This jewelry designer is also an architect Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy is congratulated by catcher Robinson Chirinos during the third inning of Game 4 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — José Urquidy outpitched all those big-name aces who preceded him, the unheralded Houston rookie quieting Washington’s bats and the Nationals Park crowd, too.Houston and Washington are all even in a World Series that has been one big road show.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Game 6 will be Tuesday night in Houston, when the Astros lose their road-field advantage.“This is what it’s all about,” Bregman said. “This is a beautiful thing. It’s two teams battling it out, they’ve got great pitching, great offenses. It’s been fun so far, and just want to keep it rolling.”Yuli Gurriel also drove in a run in the first as Houston strung together four singles in a seven-pitch span for a 2-0 lead against Patrick Corbin. Robinson Chirinos homered for the second straight day, a two-run drive that boosted the lead to 4-0 in the fourth.Fans started leaving in the seventh, when the Astros sent 10 batters to the plate and battered the bullpen. Bregman, who began the night in a 1-for-13 Series slide, had the big blow, driving a low, inside fastball from Fernando Rodney into the left field stands of the ballpark where was the All-Star Game MVP in 2018. He held his bat high as he slowly walked out of the batter’s box, then took nearly 30 seconds to circle the bases.“Was just trying to hit the ball in the air and drive in a run, and ended up driving in four,” Bregman said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump intends to uphold tradition of presidents and baseball Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Alex Bregman busted out of his slump with a go-ahead single in the first inning and a grand slam in the seventh, and the resurgent Astros routed the Nationals 8-1 Saturday night to tie the Series at two games apiece.“We did a great job today coming out and applying pressure,” Bregman said. “I think Urquidy was fantastic to start us off and got us on the right foot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceGame 1 winner Max Scherzer takes the mound Sunday night hoping to get Washington a home Series victory for the first time since the Senators at Griffith Stadium in 1933. In a rematch of the opener, Gerrit Cole goes for Houston after losing for the first time since May. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Houston flipped for the positive, going 9 for 23 with RISP after starting 3 for 17 in the two losses. The Astros burst ahead with timely hitting for the second straight night, getting consecutive one-out singles by José Altuve, Michael Brantley, Bregman and Gurriel.Brantley had three hits, raising his Series average to .471 (8 for 17). Bregman also finished with three hits.Chirinos, who homered off the screen on the left field foul pole to drive in Houston’s final run in Game 3, sent a flat changeup from Corbin deep into the left field seats, then slapped his chest and grinned as he skipped across home plate. The catcher doubled in the ninth and is 4 for 11 against the Nationals.Signed to a $140 million, six-year contract as a free agent last offseason, Corbin dropped to 1-3 in three postseason starts and four relief appearances. He actually lowered his ERA to 6.64.ROAD WARRIORSGoing back to Boston’s wins in Games 4 and 5 at Dodger Stadium last year, visiting teams won have won six straight in the World Series for the first time since the Yankees at Brooklyn and Philadelphia in 1949 and ’50. … Road teams also won the first four games in 1906, 1923 and 1986. Visiting teams have won the first four games for the first time since 1996, when the Yankees broke the pattern in Game 6 against Atlanta to take the title. LATEST STORIES Orange-clad Houston fans in the right field upper deck chanted “Let’s go Astros!” as Nationals fans were silenced. Wild-card Washington lost consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 13-14 against Atlanta.Starting pitchers were the talk of the Series coming in, with Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, Scherzer and Corbin combining for 12 All-Star selections and three Cy Young Awards. The baseball cards of Houston’s Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke shine with 17 All-Star picks, two Cy Youngs and one MVP.But there were just five 1-2-3 innings by starters in the first three games, and the most consecutive outs were by the Nationals’ Aníbal Sánchez, who retired seven straight in Game 3.Urquidy, a 24-year-old right-hander, exceeded them all.Not bad for a TBA.Urquidy wasn’t even announced as Houston’s starter until after Game 3, with manager AJ Hinch hoping to piece together innings any way he could.The right-hander began the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, was bumped up to Triple-A Round Rock in mid-May and made his major league debut in July. He faced the Nationals in just his 12th big league appearance, joining Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and Jaime García (2011) as the only Mexican starting pitchers in Series history.Urquidy allowed two hits in five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking none. Mixing four-seam fastballs in the mid-90s (mph) with two-seamers, sliders, curves and changeups, he set down the Nationals in order in the second, fourth and fifth, retiring his final nine batters. He threw 30 of his first 38 pitches for strikes, 45 of 67 overall.Josh James, Will Harris, Héctor Rondón, Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski combined for two-hit relief.Washington’s best chance to get back into the game came in the sixth, when Harris relieved with two on and one out. Anthony Rendon singled off the pitcher’s leg, loading the bases, and Juan Soto drove in a run with a groundout. Harris then struck out Howie Kendrick. After going 7 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the first two games, the Nationals are 1 for 19 in the last two.
Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “We need to play better defense to be the team that we want to be,” added the Kiwi-American coach, who had praised UST playmaker Mark Nonoy for his career performance in the Game 1 defeat.Even Thirdy Ravena, who topscored with 32 points for the Eagles, acknowledged the need to improve defensively for Ateneo to wrap up the title.“We had too many lapses in the second half that’s why they were able to score,” said Ravena, who shot 14-of-18 from the field.“We just have to do a better job locking those guys up. We have to make sure that we don’t allow their tendencies. The business is not done. We can’t celebrate. We can’t feel happy although there were a lot of things we did great. Our coaches are going to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes in Game 2.”ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? View comments But Baldwin, who has over 40 years of coaching in all levels under his belt, quickly tempered the excitement, stressing that Game 1 was only “the first half of basketball and we just get a long halftime break.”“We get to prepare for the second half, which will be in your eyes, Game 2,” said Baldwin. “That’s a lot to work on. I think UST was so persistent. You saw that. You saw how hard they keep coming at us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAlthough they limited UST gunners Renzo Subido, Rhenz Abando and CJ Cansino below their usual scoring outputs, Baldwin remained concerned at the way the Tigers were able to quickly get points on the board in the second half.Ateneo held UST to just 38 percent shooting. The Tigers did make 14 treys, but they needed 41 attempts to reach the mark. In contrast, the Eagles shot a remarkable 62 percent and had 23 points in transition. Ateneo also held a 45-39 rebounding edge. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Even after a dominant victory in the championship series opener, Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin insists his Blue Eagles still have their work cut out for them if they want to complete the first ever 16-game season sweep in UAAP history.The Blue Eagles’ swarming defense and fluid offense proved too much for the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers as they ran away with a 91-77 triumph on Saturday, setting the stage for a possible coronation in Game 2 on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Just getting there MOST READ Rice industry paralysis
Ivan Rakitic header earns Barcelona victory in BilbaoIvan Rakitic header earns Barcelona victory in Bilbao
Champions Barcelona came through a gruelling La Liga test at a rainswept San Mames on Sunday, beating Athletic Bilbao 1-0 thanks to Ivan Rakitic’s first-half header.Elsewhere, Las Palmas thrashed Granada 5-1 to top the table with six points from two matches ahead of Barca and Real Madrid on goal difference while Europa League holders Sevilla were held to a goalless draw at Villarreal. (Lionel Messi goes platinum blonde)Croatia midfielder Rakitic glanced in Arda Turan’s cross to complete a sweeping move started by Luis Suarez and settle the visiting side’s nerves after a few early scares, including goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen giving the ball away in his own area.Barca grew in confidence after the break and stand-in captain Lionel Messi spurned two chances while Suarez also failed to capitalise on a couple of clear opportunities and had a shot cleared off the line in injury time.Luis Enrique’s men almost lived to regret their profligacy as Bilbao’s Raul Garcia fired narrowly wide and Iker Muniain had a late penalty appeal turned down.”I’m happy with the result against an opponent of such magnitude,” Luis Enrique told a news conference.”We could have wrapped the game up earlier but it was a good performance and the three points are well earned.”Luis Enrique had warned that the visit to San Mames was always one of the hardest away trips for Barca and although they looked comfortable at the start, they soon began to struggle with Bilbao’s intense pressing and aggression.advertisementTer Stegen gave the visitors a fright when he played the ball straight to Benat Etxebarria but the keeper got his body in the way of the midfielder’s shot and later made saves from Aritz Aduriz and Benat again.RISKY STYLEJordi Alba defended the German’s risky style, saying: “I wish all goalkeepers were like him, he’s the best in the world with the ball at his feet, he’s our goalkeeper for the present and will be for many years to come”.Barca jitters were calmed in the 21st minute when Rakitic was left unmarked in the area to nod Turan’s centre into the corner.Turkey international Turan spurned a chance to double the lead before the break, miskicking at the near post, the first of a series of opportunities that went begging for the champions.Messi started to make an impact in the second half after a relatively quiet first period but twice missed the target.The usually prolific Suarez also endured a frustrating evening in front of goal, inexplicably failing to convert the simplest of chances at the end, taking too long to shoot with the net gaping and seeing his shot scrambled off the line.Las Palmas followed their 4-2 win at Valencia last week with a dominant display against Granada, Nabil El Zhar scoring twice in the 5-1 rout.Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng netted for the second game running after joining Las Palmas from AC Milan and dedicated his goal to the victims of last week’s earthquake in Italy that has killed at least 290 people.”I leapt off my seat at the goal because of the quality of the counter attack, the shot and because…he hit it with his heart,” said coach Quique Setien.In Sunday’s other game, Alaves drew 0-0 at home to Sporting Gijon.
Novak Djokovic struggles into second round at US OpenNovak Djokovic struggles into second round at US Open
Novak Djokovic double-faulted, then shook his right arm and grimaced.Seconds later Monday night, a weak serve produced a wince from the U.S. Open’s defending champion, then was followed by a missed forehand that gave away a set – the first set dropped by Djokovic in the first round of any Grand Slam tournament since 2010. (Serena Williams set to open quest for more history)While he managed to emerge with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, there were plenty of signs of trouble, starting with a visit from a trainer who massaged Djokovic’s bothersome arm after only five games.INJURY SCAREAsked about his health during an on-court interview, Djokovic deflected the question, saying, “I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about this now. I’m through. I’m taking it day by day.”When the subject arose at his news conference, Djokovic again avoided addressing the topic, saying the trainer’s visit “was just prevention; it’s all good.”During the match, Djokovic hit first serves around 100 mph, sometimes slower – 25 mph or so below what’s normal for him. He hit second serves in the low 80s mph. He flexed that right arm, the one he has used to wield a racket on the way to 12 Grand Slam titles, and appeared generally unhappy, covering his head with a white towel at changeovers.NERVOUS BECKER Djokovic’s coach, Boris Becker, gnawed on his fingernails, looking nervous as can be.All in all, Djokovic’s issues figure to loom large as the tournament progresses, and therefore were the most noteworthy development on a Day 1 at Flushing Meadows that did include drama elsewhere.advertisementThere was 20th-seeded John Isner’s comeback from two sets down to edge 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe before a rowdy, standing-room-only crowd at the new Grandstand. And 26th-seeded Jack Sock’s five-set victory over 18-year-old Taylor Fritz in another all-American matchup.More, too: A first-round loss by Rio Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig, and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza’s complaints about having trouble breathing after dropping the first set of a match she would go on to win in three.This was the No. 1-ranked Djokovic’s first match at a major since losing to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon, which ended the Serb’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam after titles at the Australian Open and French Open. He exited the Rio Olympics in the first round this month, then sat out the Cincinnati Masters because of a sore left wrist.”After all I’ve been through in last couple of weeks, it’s pleasing, of course, to finish the match and win it,” said Djokovic, who lost to his next opponent, Jiri Vesely, at Monte Carlo in April. “Look, each day presents us some kind of challenges that we need to overcome, accept and overcome.”The wrist appeared to be just fine against Janowicz, a former top-20 player who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2013 and is now ranked 247th after his own series of injuries.NADAL NOT AT HIS BEST Earlier in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rafael Nadal stood near the net after winning his first Grand Slam match in three months – 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 against Denis Istomin – and unraveled the thick wrap of white tape protecting his all-important left wrist. He said he’s still not back to hitting his forehand the way he does when he’s at his best.Nadal’s afternoon match was played with the new $150 million retractable roof open under a blue sky, while offering some extra shade on a day when the temperature reached 90 degrees.The good news for Nadal, he said afterward, is that the pain is gone from his wrist, which whips those violent, topspin-heavy forehands that are the key to his success – 14 of his 21 winners came off that wing.BAD NEWS FOR NADALHe still is working on feeling comfortable hitting down-the-line forehands, in particular, after sitting out – not just zero real matches, but barely any practice, either – from his withdrawal at the French Open in late May to the Olympics.”Not easy to go 2 months out of competition, in the middle of the season, without hitting a forehand,” Nadal said. “I need to have the confidence again with my wrist.”Both Nadal and his coach, Uncle Toni, described the way Rafael changed the way he hits a forehand during the Rio Games to try to avoid pain.Both said things are improving.But as Toni noted: “We need a little time.”Istomin, ranked 107th, was not likely to give Nadal much of a test. So what did he think of Nadal’s play Monday?advertisement”For the first set, I was feeling that he was not hitting hard,” Istomin said. “A lot of short balls.”Nadal’s summation of his day: “Not very good; not very bad.”
