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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Honduras

first_imgWilson Palacios and Carlo Costly will be crucial for Honduras in the World CupPlaying at the World Cup for only the third time, teamwork and organization will be key for Honduras.Just qualifying for the tournament in Brazil was a massive achievement, but now the focus is on finally winning a match on football’s biggest stage.Here are five players to watch:CARLO COSTLYCarlo Costly is a tall striker who has been unable to find consistency in his club career.He has played in Poland, England, Romania, Mexico, the United States, Greece and China, but returned to Honduras with Real Espana early in 2014.Despite the globe-trotting, Costly has remained a central focus of the Honduran national team since debuting in 2007, although he missed out on the last World Cup because of injury.Costly uses his physical strength and aerial prowess to cause problems for defenders. He holds the ball up for his teammates and is an awkward player to mark.The former Birmingham player scored a famous goal for Honduras in World Cup qualifying, netting a second-half winner at Estadio Azteca to seal victory over Mexico.JERRY BENGTSONJerry Bengtson is Honduras’ other tall, powerful striker.The Costly-Bengtson partnership has the ability to cause problems for group rivals Ecuador, France and Switzerland at the World Cup.The New England Revolution player scored nine goals in 12 games in CONCACAF qualifying and is known for his all-around ability to both play with his back to goal and create opportunities for himself.advertisementBengtson made a name for himself outside of the Americas at the 2012 Olympics, scoring the goal that defeated Spain 1-0 to knock the European nation out of the tournament.EMILIO IZAGUIRRELeft back Emilio Izaguirre plays for Scottish champion Celtic and is one of the only Honduras players – along with Wilson Palacios and Andy Najar – with experience playing in the Champions League.The defender is best known for his forays down the left flank, but his crossing into Costly and Bengtson is one of the most dangerous aspects of the team.Izaguirre has previously been linked with big-name clubs outside Scotland, where he was voted the first division’s 2010 player of the year by his peers.MAYNOR FIGUROAWith more than 100 appearances for the national team and more than 200 Premier League games, Maynor Figueroa is one of Honduras’ most experienced players and is charged with leading the defense at the World Cup.Figueroa plays at left back for Hull, where he moved from Wigan in 2013, but is a central defender for Honduras, partly due to Izaguirre’s quality. He has a knack of scoring spectacular goals, including one in December 2009 from his own half when playing for Wigan.Goalkeeper Noel Valladares is Honduras’ captain, but Figueroa is one of the main leaders in the team.WILSON PALACIOSA combative defensive midfielder, Wilson Palacios’ best moment came at Tottenham when he dominated AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf in the Champions League in 2011.Palacios became Honduras’ most expensive player when Tottenham signed him from Wigan in 2009.The central midfielder has struggled following a move to Stoke in August 2011, failing to break into the first team on a regular basis, although he remains a key figure for Honduras and a leader on the field.Tragedy struck Palacios’ family in 2009 when his younger brother was found dead in Honduras. He had been kidnapped in 2007.last_img read more

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Ganesh Nimmajanam ceremony in Andhra Pradesh: Mixing religion with politics

