MOST READ SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case PLAY LIST 01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:11Makabayan 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’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man ESPN first reported the agreement.Siakam was a breakout player — and the league’s Most Improved Player — last season for the NBA champions, averaging career highs of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He is entering his fourth season and now is under contract to the Raptors through the 2023-24 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSiakam was even better for the Raptors in the playoffs last spring, averaging 19 points and 7.1 rebounds in 24 games as Toronto went on to win its first title.During the offseason, Siakam said he still believes his best basketball is ahead of him. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, left, fights for a loose ball with Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors’ long-term plans.The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been publicly announced.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “I don’t feel no limits at all,” Siakam said. “I feel like it’s only the beginning for me and there is so much more to come. I’m just excited about the future and the possibility to even get better and better from this, and knowing that it’s only been three years. I’m in the league for three years and there is so much more growth and things that I can improve on … so I don’t think I’m going to stop now.”Siakam’s rise has been meteoric. He grew up as a soccer player in his native Cameroon before being steered toward basketball — first getting noticed at a Basketball Without Borders camp in South Africa in 2012.He made his way to college at New Mexico State, wound up as the Western Athletic Conference player of the year in his second season and eventually got drafted by the Raptors.In 2017, Siakam was MVP of the G League Finals after helping Raptors 905 win that league’s title. And now he’s a max player, set to make $29 million in 2020-21 and just over $35 million in the fourth and final year of the new deal.ADVERTISEMENT CJ Cansino slowly getting his groove back for UST Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
South Africa were 105-6 in its second innings to lead New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test at stumps Monday on an increasingly difficult batting wicket. (Scorecard)South Africa’s advantage came after it made 481-8 declared in its first innings and bowled New Zealand out for 214, with fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander taking eight of the New Zealand wickets.Only New Zealand captain Kane Williamson resisted with his 77. Williamson was the last wicket to fall as New Zealand lost seven wickets in the first two sessions after starting the day on 38 for three.His 77 came off 133 balls but apart from an entertaining cameo by tailender Neil Wagner, there were few other positives for the Kiwi batsmen.Pretoria-born Wagner hit Dale Steyn to all corners of the ground in an aggressive knock of 31 off 30 balls before the South African paceman got him out caught behind.Henry Nicholls was the only other batsmen to get among the runs but was the first wicket to fall before lunch when he was trapped lbw by Kagiso Rabada for 36.Steyn took 3/66, Rabada 3/62 and Vernon Philander grabbed two wickets.South Africa did not enforce the follow-on, deciding to build a bigger lead on a pitch that is displaying variable bounce and will get harder to bat on.The Test is the second in a two-match series which is level after the first game in Durban was abandoned after one and a half days play because of a wet outfield.
Shivpal, who is the younger brother of Mulayam, hadShivpal, who is the younger brother of Mulayam, had yesterday reached Delhi to meet the party chief at his official residence.An indication that the crisis in the SP lingered on came when Shivpal told Mulayam that despite following his orders, he was being painted as a villain.Later talking to reporters, Shivpal had rejected suggestions that there were differences within the party and the Yadav clan.”Neither am I angry nor is Netaji (Mulayam). We all are happy…there are no differences,” he had said.Mulayam is likely to reach Lucknow tomorrow morning.Asked about another report of national parliamentary board meeting of the party, Ramgopal said that there is not need for it.”When has it been called? I am the secretary of parliamentary board and I call the meet. It is called when there is an issue of removing anyone or deciding tickets of Rajya Sabha, Vidhan Parishad…there is nothing like that,” he said. PTI ABN RT