“Pollavaram was granted national status on floor of Rajya”Pollavaram was granted national status on floor of Rajya Sabha by Manohan Singh, which would have guaranteed 90 per cent of funding. However, the NDA government has given AP a unique 100 per cent funding which is first time in Indias history that any irrigation project, that too of this scale, has got complete funding from Centre,” he said.”For a project of over Rs 30,000 crore, the 10 per cent saved by AP is itself Rs 3,000 crore,” the minister said.He said the backward districts financial package is no longer in vogue, “but we have secured an additional Rs 2,100 crore for the backwards districts of northern Andhra and Ralayaseema in particular.””I urge the people of AP to study all the facts and appreciate that what we have procured for our state is one of the finest deals and it will continue till our state and people are back to the glory before the unfair bifurcation,” Chowdary said. PTI VVK NSK SMN
Zen Mobile launches Cinemax Force smartphone with 2900mAh battery at Rs 4,290Zen Mobile launches Cinemax Force smartphone with 2900mAh battery at Rs 4,290
Domestic mobile manufacturer Zen Mobile on Thursday launched a new affordable Cinemax Force smartphone at Rs 4,290. The smartphone features 5.5inch FWVGA display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired up with1GB of RAM and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.”We will continue to focus on strengthening our Cinemax portfolio by offering devices that are loaded with powerful and smart features at a competitive price point,” said Sanjay Kalirona, CEO of Zen Mobile, in a statement.The device sports 5MP auto-focus primary camera, 2MP front camera, has 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB and houses 2,900mAh battery.The company has also introduced a screen damage replacement policy which is valid for one time replacement with a labour charge of Rs 180 for smartphones and Rs 90 for feature phones, with additional government taxes as applicable.Also Read: Zen Cinemax 3 smartphone launched at Rs 5,499The company earlier this year also launched Cinemax 3 smartphone at Rs 5,499. The smartphone comes pre-loaded with games, live TV streaming app NexGenTV, music streaming service Saavn and Vuliv video player. The device with 5.5-inch FWVGA IPS display is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The smartphone sports 5MP auto-focus rear camera and 3.2MP front camera, has 16GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB and houses 2,900mAh battery. The smartphone also has SOS feature that allows users to send location details to five pre-defined numbers of user’s choice in case of an emergency.advertisementWith IANS inputs
India vs New Zealand: 3rd Test Day 2: As It HappenedIndia vs New Zealand: 3rd Test Day 2: As It Happened
Wonderful day for India! They would have liked a wicket at least of New Zealand by stumps but they won’t mind this either. The Kohli-Rahane partnership took India to a mammoth total first and towards the end, Rohit Sharma chipped in with an unbeaten fifty. The Indian captain hit his second double ton whereas Rahane missed out as he fell short of his maiden double ton by 12 runs.. (LIVE SCORECARD)End of day’s play New Zealand openers have negotiated nine tricky overs of play without losing a wicket with their score being 28/0 at stumps, trail India (557/5d) by 529 runs. Martin Guptill 17*, Tom Latham 6*. The Black Caps have a mountain to climb here. They’re trailing by a big margin and they would look to plan things session-by-session. Let’s see what do we have in store tomorrow. 16.34 IST: Virat Kohli has introduced both his spinner Ashwin and Jadeja into the attack now. Both of them start off with maiden overs. NZ 17/0 in 6 overs. 16.26 IST: Both the Kiwi openers are playing these last few overs cautiously. NZ 15/0 in 3 ovs16.21 IST: Umesh Yadav shares the new ball with Shami and gets smacked by Guptill for a boundary. New Zealand 14/0 in 2 overs. 16.17 IST: Mohammed Shami bowls a decent first over for India. New Zealand 9/0 in 1 over. The Black Caps will be 5/0 even without facing a delivery as Ravindra Jadeja was warned twice for running on the pitch and five runs were awarded to the visitors. 16.03 IST: India declare at 557/5. Kohli 211, Rahane 188, Rohit 51*, Boult 2/113, Patel 2/120. New Zealand will have to negotiate 9 overs today.advertisement15.59 IST: Five runs will be deducted from India’s total as Jadeja gets second official warning for running on the pitch. India 542/5 in 168 overs.15.39 IST: DRINKS! New Zealand did manage to get both Kohli and Rahane after tea but not before India piled up a mammoth score. Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja are the two new batsmen in the middle at the moment. Third new ball is available now. India 530/5 in 164 overs15.17 IST: WICKET! Heartbreak for Ajinkya Rahane as he falls for 188 from 381 balls to Trent Boult. Rahane was trying to score some quick runs and fell in the process. India 504/5 in 159.1 overs. 15.06 IST: 500 comes up for India in the 157th over with Ajinkya Rahane on 186* and Rohit Sharma on 14*. 14.47 IST: India will be looking for some quick runs now before declaring their innings. India 475/4 in 152 overs.14.33 IST: Finally a breakthrough for NZ!Jeetan Patel traps Virat Kohli (211 from 366 balls) plumb in front. India 465/4 in 148 overs.(AP Photo)14.10 IST: Another superb session for India comes to an end as the score now reads 456/4 in 147 overs at tea. Virat Kohli (207*) and Ajinkya Rahane (161*) have added a record 356 runs for the fourth wicket. Here’s the session summary at Tea on Day 2. #TeamIndia are 456/3. Follow the game here – https://t.co/0e3wZWkZwl #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/oEVfyTHWrN BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201614.05 IST: (354* runs) This is now India’s best-ever partnership for the fourth wicket in Tests as India reach 453/3 in 145 overs. The previous best stand was between VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar against Australia at Sydney in 2003-04..@imVkohli becomes first captain of India to score two Test double hundreds pic.twitter.com/eIcuxdmFuD BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.50 IST: Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double hundreds in Tests. India 446/3 vs New Zealand Captain’s Knock!! @imVkohli #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/FYt5YqZKia BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.48 IST: Black Caps are doing their best to keep Kohli from scoring his second double ton. India 443/3 in 141 overs. 13.31 IST: Virat Kohli is batting on 191* at the moment and if he scores another 9 runs then he will become the first Indian captain to slam two double centuries in Test cricket. India 435/3 in 137 overs.(AP Photo) 13.28 IST: This is the first time a 400-plus total has been posted in India since Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement in 2013. India 434/3 in 136 overs. 13.17 IST: While the players break for drinks, take a look at some amazing statistics from this Test. India 424/3 in 133 overs. Virat Kohli-Ajinkya Rahane top stands265* v NZ at Indore Oct 2016262 v Aus at Melbourne Dec 2014154 v SAf at Delhi Dec 2015#IndvN5 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 9, 201613.10 IST: Ajinkya Rahane goes past 150 runs for the first time in Test cricket. India 422/3 in 132.3 ovs..