first_imgAn elephantine effort marked the end of the 12-day worship of the elephant God Ganesh in Hyderabad on September 13. Nearly half the city poured into the streets to take part in the “Ganesh Nimmajanam” ceremony when several thousand multi-coloured idols, ranging in height from a few centimetres to six,An elephantine effort marked the end of the 12-day worship of the elephant God Ganesh in Hyderabad on September 13. Nearly half the city poured into the streets to take part in the “Ganesh Nimmajanam” ceremony when several thousand multi-coloured idols, ranging in height from a few centimetres to six metres, and in weight from a few hundred grammes to 12 tonnes were taken in reverent procession for immersion in the shimmering waters of the Hussain Sagar lake.In wave after celebrating wave, the cavalcade passed by on foot or in trucks, tractors, bullock-carts and push carts, as enthusiastic groups of onlookers, mostly women and children, showered marigold and rose petals on the spectacle that took more than three hours to pass a point on the 12 km route.All along the way lighting standards were festooned with saffron flags stamped with Om and plantain leaves, and a posse of armed police and saffron-capped volunteers stood by to complete what one onlooker described as “the greatest show of Hindu solidarity”.The organised and orderly procession revealed the meticulous nature of the planning. Its organisers, the Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi (BGUS) arranged for information desks at every 100 metres, with public address systems to inform onlookers of who was passing by at the moment. Volunteers, shops and hotels along the route distributed water and in some cases tamarind rice to all who asked for it.Though belief has it that Ganesh uses a mouse for his steed, the procession had him ride on peacocks, the fabled Garuda, in an elephant’s belly, and even a tank and an aircraft.advertisementAs the bands played, crackers exploded and the massed devout cried themselves hoarse with: “Ganesh Maharaj ki jai”. The carnival atmosphere was slightly spoiled by the occasional slogans of “Go hatya band karo” (Ban cow slaughter), “Hindu rashtra bachao” (Save the Hindu state), and Hindu ekta zindabad, (Long live Hindu unity), which smacked of communal and political overtones.Great Enthusiasm: Paradoxically, the origins of the massive festival are rooted in the problems faced by the Government and police in allowing a Moharrum procession in 1979. The then chief minister Channa Reddy and the police placated militant Hindu leaders in the Old City area by giving them permission to take out a Ganesh procession.Ganesh (top) and onlookers (above): Mixing religion and politicsThe Government’s immediate concern was to ensure peace when the Moharrum procession passed by under curfew. Hence from last year the Ganesh procession and festivities are being celebrated with such eclat that Bombay’s traditional splendour pales in contrast.Expectedly, the Arya Samaj which has organised religious processions during Holi and Dussera for the last 50 years in Hyderabad has been joined by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh.The chief architect of the Ganesh festival is the veteran Arya Samaj leader Vandemataram Ramachandra Rao. Says he: “For the first time there were problems in bringing together such a huge procession. Some of these have been overcome though frankly speaking we were apprehensive of trouble following the July flare-up. So, we drew up a 1,000-strong volunteer force from several organisations to help the procession to move smoothly. This is a religious procession, though it is yet to take that shape fully. The intention is to organise the celebration as an all-party, non-party effort.”However, the intentions of all the members of the BGUS, who include local leaders of the BJP, select Congress(I) men and rich traders besides the representatives of the Arya Samaj, are not as plain.Some BJP and Congress(I) leaders have funded the purchase and installation of idols besides organising music and dance programmes every evening as part of the festivities, in an obvious attempt to make political capital out of the rejoicing.Hyderabad BJP leader A. Narendra accuses Congress(I) leaders, including a minister, of having tried to entice some local utsav samithis away from the September 13 procession by offering money. Says he: “They took out processions on other days flouting religious practice in order to build political support in view of the coming corporation elections. But with the massive turnout for our procession the chances of a Congress(I) rout in the elections are bright.”Heavy Guard: Following the July carnage the prevailing tensions in the Old City are a matter of serious concern for the Government. When passionate speeches with communal overtones became a daily feature during the Ganesh festivities, Chief Minister T. Anjiah even threatened to cancel the procession.Anjiah addressing the crowd: Adding his power to his gloryThough the men who supplied most of the flowers and the trucks for transporting the idols were Muslims, the Government viewed it as “a communally sensitive” procession. Officials held several rounds of meetings to decide steps to prevent any violence. On the day before the procession Anjiah inspected the arrangements by driving around the city.About 125 platoons of the Andhra Pradesh Special Police, Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force, all available officers of the rank of deputy superintendent of police and below attached to various police offices in the city, joined the regular city police force sporting steel helmets and pistols to make it a heavily guarded event.advertisementInevitably, with several official facilities given for the procession, Anjiah seized the opportunity to play his party tune. Addressing the processionists at Moazzam Jahi Market, one of the assembly points en route to Hussain Sagar, he referred to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and was promptly heckled.Similarly when one of his publicity crazy ministers, Sarojini Pulla Reddy, chanted ‘Jai Hind, Jai Indira’ she was immediately booed. Other ministers and Congress(I) leaders tried to draw attention to themselves at different points on the procession route. Anjiah assured the idol makers in a bid for sympathy: “The Government will help improve your lot by setting up a co-operative.”Though the organisers were peeved at this, BJP leaders were more or less satisfied with the effort: they felt they had managed to gain public sympathy and support without waving their flag but by showing their organisational capabilities. Enthused by the response the BGUS is already planning the Ganesh festivities for next year.Narendra says bigger Ganesh idols, one for each locality, helps “bring about greater unity in the community”. Ramachandra Rao feels that “such a religious procession must be purposeful and help to instill discipline. It would be more orderly like some kind of route march”. With such militant enthusiasm in the air, it is very likely that Ganesh will ride in more sumptuous glory next year.last_img read more

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Shane Watson optimistic on Michael Clarke’s fitness for India Tests

first_imgShane Watson would be honoured to stand in for Michael Clarke as Test skipper against India next month even if he thinks it’s increasingly unlikely that Australia will need a caretaker captain.Australia are sweating on Clarke’s hamstring injury ahead of an important three months of cricket on home soil, which takes in the four Tests against India and the co-hosting of the 50-over World Cup with New Zealand.Allrounder Watson, who has had more than a few injury problems of his own in recent years, said he had spoken to Clarke and the prognosis for the injury was improving.”The diagnosis is, I think, better than what it was initially, which is a great thing. It’s all very positive,” Watson told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.”Everyone’s got their fingers crossed. Hopefully, over the next week or so, it’ll continue to improve really well and he’ll right for the first Test.”Watson was the stand-in last year in India when Clarke missed his only Test since he replaced Ricky Ponting as captain in March 2011.On the comeback trail himself in the one-day series against South Africa having missed half a year of international cricket because of injury, Watson said his focus was on proving himself worthy of a recall to the Test side.”I just need to be scoring runs over the next couple of weeks to give myself the best opportunity to be able to do that,” he added.Watson should get his chance in the remaining three one-dayers against the Proteas, in Canberra on Wednesday, Melbourne on Friday and Sydney on Sunday. The series is tied at 1-1.advertisementThe Test series against India begins in Brisbane on December 4 with matches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney to follow.last_img read more