Amidst all the brouhaha created by his bribery tweet, there is a good news for Kapil Sharma! The actor’s comedy show–The Kapil Sharma Show–has beaten all the supernatural and saas-bahu sagas to emerge as the No. 1 show of the week in urbal belt, according to the latest data released by BARC India (September 24-30).The September 24 episode of TKSS featured Yuvraj Singh and his British model girlfriend Hazel Keech. The couple who is all set to marry in December this year exuded brilliant chemistry on the show.Also read: Anna Hazare said these 5 interesting things on The Kapil Sharma ShowKumkum Bhagya’s partial memory track is making sure the audiences stay glued to the show. But it looks like the track is getting stretched now. Brahmarakshas, however, hasn’t lost its pace. In the coming episodes, after killing off Parag Tyagi’s character for the second time in the show, Kishwer Merchantt will become the next Brahmarakshas.After a not-so-impressive start TKSS’ ratings have seen a steady improvement. After receiving criticism for replicating his Comedy Nights With Kapil format in TKSS, Kapil and the creative team of the show have been trying their best to include new elements in the show. From fresh characters every week to celebrities from the field of sports, movies, music, Kapil last week also invited anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
Arvind SreenivasSports MBA Student, Deakin University, Australia A degree in sports management can be seen as a pathway to enter the industry. But why would anyone risk pursuing a relatively new course? My decision to study sports management was rooted in the realisation that the industry is growing at a,Arvind SreenivasSports MBA Student, Deakin University, AustraliaA degree in sports management can be seen as a pathway to enter the industry. But why would anyone risk pursuing a relatively new course? My decision to study sports management was rooted in the realisation that the industry is growing at a rapid rate. We explore why a career in sports management is in great demand.1) Increase in number of sports leagues: The number of sports leagues that have come up since 2012 is an indication of the growing demand for sports in India. With each league comes its set of revenue streams and employment opportunities.2) Increased market size and fan engagement: Today, the business of sports is not limited to athletes, it has expanded to include the fans, who consume sports on a daily basis. “Fan engagement” is the new buzzword and there is a need to come up with innovative ways to attract and retain fans.3) Analytics and sports consulting are gaining popularity: Analytics is an important field in the sports industry. With increase in competition, teams are employing data analysts to help coaches with performance strategy and sports bodies are outsourcing business intelligence operations to sports analytics firms.4) Thriving active recreation business: There is a huge market for active recreation with people becoming increasingly health conscious. Gym membership sales are soaring; marathons, triathlons and decathlons are being organised everywhere around us; and sports apparel brands are constantly coming up with new products.5) Need for more facilities and events: There is a rising need for sports facilities in the country. Infrastructure is a key challenge. Sustainable structures with state-of-the art facilities are being built and the onus of managing these facilities will be on future sports managers.advertisement6) Increase in knowledge about different sports: Studying sports management primarily expands your knowledge about organisation and governance of various sports. It is key to understand systems and structures in place to monitor promotion and progress of different sports.7) Growth of the Indian market: People have started to embrace sports and active recreation as a lifestyle. Establishing and managing a strong sports ecosystem is the way forward and a degree in sports management will help achieve that.8) Global opportunities: The demand for sports managers is growing globally. For example, Qatar is set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and it’s successful implementation will not be possible without the expertise of qualified managers.9) More universities are offering this course: There are a number of universities that offer a globally reputed sports management programme, like Deakin University, Australia, AISTS, Switzerland, Loughborough University, UK, and Ohio University, US.10) Career options: As a sports manager, you have multiple options; you can work in sales and marketing, sponsorships, analytics, management, business development, consulting, social media, and PR.