@ajinkyarahane88 brings up his 150 with a four punched over cover. This is highest score in Test cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/VKALU7jF6T BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.05 IST: Records continue to tumble at Indore! Ajinkya Rahane (148*) has now gone past his highest score in Test cricket. His previous best (147) was against Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG in 2014.advertisementTest match attendance at its best in Indore #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/j7pPkeO9Wb BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201613.03 IST: Virat Kohli has gone past 3500 runs in Test cricket. India 414/3 in 131 overs. 12.48 IST: 400 comes up for India as Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane complete 300-run partnership for the fourth wicket. India 401/3 in 128 overs. This is now the second highest partnership for any wicket for India against New Zealand, surpassing the previous best by Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, who made 281 runs together at Ahmedabad in 1999. Tendulkar had scored his first double hundred in that game. Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad hold the record for the highest partnership (413 runs) against New Zealand, which they achieved in a Test at Chennai in 1956.12.37 IST: Expensive over for NZ! Kohli and Rahane scored 10 runs from the last over from Santner with a boundary each. India are now pressing on the accelerator. India 391/3 in 125 overs. 12.20 IST: New Zealand are attacking with spinners from both ends. Santner and Patel are bowling well but still haven’t been able to contain the scoring rate. India 368/3 in 120 overs. 12.11 IST: Another milestone for the captain! Virat Kohli gets to 150 runs in 273 balls. This is his third score of over 150. India 359/3 in 117.2 overs.150 up for #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/TWhC9CdVBp BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201611.32 IST: Lunch break.Here’s the session summary at Lunch on Day 2 of the 3rd Test. #TeamIndia are 358/3 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/KNTbA0jvv0 BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 2016Virat Kohli (149*) and Ajinkya Rahane (124*) batted superbly in the first session to take India to 358/3 in 117 overs. The duo added 91 runs in 27 overs in this session. The partnership has moved on to 258 runs in 487 balls.(AP Photo) 11.24 IST: Black Caps bowlers have managed to slip in a couple of quite overs. India 354/3 in 115 ovs. 11.14 IST: SIX!! Rahane brings up the 250-run partnership in style as he deposits the last ball of Santner’s over into the stands over long-off. India 350/3 in 113 overs.(AP Photo) 11.02 IST: Both batsmen are scoring at 3.08 runs per over. The partnership has moved on to 240 from 451 balls. India 340/3 in 111 overs.10.56 IST: FOUR!! Trent Boult is greeted with a boundary off the first ball by Virat Kohli. The Indian captain moves on to 140 with 15 boundaries to his name. 10.46 IST: SIX!! Rahane comes down the track and deposits Jeetan Patel’s delivery into the stands to score his second six in the innings. India 328/3 in 107 overs.10.32 IST: Drinks are coming on to the field now as the first hour has been completed. India (313/3 in 104 ovs) have added 46 runs to their overnight score with Virat Kohli batting superbly on 125* (228b) and Ajinkya Rahane on 103*. Ajinkya Rahane…8th Test hundred6th in the first innings3rd hundred at home2nd vs NZ 2nd of 20165th at #528th in fc cricket#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 9, 201610.19 IST: Ajinkya Rahane scores his eighth Test century in 210 balls. This is his third ton on home soil. India 306/3 in 101.1 overs. .@ajinkyarahane88 celebrates after he brings up his 8th Test Century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/L8hDaAYwI8advertisement BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 201610.08 IST: Kohli and Rahane’s 200-run partnership comes up. India’s total touches 300 in 98.1 overs.(AP Photo)10.02 IST: What a shot!! Kohli plays a glorious on-drive to score his first boundary this morning. Both batsmen are looking to be positive against the Kiwi bowlers. 9.56 IST: FOUR!! Rahane may be rattled but he’s still scoring runs at a rapid pace. 11 runs came off Matt Henry’s over. India 292/3 in 96 overs. 9.54 IST: Henry is now coming around the wicket to pepper Rahane with some more short balls. 9.50 IST: Ouch!! Short ball from Matt Henry hits Ajinkya Rahane bang on the side of the helmet.That would have hurt him for sure.9.48 IST: Not much turn on offer for the spinner this morning, but the ball might start to reverse as it gets older. India 281/3 in 95 overs. 9.44 IST: FOUR!! Rahane plays a delightful drive through the covers to bring up the first boundary of the morning. India 279/3 in 94 overs. 9.40 IST: Negotiating the first hour will be crucial for Kohli (108*) and Rahane (82*). Black Caps on the other hand, will have to get a breakthrough quickly otherwise they could be staring at another long day on the field. India 275/3 in 93 overs. 9.36 IST: Matt Henry joins Santner in the attack from the other end. India 271/3 in 92 overs.9.32 IST: Just one run added to the overnight total by India (268/3 in 91 overs). Coach @anilkumble1074’s pep talk, the great #TeamIndia huddle and more. Follow the action – https://t.co/0e3wZWkZwl @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/1SBZowF9Aa BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 20169.30 IST: Mitchell Santner will start the proceedings for the Black Caps on Day 2. Virat Kohli, batting on 103*, to take strike. Just about 15 minutes to go for the start of play on the second day and here is Ajinkya Rahane hard at work. The vice-captain is just 21 runs away from his eighth Test hundred. Nice and straight! Vice-captain @ajinkyarahane88 is 21 runs away from a century. Action starts soon #TeamIndia #INDvNZ @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/8UuIfGARI3 BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 2016Day 1 wrap: Test skipper Virat Kohli ended his brief drought of big runs with a brilliant unbeaten century to guide India to 267/3 at stumps on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Holkar stadium.Kohli, who last scored a century against the West Indies in Antigua, held his composure to thwart the Kiwi attack and bring up his 13th ton, which incidentally is the first century of the ongoing series from either side. (Virat Kohli now has six Test hundreds as India captain)The 27-year-old got ample support from his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (79 not out), who became the 36th Indian batsman to cross the milestone of 2000 Test runs during the innings.Finding themselves in a tight spot in the second session, the right-handed duo held their nerves as they went on to frustrate the Kiwi bowlers with an unbeaten 167-run stand for the fourth wicket when stumps were drawn for the day.Sensing more trouble, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson opted for the second new ball but his efforts at breaking the partnership went in vain as India added 119 runs in the final session. (Virat Kohli roars back to form with 13th Test hundred )Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara’s (41) wicket was the only casualty India endured during the post-lunch session as the hosts went to tea at 148/3.Resuming at 75/2 after lunch, Pujara and Kohli continued to maintain their temperament against the Kiwi spinners but after adding 25 runs to the score left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner produced a ripper to dismiss Pujara for 41. Making a Test comeback after two years, Gautam Gambhir started well but fell to Santner on 29.