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Samsung will release a new payment system with Galaxy S6

first_imgYesterday Samsung almost made it certain that it will be launching the Galaxy S6 on March 1 by sending media invites. Now another rumor is doing rounds that the device will be launched along with a new payment system in partnershipwith VISA. The rumour ofthe new payment system is sourced from the Korean media.Samsung’s new payment system will be based on LoopPaytechnology. LoopPay alleges to be the world’s first mobile wallet solution thatwill allow customers to pay with the LoopPay device without the need of anyextra equipment from the retailers side as it can function with a normaldebit/credit card swiping machine. Currently only four devices support theLoopPay technology. With a big player like Samsung adopting the technology,LoopPay will surely get a boost in their user base.    Samsung will have a different approach in implementing thetechnology, it will utilize the new Galaxy S6 fingerprint sensor. According torecent rumors, the company’s upcoming flagship will sport a non-swipefingerprint sensor. The sensor will still enable the usual TouchWizfunctionality, including Private mode, Pay with PayPal, as well as signing intoSamsung Account.Reportedly, LoopPay is also working on touch enabled paymentcases for the current Samsung flagships: Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung GalaxyNote 4. To get more information we will have to wait for Samsung’s GalaxyUnpacked event on March 1,2015.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo: From world no. 2 to Ballon d’Or winner

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo poses with the FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy in Zurich Living in the shadows of your nemesis can be disheartening for anyone, but if you are Cristiano Ronaldo it’s got to sting a little too much.Ever since his first Ballon d’Or triumph in 2008, Cristiano Ronaldo has been watching his arch-rival Lionel Messi claiming the honours for four consecutive years. Messi-mania was at peak and the Argentine star was being labeled as an all-time great.Despite being on par with the Argentine, while some might argue that, the Portuguese star was being rated behind his arch-rival. There was confusion and a lot of frustration for CR7 over the span of five long years.Cristiano Ronaldo and his wife Irina Shayk at the FIFA galaThe situation was good enough to push a rational human being into a state of depression. But, it couldn’t deter the Real Madrid striker from achieving the impossible.The 28-year-old star trusted his instincts and ensured that he answered his critics on the field with spectacular performances. Ronaldo was hungry and looked like a man on a mission to claim what was rightfully his.Ronaldo embarked on an epic journey in 2013 with 69 goals in 59 matches for Real Madrid and Portugal, when it seemed his tally of 63 goals in 2012 would take some matching.Cristiano Ronaldo with his son at the FIFA galaBut, it was his spectacular individual performance for Portugal in the World Cup qualifiers that undoubtedly sealed the coveted award for the footballer. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the play-off against Sweden, proving in his duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic that he is second to none.In the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo was back at it again. The stylish Real Madrid star thumped nine goals during the 2013/14 season to set a new record for the group stage of the tourney.advertisementCR7 has six hat-tricks to his name for Real Madrid in 2013, taking his club tally to 23. When compared to his arch-rival, Ronaldo stands tall with 29 goals against Lionel Messi’s 16 in all competitions during the 2013/14 season.Cristiano Ronald and Lionel Messi at the FIFA Ballon d’Or galaLike they say, in order to be the best you need to take out the best. And after waiting for five-long years, Ronaldo – with tears in his eyes – clinched the coveted award to dethrone Messi.Few might feel that Lionel Messi’s hamstring injury and FIFA’s extension on the balloting deadline beyond World Cup playoffs favoured Ronaldo. But, love him or hate him, Ronaldo is now the world’s best football player.”First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win,” Mahatma Gandhi could well have meant to say this about Cristiano Ronaldo.Here’s something for the CR7 fans:last_img read more

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Ishant Sharma’s frequent injuries worry BCCI, says he was expected to lead during World Cup

first_imgIshant Sharma was ruled out of the showpiece event with a knee injury.He was expected to lead India’s bowling attack at the ongoing showpiece event before a knee injury forced him to return home.While injuries are considered a fast bowler’s constant companion, the frequency with which Ishant has been breaking down is a serious concern for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).A senior BCCI official said Ishant needs to sort this issue out and ensure that he is fully fit when he returns to the team as injuries after every other series isn’t a good sign for a 26-year-old fast bowler.”This is a serious issue. He got injured in England, then again in Australia. The management was expecting him to lead the pack at the World Cup. He is just 26 and this is no age for a bowler to break down so frequently. He needs to complete his rehabilitation and return only once he is fully fit. We are lucky that the other bowlers stepped up and did a brilliant job, but things could also have gone badly,” the official told MAIL TODAY.”We got him tested in Australia and the doctor said Ishant is a classic example of an injury prone bowler. He needs to ensure that he is fully fit and doesn’t rush his return to the game. Complete rest till he is a 100 per cent is very important,” he opined.last_img read more

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Intel makes a silent launch of new Core i3, Pentium desktop and mobile processors

