure cannot be created on the batsmen. So this is our planning,” he added.Axar is someone who does not turn the ball much but rather depends on his unwavering line and length. It is the kind of bowling which helps him to pressurise the batsmen, and thus allow bowlers at the other end to take wickets.advertisementCrediting skipper Virat Kohli for allowing him to bowl with a free mind, the tweaker said: “Obviously the captain backs you if you do well. I’ve been playing since the second ODI and he (Kohli) has been supporting me to bowl with a free mind.”He allows you to bowl with a free mind and set the field accordingly. And if it doesn’t work out, he gives suggestions. Obviously you feel better and have a free mind if the captain backs you,” he added.India are currently 1-0 up in the brief three-match series after thrashing the tourists in the opener at the Feroz Shah Kotla by 53 runs on Tuesday.Asked about his strategy going into the second game, which also gives India a very good opportunity to pocket the series, Axar said: “In the first ODI they had played the sweep shot really well. Their strategy in Mumbai was clear that they will sweep against the spinners.””For me the strategy was to employ an angle be it over the wicket or around the wicket. And to mix things up, push a full delivery or a shorter delivery. That is how we had planned things.On playing at his home ground, Axar is confident of how the pitch behaves and hoped that his inputs will help the team during the encounter.”This is my home crowd and I know what kind of wicket there is here and the pitch as well. Mostly the focus will be on repeating what I do in the IPL also. I know and judge how the wicket is behaving and bowl accordingly.”There is little turn on offer, the ball does skid and there is less bounce. I will work on bowling well and can suggest to my teammates also,” he said.last_img read more