Australia wield the axe for third South Africa TestAustralia wield the axe for third South Africa Test
Australia’s selectors have responded to the threat of a first ever Test series sweep on home soil by dropping five players from their squad for the third match against South Africa, which begins in Adelaide on Thursday.Joe Burns, Adam Voges and Callum Ferguson, as well as wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, paid the price for a string of batting collapses, while seamer Joe Mennie was also axed after the innings defeat in the second Test in Hobart. (South Africa humiliate Australia in Hobart, clinch series 2-0)Four uncapped players – openers Matt Renshaw and Nic Maddinson, wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb and seamer Chadd Sayers – came into the 12-man squad. (Humiliated Steve Smith says Australia lacking pride)Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade and seamer Jackson Bird, both given previous chances at Test level before being discarded, were also recalled.South Africa have ensured a third straight series triumph in Australia with thumping victories in Perth and Hobart, rendering the day-night third Test a dead rubber and plunging the host nation into crisis. (Rod Marsh steps down as Australia chairman of selectors after Hobart loss)Chief selector Rod Marsh stood down from his post ahead of schedule last week and so on Sunday it was his temporary replacement Trevor Hohns who wielded the axe in Adelaide.”Matt has established himself in a short period of time as one of the best young opening bats in the country,” Hohns said. (Inquisition continues for Australia ‘in crisis’)”Peter’s form over the last couple of seasons has been very consistent. He has a good all-round game and we think he is the type of player who could succeed at the next level.advertisement”Nic is an exciting and talented young player and we feel now is the ideal time for him to be involved with the Australian team.”Coach Darren Lehmann suggested after the Hobart defeat that only captain Steve Smith, his vice-captain David Warner and seamers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were secure and the selection panel was true to his word.Top order batsman Usman Khawaja, who has been recalled and discarded regularly since making his debut during the 2010-11 Ashes series, also survived along with off-spinner Nathan Lyon. (Trevor Hohns to lead Australia selection panel after Rod Marsh quits)Sayers and Bird are likely to be in contention for one spot in the pace attack along with Starc and Hazlewood, while Wade looks set to replace Nevill behind the stumps.”Chadd bowls very well in Adelaide and Jackson is coming off a strong performance in his last Test match earlier in the year and both deserve their chance,” Hohns added.”Matthew has worked extremely hard on his keeping in the past few seasons and we consider it to have improved substantially. He is also a very valuable player with the bat and will add to the depth in our batting order.”Squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Nathan Lyon, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.
Substantial rise expected in orthopaedic problems in India:Substantial rise expected in orthopaedic problems in India:
DocsNew Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI) Amid rapid socio-economic changes accompanied by increasing urbanisation, the country is set to experience a “substantial rise” orthopaedic problems in the near future, doctors said.Orthopaedic experts from across the country, who had gathered here for the Delhi Orthopaedic Associations Annual Conference today, concurred on the subject.A steady rise in ageing population and lifestyle shifts are set to drive an increasing burden of orthopaedic injuries in India, upping the need for improved procedures and better training of surgeons to make surgeries safer and more effective, they said.Hosted by the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), the three-day DOACON-2016 has brought together leading experts, pioneers and delegates in the field of orthopaedics to discuss ways and means to deal with the increasing prevalence of traumatic orthopaedic injuries and osteoporotic fractures.A number of factors are driving a surge in orthopaedic problems as well as traumatic orthopaedic injuries these days, experts said.”Socio-economic development and resultant urbanisation is accompanied by increase in use of automobiles, rise in construction activities as well as lifestyle shifts towards the sedentary that tend to weaken the muscoskeletal system,” said H S Chabbra, Chief of Spine Service & Medical Director, ISIC.”At the same time, rising life expectancy gives us a huge population of the elderly who are prone to osteoporotic fractures suffered usually in falls.”In addition, trauma is an expediential increase in India, which is a significant number for orthopaedic related injuries… We are set to experience a substantial rise in burden of orthopaedic problems in the near future,” he said.advertisementOlympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra highlighted that “promoting sports medicine should be made an integral part of sports training culture in India”.”Timely intervention and safe surgeries can have dramatic effects on the recovery rate of injuries in athletes,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by the association.More than 18 academic sessions were held during the conference and informative case study scenarios discussed.”With increasing life expectancy, problems of hip and knee arthritis is also on the rise… We have the latest and most advanced technologies as well as implants for joint replacements,” said Bhushan Nariani, Head of Orthopaedic Department, ISIC. PTI KND NSD
Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben goals put Bayern Munich back on topRobert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben goals put Bayern Munich back on top
Robert Lewandowski struck twice and Arjen Robben netted with a rare diving header as champions Bayern Munich came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Mainz 05 to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga on Friday. (Latest Football stories)The Bavarians have 30 points from 13 games, ahead on goal difference of promoted RB Leipzig who host Schalke 04 on Saturday when Hertha Berlin, third on 24, travel to VfL Wolfsburg.Hot-shot Poland international Lewandowski has now scored twice in each of his last four visits to Mainz, a league record.”We have not played as good as we did in the first half for some time,” Dutch winger Robben told reporters. “We should have scored more goals.”Bayern went behind after four minutes when powerful Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba charged past Javi Martinez and drilled an unstoppable low shot past keeper Manuel Neuer.Lewandowski equalised four minutes later with a tidy finish from a fine through ball by Robben.Thomas Mueller, without a goal this season, could have put the visitors ahead but his point-blank effort was kicked away by keeper Jonas Loessl.Mueller turned provider and Robben beat Loessl with a well-timed header to put the champions ahead in the 21st minute.Lewandowski then grabbed his ninth league goal of the campaign in stoppage time at the end of the game.Bayern have now chalked up two Bundesliga wins in a row after suffering their first defeat of the season against Borussia Dortmund on Nov. 19.Mainz remained in ninth place on 17 points.advertisement
Danny Rose and Alex McCarthy have pulled out of England’s squad for the upcoming Nations League clashes against Croatia and Spain with minor injuries.The duo sat out training on Tuesday and Wednesday and England confirmed both players will return to their clubs.Rose has been struggling with a groin complaint, while no reason has been given for McCarthy’s withdrawal, although the issue is not thought to be serious. 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! Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell may now get the chance to stake a claim for a place, with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw having withdrawn from the squad last week.England visit Croatia on Friday, before travelling to Spain – who defeated the Three Lions at Wembley last month – on Monday.Tottenham will be hoping that the problem picked up by Rose does not keep him out of action for long, as they important fixtures approaching across multiple competitions.Once domestic action resumes after the international break, Spurs are set to take in a derby date with West Ham and a Champions League trip to PSV.They are then due to face reigning champions Manchester City in the Premier League before tackling the Hammers again in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.Southampton have a similar run lined up in which they would prefer to have McCarthy available.They have a derby date approaching, against Bournemouth, as well as a league meeting with Pep Guardiola’s City and a League Cup tie with Leicester.