first_imgAfter a silent launch of four Celeron and Pentium ‘Braswell’processors this week, Intel has now unboxed several desktop and mobile Core i3and Pentium processors.The mobile processors are named Pentium 3825U, Core i3-5015Uand Core i3-5020U while the desktop processors are Pentium G3260, PentiumG3260T, Pentium G3460T, Pentium G3470, Core i3-4170, Core i3-4170T and Corei3-4370T.The Pentium 3825U, Core i3-5015U and Core i3-5020U mobileprocessors are priced at $161 (roughly Rs 10,000), $275 (roughly Rs 17,100),and $281 (roughly Rs 17,500) respectively.The desktop processors like the Pentium G3260, PentiumG3260T, Pentium G3460T, Pentium G3470, Core i3-4170, Core i3-4170T and Corei3-4370T are priced at $64 (roughly Rs 4,000), $64, $75 (roughly Rs 4,700), $86(roughly Rs 5,300), $117 (roughly Rs 7,300), $117 and $138 (roughly Rs 8,600)respectively.NDTV Gadgets reported that the mobile processors are basedon 14nm Broadwell architecture. Featuring 15W TDP (Thermal Design Power)ratings all the models in this category are have Hyper-Threading technologythat enables each processor core to execute two threads simultaneously.The new seven desktops processors have significantlydifferent specifications- the four Pentium-branded processors feature twocores, Intel HD Graphics and 3MB of L2 cache, the three Core i3 processorsfeature two cores with Hyper-Threading. Clocked at 3.3GHz, the Intel PentiumG3260 has a 53W TDP rating. The Pentium G3260T is clocked at 2.9GHz and sportsa 35W TDP rating while the Pentium G3460T is clocked at 3GHz with a 35W TDP rating.The Pentium G3470 is clocked at 3.6GHz and has a 53W TDP rating.advertisementAs for the three new Core i3 processors, the Core i3-4170and Core i3-4170T are clocked at 3.7GHz and 3.2GHz respectively.last_img read more

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India vs Bangladesh: Captains play down shoving incident

first_imgWhat happens on the field, stays on the field – a view the captains of Bangladesh and India said they share.Both Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they did not wish to make a big deal out of the collision between Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman and the India skipper in the middle of the pitch. The captains responded cautiously at the post-match briefing on Thursday regarding the issue, reports bdnews24.com.The incident occurred in the 25th over when Dhoni was facing debutant Mustafizur. The bowler had to go off the field to receive treatment after colliding with the India skipper when the latter was running for a single. India opener Rohit Sharma was also on a collision course with the pacer earlier before he managed to run around him.”The bowler (Mustafizur) thought I would move away while I thought he would. But as none of us did, we collided. This can happen in any match. It’s nothing big. I spoke to him later,” said the India captain with a smile.The 19-year-old left-arm bowler took 5 for 50 on his debut to help crush the tourists after Bangladesh batsmen posted an impressive 307.Mashrafe also said he would not drag the issue through the mud.”Things like this can happen on the field during a match. We all shake hands at the end of the day and such situations can be discussed with the on-field umpires. It’s nothing serious,” he said.last_img read more

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Indian junior hockey women thrash Singapore 12-0

first_imgIndia continued their goal-scoring spree as they routed Singapore 12-0 in their second Pool A match of the seventh Women’s Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday.One day after humiliating North Korea 13-0, the Indian girls again put up a dominating display, scoring at regular intervals from the start against Singapore.Anupa Barla, Preeti Dubey and M. Lily Chanu scored braces each, while six others joined on the scoresheet.India got off the blocks early and Jaspreet Kaur fired a penalty corner wide. But it was striker Punam Barla, who opened the account in the seventh minute and three minutes later, fellow forward Anupa doubled India’s lead after receving a cross from captain Rani Rampal.Also read: India Women Hockey team qualifies for the Rio Olympics: All about it Midfielder Preeti (15th minute) and drag-flicker Jaspreet Kaur (25th minute) extended the lead as India went into the half-time with a 4-0 scoreline.Singapore resisted relentless Indian pressure in the second half but it remained for only 14 minutes as midfielder Lily added the fifth goal.Defender Gurjit Kaur came up with a crisp strike to make it 6-0, while attacking midfielder Lilima Minz scored another goal in a fascinating display of technical supremacy in the 59th minute.Two minutes later, striker Navneet Kaur grabbed a quick chance to make it 8-0, while Lily completed her brace in the 65th minute.Anupa got her second goal in the 68th minute as defender Deep Grace Ekka recorded a goal in the dying minute to make it 12-0.advertisementMathias Ahrens-coached India will face hosts China in their final Pool A match on Wednesday.last_img read more

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I know what to expect from Dale Steyn: Cheteshwar Pujara