Hyderabad, Dec 12 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in association with MAEERs MIT School of Government, Pune would be organising a National Womens Parliament -2017 for three days from February 10 at Amaravati, the states permanent capital city.All women Members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies of all states in the country, along with over 10,000 girl students from colleges of higher education would participate in the deliberations, AP Assembly Speaker K Sivaprasad told reporters here today.”Almost half of Indias young generation are women and though they are the largest democracy in the world, women in India find themselves under-represented and far-removed from decision making levels,” he said.”Women face many political, socio-economic, ideological and psychological obstacles in undertaking leadership roles. There is a dire need to remove these obstacles…,” the Speaker said.The National Womens Parliament (NWP) would be a common and non-political platform for women from diverse background like politics, education, sports, industry, media, cinema, arts and culture, judiciary and young aspiring girl students to share their experiences and knowledge in the area of womens social economic and political empowerment, he said.Many eminent speakers are likely to participate in the event. They include Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu kyi, American businesswoman and philanthropist Melinda Gates, Indra Nooyi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena, he said.Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Dalai Lama, Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini, sports personalities Sachin Tendulkar and PV Sindhu have confirmed their participation, he said. PTI SJR RMT RYSadvertisement
Barcelona striker Neymar is confident the Catalans can launch another remarkable Champions League comeback as they look to overturn a 3-0 quarter-final deficit against Juventus on Wednesday.Just as they had done in the previous round, when Barcelona overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit to eliminate Paris St Germain, the Spanish giants will be relying on Neymar to produce another magical performance if they are to reach the semi-finals.The Brazilian scored Barcelona’s fourth and fifth goals in the last 16 second leg, setting up the sixth too, as they won 6-1 to progress 6-5 on aggregate.If Barcelona are to do the impossible in the quarter-final as well, after losing 3-0 in Turin, they will need the winger to be at his electric best.Neymar should be well rested after missing Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, the first of three matches he is suspended for in La Liga, including next Sunday’s Clasico.Having been sent off in the team’s 2-0 defeat at Malaga and hit with a longer ban after sarcastically applauding the fourth official, he has a point to prove in the Champions League.”We have to believe we can do it,” said Neymar in an interview with Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo.”The other day my father told me one thing which has stayed in my head, and I think it’s true. In front of us we have a different team, but Barcelona is the same. And we can do it.”We did it once and we can do it a second time. We have to give our absolute maximum. If everything goes well, there will be another comeback.advertisement”I believe in the team and in our power. Everything is lost (already), so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”Although Neymar will return for the clash, Barcelona are likely to be without Javier Mascherano, who did not train on Monday due to a calf injury, as well as long-term absentees Aleix Vidal and Rafinha.Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who scored twice in the first leg, was taken off with an ankle injury as they won 2-0 at Pescara on Saturday, but is expected to be fit to play.Defender Georgio Chiellini watched Neymar and co. dismantle PSG in the previous round and is wary of the threat the Catalans pose.”We need to be compact and show no fear. (Barcelona) are like sharks who scent blood and finish you off. We’ve got to keep them as far away from our goal as possible,” he told Sky Italia.If former Barcelona defender Dani Alves can keep his friend and compatriot Neymar at bay like he did in the first leg, Juventus should be able to book their place in the semi finals.
All but out of contention for the playoffs, Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to salvage a difficult season by sorting out their batting woes when they take on Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match here on Monday.Mumbai are on the second spot in the IPL standings with 14 points, while Bangalore are second from bottom after having won just two of their 10 games.Mumbai Indians have won seven of their nine games so far and are in contention to make it to the play-offs.When the two sides meet at the Wankhede stadium, the hosts will have a distinct upper-hand as they have just lost one game at the venue.The form of opener Parthiv Patel, who scored a 70 against Gujarat Lions, will please the Mumbai Indians management.Parthiv will like to continue from where he left in the last game and he, along with Englishman Jos Buttler, would like to give the team a flying start.Mumbai won their match against Gujarat Lions in a super over after both the teams were tied at 153, and they would like to dominate Royal Challengers Bangalore right from the word go.They would except their batters Patel, Buttler, skipper Rohit Sharma, Nitesh Rana and the Pandya brothers — Krunal and Hardik — to fire in unison.Mumbai will also like to get back to winning ways at the Wankhede as they lost their last match against Rising Pune Supergiant.As far as their bowling is concerned, the comeback of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga, who picked up two wickets last night, will please coach Shane Bond.advertisementThe biggest positive for Mumbai has been their death overs bowling, courtesy Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya.Krunal and seasoned off spinner Harbhajan Singh have been effective and the team management would like all these bowlers to restrict the RCB batting line-up.It is also expected that Malinga would be retained in the team.For RCB, their batters, some of the best in the world on paper, have failed miserably in this tournament.Skipper Virat Kohli’s half-century in the previous match against Rising Pune Supergiant was the only bright spot of their performance last night.But if RCB have to score big on a batting-friendly Wankhede pitch, the likes of Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Kohli, A B de Villiers and Kedar Jadhav will need to fire in unison, which hasn’t happened so far.The RCB would also need their key spinner Samuel Badree to execute his plans well to stop the formidable Mumbai line- up.He will need support from the likes of Srinath Arvind, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Milne, and Aniket Choudhary to perform. For RCB, their bowling is not a big problem, but their batting is certainly one.Teams (from):Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Lendl Simmons, Mitchel Johnsohn, Mitchell McClenghan, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, Shreyas Gopal, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jagdish Suchith, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Karn Sharma and Vinay Kumar.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.