SAIC Motor to set up its first car manufacturing facility in IndiaSAIC Motor to set up its first car manufacturing facility in India
SAIC Motor Corporation Limited on Tuesday announced its plan to enter the Indian automobile market through a fully-owned car manufacturing facility in the country.Ranked 46th in the Fortune Global 500 list, with an annual revenue of over USD 100 Billion, SAIC Motor is pleased to be part of the expanding Indian automotive market, slated to be the third-biggest in the world by the year 2020.The operations, which are expected to commence in 2019, will create sizeable employment opportunities under the “Make in India” and “Skill India” initiatives and positively contribute to the economic development of the region. The company is in the process of finalizing its manufacturing facility and is firming up its product strategy for the Indian market, details of which will be announced at a later stage.SAIC Motor’s vision for India is to deliver environment friendly mobility solutions under the iconic “MG” (Morris Garages) brand. As a new-age auto company focused on innovation and technology, the company offers various solutions and technological capabilities required in the development of ‘New Energy Vehicles’, to cater to the changing needs of global customers and the overall ecosystem.”The introduction of the iconic British Sports Car Brand ‘MG’ in India is an important part of SAIC Motor’s global strategy. Our aim is to provide best-in-class vehicles, integrating sophisticated British design and quality, breakthrough product features and a pleasing ownership experience,” the company said in a statement. The MG brand, which originated as an iconic British Racing Sports Brand in the year 1924, has evolved into a modern-day innovative brand through the last 93 years.advertisementMG products, that are designed and engineered at its European and Global Design Centres, will now also be manufactured in India while conforming to global quality standards and aligning with the Indian regulations, emission norms and driving conditions.SAIC Motor adopts the global standard in developing high quality products in various markets where it is located across the globe including UK, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Thailand and Indonesia. SAIC Motor has also established its ‘Overseas Innovation Center’ in Silicon Valley, California. Over the years, both its MG and Maxus brands have respectively emerged as one of the fastest growing brands in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Thailand.SAIC Motor’s recent launch of a breakthrough ‘internet car’ in collaboration with Alibaba in the ‘connected car space’ is a new milestone in the global automotive industry which has seen unprecedented success. “This was possible by integrating the premium technological resources through the company’s leading world-class supplier base,” the company said.With the establishment of its fully-owned subsidiary, “MG Motor India”, the Company today also announced some senior level appointments. Mr. Rajeev Chaba, a veteran with over two decades of experience in the automotive sector will be the President and Managing Director of MG Motor India. He joins MG Motor India with a wealth of global experience, proven track record and a very good local insight. Rajeev’s last assignment was as global COO in Vanguard Logistics, USA and as an operating partner of ManCapital, a UK based Private equity firm. Prior to that, he had worked in world class automobile companies in senior positions at different locations including Dubai, India, Japan and China.P. Balendran, also with a wealth of experience in the auto sector has been appointed as the Executive Director. Balendran has joined MG Motor India after spending over 18 years in global automobile companies in senior positions. Before that, he had also worked in many other organizations and renowned companies within India and abroad in various senior positions.The company said it is delighted to have both Rajeev Chaba and Balendran join MG Motor India as its senior leadership team. Their wide and varied experience in the auto sector will lead the company to a successful future in India. The company has also started functional level appointments to further strengthen its operations going forward.
Team India living it up in Sri Lanka: Pool splashes and fun dinnersTeam India living it up in Sri Lanka: Pool splashes and fun dinners
Team India has been through a lot in the past two months. They were unable to defend the Champions Trophy in a one-sided defeat to Pakistan in the final and then the controversial Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli saga dominated headlines.Things took a nastier turn when the BCCI tried to settle for a new coach in Ravi Shastri and asked for applications for the post.After what seemed like an eternity, Kohli finally managed to get his way with Shastri being announced as full time head coach, at least until the next World Cup in two years time.Shastri in turn got to pick his own team of support staff of coaches and the result in his match being a 304-run hammering of a below-par and disappointing Sri Lankan team in Galle. The attention was firmly back on the cricket being played on the field, and probably rightly so.On Saturday the hosts, chasing a mammoth 550 for victory, only managed 245 runs before their second innings folded in the final session of the penultimate day, after opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne had been dismissed for 97.Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury on Friday, did not bat for Sri Lanka in the second innings.Returning to the longest format in the game, India continued their domination and finished off the game with a day to spare. The effect of a much more stable dressing room telling. The mood of the squad has been relaxed with the whole team gelling well and spending time with each other on their hard earned off-days.advertisementA day which was spent “chilling by the pool” and Kohli, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were prompt to put up their fun pictures on social media.Sun soaked ?#supertan #lankandiaries pic.twitter.com/qiOAhUaBOY- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 31, 2017When skipper says #selfie you pout and . #chillday by the beach ?????????? #galle @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/pXcntNc3WA- K L Rahul (@klrahul11) July 30, 2017Fun times in the sun with these boys! @imVkohli @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/YJFodv9dI6- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 30, 2017Chilling by the pool. Good times. ? @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/acNw9Bp0jw- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 30, 2017Pandya made his debut in Galle and will look to continue his good world with bat and ball, while KL Rahul missed the first Test with a bout of viral fever but looks fit to return to the playing XI in the second match in Colombo starting on Thursday. Before the start of the first Test, BCCI had posted a video on Facebook where players can be seen having lunch, stressing how the ‘Men in Blue’ are closely monitored by nutritionists who keep a check on what they eat after and during matches and on days when they have to practice.