first_imgWith India’s regular openers injured and an uncharacteristic green wicket prepared to unsettle Indian batsmen, the series was on the line for India’s young test team in Sri Lanka. Enter the crisis man Cheteshwar Pujara. For all his failings in England and Australia, Pujara’s fighting 145 in his comeback and the decisive test match of the series, helped India script a historic win.India Today met up with the gritty Saurashtra batsman at his newly acquired ground in the outskirts of Rajkot where his father and former Ranji player Arvind Pujara trains aspiring cricketers through the day. Father Arvind is no mean coach as Cheteshwar still falls back on him for matters of technique. His father doesn’t travel to watch Cheteshwar live from ground, simply because watching on the telly with replays and commentary helps him provide better feedback to his cricketer son.Pujara may have done the best he could of the opportunity at SSC but he would still not know if that’s  enough to win back his test place and the favored no.3 spot with Vijay and Dhawan expected to be fit again and Rahane the incumbent no.3. Here’s Cheteshwar Pujara in this exclusive interview on the many battles he continues to fight to stay relevant in the modern day game..Q. You are looked my many as ‘a crisis man’. How do you take it?A. When the team needs runs, responsibility is something I have always batted with. That’s what I have always done.Q. For eight months between three series, Australia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, you waited to play a test match. How difficult a phase was that?advertisementA. Was a tough time to be honest. The kind of start I had and then the lean patch. But the main thing was self belief. The best thing came from Rahul Dravid who told me there was nothing wrong with my technique and asked me to keep believing in myself and that my time will come and it did come. Eventually when I got an opportunity in Sri Lanka and the way I batted I was quite pleased after all the hard work I had put in before Sri Lanka in the last few months.Q. Was there any technical shortcoming as well? This one particular mode of dismissal —  the incoming delivery that broke your defense more than you would have liked?A. ?Sometimes you don’t want to be too harsh on yourself. The conditions were challenging. Especially if you see in England I was getting to starts and batting well. I was able to play 100 balls. If you are out of form, you can’t bat that long. So I was getting set and then getting out. There were some things I realized I had to work on and start converting 30’s and 40’s into big ones. Eventually I started working on it and it happened.Q. Happened and how. A Man of the Match winning performance. Describe to us your feeling when you completed that ton at SSC and when you got the ovation from the dressing room after that innings..A. It was really satisfying. I can’t describe it in words. The amount of hard work I was putting in, in lead up to the series and during my tough time. I thought this was my opportunity although the conditions were difficult. But there was responsibility because the series was leveled and an opportunity to contribute for team’s success. I wanted to keep my mind blank and enjoy my batting when I went in to bat. Once I was set, started playing my shots. Than we lost few wickets before which Mishra came in and we got 300 plus. Virat, Ravi and the entire dressing room came and congratulated me because I got hundred after being away from the eleven.Q. On such occasions is success on comeback even more satisfying than doing well on debut?A. There are mixed feelings.  You are nervous because it’s your debut. When you are on a comeback trail, you know that you can perform at that level. But there is still pressure and nervous times because you have sat out.Q. There is a feeling more and more teams are looking for a no.3 ?who can counter attack than grind the opposition down. Is that why you had to sit out recently?A.? You have to play by the situation. You still need a batsman who can see through the new ball. Who can look to be positive and rotate the strike but still not lose many wickets early on. With my game once I am in the runs will come. Don’t think there are any issues to worry about. If I keep adding few shots to my game, it will help me in the long run.advertisementQ. Any specific shot that you are working at?A. I don’t want to disclose any particular shot. But there are a few shots I am working on and with time, I will be able to execute them as well.Q. For someone like you who plays only one format currently, is there a fear that the recall value of your last successful innings is limited. In the one dayers next, someone might hit the purple patch and the last test series performances may get forgotten?A. People still recognize the good innings you play. If you are scoring consistently in test format you should not worry too much. But if you are playing all the formats it becomes little easier I would agree to that. The way I am playing in tests is good. I am also working on my game to make it into the odi and T20 which I want to play. I will only become a better player with that.Q. We’re you surprised that no one bid for you in the last IPL?A. I wanted to play the IPL. It didn’t go as I was expecting. I ultimately got a chance to play county and a season with Yorkshire. So it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I played 4-5 games there and that practice ultimately helped.Q. Being out of odi and T20 cricket also hurts a cricketer financially. How do you cope with that? A. I would definitely like to play all formats of the game. Am trying to add few more shots to my game which will allow me to accelerate. Once I am in, in test cricket, I start playing many shots, it’s about getting used to a few things. If you look at my domestic record? in odi cricket..the amount of runs I have got and at what strike rate..there is no doubt that it will happen. Time will tell. I want to keep working hard and enjoy my gameQ. For someone who has played so much domestic cricket, how do you look at this theory gaining currency that Indian batsmen don’t handle spin as well as they once used to?A. I don’t agree Indians batsmen don’t play spin as well. Bowlers are also becoming clever who know weakness of batsmen  and overseas teams have started producing spinners? and all rounders. Things don’t come as easy from overseas team as what one used to expect. As batsmen you have to respect the bowler. The thing about our Indian team now is we are always trying to improve whether it is against spin or any other aspect.Q. The next challenge is South Africa who tour well. Your battle with Steyn will be well anticipated..advertisementA. We will look at what we can improve upon. Not worry about South African team and their game plan too much. ?Steyn is a word class bowler so you have to be balanced when planning against him. I would look to bat the same way that I would against any other bowler. He would have his game plans. But I know what to expect since I have played against him.Q. You had said during your last battle against him that you were a compulsive hooker..A. I didn’t say I am a compulsive hooker but I do like playing that shot. Now I have realized which one to play and which one not to play. So there are times when you can play and other times when it has to be left alone.Q. How keen is the team to walk the talk when you all say we want to be no.1..A. We defiantly want to be no. 1 team in the world. That is something that is at the back of our mind. But have to take it one series at a time. Next up is South Africa and we would try to win the series. Sri Lankan series gave us a lot of confidence and the team was united that’s why we won.Q. Finally, there’s been a fair degree of musical chairs at no.3. Is that the position you want to make your own?A. I would bat wherever the team requires me to bat. But since I have done well at no.3, given a choice I would want to bat there. But ultimately it depends upon the demands of the situation and that’s where I would bat?.last_img read more