Rising Pune Supergiant batsman Manoj Tiwary says Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s valuable inputs to skipper Steven Smith has helped the team perform well in the Indian Premier League.Tiwary, speaking on the eve of their match against Delhi Daredevils, spoke highly of Dhoni. Smith had replaced Dhoni as captain before the start of the tournament.”There is no need for me to say anything really. We have all seen that on television (how Dhoni is helping Smith and team),” said Tiwary.”Mahi bhai has been helping Smith really well. He being the wicketkeeper has the best possible position to guide the players. Not only he helps Smith but other players too with their positions. He manoeuvres the fielders well.”Since the skipper has too much on his plate, inputs from the keeper becomes priceless.”Smith is also under a lot of pressure on the field (so Dhoni being there takes a bit of load off Smith’s shoulders).That way he has been very co-operative. Smith doesn’t talk too much off the field but he is aggressive on the field. If he has to convey a message, it is pretty loud and clear.”Pune have won seven of their last eight games and need a win against Delhi to seal their place in the play-offs.”We know we will qualify if we win. But we are not looking at this game. The good thing is every player is peaking at the right time.”He expects the home team to give them a tough fight.advertisement”Delhi has won the last game. They will be coming hard at us. They have chased more than 200 here. Having said that, we are not going to make any special changes. There is no need as the team has doing well,” said Tiwary.On the personal front, Tiwary said he is satisfied with his batting this season but it has not been his best effort.”My best came with the KKR when we won the title and I scored more than 350 runs.”This season I had a plan. I wanted to bat with a higher strike rate no matter what the situation is,” he added.
Parupalli Kashyap began his began his Australian Open SuperSeries with victories over of China’s Zhao Junpeng and Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.What makes the victories even more impressive is the fact the time between the marches was only two hours.Kashyap defeated Zhao Junpeng 21-15 21-18 in 34 minutes as the match had started at 9 am local time, and had to return within little two hours for this match against Sakai which started 12.20 pm, which he also won 21-5 21-16 in 29 minutes.His reward was a first round place against top seed Son Wan Ho of Korea.Kashyap requested the BWF to change the scheduling of Super series qualifying rounds in future in a tweet, as it may be difficult for someone recovering from an injury like him.(1/2)A good start to #AustraliaOpenSS2017 . Request @bwfmedia to change the scheduling of Super series qualifying rounds in future .contd.. pic.twitter.com/Q5HijRNSfj- Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) June 20, 2017(2/2) #zhaojunpeng and #KazumasaSakai with 2hrs in between?????? pic.twitter.com/yUpg8MhjJt- Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) June 20, 2017He also posted a similar message on his Instagram account.A sentiment which was mirrored also by Olympic gold medallist, Carolina Marin, before the start of the India Open in New Delhi on April. “I had the hardest draw in qualifying, but I got two good wins,” said Parupalli in an interview to the BWF.advertisementKashyap had been out of action for most the season so far and is making a return to action of sorts since injuring his shoulder during the Premier Badminton League at the beginning of this year.”I didn’t play almost for a year. The shoulder injury happened during the PBL (Premier Badminton League) final in January. It took three months for it to heal,” he said.”It’s going to take time. The breaks have been long. I feel I’ve lost my base fitness. I had knee surgery earlier, now it’s the shoulder. To recover fitness you need for work for a long period.”There is a strong Indian presence in the main draw of the Australian Open SuperSeries, with winners of the last two Superseries Indonesia Open and Singapore Open, Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth won them respectively, as well as HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram and fellow qualifier of Kashyap, Siril Verma.