The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather earned nearly USD 59,000 per second vs Conor McGregorThe Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather earned nearly USD 59,000 per second vs Conor McGregor
Floyd Mayweather outclassed mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor in their crossover bout on Saturday to secure a final victory in an illustrious career that ended with an unmatched 50-0 record.The 10th round technical knockout not only enabled Mayweather depart boxing on a winning note but allowed the American to pull clear of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark for most wins.The 40-year-old was lured out of a near two-year retirement for the fight and a shot at the record with what could amount to a $200 million payday .If early estimations are anything to go by, Money earned at least Rs 37.7 lakh ($59,000) per second during his record-breaking bout with the Irishman. Mayweather had a guaranteed purse of around Rs. 640 crore ($100 million). On top of that, he will earn money from foreign sales, merchendise sales as well as pay-per-view receipts.50 – 0- Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 27, 2017But Mayweather was adamant that no amount of money would tempt him back into the ring once more.”Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day,” Mayweather said in a post-fight interview. “This was my last fight tonight. For sure.”I didn’t have to come back.”We do foolish things sometimes but I am not a dam fool. If I see an opportunity to make $300 million in 36 minutes why not. I had to do.”But this is the last one, you have my word on it.”Reuters PhotoThe victory over McGregor was the culmination of a 21-year journey that took Mayweather from the grit and grime of Grand Rapids, Michigan to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, and from childhood poverty to a billionaire lifestyle.advertisementIf the pay-per-view projections are accurate and Saturday’s fight becomes the most lucrative of all time, Mayweather will pocket $200 million to put him among the world’s highest paid athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.”I come from poverty, I come from the inner city,” explained Mayweather. “Now when I get with my billionaire buddies, I don’t get with them and say ‘I am happy to hang in your house’ or ‘I’m happy to ride in your jet’.”I say ‘teach me how you did it so I can have the same thing’.”Now the student is ready to become the teacher with Mayweather saying the next chapter of his life will be as a trainer, like the father who taught him.Along with his real estate investments and Las Vegas gentlemen’s clubs, he will spend time focusing on his boxing business and uncovering the next Floyd Mayweather to groom for super stardom.”I just want to help young fighters,” he added. “My dad is a trainer he taught me the sport. Everything he taught me from day one is still with me.”Trainers help make fighters better and teach fighters about becoming a superstar, not just in the ring but outside.”Hopefully I can find the next Floyd Mayweather.” Historic! #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/D3lsvmh6Yt- UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) August 27, 2017History has been made. 50-0! #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/mBKtbeNxHt- MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) August 27, 2017(With inputs from Reuters)
Aussie team bus attacked with stone, police nabs twoAussie team bus attacked with stone, police nabs two
(Eds: updating with quotes and collating information)Guwahati, Oct 11 (PTI) The Australian cricket team endured a security scare after the second T20 International against India here when the team bus was damaged in a stone- throwing incident, for which the state police has nabbed a couple of suspects.A window pane of the Australian team bus was damaged in the attack. The incident took place after the visiting side defeated India by eight wickets in the second T20 to level the three-match series 1-1.No player was injured as the nearest seat to the damaged window pane was unoccupied.But the incident raised a question mark on the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) and state polices security arrangements for the match at the newly-constructed stadium in Barsapara.”Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahatis reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. Our deep apology. People of assam never endorse such behaviour.we will punish the guilty,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal tweeted.”Vow to take strictest action against the culprits. Investigation is on full swing & Police have already picked up,” he added.Senior batsman Aaron Finch was the first to post a photograph of the damaged window pane on his twitter account, admitting that the players were scared.”Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” Finch posted on his official twitter handle.Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also reacted sharply, saying that security of visiting players is extremely important.advertisement”Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host,” Rathore posted on his twitter account.ACA secretary Pradip Buragohain said the incident took place when the team was heading back to the hotel.”We made every attempt to ensure a foolproof security but dont know how this happened. It was near the team hotel and not at the crowded street near the stadium,” Buragohain told PTI.”The police have already arrested two persons and are investigating into the matter. I can assure that such incident wont occur in future again. There will be a thick security cover when the Australian team leaves for Hyderabad,” he added.Senior India player Ravichandran Ashwin condemned the act, urging fans to show more responsibility.”The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, lets all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that,” Ashwin tweeted.The state association also faced criticism from journalists owing to complete mismanagement at the media box.It proved to be a nightmare for journalists, who struggled with basic facilities like internet to cover the match.There was no internet connectivity in the media box, which had one TV to cater to about 250 jouralists, while the washroom ran out of power.However, what worked inside the media box was the public address system that played out songs and “welcomed” the spectators with loud announcements till it was forced to be disconnected. PTI TAP KHS PM PM
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain, Brazil end group stages with wins to enter second roundFIFA U-17 World Cup: Spain, Brazil end group stages with wins to enter second round
Spain were made to struggle by a spirited North Korea as they scripted a 2-0 win in their last Group D match to enter the second round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Friday.Mohamed Moukhliss (4th minute) and Cesar Gelabert (71st) struck in each half as Spain finished second in the group with six points from three matches.The Europeans had started the tournament with an action-packed 1-2 loss to Brazil before beating Niger to bring their campaign back on track.On Friday evening, they came up against a well organised North Korean defence which refused to yield too much time and space.Spain managed to take an early lead when Cesar found Moukhliss, who dribbled through the Korean defence to score with a simple finish.It became a battle thereafter. Spain dominated possession and created more attempts on goal, but the Koreans defended stoutly.Spain finally found a second goal when a rare mistake by the Korean defence saw Gelabert pounce on a loose ball inside the penalty area.Any hopes of a fightback by the Asians were dashed when Pae Kwang Min was awarded a red card in the 84th minute.BRAZIL 2 – 0 NIGERFIFA PHOTOBrazil rode on a couple of first half goals to beat a stubborn Niger 2-0 in their last Group D match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Friday.Lincoln (4th minute) opened Brazil’s account right after the start when he tapped in a cross from the right.Brenner doubled the lead in the 34th minute when his free-kick took a lucky deflection off the wall to catch Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali on the wrong foot.advertisementBrazil have topped the group, winning all three matches to finish the opening round with the full nine points.Niger, who needed a win to stay in the running for a spot in the second round, crashed out of the tournament with three points from as many matches.The match was mostly a saga of wave after wave of Brazilian attacks being held at bay by a stubborn Niger defence.The South America U-17 champions repeatedly came up with excellent combination plays and penetrative passes and crosses, but the Africans successfully defended their citadel throughout the second half.Niger did have the occasional chance on the counter, but a combination of poor finishing and good defending helped Brazil maintain a clean sheet.