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VILLAGE 3

first_imgThe four getaways are located at Bangalore (Kanakpura The four getaways are located at Bangalore (Kanakpura Road), Nandi Hills Valley [http://www.discoveryvillage.in/nandi-hills-valley ], Masinagudi and Kabini, and promote experiential learning through a range of activities. From trekking, rappelling, and a rope course challenge for the adventure seekers, to human foosball, camping and water sports for team building, theres a lot on offer. The equipment meets global safety standards and facilitators are trained, experienced professionals. The emphasis is on learning through play, which reduces the pressure of learning and makes it easy to assimilate ideas. Responding to the increasing corporate need for fresh approaches to training, Discovery Village also tailors programs to meet specific needs. Be it leadership development, team building or just a session to fuel creative thinking. The locations also have the infrastructure to host conferences and meetings. They even offer tastefully appointed accommodation for an overnight stay, making them ideal for weekend getaways from Bangalore. MORE PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo clinches China Open title

first_imgTop women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their eighth title of the season as a team, with a 6-7 (9), 6-1, 10-8 victory over Chinese Taipean pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan in the China Open final here on Saturday.The Indo-Swiss pair, the topmost team in the doubles circuit this year, needed 1 hour 41 minutes to claim the summit clash in the $4.7 million prize money tournament.They broke the first service game of their opponent’s to take an early 2-0 lead at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center. But their opponents immediately broke back to be on level terms 2-2. From there on the two team’s keenly contested and held on to their serves.The evenness extended to a tie-breaker where Sania-Martina blinked first at 9-11 to surrender the first set. Sania-Martina upped their intensity to race to a 4-1 lead in the second set and claimed it 6-1 to force the match into the third set tie-breaker.The tie-breaker was also closely fought with both teams matching each other stroke for stroke. But ultimately the Indo-Swiss duo held their nerve to claim the title at 10-8. They won 82 of the total 145 points played, a 56 percent winning rate.The leading women’s tennis doubles pair entered the final, thumping the Chinese duo of Chen Liang and Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 in a one-sided clash on Friday. Sania and Martina are the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions. They tagged together as a team in March and won Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) titles in Indian Wells, Miami, Charlestion, Guangzhou and more recently Wuhan.advertisementSania reached the final of this event for the fourth time in a row. It was her second title here, after winning in 2013 with Zimbabwean Cara Black.last_img read more

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Indonesian naval ship on two-day visit to Kochi

first_imgKochi, Oct 25 (PTI) A multi-role light frigate of Indonesian Navy is here on a two-day visit during which its personnel would meet Southern Naval command officers.Commanding Officer of the Indonesian Naval ship KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (367) Commander Gung Putu Alit Jaya called on Rear Admiral R B Pandit, the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command soon after arrival here yesterday, a Navy release said today.”Other interaction includes sporting fixtures between the two navies as well as exchange of visits by specialist officers and men from both the countries with Indian Navy personnel visiting the Indonesian Naval ship and Indonesian personnel visiting the training facilities at Southern Naval Command,” it said.KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda is a Diponegoro Class ship and was commissioned in 2008.The ship is here en route to Belawan (Indonesia) and is planned to depart from Kochi tomorrow morning, the release said. PTI TGB VS PVI MVVlast_img read more

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Currency overload caused ATM malfunction at Sikar: Axis Bank

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI) Axis Bank today said the incident at an ATM in Rajasthan where more money was released than the amount entered by customers, happened due to “erroneous loading of currency notes” by an outsourced agency. According to reports, one of the banks ATM located at Sikar in Rajasthan released much more money than that was entered by various customers. “The incident occurred on account of erroneous loading of currency notes by the outsourced agency to which this ATM has been outsourced by the bank. “Neither the bank nor its customers will be required to bear any loss as a result of this incident. Any inconvenience caused to our customers in this regard is regretted,” Axis Bank said in a statement. PTI RSN MRlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Ravichandran Ashwin relishes licence to take wickets