Tottenham Hotspurs F.C. midfielder Moussa Sissoko must seek clarity on his future at the club or risk losing his place in the French squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, club and country captain Hugo Lloris has said.Sissoko, who became Tottenham’s record signing when he moved from Newcastle United last August, struggled to make an impact under manager Mauricio Pochettino in his debut season.The 27-year-old France international made only eight Premier League starts last campaign and was left out of Spurs’ pre-season tour of the United States with a virus.”Moussa is important for the French national team,” France and Spurs captain Lloris told reporters.”He needs to play, obviously, more than last season. But then it’s a question of choices.”It doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to him and we will see what will happen. It’s not an easy situation for him, for the team and for the manager.”Lloris said Sissoko, a powerful midfield presence for France at Euro 2016, could still turn things around at the club on the back of his strong mentality.”He’s preparing himself to be ready for the next weeks,” Lloris added. “But you know, Moussa is strong in his mind.”I’ve played with him for a while and I’m not really worried. It’s true that last season was a bit frustrating for him and he’s got a lot to prove, and then we’ll see what will happen in this period.”Spurs, who finished second in the Premier league last season, kick off their campaign at Newcastle United on Aug. 13.advertisement
Romelu Lukaku struck twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho’s side made a confident start to their campaign with a 4-0 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday.The Belgian striker, who was signed from Everton in a 75-million-pound ($97.58-million) move last month, began repaying that investment with two fine finishes but it was not only his imposing presence in attack that give United a very different feel from last season.Another close-season recruit, Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, brought from Chelsea, made an excellent debut in the defensive midfield role, breaking up any threats from West Ham and then prompting United’s attacks with intelligence. (Premier League: Dele Alli shines as Tottenham Hotspur beat 10-man Newcastle United)Reuters PhotoWith Marcus Rashford’s pace and directness down the left flank and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s trickery on the right, United showed a variety and inventiveness that too often was missing last season when they drew 10 home games at Old Trafford.Lukaku opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, blasting in off the post after latching on to a clever through ball from Rashford, who had run with the ball from deep in his own half. (Premier League: Wayne Rooney scores on Everton return, Huddersfield off to dream start)AP PhotoThe Belgian made it 2-0 seven minutes after the break, rising to meet a Mkhitaryan free kick with a superbly angled header into the far bottom corner.Substitute Anthony Martial made it 3-0 in the 87th minute with a side-foot finish after being played in, again by Mkhitaryan.advertisementMoments later Paul Pogba fired in the fourth after he was slipped in by Martial to complete the rout.
Consider this your daily reminder that the solar system is even more beautiful than you realised. And with the availability of fore-running technology, we have been discovering many interesting things from the advent of International Space Agency NASA.Out of many of those discoveries, Mars or the Red planet, stands as one of the most interesting subjects all the way. From the very beginning, there are a plethora of theories on the availability of water and oxygen on this nearby Red-planet.Once again NASA has given us an image from Mars, that will make us more excited about the neighbouring planet. NASA’s Mars orbiter has beamed back a stunning image of the red planet’s snow-covered dunes creating beautiful patterns over the rust coloured background.NASA The image was taken on May 21 in the Northern hemisphere of Mars by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on US space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.Snow on the Red planet is differentUnlike on Earth, the snow and ice is carbon dioxide, better known to us as dry ice. When the Sun starts shining on it in the spring, the ice on the smooth surface of the dune cracks and escaping gas carries dark sand out from the dune below, often creating beautiful patterns.On the rough surface between the dunes, frost is trapped behind small sheltered ridges.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched in 2005 and attained Martian orbit on March 10, 2006.(With inputs from PTI)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a string of impressive saves in the second half to earn his side a 1-1 away draw with Champions League holders Real Madrid on Tuesday which kept the two sides locked on seven points at the top of Group H.Tottenham scored for the first time in their history against the 12-times European champions when Serge Aurier aimed a cross towards Harry Kane and defender Raphael Varane accidentally backheeled the ball into his own net in the 28th minute.The erratic Aurier let his side down moments before the break, however, clattering into Toni Kroos in the area. Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute after sending Lloris the wrong way. It was his fifth Champions League goal of the season and he joined Spurs’ Harry Kane at the top of the competition’s scoring charts.Madrid were more dominant in both halves but were denied a third consecutive Champions League win by the heroics of visiting captain Lloris, who made his most outstanding save by flinging his legs out to block a goal-bound header by compatriot Karim Benzema.”A point at Bernabeu, you would take that every day of the week. It shows how far we have come as a team,” Kane told reporters.”We are happy. Of course they are going to have chances but we played well and made it tough for them. It puts us in a great position and we play them again in a fortnight. It shows we can handle it at this level and that’s what it is all about.”advertisementReal goalkeeper Navas added: “We nearly got the job done but we couldn’t leave here satisfied in the end. We tried to win for the whole of the game but we had a great side in front of us and there were lots of opportunities for both sides.”Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino picked Fernando Llorente and Kane up front together for the first time this season in a bold starting line-up, although his side opted to sit back and play on the counterattack for most of the game.Real demonstrated their renowned attacking power as early as the fourth minute when Marcelo switched play to 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi who crossed for Ronaldo to head against the near post while Benzema flashed the rebound wide.Tottenham nearly struck down the other end when Christian Eriksen’s corner found Kane and Keylor Navas was forced to tip over the bar, while the visiting side also had a penalty appeal turned down when Casemiro trod on Llorente’s ankle.Madrid spurned several chances to level before Ronaldo’s spot kick and prodded around the visiting area even more after the break but were repeatedly thwarted by Lloris, who also denied Ronaldo and Isco in addition to his stunning save against Benzema.Spurs had a conservative approach in the second half but had a flurry of attempts in the space of three minutes in which Kane and Eriksen were narrowly denied by Navas, and their 4,000 visiting supporters let out a bellowing cheer when the final whistle sounded.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan posted a photo on facebook, where he shared a wedding picture of him and his wife Aesha Dhawan from their wedding ceremony.The couple completed five years together on Monday and he is a happy man. He went onto add another photo of him kissing his wife’s forehead and captioned it ‘Loved it @aesha.dhawan5’. Dhawan and Aesha tied the knot on October 30, 2012 and have three children. They were blessed with a son on December 26, 2013 and the couple has two step daughters, Aliyah and Rhea, from Aesha Mukherjee’s first wedding.Saath rahe humara janmo janmo tak karta hoon yeh dua,tere dar pe jhuke sir mera hai meri yeh raza.luv u.Wish you a very 5th aniversary.??????????? pic.twitter.com/zsVVANMpYo- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 30, 2017Dhawan, who is generally an active person on social media, shared a video of his son Zoravar on facebook few days back, where Dhawan Jr. was seen looking for his father during India’s national anthem in Pune. The southpaw has been in great form after returning to the Indian team in Sri Lanka earlier in the year. He hit a 190 in the first Test and continued his rich vein of form hitting a 119 in the third Test at Pallekele. Dhawan kicked on from there and smashed a 132* in the first ODI at Dambulla and followed it up with a score of 49 at Pallekele. In the next two matches, he was out cheaply for 4 and 5 before flying off home to be by his wife’s side, who underwent a surgery.advertisementDhawan missed the ODI series against Australia and returned for the T20 series but couldn’t replicate his form that he showed against the Lankans. But, he hit 68 against New Zealand in Pune to get some runs before falling cheaply again in the final ODI at Kanpur.However, he will look to kick-on and get some runs again when India take on the Black Caps in the three-match T20 series starting on November 1 at Delhi.
Virat Kohli is on a personal leave at the moment but that does not mean he has take a break from his commitments and responsibilities off the field.Just a couple of days after getting married to Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma in an intimate ceremony in Italy, Kohli is back on social media tirelessly responding to the hundreds and thousands of wishes he got on December 11.The most high-profile wedding of the year was kept a secret and off limits from the media up until Kohli and Anushka were seen leaving for Italy on the same date right after the India skipper captured the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka on December 6.After days of speculation, the couple finally tied the knot this Monday and confirmed the news on their respective Twitter handles, seeking blessings from fans, following which wishes started to pour in from the cricketing fraternity, the film industry and millions of fans from across the world.Kohli’s was certainly the most talked-about Indian wedding on social media. His wife is an accomplished Bollywood actor and producer with an identity of her own.Kohli, of course, has carved his niche in cricketing history. He is already one of India’s most successful Test captains, has as many Test double hundreds as Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, has more ODI hundreds than anyone else barring Tendulkar and has smashed double hundreds in four successive Test series – something even Don Bradman could not achieve.In short, this is a power couple and not surprisingly, the Indian media were in a tizzy when news first broke of a fancy destination wedding in Italy.advertisementThe wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy but Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret. India’s captain, outspoken, bold and gutsy, recently said Anushka made him more sensible and taught him the virtues of patience. Therefore, it was a happy moment for fans of both superstars when the holy matrimony was finally made official.Kohli is now making sure to reply to most of the congratulatory tweets that he received after his wedding.The 29-year-old also seeked advice from his Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. The duo share a good rapport on and off the field after having played for such a long time together.They have been part of some memorable partnerships in the longest format so it comes as no surprise that Kohli wants Rahane’s advice when they meet ahead of the South Africa tour.Haha thank you for the Lovely wishes Shah Rukh Bhai. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks Shahid Bhai. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks Jinx, looking forward to some tips from you. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you so much Paaji ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Congratulations you two! @imVkohli , Ill share the husband handbook with you. @AnushkaSharma , keep the surname ???- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2017Thank you so much Bhajju Pa ??????- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Shami, jaldi milte hain ??- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Jatt ji ??- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Haha thanks Kidambi! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you so much Amit Sir. ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks Rohan! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Sanu Sahab. :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you Sanu Sahab. :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank Ash, see you soon! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thanks for the wishes Karan.- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Cheers Sid! ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Thank you :)- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017Yup, that’s correct! Thanks Paaji ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take in account atmospheric pollution while deciding the venue of a match.A letter written to BCCI by KK Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA), reads, “Rain and poor light are taken into consideration while determining suitable playing conditions, so we suggest that atmospheric pollution should now also be included in the assessing criteria for a match.”The IMA letter comes after Sri Lankan players were seen wearing masks during the third and final Test game between India and Sri Lanka in the national capital’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.The fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage also walked off the field after they allegedly expressed displeasure in bowling under the conditions of high levels of air pollution.Talking to ANI, IMA president, said, “We request International Cricket Council (ICC) to revise their guidelines when they are talking about weather conditions. As on today they are talking about the visibility of the ground and raining, they should also consider pollution levels. It is an international need.”He added that players who are coming from areas where pollution level is zero or less than 50 are bound to feel sick, if they are suddenly exposed to pollution level of 300 or 400.Asked about Sri Lankan players complaints about the pollution, Aggarwal said, “They did the right thing if they were protesting against it. Medically there was no reason to continue the match; it must have been taken off.”advertisement”Had the match been cancelled, it could have been a bigger opportunity for Delhi to make all the efforts to bring the pollution level down,” he said.He quipped that a wrong message has been conveyed from the India and Sri Lanka match that it is safe for children to play cricket even when the PM 2.5 levels are more than 300.The national capital has been in news since last several days as the air quality in the Delhi-NCR region has been ranging between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ which has evoked ire among the citizens.
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets plan to sign forward Thomas Robinson once he clears waivers, a person with knowledge of the situation said.Robinson was waived Feb. 22 by the Denver Nuggets, who had acquired him from Portland on Thursday at the trade deadline.The former No. 5 overall pick would likely sign Feb. 25 if no team claims him, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no moves can become official until after the waiver process is completed.Robinson wrote on Twitter on Feb. 23: “All thanks to GOD ! Thank you Brooklyn.”The 6-foot-9 Robinson was sent to Denver in the deal that brought Arron Afflalo to Portland. Taken by Sacramento with the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft, he has also played for Houston, averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 172 games.The Nets’ plans were first reported by Yahoo Sports.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares YEREVAN, Armenia— Albania qualified for its first major tournament by beating Armenia 3-0 on Sunday in its final qualifier for next year’s European Championship.The victory secured Albania second place in Group I, behind already qualified Portugal, and a berth at Euro 2016 in France. Denmark finished third and will have to go through a playoff to qualify.Albania players jumped up and down and hugged each other after the final whistle, with captain Lorik Cana crying as he celebrated with teammates.“I can’t find the words to describe the happiness,” Cana said. “When I joined the Albanian national team 12-13 years ago I had so little hope I could achieve such a thing one day.”The win set off massive celebrations in central Tirana, with thousands of Albanians gathering in the city’s main Skanderbeg Square, honking their car horns and setting off fireworks.