China mulls 3-year detention for disrespect to national anthemChina mulls 3-year detention for disrespect to national anthem
By K J M VarmaBeijing, Oct 31 (PTI) Chinas top legislature is considering tougher penalties for those who disrespect the national anthem with up to three-year jail term instead of the current 15-day detention, official media said today.In September,Chinas rubber stamp parliament passed a national anthem law stipulating 15 day detention for anyone disrespecting the countrys national anthem – “March of the Volunteers”.A draft amendment was submitted for the lawmakers deliberation at the bi-monthly session of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which started yesterday.Violators in this regard may face punishments of up to three years of imprisonment, according to the draft, Xinhua news agency reported.The anthem will only be allowed at formal political gatherings, including the opening and closing of NPC sessions, constitutional oath ceremonies, flag raising ceremonies, major celebrations, award ceremonies, commemorations, national Memorial Day events, important diplomatic occasions, major sport events and other suitable occasions.It will be illegal to use the national anthem during funerals, “inappropriate” private occasions, commercials or as background music in public places, the draft said.The previous law says that violators, including those who maliciously modify the lyrics or play/sing the national anthem in a distorted or disrespectful way, can be detained for up to 15 days or held criminally liable.The song must be included in textbooks for primary and secondary school students and people are encouraged to sing the national anthem on appropriate occasions to express patriotism.China has already adopted laws covering its national flag in 1990 and national emblem in 1991.advertisement”The national anthem is different from other songs, it is the symbol of our country,” said well-known music composer Jin Fuzai. “The law ensures people will be more serious when playing or singing the song.”Earlier reports said the national anthem should not be used in brand logos or advertisements, performed at funerals and other improper events or played as background music at public places, it said. Students in primary and middle school might have to learn the national anthem as the draft proposes to include the anthem into their texts books.Chinas national anthem is “March of the Volunteers,” with lyrics by poet Tian Han and music composed by Nie Er. PTI KJV AMS AKJ AMS
Watch: Virat Kohli back in the groove after month-long break, hits the nets in Cape TownWatch: Virat Kohli back in the groove after month-long break, hits the nets in Cape Town
India captain Virat Kohli is back to what he does best, time the ball from the middle of bat.The 29-year-old, who was on a month-long break from international cricket after leading India to a 3-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka, hit the nets in Cape Town on Saturday along with the rest of his teammates.The Delhi dasher captain ended the year as world No. 1 in ODIs world No.2 in Tests and world No.3 in Twenty20 Internationals.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYBCCI posted a video on Twitter where Kohli could be seen knocking the ball around in the team’s practice session.Getting into the groove is #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/ybNqEWVKRm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara were among the first to get out on the field for the training session..@cheteshwar1 all set to hit the nets #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/1oFm5qHIfL- BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017The Indian team won’t be playing any practice matches before the first Test and has instead opted for training sessions.Although, the BCCI did not give any reason officially for dropping the warm-up match, it is understood the request was made by the team management well in advance.The board was told that the team management preferred to focus on training on their own, as soon as the Indian team lands in South Africa on December 28.Kohli and his team had boarded their flight from Mumbai post midnight on Wednesday after attending the captain’s wedding reception with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma at the St. Regis hotel on December 26.advertisementIndia are all set to play a series of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is starting from January 5.India have never won a series in South Africa but rest assured the current team under Kohli is probably the strongest to travel abroad in recent years and has a big opportunity to come home with a series win under their belt.India however, have been dealt with a big blow even before the first ball is bowled as opener Shikhar Dhawan is a doubtful starter for the first Test. The Southpaw was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.Dhawan has picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday. He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone for an MRI scan.KL Rahul will open the innings alongside Murali Vijay is Dhawan fails to get fit before the first Test at Newlands.India’s last tour was in Australia in 2014-15. Even though India lost the series 2-0, the team under Kohli showed the world that it was capable of winning Test matches away from home.India have not looked back since and have won nine successive Test series and that too with ease.
SOCHI, Russia — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining.Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has happened at the Olympics before, and now it’s happened at Sochi after Adelina Sotnikova skated away with the gold medal, the first for a Russian woman in the individual event.Social media was ablaze with questions and accusations, particularly from South Koreans who saw countrywoman Yuna Kim denied a second straight Olympic title. Others wondered about the makeup of the judging panel and why there is so little transparency in the judging.Perhaps this simple fact can be offered as an explanation: Under the current points system, adopted after the judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Sotnikova, 17, did exactly what she needed to come out on top.“Today’s figure skating comprises those evaluations that include a program, steps, jumps,” Sotnikova’s coach, Elena Buyanova, said. “We were not behind in our complexity, rotations, and I think we should be proud of our two girls because they did not give in to the world elite.”Watching from his NBC broadcast location, 1984 Olympic champ Scott Hamilton was intrigued by the 17-year-old Sotnikova’s strategy, which he said worked perfectly for the scoring format. It was more than enough to beat Kim and Carolina Kostner, whose bronze medal was the first in Olympic singles figure skating for Italy.“Adelina collected more points. That is really the only way you can describe it,” Hamilton said. “If you look at Yuna of the past, this was not a program as difficult as she has done, and she left the opportunity for someone to collect points on that side of the scoring.“It may not have been as beautiful as Yuna and Carolina, but under the rules and the way it works, she did all that. … I think it was a just strategy that worked on the night.”It was a strategy based not so much on artistry but on technical superiority. Nothing in the rules says the program must be an artistic masterpiece. Some observers called Kostner’s Bolero just that. Just check off the boxes: great coverage of the ice, connection between steps, execution that is powerful.Sotnikova did that, although her margin of victory of nearly six points was shocking.Eteri Tutberidze — coach of 15-year-old Russian Julia Lipnitskaia, who overshadowed Sotnikova until the last two days — fully supported the outcome.“Later at night, I watched on TV and Sotnikova was an absolute champion for me,” said Tutberidze, whose skater finished fifth. “It was a presentation of her life. I have never seen her before be so concentrated and skate every element so neat. … emotions, jumps, rotations, spins, spirals, and if you combine all these elements, Adelina won overwhelmingly.”Finding the correct elements is a challenge for everyone: skaters, coaches and choreographers. There is so much gray area in this scoring system, just as there was in the old 6.0 format, that even when the athlete’s strengths mesh perfectly with the music, there’s never any certainty the judges will be impressed.So upsets happen.“It’s so hard to find the ideal system that would work for everyone, when it comes to even making the rules of figure skating,” said Peter Tchernyshev, who won five U.S. ice dance titles under the 6.0 formula.“It’s not track and field when you ran faster. Or lifted more weight. Or jumped higher. Again, it’s very subjective, yet this sport is surviving over so many years because everyone realizes it’s very athletic. As I said before, somebody likes more athletic, somebody likes more balletic figure skating. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?”Is there even a right or wrong? Judging, after all, comes down to expert opinions.The athletes wisely steer clear of it all as best they can. Sure, American Ashley Wagner, who finished seventh, questioned the veracity of the points system and, most notably, the lack of openness in it. Generally, though, the skaters take the approach Kim used, hours after she retired from competitive skating.“I didn’t watch the performances of the other skaters, so I don’t think it makes a difference whether or not I accept this,’” she said. “I don’t have any regrets, and because it ended, that’s that.“There have been times in other competitions as well when the score did not reflect my performance, no matter how well I did, to the point of being strange. I imagine various scenarios before the competition: doing well, not receiving a good score and coming in second place. Because I imagined a lot of things yesterday, I don’t think it was that surprising.”(By Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writer. AP Writer Leonid Chisov contributed to this report)TweetPinShare0 Shares