first_imgIndian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday said he is not intimidated by the Australian batsmen’s strategy of attacking him as he has the ability to handle the onslaught and pick wickets as well.”I think it’s been a batsmen’s tournament, so you’ve got to stick to your basics and hope that you put the balls in the right place. When I came back I was pretty confident, I had my plans in place and I also had the extra fielder outside the circle, which was a big advantage,” said Ashwin ahead of the second T20I in Melbourne.Ashwin felt he had the skills to come out on top when asked about Aaron Finch’s attempted charge against him in the first T20I.”…if they have a license, I have a license to pick up wickets too. And it’s not like their off-spinner has gone very kindly, he’s gone for 80 runs in all the games, that’s the way the series is.”It’s not about an off-spinner; I think everybody has gone for runs. You can target a bowler or not, it’s just a game-plan. And if that is their game-plan I’m more than happy for them to continue doing it. I think I have enough abilities to try and come out on top of it,” he explained.Ashwin returned after a break of three games in Adelaide, and he opened the bowling with Ashish Nehra. Later, he returned to bowl in tandem with Ravindra Jadeja, and helped script India’s win with figures of two for 28.advertisement”I think in the first over I bowled well (in Adelaide), there wasn’t anything wrong with the way I bowled, it’s just that I went for runs. Throughout the ODI series, be it Nathan Lyon or Kane Richardson, they have gone for 70 runs or more than that. So it’s about picking up wickets and having the confidence to bowl the good ball again and again,” he said.On whether he felt disappointed after he was left out of the playing XI during the ODI series, Ashwin felt it was not an unfair call.”The reason I didn’t play was because I didn’t win a game for India. If India had won, I would have played, as simple as that…the fact that I went for 70 runs, and then went for 60 runs, I had to sit out, and I think it’s fair enough because you have to play the right combination. As far as I’m concerned I can just work that bit harder and keep going hard at it,” he explained.India lost the ODI series 1-4. However, they did win the last ODI in Sydney and then the first T20 in Adelaide. With back-to-back wins they have finally managed to put pressure on Australia for the first time in this series.”We probably haven’t assessed the par scores well enough. In the past, 300 – or even 260 – has been a winning score when we came in 2011-12 for an ODI series here. I thought we did pretty well to post 310-320. I just think the par scores were somewhere in the 330s. And as you saw in the last games, in Canberra and Sydney, I think we would have achieved 350s. And the wickets have obviously gone flatter.”Even when South Africa came here last time, I think they achieved 310s and 320s pretty easily. So it was just a question of not calculating the par score properly,” said Ashwin looking back at the ODIs.Asked if the youngsters coming in had made a definitive impact on the squad’s morale, he said: “It’s always fun to have new people coming into the team because you try to get to understand them better. They come out with a lot of confidence, they have no expectations riding on them, they come out and express themselves.”When new people come in, it’s always interesting to watch how they go about their business. At the same time it’s also very important to allow them to express. I think our dressing room environment is very good, and whoever has come in so far in the series has been able to go on about their business without any pressure.”The tour has relatively gone without any flare-ups considering the heated exchanges in the bilateral series last season. Although there have been the odd moments, particularly the one in the first match at Adelaide between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in the wake of the latter’s dismissal.”It’s probably a personal battle between them. I think both of them are very good competitors. They know what they are doing, and they don’t go down without a fight. It’s good to have such competition on the field. Both of them are champion cricketers, and I think it just adds to the spice of the game a little bit, so I don’t mind it at all.”advertisementKohli leads from the front Talking about Kohli’s super run of form on this tour, he said: “The way he bats, the amount of confidence he exudes on his fellow players, and the way he comes out and expresses himself, obviously that comes with the amount of performance you give on the field.”At the end of the day, what confidence you have as an individual is how you express yourself on the field. He is someone who always leads from the front and we don’t expect anything short of that from him too. If he fails, I think he’s still someone who will pick everyone up.”Getting more comfortable with conditionsAshwin also spoke about getting more comfortable with the conditions as the series went on but added that they had played good cricket despite what the ODIs scoreline says.”I think now we feel a lot more comfortable coming here. It is great competition, the players come hard at us and we do quite enjoy it. But how many times we come back here, we need to adapt to different situations. We end up playing some cricket in India, go somewhere else and then come to Australia. So it takes a bit of time, and this tour was especially challenging because we landed in Perth, then had to adjust to different time zones going to Brisbane then Melbourne, so it took another week or so for us to completely get over jet lag.”These are the challenges an international cricketer faces, and coming to Australia has always been very challenging and we enjoy it.”We have played wonderful cricket. As I said, there has been a miscalculation of 20-30 runs and the margin has been one over, so that tells you what kind of cricket we have played. We have been able to match them at every aspect of the game. It’s very unfair to say how the tour has gone and who has done better, I don’t think that is right,” Ashwin signed off.last_img read more

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Jordi Alba signs contract extension with £428m release clause

first_imgAdvertisementBarcelona left-back Jordi Alba has signed a new deal at the club, which will keep him there till 2024. Alba’s release clause is a mammoth £428 million, which is close to 500 million euros.“Barcelona and Jordi Alba have reached an agreement to renew his contract for the next five seasons, until June 30, 2024. The buyout clause is set at €500M,” said a statement from Barcelona. “Over the course of the next few days, we will announce when the official signing of the new contract will be held.”The Spaniard has been a mainstay in the team since he joined them from Valencia in 2012. He has made 282 appearances for Barcelona, winning 14 trophies in the process. Alba has scored 14 goals as well, but his main input has been the solidity provided on the left flank.Alba’s role at the club has grown in stature since Neymar’s departure in 2017. Under Ernesto Valverde, Alba has the whole left side to himself, and he has handled it admirably. He is a crucial part of the team and aged 29, he still has good years ahead of him.“I have never seen myself outside of Barcelona since I have been at Barca it’s my dream,” Alba had said last month. You got your wish, Jordi!Advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: MI vs KXIP Review: Pollard fires MI to the finish line

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: India TodayAdvertisementPollard’s blinder of a knock cancels out Rahul’s brilliant century as Mumbai Indians chase down a stern target posted by Kings XI Punjab. The win sees Mumbai rise to 3rd spot in the points table.Image Courtesy: India TodayWest Indian all rounder Kieron Pollard played a blinder of an innings to guide MI to victory. Needing 133 runs off the last 10 overs , Pollard scored 83 in just 31 balls that comprised of 3 fours and 10 sixes.Standing as captain in the absence of Rohit Sharma, Pollard won the toss and chose to bowl first in the batting paradise that was laid at Wankhede Stadium. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle begun things slowly but started to accelerate around the 5th over.The duo added 116 runs for the first wicket in which Gayle scored a superb 63. Taking every bowler to the cleaners, Gayle smashed 7 sixes. Failing to handle the Mumbai heat, Gayle fell to the bowling of Behrendorff.Rahul then carried on and completed his maiden century in the final over of the game. Vital boundaries from both Sam Curran and Mandeep Singh saw the side post 197-4 in their quota of 20 overs.Mumbai then set about their chase with Quinton de Kock and debutant Siddesh Lad, who replaced the injured Rohit Sharma. Despite Lad starting in an aggressive manner, he was dismissed very soon by Shami for 15.Both de Kock and Suryakumar went about keeping the scoreboard ticking. But after reaching their 20s, they were dismissed in successive overs to leave the side reeling at 62-3 after 9 overs.This was the time when Kieron Pollard was setting himself to wreck havoc on the KXIP bowling attack. Sam Curran who bowled the 12th bowler gave away 18 runs, which began the Pollard show. The over also saw Kishan becoming run out for 7.Incoming Hardik also joined in the act, trying to smash each bowler to the boundary. While Pollard kept on going big at the other end, both the Pandyas were dismissed by Shami via superb catches from David Miller.With only the bowlers at the other end, Pollard had to do all the work by himself. The equation came down to 32 needing off the last 12 balls. Curran who bowled the penultimate over once again pitched it in the slot for Pollard to profit. He once again smashed 2 sixes and a 4 to bring down the target to 15 needing off the last over.Rajpoot, who was injured till then was called upon to complete his quota with Ashwin only using 5 bowlers. Luck wasn’t on his side as he delivered a no ball six of his very first delivery.Finally he picked up Pollard but most of the work was already done. Both Joseph and Chahar who were at the crease just needed to score 4 off the remaining 5 balls. Good lines and tight field setting brought down the equation to 2 needing off the final delivery. Joseph then guided the ball towards long on and picked up a double to guide MI home.Thus this win sees MI leapfrog KXIP to the 3rd position. KXIP, who will feel that they were hard done by a superb knock from Pollard sit in the 4th spot with 8 points.Mumbai Indians 198 for 7 (Pollard 83, Shami 3-21) beat Kings XI Punjab 197 for 4 (Rahul 100*, Gayle 63, Hardik 2-57) by three wickets.Also Read:Parthiv Patel balancing IPL on one side and father battling brain haemorrhage on the otherlast_img read more

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Manchester City not eyeing to make a move for Bruno Fernandes

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAccording to the recent reports in Portugal, Manchester City are not amongst the clubs who are interested to get the hold of Bruno Fernandes in the next season. Bruno is having the best season of his career so far. So, all the European top guns are eyeing to make a move for Bruno Fernandes in the next summer transfer window.The rumours are flowing all over that Manchester City are the top runner in the race to sign Bruno Fernandes this season. However, a source close to the Portuguese club Sporting told that there has been no contact between both the sides about the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.According to the other sources, Manchester United are also trying to rope this star player in the upcoming summer transfer window. He is in the top of the wishlist of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the next season at Old Trafford. The star midfielder of the Red Devils, Paul Pogba is going to leave Manchester United after the end of this season.Paul Pogba’s next destination might well be Real Madrid in the next season. So, the Red Devils are eyeing to make a move for Bruno Fernandes as his replacement. Manchester United might have to pay a transfer fee worth £55 million to Sporting to get the hold of this player.Timo Werner is Liverpool bound for 40M Euroslast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid star forward Antoine Griezmann set for a $139m Barcelona move

first_img“I wanted to thank you for all the love you’ve given me in these five years, in which I’ve won my first important trophies with a club. They were incredible moments that I will always remember. The truth is you’re in my heart,” further added Griezmann.Griezmann has 69 caps for the France national team and scored in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final victory over Croatia. Interesting times lay ahead for him in the Barcelona jersey.Advertisement Antoine Griezmann is set to leave Atletico Madrid after serving them for five yearsAdvertisementFrench forward Antoine Griezmann is set to end his five-year association with Atletico Madrid and sign with La Liga rivals Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The La Liga runners-up will acquire $139m as a transfer fee.Antoine Griezmann is set to leave Atletico Madrid after serving them for five yearsAntoi“I’ve made the decision to leave,” said Griezmann. His former club Real Sociedad will receive around $28m owing to their 20% sell-on fee in his contract.“I wanted to tell you that I’ve made the decision to leave to experience new things and have new challenges. It’s been very hard for me to take this path, but I feel that it’s what I need,” said Griezmann in a video aired on Atletico Madrid’s official Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts..@AntoGriezmann: “Han sido cinco años increíbles; muchas gracias por todo, os llevo en el corazón”. pic.twitter.com/9XorY05u1T— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 14, 2019last_img read more

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Arsenal demand £8.8 million for Koscielny

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisementUnai Emery fumes over Laurent Koscielny’s attitude as the Gunners hierarchy have put the club captain up for transfer this window, following his recent refusal to join the club on their pre-season tour.Image Courtesy: ReutersThe 33 year old has a year left on his current contract, which is worth £90,000 per week, and Arsenal rejected a request from the centre-back to release him from the final 12 months.Arsenal has condemned the Frenchman’s actions in an official statement.The statement read: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.“Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.”“We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.”His agent, Stephane Courbis, said in May: ‘We will take some thinking time, we will meet with the club at the end of the season. He will will also make up his own mind.’Lyon, Bordeaux and Rennes are among the clubs interested in signing Koscielny. However, Arsenal are yet to receive a formal offer for their club captain.Bordeaux have reportedly offered Koscielny a three year deal, but the Ligue 1 side are yet to make an official deal.Advertisementlast_img read more

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