“The impossible dream turned into a reality!” Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on Twitter.Albania opened the scoring with an own goal by Armenia defender Kamo Hovhannisyan in the ninth minute. It then added to the lead with a deflection by defender Berat Xhimshiti in the 23rd and a close-range goal by substitute Armando Sadiku in the 76th.Albania reached 14 points with the victory, two points more than third-place Denmark, the 1992 European champion which will have to go through the playoffs to try to earn a berth at Euro 2016.Portugal, which had already clinched first place in advance, finished with a 2-1 win over nine-man Serbia, reaching 21 points from eight matches.The top two teams in each of the nine qualifying groups advance automatically, along with the best third-placed team. The eight remaining third-placed teams go to a playoff.Denmark had a bye this weekend and needed Albania to lose or draw its match against last-place Armenia in Yerevan.Hovhannisyan found his own net while trying to clear the ball from in front of the goal, and Xhimshiti scored by redirecting the ball into the net after a free kick cross from the left side of the penalty area. Sadiku’s left-footed shot sealed the victory.Albania did not concede a goal in its last four away matches.Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal won its seventh consecutive qualifier by beating already eliminated Serbia in Belgrade. Portugal didn’t need to play at full strength after qualifying with the 1-0 win over Denmark last week.Nani scored in the fifth minute after Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Sotjkovi failed to hold a shot from Danny, and Zoran Tosic equalized in the 65th before substitute Joao Moutinho netted the winner from the top of the area in the 78th.Serbia played the final minutes with nine men as captain Aleksandar Kolarov was sent off with a second yellow card in the 80th and Nemanja Matic received a straight red in the 81st.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Coughlin is going to approach what might be his final week as New York Giants coach just as he has went into every other game week since taking over the team in 2004 and leading it to two Super Bowls.This week is about winning, knocking off the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular-season finale and ending on a high note.Coughlin insists this week is not about either him or his future as coach. He is upset his players have been put in a position where they are being asked about letting down their 69-year-old leader.“I feel badly that they feel that way,” Coughlin said. “It’s a shame that they have to be put in a position where they have to respond about something to do with me. It’s not about me. I’m here for them.“If you want to break it all down, blame it all on me. I’m the head coach, I’m responsible, I lose the games for our players. Put it that way, leave it that way. We try like heck not to put these young men in a position where they feel badly about the circumstances that the head coach finds himself in,” Coughlin said in a rather short day-after news conference with the media.Coughlin’s future with the Giants (6-9) was further put in doubt Dec. 27 when they were crushed 49-17 by the Vikings in Minnesota for their fifth loss in six games. New York has now missed the playoffs four straight seasons, with three straight losing records.While many speculated the Giants quit Sunday night, Coughlin felt his players played with effort.Coughlin said his focus is going to be on beating the Eagles, who easily defeated the Giants earlier this season in one of the few games that they were never in contention.“I have tried very hard, and you know this for a fact, the situation is not about me,” Coughlin said. “I am hoping the players are not going to be centered around that. We are going to conduct ourselves as we always have. We are going to work as hard as we possibly can and put our players in the best position we can, and we’ll let whatever happens, happen.”While the Giants didn’t have the best talent in the league, they easily could have won the weak NFC East. Six of their losses came in the final 75 seconds of games. Four losses were in the final :07 of regulation, including three on the final play. One loss was in overtime when Josh Brown missed his first field goal of the season after the Jets tied the game late in regulation.It leaves co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch with decisions, not only with Coughlin, but also General Manager Jerry Reese.Both men combined to lead the Giants to Super Bowl wins over the Patriots in February 2008 and ’12.“I thought we would have an opportunity this year, and the way the season was ending up at the halfway point, we had a great opportunity, and even the last couple of weeks, haven’t done enough to make the playoffs,” Eli Manning said.“We just couldn’t win some close games and we had a lot of them. We had great opportunities to win games and be right in the mix and we didn’t take advantage of it.”Manning said Coughlin has not spoken to the team about his future as coach. He said Coughlin has gotten the team ready every week, doing an outstanding job of picking them up after each tough loss.“Obviously, I have great respect for him,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP said. “I wanted to do my job and do my job well, and get into the playoffs and have a big season so he could continue to be the head coach. I have such respect for him and he’s the only coach I’ve had in the NFL, and in that sense, (I) feel disappointed that I wasn’t able to play at a better level for him.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares